(Community Matters) Many thanks to former mayor Will Wynn and former mayor pro tem Brewster McCracken. Your leadership, dedication and hard work has permanently & positively impacted Austin. Looking forward to continue working with each of you, just in new & different ways. No more long, long Thursday nights. Less work, more pay!
photo Deborah Cannon, AAS
Mayor Leffingwell & Mayor pro tem Martinez, thanks for stepping up. Tough times ahead just now, and I know you guys are up to it.
Council members Spellman and Riley, welcome onboard (or back on board as the case may be). All of Austin is thrilled to have you guys on the dais – not a moment too soon. Big challenges in front of us. Thanks for stepping up. Council member Cole, thanks for another term.
(Community Matters) Good gosh – I’m updating my packing list (yes, I have serveral I keep on file – international, new york, mexico, cold, other) and laughing because electronics has become the largest category: Camera, camera transfer cable, camera charger, extra camera battery, Computer, computer power cord, iPod, iPod ear phones, iPod charger, Blackberry, blackberry charger, Telephone, telephone charger, Kindle, kindle power cord, international power converter, int’l plug adapter (British).
not to mention all this (& some clothes) has to fit into a carry on & my small backpack – can’t stand waiting for luggage these days
(Community Matters) from Andrew Sullivan’s quote for the day:
“OK, let me see if I’ve got this right. Since Barack Obama has taken the presidential oath of office we have witnessed: a) Hezbollah lose a shoo-in election in Lebanon, b) Pakistan begin serious efforts to control the Taliban and al Qaeda elements inside its borders, c) Netanyahu of Israel mumble support about a two state solution and rethink settlements and, d) A major awakening of the Iranian citizenry against the heavy-handedness of the mullahs. What hasn’t changed? The simple-minded thuggery of the Right when it comes to foreign policy (and Grover Norquist, someone should gently remind him that it’s 2009, not 1989). They have long preferred a modified Teddy Roosevelt approach. Speak loudly and wail away with the biggest stick you can find. I don’t know if all this is the results of one speech in Cairo by the President but if it is I hope he gives a second, and soon,” – Carl Owen, Politico.