Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Hot summer days and your Pets!



If your pet is as important to you as mine is to me, you may want to check out this article on summer and taking care of our pets.


"Summer Survival Guide for Your Pets"

There's a reason these are called the "dog days of summer" — just imagine living through triple-digit temperatures covered in fur.

Dr. Marty Becker dropped by "Good Morning America" with the top tips for dog and cat owners to make their pet safer, more comfortable and travel-ready during the summer months.


Which Pets Are Most at Risk in the Heat?
Do you know which pets are most at risk during these hot days? Very young, very old and overweight dogs and cats, and short-nosed breeds like pugs, bulldogs and terriers.

Short-nosed breeds (also called brachycephalic breeds) with pushed-in faces are prone to breathing difficulties. Dogs pant to get rid of excess heat, and these dogs are the worst panters, which inhibits their ability to get rid of heat. Think of a human who can't sweat.


For the complete article click here!

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Bon Jovi - (You Want To) Make A Memory: Video - Closed Captioned - Album/Live Audio Version

Great lyrics - BonJovi Gold hit for sure.


The owner of this video doesn’t allow video embedding please watch this video on YouTube.com - JUST DOUBLE CLICK ON THE VIDEO WINDOW TO GO TO YOUTUBE AND IT WILL PLAY.

Friday, April 27, 2007

John Ford Guilty of Bribery

Former TN State Senator John Ford found guilty of bribery.
Memphis Dist 29

Ford now a convicted felon. Can be maximum 10 year penalty.

Extortion - not guilty - but may be retried!
Intimadation of witnesses - not guilty.

From the Memphis Flyer:

United States Attorney David Kustoff said the government got what it wanted in the John Ford trial.

"The bottom line is, as of today John Ford is a convicted felon," said Kustoff at a news conference in the federal building.

Jurors found Ford guilty of bribery, which carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison. The former senator was found not guilty on three counts of threatening undercover FBI agent L. C. McNiel and undercover informant Tim Willis, but Kustoff shrugged off a suggestion that the jury found them to not be credible witnesses.


Memphis Flyer article


He still has a middle Tennessee trial in the future.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Bees gone! Should we be worried?

A post on KOS should be of interest to us all.

It's Official: The HoneyBees are Gone [Congressional Testimony] by jhritz

"Experts are gathering outside Washington, D.C. today for a two-day meeting to collectively scratch their heads about the Colony Collapse Disorder, aka 'Where have all the honeybees gone.'"

The phenomenon was first noticed late last year in the United States, where honeybees are used to pollinate $15 billion worth of fruits, nuts and other crops annually. Disappearing bees have also been reported in Europe and Brazil.

Commercial beekeepers would set their bees near a crop field as usual and come back in two or three weeks to find the hives bereft of foraging worker bees, with only the queen and the immature insects remaining. Whatever worker bees survived were often too weak to perform their tasks.

cnn link

Much more to this diary, please give it a read: click here

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Kasparov Chess Grandmaster Arrested

Russia a friend? Russia for Freedom?

This is a sad event - a world renown Chess Grandmaster Arrested! Americans we should follow this story.
By Christian Lowe

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov accused Russian authorities of illegally crushing an anti-Kremlin march on Saturday and called the protest a victory for opponents of President Vladimir Putin.

Kasparov, who was among at least 170 people detained during a march organised by opposition coalition Other Russia, appeared briefly outside a central Moscow court after being charged with public order offences during the banned protest.

"Today the regime showed its true colours, its true face," said Kasparov, who turned 44 on Friday, and is one of the leaders of Other Russia.

for complete article:
Kasparov Arrest

Also:

Sunday Herald
Kasparov: Russia's white knight?
Once the best chess player in the world, Garry Kasparov has turned his strategic genius to restoring democracy in Russia. Paul Dalgarno hears why Vladimir Putin has reason to fear the grandmaster

Article here

Also:

USA Today
Russia detains chess ex-champion Kasparov at anti-Putin rally

MOSCOW (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators defied authorities Saturday by trying to stage an anti-government rally banned from a landmark downtown square, setting off sporadic clashes with police across Moscow and bringing a wave of arrests.

A coalition of opposition groups organized the "Dissenters March" to protest the economic and social policies of President Vladimir Putin as well as a series of Kremlin actions that critics say has stripped Russians of many political rights.

Article here

Also:

CBCNews
Kasparov arrested in Moscow march
Authorities had banned the demonstration and about 9,000 police officers, many of them in riot gear, blocked the streets.
As head of the United Civil Front, part of the Other Russia opposition coalition, Kasparov has accused President Vladimir Putin of trampling on democracy and has often called on his supporters to stand up to his rule.

Article here

Also:

Ledger-Enquirer.com

Kasparov freed after anti-Putin rally
by DOUGLAS BIRCH Associated Press
Organizers refused to cancel plans for the Pushkin Square rally and protesters started to arrive before 11 a.m. Police began seizing them a few at a time.

A 23-year-old woman, who gave her name only as Maria, said she and her husband, Andrei, were coming out of the subway when officers grabbed him.

"We didn't do anything," she said, tears rolling down her face as she watched her husband being hustled into a police truck. "We just wanted to see what would happen."

Viktor Vinokourov, a 67-year-old pensioner, watched the detentions from a nearby sidewalk, holding a hand-scrawled sign declaring: "I Don't Agree." A young man in a leather coat, apparently a plainclothes security officer, snatched it out of his hands.

Article here

Kasparov Links:
Chess Corner

Kasparov Chess Foundation

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Keeping up with Ambulance Service

Shelby county is in dire need from a lack of Ambulances. With only six for the incorporated areas including Germantown and Collierville, the service is desparate.

I came across another story in this case it is about patient dumping. I don't know how our fellow americans can participate in this. I don't know how a hospital can participate in this.

"Paraplegic allegedly 'dumped' on skid row
L.A. police say man was dropped off in front of dozens of witnesses by van linked to Hollywood Presbyterian hospital."

By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton,
Times Staff WritersFebruary 9, 2007
(found at the Los Angeles Times site: latimes.com)

"A paraplegic man wearing a soiled hospital gown and a broken colostomy bag was found crawling in a gutter in skid row in Los Angeles on Thursday after allegedly being dumped in the street by a Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center van, police said."

"The incident, witnessed by more than two dozen people, was described by police as a particularly outrageous case of "homeless dumping" that has plagued the downtown area. "I can't think of anything colder than that," said LAPD Det. Russ Long, who called the case the most egregious of its kind that he has seen in his career."

"There was no mission around, no services. It's the worst area of skid row."Los Angeles Police Department detectives said they connected the van to Hollywood Presbyterian after witnesses wrote down a phone number on the van and took down its license-plate number."

For the complete article click here.


Where do the homeless go?
Where do the mentally ill go if they have noone to help them?
Where do the poor go if they have no income or not enough to support themselves?
Many times our pets and zoo animals are treated better then our fellow humans. You can help today, write, call, fax or email your representatives, Governor Schwarzenegger, and your newspapers.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol BuildingSacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-445-2841Fax: 916-445-4633

To send an Email to the Governor please click here.


Even if you do not live in California, please contact your Congressmen/women
For your Representatives click here.

For your Senators click here.

This is one reason why I am for John Edwards for President. He has put forth a Universal Health Care Plan.
UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE THROUGH SHARED RESPONSIBILITY in pdf, click here.

Shelby County in Ambulance Crisis?

Shelby county residents did you know that there are 6 ambulances to cover all of the unincorprated areas of Shelby county, including Germantown and Collierville.I want you all to think about that!
What has the Mayor and Shelby County Council been doing? Do they value life at all? There have been many recent issues with long waits for ambulances, even possible deaths because of long waits.Do you accept that as the best Sheby county residents deserve?


Please I implore you to write the Commercial Appeal, all the local and state politicians, tell your friends, family, co-workers, and everyone you can think of. Let's push for some real solutions, enough of the baloney!

Those of you outside of Shelby county please help us, pass the word, you can still help with writing letters, makes some phone calls, do something, please.

Contact Information: Mayor A C Wharton, Jr.
160 N. Main Street, Suite 850
Memphis, TN 38103
Voice: (901) 545-4500Fax: (901) 545-4759
acwharton@shelbycountytn.gov

Shelby County Board of Commissioners
160 N. Main Street, Suite 450
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone - (901) 545-4301FAX - (901) 545-4283


District 1 Position 1
Commissioner Mike Ritz
(901) 545-4301
mike.ritz@shelbycountytn.gov

District 1 Position 2
Commissioner George S. Flinn, Jr.
(901) 545-4301
george.flinn@shelbycountytn.gov


District 1 Position 3
Commissioner Mike Carpenter
901) 545-4301
mike.carpenter@shelbycountytn.gov


District 2 Postion 1
Commissioner J. W. Gibson, II
(901) 545-4301
jw.gibson@shelbycountytn.gov


District 2 Position 2
Commissioner Henri E. Brooks
(901) 545-4301
henri.brooks@shelbycountytn.gov

District 2 Position 3
Commissioner Deidre Malone
(901) 545-4301
deidre.malone@shelbycountytn.gov

District 3 Position 1
Commissioner James M. Harvey
(901) 545-4301
james.harvey@shelbycountytn.gov


District 3 Position 2
Commissioner Sidney Chism
(901) 545-4301
sidney.chism@shelbycountytn.gov

District 3 Position 3
Commissioner Joe S. Ford
(901) 545-4301
joe.ford@shelbycountytn.gov

District 4, Position 1
Commissioner Joyce Avery
(901) 545-4301
joyce.avery@shelbycountytn.gov

District 4 Position 2
Commissioner Wyatt Bunker
(901) 545-4301
wyatt.bunker@shelbycountytn.gov

District 4 Position 3
Commissioner David Lillard
Office Phone: (901) 524-5176
Home Phone: (901) 751-3366
dlillard@bpjlaw.com


District 5Commissioner
Steve Mulroy
(901) 545-4301
steve.mulroy@shelbycountytn.gov

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Chess Camp with Grandmaster Stripunsky in Memphis

Coming up soon:

MID-SOUTH CHESS
WEEKEND CAMP

February 24 - 25, 2007


"The aim of our program is to teach chess players of any age and any level. In our teaching, we seek to maintain the highest standards of professionalism. We look forward to helping our students by sharing love for the game with them."


Lessons include:

Basic strategy.
Opening preparation.
The basics of the endgame.
Tactical training.
Training games with further analysis.

TANDEM SIMUL WITH GM ALEX STRIPUNSKY AND FM JAKE KLEIMAN ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2007 AT 3:30PM. For fees check website.

There are many internationally recognized instructors that have been in Memphis for past Mid-South Chess Camps. The coming February schedule looks like it will be with Grandmaster Stripunsky, Womens Grandmaster Jennifer Shahade, and local Memphian Fide Master Jake Kleiman.

For more information, details, registration and full schedule contact
for questions: (901)276 4663

or visit the website:
Mid-South Chess Camp Click Here
Women's Grandmaster Jennifer Shahade


































Fide Master Jake Kleiman

Monday, January 29, 2007

Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund!

What a great thing to help our wounded troops! There really are no good words to write to describe the hurting that our soldiers, and their families suffer. The care that the wounded will need when they return to the United States will last for a long time and will continue to grow as long as there are any soldiers there.

This morning while briefly listening to the "IMUS IN THE MORNING" show he was on location in San Antonio, Texas at the opening of the Center for the Intrepid. It is a new state of the art facility to help with the long recovery for the injured.


"The Center will serve military personnel who have been catastrophically disabled in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Center will also serve military personnel and veterans severely injured in other operations and in the normal performance of their duties, combat and non-combat related.

The Center encompasses a 60,000 square foot structure, providing ample space and facilities for the rehabilitation needs of the patients and their caregivers. It is constructed on a site sufficient in size to meet the needs of patients and caregivers and will include top-of-the-line indoor and outdoor facilities.

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund has successfully reached its goal of $40 million for constructing the Center. We thank the over 600,000 who contributed to this effort with gifts large and small."
http://www.fallenheroesfund.org/fallenheroes/about/

The fund has helped many, but the work will have to continue.

From Military.com:

"The Fund provides unrestricted grants to the families of military personnel who have given their lives in the current operations in defense of our country. The gifts, $10,000 to each dependent family and an additional $5,000 per child, are intended to help these families through any immediate or long-term financial difficulties they may face.

This gift is made quietly and without fanfare, to protect the privacy of the families. Our goal is to support them in their time of need, and to ensure that they know that our nation appreciates the sacrifice they have made for us. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is supported entirely by donations. 100% of contributions from the public for this effort go to support military families; no administrative costs are deducted. The Fund's Trustees underwrite all administrative costs."

To Donate to the fund: Intrepid Donations

Another way to help:

"The Fisher House™ program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.
Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House™ Foundation donates "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times - during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury."

To help with the housing visit: The Fisher House™