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  • Thank You Jesus for My Smokin' Hot Wife

    Posted by Lee Peek

    Pastor Joe Nelms of the Family Baptist Church delivered a wild prayer before the Federated Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Nelms thanked the Lord for the Dodges, Toyotas and Fords.  He also thanked the Lord for Goodyear Tires and his smokin hot wife. 

    And he ended it “in Jesus' name boogity, boogity, boogity."

     

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  • 5 Basic Manners That Time Forgot

    Posted by Lee Peek

    Do you think manners are forgotten these days?

    ~~ The Power Of Please
     
    They were called the magic words in childhood: please, thank you, you're welcome. 

    Unfortunately, that magic has worn off for far too many people as they've grown older. "Please" has been replaced by demands and expectations, "thank you" with a grunt or a nod. (And forget about "you're welcome." If anyone does bother to say "thank you," the typical response is, "sure," "no problem," or, "No, no, thank you.")

    To start bringing back the politeness, try this little experiment the next time you make a request: add a "please," and follow it up with a "thank you." Watch for a look of surprise on the face of the waiter refilling your water glass or the co-worker who's been answering to others' demands all day, then pay attention to your subsequent interactions with that person. You just may find those words still hold magic, after all.

    ~~ Respond, If You Please
     
    Yes, the literal translation of R.S.V.P. is a request: please reply. That doesn't mean you should blow it off.

    It's still common courtesy to let someone know whether you plan to grace them with your presence.

    Guesstimating how many will actually come can lead to an ill-prepared and stressed out party planner.

    An accurate headcount, on the other hand, can help make a happy host and a more pleasant evening all around. And it only takes a second to click that button that says whether or not you're coming.

    ~~ Power Of The Pen
     
    Email may be the standard letter form these days, but there's still nothing quite as personal as a handwritten note.

    Many kids were required to write thank you notes by hand after every birthday with the threat they may not get presents again next year if they don't properly express gratitude

    But that threat seems to have faded away; in today's adult world, a thank you note is more often a standard e-card if it comes at all.

    The next time you have someone to thank, try sitting down and writing it out on your own. You'll force yourself to reflect, and you'll create a tangible memento your friend can treasure.

     ~~ Ignore The Phone, Not Your Friend
     

    When one person is yakking on the phone while a friend is sitting across the table picking at her salad? It's just rude.

    Cell phones have become a necessity we let run our lives. We've been trained to respond to every little beep or vibration, whether important or trivial, no matter what.

    If the phone interrupts something you're doing, that's one thing. But when you spend time with someone and decide to take a phone call, you let that other person know they're not as important as whoever is calling.

    Sure, there are certain emergencies when you need to stay glued to your phone, but how many messages and calls can wait until later? We survived without being constantly online before the advent of the cell phone. You can wait half an hour to check the direct message you just got through Twitter.
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  • Are You Headed Out to The Movies This Weekend?

    Posted by Lee Peek


    Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13)
    A scrawny volunteer participates in an experimental program that turns him into the star-spangled superhero Captain America. Stars  Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving. (PROJECTION: $55-$60 MIL.)
     

    Friends with Benefits (-R-)
    Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are close friends who learn that getting physical always leads to complications.  (PROJECTION: $20-$23 MIL.)

    CLICK HERE for the charter movie page to see local show times and trailers at WDEZ.com.

  • What's Next for the Packers After the Lockout?

    Posted by Lee Peek

    With the NFL Lockout quickly coming to an end (or so we're thinking), a lot of people are starting to think about the Packers defending their title. So what's next for the Packers. 

    CLICK HERE as columnist Andrew Kulha shares hit Top 5 "Musts" for the Packers to do when the lockout is lifted. 

  • Dear NFL... Just Fix It!

    Posted by Lee Peek

    This is a great article we found on the NFL lock out: CLICK HERE answer the question, if we can put a man on the moon, why can we not fix the NFL. 

    Do agree with these points? 

  • Will Luke Bryan Sake It at the Marine Corps Ball?

    Posted by Lee Peek

    Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Luke Bryan?

    A Georgia-based Marine, Nicole McCoy, has invited country star Luke to be her date for the upcoming Marine Corps Ball at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Ga.

    In her YouTube video, she says:  "You'd get to spend the night with a bunch of Marines. I promise you, we'll show you how to have a great time.

    "It would be a great opportunity for you to come down here. I'd be really honored to go to the ball with you, and I hope to hear from you soon."

  • AAA Provides 5 Ways to Help Your Car Survive Extreme Heat

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Pam Moen
    phone: 608-828-2487


    July 19, 2011
    AAA Provides Five Ways to Help Your Car Survive Extreme Heat


    MADISON, WI (July 19, 2011) – High temperatures can take their toll on people, animals and even cars. Extreme heat can push a vehicle past its limits, and once again this year some drivers will find themselves stranded at the roadside because of it.

    “While many drivers think about the importance of readying their vehicle for cold weather in winter, it’s important to not forget about the need also to prepare for hot summer months,” said John Nielsen, AAA National Director of Auto Repair, Buying Services and Consumer Information. “Many parts of the country are experiencing extreme heat, which can take its toll on vehicle components. However, a few preventive maintenance steps can help keep your vehicle running smoothly.”

    AAA recommends drivers address five key areas to help their vehicle safely survive high summer temperatures:

    1. Heat Can Zap the Life from Batteries
    Summer heat can negatively impact your car’s battery even more than the bitter cold of winter. Heat and vibration are a battery’s two worst enemies leading to internal breakdown and eventual failure. While drivers cannot do much about the heat, they can make sure their battery is securely mounted in place to minimize vibration.

    Another potential summer problem is faster evaporation of the battery fluid, leading to corrosion on terminals and connections. Clean any corrosive build up from the battery terminals and cable clamps, and ensure the clamps are tight enough that they will not move.

    If a car’s battery is more than three years old, it’s a good idea to have it tested by a trained technician to determine how much longer it will last. This test can be performed at any AAA Approved Auto Repair facility. For information on the AAA Mobile Battery Service visit AAA.com/Battery.

    2. Keep Your Engine Cool
    Automobile engines work extra hard in the summer, and it is the cooling system’s job to protect the engine from overheating. In addition, additives in the coolant protect the radiator and internal engine components against wear and corrosion. Without proper cooling system maintenance, the odds of long term engine damage, and a summertime boil over, definitely increase.

    Rubber cooling system components also are susceptible to deterioration caused by extreme heat. Inspect hoses and drive belts for cracking, soft spots or other signs of poor condition. Worn parts are more susceptible to failure in hot conditions and should be replaced.

    3. Avoid Excessive Heat Where the Rubber Meets the Road
    Driving on under-inflated tires not only affects the handling and braking of a vehicle, it also can cause tires to overheat and increase the likelihood of a blowout. This problem becomes even more of a concern when road temperatures are extremely high.

    Tires should be checked when the car has not been driven recently, and they should be inflated to the pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer—not the number molded into the tire sidewall.
    While checking the tire pressures—including the spare—drivers also should inspect the tire treads for adequate depth and any signs of uneven wear that might indicate a suspension or alignment problem.

    4. Cars Need Fluids during Extreme Heat Too
    Engine fluids are essential to keeping a vehicle running smoothly. Most fluids not only lubricate, they also serve as coolants by helping carry heat away from critical components. When fluid levels are low, this cooling effect is reduced, and the possibility of overheating increases. Drivers should check all vehicle fluids including motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid to ensure they are filled to the appropriate levels.

    5. Cool Passengers are Happy Passengers
    Maintaining a comfortable driving environment reduces fatigue, which can play an important part in driver alertness and vehicle safety. During extreme summer heat, a properly operating air conditioning system can be more than just a pleasant convenience. If a car’s air conditioning is not maintaining the interior temperature as well as it did in the past, it may mean the refrigerant level is low or there is another problem. Have the air conditioning system checked by a certified technician.

    Many automotive climate control systems today are equipped with a cabin filter that prevents outside debris from entering. If present, this filter should be inspected and replaced as needed to ensure maximum airflow and cooling during the summer months.

    Just in Case….Be Prepared for Summer Breakdowns
    Even with proper preventive maintenance, summer breakdowns can still occur, so AAA recommends every driver have a well-stocked emergency kit in their vehicle. The kit should include water, non-perishable food items, jumper cables, a flashlight with extra batteries, road flares or an emergency beacon, basic hand tools, and a first aid kit.

    While many of the maintenance tasks to prepare a car for extreme summer heat are relatively simple and can be performed by the average driver, some are best left to a trained automotive technician. AAA offers a free public service to assist motorists seeking a qualified auto repair facility that they can trust to work on their vehicle. To locate a nearby AAA approved repair shop visit AAA.com/Repair.
    AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities must meet stringent professional standards and maintain an ongoing customer satisfaction rating of 90 percent or better.

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    AAA news releases, high-resolution images, broadcast-quality video, fact sheets and podcasts are available on the AAA NewsRoom at AAA.com/news.

    Stay connected with AAA on the web via:
    Twitter.com/AAAauto
    Twitter.com/AAAnews
    YouTube.com/AAA
    Facebook.com/AAAfanpage
    Facebook.com/AutoSkills

    About AAA
    AAA Wisconsin offers automotive, travel, insurance and financial services to more than 616,000 members in Wisconsin. It is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG), the largest affiliation of AAA clubs in the Midwest, with approximately 4.1 million members in eight states. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation, a not-for-profit organization with more than 52 million members in the United States and Canada.

  • Stevens Point Opens Cooling Centers

    Posted by Lee Peek

    County to Open Cooling Centers in Stevens Point

    Due to today’s severe heat warning and the city wide power outages, county officials will be opening two cooling centers.  One will be open at SPASH Stevens Point Area High School, 1201 N. Point Drive in Stevens Point.  Another will be open at the Ben Franklin Junior High School at 2000 Polk Street in Stevens Point.  The centers will be open today by noon with projected closure at 8:00 p.m.

    The cooling centers will be open for the use of the general public, and individuals with medical conditions and concerns would be encouraged to utilize the centers for health and safety.

    Pets will not be permitted in the cooling center.  Pets may be left at the Humane Society 3200 Iber Lane in Plover telephone 715-344-6012.  Pet owners should bring their crates or carriers if available to the Humane Society.

    Point of Contact is County Public Information Center 715-346-1909.

    ADDED AT 11:43 AM:

    Fairfield Inn and Suites in Stevens Point,  is offering the community members of Stevens Point and surrounding communities a discounted room rate of $50 today due to the damages/power outages from last night and the heat that we are in for today.

     

  • New Tune Form Miranda

    Posted by Lee Peek

    Miranda Lambert gave Simpsonville, S.C. concertgoers a preview of her upcoming album, 'Four the Record,' with a performance of 'Baggage Claim,' a track from the new project.

    Fans can also check out Miranda's side project, the all-female band, Pistol Annies. The trio's first single, 'Hell on Heels,' is currently available for download on iTunes, with an album of the same name due to drop August 23.

  • Keith urban Wakes Up Crew of Atlantis

    Posted by Lee Peek

    Shuttle Atlantis astronauts awoke on Sunday to Keith Urban’s “Days Go By.”

    “The days do go by, so we better start living and we are,” so said Atlantis mission specialist Rex Walheim, who followed a taped video message from employees at NASA's Johnson Space Center.  

    The current space shuttle mission is NASA’s final in the program. Atlantis is scheduled to return to Earth about 5 a.m. Thursday (July 21.)