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Archive for 27 January 2009
Who worries about “the cow” when it is all about the “Ice Cream?
The most eye-opening civics lesson I ever had was while teaching third grade this year.
The presidential election was heating up and some of the children showed an interest. I decided we would have an election for a class president. We would choose our nominees. They would make a campaign speech and the class would vote.
To simplify the process, candidates were nominated by other class members. We discussed what kinds of characteristics these students should have. We got many nominations and from those, Jamie and Olivia were picked to run for the top spot.
The class had done a great job in their selections. Both candidates were good kids. I thought Jamie might have an advantage because he got lots of parental support. I had never seen Olivia’s mother.
The day arrived when they were to make their speeches Jamie went first. He had specific ideas about how to make our class a better place. He ended by promising to do his very best.
Everyone applauded. He sat down and Olivia came to the podium. Her speech was concise.
She said, “If you will vote for me, I will give you ice cream.” She sat down. The class went wild. “Yes! Yes! We want ice cream.” She surely could say more. She did not have to.
A discussion followed. How did she plan to pay for the ice cream? She wasn’t sure. Would her parents buy it or would the class pay for it? She didn’t know.
The class really didn’t care. All they were thinking about was ice cream. Jamie was forgotten. Olivia won by a landslide.
Every time Barack Obama opened his mouth he offered ice cream and fifty-two percent of the people reacted like nine year olds. They want ice cream.
The other forty-eight percent of us know we’re going to have to feed the cow and clean up the mess.
Courtesy of Sharon.
Dear Mrs. Jones,
I wish to clarify that I am not now, nor have I ever been, an exotic dancer.
I work at Home Depot and I told my daughter how hectic it was last week before the blizzard hit. I told her we sold out every single shovel we had, and then I found one more in the back room, and that several people were fighting over who would get it. Her picture doesn’t show me dancing around a pole. It’s supposed to depict me selling the last snow shovel we had at Home Depot.
From now on I will remember to check her homework more thoroughly before she turns it in.
Courtesy of the brat!
Airhead Citigroup execs took their heads out of the clouds today to say they are grounding plans to purchase a new $50 million corporate jet in the wake of a national public outcry.
The embattled bank – recipient of some $45 billion in taxpayer bailout funds – was pressured by the Obama administration to cancel the purchase after The Post exclusively reported the deal yesterday.
“We have no interest to take delivery of any new aircraft,” said Citigroup spokeswoman Shannon Bell this morning.
A Treasury Department official personally called Citigroup brass to tell them to scrap the jet deal.
If they had “no interest to take delivery”, why the heck didn’t they cancel the order BEFORE it was brought to the attention of the American taxpayers? I don’t know about you, but I’m not buying into their claptrap. I’ve no doubt if the Post had NOT splashed across their front page, our money would have been spent on this French made jet, and all would have gone about their merry business of sucking the taxpayers dry. It also tells me that the Treasure Department has NO clue where the bailout bucks is being spent. If they did, they wouldn’t have had to wait until it was brought to their attention by a newspaper.
Other political leaders had also demanded the bank abandon its plan to buy the French-made Dassault Falcon 7X, which comes with a leather interior, gourmet galley and entertainment center.
“This sounds far plusher than called for in their circumstances,” said Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), chairman of the Financial Services Committee, which oversees the bank rescue.
And Barney would know ‘plush’, wouldn’t he.
Just yesterday Citigroup, which fired 52,000 employees over the past year, said it is “exploring all of its options,” including “the potential sale or lease of the aircraft,” said Citigroup’s Bell.
She had defended the purchase as sound business, pointing out that the company is planning to sell two of its four current planes. It also owns a helicopter.
How many jobs could have been saved if Citigroup had actually spent money wisely? There’s no telling. It’s obvious that many at the top levels of business are totally clueless about how to actually RUN a business.
“This was done as part of our plan to reduce the number of aircraft Citi owned,” she said. “We expect proceeds from the sale of our existing aircraft will exceed the cost of the replacement aircraft, and refusing delivery now would result in millions of dollars in penalties.”
Oh yeah….I buy into that excuse. /sarcasm
The Financial behemoth, being kept afloat by $45 billion in public life support, should not be spending its precious greenbacks on frivolous luxuries, said President Obama’s spokesman, Robert Gibbs. (source)
Berkeley’s public library will face a showdown with the city’s Peace and Justice Commission tonight over whether a service contract for the book check-out system violates the city’s nuclear-free ordinance.
The dispute centers on a five-year, $63,000 contract the library wants to sign with 3M, an international technology company based in Minnesota, to service five scanner machines library patrons use to check out books.
But 3M, a company with operations in 60 countries, refused to sign Berkeley’s nuclear-free disclosure form as required by the Nuclear Free Berkeley Act passed by voters in 1986.
As a result, the library’s self-checkout machines have not been serviced in about six months. Library officials say 3M is the only company authorized by the manufacturer to fix the machines, which were purchased in 2004.
Here’s a thought….how ’bout Moonbat Central secede from planet earth? I’d have NO problem if that particular part of the country slid into the Pacific either. Their choice.
The stimulus plan is viewed in the two states and the District as something of a bailout. But it remains unclear how much money local governments will get and how many items on their wish lists will be funded, given the vagaries of funding formulas and the evolving nature of the legislation.
Governors and members of Congress are being deluged with inquiries and wish lists from local governments, which see the American Reinvestment and Recovery Plan as deliverance from a fiscal nightmare.
For state and local governments, the situation is deteriorating. Maryland is trying to close a $2 billion shortfall. Virginia has delayed more than $2 billion worth of road and transit projects statewide because of declining tax revenue. The District faces a shortfall of nearly $260 million.
It might be wise for states, ALL states, not to learn their accounting lessons from D.C. I might be wrong, but I was under the impression that the feds (all of US taxpayers) were responsible for infrastructure, and the states were responsible for everything else. How do they manage to take in such a large chunk of money, yet never have any?
President Barack Obama today chose an Arabic-language satellite TV network for his first formal television interview as president, delivering a message to the Muslim world that “Americans are not your enemy.”
The interview underscored Obama’s commitment to repair relations with the Muslim world that have suffered under the previous administration.
The president expressed an intention to engage the Middle East immediately and his new envoy to the region, former Sen. George J. Mitchell, was expected to arrived in Egypt today for a visit that will also take him to Israel, the West Bank, Jordan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
Has anyone figured out the U.S. is NOT this clown’s first priority? Shouldn’t his first OFFICIAL interview have been with AMERICAN reporters???? Are you Kool Aid drinkers getting the picture yet????
The Conference Board said Tuesday that its Consumer Confidence Index edged lower in January to 37.7 from a revised 38.6 in December. That’s a historic low for the widely watched barometer, as shoppers worry about their jobs and watch the value of their homes and retirement funds dwindle.
It’s also lower than expected. Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters had expected a reading of 39. The levels in recent months have hit the lowest point since the index began in 1967.
Ya think perhaps this might have something to do with the fact that folks have NO confidence in the fed’rul gubmint and all their feckless tinkering? See, most of us out here have actually figured out that if you keep repeating the mistakes of the past, you’re bound to get the same results. Government is actually doing more harm than ANY good they could, if they’d just get their fingers out of the pie.
IDF tanks rolled back into Gaza along with foot soldiers Tuesday afternoon following an early morning roadside bomb explosion and a rocket-propelled grenade attack that killed one soldier and wounded three others, one seriously.
Hamas warned that it has not agreed to a “calm” and that its previous ceasefire announcement is dependent on Israel’s re-opening Gaza crossings to all commercial traffic.
Why should Israel re-open anything if all they can expect from these pigs is more attacks? Israel needs to finish the job. Perhaps because the Israelis actually DO want peace, it is perceived by the Hamas animals as weakness. They would be wrong, but that’s never stopped them from acting like the garbage that they are.
“But being able to enrich uranium is not the same as having a nuclear weapon.”
However, the survey reports doubts over US Intelligence estimates that Iran halted its work on nuclear weapons six years ago.
This points to Tehran’s continued development of long-range ballistic missiles able to reach targets in Israel and beyond.
The IISS recommends a mixture of carrot and stick as the best international response.
I wonder if our new….*choke*….president will be helping Iran out with their quest to destroy Israel when he has his little ‘diplomatic’ chat? BHO: “Could you please pass the sugar cookies, and oh, by the way, here’s those plans you need for your bomb, with a little extra material, just to show how much we like you.” Actually, the ONLY ‘carrot and stick’ to use with them would be at the end of a really big bomb…from US! I’m sick of all the playing nice with these people (and I use that term quite loosely.).
Everybody wants to guilt-trip the president for smoking cigarettes, but nobody has tried to shame him off Nicorette gum. Indeed, the makers of Nicorette and its knockoffs caution users about dependency, saying they should chew for no more than 12 weeks, gradually reducing the dose to wean themselves off nicotine.
One of the few things I don’t give a crap about this guy, is whether or not he smokes. It’s really NOBODY’S business if he smokes. What is everyone’s business is what he does with the country, and so far, I ain’t impressed. Matter of fact, I’m a tad (read extremely) pissed with his actions. So, him lighting up is totally irrelevant. Why not be more concerned about the millions of babies he’s sentenced to death? Or the destruction of the family? Why doesn’t anyone concern themselves with how they are going to pay their tax bill? BHO’s smoking or not smoking doesn’t mean dick, compared to the damage he has already done to this country in one VERY long week.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.