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Friday, September 4, 2009

Three things driving me nuts

Sometimes I make myself laugh. when I signed on to Bessemer Opinions this morning. Well, it's been corrected now, but if you saw it...

Be sure to read my (corrected) Western Tribune column which follows this.

Three things that drive me nuts.

1. Mayor Ed May

2. Glenn Beck

3. People who are against President Obama speaking to their kids.

1. I could not keep my head from shaking in disagreement at Tuesday's council meeting when Mayor Ed May was speaking. I guess you will just have to read my Western Tribune column next week to get the details. But...a lie is a lie. and the issue of the abuse and neglect at the Bessemer animal shelter is not going to go away.

2. Thank you Keith Olbermann for this clip. Look at what Glenn Beck is saying. Has he completely gone nuts? By the way, I love old buildings and the architecture with the reliefs and statues and such. Goodness, if Glenn Beck ever goes to St. Louis (or even Birmingham) and looks at some of the architecture, he'll have a coronary.

3. Presidents should be able to talk to kids.

These noisy birther/deathers have really gone off the deep end too, arguing that they don't want the president speaking to their kids in his back-to-school address next week. (It's at 11:00 am central time Tuesday on C-Span and live on the web).

Parents are urging other parents to keep their kids home from school.

This is utterly insane. A president, regardless of who he is, urging school kids to do their best and to stay in school, is not a scary thing. I hardly believe he's going to be talking public options and universal coverage to the kids.

And remember, the majority of people in education probably supported the president. This means that many teachers, and many principals, have the same views that the president does. Does this mean students should be barred from hearing their teachers and principals urging them to succeed?

What a bunch of malarkey we see coming from the right. It's comical, really, but when you think about it, it's sad.


Anonymous said...

It's a Catch-22 for the President. If something in the speech rings of "socialism" to his detractors, they'll shout "I told you so!" But if the speech is benign, they'll shout "he only changed it because he knew we were onto him!"

President Obama could give a speech about how much he loves kittens and butterflies, and his detractors would say he's an air-quality environmental wacko who hates dogs. He can't win with these folks, and he should quit trying.

Angela said...

And that is different from Pres. Bush's detractors how? Please tell me, HOW is it different.

There were peopel who, if Bush sneezed, had something negative to say about it.

Anonymous said...

Well, I don't know those people. I always felt Pres. Bush meant well, but got a lot of bad advice from those around him. I also felt that he would get an idea about how he wanted things to turn out, and then would back up and look for the justification. Those around him were only too happy to give him just enough to allow him to get the result he thought he wanted. I felt his major fault was not being inquisitive or curious enough. But I never called him names or shouted down those who were speaking in support of him.

But I watched his speeches and listened to what he had to say. I didn't think he had a secret desire for world domination through superior armaments. I didn't think he had deeply rooted connections to dangerously violent fundamental evangelicals. I didn't think he had a secret birth or secret afilliations (well, Skull and Bones was pretty much a given thing, right).

He was the president. I could disagree with him and still listen to what he had to say . . . and allow others to listen to what he had to say.

Joe said...

I believe I listened to every speech Bush made, and yes I listened. I disagreed with him a lot, but I listened and then discussed his words with others. That is how one develops their ideals and opinions. The kids should be afforded the same opportunity.