Friday, August 26, 2011

Rocky The Cat Meme

I might miss this little fucker more than his mommy and daddy in DC.

H/t The Indelible Urge

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Hipster Bird

Hipster Bird[via]

Just a taste of what I believe is a real scientifically proven black hole of funny on the Interwebs.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wolf Don't Play

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Everything about this photo says BUSINESS BOSS. Blitzer ain't care no earfquake.

Via Roll Call.

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

A Visual Representation of the Downgrade

A lot was said during last night's GOP Ames straw poll/Newt Gingrich yelling from his front porch debate that should make any moderate American voter take pause before pulling the lever for anyone one of these clowns next November, but nothing was more revealing than what was not said, but rather shown. Behold, right here before your very eyes, so as to leave little to no question otherwise, the reason we got downgraded:

"Who on this stage would walk away...from a 10-to-1 [spending cuts to tax increases] deal."

This is the look of fiscal insanity. God help us.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Empowered, Appendix

Hahaha the last three seconds. On a related note, I have resolved for some time to finally watch "Good Will Hunting" and plan to act soon.

Via Gawker.

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Monday, August 1, 2011


Actor Matt Damon joined others in speaking to thousands of educators at the Save Our Schools march in Washington this past weekend. His remarks are below. I am not opposed to the idea of standardized tests--ensuring kids from all over the country share a certain level of standard knowledge is important--but linking kids' scores on these tests to funding for schools, a foolhardy policy ensconced into the federal education system by the previous administration and continued (albeit altered) by the current administration will not solve our education problems. This post is not an endorsement of SOS as I'm not familiar with their work, but this speech is poignant. Matt Damon is awesome.
I flew overnight from Vancouver to be with you today. I landed in New York a few hours ago and caught a flight down here because I needed to tell you all in person that I think you’re awesome. 
I was raised by a teacher. My mother is a professor of early childhood education. And from the time I went to kindergarten through my senior year in high school, I went to public schools. I wouldn’t trade that education and experience for anything. 
I had incredible teachers. As I look at my life today, the things I value most about myself — my imagination, my love of acting, my passion for writing, my love of learning, my curiosity — all come from how I was parented and taught. 
And none of these qualities that I’ve just mentioned — none of these qualities that I prize so deeply, that have brought me so much joy, that have brought me so much professional success — none of these qualities that make me who I am ... can be tested. 
I said before that I had incredible teachers. And that’s true. But it’s more than that. My teachers were EMPOWERED to teach me. Their time wasn’t taken up with a bunch of test prep — this silly drill and kill nonsense that any serious person knows doesn’t promote real learning. No, my teachers were free to approach me and every other kid in that classroom like an individual puzzle. They took so much care in figuring out who we were and how to best make the lessons resonate with each of us. They were empowered to unlock our potential. They were allowed to be teachers. 
Now don’t get me wrong. I did have a brush with standardized tests at one point. I remember because my mom went to the principal’s office and said, ‘My kid ain’t taking that. It’s stupid, it won’t tell you anything and it’ll just make him nervous.’ That was in the ’70s when you could talk like that. 
I shudder to think that these tests are being used today to control where funding goes.
I don’t know where I would be today if my teachers’ job security was based on how I performed on some standardized test. If their very survival as teachers was based on whether I actually fell in love with the process of learning but rather if I could fill in the right bubble on a test. If they had to spend most of their time desperately drilling us and less time encouraging creativity and original ideas; less time knowing who we were, seeing our strengths and helping us realize our talents. 
I honestly don’t know where I’d be today if that was the type of education I had. I sure as hell wouldn’t be here. I do know that. 
This has been a horrible decade for teachers. I can’t imagine how demoralized you must feel. But I came here today to deliver an important message to you: As I get older, I appreciate more and more the teachers that I had growing up. And I’m not alone. There are millions of people just like me. 
So the next time you’re feeling down, or exhausted, or unappreciated, or at the end of your rope; the next time you turn on the TV and see yourself called “overpaid;” the next time you encounter some simple-minded, punitive policy that’s been driven into your life by some corporate reformer who has literally never taught anyone anything. ... Please know that there are millions of us behind you. You have an army of regular people standing right behind you, and our appreciation for what you do is so deeply felt. We love you, we thank you and we will always have your back.

h/t The Washington Post.

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