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Wednesday, June 09, 2004


PLUS FOURTEEN PLUS FOURTEEN 

A little personal time, here. Not that I mind turning 29 (why should I?), I love it. With a new blog, and new to blogging, thought I'd try this out and see maybe what people have to say about growing up, growing older, the passage of time, the past, the present and the future.

Here are some interesting links about reflecting on the passage of time and the intervals of our lives.

ROGER EBERT: THE 'UP' DOCUMENTARIES
The "Up" documentaries, they're called. Every seven years, the British director Michael Apted revisits a group of people whose lives he has been chronicling since they were children. As he chats with them about how things are going, his films penetrate to the central mystery of life, asking the same questions that Wim Wenders poses in "Wings of Desire:" Why am I me and why not you? Why am I here and why not there?

Will the series continue until none are alive? Revisiting these now-familiar faces, I think of my own life. Curious how, at 7 or 8, I wanted to be a newspaperman, and how today I am one. Anyone watching these films goes through a similar process of self-examination. Why am I me and why not you? Why am I here and why not there?


YAHOO MOVIES: REVIEW
Director Michael Apted's evolving film, the longest-running documentary project in history, began as a study of the influence of class on schoolchildren in England. A simple but powerful portrait of 14 lives, the SEVEN UP series is Apted's most groundbreaking work; the documentary has already inspired similar projects in many other countries.



MICKEY MANTLE'S RESTAURANT; JUNE 8, 2004

MICKEY MANTLE'S RESTAURANT; JUNE 8, 1990

13 MOS. OLD; JULY 4, 1976, AMERICAN BICENTENNIAL

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DAILY 7: GIULIANI OR CHENEY; KAMPELMAN ON REAGAN; KRISTOL SAYS BUSH WILL WIN; REAGAN MOURNERS; TONY BLANKLEY; McCARTHY HEARINGS; SAMMY SOSA 


GIULIANI TO REPLACE CHENEY ON TICKET? I think that, if it happens, it is a great idea. Having worked on Giuliani's successful 1993 mayoral campaign and seeing how he turned New York around, I know that Rudy Giuliani would make an excellent running mate for President Bush. In fact, it is my hope that Giuliani one day runs for the White House. Rudy Giuliani will make a great president.
Cheney, who has no aspirations to run for president in 2008 and has had well-publicized heart problems, has been involved in the discussions and is open to the idea if it strengthens the ticket and helps position a viable Republican candidate to succeed Bush, sources tell WND.


MAX KAMPELMAN: THE RONALD REAGAN I KNEW. From the November 24, 2003 issue of the Weekly Standard

WILLIAM KRISTOL: YES, BUSH WILL WIN
And, God knows, the Bush administration often seems to be snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. But I've spent much of the last two weeks abroad, which (perhaps) gives you perspective. And that perspective leads me to think Bush will win.


REAGAN MOURNERS FILL UP HOTELS FOR DAYS OF MEMORIAL EVENTS
Sarah Crone promised herself six years ago that she would attend the funeral of former President Ronald Reagan, no matter where it was or when it happened. The 20-year-old Republican will follow through on that promise this week, when she joins her boyfriend, Marc Zumhagen, and some friends on a nine-hour car trip from Fort Wayne, Ind., to the nation's capital.


TONY BLANKLEY: IT'S CALLED VICTORY
Reagan would have been delighted that they were now on board. He always was prepared to lead anyone who wanted to follow. I realized that there is a word for later gaining the support of those who opposed or stood by during the battle: It's called victory. More to the point, the battle didn't end on Jan. 20, 1989. It did matter what we did between 1966 and 1989. But it continues to matter in 2004. And, in fact, that battle is still raging. Great men not only affect their own time, but in death remain a force to be reckoned with and fought over. We are seeing the opening round of that continuing struggle.


MCCARTHY HEARINGS 50TH ANNIVERSARY: Showdown between Joseph McCarthy and Joseph Welch.
To which Welch replied with his classic rejoinder: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you no sense of decency?" The entire hearing room erupted in thunderous applause, and even McCarthy's supporters immediately understood that he'd suffered a politically fatal blow.

No doubt, Welch had been upset by McCarthy's attack. But what the TV audience did not see was Welch leaving the hearing room, tears rolling down his cheeks. As he passed a friendly reporter on his way out, he winked. Then, once he'd left the assembled cameras and journalists, he turned to an aide and asked, "Well, how did it go?"


CORK THIS: SAMMY SOSA HITS HOME RUNS IN BATTING PRACTICE
Sosa took batting practice Tuesday for the first time since going on the disabled list and hit seven home runs, including a monster shot that cleared the fence in left field and was last seen bouncing on Waveland Avenue. Sosa also hit off a tee before batting practice.


UPDATE: Discussing what's in the Daily 7

Giuliani: Bill McCabe, Barking Moonbat.

"The Reagan I knew": The LitiGator

"Bush will win": Dee's Tracings

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