Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas & God Bless You!







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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Occupy Support Photos







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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

God and Dads agree (see pic)






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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Single Parent Quote

"The worst day with my children easily beats the best day without them!"



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Friday, November 11, 2011

Thank you-my fellow Veterans!






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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Winston!!!!

I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.     - Winston Churchhill

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. - Winston Churchhill

Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.   - Winston Churchhill

You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.   - Winston Churchhill

If you're going through hell, keep going. - Winston Churchhill

Never, never, never give up.   - Winston Churchhill

We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.  - Winston Churchhill

A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality.  - Winston Churchhill

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. - Winston Churchhill

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.  - Winston Churchhill
Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.  - Winston Churchhill

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.  - Winston Churchhill

I am easily satisfied with the very best.   - Winston Churchhill

I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.  - Winston Churchhill

If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.  - Winston Churchhill


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Monday, November 7, 2011

Bumper sticker logic

See picture and yes I love Reagan.




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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A picture is worth a thousand words

...and a picture with words is even more valuable.




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Monday, October 31, 2011

What is Halloween?

HALLOWEEN
Halloween is considered by most in the United States as a fun holiday, mostly for children, but it has roots in ancient religions and folklore, including paganism, ancient Roman religions, early Catholic Christianity, Irish folklore, and even British politics! Children and adults alike enjoy this holiday today, with funny costumes, candy, and parties, while some countries observe this time as a remembrance of departed loved ones and religious saints.
Here is a short history of this holiday: History
Halloween is a holiday with ancient roots that had a much greater meaning than the boisterous, costume-filled holiday that we know today. Around 2,000 years ago, the Celts, who lived in what is now the United Kingdom, Ireland, and northern France, had a festival commemorating the end of the year. Their New Year was November 1, and this festival was called Samhain, pronounced sow-en. The end of their year signaled the end of summer, the end of the harvest season, and the beginning of a long, hard winter that often caused many deaths of animals and people. Weaker livestock were often killed and eaten during this holiday, since most likely, they would not survive the winter anyway. Because of this, and the cruel winter to come, this time of year signified death to the Pagan Celtics. They believed the night before the New Year, that the wall between the living and the dead was open, allowing spirits of the dead, both good and bad, to mingle among the living. Some of these spirits were thought to possess living people, cause trouble, ruin crops, or to search for passage to the afterlife.
Samhain was considered a magical holiday, and there are many stories about what the Celtics practiced and believed during this festival. Some say the spirits that were unleashed were those that had died in that year, and offerings of food and drink were left to aid the spirits, or to ward them away. Other versions say the Celts dressed up in outlandish costumes and roamed the neighborhoods making noise to scare the spirits away. Many thought they could predict the future and communicate with spirits as well during this time. Some think the heavily structured life of the Pagan Celtics was abandoned during Samhain, and people did unusual things, such as moving horses to different fields, moving gates and fences, women dressing as men, and vice versa, and other trickeries now associated with Halloween. Another belief is that the Celtics honoured, celebrated, and feasted the dead during Samhain. A sacred, central bonfire was always lit to honor the Pagan gods, and some accounts say that individual home fires were extinguished during Samhain, either to make their homes unattractive to roving spirits, or for their home fires to be lit following the festival from the sacred bonfire. Fortunes were told, and marked stones thrown into the fire. If a person's stone was not found after the bonfire went out, it was believed that person would die during the next year. Some Celts wore costumes of animal skulls and skins during Samhain. Faeries were believed to roam the land during Samhain, dressed as beggars asking for food door to door. Those that gave food to the faeries were rewarded, while those that did not were punished by the faeries. This is reported to be the first origin of the modern "trick or treat" practice. (If you're looking for halloween costumes, check out discount halloween costumes for great deals.)
In the First century A.D., the Roman Empire had taken over most of the Celtic lands. The Romans had two festivals also celebrated at the same time of year as Samhain. One was Feralia, also in late October, was the Roman day honouring the dead. The second festival was for Pomona, the Roman goddess of trees and fruit. Pomona's symbol was the apple. These two festivals were combined with Samhain in the Celtic lands during the four hundred years the Roman Empire ruled over the Celts. The goddess Pomona's apple might be the root of the Halloween tradition of bobbing for apples.
Over the next several hundred years, Christianity had spread to include the lands inhabited by the Celtics and the Romans, but the festival of Samhain was still celebrated by the people. The Christian church reportedly did not like a festival with Pagan roots practiced by Christians, so a replacement was needed. Pope Boniface IV designated May 13 as All Saints Day to honour dead church saints and martyrs. Samhain continued to be celebrated, so in 835 A.D., Pope Gregory IV moved the holiday to November 1, probably to take attention away from the Pagan Samhain festival and replace it. Since All Saints Day was sanctioned by the church, and related to the dead, the church was happy, but many Pagan traditions of Samhain continued to be practiced, including bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costume. All Saints Day was also known as All Hallows, or All Hallowmas (Hallowmas is Old English for All Saints Day). Since Samhain was celebrated the night before November 1, the celebration was known as All Hallows Eve, and later called Halloween. In the year 1000 A.D., the church designated November 2 as All Souls Day, to honour the dead who were not saints, and they eventually became combined and celebrated as Hallowmas.
On All Souls Day in England, the poor would "go a-souling". They would go door to door asking for food, and in return, would pray for the souls of their dead relatives. It was widely believed at the time that the souls of the dead would await passage into heaven until enough people prayed for their souls. The Christian church encouraged this practice to replace the old Pagan tradition of leaving cakes and wine out for the spirits of the dead. The poor would be given "soul cakes", which were pastries made for those who promised to pray for their dead relatives. In some cultures, soul cakes would be given in exchange for a performance or song as well. Children eventually adopted this practice, and were given food, ale, or money.
Jack o'lanterns are a Halloween staple today, with at least two historical roots. The early Pagan Celtic peoples used hollowed out turnips, gourds, or rutabagas to hold an ember from the sacred bonfire, so they could light their home fires from the sacred bonfire. Another tale from folklore gives jack o'lanterns their name. In Irish myth, a man known as "Stingy Jack", who was a swindler and a drunk, who asked the devil to have drink with him. Jack convinced the devil to change himself into a coin so he could pay for the drink, but Jack put the coin in his pocket next to a silver cross, which trapped the devil, preventing him from changing himself back. Jack agreed to free the devil on the condition that the devil would not bother Jack for a year. Next year, Jack tricks the devil into climbing a tree to fetch a piece of fruit. While the devil is up the tree, Jack carves a cross into the trunk, preventing him from climbing back down the tree. In order to get out of the tree, the devil promised Jack not to seek his soul any more. When Jack died, he was not allowed into heaven, because of his drunken and swindling ways, but he was not allowed into hell either, because the devil kept his word. Taking pity on Jack, the devil gave him an ember to light his way in the dark, putting it into a hollowed out turnip for Jack to carry on his lonely, everlasting roamings around the Earth. People from Ireland and Scotland would make "Jack o'lanterns" during this season to scare away Stingy Jack and other evil spirits wandering about.
Over the next several centuries, superstitions about witches and black cats were added to to the folklore and legends of Halloween. Cats were thought of as evil, especially black cats, and were killed by the thousands in Medieval times, possibly contributing to the Black Plague, due to the shortage of the rat's natural enemy, the cat. During this time, the church created the belief that evil witches existed.
In the 1500's, Martin Luther created the Protestant Church, which had no saints, so no All Hallows Day was allowed. On November 5, 1606, Guy Fawkes was executed for attempting to blow up England's Parliament. Fawkes, along with an extremist Catholic organization he belonged to, wanted to remove the Protestant King James from his throne. The English wasted no time to have a celebration to replace All Hallows Day, so Guy Fawkes Day was celebrated from then on. Many traditions of All Hallows Day were practiced, such as bonfires, and children asking for money, but the reasons why were different. Bonfires were known as "bone fires" originally, because they were lit in order to burn an effigy of the Catholic pope, burning his "bones". Two hundred years later, the effigy of the pope was replaced by an effigy of Guy Fawkes, prompting children to go door to door, asking for a "penny for Guy", so they could make their effigy to burn. In the New World, the colonists celebrated Guy Fawkes Day for a while, but as the colonies became the United States of America, Guy Fawkes Day fell by the wayside.
In the United States
Halloween was not a popular observance in early United States history, as most of the early settlers were Protestant. At the time, Halloween was considered mostly a Catholic, Episcopalian, and Pagan holiday, and therefore largely ignored. In the southern colonies, such as Virginia and Maryland, there were some Halloween customs observed. The first common events were called "play parties". These parties got neighborhoods together to celebrate the harvest, dance, sing, tell stories of the dead, tell fortunes, and have pageants for children in costume. By the mid 1800's, immigration increased, and many Irish immigrants, mostly Catholics fleeing the potato famine, brought many Halloween traditions with them. Jack o'lanterns found a new face, the pumpkin, which was very plentiful in the New World. Catholics and Episcopalians sought to preserve their traditions, so started an effort in the late 1800's to popularize and make their holidays known to the general population. By campaigning to put these holidays (Halloween and All Saints Day) on public calendars, magazines and newspapers started to publicize these holidays, and soon became popular in the United States more as a community and family holiday, rather than one of great religious and supernatural importance.


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Friday, October 28, 2011

How many statue of Liberties are there? You sure?

Happy Birthday to Lady Liberty in the U.S. and she is looking good at 125 years old.  But how old are her sister(s)?  Not sure, but I just learned that their are actually 3 statues and all this time I only thought there were 2.  No big surprise given that I'm a product of the public education system.

Fun Facts on the Statue of Liberty:
She stands at the entrance of New York harbor . . . a 151-foot statue of a  woman holding a book and a torch on-high. "Liberty Enlightening the  World" was a gift of  friendship from the people of France to the United States to commemorate the 100th anniversary of American indepen-dence.  Her American name is the 'Statue of Liberty' and she adorns not only New York's harbor, but also Swan Ally Island in the Seine River in Paris and also Paris' Luxembourg Gardens.  
Yes, there are three Lady Liberties!   They are all symbols of friendship, freedom and peace between the US and France. 


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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

John F. Kennedy is missed!

What is the American dream?  To own a house, free healthcare, destroy the rich?  I thought is was simply Liberty.

JFK apparently thought so as well.

"Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans, born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage, and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today, at home, and around the world.
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty."
                      -John F. Kennedy


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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Occupy the Cafeteria

I think the occupy movement is on to something, but I'm still wondering when they are going to protest at the White House.
I would be down with a Occupy the Cafeteria movement.  Holy cow I'm not sure what they serve at my kids school, but food or food product doesn't come to mind when I've attempted to eat lunch with my kids at school.  Needless to say that I pack my kids lunch everyday, but it is handy to make my kids buy their lunch at school when they get in trouble. Ha.
Now it appears thanks to new regulations in 2010, our school cafeteria's have a new mandate to provide less taste, but more nutrition.  I guess the culprits behind this brainiac of a plan love the Miller Lite beer commercials and have delusions of grander with their own school lunch commercial with bikini clad girls wrestling in jello yelling, "less taste, more nutrition".  So the girls in their commercial might not be wrestling in jello, but you just never know.
How come at home we can cook great tasting food that is highly nutritious, as well as many restaurants accomplish this as well, but our schools have to shoot for less taste?  Given the powers that be love to medal and take away every one's choices, couldn't they at least have a little higher goals.  Better taste and better nutrition is really not hard, either retrain or higher people in the cafeteria with some actual cooking skills.  Hey can my kids school get a Jamie Oliver intervention, I love that he seems to get it and the name of the game is Fresh.  Ever notice all the canned goods in your kids cafeteria?  Instead we are removing salt from the tables and limiting ketchup.  How on earth did this end up in the federal governments hands anyway?  Shouldn't this be up to the local school and parents, but then again along with everything else it appears to be a control issue. 
Here's an idea;  Cooking classes in the cafeteria.  Kids could learn about nutrition, gain some real life skills, have a sense of accomplishment in cooking for fellow students, learn about business (dare I say evil capitalism).  My kids cook at home with me and I guarantee they can out cook anyone currently working in their schools cafeteria.
OCCUPY THE CAFETERIA!
Jamie Oliver website: http://www.jamieoliver.com/




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Monday, October 17, 2011

Are your kids vaccinated?

A German study released in September 2011 of about 8000 UNVACCINATED children, newborn to 19 years, show vaccinated children have more than twice the diseases and disorders than unvaccinated children, and perhaps five times more of certain disorders.

Source: http://www.vaccineinjury.info/vaccinations-in-general/health-unvaccinated-children/survey-results-illnesses.html


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Friday, October 14, 2011

WTF?

My son conveys that this week in school he learned about an evil man named, "Christopher Columbus".  In my son's words, "He thought everyone was a savage and tried to kill everyone here".  Hmmmmmmm, now where do you go with this one?
I'm still at a loss why we have a Columbus Day, since I view this as the equivalent as going to my local grocery store and claiming that I found it.  Never mind that people are already there, I found it.  Moving on..
As you can imagine, I'm now trying to get a copy of the curriculum being taught to 3rd graders and more directly my son.  It's not going well, I've been sent to the school district website which has almost no information, but there is a nifty quote about social studies.  Granted I'm not exactly sure what the quote even means and who is NCSS.
On the HISD website:
"The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world." – NCSS
How come my children's school definition of Social Studies does not match up very closely with the Webster's definition of it?
Merriam Webster's Definition:
: a part of a school or college curriculum concerned with the study of social relationships and the functioning of society and usually made up of courses in history, government, economics, civics, sociology, geography, and anthropology
This following last years fiasco of some "unknown" school administrator going into my kids classroom and telling them they are not say, draw, or reference in any manner the word Gun.  It's going to be a long school year.



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