Monday, February 28, 2011

What would Ronald Reagan do? - 2/28/11

After doing a little Amazon shopping I had the following books delivered.  President Reagan's autobiography and his diary.  I don't think I could ever grow tired of learning about our greatest President.  The way the world is today it makes you think What would Reagan do?  This is the picture of the day.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Things you do for your daughters & Bieber repulsion - 2/27/11

As a father of two daughters I have found myself participating in activities I never thought I would.  As they get older Daddy's little girls have realized the big bearded, tattooed, pro wrestling, Marine will go along with just about anything they ask of me.  I look like a grizzly bear but I am about as tough as Winne the Pooh when it comes to them.  With that being said, my loyalty was pushed to its very limits today.  This very phrase is capable of making the strongest of Dads throw up, Justin Bieber in 3D.  Yeah it's that bad.  It is where I spent my afternoon with my daughters.  This is the picture of the day.

A surprise 50th - 2/26/11

Today's topic is the honoring of one of my best friends.  He is not only that but he was my supervisor and my partner in the Detective bureau at the PD.  Over the last several years he has grown to be one my closest friends. He is that type of friend that doesn't ask why you killed the guy but responds wanting to know where we are going to hide the body.  He has taught me a ton.  He stands by you no matter what.  Well that is all of the nice stuff I am going to say about him.  I hope he doesn't read this because he is still a rotten SOB as well!  Happy Birthday Bill Bye.  This is the picture of the day.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Maybe they are playing the Cubs? - 2/25/11

I am not sure of the history of this picture.  It is hanging in the Hilton by Busch Stadium.  I saw while attending a football coaching clinic.  the only thing I can think is they are playing the Cubs.  Regardless, love the picture and it is the picture of the day.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

PJ day at Festus

My daughters sporting their pajamas they wore to school today.  All this week the elementary has been holding a fundraiser for a young child who is gravely ill.  Today was PJ day.  Thank God everyday for your healthy children.  This is the picture of the day.

The Backyard - Wrestling movie

Harley Race would climb in to the ring at some point during every WLW show I worked on.  The message was the same each time.  The barrel chested icon of the squared circle, a man who has made ample money from abusing himself for the entertainment purposes, would warn the attending crowd of the dangers of backyard wrestling.  He knows what he is talking about.

 I recently watched a documentary titled, “The Backyard”.  The film focuses on several different “federations’ of “Backyard” wrestlers.  It is a very candid and straightforward look into the world of this movement.  I personally found the production more disturbing than entertaining.  I found myself feeling ashamed and embarrassed for the cast of characters being showcased / exploited.  There are no doubts some of these feelings manifested due to my 9 years as a Professional Wrestler.  I am, for the most part, proud of my wrestling career and things I had the opportunity to do and accomplish during my run as the Drill Instructor.

I do not endorse “backyard” wrestling at all.  I know probably every wrestling fan has wrestled around the yard with a sibling or friend or all over the house with their mom’s yelling at them to stop.  We have all done it.  The majority of the time there was no harm to anyone.  Backyard wrestling is different.  People are getting hurt, young people.  In the makeshift rings in the backyard they try to emulate what they have seen on TV and the internet.  They include all the light bulbs, thumb tacks, tables, barb wire, fire and razors of the most hard core of matches.  All of this is done without training.  I am not talking about paying your dues in the ring.  I mean actual training by a legitimate wrestling school.  The most talented and the bet trained workers still get hurt.

The film showcases several individuals who talk about “being in the business” and they are chasing their dreams.  I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you are not “in the business”.  They are no more on the road to chasing their dream, anymore than a game of waffle ball will prepare you for the major leagues.

The majority of the people in this film remind me of the illiterate hoosiers the news crews interview at the scenes of the crimes.  The initial participants conducted their matches in their yard, with their mom standing to the side berating them (this was her character) and a girlfriend filming them.  The whole relationship had a kinship of something you might expect from “Deliverance”.  They would film promos, do ring intros, name their matches and film the whole thing to watch back later.  They said the storyline and inspiration was the abuse they sustained as children from their parents.  You would have to watch this to truly appreciate how sick this scenario was.

The film producer then takes us on a trip that spans from coast to coast and across the ocean to England, spotlighting these groups along the way.  The IQ level of all that were focused on was at a no doubt well below average.  If I had not been a wrestler, I would have probably responded to this film by saying, “Look at these inbred, illiterate, pitiful mouth breathers.”  All joking aside, many appeared to have some type of mental handicap.  Equally disturbing, were the parents and adults that encouraged what their kids were doing out back in the yard.

I have also seen the dirty side of the wrestling business.  There are promoters and wrestlers that will take advantage (take their money) of the “Backyard” morons and make all types of promises to them.

Overall the film did what it was supposed to do.  Wrestlers and their fans have always had the stigma of not being brain surgeons.  I take offense to that as well.  Though it may be the case for many, there are many, many intelligent wrestlers and fans.  I guess I feel the way that I do about this film because it hits pretty close to home.  It does a supreme job of exploiting the non intelligent side of wrestling, makes of fun of those not smart enough to know they are being made fun of and highlights it with a ton of carnage.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What it is all about - 2/23/11

After getting up too early and going to work too long, doing something that you would rather not be doing;  you come home.  I am greeted at the door and I remember one of the reasons I do what I do.  Love ya Madison.  This is the picture of the day.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

This place is going to the birds - 2/22/11

 
Sitting at home with a sick kid limited my area of operation for the picture of the day.  So, I grabbed the camera and put one of the BA (big ass) lenses on it and started watching the back yard.  This is what I came up with.  It is the picture of the day.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Family trip to the movies - 2/21/11

The entire McHawes crew was off today.  It seemed the best thing to do was head to the movies.  After a few orders of popcorn and a couple sodas we settled in to see the cinematic masterpiece - Gnomeo and Juliet.  This is the picture of the day.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Osama bin Laden in Festus - 2/20/11

I have a feeling we have been looking in the wrong place for Osama.  Tonight, while on our way to grab something to eat with the family, I observed what I believe could be Osama's car.  It was parked outside of a local gas station.  I pulled in and checked the area, but I was unable to find our turban headed nemesis.  I did get a picture of his vehicle.  This is the picture of the day.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The only dinner that would do - 2/19/11

Gayla and the girls left me and Petey to fend for ourselves this weekend while they went to visit her sister.  Since we had the house to ourselves the dog and I decided there was only one dinner that would due for Saturday night.  This is the picture of the day.

Caseyville man charged with raping 9-year-old relative

Here is another pedo that should go to the front of the euthanizing line:

CASEYVILLE • A 19-year-old Caseyville man has been charged with raping a 9-year-old female relative.
Dylan E. Carroll, of the 400 block of Hollywood Heights, was charged Friday with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault. He is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail at the St. Clair County Jail.
According to a criminal complaint against Carroll, the assaults occurred between June 5, 2007 and December 2007 and December 2007 and May 2008.
A Caseyville neighbor alerted police that something was wrong and the complaint resulted in an investigation in November

Friday, February 18, 2011

Niece swallows her fist -2/18/11

Tonight after the basketball game, nice job Cats, I decided to swing by my parent's house for a visit.  As I am visiting my niece Dae comes over to me and asks if I can put my fist in my mouth.  I told her this was not an ability that I possessed.  She then followed her question up with the boasting statement, "I can."  This is the picture of the day.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Herculaneum opens a new camping ground - 2/17/11

All of us who grew up in the metropolis of Herculaneum know the city is a mere ghost town now.  There is always talk about trying to revitalizing the down town area.  As I was driving around Herky today I noticed there had been a new camping area opened up just north of the High School near the shoulder of the road.  The campground did not look very busy just yet, but I am sure it will pick up.  I would have to question the placement of the only tent there.  It doesn't look very comfortable.  This is the picture of the day.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Pro Wrestler, a Tattoo Artist and an Attorney walk into a....2/16/11

A Pro Wrestler, a Tattoo Artist and and Attorney walk in to a Chinese buffet. This sounds like the first line to a real bad joke doesn't it? Its not actually the first line to an "ole knee slapper". It is what happened when I went to lunch today with two of my best friends. Ben Difani, the tattoo artist, and Matt Brown, attorney. A real diverse group. All we were missing was the country singer. This is the picture of the day.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Pete returns from the beauty shop - 2/15/11

Pete has been the topic of the blog a few times now.  He is part of the family and has no idea that he is a d-o-g.  Don't tell him.  Anyway he had a trip to the beauty shop tonight and he returned looking as handsome as usual.  This is the picture of the day.  You must excuse the glowing eyes.

Karma is a pain in the ass (a sex offender gets his)

Another example of our court system failing.  The only thing that Nelson is a vicitm of is karma.  He has it coming and I laughed my ass off when I read this.  I wonder if he had to pay his victims?  Any court that would find in favor of Nelson, also needs to be locked up with his former room mate.

Missouri sex offender awarded $25,000 in federal court
A convicted sex offender has been awarded $25,000 in a federal lawsuit he filed against one of the state's mental health centers after he was allegedly raped there.
Timothy Nelson, 31, claimed that several staff members at a Farmington facility for sex offenders showed deliberate indifference toward his psychological and medical needs after he reported being raped by a roommate in Dec. 2004.
In a verdict returned late Monday, a jury awarded Nelson $15,000 in actual damages and $10,000 in punitive damages on the claim.
But the jury ruled in favor of the defendants on several other claims, in which Nelson argued staff members put him in harm's way by placing him in a room with a man who had sexually assaulted a jail cell roommate and who was known for making lewd and threatening comments.
Nelson also claimed staff members retaliated by placing him on an isolated floor at the facility after he complained about treatment he was receiving.
Nelson was admitted to the Hoctor building of the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Services program just days before the alleged rape. The facility, which is run by the Department of Mental Health, houses sexually violent offenders who have been civilly committed indefinitely after they serve their criminal sentences.
Nelson had served four years in the Barry County Jail after he pleaded guilty in March 2000 to forcibly raping and impregnating an underraged female.  
There was no dispute during the week-long trial that Nelson was sexually assaulted, although the defense pointed out that Nelson had engaged in consensual sexual activities with his roommate prior to the rape.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day - 2/14/11

Being some one's Valentine is a huge responsibility.  This was made ever more clear to me by the card I received this year.  It reminded me of just how big of a job it is.  When my daughter Madison gave me this card.  It is the picture of the day.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Depression cured - 2/13/11

It is finally over.  The wait has come to an end.  The McHawes family as well as Cardinal Nation has found a cure for the winter blues.  The pitchers and catchers have reported and Spring Training has started.  There is still that contract thing hanging out there.  However, we will deal with that one way or another.  Bottom line, baseball season has begun.  This is the picture of the day.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Skin lost on the basketball court - 2/12/11

The McHawes girls took back to the hardwood of the YMCA this morning.  Both games were hard fought battles to the end.  If you have never had the opportunity to watch 5 and 6 year olds play basketball, you should make a point to.  The game at its purest.  Well, something like that.

Madison is the only girl on her team and that doesn't phase her a bit.  She hustle and dive for the ball (or fall) with the best of them.  As you can see she left a pretty good chunk of skin on the floor today.  A floor burned knee is the picture of the day.

My Uncle Rick Huskey, gone 9 years ago today

Today is the 9th anniversary of the hardest thing I have ever dealt with in my life.  My Uncle Rick lost his fight against ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease.  I have written about ALS before, this post is about him.  As a family you are helpless against this disease.  Seeing what he went through broke the entire family's heart.  There is not a single day that passes in which I do not think of him.  The world was a better place when he was here and those who had the privilege of knowing him are better people because of it.


People always say when they lose a loved one, "I wish I could have just another day with them".  I know that would not be enough for me.  So instead, I am going to write him a letter.  Kinda like he just away and it is going to be awhile till I get to see him again.


Uncle Rick,


It has been 9 years now since you left.  I can't believe it has been that long.  It feels like yesterday.  I am glad you are up and walking around now and all the suffering has stopped.  No, they are not any closer in finding a cure, maybe someday.


Everybody is doing real well here.  My Mom and Dad are as rotten as ever.  Big Don is still a nut.  Gayla is great.  Denny is going in the USMC.  I have added two more little girls to the family since you left.  Their names are Madison and Marli.  They are quite the pair.  You would get a kick out of them.  I know they would love you.  I will tell them all about you.  They will miss a lot by not getting to know you.


I still laugh about the things we did together.  When I caught my 1st fish, you were the one who took me fishing.  I thought you wanted to steal my fish because you kept asking if I wanted to keep it.  I didn't know it was because it was not much bigger than a minnow.  I still like to play Blackjack, just like you taught me when I was about 6 and you and Aunt Rhonda were babysitting me.  The trips, the parties, there are so many good times.  I will never look at a bottle of Drambuie the same!


We all miss you.  We talk about you all of the time.  I will admit the Holidays have never been quite the same for us.  I will say that whoever said it gets easier in time, well they lied.  It doesn't.  It hurts just as bad right now as it did when you left.


There are so many things I would like to tell you about.  But, the main thing I wanted to let you know is thank you for being my uncle, thanks for all of things you ever did for me and most of all is that I sure miss you and I love you with all of my heart.


Well take care of yourself and I will talk to you again soon.  Oh, and say hi to my Grandpas for me.


Love your nephew,


Denny


Friday, February 11, 2011

Blackcat Cheerleaders - 2/11/11

Today brought me back to my old high school.  I had the opportunity to do the team photos for the varsity cheerleaders.  As I was wrapping up they asked to do what they call a "crazy" picture.  This is the picture of the day.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

This is a good sign, the end is gettng closer - 2/10/11

As I was driving home from work this evening I saw something in the sky that was a good sign.  Sunlight.  There was still sunlight in the sky when I was driving home.  You ask why that is a good sign and how does it signal the end getting closer?  The end of winter is coming, the days are getting longer!  This snow and cold weather is about as fun as using a ground glass powder as an eye moisturizer.  I am anxious for you to leave us.  Bring the sunlight well into the evening.  The small dash of sunlight is the picture of the day.

It's time, sign Albert!!!

The time is growing closer.  The thought no one in Cardinal Nation could ever fathom is creeping closer and closer.  “It” is the single most asked and worried about question in the hearts and minds of all Cardinal fans.  It, is the contract of Albert Pujols.  Why hasn’t it been signed yet?  Is it going to be signed? What are they waiting on?

I guess I should start this article out by saying my family and I, are not your average Cardinal Baseball fans.   I have seen my Mother tell people to either “Shut up or leave” because they were talking during the game.  My Father, the Rainman of Cardinal baseball, probably has not 5 games a year on radio or TV since the early 1950’s (except for his 3 years in the Navy).  During baseball season he looks like a small radio is growing from his ear.  It doesn’t matter where he is at; he’s not missing a single inning.  So, needless to say the Pujols contract is a huge discussion in our family.
I think most Cardinal fans agree with, “here’s the check, you fill it in” mentality when it comes to negotiating with Albert.  I know baseball is a business.  However, I am in the same mindset.  He is the best in the game, do what it takes to sign him.  I am afraid this may not be the case though.  The Cardinals as an organization has made some mistakes already.  I think first and foremost, they waited too long.  This should have been done 2 years ago.  The price tag is not going down on Albert.  The Birds have shown some historically “cheap” moves during their existence.  You would have thought someone would have thought, “This is going to cost us more every season that goes by”.   And it has.  I think another mistake is why an organization would not show a player like Albert what they feel he is worth to the club and the city.  I don’t mean in dollars.  I think Albert is a man of conviction and pride.  I think he wants to know he is truly wanted by this club.  That piece of mind would go a long way.  I am sure that somewhere inside of him he is thinking if I am the franchise player and I mean that much to them, then why haven’t we got this done?

I continue to hear the argument of the Cardinals can’t afford him, it will break the franchise or they will lock themselves into not being able to pay for players later.  I really don’t buy into these theories.  The Cardinals have money.  I know it is not a bottomless pit, but they have money.  As far as locking themselves in, nah don’t buy that either.  Let’s say in those next 10 seasons you throw in a few more post season runs and a World Series trip or two, I have a feeling they will be generating some additional income.  Honestly, can they afford not to sign him?  How much revenue would they lose by not signing him?  Will there be Cardinal baseball after Albert?  Of course there will be.  However, I can assure you having the premiere player of any sport in your town generates revenue.  The effort was made to sign Holliday to the biggest contract on the team.  Pujols deserved the same effort made for him.  There is also talk the Player’s union want to ensure he doesn’t cut a home town deal as well.

Albert has 3 MVP’s, finished 2nd 4 times (would have more if not for Bonds), not too bad for 10 years in the league.  The number of records he holds, the league leading stats every year, 9 times All Star, 2 Gold Gloves and 6 Silver Slugger Awards, just a few stats.  The Cardinals have said they pay for future performance and not the past.  Yes and no.  You pay because of the stats he is likely to provide.

I also hear 10 years is too long.  Maybe it is.  But, take care of the guy.  Albert will continue to make money for the Cardinals long after his playing days are done.  Did we kick Musial to the curb when he got older?  When Gibson’s fastball lost a few miles per hour did they cut him lose? No, in both cases.  These were lifetime Cardinals and the Birds were going to make sure they stayed that way.  Yes the money is bigger these days.  The times are different.  The circumstances are different.  That is why when a once in a lifetime player like Pujols is a Cardinal, you do what it takes to keep him.

PS – I hate the Cubs.  Bad.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The best story of the day, this is a must read. You can't make this stuff up!!

No joke: Ex-mayor's name too funny for Indiana center


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) -- A former Indiana mayor who won four terms in the 1930s and 1950s is proving less popular with modern-day city leaders, who say they probably won't name a new government center for him because of the jokes his moniker could inspire.

Harry Baals is the runaway favorite in online voting to name the new building in Fort Wayne, about 120 miles northeast of Indianapolis. But Deputy Mayor Beth Malloy said that probably won't be enough to put the name of the city's longest-tenured mayor on the center.

The issue is pronunciation. The former mayor pronounced his last name "balls." His descendants have since changed it to "bales."

Supporters said it's unfair that the former mayor can't be recognized simply because his name makes some people snicker. But opponents fear that naming the center after Baals would make Fort Wayne the target of late-night television jokes.

"We realize that while Harry Baals was a respected mayor, not everyone outside of Fort Wayne will know that," Malloy said Tuesday in a statement to The Associated Press. "We wanted to pick something that would reflect our pride in our community beyond the boundaries of Fort Wayne."

An online site taking suggestions for names showed more than 1,000 votes Tuesday for the Harry Baals Government Center. That's more than three times the votes received by the closest contender.

Jim Baals, 51, who has lived in the city his entire life, said it's unfortunate that his great-uncle's name won't be considered for the building.

"Harry served four terms and was a wonderful mayor. I don't know what the problem is," he said. "I understand people are going to poke fun at it. That's OK. I've lived with that name for 51 years now and I've gotten through it. I think everybody else can, too."

City spokesman Frank Suarez said the city has no regrets about opening the name selection up to people online.

"It is a new way of reaching out to the community," he said. "The fact that 17,000 votes have come in tell us the buzz created by this is really good. When was the last time somebody could say they had fun with their government? We've had fun with this."

Suarez told The Journal Gazette that Mayor Tom Henry will meet with local groups and choose from up to 10 finalists from the suggestions submitted. Online voting ends Friday.

Here is a link confirming this guy was real - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Baals

Another 2 inch dusting, cmon!!!! - 2/9/11

Well, the weathermen nailed it again.  A couple of flurries resulting in a dusting hit again.  I have come to learn that a "dusting" results in 2 or more inches.  The last dusting resulted in more snow than, Snowmageddon / Snowzilla / Blizzard of 2011.  The driveway is shoveled, but pay attention to the "dusting" on the street.  This is the picture of the day.  PS - still hate the winter.

Missouri executes man in 1991 slaying of girl

Another one bites the dust.  For the first time in 2 years the State of Missouri carried out an execution.  Here is the AP story.  At the bottom of that article is a little bit of this scumbag's past before he kidnapped, raped and murdered an 11 year old girl.

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri man convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing an 11-year-old girl whose body was dumped along a river was put to death early Wednesday, the first execution in the state in nearly two years.
  
Martin Link, 47, died by injection at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre. His fate was sealed when Gov. Jay Nixon denied a clemency request on Monday and several appeals failed to persuade the courts to intervene.
  
Attorney Jennifer Herndon's efforts to spare Link's life belied his own indifference. Link tried to commit suicide by slashing his wrist in 2008 and spent his last few years in prison in solitary confinement, Herndon said.
  
In a final statement read after the execution, Link said, "The state says killing is wrong. So why do they do it? For revenge. Where is the closure? There is none."
  
The execution was the first in Missouri since May 2009 and just the second since early 2006.
  
Elissa Self-Braun disappeared on the morning of Jan. 11, 1991, while walking to catch a school bus to take her to a school for gifted children in St. Louis. Police and neighbors began a frantic search.
  
Four days later, the girl's body was found amid debris on the banks of the St. Francis River, some 135 miles south of St. Louis.
  
Later that month, police in suburban St. Louis saw a car with a headlight out and tried to pull it over. Link was the driver. He sped away and crashed.
  
Inside the car, officers found petroleum jelly with flecks of blood. Meanwhile, investigators took DNA evidence from Elissa's body. Link's DNA matched that DNA; the girl's DNA matched the DNA in the blood found in the petroleum jelly jar.
  
Elissa's mother, Pamela Braun, was among those who witnessed the execution. Afterward, she read a statement thanking police, prosecutors and others who brought Link to justice.
  
"We have been truly blessed that the justice system has worked for Elissa, whereas there are still many homicide survivors and victims still waiting for justice," Braun said.
  
Executions in Missouri and elsewhere were on hold for years as the courts decided whether lethal injection could violate the inmate's constitutional guarantee against cruel and unusual punishment. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June cleared the way for executions to resume.
  
Prison officials in many of the 35 states with the death penalty are struggling with a shortage of one of the three drugs used in executions, sodium thiopental, which is an anesthetic that renders the condemned inmate unconscious before the other drugs kill him.
  
Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman Chris Cline said Missouri had about 40 units of sodium thiopental in stock before Link's execution, and it takes about 10 units for each execution. Missouri's supply of sodium thiopental expires March 1. The state has no further executions scheduled before then.
  
Link's execution comes about a month after Nixon stepped in to spare the life of another condemned man, Richard Clay, who was convicted in a southeast Missouri murder-for-hire plot. Days before Clay was scheduled to die, Nixon commuted his sentence to life in prison without parole, but refused to say why -- though he said he remained convinced that Clay was guilty.
  
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
During the penalty phase, the state called Elissa's father, mother, stepfather, stepmother, and older sister to give victim impact testimony. The state also called several witnesses to testify about Link's lengthy criminal history, which included,

1) that on June 1, 1982, at about 7:30 a.m., Link jumped in front of a 13-year-old girl in an alley in St. Louis, held a knife to her throat, pulled her into a garage, attempted to rape her, then forced her to perform oral sex on him;

 2) that on March 16, 1983, at about 9:30 p.m., Link kidnapped a 15-year-old girl in South St. Louis, drove her to East St. Louis, raped her, and left her under a bridge (crimes for which he was convicted and sentenced to twenty years of imprisonment, but was paroled in 1989);

 3) that on November 27, 1989, Link solicited an undercover police officer in St. Louis for prostitution;

 4) that on December 12, 1990, Link stole the car that was used to kidnap Elissa;

 5) that on January 23, 1991, Link stole a purse from a 71-year-old woman in South St. Louis, and later that day, he attempted to cash one of her checks;

 6) that later on January 23, 1991, Link walked into a laundromat, raped a woman at knife-point and then kidnapped her, although she escaped by jumping, half-naked, from his car when he stopped at a stop sign;

 7) that on January 25, 1991, at about 10:30 a.m., in Cuba, Missouri, Link broke into a home, ordered a woman in the home to put her baby down, robbed her at knife-point, raped her twice, and held a pillow over her face until he was startled by a noise, and then quickly left after cutting the phone cord;

 8) that at about 6:30 p.m. on that same evening, Link attempted to grab an eight-year-old girl in an alley, but she ran into her house;  and

9) that, again on the same evening, Link walked into a Baskin-Robbins, held a knife to a 16-year-old female employee and demanded money, but fled when she sounded the buzzer on the cash register.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Day of the Smart Football Player -2/8/11

The words smart and football player were considered an oxymoron for many years.  I really don't believe that has always been the case.  Yes, there were guys that I played with that couldn't spell GPA, but they were strong!

Anyway, today's picture features some of our players from Herculaneum High.  These Blackcats were honored for reaching a specific level of GPA.  As a coach it makes you proud to know, not only do they get it done on the field but they do it in the classroom as well.  This is today's picture of the day.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Post Super Bowl Meal - 2/7/11

The feast that accompanies the Super Bowl is usually as epic, if not greater than the game.  As a Chicago Bears fan I can only think of 2 Super Bowls I actually wanted to see the game more than the food.  I would like to add only 1 of the 2 worked out the right way.

Another great element of the Big Game feast is the left overs for lunch the next day.  As you can see some left over pizza and hot wings.  You must pay close attention to the grease and juice that is oozing from the wings.  This ensures the leftovers are providing the highest of nutritional value for you.  This is the topic for the picture of the day.

Points to Ponder

I can't take credit for these.  However a friend of mine sent these to me and I felt they were worthy of sharing:

I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way. So I > stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.
Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.
Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.
Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.
We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public.
War does not determine who is right -- only who is left.
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
Evening news is where they begin with 'Good evening,' and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.
To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. My desk is a work station.
How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
Some people are like Slinkies ... not really good for anything, but you can't help smiling when you see one tumble down the stairs.
Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish.
I thought I wanted a career; turns out I just wanted paychecks.
A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it.
Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says "If an emergency, notify:" I put "DOCTOR."
I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
I saw a woman wearing a sweat shirt with "Guess" on it... So I said "Implants?"
Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut and still think they are sexy.
Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?
Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.
A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!
Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.
A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip.
Hospitality: making your guests feel like they're at home, even if you wish they were.
Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.
I discovered I scream the same way whether I'm about to be devoured by a great white shark or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot.
Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go.
There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away.
I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.
I always take life with a grain of salt... plus a slice of lemon... and a shot of tequila.
When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water.
You're never too old to learn something stupid.
To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it.
If you are supposed to learn from your mistakes, why do some people have more than one child?
Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

A real woman - Words of Wisdom

A real woman is a man's best friend. She will never stand him up and never let him down. She will reassure him when he feels insecure and comfort him after a bad day. She will inspire him to do things he never thought he could do; to live without fear and forget regret. She will enable him to express his deepest emotions and give in to his most intimate desires.

She will make sure he always feels as though he's the most handsome man in the room and will enable him to be the most confident, sexy, seductive and invincible.. .

No wait... Sorry.. I'm thinking of whiskey. It's whiskey that does all that shit.

Never mind

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Aguilera and butchering our National Anthem, no excuse

To be asked to stand up in front of a live crowd of thousands and television crowd of millions and sing. It is the largest, most watched sporting event by our nation, the Super Bowl. Can you imagine what it would be like, the honor it would be to stand up and honor our nation by singing the National Anthem?

I would think if I was in that position I would make sure that I knew the words. No, I know I would know the words. However, I guess Christina Aguilera over looked that. Everyone can make a mistake, we are human. It is going to happen. With that being said, I feel the mistake she made is unacceptable. She is not the first one to forget the words or botch the Anthem. She will not be the last one either. I understand that. Yet, that does not make it acceptable. There are just some things in my eyes, I do not feel there is a justifiable reason.



I am sure many of you will feel that it is no big deal and she just made a mistake. How about asking the serviceman who are stationed in places all over this globe if it is a big deal. Ask the Congressional Medal of Honor recipient who was honored at the game if it is a big deal. It is a big deal. If you are afforded the opportunity to step forward and display your talents to honor our Nation, know what you are doing. I saw media review of the botched Anthem and they said, "she sounded very good and hit every note, even if the lyrics weren't right." Are you freaking kidding me? I would have rather heard her sound like a cat being shoved down a garbage disposal and get all of the words right.

I know I probably over react to many things pertaining to our country and our servicemen. It is the way I am. I don't plan on changing. I view these things, each time they happen, as another piece we have allowed to slip away if it is not addressed.  In closing, she still smiles and wave at the end.  Unbelievable.

Looks Like? - 2/6/11

Today's picture of the day is a quiz.  It was spawned by my wife and my daughters.  I hear her giggling and I see this picture on television.  Who does it look like?  This is today's picture of the day.

Fish Fry 2011 - 2/5/11

It is a brief post today.  Those who were there will know.  Two words, Fish Fry.  It is the topic for the picture of the day.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Josh Pruno in the tattoo chair - 2/4/11

Today's picture of the day is a couple familiar topics.  Today's theme brought the Mancation Crew back together as Josh is back in the tattoo chair with Ben Difani working on him.  This is the picture of the day.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Charlie Burger from Chicken Charlies -2/3/11

There is the Chic-Filet craze and many other chicken come lately joints.  However, growing up here in the metropolis of Jefferson County there is the historic mainstay of Chicken Charlies.  Through many years of business and several ownership changes the chicken has remained solid.  My life has taken me to locations all over this big blue marble, but there is only one place to find the Charlie Burger and that's right here in Crystal City.  Is it chicken? Is it a burger? Who knows? But, it is the topic of today's picture of the day.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Back in the tattoo chair - 2/2/11

Today's picture of the day finds me back in my 2nd favorite chair, the tattoo chair (my 1st is my recliner).  Any time I get a chance I head down to visit Ben Difani, one of my best friends and the most talented tattoo guy I know.  So this is the topic of the picture of the day.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Here Liver, Liver.....-2/1/11

As many of you are aware, my liver physically jumped from body on Saturday morning while in Nashville and was last seen running towards Missouri.  I was hoping to see the poor thing on my drive home.  There was no such luck.  I decided last night that I would set a Liver Trap on the front porch of our home.  Wish me luck, it is the picture of the day.

Ok, actually we found a wild bird on the front porch last night and my daughters wanted to take care of it so we provided a box and a towel for warmth.  So that is actually the picture of the day.  I think I like the Liver Trap better.