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There’s been quite the (deserved) hubbub over the choice of Governor Rick Snyder as the speaker for this year’s commencement. The governor will be congratulating this year’s graduating class at the same time that he is promoting major cuts to our state’s public education system. Isn’t it ironic? I’d like to share a few of my favorite commencement addresses, and I’m sure they’ll be more inspiring than the governor’s
And I submit that this is what the real, no-bull- value of your liberal-arts education is supposed to be about: How to keep from going through your comfortable, prosperous, respectable adult life dead, unconscious, a slave to your head and to your natural default-setting of being uniquely, completely, imperially alone, day in and day out.
Rachel Maddow- Smith College-2010
When given the choice between fame and glory, take glory. Glory has a way of sneaking up on fame and stealing its lunch money later anyway.
Life might very well be long, keep your eye on the horizon and live in a way that you will be proud of. You will sleep more. You’ll be a better partner. You’ll be a better mom. You’ll be a better friend. You’ll be a better boss, and you will not have to remember any complicated lies to brag about at the old age home because you can brag about the truth of your well-lived life.
Steve Jobs- Stanford University-2005
Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer was beautifully hand-calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and sans-serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.
None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me, and we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts, and since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them.
If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on that calligraphy class and personals computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do.
Barack Obama- University of Michigan- 2010
What is certain -– what has always been certain -– is the ability to shape that destiny. That is what makes us different. That is what sets us apart. That is what makes us Americans -– our ability at the end of the day to look past all of our differences and all of our disagreements and still forge a common future. That task is now in your hands, as is the answer to the question posed at this university half a century ago about whether a free society can still compete.
The Department of Justice announced several weeks ago that the government would end the Bush-era practice of designating people “enemy combatants.”Â The Bush administration had asserted that the president has a wartime power to declare a person an “enemy combatant” arbitrarily and detain him or her indefinitely.Â The administration used “enemy combatant” status to ensure that suspected terrorists were held out of reach of both international law (namely the Geneva Conventions) and fundamental Constitutional rights, particularly the right to due process.
It is widely agreed that the president has increased powers during wartime.Â President Abraham Lincoln first asserted such wartime powers during the Civil War.Â Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman also took up expanded powers during war.Â Following September 11th, President Bush argued that he too had extraordinary wartime powers–this time from the War on Terrorism.
While the principle of expanded wartime powers is reasonable, it becomes concerning in the context of the War on Terrorism.Â Terrorists, by definition, do not represent a country; rather they are individuals or members of organized groups that commit acts of violence in an effort to attain change (usually political change).Â Terrorists can spring up anywhere in the world at any time.Â While this makes them particularly dangerous, it also changes the concept of “war.”Â In traditional wars, such as World War II, there are clear sides and the war ends when one side is defeated.Â A war against a noun , however, will always be perpetual.Â While the War on Terrorism certainly needs to be fought, using an indefinite war as grounds for extraordinary governmental powers is straight out of “1984″ and is certainly not something that the Framers had in mind.
Fortunately, President Barack Obama has signaled a change in course by dropping the “enemy combatant” designation and removing such prisoners from legal limbo. President Obama, a Constitutional law scholar himself, understands that America derives its greatness from its values and its freedoms, and that the terrorists have won we surrender our liberties.
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I thought to do this a little ways in since I have nothing better to do on my spring break. Obama already discussed creating jobs and giving tax cuts to low income families and giving a $2500 tax credit to families paying college tuition.
9:27 – Obama says banks need to start re-lending, otherwise “the recovery will be choked off before it begins”. States the banks are too fearful to lend and need to rebuild confidence.
9:29 – Obama is creating a housing plan for responsible families facing foreclosure that will lower monthly payments and have lower interest rates. Families can refinance and save $2,00 per year on mortgage. He will also act with the federal government to make sure banks have enough confidence, and if they are in trouble, will hold those accountable responsible and help reboot them.
9:32 – Says the country will need government help to get out of recession. “The cost of action will be great, but the cost of inaction would be greater.” He says that problems will continue for years even with help, but will get us out of the mess.
9:33 – Nancy Pelosi is still making random faces and twitching her mouth. Botox must be wearing off there, Nance.
9:34 – Obama asks Congress to join him to help make sure crisis like this will not happen again and to move swiftly to reform our outdated regulatory system. He says theÂ only way to restore America’s strength is to make long-term investments that will create jobs. The camera flashes to a shot of Charlie Rangel, whose mouth was hanging completely open and looked like he had no idea what was going on.Â (more…)
8:57:23 PM Danny Abosch: hahahaha they just showed roland burris WAH WAH
8:58:02 PM Ariel Kaye: haha roland burris…
8:58:05 PM Danny Abosch: and john mccain just walked in with joe lieberman. aka emperor palpatine.
8:58:18 PM Ariel Kaye: you know i never made that connection
8:58:22 PM Ariel Kaye: until now
8:58:26 PM Ariel Kaye: and its so true
8:58:30 PM Danny Abosch: mccain is so goofy looking. can you imagine if he was our pres?
8:58:35 PM Danny Abosch: hahah the palpatine connection?
8:58:38 PM Ariel Kaye: yes yesss
8:58:41 PM Danny Abosch: he looks JUST LIKE him!!
8:58:51 PM Danny Abosch: pelosi is speaking
8:59:05 PM Ariel Kaye: i love nancy pelosi
8:59:31 PM Danny Abosch: hahaha she just messed up
8:59:34 PM Danny Abosch: she read biden’s line
8:59:54 PM Ariel Kaye: its 8:59!
9:00:09 PM Danny Abosch: well yeah they’re just introducing everyone.
9:00:12 PM Ariel Kaye: aaaanddddddd GO
9:00:22 PM Danny Abosch: HELLLLLLLO everyone and welcome to our liveblog!
9:00:34 PM Ariel Kaye: i have the biggest crush on brian williams
9:00:49 PM Danny Abosch: i have a crush on nancy pelosi
9:01:05 PM Ariel Kaye: she does look real nice tonight
9:01:06 PM Danny Abosch: thats gross. sorry everyone.
9:01:26 PM Danny Abosch: i mean she’s no ashley tisdale, but you know. still kinda hot for a politician.
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