From the daily archives: Friday, April 8, 2011

March 13th, 2011 marked the Centennial Celebration of author, humanitarian and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard (http://www.lronhubbard.org) and is being celebrated throughout the world.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 7, 2011

Across major cities in the United States, the Americas, Africa, Australia, Asia and Europe millions recognized the life works and legacy of L. Ron Hubbard (1911-1986) on his Centennial Celebration on March 13th, 2011. Celebrations took place in commemoration of Mr. Hubbard’s many contributions in the areas of the arts, exploration, his fiction works, his work as a humanitarian and the religious philosophy Mr. Hubbard developed, all of which are known and used by millions worldwide.

Born in Tilden, Nebraska on March 13th, 1911, the son of a Naval Officer, L. Ron Hubbard’s adventures and travels began at an early age by becoming the nation’s youngest Eagle Scout of his day in 1924 – just two weeks after his thirteenth birthday. By the age of 19 he had traveled over 250,000 miles before the advent of air travel by way of land and sea throughout America, the Caribbean and the Far East. These travels brought Mr. Hubbard face to face with many different cultures where he witnessed widespread social degradation in many different lands. This provided him a first hand insight into society’s most prevalent issues and served as a research base to his philosophical and humanitarian works in use today.

L. Ron Hubbard is known as one of the most prolific writers of the 20th Century, publishing 138 short stories, novelettes and novels during the 1930’s and 1940’s. This early writing career funded his continued research into the mind and the nature of man, only interrupted by his military service during WWII where he saw action both in the Atlantic and the Pacific. In 1948 Mr. Hubbard served as a Special Officer of the LAPD, which he used like any other experience in life – to observe in order to resolve problems concerned with social degradation.

His research led to the release of “Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health” and several years later was the founding of the Scientology Religion. Continuously researching in order to help his fellow man, L. Ron Hubbard later developed humanitarian programs for drug rehabilitation & detoxification, criminal reform, education & literacy and his common sense guide to better living – “The Way to Happiness” – which have touched many millions of lives in 170 nations.

Mr. Hubbard’s total body of literary accomplishments, fiction and non-fiction, expanded to become the largest single works for any individual – 35 million words, 12,000 writings and 3,000 recorded lectures.

“We are celebrating the centennial of one of the most remarkable lives of the 20th Century,” said President of the Friends of L. Ron Hubbard Foundation, Monica Sanz Polo. “Mr. Hubbard has left an indelible mark as an author, humanitarian and philosopher whose life works and legacy are known and cherished throughout the world.”

In anticipation of the L. Ron Hubbard Centennial, hundreds of letters of recognition, proclamations, awards and honors have been received by the Friends of L. Ron Hubbard Foundation from around the world in recognition of Mr. Hubbard’s works.

For more information on the life and works of L. Ron Hubbard visit the new interactive audio visual website http://www.lronhubbard.org.

 

 

IT’S INCOME TAX TIME AGAIN  AND THAT MEANS IT’S TIME TO BREAK OUT THE PROZAC, or whatever type of mood elevator might be handy.
A trip to the Tax Man is always a nerve wracking experience for me and my wife because we always wind up getting less back than we think we are, or we owe Uncle Sam more money than we’ve already paid.
In each case, how much determines how much  each of our moods change. It’s  also the same time of year I gain more sympathy for those radical rednecks who want their taxes lowered.
How much does the government need? Obviously more than anybody can afford. Especially since we are involved in three wars.
Three wars! Whose running the government? The Joint Chiefs of Staff?
No president in history has tried to fight three wars at the same time. This is ridiculous.
But even though we are being told once again that this war in Libya isn’t a war, the bombs are falling and it won’t be long until the troops are marching.
Why? Well, three little letters and the control of them come to mind. O-I-L.
The government sees a golden opportunity to seize more of the oil trade and, perhaps, keep us from paying $5.00 a gallon for gasoline. A noble cause if there ever was one.
But it would sure be nice if the government would end one conflict before rushing off to another. We have decided once again to police the world.
But it would sure be nice if us common folk could have a few extra dollars in our pockets and a few less missiles flying through the air. Maybe there would be some money for peaceful purposes.
Well, I’ll find out by next week if I can seriously consider voting for someone who offers tax relief this time around Meanwhile, I have to focus on money and keep most of it squirreled away until Uncle Sam gets through with me.
OVER IN HOLTVILLE the City Council put the brakes on the utility tax until it goes before the voters in November. It’s obviously money the city doesn’t want to give up.
And by then City Manager Laura Fischer may have moved on  if she holds to her resignation that takes place the last day of May.
That will create enough of a hassle for everybody as the city decides what programs it will cut and what it won’t. The city’s summer recreation programs are also supported by the utility tax.
We know  there are some old goats around city hall who are too old to remember what recreation programs can do to keep kids using up their energy in a positive manner. We’re also sure these same old goats will do their best to stop those funds and it’s doubtful whether they will provide any  alternatives. They didn’t when the City Recreation Supervisor had to step down They didn’t when the skateboard park almost got built. They won’t now.
The noise of children playing in a public park would disturb their sleep. I guess they would rather deal with problems of graffiti and other minor crimes. Crime is cheaper for them.
But at least this summer there will be something for young people to do, thanks to the city council. Maybe if a couple of their members would stop and think, they might realize all the problems they could cause. But that’s for someone else to clean up. November will come sooner than you think, however.
DRIVING TO IMPERIAL VALLEY after the weekend I couldn’t help thinking about how few cars there are on the road these days.
The gas prices have made staying home a viable option for any kind of trip. They also make someone like me take a longer look at those economical vehicles the auto manufacturers are turning out.
The last spike in oil prices triggered a whole lot of interest in alternative fuels for cars – including ethanol, methane, and natural gas.
As soon as the prices went down, even though it was only temporary, the interest in these fuels stopped. If research and Congress had continued perhaps we wouldn’t have to thinking about where we drive to and how much it will cost.
Electric cars may be something in everyone’s future if the Chevy Volt and a Nissan entry into the market are successful. Perhaps in the near future you can zip into a fueling station, plug your car into a socket, let it charge for a few minutes and then be on your way for another couple hundred miles.
Stranger things have happened. Look at all the cell phones that are in use as compared to 20 years ago.
Removing oil from the economic and political picture would go a long way to stop the fighting on a worldwide basis. Let’s hope so.
Peace.

 

By Bob Hurst

If the Los Angeles Dodgers plan was to win every series this season, they couldn’t have gotten off to a better start than to take three of four against the San Francisco Giants in the opening series at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers beat the Giants 2-1 on Opening Day followed by a 4-3 win, 10-0 loss and 7-5 victory in the series finale on Sunday. It was the first time that the Dodgers won three of four over the Giants since 2001.
“That’s the plan, try to win every series,” Dodgers centerfielder Matt Kemp said. “I know we can’t win every game, but we can try to win every series.”
Of course, winning every series is a solid goal if the Dodgers want to win the NL West. If they did take each series, they’d finish 113-49. That would likely be more than enough to do it. But for now, winning a series against the defending World Series champs and division favorite is a plus.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw held San Francisco to a run on four hits and one walk while striking out nine in seven innings in last Thursday’s opener. Matt Kemp scored the go-ahead run in the sixth on a throwing error by Giants catcher Buster Posey, and scored again in the eighth on a double by James Loney. Don Mattingly won his debut as Dodgers manager.
Los Angeles made it two straight on Friday behind Chad Billingsley. Rafael Furcal singled in the go-ahead run in that game. After getting rocked on Saturday (Ted Lilly gave up four runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings), the Dodgers finished the series on top on Sunday.
Marcus Thames, who arrived in L.A. as a free agent after hitting a career-high .288 with the New York Yankees last season, drove in the lead run on a triple in a four-run seventh.
Thames got a little help from Aubrey Huff in right field, who turned the deep fly ball into an adventure. Huff also misplayed Jamey Carroll’s liner in the first inning by diving for the ball that got under his glove for a run-scoring triple. Kemp then homered for a 3-0 lead.
“It’s not like I was trying to screw them up,” said Huff, who played most of his games at first base last season. “I was trying my best to catch them. Those plays aren’t easy.”
Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton got his third save on Sunday, the 80th of his career. He didn’t get his third save last year until May 9, in game 31.
“We’re winning, so I’m happy,” Broxton said.
Where are the fans? The Cleveland Indians set records for lowest attendance at Progressive Field in consecutive games on Saturday and Sunday. After an Opening Day crowd of 41,721 last Friday, paid attendance was 9,853 on Saturday, setting a new club record at the ball park. That mark was short-lived when Sunday’s attendance was announced at 8,726, another new low at Progressive. The Indians lost two of three to the Chicago White Sox.
Broom, please: There were four sweeps of season-opening series. Baltimore took its series 3-0 over host Tampa Bay as Zach Britton won his major league debut on Sunday; Texas hit four solo home runs on Sunday to sweep its three-game series with Boston; Ryan Howard homered and knocked in four runs in Philadelphia’s victory on Sunday, winning its series in three over Houston, and Ryan Hanigan hit two homers on Sunday as Cincinnati completed its 3-0 sweep over Milwaukee.

Quotable: “I want to make this pledge to Mets fans — our team will play the game the right way. We will always hustle on the bases, run balls down in the outfield and never take anything for granted, no matter the score of the game. — New manager Terry Collins’ letter to Mets fans prior to the team’s season opener.

Diamond Notes: Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria was placed on the disabled list on Sunday with a strained left oblique muscle and might miss three or more weeks…Cardinals’ outfielder Matt Holliday, who underwent an appendectomy last Friday, could return to the lineup this weekend. Holliday asked not to go on the DL. He went 3-for-4 with a home run in an Opening Day loss to San Diego…Minor league outfielder Preston Mattingly, the son of Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly, was released by the Indians over the weekend…Texas Rangers’ Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz became the first pair of teammates to homer in each of the first three games in a season…Mark Teixeira became the first Yankee to hit a home run in each of the season’s first three games since Dave Winfield in 1983.

Copyright © 2011  Bob Hurst. All Rights Reserved. Distributed by Hurst Sports Media.

 
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