Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Is it Mall Cop 2...Nope just security at Broadway on the Beach riding his Segway...

Saturday, December 25, 2010

53 in Myrtle Beach the high...27 this morning...Winter storm warning for Sunday with possible accumlation of 1"...Snow at the beach!!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Future King and Queen of England...

  • November 17, 2010 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT 12:11 AM EST
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An American Hero...We are Proud of you...

Obama on Medal of Honor Recipient: I Like This Guy

Published November 16, 2010
A U.S. Army staff sergeant who stepped into the line of fire to help a pair of comrades on the Afghan battlefield embodies the principle of never leaving a fallen comrade behind, President Obama said Tuesday while awarding the Medal of Honor to Salvatore Giunta.
Obama called Giunta a solider who is "as humble as he is heroic," and a low-key guy who demonstrated the courage that made him an example of honor defined by his fellow comrades. 
"Staff Sgt. Giunta, repeatedly and without hesitation, you charged forward through extreme enemy fire, and embodied the ethos that says 'I will never leave a fallen comrade," Obama said. "You may believe that you don't deserve this honor, but it was your fellow soldiers who recommended you for it. In fact, your commander specifically said in his recommendation that you lived up to the standards of the most decorated American soldier of World War II, Audie Murphy, who famously repelled an overwhelming enemy attack by himself for one simple reason, 'they were killing my friends.'"
Plus, Obama said, he really enjoyed meeting Giunta.
"Now, I'm going to go off-script here for a second, and say, I really like this guy," Obama said to laugher and applause. "You know, we all just get a sense of people and who they are, and when you meet Sal and you meet his family, you are just absolutely convinced that this is what America is all about, and it just makes you proud."
Praising the soldier's family, Obama also suggested Giunta was destined to be a soldier.
"It was his mother, after all, who apparently taught him as a young boy in small-town Iowa how to remove the screen from his bedroom window in case of fire. What she didn't know was that by teaching Sal how to jump from his bedroom and sneaking off in the dead of night, she was unleashing a future paratrooper who would one day fight in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan 7,000 miles away," Obama said.
Giunta is the first living service member from the Iraq or Afghanistan wars to be so honored. Seven others have received the award posthumously. It is the first time in 40 years a recipient of the medal has come to the White House to accept the award.
The Army says Giunta was a rifle team leader in eastern Afghanistan's Korengal Valley when his squad was split in two after an ambush by insurgents. While under fire, Giunta pulled a fellow soldier to cover and rescued another who was being dragged away by the enemy.
Giunta was hit twice during the onslaught, with one round hitting his body armor and another destroying his weapon.

What would happen to us if we did not pay our taxes...

House Of Representatives

House of Representatives

Rangel Guilty of 11 House Ethics Violations

Published November 17, 2010
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WASHINGTON -- New York Rep. Charles Rangel, a longtime power in the U.S. House, violated its rules with financial misconduct, brought it discredit and will be punished, fellow lawmakers sitting as jurors ruled on Tuesday.
Protesting the enduring stain on his four-decade congressional career, the 80-year-old Democrat said he was treated unfairly for "good faith mistakes." His statement reflected the bitterness of an eight-month career slide, starting with an unrelated ethics ruling that forced him from his coveted chairmanship of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.
The conduct often cited by critics was his failure to report income to the IRS from a unit he owned in a Dominican Republic resort -- showing the chairman in charge of tax legislation shortchanged the IRS.
Rangel, a founder of the Congressional Black Caucus, remains a political kingpin in New York's famed Harlem neighborhood and is unlikely to resign. He won re-election earlier this month.
Convicted on 11 of 13 charges of rules violations, his ordeal isn't finished.

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The eight-member ethics panel that convicted him -- four Democrats and four Republicans -- now will write what is likely to be a stinging report to amplify its findings. Then, the full House ethics committee will conduct a hearing Thursday on the appropriate punishment for Rangel, the silver-haired, gravelly voiced and sartorially flashy veteran of 20 terms in Congress.
Rangel can waive his right to the hearing and ask the committee to go straight to deliberations on possible sanctions.
Possible sanctions include a House vote deploring his conduct, a fine and denial of certain privileges.
Rangel's downfall, in part, came in the way he solicited money for a New York college center designed as a monument to himself. There also was his decade of misleading annual disclosures of his income and assets and his use of a subsidized New York apartment -- designated for residential use -- as a campaign office.
The panel deliberated over two days before its chairman, Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren, made a bare-bones statement announcing the findings -- leaving a full explanation for the upcoming written report.
The conviction was a fresh setback for Democrats who lost control of the House to the GOP in the midterm elections, support for Republican candidates' assertions of bad conduct.
At his one-day trial on Monday, Rangel was reduced to pleading for a postponement -- arguing that his lawyers abandoned him after he paid them some $2 million but could afford no more. The panel rejected his request, and Rangel walked out of the proceeding.
"How can anyone have confidence in the decision of the ethics subcommittee when I was deprived of due process rights, right to counsel and was not even in the room?" Rangel complained on Tuesday. "I can only hope that the full committee will treat me more fairly and take into account my entire 40 years of service to the Congress before making any decisions on sanctions."
He called the panel's findings "unprecedented" because there was no rebuttal evidence. He complained that the rejection of his appeal for more time violated "the basic constitutional right to counsel."
Rangel, echoing a statement he made in August in a speech to the House, added, "Any failings in my conduct were the result of good faith mistakes." He said they were caused by "sloppy and careless record keeping but were not criminal or corrupt."
New York Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat who attended Rangel's fundraiser in August while campaigning to clean up New York politics, said, "It's obviously a sad situation to experience."
"It's important that people have full faith in the integrity in public service, so it's painful to watch," Cuomo said Tuesday at a press event near Rochester. "But we'll see what happens at the end of the process."
The eight-member jury panel was unanimous on most charges against Rangel. Members split 4-4 on a charge that he violated a ban on gifts because he was to have an office -- and storage of his papers -- at the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College of New York.
Two counts charging him with misuse of Congress' free mail privilege were merged into one. And the panel voted 7-1 on a final charge that he had brought discredit on the House. No breakdown was given on who voted no.
The charges said the solicitation for the Rangel Center targeted foundations and businesses that were seeking official action from the House or had interests that might be substantially affected by Rangel's congressional conduct.
However, Rangel was not accused of using his influence to pass or defeat legislation.
During Monday's trial proceeding, the chief counsel for the House ethics committee, Blake Chisam, told the jury that Rangel could have received permission to solicit nonprofit foundations. However, he could not have used congressional stationery and staff as he was found to have done.
Rangel had previously acknowledged some of the charges, including submission of 10 years' worth of incomplete and inaccurate annual statements disclosing his assets and income.
He also admitted he initially did not report his rental income from a unit he owned at the Punta Cana resort in the Dominican Republic.
An apartment in Harlem's Lennox Terrace complex housed the Rangel for Congress and National Leadership PAC political committees, although the lease terms said the unit was for living purposes only.
Chisam had told the jury that other tenants were evicted at an increasing rate for violating the same lease terms.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Editor’s note:
The following letter has appeared on the internet and was viewed by many readers. Many felt it would be appropriate for the readers of Avoyelles Parish.

The other day, someone at a store in our town read that a Methamphetamine lab had been found in an old farmhouse in the adjoining county and he asked me a rhetorical question, “Why didn’t we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?”

I replied, I had a drug problem when I was young: I was drug to church on Sunday morning. I was drug to church for weddings and funerals. I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the weather.

I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults. I was also drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher or the preacher, or if I didn’t put forth my best effort in everything that was asked of me.

I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if I uttered a profanity. I was drug out to pull weeds in mom’s garden and flower beds and cockleburs out of dad’s fields. I was drug to the homes of family, friends and neighbors to help out some poor soul who had no one to mow the yard, repair the clothesline, or chop some firewood, and, if my mother had even known that I took a single dime as a tip for this kindness, she would have drug me back to the woodshed.

Those drugs are still in my veins and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say or think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack, or heroin; and, if today’s children had this kind of drug problem, America would be a better place.

God bless the parents who drugged us.

(submitted by concerned citizen)

[this was retyped from a clipping, Avoyelles Parish newsletter ]

Saturday, November 13, 2010

SC Deputies Arrest Naked Man w/Mouse in Rectum

SC Deputies Arrest Naked Man w/Mouse in Rectum

Smith (Source: OCSO) Smith (Source: OCSO)

A burglary call for Oconee County sheriff's deputies turned bizarre Monday morning when their suspect was found naked with a mouse in his rectum and apparently drugged, an incident report shows.
Authorities responded to Bernwood Circle near the town of Seneca late Monday morning after a resident complained of a burglar. When deputies arrived, they found Noah Smith, 24, lying face down and naked inside the doorway of the victim's home, the report stated.
When the deputy tried to make contact with Smith, he slapped the deputy. In return, the deputy deployed his taser, which had no effect on Smith, the report stated.
With reinforcements, deputies approached Smith again in the victim's bedroom. A deputy managed to handcuff Smith before he jumped off the victim's bed and tried to kick other deputies in the room, the report stated.
Then, according to the report, Smith was pepper sprayed. Undeterred, Smith continued to kick at the officers and otherwise evade capture. He was struck with a police baton several times, and Smith attempted to bite the deputy.
Smith's head and mouth were covered with a blanket to prevent him from biting. He was wrestled down so shackles could be placed on his legs and his arms were hog-tied, the report stated. An EMS crew responded and provided a stretcher to which Smith was also tied.
Deputies and officers from the Seneca Police Department opined that Smith might have been high on mushrooms, and identified equipment that could be used to get high in the victim's home.
During a medical exam at a nearby hospital, medical personnel found a mouse tail hanging from Smith's rectum. An X-ray revealed a mouse lodged inside Smith.
He told emergency room personnel that he could not remember what had happened to him.
After the medical exam, he was charged with resisting arrest, 1st and 3rd degree assault a battery charges, and indecent exposure. Smith was transported to the Oconee County Detention Center.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Chinese President ranked as most powerful political leader in the world...

Chinese President is the most powerful man on earth 2010 surpassing United States President.
Forbes magazine
A U.S. business magazine says that Chinese President Hu Jintao has replaced U.S. President Barack Obama as the most powerful person in the world.
Forbes magazine has listed China's Hu Jintao as the 'paramount political leader' in the world, replacing U.S. President Barack Obama in the top position. Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, Russian PM Vladimir Putin and Pope Benedict XVI were the world's third, fourth and fifth most powerful.

Cops: Man in Breathalyzer Costume Fails Breathalyzer

Updated: 2 hours 14 minutes ago
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(Nov. 4) -- It's said that you should never judge a man by his clothes. But when a man is dressed like a giant Breathalyzer, it's hard to do otherwise.

Police in Lincoln, Neb., say that early Monday they pulled over a suspected drunken driver who was wearing a Halloween costume modeled after the blood alcohol tests often administered to suspected drunken drivers.

According to, Matthew Nieveen, 19, was hit with second-offense charges of driving under the influence and being a minor in possession of alcohol -- as well as violations for negligent driving and an open container -- after a police officer saw him accelerate rapidly and swerve across the center line multiple times.
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This drunken driving suspect gives new meaning to the expression, "You are what you wear." Police in Nebraska arrested 19-year-old Matthew Nieveen on suspicion of driving under the influence while dressed like a Breathalyzer. The underage motorist was pulled over early Monday after leaving a Halloween party and accused of driving under the influence, being a minor in possession of alcohol, as well as negligent driving and open container violations.,feedConfig,localizationConfig,entry&id=686529&pid=686528&uts=1288819556
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This drunken driving suspect gives new meaning to the expression, "You are what you wear." Police in Nebraska arrested 19-year-old Matthew Nieveen on suspicion of driving under the influence while dressed like a Breathalyzer. The underage motorist was pulled over early Monday after leaving a Halloween party and accused of driving under the influence, being a minor in possession of alcohol, as well as negligent driving and open container violations.
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Officers noted that the suspect smelled like booze, slurred his words and had watery eyes when they stopped his pickup truck. Police reportedly searched the vehicle and found a bottle of vodka, a half-empty bottle of Mountain Dew mixed with vodka, and several bottles and cans of beer.

Police say Nieveen's blood alcohol level measured 0.08 -- a figure that didn't come close to the "6.9" emblazoned on his chest, but easily exceeds the legal limit, which is zero for anyone under the age of 21.

Nieveen, who had been attending a Halloween party before his arrest, isn't the first man to allegedly fail a Breathalyzer while dressed like a Breathalyzer.

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Last year, a costumed 20-year-old from Ohio blew a 0.158, nearly twice the legal limit for adults.

Also in 2009, a New York motorist who was dressed like a breath test refused to take a Breathalyzer, then got hit with charges of obstructing government administration for allegedly attempting to delete an incident report about his arrest.

According to Lincoln Police Chief Tom Casady, who blogged about Nieveen's arrest, the 19-year-old was just one of several costumed motorists accused of drunken driving last weekend. Other suspects include a driver who was booked while wearing a French maid costume and another motorist who was hit with charges while dressed as "a naughty border patrol agent."

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Bacon-Flavored Soda Sizzles Onto Shelves

Updated: 2 hours 15 minutes ago
Monica Garske
(Nov. 4) -- When you're too lazy to make bacon, why not pop a bottle and just drink bacon instead?

J&D Foods, a company that specializes in all things bacon -- including bacon-flavored envelopes and the bacon Kevin Bacon sculpture that made headlines recently -- has taken the obsession one step further by coming up with a new drinkable pork product: bacon-flavored soda.

That's right, Coca-Cola is out, and swine soda is in.

J&D Foods owner Justin Esch told AOL News that his company recently partnered with Jones Soda to create a special-edition bacon-flavored drink just in time for the holidays.
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J&D Foods, a company that makes all things bacon, has partnered with Jones Soda to create bacon-flavored pop.

Since both companies are based in Seattle and are known to take risks developing wacky products, Esch said it was only a matter of time before they got together and combined forces.

"They know soda. We know bacon. We were destined to merge our technologies for something big," Esch said. "We've already made bacon beauty products, bacon stationery and edible bacon products, so something drinkable was next."

Esch said his crew and mixologists over at Jones worked tirelessly for months concocting the perfect bacon flavoring for the beverage.

After much trial and error, he said they were finally able to get the taste just right.

"Nailing the flavor was tough. We didn't want pot roast, we didn't want pork tenderloin, we wanted bacon. The drink started out tasting more like ham than pork. But eventually we were able to get the crispiness of bacon in there without it being overpowered by porkiness," Esch said.

Mike Spear, marketing manager for Jones Soda, agreed with Esch and told AOL News that putting bacon in a bottle was fairly challenging.

He confessed that the pressure was really on to make the flavor tasty and accurate because people who love bacon take their meat seriously, and the companies didn't want to disappoint fans.

"We spent many rounds and many afternoons getting the flavor right. One would be too smoky, one too sweet, one too much like maple. But the flavor we finally went with is spot-on. It's a complex flavor with many levels. I think we hit it out of the park on this one," Spear said.

So what, exactly, does bacon-flavored soda go with, you ask?

Well, Esch suggests sipping on the pop at lunchtime with a sandwich or pouring yourself a glass to unwind in the evening.

"If you drink it at lunch with a turkey sandwich, then your sandwich instantly becomes a turkey club. It's also good as a mixer in cocktails. Bourbon and bacon soda go together very nicely."

Esch also figures that, if people really want to, they could drink the soda for breakfast with their eggs, especially on those busy mornings when there's not enough time to make proper bacon on the skillet.

"I don't usually drink soda in the morning, but you could. It's quick and easy bacon," he said.

For best results, Esch recommends serving bacon soda chilled or over ice, just like any other soft drink. Chugging it at room temperature may not be quite as appetizing.

Like a fine wine, Esch insists that Jones Bacon Soda only gets better with age.

"Not only will the taste improve over time, but the value of bacon soda will increase as well. It's a collector's item for bacon enthusiasts, so it could be worth something someday. I predict the value of bacon soda will go up 10 times its original value in one year," he joked.

Esch is pushing for the product to sell big during the holiday season, so he's packaged it accordingly in one tidy little bacon-centered gift bag.

For about $10 a pop, you get two bottles of bacon-flavored soda, one bag of Cheddar BaconPop popcorn, one tube of bacon lip balm and a packet of brand-new bacon-flavored country gravy.

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Still not sold on drinking your breakfast meat?

As it turns out, this isn't the first time beverage makers have tried to sell a hearty, offbeat drink to consumers.

A few years ago, Jones Soda itself developed a limited-edition "Turkey & Gravy Soda" around Thanksgiving.

Then there's the wide array of weird food-based drinks made by MeatWater.

As leading experts in meaty beverages, it offers flavored water in cheeseburger, chicken teriyaki, Buffalo wings, fish 'n' chips and fried oyster varieties, just to name a few.

MeatWater even has a "Basic Breakfast" drink, which combines "crispy bacon, eggs and buttered toast" all in one bottle.

Guess all there's left to do is grab a straw and get to chugging. Cheers.

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