Archive for April, 2013

30
Apr
13

night owl chat, part 2: James Joyce

…yes I said yes I will Yes.

To those of you who will sleep, sleep well.

To those of you wending your ways through your days, do so with passion.

30
Apr
13

Night owl chat: Solo piano version

Eventually one of you is going to slap me upside the head with these night owl musical posts. Until then, we soldier on. Tonight we explore the art of the piano.

First up: Mozart, “Rondo alla Turca”, from Piano Sonata no. 11 in A major

Beethoven, “Bagatelle no. 25 in A minor”, otherwise known as “Für Elise”

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30
Apr
13

This and That

President Obama & the First Lady backstage in the Green Room before today’s Joining Forces event. Photo by Pete Souza

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Michael Tomasky: Well, we learned something new about what’s going on in wingnut land. Apparently, you see, there are four–no; make that at least four!–diplomatic officials who are in possession of vital information about Benghazi: the department’s (er, Hillary’s) refusal to increase security in the months before the attack; the diplo security forces (er, Hillary’s) failure to respond to the attack in the most forceful way; and finally, the administration’s (er, Hillary’s) cover-up and lies in the aftermath.

Ed Henry asked about this right off the bat, injecting a dose of Breitbartism into the proceedings. Like everyone else in America who tries not to patronize the fever swamps, I went “huh?” Then I Googled it and got this Fox News piece laying out the whole vast conspiracy:

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Here’s the press conference again:

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That ‘Honest, I’m trying *reeeeeeally* hard to take you seriously’ look

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30
Apr
13

Video: The Press Conference

30
Apr
13

The Press Conference

10:40 EST

White House live

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11:45 AM President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady and Dr. Biden Make a significant employment announcement for veterans and military spouses

White House live

30
Apr
13

Rise and Shine

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Today:

10:15: President Obama holds a press conference

11:45: The President, the Vice President, the First Lady and Dr Jill Biden make a significant employment announcement for veterans and military spouses

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MarketWatch: In another sign of an improving deficit picture, the Treasury on Monday said it expects to pay off debt in the current quarter for the first time in six years.

In a statement, Treasury said it now expects to pay off $35 billion of debt in the April-to-June quarter, compared to an earlier projection, given in February, that it would have to borrow $103 billion.

This will be the first quarter that Treasury has paid off debt since April-to-June period 2007.

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ThinkProgress: Over the last several days, the Syrian crisis has exploded back into the news. As the U.S. debates how to respond to the now two-year long struggle, here’s the what you need to know….

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29
Apr
13

Night owl chat with reunited Spandau Ballet

So, yes, I’m Gen-X, which means I’m a child of the 80s. Without further ado, reunited Spandau Ballet.

Gold

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29
Apr
13

This and That

President Obama at the National Academy of Sciences, April 29

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Mary Foxx, grandmother of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, is seen seated in the East Room of the White House where President Barack Obama announced that he nominated her grandson as transportation secretary. Mary Foxx worked at the White House in the Truman Administration

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Will catch up with the news in the morning

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Wishing GoBrooklyn all the very best ahead of her operation tomorrow (Tuesday) – love from us all.

29
Apr
13

A seminal moment in the fight for equality….

“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay”

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Imagine you’re in the oven, baking. Some of us know and accept our sexuality right away and some need more time to cook. I should know — I baked for 33 years.

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29
Apr
13

Jack meets the President

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President Barack Obama greets Jack Hoffman, 7, of Atkinson, Neb., in the Oval Office, April 29. Hoffman, who is battling pediatric brain cancer, gained national attention after he ran for a 69-yard touchdown during a Nebraska Cornhuskers spring football game. Hoffman holds a football that the President signed for him. (Photo by Pete Souza)

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HuskerInsider: So what does a 7-year-old pediatric brain cancer patient do after thrilling 60,000 fans at Nebraska’s Spring Football Game, plus nearly 8 million YouTube viewers, with an inspiring 69-yard touchdown run? After throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Saturday’s nationally televised Nebraska-Michigan softball game in Lincoln, Jack flew to Washington D.C. with his dad, Andy, mom, Bri and sisters Ava 5, and Reese, 2.

On Sunday, the Hoffmans took in the sights of our Nation’s Capital in advance of a Monday noontime scheduled visit with President Barack Obama at the White House. “We were thrilled to get invited, and we hope it all comes off,” Andy Hoffman, Jack’s dad, said Sunday night.

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