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TGIF: Baby's First Car Wash

April 18, 2014


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TGIF:  Baby's First Car Wash


We're all so used to automatic car washes, that we've forgotten how traumatic one might be for an infant experiencing his first time through.

That's the subject of this week's TGIF video, as this adorable kid watches in horror with eyes bugged out at the "monstrous" machines overtaking the vehicle.  It's even more entertaining when the little tyke leans over to his parent and grabs them, as if to say "Do you see this sh*t going on???"


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'Your,' 'You're,' and Other Grammar Mistakes

April 17, 2014



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'Your,' 'You're,' and Other Grammar Mistakes
- a Useful Guide on How to Stop Misusing the English Language



OK, folks -- I've had it. Enough is enough! It's time to stop butchering the English language!!

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Maybe it's the age of texting we live in. Maybe it's the demise of actual handwriting. I don't know and I am baffled. However, what I do know is that just because a word SOUNDS right doesn't mean it IS right.

For example, you can't use the word "YOUR" however you want. The word is possessive, meaning something belongs to you:

"This is YOUR pen." "Is that YOUR car?"

The word is NOT interchangeable just because it sounds similar to another word. So, it is wrong to say:

"I think YOUR great." "YOUR one of the smartest people I know."

WRONG, WRONG WRONG!!!

The correct word to use in the above example would be the contraction "YOU'RE," which is short for "YOU ARE." Or in other words, just because "YOUR" and "YOU'RE" seem to sound the same, they are NOT the same. "YOUR" rhymes with "door" and "YOU'RE" rhymes with "sewer." See the difference?

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So, fellow pet-peevers unite! It's time to right this wrong! Here is an everyday guide to the most commonly misused words in the English language, along with correct and incorrect examples of use. Please share this with all those friends you know and love who butcher the English language daily -- and if you can think of any other examples not listed, feel free to list them in the comments section below.




YOU'RE: a contraction, used in place of saying "You are."
Correct Example: "YOU'RE very clumsy."

YOUR: a possessive adjective, used to denote belonging to.
Correct Example: "You dropped YOUR keys."

• Wrong Usage: "YOUR very clumsy, because you dropped YOU'RE keys."
✓ Right Usage: "YOU'RE (You are) very clumsy, because you dropped YOUR keys."

WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!!!



THEY'RE: a contraction, used in place of saying "They are."
Correct Example: "I think THEY'RE going."

THERE: an adverb, used to describe a place.
Correct Example: "Go over THERE."

THEIR: a possessive adjective, used to denote belonging to.
Correct Example: "This is THEIR camper."

• Wrong Usage: "I think THEIR going over THEY'RE to THERE camper."
✓ Right Usage: "I think THEY'RE (They are) going over THERE to THEIR camper."



TWO: a number.
Correct Example: "I have TWO children."

TOO: an adverb, used to describe something in abundance.
Correct Example: "The temperature is TOO hot outside."

TO: traditionally used to describe direction.
Correct Example: "Let's go TO the beach."

• Wrong Usage: "My TOO children think it's TO hot TWO go swimming."
✓ Right Usage: "My TWO children think it's TOO hot TO go swimming."

Ignorance is NOT sexy!




IT'S: a contraction, used in place of "It is."
Correct Example: "Look at my dog. IT'S playing a game."

ITS: a possessive adverb, used to denote ownership.
Correct Example: "Look at my dog and ITS chew toy."

• Wrong Usage: "Look at my dog. ITS playing a game with IT'S chew toy."
✓ Right Usage: "Look at my dog. IT'S (It is) playing a game with ITS chew toy."





HEAR: relative to sound.
Correct Example: "I HEAR the car alarm."

HERE: an adverb, used to denote a place.
Correct Example: "Honey, come HERE."


• Wrong Usage: "Honey, come HEAR. I think I HERE the car alarm."
✓ Right Usage: "Honey, come HERE. I think I HEAR the car alarm."



LOOSE: an adjective, meaning not properly fitted.
Correct Example: "My class ring is LOOSE."

LOSE: a verb, meaning to miss from one's possession.
Correct Example: "I don't want to LOSE my ring."

• Wrong Usage: "My class ring is so LOSE, I'm afraid I might LOOSE it."
✓ Right Usage: "My class ring is so LOOSE, I'm afraid I might LOSE it."


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OK, so what did I miss? Can you think of any other examples of misuse of the English language?  Feel free to share them in the comments section below.


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Is al Qaeda On The Rise?

April 16, 2014

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Is al Qaeda On The Rise?


There's bad news and there's worse news.  The bad news is that a new video has uncovered what appears to be the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda terrorists in recent history. The worse news is that the U.S. government seems to have known nothing about it!

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Having 100 of the most vicious terrorists in the world all in one place is like a wrapped gift for the U.S. government. However, this recent meeting of al Qaeda's worst of the worst seems to have gone completely unnoticed as the CIA and the Pentagon either didn't know about it or couldn't get a drone there in time to strike and take them all out at once.


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The video shows the man known as al Qaeda's crown prince, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, parading brazenly out in the open while greeting followers. As the #2 leader of al Qaeda globally and the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Al-Wuhayshi makes it clear in the video that he desperately wants to attack the United States. Surprisingly, he and his cohorts appear completely undeterred that they could be hit by an American drone.

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U.S. officials aren't talking publicly, but have said that every frame of the video is now being analyzed. Did they drop the ball on stopping the largest gathering of terrorists in modern times?







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Boston Marathon Bombing: 1 Year Later

April 15, 2014

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Boston Marathon Bombing: 1 Year Later



Today is the 1 year anniversary of the deadly Boston Marathon bombing, as residents and city officials prepare for a week of mourning, celebration and remembrance.

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The Boston Public Library began its commemoration with an exhibit of mementos from the fateful day, which included a collection of T-shirts, signs and hundreds of running shoes left or sent in tribute. Highlighting the exhibit were placards emblazoned with the slogan that 8-year-old Martin Richard wrote in 2012 while studying nonviolence in 2nd grade. “No more hurting people. Peace” the placards read, which was the message the youngster held up in a photo that went viral after last year’s attack. Young Martin was 1 of 3 people killed in the bombing, that injured more than 260.

Runners across the country also staged a charity relay event entitled One Run for Boston. Participants carried a baton thousands of miles through the desert, along rivers, through downtowns, along highways and finally through the streets of Boston, where survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing carried it over the finish line to the applause, cheers and tears of many.

Boston's emotional week of commemoration will begin today with a large ceremony honoring the victims, first responders, medical personnel and others affected by the attack. It will be a chance to mourn the dead and remember the bloodshed, but also to proclaim that despite the horror of last year, the historic marathon will continue for a 118th year.

Fundraisers, panel discussions and smaller ceremonies at hospitals and additional locations throughout the city are also planned, before the marathon itself is run April 21st under heightened security. Organizers say 36,000 will be on hand to accommodate this year's 5,600 runners.  Also, the Boston Athletic Association says that instead of the usual half million spectators, at least 1 million are expected to line the marathon route from Hopkinton to Boston.

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Brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were responsible for the bombing as well as the murder several days later of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer during the manhunt. Tamerlan was killed during a shootout with police, and his younger brother Dxhokhar was captured, wounded and bleeding, in suburban Watertown 5 days after the bombings.  He faces the death penalty if convicted of the charges against him.


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Can Colbert Really Replace Letterman?

April 14, 2014

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Can Colbert Really Replace Letterman?


Beginning sometime next year, tuning into CBS weeknights at 11:30pm will no longer get you "The Late Show with David Letterman," but rather "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."  Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

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Last Thursday and only about a week after Letterman announced his impending retirement, CBS President and CEO Les Moonves announced the network had selected Colbert to fill Dave's shoes upon his departure, setting off a nationwide crossfire of conversations both in favor and against the choice.

"Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television," Moonves said during the formal announcement. "David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night."

entertainment current events televisionStephen Colbert is arguably one of the great comedians of the 21st century, having turned his satirical "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central into a veritable gold mine for the cable network. However, Colbert's success stems from the fact that he plays a character on his cable show and never really appears as himself.  This ultra-conservative, bigoted blowhard Colbert plays has provided years of entertainment for viewers to poke fun and laugh at for just the sheer ignorance that comes of his mouth (while in character).  But when Colbert takes over the reigns at CBS, he won't be portraying this character that viewers have come to know and love.  Stephen Colbert will just be -- Stephen Colbert . Risky.

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Since Colbert rose to fame right before our eyes as this "character," no one really knows who the real man is, how he will turn himself into a late night host (asking some serious questions) for a major network, and if his millions of existing fans will even go for it.

Jon Stewart, Colbert's former boss at "The Daily Show" strongly believes that the comedian is up for the challenge and will make it work.  Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment, also went to great lengths to build up their choice of Colbert as a superb one.

"Stephen is a multi-talented and respected host, writer, producer, satirist and comedian who blazes a trail of thought-provoking conversation, humor and innovation with everything he touches," Tassler said.  "He is a presence on every stage, with interests and notable accomplishments across a wide spectrum of entertainment, politics, publishing and music. We welcome Stephen to CBS with great pride and excitement, and look forward to introducing him to our network television viewers in late night."

Does Stephen Colbert have the know-how, charisma and chops to be a legitimate late night talk show host in the mold of the many before him?  Will the "real" Stephen Colbert be respected to fill the shoes of David Letterman, who many consider the last of the "Johnny Carson era?"  Or will this Colbert to CBS experiment explode and become one of the worst decisions in modern television?

"I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me," Colbert said of his selection.  "Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth!"

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