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Thursday, February 25th, 2010
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  1. #1 |  celticdragonchick | 

    *Maryland teacher has 13-year-old escorted out of class by police for failing to say the Pledge.*

    Face…palm.

    Seriously, WTF???!!

  2. #2 |  Highway | 

    We have to get more stories like that about the NYPD out. That’s the exact kind of story that shows there’s not ‘a few bad apples’, but an atmosphere of intimidation and fear.

  3. #3 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    When pledging one’s allegiance to a fucking country is remembered only as a quaint relic of a distant, brain-dead time, we will all be much better off.

  4. #4 |  Dave Krueger | 

    So, I’m sitting here quietly surfing the web, knowing that it looks to the average passerby that I am working diligently at my computer, staring intently at the screen, totally absorbed in advancing my company’s mission and profitability, earning my paycheck, etc. Then I come across this…

    “In a study of 1,600 babies born between 1997 and 2001, the Danes had smaller testicles than the Finns.”

    …and the illusion is completely fucking shattered.

  5. #5 |  boomshanka | 

    #2 There’s plenty of stories out there, but no one is really inclined to do anything about it.

    A federal judge in Brooklyn recently found that “there is some evidence of an attitude among officers that is sufficiently widespread to constitute a custom or policy by the city approving illegal conduct” after exonerating two people falsely accused of dealing cocaine.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2009/11/30/2009-11-30_judge_rips_nypd_on_false_arrests.html#ixzz0gYxuFs4b

  6. #6 |  Nando | 

    How would Lauren Ashley feel if her father sold her into slavery, as sanctioned by Exodus 21:7. If she wants to take the word of the Bible literally, then she must take every word, not just a select few.

    I’ll start the bidding at $1

  7. #7 |  Comrade Dread | 

    Eat your heart out, Carrie Prejean.

    Someone’s angling for a show on Fox News.

    Also, 2,000 years worth of thoughtful Christian theologians who spent their lives pondering the mysteries of God, the law, grace, and the New Testament are face palming themselves right now.

  8. #8 |  akunohana | 

    It’s a source of parental pride when baby Buster needs the size “large” penis ring for his circumcision.

    Except that here in Scandinavia we haven’t bought into the circumcision scam as debunked by Penn and Teller in season one of bullshit.

  9. #9 |  tb | 

    Nando,

    $1.01

  10. #10 |  Cynical in CA | 

    “Maryland teacher has 13-year-old escorted out of class by police for failing to say the Pledge.”

    Less serious incident happened with my son too a couple of years back. His teacher wasn’t up on the constitutional law either, sent him to the principal. One short summary of the 1943 SCOTUS decision from me to the principal later, the whole kerfuffle was resolved to my satisfaction.

    The irony, of course, is that my kids still attend government indoctrination centers. Even if my family flees the system, the county will appropriate my income via property taxes to fund said system, and I’d still have to pay for my kids’ “educations.” Twice. So, heads they win, tails I lose.

    But hey, via another link this morning, I learned that libertarians are making great gains versus the State. I feel so much better. Victory is surely just around the corner!

  11. #11 |  Cynical in CA | 

    #3 | Boyd Durkin

    “When the last priest is strangled with the entrails of the last king …”

  12. #12 |  akunohana | 

    When using open source makes you an enemy of the state

  13. #13 |  J sub D | 

    Does Laure Ashley eat lobster? I ask because the bigots tossing out Leviticus as some sort of authority on what God approves of are either ignorant o sinful as can be.

    Leviticus 11:9-12 –

    9 These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.
    10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you:
    11 They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination.
    12 Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.

  14. #14 |  Cynical in CA | 

    #6 | Nando

    Great counter-religious website:

    http://whydoesgodhateamputees.com

  15. #15 |  J sub D | 

    But hey, via another link this morning, I learned that libertarians are making great gains versus the State. I feel so much better. Victory is surely just around the corner!

    Controlled nuclear fusion is only ten years away!

  16. #16 |  Aresen | 

    Re: The Maryland Teacher

    “…and to the republic for which it stands, …with liberty and justice for all.”

    I realize teaching standards are low, but is that really so hard to understand?

  17. #17 |  Aresen | 

    From the NYPD officer story:

    ..the nine-year police veteran and union rep is being offered protection akin to that extended to defectors from criminal syndicates.

    I think that sums it up nicely.

  18. #18 |  Scooby | 

    “Accordingly, the nine-year police veteran and union rep is being offered protection akin to that extended to defectors from criminal syndicates.”

    There’s no “akin to” about it. He is a defector from a criminal syndicate.

  19. #19 |  Mattocracy | 

    I needed something good to read this morning, so I only read the link from RealClearPolitics.

    Also, +1 to akunohana. Circumcision is a human rights violation. It’s truely barbaric thing that we do in North America.

  20. #20 |  Cynical in CA | 

    #16 | Aresen — “I realize teaching standards are low, but is that really so hard to understand?”

    Sometimes only Mencken will do:

    “School teachers, taking them by and large, are probably the most ignorant and stupid class of men in the whole group of mental workers”

    or

    “That erroneous assumption is to the effect that the aim of public education is to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence, and so make them fit to discharge the duties of citizenship in an enlightened and independent manner. Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all, it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else.”

    or

    “The essential difficulty of pedagogy lies in the impossibility of inducing a sufficiency of superior men and women to become pedagogues. Children, and especially boys, have sharp eyes for the weaknesses of the adults set over them. It is impossible to make boys take seriously the teaching of men they hold in contempt.”

    or

    “The average American college fails…to achieve its ostensible ends. One failure…of the colleges lies in their apparent incompetence to select and train a sufficient body of intelligent teachers. Their choice is commonly limited to second-raters, for a man who really knows a subject is seldom content to spend his lifetime teaching it: he wants to function in a more active and satisfying way, as all other living organisms want to function. There are, of course, occasional exceptions to this rule, but they are very rare, and none of them are to be found in the average college. The pedagogues there incarcerated are all inferior men—men who really know very little about the things they pretend to teach, and are too stupid or too indolent to acquire more. Being taught by them is roughly like being dosed in illness by third-year medical students.”

    or

    “The truth is that the average schoolmaster, on all the lower levels, is and always must be…next door to an idiot, for how can one imagine an intelligent man engaging in so puerile an avocation?”

    That about sums it up. Why any of us is surprised is beyond me.

  21. #21 |  Kristen | 

    Thank kee-riste I don’t have kids, because I can’t afford private school and I wouldn’t have the time to homeschool. Sending kids into the brainwashing cult that is the American public school system is a risk I wouldn’t want to take. How many hours would I have to spend every day de-programming them??

  22. #22 |  Marty | 

    there’s no way an idiot like lauren ashley makes it through her 20s without filming a kickass lesbian scene. of course I’ll buy it and relish the irony.

  23. #23 |  Cynical in CA | 

    Curious as to whom is neg-karming the anti-establishment comments regarding the state of education? Care for a debate, or are you just lazy?

  24. #24 |  Mario | 

    I just want to point out how ironic the “few bad apples” explanation is when used to ameliorate accusations of police corruption.

    “A few bad apples spoil the bushel.” That, I believe, is the saying in full. Spoiling fruit gives off chemicals that will hasten the rate of spoilage for nearby fruit. The point of the saying is not that the “bad apples” spoil the bushel’s reputation; the point is that allowing a few bad apples in a bushel will cause all of the apples in the bushel to go bad.

    That’s what we have here when we’re talking about police corruption. Bad cops point to the Blue Code of Silence and other, endemic corruptions in police departments.

    And, regarding the NYPD in particular, there seem to be quite a few, no?

  25. #25 |  ShelbyC | 

    To be clear, the article doesn’t say she was sent out for refusing to say the pledge, it says she was sent out for refusing to stand for the pledge, which raises different issues. I don’t know if they can require you to stand for the pledge or not. Still an overreaction, though.

  26. #26 |  Michael | 

    Maryland law explicitly allows any student or teacher to be excused from participating in the pledge, according to the ACLU.

    I didn’t see anything in there about being excused with a police escort. If I was the teacher, I’d though a hissy fit and threaten to go to the union or NEA about having to in work in a middle school where the students pose such a danger that police are assigned to the school.

    I’d hold off on the biding for Lauren Ashley until after her sex tape comes out.

    How can congressional offices violate OSHA standards? Congress always exempt themselves from standards.

  27. #27 |  Saint Zero | 

    http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2010/02/25/toyota-defense-free-convicted-killer/

    It’s fun to say I’d already read about this one here.

  28. #28 |  mlktoast | 

    #23 | Cynical in CA
    “Curious as to whom is neg-karming the anti-establishment comments regarding the state of education? Care for a debate, or are you just lazy?”

    It is “who,” not “whom.”

    Using incorrect grammar to challenge someone to a debate about the state of education?

    FAIL.

  29. #29 |  Michael | 

    @mlktoast.

    In California, the m is silent.

  30. #30 |  Aresen | 

    Michael | February 25th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    I’d hold off on the biding for Lauren Ashley until after her sex tape comes out.

    At $1.01 it is already 99¢ over my stop-bid.

  31. #31 |  Aresen | 

    mlktoast | February 25th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    #23 | Cynical in CA
    “Curious as to whom is neg-karming the anti-establishment comments regarding the state of education? Care for a debate, or are you just lazy?”

    It is “who,” not “whom.”

    Using incorrect grammar to challenge someone to a debate about the state of education?

    FAIL.

    Fussing about grammar in a blog thread instead of actually debating?

    Double TRIPLE FAIL.

  32. #32 |  Edmund Dantes | 

    Ouch. http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2010/1003.bobelian.html DNA’s Dirty Little Secret. I had never seen this before. Interesting information.

  33. #33 |  Bernard | 

    As an addition to the testicle discussion, this isn’t the only telling piece of research to be done on this broad theme:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/6161691.stm

  34. #34 |  Ryland | 

    I’ll bid $5 as long as she keeps the ball gag in.

  35. #35 |  Cynical in CA | 

    #28 | mlktoast — “#23 | Cynical in CA “Curious as to whom is neg-karming the anti-establishment comments regarding the state of education? Care for a debate, or are you just lazy?”

    “It is “who,” not “whom.” Using incorrect grammar to challenge someone to a debate about the state of education? FAIL.”

    Thanks for satisfying my curiosity, douchebag.

    Did I spell “douchebag” correctly?

  36. #36 |  jim | 

    Ugh, does Mark Cuban realize that Comcast already implements bandwidth caps of 250 GB per month?

  37. #37 |  Frank | 

    Apologize? Yes, she should. Then she should sit out the rest of the semester without pay and be forced to recertify as a teacher.

  38. #38 |  Dozer | 

    @ Cynical in CA:

    Yes, you spelled it correctly.

    And since you seem to need one today… *big hug*

  39. #39 |  Dr. T | 

    “In a study of 1,600 babies born between 1997 and 2001, the Danes had smaller testicles than the Finns.”

    Well, perhaps more of the Danish babies were female.

    I wish journalists would right better leads.

  40. #40 |  Les | 

    Using incorrect grammar to challenge someone to a debate about the state of education?

    FAIL.

    Criticizing someone’s grammar by composing a sentence entirely of a verb as if it were a noun or an adjective?

    HILARIOUS.

  41. #41 |  Chris in AL | 

    Anybody who actually uses the ‘FAIL’ meme is a douche bag. Correction: Epic Douche Bag.

  42. #42 |  perlhaqr | 

    “In a study of 1,600 babies born between 1997 and 2001, the Danes had smaller testicles than the Finns.”

    Of course they did. Haaka Paalle!

  43. #43 |  Nick | 

    How about Ramon Perez who refused an order from a superior to tase an old man and was kicked off the force because his moral beliefs were an “impairment” to his functioning as a police officer? Will Grigg wrote about it.

  44. #44 |  Nick | 

    Edmund @ #32. Have you seen this?

  45. #45 |  Nancy Lebovitz | 

    http://lyansroar.blogspot.com/2010/02/guilty-of-drinking-while-not-white-and.html

    Apparently, it’s possible to be arbitrarily arrested in Texas for being drunk in a bar– no evidence needed.

  46. #46 |  Mo | 

    Wow, there is so much wrong/misleading with Cuban’s “spanking” it’s not even funny. For example, he says:

    What you don’t understand is that the vast majority of shows online are library shows that weren’t generating much, if any revenue for their producers, so any advertising revenue they could get by placing the shows online was found money. Established shows that are currently on air are either not online or are delayed.

    The reason why library shows are the vast majority of shows online is because library shows are the vast majority of shows, period. Almost every new ABC, NBC and Fox show is online. Not to mention most new cable shows. The reason Franken is picking on Comcast is that Comcast has asked online providers to take down shows. For example, Hulu used to have all episodes, past seasons and current, of It’s Alwasy Sunny in Philadephia. Comcast threw a shit fit to Fox because they were afraid people would cancel their cable service, so now Hulu only has the last 5 episodes.

    Franken is a pompus idiot, but it doesn’t make Cuban right. FFS, every TV station is already duplicating their delivery network. Why would a movie company duplicate efforts with DVDs, cable TV and online delivery?

    And what’s with the non-sequitur on the format of the video or download type? We get, it you founded Broadcast.com, you’re smart.

  47. #47 |  hamburglar007 | 

    I hate this stupid snow, so I wrote an uncouth haiku.

    Motherfucking snow
    I hate it so very much
    When will it all melt

  48. #48 |  Aresen | 

    Hamburglar007

    May I suggest:

    A six-fold crystal
    A warm star’s light
    The fucker melts.

  49. #49 |  Howlin' Hobbit | 

    Re: “Quiet Libertarian Victories”

    All the shrieking lefties I know are leftily shrieking about taking the caps off of corporate spending on politics. But the article states:

    “It was the eve of the Citizens United decision, which would effectively scrap most restrictions on independent campaign spending by individuals, groups, and corporations.”

    (Italics, if they work, are mine)

    I don’t know enough about this decision. Does someone have a link with a good overview that a slow Joe like me could understand?

    On another subject, the concept of “school police officers” just makes my stomach hurt.

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