Posts Tagged ‘kudos


6.28.13 … It’s a great day to be a Wildcat! Kudos to Anthony Foxx …

A great day to be a Wildcat!

Photo: Just sayin'

Photo: Foxx spoke and met with students during the college's Martin Luther King Day celebration in January 2010.

Senate confirms Anthony Foxx as Transportation Secretary (10 photos)

Foxx is the first alumnus to serve in a presidential cabinet since Dean Rusk ’31, who was Secretary of State from 1961 to 1969.

via Davidson College.


6.19.13 …. Alex is blue-haired and green-nosed and he wears a hoodie …

Sesame Street, Muppets, Alex, children of incarcerated parents,  jail, hoodie,  “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration” initiative, kudos:  Kudos to Sesame Street for dealing with another sensitive issue.  Given that  one in 28 children in the United States now has a parent behind bars, this is a significant problem.  I also take note of the symbolism of the hoodie.  Are they making a statement in light of Trayvon Martin?  I might not have noticed this, but one of the conservative news consolidators, Drudge, spotlighted it. Every kid wears hoodies, but because of the Trayvon Martin killing, the hoodie is now a stereotype for youth on the edge.


Those friendly, fuzzy Muppets from “Sesame Street” have helped kids open up about all sorts of serious subjects, from hunger and divorce to military deployment.

But they’re now tackling a much more unexpected issue: incarceration.

Meet Alex, the first Muppet to have a dad in jail. According to a Pew Charitable Trusts report, one in 28 children in the United States now has a parent behind bars — more than the number of kids with a parent who is deployed — so it’s a real issue, but it’s talked about far less because of the stigma.

That’s why the Sesame Workshop says it created the “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration” initiative, an online tool kit intended to help kids with a parent in prison find support and comfort, and provide families with strategies and tips to talk to their children about incarceration.

Alex is blue-haired and green-nosed and he wears a hoodie – you might think he’s just another carefree inhabitant of Sesame Street. But there’s sorrow in Alex’s voice when he talks about his father.

“I just miss him so much,” he tells a friend. “I usually don’t want people to know about my Dad.”

It’s easier for kids to hear such things from a Muppet than an adult, creators of the initiative noted.

via ‘Sesame Street’ creates first Muppet to have a parent in jail – NBC


6.18.13 … Welcome home, Charlie! …

Charlie Harman, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Emory University, Political Insider |, kudos, welcome home, kudos, kith/kin:  Lifelong career in mostly DC … coming home.


“When I interviewed Charlie Harman for the chief of staff position, I asked him what his hobbies were. He replied, ‘I don’t have a hobby, I just like to work.’ That turned out to be true. Charlie has been an invaluable member of my team for six successful years, and his dedication and enthusiasm for my office will be greatly missed. 

Harman has been an institution for Georgia senators from both parties. He started as an intern for Richard Russell, and later served as chief of staff to both Sam Nunn and Zell Miller. Chambliss hired him away from Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

via Saxby Chambliss’ chief of staff departs for Emory | Political Insider |


6.11.13 … Moral Monday: This picture should make the NC powers that be think again …

Moral Monday, NC politics, NC General Assembly protests,, kudos, civil disobedience, picture worth a thousand words:  This picture should make the NC Republicans think seriously about their base.  “Religious leaders from around the state led the rally that resulted in nearly 60 arrests.”  These are not extremists … these are mainstream North Carolinians.  This is grandma!

RALEIGH Despite tornado warnings across the state, several thousand demonstrators gathered Monday under rainy skies to continue the weekly protests of the new policies and laws coming out of the General Assembly.

This week, religious leaders from around the state led the rally that resulted in nearly 60 arrests. A reporter with the Observer, who was interviewing demonstrators, was among those detained on Monday.

But many who were arrested were clergy.

“We’re here to stand on the side of the poor, the marginalized, the oppressed,” said Jason Williams, a clergyman from Charlotte who was not among those arrested.

via Clergy lead Monday protests at General Assembly |


6.11.13 … A Tribute To The Universe’s Favorite Astronaut …

tribute, Universe’s Favorite Astronaut,  Chris Hadfield, Tom Marshburn, kudos:  You all know who my favorite astronaut is … but I sure enjoyed Cmdr Hadfield once I started following him.  🙂

53 year old Canadian astronaut and undisputed king of zero gravity social media, Chris Hadfield announced his retirement yesterday afternoon. Most recently, Hadfield was commander of the International Space Station (the first Canadian to do so).

He posted this rather poignant photo of Canadian Space Agency employees welcoming him back from

Through his tweets, photos, and videos, Hadfield brought us closer to the experience of living in space than anyone before. Let’s check out some of the highlights, shall we?

via A Tribute To The Universe’s Favorite Astronaut.


6.10.13 … Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, enjoy your retirement on earth! …

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, retirement, kudos:  I loved getting to know Chris Hadfield while he was on the ISS.  Enjoy your life on earth.  And thank you for sharing your photos, music and wit with the world.


Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield  meets with Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) and his wife Laureen at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa 10 June 2013

A Canadian astronaut who captivated the world with his photos and videos on social media from the International Space Station (ISS) is retiring.

Cmdr Chris Hadfield, 53, says he is making good on a promise to his wife to move back to Canada after 30 years.

The astronaut was the first Canadian to command the ISS. He returned from his third space mission in May.

The Ontario-native will retire on 3 July from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and move home from the US.

He has lived in Texas since he became a fighter pilot in the late-1980s and was later assigned to the Nasa Johnson Space Center in Houston by the CSA.

‘True Canadian hero’

Cmdr Hadfield previously retired from the Canadian Air Force in 2003 after 25 years of service.

Chris Hadfield’s version of Space Oddity, recorded on the ISS

In a press conference outside Montreal, Cmdr Hadfield said he was ready for the next stage of his life.

“I’ve had such an interesting career and after 35 years it’s time to step down,” Cmdr Hadfield was quoted as saying by the CBC. “I’m the last astronaut of my class that’s still around.”

He said he had no immediate plans on his next move, especially as he works on physically recovering from his time in space.

While in space, Cmdr Hadfield tweeted about his life at the ISS to his one million followers, sharing striking images of the Earth.

His zero-gravity cover of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, made as he stepped down from command of the station, went viral in May.

“Chris Hadfield has inspired all Canadians, especially our next-generation of scientists and engineers,” Chris Alexander, parliamentary secretary for defence, said in a statement.

“His exceptional career achievements make him a true Canadian hero and icon.”

via BBC News – Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield to retire.


6.9.13 … Palace Malice Wins! …

Dogwood Stables, Palace Malice, Cot Campbell, Belmont Stakes 2013, kudos, kith/kin:  Congratulations to Mr. Campbell and the whole family on a great win by Palace Malice at the Belmont Stakes 2012!  I have always loved DS’s silks.  So fun to watch them win one.

Palaca Malice

For the second time during this Triple Crown run, Pletcher sent out five horses. He came up short in the Derby five weeks ago, skipped the Preakness and regrouped, and came through at his home track for an owner who has supported him from the start.

“It’s the mother of all great moments, I’ll tell you that,” the 85-year old Campbell said. “I’m proud for Dogwood and proud for my partners, and I’m proud of Todd, one of the greatest horse trainers of all time.”

Sent off at odds of 13-1, Palace Malice returned $29.60, $11.20 and $6.70. Oxbow, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, returned $9.90 and $6.10, and Orb, the 2-1 favorite trained by Shug McGaughey, paid $3.30.

via Palace Malice Wins Belmont Stakes 2013 In New York (VIDEO).

Before Todd Pletcher was a trainer with 200 horses in his stable, millions in his bank account, expensive suits and an exquisite haircut, he was a guy with eight horses who was in desperate need of clients. One of his first was Cot Campbell, a wily old Southerner with an affinity for plaid sports coats and porkpie hats who had pioneered the novel idea that horse ownership did not necessarily have to be exclusive to rich people.

In other words, Campbell was a promoter with a résumé P. T. Barnum would have been proud of. He had been a water ski show master of ceremonies, a sportswriter, an apprentice funeral director and an advertising copywriter before he came up with a plan to syndicate racehorses — to get a few partners who loved the sport to pool their money and have some fun.

He called his outfit Dogwood Stable, and it was successful, but Campbell was looking for a young trainer to take him over the top. In 1996, he chose Pletcher and sent him four horses. On Saturday, leading a heretofore hard-luck colt named Palace Malice by the shank into the sun-splashed winner’s circle of the 145th Belmont Stakes, Campbell, a spry 85, was reminded again that you could do well by doing good.

Wrapping his arm around one of his foundation owners, Pletcher let his eyes wrinkle, a grin crack and some genuine warmth melt his usually stoic face.

“This is an emotional one for me,” Pletcher said. “He gave me an opportunity when no one knew who I was.”

For an old horseman and promoter like Campbell, though, the victory eluded measurement by dollar signs. He said he understood that his clock was winding down on the opportunity for big wins like the Belmont. He is not exactly retired, but he has cut his stable in half.

“I don’t want to chase any rabbits I can’t catch,” he said. “I’m in the twilight of my career, if you want to put it euphemistically. I’ve had the most wonderful life a human being could have. And this is quite a chapter of it.”

via Palace Malice, a Long Shot, Wins Belmont Stakes –

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