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Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day with Carole P. Roman Giveaway Opportunity!

Your child will just love Captain No Beard and his crew!


Talk Like A Pirate Day is coming in just nine days! Carole P. Roman and her “character” Captain No Beard want to celebrate this day with an awesome giveaway. Arrg…

This one is a bit different though as every day you have to go looking for clues that lead up to the day. If you are really lucky, you might even find a pop up treasure along the way.

So, what is the final pirate booty you say? Well, Shiver Me Timbers! There is a treasure chest filled with Carole P. Roman’s “Captain No Beard Series” of books and a $25 gift card to Toys R Us.
Aye, that sounds like a good treasure to me, Me Mateys!

So, follow the Rafflecopter below for where to find the clues. The more you look, the more entries you have. Good luck with finding the “X”!

DIsclosure: This giveaway was arranged by Away We Go Media on behalf of Carole P. Roman. SoCal City Kids has been asked to promote this giveaway and has not be compensated for this post. The giveaway begins on Sept 9, 2015 and ends midnight of Sept 20, 2015. This giveaway is open to U.S. only. All entries will be verified. Winner must respond to an email sent within 48 hours or forfeit their prize.

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Approaching Constitution Day: 5 Interesting Facts You Need to Know for September 17th!

For the first time ever, America’s most important document has been reassembled for a modern audience in The Constitution of the United States of America: Modern Edition edited by Dr. Henry Bain. Below are five fun and interesting facts about our Constitution that you may or may not (but definitely should!) know:

1. September 17 is Constitution Day.

The late Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, a Constitution enthusiast and a skilled parliamentarian, struck a blow for constitutional literacy a few years ago when he slipped a rider into an appropriation act that required an annual celebration of the Constitution by federal agencies and by educational institutions that receive federal funds.

The law requires that on Constitution Day (September 17) every federal department and agency “provide educational and training materials concerning the United States Constitution to each employee.” Furthermore, every educational institution that receives federal funds for a fiscal year “shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.”

 

2. Only three errors in the Constitution have ever been discovered, and Dr. Henry Bain himself found one of them.

Congress committed each error as it prepared an amendment for adoption. By “error” this means something that is incorrect and was not intended by the Congress that drafted the constitutional text. Though scholars and lawmakers have been scrutinizing the Constitution minutely for a long time, it appears that nobody had noticed this second mistake until Dr. Bain pointed it out. The error appears in the 17th Amendment on election of senators.

 

3.  The Supreme Court’s little-appreciated role in the repeal of constitutional text.

We all know how text gets added to the Constitution–an amendment is proposed by two thirds of each house of Congress, and approved by three-quarters of the states, as provided by Article V. But what about the opposite process, in which text is removed from the document? That is an important part of the process of constitutional development, but it is nowhere spelled out for us.

The short answer is that text can be subtracted by amendment just as it can be added. That was done in the case of the Twenty-first Amendment, which repealed the Eighteenth (Prohibition) Amendment. But little attention has been paid to an alternative method. The Supreme Court can do the job!

Here two instances of such removal of text by the Court. One of these is the language in the Fifth Amendment that establishes a right for persons accused of crime: they can only be prosecuted if a grand jury votes an indictment or presentment. In fact, we all have a stronger right than this text suggests, because presentments have never been much used, even in the early days of the Republic, and they have been prohibited since 1946 by the federal rules of criminal procedure, approved by the Supreme Court. So no matter how heinous your transgression, you don’t have to worry about a federal prosecutor coming after you with a presentment that he has gotten a grand jury to approve. The Constitution’s mention of them is a dead letter. 

Another example of the Supreme Court trimming the Constitution is in the Twenty-fourth Amendment (1964), outlawing the poll tax, where there is an interesting limitation. The amendment applies only to voting for federal offices: presidential electors, senators, and representatives. To get it adopted, its sponsors had to exclude all state and local offices.

 

4. James Madison tried and failed to secure a well-organized Constitution: the story of the first ten amendments.

James Madison, elected a representative in the First Congress, felt an urgent need to obtain amendments that would guarantee Americans’ basic rights. The task was not easy, since many of the Federalist members of Congress, who were a large majority, thought this a needless distraction from their efforts to get the new government running–establish courts, secure revenue, etc. The anti-Federalists were totally opposed–they were demanding many amendments, but these were attempts to weaken the new national government, not to protect rights. Madison crafted a set of twelve amendments, to be inserted at appropriate points in the constitutional text, and succeeded in getting the package approved in a preliminary vote by the House of Representatives. But the vote was too close for comfort. (In the final vote, a two-thirds vote would be needed.)

In the House debate, a big obstacle to Madison’s project was revealed when Roger Sherman of Connecticut, who had been a member of the Constitutional Convention,  spoke strongly against Madison’s proposal, complaining that it was not proper for Congress to intrude into the text recently composed by the Convention and approved by the states. Any amendments should be placed at the end of the document, he declared. Sherman did not confine himself to speechmaking. When the anti-Federalists asked for a full debate on their numerous resolutions (a project viewed with horror by all good Federalists), he voted with them, and brought another Connecticut member along with him on the vote.

In the face of this tactic, Madison yielded and placed the whole package of amendments at the end of the constitutional text, where they became the first ten amendments.

 

5. As much as 20% of the Constitution is now considered obsolete or no longer used.

While it is extremely important to learn about our history’s past, it is also necessary to learn what parts of the Constitution are and aren’t still in place today.

This widespread obsolescence sometimes affects entire paragraphs or amendments (the Eighteenth Amendment, imposing Prohibition) and sometimes tiny parts of sentences (the language making it clear that the Constitution covers treaties made before 1788). When we have taken account of all the pieces of obsolete text, large and small, we find that more than one-fifth of the document is now obsolete and ready for a museum.

 

Now that the Constitution is accessible, Dr. Bain hopes that students, kids, and even activists and citizens will be able to understand the Constitution in its own words, without the need for commentary or paraphrase.

This amazing, one-of-a-kind modernization of the United States’ supreme law gives readers a better understanding of:

  • The powers vested in each branch of the federal government
  • The role of the states in our federal system
  • The Amendments to the Constitution
  • The meaning of antiquated terms and grammatical forms
  • The vision that molded our country to what it is today.

I received a copy of The Constitution of the United States of America: Modern Edition edited by Dr. Henry Bain. I found it a very interesting book and a great resource for both parents and children. 

More info:

Dr. Henry Bain is a constitutional expert, government researcher and editor of The Constitution of the United States of America. Modern EditionRearranged and Edited for Ease of Reading. He is credited with discovering one of only three recognized typos in the Constitution. For more information, please visit, www.modernconstitution.com or Amazon.com.

Self Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to facilitate this post. Info and facts provided by The Constitution of the United States of America: Modern Edition edited by Dr. Henry Bain.

‘Shop in the Name of Love’ at Whole Foods Market ‘Love Fest’ appreciates customers with best deals ever and weekly giveaways from Sept. 9 – Nov. 3, 2015

Whole Foods Market stores across the U.S. are hosting “Love Fest” to appreciate and celebrate the company’s number one stakeholder, its http://i1288.photobucket.com/albums/b496/ckwon91/lovehigh_zpsncs7pr8f.jpgcustomers. Beginning Sept. 9 and running through Nov. 3, 2015 shoppers can enjoy special events and daily surprises, along with huge deals and giveaways.

“We are looking forward to deepening our connections with customers and saying ‘thank you’ and ‘we love you’ during this special Love Fest season,” said Whole Foods Market’s executive vice president of operations, David Lannon. “We can’t wait to surprise and delight shoppers with some of our best-ever deals, weekly giveaways and a few other surprises in our stores as well as in our social media channels.”

Whole Foods Market’s Love Fest will feature promotions at the individual store and community levels to celebrate their local shoppers.

In addition, every store will offer:

·         Weekly $500 grocery giveaways in every store – Each week between Sept. 9 and Nov. 3, every store will randomly select one shopper to receive a $500 gift card.

·         25-cent cups of coffee – Between Sept. 9 and Sept. 30, all 12-ounce brewed cups of coffee at Whole Foods Market’s coffee bars will cost just a quarter, with no limit per customer.

·         Weekly product offers – Each Wednesday through Tuesday, several featured products will be specially priced, many discounted by 50 percent. These sales are in addition to other discounts, promotions and everyday values throughout each store.

·         Customized events and giveaways – Every Whole Foods Market store will be creating their own distinct ways to say thanks and give back to customers, from special events to unexpected giveaways.

Credit: Whole Foods Market.

 

Local Maritime Cultures Celebrated At Moompetam, The Aquarium’s Eleventh Annual Native American Festival Giveaway Opportunity!

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Several tribes will be represented at the Aquarium through live music and dance, cultural craft presentations, and artifacts of daily life.

Envision what our region was like several hundreds of years ago and learn about the various tribes that maintain their historical connection to the ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Moompetam: Gathering of the Salt Water People. The Aquarium’s eleventh annual Native American festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20, 2015. This event will feature traditional music, dance, storytelling, cultural craft demonstrations, and educational programs. Families will be able to participate in arts and crafts for all ages as well as other activities inspired by local indigenous maritime cultures. Native American artists will present cultural materials, such as basketry, items of adornment, and artifacts of daily life.

 

Moompetam (pronounced \’mohm peh tahm\), meaning “People of the Ocean,” is derived from the word for saltwater in the Tongva language. For the local, coastal, and island indigenous people of Southern California, the ocean has always been a sacred entity. The maritime native peoples that inhabited ocean waters for thousands of years, including the Tongva, Chumash, Acjachemen, Costanoan, Luiseno, and Kumeyaay, were taught to deeply respect the ocean. The ocean environment is reflected in all aspects of their cultures.

 

WHEN:           Saturday & Sunday, September 19-20, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:         Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

 

COST:            Moompetam is included with general admission—$28.95 adult (12+), $25.95 senior (62+), $14.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age 3 and Aquarium members

 

INFO:              (562) 590-3100 or www.aquariumofpacific.org

With coupon adults receive $10 OFF admission. Regular $28.95, just $18.95 with coupon!

PDF COUPONS:

Attached is a coupon flyer PDF for each festival. Everyone is invited to post this coupon on the internet and Facebook. Anyone can also share it by email, or print and distribute it as noted on the coupon.

MOBILE COUPONS:

  • Moompetam Native American Festival: Go to this link and show the coupon on your mobile device at the ticket window:aquariumofpacific.org/fest1
  • Southeast Asia Day: Go to this link and show the coupon on your mobile device at the ticket window:aquariumofpacific.org/fest3

*Showing a PDF or image of the printable flyer on your mobile device will not be accepted.

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to attend the event! To enter, leave a comment below telling us your favorite exhibit at the Aquarium. Deadline to enter  is September 16, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org.

AQUARIUM:  The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, the interactive Shark Lagoon and Lorikeet Forest exhibits, and the new Jellies exhibits. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. The Aquarium has won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits. For more information, visit www.aquariumofpacific.org

Credit: Info and Photo provided courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific.

The Transporter Refueled – A Reboot of An Action Series With Mixed Reviews

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There are many mixed reviews on this film which opened this weekend. Many people were disappointed that Jason Statham was replaced by newcomer Ed Skrein. The story follows a former special-ops mercenary, Frank Martin, now living a less perilous life – or so he thinks – transporting classified packages for questionable people. When Frank’s father (Ray Stevenson) pays him a visit in the south of France, their father-son bonding weekend takes a turn for the worse when Frank is engaged by a cunning femme-fatale, Anna (Loan Chabanol), and her three seductive sidekicks to orchestrate the bank heist of the century. Our reviewers also had mixed reactions. Tre’ana H., age 11 comments, “The Transporter Refueled is an action-packed, thriller and crime film. The director Camille Delamarre delivers this spine-chiller in a way that keeps you in suspense the whole time.” Willie J, age 16 adds, “I think this movie is very average. As a person who knows films and has seen plenty of action films, this movie offers nothing special.” See their full reviews below.

The Transporter Refueled

By Tre’ana H., age 11, September 4, 2015 KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

 

The Transporter Refueled is an action-packed, thriller and crime film. The director Camille Delamarre delivers this spine-chiller in a way that keeps you in suspense the whole time.  Their fashion is sleek and sophisticated.

This film takes place in the south of France where Frank Martin (Ed Skrein) enters into a world full of trouble. His father Frank Senior (Ray Stevenson) goes to visit his son for a weekend without knowing what he will encounter. Frank is the Uber person that transports you wherever you want to go without any questions being asked.  He stumbles upon trouble when he is engaged by a cunning sinister women Anna (Loan Chabanol) and her three seductive sidekicks to orchestrate the bank heist of the century.  He must use his courageous skills with his super fast Audi and slick women to outrun a Russian kingpin. But, it is not over because the women want revenge.  This is the beginning.  That’s all I can reveal.

My favorite part is when Frank Martin and Anna and her three side chicks are leaving the club after they terrorized the patrons.  Frank gets into an altercation outside and puts all the women in the car and tells them not to touch anything.  While he is fighting, the car rolls down the ramp by itself.  It is awesome! I really enjoyed that part.

The message of the film is to love your children dearly, no matter how hard it gets and don’t ever give up on them for money.

I recommend this film for ages 13 to 18 and give it 3 out of 5 stars because it did not really keep my interest.  Also, I feel this is inappropriate film for children under the age of 13 but people older will appreciate it.

This movie is in theaters now so, if you’re over the age of 13, check it out.

The Transporters Refueled
by Willie J, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic age 16

 

I have to start this review off by saying that I have not seen the previous three previous Transporter films. I am reviewing this film as it stands on its own and not as the fourth sequel in the franchise so take my criticism with that in mind, for better or for worse.

With that said, I think this movie is very average. As a person who knows films and has seen plenty of action films, this movie offers nothing special. It has some nice moments, but there are plenty of mistakes that could have, and should have been, been avoided. What I do know from the series is that Jason Statham is replaced in this film so it is like a re-birth for a new era. If that is the case then, it’s not off to a great start. But, it’s not off to bad one either.

The best parts of the film are the action sequences. They are things of beauty, filled with excitement, vivacity and cool effects. There are good performances for a film of this kind, especially from Ray Stevenson. There’s even a nice twist towards the end.

But, there is an awful romantic subplot, with inconsistent characterization.  The fact is that this action movie is no different than any other action movie as you’ll see. It’s entertaining, yet forgettable.

For fans of the series, I’m sorry I can’t help you more. I liked it for the most part and I’m not a fan. So perhaps that means you’ll like it even more than me. I hope so.

I give it 2 1/2 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 15 to 18. Some of the content pushes its rating. Some of which had me question what the original cut looked like. This film is in theaters now.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Upcoming Attractions, www.kidsfirst.org.