If Dr Seuss Were Alive Today …

Would he have written this? I don’t know, nor do I know the actual author, but it’s pretty good:

In a land where the states are united, they claim,
in a sky-scraping tower adorned with his name,
lived a terrible, horrible, devious chump,
the bright orange miscreant known as the Trump.
 
This Trump he was mean, such a mean little man,
with the tiniest heart and two tinier hands,
and a thin set of lips etched in permanent curl,
and a sneer and a scowl and contempt for the world.
 
He looked down from his perch and he grinned ear to ear,
and he thought, “I could steal the election this year!
It’d be rather simple, it’s so easily won,
I’ll just make them believe that their best days are done!
 
Yes, I’ll make them believe that it’s all gone to Hell,
and I’ll be Jerk Messiah and their souls they will sell.
And I’ll use lots of words disconnected from truth,
but I’ll say them with style so they won’t ask for proof.
 
I’ll speak random platitudes, phrases, and such,
They’re so raised on fake news that it won’t matter much!
They won’t question the how to, the what, why, or when,
I will make their America great once again!”
 
The Trump told them to fear, they should fear he would say,
“They’ve all come for your jobs, they’ll all take them away.
You should fear every Muslim and Mexican too,
every brown, black, and tan one, everyone who votes blue.”
 
And he fooled all the Christians, he fooled them indeed,
He just trotted out Jesus, that’s all Jesus folk need.
And celebrity preachers they crowned him as king,
Tripping over themselves just to kiss the Trump’s ring.
 
And he spoke only lies just as if they were true,
Until they believed all of those lies were true too.
He repeated and Tweeted and he blustered and spit,
And he mislead and fibbed—and he just made up sh*t.
 
And the media laughed but they printed each line,
thinking “He’ll never win, in the end we’ll be fine.”
So they chased every headline, bold typed every claim,
‘Till the fake news and real news they looked just the same.
 
And the scared folk who listened, they devoured each word,
Yes, they ate it all up every word that they heard,
petrified that their freedom was under attack,
trusting Trump he would take their America back.
 
from the gays and from ISIS, he’d take it all back,
Take it back from the Democrats, fat cats, and blacks.
And so hook, line, and sinker they all took the bait,
all his lies about making America great.
 
Now the Pantsuited One she was smart and prepared,
she was brilliant and steady but none of them cared,
no they cared not to see all the work that she’d done,
or the fact that the Trump had not yet done thing one.
 
They could only shout “Emails!”, yes “Emails!” they’d shout,
because Fox News had told them—and Fox News had clout.
And the Pantsuited One she was slandered no end,
and a lie became truth she could never defend.
 
And the Trump watched it all go according to plan—
a strong woman eclipsed by an insecure man.
And November the 8th arrived, finally it came,
like a slow-moving storm but it came just the same.
 
And Tuesday became Wednesday as those days will do,
And the night turned to morning and the nightmare came true,
With millions of non-voters still in their beds,
Yes, the Trump he had done it, just like he had said.
 
And the Trumpers they trumped, how they trumped when he won,
All the racists and bigots; deplorable ones,
they crawled out from the woodwork, came out to raise Hell,
they came out to be hateful and hurtful as well.
 
With slurs and with road signs, with spray paint and Tweets,
with death threats to neighbors and taunts on the street.
And the grossest of grossness they hurled on their peers,
while the Trump he said zilch—for the first time in years.
 
But he Tweeted at Hamilton, he Tweeted the Times,
And he trolled Alec Baldwin a few hundred times,
and he pouted a pout like a petulant kid,
thinking this is what Presidents actually did,
 
thinking he could still be a perpetual jerk,
terrified to learn he had to actually work,
work for every American, not just for a few,
not just for the white ones—there was much more to do.
 
He now worked for the Muslims and Mexicans too,
for the brown, black, and tan ones, and the ones who vote blue.
They were all now his bosses, now they all had a say,
and those nasty pantsuited ones were here to stay.
 
And the Trump he soon realized that he didn’t win,
He had gotten the thing—and the thing now had him.
And it turned out the Trump was a little too late,
for America was already more than quite great,
 
not because of the sameness, the opposite’s true,
It’s greatness far more than just red, white, and blue,
It’s straight, gay, and female—it’s Gentile and Jew,
It’s Transgender and Christian and Atheist too.
 
It’s Asians, Caucasians of every kind,
The disabled and abled, the deaf and the blind,
It’s immigrants, Muslims, and brave refugees,
It’s Liberals with bleeding hearts fixed to their sleeves.
 
And we are all staying, we’re staying right here,
and we’ll be the great bane of the Trump for four years.
And we’ll be twice as loud as the loudness of hate,
be the greatness that makes our America great.
 
And the Trump’s loudest boasts they won’t ever obscure,
over two million more of us—voted for her.

The Sheer Audacity of a Lying Fabricator

Every day I am astonished at the magnitude and number of Donald Trump’s lies.

(Hillary Clinton, in comparison, is very honest — for a politician or even an ordinary human being, because we ALL tell some lies — every single day. Her worst whoppers pale in comparison to any two minutes of uninterrupted verbal diarrhea out of Trump’s ass mouth.)

The latest two sheets of fabrications by His BankTrumpcy were on the subject of Iran, Russia, and Ukraine.

Firstly, DT assured George Stephanopoulos that Putin (of Russia) had not invaded Ukraine, and guaranteed that he would never do so. When GS informed tRUMP that Putin had already invaded and annexed part of Ukraine, TWO YEARS AGO, tRUMP then said that Putin was only there ‘in a way’ and tried to pivot to blame the Obama administration.

You should listen to the interview itself or read the transcipt. His ignorance and willingness to make stuff up (ie to lie() are amazing.

Secondly, he assured his audience that he had just watched a secret tape made by the Iranian military, showing money being delivered to Iran in exchange for four American prisoners. Almost every single one of the details that he gave was a fabrication, and he was even direrctly contradicted by his own spokespeople.

Read and listen yourself here:

But what is even more amazing is the ability of millions of my countrymen to believe all of those lies and disbelieve anything said by Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

(BTW, I don’t agree with everything HRC or BHO say or do!)

 

 

The Curmudgeon Cracks Open Some of the Lies and Half-Truths Behind Arne Duncan and Common Core

(Yet another old post from April 2014 that never made it out. By the way, I still think that Peter Greene, who writes ‘Curmudgucation’, has the most original, pithiest, and most right-on-the-money thoughts anywhere on education and social policy that I have read anywhere.)

Read this nuanced treatment of the mendacity and partial truths used by Arne Duncan in defending the so-called Common Core.
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2014/04/just-how-federal-are-core-standards.html?m=1

James Meredith on the current civil rights struggle in our schools

Who’s he? Simply one of the heroes of the 1960’s civil rights movement. Here is his take on where we are going now in education:

Our schools are being destroyed by politics, profit, greed and lies. Instead of evidence-based practices, money has become the engine of education policy, and our schools are being hijacked by politicians, non-educators and for-profit operators. Parents, teachers, citizens and community elders must arm ourselves with the best evidence and take back control of our children’s public education before it is too late. We all must work together to improve our public schools, not on the basis of profit or politics, but on the basis of evidence, and on the basis of love for America’s children.

 

Read more at Anthony Cody’s blog.

Published in: on February 6, 2014 at 10:55 pm  Comments (3)  
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A Field Guide to Bullshit

Actually, that’s not quite the title of the book. It’s really Believing Bullshit: How not to get sucked into an intellectual black hole”.

Apparently it’s just been published both here and in the UK and there is an interview with the author on-line at New Scientist (which is somewhere between Scientific American and Science, but British). The link to the interview is here.  In the article is even a link to a popular article about an experiment that tested whether real or fake plastic crystals would produce ‘sensations’ in unsuspecting folks who were holding them and who thought they were holding valuable crystals.  I won’t tell you what the results were.

A few paragraphs from the interview:

Q: You describe your new book, Believing Bullshit, as a guide to avoid getting sucked into “intellectual black holes”. What are they?
A: Intellectual black holes are belief systems that draw people in and hold them captive so they become willing slaves of claptrap. Belief in homeopathy, psychic powers, alien abductions – these are examples of intellectual black holes. As you approach them, you need to be on your guard because if you get sucked in, it can be extremely difficult to think your way clear again.

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You should be suspicious when people pile up anecdotes in favour of their pet theory, or when they practise the art of pseudo-profundity – uttering seemingly profound statements which are in fact trite or nonsensical. They often mix in references to scientific theory to sound authoritative.

Q: Why does it matter if we believe absurd things?

A: It can cause no great harm. But the dangers are obvious when people join extreme cults or use alternative medicines to treat serious diseases. I am particularly concerned by psychological manipulation. For charlatans, the difficulty with using reason to persuade is that it’s a double-edged sword: your opponent may show you are the one who is mistaken. That’s a risk many so-called “educators” aren’t prepared to take. If you try using reason to persuade adults the Earth’s core is made of cheese, you will struggle. But take a group of kids, apply isolation, control, repetition, emotional manipulation – the tools of brainwashing – and there’s a good chance many will eventually accept what you say.

Published in: on June 19, 2011 at 9:50 pm  Comments (1)  
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A Michelle Rhee Glossary

From “Outside the Box” blog, a definition of several new terms that educators, parents, and students have had to learn:

SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2011

michelle rhee: a glossary

Rheeism:  a lie
Rheeality:  an existence devoid of facts
Rheesist: to vigorously deny facts
Rheespond: to answer a question with a lie
Rheesult:  an outcome obtained through questionable, unethical, illegal, or immoral means
Rheerase:  a strategy employed to raise test scores
Rheerasure:  the outcome as a rheesult of rheerasing.
Rheeform:  drastic change imposed by clueless people and unsupported by peer-reviewed research or facts
Rheecommendation:  a suggestion made by a highly unqualified person
Rheesearch:  a billionaire-funded investigation initiated to support a predetermined outcome
Rheepeat:  stating a lie over and over in an attempt to create a truth
Rheetell:  to change one’s story multiple times; back peddle
Rheemove:  to fire without cause; to fire and replace with cheap, unqualified labor
Rheesign:  to leave a job after 3 years
Rheegurgitate:  to spew out nonsense; usually done by education deformers
Rheeap:  to obtain employment, wealth or stature through the efforts and/or contributions of sugar daddy billionaires
Rheetard:  a devotee of Michelle Rhee; a member of the Michelle Rhee Fan Club
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Thanks to McStowy for bringing this to my attention.

Published in: on April 8, 2011 at 6:04 am  Comments (6)  
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The Rhee Miracle Examined Again – By Cohort

Unless I get some more hard data, this will be my last column on the so-called Rhee miracle in Baltimore.

Here I will attempt to follow four different cohorts of students through Harlem Park Elementary, one of the Baltimore City public schools that was taken over by Tesseract/Edison company for several years in the early-to-mid-1990s and failed. Using publicly available data, I graphed the average percentile ranks of groups of students as they went through Harlem Park in first grade, then second grade, then third grade, and so on. If there’s a blank in my graphs, it’s because the data isn’t there.

I highlighted the classes where Michelle Rhee was teaching. In her last year, the scores did rise some, but nowhere near what she claimed. In her first year, they dropped almost as low as they can go. If Tesseract/Edison had been using the IMPACT evaluation system she foisted on DCPS teachers, she would have probably been fired after the first year!

Look for yourself:

Why does this matter?

Simply because I think it’s important for the public to know that the main spokesperson for the movement for additional dumb standardized testing, for teaching to the test, and for firing teachers based on those dumb tests, would herself have been fired under those criteria.

And she has lied repeatedly about that, and has repeatedly claimed that she performed some sort of miracle when she was teaching in Baltimore: a miracle that no-one else has ever, ever achieved.

Voters in DC, to their credit, saw through her lies and voted Adrian Fenty out of office largely because of her lies (I think) and the horrible effects she had on DC public schools. Yay! But in the rest of the country, people probably only know her because of adoring media coverage that paints her as some sort of saint; she has become an advisor to several right-wing Republican governors who think that the key to educational success is breaking teacher unions.

The public has the right to know about what a liar she is, and to judge accordingly.

PS: my data source is here.

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