Thursday, February 12, 2009

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (born October 10, 1974) is a professional American race car driver who drives the #88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet Impala SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series for Hendrick Motorsports, and drives in the Nationwide Series part-time for the #5 car for his own team, JR Motorsports. He is the son of the late NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt, Sr.. He is also the grandson of the late NASCAR driver Ralph Earnhardt and Robert Gee, a legend in the NASCAR shops, the half-brother of former driver Kerry Earnhardt, the uncle of driver Jeffrey Earnhardt, and the stepson of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team owner Teresa Earnhardt.

2009 NASCAR Sprint Car Confirmed Drivers and Teams

Confirmed Drivers and Teams

Because of the merger of DEI with Chip Ganassi, the #01 and #15 shops closed after the 2008 season. However, the owners' points from the #15 were transferred to the #34, while points from either the #01 or #41 will be transferred to the #09, with the #33 owned by Richard Childress possibly receiving the other. (NASCAR allows for a transfer if the original owner maintains some stake in the team to which points are transferred.) Also Bill Davis Racing was bought by Triad Racing, however the #22 was bought by Penske Racing with Bill Davis holding minority interest. The #22's points were transferred to the #77, thus guaranteeing that car a spot in the Daytona 500 should all other transfers occur.[1]
NOTE: Only confirmed drivers and sponsors are listed.
Those with a pink background must qualify on time for the first five races.
Car # ↓ Driver ↓ Sponsor ↓ Car Make ↓ Full or Part Time ↓ Team ↓ 2008 Owners Standings ↓
00₪ David Reutimann Aaron's Toyota Full Time Michael Waltrip Racing 26th
02 Flag of Texas Brad Coleman?
Marc Davis? Farm Bureau Toyota Part Time Joe Gibbs Racing 55th
07 Casey Mears Jack Daniel's Chevrolet Full Time Richard Childress Racing 5th
08 Flag of New York James Hylton TBA Ford Part Time Carter/Simo Racing 44th
09 Flag of Michigan Brad Keselowski
Flag of Tennessee Sterling Marlin

Flag of Oregon Mike Bliss
Flag of Missouri Ken Schrader
Miccosukee Resort & Gaming Chevrolet
Dodge Full Time Phoenix Racing 46th
1 Martin Truex, Jr. Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Full Time Earnhardt Ganassi Racing 16th
2 Kurt Busch § Miller Lite Dodge Full Time Penske Championship Racing 19th
5 Mark Martin Kellogg's / CARQUEST Chevrolet Full Time Hendrick Motorsports 21st
6 David Ragan UPS Ford Full Time Roush Fenway Racing 13th
7 Robby Gordon Jim Beam Toyota Full Time Robby Gordon Motorsports 33rd
8 Aric Almirola Guitar Hero World Tour Chevrolet Full Time Earnhardt Ganassi Racing 14th
9 Kasey Kahne Budweiser Dodge Full Time Richard Petty Motorsports 15th
11 Denny Hamlin FedEx / Farm Bureau Toyota Full Time Joe Gibbs Racing 8th
12 David Stremme Verizon ʋ Dodge Full Time Penske Championship Racing 18th
13 Max Papis(R) Geico Toyota Part Time Germain Racing 51st
14× Tony Stewart § Office Depot /
Old Spice /
Burger King Chevrolet Full Time Stewart Haas Racing 41st
15 Marc Davis WHUR / Bobcat Toyota Part Time Marc Davis Motorsports New Team
16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford Full Time Roush Fenway Racing 3rd
17 Matt Kenseth § DeWalt Tools Ford Full Time Roush Fenway Racing 11th
18 Kyle Busch M&M's/Snickers/
Interstate Batteries Toyota Full Time Joe Gibbs Racing 10th
19 Elliott Sadler Best Buy / Stanley Tools Dodge Full Time Richard Petty Motorsports 24th
20 Joey Logano (R) Home Depot / Farm Bureau Toyota Full Time Joe Gibbs Racing 9th
21 Bill Elliott § Motorcraft Ford Part Time Wood Brothers Racing 38th
23 Mike Skinner
Robert Richardson TBA Chevrolet Part Time R3 Motorsports New Team
24 Jeff Gordon § DuPont / Pepsi /
National Guard Chevrolet Full Time Hendrick Motorsports 7th
25 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Part Time Hendrick Motorsports 49th
26 Jamie McMurray Crown Royal Ford Full Time Roush Fenway Racing 17th
27±× Kirk Shelmerdine TBA Toyota Full Time Kirk Shelmerdine Racing New Team
28 Travis Kvapil TBA Ford Part Time Yates Racing New Team
29 Kevin Harvick Shell / Pennzoil /
Hershey's Chevrolet Full Time Richard Childress Racing 4th
31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet Full Time Richard Childress Racing 6th
33 Clint Bowyer General Mills / BB&T Chevrolet Full Time Richard Childress Racing 32nda
34≠ Flag of Pennsylvania John Andretti Window World Chevrolet Full Time Earnhardt Ganassi Racing/Front Row Motorsports 27th
36 Scott Riggs Toyota Full Time Tommy Baldwin Racing New Team
39° Ryan Newman US Army Chevrolet Full Time Stewart Haas Racing 30th
41 Jeremy Mayfield All Sport Toyota Full Time Mayfield Racing Enterprises New Team
42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target / Wrigley's Chevrolet Full Time Earnhardt Ganassi Racing 25th
43 Reed Sorenson United States Air Force / McDonald's Dodge Full Time Richard Petty Motorsports 22nd
44≈ AJ Allmendinger Valvoline Dodge Part Time Richard Petty Motorsports 36th
46 Carl Long TBA Dodge Part Time Carl Long Racing New Team
47# Marcos Ambrose Little Debbie / Clorox /
Kingsford Charcoal /
Bush's Baked Beans Toyota Full Time JTG Daugherty Racing 35thb
48 Jimmie Johnson § Lowe's / Kobalt Tools Chevrolet Full Time Hendrick Motorsports 1st
51 Kelly Bires /
Dexter Bean TBA Chevrolet Part Time Blackjack Racing New Team
55 Michael Waltrip NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Full Time Michael Waltrip Racing 29th
57 Norm Benning TBA Chevrolet Part Time Benning Racing New Team
60 Boris Said TBA Dodge Part Time Carter/Simo Racing 48th
64 Geoff Bodine
Todd Bodine
Larry Gunselman TBA Toyota Part Time Gunselman Racing New Team
66 Terry Labonte §
Dave Blaney Window World Toyota Full Time Prism Motorsports New Team
71 Mike Wallace TBA Chevrolet Part Time TRG Motorsports New Team
75 Derrike Cope TBA Dodge Part Time Cope / Keller Racing New Team
77 Sam Hornish, Jr. Mobil 1 / Penske Truck Rental /
AAA - Auto Club Dodge Full Time Penske Championship Racing 31stc
78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Chevrolet Part Time Furniture Row Racing 40th
82• Scott Speed (R) Red Bull Toyota Full Time Red Bull Racing Team 34th
83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota Full Time Red Bull Racing Team 20th
87 Joe Nemechek TBA Toyota Full Time NEMCO Motorsports New Team
88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. AMP Energy /
Mountain Dew /
National Guard Chevrolet Full Time Hendrick Motorsports 12th
96& Bobby Labonte § Ford Full Time Hall of Fame Racing /
Yates Racing 28th
98! Paul Menard Menards Ford Full Time Yates Racing 23rd
99 Carl Edwards Aflac /
Subway Ford Full Time Roush Fenway Racing 2nd

2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule

2009 Sprint Cup Schedule
Date Race Length Site TV Radio1 Time
(US ET*)
2/7 Budweiser Shootout ♣ ¶ Segment 1: 25 Laps;
62.5 miles (100.6 km);
Segment 2: 50 Laps;
125 miles (201 km) Daytona International Speedway FOX MRN 8 PM
2/12 Gatorade Duels ¶ ♥ Two races;
each 60 Laps
150 miles (240 km) Daytona International Speedway SPEED MRN 12 noon
2/15 Daytona 500 ♣ 200 Laps
500 miles (800 km) Daytona International Speedway FOX MRN 2 PM
2/22 Auto Club 500 250 Laps
500 miles (800 km) Auto Club Speedway FOX MRN 3:30 PM
3/1 Shelby 427 285 Laps
427.5 miles (688.0 km) Las Vegas Motor Speedway FOX PRN 3:30 PM
3/8 Kobalt Tools 500 325 laps
500.5 miles (805.5 km) Atlanta Motor Speedway FOX PRN 1:30 PM
3/22 Food City 500 500 Laps
266.5 miles (428.9 km) Bristol Motor Speedway FOX PRN 1:30 PM
3/29 Goody's Cool Orange 500 500 Laps
263 miles (423 km) Martinsville Speedway FOX MRN 1:30 PM
4/5 Samsung 500 334 Laps
501 miles (806 km) Texas Motor Speedway FOX PRN 1:30 PM
4/18 Subway Fresh Fit 500 ♣ 312 Laps
500 kilometres (310 mi) Phoenix International Raceway FOX MRN 8 PM
4/26 Aaron's 499 188 Laps
500.8 miles (806.0 km) Talladega Superspeedway FOX MRN 1 PM
5/2 Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 ♣ 400 Laps
300 miles (480 km) Richmond International Raceway FOX MRN 7 PM
5/9 Southern 500 ♣ 367 Laps
501.322 miles (806.800 km) Darlington Raceway FOX MRN 7 PM
5/16 NASCAR Sprint Shootout and All-Star Race XXV ¶ ♣ Shootout: Two 20 Lap 30 miles (48 km) segments;
All-Star Race: Four 25 Lap 37.5 miles (60.4 km) segments Lowe's Motor Speedway SPEED MRN 7 PM
5/24 Coca-Cola 600 ♣ 400 Laps
600 miles (970 km) Lowe's Motor Speedway FOX PRN 5 PM
5/31 Best Buy 400 400 Laps
400 miles (640 km) Dover International Speedway FOX MRN 1:30 PM
6/7 Pocono 500 200 Laps
500 miles (800 km) Pocono Raceway TNT MRN 12:30 PM
6/14 Lifelock 400 200 Laps
400 miles (640 km) Michigan International Speedway TNT MRN 12:30 PM
6/21 Toyota/Save Mart 350 110 Laps
350 kilometres (220 mi) Infineon Raceway TNT PRN 3:30 PM
6/28 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 301 Laps
318.458 miles (512.508 km) New Hampshire Motor Speedway TNT PRN 12:30 PM
7/4 Coke Zero 400 ♣ 160 Laps
400 miles (640 km) Daytona International Speedway TNT MRN 6:30 PM
7/11 400 ♣ 267 laps
400.5 miles (644.5 km) Chicagoland Speedway TNT MRN 6:30 PM
7/26 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard 160 Laps
400 miles (640 km) Indianapolis Motor Speedway ESPN IMSRN† 1 PM
8/2 Pennsylvania 500 200 Laps
500 miles (800 km) Pocono Raceway ESPN MRN 1 PM
8/9 Centurion Boats at the Glen 90 laps
220.5 miles (354.9 km) Watkins Glen International ESPN MRN 1 PM
8/16 3M Performance 400 200 Laps
400 miles (640 km) Michigan International Speedway ESPN MRN 1 PM
8/22 Sharpie 500 ♣ 500 Laps
266.5 miles (428.9 km) Bristol Motor Speedway ESPN PRN 7 PM
9/6 Pep Boys Auto 500 ♣ 325 Laps
500.5 miles (805.5 km) Atlanta Motor Speedway ESPN PRN 7 PM
9/12 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 ♣ 400 Laps
300 miles (480 km) Richmond International Raceway ABC MRN 7 PM
2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup (All races on ABC)
9/20 Sylvania 300 300 Laps
317.4 miles (510.8 km) New Hampshire Motor Speedway PRN 1 PM
9/27 Camping World RV 400 400 Laps
400 miles (640 km) Dover International Speedway MRN 1 PM
10/4 Camping World RV 400 presented by Coleman 267 Laps
400.5 miles (644.5 km) Kansas Speedway MRN 1 PM
10/11 Pepsi 500 250 Laps
500 miles (800 km) Auto Club Speedway MRN 3 PM
10/17 Bank of America 500 ♣ 334 Laps
501 miles (806 km) Lowe's Motor Speedway PRN 7 PM
10/25 TUMS QuikPak 500 500 Laps
263 miles (423 km) Martinsville Speedway MRN 1 PM
11/1 AMP Energy 500 188 Laps
500.8 miles (806.0 km) Talladega Superspeedway MRN 1 PM
11/8 Dickies 500 ♣ 334 Laps
501 miles (806 km) Texas Motor Speedway PRN 3 PM
11/15 Checker Auto Parts 500 312 Laps
500 kilometres (310 mi) Phoenix International Raceway MRN 3 PM
11/22 Ford 400 ♣ 267 Laps
400.5 miles (644.5 km) Homestead Miami Speedway MRN 3 PM

My Favorite Anime Series, Part 1

3000 Leagues in Search of Mother
8 Man
A.D. Police: To Protect and Serve
AM Driver
Absolute Boy
The Adventures of Hutch the Honeybee
The Adventures of Pepero
Piccolino no Bōken
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (anime)
The Adventures of Tweeny Witches
Adventures of the Little Koala
Adventures of the Little Mermaid
The Adventures of the Little Prince (TV series)
Aesop World
Afro Samurai
After War Gundam X
Agatha Christie's Great Detectives Poirot and Marple
Ah My Buddha
Ai Shite Knight
Ai Yori Aoshi
Ai no Gakko Cuore Monogatari
Aim for the Ace!
Air (visual novel)
Air Gear
Air Master
Aishiteruze Baby
Akagi (manga)
Akahori Gedou Hour Rabuge
Akaneiro ni Somaru Saka
Akazukin Chacha
Akiba-chan (anime)
Alice SOS
Alive: The Final Evolution
All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku
Allison & Lillia
Alpen Rose
Alps Story: My Annette
The Amazing 3
Amazing Nurse Nanako
Anderson Monogatari
Android Kikaider (anime)
Angel Heart (manga)
Angel Links
Angel Tales
Angel's Feather
Angelic Layer
Angelique (Japanese series)
Angie Girl
Animal Yokochō
Anime Syuukan DX! Mi-Pha-Pu
Anmitsu Hime
Anne of Green Gables (anime)
Antique Bakery
Aoi Blink
Aoki Densetsu Shoot!

American Cocker Spaniel

The American Cocker Spaniel is a breed of dog that originated in the United Kingdom and was brought to Canada and then Spain and the United States in the late 1800s. American Cocker Spaniels were given their own AKC Stud Book in the early 1900s. By 1946, the English Cocker Spaniel was distinct enough in type from the "American" variety, that the American Kennel Club established it as a breed separate from the English Cocker Spaniel. It was given its own Stud Book and that left the "American" type to be known as the Cocker Spaniel in the United States. They are in the sporting breed group of dogs and are the smallest of their group. American Cocker Spaniels were used to flush out birds and prey from the brush so their masters could shoot them.

American Akita

The American Akita often called simply Akita is a dog breed from the mountainous northern regions of Japan. The American Akita is considered a separate breed from the Akita Inu (Japanese Akita) in many countries around the world, with the notable exceptions of the United States and Canada. In the US and Canada, both the American Akita and the Akita Inu are considered a single breed with differences in type rather than two separate breeds. Note that in 2005 the FCI-designation Great Japanese Dog was officially changed to American Akita.

Kerry Blue Terrier

The Kerry Blue Terrier is a breed of dog mistakenly thought to be of County Kerry in South West Ireland; it is actually from Tipperary. In its motherland it is often called the Irish Blue Terrier. Over time the Kerry became a general working dog used for a variety of jobs, including herding cattle and sheep and as a guard dog. It was, however, primarily developed for controlling "vermin" including rats, rabbits, badgers, foxes, otters and hares . Today the Kerry has spread around the world as a companion and working dog. Despite a Kerry Blue winning Crufts - the most important UK dog show - in 2000, it remains an unfashionable breed. Not as threatened as some of the other terrier breeds (Skye Terrier, Sealyham Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier), it is still distinctly uncommon.

West Highland White Terriers

West Highland White Terriers, commonly known as Westies, are a breed of dog known for their distinctive white coat. This breed is commonly recognised through its use as a mascot for Black & White (a brand of Scotch whisky), and on the packaging of Cesar brand dog food.
Westies are descended from Cairn Terriers, who occasionally whelped white puppies naturally, and Scottish Terriers, who also occasionally produced white offspring. White offspring from other terriers such as the Bedlington Terrier and Dandie Dinmont Terrier were occasionally introduced to the bloodline for desired characteristics, but this practice generally stopped in the 1850s.

Some sources also credit Colonel Edward Donald Malcolm and his kin of Poltalloch in the Argyll region of western Scotland as an originator of this breed in the 1800s. Other sources credit the 8th Duke of Argyll (Chieftain of Clan Campbell) as an originator of the breed. However, there may have been some cooperation between the two gentlemen. It may have taken as long as a hundred years of selective breeding to produce all the desired qualities. Their white coat made them highly visible when hunting on the Scottish moors and easily distinguished them from their game. This was an extremely important factor because hunters sometimes mistook brown dogs for foxes and shot them. They also possess a sturdy frame.

Originally the breed was known as the Poltalloch Terrier (after the name of Malcolm's home). They were also known as the Roseneath Terrier (after the name of Argyll's home; see Rosneath), White Roseneath Terrier, and at the end of the 19th century, briefly as a white variety of the Scottish Terrier.

Westies are bred for hunting. Their prey is usually small animals such as rabbits, squirrels and mice, but they were also used to hunt foxes and badgers. Young females are known as the keenest hunters. Ideally, a prospective owner should buy two males for company, as males often get lonely.

Fox Terrier

The name Fox Terrier or Foxy refers primarily to two different breeds of dog, the Smooth Fox Terrier and the Wire Fox Terrier, that were independently bred in England in the mid-19th century. The two terrier breeds are very similar, with the only major difference being the coats. The Smooth Fox Terrier has a smooth, flat, but hard and dense coat, whereas the Wire Fox Terrier coat should appear broken with a dense, wiry texture.

In show circles, the terms fox terrier and foxy are only used for these two breeds, but in other communities around the world, particularly rural and farming ares, these words are used for these breeds and also to refer to mixed-breed dogs or working terriers of fox terrier type, or to descendent breeds such as the Toy Fox Terrier and Miniature Fox Terrier, which are similar to each other.

Welsh Terrier

The Welsh Terrier is a breed of dog, one of many terrier breeds. It is suited for hunting fox, birds, and badgers and for being kept as a pet. The Welsh Terrier originates from Wales and has existed since the 1800s. Its origins lie in the Old English Black and Tan Terrier that existed in England as early as the 13th century. It also existed in Wales and it was that sort that finally was registered by The Kennel Club under the name Welsh Terrier. Until 1900, it was called the "Old English Terrier" or "Black and Tan Rough Haired Terrier". The breed has been recognised since 1886 and is more common than the Airedale Terrier or the Fox Terrier.

Hypoallergenic dog

A Hypoallergenic dog breed is a dog breed (or crossbreed) that is alleged to be safer for allergic persons than other breeds, although a New York Times article finds that allergists believe that "all the safe-breed theories are just wishful thinking". Allergists do recognize that at times a particular allergy patient will be able to tolerate a particular dog, but they agree that "the luck of the few with their pets cannot be stretched to fit all allergic people and entire breeds of dogs."

hypoallergenic dog breeds
Affenpinscher Doesn't shed
Airedale Terrier Doesn't shed
American Hairless Terrier No hair/No Dander
Basenji Doesn't shed
Bedlington Terrier Doesn't shed
Bearded Collie Hair pH same as human hair
Bichon Frisé Recommended by AKC for allergy sufferers, along with some other breeds
Bolognese Doesn't shed
Cairn Terrier Sheds little to no fur. However, among the worst breeds for excessive barking, which thus produces saliva and dander.
Chinese Crested Has very little fur, doesn't shed much but still produces saliva and dander
Coton de Tulear Doesn't shed
Dandie Dinmont Terrier Doesn't shed
Doberman Pinscher Dense coat; doesn't shed
Fox Terrier (Wire) Sheds little to no hair. However, among the worst breeds for excessive barking, which thus produces saliva and dander.
Greyhound Short hair, single coat
Goldendoodle Crossbred with poodle, if coat is inherited from the poodle parent it will not shed, if coat is from the Golden Retriever parent, it will shed
Havanese Doesn't shed
Irish Water Spaniel Doesn't shed
Italian Greyhound Short hair, single coat
Kerry Blue Terrier Single-coated, short hair, sheds less
Maltese Doesn't shed
Peruvian Inca Orchid No hair
Poodles of all sizes Doesn't shed.Due to extreme intelligence poodles need proper, consistent training to prevent excessive barking
Poodle hybrid Crossbred -if coat is inherited from the poodle parent it will not shed, if coat is from the other parent, it may shed
Pomeranian Minimal dander due to small size and can be easily washed in the sink
Portuguese Water Dog Doesn't shed
Puli Doesn't shed
Samoyed No dander
Schnauzers of all sizes Short hair, sheds less. However, among the worst breeds for excessive barking, which thus produces saliva and dander.
Scottish Terrier Doesn't shed.
Sealyham Terrier Doesn't shed. Produces less dander.
Silky Terrier Does not shed. Hair will come out when brushed or combed. However, among the worst breeds for excessive barking, which thus produces saliva and dander.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Doesn't shed
Welsh Terrier Doesn't shed
West Highland White Terrier Sheds little to no hair. However, among the worst breeds for excessive barking, which thus produces saliva and dander.
Wolf Hybrid No dander. A wolf's coat is fur, not hair, and there is no smell or body odor to the coat. Also, their skin is thick like cowhide so they don't get fleas or ticks.
Yorkshire Terrier Hair has same pH as human hair. hair will come out when brushed. However, among the worst breeds for excessive barking, which thus produces saliva and dander.
Xoloitzcuintli No hair but still produces saliva and dander

Electronics Recycling

Most major computer companies run their own national mailback programs. Usually for a fee, but sometimes free, these companies will send you a pre-paid mailing label, or let you print the label using their website. You then package your unwanted computer equipment and send them along, or arrange a pickup. Also, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency runs a Plug-In To eCycling program. Participants in the program agree to maintain strict standards in recycling. To view a list of the EPA Plug-in Partners, go to:

Below is a list of National Manufacturer Mail back programs.

Apple: Offers free computer take-back and recycling with the purchase of a new Mac. US customers who buy a new Mac through the Apple Store or Apple's retail stores will receive free shipping and environmentally friendly disposal of their old computer. To recycle a used computer or other electronic equipment without purchase, Apple customers in the U.S. and Canada see:

AT&T Wirelss: Cell phones and PDAs, plus accessories and batteries for those devices. In-store drop-off (AT&T-operated and participating authorized dealer stores only). See:

Canon: Canon offers a mail-back program that accepts CANON brand of consumer binoculars, camcorders, cameras (digital & film), fax machines, ImageCLASS products, PC copiers, printers, projectors or other video equipment, or scanners. Pricing is based on the product category:

projectors or other video equipment, or scanners. Pricing is based on the product category::
+ $6, plus applicable sales tax – Binoculars, Camcorders, Cameras, Compact Photo Printers, Film Scanners and Video Equipment
+ $12, plus applicable sales tax – Flatbed Scanners (CanoScan) and Bubble Jet Products: printers, multifunction all-in-ones, and fax machines
+ $36, plus applicable sales tax – ImageCLASS Products, Laser Fax Machines and PC Copiers

For more information, call 1-800-385-2155 and tell the representative that you would like to participate in the Canon Consumer Product Recycling Program or go to:

* Dell: You will need to provide your own box and packing material. Dell offers free PC recycling at any time for Dell-brand products. Dell also offers free recycling when purchasing a new Dell product. Dell offers a mail-back program for any brand PC and related equipment for $10 per box (i.e. one PC per box, one monitor per box). See:

Epson: Epson offers a mail-back program that accepts EPSON printer, scanner, digital camera, laptop, computer or projector. The fee for this service is only $10 per item which includes shipping and recycling costs. Users of the service also receive a $5 coupon per item returned, for use at the Epson Store. For more information, see:

Gateway: Gateway offers a trade-in program and a recycling program available to customers who have made a recent Gateway purchase. In order to verify your eligibility, you will need to provide a valid serial number and proof of purchase of your new Gateway or eMachines product. The cost of the recycling program is determined by entering its weight at the site below.
o Trade-in Program information
o Recycling Program information:


HP: Mail-back program with home/office pickup for $13-34 depending on the type and quantity of hardware to be returned. Any HP or non-HP brands of personal/office computer equipment or peripherals are accepted. This includes printers, scanners, fax machines, personal computers, desk-top servers, monitors, handheld devices, etc. – along with their associated external components such as cables, mice, keyboards, etc. This program does not accept monitors with broken glass or other types of consumer electronic equipment such as VCRs, DVDs, televisions, etc.


IBM: As part of its product end-of-life management (PELM) activities, IBM began offering product takeback programs in Europe in 1989 and has extended and enhanced them over the years. IBM's Global Asset Recovery Services organization now offers Asset Recovery Solutions to commercial customers in 21 countries worldwide, and continues its efforts to extend them further. The IBM PC Recycling Service allows consumers and businesses to recycle any manufacturer's PCs, including system units, monitors, printers and optional attachments for $29.99 which includes shipping.
For more information on the service go to:

* Intel: Offers a mail-back program for any Intel branded product sold to individual consumers, such as Intel boxed processors, Intel boxed motherboards and Intel brand network cards. Historical items such as Intel brand PC cameras, Intel brand PC microscopes, Intel brand keyboards, etc. are also appropriate for returning to Intel for proper recycling. You are responsible for packaging and shipping the item/s to the appropriate address, and Intel will ensure returned products are properly recycled. For more information:

* Lexmark: Lexmark offers a mail back program called the Lexmark Equipment Collection Program. Through this program, customers may return any end-of-life Lexmark branded products (inkjet and laser printers, all-in-one products and multifunction products), and Lexmark will recycle the equipment for free.
For more information, call 859-232-3022 or go to Lexmark

* LG Electronics: LG Electronics has announced a new take-back program, offering free recycling of LG electronics and appliances. They will take back LG brands, as well as ZENITH and GOLDSTAR, which they also now own. Consumers can drop off up to 5 items for free. They will take back other company products, but consumers will likely have to pay to drop them off. LG is partnering with Waste Management's Recycle America, similar to the Sony program. They currently have 160 sites and are pledging to have at least one site in every state by September 2008.

* Panasonic:As a service to all Panasonic mobile computer individual and organizational customers, Panasonic, through its partner PlanITROI, offers three interconnected, retired IT asset solutions covering product remarketing, reuse, or recycling. Each option for Panasonic's Toughbook® mobile computers offers the assurance that the units will receive proper, environmentally sound disposal at their useful end of life. All units handled under the PlanITROI's recycling process are managed in accordance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency EPEAT standards. The process works the same for all customers and is free of charge. In addition, all units are handled in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense standards for data removal.

* Sony: At Sony, we support the recycling of our products with the same respect we have when creating them. Teaming up with Waste Management, we’ve built a recycling program that makes it easy to dispose of electronics in an environmentally-safe way. Bring your unwanted Sony product to any participating Waste Management eCycling drop-off center and recycle it for free:

* Toshiba: Toshiba offers a trade-in program:

Other Mailback/Buyback Programs:

Costco: Computers, CRT and LCD monitors, camcorders, digital cameras, fax machines, game systems, MP3 players, PDAs, personal printers and smartphones. Free mail-in recycling. Trade-in value paid in Costco gift cards for some items.
N.E.W. Customer Service Company: An electronics buyback program called ecoNEW. Under this program, consumers can return any electronics products they own to participating retailers even if they weren’t purchased at the store. In return they’ll receive an in-store credit gift card.

TechForward: Techforward offers a twist on the conventional online trade in service by allowing users to "lock in" the future value of their products today for a fee. Once a user has locked in a "guaranteed buy back plan" today they are given trade in values for their product for six months to two years in the future. At any point they can trade in their product for that value. The buyback guarantee also comes with the guarantee that the product will be either reused or recycled, not thrown out.

United States Post Office: The “Mail Back” program makes it easier for customers to discard used or obsolete small electronics by using free envelopes found in 1,500 Post Offices to mail back inkjet cartridges, PDAs, BlackBerry devices, digital cameras, iPods and MP3 players — without having to pay for postage.

VenJuvo: VenJuvo offers an online service where customers can trade old, broken, or unwanted electronics, ranging from video game systems to GPS units, for cash or store credit. The service, available online at, allows users to quickly calculate the value of their product based on condition and accessories included, and then receive payment either through PayPal or by mail. Payment can be received either in the form of cash or credit to major retail stores. VenJuvo also offers a free recycling service for unwanted products that have no trade in value.

Cell Phone Recycling Options:


Best Buy: Best Buy allows individuals to drop off old cell phones, inkjet cartridges and rechargeable batteries for recycling with a drop box in the entryway of each store. The same drop box provides self-mailer envelopes and labels for people who wish to send in their old inkjet and toner cartridges from home.


Motorola: Motorola offers free cell phone recycling programs are great fundraisers for K-12 schools and they reflect Motorola's commitment for maintaining a safe and healthy environment.


Myboneyard: Myboneyard offers users the ability to recycle old PCs, cell phones, and laptops online. The site also offers monetary rewards to users for their products.


Nokia: Nokia's Connect to Recycling program is an innovative take-back initiative focused on recycling and safe disposal of products. Keeping Nokia products out of landfills advances human technology, while respecting the environment.


Pace Butler: - Pays cash for some cell phones. A list of purchase prices can be found here -


T-Mobile: Cell phones, accessories, batteries and PDAs. In-store drop-off and mail-in.


WalMart and ReCellular: Earth Share, and ReCellular are working together to keep cell phones out of landfills - a postage paid return label can be found here:


Wireless: Wireless... The New Recyclable is a program the wireless industry has created to facilitate environmentally sound practices among carriers and manufacturers, as well as to educate consumers about how to recycle their wireless devices. Either your wireless carrier and/or the manufacturer of your wireless phone participate in Wireless ... The New Recyclable. All participants in the program allow you to either drop off your used wireless phones and accessories at their retail stores, regardless of the model phone. Other programs have mail-in options. Go to to learn how and where you can recycle your wireless phone. This website can help you locate a local donation center, find a charity you want to support, direct you to a mail-back program or direct you to an on-line auction where you can sell your old mobile phone(s).

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

No Stimulus Petition

‘No Stimulus Petition’ is blowing up as Obama faces full-court press.

The two hottest searches on Google today are for Americans for Prosperity and No Stimulus Petition, which links you to the anti-Obama stimulus package movement and an online petition. Evidence enough that Barack Obama faces an uphill battle for the hearts and minds, as his White House has allowed the anti-stimulus package forces to define the legislation and the terms of battle. Classic framing theory, and surprising to see just how rookie the Obama Administration handled it.

We still have two chances to win in the House or Senate!

The Senate mustered 61 votes to squeak through the Collins/Nelson amendment, better known as the “compromise” stimulus plan.

If you listen to the mainstream media, this means the fight is over, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and President Obama win, and it’s time to move on. Not so fast!

The bill will go to a conference committee to work out differences between the House and Senate versions. The conference committee will be a brand-new feeding frenzy of wasteful pork projects.

One reason is likely that he won’t/can’t stand up publicly to the self-destructive House Democrats. Sure, less than 1 percent of the House bill was really pork. But it was pork that was indefensible, and at a total tab of more than 800 billion, it was pork that individually ran into the tens of millions of dollars.

Americans for Prosperity

Americans for Prosperity’s “No Stimulus Petition” circulates online Americans for Prosperity (AFP) and Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFP Foundation) are committed to educating citizens about economic policy and mobilizing those citizens as advocates in the public policy process. AFP is an organization of grassroots leaders who engage citizens in the name of limited government and free markets on the local, state and federal levels. The grassroots members of AFP advocate for public policies that champion the principles of entrepreneurship and fiscal and regulatory restraint.
The petition reads that “Congress should not enact an expensive spending bill under the pretense of stimulus or recovery. We cannot spend our way to prosperity, and such an expansion of the federal government will put a crushing burden on taxpayers in the long-term.”

Americans for Prosperity’s objections to the plan include: claims that “only 3.6% of the scheme’s $825 billion price tag would actually go to real, practical infrastructure projects--roads and bridges; that the Congressional Budget Office has said the plan would actually hurt the economy; and last, that the plan would represent “the first steps towards the socialization and government-mandated rationing of health care.”
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The group had collected 200,000 signatures on the petition as of this writing. President Obama, meanwhile, has continued to try and shore up American support for the legislation.

So far, 20 percent of Americans are unsure of where they stand on the plan.