Archive for April, 2008

I want to say just one word: Plastics…urgery

April 29, 2008

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That’s one word, right?

If you pay any kind of attention at all to celebs of a certain age, you’ll have noticed that some are startlingly youthful and some are frighteningly Frankensteinian (if that’s also a word).

Today, MSNBC.com takes on the question of whether some dermatologically enhanced celebs look younger or “just weirder.” For the strong-stomached — and idly curious — among us, there’s a satisfyingly long slide show showing now-and-then celebs, with commentary and guesses about possible work done from a plastic surgeon.

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mj.jpgThey don’t bother wasting time with two of the most egregious examples of celeb plastic surgery, MJ and Jocelyn Wildenstein (who’s actually become a celeb because of all her plastic surgery).

obama-plays-ball1.JPGElsewhere on the ‘net today — and on another topic entirely — he’s definitely got game — just not the kind that’ll let him match up successfully against Psycho T and Co. Then, imagine how they’d do running for president. Obama plays actual ball with the Tar Heels. There’s even vid of it.

Wanna get married?

April 29, 2008

bride_groom.jpgWait. That might not have come out right. I’m actually already married.

But if you wanna get married to someone else, it would help if you’re old enough. Wanna know more? See today’s column or this link.

Churches and politics

April 24, 2008

church-and-state.jpgsmall-irs-logo.jpgThere’s more on this subject, which was the main topic of today’s column, at this IRS Web site.

But does the IRS really enforce this policy? It can point to cases it has investigated and a few actions — though it has almost never revoked a church’s tax-exempt status.

Some say the agency turns a blind eye to most of these complaints.

Meanwhile, as to the other item in today’s column — the needed part for C.C.’s Patton central-vac system in her house — I got an e-mail this morning from C.S., who said it should be available through Marley Engineered Products in Bennettsville, S.C. Marley now owns the Patton line. I’ve already passed that info on to C.C. and now you know, too.

Sooo…. what’s up, doc?

April 23, 2008

bugs.gifWascally wabbits, that’s what. They’re the subject of today’s column.

You can’t take it with you

April 22, 2008

So if it’s possible, why not give it to someone who can use it?

ray_of_hope.jpgI’m not talking about what happens to your money or possessions after you die — though you might as well give that stuff to someone who can use it, too.

Here, though, I’m talking about you  — your bod or, frankly, your parts. You know, your organs.

They won’t be doing you any good after you die. But they could be a gift of immeasurable value, hope and joy to others who are suffering from life-threatening or life-debilitating conditions. That’s the subject of today’s column. Meanwhile, you can go here to read the story of one donor — the guy in the Rameses suit up there.

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He’s free — at least for now

April 18, 2008

Today’s column concerned the sobering story of Alton Logan, who had been in jail for 26 years after being convicted of murdering a security guard in Chicago in 1982.

Note: The headline on the column is wrong. (I didn’t write it.) Logan wasn’t on Death Row. Instead, he was given life without possibility of parole. I’ll try to get that fixed.

logan-hugs-godmother.jpgIn any case, the life sentence was wrong, too — for another reason. And it’s also being fixed.the26yearsilence-cx106.jpg

As the column says, Logan’s case went back before a judge today in an appeal based on new information that someone else confessed to the crime back in 1982. Logan, who is 54, has always insisted he was innocent.

Today, the judge threw out Logan’s conviction in the case and ordered a new trial.

And tonight Logan is free on the $1,000 bail that his family quickly scraped together.

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Destroy all… unnecessary papers

April 15, 2008

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2005-08-30_destroy_all_humans.jpgEspecially if they’ve got your personal info on them.

But how do you do that if you’ve got wayyyy more than can be reasonably handled with a home shredder?

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Fly-in restaurants

April 15, 2008

In today’s column, M.B. asked the location of a fly-in restaurant that he’d read about that sells great hamburgers. He remembered that the restaurant has an air strip and is popular with pilots but he couldn’t remember its name or location.

I pointed him toward a restaurant in Bennettsville, S.C., which was the subject of an Observer story in 2005. (Note: It sells barbecue, not hamburgers, but the word “hamburger” was a key part of the story; see the linked column for more.)piknpig.jpg

A nice woman in Moore County read his question this morning and called to say she was positive he was talking about Pik-N-Pig at the Gilliam-McConnell airfield in Carthage.

But I had to tell her that in the interest of keeping his question to a manageable length I’d omitted where he said he already knew about Pik-N-Pig.

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What’s in a name?

April 10, 2008

Lots of baggage sometimes, courtesy of other people’s perceptions of those names.obama-with-clinton.jpg

Today’s column tackles the middle names of the Democratic candidates.

What do you think about them?

Self-defense techniques for the blind

April 9, 2008

Brenda wanted to know if anyone in the Fayetteville area teaches self defense to the blind and… I don’t actually know. Do any of you?

self-defense-book.jpgBut I can direct her to another resource — the National Braille Press, which publishes a book called “Safe Without Sight.” The book outlines self-defense techniques and strategies for blind teens and adults. This program was developed at and tested by a rehab agency and a residential school for the blind, according to NBP.

The book is $14.

There’s a long review of the book at Amazon that’s worth reading though the book is not currently available through that site.

Brenda also asked if there’s a place in the area where blind people meet and there is indeed. (more…)