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Some Holiday Cheer

December 5th, 2008  · stk

The U.S. Economy. If you're worried about all the doom and gloom about the U.S. Economy, tired of watching your investments decline in value, worried about your job ... then this video outlining the government's plan to get back to prosperity is sure to cheer you up!

Good News About the U.S. Economy

It seems that every time you watch the news, there is doom and gloom about the U.S. economy. First the sub-prime lending fiasco, then housing prices take a nose-dive, then the government $700 billion dollar bail-out and the financial markets are dropping like a stone. Everyone is worried, not about a recession, but an out-and-out depression. Long-standing companies are folding, the automobile manufacturers are asking the government for help, unemployment is climbing, foreclosures right and left, no-one is building homes, which means more unemployment ... will it ever end?

Anywone who thinks they're immune from the effects of this economic downturn is kidding themselves. This crisis will touch everyone, in some way, at some point.

Fred Thompson, a former actor (of Law and Order fame), U.S. Senator (Republican; Tennessee Senator from 1994-2003) and candidate for the 2008 Republican nomination for President of the United States, has some good news to share, about the U.S. economy. In the 8-minute video on the next page, he summarizes the government's plan for getting the economy back on track. In plain English, he cuts through the chatter and presents the plan in a completely understandable way.

The video is a "must-see" for anyone worried about the economy, the future of their jobs, potential bankruptcy of Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security, their retirement investments or pension, or the financial future of their children! By the end of the video, you'll have a complete understanding of the current plan, faith that the government is doing the right things and peace of mind.

The U.S. economy will be heading for prosperity in the new year ... watch the video and relax ...

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Boundary Changes

November 5th, 2008  · stk

OKAY ... It's not as important as voting for the President of the United States, but there's a local election that will expand the Fire Protection Boundaries in our area. Even though I can't vote, I'm urging residents to vote "YES". Find out why

North Cedar Improvement District Voting on Nov 15th

Cedar and Yellow Point residents will be voting to elect an RDN Area "A" Director on November 15th. Some property owners will also be voting on a referendum to expand the NCID/NCFD fire protection and emergency response boundaries.

Voting will be held at the North Cedar Intermediate School (2215 Gould Road, in Cedar) on Saturday, November 15th, from 8 AM till 8 PM.

I can't vote because I'm a permanent resident (not a Canadian citizen), but I can urge you to vote for your choice of Directors and "YES" to the referendum question:

Are you in favour of the North Cedar Improvement District extending its fire protection boundaries in order to provide fire and emergency response services to properties in the Yellow Point - South Cedar area at an estimated cost of $70 per year plus $66 per $100k of assessed property value?

There's not much information on the Internet about this fire protection expansion, so I thought I'd put some out there.

Residents who vote "YES will be closer to their fire hall (receive faster fire and emergency service), they'll actually have ownership of both their fire hall and the equipment, they'll also gain voting rights and they may save money through lower homeowner insurance premiums. It just makes sense to vote "YES".

For more about the referendum, a comparison chart that clearly shows why a "YES" vote is the right vote and a map of the affected areas ... carry on ...

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2008 Election Costs

October 24th, 2008  · stk

A comparison of Canada's 2008 election and that of the United States - what it cost each country to elect a leader. (Hint: Record amounts set by both countries). Shouldn't it be less expensive to elect public officials?

Canada & United States - Cost of the Election

Comparing Canadian and United States politics is bit like comparing grapefruits and tangerines. They're both fruit, citrus even, but also very different. In one respect though, Canada and U.S. are the same - they'll both spent record amounts in their 2008 elections.

It's a travesty that each election should consume ever more energy (time, material and money). It'll be a relief when they're finally over.

For a comparison on election costs between Canada and the United States, carry on ...

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White Out

October 2nd, 2008  · stk

Things I bet you didn't know about Penn State: They currently have the largest college football stadium in the U.S. (Beaver Stadium); when they have a "white-out" there ... it rocks; and the Penn State Nittany Lions (currently #6) are *finally* being recognized as a contender for the National Title.

Penn State Beaver Stadium "A Flashbulb"

Of the five things that Stewart Mandel (senior Sports Illustrated writer) learned about college football teams last weekend, two of them involved Penn State:

Besides learning that Alabama's offensive line is overpowering, he learned that "Penn State is the class of the Big Ten" and my personal favorite, that "anything other than the 'White Out' isn't worth it".

Anything other than the "White Out" isn't worth it.

If I was a Circuit City employee trying to woo a customer into buying a $2,000 High-definition plasma television, the first thing I would show him is Saturday night's broadcast of the Penn State-Illinois game. Even seeing it for a third time, it was impossible not to be awed by the visual grandeur of Penn State's "White Out," which manages to turn a 110,000-seat stadium one enormous flashbulb. It's powerful, it's organized (right down to the block "S" in one corner) and, quite frankly, it's awesome.

Two words of advice to all the other schools trying to mimic it: Just stop. Seriously.

Beaver Stadium is currently the largest college stadium in the United States, with a seating capacity of 107,282. (It's only 1,000 seats larger than Michigan's "Big House", which will be even bigger, next year).

An interesting note of comparison: State College, where Penn State's main campus is located, has roughly a population of 38,000. The campus enrollment is approximately 43,000 students. Even if every student, teacher and State College resident attended a game, the stadium wouldn't be full.

In "Happy Valley", it's not so much as a game, as it is a religion. :p (Or is it just one big tail-gate party? Although, that's almost laughable, since I didn't see one "tail gate" during last week's game ... just big, expensive RV's!)

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Friday Buzz

September 26th, 2008  · stk

If you're sick of Obama, McCain (politics in general) and the gloomy economy, college football is an excellent diversion! Demonstrating why college football is so fun, last night unranked Oregon State toppled the number one seeded USC in a stunning upset. Find out more and what it means for Penn State and see a preview or their game against Illinois, which will be shown regionally on ABC, Saturday night.

College Football: Oregon State Stuns #1 USC

I just happened to turn on the television last night and noticed there was a Thursday night college football game on (this must be a new thing, aren't college games played on Friday night or Saturday?). Oregon State and USC were playing, but what caught my attention, was the score. It was late in the 2nd quarter and Oregon State was ahead: 14 to nothing!

Hey, wait a minute.

Isn't USC the number one team in the nation? Isn't Oregon state 1-2 on the season? Didn't Penn State play Oregon State in their first-ever meeting, in week 2, running them all over the field, whipping them with a 45-14 win?

Gee, it be sweet if Oregon State could beat USC! It'd be like a double scoop of my favorite ice cream ... USC loses a game and its #1 status (I've never been a fan of that private school) and the team that Penn State played, is the one to do it! Kinda makes Penn State's football light shine that much brighter! :D

So I grabbed a beer, sat down and convinced my five year old daughter that we were rooting for the guys in the dark-colored jerseys (it was either that or I'd be stuck watching cartoons, while this important upset might happen!)

Fortunately for me, Alex rooted right along side Dad (for a while), then became pre-occupied with toys, until her bedtime. I got to watch college football history in the making!

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Updated: 28-Sep-2008
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