The most eye-opening civics lesson I ever had was while teaching third grade. The presidential election was heating up and some of the children showed an interest. I decided we would have an election for a class president. We would choose our nominees. They would make a campaign speech and the class would vote. To simplify the process, candidates were nominated by other class members. We discussed what kinds of characteristics these students should have. We got many nominations and from those, Jamie and Olivia were picked to run for the top spot. The class had done a great job in their selections. Both candidates were good kids. I thought Jamie might have an advantage because he got lots of parental support. I had never seen Olivia’s mother. The day arrived when they were to make their speeches. Jamie went first. He had specific ideas about how to make our class a better place. He ended by promising to do his very best. Every one applauded. He sat down and Olivia came to the podium. Her speech was concise. She said, “If you will vote for me, I will give you ice cream.” She sat down. The class went wild. “Yes! Yes! We want ice cream.” She surely would say more. She did not have to. A discussion followed. How did she plan to pay for the ice cream? She wasn’t sure. Would her parents buy it or would the class pay for it. She didn’t know. The class really didn’t care. All they were thinking about was ice cream. Jamie was forgotten. Olivia won by a land slide. Every time Barack Obama opens his mouth he offers ice cream, and fifty percent of America reacts like nine year olds. They want ice cream. The other fifty percent know they’re going to have to feed the cow.
“Growing up in the shadow of New York, New Jersey is the butt of a lot of jokes. You have to prove yourself to people, that you’re worthy of viewing, applause. Growing up in Jersey is like growing up fat: you just try harder. You learn to eat pussy really well. Cinematically speaking, I’m trying to prove that I know how to eat pussy really well.”— Kevin Smith, summing up life in the motherstate crudely but accurately.
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson announced this evening that the federal government will, for the first time, buy direct, preferred stock in US banking firms using “public capital.”
Dr. Ron Paul was called by FOX Business after the press conference to give his opinion. The good doctor was clear and unambiguous in his condemnation of this plan calling it socialism and referring to Paulson and Bernanke as socialists planners grabbing power in a soft coup. He also predicted the end of the current international fiat money regime.
Guest Steve Forbes took exception, supporting the government purchase of preferred stocks, and insisting that Alexander Hamilton would agree with him.
Dr. Paul retorted that Thomas Jefferson would surely see it his way.
"You see, you can't really fuse different cultural foods. If you try to mexify chinese food, it's just mexican food; if you try to chinafy mexican food, it's just chinese food. For example, you try to mexify chinese food and you get a mexican spring roll-- wait, isn't that just a burrito?"
- Patrick Connolly, on creating fusions of cultural dishes
“Libertarianism is a copout.”—If a genie granted me a wish, I would ask him to bring Thomas Jefferson and George Washington back to life so they could tag team wrestle some sense (or at least some toleration) into people who say things like this.
“As I try to write first-person “10 years in the future” for my fiction class, I come across as a tweed-suit wearing, 1890s-talking man to whom anything of actual emotional consequence would just be an afterthought to a rollicking game of lawn tennis.”—