Yes, Arne Duncan Barack Obama's pick-up basketball buddy is a real piece of work. He has been terrorizing teachers, turning the Chicago Public Schools into military recruitment camps, bullying kids, and cheerleading No Child Left Behind, that disgraceful, useless mess that has done nothing but turn education into a race to stuff one worthless, standardized test after another down children's throats.
And he is Mr. Obama's choice for Education Secretary, yet another in a litany of wretched appointments that now clearly, unambiguously define what will be the administrative and substantive machinery that will rule this land for the next four years.
Now, let me directly address you, Barack Obama, on the eve of your inauguration.
Mr. Obama, you can take your "hope 'n change" lie and peddle it in someone else's face. You are constructing a center-right government with a whole lot of right and not much of a center, just like I predicted you would.
Congratulations. You suckered the Left, you suckered the progressives, you even suckered some conservatives. You suckered a damaged, hurting, wanting nation with your rhetoric. I would use harsh language to describe those who voted for you, but I just cannot bring myself to do that; not now, anyway. The American people were so desperate to escape the spiral of decay into which this country had been falling because of the Bush Administration that they simply could not see the awful maw of an imprudent choice standing before them in the fineries of salvation and rectitude you so masterfully wore.
You think I was hard on George W. Bush? He was an imbecile a mean, incurious, cruel, incompetent man of his nature and character; he could not help himself, notwithstanding your professed belief that he is a "good guy."
You are not an imbecile; you ought to know better. Take a hard look at your cabal about whom I have already written and warned: Zionist thug Rahm Emanuel; paramilitary law enforcement enabler Eric Holder; AIPAC and Project for the New American Century maven Dennis Ross; Chicago slumlord Valerie Jarrett; Israeli military violence apologist Joseph "I Am a Zionist!" Biden; agri-business shill Tom Vilsack; war management flop Robert Gates; and Federal Reserve Open Market Committee bagman Timothy Geithner, to name just a few. And let us not forget your comfort level with a couple of the worst of the Bush people serving as holdovers: that wrecking ball of privacy rights, Robert Mueller, from whom you could demand resignation (oh, yes you could), and monetary policy failure Ben Bernanke, whose tenure you could repudiate for his staggering mismanagement and malfeasance (thereby eviscerating him and the other Fed Governors of any backing to proceed with yet another round of catastrophically bad, "accommodative" monetary policy). You even plan to corporatize and militarize NASA.
How many ways through these choices can you flout the principles and dismiss the hopes of your wide base of support before people see you for what you really are?
That rhetorical question need not be answered: for years, George W. Bush did it to honest, decent, genuine conservatives. You will have perhaps not as many, but quite a few, to do the same to honest, decent, genuine liberals and other progressive sorts.
No, Mr. Obama, unlike George W. Bush, you are most decidedly not an imbecile; but just like George W. Bush, you know exactly what you are doing. If the Right-wingers who hate you so much would pull their heads out of the sand, they'd be licking their chops at the presidency you are creating. As I have previously written, you are President 2.0: All the authoritarianism with none of the incompetence.
Readers of my work thought I was harsh with George W. Bush? Stay tuned. You, Mr. Obama, are now going to be the President. That makes you, from Day One of your presidency, the focus of my editorial discretion.
You, sir, are a Right-wing authoritarian; as such, sir, you and your acolytes will have to look elsewhere for praise because here, sir, you will get nothing of the kind when you act to that awful tendency that seems quite clearly to be your nature.
May you stay safe, Mr. President; and may this nation survive yet another leader far different from the one it needs.
I am so utterly weary of this nonsense. I went to the store to buy a bottle of vitamins since I'd just run through my last jug of 200. All I wanted was a nice multivitamin, maybe with some minerals. What I encountered was ridiculous: there on this long, five-shelf display was row after row of vitamins. I thought to myself, "Where's the basic multivitamin I want?" I spent literally 30 minutes finding out that the entire display had nothing but one stupid specialty vitamin after another. There were vitamins for kids, vitamins for adults under 30, vitamins for women over 50, vitamins for athletes, vitamins for women, vitamins for men over 70, vitamins for post-menopausal women, vitamins for men who need prostate health (whatever the Hell that means), vitamins for active seniors, vitamins for this, vitamins for that; but there was not ONE BOTTLE of just plain, old-fashioned multivitamins. NOT ONE.
I thought to myself, "Are they joking?" This is exactly the same thing that happened to me the last time I tried to buy a tube of toothpaste: they had toothpaste for fresher breath, toothpaste with stripes, toothpaste for sensitive teeth, toothpaste for tartar control (I don't eat fish with tartar sauce), toothpaste to make my teeth whiter-than-white, toothpaste with mint (I hate mint), even toothpaste with "advanced whitening and advanced freshness," as if I want to blow daisy smells while I direct inbound aircraft traffic with my smile; but there was not one tube of plain, old-fashioned toothpaste. NOT ONE.
You know what? I'm SICK of it! Did I tell you that already? Well, I am.
Graphics and videos the Dark Wraith has made or likes. Update 1/8/2012 The often delightful, over-the-top comedienne GloZell does the cinnamon challenge. Watch the three-minute spectacle and decide for yourself whether you, too, should accept the challenge.
You should watch this YouTube video entitled, "Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us." I am now assigning it as required viewing in my courses for first-year business students, and I mention results it highlights in my microeconomics courses. The results reported in the video are flawed to the extent that long-term behaviors are not studied, but the (preliminary) implications present yet further challenges arising from modern experimental economics to some important underlying assumptions of economics as the discipline has been crafted and taught for two centuries in Western countries.
May you live long enough for your wisdom to ruin your excuses.
This blog offers Internet travelers a place where they can discuss economics, finance, politics, and other topics of scholarly and practical interest to thinking people. Your comments are always welcome, and your visits are most appreciated.
About the Publisher
Your host of this Weblog is an award-winning college teacher and writer who specializes in economics, finance, mathematics, business administration, computer hardware and software skills, and English grammar and composition. His extensive writings on the history of the English language appeared on About.com in the avatar of the Selig Wraith in the Medieval History Forum. Under the umbrella of Dark Wraith Publishing, he now writes on economics and politics as the Dark Wraith, serving as editor and publisher of this online magazine, The Dark Wraith Forums, as well as the group Weblog Big Brass Blog and the blogScream News Wire service.