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.
I was unavailable to watch the news shows this week. Nevertheless, I watched the first presidential debate last week, and I have been thinking about how to write about it since then. I have talked to a number of people about the debate, and I have thought about it a lot, and so here goes an attempt to concisely write my thoughts about the debate.
Romney is a pathological screwer upper. Even when he is trying as hard as he can to make up for another screw up, he screws up more. That's the way it is with one of his last ads. In that ad, he opts for the old political strategy of the only visual being the candidate, who is talking seriously to the camera as if he talking right to them right then and there.
Kristi and I went to hear the Grascals Friday evening at the Kentucky Opry in Draffenville, KY. Anyone who is at all into country music would have to be brain dead not to know that the Grascals are one of the solid big names in bluegrass music. And that they would be performing in such an intimate venue, for a reasonable price, well, since we were free, it was a no-brainer to go.
While republican pundits David Brooks and Joe Scarborough were ripping their candidate, Obama supporter, mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed, spoke calmly, eloquently, and confidently in support of Obama. I had never heard him speak before today, and I think he was the star of the day. The contrast was striking. It was one more piece of evidence of how the Obama campaign is surging and Romney is imploding in the last month and a half before the election.
The news shows today were focused on the middle east and the week of unrest there. It was a bad week for the U.S. in the middle east, as we had our consulate in Ben Gazi, Libya, overrun by a well- armed gang who killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya, along with 3 other people. For any country, having an ambassador killed due to a hostile attack is a very serious matter. For the U.S., right before a presidential election, it becomes even more significant.