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Dubya the W1rst

29 Nov

Remember about 12 years ago when George W. Bush looked into the camera and pointed directly at the terrorists on the other side of the planet and said “Bring em on!”?

So how do you like him now?

The Other Homeland Security?

24 Nov

Senior citizens won’t be getting any raises in their Social Security checks next year. There will be no Cost of Living Adjustment for about 65 million Senior Citizens in 2016. That’s the first time in 5 years because…well, you know, the cost of living has gone down. Hasn’t it?

The inflation measure used by the Social Security Administration was down 0.6% for the 12 months that ended in September — and what does the SSA base it’s inflation measure on?…Gas prices of course!

Because…well, you know…what senior citizens do the most is…drive around, right? It’s not like paying the rent or eating, or medicine or health care are on their lists of top priorities. Nope. It’s like they always say: Fuel is wasted on the young.

Anyway, while those seniors can gas up their cars next year with no worries, they’ll have to do without their annual 22 dollar per month raise! That doesn’t sound like a lot but, then again, when you multiply 22 dollars by 65 million?  well, that sure is a lot of extra money to help fight the bad guys with, whoever and wherever they might be.

And Thankfully, here in the U.S. we’ve all got our priorities straight. Happy motoring!

The Hunger Games

22 Nov


As I was reading one of the blogs that I follow, I came across a statistic that claimed that over half our public school students here in the United States qualify for free and reduced lunches because they are poor.

And I thought to myself, is that possible? The wealthiest, most powerful country in the world sends one half of its public school students to school hungry? And so I did some research on my own and discovered that in this school year, most public school students are racial minorities, and more than half come from low-income backgrounds, living in or near poverty…and that’s according to the latest federal data!

The Southern Education Foundation found that on average 51 percent of students across the country were low-income, with more than half of the students in 21 states qualifying for free or reduced-price lunches. In fact More than 31 million children participated in the National School Lunch program in 2012, with the majority qualifying for free lunches.

More than 16 million children or 22% of all children under the age of 18 in the United States are living in poverty! And most go to school hungry and what are we doing for them? We are testing them! To try and find out why their scores in math, science and language aren’t competitive with the children of Finland or with other children living in the developed world…when we are the last out of 35 developed countries in our child poverty rate. (and not last in a good way, but rather as in the worst)

But the truth of the matter is our students already are competitive! And in most cases our students score better then children in the rest of the world…when you read the data correctly and notice that comparing all of the students in Finland where the child poverty rate is 4% to all of the children in the United States, where the child poverty rate is 22%…just isn’t fair.

When you remove our poor, hungry and tired students’ scores from the comparison, and only compare students of like socioeconomic backgrounds… and nourishment… our students out perform Finland! But if you want to compare all of America’s students to the students living in countries with poverty levels similar to our own then you need to compare us to countries like Romania, Latvia or Bulgaria, because, believe it or not, those are the countries that we most resemble!

And guess what? When it comes to the Hunger Games…our students score better than those countries too!

So we don’t need to test our children more! We need to feed them more! We need to provide them with better housing, better clothing, better opportunities, better living conditions. What we lack here in the United States and what we don’t provide to 22% of our children is EQUALITY! and that’s what sets us apart from comparing ourselves to places like Finland and Sweden and France. They are countries of equality. We are a country of INequality.

We are firing administrators. Laying off school teachers. Slashing budgets. Cutting salaries. Closing schools, eliminating programs and cutting supplies all in what we say is an effort to provoke, prod, motivate, hound, badger, goad, inspire and frighten our schools into “doing better”, “scoring better”, and “catching up to”, the Asians and Europeans when what our children and our schools really need is to be lifted out of poverty, relieved of hunger and properly housed.

But instead poverty, our country’s greatest problem, is the one problem that is always most ignored. Case in point: In the findings of a previous report from the foundation, the number of America’s low-income students in the last decade has grown at a rate three to four times greater than the increase of per-student spending in most of the country. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in October found that 30 of 47 states analyzed were spending less per student this year…than they did before the recession! And while America’s measured wealth has grown by 30 trillion dollars in the past 6 years!

And in fact the number of public school students from low-income backgrounds, has steadily grown from less than 32 percent in 1989, to over 50% today. So regardless of how you and your family live in today’s America, the reality is that in the year 2015, America’s children are mostly poor…hungry…tired…homeless…or soon to be all of the above. How’s that for a multiple choice questionnaire?

And testing them six ways to Sunday is a sad, sick, misdirected strategy that won’t solve the problem, make it any less true nor make it go away.




Goodbye Columbus!

19 Nov


Here is a copy of the map that Dr. Ben Carson’s presidential campaign shared recently on Facebook in an effort to show how America’s governors are standing up and saying no to Syrian refugees.

However, upon close inspection you’ll notice that the good doctor and his campaign specialists know very little about what America looks like…at least on a map!

Five New England states are in the wrong location, and where’s Connecticut???

And what’s that crazy blue state shaped like a gun next to New York?

And get a load of all that great beach front north of NYC!

Massachusetts borders Canada! They can see Sarah Palin’s house now!

What’s Maine doing up around the North Pole!

And Maryland’s got a new crab claw! Sorry Virginia!

Who is this Dr. Carson anyway? A brain surgeon?!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If you are an idiot you should not be allowed to run for the Presidency of the United States. We have tests and standards that students must pass and demonstrate before they can graduate high school.

But we have no test to determine whether or not our politicians are qualified or intelligent enough to run and manage one of the largest countries in the world, with over 300 million citizens and trillions and trillions of dollars in bills and expenditures.

Our only qualifications are: Citizenship, age and immense access to great wealth…period.

Here’s a thought. Let’s send Dr. Carson and his campaign aides to wherever the refugees are so they can lead them to their promised land. God knows where they’ll end up… but I doubt they’ll be able to find the United States.

There’s No Place Like Home?

24 Sep

It’s getting very hard to follow the Republican Candidates for president of the United States. It seems as though they are using some form of Republican “New-speak” or rather a language that their Republican base can understand but that leaves the rest of us scratching our heads and wondering how they can fit both of their feet in their mouths at the same time.

Yesterday Jeb Bush said that the United States is “creeping toward multiculturalism” and described it as “the wrong approach.” Yet Jeb Bush has a wife who is Mexican by birth and he himself speaks fluent Spanish and embraces Spanish cuisine like Guacamole…but then again who doesn’t…like guacamole that is?

America is Multi-cultural isn’t it? Hasn’t it always been? So what kind of multi-multiculturalism are we creeping toward that isn’t good for us? And who is the good governor talking to when he says that? Perhaps he was addressing those among his party who see modern day immigrants to this country as threatening…even though we pride ourselves on being a “nation of immigrants.” Could it be the “kind of immigrant” that you are that matters?

The day before that, presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson, said that Islam and the Presidency of the United States would not make a good fit, as in, a Muslim would not make a good president. Said Dr. Carson, “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that”.

Of course everyone knows that our constitution in no way specifies what religion a President of the United States can and can’t be. He simply must be of age and an American citizen. So what was the good doctor talking about and who was he talking to? Could it be that he was speaking to the 40% of Republican voters who already think that we have a Muslim president…who by the way, they hate?

And how about Senator Rafael Ted Cruz (that’s his Christian name) who was born in Canada?! And his father was born in Cuba! And no Republican has any problem with his running for president? Yet President Barry (His nickname, as in Ted) Obama, was supposed to prove that he was an American citizen even though he actually was born in the USA!?

But as any good constitutionalist and Republican knows, it doesn’t matter where one is born anyway because if your mother is an American citizen, as are both Senator Cruz’s and President Obama’s mothers…and which has never, ever been disputed…you ARE an AMERICAN CITIZEN! Duh…

So what is it with these Republican candidates who, as well educated and intelligent human beings, know better than to say the things that keep coming out of their mouths? No wonder “The Donald” is leading in all of the Republican polls. He’s the only one who is speaking in “American” and not “Double-speak” or “New-speak”, so that we all can hear the message loud and clear… It’s all about hate and fear and prejudice and wanting to go home again to the America of the 1950s where civil rights and civil liberties and feminism had yet to rear their ugly heads.

So I guess that all you have to do is put on your ruby slippers America and repeat after those candidates for the Republican nomination for the presidency:…”There’s no place like home, There’s no place like home, There’s no place like home.” But when you wake up next year, guess what? It’s going to be 2016…whether you like it or not, and this kind of 20th Century Fox nonsense isn’t going to help anybody solve our 21st century problems.

Beware the Quadfecta!

10 Sep

Are you aware that if a Republican is elected to the presidency of the United States this time around, and if the current majorities in the House and Senate are maintained, then along with the Supreme Court…the Republicans will have scored a perfect government quadfecta?!

If that happens then get ready for smaller government with a much Bigger Brother because there will be no checks or balances…just smooth sailing from the White House to the Courts for whatever agenda the Republicans wish to put forward.

Say goodbye to civil rights and women’s rights and human rights too…except for the kind that Jesus would want you to have…like the right to judge your neighbor, starve your other neighbor’s children, leave your homeless neighbor’s in the streets and make war on your far away neighbor’s. You know…all of the things that Jesus would want…except of course from what we can read and know about Jesus’ teachings, Jesus wouldn’t want those things at all.

But for many Born-agains and the Christian right, it is believed that Jesus would (inexplicably) want all of those things, along with a religiosity to our government akin to the Islamic Sharia law that rules many Islamic countries and makes every Christian cringe in fear that something like it may come here…and that was exactly what our Founding Fathers were doing their best to prevent from happening with their creation of the Constitution: Freedom for all to live as they please with or without their own religion and without having one imposed upon them by the government…Go figure!

So beware the Quadfecta for it comes!…maybe… And if it does, get ready to praise Jesus and pass the ammunition.

Like Father Like Son, Like Son?

21 Jul

Republican candidate for president, Jeb Bush, says that he is going to break the mold when it comes to being like the rest of the presidential members of his family because he has some very different ideas about how to make America strong again. Which begs the question…Are we weak now?

Anyway, Jeb’s first key to getting us stronger is to work harder! Apparently what’s wrong with America is that Americans don’t work hard enough and aren’t productive enough. Do you feel that that pretty much describes you and your American family? You’re all a bunch of deadbeats and lazy bones?

So after we all do our part and start working more Jeb says that he’ll do his part, if you elect him president, and do the things that no other Bush before him has done…Like cut government jobs! (but I thought we were going to work more?) And cut taxes… because who needs more money when you are already way too much in debt? And no new spending…on anything new! Unless I suppose there are new wars. In the Bush family I think war is like dessert: There’s always room for war…

Perhaps it sounds like a plan but just Imagine running your own family budget this way.

“Okay kids gather around. Your mother and I have decided to become more productive so we’ll be working more…but on the other hand we will not be asking for any more money from our bosses. In fact we’re going to ask them to keep more of our hard earned money so they can use it to create more jobs for other folks. So with more work for us and less money for you that means some of you will have to grow up and get out, because we’re going to cut spending and downsize and those of you who leave will not be replaced…(so don’t even think about bringing any grandchildren around!) but that’s OK because now that your mother and I are working more we will have to cut back on the 15 minutes that we as average American parents spend with our children each day already… So it all works out! Because More work and less time, while cutting income, along with a reduction in family members and their spending, equals productivity for all! Doesn’t it?…And oh yes, we’ll probably be invading the neighbors house at 0 six hundred tomorrow morning. So look sharp and dress for success. Just use the credit card if you need supplies… That is all.”

He also promised that it wouldn’t be business as usual in old Washington D.C. if he were elected president because he would crack down on the influence of lobbyists, noting that as governor of Florida he enacted a strict ban on gifts from lobbyists to legislators. Of course I think that he got that last idea from one of his top advisers, Sally Bradshaw, who is married to the founder of one of Florida’s most successful lobbying firms…so like his dad and brother before him…you can probably just read his lips to know that he’ll keep that promise!

Now who wants to go look for some more WMDs?!


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