Don Chase in the Morning for September 9, 2009
Today is 09/09/09, the last all-single-digit date for a while, and a number of people
and companies are marking the occasion in a variety of ways. Couples across the
nation are getting married today, which some consider to be lucky. The Beatles are
marking the occasion by releasing their much-anticipated ―The Beatles: Rock Band‖
video game in stores today. And the creators of the iPod have moved their
traditional Tuesday release day to Wednesday to take advantage of the special
date. Focus Features is also releasing their new film ―9,‖ an animated tale about the
apocalypse, today. 09/09/09 represents the last set of repeating, single-digit dates
that we’ll see for almost a century – the next coming in January 1, 2101. Some
other triple 9 facts:
---09-09-09 is the 252nd day of the year – adding 2 + 5 +2 = 9.
---Adding the date 09/09/09, or 9+9+9 = 27, and 2+7 = 9.
---Japanese consider the number nine unlucky, second only to four, which sounds
like death. Many Japanese avoid room numbers that have a nine in them.
Congrats to those in the WKML Family celebrating birthdays, a service of Courtney
Baker Plumbing, 426-2027.
Ashley Dean (16 in 2009)
Trooper George Inman
Michael Locklear Jr.
Happy anniversary Amy & Reggie Cain
Congratulations to Michael Locklear Jr. on winning a free buffet from Ryan’s Grill,
Buffet & Bakery, Skibo Road in Fayetteville and at exit 22 off I-95 in Lumberton. E-
mail your birthdays and anniversaries to the Fantasy Lake Country Inbox
firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget the name of the person celebrating the birthday
and their daytime telephone number. THANXXX! Don.
News of the Weird: It’s time now for Officer Don’s Police Blotter, a service of
―Holmes Security Systems…If you’re paying more than $18.95 for monitoring you’re
paying too much.‖ An Ohio judge has started ordering some defendants to wear
shirts announcing ―I’m a thief‖ while they perform court-ordered community
service. The shirts have mainly been ordered for convicted shoplifters. At least one
defendant offered to pay a stiffer fine instead.
Our Idiot Criminal for today comes from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where police
arrived at the home of Jon Berry with a warrant for his arrest on theft charges. And
they couldn't have stopped by at a more inopportune time. As they drove up, they
saw Jon Berry standing in the yard with a shovel in one hand and a freshly dug up
marijuana plant in the other. Guess it was harvest season. He's had drug
possession charges added to his list of woes.
Welcome to today’s ―WKML Don Chase Secret 2 Success,‖ a service of Bible Alive
Ministries. Dr. Ralph Richardson, teacher.
Our motto is ―Expect Great Things To Happen.‖
"May You Have"
May You Have...
Enough happiness to keep you sweet,
Enough trials to keep you strong,
Enough sorrow to keep you human,
Enough hope to keep you happy;
Enough failure to keep you humble,
Enough success to keep you eager,
Enough friends to give you comfort,
Enough wealth to meet your needs;
Enough enthusiasm to look forward,
Enough faith to banish depression,
Enough determination to make each day better than yesterday.
Our motto is ―Expect Great Things To Happen.‖
That’s your ―WKML Don Chase Secret 2 Success,‖ a service of Bible Alive Ministries.
Dr. Ralph Richardson, teacher.
Here's today's Don Chase Pop Quiz: According to a survey, the most hated foods (in
America) are tofu, liver and what? You may be surprised at the answer. Find it
Playing video games for college credit? It's more than a dream for students at the
University of Houston. Students are now able to earn an hour of credit for playing
Wii (wee) sports games. It's the same credit they would get for traditional classes
like basketball, soccer or weight lifting. Instructor Ben Hoffman says his students
must log between 20 and 30 minutes per class -- and there's no cheating. The
Nintendo Wii console records just how much time each student spends doing the
high tech workout.
Cricket spitting must run in the family. Brian Johnsrud spat a thawed cricket 22
feet, 8 inches at the Central Wisconsin State Fair over the weekend. Minutes later,
son Jared won the 9-to-11 age division, with a shot that went 10 feet, 5 inches.
Dad says the key is to pick the biggest cricket and take a deep breath. One other
word of advice, don't swallow the bug. Father and son say they'll be back next year
to defend their cricket-spitting titles.
Ever wonder why you can't take drinks purchased outside the airport onto a plane?
These guys: Three British Muslims were all found guilty Monday on charges of
attempting to blow-up several airliners en route from London's Heathrow Airport to
the US. Jurors found ringleader ABDULLAH AHMED and two other men — ASSAD
SARWAR and TANVIR HUSSAIN — guilty of plotting to use liquid bombs to blow up
the airliners three years ago. The men had planned to try and smuggle home-made
bombs disguised as soft drinks onto jets run by United Airlines, American Airlines
and Air Canada, and then detonate them in mid-air. The plan involved seven flights
to San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal, Washington, New York and Chicago that
departed within two-and-a-half hours of each other.
Michele was evicted on last night's Big Brother.
Dancing With the Stars' Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy have called off
their engagement. The dancers got engaged in December and planned on tying the
knot in June 2010. No reason was given for the break-up, and Smirnoff's rep says
no further statements will be issued.
Famed Variety columnist Army Archerd died yesterday at U-C-L-A Medical Center in
Los Angeles. He was 87, and was suffering from mesothelioma. Archerd spent half
a century dishing out the gossip in a star-friendly column. One of his biggest career
highlights came in 1985 when he broke the story that Rock Hudson had AIDS.
President Obama yesterday addressed the nation's school children yesterday in a
message delivered from the auditorium of Wakefield High School in Arlington,
Virginia. Obama urged students to be responsible about their education, to stay in
school and to listen to their teachers and guardians. "At the end of the day, we can
have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, the best schools in
the world - and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities."
Obama isn't the first president to visit the high school -- Ronald Reagan visited the
school in 1982.
--- The speech stirred controversy with Obama's right-wing opponents, who initially
accused the President of trying to "indoctrinate student into socialism" by
suggesting they "write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the
President." Obama amended the sentence, but that hasn't necessarily quelled
In major league baseball, the Braves beat the Astros 2-1.
WKML prayers for the family of former Fayetteville Police Chief Tom McCarthy who
died Monday. He was 62.
Loopey is not coming home. The Fayetteville City Council said no to the idea of
allowing Loopey, the pot bellied pig to live with his 8 year-old friend Anthony Pia.
Anthony is autistic and Loopey was his baby.
Top Music Cities --- The world’s largest association of professional travel journalists
voted New Orleans as the city with the best live music in North America. The choice
was made by some 1,200 members of the Society of American Travel Writers. ―New
Orleans bleeds music – it’s in the air, in the water, in the people. You can’t go to
New Orleans without the music swallowing you whole,‖ says one of the writers. New
Orleans beat out the second place entry, New York City, by a nearly two-to-one
margin. The top 10 cities in North America for live music:
1. New Orleans, Louisiana
2. New York City
3. Austin, Texas
4. Nashville, Tennessee
5. Chicago, Illinois
6. Memphis, Tennessee
7. Montreal, Canada
8. Las Vegas, Nevada
9. Branson, Missouri
10. Denver, Colorado
Hear the Healthcare Bill? Yes. People wanting to learn more about the healthcare
reform bill developed in the U.S. House can point, click and listen to the entire
1,000-page bill on the Web. Voice actors donated their time to create the Web site
www.hearthebill.org, where visitors can listen to HR 3200 in its entirety, or catch
one of the 62 audio files broken out by number of pages and page lines. The audio
can also be downloaded and heard as an audiobook and there’s a PDF version
available for reading on-screen or on paper.
What’s on tv tonight?
Crash Course (ABC)
Primetime: Crime (ABC)
New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)
Gary Unmarried (CBS)
Criminal Minds (CBS)
CSI: NY (CBS)
So You Think You Can Dance (Fox) Season premiere.
Glee (Fox) Series premiere.
America’s Got Talent (NBC)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)
Larry King (CNN) N/A.
America’s Next Top Model (THE CW) Season premiere.
Late Night Lineup:
The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien (NBC) Reba McEntire.
Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) Jay-Z, Martha Stewart and George Jones.
Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) Danny DeVito and Audrey Tautou.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) Queen Latifah and Ed Westwick.
Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC) Sig Hansen, Derek Dunfee and Diane Birch. (R)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (COM) Pre-empted.
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) Kathy Griffin, Ryan Kwanten and Brendan Benson.
The Colbert Report (COM) Pre-empted.
10 Things You Need To Know About Swine Flu
Since it first emerged in April, the global swine flu epidemic has sickened more than
1 million Americans and killed about 500. It’s also spread around the world,
infecting tens of thousands and killing nearly 2,000. So how worried should you be
and how do you prepare? Here are 10 things you should know about the H1N1
1. Don’t panic! So far, swine flu isn’t much more threatening than the regular
2. The virus is tougher on some than on others. Swine flu is a greater threat to
children under 2, pregnant women, people with health problems like asthma,
diabetes and heart disease. Teens and young adults are also more vulnerable to
3. Wash your hands often and long. The best thing you can do to prevent the
spread of the swine flu is wash your hands using the ABC method. Soap up and
start scrubbing until you’ve sung the ABC song. Also use alcohol-based hand
4. Get the kids vaccinated. People 6 months to 24 years old, pregnant women and
health care workers should be first in line.
5. Get your shots early. Swine flu shots won’t be available until October, so get in
6. Immunity takes awhile. Even those first in line won’t have immunity until around
7. Vaccines are being tested. Health officials presume the swine flu vaccine is safe,
but they’re testing it just to make sure. The federal government is currently testing
it in eight cities around the country.
8. Help! Surrounded by swine flu. If an outbreak hits your area before you’re
vaccinated, be extra careful. Stay away from public gathering places, big events
and churches. Don’t be a hero and think you won’t get it.
9. What if you get sick? Call your doctor right away. You may be prescribed Tamiflu
or Relenza. These drugs can reduce the severity of swine flu if taken right after
symptoms first appear.
10. No swine flu from barbecue. You can’t catch swine flu from pork. Swine flu is
NOT spread by handling meat, whether it’s raw or cooked.
Swine Flu Survival Kit: As the U.S. prepares for a possible second wave of the
swine flu, as well as for the annual seasonal flu, a new report from Consumer
Reports helps households prepare for, prevent, and treat flu symptoms safely and
effectively, including recommendations for what to pack in an emergency kit for a
flu outbreak. The report is available in the September 2009 issue of Consumer
Reports and online at www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org. In case the second wave
of swine flu is severe enough to warrant home confinement, consumers should pack
an emergency kit in advance. Here’s what you’ll need:
·A two-week supply of food and water.
·Fever reducers, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen.
·Cough and cold medications containing chlorpheniramine, diphenhydramine,
oxymetazoline and pseudoephedrine.
Lozenges with dyclonine, glycerin or honey can help ease symptoms as well.
·Electrolyte drinks such as Gatorade or Powerade to keep you hydrated.
·Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to kill viruses when soap and water aren’t
·Surgical masks with an FDA rating of at least N-95 to help prevent spreading the
flu. Masks need to be replaced often and disposed of after use.
·For all emergencies, Consumer Reports recommends packing at least three days’
worth of nonperishable food; at least one gallon of water per person, per day; a
first-aid kit that includes any prescription or over-the-counter medications your
family might need; as well as antihistamines for allergic reactions, pain relievers,
stomach and anti-diarrhea remedies, and antacids.
The government is currently preparing a vaccine against the swine flu that will
likely be recommended for school-age children and other high-risk individuals, such
as pregnant women, those with chronic illness, and those who live or work with
infants, preschoolers or older adults. In the meantime, Consumer Reports
recommends that everyone – especially high-risk people – get vaccinated against
seasonal flu before December.
How To Keep You Kid Cyber-Safe: InternetSafety.com is a great resource for
parents in helping them to keep their children safe online. Here are some basic tips
to keep your kid cyber-safe:
---Sexting – One way to limit a teen’s sexting is to charge them in the parents’
room each night. Of course, mom and dad may want to use the opportunity to
check the cell phone for any sexting.
---Social Networking – Children should never post anything they wouldn’t be
comfortable showing to their parents, pastor or teacher. One way to discourage
inappropriate entries is to join the social networks that your kids are on and
―friend‖ your own children so you can monitor what they’re posting.
---Chatting –If your child is using chat rooms, find out which ones and check them
out. If you’re uncomfortable with specific chat sites, you might consider using
filtering software to block access to those sites or log all chats for later review.
---Gaming – Increasingly popular MMOGs (Massive Multiplayer Online Games) like
―Final Fantasy‖ and ―World of Warcraft‖ are addictive, with reports of non-stop
sessions going as long as 72 hours. To prevent spending too much time in a virtual
world than a real one, parents should either refuse to buy these games or impose
time limits. If the child breaks the rules, simply uninstall the game from the
computer or confiscate the disc.
---Searching – On most popular search engines, including Google, the safe-search
settings aren’t completely effective and are easy to turn off. So younger children
should not have a computer in their room, and their computer use should be
supervised. Filtering software can also protect both younger and older children
exposure to Web sites with adult, violent or other inappropriate content.
---File-Sharing – Peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing networks such as BitTorrent,
uTorrent, Bearshare and Limewire allow totally unregulated access to files that
other network members have shared, including illegal pirated material and child
pornography, not to mention opening computers to security risks. Banning these
programs in your home is a good idea. Check your family computer periodically to
be sure that no one has downloaded any of them, and remove them if they have.
More tips and tools can be found at www.internetsafety.com
When Is The Best Time To Buy…..? Timing is everything. To get the best deals,
you’ve got to know when to shop. According to FinancialSurvey, there are some
purchases that are difficult to time perfectly, such as stocks, airplane tickets and
gas. But many other consumer staples – from electronics to furniture – go on sale
predictably at certain times of the year, saving you a bundle if you plan your
purchases accordingly. Check out these best buys for every month of the year.
January: Linens – Save 10% - 60% on sheets, blankets, towels and more shopping
department stores’ ―white sales‖ in January.
January/February: Digital cameras – New camera models start arriving at retailers.
That means steep discounts on last year’s perfectly good merchandise.
March: Frozen food – March is National Frozen Food Month, and sales and coupons
abound. If you have a freezer, stock up.
April: Used cars – Looking for a used car? This is the best month to shop. Every
year, car dealers stock up to kick off the spring selling season. Buyers have a full
selection of inventory to choose from and plenty of willing negotiators to land the
May: Mattresses – As retailers make room for new models, mattress shoppers will
find a lot of wiggle room on price. Look for discounts of up to 50%, as well as
promotions for free delivery of your new mattress and disposal of the old one.
June: Gym memberships – Health clubs get a wave of new sign-ups around the first
of the year, but business tanks in the spring and summer before picking up again in
the fall. Don’t be afraid to haggle over price. Remember – it’s YOU that keeps them
July: Furniture – New furniture hits showrooms in August. That means you can save
10% to 50% in July as retailers make room for new inventory.
August: Outdoor toys – August is the best time to buy swimming gear, swing sets,
beach toys and other items for outdoor fun as retailers make room for fall and
winter merchandise. Look for discounts of 30% to 75%.
September: Holiday airfare – September is typically early enough to get a good
price as well as a good seat for that upcoming holiday trip. Keep in mind that
Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly. Sunday is generally the most costly.
September/October: Appliances – New models role into showrooms in September
and October, making it the best time to get a deal. And consider buying scratch-
and-dent models – a ding in a door could shave hundreds off the price.
November: Candy – Got a sweet tooth? Mark your calendar for November 1st to
stock up on Halloween candy leftovers. You can snag bags of sweets for up to 75%
December: Computers – The holiday shopping season is a jolly good time to buy a
computer. The deals often include free shipping, special discounts, daily or weekly
offers, and free bundled accessories. January is also a good time to look for a
computer as many computer companies see sales take a big hit after Christmas.
WKML Country Notes 09/09
CMA Nominations --- The final nominations for the C-M-A Awards will be announced
live from New York City today on A-B-C's Good Morning America. Country stars
Darius Rucker and Lee Ann Womack will be on hand during the 8:30 a-m half hour.
Chuck Wicks will also announce the C-M-A broadcast nominees later this morning.
From Nashville, Randy Houser and C-M-T's Cody Allen and Alecia Davis will
announce the final nominees from C-M-T Insider airing at 10:00am. The 43rd
annual C-M-A Awards will air live from Nashville's Sommet (pr. So-MAY) Center on
November 11th at 8:00pm on ABC.
McBride, Martina --- Martina McBride is joining celebrity chef Mario Batali in
launching a campaign to encourage families to make the most of dinnertime
together. By logging onto ShareTheTable-dot-com, visitors can find a variety of
recipes, celebrity tips and expert advice, and can make the promise to make their
family's dinnertime more meaningful. For every promise made, Barilla Pasta will
donate one-dollar to Meals on Wheels. Martina tells Reuters, "With my busy
schedule, I have to be creative about making time for the family to dine together.
Now I can share the steps my family takes to make the most of our time together,
like keeping a few staples on hand in the pantry and fridge so we can create a quick
dinner together even after a late day of work and school. And, I'm promising to
help my daughters develop a healthy relationship with food that will stick with them
Moore, Justin --- Justin Moore hates flying, but he loves seeing the country on the
tour bus. He tells us, "It's a lot of fun, and I get to play with my band and keep
them busy. We're having a blast." And though Justin misses his wife back in
Arkansas, he knows he has to strike while the iron is hot. "I don't get paid to play
music, I get paid to be away from home, but I love traveling... This is what I have
to do to be Justin, or I wouldn't be me, so you'll never hear me complain about
Paisley, Brad --- It's no secret that Brad Paisley loves to fish, so it wasn't surprising
when a giant fish made it to the stage last Saturday in Allentown, Pennsylvania. On
his tour blog, he writes, "Jimmy Wayne's bus driver went out into the fair and shot
the star out with a B-B gun to win a giant fish. A couple of our guys decided to use
the fish during the show on the songs 'Catch all the Fish,' and 'The Fishing Song.'
Eddie hopped up on a rolling hamper and held the fish up in front of the screen
making it 'swim' across. You couldn't see it from everywhere, but those who did
Rascal Flatts --- Rascal Flatts will make their second appearance on Oprah
tomorrow. The band headed to Chicago yesterday to perform as part of the show’s
24th season kick-off by performing live for crowds on Michigan Avenue when the
show shut down the street for the taping. The group performed with the Black Eyed
Peas, James Taylor and Jennifer Hudson. The ―Rascal Flatts American Living
Unstoppable Tour‖ continues this weekend with shows in Virginia Beach, Camden,
New Jersey, and Mansfield, Massachusetts.
Rucker, Darius --- Darius Rucker is facing a dilemma -- does he succumb to Brad
Paisley's peer pressure and join Twitter or not? In his newest posting, he writes,
"Should I? I mean really, what is dorkboy over here gonna say?" Apparently,
plenty! Darius fills his blog with predictions of an S-E-C championship for his South
Carolina Gamecocks and a Super Bowl win for the Miami Dolphins. He also shares
that he recently got to meet his professional wrestling idol, Dusty Rhodes, and the
moment nearly brought him to tears.
Swift, Taylor --- Taylor Swift's sabbatical from the number-one spot on the country
album chart was only temporary and her newest C-D, Fearless, resumes the spot
this week. And while she isn't in any eminent danger, Zac Brown Band is making
great strides with The Foundation and will easily lock down number-two. The big
surprise comes in the size of the hit that George Strait's Twang and Reba McEntire's
Keep on Loving You take. The pair are currently sitting at three and four
respectively, reflecting a significant decrease in sales instead of a gradual drop.
Fingers are crossed for Chris Young, who should make a healthy debut at number-
five with The Man I Want to Be.
--- Taylor Swift may be young, but she has an infinite number of goals because
they keep creating themselves. She tells Louisiana's Shreveport Times, "My goal is
to stay in a position where I keep on doing things I haven't done before as far as
making music videos and putting out albums. I always want to try to do things I
haven't accomplished before creatively. The cool thing about goals and
accomplishing them rapidly is that I always replace the one I just accomplished
with something new." The country star is already planning for her next tour and is
working on the follow-up to Fearless.
--- Taylor Swift has had singles top both the Country and Pop charts, and she sold
more albums last year than any other recording artist, in any genre of music. Now
Swift’s worldwide album sales have surpassed 10 million copies. The figure reflects
combined U.S. sales for ―Taylor Swift,‖ ―Fearless‖ and two limited edition releases,
―Beautiful Eyes‖ and ―The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection,‖ along with international
sales of ―Taylor Swift‖ and ―Fearless.‖ Her albums have achieved gold and platinum
certifications in 14 nations. Taylor has also sold more than 20 million paid song
downloads, more than any artist in country music history.
Tours --- Only one show remains in Kenny Chesney's Sun City Carnival Tour, but
the country star finds himself in the number-one spot (based on box office gross)
on Pollstar's weekly list of the Top 20 North American tours. Kenny outsold Phish,
Dave Matthews Band and The Jonas Brothers by about 300-thousand-dollars, and
Beyonce and Coldplay by a half-million. Rascal Flatts came in at number-eight,
Keith Urban at number-12 and Brad Paisley at number-17.
Twain, Shania --- Shania Twain has shot her segment as guest judge on an
upcoming episode of American Idol. The country star was part of the Chicago panel,
and she fell in love with the city as well as her fellow judges. On her My Space page
she writes, "I had a blast and was touched by the warm welcome that Simon, Kara,
Randy and Ryan extended to me... I loved Chicago.‖
Wayne, Jimmy --- Jimmy Wayne has finally recorded his version of the Hall and
Oates hit "Sara Smile." Jimmy's been singing the song for almost as long as he's
been performing because it reminds him of someone special. He tells us, "When I
bought the Hall and Oates Greatest Hits record, I saw the song title, it said, 'Sara
Smile' and it immediately made me think of a foster mom that we had." Jimmy
recorded the song with some help from Darryl Hall and John Oates, and will be
releasing it as a single.
Young, Chris --- If you think Chris Young is just some guy that got lucky on
Nashville Star a couple of years ago, you should check out his My Space page. Chris
has posted a video of him performing "Getting You Home" acoustically. The hit
single is included on his new C-D, The Man I Want to Be, but you'll see he doesn't
need to hide behind fancy production to sound great. The Man I Want to Be is in