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It's quick and to-the-point. Give it a listen if you are at all so inclined.

And if you think it's on the right track, please pass the link along. Things right now, in my opinion, are too pivotal for people not to at least THINK about things from both sides. We can't steer our way out of this by going the same direction. I love what he says at the end, that partisan politics and drama are really not going to get us out of the moment we're in right now, but fresh ideas and working together really, really could.

I'm Julie and I approved this message. ;) Now back to your regularly scheduled cat pictures.
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So when you hear that Obama will raise taxes on the middle class, please note where that income point actually STARTS.



Aug. 28th, 2008 09:06 am
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"Sometimes loving your country demands you must tell the truth to power."

John Kerry gave a FANTASTIC speech last night at the DNC which it seems like nobody, including me, saw, due to network cut-away (or because we weren't watching the DNC!).

13 minutes of your day. Definitely worth reading/watching if you are so inclined.

Video Link: YouTube
Text Link:
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"Yes, there have been differences between America and Europe. No doubt, there will be differences in the future. But the burdens of global citizenship continue to bind us together. A change of leadership in Washington will not lift this burden. In this new century, Americans and Europeans alike will be required to do more – not less. Partnership and cooperation among nations is not a choice; it is the one way, the only way, to protect our common security and advance our common humanity.

"That is why the greatest danger of all is to allow new walls to divide us from one another. The walls between old allies on either side of the Atlantic cannot stand. The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down.

"We know they have fallen before. After centuries of strife, the people of Europe have formed a Union of promise and prosperity. Here, at the base of a column built to mark victory in war, we meet in the center of a Europe at peace. Not only have walls come down in Berlin, but they have come down in Belfast, where Protestant and Catholic found a way to live together; in the Balkans, where our Atlantic alliance ended wars and brought savage war criminals to justice; and in South Africa, where the struggle of a courageous people defeated apartheid.

"So history reminds us that walls can be torn down. But the task is never easy. True partnership and true progress requires constant work and sustained sacrifice. They require sharing the burdens of development and diplomacy; of progress and peace. They require allies who will listen to each other, learn from each other and, most of all, trust each other.

"That is why America cannot turn inward. That is why Europe cannot turn inward. America has no better partner than Europe. Now is the time to build new bridges across the globe as strong as the one that bound us across the Atlantic. Now is the time to join together, through constant cooperation, strong institutions, shared sacrifice, and a global commitment to progress, to meet the challenges of the 21st century. It was this spirit that led airlift planes to appear in the sky above our heads, and people to assemble where we stand today. And this is the moment when our nations – and all nations – must summon that spirit anew."

There's a lot more, and it's really, really good. Pass it on.
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1:21 will knock your socks off. And that drummer... I can't get enough.

She performed once for LBJ at the White House and was found crying afterward in her dressing room. "What's the matter?" an aide asked.

"Nothing is the matter," Miss Vaughan said. "It's just that 20 years ago, when I came to Washington, I couldn't even get a hotel room, and tonight I sang for the President of the United States in the White House--and then, he asked me to dance with him. It is more than I can stand."


Oct. 4th, 2007 09:05 pm
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What commonplace item/event do you think we will look back on
fifty years from now as laughably barbaric/primitive/ridiculous?

Tonight's nominations:

1) Dental drills
2) Chemotherapy
3) Power cords
4) Ground war

Please add your own.
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Just a post to my Harry Potter loving friends to remind them to be VERY careful about reading LJ communities on their friends' pages for the next few days because there are sure to be tons of people putting huge-font spoilers everywhere. If you're waiting for a surprise, you should probably ignore the internet for a while. Not that you don't already know to do this. Just sayin'.
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Apparently, George W. Bush no longer even cares to PRETEND he should be trusted.

So troubling it's almost funny at this point. Not even an illusion of justice. Not a pardon, hm? Let's see how down-home conservative America likes that.
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What's the best writing assignment you've ever had?

I'm trying to think of good things to keep smart kids writing.
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"Kiva lets you loan to a specific entrepreneur in the developing world -- empowering them to lift themselves out of poverty."

A new, more personal twist on the good work microloan organizations like Opportunity International have been doing for a long time.

Please spread the word if at all inclined!
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Stem Cell Therapy has Cured Type I Diabetes for 13 out of 15 in Brazil study

Please pass on this link to anyone you know who might be affected. And please vote for candidates who support stem cell research. My father died from this disease 20 years ago this summer.

cheap drugs

Mar. 1st, 2007 07:28 pm
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List of generic drugs that are now $4 at many Walmart pharmacies.

It's like Darth Vader handing out candy, I know, but some people still need candy.


Feb. 26th, 2007 12:00 am
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I just finished this book last night and I highly recommend it. It's not particularly "literary," but it's strong and simple and amazing. Before that, I read The Dante Club and BANR '06, which were both pretty decent as well. The Beah book was worth recommending, though.

It's lovely -- lovely -- to have the luxury of reading whatever I want to read again.


Feb. 4th, 2007 09:03 pm
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Bush's new budget: Trim Medicare and Medicaid to provide $100 billion more for Iraq.

Time for that second passport, folks.


Nov. 11th, 2006 11:22 pm
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The White House was largely built by slaves and the 1790s equivalent of illegal immigrants.

And as for the color, it was painted.

It has 35 bathrooms.


Nov. 1st, 2006 10:35 pm
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Happy birthday to my very best mommy.

You are loved bigtime.
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I read this last night and had to stop reading for a while.

George Saunders -- "Manifesto"

Read more... )

George Saunders is the author of CivilWarLand in Bad Decline and Pastoralia.
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Are you OCD? There’s one way to find out:

OCD quiz -- for entertainment only -- no offense intended ;)  )

I think by that test anyone should be at LEAST 30% or they're weird.


Oct. 7th, 2006 11:21 pm
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A man on the news just mispronounced "Omaha, Nebraska" as "Omahoma" and for some reason I am highly entertained.
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