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You have entered the random thinking space of Morgan Bell. These are my musings, things about my life written either off the top of my head or in a completely calculated fashion. This is where i flesh out writing ideas and discuss my life and my opinions.

Author bio: Bell’s short story "It Had To Be Done" was first published in the Newcastle Writers Group Anthology 2012, and her short story "Midnight Daisy" was published by YWCA Newcastle in 2013 as part of the She: True Stories project, with live readings on ABC 1233 in February 2014 and Newcastle Writers Festival in April 2014. Bell contributed a short story to the 2014 Hunter Speculative Fiction Anthology called “The Switch” which is based on Germanic folklore. It is due to be published in May 2014 alongside award-winning authors such as Margo Lanagan and Kirstyn McDermott. In March 2014 Bell's short story "Don't Pay The Ferryman", an anti-travel piece, was shortlisted for the Hunter Writer's Centre Travel Writing Prize 2014. Sniggerless Boundulations is Bell's debut collection of fifteen stories, touching on themes fear, time, aging, anxiety, and jealousy. The work is experimental in form and length, including flash fiction and vignettes, and is an examination of the horrors of life.

Exciting Times: Yes We Can

January 21st 2009 11:24
Congratulations, Mr. President.

"To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict or blame their society's ills on the West, know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist."

Barack Obama's inauguration speech 20 Jan 2009

(read full transcript HERE)

Obama: Yes We Can

based on Barack Obama's speech 8 Jan 2009 Nashua, New Hampshire
New Hampshire Primary
(read full transcript HERE)


It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.

Yes we can.

It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom.

Yes we can.

It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.

Yes we can.

It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballots; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.

Yes we can to justice and equality.

Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.

Yes we can heal this nation.

Yes we can repair this world.

Yes we can.

We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics...they will only grow louder and more dissonant ........... We've been asked to pause for a reality check. We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

Now the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea --

Yes. We. Can.

Guest appearances - - 0:01
Scarlett Johansson - 0:05
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - 0:21
Common - 0:23
John Legend - 0:32
Bryan Greenberg (guitar) - 0:37
Kate Walsh - 0:44
Tatyana Ali - 0:44
Harold Perrineau, Jr. - 0:49
Aisha Tyler - 1:01
Samuel Page - 1:03
Enrique Murciano - 1:07 "Si, podemos" - 1:17
Maya Rubin - 1:08 (Qen Annu Yecholim)" (Hebrew)
Esthero - 1:10
Eric Balfour - 1:23
Nicole Scherzinger - 1:30
Taryn Manning - 1:40
Amber Valletta - 1:52
Auden McCaw (in Valetta's arms) - 1:52
Kelly Hu - 1:52
Adam Rodríguez - 1:56 "Sí se puede"
Eric Christian Olsen - 2:02
Sarah Wright - 2:02
Shoshannah Stern (American Sign Language) - 2:05
Ed Kowalczyk (guitar) - 2:19
Fonzworth Bentley (violin) - 2:38
Amaury Nolasco - 3:24
Hill Harper - 3:27
Nick Cannon - 3:36
Herbie Hancock (piano) - 3:41
Johnathon Schaech - 3:45
Austin Nichols - 3:50
Tracee Ellis Ross - 4:00
Fred Goldring (guitar) - 4:03
Anson Mount
Alfonso Ribeiro
Cliff Collins
Vera Farmiga

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Comment by Janet Collins

January 21st 2009 12:17
Yes, I do believe Obama can evem with the skeptics. Yes, if anyone can do it, he can.

Comment by Morgan Bell

January 21st 2009 12:24
hi Janet,
every time i hear him speak his lifts my spirits ten-fold!
how fantastic to have someone so articulate and eloquent in charge of the place!

Comment by Janet Collins

January 21st 2009 12:29
He lifts my spirits too. I can't remember anyone in my lifetime doing the same.

Comment by RubySoho

January 21st 2009 14:29
Sometimes I ask myself if we are all just getting carried away but dammit I can't help feeling this is something special. The speech was great and I just love watching his gorgeous family on the telly, but what really got me was watching him and Michelle dancing while Beyonce sang "At Last". It's a whole new world now. I can't believe how much the whole world has fallen in love with this guy. Have you seen all the footage from all the parties from all over the world? What other president has ever done that?

Also did you hear he has ordered all Guantanamo trials to be halted for 100 days while he assesses all the cases? Okay, so far, still loving him.

Comment by Morgan Bell

January 21st 2009 14:43
hi Janet,
i thinks hes the cure to the worlds depression!

hi Ruby,
i think hes a genuinely hard-working person who will try to change as much as he possibly can!
i saw young black women (only about my age) being interviewed saying they didnt expect to see a black man in office in our lifetime - isnt that sad?
it makes the victory so much sweeter!
i think we had all become very pessimistic about the state of the world because nothing ever seems to change . . . but heres a change!
suddenly i really do think: YES WE CAN!
this IS something special - everyone should jump for joy!

Comment by Wilson Pon

January 21st 2009 18:35
Loves this Obama pic, Morgan. Where did you get it?

Times will become the witness...Energy rocks, Obama!

Comment by Cibbuano

January 22nd 2009 01:24
I restrain myself from getting swept up in the action, too... I'm thrilled that he's the new President, for several reasons, but we should always remain sceptical.

The great thing about Obama is that he seems sincere about transparency...

Comment by Morgan Bell

January 22nd 2009 06:47
hi Wilson,
i just typed "Obama Yes We Can" into Google images, its funny because i recently (last year) did a post on feminism using the original image with the woman on it - seems fitting to re-use it now!

hi Cibbuano,
interesting that you bring up transparency
from The White House website

One significant addition to reflects a campaign promise from the President: we will publish all non-emergency legislation to the website for five days, and allow the public to review and comment before the President signs it.

Really Long Link

Comment by Cheryl J

January 22nd 2009 09:18
Great clip!

I don't envy Obama, he has begun his presidency in a time of global crisis. He has basically been left to try and make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Whether or not he succeeds within his term to make real change is yet to be seen but if nothing else he has brought hope to people who felt hopeless. He is inspiring a new generation to be part of a community on a family, local and global level. This isn't an easy task and the eyes of the world are upon him. He shoulders so much responsibility being the first black man in the Oval Office and he is starting totally behind the eight ball.

I have no doubt things will get worse before they get better and when it does he will suffer much criticism. It will take unbelievable strength in the face of great opposition when it happens but I feel he has that strength of character and if people are willing to take the downs as well as the ups whilst he is trying to rebuild then he will possibly be remembered as one of the greats.

I feel a great deal of optimism tempered with a realistic attitude that the changes he is trying to make will take a long time and he may not be able to see them through in a four year term but he is off to a great start. It gladdened my heart to see him make changes to have the transparency that has been denied to the people in the past and to lead by example by freezing pay rises to all of his executive level staff. If only our Prime Minister showed the same restraint instead of sneakily giving large bonuses to his staff while asking the lower and middle classes to forego pay rises. Perhaps he will learn a bit more about leadership from the new president of the USA.

Sorry this comment is so long but Obama tends to bring out the passion in people

Comment by Morgan Bell

January 22nd 2009 13:32
hi Cheryl,

If only our Prime Minister showed the same restraint instead of sneakily giving large bonuses to his staff while asking the lower and middle classes to forego pay rises.

oh whats Kevin up to now?

I love the "Yes We Can" song . . . so much great positive energy!

Comment by Cheryl J

January 23rd 2009 00:40
Good ol' Kevin 007 is really disappointing me. This is from

THE Prime Minister has secretly paid two senior advisers - including his "boy wonder" chief of staff, Alister Jordan - special top-up payments to bolster their $200,000-plus incomes.

Despite calling on workers to defer pay claims, Mr Rudd intervened to have a salary bonus paid to Mr Jordan, his 29-year-old long-serving confidant.

Another senior adviser has also breached the Government's official salary cap, boosting his "principal adviser" salary above the top level of $192,000.

Mr Jordan has worked side-by-side with Mr Rudd for six years and is one of four Government advisers paid at the top "principal adviser" level.

With superannuation and overtime added to salaries, principal advisers earn close to $250,000 in annual income.

The revelations of the top-up payments are embarrassing for the PM, who on Monday night called on workers to show wage restraint as Australia rockets towards recession.

Nice one Kev.

Comment by Morgan Bell

January 23rd 2009 06:09
hi Cheryl,
sounds like Kevins re-election campaign slogan might be "do as i say and not as i do" . . .
Australians do like political father-figures!
actually hes more like an absent father and Julia Gillard is our ballsy hard-done-by single-mum . . .

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