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Photo shows American flags crumpled up on Hillary HQ floor

The Washington Post tweeted a disturbing photo that may show what some Hillary Clinton staffers really think about the American flag.

With many hours to go, Clinton s staff has flags ready for their election night party, the paper tweeted. The campaign appears to be violating basic flag etiquette. According to Military.com[1], Don t let the flag touch the ground.


  1. ^ Military.com (www.military.com)

Architects from Ghana, Italy, Norway among finalists to design …

The Barack Obama Foundation today announced seven architectural firms that will compete to design the Barack Obama Presidential Center that include several foreign agencies and artists. The Chicago Tribune[1] featured brief profiles on those competing for one of Chicago s and the nation s most sought-after commissions slated for selection at either Washington Park or Jackson Park by mid-2016.

The list released Monday includes four firms from New York, two in Europe and one in Chicago. The foundation said in September that 140 architectural firms from 25 countries and 60 cities applied to design the presidential center, ABC News[2] reports.

The center will be home to Obama s archives and a museum about his presidency, according to the site. It is expected to be completed in 2020 or 2021. Design finalists include David Adjaye, head of Adjaye Associates, who has created spatially inventive houses for London artists, as well as the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. that s expected to open next year.

The Tribune points out Adjaye, who ate dinner with President Obama during a 2012 state dinner for British Prime Minister, grew up in Ghana before moving to Britain in 1979. The news site opines that the socially conscious character of his designs and his transnational background appear to mesh well with Obama, a former community organizer whose own multiethnic background includes being raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.

The Norway architectural firm Snohetta, now headquartered in New York, is also a frontrunner. The firm devised the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet along the waterfront in Oslo, the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion in New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, according to the Tribune. The Italian architect Renzo Piano, who dined with Obama and other Italian notables in 2014, made the cut, as well. Piano, the go-to architect for museums recently designed the Art Institute of Chicago s Modern Wing. He created the tallest building in London a 1,000-foot tall pyramid called The Shard and also designed the Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan, which received high praise from Michelle Obama earlier this year.

I fell in love with the building, the first lady said. She even raved about the museum s freight elevator, the Tribune reports. Aside from the foreign-based firms, there are a few American architects also still in the running. Diller Scofidio + Renfro designers of a new Broad museum in Los Angeles and the planned expansion of the New York Museum of Modern Art have a history working with the University of Chicago, which landed the winning bid for the Obama center. The firm is also designing the Rubenstein Forum for the University a few blocks from the potential Jackson Park site.

John Ronan Architects made the Obama Foundation s short list, too. Ronan is a Grand Rapids, Michigan native who has won multiple honors from the American Institute of Architects for projects in Chicago: one for the elegant Poetry Foundation headquarters in River North, the other for the Gary Comer Youth Center, a brightly colored community center in the South Side s Greater Grand Crossing Neighborhood, the Tribune reports. The fast-rising New York firm SHoP Architects designers of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn that hosts the Brooklyn Nets and New York Islanders also remain in the running, as does Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, designers of the Logan Center for the Arts in Chicago.

The former was praised by Obama Foundation architecture consultant Paul Goldberger as designing a decent and at times strong building with the Barclays Center, while the latter was awarded a 2013 National Medal of Arts by the president, according to the news site.


  1. ^ Chicago Tribune (www.chicagotribune.com)
  2. ^ ABC News (abcnews.go.com)

7 Things to Double Check on Cruise Day

One of the most exciting days in a cruiser s life is embarkation day. The countdown has been ticking for what seems like ages and the day is finally here! However, before the lines are cast off the ship and you re plying Caribbean waters, make sure you have all your bases covered. Here are 7 things you should double check before you hop on your cruise.

1. Banking/Credit Cards

Make sure you call your financial company and let them know that you re going to be on a cruise. If your bank sees a weird pattern where your debit/credit card is being used in Miami, Cozumel, and then Grand Cayman they might flag the card and put a stop on it. The last thing you want is to try pay your bar tab and have the server say, I m sorry, your card was declined. It happened to my roommate in Cozumel.

2. Check Cellphone Plan

These days smartphones are everyone s all-in-one; from cameras, communication via social media or text, and the occasional conversation. If you plan on using your phone even for photos double check with your carrier to make sure you do the appropriate steps so you aren t data roaming on the ship s network. My iPhone s first cruise cost me over $500 in data charges.

3. Personal Matters

It s good to double check to make sure that someone is collecting your mail, newspaper, feeding your fish, cultivating your crops on Farmville, and taking care of tasks around your house. Our neighbor went on a 14-day Alaska cruise and didn t ask us to bring in his newspaper. After the seventh day I finally started throwing the paper behind his bushes so his house wouldn t be a target or ours!

4. Confirm Transportation

Know the logistics on how you re getting to the cruise port and how much you ll have to pay when you get there. Whether it be cruise line transfers, a cab or parking at the pier. Also know the parking policies for each cruise port. In Miami you pay $20 per night for parking at the pier and you pay at the end of your cruise. In Port Canaveral you pay $15 per day and pay before you park.

You can find cruise port parking fees here[1].

5. Cruise Documents

Sounds silly but you wouldn t imagine how many people forget their cruise documents on embarkation day (me included). Make sure you print your documents and have them easily accessible at the pier. Not having your cruise documents at the pier can delay your embarkation by an hour. Also, don t pack your cruise documents in your checked luggage!

6. Passport/Birth Certificate

This is along the same lines of cruise documents but deserves its own category because a lot of people forget they need a passport or they bring the wrong birth certificate. The birth certificate needs to be the original or a state issued duplicate with a seal. Copies will not work. Nor will providing a baptism certificate or record of birth issued by the hospital. My friend almost didn t get to sail on his bachelor cruise because he brought a record of birth and not the state-issued birth certificate.

7. Good Attitude

This maybe a given but on cruise day you could experience a lot of lines. Everything from entering the port, dropping off your bag, going through security, checking in, to waiting for your group to be called to board the ship. There could be a lot of sitting around and waiting, so a good attitude is a must. You will want to leave no stone unturned on embarkation day. Do you have a cruise day cross check ritual?

Feature photo: Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Lines

7 Things To Double Check On Cruise Day




  1. ^ parking fees here (cruiseradio.net)