The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

14 September 2007

Quote of the week

We're being overrun by assclowns, says Writer Chick, and their training starts early:

Back in the day when I was in school, you weren't taught about sexuality and multiculturism, you were taught math, English, history and economics. You were expected to use your brain and be aware of the fact that there were actually other people in the world who also had opinions. And said opinions were expected to make sense by using facts and critical thinking. Can you say "debate club"? You were expected to actually earn your grades through study, hard work and turning in legible papers, reports and passing tests. You weren't graded on a curve — you were graded on what you got right and what you got wrong.

Seems like these days you don't need facts, the ability to think or even a valid argument of any kind. Having an opinion is more than enough. And since we've leveled the playing field, we are supposed to be willing to listen to anybody about anything, lest we show our racist, bigoted or intolerant selves. Hey, just because [someone] is a convicted serial killer and rapist doesn't mean he doesn't have a right to an opinion. Charles Manson is just a grossly misunderstood guy. Saddam wasn't hurting us, why did we hurt him? That five-year-old who kissed the little girl in the playground awaits trial for sexual harrassment. If he's lucky, he'll get counseling and some mind altering drugs that will set him straight.

Meat is bad. Soybeans are good. Man is evil. Animals should be able to vote. Society's right to survive must take a back seat to a rare and nearly extinct weed. Smoking causes cancer and should be outlawed. Marijuana should be legalized. Republicans who are gay must resign. But they must also embrace gayness because they are homophobic.

These are all products of the assclowns — well maybe not soybeans but I've seen some studies….

Actually, I haven't seen any concerted efforts to extend the franchise to the animal kingdom, though I'm pretty sure that anyone who supports this notion will also insist that animals should not be expected to carry any form of ID. (Leave your rabies tag at home when you go to the polls, Bowser.)

And don't worry about smoking being outlawed completely: your government desperately needs that tax revenue.

Posted at 7:16 AM to QOTW

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I saw this thanks to Dustbury, from Writer Chick, on the subject of Assclowns: Personally, I blame the schools. Back in the day when I was in school, you weren’t taught about sexuality and multiculturism, you were taught math, english,......[read more]

Smoking will be outlawed, but it will be mandatory for everyone to buy 2 packs a day.

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 9:01 AM on 14 September 2007

You weren't graded on a curve

I didn't used to have an opinion about grading on a curve. Then I became an old fart and wrote:

Because teachers today grade on a curve -- which doesn’t measure actual achievement, but rather achievement relative to others in the same sample.

I now believe that The Curve may very well be the root cause of our present decline.

Posted by: McGehee at 12:19 PM on 14 September 2007

When I went to school, back in the antediluvian days when curve-grading was just being played with, we students loved teachers who graded on the curve. It meant we could fuck off and still get a passing grade.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 8:36 AM on 15 September 2007

Yeah, that's why it's taken me 'til now to come around to my present old-farty opinion.

Kids today.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:34 AM on 15 September 2007