Parents of toddlers around the nation are very familiar with “Dora the Explorer”, the colorful animated kids show that teaches kids valuable lessons like helping others as well as teaching them Spanish.  Most parents are also familiar with “Go, Diego, Go!”, the popular “Dora” spin-off. 

But are parents as familiar with a similar show entitled, “Ni-hao, Kai-Lan”?  The show’s curriculum parallels that of “Dora” and “Diego” but teaches children Mandarin Chinese along with Chinese culture and values. 

Considering that China owns a large percentage of the U.S. debt (much more than Mexico), it might be a good idea to ditch “Dora” and “Diego” and begin showing “Kai-Lan” to your children instead. 


Did you know that half of the world’s supply of raisins is grown in California?

Giant Squid
Giant Squid

Recently giant squids have been attacking swimmers and divers off the coast of San Diego, and several have been washing ashore dead on arrival as well. 

Scientists hypothesize that the creatures may be migrating from Mexico as a result of global warming or food shortages.  Yet is there a more sinister plot at work here?

It is a well-known fact that Californians tend to be left-leaning and that California is currently in the middle of a budget crisis.  Could conservatives actually be unleashing these beasts in hopes of thinning out the liberal swarms in the Golden State?  Hmmm…


Who doesn’t fondly recall the oatmeal raisin cookies of their childhood, those tasty treats that deceive unsuspecting children who assume those dark blobs are,  in fact, chocolate?  Here’s a recipe for the classic oatmeal raisin cookie.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


3/4 cup softened butter (use imitation butter, like “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter”)

1 cup packed brown sugar (Splenda makes a brown sugar mixture)

1/2 cup sugar (again, Splenda substitutes nicely)

1/4 cup milk (make it nonfat!)

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats

1 cup raisins


Heat oven to 350 F.

Beat butter, brown sugar, sugar, milk, egg, and vanilla until light and fluffy.

Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.

Add to butter mixture.  Mix well.

Stir in oats and raisins. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets.

Let cookies cool and enjoy.

Yields 3 dozen cookies.

There’s a sinister and disturbing new fetish that could just negatively impact your time at the gym.  A man from Duluth, Minnesota, is being sought by the police for having a sexual fetish involving slashing exercise balls

Alarmingly, this man may not be the only one enjoying rubber balls.  Check out this clip of Andrew Breitbart from last night’s “Red Eye” on Fox News:

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