Saturday, November 28, 2009

SNL Obama: Are We Fact Checking Jokes Now?

It seems that a new segment of the population with entirely too much time on their hands has taken to making sure jokes on television shows, such as Saturday Night Live, are fact-checked.

So if a comedian makes a joke at the expense of President Barack Obama, the writer is supposed to make sure the the punchline doesn't stray too far from reality.

CNN recently fact-checked an SNL skit on President Obama.

Are they serious?

I suppose we should check whether the chicken really did cross the road and get a positive identification on who was at the door for all "knock-knock" jokes.

While the idea of fact-checking jokes is ludicrous, I can understand why some folks are upset. As shown in the huge television ratings of comedy shows, such as SNL and the Jon Stewart Show, during the presidential election, these shows are increasingly influential in shaping public opinion.

But these whiners have to get a grip and understand that a joke is a joke and sometimes President Obama and the Democrats will be targeted, and other times, it will be Sarah Palin and the Republicans playing the butt of the joke.

As long as its funny, it doesn't matter who is being clowned.


Coin Turns Red Kettle Into Pot of Gold

It wasn't what suburban Chicago Salvation Army workers sorting through loose change expected to find at the bottom of a kettle.
But last week employees uncovered a rare treasure wrapped inside a $2 bill: a 1 ounce gold South African Krugerrand coin worth about $1,200, reported The Beacon-News.

"It was like carrying the Super Bowl trophy of donations," Maj. Robert Hall told the newspaper.

This isn't the first time an anonymous benefactor dropped a gold coin in the red tin kettles.

Just last year, the same Chicago Salvation Army found four smaller gold coins in its buckets.

Th new donation will go toward the chapter's goal of $211,000 in kettle collections.

"We are already $1,000 ahead with just this coin," Lt. Rick Garcia told the newspaper. "It's a relief and a blessing. We're glad someone is listening to our bells."

Go to The Beacon-News for the full story.

Be on the lookout, ($100.00 reward)

Typhoon in Pocomoke is offering a $100.00 reward for info on the following;

The PCPD are looking for a White ford X-cab pick-up that may be towing a landscape style trailer.

The person of interest and driver of the truck is a light-skin black male 5'-10"/6'

Around 8:00am on 11/28/09 this person had stolen several items including metal chairs and a large galvanized tank from Typhoon in Pocomoke.

Contact the PCPD @ 410-957-1600

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Christmas at Shore Flea Market

Rob & Kay would like to thank you for shopping at Shore Flea Market in Temperanceville, Va. this year. With Christmas and the end of the year coming up Rob & the vendors would like for you to stop in see our new & used items. Below are just some of the indoor vendoors. Open 8am to 4pm Sat. & Sun.
Get your coupon for the free Christmas giveaway at the snackbar.
A 32" color tv or men's 10 speed bike, drawing to be held on 12/20/09 at 3:00pm.
Must be 18 years or older and present to win.

Rob's Snackbar
The best fried chicken on Delmarva, chicken tenders, cheesesteak subs, burgers and fries. Also carrying breakfest items.

C'More Movies & Games
George has movies and games and game systems for adults and kids.

The Hurley's
Carrying jewelry, Native American items, home decor, t-shirts, hats and collector knives.

Shoe Shop
Carrying foot wear and cell phone assy., covers, chargers, cases, and pre-paid cards.

B&S Memories/Varity Shoppe
Designer scented body oils, Avon products, personlized t-shirts, and incense.

Le has new designer jeans and jackets.

It's A Shore Thing Photography & Imaging
Meeting all your photography needs, wedding, portrait, and events. Now doing Christmas portraits.

We all want to wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday season!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Accident @ US 13 and Stockton Rd.

Yesterday one of my sons friends and his brother were crossing US 13 on Stockton Rd. I don't know if he didn't see the vehicle on 13 or if he just misjudged the distance, both had to be transported to PRMC.

This is and has been a very bad intersection for many years and for some reason, the cries of the people to the state to have a stop light at this intersection have so far gone rejected.

How many injuries and/or fatalities does it take for the state to recognize that this is a dangerous location?

For those of us that are experienced drivers and have crossed that portion of US 13 many times, we realize that when a vehicle pops around that south-bound turn they are on top of us and we don't chance it. To new drivers and/or visitors this optical illusion looks as if they have plenty of time to cross.

This intersection needs attention, lets get it done before someone else is seriously injured or killed.

More pictures HERE VIA PCVFD

PETA's Ad and Thanksgiving

The Norfold-base animal rights group, PETA, (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has had their Thanksgiving tv add banned. The commercial scheduled to run during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been banned by four affiliates that will broadcast the parade on Thanksgiving day.

Stations in Raleigh, N.C., Columbia, S.C., Gavannah, Ga., and Little Rock, Ark., have banned the commercial depicting a young girl saying grace at Thanksgiving, giving thanks for the "turkey farms that pack turkeys into dark, tiny sheds for their whole lives".

While the ad is said to encourage veganism it was decided to ban the commercial because it was not appropriate for the spirit of the parade.

Now, for those of you that enjoy a nice juicy turkey and the stuffing please be seated to the table tomorrow and enjoy your meal. I sure will.

The picture above was taken in my backyard just a few weeks ago. Yep, those are turkeys. So I could have a real one anytime I want to. But that's alot of trouble and there is something to be said about going to the store and picking through the frozen 20 pounders.

For Thanksgiving PETA offers the Tofurkey. Ever taste one? Well, for me it's the nearest thing to eating a cardboard box.

Enjoy your turkey meal and all its trimmings. And if you dare invite a PETA member over to watch the parade.

for more info

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Well here we are again folks on the eve of another Thanksgiving Day!

Some of you will finish packing today to begin your journey towards

your dinner destination. Others, like me, will be busy preparing what has been asked of you to bring to big family meal that just includes a short ride.

Family, extended family, and friends is what Thanksgiving is all about. Some family members you haven't seen in ages and some you may have seen last week. That doesn't matter. It's the wonderful fact that you are all there in one space for the day as family.

Thanksgiving, as I see it, is a day that its name claims. A day of thanks giving. No matter what menu you plan and no matter how elegant the meal it is only as good as the thankfulness and love you put into it.

At just about every dinner table across America on Thursday a new place setting will be added or one, sadly, taken away. For those that have been added we rejoice to have them with us. And for those that are no longer here we swallow the lump in our throats and choke back the tears because we miss them.

It is a comfort for me and my family to know that even though my mom and dad are no longer here they started this tradition in our family many years ago and stuck by it. They won't be there again this year to sit beside us and chat and enjoy the meal but they will be there in sprirt.

How do I know? I know my dad. He loved to eat and see people enjoy food.

So, if you are missing someone this Thanksgiving, regardless of where they are, the spirit of your loved one is beside you. You just have to believe.

Be thankful for what you have and feel blessed. Please don't forget to say a prayer for those that may not have a home to go to or family to share it with. And please, as always, send special prayers to our great men and women in the military.

Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving.

Memba Him? Name this Star

Who's this? can you name him?

Did Bank Robbery Suspect Eat Evidence?

As cops search a bank robbery suspect on the hood of a police cruiser, the alleged thief chows down on a piece of possible evidence.

STREETSBORO, Ohio (Nov. 21) -- Police say a bank robbery suspect in Ohio may have eaten evidence when he gobbled a piece of paper while handcuffed and lying across the hood of a police cruiser.

A police video camera captured the 35-year-old John Ford of Cleveland grabbing the paper with his mouth as police emptied his pockets.

Ford was arrested following a report of a bank robbery in Streetsboro just south of Cleveland on Thursday.

Police say a man walked into the bank and handed a teller a note that demanded money.

Police say they found money in a bag in Ford's car, which fit the description of the bank robber's vehicle, along with a bank die pack that had exploded.

Ford was being held in the Portage County Jail on Saturday where his file did not indicate he had a lawyer.


Suffocations Prompt Massive Crib Recall

FYI: These cribs have been manufactured since the early 1990's so this includes many hand-me-down cribs.

More than 2.1 million drop-side cribs by Stork Craft Manufacturing are being recalled, the biggest crib recall in U.S history, following reports of four infant suffocations.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said late Monday the recall involves 1.2 million cribs in the United States and almost 1 million in Canada, where Stork Craft is based. Sales of the cribs being recalled go back to 1993.

Nearly 150,000 of the cribs carry the Fisher-Price logo.
The CPSC said it is aware of four infants who suffocated in the drop-side cribs, which have a side that moves up and down to allow parents to lift children from the cribs more easily. The agency also said there have been 110 incidents of drop-sides detaching from the cribs.

The Stork Craft cribs have had problems with their hardware, which can break, deform or become missing after years. CPSC said there can also be problems with assembly mistakes by the crib owner. These problems can cause the drop-side to detach, creating a dangerous space between the drop-side and the crib mattress, where a child can become trapped.

The commission is urging parents to stop using the cribs until receiving a free repair kit from Stork Craft. The kit will convert the drop-side into a fixed side.

The cribs, which were manufactured and distributed between January 1993 and October 2009, were sold at major retailers including BJ's Wholesale Club, Sears and Wal-Mart stores and online through Target and Costco. They sold for between $100 and $400, and were made in Canada, China and Indonesia.

Calls to Stork Craft were not immediately returned.

More Info HERE

Molasses on Wintry Roads?

A thick, viscous fluid that is made from sugar beets, looks and feels like motor oil and smells a bit like instant coffee is part of the State Highway Administration's plans to keep Maryland roadways free of snow and ice this winter.

The molasses-based substance, known as Ice Bite, will be used in a pilot project in Frederick and Howard counties to test its effectiveness in pre-treating highways before spraying salt.

Highway officials at the agency's annual Snow Show on Monday said the product will be added to salt brine to help it adhere to pavement for a longer period. Officials say Ice Bite, a sugar-free form of beet molasses, will help reduce the amount of salt that scatters when a truck sprays it onto a roadway.

If Ice Bite works as advertised, it could help the state cut back on the amount of salt it uses on its roads. When salt is scattered, it can seep into water tables and aquifers, causing pollution.

SHA spokeswoman Sandra Dobson said the molasses product is "environmentally friendly."

"It helps with our desire to be a greener State Highway Administration," she said.

In addition to the environmental considerations, the state has an economic incentive to cut down on its use of road salt. Dobson said the price of rock salt has recently increased from $55 a ton to $62.

Ice Bite has been used in other states - among them Virginia, New Jersey, Illinois and Ohio - for almost 10 years. The state highway agency made an initial purchase of 6,000 gallons at $2.17 a gallon.

According to officials, the molasses derivative can cut down on corrosion of both state salt-spreading equipment and private vehicles. They said that it is a light brown color after it has been diluted by salt brine and that it will not stain road surfaces.

Ice Bite is also believed to make salt and salt brine more effective at colder temperatures. According to its manufacturer, Road Solutions Inc. of Indianapolis, the product is effective at temperatures as low as 25 degrees below zero.

If Ice Bite proves effective, Maryland could expand its use to other jurisdictions in future years, state highway Administrator Neil J. Pedersen said.

Christopher P. Swan, an ecologist and associate professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, has studied the impact of rising salt levels in streams - frequently attributed to heavy road salt application. He said he's found subtle but potentially significant changes in the development of grey tree frogs, aquatic insects and zooplankton, the microscopic animals in water that feed on algae.

Swan says he thinks using the molasses-based product as a supplement to rock salt would probably help reduce the amount of salt that is getting into area streams.

The beet derivative is unlikely to have as lasting an impact on streams as salt does because it would degrade more quickly, Swan said.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Odor on Nictitate (Chapter 6)

Odor on Nictitate
By Odor Eliminator

Chapter 6 - Three Card Monte

OE has been very quiet since the release of Chapter 5. Now I know that some of you thought that I had gone away for good. Sorry to disappoint you, I’m still here.

OE has let the groupies run roughshod over the blogs and chats. It was OE’s intention to sit back and see where things went. Wow, things have the appearance of animals in a zoo going berserk from being in their cages too long. Who or what rattled their cage?

We left off writing about what happened during the spree of fires on Byrd Road. For whatever reasons, it sent the groupies into an attacking frenzy. Providing the truth for readers from solid sources and eyewitness accounts along with a picture of an actual Byrd Road fire has the pesky little spiders spinning webs of deception.

Along came a spider called Nictitate spinning tales of greatness. From her nest hang pesky little groupies who spin their own tales

The reaction from the groupies after the release of Chapter 5 was to attack. Obviously, when OE wrote it, people who witnessed the terror spree had talked to OE. No big secret! What OE wonders is “why” attack people for telling the truth?

PPE had “anonymous” groupie bloggers who said that some peoples “hands” were all over an attack to trash Christine’s family. Nowhere has it ever been stated that anyone wants to or is attacking Christine’s family. If the truth hurts……..

On another blog a post was made by a self proclaimed fire fighter from Delaware who was suggesting that people were burning down their chicken houses because of no longer having a contract. What? An FYI for the blogging fire fighter – the neighbors tell OE that they did not stop raising chickens until July of 2008 and their chicken houses are still standing. Hello, the burning spree occurred from September – November 2007.

Tales of Clarence Jackson aka JR, have spilled forth from Nictitates nest. It was clear from a newspaper article that JR was arrested in Tennessee. The tales now say that he was charged with attempted murder. Other sources tell OE that JR has been recently spotted in Pocomoke. We all know that his love Tia has returned to Pocomoke and is back working at Walmart. Maybe we should invent a game – Where in the World Is JR? Carmen Sandiego doesn’t have anything on him!

A very strange posting appeared on a local blog from the Great One herself. One could say that it was the mindless babbling of someone who had a few too many and one would have to be in the same state of mind and on the same planet to understand it’s cryptic message. OE supposes it was another ploy at being “oh so mysterious”. If anything the free entertainment was worth the read.

A recent “conversation” on a chat roll repeats a story about Nik, a “good friend” of the Burke family, who befriended someone that told him a story about what happened to Christine. Old news folks. This same story was going around back in March. Sources tell OE that to further add to the plot of Nictitates tale the person whom this character Nik befriended has a relative who supposedly gave the same information to Lynn. As the tale goes, the relative then took back the story.

So many stories! We don’t need to worry though. If LE was given this information, as the tale goes, they were able to sort through it and throw out the BS.

The character Nik now has the Great One to thank for putting a big red X on his back. How stupid can anyone be? Is it any wonder that people do not want to talk to her? Someone gave the Nik story to the Great One and it can be deduced that is was one of two sources. This is another example of Nictitates tale being more important than information that does not need to be plastered all over the internet.

A recent Boss Hog post on PPE accused and blamed PE for derailing the involvement by 3 View Search Services in Christine’s case. This appeared to be more senseless babbling by someone who had a few too many. Thankfully it wasn’t an “oh so mysterious” post. No sir, he got right to the point.

The real story behind 3 View not coming to Pocomoke is that LE has not invited them to come. We have to remember that the Great One promised she could get 3 View to do a search. It’s clear that she didn’t and can’t deliver what she promises. Question is – why does Boss Hog have a need to cover this up by blaming PE?

Most entertaining of all is a conversation between the Great One and Christine. It starts out oh so sweet and then spews forth evil calling others haters and riff raff. The Great One claims to have “felt” Christine’s presence at the farm. A prayer to Saint Anthony follows and it’s expected by the Great One that Saint Anthony will “obtain” for her the whereabouts of Christine from the Lord. She even says “pretty please”. What? Sorry folks OE is speechless!

It’s like playing 3 Card Monte. Mix it up and distract people from focusing. Nictitates tale has become very boring and full of old news. The book sure won’t make the New York Times Best Seller list. Fame and fortune does not await Nictitate or the groupies.

November 13th has come and gone and now Christine Sheddy has been missing for over 2 years, her whereabouts unknown. Her family brought in the Great One who was going to solve the mystery of her disappearance in a flash. It’s obvious that the promises are empty and the Great One can’t deliver however the groupies cling to the nest.

Now that the divisionary, not the visionary, has played out her game how has it left everyone?
OE realizes that Chapter 6 is different than the rest of the chapters of Nictitates tale. I suppose that it’s influenced by Thanksgiving being upon us. When thinking about Christine’s disappearance and the evil horrid mess made by Nictitate and the groupies involvement, OE does not find anything from it to be thankful for.

Note: For those of you who want to highjack writings from OE – DON’T. Any writings contributed by Odor Eliminator belong to The Pocomoke Public Eye exclusively and all rights are reserved. You may not copy and paste, dissect, snip, or use any of OE’s writings in any part or its entirety without prior written consent.

The Point: SNL Skit a Warning for Obama?

It's always been a good sign for "Saturday Night Live" when people are still talking about the show on Monday morning. That's happening more often now that the venerable comedy program is sharpening its satire of President Barack Obama.

This weekend's show opened with a parody of Obama's news conference with China's president that included jabs at the administration's spending on economic stimulus, health care reform, bailouts and Cash for Clunkers. America's $800 billion debt to China was the butt of many jokes.

"Remember this moment, folks," Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood announced. "One year after Obama's election and just more than ten months into his administration, 'Saturday Night Live' takes its first crack at Obama for something other than not being left enough."

But it's not the first time SNL has generated buzz by skewering President Obama. At the beginning of October, pundits declared the caustic "do-nothing Obama" sketch a turning point in the popular perception of the new president. CNN took it so seriously it actually fact-checked the comedy bit -- setting off a second wave of mockery.

"SNL's awakening is a sign that Obama's honeymoon is over," said Ellie Velinska on Right, who saw the China news conference skit as a reflection of a "public revolt against some of Obama's policies."

Another Black Conservative's Clifton B agreed. "There appears to be growing noise on the left that Obama ain't all that," he blogged.

While rejecting the idea that "liberal comedians are somehow arbiters of popular culture, let alone public policy," Power Line's John Hinderaker said Saturday's "sometimes-funny" sketch did "seem significant."

Mediaite's Joe Coscarelli thought the routine was "short on laughs" and wondered whether SNL's writers would "consciously sacrifice funniness" to make a political point.

Those who weren't amused by the Obama jokes might have enjoyed the mash-up that turned a movie trailer for the end-of-the-world blockbuster "2012" into a glimpse of what happens when Sarah Palin is elected president (with Glenn Beck as VP). And it was a real politician, not a comedian playing one, who got some of the night's biggest laughs. Former Vice President Al Gore declared on "Weekend Update" that in order to draw attention to the climate-change crisis, he was going to "start acting crazy."

Whether there's really any deeper meaning to SNL's political humor -- and what, if anything, that signals for the president -- is debatable. Comedy shows might try to influence policy, but they don't stay on the air for more than 30 years unless they make people laugh. From Nixon, Ford and Carter in its early days to Clinton, Bush and now Obama, "Saturday Night Live" has always been at its best when its presidential punch lines tickle the funny bone and strike a nerve at the same time.


Hospital Staff Boogies on Down for Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is long gone, but that doesn’t stop the staff at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Ore. From administrators to nurses, cleaning crews to surgeons, everyone threw on a pair of pink gloves and got down in the spirit of raising awareness for breast cancer.

Click on the video below to watch hospital employees cut loose for breast cancer awareness.

More Bollywood than ER, the video is an infectious, upbeat dance to Jay Sean’s “Down.” Kudos to the elderly man with a broom for the best solo performance. It’s a tie between the lab technicians and the surgical staff for best small-group choreographed dance. “Our employees put together this video to generate breast cancer awareness throughout our hospital system,” according to the video’s YouTube page. “We had a ton of fun putting this together and hope it inspires others to join in the cause.” The video shows that there’s more than one way to fight cancer. Although the clip lacks professional dance moves, it sure makes up for it in charisma, style and hope.

Most Dangerous Cities 2009

Camden, NJ Getty Images

No. 1: Camden, N.J.

Rankings in Crime
Assault: 6
Murder: 1
Rape: 8
Motor Vehicle Theft: 8
Robbery: 1
Burglary: 41

(A "murder" rank of "4" would mean it has the 4th worst murder rate. Rankings are out of 393 cities or up to 402 cities, depending on the statistics available in each category. Nine cities that did not have published statistics in all six individual crime categories were not considered in the overall rankings.)

Next: No. 2 Most Dangerous City

"Lets say Thanks"

The mission of Let's Say Thanks is to provide a way for individuals across the country to recognize U.S. troops stationed overseas. By submitting a message through this site you have the opportunity to send a free personalized postcard greeting to deployed servicemen and women.

The postcards, depicting patriotic scenes and hometown images, were selected from a pool of entries from children across the country.

All you have to do is click on your favorite design and either select the message that best expresses your sentiment or draft a personal note. The postcards are then printed on the Xerox iGen3® Digital Production Press and mailed in care packages by military support organization Give2TheTroops®.

Xerox is committed to helping people across the nation express their gratitude to our troops overseas. The launch of this program is aimed at reminding them how much Americans appreciate their service.