According to Stephanie Streeter, Chicago Mayor Daley and Chicago 2016 Chair and CEO Pat Ryan have captured my imagination!
* Please check the statement below. If your imagination has gone missing within the last few months, it may be in the hands of your (well respected) mayor.
In short, they (Mayor Daley and CEO Pat Ryan) have managed to capture the imagination of individuals and organizations across our country and have achieved a degree of national interest that no previous U.S. bid has been able to mount.
I realize that it's much easier to point out how much your elected officials have not accomplished than understand the overwhelming pressure and next to impossible problems they have to deal with on a constant basis. Consider the massive bitchfest that goes on in the workplace over which vending machine items will be discontinued or why so and so gets first pick of vacation time. Can any of us really imagine the stress involved in pleasing an entire city?
That said, I'm practically foaming at the mouth over this 2016 Olympic mumbo jumbo. When times are tough, why not focus on the massive mound of problems that are already on your plate before you go dipping off into another can of high priced worms?
It isn't a question of making a profit. Of course THE CITY will make a profit. I doubt Daley drops a deuce unless there's some financial gain involved. The obvious problem is nobody (I mean nobody I‘ve ever known) gets a dime of any profit the city makes. Perhaps all the dollaz the city has ever made are hidden at the bottom of a pothole? No way anyone could ever guess which one! Brilliant.
Seriously, Daley just needs to listen to people. I could very well be wrong, but I don’t know a single person who wants the Olympics to be held in Chicago. At least not for the amount of the money we will surely never be returned.
I'd like to see some Olympic pot hole filling. Be resourceful, for God's sake. No stadium necessary. You want a competition? How about a game of “Who can find the most hypodermic needles in Washington Park?”
Faux Ghetto Slang: killin it, for real/for reals/on the real/keepin' it real, hit me up, oh snap!, chillaxing.
Unnecessary Conjunctions and Transitions: no offense but ..., all of the sudden, basically, ironically, actually, honestly, totally, hopefully, as to whether, I swear to God, you know.
Misused/Mispronounced Phrases: irregardless (for “regardless”), aggravate (for “irritate”), anyways/towards (anyway, toward), for all intensive purposes (for “for all intents and purposes”), suppose to (for “supposed to”), could of (for “could have”), analyzing/analyzation (for “analysis”), literally (when meant figuratively).
I want to add the @ symbol and the K instead of OK.
FYI, you have to hold the shift to type the @ symbol anyway so can't you just type the GDAMN “T” ??
Let me begin by saying my dog Scully does not destroy anything when she's left alone anymore. But if you, reader, are considering letting an animal live with you I think you should consider these images I took to use as evidence in a court of law in case one day I snap and go all ‘Natural Born Killers’.
Exhibit A : A disemboweled flower pot. Where's the flower and why is only half the dirt here? WHY'S ONLY HALF THE POT HERE?!?!?
Exhibit B : Why does she hate her bed so much?
Exhibit C : “I will destroy anything that smells like you! Oh and I‘ll finish my bed off while I’m at it.” -Scully
WHY are Michelle Obama's fashion choices considered newsworthy?
Granted, this is from the AOL bogusboard, but come on.
"No, Michelle isn't getting involved in some kind of military negotiations -- although she has a great "gun show"! We're talking about the debate swirling over Michelle's predilection for sleeveless attire."
Debate swirling around what someone wears? Really?
Somebody please explain this fascination because I don't understand why anyone cares what the Obama family wears, what type of dog they've picked out and I certainly don't need to know their (private) religious affiliation. I wish the media would get out of their face already and let Mr. Obama run the fracking country. He can do it in his jammies for all I care.
Sorry. This constant obsession with other people's business is infuriating.
Rapper, producer and songwriter Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas—who just won an N.A.A.C.P. Image Award—has some important thoughts about the civil rights organization, its future and the term "colored people."
people fought for my freedoms...
freedoms i didn't acknowledge when i was younger...
i went to school with persians, koreans, native americans, french, nigerians, and indians...
another translation would be:
brown, yellow, red, white, black, and blue people...
brave people fought for that...
it was all fought for...
and i reaped the benefits from it...
the invisible freedom fighters fought...
the visible fighters fought as well...
in the 100 years of the existence of the NAACP and fighting for equality they are now victorious...
because a black man is in the white house...
built by slaves now run by a black president...
the battle was won...
and now i ask this question...
what does the "C.P. " mean in the NAACP now?
today's definition is...
the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
we have advanced to the highest seat in office...
we have advanced to oprah status...
we have advanced...
where do we go?
i know we still have to fix mississippi, new orleans and our ghettos...
but what about the other colors...
if the NAACP fought so that a black man could be president in a country that practiced slavery...
then the NAACP should now stand and represent all people of color...
and fight to unite every version of "pigment"...
and lack of it...
Even though his group sorta went off the rails a long time ago I like Will. He's an all-around talented musician and entertainer, and I'm proud of him for standing up and talking some "real man talk."
Obama's inauguration speech reminded me that I had a question...Is it possible to win an election without the whole "God Bless America" song and dance? Morality, inspiration, gay marriage, abortion (and countless other issues) do not equal religion.
Although I'm happy about the outcome of this election, I wonder if Obama would have stood a chance without any motivational references guest starring the "Big JC."
"This is the source of our confidence — the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny ..."
Mr. Obama is an exceptionally intelligent and inspiring man. He is the first breath of political fresh air that I've experienced in my lifetime — I know, you were thinking Rod Blago, but no. Still, I'm waiting for the day when separation of church and state actually means something.
For the past few months I've been hearing about numerous large-scale layoffs here in NC.
Today I heard that Canadian based Nortel is filing for bankruptcy due to "...a sharp drop in orders from phone company clients" according to MSNBC.com
Watching the economy unravel has been a surreal experience which I assume is much like being in the middle of the ocean on a sinking ship. At first there's just a bump but you go about your business. Then you start hearing rumors that there's a problem. Before long your helplessly watching the water rise and trying to figure out what went wrong.
My neighbor has worked for Nortel for so long that it wasn't even called "Nortel" when he started. A few months back when the company started laying people off I was worried for him and his family, but luckily he had been with the company for so long that they kept him on salary. But now with this bankruptcy filing, I can't help but look back at the layoffs as that initial "bump" and now we're trying to figure out how we got here.
Business in my office has gotten increasingly slow over the past two months. Some projects are in construction phase but there are only a handful of new clients coming in. Architecture is always susceptible to fluctuations within the economy, but as I sit here for the 3rd week in a row milking my details for the umpteenth time I can't help but think that it's only a matter of time before I'm standing in line at the unemployment office wondering what went wrong.
How do you feel about the future of your job? Let us know!
Everyone (in Chicago, at least) has been in a tizzy about Obama's choice of Arne Duncan for Secretary of Education. I was in a tizzy for a moment too. I mean, Chicago has awful public schools. I can attest to that first hand.
Of course one person can't be held accountable for an entire school system, but my goodness the schools in Chicago are BAD. I know several teachers today (God bless their souls) who complain of overcrowded classes, lack of resources, and unfair (political) policies throughout the city. Is Arne really the best guy out there to turn the USA's educational frown upside down when children in his city are severely lacking an adequate education?
My answer is simple. There is no spoon.
The real issue with the school system is the cycle of tards funneling into the world. Once again, idiots are reproducing and screwing everything up.
Arne Duncan could find a way to reduce the class size, put the most creative and intelligent teacher in that class and give them every resource available. But if Mom and Pop don't reinforce education, pay attention, teach morals or provide guidance, security and a healthy environment, how much good will that wonderful education do?
I'd bet not much. Maybe PEOPLE BETTER START TAKING CARE OF THEIR G-DAMN KIDS?!?!? Maybe whether or not Arne Duncan is the right man for the job is not the real question? Maybe I'm wrong?
Barack Obama is our nation's new president, and like many of you I'm ecstatic. It's a watershed moment for our country, and a step in the right direction after eight years of Bush/Cheney. But while we‘re all getting wrapped up in the warm fuzzy feeling of electing our nation’s first African American president, patting each other on the back and wistfully evoking the civil rights movement of decades past, America is still practicing inequality.
A number of states passed constitutional amendments banning Gay marriage today. This, despite the fact that the constitution of our nation guarantees every human being the same basic human rights, no matter what. That means that if straight people have the right to a state-sanctioned marriage, so do Gay people! Many Americans (including some who inexplicably voted for Obama) can't seem to get their head wrapped around that though and still feel compelled to deny others the same rights they themselves enjoy.
Some opponents of Gay marriage offer “civil partnerships,” which are like marriage but different, as conciliation. But anyone familiar with the civil rights movement being reminisced on all around us right now should know that such “separate but equal” chicanery was deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in their Brown v. The Board of Education decision back in the day. In other words, equal rights mean equal rights, regardless of an individual's age, race, sex, religion, political affiliation or sexual orientation.
So while electing Barack Obama, an inter-ethnic individual with cultural roots in Africa, Indonesia and the United States of America, to the office of the presidency is an enormous milestone, we can't let such an accomplishment make us complacent. The “civil rights movement” that many would like to make a relic of the past is not over and done with. Equal rights for everyone--be they man, woman, intersexed, trans-gendered, Black, white, Latin, Asian, Native American, Jew, gentile, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, pagan, Satanist, atheist, heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, or any other minority or marginalized group--still have not been fully realized.
We fought hard for hope and change this year and have been rewarded. But as we go forward we should all be working to assure such hope and change belongs to all of us, equally.
Electrofunk duo Chromeo are Canadian, so they can't vote in the USA. But they've come out as "Obamas boys" and want us Yanks to use whatever "fancy footwork" we have to in order to get out and vote for Barack Obama in today's presidential election.
If you're not sure where to vote in your city or town simply visit this site and enter your address to find the location of your polling place. That site should also give you a bit of handy ballot information that will help you cast your vote today as well.
Polls generally close at 8PM across the country (check your local closing time here), so you should have plenty of time to vote. And if you don't have the time you need to make the time.
On the subject of the stock market nose dive and the financial crisis in general, I have one question:
Why is everyone so surprised?
I just don't understand the "shock". It's not as if it all happened over night without warning. Even the poor AOL (P.O.S.) Bogus "Message" Board had to bump Late Breaking UNewsworthy Stories such as "10 Gadgets He'll Love" and "What Happened To Michael Jackson's Fortune?" to bring us coverage on the despair plaguing the country.
Personally, I think it's horrific, scary and a lot of people who had nothing to do with creating the situation are going to suffer. At the same time, we could all use a reality check. There's some major karmic debt to be paid and it's time to cough it up and take it like a champ. We'd best get used to it because (I believe) after the economic crisis is settled, Miss Mother Nature is next in line to collect.
I just have to comment on the Nebraska Safe Haven law which allows parents to leave a child (of any age) at a licensed hospital without question or consequence. Apparently, people are abandoning older children and the state is in a tizzy because they (Nebraska's Department of Health and Human Services) feel people are simply "tired of their parenting role."
"This was never the intent of the bill," says Republican state Sen. Arnie Stuthman. He says he co-wrote it to protect newborns from abandonment, but to get enough support for passage it was changed to cover all children. "We really opened a can of worms," he says. "We have a mess." He says the law needs to be fixed.
Am I the ONLY person who wants to bitch slap the entire state of Nebraska? I think they are COMPLETELY missing the point which is (in my professional opinion) PEOPLE WHO ABANDON THEIR CHILDREN OF ANY AGE FOR ANY REASON UNDER ANY LAW ARE NOT FIT TO BE PARENTS. JESUS! The state is concerned with people using this as a "lazy" way to get out of parenting? How about this: FIT people DON'T ABANDON THEIR KIDS so I say RIGHT ON with the law.
Whether parents should be punished is a completely different story, but get those kids out of where they AREN'T wanted. Jackasses. Idiots leading idiots and why we have so many UNfit parents is a big mystery. IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE! Now we have dumb and dumber who want to run the country and outlaw abortion. UGH!
I'm starting back on MY OWN campaign. It's called STOP THE TARDS. I think I really will start a webpage where you can list the names of people who should NOT reproduce.
STOP THE CYCLE OF IDIOTS.
Eat THAT Arnie Stuthman because YOU'RE on my list.
Editors Note — Sadly, the Stop the Tards website mentioned in this post does not actually exist.
When he wasn't too busy looking uncomfortable at having to debate a Black man, Republican candidate Cotton Hill John McCain had a few interesting quotables during tonight's debate.
"This is not the beginning of the end, it's the end of the beginning."
In context he obviously meant to say the opposite, that he was optimistic the end of our current crises is foreseeable. But what he actually said -- coming out of the mouth of a decrepit Palpatine-esque (though not nearly as cool) white-guy as it did -- sounded more like a threat! "Look you whippersnappers, there's a lot more where that came from! When I'm done with your precious America it won't be anything more than a smoking crater of death and despair!" If I wasn't already laughing at his tenuous grasp of the English language I would have been scared.
"...snatched defeat from the jaws of victory."
C'mon people, how simple is this? He was referring to the American military and the "troop surge" which he suggested brought us closer to "winning" the (non-existent) war in Iraq. So what he was trying to say was that the "troop surge" allowed America to "snatch victory from the jaws of defeat." Right? Or does he not realize that snatching defeat from the jaws of victory means America loses (which is something he's still clearly rattled about already having happened to him and his buddies in 'Nam)? Listening to too much sports-talk on talk-radio John?
I won't even get into his Jay Leno-worthy botching of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's name. He might as well have called the guy "Achemedoo-doo-head!" And he's the one who's supposedly got the foreign policy experience and diplomatic skills to be president? Oy vey!
What the fuck? Is he just old? Or is his mastery of the parlance just embarrassingly infantile for someone of his achievements and stature? Either way, I have no faith in his abilities as a statesman or his capabilities at representing our nation either here at home and abroad.
I'm always frustrated when I hear stories of peaceful demonstrations gone awry. The rioting that ensued after "protesters" smashed windows at this years Republican National Convention flew me into a frenzy. Iron Giant and I were talking about it a couple days ago when she said, with confidence, that even though "99%" of the demonstrators were peaceful, people will only talk about those few rotten apples that made a bad name for everyone else. She WAS absolutely correct in her assessment.
This morning on the way to work, Iron Giant and I stopped for some coffee when we overheard two people talking about people smashing windows at the RNC. It was a quick interaction between a customer and an employee so only a few sentences were exchanged. But the gist of their conversation didn't focus on the thousands of peaceful demonstrators but rather the few who instigated a riot.
I was fuming as I left the coffee shop. Iron Giant sat next to me almost saddened that she basically scripted the conversation we overheard. So I, like many people do, held an imaginary conversation with the people back at the coffee shop, asking "Why are you playing right into the rioters game?" and "Do you even know for sure who those rioters were?" when it struck me. How does the public know for sure that the protesters who smashed windows at the RNC were actually protesters and not provocateurs?
To my surprise, I wasn't the only one mulling this over. On BoingBoing.net I found an article that raises the very same question. "Who are these violent protesters amongst the peaceful demonstrators?"
The article lead me to a LiveJournal page that excited the conspiracy theorist within me. The journal entry talks about a demonstration that is speculated to have be infiltrated by police officers dressed as phony riot instigating anarchists. The way it happens is, a peaceful line of demonstrators is attempting to deter these few "rioters", amongst a group of seemingly intimidating rioters, from instigating the police officers to use force. What these few "rioters" don't expect is that the rest of their "group" immediately calls out the fact that they don't know these particular rioters and that they're basically provocateurs and probably cops. A more detailed outline and video can be found here.
After considering this evidence, I'm highly curious about the few "rioters" at the RNC. Who were they really? And why would they, although thousands were able to demonstrate peacefully, feel the need to be violent and instigate a riot? I understand that some people crave chaos and will go to great lengths to get it but this seems highly suspicious. There are also first hand accounts of these particular RNC "rioters" arrests that are very strange and just keep fueling the conspiracy theorist within me.
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