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10/21/2016 06:00 PM
More children going to ER, being hospitalized with headaches
HealthDay News
A growing number of American children with headaches are being seen at pediatric emergency departments and admitted to the hospital, researchers report.
10/21/2016 04:04 PM
State safety laws key to saving kids' lives in car crashes
HealthDay News
Traffic crash death rates for American children vary widely among states, and safety regulations are a major reason why, a new study suggests.
The Columbus Dispatch op-ed columnists
10/21/2016 05:00 AM
Victor Davis Hanson commentary: More than one kind of race is going on
A presidential campaign is figuratively called a “race.” Two runners sprint toward the Election Day finish line for the prize of the presidency. But the 2016 presidential campaign has spawned lots of weird races. The first sprint is one between embarrassments and scandals.

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10/22/2016 03:49 AM
Saudi Arabia Arrests 4 Female Models after Posing for Photos with Cars. Saudi authorities say organizers of a motor show have violated the principles of the Islamic Shariah by using young models.
Saudi Arabia Arrests 4 Female Models after Posing for Photos with Cars. Saudi authorities say organizers of a motor show have violated the principles of the Islamic Shariah by using young models. submitted by /u/reddits_lead_pervert
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10/21/2016 08:25 AM
California idiot, fooling around with handcuffs, accidentally cuffs herself. Calls the police who find out she's got a felony warrant outstanding. Now she's standing in the jail.
California idiot, fooling around with handcuffs, accidentally cuffs herself. Calls the police who find out she's got a felony warrant outstanding. Now she's standing in the jail. submitted by /u/FowelBallz
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10/21/2016 10:35 AM
Carjacker can't steal the car he forced his victim out of because he didn't know how to drive a manual
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10/21/2016 10:46 AM
In bizarre trump protest, woman smears peanut butter on 30 cars.
In bizarre trump protest, woman smears peanut butter on 30 cars. submitted by /u/Jrand01
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New Urban Legends
10/22/2016 12:16 AM
Reporter Displays Trump/Pence Sticker at Al Smith Dinner
An image of reporter Maria Bartiromo holding a phone decorated with a "Trump/Pence" sticker at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner is fake.
10/21/2016 11:55 PM
Seal with Unusual Stripe-Pattern Markings Spotted in Washington
A photograph of a ribbon seal spotted in Washington state was snapped by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association in August 2016.
10/21/2016 11:35 PM
Oregon Ballot Omits Donald Trump
An image of an Oregon ballot listing Democratic presidential candidates twice but no Republican candidates is a hoax.

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10/22/2016 06:41 AM
'That's not right' comedian Kevin Meaney dead at 60
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NEW YORK, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Stand-up comedian Kevin Meaney has died at his home in Forestburgh, New York. He was 60.
10/22/2016 06:31 AM
Cleveland Indians' Danny Salazar could return for World Series
The Sports Xchange
The Cleveland Indians might be in line to receive a huge boost to their starting rotation for the World Series.
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10/21/2016 11:03 PM
Pitbull Opens Up His Friendship With Jennifer Lopez: "She's My Angel"
Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez have built a friendship over the years that includes some brilliant collaborations, so when Armando Pérez was asked about working with the "Dance Again"...

10/21/2016 08:25 PM
Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn Get in "Formation"
Amy Schumer, Goldie HawnAmy Schumer and Goldie Hawn can do no wrong. The comedic actresses released a music video on Tidal Friday, set to Beyoncé's "Formation." The clip, which also features...

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10/21/2016 09:35 PM
10 Must-Know Facts About K-pop Superstars BTS
Three years old and breaking records with every move they make, the Korean boy band BTS is one of the peninsula’s rising acts. Without any...
10/21/2016 09:18 PM
Chuck Leavell Holds the Keys to the Rolling Stones' Kingdom
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10/21/2016 09:05 PM
Leonardo DiCaprio to Star In, Produce Film About Sun Studio Producer Sam Phillips
Leonardo DiCaprio, via his Appian Way banner, will produce a film about music producer Sam Phillips. Paramount and Appian Way have acquired Peter...
Taste of Country
10/21/2016 05:30 PM
See Carrie Underwood's Best CMA Awards Looks Through the Years
Year after year, Carrie Underwood stuns on the CMA Awards red carpet. Continue reading…
10/21/2016 05:00 PM
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Get Real With 'The Voice' Contestants in Sneak Peek
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have always been down to earth, but they take it to a new level in this sneak peek of their appearance as advisors on The Voice. Continue reading…


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10/17/2016 07:07 PM
'Changes Coming On'



Author's note: I first posted this blog almost one year ago. If you've been paying attention lately, you'll know that nothing has changed for the better. In fact, one of the most googled terms last week was 'World War III.' So, what are we doing here? From what little I can believe from the mainstream media, it appears that one year later, it is we who have become the aggressor and over what? Some unfounded notion that Russia might sway our presidential election via cyber hacking? Those of you who really, really believe that it's not being swayed by folks closer to home...raise your hands. That's what I thought. So, what's the real reason we are now banging our own war drums? What is the ulterior motive behind our threat to go head to head with Russia? What is so important that we would risk the lives of our service men and women with an altercation with Russia? Really...what is really at stake here? It's time we ask ourselves that question, and perhaps it's time to dig a deep hole out back and stock it with ten years of bottled water and our bug-out gear. We are talking Russia here. Russia... 


I can feel the changes coming on...can't you? Oh, well yeah, the time change thing is coming...that's a definite change. Fall will soon fall behind and those merciless north winds will chill us to the bone. Before we can wipe our noses, Black Friday will come and go and we'll all be frantic and frayed as the Christmas season pounces on us whether we're ready or not. Yes, those changes are coming...but that's not the changes I'm talking about here.
Unless you've been living in a cave out in the Arkansas Ozarks, you surely know the changes I speak of. We are living in historic times, times such as those our grandfathers told us about. Those who survived those times survived to tell the stories. There were some stories they never told. They could not bring themselves to tell the story, nor could they find it within their being to allow us to hear it. And now our time has come. There will come a day when there will be stories we won't want to tell.
Russia. I am old enough to recall the drills at school. Nuclear the event of a nuclear attack, we knew what to do. First graders we were, and we knew to scurry into the hallways, sit on the floor and put our heads in our laps with our arms covering our heads. We were then to wait quietly for an atomic bomb to kill us all. There has never been a time since those days that I thought Russia was our friend.
And today we have Russia, accompanied by Iran, beating the war drums. Is their mission to wipe out ISIS? I don't think so, but if in the course of accomplishing their mission they do manage that...I'll give them a star. We sure as heck haven't made a dent in their 'Je-Had' operation. But no, that is not the intended purpose of the storm settling over in that neck of the woods. Our ruler has sent in 'less than fifty' of our very best and I'm not sure what his intended purpose is either. Sure glad I'm not one of the chosen few, though.
Meanwhile, as if they don't have enough on their plate, Russia has reportedly parked several of their subs and ships directly over the massive network of fiber optic cables that connect the world. If I were running something, I'd be asking what their plans are to take out our satellites hovering overhead. I'm sure they've got a plan there, as well. They are cruising just miles off the Alaskan border and just as Sarah Palin promised, are supposedly constructing a base in her back yard, up in the Artic Circle. Why? I dunno, I'm just a country boy.
Then there's China, who has blatantly stated they have no problems going to war with us. Have no clue what we've done to piss them off. Unlike Russia, the Chinese don't have to overthrow rebels and take over countries...they just build their own. They don't seem to be fond of us taking a sightseeing tour of their new man-made lands. I don't know what they have in mind with this endeavor, but I'd bet the farm they aren't planning to grow rice out there on those islands.
So, we have Russia, Iran, and China...then there's always North Korea, and we know their cracker ain't got a whole lot of salt. (Let them try to translate that!) We shouldn't forget about those 'Men in Black' who are going to need somewhere to go once Russia runs them out of Syria. You know us, we'll take anybody!
I've spent some time thinking about it, and if I should get to choose who would come take our country over, I pick Russia. I think they'd still let me read my bible...and drink. China might not be so bad as long as I don't have to learn to speak Chinese or eat rice. Now if I have to choose between ISIS and our very own government taking us, that's a tough decision. I don't spend much time worrying over that...pretty sure they won't let me pick.
It is my own personal life that I most feel the changes coming on, though. Perhaps because of all the worldly turmoil that is surely bound to affect me sooner or later. I've always been one to ride a dead horse. I've had the same job for over twenty years. Only stayed fifteen years at the job before that. I've lived in the same house in the same town for longer than some of you have been around. Folgers coffee and a dunkin' stick for breakfast for as long as I can remember. And a chocolate chip cookie before snuggling up to a cold pillow in my bed. Suddenly I yearn for change. Perhaps the time has come. There are things I wish to do before my world changes. The changes are destined to come and I believe, as I sit her on this Saturday night, I shall begin by setting the clocks back. If only we could go back and change the changes coming on.

10/09/2016 11:42 PM
'Walmart Smallmart'


I suppose nearly every small town with a population of ten thousand or so has one. It's always been just down the road a ways, open most of the time that normal people are out and about. After all these years folks tend to take it for granted. I've told lots of stories about ours throughout the years. like for instance, the time I left my reading glasses at home and found myself struggling to find exactly what I was looking for. I picked up a box from the shelf in front of me, squinting my eyes in an attempt to make out the letters swimming before my eyes. I was searching for a particular off-brand sleeping pill and to the best of my recollection, I had found them in the general vicinity in which I stood. Spotting an attractive woman approaching pushing a shopping cart, I cleared my throat and scurried toward her with box in hand.
"Excuse me, but I need some help." I thrust the box toward her. "Could you help me?"
She uttered a shriek as her eyes bulged, "No, no, no...I cannot help you!"
The woman waved her hand menacingly toward me, then turned and quickly disappeared around the corner.
I turned in bewilderment and spied a clerk at the end of the aisle.
"Hi, I'm looking for some sleeping pills..."
"Those are condoms."
I have so many fond memories and found myself speechless when I picked up our weekly newspaper the other day. My eyes grew wide, then moistened. I didn't even reach for my reading glassed as the glaring headline, which took up a third of the front page, burned a vision in my mind I likely will never forget. My mouth gaped open wide while I studied the fourteen letter announcement, 'WALMART CLOSING.'
'How could this be?' My mind raced as panic set in. What will I do if there is no Walmart? Where will I get my Walmart brand sleeping pills? My Walmart brand Rogaine? My Walmart brand acid reflux pills? The REDBOX is at Walmart! That super attractive little clerk that always checks me out while she checks me out is at Walmart! I wiped sweat from my forehead as it all sank in. This is worse than Armageddon!
Word spread like herpes throughout our little podunk community. No longer was talk over coffee about the football team, which isn't as good as last year, or the cotton crop, which isn't as good as last year, either. A feeling of gloom settled in on our little town as we collectively tried to accept the fact that in just a few short Walmart. We collectively worried about our older folks who couldn't make the forty minute drive to one of the five Super Walmarts up in the city. We worried about how the lost tax revenue would affect our community and our schools. We worried about the eighty people, all friends, neighbors, and relatives, who would lose their jobs when the store closes. And silently some of us worried about whether we'd ever get a decent night's sleep without those little blue Walmart sleeping pills.
For those of you who weren't around in the dark ages before Walmart, let me enlighten you. Small communities like mine were a bustling hub of shops lining the courthouse square. There were clothing shops, shoe shops, and hardware stores. There were home owned pharmacies manned by pharmacists whom we trusted more than our country doctors. There were 'dime stores' and bakeries and barber shops. These little stores were owned and operated by local folks within our communities. They knew your name, and your daddy's name, as well. They tithed at church. They dutifully paid their city taxes. They supported our schools. They were like family...and you could always bet they'd be there when you needed something.
Then Walmart began invading one community after another, like the black plague. Most small businesses lasted less than six months. Entire towns withered and died. Shop owners dreadfully set out in search of employment, likely forced to move to some strange city to find any kind of job to support their families. Meanwhile, Walmarts grew larger and larger. They sold gasoline, closing most of the service stations throughout our country. They sold groceries, closing mom and pop corner grocers. They opened hair salons and offered tax preparation services. They sold tires and sewing supplies. They developed photos and sold Subway sandwiches. They opened banks inside their stores and they sold eyeglasses.
They came. They pillaged. They destroyed and devastated. They took the profits from small communities like mine and went to the cities to build bigger stores. And then they left. Walmart owed us more than that. They will pack and leave like a thief in the night and I venture an uneducated guess that they will walk away from at least a half million dollars in weekly sales just in our community alone. I suppose when you're as big as Walmart, that's just pocket change.
Walmart finds itself struggling. The company has made some bad choices. Perhaps they tried too hard to scavenge every single penny from our paychecks Perhaps we grew wise to the farce of their claim to 'Everyday Low Prices' for they abandoned that policy years ago. Perhaps we grew weary of trudging what seems like miles across their parking lots and through their gigantic stores to buy a gallon of milk. Perhaps we have grown fond of shopping online with Amazon and having our merchandise delivered at our doorstep.
Nothing is forever...not even Walmart. Our town wasn't the first to lose a Walmart, nor will it be the last. Walmart knows it must downsize to survive and this is only the beginning. As the dust settles in our little podunk west Texas town, I find hope as I try to suppress the excitement that is beginning to build inside me. I pray our community will weather the storm and will overcome this setback. I pray that soon our courthouse square will once again bustle with activity as local business people venture back, claiming the business left behind by a fading giant. I hope our town will reclaim what was theirs all along! Walmart? Pshaw! Smallmarts on every street corner...Smallmarts everywhere!



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