History is said to be written by the victors (read: 1. America always wins – even when we lose – because we said so, and 2. we don’t have time to read up on “world history” because we are the world, and we don’t care about his story because our story is the only one that matters). That said, Texas has decided to chop-and-screw said history because, well, they felt like it. The Texas State Board of Education (other than the state sanctioned “disciplinary tool” – a large piece of plywood with an “edjewkashun” inscription) voted 10-5 to
“inject conservative ideals into social studies, history and economics lessons that will be taught to millions of students for the next decade,” requiring teachers “to cover the Judeo-Christian influences of the nation’s Founding Fathers, but not highlight the philosophical rationale for the separation of church and state. Curriculum standards also will describe the U.S. government as a ‘constitutional republic,’ rather than ‘democratic.'”
So here’s ten things I didn’t know about US History until Texas told me so (read: 10 things that will replace Pluto’s existence in your kids’ curriculum/ 10 more things other than Twitter, Justin Bieber, and Texts from Last Night that you won’t be able to talk about with your kids at the dinner table)
From the YouTube archives — an oldie but goodie:
When John McCain needed a shot of youth to revitalize his campaign there was only one obvious choice: Betty White.
While she may have been McCain’s scribe, Betty White’s signature character, Rose Nyland, served an even more pivotal role as Sarah Palin’s mentor:
Pop culture and politics continue to make for an intriguing set of bedfellows.
I was watching Living Single and Max “The Maverick” Shaw made 1996 sound an awful lot like Fall 2008.
Whether from Brooklyn, Arizona, or Alaska, a maverick is a maverick is a maverick; and they all speak the same language.
Tax Day Protests … Riots for people who can afford to not loot stores
So who’s behind the Tax Day tea parties? Ordinary folks who are using the power of the Internet to organize. For a number of years, techno-geeks have been organizing “flash crowds.” This is part of a general phenomenon dubbed “Smart Mobs” by Howard Rheingold.
Because the only thing that strikes more fear in people’s hearts than words “Tea Party” is “Smart Mob.” Viva la Revolucion.
This influx of new energy and new talent is likely to inject new life into small-government politics around the nation. The mainstream Republican Party still seems limp and disorganized. This grassroots effort may revitalize it. Or the tea-party movement may lead to a new third party that may replace the GOP, just as the GOP replaced the fractured and hapless Whigs.
Watch out Dems … they’re organizing — and unifying. You know what happens when the GOP gets “revitalized”:
The “Smart Mobs” put their heads together and pick leaders that put Mensa to shame …
and give socialists the fear; they’ve already got Barack running for the Border — along with everyone else
Watch this space: I think Smart Mob is a code-word — a euphemistic strech of the imagination, perhaps; they’re Teabaggers
This weekend welcomed the Cherry Blossom Festival, DC’s cultural introduction to Spring — and the perfect way to wake from a late winter hibernation from the digital domain.
A brief greeting after my semi-extended stint away from the blogosphere. I took some time to rest and refuel my creative reserves — similar to a bear’s hibernation for the digital age, more tech and less time.
So, I’m back now: like Bipartisanship a la Britney …
Bush (W.) — a la Barack …
the sound of dot-com bubbles bursting …
and dot-com bubbles broadening …
Scientology — a la Palin‘s people …
and those beautiful cherry blossoms.
A week (end) in review — in case you missed it
Like N.E.R.D. said “It’s time for some action,” so while I’m out studying the world in 4 minutes just know I’ve got the wiings to stay fly. Schoolwork, work work, life work: only work if you work them
In between inspiration: synthetic …
and organic …
I work hard now so I won’t have to settle for situations involving Sarah later.
Though it’s still not too late for her to employ my no-fail two-step plan: magazines and manners, remember them — keep those in mind and it should be easy sailin’ for Palin. As for where that tugboat is going exactly, I’m sure I don’t know; but there’s bound to be a loyal fleet of good ol’ boats following.
Watch this space: Will discuss after I TiVo it …
photo credit: munzz
Oh. Right. The whole “my-mom-ran-for-vice-president-and-lost-and-all-i-got-was-this-baby-and-pending-child-support” thing …
When life gives you lemons Bristol … ask, “In what respect, Charlie?” … then pass the baby to your little sister for grooming, and pre-game for the heli-hunt. By the looks of the new and improved lil’ Miss Palin — talking Pro-Choice, using logic, ending up on Keith Olbermann and not as the embodiment of evil — it might be your last hunt.
Two thumbs fresh for Bristol. Her mom may not know politics, and I ain’t sayin’ she a gold digger, but Bristol knows Deepthroat: “Follow the money.”
Levi Johnston: Levi’s jeans and Johnson & Johnson?! oh … he’s broke. Figures, after all, Johnson & Johnson is “a family company,” while Levi is on “Federline company” kind of time — that, and Johnson doesn’t have a t.
Well, either way, I don’t know what 20% of zero is but after carrying ones and working out remainders Bristol is bound to be … on the receiving end of the stimulus package — doesn’t seem so silly now, does it?
Watch this space: Bristol might be the one to pull through … who knows she might even be able to name a magazine she reads
Politics could learn a thing or two from Pop — like how to capitalize on a Katie Couric interview, and turn it into the pilot for “He Could Very Well Be Just That Into You.”
Lil’ Wayne says as a rapper he is like a journalist telling the news; obviously Wayne fared better than Palin with Katie because he too is a member of the “liberal elite media.”
If all else fails: manners matter. Palin might have gotten a bit more leeway if she just softened up a bit to “Miss Katie.”