Advice uh to uh robot

by Bernard McCormick Wednesday, February 17, 2016 1 Comment(s)

The discovery last month that Marco Rubio, our own Florida candidate, is a robot is perhaps the most bizarre incident in a presidential primary campaign that has not been lacking in bizarreness. He showed what many consider a fundamental weakness, when the windup key in the middle of his back got stuck at a most unfortunate time—the last Republican debate before the critical New Hampshire primary. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could not stop giggling as Rubio, four times, repeated the same inane comment about President Barack Obama knowing exactly what he was doing, which is basically destroying the American way of life as we know it. He did it even after Christie began mocking him, to the amusement of whomever was still watching, when most of the world was focusing on the upcoming debate between Peyton Manning and Cam Newton. Rubio should have excused himself to visit the men’s room and get an attendant to jiggle the windup key, freeing it the way you do a toilet handle when the flushing float gets stuck.

Well, one thing it did was stop the comparison between Rubio and Obama, and even sometimes President John F. Kennedy, when it comes to youth and inexperience. The Obama comparison is fair, in terms of their common youth and short-term experience on the national level.  And like Kennedy, he was able to attract rich supporters, although in Kennedy’s case the principal backer was his father. Other than that, any comparison to Kennedy is bogus. Republicans attacked Kennedy for his youth in 1960. President Dwight D. Eisenhower contemptuously called him “that boy” although to his credit, not in public. Well, that boy was in Nazi Germany before World War II, and appalled by the blatant anti-Semitism, and the war he saw coming. In contrast, his father, ambassador to England at the time, seemed to admire the German regime. Kennedy wrote a book, “Why England Slept,” while still at Harvard. Later, he won one of the highest awards the U.S. Navy can give for extraordinary actions when his Patrol Torpedo boat was sunk off Guadalcanal. He lost a brother and brother-in-law in that war, so he was entitled to an opinion when it came to the use of military force. It is hard to believe that he would not be more perceptive than most of the presidential candidates on matters such as ISIS.

One gets the impression that most of our current candidates, if given a blank world map, would put Damascus in the hills of Virginia and Cairo in Illinois.

Kennedy served in Congress and then in the Senate for 14 years before he ran for president. He visited Vietnam (along with his brother Bobby) in the 1950s when the French were fighting a losing war against a nationalist movement, and returned home convinced that efforts to thwart such movements were doomed to failure. His reluctance to continue supporting our unfortunate involvement in Vietnam is one of the reasons he was murdered by the military-industrial complex. So much for his inexperience.

Unlike Rubio, Kennedy was never accused of robotic responses to questions. It has been written that Rubio speaks in paragraphs, flawlessly delivered and, his opponents say, memorized. Kennedy, although one of the greatest political speakers in our history, was much different in spontaneous remarks. He was the master of the “uh” delay.

 When asked about an important subject at a press conference, his response would sound like this:

“I would, uh, just, uh, let me say this on that. We’re, uh, prepahing a white papah on the subject of Cuber and that will be released next week.”

And, almost always, that shut up the press, and most of them didn’t ask what ever happened to the “white papah.”

Today we fret about the amount of money that goes into politics. Your average politician loses sleep trying to figure out ways to hide it. Rubio’s wife has been on a major benefactor’s payroll. These politicians in Florida with enormous PACs can’t find enough relatives to put on their payrolls.

When challenged decades ago on a similar subject, Kennedy produced a telegram he attributed to  his father: “Don’t buy one vote more than you need. I refuse to pay for a landslide.”

After his debate disaster, it was reported that longtime Rubio associates say he suffers from anxiety problems, which sometimes lead to panic attacks. Are we dealing with a mental health issue here? If so, his health might benefit if he studied Kennedy’s style, especially his use of the “uh” factor.

He, uh, might, uh, also, uh, seek less stressful work, such as, uh—bahtendah.



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This Comment had been Posted by Susana

is your school's fundraising really done for the year?

It’s a question I ask myself often. Now what I’m about to say will offend some and others will privately agree. At the beginning of this school year I spent over $100 per kid for supplies “requested” by their schools/classroom teachers. There were such things as zip lock bags, paper towels, and copy paper though I’m not sure what the zip lock bags are for apparently all these things will used in the classroom and are needed? So I’m thinking to myself ok and jokingly waiting for toilet paper to make the list but for the 2015/2016 school year it’s still a no show lol. 
As a working mother of two kids. I always assumed that schools were doing everything in their power to raise funds and therefore didn’t give much thought to this. Hell as a society we’ve been conditioned to think that way, given the barrage of articles and studies showing how poor schools are and that the issues we now face in education are due to lack of funding. So I always felt bad when the cookie dough order form came home or the pizza cards to make a purchase even though it’s not anything my family eats or uses. I just figured I was “taking one for the team” not to mention the guilt trip the kids give me because if they don’t sell something then they won’t get the 2 cent prize they are enticed with. We are constantly being told teachers don’t make enough, schools are falling apart, and all because schools can’t get the money they need. My kids have now come to expect what they deem a part of their educational experience the need to raise money for their school. I hear things like my teacher is broke she/he doesn’t have enough money blah, blah, blah. Call me stupid but I’ve always been under the impression that despite all these fund raising efforts there just wasn’t enough money and more importantly no way to get that money outside of blanket donations. Which if you’re like my family not the easiest thing to do. I assumed that all ways of generating funds for schools has/have been exhausted. I trusted that the schools were doing the best they could with what they knew and had. I now come to find out I was wrong.
It’s not that there are no new ways of raising money. Unobtrusive ways that are based less on solicitation and more on participation. Fund raising somewhere along the way has become an event driven business when it comes to schools. Let’s jump rope, or let’s sell this or that for a specific time frame and when that time frame is over you guessed it, game over. So if I buy the cookie dough 4 times a year the school only gets credit for the one time they asked me to buy it. The rest of the time they get nothing. That just seemed wrong to me.
So that got me thinking (yes something I do from time to time lol). I asked my husband what if we could develop a way to have a business model that funds schools all the time – “always on funding”. Why can’t I go to that local ice cream shop at my convenience and still have a percentage of my sale donated to my school of choice. Interesting right? Why does it have to be for a specific time frame? Why can’t it just happen all the time? So Buckworm is born.
Now I know what you’re thinking – schools must be freaking out and jumping at this opportunity. I like you thought they would be rolling out the red carpet for us. This is something FREE for the schools, FREE for the parents and FREE for the merchants. The only thing the school has to do is let you as a parent know that this is an available option – that’s it. Which by the way is something they are already doing several times a year for their traditional fundraising partners that are already in place – remember the cookie dough. Buckworm is a company that has a mobile app where you can make purchases via Amazon, Groupon, local merchants AND we’ve figured out a way that if you go through the Buckworm app for your purchase a percentage of what you buy will be donated to your school or nonprofit of choice all the time every time. So what’s the problem?
Well the problem is that schools have resigned themselves to be the homeless man on the corner holding out their tin cup. Don’t give me a job just give me my money. Whether it’s the government doing the hand out, the parent’s giving $25 bucks at the beginning of the year for their child’s classroom “kitty” or the kids being told sometimes even required to sell something for their school all in the name of raising much needed funds. So why aren’t the schools telling parent’s about Buckworm?
Maybe because the right people just don’t know about it. I was totally shocked when I started calling some schools to tell them about Buckworm. Some were very receptive and totally on board. When can we start is a common response. But there are still those schools out there telling me via the “nice secretary” up front “our fundraising is done for the year”. Here’s a tip - if I as a parent am still writing checks to the school then your fundraising is not done for the year. I don’t think there is a parent out there that wouldn’t agree with that statement. Not only am I paying taxes so my kids can get a good education and pay for your salary “nice secretary” but I also continue to subsidize your “fund raising” efforts – because I don’t believe that anyone needs to purchase a five pound bucket of cookie dough – can anyone say “most overweight country in the world”.
So as I step down off my “soap box” I ask what I originally started out with – Is our fundraising really done for the year? If you like me don’t believe that to be true then I encourage you to go check us out and bypass the “nice secretary”, download the app (for free) and purchase things you ordinarily would purchase like that case of toilet paper you don’t want to have to haul from Cosco to your house and hopefully when the schools see the money rolling in maybe then we won’t get the dumb response of “our fund raising is done for the year”.

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