Wednesday, September 05, 2012
"...Grant Bennett, a fellow volunteer pastor at the Romney's Massachusetts church, explained that while building his business and earning his millions and raising five boys, Romney volunteered two evenings a week and every weekend -- ten, fifteen, twenty hours a week -- in acts of per...sonal service and pastoral counseling.
He met with those seeking help with the burdens of real life...unemployment, sickness, financial distress, loneliness...single mothers raising children, couples with marital problems, youths with addictions, immigrants...individuals whose heat had been shut off.
Mitt shoveled snow for the elderly, brought meals to the sick. He led by example. "Mitt's response to all who came was compassion in all its beautiful varieties. He had a listening ear and a helping hand."
"I treasure every minute we served together," sums up Bennett.
Bennett worked with Romney for "thousands of hours over many years" and took over the job when Romney left. Romney earned Bennett's love and respect and loyalty by his empathic, compassionate love of and service for his fellows. "
Pat and Ted Oparowski:
"Evening ,folks. My wife and I are people of modest means. I made my living as a professional firefighter for 27 years." There followed rip-your-heart-out testimony about the many tender kindnesses of Mitt Romney to their 14-year-old son, David, dying of cancer, thirty years ago. (The cameras panned over an entire convention hall in tears)
"The memories are still painful, but we wanted to share them with you, because David's story is part of Mitt's story, and America deserves to hear it. ...the true measure of a man is revealed in the ...quiet hospital room of a dying boy, with no cameras and no reporters. This is the time to make that assessment."
Romney arranged a fireworks party on the beach to bring David a time of joy; he gave him solace and respect by helping David write a will, to leave his prized possessions to his best friend and brother. "How many men do you know who take time out of their busy life to visit a terminally ill fourteen-year-old?" asked Pat, the boy's mother. "We will ever be grateful to Mitt for his love and concern."
Next, we heard from another congregant who became a personal friend of the Romneys, Pam Finlayson. She started with a simple but telling anecdote. Mitt Romney, captain of industry, folding laundry in a spontaneous act of helpfulness. If only people would hear Pam talk, Democrat caricatures of Romney as a cold-hearted man, out of touch with ordinary people, would be seen as the shameful lies they are.
"I knew Mitt was special from the start. We didn't own a dryer, and the day he stopped by to welcome us, I was embarrassed to have laundry hanging all over the house. Mitt wasn't fazed. In fact, as we spoke, without a word, he joined me and started helpfully plucking clothes from round the room and folding them. By the time Mitt left, not only did I feel welcome, my laundry was done!"
(Pam and her husband had a very ill premature baby).
"As I sat with her in intensive care, consumed with a mother's worry and fear, dear Mitt came to visit and pray with me....I will never forget that when he looked down tenderly at my daughter, his eyes filled with tears, and he reached out gently and stroked her tiny back. I could tell immediately that he didn't just see a tangle of plastic and tubes; he saw our beautiful little girl...
When Thanksgiving rolled around, Kate was still struggling for life. Brain surgery was scheduled, and the holiday was the furthest thing from our minds. I opened my door to find Mitt and his boys, arms loaded with a Thanksgiving feast. Of course we were overcome. When I called to thank Ann, she sweetly confessed it had been Mitt's idea, that most of the cooking and chopping had been done by him. She and the boys had just happily pitched in.
It seems to me when it comes to loving our neighbor, we can talk about it, or we can live it. The Romney's live it every single day. He has devoted his entire life quietly serving others."
Mitt Romney is known in his personal circles for his lifelong acts of reaching out a helping hand -- ordinary, human to human, personal acts of kindness that are all about empathy and fellow feeling.
Everyone who knows Romney in the church community seems to have a story about him and his family pitching in to help in ways big and small. They took chicken and asparagus soup to sick parishioners. They invited unsettled Mormon transplants in their home for lasagna.
One Saturday, Grant Bennett got up on a ladder outside his two-story [house] intent on dislodging a hornets' nest. . . .The hornets went right at him, and he fell off the ladder, breaking his foot. . . .About nine thirty that Sunday night, Romney reappeared. Only this time, it was dark out. Romney was in jeans and a polo shirt instead of his suit, and he was carrying a bucket, a piece of hose, and a couple of screwdrivers. "He said, 'I noticed you hadn't gotten rid of the hornets," Bennett recalled. "I said, 'Mitt you don't need to do that.' He said, I'm here, and I'm going to do it. . .You demonstrated that doing it on a ladder is not a good idea.'" Romney went at it from inside the house, opening a window enough to dislodge it. Soon the hornets were gone.
When a neighbor's 12-year-old son died, Romney organized the effort to build a playground in his name and then led the cleanup crew to maintain it. When a neighbor's house caught on fire, he organized neighbors to run in and save his belongings.
Two sons of Mark and Sheryl Nixon broke their necks in a car accident on their way home from a Mormon youth activity .... Both Rob and Reed Nixon were quadriplegics. After hospitalization and rehabilitation, the boys were home with their parents on the morning before Christmas when Mitt and Ann Romney showed up with their sons. The Romneys did not know them personally but had heard about the accident and the need to remodel their home to make it more accessible for the two sons. The Romneys brought a stereo for Rob and a check for Reed. Mitt told Mark Nixon he would pay for his sons' college educations if necessary, and he continued to give the family support financially. ... "What is more important to me than the dollar amount is that Mitt could have sent the checks in the mail instead of taking time out and coming over to see us," Mark Nixon says. "I'm much more impressed with the family values he demonstrated and what it says about who Mitt is."
And then there is this extraordinary story. When a partner at work told Romney his 14-year-old daughter had snuck off to a rave party in New York, taken ecstasy, and disappeared, Romney shut down Bain and organized 200 employees to fly down to New York to find her. Thanks to Romney's signature leadership and competence, they did. But it all began with Romney's core character: his loving concern, self-confidence, and taking responsibility himself to get things done right.
Romney set up a command center at the LaGuardia Marriott. He hired a private detective firm to assist with the search. He established a toll-free number for tips, coordinating the effort with New York City police. ...Romney and others from Bain Capital trudged through Manhattan, even scouring Central Park, and talked with everyone they could - prostitutes, drug addicts - to try to develop leads.
The man who helped save my daughter was Mitt Romney. Mitt's done a lot of things that people say are nearly impossible. But, for me, the most important thing he's ever done is to help save my daughter.
These are the sorts of good deeds Ann Romney was referring to in her convention speech, when she said her husband does not believe in boasting about how he helps people.
This is important. I want you to hear what I am going to say. Mitt does not like to talk about how he has helped others because he sees it as a privilege, not a political talking point. We are no different than the millions of Americans who quietly help their neighbors, their churches and their communities. They don't do it so that others will think more of them. They do it because there is no greater joy.
Mitt Romney turned around and gave away every dime he inherited from his to charity, honoring his father's memory by funding a school of management in his honor. I've never heard of anyone who has done that -- give away his entire inheritance.
Mitt earned his own wealth, and he has always been generous with his money. Both Mitt and Ann have volunteered and given prodigiously their whole lives. Mitt and Ann gave away 13%-19% of their income the last two years. That is two to three times the norm for philanthropy.
In addition to giving to and through the Mormon Church, the Romneys' main donations are to cure cancer, multiple sclerosis, and cystic fibrosis; to help the blind; and to help disadvantaged inner-city youths and disabled youths. They have given to libraries, to AIDS victims, to Harvard. In addition, Romney in 1997 created and led the Bain Capital Children's Charity Ltd., which spends more than $1 million annually on youths. Romney served for years on Boston's City Year, a group that works to help at-risk kids stay in school and graduate.
The Romney family commitment to help underprivileged children dates back to when Ann and her five boys saw a vehicle carrying a group of boys to a Massachusetts Department of Youth Services detention center. Ann became a remarkable volunteer.
She was a director of the inner-city group Best Friends, for teenage girls. She was a volunteer for the Ten Point Coalition for urban youths and for Families First, a parent education program. She was a volunteer instructor of middle-school girls at the multicultural Mother Caroline Academy in Boston.
She served on the board of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, again focusing her work on at-risk youth. By 1996, she was a member of the Massachusetts Advisory Board of Stand for Children.
During the 2002 Winter Olympics effort, she co-chaired the Olympic Aid charity, whichs provides athletic activities and programs for children in war-torn regions.
Sunday, September 02, 2012
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Sunday, June 05, 2011
Some of the deals aren't great, like $15 for a reflective leash, big deal, but they email you only every so often because they don't have a new deal daily, so at least you aren't inundated with useless deals every day.
Here are the daily deal sites for pets...
Furryboo! - Most deals so far are kinda eh, but some are very good. I got $40 for $80 worth of merchandise at a huge online pet store. The deal was available for 5 days. Loved it, so did mah pup. They've even had 2 offers for reduced Petco.com GC's as well. Worth signing up.
Doggyloot - They seem to be on the way to working it out, I've seen them have okay deals, like $25 for $50 worth of Petzlife products (an awesome product that removes plaque and tartar from doggy teeth), but offers are still few and far between, and most of them sorta eh. A promising site though imo. Worth checking out from time to time.
Trubates - This daily deal site isn't just for pets, but they have a pets section and i've already gotten 2 good deals for mah pup, including $40 for $80 worth of grooming at a pet center near me. Also got $15 for $30 worth of other stuff at the same place. Yay! AND, for all other types of deals they are great as well! Probably my favorite daily deal site next to the original Groupon. Highly recommend signing up.
Barkingdeals.com - They're new and have partnered with Dogster.com so it'll be interesting if they figure out how to make it work. Barking Deals site does PLAN have local deals in addition to their national online offers, but they haven't surfaced yet. Right now the offers are usually direct product offers you purchase from the site, but from national brands like Kong, or Petzlife. Usually half the retail price and free shipping. Definitely worth visiting from time to time.
Simplypet - so far I haven't see anything good, and the deals you get are pretty week. Like $2.50 off a Nylabone. ?. Next.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
55 Days after the continued gushing of 1-2 million gallons of crude oil into our oceans every single day, (the equivilant of the Exxon Valdez spill ever few days), and after criticism that Obama hasn't done what he needs to do to take charge, and to protect the American coastlines and shores Obama has finally shown everyone that he is taking charge and showing what he is capable of. Internet headlines everywhere flashed the latest headline on the fight to save our nations coast...
"The Coast Guard sent a testy letter to BP's chief operating officer that said the company urgently needs to pick up the pace and present a better plan to contain the spill by the time President Barack Obama arrives on Monday for his fourth visit to the beleaguered coast. The letter, released Saturday, follows nearly two months of tense relations between BP and the government and reflects the growing frustration over the company's inability to stop the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history."
The dispute escalated on the same day that ominous new signs of the tragedy emerged on the beaches of Alabama. Waves of unsightly brown surf hit the shores in Orange Beach, leaving stinking, dark piles of oil that dried in the hot sun and extended up to 12 feet from the water's edge for as far as the eye could see.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
To defend himself from critics who say he has not done enough to protect the U.S., it's citizens and it's endangered species from the worst environmental disaster the U.S. has ever faced, Obama went on Matt Lauer to..set the record straight?
"I was down there a month ago, before most of these talking heads were even paying attention to the Gulf," Obama told NBC's "Today" show in an interview that aired Tuesday. "A month ago I was meeting with fishermen down there, standing in the rain talking about what a potential crisis this could be."
A variety of critics have accused Obama of being too cerebral in his reaction to the undersea gusher now fouling the Gulf of Mexico, of failing to put the full force of the administration and of putting too much trust in oil company BP. NBC's Matt Lauer asked Obama about the criticism that he should spend more time in the Gulf instead of with experts and "kick some butt."
Obama told NBC his deliberations have been more than academic.
"I don't sit around talking to experts because this is a college seminar," Obama continued. "We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick."
Ok, firstly, the word ass must have been planned, clearly someone told him to say at some point that there would be an ass-kicking, that was not impromptu. Who wrote the statement and what was it for? Was it to show toughness? I'm not sure the critiques were about his not being tough enough. So was it for distraction? Did someone say "say the word ass so people will be talking about you saying the word ass"? Why would people be so hung up on the word ass that they would forget that an increasing amount of the United States Coastline is under siege.
So even before the "talking heads" (???) were interested he wanted to know whose ass to kick, has he figured it out yet? He didn't mention that, so can we assume he still has not? And what does he mean to kick an ass. Was that his main objective? Shouldn't the main objectives have been to stop the gusher and stop as much of the damage as possible? And when he finally figures out "whose ass to kick", what will this ass-kicking entail? Why didn't Matt Lauer ask him? And it's been weeks since he went down to "talk to folks", why has there not been any sort of ass kicking? Why would these "folks" help him to knows whose ass to kick? Why do we give a crap that he was standing in the rain?
Once again, Obama has me completely baffled. He gets more bizarre by the second. Remember in the beginning when W. could speak a complete sentence and toward the end he could barely string 2 words together? Uh-oh, that tells me this could only get worse.
Sunday, June 06, 2010
Somebody please primary this bozo:
(CNN) -- President Barack Obama said Friday that the economy's addition of 431,000 jobs in May is another sign that an economic recovery is underway, though he also warned that there are going to be "some ups and downs" in the months ahead.
"The economy's getting stronger by the day," he said. But the recovery is "still in its early stages."
Obama made his remarks during a visit to a commercial truck dealership in Hyattsville, Maryland.
While the addition of 431,000 jobs was the largest monthly gain since March 2000, temporary hiring for the U.S. Census was responsible for 411,000 of the new positions, according to the Labor Department. Private sector employers only added 41,000 jobs.
Economists surveyed by Briefing.com had forecast an overall gain of 500,000 jobs in May.
"Even if you put those temporary (Census) jobs aside, there's no doubt we saw another month of private sector job growth," Obama said. The president argued that the new jobs numbers were evidence that his economic program is working.
Obama slammed his Republican opponents, arguing that the country "can't go back to the very same policies that failed us in the last decade."
"I don't want to go backward. I want to move forward," he said, echoing a campaign-style theme he stressed earlier in the week in a speech in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania."I guess his handlers told him to go back to what he does best since pretending to be president didn't work out to well.