Friday, August 31, 2012
Fwd: Forum on the National Debt
From: Suzanne Broughton <email@example.com>
I am sending this message to tell you about a forum for which I have
been very involved in the planning. I believe this is an important
topic for all of us: The National Debt. The League of Women Voters of
Greater Pittsburgh has been very fortunate to engage two experts to
help us understand this topic. I hope that you will considering
attending: September 20, 5:30 p.m., Rivers Club.
The forum is free. There is an optional dinner with the speakers
afterward at a cost of $75. Registration for the forum and/or the
dinner is necessary. The attached flyer contains a link to register.
Most Pittsburghers are familiar with Paul O'Neill's accomplishments.
Besides Alice Rivlin's positions listed on the flyer, she served on
the Simpson-Bowles Commission on the federal budget. She also
co-chaired, with former Senator Pete Domenici, the Bipartisan Policy
Center's Debt Reduction Task Force.
Even though the forum is free, it is the League's main fund-raiser,
through sponsorships and ads in the program book. It replaces our
Good Government Award dinner program, which had been our fund-raiser
for the last 15 years. If you know of a business or institution that
would like to be a sponsor of the forum or place an ad, please let me
know immediately so I can send the proper information. Time is short;
we need sponsors and ads by September 7 to print the program. Short
notice, I know.
Please feel free to forward this flyer as widely as you can.
I'm looking forward to this forum and hope to see you there.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Watch for bikers on the road
The cars always win.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Ride of silence on Monday
When: Monday, September 3, 7:00 AM. Gather at 6:45 AM morning)
· Ride rain or shine – if it's important, let's do it.
· Check the WPW website (www.wpwbikeclub.org) for any last minute messages
Start location: Oakland - Schenley Plaza (next to Carnegie Library)
Monday, August 27, 2012
CONTROVERSY IN TAMPA
You should also be aware that major controversy has developed at the convention over proposed rule changes which would take control over much of the nomination process away from the state and local parties and put it in the hands of the national leadership. These changes are a direct assault on the traditions of the party and would silence the voice of the grassroots in much of the decision making process. Many grassroots activist groups and prominent leaders have come on board opposing the changes. The Republican Liberty Caucus was one of the first, but we've been joined by Eagle Forum, FreedomWorks and many Tea Party Groups. These are goups we're often at odds with ideologically, but we all agree that the integrity of he party and standing by republican principles is of the highest importance.Here are some resources to help bring you up to speed:Proposed Rule Changes from CommitteeMinority Rules Committee ReportRLC of Maine Statement on Rules ControversyMorton Blackwell (Virginia Delegate) Letter to DelegatesRLC Chairman's Letter to Delegates and ActivistsEagle Forum Statement on RulesFreedomWorkds Press ReleaseThis issue will be voted on again in committee Tuesday afternoon and go to the floor of the convention sometime later Tuesday. We urge you to contact your state delegates today if you can and encourage them to support the Minority Report against the report of the Rules Committee.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Hear my commercial on talk radio! Bok, Atlas Snubbed
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PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim and Water Polo Camp Head Coach
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Be Libertarian with me for one election, he asks
Greg's documentary is on its last day at Kickstarter
True story. Greg dove in Pittsburgh in August 1982 at Settlers Cabin when the USA Diving Nationals came to town. I was a journalist at that event on assignment for Swimming World magazine.
Greg won both the 3-meter and 10-meter events, of course. He was excellent.
A Pittsburgh Press sports reporter was at the press interview and asked Greg, "What is the difference between the 10-meter platform and the 3-meter springboard."
It was a serious question and I almost died myself -- embarrassed for that guy. Say what???
Greg said, "Well, the platform is 10-meters high and very hard. The springboard is with a bounce and just 3-meters high."
My opinion of Pittsburgh's sports journalists has never been lower. And, I had just graduated from J-School at Ohio University some months prior.
I hope the film comes out and is a smashing success. I am sure it will be.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Winds of change email
Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward
this email to a minimum of twenty people on their
address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.
In three days, most people in The United
States of America will have the message.
This is one idea that really should be
_*Congressional Reform Act of 2012*_
1. No Tenure / No Pension.
A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office.
2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into
the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 12/31/12. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.
Congressmen/women made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in
Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their
term(s), then go home and back to work.
If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive
the message. Don't you think it's time?
THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!
If you agree with the above, pass it on. If not, just delete.
You are one of my 20+ - Please keep it going, and thanks.
After the race, some got Jordan's autograph
That is Jordan McNamara, sub 4-minute miler, after the Liberty Mile with a few of our PPS Summer Dreamers we had in the race.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Press event on Monday to push back on Voter ID
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Permission Slip - not blog worthy, but FYI
- regular arrival to Uprep.
- Bring swim suits. Bring running gear. (shorts, socks, hat?, snack)
- Students with MORNING swim and water polo have a regular swim and water polo practice. Time is 9am to noon for students who have finished grades 5 and 7.
- Regular lunch from 12:30 to 1pm.
- Students in AFTERNOON swim and water polo go to the U-PREP auditorium at 1 pm for camp assembly with a “show and tell.”
- Students in MORNING swim and water polo go to auditorium at 1 pm for same camp assembly and “show and tell.”
- At 2pm, after the camp assembly:
- Afternoon swimmers who are going to the special event "pizza picnic" and the Liberty Mile running race jog to Ammon swim pool. Put on your shirts. Put on your shoes. These students depart U-PREP and will not return to the school. (PERMISSION SLIP NEEDED to be completed earlier.)
- Afternoon swimmers who are NOT going to participate in the special event stay at U-PREP and watch a sports movie about Olympics and go home regular ways at 4 pm as camp ends.
- MORNING swimmers go back to academic classes as time permits.
- MORNING swimmers who NOT going to the special event stay at U-PREP go home regular ways by 4 pm as camp ends.
- MORNING swimmers who are going to participate in the special event "pizza picnic" and the Liberty Mile running race meet in the swimmers classroom space with Coach Mark at dismissal. Put on your shirts. Put on your shoes. These students get on a BUS (special team bus provided) and travel to Ammon swim pool at 4 pm. These students depart U-PREP and will not return to the school.
- Students attending the Pizza PICNIC and LIBERTY MILE running race:
- 4 pm gathering and swimming at AMMON Swim Pool. (Parents and Guardians are welcome to attend.)
- 5 pm, GatorAid and Pizza meal. (Parents and Guardians are welcome to attend.)
- 5:45 pm, end swimming and head to the team bus at Ammon and go to the Liberty Mile Running Race. Swimmers will not return to the swim pool or the bus. (Parents and Guardians are welcome to attend.)
- 6:00 pm, arrival at Liberty Avenue, near Convention Center. Students can keep their gear on the team bus for the duration of the race events.
- Students and coaches walk around the running course and check into event. (Parents and Guardians are welcome to attend.)
- Runners get race numbers and “race provided timing chip” for their shoe laces.
- 6:30 pm, students put their gear into “team spot” for safe keeping for the race. (Parents and Guardians are welcome to attend.)
- 6:40 pm, runners head to the starting line. (Parents and Guardians are welcome to attend.)
- 7 pm. The race begins for our students. Race ends in 5 to 15 minutes. (Parents and Guardians are welcome to cheer.)
- Students return race timing chip off of shoe sneakers to race officials at finish line.
- Check outs with coach for parents/guardians can begin after the race ends about 7:20 at the “team spot” near the team's bus.
- 8 pm. The race begins for the professional runners. We watch and cheer.
- 8:15 pm. Gathering at the “team spot” by the team bus. Final remarks and recap. Pick up all gear. Check out with coach.
- Go home with parents / guardians desired after checking out between 7:15 and 8:15 pm.
- Award presentation and results may happen for some???
- Lone bus departs for transportation home for students without a pick-up, 8:30 pm, expected.
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim and Water Polo Camp Head Coach
Monday, August 13, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
Saturday, August 04, 2012
Civil Rights and Swimming
The start of the modern Civil Rights Movement can be traced to the demand by Black veterans for equal access to beaches and swimming pools after World War II. A photo of a motel manager pouring muriatic acid on the heads of swimmers made front page news across the country and is widely credited with influencing the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 the very next day. With few exceptions, virtually every attempt to integrate swimming pools and beaches resulted in violence, even after the Supreme Court overruled segregation. Most municipal pools chose to close rather than to integrate. Today most public swimming pools are as segregated as they were in 1964, including Minneapolis.
The link between academic success and exercise, specifically cardio-vascular exercise, is clearly demonstrated. The more physically fit a child is, the better they perform academically. Swimming has the added benefits of teaching strategies to overcome fear and build self-confidence. Swimmers have the highest GPAs and graduation rates.