Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Yes, it's the time of year when all the charitable requests come out - hopefully mine is one of the first...
As most of you know, every year we set out to raise money for Reading to Kids during our annual fund drive. For those of you who are new to my annual plea, Reading to Kids is a grassroots organization dedicated to inspiring children with a love of reading. We're currently serving seven different elementary schools around the Los Angeles area. Most of these kids speak English as a second language and don't have age-appropriate book sat home. But every month, they come out to our reading clubs because they have a passion for reading and they've grown to love the program. If you live in LA and haven't come to a reading club, I REALLY encourage you to come out and join us - but that's another email.
We've enjoyed a lot of growth and expansion in 2007 - reaching out to three additional schools and increasing our volunteer base. But to keep our success going, we need your help. I'm asking you to make a donation to Reading to Kids - it doesn't matter if you can give $10 or $1,000 (or more - hey, I won't turn it down). What matters is raising as much as we can to help us continue to do what we do in the communities we serve.
You can send your check directly to me at home:
2525 28th street, Apt. #1
Santa Monica, CA 90405
But please MAKE YOUR CHECK OUT TO READING TO KIDS, not to me. For more information on Reading to Kids and what we do, visit our web site at www.readingtokids.org. Or you can shoot me any questions you might have,
Once again, and as always, THANK YOU for your time and support. Some of you have given each and every time I have asked, and believe me it is appreciated, and you hold a special place in my prayers. Thank you thank you thank you.
Friday, September 21, 2007
BACKSTORY: Nailah (Nigh-eel-luh) Oliani (Oh-lee-ahni) Franklin, 28, has been missing from her University Village (near south side of Chicago) condo and from her job as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Eli Lilly since Tuesday evening, Sept. 18, 2007. She has not been heard from since Tuesday afternoon/evening, missed an important "ride-around" meeting with her sales manager on Wednesday, and has not responded to numerous attempts to contact her via phone, email, text message and visits to her condo. Her company car, a BLACK 2005 Chevy Impala is missing, as are her personal and work laptop computers.
Nailah is a graduate of 1997 Homewood-Flossmoor High School and a 2001 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a successful professional, home owner, doting aunt, loving daughter, sister, cousin, niece and friend and would NOT just up and disappear on her own, or go without contacting anyone for days.
WEIGHT: 110-115 POUNDS
EYE/HAIR COLOR: DARK BROWN
COMPLEXION: MEDIUM BROWN
CAR: 2005 BLACK CHEVY IMPALA IL PLATE #1957855
MISSING FROM CHICAGO, IL: 09.18.07
TIPS? INFO? PLEASE CALL CHICAGO POLICE: 312.746.9259
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
- Family &Friends
- Hard work
Father - Son - Holy Spirit
I ask the Lord to bless you, as I pray for you today; to guide you and protect you, as you go along your way. God's love is always with you, God's promises are true. And when you give God all your cares, you know God will see you through.
We've been in petroleum pipeline business for about 31 years, currently working for the Kinder-Morgan Pipeline here in San Jose, CA. We deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24- hour period from the pipeline; one day it is diesel, the next day it's jet fuel and gasoline. We have 34 storage tanks here with a capacity of 16,800,000 gallons.
Here are some tricks to help you get your money's worth:
- Fill up your car/truck in the morning when the temperature is still cool. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the denser the gasoline. When it gets warmer gasoline expands, so if you're filling up in the afternoon or evening, what should be a gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and temperature of the fuel (gasoline, jet fuel, diesel, ethanol and other petroleum products) are significant. Every truckload that we load is temperature- compensated so that the indicated gallonage is actually the amount pumped. A one-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for businesses, but service stations don't have temperature compensation at their pumps. (ed.: Which means "too bad for us"........)
- If a tanker truck is filling the station's tank at the time you want to buy gas, DO NOT fill up. Most likely, dirt and sludge are being stirred up when gas is being delivered and you might be transferring that dirt from the bottom of their tank into your car's tank.
- Fill up when your gas tank is half-full because the more gas you have in your tank, the less air there is and gasoline evaporates rapidly, especially when it's warm. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating "roof" membrane to act as a barrier between the gas and the atmosphere, thereby minimizing evaporation. (ed.: Another reason not to wait until you are empty is that you are gradually burning out the fuel sender unit in your gas tank. The fuel pump/sender unit is all one part on most cars now ........replacement is roughly $600)
- If you look at the gas trigger (at the pump) you'll see that it has three delivery settings: slow, medium, and high. When you're filling up DO NOT squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to the high setting. You should be pumping at the slow setting, thereby minimizing vapors created while you are pumping. Hoses at the pump are corrugated; the corrugations act as a return path for vapor recovery from gas that already has been metered. If you are pumping at the high setting, the agitated gasoline contains more vapor, which is being sucked back into the underground tank...............so you're getting less gas for your money.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Source: http://www.michaelbaisden.comOn September 20, 2007 more than 1 million people will wear BLACK as we unite in one voice with one message to declare that UN-EQUAL JUSTICE is just not acceptable. The world will be watching when not just African Americans but people of all races take a stand for something that we all believe in. Mychal Bell and the Jena Six should be free. If you have not heard about their case and why these average teenagers, good students, great athletes and are now fighting for their lives (one student Mychal Bell has been in jail since Dec. 2006) please CLICK HERE NOW to view this video for the shock of your life and on any of the links below for more information. This is clearly a case of racism, but Michael Baisden reminds us the protest in Jena, LA, the US and around the world is not an attack on white people but against a system that has failed us all. It is not about black and white but about what is wrong and what is right!
Enough is Enough...Un-Equal Justice is just not acceptable! ..Wear Black on September 20th to show your support!
RALLY & MARCH FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE
DATE: SEPTEMBER 20, 2007
LOCATION: JENA, LA
WHAT TO WEAR: BLACK
--- 7:00am Protesters assemble at Ward 10 Recreation Park
--- 7:30am March to the steps of the LaSalle Parish Courthouse
--- 8:00am Prayers / Speakers front of the Courthouse
--- 9:00am Sentencing for Mychal Bell
--- 11:00am March to Park / Rally in Support of Mychal Bell & the Jena 6
--- 2:00pm Adjournment
--- 4:00pm Town Hall Meeting on "Quality Education without Fear or Intimidation" C-Span
* Schedule is tentative and subject to change based on sentencing time
FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK ON ANY LINK BELOW:
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- Register to Vote
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN PROTEST FROM ANYWHERE:
1 Wear BLACK on September 20th to protest Un-Equal Justice wherever you are
2 Register to Vote to make your voice heard beyond today
3 Sign the Petitions above
4 Email government officials
5 Call government officials
6 Tell your friends and co-workers to do the same
Monday, September 10, 2007
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|You Belong in London|
A little old fashioned, and a little modern.
A little traditional, and a little bit punk rock.
A unique soul like you needs a city that offers everything.
No wonder you and London will get along so well.