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OMG Snow in New England!

Posted by madjillmom on January 27, 2011

The downside of having 24 hour cable news is apparent when snow in New England in January is the biggest story on said stations.  This phenomenon is not that noteworthy.  It is the abnormal that should be noteworthy.

The only take on it should be how NYC is now able to remove the snow when they seemed not to be able to around Christmas.  The bad press on the union that takes care of that now means the union has to do their jobs for real or catch a lot of flack.  Unions should be on notice that they can’t get away with the stuff they usually do.  Too bad it took some deaths to get to this place.

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State of the Union Thoughts

Posted by madjillmom on January 26, 2011

  • Boring and out of sync.  The usual applause lines were stepped on as the standing and cheering was different.
  • Unnecessary Parenting Advice – Teach your children to worship the science fair winner instead of the basketball players he loves.  Make your kids do their homework.  Move to schools with nearby gangs because they become better schools.
  • Career Advice:  Become a teacher because all our teachers are really old and will be retiring soon.  Go to college.  The government will give you money.  Don’t worry that the education may cost more than you will ever get out of it.
  • A Trip Down Memory Lane:  Sputnik, getting a job in the local factory without college, the Transcontinental Railroad, the Interstate Highways, etc.
  • Illegal Aliens pledge allegiance to the flag but might be deported anyway, at the schools that still allow the Pledge to be said.
  • Rebuild America for the 21st Century, patch roads, high-speed internet to all (still waiting).  Didn’t this all get done with the Stimulus?  I guess not.
  • Now that the Dems and I have rammed Obamacare through, I am now willing to listen to other ideas and concerns that I already heard but ignored before signing it into law.
  • Debt is a bad thing.  Let’s freeze spending at an unsustainable level and call that good enough.  But wait, let’s invest in infrastructure and high-speed rail to 80% of Americans.
  • Tax the Rich.  I won’t be happy until I can take more money from the rich and give it to people who don’t do much.
  • Government should function well.  Kinda like the oil spill last spring.  Salmon shouldn’t have to go to three or more agencies to be eaten.  Perhaps he should have an agency devoted to Salmon.  All the people who work for the three agencies can then go to work for the Salmon  Agency.
  • Muslims are part of America.  Al Queda is bad.  Taliban is bad.
  • Iran and North Korea shouldn’t have nuclear weapons.  No plan.
  • Support our troops made up of diversity.  Allow ROTC on Ivy League campuses like the one I attended.  Put the recruiting booths right next to the Gay and Lesbian Club booths as they are now drawing from the same pool.
  • Let Illegal Aliens become citizens.
  • Reform Social Security but do not put anything or anyone at risk.
  • Five Pillars of Plans.  Pres. Obama is fond of pillars.  They look real good in stadiums.
  • Things we didn’t hear:  $3 gallon gas, foreclosures, unemployment statistics, the value of the dollar, food shortages across the world, where to cut, the killing of Christians in the Middle East, wage stagnation, Fannie and Freddie, Pension Time Bomb, Higher Education Bubble, the scary picture of Lil’ Wayne on Rolling Stone, Just for Men Haircolor…

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Investment Defined

Posted by madjillmom on January 25, 2011

Investment:  When the government takes money from us and gives it to some special interest.  In the current form, it is given to the unions (infrastructure) and “green energy” bets, probably destined to fail.

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Obama 2011 State of the Union Prediction

Posted by madjillmom on January 24, 2011

I predict that Obama will continue to avoid doing what needs to be done.  He has ignored the Deficit Reduction group he called on to come up with ideas to cut spending.  He will not step up to the plate with any real cuts to any existing programs.  It is already well known that he will call for more spending on “targeted” stimulus.  (Did we learn nothing from Tuscon?)  I suspect he will find a way to spend the next few years taking potshots at the Republicans and the cuts they want to make.  He hasn’t gotten the message yet.  I don’t think he will.  He knows more than all the rest of us who want severe cuts in government spending.  He will continue to be way less than specific about any proposals.  He will probably come up with some new “tax” that isn’t called a tax. He will also blame Bush for something at least once.  He will pat himself on the back for all he has done.

I hope I am wrong.

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Expanding Our Moral Imaginations

Posted by madjillmom on January 13, 2011

I did not watch the Tuscon Memorial last night.  I heard snippets of Obama’s speech and then read over it online.  If Sarah Palin, who is not a public official, was late to condemn those trying to lay blame (as posited by a Dem on Fox News yesterday), then Pres. Obama was really late to do so.  Yes, he said some good things, some touching things.  He also finally sounded the undeniable truth that we shouldn’t jump to conclusions regarding this terrible incident, shouldn’t be eager to hijack the issue to our own benefit.  He seemed to go back to lecturing us all about our discourse and the need to strive to be better people.  I love to be lectured to, don’t you?  I would have been so much better if he had admitted  to cranking up the rhetoric himself.  I would have been impressed if he had admitted to being a sinner while extorting us all to be better.  I would have been even more impressed if he had done this before the polls came out that the public wasn’t buying the drumbeat of blaming the conservatives, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh or the Tea Party members. I would have been even more impressed if he hadn’t called the media darling Sheriff Dupnik a few days ago and praised his handling of the situation.

The strangest phrase of the speech was requesting that we expand our moral imaginations.  What does this mean?  I know Obama is a smart man, but I have never heard of our moral imagination.  Morals are morals and imagination is imagination.  Seems that they do not really go together.  In fact, it seems that the murderer was expanding his moral imagination when he did this awful thing.  Is there a program available out there to help me expand my moral imagination?

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Tucson Murders Handwringing

Posted by madjillmom on January 12, 2011

Political rhetoric, political correctness, gun metaphors, toning it down.  OMG, the goofy smiling killer is at fault.  No one else.

Political rhetoric is essential to our system.  Speech is protected.  Get over this anal exam of who said what and whether it incited violence.

If there were signs, if the authorities knew of the suspicions of those around Jared Loughner, then let’s get to the bottom of what wasn’t done that could have been done.  Do not attempt to tamp down speech and debate in the name of a crazy man.

I just listened to a pundit accuse Sarah Palin of being late to the game.  He thinks all politicians have a responsibility to call for toning down the rhetoric.  Was that what Pres. Obama was doing when he call the big mouth sheriff who has non-stop called this tragedy the fault of talk radio, Sarah Palin, and the tea party?  Did the President ask this guy to stop the blame game?  I do not think so.  He praised this big mouth idiot who possibly knew of the erratic behavior of the killer and does not want us to know that.

Remember, if you can use a tragedy to assault your opponents, don’t let that go to waste.  Don’t wait for facts, just use anything you can to shoot down your enemies.  Yes, I said “shoot”.  Get over it.

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Oprah Winfrey Network

Posted by madjillmom on January 2, 2011

I am not a fan of Oprah Winfrey.  I thought she had value for about the first 10 years.  Then she became a religion of some kind.  Now she has a whole network to save us all.  I have tuned in.  A family is resolving their hoarding/clutter issues, their communication issues, and the deadly illness issue all on their front lawn surrounded by all their stuff.  Wow.  That certainly is taking it up a notch – crying and psychoanalysis on the front yard with cameras rolling.  I think  this could fix me.  Now if I can develop a terminal disease and kick up my clutter a few levels, I too can be saved by Oprah and her minions.

All the commercials so far seem to be enabling great things also.  Nissan Leaf, fabulous Diane Sawyer, Live to you true potential, and Oprah’s best friend’s show.  So far, there aren’t any beer commercials or weight loss products being shown.

Remember, don’t watch this network unless you are an Oprah hater such as myself.  (Hate really is too strong a word for my feelings for Oprah.)  If you step inside the network, you will be sucked into the cult, fed the KoolAid, and hunted down when you wake up from the unreality to the real world.  No one can escape.  I am not sure if there is deprogramming available for this new network yet.  Perhaps there is a employment opportunity there for me.

Now there is a program on call Miracle Detectives.  Will there be long lines in Chimayo, NM, seeking cure for illness and pain?  Maybe they should have just taken the man from the last show to this place to see if it might cure his leukemia.

Update:  I have watched almost an hour of this network and I can feel myself being sucked in.  Help me…  Please make it stop….  Oh, no!  This blog could be pro-Obama by the end of the week….

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