Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Debt Diva's Frugal Fitness Guide 2/26/11

Break a Sweat without Breaking the Bank to Stay Frugal and Fit in 2009

COLUMBIA, Md. -- More than 80 million Americans go on diets each year, taking a pledge to lose weight, but getting in gear and joining a gym can add up during these tough economic times. But you don't have to break your healthy resolution because it's breaking your bank. The Debt Diva, Clarky Davis, offers some great ways to stay in shape on budget in the new Debt Diva Frugal Fitness Guide.

The Frugal Fitness Guide outlines ways consumers can save money in all areas of their fitness routine. Ordinary items in the home can become workout tools, turning a living room into a gym. 


"You'd be surprised at how differently you can look at your couch, a dinner table and even a wall," says Davis on turning your home to your very own gym. "Everyday items around the home can used as props to hold your feet, keep you balanced and most importantly, help you get in shape you fulfill your resolution to get fit and fabulous, frugally."

Consumers can also learn smart ways to buy the right foods to stay healthy without spending a fortune. The Debt Diva's Guide points consumers to community resources they can use on a regular basis to help them save money and stay on track. Davis also suggests ways to lock in a routine alone or with a workout buddy.

Davis offers some great alternative ways to get fit. Stay on top of your fitness goal in 2009 with these tips from The Debt Diva:

1. The best thing you can do for yourself is just to get up and start moving! Take a few minutes each day to stretch out before you start any exercise is a great way to start any workout whether it'scardio or strength training.

2. The American Heart Association says that a simple 20 to 30 minute walk three times a week will make you feel more energetic, happier and calmer. You mostly want to increase your heart rate when you're working out, because the more it increases, the more calories you burn. And the more you burn, the more fat you'll lose.

3. If you have a limited amount of time and are jumping into a workout routine for the first time, start with squats, lunges, pushups and crunches. And best of all, these are all things you can do in your home using ordinary items in your home for support - like the floor, a wall, your couch or even a dining room chair.

4. A set of weights is as close as your pantry. A regular can of soup weighs just about 2 pounds, which is fine to start with if you haven't done much exercise. If you've tried a can of soup, use water bottles for more mass, which can weight about 3 to 4 pounds.

5. After you drink the water, dry out the bottle and fill it with rice to increase the weight.

6. When you've started to build your routine, try using plastic milk jugs filled with water (or just halfway) to increase the weights you are lifting. Just remember to tape the lids on securely or do these exercises on a linoleum or tile floor in case you have a spill.

7. Walking and jogging are great cardio exercises you can do around the house.

8. Cleaning your house also burns the calories just like walking and jogging. An hour of cleaning will burn about 200 calories! Check out this nifty calculator to see how many calories you're burning by doing chores!

9. Work out with a friend. You'll help each other stay motivated and you'll most likely stick to a routine because you know someone else is counting on you.

10. Turn your workout into time for the family by incorporating activities for everyone. It can be as simple as a game of tennis or a visit to the playground.

"Getting fit on a budget can be fun and rewarding for your wallet and your health," says Davis. "Don't forget to set short term and long term goals for your workout. Your short term goal should be achievable within a month, while your long term goals can be achieved over an extended period of time. Reward your short term goals with a new work out challenge so you're not spending what you've saved. Then take the money you save and reward yourself in a big way, with a new outfit for example, when you achieve your long term goal."

To find more unique ways to turn ordinary items at home into your personal gym, download the entire Frugal Fitness Guide at www.thedebtdiva.com.

About The Debt Diva

Clarky Davis has more than five years of experience in the debt management industry and more than 10 years of hard-won personal experience with credit cards and debit cards. The money saving tips the Debt Diva offers have all been tested and proven by the glamorous girl herself. Davis now offers these hard-won insights to others seeking to maximize their tight budgets and deal with debt. 

5 Serial Killers They Never Caught 2/26/11

Serial killers are among the most elusive of violent criminals, leaving few patterns and calling cards for the authorities to work with. Some killers get their retribution from death, incarceration on other charges or perhaps give up their life of crime, leaving a gaping hole in the justice system and accountability for the record.

Serial killers are among the most elusive of violent criminals, leaving few patterns and calling cards for the authorities to work with. Some killers get their retribution from death, incarceration on other charges or perhaps give up their life of crime, leaving a gaping hole in the justice system and accountability for the record. Here are a few high profile cases that remain a mystery:





The Boston Strangler.

The Boston Strangler crime spree throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut began on June 14, 1962 and came to a close in January 1964 with the arrest of Albert DeSalvo, the self-confessed serial killer. However, forensic technology, not available during the early 1960's, has proven conclusively through DNA testing that DeSalva had lied about at least one of the 13 murders of the female victims.

Although DeSalvo was tried, convicted and held his claim to be the Boston Strangler, his testimony and account of the crime scenes were largely inaccurate, save for the crime scene information that was made public in the newspapers. In addition, the body of the final victim, Mary Sullivan, was exhumed and put through a DNA test using trace elements of vaginal semen. The body fluids did not match DeSalvo and the M/O circumstances were inconsistent, most notably the use of a ligature to strangle, rather than the bare hands.

Upon the arrest of Albert DeSalvo, the gruesome murders had come to a halt, however, that does not mean conclusively that DeSalvo was the killer. Perhaps the real Boston Strangler took the cue that he now had a scapegoat for prosecution, and walked away from his murderous rampage. It's also possible that he had died or was incarcerated on unrelated charges. The truth may never be known who the real Boston Strangler was, or if he is still living among us, but the desperate plea for attention from DeSalvo has long lost its veracity that he did indeed commit these crimes.





Smiley Face Murders.

Since the late 1990's, at least 40 young males, across 11 states, have been murdered and dumped in a serial killer pattern known as the "Smiley Face" murders. The name was adopted for the psychotic and sinister "smiley face" left near to the primary or secondary crime scenes, positioned in a highly visible place where law enforcement could make the connection. The M/O for the victims has been a consistent target against college-aged males, mostly under 25 years old, Caucasian, observed as intoxicated in bar, and traveling alone. Most of the victim's remains were dumped into a river or similar body of water, although the cause of death was something other than drowning.

NYC detectives, Kevin Gannon and Anthony Duarte have studied the evidence and pieced together this most puzzling case, drawing a conclusion that the murders may have been committed by more than one person, perhaps a sadistic group of serial killers drifting across the northeast and mid west regions. The FBI, however, does not concur with the detective's findings and still remains open to the possibility that the 40 murders may be unrelated. Whether the police or the feds are correct, the killings have been bonded together with the trademark smiley face, and only time will tell who will be taken into custody for these brutal and senseless killings.





The Zodiac Killer.

The Zodiac Killer crime spree claimed 37 lives from June 4, 1966 till it came to an abrupt halt on October 11, 1969. The murders took place from the Bay Area in northern California, to the central coastline in Santa Barbara and one attack in Riverside County, with no obvious M/O signs linking the victims by gender, race, age, locality or pattern of sexual assault.

After a three year killing spree, letters presumed to have been written by the serial killer were sent to a number of newspapers for publication. The texts resembled a discombobulated sense of thinking, with repetitive ideas, simplistic verbiage, poor grammar, multiple misspellings and over 400 words run together without the use of a period. Claiming to be the Zodiac Killer, the author of the messages seemed to savor the infamous publicity and enjoyed the cryptic cat and mouse routine with the police.

By 1992, only one suspect has been taken into custody upon an eyewitness testimony that Arthur Leigh Allen was the man who shot a suspected Zodiac victim 23 years earlier, however, DNA results and fingerprints could not prove a match to the 1968 crime scene. Although the Zodiac killings have ceased, there is no statute of limitations on murder, so the investigation will continue until the killer could no longer be living.





The Axeman of New Orleans.

From May 1918 until October 1919, New Orleans and the surrounding neighborhoods lived in a cloud of terror with 8 grizzly axe murders sweeping through the dark of the night. The perpetrator picked his victims randomly, with no preference or similarities among them, even hacking to death a pregnant woman and an infant she held in her arms. Not all of the victims died, however, the few that survived lived to tell a gruesome tale of savagery not seen since the days of Jack the Ripper.

Although there has not been conclusive proof of a name attached to the Axeman of New Orleans, it has been theorized that a possible link may be made to one Joseph Momfre, a name that concurs with New Orleans residency, who was shot to death during the commission of a crime in Los Angeles in 1920. The hole in that theory remains that there was no homicide record of a Joseph Momfre in L.A. by law enforcement and no record of a coroner's acceptance of a body by that name. Whether or not Momfre was indeed the Axeman will never be known, and the lapse of time would most likely render the suspect dead by natural causes.









The Phantom Killer of Texarkana.

On February 22, 1946, the Phantom Killer murder spree began on a quiet road known as Lover's Lane with the homicide of 23 year old Jimmy Hollis, who was parked in a car with his 19 year old girlfriend, Mary Jeanne Larey. Hidden away in the secluded darkness, the victims were attacked at gunpoint and ordered out of the car. Hollis sustained a fatal injury from a blow to the back of his head, while Larey made a run for it down the dark and desolate road. However, the killer caught up to Larey and taunted her with rape until a passing vehicle illuminated the highway, enabling Larey to escape.

This vicious cycle of death would continue until May 4, 1946, claiming 8 victims and 5 decedents in the states of Texas and Arkansas. Although the victims did not share any significant characteristics that would link them together, the method of operation of the Phantom Killer would yield some strange and curious signals as to when he would attack. Many of the crimes were committed under a full moon and became known locally as the "moonlight murders", sending a chilling fear through the region when the lunar cycle was complete. Law enforcement has had their theories on who the Phantom Killer could have been, however, no one was formally charged with the string of midnight murders.

Charlie Sheen’s ‘Two and a Half Men’ Cancelled 2/26/11


Production on Charlie Sheen’s TV comedy series ‘Two and a Half Men’ has been cancelled.
Bosses behind the show decided to axe the remaining four shows of the season following a rant by the troubled actor about the show’s creator Chuck Lorre in which he called him a “pu**y punk” and a “charlatan”.
In a statement, Warner Bros. Television and broadcaster CBS said, “Based on the totality of Charlie Sheen’s statements, conduct and condition, CBS and Warner Bros. Television have decided to discontinue production on ‘Two and a Half Men’ for the remainder of the season.”
However, the 45-year-old actor – who is currently receiving rehab at home for a drink and drug problem – has hit back at Chuck, who he has called a “contaminated little maggot”.
In an open letter, he said, “What does this say about Haim Levine [Chuck Lorre] after he tried to use his words to judge and attempt to degrade me. I gracefully ignored this folly for 177 shows … I fire back once and this contaminated little maggot can’t handle my power and can’t handle the truth. I wish him nothing but pain in his silly travels especially if they wind up in my octagon.
“Clearly I have defeated this earthworm with my words – imagine what I would have done with my fire breathing fists. I urge all my beautiful and loyal fans who embraced this show for almost a decade to walk with me side-by-side as we march up the steps of justice to right this unconscionable wrong.”
Production had been due to continue on the show next week following a hiatus due to Charlie’s drug problems.