Thursday, April 3, 2008

GRAB-AND-GO GOODIES CARE PACKAGE

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It's great for our deployed military to have plenty of good stuff when they're at their camp,   However, there are plenty of times when they are gone from their base camp for extended hours for various reasons.  With this in mind, an Army Sgt. that I supported requested a package of goodies he and his buddies could grab a handful, stuff in their pockets and head out for their mission.  Below is a list of items that went over great.  I just boxes up the items listed below over to ship over to Iraq for another soldier I am supporting.  The theme of this package is:

Grab-and-Go-Goodies

 

  • Box of Double Bubble, bubble gum
  • Box of Mike and Ike
  • Box of Skittles
  • Box of Lemon Heads
  • Box of Hot Tomales
  • Bag of individually wrapped M&M's
  • Bag of individually wrapped Werther's Original
  • Bag of individually wrapped Jolly Rancher Originals
  • Containers of 3-Hour Breath Savers mints
  • Packages of Trident White gum
  • Bag of inidividually wrapped Twizzlers

This is enough to completely fill a small Priority Mail Flat Rate Box.

 

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

2008 NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL IN D.C.

 

It is that time of year where that thousands of people flock to Washington D.C. to view and participate in the festivities of

The National Cherry Blossom Festival (NCBF).    If you have never visited the NCBF I hope some day you will be able to attend this, not only beautiful, but rich in history event.  

 

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History of the Trees and Festival

 

The National Cherry Blossom Festival annually commemorates the 1912 gift to the city of Washington of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to enhance the growing friendship between the United States and Japan and celebrate the continued close relationship between our two peoples. 

In a simple ceremony on March 27, 1912, First Lady Helen Herron Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted the first two of these trees on the north bank of the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park. By 1915 the United States government had responded with a gift of flowering dogwood trees to the people of Japan. In 1927, a group of American school children reenacted the initial planting; the first festival was held in 1935, sponsored by civic groups in the nation's capital. 

 

 

Three thousand, eight hundred more trees were accepted in 1965 by First Lady Lady Bird Johnson. In 1981 the cycle of giving came full circle. Japanese horticulturalists came to take cuttings from our trees to replace Yoshino cherry trees in Japan which had been destroyed in a flood. With this return gift, the trees again fulfilled their roles as a symbol and agent of friendship. The most recent event in this cycle occurred in the fall of 1999. It involved the formal planting in the Tidal Basin of a new generation of cuttings from a famous Japanese cherry tree in Gifu province reputed to be over 1500 years old.

 

In 1994 the Festival was expanded to two weeks to accommodate the many activities that happen during the trees blooming. Today the National Cherry Blossom Festival is coordinated by the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc., an umbrella organization consisting of representatives of business, civic and governmental organizations. Over a million people visit Washington each year to admire the blossoming cherry trees and participate in the Festival that heralds the beginning of spring in the nation's capital.  

Official National Cherry Blossom Festival Merchandise 

2008 Festival merchandise is officially on sale through the on-line store!   Click here to start shopping for National Cherry Blossom Festival merchandise.  Also, if  you are in Washington DC, shop for official Festival merchandise at the Gift Shops at the Jefferson Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. 

 

 

The 2008 Festival Artwork was created  

Jim Starr of Jim Starr Illustration in Stewartstown, PA.

Jim received his BFA in Illustration from Carnegie Mellon University in 1982. He gained valuable illustration experience at Eucalyptus Tree Studios in Baltimore, from 1984-1988 and has been self-employed ever since. Today, Jim primarily illustrates electronically, but also continues to work in traditional techniques. He is a member of the Illustrator's Club of Washington DC.

To view additional works by Jim Starr, please visit  

http://www.jimstarr.com/

 

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

FITNA FILM

The following 5 minute film was  produced by the controversial Dutch Liberatarian,  Geert Wilders.  This video is apparently so controversial it has brought about death threats and other threats to those who run it on their website.  It is considered to be extreme anti-Islamic propaganda.

I, as a believer in Freedom of Speech, chose to run it.  This video may disappear as it has been pulled from znet and other various websites.  I would like to give a big hat tip over to Liberatarian Republican, where you will find more links and information regarding this video.

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

AIR FORCE TAKES TOP HONORS 2007 IN VISUAL INFORMATION AWARDS PROGRAM

As many know, I am a proud daughter of a USAF veteran.  The personnel of the USAF doesn't make the headlines nearly as much as they should.  Therefore, I try to publish as much information about our Air Force as I can.  Please take some time to look through the winners of the VIA.

A big congratulations goes out to all the winners!!  It is you who bring the sights and sounds alive to civilians who would otherwise be ignorant to the duties and strength.

2007 Visual Information Award (VIA) winners announced 

3/27/2008 - SAN ANTONIO (AFPN)  – Contest officials for the Defense Department 2007 Visual Information Awards here recently recognized numerous Air Force photographers, videographers, journalists and graphic artists for excellence in their fields.

Airmen earned 13 first place awards, nine second place awards and 11 third place awards. 

Master Sgt. William Vance from the Education and Training Division at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, was named the Military Graphics Artist of the Year.

Staff Sgt. Stacy Pearsall from the 1st Combat Camera Squadron at Charleston AFB, S.C, earned honors as the Military Photographer of the Year.

Submissions from active duty, Reserve, and National Guard enlisted members of the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard were judged by nationally recognized professionals from television and production studios, news organizations and universities.

The Visual Information Awards Program is designed to recognize, reward, and promote excellence among military photographers, videographers, journalists and graphic artists for their achievements in furthering the objectives of military photography, videography, and graphic arts as a command information and documentation media within the military. 

The program operates under the aegis of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and is administered by the Commandant of the Defense Information School, with cooperation from national and local professional organizations." 

 

         
   

The Visual Information Awards Program is designed to recognize, reward, and promote excellence among military photographers, videographers, journalists and graphic artists for their achievements in furthering the objectives of military photography, videography, and graphic arts as a command information and documentation media within the military. This program operates under the aegis of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and is administered by the Commandant of the Defense Information School, with cooperation from national and local professional organizations.

   
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The Military Photographer of the Year was   judged 12 March 2008. Click more>> to see winners.

The Military Graphic Artist of the Year was judged 11 March 2008.   more>> The TMilitary Videographer of the Year was judged 13 March 2008 more>>

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