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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mother's day celebrations in San Diego

As May 8 approaches, andyou’re tired of looking at jewelry, flowers, and pajama jeans, why not plan a special day instead? Explore these six ideas for spending Mother’s Day in Balboa Park with your mom, grandmother, wife, or other significant mother in your life.
Garden Festival at the San Diego Zoo
See urban garden demonstrations, taste farm-to-table food samples from local chefs, and learn gardening tips from the Zoo’s horticulture department during this week’s Discovery Days: Garden Festival. Include brunch in the itinerary with a reservation at Albert’s Restaurant, where the buffet ($38.95 for adults, $17.95 for children) features pepper-seared salmon, cheddar biscuits, and an omelet bar.


Last weekend, we were reaching for the sun block. This weekend, we'll be reaching for sweaters. Maybe even an umbrella.

A coastal eddy has formed, sending cool, moist air ashore, causing the marine layer to become thick. The clouds won't burn off until mid-morning, or later, along most of coastline on Saturday. And there could be sporadic drizzle west of the mountains. Daytime highs across San Diego County will only be in the50s and 60s, says the National Weather Service.

A low pressure system will cause further cooling on Sunday, which is Mother's Day. Temperatures are expected to be 5 to 10 degrees below normal. And winds will pop inland, gusting 25-35 mph.

Honoring your mom, or anyone who is a mother figure, is hard to figure out each year. Yes, moms love the handcrafted coupon books, decoupage trays, and hand-traced flowers (I keep mine in my kitchen). But moms also love to be pampered and just spending the day chilling with the kids. Mother’s Day is sure to be a beautiful day along San Diego’s coastline, and we’ve listed a number of ways to enjoy the day. Because no matter how much you spend on mom, the real value is your gift of thought and time. Happy Mother’s Day!

Flowers: Surround your mom with flowers and take her to the Mother’s Day Celebration at the Flower Fields in Carlsbad. Visit the spectacular 50 acres of Flower Fields, which has been an annual colorful celebration of spring for over 60 years. Moms will enjoy creating a freshly picked bouquet from the abundance of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus. From noon to 5 p.m., entertainment will be provided by Sequin in the Sky. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 3 to 10. Optional wagon rides available too. The fields are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the last day of the season is May 15. The Flower Fields, 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, 760-431-0352, theflowerfields.com.

(San Diego's East County) -- Looking for an unusual and sure-to-please place to take your Mom for Mother's Day? East County Magazine has compiled our list of top Mother's Day events in East County. If you know of one we missed, please post in the comments section below!
Mother’s Day Brunch at Lions, Tigers and Bears: Mom is sure to have a wild time at this big-cat rescue facility in Alpine at a Mother’s Day Brunch on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets run $65 for members, $75 for nonmembers, and $40 for children. For more details, visit www.LionsTigersandBears.org

Mother's day celebrations in Dallas

What an amazing way to celebrate my 10th Mother's Day! Watching my own story on the big screen! Whew, I'm glad I already have the evening gown I'll need for the premiere. I bought it for the day my husband and I renewed our vows to celebrate our new commitments to each other as parents. My only complaint about the movie trailer is that there's too much focus on me. Really it's an ensemble cast, as it was in real life.

Real change, big change, is built upon relationships and the belief that together we can do things none of us could do alone. I've found that this applies in spades to mothers -- and fathers.


So the main ingredient to celebrate Mother's Day is, of course, a mother, but from there, where you go is up to you.

Is your mother the sort who wants to wander through iris fields? Determine her own omelette destiny at a Mother's Day brunch? Take a carriage ride?

We suggest you ask her what she wants assuming you haven't already because there are lots of things to do in Salem and beyond this weekend.

DALLAS — No stranger to "best" lists, The Grape on Greenville Avenue in Dallas made a national list of Top 10 Mother's Day Brunch Spots compiled by Gayot for MSN.com.

The Grape is first on the list, followed by nine other notables around the country such as A Voce Columbus in New York, Bluehour in Portland, Ore., Zuni Cafe in San Francisco, and Michael's in Santa Monica.

Of The Grape, the writeup says: "totally unpretentious and casual, this European-style bistro is the kind of place we'd all like to have in our neighborhood," and acknowledges the restaurant's Texan roots "with dishes like the jalapeno-cheese biscuit with fried chicken and cheddar.

ANGELINA COUNTY,
He came home from war, giving Angela Russell the Mother's Day gift of a lifetime.

"He ran into the house as I was running to the door," Russell said. "We met each other at the door and he grabbed me up and I was very excited."

After 10 months in Afghanistan and a year away from home, Gage Richey is reunited with his mom.

"It was probably the greatest feeling in the world coming off the plane, back in the states after being over there," Richey said.

The U.S. Army private first class joined the army two years ago, just months after graduating from Central High School.

Mother's day celebrations in San Jose, California

Mother's Day weekend. If your mom has a passion for antiques and collectibles, here are some events you might wish to consider attending.
More than 30 vendors will be participating at the Sausalito Jewelry and Antiques Show today and Sunday. Since there are so many wonderful restaurants nearby, it's a super destination for a mother/daughter outing.
At this show, expect to find a large variety of jewelry and accessories in Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco and Retro styles. Look for beaded bags, belts, purses, sunglasses and scarves. The show also features decorator items, including silver and pottery.

Mothers come in all shapes and sizes. But in our eyes and hearts, we consider our mother as the most beautiful woman in the world. This mother’s day, Asian Journal Northern California pays tribute to a few of the (beauty queen) mothers in the Filipino-American community who are not only crowned for their beauties, but have shown their inner glow through their hearts by being loving mothers and wives, as well as role models.
Zheenie Apelin Cayabyab
Mrs. Vigan City-USA, Mrs. Philippines, Mrs. UN-Universe, Queen of Queens, Mrs. Popularity and four-time Mother of the Year

mother’s 70th birthday, an Americanized Vietnamese son searches for answers to the family matriarch’s question: “Who will light incense to the dead when we’re gone?”

My mother turned 70 recently, and though she remains a vivacious woman -- her hair is still mostly black and there is a girlish twang in her laughter -- mortality nevertheless weighs heavily on her soul. After the gifts were opened and the cake eaten, mother whispered this confidence to her younger sister: "Who will light incense to the dead when we’re gone?"

"Honestly, I don't know,” my aunt replied. “None of my children will do it, and we can forget the grandchildren. They don't even understand what we are doing. I guess when we're gone, the ritual ends.



Military families have paid in hunt for bin Laden
SAN JOSE, Calif. - It is part of Osama bin Laden's terrible legacy -- almost a decade American military funerals, reports CBS News correspondent John Blackstone.
"Part of what it takes to live in a great nation," said Ron Ross, who buried his 22-year-old son last month in Green Bay, Wis.

His son, Corporal Justin Ross, was killed in Afghanistan.

So, too, was James Malachowski, a 25-year-old Marine.

Special Report: The killing of Osama bin Laden

"I have never felt this much pain in my entire life," said his mother, Alison Malachowski. "My son is gone."

While the greatest sacrifice leaves the greatest pain, tens of thousands of military families have paid in other ways.

Mother's day celebrations in Jacksonville, Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -The Okefenokee Swamp Fire continues to grow and has surpassed 25,000 acres.
Mothers Day will heat up as a heat wave builds into the area. Highs will reach 90 in many inland locations and even the beaches will see highs in the middle to upper 80s with a sea breeze pinned to the coast with a southwest wind near 10 mph. Most of the smoke will be in Southeast Georgia on Mother's Day.

Actress Hallie Foote, who is in Jacksonville for rehearsals of Players by the Sea's production of her father's play "Dividing the Estate," will be doing a book signing today at The BookMark in Neptune Beach.
She'll sign copies of two memoirs written by her father, the late Horton Foote, who won two Academy Awards for his screenplays and the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for his play "The Young Man from Atlanta."
Hallie Foote will sign copies of "Farewell" and "Beginnings" from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the bookstore, located at 220 First St. in Neptune Beach.

If you’re a mom, and you plan on eating at Hooters on Mother’s Day, have I got a deal for you.
Hooters of America LLC is offering all moms a free order of 10 chicken wings May 8. The offer is on the honor system, the company said in a news release, so moms need not bring their children along as proof.
The offer is good on dine-in orders only and there is a limit of one order per mom.

Mother's day celebrations in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS -- Plastic surgery may not seem like the perfect gift, but a new survey shows that more moms have a nip and tuck on their Mother's Day wish list.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, if cost were not an issue, 62 percent of mothers said they would consider procedures including a tummy tuck, breast augmentation and breast lift.
"A box of chocolates is just not the popular gift anymore," said Dr. Kim Short, a plastic surgeon with The Gillian Institute in Indianapolis.

Mother's Day Show
A little bit of everything this Sunday between noon-2pm. We talk Colts football with Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star and Tom James of the Terre Haute Tribune Star. The voice of your Indianapolis Colts, Bob Lamey shares his thoughts on the recent draft, as does Sporting News draft expert Russ Lande.
Villanova offensive line coach Mark Ferrante gives us the lowdown on Ben Ijalana, and very special guest Janice Schauweker talks about the loss of her son, Staff Sargent Richard Blakley, to sniper fire in Iraq. You need to here that.


Mother's day celebrations in San Francisco

While the standard flowers and a card are sure to be popular this year, studies indicate children and husbands are going high-tech with smartphones, cameras and electronic tablets for Mother's Day.


The average person celebrating Mother's Day is expected to spend $140.73 on gifts, up from $126.90 last year, which is a return to 2008 spending levels. Total spending is expected to reach $16.3 billion, according to National Retail Federation's 2011 Mother's Day Consumer Intentions and Actions survey.


What do you think about when you think about Mother’s Day? Maybe you’ll reminisce about the vase you made out of clay for her in the third grade, but chances are you’re imagining getting together with family and eating.


While several people interviewed by Patch said they were planning to eat at home because they have young children or abhor crowds, others, recognizing the creativity and variety of area chefs, are headed out to treat or be treated. Local eateries are gearing up for perhaps the busiest day of the year with traditional brunch buffets and dinner specials, and many moms say they prefer to return to their favorite spots for their special day.


Here's another thing you can thank dear Mom for this weekend: plenty of excuses to shop in her honor. Read on for San Francisco Mother's Day shopping and style events happening throughout the City and beyond.
The Blues Jeans Bar: A Kasil Workshop pop-up shop offers a chance to meet designer David Lim and save 20 percent off the spring and summer collection at the Union Street store Saturday (1-5pm).


Convert: Another chance to meet Lim and explore the Kasil Workshop line comes on Sunday at this Berkeley store. During an afternoon "No Mom Jeans" trunk show (1-4pm), shoppers can save 20 percent on Kasil purchases and receive expert styling advice from Amanda Castro of Beyond Black. Mimosas and chocolate-dipped strawberries are added enticements.

Mother's day celebrations in Austin, Texas

Celebrate Mother's Day
Love Lollies. Eat My Words returns to Sherway Gardens for its Mother’s Day fundraiser Saturday, May 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. with hand-crafted Love Lollies as well as cupcakes and brownies. Profits go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Courtesy/SHERWAY GARDENS
Mother's Day is Sunday (yes, a few days from now) and in case you don't have tickets to the various now sold out events across the city, here are a few ideas to show mom how much you appreciate her.

Austin, TX, May 07, 2011 --(PR.com)-- With Mother's Day on Sunday, the editors of DVD and Blu-ray website DiscDish.com didn’t want to celebrate by guessing which films mothers might like best. Instead, they’re asking mothers what they really like to watch — and so far, the films have some surprises.

Nine DiscDish.com writers asked their mothers to reveal their three favorite films and explain why. Interestingly, all the moms chose different movies. As expected, many of the moms picked romantic comedies, such as 1999’s "Notting Hill" and 1942’s "Once Upon a Honeymoon," and romance films, including 1965’s sweeping epic "Doctor Zhivago" and 1987’s "Dirty Dancing.

Warm, sunny Mother’s day weekend on tap
Austin is in for a warm and mostly sunny Mother’s day weekend, with highs near 90, according to the National Weather Service.
Today, the high is slated to reach 86 degrees with relatively calm winds, the service said. Tonight, we’ll see a chance for drizzle and a low of 63, the service said. We could also see a wind gusts of up to 20 miles per hour.
We’ll see temperatures climb slightly as we move further into the weekend. Windy conditions will continue, with gusts of up to 25 miles per hour on Saturday and Sunday.
Tomorrow, the high is slated to reach 91, the service said. The low that evening will be 70, the service said.

Plane with 27 people crashes in eastern Indonesia

MA60 twin turboprop
JAKARTA, Indonesia— A passenger plane carrying 27 people crashed Saturday as it was about to land in Indonesia's eastern province of West Papua, killing at least 15, officials said.

Transportation ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan said the Chinese-made Xian MA60 twin turboprop-powered plane belonging to a state-owned company went down just before landing in Kaimana. The flight originated in Sorong, another town in the province.

Police Lt. Col. Antonius Wantri Julianto said 15 bodies have been found and rescuers are searching for other victims.

Airline chief Jhony Sardjono told the state-run Antara news agency that the plane was carrying 18 adult passengers, two children and a baby. He said the plane was en route from Sorong city to Kaimana airport.

Other news reports spoke of 25 passengers.

'The information I received, the aircraft sank because it was crashed in the deep sea,' Bambang said, adding that rescue workers, joined by local fishermen were searching for the victims.

He said 15 bodies had been discovered so far while 12 others were remained missing and feared dead.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Commercialization of Mother's Day

(States Twitter)-After nine years after the first official Mother's Day, commercialization of the U.S. holiday became so rampant that Anna Jarvis herself became a major opponent of what the holiday had become and spent all her inheritance and the rest of her life fighting what she saw as an abuse of the celebration.
Later commercial and other exploitations of the use of Mother's Day infuriated Anna and she made her criticisms explicitly known throughout her time. She criticized the practice of purchasing greeting cards, which she saw as a sign of being too lazy to write a personal letter. She was arrested in 1948 for disturbing the peace while protesting against the commercialization of Mother's Day, and she finally said that she "wished she would have never started the day because it became so out of control .
Mother's Day continues to be one of the most commercially successful U.S. occasions. According to the National Restaurant Association, Mother's Day is now the most popular day of the year to dine out at a restaurant in the United States.
For example, according to IBISWorld, a publisher of business research, Americans will spend approximately $2.6 billion on flowers, $1.53 billion on pampering gifts—like spa treatments—and another $68 million on greeting cards.
Mother's Day will generate about 7.8% of the U.S. jewelry industry's annual revenue in 2008, with custom gifts like mother's rings.
It's possible that the holiday would have withered over time without the support and continuous promotion of the florist industries and other commercial industries. Other Protestant holidays from the same time, like Children's Day and Temperance Sunday, do not have the same level of popularity. Mother's Day is also prominent in the Sunday Funnies of United States newspapers, being a rich source of humor concerning mothers, children and husbands ranging from sentimental to wry to caustic.

Mother's Day in United States

(States Twitter)-Mother's Day is an annual holiday that recognizes mothers, motherhood and maternal bonds in general, as well the positive contributions that they make to society. In the United States it is celebrated on the second Sunday in May.

Carnations
Carnations have come to represent Mother's Day, since Anna Jarvis delivered 500 of them at its first celebration in 1908. Many religious services held later copied the custom of giving away carnations. This also started the custom of wearing a carnation on Mother's Day. The founder, Anna Jarvis, chose the carnation because it was the favorite flower of her mother. In part due to the shortage of white carnations, and in part due to the efforts to expand the sales of more types of flowers in Mother's Day, the florists promoted wearing a red carnation if your mother was living, or a white one if she was dead; this was tirelessly promoted until it made its way into the popular observations at churches.

Holiday establishment
In its present form, Mother's Day was established by Anna Marie Jarvis, following the death of her mother Ann Jarvis on May 9, 1905, with the help of Philadelphia merchant John Wanamaker. A small service was held on May 12, 1907 in the Andrew's Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia where Anna's mother had been teaching Sunday school. But the first "official" service was on May 10, 1908 in the same church, accompanied by a larger ceremony in the Wanamaker Auditorium in the Wanamaker's store on Philadelphia. She then campaigned to establish Mother's Day first as a U.S. national holiday and then later as an international holiday.

Chevrolet Corvette

(States Twitter)-Chevrolet Corvette C6.R is a grand tourer racing car built by Pratt & Miller and General Motors for competition in endurance racing. It is a replacement for the Corvette C5-R racing car, applying the body style of the new C6 generation Chevrolet Corvette as well as improvements to increase the speed and reliability on the track. Since its debut in 2005, it has continued on from the previous dominance of the C5-R in its racing class with multiple American Le Mans Series championships and race wins in the Le Mans Series, FIA GT Championship, and 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Development
Having already established the C5-R as a winning car, the development of the C6.R was more of an evolution of a design rather than an all new car which required long periods of testing and design. Pratt & Miller's process was aided by the fact that, unlike the C5-R which debuted several years after the C5 generation Corvette was on the streets, the C6.R and C6 generation Corvettes would be developed at the same time. This meant that design elements which would help the race car could be adapted to the road car, allowing the C6.R to use more exotic design features but still meet homologation requirements. In turn, this meant racing elements could be adapted to the Corvette Z06 performance car, which the C6.R shares it exterior styling with.

Corvette Racing
Following the retirement of the C5-R at the end of 2004, the factory Corvette Racing squad started 2005 with two brand new C6.Rs. Unlike the previous car, which ran only select events until it could be proven quick and reliable, the C6.Rs would compete in the full American Le Mans Series season in their first year. The season did not begin as Corvette Racing had planned however, as the equally new Prodrive Aston Martin DBR9 managed to win the initial event at Sebring, earning Corvette Racing their first loss since the end of 2003. Prodrive returned to Europe after Sebring, and Corvette Racing was able to earn wins in each of the succeeding races that season. Even when Prodrive returned for the final two rounds, the improved Corvettes continued their streak and won both races. The C6.Rs also ventured to Europe for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where the team were able to outlast the quicker DBR9s to earn a 1-2 victory in the GT1 class and finish fifth and sixth overall.

Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane

(States Twitter)-Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane was a comic book series published monthly by DC Comics focusing on the adventures of supporting character Lois Lane. The series began publication March/April 1958 and ended its run September/October 1974 with 137 regular issues and 2 80-page Annuals. With the similarly themed Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen as its senior, Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane would mark the second comic series based on a Superman supporting character.

History
From the first issue, stories centered on Lois' romantic interest in Superman and her attempts to maneuver him into marriage, only to fail due to a comic plot twist. In the early 1960s Lana Lang made regular guest appearances, generally as Lois' romantic rival. Artist Kurt Schaffenberger drew most of the stories for the first 81 issues of the series, missing only issue #29. Schaffenberger's rendition of Lois Lane became cited by many as the "definitive" version of the character. The Catwoman made her first Silver Age appearance in #70 (Nov. 1966).
By the 1970s, the stories began to reflect growing social awareness: Lois became less fixated on romance, and more on current issues. In the controversial story "I Am Curious (Black)!" in #106 (Nov. 1970), for example, Lois uses a machine that allows her to experience racism firsthand as an African American woman. The series saw the debut of Silver Age heroine The Rose & The Thorn in a back up feature that ran from #105 (Oct. 1970) through #130 (April 1973).
In fall 1974, the title ended as did Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen earlier that year. Both would be merged, however, into Superman Family which chronologically continued from the elder title, premiering on issue #164.

Gold Price Dips Below $1,500, Silver Plunge Continues

(States Twitter)-Oil prices dropped sharply again on Friday morning in volatile markets after Thursday's record sell-off, with investors keeping a wary eye on key US jobs data out later in the day.

The share prices of gold and silver mining companies moved lower, led by declines in Barrick Gold (ABX) and Goldcorp (GG), which sank 2% and 1%, respectively. Barrick, the worlds’ largest gold producer has dropped 7.5% over the past eight trading days on the back of soft gold prices and a takeover bid for copper company, Equinox Minerals that has been ill-received by the market.

US crude futures fell by more than $5 to as low as $94.63 a barrel. Brent crude was also down sharply, losing $4.89, or 4.45%, to $105.87 a barrel following a record $12 drop on Thursday. Oil prices have now fallen for five days in a row.

Burbank, founder of hedge fund Passport Capital, reduced the size of his gold positions in order to lock in profits, according to an individual close to the firm. However, the source noted that Burbank remains bullish on the gold price over the longer-term, but feels that the price of gold is due for a meaningful correction at this time.

Silver looks headed for its steepest decline in decades on the back of the decision by the CME [derivatives market] to sharply increase its cash margin requirements," said Jane Foley at Rabobank. "The losses in oil have been linked with the expectation that the war against terror may be gaining the upper hand, though this view has been met with much scepticism."

The dollar traded slightly down against a basket of currencies after jumping 1.5% on Thursday, the biggest gain in over six months.

Mary Magdalene

(States Twitter)-Mary Magdalene original Greek Μαρία ἡ Μαγδαληνή, flourished 1st century AD) was one of Jesus' most celebrated disciples. She is famous because she was the first person to see Jesus after he rose from the dead, according to John 20 and Mark 16:9, part of the so-called "Longer Ending" to that chapter.
The late 20th and early 21st century has seen a restoration of the New Testament figure of Mary Magdalene as a patron of women's preaching and ministry. Her new popularity has stemmed in part from the recognition that Mary Magdalene has suffered from what is believed to have been a historical defamation of character. Some argue who? that she has been misidentified as a repentant prostitute in historical tradition and as depicted in art as a weeping sinner wiping Jesus' feet with her hair.
According to Luke 8:2 and Mark 16:9, Jesus cleansed her of "seven demons." Some contemporary scholars contend this concept means healing from illness, not forgiveness of sin. On the other hand, some major Christian saints, including St. Bede and St. Gregory, interpret the seven devils to signify that she was "full of all vices. Hence, on this interpretation, the episode does signify the forgiveness of sins. Mary Magdalene is the leader of a group of female disciples who are present at the cross, when the male disciples (excepting John the Beloved) have fled, and at his burial. Mary was a devoted follower of Jesus, entering into the close circle of those taught by Jesus during his Galilean ministry. She became prominent during the last days, accompanying Jesus during his travels and following him to the end. She witnessed his Crucifixion and burial.
Mary Magdalene is referred to in early Christian writings as "the apostle to the apostles." In apocryphal texts, she is portrayed as a visionary and leader of the early movement, who was loved by Jesus more than the other disciples. Several Gnostic gospels, such as the Gospel of Mary, written in the early 2nd century, see Mary as the special disciple of Jesus who has a deeper understanding of his teachings and is asked to impart this to the other disciples. Speculations (though unsupported in Christian biblical canons) have emerged in antiquity and in modern times regarding Mary, including claims that she was Jesus' wife and bore him a daughter named Sarah.

In film and literature
Donatello's sculpture of Maria Magdalena, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence, Italy
Abel Ferrara's 2005 film Mary:, with Juliette Binoche as an actress portraying Mary Magdalene in a film within the film
Anime and Manga series Chrono Crusade refers to main character Rosette Christopher as Mary of Magdalene
Antoinette May's novel Claudia, Daughter of Rome
Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln's 1982 book Holy Blood, Holy Grail
Bruce Chilton's Mary Magdalene: A Biography, Doubleday, 2005. ISBN 978-0385-51318-0
Charlotte Graham portrayed a silent Mary Magdalene in the 2006 film The Da Vinci Code based on the Dan Brown novel of the same name
Christopher Moore includes Mary Magdalene (called 'Maggie' in the book) as a childhood friend of Jesus (called Joshua in the book) and Biff in his book Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Elizabeth Cunningham's "Maeve Chronicles." including Daughter of the Shining Isles, The Passion of Mary Magdalen, and Magdalen Rising
Fiona Avery's novel, The Crown Rose, Mary is said to have loved Jesus and borne a son by him
Dr. J.D. McWilliams' 2011 graphic novel The Tower: The True Story of Mary Magdalene's Rise from Demon Priestess to Christian Saint portrays Mary Magdalene as a victim of cultic sexual abuse before Jesus saves her.
Jean-Claude La Marre's 2006 film, Color of the Cross. Mary Magdalene is portrayed by Iranian actress Marjan Faritous
John Henson's retelling of various Gospel stories, The Gay Disciple (O Books, 2007). Mary Magdalene features particularly in 'The Far Country and Back Again', in which, known as 'Maggie', she is depicted as a friend and business associate of Mary of Bethany
Kathleen McGowan's novels The Expected One (Simon & Schuster, 2006)& "The Book of Love"
Ki Longfellow's novel, The Secret Magdalene (first published by Eio Books, 2005, then by Random House, 2007–2008) is in preproduction for Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, writer/director Nancy Savoca
Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince, The Templar Revelation (1997)
Margaret George's novel Mary, Called Magdalene (Penguin Books: New York, 2002)
Marianne Fredriksson's novel, According to Mary Magdalene (1999)
Maurice Maeterlinck's 1910 play, Mary Magdalene, which acknowledges a debt to Paul Heyse's Maria von Magdala
Mel Gibson's 2004 film, The Passion of the Christ where Mary Magdalene is portrayed by Italian actress Monica Bellucci
Michèle Roberts' 1984 novel The Wild Girl, republished in 2007 as The Secret Gospel of Mary Magdalene, with a new preface by the author
Nikos Kazantzakis's novel, The Last Temptation of Christ (Martin Scorsese's film of the same title, played by Barbara Hershey)

Lady Antebellum

(States Twitter)-Lady Antebellum is a country music group formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006. The trio is composed of Charles Kelley (lead and background vocals), Dave Haywood (background vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin) and Hillary Scott (lead and background vocals). The group made its debut in 2007 as guest vocalists on Jim Brickman's single "Never Alone", before signing to Capitol Records Nashville and releasing "Love Don't Live Here". The song, which nearly reached the top due to its breakthrough performance by the group, peaked at #3 on the Hot Country Songs chart in May 2008, served as the first single to the group's self-titled debut album. Certified platinum in the U.S., the album also includes the singles "Lookin' for a Good Time" and "I Run to You", the latter of which became the group's first Number One in July 2009. "Need You Now," was released in mid-2009 and was the first single off the band's new album released in January 2010; it was also the group's second number one single. "American Honey", the second single from Need You Now, was released in January 2010, and became their 4th top 10 single, as well as their third #1 single. "Our Kind of Love", the album's third single, was released in May 2010, and became their fourth consecutive Number One on the Hot Country Songs chart.

2011-present
The week of January 9, 2011, the group ventured into the studio to begin recording for their third studio album. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Charles Kelley said, "We actually just went ahead and decided we’re gonna take two, two and a half months straight in the studio to create this thing and not have all this distraction. Hopefully that will be a good thing. He goes on to say that the group has around 50 songs which they plan to choose from along with songs from other songwriters. However, he singles out a song called "Dancing Away With My Heart" as one the band is particularly excited about, a song that the group co-wrote with Josh Kear, who previously wrote with the group on their hit "Need You Now."
On May 2, 2011, the group released the first single from their upcoming album, titled "Just A Kiss."

Awards and nominations
Since Lady Antebellum won the Country Music Association Awards New Artist of the Year award in 2008, they have accumulated seven more awards, including their first Grammy in 2010 for Best Country Performance by Duo or Group with Vocals. At the 2009 CMA's, the group ended Rascal Flatts' six-year reign as Vocal Group of the Year. At the 2010 CMA's, the group became the first artist in CMA Award history to receive the Single of the Year honor for two consecutive years.
At the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, the trio won the Song of the Year, beating "Love The Way You Lie" performed by Eminem and Rihanna.

Hoover Commission

(States Twitter)-Hoover Commission, officially named the Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government, was a body appointed by President Harry S. Truman in 1947 to recommend administrative changes in the Federal Government of the United States. It took its nickname from former President Herbert Hoover, who was appointed by Truman to chair it.

History, membership and results
Authorized by Congress in the Lodge-Brown Act of 1947 (named for Representative Clarence J. Brown, Sr. of Ohio and Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. of Massachusetts), the commission first met September 29, 1947. Besides Hoover, its members were former Postmaster General and F.D.R.'s campaign manager James Farley, Secretary of State Dean Acheson, Senator George Aiken of Vermont, Representative Brown, Secretary of Defense James V. Forrestal, Civil Service Commissioner Arthur S. Flemming, former Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy, political scientist James Kerr Pollock, attorney James H. Rowe, Representative Carter Manasco of Alabama, industrialist George Mead and Senator John L. McClellan of Arkansas. Aiken, Brown, Flemming, Hoover, Mead and Pollock were Republicans. Acheson, Forrestal, Kennedy, Manasco, McClellan and Rowe were Democrats. The commission was supported by a large staff and numerous expert task forces.

Second Hoover Commission
Also, a Second Hoover Commission was created by Congress in 1953 during the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Also headed by Hoover (who was then almost 80 years old), the second commission sent its final report to Congress in June 1955.

Twenty-second Amendment (Amendment XXII)

(States Twitter)-Twenty-second Amendment (Amendment XXII) of the United States Constitution sets a term limit for the President of the United States. The Congress passed the amendment on March 21, 1951. It was ratified by the requisite number of states on February 27, 1951. The Amendment was the final result of the recommendations of the Hoover Commission which was established by President Harry S. Truman in 1969.

History
Historians point to George Washington's decision not to seek a third term as evidence that the founders saw a two-term limit as convention and a bulwark against a monarchy; his Farewell Address, however, suggests that it was because of his age that he did not seek re-election. Thomas Jefferson also contributed to the convention of a two-term limit; in 1807 he wrote, "if some termination to the services of the chief Magistrate be not fixed by the Constitution, or supplied by practice, his office, nominally four years, will in fact become for life. Jefferson’s immediate successors, James Madison and James Monroe, also adhered to the two-term principle.

Criticism

Dwight D. Eisenhower, the first president to whom the amendment applied, expressed concern over the erosion of a second-term president's power and influence, as the president becomes a political lame duck.
According to historian Glenn W. LaFantasie of Western Kentucky University, "ever since 1985, when Ronald Reagan was serving in his second term as president, there have been repeated attempts to repeal the 22nd Amendment, this proposal has failed repeatedly in Congress, although it is still introduced over and over again. In addition, several Democratic congressmen, including Rep. Barney Frank, Rep. José Serrano, Rep. Howard Berman, and Sen. Harry Reid, have introduced legislation to repeal the Twenty-second Amendment, but each resolution died before making it out of its respective committee. There have also been proposals to remove the absolute two term limit and replace it with no more than two consecutive terms.

Text
Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.
Section 2. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission to the States by the Congress.

Barack Obama next term after Osama

(States Twitter)-Democrats discussing after successful raid on Osama bin Laden about third term amendment for Obama's third term:Sources  say


President Barack Obama’s approval rating has risen only slightly following the successful raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, a new Rasmussen Reports poll reveals.

After successful raid that killed bin Laden at his compound in Pakistan has largely bumped to the background the Republican campaign to pick a successor to oppose him in 2012.

Overall, 49 percent of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the Obama’s performance, and 50 percent at least somewhat disapprove.
“Those figures have shown little movement since the news about bin Laden,” Rasmussen observed.

That's what makes them seen presidential. And after the bin Laden killing that's what Republicans need in a nominee. If they don't nominate somebody Americans can imagine sitting in the Oval Office making these life-and-death decisions, they can shut the campaign down right now.

Rasmussen also found that 86 percent of likely voters approve of the president’s decision to authorize the raid on bin Laden’s compound, and 53 percent give Obama good or excellent marks for handling national security issues, up 14 percent from a week ago.

Interestingly, despite warnings that the killing of Osama could trigger new terrorist attacks, only 28 percent of respondents said they believe a terrorist attack is very likely over the coming year, down from 35 percent in November.

So it's important to acknowledge that and for Americans to remember that despite the elimination of bin Laden, we're still extremely dependent upon and grateful to our military men and women for what they do.


Oil above $100 as traders eye weak US jobs

(States Twitter)-Oil prices inched higher on Friday morning after Thursday's record 10% drop, with investors keeping a wary eye on key US jobs data out later in the day.


On Thursday Brent oil posted it second-largest one-day fall on record in dollar terms. Europe's benchmark crude fell by as much as $12 a barrel during the normal trading session, and U.S. crude dropped $10, leading one of the sharpest commodities sell-offs in years.


Benchmark crude for June delivery was up 43 cents at $100.23 a barrel at midday Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. In London, Brent crude for June delivery was up $1.10 to $111.90 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.


Crude would have to stay around $100 for five to 10 days before we see gas prices come down," says a senior analyst at energy trader DTN. He expects seasonal demand to lift prices to as much as $4.20 a gallon, surpassing July 2008's $4.11 record.


A stronger dollar, which makes oil more expensive for investors with other currencies, also helped push crude prices down.
Some analysts expect oil to resume its rise as political unrest in the Middle East and North Africa could spread and threaten to disrupt crude supplies in the oil-rich region.


But others thought that disappointing US jobs numbers could push oil down to $105 a barrel.


The dollar traded slightly down against a basket of currencies ater jumping 1.5% on Thursday, the biggest gain in over six months.

How compares Kate and William with Charles and Diana


(States Twitter)-On Friday, it was widely rumored that the Duchess of Cambridge said ‘no thanks’ to professional makeup help, instead choosing to do her own eyes, cheeks and lips. So was it true? We may never know. But Bobbi Brown confirmed this week that members of the royal wedding party received “makeup artistry assistance” from company makeup artist Hannah Martin. So what was the verdict? Brown, who’s been in the makeup business for more than 20 years, thinks the newlywed was the perfect picture of a blushing bride.

If there was a real winner from the Royal Wedding – apart from the happy couple – then it was the Midland car industry.

Barely an hour passed without a great Midland marque being thrust into the world’s spotlight at the big event – although those mini-buses should be on another region’s conscience.

Princess Diana's wedding to Prince Charles also gripped the nation, and many will have recognised similarities in everything from the red carpets the brides walked down to the way the couples waved to their supporters from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
But there were also some notable differences.

Some similarities between the two wedding were just a result of both couples following age-old traditions. Both wedding cakes, for example, were white, tiered and very elaborate.
But Prince William said as soon as he got engaged that he would find ways to make it feel like his mother was by his side at his wedding - and taking inspiration from the ceremony she chose was a very touching tribute.

Both have been modified by British coachbuilders and feature fishbowl and bullet proof glasswork to enable onlookers to get a better view of the occupants.

The final tribute to the British car industry was an Aston Martin DB6 Volante which was driven by Prince William when the Royal Couple left Buckingham Palace for Clarence House.