Palin logic

English: Sarah Palin at the Time 100 Gala in M...

English: Sarah Palin at the Time 100 Gala in Manhattan on May 4, 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to Sarah Palin, if the GOP induce default and Barack Obama does not prevent it, it is an impeachable offense. If on the other hand, President Obama uses the 14th amendment or other unilateral means to avoid default, it will be an impeachable offense. Damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. Would the country be better off now if Sarah Palin had been elected in 2008? I don’t think so. I doubt that she wrote this herself; it sounds like something that was written for her.

Mirror, mirror

Official portrait of United States Senator Mik...

Official portrait of United States Senator Mike Lee. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mirror, mirror, on the wall
Who is the most conservative of them all?
Is it Mike Lee? No
Is it Ted Cruz? No
Is it Rand Paul? No
Who is the most conservative of them all?
Wacko Bird is who.
He/she is the one the Right seeks.
Palin and Bachmann missed the cut.
Acceptable to the base
But unelectable to higher office.

FOX News

Fox News Talk

Fox News Talk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Those who have eyes and refuse to see
Those who have ears and will not listen
Those who have noses and do not stop to smell the flowers
Those who have tongues and cannot taste the truth
Those who have hearts and do not feel for the less fortunate
Those who have minds and refuse to think for themselves
They watch FOX News.

History in the making

Ronald Reagan wearing cowboy hat at Rancho del...

Ronald Reagan wearing cowboy hat at Rancho del Cielo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sometimes amid all the political blather, you may witness a moment of truth and courage on live TV that you know will be repeated and discussed ad infinitum. A true moment in history and it is a thrill to see/hear it as it happens.

Ronald Reagan in Berlin calling for the tearing down of the wall.
Candy Crowley correcting Mitt Romney about Benghazi during the second debate.
President Obama talking to the parents and the nation about the violence at Sandy Hook.
Colin Powell on Meet the Press calling out the racism of the GOP.

At the opposite end of the scale, anything from Donald Trump or Sarah Palin, and the incoherent attempt yesterday by Ben Stein to defend the GOP on FOX’s Greta Van Susteren.

To Teach

Cover of "To Teach: The Journey of a Teac...

Cover of To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher

To Teach, The Journey of a Teacher by William Ayers; yes, that William, “Bill”, Ayers that Sarah Palin called a domestic terrorist and a pal of President Obama. Bill Ayers is now retired after spending his entire life as a teacher and later as a distinguished educator. He helped found the Weather Underground and was responsible for exploding small, symbolic bombs to protest the Vietnam war during his mid to late 20s. No one was injured by the explosions he detonated. He now regrets any acts of his terrorism, but he also regrets not doing more against the Vietnam war. This quotation is from the book:

“Crusading teachers are still needed–in fact we are needed now more than ever.

“And this, I believe, is finally the reason to teach. people are called to teaching because they love children and youth, or because they love being with them, watching them open up and grow and become more able, more competent, more powerful in the world. They may love what happens to themselves when they are with children, the ways in which they become better, more human, more generous. Or they become teachers because they love the world, or some piece of the world enough that they want to show that love to others. In eaither case, people teach as an act of construction and reconstruction, and as a gift of oneself to others. I teach in the hope of making the world a better place.”

Hoorah. I agree wholeheartedly. And I suspect most teachers do too. They work at the profession for the satifaction of teaching, not the money which in most cases is inadequate. So why is the Right so much against teachers? Because they unionize, work for the government and mostly vote Democratic. Big business also looks at teaching as another opportunity to make money by privatizing education.