Howdy, friends. It’s just another gorgeous, clear, warm, sunny, dry, earthquake-free, hurricane-free, and (of course) tsunami-free autumn day here on the High Plains Desert. The crickets are chirping happily, and there are a few lawnmowers humming in the distance. I’ve got a stack of student essays to mark while I sit outside trying to extend the tan on my gams, but here’s some fun links to keep you amused if the weather (or something else) is keeping you indoors. To wit:
- The Denver Post apparently has reporters who listened to Grace Hood’s story last week on KUNC radio, as they went out and either plagiarized or simply replicated her reporting on the K12 Inc./Colorado Virtual Academy online schools. Guess what? No accountability and high dropout rates, but K12 Inc. is making big money on their for-profit hinky schemes! I’m glad the only surviving major Colorado daily has picked this up–but I’m kind of stunned by how closely the DP story hews to Hood’s reporting. Then again, as we noted last week, the results of online education are pretty predictable and repeatable, wherever you look.
- Notorious Ph.D., Girl Scholar has some funny (as in LOLSOB!) reflections on her days as a server and remembrances of “the verbal tip,” and how this is curiously relevant to Excellence Without Money.
- I believe Squadratomagico made it back alive from Burning Man–but she hasn’t posted a report on this year’s festival yet. What gives?
- I for one sure as hell hope New Jersey Governor Chris Christie doesn’t run for president, not because I completely disagree with him about pretty much every political and policy position (and you know I do), but because the U.S. media is going to be awash in stupid fat jokes for the duration of his campaign and/or presidency. We went through this in 2008 with Sarah Palin’s Vice-Presidential run, friends. Just as I told you then–and have continued to tell you–calling Republicans stoopid is clearly not an effective strategy for electoral success–or would President Adlai Stevenson, President Walter Mondale, President Michael Dukakis, and President Al Gore care to disagree with me? Similarly, calling the political opposition fat seems pretty stoopid, especially since the majority of American adults–who are all eligible voters, BTW– are by many studies considered overweight or obese!
- Speaking of presidential politics: Eric Wemple thinks that the news media should actually read Ron Suskind’s book and his documentation instead of just recycling White House pushback claims. (Claims which upon examination of the actual book look pretty ridiculous, according to Wemple.)
- Call your shot for the Republican primary next year: Who’s it gonna be? The handsome guy from Texas with great hair, or the handsome guy from Michimassachutah with slightly stiffer and silverier hair? (Handsome for grandfathers, that is.)
- My one concession to the fact that summer is over: Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good. Never mind that the name invites a George Carlin-style “jumbo shrimp” routine–it’s what’s for dinner!