Archive for August 17th, 2015

Trump’s 1,954-Mile Mexican Border Wall

Monday, August 17th, 2015

wall

el-2

‘Aloutte’ – Pluck You

Monday, August 17th, 2015

(al-lou-WET-ta)

Target has a trippy, colorful commercial with a guaranteed earworm*.  We used to sing the song in kindergarten – in French – having no idea of the meaning.  It’s pretty bizarre.  The commercial’s theme is how Target can change your drab world of dull clothes into bright, exciting colors.

A hot air balloon floats down into brown-town filled with colorful, high energy acrobats. They race through the town whipping off the dull clothes of amazed people and replacing them with flashy apparel.

The song is OK – until you learn what it really says.  Alloute is a small, pretty bird we call a “lark.”  The song goes,

 Little skylark, lovely little skylark
 Little lark, I’ll pluck your feathers off
 I’ll pluck the feathers off your head
 Off your beak
 Off your neck
 Off your wings
 Off your head – off your head
 Little lark, little lark
 O-o-o-o-oh, alloute….

“Alloute” could be the theme song for potential serial killers who start by torturing animals.  I know a lot of fairy tales are pretty grisly too – so hey, I may be making too much of kids being exposed to happy violence.  We saw it when we were kids…

… and look how well we turned out.

* ‘I Have Earworms … She Said’ https://presentationsunplugged.com/blog/blog

Be A Bubble Bimbo!

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Many people are criticizing the new recruitment video of Alpha Phi sorority. Too white, too much partying, superficial, and showing the “girls” (not women yet) as bimbos.  Well, duuuh!  What do you think sororities are? Sex cafeterias for fraternities?  Some are.  Coaching camps for cheerleaders?  Sure. Clubs so they can mix with females who are exactly like themselves?  Bingo!  If that’s what your kids want to do in college – let it be.

I went to college when being free and becoming individuals were some of the main reasons for going to school.  Many of us looked at sororities and fraternities as little ‘conformity factories’ that spit out good, unquestioning citizen-widgets.  Times change – maybe. I hope they have a great time partying – really!

Why do girls join sororities?  https://www.google.com/

Pandering For Campaign Dollars

Monday, August 17th, 2015

200

All US presidential candidatesexcept Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump – pander for big money.

Big money in politics:  https://www.google.com/

‘Hitman Agent 47’ (2015) Trailer

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Hitman Agent 47:  https://www.google.com/

hitmaninternationalposter_large

Cuban Reality

Monday, August 17th, 2015

alain-bertrand-viva-cuba

Finally! After nearly a half-century, Obama has decided it’s time to “normalize” a relationship with Cuba. There are some old-fart, cold war diehards who are grumbling but few people are listening to them.  The whiners are conservatives – mostly Republican – and a few Florida politicians who can still milk a few wrinkled votes by waving the flag and shouting out the evils of communism.

Communism is now more irrelevant than evil and we have stand-out examples in Russia and China.  Our economic embargo against Cuba never worked but, of course, America is very slow to admit failure (think of the Drug War, the War on Poverty, the war in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, etc.)

Cuba has been a human rights whipping-boy because it’s of absolutely no use to the US government and it can’t fight back. Places like China, most of Africa, and many countries in the Mideast are far worse enemies of freedom but we need them for economic and political reasons. Today we don’t even need Cuba for cigars.

What the US really needs is to stop pretending to be the freedom police of the world and focus on our own problems.

CUBA – Foreign Policy Litmus Test:  www.presentationsunplugged.com/

PC BS

Monday, August 17th, 2015

OK – I don’t get it. You can only vote in this country if you’re a citizen.  In fact, voting is one of the privileges of becoming a US citizen. To become a citizen, you have to know a “moderate” amount of English.  So why do we have signs like this and multiple languages on voter registration forms?

I understand that part of the reason for the 1965 Voting Rights Act was to insure that polling places could not give complicated “literacy tests” to people they did not want to vote – like Blacks.  But isn’t this way over the politically-correct top?

I understand that if you’re born in this country – even if your parents are not citizens – you automatically are a citizen.  OK.  But you still legally have to go through our education system before you reach voting age.  If 11-years of schooling did not teach you enough English to read the first two lines of the sign above, it would probably be better for you to just stay home on election day.

Can you vote if you don’t speak English? https://www.google.com/

English Spoken Here!  https://presentationsunplugged.com/blog/blog