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September 21, 2007 [ More archived home pages here ]

Season Of Changes


The above image, Winds Of Autumn is also available as a Desktop

Today's song is My Mistake (Was To Love You) by Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross, released in 1973.

Three years ago I wrote Third Season Signs, a message about my feelings during the fall season. My feelings haven't changed much in the intervening time.

Here in San Diego we may soon be experiencing a storm, that quite frankly arrives early this year. Usually we don't start to see rain until later in October. I don't mind the rain too much, we need it more, I think.

Yesterday one of our pet rabbits passed away during the night. Toto lived with us for over eight years with his twin brother that survives. Of those two bunnies, Toto was the gentlest and never was afraid of us. He will be missed by all of us here.

In my Twin Oaks Toastmasters club I am closing in on my AC Silver award, by giving two speeches next week. One at my club and the other at another club the next night. I want to achieve my AC Silver by the end of December this year. To do that is going to require extra meetings to be held in the evening and another Speech Marathon.

I'm intending to become more involved as a volunteer in the PMI-SD organization. It is a great group to learn from other project management professionals.

Sherry is helping me market Digital Passages products. She has some good ideas and likes doing sales. Thanks, Sweetie!

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The weak on defense, even weaker on offense Democrats just can't seem to understand that the War in Iraq is apparently going to last at least until the next President is elected. Then that President will be the one to decide how to deal with the issue. That will be a real test of leadership for whoever that President is.

If a Democratic President is elected in 2008, I wonder how they will respond to the War in Iraq, keeping in mind what President Kennedy said in his Inaugural Speech on January 20, 1961 (that I watched live on TV as a child). I quote a relevant section below to compare what a Democratic President then thought and how a 2009 Democratic President might act.

"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

This much we pledge--and more."

It's one thing to make claims in campaigns as an unelected President. It's quite another for the elected President once they take the Oath of Office as shown below.

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

All kinds of responsibilities come with that oath. The next President won't find it so easy to make simple statements that sound good between now and then during election season. Each decision has real consequences where the rubber meets the road.

The War in Iraq won't be the only war the next President faces. While those running for that office today make proclamations today about their future behavior, if elected, somebody they know is working on what to do in the next wars to come. All Presidents need that kind of information and prepare accordingly.

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It's nice to read an amendment in the Senate passed on Thursday 72-25 to condemn the recent Moo-Phon.ORG ad run last week in the New York Times. I quote the relevant section of that article below:

But supporters made clear the measure was about MoveOn, and was aimed at giving senators "a chance to distance themselves from the notion that some group has them on a leash, like a puppet on a string."

And in another vote on Thursday, the Senate defeated another bill that would cut off funding for the War in Iraq.

The Centrists continue to rule, I love it!

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On Wednesday night I watched the PBS Presentation, Seeing In The Dark. I enjoyed seeing all those cool amateur telescopes and hearing the stories from the people in that show.

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I found an article about changing foliage for this time of year.

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Dropping DRAM prices is always a good thing for consumers. I recently purchased a 512MB of RAM for about $60 which I thought was a good deal.

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I found a free tutorial on how to make a 2-D image appear as 3-D. I still have a pair of old 3-D glasses from the movie theater to look at such images.

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Do you get paid for overtime?

Don


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