Archive for the 'In The News' Category

Earthquake!
 

So if you live on the East Coast, you probably felt the quake we had today. Even though there is a giant fault line under the east coast, we haven’t historically been prone to quakes . . . till now? Over the past few years my mom/brother in Virginia have felt very tiny ones. I was home once with the dogs and I slept through one, but the dogs woke my mom up right before it happened. She said it just felt like a large truck going up the street.

However there was no sleeping through this one . . . mainly cause I was awake. It did center in Virginia, but was felt up and down the coast. Facebook friends all the way in Oh Canada! even felt it. West Coasters are of course laughing at us, saying our quake is nothing. But for those who never experienced something like this, it was shocking to scary.

To be honest, at first I thought my cats were fighting. My PCs started rocking as I sat in front of them (yes them) and I starting trying to find where the cats under the table fighting were. When I realized I couldn’t find them, I looked around. I noticed the bookshelf was rocking, and the hanging lights in the kitchen were swaying. So I texted John “Did we just have an earthquake?” . . . but before he could answer my brother in Virginia IM’d me that they just got hit too. It took 5 minutes for my facebook to begin exploding, and now the news has taken over TV.

Wow my first earthquake! We might have another due to the laughter from those on the West Coast ;)

John Makes The News Again
 

Here is a news story on the Tomato Late Blight which John was featured a bit in.


Oh yes, notice the wide screen :) That is courtesy of my HAVA which records in HD :P

The Big Bad Wolf To Close
 

The Big Bad Wolf Sad news for coaster fans came out this week. Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA is closing the Big Bad Wolf down on September 7th. The 25 year old coaster has “run its life” according to the park.

It really is a shame. The coaster was one of the first suspended coasters in the US, and I believe is still the oldest one still standing. Compared to today’s coasters it isn’t the fastest or the tallest, but the ride is still a great one. It remains and probably always will remain my favorite ride to do in the dark. This is mostly because of the setting, it’s back in the woods and you ride through a simulated Bavarian village (video below). In the dark, it’s just pitch black for most of the ride, except for lights in the house windows.

Why it’s being taken down I don’t know and they won’t really say. It can’t be for space issues, as the park has never put anything in the area another coaster “Drakenfire” was at. This ride was taken down as it was just a neck killer. They tried taking out loops and other stuff, but the coaster just left you hurting (though it was a fun ride).

One probable reason for the ending of the Wolf is mechanical. Anyone who grew up going to the park knows on any given day the coaster could be broken for a few hours or a whole day. I remember once it got stuck way out in the middle of the ride at night just when then park was about to close. I wouldn’t be happy if that was me!

I can’t help but think this is a ploy to get people into the park in the bad economy. However it’s my hope though if they do close the coaster that they will in its place put a Wolf II, bigger, badder and better :)

Press Release On Closing Of The Wolf

John On CBS 3 News
 

John was on the local news, that was doing a story on the Tomato Blight hitting many states. It’s a fungus killing tomato plants.

The farm’s tomatoes are fine though :)


BTW John said the reporter was HUGE. John is about 6 feet, and he looks like a dwarf compared to this guy.

Iconic and Immortal
 


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DANCE! Or Fade Out . . . .
 

This is like the best thing I’ve seen in a long time! I needed this given the stressful week I’ve had. Big thanks to Hot Lunch for enlightening me to it!

No doubt some of you have heard the trouble Christian Bale has gotten himself in for his F Bomb dropping tirade on some poor lighting guy that walked into the middle of a scene he was shooting for the upcoming “Terminator Salvation Film.” (Dear Mr. Bale, I’m not sure anyone cares about Terminator that much anymore, especially without the Governator in it).

Well someone took the audio clip and turned it into the following dance mix. This is HILL AIR E US. There is even a special guest star in it!

This has dirty words in it. So yeah, don’t play this at work, unless you either want to get fired or become the hit of the office (and then probably get fired).



Oh Miss Mary Saw A Spider!
 

I never saw this before (it’s 2 years old) but it’s fricken hilarious. Watch this weather man go from somewhat straight to gay in zero seconds.


BTW there are tons of hilarious weather news clips on YouTube! What is the weather going to be in Haiti today?


Of course the worst one is Rated R for language. This means don’t play it at work with your sound turned all the way up! Now while we shouldn’t laugh at people’s disabilities, well this guy apparently had an attack of tourettes on air . . .


Do You Like Your Wii? Mommy Killed A Man For It. Happy Holidays!
 

At 4:55 a.m., just five minutes before the doors were set to open, a crowd of 2,000 anxious shoppers started pushing, shoving and piling against the locked sliding glass doors of the Wal-Mart in Valley Stream, N.Y., Nassau County police said. The shoppers broke the doors off their hinges and surged in, toppling a 34-year-old temporary employee who had been waiting with other workers in the store’s entryway.

People did not stop to help the employee as he lay on the ground, and they pushed against other Wal-Mart workers who were trying to aid the man. The crowd kept running into the store even after the police arrived, jostling and pushing officers who were trying to perform CPR, the police said.

Source:NY Times

This story doesn’t have a happy ending, the man died. How sad is it? How pathetic were those people who thought more of getting that sale than another human? I hope it was on store camera and every single one of them goes to jail, or at least have their faces plastered on the news to be made to feel like the scum they are.

I originally had the words “Merry Christmas” at the end of the title of this post, but replaced it with the much loathed “Happy Holidays.” Why? Because we have entered the season where we will yet again have to hear about the “War on Christmas” and how it’s “illegal” for people to say “Merry Christmas” and have to use “Happy Holidays.” Retail stores that use “Holidays” will as usual be boycotted over it by many in this country. I’m sure the American Family ASSociation already has their boycott list up.

Perhaps people should stop worrying and fighting over what retailers or the people on the street call the season or say to each other in passing by and be a little more concerned about how people treat each other. Tis the season for good will and joy among men, but how many people show it? This poor guy and his family will have neither a “Merry Christmas” nor “Happy Holidays” cause he’s dead. He died because people cared more about getting a sale. He died for “Holiday Consumerism.” That right there is the real war on Christmas people should really concern themselves with.

Delicious Jersey Ramapo Tomatoes As Featured In The NY Times
 


Greetings Tomato Lovers!

This is a special blog post, regular readers of my blog please excuse the intrusion.

If you are new here, you most likely landed here from a search engine looking for information about the Ramapo tomato. Perhaps you even found out about it from the NY Times article and are looking to buy some. You aren’t alone! Unfortunately the NY Times left out the name of the farm featured in the article, and as a result our home has been inundated with calls from people wanting the tomato.

Unfortunately at the moment the Ramapo isn’t ready yet and it won’t be until sometime next week (Mid-August). When it is ready you’ll be able to buy it at Springdale Farms in Cherry Hill, NJ. This is the farm featured in the NY Times article. However the farm is not equipped at this time to ship the tomato, which means you’ll have to come in person and buy them. Because of the local demand for them, you may actually be hard pressed to find any Jersey farms that are shipping them.

To find out more about the tomato you can visit Rutgers, who are responsible for bringing back this “lost” Jersey variety. They also have a listing of Jersey farms growing the tomato where you can purchase them. If you are a gardener or grower, there is also an order form on the site to purchase seeds for your own garden.

I now return to my regularly scheduled blog!

S&M Barbie Pisses People Off
 


RANT AHEAD! (I collect toys in case you didn’t know)

This right here is what the news is calling “S&M Barbie” and has parents and Christian groups outraged!

Barbie has always been on the tarty side and this is taking it too far. A children’s doll in sexually-suggestive clothing is irresponsible – it’s filth. – The Christian Voice

Okay here’s the catch. This is part of the DC Comics collection of Barbies, which already include Supergirl, Batgirl and Wonder Woman (which I of course own). This is the character of Black Canary. This doll is so obviously marketed at collectors. If you want proof, well these dolls are the ONLY Barbies you’ll ever find in a comic book store. Of course even when Mattel points out that this is part of the DC Comics’ collectors line, well some moms won’t buy it.

Several mothers, however, aren’t buying it….neither the explanation nor the doll. Los Angeles resident and mom, Roberta Moran, said, “They want kids to grow up too fast, basically. When babies are little they should have babies that are soft and lovey.” Mom Zully Gomez adds, “It doesn’t look very appropriate for a Barbie. It looks like a stripper.”

You know what, save it. Did you buy your kids the “Wizard of Oz” Barbies? OMG you taught your kids about being gay! What about the “I Love Lucy” Barbies OMG, teaching your kids to stay in a marriage with cheating husband! How about the “Gone With The Wind” Barbies? Just insert your own racial injustice saying here. All these Barbies are aimed at the collector market, because Mattel knows Barbie is a collectible!

Finally for those who really are offended by the sexual innuendos. Well you know what, maybe it’s time you learn the HISTORY of Barbie! I don’t know how many people know it, but Barbie IS a sex doll. She IS an adult toy. The woman who “invented” and sold Barbie to Mattel TOOK the idea from a sex doll! Yes she found the doll in Europe (Germany if memory serves me). The doll was marketed at adult men as a gag gift basically, and she turned it into a children’s toy. A children’s toy which Mattel bought and sold to kids. A children’s toy that taught little girls to be pretty and popular they had to be blond, blue eyed and have a perfect unachievable without surgery figure (in case you didn’t know, the original Barbie’s dimensions are not humanly possible unless you have a few ribs removed). A toy that taught them they needed a man to be complete. Need I really go on?

Image: The Sun
News Story Links/Sources: KTLA News, Fox News, MomLogic

P.S. I don’t follow this comic character at all, but the outrage the doll alone has prompted me to buy one when it comes out (cause that makes it even more collectible). That and the fact it’s fabulous!