September 1, 2009

We Don’t Need No Indoctrination

Filed under: Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 4:07 pm

Via Michelle Malkin (and many others; HT to an e-mailer):

President Obama told a student report(er) last month that he would be making an address to schoolchildren on September 8.

And, unless he somehow in the next week acquires some of the “judgment to lead” that he promised to bring to the White House — something that has been notably absent since January 20 – he will indeed do that:

Here’s how the President described the speech in a recent interview with 11 year-old reporter Damon Weaver yesterday: “On Sept. 8, when young people across the country will have just started or are about to go back to school, I’m going to be making a big speech to young people all across the country about the importance of education, the importance of staying in school, how we want to improve our education system, and why it’s so important for the country. And so I hope everybody tunes in.”

The second bolded portion of the excerpt blows away any presumption of innocence. If carried out, it would represent pure politicking to a captive, impressionable audience, in more than a few cases (like this one) under immense pressure to conform. The first bolded item is the sort of insufferable, punk arrogance we’ve grown to know and despise.

Obama’s appearance is accompanied by a complete lesson propaganda plan.

Three reactions — The immediate one is to echo what David William Hedrick said in late August at about 0:35 of this YouTube video at a Washington State town hall:

Stay away from my kids!

The second reaction is to take a few liberties with Pink Floyd:

We don’t need no indoctrination,
We don’t need no thought control,
No forced intrusion into our classrooms,
Obama, leave our kids alone …..
Hey, Obama! Leave our kids alone!
All in all you’re just a guy who’s ruining it all.
All in all you’re just a guy who’s ruining it all.

My third reaction is a question: How absolutely nuts would the Left have gone if George W. Bush had tried this (even immediately after 9/11)?

Oh, I forgot, 9/11 is now National Service Adult Brainwashing Day.


UPDATE, Sept. 8, 12:15 a.m.: Michelle Malkin, as usual, nails it –

It’s not the speech, it’s the subtext.

It’s the radical activism of the White House Teaching Fellows who designed the education guides tied to Obama’s speech.

It’s the overzealousness of public school educators who haveturned classrooms into Obama campaign offices.

It’s the influence of the left-wing social justice crusaders of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge on Team Obama.

It’s the Left’s embrace of Obama Chicago pal Bill Ayers’ pedagogical philosophy of“education as the motor-force of revolution.”

It’s the activist tradition of government schools using students as junior lobbyists to pressure legislators for higher education spendingpro-illegal immigration protests, gay marriageenvironmental propaganda, and anti-war causes.

ISM Manufacturing Goes Positive for the First Time in 19 Months

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:38 pm

This is good news, and should be celebrated:

(Tempe, Arizona) — Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August, following 18 consecutive months of contraction, and the overall economy grew for the fourth consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.

….. The August index of 52.9 percent is the highest since June 2007. The 4 percentage point increase was driven by significant strength in the New Orders Index, which is up 9.6 points to 64.9 percent, the highest since December 2004. The growth appears sustainable in the short term, as inventories have been reduced for 40 consecutive months and supply chains will have to re-stock to meet this new demand.”

The news, seen in conjunction with ISM’s manufacturing index history, shows that if you work long hard at (figuratively) killing something like manufacturing, you can hurt it badly:


But if you fail to finish the job, your target will eventually get up (expand).

Readers will note that 13 of the full months involved in the 18-month manufacturing contraction streak occurred during the POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) Economy, now the POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) Recession/”Repression” As Normal People Define It, and that the index stayed very close to breakeven until September 2008.

While an expansion reading is indeed welcome, the fact remains that there will have to be many, many months of expansion in manufacturing before we even get back to where we were before the POR Economy’s architects began doing their damage in June of last year. If you look at the full history of the index, you see that October 2008 – March 2009 was only the fourth time it has ever spent six straight months below 40 (the other three were an eight-month period during 1948-1949, six months during 1974-1975, and a 13-month span in 1981-1982).

As to ISM’s claim that the overall economy has grown for four straight months, I hope they’re right. But since two of those months (May and June) occurred during a quarter in which Uncle Sam says the economy contracted, that assertion seems doubtful. The first time ISM told us that in its assessment the overall economy was NOT growing was in its October 2008 report. It seems that the ISM’s folks lean a bit towards overoptimism. That said, if ISM AND the government are both saying we’re in growth mode, as was the case during the second quarter of 2008, I’m inclined to believe them over the National Bureau of Economic Research, which still insists that we have been in continuous recession since December 2007.

Something to watch: The Prices element of the report leaped from 55.0 to 65.0 in August, possibly foreshadowing serious inflation.

Something to wait for: ISM Non-Manufacturing repot, which comes out Thursday.

Lucid Links (090109, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 10:01 am

Barely scratching the surface, as usual ….


No Cash for Lots of Clunkers:

Auto makers will release their monthly sales reports Tuesday and they’re expected to show the first year-to-year increase since 2007. While the Cash for Clunkers program is getting all the credit, local car dealers are still waiting for their cash.

…. When Cash for Clunkers was first announced, dealers were supposed to be reimbursed within 10 days of a sale.

Given that many of these dealers have had to borrow money or delay payments to their own vendors to get through this, I’d say a 1-1/2% fee for late payment would be in order. Fat chance.


HCAN instructing people how to disrupt meetings” — Gee, where’s the footage of tea partiers engaging in the same tactics? Answer: There is little if any, because that’s not how they roll. Do watch the vid at the Hot Air link.


Another argument for distance learning, courtesy of Duke University, at a post by KC Johnson that has to be read to be believed (even then, it will be difficult to believe).

Instapundit pegs the central argument — “Why would anyone pay a fortune to send their kid to a place that has demonstrated this degree of incompetence — and sheer meanness?” Sadly, there’s a long list of such places.


Five years ago, over 300 hostages, mostly children, died in Beslan, Russia, at the hands of terrorists.

The AP’s brief report (as of 9:30 a.m.; it may change later) still calls the murderers “militants.”

Even Wikipedia is more honest than that. The Wiki entry even quotes a missive from the hostage-takers’ leader referring to themselves as …. M-M-M-M …. M-M-M-M …. (yes, we can still say it here) Muslims.


Jennifer Rubin at Pajamas Media makes a great point, which is essentially that the establishment media’s deliberate under-coverage and non-coverage of this past spring’s tea party protests (or its air of condescending ridicule when such coverage did occur) blindsided Washington’s political establishment to what was going to occur at town hall meetings throughout the nation in August.

It would appear that the Obama administration and the Democratic Party has to this point feasted on the usually fawning news coming from the Associated Press, the New York Times, and network TV news, to the exclusion of what most of the rest of us would refer to as “what’s really happening.” So of course they didn’t this coming. The lapdog liberal press has often inadvertently hurt the causes they cherish in this manner; this is yet another example.

You’d think that one of these days they’d figure out that reporting the truth, and letting the chips fall where they may might be more effective. But the reason they don’t is this fundamental truth from Lady Thatcher: “The facts of life are conservative.” Consistently reporting in a fair and balanced manner would be their causes’ doom.

Positivity: Sisters can’t build fast enough to house new members

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:57 am

From Ann Arbor, Michigan (YouTube vid is also at the link):

Aug 27, 2009 / 07:07 am (CNA).- Though the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor are celebrating the completion of the construction of their Motherhouse, they are already near capacity, with 17 new sisters entering at the end of this week. The community has grown from four sisters to 99 in less than 13 years and shows no signs of slowing down.

The community of sisters, which has an average age of 26, was founded in 1997 by four Dominican sisters responding to John Paul II’s call for a new evangelization.

Though their primary apostolate is Christian education, they are open to other areas of evangelization as well, a fact evidenced by their new catechetical show on EWTN called “Truth in the Heart,” the multiple summer catechesis camps they host each year and their frequent vocation talks.

CNA recently spoke with the sisters’ vocations director, Sr. Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, OP, who credited the community’s tremendous growth to “God’s goodness and mercy” in providing “spiritual mothers” for the world. She also pointed to the example of John Paul II who “embraced all the world” and gave witness to truth, joy and suffering.

Drawing Women to the Community

Spiritual motherhood is what drew Regina Rispoli, 23, to Ann Arbor, Michigan from her home in Florida. She described the sisters as not only caring for the physical needs of God’s children but their “spiritual well-being as well.”

Rispoli noted that the sisters strive to live out their spiritual maternity by nurturing them through prayer and love.

“Like any mother,” she said, “they look at you with a love that is both unconditional and expects much – they expect us to become, with God’s help, saints!”

Rispoli related to CNA her experience of how she knew she was called to be a spiritual mother. While she was visiting the sisters, Rispoli passed a statue of the Blessed Mother holding the baby Jesus and saw that beneath her mantle there were “children of all colors and in clothing from all over the world.”

When she saw Our Lady, she understood that the spiritual motherhood of the sisters is “to at once be one of the children under Mary’s mantle, reaching up to Jesus, and to also offer that kind of hospitality to the ‘children’ God sends us, whatever age they may be.”

It was then that Rispoli knew her vocation. As she explained it, I “understood that I was being invited into that kind of motherhood.”

Go here for the rest of the story.