Friday, August 20, 2004 - National Politics: "'Anyone who wonders what women are capable of need only look at American women business owners,' Bush said, speaking before about 80 people on the 84th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. 'Women are working hard to strengthen their communities and their country. ... President Bush knows that empowered women are vital to democracy.'" - LOCAL NEWS: "'For nearly 50 years, people's quality of life had been capped by a zoning ordinance that assumed they would disappear,' Montero said. But these families didn't leave. North Denver neighborhoods are occupied by third- and fourth-generation families who have stayed in the family home."

Thursday, August 19, 2004

IDEA Cafe helps students build a strong foundation - UCD Advocate - News: "More and more aspiring entrepreneurs hungry for knowledge and thirsty for help are finding their way to a Capitol Hill bakery every Friday afternoon for discussion tips on pursuing the American dream. Led by Denver businessman and political activist John Wren, the IDEA Cafe is a weekly forum for people starting a new project, business, or career. With guest speakers like Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown making regular appearances, the function usually draws several young professionals, businessmen, students, and people just looking for new ideas. At the March 7 meeting Brown offered advice for mixing business and politics."

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Unfairenheit 9/11 - The lies of Michael Moore. By Christopher Hitchens: "With Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11... an entirely new note has been struck. Here we glimpse a possible fusion between the turgid routines of and the filmic standards, if not exactly the filmic skills, of Sergei Eisenstein or Leni Riefenstahl.

To describe this film as dishonest and demagogic would almost be to promote those terms to the level of respectability. To describe this film as a piece of crap would be to run the risk of a discourse that would never again rise above the excremental. To describe it as an exercise in facile crowd-pleasing would be too obvious. Fahrenheit 9/11 is a sinister exercise in moral frivolity, crudely disguised as an exercise in seriousness. It is also a spectacle of abject political cowardice masking itself as a demonstration of 'dissenting' bravery."

Monday, August 16, 2004

ChangeThis :: ChangeThis: "Welcome to our new kind of media. A form of media that uses existing tools (like PDF files, blogs and the web) to challenge the way ideas are created and spread. Poke around, give it a spin and share the best parts with your friends. And don't forget to subscribe.
13-August | The Art of the Start
Guy Kawasaki | A former Apple Fellow and entrepreneur extraordinaire, Guy talks about up-starting a start-up. ... more "

This looks like a great idea. You won't agree with some of the manefestos that have already been posted. So respond with your own!

I'm going to start recommending that all my consulting clients and those who attend the IDEA Cafe Startup Workshop read Kawasaki's very short, very powerful The Art of the Start. Best way you could spend the next 20 minutes, in my opinion. I'm building my business model today!
Garage Technology Ventures: "we're looking for 'two guys/gals' in a garage who are building the next great technology company."

Guy is the author of The Art of the Start, after reading it this morning through ChangeThis I'll be recommending it to my startup consulting clients and everyone who attends an IDEA Cafe. I think the spirit of The Art of the Start applies to starting everything, political campaigns, projects, new hobbies, groups, etc. Especially helpful is are the first three concepts of mission, mantra, and just do it, avoiding the paralysis of planning.

Sunday, August 15, 2004

The Daily Camera: Insight: "Instead of getting hassled by election workers and belittled by officials, Al Kolwicz should be thanked by all voters for his determined, relentless and detailed work to demand that voting be truly secret, accurate and verifiable. "