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    TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL PARK--THE 2010 BASEBALL SEASON IS ABOUT TO BEGIN. MARCH 4 IS THE FIRST GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE GAME FOR THE TIGERS.

    I RECALL THE FIRST MAJOR LEAGUE GAME I ATTENDED.  OF COURSE IT WAS THE DETROIT TIGERS.  IT WAS A SUMMER NIGHT IN 1946 AND IT TOOK PLACE AT COMISKEY PARK IN CHICAGO.  I TOOK MY YOUNGER BROTHER TO SEE THE GAME FOR HIS BIRTHDAY.  IT WAS QUITE A THRILL FOR BOTH OF US, BUT THE REAL TOPPER OF THE EVENING WAS WHEN BABE RUTH MADE AN APPEARANCE.  THE NEXT DAY WAS "BABE RUTH DAY" IN CHICAGO.  THE BABE TOOK A STANCE AT HOME PLATE WITH A BAT AND ALL THE NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPHERS WITH THEIR PRESS CAMERAS GATHERED AROUND FOR SOME SHOTS OF THE "SULTAN OF SWAT." NEXT THE BABE GOT IN A CONVERTIBLE AND WAVED AS THEY DROVE HIM AROUND THE PARK.  THAT NIGHT HE WAS ALREADY SUFFERING FROM THE THROAT CANCER THAT WOULD END HIS LIFE, BUT MANY FANS WILL REMEMBER IT WELL.  IT WAS VERY SPECIAL FOR ME AND MY BROTHER.  THE TIGERS LOST THE GAME, BUT WE TOOK AWAY SOME LIFETIME MEMORIES.  

  • THE JUKE BOX

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    ONE OF THE MOST AWE INSPIRING SIGHTS IN OUR COUNTRY, IS THE GRAND CANYON. IF YOU HAVE SEEN IT, I THINK YOU WILL AGREE.  IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN IT, I HOPE YOU WILL PUT IT HIGH ON YOUR LIST OF THINGS TO DO.  I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SEEING THE CANYON ON THREE DIFFERENT OCCASIONS, AND EVERY TIME, I WALK UP TO THE RIM, I MARVEL AT THE NATURAL VISTA OF CREATION THAT OPENS BEFORE ME.  PEOPLE COME FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO SPEND A FEW HOURS AT THIS NATURAL WONDER.  FOR THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE A LOT OF TIME, HELICOPTER RIDES ARE AVAILABLE--FOR THOSE WHO ARE MORE ADVENTURESOME, A BURRO RIDE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE CANYON IS AVAILABLE.  IF YOU ARE A SENIOR, GET A GOLDEN AGE PASSPORT FROM THE PARK SERVICE IN ANY NATIONAL PARK. IT WILL ALLOW FREE ACCESS TO ALL NATIONAL PARKS.

    IF YOU HAVE VISITED THE CANYON, WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF IT??

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    THE BUSHIDO CODE "WIN OR DIE," WAS PREVALENT DURING WWII, AMONG THE JAPANESE TROOPS.  TOYOTA, IN ITS ZEAL TO BE THE LARGEST AUTO MAKER IN THE WORLD, MAY HAVE HAD THAT IN MIND WHEN QUANTITY BECAME MORE IMPORTANT THAN QUALITY.  WE ARE HEARING THE USUAL APOLOGIES IN THE CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS.  WHAT TOYOTA HAS ACCOMPLISHED, IS PUTTING MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ON THE UNEMPLOYMENT ROLLS.  IS FOREIGN BETTER?  MAYBE NOT.

    YOUR LOCAL FORD AND GM DEALER INVITE YOU TO COME IN AND HAVE A LOOK AT THEIR AWARD WINNING OFFERINGS.  I FOUGHT FOR AMERICA AND I CONSIDER IT WORTH SAVING. LETS PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK.

    IF YOU FLY AN AMERICAN FLAG, DRIVE AN AMERICAN CAR.

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    FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA HAS ADOPTED A PROJECT THAT CAN HAVE A LASTING EFFECT ON THE COUNTRY.  THE PROJECT IS OBESITY, PARTICULARLY IN CHILDREN, BUT IT IS APPLICABLE TO ALL.  A POLL SHOWED THAT ABOUT 50% OF CHILDREN ARE  ARE OBESE, PROBABLY A RESULT OF TV WATCHING AND FAST FOOD.  PARENTS WILL HAVE AN ACTIVE ROLE IN CHANGING HABITS THAT HAVE BECOME ESTABLISHED SINCE THE 50'S--TV IS A HANDY "BABY SITTER," AND THE KIDS LIKE IT.  ADULTS HAVE FALLEN INTO THE "COUCH POTATO" MODE QUITE EASILY.  I EXPECT THE FIRST LADY WILL PROMOTE EXERCISE, SMALLER PORTIONS AND PERHAPS SMALLER PLATES. RESTAURANTS COULD HELP BY CUTTING BACK ON PORTION SIZE.  WE CAN HELP AT HOME WITH HEALTHY MEAL PLANNING, AND WHEN WE GO OUT, BE CALORIE CONSCIOUS.  

    THE FIRST LADY HAS A GOOD IDEA AND YOU CAN PARTICIPATE, REGARDLESS OF YOUR PARTY.  FOOD IS NOT POLITICAL, NOR IS OBESITY.  

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    IS CHOCOLATE A HEALTH FOOD?  A NEW ANALYSIS SUGGESTS EATING A BAR OF CHOCOLATE A WEEK CAN HELP CUT THE RISK OF STROKE AND LOWER THE RISK DEATH AFTER A STROKE.  ONE STUDY FOUND THAT 44,489 PEOPLE WHO ATE ONE SERVING OF CHOCOLATE PER WEEK, WERE 22% LESS LIKELY TO HAVE A STROKE THAN THOSE WHO ATE NO CHOCOLATE. ANOTHER STUDY FOUND1,169 PEOPLE WHO ATE 50 GRAMS OF CHOCOLATE PER WEEK, WERE 46% LESS LIKELY TO DIE OF A STROKE.  NEW CHOCOLATE -STROKE STUDIES SHOULD ALSO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT AGE AND GENDER SAYS ITALO MOCCHETTI, A PROFESSOR IN THE DEPARTMENT OF NEUROSCIENCE AT GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER.  MOCCHETTI WHO HAS ALSO STUDIED  FLAVONOIDS SAYS THIS CHEMICAL FOUND IN COCOA, IS LINKED TO ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AND ANTI-CANCER PROPERTIES.

    PASS ME A SNICKERS BAR. WHATS YOUR FAVORITE?

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    THIS BLOG IS ON VACATION TODAY LIKE THE POST OFFICE.  I MAY EAT A CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY, IN HONOR OF GEORGE WASHINGTON.  WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

  • THE JUKE BOX

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    GREAT! ANOTHER DAY WITHOUT MAIL.  GEORGE WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY--NOW PRESIDENTS DAY, SO YOU CAN HONOR RUTHERFORD B. HAYES IF YOU WISH. CONGRESS IS ON VACATION. SOME BANKS ARE ON VACATION. WALL STREET IS ON VACATION.  SOME OF US ARE WORKING OR RUSHING OFF TO PICK UP ON SOME PRESIDENTS DAY BARGAINS.  I THINK I'LL HAVE A CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY TO HONOR GEORGE.  HOW ARE YOU CELEBRATING?

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    WHO'S CONFUSED?  I WRITE THESE THINGS IN THE EARLY MORNING AND I FORGOT THE REAL BIRTHDAY-IMITATION HOLIDAY RELATIONSHIP.  LETS MOVE ON AND ENJOY ST. PATS DAY MARCH 17.  

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    GREAT!  ANOTHER DAY WITHOUT MAIL!  EVEN CONGRESS HAS A "PRESIDENTS DAY" VACATION.  GEORGE WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY HAS BEEN ROLLED INTO THIS DAY ALONG WITH ALL THE OTHER PRESIDENTS, INCLUDING LINCOLN, RUTHERFORD B. HAYES AND HERBERT HOOVER.  THE REAL PURPOSE IS WELL HIDDEN IN THE "LONG WEEKEND FOR GOVERNMENT" SYNDROME, AND PRESIDENTS DAY BARGAINS IN THE STORES.  ALL IS NOT LOST--SOME OF US WILL BE WORKING AND LOCAL BANKS WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS.  I THINK I'LL HAVE A CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY TO HONOR GEORGE.  HOW WILL YOU CELEBRATE?

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    REX HARRIS, THE MAYOR OF LANCASTER, CA RECENTLY TOLD A GROUP OF CHRISTIAN MINISTERS, "WE'RE A GROWING CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY--AND DON'T LET ANYBODY SHY AWAY FROM THAT." 

    THE COUNCIL IN AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS, FILED A FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINT, ALLEGING THAT THE MAYOR HAD VIOLATED THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF ALL NON-CHRISTIANS IN HIS MESSAGE.   ALSO THE ANTELOPE VALLEY HUMAN RELATIONS TASK FORCE LAUNCHED AN INVESTIGATION.  THEY SAY THEY HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO DEEM THIS A "HATE CRIME" OR "HATE INCIDENT" WHICH IS NOW A FEDERAL CRIME.  

    IS THIS OPEN SEASON ON CHRISTIANS?  THE CONSTITUTION STATES: "CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION, OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF, OR ABRIDGING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH."

    COULD A MINISTER BE ARRESTED FOR SERMONIZING AGAINST NON-CHRISTIANS OR HOMOSEXUALS?  THE ISSUE MAY BE DETERMINED IN COURT. 

    IS CHRISTIANITY ON A COLLISION COURSE WITH THE "HATE CRIME" LAW?

     

     

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    APPEARING ON DIANE SAWYER'S ABC NEWSCAST LAST NIGHT WAS CERTAINLY MY HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY.  HOLLAND'S "HAPPY DAY" SEGMENT WAS GREAT.  NOW THE ENTIRE COUNTRY HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE US SMILE, DESPITE UNEMPLOYMENT.  ITS THE NEIGHBORHOOD THING. WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THOSE AROUND US.  IF YOU SEE YOUR NEIGHBOR TODAY, SAY HI, AND SMILE, OR GO SEE SOMEONE IN A NURSING HOME AND SHARE A FEW MINUTES WITH THEM.  IF WE CAN HELP SOMEONE TODAY, WE CAN SMILE ALONG WITH THEM.  

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    SADIE WON!  SADIE, THE SCOTTISH TERRIER WON "BEST OF SHOW" AT THE DOG SHOW.  SCOTTISH TERRIERS HAVE BEEN A NATIONAL FAVORITE EVER SINCE "FALA" RULED THE WHITE HOUSE DURING THE ROOSEVELT ADMINISTRATION.  FALA WAS THE AMERICAN ROYALTY OF DOGDOM AND ACCOMPANIED THE "BOSS" ON MOST OF HIS FORAYS OUTSIDE OF THE WHITE HOUSE.  THE TWO SCOTTIES WE HAD WERE FINE PETS BUT WITH AN "ATTITUDE."  THEY EXHIBITED UNWAVERING LOYALTY WHEN IT WAS CONVENIENT TO THEM.  SADIE'S WINNING WILL BEGIN ANOTHER ROUND OF SCOTTIE POPULARITY.  

    DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE DOG IN YOUR PAST?