Back in 3 weeks

27 06 2009

I’m gone for the next 3 weeks and, to no one’s surprise, I never got around to writing up the posts I was going to have go up while I was gone =\ Sorry! See you in 3! =)


Party of Family Values has affairs, more at 11

24 06 2009

Sanford, the SC governor who vanished for a week, was off carrying on an affair. I’m shocked! A member of the party of family values, having an affair?!?! HOW CAN THIS BE HAPPENING?!

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Really though, is anyone actually surprised by this? The Republicans’ officials are at least as bad as the Democrats.

In other news, the party of Honesty and Integrity hired a company to commit large scale fraud to prevent people from voting in the Democratic primaries. Once again, is anyone actually surprised?

Peter Morrison

23 06 2009

“The flip side of Obama’s ’empathy’ is apparent hatred and contempt for white people, traditional families, small business owners, evangelical Christians, conservatives, and everyone else that liberals call the ‘racist, heterosexist, nativist, Christianist, capitalist, homophobic power structure’ in America. In other words, what most of us call normal people. These radical leftists regard folks like you and me and our children as the enemy, and it’s their mission in life to put us in our supposed place, which to them means at the back of the bus. They’re in charge now, and they fully intend to use their power to remake America in their image. If the Senate approves Sotomayor for the Supreme Court, Obama will know that he has carte blanche to escalate his all out war on traditional Americans. ” – Peter Morrison, part of the committee writing the Texas Social Studies curiculum.

Don’t you love it when the insane Right admit that they’re scum? =P

(via Ed once again)

Music 4

14 06 2009

Sorry about the lack of posts recently. Tons of projects and tests for school last week, and finals are this week, and for once I need to study because I’m right on the edge of grades in a few classes.

Anyway, on to the music!

To begin, the song that a Scientific Facebook Quiz(tm) has informed me is my theme song.

Second, an awesome bit of live Pat Metheny and, incidentally, also a song our top band played last year. Sadly the quality of the sound on this video isn’t amazing, but the song is still awesome.

And lastly, One, because it’s an awesome song ^^

Hi there H1N1

8 06 2009

Two confirmed cases of H1N1 swine flu in my school district. If this pushes school back a week because we have to close, I’m going to be pissed off.

Why Jay Matthews is Wrong

7 06 2009

I’m repeating myself, but so’s he, so I’m unashamed.

It is that time of year again for the Newseek list of the 1500 most over the top overzealous unaware moronic high acheiving high schools as measured by how many dollars their students send to Monopol…er, College Board for AP tests. That’s right, AP test = rigor. Getting crap scores? Who cares, you’re taking a college test!!!

Jay Matthews has once again asserted that college classes for high schoolers make everything better. This can mean one of 2 things. Either our standards have fallen so low that grade level material for high schoolers isn’t taught until college (I don’t think it’s THAT bad yet), or Jay Matthews is wrong.

You see, not everyone is significantly above average in some area. In fact, most people are well within the middle 60% or so across the board. They are not sufficiently outside of the normal range to need college level material, or even to be sufficiently prepared for it. That would be because they are not in college.

Throwing students into material they are not prepared for does no one any good except those who benefit from the Newsweek rankings that are based almost solely on APs taken. That is, the people responsible for such indexes (Jay might have a slight conflict of interest here…) and the administrators of schools vying for a high position on said index. Who cares if the students aren’t ready? Many school administrators do not look first to students’ needs anyway, so it is not difficult to imagine that they push students into things that are bad for the students but good for the school’s prestige (which helps them personally, and also artificially inflates property value because “Look how great our schools are!!!”).

It’s all crap. APs are not a magical cure for schools’ ills, nor are they even able to bring significant improvement when so abused. They have a purpose. Jay Matthews’ position is contrary to that purpose.