Archive for January, 2009

(January 20) Today we're celebrating . . .  Inauguration Day (US)

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Inauguration Day (US)

I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

The presidential inauguration is the official day that the President of the United States is sworn into office. The purpose of this inauguration is to honor the incoming president with formal ceremonies, including: a Presidential Swearing-in Ceremony, an Inaugural Address, and an Inaugural Parade.

Today Barack Obama becomes the 44th President of the United States, Joe Biden the Vice-President.

Did You Know? Facts About The 2009 Presidential Inauguration (VIDEO)

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

An interesting and fun look at facts and figures of the Barack Obama Presidential Inauguration.

(January 20) Today we're celebrating . . .  The Sign of Aquarius

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

The Sign of Aquarius

This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius, the age of Aquarius, Aquarius! Aquarius!

Aquarius is the astrological sign which runs from January 20 to February 19.

Aquarius is the eleventh sign of the Zodiac and associated with future ideas and the unusual. Individuals born under this sign are thought to have leadership qualities with creative, challenging, entertaining, progressive, stimulating, and independent character, but one which is also prone to rebelliousness, coldness, erraticism, and impracticality.*

(Video: Fifth Dimension signing “Aquarius / Let the Sun Shine In ” from 1969. Lyrics after the jump)

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(January 19) Today we're celebrating . . .  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, January 19th, 2009
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Each year on the third Monday of January we celebrate the birth, the life and the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I have a dream…
I have a dream that one day little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers
I have a dream today”

It is a time for the nation to remember the injustices that Dr. King fought. A time to remember his fight for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all races and peoples. A time to remember the message of change through nonviolence.

And I don’t think there is any more fitting testament this year to King’s legacy than the election of President Barack Obama. “I have a dream” indeed!

So visit our celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. for more on the man and the holiday. And check out the Video and Text of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech. In its entirety.

link: Martin Luther King , Jr. Day on the Net

Happy Birthday, Dr. King. Welcome to the Oval Office, President Obama.

Monday, January 19th, 2009

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Today would have been the 80th birthday of the esteemed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tomorrow the United States of America will inaugurate our first ever African American president, Barack Obama.

On that November day in 1963, when Dr. King delivered his stirring “I Have a Dream” speech against the backdrop of the Lincoln Memorial, he spoke about the true meaning of democracy.

Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

It was only fitting, then, that on November 4th, when Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech in front of a Chicago crowd 100,000-strong, that he echoed and answered King’s call for true democracy.

It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled – Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.

But does the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States mean that Dr. King’s dream has finally been realized? That we have fulfilled his dream that “one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed… that all men are created equal.”? Did the vitriolic power of racism and inequality die the night Obama accepted victory in Grant Park?

The answer to these questions remains to be seen. But what we do know is that the citizens of the United States elected an African American president by overwhelming popular and electoral vote when, less than four decades ago, many black men and women were still being denied their right to vote.

And we know that Obama’s victory was won, in no small part, by the demographics of white men voting for him. In fact, white men voted for Barack Obama in higher numbers than they had voted for any other Democratic candidate since Jimmy Carter, including the two-term president Bill Clinton. This vote came despite the pundits who told us that whites, particularly white men, would not really vote for a black candidate in the end. There was no so-called “Bradley effect.”

On January 20th, the day after our nation celebrates the birth and legacy of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., we will inaugurate our 44th President. And on that chilly January day, Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and their two young daughters, Malia and Sasha, will stand as much for a new direction and bold leadership as they do for humble hope and a nation’s reconciliation.

Where 43 white men have stood before him, Barack Obama will take his oath of office, epitomizing if not the the fulfillment of Dr. King’s dream, than surely one very optimistic step in that direction.

Happy Birthday, Dr. King. Welcome to the Oval Office, President Obama.

(January 19) Today we're celebrating . . .  Tin Can Day

Monday, January 19th, 2009

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Tin Can Day
On this date in 1825 the first patent for storing food in tin cans was awarded.

 

 

 

 

Holiday Invite: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2009

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

I am delighted to invite you to join Holiday on the Net’s celebration of this great man and of the civil rights movement as a whole. I don’t think I’ve ever been quite as excited for this January holiday as I am in 2009.

That’s because just one day after we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., we will see the first African American president of the United Sates sworn into office. I don’t think there is any more fitting testament to King’s legacy than the election of President Barack Obama. “I have a dream” indeed!

I welcome you to spend the next few days learning more about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s personal and political history. You can also reconnect with the story of Rosa Parks, the black seamstress who refused to give up her seat on a public bus for a white man, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Read and listen to the words of King’s still inspiring “I Have a Dream” speech, which he delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963. And learn about the Act signed into law in 1983 by President Ronald Regan, designating the third Monday in January as a national holiday honoring America’s greatest civil rights leader — 15 years after his assassination. Be sure to stop by our newest feature, Did You Know?, where we have a 25 year retrospective on the most significant milestones in the history of the Civil Rights movement.

Finally, share the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Day by sending out e-greeting cards to your friends and colleagues or by printing out MLK coloring pages to enjoy with your children. I look forward to seeing you at Holidays on the Net!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated Monday January 19, 2009.

Happy Holidays,

Louie

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