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Factoid: Lincoln was asked by his own party to step down and not run for re-election in 1864.

Commented on HuffPost: Why Judd Gregg’s Change of Heart Was a Birthday Present to Lincoln’s Protégé

“Thanks for the refreshing post, running somewhat against the grain of most of the splinter heads in the media (take that! Fox and MSNBC and all in between). Now is the time for the center cut of America to step up and eschew all the fringes. We should be partisans only for all of America, as is our President.”

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More of my babbling: The State of Israel, the US Air Force, the hydrogen bomb, and myself are all roughly the same age. In those 60 odd years, we have all seen maybe a dozen moments, that in retrospect, could have gone a different way, and literally could have changed the fabric of the universe. A new shirt, or wads of tangled, smoldering thread drifting through the cosmos waiting for another set of complex hydrocarbons to make a stand. We are at one of those times.

When I was 12, I heard the “Ask not…” call, and it thrust me into a state of consciousness that has been both a blessing and a source of intense pain. But the bottom line is, that each of us can, on some level, or with some degree of success, absolutely change the way the electrons spin around the center.

Make a difference? Absolutely. One more important than another? Sometimes, briefly. Have an effect if you say “No, thanks.”? Impossible. That is not to say that “Just say No.” is not often the right answer, and itself can be a game changer. But to slip out of the ring because there might be a problem, or because things might not go perfectly, is unthinkable to me. Now is not the time to drop out.

I believe that Frodo was right not to kill Gollum when he had the chance, because you never know when even the most vile creature can, for all the wrong reasons, cause the right thing to happen. If all this appears to be psycho-literary-elitist babble, then you are just not reading enough history. Final answer. Locked in. “If not now, when? If not us, who?”

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27 January 2009: It seems quite appropriate to re-blog this entry, at the end of this first week of a new chapter in the American story…

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly…who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never known neither victory nor defeat.”Teddy Roosevelt

“Citizenship in a Republic,” Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

Originally posted September 2007…

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Update to – Heinlein Lives

Robert and Ginny Heinlein in Tahiti 1980, taken by Hayford Peirce

Robert and Ginny Heinlein in Tahiti 1980, taken by Hayford Peirce

While the Heinlein Centennial was celebrated in 2007, this article in the Wall Street Journal bears another look. “Robert A. Heinlein’s Legacy” By TAYLOR DINERMAN ~ WSJ July 26, 2007; Page D7.

There are some fairly good FaceBook groups providing information, links and discussion of the works, quotes and point of view of Heinlein, real or imagined.

Time Enough For Heinlein ~ Robert Heinlein fan group ~ Heinlein is my hero

For myself, I never tended to goosestep into pushing the writings, or personal life of Heinlein into a cookie cutter corner of human thought or political persuasion.       (more…)

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Meet with the Knowledge Networking group of the Association of Virtual Worlds in Second Life.

KnowNet in SLWednesday at Work” WED 1100 a.m. SLT
(check the AVW site for location)

With all the talk, blogs, twitters, ads, chat, etc., about Social Networking, a la FaceBook, MySpace, YouTube, and the rest… it has occurred to me that what we (myself and my colleagues) are really pursuing is better described as Knowledge Networking. Since we are in business, government, education and other serious pursuits, the ‘social’ part of the Web 2.0 worlds seem to scare our managers, and somehow imply that we are playing games or watching TV (or worse) instead of doing real work. The totally serious and productive attributes of the new ‘web’ can be lost when we are briefing our bosses on the travel or training we just took and we pop up a browser of FaceBook or Second Life web pages and the silly stuff hides the good. (more…)

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A beautiful sunny day in Dallas...On November 22, 1963, I was in my high school General Science class 16 miles south of the Texas School Book Depository. Today, I drive by Dealy Plaza on my home from work. There are always lots of tourists standing around, talking, pointing, taking pictures. As I pick my way through the intersection, I see the grassy knoll, the wooden fence, the railroad overpass, and the curb storm drain where the final shot was delivered, 44 years ago. Whew…it still seems like a bad dream, but it was just the beginning, and it goes on today. (more…)

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Good Ole Charlie BrownAfter viewing the 2002 American Masters program on PBS last night, I started early this morning looking for more information on what I now recognize in Peanuts as the single most important cultural feature influencing my youth and quest for maturity. Sounds impressive and self important, huh?

In grade school and high school, I was Charlie Brown – always happy with 2nd place, the A- was good enough, the self deprecating style seemed to keep the bullies at bay, the Sunday night paralysis of facing another Monday without confidence in my self or (more…)

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NobelWe awoke this morning to the news that Washington Post reported the following:

Friday, October 12, 2007; 8:32 AM – Gore, U.N. Body Win Nobel Peace Prize

‘Former vice president Al Gore and a United Nations panel that monitors climate change were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today for their work educating the world about global warming and advocating for political action to control it.’ (more…)

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