Published on January 4 2009

Ok. New Years' Resolutions... I don't usually bother with these because I'm one of those people who falls off the resolution wagon by about...oh.. January 4th. But, considering that today *is* the 4th, maybe this year I'll have a better chance. So here, in no particular order of importance, are my semi-official Resolutions for 20082009. 1. Start writing the correct year before March. 2. Be a bit more regular with the Daily Pic over there on the sidebar. 3. Keep up with my schoolwork a little better, so I don't feel like I'm just trying to keep up. I'd like to feel that I'm organized enough to contribute a bit in discussion, for example. Organized thought may be beyond me, but I'd like to try it. 4. Number 4 is a secret still in-the-making right now. It may, however, turn into something important in my career future. And that's all I'm going to say about that, Forrest. 5. Travel. I *need* that. 6. is the usual be a better person, yadda yadda. That's not so much a resolution as a wall to be climbed, but so be it. How about you? Got any good resolutions? (UPDATE) 7. Clean my freaking DESK. That *should* be Number One on my list.

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Published on December 31 2008

TheHill.com - Black lawmakers irked by Obama’s diverse Cabinet. Did I just read that headline right? I thought, perusing the papers last week. Why on earth would a "diverse" Cabinet irk ANYBODY? Aren't we supposed to be post-racial nowadays, beyond all of that affirmative-actiony type of thing? Diversity is a good, a wonderful, a positive thing, right? Right?
Obama tapped four blacks for Cabinet posts, including Eric Holder. If confirmed, Holder will be the first African-American attorney general. But Obama passed over black candidates in selecting Cabinet nominees for positions central to setting policy for urban America, such as the departments of Education, Labor, and Housing and Urban Development. “Did the African-American community probably expect more appointees at that level? Probably so,” said Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), an early Obama supporter who has expressed an interest in filling Obama’s vacant Senate seat. “On balance, I’d say a great deal of thought went into the shaping of this Cabinet,” Davis told The Hill. “And he ended up with a real rainbow. But some people, sure, thought there should be a bit more color in it.” Obama’s Cabinet, if confirmed, will include 11 whites, four blacks, three Hispanics and two Asian Americans.
"Some people thought there should be a bit more color in it". Have I, or have I not, just read one of the most idiotic statements of the week. Nah, we don't make appointments according to qualifications, we make 'em to satisfy the demographics!! And out of 20 Cabinet positions, only NINE went to non-white Americans. To some people, that is a disappointment, apparently. Curious about the demographics of the US, I headed to the fount of internet wisdom where, about halfway down the page, I found this:
The U.S. population's distribution by race and ethnicity in 2006 was as follows: * Total population: 299 million * White alone: 74% or 221.3 million o Not including the 23.2 million White Hispanic and Latino Americans * Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, of any race: 14.8% or about 44.3 million * Black or African American alone: 13.4% or 40.9 million * Some other race alone: 6.5% or 19 million * Asian alone: 4.4% or 13.1 million * Two or more races: 2.0% or 6.1 million * American Indian or Alaska Native alone: 0.68% or 2.0 million * Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander alone: 0.14% or 0.43 million These figures add up to more than 100% on this list because Hispanic and Latino Americans are distributed among all the races and are also listed as an ethnicity category, resulting in a double count.
Hmmm. Suddenly the lack of color complaint looks a little...well.... pissy? Okay, so then I wake up this morning and read this headline: Senate pick bogs Obama down in racial politics.
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's surprise decision to appoint Roland Burris to Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat threatens to bog down the president-elect in racial politics. Suddenly a story that was about Chicago corruption is about race. And the "post-racial" president-elect whose transition has been bogged down in his hometown politics is dogged by questions of color. Obama on Tuesday quickly issued a statement that backed Senate Democrats, who said they would block Burris from becoming a Senator. But seeds of discontent emerged from a black lawmaker who suggested blocking Burris would be racist, and the head of a civil rights group, who stressed the importance of replacing Obama with another black senator. Obama was the only black member of the Senate, which would include no African-Americans unless one fills seats being vacated in Illinois, New York or Colorado.
It's going to be fair interesting to see what happens if Burris gets certified by the Illinois Secretary of State, and this whole mess lands in the lap of the US Senate. Seating Al Franken, for example, while refusing to seat Roland Burris is kinda un-demographic, IMHO.

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Published on December 29 2008

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Published on December 27 2008

ringtones Wish I knew the original source of this cartoon for proper hat tip......

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Published on December 26 2008

And after last night's snowstorm, followed by tonight's freezing rain-- this type of dangerous high speed police chase is common here.....

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Published on December 24 2008

William Anders:
"For all the people on Earth the crew of Apollo 8 has a message we would like to send you". "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness."
Jim Lovell:
"And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day."
Frank Borman:
"And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good." "And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you - all of you on the good Earth."

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Published on December 22 2008

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Published on December 22 2008

After a short break from classes-- due to economic conditions beyond my control-- I am getting back at it. I can only hope that the financial help continues. One way or another, I. am. going. to. do. this.
IRLS390 Contemporary International Issues 3 Semester Hours Course Description This course is a survey of the major political, economic, and social issues affecting the global community. Students will investigate four main themes: 1. The changing nature of threats to the nation-state and the global community; 2. The emergence of new international and transnational actors that are changing the rules of the game; 3. The globalization of social, health, and population issues; and, 4. The most likely sources and locations of conflict in the world of the 21st century. (Prerequisite: IRLS210).

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Published on December 19 2008

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Published on December 13 2008

got-it I am so proud of her. I wonder if she knows how much.

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