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Tuesday, August 29, 2006


It's amazing what kind of company you attract when your city hosts an American Legion Convention. Today, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice is in town, and later on this week we'll also have a visit from her husband--I mean, the President--George Bush, as well as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Regular readers of this blog know what a sore loser I am when it comes to national politics, but at least I find plenty to console me locally. Our Mayor, Rocky Anderson, has been a hard-working advocate for civil rights, the Kyoto Protocol, and sustainability. His policies have markedly decreased consumption of fuels, electricity and water by city government, and he's used his bully pulpit to persuade us all to do the same. Tomorrow Rocky will lead a rally in protest of Bush's foreign policies, beginning at 11:00am at Washington Square in downtown Salt Lake. If you're in the neighborhood, consider dropping by.
It's not every day that the boss of the world stops by your town, so I've pulled together a little gallery in his honor. God bless this blog.
"No, I insist, Ehud. I got to slay the last deadly serpent--YOU take this one."




Blogger Terry Miller said...

Ah, sorry I won't be in the neighborhood manana as I would have liked to be a part of it all.

2:22 PM  
Blogger Carel Brest van Kempen said...

Oh, come on out! There are some great bridges here.

11:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"His policies have markedly decreased consumption of fuels..."

Isn't that classed as an Un-American Activity these days?


12:22 AM  
Blogger pilgrimchick said...

Since I've been out in the Uk for a while, I got a chance to really see the perceptions that other people have on the US. The news here is amazing for that. I haven't seen one photoshot, let alone sound clip or story, that even implies something positive about the President. In fact, that has extended to Tony Blair as well, who probably won't be long in office given the Iraq war really lost him a lot of respect. Go BBC.

1:30 PM  
Blogger Carel Brest van Kempen said...

Roger: Unfortunately, Rocky announced last month that he won't seek a third term as mayor--probably to avoid being taken before a House Committee, I presume. Incidentally, his speech today at the rally was excellent.
Slskenyon: Sad to say, the BBC is also the best source for international news in the US...and a few years back they terminated their North American shortwave service.

8:19 PM  

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