Tea for the Bloggerman


1/20/09
January 20, 2009, 10:56 pm
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Two buttons that I brought with me to the computer lab in the BEH Hall at UNLV on this glorious inauguration day, one being a Obama ’08 campaign button provided by Moveon.org and the other being an authentic “Kennedy for President” button from the 60s. I held both of these tightly in my hands while Obama was being sworn in and I pressed the Kennedy pin softly to my lips during Obama’s speech.

My little viewing station for the big day. I believe the moment I captured on the screen was from Rick Warren’s sermon.

May we all have a joyous eight years, eight years of togetherness, of shared burden and shared reward. There’s a lot of work to be done, reversing the past eight years. “We are the people we’ve been waiting for,” Obama once said. Let’s roll.



Woody Guthrie would be so proud
January 18, 2009, 6:51 pm
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In my search for Youtube video of Obama’s inagural concert at the Lincoln Memorial, I stumbled upon this video.

Bruce Springsteen was joined on stage by Pete Seeger to sing Woody Guthrie’s classic “This Land is Your Land.” The crowd sings along. Imagine, hundreds of thousands of people all gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial celebrating the nation’s first African-American president by singing a song by one of America’s most beloved folksingers, and accompanied by one of Guthrie’s personal friends, the 89-year old Pete Seeger.  It is moments like this that makes me proud to be an American.



The Politics of Spongebob
December 15, 2008, 6:24 pm
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With winter vacation in full-swing, I have had a lot of time to lazy around and watch cartoons. Well I just watched an episode of Spongebob Squarepants I had not seen before and I am quite impressed.  Now I love Spongebob, but I didn’t think it much as a vehicle for politics, but I was wrong!

This episode begins with Mr. Krabs singing the joys of money and of greed. When he finishes his song, a wealthy businessman and his associates enter the Krusty Krab looking for the owner. It is soon revealed that the wealthy businessman is none other than the man who engineered the ruthless takeover over many of the mom-‘n-pop restaurants in Bikini Bottom and transformed them into chain restaurants. He offers Mr. Krabs a truck full of money for the Krusty Krab and he accepts.

Soon Mr. Krabs finds retirement not quite what he expected and goes back to the Krab to get a job. Upon returning to the Krab he finds how drastic the changes are. Even though the restaurant looked more impressive and had many more customers, the new owners controlled the staff with an iron fist, forcing them to follow regulation upon regluation. The Krabby Patties were no longer handmade with love from the finest ingredients. Oh no. They were made on a conveyer belt using artifical food substitutes. To quote the new manager of the Krusty Krab: “our customers are quite satisfied with the contrived and the mediocre.”

Mr. Krabs realizes the error of his ways and reveals the horrid nature of the food they have been serving. The people run in fear, the machines malfunction and destroy the Krab, Mr. Krab buys back the restaurant, and they start over from scratch. Overall, a happy ending.

This is obviously a social critique at big chain restaurants like McDonalds and Starbucks who drive independent businesses to ruin so they can make ridiculous profit hocking their third-rate products to unsuspecting and unthinking consumers. While this may be good business, it cuts the heart out of the American economy: the belief that with hard work, dedication, and innovation, great success is possible. This ethic has been largely replaced by corportate greed and the tendency for the American consumer to jump off the proverbial cliff like lemmings. It is a sad fate.

The second part of the episode involves Spongebob being worried that his “laugh box” is wearing out and that he needs to stop laughing forever. A political interpretation of this portion will follow shortly. Kidding!



John McCain eats newborn babies
September 26, 2008, 8:07 pm
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…it’s a fact, you can look it up.



“Palin Billed State for Nights Spent at Home”
September 8, 2008, 11:54 pm
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/08/AR2008090803088.html?hpid=topnews

ANCHORAGE, Sept. 8 — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a “per diem” allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business.

The governor also has charged the state for travel expenses to take her children on official out-of-town missions. And her husband, Todd, has billed the state for expenses and a daily allowance for trips he makes on official business for his wife.

Palin, who earns $125,000 a year, claimed and received $16,951 as her allowance, which officials say was permitted because her official “duty station” is Juneau, according to an analysis of her travel documents by The Washington Post.

The governor’s daughters and husband charged the state $43,490 to travel, and many of the trips were between their house in Wasilla and Juneau, the capital city 600 miles away, the documents show. …

This is the maverick the McCain campaign is trying to sell us? Jesus.

Oh, and of course there is this recent discovery from June of this year:

Why can’t people be smarter than this?