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First Family Secret Service Code Names

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The new First Family has been issued code names by the U.S. Secret Service. 

Barack Obama’s is “Renegade”

Michelle Obama’s is “Renaissance”

Malia Obama’s is “Radiance”

and Sasha Obama’s is “Rosebud”

Joe and Jill Biden also received code names: Joe Biden’s is “Celtic” and Jill Biden’s is “Capri.”

November 12, 2008 Posted by | Obama, Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment

Chimp ‘adopts’ tiger cubs

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7723868.stm

A chimpanzee has taken on the role of adoptive parent to two male tiger cubs in a Florida animal park. Anjana began feeding Mitra and Shiva after watching her keepers with the cubs.

November 12, 2008 Posted by | Animals | | Leave a comment

The Jerk Store Called…

Thought this was a funny poster that could come in handy at the appropriate time.

November 12, 2008 Posted by | Funnies, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Waterfall Picture

November 12, 2008 Posted by | Pictures, Uncategorized | | 1 Comment

Free Google Number for Information when on the Road or at Home

Here’s a number worth putting in your cell phone, or your home phone speed dial: 1-800-goog411. This is an awesome service from Google, and it’s free — great when you are on the road.

Don’t waste your money on information calls and don’t waste your time manually dialing the number. I am driving along in my car and I need to call the golf course and I don’t know the number. I hit the speed dial for information that I have programmed.

The voice at the other end says, ‘ City & State.’ I say, ‘ Garland , Texas ‘ He says, ‘Business, Name or Type of Service.’ I say, Firewheel Golf Course.’ He says, ‘Connecting’ and Firewheel answers the phone. How great is that? This is nationwide and it is absolutely free!


Click on the link below and watch the short clip for a quick demonstration.

http://www.google.com/goog411/

November 12, 2008 Posted by | Information Please | , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

National Holiday for Obama on November 4th

 A civil rights organization in Kansas has launched a campaign to designate Nov. 4 as a national holiday, commemorating the election of Barack Obama as president.

“The reason why I want to have this holiday is because it marks the day America grew up,” said Sonny Scroggins, founder and president of Bias Busters of Kansas, the organization pushing for the holiday.

Scroggins told WND that America has for too long focused on what its ancestors did during legalized slavery. But the election of Obama, he said, shows that the nation no longer allows race and gender to guide it decisions, but integrity and honor.

Referring to the overwhelming majority of young voters that cast ballots for Obama, Scroggins said, “The children, thirty-something and below, they put America on the right path, a path of liberty, justice, freedom, and equality for all.

“We’re not going to deny the heritage of America – it’s black, it’s white, red, yellow,” Scroggins told WND. “Obama is white and black. He represents the best of both worlds.”

Scroggins’ group has now formed a “Yes, We Can” committee that will meet every Tuesday at a historic, downtown Topeka McDonald’s restaurant from now until Inauguration Day to work toward the goal of establishing Nov. 4 as a national holiday.

In a forum on the website of the Topeka Capital-Journal, however, many comments have scoffed at the idea of creating a national holiday for a man who hasn’t even served his presidential term yet.

 “Are you freakin kidding me?” asked one poster. “A national holiday for a guy who hasn’t even shown if he can lead? He may be the president elect, but he hasn’t even proven that he has what it takes to lead this country.”

“I once thought it was required that a person be dead before they are memorialized,” said another. “Oh, but we’re speaking of the Savior, The Chosen One.”

Scroggins sought to answer his critics by telling WND the holiday isn’t so much to honor Obama, but to honor the progress in racial relations Americans have made by electing a black president.

“It has more to do with ‘We the People’ of America,” Scroggins said. “It’s America’s day. It’s more for us, as opposed for Obama. I like the fact that he’s white and he’s black and he can move race relations further.”

Lamont Lassiter, the general manager of the McDonald’s hosting the Tuesday gatherings, told WND the holiday likely wouldn’t be established until after Obama completes his presidency.

“We want to try to honor Barack Obama becoming the first African-American president of the United States,” said Lassiter, “and not only that, but also what he’s trying to accomplish.”

Lassiter told WND Americans should celebrate Obama’s goals for the country, namely “socialized insurance like Canada and France, he’s trying to have all Americans have insurance, he’s going to focus on the economy and he’s trying to pull our troops out of the war.”

Scroggins, however, who told WND he has been a civil rights activist for 39 years, insisted the holiday isn’t for what Obama’s going to do, but rather for what America has already done by electing him.

“I think about those slaves, the ones that lost their lives en route to America,” Scroggins said. “This is a happy feeling for all of us, descendants of both the slaves and the slave masters, because we are all really sitting at the table of humanity.

“America has finally grown up,” Scroggins said.

November 12, 2008 Posted by | Obama, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Pick Your Favorite Dessert

What is your favorite dessert? Pick only one….

If all of the eight desserts listed below were sitting in
front of you, which would you choose (sorry, you can only pick one)! Trust me…this is very accurate. Pick your dessert, and then look to see what psychiatrists think about you.

REMEMBER – No Cheating . Make your choice before you check the meaning.

Here are your choices:

1. Angel Food Cake

2. Brownies

3. Lemon Meringue Pie

4. Vanilla Cake With Chocolate Icing

5. Strawberry Short Cake

6. Chocolate Cake With Chocolate Icing

7. Ice Cream

8. Carrot Cake

No, you can’t change your mind once you scroll down, so think carefully about what your choice will be.

OK – Now that you’ve made your choice, this is what the researchers say about you… SCROLL DOWN—No Cheating

1. ANGEL FOOD CAKE — Sweet, loving, cuddly. You love all warm and fuzzy items. A little nutty at times. Sometimes you need an ice cream cone at the end of the day. Others perceive you as being childlike and immature at times.

2. BROWNIES — You are adventurous, love new ideas, and are a champion of underdogs and a slayer of dragons. When tempers flare up you whip out your saber. You are always the oddball with a unique sense of humor and direction. You tend to be very loyal.

3. LEMON MERINGUE — Smooth, sexy, & articulate with your hands, you are an excellent caregiver and a good teacher. But don’t try to walk and chew gum at the same time. A bit of a diva at times, you set your own style because you do your own thing. You shine when it comes to helping others and have many friends.

4. VANILLA CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE ICING — Fun-loving, sassy, humorous, not very grounded in life; very indecisive and lacking motivation. Everyone enjoys being around you, but you are a practical joker. Others should be cautious in making you mad. However, you are a friend for life.

5. STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE — Romantic, warm, loving. You care about other people, can be counted on in a pinch and expect the same in return. Intuitively keen. You can be very emotional at times but a true person in every way. You like to do things for yourself and help others learn about themselves.

6. CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE ICING — Sexy; always ready to give and receive. Very creative, adventurous, ambitious, and passionate. You can appear to have a cold exterior but are warm on the inside. Not afraid to take chances. Will not settle for anything average in life. Love to laugh.

7. ICE CREAM — You like sports, whether it is baseball, football, basketball, or soccer. If you could, you would like to participate, but you enjoy watching sports. You don’t like to give up the remote control. You tend to be self-centered and high maintenance.

8. CARROT CAKE — You are a very fun loving person, who likes to laugh. You are fun to be with. People like to hang out with you. You are a very warm hearted person and a little quirky at times. You have many loyal friends. You were meant to lead and teach others. A wonderful role model.

November 12, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Test Your United States History Knowledge!

Mount Rushmore (USA)
Mount Rushmore, located in South Dakota, has four former US president’s faces carved into the mountainside. Do you know which four?

 Meanwhile, in the spirit of the season, here are some interesting tidbits about some past U.S. presidents…

-6th President John Quincy Adams (March 4, 1825 – March 4, 1829), customarily took a nude early morning swim in the Potomac River.

-8th President Martin Van Buren (March 4, 1837 – March 4,1841) was the first President born after the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4 1776 making him the first President born a U.S. citizen. Van Buren was delivered on December 5, 1782.

-16th President Abraham Lincoln (March 4, 1861 – April 15, 1865) was the tallest President. He stood 6 feet, 4 inches (193 centimeters) tall.

-20th President James A. Garfield (March 4, 1881 – September 19, 1881) was able to write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other.

-22nd and 24th President Grover Cleveland (March 4, 1893 – March 4, 1897) (March 4, 1885 – March 4, 1889) discovered a malignant cancer on the roof of his mouth in 1893 against the backdrop of a market crisis involving free silver coinage. To avoid further market panic, he and his doctors snuck aboard a cruise boat and performed surgery to remove the growth. The public was told that he was on a fishing trip and first discovered the truth in 1917.

-26th President Theodore Roosevelt (September 14, 1901 – March 4, 1909) gave the teddy bear its name. On a hunting trip to Mississippi, a number of Roosevelt’s aides chased an American Black Bear until it was exhausted before clubbing it and tying it to a willow tree so that the president could make a kill on what had so far been an unsuccessful hunt. The president refused to kill the old bear for sport, ordering that it be put down to end its suffering. The anecdote inspired a cartoon that was run in numerous papers of Roosevelt sparing a cute, large-headed bear cub. A New York shopkeeper, Morris Michtom, saw the cartoons and came upon the idea of selling toy bears under the name “Teddy’s Bear”. The rest is history.

-29th President Warren Gamaliel Harding (March 4, 1921 – August 2, 1923), who became infamous for his White House poker games where the whiskey flowed freely despite Prohibition and for his keen interest in burlesque, also died under mysterious circumstances against the backdrop of a scandal. Harding’s administration was accused of transferring naval oil reserves in Wyoming into private hands in return for bribes in what became known as the Teapot Dome scandal. After returning from holiday in Alaska as news of the disgrace was breaking out, Harding developed fatigue, symptoms of food poisoning and pneumonia before dying suddenly. Some speculate that he was poisoned by his wife.

-35th President John F. Kennedy (January 20, 1961 – November 22, 1963) gave a speech in West Berlin in 1963 during the Cold War with the Soviet Union that emphasized the importance of the “free world” fighting the “Communist world”. In an attempt to communicate with the Berliners in German, Kennedy’s speech included the phrase “Ich bin ein Berliner,” or “I am a Berliner.” While his audience understood his meaning, that West Berlin represented the beginning of the free world, Kennedy had actually said something along the lines of “I am a popular local pastry product.” By including the article “ein” before “Berliner” Kennedy introduced himself as a jam filled cake nicknamed ‘the Berliner’.

-40th President Ronald Reagan was the oldest elected president at 69 years old.

 Test your knowledge – take the USA quiz now!

November 12, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Pictures of the 44 United States Presidents

Picture 1 of 44
George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) served as the first President of the United States of America (1789-1797), and led the Continental Army to victory over the Kingdom of Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783).
Click on the link for all 44 presidents:

November 12, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Golfer Hits Five Holes-In-One In A Week

KAPPA, Ill. – Central Illinois amateur golfer Curt Hocker is on a roll. Five rolls, to be exact. Just ask anyone at the El Paso Golf Club, where the 22-year-old has recorded five holes-in-one in the last week, including two on Saturday. In this year alone, Hocker has seven aces, five on par-4s, and two other double eagles.

“I don’t know what to think,” said Hocker, who works in the club’s pro shop. “After each one I say it’s over, and it keeps happening.”

Friends and family, 15 of whom have witnessed Hocker’s strokes of luck while playing with him, are equally mystified.

“It’s incomprehensible this kind of luck could happen, but it does happen,” said El Paso pro Steve Fulton. “There are other things in life that have been just as weird and eerie that have happened. What are the odds?”

Hocker said he’s just glad that his club membership comes with “hole-in-one insurance.”

That “insurance” means the club — and not Hocker — has to honor the golf tradition of buying everyone in the clubhouse a drink after an ace is made.

“I think the golf course is getting mad at me for all the drinks,” Hocker said. “It’s hard to talk about, but it’s awesome to have it happen.”

 

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