Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A One Minute Day?

For Posterity a two minute look at November 4, 2008!!!


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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Behind The Scenes: Newsweek On McCain In The Dark, Obama Threats, And More

Behind The Scenes: Newsweek On McCain In The Dark, Obama Threats, And More

I'm posting here but haven't read yet. Will respond to information after I've read it.

RealClearPolitics - Video Log - McCain's Concession Speech

RealClearPolitics - Video Log - McCain's Concession Speech

One of McCain's better moments. His speech was generous and polite. Had his campaign rhetoric been this genteel he might have won the independent votes he desperately needed to win.

Chicago News and Opinion on The Huffington Post

Chicago News and Opinion on The Huffington Post

I'm so very proud of all USAmericans who voted, especially for those who voted for Mr. Barrack Obama.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Friendships Lost and Gained

Many years ago, when I first began teaching, I used an essay by a writer whose name I cannot recall at this time. The essay was about friends--childhood, work, school, hobby etc. Some friends you see once in a while and yet when you get together the talk and the affection seems to be the same as when you hung out together regularly.

Their are casual friends, friends for when troubles come, party friends etc.

When there is a sudden unexpected end to communications between friends of long standing the pain is as deep as when someone in the family passes away. I could be paranoid and say I'm to blame for the loss of friends I once considered close. However, I see that humans change and the things that bound us in the past no longer apply. So today I'm saying goodbye to the idea of another friendship in hopes that I can move on and acquire a few more to fill the void.

Knowing me, I probably will and hopefully I will learn more about friendship in future endeavors.

Online Only: The New Yorker

Online Only: The New Yorker

Interview with William Ayeres just reinforces the ways that political campaigns distort and can destroy people's lives.

Obama On Grandmother And Campaign: "Bittersweet"

Obama On Grandmother And Campaign: "Bittersweet"

This moment in Senator Obama's life touches me, for it reminds me of how it feels to lose one's parents and loved ones. I'm old enough to consider myself an adult orphan. My parents died long after I had "grown up."

His inclusion of her story during a campaign speech will help keep her story in our consciousness. This is a good thing for we owe our parents and all of our ancestors a great deal for what they contribute to our existence today.

May the Obama family find comfort during the time of this loss.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Memory Lane

I was reading the opinion pages of The NYT when I ran across Frank Rich's latest piece. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? The title reminded me of the movie to which it refers and my early and lingering impressions of the movie. The only performance worth the price of the ticket was Sidney Poitier's. I remember the overly dramatic and preachy message of the movie. I suppose the overwrought performances by Tracy and Hepburn forever colored my view of them as actors. But here I digress. Rich's analogy of Obama to Poitier is right on. We underestimate people because of the stupid stereotypes we insist on using when discussing people we had placed in a lower rung of the social ladder. To appreciate the comparisons it is good to read Rich's piece. In the end, he helps to shed light on the reasons for Obama's successfully run campaign. Should Senator Obama become President Obama it will be because he is both intelligent and tough and a dreamer/visionary and practical politician.

I hope we can replicate his goals to stop the politics of division and head toward the new century with greater understanding of the capabilities of all people.