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See you later Ozzie!

In Sports on September 27, 2011 at 6:15 AM

SEPTEMBER 27, 2011

BRUCE A.
BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as
I see it and the views as I want them.

September 27
is … Crush A Can Day

Go ahead, knock it
off. Crush this can on your forehead. Do not use the crusher machine people
used to buy, use for a day and then put it in the garage never to be seen
again. They were usually put next to the exercise bike or Bo-flex or the pocket
fisherman, etc.

Ozzie Guillen, thanks
for your efforts as a player. Thank you for your efforts as a manager. You were
entertaining and generally genuine. The last couple of years you have hit a
rough spot. You are not bigger than the game. Your antics have run their course.
You let your ego get in the way this year by constantly playing Alex Rios, Adam
Dunne and Gordon Beckham just to show your General Manager who was the boss.

You threw this year
away because of your attitude. You screwed the fans because of your ego. Good
luck with the Marlins. Do not open that bottle. The lightning can never be
recaught.

Thank you for leaving
before you became a full blown Mike Ditka.

The Bears did not
lose Monday but only because they did not play. Did you hear that? Johnny Knox
just dropped another pass.

First NetFlix
apologized for messing with its customers but did not change the huge price
increase. Now General Motors says it is sorry for any confusion around its new
policy surrounding OnStar customers but it is not changing anything. Internet cookies,
FourSquare, Facebook check-ins, street cameras everywhere and in-car global
positioning systems. There are so many ways to track the movements of
consumers, some for which they even volunteer. But people may have their
limits.

The Internet and media are abuzz with complaints over the redesign of Facebook,
which has been done to make it easier for the company to sell the online
behavior of members to third parties. But the latest marketer to set off those
who are against all this constant monitoring and tracking is General Motors and
its satellite-based OnStar system that does everything from unlock your car
when the keys are locked inside, to diagnose a mechanical problem, give you
directions from a live person or notify first responders if your car goes off
the road.

Last week, OnStar made a change to its “Terms and Conditions,” that
stipulates it can not only track data such as mileage, speed and location of
vehicles, but that it can continue to do so even after the vehicle owner has
stopped subscribing to the service, and can sell the data to third parties.

GM, which owns and operates OnStar, can do this because most of its cars are
fitted with OnStar hardware. GM gives new buyers a trial period to subscribe to
OnStar service packages. Then, they hope owners will re-up with subscriptions
that start at $18.95 per month. OnStar also offers OnStar retrofit kits for non
GM vehicles.

Senator Charles “Chuck” Schumer (D-NY) who often takes up consumer
issues, is calling for a full investigation into OnStar’s plan. “By
tracking drivers even after they’ve canceled their service, OnStar is
attempting one of the most brazen invasions of privacy in recent memory,”
said Schumer. “I urge OnStar to abandon this policy and for (the Federal
Trade Commission) to immediately launch a full investigation to determine
whether the company’s actions constitute an unfair trade practice.”

So far, GM executives are standing pat, saying over the weekend that it
apologized for confusion over the move, but that they are planning to stick
with it.

This is the new trend in customer satisfaction policy. Tell the customer
they are right, that you are sorry but take it or leave it. I think I will
leave both of these companies.

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too or at least think
about.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB,
IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

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SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT
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Go to web sites below
to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my
books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book is now
available. The title is Public EneMe?

www.barnesandnoble.com
(do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com
Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the
Ripper

 

A Revengeful
Mix of Short Fiction

 

Public EneMe?

“The difference
between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most
of the world’s problems.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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Hurry up Blackhawks!

In Slaughter in America, Sports on September 26, 2011 at 6:19 AM

SEPTEMBER 26, 2011

BRUCE A.
BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as
I see it and the views as I want them.

September 26
is … National Good Neighbor Day and National Pancake Day

Is this day brought
to us by All State or IHOP? Either way, take your neighbor some pancakes for
dinner tonight.

During the preseason
, the experts were telling us the Bears had a two year window to win before
their defense is too old. It appears the years were dog years. The defense the
Bears have is not very good. I am sure the team will win again but they will lose
more than they win. The future looks very bleak for at least three years. By
then, the quarterback will be too old; forget the fact he is not very good. The
Bears do not have a running back that would start for any other team in the NFL
but the one they start wants more money. Forte ran the ball two games ago 12 times
for less than 30 yards. Yesterday he carried the ball 9 times for 2 yards. What should we pay him.

The football season
in Chicago is over before the baseball season. In reality, however, the Cubs
season was over in early June and the White Sox season was over in mid August.

This guy just didn’t know how good he had it. It appears, however, that being
rich does not mean you are smart, intelligent, not gullible or happy. The
brutal murder of young bride by her much older husband, who then killed
himself, has sent shockwaves through Port St. Lucie, Fla. — where many
neighbors didn’t even know the deceased were a couple.

The bloodshed began in the middle of the night last Saturday when a 78-year-old
man apparently shot his wife, who was 21 years old. Before turning the pistol
on himself, the husband called a neighbor to say he’d murdered his spouse. He
asked her to pick up his dead wife’s daughter because he was about to set the
house on fire, according to TV station WPTV.

There were at least two 911 calls that night that have been released; one
from the neighbor who ventured into the home around 1 a.m. to retrieve the
3-year-old girl, and the other from the husband, identified by some news
outlets as Geunther Floerchinger, who told a dispatcher that he would allow
someone to enter his home to pick up the toddler. Once the child was safe, he
said he would end his own life.

When emergency responders arrived, the wife — identified as Carhina
Floerchinger — was in a smokey bedroom that had been doused with gasoline.
Police found her husband first behind the front door with burns on his body, according
to TCPalm.com.

It has been a slow weekend.

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too or at least think
about.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB,
IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

VISIT ANY OF THE
SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT
ME.

Email: brucebrennanlaw@aol.com

www.brucebrennanlaw.com

www.lawyerbruce.wordpress.com

www.brucebrennanattorney.com

www.bruceabrennananddekalbilandtheworld.blogspot.com

www.lawyerbruce.blogspot.com

www.lawofficeofbruceabrennan.yolasite.com

www.lawyerbruceabrennan.com

http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.law.officelive.com

http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.webs.com

http://www.lawyerbruceabrennan.webstarts.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/attorneybruceabrennan

Go to web sites below
to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my
books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book is now
available. The title is Public EneMe?

www.barnesandnoble.com
(do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com
Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the
Ripper

 

A Revengeful
Mix of Short Fiction

 

Public EneMe?

“Cheerfulness,
it would appear, is a matter which depends fully as much on the state of things
within, as on the state of things without and around us.” – Charlotte
Bronte

Mayweather always wins; the Bears do not.

In Sports, Weird stuff on September 19, 2011 at 5:50 AM

SEPTEMBER 19, 2011

BRUCE A.
BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as
I see it and the views as I want them.

September 19 is … National Butterscotch Pudding Day

It appears to me the real Chicago Bears started their season yesterday.
Luckily, an unexpected victory over Atlanta in week one prevented an 0-3 start.
But they have salvaged a potential 1-2 start.

Floyd Mayweather beat Victor Ortiz by a knockout with one second
remaining in the fourth round Saturday night. In a
crazy ending to one of the biggest boxing matches of the year, Floyd Mayweather
knocked out Victor Ortiz with one second remaining in the fourth round of their
fight on Saturday night — with two hard punches that Ortiz never even saw
coming, because he thought the referee had called a pause to the action.

The wild exchange at the end of the fourth round
began with Ortiz battering Mayweather against the ropes, and then landing a
head-butt to Mayweather’s chin. The referee, Joe Cortez, immediately stepped in
and admonished Ortiz for the head butt, taking the point away.

With that, Ortiz went over to Mayweather, kissed him on the cheek and
apologized. Cortez wasn’t even looking at the two of them at that point, and
Ortiz seemed to think the fourth round had ended. But the round wasn’t over,
and Mayweather drilled Ortiz with a huge 1-2 punch, knocking Ortiz flat on his
back. Ortiz wasn’t able to get up as Cortez counted to 10, and Mayweather won
by knockout.

After the fight, the crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas booed Mayweather, who
blamed Ortiz for the head butt and said he himself had done nothing wrong.

Never one to shy away from the big moment or
controversy, Larry Merchant of HBO Sports got involved. Just moments after Floyd
Mayweather knocked out Victor Ortiz in controversial fashion on Saturday night,
another controversy erupted in the ring during Mayweather’s post-fight
interview with HBO’s longtime boxing commentator Larry Merchant.

As he always does after big fights, Merchant stepped into the ring after
Mayweather beat Ortiz and began to pepper Mayweather with tough questions. But
these questions were tougher than most because the circumstances were
unprecedented: Mayweather had just knocked Ortiz out at a point when the
referee had appeared to call time out, and the fans at the MGM Grand in Las
Vegas were loudly booing Mayweather, rather than celebrating his latest
victory.

As Merchant’s questions heated up, Mayweather became enraged.

“You never give me a fair shake. HBO needs to fire you,” Mayweather
screamed. “You don’t know s–t about boxing.”

It was an interesting night at the old boxing match. The question that
remains unanswered and one most pugilism fans want answered is ‘When will
Mayweather fight Manny Pacquiao?’ Mayweather has been dodging him for years. He
does not want to put his unbeaten record up against Pacquiao.

 

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too or at least think
about.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB,
IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

VISIT ANY OF THE
SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT
ME.

Email: brucebrennanlaw@aol.com

www.brucebrennanlaw.com

www.lawyerbruce.wordpress.com

www.brucebrennanattorney.com

www.bruceabrennananddekalbilandtheworld.blogspot.com

www.lawyerbruce.blogspot.com

www.lawofficeofbruceabrennan.yolasite.com

www.lawyerbruceabrennan.com

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http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.webs.com

http://www.lawyerbruceabrennan.webstarts.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/attorneybruceabrennan

Go to web sites below
to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my
books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be
available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or
book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com
(do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com
Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the
Ripper

 

A Revengeful
Mix of Short Fiction

“Money is like
sea-water: The more we drink the thirstier we become; and the same is true of
fame.” – Schopenhauer

The screwed.

In current events, Dirty politicians!, Government not working again., Greed in our world, Politics not working, Sports on July 23, 2011 at 6:36 AM

JULY 23, 2011

BRUCE A.
BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as
I see it and the views as I want them.

July 23 is …
National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

 

Today was probably
created for our beloved Governor Milquetoast, you know, the guy in Israel on
our dime with his live-in girlfriend. At least it is a girl.

 

Who is screwing whom
around this country and the world?

 

1. Congress is
screwing the citizens that vote and are productive;

 

2. President Obama is
screwing white people and others that work and pay their taxes under the tax
laws;

 

3. The governor of
Illinois, Governor Milquetoast is screwing the people of Illinois; he is going
to veto the gambling legislation passed in Springfield by the people elected to
their job. Milquetoast was appointed after the last biggest screwer ‘Blago’ was
indicted; Milquetoast was then elected after the Republicans ran a moron
against him because they misread the fact the Tea Party does not play well in
Peoria;

 

4. The liberal,
Democrat leaning press is pushing the Obama agenda down Americas throat and
Obama is paying them back with interviews, White House access and bailout
money;

 

5. The medical
industry is screwing everyone that pays for them own health care or has private
insurance; I am undergoing a series of skin graphs, each one costs $5,465.00
and I have had 5 and will get an additional 5; each procedure takes less than
fifteen minutes of time for the doctor but his fee out of the $5,465.00 is
$1,400.00; the skin graph costs $4,000.00 out of the total. I asked the doctor
what Medicare pays for these procedures, he told me they pay $1,400.00 and will
cover 8 of the procedures. Someone in Washington, a bean-counter not a doctor
predecided that in a Medicare situation 8 procedures will correct the problem
without ever discussing this with the doctor involved or reviewing the
particular case; it was also decided the price that will be paid is $1,400.00.
Why are I and millions like me and our private insurance providers getting
screwed for $5,465.00 for the procedure if the same procedure works and is
supposedly identical for $1,400.00 when Medicare pays for it? This is just one
example and this will worsen and become more prevalent under Obamacare.
Remember the death panel scare? They do exist and will grow exponentially with
government mandated health care. Kiss Grandma and Grandpa good bye.

 

6. The NFL is
screwing the fans. The rich owners finally decided to give the rich players
more money making them richer. The owners ratified the proposed deal on
Thursday, unanimously. The NFL players refused to even vote on the proposed
deal. The NFL players union, for the second time, decertified itself earlier
this spring. Therefore there is no union. Once the contract is finally
approved, the union will recertify itself. What are the players paying the
union dues for. The un ion decertifies so they technically do not represent the
players, current and former. When the current players get their deal and it
screws the former players, the union can throw up their hands saying, “Hey, it
wasn’t us.” More screwing by the NFL than a Johnny Holmes film.

 

7. The Republican
Party is screwing every Republican, every conservative and many independents
that do not want to reelect Obama. The Republican Party is once again recycling
older candidates who have already lost at least once. The Party does this when
it does not believe a sitting President can be defeated. The morons, liars,
criminals, cheats and millionaires they have running now do not want to solve any
problems. They do not know how to solve any problems. They just want to tell us
what is wrong, who is to blame and how good it used to be.

 

8. The Atlanta school
system screwed the children and parents of Atlanta and many others. Part of the
fall-out is massive firings and layoffs. All of these people will get
unemployment, food stamps and a host of other welfare type benefits that will
cost all taxpayers money. In addition, several suits are being threatened by
people who did nt get free tutors, school breakfasts nd lunches and other
education benefits tied to the progress being shown by the school system. Since
the School system was cheating and lying, many benefits did not get awarded.
Parents want those benefits. The children were screwed the most since they were
not getting a quality education while being taught by criminals.

 

These are just a few
examples off the top of my head. None of us are even being kissed, just
screwed.

 

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB,
IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

 

VISIT ANY OF THE
SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT
ME.

Email: brucebrennanlaw@aol.com

www.brucebrennanlaw.com

www.lawyerbruce.wordpress.com

www.brucebrennanattorney.com

www.bruceabrennananddekalbilandtheworld.blogspot.com

www.lawyerbruce.blogspot.com

www.lawofficeofbruceabrennan.yolasite.com

www.lawyerbruceabrennan.com

http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.law.officelive.com

http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.webs.com

http://www.lawyerbruceabrennan.webstarts.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/attorneybruceabrennan

Go to web sites below
to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my
books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be
available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

 

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or
book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com
(do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com
Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

 

Book Titles:

 

Holmes the
Ripper

 

A Revengeful
Mix of Short Fiction

 

“If you want to
be happy, be.” – Leo Tolstoy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does size matter?

In Government not working again., Our government at its worst, Sports on July 21, 2011 at 6:07 AM

JULY 21, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

July 21 is … National Tug-Of-War Tournament Day

 

What debt problem, we need to know the size a gay guys’ penis’ or at least who the dicks are that authorized this spending? The federal government helped fund a study that examined what effect a gay man’s penis size has on his sex life and general well-being. Why do we need to know? Just ask the receptor if you really need to know. It should not happen but if it does, it should take ten minutes to complete at a gay bar in San Francisco on a Friday night.

The study was among several backed by the National Institutes of Health that have come under scrutiny from a group claiming the agency is wasting valuable tax dollars at a time when the country is trying to control its debt. This particular research resulted in a 2009 report titled, “The Association Between Penis Size and Sexual Health Among Men Who Have Sex with Men.” 

The study reported, among its findings, that gay men with “below average penises” were more likely to assume a “bottom” sexual position, while those with “above average penises” were more likely to assume a “top” sexual position. Those with average penises identified themselves as “versatile” in the bedroom. Though it’s difficult to trace exactly how much federal funding went to the project, the study was one of many linked to an $899,769 grant in 2006. The grant was administered by NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse, and went first to a group called Public Health Solutions and a researcher with the National Development and Research Institutes before going to individual researchers.

Those researchers then compiled data from a survey of more than 1,000 gay and bisexual men at events in New York City for the gay community. “This country is broke and we cannot spend money on this kind of stuff,” said Andrea Lafferty, president of the Traditional Values Coalition, which drew attention to the report as part of a six-month investigation into NIH grants for examples of “institutional waste.” “We’re spending money on wacky stuff,” Lafferty said. But one of the researchers involved with the report told FoxNews.com that NIH funding was only used to help “analyze and write up” data that had already been collected without the use of taxpayer funds. 

“The data were not collected using taxpayer funds,” Jeffrey Parsons, a professor with Hunter College, said in an email. Bullshit #1. “NIH funds were not used to measure anyone’s penis size.” Bullshit #2. 

“This study was funded by the Hunter College Center for HIV/AIDS Education Studies and Training,” the National Institutes of Health said. “Dr. Christian Grov was supported as a postdoctoral research fellow at the time the research was conducted by a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded training grant.”

Parsons took issue with Lafferty’s description of the grant. A Traditional Values Coalition release stated that at least $9.4 million went to a 10-year study that included the penis-size research — but Parsons said it appears that references a much broader “post-doctoral training program” of which the penis-study funding was a “small” part. Other studies stemming from the same 2006 grant examined topics ranging from the drug market in Houston following Hurricane Katrina to the connection between contraceptives and STD prevention in Madagascar. “To suggest that 9.4 million dollars was spent to study penis sizes is factually inaccurate and simply designed to create news,” Parsons wrote. 

The study, which last year was published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, claimed there previously had been “little research among men who have sex with men assessing the association between penis size and socio-sexual health.” The study found that men with larger penises were more likely to contract certain sexually transmitted diseases. It also found that men with above-average penises enjoyed more satisfaction with their lifestyle.

The original survey had a relatively high response rate — with 83 percent of those approached agreeing to participate. “As an incentive, those who completed the survey were given a voucher for free admission to a movie,” the study said. Lafferty’s group drew attention to several other studies Monday that it claimed were “bizarre” in the current fiscal climate. Among them was one that asked individuals to “mail in their toenails” to measure “toenail nicotine,” according to the values coalition. 

“The president has said he’s going to hunt down waste. Well, I’m going to give it to him on a platter,” Lafferty said.

This guy gave lawyers a bad name and that is not easy. A 47-year-old Skokie, Ill., man who tried over 60 cases though he never obtained a law degree was sentenced Monday to serve two years in prison.

Tahir Malik pleaded guilty to forgery and impersonation of a lawyer before receiving his sentence from Cook County Judge Dennis Porter, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. I know some lawyers that should be arrested for impersonating a lawyer. The man was initially busted in December of last year after personnel at the Cook County Courthouse reported his behavior as suspicious and looked into his credentials. He had none, they discovered.

Over the course of his short-lived career as an attorney, he worked on over 60 cases, including mortgage foreclosures and low-level criminal actions, the Chicago Tribune reported. He reportedly charged his clients between $500 to $4,500 in cash per case. He was busier than some lawyers I know.

Malik has a previous criminal history, having served time in prison on a burglary conviction. The Sun-Times added that he also was previously charged of theft, shoplifting and criminal trespassing.

“From his own arrest history, he was familiar enough with the court system to make certain motions and file certain documents in the court,” Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said of the case earlier this year. “There is no question that dozens of people from all over Cook County were misled by this guy.”

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

VISIT ANY OF THE SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT ME.

Email: brucebrennanlaw@aol.com

www.brucebrennanlaw.com

www.lawyerbruce.wordpress.com

www.brucebrennanattorney.com

www.bruceabrennananddekalbilandtheworld.blogspot.com

www.lawyerbruce.blogspot.com

www.lawofficeofbruceabrennan.yolasite.com

www.lawyerbruceabrennan.com

http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.law.officelive.com

http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.webs.com

http://www.lawyerbruceabrennan.webstarts.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/attorneybruceabrennan

Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com (do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

Criminals are dumb as stumps. If they were smart they could go be investment bankers. Or judges.

Black Jack Point

If I could only hit a curveball or throw one.

In Fun, Greed in our world, Sports on July 18, 2011 at 4:34 AM

JULY 18, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

July 18 is … National Ice Cream Day and National Caviar Day nice combination

Want to know the value and perks in a baseball player’s contract. Just go to;

http://mlbcontracts.blogspot.com

You can find out things like Fukidome of the Cubs getting 8 first-class round trip airline tickets from Japan for his family. He also gets a car during spring training and the season as well as an interpreter. Each Major League Baseball team is reported on as well as the management.

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, some of the more interesting contract clauses for the 2011 season are: Always check out the small print. If your mom and dad never told you that, once upon a time, then hopefully your lawyer did.

Why? Because there’s some fascinating stuff going on down there at the bottom of the page, after your eyes have started doing somersaults. And you’d sure hate to miss it. Luckily for you, we’ve been combing through the small print of as many baseball contracts from this winter as we could get our hands on. So here they come, the Most Creative Contract Clauses of the Offseason (so far):

Don’t Lose That Number

Jayson Werth isn’t the first player in history with a powerful attachment to his uniform number. Jayson Werth has a special affection for No. 28. Rickey Henderson once paid Turner Ward $25,000 to get No. 24. Doug Glanville once bought Jimmy Rollins a laptop in exchange for No. 6. And many a Rolex — not to mention a beverage or 20 — has changed hands over the years after players switched teams and found their favorite numbers on somebody else’s back.

But Werth, baseball’s newest $126 million man, might have taken uniform-bartering to a whole new level when he signed with the Nationals this winter: He went to the trouble of getting his uniform number — which would be 28, in case you don’t have this sort of thing memorized — written into the contract.

So what’s up with that? Ever since he switched to No. 28 (in 2004) from the No. 13 he once wore with Toronto, his teams have gone to the postseason five times, Werth told us. So why would he take any chances on losing his hold on a number with that much winning in it?

For the record, No. 28 was worn last year in Washington by utility man Mike Morse. But he’ll now be switching to No. 38. Which might come as news to him …

Unless he’s read the small print.

Silver Lining

If Albert Pujols has a Silver Slugger incentive clause, we get it. If Josh Hamilton has a Silver Slugger incentive clause, no big deal. Heck, even if Corky Miller has a Silver Slugger clause, there’s some semblance of logic in there someplace. But Chien-Ming Wang? The sweet-swinging ex-Yankees pitcher has all kinds of incentive clauses included in the contract he signed with Washington last month. And in the case of most of them, that makes sense, considering he hasn’t been healthy in 2½ years.

But a Silver Slugger clause? Well, he has one, all right. It’ll pay him $50,000 if he out-swats every pitcher in the National League this year. But let’s just say the Nationals probably don’t need to put that money in an escrow account so they have it handy in case he wins. How many hits has Wang gotten in his career? That would be zero — in 15 journeys to home plate. He’s 0-for-14 — with eight strikeouts, one GIDP and one sac bunt. So he actually owns more career outs (16) than plate appearances (15) — which isn’t easy. But that isn’t all. Wang’s whole career took a major U-turn south thanks to his offensive misadventures. On June 15, 2008, during interleague play, he failed to get a decent bunt down, bunted into a forceout and wound up spraining a ligament in his foot trying to run the bases. His career has never been the same since.

So maybe that Silver Slugger clause is about revenge. Or incentive. Or a private joke. At any rate, once again, it paid to read THAT small print.

Captaincy

Derek Jeter’s new contract might be the most inventive deal of the whole winter. He doesn’t just have incentive clauses. His whole deal is like one of those falling-dominoes tricks, in which everything that happens in the first three seasons helps determine his salary for the 2014 season — assuming he’s still playing in the 2014 season.

But the clause that caught our attention wasn’t any of the numerous trigger clauses splattered all over the contract.

Instead, it’s this:

The language in the contract Derek Jeter signed last month is rather interesting. In 2014, Jeter holds a player-only option clause worth $8 million (or possibly a lot more than that, depending on those other clauses), unless …

He chooses not to pick up his own option. In which case … He still gets a $3 million buyout clause. Good deal, huh?

OK, so technically, this isn’t that unique. Teams sometimes structure contracts like this in order to backload some of the money. But this isn’t just anybody’s contract. This is Derek Jeter’s contract. So every time we think of Derek Jeter cashing in the buyout of HIS OWN OPTION, we think: Is there anything that sums up what a crazy contract he wound up negotiating for himself better than that?

Thinking Big

You don’t have to rummage through Bing Crosby’s basement to know it has been more than half a century since Bill Mazeroski’s most famous home run trot. And you don’t have to be Andy Van Slyke to know this year will be the 19th season since the last time the Pirates played a postseason game — or even had a winning season, for that matter. But that doesn’t mean it’s no longer legal to think big thoughts or dream big dreams inside the Pittsburgh city limits. Heck, no. In fact, it’s encouraged.

And not just about the Steelers, the Penguins and the Pitt Panthers, either. No sir. That positivity goes for the Pirates, too. And all the proof you need can be found in the contracts the Buccos have handed out this winter. They’ve signed five established players as free agents this offseason — Matt Diaz, Lyle Overbay, Garrett Atkins, Kevin Correia and Scott Olsen. And all five of them (plus holdover shortstop Ronny Cedeno) had World Series MVP clauses included in their new contracts.

So here’s the irony:

You know how many World Series MVP incentive clauses the Yankees have given out to their current roster? That would be nada. (And no, clauses they inherited from other teams don’t count — and neither does the base-salary trigger in Jeter’s new deal.) But the Pirates have doled out six WS MVP clauses in one offseason. There’s a subplot in there someplace.

For Starters

All teams have what their accountants like to refer to, catchily, as “the standard awards package,” so they can throw that package into contracts for veteran players when the haggling over deals mounts at crunch time. But every once in a while, those “standard” awards packages aren’t as standard as the accountants might have thought when they drew them up. For instance: We ran across three free-agent pitchers who signed deals this winter that will pay them between $10,000 and $25,000 if they’re chosen to start the All-Star Game. Now, that sounds pretty standard, right?

Except the three pitchers in question are Will Ohman (White Sox), Jesse Crain (White Sox) and Takashi Saito (Brewers). And what do those three have in common?

(A) They’re all RELIEF pitchers. And (B) none of them has ever started a single game in the big leagues — not ONE. See for yourself:

Ohman: 392 appearances — 0 starts.

Crain: 376 appearances — 0 starts.

Saito: 292 appearances — 0 starts.

So if one of those three guys starts the All-Star Game in July, why do we have a feeling the biggest story of the day will NOT be his incentive clause?

Five Other Classic Clauses

Dunn

• Adam Dunn got a $25,000 Gold Glove incentive from the White Sox. Like his chances to be the best-fielding DH in the American League?

• The Orioles tossed a $25,000 Silver Slugger clause into Cesar Izturis’ contract. In case they didn’t know (and we’re guessing they did), he owns the second-lowest career OPS (.619) of any player with 2,000 or more plate appearances who is currently on a 40-man roster.

• You can’t say the Dodgers aren’t doing everything possible to help Hiroki Kuroda’s family adjust to the life and culture on this side of the Pacific. They’re giving his family more interpreters (two) than they’re supplying him (one).

Romero

• Phillies reliever J.C. Romero got a $50,000 Silver Slugger incentive in his new deal. OK, so he may not be in Wang’s offensive class. But Romero’s most recent at-bat was in 2007, he’s gotten one at-bat since 2003, and June 15 will mark the 10th anniversary of his last (and only) hit — a double off Julian Tavarez.

• Finally, we know exactly what kind of vehicle Takashi Saito will be driving in his first spring training with the Brewers. It’ll be an SUV. And how do we know? It’s right there in the small print of his contract — of course.

This stuff is fun to read and learn about until you realize this is why a ticket costs $50.00, parking costs $30.00, a beer is $7.50 and a hot dog is $6.00.

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

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“Myth must be kept alive. The people who can keep it alive are the artists of one kind or another. The function of the artist is the mythologization of the environment and the world.” – Joseph Campbell

WHITE SOX 2 CUBS ZILCH

In Fun, Sports, White Sox on July 3, 2011 at 4:55 AM

JULY 3, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

July 3 is … Stay Out Of The Sun Day and Compliment Your Mirror Day

 

Mr. Brennan is on assignment for a few days. He will return July 4, 2011.

GO WHITE SOX

YOU WILL READ FROM ME TOMORROW. STAY COOL.

 Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

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Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

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Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

“He is a self-made man and worships his creator.” – John Bright

The accuser of Dominique Strauss-Kahn is being investigated.

In Abe Lincoln, Crime, current events, disgraced public figures, Greed in our world, Sports on July 1, 2011 at 5:51 AM

JULY 1, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

July 1 is … Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day and Build A Scarecrow Day

Dorothy should enjoy a watermelon ice cream cone while finding the scarecrow a brain.

Blame the Civil War. It all started with the big bills the U.S. was running up fighting the Civil War. To help pay for the war, Congress established the Bureau of Internal Revenue on this day in 1862. President Abraham Lincoln signed the bill into law, making it possible for the feds to collect a three percent tax on incomes ranging from $600 to $10,000, and five percent on incomes over $10,000. Several precursors to the law were never officially enacted or enforced, and this law was just a temporary one…

The Bureau became the Internal Revenue Service in 1913. It was then that a 16th amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution permitting the Federal Government to once again collect a tax on income. Through a complicated system of rules, the Internal Revenue Service became the official collection agency and the reason why U.S. citizens all shudder and shake annually on April 15.

We have to pay for all the wars we start and welfare we handout to generations we have mutated by destroying their self respect and work ethic genes. We don’t really have to pay for them but we must tax in order to pay the interest on the loans we take out to start the wars and money we give to lazy welfare suckers.

Little Joe died on July 1, 1991. It has been 20 years?  Michael Landon actor (Bonanza), dies at 54 from cancer.

On this date in 1943 1st withholding tax from paychecks;

1963 Beatles record “She Loves You” & “I’ll Get You”;
1963 US postal service institutes the (Zone Improvement Plan) zip code;

1990 Despite Andy Hawkins no-hitting the White Sox, Yankees lose 4-0.

We reap what we sew. I have seen a few minutes of this guys show /reports in the past. I do not like the tactics and the ever present video camera. The show never shows the innocent folks they entrap and I am sure it has happened. They also edit the video for dramatic effect, leaving out what many may consider important pieces to the story.

 Oh, the irony … It’s been reported that Chris Hansen, host of ‘To Catch a Predator,’ the controversial ‘Dateline’ show that uses hidden cameras to trap would-be perverts in sting operations, has been caught cheating on his wife … in a sting operation using hidden cameras.

According to ‘The Daily Mail’ Hansen found himself on the receiving end of his own hidden camera tactics after the married NBC anchor was secretly filmed on an illicit date with a blonde television reporter 20 years his junior. He was the subject of a four-month long sting operation conducted by ‘The National Enquirer’ after he allegedly began an affair with former NBC intern Kristyn Caddell, a 30-year-old Florida journalist. The Connecticut-based Hansen has been spending more time in South Florida recently for work, reportedly investigating the disappearance of James “Jimmy T” Trindade for ‘Dateline.’

Hansen has worked for NBC for two decades, but became famous with ‘To Catch a Predator.’ Launched in 2005, the show is devoted to the subject of identifying and detaining those who contact people they believe to be below the age of consent over the Internet for sexual liaisons.

The show’s producers work with online watchdog Perverted-Justice, whose volunteers pose as underage girls offering sex on the Internet. But when the potential sexual predators arrive to meet the girls, they find themselves confronted by Hansen, his film crew and sometimes the police.

What he did does not appear to be criminal but much of what he videos and makes money and fame on is not against the law. It does compromise his credibility as a newsman; his honesty and fair dealings with the other woman, his wife and family are clearly in question. I hope he made enough money to afford a good divorce lawyer. I am sure his wife will hire a good one and ask that he pay her legal fees, a common practice in domestic relations cases.

Perhaps I and many others were too quick to condemn the former head of the IMF. Prosecutors have serious questions about the credibility of a hotel housekeeper who has accused former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn of raping her, and they are taking the extraordinary step of seeking a substantial reduction in his pricey bail, a person familiar with the case said Thursday.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss matters not yet made public in court, told The Associated Press that prosecutors have raised issues about the accuser’s credibility in the case against Strauss-Kahn, but would not elaborate on what those issues were. A separate law enforcement official who is familiar with the case, but not authorized to speak about it publicly, told the AP that the issue was not necessarily about the rape accusation itself, but about troubling questions surrounding the alleged victim’s background that could damage her credibility on the witness stand. The official refused to elaborate.

The New York Police Department, which investigated the case, declined comment. The woman’s lawyer did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

Is this a case of ‘too quick to convict’ or is money talking?

Screw the little guy. Los Angeles Dodger’s payroll checks bounced for some employees this week. A number of team employees’ paychecks bounced this week, days after team owner Frank McCourt filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Los Angeles Times reported that players and full-time front office employees were ot affected..

Josh Rawitch, Dodgers vice president of communications, told the Los Angeles Times that the affected employees were part-time, game-day staff. The Times identified them as security guards and ushers who work at Dodger Stadium. The team issued new checks Wednesday and has agreed to cover bank fees, Rawitch told reporters.

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

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A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

“To cheat one’s self out of love is the greatest deception of which there is no reparation in either time or eternity.” – Soren Keirkegarrd

“It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.” – Samuel Johnson

John Wayne would not be a proud Republican today.

In History and current events, Politics not working, Sports on June 29, 2011 at 6:12 AM

JUNE 29, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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June 29 is … Camera Day

Below is a snapshot of the Dodgers finances.

In a column posted on Tuesday, I mentioned the Dodgers Bankruptcy filing on Monday. I did a little research to determine who the potential losers are other than Major League Baseball. In the Bankruptcy filing document, the debtor (Dodgers) listed creditors. I am sure this will be amended at least one time. Those listed as being owed money include:

NAME                                                                 AMOUNT OWED

1. Manny Ramirez, a former player                     $20,992,086.00

2. Andruw Jones, a former player                        $11,075,000.00

3. Chicago White Sox                                          $ 3,500,000.00

4. Juan Pierre, a former player                                      $ 3,050,000.00

5. Marquis Grissom, player no longer in baseball         $ 2,719,146.00

6. Bank of America, credit card debt                    $    316,243.00

7. KABC – AM Radio                                         $    273,321.00

8. City of Los Angeles, Taxes                              $    240,563.00

9. Vincent E. Scully, (Vin Scully) announcer                 $    152,778.00

Manny Ramirez is out of baseball; Andruw Jones and Juan Pierre are playing for other teams; Marquis Grissom has not played for the Dodgers since 2002.

The complete schedule of creditors lists 40 entities including the current roster of players. This is the type of information MLB does not want floating around on the internet or accessible by other players and the union. It is out there now. MLB will long remember the day they let the McCourts into the ownership club. They took a storied franchise and ruined it. They may also take away money from the other owners while MLB recovers from this pair of keystone cops. If they miss a pay date, players will flee this franchise like the Titanic. It could be decades to rebuild player trust, fan trust and respect from other owners.

Clearly the McCourts did not get a check mark on their report cards saying they play well with others.

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court got one right. The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from former detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq who wanted to sue defense contractors over claims of abuse.

The justices turned aside the appeal Monday from Iraqis who said they or their relatives were abused by interrogators employed by two firms, CACI International Inc. and Titan Corp. A divided federal appeals court had dismissed the lawsuits. The firms provided interrogators or interpreters to assist U.S. military guards at the prison that served as the backdrop for pictures of grinning U.S. soldiers posing with detainees, some naked, being held on leashes or in painful and sexually humiliating positions. Military investigators later concluded that much of the abuse happened in late 2003 – when CACI and Titan’s interrogators were at the prison.

Michelle Bachmann manages to make a major misstatement within hours of announcing she was running for President. She confused John Wayne with John Wayne Gacy. Not exactly the same guy or same all-American image.  In Waterloo, Iowa on the eve of her official presidential campaign announcement, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) told Fox News that she has “the spirit” of John Wayne.

The presidential hopeful, who was born and grew up in Waterloo as a child before moving to Minnesota, said, “Well, what I want them to know is just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That’s the kind of spirit that I have, too.”

The Washington Times points out one slight problem with the Tea Party favorite’s remarks: The John Wayne with roots in Waterloo is John Wayne Gacy, a serial killer who was executed by lethal injection in 1994 after being convicted of 33 murders in Illinois.

John Wayne, the late movie star, director and producer, was born in Winterset, Iowa, but appears to have no specific connection to Waterloo.

Bachmann’s reference to Wayne in the Hawkeye State does not appear to be an isolated incident. In the latest edition of Newsmax magazine, the conservative congresswoman says in an exclusive interview, “We’re seeing the nation move into decline. I’m not willing to do that. I’m not satisfied. I grew up with John Wayne’s America. I was proud that you grew up in John Wayne’s America: Proud to be an American, thrilled to be a patriot.”

The Washington Times reports that Bachmann’s camp addressed her remarks to Fox News in a statement saying, “John Wayne is from Iowa, his parents lived in Waterloo.” CNN reports, “But according to the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, the actor’s parents did live in the city at one point.” This will not be the first clarification from the Bachmann camp nor the most serious correction/clarification.

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

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Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

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Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

Blago went down; so did the Dodgers.

In current events, Dirty politicians!, disgraced public figures, Greed in our world, Our government at its worst, Sports on June 28, 2011 at 3:19 AM

JUNE 28, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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June 28 is … Paul Bunyan Day

As I was driving to the Courthouse on Monday I saw a large lumberjack riding a larger blue ox. Did anyone else see this? It was on Sycamore Road near Hopkins Park. Let me know.

Will this finally end the long, annoying great hairdo caper? Jurors deliberating in the corruption trial of ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich told a judge on Monday that they have reached a verdict on 18 of the 20 counts against him, and attorneys in the case have agreed that the verdict should be read. Judge James Zagel said that will happen Monday afternoon.

The verdict came in at 2:10 p.m. It is Guilty on 17 Counts, Not Guilty on 1 Count and a hung jury on two Counts. When added to the previous felony conviction our ex –governor was convicted of he now has been convicted of 18 felonies. Sentencing has not been set but it should happen before Thanksgiving.

He will see significant jail time. All of the convictions could result in prison time. Most likely, the prison sentences will run concurrently, meaning if he gets jail time on all 18 Counts he will effectively be serving 18 years every year. I predict he will serve between eight and ten years meaning he will get out of prison in time to see his youngest daughter graduate high school and he will be in his mid sixties.

The most significant event ever to occur on June 28th throughout history was in 1914 Assassination of the heir to the throne of Austria, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophia, in Sarajevo by a Serbian Nationalist,Gavrilo Princip. This incident precipitated a war with Serbia, eventually starting WW I.

The rich just don’t get it sometimes. The owners of the Dodgers are trying to get a divorce and they cannot agree about that. A California Court will not do its job, conduct a hearing and end the bitter divorce proceedings. Now the disagreements between two people who seem to be quite self-centered have brought Major League Baseball into the picture more than it already was. MLB should just go to the Bankruptcy Court and buy the team. Mr. and Mrs. McCourt are screwing MLB, the players and the fans because they cannot get along and made a bad investment they cannot divide in a divorce proceeding. MLB needs to step up to the plate and screw the McCourts.

A mere three days before the payroll comes due — payroll that Frank McCourt can’t meet — the Dodgers have filed for bankruptcy, reports Richard Sandomir. With that, the legal game begins.

Obviously the situation is fluid, and more details will stream in as the morning and day progresses, but for the time being, this could buy McCourt some time. Why? Because a bankruptcy filing puts a halt on all legal action with respect to the bankruptcy estate (i.e. the Dodgers). McCourt will certainly argue that this will prevent a takeover from Major League Baseball, though the court may decide differently when it gets a chance to weigh in, likely in the next few days.

The problem for McCourt is that the kind of bankruptcy the Dodgers have certainly filed is designed to reorganize the financial house.  Frank McCourt, however, does not have a plan available to him to do such a thing or else he would have already done it.  The filing isn’t yet circulating, but my guess is that he’s going to ask the court to order that the Fox TV deal be executed assuming Fox wants to still do it, which it has been reported it may not thereby providing funding.

The problem with that, of course, is that the bankruptcy court won’t approve of anything that is not seen as in the best interests of the Dodgers, and it’s obvious that Major League Baseball and others would come in and make a strong case that the Fox deal is disastrous for the Dodgers or, at the very least, not the best deal they could make.

If McCourt can do no better, the court may very well order a sale of the team. Perhaps auctioning it off, Texas Rangers-style? Which, by the way, would also put Major League Baseball in the same position it was in with respect to the Rangers: less-able to control who owns the team than it would otherwise be.  Mark Cuban bid on the Rangers, after all. If his or some other non-chosen person’s money looked green to the bankruptcy court in such a scenario, Bud Selig would be hard-pressed to stop them from participating in a team auction.

But let us not get ahead of ourselves. For now, we simply have Frank McCourt where he was inevitably headed: bankruptcy court. And some time has been bought. A little time anyway. The end game for McCourt, however, doesn’t look all that better than it did before.

Today is also Route 66 Day. My family owned a motel on Route 66 in Bloomington, IL. It was named The Prairie Travler Motel. The word traveler was misspelled as travler. This was because when the sign company installed the large green neon sign spelling out the name, it probably stood fifty feet tall, they misspelled traveler, leaving out an “e”. The cost to replace it was prohibitive so the name was changed instead. American ingenuity at its best. We were at the forefront of a currently common occurrence where people misspell many words or names just to be unique or because they really do not know how to spell.

ROUTE 66 DAY “Get your kicks…on Route…Six…Six” The words to the classic song made famous by Nat “King” Cole, The Manhattan Transfer, Rosemary Clooney and many others is remembered today, along with the TV show of the same name.The 59 year-old highway of 2,200 miles of blacktop was decertified as a U.S. highway on this day in 1985. The highway that was a legendary part of Americana saw highway crews removing the classic roadway shield-markers that designated it as the highway west.

Route 66 started in Chicago, Illinois and continued into Santa Monica, California. Martin Milner and George Maharis took us for many spins on the famous highway through the TV series which aired in the early sixties. To travel from one end of Route 66 to the other, one would go through eight states and three time zones. Today, a very small portion of the highway is still open. In some places, grass and vegetation, as seen from the interstate highway or railroad tracks nearby, have all but obscured the once well-traveled Route 66. Some one-stop, out-of-the-way places such as gas stations and greasy-spoon diners are now nothing more than decaying shells of their once glorious past.

If you ever plan to motor west, travel my way, take the highway that’s the best. Get your kicks on Route 66.

It winds from Chicago to L.A., More than two thousand miles all the way. Get your kicks on route 66.

Now you go through St. Louis, Joplin, Missouri and Oklahoma City looks mighty pretty. Now you’ll see Amarillo, Gallup, New Mexico, Flagstaff, Arizona, don’t forget Winona … Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino.

Now won’t you get hip to this timely tip? When you make that California trip get your kicks on route 66.

 Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

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Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com (do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave; it is merely a loose application of the word. Consider the flea! – incomparably the bravest of all the creatures of God, if ignorance of fear were courage.” – Mark Twain