Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Driving Force, Voter Fraud, -and- No Account

Driving Force - 10-year-old flips van filled with drunk, pill-popping adults
Voter Fraud - ACORN Nevada office raided by Nevada Secretary of State and Attorney General
No Account - Democratic lawmaker's son indicted in Palin email hack

On this day in history: October 8, 1871 - Catherine O'Leary's cow starts the Chicago Fire, killing 250 and destroying 17,000 buildings.

Born on this day in history: October 8, 1941 - Paul Hogan (1941 -) Comedian and actor, born in Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, SE Australia. When he appeared on a television talent show as a comedian, his original style proved so popular that he was given his own programme, "The Paul Hogan Show," which ran for nine years. International fame followed with the successful films "Crocodile Dundee" (1986) and "Crocodile Dundee II" (1988). His series of television advertisements for the Australian Tourist Board did much to promote his country, and he has become something of a national folk hero. His 1990 film "Almost an Angel" was less successful, but in 1993 he listed his next film, "Lightning Ridge," on the Australian Stock Exchange to raise funds - a unique and successful venture. Later films include "Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles" (2001).

Scripture of the Day: The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin. — Proverbs 10:8

Video of the Day: Second Presidential Debate - Full Video

Sarah Palin on the campaign trail. Go, Sarah! Click to enlarge.

John McCain at last evening's presidential debate. Go, John!

Poaching Mushrooms: When I intend to use sliced mushrooms in a dish, I generally poach the mushroom slices in boiling water for 20 minutes. This gives the mushrooms a wonderful meatiness, and they remain plump and meaty after subsequent cooking. I highly recommend this!

A Preacher's test for his son

An old country preacher had a teenage son, and it was getting time the boy should give some thought to choosing a profession. Like many young men his age, the boy didn't really know what he wanted to do, and he didn't seem too concerned about it.

One day, while the boy was away at school, his father decided to try an experiment. He went into the boy's room and placed on his study table four objects:

1. A bible.
2. A silver dollar.
3. A bottle of whisky.
4. And a Playboy magazine.

'I'll just hide behind the door,' the old preacher said to himself. 'When he comes home from school today, I'll see which object he picks up. If it's the bible, he's going to be a preacher like me, and what a blessing that would be! If he picks up the dollar, he's going to be a business man, and that would be okay, too. But if he picks up the bottle, he's going to be a no-good drunken bum, and Lord, what a shame that would be. And worst of all if he picks up that magazine he's going to be a skirt-chasing womanizer.'

The old man waited anxiously, and soon heard his son's footsteps as he entered the house whistling and headed for his room.

The boy tossed his books on the bed, and as he turned to leave the room, he spotted the objects on the table. With curiosity in his eye, he walked over to inspect them.

Finally, he picked up the Bible and placed it under his arm.

He picked up the silver dollar and dropped into his pocket.

He uncorked the bottle and took a big drink, while he admired this month's centerfold.

'Lord have mercy,' the old preacher disgustedly whispered. 'He's gonna run for the Senate!'