Why I’m voting Tea Party

September 10, 2010

T-shirts from I'm Voting Tea Party

T-shirts from I'm Voting Tea Party

There’s a whole series of ’em.

“Why I’m voting Tea Party?”

  • “Obama won’t let me hunt the homeless for sport.  That’s why I’m voting Tea Party”
  • “Obama won’t teach my kids that the Earth is flat. “
  • “Obama wants the government to take over Social Security.”
  • “Obama doesn’t realize fire departments are socialism.”

And more.

The danger is, maybe Tea Party people are buying them, for real.  It was here in Dallas I ran into the Tea Party group who complained, back to back, that the nation isn’t following the Constitution, and they hated that the government was taking the census.  (Yeah, that’s right:  The census is required by the Constitution.)

Why are you voting Tea Party?

Tip of the old scrub brush to Our Man in Beijing, Kenny.


Michigan’s flags at half-staff for 9/11 remembrance

September 10, 2010

From Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm:

September 9, 2010

Granholm Encourages Citizens to Observe September 11, National Day of Service and Remembrance

LANSING – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm is encouraging Michigan citizens to observe the National Day of Service and Remembrance on Saturday by lowering flags and observing a moment of silence in tribute to victims and heroes of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States .  In April 2009, President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which officially recognized September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Saturday marks the ninth anniversary of the attacks.

In compliance with an executive order issued by Governor Granholm, flags will be flown at half-staff Saturday in remembrance of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.  Granholm also encouraged citizens to observe a moment of silence on Saturday at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane crashed into the North Tower at the World Trade Center .

“Let us all observe a moment of silence to reflect on and remember the tragedy of September 11,” Granholm said.  “In our reflections, let us honor the memories of the victims and heroes of that day and keep their loved ones in our thoughts and prayers.”

Executive Order 2006-10 provides for the lowering of flags to honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and is consistent with federal law which designates September 11 of each year Patriot Day.  For more information on the proclamation designating each September 11 Patriot Day, visit the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs website at www.michigan.gov/dmva

When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the United States flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position.  The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.  Procedures for flag-lowering were detailed by Governor Granholm in Executive Order 2006-10.

Governor Granholm will volunteer at a Habitat for Humanity event in East Lansing on Saturday in recognition of the National Day of Service.

For information on volunteer opportunities across the state, visit the Michigan Community Service Commission at www.michigan.gov/volunteer or www.serve.gov

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Obama to brainwash kids again?

September 10, 2010

President Obama scheduled a speech to school kids for September 14.  Here’s the press release:

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

August 25, 2010

President Obama to Deliver Back to School Speech September 14

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As students begin their school year, President Barack Obama will deliver his second annual Back-to-School Speech at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, September 14 at Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia, PA, a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School. The President’s Back-to-School Speech is an opportunity to speak directly to students across the country.  Last year, President Obama encouraged students to study hard, stay in school, and take responsibility for their education.

“Every single one of you has something you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide,” President Obama   said to students last year (http://www.whitehouse.gov/mediaresources/PreparedSchoolRemarks) .

President Obama’s Back-to-School Speech will be live streamed on  WhiteHouse.gov.

For more information about watching the speech, visit www.whitehouse.gov/back-to-school .   This event is by invitation only, and additional media coverage details will be released soon.

Richard Connelly at the Houston Post blogs wrote about the impact of last year’s speech, and the furtorpor over this year’s speech.  It’s worth a read and a think:

Let’s examine what we learned from the brainwashing last year:
1. A year later, subtle changes can be sensed in the youngsters whose parents so carelessly let them listen to the speech. Instead of sports and girls, boys are talking about Chairman Mao — until their parents walk in the room. Then it’s all xBox and whatever the hell kids are talking about these days, or so they’d have you think.

2. Talk radio and Fox learned a lesson from their hilarious overreaction to last year’s speech. Now, they take a deep breath and ask themselves when a new controversy comes up “Is this just Republican BS? Like that education speech, and death panels, and whatever else they throw up against the wall?” Then they run with it, of course, but still — now they sometimes take a breath beforehand.

3. The piercing intelligence of members of the Oklahoma state legislature was conclusively proven. Oklahoma State Senator Steve Russell said this: “As far as I am concerned, this is not civics education — it gives the appearance of creating a cult of personality. This is something you’d expect to see in North Korea or in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.” Has any statement in all of human history proven to be more correct? Besides “Steve Russell is a hack,” we mean.

Connelly has more.  Click over there.


Sleeping dog at the Palace at Knossos

September 10, 2010

Dog at the Palace at Knossos, Crete (Greece) - photo copyright 2010 Kenny Darrell

Sleeping Dog at the Palace at Knossos, Crete (Greece) - photo copyright 2010 Kenny Darrell (free use with attribution)

You recognize the three maidens, of course, the Ladies in Blue fresco.  Dogs wander all over Crete, Kenny discovered.  Strays?  Neighborhood dogs just not bound by a fence?

Maybe this mutt is just a lover of history, or archaeology.  Dreaming of the Knossos that was?  Who will tell the dog the fresco is a reproduction?  Do they duplicate the dog at the display in the Heraklion Museum?

Kenny got inspiration from roaming the ruins of the palace.  Some of his colleagues, he reported, were less interested, because they were ruins.  They had hoped for more of a palace to tour.  Walking through a cradle of civilization, but craving the comforts of guides and air conditioning . . .

From Kenny’s stay in Crete early in the summer.

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