Joe Klein Nails What Puzzled Me

President’s oval office speech: I watched it as I usually do all his speeches. At the end of each speech, while I may not have agreed with everything he said I always felt charged, energised and very, very thankful he is at the wheel. But tonight, ummmm, tonight I was baffled and I could not put my finger on it. I have written many times here, “Mr. President, bring them home’. Yet, when he was talking about the soldiers coming home, why was it not energising, why was it not tugging at my heart and mind? I could not figure it out.

But Joe Klein proves why he is a veteran-analyst and I am only a blogger..

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….. And it may just be me, but the President’s discomfort seemed evident tonight–or maybe it’s just that sitting down, with his hands clasped before him, staring into the camera isn’t his best venue for public speaking. Or it may be that announcing the end of a foolish mission requires a certain stiffness and sobriety.

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As the President said, in the most touching line of the speech:
As one staff sergeant said,

“I know that to my brothers in arms who fought and died, this day would probably mean a lot.”

And so this speech was a necessary ceremony of the presidency, if a thankless one. The commentators will say the President didn’t transcend. His critics will say that he refused to acknowledge the “success” of the surge. But he also refused to indulge in relitigating the stupidity that launched the war. The lines will be recorded in history:

“So tonight, I am announcing that the American combat mission in Iraq has ended. Operation Iraqi Freedom is over…”

But the moment won’t be remembered any more fondly than the end of the Korean conflict. The best that can be said is that we survived Iraq. The best that can be said about the President tonight is that he survived, too, yet another very difficult moment in his presidency.

Read more: http://swampland.blogs.time.com/#ixzz0yEymGvxJ

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Huh..? Huh Huh…?

Adam Serwer covering for Greg Sargent at The Plumline:

It’s sort of odd that in an election where Democrats are doing badly because they failed to do more to revive the economy, they’re foundering for a message while facing opponents who are promising to do even less. Not that a strong message would override the underlying fundamentals.

Really, really, Adam Democrats failed to do more to revive the economy? Define ‘more’ will you, please?

Pretend Presidents’ Moments Avec Pretend Movements

The two delusional clowns of Faux news had their pretend presidential moments in the mall, drawing out all the pretend protectors of the country at the real cost of the same, dumb pretend protectors.

Two things:
1:Hey you, pretend protectors of the great nation, if you can’t even protect yourselves from the very easily known, cheesy scammers like these two, how in the hell are you going to protect your constitution and your country?

2:Hey you, pretend presidents, had fun with the all dress-up palooza? Sucked out enough $$$ from your gullible followers? Made enough $$$$$ history? What next?
Indians don’t have exclusive rights to Gandhi, We do” rally? Or how about “South Africans don’t have exclusive rights to Mandela, We Do” rally…there is more $$$$$ suckers from where the miraculous $600000 came from, you know. So how about it, you dumbasses?

Boy, these two have great disdain and are uber-jealous for/of that community organizer, don’t they?

Adorable Young Presidential Scholar

What is choooooo adorable is that not only can this cute tot say the famous/infamous quotes, he is also able to enact the same tone and body language. I loved the way he goes very slow for Ronald Reagan and then shakes his shoulders for George W Bush and finally for our main man, he uses his fingers emphatically all around him just as Prez Obama used to during his campaigns. What a cutie-pie!! ENJOY!!

Here is the part transcript from what I was able to decipher:
What did George Washington say? I didn’t catch any of the words.
What did Abraham Lincoln say? I didn’t quite catch all the words, but he seemed to say four then seven and use his fingers to show seven so I am guessing that this is the quote this scholar was referring to….

Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Abraham Lincoln

What did Nixon say? I am not quitting.
What did Truman say? The buck stops here.
What did Ronald Reagan say? Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall now.
What did Clinton say? I did not have sexual relations with that woman.
What did John F Kennedy say? Ask not what the country can do for you, ask what you can do for the country (He sort of mangled it up, but his mom says it is pretty good and I always concur with moms).
What did George W Bush say? Fool me once and you cannot fool me again, he, he, he.
What did George H bush say? Read my lips, no taxes
What did our main man Barack Obama say? Yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can!

And here is a bonus, George W’s best moments:

Gov Christie’s Big, Fat, STUPID Moment

ha, ha, ha….I can’t get enough of this arrogant ‘former attorney, current governor with more executive experience than President Obama’ sporting the biggest rotten tomatoes on his face!!

Here is what we know:

Race to the Top, abbreviated R2T, RTTT or RTT, is a $4.35 billion United States Department of Education program designed to spur reforms in state and local district K-12 education. It is funded by the ED Recovery Act as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and was announced by President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on July 24, 2009.- Wikipedia[1]

All 50 states are eligible to compete and must all submit the applications before deadline. The judges will go over the applications and select the winners based on the ‘facts’ provided in the applications. Simple, right? For 49 states it was, but for one arrogant, bully governor, this turned out to be a revelatory moment.

What happened?? This happened

After making a high-profile bid for hundreds of millions of dollars in federal education reform money, New Jersey fell three points short of receiving “Race to the Top” funding, in part because of an error by the Christie administration in the state’s application, records obtained by The Star-Ledger show.
One five-point question on the application asked for budget information comparing the 2008 and 2009 school years. However, the state submitted information comparing the current year to 2011.
That mistake cost the state 4.8 points. The state lost points in other areas as well, the records show.
In the end, New Jersey received 437.8 out of a possible 500 points, placing it 11th in the competition, just behind Ohio, which received $400 million and was the last state to receive funding. The winners of the $4.35 billion competition were announced today in Washington, D.C.
“New Jersey did not supply the 2008-2009 data as required and therefore forfeits the points,” said the report from one of the federal reviewers scoring the competition.
According to the program’s rules, there is no appeal process.

Too bad, so sad moment indeed. All you have to do is shake hands with the winners, say ‘cheese’ and move on. Such is life! In a competition the best man/woman/state wins. Better luck next time! Right?

Wrong!! The arrogant, ‘how dare you’ governor decides to show what an arrogant man President Obama is. How? Brilliant At Breakfast reports:

Gov. Chris Christie this morning acknowledged the state made a clerical error that blew its chance at winning $400 million in federal money for schools, but he blamed Obama administration bureaucrats for not giving New Jersey a chance to correct the mistake.

“This is the stuff, candidly, that drives people crazy about government and crazy about Washington,” Christie said at a news conference after an unrelated bill signing.

Christie slapped two thick three-ringed binders on the podium containing more than 1,000 pages of the state’s “Race to the Top” application and appendices, noting that just one piece of paper contained the error.

“The first part of it is the mistake of putting the wrong piece of paper in,” Christie said. “It drives people crazy and, believe me, I’m not thrilled about it. But the second part is, does anybody in Washington, D.C. have a lick of common sense? Pick up the phone and ask us for the number.”

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“That’s the stuff the Obama administration should answer for. Are you guys just down there checking boxes like mindless drones, or are you thinking?” said Christie. “When the president comes back to New Jersey, he’s going to have to explain to the people of the state of New Jersey why he’s depriving them of $400 million that this application earned.”

Yup, he has nailed it! Oh man, how will President Obama ever step foot into New jersey again? Man oh man, what a disaster!

But the coolest Prez ever didn’t even need to swat this fly! Talking Point reports that:

Then on Thursday, the federal Education Department released a video of the presentation itself, showing the officials pointing out the error to Schundler (New Jersey’s then Education Commissioner), who was unable to correct it.

Of course in typical, Christie ‘I don’t think, but why aren’t you thinking’ style, the governor fired the Ed Comm, Schundler, who is now claiming that he never lied to the governor. Meanwhile,

New Jersey’s largest teachers union said today a draft version of an application for Race to the Top funding included key budget information — numbers left off a final version that helped sink the state’s chances.
The earlier application — agreed to May 27 — included budget information for 2008 and 2009 that was left off the final application for federal education aid, according to a copy provided by the New Jersey Education Association. The May 27 version provides more insight into how the state put together the unsuccessful application.

Even his own state’s nj.com is calling him out..Own up, Governor: Race to the Top error was New Jersey’s, not Obama’s

Splatch, spaltch whatzzzzzzzzz dat I hear, more rotten tomatoes landing on governor’s face again? Please make sure it is certified:nothing but the best for the best!

Leadership- Post By Michael

Here is another thought provoking post by Michael from AUZ.

Yoke Yourself To Me

I’ve recently finished a Leadership Training tour where I was training owners of small businesses, a few things stand out as important, one more so above all others.

The idea stems back to 1987 when I was in Scandinavia listening to Jan Carlsson talking about “Management by Love.” He said that a real manager / leader must spend 90% of their time with their people.

At the time I was spending maybe 10% of my time that way, 90% in meetings, doing reports, working through paperwork, and my initial reaction was “of course!” and also, “impossible.”

Jan was right. Leaders must spend the maximum time with those we lead – its the best way to teach, to communicate, to ensure everyone is working together towards the same end. The huge revelation from small business is that the Leader is so busy working “in” the business that he/she spends almost no time leading / teaching.

The end result of little leadership or training is that people are unproductive, don’t know what’s going on, and have no ‘loyalty’ to the business: interesting how every Owner suggests that today’s employees are not loyal, and yet I found not one of the owners have spent serious time with their employees.

I wonder if I would be loyal to a boss I never see?  I wonder what we expect people to be loyal to? A business? An idea?

The best model I’ve ever seen is the model of Jesus walking with his disciples, teaching them by example, spending in fact almost all his time (90%?) with them ‘yoked to him.’

Leadership as exampled by Christ doesn’t have to be hard: take new employees with you, everywhere, for the first few weeks. We don’t have to be professional trainers to be able to teach, just ensuring that people are with us, watching us, causes them to learn.

I’m sure that if every leader spent just one day per month with each of their employees there would be a radical change to loyalty, productivity, and skill level.

Sometimes the best ideas are also the simplest.

Being A Canadian

……..in honour of our spanking new nationality, here is what it takes to be a canuck.

COLD IS RELATIVE ….

The Temperature Conversion Guide (degrees are in Fahrenheit):

50 above – New Yorkers turn on the heat. Canadians plant gardens.

40 above – Californians shiver uncontrollably. Canadians sunbathe.

35 above – Italian cars won’t start. Canadians drive with the windows down.

32 above – Distilled water freezes. Canadian water gets thicker.

20 above – Floridians wear coats, gloves & wool hats. Canadians throw on a t-shirt.

15 above – Californians begin to evacuate the state. Canadians go swimming.

Zero – New York landlords finally turn up the heat. Canadians have the last cook-out before it gets cold.

10 below – People in Miami cease to exist. Canadians lick flag poles.

20 below – Californians fly away to Mexico. Canadians throw on a light jacket.

40 below – Hollywood disintegrates. Canadians rent videos.

60 below – Mt. St. Helens freezes. Canadian Girl Scouts begin selling cookies door to door.

80 below – Polar bears begin to evacuate the Arctic. Canadian Boy Scouts postpone “Winter Survival” classes until it gets cold enough.

100 below – Santa Claus abandons the North Pole. Canadians pull down their ear flaps.

173 below – Ethyl alcohol freezes. Canadians get frustrated when they can’t thaw their kegs.

297 below – Microbial life survives on dairy products. Canadian cows complain of farmers with cold hands.

460 below – ALL atomic motion stops. Canadians start saying”Cold’nuff for ya?”

500 below – Hell freezes over. The Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup

and here is another one…

You know you’re from Canada when …

You only know three spices: salt, pepper and ketchup.

You design your Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.

The mosquitoes have landing lights.

You have more kilometres on your snow blower than your car.

You have 10 favorite recipes for moose meat.

Canadian Tire on any Saturday is busier than the toy stores at Christmas.

You live in a house that has no front step, yet the door is one metre above ground.

You’ve taken your kids trick-or-treating in a blizzard.

Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled in with snow.

You think sexy lingerie is tube-socks and a flannel nightie with only 8 buttons.

You owe more money on your snowmobile than your car.

The local paper covers national and international headlines on 2 pages, but requires 6 pages for hockey.

At least twice a year, the kitchen doubles as a meat processing plant.

The most effective mosquito repellent is a shotgun.

Your snowblower gets stuck on the roof.

You think the start of deer season is a national holiday.

You head south to go to your cottage.

You frequently clean grease off your barbecue so the bears won’t prowl on your deck.

You know which leaves make good toilet paper.

The major parish fund-raiser isn’t bingo it’s sausage making.

You find -40C a little chilly.

The trunk of your car doubles as a deep freeze.

You attend a formal event in your best clothes, your finest jewelry and your Sorrels.

You can play road hockey on skates.

You know 4 seasons: Winter, Still Winter, Almost Winter, and Construction.

The municipality buys a Zamboni before a bus.

You understand the Labatt Blue commercials.

You perk up when you hear the theme from “Hockey Night in Canada”.

You actually get these jokes and forward them to all your Canadian friends