Obama’s Immigration Speech: the Audacity of a Muslim Marxist Dictator

Thought that I would help out the Right with talking points and a proper dissection of of the President’s speech on Immigration. Amazingly I found it very easy to slip into right wing talking mode. It is almost as if those who normally proselytize to the nation on a daily basis, overwhelming the public airwaves with a singular political refrain are less zealots than salesmen; but that’s just my interpretation.

From the very first words uttered Obama, he lied. “My fellow Americans…”? Ha! We never resolved the birth certificate issue, at least not to Michelle Bachmann’s satisfaction. Besides, even if he wasn’t born in Kenya, as the paragon of knowledge and integrity, Donald Trump, who just took an architectural dump on the Chicago skyline by plastering his name in giant letters on a highrise, asserts, Hawaii isn’t really a state either. There are way too many dark people outnumbering the light people. So, no matter where he was born Obama is a foreigner.

“For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations.” But the truth of it is, Mr. President, this nation has never accepted immigrants, not since the Mayflower, anyway. Oops, I stand corrected, this country welcomed slaves eagerly, sold and traded them regularly for nearly two hundred years. It was just the Irish, Italians, Muslims, Jews, Mexicans, Slavs, Chinese, Japanese and others who were segregated, spit upon, discriminated against, and in at least one case interned in prison camps. Wow, Jews and Muslims do have something in common; being treated like trash by the dominant culture.

What the right needs to figure out is what these filthy Mexicans, carrying ISIS terrorists with Ebola on their backs across the dirty Rio Grande are going to do here. The deposed representative Joe Walsh on his screed of radio program is concerned these immigrants will take American jobs and go on welfare. Which is it? Are they going on welfare or taking jobs? It can’t be both.

And then there are the anchor babies. Oh, don’t get me started on the anchor babies. That should be stricken from the constitution. Just one problem; that was written into the constitution at a time when most people’s parents had come over from Europe, so if we get rid of that, wouldn’t the rule also apply to anchor grandbabies, and great grandbabies, and great-great grandbabies? I know a few Lakota and Ojibway friends would be damned excited should that law go into effect. Great news though, it would also solve the issue of Obama’s citizenship as well. Of course there is also the issue of black folks with a slave heritage. Since it is, and technically was illegal to sell another human being…well, it gets tricky don’t it.

The fact of the matter is, bringing immigrants-I prefer economic refugees- out of the shadows is just bad for business. Dammit! Now all those people will be covered under federal minimum wage laws, workman’s comp laws and OSHA regulations. They might even have the audacity to sign up for insurance and expect safe working conditions. We might have to pay a few more pennies, a nickel or quarter for services, fast food and lawncare. See, it isn’t the guy making 30, 60 or even 90 grand a year picking up a dozen day laborers to work a construction site, or work in his restaurant, or work his estate.

In fairness, Mr. Obama did say that we are “a nation of laws. Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws…” Indeed they did. Facing crime, poverty, unsafe working conditions in American owned factories, pollutions from those same factories, rape and murder by thugs working for those companies, interference with their government at every level and US partnership in massive bribery and corruption of their government those criminals might feel that we are a nation of laws, but those laws end at the border. At least, nominally, within those borders there are laws and human rights, so why not go there, huh?

“… millions of immigrants in every state, of every race and nationality still live here illegally…let’s be honest, tracking down, rounding up and deporting millions of people isn’t realistic. Anyone who suggests otherwise isn’t being straight with you. It’s also not who we are as Americans.” And I couldn’t agree more. It would be impractical to deport them all. It is far more practical to spy on all of them and collect meta-data on everyone here for future use. We already have that capability. It’s called the NSA and law enforcement.

In all seriousness, despite the bluster of the Right and the ass-kissing of the DNC the deal the president so resolutely laid out is nothing. It said nothing and was spectacular in its vagary. There was no compromise or solution, and nothing of benefit to either the so-called illegals or anyone else. Instead it sounded like a slimy used car salesman doing his damndest to pawn a lemon off on a rube. What it sounds like is a repeal of slavery which says at the end of the repeal that if you are convicted of something that slavery is them acceptable. But you judge for yourself:

“…we’re going to offer the following deal: If you’ve with been in America more than five years. If you have children who are American citizens or illegal residents. If you register, pass a criminal background check and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes, you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily without fear of deportation. You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law. That’s what this deal is…This deal does not apply to anyone who has come to this country recently. It does not apply to anyone who might come to America illegally in the future. It does not grant citizenship or the right to stay here permanently, or offer the same benefits that citizens receive”

His words not mine.

The full transcript: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/transcript-obamas-immigration-speech/2014/11/20/14ba8042-7117-11e4-893f-86bd390a3340_story.html

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Obama’s “I have a Yawn” Speech

Full transcript of Obama’s speech.

Really? The first Black president in America’s history, speaking on the 50th anniversary of the historic Civil Rights march on Washington delivers a speech characterized by a notable lack of energy and perhaps interest. And given the record of this nation, and the revival of institutionalized, statistically-excused, and even overt racism, this speech might have been a rallying call to the work yet to be done, and the progress imperiled.

In glaring monotone, one could almost make the case that his words were weighted with the guilt of supporting a system marked by injustice and the deepening, systemic inequality supposedly eschewed in the very founding documents of our nation. Perhaps that is a natural arc for those who come to issues of race and injustice as more an observer than a victim. Certainly Obama, as he has sincerely indicated, has been the target of racism; but he has also had a more privileged perspective by virtue of a mixed race and opportunities in life not afforded to many in the African American community are still burdened with today.

At times the President seemed to come alive, finding moments of realization about the struggle continuing among too many in the minority communities of this nation. There was none of the noble and resistant exaltation of King’s speech on that spot 50 years earlier. There was no accounting of the progress or lack of progress of the dream King heralded and demanded. Instead, in a rambling and rarely evocative late-term speech that did little to celebrate the anniversary, nor decry injustices yet to be corrected Obama still seemed to stand more on policy than purpose.

We have entered a new era in race relations, but one that could hardly be described as post-racial. Instead there are those who would learn from the past to sharpen and polish their racism and racially divisive attitudes. They argue with the deepest sincerity using statistics to validate horribly racist policies such as stop and frisk law, racial profiling and crime as a means of evading the larger culture’s complicity, abandonment and responsibility in issues directly impacting, impeding and damaging the black community.

Pound the lectern, Mr. President. Rage at those injustices because that is what is needed. You are a leader whose responsibility is to lead this nation. But you are also a black man, and your/our-brothers and sisters remain in bondage as deeply as they did on that August day in 1963 when an unassuming reverend responded to a call to tell us about “the dream.” Can we rightly say that dream has been fulfilled or realized as schools close, black neighborhoods bear the brunt of economic downturns first and more acutely, and when guns from a white dominated gun industry magically proliferate among black neighborhoods due to lack of adequate and reasonable policy?

This nation still blames the symptoms of racial and economic inequality and injustice while lauding the cancer of greed and racism.

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Democracy Burlesque’s Obamarama, and the fine art of the political skewer

Joe Fedorko and the cast of Democracy Burlesque's Obamarama, currently running in Chicago

Joe Fedorko and the cast of Democracy Burlesque’s Obamarama, currently running in Chicago

So, how is Barack Obama doing on his second first 100 days in office? Can you say Drones, CISPA and Monsanto? Fair? That’s the backdrop of “Obamarama,” the new show by Chicago’s only political sketch comedy, Democracy Burlesque.
Obamarama opened last Tuesday, with an industry night offering to stretch their legs a bit. Set in the cozy and comfortable Mary’s Attic theater, overlooking Clark Street in Chicago’s Andersonville, a cast of regulars and a few new faces pulled no punches in this 90 minute review that mixes, music, satire and at times pure silliness. The show even features its own comedy drone, exposed(!) by the show’s host, Rachel Maddow, ably captured by Democracy Burlesque writer, contributor and actor, Anne Marie Gaggioli.
“…any rumors you may have heard that the neo-futurists have ceased being funny, or that comedy teams from Improv Olympics have been seen herded into unmarked vans, or a smoldering heap of bricks and millions of autographed photos of Bill Murray now litter the corner of North and Wells, where Second City is, well, the less said about all that the better.”
And there is an actual drone-a comedy drone- hovering above the theater. Fear not, this one is aimed at your funny bone only. But there is much more to the show, in one of those rare venues where you can have a meal, sit back comfortably and watch the show. Democracy Burlesque lives up to its reputation of an equal opportunity offender with sketches that take witty and biting jabs at all sides of the political divide, as well as a few you might not have thought of previously.
Actor Brad Davidson returns throughout the show as a Republican candidate caught in a cascading series of apologies, caught between rightwing positions pre-election and the new re-packaged Gay-immigrant-black friendly(?) Republican party. Daniella Rukin is a concerned school administrator sitting down for a parent teacher conference with Michelle Obama(Sylvia Mann) over her husband’s troublesome report card.
Unfortunately Barack doesn’t seem to be living up to his full potential,” Rukin tells a shocked Michelle Obama.
“What do you mean,” replies Michelle, “he started stimulus programs in math class, which restored the worst economy since the great depression? He cleaned up wars, that the previous class started. He’s made enormous headway with gay rights, the glee club loves him! He got good marks in health class when he started Obama care…”
There are battling civil rights, the NRA squares off against Michael Bloomberg(Ed Marks), a pragmatic Chris Christie squaring off against the hardliners in the party and a clever musical bit about the sequester, in which the Defense department is stunned to find itself facing cuts like all of the rest of the government. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRsSoyxknEQ
Come for the pull-no-punches political assault, stand up and music, have a drink and a bite from Hamburger Mary’s menu and you might just discover that, hunkered down in the vast centrist middle of the nation, that you aren’t so alone after all!
Obamarama runs Tuesdays April 23rd & 30th
May 7th, 14th & 21st, Mary’s Attic, above Hamburger Mary’s, 5400 North Clark Street in Chicago. Doors open at 7pm. $15 at the door, $12 for students, but subscribe to their email for discounts and specials http://www.democracyburlesque.com/current_show.html

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Sequestration Impact on the ARRA


This infographic from the

href=”http://www.nationalskillscoalition.org/” target=”_blank”> National Skills Coalition illustrates what the recent budget cuts set in motion mean for the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA wikipedia, official gov. site).

Download the full report by clicking here (.pdf 603kb).

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