Obama’s Speech to Students

September 4th, 2009

Question: Why are people so bent out of shape about this?

He’s making a speech, actually taking time to address the kids in this nation. Why is that bad?

If you are worried that one hour of listening to the President is going to undo all the teaching and value-instilling you put into your kids then you may want to rethink your teaching strategies because when it comes to peer pressure your kid will be in serious trouble.

P.S. Yes, I planning on showing the speech to my class but not because it’s Obama speaking. I’m showing it because the fact the the President is taking time to address the students of America teaches our kids that they are worth something if someone important like the President feels the need to take time from his day and speak directly to them.

A Day for Change

January 20th, 2009

Today was an exciting day for our nation. Today was an exciting day for me. Today I watched with a group of my coworkers as the first black man was sworn in as President.

There are so many reasons why today makes me happy but this image sums it up.

That and something I’ve seen written in several other places –

Rosa sat so Martin could walk.
Martin walked so Barack could run.
Barack ran so my children could SOAR.

A Letter to Obama

November 6th, 2008

Yesterday my class talked about the election and they wanted to talk to Obama and tell him they were excited he won. After I explained that he probably won’t be making a stop at our school they decided a letter was a better way to go.

Here’s their letter, word for word.

Dear Mr. Obama,

We are in kindergarten.

We go to Dugsi Academy in St. Paul, MN.

We are very excited you are president.

When you won people ran around our houses and yelled “O-BA-MA” really loud. It was fun.

We also had some questions for you. Will you answer them please? Thank you.

1. How are you? Are you excited to be president? (from Asha)

2. How many people voted for you? (from Suad)

3. Do you think you’ll get a surprise being president? (from Mustaf)

4. What is your phone number? (from Zakariye)

5. What school do you kids go to? (from Yahya)

6. Can we see your house? (from Suad)

7. How old are your kids? (from Asha)

8. Are you happy to live in the White House? (from Yahya)

9. Area you good at helping people? (from Roda)

10. Do you want to be president two times? (from Rayan)

Thank you for reading our letter!

From, Ms. Abby’s Class

They all signed their names, tomorrow we are taking a class picture to send along. I’m hoping we at least get one of those form letters back.

I love that my class is very civics minded. They love learning about our country, how it works, how voting works, etc. And they come up with these little projects on their own. I had no plans to write to Barak Obama today but it was something they really wanted to do. So we did it.


November 3rd, 2008

People are standing on street corners holding political signs and trying to draw attention to their candidate.

I don’t care what sign they are holding. I honk.

Vote for Obama. HONK!

Vote for McCain. HONK!

Vote for the crazy guy who lives in the park. HONK!

It’s the best part of the political process.

SNL, Palin & Biden

October 6th, 2008

99% of the time Saturday Night Live annoys me. However, their coverage of the VP debate made me laugh out loud. Check it out.

Rig Your Own Election

September 29th, 2008

You want to see your guy win? Here you go. Skew the results anyway you want.

Mine came out for Obama with 296 electoral votes. I gave all the blue states to Obama and all the red to McCain. I also gave all the states leaning blue or red to the appropriate person. The yellow states I looked at their voting history and tried to give them to the appropriate person.

Economic Problems Solved

September 29th, 2008

I got this as an e-mail forward but still…sounds like a good plan to me.


$85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG.
Instead, I’m in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a We Deserve It Dividend.
To make the math simple, let’s assume there are 200,000,000 bonafide U.S. Citizens 18+.
Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up..
So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billon that equals $425,000.00.
My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a We Deserve It Dividend.

Of course, it would NOT be tax free.
So let’s assume a tax rate of 30%.
Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes.
That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam.
But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket.
A husband and wife has $595,000.00.

What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?
Pay off your mortgage – housing crisis solved.
Repay college loans – what a great boost to new grads
Put away money for college – it’ll be there
Save in a bank – create money to loan to entrepreneurs.
Buy a new car – create jobs
Invest in the market – capital drives growth
Pay for your parent’s medical insurance – health care improves
Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean – or else

Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company that is cutting back, and of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces.

If we’re going to re-distribute wealth let’s really do it…instead of trickling out a puny $1000.00 ( “vote buy” ) economic incentive that is being proposed by one of our candidates for President.

If we’re going to do an $85 billion bailout, let’s bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+!

As for AIG – liquidate it.
Sell off its parts.
Let American General go back to being American General.
Sell off the real estate.
Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up.

Here’s my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn’t.
Sure it’s a crazy idea that can “never work.”
But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party!

How do you spell Economic Boom?

I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion We Deserve It Dividend more than I do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington DC .

And remember, The Birk plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5 Billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam.


Did you pick the mascots out of a hat?

September 12th, 2008

Does anyone have any idea how the political parties picked their mascots? Because in all honesty out of the zillions of things you could pick to represent yourself, I’m not sure a donkey or an elephant would have made my list.

While trying to answer my own question, I learned that it wasn’t until the 2000 election that states were color-coded as red or blue states. There’s your random fact for the day.

The Truth-o-Meter

September 5th, 2008

I’m lovin’ this site. Politicfact.com has been taking claims made in both speeches and explaining just how true the statements are.

Here’s a few examples:

From Obama’s Speech:

1. Obama says: McCain “said no to higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars.”

Truth-O-Meter (TOM) says: Barely true. “McCain has a mixed record on fuel economy standards.”

2. Obama says: “Today, we import triple the amount of oil than we had on the day Senator McCain took office.”

TOM says: True.

From Biden’s Speech

1. Biden says: “McCain voted 19 times against a minimum-wage increase.”

TOM says: “The Democrats counted correctly.”

2. Biden says: ” Three years ago, John McCain said, “Afghanistan — we don’t read about it anymore in papers because it succeeded.”

TOM says: True, but Biden chose his words very carefully to make this statement true. (And this is why I love the site. Yes, the statement in itself might be true, but look at the context and then decide if it’s true or if it’s just a correct choice of words.)

Giuliani’s speech:

1. Giuliani says: “For four days in Denver, the Democrats were afraid to use the words ‘Islamic terrorism.’”

TOM says: Barely True. “Dems discussed terrorism aplenty” (but they refrained from using the word Islamic because Muslim-American groups have pleaded with policymakers not to use the term “Islamic” in describing al-Qaida terrorists for fear that it will contribute to discrimination against Muslims in the United States, and because they believe al-Qaida’s brand of Islam is a bastardization of their faith.)

Palin’s Speech:

1. Palin says: Barack Obama supports plans to raise “income taxes … payroll taxes.”

TOM says: Half True “Obama’s taxes hit only higher incomes”

2. Palin says: “I told the Congress ‘thanks, but no thanks,’ on that Bridge to Nowhere.

TOM says: Half True. She killed it but it was mostly dead.

And my personal favorite:

Planned Parenthood says: McCain “said he was ‘stumped’ when asked whether contraceptives help stop the spread of HIV.”

TOM says: True. The interview is here and I find it amusing that he was stumped by the question of whether or not contraceptive help stop the spread of HIV.

Anyway, there are about 16 pages of “attacks” and statements made by various candidates and speakers. It helps put a lot of the quotes back into context to get a better idea of the claims people are making. (And for added fun there is also a “flip-o-meter” on the site.)

September 4th, 2008

Limor, Kevin and Jaime all posted their results. I was feeling left out.

You are a

Social Liberal
(75% permissive)

and an…

Economic Liberal
(13% permissive)

You are best described as a:


Link: The Politics Test on OkCupid.com: Free Online Dating
Also : The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

Is this surprising to anyone? It wasn’t to me. I think it has a lot to do with my sense of fairness and my “what’s mine is yours” mentality. When I told Kevin my results, he laughed and called me a communist. In all seriousness, if there were a way for communism to work (without it turning complete corrupt) I’d be all for it. Although, maybe communism isn’t quite the right word. What I like is community. I like the idea of living in community with others. Benefiting from each others’ resources and talents. Helping people who need it without worrying about what I am gaining in return. I’ve seen it work on small scales. I’d like to see it work in a large scale.

(By the way, these are the results from round 2 of the test. This one I took without Lexi’s “help”. And I came down even stronger in the socialist camp.)