Kirsten Who?

So it’s friday night and I’ve really had no time to come up with a story for my blog because I’ve been working on stories for my school news paper, you know that writing job that actually pays…

But here is a little snippit of news; Gov. David Paterson of New York has named Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand – a little-known, pro-gun Democrat from a rural Republican district – to the Senate seat left vacant by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Yeah that’s all folks…

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Good Bye Gitmo

Fulfilling one of his early promises President Obama signed an executive order today calling for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. This order was one of the first steps towards reshaping U.S. foriegn policy. In a visit to the State Department on his second full day in office he stated, “I can say without exception or equivocation that the United States will not torture.” By ordering shut the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, closing any remaining CIA secret prisons overseas and banning harsh interrogation practices, Obama said he hoped to signal that the U.S. would wage its struggle against terrorism and violence in a manner “consistent with our values and our ideals.”

Harder than it Looks

Daily blogging has turned out to be harder than I thought it was going to be. The hard part for me, is to not editorialize. It is now so clear to me that jjust sitting back and commenting on other people’s hard work (the news) is expenitially easier than writing an interesting full facts story. That being said, here we are, day three.

Timothy Geithner at his confirmation hearing - photo AP

Timothy Geithner at his confirmation hearing - photo AP

Today Timothy Geithner went through the rounds at his confirmation hearing; including apologizing to the Senate Finance Committee for his prior failure to pay $34,000 in taxes. Geithner reportedly told the Committee, “These were careless mistakes. They were avoidable mistakes, but they were unintentional. I should have been more careful.” Although many Republican members of the Finance Committee grilled Geithner, he is expected to be confirmed soon. Several of the senators told Geithner during the confirmation hearing that they planned to vote for his nomination. Sen. Pat Roberts, a Republican from Kansas, told Geithner, “You will be confirmed” However Roberts did say his phones had been “ringing off the hook” from constituents upset about the prospect of having a treasury secretary who was so careless in tending to his own taxes.

Okay now that I have that out of the way there has been something that I’ve been meaning to say. Is it just me or is John King even more gorgeous? I really hadn’t seen much of him between the election and him getting his own show. It might be the old “absence makes the heart fonder” but he definately looks like he’s been working out, his teeth look whiter and I know this isn’t possible but his eyes look somehow bluer. Yeah I’m nuts, that’s not even the half of it, but honestly congrats to John on getting his own show, its about time!

In case you live under a rock…

President Obama taking the oath of office.

President Obama taking the oath of office.

Here it is a recap of this historic day for our country. The National Mall was filled with the record crowds and the Washington elite.

Presedent Obama took the oath of office a little after the constitutionally specified time of 12:00pm. When he rose to be sworn in Michelle held what has been referred to as the “Lincoln Bible” and he raised his right hand. There was a bit of a slip up with the recitation which has now become something of a controversy. When administrating the oath Chief Justice Roberts mixed up some of the words, most agree that while it was an unfortunate mistake, it in no way undercuts the meaning of the day.

Following the official swearing in the new president delivered his inaugural address. Many critics felt that it was not a speech for the ages, or that it did not have a specific quotable central line.

Now President and First Lady Obama escorted the former President and First Lady to the helicopter that would take them to their flight back to Texas and bid them farewell.

New Year’s Resolutions

Hello Blogoshere!

It has been two long months since my last post and that is a crying shame. What is the point of having a blog if you never, well, blog? This is one of the many reasons that I have resolved to blog daily. I expect this to be a challenge due to my levels of busyness or lazyness, depending on the day or week. Another reason I have resolved to do so is the fact that I have been promoted from freelance columnist to assistant managing editor at my school paper and I have no formal training in writing.

One piece of advice that often comes up to journalist is to just simply write. Write as much as you can as often as you can even if no one ever reads it, the practice will make you better. So, that is what I intend to do.

Not only am I going to blog to bone up on my skills for the school paper, I have also entered into a state wide political journalism collegiate competition. I will be competing against journalism majors from over 16 universities, which is completely terrifying to be honest. The competition for four days is in March. The format will include daily deadlines, something I do not have at school, because our paper prints every other week (hence the daily blogging). The winner of the competition is awarded the opportunity to participate in a paid internship at the major political publication in the state capital covering the state government this summer! I really have no expectancy of winning but I would at least hope to make a good showing. Also in preperation I am reading books and articles on political journalism and journalism in general.

I am also asking anyone who reads to please critique my writing. It is always a wealth of help to have outside eyes and ears to point out areas in which improvement is needed!

Finally, today is the day we dedicate to the memory of a great American, activist, pastor and human being; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I am currently reading “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” for the first time in it’s entirety. I will be sure to write my reflections of it once I finish it. But I would like to close with one of my favorite Dr. King quotes; “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

So that’s where you’ve been

It is not like I could forget why I love John King but this sure helps me remember –
http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=210855&title=cnns-magic-wall-conspiracy

I wanted to up load two pictures too but then I remembered that I am in the computer lab and those pictures are on on my computer in my room… oh well.

This is not easy for me too admit but I am sick. I am very ill. I have become a victim of John King deficiancies. Since about November 8th-ish I have seen little too none of John King. I know he worked tirelessly up to our great american election and then I saw him fill in for both Wolf and Larry but where has he gone. John there is still news out there waiting to be reported by someone of your caliber. Yes you do deserve a vacation but don’t take too long. Keep back in some  dusty corner of your mind the viewer who has resorted to watching her archived AC360 podcasts just to get a fix.

haha okay, I hope everyone has a great thanksgiving!!

The Power of Red?

So, I have no time to be writing this but I just had to. If you watched AC360, Erica Hill was talking about some study that says that if a women is wearing red it increases her apeal? Okay… so Erica put on this red scarf and someone in the studio hooted at her. Anderson turned around said it was John King. Now I don’t know if it was John King but it was really funny; especially because my roommate just bought me a really hot red satin trench coat for my birthday. I’ll have to remember that for future reference…

Ps I wish I could go as some cnn person for halloween but I don’t really know how…

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