Archive for May 22nd, 2014

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May
14

Night owl chat – TEDTalks: Nature, beauty, gratitude

From YouTube:

Nature’s beauty can be easily missed — but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.

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Revel in beauty, and chat on, Night Owls!

22
May
14

The President at the Baseball Hall of Fame

President Obama looks at a jersey worn by Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, the first African American to break into the Major Leagues, during a tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., May 22, 2014. Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson is at left and Hall of Famer Andre Dawson is at right (Photo by Pete Souza)

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@dougmillsnyt: President Obama walks with members of the Secret Service in Rome, NY.

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President Obama and former Chicago Cubs player Andre Dawson look at an exhibit about women in baseball

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@dougmillsnyt: President Obama looks over a Jackie Robinson display as he tours the Baseball Hall of Fame

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@dougmillsnyt: President Obama tries on a Chicago White Sox World Series Ring as he tours the National Baseball Hall of Fame

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22
May
14

Baseball Hall of Fame

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More in a while!

22
May
14

President Obama Speaks at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

President Obama Speaks at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Also at White House Live

(I’ve seen 3:0, 3:30 and 3:55 EDT for this speech – so, I have no clue!)

22
May
14

When it gets to be too much

 

Yesterday, the House voted to provide subsidies for summertime children’s lunches only to “rural areas”. That wasn’t even a dog whistle, it was an out and out statement of racism.

A few days ago, a New Hampshire police commissioner not only called President Barack Obama a “n***er”, but defended his statement, saying that the President fit his definition for one. He refused to resign until just a couple of days ago.

Today, Mark Cuban admitted to “biases”. He could cross the street—in what I’m sure is a gated, nearly all-white community—if he saw a young black man in a hoodie coming towards him. Of course, if that young black man in a hoodie had a 42-inch vertical leap, I’m sure he’d take the time to sign him to a contract.

It seems as if the past few weeks have seen an explosion of insanity. As Pres. Obama succeeds in the face of unparalleled obstruction—Obamacare, the economy, isolating Russia—certain sectors of this country have decided on a scorched earth policy. If they can’t exercise untrammeled power, if the country elects and re-elects Pres. Obama, then burn everything, like Russians retreating before Napoleon.

It can be forgiven if one gets to feel downtrodden. The forces arrayed against progress are not minor. They have almost unlimited funding. They drive media narratives. They more or less own five Justices on the Supreme Court. The scenario would prove daunting and depressive to even the hardiest souls.

Continue reading ‘When it gets to be too much’

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May
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