Mr. Honesty strikes again and again and again

By Chrissy the Hyphenated

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More of that “new kind of governance” thing.

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My mother would have called this kind of wasteful spending a sin.

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I’ll give them one thing. A dinner with Obama raffle is a whole lot classier than the “Win a date with Bill” contest the Hilary campaign ran to help pay off their debts.

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Don’t ya just LOVE the “marked down” tickets at the end! LOL

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14 responses to “Mr. Honesty strikes again and again and again

  1. FranklytheNut

    Maybe it was like the “contest” to “win” Obama as the commencement speaker at some lucky high school graduation this year. Out of 1000 high schools, there were 14 applicants one week before the “contest” ended. Publicity was goosed up, and a week later, the total was up to 68 out of 1000. I don’t know if they gave out the number after that, but here’s the NYT’s take on the weiner. Winner, I mean: “Proving they have more to boast of than just their alumnus Derek Jeter, the graduating Giants of Kalamazoo Central High School in Michigan have beaten more than 1,000 public high schools in a national contest of academic self-promotion. The prize: President Obama as commencement speaker.” Yes, indeedy. Kalamazoo was the top entry of those 1000 schools who had the opportunity to participate in Barack Obama’s “Race to the Top,” 6.8% of which schools actually cared enough to join in.

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      “Maybe it was like the “contest” to “win” Obama as the commencement speaker ” … my thought exactly! ::snort:: They’re still acting like he’s The Man. But anyone over 14 should know that faddish fan celebrity has all the shelf life of milk.

      If you can find me a URL for that NYT quote, I’d love to graphic it.

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      • FranklytheNut

        It was from the Seattle Times, but with a NYT writer, whatever that means. And it looks like I was mixing up 2 different years. This article is from 2010, when Kalamazoo was the winner. I can’t find any articles about 2011 dated later than March 8, at which point the writers were examining the fact that shortly before the contest ended the WH had gotten only 14 applications out of 1000 possible school applicants; 6 days later it had “zoomed” up to 68. I don’t see anything about a winner or an analysis of his actual speech…which leaves me wondering if it was quietly canceled for lack of participation.

        Anybody who wants to look for more detail is welcome, but today is my last day before my dad returns from my Hospice Respite Vacation, and I’m going 90 miles to the nearest Wal-Mart, where I can finally get some stuff without having to drag along any juveniles (whose idea of shopping does NOT match mine, I assure you!). The link to last year’s article is below, and in a post I’ll make below that is a link to one of the many write-ups about this year’s embarrassing participation.

        http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2011780027_commencement05.html

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        • Thanks for clarifying. I had thought they were last year’s winner, but didn’t have time to look it up.

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        • chrissythehyphenated

          2011 winner: Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, Tennessee whose graduation rate went from 55% in 2007 to 81.6% in 2010.

          There’s no mention in the White House press release of anything but the winner and 6 finalists. Obviously, if they’d had an impressive number of entrants, they’d have bragged on that.

          It’s kinda sad in a way, because the criteria for the contest are really commendable.

          “The Commencement Challenge invites public high schools across the country to demonstrate how their school best prepares them for college and a career. … The application includes essay questions and statistical information that illustrate how schools are promoting college and career readiness for all students while establishing a culture of student success and academic excellence.”

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          • FranklytheNut

            Well, yeah. If I’D had 1000 organizations competing to hear me talk one year, and 14-prodded-to-68 the next year, I wouldn’t be bragging about MY stats either!

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  2. Irish Eyes

    Glad to have found you, Chrissy. I wondered what had become of you. Lovely site!

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  3. The Democrat[ic Socialist]s always like to pretend that they are the “party of the little guy”. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

    Even back in the 2004 election cycle, I noticed that a site called Fundrace.org really liked to display the “Money Index” when in late 2003 the leaders were:

    GrassRoots Index
    Who gets small contributions from all over America?
    #1 Howard Dean

    Devotion Index
    Who inspires repeat giving and financial sacrifice?
    #1 John Edwards

    FatCats Index
    Who gets large contributions from the wealthiest Americans?
    #1 George W Bush

    They didn’t like it when, once the race was just Kerry and Bush, the results were:

    GrassRoots Index
    Who gets small contributions from all over America?
    #1 George W Bush

    Devotion Index
    Who inspires repeat giving and financial sacrifice?
    #1 George W Bush

    FatCats Index
    Who gets large contributions from the wealthiest Americans?
    #1 John F Kerry

    Those results didn’t fit their agenda, so they removed the link to that page from the main page (and any other page). But, since I had bookmarked the URL, I could still get to it directly.

    Who was behind that? Well, it’s very interesting to see that if you type “www.fundrace.org” in your browser, it now takes you to “http://fundrace.huffingtonpost.com/”

    Isn’t that special?

    Democrats are not the “party of the little guy”, and they don’t really like transparency.

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