Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Dangers of Being Too Lovable

Modern pandas have had to cope with the dangers of being crowded out of their natural habitat, and of being hunted for their pelts to be stuffed and mounted in museums, but a new danger has been rising in the one place pandas should feel most safe: their own enclosures in zoos.

Pandas are just TOO cute! Some humans can't resist the impulse to touch, hug and kiss them. Now I ask you, if a perfect stranger jumped into your car or house, and put their arms around you, even grabbing a hug when you are just trying sleep - wouldn't you bite too?

The trials and tribulations of being a panda (with picture).

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Hope Wins

Excerpts from Barack Obama's Speech as President-Elect:

"...the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope."

"... there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves -- if our children should live to see the next century;...what change will they see? What progress will we have made?"

"This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment."

"...to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope."

President Obama will face challenges greater than any president in generations, but he will not face them alone. He will have the help of a Democratic majority in Congress.

He will have the help of the majority of Americans with him - people like us who gave small amounts of money from small budgets, who joined in doing what they could for his campaign (phone-bank calling in my case), who put Barack widgets on their blogs, Obama stickers on their cars, watched all the debates, talked to their friends and family, and voted. So many little things, so many people, adding up to an historic victory.

As Barack said at the beginning of his speech:

"Change has come to America."

And as I said aloud watching and listening to him:

"Amen."