Hi everyone!!

My name is Dusty and I’m looking for a home.  I’ve had it pretty rough these last few months.  Kitty Kind took me in when I was homeless and gave me lots of food, toys to play with, and tons of love.  But I’m a high energy kid and being in a cage at the adoption center was tough for me. 

So, KittyKind arranged to put me in a fantastic foster home!  That way I didn’t have to stay cooped up but could run in circles to my hearts delight.  I was so happy there, and my foster parents loved me so much that they wanted to keep me.  Unfortunately, the felines didn’t love me quite as much as the humans:  One of their cats stalked me and even bit my tail.  It was decided by all that, no matter how much we loved each other, it just wasn’t the right fit.

Then I moved to another foster home.  I’ve been really happy in this home, my new foster parents have spoiled me rotten, and I’ve gotten so much space and time to run around in that I’ve calmed down a bit.  Now, my exercise time is early morning that is when I take up my sprints and zoom around, chase toys, and chirp.  I’ve learned to leave my sleeping foster parents alone and just run around on the floor.  I know they’ll take care of me when they awake. 

Once I’ve been tuckered out, I’m really quite the chill dude.  I like to hang out in the bed, prop myself up on pillows, watch birds from the window, and I’ve got a pretty good appetite too.  Oh, and I love my scratcher! 

Sounds like the sweet life, right?!  Well, it is…all except for one thing.  They too have a cat who really doesn’t like me.  Three of the resident cats and I are fine, we’ve learned to accept one another, but this guy…he chases me and stalks me…my foster mom says he is just a butt and to ignore him, and she tells him that if he were to chill out, he’d have a really great friend to run around with, see…he is a really active guy too!  We’ve tried it all, but he just doesn’t want me in his home, and since he was there first…well, that brings me back to why I’m here.

My name is Dusty and I’m looking for a home.  A real forever home where I can grow old and live out my life in peace.  I’d love some understanding parents who will let me run around to my hearts delight.  I must be supplied with lots of toys, plenty of food, a scratcher would be nice, oh, and lots of love.  I wouldn’t be too good with children, because I’m so rambunctious, but I would be great for people who like to watch silly antics.  I promise, my entertainment value is great. 

If you are interested in getting to know me a bit better, please be sure to email zucca@kittykind.org.  I look forward to finally meeting you, I’ve been waiting patiently.

I’m so nervous to say it…but it must be true.  I was cleaning out our garden today and look what I discovered…daffodill’s and corcus’s are on their way!  Woo hoo!!

Well, its been far too long.  Where have I been, you ask?  FAR too busy.  Which is a good thing…it all kinda came together at one time…we got busy at work again, which is really great…job security is back :-)  KittyKind is still nuts, though I’ve given up some of my duties in order to stay sane.  And I am nearing the end of my second semester of grad school!  I also just returned from a much needed and thoroughly amazing vacation with my wonderful mama in Kauai.  It was beautiful.  Now I’m relaxed and rejuvenated and oh so ready for spring.  So…just wanted to check in…let everyone know I am indeed still well and alive.  Come summer I may actually have some time for posts again!!  Peace❤

Mr_T_Stay_in_SchooSo did anyone read/listen to Obama’s speech he gave to the schools?  I personally think it is a very good speech.  As those of you who have known me from way back when, I was a bit of a trouble maker in highschool.  The majority of my friends didn’t go to school and I hated it that I did…I wanted to be “cool” like them and not go.  So…when I told my mom I was dropping out, she lost it.  She said “Like hell you are!!” and we discussed it and she set me on the right path.  I think that was the breaking point of my idiotic adolescence.  My mom was my support system, and with her encouragement I worked my ass off the following semester and instead of dropping out, graduated early.  So I still got to hang out with all my friends…but I had a degree, and they didn’t. 

It was the best thing she could have done for me and I would not be who I am today without her intervention.  Nor would I be attending Grad School to get a degree in Community Leadership!  So…for all you youngin’s…take Obama’s words to heart.  They really do mean something, whether you realize it now or not. 

Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama
Back to School Event

Arlington, Virginia
September 8, 2009

The President: Hello everyone – how’s everybody doing today? I’m here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And we’ve got students tuning in from all across America, kindergarten through twelfth grade. I’m glad you all could join us today. 
I know that for many of you, today is the first day of school. And for those of you in kindergarten, or starting middle or high school, it’s your first day in a new school, so it’s understandable if you’re a little nervous. I imagine there are some seniors out there who are feeling pretty good right now, with just one more year to go. And no matter what grade you’re in, some of you are probably wishing it were still summer, and you could’ve stayed in bed just a little longer this morning.
I know that feeling. When I was young, my family lived in Indonesia for a few years, and my mother didn’t have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday – at 4:30 in the morning.   
Now I wasn’t too happy about getting up that early. A lot of times, I’d fall asleep right there at the kitchen table. But whenever I’d complain, my mother would just give me one of those looks and say, “This is no picnic for me either, buster.”
So I know some of you are still adjusting to being back at school. But I’m here today because I have something important to discuss with you. I’m here because I want to talk with you about your education and what’s expected of all of you in this new school year. 
Now I’ve given a lot of speeches about education. And I’ve talked a lot about responsibility.
I’ve talked about your teachers’ responsibility for inspiring you, and pushing you to learn. 
I’ve talked about your parents’ responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and get your homework done, and don’t spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with that Xbox. 
I’ve talked a lot about your government’s responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren’t working where students aren’t getting the opportunities they deserve. 
But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world – and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities. Unless you show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed. 
And that’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education. I want to start with the responsibility you have to yourself. 
Every single one of you has something you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide. 
Maybe you could be a good writer – maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper – but you might not know it until you write a paper for your English class. Maybe you could be an innovator or an inventor – maybe even good enough to come up with the next iPhone or a new medicine or vaccine – but you might not know it until you do a project for your science class. Maybe you could be a mayor or a Senator or a Supreme Court Justice, but you might not know that until you join student government or the debate team.
And no matter what you want to do with your life – I guarantee that you’ll need an education to do it. You want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a police officer? You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? You’re going to need a good education for every single one of those careers. You can’t drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to work for it and train for it and learn for it.
And this isn’t just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future. 
You’ll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You’ll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free. You’ll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy. 
We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so you can help solve our most difficult problems. If you don’t do that – if you quit on school – you’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country. 
Now I know it’s not always easy to do well in school. I know a lot of you have challenges in your lives right now that can make it hard to focus on your schoolwork.
I get it. I know what that’s like. My father left my family when I was two years old, and I was raised by a single mother who struggled at times to pay the bills and wasn’t always able to give us things the other kids had. There were times when I missed having a father in my life. There were times when I was lonely and felt like I didn’t fit in. 
So I wasn’t always as focused as I should have been. I did some things I’m not proud of, and got in more trouble than I should have. And my life could have easily taken a turn for the worse. 
But I was fortunate. I got a lot of second chances and had the opportunity to go to college, and law school, and follow my dreams. My wife, our First Lady Michelle Obama, has a similar story. Neither of her parents had gone to college, and they didn’t have much. But they worked hard, and she worked hard, so that she could go to the best schools in this country.
Some of you might not have those advantages. Maybe you don’t have adults in your life who give you the support that you need. Maybe someone in your family has lost their job, and there’s not enough money to go around. Maybe you live in a neighborhood where you don’t feel safe, or have friends who are pressuring you to do things you know aren’t right. 
But at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life – what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you’ve got going on at home – that’s no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude. That’s no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. That’s no excuse for not trying. 
Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future. 
That’s what young people like you are doing every day, all across America. 
Young people like Jazmin Perez, from Roma, Texas. Jazmin didn’t speak English when she first started school. Hardly anyone in her hometown went to college, and neither of her parents had gone either. But she worked hard, earned good grades, got a scholarship to Brown University, and is now in graduate school, studying public health, on her way to being Dr. Jazmin Perez.
I’m thinking about Andoni Schultz, from Los Altos, California, who’s fought brain cancer since he was three. He’s endured all sorts of treatments and surgeries, one of which affected his memory, so it took him much longer – hundreds of extra hours – to do his schoolwork. But he never fell behind, and he’s headed to college this fall. 
And then there’s Shantell Steve, from my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Even when bouncing from foster home to foster home in the toughest neighborhoods, she managed to get a job at a local health center; start a program to keep young people out of gangs; and she’s on track to graduate high school with honors and go on to college.
Jazmin, Andoni and Shantell aren’t any different from any of you. They faced challenges in their lives just like you do. But they refused to give up. They chose to take responsibility for their education and set goals for themselves. And I expect all of you to do the same. 
That’s why today, I’m calling on each of you to set your own goals for your education – and to do everything you can to meet them. Your goal can be something as simple as doing all your homework, paying attention in class, or spending time each day reading a book. Maybe you’ll decide to get involved in an extracurricular activity, or volunteer in your community. Maybe you’ll decide to stand up for kids who are being teased or bullied because of who they are or how they look, because you believe, like I do, that all kids deserve a safe environment to study and learn. Maybe you’ll decide to take better care of yourself so you can be more ready to learn. And along those lines, I hope you’ll all wash your hands a lot, and stay home from school when you don’t feel well, so we can keep people from getting the flu this fall and winter.
Whatever you resolve to do, I want you to commit to it. I want you to really work at it. 
I know that sometimes, you get the sense from TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work — that your ticket to success is through rapping or basketball or being a reality TV star, when chances are, you’re not going to be any of those things. 
But the truth is, being successful is hard. You won’t love every subject you study. You won’t click with every teacher. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right this minute. And you won’t necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try.
That’s OK.  Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who’ve had the most failures. JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was rejected twelve times before it was finally published. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, and he lost hundreds of games and missed thousands of shots during his career. But he once said, “I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” 
These people succeeded because they understand that you can’t let your failures define you – you have to let them teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently next time. If you get in trouble, that doesn’t mean you’re a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to behave. If you get a bad grade, that doesn’t mean you’re stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying. 
No one’s born being good at things, you become good at things through hard work. You’re not a varsity athlete the first time you play a new sport. You don’t hit every note the first time you sing a song. You’ve got to practice. It’s the same with your schoolwork. You might have to do a math problem a few times before you get it right, or read something a few times before you understand it, or do a few drafts of a paper before it’s good enough to hand in. 
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and to learn something new. So find an adult you trust – a parent, grandparent or teacher; a coach or counselor – and ask them to help you stay on track to meet your goals. 
And even when you’re struggling, even when you’re discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you – don’t ever give up on yourself. Because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country.
The story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best. 
It’s the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and found this nation. Students who sat where you sit 75 years ago who overcame a Depression and won a world war; who fought for civil rights and put a man on the moon. Students who sat where you sit 20 years ago who founded Google, Twitter and Facebook and changed the way we communicate with each other.
So today, I want to ask you, what’s your contribution going to be? What problems are you going to solve? What discoveries will you make? What will a president who comes here in twenty or fifty or one hundred years say about what all of you did for this country?  
Your families, your teachers, and I are doing everything we can to make sure you have the education you need to answer these questions. I’m working hard to fix up your classrooms and get you the books, equipment and computers you need to learn. But you’ve got to do your part too. So I expect you to get serious this year. I expect you to put your best effort into everything you do. I expect great things from each of you. So don’t let us down – don’t let your family or your country or yourself down. Make us all proud. I know you can do it.
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.

September has turned out to be a good month thus far…our first 5 choices for Cat of the Month were all adopted!!  Yeah!!  So…the final runner-up is Charlie, my very own rescue!  She is still at home with me…but my cats hate her, it’s really very sad…but she is ready for adoption and looking for a wonderful home.  If she could get adopted without even having to go into the cage…I would be uber happy.  Pass the word along if you are looking for one cute button!!


8 Ways & Whys to Reuse Plastic

by Raquel Fagan

As many people know, reuse is a step up from recycling. In fact, reuse is the middle-man between reduce and recycle, and some would be surprised at how many opportunities for reuse there really are – once you start looking for them.

We’re not talking about simply covering a bottle in magazine cut-outs, sticking some flowers inside and voilà
– a masterpiece vase is born. There’s more to it.

Though there is always room for easy and fun projects, the reuse that we find most interesting is the kind you can’t tell is reused. There are some quality results that can be achieved, and just like we learned with T-shirts, many products have a lot of reuse potential.

These are our eight creative ways (with a why and how mixed in) to reuse plastic, in all of its forms:

1. Getting Every Drop: Plastic Bottles

These little puppies are everywhere. In fact, they are a valuable part of most U.S. communities’ recycling stream since PET (#1) and HDPE (#2) make up 96 percent of all plastic bottles produced in the U.S. Since 1977, when the first PET bottle was recycled, plastic bottle recycling has increased to more than 2.3 billion pounds annually.

An entry in the design contest  Concept Product of 2009, Sarah Turner's lamp constructed  from used drink bottles is an inspirtation to say the least. Photo: 19bis.com/objectbis An entry in the design contest Concept Product of 2009, Sarah Turner’s lamp constructed from used drink bottles is an inspiration to say the least. Photo: 19bis.com/objectbis 

Today, more than 80 percent of communities collect plastic bottles. So, recycling this product is most likely a common practice for most. But if you shoot for more long-term reuse projects, it can definitely be worth it.

  • Lamp – Light up your home with some creative artistry. This example from designer Sarah Turner shows how much beauty and polish a reuse project can have.
  • Juicer – This simple reuse gadget is inventive, practical and just plain fun. Check out how Jeff Yeager did this one.
  • Purse – Still lugging around the cloth purses of yesteryear? Well, welcome to the 21st century with this fabulous reuse trick that is both impressive and practical.  Instructables.com has done it again with this funky piece of fashion.
  • Everything and then some – Everyone stand back , we saved the best for last: These awesome design ideas cover everything from candle holders to piggy banks.

2. Thinking Twice: Plastic Bags

This plastic product is probably one of the easiest  to reuse. Since a typical plastic carryout bag weighs approximately 4 to 5 grams and can hold up to 17 pounds of product – nearly 2,000 times its own weight – they can usually withstand a few rounds as a carrier. But what’s next?

If you do have access to one of the nationwide stores that offers plastic bag recycling, that’s a great option. But if you want to flex a little craft muscle, there are plenty of reuse projects for these bags.

  • Messenger bags – Though not that far off from its original use, a messenger or tote bag adds more sturdiness, durability and lifespan to these plastic sacks. Check out the below video by Bre Pettis for more details.
  • Yarn – On the same note as fusing plastic layers together (did you watch the video?), you can also get more out of plastic bags by turning them into yarn, and the creative sky’s the limit! Check out Helle Jorgensen blog for step-by-step details.
  • Art – As any artist, craftier or school project participant can tell you, art supplies can get pricey. Next time, turn towards your plastic bag drawer and pull at handfuls and handfuls of colorful supplies.  As Design-Crisis.com pointed out, Austin artist Virginia Fleck did just that, and they turned out great (if we may say so ourselves).

3. That’s For Real: Styrofoam

Styrofoam, the trademarked product name from the Dow Chemical Company, is the most common type of plastic #6. Because it is most often used in packaging to help insulate and keep delicate things from becoming damaged during transport, everybody deals with Styrofoam at some point. Recycling it, however, can end up being a bit of a challenge.

But the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers reported that 69 million pounds of EPS were recycled in 2008 alone. That’s an astonishing amount considering that EPS is 98 percent air. So, we know that it does happen, but we also know you can sometimes have it around the house and you’re not sure what the next step is.

Like plastic bags, you can turn around and use them as they were intended: to secure your items in storage or send a package or protect your fragile items. If you’ve wrapped and padded every glass item you can get your hands on, and you still have leftovers, here are some things to explore:

  • Crafts abound – Remember those Styrofoam molds that you used to make wreaths as a kid? Well, you could use that leftover Styrofoam that came with your new DVD player to do the same thing. To get your creative juices flowing, check out Dow Company’s Web site dedicated to Styrofoam product use.
  • Foundations – Along the same lines, utilize those Styrofoam pieces to keep center pieces upright, line planters or elevate trinkets on display. Think back to your school days and solar systems made of Styrofoam. You can stick pretty much anything in it. Go crazy!
  • Glue – This one isn’t a promise on our part, but is too intriguing to pass up: Check out tip #4  from this WikiHow page. Our minds are still a bit blown from this one.

4. Get the Dish: To-Go Containers

Single-use plastics such as the kind found in many to-go containers are often not recyclable and are usually discarded after one use. With today’s hefty portions in restaurants, to-go itemspile up. Before any reuse happens with these items, make sure to thoroughly rinse and sanitize so food residue doesn’t spoil your reuse efforts.

  • Classic reuse – Having a dinner party, a play date or any function where friends and food is involved? Saving your to-go container from last week’s take-out could provide a free carry-home for your friends and family. Plus, they can keep it, so there isn’t any Tupperware track-down missions the next time you visit their home.
  • Seed starters – As any seasoned grower or newbie green thumb knows, getting a garden to start can be the hardest part. That is where germination containers come in handy. They create mini-greenhouses for your seedlings. But why buy when your old to-go containers can work perfectly? Check out this how-to for more details.
  • Yarn holders – Though our office isn’t full of knitters, we definitely see the value in organization. And if you’ve ever had to untangle a ball of yarn, you instantly see the value in this one. Make traveling with yarn easier without spending a dime.

5. Perfect Possibilities: Packing Peanuts

The easiest reuse for this plastic is in another package you need to ship. You can also donate them to UPS or other shipping stores, which will gladly reuse the material. Not sure where to go? Call the automated, 24-hour Peanut Hot line at 800-828-2214 to find a site near your residence that will reuse them. Some more crafty reuse projects include:

These little puffs of air and plastic can jump start your next big reuse idea! Photo: Alex Flury, Wikimedia These little puffs of air and plastic can jump-start your next big reuse idea! Photo: Alex Flury, Wikimedia 
  • Bean bag chair re-stuffing – Though it may seem like a blast from the past, the bean bag chair is still alive and kicking. As anyone who has unknowingly plopped down in a not-so-stuffed one can tell you, they can need some refreshing every now and then. Pass on the “beans” and go for some packing peanuts.
  • Pet beds – Got an old pillow cover? Fill it will these little puffed treasures and make a cozy new bed for your pups or kitties.
  • Chandeliers – The complexity and skill level on this one can range, but when done to the level that Mollie Dash and her boyfriend Bryan did it, it’s quite a sight!
  • Curtains, strings and other things – Classic garland or newfangled strung curtains can easily be the fate of packing peanuts especially when a little paint and a dash of glitter is involved. Though this one is pretty self-explanatory, Danny Seo takes it beyond just packing peanuts and gives more tips on eco-decorating for the events and holidays in general.

6. Buttons, Nails and Thumbtacks (Oh My!): Plastic Food Containers

From yogurt cups to butter tubs (often created from plastic #5), these conveniently shaped little items can easily translate back into food storage containers or used for holding office, craft or home repair supplies. Anything else? Well, since you asked…

  • Car cup holder – Not sure how well this may translate to your vehicle, however it was worth sharing. This take on reuse is pretty darn inventive.
  • Planters plus more – We have all seen the random container-become-a-vase-or-planter trick, but this one has a little reuse duality to it. For all you  knitters or crocheters out there, take those swatch samples and cover your plastic containers, creating both function and form in one foul sweep. Kristin Roach at Craft did just that, and we think it has some potential.
  • Too cute to not mention – While not the most necessary of items, Michelle at Her Cup Overfloweth breaks down how to create fuzzy little characters out of your old yogurt cups. This would be a perfect project for the kids or creative minds in your life. Don’t have a puppet theater of your own? Don’t let that stop you! Share this cuteness by making a series of these little guys and donating them to a local school, day care or library.

7. Doing the Math

You never know how much you can save practicing reuse until you try. Set a goal and see how close you can get! Photo: Channel4.com You never know how much you can save practicing reuse until you try. Set a goal and see how close you can get! Photo: Channel4.com 

The best part of reuse? You already own it! That means anything you do above and beyond its original use is money in the bank. Not so sure? Well let’s just sample a few of the above projects and get out the old calculator.

Remember, the point of reuse is to not go with the new, but the old. So, we’re going to assume that other items around the house were also utilized in your projects, in turn, having new expenses total a nice, fat zero.

  • $11 (four pack of new, 4 oz. food storage containers)
  • $14.86 (two bags of new packing peanuts)
  • $7.95 (a new seed starting tray)
  • $11.24 (a new car cup holder)
  • $16.95 (manual citrus juicer)
  • $12.94 (your own collection of fuzzy finger puppets)

    Total savings of $74.94

While that may not break the bank, it’s a nice chunk of change that could be used to invest in your organic garden, buy some monthly passes for public transit or maybe a few resources on more reuse and reduction ideas!

8. Hitting the Books

Caught the reuse bug? Well plastic is just the beginning. There are multiple ways to approach any trash problem, and reuse is just one of them. Check out the books and DVDs below to find out more ways to expand your use of what is often thrown away:

Homepage image courtesy of SOCIALisBETTER via Flickr.

Raquel Fagan

Raquel Fagan

Raquel Fagan is Executive Editor of Earth911.com.

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Today was so nice outside…it was like I could finally breath a little and not feel like I was choking on the thick, and gross, NYC air.  For those of you who are here…you know what I mean, my GOD did summer finally arrive.  We got spoiled though, no 90 degree days till August!!  Well, it seems to be coming to an end…

I’m headed off to Colorado for my last summer adventure.  I think the river may be too small to tube in…but darn it all…I sure am going to try!!  If any of  you have ever NOT been to Colorado, especially during the summer…I highly suggest you go.  It is so relaxing, fun, and beautiful.  I cannot wait to go.

When I get back…actually, technically its already started, but I’ll be going to Grad School…online w/Duquesne University.  I’m getting my MS in Community Leadership.  I’m really excited…I totally love school, and have missed it the past 4  years.  But…that means that I’m really not going to be posting much on here now.  With Grad School on top of all my KittyKind stuff on top of my paying gig and my personal life (what I’ve got left of one, anyway) I’m going to be one busy person. 

So…I’ll try to post periodically…let you know the latest stupid NY story…keep you tuned in on KK Cats for adoption…post ‘all the good news in the world’…and let you know about my favorite people and animals…but if you dont hear from me for awhile, trust me…I havn’t died…just probably managing to get some sleep in.

Peace out!

I was cruisin around Anderson Cooper’s 360 and came across this article from Rolling Stone.  Its pretty cool when you think about it.  I mean, sure…there’s been blunders, and things could be better…but think of where we were, and how NOT long ago that was.  Not long at all!!  Its only been 200 days…I think he’s done wonderful  things in that amount of time.  Keep it up Barack.


Program note:For President Obama’s 200 day mark, we’ll be talking to senior political analyst David Gergen on AC360° tonight at 10pm ET.

Rolling Stone

During Franklin Roosevelt’s first 100 days in office, congress granted every request the new president made. Barack Obama, despite enjoying a decisive majority in both houses of Congress, hasn’t been so fortunate. His economic stimulus package failed to win a single Republican vote in the House, and conservative members of his own party are trying to block his ambitious plans to provide universal health care and curb global warming. What’s more, Obama himself has alarmed supporters by compromising on key issues, and he has yet to flex his political muscle by mobilizing the tech-savvy network of grass-roots activists he assembled during last year’s campaign. All of which raises the question: Is Obama raising false hopes? Or does he have what it takes to deliver real change?

To assess Obama’s performance during his first six months in office, we sat down in our New York offices with three of America’s leading political observers. David Gergen, a senior political analyst for CNN and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, served in the White Houses of Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton. Paul Krugman, a New York Times columnist and professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University, won the 2008 Nobel Prize in economics. Michael Moore is the Academy Award-winning director of Bowling for Columbine and Sicko; his new film, Capitalism: A Love Story, will premiere on October 2nd.

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Well, after a wonderfully short 6 days as our August Cat of the Month, Cosmo was adopted!!  He was a beautiful old soul, 10 years!  He has been with us for a little bit now, so this is wonderful news.  So…our dear little miss Julie is getting a second month in the spotlight.  Shes a very beautiful little girl who just wants some friends to play with and cuddle up to.  Are you that person?  Know someone who is?  Help get Julie adopted!!  Our dear Valentina is still waiting too, though she’s back in the adoption center.

Now, on to August’s Foster Care Favorites!  Learn about these little buggers and spread the word!!

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