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by Sachyn Mital

6 Nov 2009

Colin Powell may have graduated from the City College of New York with a 2.0 GPA in 1958 and he may not be savvy with computers, especially Facebook or Twitter.  But he worked his way up to four-star general, head of the NSA, Chairman on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of State under George W. Bush.  And he likes hot dogs.

In his speech at the University of Delaware on November 3rd (Election Day), Former Secretary of State Colin Powell came to address “Diplomacy: Persuasion, Trust and Values” as the second guest in the prestigious UD Speaks series (2008’s guest was CNN news anchor, Anderson Cooper.)  While his speech was candid, humorous, and patriotic, it did not carry any substantive weight and deliberately avoided many major criticisms.

Entertaining and engaging the audience from in front of the podium, Gen. Powell never directly addressed any major topics from the previous administration, only making light of some of the policies put in place.  A couple of days after his entitled use of the company 757 passed on to Condoleezza Rice, Powell hurriedly entered Reagan National Airport, paid cash for a plane ticket before checking into his flight without any luggage.  You might guess where this is going: he was justly subjected to a very thorough TSA security screening.  After the screener acknowledged the General, he replied “If you know I’m Colin Powell, why aren’t you over there looking for Osama?”

Though he touched on other light topics including his grandson setting up a Facebook page for him, Powell gave a few words of wisdom to President Obama to “not be pushed by the left” and “don’t not decide” because of the right about increasing troop presence in Afghanistan.  Discouraged by the sight of 6 million children without health care, he also urged reform for universal health care to all Americans.

Gen. Powell’s advice came in the form of “4 E’s.”  Economics and its creation of wealth is the first most powerful political force he said. The second most important, energy combined with economics, generates emissions and leads to the third E, environment.  He urged people to confront global warming while reprimanding skeptics.  The final E, education, demonstrated his desire to educate children.

He also corroborated his faith in America’s positive image, sharing two stories.  The first was of a Japanese billionaire who picked New York City as his favorite city in the world in an interview.  When asked why, the billionaire replied, it was “the only city in the world where people came up to him and asked him directions.”  In the second story, a NYC hot dog vendor on Park Ave did not let Gen. Powell pay for a hot dog and instead thanked him because “America has already paid me.”

And its not just the hot dog vendor who knows that America is still the “land of hope” and opportunity, Powell noted.  There are lines at American embassies around the world were people say “I want to go to America.”

Courtesy of Kevin Quinlan, University of Delaware

Courtesy of Kevin Quinlan, University of Delaware

Courtesy of Kevin Quinlan, University of Delaware

Courtesy of Kevin Quinlan, University of Delaware

Courtesy of Kevin Quinlan, University of Delaware

Courtesy of Kevin Quinlan, University of Delaware

Courtesy of Kevin Quinlan, University of Delaware

Courtesy of Kevin Quinlan, University of Delaware

by Allison Taich

5 Nov 2009

On November 10th, 1969 beloved children’s television series Sesame Street premiered in the U.S. By 1970 a spin-off version of the show reached Canada, followed by New Zealand and Australia in 1971, the U.K. in the 1980s, China and Russia in the late 1990s, and the list goes on. Throughout it’s history, the show has featured some of pop culture greats, from Johnny Cash to Michelle Obama. Now, 40 years later, Sesame Street continues to entertain (and sometimes educate) generations new and old.

 

 

by Tyler Gould

5 Nov 2009

Here’s Thao sitting in some lucky person’s living room and playing the title track from her latest for Yours Truly, which I wish were me and not a website called Yours Truly. Not that I’m not truly yours, dear reader.

by Tyler Gould

5 Nov 2009

Ash doesn’t make albums anymore. Instead, they put out singles with videos like this one. On the one hand, you would think that if they’d given up the album process entirely they might put a little effort into this, the visual representation of their music. But then again, the kind of people who completely disregard indebtedness to the album format probably are not that keen arbitrarily accoutring their music at all!

by Katharine Wray

5 Nov 2009

Norah Jones
The Fall
(Blue Note)
Release: 17 November

Norah Jones is debuting her latest as part of NPR’s “Exclusive New Music” series. You can stream the album in its entirety over at the NPR website. This time around, Jones worked with the likes of Ryan Adams and Tom Waits, but her new album is no doubt still very jazzy, very adult contemporary.

SONG LIST
01 Chasing Pirates
02 Even Though
03 Light As A Feather
04 Young Blood
05 I Wouldn’t Need You
06 Waiting
07 It’s Gonna Be
08 You’ve Ruined me
09 Back To Manhattan
10 Stuck
11 December
12 Tell Yer Mama
13. Man of the Hour

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