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Popping in from Blissdom08 quickly.  Take a look at this amazing singer, Jessie Baylin.  She just performed at Blissdom – WOW – and was outstanding.  Amazing voice, absolutely gorgeous and so warm.  Tripley delightful.  She reminds me of an early Melissa Etheridge and it doesn’t get any better than that if you ask me.

Jessie Baylin – learn that name, you’re gonna be hearing about her and you heard it here first, because I’m hip, happening, a mover and a shaker.  This should not be news to any of you.   Her new CD, Fireside is in stores now. 

With much speculation surrounding this Sunday’s Meet the Press interview with Colin Powell, it seemed like a fine time to try that new poll button WordPress just installed.

On Monday, we’ll regroup and talk about the impact Powell will have on November 4th. It’s going to be interesting…

That guy sure knew how to turn a phrase.

I need a little Lombardi magic to get back on track this week. I was unceremoniously kick off my winner’s podium not by just one fellow BFL’er, but two: Radio Carla and One Ping Only.

But that is the past and today we look towards the future when the MVP badge travels back my way.

Ups and downs going into Week Seven
Winning this week would be a slice of Heaven

BALTIMORE @ MIAMI
PITTSBURGH @ CINCINNATI
DALLAS @ ST LOUIS
TENNESSEE @ KANSAS CITY
SAN FRANCISCO @ NY GIANTS
MINNESOTA @ CHICAGO
SAN DIEGO @ BUFFALO
NEW ORLEANS @ CAROLINA
DETROIT @ HOUSTON
INDIANAPOLIS @ GREEN BAY
NY JETS @ OAKLAND
CLEVELAND @ WASHINGTON
SEATTLE @ TAMPA BAY

DENVER @ NEW ENGLAND
TIEBREAKER: 37

Check out all the BFL action over at Insta-Mom’s place and follow the scoring at our fancy-dancy spreadsheet. And if you have a chance, light a candle for me will you?

I’m working on a proper Thank You for all my bloggin’ pals and will post it on Monday.  In the mean time, just wanted to share a comment from (Eric, the webmaster at Share Our Strength):

Hi, I’m Eric, the webmaster over at Share Our Strength. I didn’t want to comment yesterday because I thought it might be a little unfair, but I just wanted to let you know that I really appreciate what you’ve done here. Thanks so very much for your generosity!

That gratitude is to all of you – I’m blessed to have received 57 comments yesterday, sending $114 dollars to Share Our Strength. That is well over 25 bags of food for a local food bank.

It’s amazing what pulling funds like this can do. I could never go to the grocery store with $114 and come out with 25 bags of food – none of us could. But organizations like Share Our Strength can take this money, combine it with thousands of other donations and effect real change in people’s lives. It’s extraordinary and you are now a part of that change! Not too shabby, eh?

Don’t let it stop here people – make your mark somewhere in your community. We all face lean times ahead and that is when kindness and generosity is most needed!

Good deeds have a great way of boomeranging right back at you!

Today is Blog Action Day 2008. The topic is POVERTY. It saddens me in a world of such abundance that there is a need for a day of this sort, but the need has likely never been greater in my lifetime.

As I’ve written before, hunger is real part of life nearly a billion people worldwide. The poorest 40 percent of the world’s population accounts for 5 percent of global income. The richest 20 percent accounts for three-quarters of world income. In 2007, in the United States alone, 37.3 million people were in poverty, up from 36.5 million in 2006. According to Share Our Strength, one in six American children is at risk for hunger. The problem isn’t going away and there is no magical cure for it.

The point of Blog Action Day is to change the conversation. So join me in checking out and commenting on the many bloggers around the world that are using their voice to advocate for this change. Many are donating funds for comments left, so do your part, it’s as easy as that.

You can find out more by visiting Blog Action Day‘s site. Join the ranks of people who are doing something to end this plague.

What can you do right now?

If you’re a blogger, don’t delay. Join in today’s efforts and post yourself!

Write your local, state and national representatives and demand that they make this a priority in their political agenda.

Donate your time, energy and funds to organizations that are working hands-on to solve the crisis – both locally and worldwide.

Check out the many resources listed at Blog Action Day for more ideas to get out there and get involved.

Leave a comment here. For every comment received my family will donate $2 (one for me and one for you!) to Share Our Strength to do real good in communities around the United States. I don’t care what you comment, just comment and help me change the conversation.

Thank you in advance for supporting me!

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As feared, the majority of games were won by the NFL home teams. Cleveland beat NY, St. Louis beat Washington. The apocalypse is upon us, so make sure you wear clean underwear.

After celebrating the championship badge last week, I have another badge to share with you all:

Bratty McBratty Pants snagged the MVP slot alongside Radio Carla (renamed “Crusher of the Dreams”) I wish nothing but the best for these.two.lovely.ladies. As a matter of fact, I’m baking them some of my “special” cookies right now just for you. Yum.

Until next week, when the world gets back to normal.

And they named a big ‘ol trophy after him, so there. Of course it’s awarded to a college player, who is usually the first round draft pick of the worst NFL team from the previous season. “Congratulations! You’re the best of the best. As your reward for all the hard work and dedication, you get to play with these chumps and hope you survive til you can make a decent trade. Good luck, you’re gonna need it.”

photo: www.bengals.com

Players like poor Carson Palmer in Cincinnati, who wishes he still had the USC line blocking for him or Matt Leinhart, who continues to play second fiddle to a geriatric in Arizona. No offense Kurt – I’m starting you on Sunday in Fantasy, so pay no attention to my rantings here.

Where was I?

Oh yeah, punting. There is no other way to label my picks this week. I shoot from the gut for the most part and afterwards look to Inside the NFL’s Chris Collinsworth for validation. This week Chris and I are at odds and I find myself agreeing more with Warren Sapp. Fine player, no doubt, but he’s not been at this picking business for long, so I’m a little worried. Where is Bob Costas when I need him? Seriously, where is Costas?

I’m the reigning champ, badge of proof to your left and up, and I’m nervous about retaining my title. See my apprehension comes from the fact that I’ve only selected five home teams to take the win this week. Has that ever happened?

Hold on, I’ll google it.

Google is no help. Shockingly there isn’t a site for weird NFL minutia. Someone should get on that. Costas?

But let’s just agree that five is a pretty low amount for the home teams and this week I may be taking risky to a new level.

I’m worried, but I hope they stick
Here are my teams – NFL Week Six

BALTIMORE @ INDIANAPOLIS
MIAMI @ HOUSTON
CHICAGO @ ATLANTA
DETROIT @ MINNESOTA
OAKLAND @ NEW ORLEANS
CINCINNATI @ NY JETS
CAROLINA @ TAMPA BAY
ST LOUIS @ WASHINGTON
JACKSONVILLE @ DENVER
DALLAS @ ARIZONA
PHILADELPHIA @ SAN FRANCISCO
GREEN BAY @ SEATTLE
NEW ENGLAND @ SAN DIEGO

MONDAY NIGHT GAME
NY GIANTS @ CLEVELAND
TIEBREAKER: 43

Post your picks and link up at Insta-Mom’s site. You gotta be in it to win it.

I have to confess that I only watched bits and pieces of the Presidential Debate Tuesday night. I was tired and maybe a little election fatigued. That, and I get a little nauseous whenever McCain does that creepy smile.

I don’t suppose I’m the audience those debates are made for really. I can’t possibly look at them with any objectivity. Obama is always going to win, McCain will always lose because of the ideals they represent. It’s really cut and dry for me. There are fundamental issues that I believe in which would prevent me from ever voting for McCain or any Republican most likely. It has nothing to do with his hero status, his VP choice or how many houses he owns. It’s all about the basic principles of how and when govern, what to prioritize and where we want our country to head over the next four years.

My decision to vote for Obama was made long ago. Long before any hats were ever tossed in the ring. I’ve identified myself as a liberal democrat (getting more liberal by the year) for almost two decades now. Short of the Joe Lieberman or the ghost of Hitler being named the Democratic nominee, my vote would be cast to the left.

It’s hard for me to understand the un-decideds in this election. We have two polar-opposites on so many BIG issues. It seems logical that you decide where YOU sit on those issues and vote accordingly. How could there be indecision? But it exists, some of my dear friends reside on that fence. I have visions of coins being tossed all over the country on November 4th. (There is a suspicious part of me that thinks some of those “unsure” friends just don’t have the heart to tell me they are voting for McCain. Oh, the horror.)

Everyone has the right to pull that lever – whether they are prepared or qualified to do so. I’d like to think that each person willing to make the effort to make it to the polls on election day does so as an informed participant. But that’s not the case. And I’m in no way implying that votes for McCain are ill-informed. The bitter truth is that there will be millions of ill-informed votes cast for both candidates. It’s bound to happen when you bless every American with the right to vote. It is what it is, the beauty and the beast.

Whoever celebrates with a victory speech that night, will represent us all. I hope both candidates keep that in mind as the mudslinging and lip-service continues. The only real choice we have as Americans is to know what we’re getting ourselves into. Know the issues and where the candidates actually stand on them. Know your local officials as they are just as important, if not more so, to getting this nation back on track. And finally know yourself. Know where YOUR priorities lie and what you want for YOU, YOUR family and YOUR country over these next four years. Then and only then are we ready to step into that booth.

I’m off to do some more homework on Ohio’s Issue 6 right now!

The BFL Player of the Week badge returns to it’s rightful home today. Sorry Bratty McBratty Pants (known in the non-BFL world as One Ping Only), parting is such sweet sorrow.

It was another BFL squeaker, coming down to points. I just barely slid past Carla to bring the gold home. I also won my money league at the office ($36 cool American dollars), but I lost my fantasy game because my players are a bunch of bums. Yes, I’m looking at you Plaxico. And don’t think you’re off so easy Reggie – your points for special teams mean diddley to me, so you’re on my list too.

But for now, lets take a moment to breathe in the beauty that is:

Need a tissue?

Think you got what it takes to bring it home? Join the BFL – play when you want, fresh meat is always welcome!

WEEK SIX GAMES:

BALTIMORE @ INDIANAPOLIS
MIAMI @ HOUSTON
CHICAGO @ ATLANTA
DETROIT @ MINNESOTA
OAKLAND @ NEW ORLEANS
CINCINNATI @ NY JETS
CAROLINA @ TAMPA BAY
ST LOUIS @ WASHINGTON
JACKSONVILLE @ DENVER
DALLAS @ ARIZONA
PHILADELPHIA @ SAN FRANCISCO
GREEN BAY @ SEATTLE
NEW ENGLAND @ SAN DIEGO

MONDAY NIGHT GAME
NY GIANTS @ CLEVELAND
TIEBREAKER: ____________

Byes: BUFFALO, KANSAS CITY, PITTSBURGH, TENNESSEE

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LOSING IT IN CINCINNATI

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Why get so riled by the events of the world, you ask? Because…

"Becoming a mother makes you the mother of all children. From now on each wounded, abandoned, frightened child is yours. You live in the suffering mothers of every race and creed and weep with them. You long to comfort all who are desolate." Charlotte Gray
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