Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Powerful Words - Barack Obama Inauguration Speech

Very Powerful Words from Barack Obama. If you missed his speech, here it is. Pretty impressive, take the time to read it, and understand it. Again Powerful, very POWERFUL!

"My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the Presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans. That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land - a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America - they will be met.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life. For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth. For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord And Gettysburg; Normandy And Khe Sahn. Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions - that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act - not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions - who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them - that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works - whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account - to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day - because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control - and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart - not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expediences sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America Is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort - even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq To its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West - know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment - a moment that will define a generation - it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the fire fighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility - a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship. This is the source of our confidence - the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny. This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed - why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America's birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

"Let it be told to the future world...that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive...that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it]."

America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

Thank you. God bless you, and God bless the United States of America."

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Out On A Limb

This cute furry little guy was so kind as to stay put
long enough for me to snag a few photos.
"Squirrels for nuts contend, and, wrong or right,
For the world's empire kings ambitious fight.
What odds?--to us 'tis all the self-same thing,
A nut, a world, a squirrel, and a king."
-Charles Churchill

Friday, January 16, 2009

Deep Blue Sky

" People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child - our own two eyes. All is a miracle.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A Cats Daily Diary

Day 983 of my captivity...

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets.
Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a 'good little hunter' I am.

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of 'allergies.' I must learn what this means and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.

The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now ...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Cape Florida Light House

Bill Baggs State Park, is home to the famous Cape Florida lighthouse. Don't you just love a great shot of a lighthouse and beaches. I ready for a road trip!!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

OH No! Not Another Photo Album

OK, you go and visit your friends, friends you haven't seen in a long long time. You chat, hug, talk about everything under the sun. Now the photo albums come out. You try to be polite, act interested, even ask questions about all the strange people and things in the pictures. But its real hard, don't deny it, you know it is!

OK, so you are a crafty sly person, and you brought photo albums of your own to share. Are your friends thinking the same as you thought, dread of the pictures. Nope! Not at all! Why? you ask. Because your a talented scrapbooker. You jazz up your pages and make them interesting to look at. You even have added a blurb or foot note so when being viewed, the viewer knows whats going on, or has happened. You have cropped your pictures so the unwanted junk in the background is removed. You have designed the page to fit the person or event, to make for wonderful memories. You are GOOD!!!!!!

Now I dabble a little, as time is a factor. My pages are basic and simple, but I think interesting. Until I found this ebook of 500 scrapbooking sketches. Click Here!
. Shows the layout design for all types of pages or events. This is definitely for the time lacking, non artistic type or for someone how just needs a kick start on ideas.

I love dabbling in scrapbooking, everyone wants to get involved, even the guys. We have a blast and it allows for quality family time. Shown above is my sons first pony ride page, this was when he was nice and a sweet kid, not a rotten teenager!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Flintstoning it!

Caught in the act! So anxious to get this truck on the road they're getting ready to use Flintstone power!!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

This Brick Wall

This Brick Wall
by Rene' Bennett

One by one
Through the years
A wall was built
With pain and fears
Brick by brick
It was layed
On solid ground
Where it stayed
I tried to listen
As you spoke to me
Words of wisdom
And prophecy
Yet, I could not hear
Through the wall
Built with strength
As not to fall
Then one day
From the sky
I thought I heard
An angel cry
Weeping softly
Teardrops fell
Gathered from
Lifes wishing well
Two more angels
Joined her side
Hand in hand
All three cried
Thunder bellowed
Rain did fall
Tearing down
My sterdy wall
Yet, through the fog
I found my way
So, brick by brick
I build today

Remember The Polaroid

I Remember the Polaroid, about $20 for 8 to 10 pictures and watch them develop before your eyes. It was pretty cool, an invention to remember. Well the reason I brought this up, I visited one of my followers blogs and she had this cool program posted. I checked it out it was free so I downloaded. Its really cool even has the sound effects. For more information on the Poladroid program please visit Mrs. Anonymous at http://blogdaybyday.blogspot.com/ after all why pay pricey prices for a cool program if you can get it for free?

Friday, January 9, 2009

Pineapple Palm Tree

 Palm trees are not among my favorite types of trees, but a pineapple palm is a little different. The pineapple shape of the top part of the trunk is what gives this tree so much character. This particular tree has the added effect of a very pretty vine growing through the pineapple shape. I guess I should explain why palm trees are not among my favorites, they are high maintenance requiring frequent trimming of the dead palm leaves. If your tree is well kept and the dead removed regular, then you have a very nice tree. This tree is located outside the back door of my place of employment in Tierra Verde, Florida.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

I've been working hard, see my squidoo lens enviromantally friendly.


This Chick Is Staying Fit

Jogging is very beneficial. It's good for your legs and your feet. It's also very good for the ground. If makes it feel needed.
Charles M. Schultz

Low Tide Wading at the Beach

“A real friend is someone who takes a winter vacation on a sun-drenched beach and does not send a card.”
--Farmer’s Almanac

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Birds on the Beach

“Don't believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you'll see the way to fly."
author of 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull'

Monday, January 5, 2009

The Slide

At the McDonald's playground. Jenna and Dad slide down the big blue twisty slide, upside down and on the backs. To much fun for me!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Beauty of Nature

I thought these were called sea oats, but when trying to find information on them, these do not look like any of the informational sites photos I visited. Regardless They are a beauty of nature, and you see them all along our beaches here in Saint Petersburg, Florida. For the sake of argument, I will call them sea oats, unless someone comes along and can tell me the proper name for them.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

My Apologies

My apologies, I feel as though I have been neglecting my duties to my blog here. I have been very busy going to school at Wealthy Affiliate University. One of the things they teach is to post lenses on squidoo. I've been practicing and just don't feel like I am cutting the mustard. Here is a link to one of my lenses featuring the picture below. So if you would kindly check it out rate it if your a squdioo member or come back here and tell me how I did. I am trying to master the process.

Friday, January 2, 2009

I'm Serious

This cute little sweetheart is my one year old granddaughter. Started walking on her 364 day on December 13th she was 365 days old. We spent the day at the park in our wonderful Saint Petersburg, Florida weather. At this moment she is a serious little thing, she did not want to go home. If she were talking, I'm sure she would be saying "I just want to stay and play."

It's Not an Oasis

It is good to know the truth, but it is better to speak of palm trees.