Delayed speech syndrome is an epidemic as we enter September, which may or may not be National Speech Month. Both President Barack Obama and professional undeclared candidate and wannabe talk show host Sarah Palin (R-Nowhere) are this week's celebrity sufferers.
Obama's case is particularly tragic. The Earth needed a jobs speech eleven months ago, while it was still pregnant with hope, that is, before the Republicans took over Congress. However, the presidential handlers finessed themselves into a tactical error this past week, falling into an accidental trap set by the handlers of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). At first, the administration was going to have the president give job initiative speech on Wednesday, Sept. 7, but decided to capitulate to Boehner's snaky plea that it be set back a day. Why? Dunno. Boehner is apparently working on his own job plan (speech) now, eleven months after taking over his job, which is mainly to fuck over as many earthlings as he can all day long, short of killing folks of all nations, religious hope or color, or, short of that, taking them hostage. All you can really say is if you attach Boehner's name in a Google search, you might as well use three other words to get the deepest cache: 1) "Evil"; 2) "Fundraising,"; 3) "Golf."
No worries. Sure, Obama may have pissed off two key demographics in the Free World with the move. For example, NBC's funniest shows are on Thursday nights. People trained to laugh like seals on Thursday nights may be thrown off schedule, or, even worse, tuning into the president's speech just for the giggles. Also, the NFL's opening night broadcast, surely on a cable channel, may be drawing off the voter demographic as known as "the male of the species."
No way to fix it now without doing any further damage to the president's Jellowy, needs-a-gut-check image. Short of my recommendation, that the president make up for the wimp-factor error by throwing out the first football at the Dallas Cowboys' home opener, I have lost hope. For the Cowboys Super Bowl chances, not for the president's jobs speech. I'm sure we will all be thrilled. I'm sure he would do well, also, throwing that first pass on first down. If only because Cowboys' QB Tony Romo is going to close his eyes and fling the thing anyway on first down. The jobs speech, delivered by either Obama or Boehner, could have done the same thing with even less harm to the national mood, eleven months ago.
But hey. No hurries. Just breathe ... breath. Hmmm. Feel the good. For a journalist such as myself, speech writer's delay syndrome is well understood. Imagine how a White House speechwriter lives. Feel his pain. Coming back from their pricey vacations in the Hamptons, in Jackson Hole, Wyo., in Aspen, Colo. Wow, the anguish to find their continent in ruins! Their people, hungry, mad, going insane. They need another day to find the most compassionate words necessary to inspire the starving 40 million unemployed people and their family members who may lack the energy to even clap.
Just one more day, hell, another eleven months while we wait for Boehner's master plan, promised since, well, the last election. Sure. Why not? The starving people with no shelter, due to storms, corporate, Jesus-inspired, Wal Mart ordered and otherwise, can wait. Most of them hocked their teevees at the pawn shop years ago.
As far as Sarah Undeclared (R-Bridge to Nowhere), goes ... whatever. Her speech writers are stressed out like the screenplay writers of any movie Robin Williams ever made must be. When she goes all mavericky and off the script, you'd have to wonder if she is learning disabled or is even able to read.
All politics is loco.
Meanwhile, in the Lobal Village: Hey, I just manifest destinied myself a free pencil warmed up in hell!
This morning's Sedona Red Rock News tells me the city of Sedona has put staff to the task of studying pedestrian flow in clogged up Uptown, the main tourist trap district, which I like to call "Scottsdale in the Sky," due to the air pollution, thermal air inversion layering in the Oak Creek Canyon area, overpriced goods, housing, food, streets lined up in sweet, polite, foreclosure rows, and the frightening sense of tribal entitlement among the various castes stomping about, or, whistling by in their cars, trucks, or Imperial space craft.
Also, Sedona police department officers and (job thieving) senior volunteers assisted in the gathering of info indicating, yes, the Universal Mad Planner fucked up, again, while intelligently designing the canyon to begin with.
Whole "teams" were set up to monitor pedestrian crossings. Adding to pedestrian flow, one supposes. Who knows how much this improvement in civic fact gathering cost? One thing I do remember is that loco mayor what's his name boasted, only a few months ago, in a so-called "presidential style" state of the city address, that he had saved the town $100,000 to end one branch of the civilian public transportation accessory, the Roadrunner route.
According to the city engineer, forced to deal with a fucked up canyon design to begin with, has also been set to the task. Probably because he isn't paid that much per hour. Anyway, he came up with the revelation that this one-road pathway through uptown toward poorly designed Oak Creek Canyon, during weekends, is much too fucking crammed with cars!
"The concept of totally avoiding any backups at any time of the year may or may not be really achievable," he states in the Red Rock News. "I think it's probably a volume issue, that we just have a lot more traffic than the road can handle."
Fortunately, Mayor Wat's His Name can claim some kind of additional savings, due to the elimination of the Roadrunner bus routes, as well as the sheer force of his lacking achievability.
Odd, I haven't even opened the Red Rock News yet and I'm some kind of state of existential angst. If only because the front page has a photo of lady seniors reading books with accompanying headline stating, "Ability to read opens all other doors for children."
"But you run on anyway, to keep from losing grace, don't ya baby?"
~ Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
It wasn't that, as Lennon sang, "Nobody said there would be days like these." Somebody said. Nobody listened ... http://mythville.blogspot.com/
Climate change and the subsequent social disorders it creates, is the No. 1 story, and No. 1 security threat in America this week, and it doesn't look like those facts are going to change soon, politicos ...
Time to bring the boys and girls back home? ... Well, according to the Huffington Post ... "Military Spending Waste: Up To $60B In Iraq, Afghanistan War Funds Lost To Poor Planning" ... seems to me the storm-wrecked nation could use a little nation rebuilding back home ..
Currently working on: "An Apology for Walking: A Pedestrian's Galaxy Guide to Provincial Tactics in Avoiding to Get Hit By Weaponized Bus Drivers and Other Weapons of Mass Public Transportation." ... But before I post it up for free I'm going to put it up for auction on eBay to see if I get any fee-based interest there ..
Sure, it's one-hundred and five out here in the shade in Arizona, but yeah, I'll wear my blue Columbia rain gear out to breakfast this a.m., as a symbol of mutual support for my brother and sister journos out there on the East Coast, fluttering in the breeze and waving their arms in the wind to entertain us. Sure, I'll do that.
Now featuring "reality lit" and poetry by author, poet and Bards of Mythville singer/songwriter Douglas McDaniel ... http://mythville.blogspot.com/http://mythville.blogspot.com/
the tale of all my trials -- and I must add
more tears to all I have already shed.
What should I tell you first? What should be last?
I've had so many griefs at heaven's hands.
Let me begin by telling you my name,
so that you, too, may know it; for I may --
when I've escaped from fate's most cruel day --
receive you, though my home is far away.