Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy 395th Thanksgiving America! November 24, 2016

This has been posted annually with minor revisions since the first 2012 Thanksgiving post! Enjoy 

"My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor." 
~~ Phyllis Diller, American stand-up comedienne, actress, voice artist, and comedienne, best known for her eccentric stage persona and her wild hair and clothes.(b. July 17, 1917 – d. August 20, 2012)

Happy 395th Thanksgiving Day America!

Thanksgiving, referred to by many Americans as "First Thanksgiving" was originally celebrated by the Pilgrims and Colonists after their first harvest in the New World in the year 1621 when they invited the Wamponaog Indians to their autumn harvest feast. 
Photo above right of a food decoration for Erntedankfest, a Christian Thanksgiving harvest festival celebrated in Germany courtesy of

AllThingsDigitalMarketing blog would not stand to it's allthingsdigitalmarketing motif without a collage of "Thanksgiving Google Doodles" past and analysis of Google's basic design structure over the years. Besides the Google logo differentiating itself from the other search engines (e.g., Yahoo, Lycos, HotBot, etc.) it symbolizes uniqueness and mold-breaking vision. Below are Google's Thanksgiving doodles from the very first doodle in 1998 through present. (This collage will be updated with the most current Google doodle asap, so bookmark and visit frequently). Interesting to see what Google will do this year.

The very first Thanksgiving doodle was posted in 1998 (see collage above, lower right). Note how the clean, conservative signature Google logo design breaks all the conventional rules of branding and logo design. Ruth Kedar, graphic designer of Google's doodle, created one of the most recognizable logos (within a few years, Google's logo became as popular as NBC proud peacock and the CBS eye, also known as the "Tiffany Network"). Below are examples of standard branding rules Kedar obviously ignored:
        •   Don't incorporate more than 2 bold colors (Google uses 4 bold colors, playing with colors created a very child-like, playful yet bold design);
        •   Never over-kern letters (Google has excessive, uneven spacing in-between letters. Even though they have made a few changes (the latest in May 2014) the spacing is way off and obvious to the naked eye);
        •   Stay away from simple, elementary fonts (The original choice was the world's most popular typeface -- "Times Roman;" However Google's simple, chisel-style "Catull" typeface was selected for the subtle, sophisticated sans-serif design which incorporated old world writing style (e.g.,chisel and quill) with new age digital.

Google signature brand elements remained unchanged for the first Thanksgiving doodle (1998) with the exception of an exclamation mark and cartoon-like turkey, respectively at the very end of the word Google.

From a market branding perspective, Google doodles illustrate how breaking rules can be very effective -- violating traditional guidelines of logo brand management yet not minimizing Google brand equity. Interestingly, Google's Thanksgiving doodles gradually integrate design motifs within the Google letters (e.g., doodles from 1999 through 2002).

Beginning with 2003 to the present, Google doodle design integration spread to multiple letters with some doodles entirely replacing actual letters -- particularly with the 2008 cornucopia and in 2010 Google doodle's entire letters were replaced with food servings from the design by Food Network's Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten.

Can you think of other brands who have broken the rules with their logos and still maintained their brand?

Do you think breaking the rules for logos would work for other brands.

The 2015 Thanksgiving Google doodle is not animated. Here's the 2014 animated Thanksgiving doodle. Isn't is adorable? Enjoy!

To view the 2013 animated Thanksgiving doodle, click here!

RESOURCES: Links to Thanksgiving doodles past

Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. Although Thanksgiving is celebrated by many in religion and cultural traditions, it is also a world-wide (non-religious) celebration. Photo right miniature pumpkins by Gloria Buono-Daly (taken at Stew Leonards, Yonkers, NY, October 2013). 

Our 16th President of the U.S.A., Abraham Lincoln, declared Thanksgiving Day a national holiday to be held annually in November during the Civil War (1863). Although New York became the first of several states to officially adopt an annual Thanksgiving holiday in 1817.

Not surprising, many Native Americans as well as other individuals disagree with the way Thanksgiving is mentioned historically particularly in text books, school classrooms and other periodicals. They believe millions of deaths resulted from the long and bloody war between Native Americans and European settlers and call Thanksgiving a "day of mourning." A posting, reports that since 1970, protesters have gathered on Thanksgiving Day at the top of Cole’s Hill, which overlooks Plymouth Rock, to commemorate a “National Day of Mourning.” Similar events are held in other parts of the country. 

Photo below left of Black Friday sale courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.

This Thanksgiving for sure many will eat, drink, and sleep while others will shop till they drop for many things especially electronics, smart phones and iPhones.
Samsung usually advertises their new products and for sure many will consider the latest Samsung Notebook 4 (released in mid October).

So be on the lookout for discounts if you are interested. Not surprising, iPhones will not have discounts.

Phone companies offer no-finance monthly plans with a slight discount if you lock yourself into a 2 year plan. Since many are not opting for cell phone lock-ins, you may find great deals for comparative, non-Apple products.
What will you be doing this Thanksgiving Day?

If you plan on being in New York City, there's always the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, this is the 90

th year.

This year, there are many performers including Mariah Carey, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, and Trey Songz. Click here to view the complete line-up for this year.

There are plenty of things to do on Thanksgiving -- see links below in the "Resources" section.

Thanksgiving Day (Jour de l'Action de grâce in Canadian French) is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations.


Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2014 R, TimeOut
 NEEDTOBREATHE to Play at 88th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade , Urban Christian News
Ruth Kedar On Designing the Google Logo Google BlogoScoped
10 Reasons Not To Spend Thanksgiving with your Family, Babble by Disney
5 Tips for Viewing the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade , LuxeAdventureTraveler
How to do Thanksgiving without Family, Elephant 

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Articles by white liberal elitist women and why Hillary Clinton lost

 Articles by white liberal elitist women and why Hillary Clinton lost 

Below is a comment I posted on my FB page and on the Teachers College Columbia University. Note this blog has been updated on January 8, 2017.

I'm tired of the liberal articles by liberal white elitist women with white elitist husbands, complaining and sorry for being white, worried about being white, raising their white children in their white neighborhoods and driving them to their private white schools.

No one has the right to cast stones or accuse anyone of anything, and no one should ever excuse themselves for being White, Black, Hispanic, whatever.

I'm tired of Hillary Clinton voters accusing women who didn't vote for her as being unsupportive and hostile towards women. I think everyone needs to get over it, go for walks instead of march in protests, and face reality, our new President Elect is Donald Trump - who was voted in by Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, etc. Regardless both presidential candidates were equally bad/wrong for holding presidential title; Unfortunately, our great United States of America as we once knew it, is doomed and on the brink of economic collapse

As of January 2017, the media reports that our great governmental officials are accusing Russia of interfering to control presidential election votes. Yet no mention of other reasons why Clinton lost. How can media not mention the reason being due to disgraced political New York 9th congressional district's former representative Anthony Weiner (aka “Carlos Danger”) who was sexting to teenagers as early as 2010 through November 2016 (when he got caught) all while his wife, Huma Abedin Weiner was campaigning with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Instead our media blames FBI for doing its job. Media bias? You be the judge.

This is just one of the many reasons why we need to shut down the "political liberal correct" Department of Education." Not only MEDIA BIAS but EDUCATIONAL BIAS IN OUR UNIVERSITIES. Can you imagine what educators are doing to our younger students in the lower, middle, and high school grade levels? Our educational system has turned into nothing but a sess-pool for brain-washing educators and students with bull-shit and encouraging them to behave like liberals or else, "no funding, no grants, no raises, no pencils, no paper." Education is supposed to be a platform for freedom, leadership and open-mindedness, not brain-washing. Do they realize the risk of potential terrorism they breed every time they create biased protests and havoc? putting students at risk of death and injury.

On Sunday, January 8th during the 2017 Golden Globes awards, Meryl Streep accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Her acceptance speech did not mention acting, film and her career but instead Streep went on to spend 5 minutes criticizing the status quo of politics, accusing president elect Donald Trump of bullying Serge Kovaleski, disabled New York Times reporter with a condition called arthrogryposis. Streep ultimately patronized a disabled reporter on national TV during what was suppose to be an entertainment (non opinionated, non political) event.

Did Serge Kovaleski ever accuse Trump of bullying him? I honestly believe the reporter, although disabled, is a fully competent human being and man enough to speak up for himself.

Did disabled NYT reporter, Serge Kovaleski, really need to be pitied and patronized on national TV by Meryl Streep?

The 4:55 minute video is on a posting by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) (or copy/paste link in your browser:

It was obvious from Streep's opinionated speech that it was more of a patronizing, pity and sore loser tactic especially since her BFF Hillary Clinton lost the election, an election campaign that liberal elitist Streep worked so hard campaigning for her, obviously Streeps efforts weren't effective enough, obviously we the people finally saw the fluff - Streep is not living in the real world and is out of touch.

Do I need to remind you that Meryl Streep is a white liberal elitist, living in an all white neighborhood, riddled with botox, cheek implants, and all sorts of plastic surgery, sent her kids to all white schools, etc.? Need I say more?

Streep also requested that the HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS "protect journalists." Don't we have police, law enforcement, FBI, etc., for protection? Aren't journalists powerful enough to protect themselves?

Do you think Streep's approach was a desperate attempt to spread more dissension, racial polarization and create havoc/riots in our American society? Do you think was was more propaganda? DO YOU THINK MERYL STREEP'S APPROACH IS POTENTIALLY STALINISTIC? Don't you think that disabled reporter Serge Kovaleski can handle his own issues while working on the job?

Schools and colleges are giving students time off due to Hillary Clinton losing her dream. This is pathetic liberalism and a form of brain-washing and propaganda that serves no purpose other than to cause violence, hatred and divisiveness in our schools ~ making our students imprisoned and ignorant instead of empowered and intelligent.

Parents are paying for 4 years of kindergarten instead of 4 years of college. All the more reason why exorbitant tuition costs and fees need to be lowered and less government subsidy as well as lowering teachers/instructors/professors salaries. Our students are being deprived of a good education and we the people, parents, and student loans are still footing the bill. This is crazy

As Hillary Clinton would always say "face the facts" and "what difference does it make?" Donald Trump is President Elect, and she can thank herself and her campaign for that. She ruined her chances of making herstory not Donald Trump or the Republicans.

Honestly, can't everyone comprehend how people were disgusted with the way the Clinton campaign was run ~ like that of a candy store circus. Fact is the middle and poor working class Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, etc. were all fed up with the way our country has been footing the bill for nonsense, constantly paying higher taxes, etc. for corrupt programs that do nothing but favor the ultra liberal rich and paying higher healthcare insurance to essentially foot the bill for illegal immigrants, etc.

On the matter of ObamaCare. I do believe intentions are good and a good start. However healthcare reform is desperately needed. Costs must be lowered significantly and we need choice and competition for some procedures. (Recall the many procedures that weren't covered by healthcare were thousands of dollars and eventually went down to $299 like lasix eye surgery, etc.)

While I'm on healthcare: A very successful alternative to healthcare insurance is what many large hospital chains are doing ~ cutting out insurance companies altogether and insuring patients themselves. This saved millions of dollars for patients and hospitals/physicians received more money. For example: patient pays their health insurance premiums directly to the hospital group rather than through insurance companies thus reducing costs phenomenally. That is the type of healthcare reform our country needs ~ choice to choose or pay more through the corrupt insurance company where 90% of the money goes to the insurance companies (mostly to the greedy CEO salaries) rather than the healthcare.

Fact of the matter is, Donald Trump won fair and square, yet Hillary Clinton spent more than twice as much as he did. (According to the Washington Post, as of September 30th Hillary spent total of $1.3 Bllion (vs $795 Trump) of that $556M campaign (vs $284M Trump) $544M Party Fundraising (vs. $486.7M Trump), $188M Super Pacs (vs. $60.1M Trump). (These numbers will be higher to account for October and November spending.)

Yet the media touted Clinton's higher campaign $$$ spending as an advantage over Trump ~ MEDIA PROPAGANDA AT WORK? You be the judge.

After the election presidential elect sore loser, Jill Stein (who never even stood a chance with less than 1% total votes) began fundraising for a recount in 3 states with the following results:
-PA - rejected count;
-MI - denied Jill Stein's appeal;
-WI - Trump ended up with 131 more votes).

Yet the dumb Green Party, lead by political, corrupt, crook Jill Stein raised $7 million in donations only to prove water is wet (Trump had more votes after all). More waste of energy, time and we the people's monies. Green Party recount came to a close on December 13, 2016.

Never once did the media mention Hillary Clinton's comments i.e.,"I wish he was an American and not a Muslim," while referring to a terrorist attack, saying "What I say to people publicly is different than what I personally feel," etc. mocking particular religions and ridiculing others, etc.

Trump mentions immigrant reform he's labeled "racist" but when Bill Clinton mentioned it back in 1995 he was applauded. (see image and there is also a video on Liberal Logic site.

We the people felt that the democratic campaign was a disaster for many reasons especially for what Representative Deborah Wasserman Schultz, former chair of democratic national committee, did to the democrat's own, Bernie Sanders.

A blatant example of the way Hillary Clinton would have run the White House ~ Lies, cheats, greed, back-stabbing their own, racial polarization, patronizing the ultra rich for her own financial gain, not to mention selling White House access to Clinton Foundation donors. She and her fellow democrats call her "Presidential."

Well the election voted otherwise. Let's not even include the email scandal, Donna Brazile questions, Benghazi, etc. We the people just had enough and needed change.

Resources will be added as they come in:

A message from the President and Provost, Teachers College Columbia University

Friday, November 11, 2016

Happy Veterans Day America! Let's give thanks to all our veterans and families November 11

Happy Veterans Day America!

Veterans Day honors those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11th.

 “Courage – Honoring All Who Served”  is the Veterans Day theme this year

Veterans Day coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Thank you to all of our Veterans and families.

The United States originally observed Armistice Day and it was renamed to Veterans Day holiday in 1954.

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day as November 11, 1919.

Seven years later, the United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution (June 4, 1926), and requested that President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe November 11th.
Photo right of soldier with folded American flag courtesy of wikimedia.

I was fortunate to receive this interesting article from one of my dearest cousins about my late father and his 3 brothers(total 7 brothers, 1 sister) who served during World War II.

Coincidentally, major hostilities of World War I formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.

Do you plan on doing anything this Veterans Day?

Many celebrate with family and friends, and there are so many special ways to celebrate.

For example, sharing photos of loved ones who have served in the armed forces (I've just done that via the photo above), posting to your social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, blogs, etc. Also the traditional VD Parades, especially in New York City.
Photo below right of bald eagle courtesy of wikimedia.

Parades are wonderful especially for children. Being creative with children is also an excellent way to help them learn about history and Veterans Day. Have them read various periodicals (e.g., books, newspapers, magazines, internet, photos of soldiers, etc.) and ask them to draw pictures of various images that remind them of Veterans Day such as our American flag, relatives in uniform, Veterans Day Memorials, and our national emblem, the bald eagle. And you can also enjoy the parade at home with family by watching it on TV live or online  ~ Watch the Parade!

If you happen to be in New York City, there's always the Veterans Day Parade, this year, the theme is “Honor and Remember, Home of the Brave” commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II and the 25th Anniversary of Desert Shield. Organized in New York since 1929 by the United War Veterans Council (UWVC) this parade is the largest Veterans Day event in the nation with over 25,000 parade participants, and this year marks the 87th year! 

The wreath laying ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at the Eternal Flame in Madison Square Park (located in the Flat Iron district of New York City) and the parade begins at 11:25 a.m. and ends 3:30 p.m.

Photo below left of Aviation High School at Madison Square Park during the NYC Veterans Day Parade courtesy of wikimedia.

The parade goes up Fifth Avenue, from 26th to 52nd Street. The route is 1.3 miles (approx. a 35 minute walk).

The Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard are also represented.

If you can't be there, you can still see the parade live at PIX11 ~ America's Parade to Air on PIX11

▼   Visit this link and share the 2015 Veterans Day Teaser Poster
▼   America's Parade to Air on PIX11
▼   Veterans Day 2014: Deals on meals for military personnel, New York Daily News,
▼   Veterans Day Parade in New York City,About Travel,
▼   America's Parade in New York City,About Travel
▼   Veterans Day Parade information on Wikipedia
▼   Office of Public Affairs

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