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Five Newsworthy Events Michael Jackson Would Have Made Much More Interesting

In the world of entertainment and pop culture, the right music can have a profound effect on a situation. The Imperial March makes Darth Vader's appearance in "Star Wars" both ominous and magnificent. The indie rock soundtrack compiled by Zach Braff transformed "Garden State" from a cute indie film into a movie that spoke to a generation and launched the careers of several fringe bands. A swell of triumphant lyric less notes on "Biggest Loser" tells you it's time to share in the emotional rise or fall of a contestant as they're informed of the week's weight loss. And the opening notes to the song "Thriller" lets 1500 Pilipino inmates know it's time to break into a choreographed dance routine in the yard.

On June 25th, 2020, two years will have passed since American pop legend (and frequent headline maker) Michael Jackson passed away from cardiac arrest brought on by abuse of the drug propofol. Though it's easily argued that the King of Pop's best songs had already been recorded, the footage from the planned "This is It" tour made it crystal clear that Michael Jackson, "Entertainer", still had some moves to share with his fans during the 50 dates scheduled at London's O2 Arena between July of 2020 and March of 2010. It's shameful, really, to think what could have been. Concert wise, that is.

Which got us thinking: what if MJ hadn't stopped with his planned tour dates? What if he had lent his image, songs, or opinions to some of the major happenings of the last couple years? What follows are the Top 5 situations over the past 12 months we would have loved to see Michael Jackson's name attached to.

5) Heidi Montag's Plastic Surgery

Over a career that spanned nearly five decades, Michael Jackson's dalliances in plastic surgery were constant fodder for tabloid magazines and inquiring minds who questioned the rationale behind Jackson's ever changing appearance. Considering that his efforts were seemingly focused on one body part (his nose), it's curious to try and gauge what Jackson's take would have been on 20-something Montag's head to toe reconstruction. Not content to adjust just her nose, Montag- a stunning starlet before her surgeries- underwent procedures that ranged from simple (liposuction) to bizarre (part of her facial reconstruction included having her ears pinned back). We'd like to think that Michael would have taken a stance of solidarity in this situation, standing beside Heidi in her quest for physical perfection. Not that anyone would have taken her any more seriously as a result, but at least she'd look a little less…plastic.

4) Michael Jackson as Cameo Actor (Movies)

As amazing- nay, amazeballs- as it was to see Mike Tyson's mug in "The Hangover" franchise, how fantastic would it have been for the Wolfpack to run into MJ doing a legacy show in Vegas? Or hiding in the backroom of some dirty Bangkok bar? For that matter, with his pale complexion he could easily have slapped on a little glitter and played a small- but soulful- role in one of the "Twilight" movies. Don't tell me Stephenie Meyer couldn't have penned a part for Gloved One (clearly worn as protection from the sun).

3) The Use of Michael Jackson as a Gauge for Career Damage Due to Scandal

Back in the early 90's- long before news was made, broken or exacerbated by texting (Rep. Weiner's graphic messages), facebook, uncensored twittering (Roger Ebert's controversial comments on the death of Ryan Dunn), and all manner of evolved methods of instantaneous data delivery- Michael Jackson had to weather quite a storm of scandal involving allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Though Jackson was never convicted of the crime, his name was still raked through the mud on television and in print.

Though it's impossible to say what impact social media would have had on Jackson's case, it would be interesting to be able to use it as a thermometer to grade the severity of a situation. For instance: Mel Gibson has seemingly tarnished his reputation and career beyond repair following a DUI, anti-semitic remarks, and a tape where he uses racial slurs and is implicated in domestic violence. Better or worse than MJ? Using after-scandal product sales (album sales for Jackson, ticket sales for Gibson) as a measure, Gibson would be dubbed the more severe scandal having brought in less than $1 million at the box office for his latest film, "The Beaver"; Jackson's post-scandal release, "HIStory", sold over seven million units. Sorry, Mel.

2) Michael Jackson as a Cameo Actor (Television)

Several shows on TV could have easily incorporated Jackson into story arcs where he played himself or a fictional character. High atop the list of fantasy appearances would be a Jackson 5 era appearance on "Mad Men". With the series moving through the 60's, it's easily believable that Don Draper would have occasion to take his kids to a Jackson 5 concert at the Apollo. Or perhaps he could have played a creepy serial killer nemesis for Michael C. Hall to study on "Dexter". He could have even duetted with "30 Rock" star Tracy Jordan on a re-issue of "Werewolf Bar Mitzvah" with a "Thriller" theme. The possibilities are endless!

1) The Use of Michael Jackson Songs for Ridiculously Appropriate Soundtracks

With the amount of crazy behavior that's been chronicled in the media in just the last six months or so, we'd like to suggest the following Michael Jackson songs be used when speaking of their respective headliners.

"Thriller"- The Dallas Mavericks' NBA Finals victory over the Miami Heat

"PYT (Pretty Young Thing)"- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's indiscretions with a 17-year-old prostitute

"Beat It"- Anything to do with Charlie Sheen's firing from "Two and a Half Men", Oprah Winfrey's parting from syndicated daytime television, "surprise" withdrawals from "The Bachelorette", or Brett Favre's(potential)retirement from the NFL.

It's sad to think what could have been if Michael Jackson was still with us, but it's heartening to know that the legacy he left will be entertaining us long into the foreseeable future.

 

January Family Friendly Events

1/9/2020

Eagle Watching: Head to to go eagle watching. While you are there take the kids for a ride on the ferry, and check out the Piasa bird. The ferry is 6.50 each way.

1/7/2020 – 1/11/2020

Disney on Ice

Where: Scottrade Center

Price: $15.00 – $17.00

1/9/2020 – 1/11/2020

Longhorn Rodeo

Where: St. Charles Family Arena

When: 7:00pm

Price: $14.00 – $29.00

1/17/2020

Loop Ice Carnival

Where: University City

Price: Free

1/17/2020 – 1/19/2020

Cardinal’s Winter Warm-up

Where: Millennium Hotel Downtown St. Louis

Price: Adults- $40.00, Children 5 – 15- $10.00, Under 5- Free

1/28/2020 – 2/1/2020

St. Louis Auto Show

Where: America’s Center Downtown St. Louis

Price: Adults- $9.00, Children 6 – 12- $5.00, Under 6- Free

If you would like your event added to next month’s event listing, please contact me at stlparentingexaminer@gmail.com

 

Revealed: The Queen's Speech in the Event of Global Thermonuclear War

A recent article in USA Today reports that in 1983, Queen Elizabeth of England had a speech prepared for her in the event of the outbreak of a nuclear war, similar to the one her father, King George VI gave at the beginning of World War II.

The text of the speech, obviously never given, was released along with a number of other classified documents by the British government under the "30 year rule."

1983 was a year in which concern that a global thermonuclear war had reached new heights, largely due to President Reagan's policy of confronting the Soviet Union. The Nuclear Freeze Movement, which proposed stopping the building of all nuclear weapons, was at its height. The movement at that time was passing resolutions opposing the deployment of nuclear Pershing and cruise missile in Western Europe to counter Soviet SS-20s and attempting to elect leaders, including a new American president, who agreed with its agenda. An FBI investigation suggested that while the Nuclear Freeze Movement was not controlled by the Soviets, it was heavily influenced by the KGB.

1983 also saw the airing of a movie, "The Day After," that purported to show what the effects of a nuclear war would have been in and around a small town in Kansas. "Threads" a British version aired the following year.Both movies caused comment and controversy,

The Queen's speech was obviously never given, and might not have been in any case if conditions after an initial nuclear exchange had prevented it, was an attempt to provide comfort and encouragement to the British people in what would have been the darkest hour the human race would have every experienced.

"My message to you therefore is simple. Help those who cannot help themselves, give comfort to the lonely and the homeless and let your family become the focus of hope and life to those who need it."

Despite fears to the contrary, a global thermonuclear war never occurred. President Reagan's strategy brought about the end of the Soviet Union and with it a global catastrophe that would have occurred if the two super powers were ever to clash.

 

Will Daylight Savings Be a Mini Y2K Event?

What does Daylight-Saving time have to do with the doomsday drama of Y2K you ask? First, let's get some background. On March 11, daylight-saving time will start. This is three weeks earlier than years before because of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The goal of this legislation is to conserve energy by extending the daylight-saving concept an extra month. (It will end a week later in the fall.)

Since the time change is new, just about every electronic device that has a clock visible or otherwise will be affected. All computers, cell phones, microwaves, videocassette recorders, and electronic calendars will need to be adjusted.

These are fairly obvious, but what about the not so obvious events in our lives that are dictated by computers and electronic timers: climate-control systems in buildings, medical appointments, stock trades, utilities automatic billing, time controlled vaults and doors, airline arrival and departure monitors, and business meeting times.

Wow, who would have thought that a measly little hour could have the potential for, while not catastrophic, certainly a nuisance and perhaps a major, costly nuisance.

Some fixes have been put is place. The Windows operating system with the latest version will have an update automatically take place on Feb 13. There may be other patches you need to download for software other that the operating system.

Stock brokerage companies along with health care providers are aware of the problem but depend on the software vendor to deliver a patch that will fix the problem. Will they get the fix in time?

Large companies will probably be OK since they have updated systems. The question does remain, however, have they done enough? The biggest problem will be the medium and small businesses. Many of them are probably oblivious to the problem.

Some consumer tips to help:

  • Cable boxes and cell phones will probably be updated by your service providers. Be aware of the March 11 date and check you cell phones and cable boxes.
  • Home computers with Windows will get an automatic update if you have subscribed to the automatic update service offered by Microsoft. To view other fixes, go to www.microsoft.com/dst2007.
  • Older VCR's will need to be updated manually on March 11 and again on Nov 4 when daylight-saving time ends.
  • Be aware of the potential problem if you are flying on that day. The airport monitors may be off by one hour. Check with your airline to confirm the landing or arrival time.
  • Medically, if you have an automatic appointment for the doctor or an operation, check with the necessary medical personnel to confirm your appointment.
  • If a stock trade is to occur automatically, check with you brokerage.

The general opinion is this will not by a Y2K type event. In order to be an informed consumer, it would be prudent of you to be aware of this event and protect yourself from any major nuisance.

USA Today

 

Shocking News Events July 11

Will shocking news events occur on July 11, 2010? The world may not know until the day is done. But throughout history, shocking news events did occur on July 11, including an 82 ton object falling from the sky and a pistol-happy U.S. vice president murdering the Treasury Secretary.

Bickering between Vice President Aaron Burr and Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton marked the administration of President Thomas Jefferson. The animosity reached fever pitch when Hamilton successfully blocked Burr's bid for renomination for the vice presidency, resulting in a shocking pistol duel July 11, 1804 which proved fatal to Hamilton.

A shocked world held its collective breath July 11, 1979 when a freefalling 82 ton spacelab crashed to Earth. Luckily, Skylab landed in the Indian Ocean and unpopulated regions of Australia.

July 11 is associated with a shocking collection of mass casualties, including 3 fatal jet crashes: on July 11, 1973, 123 people were killed in a plane crash outside Paris; a plane crash in Ecuador killed 119 on July 11, 1983; and on July 11, 1991, 261 Hajj pilgrims were killed in a plane crash in Saudi Arabia.

Other mass casualties associated with July 11 include the initiation of a shocking genocide campaign known as the Srebrenica Massacre in 1995 that lasted 11 days and resulted in the murder of at least 8,373 Bosnian Muslims, including men, women and children; a liquid gas tanker explosion at a Tarragona campground July 11, 1978 that killed 216 tourists; and serial train bombings by terrorists in Mumbai, India July 11, 2006 that resulted in 209 deaths and more than 700 injuries.

In a shocking medical development, H. Harlan Stone, MD announced July 11, 1985 that he was installing zippers in patients with surgical incisions instead of using stitches.

New York City police arrested dart-shooting messenger Jerome Wright, aka Dartman, July 11, 1990. Wright allegedly fashioned makeshift darts by attaching paper wings to pins and needles, then fired them at the buttocks of 90 women in Penn Station and Times Square.

Advice for July 11? Keep an eye on the sky- women, guard your buttocks- and avoid

air travel at all costs.

Sources: http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/duel.htm; http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19589740/; http://www.brainyhistory.com/days/july_11.html; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/July_11; http://www.worldalmanac.com/blog/2007/07/this_day_in_history_july_11.html; http://www.440int.com/twtd/archives/jul11.html; http://www.todayinsci.com/7/7_11.htm; http://www.nytimes.com/1990/07/13/nyregion/a-messenger-is-arrested-in-dart-case.html; http://articles.latimes.com/1990-07-13/news/mn-204_1_room-clerk; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11_July_2006_Mumbai_train_bombings.

 

Tragic Events

My life was pretty easy in some ways growing up. I didn't have the expectations as some do, I had responsibilities. My responsibilities were easy for me but may come a little harder for others. It wasn't until the day my mother and I had an accident, that I realized that there was more in life that I needed to value, my mother.

My mom is a strong woman. Growing up for her was just that, having to grow up fast and at an early age. She went through a crucial accident when she was four, that left her grandmother dead and her close to death.

My grandmother, mom and a few others were driving one late evening when they were struck on the right side of their vehicle by a drunk driver. My great-grandmother flew out the window, severing her knee caps and landing her fifty feet in front of the car, on the pavement. My mother was not wearing her seat belt and went out the window behind her, landing her beside her grandmother. My grandmother was shoved under the steering wheel of the car and my aunt and her friend got knocked into the rear doors.

My great-grandmother had extensive injuries that later had killed her, in such a short amount of time. My grandmother had injuries that she had to have several surgeries to repair and my mother was flown to shock trauma. My mother was pronounced dead on the scene of the accident but they still took her to try and revive her. She was taken to the emergency room where they shaved her head and performed extensive brain surgery to try and repair the damage that was caused. Hours later, she was taken to recovery, where she was to stay in an oxygen bubble to recover. She had injuries that caused her to lose the sight in her right eye and to have a plate placed in her skull to hold her brain together. The brain surgeon had explained to my grandmother and aunt, that when they tried to move her, her brain sounded like a rattle, considering the extent that her brain was in.

The neurologist that had spoke with my grandmother and aunt, had told them that my mother would have to learn to walk again, talk again and that her brain may never go over the age of 16, due to the injuries sustained. They had offered my aunt the options of placing a glass eye to replace the blind one, but she refused. She had wanted my mother to live a normal life as much as possible.

I am one that believes in miracles and God. My mother, to this day, is walking, talking, has wonderful life experiences and is more intelligent than most people her age. She goes back to the doctors once every five years to get her eye and brain checked out. Each time she goes there, they are just amazed at how her eye is not connected to anything, that it should have came out a long time ago, but yet it moved, cries, has feeling and still has the color.

Strong is not the word for my mother. My mother is the most wonderful woman I have ever met in my life. Walking miracle is a more appropriate word for her.

 

A Turn of Events

Staring out, the world looked bleak; winter was upon us and so far showed no sign of mercy. My skin prickled ashundreds ofminute white flakesskirted about, melting on contact on my warm body.Theonly protection against the harsharctic temperatures was athin tattered shirt and a pair of worn blue jeans, attirevery inappropriate for such unfavorable conditions that seemed to plague us these nights of late. Iforced myself through the battering winds towards what used to be home; there was little to nothing left aside from the remains of aonce prosperous village. I cringed at the memory of my former home; it had once been gorgeous, foliage of all kinds sprouting about in every corner, the sky shades of colors that you wouldn't even have imagined possible.

My house was one of the larger in the area, housing six growing kids and the mayor of our little town, not to mention our mother. Being the oldest of the children, all the responsibilities of taking care of my younger siblings fell on me. Soon my temperament adjusted to the constant cries and arguments of those in my care; I was no longer quick to anger and heard out each and every issue thinking everything through. As my brother, only two years younger than me, grew to be a young man at the age of sixteen, my father relieved my responsibilities and gave them to him. As for me, that wasn't the break I'd been expecting. No, as the mayor's oldest, I was to study with my father. Some would protest that a woman is not to be in such a place of power, even as limited power it is. My father thought otherwise, he was training me to take his stead.

I soon grew distant from my siblings as my father began to separate me from them, as he began to raise me a different daughter. My brother grew to resent me, hating me for taking the limelight from him. Everyone thought that he would be the one to take over for my father, being the oldest boy. When his succession was announced, shock rang throughout our little town. "No. Not Mia." "She's not even grown." "She's way too young." "She's a woman, no not even a woman, a girl." This is what I heard for the first few months. Finally, my father stepped down and let me take full control while he was still able to observe and recommend, and mend in the case of failure. Low and behold, failure never comes when you want it to; it has it's own schedule. Pulling me out of my memories,a cool hand rested on my shoulder and I turned around, knowing all too well who it was. "Kiam." I let out a sigh of relief, glad that he'd managed to sneak away. Lately his father had been so keen on keeping him indoors, out of the unforgiving weather. I wrapped my arms around him and held him close, grateful for his warmth and comfort in this time of need.

Somehow, his eyes always seemed to have a certain gleam to them, almost like diamonds in the night. "Thanks for coming; I know it's hard for you to get away." I smiled to myself, still wrapped up in his arms.

 

He pulled me away from him, "It's not a problem, you're worth it." He smiled at me and then looked away. "Kiam, what is it?" I knew that look; he was hiding something.

 

"My father thinks that you're the reason for the current conditions of the weather. He thinks it's a bad omen to have a woman in control." His eyes would not meet mine, and that bothered me.

"You don't believe that, do you?" I knew he didn't, but I wanted him to say it. I wanted him to look at me.

"Mia, of course I don't." He sighed and continued, "He told me that I wasn't to see you anymore. He told me that you were bad luck to any that had contact with you."

"Well that's silly. That's like saying all the people of my town are cursed because of me. If that were the case, it wouldn't be the entire region suffering from this terrible weather." My heart was racing. I'd just gotten over this not a year ago in my own home, now it was coming back. In the event of my father's death, I'd taken over and kept the town together. And they were questioning me. It didn't make any sense.

"Mi, I know it is. I know. You're a strong woman, I know that." He smiled, bending down to kiss me. Suddenly, Kiam withdrew a small box from his pocket and slipped a ring out of it, placing it on my finger. "Marry me?" He looked expectantly at me, worry etched on his face.

"Kiam…." I didn't know what to say. I smiled at him and said, "You know I want to, but is this really the right time?"

"Mia, this is the perfect time. My father plans to set a raid on your entire town and kill all of you. I won't give you up. If you're married, and have a man 'in charge,' maybe he'll back off." He took my hand and squeezed it, "Not to mention I love you. Besides, you'll still be in charge, I'll just be the public face." He let out a soft laugh, knowingall to well I'dsay yes.

 

 

Porsches 2 Oxford 2020 Event

On the last weekend of July from Cincinnati to Dayton you will notice Porsches driving along the highways heading to one destination. July 25th marks the annual return of the Porsches 2 Oxford event in Oxford Ohio. Porsches 2 Oxford 2020 marks the fourth year for the Oxford event. With cobblestone streets, and Home of Miami College , Oxford is the perfect place for the German Engineered sports cars to assemble for a casual Porsche Party.

Registration has already bypassed previous years as the word has spread about the event.Spend time with old friends and make new one while enjoying the excellence in engineering on these German Beauties'. Restaurants and shops line the square for you to enjoy some of the great local products the town has to offer. Come early on Saturday morning to enjoy a pancake breakfast put on by the local Kiwanis Club. For $ 7.00 get a hot breakfast and support the local children's charities supported by the Kiwanis.

The show gets bigger every year as the Porsche enthusiasts gather and enjoy the commodore of fellow Porsche lovers. What better way to raise money for The American Cancer Society than having a Porsche party? From a Vintage 356 to a brand new Porsche cayenne, what ever your brand of Porsche, you are sure to find it at this event. The best part of the show is being able to get an up close look at some of Porsche models that you have always dreamed about. It is the premiere Porsche event in the area for the year.

The downtown streets are closed off to traffic during the show hours starting AT 6:00 AM. There is plenty food and beverages to relax and enjoy the local food while watching the Porsches roll into town. At 4:30 the Porsches line up and get ready to cruise out of town. Don't miss the opportunity to witness the longest moving line of Porsches in Ohio as the classics leave the show and head to nearby Houston Woods.Plan on staying the weekend and attend a road rally on Sunday morning put on by Scenic Road Rallies.

The drive to and from Oxford is as fun as the show itself with just you and your Porsche on the scenic back roads.Bring your Porsche or satisfy your desires by admiring these classic beauties lined throughout the town. I will see you there. For more event information and lodging check out their website at Porsches2Oxford.com.

 

More News from Microsoft’s X06 Event in Barcelona

Following on the tail of the groundbreaking X06 reports, Microsoft announces a slew of new reasons for Xbox 360 owners to rejoice. It was revealed today, (though it wasn’t ever really a secret) that the sequel to the critically renowned Project Gotham Racing 3 is in the works. The title offers almost no possibility of disappointment, as it is made by the same developers, Bizarre Creations, that made the previous three installments.

In other announcements, British developer Rare announced that they will be bringing their much cherished platformer Banjo Kazooie to the Xbox 360 complete with next generation visuals and all the same personality and fun that has become Rare’s signature. No official release date has been announced although it is speculated that it may release sometime in 2020.

Possibly the biggest announcement of the event for nostalgic first person shooter fans, was the announcement that the classic FPS Doom will see release on Xbox Live Arcade today. While this was not unexpected, the news that the game will be updated to feature four-player co-op as well as four-player deathmatch.

Wannabe rockers will also have reason for mirth and merriment today as Microsoft announced that the sequel to Red Octane’s superlative Guitar Hero will be coming to the Xbox 360. Downloadable content is also confirmed to be released on . The 360 version will also get a new form of the guitar hero axe called the X-plorer. The 360 version is slated to be released sometime next year, the Playstation 2 version will see release this November.

 

Thunder on Water Event: Come Enjoy One of Mississippi's Best Attractions

This time of year we always get prepared in our small town of Grenada, Ms. for Grenada Lake's annual "Thunder on Water" event which is fast approaching. This year's festival will be June 8-10 and will take place at beautiful Grenada Lake. We don't get a lot of excitement in a small town such as ours but everyone looks forward to kicking off summer with this event every year. One of the things that is great about it is you can bring the whole family and it's not very expensive. Some of it is free but the things that do cost are not overly priced.

The festival has received a lot of attention since it started. It has been selected as one of the top 20 events in the southeast by Southeastern Tour Society for the month of June for 9 years in a row now!! It is recognized as the 3rd largest event in Mississippi and staffed by 250 volunteers. There was a record 146,000 people in attendance in 2003!

Attractions and events include over 150 arts and crafts vendors, a car, truck, and bike show, a 10k run and 5k walk, children's fishing rodeo, softball tournament, speed boat races, jet ski races, rebel amusement carnival and much more. The entertainment in past years has always been a big drawing factor also. Past acts include many famous names covering various types of music from country to blues. Some of the past acts include Sammy Kershaw, Joe Diffie, Aaron Tippin, Toby Keith, Mark Chestnut, Tracy Lawrence and for the blues fans we have hosted such acts as Mel Waiters, Bobby Rush and Sam Green, Delbert McClinton, Latimore, and the Blues Boys. There is also a "Thunder on Water" pageant held during the festivities to crown a Mr. and Mrs. Thunder on Water and includes age groups from infant up to 18 years of age.

We would love for anyone to come and visit our town for this exciting event. The finale of the festival which usually takes place at about 9:00 p.m. midway through all the fun is the $25,000.00 Zambelli fireworks extravanganza that takes place over Grenada Lake. It truly is breathtaking and the kids love the endless fireworks displayed in the sky. It can be seen from miles and miles around and is a tradition of the festival. I plan on attending and taking my family and would like to welcome anyone to come share in the experience this year as Grenada gets ready for another round of "Thunder on Water".