Shades of North Korea: "Let's All Sign 'Happy Mother's Day" Card to Michelle Obama State, National, International, posted by WhatEverYouSay DearLeader, a resident of the Amador Estates neighborhood, on May 9, 2012 at 12:27 pm
Now that our Leader Obama is "changing" America to resemble North Korea, he wants us all to sign a "Happy Mothers Day" card to Lady Michelle.
Posted by steven, a resident of the Stoneridge neighborhood, on May 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm
Yes, I heard on Rush today that his holiness B Hussein Obamba just flip flopped on the gay position and has thereby declared war upon marriage.
Didn't you see the pink smoke coming out of the "White" House chiminey?
I strongly urge those of you who haven't read the blog-site "Weasel Zippers" to check it out. WhateverYOUSayDearLeader was kind enough to provide a link. Be sure to skroll down and read readers comments. I sure wish more of them commenters would post here. Then Jimbo and I would have more allys. God bless America.
Posted by steve, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on May 10, 2012 at 8:37 am
Janna, link to your lie about Bush and maybe your credibility will actaully rise above zero. By the way, just to let you know, he's been out of office for over 3 years now. You liberals never cease to amaze.....not in a good way.
Posted by Mr. Mittens, a resident of another community, on May 10, 2012 at 8:38 am
N. Korea isn't such a bad place. When I am elected to office two priorities will be in order. One, I may or may not insist that everyone must wear magic happy underpants on a regular basis. Second, no male shall be permitted to have bleach-blond hair that droops over their eye. (Because, heh-heh-heh, it makes them look like a you know what.) I've felt this way since high school:
"Mitt Romney returned from a three-week spring break in 1965 to resume his studies as a high school senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School. Back on the handsome campus, studded with Tudor brick buildings and manicured fields, he spotted something he thought did not belong at a school where the boys wore ties and carried briefcases. John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.
“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.
A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors. [...]
“It was a hack job,” recalled Maxwell, a childhood friend of Romney who was in the dorm room when the incident occurred. “It was vicious.”
"You have to understand, for cripesakes," Romney recently stated, "it was a private school, and in the private sector guys like me can do what they want."
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on May 10, 2012 at 10:02 am
The interesting thing to me is Michelle Obama is not my mother, not mother to the rest of the population, and not the mother of our nation . . . so why would the president suggest this at all? By the way and just in case, here is the official site to sign if anyone wishes to do so Web Link
Posted by Jim, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 10, 2012 at 10:29 am
Kathleen, it is called Marketing. It happens on both sides of the aisle in Election time. It may catch your attention more prominently when it happens to the side you are not for, but in all fairness, it happens on both sides.
The Swedish Social Democrats are currently in disarray. A party that alone held power virtually uninterrupted for most of the 20th century currently only has support of about 25-28% of voters.
I am not going to offer them advice how to recover, since I am their ideological opponent, and I myself would never trust advice from my ideological opponents to be in my best interest.
Most of the explanations offered for the meltdown relies on uniquely Swedish events and recent phenomenon. However the exact same thing happened in Denmark and Norway. Moreover, the Swedish Social Democrats have been slowly declining for decades, which was obscured by a couple of odd victories following the 1990s financial crisis. So most likely the explanation for the decline has a systematic component and is common to all three Scandinavian countries.
One explanation is reduced class-consciousness among the working class, who are also becoming a smaller share of the population. There is not much the Labour parties can do about this.
Another explanation is resistance of working class voters to immigration. The Scandinavian working class have been hit hardest by the adverse impact of non-western immigration.
* First, working class neighborhoods have turned into ghettos, forcing them to either move out or live with high crime, troubled schools and other negative social externalities.
* Second, unskilled immigrants put downward pressure on wages and employment.
* Third, immigration costs billions of dollars, which means less money over to welfare state services.
* Lastly, the immigrants don't have Lutheran work ethics and strong social pressure not to abuse the welfare state like the Scandinavians. Many non-western immigrants take full advantage of all the generous benefits, and some cheat if they can. This behavior has forced the Scandinavians to make social insurance payments less generous for everybody, and to introduce harsher controls. The unintended consequence is that a 55 year old Swedish working class women with health problems cannot get early retirement as easily as she could in 1985, because the system has become less trusting to everyone due to abuse.
Working class voters are also less likely to benefit from immigration in the form of cheaper services (working class Scandinavians cannot afford maids), and unlike the middle class they don't even pretend to enjoy Iraqi and Albanian cultural expressions.
Instead of reforming policies, the reaction of the Social Democrats to failed integration has been to ratcheted up pro-immigration propaganda. As a consequence, many of the working class feel abandoned by the Social Democrats, and are in turn abandoning them in favor of populist anti-immigration parties.
These graphs illustrate the development since the start of the Era of Social Democratic Dominance in 1936.
In Denmark the Social Democrats are expected to make a come-back in the next election. This lends support to my hypothesis, since the Danish Social Democrats have gone the furthest in giving up on multiculturalism and mass-immigration.
Posted by Mr. Mittens, a resident of another community, on May 10, 2012 at 11:13 am
Just for clarification's sake.... I have no absolute distinct recollection of ever leading a posse in order to hack off some nonconformist's bleach blond hair hanging over his eye. As I recall, his hair was sort of a dyed reddish hue. And I certainly wouldn't have bullied him just because he was one of those homosexual types.
Now let's focus on the economy and my leadership. Don't you think my being a posse leader in high school and enforcing school dress code -- it was a PRIVATE school for criminy sakes! -- shows outstanding character and leadership?
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on May 10, 2012 at 11:59 am
Jim, I would be the first to agree this type of marketing is not unique to Democrats. Just questioning the reasoning behind a campaign greeting Michelle Obama on a national level for mother's day. We could also recognize Michelle's own mother who is spending a lot of her time with the Obama children. Anyway, try for a First Lady's day, at least that makes sense.
Posted by Mr. Mittens, a resident of another community, on May 10, 2012 at 12:17 pm
Jeepers creepers I think someone has crossed the line when people are forced to sign a mother's day card to the wife of the president. I mean for crying out loud. Talk about big brother? This is really a character issue.
Now, back to me leading a posse against, well, the you know who types. I haven't done anything like that recently. I'm running for president of the United States for cripe sakes!
Posted by Bill, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on May 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm
If Romney cannot even remember what he did in high school, what else is he somehow not recollecting? Like maybe all the people he screwed and stepped on while with the private equity firm he made all his money at? Like where all his offshore accounts are located?
An adult doing what Romney did to that kid would have landed in jail for at least 10 years. How many felonies were committed in the act of assaulting and forcefully cutting this poor kid's hair?
Posted by Mr. Mittens, a resident of another community, on May 10, 2012 at 1:54 pm
Oh for crying out loud, Bill. What? Do you want all our schools to be so politically correct like North Korea's that bullying is not allowed? I really don't recollect the incident. I mean there were so many pranks we played on different kinds of people, and so it's hard for me to keep them all clear. But as far as the one now being alleged. You have to admit it's pretty funny, don't you? Heh-heh-heh. (Did you hear about the one where I put my dog on the car roof? That one by gosh still cracks us all up! Heh-heh-heh.
Now, this election should be a test of character. As far as stepping on people like I did when I was a vulture capitalist, and sheltering my money in off shore bank accounts, none of that was, strictly speaking, ilLEGAL. Oh, did I tell you about the time I got fined for flipping off a park ranger? That one was really funny. You should have been there for golly sakes!
Posted by Janna, a resident of Dublin, on May 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm Janna is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
So Kathleen, you've never wished anyone else's mother Happy Mother's Day? I'm sure there are many people who have met her over the years who enjoyed speaking with her and would want to wish her well on that day.
Posted by Janna, a resident of Dublin, on May 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm Janna is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
What kind of question is that? Off topic much?
My problem is not with capitalism. Want to talk about ridiculous CEO to worker pay ratios? Outsourcing? I don't begrudge anyone the right to make money. I question the immoral manner in which they make it.
Sorry to tell you this, but you are surrounded by socialism. Police, fire department, teachers, road workers, etc. If you want to avoid it, you're going to have to go some place undeveloped to live.
Posted by WhatEverYouSay DearLeader, a resident of the Amador Estates neighborhood, on May 10, 2012 at 5:36 pm
Thank you for responding.
I submit to you that my question, while it may seem like a stretch from my original post, is relevant to the topic. Obama is very much governing like a totalitarian socialist where "equality" to him is equality of outcome vs. opportunity...and that HE and his Admin are the only ones who are capable of defining outcomes. Further, the "Collective" has much more rights than the "Individual" in his views. He is against private property and private sector business and is succeeding in their destruction.
To your point, many governmental programs can be considered socialist models...but not police, fire, etc. as these are essential services which is a legitimate function of government. However, Democrat-sponsored programs such as Medicare is a ponzi-scheme which are socialist in nature and will not pay for themselves.
I submit to you that your comment about the disparity in income between CEOs and lower income employees hurts no one. Are you frustrated with the wealth of Steve Jobs estate, the new Apple CEO, Larry Ellison of Oracle, Bill Gates, etc.? Do you realize how many people they have employed and the wealth they've created for others?
I submit to you that your anger should more appropriately be directed at the government bureaucrats who are adding very little to no value to the American citizens while they enrich themselves at your expense, mine and other good American citizens.
Obama has wasted billions of our money while paying off fellow Democrats, especially unions, and sent billions to our enemies abroad.
American capitalism has resulted in curing many diseases, creating magnificent technology, and dramatically improved the quality of so many people's lives ... especially here in America.
From your comments, it sounds as if your views are more aligned with the Occupiers. May I suggest you take a look at this video ...
Posted by Janna, a resident of Dublin, on May 10, 2012 at 6:03 pm Janna is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
I disagree with your post in its entirety. Nice spouting off though.
Obama has done no such things. He has been kinder to Wall Street and banks than he should have been.
War is the biggest racket of all. More money has gone out for that than anything else. Still the whiners that are the GOP (Greed Over Principle) have to steal money from the elderly, sick children and the disabled to feed their lust for killing. They insist defense is deficient even though our budget is larger than all other countries in the world combined. No one has stolen from you, it's called society, as in living in one. I bet you don't mind the government telling me what to do with my uterus, do you?
My husband, a software engineer, who is actually very good at what he does, has not had a job that provides benefits since W. was in office.
I take it you are for for-profit healthcare and wealthy since you don't need Medicare?
I appreciate your interest in my emotional state, but I assure you I know right where to put my energy. Enjoy your weekend.
Posted by WhatEverYouSay DearLeader, a resident of the Amador Estates neighborhood, on May 10, 2012 at 6:43 pm
I have been very very poor and then later in the upper income bracket. Now I am somewhere in-between if that helps.
When Medicare was formed, it was very poorly designed. It was destined to fail at some point.
There were many other options to provide for the healthcare of Americans instead of Medicare. You vastly underestimate the power of the free market to provide for the needs of customers. The free market...while not perfect...would have done a much better job than Medicare...(and definitely better than Obamacare too.)
BTW: Will someone tell me why certain healthcare providers ... like BSRN's cannot be an independent entrepreneur and provide private nursing services? Or can they? If not, what is preventing them? Is it some law...or are they under some sort of ancient "guild" system? Seems as if they could operate as an independent business person to provide private nursing services, this could cut down costs and provide more care. Let the free market work here!!!
Also, Janna...I wholeheartedly believe you are confusing the concepts of Greed vs. Self-Interest. The latter promotes win-win relationships between the customer and provider in a free market.
The main greed I see is by government bureaucrats. Especially socialist governments...like the one Obama is creating.
Posted by steven, a resident of the Stoneridge neighborhood, on May 10, 2012 at 7:59 pm
There are far better remedies then Medicare. If people weren't so busy standing on there liberal loon soapbox, they'd find a way to pay there own way when they get older. Like find a wife like I did whose in a position to support me.
Earlier in my life I was able to step on people to get ahead. It was win-win. I got more money then I deserved, and they got a wake up call that maybe there a loser and should do something else. Now I'm on the down side and people step on me all the time. I have to rely on my wife for suppoort and we have - she has - houses all over the city so I'm a much better person for it. Thats the beauty of capitalism.
Posted by steven, a resident of the Stoneridge neighborhood, on May 10, 2012 at 8:02 pm
Oops. I almost forgot what I wanted to say. I agree with my conservative brother above about greedy socialist goverments. We have all heard about all the greed and corruption charges against the Swedish and Norwegian presidents who abscounded with mucho bucks to desolate islands in the Fillapines.
Posted by Steve, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on May 10, 2012 at 8:25 pm
Janna, trust me when I tell you no one but you is interested in your uterus. I wish your husband luck in finding a better job, with benefits. Why can't you find a job with benefits? Never mind, I don't really care........
Regarding defense, no one said funding was deficient, they are arguing against cuts, just like welfare frauds don't want their benefits cut........it's hard to get off the gravy train for all that wuciwug on the tax payers teat.
Posted by Steven, a resident of the Stoneridge neighborhood, on May 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm
Why can't you find a job with benefits, Janna? Forget I asked. I couldn't care less ... Insteead yhou hang out here toubting Obama and the other totalitarian collectivism socialists. In case you haven't noticed, unemployment is very high under the illuminus one Obama. Why can't they find a job? I couldn't care less. That's why Romney is the anecdote to Oh Blessed Obama.
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on May 11, 2012 at 6:36 am
" . . . you've never wished anyone else's mother Happy Mother's Day? I'm sure there are many people who have met her over the years who enjoyed speaking with her and would want to wish her well on that day."
While I might wish another mom a pleasant day, I wouldn't get the neighbors together to sign cards for each other, let alone an entire country. Why is that mom any more important than any other mom? It's not like we know her skills are better than every other mother.
This uber recognition is not unlike when someone famous passes on; it's sad--but no more sad than all the people listed in some sub-section of the paper who also passed away and didn't rate page one.
Put up a national card that thanks all the good mothers; I'll sign that one. Same for Father's Day (makes one wonder if there will be an attempt to do a national Father's Day card for Barak Obama . . . in an election year).
Posted by WhatEverYouSay DearLeader, a resident of the Amador Estates neighborhood, on May 11, 2012 at 9:03 am
First, your whining about greed and unfairness is such a democrat-thing. They'd be very proud of you for upholding this Party's reputation.
Please define 'free market greed.' If a business is over-charging customers for a service or product, customers have free-will to select another provider.
If a CEO has a salary that is deemed excessive, then that CEO's employees can choose to look for employment elsewhere.
If someone from the private sector is defrauding customers illegally (e.g. the Bernie Madoffs), there are laws against this.
Do you not see that a huge majority of Greed is actually committed by our elected officials? Yes, in both parties...but especially look at Pelosi, Feinstein, Stark, Harry Reid, etc. This is where you'll find unbelievable greed. The Democrat Party has never met a tax they didn't like.
Conservatives want everyone to prosper... and without caps on income...even for uber-whiners like you.
Hey Janna, let's just imagine that tomorrow you invented a product that is wildly popular...becomes a viral phenomenon and you start reaping a tidalwave of income. Millions of dollars from this country and abroad.
Conservatives would cheer you on and allow you to spend it any way you'd like...to improve your business, contribute to charitable causes of YOUR choice, or however you'd like to spend it legally.
Democrats...especially Obama would first compliment you and then would say you are unfairly benefitting at the expense of others "less fortunate." And they'd tax you heavily. Then they might want an income cap on you. Then they'd regulate the hell out of your biz to make it decline. They'd also tell you where you can and can't spend the remaining money you'd "be allowed" to keep. Then the unions would be knocking on your door to unionize your employees. And on and on...
Stop whining about the free market. Here's a well-kept secret about the free-market system that is not taught in the public schools or college...
(2 min videoclip) The Power of the Market videoclip >>> Web Link
"Then they'd regulate the hell out of your biz to make it decline."
Unless your name is AIG or J. P. Morgan (or any of the other large investment banks, insurance companies, or hedge funds). If you are one of those, you can trade trillion of dollars in over the counter synthetic derivatives without oversight or regulation and unlimited leverage, and when it all blows up, don't worry; The US Treasury and Federal Reserve will be there to make things right again.
" Then they might want an income cap on you."
Once again, not if your name is Citibank or Morgan Stanley and you lost big on your proprietary trading (requiring a government bailout), because that might cause investors to loose confidence.
Wasn't the new Dodd-Frank bill supposed to put a stop to this?
The markets can only function properly with sane and reasonable regulation. So far, neither the Republicans nor the Democrats seem capable of providing it. Just putting the rules back to where they were in 1999 would be a good start.
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on May 11, 2012 at 12:35 pm
Kathleen Ruegsegger said: "While I might wish another mom a pleasant day, I wouldn't get the neighbors together to sign cards for each other, let alone an entire country. Why is that mom any more important than any other mom? It's not like we know her skills are better than every other mother."
Kathleen, you're reading too much into this. It's merely a campaign gimmick to drum up more support for the upcoming elections. If something like this were put on the official White House web site then, yes, it would be stepping way over the line. But it's not. It's just part of Obama's fundraising campaign and in that capacity he is perfectly free to ask supporters to celebrate Mothers' Day for Michelle with him, or to celebrate his daughter's birthday, or their cat's birthday, etc., etc.. If you're not an Obama supporter, then the message is not meant for you. Just ignore it.
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on May 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm
Sam, sorry if I wasn't clear. I just think it's an odd campaign, and I wouldn't sign it no matter who was in the White House. Above I posted the link to the official site in case others wished to sign. I'm all for the freedom to do so, or not.
Posted by Janna, a resident of Dublin, on May 11, 2012 at 9:03 pm Janna is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
I had no idea that wealthy people were such victims! Are you telling me that the Trumps and Buffetts of the world have had to sacrifice? They haven't been able to buy whatever they want??? Say it isn't so!
That is not a real problem. People going without affordable access to healthcare, THAT is a problem. Hungry children, THAT is a problem. Homelessness, THAT is a problem. You should realize that you come across completely heartless as a human being when you advocate for money over humanity.
It's not about fair or unfair, why can't you get that? I know you love to catapult the idea that liberals all want everyone to have the same amount of money, but that's not true and you know it. We just don't want to watch our fellow man suffer in the name of money. I love you guys talking about choice. The amount of choices one has is relative to how much money they have. Wealthy people have infinite choices, not so with the impoverished. Pretending otherwise is just denying reality.
Posted by WhatEverYouSay DearLeader, a resident of the Amador Estates neighborhood, on May 11, 2012 at 9:25 pm
You are so breathtakingly brainwashed.
Whatever happened to your Democrat "War Against Hunger" that the Fed poured billions into? I thought your WOH was suppose to solve that! Oh, my mistake. You and your other Dems just wanted to "feel good" that you were throwing money at this...with ZERO regard for the outcome. Dems just establish "PROGRAMS" so that they will "FEEL GOOD" that they've checked the box called "Look like you're doing something"
Truth is ... a real war on hunger was being won by the private sector but was LOST when the formal War Against Hunger program began.
I am done with you, Janna.
You are a hopeless, pathetic, parasitic, socialist whiner who is just looking for handouts.
Posted by Patriot, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 11, 2012 at 10:08 pm
Would you people please put aside all this Democrat/Republican nonsense for just a while and pay a little attention to what caused the credit freeze and financial panic that led to the current recession? The too big to fail problem, the unregulated and opaque over the counter derivatives market, and the inadequate response to the problem by congress and two administrations leaves us in financial peril. If we can't get our leaders to focus on these problems we will certainly face an even bigger blowup and financial downturn in the future. No amount of tax cuts, new health care coverage, deregulation, aid for the homeless, public employee pension reform will get us out of this mess. We need to get our priorities straight, or a lot more of us will be homeless and hungry.
Posted by Patriot, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm
"WhatEverYouSay DearLeader", "Jana",
Are you the same person? Do you like insulting each other? Democrats and Republicans are both distracting us from the most important problems facing our country. Have either of you seen or read any of the following (or related material)? I'd love to get more people focused on these issues. We all have much to lose if we ignore these problems.