Monthly Archives: October 2017

The Mueller Investigation

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Just a quick way to process the news today:
When Robert Mueller was appointed to be the special counsel for the #TrumpRussia investigation, most Republican leaders and almost every Democrat praised the decision. Calling him a respectable, honest and detailed man.

Newt Gingrich: “Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel. His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity.”
Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah): “Mueller is a great selection. Impeccable credentials. Should be widely accepted.”
Paul Ryan (R-WI): “My priority has been to ensure thorough and independent investigations… The addition of Robert Mueller as special counsel is consistent with this goal, and I welcome his role at the Department of Justice.”
Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.): “I have a lot of confidence in Bob Mueller. I think it was a good choice.”
Richard Burr (R-N.C): Mueller “will provide some certainty for the American people that the investigation will proceed fairly and free of political influence.”
Orrin Hatch (R-Utah): “I commend (Department of Justice) for bringing in an independent voice to help bring clarity to this situation.”
Paul Ryan (R-WI): “Remember, Bob Mueller is a Republican who was appointed by a Republican, who served in the Republican administration and crossed over, I mean, and stayed on until his term ended. But — I don’t think many people are saying Bob Mueller is a person who is a biased partisan. He’s really sort of anything but.”

#EPCOT35

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Happy 35th Birthday EPCOT Center. I’m not a eloquent writer, so I’ll keep this short.

As a child, I remember being in awe of that park. The focus on technology, learning, and imagination. Future World and CommuniCore were both educational and fun. The fiber-optic lights embedded in the concrete that twinkled at night. I remember loving Figment and the ride Horizons. Spaceship Earth, when lit up at night, may be the most beautiful icon in all of the Disney parks around the world.

As an adult, I now appreciate the cultural diversity of World Showcase. And of course my favorite part of World Showcase: the model train set in Germany. The walk around World Showcase is beautiful and only more beautiful during the flower and garden festival.

The power, beauty, and message of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth brings me to tears.

Over the years, it’s lost some of its core attractions and some of it’s “hear and soul”. But, it has gained new attractions like Test Track and Soarin’ that make the park more thrilling. While some may be gone, it still retains it’s beauty.

EPCOT is what really sparked my love for Walt Disney World. I look forward to going back to it whenever I can.

Perhaps the word of “We Go On” sum it up best:
“We can see a new horizon built on all that we have done, and our dreams begin another thousand circles ’round the sun. We go on to the joy and through the tears. We go on to discover new frontiers. Moving on with the current of the years. We go on moving forward, now as one. Moving on with a spirit born to run. Ever on with each rising sun. To a new day… we go on.”

Happy Birthday EPCOT Center. Here’s to 100 more! See you in a few years old friend.

“May Epcot Center entertain, inform and inspire. And, above all, may it instill a new sense of belief and pride in man’s ability to shape a world that offers hope to people everywhere.”
— E. Cardon Walker, October 24, 1982