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October 23, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 7
This Week’s Theme Music: In Her Own Words
IF I HAD A THIRD CHOICE
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. I happen to be a devout fan of America’s first lady so I was especially moved by this story from the New York Times headlined To The First Lady, With Love: Four Thank-You Notes To Michelle Obama, Who Has Spent The Past Eight Years Quietly And Confidently Changing The Course Of American History ~ By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Gloria Steinem, Jon Meacham And Rashida Jones
I first “met” Michelle Obama on The Ellen DeGeneres Show when her husband was campaigning against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. I was impressed with the ease with which she related to not only the show’s stellar celebrity host but to members of the audience during a question and answer segment.
I have also studied some on the First Lady’s background and it ranks right up there with, ironically, both the Clintons and certainly her husband Barack. In some ways, she is more intelligent, more astute and more certain of her role than her mate, a man born of two races and who struggled for the first two and a half decades of his life trying to figure out where he belonged.
According to a biography of President Obama I just finished, Barack Obama: Our 44th President, it was Michelle, while mentoring her future husband at the law firm for which they both worked, who recognized those qualities in him which made where he belonged not a demographic or a church or even a nation. He belonged in politics, making things better for everyone. As he finishes his second term in America’s highest office, he has proven just how astute her assessment was.
I have watched Mrs. Obama as First Lady on other television shows and I have supported several of her campaigns, among them the war on childhood obesity. She had proven to be a viable and enduring role model whose sincerity is seldom questioned and whose integrity is beyond reproach.
Yes, if I did have a third choice for president on November 8, it would be her.
Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.
This Week’s Theme Music: In Her Own Words
Washington, DC is America’s third most rat-infested city in America. Seattle, where I live, is the 11th. See If Your City Made The Top 50.
I found this so incredibly ironic I just could not resist putting it near the top this week. Monkeys Can Make Stone Tools, But They Don’t Use Them
Since they are the only ones on the planet who understand North Korea, this is probably a very good thing. China Joins Search For Alien Life
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EVERYONE SHOULD VOTE FOR AMERICA’S PRESIDENT
November 8 is coming and to say that the outcome of the American presidential election does not worry the international community and Europe it particular simply would not be true. As one stand-up comedian here said, every nation in the world should participate in the elections of America’s chief executive because that individual does affect everyone in the world. That is also why such comments as Mrs. Clinton’s to nuclear response time during the debates do not engender confidence in the outcome.
Recently I watched “Thirteen Days” film, a 2000 American historical thriller directed by Roger Donaldson, dramatizing the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Decades later, President John F. Kennedy remains a golden standard of political leadership. His attitude and ability to stay calm and make tough decisions in such a difficult situation is admirable and a perfect example. After the loss of him, America also lost the chance to end the Vietnam War by 1965 as Kennedy intended. In retrospect, and from an historic prospective, many of his decisions seen to be well-grounded and humanistic.
In Ukraine in 2004, when it was unclear who would win the our president election, the current president ~ Leonid Kuchma ~ supported the transition from a presidential republic system to a parliamentary-presidential republic in order to restrict the power of future Ukraine chief executives.
Critics have contended that while it may have been a proverbial step in the right direction, it did not actually place more power in the hands of the people. It essentially distributed critical decision making among more top elected officials. At a time when missiles can now fly 13,000 km to anyplace in the world, I think we, the people of Ukraine, deserve a little more direct control than that.
That’s it for this week, Mishka. Be safe, my cousin.
FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
Here is an interesting idea. Asgardia, The Nation State Of Space: Russian Businessman Igor Ashurbeyli Believes That An Orbiting Space Station Has The Potential To Become A Sovereign Nation In Space
This is amazing. Archaeologists Discover Shocking Mystery About Easter Island Heads
I watched the launch of this one on NASA TV and it was an incredible quarter hour or so. Russia’s Soyuz Spacecraft Docks With International Space Station
THE GREEN BEAT
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