Wait — did Obama just diss the iPad?"And meanwhile, you're coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don't always rank that high on the truth meter. And with iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation. So all of this is not only putting pressure on you; it's putting new pressure on our country and on our democracy."
“…With so many voices clamoring for attention on blogs and on cable, on talk radio, it can be difficult at times to sift through it all; to know what to believe; to figure out who's telling the truth and who's not. Let's face it, even some of the craziest claims can quickly gain traction. I've had some experience in that regard."
So is the president saying that iPods, iPads and PlayStations are bad (as one outlet put it, “on his axis of evil list)?
New coverage for young adults will raise premiumsLetting young adults stay on their parents' health insurance until they turn 26 will nudge premiums nearly 1 percent higher for employer plans, the government said in an estimate released Monday. The new benefit will cost $3,380 for each dependent.
Premium increase will come on top of hikes employers already expect for next year. Large companies forecast that premiums will rise between 6.5 percent and 7 percent without the impact of the health care overhaul.
Greece is in flames, but if you look around, you can smell the smoke here as well.""Greece has cultural problems that contribute to its economic implosion. But there are similarities to the U.S. as well -- and because we have elected Democrats, they are growing. By the end of 2011, Greece's debt will be 150 percent of its GDP. According to a March report by the Congressional Budget Office, President Obama's 2011 budget will generate nearly $10 trillion in cumulative budget deficits over the next 10 years -- $1.2 trillion more than the administration projected -- which will increase our debt to GDP ratio to 90 percent by 2020. And we are giving away money to BAIL THEM OUT? Who will bail the US out?
If that had been George Bush the media would have been all over it. Had Bush not flown immediately to Nashville he would have been condemned just as he was during Katrina. Fearless leader, Obama, was playing golf and spending $125 per person for dinner, but not a word from the Lame Stream Media.
Instead he sends a stand in: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano listens as Ruthie Hostetler describes the flood damage done to her home in Nashville, Tenn.. Napolitano visited Nashville to view the flood damage and talk with homeowners and cleanup workers. Can you imagine the uproar if Bush were President or for that matter any Republican? Wonder if the reason he sent a stand in is because Tennessee folks didn’t seem to care enough for his “hope ‘n’ change” to vote for him.
With a record 13-inch rain, the Cumberland River overflowed its banks last Sunday, yielding dramatic pictures of houses floating along interstates and residents stuck in torrid waters. Ten people died in Nashville alone of 31 total. The cleanup could be one of the costliest in US history.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano went to Nashville Saturday,(almost a week later) and President Obama has declared 53 counties as federal disaster areas, clearing the way for residents to receive federal aid.
Political response has been mostly by the book. Relief efforts have been intensely local. Water, food and money have come mostly from individuals.
While the Nashville, Tennessee, flood will bring federal aid, some complain the area became the nation's hidden disaster. But many Tennesseans are happy to clean up the mess on their own. Nope you don’t hear those folks screaming to be put up in hotels in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas or elsewhere. You don’t hear them whining that FEMA hasn’t arrived with care packages and water (remember NO and the water issue). You don’t see them rioting in the streets, looting stores, and raising general mayhem.
One Nashville resident and blogger sums it up this way: "A large part of the reason that we are being ignored is because of who we are," writes Patten Fuqua on the hockey blog Section 303. "Did you hear about crime sprees? No … you didn't. You saw a group of people trying to move two horses to higher ground. [We] weren't doing anything to draw attention to ourselves. We were handling it on our own."
C'mon, how big is the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, really?Official estimates for the flow of oil out of the Deepwater Horizon well may be just a drop in the bucket. Critics call for release of worst-case scenario data to describe the oil spill disaster. Of course the enviro-nuts and the Obama administration are calling it a “great disaster” and there will be hearings on the subject until the cows come home but only for show. Obama prepared to visit the affected area this weekend ( for a photo op, days after the tragic event), as the government began wresting control of the relief operation from BP. I would surmise that he will be giving the experts there advice on how to bring the situation under control. I am sure that with his experience as a Community Organizer he would at least be able to organize the coffee line for the workers. Now making the coffee is a different story.
The only thing the government has done is to criticize BP for its efforts and claim that they were there on day one to stop the damage. It should be noted that immediately the Obama Administration began the comparison to Katrina. Guess that means we can see more money funneled into NO to be wasted. Of course it also is a political payback for the health care vote which of course went along with the initial bribe. Wow it pays to have voted for “the One”.
Gas prices rising nationwide, but maybe not for longGas prices are up an average of four cents a gallon nationwide during the past week – and 78 cents a gallon from last year.
I wonder if the left and Obama will attempt to blame this on Bush? Would it surprise anyone? In fact on a few of the blogs sponsored by newspapers such blame has already been established by the kooky leftist. They claim that Bush “deregulated” energy to pay back his Halliburton buddies (note they said energy, not oil, which only proves they don’t have a clue) and thus caused the disaster in the Gulf which caused gas prices to rise. The facts of the matter are gas prices typically rise every year as Memorial Day approaches. Refineries are switching over to their summer blend, which is more expensive, and companies expect a rise in demand during the summer driving season. But of course the leftist never let little things like facts stand in their way of blaming anyone and everyone but their own ignorance and foolishness for a problem.