Saturday, July 4, 2015

The First Fireworks

Americans have been lighting fireworks since 1777
July 4, 1777
Believe it or not, Congress led the way for the tradition of lighting fireworks on the Fourth of July by authorizing a display on this day in 1777, in Philadelphia, a year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. “At night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks, which began and concluded with thirteen rockets on the commons. In Boston, a newspaper reported: “In the evening Col. Crafts illuminated his park on the commons, threw several shells, and exhibited a number of fireworks.” 

Friday, July 3, 2015

7 of the Best Fireworks Scenes in Movies

If fireworks are banned where you live this year, we've got you covered. Here are seven clips from some of the best fireworks scenes filmed in the movies including a grand finale. Enjoy.


Oz the Great and Powerful

'WOW' Entertains with Dance Album

(Word Records, Capitol Christian Music Group and Provident
Label Group)

Music Review

The latest in the Word Records/Capitol Christian Music Group and Provident Label Group collaboration in the “WOW” series is “WOW Hits Party Mix” which features 30 remixed versions of some favorite hits. Each song is by a different artist, so like the other “Wow” records, there is a lot of variety. However, not every singer's music transitions well into dance music. With that being said, there should be plenty for most to enjoy here, if dance music is your thing.

One of the best song on the two CD release is also one of the oldest songs, “Baby Baby” from Amy Grant. It is taken from her “In Motion: The Remixes” album released last year. One reason is that the song already had a catchy beat and lends itself well to the new updating. Most of the other music is taken from the last year or so, so don't be expecting a “greatest hits” type of album.

Other great songs include TobyMac's “Me Without You,” Britt Nicole's “Gold” and Tenth Avenue North's “No Man is an Island” for the same reason. But perhaps the best song on collection is Love & the Outcome's “He is With Us” which breaks from it's regular tune and jumps into a happy dance. It's nearly impossible not to listen without a smile on your face.

Video of the Day: Email in Real Life

Tripp & Tyler presents "Email in Real Life."

Dave Barry is Born

Humorist Dave Barry was born on July 3, 1947.
June 3, 1947
David McAlister "Dave" Barry was born on this day in 1947. The Pulitzer Prize-winning American author is best known for his syndicated humor column for The Miami Herald from 1983 to 2005, but he has also written numerous books of humor as well. From 1993-1997, CBS based a sitcom, Dave’s World, on the books of Barry. His first novel, Big Trouble was published in 1999 and was turned into a movie that starred Tim Allen in 2002. His most recent works have been the Peter and the Starcatchers series, prequel stories about Peter Pan, that he has written with Ridley Pearson. The first has been turned into a Broadway musical and Disney has plans to create a movie version as well. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Mickey Mouse Club 60-Year Reunion

Original Mouseketeers will join in for a 60th year reunion.
While its not Comicon, Disney's D23 EXPO is pretty impressive in it's own right. This year, the event will hold a special reunion of the original Mousketeers on August 16. The roll call includes: Sherry! (Alberoni), Sharon! (Baird), Bobby! (Burgess), Tommy! (Cole), Darlene! (Gillespie), Cubby! (O'Brien) and Doreen! (Tracey) along with Spin and Marty actors Tim Considine and David Stollery. The panel will be hosted by author Lorraine Santoli who wrote the book, "The Official Mickey Mouse Club Book."

In addition, a small collection of Mickey Mouse Club items will be on hand to observe including props and costumes from the original Mickey Mouse Club Circus attraction at Disneyland and Mouseketter Annette Funicello's handprint on display when she was inducted as a “Disney Legend” in 1992.

Here is the a video of the first season's team:

Video of the Day: Alex Boye - Shake it Off

If you saw America's Got Talent the other night you saw Alex Boye's African version of the Taylor Swift tune "Shake It Off." Here is his original video. This guys is going to go places.

The Ransom to Stop an Abortion

Definitely not the 'Website of the Week'

Woman threatens to have an abortion if money is not raised.
(Dream Designs)
“How much would you pay to stop an abortion” asks an anonymous woman over the internet this week. “I am currently seven weeks pregnant. I have every intention of having an abortion, but I'm giving you a chance to stop it,” she states on her website.

The 26-year-old mystery woman states that beginning on July 7, 2015 she will begin accepting donations for 72 hours, which is the same time that state she lives in requires a woman to wait to have an abortion. She says that if she raises one million dollars, she will put the money in a trust fund for the child, give birth and then offer that child up for adoption. How nice. If she does not get the required amount, she will return the donations backs and have the procedure as planned.

“Mathematically this means that every one of the 157 million Americans that identify as pro-life needs to donate less than one cent to stop this abortion,” says the woman. “I'll keep none of the money for myself so if I am to be vilified in this process, it can't be for that.”