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Hank Aaron speaks out on the Hall of Fameroids

Hank Aaron was the king of the big swing for years in Major League Baseball’s record books, holding the home run record until a man named Barry Bonds swung his way into the spotlight and nabbed the title.  Bonds did it under the suspicion, but never found guilty, of using performance enhancing drugs, or PEDs, to achieve the milestone.  He’s been accused by several, with witnesses saying he’s guilty. As of now, however, there is no concrete proof.

Then there is Roger Clemens, another accused and blasted by the media and former baseball players.  There’s even potential evidence of his DNA still remaining on syringes used, kept by his trainer (which is entirely creepy and weird in its own right).

Many cried that these men shouldn’t be allowed to be in the Hall of Fame because of their suspected use, and those that have announced their guilt or were exposed, such as Alex Rodriguez from 2001 to 2003, and Manny Ramirez who tested positive this year and served a 50-game suspension, should also be banned from entering the hallowed halls of Major League Baseball’s elite.

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Explicit “Sprite ad” over the top?

One minute it seems like our society is growing more accustomed to the ideas of open mindedness, free thought and free expression…and the general idea of being entertained, even if it means mother might not be the most approving at what your laughter is directed. Then the next second, it feels like the whole country’s turned into a giant Bible Belt staring at us, the open-minded free thinkers, who are suddenly adorned in black cloaks with “satanist” scribed on our foreheads in blood.

This society really confuses me sometimes, as with this latest fuss over a banned Sprite ad.

From all the articles and news reports I’ve read on the situation, what I’ve been able to gather for myself on what happened is that once this explicit ad was released, those who first saw it, freaked out and blamed, well, who else, but Coca-Cola, a company that obviously paid to sponsor the creation of this extremely adult ad because it featured a bottle of Sprite, logo in full spotlight.

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Trade in old clunkers, gas guzzlers for cheaper new car smell

Last month, Congress approved the “Car Allowance Rebate System,” also known as “CARS,” in an attempt to help push auto sales up, at the same time as rid the road of those old clunkers, gas guzzlers and otherwise inefficient vehicles. Taking advantage of this deal could mean $3,500 to $4,500 off the sticker price of a new — and overall better — car for you and your family.
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Trends we will regret

We’re all guilty of at least one.

Every decade, we’re facing with the joys and horrors of trends. Sure, they’re cool now, but in 20 years you’ll probably be laughing at how ridiculous you looked.

The 1970s welcomed paisley corduroy and pale yellow wallpaper. In the ’80s we had neon leg warmers and big hair. In the ’90s we regrettably listened to boy bands while playing POGs, and today we’re dealing with equally horrifying trends. Sure, they seem cool now, but you may come to regret them just as your 1987 high school yearbook picture or ‘NSYNC posters.

Here are 10 trends of the 2000s we’ll most regret:

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Fired for marrying the wrong person

Growing up we’re all conditioned to believe that someone, someday, will come along and take your breath away.  When this happens, love will show you new things you’ve never thought about and turn you into a new person, giving you grand new experiences and adding to the list of things people try to accomplish in a short life span.  In essence, marriage and love will change your life.

Most of the time that change isn’t being fired from your job. But such is the case in Fort Myers Beach when they fired one Scott Janke.

The Fort Myers Beach official was fired for a simple wrongdoing: marrying an adult film star, Anabela Mota Janke (stage name Jazella Moore) last October. When the Mayor and town council caught wind of the couple’s wedlock, Scott Janke was subsequently fired hours later.  The council even came out and said Mr. Janke did great work and had shown tremendous character and there were never problems, but that his marriage to a porn actress would impair his ability to function at his job.

It obviously didn’t affect his performance from the wedding to the date of his firing.

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Quick facts on Scientology

Like many other people, I knew very little about Scientology. I knew something about Tom Cruise and another something about placentas. Until recently, that was just about all of the time I was willing to dedicate to learning about it. After seeing the hundreds of people who have dedicated their lives to it as I drove through Clearwater, Fla. where the headquarters resides, I decided it was time to dig a little deeper.

Scientology was founded in 1958 by L. Ron Hubbard, who was an American science-fiction writer. The church’s religious texts are from Hubbard who wrote on things like “dianetics.”

Dianetics, according to the Church of Scientology International’s Web site, is a “spiritual healing technology” that can alleviate unwanted feelings or thoughts. The ultimate goal is to obtain the state of “Clear,” which can be obtained by the thetan (spiritual being of a person) going through dianetic auditing (something akin to counseling).

According to the official Church of Scientology Web site, “Scientology is about the individual man or woman. Its goal is to bring an individual to a sufficient understanding of himself and his life and free him to make improvements where he finds them necessary and in the ways he sees fit.” They believe that each person has a different truth, saying “Only those things which one finds true for himself are true.”

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Big Ben Roethisberger under fire

Ben Roethisberger has driven a bumpy road in the NFL over the last few years.  He had an incredible rookie season and became the face of the City of Steel, showing guts and bringing glory to one of the more dedicated sports towns in the United States.  

Then, in the off-season, he crashed his motorcycle and suffered serious injuries, but was able to recover and bring his game back full swing the following season.  

The Bus, Jerome Bettis, received his championship ring with Big Ben at the helm.  Then last year, the Steelers rolled on to the Super Bowl and captured the league’s championship, effectively sealing the legacy of Big Ben in Pittsburg’s sports hero lore books.

But with any person’s tremendous success and stellar character, there always is one incident that will strike out and seem poised to destroy a legacy, or in this case, a dynasty.
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Can you really be scared to death? And other weird ways that may invite Death home

It’s common to hear of someone dying of a broken heart, or being scared to death, common as in just kidding or pure jest…right? Well, maybe not.

According to an article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, there have been cases documented of people actually dying from strong emotions.

Some of the examples include Roman emperor Nerva (A.D. 30-98), who died due to a fit of anger directed at some senator who offended him; a 13th century pope (Innocent IV) was said to have died of grief when his army was overthrown, and it was also told that some American patriots died of sheer happiness after finding out that General Cornwallis’s men had been defeated (more like creamed) at Yorktown.

G. L. Engel, author of the study, also gathered 170 recent accounts of death due to life disturbing events like the death of someone close, threat of injury or death, death upon reuniting with someone long lost, grief, death by mourning or on an anniversary, happy endings…etc.

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Unemployment figures: Half truths wrapped in bacon

Since the recession started, unemployment has been a closely watched figure, and every time it increases, the stock market seems to take a tumble.  As people lose their spending cushion and lock down their finances for future hardships, the recoil sent back into various industries forces further contraction.  Where spending makes up the entirety of our economic success, when we fail to spend, we also will fail to grow.

When companies start to follow the same path as individual consumers, unemployment figures begin to change.  This has generally increased over the last year, with a few brief spurts of life, but generally the numbers inspire uncertainty and fear into those with jobs and those looking for work who have been laid off.

Eight to 9 percent, or even 10 percent of our total population (350,000,000) is 35,000,000.  That isn’t necessarily a bad figure when you take into consideration all those who file for benefits with no intention of ever getting employment again and are content with living off of the government’s paycheck and free handouts for their miserable existences brought on by massive amounts of underachieving and lack of motivation.

The real problem is far greater than a small number like 8 to 9 percent.

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Twitter takes away from verbal socialization

Twitter has officially taken over.

I’m not really sure how or why but there is talk of Twitter, “twittering” or “tweets” everywhere. I have a Twitter account and I’m proud to say that it doesn’t consume my life…at least not yet.

Apparently because of this I’m behind the times. (And if YOU’re not on Twitter, then you’re seriously not with it.)

Its popularity increased earlier this year when all the celebs began to “tweet.” Even the old ones! I guess America was surprised to know that Barbara Walters could use a computer.

Twitter has become what all other social networking sites dream to be: phenomenally used worldwide and all over the news. Its verbs have quickly become more acceptable to use than ones like “Facebooking” or “MySpacing” and I wonder why. Social networking is the only way to go with friends, family and co-workers.

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