Your Word is Disaster…

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[Note: This was posted just before Halloween a few years ago [2014] on a separate blog... true story]

 

It's a good thing I'm well past the age of parenting young children.  I’m just not equipped to deal with the school system anymore (or all the confederacies of dunces in general). In my defense, I’m pretty sure it’s genetic in that I got a double dose of the smart-ass gene.

 

So I’m catching up with a friend over the phone who has a boy in (I think) first grade. If I’m understanding what he was telling me, each student in his son’s class was given a vocabulary word. They were required to become familiar with the word, probably spell it, define it, and use it in a sentence. Stuff like that.

 

But since it is approaching Halloween, the young tykes were encouraged to come to school dressed up as their vocabulary word. I kid you not.

 

Little Junior’s word was… "disaster". Disaster…

 

D… I… S… A… S… T… E… R…

 

Given that word and those instructions… there is no way on God’s green earth… zero chance whatsoever… that a son of mine would not show up to school the next day dressed to a tee as anything other than… Barack Hussein Obama.

 

 

And failing an earlier successful courtship of a very open-minded black missus, I can only imagine the can of worms that would ensue.

 

Teacher: "Little TL (he goes by his initials), can you please spell your vocabulary word?"

 

Little TL: "Disaster (pause for effect) O… B… A… … M…" …

 

A chip off the old block. :P

Comments

TexasLynn Added Oct 25, 2018 - 9:34am
Now see, this is funny.  The mental image is hilarious, but I guarantee you that panties were wadding up and responses and defenses and attacks forming in little leftist brains as they read this.  Admit it... how many of you (lefties) were ready to lay down the word "racist"?
 
Anyway... it would be equally funny today... simply find/replace Obama with Trump.  The costume would be more readily available too.
Leroy Added Oct 25, 2018 - 10:39am
Priceless.
Johnny Fever Added Oct 25, 2018 - 12:04pm
Making juvenile jokes about Obama isn’t funny or very helpful.  Given a podium, as you’ve been provide here, one would think you’d use your time more productively. Instead, all you do is give liberals more of reason to dislike us and not wish to join us in eradicating just about everything the disaster did. 
TexasLynn Added Oct 25, 2018 - 12:45pm
JF... did you read the first comment?  Everybody... EVERYBODY needs to lighten up.
 
In this post I wanted to tell a humorous story... that's all it was.  Had one replaced Obama with Trump it would have been just as funny to me.
 
JF >> Instead, all you do is give liberals more of reason to dislike us...
 
That's one of the fallacies the GOP falls into all the time.  That they can get the liberals to like us more and meet us half way.  I mean, look at the level of derangement and tell me there is a snowball's chance in hell the left will ever with to join us in anything?
 
Megyn Kelly in the news is the perfect example of that.  The left was never going to accept her; it was just a matter of time before they cut her lose.  Hopefully she was smart enough to lock in the money up front.
 
 
Johnny Fever Added Oct 25, 2018 - 3:52pm
Calling Obama a disaster is only funny to hard core conservatives.  And no, not for one second do I think you’d find it funny if Trump was equated to a disaster.  Remember, we laugh because it’s true. 
 
I couldn’t agree more, to some members of the left all they see on the right are racists.  However, there are some people that are in the middle and others willing to listen to logic and reason.  For these people, it’s not helpful to our cause when we insult the other side.
 
As for Megyn Kelly, I think the reason she bombed was because her show sucked.   
Leroy Added Oct 25, 2018 - 4:08pm
Kelly bombed because she tried to play the role of someone with a personality and a heart.  She has neither.  She's naturally a cold bitch, well-suited to the program format at Fox. 
Leroy Added Oct 25, 2018 - 4:12pm
My guess is that her she will soon be Judge Megyn on afternoon TV.  She would be well-suited for that role.
Jeff Michka Added Oct 25, 2018 - 4:56pm
Yeah, but Johnny, ol TraitorLynn is a friggin' SAINT, capable of no fault or wrong.  He LOVES Geezus, so anything he says is accurate, witty and true.  The real joke here is TraitorLynn.  He's a rank hypocrite, on one hand so upset by football players taking a knee, but wants a civil war to break up America, you know, the country he just loves.  And I'm sure he'll draw rightist kudos for his brilliant sense of humor, granted by other WB rightists.  I've tried to get ol Traitor to really campaign to have me banned, but he won't.  Guess "Mr. IT" knows he can't win, so won't try.  Also guess TraitorLynn isn't everyone's cup of "IT."
MEFOBILLS Added Oct 26, 2018 - 1:00am
Dopamine Jeff, did you get your hit?  Do you feel gooooood?
MEFOBILLS Added Oct 26, 2018 - 1:04am
The schoooools are dumbed down.
The kids are statistically dumber now than they were in the past.  
And YES, there is significant differences in overall racial IQ.  If your school is overall northeastern asian, or white, then there will be little problems.  If your school is "browned" out, then expect problems.  People don't want to admit what is right in front of their eyes.  They prefer to make excuses.
Dopamine Jeff will have an aneurysm, when I point out this obvious  and statistically provable truth. 
 
Flying Junior Added Oct 26, 2018 - 3:46am
Just playing the devil's advocate...  How does a kid dress up as Obama?  Big Ears?  Tall and skinny?  Basketball shorts and shoes?
 
Oh!  Of course.  An Obama mask.  How silly of me.

It's about as funny as a hemorrhoid.  Kids don't need invasive politics from either side.  But I know you conservatives.  You start teaching them as soon as they can talk.  By the age of seven they walk and talk just like you.
Flying Junior Added Oct 26, 2018 - 3:47am
Hey MEFOBILLS,
 
Do you still keep in touch with your buddy who invented the integrated circuit?
TexasLynn Added Oct 26, 2018 - 10:10am
FJ >> It's about as funny as a hemorrhoid.
Take a break and give them panties a de-bunching tug.  Copy and paste the post, do a find/replace on Obama with Trump... then you'll get it.
Jeff Michka Added Oct 26, 2018 - 3:21pm
FJr:  You can't be critical of TraitorLynn.  He's a devoted Xtain and rightist, with a sense of humor rivaling Robin Williams or George Carlin.  Just ask him.  And TraitorLynn has his chest puffed out.  The bomber they caught had a van covered in bumperstickers, paving the way for his bombing campaign, I guess.
Dino Manalis Added Oct 26, 2018 - 4:33pm
 Halloween or not, children shouldn't be required to dress up in silly ways, maybe bring a toy to school for show-and-tell, otherwise, the teacher has to teach the word appropriately.
Flying Junior Added Oct 26, 2018 - 9:46pm
Not sure.  Sending a kid to school in a Trump mask would be abuse.
James Travil Added Oct 26, 2018 - 10:50pm
Well that would be silly Dino, and you should know.
But I kinda thought it was funny. Obama the man who expanded GW Bush's illegal wars of aggression, who instituted the murderous cowardly drone program and lied about getting rid of the so called "Patriot" Act was certainly a disaster. But regardless the extreme left cannot take a joke about one of their sacred icons. They can deal them out endlessly on neoliberal Saturday Night Live about their opposition, but find nothing funny when the shoe is on the other foot. Hypocrisy thy name is neoliberal. 
MEFOBILLS Added Oct 26, 2018 - 11:16pm
FJ,
 
Hey MEFOBILLS,
 
Do you still keep in touch with your buddy who invented the integrated circuit?
 
He died.  It was Robert Noyce, the co-inventor.   I still carry guilt because he died after we had a big argument.
 
Always apologize (even though time has shown me right).  We were arguing over Japan's dumping of memory chips at the time and how our industry should respond.
Rick W. Added Oct 27, 2018 - 12:01am
I wouldn’t send my six year old to school as my political-identity sock puppet. 
 
For “disaster,” I’d probably go with... a tramp stamp? An automatic seatbelt? Newsweek shareholder value? Shit, this is hard. Maybe sock-puppetry isn’t so bad... except I think your idea would involve blackface. Or just a tan suit and a vocabulary beyond first grade? Help me out here. :)
James E. Unekis Added Oct 27, 2018 - 9:44am
Obama would be better used for OBAMANATION.
Even A Broken Clock Added Oct 27, 2018 - 3:50pm
Ha ha. Funny. About as funny as sending out Jared Kushner to Saudi Arabia to solve the problems of the mid-East. A barrel of laughs, that one.
 
Seriously, I cannot understand the mindset of people who insist that Obama was a disaster. Yes, there were many things he did that were not to my liking, but he did lead us out of the worst economic conditions since the depression, without the actual depression descending fully upon us. You cannot blame him for the ongoing deindustrialization of the US, since that had begun back in the '70's and just accelerated after China hit WTC membership. But then again, I thought conservatives stood for the rule of law and balanced budgets, and moral leaders. I guess I misunderstood what conservatism is all about. This batch in charge now is the antithesis of conservative.
TexasLynn Added Oct 27, 2018 - 5:16pm
EABC >> I cannot understand the mindset of people who insist that Obama was a disaster.
 
No... those suffering from TDS generally can't understand/see.
 
On social policy... Liberally, he was a success.  Conservatively a failure.
 
On foreign policy... Obama's "Ankle Grab Diplomacy" emboldened our enemies.  Nobody (friend or foe) respected us.  They knew our Commander in Chief was in effect a pussy.  Thus when there was a line drawn, they knew there was nothing behind it and ignored it.
 
EABC >> Yes, there were many things he did that were not to my liking, but he did lead us out of the worst economic conditions since the depression
 
On economic policy... Obama did NOT lead us our of %$#@. There's a reason everybody dropped out of the labor force. There's a reason jobs left the country with Obama admitting they were never coming back (yet they did under Trump).  There's a reason the Feds NEVER raised the rates during his tenure.  This leftist bullshit talking point that Obama was even remotely responsible for anything economically positive is laughable.
TexasLynn Added Oct 27, 2018 - 5:35pm
Rick W >> I wouldn’t send my six year old to school as my political-identity sock puppet.
 
Please just take the post in the humorous spirit that it was written; despite the lack of humor on one side of the spectrum.
 
Little TL would have already thought if this himself before the encouragement and support from dear old dad.
 
Rick W >> Maybe sock-puppetry isn’t so bad... except I think your idea would involve blackface.
 
That never occurred to me... nope... never... :) but surely my common sense and self-preservation would have kicked in somewhere along the way had that been the case. :)
 
Rick W >> Or just a tan suit and a vocabulary beyond first grade? Help me out here. :)
 
Whoaaaa... We're talking Little TL here; vocabulary and witty repartee are his forte.
 
Glad to help... :)
Kristen Foley Added Oct 28, 2018 - 10:37pm
I’m sorry but it’s not humorous to the left when you insult their leaders, just like it wouldn’t be funny to you if Trump was insulted.  So the reason some find this article unfunny has everything to do with poor understanding of humor and nothing to do with the left’s poor sense of humor. 
 
As bad as I believe Obama was for the economy, the liberals have plenty to point to that contradicts us.  They can point to the fact the economy was in freefall prior to Obama being elected and the fact that there was no recession for the 8 years Obama was president.  Not to mention the fact Trump is propping up his economy by spending way more money than he takes in via tax revenue. 
TexasLynn Added Oct 29, 2018 - 5:13pm
KF >> I’m sorry but it’s not humorous to the left when you insult their leaders, just like it wouldn’t be funny to you if Trump was insulted.
 
Like I said above, I would find this funny if posted by a leftist who fantasized about sending his/her kid to school dressed as Trump to represent the word "disaster".
 
But.. I didn't vote for Trump either.
 
KF >> So the reason some find this article unfunny has everything to do with...
 
Panties in a wad and TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome).
 
But I will grant you, that some on the right would also throw a conniption had Trump been the subject... just not as many...
 
KF >> As bad as I believe Obama was for the economy, the liberals have plenty to point to that contradicts us.  They can point to the fact the economy was in freefall prior to Obama being elected.
 
Absolutely.  Obama was left with a raw deal... and... did NOTHING to improve it for eight years.  It didn't get any worse and I guess you can call that an "accomplishment".  I don't.
 
KF >> ... and the fact that there was no recession for the 8 years Obama was president.
 
So, what you're saying here is that Obama manged to tread water for 8 years.  WoooHooo we didn't drown!
 
Personally, I think you've delved into grasping at straws here.  Everybody knows the Obama years were horrible economically (at least those who are intellectually honest).
 
Reagan was left with a crappy hand too (if not worse) after Carter (also an inept boob as President).  At the end of his term did we say, well look what he started with... at least things didn't get any worse?
 
No.  Reagan produced growth and prosperity that benefited the nation for decades after he left office.
 
Trump was also left with a crappy hand.  Like him or not... he's doing more than treading water.
 
The left is being (as usual) disingenuous.  If there had been no economic growth or success after Trumps election it would be all him.  Since there is growth... it's all Obama.  I call bullshit!
 
KF >> Not to mention the fact Trump is propping up his economy by spending way more money than he takes in via tax revenue.
 
A valid point, Trump is definitely spending way too much (as has every other President).  BUT... this criticism is disingenuous when mentioning Trump in comparison to Barrack Hussein Obama.  It's just the pot calling the kettle black.
 
Thanks for the comment.
Rick W. Added Oct 31, 2018 - 11:46am
TL>Please just take the post in the humorous spirit that it was written; despite the lack of humor on one side of the spectrum.
 
My complaint isn't about political identity, it's about parenting. You told this story as if your buddy, the dad, actually did this. If so, I stand by what I said. A six year old doesn't know the difference between the president and He-Man or the evil wizard from Aladdin. 
 
Come to think of it, neither do most Americans, so... I'll let it go. :)
 
TL>Whoaaaa... We're talking Little TL here; vocabulary and witty repartee are his forte.
 
This is true.
TexasLynn Added Oct 31, 2018 - 12:16pm
RW >> My complaint isn't about political identity, it's about parenting. You told this story as if your buddy, the dad, actually did this.
 
I would beg to differ.  The whole premise of the introduction implies that I would do such a thing whereas my buddy was much more rational and restrained.  Sorry if I didn't make that clear.
 
To be clear... it didn't happen.  The story was (at least intended to be) tongue in cheek.
 
And… also to be clear, using children to make political statements is not smart or good parenting.
 
RW >> A six year old doesn't know the difference between the president and He-Man or the evil wizard from Aladdin.
 
Again... we're talking Little TL here. :)  He would be having the same idea before Dad even mentioned it. :)  The kid is a genius!
 
Tongue in cheek folks... :P
James Added Nov 6, 2018 - 4:44pm
"derangement", "little leftist brains"... After your comments on a previous post of mine I had thought maybe substantive, rational, non-partisan dialog would be possible with you. Now after seeing how much humor you found in this "story" {resurrected from 4 years ago}, and more specifically the kind of rhetoric you used in your comments here... Well, I was apparently quite mistaken.
 
I agree with Johnny Fever, I don't think your post is amusing or productive. It doesn't bridge divides nor find common ground. Not that everything has to, but the way things have been lately our society could really use more of that. We certainly don't need more hyperpartisanship & snark.
 
To elaborate, the reason I don't find your post amusing has nothing to do with it involving Barack Obama. Sure, I voted for him but I'm not a Democrat and I've been very critical of him. And no, I don't see criticism of him as inherently "racist". It also isn't because I'm too PC. I rail against political correctness all the time, including the overreactions over Megyn Kelly & Roseanne Barr. It isn't due to some 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' of mine. Actually, I take all kinds of heat for pushing back against the dishonesty & hyperventilating among the #Resistance. It has nothing to do with my "panties in a wad", nor being "disingenuous", nor even because it plays off the typical right-wing meme of the freeloading socialist who wants to take everyone's stuff away.
 
The reason I don't find humor in your post is because, real or not, I don't find the prospect of young children mimicking the asinine partisan bloodsport of their parents to be amusing or cute. Certainly not something folks should be proud of. Even less so considering how antagonistic & divided the nation is increasingly becoming.
 
Can't take a joke, you might ask. Sure I can. When I see one. Like this from Jimmy Fallon, "[Obama] has a lot going on as he wraps up his term in office, including the construction of his presidential library in Chicago. It will be a place devoted entirely to Obama and his achievements — or as that's also known, MSNBC."
 
You pointed out that one could replace Obama with Trump in your joke. That's true, but the premise would still be the same — 'Isn't it funny kids reacting as mindlessly partisan as we do?' No, it really isn't. It's sad.
 
You could try a Trump version but I don't think it's time for you to update that joke of yours. Maybe it's just time to retire it.
TexasLynn Added Nov 6, 2018 - 5:55pm
James >> After your comments on a previous post of mine I had thought maybe substantive, rational, non-partisan dialog would be possible... I was apparently quite mistaken.
 
Sorry you have come to that conclusion.
 
James >> I agree with Johnny Fever, I don't think your post is amusing or productive.
 
Amusing?  Maybe in the eye of the beholder.
 
Productive?  Must EVERYTHING, every utterance, every typed word be productive towards the goal of "Can't we all just get along"?  Can't something be just for amusing entertainment?
 
Exactly how many articles (from either side of the political spectrum) have you seen on WB that meets that standard.  Do you offer the non-productive beratings on a regular basis?
 
James >> Sure, I voted for him (Barack Obama) but I'm not a Democrat and I've been very critical of him.
 
Nor am I a Republican, nor did I vote for Donald Trump.  I like some of what he has done.  His New York persona grates on me like fingernails on a chalkboard.
 
James >> And no, I don't see criticism of him as inherently "racist".
 
Glad to hear it... it's a step further than many on this site have taken.
 
James >> It isn't due to some 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' of mine.
 
OK... I never said you had TDS.  But you seem to be defensive about the term.  I submit it's a real thing and many on the left suffer from it.  Not every one who criticizes Trump or me or the right have it... BUT many do and it's obvious.
 
James >>  Actually, I take all kinds of heat for pushing back against the dishonesty & hyperventilating among the #Resistance.
 
Not that I need to tout my credentials, but when I posted an article on compromising on immigration, DACA, and the wall, I caught hell from both sides.  (A Comprehensive Immigration Compromise)  I call them like I see them.  Obama was a boob.  Trump is a jerk.
 
James >> The reason I don't find humor in your post is because, real or not, I don't find the prospect of young children mimicking the asinine partisan bloodsport of their parents to be amusing or cute.
 
The key phrase being, "real or not".  Had this actually happened (real), I would agree that the parents (me in this example) actions would have been atrocious.  The post was actually a bit self-deprecating.  The story isn’t about the fictitious kid so much as me.
 
"It's a good thing I'm well past the age of parenting young children... In my defense, I’m pretty sure it’s genetic in that I got a double dose of the smart-ass gene."
 
James >> You could try a Trump version but I don't think it's time for you to update that joke of yours. Maybe it's just time to retire it.
 
That genie has left the bottle.  My concerns of the damage done don’t warrant trying to put him back in.
 
Thanks for the comment.
James Added Nov 7, 2018 - 4:05pm
@TexasLynn
“Productive? Must EVERYTHING, every utterance, every typed word be productive towards the goal of "Can't we all just get along"? Can't something be just for amusing entertainment?”
 
No, everything need not be productive. I thought I made that clear when I expressly stated, "It doesn't bridge divides nor find common ground. Not that everything has to, but the way things have been lately our society could really use more of that. We certainly don't need more hyperpartisanship & snark."
 
Do I have a problem with things written just for the purpose of amusement? Certainly not, but again, I didn't find any humor in the concept. The subject matter just seemed petty, stale, and a sad testament to how hyperpartisan our society is becoming.
 
“Exactly how many articles (from either side of the political spectrum) have you seen on WB that meets that standard. Do you offer the non-productive beratings on a regular basis?”
 
I would prefer to think of it as a friendly critique rather than a "berating", but as a matter of fact I'm new to Writer Beat, so admittedly yours is the first. Yours is also only the second or third article I've commented on here and I've only read a handful, none of which were particularly partisan or antagonistic. I take it so far I've been lucky...
 
More often than not I would be inclined to skip over articles such as yours and possibly the author. What made yours different to me was, 1) The content wasn't just an amusing dig at a politician, again, it made light of kids becoming as mindlessly partisan as we adults have become. 2) Given your comments on a previous article of mine I'dd expected quite the opposite from you. Trust when I say, if I hadn't figured anything positive would come of it, I wouldn't have bothered to write much if anything.
 
“OK... I never said you had TDS. But you seem to be defensive about the term.”
 
That's true, you did not accuse me personally of having TDS. You used it more generally to those who don't see Barack Obama as a "disaster". I was attempting to reiterate that my lack of finding humor wasn't because, among other things, I'm hopelessly partisan or have an irrational aversion to Donald Trump.
 
I don't think I'm particularly defensive of the term 'Trump Derangement Syndrome', but I do take issue with the concept of [X] Derangement Syndrome in general. It's become a catchall term to dismiss any and all criticism of a President. Critical of Bush? Oh, you have BDS. Critical of Obama? Oh, you just have ODS. Critical of Trump? Oh, you just have TDS.
 
It could be. Or, it could be that one genuinely has a wide array of serious complaints regarding a particular President. At least you acknowledge that not everyone who is critical of Trump or the political Right is in some way deranged.
 
I try to call them as I see them as well. And, I should add, I don't consider Barack Obama a boob. He doesn't strike me as an imbecile, to me he's a sellout.
 
As for the realness of the story. At first it wasn't clear as it began with the note "true story", but frankly it seemed rather contrived to me and some of your comments had suggested it was made up so I did keep that in mind. I'm glad to hear it wasn't the recounting of an actual event and that you seem to agree kids shouldn't be encouraged to think like this.
 
See you around. I'll be sure to look for your articles.
TexasLynn Added Nov 7, 2018 - 5:14pm
James >> Given your comments on a previous article of mine I'dd expected quite the opposite from you.
 
I thought we've had good discussions in our limited encounters.  I hope we'll find that again.
 
James >> I would prefer to think of it as a friendly critique rather than a "berating"...
 
I look forward to those "critiques" in the future... for me... and others.
 
James >> You used it more generally to those who don't see Barack Obama as a "disaster".
 
I'm sorry if I left that impression.  One's opinion of Barack Obama has nothing to do with TDS.
 
In my defense, EABC (to whom that comment was directed) had just stated "Ha ha. Funny. About as funny as sending out Jared Kushner to Saudi Arabia to solve the problems of the mid-East. A barrel of laughs, that one."
 
With some... EVERYTHING gets back to Trump... that is one aspect of TDS... and thus the source of that comment/assertion directed at the individual (and his comment) than a general assertion.
 
The phrase/concept [X]DS was coined by the late Charles Krauthammer...
 
"Bush Derangement Syndrome: the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency -- nay -- the very existence of George W. Bush." -- Charles Krauthammer -(2003)
 
TDS is very real (IMO).  It is an extension of BDS -- nay -- it is BDS on steroids.  And while you have a point that it is overused to dismiss criticism... that does not dismiss or disprove its existence.  Watching ten minutes of CNN or MSNBC should prove that point.  Reading just a few posts/comments on WB should prove that.
 
James >> And, I should add, I don't consider Barack Obama a boob. He doesn't strike me as an imbecile, to me he's a sellout.
 
I'm sorry, again I have not expressed myself well.  By "boob", I don't mean that Barack Obama is stupid.  He is a very intelligent man as far as book learning.  He is (what we call in the south) an "educated idiot".  Lots of "knowledge" with little or no common sense in its application.  Thus, the horrid results of his Presidency.  Jimmy Carter was equally a "boob" in this sense.
 
James >> As for the realness of the story. At first it wasn't clear as it began with the note "true story"...
 
Man... I'm doing a horrible job making things clear on this one...
 
What is True: I did indeed have a real and actual friend with a young son who did get the vocabulary word "disaster" and was invited to dress up as the word for Halloween (a few years ago).  The friend and I did discuss this (in casual conversation) and got a laugh out of my tongue in cheek suggestion that his son go as Barrack Hussein Obama.
 
From that real event/discussion... I wrote the humorous post you read.
 
At no point in time was it seriously considered that he do what was suggested in jest.  For the record, his son went to school in a tornado costume.
 
Self-deprecatingly in the post... I said (jokingly) that it is good thing I don't have kids that age since I might not have shown such constraint.  In fact, I would never make a political statement through a child.
 
But, imagining the scene and chaos of doing so... yep... I'd do that.  Write a joke/post about it?  Oh yeah... :)  Point out hypocrisy of things the left can do that the right can’t?  Maybe…
 
James >> See you around. I'll be sure to look for your articles.
 
You too... I'll do the same.