Archive for October 8th, 2014

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Oct
14

Night owl chat – Television: Marquee Moon

So, a hep cat like me should have been a die hard Television fan. After all, only The Velvet Underground has a bigger reputation at being a pioneer in punk / post-punk. But, though I knew of them by reputation, I had never listened to them.

Until two days ago.

Their album “Marquee Moon” lives up to all the hype. It has weird time signatures. It has sublime guitar riffs. It’s loaded with melody. It took  the energy of punk and infused it with soaring musicianship. And it is tonight’s Night Owl Chat.

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Groove on, night owls!

08
Oct
14

The President and First Lady’s Day

President Obama shakes hands with military service members prior to a meeting with military senior leadership at the Pentagon on October 8

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President Barack Obama meets with senior military leadership at the Pentagon in Arlington (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama participates in a conference call with state and local officials to discuss the Administration’s domestic preparedness response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, at the White House on October 8

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Text of Remarks by the President in Conference Call here

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, President Obama and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey sit in a meeting with Military Senior Leadership at the Pentagon on October 8, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. The President met with the military leaders for an update on the battle against ISIS.

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and President Obama greet members of the military after attending meetings with military leadership at the Pentagon

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First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a Fashion Education Workshop at the White House. The workshop was to connect students with leading fashion professionals to show what to take to succeed in the fashion industry

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First Lady Michelle Obama hugs Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue magazine, after she was introduced by Wintour during a session of a Fashion Education Workshop

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Fashion stylist Mary Alice Stephenson attends a session of a Fashion Education Workshop

First Lady Michelle Obama introduces Chelsea Chen, who won a design competition

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Fashion designer Jason Wu applauds First Lady Michelle Obama as she hosts a luncheon and panel discussion

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Fashion designer Phillip Lim takes a picture of First Lady Michelle Obama

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Fashion designers Edward Wilkerson (L) and Thom Browne (R) applaud First Lady Michelle Obama

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First Lady Michelle Obama hugs fashion designer Naeem Khan during a fashion construction workshop session at the first ever Fashion Education Workshop in the State Dining Room at the White House

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First Lady Michelle Obama talks with young fashion design students

First Lady Michelle Obama visits the “Wearable Technology” workshop. Wearable technology is the integration of technology with fashion, like boots that charges cellphone, bras that detect cancer, compression shirts that monitor and record your heart rate, breathing rate and body temperature

08
Oct
14

A Tweet Or Two

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08
Oct
14

The Truth About Racism In 140 Characters

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Continue reading ‘The Truth About Racism In 140 Characters’

08
Oct
14

“What Are You Prepared To Do?”

by Japa

Four weeks from today we will all be here doing an election post-mortem and analyzing the results.

We may be ecstatic, mildly happy, disappointed or devastated. Personally, I will reject the last one.

To be devastated is to give up, and I won’t do that. That would be a betrayal of our President. I will do everything possible to support him as he has to deal with even more opposition than he has had to date.

But, obviously, I am hoping for results that will not result in even the temptation to feel devastated. And achieving those results means not expecting others to carry the burden.

I wrote a while ago about how I always used to feel that as long as I cast my vote I had done my duty. 2010 woke me up a little when Joe Walsh won my Congressional district. At the time, I initially blamed the incumbent Congresswoman for being complacent and not recognizing that she needed to do more campaigning. And I blamed lazy Dems for not getting out to vote.

Since then, I realize I was also complicit in that defeat. I sat around, comfortable in my knowledge that no one would vote for idiot Walsh. I didn’t contribute time or money. I didn’t try to even get a sense of whether or not Walsh had a chance. I was as complacent and lazy as all those others I was complaining about.

Not taking time to vote is not the only way to be lazy. Finding the time to vote but doing nothing else is also lazy.

I swore I would never be that kind of lazy again.

In 2012 I did a little bit more, although I was still under the illusion that, since I knew Duckworth would win easily and that PBO would take the state easily, I didn’t have to do a lot. I contributed, did a little phone banking and convinced myself I was a super person.

That brings me to 2014.

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We all can do something to make a difference. Some can do a little, some can do a lot.

I still live in a blue state and I know Duckworth will win easily. But the governor’s race is tight and if Rauner wins, he will make Scott Walker look like a Boy Scout. And my state representative is in a battle with a lot of Koch money going to defeat him. So I will donate, I will do some canvassing. On election day, I am taking the day off work to volunteer to drive people to the polls.

On our local progressive radio station there is a guy who runs a mortgage service. He makes it obvious that he is an unabashed progressive and that it is important that the GOP loses. He finishes all his commercials with the phrase “What are you prepared to do?”

That is a question we should keep asking ourselves right up to and through November 4.

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08
Oct
14

Rise and Shine

President Obama at a campaign event at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, October, 2012

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Today (all times Eastern)

12:30: Josh Earnest briefs the press

2:20: The President participates in a conference call with state and local officials to discuss the Administration’s domestic preparedness response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

3:0: The President meets with Military Senior Leadership, The Pentagon. Afterward, the President will hold a meeting with his national security team to receive an update on the campaign to combat ISIL.

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@dougmillsnyt

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The Week Ahead

Thursday: The President will travel to Los Angeles to attend a DNC event. He will spend the night in LA.

Friday: The President will travel to San Francisco to attend a DNC event, and will spend the night there.

Saturday: While in San Francisco, the President will attend a DNC roundtable. Following these events, he will return to Washington, D.C., in the afternoon.

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Still Laughing

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 On This Day

 Pete Souza: “The President jockeys for a rebound with Congressmen during a basketball game at the White House. I think opponents are always surprised at how tough and competitive he can be.” Oct. 8, 2009

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President Obama does last-minute edits on his remarks at the desk of Personal Secretary Katie Johnson in the Outer Oval Office, Oct. 8, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama views a portrait of César Chávez before the César E. Chávez National Monument dedication ceremony in Keene, Calif., Oct. 8, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama at a campaign event at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, October, 2012

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MoooOOOooorning!

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Oct
14

Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama takes a shot during a game with Cabinet secretaries and members of Congress on the White House Basketball Court, Oct. 8, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning – Happy Wednesday!




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