Monday, June 20, 2011

Let’s Just Talk

Well, the White House just does not seem to get it. After the hoopla that was raised when the First Lady and family and entourage went to the south of Europe and vacationed at 5 star hotels all on tax payer dimes (quite a lot of tax payer dimes), you would have thought they would understand that “we the people” did not care for picking up that tab. But no. Now the First Lady (and family and mom and friends) are taking “a working vacation” to South Africa (which will include a private Safari in Botswana). On the other hand, maybe it is “we” who don’t get it. After all, it has been 2 years now and the President et al, continually ignore the wants and needs of the American people (as reflected in the polls) and continue merrily on doing what they think best….. Kinda makes you look forward to the 2012 elections, doesn’t it?


There was a small article about some State Congressional Hearings being held in Texas concerning a bill that would affect illegal immigrants. One of the people testifying on behalf of immigrant rights was naturalized citizen and had been in the US for 23 years. In spite of that, he brought an interpreter with him and wanted to give his testimony in Spanish, initially claiming that he did not speak English. One of the State Senators became irritated and told the man that after 23 years in the United States, and as a US Citizen, he should have at least learned English by now. I agree. English is not the official language of the United States –we do not have one. Attempts to pass a law to change that have never been able to get through both the House and the Senate. Regardless of the legal aspect, however, it just seems to me that a person living in this country would be far more successful, productive and just plain happy if they took the time to learn English. I understand that some emigrants, especially the elderly, have a hard time learning a second language but that does not change the fact that there are a number of things for which you really need some English. Driving (all the road signs are in English), voting (listening to and understanding the candidates is kind of important, no?), and shopping (reading labels and price tags) are just a few things that come readily to mind. In the case of these hearings, I suspect the man testifying actually did speak English (probably better then me) and was just being somewhat obstructionist. But it does bring up a good question. Should speaking basic English be a requirement for people seeking residency and/or citizenship in the United States? I’d be interested in your opinions.


Well, after getting completely bored with the ongoing saga of Congressman Weiners sexual social media exploits, something truly entertaining happened. The Congressman got a real job offer –and the entertaining part is that it came from publisher Larry Flynt. The following is supposed to be a copy of the letter:

Mr. Weiner:

After having learned of your sudden and compelled resignation from your Congressional post, I would like to make you an offer of employment at Flynt Management Group, LLC in our Internet group. As a Congressman, you are known for your intensity and perseverance. I believe that this attitude, combined with your service in the House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce, will make you a valuable asset to this corporation.

This offer is not made in jest. To show our sincerity, Flynt Management Group, LLC is willing to pay twenty percent more than your former Congressional salary, ensuring that your medical benefits would be equal to what you were previously receiving. While you will have to relocate to our corporate offices in Beverly Hills, California, we would pay for all relocation costs.

Again, I cannot emphasize enough the genuineness of this offer. We are a serious corporation which, as you know, has been heavily involved in the political environment of this country for over thirty-five years. Our key missions have consistently included the crucial fight of battling hypocrisy within the federal and state governments. Flynt Management Group, LLC and Hustler Magazine have been dedicated to decades of serious political commentary. Just as we do not undertake insincere political crusades, we do not make insincere job offers.

While this employment opportunity is being offered in large part due to your qualifications and clear passion for making a change, I feel that your unfortunate resignation is a prime example of unfounded political pressure and the hypocrisy that has invaded democracy in Washington D.C. I hope you will sincerely consider this offer, and I look forward to your response.


Larry C. Flynt

It is so good to know that the poor Congressman will not have to rely solely on this Congressional retirement and his wife’s Diplomatic Service income (of course, it might be good to see Mr. Weiner in the unemployment line for a few weeks…. Oh well)

Live Long and Prosper.........

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