All posts tagged: current-events

Lincoln, the movie

Lincoln is a 2012 historical drama film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The screenplay was written by Tony Kushner and was based on the book, A Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It took six years to write and film, two years longer than the Civil War itself. The Thanksgiving weekend shows, such as Meet the Press, Up with Chris Hayes and MSNBC Weekends with Alex Witt all featured interviews and discussions about this movie. Apparently, everyone in punditocracy immediately flocked to see this movie. And everyone agrees that Daniel Day-Lewis has nailed Lincoln for all time, even Doris Kearns Goodwin. In the interview with Alex Witt, Goodwin said she felt as if Lincoln were “back again.” When I saw the movie, I never felt as if I were watching an actor, but actually Lincoln, so I understood what she was expressing. During the interview, she explained that the movie stays true to history and is as rooted in history …

Virtual Victory Speech

Of my seven election nights, this is the third that lasted many days.  In the 2000 primary, I made the runoff by 300-odd votes, and waited a week to find out for sure.  In the 2012 primary, I made the runoff by 719 votes out of 151,000 cast; that took a number of weeks to play out.  And in this election, we closed up election night with a lead of 685 votes, with thousands more to count.  So unlike my friends like Toni Atkins or Brian Maienschien (who believe me would sweat if they ever got less than 60% of the vote), I don’t get to give a victory speech to my assembled supporters on election night.   So now I am giving my victory speech virtually.  So grab your campaign sign and an appropriate celebratory beverage, and read this while standing up.  Please applaud and laugh at the appropriate times. Thank you!  Thank you so much for being here [or there].

How To Donate To Help The Victims of Hurricane Sandy aka FRANKENSTORM

This advice from a friend of the Club who’s daughter talked to the Emergency Management Department at Arkansas Tech. Monetary donations to either the American Red Cross (ARC) or the Salvation Army are the best way to help. I know that people sometimes would rather donate clothes or other items such as personal hygiene items, but when donated these actually end up costing more. First of all they will need to be transported to the disaster area and what is not used either goes bad or has to be stored. Therefore causing what we call a “second disaster,” mounds of stuff left over and an added cost of storing the items. Monetary donations can go directly to the area of the disaster and can be used to purchase needed goods. I spoke directly to the ARC about the amount of donations that actually goes to the disaster victims and this was their response, “Out of every dollar donated, 91 cents goes towards the disaster and 9 cents towards administrative fees.” I have included some links below for easy …

Why Let the Rich Hoard All the Toys?

Imagine a kindergarten with 100 students, lavishly supplied with books, crayons and toys. Yet you gasp: one avaricious little boy is jealously guarding a mountain of toys for himself. A handful of other children are quietly playing with a few toys each, while 90 of the children are looking on forlornly — empty-handed. The one greedy boy has hoarded more toys than all those 90 children put together! “What’s going on?” you ask. “Let’s learn to share! One child shouldn’t hog everything for himself!” The greedy little boy looks at you, indignant. “Do you believe in redistribution?” he asks suspiciously, his lips curling in contempt. “I don’t want to share. This is America!” Read the full article by Nicholas D. Kristof here – NYTimes.com.

Our Endorsed Candidate For Mayor Speaks Out

Arts and Culture As mayor, his dedication to Arts at a local and national level would strengthen San Diego as a leading community for the creation and celebration of world-class art. Jobs To bring San Diego into the 21st century, Bob recognizes we need to rejuvenate our economy. Bob is committed to turning our port into a global maritime center. With our near-endless amount of sunshine, Bob sees San Diego’s renewable energy potential by harnessing the public sector to create demand for solar power. Education–Building San Diego’s Future: Youth Local government in San Diego treats a young person as three different people. The City of San Diego views a young person through the lens of public safety, libraries and recreation facilities; the county deals with health, social service and delinquency issues; and our schools are responsible for educating students. Each agency works within silos, seldom working together. This results in a lack of coordination and gaps in program delivery in many parts of the city. Neighborhoods Bob knows that the strength of San Diego lies …

The Sights And Sounds of Charlotte

The first impression is about the “sounds ” that engulfed everyone in the hall. The energy and enthusiasm were overwhelming. So much so that it was impossible to hear at times and we were all forced to look up at the giant TV monitors in order to read the scrolled words of all the really GREAT speeches…..of which there were many. Most of the three day sessions in the Time Warner Arena lasted 8 hours plus. 4pm to 11pm or 12am……It’s a full day. Plus, there were over 1500 different meetings and events you could attend from Sunday to Thursday! Some type of interest group or caucus or party for everyone. Things started at 7:30 am and didn’t stop until 2am, if you were determined to try and get it all in. Not me. I don’t think the television coverage can really capture the energy that bordered on frenzy in the arena. It made it impossible not to get caught up in the cheering and chanting. I’m not one to shout “USA, USA” but after …