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The following contains PowerPoint presentation advice collected from postings by experts on an industry discussion board…

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First appeared February 11, 2010

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Whatever Happened To Separation Of Church And State?



Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…
– The First Amendment
One of my closest friends is a born again Christian. She and I have very different beliefs. What’s beautiful is that we can discuss our differences without getting into an argument. Neither one of us tries to force the other into our way of thinking. We agree to disagree with each other and we both realize that this country was founded on the basis of religious freedom.

Rick Santorum and many other members of the GOP on the other hand, want to force their Christianity on America, the melting pot. Why should a Jewish person, a Buddhist or a person who doesn’t follow any kind of organized religion have to live under laws that are dictated by the Catholic church? Even Obama has to make sure everyone knows he’s a Christian in order to be more accepted as president.

Gov. Rick Scott of Florida announced on his Facebook Page on Friday, March 23, that he signed and approved legislation SB 98, allowing prayer in public schools taking effect on July 1. Prayer isn’t a bad thing but it crosses the line when put in a public institution. This is something that is sure to challenged as unconstitutional.

Recently in Oklahoma, The Education Committee of the State House of Representatives voted 9-7 to pass a bill to teach “intelligent design” in schools. It is interesting to note that Oklahoma is a religiously conservative state.
Other states like Texas have successfully de-funded Planned Parenthood because the religious right wants everyone to believe they are abortion mills when in fact abortions are only 3% of the services they provide.

Mandatory ultrasound laws have already been passed in seven states and are being considered in at least another eighteen states

I have heard private citizens (a member of my family who supports the Tea Party) complain that Christmas trees aren’t allowed in public schools. They make the claim that the founding fathers couldn’t foresee where things in this country would go in the long run and therefore the laws should be changed. But how would this person feel if Menorahs were in all the classrooms during Hanukkah and children of all different faiths were forced to light a candle to observe the Jewish holiday? I’m quite sure they would be very angry and running to their local congressman. The ones who don’t want this country to thrive on diversity refuse to see the difference and become incredibly defiant when this question is posed. Rather than trying to be understanding, godly and non-judgmental, they do the equivalent of sticking their fingers in their ears and screaming BLAH BLAH BLAH.

This country is not nor was it EVER MEANT TO BE ruled by any one religion. Why the right thinks they can win with this strategy is beyond reasonable thinking.

>It’s clear that the rich want all the power. They’re using their massive wealth to prey upon the fears of people and they are using religion as a vehicle to make people feel like there is no place for God in our society. They want to create a new society where the majority have no rights and it’s scary. It’s happened in other countries but there’s a difference that works to the benefit of those who wish to remain a melting pot. Throughout America’s history, we have lived in a free society where we make our own choices. We fight for equality for all. It’s not a perfect system and we still have many problems that we need to remedy. Ultimately, as a whole, we have been privileged to make most of our own choices and it’s hard to imagine an America where the masses lay down and accept a one-sided religious agenda from only a small portion of the population.

You have the right to follow any religion you wish. That’s a beautiful thing. You have the right choose the political party you feel serves you and the entire country’s best interests. You also still have the right to sit back and do nothing as the GOP takes away your freedom of everything.

What will you choose?


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Remembering 9-11: Topics of Discussion on September 11, 2001

There is no doubt that our world changed on September 11th, 2001. Yet much has not changed. Here were the topics under discussion that date gleaned from my Communication Class preparation notes prior to the World Trade Towers falling and the Pentagon tragedy. You may be surprised on the issues that were in the news and discussion on the eve of and morning of 9-11, before we knew our world had changed.

These were the issues prior to the attack that were in the news on that historic morning. The number that is similar or how our priorities have shifted may or may not surprise you.

Click on "read ,more" below for a list of topics being discussed on 9-10-2001...

Hunger Games is already 3rd largest Box Office Opening Weekend on Record

The Hunger Games was the No 1 film at the box office this weekend
From the LA Times Company Town Blog.

Lionsgate hit a bull's-eye with “The Hunger Games” this weekend, as the story of expert archer Katniss Everdeen and her battle for survival debuted with a record-breaking $155 million at the box office.

The film starring Jennifer Lawrence posted the third-highest domestic debut of all time, behind only the $169.2-million opening for the final "Harry Potter" installment and the $158.4-million launch of "The Dark Knight." That means "The Hunger Games" also grossed more on its opening weekend than any other non-sequel.
The astronomical level of receipts began rolling in after midnight on Friday, when the movie raked in nearly $20 million on just its first night in theaters. Moviegoers immediately responded positively to the film about teenagers in a fight to the death, assigning the picture an average grade of A, according to market research firm CinemaScore. That's good news for Lionsgate, as it means the movie could have legs with fans who didn't rush out to see the movie during its first weekend in theaters.

The crowd who saw the film this weekend was slightly more female, as 61% of the audience were women. By comparison, the most recent "Twilight" film attracted an 80% female contingent back in November, indicating part of the success of "The Hunger Games" had to do with its appeal to both genders. Both adults and teenagers showed up to the multiplex as well, with 56% of the audience over the age of 25.

"People were walking out of the initial screenings saying 'Wow, this is a real movie,'" said David Spitz, Lionsgate's executive vice president of distribution. "And that was because of the critical response, and what [director] Gary Ross did in hiring Jennifer Lawrence and actors like Stanley Tucci and Woody Harrelson."
Based on the first novel in author Suzanne Collins’ bestselling young-adult trilogy, "The Hunger Games" did go over well with critics, notching a 86% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie features 21-year-old Oscar nominee Lawrence in her biggest role to date, and also stars young newcomers Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. The next installment in the series, "Catching Fire," is slated to hit theaters in November 2013.
The movie played well across the country, in New York and Boston as well as in Salt Lake City, where a Utah theater had the weekend's highest gross for "The Hunger Games." On Friday and Saturday, Megaplex Theatre in South Jordan, Utah, collected $276,000 in sales. The location is part of a six-theater circuit that has drummed up interest in the movie through special film-themed events, including a reenactment of the Hunger Games themselves.

The movie will be the biggest success thus far for independent studio Lionsgate, which produced the film for a little over $80 million after tax credits from North Carolina, where it was shot. After its opening weekend alone, "The Hunger Games" is already the studio's highest-grossing film, besting Michael Moore's 2004 documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11," which collected $119.2 million by the end of its run.

Overseas, the movie opened in most foreign countries. To limit its financial risk, Lionsgate sold off the film's international distribution rights, and has already recouped over half of the film's production budget. But that means that if the film is a blockbuster abroad, the studio won't see as many of the benefits.

From the LA Times Company Town Blog.

Sunday Morning News and Views, Part I

It's the first weekend of Spring and time for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has undergone a heart transplant in a hospital near Washington, D.C. Cheney, 71, was on the waiting list for a heart for 20 months - which is longer than the average wait time in the Washington area. His prognosis remains uncertain. The transplant raises questions about priorities for transplants, not so much about money or celebrity but about age and expected life expectancy with the transplant. Many argue that a priority should be given to younger recipients when possible, who have much longer to be with their families and to contribute to society.

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments on the Obama administration's health care law. The Justices have set aside SIX HOURS to debate whether the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.  The health care law is the single biggest accomplishment of the Obama presidency. The law polarized America as Obama became the first US President to successfully Shepherd through  health care reform. Three Republicans and Two Democratic presidents before him had tried and failed. The same forces that blocked those attempts are fighting a misleading rhetorical attack to have health care reform overturned.

While most states are scrambling to comply with the Affordable Care Act, Florida has a different, high-stakes strategy. Florida Republican leaders are betting they'll be successful in their legal fight to strike down the law. They've rejected and returned federal grants to help develop a healthcare exchange. They also haven't applied for millions in federal dollars to begin expanding Medicaid.  The irony, critics say, is that if the Supreme Court upholds the law or just leaves some parts of it in place, Florida may miss key deadlines and cede much of its healthcare planning to the federal government.

This month, a Tennessee court ordered a woman to pay child support for the Russian child she'd adopted and then sent back on a plane to Moscow. The woman, Torry Ann Hansen, said the child was "psychotic," and she couldn't be his parent anymore. His case has thrown the spotlight on adoptions from Russia -- now slowed by the backlash against a string of notorious abuse cases. 

Pope Benedict leaves Mexico and heads to Cuba tomorrow. The trip is officially aimed at marking the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the statue of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre -- which was found floating in the bay of Nipe. But many on the Communist island are hoping the trip highlights concerns about religious freedom.

A reading of Eugene O'Neill's long lost play, "Exorcism," is staged for the first time since 1920.   O'Neill was the first American playwright to put the vernacular on the American stage. The play, written by a young O'Neill not long after his own suicide attack in 1912. In1921 he earned a Pullitzer Prize for another work, and thought he destroyed all the copies. "Long Days Journal Into Night", O'Neill's greatest play, was written in 1941 but not produced until after he was dead, due to a restriction placed on it by O'Neil himself. The one act play will be presented for the first time in 92 years tonight at the Arena Stage in Washington D.C.

Carolyn Hopkins is the voice behind too many public service announcements to count, at airports, subways and theme parks. She tells you a train is coming, to step away from the platform, or to please pay attention to your luggage. And she does it all from her home in northern Maine.