You Can Tell He Wanted To Go With "No Tickee, No Shirtee," But Was Too Chicken

Via the (in this case entirely justifiably) Angry Asian Man, I see this gem from Planet Texas.

There's a dispute because Texas' new proposed reading curriculum from K-12 only has 4 books concerning Hispanic culture out of 150. Hispanics make up about 25% of Texans. Dig the response of the chairman of the Texas Board of Education:

Don McLeroy, board chairman, said Friday he couldn't comment about the list because he hadn't reviewed which books made it into the document.

However, McLeroy said he directed a group of experts to add examples of "good literature" to the list. He said students should spend their time in English class learning English and reading literature that will help prepare them for college.

"What good does it do to put a Chinese story in an English book?" he said. "You learn all these Chinese words, OK. That's not going to help you master … English. So you really don't want Chinese books with a bunch of crazy Chinese words in them. Why should you take a child's time trying to learn a word that they'll never ever use again?"

He added that some words — such as chow mein — might be useful.

Wow, Don, you really took the hat trick of cowardly, stupid, and obnoxious there. Cowardly because it's perfectly obvious that you are actually talking about Spanish, not Chinese — you just don't have the stones to address the dispute directly. Stupid because if you don't recognize how knowing a few words of Spanish in Texas could come in useful, you're a dim-bulb. And obnoxious because — well, I'll let you puzzle that out, I don't want to tire you.

Jack Thompson and Court as the Theatre of the Absurd

Jack Thompson, a rascally "attorney" with a Cloverfield-sized bug up his ass about video games, has been a subject here before, usually as a result of Game Politics' excellent coverage of him.

Game Politics has now obtained transcripts of Thompson's nine-day state bar trial late last year, and has been running excerpts and commentary. It's astonishing; it reaches a can't-look-away-from-the-car-wreck level of sick fascination. On another level it is sad; the depiction of Mr. Thompson in action strongly reinforces my impression of him that he's seriously in need of therapy. Attorneys will enjoy Mr. Thompson's comments to the judge and his quirky (to put it mildly) grasp of evidence and procedure.


Is St. Thomas Aquinas Going To Have To Choke A Bitch?

In further news of the high moral and intellectual standard set by professional sports, I learned from Steelers chairman Dan Rooney that the pursuit of sacraments mitigates assault and battery:

On March 8, Harrison was charged with assaulting his girlfriend, Beth Tibbot, in her Ohio Township home. According to a police affadavit, Harrison broke down a door, broke Tibbot's cell phone in half as she attempted to call 911, then slapped her face with an open hand, knocking off her glasses. He was charged with simple assault and criminal mischief and faces an April 3 preliminary hearing before a magistrate in Bellevue.

But Harrison was kept on. Wilson, another guy who fondles dead pigs for a living, was let go. Why?

"I know many are asking the question of [why] we released Wilson and Harrison we kept," Rooney said. "The circumstances — I know of the incidents, they are completely different. In fact, when I say we don't condone these things, we don't, but we do have to look at the circumstances that are involved with other players and things like that, so they're not all the same."

In Harrison's case, Rooney said the player was trying to take his son to be baptized.

"What Jimmy Harrison was doing and how the incident occurred, what he was trying to do was really well worth it," Rooney said of Harrison's initial intent with his son. "He was doing something that was good, wanted to take his son to get baptized where he lived and things like that. She said she didn't want to do it."

Yes, that makes perfect sense. It's a good thing for Beth Tibbot that Harrison wasn't on his way to an extreme unction.

I'm Not Sure You Thought This Brilliant Plan Through

Most political activists recognize that their methods, to be effective, should be tailored to the mood of the day. When you're down and out and nobody is paying attention to you, it might take some theatrics and self-immolation, literal or figurative, to get attention to your issue.

However, when a majority of the nation agrees with you, the same tactics can come off as silly and self-indulgent.

Somehow, I don't think the Catholic Schoolgirls Against the War had that firmly in mind when they disrupted an Easter mass and sprayed fake blood around.

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Hillary Clinton Died For Your Sins

Just in time for Easter, James Carville — most memorably and aptly described by Dennis Miller (back when he was funny) as a "demented muppet accidentally washed on hot" — gets angry enough to Go There:

“An act of betrayal,” said James Carville, an adviser to Mrs. Clinton and a friend of Mr. Clinton.

“Mr. Richardson’s endorsement came right around the anniversary of the day when Judas sold out for 30 pieces of silver, so I think the timing is appropriate, if ironic,” Mr. Carville said, referring to Holy Week.

I find it difficult to imagine Hillary being content seated at the right hand of the Father.

Morons!, Revisited

A few weeks ago I mentioned an employee at the oppressively named Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis being disciplined for reading a historical book about the KKK. IUPUI backed off eventually, muttering angrily that it couldn't prove he was trying to harass people by reading.

Now via The Fire I see that IUPUI continued its moronic justifications in press coverage of the event:

The university suggested in a statement, though, that the book's anti-racism themes were not at issue: "Regrettably, that has focused attention on the book he was reading, rather than the conduct of Mr. Sampson, which his co-workers believed to be deliberately hostile."

The statement says co-workers had felt Sampson was trying to create a "hostile atmosphere of antagonism."

Congrats to IUIPI for continuing its anti-book, pro-ignorance stance. Not many institutions of higher learning are willing to go out on that particular limb.

Look, IUIPI, you got caught acting like jack-booted cretins. Cease this embarrassing self-justification. There will always be people who think that reading is somehow mean or hostile or uppity or aggressive, and none of them should be taken seriously. Apologize.

Squeezing The Juice — Is Matt Ivester A Fool Or A Liar?

You may have seen news about a web site called Juicy Campus, a platform for anonymous gossip about students at various colleges. It's been controversial and various schools have considered blocking it from campus networks. The site prominently markets itself as 100% anonymous and brags that it doesn't track posting. The result has been wildly unpredictable, unless you are a carbon-based lifeform capable of deeper thought than a radish — the site's college-specific forums are clogged not with lighthearted "I think Suzy may have a crush on Johnny" posts, but with the most vile crap you can imagine. Anonymous posts single out individuals for sexual, racial, and religious abuse (most vigorously when the target is a woman) and anonymous replies gleefully pile on. For an example, check out the UCLA posts.

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Show Us Your Jailhouse Tattoos!

I see that Joe Francis, proprietor of Girls Gone Wild, has cut a deal in Florida and escaped further jail there on charges of filming underage girls. He's still facing federal tax charges — he's being represented by a really very good white collar defense lawyer that I know — but he's probably been emboldened on that by Blade's recent successes.

I have said on these pages before, probably to an extent that a significant percentage of our readers finds to be creepy and/or nauseating, that I am a staunch supporter of breasts. However, no mention of Joe Francis can possibly be complete without mentioning that he is a psychopathic vermin. If you haven't read it before, this searing L.A. Times portrait limns him very well. Though I normally avoid such pronouncements, let me say this: the world will be much improved if an when he encounters a knotted bedsheet or sharpened toothbrush in the federal pen.

Standing By Their Men

There's been a fair amount of ink spilled about wives like Silda Spitzer standing up by their husbands at the sort of press conferences that ex-Gov. Spitzer had to hold this week. Many people hate it, thinking that the wives are demeaning themselves. (Certainly that's long been an undercurrent of resentment in some quarters towards Hillary Clinton.) Of course, there are always the outliers like that demented freak "Dr." Laura Schlessinger, who apparently thinks that Elliot would never have developed a taste for the strange if he had gotten a few more spontaneous blow jobs at home, or something. Feh.

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If He Has Written More, It Is By Standing On the Shoulders Of Giants

Once scandals took days or weeks to play out. But in the age of Google, a miscreant can be identified, accused, and given the boot in the time it takes you to nurse a mild hangover. Case in point — Timothy S. Goeglein, a treacly columnist for the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, was accused of plagiarism by blogger Nancy Nall in an email to his paper last night, exposed publicly by Nall this morning, further instances of apparent plagiarism identified by commenters on Nall's blog within minutes, and confessed and thrown under the bus by noon by the paper. Note that Goeglein has warned the paper that there may be other instances. That seems prudent.

Why is this notable, other than for the speed of Goeglein's downfall?

Tim Goeglein is on the White House staff. He's President Bush's Deputy Director of the Office of Public Liason and tasked with — wait for it — the White House's relationship with the religious community.

Ethics and morals (religious or not) aside, in a world with Google, he is too fucking stupid or self-destructive to be in politics.

Edited to add:  That's some nice journalism by Nall, and the quick discovery of further apparent instances by her commenters demonstrates how the internet empowers individuals to feats of research previously undreamed of except by professional reporters.