Daily Archives: 11/21/2008

Congress and Change

(Community Matters) A very good sign, Mr. Dingell giving way to Mr. Waxman as chairman of House Committee on Energy and Commerce here


(Community Matters) Well, I’ve been saying no. Too busy. Shouldn’t spend the money. Have to catch up. However, it’s amazing how much one can gets done during twelve and fourteen hour days, 6 days a week, these last two weeks. So, I’m definitely joining Steven for five days in Paris during Premiers Pas at the Cartoucherie – already have tickets for three shows.

hey, it’s still being frugal. ST there on business, & I’m using miles!

Developmentally Retarded?

(Community Matters) Occurred to me as just driving over to my Starbucks, eager to see Traci, Michelle and the gang – at some time as I matured, was I suppose to stop being so excited about each day? Funny, that’s why I even like going to bed early, so I can start tomorrow as soon as possible. Is this normal at 43? hmm

Mobile Loaves & Fishes, RISE and KDK-Harman Board

(Community Matters) Yesterday didn’t start out too well, but it got much better as the day went on. Second breakfast with Alan Graham of Mobile Loaves & Fishes to learn more about his micro-enterprise program. Creative thoughts about how to assist the chronically homeless with opportunities to earn an income, even given their traditional unemployability due to often mental illness and chemical dependency. I like Alan’s idea and plans for beta testing – no opinion on viaibility, but that’s what beta is for.

Third breakfast meeting with Amanda and Marion, discussing our Corporate Social Responsibility Opportunity conference in late February. These two are rock stars.

– Susie Sosa, Annie Frierson, Amanda and I met to discuss 2009 plans for RISE – Relationship and Information Series for Entrepreneurs. MPower and the Sosa’s again placing great care and support into this very cool program which generated over 70 sessions last year. Plans to double the series this year. EF is definitely in again. thanks, you guys

KDK Harman Foundation – what a treat to spend a couple of hours with this group of very smart staff and fellow board members. Also, doesn’t hurt to end a day granting $400k to worthy nonprofits.


(Community Matters) Steven and I had dinner with KaosPilot CEO, Chister Lidzelius last night at Julio’s. KaosPilot is an entrepreneurial business program in Denmark focusing on sustainability, diversity and social innovation. Steven’s a huge fan and has taught there. Obvious they are big fans of each other.

A a terrific school with innovative teaching methods and very cool social entrepreneurial projects, which of course I love. More on them here

60 Senate Votes

(Community Matters) Well, I do worry that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Nevertheless, it does look to me as if we’re likely to have 59 Senate seats with Al Franken winning Minnesota here.

So that would leave Georgia’s senate runoff between Republican Saxby Chambliss and Democrat Jim Martin.

hmm, was going to stay out of this because not sure 60 seats in D’s long term interest. However, here’s information on Chambliss’ Senate voting:

  • Voted YES on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on funding for health providers who don’t provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Rated 7% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 11% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on reforming bankruptcy to include means-testing & restrictions. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)

  • Voted NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-family voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
settles it. Giving money to Martin here

Jim Mattox

(Community Matters) Last of a breed. May he rest in peace. here

Roger Stone Regrets

(Community Matters) GOP dirty trickster comes clean and regrets helping Bush get elected. Could be the start of a national healing process if others will apologize too. here