Tuesday, February 23, 2010

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Getting to the Root

The Root, a Washington Post-Newsweek sponsored Blog lists 21
Black Folks We'd Like To Remove From Black History

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  1. Marion Barry ("Bitch set me up")
  2. Michael Steele ( will go down in history as the first black chairman of the Republican National Committee.)
  3. O.J. Simpson (beat a murder charge, but end up serving time for stealing your own stuff?)
  4. Sheila Dixon ( lost her job as Baltimore's mayor for boosting holiday gift cards intended for charity)
  5. Dennis Rodman (recent butt-slapping of bar waitresses)
  6. D.C. Sniper John Allen Muhammad (blacks could always say, "Well at least we're not crazy enough to be serial killers.")
  7. Dr. Conrad Murray (Five words: He killed Michael Jackson
  8. Alan Keyes (allowed himself to be a pawn of the GOP)
  9. R. Kelly (fought off jail time, but still married a minor, and still creeps us out)
  10. Flavor Flav (makes us look bad)
  11. Clarence Thomas (opposes government programs aimed at helping Blacks)
  12. Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth (perpetuates the bitchy-black-female stereotype)
  13. Bishop Don Magic Juan (This ex-pimp  is to the clergy what a pork-chop sandwich is to a vegan diet.)
  14. Wesley Snipes (seems to date a lot of white women)
  15. Soulja Boy Tell 'Em (his lyrica, content isn't lyrical)
  16. Karrine Steffans (her life story can be best summed up as "slurping for success.")
  17. Idi Amin (Idi Ami? - was one of the most brutal military dictators in post-independence Africa.)
  18. Papa Doc (was a crappy ruler of Haiti - Duh)
  19. Baby Doc (the acorn)
  20. Robert Mugabe (one of the worst dictators on Earth )
  21. Rafael Trujillo (another bloody Haitian)
The list is comprised of politicians, murderers, entertainers, and mostly dead strong-men.  I looked for a pattern for inclusion in each group, but, with the exception of the Republicans,  I couldn't really find any.  I guess it's just someone's chance to do a list, always a popular blog device.  But, because it bears the WaPost imprimateur, it warrants scrutiny.  (Note to me: Do a list) 
  •  There are five politicos on the list.  Two, Barry and Dixon, were found guilty of felonies while in office. Which leads to questions I won't ask about myriad other "candidates." Three, Steele, Keyes, and Thomas are of course guilty of being Republicans.  But, if that's a sin worthy of imposing the shun,  what of Ken Blackwell, Ward Connerly, James Meredith , et.al.?  Do they worry about being ignored here?
  • I don't know squat about the entertainers, for the most part, and don't care to learn.
  • Of the three murderers, one (Murray) has not been convicted, so what's with that?   O.J. is not on the list for murdering two people, but for being a chump. The DC sniper only makes the list because Afro-Amers can no longer say there are no Afro-Amer serial killers (I guess Wayne Williams didn't count). What about the 1,371 (duly convicted)  Blacks currently on death row?  What I glean from this, according to The Root,  is that murdering a human being  is way less serious than looking stupid in the eyes of Whitey.
  • The inclusion of  dead evil dictators was a surprise.  I didn't know there were just four. At least they put Mugabe on the list I do too.
 One final thing. Since the Blog's  name is ROOT,  how did Alex Haley miss the list after making all that stuff up, and winning a Pulitzer for it?  Talk about embarrassing.

Be careful out there

So, will he call her?
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(moderately suggestive content)

John Bolton on Barry

Boltin' John Bolton!

Ambassador Bolton is one of the few Washington insiders who command my full respect.  Had you asked me how he would answer these two questions, I would have come pretty close to word-for-word after you  excised obscenities and threats.  He has gravitas.  I report.

Undercover Boss

Lifting Boats Here Boss
Is the series "Undercover Boss" an
attempt to make GOP values appealing?

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Last night we watched a Tivo'd episode of Undercover Boss- 7-Eleven, our first exposure to the series.  You can watch it online with the link.  The premise is that a "boss," in this case CEO and President of 7-Eleven, Joe DePinto, goes to work as a new employee in his own stores. His cover: he lost his job, and is building a new life.   Putting aside all my usual cynical thoughts, etc., I found it tremendously uplifting.

I excerpted this clip, where trainee "Danny" rides with a 7-11 delivery truck driver named Igor, an immigrant from Uzbekistan, I believe. This guy is genuinely in love with the United States for giving him the chance to succeed.  Igor sure lifted all boats in this household. 

In the end the trainers are all flown to Dallas for the reveal.  All except one, a good looking woman who had trouble getting her lights fixed.   Wonder what happened there?  I think I'll write a book about it - the one that's already ion my head. I digress.

Now for the bad part, courtesy of some Obamanites, for whom the promise of America is still an enigma.

Duration 1:48
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I watched it last night, and while on the surface it's a feel-good series about the CEOs of companies (7-11 in this one) going undercover and working with the average workers and learning how hard those jobs are, I got concerned about a number of things. The CEOs are really appealing guys, deeply concerned about their employees and charmingly incapable of doing the mopping up while the generally noble (one woman was working between dialysis sessions, for Christ's sake) employees teach them about how hard it is out there for a working person. There was a long exchange with an immigrant about how America's the land of opportunity, how "only in America" could a guy with only 50 dollars become a truck driver working the third shift delivering deli food to stores, etc. Eventually the reveal happened, everyone felt good and the employees got the adult equivalent of a pony--well, to be fair, they got some help in job advancement.

But it felt like an ad for how great the CEOs of corporations treat their people, how as soon as they know there's something wrong they leap in to fix it, how much they truly are emotionally invested in the well being of their employees rather than profit.

Pretzel Lady

A little old lady sold pretzels on a street corner for 25 cents each. Every day a young man would leave his office building at lunchtime, and as he passed the pretzel stand, he would leave her a quarter, but never take a pretzel. 
This went on for more than 3 years. The two of them never spoke.  One day, as the young man passed the old lady's stand and left his quarter as usual, the pretzel lady spoke to him. 

Without blinking an eye she said, "They're 35 cents now!" 

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Tommy Mann


The Great Recession of 2011-2012
aka - a new beginning in the land of opportunity?

  Are you ready for the Great Recession of 2011–2012? You should be, for it is getting under way even as you read this. Just as the 2009 “greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression” actually began back in 2007, so we are in the early days of the next cycle. Only this recession is going to be a doozy. And the aftershocks will be felt long after President Hillary Clinton leaves the White House in 2024.

The coming crisis should be no surprise, for we all have had plenty of advance warning. If it is a surprise, blame those chat-show economists who have become so politicized that they ignore the truths of their own science in order to acquire celebrity. Nor should we forget those politicians who deliberately suborn national interest for the security of zero-sum pork-barrel politicking. Combine it all with a news media largely made up of self-referential ignoramuses and it is small wonder that most of the world has been diverted as Dorothy was in Oz by the lightning bolts, explosions, and billowing smoke screen being generated by the men behind the curtain. The truth is our wizards dare not admit that the levers they pull are not really connected to the true crisis that confronts America or its place in the global market.

Despite the self-congratulatory assurances from the White House, Congress, and part of Wall Street that we have been saved from a slide into a 1930s depression, our most serious trials still lie ahead of us. [continue]
This is obviously not what I wanted to see this morning, but it does comport with what I've believed probable since at least October of 2008, and more so with each passing day.   But, I think we here in the USofA are better positioned than most of the world, and this will be a world-wide "thing."  Why?  First, we Americans are uniquely prepared by our nature, and in practice, to act independently. The only thing to ever stop us in our industry has been intrusive government.  CLIP
 One has to feel a twinge of sympathy for the people who have chosen careers of service in government—not just in Washington but in all the capitals of the industrial West. Life just is not going to be as uplifting as it once was back when policy innovations were both credible and idealistic
This, I think, is why Big Sister refers to us "as big of a concern as international terrorists."  But, think about it.  We have as much oil as the Arabs, but have been stopped from using it by a government catering to a minority.  We have other natural resources up the wazoo.  We have the most productive agriculture in the world.  We are an armed nation, willing to protect ourselves from outside threats.  I see only long term opportunity, and a return to values that made as a great nation.  We know how to make lemonade.  Hooray for us, and get the hell out of the way.

PS.  I updated  When TSHTF

Garage door bibs


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Well, it's why-we-win if you're a German.  Munich's style-your-garage obviously sent agents to mine my future brainstorms while I slept, and voila.  I posted some that I would be delighted to have,  but there are seemingly no end to available designs. Prices range from $199 to $399 for the double-door.

My guess.
  1. 100% of men will put one up today if they were free.
  2. 100% of women will threaten go home to mother if they do
  3. Exception to #2.   Wives who've given up all hope for a clean garage and happen to be crack whores.
  4. I could be completely wrong about # 2.  My apologies to non-crack whores.

Perp Walk Here Boss!

White House Accused of Federal
Crime in Specter, Bennet Races

"Is it true that you were offered a high ranking job in the administration in a bid to get you to drop out of the primary against Arlen Specter?"

"Yes" replied Sestak.

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  A bombshell has just exploded in the 2010 elections.

For the second time in five months, the Obama White House is being accused -- by Democrats -- of offering high ranking government jobs in return for political favors. What no one is reporting is that this is a violation of federal law that can lead to prison time, a fine or both, according to Title 18, Chapter 11, Section 211 of the United States Code.

The jobs in question? Secretary of the Navy and a position within the U.S. Agency for International Development. [Continue]
Ach!  Prison time?  Never mind, I thought this was a capital offense.


Ward Churchill won't stay dead, so ..

Ward Churchill is still at it?
Ward Churchill appeal: If he doesn't win,
"tenure means nothing anymore"

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Last April, a jury found that controversial CU professor Ward Churchill had been fired from his job in part because of statements he'd made. But jurors like Bethany Newell only awarded Churchill $1 in damages -- and in July, Judge Larry Naves declined to order that Churchill be reinstated.

That's the kind of ruling that begs for an appeal -- and now, one has arrived. [Arrrrrrgh!]

If academia can't get rid itself of a Ward Churchill, then "tenure" needs to be killed with a wooden stake through its heart.  Actually, that needs to happen in any event.

Smash Mouth Politics Now

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We don’t believe that there is any chance of stopping Obama’s renewed push for his horrible health care changes in the Senate.  Harry Reid is going to use the reconciliation procedure to jam it through with 51 votes — and he will get them.  All the hype about how difficult it will be is to distract us from the real battle which will come in the House.

There, where every member faces re-election, it will be a lot harder for Pelosi to round up the vote she needs.   Last time she passed health care by 220-215.  This time, a lot of the Democrats who voted for health care are going to be so worried about re-election that they might be induced to jump ship.  [Who, How, When]


Tea Party Invites Olbermann
look-a-likes at MSNBC

Whacking Destructo

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Laura Rozen of Politico has written an assessment of Vice President Biden’s nuclear policy speech from last week that the White House is sure to love.  But that’s because she appears to have bought their line of argument a little too uncritically and has mistaken symbolism for substance.  No doubt this is exactly the response that administration salesmanship has been calibrated to create, but it misses the deeper problems— problems which, the White House knows all too well, still loom.

Rozen makes much of the fact that the Veep was introduced by Secretary of Defense Gates.  And I agree, the symbolism of that move was pitch-perfect PR.  Gates is A) a veteran Republican and B) on the record as being in favor of certain steps that the administration is on the record opposing.  So the implicit message of that introduction was: The Obama administration is wholly united on nuclear policy; even the nuke hawk Bob Gates is on board with the Prague agenda (i.e., the nuclear free world vision); critics to the right—above all the Senate’s “Gang of 41”—need not worry about this administration’s commitment the reliability of the stockpile; Gates has vouched for Obama.

Rozen seems to buy that in toto.  She shouldn’t. [The Administration's Nuclear Games cont]