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“We Don’t Need No Education”

“…we just need your rev-an-nuu…”

The NBC2 investigators have uncovered more controversy in the Collier County School District. Honors journalism students are not only getting graded on how they write, but half their grade is determined based on how many ads they sell for the yearbook.

Collier County School Board Member Linda Abbot says she was shocked to find out students at Naples High School are graded based in part on sales.

“I was very surprised,” said Abbot.


The controversy started when a school volunteer emailed her concerns to the school board.

“It’s not a good situation to me at all – I do not need to condone that,” said Abbott.

The syllabus says $600 will get you an A, $500 will get you a B, $400 gets a C, $300 gets a D and less than $300 worth of ads sold will earn a student an F on the assignment.

“It bothers me. I don’t think you should be able to buy a grade. We have to come up with a better way to encourage participation,” said Abbott.

Excuse me, but if “the syllabus says” your grades are going to based on the income you generate, don’t dare act like you didn’t know, Ms. Abbott. Someone wrote the damn thing down, then someone approved it for anyone on the planet to read.

If you’re on the board, one of those people was YOU.

Flotsam & Jetsam

I’m painting the spiffy new backyard studio today, so I haven’t the time to treat things on an ad hoc basis; here’s a couple things that caught my eye this morning:

First: Shennanigans!

The term “La Raza” has its origins in early 20th century Latin American literature and translates into English most closely as “the people,” or, according to some scholars, “the Hispanic people of the New World.” The term was coined by Mexican scholar José Vasconcelos to reflect the fact that the people of Latin America are a mixture of many of the world’s races, cultures, and religions. Some people have mistranslated “La Raza” to mean “The Race,” implying that it is a term meant to exclude others.

err… BULLSHIT. I may have failed third year Espanee-ol, but I totally aced Round One. You can twist “illegal alien” into “undocumented worker” to your heart’s content, but those two words: “La,” and “Raza,” have definitive meaning, unquestioned by any linguist. You can’t just be “The Decider” and rewrite your own damn dictionary to suit political positions.
(h/t: Digger’s Realm)

Next: Tucker Carlson = Pussy; Has Been Since Grade School
A day or so ago Little Master Bowtie announced on “Hardball,” while yabbering about alleged George Michael wannabe US Senator Larry “Stallboy” Craig, that he, his pure self, had been “bothered” in a public bathroom.
(from the transcript):

TUCKER: Let me—let me put it this way. Whether he‘s gay or not actually is not our business, and I do think it‘s indefensible that the newspaper in Idaho spent a year interviewing 300 people to answer the question, Is he gay? That‘s none of your business. Having sex in a public men‘s room is outrageous. It‘s also really common. I‘ve been bothered in men‘s rooms. I think…


SCARBOROUGH: … but have you been bothered in public restrooms, Dan?

Because I know I haven‘t.

TUCKER: I have. I got bothered in Georgetown (INAUDIBLE)

ABRAMS: Really?

TUCKER: … when I was in high school. Yes.

But wait, there’s more…

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That’s a Man, Baby!

It’s like the return of East Germany women’s Olympic team… except this one is homegrown….
Mitchieville: Wonder Woman Unveiled

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