Monthly Archives: June 2008

This is BIG…Summerfest 2008



Two days to go until the 2008 version of the “Big Gig” gets underway at Milwaukee’s lakefront. The festival is recognized by Guinness World Records as the “World’s Largest Music Festival,” attracting 900,000 people each year to Henry Maier Festival Park, a 75-acre setting downtown on Lake Michigan. The 10 day, 11 stage, 12 hours a day music fest features performers from almost all genres, plus comedy.

I’ve probably only missed one since I witnessed the infamous ’72 George Carlin “Seven Words You Can’t Say” performance (R.I.P.). 

If you’ve visited my “images” site (here), I have photos from last year’s performances of The Wailers, Femi Kuti, and King Ibu w/Lucky Diop.

Some of the performers I am looking forward to photograph this year….







Besides the great music there is an amazing array of food, along with sports demonstrations, children’s activities, and did I mention the food?

We’re just crossing our fingers that we won’t need an ark building workshop too.

I hope we’re seeing this…..


…instead of this…


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You’ll never read this but…

Here’s a good one. Now I don’t expect anyone to read every word of this laundry list. Just gloss over it, looking at some of the bigger highlights;

Nobel Peace Prize, President’s Medal of Freedom, Ghandi Peace Prize…

…and then know that this man remains on the U.S. list of terrorists.

That’s right, I said, “the U.S. list of terrorists”.



Oh Ya. Thanks to Bush & Co. we are being protected from winners of the “Anne Frank Medal for Human Rights and Tolerance”.

Ridiculous. This administration’s objective’s are so insane.

How does THIS resume sound to you?  (and please see his “mugshot” and read his “jihad-ist” quotation at the end of this list, that for some reason goes on and on and on and…


Elected Honorary President of the Students’ Union, University College, London


  • Elected Honorary President of the Students’ Union, University of Leeds, Britain


  • A nuclear particle discovered at the University of Leeds named the Mandela particle


  • Honorary life membership of the Students’ Union of the University of London


  • Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Law, University of Lesotho, Maseru, 29 September


  • Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding, New Delhi, India, 14 November


  • Freedom of the City of Glasgow, 4 August. The scroll was accepted on behalf of Mandela by the Vice-President of Nigeria

  • Road named after Mandela by the London Borough of Brent

  • Seventeen-thousand-signature petition handed to South African Embassy in Paris calling for release of Mandela

  • Dr Bruno Kreisky Prize for merit in the field of human rights, Vienna, Austria


  • Elected Honorary Life President of the Students’ Union at the London School of Economics and Political Science

  • By August 1982 a total of 2,000 mayors in 53 countries worldwide had signed a petition for Nelson Mandela’s release

  • Organisation of African Unity calls for release of Nelson Mandela


  • Honorary citizenship of Rome, February. Scroll received by Vice-President of Mozambique

  • Honorary citizenship of Olympia (original site of the Olympic Games), Greece, 17 March

  • Honorary Doctorate of Laws. City College of New York, 5 June

  • City Council of Dublin, Ireland, unveiled sculpture in a city park by Elisabeth Frink dedicated to Nelson Mandela, 26 June

  • Award of the order ‘Star of International Friendship’ in gold by the German Democratic Republic, 18 July

  • City Council of Harlow, United Kingdom, renamed one of its major roads in honour of Nelson Mandela, 18 July

  • AUEW (TASS), on of Britain’s major trade unions, held a special ceremony to rename their executive committee room the ‘Nelson Mandela Room’, 18 July

  • Freedom of London Borough of Greenwich, 20 July

  • UNESCO awards its first Simon Bolivar International Prize jointly to Nelson Mandela and King Juan Carlos of Spain at a ceremony in Caracas, Venezuela, on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bolivar, 24 July

  • City Council of Leeds, Britain, names the Civic Hall ‘Nelson Mandela Gardens’, 10 December

  • Twelve members of the United States Congress call for Nelson and Winnie Mandela to be made honorary citizens of the USA

  • Second chamber of Netherlands parliament asks Netherlands government to urge South African government to release Nelson Mandela and all South African political prisoners

  • Seventy-eight members of British parliament call for Nelson Mandela’s release

  • Park in Hull, Britain, named ‘Mandela Park’

  • Labour Party of Britain invites Nelson Mandela as a guest of its Annual Conference

  • Netherlands government informs the South African government that it is prepared to grant Nelson Mandela political asylum and requests his release

  • Nominated for election to the Chancellorship of the University of Natal, South Africa, by the Students’ Representative Council

  • Honorary LL.D, University of Lancaster, Britain

  • City of Cardiff, Wales, named a street after Nelson Mandela

  • The students of Warwick University, Coventry and South Bank Polytechnic Students Union named rooms in honour of Nelson Mandela

  • New York City renamed square in front of South African mission to the United Nations ‘Nelson and Winnie Mandela Plaza’


  • Honorary Degree, Free University of Brussels, 13 January

  • Camden Borough Council, London, names the street where the Anti-Apartheid Movement has its headquarters as ‘Mandela Street’.

  • The British pop group Special AKA releases a record called ‘Free Nelson Mandela’ which becomes a hit

  • Hackney Council, London, renames a housing block after Nelson Mandela, April

  • Playa Giron Award, Cuba, awarded by Fidel Castro

  • Honorary membership of National and Local Government Officers Association [NALGO] Britain

  • Haringey Borough Council, London, names housing development after Nelson Mandela

  • Resolution sponsored by 135 Congressman in US House of Representatives calling for release of Nelson Mandela approved by acclamation by House Foreign Affairs Committee and approved by Senate

  • Synod of Nedertuitse Gereformeerde Kerk in Africa (NGKA) calls for release of Nelson Mandela

  • Monument to Nelson Mandela unveiled in Merrion Square, Dublin

  • Bishop Trevor Huddleston presents 50,000 signatures on international petition to Javier Perez de Cuellar, UN Secretary General. calling for the release of Mandela and all South African political prisoners

  • Elected Honorary Member of the Students Association, University of Strathclyde. Scotland

  • Freedom of the City of Wijnegen, Belgium

  • Awarded Star of International Friendship, German Democratic Republic, 27 August

  • Freedom of the City of Aberdeen conferred on both Nelson and Winnie Mandela, 29 November

  • School in German Democratic Republic named ‘Nelson Mandela School’


  • Revenue Staff Federation, Britain, names its Commonwealth trade union scholarship after Nelson Mandela

  • London Borough of Southwark names new road ‘Mandela Way’

  • Nottingham City Council names a room in a sports centre

  • Mayors representing more than fifty British towns and cities march through London in full ceremonial dress to ask the Prime Minister to take further steps to secure Nelson Mandela’s release

  • The 1985 Third World Prize, awarded annually by the London-based Third World Foundation for Social and Economic Studies, awarded jointly to Nelson and Winnie Mandela

  • Awarded freedom of the City of Hull, UK.

  • Awarded the Ludovic-Trarieux International Human Rights Prize by Human Rights Institute of The Bar of Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France, 29 March

  • Nigerian writers organisation, Writers and Journalists Against Apartheid (WAJAAP), confers title of Life Patron

  • City of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, UK, renames its speakers’ corner Nelson Mandela Corner, September

  • Freedom of the City of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October

  • Honorary citizenship of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October

  • Diploma of Honour and Friendship from the University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October

  • Statue of Nelson Mandela erected in London by Greater London Council, unveiled by Oliver Tambo on 28 October

  • Senegal’s President Abdou Diouf inaugurates Soweto Square and Nelson Mandela Avenue in the centre of Dakar, 6 December

  • Awarded Doctor of Laws degree by Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria, December


  • Elected Honorary Life President of the National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa

  • Awarded the W E B DuBois International Medal by the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP)

  • Coventry City Council named new building after Mandela

  • Presented with the Alfonso Comin Foundation Peace Award in Barcelona, Spain

  • Freedom of the Borough of Islwyn, Wales, given to Winnie and Nelson Mandela

  • Awarded International Peace and Freedom Award by the Workers International Centre, Stockholm Sweden

  • Awarded, with Winnie Mandela, the Third World Prize by the Strategic and International Studies Group of Malaysia, 5 May

  • Honorary Doctorate of Laws, University of Zimbabwe

  • Park in Leicester, England, named after Mandela

  • Honorary membership awarded to Winnie and Nelson Mandela by the National Union of Seamen, Britain

  • Street in Glasgow, Scotland, where South African Consulate is sited, renamed after Mandela


  • First person to receive the Freedom of the City of Sydney, Australia, 9 January.

  • Honorary Degrees, Winnie and Nelson Mandela, United States Ross University Medical School in the Caribbean

  • Named Patron of Isipingo and District Football Association, Natal

  • Honorary Degree, University of Michigan, USA

  • Honorary Degree. University of Havana, Cuba

  • Honorary Citizen, City of Florence, Italy

  • Topped a poll in the Johannesburg newspaper, Sowetan , of the people its readers would like to run South Africa

  • Honorary Doctorate, Karl Marx University of the German Democratic Republic, Leipzig, 11 November


  • Awarded Bremen Solidarity Prize, Federal Republic of Germany

  • Nelson and Winnie Mandela given honorary membership of the National Union of Teachers, Great Britain

  • Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute Concert, Wembley Stadium, London, 11 June. Attended by audience of 72,000 and seen on television by close to a billion people in over 60 countries

  • Awarded freedom of the City of Dublin, Ireland

  • Awarded the Sakharov Prize

  • Honorary Doctorate conferred, University of Carabobo, Venezuela, June

  • People of Levkada, Greece, award the Medal of Peace, August

  • Honorary citizenship conferred by nine Greek municiplaities: Egaleo, Ellenikon, Glyfada, Ilioupolis, Daissariani, New Filadelfia, Nikaea, Preveza and Zogrofu

  • Honorary degree in Political Science awarded by the University of Bologna, Italy, 12 September

  • Honorary citizenship bestowed by the Town Council of the city of Bologna, Italy, September

  • Awarded the United Nations Human Rights Fourth Award, 10 December

  • ‘Nelson Mandela Road’ named, New Delhi, India, 10 December


  • Agusto Cesar Sandino Award bestowed by Daniel Ortega, President of Nicaragua, Managua, 21 February

  • Freedom of the Municipality of KweKwe, Zimbabwe, conferred. Award received by Oliver Tambo

  • Awarded Peace Prize of the Tipperary Peace Committee, Ireland

  • Nuremberg Platz renamed ‘Nelson Mandela Platz’, Nuremberg, Germany, June

  • Honorary Doctorate of Laws, York University, Toronto, Canada, 16 June

  • Square in Clayes-sous-Bois, France, named ‘Nelson Mandela Square’, September


  • Made Honorary Life President of National Union of Mineworkers when he addressed its Central Committee, 21 April

  • Granted freedom of the City of Harare, Zimbabwe, March

  • ‘Mandela Day’, a public holiday declared in Zimbabwe on 5 March

  • Awarded the Lenin Peace Prize for 1990, May

  • Bestowed the Dr Antonio Agostinho Neto Order, the highest honour of the People’s Republic of Angola, 12 May

  • Bestowed the award ‘Grand Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’, Lagos, 14 May

  • Awarded Al-Qadafi International Prize for Human Rights in Tripoli, Libya, 19 or 20 May

  • Honorary degree in political science by the Cairo University, Egypt, 19 or 20 May

  • Bestowed ‘Bharat Ratna’, India’s highest civilian award, October

  • Doctorate, honoris causa, conferred by University of Malaya, November

  • Honorary Doctorate in law, University of Western Cape, Bellville, Cape Town, 28 November



  • Received 1991 UNESCO Peace Prize, Paris, 3 February

  • Installed as Chancellor of the University of the North, 25 April

  • Honorary LL.D Degree conferred by the University of Fort Hare, 9 May

  • Honorary Doctorate conferred at the Sheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar, Senegal, 30 June

  • Presented with the Freedom of Miami Beach Medallion of Honour, Johannesburg, 29 September

  • Pakistan conferred the Nishan-i-Pakistan Award, 3 October

  • Asturias Prize of International Co-operation awarded, Oviedo, Spain, 31 October

  • Received the “Spirit of Liberty” award at the “People for the American Way” award ceremony, 8 November



  • Received the New Nation/Engen Man of the Year Flame of Distinction award, 24 March

  • Elected Newsmaker of the Year, with Deputy President F W de Klerk, by the Johannesburg Press Club, 25 May. Prof Kader Asmal received the award on 29 September

  • Received the Hunger Project’s 8th annual Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger, London, 19 July

  • Received Anne Frank medal for human rights and tolerance, Johannesburg, 15 August

  • Received Sheikh Yusuf Peace Award from the Moslem Women’s Federation, 10 September

  • Received the Arthur A Houghton Star Crystal Award for Excellence from the African-American Institute, 6 October

  • Honorary Doctorate, Howard University, 7 October

  • Received freedom of the town of Tongaat, KwaZulu/Natal, 21 October (initially granted in 1989)

  • Received the Olympic Gold Order from International Olympic Committee president, Juan Antonio Samaranch, Cape Town, 16 November

  • Received Man of the Year Award  from the Greek Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Southern Africa, Johannesburg, 19 November 1994

  • Honorary Doctorate awarded by University of South Africa

  • Awarded the “Commonwealth Champion of Health” medal, received by South African athletes at the Commonwealth Games, Canada


  • Africa Peace Award – sponsored jointly by the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) and the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) – presented at a ceremony in Durban, March

  • ‘Nelson Mandela Road’ to Katse, Lesotho, inaugurated, 13 July

  • Received Pretoria Press Club’s 1994 Newsmaker of the Year Award, Pretoria, 20 July

  • Granted the Freedom of Uitenhage, Uitenhage, 14 September

  • Awarded Honorary Fellowship of the College of Medicine of South Africa, Johannesburg, 17 October

  • Harvard Business School Statesman of the Year Award, 14 December

  • Human Rights Institute, with President Mandela as honorary chairman, launched in London by the International Bar Association, December 1995





  • Received the Deutscher Medienpreis, Baden Baden, Germany, 28 January

  • Awarded the Oneness-Peace: Earth-Summit-Transcendence-Fragrance Award, Pretoria, 9 March

  • Received the Golden Medal of the City of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 10 March

  • Received honorary doctorate from Leiden University, the Netherlands, 12 March

  • Awarded the Freedom of the City of Durban, Durban, 16 April

  • Received Honorary Doctorate from the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 30 April

  • Received Ukraine’s Highest Decoration, the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, Cape Town, 5 May

  • Appointed Honorary Companion of the Order of Australia, Canberra, 9 June

  • Received Jesse Owens Global Award, Johannesburg, 21 September

  • Received insignia of Honour from the African Renaissance Institute, Johannesburg, 11 October

  • Received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Botswana, Gaborone, 14 October

  • Received the Baker Institute Enron Prize for Distinguished Public Service at Rice University, Houston, 26 October

  • Awarded the Freedom of the City of Lydenburg, Lydenburg, 3 November

  • Received the Order of Australia from Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Pretoria, 15 November

  • Presented with the Temple of Understanding Annual Award to Religious and Political Leaders for Outstanding Service to Humanity, Cape Town, 5 December

  • Presented with the Gandhi-King Award by the World Movement for Non-violence at the Parliament of World Religions, Cape Town, 5 December



  • International Ghandi Peace Prize, Presidential Palace, New Delhi, 16 March

  • Made an Honorary Freeman of Leeds, 30 April

  • Made an Honorary Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, 2 May

  • Awarded the first King Shaka Award in recognition of bravery, 25 July 2001

  • Park Public School renamed Mandela Park Public School, Toronto, Canada, 17 November

  • Received honorary doctorate of law from Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, 17 November

  • Granted Honorary Citizenship of Canada, 19 November

  • Awarded the LLD Honoris Cause from the University of the Free State

  • Awarded the D Tech Education Honoris Cause from the Technikon Free State

  • Human Rights Lifetime Achievement award by the SA Human Rights Commission, Johannesburg11 December


  • Awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law from Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, 6 April

  • Awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Ghana, South Africa, 24 April

  • Awarded the Frankilin Delano Roosevelt Freedom Medal, Middleburg, The Netherlands, 8 June.

  • Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom , the United States’ highest civilian award, by George W Bush, Washington, USA, 9 July


“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla


and he’s on the “US List of Terrorists”

Happy 90th Birthday Maestro Nelson Mandela

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Father’s Day

 Happy Father’s Day

Not a day goes by without a memory.


My Dad


There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go.  ~Author Unknown

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Little Russ, we’ll miss you.

Tim Russert

May 7th, 1950-June 13th, 2008


While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates.  You must wait till it be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.  ~Samuel Johnson


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Storm Running


Here’s the storm I outran yesterday from starbucks about 10 miles from my ma’s house near West Bend, WI. Employees and customers from the stores were outside taking pictures. It reminded me of the alien ships coming on from Independence Day.










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Change your mind?

There it is. Below, in the previous post. The ongoing cost of war. This war. This debacle, quagmire. This Vietnam revisited. You think we could have found a way, a more peaceful way, to spend that cash? 

Maybe solve MOST of the hunger, medical, economic problems here AND in the most needed regions? Talk about a USA public relations coup. We could have been what we stand for. Freedom. Justice. Peace. “CHRISTIAN”. 

But no, we’re better off in that mess in the desert. USA: vengeful, imperial, condescending, aggressive, our-way-or-the-highway.

“Our” men & women losing their lives. “Their” men & women & children losing their lives. Thousands. 

 Over what again? Because Al Queda would march into D.C. if we didn’t?

Fear-mongering, hate-mongering. That’s been the attitude of some “leaders” and many Americans.

So what’s that counter up to now? $600 billion+?

You getting your money’s worth? OVER HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS!!?!?!  You think that’s providing us our precious National Security?

It’s way past the time to change direction. “Stay the course” stands for, “We’ll look like cowards if we quit”, and “oh my, what will happen if we leave?”.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think the same way I did when I was 20, 30, 40. “Changing our minds” when new information and knowledge is acquired is NORMAL.

Einstein said, “You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it”. You HAVE to CHANGE YOUR MIND.

If we didn’t, women would still not be allowed to vote, or God forbid, run for President.

If we didn’t, AMERICANS of (more recent) African descent would not be allowed ANY freedom, let alone be a Presidential candidate.

As most of us have heard, the definition of “insanity” is repeating the same behavior over and over and expecting different results.

That means, it’s okay to Change Your Mind.

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A Break in the Action

Where am I? What day is it?

Actually, I am quite sure of all-of-the-above. But we did stop traveling for 36 hours or so. After about 3900 miles, here we are near Clarksville, TN, very close to the Kentucky border. We’ll be taking a ride to Fort Campbell, which I hear is pretty vacant as most of the men & women have been deployed to Afghanistan.

Ahead of us is about 650 miles to suburban Milwaukee, where we can unpack for a few weeks.

Behind us are some incredible memories. Including but not limited to…

3 hours standing in the I-10 “parking lot” 4 miles from the AZ-NM border. (not a great start)


The Houston Museum of Natural Science was awesome- and Houston was a great city to see & visit.


Kiln, MS is really a small town (but it’s Brett Favre’s hometown so it was our little Mecca).


The Mobile Bay Ferry is really cool even on a sweltering day.


Florida A1A is not the same as it was 30 years ago when miles and miles could be driven with an unobscured view of the coast. Now you have to get quick peeks between homes as you drive by. Sad.

But I was right about Miami. It’s been calling me for almost 30 years. I loved it. The vibe comes from so many sources. Little Havana, South Beach, Coconut Grove, Downtown, Key Biscayne. Radio playing Cuban, Carib, Afro, R&B, everything.

The weather was gorgeous. The giant cumulus gathering way out on the ocean. The breezes that were so cooling with the humidity. Maybe 12 years of living in Phoenix made it easy, I don’t know. But it was damn easy. The lush, LUSH, landscaping; green GREEN everywhere.


Key West had a tough act to follw (Miami) and it was a slower pace, but we came, we had a Cheeseburger in Paradise, and we felt the tantalizing fringes of the tropical Carribean. 


On to Merrit Island and Kennedy Space Center.

Wow, what a sight. Space Shuttle Discovery Mission STS-124 to the International Space Station launched at 5:02pm on May 31st and we were there to see it. After the shuttle Discovery Commander received the go ahead for launch sequence, his final transmission to Johnson Mission Control was, “Get ready for the greatest show on Earth”.


It was.

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