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Antigay Activists Arrested for handing out Materials That Attack on the Basis of Race, Ethnicity or sexual orientation.
In light the the recent hate crime shootings in Kansas, more people are arrested for handing out attack literature that violates the campus policies against distribution of materials that attacks anyone on the basis of race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
Student clap in approval as security guards handcuff and arrest these folks have have violated the policies of the campus.
Courage and a Smile are a Winning Combination
Lacey Holsworth, the eight year old girl with terminal cancer who developed a strong relationship with Adreian Payne, the star player of the Michigan State University men's basketball team, became this year's human interest story during the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Why did the nation take such notice of her? Because she met the adversity life had thrown at her head on with courage and a huge smile. She didn't whine and she didn't complain. Instead she sent out words of encouragement to the players on the basketball team and to her "Superman," Adreian Payne. According to The Detroit News, One of her final posts on Twitter before she died accompanied a picture of her and Adreian Payne. It read, "There is only ONE Superman, I'm so proud of you Adreian." Because of her courage and her smile, this tiny little girl left an amazing legacy.
Some time ago a friend of mine, John Gross, a fantastic speaker and TV sports reporter interviewed the National Champion for 400 meters, a major upset winner and asked him how he did it. The reply was "Self talk." And then the athlete explained that his coach told him to run 405 meters, not just 400, so he didn't slow down at the finish line. Wow! What a great concept. I guess we all have a tendency to slow down near the finish line in any project and the real key to victory is to play all out right through the finish line.
How often have you watched an auto race (especially in the movies) where the lead car is passed just as it approaches the finish line?
My advice to new speakers is to start their speech like they are already ten minutes into it and they will never have stage fright. Walk out there friendly and confident as if they have already accepted you and your message. And now I suppose I will add to that advice, "And finish as if there was a lot more brilliant stuff you wish you could add but will hold back in the interest of their valuable time."
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Military Service and Social Security
Earnings for active duty military service or active duty training have been covered under Social Security since 1957.
Social Security has covered inactive duty service in the armed forces reserves (such as weekend drills) since 1988.
If you served in the military before 1957, you did not pay Social Security taxes, but we gave you special credit for some of your service.
You can get both Social Security benefits and military retirement. Generally, there is no reduction of Social ecurity benefits because of your military retirement benefits. You'll get your full Social Security benefit based on your earnings.
A Life Lesson from Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney, the legendary actor whose career spanned more than 80 years, died this week. When asked by the Associated Press in 2008 why he continued to work so late in life, his answer was: "I always say, don't retire--inspire. There's a lot to be done." This is a good principle for all of us to live by. Even when we get to the point in life where we can't do all the things we used to do, we can still inspire others by the example we set, the acts of kindness we perform and the words of encouragement we give out. What Mr. Rooney is telling us is that we're never too old to do the things that make the world a better place.
Echo Magazine: Second lawsuit
Pizer said there's nothing inconsistent about filing a lawsuit similar to the one filed earlier this year by Phoenix attorney Shawn Aiken, and suggested that the two groups could collaborate.
In a telephone interview with Echo Magazine, Aiken said that he was informed of the Lambda Legal lawsuit two days before it was filed. He said the lawsuits outline similar arguments.
"It never hurts to have a second lawsuit on a question of this importance," Aiken said. He said there's a "genuine interest" in having the two groups work together.
I was over at our Post Office the other day and walkin' up and down the steps is becoming quite a challenge for me. Oh, I can remember when I used to take two steps at a time, going up or going down. Now I go up a half a step at a time. You know, raising one leg and then liftin' up the other to that step and so on. It is a real chore when you get a mess of steps to deal with. I take just one step at a time instead of contemplating the whole mess at once. That seems to be the way life becomes over eighty. One step at a time and, you know, it works. Given the time and the incentive there are a whole lot of things I can still accomplish. The other day a fellow named Jerry Passmore came over to our home with a really sharp cameraman and we did an interview. The way he laid it on to start with as my introduction made me sure he was talkin' about somebody else. The show is on UNC's Public Access TV, The People's Channel, on Time-Warner Cable in three nearby towns...still it felt good way down deep inside to be interviewed that way. The program is called In Praise of Age. Jerry's wife watched it and said it was "inspiring." If the show inspires or motivates one older person to get up and take one step at a time and bring a little joy into someone else's life then that would really make the effort worthwhile.
Meet Arizona Families: Joe Connolly and Terry Pochert
"If I could marry you, I would ask you right now," Joe Connolly said from across the table to Terry Pochert. The two men exchanged onion rings at that very moment, a silly gesture that meant much more. Despite how much they loved each other, it was 1995, and the thought of same-sex couples having the freedom to marry was a distant dream. Instead, Terry and Joe made a promise to one another that they would live their lives together in love.
Nearly 19 years later, Terry and Joe are still happily in love, and their dream of being husband and husband has nearly come true. Their love story has come a long way, not unlike the road to marriage equality in Arizona -- but their journey is not over.
Trader Joe's Follows an Age Old Formula to a Number One Rating
Consumer Reports recently rated Trader Joe's as the number one national grocery store chain in the United States. A post made by NBC News contributor Herb Weisbaum on TODAY.com, quoted Consumer Reports' Tom Marks as saying, "Trader Joe's gets exemplary marks for service and very good marks for perishables. Their prices were considered extraordinary and they're a very clean store." What the report leaves out is the reason Trader Joe's gets such high marks for service--they treat their employees well. It's an age old formula: "When you treat your employees, they will take excellent care of your customers and everything else takes care of itself." Congratulations to all my friends at Trader Joe's! Keep up the great work.