Obama Says Bring Back the Arts for Superior Intelligence, Success, & World Relations

I’ll let Senator and Presidential candidate Barack Obama speak for himself:

To remain competitive in the global economy, America needs to reinvigorate the kind of creativity and innovation that has made this country great. To do so, we must nourish our children’s creative skills. In addition to giving our children the science and math skills they need to compete in the new global context, we should also encourage the ability to think creatively that comes from a meaningful arts education.

Unfortunately, many school districts are cutting instructional time for art and music education. Barack Obama and Joe Biden believe that the arts should be a central part of effective teaching and learning.

The Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts recently said “The purpose of arts education is not to produce more artists, though that is a byproduct. The real purpose of arts education is to create complete human beings capable of leading successful and productive lives in a free society.”

Thanks to fullbodytransplant here on wordpress for passing along this exciting and enlightening information.  I invite you to check out his website at www.fullbodytransplant.wordpress.com where you will see some fascinating artwork and complicated techniques in use. 

Peace, One Love, & most of all:  YES, WE CAN!!!   Optimistic

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Redistribution of Wealth – No more Socialist than Initial Distribution

I’m going to make my point quickly.  Millionaire CEO’s currently get outrageous, unbelievable in fact, tax breaks when they send our jobs overseas.  Not only that, but only the first $80,000 or so is taxed equally across the board.  If you make more than that, the tax rate significantly lowers…as much as only 10% versus the 28% rate that the majority of America is taxed at.  The immediately decries that it just plain doesn’t make sense.  The more you make, the less you owe in proportion to your total income.  Let’s also keep the extremely important point in mind that we are talking “taxable income” here too–not actual income.  So after the Playboy lifestyle, employees’ payroll and benefits, and an endless array of deductions are justified all in the name of “business,” it is the remaining mega-thousands and millions, or even billions, that is left in the swing of things. 

How good are these elitists at differentiating personal v/s business wealth?  A prime, recent example, albiet on the flipside, is how Lehman Brothers claims bankruptcy, while their CEO Robert Fuld earned $500 million over the last 8 years in salary and bonuses, and though he was once worth $1 billion, he now claims a current net worth of $100 million.  How the heck does someone just lose $900 million?  It’s called a Swiss bank account.

What makes me really want to scream though, is the Republicans’ futile effort to give the average American the impression that Obama wants to put a glass ceiling on your dreams and earnings.  That is just flat ridiculous, and is nothing but false slander.  There is not a single wealthy person out there that has not had to rely on the backs of workers to get where they are today.  Not a doctor, a stock broker, a banker, a construction company, a restaurant owner, you name it.  What is evermore sickening is that even though the deductions of benefits costs are out there and accessible for these wealthy employers, they either don’t offer the benefits, or they do only to “qualified full-time employees”–and then make a special point to not hire ANYone full-time, thus keeping you from qualifying.

I have a good friend now who is beginning their first tenure as a professor at a local community college.  She is finishing her Master’s Degree in the related field, and is obviously excited about finally reaching her goals.  One hesitant setback:  she will be losing her health insurance.  What?!  How is it that a college professor at a state funded institution is not receiving at least basic health insurance benefits?  Simple:  they hire no one at full-time status, regardless of the number of classes or hours expected to be on campus.  Instead, she will indefinitely remain part-time status until they deem her worthy of full-time tenure and benefits.  Note, there is no specific goal of “after you perform successfully for 3 mo.” or anything similar.  The time frame is purely at their own discretion.

You don’t have to be an economic or sociology major to see that the true middle class of America is disappearing.  It is absolutely undeniable, and for the love of our own future survival, just stop trying to even imply that Obama plans to make it worse or “is a communist” when nothing could be further from the truth.  He is trying to rebuild the wealth and eliminate the social reliance of millions of Americans who, like myself, are hard-working, intelligent, and ready to succeed, but don’t stand a chance the way things exist today.

I want a degree.  Not just an associate’s degree, because the only jobs out there hiring where you can do more than live paycheck to paycheck require at least a bachelor’s degree.  I am willing to volunteer my hours in repayment of any tuition help.  I am ready to start at the bottom and work my way up into the successful realm of wealth.  Don’t dare call me lazy, because it has been the grit off of my hands that has built the wealth of more than a few business owners.  “I put my back into my living”–when the employment IS available to begin with, and I am very proud of that.  I also know that until the system is revamped, I have reached my glass ceiling.  Can you honestly tell me your situation is any different?

Palin Supports Alaska Secession from U.S. – as its own free state

Palin recently applauded the Alaskan Independence Party, stating they had an “inspiring convention.”  In 2006 and 2008, she made appearances to welcome new members and solicit their political support.  Her husband, Todd Palin, was a long time involved member until 2002 when Palin began her involvement in Republican state politics. 

The intent of the Alaskan Independence Party actively seeks to “remove our star from that flag.”  Ironically, they will be just as satisfied joining Canada as a territory if becoming their own country is entirely feasible.  They have stated that should they secede, they will form a constitution virtually identical to the US Constitution, and make a point to say that we could still be military allies.

It is hard to argue against freedom, especially in an era when our government has alienated its people, lied to its citizens, and even passed The Patriot Act that is anything but patriotic, as it gives the government the legal right to spy and intrude on any American citizen at will.  However, not only is this an extremely vulnerable and dangerous time in our country’s history, there are a few dire points to be made.

1)  If Alaska deserves independence, then so does all the other 49 states.  However, the very reason we have states established, is so that each state can make and enforce laws that apply specifically to their region, their culture, basically based, for better or for worse, on what their people are willing to put up with.  This system also affords each state and its people the umbrella protection of the United States Constitution so that everyone has equal, humane rights.  In addition, as a state you automatically have the protection and support of the US Military.  The third obvious benefit is an open, less complicated, and less expensive system of trade, travel, and commerce in regards to sharing each state’s unique resources. 

Alaska has the majority of our oil–that we are all well aware of.  That would put the American people in a disasterously vulnerable position to accept or do without their set price on oil.  I am curious to know whether they realize that if that were the case, the other 49 states have enormous leveraging power as well.  So corn or wheat isn’t as valuable ounce for ounce as oil….but when you live in an arctic climatic zone….suddenly the intrisic value has risen.  Perhaps that is why they are so willing to annex with Canada.  Or maybe it’s the universal healthcare they are after….and we all know what Republicans think about that.  Must repeat–the irony here is astounding.

2)  The second Alaska were to declare their own independence (or even their annexation w/Canada), Russia will promptly move in and invade.  These guys don’t mess around when they see an obvious advantage to be had.  They don’t catfight either.  Without a doubt, Alaska would still expect U.S. military back up should this occur. This is even more infuriating to me, b/c again, they are wanting our best resources, while not paying the taxes it takes to support the very institution that they seek guardianship.  Absolutely no different then expecting your neighbor’s guard dog to protect you or your property, while you have no hand in feeding it, sheltering it, nourishing it in any fashion.

Being supportive politically or financially does not mean you have to be a member.  I support the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and several other programs, though admittedly, I have never responded to a disaster, and have not yet driven a nail.  To learn more about the Alaskan Independent Party, go straight to the horse’s mouth @ http://www.akip.org

McCain isn’t exactly singing in the rain…as he abandons supporters

For anyone who wants to view Palin as merely a sidekick, I’d like to remind you that McCain is 72, his body has been through hell, he has a history of cancer, and for whatever reason, wouldn’t even address his Quakertown, Pennsylvania rally in the rain.
  As a past delivery driver, I’ve stood in literal sheets of downpour before, stepping in ankle deep water, with miniature mud slides and lightning smacking all around just to earn my minimum wage + hopeful tip.  To get right to the point, Obama endured and delivered for his loyal masses that too, had stood in sheets of downpour, stepping in ankle deep water, to see for their own eyes…

McCain’s fans obviously did the same, but apparently they were not worth the trouble.

 

Obama realized the atmospheric metaphor surrounding him, and drove home the message that now, more than ever, it is imperative that our will and reserves not falter.  Even more so, he delivered his entire closing statement sans teleprompter, as the moisture had crashed the system.  Truly inspiring, I leave with you his own words:

 

Pennsylvania, that’s what hope is about – the belief deep down inside of us that we can do better than we’re doing right now, that there better days ahead, if we’re willing to work for it. If we’re willing to shed our fears and our doubts, if we’re willing to reach down deep inside us, when times are tough, when it’s cold, when it’s rainy, when it’s hard – that’s when we stand up, that’s when we reach for a better future. And if all of you are willing to be just as determined as you are today, if all of you go out on election day, if all of you get your friends and your neighbors, your co-workers, if you are determined to bring about a better America, then I promise you this, we will not just win Pennsylvania, we will win this general election and you can I together, we’re gonna change this country and change this world!

 

video: MO Rural Town Echoes NC Needs – how’s your state doin’?

No kidding, I am seriously curious how your part of the country is faring…with a short & sweet video from Missouri small town following.  Anything else you’d like to share about your neck of the woods would be awesome!

How many jobs does your local paper have posted available? (I’m talking about the ones that don’t require any investment other than you showing up and working your hiney off.)

How far away is your closest community college, and how much is one semester’s tuition?  How about the closest option for a 4 yr degree (including online) and how much is that tuition for 1 yr in the field of your choice?

How many commercial buildings are left empty shells w/ For Rent signs?  (Would you say barely any, a few, several, or everywhere–at least one on every major rd?)

What would it cost you to get a tooth pulled in your area? 

Pick 1 doctor and get a quote over the phone what your visit would cost to be examined and treated for pneumonia.  Then call your favorite pharmacy and ask how much a typical antibiotic for pneumonia would cost in full. 

What’s your area’s cheapest gas prices?  How about fuel oil per gallon for heating your home?

Are your public schools adequately housed & secure?  Any major physical threats or upsets?

How much is a gallon of milk?  A pound of hamburger?  chicken?

Behind Controversial Photo Video Reveals Truth about Obama & National Anthem – Star Spangled Banner

Whether you support Obama or McCain, it is time you had a clear understanding over what’s behind the issue of the Star Spangled Banner.  The widely taunted photo that showed Obama not placing his hand over his heart is misleading.  How?  No, I’m not grasping at straws to claim that it was Photoshopped, mmkay? 

First and foremost, this was a STILL photograph, a millisecond caught in time, and although he maintained his posture throughout the song, there is something this video shows that the photograph can’t…Barack Obama is THE only candidate standing that is SINGING our national anthem!  He even sways as he gets into it ~

The second video I have up gives a short, but very clear, truthful, and recent history of some of the most influential leaders of America’s political ring and their response to our national anthem.

Watch closely…Exhibit A:

 
 

And a much clearer, Exhibit B:

Performance as Governor of Alaska: Investigative Profile of Sarah Palin

 

 

As you can tell folks, headlines nationwide are heating up with news we don’t seem to be hearing from the mainstream media outlets.  At least not here in NC where for the first time in 20+ years, NC could be a decisive Blue State on the electoral map.  Intriguing, yet frightening, and ever the more reason not to discount your personal role in this year’s election.  No matter WHAT state you are in–and no matter how flawed the last two have been–let YOUR vote be one more that stands on record.  

In each political role, Palin has been proven to be secretive, vengeful, and underhanded to the point of obstruction of justice with multiple decisions she has made.  I have posted links discussing these in prior posts, but the focus here is her role as Governor of Alaska.  What has she been up to for the last two years?

Sarah Palin’s obstruction of justice using personal email account to hide correspondence, declaring “Hey, I don’t think anyone can subpoena this!” http://gawker.com/5051193/sarah-palins-personal-emails

A great blog post from someone who attended the “Alaska Women Reject Sarah Palin Rally.” The rally wound up having a higher turnout than Palin’s official rally!:
http://mudflats.wordpress.com/2008/09/14/alaska-women-reject-palin-rally-is-huge/

 

 

 

 

She maintains a “special assistant” who’s only notable duties are babysitting…at a whopping $68,664/yr straight out of Alaskan taxpayers pocket.(NY Times)

 

 

 

Since taking office in 2007, she has spent 316 days at her personal home…600 miles away from the Governor’s Mansion in Juneau. (NY Times) 

 

 

 

 I quote further from The New York Times:

During the last legislative session, some lawmakers became so frustrated with her absences that they took to wearing “Where’s Sarah?” pins.

Many politicians say they typically learn of her initiatives — and vetoes — from news releases.

Mayors across the state, from the larger cities to tiny municipalities along the southeastern fiords, are even more frustrated. Often, their letters go unanswered and their pleas ignored, records and interviews show.

Last summer, Mayor Mark Begich of Anchorage, a Democrat, pressed Ms. Palin to meet with him because the state had failed to deliver money needed to operate city traffic lights. At one point, records show, state officials told him to just turn off a dozen of them. Ms. Palin agreed to meet with Mr. Begich when he threatened to go public with his anger, according to city officials.

At an Alaska Municipal League gathering in Juneau in January, mayors across the political spectrum swapped stories of the governor’s remoteness. How many of you, someone asked, have tried to meet with her? Every hand went up, recalled Mayor Fred Shields of Haines Borough. And how many met with her? Just a few hands rose. Ms. Palin soon walked in, delivered a few remarks and left for an anti-abortion rally….

…. As Ms. Palin’s star ascends, the McCain campaign, as often happens in national races, is controlling the words of those who know her well. Her mother-in-law, Faye Palin, has been asked not to speak to reporters, and aides sit in on interviews with old friends.

At a recent lunch gathering, an official with the Wasilla Chamber of Commerce asked its members to refer all calls from reporters to the governor’s office. Dianne Woodruff, a city councilwoman, shook her head.

“I was thinking, I don’t remember giving up my First Amendment rights,” Ms. Woodruff said. “Just because you’re not going gaga over Sarah doesn’t mean you can’t speak your mind.”

Scary enough, there is yet more to come.

The NY Times article,”Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends and Lashed Foes” is by Jo Becker, Peter S. Goodman and Michael Powell 

 http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/us/politics/14palin.html?_r=2&hp=&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

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