Saturday, November 22, 2008

Fun on the Web Nov 22 '08 Stores closing in '09

Places NOT to buy Xmas gifts if you think they might need to be exchanged/returned!

....Checked on Snopes.

It seems there are lots of stores that are closing due to the "recession" and the fact that people are not shopping. If you have any "gift cards" from these stores, make sure you use them, or you will lose them!

Watch those store money cards, gift cards, and credit slips! The following stores have informed the Security Exchange of closing plans between October 2008 and January 2009.

Circuit City stores... most recent (? how many)

Ann Taylor- 117 stores nationwide are to be shuttered

Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug ,and Catherine's to close 150 stores nationwide

Eddie Bauer to close stores 27 stores and more after January

Cache will close all stores

Talbots closing down all stores

J. Jill closing all stores

GAP closing 85 stores

Footlocker closing 140 stores more to close after January

Wickes Furniture closing down

Levitz closing down remaining stores

Bombay closing remaining stores

Zales closing down 82 stores and 105 after January.

Whitehall closing all stores

Piercing Pagoda closing all stores

Disney closing 98 stores and will close more after January.

Home Depot closing 15 stores

Macys to close 9 stores after January

Linens and Things closing a ll stores

Movie Galley Closing all stores

Pacific Sunware closing stores

Pep Boys Closing 33 stores

Sprint/ Nextel closing 133 stores

JC Penney closing a number of stores after January

Ethan Allen closing down 12 stores.

Wilson Leather closing down all stores

Sharper Image closing down all stores

K B Toys closing 356 stores

Lowes to close down some stores

Dillard's to close some stores.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Fun on the Web Nov 18 '08 Open a Jar

The older I get the less strength I have in my hands so these tips will come in handy

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Fun on the Web Nov 16 '08 Funny

The other day I went downtown to run a few errands.
I went into thelocal coffee shop for a snack. I was only
there for about 5 minutes, and when I came out, there
was this cop writing out a parking ticket.

I said to him, 'Come on, man, how about giving a retired
person a break'? He ignored me and continued writing
the ticket. His insensitivity annoyed me, so I called him
a 'Nazi.' He glared at me and then wrote out another
ticket for having worn tires.

So I proceeded to call him a 'doughnut eating Gestapo.' He
finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with
the first. Then he wrote a third ticket when I called him a
moron in blue. This went on for about 20 minutes.

The more I talked back to him the more tickets he wrote.
Personally, I didn't really care. I came downtown on the bus,
and the car that he was putting the tickets on had one of those
bumper stickers that said, ' McCain-Palin '08.'

I try to have a little fun each day now that I'm retired. The
doctor tells me that it's important for my health.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Fun on the Web On my soapbox

November 4, 2008 since I am afraid this article will disappear, here it is
Editorial from the NY Times

So Little Time, So Much Damage
While Americans eagerly vote for the next president, here’s a sobering reminder: As of Tuesday, George W. Bush still has 77 days left in the White House — and he’s not wasting a minute.

President Bush’s aides have been scrambling to change rules and regulations on the environment, civil liberties and abortion rights, among others — few for the good. Most presidents put on a last-minute policy stamp, but in Mr. Bush’s case it is more like a wrecking ball. We fear it could take months, or years, for the next president to identify and then undo all of the damage.

Here is a look — by no means comprehensive — at some of Mr. Bush’s recent parting gifts and those we fear are yet to come.

CIVIL LIBERTIES We don’t know all of the ways that the administration has violated Americans’ rights in the name of fighting terrorism. Last month, Attorney General Michael Mukasey rushed out new guidelines for the F.B.I. that permit agents to use chillingly intrusive techniques to collect information on Americans even where there is no evidence of wrongdoing.

Agents will be allowed to use informants to infiltrate lawful groups, engage in prolonged physical surveillance and lie about their identity while questioning a subject’s neighbors, relatives, co-workers and friends. The changes also give the F.B.I. — which has a long history of spying on civil rights groups and others — expanded latitude to use these techniques on people identified by racial, ethnic and religious background.

The administration showed further disdain for Americans’ privacy rights and for Congress’s power by making clear that it will ignore a provision in the legislation that established the Department of Homeland Security. The law requires the department’s privacy officer to account annually for any activity that could affect Americans’ privacy — and clearly stipulates that the report cannot be edited by any other officials at the department or the White House.

The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel has now released a memo asserting that the law “does not prohibit” officials from homeland security or the White House from reviewing the report. The memo then argues that since the law allows the officials to review the report, it would be unconstitutional to stop them from changing it. George Orwell couldn’t have done better.

THE ENVIRONMENT The administration has been especially busy weakening regulations that promote clean air and clean water and protect endangered species.

Mr. Bush, or more to the point, Vice President Dick Cheney, came to office determined to dismantle Bill Clinton’s environmental legacy, undo decades of environmental law and keep their friends in industry happy. They have had less success than we feared, but only because of the determined opposition of environmental groups, courageous members of Congress and protests from citizens. But the White House keeps trying.

Mr. Bush’s secretary of the interior, Dirk Kempthorne, has recently carved out significant exceptions to regulations requiring expert scientific review of any federal project that might harm endangered or threatened species (one consequence will be to relieve the agency of the need to assess the impact of global warming on at-risk species). The department also is rushing to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list — again. The wolves were re-listed after a federal judge ruled the government had not lived up to its own recovery plan.

In coming weeks, we expect the Environmental Protection Agency to issue a final rule that would weaken a program created by the Clean Air Act, which requires utilities to install modern pollution controls when they upgrade their plants to produce more power. The agency is also expected to issue a final rule that would make it easier for coal-fired power plants to locate near national parks in defiance of longstanding Congressional mandates to protect air quality in areas of special natural or recreational value.

Interior also is awaiting E.P.A.’s concurrence on a proposal that would make it easier for mining companies to dump toxic mine wastes in valleys and streams.

And while no rules changes are at issue, the interior department also has been rushing to open up millions of acres of pristine federal land to oil and gas exploration. We fear that, in coming weeks, Mr. Kempthorne will open up even more acreage to the commercial development of oil shale, a hugely expensive and environmentally risky process that even the oil companies seem in no hurry to begin. He should not.

ABORTION RIGHTS Soon after the election, Michael Leavitt, the secretary of health and human services, is expected to issue new regulations aimed at further limiting women’s access to abortion, contraceptives and information about their reproductive health care options.

Existing law allows doctors and nurses to refuse to participate in an abortion. These changes would extend the so-called right to refuse to a wide range of health care workers and activities including abortion referrals, unbiased counseling and provision of birth control pills or emergency contraception, even for rape victims.

The administration has taken other disturbing steps in recent weeks. In late September, the I.R.S. restored tax breaks for banks that take big losses on bad loans inherited through acquisitions. Now we learn that JPMorgan Chase and others are planning to use their bailout funds for mergers and acquisitions, transactions that will be greatly enhanced by the new tax subsidy.

One last-minute change Mr. Bush won’t be making: He apparently has decided not to shut down the prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba — the most shameful symbol of his administration’s disdain for the rule of law.

Mr. Bush has said it should be closed, and his secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, and his secretary of defense, Robert Gates, pushed for it. Proposals were prepared, including a plan for sending the real bad guys to other countries for trial. But Mr. Cheney objected, and the president has refused even to review the memos. He will hand this mess off to his successor.

We suppose there is some good news in all of this. While Mr. Bush leaves office on Jan. 20, 2009, he has only until Nov. 20 to issue “economically significant” rule changes and until Dec. 20 to issue other changes. Anything after that is merely a draft and can be easily withdrawn by the next president.

Unfortunately, the White House is well aware of those deadlines.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Fun on the Web Nov 13 '08 Funny

One night, after the couple had retired for the night,
the woman became aware that her husband was
touching her in a most unusual manner. He started
by running his hand across her shoulders and the
small of her back. He ran his hand over her breasts,
touching them very lightly. Then, he proceeded to
run his hand gently down her side, sliding his hand
over her stomach, and then down the other side to
a point below her waist.

He continued on, gently feeling her hips, first one side
and the other.

His hand ran further down the outside of her thighs.
His gentle probing then started up the inside of her
left thigh, stopped and then returned to do the same
to her right thigh.

By this time the woman was becoming aroused and
she squirmed a little to better position herself.

The man stopped abruptly and rolled over to his
side of the bed.

Why are you stopping darling?' she whispered.

He whispered back, 'I found the remote.'

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Fun on the Web Nov 12 '08 Funny

A man in Phoenix calls his son in New York two
days before Thanksgiving and says, 'I hate to ruin
your day, but I have to tell you that your mother
and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is

'Pop, what are you talking about?' the son screams.

We can't stand the sight of each other any longer,'
the father says. 'We're sick of each other, and I'm
sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in
Chicago and tell her.'

Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on
the phone.

'Like heck they're getting divorced,' she shouts, 'I'll
take care of this,' She calls Phoenix immediately, and
screams at her father, 'You are NOT getting divorced.
Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my
brother back, and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until
then,don't do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?' and hangs

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife.
'Okay,' he says, 'they're coming for Thanksgiving and
paying their own way.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Fun on the Web Nov 11 '08 Funny

This is hysterical. You have to try this.
It is absolutely true.
I guess there are some things that the brain cannot handle.

You have to try this please - it takes 2 seconds.
I could not believe this!!!

It is from an orthopedic surgeon.......
This will boggle your mind and it will keep you trying
over and over again to see if you can outsmart your foot,
but you can't. It's preprogrammed in your brain!

1. Without anyone watching you (they will think you are
GOOFY....) and while sitting at your desk in front of your
computer, lift your right foot off the floor and make clock-
wise circles.

2. Now, while doing this, draw the number '6' in the air
with your right hand. Your foot will change direction.
I told you so!!! And there's nothing you can do about it!

You and I both know how stupid it is, but before the day
is done, you are going to try it again, if you've not already
done so......

Monday, November 10, 2008

Fun on the Web Nov 10 '08 Word Puzzle

See if you can figure out what these words have in common.

1 Banana 2 Dresser 3 Grammar 4 Potato 5 Revive 6 Uneven 7 Assess

Are you peeking or have you already given up?

Give it another try .

Look at each word carefully.

(You'll kick yourself when you discover the answer.)

This Is Cool.

Answer: No, it is not that they all have at least 2 double letters.

(Thought I had the answer, but I did not go far enough.)


In all of the words listed, if you take the first letter, place it at the end of the word, and then spell the word backwards, it will be the same word.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Fun on the Web Nov 9 '08 Awesome

Fabulous photo - just move your cursor over the photo

Friday, November 7, 2008

Fun on the Web Nov 7 '08 Funny

A very tired nurse walks into a bank.
Totally exhausted after an 18 hour shift
preparing to write a check, she pulls a
rectal thermometer out of her purse
and tries to write with it.

When she realizes her mistake she looks at the
flabbergasted teller and without missing a beat
she says "Well thats great--thats just great....

Some jerk's got my pen.."

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Fun on the Web Nov 5 '08 Quote

There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing. - Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Fun on the Web Nov 4 '08 Vote

I hope you vote! Here's where to do it:

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Fun on the Web Nov 1 '08 Quote

The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised. - George F. Will