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Today's message and prayer during Church of the Highlands 21 Days of Prayer is on fire!

Romans 12:1-2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”


Today's message and prayer at the Church of the Highlands was on fire! Here's the link if you want to hear and watch and see how thousands of people around the country are lifting up prayer requests for things that matter to you and society right now:

Today's 21 days of prayer is all about spiritual attacks on the family and encouraging us to put on the full armor of God. We need to step into our place of authority and fight the devil.

Ephesians 6:10 - 13  

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 

Be encouraged! Do not shrink back and be destroyed, stand in your purpose and your calling. Do not flee, Nehemiah 4:14  “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”
Focus on the home and believe God can do great things. This is what the pastor was preaching and praying for today and encouraged all of us to pray too. That we would have: 
1. Homes built on the Word of God
2. Homes will have a spirit of unity, established in prayer
3. Homes filled with children in love with God. 
I have been so blessed and encouraged as I follow along daily I just had to share and encourage others to join me. Prayer-bible-verse-8
It's been really amazing to see what I'm praying for manifest in real life too. I've been praying for our government officials, our country, my alma mater, my friends and their families, my family, my favorite celebrities, Hollywood, and whoever and whatever God brings to mind as I'm lifting up these prayers to Him.
Prayer-bible-verse-11lI believe in the power of prayer. I believe in God's goodness. I believe in the power of God's truth. love and ability to change lives and circumstances.
I see it in my own life and in certain things happening in the country today which is why I have to write and share this with you to encourage you to join me in the final days of this amazing experience.
Prayer-bible-verse-6There's so much evil and darkness in the world right now. Wouldn't it be nice to have some light and encouragement in the midst of it? That's why I'm doing this. It changes my whole perspective and gives me encouragement that God is in control and He wins over the evil going on right now.
I think of this shocking story which you can read in full detail by clicking the link... Madonna Accused of Pornography and Child Trafficking in Southern Africa – Ethiopian World Federation Urges President of Malawi to Conduct Investigation  By Jim Hoft Published January 18, 2023 
I can't help but wonder if people praying for those caught in sex trafficking, human trafficking, and other abuses against children haven't caused these to come out now. I know I pray for that to end.
When I think about it, all I can do is pray for our borders, for the people caught in the crosshairs and that God will intervene, give our government officials wisdom in handling it, and that we will have law and order once again. It's out of my hands...
And on the flip side, I see positive news happening that makes me feel good: 
I know some may not think Alec being charged is positive, but I've been praying there will be justice in the world and I think it IS manslaughter when someone deliberately points a gun at someone and shoots it, fake or not.
I'm also tired of celebrities literally getting away with murder as Bruce Jenner did in that fatal car crash. I also feel sometimes we have to go through hard times to trust in God, not ourselves. Perhaps Alec will turn to God now?


But enough of me and my opinions of what's happening in the world, let's get back to God and his will for our lives.:)
This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible and I hope it encourages you too: Jeremiah 29:11 11 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for prosperity and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
And here's a musical version with sign language!

So! I hope this encourages and challenges you to join me as we continue our journey through the 21 Days of Prayer with the Church of the Highlands!
They have a great app for pray called Pray First which you can find in both iPhone and Android stores. And I like having the church app too because it makes it easier to find the message. You can also just watch on your computer. Whatever works! Just pray! 
Prayer-bible-verse-1lGod bless your day as my friend Ashley always says. If you'd like some worship music to play in the background as you go about your day, here's some I just found. 

Have a great week! I plan to!


My Covid story #MedicalFreedom #Natural #Immunity

By Joy A. Kennelly

My friend recently encouraged me to write more blogs again so here I am. I sit and watch the hysteria surrounding omicron, which still has such a small death rate in LA County, Barbara is forced to include Long Beach and Pasadena Health Departments, and I wonder when intelligent people will ever review the actual stats vs simply continue their group think.

So here, join me in educating yourself on how dangerous this current virus strain really is, and then let's chat:

If we use straight logic, based on the fact LA County has 3,898,747 people and the majority are white and Latino, let's figure out the math when only 30 deaths have been reported in the past 7 days. Let's see 30 deaths divided by 3,898,747 population = .000007% chance of dying under this latest virus.

I think I'll take those chances. What you all don't seem to realize is, how much money TV advertisers make on fear mongering. How much money people who feed into this fear make. How much the DRUG COMPANIES MAKE! 

Do you seriously think we will ever get to an end of this pandemic when our hapless Governor still believes he deserves emergency powers that all other governors across the US have given up? Do you seriously believe that teachers unions who control everything this public school system runs on will give up their power? 

It only happens when we all collectively say,

I'm tired of living in fear.

I'm tired of believing lies.

I'm tired of not seeing family and friend's faces and not freely hugging people when I love them.

I'm tired of living an unhealthy lifestyle that contributes to lowering my immunity and makes me more at risk for catching anything.

I'm tired of seeing children growing up thinking wearing a mask is normal.

I'm tired of feeling like breathing fresh air is bad for you when in fact, the opposite is true. (You are 13x more likely to develop a lung infection wearing a mask constantly.)

I'm tired of avoiding certain situations or not being hired because I refuse to get a vaccine that has over ONE MILLION ADVERSE REACTIONS and OVER THIRTY THOUSAND DEATHS! And this is only 1% of all issues reported according to

Yes, there are a lot of cases. Yes, our ER's are overcrowded. But did you ever stop to think that maybe they're overcrowded because people have been conditioned to think getting a cold now is going to cause death? 

I sat outside the Little Company of Mary ER on Saturday trying to find relief for a topical chemotherapy treatment that was excruciatingly painful because my dermatologist's phone system didn't connect to their emergency lines.

I saw firsthand how many people are crowding the ER. And you know what I saw? People throwing up, mothers and children fighting colds, a dislocated shoulder, heart issues, you name it, it was there. And I sat among them, outside, waiting to be called. And you know what? I'm not sick.

And you know why? Because I take zinc, drink OJ, take a multi-vitamin that has lots of Vit D, C and I eat tons of veggies. I also eat some bad foods, but I've also started juicing celery, carrots, raspberries, lemon, ginger and whatever else I feel like trying, like cucumbers. It may not taste the best because I'm still experimenting, but I feel strong and healthy after. It helps lower my blood pressure and helps with my blurry vision so I will keep doing it.

And here's another story you won't see in the news. 

I caught covid in January 2020. How do I know it was that? Because my Dr told me later, after it was announced that that was what I had when he couldn't figure it out. I apparently gave it to him. We both laughed and ironically, we both survived. Fancy that. A 99.9% recovery rate and yet the world shut down.

I will admit, it was terrifying not being able to breathe, wondering when the coughing would stop and ultimately cracking 2 ribs (very painful), and visiting ER's and Urgent Cares almost nightly. I was also put on steroids, had a breathalyzer, and had breathing exercises to do, which I did at home. Alone. With no medical treatment at a hospital. You know what kicked it for me? Taking OregoResp which you can find online.

And lo and behold, not only have I survived, but I haven't had a serious illness like that in 2 years. I've had days where I had the horrible headache that accompanies Covid, but you know how I killed it? Taking Advil, sleeping, taking zinc and drinking lots of fluids. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Good as new after that simple treatment.

And you know what else is funny? Even the CDC revealed recently there is NO data to suggest that anyone who has had covid is at risk to catch it again, or spread it. But do you know who does? Vaccinated people. Why on earth do you think we have such a high rate of infection when supposedly so many people are vaccinated? 

Can we all collectively agree that often we turn our brains off, go with the flow, believe the media, believe the government, yet, remember when the government used to say cigarettes were ok? If you look back at our recent history, there are dozens of examples of where the government told Americans something was safe and then it turned out it wasn't.

Why do you think Blacks are so against getting the vaccine? Because they have been tested on for most of their history and it's been negative and deadly. Why do  you think Hispanics aren't getting it? Because they didn't believe the hype, continued to hold quinceaneras, and all their huge family gatherings, thus creating their own herd immunity. How do I know this? Because at the height of all this, I lived in Hawthorne and saw it happen firsthand. I also have Hispanic friends who shared this truth too.

So, all this to say, Barbara Ferrer gots to go. Please join me in signing the petition to fire this woman who doesn't have a medical degree, has caused numerous deaths, illnesses, and yet has no plan for us to ever get out of this. We need new leadership. We need a medical professional in charge here in LA County and someone who isn't so caught up in social justice, that she's not reflecting the actual demographics of this state, this city, this population.



Why the Mask Mandate needs to end. NOW! #Covid #Vaccine #maskmandate

Public record provided at a city council meeting in Orange County FL on 9/28/21. You can read the transcript below or watch here: Dr. Kevin Stillwagon public testimony

“My name is Dr. Kevin Stillwagon. I am a property owner and a taxpayer in Orange County. You are making some really bad decisions based on fear of a virus that has about a 99% survival rate for most of us. That is unsubstantiated fear.

So let me give you a couple of things to truly be fearful about. That mask that you keep insisting that people wear decreases the amount of oxygen in your lung tissue. We now know that this virus uses something called a Furin cleavage site to merge with your lung tissue to infect you, and it works better with decreased oxygen.

And peer-reviewed research clearly shows that wearing a mask increases your chances of developing an upper respiratory infection 13 times more than a person not wearing a mask.

So I would stop wearing a mask immediately if I were you. Secondly, this shot that you insist on people getting gives you absolutely no protection against infection. It is the innate immune system that protects you from infection by using dendritic cells, T cells, and natural killer cells without antibodies ever becoming involved.

This shot has one goal, and that goal is to make antibodies. These antibodies circulate inside of you and cannot prevent an infection. They can only react to something that has already gotten inside of you. They cannot keep something out. The shot decreases the ability of your innate immune system to keep viruses out by 60%. And a booster shot will reduce it even more.

Even worse, the antibodies that are created by this shot can no longer neutralize variants and actually enhance the virus’s ability to infect you. It should be painfully obvious to you by now that fully vaccinated people are getting sick. And this will continue to get worse if you keep trying to jab people while a virus is trying to spread.

The variants are emerging from the vaccinated population. This so-called vaccine is still being administered on what’s called an emergency use authorization. It is not FDA-approved. The FDA approved a biological licensing application for a product called Comirnaty. The application was approved, not the product. Comirnaty is not available in the United States. Therefore, by law, you cannot force people to take this drug without informed consent and without animal trials to prove that it is safe.

Mayor Demings, please look at me. You, sir, are in violation of the United States Constitution and the Nuremberg Code. You will be held accountable. Good day.”

– Dr. Kevin Stillwagon


I was wrong and here's some wisdom from @rickwarren & @actorinspirit #actorinspiration #racialhealing #faith #peace

"This past week has brought me to my knees so many times.
In light of the current events around racism and social injustice, I want to lovingly remind you that everything I create (whether it’s a program or a post) will always come from a space that stands for love, inclusion, diversity, unity, peace, compassion and acceptance.
And yet, I too, have so much more to learn on the topic of racism."
I wish I had written that, but I didn't. It's from an actress/acting coach, Wendy Braun, who sent me this via her Actor Inspiration newsletter today and it just spoke to me.
The first week everything happened with George Floyd and I heard the young man sing his heart, I just wanna live, I too was on my knees, heartbroken. 
However, as time went on, I became angry and defensive because I was scared and wondering how much more mayhem and madness would take place before people were killed.
My anger and fear Pastor Rick Warren addresses in his message entitled, A Faith That Plants Seeds of Peace, which you can watch here. I admit, I've not been sowing seeds of peace with my last blog and it was wrong.
I was wrong.
Listen and see if you might feel a little remorse yourself.

This is why I listen. I am convicted every time I hear his words of wisdom taken from the Bible. I confess hearing African American's pain was so uncomfortable, so overwhelming, so gut-wrenching, I had a rebuttal of facts, logic, and reasons why we shouldn't feel it as a society and I didn't have love.
And that is where I need to grow and change. And I am deeply sorry to those who read my words and were hurt.
It wasn't kind. It wasn't loving. It wasn't wise.
And I sincerely apologize. 
I think that's why Rick Warren's message was one I ran from yesterday. I wasn't ready to have my heart affected, or my opinions reconsidered, or to have my motives and heart be seen through the eyes of Jesus and His word. 
I wanted to pretend my self-righteous anger against the looters was just that, righteous. It still makes me mad, but I also want to be someone who hears the pain and understands rather than someone who lectures and "Karen's" a group of people who are hurting and acting out. 
Doesn't make looting right. Doesn't make the multiple murders of innocent people right. Doesn't make the loss of police through the senseless violence of the mobs right. It doesn't ease the pain of business owners who may have lost everything. 
But maybe, just maybe, listening creates a bridge, where once there was a valley of misunderstanding, racism, and more healing down the road which leads to reconciliation, forgiveness and peace. I hope you take the time to listen to Pastor Rick too and thank you for reading what I'm sharing. 
Maybe, those who are in the wrong, will come to know the God of forgiveness, of love, of peace and of justice because one person's loving actions made a difference and show a different way of living.
I want to continue sharing how Wendy is listening and sharing from her heart as an excerpt that especially spoke to me because I felt heard and understood.
I hope you do too.
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"Change is upon us, and we are all feeling it.

Change is also messy, emotional, uncertain, painful + requires deep discomfort to really grow, learn and evolve.

So many feelings are coming up.  We are seeing this on a global level and we are feeling it on an individual level.

As artists, I know we are feeling it, because that’s what we do. We feel. We empathize.  We emote.  We seek to understand the human condition.

But I also want to also remind you, that although we live in the digital age, you are not required to process your emotions in public.

Of course, I do hope you are taking time to process your emotions, release them in a way that is healthy and then do what feels best for you.

We all process things differently and we are all called to different actions that will drive us to different lanes.

Your lane might be writing.
Your lane might be donating.
Your lane might be protesting.
Your lane might be organizing.
Your lane might be volunteering.
Your lane might be painting a mural.
Your lane might be a dance or a song.
Your lane might be forwarding petitions.
Your lane might be talking to your children.
Your lane might be making a compelling video.
Your lane might be educating yourself in a new way.
Your lane might be tending to your own mental health.
Your lane might be doing what you can to stay sober today.

Some things to keep in mind:
1) Everyone’s lane is different.
2) Your lane might change from day to day.
3) Don’t feel guilty that you "should be" in all of the other lanes.  It’s impossible.
4) Don’t worry about directing the traffic in the other lanes.

If we want to bring compassion, acceptance + love into the world, we must begin with ourselves.  

So don’t judge yourself for whatever lane you are riding in on any given day.

As you soften your own self-judgment, and then let go of judging others for what they are doing or not doing, you are actually helping create the change that we are all seeking.

Be a beacon of love + light in whatever lane is calling you right now, and know that it does have a ripple effect."
You can read her entire blog here which is entitled Being A Beacon Of Light + Love ❤️ I hope you do take the time to read her entire blog because it's really beautiful and expresses how she reflects love in the world. I think it will bless you too. 
You never know who will be your teacher or lead you on a different path. I'm glad I have  Christian Pastors like Rick Warren at Saddleback Church, Pastor Miles McPherson at The Rock in San Deigo, Pastor Andy Stanley at Northpoint in Atlanta, and so many others I learn from when I take the time to listen.
I'm also glad I met Actress/Coach Wendy Braun. Recognize her from Atypical?  MV5BMjRhYWIyZDctMTk3MS00ZjE2LTgzNTctYWIxZjU5YTUyYjhlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyODExNTExMTM@._V1_

The funny thing is I looked up her credits after taking her workshop and she had been in a short film by Director Jason Reitman called In God We Trust which I screened at my film festival in the 90's.
Funny how you run across people in Hollywood years later and realize you had a connection from years ago. Kudos to her. 
I've run across a lot of filmmakers, actors, directors and others who were part of my Short Pictures International Film Festival (SPIFF) from that time and they've gone on to do big things, like feature films you'd recognize. Maybe one day I'll do a Where Are They Now blog, but for now, want to close by saying, this isn't an easy time in America right now.
We're all going to experience different emotions, different reactions and "different lanes." I think it's how we drive forward that will determine whether our world remains a train wreck mired in racism, hurt and pain, or will we choose to make conscious decisions to change the direction of our metaphorical car, turn around and drive towards goodness, hope, love and peace with God guiding our way?
The choice is up to you. Jesus take the wheel is all I gotta say... 

I'm letting go, give me one more chance, save me from this road I'm on....


What I saw in Santa Monica and Venice yesterday after the looting. Recommendations based on people I believe in and support. #silentmajority #blackouttuesday #tech #entertainment #America

By Joy A. Kennelly

I want to start off by saying these are my thoughts and if you're reading, then you must find them of interest. Just know, I'm not perfect. I don't have all the answers. I'm sharing from my heart and my worldview which may differ from yours. In fact, in all likelihood I know it does because I haven't heard this expressed in a public forum which is why I feel compelled to do so.

That's why I write.

To express a worldview I don't always read or hear when I look out into the world. May add value, may not. But these are my thoughts. It may also reflect certain parts of me that need maturing so give me grace as I will try to give you some too. And as I get these thoughts out of my brain on to "paper" so to speak, then I can look at them objectively and realize there are still areas of growth I need. (So I want to clarify that not all black men cheat, only the ones I happen to have "dated.")

I also look and see how far I've come from where I was. And perhaps, how much I still have to go. Journaling has a way of doing that which is why I love it so much.

Yesterday I drove down to Santa Monica after hearing the press conference put on by their city officials out of a desire to help with the clean up from the looters taking advantage of the peaceful protests. I woke up late, which is typical during this lockdown experience lately despite hours of sleep, and by the time I arrived, the majority of the graffiti, debris, etc was taken care of by Public Works and an army of concerned citizens. 

I drove around the entire city looking for an area I could help and to be honest, many people were doing the same by foot because it was really cleaned up. The business area curfew of 1:00pm had put a sense of urgency around the boarding up of the windows and street clean-up which I also feel was part of it. I posted a bunch of pictures and videos on my insta account here:

I was shocked and saddened at the same time. But also encouraged and the one thought that kept repeating in my mind was Look for the helpers as Mr. Rogers always used to say. And there were so many. It really warmed my heart and helped me to understand we are good people. We want to be kind. We want to hear. We want to be part of the change that is so necessary right now.

Look at Jimmy Fallon. What a lot of guts to be that vulnerable last night with his apology and guest choices.

I was further encouraged waiting in line at the grocery store to see a white couple invite a young black man to step in front of them to buy his small purchase when their cart was full. It's small gestures that show people they're seen. They're heard. They're part of us.

I listened to the heart of Miles McPherson, the pastor The Rock San Diego, and was sad to hear what he's experienced in his life as a black man, but also encouraged by what he had to say. I'm showing it here in full because you might have missed it and it's so powerful. He's a former NFL player, had a cocaine addiction, became a Christian, got his theology degree and now leads a 18,000 person church throughout San Diego.

And if you really want to do a deep dive, read his book, The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation, which you can find on Amazon, his church bookstore, and Barnes & Noble.

Book1"Pastor Miles McPherson’s new book, The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation, offers guidance on this issue, by identifying the cultural influences that shape our attitudes on race, and explaining why we must honor the priceless value of God’s image in all people." 

I was also really encouraged by the images I saw from the Palos Verdes peaceful protest which you can view on my friend's instagram account too: and here:

If I had my phone with me when I went to the beach the other day I would have taken a picture of the lone female activist standing outside the Manhattan Beach library holding a sign that said, Black Lives DO Matter, Check your privilege. I asked her first if she was from there and she said yes. Then I asked if there was a lot of resistance, knowing the people who live there like I do having grown up with many of them and worked around them too. And again, she said yes.

I sometimes think people just don't want to examine themselves because if they did, then they'd have to change.

I see this in the tech industry which prefers to fund young, white males and excludes minorities (women, blacks, Hispanics.) When I left in 2014 only 4% of female founders were receiving funding. Last year I attended an investment seminar put on by a friend of mine to see if anything had changed. When I asked the most vocal female panelist what the stats were now, she said the marker hadn't changed one iota. It's the main reason I left.

I loved being around smart people who are so innovative, but also being around such a myopic viewpoint that only white men can produce anything of value was too oppressive and small-minded for me to continue to support or participate.

I find it ironic that one of the lead investors is saying he wants to review his view of minorities in light of all the riots and I had to comment, then consider funding minorities because I'm sure if he began reviewing his investments he would have to agree, it's woefully few and far between. Even his conference is probably all white. Not sure, but how many black tech companies have you heard about in this realm lately? Because you know only CEO's generally get a platform at such conferences and if they're not getting funded, then they're not having a platform either. 

Don't believe me? Then read this Crunchbase article:

Untapped Opportunity: Minority Founders Still Being Overlooked 

However, it's not all bad news. Check out this February 2020 article too:

25 Black Entrepreneurs Making Waves

Maybe if more investors see this article they will realize they're missing an entire investment category that has high returns. Perhaps hiring more minorities who are capable of analyzing the ROI potential from a real perspective might help. I say the same for hiring more female investors on their team too. The irony of leaving an industry is that it's like a guy you ignore, when you don't need or want them any more, all of a sudden you're that much more desirable.

Ironic, isn't it? Not to say anything will happen about the conversation I will have next week, but to even have it again after years of radio silence is interesting to say the least.

The entertainment industry is also very myopic, but I think having the changes that have happened recently in the Academy have begun to make a difference. Plus, the fact the film, Black Panther was so successful probably didn't hurt. "'Storylines with a strong black character or identity are crossing cultural boundaries to grab diverse audiences and start conversations. That insight is important for culture and content creators, as well as manufacturers and retailers looking to create engaging, high-impact advertising campaigns,'” said Andrew McCaskill, senior vice president, Communications and Multicultural Marketing, at Nielsen." excerpt from a 2 year old Forbes article which can read if you click the link.

However, it's still an issue which is why I admire Tyler Perry so much. And The Rock. And Kevin Hart. They didn't let race limit their lives and have accomplished so much and overcome so much. Doesn't mean I agree with everything they promote or stand for, or share, but the majority of it I do so...

The image that keeps coming to mind after reviewing everything happening recently is our country is like a child that is deeply hurting and throwing a tantrum where they're kicking and screaming and crying on the ground until they can't cry any more and lay there breathing heavily until they are quiet. I feel like we're still in the raising hell stage and it may take awhile before it ends because the pain, the loss, the heartache, the deaths, the injustice and the economic struggle has been so long, so deep, so below the surface of most white's perception it is taking something this drastic, (whether the protests are invaded by Antifa as I believe, or not), to create radical change. 

I was duly impressed by this one woman's interpretation as expressed in her book and which you can read an article on if you click the following link: Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race

For years, racism has been defined by the violence of far-right extremists, but a more insidious kind of prejudice can be found where many least expect it – at the heart of respectable society Listen to the audio version of this long read

I have lots of black friends, have dated numerous black men, have a mixed race son, and yet, even so, I still learn something about the black experience. I think as a country we need to continue to be open, to hear, to care and to share, but I also feel there needs to be radical changes to how dirty cops continue to escape justice, how tech investment is parsed out, and how entertainment is presented.

We need to change the messages, the system, the money structure to allow there to be true common ground. We can't speak it. We have to live it by our actions. When I ran my short film festival I always tried to represent diverse voices. I'll never forget a black filmmaker friend of mine saying how surprised he was to be the only black guy at the Kodak reception for filmmakers. I told him it was because his film wasn't the traditional black film and it was something white judges felt comfortable recognizing. I think it's changed since the 90's, but I've never forgotten his surprise. 

My son shared a petition he is sharing and I'm not sure how it will evoke change, or if it's feasible, but I offer it here simply because I support my son and his opinion. I'm in disagreement where he calls for the legalization of cannabis, because seeing how it's affected Denver, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, I don't believe it's part of this solution. I think it's a distraction. And I've told him so. But I will let you make up your own mind once you read it. I also am not saying that I believe all cops are bad. I'm just presenting this as part of the dialog needed and because my mixed race son is expressing his viewpoint.

Prevent police brutality with tangible solutions

And now, if you'll excuse me I need to get back to my life again. Been listening to a few webinars at the same time and now need to implement what I've been learning. 





My heartfelt reaction to the riots and mass destruction happening around the country.

By Joy A. Kennelly

It feels great to be blogging again. I stopped because these blogs take hours to write and format which I normally don't have time to do. I also told myself I didn't want to write if I wasn't getting paid, but I find blogging is my therapy and as a result, I kinda need to right now. It's the only way I can make sense of what's going on and get out of swirling around in my brain on things I have no control over. You feel me?

Case in point, all the rioting going on. If you seriously believe this is the result of one black man's death and isn't orchestrated by evil forces wanting to take America down, then you haven't heard how prepared the rioters were in Dallas and how the people running it were directing people to pallets of bricks and brought pallets of water. Who has that kind of money and time to orchestrate a full on attack? And why would black people destroy their own neighborhoods, stores, small businesses?

SorosIt just doesn't make sense. 

But nothing makes sense right now. The senseless death of George Floyd has been denounced by numerous good cops, but you won't hear that on the news because it doesn't fit the narrative. Did you hear that George worked at a nightclub with the cop who killed him? What does that say about pre-meditated murder? What does it say about why this cop should have been stopped by the others who stood around and watched?

It's why I like TikTok so much. You hear from people in uniform, whether it be a nurse, a doctor or a cop exactly how they're feeling, what is going on in their cities, their hospitals and wherever they are. And it helps put things into perspective because it's not biased, no agenda, just people sharing.

I used to only see dancing kids and that was soothing to me because they're so innocent and remind me of my youth, but now, I like hearing from adults around the country because the news doesn't accurately reflect the reality most people are facing. It's a sad truth when you can't trust your media to be objective, but this is where we are now. 80% of the media is liberal and as a result, you will really only hear that perspective despite the fact it is hurting people.

People are dying. People are losing their businesses. People are being flamed into fury and doing things they might never do normally.

And all for what?

A political agenda that will create more chaos, more poverty, more destruction? You look at any Democrat run state and they are in shambles. California - highest homelessness in the nation; New York - highest deaths in their retirement communities because Andrew Cuomo put 6,000 infected people into them knowing it would cause death for seniors. Why? Detroit - highest death rate of black on black murders even with gun control. 

It's not guns people, we have a heart and mind issue in our country and that's why I pray and call upon God to save us because the government isn't the answer. I don't care who is in office. We have seen trouble building and now it's escalated into full out war and it's devastating. 

Is this really who we want to be as a country? A nation? A society? A people? I know I sure don't want to have this be our normal existence. This isn't the America I grew up with or want to die experiencing. 

It's why the scriptures I memorized as a child keep coming back to me now because they're the only way I find comfort and solace when everything is imploding around me.

And I mean everything.

I was going to list it all, but that was too overwhelming. Sometimes it feels like Biblical times and we're going through the ten plagues only ten times worse. I've never in my entire lifetime seen such chaos and such complete and utter failure of control and decency. It's like what else is coming? What else will it take before people realize they need God? We can't keep doing this without a moral compass people. We can't expect to resolve heart issues without first looking at ourselves and asking what about me? Where is my part in all this? What have I done, or not done to resolve this heart ache? 

Because if you're really honest with yourself, you will see the heartache of every black person, every small business owner, every neighbor and every child who is crying out for help and what have you done to resolve it? Have you spoken up about injustice? Have you stood up against evil in our society to prevent it from getting stronger? Have you stopped racist remarks when you hear them among your friends? Have you ever considered why poor people are poor and bothered to help them? 

Sometimes I feel like God has put me in the neighborhood and the situations I've been living in to humble my heart, to show me what it's really like to not have enough food, not enough gas, not enough...because I came from a white middle class privileged life and didn't understand it on a heart level. I went to church, I prayed, I cared, but I didn't really get it. I was mad when homeless people dug through my trash waking me up. I was closed off to those begging on the side of the freeway.

I just didn't want to get it.

However, when you live through what I've lived through all of a sudden you really begin to understand what breaks God's heart and look at people as people rather than statistics, or people to avoid. Fortunately, having lived in Africa as a child, I am more aware of what black people experience too.

I experienced reverse racism or what it feels like to be a minority as one of the few white people traveling through Burkina Faso after college. When you're the minority and nobody speaks  your language and you have to rely on the kindness of strangers when your supposed friend turns on you and begins to treat you with anger and take out on you all the hurt and pain she experienced living in America, then you begin to realize the simmering rage that lies just below the surface and the pain that our collective racism causes black people. 

Attending a black church for a few years, I began to understand the fear and underlying worry that black people experience every time they leave their home when every choir practice included a prayer for safety. I have been part of other white choirs and never once did we pray for safety. It wasn't even on the radar. 

I've dated numerous black men and even have a son from one. We talked about politics, life and I know I brought one into circles he wouldn't normally enter without me. But I also know I will never date another black guy again. The last guy was just too abusive, too addicted, too mean and self-centered to ever make me look at a black guy with the same innocent eyes of someone who hasn't experienced abuse - sexual, mental and financial at the hands of someone you think you love.

Not to say white guys aren't capable of such things too, but it's just a personal choice not to be involved with anyone black again. I've had nothing but heartache from all the black guys I've dated and now I'm ready to meet a nice white guy. I want some semblance of a normal romantic life that isn't marred by what they experienced growing up and take out on me if that makes sense. I have enough baggage of my own to deal with than to take on someone else's too. I'm working on healing the wounds of my past and growing and changing. I need someone on the same path.

Well, that was sure personal, but since I am on the topic felt like clarifying. I actually don't feel like dating anyone of any other culture, any other race to be honest. I just want a guy who lives in the same environment as I do, experiences life like I do and enjoys the same things that I do. Is that too much to ask? Someone who has a faith in God and has the same moral compass. Someone who believes in the power of prayer and applies the Bible to living a better life built on faith, honesty, and love.

I know I'm not perfect. Never said I was.

In fact, lately under quarantine I've even begun to question why I keep doing certain things and why I constantly feel like I have to defend myself because it's exhausting to tell the truth. I also hate when I hurt people and don't mean to. It sometimes feels like I'm the feral cat in a corner lashing out even when people are trying to help. And I wonder what will tame this part of me. It's why I've begun joining a Bible Study to learn new ways of coping, communicating and loving. It's why I listen to so many sermons when I'm feeling especially hurt. It's why I pray that God will reveal in me what needs to be changed and help me to change.

It's not a fast process. It's not an easy process. But being aware of the issue, wanting to change and working towards it is the first step. 

It's what I hope happens with each of you reading this, and our society too. We can't keep pointing fingers at everyone saying You have to change. You're the problem. It's all your fault. Because there are three fingers pointing back at you like the child's adage says.

What are YOU doing that needs correction? What are YOU saying that needs to stop? What are YOU doing in relationships with men, women, minorities, or others who aren't you that needs to change? What are YOU doing to make that change? 

I really liked this guy's perspective which is why I'm going to share it here now because I don't think anything we humans do are capable of making the heart changes that only God can do. We just aren't wise enough, strong enough, or determined enough to change without relying on a higher power. It's why AA and all the other 12 step programs lead us to God. We have to first admit we're powerless over whatever is holding us back - sex addiction, porn, racism, greed, hate, alcohol, drugs, whatever wound we're covering up through whatever addiction we have. We have to admit we're powerless over it.

Watch this short video to hear the promise God makes if we do.

Just had a wonderful call with a former roommate who is black and we love each other dearly. I can be honest with her and she with me on topics normally not discussed with other friends. We cried, we laughed, we commiserated, and we prayed because that's what helps us get through our pain, our situations and our lives.

I hope you have someone you can be this honest with and share your life with. It makes all the difference in the world. I think I've blogged enough. I feel better and my tears are under control again. My heart breaks for those who have experienced the destruction of their businesses, their homes and their lives. But I can't keep crying or grieving. I have to live my life and pull it together for me. When I do, then I can help others more.

Right now? Just trying to survive.

And with that, I bid you adieu. God bless. Remember God loves you and so do I. Turn to Jesus because He's your help in time of need and is waiting on you...


U_CrCn5sA Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem shines a spotlight on the NFL and its practices around wage theft and illegal employment of cheerleaders. Director Yu Gu follows several former cheerleaders, sharing both their legal and personal struggles as they fight for minimum wage and end 50 years of inequality inflicted by the NFL. FEATURING: MARIA PINZONE, LACY THIBODEAUX-FIELDS, DARCI BURRELL, SHARON VINICK, LESLIE LEVY, SEAN COONEY
3WyTeVOUThe film takes us on a journey focusing on an historic class-action lawsuit that cheerleaders were finally able to bring against the NFL. The subjects of the film inspire each other to take on this seemingly insurmountable battle, and share a story that is more timely than ever. Their fight for wage and gender equality epitomizes many of the challenges faced by working women in all sectors today. 


Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 6:30 PM at VEC-07 – WORLD PREMIERE
Location: Village East Cinema, 181-189 2nd Ave | between 11th & 12th Streets  

Monday, April 29, 2019 at 5:45 PM at VEC-03 - 2nd Screening
Location: Village East Cinema, 181-189 2nd Ave | between 11th & 12th Streets 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 6:45 PM at VEC-05 - 3rd Screening
Location: Village East Cinema, 181-189 2nd Ave | between 11th & 12th Streets  

Saturday, May 4 at 3:45 PM at VEC-04 - 4th Screening
Location: Village East Cinema, 181-189 2nd Ave | between 11th & 12th Streets 






Yu Gu is a filmmaker born in Chongqing, China and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She works in both narrative and documentary film, exploring identity, migration, and the individual’s relationship to society. Her filmmaking practice is supported by the Sundance Institute, ITVS, Tribeca Film Institute, Firelight Media, and Film Independent.


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Journey of Faith stepped up today to help the #Homeless crisis in the #SouthBay - here's how you can too.

By Joy A. Kennelly

Today I witnessed the most beautiful sight at my Torrance Journey of Faith campus I had to write about it.

Months ago, you may remember I wrote a blog about the lack of homeless resources offered through Journey of Faith church and the City of Manhattan Beach. I wrote the deacons at the church and the city council member I knew to challenge them to do more. 

Not sure if the City of Manhattan Beach has done anything with the homeless resource information I gave because I don't see it on their city website, but perhaps I'm not looking in the right spot?:) I hope they take what Journey of Faith is doing and consider doing more because when I visit the library there, I see homeless people around the city more and more.

Here's what an article in the LA Times entitled Los Angeles’ homelessness crisis is a national disgrace  had to say about the homeless demographic:

"Contrary to popular belief, the homeless in Los Angeles are not mostly mentally ill or drug addicted, raving or matted-haired or frightening — although a sizable minority meet some of those descriptions. They are not mostly people who drifted in from other states in search of a comfy climate in which to sponge off of others; the overwhelming majority have lived in the region for years. Today, a greater and greater proportion of people living on the streets are there because of bad luck or a series of mistakes, or because the economy forgot them — they lost a job or were evicted or fled an abusive marriage just as the housing market was growing increasingly unforgiving.

It will surprise no one to learn that it is the most vulnerable among us who usually end up without a place to live. According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, more than 5,000 of the county’s 58,000 homeless people are children and more than 4,000 are elderly. About one-third are mentally ill. Some 40% are African American. Also heavily represented: Veterans. The disabled. Young people from the county’s overwhelmed juvenile justice system and its foster care programs. Men and women just released from jail, without the tools or skills needed for reentering society. Patients released from public hospitals — often with untreated cancers, infections, heart disease or diabetes. Victims of domestic violence." 

That's why, when I saw that Journey of Faith had prepared an amazing gift for the homeless we packed after service today, it brought me to tears to see Love in Action. Sometimes you don't think what you have to say matters to anyone and maybe I had nothing to do with this new direction, but I like to think I made a small difference.

A finished bag included a bottle of water, sanitary wipes, foot powder, bandaids, snacks, deodorant, toothbrush kit, socks, a McDonalds gift card, a list of the food bank resources in the area, and a pamphlet on the book of John
A finished bag included a bottle of water, sanitary wipes, foot powder, bandaids, snacks, deodorant, toothbrush kit, socks, a McDonalds gift card, a list of the food bank resources in the area, and a pamphlet on the book of John


Loved seeing this little boy learning about giving back at such a young age.
Loved seeing this little boy learning about giving back at such a young age.
Everyone was given a plastic bag to fill up after church this morning
Everyone was given a plastic bag to fill up after church this morning


Your community can do something similar very easily.
Your community can do something similar very easily. Make a difference today!
If you don't have time to donate, but want to give, here's some resources who need your support. Doors of Hope in Wilmington is a shelter for women that isn't listed, but can use financial support too.
If you don't have time to donate, but want to give, here's some resources who need your support. Doors of Hope in Wilmington is a shelter for women that isn't listed, but can use financial support too.

IMG_20180624_104740781Your donation of money, time or resources will go a long way to helping people get back on their feet. Some of the organizations listed above include: 

Harbor Interfaith

"The programs we offer clients are funded by a mix of government and community support.  Without your help, we couldn’t offer programs such as The Children’s Center, the Associated Learning & Living transitional housing program, and others.  Please consider a gift today to help eliminate homelessness and poverty in the South Bay."

Click Here to donate cash.

  • $60,000 pays for one year of case management to house 25 families
  • $6,000 pays for childcare for one child for a year
  • $1,000 pays for one week’s food supply at the Pantry
  • $500 pays for a month of educational materials for the Children’s Center
  • $100 covers the cost of Internet connection for the job-search computer lab
  • $50 pays for lunch for the school-age children for one day of summer day camp
  • $25 pays for one evening of “Movie Night” for our senior clients

Tax ID:  Harbor Interfaith Services, Inc., is a 501.c.3, tax exempt, corporation.  Your gifts are tax deductible.  Our Federal Tax ID number is 33-0031099.

1736 Family Crisis Center

1736 Family Crisis Center relies exclusively on donations and grants to financially support our programs. The Center is a private nonprofit corporation with IRS 501(c)(3) and California tax exempt status. Donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.


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Family Promise 

Family Promise is a community-based approach, engaging both
the local community, as well as houses of faith in the effort to combat family homelessness.  Guests in our program receive a full complement of resources, support, and services as they work toward their own stability and self-reliance.

Doors of Hope/Beacon Light Shelter
We seek to identify the extreme challenges of homeless women and provide support to help them transition from despair to spiritual wholeness. 

There are very few female-focused shelters in Los Angeles, and this one is located in Wilmington. They always need clothes, food, and financial support. They are under the umbrella of Beacon Light Shelter and offer a warm dinner nightly to those in need and housing for up to a week. 

And that's your Sunday message for today. God is love. He loves those who are struggling. There is hope. There is a huge need. Please participate in any way you can.

God bless. 

Thoughts on the CT Massacre, @QTarantino_news & DJango, @FamilyGuyonFOX, Grand Theft Auto III and the growing #violence in society. Be the change!

By Joy A. Kennelly

Sometimes I feel like a modern day philosopher because I feel things so deeply in my spirit I am compelled to share a side of an issue that isn't normally covered in the media or discussed in normal life until a tragedy occurs like the massacre at the school in CT.

I always wonder if I'm the only one to feel this way, but also don't care because there comes a point when I can't do anything else, but share.

It affects me that deeply.

And when I do, then I find many others do feel the same way as I do. They were just waiting for someone else to speak out first.

Even though I am not raising my son and technically am not a mother in the tradional sense of the word, only a "birth mother" as those of us in the adoption world are called who have placed our children with other parents to raise, I still feel deeply about protecting children from ills in society.

I only wish more people in power did too.

Pornography, alcoholism, drug abuse, the way women are portrayed in the media have all been topics I've covered here in my blog in the past and now, with the horrific shooting in CT, I feel compelled to address the growing glorification of violence in society, especially as Quentin Tarantino prepares to launch his latest killing spree film, Django, wherein Jamie Foxx, whom I normally love and will watch in anything he does, went on SNL to brag about killing white people. 

Yes, maybe Jamie was trying to be satirical, but at a certain point, that commentary ceases to be funny. It crossed a line.

He needs to apologize and SNL too. 

And now, even more so when innocent children are gunned down so horrifically after what happened in CT.

When will this glorification and mockery of the sanctity of life end in Hollywood? Why is there such a disconnect on cause and effect?

I posted a bunch of articles, books, and images yesterday on Facebook to process what has happened which helped me and many others. After sleeping on it, I feel a broader audience needs to hear this too which is why I'm sharing it here.

I know many people in Hollywood and in politics are going to be clamoring for more gun control now as they always do after something like this happens, but I hope you will read what else could be causing our society to implode upon itself with an open mind because many, many, many researchers concur that violence in TV, Film and video games is causing people to become more violent.

Aw, it's just a movie. A video game. A TV show. A music lyric.

How can Family Guy, American Family, Django, Inglorious Bastards, Grand Theft Auto III, or Postal 2 or any number of violent media or even violent music videos have this much affect on society you ask?

Thanks for asking. Well, let me tell you.

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, "While the causes of youth violence are multifactorial and include such variables as poverty, family psychopathology, child abuse, exposure to domestic and community violence, substance abuse and other psychiatric disorders, the research literature is quite compelling that children's exposure to media violence plays an important role in the etiology of violent behavior."

You can read more in this quick 1 pager overview: The Impact of Media Violence on Children and Adolescents: Opportunities for Clinical Interventions

And who can forget this tragedy and what the killer had to say: "(CNN) -- Norway's alleged mass killer testified on Thursday that he played video games as a way to train for a shooting spree that killed 77 people last summer. In particular, Anders Behring Breivik said at his trial that he played "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" as a means of shooting practice, according to CNN's report."


Read more here: Norway mass-shooting trial reopens debate on violent video games

If you're interested in more information on the cause and effect of violence in the media, review Myths and Facts About Youth and Violent Media for an intensive, comprehensive review of this issue. 

Not to harp on my sister's friend, Quientin, but did you read the review of the premiere of Django in the New York Times? It's especially chilling in light of what just happened: 

"Ms. Thurman, of course, has done numerous movies for Mr. Tarantino including 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Kill Bill.' She can’t give an exact tally of how many people she’s killed on-screen for him. 'At least 88,' she said.

Nearly everyone in the house professed to love his latest offering. 'It was three hours of Tarantino perfection,' Cameron Diaz said, though she admitted to having some trouble watching some of the bloodier scenes. 

'It was awesome' Patti Smith said. 'The guy kills 100 people and doesn’t even get wounded. I want to go see it again at midnight with a theater packed full of crazy kids screaming.'

Read more here: This Tarantino Premiere Killed

Notice how Patti Smith said "crazy kids?" Who do you think is being influenced by this film?

Yes, kids.

And this is why I feel it needs to stop. Hollywood has to stop glorifying murdering people. Did you ever stop to think about how Quentin Tarantino learned to make films? By watching videos non-stop in his video selling job in Manhattan Beach.

See the correlation? Or is it too obtuse for you?

I have nothing against the guy. I admire what he's accomplished and how he directs. However, I wonder if any Hollywood filmmaker who is making bucco bucks off this violent trend is even considering donating money to support the victims they help cause indirectly. I wonder how many even have a conscience when they see this happening more and more in our society? Are they that blinded to their influence? 

And even the Oscars will be glorifying the Family Guy creator who is one of the worst racist, offensive offenders on TV. WHEN WILL THIS STOP? CHOOSE SOMEONE ELSE TO "ENTERTAIN" OUR CULTURE DURING THE OSCARS.

I am tired of the glorification of violence in society. I'm tired of the killing of innocent adults and children in real life.

I'm tired...

Aren't you?

If so, please consider reading this book, Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill : A Call to Action Against TV, Movie and Video Game Violence which looks at the role the entertainment industry plays in socializing/training children for violent behavior.

Author, Lt. Col Dave Grossman is an expert in the field of "killology" and in his first book, On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society also looked at the techniques the military uses to train soldiers to kill which offers compelling evidence THAT THE MEDIA EMPLOYS THE SAME TECHNIQUES, RESULTING IN DE-SENSITIZED KIDS.

This isn't just about males though, it's affecting girls too which is why I was happy to share what my friend, Doreen Hanna is doing with her Becoming a Modern Day Princess program to mentor young women into living lives of value, purpose and strength.  970434_w185
We either address the core issues affecting our society and look at what we're doing to perpetrate this violence upon our innocent generation, or accept the consequences. We can't have it both ways. Guns, in and of themselves, aren't the issue.

It's evil people and their drugged out state too.Photo: More than coincidence? 
Original content by Bezay Noneya

So, are we going to allow our American culture to become what it is over in Israel? Will we soon see teachers carrying guns to the classroom to protect themselves like this?



I hope not. This tragedy in CT didn't have to happen. My heart and prayers go out to the victims and their families.


It breaks my heart.


I cried yesterday over the loss of innocent lives which didn't have to happen. We don't live in a war torn country, yet it's beginning to feel like it.


But then I remember people like Mr. Rogers and his wise sayings:

483572_4480289019531_914086174_nYou can become one of the helpers too. 

"Sympathy cards and/or letters of support and solidarity can be sent directly to the school:

Sandy Hook Elementary School
12 Dickenson Drive
Sandy Hook, CT 06482"

I'm sure they would appreciate this.

But also, seriously consider what impact the media is having on your child, on your view of violence and what is within your power to change how our society looks at this issue. 

Will you Hollywood professionals continue to create films, TV and video games that glorify violence?

Will you pharmaceutical drug companies, continue to push drugs on society that influence this behavior?

Will you gun sellers, continue to sell guns without considering the consequences?

Where does it end?  When everyone is murdered and we live in a lawless society?

I find it ironic that the more we remove the good news of Christmas and Jesus coming to save us from our sins, the more we see this violence become prevalent.

There is a cause and effect from removing moral values from our society.

You can't have it both ways.

You either see sin and evil and do something about it, or you allow it to take over. I prefer to see evil and attempt to stop it. 

But that's just me. Or is it? Will you join me?

I was happy to see someone in Hollywood saw the need to make a change and switched out Family Guy episodes in light of what has happened: 

Fox Nixes Sunday's Original Episodes of 'Family Guy' and 'American Dad' 

So, in closing, wanted to share this beautiful image someone posted to encourage those who have lost loved ones yesterday or any time. 

12575_10151189194388137_2116075524_nAnd as President Obama shared so thoughtfully with this verse yesterday, Psalm 147:3, He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.

And here's another verse I love:

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27

God bless you. Think on these things. Will you do something to make a difference?

If so, I hope you do. 

We are one nation, one community, one legacy.

Let's leave a loving one for our world and children.

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” 
― Mother Teresa


Happy Thanksgiving! Boatlift, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience. We as Americans have so much to be grateful for.

A friend sent me this story and I thought I’d share it too since we have so much to be grateful for today. Happy Thanksgiving!

This short doc is well worth your time.  I had no idea this was going on that day. Probably a lot of other people didn't realize it either. 

This is so good.  It really depicts the heart and character of the American spirit.  It really makes you proud to be AN AMERICAN...

An amazing video of the 9/11 disaster you may not be aware of; "The largest boat rescue in history ever.  Bigger than Dunkirk World War II where 350,000 soldiers rescued by boat.”  This is a very moving video about 9/11 and something I’d never heard of before.


This is amazing. I hope you take the time to watch Boatlift, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience. Narrated by Tom Hanks. You will be blessed. Try to watch it without crying. I doubt you can.

"I believe everyone has a little hero in them. Look inside. It's in there."  I love New Yorkers!

Dig4Kids Fundraiser update & Welcoming Troops home from Iran & Afghanistan 8/11/2010

By Joy A. Kennelly

Just in case you're looking for images from the Fashion, Food & Wine Festival fundraiser last night over at Raleigh Studios benefitting Dig4Kids, I will have more to share soon. I invited my photographer friend, Angelique Chacon, to shoot for me since my cameras are acting up right now and she's got a great eye and much better camera.

In the meantime if you continue scrolling through my blog, you will be able to read commentary of last night's wonderful event (but just realize my Blackberry camera has limitations right now!:) I had no idea so many Olympic athletes came out of the Manhattan Beach Open. Really amazing to see them live and in person which was a real treat.

What I also appreciated was seeing how down-to-earth and real everyone was in spite of, or because of, their achievements. What surprised me though, was to learn how many had bad tempers since I always thought everyone playing had good sportsmanship. Guess we're all human, right?:) Maybe they've outgrown it since they're no longer competing.

It was just fun to relive certain memories as the videos played showcasing each honoree's life story. I grew up in the 70's and 80's living on the beach and totally remember all those hairstyles and clothing. And I'm pretty sure I probably went to school with a few of the athletes who became famous for beach volleyball too because their last names sounded familiar.

In high school, I hung out with the church & smart kids crowd though which is why it's not as close a memory as it is to others.:) Plus, being as freckled and light skinned as I am, I burn so quickly I couldn't stay out on the beach too long which kept me out of the volleyball world too.

Moving right along.

I saw this video and just had to share it here too because more people need to see it. I don't care what you think of Bush, it is very classy to take time from your retirement to welcome our troops home and let them know how much you appreciate their efforts.

(Unlike a current vacationing President... Sorry, it just needed to be said and you know it too.)

If anything, watch it to recognize our troops and realize how much we owe them for our current freedoms. I for one, am very grateful. I love America and will always support it.

God Bless!

#Food Trucks may be good for business in #Hermosa Beach First Thursday - counterpoint

By Joy A. Kennelly

After taking a long walk tonight I realized there is another marketing viewpoint to consider on whether or not food trucks should be allowed to camp out during the Hermosa Beach First Thursday event that I hadn't thought of earlier.

Not that it's going to happen, or has even happened, but I'm projecting ahead because it will most likely become an issue in the future if certain truck vendors have their way.:)

Part of the benefit of having so many food trucks participating in Abbot Kinney 1st Friday is the fact they most likely promote their location to their demographics which increases attendance for free to Venice shop owners.

It also provides a draw for foodies who might have tried all the Venice restaurants and wouldn't have come out otherwise. They also provide an inexpensive alternative to some of the higher end restaurant/bars.

That said, when we were there all the bars/restaurants had lines out the door they were so popular too. There was definitely a mutually beneficial relationship going on between the food trucks and the bars/restaurants.

I also noticed quite a few shops were closed during 1st Friday and this was explained because  many didn't find a benefit in the event any more. Many shop owners have expressed that same sentiment during the annual Fiesta Day event in Hermosa, but perhaps this year was different?

I don't know - ask the Hermosa and Venice shop keepers yourself.:)

And for those who are visual, click here to begin to review all my pix from our experience this past 1st Friday: Fiore Designs - I'm in a flower kind of mood & this smells great.

#Hermosa Beach vs. #Venice Beach - A (cautionary) Tale of Two Cities 1st Friday and First Thursday events

 By Joy A. Kennelly

Recently I finally had the opportunity to attend the wildly successful 1st Friday event held in Venice Beach which I like to call "Hermosa North." Here's some of the similarities and contrasts of the demographics according to in case you're not familiar with either city to see why I say this.

I will explain why I'm sharing this information with you after you've reviewed the following stats. Please note, the heavier outline border indicates Venice and the lighter border is Hermosa to help further differentiate.

Venice Beach tends to run a little older overall and appears to have a larger 20's - 30's demographic than Hermosa. Hermosa Beach is only 1.43 square miles and Venice Beach is also rather small at 1.975 square miles (both of these stats are according to The rest are Movoto unless indicated.)

    90291-population-by-age 90254-population-by-age

Both cities have more men than women living there. Good to know ladies.:)



There is a slightly higher gay population in Venice, but otherwise the Unmarried Partner stats are very similar.



Now here's where we start to see a slight divergence in populations.


And this Population by Race stat was very interesting to see. Hermosa tends to run predominantly Caucasian, whereas Venice is a wider variety of races. According to one person I was mentioning this to, he said in Venice you can be surrounded by urban yuppies in one area and then turn into a neighborhood where you could get your head shot off right nearby.

In Hermosa, that just doesn't happen although their crime rate is higher than other beach cities in the South Bay.



It looks like Venice & Hermosa share similar stats on Native born citizens which is interesting. Appears people born in CA generally don't leave.:)



Educationally, Hermosa appears to have more college graduates. (Now I'm not an expert at analyzing graphs and if my estimations are off, please feel free to leave a comment to voice your opinion.)



Again, according to's 2008 stats, Venice Beach had a Population of 14,315 with a Population density of 7,249 people per square mile. Hermosa Beach had a Population in July 2008 of 19,350 with a much higher Population density of 13,531 people per square mile.

General consensus among people I've talked to and stats I've revewed is that Venice is much more creative and filled with a larger artist and entertainment industry population, whereas, Hermosa Beach is more finance and real estate.

Read more on Venice Beach demographics here: and here:

Read more on Hermosa Beach demographics here: and here:

Now that you have a clear picture of both cities, their similar size and demographics, here's my observation from the last  "Abbot Kinney 1st Friday" event in Venice Beach compared to the newly started Hermosa Beach "First Thursday" event. 

What I found interesting reviewing Yelp's promotion of Abbot Kinney 1st Friday is the majority of the reviewers were in support of the large variety of (roughly 40) food trucks and that's what they mostly discussed. There were a few angry comments about the food trucks taking over the city, but for the most part it seemed to be one of the main draws to Abbot Kinney from people who bothered to write a review.

Now while visiting the shops, it was a completely different story with some store owners who were very upset about the over-abundance of food trucks. One lady went so far as to say she wanted to take a machine gun and mow them all down she was so angry.

She had a point though. Apparently none of the food trucks have permits; they park in prime parking spots and camp out all evening blocking visibility of any stores from the street; their long lines create difficulty for people to walk the sidewalks comfortably; the police don't enforce the law regarding their vehicles; and the food trucks don't provide restrooms to accommodate everyone.

Since Hermosa Beach currently limits parking, they may want to consider whether or not they want to open this can of worms at all if extending parking limits ever comes up to vote in City Council. The other difference between Venice and Hermosa is that Venice has a much smaller predominance of restaurants on Abbot Kinney than Hermosa's Downtown area.

Hermosa Beach's First Thursdays was designed to bring business to the entire Downtown Hermosa area and is just getting started. I created a Hermosa Beach Christmas Village along the same lines a few years back which I believe was the model for First Thursdays.

If food trucks were allowed in Hermosa Beach it would draw business away from restaurants that need, and enjoy, the business foot traffic brings. Just sharing since this issue may come before City Council and it would be a smart, pro-active move to limit the amount of food trucks allowed before it gets out of hand like in Venice.

One of the other major differences between Venice and Hermosa is the variety of art galleries Venice offers along Abbot Kinney. Downtown Hermosa boasts only Bo Bridges art gallery and Ogden photography gallery. According to Wikipedia, gentrification occurs when artists move in and make an area hip. Here's the full explanation:

What I found interesting to learn about Venice's attempts to control their out-of-control 1st Fridays was the intense police presence (similar to Hermosa Beach's Pier Plaza clamp down.) Apparently, to bring sanity to the event, police ticketed jaywalkers, anyone drinking alcohol on the streets and other violations just to make it known this type behavior wasn't accepted any more.

It appears to be paying off, but there's a new twist which a friend of mine dislikes because she feels it's ruining the Venice vibe. Now, it appears numerous shops are choosing to hold "private parties" during 1st Friday in an effort to limit the amount of alcohol citations these places receive.

We walked in on two such events and where normally my friend could have enjoyed a free beer along with the rest of the party in standard Venice-style entertaining, this time they refused her which was upsetting.

Although I'm not a big drinker and didn't care either way, it did seem rather rude to have a "private" party in a "public" space and then pick and choose who you allowed to participate. It makes better customer service and marketing sense to host such an event on a night where the general public isn't apt to walk through your "private" party.

It was also interesting to note how many "beer/wine" gardens were going on in areas during 1st Friday obviously not licensed to host such events, but with no apparent law enforcement by the police. Huge areas of businesses gardens were crammed with people drinking and security guards making sure no one left with open containers.

Again, my friend thought this went against Venice's unwritten code of "open" partying, but times, they are a changing. 

I'm just writing this as an impartial observer because Hermosa Beach has been bringing the city back under control after years of out-of-control alcohol activities and what's happening in Venice may prove a cautionary tale on the potential issues facing First Thursdays in the future if it continues to grow and build too.

Now do you see why I call Venice, Hermosa North? They are very similar and experience a lot of the same issues a beach city faces which is why I thought you might appreciate this comparison and contrasting cautionary tale of two cities blog if you happen to live in either city.

This all said, I wish both cities continued success in bringing business to their shopping/dining districts, especially in this down economy.


#Women Like Us Afternoon Tea at #Torrance Memorial presented by #South Bay Woman

Getting ready to hear (l-r) Dr. Maryam Bakhtiyari, Margie Aliprandi, and Linda Rendlemen, with Linda Koss of South Bay Woman Magazine benefiting the National Stroke Association.

Should be good! (And it was excellent!)
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#Six Man at #Manhattan Beach City Council Meeting Tonight in #LA Times

By Joy A. Kennelly

Just in case you missed the LA Times article on May 3rd covering the Manhattan Beach Six Man Volleyball review at tonight's City Council Meeting, here's some highlights and link:

Manhattan Beach to consider curbing massive volleyball tournament

Since 1961, the city has hosted the Charlie Saikley 6-Man Volleyball Tournament. But attendance has grown to 60,000, and businesses and residents complain about excessive partying and trash.

May 03, 2010|By Jeff Gottlieb

..."Last year, an estimated 60,000 people crowded the beach during the tournament's first day — almost twice the population of the city, and many times more than attend the Manhattan Beach Open, beach volleyball's premier event. The sand was so packed that teams had trouble getting to their next match on one of the 42 courts.

'It was scary," said Manhattan Beach hotel and restaurateur Michael Zislis. "There were so many people on the beach, I've never seen anything like it.'...

As the tournament has grown from a local event attended by a few thousand volleyball aficionados to one that has gained a national reputation as a great party, some in Manhattan Beach are wondering whether it needs to be scaled back.

'I don't even know if you can call most of the people who show up fans,' said tournament director J Parker Saikley. 'They just heard through the Internet it's a party.'

Which is why the City Council on Tuesday (tonight) is expected to take steps to control the crowd for the July 31-Aug.1 event. The panel is mulling moving the tournament date so fewer people attend, adding more security or fencing the area.

Though alcohol is banned on the county-owned beach, spectators sneak it in. In a report to the City Council, the Police Department said it has seen more drinking in recent years, especially among the underage.

Residents and businesses complain about attendees leaving behind beer bottles and other trash, urinating in public and partying into the early morning.

'It's either going to be no tournament because of that blatant disrespect for law and rules of the tournament, or it's going to be much more regulated so it's going to take fun out of it,' Saikley said."

Oh, and if you're curious about the entire proposal being presented tonight, check out the AVP's website here since they've uploaded all six pages.

Haiti's 2nd earthquake - from extreme happiness last night, to sorrow today

By Joy A. Kennelly

Now that we know the American people are built Ford tough (Scott Brown anyone!?), it's just shocking to learn that Haitians have had to bear yet another earthquake! CAN THEY HAVE A BREAK GOD? WHY? I can only imagine what everyone is going through over there.

Click the blue link to read the latest: Haitians flee in fear as big aftershock hits

Americans are the most generous people on earth and it's being proven in this tragedy, as it always happens for anything else in the world.

I know everyone wants to help, but sending clothes and shoes unfortunately really isn't what's needed right now. Shoes actually are a detriment to their economy because the free shoes end up being sold for less than what the Haitian shoemakers can make them eventually putting Haitians out of a job!

Corruption is rampant and your generosity does have the potential to be twisted into something you never intended unfortunately. Money still is the best way to help because the relief organizations can use it to buy the medical supplies and other resources they need to best help.

I have numerous friends who have been working in Haiti for years with various orphanages and they say this as well as numerous national charity organizations also deeply involved in re-building Haiti.

Be careful who you donate to however. There is a lot of fraud out there that always springs up after a tragedy. Don't respond to email requests for donations - that's where a lot of scams happen. Initiate the donation yourself.

Per professional fund-raisers it is also advised to donate to a charity that has been in operation over in Haiti for years because they will know the needs better than one that has sprung up in response recently. 

My friend's charity, the Hands & Feet Project and Child Hope International are two I know personally and endorse wholeheartedly. They will use your money immediately to help with water, medical needs, etc. If you click on the links above there is news coverage on them. Please help!

I'm very happy to see the Manasseros, a local South Bay couple I know through my Dad and friends at King's Harbor Church, are being supported in their efforts to help Haitian orphans in our local Daily Breeze paper: Redondo Beach doctor goes to Haiti to aid orphanage and also Former South Bay couple struggle to save children in ravaged Haiti

I was also very happy to read in the LA TImes that over 10,000 non-governmental agencies have been working with Haiti over the years. I'm sure many are Christian and if you were to research this assertion I'm sure you'd find I was right.

Haiti has been on the hearts of people everywhere. Perhaps this earthquake will help rebuild this country in the right direction once and for all. One can only pray. Thank you to those who responded to my plea last time. I appreciate you reading.

God be with them and also with you.

International Surf Festival in an ideal world - starts this Friday...


When: July 31-August 2, 2009
Where: Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, CA


Friday, July 31

7:00 p.m. LA County Lifeguard Championships — Manhattan Beach Pier, U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter & L.A. County Lifeguard Rescue Demo, 6-Lifeguard Run Relay, Lifeguard Events, Bud Stevenson Intracrew Medley Relay.

Saturday, August 1

6:45 a.m. International Bodysurfing Championship — Manhattan Beach Pier. Information (310) 545-4825 / $25.00 by 7/30, $35.00 on Sand.

7:00 a.m. Surfing Championships — Hermosa Beach Pier (South Side). Information (310) 614-9996.

8:00 a.m. The Torrance Sand Soccer Association is proud to present the 4th Annual Sand Soccer Challenge. August 1-2, at Torrance Beach.

8:00 a.m. Dick Fitzgerald Two-Mile Beach Run — Hermosa Beach Pier. Information, $25, with T-shirt guaranteed, if registered by July 20.

7:00 p.m. So Calif. Lifeguard Championships Events — Manhattan Beach Pier, U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter & Los Angeles County Lifeguard Demo, Lifeguard Events / Junior Lifeguard Taplin / Lifeguard Beach Flags, Judge Taplin Three-Mile Lifeguard Medley Relay.

Sunday, August 2

7:30 a.m. Velzy-Stevens Pier-to-Pier Paddleboard Championship — Manhattan Beach Pier, South Side. Information (310) 379-4751.

8:00 a.m. Sand Soccer - Torrance Beach Continues.

9:00 a.m. Dwight Crum Pier-To-Pier Swim — Hermosa Pier to Manhattan Pier, no Race Day entries, Contestants must pre-qualify. Information: (310) 372-7189. $35.00 pre-register only.

9:30 a.m. Lifeguard Dory Race — Hermosa Pier (8:30am check-in).

1:00 p.m. South Bay Youth Swims and Paddles — Hermosa Beach Pier.

I'm on top of the world! NO ALCOHOL ON HERMOSA BEACH STILL!

By Joy A. Kennelly

I know many younger residents who like to party aren't going to like reading this, but for those of us who are older and wiser - WE WON! NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED ON HERMOSA BEACH STILL! YEAH!!!!

What a huge relief! I doubt this is a dead issue because it's been brought up over and over again, but for now, let me enjoy this sweet victory. Because it truly is a victory for our community whether certain people want to see it this way or not. The rest of us know it is.

There's just too many problems surrounding allowing alcohol on our two mile wide strip of gorgeous beach. Now to spread the word that the police are going to start enforcing the no alcohol law even during the Sunset Concert Series.

No more sneaking wine in boda bags, no more wine bottles people - just old-fashioned listen to music and get your drink on in our neighboring Pier Plaza and other restaurants on Hermosa and Pier Avenues before, during and after like people normally do when visiting the beach and they're thirsty.

Support our Downtown businesses! Look at it as helping our City and do your part to help spread the wealth around as Obama keeps touting. Gag... But seriously, this is the right thing to do. If you must drink, drink responsibly and in a Hermosa Beach watering hole.

That's all. I'm tired after sitting through the three hour City Council meeting (which included a non-resident demanding that we allow nude sunbathing for all our European visitors seeking an "even" tan. The characters who come to visit and live here are hilarious! Really makes attending these meetings entertaining to say the least.)

Guess I didn't miss much with the Laker game outcome either; although I'm sure it was an exciting game. Just getting into sports so don't care too much. There's always the next one, right?

Am bummed I missed my new friend Amanda's karaoke birthday bash, but she understood this was important to speak on as an issue and said we'll get together another time.

Now to celebrate! YAY!!!! I'm on top of the world!


Hermosa Beach - Increased homeless, suicides, and beloved resident's death

By Joy A. Kennelly

Just because many people who read my blog don't always read the local papers I thought I'd share this recent survey about the increase in the homeless population here in Hermosa Beach entitled Stop Hermosa Beach from becoming Haven to the Homeless

If you agree, feel free to sign the petition. This small beachside community is quickly becoming more and more like Venice and Santa Monica... And not in a good way.

And two people recently committed suicide on our beach which is just another reason I'm so opposed to allowing more and more alcohol into this community. Although I'm sure many will disagree with the link, I believe it's directly connected.

Are recession, job loss taking a toll on lives?

Cancer-stricken resident commits suicide on beach

And as a reminder at how drunk driving has also recently impacted our local community causing death of beloved residents and others, read these articles and blogs:

A grieving father's message to team; MADD reacts to tragedy

Tragedy shatters Costa baseball community

Let these tragic early deaths not be in vain and urge Hermosa Beach City Council not to approve the ordinance legalizing alcohol on the beach.

Thank you.

I'm on KNX & KFWB right now! 980 & 1070 on your AM Dial

By Joy A. Kennelly

If you're near a radio, turn on KNX or KFWB. KNX is - 1070 on your AM dial
and KFWB is - 980 on your AM dial to hear my interview ok?

I'm oposing the ordinance being voted on by Hermosa Beach City Council tonight at 7pm to allow alcohol on the beach. City Council Meetings: Second and Fourth Tuesday of each month in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 1315 Valley Drive, at 7:10 P.M. Agendas and Minutes are available online.

Here's a link to tonight's agenda and the letter I've written to all the city and state officials:

We're most concerned about item 6C on the agenda which gives blanket approval to serving alcohol on the beach since this is opening our city to increased liability and setting a bad precedent.

Just because people have been drinking illegally in the past, doesn't make it ok now, or in the future. Sorry Charlie.

Plus, the City of Hermosa Beach's deed doesn't allow for commerce on the beach so anyone thinking allowing alcohol on the beach with this ordinance will open the door to selling alcohol or sponsoring alcohol based events has another think coming.

Or another lawsuit brewing...

Why I have to even point this issue out is sad because you would think having an attorney for a mayor Kit Bobko would know the potential liability and the ramifications, but I guess because he's young and influenced by his peers...

And for the record, the Daily Breeze is inaccurate in its reporting today that the City Council approved alcohol during the Sunset Concert Series at the last meeting. A resolution was made to send it to staff for tonight's meeting and what it has morphed into is any and all city events.

Might want to correct that Mr. Sanfield.

Funny how that happened isn't it? The morphing I mean. And the inaccurate reporting to actually. I wonder who's influencing this broad stroke?

I wrote the Daily Breeze Reporter Andrea Woodhouse because of her bias and lack of balance in her recent coverage of Hermosa Beach which has been very pro-party line and not good journalism. As a reporter are supposed to share both sides.

I don't because this is my personal blog and although I have a journalism degree, this is my personal opinion and perspective. Not so, Andrea.

Here's the letter I've widely distributed just to make it easier to find and because I want to focus on hearing myself in this interview. LOL

Talk at ya later.

May 28, 2009


John (Jack) Ainsworth

Deputy Director Coastal Commission

South Coast District Office

200 Ocean Gate, Suite 1000

Long Beach, CA 90802-4302


RE: Proposed Alcohol Activities on Hermosa Beach


Dear Mr. Ainsworth,


Thank you for responding so quickly and efficiently regarding other issues related to illegal activity on our beaches I have raised in the past. I am hopeful the following issues in Hermosa Beach will be addressed in the same manner.


At the May 26th City Council meeting in Hermosa Beach two measures were raised on whether or not to allow alcoholic beverages on the beach during the upcoming summer concert series and whether or not to continue to provide tacit city approval of the illegal Iron Man Competition.


Myself, and many other residents feel there are enough problems with illegal and disruptive alcohol use in Hermosa Beach as it is and approving such measures will only add to the city and county liability, public nuisance, trash, drunk and disorderly behavior, increased costs to the city and other issues alcohol on the beach brings.


I am hopeful you will consider these as serious issues as we do and investigate why city officials, parks & recreation, the local paper and the police are opting to wink and nod at the flagrant abuses of alcohol on our public beach. I am happy to provide referrals to others who hold my same viewpoint and documentation to prove this as fact.


It appears there is an implied contract between the City of Hermosa Beach and the illegal Iron Man Competition to allow drinking alcohol on the beach, AND exclusive use of the beach by the illegal Iron Man Competition.  


If the Iron Man event is to continue then there should be provisions made for the organizers to go through the city permit approval process, to provide a medical tent and portable restrooms, security fencing around the parameter, insurance that is separate from the city, and security provided by the organizers – not police oversight as is currently the case.


This only opens up the county and the city to liability which is unneeded right now especially in light of the pending McPherson Oil lawsuit.


It is our sincere desire as residents of Hermosa Beach that we continue to keep our beaches alcohol free and safe for all to enjoy. I appreciate your help with this issue as it deeply affects our community’s future safety and well being for years to come.


It’s time Hermosa Beach is recognized for our flourishing business and residential community, beautiful beaches, surfers, amazing entrepreneurs, wonderful non-profits, quality schools and a receptive, fiscally responsible City Government -- not as a party town to come get wasted as it has been marketed for way too long.


We look forward to hearing your response to this letter.


Best Regards,



Joy A. Kennelly

2nd Generation Native and Current Resident of

Hermosa Beach


CC:     Teresa Henry, District Manager Coastal Commission

            Chuck Posner, Coastal Planner Coastal Commission

            Santo H. Kreimann, Deputy Director of Department of Beaches and Harbors

            Hermosa Beach City Council, et al

            Michael Jenkins, Hermosa Beach City Attorney

            Steve Burrell, Hermosa Beach City Manager

            Greg Savelli, Hermosa Beach Police Chief

            David Lantzer, Hermosa Beach Fire Chief


Sad news, but happier times soon. Mark 5/21 on your calendars!

By Joy A. Kennelly

For those of you who are interested in the latest news regarding all the cool projects and people I'm working with on a freelance basis, check out my professional blog:

I haven't written such a good long one in a long time so please feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you think ok?:)

Today has been kind of gloomy day and as a result I have been a little down. Doesn't help that earlier I was reading the book, The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade (Hardcover) which brought up emotions because I could relate to so many of these women's stories despite my adoption being open and  a totally different experience.

I think loss is loss not matter how you slice it. Sometimes it just hits a little harder than others.

Speaking of which, just learned that someone I enjoyed parrying with on our local This is Hermosa forum, Gary Mallette, died on May 7, 2009 which is very sad news.

Here's a link to his obituary - Gary M. Mallette.

If you knew him, please consider clicking through to the link and leaving a condolence message for his family. I'm sure they'd appreciate it. A memorial service is planned later this summer.

Now just because generally I'm a happy person, here's an article to ponder: Happiness Is ... Being Old, Male and Republican

How do you like them apples LV? I guess one out of three aint bad. lol

Moving right along. Here's a link with news on who and what to vote for on Tuesday, May 19th special election (Vote for Teresa Hernandez!) and I quote from the site:

The Southern California Republican Coalition is taking the lead in the grassroots opposition to Proposition 1A.

The Governor may want to increase your taxes....  The California legislature's Democrats may want to increase your taxes....  The California Republican Party and its Chairman may not be willing to take a position....  The Chairman of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County may not be willing to take a position....

But make no mistake grassroots Republicans know a HUGE TAX INCREASE when they see one -- and so does the Southern California Republican CoalitionThe SCRC emphatically OPPOSES Proposition 1A.  It is a tax increase disguised as a spending cap that has not teeth.  The public employee unions may love it, but every tax payer in this state knows better.  The SCRC is leading an advertising campaign against 1A - Please click to donate today online.

"Prop 1A is a huge tax increase disguised as a shame, weak spending cap. The voters are not as ill-informed as legislative and party leaders may wish them to be.  The tax payers of California are not buying their lies.  The Democrats lied, and the Economy Died - and we refuse to go along to get along!" says Southern California Republican Coalition Chairman, James Crean.

"We oppose raising taxes for so many reasons.  We are in a serious economic downturn and increased taxes means there is less money to spend to spur the economy which is needed to lead to real job growth.

"The legislature just increased our taxes by $42 Billion dollars and now they want to add another $16B in tax increases.  That will do only one thing - cause everyone who pays taxes to look at moving out of California, especially those that run businesses in order to lower their product costs in order to stay competitive when prices are dropping across the country," says Crean.

There were no real cuts made in the legislature's prior budget, nearly all cuts were shame cuts in job positions with no one in the job or they were reductions in the year to year growth without any real decrease.  The Democrat legislature does not have any backbone for real cuts and the more taxes we give them, the more ways they will find to grow government and continue to pay off the public employee unions, such as the California Prison Guards union, the California Teachers Association union, and the Service Employees International Union.

In a time when real citizen's 401K and retirement savings accounts values are dropping, the unions are bankrupting the state with enormous retirement benefits that often lead to union employees earning more in retirement than when they were employed by the state of California.  Yet the unions are making no concessions, preferring to raise everyone else's taxes to pay their addiction to tax payer's money.

"The only informed vote on Proposition 1A is NO," says SCRC Chairman Crean, "and we are taking a lead position with grassroots voters to inform voters to vote NO on 1A along with NO on the other propositions.  I hope folks will go to and make even a small contribution to save us from more tax increases."


If you want to hear a great speaker, consider putting this on your list of things to do for Thursday, May 21:

Beach Cities Republican Club Next Meeting

Club President: Peter Kesterson

Next Regular Meeting: Thursday May 21st, 6PM Dinner (no host), 7PM Speaker

Speaker: Ron Prentice, CEO, California Family Council

Topic: Ron Prentice is the CEO of California Family Council, formally associated with Focus on the Family and also working alongside Family Research Council.  California Family Council (CFC) was formed in 2003 with Ron as the founding director.  With offices in Southern California and Sacramento, CFC’s mission is to protect and promote Judeo-Christian principles in California’s culture.  They do so by communicating the analysis of current legislation, creating pastor and grassroots coalitions, and educating the general population on the issues of the day.  Ron also serves as the Chairman of the – Yes on 8 Coalition, working with dozens of national, state, and local groups to bring about a victory for traditional marriage in California.

Location: Sizzler Torrance, 2880 Sepulveda Bl. (Between Crenshaw & Hawthorne).  NOTE: we now have the full meeting room due to the large monthly turnouts.  No more standing room only!

All are welcome - Members and non-members alike! This event is Free

Click Here for Membership Information

And for those of you interested in making positive changes in your life, don't forget to sign up for the Standup Leadership seminar entitled Leading Change at which will feature Coach Lori Ketkar and distinguished Naval officers, CAPT Luke and First Brigade Commander, Juliane, at The Shore Restaurant and Lounge from 5:30pm - 8:30pm.

Here's a link to a recent teleseminar so you have a taste of what to expect from this amazing evening:

Lastly, for those who want to learn more about our upcoming TLC Empowerment Group which starts June 3, 2009 at TLC Pharmacy, join Business and Life Coach Sherry Marshall, TLC Pharmacists' Annabell and Mindy, me and Perfect Body from 4pm - 6pm at Luna G located at 323 Pier Ave in Hermosa Beach, CA that same Thursday night, May 21.

Check out Luna G's latest designer clothing for men and women and unique gifts, taste GoChi Juice and TAIslim, meet Perfect Body trainers and the rest of us and have fun mixing and mingling.

Just think? Two great events on the same night! Hermosa Beach is the place to be Thursday night!

Back to your regularly scheduled Sunday.

I've been enjoying mine since I rode my neighbor's bike to the Healthy Living Festival in Manhattan Beach at the Metlox Plaza and blogging. 

Time to go home and get ready to go out for drinks at that new Redondo Beach restaurant named Maison Riz.

That's my kind of place if you're taking notes. :) Gotta run!

Just for the record- numerous tea parties held across the country

By Joy A. Kennelly

Real quick because I'm tuning in to the two-hour Brothers & Sisters show right now, just wanted to let you know there were numerous tea parties held all over the country - some had larger numbers than others, but hey, us GOP members aren't as practiced at organizing protests as our Dem friends - we promise to get better.:)

Obama's Government Spending plan and other thoughts

By Joy A. Kennelly

Man, what a difference it makes to your mood when it's sunny vs. when it's rainy. Don't you agree? I also always get energized when I have meetings that turn out really positively like all of mine did yesterday.

I'm in the process of creating a bunch of new online profiles for myself and clients which has been fun. Once they're a little more ready, I'll be posting them here too. I love building online presences because it's fun to create. To me public relations is very creative and satisfying in that regard.

I'm gearing up to begin hosting more Free Life Int'l introductory meetings which I'm excited about too. I'm partnering with our local compounding pharmacy called TLC Pharmacy located up on PCH just past Pier Ave and am excited to begin creating that event as well. It will be geared towards moms since TLC specializes in babies, hormonal balance and nutrition. Can't wait. More details coming soon.

I have to admit, yesterday I was a little blue because of the state of our economy. One of the new potential clients I had met with is unable to start with me because her husband lost one of his grants. Now she has to scale back her vision for her work and that is just sad to me.

I am very concerned about my country's financial stability and Obama's government spending plan. So much so, I called Senator Boxer to leave her a message and as I was doing so, I began crying out of frustration and probably fear too.

I just don't like the fact that we're going to be spending so much money with the plan as it is right now. If you look to history for past depressions, listen to economists, read national newspapers, they are all saying this current plan isn't the way to go.

I know there's that old saying, you need to spend money to make money to which I agree to a certain extent. However, heavy sigh, it just really, really scares me to hear these numbers. Especially when there are so many programs that only Dems push and this really isn't non-partisan at all.

I especially dislike the effort to reduce assistance to universities and colleges that have faith bases being cut out of any federal assistance (should this pass.) Where's Obama's faith-based initiative rhetoric in that? I just don't get it.

My stomach is tight just writing about it. But maybe that's a good thing because I'm practicing isometrics right? LOL

In any case, I have a bunch of new pix to upload which I'll share in a little bit. Need to get back to work, but just needed to share. What's your opinion on the government spending plan? Would love to hear.

Thanks! Leave a comment!

Wasn't today's Super Bowl an amazing game? And I never watch football...

By Joy A. Kennelly

Today kind of ebbed and flowed. Lack of sleep always affects me. I was really off my game today running the slide show at my church - jumping the gun more times than not. However, everyone was really nice about it.

Had a really nice time at my friend Melinda's Super Bowl party at her home and got to meet her lovely hubby. Seems like everywhere I turned this weekend I was meeting someone's new husband or baby or seeing someone's new house. Kind of made me wish I had one of those to show off too. Really. Truly.

The game sure was amazing today wasn't it? I never watch football and really don't like it, but for some reason today's game was quite captivating. LOVED, LOVED Bruce Springsteen's performance too. That man is hot and I've never thought he was till today either. Must be something in the air.

Visited an amazing new athletic center that was converted from a huge airline hangar called Hangar Athletic Xchange or HAX for short as a quick jaunt to see another Super Bowl party. Click here to check it out. Total state-of-the-art space with top athletes involved like my friend Jason Olive and his friend Sinjin Smith. Those names ring a bell anyone?

I only wish they made the font size on their website a little bigger because the older I get, the harder it is to read the fine print and I really want to read all of it! Definitely a space you're going to be hearing more of soon I'm sure.

They have a shoe store in there that has shoes that only 100 are made and this store sells them. I believe the term is drop or something like that. I took a pic of the ones for Kobe and LeBron which I'll share once I've uploaded all my pix. Just know it's very cool. I could totally see an Entourage episode happening in this place somehow.

Really enjoyed touring it and sharing time with my friends. Dashed back to Melinda's to catch the last five minutes of this exciting game and totally loved the hilarious Office episode. Should have ended the night after watching that show, but needed to pop by the folks to pick up laundry I had left from the day before.

Big mistake. My Dad is one of the few people I know who doesn't value my life experience attending the Inauguration simply because I didn't make any money while being there, or because I was there. Everyone else in the world thinks it was fabulous and amazing I went. Him? Why did I bother? DAMN!

Needless to say, left their house feeling demoralized, but after uploading a bunch of my favorite commercials to Facebook tonight and laughing at some of them again, I felt better. You can check out all the commercials from today at - I highly recommend the Dorritos, SNL, and ones the most.

I also enjoyed listening to the CSpan interview with the new RNC Chairman, Ron Nehring, which if you're curious about you can listen to here. I find it very interesting because I can't wait to see what the new guy, Michael Steel does now that he's been elected (in case you didn't know, he's an African American. Very interesting!)

Okay, that's all. Just felt like sharing so those of you who think I'm wonder woman (believe it or not, there are a few) will realize that I'm definitely not. I wish I were, but I'm just not. Now to sleep off this last bit of malaise and hit the ground running tomorrow for another interesting day in the life of Joy (as more than one good friend has told me how they view my life. Now if only I made the mony an interesting life like this normally does, then it will be all good. HA!)

Was going to hit the 7am Rotary Club meeting in MB tomorrow, but think I really need my rest. Probably shouldn't have stayed up so late, but just wasn't tired. This is really all.

Have a good one. I know I'm going to try.

After the Inauguration - jubilant chaos...

By Joy A. Kennelly

(Please scroll down to the Jane Harmon post to gather the captions for the pix if you're coming here for that information.)

Just returned from Kathleen Paralusz' first Meet & Greet as she pursues one of the three seats available on the Manhattan Beach City Council. Vote for her come March and if you can, catch one of her many upcoming Meet & Greets listed on her website. She is one sharp lady and I love seeing women get involved in this way. She has some excellent endorsements too.

I don't live in MB, but I love politics and find it's a great way to meet intelligent, involved people who care about the community. Time to expand my political horizons above and beyond Hermosa.:) Arentcha happy Hermosa? LOL

Wanted to give you the final wrap up of what it was like in DC after the inauguration event from my perspective. Also to say, it was beyond amazing to be part of history. I really am grateful to have been selected to participate and am so glad I got to experience the Obamania up close and personal.

Obama is such a dynamic man. I totally understood why so many people followed and promoted him. I wish him all the success in the world for his sake and our country's sake. God bless us one and all. Now back to the account of the day.

I ducked out while the poet was speaking and the gay bishop was going to pray because I figured it was going to be crazy once the inauguration ended and I wasn't wrong. We had to exit the way we had come in and people were jumping the fence and ledges to get out of the crowd. One guy was nice and agreed to catch me as I joined the rest in jumping over a wall too.

We were all heading in all kinds of directions hoping to find a metro that would take us out of the crowds. There were no taxi's and none of the security seemed to know anything. I heard later that there were more military in DC than in Afghanistan that day alone!

I also heard that the reason there was no taxi service was for security purposes. It didn't make sense at the time, but it made sense later. Apparently that's why the metro system was a total mess too.

One guy I met was complaining that DC hadn't planned for this event well enough because all the metros were such a mess comparing to the ease of the New York City subway system. I had nothing to compare to since LA is the least non-car friendly city around and could just nod and smile.

When I left the area I made the decision to walk along one of the streets that I thought would lead me back to Chinatown because I had my bearings from there, but made the mistake of walking in the total opposite direction by accident.

I wasn't the only one aimlessly wandering around. One lady described the scene as something out of a horror film. I kept feeling like it was the end times where a bag of gold could buy a piece of bread from that 70's rapture film because everyone just seemed so disoriented and bewildered.

I had run out of memory on my camera because I took so many videos (which I still haven't figured out the best way to upload.) As a result, I have no pictures to share with you. Just know it was really amazing that everywhere you looked there were just throngs and throngs of people walking, waiting for the buses lined up, no cars driving anywhere, just crowds of people lined up for the metro.

The only good thing about walking the way I traveled is that I made it to the outskirts of town and to one of the few functioning metro stations. By this time I was absolutely exhausted from the emotional rollercoaster of the day's events, standing for hours in the cold, and total lack of sleep. I was also alone because Jeannette didn't get my calls till too late to connect till later.

I had wandered into a housing development neighborhood and didn't think I'd ever find a place to eat when I found a woman passing out a flyer for a cafe, or what she called a cafe. It was actually the basement of a church that had decided to serve lunch for a reasonable price to everyone who came through which was really nice.

They normally served the homeless and the service was extremely slow, but soul food never tasted so good. I had home-made pulled pork sandwich, home-made cole slaw and fries. YUMMY. It was so nice to use a real restroom vs. a porta pottie, sit down and relax. There were all types of people - all ages, all races, it was really pleasant. I felt like this is what America is all about. People coming together to share a wonderful event that the whole world celebrated with us.

After eating I decided to continue trying to figure out my way home and joined the throngs heading towards the only metro in the area. Since I had decided to skip out that night and head to the airport then to make sure I caught my 7am flight the next day, I stopped in the local Safeway to pick up some food and water.

I've never experienced such a crowded grocery store in my life. There was a huge line to use the restroom which lined one wall. There were also groups of people sitting on the floor everywhere doing what? I don't know. There were many others sitting on the ledges of the refrigerated food sections everywhere you turned.

Food packages were ripped open and just lying around like people had been snacking indiscriminately. The lines were long and the manager kept shouting "Please be patient. Please have your money ready to pay to help the lines move."

It really felt like looting could begin any minute - it was extremely unsettling. I was one of few white people in this part of town which also made me want to get out there before dark and before any real craziness began. Sorry, but that was my true feelings at the time.

(I'm watching the SAG Awards and just have to say I absolutely adore Meryl Streep - she always gives the best acceptance speech.)

When I left there was a HUGE line of people waiting to enter the Metro that was wide and deep and wrapped way around the block. I took one look at the line and decided right then there was no way I was going to go to the back of the line which was really awful of me, but I'm sorry, that's just what I felt then.

I just wanted to get home and walked up to the front of the line and cut in with a few other people bold enough to lead the way. People were yelling at us to get to the end of the line because they'd been standing still for what was probably hours and the line had just begun moving, but I didn't care.

Self-preservation was very high at that moment of time. I'd been polite and patient all day long and had finally reached my final straw. I just wanted the hell out of dodge. It was still wall-to-wall people entering the terminal and on the actual train.

One guy was very gentlemanly and gave up his seat for me to sit. I ended up sitting next to a woman wearing a full length fur coat from Mississippi who was very nice.That was what was so cool about that day. You met people from all over the United States and we were all united in one moment. It was so special you really had to be there to know what I'm talking about. Maybe there was something to the Obamania after all.:)

Fortunately, I only had five stops to go before reaching my stop. My friend Jeannette, who didn't make any of the stops to eat or shop I had made along the way, ironically enough arrived at our area right about the same time as me. She had gotten caught in the crush of people trying to get out of Downtown and was literally exhausted.

We popped into our local cafe to allow her to eat since she hadn't eaten all day. When she was finished we jammed home and both quickly packed and were out the house in less than an hour. She to MD and me to the airport. The bus transport was so nice and gave us free passage in honor of the day. The bus riders were buzzing all the way to the airport, but I just sat quietly exhausted.

Upon arrival I checked in hoping I could go standby, but my ticket didn't allow it. I ended up hanging out in one of the bar/restaurants watching the news with one of the other guys who had to wait. After they closed, we moved downstairs to a coffee spot and found another group of people waiting on flights too.

That's when the fun began because we all began sharing stories from our inaugural experiences. If you want to read some of their stories, go to my twitter page because I uploaded them there as soon as I heard them -

We had a great time! Two hours passed quickly since we were watching the ball coverage and chatting. As soon as it hit midnight I left to go through security. I was fortunate to meet a nice airport guy who persuaded me to move from where I had camped out to the actual terminal and gate where I was to leave.

The airport was completely empty and it was so nice and warm I instantly fell asleep. I woke up hours later to people milling around and soon after got on my flight. I was still so exhausted I slept all the way home. As soon as my seat mates left to go use the restroom, I was instantly back asleep.

When I got off the plane I couldn't wait to strip off my shoes and socks because my feet were aching. No wonder, since my ankles and feet were swollen almost three times their normal size. I hadn't experienced that since I was pregnant nine years ago!

I was so exhausted it took me days to finally feel like myself and I kept napping every day since arriving home. I finally feel back to normal. And that ends my inaugural trip to DC for the historic Obama ordination, oh I mean presidency.:)

Have a good one. Thanks for your interest. Now the real work begins for everyone!

May God Bless America and God bless you!

Finally! Inauguration Day pix and stories from my DC Trip

By Joy A. Kennelly

(For those looking for captions to the pictures I sent out, please scroll down to the blog about the Pre-Inaugural Brunch with Congresswoman Jane Harmon - that's where they are.)

I've had real mixed emotions about everything since coming home to LA and it's taken me a couple of days to process my feelings over what I experienced and witnessed while in DC for the Inauguration. At first I really hated being home and hated everything about CA - the vapidity, the lack of public transportation, the familiarity, the regularity of life, the same 'ole, same 'ole seemingly of everything.

It was all I could do to not jump on another flight back to be around politically minded people who were doing something for our country again. However, once I had caught up on my sleep, talked to a couple of select friends, and realized these feelings were typical of anyone who had experienced such a life-changing event as I had, then I settled down.

Still doesn't mean I don't have the desire to go back to DC asap, but at least now I don't hate everything about the South Bay and CA any more. Sorry, but it was true. You can only take so much beach bum mentality for so long. Or the same familial patterns that never seem to change.

That said, I met some great people from the South Bay while visiting back east and they give me hope that there are signs of intelligent life in this area. LOL Who knew I had to fly all the way back east?

Okay, enough of that topic though.

Picking up where I last left off on my DC Adventure... After returning home from a disappointing excursion to the Kennedy Center to see if I could collect any of the free tickets for the Aretha Franklin concert later that night only to learn they had passed out vouchers to all the people who had shown up at 7:30am rather than wait till 4pm like they announced, I was jonsing to go out and be with people.

I tried reaching out to a few people to see if they were hitting any parties, but most were in for the night since the inauguration was the next day, or didn't return my calls/texts. Jeannette, my new DC friend and house-mate, understood my frustration and assured me that if she was only a few years younger and not so exhausted she would definitely have gone out with me to see what kind of trouble we could stir up.

We compromised and went to dinner at our local favorite restaurant, Cafe 1612, and caught up on CNN. The funny thing about the woman we were renting from is that she didn't believe in cable saying she was out too much to bother and all her appliances, TV's etc were from the early 70's or so. It was almost like stepping back in time.

Jeannette was almost beside herself without the news and we were happy to enjoy the bar atmosphere while I tried to blog a bit. It always takes me much longer than people realize to write anything of meaning and I was only able to share half my experience. No worries, it was enough.

Most of the rest of the house was ready to fall asleep at 9pm in anticipation of waking up at 3am to leave the house by 4am, but I was too ancy and stayed up till 10pm. Whoo hoo! I was glad I had slept the bit I had though come 3am.

I had thought Jeannette was a little extreme in her concern about getting to our designated spaces in time, but once we were on the road it was quite obvious she was really smart in getting us all moving in a timely fashion.

Even by 4am it was a virtual mad house. I've never seen such throngs of people waiting in line. Many had never gone to sleep, but were staying up overnight to ensure their entry. It was really crazy. We took a cab as close as we could and then walked until we found a metro that would take us closer.

Here's a few pix from this part of our excursion. What cracked me up is one of the ladies traveling with us loved to say, "Watch out, elderly lady" and I teased her by saying, "Come on old lady". I tease my mom that way and she took it in stride too because she could tell I was just teasing.

Me and my house-mates  The metro This is an example of how crowded the metro was even this early. It only got worse as the day continued. Apparently someone got knocked onto the train tracks and was killed or injured (never did hear which was true) and that caused one metro to completely shut down for three hours with people stranded inside.

They were so dehydrated when they got out that the police made a chinese man open his store and just pass out water bottles to help people not pass out. I heard later that some people waiting at the purple section never were even allowed in because a few people had heart attacks. Over 30 children were taken away due to hypothermia. I wouldn't doubt it! It was bitter cold and this was just the start of the morning!

All four of us traveled as far as we could together, but then the three of them split off to find their silver entrance whereas I dashed off to find my blue entrance. Silver was behind the water and my area was directly behind the seating area much closer.

I knew that my local City Council Member hadn't planned to leave his house till 8:30am not aware of what a crazy place this was turning into. I texted him at 5am to warn him to leave asap. Never did hear back whether or not he made it in, but highly doubt it.

Here's some pix from my waiting in line. I had picked up this paper because I knew I wanted a momento of the day and it turned out to be quite a great prop. I held it up full-length once I was inside and apparently made it on the news my girlfriend told me via text. I also was interviewed on the radio and probably shocked the news announcer when I told him I hadn't voted for Obama, but was attending nonetheless.

I actually shocked quite a few people when I revealed that I had campaigned for the other guy. My house-mates teased me and said I had better sleep with one eye open because they were going to pop my air mattress in the middle of the night. Did I already tell you that? I can't remember what I've told and what I haven't.

The other house-mate who came in a day later was sharing with Jeannette about all the campaigning she had done for Obama and how she had come out from CA even though she didn't have a ticket. When Jeannette shared with her that I had one, the lady asked, "What did she do to get one?" They both busted up when Jeannette explained I hadn't done anything and was a Republican!

It really was a fun experience to be one of the few Republicans in a sea of Democrats. Here's a few now...:)

Blue gate Isn't the glowing cool?
Blue line
Me in line That's how close I got to the entrance. It was so cold at one point I started leaning up against this guy back-to-back just to warm up. I didn't know him and he didn't seem to mind - really helped! I did meet a really nice young girl from KY who was a fellow Republican. She and 40 plus other students had made the trek to watch this historic event too. We had fun discussing politics before the line began moving and I lost her.
In line

What was so cool about being crowded together like cattle is that everyone was courteous, happy, and in great spirits. We were all crammed up so close you really had no other choice. People were chanting OBAMA, OBAMa. It kinda bothered me when they began singing O Come Let Us Adore him because I thought it was rather sacriligious, but to many, Obama is their god I guess.

We stood crammed together from 5am till 9am when they opened security and we began moving through the zig zag lines to get in. It really went smoothly once you passed the security and it felt really great to be able to move around. Here's a pic of the security area to give you an idea of what it was like.

Security Once you were through security there were porta potties lined up along the path leading in to the open area where we all ended up congregating again. Here's a few pictures to show how empty it was originally and then how crowded it soon became as soon as it got closer to the actual start-time.

8 am
Statue 9am Before My ticket allowed me to stand right behind the seated section which was very close. The news stationed themselves in front of us and were constantly panning the audience. Here's some pix of how crowded it became and more of the view I had.

10 am This was what that empty space looked like at 10am. It soon became so crowded you couldn't move left or right. I felt a little claustrophobic, but also warmer!:)
Best This is the newspaper I held up that the news crew shot. Once a publicist, always a publicist is all I have to say. I picked up more newspapers that day because I love these kind of special remembrances.
Capital best This is what it looked like when it filled in. I heard Dustin Hoffman, Steven Spielberg and many other celebrities were seated on the stage which was cool. We saw a few walking by, but no one that big.Ch 7 This is channel 7 discussing how they were going to shoot I guess. Notice how empty? Pretty soon almost every seat was taken. It made us all laugh when the announcer invited us to all sit down after a certain portion of the event because we all really wanted to, but there was no place to do so!
Friends This couple became my friends since were standing together so long. He was especially moved by Obama's presidency because of his realization that now anything was possible for him as an African American. It was very moving to share this moment in history with so many African Americans. One girl teasingly said this was probably the first inauguration that so many African Americans actually attended and I wouldn't doubt that was true.

Filming This guy was constantly filming us so if you happened to see someone who looks like the below picture, that was me!
 Me3 I felt like a Russian Cussack the entire time, but at least I was warm. At a certain point, vanity just had to go out the window especially when you're dealing with frigid conditions.

The red curtain The red curtain was where everyone was walking through to find their seats. I was rather disappointed in the reception Bush received, but it was to be expected. No class is all I have to say. He was our President after all and deserved some respect, but tacky people do tacky things.

Jeannette told me later in her area people were signing Na Na Na Na Na, hey hey, good bye, but they shut up when she and others asked, "What would Obama do?" I guess that's the new WWJD - lol. When Bush flew off later it was really amazing to look around and see everyone waving him off. I know many were happy to see him gone and I can't say I didn't agree, but still he served us for 8 years and kept America safe from terrorist threat.

It will be very interesting to see how long that lasts under Obama. Sorry, but that's what I feel and I can't change that opinion. Just because I was there didn't mean I accepted or approved of everything he stands for and does.

I loved the entire ceremony and was happy to see Pastor Rick Warren said a good prayer. I appreciated hearing Obama's speech, but to be honest there was a part of me that was simply terrified knowing he was going to be leading our country. I didn't cry, I didn't share the same emotions of so many there that day because even though I wanted to get caught up in the emotion, my mind was too much in control.

I cried a bit later when sharing about the African American couple who stood behind me and how much that day meant to them. That, I could relate to. However, the idea that Obama is our savior and going to change the world just doesn't feel right. He's just a man and the sooner people realize that, the more realistic their expectations of what he will accomplish will be.

Sorry to be so hard-nosed, but I guess that's just my trust issues rising to the top. One of black Dem friends called me to say, "You now have two Chocolate Daddy's" iimplying that he and Obama were going to take care of everything. I had to laugh because I thought it was funny, but don't really believe it.

I know so many of my Dem friends are going to be mad for me saying so, or incredulous that I could even think such blasphemous thoughts, but again, he's just a man and I have to remember that God is ultimately in control.

So, that is my perspective on the actual inauguration. It really was a special day and something I will remember for years to come. I have to run to a cocktail reception for an aspiring MB City Council Member, but will share more later on what happened once the Inauguration was over.

That's when the craziness really began.

Pre-Inaugural Brunch w/Congresswoman Jane Harmon & Civil Rights Legend, John Lewis

By Joy A. Kennelly

Monday morning started out bright and shiny because Jeannette really wanted to hear her favorite news show, Morning Joe, at the Dubliner Restaurant in the Phoenix Hotel. Ironically enough, that's the hotel my pre-inaugural brunch with Congresswoman, Jane Harmon, and Civil Rights Legend, John Lewis, was going to be held later on.

We arrived around 7am, but the line was around the block because people had shown up at 4:30am to get in line. We decided to head off to Union Station to get warm and grab a snack since Jeannette was going to be a volunteer at the Martin Luther King Day event later on.

Here's some pix of Union Station to give you an idea of the Obamania and great marketing job Pepsi did. Too funny. The first one is my favorite, can you tell why?

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One for all  Obamamania Oh boy Together Yes you can Vendors Protesters Outside Union Station protesters continued.
Outside PHX Entry
Outside and then inside the Phoenix Hotel. Don't you love how close it is to the Capital? When we returned Jeannette was able to catch the tail end of her event which was fun.
Morning with joe
Jr jane me I bumped into my Hermosa Beach Mayor, JR, upon arrival and we grabbed this pic with Congresswoman Jane Harmon before she got too busy. What a fireball of energy! Group shot at jh There were actually quite a few South Bay residents in attendance. I met Torrance Mayor, Cliff Numark and his lovely wife, Executive Producer of Extreme Makeover, Diane Korman, and Manhattan Beach Mayor, Richard Montgomery and his lovely new bride, Diane.

Government officials L to R - MB City Council Member, Nick Tell, Torrance Mayor, Cliff Numark, State Assembly Member 53rd District, Ted W. Lieu, HB City Council Member, Michael DiVirgilio, HB Mayor JR Reviczky, and MB Mayor, Richard Montgomery.

Group shot  L to R - Torrance Mayor, Cliff Numark and spouse, Diane Korman, Civic Couch Founder, Brad Jacobson & MB City Council candidate and spouse, Kathleen Paralusz, two people I don't know, HB Mayor, JR, Councilwoman 15th District, Janice Hahn, Congresswoman, Jane Harmon, former MB Mayor, Jim Aldinger, MB City Council Member, Nick Tell, MB School District member I believe, Amy and her son.

Group shot with JH Janice Hahn is the one wearing orange and is the sister to Jim Hahn, our former Los Angeles Mayor candidate.
Congresswoman, Jane Harmon gave a very inspirational speech celebrating Democrats and our new president. It was a little hard to listen to, but I figured hey, her candidate won and God bless everyone for feeling victorious! I was just thrilled to be there at all. Apparently thousands of people had applied and only 198 received tickets. I am very thrilled and blessed to have experienced this wonderful trip.
Dr buzz aldren Astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldren in the foreground
Guests Everyone listened wtih rapt attention.
John & jane Jane warmly welcomed Civil Rights Legend and personal friend, John Lewis to the podium to share his thoughts on Martin Luther King day. It was extremely moving. I only wished my son, Eli, could have been there to hear him speak.
John lewis
John Lewis & Jane
John Lewis & Jane2
Sidney & John Lewis Sidney Harmon was very instrumental in the Civil Rights Movement and good friend of John Lewis too. He is a really neat man. No wonder Jane is so successful. What a team.
Jane & richard Buzz & john John & hahn Jr & JOhn Jr & john2 Me & john Me john jim Me with ted Michael, dayna, jr2
MB residents Alex & me  This is Alex, Staff Assistant, who was very helpful this whole time. Thanks Alex!
Captial As I left, the sun had risen a little more.
Mayors & MD3 Our South Bay Government Officials.
South bay at lunch We all went out for lunch afterwards. RB Mayor, Mike Gin, is in the foreground. I really enjoyed getting to know people outside my area better and learning what they're up to in their cities. It was a really fun time.

I then dashed off to attend the mixer Airbed and Breakfast founders, Nathan and Brian, had thrown for everyone at Oya. It was a little too high-end for the attendees, but still nice to see others.
Airbed founders Obama O's Chinatown Chinatown - isn't it fun? Check out all the vendors all over.
Vendors2 Vendors3 Bens chili bowl2 This was my first stop for dinner, Ben's Chili Bowl, made famous by the fact President Obama ate there. Lines were around the block when I came home that day. I really wanted to buy this guy's magazines, but didn't have cash. Then I forgot.:)
Vendors4 Jnet Jeannette received a beautiful certificate commerating her volunteerism. Very cool.
Peta Gotta love PETA, right? More later.

DC "We are One" Concert pictures - in no particular order again

By Joy A. Kennelly

Maries2 Before bundling...

Bldg After bundling up...
Cocoran gallery Corcoran Gallery of Art
Jeannette2  My house-mate, Jeannette is an avid Democrat, yet we got along great! She really helped me get around and made sure I got places in time to see everything perfectly. She's a local which made her very knowledgable of everything. Thanks Jeannette!
Parade route This was the parade route already set up and secured with no access by Sunday.
Winter sky
Sign Concert security Security Security2 Tv reporting Before the concert it was pretty empty.
Long shot Snipers Bruce2 Choir Concert Crowd2 Mary j Concert3 Concert5 Concert9 Garth brooks Obama2 Josh groban Stevie wonder & usher More of my group Crowd5 Crowd7 U2 Crowd8 Lincolhn Crowd9 Crowd10 Group Cute girls with obama stickers Crowd12 Jack black Kumar My gang My other group Obamas2 Beyonce2 WwII3 WwII2 WwII memorial Me at ww2 Me2

Jeanette This is volunteer extraordinaire, Jeannette. She & I connected after the concert and enjoyed dinner together before heading home.

This day was a blast, but also a little bittersweet because even though I had been contacting the adoptive couple for weeks to see if I could visit my son while I was back there, they kept saying they'd be gone and didn't let me know till  Sunday (despite my call on Friday to see if we could still connect before they left) that their plans had fallen through and would I like to come visit.

By then it was too late. The crush of people coming to town was too much to battle to head out to their home an hour away and they weren't able to come in to meet me any where either. I was really, really, really bummed because the next day was the pre-inaugural brunch with my Congresswoman, Jane Harmon, who had as her special guest, Civil Rights Leader, John Lewis, who I would have loved for Eli to meet.

Apparently, since they're beginning to consider becoming foster parents Eli has more curiousity about his adoption and all of sudden I have value for being in his life. That's the hardest part about this relationship. It feels like if Eli doesn't ask questions, or acts like he misses me, then the adoptive parents don't see the value of cultivating our relationship.

I know they don't mean to do this, nor are they even aware that's what it feels like, but when you try to speak to someone for months and months with no response only to have a call out of the blue because he has questions... To also learn that he wasn't given a present I had sent in November till January also really stung. What are they thinking?

Kind of makes you feel bad. That was a really bittersweet way to end my day because the concert was so uplifting and a total blast. It was a just a reminder of the role I play as a birthmother which isn't always easy. I hope Eli never doubts my love for him and realizes I try to reach out to him often. Maybe as he gets older he will realize he can reach out to me too.

I can only hope. I'm going to upload this blog and write more about the rest of my trip in a new one just so they don't get too long. Thanks for popping by.

Highlights from DC Trip for the Inauguration - in no particular order

By Joy A. Kennelly

First art I saw in DC by Artist, GA Gardner.
Another art gallery Another art gallery2
Another art gallery3 That one painting of Obama reminded me of a cross between Bill Cosby and Obama.:)
Another art gallery4 Another art gallery5 Another art gallery6 Art3 Sign Art2 Art4 Art6
Piano Me
Art10 Art11 Art gallery Art gallery2 Art gallery3 Building Building2 Building3 City street2 City street Billy joel Kissinger
Nat'l portrait gallery3 Natl art gallery Nat'l portrait gallery4 O me an mccain Whittaker Bush & clinton Joan Nat'l portrait gallery5 Nat'l portrait gallery2
City street3 City street4
Dar bldg Vendor Obama signs Statue Vendor2 Vendor3 Vendor4 Corcoran gallery Corcoran gallery2 Jon stewart Obama signs2 Me & white house White house2 White house Washington memorial Washington memorial2

Mie n yu

More to come soon. Have a good one.

Inauguration highlights of my experience in DC this week

By Joy A. Kennelly

Where to start? This has been the absolutely most amazing week of my entire life. I love politics, I love DC, I'm beginning to love Obama like all my Democrat friends have for so long, and I love the energy and excitement that is evident everywhere you turn.

I left Friday morning not knowing where I was staying and landed hoping that my airbed reservation was confirmed. It was and thus began the adventure of my life. The first night I was so exhausted I wasn't sure if I had the energy to go hit an art opening and am glad I did.

Met an amazing artist who may have me rep him to the Los Angeles gallery scene since I've done that for other artists very successfully. We shall see!

But you don't care about that do you? If you want to be kept up-to-date on what's the latest in my world when I am away from the computer, please sign up to follow me on twitter - I'm having a ball and try to update quite frequently. You can read my past tweets to get the vibe of my experience in abbreviated form there.

I had the good fortune of connecting with a woman who has been volunteering at different activities and lives locally at the place I'm staying which has been extremely beneficial in navigating the city. We woke up early the day before to get her to her post at what I call the "Pep Rally for America" concert at Lincoln Memorial and even though I thought it was extreme decided to take her advice and go with her.

I made it through the security point without issue (what did you think? LOL) and have to admit it was rather intimidating to see so many military and police personnel all along the route to get in. It was very clear you were not to get out of line.

There were tons and tons of porta potties lining the walkway too. I ended up getting very close to the front and took tons of pix and video which I will share once I get home. I need to edit and upload which takes awhile. You will love it though. Come back and visit again.

It was a really young group of people initially, but as the day progressed (I was there from 9am - 4:30pm) the crowd became more diverse with lots of races, ages, styles and personalities. We were all sitting down thinking we would relax during the concert, but that dream soon ended when people began walking all over us. It was ridiculous and people were really aggressive.

We began hooking arms to create a wall to prevent the surge which was funny after awhile. What cracked me up is this little young East Indian woman got all mad at me when I touched her boot with my shoe to get her attention. She kept shooting me dirty glares and finally I said Listen, you pushed your way in here so deal with it. She finally mellowed out and it made me laugh to see her continue to get knocked around by all the others who kept pushing their way past her as the time passed.

Served her right. Excuse me for breathing. LOL

In any case, the majority of people in attendance were absolutely delightful and friendly. I felt like this is what Woodstock might have been back in the day except everyone was a lot more conservative and of course totally bundled up because of the freezing weather.

As soon as the concert began all of us were on our feet where we stayed for the entire concert. We were dancing, singing, clapping, jumping, waving, shouting, screaming - it was a mad house. I took some video to share the vibe because the TV program, although really wonderful, doesn't quite capture the mood of the crowd to be honest.

I really do feel like it was a total pep rally that our country really needs! I had so much more respect for Obama and what everyone has been saying about him after that because it was such a great marketing event. Where else does the President elect have a captive audience of loyal fans to share his personal thoughts one last time before 100's of thousands of people?

I was close enough to distinguish where people were standing, but for all close-ups I had to rely on the jumbo tron like everyone else. I have tons of pix which I hope turn out ok. I have to admit Bono, Garth Brooks, Usher and Stevie Wonder and so many were my favorites! I don't think there was an artist I didn't like, and you have to admit you agree right?

Also, did you notice how young and unusual the presenters choices were? That was also an obvious pandering to the younger demographic who voted Obama into office, but so be it. I loved it! Jack Black anyone? The one who drew the most gasps was the East Indian actor who plays the pot smoking guy in White Castle or whatever that movie was.

Very cool. You totally felt, along with everyone else, that you were part of history and this was something you were going to be telling your children and your children's children for years to come. It was such a special experience.

What was a little unsettling when we were leaving was to see sharpshooters on towers watching all of us as we were leaving. Hey, they got to do what they got to do I guess. I'm sure there were many more that weren't so obvious too. Did you notice the protective shield around the Obama's and Bidens too?

I laughed, I cried, I shouted, I screamed, I sang along, I danced, I waved, and I hugged so much that day. It was really one of the highlights of my trip out here. Really amazing. If you haven't watched the concert - you really must get HBO just to see it.

What I loved were all the little young Republican guys who were taking flack from everyone, but good-naturely took it. They said they were Patriots first and foremost which is, and always has been my take on this whole thing.

I have to get my house -mates home and will write more in a bit. Thanks for stopping by! You're missing out if you're not here is all I have to say!:)

DC is amazing!

By Joy A. Kennelly I just got back from a full day of art sight seeing and I haven't walked this much in forever! The streets are filled with vendors selling Obama memorabilia, everyone is super friendly, and it's way cold. Apparently, it's the coldest it's been in a long time. There was a water main break just a block away. I finally found a place to stay that is only $100/night and in a great location. Easy access to the metro, the bus line and very close to Downtown. Just joined Twitter and am learning. If you're interested, go to and look me up. I'm thejoywriter - I'm still trying to learn how to update my f/b page from my phone, but this is good for now. I saw some amazing art at over 5 galleries today. I was jammng - in and out. Saw the National Portrait Gallery, another one whose name I forget, numerous smaller galleries and ended up at the Cochran Gallery for the Richard Avedon exhibit just five minutes before closing. I have some great pix from today which I will upload when I return since this isn't my computer and it takes a long time. Even with multiple layers on it's freezing out here. Hard to believe just a few days ago I was living in 80 degree weather and now am walking around in 10 degrees! I have a friend flying in tomorrow and we have talked about hanging out. He has two friends working with Obama which should make for some good times. We shall see. I slept ten hours upon arrival here because I had so little sleep organizing my trip prior to leaving. Tomorrow I'm getting up super early to get a good place for the live concerts that will be taking place pretty much all day. Can't wait. I love the energy in this town. I also love their transportation system because it's so efficient! Get on and get off - it has been ok today, but I'm worried it's going to be worse the closer it gets to the actual swearing in day. Because I was buzzing around so much haven't really met too many people, but figure this will change in the upcoming days once my friend arrives. All I have to say is, this is the most patriotic thing I've ever done in my entire life. I am so happy to be here and so proud to be an American I can hardly stand it. That's all for now. I am neglecting my house mates and want to join the conversation. Have a good one!

"America as the Last Man Standing" - In light of what's happening worldwide have to share

America as the Last Man Standing

Speech by Geert Wilders, chairman of the Party for Freedom, the Netherlands, 25 September 2008, Hudson Institute

Dear friends, Thank you very much for inviting me. Great to be at the Four Seasons. I come from a country that has one season only: a rainy season that starts January 1st and ends December 31st. When we have three sunny days in a row, the government declares a national emergency. So Four Seasons, that’s new to me.

It’s great to be in New York. When I see the skyscrapers and office buildings, I think of what Ayn Rand said: “The sky over New York and the will of man made visible.” Of course. Without the Dutch you would have been nowhere, still figuring out how to buy this island from the Indians. But we are glad we did it for you. And, frankly, you did a far better job than we possibly could have done.

I come to America with a mission. All is not well in the old world. There is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very difficult to be optimistic. We might be in the final stages of the Islamization of Europe. This not only is a clear and present danger to the future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and the sheer survival of the West. The danger I see looming is the scenario of America as the last man standing. The United States as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe. In a generation or two, the US will ask itself: who lost Europe? Patriots from around Europe risk their lives every day to prevent precisely this scenario form becoming a reality.

My short lecture consists of 4 parts.

First I will describe the situation on the ground in Europe. Then, I will say a few things about Islam. Thirdly, if you are still here, I will talk a little bit about the movie you just saw. To close I will tell you about a meeting in Jerusalem.

The Europe you know is changing. You have probably seen the landmarks. The Eiffel Tower and Trafalgar Square and Rome’s ancient buildings and maybe the canals of Amsterdam. They are still there. And they still look very much the same as they did a hundred years ago.

But in all of these cities, sometimes a few blocks away from your tourist destination, there is another world, a world very few visitors see – and one that does not appear in your tourist guidebook. It is the world of the parallel society created by Muslim mass-migration. All throughout Europe a new reality is rising: entire Muslim neighbourhoods where very few indigenous people reside or are even seen. And if they are, they might regret it. This goes for the police as well.

It’s the world of head scarves, where women walk around in figureless tents, with baby strollers and a group of children. Their husbands, or slaveholders if you prefer, walk three steps ahead. With mosques on many street corner. The shops have signs you and I cannot read. You will be hard-pressed to find any economic activity. These are Muslim ghettos controlled by religious fanatics. These are Muslim neighbourhoods, and they are mushrooming in every city across Europe. These are the building-blocks for territorial control of increasingly larger portions of Europe, street by street, neighbourhood by neighbourhood, city by city.

There are now thousands of mosques throughout Europe. With larger congregations than there are in churches. And in every European city there are plans to build super-mosques that will dwarf every church in the region. Clearly, the signal is: we rule.

Many European cities are already one-quarter Muslim: just take Amsterdam, Marseille and Malmo in Sweden. In many cities the majority of the under-18 population is Muslim. Paris is now surrounded by a ring of Muslim neighbourhoods. Mohammed is the most popular name among boys in many cities. In some elementary schools in Amsterdam the farm can no longer be mentioned, because that would also mean mentioning the pig, and that would be an insult to Muslims. Many state schools in Belgium and Denmark only serve halal food to all pupils. In once-tolerant Amsterdam gays are beaten up almost exclusively by Muslims. Non-Muslim women routinely hear “whore, whore”. Satellite dishes are not pointed to local TV stations, but to stations in the country of origin.

In France school teachers are advised to avoid authors deemed offensive to Muslims, including Voltaire and Diderot; the same is increasingly true of Darwin. The history of the Holocaust can in many cases no longer be taught because of Muslim sensitivity. In England sharia courts are now officially part of the British legal system. Many neighbourhoods in France are no-go areas for women without head scarves. Last week a man almost died after being beaten up by Muslims in Brussels, because he was drinking during the Ramadan. Jews are fleeing France in record numbers, on the run from the worst wave of anti-Semitism since World War II. French is now commonly spoken on the streets of Tel Aviv and Netanya, Israel. I could go on forever with stories like this. Stories about Islamization.

A total of fifty-four million Muslims now live in Europe. San Diego University recently calculated that a staggering 25 percent of the population in Europe will be Muslim just 12 years from now. Bernhard Lewis has predicted a Muslim majority by the end of this century.

Half of French Muslims see their loyalty to Islam as greater than their loyalty to France.

Now these are just numbers. And the numbers would not be threatening if the Muslim-immigrants had a strong desire to assimilate. But there are few signs of that. The Pew Research Center reported that half of French Muslims see their loyalty to Islam as greater than their loyalty to France. One-third of French Muslims do not object to suicide attacks. The British Centre for Social Cohesion reported that one-third of British Muslim students are in favour of a worldwide caliphate. A Dutch study reported that half of Dutch Muslims admit they “understand” the 9/11 attacks.

Muslims demand what they call ‘respect’. And this is how we give them respect. Our elites are willing to give in. To give up. In my own country we have gone from calls by one cabinet member to turn Muslim holidays into official state holidays, to statements by another cabinet member, that Islam is part of Dutch culture, to an affirmation by the Christian-Democratic attorney general that he is willing to accept sharia in the Netherlands if there is a Muslim majority. We have cabinet members with passports from Morocco and Turkey.

Muslim demands are supported by unlawful behaviour, ranging from petty crimes and random violence, for example against ambulance workers and bus drivers, to small-scale riots. Paris has seen its uprising in the low-income suburbs, the banlieus. Some prefer to see these as isolated incidents, but I call it a Muslim intifada. I call the perpetrators “settlers”. Because that is what they are. They do not come to integrate into our societies, they come to integrate our society into their Dar-al-Islam. Therefore, they are settlers.

Much of this street violence I mentioned is directed exclusively against non-Muslims, forcing many native people to leave their neighborhoods, their cities, their countries.

Politicians shy away from taking a stand against this creeping sharia. They believe in the equality of all cultures. Moreover, on a mundane level, Muslims are now a swing vote not to be ignored.

Our many problems with Islam cannot be explained by poverty, repression or the European colonial past, as the Left claims. Nor does it have anything to do with Palestinians or American troops in Iraq. The problem is Islam itself.

Allow me to give you a brief Islam 101. The first thing you need to know about Islam is the importance of the book of the Quran. The Quran is Allah’s personal word, revealed by an angel to Mohammed, the prophet. This is where the trouble starts. Every word in the Quran is Allah’s word and therefore not open to discussion or interpretation. It is valid for every Muslim and for all times. Therefore, there is no such a thing as moderate Islam. Sure, there are a lot of moderate Muslims. But a moderate Islam is non-existent.

The Quran calls for hatred, violence, submission, murder, and terrorism. The Quran calls for Muslims to kill non-Muslims, to terrorize non-Muslims and to fulfill their duty to wage war: violent jihad. Jihad is a duty for every Muslim, Islam is to rule the world – by the sword. The Quran is clearly anti-Semitic, describing Jews as monkeys and pigs.

The second thing you need to know is the importance of Mohammed the prophet. His behaviour is an example to all Muslims and cannot be criticized. Now, if Mohammed had been a man of peace, let us say like Ghandi and Mother Theresa wrapped in one, there would be no problem. But Mohammed was a warlord, a mass murderer, a pedophile, and had several marriages – at the same time. Islamic tradition tells us how he fought in battles, how he had his enemies murdered and even had prisoners of war executed. Mohammed himself slaughtered the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayza. He advised on matters of slavery, but never advised to liberate slaves. Islam has no other morality than the advancement of Islam. If it is good for Islam, it is good. If it is bad for Islam, it is bad. There is no gray area or other side.

If you want to compare Islam to anything, compare it to communism or national-socialism, these are all totalitarian ideologies.

Quran as Allah’s own word and Mohammed as the perfect man are the two most important facets of Islam. Let no one fool you about Islam being a religion. Sure, it has a god, and a here-after, and 72 virgins. But in its essence Islam is a political ideology. It is a system that lays down detailed rules for society and the life of every person. Islam wants to dictate every aspect of life. Islam means ‘submission’. Islam is not compatible with freedom and democracy, because what it strives for is sharia. If you want to compare Islam to anything, compare it to communism or national-socialism, these are all totalitarian ideologies.

This is what you need to know about Islam, in order to understand what is going on in Europe. For millions of Muslims the Quran and the live of Mohammed are not 14 centuries old, but are an everyday reality, an ideal, that guide every aspect of their lives. Now you know why Winston Churchill called Islam “the most retrograde force in the world”, and why he compared Mein Kampf to the Quran.

Which brings me to my movie, Fitna.

I am a lawmaker, and not a movie maker. But I felt I had the moral duty to educate about Islam. The duty to make clear that the Quran stands at the heart of what some people call terrorism but is in reality jihad. I wanted to show that the problems of Islam are at the core of Islam, and do not belong to its fringes.

Now, from the day the plan for my movie was made public, it caused quite a stir, in the Netherlands and throughout Europe. First, there was a political storm, with government leaders, across the continent in sheer panic. The Netherlands was put under a heightened terror alert, because of possible attacks or a revolt by our Muslim population. The Dutch branch of the Islamic organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir declared that the Netherlands was due for an attack. Internationally, there was a series of incidents.

The Taliban threatened to organize additional attacks against Dutch troops in Afghanistan, and a website linked to Al Qaeda published the message that I ought to be killed, while various muftis in the Middle East stated that I would be responsible for all the bloodshed after the screening of the movie.

In Afghanistan and Pakistan the Dutch flag was burned on several occasions. Dolls representing me were also burned. The Indonesian President announced that I will never be admitted into Indonesia again, while the UN Secretary General and the European Union issued cowardly statements in the same vein as those made by the Dutch Government. I could go on and on. It was an absolute disgrace, a sell-out.

A plethora of legal troubles also followed, and have not ended yet. Currently the state of Jordan is litigating against me. Only last week there were renewed security agency reports about a heightened terror alert for the Netherlands because of Fitna.

Now, I would like to say a few things about Israel. Because, very soon, we will get together in its capitol. The best way for a politician in Europe to lose votes is to say something positive about Israel. The public has wholeheartedly accepted the Palestinian narrative, and sees Israel as the aggressor. I, however, will continue to speak up for Israel. I see defending Israel as a matter of principle. I have lived in this country and visited it dozens of times. I support Israel. First, because it is the Jewish homeland after two thousand years of exile up to and including Auschwitz, second because it is a democracy, and third because Israel is our first line of defense.

Samuel Huntington writes it so aptly: “Islam has bloody borders”. Israel is located precisely on that border. This tiny country is situated on the fault line of jihad, frustrating Islam’s territorial advance. Israel is facing the front lines of jihad, like Kashmir, Kosovo, the Philippines, Southern Thailand, Darfur in Sudan, Lebanon, and Aceh in Indonesia. Israel is simply in the way. The same way West-Berlin was during the Cold War.

The war against Israel is not a war against Israel. It is a war against the West. It is jihad. Israel is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us. If there would have been no Israel, Islamic imperialism would have found other venues to release its energy and its desire for conquest. Thanks to Israeli parents who send their children to the army and lay awake at night, parents in Europe and America can sleep well and dream, unaware of the dangers looming.

Many in Europe argue in favor of abandoning Israel in order to address the grievances of our Muslim minorities. But if Israel were, God forbid, to go down, it would not bring any solace to the West. It would not mean our Muslim minorities would all of a sudden change their behavior, and accept our values. On the contrary, the end of Israel would give enormous encouragement to the forces of Islam. They would, and rightly so, see the demise of Israel as proof that the West is weak, and doomed. The end of Israel would not mean the end of our problems with Islam, but only the beginning. It would mean the start of the final battle for world domination. If they can get Israel, they can get everything. Therefore, it is not that the West has a stake in Israel. It is Israel. 

It is very difficult to be an optimist in the face of the growing Islamization of Europe. All the tides are against us. On all fronts we are losing. Demographically the momentum is with Islam. Muslim immigration is even a source of pride within ruling liberal parties. Academia, the arts, the media, trade unions, the churches, the business world, the entire political establishment have all converted to the suicidal theory of multiculturalism. So-called journalists volunteer to label any and all critics of Islamization as a ‘right-wing extremists’ or ‘racists’. The entire establishment has sided with our enemy. Leftists, liberals and Christian-Democrats are now all in bed with Islam.

This is the most painful thing to see: the betrayal by our elites.

This is the most painful thing to see: the betrayal by our elites. At this moment in Europe’s history, our elites are supposed to lead us. To stand up for centuries of civilization. To defend our heritage. To honour our eternal Judeo-Christian values that made Europe what it is today. But there are very few signs of hope to be seen at the governmental level. Sarkozy, Merkel, Brown, Berlusconi; in private, they probably know how grave the situation is. But when the little red light goes on, they stare into the camera and tell us that Islam is a religion of peace, and we should all try to get along nicely and sing Kumbaya. They willingly participate in, what President Reagan so aptly called: “the betrayal of our past, the squandering of our freedom. 

If there is hope in Europe, it comes from the people, not from the elites. Change can only come from a grass-roots level. It has to come from the citizens themselves. Yet these patriots will have to take on the entire political, legal and media establishment.

Over the past years there have been some small, but encouraging, signs of a rebirth of the original European spirit. Maybe the elites turn their backs on freedom, the public does not. In my country, the Netherlands, 60 percent of the population now sees the mass immigration of Muslims as the number one policy mistake since World War II. And another 60 percent sees Islam as the biggest threat to our national identity. I don’t think the public opinion in Holland is very different from other European countries.

Patriotic parties that oppose jihad are growing, against all odds. My own party debuted two years ago, with five percent of the vote. Now it stands at ten percent in the polls. The same is true of all similarly-minded parties in Europe. They are fighting the liberal establishment, and are gaining footholds on the political arena, one voter at the time.

Now, for the first time, these patriotic parties will come together and exchange experiences. It may be the start of something big. Something that might change the map of Europe for decades to come. It might also be Europe’s last chance.

This December a conference will take place in Jerusalem. Thanks to Professor Aryeh Eldad, a member of Knesset, we will be able to watch Fitna in the Knesset building and discuss the jihad. We are organizing this event in Israel to emphasize the fact that we are all in the same boat together, and that Israel is part of our common heritage. Those attending will be a select audience. No racist organizations will be allowed. And we will only admit parties that are solidly democratic.

This conference will be the start of an Alliance of European patriots. This Alliance will serve as the backbone for all organizations and political parties that oppose jihad and Islamization. For this Alliance I seek your support.

An Islamic Europe means a Europe without freedom and democracy, an economic wasteland, an intellectual nightmare, and a loss of military might for America - as its allies will turn into enemies, enemies with atomic bombs.

This endeavor may be crucial to America and to the West. America may hold fast to the dream that, thanks to its location, it is safe from jihad and sharia. But seven years ago to the day, there was still smoke rising from ground zero, following the attacks that forever shattered that dream. Yet there is a danger even greater danger than terrorist attacks, the scenario of America as the last man standing. The lights may go out in Europe faster than you can imagine. An Islamic Europe means a Europe without freedom and democracy, an economic wasteland, an intellectual nightmare, and a loss of military might for America - as its allies will turn into enemies, enemies with atomic bombs. With an Islamic Europe, it would be up to America alone to preserve the heritage of Rome, Athens and Jerusalem.

Dear friends, liberty is the most precious of gifts. My generation never had to fight for this freedom, it was offered to us on a silver platter, by people who fought for it with their lives. All throughout Europe American cemeteries remind us of the young boys who never made it home, and whose memory we cherish. My generation does not own this freedom; we are merely its custodians. We can only hand over this hard won liberty to Europe’s children in the same state in which it was offered to us. We cannot strike a deal with mullahs and imams. Future generations would never forgive us. We cannot squander our liberties. We simply do not have the right to do so.

This is not the first time our civilization is under threat. We have seen dangers before. We have been betrayed by our elites before. They have sided with our enemies before. And yet, then, freedom prevailed.

These are not times in which to take lessons from appeasement, capitulation, giving away, giving up or giving in. These are not times in which to draw lessons from Mr. Chamberlain. These are times calling us to draw lessons from Mr. Churchill and the words he spoke in 1942:

“Never give in, never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy”.

The Christian view of marriage and advent truths

By Joy A. Kennelly

In light of all the discussion about what marriage is and isn't, I thought some of you might appreciate reading how the Bibles describes Christ's relationship with the church as a bridegroom to a bride. It might not make any sense to those of you who aren't spiritual, but I liked it and hope you will enjoy it too. Maybe it will help you understand why I'm so passionate about preserving traditional marriage after reading this beautiful description.

Also, in light of all the attempts to remove Christ from Christmas as evidenced by a friend's ultra new agey invitation to a Christmas party that mentioned all the religions in the world except Christianity which made me LOL at the silliness of her extreme desire to be so inclusive that she became exclusive, I also thought it was a timely reminder that Jesus is the Reason for the Season.

Shopping so much yesterday (actually only 3 hours, but felt like more!) and watching the rampant consumerism on display it just feels comforting to know that my Christmas experience isn't based on how many presents and Christmas cards I give and receive, nor how many parties I attend, nor who I kiss under the mistletoe, but on the simple truth that Jesus came to earth as a baby to save me from my sins (of which there are many if I'm honest.)

What a relief to know that I don't have to live this life in a vacuum and my faith will carry me through whatever is thrown at me - being let down by people I care about, being hurt by those in my immediate family, being attacked by those I don't know, being misunderstood by friends I have known and loved for years, and any other relational pain you can imagine.

That's why I'm a Christian. Because I know that God loves and cares about me when I feel like no one else does (especially during that time of the month!) and that's a huge comfort. It helps me to not depend on people for my happiness although I am only human and do feel the pain of rejection and everything else that goes along with living in this world. But it definitely makes it easier.

So, because it's been so long since I've shared one of these devotionals and Marybeth Whalen is such a gifted writer, here's one of her Advent devotionals to encourage you on this Saturday.I did not write it at all and posting it here merely to entice you to begin reading her blog and ask her to be a speaker if you like what you read.

Be sure to sign up on Crosswalk too if you like Encouragement for Today because then you can receive their newsletter in your box on a daily basis without waiting for me to post something and all the writers are great! Tell 'em I sent you.:)

By MaryBeth Whalen

Encouragement for Today
Welcome to Encouragement for Today, a free devotional from Crosswalk, the world's largest Christian website. 

Advent All Year

Marybeth Whalen

 "Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready." Revelation 19:7 (NIV)


The word "advent" means "to come." So the advent season we are entering is a time of preparing for Christ to come. Figuratively, we are to see ourselves in the place of those who sought the newborn Savior: the shepherds, the wise men, Mary and Joseph, Simeon and Anna. This season becomes a time to turn our hearts towards the practice of seeking Him. And indeed, during this festive time on the calendar, many hearts are turned, and many intentions renewed. This is part of the excitement of Christmas!

In the gospels, Jesus refers to the Church as His bride. He speaks of a day when He will come for the Church and there will be a wedding ceremony like no one has ever seen! In the midst of a struggling economy, failing marriages, and brokenness everywhere I look, that is a vision that motivates me beyond my circumstances. And yet, is it a vision that is kept within the confines of Christmas? Or can we look for Jesus to come all year?

When Jesus used the marriage analogy to describe His relationship with His people, He knew that His listeners would attach certain cultural perceptions about marriage to this word picture. In Biblical times, it was common for an engaged couple to spend a year apart. The bride would spend time with her mother and other women she respected, learning to run a household and getting prepared, becoming a student of the desires and expectations of her groom. She took this time very seriously as she readied her heart and life for what was to come. The groom also spent time preparing. He would spend his time making a home for them to live in, the place he would bring his bride to with pride. Both parties had a pivotal role to play.

What a beautiful picture this is for the Church and her Bridegroom! Christ has, as promised, gone to prepare a place for us. While we are apart, we can trust that He is working to build something beautiful. But we have an equally important role to play. While we are apart, we must learn what it takes to be His bride. We must study Him, learning how to keep His house in a way that pleases Him. This is not merely a suggestion, but an expectation. We can't lose that expectation in the shuffle of changing times and cultures! We know that He keeps His promises, so we can trust that He is building our house for us. Don't we want to be a bride who is prepared?

Though traditionally the season of advent is hemmed in between the dates of Thanksgiving and New Year's, let's not leave it there. Let's make this season merely the beginning of our preparation for what is to come. We can commit this time that we are apart from our Bridegroom to prepare for Him, to anticipate His return, and to focus not only on when He came, but when He is coming again.

Dear Lord, thank You for coming and thank You for the promise that You will return. Lord, I want to prepare for You as Your bride, learning about You and drawing close to You. Thank You for preparing a place for me and finding me worthy to be Your bride. I want to make my whole life a season of advent--a time of anxiously anticipating what is to come. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Related Resources:

Do You Know Him?

Advent: Making Christmas about Christ by Lisa Robertson

Marybeth's Christmas e-book, A Recipe for Christmas JOY

Visit Marybeth Whalen's blog

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I still haven't heard back from my parents, but have faith that they are nowhere near the action in Mumbai. Please pray for them that they're safe and for all those who are affected by this terrorist act. Just awful to think of the evil in the world today.

That said, I am very grateful for all the wonderful friends I have in my life (including some of you gentle readers.:) Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I have some exciting news regarding our upcoming Christmas Village in Hermosa Beach to share, but need to finalize more details before I make my big announcement. Stay tuned!

Now get out there and eat some turkey!:)

On to something a little more uplifting...Thanksgiving

By Joy A. Kennelly

I'm always amazed at the hatred and anger those who seek tolerance believe they're entitled to although they are constantly so intolerant themselves. I figure if the haters of the world want to call me names, I'll give them something to talk about. LOL

Oh well, enough with dwelling on the negative. And that means you Jenny.

Here's a very beautiful video card to remember those we forget so easily during the holidays - those serving our country.

Enjoy! Courtesy of the Military Support Group - Thanksgiving.

For those who don't understand Barack Hussein Obama's pro-abortion stance...

By Joy A. Kennelly

I can't sit idly by and watch intelligent people defend Barack Hussein Obama's record on abortion as something that is Pro-life when it is so not. It's sickening the degree he is willing to allow babies to die and I'm not the only one who thinks so.

Watch this interview with a Registered Nurse named Jill Stanek who shares such a horrifying story that even Bill O'Reilly is speechless (a first, I'm sure.)

Jill Stanek on the O'Reilly Factor

You can read more about Barack Hussein Obama's horrible pro-abortion stance on her website: This news just makes me want to cry it's so heartbreaking. I can not understand how far our country has gone to think that killing innocent children is acceptable.

I'm speechless too. I'm sorry. This just breaks my heart. When I held my son for the first time and saw how precious he was I sobbed non-stop all night thinking about my decision to place him in adoption. My heart was wrenched out of my body and rung out to dry the pain was so unbearable to think I wouldn't have this little innocent baby in my life.

It didn't help to still be in the ward where all the other babies were with their mothers crying all night while my son was with his adoptive parents either. I had lost so much blood during his birth I had to stay in the hospital an extra night without him after receiving multiple transfusions. Something that doesn't normally happen, but in this case had to. It still hurts to think about it.

Please stop and consider the issue of life. I know it's not a big one to many people, but it is to the children we're killing on a daily basis. Abortion isn't just happening in the womb. These babies are being born and then allowed to die in hospitals no less.

I'm sitting here with tears streaming down my face and my heart aches just thinking about it. Please reconsider your position on this campaign and put the unborn's rights ahead of something else that isn't as important in the grand scheme of things.

I'm sorry. I just have to say this. I know it's not popular. I know it's not PC. But abortion is wrong. If we don't stand up for innocent life, who will? And as a reminder, watch this video on Catholic Vote to help you understand why I feel so deeply about this issue. Thank you.

Sarah Palin funny, Obama, The Women's Conference, Bono, and so much more

By Joy A. Kennelly

Finally! Someone who gets my sense of humor and will allow me mine. Here's a hilarious send up of Sarah Palin in honor of all my Democrat friends.

Finally a good friend sent me this funny video to counter my one-sided message so to honor her for being so bold without further ado, here it is (there is some offensive language fyi):

Hey Sarah Palin

You have to admit it's very funny. I love that the woman singing even looks like Palin a bit and the guy's mouth is so straight even when he sings. His facial expressions are hilarious too. This may be the last pro-Democrat thing I post, but you never know - send me something and I'll decide. Not that I agree with any of it, but it is funny.

I hope they do move to Canada though if we win. LOL

Now! Finally here's my take on yesterday's Governor's Women's Conference now that I'm feeling better and happy. It's amazing what getting out on the town will do to clear one's head and put you in a completely different head space.

Must share this though first - the artist from tonight's art opening had an image on display that has been on my vision board for a year. A little spooky. Oh, and speaking of spooky.

As a joke, I sent my good Democrat friend Shana a Halloween card that said, "I tried to think of the scariest thing I could send to you" on the outer cover, then when you open it up, I slipped in a McCain/Palin bumper sticker. She loved it!

Because of the success of that joke, tonight I posted a sign above the mail boxes in my building which said, "Happy Halloween! Here's a treat and a scare" with a bowl of candy below it and a McCain/Palin sticker stuck under the word scare. I left for the night and couldn't wait to hear all my Dem bud's response.

They loved it too. I had written Guess who? But they all knew it was me.:) I am the only Republican living in the building after all I think.

Finally! People having a sense of humor about politics. See all Republicans aren't narrow minded and humorless! At least I'm not. :)

Now, on to the Women's Conference! Click on the link for a broad overview.

The Women's Conference

Leave it to a rock star to get all 10,000 plus women in the Long Beach Arena on their feet clapping, yelling and whistling which was all of our reactions when Bono came on the stage to receive his Minerva Award.

I know there were so many amazing speakers all day long, but I need to start with the end just to give you a glimpse into a day that just kept building in intensity.

Bono was fucking amazing. Sorry to those who hate swearing and that word, but that's the only word I can think of to describe that experience. He's electric in person and the energy that flew through the room was tangible, he's that charismatic and dynamic live.

And he didn't even sing! At least while I was there.

(I have to admit, by the time the evening was drawing to a close I was so tired after being up since 5am two days in a row with events on both days and very little sleep and the adrenaline of the day wearing off, I left a little early.)

Bono. Click here to watch highlights of his speech.

He's funny, he's smart, he's sexy, he's interesting, he's compassionate, he's driven, he's humble, he's the most remarkable man making such a difference in the world today - what a life achiever and role model. And he's Irish too! I love it!

And he loves Africa!

He's my people. I want to help One, his campaign to help make poverty history, and will soon. I promise.

He was funny because he joked after describing meeting the Kennedy family now there's a bunch of over-achievers. I had forgotten that Maria's father, Sargent Shriver started the Peace Corps. Isn't that amazing? Her mother started the Special Olympics. What an act to follow.

I love that the Kennedy family is like our American royalty. I also love that they're Irish too. Go Irish! Also, that my name is so close to theirs I always tell people mine is spelled like Kennedy, but with two L's.

I know it may surprise some of you that I admire the Kennedy clan so much because they're all Democrats, but what you don't seem to understand about me then, is that I admire people who have high ideals and go for them, especially when they're doing good for people.

Regardless of politics.

People are people first, Americans 2nd, party affiliation third, or not at all. There are benefits to both political parties, and maybe that lone commenter has it right and we should all vote independent.

I know there's parts of both main parties that I like and there's parts of both I detest. But that's what makes America great. All parts make up a whole and somehow it works. We are all individuals, yet part of something greater - America, our country tis of thee.

Let us never forget that. We are all Americans first and then party affiliation. Vote your heart, but vote! It's your God given right (just don't Acorn it ok?)

So, getting back to the Kennedy's. I like Robert Shriver III who is currently a Santa Monica council man and took a pic on my cell of him (after asking permission first. He's a very cool guy. Thanks!)

I then sent it to my friends telling them he was my new bud as a joke. Some of them got it, but some didn't know who he was. Kind of funny, but par for the course if they're not into politics right?:) I teased my other Democrat girlfriend and said this is your buddy. I then sent her a picture of Christiane Amanpour saying, here's mine.

Me and my new friends at the conference had escorted Christiane around to her speaking engagement which was fun. She is so impressive. Click on her link if you don't recognize her name. Chief International Correspondent for CNN. What an inspirational woman and journalist.

I want to be like her when I grow up.

But that's not all who was there. Right out the door, one of the crew needed someone to find Dr. Oz and get him to his interview on time. I volunteered for that duty and got to meet him shortly thereafter. He'd brought his family and they spoke later on apparently. Very nice man. Made a point of introducing himself first which I thought was extremely gracious since I knew who he was obviously.

The morning speeches for me opened with Jenny from the block - yes, that's right. Jennifer Lopez. Or JLo as many of you might know her. I loved her vulnerability, honesty and references to God in her speech. Go Jennifer! I'm not sure all the women were buying her as the opening remarks, but hey, that's what makes this conference so great - it's a huge mish mosh of celebrities, politicians, business women, authors, and others you would never expect to hear all in one place.

I know there were other speeches ahead of hers, but I missed them doing what I was doing in the press area. I made a point of making sure to hear Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Warren Buffet being interviewed by Hardball's Chris Matthews though which was stupendous! (I'm trying to find other adjectives than amazing. How'd you like that one?)

Here's a really great write-up of this conversation from the LA Times writer, Louis Sahagun, entitled:
Schwarzenegger, Warren Buffett chat at Women's Conference

He caught the story I told my chiropractor this morning about Buffet turning the tables on Matthews to ask whether or not he would have liked to have been born a woman (to which Matthews deftly avoided answering - obvious non answer, eh?)

Read the article - it really does capture this session quite well.

The only points I would bring up additionally is that I was very impressed with the fact that Chris Matthews wife is the Executive VP of Marriott (doublecheck her title, I could be wrong about it's exactness, but pretty sure it's that high up).

I was also extremely impressed with his obvious love and respect for her and the fact she is such a dynamo all on her own right. Kind of puts his career in perspective doesn't it ladies? LOL He also has a great sense of humour about himself which I just love.

I also loved Arnold's assertion that part of the reason he left Socialist Austria was because he wanted to live in a country with more opportunity. Now I'm paraphrasing because it's been a day, but that was his theme.

He said, "The bigger the risk, the greater the gains" to which I completely agree. Buffet agreed, and clarified that he doesn't have a problem with people making lots of money. What he disagrees with is people failing and making a lot of money which made at least some of us laugh out loud because he pointed out the obvious.

Arnold (sorry, I can't easily spell his last name all the time and you all know who he is anyway right?) also said, "Government has it's function, but it's not the solution." A direct jab at Obama in my mind. Buffet said, "Capitalism works extremely well." and later on, "America is the greatest country in the world....One thing we know for sure it will always be the most powerful, best, most generous in the world."

It was so comforting to hear one of the top financial minds of our lifetime state the obvious after the horrible crash and economic crisis we've been struggling through. I think personally, I needed to hear that right about now. Doesn't it comfort you a little bit too?

I also liked how Arnold pointed out that our CA economy is strong because it's so diversified. I was impressed to learn that there are currently 1 million women owned small businesses although only 10% female leaders in large corporations. Also, only 24% female legislaturers. (sp?)

Made me consider running just to even things out a bit. LOL

I liked that Arnold acknowledged that "women make different decisions and we need that mix." He also recognized Title IX and even mentioned our Award-winning Olympic VBall athletes which I loved.

Go South Bay!

He feels that the athletes of today are the leaders of tomorrow. The "camaraderie, being a team player, recognizing short comings, listening to people's feeback, and follow through" were all traits of becoming a great leader which athletes naturally have.

What was cool about TItle IX is that later on during the Minerva Awards, Tennis Champion, Billie Jean King, spoke as an honoree and acknowledged it too. We take it for granted now, but for many girls growing up, they didn't have the same opportunities as we do now which I think is fantastic.

Billie Jean has written a book entitled, Pressure is a Privilege: Lessons I've Learned from Life and the Battle of the Sexes, which I actually have read already because I picked it up during Book Expo America earlier this year. It's really interesting and I highly recommend the read.

She had an amazing life and really is such a trailblazer on so many levels. I found her experiences leading up to and after her win over Bobby Riggs during the Battle of the Sexes, to be most interesting of all. Although I'm not a lesbian, nor ever intend to be, I could relate to her fear of "coming out" because it was fearful for me to "come out" as a Christian with the values I hold which are so different than so many of my friends and other business associates.

I was able to relate to Maria Shriver for the same reason. She was one of our afternoon speakers and every single time I hear her, I well up with emotion. It was comforting to know I wasn't alone. When Billie Jean King came on the stage she shared how she'd been crying after hearing Maria share her story of taking care of her ailing mother and coming out in support of Obama.

Maria spoke earlier how she always thought she was courageous, but she only realized recently that all the amazing things she'd done in her life weren't courageous because she never allowed herself to feel the fear. However, when she decided to come out in her support of Obama, she was terrified.

I could relate to her too because when I first decided to go McCain/Palin on all of you, I was terrified. Politics can be very devisive and polarizing which is something I didn't want to happen. I also couldn't keep silent about sharing my feelings for my country and how I felt it was being affected by the Obamania.

Barack Hussein Obama. Sorry, I just like saying it and writing it. Kind of rolls off the tongue doesn't it? HA!

In any case, back to the Governor's Women's Conference in Long Beach. This is such an amazing event I wonder how in the world the next Governor's wife will ever fill Maria Shriver's shoes because she's done such a wonderful job of creating this non-partisan, awe-inspiring day that continues to build and grow every year. I don't envy that woman one iota.

My hope is that somehow Maria will stay involved, or that the next Governor's wife will realize that Maria is such an integral part, she will keep her on as a consultant or something. But fortunately we won't have to worry about that for awhile. Do we?

There were so many speakers who were absolutely amazing. Ooops, there's that word again, but if you were there, you would agree. That word can not be used enough. Trust me. It really encapsulates the day.

 Here's a link to all the speakers just to give you an idea of who spoke and what you missed if you weren't able to buy your ticket in the three hour window they sold out in.

(I really hope they consider moving this to the LA Convention Center because they really do need a bigger space for next year. Carol, if you're reading this go for it! They need you!)

The Women's Conference: 2008 Speakers

Now do you see what I'm talking about? I only was able to hit a few and was bummed to have missed former Secretary of State, Madeline Albright (are you seeing a pattern here? I love politics!), but did manage to hear current Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Pepisco Chairman and CEO, Indra Nooyi, speak on the same stage which was very fascinating as well.

The only thing I disliked was Indra's joke about Sarah Palin because I thought that was disrespectful from someone in her position, but she's entitled to her opinion. Maybe Indra should run as VP? Just kidding. Although she really is an amazing woman with brilliant ideas. I may steal a few of hers for an idea I have for Hermosa Beach.

Condoleezza is so gracious and wise I would love to go to Stanford and sit under her when she goes back to teaching after she leaves office. What a brilliant woman and so calm. Really impressive lady. This was one of the highlights of the day (only exceeded by Maria Shriver's speech. What a gifted orator she is.)

Search around on the site because I believe there are still video links to all the major speeches that you will be able to listen to and you should. You will be inspired, challenged, entertained, educated, encouraged, and happy you did.

One of my take-aways from this year's conference is how very proud I am to be an American. So many international speakers spoke of their love for our country to and the meritocracy, to quote Indra, America offers those who come here to pursue their dreams.

Over and over and over again, that respect and love for America came through and it was so encouraging. I admit. Sometimes I feel defeated because of all our financial woes and everything that's going on with this political race. However, after my experience at the Women's Conference, I feel renewed in spirit and determination that everything is going to be ok.

We all may not get the President we want in office, but we will get the person our country needs and no matter who is elected, we will be ok. Now, having said that, I still believe we will be better off with McCain, but right now, looking ahead, I'm going to leave the stress of this election in God's hands.

And then go to Nevada next weekend to do what I can to support the election and get McCain into office. lol. Should be fun and very interesting to say the least. Can't wait. I'm doing it as another sociological experiment too.

I am passionately proud of America and the opportunity for people to voice their opinions whether I agree with them or not. I'm proud that we are a resiliant people and we never give up. I'm proud that only in America can you come here with nothing and create empires. I'm also proud of how many people give back to our country which was exemplified in Betty Chinn, one of the other Minerva Award winners.

Now you may never have heard of her and may never again other than she's the Minerva recipient this year by simple virtue of the fact she runs a very humble volunteer effort to feed the poor up in Eureka, CA.

Here's an excerpt from her bio:

"Betty Chinn has not started a grand organization nor does she have a big staff working for her. Instead what she has done for over 20 years is wake up every day, load up her truck and go in search of those who need food, a blanket or simply human contact. Rain or shine, holidays and weekends, Betty Chinn finds lost souls and reminds them that they are part of a human family. In the true spirit of Minerva, she is a warrior. She fights for humanity, bestows a touch of grace on those whose lives are rarely touched, and provides dignity for those who can't search it out for themselves."

This woman grew up in China and experienced tremendous hardship before coming to America.

"She was born in China in the days when the Communists persecuted and tortured intellectuals who did not follow Mao's ways. Her parents, both successful physicians, were Communist targets. Betty's father fled and her mother was imprisoned, leaving Betty and her siblings out on the street. The shock and trauma of homelessness, separation from her parents and the perils of escaping her dire straits were too much for Betty and she went mute. But she was able to escape from China and found her way to Eureka. There she met her husband and had two sons of whom she is extremely proud. It was also in California that she would find her voice and recover her ability to speak. Her first English lessons came from watching Sesame Street."

As her way of giving back to the country who gave to her, she volunteers among homeless people and has helped bring 17 off the streets. It's a small testimony, but a powerful one. She touched me the most out of all the award winners because she used her horrible history for something far greater using her pain as a catalyst to heal and give back.

I'm tired so if this isn't as eloquent as I hope, I'm sorry. Like I said earlier, writing these blogs takes me hours and since beginning at 10pm, it's now 2am. I just couldn't stop once I got started because I really wanted to give you a feel for the day.

If there's any way you can attend next year, you really must. This is absolutely the best day to be a woman. Every year I feel a little more strengthened, a little more enlightened, a little more inspired. And a whole lot lighter.

Like I've said before, it's not easy being me, but at this event, I realize I'm not alone. There are many other leaders, survivors, catalysts for change, trail blazers, and it's fantastic!

I hope to always attend the Women's Conference as long as Maria Shriver is involved. I also hope next year to cover this as a blogger during the event to give you even more personal insights that are live and on site. We'll see. Stranger things have happened!

That's all. I really must go to sleep now. I hope you've enjoyed the read. Leave a comment! Would love to hear your thoughts.


Writing from the floor of "The Village" at Governor's Conference

By Joy A. Kennelly

Just a few quick highlights. Although originally I mentioned all the celebrities, dignitaries, musicians and other high-profile people speaking at today's Governor's Conference for Women, I forgot to mention the one woman who is the key reason this conference is sooooo successful.

First Lady Maria Shriver.

She speaks from her heart and shares stories from her life you feel blessed to hear. One woman I spoke to said, "She has a gift of speaking from her heart to so many other people's hearts." So true. What a truly gifted amazing woman. She is so inspirational!

More later, but just wanted to share real quick because I'm having the best day. So many amazing speakers.  I know I'm using that word a lot, but it's the most fitting for such a day.

Hope you're having an inspiring day as well. More later.

What the... Barack Hussein Obama is crazy! And we're buying into it!

A friend just sent me this video and it's so true.

What's up with Obama not wanting to wear an American flag on his chest? Not saluting our flag? Only voting present over 100 times. See who challenges him on this too. Forgot this debate didn't you?

Black liberation theology anyone? Che Guerva. Reverend Wright. Typical "white" person - just words, right?

A video portrait of Barack Hussein Obama

Doesn't anyone get the threat this man is to America? Wake up people! Watch the video. I'm sure it's a side of Obama you've never realized before, but like it says, connect the dots.

My long, up and down, fun, sometimes sad, interesting day

By Joy A. Kennelly

Finally have to laugh at something Bill Maher said on his show just now. He apparently is showcasing countries where he suggests people should move to should McCain become President. Now that is stupid, but what made me laugh is when he said, go to India to visit your old job. So true!

Then he mocked Ghandi a little further into the segment and fortunately people agreed it was in poor taste and didn't laugh. Now he's mocking John McCain's war hero treatment comparing it to Tina Turner. I don't know about you, but that's poor taste.

But what do we expect? He's Bill Maher. Crass, sarcastic, full of himself, the biggest head on a body I've ever seen in person (even bigger than Dick Clark!), and blasphemous.

May he rot in hell.

Oops! Did I just say that?

Oh, ha ha. That's comedy.

Or is it? You tell me. It works for him and his show.

Why not at him?

I'm waiting for Entourage and was just curious about his show having never watched it before. Now that I have, I don't have to ever again. Is it always so one-sided? And they say Fox Channel is one-sided! Are comedians only liberal? Are things only funny when it's bashing things that you're against?

Just curious.

I love it. The Republican guest is countering Bill's determination that there needs to be more negative campaigning saying that's what caused the Democrats to lose in the past. Maybe he'll listen.

One can only hope.

Sometimes I feel like Hollywood is so high school where bullies are allowed free rein because those in power are so afraid of losing their jobs to counter something they personally disagree with they go with the flow even though they'd rather not.

Maybe that's why I like Entourage so much. Tells it like it is. For the most part. Gotta watch.

That was a good show. Nice way to end my day. Chris Rock is on now and is too funny. VERY crass, but too funny. Said Desperate Housewives should be renamed Ungrateful Bitches. Too funny.

Hit a non-profit organization's art event earlier today, but just couldn't get into the art exercise designed to relax all the participants and left early in tears from the last one when we were supposed to paint a place we felt safe.

Guess I don't feel safe anywhere right now. Hopefully that will change soon though. I think my safety is being out on the town. HA!

Probably won't be back to that organization actually. Too many memories I don't feel like remembering any more.

Time to move on. I need to ask the other non-profit who always invites me to their annual picnic to stop inviting me too. I'm over remembering that experience too.

Mooooving on. Moooooving on.

What was funny driving there was the van full of young boys who kept trying to get my attention at the stop light. Cougar power. Hellooooo.

Made me a little uncomfortable when I realized they looked like they were 14. Reminded me of the hilarious young boys in Sex Drive which I just saw last night. If you can get past the crassness, it's actually really funny and has a good ending considering it's crassness.

Totally predictable, but sometimes predictable is good. Felt good to just laugh. I think I have a very sick sense of humor for a Christian. Sorry. Can't help it.

That's where I first heard Fall Out Boy's song, I Don't Care. Still lovin' it. Click on the link for the video. When it comes on in your car scream along to it and you'll experience what it's like in my car when I hear it. I. Don't. CARE!

Totally the way I'm feeling. Never quite understood why people like rock music like AC/DC and today for some reason, I love it. There's something primal about screaming along with the music that releases tension I guess. Highway to Hell - especially when you start thinking that's where you're driving.

Laughing is helping though. I love Chris Rock because he totally just tells it like it is. Especially about sex. HILARIOUS! Did I say that? He is not funny at all. I don't know anything about what he's telling.

Or do I?

I enjoyed watching Fashion Designer Joy Han's Voom Fashion Show earlier tonight Downtown. I loved the title "Conservatively Liberal", the girls picketing for Joy Han for President, and the election pins that were passed out. I also liked the fashion - bright colors, lots of designs related to the 60's and 70's.

Once I upload all the pix I'll share them with you. I have some from the UCLA wine & cheese tasting too.

I visited the Santa Monica Arts Studio Open House after the fashion show. I took some pix of my new potential artist client's work and met her in person for the first time. Love her work.

Also saw a few people I know. Some I don't want to know any more, but that's par for the course as I roll. Oh well.

Mooooving on. Moooving on.

Now I'm going to mooooveeee on to bed. Want to watch Joe the Plumber on Huckabee's show. Go Joe!

Oh, and because I can't leave you without at least one Obama thing, here's a video I received tonight that I found very interesting. It's a letter written to the editor by a Cuban American who lived under Fidel Castro.

Interesting comparison. Take it or leave it.

I'm tired. Maybe I'll think differently when I wake up tomorrow.

Interesting, Huckabee has two people on who registered to vote 100 times each with ACORN. People who claim ACORN is innocent are crazy!

Now I'm going to bed. Enough already.


Largest Ever Enlistment Ceremony - you'll NEVER guess where...

A friend just sent me this. Enjoy!

I'm sure you already know about this. It was shown over and over on TV, right? 

OK, so maybe it wasn't shown over and over, but surely it was shown on TV at least one time,

wasn't it ?

This was the largest re-enlistment ceremony ever held in military history.

The ceremony was held on the 4th of July, 2008 at Al Faw Palace,  Baghdad ,  Iraq  .

General David Petraeus officiated.

This amazing story was ignored by the 'mainstream' media.

American men and women volunteering to stay longer in Iraq, so that when we leave, the new democracy will have a chance of surviving, is the exact opposite of what the media wants you to think about Iraq. 

A pizzeria in  Chicago  donated 2000 pizzas that were made and shipped to Baghdad  , and were delivered on the 4th. The media did report that 2000 pizzas were sent to  Iraq  on July 4th...

  The only part they left out of the report was the event for which the pizzas were sent.

 Interesting, eh? OY! Mainstream media just doesn't get it do they? We are Americans and proud of our country. We also believe in finishing what we've started. Also, many people choose to serve because they believe in what we're doing over there.

Novel concept, eh?

The Shore hosts Wine & Cheese tasting & Debate Viewing party

By Joy A. Kennelly

The Shore Restaurant and Lounge is hosting a Wine & Cheese tastings for October and we're kicking it off with the Debates - non-partisan mind you.

Here's your invite:

You're invited to the first Wine & Cheese tasting for the month of October at The Shore Restaurant and Lounge. All month long on Tuesday evenings, we will be hosting wine & cheese tastings with 1/2 price bottles of wines all night long.

Since 10/7 falls on the Presidential debate we decided to throw it open to all our friends and create a non-partisan Debate viewing party too.

Join others interested in learning more and see what our Presidential candidates have to say in this non-partisan environment. All opinions, political persuasions welcome to this town hall viewing.

Nice conversating.

Must be 21 years to participate in wine tasting.

$10 for Wine & Cheese Tasting

$5, $6, $7 menu and Happy Hour till 7:30pm.

Hope to see you there! All are welcome.

Oh, and by the way, anyone else enjoy the TV show Chuck? I don't know what it is about cute nerdy guys - just love 'em!

Okay, back to promoting. Pigeon John is on Wednesday night at The Shore too. Enjoy!

Finally - America The Beautiful review - Congratulations Michele, Gerren & Darryl!


By Joy A. Kennelly

Recently I was invited to attend the above premiere of America The Beautiful because my friends, Michele and Gerren Taylor, are the focus of the film. I've seen them working on this film over the past few years because we're friends.

I met both of them while attending a church up in Hollywood. I had recognized Gerren Taylor as the youngest top model ever from The Oprah Show and celebrity whore that I am, walked over to say hello and introduce myself. I love celebrities, what can I say?

Always have, always will. May explain why I enjoy my career as a personal publicist so much when I'm doing that type work. Don't always respect every celebrity (can you say John Mayer?), but do get a kick out of them nonetheless.

In any case, we've been friends ever since and although we haven't been in touch as closely the past two years, we have a friendship that doesn't require constant contact. (And no, I'm not referring to the email service. LOL)

In any case, they've been working "on" and "in" this film as the focus of this documentary with Director Darryl Roberts for the past five years. To be honest, I didn't know if it was ever going to end because it's the type of film that follows a person's life intertwined with all kinds of other data. When do you know when to stop?

It's my gut feeling after viewing the film the other night that this is going to be another Michael Moorish, Ken Burnsish, Morgan Spurlockish, and all the other filmmaker's films out there who make such a major impact on society.

Here's a review by Neil Pedley on called "A doc on beauty culture" and I quote:

"America the Beautiful"

At 12, Gerren Taylor was a bright young model who strolled the catwalk of Fashion Week in Los Angeles. By 13, she was considered a has-been. Director Darryl Roberts traces Taylor's early entrance and exit from the runway to paint a far larger picture of the inner workings of the fashion industry, examining the class system of models and the advertisers and designers who relentlessly manufacture a feeling of negative self-image among consumers and then prey upon it to get us to dip into our wallets. Through interviews with fashion industry experts, the first-time documentarian learns that beauty isn't skin deep — it's retouched, glossed over and as a business, just plain dangerous.
Opens in limited release."

What is cool to me is that all the key players of this film are African American. I can't think of any other documentary about the American experience that was created by an African American, can you? If you do, please leave a comment because I will totally give credit where credit is due.

Please don't take that observation the wrong way. I think this film is ground breaking on so many levels and am so proud of my friends I can't begin to tell you. I think that's why it's taken me so long to write about it. I'm getting teary eyed just writing this!

I know what's it like to pour your heart, life and soul into a project for years on end with no reward. They deserve all the critical acclaim and recognition they're receiving. Darryl just sent me a blog he wrote about his experiences and what's next for the film which I'll paste at the end of this blog post.

But for now, please allow me this moment to share my heartfelt observations on America The Beautiful. It's not often that people I care about achieve such HUGE goals. I'm so proud of them I can't see straight. Okay, I can see straight, but you know what I mean.

The film was a little discomfiting in certain parts because I know Michele and Gerren so well. Their relationship is so intertwined and sometimes it doesn't play as nicely on film as I know the love they feel for each other in real life. What mother/daughter relationship isn't complicated and filled with contradiction?

Also, having always wanted to model and having attended numerous fashion shows over at LA Fashion Week, I understand the demands the modeling industry places on women. It was just a little shocking to hear the Parisian modeling agents be so blunt about the reason models notoriously have been so thin. It's about the cost of fabric that the designer uses! GIVE ME A FRICKIN' BREAK!

I wonder if Heidi Klum could address this issue in her Project Runway show. Why are we allowing an epidemic of eating disorders to develop simply because some fashion designer doesn't think he/she will make a profit on the design they create if they use more fabric? Just shocking to me the lengths this industry goes to to make a buck.

But this film doesn't stop at just exposing the modeling industry, it also explores the greed and total disregard for our health that the cosmetic industry allows - again for the sake of the almighty dollar. The shocking thing this film brings out is that there are so many ingredients that actually cause cancer that are used daily unknowingly by women because its part of their daily makeup routine. Even nail polish!

I think that's the main reason this film was suppressed in the media when it screened in New York. Too many people don't want you to see what this film is explaining. It's absolutely shocking. Don't let big money control whether or not this film makes the big screen - see it this weekend! There's humor in it too. Darryl is a very funny guy and uses himself to expose the beauty myth too.

The cool thing about Darryl is that he's such a laid-back, easy going guy who narrates so gently, you're not jarred by his disclosures, but educated and angered instead. I love that about him. Just a big gentle giant with a heart for women and our empowerment which I think is great. As he says, this is not a movie opening, it's a movement!

What was absolutely jarring were the revelations that the majority of the "Doctors" practicing plastic surgery on the TV shows so many watch are not Board Certified! That means they haven't passed the Boards to practice plastic surgery, often times aren't even trained in these procedures, but E! Entertainment and all the other channels don't give a rat's ass about the people they're having carved up on national TV, only their ratings.

Now that may offend some of you from those shows, but give me a break. Are you really going to tell me that it's ok that a Doctor who hasn't passed a State Board test is ok to slice and carve open people just because he says he can? And because they're creating good TV? NO WAY JOSE! The interview with a woman we've known from TV who had a terrible surgery will just sicken your stomach it's so chilling.

Now I am the first to admit I like plastic surgery. I had my nose done years ago and never looked back. I believe that in certain instances (mine was a deviate septum that I also had enhanced to look better) plastic surgery is ok. It's just become so rampant because of TV it's insane!

This film blows the lid off so many aspects of the beauty industry its no wonder its receiving such great reviews. I really hope you'll put it on one of your must see list of films to see this weekend because based on the return from this weekend it will determine whether or not they have a national release.

Be the trend setting country and city that I know all Los Angeleans are, and see this film. You'll be blown away. I promise you. I don't promise things lightly either. I really do mean this. It will blow you away.

I don't want to buy mainstream cosmetics any more. I don't want anything except natural products now after seeing this film. When you hear how cancer is increasing and watch the hypocrisy of Revlon sponsoring the Breast Cancer Run Walk when so many of their ingredients perhaps help women get the cancer in the first place, it's disgusting.

Big business only cares about one thing. MONEY! I don't care what they claim otherwise. It's all about the bottom line. Well, I, for one, am tired of my health being one thing they don't care about. So in my small way, I'm helping spread the word to all of you in hopes your eyes will be opened also and perhaps we can create a change where they'll notice - their wallets.

So THANK YOU DARRYL ROBERTS. THANK YOU MICHELE AND GERREN.  You've boldly gone where no one has gone before and for all the heart ache, trouble, financial difficulty, ridicule and whatever else you put up with to make this film, THANK YOU!!!!!

Thank you Gerren for allowing us an intimate look into your life at your most vulnerable time of your teen-age years. Thank you Michele for being the woman you are. Thank you Darryl for exposing the beauty industry as never before. Thank you readers for reading this far. Thank you to those who will spread the news and actually go see this film this weekend.

Please note, I've taken Darryl's following email message to all of us and made it more just a letter about him and the film. I've not written any of the following, but have edited it to fit the format I host here.

Enjoy! And please, please, please, support this film and see it this weekend. You'll be glad you did. Here's a link to a recent article by the Los Angeles Times too entitled "

Model Gerren Taylor's short but stunning fashion career seen in 'America the Beautiful'

At 18, the Santa Monica high school student faces everyday teen issues while dreaming of being back on the runway."

What's cool is that this article is written by Booth Moore who covers the LA Fashion scene and was actually in the audience when Gerren had a fateful fall on the runway which is captured in this documentary.

Okay, on with the rest of the reviews!



-Roger Ebert



-The Daily Campus


-AFI Dallas

A Personal Message from the Director
"Considering that we're challenging an industry that has been assaulting our self-esteem for a long time, this isn't just a movie opening, it's a movement. It's how each and every one of us can say ENOUGH! 

The reason I believe a movie about our
unhealthy obsession with beauty is important is because it really effects young girls. The average girl, 8 to 18 years of age, doesn't like her body, doesn't feel she's attractive and is contemplating dieting or even worse, plastic surgery. 

This is
very unhealthy because as we all know, a healthy self-esteem is the engine that makes you assertive, confident and ready to take on the world.
Unfortunately, this has been taken away from a lot of us, so that some beauty companies can sell more products and the CEO's of these companies can drive Bentley's."

All of us with "America the Beautiful" appreciate your support! We hope you will come out with friends and family, pass this blog on, and spread the word about "America The Beautiful."

We want everyone to share its important message!

Now, here's where you can see it since I know you will now. And if you need more convincing, click here for CNN's review and showcase of the film.


This weekend the film is in 4 cities. If you know anyone who lives in any of these 4 cities, forward a link to this blog and ask them to support America the Beautiful documentary.

Make sure you tell them that attending the theater is crucial between this Friday the 29th and Sunday the 31st.  Their numbers this weekend will determine if they stay a second week or not. Forwarding info actually works. Last Friday, the Monte Nido Treatment Center and the  Shoreline Treatment Center in California sent out email blasts for the evening shows on the 22nd in Los Angeles which ended in them being sold out. We can make a difference!

The 4 cities and theaters where we open this Friday:

Check theater listings for show times!

LOS ANGELES (second week):

Mann Beverly Center 13
8522 Beverly Boulevard
Suite 835
Los Angeles, CA, 90048

Culver Plaza Theatres
9919 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 836-5511


Regal Horton Plaza
475 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101


Regal Village Square
9400 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89117


Sundance Kabuki
1881 Post Street at Fillmore
San Francisco, CA 94115



Regal Fox Tower Stadium 10
846 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205


Angelika Theater
5321 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 230
Dallas, TX 75206

Now for some ATB news!

LA Premiere -

We had the Los Angeles Premiere of "America The Beautiful", on Tuesday August 19th at the Mann's Chinese Theater. It rocked! All 500 seats were occupied and the response was phenomenal.  This was possible because of the support of the YWCA.

Faye of the YWCA Los Angeles branch and Lorraine of the YWCA national branch did a fabulous job. (Editor's note: Joy here - this was the nicest premiere I've been to in a long time. Great food, great vibe, great music, great location, great film. GREAT, GREAT, GREAT!)

Rapper David Banner, Gerren and one of the real Board Certified Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Anthony Griffin, of "Extreme Makeover," attended the premiere. Gerren, the star of the doc, is 18 now. She got a car a month ago. It seems like yesterday when she was 12 on the couch saying "ooooh, boys suck!"

Actor Michael Beach "Waiting to Exhale, Soul Food, ER & Third Watch," came with his wife. (Editor's note: During the introduction to the film, Darryl explained that Michael was one of the financiers of the film saying he guilted him into it by telling him he needed to do something positive for women seeing as he always plays such a mean guy. Isn't that funny?)



There's a scene where a woman walks into a plastic surgery office and asks to have her privates shaped to look like a picture in Playboy Magazine. Then we cut to Eve Ensler "The Vagina Monologues," who looks into the camera and tells men what to do if they don't like women the way that are. She uses 1 word of profanity. 1 word! And they gave the film an R for it. Have you seen "Dark Knight," or "Hellboy 2?"

The director was given the chance to take it out and get a PG-13 so that teenagers could see the film. He declined because he felt that women have been expected to assimilate into a male dominated society for hundreds of years.

Eve was saying there's nothing wrong with women, maybe there's something wrong with men. He took that to be a statement of empowerment for women, so he left it in. But when they leave the theaters, he’s going to take it out so he can get a PG-13 and release the film to every high school in the country.


Next month on September 10th, they're having a congressional screening of the film sponsored by Congressman Jim Ramstad (R-MN). The purpose of screening the film for congress is to get them to pass an important bill that would require insurance companies to cover eating disorders on parity with other mental illnesses. Right now insurance companies don't have to cover eating disorders and parents are taking out second mortgages on their homes to cover the $25,000 a month for their child to get treatment.

Two bills have been introduced in Congress in an effort to provide access to care for people with mental health conditions such as eating disorders. The bills promote mental health parity, in which some insurance policies would be required to cover treatment for eating disorders equal to the coverage offered for medical conditions. The Senate bill and the House bill vary, but the Eating Disorders Coalition supports BOTH. The original 1996 mental health parity bill must be reauthorized by Congress. Compared to the new U.S. Senate version of the bill (S 558), the new House version of the bill (HR 1424) is more responsive to the needs of people seeking treatment for an eating disorder.

If you're in the Washington D.C. area on September 10th and would like to support them on this hopefully historic day, go to this website to get the information and come on out:
Washington D.C. Screening

Until next time, have a great, wonderful and fantastic day!

Darryl Roberts

America the Beautiful Director

Aren't the Olympics just amazing? GO USA! GO HERMOSA BEACH GOLD MEDALISTS!

By Joy A. Kennelly

I'm watching the Olympics Closing Night Ceremonies and it's just breathtakingly beautiful. I'm loving the flashbacks on all the great Olympic moments for the athletes too. Aren't you?

I'm so proud to be an American and so proud of all the amazing Olympic athletes who have competed with honor, valor and strength.

Really makes you re-evaluate your personal life and see if you're living up to your own standard of living doesn't it? It's so cool Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh are from here in Hermosa Beach. We're all so proud of them!

They even changed the sign on Pier & PCH in their honor and normally that sign is way out-of-date for weeks at a time! Just goes to show you how proud our city is of our athletes! Hard to believe these same Olympic volleyball athletes including Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers will soon be playing in our local Manhattan Beach AVP's. Simply amazing.

Sorry, I'm not normally starstruck, but there's just something about the Olympics that makes me so proud and teary eyed over the athletes. It's so cool to see the world literally come together for these days as one. Makes me believe in peace on earth, doesn't it you?

Maybe that's why today's message from Pastor Jim Mackinga of Bay Cities Community Church on Integrity struck such a chord today. The thing that really hit home was when he said, "People won't buy what we profess in public, if we don't live it out in private." OY! Made me re-evaluate certain things I've been doing and saying for sure!

Since I always promise to share my notes and it's mindless to copy, I'm going to do it while I watch the closing night ceremonies. Just know, Jim's messages are filled with anecdotes, information, stats, humor and loving care that you really only experience if you hear him.

What was interesting to feel today since I was so late is the remorse I had for missing any of the service. It was then I realized this part of my week is much more important than staying out late on Saturday with new people I don't know or don't necessarily care about at the grand opening of Zen Lounge.

I'd rather enjoy time with good friends I care about and who care about me which is how I feel about people at my church. I also feel that way about certain people I hung out with last night at The Shore. Aren't they a great group of ladies?Girl group - esbts

Meme, joy, joy, caron Then, there's always my singing minstrel neighbor who always welcomes all of us home with a song and a smile. Recognize Mr. Blue Eyes?

Duke & guitar6 - best

Okay, enough of that - here's the message! Go Kenya! I lived there in '77 and have a soft spot for that country. One of my dreams has always been to go back. One day...

May God bless the reading of His Word. Enjoy!

Integrity in What We Say & Do

"James - Practical Christian Living"

How to Live with Integrity

James 5:12:

   12And since you know that he cares, let your language show it. Don't add words like "I swear to God" to your own words. Don't show your impatience by concocting oaths to hurry up God. Just say yes or no. Just say what is true. That way, your language can't be used against you.

1. Don't Make Promises You Can't Keep.

James 5:12:

   12 But most of all, my brothers and sisters, never take an oath, by heaven or earth or anything else.

Matthew 5:33-36:
Empty Promises

  33 -37"And don't say anything you don't mean. This counsel is embedded deep in our traditions. You only make things worse when you lay down a smoke screen of pious talk, saying, 'I'll pray for you,' and never doing it, or saying, 'God be with you,' and not meaning it. You don't make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace. In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true. Just say 'yes' and 'no.' When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong.

Matthew 12:33:

   33"If you grow a healthy tree, you'll pick healthy fruit. If you grow a diseased tree, you'll pick worm-eaten fruit. The fruit tells you about the tree.

Matthew 12:34-35:

   34 -37"You have minds like a snake pit! How do you suppose what you say is worth anything when you are so foul-minded? It's your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation."

2. Fill Your Voice, Heart and Life with Integrity

James 5:12b

let your yes be [a simple] yes, and your no be [a simple] no

Ephesians 4:25:

   25Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another.

Matthew 5:37:


37"But let your statement be, 'Yes, yes' or 'No, no'; anything beyond these is of evil. 

James 1:26:

   26If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless. (Man, the Bible doesn't mince words does it?)

3. Know the Price if You're Wrong Here

James 5:12

so that you may not sin and fall under condemnation.

Exodus 20:7:
7You shall not use or repeat the name of the Lord your God in vain [that is, lightly or frivolously, in false affirmations or profanely]; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

John 8:43-44:
43Why do you misunderstand what I say? It is because you are unable to hear what I am saying. [You cannot bear to listen to My message; your ears are shut to My teaching.]

    44You are of your father, the devil, and it is your will to practice the lusts and gratify the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar [himself] and the father of lies and of all that is false.

Galatians 6:7-8:
7Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked [a]by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and [b]that only is what he will reap.

    8For he who sows to his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality) will from the flesh reap decay and ruin and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

Heavy words, but just know God meant them in love and so do I.

Oh, and if you want to see pix from the weekend - check out my Elite Singles by The Shore site here:

Okay, that's all for now. I'm tired and have another busy week ahead.

Happy Sunday everyone!

Remembering the Professor "whose 'last lecture' became a sensation"

Just read this news and it's very sad. What an inspiration this man was to so many.

Here's the article from By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press Writer and I quote...

"Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist whose "last lecture" about facing terminal cancer became an Internet sensation and a best-selling book, died Friday. He was 47.

Pausch died at his home in Chesapeake, Va., said Jeffrey Zaslow, a Wall Street Journal writer who co-wrote Pausch's book. Pausch and his family had moved there last fall to be closer to his wife's relatives.

Pausch was diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer in September 2006. His popular last lecture at Carnegie Mellon in September 2007 garnered international attention and was viewed by millions on the Internet."

Click here for the rest of the story.

Isn't it sad that Tony Snow has died now too? Other stuff...

By Joy A. Kennelly

It was so sad to hear the news last night about the death of Tony Snow. Just had to share. Makes me want to be a better person to hear some of the tributes given to him. What a quality guy.

Hit the local Greek Festival today over at St. Katherine's Greek church. OPA! It was very cute. Filled with tons of Greek people and others enjoying the Greek food, Greek booths, Greek music, Greek dancers, and Greek drinks. It's good to be Greek today!

Then caught some of the Manhattan Beach Polliwog Park free concert tonight. Country music, y'all. It was so nice to throw a couple blankets down on the grass and lay down watching the clouds roll by while I caught up with friends I haven't talked to in awhile listening to good country music. Happens every Sunday (not country every time, but a variety of free music. Thanks MB!)

Does anyone else find that their social life is cut in half now that you can't drive and talk on the phone without a headset? I really have to find mine because it's "driving" me crazy not to talk while I drive. Never realized what a habit this was until I can't do it.

Anyone else secretly texting, or talking into the phone in their lap with the speaker on? Not me!:) LOL

Time to get some writing down now. Got a lot business done Friday and have a lot to do this week too. Should be good.

Hope you had a nice weekend too.

C ya. Domiziano's info is coming soon. I promise.

Very interesting info on the future and fun soccer pix

By Joy A. Kennelly

I belong to Peter Shankman's online community for media professionals and found his presentation at the Executing Social Media Conference very interesting. So much so, I'm giving you the link to all the conference presenters to allow you to keep up on trends in the internetsphere also.

You might see some names you recognize if you're into this sort of thing. Click here.

Yeah bloggers!

We rule.:) Always disappoints me though to see how few females are represented at these conferences and that  those who are have kind of lame presentations because they come from such a limited point of view since they work within a corporate environment. I may be generalizing, but...

Where are the maverick internet women who are entrepreneurs and have their hands in numerous pots like me? Oh well. Maybe I should hire someone just to pitch me as a speaker. HA! I was honored as a Who's Who in Technology years back for my work producing Internet World's first (and only) online Media and Entertainment Festival in case you didn't know. I would give you the year, but I always forget which one is right (2000 or 2001?) and don't want to confuse you.

For awhile there I was getting so many awards/recognition it was hard to track (she says modestly waving a fan in front of her face because it's so dam hot in here.) JUST KIDDING! Not about the awards, just about being modest about it! LOL When you're good, you're good. HA!!! Notice it hasn't happened in a couple of years. That's to keep my head in check. :)

Oh on another note, by the way, all the photos of The Shore's food and table setting are courtesy of Nathan Schirmer, photographer for hire. If you need someone to take food shots of your restaurant or interiors, then please consider hiring him. He's got a great eye and is very cool to work with.

Here's his contact info - don't abuse it please: 310.463.2793 nschirmer3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Let's see, what else? Oh, here's some fun pix from the weekend (can you tell I'm stalling? I'm waiting on someone to pick me up and it's going to be a bit before they arrive.) Pays to have VIP front row seats, eh? By the way, the U.S. creamed Barbados seven to zero if I remember correctly. Very exciting game! I used to play AYSO soccer as a young person and totally love the sport. I also love how patriotic everyone is. GO USA!!! Doncha love the flag shot?  That's my money shot. All reproduction rights reserved by Joy A. Kennelly 2008.

Action shot Camera crew Fans  Goalie shotGoalie shot2Soccer field

Sign Great goal shot Scoreboard Soccer field3Us flag2 Fans2