Barack Obama: American Stories, American Solutions

Barack Obama: American Stories, American Solutions

Barack Obama: American Stories, American Solutions

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Ms. Olive Riley: The World’s Oldest Blogger Dies at 108

Audio: BBC Interview with Mike Rubbo, Olive Riley’s Assistant

Ms Olive Riley: The World’s Oldest Blogger Dies at 108

Ms. Olive Riley died over the weekend in a nursing home on the central coast of New South Wales, Australia, at the age of 108. Born in Broken Hill in 1899, Ms. Olive returned in 2004 for a filming of the documentary about her life, All About Olive.

Since early last year, she had written about 70 entries on her life experiences and posted them on her blog, All About Riley. Ms. Olive’s blog had a large following of readers from all over the world. In her final post, dated June 26th, an increasingly frail Olive noted that she couldn’t “shake off that bad cough.” She also wrote, “I read a whole swag of email messages and comments from my internet friends today, and I was so pleased to hear from you. Thank you, one and all.”

What follows is an earlier posting, which I wrote upon the occasion of celebrations for Ms. Olive’s 108th birthday:

Miss Olive Riley Makes a Toast!

Miss Olive, will be turning 108 in two days. Over at Miss Olive’s blog, The Life of Riley, they’ve already started the celebration. The home where Olive lives insists that they can hold birthday celebrations only on weekdays. But heck, she’s already live 3,9417 days, so what’s another two, right?

Born in 1899 in Broken Hill, Australia (just outside of Sydney), Miss Olive started her blog, what she calls a “blob,”in February of this year. The entries consist largely of Riley’s transcriptions to her friend Mike, where she talks about her day to day events and also tells stories from her 108 years of life.

The Documentary: All About Olive

Miss Olive’s Birthday Party

ABC News: Miss Olive’s Birthday Party

You can read a much earlier article about Ms. Olive here.

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National Geographic’s Battle at Kruger: The Story of All Africa

The Battle at Kruger: The Story of All of Africa

The video that is presented for you below received a 2008 YouTube Video Award, winning as the best video in the Eyewitness Category. Battle at Kruger is an absolutely thrilling documentary that was captured on film while a tourist was on a safari in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. The spine-tingling, astonishing documentary shows a pride of lions attacking a baby wild buffalo, and the entire ensuing breathtaking battle that then took place between the group of lions, the buffalo herd and two crocodiles at a watering hole in Kruger National Park. After the pride of lions and crocodiles had pinned down the cape buffalo calf, the angry herd of buffalo was prompted by the attack to fight off the predators and it eventually saved the babe.

The Battle at Kruger

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The Breathtaking Battle at Kruger: A Babe is Saved

The Breathtaking Battle at Kruger: A Babe is Saved

The video that is presented for you below received a 2008 YouTube Video Award, winning as the best video in the Eyewitness Category.  Battle at Kruger is an absolutely thrilling documentary that was captured on film while a tourist was on a safari in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.  The spine-tingling, astonishing documentary shows a pride of lions attacking a baby wild buffalo, and the entire ensuing breathtaking battle that then took place between the group of lions, the buffalo herd and 2 crocodiles at a watering hole in Kruger National Park.  After the pride of lions and crocodiles had pinned down the cape buffalo calf, the angry herd of buffalo was prompted by the attack to fight off the predators and it eventually saved the babe.

During the video, you can hear a fellow traveler remark, “You could sell that video!”  After returning home, David Budzinski, the tourist from Texas who had recorded the stunning scene, did try to sell it, but National Geographic and Animal Planet weren’t interested.  Only after the battle, which is alternately horrifying and inspiring, became one of the most popular videos in YouTube’s history did the buyers come calling.  Last summer The National Geographic Channel purchased the television rights to the video, and on Sunday, May 11th, at 9 p.m. Eastern time, it will devote an entire hour to a documentary that deconstructs this thrilling wildlife drama.

The Breathtaking Battle at Kruger: A Babe is Saved

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Watch Obama Girl’s New Production: It’s Become a National Civic Duty!!

She’s baackkk…!! For all one knows, Obama Girl might well be feeling a bit jealous right now of a certain something she ain’t got–the sultry sexiness of Governor Bill Richardson’s beard, which maybe got a little too close to Obama last week. At any rate, our capricious Obama Girl has returned to thrill America’s political stoners and peeping toms with her latest music video, once again proclaiming herself to be Barack Obama’s most devoted fan (and garbed in the least clothing). In this episode, Obama Girl assumes a plaintiff tone, pleading with Hillary to stop the harmful and damaging campaign tactics that are aimed at Obama (of course, the hurtful campaign strategies are so totally all Clinton), and to join forces with her and Obama in working to uniting the party.

Following this segment there are some silly, maybe even slapstick moments, but I won’t play the spoiler here. In addition, there are some pretty shameless lyrics calling upon some fairly strong political arguments that range from from delegate math to Dukakis (“These attacks are insane/They just help John McCain“).

Clearly, Obama Girl firmly believes that the destiny of the Democratic party now rests in her hands! Hmmm…but we need to try and figure out whether “her” refers to Hillary or Obama Girl. In any event, we need to exercise our democratic right to watch this video. Actually, at this point in the campaign, and in Obama Girl’s public career, it’s more like a civic responsibility or a national political obligation.

Hillary! Stop the Attacks!!

And now, Obama Girl, go and get your binoculars…here’s Barack chilling out at the beach!!

Barack Loosening Up: By the Blue Lagoon

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American Women: A Love Letter

American Women: A Love Letter to Grandmothers, Mothers, Daughters and Sisters

 

A Love Letter to Grandmothers, Mothers, Daughters and Sisters

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Obama Overwhelms Clinton in Wyoming, Winning by 23 Percent

Obama Overwhelms Clinton: Wins in Wyoming by 23 Percent

Barack Obama captured the Wyoming Democratic caucuses on Saturday, receiving 61 percent, or 5,378 votes, to Clinton’s 38 percent, or 3,312 votes, with all of Wyoming’s 23 counties reporting. Twelve delegates were at stake. Obama already has a lead in the overall race for nominating convention delegates.

Obama generally has outperformed Clinton in the caucuses, which tend to reward organization and voter passion more than do the primaries. Obama has now won 13 caucuses to Clinton’s three. Obama has shown a particular strength in the Mountain West, winning Idaho, Utah, Colorado and now Wyoming.

Obama Handily Wins Wyoming by a 23 Percent Margin

US: We Are One

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