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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Well, Now I Know

As you may know, "Glee" was once, a few years ago, my favorite TV show.  When it was about remarkably talented high school students getting together in their glee club and singing their hearts out.  And facing challenges along the way, which made for good television.

For reasons I never understood, the show suddenly became - three years ago? - no longer about remarkably talented high school students getting together in their glee club and singing their hearts out.  It was about homosexuals.

Which is fine.

But not my thing.

So I turned the station and never went back.

But the mystery remained.  Why did the producers decide to take a successful format and screw with it?

I found out today.  From Mark Steyn:

"Appearing at an Obama fundraiser at the home of Glee creator Ryan Murphy and his 'fiancé' David Miller, the president, reasonably enough, had difficulty ..."

The creator of a show about remarkably talented high school students getting together in their glee club and singing their hearts out decided that it needed to be about his sexual orientation instead.

Yup.  It's his show.  And he can do with it whatever he wants.

But for me?  So many channels.  So many channels ...

It's Not About The Debt.

It's about the idiocy.

How many young people here in the USA could we put into this category?

"In 2010, the New York Times reported on Cortney Munna, then 26, a New York University graduate with almost $100,000 in debt. If her repayments were not then being deferred because she was enrolled in night school, she would have been paying $700 monthly from her $2,300 monthly after-tax income as a photographer’s assistant. She says she is toiling 'to pay for an education I got for four years and would happily give back. Her degree is in religious and women’s studies." [source]

This ... college graduate ... rolled up a hundred thousand dollars in student loan debt so as to walk away from NYU with a degree in a course of study that was guaranteed to provide squat in the way of a future career path.

One is prompted to ask: Was that self-esteem building worth the hundred grand (plus interest over time), sweetheart?

And: What in God's name were you thinking?

But then again ...

Maybe thinking wasn't factored into the process.

That sign reads, "Is 'following your dream' supposed to be this terrifying?  $60,000 in debt from my student loans with an 11% interest rate."

I wonder if this woman was terrified when the loan officer twisted her left hand behind her back and forced her to sign with her right that certificate making $60,000 available to her up front.

Lesson to be learned from this?  Idiocy has its price.

The Most Gratifying Take-Away From Walker's Victory?

The thought that Michael Moore's 13,000 calorie breakfast is going to be coming back up.

He is, as you might imagine, pissed that the people of Wisconsin were allowed to vote.  That's so not what the 99% had in mind.

Democracy, to him and to those like him, means they decide what's best for us and we appreciate it.

Sorry, pal.  Not in this republic of ours.

At least not yet.

My, How The Mighty Have Fallen

Obama has managed to go from this ...

I think the president's the greatest orator that the office has ever known

... to this:

"The president says 'uhhh' too much. When I was a cable television news extra during the ‘90s and early 2000s, you [sic] learn [sic] early to purge your presentation of 'uhhh.' Saying 'uhhh' suggests uncertainty and is distracting. (And in my case, when it was accompanied by a Southern accent, it was even worse.) I don’t know what the president had in mind, but his own meandering, stuttering performance could not have done him any good with any audience. What was he, uhhh, thinking?"

In fact, he never was that good at delivering speeches.  Not really.  Except when his teleprompter was there doing the heavy lifting.  Extemporaniously?  Forget it.

Thus the "uhhhs."  Which have always been there in abundance when he hosted press conferences.  If only they'd been able to get past the color of his skin and actually paid attention.

Obama the Great Communicator?

Uhhh, finally the dawn breaks.

And Then There's The Substance ...

This irritates me.  Obama in his "uhhh" press conference the other day:

"Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government. Oftentimes, cuts initiated by, you know, governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government,” he said. “And so, you know, if Republicans want to be helpful, if they really want to move forward and put people back to work, what they should be thinking about is how do we help state and local governments.” [source]

Maybe someday someone in the press will ask these simple questions:

Governors and mayors have the power to tax.  Why can't they take the bold step of putting their own houses in order and not wait by the mailbox for a federal check to show up and bail them out?  And why does Obama feel obligated to do for them that which they can't do for themselves?

Cities and states are hurting?  Who's fault is that?

* By the way, this penchant for having the federal government shift funds to state and local governments has been around for many years.  Richard Nixon instituted what he called "revenue sharing," a scheme that allowed for his government to seize tax dollars from the citizens of Roanoke, Virginia, skim off a portion to pay his many employees, and return a chunk of it - though the city government - to the people of Roanoke, Virginia.  It made no sense then.  It makes no sense now.

Uh, Babe?

Surely she could come up with a better excuse than this:

Reclusive singer Lauryn Hill said in an Internet posting Friday that she hasn't paid taxes since she withdrew from society to guarantee the safety and well-being of herself and her family.

She may have "withdrawn" from society but she obviously didn't stop the flow of cash coming in to her little hidey-hole.

For not paying taxes on that income - an estimated $1.5 million - Lauryn Hill is going up the river.

And her family will have to fight the demons all by themselves.

I thought Lindsay Lohan had the exclusive market rights to celebrity stupid.

Obviously not.

Why We Don't Give An Inch On Gun Rights

If we ease up, we become Australia.

This is, to say the least, bizarre:
Two Guys In a Gun Shop
By Tim Blair, Daily Telegraph

Australian athletes are in trouble for being photographed with firearms:

Swimmers Nick D’Arcy and Kenrick Monk have been ordered to remove Facebook photos of themselves posing with high powered guns

D’Arcy and Monk posed with the weapons in a gun shop in the US where the Australian swimming team has been training and competing before the Olympics start next month.

Legal weapons in a legal shop. Unloaded. Not aimed at anybody. This, for some reason, is causing outrage:

Gun Control Australia spokesman John Crook said it was a new low for the athletes …

“It’s a disgrace to the Olympic swimming team,’’ Mr Crook said.

“I doubt they have the moral sensitivity to be concerned about human suffering.”

The pair return to Australia today:

Controversial swimmers Nick D’Arcy and Kenrick Monk could face sanctions from the Australian Olympic Committee after posting photos of themselves posing with high powered guns. [link]
Both could be punished. For handling "legal weapons in a legal shop, unloaded, not aimed at anybody."

For the love of God.