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Wednesday, January 22, 2014


NO TAX for TRACKS in Pinellas County Florida - Photos



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A rail system is not flexible, not efficient, and not cost effective. It would merely duplicate the service already provided by the bus system. But it would cost much more to operate and maintain!
Building a rail system will pull riders off the bus system, so the bus service will be reduced.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Twenty One Pilots concert - live music + slide images

Twenty One Pilot concert - Live from the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida
includes slides and video

Monday, July 08, 2013

From an Egyptian in Alexandria "In a Nutshell...

JULY 8, 2013

From an Egyptian in Alexandria

"In a Nutshell...

A lot of my dear American friends sill ask me what on earth really happened in Egypt, for their benefit, and anyone else on earth genuinely trying to make heads or tails of us "crazy Egyptians" ; here's exactly what happened in Egypt over the past 12 months, but expressed in 'American" terms...

There are no exaggerations or lies, these events all took place:

On June 30th 2012, democratically elected Barack Obama wins the election with 51.7%, takes the oath, and is sworn in as president of the United States.

First five months of his term go relatively smoothly, where he makes almost no decisions (except for some dubious presidential pardons to a dozen convicted terrorists, including some convicted for their part in the assassination of a former US President).

Suddenly, on November 21st 2012, president Obama issues a presidential decree giving himself sweeping powers, to the extent that his future decrees become un-contestable in any court, in effect his decisions henceforth are akin to the word of God.

His laws a new Bible...
Nationwide protests erupt as a result of this decree and 1.5 million people organize a sit-in at the White House to peacefully request he rescind it.

Some of Obama's democratic party supporters attack the peaceful sit-in outside the White House with guns & shoot 5 peaceful protesters dead

A few weeks later president Obama dissolves the US Supreme Court and labels them all "traitors to America"

One short week later, he fires the United States District Attorney and personally appoints a Democrat to replace him.

A month later he annuls the US Constitution and forms a 'constitutional committee' to draft a new constitution (committee includes no Republicans or Independents, no Moslems or Jews, and only a handful of women.. And is composed primarily of Democrats & religious preachers)

In a referendum not supervised by any judicial branch, this constitution narrowly wins, and President Obama ratifies it the very next morning (despite it having only gotten the approval of 18% of all Americans).

Within a month he invites top global terrorists, known jihadists and Al Qaeda members from all over the world, to a rally in Yankee stadium, where he cuts ties with and declares war on, Canada.

Throughout this whole time, the US economy is sinking, the stock market collapsing, foreign investment has all but stopped, tourism has died, and electricity, fuel, and water shortages are a daily occurrence.

Unemployment has almost doubled, and the US$ dollar has lost 20% of its value globally.

Oh, and president Obama also outlines his new plans to lease the entire Silicon Valley area to China for 50 years (with full administrative control)...

Democratically elected president Barack Obama has done all the above in his FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE!!!

Ultimately, on June 30th, 2013...

110 million Americans take to the streets in 50 States peacefully and politely demanding -for 4 straight days- that democratically elected Obama leave immediately, and not continue his remaining 3 years....

That's it in a nutshell

Who would you say had "legitimacy" in this case if it had been America?

"Democratically elected Barrack Obama", or the 110 million Americans who fired him ... ?"

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Matisyahu "I Believe In Love" (NEW SONG) - Spark Seeker 7/17/12

and i remember when i was running after you
can't keep up, and you know it’s true
i know sometimes i’ve been down so blue
but it’s not about that ’cause you know what to do
not about the he said, she said, you said, i said
not about the show, not about the flow or the song i write
early days and the late late night
i’m on my way to you
i’m on my way to you
i believe in love, sittin so high in the sea
i believe in love, not my reasons to be
believe in love, yeah
now i’m free
it’s not about the trains, or the planes or the automobiles
this is about the way that you make me feel
swear of lies, this is something real
said something but it’s time we heal
it’s not about the fast life in my past life
i asked you to be in my life
i know sometimes this love it cuts like a knife
but i want to end this strife
i’m on my way to you
i’m on my way to you
i believe in love, sittin so high in the sea
i believe in love, not my reasons to be
believe in love, yeah
now i’m free
i believe in love, sittin so high in the sea
i believe in love, not my reasons to be
believe in love, yeah
now i’m free
i believe in love, sittin so high in the sea
i believe in love, not my reasons to be
believe in love, yeah
now i’m free

Thursday, January 12, 2012


Photographer...  Glenn Hewitt
Edits done by Me, Rebecca Pizzo

This represents the old me peeling away, the new me becoming exposed.  
It is a vulnerable place to be in my shoes right now.  Looking at this image makes me feel hopeful for my future.  That there is a new person that is coming to life soon.!.

Monday, October 24, 2011

"EB"ing a Mommy: Update, Reader's Digest, and EB Awareness

Praying for Baby Trip

"EB"ing a Mommy: Update, Reader's Digest, and EB Awareness: A lot has happened since the last time I posted, so I will do my best to catch you guys up. Since the night that I posted all of those vid...

Sunday, October 09, 2011

SICK Point of View & Subject matter.... Catchy Tune

Robert's got a quick hand
He'll look around the room, he won't tell you his plan
He's got a rolled cigarette
Hanging out of his mouth, he's a cowboy kid
He found a six-shooter gun
In his dad's closet with in a box of fun things
I don't even know what
But he's coming for you, yeah he's coming for you

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
You'd better run, better run, outrun my gun
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet
All the other kids with the the pumped up kicks
You'd better run, better run, outrun my gun
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet

Daddy works a long day
He'll be coming home late and he's coming home late
And he's bringing me a surprise
'Cause dinner's in the kitchen and it's packed in ice
I've waited for a long time
Yeah the slight of my hand is now a quick pull-trigger
I reason with my cigarette
And say, "your hair's on fire, you must've lost your wits, yeah"

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
You'd better run, better run, outrun my gun
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet
All the other kids with the the pumped up kicks
You'd better run, better run, outrun my gun
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet

Run run run run
Ru-ru-ru-run run run
Ru-ru-ru-run run run run
Ru-ru-ru-run run run ru-run run

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
You'd better run, better run, outrun my gun
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet
All the other kids with the the pumped up kicks
You'd better run, better run, outrun my gun
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
You'd better run, better run, outrun my gun
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet
All the other kids with the the pumped up kicks
You'd better run, better run, outrun my gun
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet

I was just bee-bopping to the music when my 12 year old daughter says to me... 'mom do you know what this song is about?' ... of course I did not. Who can understand the words in music anymore?? I just like the tune. Well I did not believe her when she told me so I had to look it up for myself. She was right, not a very appropriate song, but I can't resist the catchy tune and the adorable band members.

Monday, April 18, 2011

21st Century Moses.... Here's how it would happen today!!!

You will enjoy this short and very funny video on the exodus of the Jews from Egypt.  Moses and the Pharaoh in the 21st century. 

Good one!

Saturday, January 08, 2011

God Bless Gabrielle Giffords & others

What is wrong with people???? Who does this to someone???? God bless the families and friends of those involved.

Jared Lee Loughner is the shooter
Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is in an intensive care unit following surgery for a gunshot wound in the head at close range, the University of Arizona Medical Center announced Saturday afternoon.

Dr. Peter Rhee, a surgeon and chief of the trauma, critical care and emergency surgery, said he is optimistic about the congresswoman's recovery.

However, Federal District Judge John M. Roll was shot and killed during the town-hall style event outside a Safeway grocery store in Tucson.

At least 19 people were shot at Giffords' "Congress on Your Corner" event, including three members of the Democratic congresswoman's staff in Arizona. Five have died, including one of Giffords' aides, and nine are in critical condition at the University of Arizona Medical Center.

State Sen. Linda Lopez, a close friend of Giffords', told Fox News that the three-term congresswoman was shot in the temple and the bullet exited through her forehead. Lopez said Giffords was responding to commands and she was confident that she will survive surgery but is not sure what Giffords' long term prognosis is.

Fox News confirmed that a 22-year-old white male named Jared Loughner was taken into custody as the alleged shooter. Police reportedly had also arrested a second suspect.

Authorities said they believed Loughner had sent out a video saying that he expected Saturday to be his last day and had written on his MySpace page several "final thoughts" that included rants on illiteracy and the failure of U.S. currency to be backed by gold.

According to the law enforcement official, the suspect began shouting something before shooting wildly with an automatic weapon. Shots then rang out from the crowd -- a security agent or someone else fired at the suspect who survived.

Giffords, 40, has held multiple "Your Corner" events over the past four years, an aide told Fox News, adding that she had held three previous events at this venue before.

In November, Giffords was re-elected to her third term as representative of Arizona's 8th Congressional District, winning a tight race against a Tea Party-backed candidate. She was one of 19 Democrats who voted against House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for speaker this week.

Giffords, a gun rights advocate, was first elected to Congress 2006 when she rode a wave of Democratic victories. However, she separated herself from most in her caucus when she criticized President Obama last summer for not sending more National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Giffords, who had been threatened previously, was a member of the Arizona House and Senate before coming to Washington. She is married to astronaut Mark Kelly. Sen. Bill Nelson, R-Fla., said Kelly is training to be the next commander of the space shuttle mission slated for April and her brother-in-law is currently serving aboard the International Space Station.

Bipartisan expressions of support poured out for Giffords in the hours after the shooting with Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., issuing a statement saying her "tears are flowing" for Giffords and Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., saying he was "sickened by the horrific attack."

Obama issued a statement, calling it "an unspeakable tragedy."

"I've spoken to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and have offered her the full resources of the government," Obama said in live remarks to the nation. "It is a tragedy for Arizona and a tragedy for our entire country. What Americans do at a time of tragedy is to come together and support each other. ...We are going to get to the bottom of this and we are going to get through this."

House Speaker John Boehner condemned the attack on Giffords.

"I am horrified by the senseless attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and members of her staff," he said in a statement. "An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve. Acts and threats of violence against public officials have no place in our society."

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Capitol Police said the agency "remains at a high level of readiness, consistent with our operating condition on U.S. Capitol Grounds. We continue to maintain a robust presence."

Friday, January 07, 2011

My Birthday Girl

My Birthday Girl, originally uploaded by RIPizzo.
She turned 12!!! I can't believe it's been 12 years since she was born. Boy, did I get lucky with this kid. She is smart, funny, a dedicated and caring person, and to top it off, she's pretty too!

(gift from Mary- Katherine Schwarzenegger's new book 'Rock What You've Got' - secrets to loving your inner and outer beauty)

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

PM Netanyahu’s Speech at the UN General Assembly

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Nearly 62 years ago, the United Nations recognized the right of the Jews, an ancient people 3,500 years-old, to a state of their own in their ancestral homeland.
I stand here today as the Prime Minister of Israel, the Jewish state, and I speak to you on behalf of my country and my people.

The United Nations was founded after the carnage of World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust. It was charged with preventing the recurrence of such horrendous events.

Nothing has undermined that central mission more than the systematic assault on the truth. Yesterday the President of Iran stood at this very podium, spewing his latest anti-Semitic rants. Just a few days earlier, he again claimed that the Holocaust is a lie.

Last month, I went to a villa in a suburb of Berlin called Wannsee. There, on January 20, 1942 , after a hearty meal, senior Nazi officials met and decided how to exterminate the Jewish people. The detailed minutes of that meeting have been preserved by successive German governments. Here is a copy of those minutes, in which the Nazis issued precise instructions on how to carry out the extermination of the Jews. Is this a lie?
A day before I was in Wannsee, I was given in Berlin the original construction plans for the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Those plans are signed by Hitler's deputy, Heinrich Himmler himself. Here is a copy of the plans for Auschwitz-Birkenau, where one million Jews were murdered. Is this too a lie?

This June, President Obama visited the Buchenwald concentration camp. Did President Obama pay tribute to a lie?

And what of the Auschwitz survivors whose arms still bear the tattooed numbers branded on them by the Nazis? Are those tattoos a lie? One-third of all Jews perished in the conflagration. Nearly every Jewish family was affected, including my own. My wife's grandparents, her father's two sisters and three brothers, and all the aunts, uncles and cousins were all murdered by the Nazis. Is that also a lie?

Yesterday, the man who calls the Holocaust a lie spoke from this podium. To those who refused to come here and to those who left this room in protest, I commend you. You stood up for moral clarity and you brought honor to your countries.
But to those who gave this Holocaust-denier a hearing, I say on behalf of my people, the Jewish people, and decent people everywhere: Have you no shame? Have you no decency?

A mere six decades after the Holocaust, you give legitimacy to a man who denies that the murder of six million Jews took place and pledges to wipe out the Jewish state.

What a disgrace! What a mockery of the charter of the United Nations! Perhaps some of you think that this man and his odious regime threaten only the Jews. You're wrong.

History has shown us time and again that what starts with attacks on the Jews eventually ends up engulfing many others.

This Iranian regime is fueled by an extreme fundamentalism that burst onto the world scene three decades ago after lying dormant for centuries. In the past thirty years, this fanaticism has swept the globe with a murderous violence and cold-blooded impartiality in its choice of victims. It has callously slaughtered Moslems and Christians, Jews and Hindus, and many others. Though it is comprised of different offshoots, the adherents of this unforgiving creed seek to return humanity to medieval times.

Wherever they can, they impose a backward regimented society where women, minorities, gays or anyone not deemed to be a true believer is brutally subjugated. The struggle against this fanaticism does not pit faith against faith nor civilization against civilization.

It pits civilization against barbarism, the 21st century against the 9th century, those who sanctify life against those who glorify death.
The primitivism of the 9th century ought to be no match for the progress of the 21st century. The allure of freedom, the power of technology, the reach of communications should surely win the day. Ultimately, the past cannot triumph over the future. And the future offers all nations magnificent bounties of hope. The pace of progress is growing exponentially.

It took us centuries to get from the printing press to the telephone, decades to get from the telephone to the personal computer, and only a few years to get from the personal computer to the internet.

What seemed impossible a few years ago is already outdated, and we can scarcely fathom the changes that are yet to come. We will crack the genetic code. We will cure the incurable. We will lengthen our lives. We will find a cheap alternative to fossil fuels and clean up the planet.

I am proud that my country Israel is at the forefront of these advances - by leading innovations in science and technology, medicine and biology, agriculture and water, energy and the environment. These innovations the world over offer humanity a sunlit future of unimagined promise.

But if the most primitive fanaticism can acquire the most deadly weapons, the march of history could be reversed for a time. And like the belated victory over the Nazis, the forces of progress and freedom will prevail only after an horrific toll of blood and fortune has been exacted from mankind. That is why the greatest threat facing the world today is the marriage between religious fanaticism and the weapons of mass destruction.

The most urgent challenge facing this body is to prevent the tyrants of Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Are the member states of the United Nations up to that challenge? Will the international community confront a despotism that terrorizes its own people as they bravely stand up for freedom?

Will it take action against the dictators who stole an election in broad daylight and gunned down Iranian protesters who died in the streets choking in their own blood? Will the international community thwart the world's most pernicious sponsors and practitioners of terrorism?

Above all, will the international community stop the terrorist regime of Iran from developing atomic weapons, thereby endangering the peace of the entire world?

The people of Iran are courageously standing up to this regime. People of goodwill around the world stand with them, as do the thousands who have been protesting outside this hall. Will the United Nations stand by their side?

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The jury is still out on the United Nations, and recent signs are not encouraging. Rather than condemning the terrorists and their Iranian patrons, some here have condemned their victims. That is exactly what a recent UN report on Gaza did, falsely equating the terrorists with those they targeted.

For eight long years, Hamas fired from Gaza thousands of missiles, mortars and rockets on nearby Israeli cities. Year after year, as these missiles were deliberately hurled at our civilians, not a single UN resolution was passed condemning those criminal attacks. We heard nothing - absolutely nothing - from the UN Human Rights Council, a misnamed institution if there ever was one.

In 2005, hoping to advance peace, Israel unilaterally withdrew from every inch of Gaza . It dismantled 21 settlements and uprooted over 8,000 Israelis. We didn't get peace. Instead we got an Iranian backed terror base fifty miles from Tel Aviv. Life in Israeli towns and cities next to Gaza became a nightmare. You see, the Hamas rocket attacks not only continued, they increased tenfold. Again, the UN was silent.

Finally, after eight years of this unremitting assault, Israel was finally forced to respond. But how should we have responded? Well, there is only one example in history of thousands of rockets being fired on a country's civilian population. It happened when the Nazis rocketed British cities during World War II. During that war, the allies leveled German cities, causing hundreds of thousands of casualties. Israel chose to respond differently. Faced with an enemy committing a double war crime of firing on civilians while hiding behind civilians - Israel sought to conduct surgical strikes against the rocket launchers.

That was no easy task because the terrorists were firing missiles from homes and schools, using mosques as weapons depots and ferreting explosives in ambulances. Israel , by contrast, tried to minimize casualties by urging Palestinian civilians to vacate the targeted areas.

We dropped countless flyers over their homes, sent thousands of text messages and called thousands of cell phones asking people to leave. Never has a country gone to such extraordinary lengths to remove the enemy's civilian population from harm's way.

Yet faced with such a clear case of aggressor and victim, who did the UN Human Rights Council decide to condemn? Israel . A democracy legitimately defending itself against terror is morally hanged, drawn and quartered, and given an unfair trial to boot.

By these twisted standards, the UN Human Rights Council would have dragged Roosevelt and Churchill to the dock as war criminals. What a perversion of truth. What a perversion of justice.
Delegates of the United Nations, will you accept this farce?

Because if you do, the United Nations would revert to its darkest days, when the worst violators of human rights sat in judgment against the law-abiding democracies, when Zionism was equated with racism and when an automatic majority could declare that the earth is flat.

If this body does not reject this report, it would send a message to terrorists everywhere: Terror pays; if you launch your attacks from densely populated areas, you will win immunity. And in condemning Israel , this body would also deal a mortal blow to peace. Here's why.

When Israel left Gaza , many hoped that the missile attacks would stop. Others believed that at the very least, Israel would have international legitimacy to exercise its right of self-defense. What legitimacy? What self-defense?

The same UN that cheered Israel as it left Gaza and promised to back our right of self-defense now accuses us -my people, my country - of war crimes? And for what? For acting responsibly in self-defense. What a travesty!

Israel justly defended itself against terror. This biased and unjust report is a clear-cut test for all governments. Will you stand with Israel or will you stand with the terrorists?

We must know the answer to that question now. Now and not later. Because if Israel is again asked to take more risks for peace, we must know today that you will stand with us tomorrow. Only if we have the confidence that we can defend ourselves can we take further risks for peace.

Ladies and Gentlemen, All of Israel wants peace.
Any time an Arab leader genuinely wanted peace with us, we made peace. We made peace with Egypt led by Anwar Sadat. We made peace with Jordan led by King Hussein. And if the Palestinians truly want peace, I and my government, and the people of Israel , will make peace. But we want a genuine peace, a defensible peace, a permanent peace.

In 1947, this body voted to establish two states for two peoples - a Jewish state and an Arab state. The Jews accepted that resolution. The Arabs rejected it.

We ask the Palestinians to finally do what they have refused to do for 62 years: Say yes to a Jewish state. Just as we are asked to recognize a nation-state for the Palestinian people, the Palestinians must be asked to recognize the nation state of the Jewish people. The Jewish people are not foreign conquerors in the Land of Israel . This is the land of our forefathers.
Inscribed on the walls outside this building is the great Biblical vision of peace: "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation. They shall learn war no more." These words were spoken by the Jewish prophet Isaiah 2,800 years ago as he walked in my country, in my city, in the hills of Judea and in the streets of Jerusalem .

We are not strangers to this land. It is our homeland. As deeply connected as we are to this land, we recognize that the Palestinians also live there and want a home of their own. We want to live side by side with them, two free peoples living in peace, prosperity and dignity.

But we must have security. The Palestinians should have all the powers to govern themselves except those handful of powers that could endanger Israel.

That is why a Palestinian state must be effectively demilitarized. We don't want another Gaza , another Iranian backed terror base abutting Jerusalem and perched on the hills a few kilometers from Tel Aviv.

We want peace.

I believe such a peace can be achieved. But only if we roll back the forces of terror, led by Iran , that seek to destroy peace, eliminate Israel and overthrow the world order. The question facing the international community is whether it is prepared to confront those forces or accommodate them.

Over seventy years ago, Winston Churchill lamented what he called the "confirmed unteachability of mankind," the unfortunate habit of civilized societies to sleep until danger nearly overtakes them.

Churchill bemoaned what he called the "want of foresight, the unwillingness to act when action will be simple and effective, the lack of clear thinking, the confusion of counsel until emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong."

I speak here today in the hope that Churchill's assessment of the "unteachability of mankind" is for once proven wrong.

I speak here today in the hope that we can learn from history -- that we can prevent danger in time.

In the spirit of the timeless words spoken to Joshua over 3,000 years ago, let us be strong and of good courage. Let us confront this peril, secure our future and, God willing, forge an enduring peace for generations to come.

This speech can be found here.

Filed under Israel, Unites States on Monday, September 27, 2010 by Author: Admin.

PM Netanyahu’s Speech at the UN General Assembly

Friday, September 17, 2010

Yesterday's shoot with Alicia

She will be giving birth on September 21, 2010 ~~!~~  Congratulations to Alicia !

Monday, June 21, 2010

Free Hugs in Sondrio, Italy

Impressive Video showing how HUGS can be wonderful therapy. HUG someone today!!!
Bravo to those who came up with this creative and heart warming idea. BRAVO from the good ol' USA!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Branded Omega Psi Phi

Branded, originally uploaded by RIPizzo.
In Honor (sarc) of ... Liar, Cheater, Thief - Kwame Kilpatrick Going to Jail . . . branded a thief in Detroit.
In line at the fair today.
omega psi phi branding
Uploaded by RIPizzo on 24 May 10, 9.10PM EDT.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Smoke Monster

The Smoke Monster, originally uploaded by RIPizzo.
I'm a huge fan of the ABC show LOST. This reminds me of the smoke monster.

This was just one of the small fires out at Metro Beach park today. There was a controlled burn. I noticed the smoke on my way home from work.... went home, got my camera and headed toward the smoke and fire. I took a lot, probably too many pictures. I won't post them all, just a few.

On this day, God wants you to know...

On this day, God wants you to know...

... that most of your words are unnecessary. All too often you speak simply to fill the space with sound, because you feel too uncomfortable with the silence. But this silence is golden. Only in silence you can hear God speak to you. Only in silence can a real prayer, a heart prayer be born. Next time you start chattering, stop and feel into the silence, feel its shape, its texture, and then slowly and silently say only what really has to be said.
 Found this on a friend's facebook page.
I thought it was something I'm guilty of...
Filling quiet space with sound instead of just enjoying the silence.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Crunchy Spuds

Crunchy Spuds, originally uploaded by RIPizzo.
Enjoy some for yourself! The Vittle Vlog's - - Crunchy Spuds

Monday, April 12, 2010

Metro Beach Park - Swan

“Now wakes the hour
Now sleeps the swan
Behold the dream
The dream is gone”
Pink Floyd

Friday, March 26, 2010

Daylight Moon

Daylight Moon, originally uploaded by RIPizzo.

A favorite sight of mine is our moon in the daylight.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

yarmulke (yameka)- Kippah

yarmulke (yameka)- Kippah, originally uploaded by RIPizzo.

Pronunciation: ya-me-ka
Function: noun
Etymology: Yiddish yarmlke, from Polish jarmułka & Ukrainian yarmulka skullcap, of Turkic origin; akin to Turkish yağmurluk rainwear
Date: 1903: a skullcap worn especially by Orthodox and Conservative Jewish males in the synagogue and the home.

This photo was taken at the Ira Kaufman funeral parlor in Southfield, Michigan USA

Our Sunday school 5th grade went to the funeral home to learn what the process is when a Jewish person dies. It was enlightening to me. A lot of things that I thought were Jewish Law are actually tradition. It cleared up a lot of questions I had. Our director Josh was well educated and a wonderful teacher. Thank you to my Sunday school for giving our kids the opportunity to visit places and to see what they are really like. To hear stories from those with experience and knowledge is wonderful! Thanks Lisa.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

The U.S. Constitution Test

The U.S. Constitution Test
This version of the Test is currently in use by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Questions are followed with Answers:
1. What are the colors of our flag?
2. How many stars are there on our flag?
3. What color are the stars on our flag?
4. What do the stars on the flag mean?
5. How many stripes are there on the flag?
6. What color are the stripes?
7. What do the stripes on the flag mean?
8. How many states are there in the Union?
9. Why do we celebrate the Fourth of July?
10. What is the date of Independence day?
11. Independence from whom?
12. What country did we fight during the Revolutionary War?
13. Who was the first President?
14. Who is president today?
15. Who is vice president today?
16. Who elects the president of the United States?
17. Who becomes our president if the president should die?
18. For how long do we elect the president?
19. What is the Constitution?
20. Can the Constitution be changed?
21. What do we call a change to the Constitution?
22. How many changes or amendments are there to the Constitution?
23. How many branches are there in our government?
24. What are the three branches of our government?
25. What is the legislative branch of our government?
26. Who makes federal laws?
27. What is Congress?
28. What are the duties of Congress?
29. Who elects Congress?
30. How many senators are there in Congress?
31. Can you name the senators from your state?
32. For how long do we elect each senator?
33. How many voting members are in the House of Representatives? 34. For how long do we elect the representatives?
35. What is the Executive branch of our government?
36. What is the Judiciary branch of our government?
37. What are the duties of the Supreme Court?
38. What is the supreme law of the United States?
39. What is the Bill of Rights?
40. What is the capital of your state?
41. Who is the governor of your state?
42. Who becomes president if both the president and the vice president die?
43. Who is chief justice of the Supreme Court?
44. Can you name the 13 original states?
45. Who said, "Give me liberty or give me death"?
46. Which countries were our allies during World War II?
47. What is the 49th state added to our Union?
48. How many full terms can a president serve?
49. Who was Martin Luther King Jr.?
50. Who is the head of your local government?
51. According to the Constitution, a person must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible to become president. Name one.
52. Why are there 100 senators in the U.S. Senate?
53. Who nominates judges of the Supreme Court?
54. How many Supreme Court justices are there?
55. Why did the Pilgrims come to America?
56. What is the head executive of a state government called?
57. What is the head executive of a city government called?
58. What holiday was celebrated for the first time by the American colonists?
59. Who was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence?
60. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
61. What is the basic belief of the Declaration of Independence?
62. What is our national anthem?
63. Who wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner?"
64. Where does freedom of speech come from?
65. What is the minimum voting age?
66. Who signs bills into law? 67. What is the highest court in the United States?
68. Who was president during the Civil War?
69. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
70. What special group advises the president?
71. Which president is called the "Father of Our Country"?
72. What is the 50th state of the Union?
73. Who helped the Pilgrims in America?
74. What is the name of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America?
75. What were the 13 original states of the United States called?
76. Name three rights or freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.
77. Who has the power to declare war?
78. Name one amendment that guarantees or addresses voting rights.
79. Which president freed the slaves?
80. In what year was the Constitution written?
81. What are the first 10 amendments to the Constitution called?
82. Name one purpose of the United Nations.
83. Where does Congress meet?
84. Whose rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?
85. What is the introduction to the Constitution called?
86. Name one benefit of being a citizen of the United States.
87. What is the most important right granted to U.S. citizens?
88. What is the United States Capitol?
89. What is the White House?
90. Where is the White House located?
91. What is the president's official home?
92. Name one right guaranteed by the First amendment.
93. Who is the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Army and Navy?
94. Which president was the first commander in chief of the U.S. Army and Navy?
95. In what month do we vote for president?
96. In what month is the new president inaugurated?
97. How many times may a senator be re-elected?
98. How many times may a congressman be re-elected?
99. What are the two major political parties in the United States today?
100. How many states are there?
1) Red, white and blue.
2) 50.
3) White.
4) One for each state in the Union.
5) 13.
6) Red and white.
7) They represent the 13 original states.
8) 50.
9) Independence Day.
10) July 4.
11) England.
12) England.
13) George Washington.
14) William Jefferson Clinton.
15) Al Gore.
16) The Electoral College.
17) vice president.
18) Four years.
19) The supreme law of the land.
20) Yes.
21) Amendments.
22) 27.
23) Three.
24) Legislative, Executive and Judicial.
25) Congress.
26) Congress.
27) The Senate and the House of Representatives.
28) To make laws.
29) The people.
30) 100.
31) (Variable).
32) Six years.
33) 435.
34) Two years.
35. The president, Cabinet and departments under the Cabinet members.
36) The Supreme Court.
37) To interpret laws.
38) The Constitution.
39) The first 10 amendments to the Constitution.
40) (Variable).
41) (Variable).
42) Speaker of the House of Representatives.
43) William Rehnquist.
44) Conn., N.H., N.Y., N.J., Mass., Pa., Del., Va., N.C., S.C., Ga., R.I. and Md.
45) Patrick Henry.
46) Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, China, France.
47) Alaska.
48) 2.
49) A civil rights leader.
50) (Variable).
51) Must be a natural-born U.S. citizen; must be at least 35 years old by the time he/she will serve; must have lived in the U.S. for at
least 14 years.
52) Two from each state.
53) The president.
54) Nine.
55) For religious freedom.
56) governor.
57) mayor.
58) Thanksgiving.
59) Thomas Jefferson.
60) July 4, 1776.
61) That all men are created equal.
62) "The Star-Spangled Banner."
63) Francis Scott Key.
64) The Bill of Rights.
65) 18.
66) The president.
67) The Supreme Court.
68) Abraham Lincoln.
69) Freed many slaves.
70) The Cabinet.
71) George Washington.
72) Hawaii.
73) The American Indians.
74) The Mayflower.
75) Colonies.
1. The right of freedom of speech, press, religion, peaceable assembly and requesting change of government.
2. The right to bear arms.
3. The government may not quarter, or house, soldiers in private homes during peacetime without the owners's consent.
4. The government may not search or take a person's property without a warrant.
5. A person may not be tried twice by the same jurisdiction for the same crime and cannot be forced to testify against him/herself.
6. A person charged with a crime still has many rights, including the right to have a trial and be represented by a lawyer.
7. The right to jury trial by his/her peers in most cases.
8. Protects people against excessive or unreasonable fines or cruel and unusual punishment.
9. The people have rights other than those mentioned in the Constitution.
77) The Congress.
78) 15th, 19th, 24th and 26th.
79) Abraham Lincoln.
80) 1787.
81) The Bill of Rights.
82) For countries to discuss world problems; to provide economic aid to countries; occasionally take action.
83) In the Capitol in Washington D.C.
84) Everyone (citizens and non-citizens living in the United States).
85) The Preamble.
86) Vote for the candidate of your choice; travel with a U.S. passport; serve on a jury; apply for federal employment opportunities,etc.
87) The right to vote.
88. The place where Congress meets.
89) The president's official residence.
90) Washington, D.C. (1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW).
91) The White House.
92) Freedom of: speech, press, religion, peaceable assembly, and requesting changes in the government.
93) The president.
94) George Washington.
95) November.
96) January.
97. There is no limit.
98) There is no limit.
99) Democratic and Republican.
100) 50.

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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Valentine Roses

Valentine Roses, originally uploaded by RIPizzo.

My husband gave me a dozen of these beautiful roses for Valentines Day. We took 3 of them to his mom when we went to visit her. I think they are really pretty. Thanks Anthony.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

My New Camera!

My New Camera!, originally uploaded by RIPizzo.

Nikon D90 SLR
15-300VR & 70-300VR lens'

I'm a very happy photographer!!

Wrath of Coco

Wrath of Coco, originally uploaded by RIPizzo.

Her bark is worse then her bite. We will be dog-sitting her soon and we are looking forward to it. She's actually a very nice house guest.

This was taken by my daughter Bella.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Phony U.S. Marshal Gets Into Airport With Fake "Prisoner”

Phony U.S. Marshal Gets Into Airport With Fake "Prisoner”
This is RIDICULOUS !!!!
Where are our tax dollars actually working??? Crazy ass people get by our airport security at a time when we are on high alert as Americans. GET IT TOGETHER before something awful happens again.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Three Headed Monster

Three Headed Monster, originally uploaded by RIPizzo.

3 headed monster
After this state of the union address I say ... BLAH!
The only intelligent thing he said was he was putting himself on a budget.... but of course that won't start until next year.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Are you talking to me ?

are you talking to me ?, originally uploaded by CuikOne.

I was asked by 'CuikOne' if he could use Mr. P. Nut's photo as inspiration for his Graffiti art.  Here is what he came up with. I think it turned out pretty cool!!!  

Lazer one(dash2) each173 CuikOne, originally uploaded by CuikOne.

This is the photo of Mr. Nut that gave him the inspiration...

Saturday, January 16, 2010

My Guy!

My Guy!, originally uploaded by RIPizzo.
EXPLORE #307 on Saturday, January 16, 2010
He makes me so happy!!!!!
I took this one back in Feb of 2009. I have been going through my pictures and decided I wanted to share this one with everyone~!!~ His joy is eating and sitting in the sun.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Friday, January 08, 2010

Southbound Gratiot Bridge

Southbound Gratiot Bridge, originally uploaded by RIPizzo.
Southbound Gratiot Bridge

Beautiful in all seasons. Icy Clinton River.
Southbound Gratiot Bridge over the Clinton River
Mount Clemens, Michigan USA

This bridge is a three span concrete arch bridge, with earth fill. The bridge has had its original guardrails removed, which greatly detracts from the aesthetic qualities of the structure. In fact, most people probably don't know that this bridge is so old it was only the 256th bridge ever built as a trunkline bridge. The original plaque, set into the new guardrails remains to tell the fact. The plaque also mentions Rapid Railway Co, so this bridge must have once carried some sort of railroad tracks across its deck as well when it was built. MDOT's site lists this bridge as the sixth largest surviving earth filled concrete arch bridge in the state, at a length of 241 feet. MDOT lists the construction date as 1920, although the plaque lists a date of 1919. The bridge does not have a weight limit and continues to carry heavy traffic, testifying to the strength of the structure. There is some deterioration to the arches that if left unchecked will eventually become a problem.

Gratiot work looks to preserve Mt Clemens bridge history
metromode, 3/27/2008
Big changes are in line for one of Mt. Clemens' biggest thoroughfares and part of those changes includes preserving one of the city's historic bridges.
The Michigan Department of Transportation is planning to rebuild four miles of Gratiot Avenue, including two bridges over the Clinton River. One of those bridges, for southbound lanes, is listed as a historic structure.

"Even though it will be a new bridge it will keep the same architectural integrity and aesthetics of the bridge it will replace," says Rob Morosi, spokesman for MDOT.

Improvements will encompass the southbound lanes between Sunnyview and Sandpiper streets, along with the northbound lanes between Sandpiper and Remick streets.
Source: Rob Morosi, spokesman for MDOT
Writer: Jon Zemke