This new staffer is no doubt charged with finding ways to jam Obama administration propaganda into the nooks and crannies of as many games possible under the guise of “education”:
If you’re training for a new job someday soon with a video game controller in your hands, thank Constance Steinkuehler.
This summer, when your kids’ favorite science museum boasts a new augmented-reality environmental simulation? Same deal.
If in the next few years a video game teaches you anything — how to conserve energy, eat a balanced diet or solve quadratic equations — consider the invisible hand of one of the most unconventional White House hires in recent memory.
Steinkuehler studies video games. Since last September, she has been a senior policy analyst at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she’s shaping the Obama administration’s policies around games that improve health, education, civic engagement and the environment, among other areas.
So someday if you’re playing “Call of Duty” and Obama pops up to remind you to eat your peas, you can thank Constance Steinkuehler.
President Obama has been critical of parents who don’t set limits on children’s screen time, but he is also coming around to the benefits of well-designed games. In a speech last March at TechBoston Academy, a public middle- and high school, Obama told students he wanted to create “educational software that’s as compelling as the best video game.” He added, “I want you guys to be stuck on a video game that’s teaching you something other than just blowing something up.”
Using the video game industry to push a national agenda makes perfect sense to Ben Sawyer, founder of the group Games for Health. “It’s a strategic asset of the United States,” he says. “Why should we let it sit where it is?”
Screw “Let’s Move,” people — sit on your asses and get indoctrinated all day!
We’ve spent the past three-plus years witnessing the creation of this administration’s debut video game: Grand Theft Economy.
Good news for any of you guys who have been pulling for the Miss Universe pageant to feature more contestants who look like RuPaul and J-Nap:
With newly inclusive pageant rules, transgender women can now aspire to the Miss Universe crown. The Miss Universe Organization announced Tuesday that it will allow contestants who were not born as women to compete for the title, after 23-year-old Miss Canada Jenna Talackova pleaded with pageant officials to reconsider her initial disqualification.
Talackova had begun hormone treatments at 14 and underwent a sex reassignment surgery four years ago. She won the Miss Canada competition, but she was disqualified when pageant officials discovered her history. Talackova, who was represented by celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, appealed to Donald Trump, the owner of the Miss Universe Organization, and he wished her luck.
If Gloria Allred’s going to have a say in who participates in the Miss Universe contest, within five years the pageant contestants are going to look regulars at the Star Wars cantina.
A sad and swift addendum to an already horrible story:
Joe Paterno, the iconic former Penn State football coach whose legend was tarnished when he was fired in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, has died, his family confirmed Sunday. He was 85.
Doctors had said Saturday that Paterno’s condition had become ”serious” in recent days after he experienced complications from lung cancer.
The winningest major-college football coach of all time with 409 victories and two national titles, Paterno was diagnosed shortly after Penn State’s Board of Trustees ousted him Nov. 9 following the child sex-abuse charges against Sandusky, his former assistant.
Now that Bin Laden’s dead the DHS has really gotten distracted:
I’m more interested in knowing if somebody’s going to try and blow my ass up at the mall this weekend, but whatever.
DHS linked to the video below. Isn’t assuming that a frozen turkey dunked in hot oil will explode in a ball of fire profiling?
Idea for the DHS: Forget about how we’re cooking Thursday’s dinner… instead, line the border with thousands of pots of boiling oil, and when you sense somebody approaching to jump the border, dump a frozen turkey in each one. Oil fire fence! Oh come on, it’s at least as good as Herman Cain’s idea.
Doug Ross has a good catch-phrase for the DHS turkey safety program: “If you see something, baste something.”
Thanks, J-Nap, but if I want turkey frying safety tips, I’ll get them from William Shatner.
Mayor Bloomberg has muscled his way into officiating one of the first gay weddings in New York:
New York City Michael Bloomberg will officiate his chief policy adviser’s wedding on July 24, the first day gays can marry in the state.
The New York Times reports that this week, Bloomberg called John Feinblatt, who works for the mayor at City Hall, and invited him for coffee in the office kitchen. Bloomberg said he wasn’t sure if Feinblatt and is partner, Commissioner for Consumer Affairs Jonathan Mintz, planned to get married. But if they did, and if they needed somebody to marry them, the mayor would “really love to.”
“The mayor and John popped the question,” Mintz told the Times.
Yep, Bloomberg popped the big question: “There’s not going to be any trans fatty foods or smoking allowed at the reception is there?”
I think Bloomie’s just looking for an excuse to wear this outfit again:
Hopefully everybody had a nice Independence Day weekend! I still have all my fingers in spite of some fairly massive fireworks that we set off here at the compound, so I’ve got that goin’ for me.
Yesterday Rush Limbaugh was in Joplin, Missouri and gave a rousing speech to a huge crowd in the town devastated by tornadoes not long ago:
Below is a clip from the speech. Not political — just the kind of a testimony to the greatness of America that I’d normally say the left hates to hear, but I won’t say that because of the non-political nature of the occasion.
The video was shot from far back but the audio is good:
Years ago, I met Jack Kevorkian. It was “in passing,” but I did shake his hand and speak with him very briefly. He was cordial and so was I, but all I can remember thinking was how creepy it would be to sit in his rusty VW van… even creepier if he was hooking up IVs. “Death with dignity” isn’t what came to mind.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the central figure in the tumultuous national drama surrounding assisted suicide, died Friday in a Michigan hospital. He was 83 and lived in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Keep in mind that Kevorkian’s death was confirmed by lawyer and serial weasel Geoffrey Feiger, which means I will forever remain skeptical of the veracity of the claim.
By acting like he enjoyed it way too much, Kevorkian was his own worst enemy when it came to arguing in favor of “physician assisted suicide.” Look at him here a few years ago with his contraption — he’s beaming like a proud grandfather posing with his newborn grandson or something:
He leaves behind a van, some syringes and the most macabre paintings this side of Rob Zombie’s basement.
If you live long enough, you do indeed see everything:
Conservative Vice Lords? I’d hate to see the liberal Vice Lords:
At a news conference organized by self-identified gang members Thursday morning, several speakers complained that police and city officials do not respect them, and that the only way to curb violence is to provide jobs and improve their community.
The men who spoke out Thursday morning blamed poverty, drugs and a lack of jobs for the problems in the streets. They also said that Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis’ meeting with so-called gang leaders was a waste of time.
I thought electing Obama was going to put an end to crime and joblessness.
What’s the difference between the street gang press conference and a Pelosi/Reid press conference? The street gang members didn’t lie nearly as much.