Monthly Archives: November 2012

Great Expectations

romney concession(Community Matters) Story doesn’t reconcile to election night CNN reporting that Romney campaign’s internal Ohio poll had them down 5 pts – nevertheless, a good read

From Politico’s Playbook:  GREAT EXPECTATIONS — “The Internal Polls That Made Mitt Romney Think He’d Win,” by The New Republic’s Noam Scheiber: “[A] Romney aide has provided the campaign’s final internal polling numbers for six key states, … which the aide obtained from the campaign’s chief pollster, Neil Newhouse. … The numbers include internal polls conducted on Saturday, November 3, and Sunday, November 4, for Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Iowa, Colorado, and New Hampshire. According to Newhouse, the campaign polled daily, then combined the results into two-day averages. … New Hampshire and Colorado are pretty far off the mark. In New Hampshire, the final internal polling average has Romney up 3.5 points, whereas he lost by 5.6. In Colorado, the final internal polling average has Romney up 2.5 points; he lost by 5.4. ‘I’m not sure what the answer is,’ Newhouse told me, explaining that his polls were a lot more accurate in most of the other swing states. ‘The only ones we had that really seemed to be off were Colorado-a state that even Obama’s people tweeted they thought it was going to be one of their closest states-and the New Hampshire numbers, which seemed to bounce a lot during the campaign.’ …

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Jane Sibley in Out & About

(Community Matters) Michael Barnes’ super profile on an Austin legend

South Padre Island & Lower Rio Grande Valley

(Community Matters) Arrived yesterday for a quarterly KDK-Harman Foundation board meeting; we’re staying at Jo & Jon Ivestor’s extraordinary beach abode.

On Friday night, I’m a guest of artists Christopher Rincón and Michael Tracy, touring their Trevino Uribe Rancho in the San Ygnacio National Register District. Through the River Place Foundation, they are restoring the properties with a “Save America’s Treasures” award. Sandi & Bob Tomlinson are joining me on Friday. Back to Austin on Saturday in time for the LBJ Presidential Museum’s State Dinner w/ my hubbie who’s currently in Traverse City.


(Community Matters) Steven and I were blown away. Probably the best movie of the decade, certainly the year.

The poetry is pure Kushner. The lessons about the moral compass are quite complex – isn’t like LIncoln didn’t cut corners, strike morally questionable deals, lie & cheat for the greater good.

Texas Secessionists

(Community Matters) Texas secessionists would be mightily disappointed without Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso & Marfa since all 6 metropolitan areas vote blue. Course, I’d miss Midland-Odessa-Big Spring so hope they don’t go. They can have Vidor & Beaumont

update: someone pointed out that Orange County (Beaumont) voted blue too this presidential election, so maybe just Vidor

As We Give Thanks

(Community Matters) As we’re giving thanks today, we might reflect on government investments and opportunities which allowed our grandparents, parents and selves to achieve what successes we enjoy.  And, we should recommit to providing these opportunities for others.

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(Community Matters) NYTimes on truce between Hamas & Israel the President stepped up and his pragmatism might have saved us from even further escalation.

I say this w/ mixed feelings. With the Gaza border now open at Egypt and Syrian & Iranian missiles being smuggled in, the risks to Israelis is much heightened. The new sort of rockets cannot be left in their hands

Love the Troops

(Community Matters) Happy to see that in the middle of horrible circumstances they find moments for fun

the all male version:

George P. Bush

(Community Matters) All the buzz, is he gonna run? I’ve only ever heard good things about him. We definitely want to encourage the best & the brightest from both sides of the aisle to serve.


(Community Matters) Sometimes, someone just needs to take away our Twitter, Facebook, email, the microphone or the camera . . . for our own good

Angry Old Men

F1, Just Another Component of Keeping Austin Weird

(Community Matters) I’m not on flight path of helicopters so we’re not experiencing, nor are we even participating in F1 this year. I bet we can improve the paths and systems to minimize disruptions next year.

I live near UT’s football stadium – car packed streets, exhuberant (not always sober) fans, loud bands, and an announcer’s booming voice reverberating even inside my house are just part of football weekends – part of what makes Austin weird & loveable. Wondering if one weekend a year helicopters overhead might be just as funky.

I’m flabbergasted by those Austiniites begrudging F1 even being held here. We host SXSW, ACL, Fusebox, RaggaeFest, Republic of Texas Biker Rally, Texas Relays – what’s wrong w/ hosting another world class event that appeals to a significant (if other) segment of Austinites? Feels like reverse snobbery. As for the broad slight of 1%’s, I know it’s just tongue-in-cheek (Jason Sabo’s a friend) but it’s a jab at a group which includes many folks who fund good work and who supported the man just reelected as president, have funded many of Central Texas’ cultural amenities and who fund lots of our private health & human services.

someone wrote a good comment on another posting: F1 is good for Austin and we need to be good hosts. But it’s fair for hosts to expect that our visitors be good guests, not disruptive ones. There are better sites for a helipad than a residential neighborhood. The sites being used were picked for the sake of the riders’ convenience–they’re close to downtown hotels. With a little effort and planning, the City could’ve located sites less intrusive on folks’ homes.

Gay Men Will Marry Your Girlfriends

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