And The Latest Person Kicked From the Raid…

5 09 2009

Would be Van Jones, President Obama’s “green jobs” czar. As has been making the rounds in the right-wing blogosphere, it seems that Mr. Jones has shall we say — a somewhat sinister view of the events of 9/11 (H/T Five Feet of Fury’s Kathy Shaidle). Oh, it hasn’t happened yet and it still might not, but given Mr. Obama’s predilection for jettisoning “inconvenient” people the moment that they’re no longer of use to him, I’d say that Mr. Jones is probably being encouraged to “spend more time with his family” right about now.

It’s actually funny. As Stacy McCain points out:

And yet, somehow, despite all his success, this Ivy League-educated Fortunate Son sees nothing but misery and oppression everywhere. Am I the only one who finds this bizarre?

That would only be because Mr. McCain has never raided with someone like Van Jones. I have. To extend the whole Obama Administration as a bad raid metaphor, Van Jones is the kind of raider that whines and cries and fiddles with the DKP system to make sure he gets twice as many points as anybody else in the guild and then complains that “it’s not fair!” when the boss doesn’t drop any equipment for his class. No matter how close he is to the guild leader, eventually everyone else is gonna kick him out because every time he opens his mouth he runs down the guild’s reputation.

In honor of Mr. McCain’s Rule 5 and the bent of this blog, I am putting up a picture of a sexy Night Elf from World of Warcraft. Post continues after this.

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In more real-world terms, there’s a subsection of the left who have made their bones and fortunes using interest group grievances and get caught flat-footed when they’re suddenly thrust into a position where results actually matter. Actually strike that. He’s the “green jobs czar.” His results don’t matter but they will be measured which is roughly the same level of kryptonite. What’s happening to Jones is probably what would happen if Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton were forced to get a real job. Or a job.

Given that the Obama’s social circle seems to be filled with these sorts of people and their vetting process is less than stellar (and why haven’t those people been fired?) this is probably going to keep happening. So far, the only people who seem to be completely safe in the Obama Administration are Rahm Emanuel and Robert Gibbs. Gibbs is probably safe because he’s basically Renfield to Emanuel’s Count Dracula and Emanuel — well, because he’s Dracula.

And yes — this post was generated in shameless subservience to Rule 2.

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First Day of School and Right-Wing Nuttiness.

4 09 2009

Today was the first day of school in Glendale. School was supposed to start on Monday but the district was shut down for three days because of the fires (thanks, Gaia! That’s what I get for trying to reduce my carbon footprint). At any rate, school started as usual, we brought my daughter into her new Spanish immersion class, she seems happy and everything was otherwise normal.

Then while perusing my ususal selection of blogs this morning, I come across this little tidbit about a controversial line in the teacher prep materials for President Obama’s upcoming speech to students. Apparently in the lesson plans students had been asked to, “Write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president.” which has now been changed to “Write letters to themselves about how they can achieve their short‐term and long‐term education goals.” There are, of course, the usual collection of right-wing crazies who think this some dastardly plot by the Administration to turn their kids into Village of the Damned-style zombies who are going to come home chanting “Hopeenchange… hopenchange…” and eat your brains if you turn on your water sprinklers at the wrong time.

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Honestly, people. There’s justifiable criticism of the President and then there’s insanity. Anyone who’s read this blog knows that I’m not a huge fan of the President’s policies but we can’t let resistance to Obama slide into 9/11 trutherism territory (I’m looking at you birth certificate people). It seems to me like this is a standard issue stunt (albeit a big one) designed to burnish Obama’s image when he’s sliding in the polls. Let’s not forget too that the image of an educated African-American in the White House is inspirational to a lot of kids. If Obama can encourage a few kids who might otherwise drop out of school to stay in, then I say he’s done the country a great service.

That being said — it was kind of stupid to put that kind of a statist line in the teacher prep plans and give a rhetorical weapon to the opposition. I would like my kids to respect the office of the Presidency but to always think critically about the person who holds it. He (or eventually she) serves us and we should always be updating their performance review in our minds. And here’s a quick tip for the Obama Administration. If you would have howled at President Bush doing it, don’t do it.

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