29 April 2005

leaving children behind

thought from W's news conference:

When discussing "No Child Left Behind" (a fundamentally flawed program that creates more problems than it solves, but one that W's very proud of and is constantly citing as an example of how wonderful his administration is) being sued by the National Teacher's Association for being underfunded, etc, W went on to extol it's virtues and the reporter said, "no, i was wondering about your thoughts on the lawsuit." W's reply: "I don't know anything about it. I'm not a lawyer."

you're not a lawyer? you've got one initiative you're truly proud of, it's being sued by the only union involved, and you don't know anything about it? How dumb does he think we are? i'm watching this w/ my roommate josh and he just starts laughing. he says, "i'm not a lawyer, but when i got sued i knew every detail."

28 April 2005

college, the pope, and being ashamed when the two meet

Reason number 504 to be ashamed of where you went to school:

from "The Cabinet", Geneva's student newspaper,

"I was saddened by our school's decision to lower the flag to half-mast in honor of the pope. I do not say this because I think that we should be happy that John Paul II died, but I say this because I don't think that Geneva should honor a man who was a heretic." -- Aaron Turner

without getting into the whole heretic issue (which is fucking retarded), let's just say that lowering the flag to half-mast is a sign of respect for someone who's died, especially if he's the leader of one of the largest religions in the world (and the most-represented denomination in your school). i didn't have a problem with the flags being lowered for Regan, even though he was a bastard who fucked over minorities left and right and who's greatest contribution to the country may be that he didn't end up in "cassablanca", but i still think we should lower the flags for him. why? out of respect for a very influential President. you absolutely lower the flag for a pope's death. and i don't know if there's a current "leader" of the nation of islam, but you lower the flags for his death as well.

and people wonder why i don't brag about where i went to college.