Sunday, June 5, 2016

2010 Christmas Gift Guide for 3-4 Year Old Boys

Do you have a little boy on your list this year that is 3-4 years old? Little boys this age seem like they are into just about everything out there. They always want everything that they see and you can’t ever get the same answer from them. That is why this gift guide will come in handy. These are some of the top gifts that every 3-4 year old boy would love to receive.

Fisher Price Fun 2 Learn Smart Fit $30

If you’re looking for a great game that your little boy would love to get then this is the one for you. This game is also something parents love because it has the easy plug in play feature. That’s not the only reason that parents love this game though. They love it because it teaches their little ones letters, shapes, numbers, colors and a lot more. It’s also not your typical video game. Your child is actually up and moving around while they are playing this one. So they get in some exercise as well as learning. It’s a win, win situation for both ends.

Vtech MobiGo Touch learning System $50

If you’re looking for something that is a little more portable then the previous gift, then you have found it. This game system is touch screen making it seem like its a little more grownup which kids just love. It also features a slide out QWERTY board for more interactive play. This system will teach your children different learning games and lots of lessons along the way. It takes cartridges so they will never get tired of the same game.

Razor Jr. Lil’ Kick Scooter $24

There is something that the smaller kids always like to do and that’s being just like the bigger kids. That’s where this scooter comes in handy. This scooter is just like the bigger kid ones, but it’s made for smaller feet who have less balance. It features: low deck and large wheels for more stability, padded T-bar, welded steel frame and easier scooting for their smaller feet.

Vtech V.reader Animated E-Book System $54

If acting like a big kid isn’t good enough for your little one, then maybe acting like mommy or daddy will be a lot better. This little reader makes story telling a lot better then plain book reading. It has a 4.3 color touch screen which plays animated stories, character voices, vivid graphics and music. This system also includes a USB port and SD memory card slot for easy expansion.

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2010 California House District 1 Election an Easy Victory for Mike Thompson

All signs point to the 2010 election as being an easy victory for Mike Thompson, the incumbent representative from California’s first congressional district. Thompson, a Democrat, will face Loren Hanks in the 2010 general election this November.

Breaking down the demographics of California’s 1st congressional district, it is no mystery as to why Thompson’s house seat is non-competitive. Current records from the California Secretary of State show that Democrats enjoy an immense registration advantage. As of May, 2010, 46.53% of registered voters where Democrats, compared to just 26.01% of Republicans.

Mike Thompson is also relatively entrenched in the US House of Representatives. He has held the seat since 1998, and has never failed to earn less than 64% in a reelection campaign. Most recently in 2008, he beat Republican challenger Zane Starkewolf by a margin of 68.2% to 23.3%.

Loren Hanks casts himself as a libertarian minded Republican, and has focused the theme of his campaign on reducing the size and scope of government. On his website, Hanks remarks “Today, I believe the gravest threat to America is irresponsible leadership in Washington D.C. Those in control of government are driving it into a wall of economic ruin with total disregard of the protests of the people.” Many allusions to an out of control bureaucracy are made; little if any attention is given to the Republican agenda on social issues.

The campaign is equally imbalanced when viewed through a financial lens. The Napa Valley Register reports that while Thompson has hoarded a $1.5 million warchest, Hanks raised a paltry $25,000 through the Republican primary.

Though the election results are little more than a foregone conclusion, the results of the election for Representative in California’s 1st congressional district may shed interesting insights in to national politics. Mike Thompson is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of moderate Democrats that place comparatively greater emphasis on budgetary conservatism. Nonetheless, Mike Thompson voted in favor of the controversial health care reform package trumpeted by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrat leaders.

While the disparities in party registration in the California 1st congressional district are simply too great to overcome, if Thompson fails to win by the comfortable +25% margin he is used to, it may point to signs that conservative Blue Dog Democrats are being punished by an electorate that is angry over what it perceives to be reckless spending in Congress.

Thompson’s seat in the California 1st congressional district will never be a bellwether in the classical sense of the term, but failing to secure a landslide victory may be an ill omen for Democrat candidates running in more competitive districts.


California Secretary of State. Voter Registration by Congressional District. Accessed 7/20/2010.

California Secretary of State. 2008 General Election Results, 1st Congressional District. Accessed 7/20/2010.

Mike Thompson’s biography. Mike Thompson for Congress. Accessed 7/20/2010.

Loren Hanks’ biography. Loren Hanks for Congress. Accessed 7/20/201.

“Thompson Challenged to Series of Debates.” Jillian Jones. Napa Valley Register. Accessed 7/20/2010.

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2010 Easter Family Fun in Chester County, Pennsylvania

Nothing announces the complete arrival of spring like Easter. Easter falls on April 4 this year and many Chester County activities are scheduled for the previous 2 weeks of the special date, giving families many opportunities to celebrate. From quaint mainstream charm to wholesome farm vistas, Chester County is the perfect place to find fun Easter activities for families.

Easter Egg Hunts for the Little Ones
Young children love the adventure of the Easter egg hunt. The challenge and suspense make it a perfect activity for toddlers to children as old as six. Many local Chester County communities are hosting their own Easter egg hunts, check the list below for yours.

Caln Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 27 – 1 PM

Chester County FOP(Fraternal Order of Police) Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 27 – 10 AM
Rain or Shine(Rain – Egg Hunt will be held inside)
9 and under
218 N. Church Street
West Chester, PA

Exton/West Whiteland Township
Sunday, April 4
Special Needs Children 9:30 AM
General Population 10:30 AM
Albert C. Miller Park

Kennett Area Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday April 3 – 10:00AM
Children up to10 years old meet the Easter bunny, search for eggs and candy
Anson B. Nixon Park/Kennett Area Park Authority.

Nottingham County Park GPS Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 27 – 10 AM – 11 AM
Leader: Melissa Keiser, Park Technician
Location: N 39 44.405′ W076 02.496′
Nottingham County Park
150 Park Road, Nottingham, PA 19362
Limit: 12 (six teams of two)
For Ages 5 & Older. Teams of two will go on an egg hunt in the park with their GPS (global positioning system). You’ll need a hand-held GPS, a buddy and hiking footwear. Car GPS is not recommended. Kids under 12 must team up with an adult. Dress appropriately. Please pre-register; space is limited.

Oxford Easter Egg Hunt
Friday, April 2 – 3:30PM – 5PM
Downtown Oxford

West Brandywine Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 27 – 10:00 AM
Rain Date: Sunday, March 28 – 1:00 p.m.
WBT Community Park
198 Lafayette Road
Coatesville, PA 19320

West Chester Area Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 27 – 10:00 AM
Everhart Park

West Goshen Easter Egg Hunt and Decorated Hat Parade
Saturday, March 27 – 10:30 AM
West Goshen Community Park
Fern Hill and N. Five Points Roads
Ages 2-9

Family Activities for Older Children

For older children who may have outgrown the Easter egg hunt, Chester County also offers unique and entertaining activities.

Helicopter Hops Easter Bunny in for the Holiday
Saturday March 27 – 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
American Helicopter Museum & Education Center
Helicopter Rides, Picture with the Easter Bunny starts at 1PM., Helicopter Scavenger Hunt Included.
1220 American Blvd.
West Chester PA 19380

The Easter Bunny Express
Saturday, March 27 & Sunday March 28
West Chester Railroad
Hop aboard; ride with the Easter Bunny; banjo musicians! Trains depart Market St., West Chester.
250 E. Market St.
West Chester, PA 19382

Dining out for Easter
Holidays and traditional meals go hand in hand. Many families gather together every Easter and celebrate with a meal that reflects their cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Brunches have gradually become a nice alternative for those looking for something different to do or trying to escape the kitchen. Many of Chester County’s well known eateries are happily assisting by providing specialty brunches and buffets.

Lunch with the Easter Bunny
Saturday, March 27 – 12:00 PM
Spence Café
$10.50 per person
Ages 2 and up

Grand Easter Buffet
Saturday, April 4
Bistro on 10

Annual Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet
Saturday April 4
Please call for hours
Holiday Inn West Chester
610-692-1900 ext. 247

Celebrating Easter can be a fun and enjoyable time for everyone in the family. Please make sure to call each location of interest to find out cost and reservation information.

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2010 Colorado 4th U.S. House District Race: Democratic Incumbent Betsy Markey vs. Republican Cory Gardner

Completing her first term in office, incumbent Betsy Markey, a Democrat, may be feeling the GOP crosshairs on her as she faces Republican challenger Cory Gardner in Colorado’s 4th U.S. House District.

Candidates for Colorado’s 4th U.S. Congressional District (two-year term)
(Encompasses Logan, Yuma, Kit Carson and Cheyenne counties. Major cities include Greeley and Fort Collins. Click here for a district map.)

Candidate: Betsy Markey

Party: Democrat

Political experience: In 1978, U.S. Rep. Herb Harris (D-Va.) hired Markey to work as a legislative aide for the Subcommittee on Post Office and Civil Service. After earning her master’s degree in public administration from American University in 1983, she worked as a budget and program analyst for the Treasury Department.

In 1984, Markey worked for the Office of Information Systems Security, a newly-formed division of the United States Department of State.

Announcing her candidacy for the U.S. Congress in 2007, Markey ran unopposed in the 2008 Democratic primary. In the 2008 general election, Markey defeated the incumbent, Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, 56 percent to 44 percent.

Professional experience: In 1986, Markey and her husband Jim Kelly founded Syscom Services, Inc., a Maryland-based firm that helps clients use computer technology and storage techniques more efficiently.

From 1995 to 2001, Markey also owned Huckleberry’s, an ice cream parlor and coffee shop in the Old Town section of Fort Collins. According to Markey’s LinkedIn profile, she sold the business for a profit in 2001.

Key issues: As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, Markey promotes programs that aid Colorado’s farming communities. She supports initiatives such as the Young, Beginning and Small Farmers Program, which encourages young farmers and smaller operations to stay in business.

Markey also promotes renewable energy sources, indicating Colorado’s production of wind, solar and agricultural energy on her website.

On the topic of illegal immigration, Markey wants to work for a solution that keeps the borders strong and protects the interests of small-business owners.

Endorsements: Markey has secured key endorsements from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Political Action Committee.

Chances of maintaining her seat: The race is a toss-up. Going into the 2010 midterm election, Markey has a GOP target on her. Sarah Palin declared Colorado’s 4th District as one of 20 districts that Republicans need to take back this year. Palin gave her endorsement to Markey’s Republican challenger Cory Gardner.

Candidate: Cory Gardner

Party: Republican

Political experience: From 2002 to 2005, Gardner served as general counsel and legislative director for U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.).

In 2005, a vacancy committee selected Gardner to fill a the empty seat left by Greg Brophy in the 63rd district in Colorado’s state house. Gardner has since maintained his seat and currently is the house Republican whip.

Professional experience: Born in Yuma, Colo., Gardner earned his law degree from the University of Colorado in 2001. After graduation, Gardner served as communications manager for the National Corn Growers’ Association from 2001 to 2002.

With his father, Gardner also runs Farmers Implement Co., Inc., a small business based in Yuma.

Key Issues: Agriculture is one of Gardner’s top issues going into the 2010 midterm election. A member of the House Agriculture, Natural Resources and Livestock Committee, Gardner says he wants to create new opportunities for Colorado’s farmers.

On his campaign website, Gardner also is a firm believer in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, earning an A+ rating from the NRA for his work in the Colorado State House.

Endorsements: As part of her effort to take back 20 districts from the Democrats, Gardner secured an endorsement from Palin. In 2008, Republican John McCain carried these districts in the presidential election, but the U.S. Seats all went to Democrats.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also endorses Gardner for Colorado’s 4th District.

Chances of unseating Betsy Markey: With Palin’s endorsement, Gardner has a good chance of unseating Markey, especially with his years of service in the Colorado legislature.

The endorsements of both candidates seem a little odd, though. Markey earned the NRA’s endorsement, even though Gardner received an A+ from the NRA. On the flip side, Gardner secured the U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsement, despite that fact that the same organization applauded Markey for voting for economic recovery measures.

With this much flip-flopping, the 2010 race for Colorado’s 4th District could come down to the wire.

Key Differences between Betsy Markey and Cory Gardner

While Markey supports a woman’s right to have an abortion, challenger Gardner says he is pro-life and believes abortion should be illegal in all situations.

Gardner also opposes embryonic stem cell research and supports a state constitutional amendment that would define the term “person” as applying to the moment of conception. Markey takes the opposite position on these issues.

Colorado’s 4th U.S. Congressional District

Location: Bordering Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, the 4th Congressional District contains the cities of Lamar, Fort Morgan, Fort Collins, Loveland and Sterling.

2008 Results: Markey defeated the incumbent, Marilyn Musgrave, 56 percent to 44 percent.

Demographics: The 2006-2008 American Community Survey categorizes the 705,849 residents of Colorado’s 4th U.S. Congressional District as follows: 74.3 percent white, 12.3 percent black, 0.8 percent American Indian or Alaska native, 4.4 percent Asian, 0.1 percent Hawaiian or other Pacific islander.

The Cook Political Report’s Partisan Voter Index categorizes this district as R+6, indicating a moderately strong Republican lean.

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2010 Delaware Special Election to Replace Biden's Senate Seat

Joe Biden won a seventh term in the United States Senate in 2008 when he easily defeated Republican challenger Christie O’Donnell. When Barack Hussein Obama was elected president, Biden was required by Article I Section 6 of the United States Constitution to step down from the Senate. He was sworn in for his seventh term and then resigned. Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner appointed Ted Kaufman to fill the term until the special election could be held in November. Unlike a typical Senate election the winner will take the office immediately upon the results of the have been certified. The winner will then complete the remainder of the six year term.

Unlike some states Delaware does not have a crowded primary field for either the Democratic or Republican parties. For all intensive purposes the Republicans will nominate Rep. Mike Castle, and the Democrats will nominate New Castle County Commissioner Christopher Coons. There was quite a bit of speculation that Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Joe Biden, would run for the seat. He decided not to and to focus on his job as attorney general. I am sure part of this was because of the fact that he knew there would not be much of a likelihood of a victory. There have been reports that former Republican Senatorial candidate Christie O’Donnell may seek the nomination. I personally believe it is very unlikely she will. For this article I am going to focus on the election being between Chris Coons and Mike Castle since there really will not be any primary. Even if Christie O’Donnell does run, it really won’t be much of a contest.

I do think that Michael Castle will win the general election. He is very moderate compared to many Republicans. He is pro-choice, voted against impeachment for Bill Clinton and is moderate on many social issues. He is generally a fiscal conservative on budget issues. He voted against the stimulus bill and also was a firm no on the healthcare vote. He is often referred to as a RINO, which means Republican In Name Only. He also has plenty of experience. He was a two-term governor of Delaware and has been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives 10 times.

I have personally voted for Chris Coons for the New Castle Country positions that he has held. He and Castle are very similar on many issues like abortion and social justice, but Coons is a bit more of a spender. Christopher Coons is also a more partisan than Michael Castle is. After Barack Hussein Obama bullied Obamacare through against the will of the American people, I don’t believe many are anxious to give him another blank check vote. Delaware is a very blue state. The fact that Castle is moderate and his extensive experience will be what carries him to a win. I think America is getting fed up with the tax and spend philosophy of one party politics under Obama. This also helps Castle in his quest for the Senate seat. I don’t think Coons should have run. He is a very good person and civil servant who does not really have a shot in this election. If I were advising him I would have told him to seek the U.S. House seat that Castle will be vacating.

I personally am a registered Democrat and have voted for both of these candidates. I believe any vote for a Democrat this year though is a vote to let Obama keep doing things that he has been doing against the will of the American people. I have contemplated dropping my party affiliation after the Obamacare vote, but I am voting Republican a vast majority of the time in the next couple years unless there is a really good conservative Democrat that does not believe in whatever Obama wants he gets, or “We need to give him a win.”


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2010 College Football Bowl Projections and Preview

There are only 19 regular season and conference championship games remaining before the 2010-2011 college football bowl season begins. And while those games will determine most of the official bowl invitations and participants, a few match ups have already been set, and we can make an least make educated guesses as to who will end up in which bowls by analyzing the BCS rankings and the various possible scenarios.

We do already know that if No. 1 Auburn and No. 2 Oregon both win their last games then they will meet in the BCS championship game in January. And if that happens then No. 3 TCU and No. 4 Wisconsin will meet in the Rose Bowl as neither team has any games remaining and it is statistically impossible for either one to be passed in the BCS rankings. However, the participants in the other three BCS bowls – the Sugar, Fiesta, and Orange Bowls – will be determined by the outcomes of the conference championship games and the remaining regular season games. The teams remaining in consideration include Oklahoma, Stanford, Connecticut , Virginia Tech, Arkansas, Ohio State, Nebraska, and Michigan State as a very long shot.

The NCAA 2010 Bowl Championship Series (BCS)

The 2010 Rose Bowl

Pasadena, California
Jan. 1, 4:30 p.m.
Current Projection: TCU vs. Wisconsin

The 2010 Fiesta Bowl

Glendale, Arizona
Jan. 1, 8 p.m.
Current Projection: Oklahoma vs. Stanford

The 2010 Orange Bowl

Miami, Florida
Jan. 3, 8 p.m.
Current Projection: Connecticut vs. Virginia Tech

The 2010 Sugar Bowl

New Orleans, Louisiana
Jan. 4, 8 p.m.
Current Projection: Arkansas vs. Ohio State

The 2010 BCS National Championship

Glendale, Arizona
Jan. 10, 8 p.m.
Current Projection: Oregon vs. Auburn

Non-BCS Bowl Games

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Dec. 18, 2 p.m.
Current Projection: BYU vs. Fresno State

Boise, Idaho
Dec. 18, 5:30 p.m.
Current Projection: Northern Illinois vs. Nevada

New Orleans, Louisiana
Dec. 18, 8 p.m.
Today’s projection: UTEP vs. Florida International

St. Petersburg, Fla.
Dec. 21, 8 p.m.
Current Projection: Southern Miss vs. Louisville

Las Vegas, Nevada
Dec. 22, 8 p.m.
Current Projection: Utah vs. Ohio U.

San Diego, California
Dec. 23, 8 p.m.
Current Projection: Navy vs. San Diego State

Honolulu, Hawaii
Date: Dec. 24, 8 p.m.
Today’s projection: Hawaii vs. Tulsa

Detroit, Michigan
Dec. 26, 8:30 p.m.
Current Projection: Temple vs. Toledo

Shreveport, Louisiana
Dec. 27, 5 p.m.
Current Projection: Clemson vs. Air Force

Orlando, Florida
Dec. 28, 6:30 p.m.
Current Projection: N.C. State vs. West Virginia

Tempe, Ariz.
Dec. 28, 10 p.m.
Current Projection: Iowa vs. Nebraska

Washington, D.C.
Dec. 29, 2:30 p.m.
Current Projection: Georgia Tech vs. East Carolina

Houston, Texas
Dec. 29, 6 p.m.
Current Projection: Illinois vs. Baylor

San Antonio, Texas
Dec. 29, 9:15 p.m.
Current Projection: Oklahoma State vs. Arizona

Dallas, Texas
Dec. 30, noon
Current Projection: Army at SMU

New York, New York
Dec. 30, 3:15 p.m.
Current Projection: Kansas State vs. Syracuse

Nashville, Tennessee
Dec. 30, 6:45 p.m.
Current Projection: Maryland vs. Tennessee

San Diego, California
Dec. 30, 10 p.m.
Current Projection: Missouri vs. Washington

Charlotte, North Carolina
Dec. 31, noon
Current Projection: North Carolina vs. USF

El Paso, Texas
Dec. 31, 2 p.m.
Current Projection: Miami vs. Notre Dame

Memphis, Tennessee
Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m.
Current Projection: UCF vs. Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia
Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Current Projection: Florida State vs. Mississippi State

Dallas, Texas
Jan. 1, noon
Current Projection: Northwestern vs. Texas Tech

Tampa, Florida
Jan. 1, 1 p.m.
Current Projection: Penn State vs. South Carolina

Orlando, Florida
Jan. 1, 1 p.m.
Current Projection: Michigan State vs. Alabama

Jacksonville, Florida
Jan. 1, 1:30 p.m.
Current Projection: Michigan vs. Florida

Mobile, Alabama
Jan. 6, 8 p.m.
Current Projection: Miami of Ohio vs. Troy

Irving, Texas
Jan. 7, 8 p.m.
Current Projection: Texas A&M vs. LSU

Birmingham, Alabama
Jan. 8, noon
Current Projection: Pittsburgh vs. Kentucky

San Francisco, California
Jan. 9, 9 p.m.
Current Projection: Boston College vs. Boise State

The 2010 college football bowl season is shaping up to be one of the most exciting and competitive ever, and for once it looks like there is a good chance that it will be the consensus No. 1 Auburn against the consensus No. 2 Oregon in the BCS Title Game, with no legitimate sour grapes except undefeated TCU (who are actually tickled pink to likely be in the Rose Bowl as it looked like they were going to settle for a lesser bowl until Boise State lost).

For more on college football see:

2010-2011 College Football Bowls – BCS Bowl Matchups

2010 College Football BCS Bowl Preview and Predictions

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