Thursday, November 3, 2011

Movie Review: Courageous

When it comes to low budget movies I am always a bit sceptical. Most of them have bad acting and are just not up to par with big budget movies. So even though Courageous seemed to be a different kind of low budget movie I was still a bit unsure. All that changed within 5 minutes of the movie. The movie started off with an exciting moment and then I was hooked. Four men, all cops endure a personal tragedy and it changes how they look at their lives and their roles in their families lives.

This movie is exciting, touching and made me cry like a baby. I highly recommend it. It is not cheesy or corny. It gives me hope that Christian movies will get more exciting, well made and have good acting.

Over all I would give this movie B+

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Busy Morning

So today was a busy Saturday. 1st I took my dog Trigger the the vet to get his heart worm shot (they give them one shot that covers them for 6-months vs a pill ever month.) Turns out he also has an minor ear infection. He seems to enjoy going to the vet. He gets to ride in the car, get doted on by the vet techs and gets to see other dogs.

After that I dropped him off at home and took my wife to get her blood work done. For the 1st time since I've known her her blood did not poor out and the tech let her go with only a 75% full vile. Afterword we treated ourselves to Tijuana Flats.
So now I am paying our bills and about to get to work on SEO for a web client of our little web business.

God Bless!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Government Shutdown Threat Prompts Obama, GOP To Scramble To Strike Budget Deal

Government Shutdown Threat Prompts Obama, GOP To Scramble To Strike Budget Deal

WASHINGTON -- A deadline looming, the Congress' top Democrat accused Republicans on Friday of risking a government shutdown because they want to make it harder "for women to get cancer screenings."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid unleashed his attack as his main antagonist in long-running negotiations, Speaker John Boehner, said spending cuts -- not social issues-- were blocking agreement to prevent a shutdown at midnight.

"Most of the policy issues have been dealt with and the big fight is about spending," Boehner said Friday afternoon.

The maneuvering unfolded as President Barack Obama canceled a trip to Indianapolis and spoke in separate phone calls with Reid and Boehner.

"Discussions between the leaders and the White House aimed at reaching a budget agreement are continuing," White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a written statement.

"I assure you, these are not unresolvable issues," added Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Obama, Reid and Boehner met at the White House on Thursday evening for the third time in two days, and their aides struggled without success to reach agreement in middle-of-the-night talks in the Capitol.

For a nation eager to trim to federal spending but also weary of Washington bickering, the spending showdown had real implications.

A closure would mean the furloughs of hundreds of thousands of workers and the services they provide, from processing many tax refunds to approving business loans. Medical research would be disrupted, national parks would close and most travel visa and passport services would stop, among many others.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

United States Dedicates New Embassy Compound in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

United States Dedicates New Embassy Compound in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

In an important symbol of America’s commitment to an enduring friendship with Ethiopia, as well as our bilateral relationships with the Government of Ethiopia and the African Union, Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg dedicated the new U.S. Embassy facility in Ethiopia today. Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and African Union Deputy Chairman Erastus Mwencha attended the ribbon cutting ceremony, as well as Deputy Director of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, Lydia Muniz; U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, Donald E. Booth; and U.S. Ambassador to the African Union, Michael E. Battle.

The dedication of the New Embassy Compound (NEC) in Addis Ababa marks the 77th diplomatic facility to be completed by the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) since the 1999 enactment of the Secure Embassy Construction and Counterterrorism Act. In the last twelve years, OBO has moved more than 22,000 people into safer facilities. OBO has built 30 new facilities in Africa and has an additional seven projects in design or construction on the continent.

The New Embassy Compound, located just below Entoto Mountain and overlooking Addis Ababa, was designed to maintain much of the plant and wildlife that has existed on the site for many years. The building design integrates green building techniques and was one of the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) registered facilities in Ethiopia.

The multi-building complex provides more than approximately 1,000 U.S. embassy direct hire and locally employed staff, including the U.S. Mission to the African Union, with more than 19,000 square meters of working space.

B.L. Harbert International of Birmingham, Alabama, under a design/build contract, constructed the NEC; the architectural firm of Page Southerland Page of Arlington, Virginia designed the facility. The total approximate cost of the project, which generated jobs in both the United States and Ethiopia, is $157 million. The new facility was completed in August 2010, with, at times, more than 1,200 workers involved in the construction.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

So today I am headed to the dentist with Kim. I do not like the dentist and I would much rather stay and work but at least I get to be with Kim