Tuesday
Jun232009

Watch the Entire Blogging While Brown Conference Online

Next Gen Web, one of the conference sponsors has placed the full video of all of the conference workshops and panels online. You will likely find panel IV of interest. its a panel featuring Monroe Anderson, Bruce Montgomery, and Eric Easter of EbonyJet. com. From Regina Hopper of NextGenWeb:

Overall the conference was terrific; full of passion, information and great people. Congratulations to the Blogging While Brown Conference host committee! NextGenWeb
Thank you! You can see all the panels over at NextGenWeb, but I've embedded the most "lively" one here. They all were good and I learned something life changing from everyone. Y'all will be particularly interested in what I learned about Buddy Press as it will be changing your reading experience here.

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Tuesday
Jun232009

The President's Father's Day Remarks and BBQ- You say what?

Wow! This may be the first video of the President since the inaguration. yes, i was burnt out by all of the election coverage in 2008 and yes, I think Timothy Geithner and Larry Summers are going to lead the nation right over the side of a cliff so I am busy preparing my escape pod and try to ignore most things happening in DC that don't have to do with First Lady Michelle Obama, but I saw this over on the White House website when I was looking for some free public domain photos of the First Lady, and thought it was interesting. The President also wrote an open letter to fathers in PARADE magazine:

As an adult, working as a community organizer and later as a legislator, I would often walk through the streets of Chicago’s South Side and see boys marked by that same absence—boys without supervision or direction or anyone to help them as they struggled to grow into men. I identified with their frustration and disengagement—with their sense of having been let down. In many ways, I came to understand the importance of fatherhood through its absence—both in my life and in the lives of others. I came to understand that the hole a man leaves when he abandons his responsibility to his children is one that no government can fill. We can do everything possible to provide good jobs and good schools and safe streets for our kids, but it will never be enough to fully make up the difference. That is why we need fathers to step up, to realize that their job does not end at conception; that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child but the courage to raise one. As fathers, we need to be involved in our children’s lives not just when it’s convenient or easy, and not just when they’re doing well—but when it’s difficult and thankless, and they’re struggling. That is when they need us most.
Did Bush, Clinton, Bush or Reagan have a Father's Day event at the White House? I wonder if there are going to be any policy goals to coincide with the initiative? You say what?

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