Monthly Archive for March, 2004

No school because of Bush Fundraiser

As if we need fur­ther evi­dence that the pres­i­dent is tru­ly mis­guid­ed, I read that today Mr. Bush has come to Boston for a fundrais­er, forc­ing the Secret Ser­vice to shut down sev­er­al city streets.

As Mr. Bush col­lects checks at $2000 a head, for one hour of work, a K-8 pub­lic school was forced on 1-day notice to can­cel class­es today because they “could not guar­an­tee time­ly pick-up of stu­dents at dis­missal time.”

This seems shame­ful for the “No-child-left-behind” Pres­i­dent, who is him­self the son of the so-called “edu­ca­tion” Pres­i­dent…

But, maybe I should look at this from the point of view of the stu­dents — they got a day off from school. Are the Repub­li­cans are try­ing to ingra­ti­ate them­selves to our lit­tle ones, by can­celling school for a day?

$25 is all it takes…

John KerryI just gave John Ker­ry $25.

I end­ed up giv­ing Howard Dean a not-insignif­i­cant amount of mon­ey, (at least to me), and I feel it was mon­ey well spent. I’m going to do so for John Ker­ry each month.

You should, too. Bush is on the attack.

Welcome CSS Vault Visitors!

Thanks to Andy for sub­mit­ting this blog for recog­ni­tion at CSS Vault. I’m hon­ored to be includ­ed among the many inspir­ing sites.

(I hope it doesn’t mat­ter that I’ve more or less had the same lay­out and design for more than a year now.) But, thank you very much.

New Scoot

Pres­ley bought her scoot­er this past week­end, from a friend-of-a-friend in Maine.

Looks pret­ty sweet, and she post­ed to her weblog for the first time this year. wow.

Back to Detroit

I’m off to Detroit for one day, to attend my cousin’s funer­al. It’s such a sad thing, even though we weren’t close in age.

Bob was a great guy, who was full of all kinds of odd and inter­est­ing knowl­edge. And he was always will­ing to lis­ten or offer up hon­est advice… even when I was an obnox­ious teenag­er who thought he knew every­thing.

I love ya, man.

JFK Library & Museum

My Aunt and Uncle were in Boston this past week­end, so we decid­ed to check out the John F. Kennedy Library & Muse­um.

Designed by I.M. Pei

The Harbor

Designed by I.M. Pei, the build­ing is tru­ly inspir­ing, despite it’s chilly, geo­met­ric parts. In my opin­ion, it is the only Pei build­ing worth it’s salt — cer­tain­ly the only one out of his many projects in Boston.

I’ve nev­er been nos­tal­gic for JFK – he only passed some­thing like 25% of the bills he sent to Capi­tol Hill… which tells me he was more con­cerned with main­tain­ing Camelot, than push­ing hard on dif­fi­cult leg­is­la­tion like Civ­il Rights and the War on Pover­ty.

How­ev­er, after tour­ing the many exhibits and films, I’ve come to respect the man — the man­ner in which the Cuban Mis­sile Cri­sis was han­dled alone mer­its recon­sid­er­a­tion. And, in the wake of our youth­ful excite­ment sur­round­ing Howard Dean, and his mes­sage, I can only imag­ine JFK’s impact on young peo­ple in 1960.

As Bill Clin­ton says in the exhib­it, JFK put a lot of dif­fi­cult issues on the table — which then need­ed to be worked out over the course of the six­ties.