Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Review of Obama

Let us review President Obama's Accomplishments:

  1. Stimulus Bill that saved the country from going into Depression
  2. Healthcare Reform
  3. Credit Card Reform
  4. Financial Reform (about to pass)
  5. The Repel of DADT (about to pass)
  6. 2 Supreme Court Justices
  7. New Arms Treaty with Russia
So far I can not complain about voting for him, he still will be doing immigration reform and climate change.  

Friday, May 21, 2010

Where is Obama?

Is anyone else concerned by the fact that we haven't been given full disclosure regarding the Gulf Oil Spill?  B.P. still hasn't release all the footage of the oil spill, nor has it disclosed the true amount of oil currently leaking from the ocean floor.  Now add to that the fact that B.P. and the US Coast Guard have been turning away reporters investigating and reporting on the incident, this whole thing starts to smell like a cover up.

President Obama ought to order B.P. to release all information pertaining to the oil spill into the public domain and allow the press to full access to that information.  Instead, President Obama has stood on the sidelines and allowed B.P. to continue to destroy the Gulf of Mexico.

Edited by John O'Connor

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Ahhnold and the Arizona

Say what you will about Arnold Schwarzenegger, the actor slash governor of the Hollywood state of California. The guy is hilarious. Have you heard what he said during his Emory commencement? Coming from a Republican governor his joke about Arizona's illegal-immigrant policy is a pretty big deal. Over the last 3 years I've worked with two 2nd generation citizens and two people studying in America on visas. What I've come to learn is that there are many opinions on immigration as well as the illegal immigrant status. Arnold certainly has an opinion about the immigration issue, not only politically as a state governor, but no doubt personally as well considering he too immigrated to America.

Note that I am not endorsing nor arguing the Arizona policy on illegal immigrants, I'm just bringing up the topic for another perpetual discussion, and not a minute too soon I might add. Because, in the words of Joe Biden -America's hero and my future speech writer- this is a big fucking deal.

Sports and Politics

I had an interesting conversation with a friend the other day about the role sports teams play in politics after the Phoenix Suns wore "Los Suns" jerseys to protest Arizona's new immigration law. My friend contended that sports teams should stay out of politics, not taking stands on one side or another of political issues, while I countered that they are private citizens, entitled to their own speech rights.

The last time I checked, sports teams are private companies and as such are allowed to take a stand against a law.  It's no different than taking a public stance against drug testing in sports or certain business related taxes.  Sports teams such as the Phoenix Suns have a certain fan base and as such are driven to represent them.  You may not agree with the Suns, but the contention that they should stay out of politics is foolish and limits free speech.

What criteria should we use for allowing corporate entitities to enter the political arena? Major League Baseball is a private company and as such is allowed to question laws.  That doesn't mean MLB is allowed to break the law, but it should mean that it has the right to question a law's legitimacy.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

May Five-th

Cinco de Mayo, Cinco de Drinko, Drinko de Mayo... it's the fifth of May, which is a historic Mexican holiday that was named after the popular mini-beer tour at Old Chicago restaurants.

So for today, what is your favorite Mexican beer? How many Mexican beers can you name? Or, what is your favorite Mexican alcoholic beverage?

Why can't Cinco de Mayo and St. Patrick's Day fall on weekends more often?

Monday, May 3, 2010

100 Posts . . . and Tom Says Nothing

Today marks a small, but important milestone for us here at Oblogatory.  Unfortunately in his post this morning, our lead author failed to recognize it.  Always one for theatrics, I now bring you, our faithful readers, Oblogatory's one hundred first post.

As Oblogatory's Editor, I can certainly say that the past 100 posts have been stimulating.  We are clearly still in the nascent stages of our development, but we are developing.  While things have slowed down over the past couple of months, I can assure you that our authors are hard at work looking for new content to respond to with our unique perspectives.

So what would I say Oblogatory is, today?  In a nutshell, Oblogatory has become an amalgam of Midwestern editorials, featuring political and sports commentary, pop culture notes, and a healthy dose of snark. And frequently, our authors' rants.

Thank you to all of you who have been reading so far.  We look forward to growing with you in the future!

- Jack

Bye Bye Gulf

It's difficult to read the coverage on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Experts' latest estimates say the oil could gush between one week or several months.  The financial and environmental impacts of this disaster will be felt for years, maybe never recovering.

But at the very least, I hope that out of the darkness of this event, new hope emerges for alternative fuels.  As a nation (and world), we are slowley killing our planet with our oil addiction.

To help with the cleanup