Daily Archives: March 20, 2012

Quote with a quote for the Afternoon….

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Why College Costs So Much… by Doctor Cleveland

Mitt Romney recently told an aspiring college student that if he had trouble affording college, he should just shop around for the best price, which proves that Romney has no idea how college prices work:

  “Don’t just go to one that has the highest price. Go to one that has a   little lower price where you can get a good education. And hopefully you’ll find that.”

Romney also made sure to point out that the student should get no government assistance of any kind to go to college, which proves that Romney has no idea how America‘s post-war prosperity worked.

See, college is so much like the business world that Romney claims to represent. Kids just have to shop around to get into the one they want. And if they want one that costs less, there will be no shrinking of the educational value.

The government, apparently, gets no value out of investing in an educated populace, so why should it participate in subsidizing education?

The public colleges and universities  enroll three out of every four American college students and have been faced with skyrocketing tuition increases due to the cutting of state funds. When I went to college in the sixties, state and federal funding paid the majority of tuition support for middle class students. Today, however, at some flagship schools, the state’s percentage of the budget is now sometimes 10% or lower.  And, if the Romney gets his way, it will be much less.

The rest of the Cleveland article (and its subsequent Part II) will take further view on the subject.

Do Bush Appointed Judges Hate Obama Because He Is Black?

Dennis S wrote an observant piece for Politicus USA. Taking as an example, he cites Richard Cebull, the 67-year-old George W. Bush appointed Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana.

Right-wing Republicans hate Obama because he’s black. That’s a fact that’s been the subtext of virtually every political mouthing made by the extremist element of the party. “Poor, food stamps, housing loans ‘they’ couldn’t afford, ‘they’ don’t wanna work…” There have always

Cebull, the White Jokester

been vehement denials by the offending parties of any racial intent. And here’s another denial. But the action by the judge is so base, so visceral, that it’s beyond denial.

Here’s the email forwarded by the judge to six friends and his brother:

“A little boy said to his mother; ‘Mommy, how come I’m black and you’re white?’ His mother replied, ‘Don’t even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark!’”

There was a graphic on the e-mail of a mother and son holding hands and looking at a lake… above the picture was the phrase “A Mother’s Love”.

Federal Judges are, in a sense, employees of the President and are not allowed to criticize or condemn him. Period. This was, apparently, a judge who did not understand that something like this sent by e-mail could get posted on the internet and seen by millions, making clear the opinions of the sender.

Cebull’s statement when exposed said:

“because it’s anti-Obama. I apologize to anybody who is offended by it, and I can obviously understand why people would be offended.”

The only reason I can explain it to you is I am not a fan of our president, but this goes beyond not being a fan. I didn’t send it as racist, although that’s what it is. I sent it out because it’s anti-Obama.”

So here we have a Federal Judge admitting his anti-Obama position. Publicly.

Dennis S sums it up very tightly:

The whole unseemly apology reminds me of Christians who spend their whole lives drinking and whoring around, then think a last minute ‘apology’ will get them to heaven. Folks, you can’t commit sins like racism, and it is a sin, and expect to bail yourself out with an insincere bullshit apology.

This what has become to be known as a “Republican Apology“, often stated when they are caught in a difficult position: apologizing to anyone offended by the comment. Note, this is NOT and apology FOR the comment, but an aim at those who disagree with the Republican position.

Cohen and Conyers... Support Them!

Although it is not likely to happen, Democrats John Conyers and Steve Cohen of

the House Judiciary Committee are trying to get a hearing to have Cebull impeached. With Republican control of the House, it is not likely to happen.

Pass it on.

Poems for the 1st day of Spring:

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now

Is hung with bloom along the bough.

A.E. Housman (1859–1936)
A Shropshire Lad (1896)

Spring has sprung, the grass has ris’,
I wonder where the birdie is?

There he is up in the sky,
He dropped some whitewash in my eye!

I‘m alright, I won’t cry,
I’m just glad that cows can’t fly!

Anonymous

Spring breeze—
the pine on the ridge
whispers it

Kobayashi Issa (1804)

Enjoy the Day.

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