1991 Alfa Romeo- Best Car I Ever Owned Series

Alfa Romeo 164                       

This is by far the best car I ever owned.  Outstanding  road handling,  build durably, superb distinctive look and a burst of speed that you would not believe. This was and is a powerful car.  Parts were hard to come by, but this was an Italian Classic.  The perfect car for  the road and for the tracks. Other Alfa owners would be sure to wave at you when they saw you driving the Alfa Romeo 164

More on Leadership

What is leadership-How do you get people to follow you
1.   People must have confidence that you will get things done
2.  People must have evidence that you have successfully accomplished objectives in the past.
3. You must be a  winner-you must stand out from the crowd.
4. You must be persuasive-You must have the ability to move people to action
5. You must be guided by good and admirable principals
6. People look to you for guidance, opinions, and the ability to influence others
7. A leader  exudes action and a can do attitude.
8. Leaders can inspire people to do the seemingly impossible
9.Leaders are trustworthy
10. Leaders can create an unmistakeable legacy.
11. Leaders are not afraid to make the right, value centered decision.
12. Leaders must be intuitive and able to use the information for the common good.
13. A leader cannot be biased and show favoritism.
14. A leader must have clear goals and a clear vision for success.
15. A successful leader is Christ centered in their thinking and in their life.
16.  A leader must pick the right moral cause to fight for- if you are on the wrong side of the fence you want be seen as a leader or have a legacy as a leader.
17. True leaders are calm in the midst of the storm

Olympic Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony is a celebration showcasing the best of the Host Nation. It also features a parade of all competing nations and the highly anticipated entrance of the Olympic Flame, which ignites the Cauldron and signals the start of the Games.

The eyes of the world will be on London for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Ceremony will provide an opportunity for the world to view the artistic expression of the Artistic Director (Danny Boyle) and his team, and the culture of our Host City and the UK. There are certain elements that must feature in every Ceremony, as outlined in the International Olympic Committee (IOC) charter. The artistic performance of the Ceremony then gets underway and welcomes the world to the London 2012 Games.

The name of the Olympic Opening Ceremony show will be ‘Isles of Wonder’ and the worldwide broadcast will commence at 9pm. The Ceremony will kick off with the sound of the largest harmonically tuned bell in Europe, produced by the Whitechapel Foundry, and the Stadium will be transformed into the British countryside for opening scene ‘Green and Pleasant’, which includes real farmyard animals. The Ceremony will also include a special sequence celebrating the best of British, featuring volunteer performers from the NHS.

Danny Boyle, Artistic Director of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, said: ‘Our Isles of Wonder salutes and celebrates the exuberant creativity of the British genius in an Opening Ceremony that we hope will be as unpredictable and inventive as the British people.’

Urban League Conference Opens-Obama Speaks

NEW YORK (June 27, 2012) — The opening address at the National Urban League’s 2012 Conference will be delivered by President Barack Obama.

The President will address the Conference on Wednesday, July 25, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

“We’re thrilled and proud to welcome the President to our Annual Conference for the third time,” said Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League. “It has become a tradition for Presidents and major-party candidates to address the conference, not only to share their agenda for the nation, but also to hear ours.”

National Urban League Annual Conference occupies a singular echelon in America’s cultural and political discourse, Morial said. The nation’s largest civil rights and social justice conference attracts thousands of the nation’s most influential community leaders, together with top policy-makers, academicians, business leaders and artists for three days of dynamic dialogue, intellectual exchange and community service.

The Conference has been the only event of its kind to feature both major-party presidential nominees during each of the last several elections and attracted a majority of primary contenders in 2008, including Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Mike Huckabee. In 2004, both George H. W. Bush and John Kerry addressed the Conference. Additionally, leading elected officials and cabinet secretaries have chosen to break major announcements at the conference. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, for example, unveiled the administration’s Equity Agenda during the 2010 Conference.

This year’s conference theme, “Occupy the Vote: Employment and Education Empower the Nation,” represents an unprecedented mobilization to influence public policy through grassroots political action. Workshops, panel discussions and policy sessions are built around the Urban League Movement’s agenda to address the twin crises of unemployment and educational inequity.

Democratic National Convention-Charlotte September 3rd

There are approximately 70,000 people who work in Uptown Charlotte and it is likely that most have inadvertently walked on the Charlotte Liberty Walk at some point perhaps without knowing what it was they were walking on. This begs the question: what is the Charlotte Liberty Walk?

The Charlotte Liberty Walk is a three-quarter-mile portion of Uptown Charlotte where 15 pavers have been specifically placed in order to tell the story of Charlotte during the time of the Revolutionary War from the locations where specific events occurred. The pavers feature a drawing of Captain James Jack, Charlotte’s most recognizable Revolutionary War hero riding his horse.

From detailing where the British Encampment existed, to the location of the Battle of Charlotte, to where Major General Nathanael Green was chosen by General George Washington to be the commander in the south; each event marked on the Liberty Walk describes an interesting facet of how Charlotte played a large role in the Revolutionary War.

The Liberty Walk is a collaboration of the May 20th Society, the Arts & Science Council, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, Charlotte Center City Partners, and Central Piedmont Community College to focus attention and appreciation of Charlotte’s colonial history.

So the next time you find yourself in Uptown Charlotte, take a moment to look where you are walking. You can learn a lot about how Charlotte helped make liberty possible!

Movie Violence- Proactive Thinking is the Key to Preventing Random Acts Of Violence

What will theater  owners do  to prevent this from happening again?  The greatest danger is copycat crimes that often occur after the initial incident.  The laws  that we have in place need to be examined as well.  Is it a good idea to sell a gun to anyone who passes a background test?  What about mental competency?   We often  pass laws without thinking about the impact that the law will have on society.  We need laws, but we need thoughtful discourse as well before we enact them.

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Laws by nature, make thing tolerable, make things fair, make things equal, make thing safe, help the environment, protect the earth, in fact I could  write all day about the need for laws. There are good laws and there are in fact laws that are down right bad.  We will always have this problem. There are no clear cut solutions. All we know is that we spend long lines at airports being screened  because it is necessary.  We will now spend long lines at the  movie being screened and it is definitely necessary.

The point is we need to be proactive in our thinking. Not putting things in effect after it happened. What can we do to foresee a circumstance and put measures in place  so  we can stop it from occurring.  That is a tall order, infact impossible. But we still must try and we must learn from recent  incidents to guide our thinking proactively in the future.