Jan. 20, 2009 at 2:01am
The events of September 11, 2001 could have been used as a rallying call to band together and build stronger communities. Instead, community funding decreased and actions were taken to further alienate us at home and abroad. Our infrastructure deteriorated. The level of obesity sky-rocketed. Suicide rates increased. We tried desperately to buy our way to happiness. Then we maxed out.
But Tacoma has persevered and that gives me hope. Witnessing strangers come together today to build community in the name of a giving garden fills my chest with hope. But there is much more work that needs to be done if things are to keep moving forward.
We stand at a precipice looking down. We've seen the old black and white photos from the 70s of where Tacoma has been - deserted, disinvested, desperate. Going back there is not an option. We must push on. We must act as if the future of Tacoma is at stake.
Because it is.
Happy Last Bush Day.
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by NineInchNachos on 1/20/2009 @ 12:28am
|let the prosecutions begin! |
google news reports no last minute pardons.
O-glorious new day.
by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 1/20/2009 @ 12:58am
by jenyum on 1/20/2009 @ 9:35am
|Hmm, I read that as "happy last Bull Sh*t day"
guess it's the same thing.
by seejane on 1/20/2009 @ 11:08am
|The song "oh happy day" keeps going through my head - And I swear I'm taller!|
by Erik on 1/20/2009 @ 11:18am
|Going back there is not an option. We must push on. We must act as if the future of Tacoma is at stake.
Yeah. Tacoma has been pretty dead as of late in many areas. Completion of the LID, snow removal and a bit of sunlight should help.
by NineInchNachos on 1/20/2009 @ 12:30pm
|I just had a thought. Obama could pardon bush+Cheney for their war crimes... that would effectively brand bush as a war criminal forever in the history books. Can you appeal a pardon if you're the dude being pardoned?|
by morgan on 2/2/2009 @ 12:24pm
Garrison Keillor on Obama -
Be happy, dear hearts, and allow yourselves a few more weeks of quiet exultation. It isn't gloating, it's satisfaction at a job well done. He was a superb candidate, serious, professorial but with a flashing grin and a buoyancy that comes from working out in the gym every morning. He spoke in a genuine voice, not senatorial at all. He relished campaigning. He accepted adulation gracefully. He brandished his sword against his opponents without mocking or belittling them. He was elegant, unaffected, utterly American, and now (Wow) suddenly America is cool. Chicago is cool. Chicago!!!
We threw the dice and we won the jackpot and elected a black guy with a Harvard degree, the middle name Hussein and a sense of humor he said, "I've got relatives who look like Bernie Mac, and I've got relatives who look like Margaret Thatcher." The French junior minister for human rights said, "On this morning, we all want to be American so we can take a bite of this dream unfolding before our eyes." When was the last time you heard someone from France say they wanted to be American and take a bite of something of ours? Ponder that for a moment.
The world expects us to elect pompous yahoos, and instead we have us a 47-year-old prince from the prairie who cheerfully ran the race, and when his opponents threw sand at him, he just smiled back. He'll be the first president in history to look really good making a jump shot. He loves his classy wife and his sweet little daughters. At the same time, he knows pop music, American lit and constitutional law. I just can't imagine anybody cooler.
It feels good to be cool, and all of us can share in that, even sour old right-wingers and embittered blottoheads. Next time you fly to Heathrow and hand your passport to the man with the badge, he's going to see " United States of America " and look up and grin. Even if you worship in the church of Fox , everyone you meet overseas is going to ask you about Obama, and you may as well say you voted for him because, my friends, he is your line of credit over there. No need anymore to try to look Canadian.
by L.S.Erhardt on 7/16/2009 @ 6:33pm
|"Prince from the Prairie"?
Are we talking about the same man?
Since this is a heavily pro-liberal, pro-democrat city, I will keep my non-affiliated, centrist opinion to myself.
Stuff on my brain.