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Obama to Reform Critics, “Grab a Mop!”

NN_27obama2Barack Obama has had crowds chanting “Grab a Mop” at more than one location.  In a speech in California, Obama states:

“What I reject is when some folks sit on the sidelines and root for failure,” he said at a fundraiser in San Francisco where he was joined by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

“I’m busy,” he told the crowd. “Nancy’s busy with her mop cleaning up somebody else’s mess. We don’t want somebody sitting back saying you’re not holding the mop the right way.

“Why don’t you grab a mop? Why don’t you help clean up?

“You’re not mopping fast enough,” the president said, imitating his critics’ comments.

“That’s a socialist mop.

“Grab a mop!” he demanded. “Let’s get to work.”

The theme has proven to be so popular, that Obama used it in a speech in New Jersey today.  I like it.  What do you guys think?  Can you think of better exhortations?

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Talking Mice? What Has Man Unleashed?

240px-Reepicheep_thumbResearchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (in Leipzeig, Germany – the German city that hosted the first psychology laboratory)  have inserted a human gene, FOXP2,  into mice.  This gene is thought to be one of the components that give humans the ability to speak.  The gene insertion has altered the way mice communicate – their utlrasonic whistles are lower in pitch now.

What are the implications?  What will this unleash?  As the novelist and screen writer Mark Leyner explains in this NY Times Op Ed piece,  “we’re talking about a rat that’ll be able to sit down, look you in the eye and talk about the Sotomayor nomination or the Lakers-Magic series.”

This tearing down of the inter-animal communication wall will have more implications than the changing of Disney movie themes.  My aggressively vegetarian daughter may win all of her arguments and I will have to start eating those things she prescribes.  Heaven forbid…

iggy donnelly

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