September 8, 2009

More Obama I Say. MORE O!-BA!-MA!

No SUCH thing as TOO MUCH!

Phil Plait at the charming "Bad Astronomy" page has hit the big time today with his eructation on The mainstreaming of crazy. Phil, like all card-carrying scientists in search of tenure, grants, continued employment, and more book contracts, has decided, as is his right, that all those opposed to the President's address to school children simply, scientifically speaking, crazy and evil:

"I would add that we all need to not be afraid to speak out against nonsense and to call out willful ignorance when we see it. Never give up. Never back down against evil. Never tire, because this struggle will be eternal.
Whew, I guess he's committed. Not so all the readers of his page that is usually about interesting things in space and astronomy. Instant flame war rapidly rising to Defcon 2 with a record 210 350 comments [Verrrry big for Bad Astronomy]. And with more at the door!

Now at first, I have to admit that I was against Plait's position and just slapped in a handy list of czars to try and point to the rapid ramping of power putsches and unaccountability typical of this administration. But then as I thought about it I thought, perhaps, Phil might have a point, might even be right. The more I thought about it the more I became convinced that he was right.

You see, what we obviously have here in America these days when it comes to the Obama administration is "a failure to communicate." This in spite of the fact that
these folks were touted and touted themselves as the most technically savvy bunch of net nerds ever to hit the White House. And yet.... and yet.... their messages seem to be getting through to fewer and fewer Americans, and resistance continues to grow.

Clearly, as Plait correctly sees, the only way out of this is... MORE BARACK!

As a salute to his insight and the ability of his partisans to make me see the light, I left the following comment in the thread. I do hope it bears fruit very, very soon.

A commenter says, "I do not care for ANYBODY having the ability to address the school system at large. Phil, what would you have said if it were someone else and you did not agree with them?"

And I find myself replying, Phil, I imagine, would still say that the sanctity of the Presidency trumps all unless your first name begins with a G.

But even if that is not the case, I think those that oppose the president speaking to the children have gotten it all wrong. (Yes, I have changed my position on this.) Upon reflecting on Phil’s position and others here as well, I have changed my mind.

I have come to realize that what is deeply wrong with this country is that so far we have not heard and seen enough of President Obama.

I now think we need to see more. Much more. We need to have a morning message from the President every day on all cable news channel. Indeed, we need to have it broadcast on all TV channels, especially ESPN and other places where citizens dodge their need to know the truth.

We need to see his message in the lead in to Good Morning America and Fox and Friends both without fear or favoritism.

Weather Channel too.

We need to have Barack Obama’s message, whatever it might be on whatever day, delivered to all of us on the front page of whatever newspaper we are still reading.

We need to have his voice and his message as the lead-in to NPR’s Morning Edition.

We need to have his message replace the bumper music at the top of Rush Limbaugh’s show.

In short, we cannot have enough of listening to the President tell us what he’s thinking and what the right way to think about what he’s thinking is.

We need to hear his words and see his face every day. Every single day.

I am in ernest about this. I will even pay higher taxes to make this so. We need, in the most urgent and important way, to see and him him All. The. Time.

I hope the coming address to Congress and a grateful nation is only the beginning of this program of all Obama all the time.

This then is my solemn prayer in the words of that most holy and revered of Presidents, George W. Bush, "BRING. IT. ON."

Posted by Vanderleun at September 8, 2009 7:01 PM
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"It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood." -- Karl Popper N.B.: Comments are moderated and may not appear immediately. Comments that exceed the obscenity or stupidity limits will be either edited or expunged.

Anything to make the kids laugh:

"I asked the Insta-Daughter how it went off in her class and she responded, 'My class was laughing ... which really upset Mrs. _____, because she thought it was a great speech.'"


Posted by: Fat Man at September 8, 2009 8:49 PM

I LOVE the bonus SWPL picture: an urban downtown suitable for walking, a pedicab, an Asian chick, an ethnic newsie, a transvestite hooker, some androgenous person reading a trendy magazine, and an Obamacized version of one the lamest musicals ever. It's BO-BO heaven!

Posted by: Mike Anderson at September 8, 2009 9:30 PM

Phil's post is his version of "pick your target."

I used to read his posts until he went overboard on Bush and the politicization of science.

Now that Obama's in and doing the same thing, that's all right to Phil, so he needs a different schtick.

Posted by: Lou Shumaker at September 9, 2009 9:23 AM

Yes, more please.

More Obama, lots of Obama, a plethora of Obama. Total, unceasing Obama saturation leaking out of every media orifice until our eyeballs bleed and the grey matter dribbles from our ears.

The citizen's will be more than ready to throw his skinny leftist ass out without second thought for gauchely committing the capital American sin of boring them to death.

Bring it on, indeed.

Posted by: Daphne at September 9, 2009 2:30 PM

Obviously you did not read Phil's rant. His point that lunatic fringes get too large a share of voice, drowning the real debate.

Lunatic fringes... such as those who compare Obama to Hitler.

You wouldn't be one of them, right? Because you learned some history at school for example?

On the other hand, judging by your reading skills....

Posted by: at September 10, 2009 6:42 AM

So what you are saying is that instead of being reasonable, listening to the oppositions argument we should just assume they are the stereotype we've got built in our heads.

So if I said you are an insane, overly-patriotic, close minded, uneducated bigot I would be right. Just like how you would say the same about me.

You should really re-think how you are acting. When people that are opposing the President claim that his goal of PROVIDING HEALTH CARE to millions of people is the same as COMMITTING GENOCIDE it takes away from the argument against health care.

When Obama planned to speak to school children, members of the GOP were comparing him to Kim Jong Il and Saddam Hussien! That is insanely disrespectful and ignorant, instead of taking a moment to look at the facts and voicing their concern in an adult manner its mud slinging and name calling.

Posted by: Clark at September 10, 2009 7:58 AM

Thank you for carrying the Phil message all the way over here.

Did I say "PROVIDING HEALTH CARE to millions of people is the same as COMMITTING GENOCIDE" ? I think not. Please look around in the archives. I provide a search service on the home page.

Was I "comparing [Obama] to Kim Jong Il and Saddam Hussien!" Same reference to search this blog service on home page.

You also cite "members of the GOP" doing this. Prominent members or just rank and file? Seems to me I recall many members of the Democrat doing similar things to GWB -- as well as much, much, much worse across many years.

In addition, please do not assume I am a Republican. I'm not.

As to "voicing their concern in an adult manner its mud slinging and name calling" why yes there was a log of mud slinging and name calling.... there always is.... especially when the "original plan" for the address was put out -- one the administration had to back rapidly and far away from.

It seems to me that those that love the address and the idea of it are always taking shelter in the address as ultimately delivered and not the address as planned before the firestorm broke. Thus we have one side saying, "Hey, look at it. It's not bad at all." vs the other side that was in on the issue much, much earlier and saw what a gross manipulation of kids it was intended to be.

Without reference to the origins of this issue you cannot understand or argue the result.

Posted by: vanderleun at September 10, 2009 9:10 AM

Clark, lacking reading skills both here and at Phil's say: "Obviously you did not read Phil's rant. His point that lunatic fringes get too large a share of voice, drowning the real debate.

Lunatic fringes... such as those who compare Obama to Hitler.

You wouldn't be one of them, right? Because you learned some history at school for example?

On the other hand, judging by your reading skills....

Judging by yøur reading skills you cannot read at all so it is little wonder that your writing suffers. If you can bear to scroll to the top of this post you'll see the link to the original post right there. It's the one that's in a different clolor... it's just above the original quote from the page. And if you'll follow that link you will find some comments by me in the 360 comment flame war that followed.

And, yes, I have read Phil's "Guilty with an Explanation" followup post today and left a comment there which says, in sum, "Sorry, not sold."

As to the contention that "Lunactic fringes" drown out debate, Phil does not have "fringes" in mind, but just one "fringe" that's to the right of him. He can't see his own lunatic fringe.

Posted by: vanderleun at September 10, 2009 9:16 AM

"As far as I am concerned, this is not civics education — it gives the appearance of creating a cult of personality," said state Sen. Steve Russell of Oklahoma, a Republican. "This is something you'd expect to see in North Korea or in Saddam Hussein's Iraq."

Steve Russell - Oklahoma State Senator; compares our President to two Fascist dictators. Source the AP.

Posted by: Clark at September 10, 2009 9:53 AM

Your oblivious to the fact that their are prominent remembers of our Government that use scare tactics like Steve Russell's to further their own agenda. I am young and naive and think the Government should work for the people instead of against them. I would love to see reform in all sorts of industries and see a shake down on wasteful Government spending. Can we achieve this by bickering and name calling? Can we achieve this with condescending remarks about "more Obama" or assuming anyone who disagrees with a view point is 100% the opposite. Do you think I go home at night and pray to my alter of Obama? There is a great need for open, intelligent progressive dialogue in this country in order to make sure my future and the future for my generation is secure. You try to lure me out with my 'lack of reading skills,' yes you are so right, because I don't read your blog on a daily basis I must be highly misinformed! You are just the same as everyone else that has squandered the potential of this country. Continue with your rhetoric and see how it works out for you.

Posted by: Clark at September 10, 2009 10:00 AM


here is what happened after one school watched the obama school video:

appalling, don't you think?

Posted by: cjm at September 10, 2009 6:22 PM

No, I don't think that's appalling. I think it's amazing that our President has inspired this kids to pay attention to politics and to do more with their lives. Why is it so wrong for the President to inspire people in their lives?

Our President knows he is in a unique roll within the African American community. He is a high profile positive roll model, is this a bad thing? Is it really that terrible that children growing up in low income areas have someone positive to look up too? Do you think they should just stay stereotypes and wish to become this some day?

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