Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wouldn't it be great to be the person responsible for creating some sort of iconic lasting image, a painting of someone great that goes down in history? Well we can't all be Shepherd Fairey, but apparently a lot of us do have a love of President Obama that can and must be translated into the visual arts. Badpaintinsofbarackobama.com gives us a look at all the unsung art work celebrating our 44th President. Something tells me that none of these artists are going to be sued by the AP, thankfully, but the work is definitely worth a look. Some of them are very well done, some if them, like our little friend down here, are just plain weird.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Michael Steele sure is shaking things up in the Republican party! They used to be stuffy, pig-headed country ruiners (don't worry, I mean only the ones given any kind of power), but that was all before the new hot young Michael Steele started taking the country by storm with his hip new lingo, and brand new message of responsibility!
"We know the past, we know we did wrong. My bad. But we go forward in appreciation of the values that brought us to this point."
Wow, I am so glad they learned their lesson! (And learned how to speak jive!) I might still have had some sort of silly lingering idea that Republicans were still bent on continuing the horribly failed policies of the last eight years. What a dolt am I? He clearly said "My bad." What more could he possibly offer us as penance? I'm convinced. Lets get out those Palin/Steele 2012 stickers people! Or, ooh, maybe Steele/Palin? After all, he be da man.
(In case you couldn't tell, I was being sarcastic./Well, duh.)
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Don't have much more time til the end of my day here, but I didn't want to pass up the opportunity to share a post from War Room at Salon that I audibly said "thank you!" to while reading. I don't hear this kind of logic coming from the Washington debate over the stimulus bill.
None of the amounts appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, swimming pool, stadium, community park, museum, theater, art center, and highway beautification project.
Obama got back to the kind of talk that got him elected last night, and I couldn't be happier. I was starting to feel like things weren't changing in Washington like they should be, that the partisan rancor was too deep seeded to be cleared away with the brush of new administration. Then Obama took the mic last night, using common sense, down to earth language to talk about what we need right now, and why the same-old same-old in DC was no good anymore. His words are really worth being read in their entirety if you missed it, or watched, video will follow.
[D]on't come to the table with the same tired arguments and worn ideas that helped to create this crisis. You know, all of us here -- [we're] imperfect. And everything we do and everything I do is subject to improvement. Michelle reminds me every day how imperfect I am. So I welcome this debate. But come on, we're not -- we are not going to get relief by turning back to the very same policies that for the last eight years doubled the national debt and threw our economy into a tailspin.We can't embrace the losing formula that says only tax cuts will work for every problem we face; that ignores critical challenges like our addiction to foreign oil, or the soaring cost of health care, or falling schools and crumbling bridges and roads and levees. I don't care whether you're driving a hybrid or an SUV -- if you're headed for a cliff, you've got to change direction. That's what the American people called for in November, and that's what we intend to deliver.So the American people are watching. They did not send us here to get bogged down with the same old delay, the same old distractions, the same talking points, the same cable chatter. You know, aren't you all tired of that stuff?They did not vote for the false theories of the past, and they didn't vote for phony arguments and petty politics. They didn't vote for the status quo -- they sent us here to bring change. We owe it to them to deliver. This is the moment for leadership that matches the great test of our times. And I know you want to work with me to get there...This isn't some abstract debate. Last week, we learned that many of America's largest corporations already laid off thousands and are planning to lay off tens of thousands of more workers. Today, we learned that in the previous week, the number of new unemployment claims jumped to 626,000. Tomorrow, we're expecting another dismal jobs report, on top of the half a million jobs that were lost last month, on top of the half a million jobs that were lost the month before that, on top of the 2.6 million jobs that were lost last year.For you, these aren't just statistics. This is not a game. This is not a contest for who's in power and who's up and who's down. These are your constituents. These are families you know and you care about. I believe that it is important for us to set aside some of the gamesmanship in this town and get something done...Understand the scale and the scope of this plan is right. And when you start hearing arguments on the cable chatter, just understand a couple of things. Number one, when they say, well, why are we spending $800 billion -- we've got this huge deficit? First of all, I found this deficit when I showed up. Number one. I found this national debt doubled, wrapped in a big bow waiting for me as I stepped into the Oval Office.Number two, it is expected that we are going to lose about a trillion dollars worth of demand this year, a trillion dollars of demand next year because of the contraction in the economy. So the reason that this has to be big is to try to fill some of that lost demand. And as it is, there are many who think that we should be doing even more. So we are taking prudent steps...So then you get the argument, well, this is not a stimulus bill, this is a spending bill. What do you think a stimulus is? That's the whole point. No, seriously. That's the point.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
It's been awhile since I posted anything. The draw to hibernate in the winter is just too great to pass up. But troubled times call for sleepy, semi-productive measures, such as me writing this post. Aren't you proud?
Yeah the economy still isn't looking good huh? This whole kerfuffle ( I just really wanted to use that word today) over the stimulus package is just showcasing the type of government we are trying to move past here. We've got serious problems, more jobs are being lost every day, and Washington is devolving into primordial ooze once again. Oh it's both party's faults also, we need more pet projects for Democrats just as badly as we need more tax cuts for Republicans and holes in our heads.
There is an excellent website though for anyone who would like to look into exactly where the funds in the bill are going to be used, Stimulus Watch. For instance they are planning to put $10,000,000 into neighborhood street repairs in my very own town. Aside from potentially waking me up every morning with construction noise, this is the type of project I can get behind. I'm not just happy about the prospect of local jobs, I'm excited about actual non-pot-holed streets. The last pot hole I drove over was so deep there were mole people living inside it.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I can't believe this day is finally here. There is a torrent of emotion welling in me. It is the beginning of a new era, a shift in the paradigm of American.
I started my job the day Bush was re-elected. To me it was the greyest day there ever was. I was swimming in disillusionment and fear. Now that day is fading away forever.
Thank you God, the last eight years are over! Rejoice!
Today is to be a long day of trying to sit still at my desk while history is being made somewhere outside the door. But you know what? History is made in the streets, but also in our hearts. It doesn't matter where you are today, because we are all in this together. We are all here, alive on this day to be one Nation, taking one giant leap towards liberty and justice for all. And whether you are sitting in a cubical, or on the steps of the Capitol, there will be a moment today for you to hold in your heart forever.
Whatever you do, don't let that moment fade. Write about it, sign about it, tell your friends and family about it, because it belongs to the ages as much as your heart.