Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Italy at it's best!

From time to time Janet and I like to travel. Our most recent trip out of the US was to Italy. From time to time I develop web sites for folks. It just so happens that some friends at our church in Seattle have a daughter with a bed and breakfast just north of Florence.

Earlier... It rained miserably on us in Rome, so we took the train to Florence and used that as our base for the rest of our visit. Our side trips to Sienna, CincaTerra and Pisa were by bus and train, but even so traveling through the country-side was exciting.

Now... Janilee Jones has provided some photos from around her villa and I have used them to create a new web site for her; we can't wait to return to Florence and to visit Janilee's Tuscan Villa bed and breakfast. Check it out and make your reservations. Janilee and her brothers were born in Italy, so she is fluent in Italian and English...and she knows the area well to provide travel tips.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Hillary Front and Center in Denver

On August 12 MAUREEN DOWD published an op-ed in the New York Times entitled "Yes, She Can" that ended with the some analysis that is worth sharing. Specifically, she wrote the following (emphasis added):

Obama also allowed Hillary supporters to insert an absurd statement into the platform suggesting that media sexism spurred her loss and that “demeaning portrayals of women ... dampen the dreams of our daughters.” This, even though postmortems, including the new raft of campaign memos leaked by Clintonistas to The Atlantic — another move that undercuts Obama — finger Hillary’s horrendous management skills.

Besides the crashing egos and screeching factions working at cross purposes, Joshua Green writes in the magazine, Hillary’s “hesitancy and habit of avoiding hard choices exacted a price that eventually sank her chances at the presidency.”

It would have been better to put this language in the platform: “A woman who wildly mismanages and bankrupts a quarter-of-a-billion-dollar campaign operation, and then blames sexism in society, will dampen the dreams of our daughters.”


It would seem to me that Hillary and Bill should take the plunder they have derived from book deals and Arab consulting to retire somewhere out of the public eye. If Hillary is the only hope that women in America have, we are in a very bad social depression.