Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

A happy and prosperous 2010 to all of my Blog readers !

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My compliments to Google!

This only works on business numbers!
All voice activated.
I encourage you to watch the short video about this service.
Here is something you will want to have and use ! I still remember when the telephone company charged me $0..00 now they charge $1.00 to $1.50 to get a phone number from information.
My compliments to Google!
Just leave it up to Google to come up with something like this!!!
Here's a number worth putting in your cell phone, or your home phone speed dial: 1-800-goog411. (1-800-466-4411) This is an awesome service from Google, and it's free -- great when you are driving on the road with no pen, pencil or paper handy.
Don't waste your money on information calls and don't waste your time manually dialing the number. I am driving along in my car and I need to call the golf course and I don't know the number. I hit the speed dial for information that I have programmed.
The voice at the other end says, "City & State." I say, " Garland , Texas ." He says, "Business, Name or Type of Service." I say, Firewheel Golf Course." He says, "Connecting" and Firewheel answers the phone. How great is that? This is nationwide and it is absolutely free!
Click on the link below and watch the short clip for a quick demonstration.
Thank you FAW for this tip.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Cox of Ripley County - You gotta love it

Legion Christmas Food 2009

I would like to report that the American Legion Post # 173 of Versailles, Indiana Christmas food collection and delivery
has been completed. Thank you to our members, volunteers, and contributors to this very important project.
If you would like to be a part of this worthwhile cause next year please contact the Versailles Legion Post.
Please see the photos of our activity's in the month of December leading up to the delivery. Click the link below.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Voyager around the world - Dec. 23rd 1986

Piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, Voyager became the first aircraft to fly around the world without stopping or refueling, landing in California's Edwards Air Force Base after a nine-day trip.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

1st flight 45 yrs ago

The Lockheed SR-71 is an advanced, long range, Mach 3 strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Lockheed A-12 and YF-12A aircraft by the Lockheed Skunk Works as a Black project. The SR-71 was unofficially named the Blackbird, and called the Habu by its crews, referring to an Okinawan species of pit viper. Clarence "Kelly" Johnson was responsible for many of the design's innovative concepts. A defensive feature of the aircraft was its high speed and operating altitude, whereby, if a surface-to-air missile launch were detected, standard evasive action was simply to accelerate. The SR-71 line was in service from 1964 to 1998, with 12 of the 32 aircraft being destroyed in accidents, though none were lost to enemy action.

Air Force Museum Dayton, Ohio 2009

I went to the Air Force Museum located at Dayton, Ohio. Several of my old and new friends had a wonderful time. I would advise you to put this adventure on your to do list soon.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

First Day of Winter Dec. 21st

A solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice each year, when the tilt of the Earth's axis is most inclined toward or away from the Sun, causing the Sun's apparent position in the sky to reach its northernmost or southernmost extreme. The name is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination; that is, the apparent movement of the Sun's path north or south comes to a stop before reversing direction. The term solstice can also be used in a broader sense, as the date (day) when this occurs. The solstices, together with the equinoxes, are connected with the seasons. In some cultures they are considered to start or separate the seasons while in others they fall in the middle.
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Friday, December 18, 2009

Operation Linebacker II - Dec 18th, 1972

Vietnam War: A few days after peace talks collapsed, the United States began Operation Linebacker II against North Vietnam, the largest heavy bomber strikes launched by the U.S. Air Force since the end of World War II.
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

first successful flight of a powered fixed-wing aircraft

Dec. 17th, 1903 – In Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, USA, Orville and Wilbur Wright aboard the Wright Flyer (pictured) conducted the first successful flight of a powered fixed-wing aircraft.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

F-22 Raptor enters service Dec. 15, 2005

The Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22 Raptor is a fifth-generation fighter aircraft that uses stealth technology. It was designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but has additional capabilities that include ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence roles. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is the prime contractor and is responsible for the majority of the airframe, weapon systems and final assembly of the F-22. Program partner Boeing Integrated Defense Systems provides the wings, aft fuselage, avionics integration, and all of the pilot and maintenance training systems.

The aircraft was variously designated F-22 and F/A-22 during the years prior to formally entering USAF service in December 2005 as the F-22A. Despite a protracted and costly development period, the United States Air Force considers the F-22 a critical component for the future of US tactical airpower, and claims that the aircraft is unmatched by any known or projected fighter,[3] while Lockheed Martin claims that the Raptor's combination of stealth, speed, agility, precision and situational awareness, combined with air-to-air and air-to-ground combat capabilities, makes it the best overall fighter in the world today.[7] Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, Chief of the Australian Defence Force, said in 2004 that the "F-22 will be the most outstanding fighter plane ever built
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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dump Baron Hill

Travis Hankins supports:

The absolute Right to Life, A strong Missile Defense, Energy Independence - DRILL, Term imits, Traditional Marriage, Abolishing the IRS, Balancing the Budget, Enforcing all Immigration Law, Limiting Spending to 2002 Levels, No New Federal Programs, Right to Bear Arms, Free Market Healthcare, Devolution of Dept. of Education, A completely Secured Border.
See his internet home page

1st domestic passenger jet Dec 10, 1958

The first domestic passenger jet flight took place in the United States as a National Airlines Boeing 707 flew 111 passengers from New York City to Miami.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Blagojevich arrested 12/9/08

Blagojevich was arrested on federal corruption charges on December 9, 2008. The charges involved conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and solicitation of bribery. The Justice Department complaint alleges that the governor conspired to commit several "pay to play" schemes, including attempting "to obtain personal gain ... through the corrupt use" of his authority to fill Barack Obama's vacated United States Senate seat. In a press briefing on the investigation, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald characterized the scheme as auctioning the seat off to "the highest bidder". The federal trial date has been set for 3 June 2010.
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Saturday, December 05, 2009

Attack on Pearl Harbor -Dec 7, 1941

The attack on Pearl Harbor (or Hawaii Operation, Operation Z, as it was called by the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters)[6] was an unannounced military strike conducted by the Japanese navy against the United States' naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of Sunday, December 7, 1941 (Hawaiian time, December 8 by Japan Standard Time), later resulting in the United States becoming militarily involved in World War II. It was intended as a preventive action to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from influencing the war the Empire of Japan was planning to wage in Southeast Asia against Britain, the Netherlands, and the United States. The attack consisted of two aerial attack waves totaling 353[7] aircraft, launched from six Japanese aircraft carriers.

The attack sank four U.S. Navy battleships (two of which were raised and returned to service later in the war) and damaged four more. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, and one minelayer, destroyed 188 aircraft, and caused personnel losses of 2,402 killed[8] and 1,282 wounded. The power station, shipyard, maintenance, and fuel and torpedo storage facilities, as well as the submarine piers and headquarters building (also home of the intelligence section) were not hit. Japanese losses were minimal, at 29 aircraft and five midget submarines, with 65 servicemen killed or wounded.
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Hear President Franklin D. Roosevelt's speech for declaration of war

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Flight 19 disappears Dec. 3 1945

The so-called "Lost Squadron" disappeared.
The five U.S. Navy Avenger bombers carrying 14 Navy flyers began a training mission at the Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station. They were never heard from again.
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Five Avengers are airborne at 1400 on a bright sunny day. The mission is a routine two-hour patrol from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. due east for 150 miles [241 km], north for 40 miles [64 km] and then return to base. All five pilots are highly experienced aviators and all of the aircraft have been carefully checked prior to takeoff. The weather over the route is reported to be excellent, a typical sunny Florida day. The flight proceeds.
At 1545 Fort Lauderdale tower receives a call from the flight but, instead of requesting landing instructions, the flight leader sounds confused and worried. "Cannot see land," he blurts. "We seem to be off course." "What is your position?" the tower asks.There are a few moments of silence. The tower personnel squint into the sunlight of the clear Florida afternoon. No sign of the flight.
"We cannot be sure where we are," the flight leader announces. "Repeat: Cannot see land."
Contact is lost with the flight for about 10 minutes and then it is resumed. But it is not the voice of the flight leader. Instead, voices of the crews are heard, sounding confused and disoriented, "more like a bunch of boy scouts lost in the woods than experienced airmen flying in clear weather." "We can't find west. Everything is wrong. We can't be sure of any direction. Everything looks strange, even the ocean." Another delay and then the tower operator learns to his surprise that the leader has handed over his command to another pilot for no apparent reason.
Twenty minutes later, the new leader calls the tower, his voice trembling and bordering on hysteria. "We can't tell where we are ... everything is ... can't make out anything. We think we may be about 225 miles [362 km] northeast of base ..." For a few moments the pilot rambles incoherently before uttering the last words ever heard from Flight 19: "It looks like we are entering white water ... We're completely lost."
Within minutes a Mariner flying boat, carrying rescue equipment, is on its way to Flight 19's last estimated position. Ten minutes after takeoff, the PBM checks in with the tower ... and is never heard from again. Coast Guard and Navy ships and aircraft comb the area for the six aircraft. They find a calm sea, clear skies, middling winds of up to 40 miles per hour [64 km/h] and nothing else. For five days almost 250,000 square miles [647,000 km²] of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf are searched. Yet, not a flare is seen, not an oil slick, life raft or telltale piece of wreckage is ever found.
Finally, after an extensive Navy Board of Inquiry investigation is completed, the riddle remains intact. The Board's report is summed up in one terse statement: "We are not able to even make a good guess as to what happened."

Above from:
June 1973 edition of Naval Aviation News describes the baseline Flight 19 disappearance story.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Expected outbreak of civil war within the United States before the end of winter

Russian Military Analysts are reporting to Prime Minister Putin that US President Barack Obama has issued orders to his Northern Command’s (USNORTHCOM) top leader, US Air Force General Gene Renuart, to “begin immediately” increasing his military forces to 1 million troops by January 30, 2010, in what these reports warn is an expected outbreak of civil war within the United States before the end of winter.

According to these reports, Obama has had over these past weeks “numerous” meetings with his war council about how best to manage the expected implosion of his Nations banking system while at the same time attempting to keep the United States military hegemony over the World in what Russian Military Analysts state is a “last ditch gambit” whose success is “far from certain”.
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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Antarctic treaty - December 1, 1959

The main treaty was opened for signature on December 1, 1959, and officially entered into force on June 23, 1961.[1] The original signatories were the 12 countries active in Antarctica during the International Geophysical Year (IGY) of 1957-58 and willing to accept a US invitation to the conference at which the treaty was negotiated. These countries were the ones with significant interests in Antarctica at the time: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile, France, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States. Among them, the signatories had established over 50 Antarctic stations for the IGY. The treaty was a diplomatic expression of the operational and scientific cooperation that had been achieved "on the ice".
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Monday, November 30, 2009

Dick Clark - Happy Birthday - Nov. 30th

Richard Wagstaff "Dick" Clark (born November 30, 1929) is an American television, radio personality, game show host and businessman; he served as chairman and CEO of Dick Clark Productions, which he has sold part of in recent years. He is best known for hosting long-running television shows such as American Bandsand, five versions of the Pyramid game show, and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.

Clark has long been known for his departing catchphrase, "For now, Dick long," delivered with a military salute, and for his youthful appearance, earning the moniker "America's Oldest Teenager", until he suffered a stroke late in 2004. With some speech ability still impaired, Clark returned to his New Year's Rockin' Eve show on December 31, 2005 and January 1, 2006. Subsequently, he has appeared at the Emmy Awards on August 27, 2006 and the New Year's Rockin' Eve show on December 31, 2006 and January 1, 2007, as well as in 2007/2008 and 2008/2009.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Acer Aspire Revo AR1600-U910H

I received the Revo yesterday hooked it up to a small flat screen and began to remove all the garbage software that comes pre-loaded. This took about 1/2 hour. I set the screensaver and power settings to suet my style, then set it up on my home network without a hitch. I then hooked it to my 42 inch plasma TV via a HDMI cable. A snag was enchanted here as no audio came out of the TV speakers. I have never figured out the problem but I didn't want the TV speakers active anyway. Instead I run the earphone output into my surround sound amp with a patch cord. I also hooked up a ADESSO wireless RF keyboard. This lets me set in my easy chair to surf and control the computer. I now have access to the other 5 computers on the network. I can play music, watch movies, play YouTube & Hulu files on the big screen. This is not a drawback for me,but there is no CD/DVD drive in the Revo, I can load files from my network or flash thumb drive. All in all this is a great little light duty computer and at a cost of only $200 it will fill most peoples needs. Don't forget it comes with no monitor, but even if you have none, you can get a used CRT for less than $25 or better yet hook it to your new digital TV.
I forgot to say this computer is about the size of a ham sandwich on white bread (very small)
See the REVO on NewEgg

Lets Say Thanks

If you go to this web site, you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq . You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services. How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! It is FREE and it only takes a second. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these? Whether you are for or against the war, our soldiers over there need to know we are behind them. This takes just 10 seconds and it's a wonderful way to say thank you. Please take the time and please take the time to pass it on for others to do. We can never say enough thank you's. Thanks for taking to time to support our military!
I have checked this page out and deam it safe .......... Jack

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

D. B. Cooper - November 24, 1971

D. B. Cooper is the name attributed to a man who hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft in the United States on November 24, 1971, received US$200,000 in ransom, and parachuted from the plane. The name he used to board the plane was Dan Cooper, but through a later press miscommunication, he became known as "D. B. Cooper". Despite hundreds of leads through the years, no conclusive evidence has ever surfaced regarding Cooper's true identity or whereabouts, and the bulk of the money has never been recovered. Several theories offer competing explanations of what happened after his famed jump, but the FBI believes he did not survive.

The nature of Cooper's escape and the uncertainty of his fate continue to intrigue people. The Cooper case (code-named "Norjak" by the FBI) is the only unsolved U.S. aircraft hijacking, and one of the few such cases anywhere in the world, along with Malaysia Airlines Flight 653.

The Cooper case has baffled government and private investigators for decades, with countless leads turning into dead ends. As late as March 2008, the FBI thought it might have had a breakthrough when children unearthed a parachute within the bounds of Cooper's probable jump site near the town of Amboy, Washington. Experts later determined that it did not belong to the hijacker.
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

assassination of John F. Kennedy Nov 22, 1963

The assassination of John F. Kennedy, the thirty-fifth President of the United States, took place on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time (18:30 UTC) in Dealey Plaza. Kennedy was fatally shot while riding with his wife Jacqueline in a Presidential motorcade. The ten-month investigation of the Warren Commission of 1963–1964, the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) of 1976–1979, and other government investigations concluded that the President was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald who himself was murdered before he could stand trial. This conclusion was initially met with support among the American public, but polls conducted from 1966 show as many as 80% of the American public hold beliefs contrary to these findings.[1][2] The assassination is still the subject of widespread debate and has spawned numerous conspiracy theories and alternative scenarios. In 1979, the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) found both the original FBI investigation and the Warren Commission Report to be seriously flawed. The HSCA also concluded that there were at least four shots fired and that it was probable that a conspiracy existed. Later studies, including one by the National Academy of Sciences,[3] have called into question the accuracy of the evidence used by the HSCA to support its finding of four shots.
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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Gettysburg Address

Nov. 19, 1863 – American Civil War: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Murder/suicide in Jonestown, Guyana 11/18/78

1978 – Jim Jones led more than 900 members of the Peoples Temple to mass murder/suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, hours after some of its members assassinated U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan.
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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Intel 404 IC born 11-15-1971

The Intel 4004 is a 4-bit central processing unit (CPU) released by Intel Corporation in 1971. The 4004 is the first complete CPU on one chip, the first commercially available microprocessor, a feat made possible by the use of the new silicon gate technology allowing the integration of a higher number of transistors and a faster speed than was possible before. The 4004 employed a 10 ?m silicon-gate enhancement load pMOS technology and could execute approximately 92,000 instructions per second (that is, a single instruction cycle was 10.8 microseconds).
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Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday the 13th

According to folklorists, there is no written evidence for a "Friday the 13th" superstition before the 19th century. The earliest known documented reference in English occurs in an 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini: Rossini was surrounded to the last by admiring and affectionate friends; and if it be true that, like so many other Italians, he regarded Friday as an unlucky day, and thirteen as an unlucky number, it is remarkable that on Friday, the 13th of November, he died. However, some folklore is passed on through oral traditions. In addition, determining the origins of superstitions is an inexact science, at best. In fact, it's mostly guesswork. Consequently, several theories have been proposed about the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition. One theory states that it is a modern amalgamation of two older superstitions: that thirteen is an unlucky number and that Friday is an unlucky day.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day photos

Veterans Day photos taken at the South Ripley School and the Veteran's Monument on Versailles town square are posted to the Web at:
More photos to be added Friday from the Legion Veteran banquet.

11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

Veterans Day is an annual American holiday honoring military veterans. Both a federal holiday and a state holiday in all states, it is usually observed on November 11. However, if it occurs on a Sunday then the following Monday is designated for holiday leave, and if it occurs Saturday then either Saturday or Friday may be so designated. It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, falling on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.)
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Saturday, November 07, 2009

Ronald Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine

Battle of Tippecanoe - November 7, 1811

The Battle of Tippecanoe was fought on November 7, 1811, between United States forces led by Governor William Henry Harrison of the Indiana Territory and forces of Tecumseh's growing American Indian confederation led by his brother, Tenskwatawa. In response to rising tensions with the tribes and threats of war, an American force of militia and regulars set out to launch a preemptive strike on the headquarters of the confederacy. The battle took place outside Prophetstown, at the confluence of the Tippecanoe and Wabash Rivers.
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Wednesday, November 04, 2009


If you have the free version of AVG anti virus program you should receive a pop up warning stating that you need to up-grade before December 1st. If you click the "Up-Grade Now" you will be sent to a page wanting you to download the pay version. If you still want to keep using the free version scroll to the bottom of the page and in very fine print there is a link to the free version. You may also click the below link. It will take you to the download. Upon installation becareful to read and check or un-check the files to install.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Hughes H-4 Hercules (Spruce Goose) 1st Flight Nov.2, 1947

The Hughes H-4 Hercules (registration NX37602) was a prototype heavy transport aircraft designed and built by the Hughes Aircraft company. The aircraft made its only flight on November 2, 1947. Built from wood due to wartime raw material restrictions on the use of aluminum, it was nicknamed the "Spruce Goose" by its critics. The Hercules is the largest flying boat ever built, and has the largest wingspan and height of any aircraft in history. It survives in good condition at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, USA.
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Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween photos from Versailles

Photos have been posted to the Web

Internet's 40's birthday 10/29

Why do we today celebrate today - October 29 - as the internet's 40's birthday? Because on this day in 1969, what would later became known as the internet was used for the very first time - and crashed. Read More

Yes I remember the old "Dialind", I was one of the 1st 10 to access the net here in Ripley County. It was all text no images at all. You may dial in 100 or more times before you received a connection. I think there were only 10 lines, so you had to wait your turn. ..... jack


Halloween (also spelled Hallowe'en) is an annual holiday celebrated on October 31. It has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holy day of All Saints. It is largely a secular celebration but some have expressed strong feelings about perceived religious overtones.[1][2][3]

The day is often associated with the colors black and orange, and is strongly associated with symbols like the jack-o'-lantern. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, wearing costumes and attending costume parties, ghost tours, bonfires, visiting haunted attractions, pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wall Street Crash of October 29 1929

The Wall Street Crash of 1929, also known as the Great Crash or the Stock Market Crash of 1929, was the most devastating stock market crash in the history of the United States, taking into consideration the full extent and duration of its fallout.
Four phrases—Black Thursday, Black Friday, then Black Monday, and Black Tuesday—are commonly used to describe this collapse of stock values. All four are appropriate, for the crash was not a one-day affair. The initial crash occurred on Thursday, October 24, 1929, but the catastrophic downturn of Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29 precipitated widespread alarm and the onset of an unprecedented and long-lasting economic depression for the United States and the world. This stock market collapse continued for a month.
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Monday, October 26, 2009

Windows 7 a nightmare

I bought Windows 7 Pro and have been trying to get everything working. My conclusion, "don't do it", lots of programs do not run correctly under Windows 7 but run perfect under XP. I will be going back to XP when I rest up from the eight hour nightmare.

Update next day
After 4 1/2 hours of reloading XP and the programs I use daily I am back to where I was before Windows 7. I think most would not have the problem I had as I do use some dedicated software in my business that you wouldn't.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Biggest and Meanest Dog in the USA is no more

We have not only lost Soupy Sales 1926 – 2009, but White Fang as well. I can remember as a kid imitating the growls of White Fang.

White Fang, "The Biggest and Meanest Dog in the USA," who appeared only as a giant white shaggy paw with black triangular felt "claws" jutting out from the corner of the screen. Fang spoke with unintelligible short grunts and growls, which Soupy repeated back in English, for comic effect. White Fang was often the pie thrower when Soupy's jokes bombed. See White Fang on YouTube

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Indiana Troopers Association - Scam

The number 866-298-4454 is from the Indiana Troopers Association and they do ask for a specific member in the family.....They want money!!!! That's all it is.....Don't be afraid to answer it and tell them to stop calling your number if you are on the Do Not Call Registry. They have called my number for two weeks straight and finally I answered it and told them to stop the annoying and harassing calls or they will be reported. I would call the Indiana State Troopers Association and report this number because they are not calling on behalf of the Troopers!!!!
Never give your credit card number over the phone unless you originate the call.

If you would care to donate and make sure it gets to Indiana Troopers Association (the full amount) send your donation to:
Indiana Troopers Association
117 West Maumee
Angola, IN 46703

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Big Foot

The Patterson-Gimlin film (also referred to as simply the Patterson film) is a short motion picture of an unidentified subject filmed on October 20, 1967 by Roger Patterson (Wall, South Dakota, February 14, 1926 – January 15, 1972) and Robert Gimlin (Missouri, October 18, 1931) who claimed the film was a genuine recording of a bigfoot. The film has been subjected to many attempts both to debunk and authenticate it. Some qualified scientists have judged the film a hoax with a man in an ape suit, but other scientists contend the film depicts an animal unknown to science, or cryptid, claiming it would be virtually impossible for a human to replicate the subject's gait and muscle movement.

Both men have always dismissed allegations that they had hoaxed the footage by filming a man wearing an ape suit; in fact, Patterson, who died of cancer in 1972, swore on his death bed that the footage was authentic and he had encountered and filmed a large bipedal animal unknown to science. Patterson's friend and business associate, Gimlin, has always denied being involved in any part of a possible hoax with Patterson and claims that he and his partner had encountered a real bigfoot. However, Gimlin avoided publicly discussing the subject from at least the early 1970s until about the year 2000 when he began giving interviews and making appearances at Bigfoot conferences.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Colin Powell makes critical mistake on Oct. 19th 2008

Retired Gen. Colin Powell, a Republican who was President George W. Bush's first secretary of state, broke with the party and endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president, calling him a "transformational figure" during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Cpl. Weare - Versailles, Ripley County, Indiana

Cpl. Leora McKinley Weare
Leora was born in Versailles, IN on February 3rd 1894. He was called by his country into the US Army September 20th 1917. Embarked for France on May 17th 1918 with Co. M, 120th Infantry, 30th Division. Corporal Weare was Killed In Action September 29th 1918 at the front line trenches near Ste. Quentin, France on the Hindenburg line. He is buried in the "Old Hickory Cemetery", the American part of the British cemetery. Cpl. Weare was the first soldier from Versailles to pay the ultimate price for his country. He was twenty-four years old. Our Leora Weare, Legion Post #173 was named in his honor.

Below taken from

Leora McKinley Weare, Infantry, 30 th Div., KIA St. Quintin, Ripley County , Indiana

“Hiked to Belgium from Eperlocques, July 4, 1918. Reached Watteau, Belgium on July 4. Went to Lyons and relieved the British soldiers in the trenches between Ypres and Kimmel Hill. Held the trenches for 17 days, going in on the July 15 and coming out August 2, 1918. Rested at Watteau, 4 days. Returned to the trenches for 20 days more. On August 3st, captured Voormezeele with several prisoners and guns.

Left Belgium on September 5, 1918. Went in box cars to Roelle-court, France. Was attached to the Second British Army and trained until September 17th. Moved South to Trencourt, Sept., 22, and took over first line trenches from the Australians on Sept 23rd and 24th. Held this position until September 29th.

On September 29 th, 1918 the 30 th American Division, 27 th American Division and 46 th British Division on the right, the 30 th in the center, assaulted the Hindenburg Line which at the point of the assault curved in front of St. Quintin and was considered by the Germans to be unbreakable. The 60 th Brigade, the 119 th and the 120 th Infantry, supported the 117 th and 118 th Infantries, American troops, 30 th Division, attacked at 5:50 AM and captured with the tunnel system, the German troops holding the city of Bellecourt with five adjacent smaller towns and two entire German Divisions were defeated. 147 officers and 1,434 soldiers were taken prisoners.

Co. M went into the fight with 218 men, came out with 49. Fifty-two were killed, 17 wounded. Ora Weare was killed by a high explosive shell. He was hit in the back and suffered a double fracture of the leg.

The dead were buried on October 2, about 200 yards of the wall of St. Quintin, 3 Ripley County boys, side by side as they fell.

Researched by:
Jack Demaree
Historian for Versailles Legion Post #173

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Oct 14, 1947 Chuck Yeager breaks sound barrier

Flying at an altitude of 45,000 ft in an experimental Bell X-1 rocket-powered aircraft, American test pilot Chuck Yeager (pictured) became the first person to break the sound barrier.
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Monday, October 12, 2009

Columbus day

Many countries in the New World and elsewhere celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas, which occurred on October 12, 1492 in the Julian calendar
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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Barcode 57 years old 10/7/09

New Google Logo Celebrates The Barcode? - Google's new logo is a barcode which, as far as we can tell, says "Google." Today is the 57th anniversary of the first patent on the bar code.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Backup your contacts from Outlook Express

One of the biggest wows of a crash is "Oh no I lost my address book" Read and do the back up before the crash. Remember, its not if, its when. Be safe and be ready, it will happen to you..... Jack

Especially if you have used Outlook Express for a while, you probably have plenty of contacts; losing your address book could be disastrous. This tutorial will show you how to backup your contacts from Outlook Express' address book.
See how here

Identity theft - Just opt- out with Google

By Stephanie Small

Identity theft is something everyone fears these days. With the invention of the Internet, people can simply search for your personal information and even find out where you live.

That's why, as this hilarious video explains, Google invented its new "opt out" feature. It allows people to move to a remote village, where they're unable to contact anyone from the outside world. It's even invisible to Google Maps, because the city is contained in a metallic box. Finally, the answer has arrived for the utmost in identity protection! Play the video

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Miss America Katie Stam

Miss America attended the 2009 Pumpkin Show. I was lucky enough to snap several photos of her. To see all the photos go to:

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

One great Video - Play By The Rules - Again

Chaffee Kid is in search of values, integrity,
fair play, honest service, and an answer to
the question, "how did things get so out of
control"? Featuring Chaffee Kid, Alexandra
Underhill, Jon M..

My good friend Ralph Stenger was in DC
for the 9-12 Tea Party and met Chaffee Kid.
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Tea Partiers Descend on D.C. 9/12/09

Conservatives from across the country gather in the capital to march in hopes of gaining momentum in impacting debate on everything from health care to taxes.