By now most everyone knows that Alison Lundagren Grimes, Kentucky's Democratic secretary of state, has announced that she is challenging long time U.S. Senator and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell in the fall, 2014 elections. Of course, Grimes is a long shot in many ways as McConnell has lots more money, lots more experience, and will do just about anything to stay in power.
Several weeks ago I was fortunate to usher at the Carson Center for two concerts. The first was Huey Lewis and the News. That was on June 11, 2013, if I recall. Then, the following Saturday, Exile, opened by the Bellamy Brothers, appeared in the same venue. I ushered for both shows.
Huey Lewis and the News
Art groups are nothing new. Artists have been banding together for centuries for the purposes of exhibiting together, helping each other with techniques and inspiration, financial help, in response to political situations, and other reasons. These groups get together for a variety of reasons ranging from sharing similar theories or philosophies or techniques of art to geographic proximity.
It's been awhile since I have written a Sunday News show column, although I watch them every Sunday I am able, which is most. Today I thought they were relevant enough to comment about, because they all were talking about the issues that Obama is facing.
There were a few things that I learned that I thought were interesting. The most significant to me is that the outpost where Ambassador Stevens had been killed in Libya was not a state department facility, but in fact a CIA facility. That may have had something to do with how they wanted this portrayed in the public.
It has been awhile since I've written anything. It isn't that I haven't been doing anything - I have. I just don't spend nor have nearly as much time on computer than I used to have. Times change. But I have to comment about the "trouble" that Obama finds himself in now. There are three main issues that are irritating his administration right now - one is the IRS, one is the attack on Benghazi, and the last is the tapping of communications between Associated Press reporters and their sources to try and gather information on a leak that the administration didn't like.
I haven't been writing nearly as much as I have at one time or another, but that's ok. I don't worry about it too much. But I think about writing quite a bit. There is so much going on that is fascinating, important, relevant, exciting, but I don't have nearly as much opportunity these days to sit and collect my thoughts and write them down.
But I do want to document a few things about the springtime that is starting to occur. Actually, spring has been going on for awhile even with the cool temperatures, but it is really busting loose now.
I want to write some recollections from back during the Bush administration. I'm not sure of the year without researching it, but it was while I was a member/chair of the US Dept. of Energy's Paducah Site Specific Advisory Board, or SSAB. The SSAB was supposedly a committee of citizens from a wide variety of interests and professions that operated under the rules of the Federal Advisory Committee Act in order to give recommendations to the DOE on the cleanup of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant - a government owned uranium enrichment facility that has been operating since 1952.
It's been nearly a month since I have written in my blog. A lot has happened politically, locally, nationally and internationally. The environment is becoming more and more discussed, although it still isn't getting the real attention that it should.
Wow, it's been nearly three weeks since my last post. That's a long time, but this time of year I just don't have the unlimited time on computer that I do in the summer because we don't have the power for me to just sit at the computer at home, and I'm working almost full time. So my computer time is limited to times when I am home on a sunny day or at a public place.
I didn't find anything earthshaking in the Sunday News shows. Of course, the shows were full of Petraeus, but seemed to focus more on the Libya attack than his personal problems. The media wants to know if there is anything there that might cause more serious problems for the administration. And then there is the issue over Susan Rice and whether or not she would be nominated and confirmed when and if Hillary Clinton steps down as Secretary of State. (I'm sure Obama wishes she would just stay on, but a person can only do so much).
I watched the Sunday News shows yesterday. The pundits are saying that it is too close to call but that it "leans" toward Obama. My question is if it is so even, then why, whenever they show photos of people standing in line to early vote, that it seems to be mostly minorities and others who are identifying themselves as democrats in long long lines? There seems to be a disconnect there, but I guess we will see.
It's been 10 days since I posted anything. Wow, what a 10 days, too. Everything from hurricane Sandy to playing at the Bluebird Cafe. The Bluebird performance went well I think. The storm is an incredible thing to happen. Makes the Bluebird Cafe seem a little unimportant.
The one thing I heard in the news shows that I thought was significant was a comment by Obama campaign manager David Axelrod on Meet the Press that ultra conservative and ultra anti Obama U.S. Rep. from California, Darrel Issa, released documents that he collected as part of the hearing on the Libya attack that contained and compromised names of U.S. cooperators in Libya. If that is true, that kind of story might have a chance to have some teeth.
I have to write a few words about the presidential debate that occurred Tuesday evening. At this point, it's old news, which is when I like to write about something like this. I want to think about it for at least a few days before I comment.
I watched the whole debate very carefully. And just as in the last debate, I didn't see it the same as the mainstream pundits. I mean, I do admit that Obama was more forceful, but that doesn't automatically mean better to me.