Friday, September 30, 2011

The Social Poets: Funny Jon Stewart Mocks Rick Perry

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The Social Poets: Funny Jon Stewart Mocks Rick Perry:

From Denny: Jon Stewart pokes at all the holes in Rick Perry's Texas-sized braggart argument as to why he thinks he should get to be president.


The media was horrified - just like the Independents - at the audience howling for blood, cheered that 234 people were executed in Texas just this year alone.


Stewart has labeled Perry as The Great White Hope.
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The Social Poets: Late Nite Jokes Roundup: Comics Mock 2012 Politics, Faster Load


The Social Poets: Late Nite Jokes Roundup: Comics Mock 2012 Politics, Faster Load:

From Denny: Start off your work week laughs with America's favorite comics. These are all their best jokes for September 2011.

They cover everything from Labor Day, former VP Dick Cheney's new book (Fabrication of Outrageous Lies), President Obama and Speaker Boehner arguing over when the president can give a speech because it might interfere with a lame GOP debate or American football.

We all know which one of those events is most important. :)

The GOP candidates and their strange debates where the audience cheers how many people were executed in Texas this year is a slam dunk for the comics. And the Independents are edging farther and farther away from the GOP, yet, strangely enough, not moving toward Obama and the Democrats either.

Can this be the year ol' Ralph Nader finally succeeds if he makes his bid for the presidency?

Not to be missed are the continuing Sarah Palin jokes. For someone who insists upon being so one-dimensional it sure is amazing just how jokes are manufactured about her.

President Obama: Executive Order 13585, Continuance of Certain Federal Advisory Committees


  • The White House
    Office of the Press Secretary

    Executive Order 13585 --Continuance of Certain Federal Advisory Committees

    EXECUTIVE ORDER
    CONTINUANCE OF CERTAIN FEDERAL ADVISORY COMMITTEES
    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and consistent with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), it is hereby ordered as follows:
    Section 1.  Each advisory committee listed below is continued until September 30, 2013.
    (a)  Committee for the Preservation of the White House; Executive Order 11145, as amended (Department of the Interior).
    (b)  President's Commission on White House Fellowships; Executive Order 11183, as amended (Office of Personnel Management).
    (c)  President's Committee on the National Medal of Science; Executive Order 11287, as amended (National Science Foundation).
    (d)  Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health; Executive Order 11612, as amended (Department of Labor).
    (e)  President's Export Council; Executive Order 12131, as amended (Department of Commerce).
    (f)  President's Committee on the International Labor Organization; Executive Order 12216, as amended (Department of Labor).
    (g)  President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities; Executive Order 12367, as amended (National Endowment for the Arts).
    (h)  President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee; Executive Order 12382, as amended (Department of Homeland Security).
    (i)  National Industrial Security Program Policy Advisory Committee; Executive Order 12829, as amended (National Archives and Records Administration).
    (j)  Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee; Executive Order 12905, as amended (Office of the United States Trade Representative).
    (k)  President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities; Executive Order 12994, as amended (Department of Health and Human Services).

    (l)  National Infrastructure Advisory Council; Executive Order 13231, as amended (Department of Homeland Security).
    (m)  President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition; Executive Order 13265, as amended (Department of Health and Human Services).
    (n)  President's Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities; Executive Order 13270 (Department of Education).
    (o)  President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; Executive Order 13515 (Department of Education).
    Sec. 2.  Notwithstanding the provisions of any other Executive Order, the functions of the President under the Federal Advisory Committee Act that are applicable to the committees listed in section 1 of this order shall be performed by the head of the department or agency designated after each committee, in accordance with the guidelines and procedures established by the Administrator of General Services.
    Sec. 3.  Sections 1 and 2 of Executive Order 13511 are superseded by sections 1 and 2 of this order.
    Sec. 4.  Executive Order 13515 of October 14, 2009, is amended:
    (a)  in section 2(a), by striking "through the Secretaries of Education and Commerce, as Co Chairs of the Initiative described in section 3 of this order" and inserting in lieu thereof "through the Co Chairs of the Initiative";
    (b)  in section 2(c), by striking "Secretary of Education, in consultation with the Secretary of Commerce," and inserting in lieu thereof "Co Chairs of the Initiative";
    (c)  in the introductory text to section 3:
    (1)  by striking "The Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Education shall serve as the Co Chairs of the Initiative" and inserting in lieu thereof "The Secretary of Education and a senior official to be designated by the President from the membership of the Initiative shall serve as Co Chairs of the Initiative"; and
    (2)  by striking "Secretaries" and inserting in lieu thereof "Co Chairs"; and
    (d)  in section 3(b), in the list of agency members, by inserting "the Department of Commerce" after "the Department of Agriculture" and inserting "the Department of Education" after "the Department of Energy" and then redesignating the subsections of section 3(b) as appropriate.
    Sec. 5.  This order shall be effective September 30, 2011.
    BARACK OBAMA
    THE WHITE HOUSE,
    September 30, 2011.

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Social Poets: Funny But True Friday: Dead People Get $600 Million From Government


The Social Poets: Funny But True Friday: Dead People Get $600 Million From Government: From Denny:   Guess what our government finally figured out after it had been going on for decades?  Yes, they have been paying out benefits to dead guys.

A lot of money, to the tune of $600 million, was going to retired or disabled federal workers.  Talk about a great retirement plan.  It's so good our government pays you after you die too.  Who says government doesn't have a heart?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Social Poets: Courtesy of Ralph Nader: Who Will Be Obamas Democratic 2012 Challengers?

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The Social Poets: Courtesy of Ralph Nader: Who Will Be Obamas Democratic 2012 Challengers?: From Denny: Might the 2012 election finally get off the snooze button? Ralph Nader, for decades the legendary consumer advocate, hopes to liven things up a bit for President Obama. No one is happy with the GOP offerings and few are enthused about a second term for Obama.

How a primary challenge can help America

Nader's insurgency effort to recruit a pack of liberals to run against Obama should prove to be some exciting politics. At the very least it will accomplish two things: one, it could give the Democrats a chance to compare Obama to other possibilities and ensure his standing in the party to get him reelected should he perform well with them.

Two, some hard-charging liberal base competition will push Obama to quit masquerading as a Republican in Democrat's clothing and give a hard push to helping the middle class reinstate their job losses and put this chaotic economy back on track.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Social Poets: Funny Jon Stewart Lampoons Obama Solyndra Technology Scandal


The Social Poets: Funny Jon Stewart Lampoons Obama Solyndra Technology Scandal:

From Denny: Stewart pokes some fun at both Obama and his critics for "It's not easy being green."

Jon whines: "Does one failed green technology company discredit the idea of a green energy economy?"

"Of course not, but.... say, if in 1936 you spoke about the growing importance of air travel in front of the Hindenburg. Well, you'd be right about the future of air travel but you'd still be on f*cking fire! Oh, the stupidity."

Did Obama maybe just have the misfortune of betting on the wrong horse without evidence Solyndra was just a donkey? Uh, well, he and his political hacks, Axelrod and Plouffe, chose to ignore excellent advice that the business model was a stinker on this business. But hey, Team Obama went ahead and threw away $535 million of taxpayer money for - wait for it - a helluva a photo-op.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Social Poets: When Unsexy Becomes The New Sexy: Americas Infrastructure

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From Denny:  There is a new book out to inform us just how dangerous our bridges are across America"Too Big To Fall" (America's Failing Infrastructure and The Way Forward) is from New York real estate lawyer, Barry Lepatner, also the author of "Broken Buildings, Busted Budgets."



The Social Poets: When Unsexy Becomes The New Sexy: Americas Infrastructure: Just a year ago most people turned the channel when the snooze story came on about the crumbling American infrastructure. Not so since President Obama made it the centerpiece of his new jobs bill that has the GOP and Democrats lining up and pushing back to kill it just for the sheer size of it.

Here are a few statistics to get your blood boiling or get your Halloween scare on:

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Social Poets: Funny Jon Stewart Mocks What It Took to Humanize Dick Cheney


The Social Poets: Funny Jon Stewart Mocks What It Took to Humanize Dick Cheney: From Denny: Jon Stewart loves to talk about the Darth Vadar metaphor in regards to former Vice President Dick Cheney. Cheney has a new book out, called "In My Time," and is busy hawking it on every talk show that will take him.

Stewart gives us many clips of Cheney hard at work selling his piece of fiction he claims is nonfiction. What's amusing is how "The View" talk show just had to say, "Mr. Vice President, let's talk about this little bulge here." She patted his chest. Jon thought that funny as he wondered out loud "how that (statement) played to the radio broadcast audience."

As Cheney launches into his "old man talks about his health issues" talk on "The View," Stewart is speechless, unable to mock. Can it be there is finally something Jon cannot mock successfully? Find out why in this funny clip:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Social Poets: Funny Jon Stewart, Colbert React to Republican Debates




The Social Poets: Funny Jon Stewart, Colbert React to Republican Debates: From Denny: Only Jon Stewart could dissect this crazy GOP line-up, revealing true agendas. When he goes after Michele Bachmann for her idea of mothering it sure is a left field what she says.

You expect her to comment on how raising five biological children and 23 foster children she would opine upon parenting skills in the area of how they needed lots of love and daily structure. Nope. What she says is "children need jobs." No kidding.

What I found most disheartening about her quote about children of poverty - from a over a year ago - is when she commented about how the poor should raise themselves up on their own, without government help - ever.

"Hunger is a great motivator." From that day forward I always wondered if she had starved any of those foster children to force them to do what she demanded.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Social Poets: 9-11 Stories Roundup: How Is America 10 Years Later?

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The Social Poets: 9-11 Stories Roundup: How Is America 10 Years Later?:

From Denny: Every year when this date comes we all pause and remember those whose lives were taken quickly and horribly. We mourn for those left behind and pray for them to find their way in life.

For the youngest generation this event is a moment seared upon their memory, remembering where they were when America was struck by terrorism and the Twin Towers fell. Included here is an article of how to talk to children about the attack.

Not all associated with this terrible event is sadness, despair and sorrow. Whether survivors, or families and friends of the fallen, many have discovered the well of strength within themselves. Others have started charities and foundations to honor not the dead but the lives of the victims, promoting their life philosophies and initiatives. Stories of wonderful inspiring people have been shared in the news and memorials for the world to remember.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Full Text, Video of America Jobs Speech From President Obama

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From Denny:  Here is the unedited version of the America Jobs Speech that President Obama hopes will turn around the economy and get him elected to a second term.

Without real results from this jobs effort the American voter will elect just about anyone else come the 2012 election, retiring him into the one-term president category.

The public is in that ugly of a mood after three years of a timid president nibbling around the edges of a troubled economy in need of bold leadership.

President Obama: Executive Order 13584, Developing an Integrated Strategic Counterterrorism Communications Initiative


  • The White House
    Office of the Press Secretary

    Executive Order 13584 --Developing an Integrated Strategic Counterterrorism Communications Initiative

    EXECUTIVE ORDER
    DEVELOPING AN INTEGRATED STRATEGIC COUNTERTERRORISM COMMUNICATIONS INITIATIVE AND ESTABLISHING A TEMPORARY ORGANIZATION TO SUPPORT CERTAIN GOVERNMENT-WIDE COMMUNICATIONS ACTIVITIES DIRECTED ABROAD
    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 2656 of title 22, United States Code, and section 3161 of title 5, United States Code, it is hereby ordered as follows:
    Section 1. Policy. The United States is committed to actively countering the actions and ideologies of al-Qa'ida, its affiliates and adherents, other terrorist organizations, and violent extremists overseas that threaten the interests and national security of the United States. These efforts take many forms, but all contain a communications element and some use of communications strategies directed to audiences outside the United States to counter the ideology and activities of such organizations. These communications strategies focus not only on the violent actions and human costs of terrorism, but also on narratives that can positively influence those who may be susceptible to radicalization and recruitment by terrorist organizations.
    The purpose of this Executive Order is to reinforce, integrate, and complement public communications efforts across the executive branch that are (1) focused on countering the actions and ideology of al-Qa'ida, its affiliates and adherents, and other international terrorist organizations and violent extremists overseas, and (2) directed to audiences outside the United States. This collaborative work among executive departments and agencies (agencies) brings together expertise, capabilities, and resources to realize efficiencies and better coordination of U.S. Government communications investments to combat terrorism and extremism.
    Sec. 2. Assigned Responsibilities to the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications.
    (a) Under the direction of the Secretary of State (Secretary), the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (Center) that has been established in the Department of State by the Secretary shall coordinate, orient, and inform Government-wide public communications activities directed at audiences abroad and targeted against violent extremists and terrorist organizations, especially al-Qa'ida and its affiliates and adherents, with the goal of using communication tools to reduce radicalization by terrorists and extremist violence and terrorism that threaten the interests and national security of the United States. Consistent with section 404o of title 50, United States Code, the Center shall coordinate its analysis, evaluation, and planning functions with the National Counterterrorism Center. The Center shall also coordinate these functions with other agencies, as appropriate.
    Executive branch efforts undertaken through the Center shall draw on all agencies with relevant information or capabilities, to  prepare, plan for, and conduct these communications efforts.
    (b) To achieve these objectives, the Center's functions shall include:
    (i) monitoring and evaluating narratives (overarching communication themes that reflect a community's identity, experiences, aspirations, and concerns) and events abroad that are relevant to the development of a U.S. strategic counterterrorism narrative designed to counter violent extremism and terrorism that threaten the interests and national security of the United States;
    (ii) developing and promulgating for use throughout the executive branch the U.S. strategic counterterrorism narratives and public communications strategies to counter the messaging of violent extremists and terrorist organizations, especially al-Qa'ida and its affiliates and adherents;
    (iii) identifying current and emerging trends in extremist communications and communications by al-Qa'ida and its affiliates and adherents in order to coordinate and provide thematic guidance to U.S. Government communicators on how best to proactively promote the U.S. strategic counterterrorism narrative and policies and to respond to and rebut extremist messaging and narratives when communicating to audiences outside the United States, as informed by a wide variety of Government and non-government sources, including nongovernmental organizations, academic sources, and finished intelligence created by the intelligence community;
    (iv) facilitating the use of a wide range of communications technologies, including digital tools, by sharing expertise among agencies, seeking expertise from external sources, and extending best practices;
    (v) identifying and requesting relevant information from agencies, including intelligence reporting, data, and analysis; and
    (vi) identifying shortfalls in U.S. capabilities in any areas relevant to the Center's mission and recommending necessary enhancements or changes.
    (c) The Secretary shall establish a Steering Committee composed of senior representatives of agencies relevant to the Center's mission to provide advice to the Secretary on the  operations and strategic orientation of the Center and to ensure adequate support for the Center. The Steering Committee shall meet not less than every 6 months. The Steering Committee shall be chaired by the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy. The Coordinator for Counterterrorism of the Department of State shall serve as Vice Chair. The Coordinator of the Center shall serve as Executive Secretary. The Steering Committee shall include one senior representative designated by the head of each of the following agencies: the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Treasury, the National Counterterrorism Center, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Counterterrorism Center of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Broadcast Board of Governors, and the Agency for International Development. Other agencies may be invited to participate in the Steering Committee at the discretion of the Chair.
    Sec. 3. Establishment of a Temporary Organization.
    (a) There is established within the Department of State, in accordance with section 3161 of title 5, United States Code, a temporary organization to be known as the Counterterrorism Communications Support Office (CCSO).
    (b) The purpose of the CCSO shall be to perform the specific project of supporting agencies in Government-wide public communications activities targeted against violent extremism and terrorist organizations, especially al-Qa'ida and its affiliates and adherents, to audiences abroad by using communication tools designed to counter violent extremism and terrorism that threaten the interests and national security of the United States.
    (c) In carrying out its purpose set forth in subsection (b) of this section, the CCSO shall:
    (i) support agencies in their implementation of whole-of-government public communications activities directed at audiences abroad, including by providing baseline research on characteristics of these audiences, by developing expertise and studies on aspirations, narratives, information strategies and tactics of violent extremists and terrorist organizations overseas, by designing and developing sustained campaigns on specific areas of interest to audiences abroad, and by developing expertise on implementing highly focused social media campaigns; and
    (ii) perform such other functions related to the specific project set forth in subsection (b) of this section as the Secretary may assign.
    (d) The CCSO shall be headed by a Director selected by the Secretary, with the advice of the Steering Committee. Its staff may include, as determined by the Secretary: (1) personnel with relevant expertise detailed on a non-reimbursable basis from other agencies; (2) senior and other technical advisers; and (3) such other personnel as the Secretary may direct to support the CCSO. To accomplish this mission, the heads of agencies participating on the Steering Committee shall provide to the CCSO, on a non-reimbursable basis, assistance, services, and other support including but not limited to logistical and administrative support and details of personnel. Non-reimbursable details shall be based on reasonable requests from the Secretary in light of the need for specific expertise, and after consultation with the relevant agency, to the extent permitted by law.
    (e) The CCSO shall terminate at the end of the maximum period permitted by section 3161(a)(1) of title 5, United States Code, unless sooner terminated by the Secretary consistent with section 3161(a)(2) of such title.
    Sec. 4. General Provisions.
    (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
    (i) authority granted by law to an agency, or the head thereof; or
    (ii) functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
    (b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
    (c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
    BARACK OBAMA
    THE WHITE HOUSE,
    September 9, 2011.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Social Poets: Poll For Economy and 2012 Election: Should Obama Step Aside?

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The Social Poets: Poll For Economy and 2012 Election: Should Obama Step Aside?: From Denny: President Obama's numbers are sinking fast with an American public tired of him nibbling around the edges of a disastrous economy with small incremental gestures going nowhere. What Americans expect is bold action to reinvigorate the economy with millions of jobs.

The newest poll to come out measuring the public anger with Congress in general and frustration with a timid president is from the NBC News/Wall Street Journal. They used both Republican and Democratic pollsters and it was conducted from 27 to 31 August 2011.

Obama's current status with voters:

* approval - 44 percent
* disapproval - 51 percent

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Social Poets: Funny Late Nite Jokes: Talking Trash Politics

LSU wins against the Oregon Ducks 40-27!  All is well in Louisiana tonite.

The Social Poets: Funny Late Nite Jokes: Talking Trash Politics: From Denny: Catch up for the month of August on all the political and social commentary, courtesy of our beloved national comics.

With the state of our politics in the abyss of The No Sense Zone we all could use a good laugh and these guys sure don't disappoint! :)

The real question is not who are we going to vote for in 2012 but rather do any of us feel motivated to go vote at all considering all the crazy talk and broken promises?

Did you know that increasingly Americans get their news analysis from satirical comedians and blogs like this one? They no longer trust the mainstream media to give them important details of the news. It's more and more apparent that too many media outlets have their own agendas - like making money off forcing an interest in a story or situation: the minutia of the 2012 presidential election.

The Social Poets: Millennium Prophecy Coming to Pass? Hurricane Irene Floods, Devastates America


Infrared satellite image of Hurricane Irene fr...Image by Official U.S. Navy Imagery via FlickrFrom Denny:


The Social Poets: Millennium Prophecy Coming to Pass? Hurricane Irene Floods, Devastates America: Millennium Prophecy

After viewing the extreme flooding it does bring to mind those "Millennium Prophets" we heard on the news back in the late 1990's and early in 2000. Remember them? Better yet, remember the aerial maps depicting the flooding, showing much of the American Southeast under water and America split in two, divided by a widened Mississippi River?

We are definitely living in a time of geologic change. As a country we need to get serious about adapting to our changing world of melting polar ice caps, more severe weather, earthquakes and rivers changing course. Just this year alone the earthquakes have been so influential as to change the earth's axis by several degrees. That affects how water and weather moves across the planet.
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