Monday, July 4, 2016

3 Players Who Could Help the Bulls Next Season

When the NBA season kicks off for the 2014 season, what everyone in Chicago has been waiting on will finally become a reality; the return of Derrick Rose. Rose’s return will again spark conversation of the Bulls being serious championship contenders, but let’s be honest. The Miami Heat even with the nicks and bruises of Dwayne Wade don’t look to be slowing down for next season and teams like the Pacers and Nets will continue to throw their hats into the Eastern Conference ring.

In order for the Bulls to take that step to the next level, Drose needs a real running mate. The expectations on his game increased with every game missed this season whether fair or unfair, but in truth this team goes nowhere if another star doesn’t emerge, and currently that star is not in a Bulls uniform.

Even with Rose on the roster and a completely healthy team, the reality is the Bulls are stuck in basketball neutral. Good enough to get the fans excited but not quite good enough to be considered elite. With the inevitable subtractions of Nate Robinson, Marco Belinelli and Carols Boozer another year older and still trying to figure out his game with Rose on the floor, the Bulls will give teams headaches but in the end nothing more.

Management over the past few years have done a good job of keeping this team competitive with small under the radar deals but now its time for them to get creative. So I’ve come up with three players I would like to see wearing a Bulls uniform next season. Yes, anything more some patchwork is unrealistic for the team this offseason but at least one can dream.

From star to unknown, the Bulls would benefit from lining up any of these payers with Rose next season.

Carmelo Anthony

Anthony with all of his ability has always been an interesting study for me. Great offensive game and someone who can completely take over at any moment will pair nicely with Rose who has tremendous point guard skills and who doesn’t have the superstar ego to prevent him from excelling with another star. Melo in a Bulls uniform would be the perfect situation for both players in terms of having someone who can complement the others game. Now Anthony does come with some drawbacks. I don’t think he completely empties the take on some nights and his defense comes and goes, which is the nicest way I can say he doesn’t always give effort, but if the Bulls can survive with Carlos Boozers’ defense over the years then maybe Coach Thibodeau can ignite a spark in Anthony who doesn’t lack in ability just intensity.

Kevin Love

What Love brings to the table is a unique set of skills. He is a legitimate big man at 6’10 and 250 lbs, who loves to shoot the 3 ball but also rebounds like a traditional big should. Along side Rose, and his ability to breakdown defenses, Love would be set up for spot up 3’s and with a legitimate scoring forward in the mix, the team could play a more effective pick and role and pick and pop game. Also, at his size he will draw bigger defenders from the lane and allow Rose a much easier path to the basket because he is someone teams have to account for on defense. Even If paired with of Joakim Noah, if he’s still in a Bulls uniform, the team will have a formidable front court that can bang on the boards and run the floor.

Nicolas Batum

Batum is the under the radar player who should excel in a bigger situation. Currently playing in Portland as a secondary option, his game has improved each season in the league and he provides combo and versatility skills at 6’8. Maybe at first glance he reminds people of Luol Deng but I seen more ability off the dribble and more playmaking ability from him, something the Bulls could use when they decide to put Rose in more scoring situations. Defensively, Batum with his seven foot wingspan, and leaping ability can cause trouble for 2’s and 3’s getting his hands in the passing lanes, and bothering shots, and he would fit right in with Coach T’s defensive style.

As I stated earlier, none of these acquisitions seem very realistic at this point with the team dealing with salary cap issues and not having major trade chips, but for the Bulls to take that next step and they should, something creative has to be done.

Rose and his current company can only go so far and I think they have finally reached the end. Or they can play out the season stuck in neutral and wait for the 2014 free agent class where Lebron, Kobe, Carmelo and Bosh should be available, but remember how that went last time.

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3 People Killed in Black Friday Insanity

Three people were killed in two separate incidents at retail stores during the busiest shopping day of the year.

At 5:00am EST on Friday, a mob of customers in Valley Green, New York on Long Island broke down the doors of a Wal-Mart and trampled a 34-year-old employee to death. Four other people were injured in the incident including a pregnant woman. Witnesses stated that the doors were taken off the hinges and more than 200 people rushed the entrance.

There were more than 2,000 people waiting outside the popular suburban Wal-Mart location. Shoppers were lined up for deals on items like a 50 inch Samsung Plasma TV for $798 and a Magnavox Blu-Ray Player for $128.

On the West Coast, two teenagers opened fire and killed two people inside a Toys-R-Us in Palm Desert, California at 11:30AM PST. There are conflicting reports on the motivation for the shooting, but the local newspaper The Desert Sun reports that the two people reported dead were the two men who opened fire on each other. Witnesses told The Desert Sun that 3-4 shots were fired. Customers ran from the building in throngs. Others sought to hide out inside the store fearing that a random shooter was after customers.

The Friday after Thanksgiving has long been a symbolic day for retailers, marking the official opening of the holiday shopping season. With the recent sharp downturn in the U.S. economy, retailers are counting on a shopping surge to rescue many stores on the verge of bankruptcy. With tensions regarding finances running high, many consumers are counting on Black Friday deals to allow them to keep buying big ticket items despite tightening their financial belts in other areas.

At the Circuit City near my home on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, customers were camped out at the entrance as my husband and I drove home from Thanksgiving dinner at 6:30pm Thursday night–nearly 12 hours before the store was scheduled to open. When I drove by the store around 9:00am today, there were hundreds of people in a line surrounding the building waiting to get inside. Circuit City recently announced plans to file bankruptcy after the holiday shopping season. Circuit City was featuring deals like an HP Pavilion Laptop Computer for $399 and a Sony 30GB Hard Drive Handycam for $349.


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3 Out of Touch Politician Jokes

Are politicians out of touch? Well, yes. Some of them are, anyway. So let’s enjoy some jokes about our not-so-savvy legislators:

Out of Touch Politician Joke 1

After thirty years in Washington, an aging politician was afraid he might be out of touch with the average voter. So his staff spent a day introducing him to some modern technology that is used by most Americans.

They gave him a microwave oven, a laptop computer, an iPod, and various other devices to experiment with. After a few hours alone with the technology, the out-of-touch politician met with his staffers again.

“How did it go?” a staffer asked.

“Pretty well, pretty well,” answered the politician. “The laptop computer was a little tricky, but I’ve mastered the toaster and the electric razor.”

“Good. Do you have any questions for us?” asked the staffer.

“Actually, yes. One of the devices was particularly hard to use.”

“Which one?”

“The portable washing machine,” said the old politician. “I put a couple of shirts in with some detergent and pressed ‘start.’ The paddle started moving around, but after two hours the load still isn’t finished and the machine feels hot.”

The staffer turned to his assistant. “Please go get the senator’s clothes out of the bread machine.”

Out of Touch Politician Joke 2

Critics have started to suggest that John McCain is out of touch with modern times. During his 2008 Presidential campaign, he announced his first three objectives if elected President: Find a cure for Polio, bring Democracy to the U.S.S.R. and integrate minorities into Major League Baseball.

Out of Touch Politician Joke 3

At a campaign stop, an elderly politician took time to shake hands and kiss a few babies.

After posing for the camera with one baby, he turned to the woman beside him and commented, “She’s a beautiful baby. You should be proud.”

“That’s not my baby,” said the woman.

“How embarrassing,” said the old politician. “I’m very sorry. It’s a pleasure to meet you, though.”

“How many times do we have to go over this?” asked the woman. “I’m your press secretary.”

Author’s note: I created each of the above jokes from scratch. I know many of you will want to share these jokes in discussion groups, on your own website, or by e-mail. If you do so, please provide your readers a link back to this page. It will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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3 Must-have Dog Bathing Supplies

Whether your dog enjoys bath time or not it’s likely a chore that you wouldn’t mind skipping. I love my dog dearly, but bath time isn’t something I look forward to. However, over the last several years I have managed to find ways to make bath time a little more enjoyable for me and my dog.

The first step to an enjoyable bath time is making sure you have the right supplies on hand to make your job easier, and to make your dog as comfortable as possible. Here are three of the must-have bath time supplies I use for my dog.

Bath mat

My 7-year-old beagle, Daisy has had surgery on both of her back legs to repair ACL injuries, which left her a little unstable on her feet. Being unstable on a slippery, wet surface makes her uncomfortable, so she is uneasy while in the bath. I decided to purchase the “Ginsey ASPCA Decorative Pet Bath Mat” from for her to stand on while she’s in the bath tub, and I have to say it is great. It’s large enough for her, it’s padded, and it has suction cups on the bottom to hold it in place. A bath mat is absolutely number one on my must-have list.

Spray nozzle

I remember bathing the family dogs when I was a child, and I always hated having to fight with a cup while trying to wrestle the dog at the same time. When my husband and I adopted our dog I knew that wasn’t something I wanted to put up with again. Luckily, I didn’t have to worry because we had a removable shower nozzle. While it is something we already had I still consider it a must-have for bathing a dog. The sprayer gives me better control over the angle of the water, the force of the water, and allows me to keep one hand on the dog at all times.

There is a bathing system on the market that is made just for dogs. It’s called “Rapidbath,” and is available of for $15.99.

Shampoo brush

Daisy is a beagle, so she has a short, slick coat, and because her coat is so short it can be difficult to ensure that the soap is getting down through all of her hair to her skin. It’s like all of her hair bands together to form a protective layer, so I decided to try a shampoo brush. These are little rubber items that are covered in a number of rubber fingers. I use a shampoo brush sold by KONG when giving Daisy a bath, and it does a wonderful job. In fact, I think the fingers even give her a bit of a massage as I clean her.

Bathing your dog may not be fun, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. These simple, inexpensive items help me make bath time more enjoyable for me and my dog.

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Using Lotion on Dog Paws
Preparing to Find a Lost Dog
3 Reasons I Do Not Paint My Dog’s Nails

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3 Mistakes New Dog Trainers Make

Beginning to train your first dog can be a little bit overwhelming and also very exciting. A lot of dog trainers fail for the same reasons. I’ll tell you the three most common mistakes that new dog trainers make.

The first, and by far most common, mistake that a new dog trainer makes is expecting too much, and too quickly. This problem often comes from seeing how well other dogs do and assuming that their dog can perform like this after only a few days of training. Dog training is a long and intensive process. Expect it to take a while and don’t get frustrated or give up early on. Patience is a virtue. With many dogs, and many more complex commands, it can take as much as a few months to get the command well imprinted in your dog. Some complex commands require lifelong reinforcement, after the initial training you will need to regularly use the command, in order to ensure that your dog does not forget. Please keep it in your mind that dog training is not an overnight thing, it is very intensive for months, perhaps even a year, and then a life long practice after that.

The second mistake is also fairly common. It is the mistake of not being consistent enough. Remember a puppy has the mindset of a very young child. if you don’t want a dog to jump on you when you’re dressed up nice then don’t let a jump on you when you’re in your pajamas either. The situations like this are infinite, this is just one example. The dog cannot differentiate between the two and will receive no training in the area as it will be forever confused as to what it has done wrong.

The third most common mistake that most new dog trainers make is to not use enough positive reinforcement. It’s very important to reward your dog in a positive manner, especially early on, every time it performs correctly. Consistency is key here. If you don’t reward the dog it may not know that it has performed as desired. Although after your dog has already learned the desired command you will not need to reward every time it is still a good idea to use praise in every instance and reward periodically.

These are the three most common mistakes that new dog trainers make. Hopefully now that you know them you can make a conscious effort to avoid them and become a better dog trainer with a better trained dog more quickly.

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3 Places to Dine in Nashville, Tennessee from a Top Chef

For those of you living in Nashville there is a buzz going around town. His name is Arnold Myint. He will be one of the 17 contestants on one of the most popular T.V. shows on the Bravo network, Top Chef. Season seven airs on June 16th so be on the look out. Soon the buzz will be worldwide and everyone else on the map will get the chance to know the fabulous Arnold Myint. If you are a Nashvillian then you might already know of his three amazing restaurants. If you don’t you better get up get out and do something like hit one of these taste bud havens up for some of the best bites in town.


I have to admit I am a local regular at this Asian inspired dining den. Owner and Chef Arnold Myint truly attracts a fashionable, eclectic, fun crowd filled with musicians, college kids, and business professionals. This is the best Sushi spot in Nashville. It’s very casual, warm and welcoming. You might have to wait a while for a table but it is so worth it. Besides you can grab a delicious cocktail at the bar while you wait. The bartenders are friendly and accommodating. The Godzilla, Miami, and New York rolls are my top three favorites. If you are not a fan of sushi there are a ton of other options like the infamous PM Burger which has been voted Best Burger in Nashville on numerous occasions. There are also salads, and wraps. Whatever you order you will be a delight to your palate.

2-Suzy Wong’s House of Yum-

This is the latest creation from Chef/Owner Arnold Myint. This Asian inspired yummy spot will satisfy your taste buds. This delightful dining establishment is located in midst of Nashville’s colorful alternative lifestyle scene. I highly recommend calling in advance for reservations. My food recommendations go a little something like this:

-East Meet wedge Salad, Asian Wonton Nachos, and of course Sweet and Sour Chicken Bites

But the fun doesn’t end there. On special occasions Arnold likes to “Play” right next door and dresses in Drag as Miss Suzy Wong in the flesh. Not only can he please all of our belly’s but he knows how to work a crowd. There’s nothing this man cannot do.

1-Cha Chah-

I often enjoy this little romantic haven. It is Mediterranean/Spanish inspired food. It is my idea of what romance is all about. The dimly lit indoor dining room which is now the “Tasting Room” is exquisite. In the “Tasting Room” you can enjoy a personalized tasting menu prepared and created by from none other than Chef/Owner Arnold Myint. Make sure you call at least 24 hours in advance for the Tasting Menu option. The Tapas bar is a fun dining option for larger parties. The front patio is also a fabulous place to dine especially when the weathers warm. But let’s not forget about the back patio which is a private, quaint little setting. The whole experience of this fine dining establishment oozes with intimacy. As far as I’m concerned Spain happens to be one the most romantic places. Filled with ambiance and so is Cha Chah. You can order a variety of bites to share or a main dish to savor. The Mussels Santiago are to die for (16).

I highly recommend calling ahead or booking an online reservation at:

You can rest assure this will be a tasty experience.

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3 Quick and Easy Ways to Build a Profitable Opt in List

You finally realize that you need a good opt-in guide. After reading a huge amount of articles and sought expert advice and have read many success stories of people creating a insignificant fortune with opt-in lists you finally decide to have a list of your own. Then what happens is, you think you know everything there is to know about opt-in lists and have followed their advices to the T and you still weren’t able to make a profit.

In fact, you may be losing money. You maybe hiring writers to assist you , there are some expenses incurred, plus if you have a packed list, but only a very small percentage largely buys from you, your still losing profit. You’ll realize that after a few months when you see your statistics also sales figures.

So what could have gone wrong? Why have others succeeded where you have failed? The most common mistake is that you dived straight into it.

Here I will give more advice, for those who have started an opt-in list and have failed, you can rejuvenate your failed list. For those who are starting, here are three quick and easy ways to begin a profitable opt-in list.

1) solve your customers problems to gain there trust in you and your products. Just launching your opt-in list would not make you an expert . form many articles first before you construct an opt-in guide. Write about the topic you know and have started and used in your niche. Join forums, to obtain knowledge about your customers about their wants about what they need also target those who want to buy products in your niche.

Join forums from other sites as well. Search expert advice and recommendations. When you feel that people trust you already, you will be able to start your own opt-in list. You can build a list based on the people You have interacted with in online forums. You firstly ask them to join your newsletter. Friends are always good customers.

The truth is, the money will only come in when the consumers have not only become Your subscribers but also when You have gain there trust. They a product or service and look to You to be an expert at what You are doing and to provide them with a solution to there problems. People are not going to buy something out of your recommendation if they don’t trust you.

2) create a product or service that people need something that solves a problem that they have. Although it may not reproduce you a fortune, if You provide a good product or service that people need and You have gained there trust then You can begin to earn by just sending out offers to Your list and potentially bring in at least 5 figures a month from Your list alone

While it is correct that You should choose a product or service that is interesting to You to promote, there are not many people who have the same interest that You have in a product or service so keeping this in mind could help allot with Your list building. Do you research correctly and you will see the profits come in. Also provide your subscribers with promotional material that they could freely use and spread around.

3) make friends other opt-in list users. This is basically beneficial especially if it is someone who has already launched a triumphant opt-in list. These are people that have already figured out how to setup an opt-in list successful so making friends with them to get them to teach You how to do the same is a good idea.

Experienced opt-in list users will out of there own experience be able to tell You what to do to get Your list up and running. .

making a profitable opt-in list does not happen overnight. There are many preparations further to do. Opt-in lists are built from scratch, being your list grows, you should further maintain the quality of your list. Keep it organized also manageable. seal or retain help , just make sure that your subscribers are happy and satisfied and they will continue to buy from you.

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3 Proven Remedies to Cure Nail Fungus

Nail fungus is mainly caused by small living bacteria. These organisms live beneath the nail bed and grow very speedily. Their speed gets doubled if you provide them water environment. You are infected by nail fungus if the size of your nail has been increased or if its colour has been changed to dark yellow or slightly brown.

So today we are going to talk about the three proven remedies to cure fingernail fungus. Namely, these cures are known as tea tree oil, vinegar cure and cure with Listerine.

1. Tea tree oil – Tea tree oil is generally shipped from Australia to all over the world. It contains some vital nutrients that act as a very effective remedy for nail fungus. You can purchase it from any big general store near your home.

Now you can apply it directly on the infected area or you can use an oil dropper. This remedy has to be followed for at least one week after which you will see guaranteed results. However, this can take long if you have heavy fungus.

2. Vinegar – Actually, fungus just can’t afford to survive in acidic environments and that is what vinegar does. Vinegar is an acid so it is a very effective remedy for nail fungus. It is being used by our ancestors for hundreds of year when the science was not so advanced to prescribe prescription drugs for the cure of nail fungus.

Another great acid that you can use is apple cider vinegar. According to some latest research, the combination of both these vinegars proves to be deadly for fungus. So what you will do is that simply mix both of these acids and apply the mixture directly on the infected area. Keep it applied on the infected region for about 20 minutes a day and fungus will disappear within 5-6 days.

3. Listerine – Listerine is another chemical that is very dangerous for fungus. You will not get it from any store, in fact you have to purchase a Listerine mouth wash. This idea seems reasonable.”This mouth wash mainly contains Listerine in it so it will do our work.

So the procedure is the same, just apply Listerine directly on your infected nail for about 20 minutes a day and you are done. You will experience guaranteed results within a week depending on the level of fungus you have.

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3 Predictions for the 2011 Minnesota Vikings

So as the lockout comes to an end, I thought it was time to make some predictions for the Vikings.I personally think that the Vikings still need to go all or nothing. It is not the time to rebuild. Adrian Peterson is not getting younger, The Defense is not getting younger. Now is the time. So with that here is my first prediction.

1. The Vikings will go out and sign Matt Hasselbeck.To me Hasselbeck is one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the NFL. If you look at his career he has never really played with a squad as talented as the Minnesota Vikings. Yes he did have Shawn Alexander one year about other than that he has a number 2 receivers as his number 1. from Nate Burlison to Deion Branch and than to TJ Houzmanzada, All of them are talented players but none of them are true number 1 options. I know that with the 12th pick in this draft the Vikings took Christan Ponder, and i think he is a very smart, accurate, touch QB, but if you want him to grow and be your QB of the future you need to let him sit and learn for at least a year. I also know that there are other good QB’s out there. There is Mcnabb and Palmer, the problem with both is that they still want to be a franchise QB, and the Vikings don’t need that. Matt Hasselbeck is the best option as a player and a teacher. He would share a lifetime of knowledge with the youngsters Ponder and Joe Webb.

2. Adrian Peterson will break the all time record for rushing in a season. I know i know its not a huge reach but here are my reasons. No matter who will be running the QB position, Bill Mustgrove will run the ball like none other. The only thing that the QB will need to do is manage the game. It is time for the O-line to step up and be what they can be and let Adrian Peterson lead this team to the Superbowl. We have the talent on both sides of the ball, and with a little bit of luck and a lot of heart Adrian Peterson will show why he is the best running back in the NFL and the third best player in the NFL.

3. The Vikings will make the Superbowl. This prediction is way way out of bounds, but if the Vikings go out and get Hasselbeck i really think it will happen. The year with Bret Favre is not far behind us and our team has not changed a whole lot since than, and if it has changed it has changed for the better. We have added a lot of young talent that will help make this team great. It wont be easy, and it wont be pretty but it can and will happen. This is my final order for the NFC North Packers, Vikings, Lions, and the Bears. The Vikings will get the Wildcard spot at 11-5

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