The West Virginia Optimist


Jet Fighter Man
June 18, 2008, 8:54 pm
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A quick thanks to the Graffiti on their write up of yours truly, Oncee@blogger and 304blogs.com. The coverage is very much appreciated.

Making some slight updates to 304blogs.com this evening accompanied by The National’s Boxer. One of my favorite releases last year. With that I ask..

What are some of your favorite more recent releases?



rain rain on my face.
June 15, 2008, 12:21 am
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Back in 2004 when I lived in Richmond, we had an enormous flood in the Shockoe Bottom area . I was lucky enough to live in an apartment at higher elevation. I’m not going to try to sound like I was a victim of that flood, because frankly, I wasn’t. However, I did get to see it first hand…absolutely horrific. I can’t imagine what people in Des Moines are going through right now.

….and then I see this. I hope this isn’t tacky, but this excites me. Yes, Obama filling sandbags is a photo-op, but it’s hard to deny the power of ground-up community action. If this gets one more person involved in the relief efforts or in their community, it’s all worth it.

It’s hard to say this without coming across as a bit trite, and I’ve never really felt comfortable saying it (because it sounds sort of cheesy) but he was the single deciding factor in me becoming involved in my community. After his speech on race in Philadelphia, I felt like I had to do something. I made contacts with a few organizations that I now lovingly volunteer with. Sure, I could always do more, but think about what would happen if more people did just a little.



fall into the gap
June 12, 2008, 9:31 pm
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Lily Allen – LDN

Yea, the video above is way over the top, but it’s damn good…especially Tommy McCook And The Supersonics sample. Sure, it’s been in tons of commercials and is basically a GAP theme song, who cares.

Things are kind of wild at the moment. My head is in quite a few projects that seem to eat up my time. Most of which is volunteer/committee, most of which require deliverables in addition to the sense of accomplishment these projects are giving me. Getting very excited about Festivall, still MIGHT be able to get my porch art project done, but we’ll see.



Many Overseas Excited About Obama
June 4, 2008, 10:53 pm
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source: Overseas, Excitement Over Obama – Washington Post
This Democratic primary has been absolutely historical. No matter what the outcome was to be, either way a woman or a black man will have been the nominee for President. Beyond words. Finally.
Hillary put up a strong fight and worked furiously to bring voters to her fold, 18 million in fact. A fact that should not be taken lightly. Clinton supporters feel just as strongly about her as I do about Obama. The goal here now is to find a way to come together and win this batte in November.

It appears that I’m not th only one who is excited about this.

“The primaries showed that the U.S. is actually the nation we had believed it to be, a place that is open-minded enough to have a woman or an African American as its president,” said Minoru Morita, a Tokyo political analyst.

Sam Onyango, a water vendor in Kisumu, said that “Obama’s victory means I might one day get to America and share the dreams I have always heard about. He will open doors for us there in the spirit of African brotherhood.”

“Barack Obama looks like the candidate that can be expected to take the greatest strides towards Russia,” Konstantin Kosachev, a member of parliament, wrote in the newspaper Kommersant. “Unlike McCain he’s not infected with any Cold War phobias.”

Let’s do this!



304blogs.com
June 4, 2008, 7:38 pm
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304Blogs is now active.

Think of it as a way for West Virginians to check the pulse of bloggers in the state. For those curious, we’ve simply chosen the blog’s with which we are familiar. If you want to be added, just let us know.

As far as using the site:
1) A good way to follow each blog is the look for “NEW!!!” under each blog’s most recent entry.
2) The order in which blogs are displayed is VERY loosely determined by how frequently authors post. This will change over time to create a more democratic system in which all people have equal voices.

Let us know what you think. Suggestions, complaints, etc. Anything.



Thanks Dick.
June 2, 2008, 10:36 pm
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I’m guessing that most WV bloggers have heard about Dick Cheney’s comment about West Virginia

Preaching to the choir, yes, but what an awful comment. I’m trying very hard to not stoop to his level because doing so would only validate his comment. Is anyone really surprised that this man would make such an insenstive joke? I’m not.

You know what’s interesting? Anyone I’ve ever spoken with who lives in state more than 500 miles away, doesn’t even realize we’re ‘known’ for this. When I was in San Francisco last August and mentioned that I was from West Virginia, their immediate response was, “Oh cool, I hear they have great white-water rafting there”.

To put an ‘Optimist’ spin on it: At least he’ll be gone in January.



nicknames for Charleston
May 21, 2008, 9:24 pm
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I was talking with a friend of mine about nicknames for Richmond and I got to thinking.

What are nicknames for Charleston. I’ve heard pilots refer to Charleston as Charlie West or Charley West. Heard any others?



Technology Penetration in WV Part 1
May 21, 2008, 9:05 pm
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Let me first say that I was surprised I had readers. A reader made the following comment regarding a post I made about West Virginia’s use of technology in schools.

Thank you, thank you for providing me with some ammunition to debunk yet another article of misconception in the media. You may want to peruse this little ermmmmm “gem” from a blogger on the Huffington Post.
The Media of Choice In Appalachia

The article at HuffPo above is rather quick to make assumptions regarding actual penetration of Internet access and cable television in Appalachia. This is a topic I will be digging into hardcore. I’ve found a few studies done around broadband deployment in West Virginia and neighboring states. Expect my response soon.



Festivall 08 Update
May 8, 2008, 10:44 pm
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In addition to Whad’Ya Know ( of which we have tickets to ), Mountain Stage is bringing a helluva show to Charleston for Festivall.

Jakob Dylan

Simone

Andy Davis

Krista Detor

more to be announced

Shaping up to be a good year for Festivall.



talkin’ bout a revolution
May 4, 2008, 10:50 pm
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Tracy Chapman – Talkin’ Bout a Revolution

I spent the good part of Saturday morning canvassing for Obama in the East End. As the threat of a thunderstorm loomed overhead with high wind and heavy rain, I could not help but draw comparisons to the  upcoming November election. The above song played on loop in my head the entire time up and down Quarrier & Virginia St. It’s a song I’ve often played when I’ve felt downtrodden by the entire political climate in all of my adult years, when I’ve felt left out of the process or that those in power have done little to make good on their claims to actually make things better, or marginalize any group of Americans for the purpose of voter numbers.  I’ve become so sick of negative campaigns, apathetic attitudes about election outcomes and other’s acceptance of the direction we’re heading. For once I feel rejuvenated. That we could get lucky. I can’t even put into words how hopeful I am of what could happen in November. I was speechless when my father, a 61 year old lifelong republican, a postman  / soybean/corn/tobacco farmer in Maryland, abandoned a party he felt had “left him behind in favor of corporate farmer subsidies”, tell me that he’s voting for Obama.

I try not to post negative topics, there are enough outlets for that sort of writing. However, I feel that every West Virginian, hell American, should listen to this broadcast of West Virginia Public Radio wherein folks in Man, WV were interviewed about the upcoming Democratic primary. I could only listen to it once after which I seriously was sick to my stomach.  I have no idea how to address these ideas and I seriously hope these folks come around. However, I beg of WVPB talk to folks in more urbanized areas of this state to at least show that not everyone in WV feels this way about women or black people.