Day of the weird

Colbert Disses Texas A&M:

…I sit down with Michael Farris, Chancellor of a christian college know as “God’s Harvard,” which makes Harvard God’s Texas A&M….

WFT?! Of all the schools out there he disses A&M? So, what, A&M is easy and cheap?

More Bizarre Stuff:
Sticking with weird stuff. I saw this and thought it was funny. Note where people’s hands have polished the brass.

It’s Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Election Time

Here are the 2008 candidates from this area of Texas.

Democrat Republican
President Barack Obama John McCain
U.S. Senate Rick Noriega John Cornyn
U.S. Congress, Dist 17 Chet Edwards Rob Curnock
Texas House of Representatives, Dist 17 Donnie Dippel Tim Kleinschmidt
Texas Railroad Commissioner Mark Thompson Michael Williams
Texas Supreme Court – Chief Justice Jim Jordan Wallace Jefferson
Texas Supreme Court – Place 7 Sam Houston Dale Wainwright
Texas Supreme Court – Place 8 Linda Yanez Phil Johnson
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals – Place 3 Susan Strawn Tom Price
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals – Place 4 J. R. Molina Paul Womack
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals- Place 9 none Cathy Cochran
Texas Court of Appeals, 10thDist Richard Ferguson Rex Davis
Brazos County DistrictAttorney Bill Turner Rick Davis

Teach for America provides equal education

Here is the noble idea…

The 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress reported that fourth-graders growing up in low-income communities are already three grade levels behind high-income community peers. About 50 percent of them won’t graduate high school, and those who do will perform on average at an eighth-grade level. Only one in 10 of those will graduate college.

Teach for America, started in 1990 as an offshoot of an undergraduate thesis by a Princeton student, is a non-profit organization focused on improving the equality of education in the U.S. It is a two-year program that sends college graduates into public schools in low-income communities in order to insure that all students are receiving educational opportunities, regardless of socioeconomic status.

But then we get the quote from the Texas A&M branch…

“What we need to do is redistribute the economic wealth,” said Jonathan Chatham, one of the five campus campaign coordinators for the Texas A&M Teach for America branch. “We see this as a moral imperative. People who earn more get a much better education and there’s just no justification for that at all. Every school district should have equal opportunities for an excellent education.”

Now that sounds like socialism to me. “Redistribute the economic wealth.” I think (I hope) he meant to say redistribute the knowledge capital in this country.

I grew up poor – product of a broken home, mom struggling to make ends meet – but I graduated college with a BS in Nuclear Engineering because I wanted it. Because I earned it. Because I learned how to learn.

Then there is this back words thought, “People who earn more get a much better education.” I thought it was the other way around: get the education and you will earn more. I’m living proof of that. So are all of my colleagues.

Why not stockpile gas?

Apparently I’m not the only one to think of the idea. If each person stockpiled gas – especially at a lower price – then, at some predetermined date, we all stop buying gas.

I realize the size of your stockpile would be big – proportional to size of your family and your “pain” tolerance to stop driving your gas-sucking SUV – but think of the possibilities.

When no one was looking…ADA Amendments Act of 2008

When no one was looking… President George W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 into law.

On Thursday, September 25, in the shadow of America’s brooding financial crisis, Bill S.3406 was signed. Quietly and without fanfare, it became Public Law No: 110-325. Given all the other issues occupying the nation’s attention, it is understandable how this event did not get much public attention. It is, however, sad that this monumental bolstering of civil rights legislation for people with disabilities was not afforded the open celebration that it deserved.

(E-mail from Stephanie Leary via Susan Cozad via Sharron Rush via Rob McInnes)