Monday, February 28, 2022
Sunday, February 27, 2022
This book, 650-page plus journey through the meteoric rise of the career of Barak Obama confirmed to me what I have always believed, he is a charismatic, relatable leader who wanted to change the course of politics. At least, that is how I have seen him. A man whom to me, brought the possibility of continuing the unfulfilled promise of Camelot. The dreams of the Kennedy administration, cut short by that president's assassination.
Obama became our first African American president, of course. One of his goals was to bring America together by respecting both sides. That goal sadly was not to be, and our country became even more divided. At least, that is how it appears. I sometimes think that with Americans today, we want our side and our side only,
What Obama did accomplish was quite significant. The successful mission of finding Osama Bin-Ladin and stabilizing, perhaps, the worst economic downturn in our history.
The book concludes at his first term, perhaps setting up follow up covering his second term and beyond.
Friday, February 25, 2022
died on February 18th.
Senn, popular in her dogged support of the insured, may have been one of Washington's more polarizing political figures. Loved by rank-and-file Democrats, she was a fighter and often a winner.
Senn served two terms in Olympia, then decided in 2000 to run for the US Senate. She was defeated by Maria Cantwell, a one-time member of the US House of Representatives who was staging a political comeback. Cantwell would go on to defeat incumbent Senator Slade Gorton in a close contest. Cantwell still holds that seat.
Senn, I believe is still the only Jewish candidate to win a statewide election in Washington. She would later run for State Attorney General, once again, was defeated. Perhaps by standing up for the little guy (or gal), she made enemies who had deep pockets.
Deborah's cousin, Tana Senn, serves in the Washington state legislature.
Although this small city is not well known, there is an entry in the Wikipedia on it. Click here.
Kellerman earned an Oscar nomination for playing Houlahan, a patriotic nurse who went by the book and loved everything about the military. The character was best known for her affair with the villainous, married Major Frank Burns.
The character was continued into the TV show, eventually giving Houlahan a more muti-dimensional persona.
Sources say that President Biden will nominate Kitanji Brown Jackson to be the first black woman to serve on the US Supreme Court. A position is opening on the court with the coming retirement of Justice Steven Breyer.
Jackson currently serves on the US Court Of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit.
Thursday, February 24, 2022
He will turn 80 this June, but Paul McCartney is planning another American tour. The ex-Beatle (really a misnomer since in our hearts, he will always be a Beatle) will play in Seattle on May 2 and 3rd at Climate Pledge Arena.
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Monday, February 21, 2022
Sunday, February 20, 2022
Sixty years ago today, John Glenn became the first American astronaut to orbit the earth in the Friendship 7 space vessel. At the time of his death in 2016, he was still probably the most well-known and popular astronaut in American history.
Sue Bird, whom I would like to think of as Seattle's answer to Tom Brady, has signed for one more year with the Storm.
She has also won 5 Gold Medals playing for the US Woman's Olympic Basketball team.
Friday, February 18, 2022
Thursday, February 17, 2022
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Monday, February 14, 2022
The Cinderella rise of the Cincinatti Bengals ended with a 23-20 defeat to the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI. The Bengals behind sensation Joe Burrow, became this season's feel good story with a couple of upsets including 2-year reigning AFC champion Kansas City, to get to the Super Bowl.
For most of the second half, it looked like the Bengals would leave LA with their first Super Bowl victory (it was their 3rd appearance). A last-minute drive and a touchdown by Cooper Kupp, gave the Rams the victory on their home field.
Cupp, a Cinderella story in his own rite, was named Super Bowl MVP.
Sunday, February 13, 2022
Saturday, February 12, 2022
Friday, February 11, 2022
I couldn't wait to watch this documentary about a documentary, as director and producer, Peter Jackson so aptly described it. But as I began to watch, I felt a little buyer's (I rented Disney plus to watch) remorse. This was after all, derived from the same clips that movie "Let It Be" was created. That was probably the worst of the 5 movies that the group made, watching them argue while making a record, without the antics that helped make the band a complete package.
There was, however, a certain kind of charm that this series excluded that was missing from the movie as it showed the Beatles were not all angry with each other during the shooting of what became their last movie. The comradery was still there. There were some fun scenes throughout the movie of John Lennon and Paul McCartney horsing around as one would have imagined they would have done in the beginning years.
One thing this documentary does well is to add context. We find out when the shooting of the film starting, what the goal was, and the day-by-day trials and tribulations of putting the project together. Every day is logged by showing a calendar and marking off each date with an X.
What I think made this project work is the band itself. The great music, the songwriting process shown, the horseplay amongst each other and a certain intangible, the sort of down to earth personalities of the group. The show made me feel like I was in the studio with them, and I could join their banter.
Thursday, February 10, 2022
Wednesday, February 09, 2022
Monday, February 07, 2022
Sunday, February 06, 2022
It's been well over two years since I've visited my old hometown, but a glimpse into the Union-Bulletin website tells me the China Pavillion at WWCC is to be torn down.
The China Pavillion was acquired by the school from Expo 74 in the mid 1970s. It had been used as the school's theatre and for drama classes. In my now mostly forgotten year at CC from 1978-79, I took a drama class in the building.
I learned something new from reading the article. The exhibit was from Taiwan or Republic of China, not the People's Republic of China, with which our country today has relations with for better or worst.
New state building codes and a need for the college to expand were given as the reason for removing the building.
Saturday, February 05, 2022
Friday, February 04, 2022
Thursday, February 03, 2022
Washington DC's NFL team need not go by simply Washington Football Team any longer. It was revealed this week that the team will now be The Commanders.
Wednesday, February 02, 2022
Tuesday, February 01, 2022
It is official, Tampa Bay Buccaneer Quarterback Tom Brady has announced his retirement. He had just finished his 22nd season of professional football, a disappointing loss in the playoffs. He played his first 20 seasons for the New England Patriots.
Brady won 7 Super Bowl rings, the most of any player. He was quarterback for every one of the Patriots Super Bowl victories. He played in 9 total.
Many compare him with NBA great Michael Jordan as far as dominating and defining a sport. I see it this way, The greatness of the Chicago Bulls was built, so far, was solely built during the Michael Jordan era, while the greatness of the New England Patriots was built solely during the Tom Brady era. This differs from the storied teams like the New York Yankees, The Los Angeles Lakers, The Boston Celtics, and the Green Bay Packers, storied franchises who put together many dynasties.