Monday, September 14, 2009

330-338Aida Khatchadourian, is a hair dresser at a salon called World Cut on Fair Oaks in South Pasadena, she a mentor for about a dozen teens struggling with an unplanned pregnancy, she's a caregiver for a mentally ill elderly woman, she attends Lake Avenue Congregational Church in Pasadena, and she's here to share what the Lord has done in her life.  She was born in Ethiopia and came to the United States in 1969, at age 11.  She has three adult children, no grandkids, and the Lord has helped her overcome some difficult challenges.
343-354 Aida Khatchadourian.
• CNN (9/14/09) Anger over West's disruption at MTV awards Calls for both topics: Has rudeness replaced respectful behavior in our society?  What do we teach our children about being rude?  Are our children's role models merely good performers or athletes or should there be a requirement for character as well?
(:54) Taylor Swift is interrupted by Kanye West at the MTV awards Sunday night 9/13/09
(:14) Beyonce gives the microphone to Taylor during her time.
(:42) Taylor finally gets her moment after Beyonce gives it to her.
(:51) Taylor Swift gives her reaction to reporters after the award's ceremony.
443-452Larry Greenfield, Vice President & Fellow in American Studies at The Claremont Institute ( and the Executive Director of the Reagan Legacy Foundation (  He was in NYC for 9/11 on Friday.  He recently got back from an amazing trip to Berlin, Germany, where he is overseeing the building of the Reagan Exhibit at the fabulous Checkpoint Charlie Museum.  On living in a still dangerous world even after 9/11, threat of terrorism and EMP, and Obama's foreign policy vs. The Spirit and Policies of Ronald Reagan.
458-508Wesley J. Smith, bioethicist and senior fellow at the Discovery Institute (, attorney for the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, and blogger at Second Hand Smoke over at First Things (, his latest book is The Consumer's Guide to a Brave New World, and is forthcoming A Rat is a Pig is a Dog is a Boy: The Human Cost of Animal Rights, is due out January 19, 2010.  He'll be debating Princeton's Gregory Stock this Friday, September 18th, at 6pm at Sutherland Hall at Biola University, it's free and open to the public, and sponsored by Joni and Friends Christian Institute on Disability, and entitled Beauty, Brokenness, and Designer Babies – The Future is Here, But is it Ethical? 
512-523Wesley J. Smith
528-538Lynn Edgington, founder-president of Eagle Research Associates ( warns people about the latest scams, cons and rip offs and shares the success of his recent meetings with the Secret Service in Washington D.C. 
• Here are a few tips.
• Never give anyone your complete social security number– only the last 4 digits.  And, obviously, never write your number down for anyone.  If anyone demands it – make sure they have a darn good reason why they need it and how you are supposed to give it to them.
• Re-print your checks but don't use your full name – use only your initials, e.g. "J.P. Doe."  Thieves will not know how you sign your checks – nor will they know what your first name is.
• Consider using a PO Box or business mailing address instead of your home address on your checks.
• Use your cell phone number in place of your home number.
• Never put your Social or Driver's License numbers on your checks.
• If you go to a store and for some reason their "check or credit card processing system is down" and they want to "IMPRINT" your credit card the old way – PASS ON IT!  You've just given multiple people your credit card number.
• Never use your personal MAILBOX to mail checks.  Always put payment envelopes directly into a USPS mailbox – never use your house mailbox with the flag up.  You're just advertising to hundreds of crooks  "come and get it."
• Reduce the number of bills you pay by check.  Instead, use your banks free bill paying service – or use an automatic bill paying service.  That way, you're protected against fraud and will have legal recourse should your bank or vendor contribute to some form of fraudulent activity through holes in their security.
• Buy and use a shredder to shred everything with any personal information on it – but especially all those credit card solicitations – your credit card statements, etc.  Ever notice how many have cash access checks enclosed?
• Once a thief has a starting point – your full name – address, etc. – you become more attractive as a victim.
• Never put personal information on public web sites like Facebook, MySpace, etc.  You're only advertising to millions and giving thieves all kinds of personal information – where you live – work – kids – when you'll be home and away – etc.  All of it is just another open invitation for them to "come and get you".
• You have 60 days to protest any credit card charges.  Be diligent to examine your bills very closely.
• Scammers often take a cell phone picture of you buying something on your credit card so they can guess your sizes when they try to present themselves as you.  This probably happened to Gina at Nordstrom's.
• Here's how the gifting scam goes down.  You get a check in the mail claiming you've won something but you're instructed to call an 877 or 866 number before you can collect.  You deposit the check and wire-transfer a portion of the money to somebody.  The original check comes back NSF and you've been had.
• Those electronic room keys that look like credit cards contain all of the information the hotel has on you, including your credit card info.  Treat the room key like your credit card.
• The best email scammers will send you an alert that your account may have fraudulent activity.  It looks real.  Say from Bank of America.  When you run your cursor over the "reply" button, the URL should give the bank's name immediately after the www with no numbers or symbols.  If it doesn't, it's a scam.
544-554Lynn Edgington.
What's worse with ACORN is that we're paying for all this. At least in part. The Washington Examiner writes that they "found that ACORN has received at least $53 million in federal money since 1994."
For its own part, ACORN naturally blamed someone else. In this case, FOX News, calling itself "their Willy Horton for 2009." The ACORN state reads like a paranoid's interpretation of the videos. Here's Bertha Lewis, Chief Organizer, for the group:
"The relentless attacks on ACORN's members, its staff and the policies and positions we promote are unprecedented. An international entertainment conglomerate, disguising itself as a 'news' agency (FOX), has expended millions, if not tens of millions of dollars, in their attempt to destroy the largest community organization of Black, Latino, poor and working families in the country. It is not coincidence that the most recent attacks have been launched just when health care reform is gaining traction. It is clear they've had these tapes for months."
• James O'Keefe, Big Government (9/14/09) ACORN Video: Prostitution Scandal in New York, NY.
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• Kenneth R. Timmerman (9/13/09) U.S. May Face 9/11-Scale Threat from Venezuela.
• Michael Tobin, Fox News (9/12/09) The S-300: Why so important?
• Stratfor (9/13/09) Iran: Crisis Suspended?
• Stratfor (9/14/09) A(H1N1): Just Another Flu.
(1:26) Serena Williams has an outburst when given a foot fault at the recent US Open
(2:04) Serena apologizes during her press conference
(:10) Serena short 1
(:04) Serena short 2

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