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January 20, 2009

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Optimistic? You betcha. My old yellow tiger cat Fitch would do a better job running the nation than what we have observed during the last 8 years, and Obama will be MUCH better than Fitch, who sleeps too much.

We are an optimistic people, and I think that today's national level of emotion says much about our hope for better times - and our willingness to work for it. I remember JFK's inauguration, and in the past few weeks Obama has reminded me time and again of JFK's challenge of "Ask not what your country can do for you..."

The camera was focused on his face as he walked to his swearing in - determination, humility, resolve, kindness, strength, leadership, fairness, meditative - I read all of this and more in his expression. His speech was magnificent. A president needs to inspire and lead, not posture and rule. He inspires and he leads. An amazing day that has changed the world.

For as thrilling and moving as the speech was, and all the pomp and circumstance, I am most excited about the new policies and ACTIONS to come - the closing of Guantanamo, behaving with dignity in the world, making a difference at home. Not being an advanced bodhisattva, I chanted "git yer butt on that copter" to the old "president" and then sang and danced such a rousing chorus of "ding dong the witch is dead" as the helicopter flew away that I pretty much scared the bejeezus out of my dog! Woot. Serious woot.

i cried while the inauguration happened (i didn't get to see it, i was away from home, but damned if iwas going to miss it all together, soi listened to the radio). the overwhelming emotion was unstoppable.

yes we can, indeed

You know what's totally amazing is that those kids did not really mention race as much as hope, work, unity, positivity. Now that's really a tremendous impact. they're the next generation, and the impact of this presidency on them is likely through the roof. thanks for that link.

I think it was a tremendous day not only for the us but for the whole world. One of my favorite images from a day full of favorite images was a schoolyard full of children in Kenya going crazy over Obama. He has brought hope to the world.

"For ... our patchwork heritage...a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus...and non-believers." ...a few more coins to you who care for all life, however small.

I have to say, I was thrilled by the inclusion of "non-believers". Got to be the first time atheists were acknowledged in an inaugural speech.

I too noted the exclusion of Buddhists, but I must say, as a patriot, that it is wonderful to have a president I can respect and even, provisionally, trust.

Well, Fernanda, my dear, in your case he might have said heathens like Esther from Sanford and Son but OK, I'm glad you're happy. (She's secretly reading Pema Chodron and thinking about meditating but shh! Don't tell!)

Lama Kunzang! We missed you, and wish you relief from the trials of your and Samaya's physical karma this year.

As much as I ate up every minute of the day, I wasn't big on the "non-believer" term. We all believe in something, even if we believe in not believing! But if that is the biggest complaint I have from here on out, I will be a happy, happy, happy camper. (I, too, said rude things to the helicopter as it lifted off.)

Have you noticed how busy this guy is? He's already tackling closing down the CIA prisons, "outsourced torture", and Gitmo. Sounds like he may have actually read the law, unlike other leaders.

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Mongolia Bird List: "L" = Lifer

  • Amur Falcon -- L
  • Arctic (Hoary) Redpoll -- L
  • Arctic Warbler -- L
  • Asian Brown Flycatcher -- L
  • Asian Dowitcher -- L
  • Asian Short-toed Lark -- L
  • Azure Tit -- L
  • Bank Swallow
  • Bar-headed Goose -- L
  • Barn Swallow
  • Bean Goose -- L
  • Black Grouse -- L
  • Black Stork -- L
  • Black Woodpecker -- L
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • Black-eared Kite -- L
  • Black-headed Gull -- L
  • Black-tailed Godwit -- L
  • Black-winged Stilt
  • Blyth's Pipit -- L
  • Bohemian Waxwing -- L
  • Booted Eagle -- L
  • Brown Shrike -- L
  • Carrion Crow
  • Chinese Penduline Tit -- L
  • Chukar -- L
  • Cinereous Vulture
  • Citrine Wagtail -- L
  • Coal Tit
  • Common Cuckoo
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Common Greenshank -- L
  • Common Kestrel
  • Common Merganser
  • Common Pochard -- L
  • Common Raven
  • Common Redpoll
  • Common Redshank -- L
  • Common Rosefinch -- L
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Common Shelduck -- L
  • Common Snipe -- L
  • Common Starling
  • Common Swift
  • Common Tern
  • Crested Lark -- L
  • Curlew Sandpiper -- L
  • Dark-throated Thrush -- L
  • Daurian Jackdaw -- L
  • Daurian Partridge -- L
  • Daurian Redstart -- L
  • Demoiselle Crane -- L
  • Desert Warbler -- L
  • Desert Wheatear -- L
  • Dusky Thrush -- L
  • Dusky Warbler -- L
  • Eared Grebe
  • Eurasian Bullfinch -- L
  • Eurasian Coot -- L
  • Eurasian Curlew -- L
  • Eurasian Griffon
  • Eurasian Hobby
  • Eurasian Jay
  • Eurasian Nutcracker -- L
  • Eurasian Nuthatch -- L
  • Eurasian Skylark
  • Eurasian Sparrowhawk
  • Eurasian Spoonbill -- L
  • Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker -- L
  • Eurasian Tree Sparrow
  • Eurasian Treecreeper -- L
  • Eurasian Wigeon -- L
  • Eurasian Wryneck -- L
  • Eyebrowed Thrush -- L
  • Falcated Duck -- L
  • Fork-tailed Swift -- L
  • Gadwall
  • Garganey -- L
  • Godlewski's Bunting -- L
  • Goldcrest -- L
  • Golden Eagle
  • Gray Heron
  • Gray Wagtail -- L
  • Great Cormorant
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Great Gray Shrike -- L
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Great Tit
  • Greater Short-toed Lark -- L
  • Greater Spotted Eagle -- L
  • Green Sandpiper -- L
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Greenish Warbler -- L
  • Hawfinch -- L
  • Hazel Grouse -- L
  • Hen/Northern Harrier
  • Herring Gull
  • Hill Pigeon -- L
  • Hoopoe
  • Horned Grebe
  • Horned Lark
  • House Sparrow
  • Isabelline Shrike -- L
  • Isabelline Wheatear -- L
  • Kentish (Snowy) Plover -- L
  • Lesser Spotted Woodpecker -- L
  • Lesser Whitethroat -- L
  • Little Bunting -- L
  • Little Owl -- L
  • Little Ringed Plover
  • Long-tailed Rosefinch
  • Long-tailed Tit
  • Long-toed Stint -- L
  • Mallard
  • Marsh Sandpiper
  • Meadow Bunting -- L
  • Mew Gull -- L
  • Mongolian Finch -- L
  • Mongolian Ground-jay -- L
  • Mongolian Lark -- L
  • Northern Lapwing -- L
  • Northern Pintail
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Northern Wheatear
  • Olive-backed Pipit -- L
  • Oriental Plover -- L
  • Oriental Reed Warbler -- L
  • Oriental Turtle Dove
  • Pacific Golden-plover -- L
  • Paddyfield Warbler -- L
  • Pallas' Reed Bunting -- L
  • Pallas's Leaf Warbler -- L
  • Pallas's Sandgrouse -- L
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Pied Avocet -- L
  • Pied Wheatear -- L
  • Pine Bunting -- L
  • Pine Grosbeak -- L
  • Pintail Snipe -- L
  • Red (Common) Crossbill
  • Red-billed Chough -- L
  • Red-crested Pochard -- L
  • Red-flanked Bluetail -- L
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • Red-throated Flycatcher -- L
  • Richard's Pipit -- L
  • Rock Dove
  • Rock Sparrow -- L
  • Rook -- L
  • Ruddy Shelduck -- L
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Ruff -- L
  • Rufous-tailed Robin -- L
  • Saker Falcon -- L
  • Scaly Thrush -- L
  • Sharp-tailed Sandpiper -- L
  • Siberian Accentor -- L
  • Siberian Rubythroat -- L
  • Smew -- L
  • Spotted Flycatcher -- L
  • Spotted Redshank -- L
  • Steppe Eagle -- L
  • Swan Goose -- L
  • Temminck's Stint -- L
  • Thick-billed Warbler -- L
  • Tree Pipit -- L
  • Tufted Duck -- L
  • Twite -- L
  • Upland Buzzard -- L
  • Ural Owl -- L
  • Water Pipit -- L
  • White Wagtail
  • White-cheeked Starling -- L
  • White-naped Crane -- L
  • White-winged (Two-barred) Crossbill -- L
  • White-winged Scoter
  • White-winged Tern -- L
  • Whooper Swan -- L
  • Willow Tit -- L
  • Wood Sandpiper -- L
  • Yellow-billed Grosbeak -- L
  • Yellow-browed (Inornate) Warbler -- L