Sunday, May 31, 2009

Comic Book Synchs: Coincidence, Prophecy, Foreknowledge, or Evil Muse?

Since this blog began,I have concentrated mostly on synchs that deal primarily in comic books. I have had neumerous online conversations with people who have a theory as to how comic books can seem to have predicted 9-11, The Princess Di accident, and other world events.I don't know for sure the answer myself.

1. Foreknowledge

The events that were fortold by people having knowledge the event was going to happen beforehand. This would mean that comic book artists and writers were in on a conspiracy and allowed it to happen. I don't think this is very likely. If there is a conspiracy it probably would have been known be only a few people. I don't think people who work in comic books would be in the loop.

2. Coincidence

The various events foretold happened purely by chance. I don't buy this, because one time could be a coincidence, but over ten times is beyond chance.

3. Evil Muse

The writers and artists in question were inspired by a supernatural being with malevolent purposes. It's possible, but why would a muse want to foretell of a tragic event? This theory would seem to indicate that by telling a story, you are increasing the chances of it coming true. Alan Moore believes this, and I suppose it is possible.

4. Prophecy

The writers and artist in question could see in their mind future events that were yet to take place. I find this theory the most likely, due to my view of things. I believe the fourth dimension is outside of time in the way the third dimension is outside of a photograph. In the fourth dimension, all time is happening at once, and certain aspects of the fourth dimension can exist in the third, but only like the way we exist in a two dimensional photograph.

I'm not trying to change peoples thinking, I'm just typing down the different theories. I am not rigid in my own thinking, and whatever you believe you are welcome in mecury's Garden.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

See Better With Nikon

If you like deer hunting or if you just like competitive range matches, you will be able to see your target better with a nikon riflescope.

A couple of hundred years ago, frontiersmen had to hunt for food in order to stay alive. Things aren’t quite as harsh now, but what if they were? If your being fed depended on your hunting ability, wouldn’t you want the advantage a scope would give you?

If I had my pick of any of the Nikon scopes, I would go with the Nikon ProStaff 3-9x40 Water Proof Rifle Scope. I hate it when rain gets on the lens of a scope, an this one doesn't let that happen.

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Baseball Review; National League West

This one is Easy. It's going to be the Dodgers all the way. When Joe Torre came in, we all pretty much knew he was going to build the Dodgers into a contender, didn't we?

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Even with Manny Ramirez being out, there isn't even anyone close to them. The Padres are hot lately, but just last week they were trying to trade their ace pitcher, Jake Peavy. The team can't make a legitimate run when the owners are selling off the team.

So for the series this year, I predict the Dodgers VS Yankees. With the controversy surrounding Ramirez and A-rod, a lot of fans might tune out. It will be worth watching to see Torre return to New York.

Disney Memories

When I was 13 years old, my mother, brother, sister, and myself carpooled with my aunt and her two sons to Orlando Florida for a trip to Disneyworld. My uncle was living in Florida at the time, and he was able to get us tickets at a low cost. If you have ever ridden with your family in a car for over a thousand miles, I’m sure you know what it was like. I remember my cousins throwing punches at each other, breaking each others glasses. (lol)

It was the first time I had ever been out of my home state, and I was amazed by the beach. I hadn’t imagined looking out over water and not seeing land on the other side. My cousin and I took a walk along the beach, and we saw an old man fishing. I asked him if he had caught anything, and he showed me a shark he had on a line. It was only about three feet long, but I was amazed because I had never seen a shark before. My uncle took us all out to eat, and I remember eating shrimp for the first time. My uncle laughed at me when they saw I ate the whole shrimp, shells and all.

The next day we drove from St Augustine to Orlando for our trip to Disney World. From the parking lot, we boarded a train that was up one a rail. Mom told me it was called a monorail. At the entrance to the park was a castle that looked exactly like the one on the Disney Logo. Cinderella herself was greeting people as they came in the door. My aunt wanted me to talk with her, but I chickened out.

The ride I remember most almost thirty years after being there was Space Mountain. It was a Roller Coaster that was indoors. The cart that carried us looked like a rocket, complete with a countdown to start the ride. We whizzed past other planets, and even took a journey out of the solar system. I think me and my brother and sister rode Space Mountain twenty times that day.

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Baseball Review; Naltional League Central

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The Astros and The Pirates aren't going anywhere, let's just face the facts. The favorites to win this division, the Chicago Cubs are on the verge of complete implosion.

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It's a three way horse race between the Reds, Brewers, and Cardinals. This is gong to be a tough call, this is the best division in baseball in my opinion.

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I'm picking the Reds, because they have good, young pitchers. Which brings us to the number one question in baseball.

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Should Pete Rose be in the Hall of Fame? I vote yes, but not because of the reasons most people give. He did bet on baseball and lie about it, but are the steroid abusers (who are eligible) any better.

The staunch anti-gambling policy came about when the Black Sox players alledgedly took money to throw the world series. Players back then were making a pittance compared to the owners, so I can't say I blame them too much.

So it's time to forgive Rose and Shoeless Joe Jackson, and let them in.

Louisiana Divorce Attorney

Let’s face the facts of life that sooner or later everyone is going to need a lawyer. Just last week I had to hire one myself so I can take care of my father who has dementia.

Any time you need to hire a lawyer is going to be a stressful time, and there is not much more stressful than going through a divorce. Ricky Gallagher understands this, and that is why he believes all of his clients deserve to know their legal fees up front.

Many times in divorce cases, decisions tend to favor one side over the other one very heavily. I have known some people who have had to take two jobs just to stay afloat. Ricky Gallagher will fight for you so you don’t walk out of the courtroom thinking that you have lost.

The Gallagher Law Firm have some of Louisiana’s top divorce attorneys and child custody lawyers in the state.

When you know what the cost of a divorce is going to be before you hire a divorce lawyer, you will be able to concentrate on moving on with your life. And in the end, is not that what you really want when you hire a divorce lawyer?

Hopefully, you will never need a divorce lawyer. But if you live in Louisiana and you think you might need the services of one, check out the website and give him a call.

Baseball Review; National League East

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You can forget about the Nationals and the Marlins, they are going to be watching the playoffs at home this year. The Braves have only a slightly better chance of making the post season.

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That leaves us with the Phillies and the Mets. The Phillies wonit all last year, but this season I am going to choose the Mets, baring injury to Johan Santana.

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He is the best pitcher in baseball, and the Mets just have too many heavy hitters.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Maternity Clothes at a Low Cost

The readers of my blog who are fathers will know what I’m talking about here. When Women are pregnant, they don’t only change physically, they also get a certain glow about them that almost seems holy.

Kiki’s Fashions have maternity clothes that are the perfect accent to this glow. Times are hard enough as it is, and most maternity boutiques just charge too much for maternity clothes. It was refreshing to browse this website and see cute, fashionable clothes that aren’t going to put a family in a bad situation financially. I really do wish I would have known about this site when my wife was pregnant. At least my readers can take advantage of it if they need to.

Baseball Review 3

American League West

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Baseball legend Ken Griffy Jr. returned to Seattle this season, and like most of his years in Cincinnati, he has been out of the lineup with injury. He does make the team better with his veteran leadership.

The Rangers are three games up one the Angels. They are leading this division because they have some heavy hitters.

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I was going to pick the Rangers to win this one, but something tells me to go with the Angels, so that is what I am going to do.

That's all the baseball predictions I have for today. It was fun to write, and thanks for reading.

Cooking Outdoors

Summer is here, and I love it. I love the smell of fresh cut grass, watching baseball with a cold beverage in my hand, and I love cooking outside.

There is something primordial about cooking outside that I just can't put my finger on. Perhaps it’s just something that is left over from the instinct of man, when food was hunted and not bought. Although I must admit there is something fascinating about watching your food cook on an open flame, I would still not wish to travel back to pre-historic times due to the fact that they didn’t have barbecue sauce. If you are looking for a state of the art outdoor kitchen, check out these cal flame bbq islands.

There is also great fun to be had sitting around an open fire and having a couple of cold beverages while the kids roast hot dogs and marshmallows. However, in many places you are required by law to have a fire pit if you are going to have a fire outdoors. Since wildfires can destroy a large part of the forest, I can understand why they have this policy. Fire pits come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, and I hope to get one for the family before the summer is over. Having a fire pit will help me save up some ash for the garden next year.

Baseball Review 2

The American League Central

This division has the teams that were on top last year in the cellar this year. What the heck has happened to the Cleveland Indians?

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I watched them against the Reds last weekend, and it looks like they couldn't stop an infield hit if they put their body in front of it.

The Tigers and Twins are both doing well, and the Royals are much better than in years past. I'm still not counting out the White Sox.

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Sorry Kansas City fans, but your team is still a couple years away. This will be a tight race between the Twins, Tigers and White Sox come September.

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If I had to pick a team, it's going to have to be the Twins.

Mosquito Magnet Customer Support

I am an old school salesperson who believes that the key to success of any business is customer service. It doesn’t matter what the product you buy is or how much you paid for it, if you can’t get it fixed when it breaks down, and if you can’t get a hold of the people who sold it or the people who made it, then you are going to be an unhappy customer.

I remember one time when I bought a printer. I was excited to hook it up to my computer, but when it didn’t download properly, I had a hard time finding the proper software to install, and I gave up on the 800 number after about an hour and ten minutes.

So If I see a company online that offers superior customer service, I feel that they should be recognized and congratulated. Mosquito Magnet dot com is such a company. They have downloadable owner manuals, an 800 number, and live online support. If you have one of these products or if you are starting a website and you want to know the best way to have a customer support page, check out the website.

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Baseball Update

First off, I want to give a heartfelt thanks to all of my blog's readers, those who post as well as those who have never posted.

I usually cover syncs in comic books and politics, so why am I posting about baseball? I suppose I am posting about baseball because I am a fan, it's like a soap opera for men.

The American League East

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Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio? The AL East seems likes it's going to be an exclusive battle between the Sox and the Yankees again. My Rex Sox nation friends will be mad at me for saying this, but I think it's the Yankee's year to take this division. They have shrugged off the A-Rod steroids story, and the later allegations that he used steroids as a kid. I don't know if he did or not, but here is a picture of him in little league.

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He is the rather large fellow staring at the picture of Madonna. As for the Rays, Jays, and Orioles, good luck next year fellas. It looked for a bit like the Jays might make a run, but they are 1-9 in there last ten.

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It's like they have a hole in their bats.

Stay tuned for part 2......

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Outdoor Gear

I am a person of military experience, and I have always loved the challenge of living and surviving outdoors. If you are an avid camper and hiker, you know how important it is to have the pro0per equipment with you if you get in a jam. I know from experience you don’t want a pair of boots blowing out, you don’t want a hole in your poncho, and you don’t want a flashlight to conk out while you are having fun outdoors.

LA Police Gear has everything you could need for your outdoor adventures. They also have gun holsters like the Blackhawk SERPA Holster available to those of us who like to go to the shooting range. If you are into the outdoors, check out the site.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The President in Comic Books 4

This is the final section I am doing on the presidents in comic books. Before I move on to the modern comics, I want to take some time to post a couple of covers I overlooked earlier.

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There seems to be some sort of fascination among comic book writers concerning Lincoln. It is interesting to note that the Lincoln Memorial is in a Greek Temple, and the Lincoln statue contained inside is something of a copy of the statue of Zeus.

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There are a couple of imaginary tales where Superman is the president. YOu would think they would craft the story around one man having too much power, but it usually ends up a better world when Superman is comander in cheif. Since he was born on Krypton, I wonder how he dealt with the natural born citizen issue?

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There have'nt been to many covers showing GWB, but I think this one suits him best. But isn't a hundred years just passing along the problem to someone else?

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I don't have this issue, but I did thumb through it in the comic book store. GW was actually an alien in disguise, so that is why the Dragon is hitting him. This cover and the next one are sure to drive some mad with it's symbolism.

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Does the Savage Dragon represent the galactic center of the Milky Way, or is he symbolic of an alien lizard race? I don't know.

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Obama is fast becoming a comic book celebrity. I'm a bit wary of giving anyone a free pass just because the last guy was horrible.

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Funny cover here. I feel like that as I try to find a way to pay my bills and keep my wife happy, all the while raising the kids. Maybe if I can get through some of my problems, it will help the world out just a little bit. Or maybe the world is out to get me. I just don't know, and I won't till I am able to wade through this mess.

Sunday, May 17, 2009


A few years ago, I had a conversation with a colleague who was of an extremely high intelligence. We were having a philosophical conversation, and the topic of humans abandoning the Earth came up. I asked him how long it would take for the wilderness to take away all evidence of man. He answered that within 50 years, most of the houses would be gone. With no one to keep up roof repairs, moisture would rot the wood structures, and within a hundred years all that might be left is vegetation covered foundations.

Luckily, we are able to keep up repairs on our roofs. Folks who live in Harrisburg Pennsylvania are extremely lucky to have a company like Knepps Roofing. If you check out the Harrisburg Roofer website, you will see a testimonial that states they were close to the estimate given, and they cleaned up after themselves every day. In the text given they say that they will talk extensively to all potential customers, and they challenge anyone to get at least three different roofing estimates.

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

The President in Comic Books 3

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Truth is stranger than fiction I guess.

In the 1970's DC comics published a comic entitled "Prez". Prez was about a 19 year old kid who becomes president of the United States, made possible by a change in the constitution.

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It only lasted 4 issues, but it is interesting to note that one of Prez's antagonists was a descendant of George Washington, a leader of a militia group.

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For the last eight years, the president of the DC universe has been Lex Luthor. Strangely, things in comic book universe seem to be a bit better than the real one. Sure, there is an alien invasion a couple of times a year, but at least it's out in the open.

I'm not sure what DC was trying to do by having a villian as president, but perhaps it was a hidden indictment on the leader we had at the time.

I was going to write a little more, but it's Saturday and my wife is screaming at me to get off the computer. I will have more later....

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Find a Radiator

I’m sure it’s happened to you if you have driven for at least 3 years. You are driving down the road, and slowly the temperature gage rises. Before you get home, there is steam pouring from underneath the hood of your vehicle. You are able to make it home, but you still need to find a way to work the next day. You call three of four used part stores, and all of them tell you that the radiator is obsolete, and that they don’t have any and don’t expect to get any.

This isn’t something you need to worry about any longer. will find a radiator close to you, it doesn’t matter if it’s a domestic Chevrolet radiator, or an imported Acura Radiator

Monday, May 11, 2009

The President in Comic Books Part 2

The forties and fifties were fairly straight laced as far as presidential appearances go, in the sixties things started to get a bit strange. DC Comics had Superman reveal his secret identity to JFK, and before the comic is published JFK is assassinated. DC Pulled the comic, but LBJ asked them to print it in full.

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IMO, JFK was the last great American president. May he rest in peace.

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After this, comic books get really weird with Abraham Lincoln.

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Abe gets in an arm wrestling match with "Scalphunter".

Suppose some future generation invents the means of which to travel through time. Would they go back and try to save president Lincoln?

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If such a feat were accomplished, time itself would be out of whack, causing news robots of the future to get a bit confused.

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Robby the Robot is about 1107 years slow on the news. Of course, if I was flashed by an elongated man, I would probably be out of sorts too. Anyway, if such a cataclysm happened, I suppose we could send an actor back in time to take Lincoln's place.

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So, what do we do with Lincoln in the future? I think we should just throw a space helmet on him and make him an ambassador to the United Federation of Planets or something.

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In part three, we will take a look at fictional comic book presidents, as well as some leftover goodies from the seventies. Stay cool.

4-60 Air

Have you ever owned a car that didn’t have working air conditioning? We folks in the car business used to joke that cars without air conditioning had 4-60 air conditioning, which meant that if you drove with 4 windows down at 60 miles per hour, you had air conditioning.

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The President in Comic Books Part 1

During the Bush Administration, the president of the United States in the DC Comics universe was Lex Luthor. Sure you had a fake alien invasion or two, and Superman got hassled quite a bit, Lex Luthor brought jobs and brilliant scientific discoveries to America! If I had to choose between the two, I would have probably voted for Luthor.

Presidents in comics is a fascinating topic to explore. In the forties, presidents were displayed as heroes, like in this Roosevelt pic.

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Most stories with a president had a story about that particular president, and you rarely found any fiction.

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A notable exception was Kid Eternity stories. Kid Eternity and his Grandpa were trying to escape the Nazis, but they were gunned down. Kid Eternity found himself at the gates of heaven, but he was refused entry because he had died 75 years before he was supposed to. He was returned to Earth and given the power to raise the dead, and command them. He could bring in Billy the Kid to shoot it out with bank robbers,or summon Hercules to upright an overturned car. His modern stories lack the same appeal the older ones had for me.

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In this issue, Kid Eternity stops the "shoe", who is a supervillian that throws his shoes at politicians.

In the sixties, we started seeing presidents pop up in comic book storylines.

Part 2 should be coming soon.

Gardening and Lawn Tips

Today at Mercury’s Garden, I am going to go off topic for a moment and talk about gardening and lawn care.  With the soaring cost of food prices, I am really looking forward to growing my own vegetables this year. In years past, I have sworn off unnatural fertilizer and bug spray, but the problem is I usually end up with a crappy looking garden with lots of bug eaten vegetables.

I also have a double lot that tends to get lots of weeds. I take a weed whacker to them, but the line of the whacker usually breaks, and I replace it only to have it break again. I don’t like the idea of weed killer and lawn fertilizer, because if kids and household pets roll around in the grass, they get the fertilizer on them.
It’s always been my belief that when you put fertilizer on your plants, no matter how much you wash them you are eating the fertilizer as well as the food. I don’t like getting sick, and I don’t like my family getting sick even more. So this year, to ensure that I have a magnificent garden and a great looking lawn, I am going to use organic fertilizers and bug killers. ringer fertilizer is a product that is 100% organic

Remember; be careful what you put in and on your body, and happy gardening.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Feed the Pig

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I can’t pretend to understand why the Swine flu has been hyped as much as it has. If Mexico City has populations of 30 million and 168 people there have gotten sick with the swine flu, which means that swine flu has infected 0.000005 percent of the population! And even if you catch it, you are not likely to die. I would not be afraid to walk around Mexico City without a Michael Jackson mask, and I would even visit a barbecue pork restaurant there. It can’t be any worse than the MSG crap they put in fast food.

The hype from the nightly news was so bad that my wife, who doesn’t believe most conspiracy stories, has theorized that it was invented by a drug company in order to peddle vaccines. It is strange that it’s part bird, pig, and human influenza. It kind of reminds me of Manbearpig from South Park, only named Manbirdpig.

What follows is a satirical news report. Satirical means funny make believe, much like the danger of swine flu. Any resemblance to actual persons is coincidental.

“The threat of swine flu was downgraded today, much to the disappointment of the Council for World Governance. “We are very disappointed in the failure of Swine Flu.” Stated Council president Joe Wellington. “We were hoping for quarantines, curfews, and riots among the lower masses. Because the Swine flu wasn’t very potent, this did not happen.”

“I don’t understand what went wrong. We worked for months splicing the different strains of flu together. I guess you really don’t know what you got until you make a test run.” Ken Brewster of Biological Research and Development was quoted as saying.

Preparations for a Swine flu vaccine have been put on hold. “WE can’t justify giving a vaccine that may hurt people for a virus as impotent as Swine flu. We just don’t think we would be able to get away with it.”
Thomas Scott, owner of vaccine manufacturer Novision has refused comment. “He’s very disappointed. He was expecting to make billions for the company, and now barring a mutation that isn’t going to happen.” An anonymous company spokesperson told us.

“Still, it’s not a complete failure. It (swine flu) showed us all of our media outlets are still towing the line, and we were able to scare about 5% of the population as well as sow some seeds of mistrust among the ethnic groups of the lower classes.” Said Wellington.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Chicago Plumbing Services

About ten years or so ago, I was a member of the National Guard. I held a dual MOS; I was a 51 Kilo, which is a plumber. I know how deep you are supposed to bury pipes, and how many wraps of plumber’s tape you are supposed to give a fixture. I know why hot water tanks sometimes shoot out water, and I also know the things that can cause your water pressure to be low.

Chicago Plumbing is a company that also knows about these types of things. If you live in Chicago and need plumbing services, give them a call or just follow the link. I don’t live in Chicago so I can’t personally vouch for their work, but from the website I can see that they want your business.

When you hire a plumber, what you really want are these three things. Timely service, an accurate estimate, and to have the problem fixed right the first time. There is nothing more aggravating than waiting around for a plumber when your plumbing isn’t working, only to have them not show up.

So if you live in the Chicago area, call 773-840-8459 to ask about their services. They say they want to give you dependable and friendly service each and every time.

Comic Book Death

Killing off comic book characters isn't a new thing. Throughout the history of comics there were many issues where you would believe a character had died, only to find out by the end of the comic that it was a fake death.

The first character I can remember staying dead for awhile was Robin. The fans actually voted to have him killed off, and yet they brought him back a few years later. There have been three Robins, Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, and Tim Drake. It was Jason Todd who took the big dirt nap for about ten years, but he was resurrected when the DC universe reality decided he should live and reasserted itself.

Comic Book Deaths are interesting stories, but they have become a cliche. You can't read a story where a character dies without wondering how they will return to life. Does this mean that superheroes are zombies? Yes, it kind of does. At least DC Comics is giving this idea a poke in the ribs with the upcoming "Blackest Night" event. In this storyline, every major character who has died in the DC universe will return as a zombie. I'm betting that it ends with a mass resurrection.

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Lots of fans freaked out during the recent Batman "RIP" storyline, but the truth is Batman has died many times before. I'm not sure why Robin is accusing Superman. If Supes had anything to do with it, couldn't he just crack Robins skull like an egg?

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Captain America died in 1968 during the war in Vietnam. He was resurrected and killed off again in 2007 for refusing to register his secret idenetity with the government. (Why is there always a full moon when a superhero dies?)

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Mister Miracle was killed in the mid 1990's, was brought back to life and killed again last year.

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Aquaman was killed off in the seventies and in 2006. He was replaced with a sword and sorcery type character, and I hear that sales of the Aquaman comic were so horrible after this they were cancelled. Aquaman will be back as a zombie in Blackest Night. I wonder if he will be able to command dead seafood? I just had an image of being attacked by a boiled lobster.

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The entire Legion of Superheroes have been killed off and rebooted so many times I don't know where they stand today. Superboy survived, died as Superman, and came back.

So, the next time your favorite superhero bites the dust, hold on, chances are they will come back and die again.