Thursday, January 31, 2008
I was at the Nature Museum in Chicago yesterday. Fun!
They have a lot of interesting things but the best part is probably all the bugs.
They also have a very cool huge warm and moist tropical room filled with life butterflies. They will sit on and fly around you.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Some go to celebrations, or discussions, some talk about it in their homes or watch something on TV about him....even Oprah is doing a special today...
...and for those who know about my experiences know that we have still a long way to go...
"The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us through his example -- the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership. On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit."
The History of Martin Luther King Day
Who originated the idea of a national holiday in honor of MLK?
by Shmuel Ross and David Johnson
Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday observed on the third Monday in January. In 2007, it falls on King's birthday, Jan. 15.
It took 15 years to create the federal Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday. Congressman John Conyers, Democrat from Michigan, first introduced legislation for a commemorative holiday four days after King was assassinated in 1968. After the bill became stalled, petitions endorsing the holiday containing six million names were submitted to Congress.
Conyers and Rep. Shirley Chisholm, Democrat of New York, resubmitted King holiday legislation each subsequent legislative session. Public pressure for the holiday mounted during the 1982 and 1983 civil rights marches in Washington.
Congress passed the holiday legislation in 1983, which was then signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. A compromise moving the holiday from Jan. 15, King's birthday, which was considered too close to Christmas and New Year's, to the third Monday in January helped overcome opposition to the law.
National Consensus on the Holiday
A number of states resisted celebrating the holiday. Some opponents said King did not deserve his own holiday—contending that the entire civil rights movement rather than one individual, however instrumental, should be honored. Several southern states include celebrations for various Confederate generals on that day. Arizona voters approved the holiday in 1992 after a tourist boycott. In 1999, New Hampshire changed the name of Civil Rights Day to Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.
MLK Holiday Timeline
Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated; Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., introduces legislation for federal holiday to commemorate King
Illinois is first state to adopt MLK Day as a state holiday
Congress passes, President Reagan signs, legislation creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Federal MLK holiday goes into effect
Arizona governor Evan Mecham rescinds MLK Day as his first act in office, setting off a boycott of the state.
State MLK holiday adopted in 44 states
The NFL moves the 1993 Super Bowl site from Phoenix, Ariz., to Pasadena, Calif., because of the MLK Day boycott.
Arizona citizens vote to enact MLK Day. The Super Bowl is held in Tempe, Ariz. in 1996.
For the first time, MLK Day is held in some form—sometimes under a different name, and not always as a paid state holiday—in all fifty states.
New Hampshire becomes the last state to adopt MLK Day as a paid state holiday, replacing its optional Civil Rights Day.
Utah becomes the last state to recognize MLK Day by name, renaming its Human Rights Day state holiday.
South Carolina becomes the last state to make MLK Day a paid holiday for all state employees. Until now, employees could choose between celebrating it or one of three Confederate-related holidays.
The King Holiday honors the life and contributions of America’s greatest champion of racial justice and equality, the leader who not only dreamed of a color-blind society, but who also lead a movement that achieved historic reforms to help make it a reality.
On this day we commemorate Dr. King’s great dream of a vibrant, multiracial nation united in justice, peace and reconciliation; a nation that has a place at the table for children of every race and room at the inn for every needy child. We are called on this holiday, not merely to honor, but to celebrate the values of equality, tolerance and interracial sister and brotherhood he so compellingly expressed in his great dream for America.
It is a day of interracial and intercultural cooperation and sharing. No other day of the year brings so many peoples from different cultural backgrounds together in such a vibrant spirit of brother and sisterhood. Whether you are African-American, Hispanic or Native American, whether you are Caucasian or Asian-American, you are part of the great dream Martin Luther King, Jr. had for America. This is not a black holiday; it is a peoples' holiday. And it is the young people of all races and religions who hold the keys to the fulfillment of his dream.
I have been getting a view of those e-mails as well...Please look stuff up before you forward it.
So I did some research...which took 5 minutes..I went on his site which is very interresting.
No surprise, FOX played a big role in starting the rumour. They did no fact checking and just ran with the story. Idiots!
Obama is not a muslim. But even if he was....? SO WHAT! lol
well, but he is not .
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Papa is getting his in a couple of days. So now Oliver, Papa and I all will have a Smart car!
This has been a remarkable week for smart USA! On Wednesday we delivered the first smart fortwo in the United States and, as of today, deliveries to Reservation Holders are taking place at smart centers nationwide.
We appreciate how anxious all of our Reservation Holders are to take delivery of their very own smart fortwo. We also apologize for not being able to communicate more specific information regarding the status of your individual order.
Reservation Holders whose vehicles are in route from Germany have been notified by smart USA and their dealer. Within the next 30 days any Reservation Holder who has a confirmed order in production will also be notified by smart USA and their dealer.
For all other Reservation Holders, we are working diligently to provide you with a 90 day window for your anticipated delivery, based on assumptions available at that time. This information should be available by the end of March.
Again, we appreciate your continued patience and enthusiasm!
The smart USA Team
Friday, January 18, 2008
I am getting a colonic done , actually I am getting 3 done. I signed up for a package deal lol....
on Monday, Tuesday and Friday
from Ania...I guess Ania and I are going to be friends...she is going to see my ass and what comes out of it, so maybe we are not going to be friends, but we are definitely going to be close....she will go were no one has gone before! lol
I have been thinking and talking about this for a long time. I've been wanting to do this until Billy told me the dangers...well now I am getting it done anyways and so is Billy! I have no idea what changed his mind...
So we are going to get cleaned up....cleansed, this is going to be so gross but it will feel soooo good...I hope.
Anybody ever got one done? Please share your knowledge...I will do the same and tell everybody all about it...lol the ones who want to know will be able to read about it on my blog.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
A woman over 40 will never wake you in the middle of the night to ask, "What are you thinking?"
She doesn't care what you think.
If a woman over 40 doesn't want to watch the game, she doesn't sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do. And, it's usually something more interesting.
A woman over 40 knows herself well enough to be assured in who she is, what she is, what she wants and from whom. Few women past the age of 40 give a hoot what you might think about her or what she's doing.
Women over 40 are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won't hesitate to shoot you, if they think they can get away with it.
Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it's like to be unappreciated.
A woman over 40 has the self-assurance to introduce you to her women friends. A younger woman with a man will often ignore even her best friend because she doesn't trust the guy with other women. Women over 40 couldn't care less if you're attracted to her friends because she knows her friends won't betray her.
Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over 40. They always know.
A woman over 40 looks good wearing bright red lipstick. This is not true of younger women.
Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over 40 is far sexier than her younger counterpart.
Older women are forthright and honest. They'll tell you right off if you are a jerk if you are acting like one! You don't ever have to wonder where you stand with her.
Yes, we praise women over 40 for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it's not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed hot woman of 40+, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year-old waitress.
Ladies, I apologize.
(Some say that Andy Rooney, is the author of this piece, but according to Urban Legends, its source is a mishmash of authors.)
...I have wrinkles, I am getting older...I am proud of that...the experiences, the stories that I have already to tell...I can not wait to know the stories I will be able to tell when I am 80....
Sunday, January 13, 2008
of course Bourbon Street over and over again....
fountain infront of the River Walk Mall
...already in Hawaii Gear!
Palmtrees are pretty much everywhere, these are on the walk to the only land based casino.
Friday, January 11, 2008
A painting that for some reason stuck with me, ..I think because he looks somewhat hideous and deformed...yet arrogant and powerful?
I have to find out more about painter and subject.