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The Perfect (Fatal) Game

Poor guy finally realized his lifelong dream of bowling a perfect game. And promptly kicked the bucket.

RAVENNA, Mich. (WZZM) – Teammates in his bowling league think after rolling a perfect 300 game Don Doane’s heart just gave out.

“You get nervous shooting a 300,” says teammate Todd Place. “The pressure keeps building,” says bowling alley owner Jim Nutt.

Minutes after achieving the life long goal of a perfect game the 62 year old bowler collapsed and died at Ravenna Bowl in Ravenna. “Don just collapsed,” says alley owner Nutt. ” At first we thought he just fainted.” “Then when I rolled him over I realized it wasn’t good,” says teammate Place.

“I think he died by the time he hit the floor.” Don Doane was a member of the “Nutt Farm” bowling team at Ravenna Bowl for 45 years. His teammates says its strange not to see him on league nights.

“It was like a book, a final chapter,” says Place. “He threw his 300 game with all of his friends, gave each other high-fives and it’s like the story ended. He died with a smile on his face.”

He reached his goal; he went out with a smile. But for me, I guess I will have to just put off shooting par out at El Cariso indefinitely. It could be fatal.

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Obama’s girlfriend?

Woooo wouldn’t that be juicy? JammieWearingFool found this one:

Barack Obama is the target of a shadowy smear campaign designed to derail his bid for the US Presidency by falsely claiming he had a close friendship with an attractive African-American female employee.

The whispers focus on a young woman who in 2004 was hired to work on his team for his bid to become a senator.

The woman was purportedly sidelined from her duties after Senator Obama’s wife, Michelle, became convinced that he had developed a personal friendship with her.

Of course, we know that any such accusation would be racist, a lie, deliberately designed to instantly elect McCain, or divert attention from Sarah Palin’s SAT scores.

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I will probably get in trouble for this

But it’s still pretty damned funny. Thanks, Granddaddy Longlegs.

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Operation Gratitude

A friend of ours is involved in a project called “Operation Gratitude”, a California 501(c)(3) that sends care packages and letters to our GIs in Iraq and around the world. We heard they were having a “garage sale” at the National Guard armory in Van Nuys yesterday, so we went down to check it out as it’s just a couple blocks from where we like to do what we sometimes can almost call “play golf”.

Anyhow, the sale was great; it consisted of items they just couldn’t send to the troops that had been donated since the beginning of the program, be it because of size or weight restrictions, or inappropriateness, etc. The proceeds go towards the cost of mailing the packages overseas.

We then went into the Armory to see what they were doing — there was a MOUNTAIN of boxes being put together for next weekend’s shipping marathon. We’ll be going next weekend to see if we can lend a hand.

This project is amazing. Operation Gratitude describes it’s mission as:

Hundreds of thousands of American troops are deployed in hostile and remote regions of the world, including the Middle East, Afghanistan, Africa, Guantanamo Bay and on ships throughout international waters. The physical conditions they must endure are difficult and they may be separated from loved ones for long periods of time. OPERATION GRATITUDE seeks to lift troops’ morale, and bring a smile to their faces by sending care packages addressed to individual service members deployed overseas. Operation Gratitude care packages contain food, toiletries, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation, all wrapped with good wishes of love and support.

Through Collection Drives, Letter Writing Campaigns and Donations of requested items or funds for shipping expenses, OPERATION GRATITUDE provides civilians anywhere in America a way to express their respect and appreciation to the men and women of the U.S. military in an active, hands-on manner.

OPERATION GRATITUDE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all-volunteer corporation, funded entirely by private donations. For safety and security, the assembling of all packages occurs at the Army National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, California.

If you have any inkling of donating or volunteering, click the link above and check out their great program and excellent work. And please, help spread the word.

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Jimmy Carter Speaks : You have GOT to be kidding me!

You have GOT to be kidding me. Jimmy Carter is criticizing Bush on the economy?

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Former President Jimmy Carter said on Friday the “atrocious economic policies” of the Bush administration had caused the worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

The SAME Jimmy Carter that gave us:

The SAME Jimmy Carter who gave us:

The same Jimmy Carter who gave us:

The US Misery Index by President
1948 to 2007

Misery Index = Unemployment rate + Inflation rate

President Time Period Average Misery Index
Jimmy Carter 1977 – 1980 16.27
Gerald Ford 1974 – 1976 15.93
Ronald Reagan 1981 – 1988 12.19
George H.W. Bush 1989 – 1992 10.68
Richard Nixon 1969 – 1973 9.98
George W. Bush 2001 – 2007 7.89
Harry Truman 1948 – 1952 7.87
William J. Clinton 1993 – 2000 7.80
John F. Kennedy 1961 – 1962 7.27
Lyndon Johnson 1963 – 1968 6.78
Dwight Eisenhower 1953 – 1960 6.26

Oh. THAT Jimmy Carter.

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