Posts Tagged ‘Bill Clinton


10.14.2011 … returned from Louisville … went through the Cumberland Gap tunnel … someday I will stop and go to the national park … visit with Davidsonian Julie … great visit …

travel, Cumberland Gap, KY, TN: Went through the Cumberland Gap tunnel, again … Someday I will stop and go to the national park …

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

At Cumberland Gap, the first great gateway to the west, follow the buffalo, the Native American, the longhunter, the pioneer… all traveled this route through the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky. Modern day explorers and travelers stand in awe at this great gateway and the many miles of trails and scenic features found in the park.

via Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service).

kith/kin, Davidson alums:  Very fortunate to enjoy the company of DC roommate Julie … very luck indeed.

First Lady Michelle Obama, Doo-Ri Chung, fashion:  Some of her “bare” shouldered outfits i do not care for … but she looks magnificent in this one.

Last night at the White House, it didn’t take much to become a fashion insider. Even though the first lady’s Doo-Ri Chung gown remained a tight-lipped secret until the last minute, everyone seemed to mirror Michelle. Watching guests glide past reporters prompted a sense of déjà vu. Purple? Check. One shouldered? Check. A little bit of sparkle? Check. As previously noted, even ABC News’s Juju Chang, whose dress was “crowd-sourced” by viewers, stuck to the same formula. We were left feeling a little nostalgic for the wow-factor of the China state dinner red carpet. Thank goodness for the hanboks.

via South Korea state dinner fashion lacked originality: Mirroring Michelle – The Reliable Source – The Washington Post.

Lumina Foundation:   no surprise here … college success and economic prosperity are linked.

Put simply: To prosper—even to survive—in the global economy, we need many more college graduates … here in the cities and towns of Maine, and all across this country. That is a fact we can all agree on, so I won’t spend more time today explaining the need or underscoring the urgency. Instead, I’ll try to suggest some specific things you can do to help meet that need. It’s clear to me—based on my experience in higher education and on Lumina’s work in increasing college access and success—that everyone in this room can play a part in helping boost college completion.

In fact, this is just the sort of gathering where the message of concerted collaboration is most appropriate—because this group represents the perfect mix of players. As higher education officials, as policymakers, and as local and regional business leaders, you all have critical roles to play in the college-completion effort—individually and as partners. More than that, I believe you have a vital role to fill even before we can tackle the college-completion effort … a role that centers on earning and keeping the public’s trust. I hope today to offer some suggestions about how each of us can play all of those roles.

But before I delve into the details, I should step back a bit and provide a bit of background for those who aren’t familiar with the organization I represent. Lumina Foundation is a national foundation, based in Indianapolis, with an endowment that puts us among the largest private foundations in the country.

At Lumina, we have one mission: enrolling and graduating more Americans from college—especially low-income students, students of color, first-generation students and adult learners. And we pursue that mission in a very targeted way. All of our energy and resources are focused on achieving one ambitious but specific goal for college attainment, what we call “Goal 2025.”

Clearly, no one-size-fits-all system of higher education will work for these students, and it won’t serve us as a nation. To reach Goal 2025, America needs all types of students to succeed, and they must succeed in far greater numbers.

As employers, educators and civic leaders, all of you understand the huge payoffs that come from a well-educated, innovative and productive workforce. I urge you, then, to join together to make Goal 2025 a reality. It truly is a vital task—from Kittery to Fort Kent, Maine to California, and indeed across our great nation.

via Linking College Success and Economic Prosperity in Maine – Lumina Foundation.

Bill Clinton, Steve Jobs:  Another perspective …

Clinton reminisces about his friend Steve Jobs; how Jobs gave the Clintons a place to stay when visiting Chelsea at Stanford; and the conversation Clinton had with Jobs before he died.

via Bill Clinton Reminisces About His Friend Steve Jobs | TIME Ideas |

graphic novels, comics:  New ‘Star Wars’ comics and graphic novels of Stieg Larsson’s Trilogy  … hate to admit it … I don’t get these graphic novels.

When moviegoers were first introduced to “Star Wars” in 1977 they were promised a story that took place a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. At the New York Comic Con on Friday, Dark Horse is revealing a new comic book series, “Dawn of the Jedi,” that explores the Jedi myth long before Luke Skywalker took his first step.

“At the point that our story begins, what will become the Jedi order has been around for about 10,000 years,” said Randy Stradley, the senior editor of the “Stars Wars” comics that Dark Horse publishes. “All these guys have been studying the force, and trying to learn how to deal with it and maintain its balance.” The Jedi, who have limited space travel abilities, are discovered by some villains with more technological muscle and “mayhem ensues,” Mr. Stradley said. The series, which will be published monthly, but with small breaks between story arcs, will be written by John Ostrander and Jan Duursema, who is also the illustrator.

In other comic book news, DC Entertainment announced this week that it had secured the rights to turn Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy into graphic novels. Each book in the original series will be presented as two graphic novels to be published from 2012 to 2014. Ace Books, an imprint of Penguin Groups, announced that it would publish a trilogy of graphic novels by Charlaine Harris, the author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, that will be written with Christopher Golden. The series, “Cemetery Girl,” is about a teenager who has amnesia and who lives alone in a cemetery. Ace will release “Deadlocked,” the next volume in the Sookie Stackhouse series, in next May.

via Picture This: New ‘Star Wars’ Comics, and Graphic Novels of Stieg Larsson’s Trilogy –

creativity, adults: Activity Books for grown-ups!

The intersection of childhood and adulthood is a frequent area of curiosity around here, from beloved children’s books with timeless philosophy for adults to quirky coloring books for the eternal kid. Today, we turn to seven wonderful activity books for grown-ups that inject a little more whimsy and playfulness into your daily grind

via Catalyzing Creativity: 7 Playful Activity Books for Grown-Ups | Brain Pickings.

UGA, UGA students,  parking boots, stealing:  Kids will always make bad choices … but don’t you think parking boots are ridiculous.  I never saw one until my friend Catherine showed me one in 1983. So note to nephews … don’t steal them … a felony.

University of Georgia police are warning students they could face serious consequences for stealing parking boots — the wheel locks that police place on the vehicles of traffic scofflaws.

The Athens Banner-Herald quotes Police Chief Jimmy Williamson as saying that such incidents are occurring on a regular basis and students may not realize how serious the offense is — it’s a felony.

Instead of merely paying a fine, the charge is elevated to interference with government property, which is punishable by up to five years in prison, Williamson told the Banner-Herald.

He said the problem seems to be increasing this semester, with at least four such incidents so far.

via UGA students warned on stealing parking boots  |

Ernest Hemingway, letters: Tender side?

The letters — lively, quirky, full of doodles and delightfully unusual spellings — cover everything from Hemingway’s childhood in Oak Park, Illinois, to his adventures as an ambulance driver on the Italian front in WWI to the heartbreak of his romance with a Red Cross nurse named Agnes von Kurowsky and his eventual marriage to Hadley Richardson.

From lovers to rivals to his mother, the recipients of the letters each seem to get a different piece of Hemingway, custom-tailored for them not in the hypocritical way of an inauthentic social chameleon but in the way great writers know the heart, mind, and language of their reader. The letters thus become not only a tender homage to this unknown Hemingway, revealing new insights into his creative process along the way, but also a bow before the lost art of letter-writing itself.

via Young Hemingway’s Letters: A Rare Glimpse of the Great Author’s Tender Side | Brain Pickings.

digital media, comics:  I still don’t think I will read them…even if digital.

And the problem with webcomics, as people said over and over again, was that there was no way to monetise them.

Way back in the day, in fact, people talked about how what the medium needed was an iPod for comics.  I, and probably others, countered that what was in fact needed was an iTunes for comics.  The delivery system, not the device.  Comixology,, iVerse and all the others are in the business of trying to provide the iTunes for comics.  But, of course, with the iPad, we got the iPod for comics, too, the perfect device for reading them.

(I am, for the purposes of this thought, ignoring the Kindle, and also Android tablets.)

But no-one seemed to have cracked the Season Pass yet.  I’ve talked to a few digital-comics services about this: if your service doesn’t allow you to buy a subscription that has your favourite comics automagically download to your device or your in-service locker, then I think you’re missing a huge piece of potential.

via Warren Ellis » The Broadcast Of Comics.

religions, Christianity, lists:  Actually I thought Christianity was no longer the world’s biggest world  religions.

Originating in the 1st century A.D. as an offshoot of Judaism that incorporates Greek philosophies, the monotheistic religion’s core belief is that Jesus was the son of God, and that spiritual salvation and eternal life are possible through his grace.

The version of Christianity prevalent today is that promulgated by St. Paul, a converted Roman official who established it as a faith separate from Judaism, and who defined its fundamental tenets.

According to the CIA World Factbook, Christians make up over 33 percent of the world population, with the breakdown by major Christian sects being: Roman Catholic, 16.83 percent of the world population; Protestant, 6.08 percent; Orthodox, 4.03 percent; and Anglican, 1.26 percent.

via World’s Biggest Religions – Photo Gallery – LIFE.


7.10.2011 Every Car on I-85 today is silver, champagne or white. Mine is of couse navy … Hot, hot, hot …

music:  Thanks, Liz … Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues.

books, media, changes:  People have thought that radio would be dead … movies theaters would no longer exist … clearly newspapers and magazines are struggling … now, books, too.

Now that the Great Panic of 2000-2010, the world of print’s freak-out at the threat of digital, is subsiding, at least in the world of books, we can begin to discern the shape of the future and enumerate the potentially positive aspects of this historic paradigm shift.

Make no mistake: as in every previous IT revolution, there will be (already is) a creative dividend. For instance, the print boom of 1590-1610 liberated Shakespeare and his successors, from Jonson to Donne, and sponsored an explosion of ephemeral publications, the inky compost that would nurture the best of the Jacobeans. Similarly, in Edwardian London, new media shaped the careers of Joseph Conrad, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry James, and countless others. Heart of Darkness was first published as a magazine serial.


Actually, there’s hardly a mainstream genre (fiction, history, children’s books, poetry) that’s not undergoing significant change, attributable to the liberation of the new technology, from ebook to Kindle: poets developing apps, JK Rowling linking Harry Potter to cyberspace, would-be novelists launching their work as ebooks.

As omnivores, contemporary readers have become adept at switching from high to low culture at the click of a mouse, moving from codex to ebook to audio. This is the shape of the future: a bonanza of print on many platforms. All that remains to be settled – the $64,000 question – is: what should be the economic terms of trade? How do we reconcile the gospel of “free” with an obligation to reward the artist?

It’s too soon to evaluate the significance of all this. Sailors on the high seas are the last people to give a reliable forecast, even when they have the most intimate experience of the weather. The book world has been through a perfect storm of economic, technological and cultural change. It will be the creative community that enjoys the benefits. How that happens is probably the most fascinating question facing writers, booksellers and publishers today.

via The book is not dead, it’s just shape-shifting | Books | The Observer.

Casey Anthony Trial, justice, American legal system, Bob Trobich, Davidson, kith/kin:  From my good friend, fellow Davidsonian, criminal lawyer, Bob Trobich … makes you think.

None of you were in the courtroom or heard the evidence (or lack thereof), or took part in deliberations. Therefore, none of you are qualified to say whether a jury’s decision was “wrong”, “right”, or in-between. Stop attempting to be arm-chair experts and accept (and celebrate) in a system that requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt before someone loses their freedom.

July 5 at 7:44pm

via Bob Trobich

feminism, millennials, kith/kin, TED videos:  When one of my children (whether kith/kin) recommends a book, article, video, etc., I make a real effort to go to it … this TED video is worth a listen.  Courtney Martin: Reinventing feminism | Video on


Civil War, history, perspective, evangelical Christianity: Might have to research this one … how evangelical Christianity played a role in the political process leading up to the war.

Was the Civil War Necessary? (Rebroadcast)

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. There are thousands of books on the topic, but Charlottean and historian Dr. David Goldfield has written another – America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation. It delves into the war’s origins, including how evangelical Christianity played a role in the political process leading up to the war. We’ll talk about the Civil War, the role religion played in it and why Dr. Goldfield says the war could have been avoided altogether.

via WFAE 90.7 FM.

Health Care Reform:  I’ll believe it when I see it.

THE latest episode in the battle over health-care reform was overshadowed today by Barack Obama’s press conference, where it was revealed that we live in a Bizzaro America in which Republicans and Democrats broadly agree on enormous cuts to the budget, but fail to reach a deal owing to disagreements over comparatively piddling tax breaks for the well-off, and America careens toward default, while the Democrats pine for a president more like Howard Dean. Setting that aside (because, really, what more is there to say?), let’s briefly look at today’s ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Michigan, which deemed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) constitutional.

The three-judge panel  rejected, by a vote of two to one, the argument that the ACA’s mandate is unconstitutional because it strives to regulate inactivity, as opposed to activity, under the commerce clause of the constitution. From the decision:

Virtually everyone will need health care services at some point, including, in the aggregate, those without health insurance.  Even dramatic attempts to protect one’s health and minimize the need for health care will not always be successful, and the  health care market is characterized by unpredictable and unavoidable needs for care. The ubiquity and unpredictability of the need for medical care is born out by the statistics.  More than eighty percent of adults nationwide visited a doctor or other health care professional one or more times in 2009.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics, Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2009, table 35 (2010).  Additionally, individuals receive health care services regardless of whether they can afford the treatment.  The obligation to provide treatment regardless of ability to pay is imposed by the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1395dd, state laws, and many institutions’ charitable missions.  The unavoidable need for health care coupled with the obligation to provide treatment make it virtually certain that all individuals will require and receive health care at some point.  Thus, although there is no firm, constitutional bar that prohibits Congress from placing regulations on what could be described as inactivity, even if there were it would not impact this case due to the unique aspects of health care that make all individuals active in this market.

Because we all get sick and the overwhelming majority of us eventually visit a doctor or hospital, we’re all active in the health-care market. At present, one man’s inactivity is another man’s higher premium. That type of simple reasoning is why the idea of a mandate once had bipartisan support. Speaking of which, today’s decision marked the first time a Republican-appointed judge ruled in favour of the ACA’s constitutionality.

Still, two other appeals courts are expected to rule on the ACA this summer, and they are merely markers on the road to the Supreme Court. There it will be interesting to see how Antonin Scalia rules, considering his previous affirmation of Congress’s “authority to enact a regulation of interstate commerce” and its possession of “every power needed to make that regulation effective” in a case about medical marijuana in California. As Adam Serwer notes, in another ruling on the ACA in Virginia, Judge Henry Hudson gave Justice Scalia an out by ruling that Congress could not “compel an individual to involuntarily enter the stream of commerce”. But today the court ruled that we’re already in the stream when it comes to health care, whether we like it or not. Justice Scalia would likely have to reach a different conclusion if he is to remain consistent.

via Health-care reform: One step closer to the Supremes | The Economist.

2012 Presidential Race, Bill Clinton, politics:  Could Clinton’s favorable opinion be the kiss of death?

Bill Clinton thinks Mitt Romney is much improved from his last presidential run, admits he kind of likes Jon Huntsman, and says Michele Bachmann is looking like “a better candidate” than he thought.

The former president went on to say that he believes President Barack Obama will win in 2012, and outlined what he believes would be a winning argument.

Clinton, looking trim and sounding vital, gave his meandering critique of the presidential field in a last-minute, hour-long appearance in a huge white tent at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Saturday evening, in response to the final question by moderator Ron Brownstein.

“I’m always reluctant to say the strongest candidates, because I’m afraid I’ll kill ’em, and I don’t have the right to do that,” the former president said, to chuckles from the audience of 800.

“But, y’know, I like the governors: I like Huntsman and Romney. Romney’s a MUCH better candidate than he was last time, because he’s not apologizing for signing the health-care bill. He’s got another creative way of saying we oughta repeal Obamacare, but that’s prob’ly the price of gettin’ the nomination.

via What Bill Clinton thinks of GOP 2012ers – Mike Allen –

zombie liberalism, politics:  Another use of the zombie metaphor … 🙂

The American left is exultant: Expanding civil rights and the retreat of discrimination on race, gender and now sexual orientation mark major milestones for the traditional liberal worldview.

The American left is in mourning: Income inequality has soared to levels not seen since the Gilded Age and the Roaring Twenties, anti-tax orthodoxy is ascendant on the right, the safety net is under attack, and labor unions are barely hanging on.

If the country is becoming more liberal on accepting minority rights, why is the left having such a hard time making progress on its bread-and-butter issues of class and economics, which were once its central, animating concerns? Why is liberalism half-dead, half-alive?

via The rise of zombie liberalism: Half-dead, half-alive – The Washington Post.

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