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September 29, 2010

Blind Followers

Here is an excerpt from a Facebook conversation concerning the Matt Lauer's Sept. 27th interview with Obama. A friend of mine was concerned about her toddler's education following the interview- and rightly so. Here is a truncated segment of her post (name have been reduced to intitials) that highlights her posts (CC), my responses (TK) and a friend of hers (ML) who decided to chime in. Authors comments are in italics.

CC: Just watched Matt Lauer's interview with President Obama on education. Makes me (remember, I'm a high school teacher) want to home school Collin, as I simply can't trust public schools to educate my child through the years.

Sorry for the negativity! But you should watch the interview and decide for yourself.

ML: The public school system has been in trouble for a long time. This isn't someting new.

Thank you for that insightful observation, Captain Obvious.

CC: ML - I haven't been a parent and a professional educator for a long time, now that I understand what is at stake, I can make decisions for whats best and/or feasible for my son.

ML: I'd rather not get into political debates.

Remember this comment.
TK: This problem isn't limited to a political party. Both sides share the blame. Even if the schools had surplus money there would still be problems. The system sucks.

CC: I was mostly surprised when he was saying that he's expanding the teacher workforce and wanting to increase the school year by a month, but teachers are continuously getting laid off (or being asked' to retire) and states are enforcing furloughs... It doesnt make sense!

TK: It doesn't have to make sense. Obama is going to tax us into prosperity.

Casting out the bait.
ML: The damage Cheney did in 8 years is why we're in the crap we're in today.

Bam- hook line and sinker! He opened his Obama handbook to page 1: "No matter what happens, it's all Bush's fault, it has been, and it will be."
TK: For not wanting to get into a political debate you opened one up for that broad stroked remark. Although Bush/Cheney's ill-planned and poorly executed war cost us billions, Obama has greatly contributed to that debt in his short time with programs that were failed from the start, further sinking us into debt.

Again, it is very convenient to pin this on one administration- but it is not accurate.

ML: That's right, I can't stay quiet when I disagree with certain things, basically everyone in Orange County complains non stop about Obama.

Orange County population: 3,010,759
People that compalin about Obama: 3,010,758
People who don't: 1
Obama is trying to fix the problem, but the republicans have no patience. I took 8 years to get us into this mess, so it's gonna take more than 2 years to fix it.

TK: That is an empty argument. What programs have really helped reduce our debt, stimulate the economy and bring jobs back? Who would thought that the
Cash for Clunker program would help anyone? Obama did.

This next sentence is the coup de gras for ML "2 year" argument. Unfortunately, it goes right over his head. 

It doesn't matter how long it took to get into this mess if the policies we are using now to get us out are doomed from the start. The sooner people can realize that and stop swinging off Obama's bag the better off we'll be.

ML: Nobody complained when Reagan raised taxes or when the first Bush said "read my lips, no new taxes" and then raised them anyway.....where were the complainers then?

This is good. Make something up, believe it and then treat it as fact (Obama handbook). I don't even know why this guy is talking about Reagan- ML graduated high school im 1997 making him about 3 or 4 years old when Reagan was succeeded by Clinton. I let that one slide.It does matter what happened the 8 years under the Bush Administration cause that's why it's taking Obama a while to fix it.

He didn't read my previous post. It doesn't matter how much debt was accrued if the processes by which we are trying to reduce that debt are failing.

People fail to see that. I also like what Obama is doing with the education reform cause the U.S. falls way behind other countries which is sad to me.

Another piece of trivia about ML: He is unemployed and has a degree in French. Yes, French. I am glad that he is sad about the poor education Americans are getting. I am not sure if he just proved his own point.
CC: Lol. Awesome. Keep at it you two, I'm entertained!

Anyways, my post was simply to raise awareness on the state of our current education system now that im in a position to truly care. I didn't say Obama isn't 'trying' I just don't see how those ideas are going to develop in the current system that is in place.

CC gets it.

States are already breaking federal mandates by being in session for less days
than required, but can't do anything about it because the schools have no money to stay open. That's not even including the federal academic content standards that they want to create and implement.

Great points! Well thought out, articulate and valid.
They're all fantastic ideas, but how is he going to put them in place? How are the schools going to accommodate it? I just don't see it happening.. Hence my decision to try to homeschool if I don't have to work.

She is forcing the Obama supporters to nut up or shut up.
TK: Short answer, CC, is that they won't work. Simply extending the shcool year a month but keeping the same infrastructure will result in just one more month of furlough days for the teachers.

Another example of the defunct leadership of this administration.
(Fanning the flames)

ML: My comments are NOT asinine.... Obama has to do that in order to get things back in order.

Bingo! He revealed the Obama Administration's hidden agenda- to get us all in order. Next comes a play from page 2 of the Obama Handbook...

You're never gonna understand because you've already got it in your mind that everything Obama does is wrong. I'm done with this argument since we're never gonna agree.

This really means "I am running out of made-up facts to support my weak and comically false assertions". Now I lay into the real root of why I don't like Obama-

TK: You are done because you cannot understand that you have a President that ran as a visionary but leads like a politician.

Please explain to me how bailing out the car companies with the C4C program stimulated our economy? It hurt us even more as the Americans had to foot the bill in taxes to help bail out ineptly run car companies. This is my point. He has programs that do not help, regardless of how long it took us to get to this point. His policies are not reducing the amount of debt- they are increasing it.

ML: I won't cause you won't see it anyway.

Translation: "neener neener!" I try to bait him one last time by pulling out a play from his own handbook.
TK: I win.

ML: hhahaahahah
21 hours ago · Unlike Like · 1 person You like this.

Yes, I "liked" his hahaha comment out my sophmoric need to have the last word.

September 19, 2010

Hillary Schemes for 2012

After reading the article about Bill Clinton giving advice to Obama, it is all starting to come together.

Late night at their home in New York:

Bill:  Hey Hillary. Good to see yo—

Hillary: Shut up and sit down. I just got off an 11 hour flight from Jordan and I am in no mood. My ass is killing me.

Bill: Sure thing Hillary. What’s up?

Hillary:  Look, I just set up an interview for you with Willow Bay from Yahoo news so that you can—

Bill:  Yahoo news? Jeezus Hillary, couldn’t you at least get me on The Daily Show? That Jon Stewart loves me and—

Hillary: Dammit, Bill. Shut the hell up for 2 seconds. I have a screaming headache from a 3 day trip to the Middle East trying to get the Israelis and Palestinians to stop killing each other, I haven’t showered and I think I had some bad falafel.

Bill:  Ok, ok. What do you want me to do this time?

Hillary: Look, your chances of being the First Lech are looking pretty good as long as we can keep Obama running in circles. You are going to go on Yahoo news and make a plea to Obama.

Bill: A plea? He doesn’t even like me. Why would he listen to anything I had to say?

Hillary: For chrissakes, Bill. It doesn’t matter if he listens to you or not. Americans are pissed. Give him some advice- all former presidents do it. Tell him what he needs to do to win the hearts and minds of the American people. Give him some praise for what he has done so far and…

(Both start to chuckle)

Hillary:  Ok, shut up. But seriously, tell him something like “The Obama Administration shouldn't ask for credit because people can't give credit if they don't feel better .”

Bill: That doesn’t even make sense. Why wouldn’t someone give cred—

Hillary:  (snaps her fingers) Bill. Focus, Bill. That line should make perfect sense to someone who went on national television and told a Grand Jury that their definition of “is” needed to be redefined.

Bill:  Heh, heh. Yeah, that was pretty good.

Hillary:  This plan is fool proof. Do the interview, give him the advice and for crying out loud, don’t give the damn Republicans any credit- for anything.

Bill:  Can I say something about Haiti?

Hillary: Don’t screw this up. I’m going to my side of the house now.

Bill: Hey Hillary, maybe tonight I could come over and—

Hillary:  You know the rules.

Bill:  Yeah, yeah. I know.

September 18, 2010

Obama Attempts to Address the Nation

Good evening. It’s an honor to be speaking to you for the first time from the Oval Office.
Is it . . .  why isn’t it rolling? Thank you for letting me – CAN WE GET THE TELEPROMPTER WORKING???
OK, let’s just wing it. Thank you, my American fellows, for letting me into your homes, into your hearts, and out of your minds.
What I mean by that is I want to connect not with your minds, but with your hearts. I want to go mindless for a change. You know, to show you what’s in my heart, my emotions, and that sort of stuff. My deep compassion for the people of the Gulf who have lost all their fish. I mean, like, who have lost their fishing industries. And for the birds and the oily turtles, and so forth. In short, what I want to say is, ‘Message: I care.’
I went to the Gulf Monday to establish a connection with the people there. I believe a connection has been established. So now we are connected.
BP stands for Bad People. And I’m going to kick their asses. I’m going to stand up for the American people. Stand up on one foot, and with the other foot, I’m going to kick their asses.
This is the worst environmental disaster this nation has faced since Larry Summers farted in the Roosevelt Room. Sorry, a little inside humor there.
BP has tried to make a fool of me, and it’s working.
I mean the teleprompter. It’s working. Should I start at the top? OK scroll, scroll, scroll, scroll, THERE. That’s where I am. OK. Oh crap, it’s down again.
Listen, just, you know, to the people of the Gulf, the only thing you have to fear is fear itself, you know, that kind of thing. And to British Petroleum, don’t ask what our country can do for you, ask what you can do for our country. Get it, buttheads?
I was out in a boat on the Gulf yesterday, and it really hit home. I said to Admiral Thad Allen, ‘You know, I can smell the oil.’ And he said to me, ‘Actually, that’s the exhaust from the boat engine.’ And I said, ‘You see what I mean?’ And he gave me this weird look.
Anyhoo, I hope you’ve enjoyed tonight’s presentation. It was a pleasure for you to see me and be with you.
You know, there are some who say America’s chickens are coming home to roost. And I say to them: Chickens have nothing to do with this.
So thank you. And may God bless America.

September 16, 2010

Obama's First Press Conference

President Obama this morning is holding his first press conference in 35 years. Last night, I had a dream about how it would go. I warn you that my dreams always come true, like the one I once had about suddenly being able to eat anything I wanted without gaining weight. Well, actually, that one didn’t come true, and I should never have tried it. But here’s what I drempt last night.

The Scene is the East Room of the White House. President Obama is holding a news conference.
Reporter: Mr. President, despite nearly a trillion dollars in stimulus and other measures, the economy continues to perform poorly. Have your policies failed?
Obama: Not at all. My policies have succeeded. We’re moving in the right direction. Except for the unemployment rate. That’s moving in the wrong direction.
But, let me be clear, this is all Bush’s fault, and it continues to be. And it will be. Everyone knows Bush is responsible for the economic crisis, as well as the U.S. loss to Ghana in the World Cup this summer.
In fact, the hole Bush dug us is so deep, I think I’m going to need a third term to get us out of it. I mean, he practically dug all the way to China. And when I was a senator, I said, “Hey, dummy, stop digging the hole!” And he just kept right on doing it.
And by the way, let me take this opportunity to announce some further stimulus. This one will work, because it’s about people and the middle class. I’m asking Congress for $50 billion to build sidewalks. That’s right, we built all these roads with the first stimulus but we forgot to build the sidewalks. And now we’re going to build sidewalks, and the little Walk/Dont Walk signs that make tweeting sounds.
Reporter: There has been great controversy over a Mosque that may be built two blocks from Ground Zero. People are confused about your opinion. Can you clarify what you think?
Obama: Yes. Ever since Bush announced plans to put a Mosque near Ground Zero, I’ve been leading and working hard on the issue. In fact, I’ve been working so hard on the issue that I’ve been on both sides of it. So I’ve seen it from different angles.
I have to say, putting a mosque at Ground Zero is an outrage. It’s also a pretty damn good idea. And that’s the way I see it.
And by the way, has anyone ever thought of building the mosque, but putting a church on the third floor? And maybe the gay bar could go on the second floor. See what I mean? We have to think these things through.
Reporter: Iran seems to be ignoring your sanctions and continuing with its effort to produce nuclear weapons. What else can you do to stop them?
Obama: I think this is another issue on which we have to be creative. Much goes on behind the scenes.  Some of our latest steps directly target President Ahmadinejad. For example, we’ve taken away all his toys, and we’ve scheduled his bedtime for one hour earlier. We’re in the process of adding three extra syllables to his name, so no one will be able talk to him.
We’re also acting to undermine the Iranian nuclear program. Starting next week, any Iranian nuclear scientist who leaves Iran gets double frequent flier miles. And some of our inspectors who travel to Iran are actually spies. The Iranians have no idea.
And of course, we have our fail-safe plan, which is to let the Israelis bomb the place and then shriek about what a horrible thing they’ve done.
Reporter: Mr. President, some are alleging that while the American people are suffering economically, you and your family are living the high life, with Mrs. Obama traveling to a fancy resort in Spain, you playing golf every weekend, and the two of you feasting on lobsters. Are you overdoing it?
Obama: Let me just take these in order. First of all, Mrs. Obama has a very stressful job trying to wipe out fat kids. I mean, trying to wipe out their fat. Have you seen how many of them there are? So, yes, she needed to go to the spa in that particular hotel to get rested up.
As for my golf, I would remind you that I don’t use a caddy. I carry my own clubs, choose the one I’m going to use without consulting anyone. I wipe my own balls. Well, you know what I mean.
And each and every lobster I’ve eaten since becoming president has been fully paid for. Yes, we’ve had to make some cuts in Medicare and close some corporate loopholes, but the lobsters haven’t cost the taxpayers a penny.
Thank you.
- Keith Koffler, Veteran White House Reporter

September 11, 2010

In Remembrance

Nine years have gone by since the attacks on American soil that killed 3,000 people. To this day, it is still the most vivid example of monstrous grotesqueness I have ever seen. I cannot help but to hold back tears. I do not have a long winded post for this anniversary, only pictures and a few short comments.

First came Shock.

Then the Horror.

Then the Pain.

Then Disbelief.
Palestinians celebrating the attacks

Then the Kooks.

Here is a great site that has the top 10 celebrity conspiracy theorists and why they dug themselves a deep grave. Here are a few choice quotes:
Even Noam Chomsky, who could find a fascist plot afoot in Dora the Explorer, had this to say on 9/11 conspiracy theories:
I think the Bush administration would have had to be utterly insane to try anything like what is alleged, for their own narrow interests, and do not think that serious evidence has been provided to support claims about actions that would not only be outlandish, for their own interests, but that have no remote historical parallel.

And Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone offers the following concise review of a popular online documentary that is a favorite of 9/11 conspiracy theorists:
“Every time one of those Loose Change dickwads opens his mouth, a Republican somewhere picks up five votes.” 

But then came resolve.

Then War.

Then the division.

Then the mess.

Then Victory (?)