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Slumberland Donates New Beds to Homeless Shelter Serving Quad Cities Families PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Thursday, 09 February 2012 15:25

Quad Cities, USA: Slumberland Furniture in Davenport, Iowa, is working to provide families in need with a comfortable bed in which to sleep at night. Through its annual Making Homes for the Holidays Program, Slumberland donated 26 mattress and box spring sets to The Salvation Army Family Service Center, a facility that provides food and shelter to families that are rebuilding their lives.

Slumberland realizes that a good night’s sleep can have a positive impact on the shelter clients’ progress in their program. “For far too many families, a warm bed has become a luxury, especially in today’s tough economic environment. With Making Homes for the Holidays, Slumberland is working to ensure that everyone in our community gets a good night’s sleep,” said Lee Kerr, Owner of Slumberland Furniture in Davenport.

In recognizing that there a 52 beds in the Emergency Shelter Program and 48 beds in the Transitional Housing Program, Slumberland has made a commitment to supply beds to the shelter anytime another bed needs disposal.

The Making Homes for the Holidays Program began in 1993. Since then, Slumberland has donated more than 20,000 new mattresses and box springs to deserving families nationwide. For more information about this program, please visit Slumberland’s website at www.slumberland.com.

To learn more about the programs at the Family Service Center, please call Brandon Luke or Holly Nomura at 563-324-4808.

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Will America Get Over its Nudity Hang-up? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Thursday, 09 February 2012 14:54
Historian Says U.S. Laws, Attitudes Don’t Match Up

As recently as January, the U.S. Supreme Court was debating whether TV networks should be fined for showing a bare body part – in this case, a woman’s butt — on an episode of ABC’s “NYPD Blue.”

A lawyer arguing for the networks noted enforcement could lead to complaints about the Summer Olympics in Beijing: During the opening ceremonies a statute of a bare-breasted, bare-bottomed woman was plainly visible.

A decision isn’t expected until June, but no matter the result, the very fact this is a matter before the highest court in the land troubles historian Mike Foster.

America remains surprisingly prudish, or at least hypocritical, about nudity, says Foster, co-author with his wife, Barbara, of the biography, A Dangerous Woman: The Life, Loves, and Scandals of Adah Isaccs Menken (www.TheGreatBare.com). 

“Officially, we’re uptight about nudity,” he says, “but happy to watch it in the media. Advertisers use nudity to make a buck, publishers to sell product, and protesters take it off to make a point.

“Lindsay Lohan’s nude spread for Playboy earned her a million dollars and was pirated on the Internet. Helen Mirren, at 64, posed topless for a puff promoting ‘Love Ranch.’ PETA women, who strip in public for attention to animal rights — ‘go naked instead of wearing fur’ — have been joined by their men.

The “ultimate fantasy commercial” for this year’s Super Bowl featured a beautiful Colombian model looking stark naked. It was done with paint and 100 million viewers feasted their eyes on a nude illusion.

Foster says our nude hypocrisy stems from the Victorian era, when actress Adah Menken was dubbed “The Great Bare” by writer/admirer Mark Twain. The Civil War-era bombshell singer and actress became famous as The Naked Lady for her starring role in “Mazeppa,” a drama in which she rode a stallion up a four-story stage mountain, apparently in the buff. She actually wore a flesh-colored body stocking, but the audience gasped — yet another nude illusion.

It’s mystifying that in Western Europe, the birthplace of many American traditions and values, billboards, TV shows and commercials featuring nudity are commonplace. Nude sunbathers enjoy their nations’ beaches — and don’t go home with awkward tan lines.

One hopeful sign that America’s easing up: At actress Betty White’s televised 90th birthday tribute, Tina Fey claimed the older actress told her: “Never let anyone tell you that you are not good enough to pose nude.”

Yes, our favorite “Golden Girl” did it, decades ago. Yet another “dangerous woman” ahead of her time?

About Michael & Barbara Foster

Michael Foster is a historian, novelist and biographer, acclaimed by the New York Times. He earned his Master of Fine Arts from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. “A Dangerous Woman” is his fifth book. Barbara Foster is an associate professor of women’s studies at City University of New York.

 
LATE-NIGHT WIN CHANGES DAVENPORT MAN’S LIFE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amy Garringer   
Thursday, 09 February 2012 14:52

Jeremy Riedesel Wins First Top Prize Playing on the “Did I Win?” Scratch Game

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Davenport man said when he discovered a $100,000 top prize on his “Did I Win?” instant-scratch ticket, he knew it would change his life.

Jeremy Riedesel, 29, said he was alone around midnight when he scratched the ticket.

“It’s definitely life-changing,” Riedesel said. “I had to run back inside to the gas station to make sure I was seeing everything right.”

Riedesel had scratched the ticket in his car, so the cashier at Kwik Shop, 3624 W. Locust St. in Davenport who sold him the ticket got to share in his excitement as well.

“I just couldn’t believe that it was real,” Riedesel said. “I was basically in shock.”

Since it was late at night, Riedesel said he went home to try to get some sleep before claiming his prize Wednesday at the Iowa Lottery’s regional office in Cedar Rapids, but that proved difficult.

“Everybody that I talked to said, ‘Oh no, it’s fake!’” Riedesel said.

Riedesel said he’s looking into investing his money wisely, but doesn’t plan to stop working as a Triple A service call responder anytime soon.

Did I Win? is a $10 scratch game. If players find a “yes” symbol, they win the prize shown for that symbol. If they find the “coin” symbol, they win double the prize shown for that symbol. If they find the “gold” symbol, they win all 20 prizes shown. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.35.

Riedesel won the first top prize in the game. Seven top prizes of $100,000 are still up for grabs in Did I Win?, along with six prizes of $10,000, more than 260 prizes of $1,000 and thousands of prizes of $500 and $100.

Players can enter eligible non-winning scratch tickets online to earn “Points For Prizes™” points. The point value will be revealed to the player on the website upon successful submission of each eligible valid ticket. There is a limit of 30 ticket entries per day. To participate in Points For Prizes™, a player must register for a free account at ialottery.com. Registration is a one-time process. Merchandise that can be ordered by using points will be listed on the website in the Points For Prizes™ online store. Players can choose from items in categories such as apparel, automotive, jewelry, sporting, tools and more.

Since the lottery’s start in 1985, its players have won more than $2.8 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.3 billion for the state programs that benefit all Iowans.

Today, lottery proceeds in Iowa have three main purposes: They provide support for veterans, help for a variety of significant projects through the state General Fund, and backing for the Vision Iowa program, which was implemented to create tourism destinations and community attractions in the state and build and repair schools.

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Schilling Leads by Example, Supports the STOCK Act PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andie Pivarunas   
Thursday, 09 February 2012 14:43

Votes to Hold the Administration and Congress to the Same Standards as Other Americans

Washington, DC – Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) today joined many of his colleagues from both sides of the aisle in supporting the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, legislation to ensure that those serving in the federal government cannot profit from participating in and profiting from the nonpublic information they gain from their positions.  Schilling was the first House Republican freshman to cosponsor H.R. 1148, the original House version of the STOCK Act. 

“This bill helps to make clear to folks across the country that my colleagues and I are working to create a new Washington – one where we are cutting our own office budgets, one where we have cut discretionary spending two years in a row for the first time in modern history, one where our benefits are brought in line with those of our constituents, and one in which we are held to the same standards as our constituents,” Schilling said.  “Serving in Congress and abiding by the public trust should be an honor, not an opportunity to manipulate the system and prosper.  This common-sense bill increases public disclosure, and will make certain that those who lead our government are abiding by the trust of the folks that sent us here.”

The version of the STOCK Act that passed the House today includes text referred to as the ‘Pelosi Provision’ – language to ensure that Legislative and Executive branch officials and their staff are unable to receive special access to initial public offerings because of their position.  A recent report on “60 Minutes” said that former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (CA-08) and her husband participated in a credit card initial public offering while credit card legislation was pending in Congress.  It also includes H.R. 2162, the Congressional Integrity and Pension Forfeiture Act also known as ‘No Pensions for Felons,’ written by Congressman Robert Dold (IL-10) and cosponsored by Schilling.  This language would ensure that former Members of Congress – like former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich – who are convicted of public corruption crimes are not eligible to receive a taxpayer-funded pension down the line.  Former Congressman and Governor Blagojevich remains eligible to draw a roughly $15,000 annual retirement payment under current law given that his crimes were committed after serving in Congress.  ‘No Pensions for Felons’ would guarantee that criminals like Blagojevich would forfeit their right to collect the taxpayer-funded retirement payments accrued during their tenure in Congress.

“The people who have placed their trust in us to serve in Washington sent us here to represent their interests – not our own,” Schilling said.  “I am pleased that these provisions were included.  This is the right thing for us to do to hold those who serve in Congress – both past and present – to the same standards as other Americans.”

The STOCK Act passed the House in a vote of 417-2, and now heads to a formal conference committee to work out differences between the Senate-passed and House-passed versions of the bill.

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3 Tips for Finding True Love Any Time of the Year PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Thursday, 09 February 2012 14:32
By: Shay Dawkins

So many people go searching for their true love in nightclubs, singles clubs, through online dating sites and among friends of friends. The truth is, finding true love starts right in your own home – or, more accurately, in your own heart.

Before you can find true love in a relationship, you must find it within yourself.

Here are three simple ways to attain true love for you, yourself, and your life as a whole. You’ll be amazed at how quickly romantic love will follow.

• Be thankful for everything (including your mistakes). Learn to be thankful for the good things in your life. That will help you appreciate all the small things and give you a happier, positive outlook (which, by the way, is very attractive.) Be thankful for your mistakes, too. Everything in your life, both the triumphs and the stumbles, shape us as people. Mistakes are valuable learning experiences and, when viewed as such and appreciated, regrets and bitterness of yesterday will fade away. Peace and love will enter in to your life immediately!

• Forgive others so that you can forgive yourself. Forgiving is as much for you as  it is for the person who did you wrong. For starters, when you can forgive others, you can forgive yourself. Some of us are harder on ourselves than anyone else would ever be. We need to be as forgiving of our own faults and misdeeds as we are other people’s. Holding onto anger and resentment, whether it’s directed at someone else or ourselves, robs us of opportunities for joy. Truly forgive whoever’s hurt you – you don’t have to like them! – and fully experience happiness.

• Find enjoyment and satisfaction in every day. Strive to find the happiness in your average, workaday life. For most of us, a typical Friday will be a much happier day than a typical Monday, but live each average Monday to its fullest as you would live each fun Friday to the fullest!  If you strive to live in love each day, then you will have no regrets. There are many more average days than holidays and vacations – don’t waste them! Find satisfaction in your work, enjoy the process of doing a good job and learning new skills, and every day will be an abundance of joy.

In my book, The Good News: How Revealing Delusions In Christianity Will Bring Peace To All (www.thegoodnewsbook.com), I lay out the numerous biblical instructions to love, forgive and be grateful. If we each apply these simple teachings to our own lives, no matter what our religion, we’ll create a happier world.

To both the people with a special someone and those without – be thankful. Love and happiness come from within, not from another person. We all have something to celebrate, not only at Valentine’s Day but all year long.

About Shay Dawkins

Shay Dawkins is a Tuscaloosa, Alabama, businessman who grew up in Baptist and Pentecostal churches. His observances about how Christianity can be divisive despite being based on one book led to his analysis of the Bible. Check out his YouTube video, “Why It Should Be About Love, Not Religion.”

 
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