Another STUPID Statement—-

Glenn Beck, July 23, 2009: “Everything that is getting pushed through
Congress including this health care bill are[sic] transforming
America. And they are all driven by President Obama’s thinking on one
idea — reparations.”

 How utterly ridiculous.

 So besides being a raving paranoid nut, Glenn Beck is a White
Supremacist. Hey, great!


How dare they take a vacation!

Now we have Republicans, like Charles Grassley, complainingabout the Obamas taking vacation time, and incorporating family travel withofficial travel.

Did Sen. Grassley complain about Bush’s 879days of vacation while in officeoops,make that 977?  I looked for evidence of any comment on that fromGrassley, but found none.

There is no doubt that President Obama is working hard forthis country, and I have no quarrel with him taking a vacation. The notion thatit is elitist or inappropriate is so hypocritical, it’s laughable. But it also reminds me of the attitude of many proponents of the lowest commondenominator, who object to educating gifted students appropriately because thebottom of the classroom barrel can’t have the same sort of challenges. Whyshould the children of the president have any advantages? Why should they getto learn about slavery in Ghana; why should they see Paris and The Kremlin?Other than the obvious (“how is that any of your business? And quit yourwhining”) I’ll tell you: These girls are among the leaders of thefuture and this is a very efficient way of preparing them.

Ponder that on your staycation*.

*def.: using the excuse that the economy is bad to sit onyour ass on the couch instead of thinking up something interesting to do onyour week off.

“Having checked the box on attempted bipartisanship, Obama can now move in for the kill.”




Op-Ed Columnist

They Sure Showed That Obama


Published: February 15, 2009

In the stimulus battle — just as in the presidential campaign — Barack Obama has once again outwitted the punditocracy and the opposition.





Now, go pat a Republican on the head.

“NYTimes: Obama and the War on Brains”

It is a wonderful relief to be able to listen to the man who will be president without cringing and arguing back at the TV screen, as I have had to do for 8 entire years with Shrub. It’s probably too much to hope that intelligence will make a comeback in this country as a whole, but I am hopeful that at least a few more young people will feel inspired by the example of good leadership to improve their minds and do great things with their lives.  Nicholas Kristof says it better than I ever could (below).

Of course, Rush Limbaugh maintains that this (the election) is just a battle lost and the people he thinks agree with him (honestly, I can’t insult conservatives or Republicans by painting them with that poor brush) should take this opportunity to step back and figure out what they did wrong, so they can launch the war anew. I’m pretty sure he is also talking about the War on Brains.

Aside: How is it possible that ANYONE in the U.S. thinks that the sun revolves around the earth? Read on..

The New York Times 

OPINION   | November 09, 2008
Op-Ed Columnist:  Obama and the War on Brains
When Barack Obama goes to Washington, I’m hopeful that his fertile mind will set a new tone for our country. Timothy Egan: This American Moment — The Surprises


The New York Times 

OPINION   | November 5, 2008
Timothy Egan: This American Moment — The Surprises
By Timothy Egan
If you look closely at who voted for Obama, you’ll see a lot of people who weren’t supposed to.


One of the better lines in Obama’s election night speech was a slap to the rejectionist politics of Bush. Rove always insisted a president only needed 50 percent plus one to win. And Bush governed that way, permanently angering half the population.

On Tuesday night, Obama reached out to the other half. For those who did not vote for him, he said, “I will be your president, too.”



One reason I support Barack Obama

I’m really ticked off,really offended by the things being said about “real Americans” bySarah Palin and others at her campaign rallies. It’s stupid and sickeningthat they are willing to use that kind of emotionally charged hate-mongering totry to further their campaign, but I’m sick of talking about her. I wantto talk about good stuff for a change. The following article illustrates one ofthe biggest reasons I support Obama and I hope people will read it and feelgood about the very likely outcome of this election.


Rebranding theU.S. With Obama


The other dayI had a conversation with a Beijing friend and I mentioned that Barack Obamawas leading in the presidential race:

She: Obama?But he’s the black man, isn’t he?

Me: Yes,exactly.

She: Butsurely a black man couldn’t become president of the United States?

Me: It looksas if he’ll be elected.

She: Butpresident? That’s such an important job! In America, I thought blackswere janitors and laborers.

Me: No, blackshave all kinds of jobs.

She: What dowhite people think about that, about getting a black president? Are they upset?Are they angry?

Me: No, ofcourse not! If Obama is elected, it’ll be because white people voted forhim.

[Long pause.]

She: Really?Unbelievable! What an amazing country!

We’re beginning to get asense of how Barack Obama’s political success could change globalperceptions of the United States, redefining the American “brand”to be less about Guantánamo and more about equality….