Presidential Elections 2016

This year, in this election, we are called to reaffirm our values and our commitments, to hold them against a hard reality and see how we are measuring up, to the legacy of our forbearers, and the promise of future generations. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother – a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe. But my personal story is not so unique. That is in Israel’s interest, Palestine’s interest, America’s interest, and the world’s interest. That commitment is at the core of the Treaty, and it must be kept for all who fully abide by it.

Again and again, we’ve seen him make tough choices when easier ones were available. But the truth is, that isn’t all that I know of the man. I get it.

But they sense, deep in their bones, that with just a slight change in priorities, we can make sure that every child in America has a decent shot at life, and that the doors of opportunity remain open to all. We would be making the same mistake that Reverend Wright made in his offending sermons about America – to simplify and stereotype and amplify the negative to the point that it distorts reality. Let us be our brother’s keeper, Scripture tells us. I will rebuild our military to meet future conflicts. Over seven years ago, the United States pursued al Qaeda and the Taliban with broad international support. The Internet and television can bring knowledge and information, but also offensive sexuality and mindless violence.

More of you have lost your homes and even more are watching your home values plummet. I know there are differences on same-sex marriage, but surely we can agree that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters deserve to visit the person they love in the hospital and to live lives free of discrimination. The men and women who gathered there could’ve heard many things. Tomorrow, I will visit Buchenwald, which was part of a network of camps where Jews were enslaved, tortured, shot and gassed to death by the Third Reich. I know there has been controversy about the promotion of democracy in recent years, and much of this controversy is connected to the war in Iraq.

Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. When a new flu infects one human being, all are at risk.

We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don’t like federal agents poking around in our libraries in the Red States. I submitted myself to His will, and dedicated myself to discovering His truth and carrying out His works. I know there are differences on same-sex marriage, but surely we can agree that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters deserve to visit the person they love in the hospital and to live lives free of discrimination. We see it in the history of Andalusia and Cordoba during the Inquisition.

Dlaczego nie kupiłbym Delfina i rozumiem, że inni to zrobią?

Basen Delfin Kalisz

Jak bumerang wraca temat basenu Delfin. Od wiceprezydenta Piotra Kościelnego dowiedzieliśmy się, że basen zostanie najprawdopodobniej kupiony i wyremontowany. Koszt pierwotnej wyceny wynosił 2.500.000zł, ostatniej od 500.000 do 1.500.000zł. Wysoce prawdopodobne jest natomiast, że po zakupie będziemy dokładać do biznesu jako mieszkańcy (z podatków), tak samo jak do Hali Arena, OSRiRu, Aquaparku itd.

Do jakiegoś stopnia rozumiem, że miasto chce mieć szeroką ofertę kulturalną i sportową. Jest jednak pewien limit zadłużania się i dotowania tego typu miejsc. Trudno mi ocenić, gdzie ten limit się pojawia. Mam jednak nieodparte wrażenie, że się do niego zbliżamy. Miasto traci mieszkańców, dług miasta nie maleje. Możemy się obudzić w mieście, w którym będzie brakować pieniędzy na podstawowe potrzeby.

Czy nie jest mądrym myśleć o przyszłości nie tylko do kolejnych wyborów, ale również naszych dzieci? Czy nie warto pomyśleć jak takie miejsca mogłyby zarabiać na siebie? Czy nie warto pomyśleć o zamknięciu OSRiRu (Aquapark jest tuż obok) i wtedy kupieniu Delfina? Z tymi pytaniami i przemyśleniami zostawiam Was na dzisiaj.

Jak nauczyłem się pływać?

Nauka pływania przełom Kalisz

W wieku 8 lat uczyłem się pływać, jak niemal każdy, pierwszą naukę pobierałem na lekcjach organizowanych przez szkołę. Lubiłem pływać do momentu, w którym mieliśmy nurkować. Całość szła sprawnie, aż do miejsca, w którym po raz kolejny miałem dać nurka. Poszedłem na dno, ale nie mogłem wypłynąć. Ratownik musiał podać kija, którego mogłem się złapać i wydostać na powierzchnię. Od tamtej pory myślałem, że moje ciało nie jest stworzone do pływania. Naprawdę! Gdziekolwiek, bym się nie znalazł, nie chciałem pływać na głębokiej wodzie, bo bałem się, że utonę… Mijały lata, potrafiłem pływać na grzbiecie, no i kraulem, ale tylko szybko, bo bałem się, że jak zwolnię to utonę… (więcej…)

Senate confirms judicial nominees

The Senate unanimously confirmed four of 38 pending judicial nominations Thursday evening, the first of President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees to be approved since September.

The nominees—Catherine Eagles, Kimberly Mueller, John Gibney, and James Bredar—are the longest delayed district court nominees, who were each reported out of the Judiciary Committee unanimously. The nominations for Eagles, Mueller and Gibney were sent to the full Senate in May and Bredar was reported out of the committee in June.

The White House hailed the confirmations but said the Senate must continue to act.

“We’re pleased that these four nominees have been confirmed, but urge the Senate to take action on the 34 nominees who remain on the calendar – particularly the 19 who would fill judicial emergencies,” said spokesman Josh Earnest.

Regan Lachapelle, a spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that the four confirmations Thursday are “just a start” to clearing the backlog during this session.

“We are still working through the list and are committed to confirming as many judges as we can,” said Lachapelle. “We’ll take them when we can get them.”

This week, Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have negotiated a deal that could potentially break the bottleneck of Obama’s “uncontroversial” federal court nominees during the dwindling lame duck legislative session. These included most of the nominees who had been reported out of the Judiciary Committee by unanimous votes before November elections.

Still, there are a handful of circuit court nominees — whose nominations are rarer and typically receive greater scrutiny — still waiting for votes on the Senate floor, though they had been nominated as far back as November 2009.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy praised the confirmations and called on more to be confirmed to address districts facing judicial emergencies, including vacancies and backlogged dockets, across the country.

“These confirmations are long overdue,” Leahy said. “For months, these nominations have languished before the Senate, without explanation and for no reason. I hope these are the first of many confirmations by the Senate before we adjourn.”

GOP lawmakers have flagged three other nominees, including California law professor Goodwin Liu, as too liberal and inexperienced to be parceled with the rest of the non-controversial judicial candidates set for Senate confirmation.

“We’re pleased that these four nominees have been confirmed, but urge the Senate to take action on the 34 nominees who remain on the calendar – particularly the 19 who would fill judicial emergencies.”