Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Beware of Barack Obama, evil-doers!


Jewish date:  1 Tammuz 5769.

Today’s holidays:  Ro’sh Ḥodhesh, Tuesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time.

Today’s quasi-holidays:  Let It Go Day, United Nations Public Service Day.

Worthy cause of the day:  “Last Chance - Stand with Dr Dean”.

Relevant to Divine Misconceptions:  “The Seven Challenges of Chabad’s Future”:  It is comforting to see collective self-criticism like this.  It is easy for people to assume that they are just fine they way they are.  Such complacency is dangerous.  As humans, we are imperfect.  Failure to recognize our imperfections makes it unlikely to fix them.  Moreover, if we assume we are fine just the way we are, then we ignore any new imperfections that we acquire and thus become increasingly imperfect.  While recognizing one’s imperfections is no guarantee of fixing them, those who do so at least stand a fighting chance of ending up better than they are now.

Today’s news and commentary:
Today’s weird thing is “He's Barack Obama”:

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This is a nice parody of some people’s unrealistic expectations for Barack Obama.  While he is doing a decent job as president, considering the deplorable situation the United States was in when he started as president, he is no superhero who can use his amazing powers to make everything better quickly.  This is going to be a long, hard process, and he arguably has already made his fair share of mistakes.  (Note to Obama:  lay off Israel and start worrying about whether the US is going to have to bomb Iran.  Seriously.)  Enjoy, share the weirdness, and have a happy new month.

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