Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old.
He did two things here. He managed expectations by invoking the values of hard work and courage. But he also very successfully combined his vision of "change" with the older "values" of loyalty, fair play and patriotism. Obama's a master communicator, and with these two sentences, he brought together the old and the new way of doing politics (according to him -- I'm not sure the "new" way is all that different from the old).
He also didn't shy away from religion. I especially like these two sentences:
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers.
That "patchwork heritage" can only be an asset if we can recognize the value in other ways of life. If tensions still exist that will cause disputes or violence, the asset turns into a liability. But I think the fact that we elected a man of darker skin color than ever before shows that we're willing to try a new way of life in that respect. Differences as an asset. I hope it can work.
Overall, I think the new president did a great job. I hope he can make the positive changes that he was elected to make.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Admit it! You are an outstanding student. For a select number of students like you, The University of Alabama School of Law is offering some special incentives. But, don’t wait! . . .
For you, we’re making two special offers:
1. We’ll waive your application fee, and
2. We’ll present you with free iTunes® downloads in the amount of $20 if you apply!
We have no doubt that the Loyal Reader who received this generous music offer would make a fine law student — how could he not? he’s a Loyal Reader! — but of course we wonder about Alabama’s motives. Raise the number of applications? The number of rejections? Capitalize on what’s expected to be a big application year?
We await a response from Claude Reeves Arrington, Alabama law’s associate dean of admissions.
When I applied, the school knew that I had already bought a house in Tuscaloosa. They knew my brother was an undergraduate there, that I was born in Mobile, and that my grandparents lived in Birmingham. They knew I was very likely to come there. Is that why I didn't get my $20 in iTunes??
I'm bummed about the extra wait too, but the date was pushed for good reasons.
- "I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family."—Greater Nashua, N.H., Chamber of Commerce, Jan. 27, 2000
- "Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?"—Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000
- "I'm the decider, and I decide what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the secretary of defense."—Washington, D.C., April 18, 2006
- "Well, I think if you say you're going to do something and don't do it, that's trustworthiness."—CNN online chat, Aug. 30, 2000
- "I'm looking forward to a good night's sleep on the soil of a friend."—on the prospect of visiting Denmark, Washington, D.C., June 29, 2005
- "Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream."—LaCrosse, Wis., Oct. 18, 2000
- "They misunderestimated me."—Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000
- "I'll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office."—Washington, D.C., May 12, 2008
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
- Professor's first question: "Is anybody offended by bad language?"
- "My orientation is one of a criminal lawyer." I just think it's funny that he describes his occupation, his day job, as his "orientation."