The three Neils. It's often easy to overlook that Neil Armstrong was an Ohio boy. Unlike John Glenn, Neil shunned the spotlight. I think that has a lot to do with his bright smile.
"What I've learned to fear above all at business meetings is the average Power Point presentation." Me too. Roger Ebert on the lip flap. Unfortunately with the advent of many ways to get in contact with people, his and Gene Siskel's aversion to getting voice mail asking you to call back only to be given a message that could just as easily been left on the voice mail has only been multiplied. Like getting an IM telling me someone is about to call to ask if I've seen their email. And yes, that happens. At least once a week. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
"Imagine Cleveland without the Cleveland Clinic…" That would be horrendous. The Clinic is Cleveland (or at least the East side of Cleveland). (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)
Well, it's good to know that that GOP Leaders aren't just against Latinos and refighting Civil Rights. It appears they're still fighting the Indian Wars. Really? New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez meeting with local Native Americans, which is a meeting required by law, somehow disrespects Col Custer according to Republican National Committee leader Pat Rogers? Okay, one, IIRC Custer didn't fight in the Southwest. And you may also need to know that the Indian Wars are over. Like, long over. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
I've often commented to second amendment type people that if, Brid forbid, I was ever involved with an active shooter to please do not return fire. Mostly because I didn't want to get shot in the ass as I ran away screaming like a little girl. I also believe that civilians, who typically don't practice nearly as much or in combat situations as police are required to do, are only going to add to the tragedy, not end it. The NYPD admit that except for the murder victim, all other nine of the casualties were caused by the police. Now, Jeffrey Johnson did pull a gun on the officers, so they were within their rights and operating procedures to return fire. But remember, police are required to re-certify in firearms every year (at least here in Ohio). Many of them practice every week. Linked here because I know I'm going to need it in the future. (Grokked from Chia Lynn)
"I feel like I am, as a reporter in the Capitol, lied to every day, all day. There is so little genuine discussion going on with the reporters… To me, as a reporter, everything is spin.” Andres Seabrook on her years of reporting from the Capitol. Yeah, it's like that for us, too. (Grokked from Morgan J. Locke)
An interesting squib on the old guard Republicans fearing what their marriage of convenience with the Tea Party will do to them. There's this quote that's apropos, I think you've heard of it. "Live by the sword, die by the sword." Wither goes G. W. Bush? He's the unremarked elephant in the room. "A guy who was hailed in 2000 as the first real conservative since Reagan, and in 2004 as the second coming of Winston Churchill, was all but dead to the GOP by 2008." And then there's the next conservative presidential wannabe who is dog whistling his way to the election. "Nothing is more substantial than character. By pandering to the ignorance and bigotry of the most fearful segment of the electorate, Governor Romney has raised the character issue… There is a simple reason why no one has ever questioned Governor Romney’s birth certificate–he’s a white Republican male." And then you have the prospect of what will happen if Romney becomes President. "A dark thought: the Neocons have glommed onto Mitt Romney and will come to power if he does, and they still desperately want a war on Iran." (Grokked from Jay Lake)
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