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Saturday, March 17, 2012

D-Xirable Photographs! My City and Home KCMO and My Loves!

Hello my wonderful and amazing loves!

I haven't been on here much and I will not be on here for a while because my laptop is officially broken. Until I get a new one, this will pretty much be my last post for a while. It saddens me to say this but I felt that all of you should know this! I hope to see all of your new blog posts when I get back and I hope to see that some of you have continued to follow me while I'm gone. I surely do LOVE all of you and I will miss blogging and reading your blogs. But more importantly, I will miss hearing from all of you while I'm gone!

I really do appreciate all of the support, love, comments, kind words, EVERYTHING! It means SO much to me! I mean that from the bottom of my heart! Every kind comment makes me smile! I'm so happy to know ALL of you!

Thanks so much lovely Sam for being so caring! It means a lot to me that you posted a comment checking in on me! You are so kind and wonderful! I do hope you know that love! And thanks Akanksha for always being so nice as well! It means a ton. But really, thanks to all of you! :)

I've decided that my last post will be a reflection of who I am through pictures and not words. I figured that I've made you all read enough for a while and that it's time to just show you pictures!

Kansas City, Missouri!

Below are pictures of my home and the city that I LOVE the most in this world because it's the place/city that I was born and raised in. It's KCMO! I LOVE my city! It's home and I just LOVE all of my friends and family here!

Picture of the P&L (Power & Light) District in KCMO!

Picture of the Plaza Lights in Kansas City, MO!

Picture of KCMO!

Picture of Downtown Kansas City, MO at night time! :)

Picture of beautiful Kansas City, MO at night time! :)

Picture of KCMO!

Picture of the Plaza lights in Kansas City, MO!

Picture of the Plaza lights in KCMO!

Picture of the P&L District in Kansas City, MO!

My Sisters and Loves!

Below are some beautiful photos that I took of some of my beautiful sisters and loves! I'm not a professional photographer at all but I just LOVE these pictures that I took of them and I LOVE them all so very much! :)

My beautiful little sister Kali at the beautiful Loose Park!

My beautiful big sis Te at beautiful Loose Park!

My sorority sister Sarah D. at the Nelson Atkins Museum!

My beautiful wifey and love Shelbi J.! 
My beautiful big sis Ja during our AMAZING Florida vacation! 

My beautiful big sis Ja at the Kansas City Zoo!

Her at Rockhurst University! It's where I attended college at!
My little heart and my little world, my little sister Nico! This is near home! 

Below are some pictures that I drew during my freshman year of college. I'm no artist but I do like to draw occasionally! :)

I actually drew this picture in high school for a grade! I got a 100% on it! :)

My little sis Nico (Toni) actually drew this picture!

I hope that you enjoyed this post! It's not like my other posts but I hope that you enjoyed the pictures and getting to see a little more about me or the things and people that I LOVE! :) 

I will be gone for a while, but know that I am ALWAYS thinking of you all and that I do love you all! When I return I will be sure to catch up, that's a PROMISE! In the mean time, I will return comments back and follow new followers back! Take care my loves!

Happy St. Patrick's Day Everyone! I hope that you will enjoy it! :)

Love always,
LaTasha B.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

D-Xirable War and Peace Quotes!

Hello my loves,

I'm sorry about the delay in this post.

There are OVER 1,000 quotes on War and Peace! In order to pick which ones that I thought were the best, I had to read all of those that I could find. So, that's why this post took SO long to do! Also, I've been really busy doing other things.

With that said, I am ALWAYS for PEACE but I decided to add the few pro - war quotes that I found just because. So, here's the post. Yes, it's long. But like I said, there are TONS of quotes on this subject!

(Sort of) Pro - War Quotes

War creates peace like hate creates love. ~David L. Wilson

Our enemies...never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we. ~George W. Bush (Hahaha)

War should be the politics of last resort. And when we go to war, we should have a purpose that our people understand and support. ~Colin Powell

The only defensible war is a war of defense. ~G. K. Chesterton

The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on. ~Omar Bradley

There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet the enemy. ~George Washington

Yes, we love peace, but we are not willing to take wounds for it, as we are for war. ~John Andrew Holmes

Anti - War Quotes

The chain reaction of evil--wars producing more wars -- must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

I hate war for its consequences, for the lies it lives on and propagates, for the undying hatreds it arouses... ~Harry Emerson Fosdick

After every ''victory'' you have more enemies. ~Jeanette Winterson

I guess every generation is doomed to fight its war...suffer the loss of the same old illusions, and learn the same old lessons on its own. ~Phillip Caputo

I hate those men who would send into war youth to fight and die for them; the pride and cowardice of those old men, making their wars that boys must die. ~Mary Roberts Rinehart

I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in. ~George McGovern

The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions. ~Robert Lynd

War doesn't make boys men, it makes men dead. ~Ken Gillespie

Wars teach us not to love our enemies, but to hate our allies. ~W. L. George

Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood. ~Mahatma Gandhi

It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood...War is hell. ~General William Tecumseh Sherman

No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. ~James Madison

Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder. ~Percy Bysshe Shelley

War remains the decisive human failure. ~John Kenneth Galbraith

Today the real test of power is not capacity to make war but capacity to prevent it. ~Anne O'Hare McCormick

One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one. ~Agatha Christie

War is wretched beyond description, and only a fool or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality. ~Senator John McCain

War is the business of barbarians. ~Napoleon Bonaparte

War means blind obedience, unthinking stupidity, brutish callousness, wanton destruction, and irresponsible murder. ~Alexander Berkman

There should be an honest attempt at the reconciliation of differences before resorting to combat. ~Jimmy Carter

War is organized murder and torture against our brothers. ~Alfred Adler

Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

There is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

In war, there are no unwounded soldiers. ~Jose Narosky

What a cruel thing is war...to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world. ~Robert E. Lee

There is but one evil, war. All the other proclaimed evils such as hate, greed, discrimination  and jealousy are only sub-categories of it. ~Jose Barreiro

Old men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die. ~Herbert C. Hoover

How could man rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men? ~Lao Tzu

Most wars are started by well-fed people with time on their hands to dream up half-baked ideologies or grandiose ambitions... ~Thomas Sowell

Think of war as a game of Russian roulette. It is a game of chance with your life as the grand prize. ~Ramman Kenoun

The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders...tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. ~Herman Goering

There is no morality in war. Morality is the privilege of those judging from the distance. War is only death and destruction... ~John Cory

In war, there are no winners. ~Ramman Kenoun

It's more humane to cure your enemies than to kill them. ~Hugh Mann

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army. ~Edward Everett

In order to rally people, governments need enemies...if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us. ~Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk

War is the cemetery of futures promised. ~John Cory

Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Force always attracts men of low morality. ~Albert Einstein

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind. ~John F. Kennedy

Tis nobler to lose honor to save the lives of men than it is to gain honor by taking them. ~David Borenstein

Man is the only animal that is cruel. It kills just for the sake of it. ~Mark Twain

Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived. ~Abraham Lincoln

In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons. ~Herodotus

The supreme excellence is to subdue the armies of your enemies without even having to fight them. ~Sun Tzu

Can anything be more ridiculous than that a man has a right to kill me because he lives on the other side of the water, and because his ruler has quarrel with mine, although I have none with him? ~Blaise Pascal

It is the youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow...that are the aftermath of war. ~Herbert C. Hoover

War is the greatest plague that can affect humanity; it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it. ~Martin Luther

No weapon has ever settled a moral problem. It can impose a solution but it cannot guarantee it to be a just one. ~Ernest Hemingway

If you live long enough, you'll see that every victory turns into a defeat. ~Simone de Beauvoir

It takes twenty years or more of peace to make a man; it only takes twenty seconds of war to destroy him. ~King Baudouin I of Belgium

I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone. ~H. L. Mencken

History has witnessed the failure of many endeavors to impose peace by war, cooperation by coercion, unanimity by slaughtering dissidents…. A lasting order cannot be established by bayonets. ~Ludwig von Mises

There never was a good war or a bad peace. ~Benjamin Franklin

An eye for an eye makes us all blind. ~Mahatma Gandhi

Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war. ~Albert Einstein

War comes from our being immature, fearful, and injured, and not being able to conceive of other ways of solving problems. ~Patricia Sun

Conflict is the criminals' paradise; it is the only time when killing is allowed, theft is tolerated, and rape is forgiven. ~Ramman Kenoun

We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living. ~General Omar N. Bradley

What a cruel thing is war: to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness god has given us in this world... ~Robert E. Lee

What a cruel thing war is...to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors. ~Robert E. Lee

War settles nothing. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

War does not determine who is right - only who is left. ~Bertrand Russell

We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict wants something more than it wants peace. ~Jeane Kirkpatrick

When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die. ~Jean-Paul Sartre

War: first, one hopes to win...in the end, one is surprised that everyone has lost. ~Karl Kraus

How does one prevail in war? Both sides have already lost. ~Logan Kodysz

Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional. ~Max Lucade

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent. ~Mahatma Gandhi

Peace Quotes

Peace is constructed, not fought for. ~Brent Davis

As long as we can talk with people, as long as one can keep the guns quiet, one has a chance. ~Lydia Sicher

We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children. ~Jimmy Carter

Respect for the rights of others means peace. ~Benito Juárez

All nations want peace, but they want a peace that suits them. ~Admiral Sir John Fisher

All mankind...being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions. ~John Locke

Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none. ~Thomas Jefferson

To all those who walk the path of human cooperation war must appear loathsome and inhuman. ~Alfred Adler

There is no way to peace. Peace is the way. ~Mahatma Gandhi

Society has arisen out of the works of peace; the essence of society is peacemaking. ~Ludwig von Mises

A people free to choose will always choose peace. ~Ronald Reagan

Peace has to be created, in order to be maintained. It will never be achieved by passivity and quietism. ~Dorothy Thompson

Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it. ~Thomas Jefferson

Peace...is the product of Faith, Strength, Energy, Will, Sympathy, Justice, Imagination, and the triumph of principle. ~Dorothy Thompson

Peace hath higher tests of manhood than battle ever knew. ~John Greenleaf Whittier

We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

If peace...only had the music and pageantry of war, there'd be no wars. ~Sophie Kerr

Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding. ~Albert Einstein

Let us not deceive ourselves; we must elect world peace or world destruction. ~Bernard M. Baruch

Peace has its victories no less than war, but it doesn't have as many monuments to unveil. ~Kin Hubbard

Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are...savages. ~Thomas Alva Edison

We must pursue peaceful end through peaceful means. ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. ~Thomas Merton

Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak... Non-violence is hard work. ~Cesar Chavez

Working for peace in the future is to work for peace in the present moment. ~Thich Nhat Hahn

For it isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

War...is as much a punishment to the punisher as to the sufferer. ~Thomas Jefferson

Today the real test of America's power and wisdom is not our capacity to make war but our capacity to prevent it. ~Dale Turner

There is nothing that war has ever achieved that we could not better achieve without it. ~Henry Havelock Ellis

War is a defeat for humanity. ~Pope John Paul II

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends. ~Abraham Lincoln

Peace and not war is the father of all things. ~Ludwig von Mise

Peace is its own reward. ~
Mahatma Gandhi

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. ~Mother Teresa

If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies. ~Moshe Dayan

First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others. ~Thomas A Kempis

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. ~Nelson Mandela

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one. ~John Lennon

Peace is rarely denied to the peaceful. ~Friedrich Schiller

The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace. ~Carlos Santana

If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children. ~Mahatma Gandhi

We shall find peace. We shall hear angels. We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds. ~Anton Chekov

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. ~Jimi Hendrix

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the postive affirmation of peace. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you make peace with yourself, you make peace with the world. ~Maha Ghosananda

Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means. ~Ronald Reagan

I hope that you enjoyed this post!
Thank you to Marianne M. from Lure of the dark side (http://lureofthedarkside.blogspot.com/) for suggesting that I do this post!

Love always,
LaTasha B.

Friday, March 2, 2012

D-Xirable Movie Time! (The Woman In Black, 21 Jump Street, and The Lorax)

Hello my loves!

I'm SO sorry that I haven't been on much lately. I've been SO busy! I promise to get back to everyone as soon as I can! I'm still working on the War and Peace Quote post by the way!

In the meantime, and in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday today, I decided to do some movie reviews. Especially since I saw The Lorax at midnight last night. I went with Sarah N. to see them this week.

The Woman in Black

Picture of a scene from the movie

Picture of a scene from the movie

Picture of the woman in black

The first movie review is about The Woman in Black starring Daniel Radcliffe. This movie has been out a while as well but I finally got to see it. This movie was SUPER suspenseful and that is what made this movie scary. You are basically on the edge of your seat waiting for something to jump out and scare you. I jumped several times throughout this movie and Sarah N. did too! In fact, she jumped more than me.

Basically, this movie is about a woman dressed in black who seeks revenge by killing the children of anyone that sees her. She's upset because her sister took her son from her, and she's upset because her son ends up dying (drowning) in her sister's care. Arthur Kipps (played by Daniel Radcliffe) attempts to give her peace by uniting the mother with her child but to no avail. She wants revenge and will never forgive. I HATE the ending of this movie and that's what killed it for me. In a way, it's supposed to be a happy one but I don't see it that way. In the end... No, I won't give it away. I may not have liked the ending but it's totally worth seeing at least once!

21 Jump Street

Picture of handsome Channing Tatum in "21 Jump Street"

Picture of super cute Dave Franco in "21 Jump Street"

Picture of handsome Channing Tatum, cute Dave Franco, and funny Jonah Hill in "21 Jump Street"

The second movie review is on 21 Jump Street starring the SEXY Channing Tatum and funny Jonah Hill. Yes, it doesn't come out until March 16 and I've already seen it! I got 2 tickets to an advance screening of it and invited Sarah N. to see it with me since she's always letting me see movies for free with her. The advance screening was yesterday at 7:30 pm. We got there early hoping to be towards the front of the line but the line was pretty long when we go there, and we got there around 6:15 pm.

This movie was WELL worth the wait! This movie is SO AMAZING and SO AWESOME! I'm not kidding you, this movie is HILARIOUS! It's like one of my favorite comedy movies now! I laughed SO hard and SO much! Sarah N. laughed a lot as well! Channing Tatum is so funny! He has great comedic timing, and the back-and-forth between Jonah Hill and him is perfect! They definitely have comedic chemistry and they play off of each other VERY well!

I won't give too much of the movie away but it's basically about two cops going undercover as high school students to find a drug supplier. Jenko (played by Channing) was popular in high school and Schmidt, (played by Jonah) was a nerd in high school. But things change when they go back to high school the second time around. They weren't friends in high school but they become friends during police training. Will they remain friends as they go back to high school?...

Plus, there's a VERY HOT surprise cameo that made all of the ladies (including me) in the screening clap and scream! I plan on seeing this movie again! Trust me, it's that good! And I DEFINITELY recommend this movie to anyone and everyone that's of age (this movie is rated R)! It's SO funny!

The Lorax

The Once-ler




Grammy Norma

The third movie review is on The Lorax. The Lorax is a VERY cute movie. I liked it a lot. First, it's important that movie-goers understand that The Lorax (voiced by Danny DeVito) and The Once-ler (voiced by Ed Helms) are the main characters of this story, and not Ted (voiced by Zac Efron) and Audrey (voiced by Taylor Swift). I believe that the trailer is deceiving when it comes to that. Especially, for those (like me) who haven't read the story...

Other than that, this movie is so cute and very family oriented! This movie is about Ted's search for a real tree to impress Audrey. Danny Devito is so funny as The Lorax, Zac Efron is so adorable as Ted, and Betty White is awesome voicing Grammy Norma! This story sends out a great message. Oh, and in my opinion, it's totally worth seeing in 3-D! The setting of this story is so beautiful and it pops in 3-D. The singing fishes are so cute in this movie and the little bears are too! This movie is EXTREMELY cute! I definitely recommend this movie to children and to all of those that are young at heart!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! :)

These are just my opinions and my reviews of these movies. If you disagree with them, that's okay. We are all entitled to our opinions.

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Love always,
LaTasha B.