Skye Thomas

Skye Thomas
Writer, Rebel, and Soapbox Ranter

Monday, April 11, 2005

Belly Dancers and Democrats

There's some really good articles in here today. Some are just light feel good stuff, but the one on leadership, the one about FDR, and the one about the political dynamics in Iraq are all really well written and offer some real meat and potatoes type information for you to chew on for awhile.

Soulmates, Dating, and Romance –
Beauty and the beast
If you're a man, at some point a woman will ask you how she looks. You must be careful how you answer this question. The best technique is to form an honest yet sensitive opinion, then collapse on the floor with some kind of fatal seizure. Trust me, this is the easiest way out. Because you will never come up with the right answer.

Self-Esteem & Self-Confidence –
Belly-dancing makes ripples among Asian women
Belly dancing is creating ripples among women in East Asia as enthusiasts from Malaysia to Taiwan pick up the ancient art of seductive shimmying -- and get a good work-out at the same time.

Stephanie Stephens Cummings said she was standing in line at a local eatery when she glanced over and saw the woman in a mirror. Who is that woman? she thought, before realizing that she was looking at herself. Cummings' mother, Jean Stephens Schenker said she hasn't had any trouble recognizing herself, but that others who hadn't seen her in a while have. Combined, the women have lost about 130 pounds in six months.

Creating Abundance & Prosperity –
Everything I Thought I Knew about Leadership Is Wrong
In 1992 Ross Perot asked me if I would join Perot Systems as CEO. It had been five years since he and I had left EDS. I told him I would do it -- with the disclaimer that I didn't know much about the current shape of the business. Ross told me, "Just follow your nose."

Just Random Stuff –
Iraq’s bright new beginning lies in shadow of violence and mistrust
Two years after the outbreak of hostilities to unseat Saddam Hussein, Iraq is still an unquiet place. Yesterday’s demonstrations against the coalition’s occupation of the country and the cold-blooded executions of 15 Iraqi soldiers in an incident south of Baghdad are hardly the best advertisement for the new president’s claim that all Iraqis have the same rights and that the end of the bloodshed is just around the corner.

FDR, Dems would be total strangers today
Party of New Deal has swapped cultures, constituencies with GOP

Outside the cottage, violets, dogwood and honeysuckle were in riotous bloom. Inside the "Little White House" in Warm Springs, Ga., he sat for a portrait, smiling and chatting with female friends and cousins. "Fifteen minutes more," he warned the artist, as he anticipated lunch. He then put his hand to his brow, saying, "I have a terrific headache." Those were Franklin Delano Roosevelt's last words. As Navy doctors tried to revive him, an internist sped across country roads from Atlanta. He pronounced the president, 63, dead of a massive cerebral hemorrhage at 3:35 p. m. EST on April 12, 1945.

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