Disfluency: Noun 1. disfluency - lack of skillfulness in speaking or writing
Something's gone wrong. Something's gone off. Something's just not right with this most "not American" of all American presidents. You can sense it and now, if you pay attention, you can see it and hear it.
The always astute and detailed analyst of all the president's foibles neo-neocon has noticed "Suddenly, Obama's not so fluent any more."Obama now seems to go off-teleprompter more often—perhaps because he’s been critiqued so much for its use—and when reading from notes on a lectern he stops and starts, as well as using a tennis-match-like repetitive back and forth movement of his head.What’s more, Obama’s disfluencies have an odd cadence, coming at times that seem unnatural, as though he’s distracted and not even thinking about what he’s saying but rather merely reading it from a text he’s never seen before. Is he nervous? Lying? Nervous about lying? Nervous about being caught in lying? Aware that the gift he’s relied on his entire life is going or perhaps even gone, now that he needs it most?"Disfluencies" is the perfect term for this current state in which the silver-plate seems to be peeling off this silver-tongued devil.
Blessed with success that stems from a rep for speaking he never deserved (a rep of oration that swept up the nation when he was scripted and never once swerved), he's now in that mess where he's no longer blessed; where his actions speak louder than words.
In this clip, it is both his actions (Try watching it for a bit with the sound off and see the almost robotic metronomic beat of the head moving to engage the left, the podium, the right), and his odd pauses on the off-beat when he breaks his sentences. It is, once you see it and hear it, very off and very odd indeed. In fact, the effect is "off-putting" when watching someone who more and more seems to be, in terms of other Americans of all races, creeds, colors, and national origins, an "odd man out."
Judicial Watch has announced its prestigious Most Corrupt Politicians of 2009 Awards and, disappointingly for Howard Dean, Democrats only batted 90%. The top ten:(from directorblue.blogspot.com)1. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT)
2. Senator John Ensign (R-NV)
3. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)
4. Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner
5. Attorney General Eric Holder
6. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)/ Senator Roland Burris (D-IL)
7. President Barack Obama
8. House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
9. Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) and the rest of the PMA Seven
10. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)
The National Labor Relations Board may ultimately decide whether workers at Kitsap (WA) Mental Health Services still are represented by the Service Employees International Union.
While one employee said there is some division among staff over the current status of the SEIU, many said Tuesday they want no part of it. The union has represented KMHS employees since about 1991 under two locals, including the present one, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW.
SEIU leaders recently sent a letter to high-ranking legislators accusing KMHS of union-busting and misuse of state-appropriated funds. A day after that news was published in the Kitsap Sun, KMHS employees gave their perspectives on the story.
Some employees aren’t ruling out other union representation in the future.
Said clerk Jackie Fitzgerald, “I think we can do this ourselves.” Agreed Tina D’Astoli, an office coordinator, “We’re going with no union ... We can always bring in another union; we could even be our own guild. “It was anything but SEIU.”
Five employees at Fry's supermarkets in this area have filed unfair labor-practices complaints with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging that the chain and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union are continuing to deduct union dues even though they have left the union, according to reports.(from supermarketnews.com)
The employees said they resigned from the union during the negotiations that led to the signing of a new, three-year contract earlier this month. Neither the union nor Fry's, which is a division of Cincinnati-based Kroger Co., could be reached for comment yesterday.