Saturday, April 18, 2009

President Is A Good Listener

So the President goes to a summit of all the leaders of Latin America and is lambasted by numerous leaders railing against this terrible country called America. They berate him with a history lesson going back to the 1800's of how the South American countries struggled, and subsequently the reason the United States was responsible for it. So they united to combat the expansionist policies of greedy America. The President showed us one thing in his first 100 days.. he gets a smiley face for listening.

Nary a word that he was 'Proud To Be An American', he never talked of our country's accomplishments or the many generosities we have expressed throughout the world. In fact he was never at anytime during the summit, a visionary leader with a plan to lead 'the Americas' to greater unity or productive relationship. It appears that we have elected a punching bag for the world to take out their past anti-American aggressions on. Is that what we elected? A pugilist's practice doll who responds only to the pull of a teleprompter string.

President Bush was accused, and maybe rightfully so, of being somewhat of a puppet to his advisers. Maybe true maybe not. However, I am flabbergasted at the level of puppeteering I am seeing with our current US Representative. I can envision his advisers "Mr. President today you are going to push your universal health care initiative" to which Obama replies "You write it and I'll read it."

My closing thought is this.. We as a country have never worried what other countries think about us in order to validate our Americanism. We have always put our own freedom and sovereignty first. Opening up a Presidency by asking the world to express their Pet Peeves doesn't seem too smart for a leader at the level of US President. If another 9-11 takes place will Obama open a Chat Room for the terrorists to express why President Bush made them do it? Or, will he defend our country according the the tradition of all past presidents? If this is the beginning of a New World Order then I like a sign I read at a recent Tea Party.. "I like our old Uncle Sam better than our New Big Brother!"

Friday, April 17, 2009

Obama Loved Mexico

President Barack Obama arrived in Mexico today amid cheers and spontaneous 'hat dancing'. As he entered the city, Mr. Obama was asked to ride a donkey the remaining 100 yards to the Mexican Presidents office. People were praising him and laying down sheaves of Marijuana as he proceeded. After meeting with Mexico's President Felipe Calderon, Mr Obama immediately formed a grass roots activist group to assist him with Public Relations within Mexico. The new group is called JALAPENO.

J- Just
A- Another
L- Liberal
A- Agency
P- Perjuring
E- Everything
N- News
O- Oriented

The report that 16 Mexicans were killed in a drug war related fire storm of bullets was immediately challenged by JALAPENO who declared "It was a fireworks accident by a patriotic pyrotechnic group rehearsing for Cinco De Mayo." JALAPENO was immediately given the 'Keys to the Boarder' by Mr. Obama who vowed to bring justice to conservative fireworks companies who sold the defective explosives to the well meaning Mexican group. "We have to accept responsibility" said Mr. Obama, "I want to personally apologize on behalf of America and to show my solidarity toward the Mexican people I am going to cancel the 4Th of July this year"

Okay, so this didn't really happen but if it did would we even know?

Have a great weekend folks!

We Got The Ball So Let's Go Let's Go

The role of media by definition is like that of a referee or mediator during a sporting event. Today's media referee's can seem almost fair when 'their team' is in a dominant position and sure of a victory. However when the team they are rooting for begins to be beaten by equitable opposition, they slant and skew the rules to give unfair advantage to the losing team and/or penalize unfairly the winning team. This is standard operating procedure in our main stream media today.

If Referee's behaved this way in soccer, football, baseball or basketball then ticket sales will dry up and fans would stop following the sport. (I omitted hockey because the players themselves would most likely rectify this situation post-haste increasing ticket sales.) This is exactly what we have seen as ratings for CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and others have lost viewer ship in steadily declining progression. Newspapers are going bankrupt or near bankrupt for the same reason. The suggestion of Rosa Brooks, Obama’s newest media-meld appointee that the federal Government needs to give American tax dollars to newspapers, would be like the sports team owners exacting charges on the ex-ticket buyers credit cards without their permission, in order to continue paying bad referees to mismanage their duties and manipulate outcomes.

But that is the past and as we have been told, we shouldn't dwell on the past (unless we need to make baseless comparisons to heroic veterans by dredging up references to Timothy McVeigh). However Wednesday April 15th, during the coverage of the "Tea Parties" across our nation we had a new Referee development occur. What we saw from a CNN reporter Susan Roesgen in Chicago was tantamount to the referee in a soccer match steal the ball from the opposition team, race down the field and score a goal then declare it a goal! Sadly, for the most part the fans boo, the team complains and the tainted match continues.

The tea parties could be likened to a group of people, who used to be fans or players, beginning their own grass roots sports league of like minded folks and launching their movement in an organized effort, to explain why the have bailed on the old sports model and how they want to proceed. Even as the 'Negro" league in baseball or the ABA in basketball was not taken seriously and downplayed by those in power, so too will this movement be underestimated. The ABA fought and struggled for 9 years before the NBA finally admitted 4 teams into the league. Why was that do you suppose? Do team names like New York Nets, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs ring any bells? Thanks to the efforts of those upstart grass roots efforts of the ABA we have a better and a more competitive sport. Interestingly the ABA trademark icon was a Red, White and Blue basket ball.

If tea party organizers will continue their efforts offering regular folks a platform to show up and communicate their ideas, we will see a similar success as we saw with the ABA. In conclusion, if we cancel our credit cards, stop rewarding bad referees with a paycheck and increase our stature in numbers and following, we will take back this country and to coin a phrase from our President, "We will make sure that nothing like what has happened here in America can ever happen again"

by David W. Andersen