A 1-In-100 Blogger: April 2010

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Countdown to 'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day'

Fellow bloggers, unite! The countdown to "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" begins. In light of recent "veiled" threats aimed at the creators of the television show South Park (for depicting the prophet Mohammed in a bear suit) by bloggers on Revolution Muslim's website, we hearby deem May 20, 2010 as the first annual Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!

In other words: May 20th is to be recognized as Freedom of Speech Day.

Hot Air wrote yesterday about the story of someone at Dan Savage’s blog starting Everybody Draw Mohammed Day, and how Michael Moynihan at Reason also picked it up. Almost unilaterally, we all seem to agree on what to do after learning of this new day: "Now I feel obliged to help push it out there." Says Allah Pundit:

Cue the predictable media squealing that “you’ll only antagonize them!” Antagonism, actually, is an idea straight out of the Hirsi Ali playbook: Her point to Anderson Cooper in the clip I posted earlier was that only by sharing the risk of retaliation for blasphemy can the public help protect her, Parker, Stone and other insolent infidels. If each threat produces more blasphemers than it silences, then threats suddenly become counterproductive. Or at least, they do to rational minds. (A flaw in the theory?)

BigGovernment.com also discussed why Dan Savage declared May 20th “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day," a day in defense of Matt Stone and Trey Parker. The main reason for having this day is of course in defense of the first amendment of the Constitution. So, hopefully for those bloggers who stumble upon this blog entry and feel inspired to help -- you too can do your part on May 20th, Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!

Do your part to both water down the pool of targets and, of course, defend the Constitution of the United States of America. Comedy Central did not use their God given right to freedom of speech, a right that Americans are guaranteed under the first amendment of the Constitution. Instead, the television network cooperated with terrorists and pulled the episode. This, despite the wishes of Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park, to air the original episode which depicts Mohammed in a bear suit.

My thoughts are if other religions are not exempt from such humor or mockery from American television networks, then surely Mohammed in a bear suit is fair game. Rightfully so, too. The countdown is already under way, the question is whether or not everybody will draw Mohammed on May 20th. Would you, fellow bloggers, help defend the first amendment, the Constitution, freedom of speech, and the hilarious Matt Stone and Trey Parker?

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Obama's Education Propaganda in Textbooks

Is it ethical to push a current political candidate's propaganda in textbooks for public education? For the year 2008, before getting elected President, Obama's education propaganda can be found in many textbooks across the United States. Media reports suggest Obama's propaganda was only pushed on school children, or for those in the public education system who are not quite old enough to vote yet. But that's not exactly true, because in my very own college-level Spanish class at the University of Washington Barack Obama somehow landed his name in my textbook.

I took this Spanish class during Obama's campaign year for President, at the UW. It's important to remember one thing: at that time nobody really knew much about Barack Obama, only that he was loved by liberals and a 2008 presidential candidate. With certainty, it can be said that I knew very little about Barack Obama in 2008 -- and yet, somehow, he found his way in my Spanish textbook. Before getting to the propaganda I was fed in college, let's review the current state of "Obamaganda."

Political propaganda to push candidate-Obama has been documented by many sources in the news media. NewsBusters ran a story about a mother of a Racine Unified School District 8th grade student in a Wisconsin public school. The woman was outraged about a textbook provided to her child, because it is supposedly "teaching about literature," but in reality is pushing Barack Obama's memoir Dreams from my Father.

Glenn Beck documented other sources of Obama's education propaganda, and how there is a concerted effort to indoctrinate your children with progressive propaganda. POLITICO reported on school districts from Maryland to Texas, which were fielding angry complaints from parents opposed to President Barack Obama’s back-to-school address.
The White House says Obama’s address is a sort of pep talk for the nation’s schoolchildren. But conservative commentators have criticized Obama for trying to “indoctrinate” students to his liberal beliefs, and some parents call it an improper mix of politics and education.
Apparently Obama called for students to write letters about how they can help the president. As a conservative, I can see exactly why these parents were upset.

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In 2008, as a conservative college student, one can probably understand why reading about Barack Obama in my Spanish textbook got me upset. You'll notice Obama's education propaganda ranges from outrageously obvious to unremittingly discrete. In this case, it was discrete but hoped to push an embellished message onto college students (voters) about a political candidate. Located in the Spanish class "Activity" section of the textbook (Actividad H), it reads:
Using a mix of males and females, think of four well-known people that you either admire, detest, hate, or respect. Jot down their names and then write how you feel about that person...

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Luckily for some college students who might still be confused on who to write about for an answer to the above question, the textbook provided a model (example) which can be used as a reference. One might expect an example about families or a family member in general, because in this chapter (lesson 4), students explore the topic of families. Let's take a look at the example provided for students to learn.

Modelos Barack Obama: Lo admiro porque es inteligente.

Translation: "Barack Obama: I admire him because he is intelligent."

So subtle, yet so very, very wrong... I'd be willing to bet at least half of the students who completed this activity wrote about the provided "model," Barack Obama. Although, most students probably twisted the words in the example, so as not to copy, and then wrote about some of the many other ways they adore "The One."

I can think of a thousand or more reasons why the provided "model" in this activity is unethical education propaganda, and why the authors of this textbook should be reprimanded for pushing a political candidate during the 2008 presidential campaigns. So, who are the authors of this textbook?
Bill VanPatten, who was, until recently, "Professor of Spanish and Second Language Acquisition at the University of Illinois at Chicago."

James F. Lee, who is a series editor for the McGraw-Hill Second Language Professional Series with Bill VanPatten.

Terry L. Ballman, a Professor of Spanish and founding faculty member and coordinator of Spanish/Languages at California State University, Channel Islands.

Andrew P. Farley, who received his Ph.D in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Without jumping to conclusions, I'd just like to point out that two of the authors have ties to Chicago, Illinois. They have direct ties to the home state of Barack Obama. Is this a coincidence, and discrete but harmless case of political propaganda pushing Obama? You decide.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

When Taxes Rise, Freedom Dies

It's a fact that when taxes rise, freedom dies. Democrats have failed to understand this truth, so, twice I've attended a Tea Party protest. Last year I went to, and then wrote about, the 2009 Tax Day Tea Party in Seattle Washington. It was the first protest I've ever been to, and it was also the beginning of the Tea Party Movement. Showing my pride as an American patriot, I also attended the 2010 Tea Party in Seattle, on April 15. I imagine our Founding Fathers would be proud!

For the 2010 Tax Day Tea Party, I unfortunately misplaced the Flip Camcorder that I used to create the YouTube video of the Seattle Tea Party. Thus, I was stuck with my iPhone for this years Tea Party protest, which is unfortunate because it only takes average quality pictures. Regardless, the event was still a blast! From what I noticed at the rally it's quite possible more people showed up this year than last year, too: the Tea Party Movement is growing.

Without further ado, here's some excellent pictures from the Seattle Tea Party at Westlake Park!

All of the pictures included in this blog entry are from the April 15, 2010 Tax Day Tea Party in Seattle (Westlake Park). Below is the YouTube video I created from attending the 2009 Tea Party in Seattle; you'll notice, from the video, it seems like there were much less protest signs at the 2010 Tea Party rally. Although, I did my best to include photos of the most popular signs found at this years Tea Party protest. Hopefully you all agree!

The same patriotic aura was felt at both events; however, this years protest felt a little more toned down (in terms of protest signs) from the previous year. This could be due to the vicious lies about protesters that many leftists have tried claiming are a part of the Tea Party Movement. In either case, it's certainly a growing movement despite the lies to demonize Tea Party patriots.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Mad Friends with Eric Cartman

Mad Friends with Eric Cartman aired on South Park, on an episode about Facebook and the importance of having the most popular people on your Friends list. To aid the South Park gang in their pursuit, Cartman took an approach much like Mad Money with Jim Cramer and launched his own podcast, Mad Friends.

Mad Money Web Editor Tom Brennan wrote about the South Park episode and headlined the story, "South Park Spoofs Cramer!"
Cartman used everything from Mad Money-style sound effects to our touch-screen charts to make his point. He cited catalysts and mergers as reason to friend or defriend someone. And he even rolled up his sleeves! Our favorite part, though, is news ticker at the bottom of the screen showing the percentage of friends gained and lost by people in town, along with their status updates.

After watching the clip I cannot agree more! In perfect South Park form, the execution is flawless and, of course, always funny. It left me wondering: why is it not surprising that Eric Cartman would use Facebook and people on your friends list like the stock market and stock picks?

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Stock Market Ignores Big Government Tax Hikes

Obama's lengthy term as President continues as his policies steamroll our economy. It's perplexing for me to watch how the stock market ignores big government tax hikes, which are an imminent effect of Obama's health care bill, and yet things in appearance seem to be looking up on Wall Street. Based on the skyrocketing unemployment levels, Main Street is certainly not enjoying the same perception of prosperity as Wall Street.

Since day one after Obama became President, the Democrats big government policies viciously attack small businesses, began a long-term process to redistribute the wealth to radicals who want to rule this country, and then voluntells the taxpayers and U.S. companies to pay for a portion of the bill. Another portion of the bill will be quietly but forcibly paid for by everyone with new big government regulations, with the addition of a European-style value-added tax system to help bring the deficits under control. Obama's new bureaucracies of change are a part of an overall plan to control the people, an agenda that comes with entitlements and deficits that will become a permanent burden caused by the Democrats European-style socialized health care takeover.

Congress and the Unions are of course exempt from ObamaCare. Socialist regimes reveal their true nature by the special treatment they give to their permanent ruling class; they deny such treatment for ordinary schleps like you and me. ObamaCare means a two-tier health care system. The book titled Animal Farm, a story about Socialism, reminds me about the process of change America is witnessing with ObamaCare, as Democrats are making the fundamental transformation of America a corrupt reality.

What's most troubling is the skyrocketing increase in unemployment we've seen since Obama became President of the United States. Even worse is how Obama reacts to higher unemployment. Democrats tell us "Get used to the new normal: 10% unemployment." Democrats believe it is their duty to manage America's decline and see to it that it happens, because they think we deserve to be a nation in decline.

The most confusing part about all of this, to me, is the reaction of the stock market. But I may have figured out what is causing Wall Street to rise as the majority Democrats dictate one new policy after another. It may explain why we've seen an odd rise in the stock market during Obama's presidency, even when he was accompanied by a Liberal Super-majority. One way to understand why the market is suggesting, confusingly, that our economy is getting better involves looking at the history of government intervention in the United States.

America's recent history of government intervention includes some short term 'bubble' effects in the stock market. Take for instance the Housing Bubble, which burst in 2007-08, and was caused by big government regulations that--at first--gave many reasons for Wall Street to rejoice. Wall Street's initial gains before the Subprime Mortgage crisis was of course due to short term benefits after banks were forced to take on new loans, which appeared to Wall Street like future revenue, but what was in reality considered 'bad debt' by today's standards. It was bad debt back then, too.

Because we all want to make money, if Obama's big government is going to force regulations onto our economy's back, of which may create a short term bubble in the health care and insurance industry, I suppose it makes sense to invest while the investing is hot. In fact, Cramer discussed on Mad Money why pessimism about America's long term outlook could be costing investors money in the short term. Wall Street is anticipating 30 million new customers will join the insurance industry once big government regulations begin to force, for the first time in America's history, consumers to purchase a product simply for being an American citizen. Of course the insurance companies should expect a short term gain from what looks like, in appearance, an onslaught of new customers. But is there a hidden dark side to Obama's health care bubble in the stock market?

One giant reason to believe any rise in the health care or insurance industry is a bubble in the stock market, and more likely just hot air, is because we all know a tidal wave of regulations, taxes, fees, bureaucracies, waiting lines, bankruptcies and seniors denied medical care are on the way. But it will take time for the negative effects of ObamaCare to start unraveling, because it won't become a full blown tax machine to stall the economy until 2014. The beginning of the Democrats mandated decline of America is but a small light at the end of a tunnel, inching closer each day as the stock market ignores big government tax hikes that will imminently arrive. The closer socialized health care gets to becoming an enforced law, the more we will pay in anticipation of Obama's fundamental change of America.

Until then, naysayers of Obama's health care reform will be demonized and attacked by the Democrats gone wild, and perhaps a stock market bubble will be on the rise.