Hi,I am from Beauregard Al(outskirts of Auburn)I dont know much about weather but I enjoy it just the same. I have made lots of great friends on WU! UR3
By: auburn, 8:04 PM GMT on December 31, 2006
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Drivers swerved cars and trucks into other lanes to avoid a 3-year-old boy, wearing only a diaper and T-shirt, who was playing along a busy highway after wandering away from home while his mother slept, police said.
Some motorists stopped along Interstate 465 on the city's west side Saturday to take care of the boy until officers arrived, the Indiana State Police said.
"I looked up and I seen this little ... boy running down the middle of the slow lane in the interstate. I just could not believe what I was seeing," said Troy Crady, one of those who stopped to help.
The boy, Damon Dyer, was unscathed as at least a half-dozen cars and a tractor-trailer rig swerved into other lanes to avoid him. Temperatures were in the mid 50s as the boy ran around barefooted.
Police said they traced the toddler to an apartment at a nearby complex, where they found his mother, Nancy Dyer asleep in a filthy apartment and his 2-year-old sister eating spaghetti off the floor.
Dyer, 33, was arrested on two counts of child neglect and remained in custody Sunday, officials said.
Senior State Trooper Cedric Merritt said that when Dyer was told of her son's activities, she responded: "Oh, he got out again."
Investigators said the boy got out his second-story apartment, went down stairs and got around a fence to reach the highway about 200 yards away.
Child Protective Services took the boy and his sister into custody, and investigators said the agency also had been called to the apartment Thursday because the boy was outside unsupervised.
Updated: 9:03 PM GMT on December 31, 2006
By: auburn, 5:25 PM GMT on December 29, 2006
TORONTO (AP) - A giant ice shelf has snapped free from an island south of the North Pole, scientists said Thursday, citing climate change as a "major" reason for the event.
The Ayles Ice Shelf - all 41 square miles of it - broke clear 16 months ago from the coast of Ellesmere Island, about 500 miles south of the North Pole in the Canadian Arctic.
Scientists discovered the event by using satellite imagery. Within one hour of breaking free, the shelf had formed as a new ice island, leaving a trail of icy boulders floating in its wake.
Warwick Vincent of Laval University, who studies Arctic conditions, traveled to the newly formed ice island and couldn't believe what he saw.
"This is a dramatic and disturbing event. It shows that we are losing remarkable features of the Canadian North that have been in place for many thousands of years," Vincent said. "We are crossing climate thresholds, and these may signal the onset of accelerated change ahead."
The ice shelf was one of six major shelves remaining in Canada's Arctic. They are packed with ancient ice that is more than 3,000 years old. They float on the sea but are connected to land.
Some scientists say it is the largest event of its kind in Canada in 30 years and that climate change was a major element.
"It is consistent with climate change," Vincent said, adding that the remaining ice shelves are 90 percent smaller than when they were first discovered in 1906. "We aren't able to connect all of the dots ... but unusually warm temperatures definitely played a major role."
Laurie Weir, who monitors ice conditions for the Canadian Ice Service, was poring over satellite images in 2005 when she noticed that the shelf had split and separated.
Weir notified Luke Copland, head of the new global ice lab at the University of Ottawa, who initiated an effort to find out what happened.
Using U.S. and Canadian satellite images, as well as seismic data - the event registered on earthquake monitors 155 miles away - Copland discovered that the ice shelf collapsed in the early afternoon of Aug. 13, 2005.
Copland said the speed with which climate change has effected the ice shelves has surprised scientists.
"Even 10 years ago scientists assumed that when global warming changes occur that it would happen gradually so that perhaps we expected these ice shelves just to melt away quite slowly," he said.
Derek Mueller, a polar researcher with Vincent's team, said the ice shelves get weaker and weaker as temperatures rise. He visited Ellesmere Island in 2002 and noticed that another ice shelf had cracked in half.
"We're losing our ice shelves and this a feature of the landscape that is in danger of disappearing altogether from Canada," Mueller said.
Within days of breaking free, the Ayles Ice Shelf drifted about 30 miles offshore before freezing into the sea ice. A spring thaw may bring another concern: that warm temperatures will release the new ice island from its Arctic grip, making it an enormous hazard for ships.
"Over the next few years this ice island could drift into populated shipping routes," Weir said.
Updated: 8:06 PM GMT on December 29, 2006
By: auburn, 5:21 PM GMT on December 27, 2006
A SPECIAL ONE TIME TAX CREDIT ON YOUR 2006 TAX RETURN
When it comes time to prepare and file your 2006 tax return, make sure you don't overlook the federal excise tax refund credit. You claim the credit on line 71 of your form 1040. A similar line will be available if you file the short form 1040A. If you have family or friends who no longer file a tax return AND they have their own land phone in their home and have been paying a phone bill for years, make sure they know about this form 1040EZ-T.
What is this all about? Well, the federal excise tax has been charge to you on your phone bill for years. It is an old tax that was assessed on your toll calls based on how far the call was being made and how much time you talked on that call. When phone companies began to offer flat fee phone service,
challenges to the excise tax ended up in federal courts in several districts of the country. The challenges pointed out that flat fee/rate phone service had nothing to do with the distance and the length of the phone call. Therefore, the excise tax should/could not be assessed.
The IRS has now conceded this argument. Phone companies have been given notice to stop assessing the federal excise tax as of Aug 30, 2006. You will most likely see the tax on your September cutoff statement, but it should NOT be on your October bill.
But the challengers of the old law also demanded restitution. So the IRS has announced that a one time credit will be available when you and I file our 2006 tax return as I explained above. However, the IRS also established limits on how BIG a credit you can get. Here's how it works.
If you file your return as a single person with just you as a dependent, you get to claim a $30 credit on line 71 of your 1040.
If you file with a child or a parent as your dependent, you claim $40.
If you file your return as a married couple with no children ,you claim $40.
If you file as married with children, you claim $50 if one child, $60 if two children.
In all cases, the most you get to claim is $60 - UNLESS you have all your phone bills starting AFTER Feb 28, 2003 through July 31, 2006, (do not use any bills starting Aug 1, 2006). Then you can add up the ACTUAL TAX AS IT APPEARS ON YOUR BILLS AND CLAIM THAT FOR A CREDIT.
Now if you have your actual phone bills and come up with an ACTUAL TAX AMOUNT, you cannot use line 71 on your tax return. You have to complete a special form number 8913 and attach it to your tax return.
Individuals using the special from 1040EZ-T will have to attach this form 8913 also.
One final point - this credit is a refundable credit. That means you get this money, no matter how your tax return works out. If you would end up owing the IRS a balance, the refund will reduce that balance you owe. If you end up getting a refund, the credit will be added and you get a bigger refund by that $30 to $60, depending on how many dependents are on your return.
Feel free to pass this on or make copies for family and friends who don't have computers.
Updated: 2:57 AM GMT on December 29, 2006
By: auburn, 8:52 PM GMT on December 19, 2006
Hope All have a Happy New Year
(now they wont leave...lol)
Well the kin have started pouring in for Christmas...seems every year they come in earlier than the year before...but thats ok...we have lots to talk about.
This year we will have 20 or so that will be here at least a week...kinda hard to find time to blog with all the goings on ...but I will be in and out as I get time.
I hope all of you have a Merry Christmas and happy Holidays...may your house be as full as mine is...lol
Will we ever get snow in these woods again?I hope so and this year...just look how pretty it is...send some snow my way
Updated: 4:10 AM GMT on December 27, 2006
By: auburn, 4:55 AM GMT on December 14, 2006
all of you are the best...youu make me smile every day...thanks
By: auburn, 11:20 PM GMT on December 13, 2006
I really want to see this meteor shower tonight I hope the skies over Alabama stay clear tonight I want to see this show...what time is the best time to start watching?and in what direction?...forgive me but I am new at all this star gazing stuff
Updated: 11:36 PM GMT on December 13, 2006
By: auburn, 4:07 AM GMT on December 13, 2006
Will tomorrow ever get here?every day I get up and its still today...but I have put off doing some stuff that I really want to do ...till tomorrow....but it never get here!some one help me please
we have some friends who have chickens...so today they give us some fresh eggs..some are brown...but some are green...whats up with that anyone know?
Updated: 4:57 AM GMT on December 13, 2006
By: auburn, 3:11 AM GMT on December 12, 2006
all you people are idiots for not posting in my bogs...for I am the blog king and all who have not posted here are damned to the chat rooms for ever....HAHAHAHAHA(evil laugh)
By: auburn, 7:41 PM GMT on December 11, 2006
your thoughts ...and memories
By: auburn, 5:49 PM GMT on December 09, 2006
It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are
taking My name out of the season. Maybe you've forgotten that I wasn't
actually born during this time of the year and that it was some of your
predecessors who decided to celebrate My birthday on what was actually a
time of pagan festival; although, I do appreciate being remembered anytime.
How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily
understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your
own; I don't care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth
just, GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER. Now, having said that let Me go on.
If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn't allow a scene
depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen
and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all My
followers did that there wouldn't be any need for such a scene on the
town square because there would be many of them all around town.
Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday
tree, instead of a Christmas tree; It was I who made all trees. You can
and may remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you
wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching that explains who I am in
relation to you and what each of our tasks are. If you have forgot that
one, look at John 15:1-8.
If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my
wish list. Choose something from it.
1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday
is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from
home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they
Me all the time.
2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don't have to know them
personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.
3. Instead of writing George complaining about the wording on the cards
his staff sent out this year, why don't you write and tell him that you'll
be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up. It will be
nice hearing from you again.
4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can't afford and
they don't need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth and
why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind
them that I love them.
5. Pick someone who has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.
6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own
life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you
don't know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile
it could make the difference. Also, you might consider supporting the local
Hot-Line: they talk with people like that every day.
7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the
holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm
smile and a kind word. Even if they aren't allowed to wish you a "Merry
Christmas" that doesn't keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping
there on Sunday. If the store didn't make so much money on that day they'd
close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families.
8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary, especially
one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My
name. You may already know someone like that.
9. Here's a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your
town who not only will have no "Christmas" tree but neither will they have
any presents to give or receive. If you don't know them (and I suspect you
don't) buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Marines, the
Salvation Army or some other charity that believes in Me and they will
make the delivery for you.
10. Finally if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty
to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don't do things in secret that you
wouldn't do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you are
one of mine.
P.S. Don't forget; I am Jesus and can take care of Myself. Just love Me
and do what I have told you to do. I'll take care of all the rest. Check out
the list above and get to work; time is short.
I'll help you, but the ball is now in your court.
And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those you love and,
remember, I LOVE YOU.