A few things are happening around the world. I'm required by my nature to comment. I'm not commenting on Lance Armstrong. I'm weary of fallen heros. There are enough already out there.
Don't want to comment on Mali. More war for freedom and equality, more repression, more killing and destruction.
I'll pass on Gun Appreciation Day, too.
I have nothing against Barack Obama. He wasn't my ideal choice for POTUS but I voted for him. He's more moderate than I prefer.
Still, to spend $50,000,000 for his inauguration seems a little over the top. Sure, it's all donations but that intangible message being sent, that royalty is being feted, disturbs me.
Jon Carroll commented on it. He captures my sentiments so I point you to him.
The NRA's attack ad on President Obama and his children disgusted me. I think they're pointing out why guns must be controlled. How many Secret Service protected Presidents have been shot?
But Susan Eisenhower did a better job talking about the difference between protecting the President's children and random shootings in classrooms. I point you to her.
Saw an interesting article in Esquire about the Golden Age for Writers. I like feeding my optimism so I wanted to point out this article. Dale Estey did it first so I'll point you to him.
Another bookless library idea has been floated. I accept it, even applaud it. A judge is behind it. He points out the library can help poorer parts of the county, where even libraries don't exist.
The comments are always interesting, and one touched on my concern with bookless libraries, how we discovered new books, topics and authors just be wandering around. That's a challenge I think we need to address.
Here's the NPR article about the bookless library idea in San Antonio, Texas:
So when will the bookless bookmobile begin running around? Ah, Smitty Miller is already way ahead of me. I like Smitty Miller and her approach. It's a good read about a person who seems grounded, optimistic and practical:
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com