Oh the stupid, it just hurts. The ‘timing is suspicious’ they say. Perhaps it might have been better if NBC did their one hour benefit concert before the storm and not so close to the election.
After all, they could have included Meatloaf (formerly a favorite of mine). Listen to what a has-been who’s lost the voice sounds like (he jumps in at 1:00) and check out the confused Mitt Romney who has certainly never heard Paradise by the Dashboard Light.
Posted in 2012 Elections, Cable News, Media, Politics, Right wing talk machine, TV
Tagged Fox & Friends, FOX News, idiot sighting, Meatloaf, Media, NBC benefit, Politics, Romney, Sandy, Steve Doocey
Last month, the Texas leg banned ‘critical thinking’ from the public school curriculum. Now, via Andrew Sullivan, there’s this – weep and be ashamed.
Apparently wanting to steer clear of fancy highbrow academic stuff like research or informed assessments, North Carolina has banned using recent science to guide policy making. House Bill 819, which passed today after the governor let the deadline to stop it slip, restricts all sea-level predictions used for policy-making to be based on “historical data,” effectively sending science back to 1900. The law will prevent policy-makers from using a recent study by the state’s Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) which predicted the sea level will rise by 39 inches in the next century. Developers were upset about the prediction that might cause reluctance to invest in the area.[Source]
Posted in education, environment, Government, Plutocrats, Politics, Right wing talk machine, Science
Tagged climate science, Coastal Resources Commission, education, idiot sighting, North Carolina, science
In Aurora, Colorado, D’Avonte Meadows, 6-year-old boy at Sable Elementary School was suspended for sexual harassment and disrupting other students. How can a six-year-old boy sexually harass someone? He told a girl “I’m sexy and I know it,” a line from a popular song.
If you can stand it, more here.
(Perhaps I’ll be too harsh here – today’s parents may think so . . .)
Among my many weaknesses is a tendency to read the awful sob sister columns in the newspaper. I like to think it signals an eclectic nature. I am perfectly happy in a single day to go from that sob sister stuff in my morning paper to a few hours at the movies loving the latest action hero movie to a few hours with a dense history of the American Revolutionary period. I like the silly and the serious.
So, on to the idiot sighting: in one of today’s ‘advice’ columns, a mother writes in to say she’s in ‘absolute shock’ and has lost a lifelong friendship after her babysitter (17-year-old daughter of the now-former friend) took her 9 and 11-year-old children IN A CAR to the ice cream parlor . This was – qeulle horror! – unscheduled and unapproved.
Absolute shock? Please.
“My daughter and I went through the McDonald’s take-out. I gave the clerk a $5.00 bill and since our bill was $4.25, I also handed her a quarter. She said ‘you gave me too much money’. I said ‘yes, but now you can just give me a dollar bill back’. She signed and went to her manager who asked me to repeat the request. I did so and he handed me back the quarter and said “we’re sorry but we don’t do that sort of thing’. The clerk then proceeded to give me back $1 and 75 cents in change. “
(from one of those normally irritating mass emails, a few of which I occasionally open.)
Where does the stupid stop? Do we have to do what Denmark does and pay our public servants huge salaries so we can get smart people? Or maybe we can just chase some people out of town?
Portland lemonade stand runs into health inspectors, needs $120 license to operate
It’s 11:25pm and I just took a last look at memeorandum to see what’s up in the world. Especially to see what’s up in my country.
Republicans Circulate Draft of Financial Regulation Alternative (oh good – love that ‘starting over’ thing they do )
Mexican government warns citizens to use extreme caution if visiting Arizona (Yes, they do mean it as an insult)
New Oklahoma law: women must undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before having an abortion (why not just make it illegal to think?)
Install microchips in illegal immigrants, GOP candidate says (no comment)
Birthers prepare to march on Washington (well, that’ll help)
and the clincher:
“Enthusiastic” Voters Prefer GOP by 20 Points in 2010 Vote
Tylenol PM for me tonight.