From the Desk of Seth Mela

  • Hugo Chavez Supports Obama

    Posted by Seth Mela

    Hugo Chavez: ‘If I Were American, I‘d Vote for Obama’

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has offered his endorsement of President Barack Obama’s re-election.

    And not just that, he think Obama would vote for him too.

    “If I were American, I’d vote for Obama,” Chavez said in a televised interview that aired Sunday, according to the Associated Press.

    Chavez is seeking another six-year term in an election next weekend. According to Reuters, he’s confident that if it were possible, he‘d have Obama’s support.

    “Obama is a good guy … I think that if Obama was from Barlovento or some Caracas neighborhood, he’d vote for Chavez,” he said.

    It’s a kinder assessment than the one Chavez gave last year, when he reportedly called Obama “a clown” and “an embarrassment.” Chavez famously referred to then-President George W. Bush as “the devil” in 2006.

    According to the AP, Chavez also said he’d like to have “normal” relations with the U.S. Obama was criticized in July after he said Chavez has not been a “serious” national security threat in recent years.


    What bothers me is WHY would a man like Chavez want to support Obama?  What is it about the character of both men are similar?  Why does Chaves support the political agenda of Obama?  These are serious issues to consider...  what do you think?

  • Human vs Animal Life

    Posted by Seth Mela



    The stereotypical "crazy cat lady" doesn't get married.  She lives alone in a hoarder house with anywhere from 17 to 74 cats, until she dies and the cats go feral and stay alive by eating her corpse.

     --And maybe that's for the best . . . because THIS is what happens when a hardcore cat lady gets married.

     --On Tuesday morning, 42-year-old Audrey Deen Miller of Spring, Texas was at home with her husband.  And for whatever reason, he threatened to shoot one of her cats with a PELLET GUN and throw it over a fence.

     --So Audrey grabbed her REAL gun, a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun, and SHOT her husband in the stomach.  The police say, quote, "The husband was trying to do something to the cat and the wife was just trying to protect her cat."

     --The husband was rushed to the hospital in stable condition.  He ended up leaving in his hospital gown and heading back home, but he couldn't get in because the police had Audrey and he didn't have keys.

     --The police found several other cats at the house, plus some dogs and some marijuana.  Audrey was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  The cat was fine.


    How far wold you go to protect your pet???


  • Smarter or More Ignorant?

    Posted by Seth Mela


    Boil an egg: 30%

    Make toast 18%

    Make a pot of tea 26%

    Cook a full English 43%

    Make a spaghetti Bolognese 48%

    Cook a jacket potato 30%

    Make a bed 23%

    Iron a shirt 42%

    Do a white wash 44%

    Dust a room 31%

    Set up a direct debit 44%

    Buy a train ticket 23%

    Pay a bill 35%

    Set up a DVD player 33%

    Use a tumble dryer 50%


    This recent survey makes me a bit nervous about turning over the future of our planet to the next generation.  But it also makes me ask a question; Whose fault is this???

    What do you think?

  • Paddling?

    Posted by Seth Mela

    School violates policy when girl spanked by male administrator


    SPRINGTOWN — Taylor Santos is a top student and athlete at Springtown High School, northwest of Fort Worth.

    "Her grades are very important to her," said her mother, Anna Jorgensen.

    Taylor said she didn't know a fellow student copied some of her classwork, but the school sent both girls to two days of in-school suspension.

    After day one, Taylor didn't want to return. She went to the vice principal's office to request a paddling instead. He had Taylor call her mother, who gave her approval.

    "I knew school policy was females swatted females, and males swatted males," Jorgensen said. "If Taylor wanted that, I said that would be fine."

    But she quickly disapproved when she saw the results and learned who actually did the paddling.

    "I came unglued," Jorgensen said.

    While a woman was present in the room, a male vice principal swatted Taylor. Springtown ISD policy states "corporal punishment shall be administered only by an employee who is the same sex as the student."

    "It looked almost like it had been burned and blistered, it was so bad," Jorgensen said.

    "It was bright red," Taylor said. "I still have welts on me today," she added, 48 hours after the paddling.

    Jorgensen has photos which prove how red her daughter's bottom was.

    The day after the paddling, she called the vice principal.

    "He told me this was normal for her bottom to look like this after receiving swats, and that he was not aware of the school policy that females swat females," Jorgensen said. "But he used too much force."

    Springtown ISD Superintendent Mike Kelley did not agree to an on-camera interview with News 8. Over the phone, he explained schools never administer corporal punishment unless a parent requests it.

    While Kelley would not discuss Taylor's case in particular, he did say the district might have made an error. He also stressed two adults are always present when punishment is administered.

    But we've learned the superintendent wants to do away with the current policy. At a board meeting Monday, Kelley will ask the board to get rid of the same gender requirement. He said the makeup of administrators makes adhering to that policy very difficult on some campuses.

    Jorgensen is upset. She said she will be at the school board meeting to urge them to vote "no."

    "I think Taylor is proof that we need to keep that policy," she said. "I don't believe a man intentionally meant to do that to her, but it still happens, because men are too big and strong to be hitting 96-pound girls."


    How do you feel about spanking in schools?  Is it still necessary?  Is there a difference between "beating" a child and discipline?

  • A True Hero...

    Posted by Seth Mela

    Slain Marine commander’s actions in Afghanistan called heroic

    Ann Heisenfelt/AP - A Marine carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible at Dover Air Force Base, Del. on Sept. 19, 2012. According to the Department of Defense, Raible, of North Huntington, Pa., died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.


    Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible was heading home to video-chat with his wife after dinner when the first blasts rang out. The pops in the distance on Sept. 14 at Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan were harbingers of the most audacious Taliban attack on a major NATO base in the decade-long war.

    Like most folks in the sprawling remote desert camp, Raible, 40, a Marine fighter pilot, faced two choices: seek cover or run toward the sound of gunfire.

    “The difference between me and some people is that when they hear gunfire, they run. When I hear gunfire, I run to it,” the squadron commander had often told his Marines, half in jest, recalled Maj. Greer Chambless, who was with Raible on the night of the attack.

    That evening, Raible did just that. Armed only with a handgun, he embarked on a course that cost him his life and probably averted even more devastating losses, witnesses and comrades said.

    At least 15 heavily armed insurgents dressed in U.S. Army uniforms snuck inside the British-run airfield and incinerated six U.S. fighter jets, each worth about $25 million. The attack offered a sobering glimpse of the capabilities of the Taliban in Helmand province, one of the key targets of the American troop surge that ended this past week. It resulted in a staggering loss of military materiel and served as a reminder of the challenges of winding down the war by the end of 2014.

    By daybreak the next morning, as smoke stopped billowing from the airfield and weary commanders gave the all-clear to U.S. Marines and British Special Forces troops who spent the night defending the camp, it wasn’t the threats raised by the infiltration on the minds of many people on the base. Rather, they were primarily struck by the actions of a tough and widely admired commander who returned home in a coffin.

    This account of the attack on Camp Bastion and the response is drawn from interviews with four witnesses and a summary of the preliminary investigation by the Marine Corps.

    The assailants, assembled into three teams of five fighters, cut a hole in the fence on the eastern end of the airfield at approximately 10:15 p.m. Wearing suicide vests and armed with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, they moved toward hangars where AV-8B Harrier jets were parked and began to open fire.

    “We saw a rocket shoot into the sky,” said Lance Cpl. Danielle Ritter, 21, a combat logistics Marine who was unloading cargo from a truck when the assault began. “At first I thought it was a flare. Then we heard small-arms fire.”

    In the distance, she saw the silhouettes of the gunmen.

    “I didn’t realize who they were until another rocket lit up the sky,” she said, speaking on the phone from Afghanistan. “We just saw the sky light up and rockets go across the sky.”

    The insurgents destroyed six Harriers, the type of aircraft Raible flew to provide backup for Marines on the ground, and significantly damaged two others. Three fueling stations were also lit up.

    About a mile away, Raible had just finished dinner with Chambless, one of his deputies. It had been a long but unremarkable day for the squadron commander. Hours earlier, Raible had flown with one of his officers, Capt. Kevin Smalley, 29. After landing, he went into the office to discuss the mission and take care of paperwork. Shortly after 10 p.m., as he did most nights, Raible headed to his living quarters to call his wife and three children in Yuma, Ariz.

    “He spent a lot of time on the phone, as much as he could spare calling his wife and kids,” Smalley said. “One of his favorite parts of the day was being able to talk to them and see their faces.”

    When it became clear Bastion was under attack, Raible threw on body armor and jumped in a vehicle with Chambless. Because his rifle was not nearby, the commander charged into the combat zone armed only with a handgun. The two men exchanged nary a word during the short drive as they scanned the landscape for insurgents. When they got to the flight line, Raible dashed into a maintenance room and began barking out orders to the Marines who would soon push the assailants back.

    Backed by a handful of men, he ran toward another building to check whether the troops there were safe. Along the way, Raible and his men were attacked. He and Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell, 27, of Kokomo, Ind., died of wounds from an explosion, said Lt. Col. Stewart Upton, a military spokesman. Chambless was devastated but not particularly surprised.

    “It was very fitting that he was killed leading his men from the front,” the major said.

    The men Raible led out of the maintenance building fought back, pushing one team of five assailants into a remote area of the airfield, where they were killed in an airstrike.

    A Taliban statement said the intended purpose of the raid was to catch the foreign troops by surprise and attack them in bed.

    Upton said Raible and his men helped prevent what could have been catastrophic losses. Nine of the remaining assailants were killed in the following hours, and one was wounded.

    “The feeling is that because of the aggressive counter we were able to contain them,” Upton said.

    The week since the attack has been rough for the squadron’s Marines at Bastion as they have come to terms with the loss of their leader and most of the aircraft in the fleet.

    “It’s been a busy week picking up the pieces,” said Smalley, the captain. “We’re focusing back on the mission at hand, getting Marines refocused on the fight. We have already resumed combat operations. We’re going to show the Taliban their little attack is not going to stop us.”


    It's just so hard for me to get excited about Reality TV and those that garner fame when the actual reality has so many unsung heroes.  Remember our men and women of the Armed Forces in your prayers?





  • 25% Tip???

    Posted by Seth Mela

    How much do you tip?  Is it based on the service?  Is it based on wanting to make a good impression on the person(s) you are with?  Have you ever left nothing?  Why?


  • Rediculous, but is it Persecution?

    Posted by Seth Mela

    FL Family Faces Fines for Holding Home Bible Studies

    -Billy Hallowell of

    Over the past few years, a number of families have faced fines and other legal ramifications for hosting home Bible studies.

    Recently, Michael Salman’s case captured widespread attention (he was hosting large meetings in a building on his property and was inevitably imprisoned after failing to comply with zoning regulations). Then, there was a family that was fined in San Juan Capistrano, California, for hosting a Bible study without a permit (a situation that was inevitably amended, with the city changing its code).

    Now, there’s yet another case — this time involving a Florida family — that is capturing headlines. Like the aforementioned cases, Shane and Marlen Roessiger, of Venice, are being held accountable for hosting weekly, Friday night home Bible study meetings that include as many as 10 participants.

    The cost of their zoning violation amounts to $250 per day. In addition to holding the home studies, the Roessiger family is also under fire for posting a small sign in their front yard. It reads, “Need Prayer (941) 484-4915.” The husband and wife, though, aren‘t taking the city’s response to their home Bible studies and personal yard sign without fighting back.

    “It is difficult to understand how it is illegal to have a prayer meeting on Friday night with a half dozen people but it is alright if I invited the same group on Monday evening to watch Monday night Football,” Shane said in an interview with Fox News Radio.

    The family has sought assistance from The Pacific Justice Institute, a conservative legal firm. Brad Dacus, president of the group, is speaking out in defense of the Roessigers.

    “It’s a weekly Bible study. It’s the same kind of Bible study that occurs in households across America,” Dacus said in an interview with Fox News. “They are having a specific problem with this family solely because they are having family and friends over to read the Bible and pray. That may be fine in some tyrannical parts of the world. That is not okay in the United States of America.”

    Pam Johnson, a spokesperson for the City of Venice, defended the city in this case and confirmed the code violations. The specific issue at hand is whether the family has been using its home as a “house of worship.”

    “The Code Enforcement Board has continued both cases, although Mr. Roessiger was found guilty a few months ago of zoning violation (as it relates to land use),” Johnson said in her statement. “It has not been determined at this time if the use violation has been abated. No determination of guilt has been made for the sign issue because the case is continued.”


    This is clearly a case of lack of common sense but I don't think it is Religious Persecution.  But could these types of cases make it easier for Religious Persecution to become mainstream?  I say yes... what do you think?

  • Ask Away!!!

    Posted by Seth Mela

    On tomorrow's show at around 6:35am, we will be answering some of your email! If you have a question or an issue you want us to help you with, just send me an email and we may answer it live on the air!

    Here's an example of what we will be answering...

    My husband and I have three kids, and the oldest of the bunch is our 16-year-old daughter.

    --She's going through that phase where she keeps bu

    gging us about putting a lock on her door.

    --When I was a kid, I wasn't allowed to have a lock on my door. Neither was my husband.

    --I don't want her locking herself in there with her loud music, or even worse, her boyfriend. Especially since I still remember how I was at that age.

    --Unfortunately, our daughter knows how to wear her daddy down . . . and now my husband's actually considering it. He still sees her as a little girl and foolishly thinks we can trust her no matter what.

    --Should I allow my 16-year-old to have a lock on her door? Does any teenager deserve the extra privacy?

    --Janet, 49
  • The Hero Story of the Day!

    Posted by Seth Mela

    12-year-old Marius Schneider of southern Germany has cystic fibrosis, which caused him to have respiratory problems.

    --He was on the organ transplant list, waiting for new lungs . . . but his breathing got worse.  On Friday, April 13th, he had to be put on a ventilator and a heart-lung machine.      

    --That's when his parents, Lars and Anja, got sick of waiting.  Both of them had the same blood type as Marius . . . and both of them had larger lungs than their son.    

    --Those are the two requirements for a transplant . . . so Lars and Anja EACH donated one lung to save their son's life.

    --Surgeons used three operating rooms to do the double-transplant in April.  The surgery took six hours, and Marius spent 155 days in the hospital afterward.

    --He finally got to go home this month . . . and, while his immune system is still weak, he can play soccer and ride his bike.



  • Some Good News...

    Posted by Seth Mela

    Here is some good news to combat all the bad news that we have to sift through...


    83-year-old Howard Cooper has owned Howard Cooper Imports . . . a car dealership in Ann Arbor, Michigan . . . since 1965.

     --Howard decided it was time to retire, and last Wednesday, he announced that he was selling the dealership to an Ohio company called Germain Motor Company.    

     --But Howard gave his employees a bonus to help soften the bad news.  EACH of the 89 employees at Howard Cooper Imports got $1,000 for every year they'd worked there.  

     --Even people who just started a month ago got some money.  Howard prorated it, so they got $83.  People that worked there for six months got $500.  A mechanic who has worked there for 26 years got $26,000.  The guy that drives the parts van got $28,000.

     --And Sandy Reagan, who has worked for Howard since 1966, walked away with a check for $46,000.


    Sometimes the generosity of others can inspire us to look around and see where we may be able to help others.

  • PB&J is Racist???

    Posted by Seth Mela

    Is Peanut Butter and Jelly Racist? One School Says Yes


    Political correctness gone WILD doesn't even BEGIN to describe this one.  An elementary and middle school principal in Portland, Oregon just spoke out against PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICHES . . . for being culturally insensitive.

     --40-year-old Dr. Verenice Gutierrez is the principal of Harvey Scott K-thru-8 School in Portland.  It's a school with 500 kids:  50% are Hispanic, 15% are black, 9% are Asian, and 85% are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

     --So according to the "Portland Tribune", Principal Gutierrez, quote, "picks up on the subtle language of racism every day."

     --For example, last school year a teacher used a peanut butter and jelly sandwich as an example in a lesson.  And now, she'd recommend against that.

     --Quote, "What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?  Another way would be to say:  'Americans eat peanut butter and jelly, do you have anything like that?'  Let them tell you.  Maybe they eat torta.  Or pita."

     --Although apparently she isn't worried about telling these kids they're not American because they don't eat peanut butter and jelly?  Even though most of the kids probably ARE American, with foreign-born parents.


    Political correctness has to have limits.  There needs to be a point where common sense kicks in and the notion that a child could have hurt feelings because of a mention of PB&J needs to be completely rejected.  Then the program that suggests such an absurdity needs to be rejected as well.

    Life is tough sometimes... where a helmet.

  • Sheryl Crow and Cell Phones

    Posted by Seth Mela

    Back in June, SHERYL CROW announced that she had a benign brain tumor.  She said she got checked out because she was starting to forget her lyrics, and she thought maybe she was suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's.

     --Yesterday on KATIE COURIC'S new talk show, Sheryl said she thinks the tumor was caused by CELL PHONE USE.

     --She said, quote, "[In the] early early days when I was promoting my first record, I did hours of [interviews] on the old archaic cell phones."

     --She added that the tumor, which is about the size of her pinky, is located around the area where she held her phone.  Although she admitted, quote, "There are no doctors that will confirm" her cell phone theory.

     --Still, she says that while she has to keep an eye on the tumor, it's, quote, "nothing I have to worry about."  (--Sheryl is also a breast cancer survivor.)


    Please keep in mind that this is the same woman that told us not too long ago that we should all use one single square of toilet paper in order to protect the invironment.  One.

    What do you think?  Is there enough evidence to make you feel differently about using your cell phone?