Ad Nauseum

Ever since advertisers discovered the efficacy of the broadcast medium to ply their wares, we’ve been subjected to a broad spectrum of radio and television advertisements.  Some are wonderfully memorable – the Choo Charlie and Chevrolet’s See the U.S.A. television ads from the Sixties.  Please Don’t Squeeze the Charmin and Where’s the Beef from Burger King.  There are the not-so-memorable television ads – Sierra Mist’s Bagpipe Kilt Marilyn Monroe spoof, Holiday Inn’s Sex Change ad, the Visa Card ad where a cash-paying customer ruins everyone’s day.

Radio spots don’t endure in the memory as well.  One unmemorable spot is family legend, way back from the Sixties that simply involved a maniac laughing.  My mother hated it so much that we never forgot it.  The best national radio ads were probably the Club Med ads.  If you went to a Club Med and could actually sing their song (and everyone could), you got a special citation.  And of course, who can forget “I’m an Oscar Meyer Weiner”?

WEAF of New York is credited with airing the first paid radio commercial, on Aug. 28, 1922, for the Queensboro Corporation, advertising an apartment complex.

Over the decades, advertisers have become more sophisticated in their audience tracking.  The feedback they get from advertisers is more timely and efficient.  If they discover an advertisement is unintentionally offensive, they can yank the spot fairly quickly. The last thing a company wants to do is offend potential customers.

Not so the United States government.  Now that they’re almost completely in the business of running our lives, they’re playing advertisements to make sure we know it.  Two PSAs – Public Service Announcements – are particularly obnoxious.

The first is a partnership with the Ad Council.  The commercial features a young father explaining Swiss cheese to his three year-old.  So, what parent hasn’t engaged their kid at the supermarket?  No one, you would think, by the sound of this advertisement.  You’d think that it was a completely new idea from Michelle Obama’s Nabob Squad.

It’s not that the father is really objectionable, although in the first few seconds of the spot, he sounds more like the Geico Gecko and you think you’re about to sold insurance rather than Swiss cheese.  Except for that bit of confusion, the Dad is okay.  The dialog is kind of stupid but all right.  Hey, he’s talking to a 3 year-old and the kid is cute; the first time she speaks, she sounds smarter than her father.

It’s the Mary Poppins announcer.  In the voiceover, she deigns to explain to us the obvious – that a father is teaching his kid about Swiss cheese.  Well, if that just isn’t what we all need, especially parents –  Nanny State Poppins teaching us how to talk to three year olds, and talking to us as though we were three year olds.  It’s one of those commercials that you just can’t reach the control panel fast enough to turn off.

The other commercial is for Food Stamps.  This is actually a pair of commercials.  In the first commercial, Marge tells us not only how food stamps help her make ends meet economically, but actually assists her in nutrition.  You may laugh, but that’s because the Food Stamp program has a grocery list; there are only certain foods you can buy with the stamps.

That wasn’t always the case.  The food stamps go back to the mid-1960s and welfare people on Food Stamps can and did buy the most amazing food items:  filet mignon, lobster, potato chips, Kool Aid, Lucky Charms, Coca-Cola, Chips Ahoy.  My father made minimum wage.  We were not on food stamps or any other public assistance.  My mother bought milk, hot dogs, ground beef, beans, spaghetti, tomato sauce.

Now Food Stamp recipients are required to buy only the best.  Only fresh fruits and vegetables will do.  Do you know how much those fresh fruit and veggies are costing us per pound (especially when they’re out of season).  No macaroni and cheese for our poor people.

No wonder the pair in the companion commercial, observing their friend Marge’s excellent health titter and tee-hee their way through the entire spot.

Food Stamps are for everyone who can get their hands on them.  Tee-hee, tee-hee!  Why should you clip coupons like those poor working slobs?  Tee hee hee!  You don’t know what you’re missing.  Hee hee hee hee!  You can buy all your food retail, too.  Didn’t you know?  Tee hee-hee!

And the best part is, you never know who’s on Food Stamps!  Teeheeheeeheeeheeehee!

 

 

 

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Published in: on May 31, 2012 at 8:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Medal of Anti-Freedom

Among Obama’s list of Medal of Freedom winners are some obvious choices: astronaut John Glenn, Shimon Peres (current president of Israel, although he was the Labor Party leader and influential in Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, a huge mistake for that country), and Nazi resistance fighter Jan Karski.  Down at the bottom of the list was a not-so-obvious choice: Dolores Huerta, co-founder (along with Cesar Chavez) of the National Farm Workers Association, which ultimately because the United Farm Workers of America.

Huerta is somewhat akin to a Holocaust denier or 9/11 truther, in that she believes California and our southwestern states belong to Mexico (who didn’t want the territory at the time because it couldn’t populate it well enough to mine its vast mineral resources, and ultimately sold it to the United States).

Huerta is also a member of the virulently anti-Capitalist Democratic Socialists of America.  In fact, nearly all of Obama’s choices are inspired by their socialism.  John Paul Stevens is considered by some to be the most Liberal justice on the Supreme Court (he did vote against flag-burning, to be fair).  Sixties rock legend Bob Dylan needs no introduction. Other DSA members include Frances Fox Piven, Noam Chomsky, actor Edward Asner, former NYC mayor David Dinkins, Gloria Steinem, Ruth Messinger (Manhattan Borough President under David Dinkins), and Cornel West (civil rights activist whose heroes include Malcolm X, the original Black Panthers, and black theologist James Cone).

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is a democratic socialist and social-democratic organization in the United States and the U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International, an international federation of social-democratic, democratic socialist and labor political parties and organizations.  The DSA was formed in 1982 by a merger of the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and the New American Movement (NAM). Under the leadership of Michael Harrington, DSOC  became America’s largest democratic socialist organization, despite having started, in Harrington’s words, as ‘the remnant of a remnant’ with Harrington having been the leader of a minority caucus of the Socialist Party of America in 1972 when it changed its name to Social Democrats, USA. NAM was a coalition of writers and intellectuals with roots in both the New Left movements of the 1960s and the former members of socialist and communist parties of the Old Left.

Initially the DSA consisted of approximately 5,000 ex-DSOC members and 1,000 ex-NAM members. Upon the DSA’s founding, Harrington and socialist-feminist author Barbara Ehrenreich were elected as co-chairs of the organization.  The DSA’s leadership believes working within the Democratic Party is necessary because of the nature of the American political system, which rarely gives third parties a chance politically. That said, DSA is very critical of the corporate-funded Democratic Party leadership. 

The organization believes that, “Much of progressive, independent political action will continue to occur in Democratic Party primaries in support of candidates who represent a broad progressive coalition. In such instances, democratic socialists will support coalitional campaigns based on labor, women, people of color and other potentially anti-corporate elements… Electoral tactics are only a means for democratic socialists; the building of a powerful anti-corporate coalition is the end…”

DSA is organized at the local level, and works with labor unions, community organizations, and campus activists on issues of common interest. Nationwide campaigns are coordinated by the organization’s national office in New York City. As of 2006[update], the DSA website lists 24 chartered locals.

As for Mexican-American Huerta, she’s not only anti-capitalism, but anti-American.  According to Glenn Beck she stated that white people are the “enemies” of Latinos.  Or in her case, Chicanos.  She was instrumental in, among other things, providing welfare for illegal immigrants. 

Huerta started out life as a teacher but soon abandoned her teaching career because she felt she “could do more by organizing farm workers than teaching their hungry children.”  Her philosophy seeded the nursery for a permanent underclass, rather than educating a future workforce that could advance beyond the San Joaquin Valley. It was the beginning of her “lifelong crusade to correct economic injustice.”

Huerta has received numerous awards for her work including Eugene V. Debs Foundation Outstanding American Award and the United State Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights.  Don’t be too impressed by the Debs Foundation’s use of “Outstanding American” in its award title.   Eugene Debs, an American union leader, was one of the founding members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and several times the Socialist Party of America candidate for President of the United States.  Through his presidential candidacies, as well as his work with labor movements, Debs eventually became one of the best-known Socialists living in the United States.

So this is what passes for “freedom”in Obama’s America.  Not individual freedom, individual achievement, success, and honor, not life, liberty, and the pursuit of one’s own happiness, but collective salvation, a centralized government that will micromanage American life, and coerce its units to sacrifice everything for the collective good. Freedom in Obama’s America means “free stuff”, life without individual responsibility or choices.  Life without initiative.

Life without freedom.

 

 

 

Published in: on May 31, 2012 at 10:16 am  Leave a Comment  

Respecting the American Flag

I’d never seen a Purple Heart before yesterday. At least, not up close and personal.  This Purple Heart was part of a Memorial Day exhibit sponsored by a local historical society and the local church.  It was pinned onto the uniform of a World War II soldier.  The widow of the soldier was one of the docents.  This wasn’t her husband’s uniform, but it was his medal.

Seeing pictures of a Purple Heart medal and actually holding one earned by one who’d sacrificed his life are two different things. Carefully, I took it into my hand, as the widow watched sadly.  It was beautiful and heavy.  Such a thing should be heavy.  It should weigh in your hand and on your heart, so you don’t take the sacrifice lightly. The ivory silhouette of George Washington gleamed in the shady chapel.

We’d just finished the parade.  It was a very hot day for a parade, and we four musicians who came into the chapel to see the exhibit were sweating profusely.  Still, it was a small sacrifice to make to honor the soldiers of various wars, from the Revolution to World War II. In past years, I used to make a tour of this church’s extraordinary cemetery, noting how far back the gravestones dated.

As we left the chapel to cross the blocked off main street to return to our cars, the local high school band began playing the Star Spangled Banner.  My two remaining companions continued on.  One, our bass drum, has a severe hearing problem and probably didn’t realize they were playing.  The other, ten years older at 75, probably wanted to ignore it.  He suffers from gout and his feet were undoubtedly hurting. Still, I hissed at them, “Guys! Guys!!  GUYS!!”  The 75 year-old stopped.

“I think we’d better stop for the National Anthem,” he said, and removing his hat, exposed his head to the blazing sun.  The bass drummer also stopped.  We stopped, but onlookers just kept on going, even when we gave them rather pointed looks.  They’d been sitting in the shade for the entire parade.  They’d had cool drinks and were wearing summer clothing. I’d already removed my uniform shirt; my tee shirt was drenched.  The bass drummer had removed his uniform shirt.  He’d had both his knees broken in a motorcycle accident years ago, when a drunk driver t-boned him on his ride.  Our friend the, eupher, was still completely stuffed in his uniform.  Yet, even though we’d marched about two miles and were tired, we stopped.

There’s no law that says you have to stop for the Star Spangled Banner, remove your hat, or hold your hand over your heart for the Pledge.  It’s more a matter of patriotic custom.  If the onlookers, in their hurry to get home to their pools and their barbecues, had bothered to visit the exhibit and held the Purple Heart in their hands, perhaps they would not have turned their backs on the flag ceremony.

At the Battle of Monmouth, it was 104 degrees. On the Bataan Death March, if you stopped to wipe the sweat from your brow, or if you fell down, the Japanese soldiers shot you.  At the Battle of Iwo Jima, ironically, standing up was a certain death sentence. Funny that we didn’t learn our lessons about Iwo Jima in Viet Nam.  I watched We Were Soldiers for the first time this weekend and it came as a completely surprise to our Army that the Viet Cong had tunneled right underneath their encampments.  Ah, the young always know it all.

The young have the least amount of discipline and it takes the full four years of high school marching band to teach young marchers the courage to face all kinds of weather (and be prepared for the heat).

The kid Glenn Beck referred to on his radio program this morning apparently was a runner, not a marcher.  He didn’t stand up because he was tired, his mother says. Our band often plays at the local fireman’s home.  When we play the National Anthem, the fireman are told they’re excused from standing up. Most of them are bedridden and hardly even know where they are.  But there are always a few firemen who aren’t quite so elderly who struggle up anyway.

They don’t stand up because they “have to”. They stand up for the flag and the national anthem because they know it’s their duty and their honor.  No matter how heavy their physical burdens, they know the Purple Heart is heavier.

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on May 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Force is Still With Us

Yesterday was the 35th anniversary of the premier of the first Star Wars movie, later dubbed Star Wars IV:  A New Hope.

Star Wars was a revolutionary movie, using age-old Saturday morning movie serial techniques merged with the latest (then) special effects to create a brand-new cinematic experience for movie-goers.  Today’s young movie patrons can scarcely appreciate the dearth of good movies back then, especially in science fiction.

Now and then, a good movie, like Jaws, slipped through the Progressive cracks, entertaining audiences instead of clubbing them over the head with dreary themes (2001:  A Space Odyssey), pornography (Ryan’s Daughter – when the previews came on for this upcoming film, my father removed us from the theater and thundered to my mother, who thundered to the theater management about showing X-rated previews during a children’s movie).

After 1965’s The Sound of Music, there wasn’t much you could take children to see.  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was okay.  Rex Harrison did his best in Doctor Doolittle (which was far superior to its remake).  Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was too subversive and incomprehensible for a young mind.  That was it.  If there were other movies, they’ve long since been forgotten.  A lascivious agency had taken over the cinema, giving us The Graduate and The Midnight Cowboy.

Star Wars woke us up with a bang.  We’d been prepared since Jaws for better movies and a few years later, there it was.  “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…”  My parents complained that it reminded them of the old adventure serials they’d go to see on a Saturday afternoon.  Spaceships instead of horses.  Otherwise, it seemed to them all much the same.

But it was new to us kids and young adults.  The movie, once franchised, was well-dubbed “A New Hope.”  Better movies were coming our way.  Movies were the heroes were the heroes and the villains were the villains.  Critics laughed, but audiences didn’t.  We couldn’t get enough of Star Wars.

Soon, better movies did arrive.  More and better science fiction.  Better dramas.  The enemies of good would not be gainsaid; in the Eighties a long list of dreadful movies came along, but so did Amadeus, The Terminator, and Back to the Future.  The movie universe had been saved.  Hooray!

Star Wars drew a galaxy of dedicated fans, some rather strange.  So devoted were they that they analyzed and overanalyzed every parsec of George Lucas’ six movies.  The prequels to the original did not go over well with his teenaged audience.  The movies – admittedly – were darker and not as much fun.  Since the stories were chronicling the life of Luke Skywalker’s father, Anakin, how could anyone expect them to be?

Fan-atics complained about the poor acting abilities of Hayden Christensen and the introduction of the detestable character, Jar-Jar Binks.  Whether Christensen had limited acting abilities or he was directed to act in an emotionless, almost robot-like manner is difficult for any fan to say.  As for Jar-Jar, maybe fans just need to get over it.  Lucas needed a fall guy.  It’s just a movie.  Fans can protest too much and you have to wonder if maybe they see something of themselves in Jar-Jar.

More mature critics have two complaints about Lucas – his writing abilities and his politics.  A perusal of the novelization of the first film settles that first issue:  Lucas was a film director, not a writer.  He was a conceptualist.  For a Saturday afternoon movie, that was enough.

Our times, and our perception of the times, read more into the film than Lucas had actually written.  Just when we needed a hero, Luke Skywalker showed up, followed a year later by Superman.  In 1977, we were tiring of the Progressive Act.  We were being controlled and we knew it.  Along came the Rebellion Against the Empire, with the feisty Princess Leia as its nominal head, to show us the way.

Lucas kept his politics secret for a long time.  Finally, he revealed that he wasn’t Luke Skywalker; he was a Progressive Darth Vader (so is his friend, Steven Spielberg), and many Conservative fans of the movie were appalled.  Perhaps Lucas and Spielberg had thought they were portraying themselves as the heroes through their alter egos and our federated, free market capitalist republic as the enemy.  Lucas had to set things straight, alienating many fans, even further.

Remember that Star Wars is a movie.  Cinema veritae.  We were founded as a free republic, with capitalist as its economic base.  Free peoples will eventually rebel against a totalitarian, centralized government.  No one can escape the truth.  Not Luke Skywalker.  Not Darth Vader.  Not George Lucas.  Not Obama.

Whether you’re battling a menacing behemoth of a bureaucratic government (“We must maintain the bureaucracy; otherwise how can the Emperor retain control?”), or in a galaxy far, far away, freedom will prevail.

Happy 35th Anniversary, Star Wars!  And may the Force be with you – and us.

 

Published in: on May 26, 2012 at 10:29 am  Leave a Comment  

Speedway Bomber Blog Day

Once upon a time, there was a psychopath named Brett Kimberlin.  His tale is as long as any psychopath’s 20-page rant about the government, aliens, and the truth about 9/11.  This guy really killed people, including a grandmother, and spent only 17 years in prison for his crime.

He seems to have modeled himself after the chief villain, Cyrus the Virus, in the film Con Air.  Kimberlin earned his law degree while still in prison. Once out, he started a Soros-funded non-profit in 2005 called “Justice Through Music.”  Journalists and attorneys who’ve tried to “out”this criminal have found themselves dragged down through the rabbit-hole of lawsuits, intimidation, false arrests, and defamation of character.

  • Drug dealer, alleged child molester, and convicted     perjurer, forger and Indiana Speedway Bomber (who is also believed to have     played a role in the assassination of a grandmother), Brett Kimberlin     spent 17 years in prison before his ultimate re-absorption into American     society
  • He started a non-profit dubbed “Justice     Through Music (JTM)” that has, since at least 2005, been funded by     George Soros’ Tides Foundation and Barbara Streisand among other leftists
  • Along with his associate, Kimberlin also started an     organization called “Velvet Revolution” that supports the Occupy movement
  • JTM’s goal is to use music to foster “social justice”     and fight Republican “voter fraud” (like the     kind George Bush allegedly used to “steal” the Florida election)
  • Any blogger — conservative and liberal alike — who has     written the truth about Kimberlin has come under vicious attack by either     Kimberlin or his minions, suffering death threats (veiled and unveiled),     multiple lawsuits, loss of jobs and worse
  • He has filed over 100 frivolous lawsuits against anything that     isn’t nailed down and somehow is being allowed to continue unchecked
  • This story has never been reported on in the mainstream     media

Glenn Beck revealed the details on his news website, The Blaze, and his radio show this morning.  He’s asking all bloggers – even we fly-by-night bloggers – to lend our support and solidarity to the bloggers who’ve revealed the truth about this guy.

Being the victim of a Neighbor from Hell, the Tattooed Lady, who resorts to similar, litigious tactics to target even the Health Department for her various infractions, and who engages in smear campaigns around our neighborhood to gain undeserved sympathy, these bloggers have my sympathy and full support.

Engaging in retaliatory tactics never works with such people.  What does work is solidarity and telling the truth about these people until, eventually, no one will stand by them or sympathize with them.  Be brave and patient, Conservative Bloggers.  I would recommend speaking to your insurance agent about getting an umbrella policy on your property insurance that covers ugly neighbors.  Eventually, someone will offer insurance against such predators, to cover us for the costs of defending freedom of speech.

 http://www.theblaze.com/stories/readymeet-soros-funded-domestic-terrorist-brett-kimberlin-whose-job-is-terrorizing-bloggers-into-silence/

 

Published in: on May 25, 2012 at 12:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Facebook Flop

If I’d been an investor looking at the IPO prospectus of Facebook, knowing that General Motors had pulled its advertising, claiming that the advertising didn’t work, I would have been suspicious of both Facebook and General Motors’ claim.

Although on the surface, Facebook seems pretty useless, there’s no denying its popularity.  That General Motors was advertising on Facebook – that GM, was in fact, Facebook’s biggest advertiser –is the real red flag, not whether its advertising was failing.  There, I’d want to hear from other companies.  General Motors itself was a failing company and is now, basically, a government entity.  I’d want to know why Obama – in the guise of General Motors – wants Facebook to fail?

Many Tea Parties and affiliated groups, including AgEnders, share their information over Facebook.  Facebook is the fastest, easiest way to share information the Administration doesn’t want you toknow.  Pundits fear the power of Facebook to infringe upon the privacy of individual citizens, but it poses just as much of a danger to a totalitarian government like the Obama Administration.

Obama has to do something about all that information-sharing, and the best way to do so is to scare off other advertisers, using General Motors as the bait.  If such a large company would pull is advertising, it can’t be a good omen for Facebook’s future as an investment.

The Facebook Flop would be considered a “Black Swan Event,” a financial aberration that takes everyone by surprise but in hindsight, can be explained.  The Financial Crisis of 2008 was another.  Why anyone was surprised by that event is the real mystery.  9/11 was a non-financial Black Swan Event, of which we were repeatedly warned through Al-Qaeda’s press releases, but by which we were still horribly shocked (understandably).

The black swan theory is a metaphor that encapsulates the concept that an event is a surprise (to the observer) and has a major impact. After the fact, the event is rationalized by hindsight.

The theory was developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a Lebanese-American essayist, to explain:

  1. The disproportionate role of     high-impact, hard-to-predict, and rare events that are beyond the realm of     normal expectations in history, science, finance, and technology.  The non-computability of the probability     of the consequential rare events using scientific methods (owing to the     very nature of small probabilities)
  2. The psychological biases that make     people individually and collectively blind to uncertainty and unaware of     the massive role of the rare event in historical affairs

According to Wikipedia, unlike the earlier philosophical “black swan problem,” the “black swan theory” refers only to unexpected events of large magnitude and consequence and their dominant role in history. Such events, considered extreme“outliers,” collectively play vastly larger roles than regular occurrences.

The term black swan derives from a Latin expression—its oldest known reference comes from the poet Juevenal’s characterization of something being “rara avis in terris nigroque simillima cygno.” In English, “a rare bird in the lands, very much like a black swan.” When the phrase was coined, the black swan was presumed not to exist. The importance of the simile lies in its analogy to the fragility of any system of thought. A set of conclusions is potentially undone once any of its fundamental postulates is disproved. In this case, the observation of a single black swan would be the undoing of the phrase’s underlying logic, as well as any reasoning that followed from that underlying logic.

Juvenal’s phrase was a common expression in 16th century London as a statement of impossibility. The London expression derives from the Old World presumption that all swans must be white because all historical records of swans reported that they had white feathers. In that context, a black swan was impossible or at least nonexistent. After Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh discovered black swans in Western Australia in 1697, the term metamorphosed to connote that a perceived impossibility might later be disproven. Taleb notes that in the 19th century John Stuart Mill used the black swan logical fallacy as a new term to identify falsification.

Taleb stated in the New York Times:

“What we call here a Black Swan (and capitalize it) is an event with the following three attributes. First, it is an outlier, (In statistics, an outlier is an observation that is numerically distant from the rest of the data; an outlying observation, or outlier, is one that appears to deviate markedly from other members of the sample in which it occurs) as it lies outside the realm of regular expectations, because nothing in the past can convincingly point to its possibility.

Second, it carries an extreme impact. Third, in spite of its outlier status, human nature makes us concoct explanations for its occurrence after the fact, making it explainable and predictable.
“I stop and summarize the triplet: rarity, extreme impact, and retrospective (though not prospective) predictability. A small number of Black Swans explains almost everything in our world, from the success of ideas and religions, to the dynamics of historical events, to elements of our own personal lives.”

The Facebook Flop is very much an investment outlier.  The news that Facebook leaked information before issuing the IPO is more bad news for the social networking site.  The bad news is for the millions of Internet users who depend upon it to share information. Obama knows he needs to get rid of this Black Swan before any further information leaks out to the general public about his Socialist agenda.

Facebook is no particular danger to the public, although Obama probably would like people to think so.  It is a tremendous threat to the Socialists and it’s expendable.  Obama is about to “Unlike” or defriend the United States of America

 

 

 

Published in: on May 24, 2012 at 11:09 am  Leave a Comment  

Birther Pangs

According to The Ticket, a website on Yahoo! News, Hawaii has yielded to a request by the Secretary of State of Arizona, Ken Bennett, to provide legal proof of Obama’s U.S. citizenship. 

The two states have tussled for nearly three months over Obama’s birth records.

Earlier in the Spring, Obama’s attorneys testified that the birth records they’d provided to New Jersey were falsified. The news never really made it past the Garden State’s borders, along with a lot of other news that never gets reported.

Hawaii stated late Tuesday it has provided verification of the president’s birth to Arizona’s secretary of state, who claimed he needed proof of Obama’s citizenship before he could place his name on the state’s November ballot.

Joshua Wisch, special assistant to Hawaii Attorney General David Louie told the Associated Press Tuesday it has provided verification of the president’s birth to Arizona’s secretary of state, who claimed he needed proof of Obama’s citizenship before he could place his name on the state’s November ballot, and that the matter is now resolved.

“Hawaii didn’t give in to the request quickly or easily,” says The Ticket, “pressing Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett for proof that the records were needed as part of normal business.  Wisch said Hawaii got the necessary proof, so it sent Bennett’s office the verification.  In a radio interview last week, Bennett insisted he is ‘not a birther. I believe the president was born in Hawaii — or at least I hope he was.’”

“But, he said, ‘my responsibility as secretary of state is to make sure the ballots in Arizona are correct and that those people whose names are on the ballot have met the qualifications for the office they are seeking.’”

This proof won’t satisfy hard-core birthers, of course. They still have issues with Obama’s parentage (one parent was not a U.S. citizen), his residency in Indonesia, and whether his U.S. citizenship was renounced while living there or whether he held dual citizenship.

Recently, Obama’s publicist published a dust-cover biography from the 1990s, which stated that Obama is Kenyan.  Initially, it was the Clintons who began the rumors that Obama was not a citizen.  Many of his rivals would like vengeance for his smear campaigns on them and find some dirt on him.

Trust no one in this matter.  Red herrings abound, and it’s more credible that he was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961, than anywhere else in the world.  Obama is a double-dealer.  Having been born on that date, in that place, makes him just as suspect, in fact, more so, to a smaller group of influential people than being born in Kenya does to The Birthers.

Trust yours truly on this one; being born in Hawaii on Aug. 4, 1961 is just about the worst time for the birth of a President of the United States than anyplace or any other time in the whole world.  It’s not so good for America, either.  Benedict Arnold had a better birthdate than this guy. Chances are, he knows it, and has sent us all on a wild goose chase to keep us guessing until it’s too late to do anything about it.

When the time comes, we who know will be able to take grim dissatisfaction in the knowledge that there was something worse than having a Kenyan-born president of the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on May 23, 2012 at 10:02 am  Leave a Comment  

Taking Totalitarian Teachers to Task

A North Carolina high school teacher gave an interesting lesson in bullying when a student dared to question her one-sided attack on presidential candidate Mitt Romney.  The student asked whether Obama hadn’t admitted to bullying a girl in school.

The teacher chided the student for “disrespecting” the President of the United States.  The student retorted that if she was going to “trash” one candidate, then she had to trash all of them.

“You won’t disrespect the President of the U.S.,” the teacher shrieked.

“I’ll say what I want.  It was a question.  Obama, he’s not a god.  All I asked was didn’t Obama bully a girl in high school.”

“As a teacher I’m not supposed to allow you to disrespect the President of the U.S.”  She then tells him that people can go to jail for disrespecting the President.  He reminds her that people who threaten his life are sent to jail.

“All I did was ask a question.”

According to The Blaze, “the teacher will not be facing any disciplinary action.  A local newspaper is reporting that she has been suspended with pay.  The school released the following statement:

“’The Rowan-Salisbury School System expects all students and employees to be respectful in the school environment and for all teachers to maintain their professionalism in the classroom. This incident should serve as an education for all teachers to stop and reflect on their interaction with students. Due to personnel and student confidentiality, we cannot discuss the matter publicly.’”

The teacher went on to declare that Romney and Obama were not equals, as the student asserted, “as men.” 

“Not in politics,” she said.

By the end of the session, the teacher was at the student’s desk.  She manipulated him into a conversation where he wound up bashing former Pres. G.W. Bush, for which he was really not remonstrated at all. He isn’t president anymore, after all. The student learned his lesson: tow the party line, or else.

A classroom is not a democracy.  Democracy in this classroom was neither practiced nor taught. Freedom of speech, in general, is limited and not encouraged.  The teacher took full advantage of her power over her students and abused that power beyond its limits, as many teachers before her have done.  This is why Socialism lends itself so well to the classroom environment.  Where else can the domination of Communism be bored into young minds so efficiently and effectively, where the teacher has the power of discipline and the grade over the student?

The discipline of the classroom ought to have been relaxed during the “social studies” period when young students can exercise their freedom of speech. Instead, it was stifled by hysterical yelling, manipulation, and intimidation.

As for a President being above his peers, when it comes to the next election, he is reduced to his original state; he is only a candidate.  Mitt Romney is running against an incumbent president who has the advantage of being in office for four years, but that’s all.

As for comparing the two instances of bullying, isn’t it interesting that Obama brought up an example of bullying in his own biography just before the news about Mitt Romney’s incident made the headlines?

Obama, of course, was sincerely sorry for pushing the girl down in the schoolyard, after being teased by classmates for having a “girlfriend.”  Whereas, Mitt Romney admits he was such a prankster that he hadn’t even filed the hair-cutting prank in his memory banks. The other boy’s family says their son was not gay and had never even mentioned the instance, much less felt humiliated by it.

Still, Obama was just a little boy; Romney was a teenager.  However, let’s examine the situations a little closer: Obama was playing happily with the little girl until he was teased, then pushed her down in an act of cowardice to appease the crowd.  The high school boy with the long hair knew he was defying the customs of the times by wearing his hair long.  He was ahead of time by about three years.  In 1965, though, long hair was still frowned upon, and this kid knew it.

Romney, having leadership genes, would not allow the defiance to pass.  He is reported to have said, “That’s just not right; we have to do something about that” and off he and his pals went, scissors in hand, to do something about that long hair.  The kid was apparently held down, but not injured, and as soon as the offending locks were lopped off, the incident was over.  Evidently, only the hair, and nothing else about this boy, caught Romney’s attention.  The long hair was enough.

To boys of 1965, long hair was not just a sign of effeminacy, but of cowardice as well, an unwillingness to fight.  Long hair, in battle, is a decided detriment which an opponent can grab hold of and use to his advantage.  Obama has now grabbed hold of the boy’s long, bleached hair to use in battle against Romney, while he stands in the glow of full abashment for his “crime” against the little girl in the schoolyard.

Romney still holds a figurative pair of scissors with which he can cut the excessive waste in our government.  That will be a definite advantage in the upcoming battle.  If more students like the one in the North Carolina high school will stand up for the truth, America stands a chance of surviving another four years as a free country.

That will mean battling more empowered, totalitarian teachers.  This student gets an A plus for his Americanism.

 

Published in: on May 22, 2012 at 9:39 am  Leave a Comment  

Welcome to America, Mr. Chen

On Saturday evening, Newark-Liberty International Airport received a most distinguished, and unusual, arrival: Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese lawyer and dissident whom the Chinese held under house arrest for seven years.

Back in April, Mr. Chen made a dramatic escape from his home in Shandong Province, managing to get to the American embassy, only to be turned away by Hillary Rodham Clinton’s State Department.  He had been “granted” his “freedom” but was wary of accepting such a gift in a country where the word has no meaning. At least, that’s the way the Media portrays the incident. If one recalls correctly, he was turned away and had to go into hiding again.  The captors who failed to prevent his escape were executed.

According to the Associated Press, using Hillary’s full prenomens – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, if you please – who just happened to be in Beijing, “struck a deal that let Chen walk free, only to see him have second thoughts.”  What sort of deal SSHRC “struck” has not been made clear.

Part of the deal sent him to the U.S. to study law, “a goal of his,” at New York University.  Ironically, the Nephew’s girlfriend, with the very Conservative American Nephew in tow, is at this moment in Shanghai.  When he arrived, Chen thanked the U.S. and Chinese governments, as well as the embassies of Switzerland, Canada, and France for his temporary freedom.  The Associated Press line reads exactly as thus: “Chen, 40, urged the crowd to fight for injustice, and thanked the U.S. and Chinese governments, and also the embassies of Switzerland, Canada, and France.”

You read those the second from the last line correctly; that was the error (if, in fact, it was an error) of the Associated Press, not this blog.  The newspaper article’s word is “injustice.”  The Progressive Media has so abused and confused the words “justice” and “injustice” that they know longer know the difference.

The AP said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland “praised the quiet negotiations that freed him.”

“’We also express our appreciation for the manner in which we were able to resolve this matter and to support Mr. Chen’s desire to study in the U.S. and pursue his goals.’”

The Chinese government news agency, Xinhua, stated that Chen “has applied for study in the United States via normal channels in line with the law.”

Imagine how this will play out in the newspapers later in the summer or early fall when most pundits expect that Hillary Rodham Clinton will replace Joe Biden has Obama’s running mate.  “HRC rescues Chinese dissident from house arrest in China.”

Chen never wanted to leave China; it’s his home. No home is a home, however, where you live under a roof of fear (Ask any spouse who’s ever had to endure abuse).  To live in fear in your own country is a hardship, one so difficult that freedom-lovers have braved every hardship to arrive on America’s shores.  Chen, however, will not be able to stay here indefinitely, nor would he want to.  He will certainly be sent back as soon as he’s finished his studies.  Sooner, if Obama is re-elected.

Chen and his family are staying with Chen’s personal friend, law professor Jerome Cohen, at New York University, where Chen is expected to study law.  Before Chen left China, he asked his activist supporters to understand his desire to leave front lines of the civil rights struggle in China.  “I am requesting a leave of absence and I hope that they will understand.”

They understand – all too well.

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on May 21, 2012 at 6:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Facebook Stock Gets Stuck

What if someone offered a stock and no one (except company employees) bought it?  That’s what happened to Facebook in its IPO – its initial public offering. The stock went public at $38 per share and according to a TV reporter on WABC, it didn’t go very far.  He said he bought the stock at $43 per share and has been losing money ever since.

Fakebook is what the pundits are calling it.  In truth, it is quite useful for keeping in touch with one another.  Certainly the Tea Partiers are using.  Facebook pages are invaluable for sharing information and attracting new members. It’s made its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg a billionaire.

So what went wrong?

According to CNBC:  “Facebook set a record for volume on its first day of trading, but the stock otherwise failed to live up to all the hype and posted just a modest gain for the day.  After an attention-grabbing half-hour delay to start its initial public offering, Facebook shares opened at $38, surged as much as 11 percent during the day, but ultimately finished just above unchanged after hitting an intraday high of $45.

“Late in the trading day, the stock threatened to hit negative numbers, vacillating around unchanged as underwriters put up a vigorous fight to defend the breakeven point.  The lackluster performance was both a testament to good pricing and a bit of an embarrassment for a company that was supposed to wow Wall Street on its opening day. And after the market close the SEC said it would be looking into apparent hiccups in the trading execution of Facebook shares on Nasdaq.”

CNBC goes on to say, “The stock stumbled around in the opening minutes as sell-order backlogs hit the share price. Conversely, big underwriters such as Morgan Stanley and others seemed to support the price once it hit the breakeven level.  Overall, Facebook’s inability to make a clean break to a significantly higher upside surprised some market pros. Shares traded below $40 in the final hour.  Some 82 million shares changed hands in the first 30 seconds and volume passed 100 million after four minutes.

“The opening was marred by a lengthy delay that had traders dumbfounded as to how one of the largest IPOs in history could have been mishandled. Traders apparently had trouble changing or canceling orders ahead of the offering, according to the Wall Street Journal.  Nasdaq officials told members it was “investigating an issue in delivering trade execution messages,” the Journal reported.  As for Facebook, the price eventually moved above $40 though it had been expected to head much higher before the trading day ended.

“Zynga, a fellow social networking side which focuses on games that appear on the Facebook site, saw its stock plunge more than 12 percent, triggering circuit breakers that halted trading.  LinkedIn, a networking site for professionals, also fell sharply. Chinese social networking site Renren got pounded as well.

One financial guru noted, Facebook has “a very big opportunity set ahead of them because their monetization, the amount that they actually earn per user, is actually quite low. There’s only upside to what they’ve been able to generate so far.”

CNBC noted that “trading was supposed to begin at 11 am on the Nasdaq, the platform that hosts many of the country’s top tech companies.  However, technical problems delayed the opening, causing murmurs on Twitter and around trading floors.”

Facebook began as a database of women students at Harvard University.  The site soon went viral and Zuckerberg and his partners opened it up for the use of the general public.  Initial users enjoyed the site’s discriminating feature:  “friending” and “unfriending”people.  When its popularity began to increase, Facebook fell into disfavor with its original base, who claimed that it wasn’t fun anymore.  They didn’t defriend Facebook, but they were disappointed.

So if Facebook is popular and useful, even if companies consider it a distraction for their employees (although the upside is that any company can, and usually does, have a FB site), then why are investors shy about putting their money into the stock?  Facebook has plenty of advertisers.  Zuckerberg is a billionaire.

Well, the problem is, Zuckerberg is a billionaire who made his billions without having to put much effort into it. Facebook users do the rest.  He’s had some hiccups, like the incredibly unpopular Timeline.  But otherwise, people love Facebook.

Investors are probably wary because Zuckerberg, in his iconic hoodie, pedals himself as one of the 99 percent, rather than the one percent he really is.  He earned his billions; he took my mother’s advice and invented something useful, if rather unsavory in its inchoate stage when he was still at Harvard.

They wonder what’s in it for them if he’s offering the service free to its users.  There, Zuckerberg is smart.  He follows the old-fashioned model of television in the Fifties and Sixties. The television broadcast was free; networks charged advertisers to sell their wares.  It must still work or Zuckerberg wouldn’t be a billionaire.

He’s vowed not to soak his customers, the users of Facebook.  ‘We created Facebook for you, not to make billions,’ Zuckerberg noted.  An age-old, disingenuous remark, but one that used to be accepted in Successful America.  Patronize the advertisers; buy their products, and they’ll pay Facebook more money to advertise their wares, and you get free access to Facebook.  We used to get free access to television, until Al Gore decided Evil Capitalism was at work, and pulled the plug on over-the-air broadcasts.  Now, everyone has to pay for the service, and in addition, pay for everyone who can’t afford the service but wants it.

One other thing may be worrying investors and that’s the potential threat of Big Government to regulate the Internet.  So far, their efforts have been thwarted, but Big Government is a tenacious, alpha dog that doesn’t give up easily.

Still, good luck to Zuckerberg and congratulations to him for adhering to the old adage:  Give the customer what they want.

Published in: on May 19, 2012 at 9:38 am  Leave a Comment