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Through brick walls: A life well lived

Posted by Charles II on July 25, 2008

Randy Pausch, who recently died of pancreatic cancer, gave a lecture on achieving one’s childhood dreams.

It’s a wonderful experience to watch that much optimism, energy, and intelligence embodied in one human being. Facing imminent death, he chose to celebrate his wife’s birthday, give his children a vital lesson in how to succeed, and inspire millions of us ordinary mortals.

Definitely, watch it.

We’ll look for you in the NFL in your next life, Randy.

(via Barry Ritholtz


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Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on July 25, 2008

“Lady Lightfoot, can you give us a happy face for Friday Cat Blogging?”

Lady Lightfoot

“This is my happy face, impertinent human.”

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Decency And Indecency

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 25, 2008


Barack Obama decides that it wouldn’t be appropriate for him to visit the US military bases in Rammstein and Landstuhl, Germany, as part of a campaign-funded trip as opposed to a CODEC mission:

Obama senior adviser Robert Gibbs told us in a statement, “During his trip as part of the CODEL to Afghanistan and Iraq, Senator Obama visited the combat support hospital in the Green Zone in Baghdad and had a number of other visits with the troops. For the second part of his trip, the senator wanted to visit the men and women at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to express his gratitude for their service and sacrifice. The senator decided out of respect for these servicemen and women that it would be inappropriate to make a stop to visit troops at a U.S. military facility as part of a trip funded by the campaign.”


Just as he moved to pressure Angela Merkel into keeping Obama away from the Brandenberg Gate, Bush had his flunkies ban US State Department employees from witnessing Obama’s speech:

Under the pretense that he is maintaining political neutrality, the Washington Post reported today, State Department Undersecretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy has interpreted the Foreign Affairs Manual in the most restrictive way, claiming that he is ensuring that foreign service officials will remain untainted by a “partisan political act.” (Spouse and family members, however, have generously been excluded from this ruling.) The U.S. embassy, which is headed by ambassador Robert Timken, a businessman and crony of George W. Bush’s from Ohio, who is widely reviled in Germany for his ignorance of foreign affairs, has instructed officials not to attend the rally. The American Foreign Service Association has complained about the edict but there’s not enough time to dispute it. Funny that.

Somehow I doubt that any State Department personnel will ever be barred by Bush Junta appointees from attending a John McCain speech.

UPDATE: Guess what — it was the Pentagon that, under orders from John McCain, reclassified Obama’s planned Rammstein and Landstuhl visits as beyond the pale, even though they’d cleared the visits earlier, and allowed McCain to make similar visits.

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