Hanging out in Iowa along the Mississippi River last weekend was a blast, even though it is the season for those nasty shadflies.
NASA — Curiosity Mars rover recorded this view of the sun setting at the close of the mission’s 956th Martian day, or sol (April 15, 2015), from the rover’s location in Gale Crater.
Dust in the Martian atmosphere has fine particles that permit blue light to penetrate the atmosphere more efficiently than longer-wavelength colors. That causes the blue colors in the mixed light coming from the sun to stay closer to sun’s part of the sky, compared to the wider scattering of yellow and red colors. The effect is most pronounced near sunset, when light from the sun passes through a longer path in the atmosphere than it does at mid-day.
B.B. King, “Why I Sing the Blues” (Africa, 1974)
Wandering around New England this weekend looking for something to do? Why not meet Jim Webb?
Friday, May 15
1:00 – 2:00 pm ET
Portsmouth Business Forum Luncheon Speech and Q&A
1 New Hampshire Avenue (formerly Pease AFB)
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Saturday, May 16
Noon to 1:00pm ET
Former Dover Mayor Wil Boc and his wife Carol host a Democratic party Meet and Greet at their home:
8 Arch St. Dover, NH
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
For more about Jim Webb’s life and career visit JamesWebb.com
On C-SPAN’s Washington Journal (Feb. 15) Jim Webb talked about his 2016 presidential exploratory committee and the issues he would run on if a candidate: economic fairness, social justice and the dangers of foreign intervention. [Trail Mix Publisher Craig Crawford is Webb’s Communications Director.]
“I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders — one who may not be as well-known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started — may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee. In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case.” — Mitt Romney
Has the time come to pass the torch? Not just juice up the grand old party with geritol tweets and flash mobs of tech-savvy geezers but revamp and revitalize it with fresh untired, untried blood? Same goes for others in the game.
But who are these next generation Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and Indies? From under what rock, upon what mountain top do we find them or are they already among us yet to be anointed and taken seriously as leaders?
Should Mitt’s admonition be ignored by our experienced pols and as Pete Seeger sings:
As sleep dims my vision, I say to myself
Is there anything else I should lay on the shelf?
But nations are warring and business is vexed
So I’ll stick around to see what happens next
– PatD is a Trail Mix Contributor
Below is the announcement. I’ve crossed over. Why? Because I know and respect Jim Webb as someone who will wake up every morning trying to find a better life for working people and small business owners who’ve been hammered by economic elites — and forgotten by both parties. I also trust his belief in avoiding the dangers of ill-conceived foreign intervention that has cost us so much in blood and treasure.
What this means for our little corner of the “internets” I cannot know. I’d like nothing to change. Our free and open discussions go on, even if you post an unkind word about my man Jim.
In the end, Jim might decide not to run. So far this is just an exploratory committee to see if the support and resources are out there for his message of dependable and positive change for Americans left behind.
I’ll be posting thoughts, images and video from the campaign trail if this goes forward. It could be fun. We’re just trying to save America.
For Immediate Release
January 2, 2015
Webb Exploratory Committee Announces Hiring of Craig Crawford as Communications Director
The Jim Webb Exploratory Committee today announced the hiring of Craig Crawford as Communications Director. Media inquiries about the committee, including requests for interviews, should be directed to Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Craig Crawford is a veteran Washington journalist. He has covered the nation’s capital since 1989 for a variety of publications and broadcasters. During his career Craig has worked for CBS News, MSNBC, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, and The Hotline. His first job in Washington was as Bureau Chief for The Orlando Sentinel, his hometown newspaper.
Craig has worked on both sides of the media and politics world. Before journalism he worked in three Democratic presidential campaigns: Jimmy Carter, John Glenn, and Walter Mondale.
Craig has lived in Washington, DC, since 1989 with his partner, David Blank, Deputy Communications Director, Alliance for Retired Americans. They were married in April, 2013.