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Saturday, October 29, 2011

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.com

Swami Bhaktipada, the ex-Hari Krishna leader died this week in India. Many area residents remember the 1980s when the Swami and his followers attempted to purchase Flagstaff Mountian to build a sprawling golden paradise.

How different would Jim Thorpe be today had that deal gone through?

I can still remember the anger of residents who opposed the proposed sale. Remember the "Swami Busters" T-shirts? They were a hot item back then.

The Steelers host the Patriots Sunday at 4:15. It doesn't get much better than that in the NFL.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

JIM:

Antaeus was a Libyan giant, who demanded that every stranger who crossed his boundaries wrestle with him. He bested them all, killed them, and used their skulls to roof the house of his father, Poseidon. (I'll bet that roof leaked. Then again, I guess it was already under water.)

Hercules figured out that Antaenius drew his strength from the earth. Once he knew that, whipping Gadhaffi's mythical predecessor was easy. Hercules hoisted Antaeus off the ground, causing the old boy's strength to drain away.

Just call me Antaenius.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street protesters are making a mockery of our system. They want to end capitalism and get rid of evil corporations. They also want to wipe out the entrepreneurs who create jobs. In doing so, these protesters are as dumb as the Bolsheviks who toppled capitalism in Russia. The Bolsheviks doomed themselves and their children to decades of starvation. The revolution did such a good job of destroying farms and industry that the Russians had to use their army to steal food from another country!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

JIM:

"Yeah, but now I'm gettin' old, don't wear underwear,

I don't go to church, and I don't cut my hair."

- Jimmy Buffett,Pencil-Thin Mustache

Saturday, October 22, 2011

My heart is aching this week and no matter how much I change activities, I feel dispirited.

I'm hurting for one of my favorite friends. To protect her privacy, I'll call her Fern.

At 71, Fern is losing her house, joining the multitudes of homeowners who can no longer pay their mortgage. Living on social security and savings that have just about disappeared, her money won't stretch enough to pay her ongoing expenses.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

I wish I had more time to do investigative reporting. I've been a reporter more than 40 years and I've done investigative reporting for the Philadelphia Inquirer in the past.

There are a few topics I'd like to spend time investigating. Here are some examples:

Ÿ The number of sheriff sales and foreclosures is increasing. In some cases, it's because banks were careless in lending practices and approved mortgages out of line with incomes.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

This year we are experiencing four unusual dates: 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, and 11/11/11.

And that's not all. Take the last two digits of the year you were born and the age you will be this year and the result will add up to 111 for everyone.

This is the year of money, although I just got my three-month 401-K statement, and that isn't the case. Not by a long shot. It's more like it's the year for losing money.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

If you are reading this with your cup of coffee or bowl of cereal, then one of two things have occurred. Either you missed the rapture yesterday and you are one of those remaining behind for the fiery conclusion, or Harold Camping is racking his brain to figure out why the Apocalypse let him down twice in one year.

Yesterday was October 21st, the date marking the second opportunity for the Rapture to occur according to Harold Camping who so far is 0-3 a score that is good for us, but not so good for his powers of prophecy.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

"We have to go to Aunt June and Uncle Bobby's," I tell Harry.

"Why?" Mr. Nosy asks.

Like I need a reason to go see my aunt and uncle?

But, Mr. Nosy knows me well.

I've known for months this day was coming. I put off telling Harry what I had committed myself to. That's because I didn't want to have to deal with the eye-rolling and getting "The Look." You know. The one that says "You're nuts!" and "Can you make my life any more difficult than it already is?" all rolled up into "The Look."

Saturday, October 22, 2011

By jim zbick

jzbick@tnonline.com

A well-known insurance company's commercial shows two parents explaining how they are investing in their financial future by teaching their 5-year-old how to dunk a basketball in hopes the child can some day land a college scholarship. The advertisement ends with the company stating that there is an easier way to save – by buying their insurance.