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Lesson of the Cramer/Stewart What?

March 14, 2009

The face off between Jim Cramer of CNBC and “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart tells us about the realities of today’s new media.

The winner of this, what was it?  Debate? Gloated during his show aired on “Comedy Central.”

First, we live in the age, to a great extent, of the swallow Obama media.

Second, the newspapers are dying and that means a lot of fine critical thinkers, their ananlysis and writing will be gone, or lost or squished into the Internet.

Third, there is a lot of over-the-top self serving and a craving for “riveting” TV and radio which is needed to make money but may be degrading our social thinking and discussion.  We probably wouldn’t even listen to men like John Adams today but Jon Stewart and Rush Limbaugh have “merit.”

Entertainment and critical analysis are now mixed — and sometimes all mixed up.

This is reality.

But the Internet and our modern reality also means Michelle Malkin and guys like me have more of an opportunity to add our two cents — and more of a responsibility to think and offer criticism and ideas that have merit.

On Sided Smackdown, Riveting TV
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-d
yn/content/linkset/2005/04/11/LI20
05041100587.html

http://michellemalkin.com/200
9/03/14/lesson-of-the-cramer
stewart-kerfuffle/

From AP

The feud between Jon Stewart and CNBC’s Jim Cramer has been good for laughs — and ratings — but has also raised the serious question of whether the experts at TV’s No. 1 financial news network should have seen the meltdown coming and warned the public.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090313/ap_on_r
e_us/meltdown_financial_reporters

Jim Cramer, left, host of the 'Mad Money' show on CNBC, talks ... 
Jim Cramer, left, host of the ‘Mad Money’ show on CNBC, talks with Jon Stewart during an appearance on Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ Thursday, March 12, 2009 in New York.(AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

For Obama, Pelosi “Spring Break” Means Your Tax Dollars Fund the Trip: Even if You’re Unemployed

March 12, 2009

Did you lose your job?  Your house?  Is your IRA worthless?  Did Bernie the Bandito rob you of your retirement?

My wife and I can’t go on “spring break” because we have no money for that kind of thing any more: but President Barack Obama will leave Washington DC before long because he now needs and undoubtedly deserves a spring break with Michelle and his kids.  And in doing that, Obama will be the first president since Grover Cleveland not to attend the first Gridiron Club Dinner of his presidency.

That’s not a big loss since Joe Biden has agreed to step in and he is always a hoot with his ad lib remarks: like you can always find Indians and Pakistanis working in 7-11….

And Nancy Pelosi will undoubtedly fly home to San Francisco in comfort and style care of the U.S. Air Force and paid for by you and me….

While Warren Buffett has said the nation should be on a war footing to solve our economic troubles, it is still business as usual for the American elected-elite….

And the mainstream media that launched Obama on the fast track from community organizer to President of the United States won’t say a word…..


Photoshop credit: Bucktown Dusty

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Related:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/12/ca
lling-bull-on-abc-news-time-magazines-apo
logists-for-pelosi/

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Card Check, Earmarks, Nancy’s Air Travel Cloud Giant That Could Eat Obama, Ruin America: The Economy
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China Making It Clear: Won’t Roll Over, Do Tricks for Barack, Hillary
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 Barack, Hillary: Moronic “Reset” Idea for Relations With Russia

Buffett: Obama not at war; has toxic message machine on economy
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 Obama on Education: What’s Good For You Is Wrong for Sasha, Malia

53% Say It’s Likely the U.S. Will Enter a Depression

Obama Reelection Effort Begins

Obama: Playing not to lose


Dumb and Dumber: Spring break

From mediabistro.com

A Gridiron Club member tells FBDC first that President Obama will not attend this year’s dinner next Saturday, March 21st. He will be the first president since Grover Cleveland not to attend the first Gridiron Club Dinner of his presidency.

This year’s date coincides with the spring break of President Obama’s daughters’ school and club members have been informed the Obama family will be out of town, likely in Chicago.

Vice President Joe Biden will attend and speak at the dinner in his place. This member tells us the club is delighted to have Vice President Biden, but that there will be some very disappointed guests.

Each year the dinner includes satirical musical skits choreographed by the members, and remarks by the president and various members of each party. President Obama spoke as a Senator at the March 2006 dinner.

The Gridiron Club was founded in 1885 and this year will be the 124th dinner. Membership is by invitation only and its 65 members include the most prestigious journalists in Washington.

See the comments:
http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlDC/events/pres_ob
ama_will_not_attend_annual_gridiron_dinner_first_presi
dent_since_cleveland_to_miss_111152.asp

 Team Obama Reflects the Era of Richard Nixon’s Dirty Tricks

Obama is no FDR, JFK or Lincoln:
http://rotenochsen.wordpress.com/2009/03
/12/obama-is-no-john-kennedy-not-even-fdr
-and-forget-lincoln-comparison/

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior ... 
Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, in Washington, January 20, 2009.(Jim Young – UNITED STATES/Reuters)

Obama’s clumsy, smirky staff and unelected appointees are sinking him

March 11, 2009

Something is wrong with Barack Obama and it could be that he just makes terrible appointments….

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Yes, free the president from his flacks, fixers and goons — his posse of smirky smart alecks and provincial rubes, who were shrewd enough to beat the slow, pompous Clintons in the mano-a-mano primaries but who seem like dazed lost lambs in the brave new world of federal legislation and global statesmanship.

Heads should be rolling at the White House for the embarrassing series of flubs that have overshadowed President Obama’s first seven weeks in office and given the scattered, demoralized Republicans a huge boost toward regrouping and resurrection. (Michelle, please use those fabulous toned arms to butt some heads!)

By Camilla Paglia

Read the rest:
http://www.salon.com/opinion/paglia
/2009/03/11/mercury/

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The issue is leadership on the economy and in the world….

Related:
http://spectator.org/archives/2009/03/
10/the-search-for-crisis-leadersh

 China Provoked Obama; Now Works To Smooth Situation: Why?

Losing Terror War? Al Qaeda, Afghanistan, Iran

Obama Policy On Gitmo, Taliban, Afghanistan, Intel: As Stupid as It Gets

Buffett: Obama not at war; has toxic message machine on economy

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior ... 
Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, in Washington, January 20, 2009.(Jim Young – UNITED STATES/Reuters)

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs pauses while speaking ...

In this May 21, 2008 file photo, U.S. billionaire investor Warren ...
In this May 21, 2008 file photo, U.S. billionaire investor Warren Buffett speaks during a news conference in Madrid. Buffett says the economic turmoil that contributed to a 62 percent profit drop last year at the holding company he controls is certain to continue in 2009, but the revered investor remains optimistic.(AP Photo/Paul White, File)

Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag arrives ...
“Beware of geeks bearing models,” said Warren Buffett; which could be worrisome to people.  Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag arrives to deliver testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 4, 2009.REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES)

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D- Ohio, pauses in the elevator after arriving on Capitol
Geithner

Obama on Education: What’s Good For You Is Wrong for Sasha, Malia

March 10, 2009

Obama on Education:

1.  My kids get to go to private schools.

2.  Vouchers for federal school choice program for low-income families in Washington, D.C. are wrong.

Do we hear correctly?

Hope turned into hypocrocy (a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess).

Related:
Republicans: If You Can’t Agree On Core Values Now, Commit Harakiri

 Obama’s Schools Will Have To Follow Federal Rules, Like Socialist, Communist Schools

File:Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama at DNC.jpg
A few people with school choice you may not have.  Thanks to you, the taxpayer….

See:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/10/
how-sincere-is-obama-about-education-reform/

http://eideard.wordpress.com/2009/03/
10/president-obama-speaks-about-education/

Also: as anyone who understands the schools of Washington DC can attest: money spent on education sometimes means nothing in terms of better student performance.  Two years ago, the Law School of the University of the District of Columbia spent more per student than any other law school in the nation.  The success rate at passing the bar the first time was the nation’s worst….

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If you add up the stimulus bill, Obama’s proposed foreclosure fix, and the omnibus spending bill House Democrats are preparing, the administration is kicking off its tenure by spending a whopping $1.4 trillion.

There’s money for green golf carts. There’s money for ACORN. There’s money for weatherizing galore!

But there are some things the Democrat-controlled Congress will not countenance spending money on. Namely, Sakeithia, 12, Rashawn, 16, Paul, 11, Dominique, 14, Breanna, 9, Jordan, 17, Fransoir, 12, and De’Andre, 9.

They’re all Washington, D.C. kids attending private schools thanks in part to a federally funded school-voucher program. The program was enacted five years ago after a heated battle in the Senate, and supporters say it’s unlikely it will be reauthorized by the Democratic Congress unless they’re lobbied something fierce.

 

The fiscal 2009 omnibus Appropriations bill (HR 1105) would require that the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program — known as the D.C. voucher program — be reauthorized by Congress and then approved by the D.C. government in order for the program to receive federal funding after the 2009-2010 academic year.

But Republicans and advocates say the program is unlikely to be reauthorized with Democrats controlling Congress.

“It would certainly be a steep hill for supporters of the program to climb given the slim margins this program passed with back when conservatives controlled the Congress,” said Dan Lips, a senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation. The D.C. government may be more willing to support the program, he said.

The D.C. voucher program — the first to provide federally funded vouchers to students — was launched as a five-year pilot program through the 2004 omnibus appropriations law (PL 108-199).

 

Nancy Pelosi’s office offered a “wait-and-see” soundbite on the program, but the language in the bill is more clear about its fate:

Read the rest from the Weekly Standard:
http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblo
gs/TWSFP/2009/02/democrat_omnibu
s_spending_bill.asp

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By Philip Elliott, AP

President Barack Obama on Tuesday embraced a new approach to public education that adds up to merit pay for the better teachers and longer days and school years for students.

These proposals, which constitute the new president’s vision of an education system that meets 21st century challenges, were sure to generate loud criticism, particularly from teachers’ union.

Educators oppose charter schools because they divert tax dollars away from traditional public schools. Merit-based systems for teachers have been anathema to teachers’ unions, a powerful force in Obama’s Democratic Party.

Obama acknowledged this in his talk to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“Too many supporters of my party have resisted the idea of rewarding excellence in teaching with extra pay, even though we know it can make a difference in the classroom,” he said, delivering the first major education speech of his presidency. “Too many in the Republican Party have opposed new investments in early education, despite compelling evidence of its importance.”

But he argued that a far-reaching overhaul of the nation’s education system is an economic imperative that can’t wait, despite the urgency of the financial crisis and other pressing issues.

“Despite resources that are unmatched anywhere in the world, we have let our grades slip, our schools crumble, our teacher quality fall short, and other nations outpace us,” Obama said. “The relative decline of American education is untenable for our economy, unsustainable for our democracy, and unacceptable for our children. We cannot afford to let it continue. What is at stake is nothing less than the American dream.”

The ideas the president promoted were nearly all elements of his campaign platform last year. He only barely mentioned the reauthorization of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act, which introduced sweeping reforms that schools are struggling to meet without the funding to match. Obama said his administration would “later this year” ensure that schools get the funding they need and that the money is conditioned on results.

Among the principles Obama laid out were:

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/2009031
0/ap_on_go_pr_wh/obama_education

Mother in Law in Chief to Move Into Obama White House

January 9, 2009

Get ready for the in-law in chief.

Transition officials said Friday that President-elect Barack Obama‘s mother-in-law, Marian Robinson, is moving into the White House to join Michelle Obama and their two children.

In-Law, Mainstay, White House Resident
 

It’s not clear whether the move will be permanent.

Katie McCormick Lelyveld, the press secretary for Michelle Obama, said Robinson would decide in coming months whether she wants to stay in Washington.

Robinson retired from her job as a bank executive secretary to help with her granddaughters during the campaign.

–Associated Press

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From the New York Times
Ulysses S. Grant shared space with his father-in-law, who grumbled and squabbled with other relatives, historians say. Harry S. Truman lived with his mother-in-law, who declared that she knew “dozens of men better qualified” to preside over the Oval Office.

On Friday, the transition team of President-elect Barack Obama confirmed that his 71-year-old mother-in-law would be moving, at least temporarily, into the grand residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. While Grant and Truman might have been forgiven for gritting their teeth at such a prospect, Mr. Obama has said he will be delighted to have his wife’s mother, Marian Robinson, join the first family in Washington.

After all, Mrs. Robinson, known as a loving, tough-minded matriarch who rarely shies from speaking her mind, has been the bedrock of the Obama family. During the presidential campaign, she retired from her job as a bank secretary to care for the Obama girls, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, while their parents were on the road.

She accompanied them to school and piano and dance lessons, cooked their meals, ran their baths and put them to bed. And she is expected to continue to play a critical role in the family’s effort to keep the girls’ lives as normal as possible.

Read the rest:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/10/u
s/politics/10marian.html?_r=1&hp