A Brief History of Presidents Abroad - TIME: "And while not exactly a gaffe, George H.W. Bush must have wished the cameras weren't rolling when, during a 1992 trip to Japan, he vomited and then passed out in the lap of the Japanese Prime Minister at a state dinner. Ditto for George W. Bush — when he tried to leave a 2005 press conference in Beijing, cameras caught his humiliating attempt to open a locked door next to his podium. The resulting footage was an instant YouTube hit. Bill Clinton was accused of taking trips abroad to distract from his Paula Jones and Monica Lewinsky troubles, but still managed to work in some 50 trips overseas while in office."
Living and laughing with a disability - cerebral palsy; ordinary life, extraordinary circumstances.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Dealer’s Fortunes Rise and Fall With Hummer’s - NYTimes.com
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Despite an ill-timed presidential transition, the confusing and ever-changing policies of former treasury secretary Hank Paulsen, the lambasting of U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and the mind-boggling partisanship of Congress, Bernanke has engineered a succession of policies that are succeeding in normalizing credit markets.
This is a harbinger of economic recovery. Future historians will marvel at how swiftly he acted at a time when the world economy seemed to be hopelessly, and relentlessly, unraveling.
New ransomware holds Windows files hostage, demands $50
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Behind Facebook's success: It takes a village - International Herald Tribune: "In the West, a certain anonymity once prevailed, then was voluntarily surrendered. People now post drunken photographs of themselves, announce whereabouts, disclose activities that could return to haunt them. There are risks for employment. There are risks for relationships — 'No, I was at a work dinner,' you say, before the party photographs are uploaded. There are risks for offending friends when you visit a city without telling them.
But we make the same bargain as villagers: that, in surrendering privacy, we gain community."
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
My favorite was about a funeral for a man who had died from Aids, early on when we were coming to terms with the epidemic. He read a psalm, and a new testament reading, then closed the Bible. The people who had gathered asked him to reopen the Bible, and requested other passages for him to read. It opened his eyes that a people that "God's people" were writing off were hungry for the true compassion of God. My inpterpretation of what Tony said.
I was delighted to see this from brother Tony in HuffPo. I feel the same way:
Tony Campolo: I'm the Older Brother: "That, I am sad to say, is much the same attitude that I, along with most of my conservative evangelical brothers and sisters, have had in reaction to President Obama's announcement that taxpayers' dollars, earned by hard-working, responsible citizens, would be given to help those irresponsible Americans who bought houses that they couldn't afford, while embracing a lifestyle that was beyond their means. With resentment, I, along with most of my rugged individualistic Christian friends, now sound like that older brother in Jesus' story, and call for those irresponsible spenders to get what they deserve. With an air of self-righteous indignation, we declare, 'They didn't do what's right and now we're being asked to rescue them from the financial mess that they've created for themselves!'"
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Jindal urges GOP to put ‘08 in rear view mirror « - Blogs from CNN.com: "'It’s time to declare our time of introspection and navel gazing officially over. It’s time to get on with the business of charting America’s future. So as of now, be it hereby resolved, that we will focus on America’s future, and on standing up for fiscal sanity… before it is too late."
UPDATED x2--O: Furlough Shoe Drops AND Salary Cuts | Oregon Media Insiders
I mentioned last week that we recently resubscribed to the Oregonian. They offered it to us for free until August.
I don't like paying for "paper" I don't read.
Why not sell me a online media package? Instead of dumping all your content online, why don't you let me subscribe online what I want to read? Create a media brokerage, add other quality news sources (national news, international news, magazines). Give me the option of having ads delivered to my house (Jodie likes those), and quality news available to me online. You could even deliver the front page and a summary to the other content that is available to subscribers online.
I hate to see the death of quality local, regional, heck...all news because the means of distribution did not keep up with consumer preferences.
Web site takes a for-profit approach to world news - International Herald Tribune
Sunday, March 22, 2009
NASA halts test of space station urine recylcer | Reuters
John Mellencamp: On My Mind: The State of the Music Business: "Nora Guthrie, Woody's daughter, once told me a story about a reception she was at where Bob Dylan was in attendance. The business people there were quietly commenting on how unsociable Dylan seemed to them, not what they imagined an encounter with Dylan would be like. When that observation about Dylan's behavior and disposition were mentioned to Nora, the response was very profound. She said that Bob Dylan was not put on this earth to participate in cocktail chatter with strangers. Bob Dylan's purpose in life is to write great songs like 'Blowin' in the Wind' and 'The Times They Are A' Changin'.' This sort of sums it all up for me. The artist is here to give the listener the opportunity to dream, a very profound and special gift even if he's minimally successful. If the artist only entertains you for three and a half minutes, it's something for which thanks should be given. Consider how enriched all of our lives are made by songs from 'Like A Rolling Stone,' a masterpiece, to 'The Monster Mash,' a trifle by comparison."
- Portland, Oregon
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
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Monday, March 16, 2009
BlueOregon: Stop, children, what's that sound: "Actually, what Cramer was joking about may in fact constitute illegal market manipulation. But the larger story here is how or why a comedian openly playing the role of of a faux-news anchor came to be the instrument of Cramer's comeuppance. Carla and I were discussing this very issue the other day when she asked the obvious: Why wasn't it 60 Minutes or another of the investigative news programs that exposed Cramer?
The answer may be as simple as Jon Stewart having not followed the presumed script. The British Telegraph briefly describes how everyone at CNBC must have assumed it would go.
After dipping his proboscis into Stewart's pollen, Cramer was meant to flutter home with some of his young viewers, curious to see what the fuss was about.
Undoubtedly that's exactly how the big shots at CNBC (and elsewhere) thought it would play out"
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Tarpley, NBA End Legal Battle | Houston weather, traffic, and news | MyFoxHouston.com | FOX 26: "Tarpley filed a federal lawsuit against the NBA in Sept. 2007 alleging the league and the Mavericks violated the American with Disabilities Act for denying him the right to be reinstated to the NBA.
Tarpley was banned for life from the NBA in 1995 for using alcohol and violating the terms of a court-mandated aftercare program."
Out of work? Might as well volunteerKATU.com- Portland, Oregon| News: "'It lifts my spirits a little bit — actually, a lot,' said Moberly, 38, who was laid off from his temp job last fall and is getting by on unemployment checks. 'You couldn't place a monetary figure on it. I know I've made a difference and know I made some smiles, even if they're canine smiles.'"
BBC NEWS | UK | Atheists call for 'debaptism': "with a document of its own. The 'Certificate of Debaptism' has a deliberately home-made look, with its mock-official decoration and quasi-official language. Sitting on a bench in the grounds of St Jude's Church, John Hunt intoned the opening lines.
'I, John Jeffrey Hunt, having been subjected to the rite of Christian baptism in infancy... hereby publicly revoke any implications of that rite. I reject all its creeds and other such superstitions in particular the perfidious belief that any baby needs to be cleansed of original sin.'"
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Reilly: Matt Steven is blind, but he'll still take the last shot - ESPN The Magazine: "Up in the stands, Matt's mom was hoping: Please don't make him shoot these."
Friday, March 13, 2009
Provo mayor highlights Disability Awareness Month with 'Eggbert' - Daily Herald / Utah Valley Local News: "So the title character of 'Eggbert: The Slightly Cracked Egg,' written by Tom Ross and Rex Barron, lives the rest of his protein-filled days in bliss, painting scenes of cracked volcanoes and the like and mailing them to friends. Before a class of first-graders at Rock Canyon Elementary School on Monday, Provo Mayor Lewis Billings used the story to segue into the central message of Disability Awareness Month: that people's differences are to be accepted -- even celebrated -- rather than frowned upon."
Al Jazeera English - Business - China's Wen worried over US assets: "Speaking at his annual news conference on Friday, Wen expressed concern that massive US deficit spending and near-zero interest rates could erode the value of China's bond holdings.
China is the biggest holder of US government debt and has invested an estimated 70 per cent of its $2 trillion stockpile of foreign exchange reserves, the world's largest, in dollar assets.
'We have lent a massive amount of capital to the United States, and of course we are concerned about the security of our assets,' Wen said."
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Texas pastor preaching at Illinois church | AP Texas News | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle:"'I want them to know you get through this,' the Rev. Al Meredith, pastor of Fort Worth's Wedgwood Baptist Church, said of the members of First Baptist Church in Maryville, Ill. 'You'll never get over it, but the rest of God's kingdom around the world is praying for you.'"..."Meredith said he accepted the Maryville church members' request to preach four services Sunday because "they're a flock without a shepherd." After his church's ordeal, "at least I was there to shepherd the flock," Meredith said.
'There' and 'here' blend in journalists' world - International Herald Tribune: "'Here' readers are better watchdogs than 'there' readers. They catch errors that an editor continents away simply cannot. They also form a check on the exoticizing impulse. Certain lenses for seeing a country sell easily overseas: India's poverty, China's repression. But a battalion of bloggers is rearing to point out the obvious and hackneyed, and they keep us on our toes, striving to write the unwritten."
(March 12, 2009) - Happy States
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
"Dillon told his children (and, half a century later, a reporter for the New York Times) that he opened the watch's inner workings and scrawled his name, the date and a message for the ages: 'The first gun is fired. Slavery is dead. Thank God we have a President who at least will try.'"
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Follow the links...
The FREAK-est Links - Freakonomics Blog - NYTimes.com
Companies Are Hiring, But Beware Competition:
"Job seekers beware, though. An average of nearly five people are competing for each opening. That's up sharply from a ratio of less than 2-to-1 in December 2007, when the recession was just starting and nearly 4 million openings existed."
Monday, March 09, 2009
"Northern New England surpassed the Pacific Northwest as the least religious region, with Vermont reporting the highest share of those claiming no religion, at 34 percent. Still, the study found that the numbers of Americans with no religion rose in every state."
As a Lutheran, these numbers kind of sting:
"In 2008, Christians comprised 76 percent of U.S. adults, compared to about 77 percent in 2001 and about 86 percent in 1990. Researchers said the dwindling ranks of mainline Protestants, including Methodists, Lutherans and Episcopalians, largely explains the shift. Over the last seven years, mainline Protestants dropped from just over 17 percent to 12.9 percent of the population."
We have been hearing for years that our beloved Northwest was the least churched part of the country. At least we no longer lead in that category.
E though he knew what to do, but we called family friend Mike and sis-in-law Denise over to assist.
All that was needed was a tightening of a hose connector.
Thank you Mike and E!
Oden is stung by mounting criticism - OregonLive.com
It would be like Portland to trade him, only to watch him rise to superstar status somewhere else...please don't!
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Now, who knows?
The New Reality? Dow Slides To 5,000, Oil Dips To $50
For the next hour, students and teacher talked about her disability. “The way I explain it to kids — I tell them it’s like blowing a piece of bubble gum and after it gets so big, it pops,” she said. Often the reaction is, “Miss Gillespie you should not be blowing that bubble gum any more!” After the first week, the students get used to seeing their teacher in a wheelchair.