Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Ugh! Malkin the Mocker

Michelle Malkin (a conservative blogger) attempts to parody Michelle Obama’s dancing (with Jimmy Fallon), but actually Malkin is just showing her mean and ugly personality--and she can't even dance. On top of that, her ‘Finger of Blame’ move is much more characteristic of the typical republican. Just look at common nicknames they use every day: ObamaCare (as if it was a bad thing), the ObamaQuester (as if the sequester was his fault--actually, the republican majority of congress passed it), the ‘Diggie’ (referring to Obama’s “spending sinkhole,” when it was Bush’s wars that plummeted us into that hole). Malkin’s mockery is repulsive, immature and insulting…but very typical of a right-wing blowhard.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Memorable Moments

In his GOP rebuttal to President Obama's SOTU, Marco Rubio didn't have any new ideas to offer, just criticism. But what his response will mostly be remembered for is this slippery slurp:

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Republicans Continue To Remake Their Image...
Evidently They Want to be the New Democrats

From MSNBC's Thomas Roberts:

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>> Want to bring in our Wednesday morning political power panel. We have Joanne Reid, Doug Thornell, republican strategist Hogan. The democratic strategy session that's going on, the immigration, the gun control, the electoral changes that are going to take place; but it was really interesting yesterday, as we saw with Eric Cantor coming out, rebranding or wanting to rebrand the republican party and where they're starting. It seems as if this message is one that we've heard before but from a different person. Take a look.

>> Well, it starts by making sure that everyone in america gets a fair shot at success.

>> Our goal is to ensure that every American has a fair shot to earn success.

>> That's why immigrants from around the world historically have flocked to our shores.

>> That hope led generations of immigrants to risk everything to endure a tough journey to come to our shores.

>> We should be giving people the chance to get new skills and training.

>> As job markets are changing, more skills and training are needed.

>> So the rebranding is about going to pre-election speeches and drafting those as your own now post-election for Eric Cantor?

>> It's amazing, because "fair shot" has been such a signature phrase for Barack Obama. He's been using it for over a year. So it really was striking to hear Eric Cantor literally lifting lines from Barack Obama. I guess what the republican party has decided is Barack Obama is popular so they need to sound more like him. That doesn't mean they're going to change their underlying policy but they sure do want to sound like the guy who's more popular.

>> There has been a lot of pushback from the conservative entertainment complex, one being Rush Limbaugh. I want to hear what he had to say after Eric Cantor's speech.

>> There isn't any resistance to Obama anywhere. and it's going to get worse. even from this point. it is because of who Obama is and what his policies are and the perception that the american people massively support it all. and that's... Cantor is saying we're going to have to do a better job of explaining who we are. we need to do a better job of explaining why we're doing what we're doing. that's -- i think -- well, that epitomizes how lost they all feel. and right now, folks, there is no fight.

>> So Hogan, they have been labeled -- the right, that is, as the party of no. If Eric Cantor is re-articulating the position, is it basically just saying going from no, to nooo -- just to slow it down? because Ed Schultz was saying that Eric Cantor has a new tube of lipstick but it's the same old pig.

Refining the GOP Message

...and the masters of GOP messaging are Ferret News and Frank Luntz!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Choices in Education... and Free WiFi for All! :-)

Update: I referred to "free WiFi for all" based on what I read in this Washington Post article. But here's a link to an updated WP article by Cecilia Kang which clarifies five things about the public WiFi.

Choices. Can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em, right John? Lol. (just kidding)

Changes--such as allowing home-schoolers to participate in school leagues--should be embraced. Changing the system to allow MORE choices for home-schoolers (and online e-learners, etc.) is a good thing and will benefit communities overall.

Brick and mortar schools, as we know them, may become obsolete within the next 20 years & then the argument will become irrelevant anyhow. Check out the future. And here's a direct link to the Khan Academy website.

As online education & home schools become more common, traditional schools will be wise to welcome the notion of offering a ‘buffet’ of choices for each and every k-12 student who wants to participate in ANY public school activity. Public schools need to be 'big tent' institutions and attract diverse students, part-time students, remote students, and yes, even home-school students who just want the extracurricular activities.

Remote learning opportunities will eventually permeate throughout our educational system and the changes they bring will be unstoppable, John. You’ll see. This article in your paper may help connect the dots for how remote learning (from home or k-12 institutions) could soon grow & thrive.

So quit being the 'choice police' as well as a nattering nabob of negativism. ;-D

When we come together to achieve common goals, everyone benefits and programs are strengthened. Welcome the change that allows expanded choices for others.

JollyP :-)

P.S. I home-schooled my own kids for 10 years (non-religious reasons).