Bomb Threat Walmart Mooresville 12/11/2017

Update. All clear: 7:37 pm

Following a bomb threat at Walmart this afternoon, Mooresville Police cleared the building and conducted a thorough search. The search is now complete, no suspicious objects were found and the scene is all clear. All roads have been re-opened.

Police are asking people to stay inside and off the roads near Talbert Road. According to WBTV and other sources. The Mooresville Police Department and all safety personnel are following protocol for the incident.

The Walmart in Mooresville has been evacuated. And a portion of 150 from Norman Station Boulevard to Talbert Road is closed.

Photo Mooresville Walmart evacuation from twitter

Photo credit twitter and WBTV

Officials are advising drivers to stay clear.

Police said the store received a call claiming a chemical would be released inside the store. Detectives are searching for that caller.

Walmart statement:

“Our Mooresville store did receive a bomb threat and was evacuated for approximately 2 hours today. The store has reopened after no threat was found. Please refer to local law enforcement with additional questions.”

No further updates at this time.

update 7:14 pm. It appears to be all clear with Walmart. And they are continually monitoring the area and following procedures.

The Grilled Cheeseus and the Holy Spirit

Are you wondering how you can make a grilled cheese and have a holy connection with that grilled cheese?  Well, we have found that for you.  Not a paid promotion.  Just a cool item on Amazon. Have you seen this before. 

A phot of Jesus on a grilled cheese sandwich from a grill press

Photo credit Amazon


Let’s read the actual description for this item.  The link is directly to Amazon we are not affiliated with this product.  

Description of the Grilled Cheeseus:

  • The GRILLED CHEESUS® is an electronic sandwich press that toasts the face of Jesus onto your sandwich bread. Inspire your family at the dining room table or impress your friends at a party. However you slice it, the GRILLED CHEESUS® lets you bring little grilled miracles to mealtime, snack time, or anytime.

Features and Deatails of the Grilled Cheeseus:

  • Features
  • Toasts the face of Jesus on every sandwich
  • Non-stick plates mean heavenly quick clean ups!
  • The rays help to evenly distribute heat ensuring the perfect toast.
  • TV show GLEE based an episode on the cheesus (Season 2, Episode 3: Grilled Cheesus)
  • A portion of our proceeds go to doing good deeds around the world.

Tell us below if you like this product, or if you think you know someone who will.  I think it could be a great way to start a lunch or breakfast.  Especially in a Catholic Church or religion class that serves meals. 

Keep on inventing, don’t reinvent the wheel.  Just improve and tweak it. Thanks, and in case you wanted to see a picture of Jesus.  

Here he is, a photo of Jesus and the sacred heart

Jesus and the sacred photo and he looks happy

Photo credit wiki

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The Grilled Cheeseus and the Holy Spirit

Are you wondering how you can make a grilled cheese and have a holy connection with that grilled cheese?  Well, we have found that for you.  Not a paid promotion.  Just a cool item on Amazon. Have you seen this before. 

A phot of Jesus on a grilled cheese sandwich from a grill press

Photo credit Amazon


Let’s read the actual description for this item.  The link is directly to Amazon we are not affiliated with this product.  

Description of the Grilled Cheeseus:

  • The GRILLED CHEESUS® is an electronic sandwich press that toasts the face of Jesus onto your sandwich bread. Inspire your family at the dining room table or impress your friends at a party. However you slice it, the GRILLED CHEESUS® lets you bring little grilled miracles to mealtime, snack time, or anytime.

Features and Deatails of the Grilled Cheeseus:

  • Features
  • Toasts the face of Jesus on every sandwich
  • Non-stick plates mean heavenly quick clean ups!
  • The rays help to evenly distribute heat ensuring the perfect toast.
  • TV show GLEE based an episode on the cheesus (Season 2, Episode 3: Grilled Cheesus)
  • A portion of our proceeds go to doing good deeds around the world.

Tell us below if you like this product, or if you think you know someone who will.  I think it could be a great way to start a lunch or breakfast.  Especially in a Catholic Church or religion class that serves meals. 

Keep on inventing, don’t reinvent the wheel.  Just improve and tweak it. Thanks, and in case you wanted to see a picture of Jesus.  

Here he is, a photo of Jesus and the sacred heart

Jesus and the sacred photo and he looks happy

Photo credit wiki

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Hoffa is back and he is trying to Fly

Not click bait I promise

Well guess who is back, and flying again?  That’s right it’s Hoffa from AskHoffa.com, and our team is ready to start with a few new projects.  

Some educational streaming videos for younger viewers.  Some daily blog and vlog videos on another channel.  And maybe some interview style questions with live callers with certified housing and credit counselors on another channel.  Content may include home retention as well as loss mitigation assistance for free.  And credit score information, as well as tips, free credit repair advice and steps, and even questions on debt management.  

We are not sure yet of all content but, we will hopefully have something for some people.  We are especially proud at Powerhouse Productions LLC to have started a New YouTube channel venture and site dedicated for children 0-5 to watch videos that are educational, fun, colorfully shot and edited with some production value added that is simple and designed for there age group.  Some thing that can be both entertaining and educational at the same time.  

We are in preproduction with this adventure and the studio is complete. The equipment is being tested.  And training and lesson plans are already being written with a script, and an outline of the work flow.  

We hope you and the children in your life enjoy them as much as we will creating them.  And if anyone has any suggestions about, what children would like to watch on there tablets or phones so moms, dads, babysitters, and you get the point can eat dinner, fold laundry, drive to the store, or to do anything really.  When you just really need a few minutes, or as a reward for your child doing something positive. Let us know in the comments below.  And will try to use your examples moving forward.  We are doing this for our audience and we appreciate you.  

We just want content that will also keep their attention span, help them with counting, colors and at the same time be free for everyone through a media like YouTube.  And by subscribing, you will get notified when all the new videos are available.  Also you can easily go through your favorite videos located in the same area.  

So it’s easy for the kids to just click the next video or you to choose a video or playlist for them.   This is also something that can work if you are visiting your nieces or nephews.  Now you have access to safe, family and children viewing friendly, content on any media device. 

We are looking forward to giving back to both the adults who need a break and to the kids.  Who can clear there mind and follow along to some music, education, shapes, colors, letters, animals.  At the same time, watching and learning some cool tricks they can try at home together with you.  Or if it’s a project they can’t do at home.  At least the children will see how long it takes and how to clean up after.  

Thank you all , hope you enjoy 2017 & 2018 with the AskHoffa team and Powerhouse Productions LLC working together with some external partners on some projects.  

Tune in and thanks for subscribing and have a great week.  Solar eclipse week in America.  Be safe out there.  And let’s hope this eclipse unites us, as a human race.  Even if it’s just for the day!

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Never Too Old to Code

When 82-year-old Masako Wakamiya first began working she still used an abacus for maths — today she is one of the world’s oldest iPhone app developers, a trailblazer in making smartphones accessible for the elderly.
Frustrated by the lack of interest from the tech industry in engaging older people, she taught herself to code and set about doing it herself.
The over 60s, she insists, need to actively search out new skills to stay nimble.
“As you age, you lose many things: your husband, your job, your hair, your eyesight. The minuses are quite numerous. But when you learn something new, whether it be programming or the piano, it is a plus, it’s motivating,” she says.
“Once you’ve achieved your professional life, you should return to school. In the era of the internet, if you stop learning, it has consequences for your daily life,” Wakamiya explains during an AFP interview at her home near Tokyo.
She became interested in computers in the 1990s when she retired from her job as a bank clerk. It took her months to set up her first system, beginning with BBS messaging, a precursor to the internet, before building her skills on a Microsoft PC, and then Apple’s Mac and iPhones.

Head shot of 82 year old programmer Masako Wakamiy

Photo Credit Twitter and Wiki Masako Wakamiy


She asked software developers to come up with more for the elderly, but a repeated lack of response led her to take matters into her own hands.
Wakamiya learned the basics of coding and developed ‘Hinadan’ one of Japan’s first dedicated app games for the over-60s — she is now in such demand that this year Apple invited her to participate at their prestigious Worldwide Developers Conference, where she was the oldest app creator to take part.
– ‘Source of inspiration’ –
‘Hinadan’ — ‘the doll staircase’ — was inspired by the Hina Matsuri, a doll festival which takes place every March, where ornamental dolls representing the emperor, his family and their guests are displayed in a specific arrangement.
In Wakamiya’s app, users have to put them in the correct positions — a task which is harder than it sounds, requiring memorisation of the complex arrangements.
The app, which is currently only available in Japanese, has been downloaded 42,000 times with hundreds of positive comments from users.
And while these figures are relatively small compared to Japan’s big-hitting apps which are downloaded in their millions, ‘Hinadan’ has proved popular enough that Wakamiya plans to release English, Chinese and possibly French versions of the app before next year’s festival.
Its success has propelled her on to the tech world stage, despite the industry’s reputation for being notoriously ageist
In Silicon Valley, workers in their 40s are considered old by some firms and according to media reports citing research firm Payscale, the median age for an employee at Facebook is 29 and at Apple is 31.
But international tech firms and start-ups are slowly waking up to the economic potential of providing for silver surfers, and Wakamiya has already met with Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook.
Wakamiya recalls: “He asked me what I had done to make sure that older people could use the app. I explained that I’d thought about this in my programming — recognising that older people lose their hearing and eyesight, and their fingers might not work so well.”
“Mr Cook complimented me,” she says proudly, adding that he had hailed her as a “source of inspiration”.
– No time for sickness –
Wakamiya concedes that she finds “writing lines of code is difficult” but has a voracious appetite to learn more.
“I want to really understand the fundamentals of programming, because at the moment I only learned the elements necessary for creating Hinadan,” she explains.
More than a quarter of Japan’s population is aged 65 and above, and this is projected to rise to 40 percent by 2055. The government is struggling to ensure its population remains active and healthy — and so also see the dynamic octogenarian as an inspiration.
“I would like to see all Japanese elderly people have the same motivation,” one official told AFP.
Wakamiya says her ultimate goal is to come up with “other apps that can entertain older people and help transmit to young people the culture and traditions we old people possess”.

Masako Wakamiy on stage

Photo Credit Twitter and Wiki Masako Wakamiy


“Most old people have abandoned the idea of learning, but the fact that some are starting (again) is not only good for them but for the country’s economy,” said Wakamiya, who took up the piano at 75.
Hinting that her good health is down to an active mind and busy life, she adds: “I am so busy everyday that I have no time to look for diseases.”

Recent 2017 photo of Masako Wakamiy

Photo Credit Twitter and Wiki Masako Wakamiy

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Mac users beware: an infamous and sophisticated Windows malware has made its way to macOS, and it could infect your machine via a common outlet.

The backdoor malware — known as Snake, Turla, or Uroburos — has been infecting Windows machines since at least 2008. Three years ago, it was ported to Linux systems, and now, it has just been adapted to infect Mac users, according to a MalwareBytes blog post. A highly sophisticated malware, it’s thought to have been created by the Russian government, and according to security firm Fox-IT, it’s been used to attack high-profile targets such as large corporations, as well as military and government institutions.

Another Olympic Legend Retires Bob Costas

Joe Brackets info card

Another Olympic Legend RetiresJoe Brackets info card

Usain Bolt,  Michael Phelps,   and now add Bob Costas to the list of Olympic legends who retired after the Rio Games.  I can’t say I’m completely surprised that Costas is passing the torch to Mike Tiricio.  You knew that was the plan as soon as NBC hired Tirico.  I must admit I’m a little surprised by the timing of the announcement, though.  I wonder if Costas knew when he signed off in Rio that it would be for the last time as NBC’s Face of the Olympics.

NBC made it abundantly clear that Bob Costas was their Olympic host until he decided he didn’t want to do it anymore, so this decision was mutual, if not entirely his own.  He had earned that right.  For most people in this country (and some in the Caribbean who watch NBC’s coverage on satellite), Bob Costas IS the Olympics.  Baseball will always be his favorite sport.  He’s said as much.  But Bob Costas will, first and foremost, always be associated with the Olympics before anything else.

While he’s not for everybody, Bob Costas is my favorite sportscaster.  That’s mainly because of the Olympics.  In fact, that’s probably the case for a lot of people.  They love the Olympics because of Bob Costas or like Bob Costas because of the Olympics.

Costas now enters what he’s calling the “Brokaw Phase” of his career.  Tom Brokaw retired as the anchor of NBC Nightly News almost a decade ago, but he’s still all over the network’s coverage of major events.  It’ll be the same thing for Bob Costas now.  He’ll still work for NBC and will still be a part of their major sports coverage.  And I’m sure he’ll keep his job at MLB Network doing some play-by-play and studio stuff for them.  But now he has a little more freedom.  He won’t be the face of everything.

It also means he’ll have to do far less travel.  The next three Olympics are all in the Far East.  That had to come into his decision, too.  That’s a lot of travel for anybody, and I’m sure all the traveling he’s done throughout his career has taken a toll.  And while I’m sure we’ll still see Bob in Korea (and certainly in Tokyo), he won’t have to dedicate the hours of Olympic prep or go all over the world shooting features beforehand.  Now he can be much more selective with his travel schedule.

When he had to miss a week of the Sochi Games because of an eye infection, it became clear to everyone that NBC needed some sort of succession plan.  Matt Lauer did an excellent job filling in (and Meredith Vieira was fine on the days she covered), but that was a strong reality check for NBC.  Bob Costas had been such a gamer that they never thought about a replacement.  But that made them realize how badly they needed one.  Bob Costas wasn’t going to anchor the Olympics forever.

I cannot think of a better person to take over for him than Mike Tirico, either.  Tirico has proven time and again that he’s the best broadcaster in the business.  And one of the most versatile.  We already knew that from his days at ESPN, when he went from Monday Night Football to golf to the US Open to anchoring the Euro 2016 studio show.  At NBC, he’s moved seamlessly from hosting Football Night In America to filling in on play-by-play (he’s the eventual replacement for Al Michaels, too) to doing whatever else the network has asked him to do while not really having a definitive “role” for him.

In fact, I’d argue that of all the NBC Olympic hosts in Rio (including Bob Costas), Mike Tirico was the best.  It was his first time covering an Olympics, but you never would’ve known it.  He wasn’t just reading the teleprompter and throwing it from one event to another, either.  He legitimately knew what he was talking about and threw in some additional little tidbits about events that NBC might’ve just been peeking in on while waiting for something else to start.  The portion of the daytime block anchored by Mike Tirico was the highlight of NBC’s Olympic coverage in Rio.

After the hot mess that was NBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony, it was so refreshing to have Tirico host the Closing Ceremony.  And NBC’s coverage of the Closing Ceremony was how much better as a result?  (The obvious lesson here is: Mike Tirico > Hoda Kotb.)

One of the traditional elements of an Olympic Closing Ceremony is the cauldron being extinguished before a performance by the hosts of the next Games.  NBC then sends it back to the studio for a final sign-off.  It turns out that when Bob Costas signed off in Rio, it was for the last time.

For the first time since 1998 (when CBS had coverage) and the first time on NBC since 1988, it won’t be Bob Costas that welcomes us to an Olympics next year.  When they sign on for the first time in PyeongChang, Mike Tirico’s face will be the first one we see.  There’s no sportscaster more qualified or better equipped to take on the role.  (It’s like when Matt Lauer took over for Bryant Gumbel on the Today Show.)  With Mike Tirico at the helm, NBC Olympics is in good hands.

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Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors with Wells Fargo helping Jed Morgan 

Helping Our Communities Through Volunteering & Giving, is what we need to see in America. Bringing people together, and let’s embrace 2017 and help everyone succeed. 

Accessible homes for wounded warriors is an amazing journey many people can volunteer to help with. And helping someone be able to live life a little easier.  

Disabled military veterans receive accessible homes, free of charge, through Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors and support from Wells Fargo.
DECEMBER 22, 2016

Kathleen Llewellyn wrote original story, with added excerpts by our staff. 

Going in and out of his second-story apartment is a struggle for U.S. Marine Corps veteran Jed Morgan. A roadside bomb in Afghanistan claimed both of his legs above the knee and left him with only partial use of his right hand.

“One of the biggest challenges is having to go up and down stairs any time I want to get out of the house,” Morgan said.

A friend brought Morgan’s story to Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors, a nonprofit group that builds and remodels homes to make them handicap accessible for veterans. Shortly after, a phone call from the organization’s founder, former NFL player Jared Allen, changed everything.

“Jared called me and said, ‘Hey, we want to build you a house,’” said Morgan.

Allen founded Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors after taking part in a USO tour. All the services it provides to veterans are free.

“I don’t think our service men and women who come back from Iraq and Afghanistan with debilitating injuries should be further hindered by wondering how they’ll function in homes that aren’t accessible,” said Allen.

One of Allen’s first calls when he set out to launch the nonprofit was to his financial advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors, who put him in touch with the firm’s area market manager, David Kistner. Kistner jumped at the opportunity to help.

“You have individuals who are double, triple amputees that are in wheelchairs or have prosthetic legs. It’s challenging. So giving them a home that provides them the ability to live a great life is truly inspiring,” Kistner said.

Wells Fargo has provided more than $120,000 to support seven home builds since 2011. Wells Fargo team members have contributed more than 470 volunteer hours toward the cause, both in “sweat equity” on the builds, and in sponsoring an annual golf tournament that is one of the nonprofit’s primary fundraisers.

“Wells Fargo has been amazing for us because it has been such a personal relationship,” said Allen. “It’s been from day one. They’ve never turned their back, never told us no, and we’ve pushed through and they continue to outdo themselves every year.”

For Morgan, who is expecting his second daughter with his wife Anna, the new home is a blessing.

Photo of family getting help for wounded warrior

Photo credit Wells Fargo


“Being able to get out easily, and do the things I enjoy doing, and having a safe place for my family – that’s a huge sense of freedom for me,” he said.

Watch the three-minute video to see the Morgans touring their new home and visiting with some of the Wells Fargo volunteers who helped build 

Well folks, it’s glad to see Wells Fargo stepping up to help then rave woman and men who proudly service this country like my grandfather did.  God Bless all the first responders. 

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Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors with Wells Fargo helping Jed Morgan 

Helping Our Communities ThriveVolunteering & Giving is what we need to see in America. Bring people together and let’s embrace 2017 and help everyone succeed. 

Accessible homes for wounded warriors is an amazing journey many people can volunteer to help with. And helping someone be able to live life a little easier.  Disabled military veterans receive accessible homes, free of charge, through Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors and support from Wells Fargo.
DECEMBER 22, 2016

Kathleen Llewellyn

Going in and out of his second-story apartment is a struggle for U.S. Marine Corps veteran Jed Morgan. A roadside bomb in Afghanistan claimed both of his legs above the knee and left him with only partial use of his right hand.

“One of the biggest challenges is having to go up and down stairs any time I want to get out of the house,” Morgan said.

A friend brought Morgan’s story to Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors, a nonprofit group that builds and remodels homes to make them handicap accessible for veterans. Shortly after, a phone call from the organization’s founder, former NFL player Jared Allen, changed everything.

“Jared called me and said, ‘Hey, we want to build you a house,’” said Morgan.

Allen founded Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors after taking part in a USO tour. All the services it provides to veterans are free.
“I don’t think our service men and women who come back from Iraq and Afghanistan with debilitating injuries should be further hindered by wondering how they’ll function in homes that aren’t accessible,” said Allen.

One of Allen’s first calls when he set out to launch the nonprofit was to his financial advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors, who put him in touch with the firm’s area market manager, David Kistner. Kistner jumped at the opportunity to help.

“You have individuals who are double, triple amputees that are in wheelchairs or have prosthetic legs. It’s challenging. So giving them a home that provides them the ability to live a great life is truly inspiring,” Kistner said.

Wells Fargo has provided more than $120,000 to support seven home builds since 2011. Wells Fargo team members have contributed more than 470 volunteer hours toward the cause, both in “sweat equity” on the builds, and in sponsoring an annual golf tournament that is one of the nonprofit’s primary fundraisers.

“Wells Fargo has been amazing for us because it has been such a personal relationship,” said Allen. “It’s been from day one. They’ve never turned their back, never told us no, and we’ve pushed through and they continue to outdo themselves every year.”

For Morgan, who is expecting his second daughter with his wife Anna, the new home is a blessing.

Photo of family getting help for wounded warrior

Photo credit Wells Fargo


“Being able to get out easily, and do the things I enjoy doing, and having a safe place for my family – that’s a huge sense of freedom for me,” he said.

Watch the three-minute video to see the Morgans touring their new home and visiting with some of the Wells Fargo volunteers who helped build 

Well folks, it’s glad to see Wells Fargo stepping up to help then rave woman and men who proudly service this country like my grandfather did.  God Bless all the first responders. 

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“A Dog’s Purpose” cleared of wrong doing, video was a fake!

“A Dog’s Purpose” cleared of wrong doing, video was a fake!  All animals are healthy as per Humane Society.  People should support the film because of the unfair attempt to discredit and discourage people from a night at the cinema. 

It goes to show that anyone can edit a video to get across the point they want to convey.  As you may have heard or watched a video a few weeks ago was exploited to show a possible dog in a movie to be forced into a scene.  What was left out was the real fotage and the fact the heated pool and animals where in no danger.  The video appeared to be leaked and published before the movie ” A Dog’s Purpose” was set to be released.  In which is a loving story of the affection and power of love you can feel for your four legged companions.  

And just so everyone is aware, American Humane said it requested a veterinary checkup on the dog last week, and the results show it’s healthy.

A video appearing to show a dog in distress during filming of the movie “A Dog’s Purpose” was “deliberately edited for the purpose of misleading the public and stoking public outrage,” according to an independent, third-party investigation.

American Humane, an organization tasked with ensuring safety of animal actors on set, said the investigation’s findings “confirm that no animals were harmed in those scenes and numerous preventative safety measures were in place.”

A dogs eyes and cropped face for movie photo

Photo Credit : IMDB “A Dog’s Purpose”


Controversy erupted last month when TMZ published a minute-long video that appeared to show a German Shepherd unwilling to perform a stunt for the film in rushing water. The video also apparently showed the dog in danger of drowning when it eventually became submerged in a pool.

The video went viral days before “A Dog’s Purpose” was set for theatrical release.

At the time, the film’s producer Amblin Entertainment and distributor Universal Pictures issued a statement that the production team “followed rigorous protocols to foster an ethical and safe environment for the animals.”

American Humane said the independent investigation was conducted by “a respected animal cruelty expert” who viewed additional footage from the set and talked with eyewitnesses.

The investigation found the video “mischaracterized the events on set” and notes, “A full spectrum of preparation and safety measures were in place.”

But the group does acknowledge handling of the dog when it appeared unwilling to enter pool “should have been gentler and signs of stress recognized earlier.”

The statement from Amblin and Universal said that on the day of the shoot, the dog actor named Hercules “did not want to perform the stunt portrayed on the tape so the Amblin production team did not proceed with filming that shot.”

American Humane said the investigation found the leaked video failed to show what happened after a second scene in which the dog slips underwater. The dog was “placed in a warming tent and received an examination that found no signs of stress,” American Humane said.

American Humane said it requested a veterinary checkup on the dog last week, and the results show it’s healthy.

So it should be good practice, to maybe think back to not judging a book by its cover.  Because you just may not be getting.  The whole story, or the correct unedited story. 

Go take the family and enjoy a good, positive warm family movie.  And appreciate the hard work the animals and trainers go through.  Let’s not make animals in movies disappear like people made the circus vanish.  

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