Showing posts with label Obama. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Obama. Show all posts

Monday, June 21, 2010

John Wooden Wouldn't Approve of Obama's Handling of the BP Oil Leak

By: T.R. Slyder,, @AndyDisco on Twitter

After John Wooden's death I saw a re-run of his interview with Tavis Smiley from 2005
(I wish I could embed the video, but I can't). Like I always am after hearing Wooden speak, I was impressed. My favorite part of the interview was at the 7:40 mark when Smiley asked him what is wrong with most leaders today. "I think many drive instead of lead", Wooden responded and Smiley asked him to clarify that a bit. Wooden needed a second to regroup his thoughts and think of a way to articulate a different way to phrase it. "The driver will stay behind with a whip saying 'Get going!', and a leader will be out front with a banner saying 'Follow me'."

I thought that was awesome. I thought about it today while reading more criticism of Obama's handling of the BP leak. All of the criticism really comes down to his oval office speech being more, "Get going", than, "follow me".

That's how I roll.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Funny or Die Presidential Sketch

By: T.R. Slyder,, AndyDisco on Twitter

This is new, funny and getting a lot of buzz.

That's how I roll.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

On Race and Big Big Boobs

By: T.R. Slyder,, AndyDisco on Twitter

Harry Reid's recent remarks about Obama and his ethnicity reminded me of something. At first I realized that there have been a lot, "This is racially offensive!!! (Wait, is this racially offensive?? Hang on, I need to go ask my black friend if I should be angry about this or not.) You have Rush Limbaugh's offensive Barack The Magic Negro song, you have Harry's new comments, when Joe Biden called him a "clean" candidate during the primaries people assumed he was being racist, you also have Rod Blagojevich telling Esquire magazine that he's blacker than Barack Obama, etc.

It reminded me of when you have a female who has very, very large breasts.

I think everyone has had an experience similar to this: You have a friend with big boobs, or your girlfriend has a friend with huge boobs, and everyone knows she has big boobs, but it's not like you sit and talk about them all the time, but you've all acknowledged them in some way. Then there is a late night at a bar when you and a few other friends (maybe a group of 6 or 7) and she's in the group and the topic of her boobs comes up. Maybe she's showing a lot of cleavage that night, maybe a drunken member male member of the group mentions them, maybe a female squeezes them. Something happens. Then it's like all the air has been let out of the bag and everyone breathes a sigh of relief, then makes the comment they've always been thinking about making regarding her big boobs.

Everyone basically makes one comment about them and they run the gamut of appropriate enough, (do they hurt your back? do you always catch guys staring at them? do you ever wish they weren't so big?) to the possibly skeezy (I'm a total boob guy I just think your boobs are great. I've always thought that. So....keep up the good work) to the definitely skeezy, (Can I PLEASE motorboat them? No, ok then will you stand up on a chair so I can run, full-speed into them face-first? PLEASE. I am willing to pay for this privelege.)

Racial differences have been around as long as big boobs have been around but it's still something people notice, but aren't sure what is approrpriate to say about them, and what is better left unsaid. And the more people have to clam up about it, the more people just want to talk about it, and whenever there's the slightest opening, someone is gonna jump in with both feet and again prove the Mark Twain phrase about it being better to be silent and perceived a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

So stay strong, large-breasted women who are the only member of their race in a given social setting.

That's how I roll.

Monday, August 17, 2009

I'm Eager to see how Long This Goes on

By: T.R. Slyder,, AndyDisco on Twitter

A dude brought an assault riffle into a townhall meeting. An AR-15, like in the first Bond Game. The most powerful gun in the entire video game (the rocket launcher, laser, and grenade launcher aren't technically guns). But he's not the only person to bring a legally-registered gun into a town hall. This is the same president that after inauguration everyone secretly feared could very well be assassinated in office. It's not like a crazy couldn't grab their gun and get off a quick shot at anyone in the room.

I'm T.R. Slyder, and that's how you Tangueray.

Friday, August 14, 2009

I'm Starting the Rumor

By: T.R. Slyder,, AndyDisco on Twitter

I've been inspired by misinformed Town Hall attendees. Now I'm spreading my own rumor...

The abortion that Rick Pitino's mistress had was paid for by Obama's socialist health care!!! Kentucky taxpayers actually picked up the tab for it!!! Every last dime!!!

I'm T.R. Slyder, and that's how you Tangueray.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Which White Guy is Barack Obama Most Alike? Tune in to Find out!

By: T.R. Slyder,

I have blogged before about how I am sick of the Obama/Abe Lincoln comparisons. At the beginning of the Obama administration, we as news-consumers were also beaten over the head with comparisons to FDR. Today the HuffingtonPosts banner headline is "Dwight D. Obama" and shows a picture of Obama and Eisenhower. 20 seconds after seeing that headline, I turned on my television to see CNN running the headline "Obama vs. Napoleon- is healthcare Obama's Waterloo?".

Did George Bush draw as many comparisons? Did he draw any? What makes Obama so comparable? He seems to be wholly unique- among world leaders and especially among United States Presidents. His father was born in Africa, he's bi-racial, he was raised in Hawaii and the Philippines, he was the first black editor of Harvard Law Review, he was raised in a single-parent home, after graduating as arguably the most distinguished law student in the country (as editor of the HLR) he turned down guaranteed riches in order to community-build in Chicago. I'd say that makes him unlike other presidents.

When Obama wanted to overhaul infrastructure, similar to what FDR did with the new deal, why can't they say, "He seems to think like an FDR-style Democrat", or "Apparently, Obama is looking to leave new infrastructure as a legacy"? Why is it phrased "Obama is the new FDR?"? When he tries mentions a desire to engage in dialogue with enemy states, he must be just like Lincoln, who brought together the North and South.

The media wants to make Obama's character the sum of his policies- It isn't that he thinks like these men, it's that he IS like them. While past leaders like Roosevelt, FDR, Kennedy, Churchill, and to a lesser extent, Clinton- were free to be men of multi-tiered complexity, whose blending of talents, foibles and quirks were unique and likely never to be seen again- Obama is relegated to comparisons with people who have come before him. It's not that he possess traits XY and Z, it's that he's kinda like other guys who also have XY and Z between them.

So, again, why all the comparisons? Didn't George Bush have more in common with previous leaders, as a white, child of privilege turned politician? Why no comparisons to JFK or John Quincy Adams?

I can only assume it's racially based. My guess is that the underlying assumption is that the news makers feel that America as a whole has some kind of skepticism about who this black character REALLY is. So my conclusion is that the news media either, A) feel this way themselves or, B) they feel that the news consumers feel this way.

My question to the media then is: Which is it, A or B? The majority of us in the U.S. voted for him, so you'd think it could be assumed that we have an ok idea of who he is, what he is like and what he is about. Apparently the news media feels that white people can't understand who a black man is, and we need some kind of analogy to understand.

"So tell me all about this colored President Obama. I can't seem to make sense of him."
"He is like Abraham Lincoln kinda, except for Obama is a black version."
"Ohhhhhhh. I see."

I think most Americans would rather answer the question of, "Who the hell exactly was George Bush ?" than, "Who is this new Obama fellow?". Obama actually won the majority of votes and has an approval rating above 50%- I'd say America's mind is made up about him. Let's find some actual news to report instead of implicitly playing into America's perceived racial paranoia. Paranoid infotainment is not making any Americans more intelligent or tolerant.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Barack Kept it Pretty Greezy At the White House Correspondants Association Dinner

By: T.R. Slyder,

You can get your watch on right here. Good to see Ashton Kutcher at the 9:48 mark. It really woulda sucked if he couldn't have made it. I hope he Twitters about it, then I am forced to read about how he Twittered about it.

Update (less than 12 hours later): Son of a bitch. It already happened.

Up-update: It happened again. Maybe I should stop reading HuffPo.

Monday, April 13, 2009

T.R. Salutes: The Handling of the Captain Hostage Situation With The Somali Pirates

By: T.R. Slyder,

I loved it. LOVED it. The wars you inherited, but this was your first military crisis under your watch.

I knew this had to be an open and shut case. We simply had to say "You are filthy Somali Pirates. We are the United States Military. You do not kidnap us. It's extremely simple. We are not something that you fuck with. If, however,you attempt to fuck with us, we will leave your bodies cold and lifeless. Is any part or that unclear?"

I loved what we did to those punks. Like a friend of mine would say, "You run up, you get done up", or as Brother Tupac said, "you better back the fuck up, before you get smacked the fuck up"

I like how it was handled. No U.S. casualties, and a few causalities of the guilty parties. We had a captain with an AK-47 in his back, and some Navy Seals had a clear shot at the heads of those gun-wielding gorillas. Whoever those nameless SEALs are, you are heroes in my book, and I am thankful that you exist.

It sounds pretty simple to me- If I fuck with the U.S. I WILL get fucked up.

Some pirates forced an AK-47 into the captain's back. Then what happened? Their heads were blown off. I like it.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Let the Obama Racism Begin!

By: T.R. Slyder,

First I'll start it off with a video.

Secondly, we'll head over to Europe where Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said that Obama was, "Young, handsome and even tanned". Which is maybe not racist per se, but is still stupid as hell.

Thirdly, the backup Center on University of Texas' football team was kicked off the team for posting this on his FaceBook page:

"all the hunters gather up, we have a #$%&er in the whitehouse"

Hilarious! Why wouldn't you voluntarily add that to your FaceBook. Why confine ignorance to just your private life? Why not let your ignorance get you kicked off the team of your school where you were receiving a free world-class education?

You might be asking yourself if his first name is Buck. Yes. Yes, it is.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Barack: "Oh, Baby!"

I thought this was funny.

If I ever meet a presidential candidate, I'm totally gonna try to put my fingers in their mouth.

It kind reminds me of the old joke (which could be a derivation of a Rodney Dangerfield joke): "You're so ugly when you go to the proctologist, he puts his fingers in your mouth."

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Good News Today For Sufferers of White Guilt Regarding Barack Obama

By: T.R. Slyder,

Score a victory for white people today!

After hearing report after report about how Sen. Obama's race is likely to deter some white voters, it's pretty easy to feel some white guilt. So today when I read this article in the Chicago Sun-Times about a man in police custody after the Secret Service caught him near Obama's Chicago home with a gun, I immediately thought: I really hope this guy is not white. Yes, it's scary and you certainly hope that nothing ever happens to Michelle and the girls, but my first thought was still how awful it would make our country's state of race relations look if this were a crazy white hick.

Well, I got my wish. It wasn't a white guy! So us whitefolk dodged a white-guilt bullet today. Now let's celebrate by doing the White Man's Overbite while doing the Cabbage Patch to Brass Monkey!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

A Real Cubs Fan's Playoff Prediction.....

By: T.R. Slyder,

(There will be no article under this headline. I said I was a REAL Cubs fan; I'm not trying to jinx anything here.)

(The Cubs could win the World Series in the same year that the United States elects a black president. I bet Vegas would have given you some sweet odds on that at the beginning of the year. Any year.)