Saturday, January 14, 2012

 
The New Hampshire Primary's over, the candidates and press have decamped for South Carolina. Rick Perry, who received just 1,700 votes or 0.7% of all votes cast in the state, has declared the New Hampshire Primary "meaningless" in choosing the Republican candidate. New Hampshire voters said exactly the same thing about him.

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" . . . . we were founded as a nation of openness to people of all beliefs. And so we must remain. Our very unity has been strengthened by our pluralism. We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are, and must remain, separate. All are free to believe or not believe, all are free to practice a faith or not, and those who believe are free, and should be free, to speak of and act on their belief. 

"And there's something else. The ideals of our country leave no room whatsoever for intolerance, for anti-Semitism, or for bigotry of any kind -- none. In Dallas, we acted on this conviction. We passed a resolution concerning anti-Semitism and disassociating the Republic[an] Party from all people and groups who practice bigotry in any form."
~Remarks by President Reagan to Temple Hillel and Community Leaders in Valley Stream, New York. October 26, 1984

Facebook friends and I have been tossing comments back and forth about how moderate and reasonable some past Republicans seem in light of the contemporary far-Right, totally unbending and largely historically ignorant crew we have today.  Ronald Reagan was far from my favorite president (and he certainly did harbor a great deal of bigotry against the gay community) -- but at least he actually knew and understood what was in the U.S. Constitution.

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This conference room in the Nykredit Bank, Copenhagen is cantilevered out fifty feet above the main floor of the building, complete with a roof garden that's accessed from the floor above.  I showed this picture to Fritz who flinched and couldn't bear to look at it. 










"Nykredit's head office is one of the largest corporate buildings in Copenhagen and occupies an unparalleled location on the city's central waterfront. Across nine of its ten storeys, the complex is divided into two svelte office wings, separated by a spacious atrium. The structure is one large cubic volume of glass, steel and granite and stands as a gateway between water and city. The entrance level extends across the entire complex and incorporates the reception, art installations, lecture hall and a broad main staircase that leads up to the atrium, the building's heart. With its suspended meeting boxes and glazed lifts as well as transverse walkways and balcony floors, the space offers an aesthetically stimulating and inspirational working environment. The building's generically urban design relates to the promenade and neighbouring buildings and mediates the transition between city and harbour."
~The Nykredit site


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Comparative maps posted by Good Morning America's handsome boyishly and high spirited Sam Champion have drawn amused comments for the shape of his snow cover area borders.

Comments:
Happy Saturday Evening, New Hampshire Friends!
 
Gotta love Sam Champion.

As for the cantilevered conference room, amazing, but I know a lot of people who would never set foot in it (on it?).
 
I liked the Baroque Back mountain
 
Tank you for the pictures of Nykredits building. (I saw the raw skeleton last time I was in Copenhagen). It looks beautiful but I also can't look at the conference room!
 
I'm fairly certain I wouldn't step foot in that conference room, or in the garden above. Oy.
 
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