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Month: May 2011 (page 2 of 2)

Fox News – What a Waste

I’m glad that Jon Stewart and his staff over at the Daily Show watch Fox News so I don’t have to do so.  It takes about five seconds of listening to these bumbling anti-intellectuals to set me off.  These people would sell out their own mothers to make a right-wing point that isn’t.

On Wednesday’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Mr. Stewart pointed out yet another one of Fox News’ making a mountain out of a molehill because President Obama invited Chicago rapper and poet, Common, to the White House.  Apparently, back in 2007, Common wrote a rap that critized then President Bush – as is his right under the first amendment, so now the talking heads don’t think he should be allowed to go to the White House.  You can watch the whole show here.

Below is the clip from Huffington Post.  Watch until you see Sean Hannity, that’s the sequment about which I want to write.

Did you notice all of these white talking heads “discussing” this with black people? Sean Hannity is expecting the two black gentlemen to defend this decision and the rap, but he doesn’t let them speak. He keeps cutting them off.  Quite frankly, I don’t know why anyone of a race other than white would even bother with Fox News.

But wait, there’s more:

You know what? My work here is done. Trial over. If you watch these talking heads on Fox News, you really don’t have the ability to realize how many brain cells you’re losing over a bunch of guys who are just making things up.  It explains a lot about why you can’t have an intelligent conversation with someone who watches Fox News.  They believe what they want to believe and no facts or figures will change their minds.

It’s actually a little scary, really.  Millions of Americans rot their cognitive abilities every night watching this channel.  They can no longer decipher fact from fiction.  They’re holding on to ideals that are no longer realistic.  They really believe that corporations are people.  It’s just really sad.

Kathy Lee Gifford thinks Obese means depressed!

Yesterday on the Today Show, Kathie Lee Gifford actually said,”Some would rather be depressed than obese, but you’re depressed anyway when you are when you are obese. “.  It’s in the video from the NBC site below (after the commercial).  Well, I take great offense to that!  I’m the happiest person I know and I’m as fat as fat can be.  Depressed my ass!  What is wrong with her?  What would I be depressed?  People move out of my way in the buffet line!

Would you call Santa depressed?  No, he’s a jolly fat man!

You know who is depressed, those skinny ass models who can’t eat!  That’s who’s depressed.  You ever see one of them smile?  No, you have not because they can eat and smiling takes muscle power they don’t have because they don’t eat.  It is a never-ending  circle!

I demand that the Today Show makes Kathie Lee Gifford apologize for her insensitive and hurtful remarks!  I demand a personal apology!  How dare she call fat people depressed!  We should all call them on Monday morning and demand our due as the heavyweights we are!

Obese People Unite!  Big is Beautiful!  I like big butts and I cannot lie.  You other brothers cannot deny, well you get the idea.  There’s nothing sadder than a fat, white woman trying to rap.

Hey, you gonna eat that?

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For those of you without a sense of humor, I mean all of this in a humorous way.  I have no issue with Kathie Lee Gifford’s statement.  It is her opinion and I support her right to have one.  It is a generalization that does have some truth, some overweight people are depressed – just like some skinny people are.  It’s just the way things go.

I, also, wrote this late at night and I’m a little tired.  It might not be as funny as I think it is right at the moment I wrote it.  But, heck, it isn’t like Kathie Lee Gifford will read this and have her feelings hurt by it.

The Flag, The Pledge and the National Anthem

When my Time Magazine arrived in the mail, I started my usual flip through.  There on one of the pages was a picture of three Army soldiers and one of them had an American flag draped around his neck.  You would think that a soldier would know better on how to treat the flag.

When I was a kid, every morning we would stand in our classroom, face the American flag that stood in the corner of the room and with hands over our hearts, we would recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.”  (Let me tell you a secret, I used to get a little choked up, come to think of it, I still do.  Another secret, I re-wrote the pledge from memory – no looking it up on Wikipedia or Google.)  Seeing our flag fly above a house or being waved at a parade fills me with great pride.  I love this country and I love being an American.

And, then I see someone who should know better drape the symbol of freedom around his neck and it just burns my butt.  I think about how many people claim they love this country and respect our flag and they haven’t got a clue on its proper display and disposal.  Because my memory is a little faulty on the display of an American flag, I decide to do a little research.  I found this wonderful website that showed a bunch of pictures of people being disrespectful of our flag.  Three were especially upsetting: Sarah Palin autographing the flag for a fan, flags that were printed with Obama’s picture on them and President George W. Bush autographing a flag.

Remember a few years ago when people said that we needed an amendment to the Constitution to prevent flags being burned?  I remember my father telling me that the people who supported the amendment didn’t know anything about the proper disposal of the flag.  The only proper way to dispose of a flag is by burning it.

Here’s an interesting bit of trivia, the rules governing the flag weren’t passed by Congress into law until 1942.

Were you aware that Governors cannot legally order the flags to be flown at half-staff?  Only the President of the United States has that right.

Now, let’s get to the Pledge of Allegiance…

Did you know that the words, “under God” weren’t added until 1954?  Of course you did, everybody knows that.  But, did you know that the phrase “under God” comes from Lincoln’s Gettysburg address?  According to linguist, Geoff Nunberg, our use of the words “under God” are not grammatically correct.  He, in 2004, posted two blogs entries you should read: here and here explaining this.

The National Anthem…

Were you aware that the National Anthem was written by Francis Scott Key?  Okay, that’s an easy one.  Did you know that the lyrics come from his poem entitled, “Defence of Fort McHenry”?  Did you know he wasn’t a professional poet?  He was a lawyer.

Interestingly enough, the very difficult song to sing has its music based in an old British drinking song, “The Anacreontic Song”.  We take a lot from Britain, our song, “My Country Tis of Thee” is set to the British National Anthem, “God Save the Queen”.

Well, there’s your history lesson for the day.  I’m off to work in order to pay my taxes.

Credit – Bid Laden and the Bad Economy

Reading the comments on any news site is like traveling through a verbal minefield. Those on the right want to blame President Obama for our bad economy and those on the left want to blame former President Bush (George W, not George Herbert Walker). Then, regarding Bid Laden’s death, those on the right want to give credit to former President Bush (again, G.W.) and those on the left want to give credit to President Obama.

Both sides are wrong.

Admittedly, I don’t know a lot about the capture of Bin Laden – but, that’s not going to stop me from commenting. Here’s what I know based on various news reports.

I know that he was found in Pakistan. I know that at one point Pakistan was our “friend”. At some point, we decided that we needed more CIA operatives in Pakistan and we put them there. Eventually, these extra operatives were able to find out the necessary information on Bin Laden’s whereabouts and that is when President Obama was brought fully into the loop (Please don’t fool yourself in thinking that the CIA shares every bit of information with the President, they don’t.) and he made the decision to go and get Bin Laden.

Intelligence gathering takes time, just in case you don’t know. If the information had been gathered four years ago, Mission Accomplish would’ve rang true for Bush II, but it didn’t. Should President Obama be allowed to bask in glory of having found and disposing of our nation’s greatest enemy on his watch? Damn straight he should. Give the man his moment in the sun. He gave the order, he approved the mission. If it had failed, he would’ve taken the blame (remember Carter?). He, along with our fine Navy Seals – take that special forces (what can I say, I’m a Navy brat) – should feel proud for this successful mission.

Now, I would like to say one more thing. Former President George W. Bush is not dissing President Obama by not appearing at Ground Zero with him. He’s doing exactly what he said he would do: stay out of the spotlight. With the exception of his book tour, Bush has stayed away from being center stage. His father did it during Clinton’s presidency and now, George W. Bush is following in his father’s footsteps. He’s doing what the right wing doesn’t want done: He’s giving Obama his day of glory. I think that’s very nice of him.

Now, about the economy. Here’s a very short economic history lesson:

The repeal of the Glass-Seag­al Act in 1999 by the Gramm-Leac­h-Bliley Act started the financial mess (by removing the barrier between Wall Street investment banks and depository banks. This led to the sub prime mortgage crisis, which nearly brought this country to it’s knees. For the record, the Gramm-Leac­h-Bliley Act was sponsored by Republican­s and signed into law by a Democrat. Both parties are to blame.

Now, I believe that when you coupled the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act with Bush’s ridiculous tax cuts for the rich, you just added fuel to the fire. Profits became king, which made the banks and Wall Street take even more chances. However; I am not saying that the Bush tax cuts were the sole reason, just that they exasperated the situation. I am not sure what the tax cuts would’ve done to our economy without the repeal of the Glass-Seagal Act.

In other words, and I’ll say it again, both parties are to blame.

You know who isn’t to blame?

President Obama.

No matter how you slice it, you can’t lay the blame of a bad economy at the feet of a man who wasn’t in power when the economy started to tank. Even though I don’t believe Bush caused the bad economy, there’s at least some cause and effect there and precedence for blaming him. Remember, Carter was blame for the bad economy he inherited from Ford and Reagan was blamed for the bad economy he inherited from Carter. (The 70’s and early 80’s were just a bad time.) In fact, I don’t think Reagan would be so beloved today if he had to deal with the 24 hour news channels and the bloggers like Obama does. But, that’s for another blog.

So, in a nutshell, let’s stop all this petty bullshit and start actually working together. Let’s stop shouting crap at each other and start crossing the aisle. Neither side has a monopoly on what’s wrong for our country and neither side has a monopoly on what’s right for our country. We’re never going to get anywhere if we keep hoping the President fails or slam him all the time. We can’t solve any of our problems talking about those blowhards, Palin and Trump – two people who couldn’t be elected dog catcher to the stars. Let’s start having open dialogues about the issues with some facts, not falsehoods and let’s figure out how to solve our problems. We didn’t kill Bin Laden without some cooperation on both sides and we won’t be able to fix the economy without it.

Coolest First Lady Ever?

I liked our past First Ladies, but I think Michelle Obama just might be the coolest First Lady ever. Plus, I agree with her Let’s Move initiative. Getting kids off their butts is just as important as getting them to read.

Quick thought on Gas Prices

Yesterday, I filled up my gas tank and it cost me $4.19 per gallon.  That’s an outrageous price.  This morning, I had planned to write an article about gas prices, barrel prices and why our government needs to get back or not send out the 4billion dollars in tax substities to the oil companies.  I think if a company is making 18 billion in profits, they shouldn’t get any tax breaks.  They make enough to pay taxes.

I wanted to look back at an article I wrote a few years ago, but it took a while to find it and now I don’t have time to do any research.  But, I still have an opinion, so here it is:

No more tax money goes to oil companies and if they don’t start lowering prices, as they easily could, it’s time for the government to strongly regulate them.

Try not to fall into the supply / demand trap that the oil companies want you to believe. There’s always going to be a demand. We need gas to power our cars, lawn mowers, snow blowers and everything else. We can’t not use gasoline.  We’re trapped.  Now, I haven’t worked out just how I think the government should regulate them, but I will and I’ll post it here.

I’m not normally one for government regulation, but in this case, I’ll make an exception.

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