Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Wednesday August 27, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:23 AM
“One Shot”
Keynote Address,
 National Convention

Of the People,
by the People,
for the People

From the autobiography of Reba McEntire:

“…my major field of study was elementary education and my minor was music. I received my bachelor’s degree, but never taught school as my Mama and Grandma had done before me….”  —My Story, Bantam, 1994

From a notable production of  “Annie Get Your Gun” starring Reba McEntire:

“Doin’ what comes naturally….”
— Irving Berlin

From Zenna Henderson’s first story of the People:

“Suddenly I felt her, so plainly that I knew with a feeling of fear and pride that I was of my grandmother, that soon I would be bearing the burden and blessing of her Gift — the Gift that develops into free access to any mind, one of the People or an Outsider, willing or not. And besides the access, the ability to counsel and help, to straighten tangled minds and snarled emotions…. It was the first time I had ever sorted anybody.”

— “Ararat,” in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October 1952 (reprinted in Ingathering, NESFA Press, 1995)

“You know, I spent 20 years in business. If you ran a company whose only strategy was to tear down the competition, it wouldn’t last long. So why is this wisdom so hard to find in Washington?

I know we’re at the Democratic convention, but if an idea works, it really doesn’t matter if it has an ‘R’ or ‘D’ next to it. Because this election isn’t about liberal versus conservative. It’s not about left versus right. It’s about the future versus the past.

In this election, at this moment in our history, we know what the problems are. We know that at this critical juncture, we have only one shot to get it right….

Let me tell you about a place called Lebanon– Lebanon, Virginia.”

— Last night’s keynote address at the Democratic National Convention

Related material

Map of Lebanon VA in relation to Bluefield WV, Pikeville KY, and Asheville NC

“The lunatic,
  the lover,
  and the poet
  are of imagination
  all compact.”
  — Shakespeare

For further details,
see the sons and
daughters of
Bluefield, Pikeville,
and Asheville.

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