Benny's World

Saturday, June 30, 2007

John Edwards: Window of Hope

Another dynamite video by Refinish69, a JRE supporter from Austin, the capital of TX and my home state.

Video is set to the tune of "Window of Hope" by Oleta Adams. Reposted by permission of Refinish69. Enjoy! Conveys JRE's optimistic vision and flows well. Among them, a pic with JRE and Emma Claire's dog.

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Bloggers are Changing the Political Scene

I read with interest this post from the Press-Enterprise about a blogger named Citizen Kate. She apparently went to the California Dem Convention, even though she is from Chicago. She somehow obtained CJ credentials.

Now, I don't know how accurate this article is by Michelle DeArmond, but here are the lead paragraphs:

Dressed in a low-cut leopard-print dress and matching headband, amateur journalist "Citizen Kate" drew lingering looks and laughs when she lobbed her first question to Sen. John Edwards at the state Democratic convention in San Diego.

"Oh me?" the young blonde giggled, waving and smiling after Edwards, a candidate for president, called on her.

"I was wondering if you know what it takes ... to be a great leader in this country?" she asked.

Then it was reported that Citizen Kate said she was noticed because of her dress.

Citizen Kate says she's proud she caught Edwards' eye at the state convention -- and she's pretty sure the dress helped.

Doubtful. I know Edwards and it has nothing to do with the dress. But he appreciates the netroots very much and is their leading candidate.

Read the rest here for yourselves.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Garrison Keillor: Another Champion of Public Libraries

Nice piece by him in yesterday's Salon entitled, "The Library Fix". (registration may be req'd)

He was the closing keynote speaker at ALA on Tuesday. Sorry I had to miss the talk.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Elizabeth Edwards Live Blogs on Kos--and Answers My question

My question to Elizabeth Edwards on the Kos:

Mrs Edwards your message to Librarians?

You had to cancel an engagement due to the campaign demands from speaking at the American Library Association. If you had been able to be there, what few things would you say about the value of public libraries and how they will play a part in our country's future?


Mrs. Edwards' Response:

Libraries are essential to democracy

My mother had a library degree, which she got later in life and which she used working at a non-profit as their librarian. John and I helped build a children's library in the small rural town where John was raised. Libraries are the repository of our collected knowledge and particularly in a society of economic inequity are essential to assuring access to information for a community. And information and an informed electorate is the lifeblood of an effective democracy.

I was sorry to have to cancel, but I have expressed my desire to be at the national meeting of the ALA in March.

(from Benny: she meant the PLA meeting in March next year, but that's a small detail).

Mrs Edwards rocks!

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A Conversation with John and Elizabeth Edwards

Good clips about his ideas. I like the Edwardses and I have a bit of a personal connection with them. But his ideas are right on.

Flower Power

From Predictor on the DK, who gave me this one.

He's an awesome photographer.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Elizabeth Edwards Smacks Down Ann Coulter (but politely)

Elizabeth Edwards called into Tweety's show when Ann Coulter was on it. I'm glad Tweety allowed EE to speak her piece about Coulter's comments of hate on her family and other Dem candidates.

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