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Poll of the Day: Do You Support Barack Obama’s Speech to America’s School Children?

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Hey, Maybe If Students Hear it From Barack They’ll Listen?- A Conservative In Favor of Barack’s Speech

Barack to School!

Barack to School!

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been avoiding the issue of Barack’s big speech to school across the nation.  Why you ask?  Well, I’m not in school, nor do I have kids who are, so it really just isn’t high on my priorities.  Today, however, I did find time to read (skim) the transcript.  I mean, I had to; it is the most controversial speech since the last time Van Jones spoke.

What I found was not controversial, not threatening, and definitely not reminiscent of Nazi Germany (Yes, a friend of mine did say that today).  Now, I’m the last person you’d expect to take up for B.O., but I just don’t see the harm.  It’s a speech that covers everything anyone in the school system has been taught since day 1; try hard, do right, and don’t drop out.  I’d feel the same way if anyone else was giving a speech with an identical transcript.  It’s just not that earthshatteringly important of a speech.

Having said that, this speech could be beneficial if the right people see it.  Many children look up to Barack, for reasons beyond my comprehension.  But for whatever reason, they do.  Hearing those same words that have been drilled into their heads since pre-k from him may be the extra push they need.  And while it’s not going to save America’s youth and slash the drop-out rate by a considerable amount, it’s certainly going to help more students than it will hurt.  So take it from this die-hard Conservative; don’t get to worked over this speech.  Sure it’ll take a few minutes out of the day, but it’s not like any classroom in this country works bell-to-bell.  And even if it does take class time, if it even helps one person to stay in school and get an education then it was worth it in my book.

Vote in Today’s Poll of the Day about the speech controversy by clicking here.

DISCLAIMER: As I said earlier, I don’t have children in the school system, so I’m sure parents look at this from a different perspective.  I certainly don’t think my opinion is the governing power.  If you see the situation from a different point of view, let me know below in the comments or send me an e-mail at theconservativejournal@gmail.com.

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ColorOfChange.org Has Nothing To Do With It’s Time

I wasn’t blogging again when Glenn Beck called Obama a racist, so here’s my opinion in a sentence or two:

I don’t really agree with him, but I do know that he’s got a right to his opinion.  I do think though that Obama sees race and it influences his decisions.  So take with that what you will.

Anyway, after his comments there was, understandably, a considerable amount of outrage.  It gave MSNBC good ammunition for a couple of days, and with viewer numbers like theirs, God knows they needed it.  However, ColorOfChange.org took it a step further and decided they should start a petition to get advertisers to remove advertising from The Glenn Beck Program.  So far they’ve been successful in getting GEICO, Lawyers.com, Progressive Insurance, Procter & Gamble, and SC Johnson to drop they’re advertisements from the program.  Now, they’re definitely entitled to start they’re little petition, and obviously they had enough support to get it somewhere.  But how, might I ask, does this further the mission of the Color Of Change Organization?  That’s got me scratching my head.

If your not familiar with ColorOfChange.org, here’s a little bit about them in their words: “ColorOfChange.org is strengthening Black America’s political voice”.  So, by getting advertisers to pull out of Glenn Beck’s show, they are strengthening Black America’s voice?  How does this “make the government more responsive to the concerns of Black America’s”?  Answer:  It doesn’t.  This is just hate from the left to combat the opinions of the right.

I’m not sure what ColorOfChange.org was doing when Kanye West called George Bush a racist in 2005 (and even went as far as to say that he didn’t care about black people), but I find it hard to believe they were doing anything but nodding along.  I can remember laughing at my friends that were “boycotting Kanye West forvever!” because of his comments because, quite frankly, who cares?  If he thinks that, more power to him.  By the way, “Heartless” by Kanye West is one of my favorite rap/R&B songs ever EVEN THOUGH Kanye thinks Dubya is a crazy racist.

So, ColorOfChange.org, the next time you guys are bored and need a fun petition to start, do something productive that actually helps fulfill your “cause”.  Because I assure, Glenn Beck will find advertisers, no matter how many people you “convince” to drop his show.  He comes on at 5 and still has ya prime-time boy Olbermann beat in viewers.

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Poll of the Day: What Do You Think of Barack’s Speech at Notre Dame?

If you haven’t watched his speech from Notre Dame, you can click here to watch the highlights.  Vote below about the speech in today’s poll of the day!

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Video of the Day: Barack’s Speech at Notre Dame

As they say in show business, the show must go on.  And despite all the protests and subsequent arrests, of course, the show did in fact go in.  Barack delivered his speach to the crowd of the graduating class of ’09 as well as countless spectators.  Anyone that can decipher what that heckler said please let us know:

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Video of the Day: Protestors Flock to Notre Dame

Outside the gates of Notre Dame in Indiana, hundreds of people protested the arrival of golden boy Barack to give his address on the campus.  The protestors were out in full force against his views on abortion and stem cell research.  Ironically enough, “Roe” from Roe v. Wade was in attendance to PROTEST abortion, though in the original historic case she was in support of legalizing abortion.  Watch the AP Video below:

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Poll of the Day: What Do You Think of Barack’s Speech?

What do you think of Barack’s speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner?  Vote below in today’s poll of the day!

If you missed the speech, you can watch the full version here.

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Video of the Day: Barack’s (Or His Writers) Got Jokes!

I was in the car today driving to see my family for Mother’s Day and I heard on on the FOX News radio channel on XM several clips from Barack’s epic speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.  I just found the full clip, and I must say Barack’s funny here.  I realize he more than likely didn’t write any of it, but he delivered it well and at least he’s not above picking fun at his incessant use of the teleprompter.  It’s a great watch and definitely worth the 17 minutes of your life it will consume.  Here is the full speech:

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Video of the Day: More Fun Gaffe’s Courtesy of Barack

Oh man, I just love when Barack treats us to some great humor!  It is a recession you know, so this free entertainment is much appreciated.  The latest little gaffe is a really doozy.  I like how he exerts zero effort in trying to cover it.  That either shows that he doesn’t care at all, or he had no idea what he was talking about at the time.  Either one is very upsetting.  Watch the gaffe below:

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Poll of the Day: What Do You Think of the Publicity Flight Through Manhattan?

If you missed the story about the White House joy ride through the New York skyline, you can read more about it here.

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TCJ Honorary Plaque of Fail: Barack Obama and Gang

Dear Barack and Posse,

The city of New York and the entire United States ask that you please refrain from joy riding around in Air Force One at only hundreds of feet of above the ground.  We realize that we didn’t have any pictures of you in flying past The Statue of Liberty or Trump Towers, but please.  At least tie a banner to the back of the plan that says, “GOOD MORNING NEW YORK!  IT’S B.O. UP IN THIS PLANE”, or something to that effect.  We’ve even included a reference for you for the next time you want to take scenic shots of Manhattan:

Barack, we expect to see this next time.  Thank you.

Barack, we expect to see this next time. Thank you.

Anything less than that will be a disappointment.

Thanks,

The United States, excluding Frank-Pelosi-Reid.

For Barack and crew’s display of ignorance we award them with the “Honorary Plaque of Fail”, which even includes a place in the Hall of Fame!  This award is extra ironic because Barack was the first recipient of the “TCJ Seal of Approval” back when he took out those pirates in an efficient manner.  Well, in accordance to the law of gravity, what comes up must come down, and Barack’s status as upstanding member of society did just (Intentional exaggeration.  Don’t e-mail me about it.) that when he approved the flight of the Boeing 747 that flew low through the skies of Manhattan just so the White House Gift Shop could update its Statue of Liberty post card section.  The trip not only horrified many New Yorkers, but it cost (and wasted) millions of tax payer dollars.  And while “millions” of dollars is nothing in the grand scheme of the government budget, it’s the principal of the matter.  And for that, Barack and the gang, we tip our DUNCE caps to you.

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Guest Blogger Matt C.: Obama’s Rookie Mistakes

Here is an article that Matt sent to me right before the G20 Summit.  I thought I had already posted this, but I just realized I didn’t.  Thanks to Matt for sending in this great piece!  And remember, if you want to send in articles as a guest blogger, please send all work to theconservativejournal@gmail.com!

In 1933, a month long economic summit in London failed to bring the world out of an economic disaster through international cooperation.  The result was a cascade of increased protectionism, devaluations and full-scale war. On April 2nd, eight leading industrialized nations – U.S., Japan, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Canada and Russia (the G-8) and Eleven emerging market and smaller industrialized countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, plus the EU (the G20), are coming together, in London, for an emergency economic summit.  The goals and importance are similar to 1933 and the potential to end in failure has become a cause for concern in recent months. An increase in Transatlantic tensions caused, in large part, by Obama’s rookie mistakes and inexperience, are a majority stakeholder in the blame.

There is a universal belief that a severe outbreak of protectionism was a primary cause of the great depression in the 1930’s. Obama’s “Buy American Vote Obama” theme and protectionist campaign rhetoric, concerned world leaders, long before his inauguration.  A memo from a Canadian embassy official claiming that Obama’s top campaign economic advisor, Austan Goolsby, assured him that Obama’s anti-NAFTA remarks “should not be taken out of context and should be viewed as more about political positioning than a clear articulation of policy plans.” It was apparent that foreign leaders were wondering if Obama planned to bring the US back to protectionism.

In a matter of weeks, Obama’s transition team showed signs that Obama’s campaign rhetoric was more than just political positioning.  On January 2nd , Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for the Obama transition team, was quoted as saying, “We are reviewing the buy American proposal and we are committed to a plan that will save or create 3 million jobs, including jobs in manufacturing,”.  Psaki also told Bloomberg that the proposal could boost the goal to “save or create 3 million jobs, including jobs in manufacturing.”  On January 3rd, The Boston Globe reported that President Elect Obama’s advisors were considering a “buy American” requirement to be included in any stimulus legislation, which is expected to include a significant amount of public works and infrastructure projects. This prompted German Chancellor, Angela Merkle, to publicly warn Obama against the temptation to fall back on protectionist trade policies when faced with a worldwide economic crisis. Even the British Prime minister, Gordon Brown warned him about the dangers of protectionism.

Obama’s final stimulus proposal could not include the provision without confirming his true protectionist ideals and damaging our trade relationships.  So Congress attempted to sneak the provision into the stimulus bill hoping it would go unnoticed.  Their “Buy American” provision dramatically expanded an already robust “Buy American” policy.  The provision stated: “None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used for a project for the construction, alteration, maintenance or repair of a public building or public work unless all of the iron, steel and manufactured goods used in the project are produced in the United States” unless it increases the project’s overall cost by 25 percent.  Obama signed the bill in spite of harsh rebuke from the EU, NAFTA, BRIC & WTO members and a G20 agreement to refrain from enacting protectionist policy for one year.  After countless threats of litigation and trade wars, Obama urged the Senate to soften the provision instead of removing it entirely.  The new wording is vague and only appears to exempt Japan, Canada and the European Union but ignores China, Brazil, India and Russia (BRIC).  Obama is sending a message that he is more concerned about furthering his agenda than with the success of the coming G20 summit.

Alienating the BRIC will only foster bitterness and rivalry and start an untimely trade war.  Which is the least of our worries after Prime Minister Wen expressed some unusually blunt concerns during a news conference at the end of the Chinese Parliament’s annual session.  He said he was “worried” about China’s holdings of United States Treasury bonds and other debt, and that China was watching economic developments in the United States closely. He urged the Obama administration to provide assurances that its investment would keep its value in the face of a global financial crisis.  The Chinese Government has already said it will be looking for more aggressive ways to invest sizable portions of its massive $1 trillion currency reserves.  China’s response was not with threats of a trade war, but a reminder that a mass sell off of US bonds will devalue the dollar and cause a complete market collapse.

In February, China’s National Energy Administration announced a possible fund for China’s three state-owned energy giants PetroChina, Sinopec and the China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) to purchase oil and gas companies overseas. They recently finalized an oil supply deal totaling $41 billion with Russia, Brazil and Venezuela & Xi Jinping signed a deal to lend $10 billion to Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras. These deals secured 20 years of oil for a bargain price of $20 a barrel & now they have their sites set on Australian natural gas and coal.  Looking for more aggressive ways?  The question is “How aggressive?”

About two weeks after a US Military Command ship was accosted by five Chinese vessels, the Pentagon released it’s an annual report on China’s military power.  It concluded that China continues to spend large amounts of money to upgrade its forces and give them high-technology capabilities.  It also says that China has increased the quality and quantity of it’s strategic nuclear missiles.  The report goes on to suggest that China is working to deter any US intervention that would follow a Chinese attack on Taiwan.  Press Secretary Geoff Morrell’s response was one of confustion. He said “The fact that the Chinese continue to build up their arsenal across the Straits is somewhat confounding, given the fact there has been a lessening in tensions between the two governments, post the elections in Taiwan”.  Maybe Morrell was unaware of the recent announcement that the United States government struck a major arms deal worth $6.5 billion with Taiwan.  Nor was he informed about China deploying three Jin-class (Type 094) ballistic missile submarines to it’s new base near Yulin on Hainan Island on the South China Sea. Could Taiwan be the Ferdinand of WWII?

To say that the future of the Worlds economy hinges on the success of the G20 summit would be an understatement.  One would assume that assembling a strong Treasury Department would be a top priority, after igniting outrage from the world’s top economic producers in the midst of a worldwide financial crisis. Yet not one Deputy, Undersecretary or Secretary Assistant has been confirmed, leaving the Treasury Secretary to fly solo.  Inadequate senior leadership to make decisions and represent the government in crucial conversations with banks and others, makes managing the disbursement of stimulus funds overwhelming at best.  Britain’s most senior civil servant was quoted as saying that the shortage of staff in Barack Obama’s two-month-old Treasury was making preparations for the summit “unbelievably difficult”.  Transatlantic tensions are directly related to the worry that Obama isnt prepared to address the financial crisis & work with other leaders to prevent an economic disaster.

The first two months of the Obama presidency are riddled with rookie mistakes that have annoyed the WTO and NAFTA, alienated the BRIC and created an atmosphere of mistrust.  It’s unclear to the world whether our anemic Treasury Department can deliver and negotiate a viable proposal by April 2nd and rumors about Obama’s inability to lead us out of a financial crisis are circulating.  A negative outcome to the G20 summit could mark a domino affect that has the potential to cause a worldwide depression &/or WWIII.  Yet Obama feels that it is more important to campaign in California than it is to adequately equip his Treasury Department to prevent a global catastrophe.  Only one day is slated for the upcoming G20 summit, which leaves very little time for more than presentations and speeches.  Maybe the Obama administration is counting on yet another magical speech to bail them out.

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Poll of the Day: Do You Care At All About Barack’s New Dog?

Because I don’t.  Like, not at all.  I don’t like dogs anyway, but seeing all this coverage on the dog finding process for B.O. and family, in addition to all of this ‘outrage’ over the fact that it wasn’t a rescued dog (who cares?) is getting a bit absurd in my eyes.  What do you think?  Vote below in today’s poll of the day.

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Video of the Day: Barack’s Various Shorter People Handshakes

In order to dispell one of the ludacris excuses some people have come up with, I found this video of Barack shaking hands with various shorter people.  In none of the pictures is he bowing like he did to King Abdullah.

**Disclaimer- As I’ve said numerous times, I didn’t think Barack was being submissive to Islam by bowing to Kind Abdullah, I just don’t think he knew what to do.  In the video, there is another picture of Barack and Kind Abdullah shaking hands at a different event, and there is no bow.  So this little gaffe is nothing more than that; a simple gaffe.  I doubt it will happen again, but if it does, we then have something to start a fuss over.

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Poll of the Day: Do You Think Barack Acted Appropriately During the Pirate Situation?

As I said in a post earlier, I think Barack got the job done appropriately and quickly.  I even went so far as to give him the prestigious “Conservative Journal Seal of Approval” honor!  Big deal, I know.  But what do you think?  Vote in today’s poll to see where you stand in comparison to the rest of Conservative Journal readers.

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