The German Christmas Pickle

Starting who knows when, by who knows who (the facts have been lost over the years…3 variations of the story can be found here), the Christmas pickle is a beloved Germany tradition that my family has celebrated each year during the holidays.  As the last ornament to ordain the tree, the parents hide the glass decoration in the shape of a green, whole pickle on Christmas Eve.  Once given the go-ahead, the children search the tree for the hidden pickle…whichever child finds the lucky pickle receives an extra gift to open!


Start this Christmas tradition in your family!  Buy one from Amazon today!  Its a fun annual tradition AND a fun story to tell.

Things NOT to do on 4th of July

Things NOT to do on 4th of July

Growing up with both of my parents being nurses (both spending time in the ICU, one a burn unit specialist) I have heard numerous safety tips around the 4th of July. I was a little envious of others who shot off fireworks. Of course half of my childhood was spent in Germany and I didn’t really have the option to light things on fire anyways…

I did always get to swirl the little sparklers around and that satisfied the pyrotechnic in me (for the most part.) Now with a husband and dog who are very anti-fireworks the tradition of sparklers continues.  My daughter and I traditionally have spent this weekend at violin camp anyways.  As I wait for her art class to complete, here are some safety tips related to staying out of the Emergency Room as our nation celebrates its Independence.

Don’t Drink and Drive

As one of the deadliest holidays for drunk driving crashes quickly approaches, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging motorists to drive sober, be alert and always buckle up. I wanted to not only remind people careful on beer’s highest grossing purchase day but also for others to be mindful of people who might have been drinking. According to data from NHTSA, during July 4th holiday period over the last five years (from 2009 to 2013), 750 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or more.  A lot of the accidents happened between 9pm and midnight!

Fourth of July Safety Tips for Aniimals

Hurt Yourself with Fireworks

Did you know? The Consumer Product Safety Commission has an entire page dedicated to Fireworks Safety:

  • 230 people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.
  • 67% of these fireworks injuries in 2014 occurred during the month surrounding July 4th.
  • More than 50% of injuries related to fireworks are from burns
  • 36% of burns are to the hands or fingers
  • 2014 Fireworks Annual Report

Safety Tip:

  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

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Food and Grilling Safety

In order for foods to be cooked to their safest temperates (of killing germs and bacteria), please use the following guidelines:

SAFE MINIMUM INTERNAL TEMPERATURES

  • Whole poultry: 165 °F
  • Poultry breasts: 165 °F
  • Ground poultry: 165 °F
  • Ground meats: 160 °F
  • Beef, pork, lamb, and veal (steaks, roasts and chops): 145 °F and allow to rest at least 3 minutes.

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Follow USDA’s hashtag, #GrillingLikeaPRO, for the latest tips and tricks.

  • P – Place the Thermometer
  • R – Read the Temperature
  • O – Off the Grill

Let’s spread the work about using a food thermometer and declare our freedom from food-borne illnesses

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Don’t Forget Sun Safety

Again, I had parents who are nurses who treated people who suffered from skin cancer and other over-sun exposed ailments (dehydration, etc.)

  • The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes
  • Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts.

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Most sun protection products work by absorbing, reflecting, or scattering sunlight. They contain chemicals that interact with the skin to protect it from UV rays. Reapply hourly. SPF 30.

  • Wear a hat, sunglasses and other clothes to protect skin.
  • Fewer than 15% of men and fewer than 30% of women reported using sunscreen regularly on their face and other exposed skin when outside for more than 1 hour.
  • Seek shade, especially during midday hours. This includes 10 am to 4 pm
  • Find the UV index for your area here, San Antonio is

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Don’t Forget Animal Safety

You might want to go crazy like this dog:

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But here are some rules from our friends at the ASPCA:

  • Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals.
  • Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it.
  • Keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.

It’s not too late to buy your dog a Thundershirt! Rick, our dog pictured directly ABOVE was a pound puppy rescue and has an intense fear of noises (PS4 turning on, camera shutter, thunder, fireworks) and in addition to his dose of veterinary prescribed sedative this Thundershirt works well.

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Kimura San Antonio Ramen

Kimura San Antonio Ramen

Kimura San Antonio Ramen is located on Pecan St. and is a wonderful location for a lunch break or dinner date.

Address: 152 E Pecan St Ste 200, San Antonio, TX 78205

Phone: (210) 444-0702

Websitehttp://www.kimurasa.com/

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The name comes from co-owner and general manager Jennifer Wade’s family name — “Kimura,” meaning “tree village” in Japanese.

Chef Michael Sohocki, also owner and executive chef of Restaurant Gwendolyn, opened August 2013.

 

 

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#TeamMason Fundraiser Locke Hill Elementary

From 9am to noon, Saturday, May 31st, there will be a fundraiser for Mason Taylor to assist in the medical expenses as he fights Leukemia. He is a 5th grade student in the GT program with a lot of the school’s families banding around him. You can look through hundreds of donations from families, donate blood with a $10 HEB giftcard being donated for every blood donation. There will also be a bake sale with sausage wraps, lemonade, cold water, and cute cupcakes to name a few.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

9am-12pm

Lockehill Elementary School parking lot

5050 De Zavala Road

90th annual Junior League of San Antonio Rummage Around with Goodwill

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Goodwill of San Antonio is hosting the 90th Annual Junior League of San Antonio Rummage Around this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Use the hashtag #RummageAroundSA for a chance to win $25 gift card to Goodwill!

*Goodwill of SA will randomly select someone who uses the hash tag on Saturday.

Website: http://goodwillsa.org/rummage-around

On Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., thousands of shoppers at eight different Goodwill stores throughout San Antonio will visit the 90th annual Junior League of San Antonio Rummage Around in a treasure-hunt for new and gently used, high-quality items including clothing, accessories and housewares.

Proceeds from the event fund Junior League and Goodwill programs, and help serve San Antonio families in need. Through this collaboration, Goodwill provides “community cash” for partner non-profits to shop at Rummage Around.

During the event, families will also have access to free and low-cost services, including job search services, health care information, and financial literacy programs. These services will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at four Goodwill locations:

Rummage events at these Goodwill stores:
1533 Austin Highway
727 N.W. Loop 410 @ Blanco
U.S. Hwy. 281 @ Bitters
IH-10 @ De Zavala
3401 Fredericksburg Rd.
N.E. Loop 1604 @ Gateway
S.W. Military at Zarzamora
3730 North Loop 1604 East
(Loop 1604 and Bulverde Road)

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2013 San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

The Pearl is ready to rock as the San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon will be running, and biking, through the historic mixed-use space on Sunday, November 17. Pearl will also be the finish line for the “Mini Marathon.” Pearl will be holding a Rock ‘n’ Roll Block Party with music, parking and seating for spectators, and many of Pearl’s restaurants and shops will be offering special Sunday hours and promotions to support those participating in this year’s event.

 
 

Follow on Social

Facebook: https://twitter.com/runrocknroll

Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/RnRSanAntonio

Hashtag: #RNRSA

 

A number of Pearl restaurants will be offering special promotions for race-day participants including:

  • Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden will open at 8:00am and will be offering a 15-percent discount on food for medal participants on Sunday.
  • Arcade Midtown Kitchen‘s Chef Jesse has designed a “Carb-it-Up!” 3-course-menu, priced at $35 per person, offered from Thursday, November 14 through the evening of Saturday, November 16. Runners that present their race bib during the “Carb-it-Up!” dinner will receive a 10-percent discount off their food. Arcade will be offering regular brunch at an earlier time on Sunday morning from 7:30am to 2:00pm. Runners that present their finishing medals will receive a complimentary mimosa and a 10-percent discount on food.
  • One Lucky Duck Juice & Takeaway will offer a 10-percent discount for people in race gear and will feature a special $5.50 recovery drink all day long. 
  • Green Vegetarian Cuisine will open early for spectators to watch the race and will offer free coffee for anyone that shows their medal.
  • Nao will open their pop-up taco stand in their outdoor kitchen during the race from 7:30 to 9:00am to serve delicious breakfast tacos.

 
 

Pearl is also known for its mix of retail shops, which will also provide special discounts for participants donning a bib. These specials include:

  • Adelante Boutique will offer 10-percent off one item with a valid bib, as well as complimentary mimosas while supplies last. They will be open from 8:00am to 3:00pm.
  • Ten Thousand Villages will open at 7:30am and will offer 15-percent off to those who show their racing numbers during the entire weekend from Friday, November 15 to Sunday, November 17.
  • Leighelena will offer 15-perfect off purchases to those wearing their race number, bib or finishing medal on the day of the race. 
  • The Tiny Finch will be open from 12:00 to 5:00pm and will offer 20-percent off to anyone who brings in their medal or racing number. 
  • The Twig Book Shop will offer 10-perfect off purchases to runners with bibs between 8:00am to 3:00pm.
  • Dos Carolinas will have special store hours on race day and will open at 8:00am.

 
 

As one of the music venues of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, Pearl will feature music during the bike tour as well as the marathon with sets starting at 6:50am until 12:00pm. Louder Than Words and Year of the Snake will be featured at The Park at the Pearl Brewery for spectators, medaled runners and bikers to enjoy.

 
 

Race Viewing

Seating and parking will be available for spectators to relax as their family and friends run across the city. Pearl will be providing multiple areas of seating for spectators to enjoy the race. There will be free parking in the Pearl lot underneath 281 off Grayson from Broadway and Pearl Parkway, and the West parking lot and garage will be accessible from North St. Mary’s via Grayson.

 
 

Pearl is located at 303 Pearl Parkway. For more information about Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon please visit www.runrocknroll.competitor.com/san-antonio. For more information about Pearl please visit www.atpearl.com.

Help Haiyan Philippines Typhoon Survivors

Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) pummeled through the central part of the Philippines on November 8, 2013. It left a storm of destruction in its wake, triggering 12 to 15 feet high storm surges, flooding, and landslides affecting an estimated 4 million people. Children urgently need access to safe water, hygiene supplies, food, shelter and a safe environment to recover.

The typhoon landed on Friday, November 8, 2013 and devastated the central islands with winds up to 147 mph and surges of 20 feet.  Experts are comparing the unexpected impact to that of a tsunami and the devastation is only beginning to be known as relief workers try to enter hardest hit areas.

Additional images of the devastation from the Weather Channel here.

Help Haiyan Philippines Typhoon Survivors unicef donations

Please Consider Donating!

Here’s a list of international aid agencies that already galvanized to help the people impacted by this record setting storm.  They desperately need you donations for supplies, communication, and operating through the devastation.

Help Haiyan Philippines Typhoon Survivors world vision donations

World Vision is rushing to meet the most urgent needs of food, clean water, and emergency shelter for 400,000 people. For as little as $24 you can provide essential supplies like a blanket or mosquito net. Just $33 can supply clean water and hygiene kits for a family. A gift of $184 can give a family emergency shelter. $285 can provide the essentials that a family needs to survive, including food, clean water, shelter, education, and Child-Friendly Spaces.

Help Haiyan Philippines Typhoon Survivors unicef donations

UNICEF resources are stretched from responding to three emergencies in a row within two months: armed conflict in Zamboanga, the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Bohol–and now, super typhoon Yolanda. We urgently need your help so we can aid those who are severely affected by this latest disaster.

Help Haiyan Philippines Typhoon Survivors world food programme donations

World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. WFP is mobilizing quickly to reach those in need. Please make a donation now to provide emergency food assistance to families and children.

People in the United States can make a tax-deductible donation here.

 

Help Haiyan Philippines Typhoon Survivors global medic donations

The David McAntony Gibson Foundation has 3 operational arms; GlobalMedic – which responds to disasters with a Rescue Unit, Water Purification Unit and Emergency Medical Unit; GlobalFire – which conducts search and rescue operations in disaster zones and delivers basic firefighting and pre-hospital emergency medical care training packages in developing countries; and GlobalWater which facilitates the household level water purification program in developing countries.

Donate to help SUPER TYPHOON HAIYAN survivors care donations

Care needs your help to rush emergency supplies to those in need – items like food baskets, shelter kits, and more.

Help Haiyan Philippines Typhoon Survivors red cross donations

The Philippine Red Cross is posting news and updates here. Donate here.

Help Haiyan Philippines Typhoon Survivors red cross donations

Help Haiyan Philippines Typhoon Survivors salvation army donations

The Salvation Army uses 100% of all disaster donations in support of disaster relief operations. Text TYPHOON to 80888 to Donate $10, and reply YES.

Help Haiyan Philippines Typhoon Survivors save the children donation

Super Typhoon Haiyan is affecting children and families in the Philippines, Laos and Vietnam. In response, Save the Children is mounting disaster relief efforts to help children and families with emergency assistance during this difficult time.

We need your generous gift to support our efforts. Your support will help us protect vulnerable children and provide desperately needed relief to families. Ten percent of your contribution will be used to help us prepare for the next emergency.

Social Sharing

Another way to help the people in the Philippines is by sharing their great need with your social networks!  Encourage your friends and family to donate as well!  Here are some agencies’ posts to easily Retweet and share (consider sharing this post with your network as well as a quick, aggregated look!):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Help Moore, Oklahoma After Tornado

Resources for Victims

Safe and Well is owned by the Red Cross and allows victims to list themselves as safe and their families to search for them.  Those who have received texts from survivors who don’t have internet  access are encouraged to complete the registry for them.

Shelter has been opened by the Red Cross at the St. Andrews Church, SW 119 Street & S May Avenue.

Visit the disasterassistance.gov or 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to apply for assistance.  FEMA provides detailed information about Federal Aid programs for the state of Oklahoma Disaster Recovery includes:

  • Home repair grants
  • Rental payments for temporary housing
  • Small business and farmers/ranchers repair loans
  • Counties include Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma, and Pottawatomie

Details on @FEMA and on Facebook

Help Tornado Victims

A lot of people are asking how can they help?

Help Moore, Oklahoma After Tornado american red cross

People who wish to make a donation can support American Red Cross Disaster Relief:

The Red Cross also lists ways you can support long term by donating blood, money, ways to organize fundraisers, and more!

Salvation Army OKC

With so many people left in the wake of devastation, please consider donating either financially or things that people might need in the event of a disaster.

  • Updates from @Salvationarmyok on Twitter
  • Facebook page
  • Text “STORM” to 80888 for $10 donations
  • Donate online here and designate “Oklahoma Tornado Relief” on any check

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is also looking for donations online or by texting “FOOD” to 32333 (for a $10 donation)

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief has additional details here.

Social Media Updates

Keep track of the latest news with updates from the social media accounts of the City of Moore, OK, the City of Oklahoma, and the Red Cross Oklahoma City…all of which are actively posting responses and help.



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Culinaria’s SIP, SAVOR & SHOP | Shops of La Cantera

2012 Culinaria’s Wine and Foods Art Festival kicks off with “Sip, Savor, & Shop” tomorrow!

 

 

WHEN:     Wednesday, May 16, 6 to 9 p.m.

 

WHERE:    The Shops at La Cantera

        15900 La Cantera Parkway

        On Main Street at The Falls near Yard House and Z Tejas Grill

        

TICKETS:     $35 in advance and $50 at the door. Call Culinaria at 210.822.9555 to purchase or visit online here.

 

Not only will you be able to enjoy tastings from the restaurants listed below, you’ll also sip some amazing wines! You’ll also get a coupon book that will last the entire week from various La Cantera Shop owners.

 

HINT: Register to be a member of the Shops of La Cantera CLUB Program and receive an exclusive Sip, Savor & Shop bag filled with goodies!

 

Participating Restaurants:

 

Check out some of the pictures from last year below:

 

 

 

Black Friday 2011 Deals

BlackFriday is in an hour and a half if you are on CST, sorry for the crudeness of the post but I had to get the information to the people!

I couldn’t find these stores’s ads on Wednesday so I went to each one and asked the clerks. 🙂

NY and co: additional 10% off between midnight and 8am

gap – same deals as now with additional door busters

Black and White market: 25% off entire store open at 7am, tote with $8 purchase or more

Express: opens midnight. 40% off until noon then 30% off

Guess: 4am opens

8am opens aveda. Gift sets already discounted

8am-noon loft something additionally special

Victoria secret: midnight sales

Forever 21: 6am everything in yellow still on sale. Everything else more down.

Anthropology: 6am-11am 50% sale items. 25% off weekend sale items.

Bebe: 8am 25% off entire store until noon. 40% off select items now.

William Sonoma: 6am Door busters.

Ann Taylor: opens midnight. 50% off

Brooks Brothers: 20% off everything with MasterCard, 15% off with other cards. Til noon. Open at 8am

Coach: 8am nothing special.

BCBG: opens at 7am. Pick 2 items for 50% off. 50% off jackets leather and boots out wear.

Sony opens at 8am

Banana: midnight 40% off entire store

Zara opens at 8, check website for black Friday sales for women, kids, and men’s (just posted)

Limited: opens at 7am

Off Saks 5th: 6am 30% store wide. 40% clearance

Zynga Poker Pumpkin Carving

As someone who aspires to be Martha Stewart when it comes to pumpkin crafts, I thought I would try my hand at a poker themed pumpkin!

Make Your Own Poker-themed Pumpkin

First, start with a pumpkin:

And make sure you have the right tools…obviously; this wasn’t the first time I’ve carved pumpkins. In addition to the traditional 5 piece set that includes the scoop and different serrated knives, last year I also splurged and got the linoleum cutters from Michaels (with a 40% off a single item coupon, of course!)

 

Then we thought about what we wanted to make and got inspiration from the Zynga iPad apps:

And sketched out our ideas. I normally cut the bottom of the pumpkin, instead of the top…this prevents the pumpkin from rotting as quickly and it keeps the top of the pumpkin pretty.

We got all the seeds and goup out:

With just our hands and the scoop that comes in the pack.

Since I didn’t have a pattern and it’s very easy to make a mistake and cut the wrong line, I visulized everything by cutting out my design and taping it to the pumpkin.

Then I traced on what I wanted to make:

After tracing the basical outlines with a market that could easily be wiped off, I drew in the details since I was going to be cutting around the lettering and cards.

Then with my linoleum cutter I started shaving away.

I used a lamp to sign under the pumpkin so I wouldn’t have to play with fire everytime.

Eventually I was done! I used the smaller blade to edge out the details…then I shaved away the excess pumpkin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Antonio Daily Deals

With Groupon leading the charge by offering local daily deals, you might wonder what other discounts are out there. I have compiled a link of San Antonio Daily deals but most of the sites listed have corresponding deal sites to hundreds of other cities. Click on the links to find a city near you!

What are your favorite deals? What are the best ones you ever used?

One thing I would also like to point out is that these sites are very driven by us, the consumer! I have found Groupon and many other companies very receptive to what I want to see on their site. If you don’t see it, perhaps you’re not speaking up?

Transcript: President Obama’s Speech – Death of Osama Bin Laden

Transcript: President Obama’s Speech - Death of Osama Bin Laden

Picture taken from http://www.ctv.ca.

Transcription from President’s Obama announcement and confirmation that Osama Bin Laden was killed. (I searched several news sites for this same transcription w/o finding a completed copy. There might be minor differences but transcribed from the official televised statement Sunday, May 1, 2011.)

 

Good evening, tonight I can report to the American people and the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama Bin Laden, the leader of al Qaida and a terrorist who is responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children. It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory. High jacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky, the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground, black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon, the wreckage of Flight 93 from Shanksville, Pennsylvania where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heart break and destruction. And yet we know the worst images where those that were unseen to the world, the empty seat at the dinner table, children forced to grow up without their mother or their father, parents who would never know the feeling of their child’s embrace, nearly 3,000 citizens taken from us, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts.

 

In September 11th, 2001, in our time of grief, the American people came together, we offered our neighbors a hand and we offered the wounded our blood. We reaffirmed our ties to each other and our love of community and country, on that day, no matter where we came from, what god we prayed to, or what race or ethnicity we were, we were united as one America family. We were also united in our resolve to protect our nation and to bring those that committed this vicious attack to justice. We quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaida, an organization headed by Osama Bin Laden which had openly had declared war on the united States and was committed to killing innocence in our country and around the globe. And so we went to war against al Qaida to protect our citizens, our friends, and our allies.

 

Over the last ten years thanks to the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counter terrorism professionals we have made great strides in that effort. We have disrupted terrorist attacks and strengthened our homeland defense. In Afghanistan we removed the Taliban government which had given Bin Laden and al Qaida safe haven and support. And around the globe we have worked with our friend and allies to capture or kill scores of al Qaida terrorists including several who were apart of the 9/11 plot, yet Osama Bin Laden avoided capture and escaped across the Afghan border into Pakistan. Meanwhile al Qaida continued to operate from along that border and operate through its affiliates across the world.

 

And so shortly after taking office I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of Bin Laden the top priority of our war against Al Qaeda even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his networks.

 

Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to Bin laden. It was far from certain and it took many months to this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located Bin Laden hiding within a compound, deep inside Pakistan. And finally last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action and authorize an operation to get Osama Bin Laden and bring him to justice. Today at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out that operation w/ extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed and they took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight they killed Osama Bin Laden and took custody of his body.

 

For over two decades Bin Laden has been al Qaida’s leader and symbol and has continued to plot attacks against our country and our friends and allies. The death of Bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaida. Yet his death not mark the end of our effort. There is no doubt that al Qaida will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must and we will remain vigilant at home and abroad.

 

As we do not at war we must also reaffirm that the United States is not and will never be at war w/ Islam. I have made clear just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11 that our war is not against Islam as Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader. He was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed al Qaida slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries including our own. So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity. Over the years I have repeatedly made clear that we would take action within Pakistan if we knew where Bin Laden was and that is what we have done. But it is important to note that our counter terrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to Bin Laden and the compound that he was hiding. Indeed Bin Laden had declared war against Pakistan as well and ordered attacks against the Pakistani people. Tonight I called president Zardari and my team has already spoken w/ their Pakistani counterparts. They agree that this is a good and historic day for both of our nations and going forward it is essential that Pakistan continue to join us in the fight against al Qaida and its affiliates.

 

The American people did not choose this fight it came to our shores and it started w/ the senseless slaughter of our citizens. After nearly 10 years of service and sacrifice, we know well the costs of war, these efforts weigh on me, every time I, as command and chief, have to sign a letter to a family that has lost a loved one or look into the eyes of a service member who’s been gravely wounded. So Americans understand the costs of war. Yet as a country we will never tolerate our security being threatened or stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies. We will be true to the values that make us who we are and on nights like this one we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to al Qaida’s terror, justice has been done.

 

Tonight we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counter terrorism professionals who have worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome. The American people do not see their work or know their names but tonight they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice. We give thanks to the men who carried out this operation for they exemplified professionalism, patriotism, and unpatrolled courage of those who server our country and they are part of a generation that bore the heaviest part of the burden since that September day. Finally let me say to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11, that we have never forgotten your lost, nor waivered in our commitment to see that we do whatever it takes to prevent another attack on our shores and tonight let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11. I know that at times it has frayed.

 

Yet today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people. The cause of securing our country is not complete but tonight we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to, that is the story of our history whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people or the struggle for equality for all of our citizens, our commitment to standup for our values abroad, and our sacrifices to make the world a safer place.

 

Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power but because of who we are, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Thank you, may God bless you and may God bless the United States of America.

Transcript: President Obama’s Speech - Death of Osama Bin Laden

Picture taken from http://gothamist.com.

SmashBurger | San Antonio, TX

In the mood for a juicy hamburger or crisp veggies?! Smashburger is definitely the place for you to enjoy with your family! After being invited to a preview when they opened their Bandera/1604 San Antonio, TX location, I was immediately impressed to find out that their founder comes to most if not all their grand openings, all over the country!

“A place where you can get a 1/3 or 1/2 pound burger with one of our great recipes or you can create your own. A place that is close to home and affordable. Where the energy is comfortable and relaxed. Where the food is served to you quickly and on a plate – not in a bag. — smashburger is the better way.”

Another thing to note, each Smashburger features regional menu based on what is locally popular! In San Antonio you’ll definitely want to check out their

Smash Club: http://www.smashburger.com/smashclub.php

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/smashburger

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Smashburger or http://twitter.com/SmashburgerSA

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