31 January 2010

Political Showdown: Obama in Face-Off with House Republicans

*** For complete full length video of this political showdown and full text transcript, go here: Obamas Political Showdown with Republicans: Full Length Video and Text

From Denny: For twenty years the American public has been fed up with the partisan bickering, lack of political spine from the Democrats to fight the takeover of our government from the lobbyists and Big Business and lack of real governing to do anything for the average American coming from the Republicans who just want to line their pockets and hold onto to power indefinitely.

President Obama decided to walk into the political ambush and give the Republicans the chance they have been claiming they don't have: the ear of the President. Republican lawmakers spend too much time lying just to stay in office instead of taking care of the people's business.

Now it's in the Republicans' court to prove they can be bipartisan. Personally, I don't hold out much hope for cantankerous stubborn arrogant people to change their tactics. However, they can no longer get away with this particular lie as it's now on news videos beaming all over the world.

As to the most recent lies they don't have any provisions in the health bill, well, nothing could be farther from the truth. Try a few hundred of their proposals are in it, all of which they must not believe in too much because not one of them voted for the very bill they crafted.

One thing is for sure, Prez Obama is finally out there establishing himself as top dog with the local junkyard dogs. While the Republican dogs are still sneering and snarling at Obama, one thing is now cemented: Obama is the leader of the pack and challenging him will get them nowhere.

Good going, Mr. President. It's about time you got aggressive and made the struggle of wills public.

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People can say what they want about this President but one thing is for sure - the man has a great sense of humor about his own situation and life in general! A real sense of humor about yourself is one way to handle stress well and keep your balance. Take a look at what he had to say recently that gave a few grins, referencing his showdown with the House Republicans:

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30 January 2010

Editorial Cartoons This Week 30 Jan 2010

From Denny: This has been an interesting week. The State of the Union address by President Obama basically summed up how the Republicans have been screwing over the entire country in every aspect of our lives and how much fun the Republicans have had screwing over Prez Obama at every turn while he continues to be inclusive and gracious to them.

Let's see, then our very own highest court in the land decided to screw over the American people by letting loose the floodgates of the greedy Big Business monopolies to fund elections and completely control the politicians elected. Granted, the corrupt basically control most of the politicians, all of the Republicans and far too many of the Democrats.

And the most recent group to get screwed over? The print publishing industry. Those adorable hold-in-your-hand books may soon be no more. Why anyone is shocked is the surprise. Come on; we all grew up on Star Trek and Sy-Fy spin-off shows where they featured hand-held computers and digital books decades before computers were any smaller than a football field, filling whole cavernous rooms like over at NASA. Of course, comparing Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, to God is a bit of a stretch - OK, it's downright creepy. :)

Take a look and chuckle for the day at how the cartoonists responded to this week's news stories:


Obama's State of the Union:






































The Obama Scream vs. Big Banks


















Screwed by the Supreme Court that is supposed to guard our liberties:















And the latest tech toy the iPad:








Can it be the death of print books as we know it?








OK, this one is a little scary...








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29 January 2010

Angels Left Behind: Orphans of the World poem - Libations Friday 29 Jan 2010

*** Poem about remembering the children of the world need our help. Who are the orphans of the world and what are we going to do about it?



*** BLOG CARNIVAL: When you write a poem about the orphans in the world I'll be glad to add your link to this post! Contact me, Denny Lyon, at this email address: warriorspearl@gmail.com or on Twitter: DennyLyon7. Keeping this blog carnival open until Valentine's Day so you have plenty of time to brain storm and craft a good write!

Blog Carnival Poem Links:

Mystic Dave



From Denny: Poetry is an odd form of writing as your brain goes off in different directions. That's what you get from a university degree - it can get in the way of some good writing. :) Sometimes, you wonder where the writing process will take you...

This time, like so many others, my rational side of the brain had it all mapped out and structured as to how to write this poem. What I always find amusing about myself is the internal dialogue going on whenever I write.

The spiritual non-verbal side of the brain, the right side, asserts itself and directs me to go on over to flickr to look for photos to illustrate the poem. The rational left brain falls for this ruse every time and dutifully hikes on over to flickr, hunting for the photos like some obsessed blood hound on a 500 mile scent.

Of course, the non-verbal, visual, spiritual side right brain is running the show the whole time. As all the photos are picked out and I turn my attention to writing the poem it was soon clear that the previously devised angle of how to approach the poem - and the words already written - got tossed in the trash. As usual, the right brain won the day and "we" went simple.

Originally, my thoughts were with the Haitian orphans, those orphaned long before this earthquake and the many thousands since the disaster struck. I've been watching too many news videos about international adoptions of Haitian children that they have been uppermost in my mind - and prayers. The pressing need to get them out of the disaster zone until the country has a fighting chance to rebuild is urgent so they are not lost to slavery or the sex trade.

Once I visited flickr there were a lot of UNICEF and other relief agencies' photos of kids in poverty, child soldiers in Africa, children starving from famine, children affected by AIDS, children abandoned from war, children imprisoned in child labor and children kidnapped or sold into the sex trade. So, I thought I'd write about more than Haiti. I wrote about the world. And, it's even a short poem...

Angels Left Behind: Orphans of the World


Orphans from war





Orphans from earthquakes





Orphans from famine





Orphans from AIDS





Children roam the streets in packs





Children hide alone in alleys





Children carry guns in Africa





Children ply the sex trade, weave rugs





Where are we?







Denny Lyon
Copyright 28 January 2010
All Rights Reserved


Blog Carnival Poem Links From:

Mystic Dave - Bless The Orphans


*** How can you help? A few dollars a month can help feed, educate and house an orphaned or at risk child. When a disaster like Haiti is first in the news the donations come pouring in at a rapid rate. Many relief agencies will tell you that the time they most need donations is when the news crews have packed up shop and gone home - people start to forget when the focus is no longer immediate.

The donations are needed all year long as these problems are long term. Who can't afford $5 a month as a donation all year long? Skip the occasional candy bar or Starbucks coffee and send that $5 along to help a child. You might think it is too small an amount but the charity knows they can make great use of it for one child.

There are a lot of relief agencies who have been around for decades, good people of an international effort, doing good in the world. Here's a great list of charities from many countries and religions who have a good track record of using donations wisely that I put up for a Haiti post. They have been at work on poverty and child issues for a long time: 67 Charities to Donate

*** BLOG CARNIVAL: When you write a poem about the orphans in the world I'll be glad to add your link to this post! Contact me, Denny Lyon, at this email address: warriorspearl@gmail.com or on Twitter: DennyLyon7. Keeping this blog carnival open until Valentine's Day so you have plenty of time to brain storm and craft a good write!

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Photo Credits

Child in Iran photo by unicefiran @ flickr

Haitian child photo by LucasTheExperience @ flickr

Street child little girl photo by -Gep- @ flickr

Child’s eye photo by apdk @ flickr

Kids’ feet photo by Pink Sherbet Photography

Child alone in the dark photo by Pink Sherbet Photography

Child soldier in Africa photo by hdptcar @ flickr

Children in India photo by etrenard @ flickr

Child’s cry for Peace photo by Pink Sherbet Photography @ flickr

28 January 2010

67 Charities to Donate: Helping Haiti Heal

From Denny: The outpouring of donations worldwide for the relief of suffering in Haiti following a 7.0 devastating earthquake is incredible. The following are a list of 67 well-known established charities to which you can donate safely.

The Mobile Giving Foundation has received over $30 million in text pledges from cell phone donors the past two weeks. Even the Pew Research Center was well impressed and threw out some statistics:

14% donated by text message
12% donated by phone
23% donated via the web
5% donated via email
39% donated in person via a church or other group

Here's something I doubt any of us thought about when we donated by text message or phone: how long will it take for the phone companies to send out that donation? Turns out it can take from 30, even up to 60 days to transfer customers' contributions, which is then added to the mobile phone bills.

The biggest carriers like Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have all decided to expedite those donations.

Here's each company's status:

Verizon Wireless:
Last Friday, 22 January, they transferred $2.98 million. Today, 28 January, they transferred $4.84 million. Jeffrey Nelson declared the campaign "the largest outpouring of charitable support by texting in history — by far. In all of 2009, all mobile giving (via texting) to all charities totaled just under $4 million for the year."

AT&T: Donations are up to $10 million. The company says they will "advance payment of verified texted donations" to the Red Cross.

Sprint: Donations so far are $3.1 million. By Friday, 29 January, they will advance 80% of the donations with the remaining 20% placed into the usual 30 to 90 day settlement cycle.

T-Mobile: They are working hard to expedite on a weekly basis.


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Relief Agencies where to donate:

Action Against Hunger 877-777-1420
Agape Flights 941-584-8078
American Red Cross 800-733-2767
American Refugee Committee 800-875-7060
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee 212-687-6200
American Jewish World Service 212-792-2900
AmeriCares 800-486-4357
Beyond Borders 866-424-8403
B'nai B'rith International 202-857-6600
CARE 800-521-2273


CarmaFoundation
Catholic Relief Services 800-736-3467
Childcare Worldwide 800-553-2328
Church World Services 800-297-1516
Clinton Foundation 501-748-0471
Concern Worldwide 212-557-8000
Convoy of Hope 417-823-8998
Cross International 800-391-8545
CRUDEM Foundation 413-642-0450
CRWRC 800-55-CRWRC


Direct Relief International 805-964-4767
Doctors Without Borders 888-392-0392
Episcopal Relief and Development 800-334-7626
Feed My Starving Children 763-504-2919
Food for the Poor 800-427-9104
Friends of WFP (World Food Program) 866-929-1694
Friends of the Orphans 312-386-7499
Habitat for Humanity 800-422-4828
Haiti Children 877-424-8454
Haiti Foundation Against Poverty


Haiti Marycare 203-675-4770
Haitian Health Foundation 860-886-4357
Healing Hands for Haiti 651-769-5846
Hope for Haiti 239-434-7183
Hope for Haiti Now 877-99-HAITI
International Child Care 800-722-4453
International Medical Corps 800-481-4462
International Rescue Committee 877-733-8433
International Relief Teams 619-284-7979
Islamic Relief USA 888-479-4968


Lions Club International Foundation 630-203-3836
Lutheran World Relief 800-597-5972
Medical Benevolence Foundation 800-547-7627
Medical Teams International 800-959-4325
Meds and Food for Kids 314-420-1634
Mennonite Central Committee 888-563-4676
Mercy Corps 888-256-1900
Nazarene Compassionate Ministries 800-306-9950
New Life for Haiti 815-436-7633
Operation Blessing 800-730-2537


Operation USA 800-678-7255
Oxfam 800-776-9326
Partners in Health 617-432-5298
RHEMA International 248-652-9894
Rural Haiti Project 347-405-5552
Salesian Missions 888-608-2327
The Salvation Army 800-725-2769
Samaritan's Purse 828-262-1980
Save the Children 800-728-3843
ShelterBox



UN Central Emergency Response Fund
UNICEF 800-367-5437
United Methodist Committee on Relief 800-554-8583
World Concern 800-755-5022
World Hope International 888-466-4673
World Relief 800-535-5433
World Vision 888-511-6548


Text to donate:

Text/ Number/ Giving campaign/ Amount

"HAITI" 90999 American Red Cross $10
"QUAKE" 20222 Clinton Bush Haiti Fund $10
"GIVE" 25383 MTV telethon $10
"HAITI" 25383 International Rescue Committee $5
"HAITI" 85944 International Medical Corps $10


"YELE" 501501 Yele Haiti foundation $5
"HAITI" 52000 The Salvation Army $10
"HOPE10" or "UNICEF" 20222 UNICEF $10
"HABITAT" 25383 Habitat for Humanity $10
"OXFAM" 25383 Oxfam America, Inc $10


"HAITI" 40579 National Religious Broadcasters $10
"SAVE" or "SAFE" 20222 Save the Children Federation $10
"GIVE" or "WORLD" 20222 World Vision, Inc $10
"CARE" 24383 CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, Inc) $10
"AJWS" 25383 American Jewish World Service $10


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27 January 2010

Positive Thinking - Cheeky Quote Day 27 Jan 2010

From Denny: With the whole world watching the tragic news unfold in Haiti this week after the earthquake, I figured we all could use a refresher course in positive thinking. Of course, I managed to find some cheeky versions of positive thinking for tickling mind food as well. What follows are some awesome upbeat thoughts to help propel us through the work week and to keep doing what we can for the folks in Haiti. The world has responded so beautifully to their plight, renewing the best in humanity.

I also stumbled upon a wonderful photographer over at flickr who posted these incredible pieces in the Creative Commons area. His name is Victor Brezrukov and he is no stranger to upheaval and uncertainty. He was born in the Ukraine, lived in Kazakhstan, eventually settling in Israel. He sells prints at his page on redbubble.com, go here.



Photo by Victor Bezrukov @ flickr

Funny positive thinking quotes:

* Swallow a toad in the morning and you will encounter nothing more disgusting the rest of the day. - Nicholas Chamfort

* If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want. - Oscar Wilde

* Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise. ~Alice Walker

* A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. - Herm Albright, quoted in Reader's Digest, June 1995

* Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching? – Dennis and Wendy Mannering

* Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. - Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book



Photo by Victor Bezrukov @ flickr

* Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. - Voltaire

* If you don't think every day is a good day, just try missing one. - Cavett Robert

* To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. - George Santayana

* Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same. - Francesca Reigler

* We find things where we look for them, which is why I never look for a golf ball out of bounds. - Robert Brault

* I've decided that the stuff falling through the cracks is confetti and I'm having a party! - Betsy CaƱas Garmon

* All the fat guys watch me and say to their wives, 'See, there's a fat guy doing okay. Bring me another beer.' - Mickey Lolich

* Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don't count on harvesting Golden Delicious. - Bill Meyer

* We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. - Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan, 1893

* I don't like that man. I must get to know him better. - Abraham Lincoln

* Just because you're miserable doesn't mean you can't enjoy your life. - Annette Goodheart

* I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow. - Abraham Lincoln



Photo by Victor Bezrukov @ flickr

* To everyone is given the key to heaven; the same key opens the gates of hell. - Ancient Proverb

* When you feel dog tired at night, it may be because you've growled all day long. - Anonymous

* Sometimes life's Hell. But hey! Whatever gets the marshmallows toasty. - J. Andrew Helt

* I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else. - Winston Churchill

* I have learned to use the word impossible with the greatest caution. - Wernher von Braun

* The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

* I've got dreams in hidden places and extra smiles for when I'm blue. - Anonymous

* I am a little deaf, a little blind, a little impotent, and on top of this are two or three abominable infirmities, but nothing destroys my hope. - Voltaire

* The excursion is the same when you go looking for your sorrow as when you go looking for your joy. - Eudora Welty

* Misery is a communicable disease. - Martha Graham

* The world is full of cactus, but we don't have to sit on it. - Will Foley



Photo by Victor Bezrukov @ flickr

* Optimist: someone who isn't sure whether life is a tragedy or a comedy but is tickled silly just to be in the play. - Robert Brault

* For my part I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance. - Adlai Stevenson

* Since the house is on fire let us warm ourselves. - Italian Proverb

* Reach for the stars, even if you have to stand on a cactus. - Susan Longacre

* Why not learn to enjoy the little things? There are so many of them. - Anonymous

* Be enthusiastic. Remember the placebo effect - 30% of medicine is showbiz. - Ronald Spark

* Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools. - Napoleon (as a self-crowned French Emperor he ought to know!)

* You shouldn't say it is not good. You should say, you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe. - James Whistler

* Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene. - Arthur Christopher Benson

* A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body - the wishbone. - Robert Frost



Photo by Victor Bezrukov @ flickr

Good advice positive thinking quotes:

* Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. - Thomas Edison

* We do not see things they are. We see them as we are. - Talmud

* To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it. -Confucius

* One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life. - Edward B. Butler

* The mind is like a river; upon its waters thoughts float through in a constant procession every conscious moment. You stand on a bridge over it and can stop and turn back any thought that comes along. The art of contentment is to let no thought pass that is going to disturb you. - Dr. Frank Crane

* I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet. - Ancient Persian Saying

* If you don't think every day is a good day, just try missing one. - Cavett Robert

* The only disability in life is a bad attitude. - Scott Hamilton

* If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm. - Vince Lombardi

* There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. - Publius Terentius Afer

* In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. - Albert Camus, Lyrical and Critical Essays

* Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful. - Buddha

* To everyone is given the key to heaven; the same key opens the gates of hell. - Ancient Proverb

* Make your optimism come true. - Anonymous



Photo by Victor Bezrukov @ flickr

* Life is great. Don't let circumstances and society fool you into believing it's not. - Adabella Radici

* Say you are well, or all is well with you,
And God shall hear your words and make them true.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

* Good fortune shies away from gloom. Keep your spirits up. Good things will come to you and you will come to good things. - Glorie Abelhas

* Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different. - Katherine Mansfield

* Whenever you fall, pick something up. - Oswald Avery

* My father's nature turned out no waste product; he had none of that useless stuff in him that lies in heaps near factories. He took his own happiness with him. - Margot Asquith



Photo by Victor Bezrukov @ flickr

* Anywhere is paradise; it's up to you. - Anonymous

* Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. - Betty Smith

* Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune. - Walt Whitman

* It's so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to. - Annie Gottlier

* So often time it happens, we all live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key. - The Eagles, "Already Gone"

* The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

* Those who wish to sing, always find a song. - Swedish Proverb

* This is the best day the world has ever seen. Tomorrow will be better. - R. A. Campbell



Photo by Victor Bezrukov @ flickr

* We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails. - Anonymous

* The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible. - Anonymous

* There are two types of people - those who come into a room and say, "Well, here I am!" and those who come in and say, "Ah, there you are." - Frederick L. Collins

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26 January 2010

American Public Angry at Prez Obamas 1st Year in Office

*** The real reason Americans are so intensely angry at President Obama and Congress is because for the entire first year of this "change" presidency they gave away power to those famous for abusing power: the Republican Party and Big Business.


From Denny: For anyone who was naive enough to think the Republicans would let go of power willingly - and choose to cooperate for the good of the country - or that this new President would be able to solve any of the massive problems in one year, well, they were unrealistic. It took more than eight years of Bush and 25 years of a Republican dominated Congress to get America into this rabbit hole and it's going to take more than a couple of good years to pull us out.

At the rate the Republicans are throwing the taxpayers all off the cliff the Democrats had better buckle down and start working fast and furious. Enough of the niceness thinking Republicans will cooperate if you talk sweet to them. Get real. A junkyard dog is a junkyard dog even when you dress him up in a suit.

Get tough and get real. The Republicans don't respect nice. All they respect is tough and hard-nosed strictness like Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. They hate her which means they fear her. Obama could take a lesson from her. Either that or the country needs to hire a dominatrix to discipline the Republican Party. Oh, wait a minute, Louisiana Senator David Vitter probably already has one on retainer. Maybe he will loan her out on a pro-bono basis. Prez Obama and his team have walked on egg shells long enough while real people are losing their jobs, their homes and their savings to Big Business who are taking unfair advantage.

That anemic credit card legislation Congress passed a year ago just motivated the banking industry to jack up everyone's interest rates on a whim, changing all the rules of the original contracts with their customers. And all the banks had to do was send the customer a fine print notification they changed the rules? And you wonder why the news keeps reporting there is a public revolt against paying mortgages and credit cards now? If changing the rules of the contracts is good enough for the banks, then it must be good enough for the customers too.

Who gave Obama this really bad advice about bailing out Wall Street in the first place? Who advised Obama to go moderate on Big Business? Hmmm... "do ya think?" it could be those same advisers are planning to return to Wall Street and want to cultivate some goodwill for their wealthy return? Come on; Big Business is a behemoth that steam rolls over everyone it can. Why has Obama not stopped all those Big Business job visas, replacing American workers when our economy is so fragile?

Yes, jobs loss, jobs creation and the economy is what is utmost in the upper mind of Americans. People are frustrated at where they are in life as they watch the economy slide down for them but huge bonuses for Wall Street with taxpayer monies. One note though: just how many of those same very frustrated people goose-step marched along with the Bush-Cheney duo when things were going well and voted them into that disastrous second term? Those voters should not be taking their anger out on Obama but rather need to kick themselves around the block a few times in the driving rain.

Here's a news clip of the Obama year in review:


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And the cartoonists sure have some caustic things to say about Obama's first year. The GO BAMA TEAM sure needs to pick up the pace:






















*** For humor - Funny Video: Colbert Says Obama Is Doing Nothing and Destroying Everything - Colbert points out the bizarre double-speak of conservative talk show hosts.

*** ALSO: Political Cartoons: Obamas State of the Union

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