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Barack Obama Elementary School

Ludlum Elementary School in Hempstead, NY might be the first to rename itself for Barack Obama. The students developed a grassroots consensus, brought it to the school board and the board, in another national first, said “Hey, why not?”, and just did it.  The school is in an almost entirely African American and Latino community. It’s the sort of place where nowadays a little kid crying because he doesn’t want the doctor to give him a shot or something is now being told, “Hush up! Do you think Barack Obama would cry about a thing like that?” and so forth. I spend a workday or so a week in Hempstead and just this past week I had to stop myself from telling two twenty-something young men, “Barack Obama wants you to pull your pants up over your underwear.” I didn’t say it, because I actually didn’t know the two guys and it wasn’t exactly my business, but you can bet they hear it from their Moms.

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Weekends are getting shorter

This weekend whizzed by. There was a little babysitting, some RBC watching, errands, chores, a little enjoying of beautiful weather today. Throw in a little more TV watching and hey, presto! It’s almost Monday morning.

Well, the RBC did about what was expected and everyone was reasonably happy except the Clinton campaign. Or maybe they were just pissed because no one sent Ickes the memo with the dress code. There was the Clintonista rally outside which looked as if it was fun for the participants. And dignified.

Today, of course there was the primary in Puerto Rico, where Clinton won big as expected but it doesn’t change the fact that Obama will probably wrap things up next week. So, it was a big news weekend in the political world in which nothing very unexpected happened and nothing much has changed. Except that Bill Clinton is reported to be really, really made about the new Vanity Fair article about him. He was already pretty mad, so this is just one more thing he has to be pissed about.

We finished the weekend off by watching the season finale of The Tudors. Spoiler alert – Anne Boleyn loses her head.  Who would have guessed that?  Next season is coming in 2009. They seem to be remaking the Six Wives of Henry VIII in real time. I just love looking at it. The acting is uneven, casting ranges from brilliant to WTF? and there’s been at least one unnecessary fudging of history, but it’s a feast for the eyes. Just about every scene looks like a Renaissance painting come to life.  There’s solace in it for today’s political wives, too. King Henry VIII was a worse husband than Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, John McCain and Eliot Spitzer all rolled into one.

News Corp pulls bid for Newsday | Reuters

News Corp pulls bid for Newsday | Reuters

Yes! Oh, there is no cause elation. According to Tim Bolger in the weekly paper, The Long Island Press (published before this latest news), no matter who gets the paper it looks like the immediate future will involve personnel cuts and reduced quality. And the paper has been kind of thin of late as it is.  Newsday’s had its ups and downs over the years. It’s always pro-growth. That’s the nature of things, but there was a period when it was indiscriminately  pro-development of any kind.  Come election day you could look in Newsdays voter guide and if there was a proposition to vote on that had environmental impact of any kind you couldn’t go wrong by voting whichever way was the opposite of what the paper recommended. It’s calmed down a lot since those days, though and tends to back more responsible development.

One of our less attractive qualities here is NIMBYism. We tend to say Not In My Back Yard to worthy projects as well as objectionable ones.  I don’t much like that about us, but there are exceptions. I welcome affordable housing, for instance, but I’m not ashamed to say that I don’t want Rupert Murdoch in my back yard.

Virtual Bubble Wrap

No time for real a post today. I’m going to have to stay up late just to catch up with what’s been going on in the world.  Before I do that, I’m going to take a wild guess that I’ll find that most of the major media have foregone analysis of McCain’s health care proposal and what it would mean to the average person in favor of wall to wall coverage of Jeremiah Wright. Am I close?

In case I was, here’s something to do while you’re trying to keep your head from exploding:
Virtual Bubble Wrap

Homeland Security – Long Island Style

There was a bi-county dirty bomb drill out here on Long Island today as reported in Newsday. It all went smoothly according to officials, other than the two hour delay caused by an accident on the Long Island Expressway. Potential terrorists are taking notes, I’m sure.

Friday Grandchildren Blogging

Grandkids in 2006
All both of them, just about two years ago. They’re both even more sophisticated now.

Happy Thomas Jefferson Day!

Hope you all had a good one! If you worked for the Malverne, NY police department and you had a shift today, you’d get comp time for it. It’s less certain if that perk will still be there next Thomas Jefferson Day. Or any of the the holidays honoring Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman or Gerald Ford. Even National Parents Day is in doubt, for Gawd’s sake! Altogether, along with more traditional holidays, the Malverne Police get 35 holidays. Well, it’s rough policing a one square mile village in the middle of a county that has a large police department of its own. Now there’s a labor dispute about it. Go figure!