Archive for July, 2011

July 31, 2011

MATT DAMON GETS IN CHARACTER AS WILL HUNTING AND ATTEMPTS TO ANSWER QUESTION:

Matt Damon on job security and the teaching profession: “See, you take this MBA style thinking, right? It’s the problem with ed. policy right now. Is this intrinsically paternalistic view of problems that are much more complex than that.”

So rather than addressing the woman’s question, he’s basically trying to brow-beat her with his homespun Cambridge-style ‘er South Boston style street tough routine, as he did in 1997 as Will Hunting. He could just say, “I think you’re oversimplifying the issue.” But, noooo. He’s MAATTT DAAAMONNN. So he has to unnecessarily spruce up his sentences with uuhhh, well uhh,  paternalistically paternal view is  intrinsically intrinsic in so far as the, well heretofore, as previously mentioned in the affidavit, concerning the complexity of the issues, so say one, so say you all.  Certainly sounds like he’s winning some sort of an argument.

Damon continues: “It’s like saying a teacher is going to get lazy when they get tenure.”

Uhhhhh, yeah, right.What hogwash to assume that public employees get lazy on the job once they know they can’t get fired. What bullpuckey!?

Here’s how Will Hunting circa 1997 might have responded to Matt Damon ‘2011:

INT. MATT DAMON’S CAMBRIDGE HOME — DAY

MATT DAMON RESTS COMFORTABLY BETWEEN WILL HUNTING’S LEGS, GENTLY APPLYING LOTION. THEY’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ARGUMENT.

DAMON: A teacher wants to teach. I mean, why else would you take a shitty salary and really long hours, and, and, and do that job………unless you really loved to do it.

WILL: Because maybe you like your job. Or maybe you don’t. Maybe you got into it for the idealistic and romantic view of being some kind of a Jaime Escalante type Stand and Deliver teacher who gets a class of kids to ace differential calculus exams.  But the reality is, three years in, you’re just a broke down, glorified baby-sitter with permanently sewn in sweat stains, making next to nothing, playin’ wet nurse to a group of latchkey kids and hoppers down in Roxbury, who’d sooner split your head open at a Denny’s than give you an apple, and you’re thinkin’ to yourself, ‘this job market sucks. what else can i do? where else can i find some decent job security?’ but by then you’re too tired to do anything else involving a resume on careerbuilder.com, and you start doing the math — maybe you can tough it out, herd this cattle of future welfare cases and meth heads, and pretty soon you’ll have enough tenure to retire and occasionally take a cruise to some tropical isle while your former students are either holding up a liquor mart in Malden, serving a dime for assault or money laundering — take your pick — all the while your eldest child is now in the same freakin’ school you teach at, and what you really want to do is send him to a decent private school, anywhere but the craphole you teach at, only you’re against school vouchers like the good little progressive that you are, and the one student you spent all your time and effort to get through to, the one student who you thought would make it all worth while, just got knocked up by your worst student, and 15 years from now their kid is going to walk into your youngest kid’s high school and shank him in the groin during detention just for the hell of it. and while you’re in the morgue waiting to  ID the body, you’re thinking ‘i worked all these years in the U.S. public education system for an unfulfilling job with a shitty salary, but, hey, at least i can lie to people and tell them i love what i do for a living, and maybe they’ll believe it…’

so, yeah, most teachers with guaranteed pay and little incentive are going to take the path of least resistance, because the system knows it’s not worth your time and effort to reach these students or give it your all. it’s called a misallocation of your time and resources. no one else gives a f*** so why should you? you get tenure, why shouldn’t you get lazy like every other g**d*** public school teacher, nay public employee,  in the greater boston area…”

MATT DAMON: MATT DAAAMONNN!

FADE TO BLACK

July 31, 2011

WASHINGTON TIMES: “new numbers also show the widening gap between Mr. Obama’s promised economic performance and what he has delivered”

WASHINGTON TIMES: “Smack in the middle of the debt-ceiling crisis comes word that the economic situation is worse than everyone thought. New Commerce Department figures show the gross domestic product (GDP) growing at an anemic 1.3 percent rate in the second quarter of 2011. Even more alarming, the initial first-quarter 1.9 percent figure was sharply downgraded to a scant 0.4 percent. If the second-quarter rate is later reduced that much, it would signal that the country is in a recession. Most Americans suffering during this historic downturn wouldn’t be surprised.

The weak GDP numbers raise serious questions about the economic assumptions on which the various budget projections and debt-ceiling plans are based. Revenue projections assume an unrealistic growth rate of nearly 3 percent through 2020. The claimed savings in the plans – whether they are from the House, the Senate or the purported “secret” White House plan – are only cuts against projected spending. They are the equivalent of someone claiming to be frugal for not going on a planned unsustainable spending binge but instead just splurging on a moderately pricey shopping spree.

[Read more of “Obama’s economic collapse: Rosy scenarios defeated by grim reality” at the Washington Times]

July 31, 2011

UNFOLLOWING OBAMA

NILE GARDINER: “Barack Obama’s vulgar Twitter spamming campaign is a classless act of desperation by the US president.

July 31, 2011

GEORGE WILL USES ENTIRE COLUMN TO BASICALLY GIVE REASON GUYS BOOK PROMO

GEORGE WILL: “But when government fails, it expands even faster. This is, Gillespie and Welch say, because “politics is a lagging indicator of change,” a sector of top-down traditions increasingly out of step with today’s “bottom-up business and culture” of: “You want soy with that decaf mocha frappuccino?”

A generation that has grown up with the Internet “has essentially been raised libertarian,” swimming in markets, which are choices among competing alternatives.

And the left weeps. Preaching what has been called nostalgianomics, liberals mourn the passing of the days when there was one phone company, three car companies, three television networks, and an airline cartel, and big labor and big business were cozy with big government.

The America of one universally known list of Top 40 records is as gone as records. When the Census offered people the choice of checking the “multiracial” category, Maxine Waters, then chairing the Congressional Black Caucus, was indignant: “Letting individuals opt out of the current categories just blurs everything.” This is the voice of reactionary liberalism: No blurring, no changes, no escape from old categories, spin the world back to the 1950s.”

America is moving in the libertarians’ direction not because they have won an argument but because government and the sectors it dominates have made themselves ludicrous. This has, however, opened minds to the libertarians’ argument.

The essence of which is the common-sensical principle that before government interferes with the freedom of the individual and of individuals making consensual transactions in markets, it ought to have a defensible reason for doing so. It usually does not.

 

[READ more of George Will’s “The Declaration of Independents“]

July 31, 2011

REASON-ABLE GUYS: “It’s not a game, Boehner and Bam”

NICK GILLESPIE AND MATT WELCH: “While the government continues to borrow more than 40 cents for every dollar it spends, neither Obama or Boehner has proposed reducing year-over-year government expenditures by a penny. To the extent that Obama’s preferred path can even be divined from his peevish oracular pronouncements about “eating peas,” he’s talking about raising annual government spending from $3.8 trillion this year to $5.7 trillion in 2021. The 10-year budget plan that Boehner and the Republicans are pushing calls for spending $4.7 trillion in 2021.

Only in Washington can minor trims in massive anticipated spending hikes be considered budget “cuts.” Which explains why the bond-rating agency Standard & Poor’s has warned that whatever happens this week regarding the debt ceiling, the US needs to present a credible long-term plan in the next three months to stabilize and decrease its staggering debt load or face a credit downgrade.

The debt limit, in other words, is just the canary in the coal mine. The real problem is a long-term trend that can’t be explained away with slippery language.

[Read “It’s not a game, Boehner and Bam” at the New York Post]

July 30, 2011

VISUALIZATION OF U.S. DEBT — What does $114.5 Trillion look like? (HINT: Bigger than a baby’s arm)

$114,500,000,000,000. – US unfunded liabilities.

Think in terms of World Trade Center, Statue of Liberty, and Empire State Building….

“The 114.5 Trillion dollar super-skyscraper is the amount of money the U.S. Government knows it does not have to fully fund the Medicare, Medicare Prescription Drug Program, Social Security, Military and civil servant pensions. It is the money USA knows it will not have to pay all its bills. If you live in USA this is also your personal credit card bill; you are responsible along with
everyone else to pay this back. The citizens of USA created the U.S. Government to serve them, this is what the U.S. Government has done while serving The People. ”

Check it out at http://usdebt.kleptocracy.us/

July 30, 2011

NY DAILY NEWS: OBAMA TWITTER #FAIL @BarryO — Loses 40,000 Followers

[H/T DRUDGE]

President Obama brought his debt battle to Twitter and he lost – more than 40,000 Twitter followers.

Obama asked Americans Friday to call, email, and tweet Congressional leaders to “keep the pressure on” lawmakers in hopes of reaching a bipartisan deal to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit ahead of an Aug. 2 deadline.

Obama’s campaign staff used the @BarackObama Twitter account to post the Twitter handles of tweeting GOPleaders – state by state, tweet by tweet.”

“Not everyone is a fan of the presidential spam. By Friday evening, the President had lost more than 40,000 Twitter followers – and counting.Many members of the Twitterati took to the social media platform to voice their annoyance over the barrage of partisan tweets. A search for “@BarackObama unfollow” turned up scores of irritated posts.

“Honestly, @BarackObama, I’m going to have to unfollow you if you don’t stop filing up my Twitter inbox soon,” tweeted Bostonian @melisthreadgill, a self-described “Progressive activist”.

“Can’t believe I had to unfollow @BarackObama for spamming Twitter. Really, really strange behavior,” wrote @Arevill inConnecticut.

[Read more at the New York Daily News]

July 29, 2011

GEORGE LOPEZ: If Sarah Palin becomes President, I’m moving to Canada

THE DARJEELING EXPRESS: You promise?

Now which one of these cats is George Lopez again?

July 29, 2011

VDH: “Our Ten-Trillion-Dollar Man”

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: “So we have what we have always had — the most partisan and the least experienced man in the US Senate as president, elected by a perfect storm of events (e.g., the 2008 meltdown, the media adulation, the anemic McCain candidacy, the furor over Bush and the Iraq war, the orphaned election without a single incumbent, etc.), in which no one was allowed to ask “Who is this stranger?” and “What has he ever done?”, in which the media finally gave up its last shred of impartiality and became a megaphone, as we were assured that Mr. Obama’s most intimate associates were really total strangers, his once praised avid church-going was merely sporadic, his most partisan voting record was in truth bipartisan, and his bad habits of saying disturbing things were simply a symptom of racialist, raise-the-bar nitpicking on behalf of his Neanderthal critics.

“Obama, you see, is our nemesis. He is a totem, the logical manifestation of a warped media, the reification of some crazy — and arrogant — ideas about redistributive politics, the statist economy, and cultural and social life that permeated American life the last forty years. He is the president with a 1,000 faces that we have all seen at work, on TV, throughout American life, and at some point the odds determined that we had to have a rendezvous with him— perhaps a catharsis to teach us the wages of Keynesian debt, of a social policy contrary to human nature with its equality of result doctrines, of an all-powerful, all-growing unaccountable government, of the now hip ambiguity about past American protocols and history. Obama is the exaggeration of all the dubious ideas that arose since the 1960s — brought to fruition on his watch, delivered by mellifluous cadences by an untouchable persona.”

[Read VDH’s “Our Ten-Trillion-Dollar Man“]

July 29, 2011

GALLUP: “Obama Approval Drops to New Low of 40%”

What is up with Gallup? I’d submit that Obama’s real approval level has been just a tick under 40% for over a year.

If Gallup has the number at 40% that means it’s actually lower. There’s always a bit of a buffer I think, and I’d hypothesize that there is a subset of those who ‘approve’ who will not vote for him now or won’t pull the lever for him in November 2012.

And, by the way, 40% is the Mendoza line for Obama. I don’t recall a poll ever having him in the 30s. How can that be?It’s as if they refuse to put him under 40% just on shear principle. No one wants to be the poll that gives him the 38% approval rating? That would be blaspheme. It’s almost like something out of the end of The Matrix whenever Neo is about to be killed by Joey Pants or one of the Smiths. His approval number is at 41%…40%… and then *suddenly* an Act of God — “it can’t be!” — and he’s back to 44-45%.

And if his support is cratering down to 40%, then what has he been blabbering about on the TV this past week at his numerous “Now I, the Great Obama, shall speak and offer wisdom” speeches on the debt-ceiling. He’d have you believe that the American people are with him on the great issues of the day, but, by Gallup’s measure, the American people have never been so out of love with the man. S