The Advocate reports that Louisiana, the state where just 79% of students graduate from high school and the one which the National Center for Education Studies ranked as the second-worst in the country for public education, has decided to be proactive in changing its image as an illiterate, backwards place and recently voted for the state to have an official state book.
Yesterday, tax day, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) posted an article titled “Tea Party, Taxes and Why the Original Patriots Would’ve Revolted Against the Surveillance State,” and it wouldn’t surprise me if the authors were wearing tri-corner hats with hand-written “Rand Paul 4 Prez” placards stacked up on their desks while they hammered out the post.
What the hell is Taibbi smoking? In an interview with Democracy Now!, the newly minted First Look Media editor and former Rolling Stone polemicist was asked a preposterous question, and naturally responded with a preposterous answer. The question: “Who was tougher on corporate America, President Obama or President Bush?”
As soon as Cliven Bundy squared off against the big, bad Bureau of Land Management — instantly becoming a folk hero to idiots who romanticize the notion of armed insurrection against the federal government, seeing it, ironically, as an act of patriotism — you knew it was only a matter of time before either Fox News or RT consulted the legislative Patient Zero of this whole movement. And so it is that Ron Paul’s recent appearance on Neil Cavuto has begun making the rounds, with Paul issuing dire warnings of another showdown between Bundy and the feds that’s surely on the horizon.
The issue of voting rights is beginning to gain some suction with the mainstream media, a trend that should be encouraged. One idea that should not be encouraged is former President Bill Clinton’s suggestion that Social Security cards should have a photo option, in order to defang voter I.D. laws that address a nonexistent problem, and which have disproportionate impact on minorities. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked about the concept at Friday’s daily briefing, and his answer demonstrates why Clinton’s idea isn’t just wrong, it is dangerous.
Along comes J.D. Winteregg, the tea party challenger running in a primary against Speaker John Boehner. In the ad, Winteregg parodies a Cialis commercial and claims that Boehner suffers from “electile dysfunction,” and Winteregg is the cure. Oh, by the way, yes, there’s a boner/Boehner joke in there, too. Get it?
The Bundy Ranch Fiasco: Another Chapter in the Continuing Story of Unhinged, Anti-Government Outrage
There are so many layers of ridiculousness in the Bundy Ranch story, it’s difficult to know where to begin. Above all else, it ended up being a fantastic opportunity for a pack of ignorant states’ rights cowboys to get intimate with their rebellion and secessionist fetishes, while figuratively pointing a rifle at the president’s head.
Citing things like a National Geographic 2006 Geographic Literacy Survey of Americans which reported that only 50% could identify New York on an unlabeled map, only 67% could find Louisiana, and only 43% could locate Ohio as inspiration, the website Morvolo commissioned a team of researches and journalists to do a study on just how poor American’s sense of their own national geography is…