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Obama’s Education Speech and Ignorant Educators

Posted on September 13, 2009 by under Leadership, News, School, Videos.    

Lately I have been hearing a lot about this Obama video to the students of America. Today my wife pulled it up and we watched it. First let me tell you that I have no allegiance to one party or the other. To be honest, I have never voted. I am 35 years old and I have not ever voted. I have my reasons and at this point in my life I choose to just observe and report. In my opinion this gives me a unique perspective on politics, I am not swayed to one side or the other. I kind of consider myself to be Switzerland when it comes to the politics of the United States.

What I keep hearing about this video is that schools across America would not allow their students to watch it. As a matter of fact, I have read a few articles that claim that some schools advised their students to not watch it at all, not even on their own time. I don’t understand this. I watched it and it sounds to me like Obama just told the children of America to get off there lazy fat asses and learn something. It sounded to me like he told the students of America that if they don’t make something of themselves then they have no one to blame but themselves. It sounded to me like he put the burden of self-improvement solely on the students of America. Personally, I have no problem with this. I have been preaching this to people for years. I look around at the youth off America and I fear for the future. Now let me tell you, I am no supporter of Obama. I don’t agree with many things that he has planned for the future. I applaud him for wanting to change many things that are broke in the country. He is one of the first to try to correct some of the problems instead of just talking about it. However, I think he is going about it all the wrong way, but that’s a conversation for another blog.

Back to the subject, this video. I listened to the video waiting for this “Call to the Hitler Youth” tone that I had been hearing everyone talk about, it never came. When the video was done I just looked to my wife and said “It’s about dammed time.” To sum it up, he basically went on TV and told the children that they need to get off their asses, get out from in front of the XBOX, PlayStation and Television and learn something. Make something of themselves by bettering their education. He even provided examples of other people their age (some older)how that have overcome adversity and have made something of themselves by applying effort and hard work to learning. He even pointed out that it is not easy, they will have to work at it and at times they may not like it. But the reward will outweigh the struggle. I only wish I had listened to my parents when they told me this years ago. I never liked school, all I wanted to do was draw and watch TV and movies. I was one of those students who said “I’ll never use this stuff in the real world” and never spent the time or effort to learn beyond what the teachers gave us. Hell, I barely learned what the teachers gave us. Now I struggle in life, I have had to learn everything that I need to get along in the real world on my own. Math, English, Grammar all of these things that I slacked off on in school I am finding that I need in order to do things in life. If I had listened to my parents, or had someone speak to the students of America like Obama did then maybe I would have turned out differently.

However, I had a choice. I was given this kind of speech from my folks and I CHOSE to ignore it. Most of the students of America had this choice removed. They were not given the opportunity to make up their own minds, they were not given the opportunity to think for themselves. A person within each of these schools decided that he or she did not want the students to think for themselves. These educators wanted them to continue to trudge along in life and not be something other than what they currently are. What if a student who is currently being pressured by gangs watched this video and decided that he had another option, then went on to create the cure for cancer. That option has been removed from his life now. He may now join that gang and not live past 25. What if another student is struggling with family hardships that are causing her to loose interest in school? Maybe this would have given her the strength to pull her head up and move past this and become the next President of the United States, maybe the first female President. That option is now taken from her because of someone else’s selfish actions.

Personally, I don’t see a problem with this video. I actually applaud it. I do now blame the teachers, principals and parents who kept their children from watching this video. The future that is going to be for your children is your making and I feel that by preventing them from watching this video you just darkened their future. Again, I am in no political organization. I lean towards no political party. I just feel that this was a powerful message that should have been heard and it’s an injustice to the children of this nation that the opportunity was taken from them.

Thank God for YouTube.


Read the transcript here.

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Five Years of Eating at Carrabba’s

Posted on October 22, 2008 by under Life, School.    


Here are pictures of Brian and I at Carrabba’s from October 2003.

We eat there way, way, way too much. =P

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Bowling Finals on TV

Posted on May 29, 2008 by under News, School.    

I read this in the latest Wichita State newsletter. How exciting!

Shocker fans have seen the pictures and read the stories, but soon they can watch the National Championship Finals on CBS College Sports. The recorded-for-TV finals of the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships will air at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, starting with the women’s championship match between WSU and Pikeville College. The telecast of the men’s championship match featuring WSU will air at 7 p.m. Friday, June 6. Both telecasts will air on CBS College Sports, which can be found on Cox Cable on channel 260. Satellite subscribers can view the championships on channel 610 for DIRECTV and channel 152 on Dish Network.

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Commencement Videos

Posted on May 20, 2008 by under School.    

The commencement videos from Wichita State University’s 2008 spring commencement are now available online. Check them out:

Commencement was probably boring for all the spectators but I had a blast. It felt good to be finished with school finally. I look forward to going back in a few years but, right now, I’m just glad it is all over.

Here are some stills from graduation. Enjoy!

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Ching with Ann Konecny

Posted on May 19, 2008 by under Flickr, Life, School.    

Ching and Ann Konecny

I had a chance encounter with Ann Konecny at Stooges on Saturday night. Konecny was this year’s keynote speaker during the spring commencement ceremony of the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University.

Ann Konecny is president and chairman of Foley Equipment Company, president of Foley Rental, and president of Foley Rebuild Center. She serves on the board of the Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas and the board of the Cooperative Association of Tractor Dealers, as well as other industry groups. She is a member of the the Wichita State University Foundation’s Advisory Council, the WSU Barton School of Business Advisory Board, and Wichita Downtown Rotary. Amazing, right?

Being the nerd that I am, I took advantage of the photo op. Movie stars don’t really do anything for me. Successful business people are the ones who really impress me.

Had Brian and I left with everyone else — Mike was getting bored so Darcy, Mike, Joni, Travis, Lori, and Wade all left Stooges to continue the party elsewhere — we would have missed the chance encounter. Brian and I were going to go home after everyone left, but we decided to stick around for another set so we could dance.

When Konecny walked in to meet her friends, Brian and I instantly recognized her. Brian urged me to say hello and introduce myself, so I did. She was nice enough to agree to getting a photo with me. I thought that was really neat. I mean… How many people can honestly say they got a photo with their graduation ceremony’s keynote speaker at a bar on the same day as commencement? Not many, right?

Anyway, Stooges was doing a fundraiser for a veterans’ association that night and so they were raffling off free hotel stay in Vegas. Brian and I regretted having forgotten to ask for the others’ tickets before they left. That would have been six extra chances. Then, we thought that we’re not lucky enough to win anyway so six extra tickets probably wouldn’t have made the difference.

Ann Konecny arrived just in time for the drawing. Sure enough they drew her ticket. What are the odds? She is super nice, though. Not only did she give Brian one of the cigars she brought with her, she gave us the free three-day and two-night hotel package.

Stooges was the perfect end to the perfect day. Receiving the prize from Konecny was way better than winning the raffle outright… And I got a photo with her to boot! I am so glad that I introduced myself!

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