Seems it’s Friday again. Click away (image will change every eight seconds unless you stop the slideshow)…
As always, our thanks go to the talented and observant cartoonists who, each week, help us smile through the pain.
The National Education Association is running this ad in support of the American Jobs Act in Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. (I can attest that it is indeed running in Texas.)
Call your Congressman/woman and Senators today. Let them know that you want them to support the American Jobs Act. Just do it.
President Obama visited Benjamin Banneker High School in Washington, D.C. this morning to deliver his third back-to-school speech. It was transmitted to schools all around the country. Most all of the schools here in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area offered the speech to students with the option to “opt out.” I’m not quite sure what the opt out option is all about or what message it sends to our young people other than “You don’t have to listen to the President of our country because he’s a Democrat and black to boot.” It definitely is not the way to teach our young people respect for our country or its leaders. But, anyway…
Here is a bit of the President’s message. The full transcript follows the break.
It starts, obviously, with being the best student that you can be. Now, that doesn’t always mean that you have to have a perfect score on every assignment. It doesn’t mean that you’ve got to get straight As all the time — although that’s not a bad goal to have. It means that you have to stay at it. You have to be determined and you have to persevere. It means you’ve got to work as hard as you know how to work. And it means that you’ve got to take some risks once in a while. You can’t avoid the class that you think might be hard because you’re worried about getting the best grade if that’s a subject that you think you need to prepare you for your future. You’ve got to wonder. You’ve got to question. You’ve got to explore. And every once in a while, you need to color outside of the lines.
That’s what school is for: discovering new passions, acquiring new skills, making use of this incredible time that you have to prepare yourself and give yourself the skills that you’re going to need to pursue the kind of careers that you want. And that’s why when you’re still a student you can explore a wide range of possibilities. One hour you can be an artist; the next, an author; the next, a scientist, or a historian, or a carpenter. This is the time where you can try out new interests and test new ideas. And the more you do, the sooner you’ll figure out what makes you come alive, what stirs you, what makes you excited — the career that you want to pursue.
Finally, somebody who places the blame squarely where it belongs. Read LZ Granderson’s latest column “Stupid voters enable broken government.”
Here’s just a bit of what he has to say…
We have to move away from easy-to-repeat campaign slogans and promises of easy solutions, because we’re a country with more than 300 million people, a complicated racial and religious history and the world’s largest GDP. There are no easy solutions.
So if you’re the kind of person who likes to say “I don’t follow politics,” let me remind you that no one lives in a vacuum and that sentiment epitomizes what is wrong with our government. I don’t blame Sarah Palin for thinking she can still toss her hat in the ring. I blame us voters for creating an environment in which a Palin or a Gingrich or even a reality TV star like Donald Trump can feel as if they can run and even be taken seriously.
Please pass it around and share it with anybody you know who is even thinking about voting in next year’s elections. (That is, of course, if the Republicans will let them.)
SNL’s depiction of the last Republican “presidential” debate is a must see. In case you missed it…
Difficult to distinguish this from the real thing. Am I not right?
“Strengthening the American Education System”
From the White House weblog:
In this week’s address, President Obama told the American people that it is time to raise the standards of our education system so that every classroom is a place of high expectations and high performance. On Friday, the President announced that states will have greater flexibility to find innovative ways of improving the quality of learning and teaching, so that we can strengthen performance in our classrooms and ensure that teachers are helping students learn rather than teaching to the test. By modernizing our schools and improving the education system, the United States can continue building an economy that lasts into the future and prepare the next generation to succeed in the global economy.
Click below to listen to the audio only:
Transcript after the break.
President Obama visited Cincinnati, Ohio today. He spoke with the Brent Spence Bridge as his background. This bridge connects the home states of Mitch McConnell and John Boehner — and it is obsolete. A perfect place to talk about the American Jobs Act…
Transcript follows the break.
Anderson Cooper reports…
Rest in peace.
President Obama laid out his plan for deficit reduction this morning…
The Republicans, of course, have already come out against everything in his plan. They are, however, taking copious notes so their guy can enact this plan when he takes office in 2013.
The transcript of the President’s remarks follows the break.