Monday, December 30, 2013

NFL: Did the Green Bay Packers Beat Chicago Bears with a Fluke Play?

Jarrett Boykin during fluke play

Jarrett Boykin runs football into endzone uncontested

NFL referees rule the fluke play a fair touchdown
Jarrett Boykin made an easy play on NFL Sunday for the Green Bay Packers, helping his team advance to win the NFC North division title on December 29, 2013.

What Happened in the Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears NFL game?

On a 1st and 10 play, Julius Peppers of the Chicago Bears tipped opposing quarterback Aaron Rodgers throw and the ball “flopped” onto the ground. The players on the field essentially stopped playing, assuming that the play was dead. However, the referees did not blow the whistle. The players on the Green Bay bench were shouting at Jarrett Boykin to pick up the ball and run it into the end zone. After seconds of standing around, Jarrett Boykin did just that, and the NFL referees ruled it a fair touchdown. Jarrett Boykin was not even contested on the play, and it may be one of the easiest touchdowns in his career.

Was this a ‘Fluke’ Play or a Bad Call from the NFL Referees?

I would not consider this a fluke play. A fluke play would be something unintentional that happened in a team’s favor. In this particular play, the referees intentionally did not rule the play dead. It certainly was to Green Bay’s advantage that the Chicago Bears stopped playing, but the team with the faster sports IQ collectively realized that the play was still live. I would not call this a fluke play.

Sports analysts agree that the NFL referees made the right call on this play, allowing the ball to stay “live” on a sack fumble play.

Ultimately the game was won for the Green Bay Packers after quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw a touchdown on a 48-yard pass to Randall Cobb. This all happened with about 38 seconds left in the game.
The Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears 33 – 28.
Chicago Bears player
Chicago Bears player Julius Peppers not happy with outcome of the play

Quotes from Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers said this about the game: “We’re in it, that’s the most important thing…we’re just going to enjoy this week. This is a special moment. Nothing like a road victory, and especially on this stage right here.”

He also said: “There were a lot of opportunities for us to give up, and we kept believing in each other…I’m proud of these guys and thankful for the opportunity.”

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers on His Sexuality

Rumors have been swirling in the media about Aaron Rodgers sexuality:

Is Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers gay?

On the Jason Wilde radio show "Tuesdays With Aaron," Aaron wanted to squash any rumors that have been swirling about his sexuality. He said, "I'm just going to say I'm not gay...I really, really like women. That's all I can say about that."

Next game: The Green Bay Packers will play the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the playoffs as a No. 4 seed. This will be televised at 4:40 ET Sunday on Fox.

Monday, December 23, 2013

The Duck Dynasty Controversy Continues and Cracker Barrel Makes a Mistake



The Duck Dynasty controversy continues to make news headlines...

What is the Duck Dynasty Controversy?

The Duck Dynasty controversy refers to the media uproar after the comments made by patriarch Phil Robertson to GQ Magazine on homosexuality.

Following the comments, GLAAD boycotted the show, and A&E put Phil Robertson on indefinite suspension.

Phil Robertson said, "It's seems to me, a vagina - as a man - would be more desirable than a man's anus; that's just me." He continued, "I mean, come on dudes! That's just not logical."

"Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there...bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman, and that woman and those men," said Phil Robertson to GQ Magazine.

Recent Comments from Phil Robertson

MailOnline was allowed to have one reporter into Phil's church Bible study. Phil said he would not "give or back off" on his stance on homosexuality

In his class, Phil said, "I am just reading what was written over 2,000 years ago. Those who live like this will not inherit the Kingdom. All I did was quote from the scriptures, but they just didn't know it. Whether I said it, or they read it, what's the difference? The sins are the same, humans haven't changed."

The Palins and the Robertsons

Sarah Palin in a picture with the Robertsons (Sarah Palin/Facebook)

Bristol Palin Posts Her Thoughts on the Duck Dynasty Controversy on Facebook

Bristol Palin put her thoughts about the Duck Dynasty controversy on her Facebook page. She posted "Free speech is an endangered species Those 'intolerants' hatin' and taking on the 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us."

"I hate how the LGBT community says its all about 'love' and 'equality'. However, if you don't agree with their lifestyle, they spread the most hate. It is so hypocritical, it makes my stomach turn."

Bristol Palin says, "If I were the Robertsons, I would take my show to another channel."

Cracker Barrel is First Major Retailer to Pull Duck Dynasty Products

Cracker Barrel was the first major retailer to pull Duck Dynasty products from their shelves in response to GLAAD's outcry over Phil's homosexuality comments. After many calls, emails, and messages on Twitter, Cracker Barrel has given in, and resumed selling Duck Dynasty products.

Cracker Barrel released a statement regarding their recent actions

"Dear Cracker Barrel Customer:
When we made the decision to remove and evaluate certain Duck Dynasty items, we offended many of our loyal customers. Our intent was to avoid offending, but that's just what we've done.

You told us we made a mistake. And, you weren't shy about it.You wrote, you called and you took to social media to express your thoughts and feelings. You flat out told us that we were wrong.

We listened.

And, we apologize for offending you.

We respect all individuals right to express their beliefs. We certainly did not mean to have anyone think different.

We sincerely hope you continue to be part of our Cracker Barrel family."

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Human Barbie Doll Valeria Lukyanova and Her Bizarre Claims


Valeria Lukyanova
Human Barbie Doll?

Model Valeria Lukyanova wants to be known as the "Human Barbie doll," only this Barbie doll is the real thing. She walks, she talks, and she shops. She would technically be classified as a human as defined in biology, but some of her beliefs are not from planet Earth. Some of her claims are just downright bizarre.

Many people simply think that she just isn't real, but she is. Valeria Lukyanova is not some model that has been photo-shopped to look like a Barbie. She really does strive to look as realistic to a human Barbie doll as possible, although she won't admit it, and actually states the opposite (as you will find out below). She makes some rather bizarre claims, and doesn't mind getting the publicity for them.

Human Barbie Doll
Image source: Valeria Lukyanova/Facebook

Does the Human Barbie Doll Valeria Lukyanova Promote a Bad Self Image?

Some people say that Valeria Lukyanova is the epitome of what happens when young girls get caught up in an image of what women should look like and that have unrealistic expectations of themselves throughout life.

The reality is that there is no perfect woman, and all women will have ups and downs in their life. It is a part of life. Comparing your body to a Hollywood movie star is unrealistic and is just not healthy.

The fact alone that she is capable of resembling a human Barbie doll so closely could be false hopes for some that think that such features are realistically attainable.

Artist Nickolay Lamm says: "She is so extreme that people think she's a crazy weirdo and don't look at the bigger, much more silent problem of young girls trying to achieve an impossible ideal."

Yahoo! Shine shared in their article some rather bizarre claims that Valeria Lukyanova has made, which might be part of her way of gaining publicity. HuffPost added even more weird claims to the list in this article.

Valeria Lukyanova May Look "Perfect" But Has Made Bizarre Claims


Here are some "way out there" claims by Valeria reported by Yahoo! Shine:
  • Valeria Lukyanova told V Magazine in an interview that she is a professional mountain climber and spends weeks climbing the Himalayas
  • Valeria Lukyanova told an Independent reporter: "In recent weeks, I have not been hungry at all; I'm hoping it's the final stage before I can subsist on air and light alone."
  • Valeria Lukyanova claims that she has out of body experiences. She self-describes herself as a New Age guru that has out-of-body experiences with the ability to travel to other planets and communicate with aliens "using light"
  • Valeria Lukyanova has stated that she has known her husband for 10 years. She is asked if he is human, and she says she "doesn't want to discuss that"
 Here are some "way out there" claims by Valeria reported by HuffPost Weird News:
  •  Valeria Lukyanova wants to be a demigod. She said: "The aim of my life is to come to this planet to help people to realize that it is necessary to move from the role of the 'human consumer' to the role of 'human demigod'..." (this can be seen in her documentary "Space Barbie")
  • Valeria Lukyanova said that she started seeing spirits when she was 12 or 13
  • Valeria Lukyanova says she never intended to look like Barbie. She says: "Even though people call me Barbie, I never try to look like a doll. I just like everything beautiful, feminine and refined. It just so happens that dolls are based on the image of refined girls."

Valeria Lukyanova Doesn't Get Along with Human Ken Doll

One thing has been made very clear: Valeria Lukyanova is not on good terms with the "Human Ken doll," Justin Jedlica. They were featured together in a photo shoot in 2013, where they first met. He then shared the secret that she had only achieved her looks through plastic surgery. Bad move, Justin. Valeria was very upset with him for that. Justin Jedlica openly confessed to having more than 90 plastic surgery procedures to achieve his Ken-like appearace. Upon being "outed," Valeria only admitted to having one: breast implants.

Sadly, in this story, Barbie won't be marrying Ken to live in her dream Barbie house. Her home is on another planet altogether.

Valeria Lukyanova has been part of a VICE.com documentary called "Space Barbie." It can be seen here.

Image credit: Flickr Creative Commons; by ianmacm

Thursday, December 19, 2013

iPhone Error Message: "This accessory may not be supported."

third-party iPhone charging cord
iPhone USB charger

Have you received the following error message when charging your iPhone:
This accessory may not be supported.

This message has been seen by millions of iPhone owners that buy a third-party phone charger. This could include car kits for charging iPhones that are not official Apple products.
Third-party iPhone charging cords could trigger the error message in your iPhone: “This accessory may not be supported.”

Keep in mind that it has been reported that even after receiving this error message, a person can still charge their iPhone successfully.

Troubleshooting with a Third-Party iPhone Power Cord


It has also been reported that an iPhone charger saying the error message “This accessory may not be supported” may not charge your iPhone properly. In fact, it may show the lightning bolt next to your battery on your iPhone screen, but you could be losing battery life despite it showing that it is charging.
In this case, you would need to unplug the third-party iPhone charger and attempt to plug it in to actually get it to charge. This has happened as well. Simply unplugging the USB from the computer, and replugging it in can get the iPhone to start charging properly.

Should I Buy an official Apple Power Cord or a Third-party charger?


It is always best to buy brand-sponsored accessories because your success rate will be much higher. However, it is understandable that one doesn’t want to pay a lot of money for Apple accessories. Hence, the third-party iPhone USB cord.


If you buy an iPhone USB cord from a third-party, it is recommended that you do some research, and read customer reviews to see if there are any compatibility flaws with the product.

Image credit: Flickr Creative Commons; by IntelFreePress

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Polygamous Marriage Decriminalized as TLC Television Documents Reality Shows in Utah

When you think of polygamous marriage, many people often first think of Mormons living in small rural towns in Utah. That is because in some of these communities, polygamous marriage is accepted and is a normal way of life.

Do you believe that polygamy is morally okay?

Polygamous Marriage Documented in TLC Television Shows 'Sister Wives' & 'My Five Wives'

Sister Wives on TLC
Brown Family of the TLC show 'Sister Wives'


The TLC show, Sister Wives, is a prime example of a polygamous marriage in the state of Utah. Sister Wives is a show that openly documents a polygamous marriage between one man - Kody Brown - and his four wives. But the Brown family had to flee Utah because polygamous marriage is against the law in Utah, because of the state's polygamy law.

U.S. District Court Judge Rules Utah Polygamy Law is Unconstitutional


Families that practice polygamy, as seen on the show, Sister Wives, are no longer allowed to be prosecuted as criminals in Utah. This comes as a relief to the Brown family resulting from U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups ruling that Utah's polygamy law is unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups said that Utah's polygamy law is a violation of the First Amendment.

The Brown family filed their lawsuit in July 2011 against Utah's polygamy law, but didn't leave Utah until 2012. Utah's polygamy law is stricter than in the other 49 U.S. states.

Below are three comments from users regarding the U.S. District Court ruling on Utah's polygamy law:




'My Five Wives' on TLC


TLC also runs a show called 'My Five Wives' about another polygamous marriage originating from northern Utah. My Five Wives is about head of household, Brady Williams, and his five wives. In My Five Wives, the show attempts to accurately demonstrate that there should be equality for all, and that the Williams family loves God, and that a polygamous marriage can show that. On the TLC show website, it says that the Williams family wants "to emphasize that their choice to be together is more about mutual love and committment than it is about religion."

What do you think? Is it really showing love by marrying multiple wives, or is it really being selfish?

We know what God thinks. In the Bible, those that had multiple wives were sinning against God, including King David and King Solomon.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

XBox One Sells $2 Million, Still Beaten By Sony PS4

Xbox One console

On December 11, 2013, XBox One sales reached 2 million in the first 18 days. They have averaged 111,111 consoles sales per day.

XBox Corporate Vice President, Yusuf Mehdi says, "We continue to be humbled and overwhelmed by the positive response from our fans...We are thrilled to see sales of Xbox One on a record-setting pace, with over 2 million Xbox One consoles in homes around the world."

Director of Video Games on Amazon, John Love, shared that "during peak demand, customers were ordering the Xbox One console at over 1,000 units per minute on Amazon.com."

Senior Vice President of Merchandising at Gamestop, Bob Puzon, calls the Xbox One "one of the hottest selling products this holiday season."

Both Xbox One and PS4 Are Selling Fast


Both Microsoft and Sony sold one million units within 24 hours on sale with the Xbox One and PS4 in 2013.

As of December 3, 2013, Sony had sold 2.1 million PS4 consoles worldwide. Sony Computer Entertainment president and CEO Andrew House said the "PS4 delivered the best launch in the Playstation history."

Xbox One and PS4 Console Price Points


CNET's Nick Statt says that Microsoft will have trouble outpacing Sony's PS4 after Christmas 2013. Many analysts are in agreement that Sony PS4 has a competitive edge with a price of $399, which is $100 less than Xbox One at a price of $499. However, some speculate that Xbox One could match the PS4 sales if the Xbox One's price dropped to $399. That would be tough for Xbox to do, considering that it costs about $471 to manufacture the Xbox One console, according to this CNET article. It also points out that the PS4 manufactures for about $381. Both consoles have very slim profit margins.

Will Video Games Give Edge to Sony PS4 or Microsoft Xbox One?


Microsoft must consider that many of its 2014 game releases are multi-platform, and not exclusive to the Xbox One. The Sony PS4 could continue to pull ahead during early 2014.

The Microsoft Xbox One exclusive game Titanfall is to be released in March 2014. The Sony PS4 exclusive release around the same time is Infamous: Second Son.
XBox One Sells 2 million in 18 days

Friday, November 29, 2013

Is Money a 'Curse' on Celebrities?

Entertainment celebrity Justin Bieber performing


Do you think that money is a curse on celebrities?

Look at celebrities Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber, for example. Both have claimed at one point in their lives to be Christians, yet both have earned large amounts of money, and both have been in the news for poor decisions (related to sex or drugs).

Did money make them dumber?

I don't believe a person could blame money for these entertainment celebrities' mistakes. Rather, it was a lack a spiritual foundation that led to the toppling of their morals that we thought they had. Money simply accelerated their decline because virtually anything is at their fingertips. A celebrity never has to hear the word 'no' again.

Is Having Money a Curse?


Simply having money is not a curse. The Bible says the 'love of money' is the root of all evil. Just possessing  money it is not a curse.

Celebrites no longer have to hear 'no'.

You want one? You got it! In fact, give them two of everything.

How can a person stay humble when there is no longer any limitation on what he or she can have?

The only way to stay humble is to purposefully seek God. The only problem is that so many celebrities feel that they no longer need God. In this situation, Money and the pursuit of more Money has replaced God.

If one did not have a regular time reading the Bible before money came into the picture, it is unlikely that one will increase his or her celebrity time after they make it big. God can still intervene in a celebrity's life, but you don't read about it that often.

What Happens When a Person Gets Money

When a person becomes famous and starts 'rollin' in dough' something happens. The people hired around this celebrity are not real friends. They are nothing more than "Yes Men". Many celebrities have people around them that are like leeches, trying to milk whatever money off of them they can. These kinds of people never say 'no'. They push a celebrity to push the envelope, and to make it bigger and better every time. Bigger and better isn't always bad, but in the case of Miley Cyrus, she is trying to make herself a sex symbol. It is backfiring on her, and making her look raunchy.

In the case of Justin Bieber, various reports have shared that his bodyguards go out and find a woman (or group of women) for him to sleep with that night in various cities, if he doesn't make it to a local brothel to hand pick the woman himself.

What celebrities need to do is surround themselves with morally upright people that will give them honest advice, and aren't afraid to say: "No, this isn't right."

Money isn't a curse on people. Their own downfall is a lack of spiritual foundation, and they move farther and farther away from God.

Image Credit: Flickr Creative Commons; by cukuskumir

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Miley Cyrus is Pregnant with Patrick Schwarzenegger Baby

Miley Cyrus with bleached eyebrows; Source: Instagram


Just when you thought it couldn't get any lower for pop star Miley Cyrus, it has.

Has Miley Cyrus has shaved off her eyebrows?

No, according to Fox News and E! Online. But they were bleached blonde. More pictures can be seen here. It is all part of her message to women that she isn't afraid to be bold and do anything.

But her message lacks restraint in any way, and that is what is very disturbing. But she is still young, and has a lot of growing up to do. After all, she turned 21 on November 23, 2013.

'Naked' Pictures of Miley Cyrus Eyebrows


Miley Cyrus posted the pictures of her 'naked' eyebrows on November 20, 2013. One can only think that Miley Cyrus is having similar problems to that of Amanda Bynes.

Having her eyebrows shaved or bleached doesn't indicate this, but her recent behavior indicates problems.

Both went from children role models to wanna be sex symbols, fueled by fame and fortune.

Miley Cyrus Ignores Advice from Other Stars


Parents hope and pray that Miley Cyrus can go to rehab so she can take control of her downward spiraling lifestyle. Even Sinead O' Conner and Rob Van Winkle (Vanilla Ice) attempted to give some good advice to Miley Cyrus, telling her not to sell out to pressures from her record label to make money from sex. While it is not too late for Miley Cyrus to change, the farther she takes the sex, the harder it is for her to clean up her image. But something tells me that she isn't too concerned with her image right now. Hence the bleached eyebrows and nude pictures of her swinging from a wrecking ball...as we try to forget the twerking episode on Robin Thicke during his performance of Blurred Lines.

Then, Miley Cyrus did a tasteless skit on Saturday Night Live in 2013 with an orgy going on in the background. It is appalling, to say the least.

Who or What Drugs are Behind the Downhill Spiral of Miley Cyrus?


Whoever is influencing Miley Cyrus should be ashamed of themselves. They are leading her down a toxic path, and laughing all the way to the bank.

This latest news of Miley Cyrus with bleached eyebrows is not Earth-shattering, but nonetheless not surprising either. It is hard to imagine a sober and clean image of Miley Cyrus not that she has ruined her reputation with trashy stage performances with public sex innuendos.

Miley Cyrus says, "I feel like I'm one of the biggest feminists because I tell women to be afraid of anything. I'm for anyone and anything. I don't care what you want to do, what you look like."

Miley Cyrus Wants to Push the Envelope to Sell Records

Miley Cyrus doesn't have to undergo a sexual transformation to sell records. She doesn't need to have her eyebrows bleached or shaved to get attention. She just needs to be herself. Look at how popular Taylor Swift is. She is grateful for all of her fans and doesn't need to do shocking things to sell her music, and people love her.

Miley Cyrus is Pregnant with Patrick Schwarzenegger Love Child

On November 30, 2014, IBTimes.com reported that Miley Cyrus is pregnant with Patrick Schwarzenegger's baby.  Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger are a couple and have been seen cozying up to each other at various venues.  However, mother Maria Shriver is not thrilled about her son's connection with Miley Cyrus, and Miley being pregnant.  The pregnant pooch is proof that the couple has had sex.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Visit Star Trek Collectionary for Unique Collectibles

Star Trek collectibles


The Collectionary for Star Trek is the one place to go for Star Trek collectibles.

The Collectionary is literally a place to learn about collectibles, and there are hundreds of different Collectionaries that one could join. The Star Trek Collectionary is one that Z.Love is a follower of.

One of many reasons to follow Star Trek Collectionary is because there is a great sense of nostalgia when viewing these Star Trek collectibles, but you learn a great deal about items that you may not have known. 

Star Trek Collectionary has many unique items that every Star Trek fan should check out.

Collectors Welcome at Star Trek Collectionary


If you are a collector of Star Trek items, you absolutely have to visit Star Trek Collectionary. There you will come across rare and never-seen-before collectibles that fellow collectors dream of owning.

Can you really afford to miss out on Star Trek Collectionary?

No.

Star Trek Collectionary is a bookmark that every serious Trekkie must have saved in their browser.

Where else will you find Spock dolls and Enterprise starships?

There may be other places, but at Star Trek Collectionary, you learn a great deal about the collectibles, because it is essentially a dictionary for Star Trek collectibles.


The Collectionary focuses on the history of items and collectibles that drives interest in items that may have been collecting dust in the attic. Star Trek Collectionary is geared toward all things Star Trek, and fans of the genre visit this site regularly for information on collectibles.

Image credit: Flickr Creative Commons; by Sam Howzit

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Auburn Tigers Barely Beats Georgia Bulldogs 43 - 38

Auburn barely wins against Georgia
Auburn Quarterback Nick Marshall about to throw to Ricardo Louis in win over Georgia

On Saturday Nov. 16, 2013 Auburn played Georgia in an SEC conference regular season game. Auburn barely wins. Georgia ended the game very close in score, but the scoreboard does not tell the whole story of how Auburn beat Georgia.

Auburn was ahead most of the game, ahead of the Georgia Bulldogs 37 - 17 at one point in the game.
Somehow, Auburn managed to blow a 20 point lead. In the final minutes of the game, the Georgia Bulldogs were up 38 - 37 over Auburn. Auburn then makes a "miracle" play to beat Georgia.

Auburn Miracle Play Wins the Game


With :25 sec remaining in the game, Wide receiver Ricardo Louis makes a 73 yard touchdown after a catch from Quarterback Nick Marshall. Marshall took five steps back before launching the football downfield to Louis.

Auburn defensive end Dee Ford said, "When he caught it, I fell on my back. I fainted for a second."

Auburn receiver Sammie Coates said, "I didn't know what to think. I saw the ball in the air, and I said, 'I hope somebody comes down with it.'"

Quarterback Nick Marshall said, "It was just an exciting moment to be a part of."

Wide receiver Ricardo Louis said, "I kind of expected to make a play, but not like that."

Coach Gus Malzahn was not worried. He had confidence in his quarterback after seeing Nick Marshall have successfully game-winning touchdown drives to win the game against both Mississippi State and Texas A&M earlier in the season.

Malzahn said, "Believe it or not, I felt good. I had a decent idea how'd they play in their two-minute defense, and we've got a great field goal kicker so we're pretty calm right there."

Auburn barely wins against Georgia, but it was nothing short of the quarterback Nick Marshall staying calm under pressure.

Can Auburn Beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl?


This has been a surprisingly good SEC football season for the Auburn Tigers, and everyone is wondering how Auburn will beat an undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide in the Iron Bowl on November 30, 2013.

Did You Know?


In the 2013 SEC football season, Auburn has won five games by a touchdown or less.

Friday, November 15, 2013

'The Killing' Gets Six Final Episodes on Netflix

The Killing on Netflix
'The Killing' poster


The former AMC show, 'The Killing' will have a formal ending now that Netflix has picked it up for six final episodes of season 4. AMC cancelled the show twice, but 'The Killing' will still get its final six episodes on Netflix.

AMC originally cancelled the show after season 2, but decided to bring it back for a third season. It was cancelled after season 3, until Netflix decided to pick it up.

Netflix Offers New Seasons of Established Shows


Netflix, which surged in popularity for its convenient movies by mail service, also moved into the digital streaming world, offering many movies as well as television shows. Netflix as of late has now moved into creating its own shows as well as picking up or renewing shows that have ended.

A prime example being the show 'Arrested Development'. Netflix renewed 15 more episodes of season 4 of Arrested Development exclusively for their brand.

Other original shows exclusive to Netflix include 'Orange is the New Black' and 'House of Cards'.

What is 'The Killing' About?

'The Killing' is about two homicide detectives, Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder. The first two seasons of the show focused on the Rosie Larsen case, and the third season is about a new set of murders after detective Sarah Linden is no longer with Seattle Police as a homicide detective.

The show, 'The Killing' is filmed in Vancouver and is produced by Fox Television Studios.

'The Killing' is Perfect for Netflix


The Vice President of original content for Netflix, Cindy Holland, believes a season 4  of 'The Killing' is perfect for Netflix. She says, "We are looking forward to offering fans - both existing and new - a series that we know is perfectly suited for on demand viewing."

In response, the President at Fox TV studios, David Madden, said: "We're gratified that our partners at Neflix recognized this."

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Schlotzsky's Deli Coupons 2013 for University Drive in Huntsville, AL

Schlotzsky's Deli December 2013 Coupons
Schlotzsky's Deli Coupons 2013 for Huntsville, AL

The above are printable coupons for Schlotzsky's Deli on University Drive in Huntsville, AL.

Schlotzsky's Deli Has Unique Sandwiches

Schlotzsky's Deli offers many unique sandwiches on sourdough bread. My personal favorite is the original sandwich. I order it with no purple onions.

Printable coupons are a great way to try out the Schlotzsky's Deli on University Drive in Huntsville, AL. You can even bring a friend, and save $1.50 off two medium sandwiches.

The printable coupons are good through 12/31/2013, giving you many opportunities to try out Schlotzsky's Deli on University Drive - a unique sandwich restaurant with sourdough sandwiches.

Only A Bowl of Soup Offered


I really like the Wisconsin cheese soup. The only problem is that Schlotzsky's Deli only offers it in a bowl, and not an individual cup of soup. This doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Some people don't want to eat a bowl of soup. I wish Schlotzsky's Deli offered a cup size for their soups.

Recently, when I visited Schlotzsky's Deli on University Drive, they replaced the Wisconsin cheese soup with Broccoli cheese soup.

The cheese soups are very good, and you can order plain sourdough bread to dip into the soups. Now, if you could only order a cup of soup, it would be even better.

If you have not ever tried Schlotzsky's Deli, you need to give them a try. They have a unique sandwich, and the printable coupons make it at a great price. Check it out today!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Why iPhone Apps Request Access to Use Microphone in iOS 7

apps want microphone access
Adobe AIR would like access to your iPhone microphone

In the new iOS 7, Apple added a permission request for apps that want to use the microphone.

Why do apps need to use the microphone?
Why do apps want to use the microphone?
Why do apps need to access my iPhone microphone?
Why do apps invade on my privacy by accessing the microphone?

Those are excellent questions.

Some Apple iPhone Apps That Request to Use the Microphone:


  1. Adobe AIR
  2. Google Maps
  3. Waze
  4. Blitz Brigade 
  5. Shazam
  6. Skype
  7. Snapchat
  8. YouTube
  9. Discovery
  10. Songpop
  11. Square (credit card reader)

Is There a Logical Reason for Requesting Microphone Access?


Some Apple apps would seem more logical to need microphone access than others. If you need sound input in order to execute commands, it would seem logical. For other apps that have no sound input built into the functionality, granting access to the iPhone microphone seems rather invasive to one's privacy.

If the app does not deal with sound input for executing a command within the app, there is a possibility that it requests microphone access because the developer was leaving the microphone access open on purpose for future functionality. If that isn't the case, it could be asking because the developer did not turn off this feature in error, or lastly, because an app really wants to collect sound data from you.

One app developer, Color (in a 2011 article), stated that it used the microphone to find out when several poeple were in a room to gather "social" data. 

Are you okay with that?

Apple iOS 7 now asks your permission before granting apps access to your microphone. Thank you iOS 7, for respecting our privacy.

How to Manually Disable iPhone Apps From Using Your Microphone

Go to Settings -> Privacy -> Microphone. In this settings screen, you can go through each app and turn off the microphone access to any app that should not need to access your iPhone microphone.

Paranoid People Beware


If you are a paranoid person, then the only way to be sure that your iPhone (or smartphone) isn't spying on you is to turn it off completely when you are not using it. This may seem a little extreme, but it is really the only way you can be guaranteed that your privacy is respected.

Read more about the iPhone in the following blog post:

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iPhone error message: This accessory may not be supported.
 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

'The Walking Dead' Season 4 Episode Recap on AMC

The Walking Dead Season 4
The Walking Dead Season 4 Premiere on AMC

'The Walking Dead' Season 4 premiere aired Sunday October 13, 2013 on AMC. The episode is titled "30 days Without an Accident."

Counting down to the premiere of Season 4, AMC aired a marathon of The Walking Dead episodes, so viewers could catch up on missed episodes building up to the new season.

Where will the show's band of survivors go in Season 4? Will they stay at the prison if zombies figure out a way to overrun the prison fences?

In Season 2, the band of survivors stayed on a farm. Season 3, they were holed up in a prison, surrounded by prison fences that were topped with Byzantine barb wire. But zombies still found a way in.

In Season 3, The main character, Rick (played by Andrew Lincoln), told his fellow survivors to clear all of the dead bodies from the prison yard so they could grow crops without zombie corpses rotting into the soil. Entering into Season 4, Rick is now a farmer, planting crops for their new home, which is literally a prison. Rick is learning to farm from Hershel (played by Scott Wilson).

The Walking Dead Season 4
The Walking Dead Season 4: Hershel teaching Rick to farm at the prison
What happened on 'The Walking Dead' last night?


Glad you asked.

Check out the recaps of what happened in Season 4 episodes 1 - 5:

'The Walking Dead' Season 4 Episode 1: 30 Days Without an Accident

In Season 4, Episode 1 you  see an increase of zombies outside of one side of the fence by watchtower 3. What is causing this?
Rick is learning to farm, and growing fond of his little pigs, but the mother pig is very sick. Rick finds a zombie-looking woman in the woods. She is looking for food. She tells him it is for her husband. She says she wants to join his camp. Rick tells her he needs to meet her husband and ask him three questions.
When they get back to her camp, she tries to kill him with the knife he gave her. She ends up stabbing herself to become a zombie. Her husband is already a zombie and his head is in a burlap sack at the camp.

Back at the prison, a boy in the camp named Patrick catches a mysterious illness and dies in the shower, and turns into a zombie.

'The Walking Dead' Season 4 Episode 2: Infected

In Season 4, Episode 2, we see a new danger spring up at the prison. People are catching a deadly flu strain, attributed to a sick pick that caught it from a sick boar in the woods. This is a 24 hr. flu, that kills the person, and then they turn into a zombie super quicklike. It all started with Patrick. At the beginning of the episode, he is roaming inside the prison and bites a man on the throat. Zombies multiply and wreak havoc inside the prison. After the population contains and kills the zombies, they deduce that Patrick caught some form of the swine flu. They wonder who all is infected and tell people to split up. 

Meanwhile, zombies congregate outside the fence by Watchtower 3. They start to bend the fence in. The group see that someone has been feeding them rats. Rick decides to sacrifice his pigs to the zombies so they can get them off of the fence for repairs. Giving up his pigs is symbolic of all of his hard work was for nothing. He gets out his gun belt because he realizes that he has to fight -- not farm.

'The Walking Dead' Season 4 Episode 3: Isolation

In Season 4, Episode 3, the episode starts with Tyreese filled with rage as he discovers that his love interest - Karen - has been burned to death (after turning into a zombie, of course) along with David. Tyreese accuses Rick of not being aggressive enough in finding out who did this. After Tyreese punches Rick in the face, Rick unleashes his fury on Tyreese. Tyreese ends up with an eye swollen shut and Rick has a sprained hand that needs a couple days of healing.

Tyreese takes out the rest of his anger by digging Karen a grave. Rick and Carol discuss fixing the water pump, since it only has about a day's worth of water left. Rick says wait until it runs out, while Carol says to go ahead and do it now. Other people discuss how to stop the spreading virus, which is killing people very rapidly. Four people decide to go: Daryl, Michonne, Tyreese, and Bob. Tyreese takes on a horde of zombies after they abandon the vehicle. Daryl, Michonne, and Bob watch as the zombies encircle him. They leave Tyreese as he fights them off one by one. Surprisingly, Tyreese survives the encounter. They continue on to find the veterinarian hospital and the antibiotics.

Carol decides to fix the water pump all by herself. She makes a contraption to distract the zombies, while she fixes the pump in the stream. The zombies start to come at her. Rick sees this and helps her back into the prison yard. 

Hershel and the children are separated from the rest of the infected people in the prison office. Hershel decides to leave to go to the woods to find herbal remedies to extend the lives of the infected. Carl (Rick's son) makes Hershel take him along or he'll tell his father. Hershel allows Carl to come. They come across two zombies in the woods - one is decaying like a rotten tree and the other is a girl with a bear trap on her leg. Hershel tells Carl he doesn't need to kill them. They leave. Hershel decides to give his remedy to the infected. He starts with the Doctor. The Doctor coughs blood on him, and Hershel takes his mask off. Hershel continues to care for the sick.

Rick finds out at the end of the episode Carol was the person that burned Karen and David after they turned into zombies.

'The Walking Dead' Season 4 Episode 4: Indifference

This was pretty much an episode "on the road." Rick and Carol set off to find goods in a close town, while the band of four (Tyreese, Daryl, Michonne, and Bob) are set to raid an veterinarian clinic of its antibiotics. We learn that Bob has an alcohol problem that has already cost one person their life, and endangered the group at the end of the episode. Daryl basically tells Bob that he will beat him into the ground if he catches him drinking. Rick and Carol find two alive but maimed people in a house named Sam and Ana. They want to prove their worthiness, but are too zealous, while Rick and Carol finish their rounds. They see zombies eating the girl (Ana), and the guy (Sam) never makes it back to the house. Rick wants to wait a few more minutes, while Carol pushes him into leaving, saying "They're not here. Let's leave."

As they head back to the vehicle, Rick says that they let them (Sam and Ana) both die back there. Rick tells Carol that Tyreese will surely kill her for what did to Karen and David. Carol hands her late husband's watch to Rick and drives off. Rick heads back to the prison alone. In the words of Donald Trump, "I'm sorry Carol, but you're fired."

Z. Love's Commentary: Carol's decision-making abilities are starting to be questioned by Rick at the beginning of this episode, which ultimately leads to her separation from the group at the end of episode 4. Carol's recent decision to kill Karen and David because there was a possibility they would turn into zombies really show that Carol is too willing to kill and "play God" rather than let the scenario play out. Perhaps this is an indication that Carol has hardened too much as her character has transformed from a passive person in an abusive marriage to a "take-charge" independence and just a strong woman in general. Now she seems so independant that she does not have any close attachments, which has been called into question, and led to her departure.

'The Walking Dead' Season 4 Episode 5: "Internment"

In this episode, the character Hershel has to get his hands dirty. Two episodes ago, he resigned to pulling off his face mask and caring for the sick. His daughter Maggie is pretty much the only person at the prison, besides the children in the office, that haven't been exposed to the killer 'zombie' flu. Hershel is trying to keep people alive for as long as possible until the small group with antibiotics return. Hershel begins the episode with putting a hand pump down one guy's throat and telling the sick to keep pumping every 5 seconds to get oxygen to his lungs. If they stop, he dies.

Almost everyone in the prison is sick, including the doctor. He is very bad off, and Hershel has taken over the doctor role. He tells Hershel to start closing cell doors just in case someone dies and turns into a zombie. 

Rick goes outside Maggie at the gates trying to fend off zombies all by herself. He is reluctant to tell her that Carol is not coming back, but says it is best she is not there when Tyreese returns.

Rick goes inside to find Hershel stabbing Mr. Jacobs in the head. 

They hear gunshots and Rick tells Maggie to go help. Rick goes to check on his son, Carl, in the prison office. Carl and the kids are fine. Carl and Rick go outside to push back the zombies at the fence. They are putting log posts up against the fence. They start to snap. The fence comes down. Carl and Rick run through the tower to the other side. They have their guns out and make a stand. The zombies are coming, and they are hungry.

Meanwhile, Hershel is inside the prison and gets attacked by a female zombie, and the guy with the pump in his mouth (from earlier in the episode) has turned. A little girl is trying to lure him away from the others. Hershel finally frees himself long enough to toss this zombie over the rail.

The band of survivors with the antibiotics finally return at the end, and the prison returns to a somewhat better state, but there is someone watching from outside the prison gates: The Governor, wearing his eye patch. The episode ends on a note of suspense.

The Walking Dead Season 3 Recap

Glenn Rhee is the asian character in Season 3. He used to be a pizza delivery man. He knows shortcuts and has lived a daredevil type of lifestyle. He falls for Hershel's daughter Maggie, after doing supply runs together. Glenn and Maggie are abducted by Merle and taken to Woodbury. The Governor assaults Maggie, and Glenn is infuriated, bent to get personal revenge on the Governor. Before an assault by the Governor's crew, Glenn asks Hershel for permission to marry his daughter, Maggie. Hershel consents. Glenn cuts a ring off of a zombie, and proposes to Maggie in Season 3.

The Governor is the (alive) bad guy throughout Season 3. He says one thing, but is usually covering up something much worse. He finds Michonne and Andrea at a helicopter crash site. They witness his crew as they jack the heads of the dead helicopter crew. There was one survivor inside the helicopter. The Governor pretends like he is saving him, but really they getting information from him about the rest of his army batallion. The Governor uses this information to later meet the soldiers, and kill all of them, taking their equipment. The Governor sanctions experiments in a secret lab on zombies in hopes that he can cure his daughter Penny, now a zombie.

The Governor also has a gladiator arena, where he has zombies fight humans. Andrea denounces the gladiator fights as barbaric. The Governor rationalizes the practice as "shining a light on the monster under the bed." Viewer see that as Season 3 continues, the Governor grows with bloodlust, hungry for death.

The Governor captures Daryl in the rescue of Glenn and Maggie from Woodbury. The Governor calls Merle a traitor, forcing them to fight to the death. Rick and his gang come to the rescue in the nick of time, allowing Merle and brother Daryl to escape. Merle Dixon goes back with Daryl to the prison, after being in Woodbury under the rule of the Governor as the second in command for some time. Merle stays distanced from everyone at the prison. He learns of an offer from the Governor to spare everyone under Rick, as long as Michonne is captured and brought to him. Merle kidnaps Michonne and escorts her back to Woodbury. Along the trip back, she appeals to his conscious, and he frees her. Merle attracts a horde of zombies and leads them to the Governor's hideout. The Governor shoots Merle in the chest. Daryl discovers his zombie brother and tearfully kills him.

Back at the prison, Carol advises Andrea to gain the Governor's trust (as his lover) and then to end his tyranny rule of Woodbury by killing him. Andrea feels the need to save everyone but ultimately saves no one. She attempts to broker a peace treaty between the Governor and Rick. The Governor is just pretending to gain their trust, but really plans to kill them all. Andrea eventually learns that the Governor is a cruel and twisted man. The Governor leaves a dying Milton in his torture chamber with Andrea, after she attempts to warn Rick. Andrea dies in Season 3, killing herself with Rick's gun, while Michonne is at her side.

Meanwhile, the Governor leads his crew against Rick's. Rick's band of survivors fend off the Governor's band of men, and they retreat. The Governor is left with only two devoted men at this point - Martinez and Shumpert.

Show Fact:

The Walking Dead Season 3 had an average of 12 million viewers, and this cable channel viewing population is scaring broadcast networks, as it is beats shows like American Idol and Law and Order: SVU.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

LifeProof Indestructible iPhone Case Review

Indestructible iPhone case by LifeProof
LifeProof Indestructible iPhone 4 case dipped in mud

Is there an indestructible case for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S?

Yes. There is the LifeProof Indestructible Case for iPhone 4 / iPhone 4S – (black pictured above).

How much is the indestructible iPhone case?

$77.99 on MobileFun.com (prices will vary on other websites and in stores)

The pros and cons of the LifeProof Indestructible Case for iPhone 4 & iPhone 4S:

Indestructible iPhone case by LifeProof
LifeProof Indestructible iPhone 4 case submerged underwater

Pros:
  1.  Offers superior protection for an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S while outdoors.
  2.  Looks great and is not especially bulky in a pocket.
  3. Allows you to use an iPhone 4 underwater (if assembled correctly)
  4. This is the Second generation of Lifeproof cases (improved over first gen)
  5. Made to conform to U.S. and UK military standards
  6. IP-68 rating against water and dust
  7. Double AR-coated optical glass for optimum viewing underwater

Cons:
  1. The biggest complaint with the LifeProof Indestructible Case for iPhone 4 & iPhone 4S is that the screen does not stay flat, affecting the reliability of the touchscreen.
  2. Also, one must assemble the case perfectly, otherwise you could risk letting water into the LifeProof indestructible case if it is not correctly assembled.
  3. Your iPhone may no longer fit in a normal sized belt-holder designed for iPhones after assembling the LifeProof indestructible case on your phone.
  4. One reviewer points out that if you use headphones often, the screw off cap for headphone use could become annoying.
  5. The port for the charging and data cable is difficult to open and nearly impossible to remove the cable once the phone has been fully charged.
  6. Another user review states that while this indestructible case offers the best protection for an iPhone 4, it is not practical for everyday use.
Indestructible iPhone case by LifeProof
Front-facing view of iPhone with LifeProof Indestructible case

Conclusion:
The LifeProof Indestructible iPhone case offers superior protection against natural elements, but is not practical for everyday use. This would be a great iPhone case for someone that is in the active duty military and is in a rugged terrain or for someone that wants to take their iPhone on an outdoor excursion.

Out of 52 reviews on the site MobileFun.com, the LifeProof Indestructible Case for iPhone 4 has an average rating of 4.5 stars (out of 5).

Disclaimer: This blog is not affiliated with MobileFun.com and has not been paid to endorse this website.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Wang Jianlin and Dailan Wanda Group to Build $8.7 Billion Chinese Hollywood

Dailan Wanda Group
Wang Jianlin of the Dailan Wanda Group

The Dailan Wanda Group want to bring Hollywood to China.

On Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, Wang Jianlin announced that his Dailan Wanda Group will spend 50 billion yuan ($8.7 billion USD) to build the world's largest entertainment district in Qingdao, China. Movie stars in attendance of the announcement were Leonardo di Caprio, John Travolta, Nicole Kidman, and Ewan McGregor.

The Dailan Wanda Group's investment could create the world's most influential film industry in China. If successful, it would trump Hollywood's influence in the film industry. Wang Jianlin also hopes that an annual film festival in Qingdao, China would rival that of the annual Cannes Film Festival.

The Dailan Wanda Group has already signed a preliminary deal with global film and television giants for 30 foreign and 100 local films a year. The new state-of-the-art film complex, called the Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis (or Chinese Hollywood), will house 20 studios, movie theaters and its own film museum. It is expected to be fully operational by 2017.

Wang Jianlin made this comment: "The future of the world's film industry is in China because we have 1.3 billion people. We will have the biggest film business in the world by 2018."

He went on to say: "Our cultural [entertainment] business is number one in China, but what about the world? This is our future investment direction. Our goal is to become on of the top 10 cultural companies in the world."

The Dailan Wanda Group has donated $20 million USD to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (host of the Oscars). In return, the academy is now a big supporter of the Qingdao film festival.

The Dailan Wanda Group bought the AMC cinema chain in 2012 for $2.6 billion to add to their portfolio of hotels and department stores. Wang Jianlin already has 75 shopping centers and 40 five-star hotels, among others that currently being built.

Image credit: Flickr Creative Commons by World Economic Forum

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tim Tebow Offered $1 Million to Play for Moscow Black Storm

Tim Tebow Moscow, Russia Black Storm
Tim Tebow playing NFL quarterback for Denver Broncos

Tim Tebow is a wanted man. By Moscow, that is. People in Russia want to see Tim Tebow play football.

After being let go from the New England Patriots on Aug. 31, 2013, Tim Tebow has been without a job. The job he wants is to be an NFL quarterback. He even turned down an NFL football position offered by another NFL pro team.

Tim Tebow played for the Denver Broncos during the 2011-12 post season. He was let go as quarterback after the Broncos signed Peyton Manning. Tim Tebow then had a lackluster performance while playing a season for the New York Jets.

Jacksonville Jaguars Fans Rally for Tim Tebow


Right now, people have started a weekly rally outside of EverBank Field in Jacksonville, FL in an attempt to bring Tim Tebow to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said back in January 2013: “I can’t imagine a scenario in which he’ll be a Jacksonville Jaguar – even if he’s released.”

Will Tim Tebow Play Football in Moscow, Russia?


Tim Tebow has been offered $1 Million dollars by the Moscow Black Storm to play in two playoff games. The owner of the Moscow Black Storm, Mikhail Zaltsman, has said: “I talked with him personally, and he wanted to go.”

According to Yahoo! News, Tim Tebow’s agents are recommending that Tim Tebow not go to Moscow to play quarterback. Perhaps this could hurt his chances to re-sign with an NFL football team, especially if Tim Tebow were to get injured while in Russia.


If Tim Tebow were to go to Moscow to play American Football, he would fly to Russia to play in the Black Storm’s semi-final game against the Moscow Patriots on Sept. 28, 2013. If they were to beat the Moscow Patriots, then Tim Tebow would also play in the finals with the Moscow Black Storm. 

Do you think Tim Tebow should fly to Moscow, Russia and play for the Black Storm or should he hold out to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars?

Image Credit: Flickr Creative Commons; by Jeffrey Beall

Friday, September 13, 2013

RAD Soldiers Strategy Game Review for iPhone and Google Chrome

RAD Soldiers Google Chrome
RAD Soldiers by WarChest


RAD Soldiers is a free-to-play turn-based Strategy game for both iPhone and Google Chrome.

RAD Soldiers Video Game Review


Each squad of weapon carrying fighters has a Captain, who has the power to call in air-strikes and radio down medical supplies or an item called "Less Harma Pharma" which reduces the damage taken by a soldier.

This game is perfect for the video gamer that likes strategy, and has both campaign modes and an online multiplayer mode.

Each soldier has a unique special ability that can be performed, which makes this strategy game interesting.

RAD Soldiers for iPhone

RAD Soldiers for iPhone is obviously on a smaller scale. The loading time on an iPhone 4 takes a few minutes, and if you are toggling between online multiplayer matches, the loading time can become annoying.

The other annoying thing about RAD Soldiers on iPhone is that it is easy to mispoke the screen, or for your finger poke to not register and then the move is not accepted. After having this happen a lot, it can get frustrating.

If you don't mind the load time and the mis-pokes, then play RAD on your iPhone.

RAD Soldiers for Google Chrome


RAD Soldiers for Google Chrome can be downloaded from the Google Chrome store. If you are playing in several multiplayer matches at once, it loads much quicker on Google Chrome.

There are no loading time issues (other than on boot up) for RAD on Google Chrome. It is much easier to play with a mouse than poking spaces on an iPhone screen.

Tips for Getting RAD bucks

RAD bucks are the in-game currency. There are many ways to earn RAD bucks. 
Here are some tips:
  1. Add a friend from an online multiplayer match. This will get you one bonus RAD buck.
  2. Win an online multiplayer match. This will get you one courtesy RAD buck.
  3. Level up. Each time you level up, you get a RAD buck
  4. Beat a campaign mode stage. This will get you one RAD buck.

Locked Air Drops

When playing in Campaign mode on Google Chrome, you may notice some locked crates falling from the sky. RAD gives you three keys for free. There are bonus items you would otherwise have to buy given in the locked crates. After you use up your three free keys, then you have to pay to buy more.

Expansion Maps

Expansion maps are offered in RAD in exchange for either RAD bucks or for payment in real currency. The downside to the free-to-play part is that the cheapest expansion map costs 45 RAD bucks. This means if you are saving RAD bucks, you better save them for an expansion map, since you can purchase recruits with coins, and coins can be won in online multiplayer.

Just by observation, I would like to see more cities and campaigns available to unlock, and some for only 20 something RAD bucks.

Overall Rating for RAD Soldiers

Overall, I give RAD a thumbs up for being an awesome free-to-play strategy video game for both iPhone and Google Chrome. What is even more awesome is that you can log in from either and your account is automatically synced. You can pick up from your iPhone if you want to play on the go.

As long as there is more unlockable content to work towards, then this video game will keep your attention.

Z.Love's Stamp of Approval


Sunday, September 01, 2013

Duck Commander Phil Robertson is Speaker at SoCal Harvest 2013

Speaker Phil Robertson
Phil Robertson speaking to the crowd at SoCal Harvest 2013
SoCal Harvest Riverside stadium 2013
SoCal Harvest 2013 in Riverside, CA by Don Hayes


Duck Commander Phil Robertson (Duck Dynasty on A&E) spoke at SoCal Harvest 2013, which ended on Sunday August 25, 2013. With over 43,000 people in attendance, it truly was a soul harvest at the stadium, where the event took place. Over 9,000 people put their faith in Jesus during the three nights of SoCal Harvest 2013.

Phil Robertson, known as the original Duck Commander, spoke to everyone in attendance about life growing up in Louisiana. Phil Robertson is now a household name, due to the popular show on A&E, Duck Dynasty. Duck Dynasty has broken ratings records for a reality show on cable television.

Phil Roberston Shares on Loving Family Despite Their Problems


At SoCal Harvest 2013 Phil Robertson shared about the reality of his sons straying from God, and that a father still needs to show love to his children, despite their shortcomings in life. Phil Spoke about his oldest son, Alan, almost getting beat to death in New Orleans before making a decision to become a preacher and share the gospel. Phil said that he treated Alan like the prodigal son in the Bible, and showed him love despite his mistakes to go astray. Alan Robertson can be seen on Duck Dynasty, Season 4, episode 1 (link to blog post below).

Phil Robertson also mentioned that one of his other sons, obviously one that is currently on the show Duck Dynasty, got into drinking and drugs before the family intervened. He now has a wife and follows God.

The host of the event and pastor of (Harvest Church in Riverside, California) asked Phil Robertson: "Why should people at the stadium put their trust in Jesus Christ?"

Phil Robertson said, "Listen California, you've got two problems that you cannot fix...you cannot solve it. One of them is sin, and we've all sinned. And the second one is physical death; heart attack, gun shot, car wreck...we are all going to die...all of us are going six feet deep."

Duck Commander Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty Was Saved at 28


Earlier on Phil Robertson shared that he received the gospel of Jesus Christ at 28 years old, after living a lifestyle of drugs, sex, and rock and roll. The first time his sister came to him with a preacher, and the preacher didn't believe Phil was ready. About a year later, Phil sat down and listened to what the preacher had to say, and trusted in Jesus Christ.

Other related Duck Dynasty posts:

Duck Dynasty Season 2 Christmas Episode
Duck Dynasty Season Returns for Season 4 With Vow Renewal Ceremony

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Will the next Batman be Ben Affleck, Christian Bale, Orlando Bloom, or Joe Manganiello?


Orlando Bloom as Batman
Christian Bale and Orlando Bloom: Which will be the next Batman?

Christian Bale Offered Batman Role for $50 Million in Man of Steel Sequel

According to a Business Insider article, Warner Bros. has offered Christian Bale $50 Million to reprise his role as Batman in the Man of Steel sequel movie full of superheroes. Kirsten Acuna, who wrote the article, sources her information to an ebook titled: "Beyond Batman: The Unauthorized True Story of Christian Bale and His Dark Knight Dilemna." This ebook is by Vince Russel.

Does anybody know who Vince Russel is?

Russel apparently has some connection to a Legendary Pictures insider that speaks with authority on the subject.

Umm, I would be very careful before taking an ebook as a credible source. Anybody can write an ebook these days.

Let's take a moment to digress. If Christian Bale was really offered $50 Million by Warner Bros. for 20 minutes in a movie, then it is really greedy for Bruce Willis to ask for $4 Million USD for four consecutive days of filming?

If you put it that way, no.

Take a moment to read: Is Bruce Willis 'Greedy and Lazy' Like Sylvestor Stallone Says?

But wait, that's not all.

Orlando Bloom Would Be Instantly Granted Batman Role

An Access Hollywood article says that it is rumored that Orlando Bloom is being strongly considered to be the next Batman in the Justice League movie, and that he would be granted the part without a casting call. It must be nice to get a job without an interview.

Orlando Bloom as Bruce Wayne?


As a follower of the comic books and cartoon series, my opinion is that Christian Bale did not make a good Bruce Wayne, and I am ready for the reboot. Orlando Bloom would be a fresh Bruce Wayne in a business suit, although I can't picture Orlando Bloom as the right Bruce Wayne either.

Other actors considered to be on the short list to play Batman:

  1. Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf)
  2. Armie Hammer (Lone Ranger)
  3. Josh Brolin (Jonah Hex, MIB III)
  4. Ryan Gosling (Drive)
  5. Richard Armitage (The Hobbit)
  6. Joe Manganiello (True Blood)
  7. Matthew Goode (Watchmen)
  8. Max Martini (Pacific Rim)
So who's right, Business Insider or Access Hollywood?

Ben Affleck will be Bruce Wayne
Ben Affleck will be the next Batman in Man of Steel Sequel

Ben Affleck Will Be the Next Batman in the Man of Steel Sequel

Update (08/23/13): It's official. Ben Affleck has been announced as the next Batman. Neither Orlando Bloom nor Christian Bale will be taking the role.

Joe Manganiello Missed Out on both Batman and Superman Roles


Joe Manganiello missed out on the role of Batman, and previously passed over for the role of Superman, which went to Henry Cavill.

Who is Joe Manganiello?

He is the actor that was in True Blood.

This is what Joe Manganiello had to say about the missed opportunity of Superman:

"Well, I mean, the thing about Superman was it...I mean, I know the right one is out there for me...there wasn't anything I could do with Superman. There was interest from every single possible angle on that project, and the reason they were interested was because of True Blood. From the director, to casting, to the producers involved, it was all because of True Blood, that was why I was in the running. And at the end of teh day, it was True Blood's schedule that kept me from doing it. There's just no human way possible I could be in two places at once when I'm contracted to be on True Blood.

Is Joe Manganiello a little upset with his obligations to True Blood?

Sounds like he is brooding. Which is yet another reason why he could of been a great Batman.

Sources:

  1. Staff Writer. "Orlando Bloom: The Next Batman?" Access Hollywood.
  2. Acuna, Kirsten. "Christian Bale Reportedly Offered $50 Million to Return...." Business Insider.

A&E Duck Dynasty Returns for Season 4 with Vow Renewal Ceremony

Duck Dynasty Season 4
Duck Dynasty Season 4

Are you happy happy happy that Duck Dynasty is returning?

Duck Dynasty Season 4 episode premieres August 14, 2013 at 10 Eastern/9 Central on A&E. It is one hour long for Duck Dynasty lovers to tickle their viewing fancy. Only one catch, you must have cable television to watch it, or tune in to A&E's Duck Dynasty website to stream it over the internet.

What is the Duck Dynasty Season 4 Episode About?


In Duck Dynasty Season 4, Episode 1, brothers Willie, Jase, and Jep create a surprise vow renewal ceremony for their parents on their 49th wedding anniversary. Meanwhile, crazy Uncle Si has to keep Phil and Kay distracted while the sons prepare the vow renewal ceremony. The episode is called "Till Duck Do Us Part."

The Duck Commander
Phil Robertson is "Happy Happy Happy"

Duck Dynasty Season 3 Finale Broke Ratings Record


The Duck Dynasty Season 3 finale broke ratings records for a cable television show. A&E reported that 9.6 million viewers tuned in for the finale, beating out American Idol on FOX. For a cable television station, this is huge. 5.6 million adults between the ages of 25-54, and 5.5 million adults between 18-24 tuned in to watch the Duck Dynasty Season 3 finale on A&E. The average Duck Dynasty Season 3 episode had 8.4 million viewers.

Duck Dynasty is the second most-watched original series on cable television. The Walking Dead is the first most-watched series on cable television.

The show is so popular that the Robertson family had to open up a gift shop at their Monroe, LA warehouse because visitors were filling up their parking lot.

Uncle Si, the storyteller
Uncle Si says:"All of my stories are 95% truthful"
Uncle Si handcuffed to Willy in Truck has to go pee
More posts on Duck Dynasty: 
Read Duck Dynasty Season 2 Christmas Episode
Read Duck Commander Phil Robertson is Speaker at SoCal Harvest 2013

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