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Friday, June 27, 2014

2 wonderful years of marriage

2 wonderful years of marriage


2 wonderful years of marriage

Posted: 27 Jun 2014 07:33 AM PDT

July 5th, 2014 is Sgt. Jon Wittke and Taylor Wittke's (pronounced Whitt-Key) 2nd wedding anniversary! Jon was deployed to Afghanistan for our first so we're very happy to be together for this one! Jon is an E5 in the United States Army and stationed at Fort Stewart, GA. He loves watching Morning Express whenever he gets the chance and loves Robin! :) Happy Anniversary my love!

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American Dreams

Posted: 27 Jun 2014 07:06 AM PDT

Check out the videos for CNN Money.


Kenneth Gerber, Eileen Illig, Chris Morrow, and Karen Newton talk about their American Dream.

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American Dream - Family

Posted: 27 Jun 2014 06:42 AM PDT

Karl Pinkard talks about his American Dream.

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No shoes, middle of nowhere - mad soccer skills

Posted: 27 Jun 2014 05:35 AM PDT

So... imagine you drive to the middle of nowhere to deliver soccer balls to kids who never had one.

After you make the delivery... a woman appears... without shoes... and has mad soccer skills!!!

At www.balltoall.org we deliver soccer balls to kids who never had one

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Tony Gwynn - The Greatest Padre Ever! CNN

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 09:01 PM PDT

Over 25,000 San Diegans gathered to honor Tony Gwynn.

 

About Tony Gwynn (via wiki)
Anthony Keith "Tony" Gwynn, Sr., nicknamed Mr. Padre, was an American professional baseball right fielder who played 20 seasons in Major League Baseball for the San Diego Padres. The left-handed hitting Gwynn won eight batting titles in his career, tied for the second-most in MLB history. He is considered one of the best and most consistent hitters in baseball history. He was a 15-time All-Star, recognized for his skills both on offense and defense with seven Silver Slugger Awards and five Gold Glove Awards. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007, his first year of eligibility.

 

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Dronie

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 02:30 PM PDT

Drone launch clip per request of CNN iReport

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“Transformers Age of Extinction “ Review - a tale of 2 movies

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 12:00 PM PDT

"Transformers: Age of Extinction" also known as Transformers 4, the latest of the Transformer movie franchise is another reinvention of a blockbuster franchise that was working but is now headed where no Transformer has gone before.

It's a complete tale of 2 movies in several ways, the only resemblance between the first movies and the cartoon series and this movie is Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, all other characters have completely changed. It in fact bears little resemblance to what came before and is surely to make fans of the original Transformers unhappy similar to the reinvention of Star Trek.

A second reason for the tale of 2 movies, in one film you have 3D completely wrong and also done completely right. In the first two-thirds of the movie which was converted 3D and not shot in 3D,

The last Transformers movie was 3D done right, converted however the action sequences took 3D into consideration while shooting, while in the first to-thirds of this movie it looked as if 3D was an afterthought even though it was known it was going to be in 3D. The action sequences during the first two-thirds of the movie had all the problems with action sequences that Americans hate in 3D, including being out of focus, fast pans, and zooming too quickly which didn't compare well with the CG effects of the Transformers. The action sequences with the Transformers was great 3D, but the live action appeared to be an afterthought in 3D. Then you go to China, where the 3D was done right. It was a difference between night and day, with a brighter clear picture and the action sequences were shot as if they were well thought out to be in 3D. Hence you have two different movies within the same movie, shot with the same actors and same plot line.

The subplot of the movie which is the American government out of control, and Kelsey Grammer aptly represented this subplot. Kelsey Grammer plays a menacing out of control government figure
If you listen carefully, Grammer not only added a little bit of bulk to his villainous character but added a booming commanding baritone voice which we haven't heard from him in a live action movie.
Nicola Peltz is a younger more athletic version of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and this movie's heroine. Additional eye candy is from the equally athletic and heroic Li Bing Bing and Sophia Myles that keep Stanley Tucci busy. Stanley Tucci was even more amazing than Grammer, as he plays an athletic role which he's not noted for playing, and seems to have a lot of Tony Stark in him from The Avengers and Captain America, playing one of the world's richest men who's also a smart ass like Tony Stark, and similar to Tony Stark was willing to sacrifice his life to save the world. Mark Wahlberg is rapidly becoming Bruce Willis, as an action hero that's a doting father and the protection for the world falls into his lap, which he is able to handle but would rather not.

We saw a pre-release screening courtesy of Paramount and Revolt TV but were planning to see the movie the night it was available to the public. Would we have paid to see the movie? Yes as we already said, but we are also planning on seeing the IMAX version within the week.

The movie is longer than necessary, but the action keeps moving at such a quick pace that if you don't have your popcorn and refreshments before it starts, you might as well forget it as you'll be glued to your seat. The movie ended to a room full of applause.

This is part 3 of our 3 part coverage on the Transformers. Our part 2 was "Transformers Fan Experience with Hasbro design team." Our part 1 was an interview with Isaac C. Singleton, Jr., the voice actor for Soundwave, from the "Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark" video game that will be released next week.


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Bring it on!

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 11:53 AM PDT

I'm a German citizen married to a USA citizen. He of course cheers for the USA and believes the US will win and I cheer for Germany, but we would love for both teams to go to the next round.

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Dramatic Sunrise Over the Steppes

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 11:21 AM PDT

In July 2009, I traveled across the Mongolian steppes. My first night was spent in a ger (yurt) camp adjoining Amarbayasgalant Monastery which is located in the Iven Valley, about 60 km northeast of the town of Erdenet.

I awoke one morning, before sunrise, to be greeted by the sight of the sun trying to push its way through a mass of gray clouds. It looked like it was going to be a downpour but not a drop. At first, the sky was colored with shades of magenta dotted with pockets of blue. As the clouds shifted and the sun continued to rise, the sky turned orange. I've never seen such intense colors in a morning sky; the evolving light show was spectacular! This went on for about a half hour and at the end, I was rewarded with the sight of a double rainbow! After the rainbow faded, light drizzle followed, then the clouds parted and I was welcomed to a beautiful, sunny day.

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Impromptu viewing party in Philadelphia

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 11:20 AM PDT

Scene at an outdoor courtyard in center city Philadelphia. The large screen became a natural gathering point to cheer on team USA!!

 

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USvsGER Watch Party

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 11:19 AM PDT

No working during the US game, office pizza and watch party at InPlace Marketing in Tampa, Florida!  

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World Cup sticker SUPERFAN

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 10:46 AM PDT

Mario Rosa has been a sticker fan since he was a boy in Italy and is thrilled of the enthusiasm around the world. I met him in his Imperial Beach warehouse during the USA/GERMANY game. Check out his video on the sticker book.

 

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Why are we so afraid of Down syndrome?

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 09:07 AM PDT

The grandfatherly man smiled at Kate from the cart in front of us at the grocery store.

"Well, you're just beautiful," he gushed.

Kate did what she usually does (if she's had a nap) and flirted back. Her toothy smile took over her cheeks and her almond eyes turned into half-moon slivers bright enough to light up the night sky.

The man chuckled.

She giggled back.

Kate's 17-month-old little sister snuggled into her arm in the bed of the cart and Kate wrapped her chubby little hands around her shoulders.

It was a picture-worthy moment — an image as adorable as the cuddly kittens in baskets and chunky babies in cornucopias that we see on calendars in shopping malls.

Was that what I was afraid of the day she was born?

On the car ride home, her favorite song came on the toddler station of Pandora radio. She squealed with glee and threw her hands up in the air like a college kid at an outdoor concert. She danced and did the hand motions all the way home — and at the end of the song, she gave a generous applause with enthusiastic hand-clapping. She's famous for her generous applause. She's famous for her enthusiasm in general.

Was that what I was afraid of the day she was born?

Well, of course not.

What I was afraid of was the what-if's and could-be's. The statistics and stereotypes. The dismal tone in the doctor's voice when he delivered the news: "There's no good way to say this, so I'll just say it: your daughter has Down syndrome."

The fear and tears in the eyes of those around me.

I was afraid of the "increased risks" of XYZ — the unsure future — the tests that needed to be run.

I was afraid of her absence when they whisked her away from me to poke and prod and scan and observe — I was afraid of what her future looked like, what our future looked like. And those things are worthy of fear! Any time a world so unknown presents itself at your doorstep, uninvited, fear — devastation, even — is a natural reaction.

But I can't help but think there's something more to it.

Because here's the thing: the number one reason I was so afraid of Down syndrome when Kate was born is because I had never been exposed to it.

I had never seen a family who thrived with a child with Down syndrome. I had never heard the stories of the blessings and the gratitude — the grocery store flirting and the backseat car dancing. And perhaps if I had — then the other stuff? Sure, it would still be scary. But devastating? I'm not so sure.

I'm in my 4th pregnancy now and this one has been especially interesting. I am in a new city — with a new doctor. A wonderful doctor, by all accounts. She knows little about our family — but she does know my pregnancy history, including the fact that my second-born has Down syndrome. But often, I leave my appointments and say to myself, "No wonder people are so afraid of Down syndrome."

Prenatal tests are pushed with urgency as preventative measures like Tdap vaccines and flu shots. I was asked four visits in a row if I was "sure" I didn't want prenatal testing: after all, I could be having a baby who has Down syndrome.

Now I'm not villainizing the tests themselves — many parents do want to avoid a delivery-day surprise of a Down syndrome diagnosis — but it's bigger than a blood test. It's the tone. The urgency. The context of conversation. It's the whisper in language with what could — God forbid — be a positive test result. It's what lies in the literature that's handed out on the first day and in the nurses' voices when they found out I have a "history" of having a child with Down syndrome.

It's fear.

And it's contagious.

And it's the difference between doctors delivering the news as a multifaceted diagnosis rather than a death sentence.

Now I'm not naive, I don't expect doctors and new parents to feel like they've won the lottery (as I often do now). Anytime there are risk factors for your child's health, there is cause for concern.

But I do feel like the technology for detecting Down syndrome is far more advanced than our understanding of what it means to have Down syndrome — or raise a child with Down syndrome. And for the sake of objective reporting and compassionate care, we should all strive to understand the bigger picture.

There is a reason that the abortion rate for Down syndrome is soaring — while the vast number of parents who have a child with Down syndrome feel incredible gratitude. There is a bridge that's broken between understanding human genetics and understanding the human spirit. There is a missing piece that so often causes misplaced fear.

Why are we so afraid of Down syndrome?

Because we're often only told a small part of what is truly a big, beautiful love story.

Lauren Warner is a wife, writer and mom to 4 children. She blogs at Sippinglemonade.com

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MSG Michael Wilson 26 yrs , 2 wars and still going

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 06:14 AM PDT

I would like to salute my fiancé Michael Wilson for his 26 yrs of service for this country. He is an amazing father, soldier, fiancé and man. He still gets up every morning to serve this country in whatever way possible without complaint. He has served in two wars to defend our freedom. I am honored to become his wife on April 20, 2015. He is honorable and deserves to be recognized for this. He is a MSG in the Army National Guard / full time active duty. Not only is he dedicated to serve but he is dedicated to your show. Not a morning goes by that your show is not on in our home , he watches faithfully daily:). Thank you, I truly believe he deserves to be saluted.

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Please recognize Master Sergeant Michael Wilson / 26 years of service and served in 2 wars

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 05:45 AM PDT

I would like to salute my fiancé Michael Wilson for his 26 yrs of service for this country. He is an amazing father, soldier, fiancé and man. He still gets up every morning to serve this country in whatever way possible without complaint. He has served in two wars to defend our freedom. I am honored to become his wife on April 20, 2015. He is honorable and deserves to be recognized for this. He is a MSG in the Army National Guard / full time active duty. Not only is he dedicated to serve but he is dedicated to your show. Not a morning goes by that your show is not on in our home , he watches faithfully daily:). Thank you, I truly believe he deserves to be saluted.

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