Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Obama's War

Now, that healthcare is over, let us dedicate our energy to ending these wars.


I watched Morning Stooge this morning, brewed by fucking Starbucks and for some reason became enraged at the fact that Mika Brezinski refers to herself as a liberal. She is about as liberal as Joe Scarborough. She rails against anyone who has the audacity to call Sarah Palin, what she is, scary. Sexism, she calls it. Setting aside the fact that it diminishes sexism to use it in such vein, any self-respecting liberal is flabbergasted at what comes out of Sarah Palin's mouth, the hate and vile she spews on a daily basis. Mika is from a long line of clintocrats that accept anything that is thrown at them, no matter what the consequences. Cozy up to the corporate scum just to be included in the room. And don't criticize too much, "everyone is trying really hard!" Too bad, her father is a genius.

The conversation on the show drifted with Pat Buchanan, who is as far right and as racist a commentator on television, to the Tea Party activists and compared these protests to Watts, Detroit and Newark in the 60's. There was as much intellectual dishonesty on the television as I have seen in quite sometime. They were about to have Gene Robinson come on and knock some sense into them, but the cable went out because of the monsoon outside. Noah, please save me. It is probably a good thing I didn't really want to throw my coffee at the television anyway. I needed it with the rain.

It also seems, on the right wing scaryville Hannity has gotten himself into some hot water. They (Hannity and Oliver North) are exploiting american veterans for personal and partisan gain. Go figure.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Obama Lauds the Mass Firing of Rhode Island Teachers

On February 23, 2010 the Central Falls, Rhode Island school trustees fired over 90 teachers, the entire teaching staff. The decision was done supposedly because of declining test scores. Central Falls is near Providence, the smallest city in the state and also the poorest. In the greatest jobs crises since the Great Depression the city put out of work the entire school. In all 93 people were put out on the street, the school psychologist, nurses, reading specialist, etc. What actually happened was the school wanted to add duties without pay to teachers, the union objected and they retaliated. This is union busting, plain and simple.

The Obama administration applauded the decision emphatically. He said the firings were justified. His education Secretary, Arne Duncan applauded them for their "courage." Ok, so if bad test were only the teachers fault I think they might have a point. But, it happens to be about poverty, racism, classism, inner city crime, etc. and blaming it on the teachers might make everyone feel better, but it will do nothing for whether these kids in Central Falls actually learn. Firing all 93 teachers is an outrage.

I guess, Obama thinks the same about all industries right? I mean this happened during the financial crisis right? Ahh. Wrong. Nine of 10 executives in the bailouts still remain in their jobs. Thank you to firedoglake for pointing this out. And all of these people were allowed to keep their pay and their bonuses. I mean after all they only caused the greatest financial crisis in 80 years it isn't like they teach children or anything.

Good to be consistent Obama. Sign the petition for the Rhode Island Teachers fired.

Monday, March 1, 2010

So, Glenn Beck Really is that Stupid

Far be it from me to be quoting CNN for a study, but I found this and thought it quite interesting. Political, religious and sexual behaviors may be reflections of intelligence. Now, this isn't news to us, the northeast, liberal, elitist, commie, terror loving, gay bastards.

The study finds, however on average that people who identified as liberal and atheist had higher IQ's. And men (not women) who were monogamous also had higher IQ's. Go figure. We aren't busy chasing our little thing around all day. The findings are even more interesting and all kidding aside. It is what Daniel Goleman would call the new brain. The findings, atheism, liberalism and sexual exclusivity all go against our evolutionary past. In other words, none of these traits would have benefited our ancestors. Thank God (no pun intended) I am alive today.

Participants who said they were religious had an average IQ of 97 and those who said they were not religious had an average IQ of 103. Very conservative people had an average IQ of 95 and very liberal had an average IQ of 106. Now, the study does not say to extrapolate about other people, but it did get me to thinking about Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin. Hmmm...Read the rest of the article here.