Monday, January 21, 2008

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Here

Today in 1954:
The first Nuclear Powered Submarine was deployed from Connecticut.
Well today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The man was an absolute inspiration, leader, and visionary. It's a sad thing when a person like that is suddenly stripped from our world.

How many of today's activists show such courage and bravery as Martin Luther King Jr. did? One might go so far as to think Al Sharpton, but with what dignity is he doing his activism?

There is little finesse in today's racial activists. There is no longer a fight for freedom from racism, it seems, but a treatment of specialty, and not equality. It's a shame that men like Martin Luther King Jr. were still not alive to fight for the freedom of all men.

Let's all remember his messages, his encouragement, and his courage to see that all men, white, black, and in between, stayed free, not in mere slave/master free, but in life, love, happiness, and in the ability to see their dreams fulfilled regardless of ethnic background.

God bless Martin Luther King Jr.

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Christina Aguilera Baby Welcomed To the World!

Today in 1966:
Batman is aired on ABC! Duh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh... Batmaaan!
Christina Aguilera gives birth! Aww. Christina, along with other stars such as Britney Spears (now, her sister), Nicole Richie, and others (Jessica Alba, Nicole Kidman, J-Lo...etc.) are procreating! Ok, that sounds a little weird, but it's true.

Aguilera and her husband, Jordan Bratman have yet to confirm the gender of their baby, although some (most) sources are saying that the child is, in fact, a son! Aw, yay! A little Christina Aguilera son! :P

Aww, little humans are so adorable.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

I-4 Crash is not just a story of dispair but of also hope.

President Richard Nixon was born today in 1913.
The I-4 Crash still has many baffled, but there is one such story along side of the 50+ car pile up that has many warmed to the heart. Here is the story as found by The Tampa Tribune, by Courtney Pastor:

FOREST HILLS A previously scheduled blood drive at Chamberlain High School turned into an impromptu outpouring of help for accident victims on Wednesday.

Students and staff streamed into the auditorium throughout the day, lining up for one of 16 chairs where they would lean back and give blood. Florida Blood Services comes to Chamberlain several times a year, but organizers asked if they could extend the hours for collections after learning of the high demand for blood.

The multiple accidents on Interstate 4 strained reserves that already were lower than normal because of the holidays, according to Florida Blood Services. Chamberlain made an announcement urging more participation at midday Wednesday, and the response was fast.

"Kids will step up when they can," teacher Mel Whitworth said.

Students who are 16 years old may donate blood with written permission from their parents or guardians. New donors who are 17 only need verbal permission. Students who are at least 18 do not need permission.

By early afternoon, 140 people had donated and more were coming into the auditorium, surpassing the projection of 80.

"We're going to stay til everyone donates who wants to," said Lory Jones, blood services community relations.

A flowered bandage covered the mark on senior Jenna Hamblin's arm. Hamblin, Chamberlain's student government president, had planned to donate blood even before hearing about the accident but stayed to help sign up other students throughout the day.

She met several first-time donors and held her friends' hands as they gave for the first time. She said students don't always realize how much of a difference a blood donation makes, and the accident inspired many to take action.

"I think that really hit home for everyone," said Hamblin, 17.

Teachers responded as well.

"I hope somebody would do it for me," said Ed Carmack, who teaches the IMPACT dropout prevention program.

Carmack hadn't planned on donating but made it a priority after learning of the need.

"I just thought I wasn't going to have time to donate, but I made time," Carmack said.

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