- I'm a habitual line crosser that believes everything happens for a reason, but life comes with no guarantees, no time outs, no second chances, you just have to live life to the fullest. Laugh as much as you can, spend all your money, tell someone what they mean to you, tell someone off, speak out, dance in the pouring rain, hold someone's hand, comfort a friend, love the ones who treat you right, forget about the ones who don't, pig out, smile until your face hurts, be a flirt, stay up late and fall asleep watching the sun come up, don't be aftraid to take chances or fall in love . . . and most of all live in the moment, If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it. No one said it would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.
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All that stands between Tamika and her finished home is 55 $500 donations - and some elbow grease! If your firm can give $500 to Legal Build, Habitat will guarantee your firm three volunteer spots on the build - a completely uplifting, if hot, experience! Watching and helping Tamika's home be built, and meeting Tamika, is an extremely rewarding experience. Check out the Legal Build blog (http://changelivesblog.org/) on the Habitat Web site for more info and to see your fellow lawyers hard at work. Of course, we are grateful for *any* contribution that you can make.
Thank you for your consideration,
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The good news is that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is taking a stand against this type of violence and making its prevention and assistance to survivors a priority in U.S. foreign policy.
But there is still much work to be done. That's why I joined with CARE to e-mail Secretary Clinton and asked her to demonstrate continued leadership in pushing for stronger protections to prevent women and girls around the world from becoming victims of sexual violence.
We need to urge Secretary Clinton to remain steadfast in ensuring U.S. diplomatic attention and foreign assistance resources are focused on putting an end to the suffering of women and girls in conflict-affected places like the DRC.
Please join me in sending a message Secretary Clinton today.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Texas' next U.S. Senator should be the voice of all Texans, not simply someone who works for the right wing of the right wing. I'm Bill White, Houston's Mayor and former Deputy Secretary of Energy of the United States under President Clinton.
If you are interested in a Democratic candidate with a winning track record who can defeat Gov. Perry's hand-picked appointment for the Senate seat to be vacated by Sen. Hutchison, please read on and visit my website, www.billwhitefortexas.com.
As your next U.S. Senator, I will work hard to be your voice, to do what is right for Texas -- reviving the economy, protecting Social Security and Medicare, improving educational opportunities, and reducing both America's dependence on foreign oil and federal borrowing. As the son of veteran and a schoolteacher, and as a long-time Sunday school teacher, I share the values of ordinary Texas families.
Wouldn't it be great if our next Senator helped our national leadership succeed rather than hoping it fails simply to score a partisan point?
I know how to win elections from the grassroots up. After organizing voter registration drives in the west side of San Antonio the 1960s, I served in positions ranging from precinct chair to state party chair.
As Houston's Mayor, I have led the region to the highest job growth in the nation, successfully fought polluters, cut crime rates to the lowest in decades, dramatically increased the number of neighborhood health clinics, and led the city to a greener future with energy efficiency and renewable energy. The people of my community re-elected me twice with margins averaging 88%.
Help me earn your support. At www.billwhitefortexas.com, you can learn more about my track record, the solutions I champion, and how to join the team. Already our grassroots and online teams are strong. We have raised more contributions from more individual donors than all of the other campaigns, Democratic or Republican, combined!
Please join our team and forward this email to those who want a U.S. Senator for Texas' future.
P.S. Last week, as Senator Hutchison openly discussed her resignation plans on Dallas-Ft. Worth radio, observers across the nation realized that Texans can have a new, constructive, Democratic voice in the Senate.
Martin Frost of POLITICO, Texas Senate seat within Democrats' reach:
If White, who has wide support from the Democratic establishment in the state and who has already raised a significant amount of money, were the only Democrat on the ballot, he would be assured of a place in any runoff against whichever Republican survives. Should the Republican turn out to be a weak or extreme nominee, White would have a legitimate chance of winning a runoff.
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Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Police asking for public's help in identifying man.
By Andrea Lorenz
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Austin police are warning women to be on the lookout while downtown
after a man raped a woman at knifepoint in her downtown condo following
a thwarted attempt to attack another woman in a nearby parking garage
Detective Steve Boline described the man as a "true bogeyman" because
he attacked random women who did not know him.
"Anytime you have a stranger-type incident similar to this, it's
extremely dangerous," Boline said. "We're asking for the community's
help to identify this person."
The man, who is wanted on suspicion of aggravated sexual assault and
attempted aggravated sexual assault, has not been caught or identified.
Police have put extra patrols on downtown streets and are asking women
to be cautious.
According to police, a man followed a woman to her car in a parking
garage at 301 Congress Ave. at 3:30 a.m. Saturday after the woman left
work at an unnamed business.
The woman was on the phone with her boyfriend, and Boline said that
having noticed the man following her, the woman turned to confront him
with her finger on the trigger of a bottle of Mace. The man knocked her
down, but after a brief struggle, she sprayed Mace in his face, and he
left, Boline said.
Surveillance video shows the man walking slowly out of the garage while
wiping his eyes.
Within 30 minutes, police say the man somehow entered a woman's
apartment in the Railyard Condominiums a few blocks away on East Fourth
Street, which Boline described as a gated complex.
There, the man raped the woman at knifepoint, Boline said. Neither
woman was injured by the knife.
The man is described as white, in his late 20s or early 30s, and
between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall with a husky build. He
had light red or blond hair, worn short in a buzz cut.
According to surveillance video footage and victim descriptions, the
man was wearing a dark shirt with the word "Volunteer" on the back.
Boline said people with organizations that help the homeless have been
handing these shirts out lately.
"There are lots of these T-shirts downtown," Boline said.
Anyone with information about the incident or the attacker should call
the Austin police sex crimes unit at 974-5095.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Indianapoilis, IN. (AP.com) - Lilly will reduce its workforce by an
unprecedented 120 percent by the end of 2009, believed to be the first
time a major corporation has laid off more employees than it actually
Lilly stock soared more than 12 points on the news.
The reduction decision, to be announced Tuesday, came after a year-long
six sigma review of cost-cutting procedures.The initial report concluded
the company would save $1.2 billion by eliminating 20 percent of its
From there, said a spokesperson, "it didn't take a genius to figure out
that if we cut 40 percent of our workforce, we'd save $2.4 billion, and
if we cut 100 percent of our workforce, we'd save $6 billion. But then
we thought, why stop there? Let's cut another 20 percent and save $7
"We believe in increasing shareholder value, and we believe that by
decreasing expenditures, we enhance our competitive cost position and
our bottom line," he added.
Lilly plans to achieve the 100 percent internal reduction through
layoffs, attrition and early retirement packages. To achieve the 20
percent in external reductions, the company plans to involuntarily
downsize 22,000 non-Lilly employees who presently work for other
"We pretty much picked them out of a hat,".
Among firms Lilly has picked as "External Reduction Targets," or ERTs,
are Quaker Oats, AMR Corporation, parent of American Airlines, Lockheed,
Boeing, and Charles Schwab & Co. LIlly's plan presents a "win-win" for
the company and ERTs, said Chris, as any savings by ERTs would be passed
on to Pfizer, while the ERTs themselves would benefit by the increase in
stock price that usually accompanies personnel cutback announcements.
"We're also hoping that since, over the years, we've been really helpful
to a lot of companies, they'll do this for us kind of as a favor,".
Legally, pink slips sent out by Lilly would have no standing at ERTs
unless those companies agreed. While executives at ERTs declined to
comment, employees at those companies said they were not inclined to
"This is ridiculous. I don't work for Lilly. They can't fire me," said
Justine Blackburn, a flight attendant with American Airlines.
Reactions like that, replied the Lilly spokesperson "are not very
Inspiration for Pfizer's plan came from previous cutback initiatives,
said company officials. In January of 1998, for instance, the company
announced it would trim 18,000 jobs over two years. However, just a year
later, Lilly said it had already reached its quota. "We were quite
surprised at the number of employees willing to leave Lilly in such a
hurry, and we decided to build on that,".
Analysts credited the short-term vision, noting that the announcement
had the desired effect of immediately increasing Lilly share value.
However, the long-term ramifications could be detrimental, said Bear
Stearns analyst Beldon McInty.
"It's a little early to tell, but by eliminating all its employees,
Lilly may jeopardize its market position and could, at least
theoretically, cease to exist," said McInty.
The spokesperson, however, urged patience: "To my knowledge, this hasn't
been done before, so let's just wait and see what happens."
Loyal Lofty Doggers,
The August 2009 newsletter is here. Be sure to read about our upcoming pet care services offerings for downtown residents and check out the exciting, pet-oriented events in August.
The 3rd annual Emancipet Fur & Film Fete is just around the corner too - September 3rd at Mercury Hall. See the Lofty Dog website for ticket ordering information.
Stay cool in August (there's a story about that too in the newsletter!) and we look forward to seeing you at the store or at one of our upcoming events.
The Lofty Dog Crew
"OK. What's that mean?," I asked Debby. She told me basically we would be a temporary home for a dog in need, until the rescue was able to locate a "Forever Home." I knew what that meant...Hi Fido! Welcome to your forever home!!! Not interested.
Debby promised not to be a FF-"Foster Failure," where we just keep the dog. She did quite a lot of research and learned just what it took to be a successful foster, not a "foster failure." She told me about the need and I read all about the foster-model and she quickly convinced me to give it a try.
Our first foster dog was named Triscuit. Triscuit turned out to be pretty darn awesome. I was reconsidering this whole FF thing! I mean after all "Foster Failure" is pretty harsh term, I thought. Why not FF-"Foster Found," as in foster found exactly what he was looking for! Certainly Triscuit would be happy here with us! Plus, how could providing a warm loving home to a dog-in-need be a failure?
Debby remained grounded for me and, although she loved Triscuit too, she gently explained to me that if we kept Triscuit we wouldn't be able to help any other doggies in need. I agreed and we found Triscuit a home. AND boy oh boy, did he hit the jackpot...an estate in the hills of Westlake with cooked premium-hamburger for breakfast and his own E-Z lounge chair! I almost wished I was the one being adopted...smiles.
So, personally, while I don't think there are any "foster failures," I do understand that the greatest benefit can be realized by helping as many pups as possible.
Fostering is a terrific option for volunteering, but you do need to be very, very careful to decide up front WHY you are fostering in the first place.
Do you want another dog? OK, great! Then you know going in you are looking for a Foster-to-Adopt situation.
Do you want to help as many orphan dogs find a warm, loving Forever Homes as is possible? OK, awesome! Then you need to know going in that your mission is to help multiple dogs find multiple homes. Now be ready for the really heroic part---parting. It's by making your decision before you begin fostering that you can head-off one of the most difficult challenges in fostering...letting the dog go, not an easy task.
It's impossible not to get emotionally attached to your foster. You wouldn't be reading this newsletter if you didn't care about dogs. So, it's only natural that such a caring person will become emotionally invested in saving a life. And that is precisely what you are doing when you take on the challenge of being a foster. You are saving a dog's life and you are nurturing, loving, and preparing that dog to be adoptable into a forever home.
That is the Joy, the Benefit, the Satisfaction you can get from being a foster to an orphan dog in need of some love and guidance until they become forever members of families with whom they can share their lives.
Are you ready to be a hero?