Sites of the Week: October 20, 2012

“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble in the road.”

Henry Ward Beecher

June 24, 1813 – March 8, 1887

Factoid: Americans are expected to spend $370 million on Halloween costumes for their pets this year–$70 million more than last year. An estimated 15% of the population will buy outfits for their pets.

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you may be interested in this Ask Bob Rankin column describing a new advertiser tracking feature introduced by Apple with their iOS 6 operating system and how to easily disable it:

Now on to this week’s sites.  This week, I’m sending out three ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations.

Al E. Smith Dinner

The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner is an annual white tie charity fundraiser for Catholic Charities USA held in New York. It is in honor of former New York Governor Al Smith, the first Catholic presidential candidate who lost the 1928 election in a landslide win for Herbert Hoover. The first dinner was in 1945, the year after Al Smith’s death. Since 1960 when Nixon and Kennedy were speakers, it has become a tradition in election years for the two major presidential candidates to speak. You may have already read some of Romney’s and Obama’s jokes, but you have to watch this video. No matter whom you’re supporting in this critical election, I’m sure you’ll find this video entertaining. I enjoyed both speakers.



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Annual Credit Report

It’s important to monitor your credit to fight identify theft and check for errors that could affect your rating. is a centralized service sponsored by the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Other sites try to trick you into thinking they’re offering a free credit report, but there are strings attached. I’ve personally used this site for several years. It’s quick, easy, secure and FREE. You can request your credit report once every 12 months. You can optionally purchase your credit score, but the report itself is free.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”



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