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by Bob posted Nov 24 2014 5:30AM

So what are your feelings about Thanksgiving? Christmas? Hanukkah?

Are you counting down the days as you merrily prepare the meal and welcome guests, or absolutely dreading having to eat with these people again?

Whether you are flying home to a fun-filled long weekend or hopping on the train to reach the most dysfunctional place on planet Earth, there are topics that you (and especially the crazier members of your family) should try as much as humanly possible to avoid talking about for those 3 to 5 hours you are all seated together.

Read 10 topics you should NOT discuss at this year's holiday dinner!

1. Who Got What
So, Aunt Mary left the expensive China to your cousin Larry instead of giving it to Sue. Don't bring it up, and if anyone (especially Sue or Larry) attempt to resurface old inheritance issues, quickly change the subject.
2. Relative's Weight Gain, Alcohol Use, Drug Habit
You may have noticed that one relative looks particularly pudgy, sloshed or wide-eyed. Do you really want to call any more attention to what everyone (especially that person in question) is already thinking? Keep it zipped.
3. Religion
These next two are widely known for a good reason! There aren't very many (or any) families that I know who all practice the same religion or even have matching beliefs. Religion is one of the two things to not speak about in a roomful of people, especially when trying desperately to celebrate one another's company, which leads me to the next taboo topic...
4. Politics
Sure, you might be thrilled to the gills about what happened in the November elections, but not everyone is. Not only will politics cause friction, but it has been known to induce name calling and indigestion, neither of which make great family memories.
5. Gossip
It's true. Ashley got particularly nasty with cousin Ida who decided she could no longer pretend to like the vile woman, so she sent a very telling email to Ashley's husband saying.... Sure you'd like to know but for the sake of the children and peace in general, leave the gossip at the door (or better yet, in the car).
6. When Are You Settling Down/ Having A Baby?
Arggghhhh! Is there anything worse? You know the person being asked is dreading hearing it and the relative saying it is only being annoying. Please people, put a stop to it this year.
7. Finances
You never truly know how certain family members or friends are struggling. The well-off members of the family should try to refrain from talking about their new car, living room set, etc… It's just such a sensitive subject when others might be struggling to survive. It's not always a calculated dig either and can just start out innocently as a conversation opener, but a little modesty in all respects can be a good thing when it comes to self promotion, especially during the holidays. Often the lack of it brings up right into….
8. Sibling Rivalry Stories
You know when someone tells a funny story and it quickly escalates into: "That's because Johnny beat me up and stole my lollipop." And then…
9. Favorite (Adult) Child
Quite a few people I know will take an innocent comment and spin it into a repressed childhood memory faster than you can dish out the main course. Tell me, have you heard, "That's because he was your favorite child," said by a 36-year-old man? It's unattractive to say the least, and oddly disturbing at the dinner table.
10. Socially Speaking
No information that has ever been acquired from any Facebook status or tweet should ever be divulged at the dinner table, holiday or not. Those so-called innocent-because-they-are-public-knowledge tidbits have been known to put people on the spot, cause fights, reveal lies, and falsify facts. Keep in on the computer and away from the family meal.
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by Bob posted Nov 24 2014 5:12AM

It's pretty obvious what's going down right now at your local grocery store. Big-ass frozen birds are on sale. We're talking 20-plus pounders here! What's the deal? Surplus on giant chickens? Close. It's Thanksgiving time and an over abundance of turkeys are flooding the freezer aisle like frigid bowling balls. Yeah, as we all know, the Fourth Thursday in November has been set aside for gluttony. Everyone (well, in America at any rate) gathers together with people they strenuously attempt to avoid the other 364 days of the year, put up a false front of excitement and contentedness while gritting their teeth trying to contain their vitriol, and shovel insane amounts of food into their gaping maws. It's a blast! Oh, well, then there's the bloated, numb feeling that comes directly afterward while we fight sleep attempting to care about Detroit Lions football. What a fun holiday! But what's the deal with all this crap, anyway? Well, let's just say it's not all what you think.

9. Mary had a little… Turkey?

Sarah Josepha Hale (1788-1879) is most well known as the author of the famous Nursery Rhyme, 'Mary Had A Little Lamb', but that's not all she did. As a writer and an advocate for all things American, Sarah decided that New England shouldn't be the only place in the ever-growing states to celebrate the blessed feast of Thanksgiving. So, being the persistent one that she was (and she really was), she petitioned presidents including Taylor, Filmore, Pierce, Buchanan, and Lincoln, and probably everyone within shouting distance, to finally 'nationalize' the celebration. It finally took the approval of good old Honest Abe to do so in 1863. So, up until then, it wasn't exactly the institution we know today.



8. Black Friday: Capitalism at its finest

Though recently, the day after Thanksgiving has been known throughout the shopping community as 'Black Friday', due to its popularity for consumers to some how stumble out of bed after putting on several pounds the day before and, feebly, attempt to shop, the day is actually not the most prevalent shopping day of the season. In actuality, based on years of sales records and such, it turns out the most profitable days are the last two weekends before Christmas. See, waiting till the last minute does make a difference.



7. Happy Thanks… what now?

Even before the assistance of Miss Little Lamb (see number 9), Thanksgiving wasn't even remotely recognized again as any kind of tradition since the earliest known original feast until 1789. President George 'Not Bush' Washington declared a day of thanks for the growing colonies, though he didn't give it a specific date. Still, even after Hale and Lincoln's collaborative effort, the date wasn't signified as the fourth Thursday in November until 1941. See, Thanksgiving hasn't been around as long as most people tend to believe. Because people will believe everything they're told. As you should be doing right now with me.

George Washington


6. Happy Thanksss..zzzzzzz

Ah, tryptophan: the cause of everyone's narcoleptic misery on Thanksgiving. Have you ever wondered how nearly every other day of the year no one says a word about it? Well, most think it's just because its so prevalent in the turkey we all shovel down. In all honesty, it's the as actuality act of the shoveling and less the act of the scapegoated amino acid that really does the trick. Oh sure, turkey has a fair share of the snooze inducer, but so does cheese. Basically: you go nuts with the food intake featuring tons of carbs and wash it all down with nog or alcohol and, well, the body compensates by drawing blood from the brain and, BAM, sleepy time. Now you know. So get out there and have a popcorn, jellybean, and toast feast, you 'nuts!


5. Dateline 1621: A whole bunch of nothing.

So, you think you know that the feast that spawned a National craze happened on exactly 1621? Well, that's what you've been told time and again, so, therefore, it must be true, right? Yeah, well, in the little thing we like to call reality, very little if anything is known from the dates 1616-1623 other than the simple fact that a whole ton of a 'European Plague' brought ashore by those crazy cats, the Pilgrims, wiped out a solid 90% of that uber-friendly Indian tribe. So, at least we understand that Squanto and his buddies truly didn't number more than a few hundred at best. Aren't we 'American Settlers' the nicest?



4. Let's swap with Labor Day! Huh?

It has always seemed kind of odd to me that Thanksgiving has been so seemingly arbitrarily placed at the tail-end of November, and now I understand that it is all kind of silly. As it turns out, the first giving of thanks would most likely have taken place somewhere within September or October where the settlers and the Natives would have been gathering crops and sundries for the harsh and often deadly winters ahead while dressed as skeletons and William Shatners. Thanks killing frost!



3. You're no Pilgrim… Pilgrim

Pilgrim, Pilgrim, Pilgrim… everyone knows -from Elementary school to moronic college kids- that those sea-battered religious zealots who sailed the Mayflower II (Electric Boogaloo) were called Pilgrims. Well, as it turns out, they weren't called that. In fact, they didn't even refer to themselves as Pilgrims, but rather as 'Saints'. Pilgrim was a term used to describe actual settlers of a land who have escaped another for beneficial reasons. However, since it was apparent that others (namely Indians) were already there and prime candidates for a sickness to spread, they went with the far more fitting, Saint. Yeah, that sounds better.



2. Guess what? No pointy hats or muskets, either

My sons brought home from school many a fine representation of what everyone thinks of when we think of Pilgrims: Black on black, conical (and comical-ha-) hats, buckles aplenty, and a musket. Sorry, once again this is a perpetuated myth by writers and poets of the quite-recent 20th century. As it turns out, most of the garb would have been tan, as it was leather, wide-brimmed hats similar to those employed by the Amish, and no buckles. Sorry. Buckles were used more modernly to make those irritating Plymouthers seem more quaint. See, now you understand where Santa's get-up comes from. Santa was a Saint, after all. And, as far as I can tell, also aboard the Mayflower. Possibly.



1. I'm sorry, no Pumpkin Pie for you

Okay, I will stipulate that there was, at some point around 1621, a feast, of some kind, where thanks to God for survival was given. However, as you may have guessed, the menu was nothing like what you've come to know and love. Turkeys weren't exactly common, at least as far as anything other than the wild type, so, along with other game birds, they were more of a secondary addition. The big meal, or the centerpiece, would have been venison, possibly dried fish, wild-grown vegetation -probably not yellow corn, though possibly Indian maze- and roasted and unseasoned gourds. Oh, and as far as dessert went, since there was no sugar at the time and no cattle handy for milk, that was pretty much right out. So, there ya go. No there's something to wow your annoying family with over dinner.


by Bob posted Nov 21 2014 5:35AM

A bow that shoots illuminated arrows its manufacturer says can fly up to 145 feet and the Catapencil — a pencil with a miniature slingshot-style launcher on its end — are on an annual list of unsafe toys released Wednesday by a Massachusetts consumer watchdog group.

World Against Toys Causing Harm, or Watch (, issued the "10 Worst Toys" list to remind parents and consumers of the potential hazards in some toys as the holiday shopping season gets under way.

Organizers, who have been compiling the lists for more than three decades, said the toys singled out this year are representative of some of the typical problems they come across, and aren't the only potentially dangerous products on the market.

"It's not so much about the specific toys. It's about the hazards," James Swartz, the group's director, said at a news conference at the Franciscan Hospital for Children.

Many toys, he said, continue to have the same hazardous designs, including small, detachable parts that infants can choke on; strings that can cause strangulation; dangerous projectiles; and misleading or confusing warning labels and instructions.

"There's no reason, after all these years, we should have toys like this," Swartz said as the group displayed each of the 10 toys. "We shouldn't be finding these things for manufacturers. They should be designing them appropriately in the first place."

Dr. Penny Norman, who developed ScienceWiz's Bottle Rocket Party, said she's surprised the company's kit, which includes rocket tubes, stoppers and yellow "caution tape" but not other necessary or recommended items, such as a bicycle pump or safety goggles, made the list.

She said the idea for the kits, which have been on the market since about 2005 and retail for around $15, came after doing homemade bottle rocket experiments with children at summer camps and after-school programs around Berkeley.

"It's a time-honored event for children," Norman said of launching the water or baking soda-and-vinegar-powered rockets. "But it isn't about children being set loose to play with them on their own. It's absolutely about adults running a bottle rocket party event safely."

The Toy Industry Association said American toy safety standards "remain the most protective in the world" and that the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the federal agency responsible for monitoring the safety of toys, "consistently" ranks toys among the safest of 15 consumer product categories commonly found in the home.

"As an industry that creates magical products for children, we hold ourselves to the highest possible standard of care," the organization said in a statement. "Like Watch, members of the toy industry are intent on assuring that the toys consumers bring into their homes are safe for their families. Unlike Watch, we maintain our priority focus on toy safety every day of the year."

Joan Siff, Watch's president, noted that there have been at least 17 toy recalls representing over 4.8 million units of toys in the U.S. and Canada so far in 2014. She urged parents to be extra vigilant during the holiday season, when Watch says more than 65 percent of toys are sold.

"Remember: Toys are an embellishment on life," Siff said. "They are not a necessity. If they can injure a child, they simply should not be sold."

Watch's list of worst toys:

Air Storm Firetek Bow by Zing

Ziggle four-wheeled cycle by Radio Flyer

Catapencil by Toysmith

Alphabet Zoo Rock & Stack Pull Toy by Skip Hop

SWAT Electric Machine Gun by Junxing Toys Industrial Co.

Wooden Instruments sold at Wal-Mart

Bottle Rocket Party by Norman & Globus (ScienceWiz)

Lil' Cutesies-Best Friends doll by JC Toys Group

True Legends Orcs Battle Hammer sold at Toys R Us

Colored Hedgehog plush toy sold at Toys R Us

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by Bob posted Nov 20 2014 12:10PM
Some students protesting a new hall pass policy at the High Schools caused minor damage and prompted the West Bend police department and the Washington County Sheriff's Dept. to respond. Audio of press conference is on the right side of this home page. WBKV was there live. Listen for furthur updates during the day and during Bob's morning show Friday...
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by Bob posted Nov 19 2014 4:23AM

Football Topped the Ratings and the "Hollywood Film Awards" Tanked

"Sunday Night Football's" Colts-Patriots game was last week's most watched show. 20.8 million people tuning in to see the Patriots defeat the Colts 42-20. And the "Monday Night Football" Eagles-Panthers game fell just below the Top 10 with 11.3 million viewers on ESPN. The Eagles won it with a score of 45-21.

Meanwhile, the first televised "Hollywood Film Awards" only attracted 4.1 million viewers for CBS.

Here are last week's Top 10 primetime shows:

1. "Sunday Night Football's" Colts-Patriots game, NBC, 20.8 million viewers.

2. "NCIS", CBS, 17.5 million viewers.

3. "The Big Bang Theory", CBS, 16.9 million viewers.

4. "NCIS: New Orleans", CBS, 15 million viewers.

5. "The Walking Dead", AMC, 14.1 million viewers.

6. "Dancing with the Stars", ABC, 13.3 million viewers.

7. "Madame Secretary", CBS, 12.8 million viewers.

8. "60 Minutes", CBS, 12.7 million viewers.

9. "Football Night in America", NBC, 12 million viewers.

10. Monday's episode of "The Voice", NBC, 11.5 million viewers.

Tuesday's episode was right behind that with 11.4 million viewers.

Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending November 16, 2014:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net # Viewers (Live+SD) (000)
1 NBC Sunday Night Football-11/16/2014 NBC 20820
2 NCIS-11/11/2014 CBS 17493
3 Big Bang Theory, THE-11/13/2014 CBS 16902
4 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS-11/11/2014 CBS 14994
5 Dancing with the Stars-11/10/2014 ABC 13305
6 MADAM SECRETARY-11/16/2014 CBS 12768
7 60 Minutes-11/16/2014 CBS 12654
8 FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 3-11/16/2014 NBC 11962
9 VOICE-11/10/2014 NBC 11484
10 VOICE-TUE-11/11/2014 NBC 11421
11 MOM-11/13/2014 CBS 11068
12 VOICE 11/12-11/12/2014 S NBC 10642
13 OT, THE-11/16/2014 FOX 10580
14 Good Wife, THE-11/16/2014 CBS 10547
15 Criminal Minds-11/12/2014 CBS 10352
16 SCORPION-11/10/2014 CBS 10078
17 SCANDAL-11/13/2014 ABC 10053
18 OT, THE 11/16-11/16/2014 B FOX 10014
19 Law And Order:SVU-11/12/2014 NBC 10006
20 Modern Family-11/12/2014 ABC 9832
21 BLACKLIST-11/10/2014 NBC 9753
22 CHICAGO PD-11/12/2014 NBC 9540
23 Castle-11/10/2014 ABC 9522
24 SURVIVOR-11/12/2014 CBS 9511
25 HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER-11/13/2014 ABC 9248

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2014 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. All numbers are live viewing plus same day DVR viewing.


The Walking Dead topped cable viewership for the week ending November 16, 2014 with 14.068 million viewers.

Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 Walking Dead AMC Sun 09:00P-10:01P 14068
3 2014 WK 11 - BUF VS. MIA NFLN Thu 08:27P-11:24P 7791
4 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun 10:01P-11:00P 5365
5 NASCAR SPRINT CUP L ESPN Sun 03:00P-06:50P 5223
6 AUBURN/GEORGIA ESPN Sat 07:15P-10:29P 4613
7 Sons Of Anarchy FX Tue 10:00P-11:39P 4380
8 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4018
9 NORTHPOLE HALL Sat 08:00P-10:00P 4007
10 Gold Rush DISC Fri 09:00P-10:00P 3991
11 INCREDIBLES, THE DSNY Sat 09:00A-11:00A 3961
12 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 3943
13 INCREDIBLES, THE DSNY Fri 07:00P-09:00P 3904
14 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 10:00P-11:09P 3831
15 American Horror Story FX Wed 10:00P-11:13P 3647
17 MAN WHO KILLED BIN LADEN FOXN Wed 10:00P-11:00P 3370
18 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Wed 08:00P-09:00P 3368
19 TNF PRE-KICK NFLN Thu 08:00P-08:27P 3333
20 American Pickers HIST Wed 09:00P-10:03P 3329
21 ANGELS & ORNAMENTS HALL Sun 08:00P-10:00P 3325
22 AALIYAH: PRINCESS OF R&B LIFE Sat 08:00P-10:01P 3219
23 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Tue 08:00P-09:00P 3200
24 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Thu 08:00P-09:00P 3131
25 SPORTSCENTER: L ESPN Mon 11:43P-01:00A 2948

Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2014 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. All ratings above Live+SD (live viewing plus same day DVR viewing)-

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by Bob posted Nov 19 2014 4:07AM

When you think of Thanksgiving dinner, you probably envision a huge, round, whole-roasted turkey trussed up and set at the center of your dining room table. It's a beautiful sight, but is it really the best way to prepare the iconic holiday bird?

No, definitely not. Spatchcocking is a superior method in virtually every way.

But what is spatchcocking, you ask? Essentially, it's a fancy term for butterflying your bird and roasting, grilling, or smoking it while it's laid out flat. This method does require a little elbow grease, a lack of squeamishness, and a good pair of kitchen shears, but in the end it'll get you the best turkey you've ever tasted. Here's why.

1. Your turkey will be ready faster.

Spatchcocking can drastically reduce the amount of time you spend roasting your bird.

Opinions differ on how quickly you can cook a spatchcocked turkey. Serious Eats' J. Kenji Lopez-Alt—perhaps the internet's foremost spatchcocking evangelist—says you can cut the cooking time in half, to about 80 minutes. The New York Times' Mark Bittman, meanwhile, claims you can do it in just 35 minutes.

Either way, your bird will be done a heck of a lot faster than the 2 to 5 hours Butterball says it'll take to roast a whole bird.

Why is it so much faster? Because a flat turkey cooks more evenly, it can handle higher heat. With a whole turkey, you have to cook at a low temperature (~325°F) to avoid overcooking and drying out the outermost layer. When the bird is butterflied, you can turn up the heat (to about 450°F) without worry. As you'd imagine, the cooking time drops precipitously.

2. Your turkey will be crispier and juicier.

One the biggest benefits of spatchcocking your turkey is that it keeps the meat moist while providing you with crispy skin. According to Kenji from Serious Eats, this has to do with how the flattened turkey sits in the pan—all of the skin faces upward in open air, while the exposed meat is on the bottom.

That means the skin has plenty of uninterrupted dry heat to get nice and crispy, while the meat stews in all the fat and juices that render out, keeping it perfectly moist.

3. Your gravy and stuffing will be tastier, too.

We hear you: "But how can that be? You can't stuff a flat turkey!"

True. Technically, it won't be real "stuffing." (We'll save the stuffing vs. dressing debatefor another day.) But whatever you choose to call it, your starchy stuff will be more flavorful (and more plentiful) if you use this method.

Kenji writes at Serious Eats that all you have to do is lay the spatchcocked bird on top of your stuffing ingredients. This gets plenty of turkey drippings into the breading andallows you to prepare more stuffing than you'd be able to cram into a whole turkey's cavity. He adds that you should move the bird to another pan halfway through cooking so the stuffing doesn't burn.

If that's not enough good news for your tastebuds, you can also use the turkey's discarded backbone to make superior gravy. Kenji even walks through the process in his in-depth spatchcocking tutorial video:

[Click here if you do not see the video above or you are on a mobile device]

4. You can spruce up your presentation.

Sure, a plump, whole-roasted turkey is an iconic Thanksgiving centerpiece, but it's not really the most convenient mountain of meat to tackle come dinner time. Maybe your uncle takes pride in his hard-won carving skills, but meat that comes to the table ready-to-eat is preferable to us.

A spatchcocked turkey is far simpler to carve, and can be just as visually appealing when presented the right way. Serious Eats and each offer mouth-wateringly gorgeous ideas for how to plate the carved-up turkey to best effect.

5. There's more than one way to spatchcock.

A roasted spatchcocked turkey is crispier, juicier, and quicker than a conventional whole bird, but you can cook a butterflied bird in plenty of other ways.

If you want a different taste, you can grill your spatchcocked turkey. We particularly like the under-a-brick method. Need even more flavor and have some time to kill? Try smoking the bird. If you're a hardcore smoking fanatic, feel free to use your smoker. The rest of us can do it on a regular kettle grill with a little patience.

Even the way you prepare your bird can change the way it tastes. Mark Bittman suggests that you arrange its legs differently compared to most recipes, while Kenji suggests you remove the wishbone along with the spine.

by Bob posted Nov 18 2014 5:02AM

Nov. 27 will not be a good day to be a vegetarian—or a turkey. Before you carve up the holiday feast, here are some facts to take to the table.

1. The turkey is a cousin of the pheasant.

Turkey got its name from early European explorers to the Americas. It reminded them of a "Turkey bird" from back home, which had been brought there from Turkey.

2. Some parts might cook faster than others.

Those pop-up timers aren't always reliable because they measure the temperature in only one spot, plus they aren't accurate, according to our tests. No bird should be served until all parts have been cooked to a safe 165° F. Our advice: Use an instant-read thermometer in the inner thigh, wing, and thickest part of the breast. A good choice is the Polder Stable Read THM-379, $18.

3. Corn and soybeans are the staples of most turkeys' diets.

They are supplemented by vitamins and minerals.

4. They're not all gobblers.

Only male turkeys can make that distinct 'turkey gobble' call; female turkeys make clicking sounds.

5. The secret to tasty turkey is to cut it up.

It's called spatchcocking: Cut out the backbone, split the bird in half, and lay it flat on a rack. When cooked at 450° F, a 12-pounder roasts in about an hour. Because everything cooks evenly in one layer, it's cooked to juicy perfection.

6. White and dark meat are different muscles.

The darker the meat, the more myoglobin, a protein that ships oxygen to the muscles. Because turkeys run around more than they fly, their legs and thighs get more oxygen and are darker than breast meat.

7. America has three top turkey processors.

They are Butterball, Jennie-O, and Cargill.

Turkey by the numbers

46 million: The number of turkeys served on Thanksgiving; 88 percent of us will eat the birds that day.

15.6 pounds: The estimated amount of turkey Americans eat each year, an amount that has declined by 2 pounds since 2008.

2,000: The average number of residential fires doubles to about 2,000 on Thanksgiving Day. Most are related to cooking. About 3 percent involve deep fryers, so remember: Turn off the burner immediately if the oil begins to smoke.

18 weeks: The amount of time it takes a turkey to grow to maturity. And that's when most are slaughtered. (Turkeys younger than 8 months can be labeled "young.")

3 percent: The maximum amount of weight added to a "basted" or "self-basted" turkey by an injection or a marinade of a slurry of broth, stock, butter, or spices.

0: The amount of hormones in a turkey, even if it isn't organic. But turkeys can be fed antibiotics daily. (Not organic birds, though.)

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by Bob posted Nov 18 2014 4:44AM
Is there anything more inflammatory than telling someone their dog is a crappy breed? Be careful what you do with the following information . . .

A new study ranked 87 of the most popular dog breeds from best to worst. They based it on how much they cost . . . their intelligence . . . their health . . . their lifespan . . . and how easy they are to groom.

And the best dog in the world is . . . the Border Collie. (Pretty much the same as a Sheltie...God Bless you Mr. Socko. Rest in peace!) They're the most intelligent breed, they live an average of 12-and-a-half years, they're relatively cheap, and they're pretty easy to groom.

The rest of the top 10 dog breeds are: Border Terrier . . . Brittany . . . Cairn Terrier . . . Welsh Springer Spaniel . . . English Cocker Spaniel . . . Cocker Spaniel . . . Papillon . . . Australian Cattle Dog . . . and Shetland Sheepdog.

The worst dog is . . . the BULLDOG. They're one of the less intelligent dogs . . . only live an average of six years . . . have a ton of genetic health problems . . . and cost a lot to buy.

The rest of the bottom 10 dog breeds are: Saint Bernard . . . Great Dane . . . Mastiff . . . Bullmastiff . . . Irish Wolfhound . . . Bloodhound . . . Chow Chow . . . Alaskan Malamute . . . and Boxer.

(Daily Mail)

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by Bob posted Nov 18 2014 4:39AM

If you've been unlucky in love lately, take heart: If CHARLES MANSON can find himself a lady, so can you. Charlie . . . an 80-year-old dirtbag who's been rotting away in prison for 45 years . . . is getting married.

His bride is 26-year-old Afton Elaine Burton. And yeah, she's obviously insane, but she's kind of easy on the eyes.

Mass murderer Charles Manson has gotten a license to marry a 26-year-old woman who visits him in prison.

The marriage license, obtained Monday by The Associated Press, was issued Nov. 7 for the 80-year-old Manson and Afton Elaine Burton, who left her Midwestern home nine years ago and moved to Corcoran, California – the site of the prison – to be near Manson. She maintains several websites advocating for Manson's innocence.

The license does not specify a wedding date and indicates the couple has 90 days to get married or they will have to reapply.

Burton, who goes by the name "Star," told the AP that she and Manson will be married next month.

"Y'all can know that it's true," she said. "It's going to happen."

"I love him," she added. "I'm with him. There's all kinds of things."

Burton gave an interview a year ago to Rolling Stone magazine in which she said she and Manson planned to marry. But Manson, who became notorious in 1969 as the leader of a roving "family" of young killers, was less certain about tying the knot.

"That's a bunch of garbage," Manson said in the December 2013 interview. "That's trash. We're playing that for public consumption."

Asked Monday about those comments, Burton said, "None of that's true," adding that they're waiting for the prison to complete their paperwork.

California Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton confirmed to the AP that the license had been transmitted to the prison.

Thornton said each California prison designates an employee to be a marriage coordinator who processes paperwork for an inmate's request to be wed. In most cases, she said, the department of corrections approves of such weddings as "a tool of family reunification and social development." But Manson is a unique case.

Burton said the wedding might have happened earlier if Manson did not have "some situations" at the prison.

Thornton explained that in February, Manson had three violations for possession of a weapon, threatening staff and refusal to provide a urine sample.

Burton said the prison holds marriages on the first Saturday of each month. She expects to be married in an inmate visiting room at the prison.

Thornton confirmed that Manson can have a wedding at the prison and invite an officiate from outside the prison to perform the ceremony.

He and his prospective spouse also would be allowed to invite 10 guests who are not inmates.

However, as a life prisoner with no parole date, he is not entitled to family visits, a euphemism for conjugal visits.

Why marry Manson under those conditions?

Burton said she was interested in working on his case and helping him obtain possible release. Marrying him would allow her to get information not available to non-relatives, she said without elaborating.

"There's certain things next of kin can do," she said.

She said she believes Manson is innocent and will get a new trial.

Manson has been incarcerated since 1969 in the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders. He was a habitual criminal before that and spent most of his life in prison.

He and two women followers, Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, remain imprisoned. Another follower, Susan Atkins, died of cancer behind bars.

They were convicted in the gruesome killings of actress Sharon Tate and four others at her estate on Aug. 9, 1969, and of grocers Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, who were killed the following night.

Manson would not be eligible for parole until 2027.
by Bob posted Nov 14 2014 5:31AM
Costco Quarterly Profit Trails Estimates Even as Sales Increase

At least 13 large retailers have decided to remain closed on Thanksgiving. In various statements, the companies have cited the questionable benefits of opening on Thursday and the importance of preserving the holiday for employees and customers alike.

Some stores that do plan to open on the national holiday say that they are responding to customer demand and that fierce pressure from competitors necessitates their Thursday openings. Holiday shopping season is a key time for retailers, and stores are trying to boost sales by adding an extra day to the critical period.

Still, the so-called "War on Thanksgiving" has come up for criticism from those who want the holiday cordoned off from shopping and argue that workers need a day off. Others have questioned whether opening on Thanksgiving really helps boost holiday sales.

Bill Martin, the founder of ShopperTrak, a company that monitors shopping trends in malls, told MarketWatch that he questions whether opening on Thanksgiving really helps overall holiday sales at all. "Thursday is simply selling the stuff at the expense of Black Friday," Martin said.

So who has decided to shut their doors for the holiday? We decided to find out.

1. Costco

Opens at 9 a.m. on Black Friday. In a statement, Costco spokeswoman Bev Akada told The Huffington Post:

"Our employees work especially hard during the holiday season and we simply believe that they deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families. Nothing more complicated than that."

2. Marshalls

Most stores open at 7 a.m., and some open at 5 a.m., on Black Friday.Colleen Beauregard, a TJX Companies spokeswoman, told HuffPost:

"We consider ourselves an associate-friendly company."

3. Barnes & Noble

Store hours vary on Black Friday. The company posted on its website:

"We will be closed Thanksgiving Day, November 27 so that our booksellers can be with their family and friends."

4. GameStop

Opens at midnight on Black Friday. Spokeswoman Jackie Smith told HuffPost in an email:

"We believe it's the right decision not only for our employees, but also for our customers. Enjoy this time with your loved ones and we'll see you on Black Friday."

5. T.J. Maxx

Most stores open at 7 a.m. on Black Friday. Colleen Beauregard, TJX Companies spokeswoman, told HuffPost in an email:

"We are pleased to give our Associates the time to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends."

6. Neiman Marcus

Opens at 8 a.m. on Black Friday. Neiman Marcus spokeswoman Ginger Reeder told HuffPost:

"We hope our associates enjoy the time with family and friends."

7. Burlington Coat Factory

Black Friday hours vary by store. A Burlington spokesperson told ThinkProgress.

"All Burlington locations will remain closed on Thanksgiving so that our associates and customers can spend the special holiday with their loved ones."

8. Nordstrom

Black Friday hours vary by store. A Nordstrom spokesperson told Mental Floss:

"We just like the idea of celebrating one holiday at a time."

9. Dillard's

Opens at 8 a.m. on Black Friday. Julie Johnson Bull, director of investor relations at Dillard's, told HuffPost in an email:

"We choose to remain closed on Thanksgiving in longstanding tradition of honoring of our customers' and associates' time with family."

10. REI

Black Friday hours vary by location, but all stores will open by at least 8 a.m. A REI spokesperson confirmed that stores will be closed on Thanksgiving.

11. American Girl

Black Friday hours vary by location. Susan Jevens, American Girl spokeswoman, told HuffPost:

"Our stores have never been open on Thanksgiving, so this is not a new decision for us."

12. Sam's Club

Stores open at 7 a.m. on Black Friday. Tara Raddohl, a Sam's Club spokeswoman, told HuffPost:

"Based on member feedback, we have elected to close our clubs Thanksgiving Day."

13. Patagonia

Black Friday hours vary by store. A Patagonia spokesperson told ThinkProgress:

"It's a holiday – we're closed!"

by Bob posted Nov 13 2014 11:45AM
For a fifth consecutive year we are collecting labels and boxtops for education. You know, you find them on Campbell's soup cans, Progresso soups, granola bars, General Mills cereals, etc. Last year listeners dropped off over 48 hundred boxtops and almost 24 hundred soup labels .

For every 20 labels or boxtops you drop off you'll get an entry into a weekly drawing. There will be a minimum of four winners every week. There's no limit to the number of entries you can receive or the number of times you can win. Drop-offs will end Saturday November 22nd.

Good luck and thanks for being a part of helping out a deserving school in our listening area...THE WINNER OF THIS YEAR'S CONTEST...Holy Angels in West Bend!

First Week Drawing Winners: Cheryl Thill, Karen Wentz, Cindy Stumphy, Michelle Gruszynski, Dennis Schommer and Debbie Guillaume.

Second Week Drawing Winners: Laurie Ruplinger ($30 gift card for Woodland Creek Supper Club), Nancy Kaehne, Kathy Schneider and Bev Ritger.

Third Week Drawing Winners: Bev May ($30 gift card from Woodland Creek Supper Club)...also Bev May once again, Kati Rusch and Arlene Kuehl.
by Bob posted Nov 13 2014 4:33AM

The CMA Awards Came in Third Place in the Ratings and Football Was #1

"The CMA Awards" were the third-most watched show of the week, with 16.2 million viewers. "Sunday Night Football's". Bears- Packers game came in at #1 with 18.1 million viewers, and "Monday Night Football" pulled in 12.4 million viewers.

"Thursday Night Football's" Bengals-Browns game drew 8.3 million viewers on the NFL Network . . . HBO's "The Newsroom" returned for a third season with 1.2 million . . . and "Snooki & Jwoww's" fourth season premiere had 849,000 viewers.

Here are last week's Top 10 primetime shows:

1. "Sunday Night Football's" Packers-Bears game, NBC, 18.1 million viewers.

2. "The Big Bang Theory", CBS, 16.6 million viewers.

3. "The CMA Awards", ABC, 16.2 million viewers.

4. "The Walking Dead", AMC, 13.5 million viewers.

5. "Dancing with the Stars", ABC, 13.1 million viewers.

6. "Madame Secretary", CBS, 12.5 million viewers.

7. The "Monday Night Football" Giants-Colts game, ESPN, 12.4 million viewers.

8. "60 Minutes", CBS, 12.2 million viewers.

9. "Football Night in America", NBC, 12.1 million viewers.

10. Monday's episode of "The Voice", NBC, 12.1 million viewers.

Meanwhile, "NCIS" and the "NCIS: New Orleans" were both in repeats for election night, so they fell out of our Top Ten. The "NCIS" repeat had 11.5 million viewers and the "NCIS: New Orleans" repeat had 9.9 million.

Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending November 9, 2014:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net Viewers (Live +SD) (000)
1 NBC Sunday Night Football-11/09 NBC 18131
2 Big Bang Theory, THE-11/06 CBS 16557
3 CMA AWARDS-11/05 S ABC 16249
4 Dancing with the Stars-11/03 ABC 13088
6 60 Minutes-11/09 CBS 12160
8 VOICE-11/03 NBC 12056
9 Blue Bloods-11/07 CBS 11506
10 NCIS - ELECT NT SP-11/04 SR CBS 11473
11 MOM-11/06 CBS 10803
12 Good Wife, THE-11/09 CBS 10718
13 OT, THE-11/09 FOX 10445
14 SCORPION-11/03 CBS 10342
16 SCANDAL-11/06 ABC 9821
17 Criminal Minds-11/05 CBS 9785
18 VOICE-TUE-11/04 R NBC 9582
19 SURVIVOR-11/05 CBS 9309
20 BLACKLIST-11/03 NBC 9300
21 NCIS: LOS ANGELES-11/03 CBS 9197
23 Two and a Half Men-11/06 CBS 9117
25 Hawaii Five-0-11/07 CBS 8950

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2014 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. All numbers are live viewing plus same day DVR viewing.


Walking Dead topped cable viewership for the week ending November 9, 2014 with 13.534 million viewers.

Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live +SD (000) HH Rating
1 Walking Dead AMC Sun 09:00P-10:01P 13534 5.6
2 NFL REGULAR SEASON L ESPN Mon 08:15P-11:55P 12361 5.2
3 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NFLN Thu 08:30P-11:30P 8312 4.4
4 AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXN Tue 10:00P-11:00P 6607 2.8
5 AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXN Tue 09:00P-10:00P 6290 2.6
6 AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXN Tue 08:00P-09:00P 6007 2.5
7 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun 10:01P-11:00P 5628 2.3
8 AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXN Tue 11:00P-12:00A 5523 2.3
9 TNF SUSTAINER NFLN Thu 11:30P-11:43P 5468 2.9
10 NASCAR SPRINT CUP L ESPN Sun 03:00P-06:41P 5091 2.1
11 AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXN Tue 07:00P-08:00P 4419 1.8
12 American Horror Story FX Wed 10:00P-11:06P 4220 1.7
13 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4203 1.7
14 THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXN Wed 08:00P-09:00P 4096 1.7
15 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4043 1.6
16 Sons Of Anarchy FX Tue 10:00P-11:33P 3883 1.6
17 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 10:00P-11:16P 3875 1.6
18 TNF PRE-KICK NFLN Thu 08:00P-08:30P 3851 2.0
19 REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA BRAV Sun 08:00P-09:00P 3826 1.6
20 Gold Rush DISC Fri 09:00P-10:00P 3563 1.4
21 AMERICAS ELECTION HQ FOXN Tue 12:00A-01:00A 3517 1.5
22 KELLY FILE, THE FOXN Wed 09:00P-10:00P 3435 1.4
23 DESPICABLE ME DSNY Fri 07:10P-08:55P 3423 1.4
24 DESPICABLE ME DSNY Sat 10:50A-12:35P 3403 1.4
25 HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE HALL Sat 08:00P-10:00P 3356 1.6

Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2014 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. All ratings above Live+SD (live viewing plus same day DVR viewing)

by Bob posted Nov 11 2014 4:31AM

When you're settling down and starting a family, a lot of issues come to mind. Are you financially stable? Is the area you live in safe? What's the medical system like? And another one you need to add to that list: education. Lucky for us, the Opportunity Index state rankings for 2014 were just released, and we can see state-by-state how all 50 measure up on the education front.

Measure of America and Opportunity Nation, both organizations that monitor and report on the nation's issues, joined forces to create the Opportunity Index. They broke it down into jobs and economy, community life, and, of course, education. And within that educational block, three main categories went into ranking each state: number of kids enrolled in preschool, percent of high school freshmen who complete school in four years, and how many residents have earned an associate degree or higher.

And where the states ended up may surprise you.

We've included the 10 best (in order of best to worse), and 10 worst (in order of better to worst) in the list below.

1. Best -- Vermont

The best state is the Green Mountain State. Vermont ranks tops, with an education index of 64.66 (that's out of 100) and has improved year over year. Currently, its crowning statistic is that 93 percent of its freshmen graduate high school in four years.

2. Best -- Connecticut

While this state may rank fifth overall in the Opportunity Index, it scores second in its education. In fact, that's a huge jump -- it improved by more than 10 points since 2013 and now we see that 64 percent of its 3- and 4-year-olds are enrolled in preschools (compared to 61.7 percent last year).

3. Best -- New Jersey

The state has been eighth overall for the past three years, but its educational rank holds steady at third. About 63.1 percent of kids in New Jersey attend preschool, and on top of that, 87 percent of kids finish high school in four years. Those are some proud stats!

4. Best -- Massachusetts

While Massachusetts is strongest in its community score, its educational one is holding steady at 63.44, just a little over one point below first-place Vermont. Its strong focus on education and schooling also means that there are very few young people who are not in school and not working -- only 9.3 percent, in fact.

5. Best -- District of Columbia

OK, it's not a state, but Washington, DC's educational ranking means that the nation's capitol is intent on schooling its young citizens. And most of all, they stress secondary schooling: just about 56 percent of high school students have gone on to get an Associate Degree or higher.

6. Best -- Nebraska

Since last year, Nebraska has made some major improvements. In 2014, 93 percent of its high school freshmen graduated on time, and that's a 10 percent jump from last year!

7. Best -- New Hampshire

In a population of just over 1.3 million, New Hampshire has an education ranking of 60.9 overall. And its economic state also helps contribute to education. Just about 62 percent of households spend less than 30 percent of their household income on housing costs, which, in return, leaves more to spend on schooling.

8. Best -- Minnesota

Last year, Minnesota ranked second overall. This time, it's sixth. And while it's dropped in other areas, its educational rank has held steady. School is still going strong and 88 percent of high school kids finish in the allotted four years and 43.8 percent go on to get, at least, an Associate Degree.

9. Best -- Wisconsin

Wisconsin in the 13th best state, but its educational rank is solidly in the top 10. And its best statistic? Get this: 92 percent of its high school kids finish school in four years. That's one of the best in the entire nation.

10. Best -- Maryland

For the first time in four years, Maryland has cracked the top 10. And while its educational rank is good, it's what comes after that's also impressive. In 2014, the state had an unemployment rate of just 5.3 percent (a whole one percent lower than last year).

10. Worst -- Arkansas

And now we're off to the bottom 10. Starting the countdown is Arkansas, which has an education score of just 43.6 (which is more than 20 points below first place Vermont).

9. Worst -- Arizona

While Arizona's educational indicator is the lowest of all its categories, its economic state is also questionable. Almost 19 percent of the population is below the poverty line, which is 3 percent higher than the national average.

8. Worst -- South Carolina

South Carolina's low educational ranking is in part due to its slump since last year. For example, in the past 12 months, the number of kids enrolled in preschool dropped by a whole 2 percent.

7. Worst -- Georgia

While the educational ranking is pretty solidly average (except for their high school completion rates -- just 70 percent), the report also shows that 17.8 percent of youth are neither enrolled in school nor working.

6. Worst -- Alabama

For its population of 4.8 million, Alabama's educational system is not that hot. The state's median household income is almost $10,000 less than the national median, which can be linked to the amount of students who go on to college (just 30.7 percent).

5. Worst -- New Mexico

New Mexico's overall rank is 46th, and so is its educational rank. And listen to this little tidbit: only 60.69 percent of households in the state have high-speed Internet access. Think that makes studying at home tougher? You bet.

4. Worst -- Louisiana

Louisiana's educational rank is the lowest of all its categories (it's at 41.9), and while the schooling system is not tops, it also means that 17.4 percent of its youth aged 16 to 24 are neither in school nor working.

3. Worst -- West Virginia

West Virginia ranks 43rd overall, but its educational rank is low, mostly because less than a quarter of residents have gone on to get any kind of degree. Wondering what the national average is? It's 37 percent.

2. Worst -- Mississippi

With an educational rank of 39.9, Mississippi took the biggest hit when it came time to evaluating their high school completion numbers. Just 60 percent of its high school freshmen finish their schooling in four years. That's 21 percent below the national average!

1. Worst -- Nevada

Nevada's educational rank? Not so great (it's actually 27.6 total). And its worst offense? Just 32 percent of its 3- and 4-year-olds are enrolled in preschool. And when the national average is 47.6 percent, that's definitely not the greatest.

by Bob posted Nov 7 2014 5:35AM

Viewers of The Tonight Show during the 1970s and '80s might have assumed that Bob Hope was one of Johnny Carson's favorite guests.

No one appeared on the show more often than the comedy legend, and his guest appearances clung to a familiar, almost comical ritual. He would walk out to the strains of his theme song, "Thanks for the Memory" – sometimes unannounced, supposedly a "surprise" guest.

After some banter with Johnny, sprinkled with Hope's obviously prepared gag lines, he would introduce a reel of taped highlights from his upcoming special. Then he would scoot away, always with somewhere urgent to go.

One of those who grew tired of the routine was Johnny Carson.

Hope and Carson were NBC's two biggest stars, and they had much in common. They shared the same studio, designed for Hope back in the 1950s and taken over by Carson in 1972 when he moved the show to California, but always available to Hope for the asking.

Their comedy styles were mirror images of each other: Carson did a more urbane and somewhat hipper version of Hope's topical monologues – joking commentary on the news, geared to the mass audience and carefully avoiding any political point of view. They were strikingly similar personality types as well: cool, remote and emotionally detached, ingratiating on the surface, but known intimately by only a few.

But Carson never warmed to Hope, either personally or professionally. The Tonight Show host would often mimic and pay homage to the classic comedians he adored – Jack Benny, Groucho Marx, George Burns. He almost never referenced Hope.

"Johnny admired Hope's place in show business," said Tonight Show producer Peter Lassally, "but he was not a great admirer of his work."

The coolness between them was in part a reflection of their rivalry. Carson was the only star at NBC who could challenge Hope for clout at the network. Yet Hope, a prime-time powerhouse for NBC since 1950, was still king, and Carson had to defer.

Carson resented the way Hope could virtually book himself on The Tonight Show whenever he had something to promote, which seemed to be all the time.

"We'd get a request," said Lassally, "and Johnny would go, 'Again?' And I'd say, 'Do you want to tell him no?' And he'd say, 'No. You can't turn down Bob Hope.' "

Hope would bring in highlight reels from his specials that went on interminably. "We'd say, give us two minutes," said Jeff Sotzing, Carson's nephew and a Tonight Show producer. "He'd bring in five minutes, cut together with a rusty knife. That was frustrating."

Once, after a Carson monologue that went over particularly well, Hope asked during a commercial break if he could use some of the laughter on his upcoming special. Flabbergasted, Carson said OK; later, on Hope's special, Johnny claimed he could hear Ed McMahon laughing at Bob's jokes.

Worst of all, from Carson's point of view, Hope was not a good guest.

He came armed with scripted jokes, and rarely would engage in any genuine conversation.

"There was nothing spontaneous about Hope," said Andrew Nicholls, Carson's former co-head writer. "He was a guy who relied on his writers for every topic. Johnny was very quick on his feet. Very well read. He was a guy who learned Swahili, learned Russian, learned astronomy. He appreciated people who he felt engaged with the real world. There was nothing to talk to Bob about."

In the later years, as his hearing and eyesight were failing, Hope's guest appearances became even more of a trial. He often had trouble picking up Carson's questions, and Johnny had to stick precisely to the notes his staff gave him: if he asked a question out of order, Hope might answer a different question. Still, Hope kept coming on the show, his frailties on full display for the national TV audience.

"If I ever end up like that, guys," Carson said to his writer, "I want you to shoot me."

Carson retired in 1992. But Hope soldiered on, continuing to do specials for NBC into his 90s. Carson was one of the guests paying tribute on the 90th birthday special that NBC threw for Hope in May 1993. But Johnny agreed to do a monologue (the only one he ever did on TV after his retirement) only on the assurance that Hope would not do one as well.

Despite his frustrations with Hope, Johnny didn't want the master to be embarrassed.
by Bob posted Nov 5 2014 4:26AM
DONALD TRUMP announced the new cast of "Celebrity Apprentice". It includes Kevin Jonas, Geraldo Rivera, Kate Gosselin, and Ian Ziering. Former winner Joan Rivers also shot a few episodes before her death. The show will debut on January 4th.

Here's the rundown:

Kevin Jonas

Geraldo Rivera

Kate Gosselin

"Sharknado" superstar Ian Ziering

Gilbert Gottfried

Vivica A. Fox

Lorenzo Lamas

Former "Cosby" kid Keshia Knight Pulliam

Leeza Gibbons

NFL troublemaker Terrell Owens

Former baseball star Johnny Damon

Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Shawn Johnson . . . who also has a "Dancing with the Stars" championship under her belt.

Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson

Brandi Glanville from "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

Kenya Moore from "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

Sig Hansen from "Deadliest Catch"

Trump announced the cast on the "Today" show yesterday, and he also said that former winner JOAN RIVERS will appear this season, because she taped a few episodes before she died.

This will be the 14th season of "The Apprentice", and the seventh celebrity edition. It'll be a "Men vs Women" format, and it debuts on January 4th. (Here's video of Trump announcing the cast.)

by Bob posted Nov 5 2014 4:22AM

Ratings for the World Series, Four More Returning Shows and Two New Shows

A few more shows had their season premieres last week, including the new sitcom "The McCarthys", which features Joey McIntyre from New Kids on the Block and John Ritter's son Tyler Ritter. It attracted 8.1 million viewers for its first episode.

"Mom" began its second season with 11.1 million . . . "Two and a Half Men" returned for a 12th season with 10.3 million . . . "2 Broke Girls" began its fourth season with 8.4 million . . .. . . and the third season of "Elementary" kicked off with 7.8 million.

As for the series premiere of "Kourtney & Khloe Take the Hamptons", it pulled in 1.6 million Kardashian-addicted lemmings.

But it was Game 7 of the "World Series" that owned the week at #1 with 23.5 million viewers. It was followed by the Cowboys-Redskins game, which helped "Monday Night Football" edge past "Sunday Night Football's" match up between the Steelers and the Ravens. Each of those games had just under 19 million viewers.

Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending November 2, 2014:

Rank Shows R=Repeat S=Special P=Premiere Net # Viewers (Live+SD) (000)
1 FOX World Series GAME 7-10/29/2014 S FOX 23517
2 NBC Sunday Night Football-11/02/2014 NBC 18595
3 60 Minutes-11/02/2014 CBS 17800
4 NCIS-10/28/2014 CBS 17526
5 Big Bang Theory, THE-10/30/2014 P CBS 16247
6 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS-10/28/2014 CBS 16086
7 FOX World Series GAME 6-10/28/2014 S FOX 13372
8 MADAM SECRETARY-11/02/2014 CBS 13209
9 Dancing with the Stars-10/27/2014 ABC 12620
10 VOICE-10/27/2014 NBC 12478
11 Blue Bloods-10/31/2014 CBS 11392
12 VOICE-TUE-10/28/2014 NBC 11350
13 MOM-10/30/2014 P CBS 11134
14 Criminal Minds-10/29/2014 CBS 10480
15 Good Wife, THE-11/02/2014 CBS 10450
16 SCORPION-10/27/2014 CBS 10390
17 Two and a Half Men-10/30/2014 P CBS 10294
18 FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 3-11/02/2014 NBC 10124
19 Modern Family-10/29/2014 ABC 9920
20 Person Of Interest-10/28/2014 CBS 9720
21 BLACKLIST-10/27/2014 NBC 9567
22 Hawaii Five-0-10/31/2014 CBS 9475
23 SCANDAL-10/30/2014 ABC 9321
24 SURVIVOR-10/29/2014 CBS 9068
25 Castle-10/27/2014 ABC 8750

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2014 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. All numbers are live viewing plus same day DVR viewing.


Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON L ESPN Mon 08:15P-11:46P 18809
2 Walking Dead AMC Sun 09:00P-10:01P 14518
4 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun 10:01P-11:00P 5977
5 SKYSCRAPER LIVE DISC Sun 08:35P-09:03P 5822
8 NASCAR SPRINT CUP L ESPN Sun 03:00P-07:25P 4749
9 SPORTSCENTER: L ESPN Mon 11:46P-01:30A 4675
10 American Horror Story FX Wed 10:00P-11:04P 4511
11 19 Kids and Counting TLC Tue 08:00P-10:01P 4407
12 NBA Basketball TNT Thu 08:02P-10:42P 4024
13 Sons Of Anarchy FX Tue 10:00P-11:30P 3957
14 SKYSCRAPER LIVE DISC Sun 09:03P-09:20P 3934
15 NBA REGULAR SEASON L ESPN Fri 08:04P-10:55P 3877
16 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3868
17 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 3839
18 SKYSCRAPER LIVE DISC Sun 07:00P-08:35P 3692
19 Gold Rush DISC Fri 09:00P-10:00P 3569
20 WWE Entertainment USA Mon 10:00P-11:08P 3529
21 Walking Dead AMC Sun 08:00P-09:00P 3423
22 HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE HALL Sat 08:00P-10:00P 3088
23 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Sat 10:00P-10:30P 3018
24 Big Bang Theory, THE TBSC Sat 09:30P-10:00P 2893
25 NBA REGULAR SEASON L ESPN Fri 10:55P-01:15A 2884


Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2014 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. All ratings above Live+SD (live viewing plus same day DVR viewing)

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by Bob posted Nov 4 2014 4:18AM
People are passionate about the toys they grew up with . . . even people who grew up with lame toys like the Furby. So this list might be controversial.

"Time" magazine interviewed a bunch of toy historians and experts, and came up with a list of the 13 most influential toys of all time. Here are the results . . .

1. LEGO. It's the world's biggest toy company, and has stayed that way for more than 50 years across several generations of kids.

2. Barbie.

3. G.I. Joe.

4. The Nerf Bow and Arrow. When it launched in 1991, it showed Nerf could make more than Nerf balls . . . and they're still big today.

5. Chatty Cathy. She was the first talking doll.

6. The Easy Bake Oven.

7. The Super Soaker.

8. Doc McStuffins. This is the newest toy on the list. It's based on a Disney Junior animated series, and it's the first black doll that's become popular with all races of kids.

9. "Star Wars" figures. They were the first popular toys based on a movie, which opened the flood gates for movie-toy tie-ins.

10. View-Master.

11. The Rubik's Cube.

12. Leap Pad. One of the first toys that successfully made learning fun.

13. Cabbage Patch Dolls.


(So what's missing? What about plain old teddy bears, or toy cars and trucks? Feels like a board game should be here too . . . maybe Monopoly? And no video game system made it? Those changed EVERYTHING.)

by Bob posted Nov 3 2014 5:00AM


  • Aviation History Month
  • Child Safety Protection Month
  • International Drum Month
  • National Adoption Awareness Month
  • National Epilepsy Month
  • National Model Railroad Month
  • National Novel Writing Month
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • Peanut Butter Lovers Month
  • Real Jewelry Month
  • National Sleep Comfort Month

Week Celebrations:

  • Week 1 Chemistry Week
  • Week 3 Game and Puzzle Week

November, 2014 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:

1 All Saint's Day

1 Book Lovers Day - first Saturday of the month

2 All Soul's Day

2 Deviled Egg Day

2 Look for Circles Day

3 Housewife's Day

3 Sandwich Day

4 King Tut Day

4 U.S. General Election Day - first Tuesday of the month

5 Gunpowder Day

5 Guy Fawkes Day

6 Marooned without a Compass Day

6 Saxophone Day

7 Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

8 Cook Something Bold Day

8 Dunce Day

9 Chaos Never Dies Day - you've got that right

10 Forget-Me-Not Day

10 USMC Day

11 Veteran's Day

11 Young Readers Day second Tuesday of month

12 Chicken Soup for the Soul Day

13 National Indian Pudding Day

13 Sadie Hawkins Day

13 World Kindness Day

14 Operating Room Nurse Day

14 World Diabetes Day

15 Clean Your Refrigerator Day

15 America Recycles Day

15 National Philanthropy Day

16 Button Day

16 Have a Party With Your Bear Day

17 Electronic Greeting Card Day - now who do you think created this day!?

17 Homemade Bread Day

17 Take A Hike Day

17 World Peace Day

18 Occult Day

19 Have a Bad Day Day

20 Absurdity Day

20 Beautiful Day

20 Great American Smokeout - third Thursday in November

20 Universal Children's Day

21 False Confession Day

21 World Hello Day

22 Go For a Ride Day

22 National Adoption Day - Saturday before Thanksgiving

23 Eat a Cranberry Day

23 National Cashew Day

25 National Parfait Day

26 Shopping Reminder Day

27 Pins and Needles Day

27 Thanksgiving - Eat, drink, and be thankful.

28 Black Friday - Friday after Thanksgiving

28 Buy Nothing Day - always the day after Thanksgiving...does anyone abide by it!?!

28 Make Your Own Head Day

28 Red Planet Day

28 You're Welcome Day - the day after Thanksgiving

29 Square Dance Day

30 Stay At Home Because You Are Well Day

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by Bob posted Nov 3 2014 4:09AM

This totally sounds like a hoax story for Halloween, but a British singer named KATIE MELUA recently went to the doctor because of a scratching noise in her head . . . and found she had a SPIDER living in her ear.

It was a jumping spider, and it had been in there for a WEEK. They think it might have crawled in off a pair of headphones she used on a flight . . . an ear specialist used a suction device to get it out.

Katie even posted a photo of it on Instagram . . . then took it home and set it free in her garden. Oh, and she also once released a single called "Spider's Web". Seriously.

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