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January 23, 2009 [ More archived home pages here ]

Kindred Souls United!

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Today's song is Like to Get to Know You, by Spanky and Our Gang, released in 1968.

I watched the historic Inauguration Ceremony online. It was a better experience than watching via a TV news channel where political commentators would inject talk when none is needed. As an intelligent adult, I am able to understand inaugurations through my own observations and have no need for someone to interpret such events for me.

I appreciate President Obama's directives to make government more open and enforce regulations on lobbyists. I like the concept of government departments having to listen to we, the people. This is truly the start of a new age in government that I never witnessed before.

There are going to be some policies I don't agree with by the President. But, I am willing to give him the benefit of doubt as long as my nation stays safe from its enemies. President Obama takes a very different perspective than President Bush #43 did on the matter. Nonetheless, I expect President Obama's decisions to offer at least as much deterrence.

My personal view is this:

Our nation's enemies should understand that one way or another, threats against Americans are coming to an end point in time. With our new President's Administration, the end of threats can come peacefully if those enemies seek peace. Otherwise, a future President's Administration will wage war upon them more forcefully than anything witnessed heretofore. These are the only two choices there are or ever will be. A word to the wise should be sufficient...

I look forward to doing what I can as an American to help change my country for the better. This year will be a tough year in many ways. I go forward without regrets, without hesitation. I've lived through much worse times and that experience prepares me to live through these times.


On Monday night I did see a news clip where President-elect Obama was doing some volunteer work at a school and asked the reporters covering him what volunteer project one reporter was working on. As I expected, the reporter did not respond in the affirmative, instead commenting that to do press coverage of Obama was his project. That's typical of younger press folks who are out-of-step with President Obama's message.

For years I have resented the established Washington Press Corp for their elitist attitudes. I would like to see a change in the way Presidential coverage is handled. In particular the live Press Conferences. My idea is to use tax money to fly-in volunteer reporters from a pool, from all regions of the nation. These free-lance reporters will not be affiliated with the national news networks. They will be the ones to ask the questions, not the established elitist press group that has out-lived its usefulness. Then the real grass-roots coverage of questions and impromptu answers from Presidents will be better absorbed by the populace.

Otherwise, the dog-and-pony show I've witnessed for decades at Presidential Press Conferences will continue. I ask President Obama to make the change from the old Washington reporter system to a new vibrant and more effective process. I bet if he did that and then asked one of those reporters what volunteer project they are working on, they would give an intelligent answer, instead of the elitist BS response I heard on Monday night.


This Washington Post article about the Technical Dark Ages at the White House. The best section of that article is quoted below:

"One member of the White House new-media team came to work on Tuesday, right after the swearing-in ceremony, only to discover that it was impossible to know which programs could be updated, or even which computers could be used for which purposes. The team members, accustomed to working on Macintoshes, found computers outfitted with six-year-old versions of Microsoft software. Laptops were scarce, assigned to only a few people in the West Wing. The team was left struggling to put closed captions on online videos."

Here's what the former tech folks at the White House said in response:

"Rather, the former staffers said, the White House has everything a modern corporate office would -- Windows XP, BlackBerrys, Outlook e-mail, plenty of laptops and lots of flatscreen monitors and TVs."

That's not much of a defense, in my humble opinion. More like a confession of guilt. ;-)

It must be like stepping back into the 1800's for the current staff to encounter that on their first day. Now with Macs coming into the White House, security will be even better just by that factor alone. The Mac crowd is now in-charge and will get things running in the 21st Century style real fast.


Robert Gibbs, White House Press Secretary, needs to join Toastmasters International. He uses far too many "ah's" and "um's" when he responds to reporter questions. It's really annoying to hear two or three of those verbal interruptions when answering just about every question.


My friend, Bob, sent me this link about the other Inaugural Speeches from former Presidents.


I added the ability to sort Short Stories Statistics By Recent.

I added the music video link for, "Like to Get to Know You", from 1968.


Well, this has been a historic first week in more than one way:

Microsoft is laying off 5,000 workers. Meanwhile, Apple posts record profits.

Rare interview with the other original Apple partner.

Donovan receives French medal for being mellow.


The Open Meta project is a good idea.


Go right now and tell your elected representatives to oppose the wishes of this group trying to stifle needed change.


Found on the web links for January 22, 2009 [ Link since removed ]


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