Saturday, March 2, 2013

Education: Like the Corporate World, We're Just Kept Busy So We Question Nothing

Now this is what I'm talking about about.  Diana Senechal is right: we're being kept too busy and need to slow down.  We need wisdom, not "completion rates."  Puttering, Responsibility, and Beauty

Friday, January 4, 2013

It's been how many years?

God, your uncl's been busy.  For one thing, I've become a real uncle.  Love my nieces.

For another, teaching's become busier.

For yet another, politics has gone crazy!  Four years of a left-of-center Democratic president, and the disloyal opposition still calls him a socialist or whatever else.  Near as I can make out, that's because

  • he's black
  • he has a funny foreign name
  • he is a Democrat

It's like Clinton Derangement Syndrome, but it's weirder.  People hated Bill Clinton for his philandering, but even more for stealing the opposition's thunder: a Southern and Southern Baptist governor who helped (did not make) the economy hum, who ended "welfare as we know it," who suspended Glass-Steagall, who initiated NAFTA.  Hillary faces some of that, only worse: she's a woman.

As for Obama, he's Eisenhower.  I don't much like his war and his kowtowing to Wall Street, but by and large Ike would agree with most of what he's doing.  Unlike Ike, BHO is unwilling to do something big.  Eisenhower gave us the Interstates, for better or for worse.  Obama gave us ACOA.  A Heritage Foundation health care plan.  No wonder the righties hate him: again, someone stole their thunder.  And he's black!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Douchebag of the week

Well, it's been a tough week. More absurdity from last week's winner, Sarah Palin, made her a possible return engagement. The Beckster continues outrageous, but his sponsors are abandoning him in large numbers. The teabaggers have had their tongues out, lying about health care. Threatening signs, guns being carried to town halls. Prostitute toe sucker Dick Morris telling people to "terrorize" Democratic congressmembers. Would I have to buy a whole pack of Trojans for this bunch?

But no. It's U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA). This stolid fixture of the Senate sounded like a back-bench crazy when he told seniors they should be worried about "death panels." Great work, Chuck. Scare those old folks good. By the way, aren't you sort of elderly yourself? Why don't you just extend Senate health care to all elderly Iowans? Or have Aetna et al. just given you too much money? Are you shooting for "Palin/Grassley 2012"?

Chuck Grassley, the Douchebag of the Week! Your condom comes with Viagra!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Last week's douchebag of the week

A little late, but her attempts this week to backpedal have not improved her situation, so here it is.

Sarah Heath Palin, former governor of Alaska and current candidate to replace Paula Abdul on American Idol, earns this week's condom for claiming the administration's health care proposal will have a "death panel" that decides who lives and dies, including her Down syndrome baby. Shameless. Keith Olbermann put it best when he took her to task for using Trig Palin to advance this lie after she publicly complained about David Letterman's use of her daughters to make a joke. I guess it's OK if she uses her own children in public, though.

A close runner-up and candidate for this coming week's douchebag for the same reason is former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich for advancing the same idea. At least Bible Spice is dumb enough to actually believe it's true. Even a history professor who failed to achieve tenure couldn't believe that, or could he?

Sarah Palin, the douchebag of the week just ended. Would you like your condom flavored or ribbed?

Saturday, August 8, 2009

John Bolton on the Release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee

I should take this more personally--though I question the wisdom of the reporters entering North Korea, Ms. Ling is a fellow Sacramentan, in fact originally from Carmichael, where I too lived for a couple of years. And John Bolton totally offends me when he contends we gave in to blackmail. Yeah, let's go to nuclear war over this one, Johnny Boy. I can always tell someone who has never faced war or destruction personally by (in this case) HIS willingness to go to war.

Still, Secretary of State Clinton, wife of the former president and chief negotiator, put it best by laughing.

Let's remember that Bolton was never confirmed as UN ambassador, was always Bush's recess appointment. I wrote a little song parody about him:
Hadda call Condi‘
bout that angry guy
got a long white mustache
an’ a myopic eye
Wooly Bolton
Wooly Bolton
Wooly Bolton
Wooly Bolton
Wooly Bolton

Hadda call Rummy
He gotta weave an’ bob
‘cause that wooly, wooly Bolton
gonna cost ‘im his job
Wooly Bolton

I was working on more verses before Moustache Man left the news cycle. Like him, it's now irrelevant.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Douchebag of the Weak

Sorry for the long absence. Your uncl has been busy.

Olbermann calls them "worst persons." O'Liely calls them "pinheads." I suffer from less censorship, but even I draw the line. I'm tempted to say "f*ckhead," but that would demean one of the great recreational acts of humanity.

This weak's (or week's) douchebag is Representative Eric Cantor, R-VA (or is that Whig-Transylvania?) for trying to get out from under his party's courting of the Obama birthers. He claims the "liberal media" is pushing the story. Oh, yeah, Eric? Is Lou "Adios, mojados" Dobbs a liberal? Is MSNBC owned by the Socialist Workers Party or by GE ("We bring good jet engines to death")? Poor Eric: his party is turning into tinfoil-hat-wearing conspiracy mongers all around him. What's a nice Jewish boy with a goober constituency to do? If nothing else, he gets rid of the anti-semitic contention that all Jews are smart.

Eric Cantor, the douchebag of the weak! Take your condom, son!

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Here's a neat quote from the Washington Post:

"Keeping us up here eats away at families," said Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), who typically flies home on Thursdays and returns to Washington on Tuesdays. "Marriages suffer. The Democrats could care less about families -- that's what this says."

Oh, really, Jack? Well, suck it up, son, and get to work! There's legislatin' to be done! I'd love the luxury of a forty-hour-a-week job. What's more, if you didn't want the inconvenience of two addresses, you needed to have the person who held that gun to your head and forced you to run for office arrested! What did Harry Truman say to those who couldn't take the heat? A five-day-a-week job? Simon Legree lives!