Monday, February 28, 2005


The Liberal List - Chapter 3

In my continued effort to reach out to conservatives, I offer Chapter 3 of The Liberal List. This list consists of artists and activists that conservatives should try and avoid. (If you're unfmiliar with the motivation behind the list, you should check out Chapter 1 and Chapter 2.)

Without any further ado, I give you Chapter 3.

Chapter 4 coming soon.

Friday, February 25, 2005



I know, this is the third day in a row for No Child Left Behind, but I think it's important. This is our country's future we're talking about.

After I finished posting last night, I began thinking about one of the statements made toward the end of the NCLB article from the New York Times. The statement was:

This last sentence is referring to what is known as an I.E.P. (Individual Education Plan). Students with IEPs receive specific accomodations to compensate for their disability. These accomodations can range from enlarged print for the sight impaired, to extra time for slow readers, to specially colored paper for students who suffer from Irlen Syndrome, to whatever helps the student overcome his or her disability. While these accomodations are mandated by the federal disabilities act and adhered to by school districts, many students with IEPs will not be accordingly accomodated when it comes to standardized testing for NCLB. For instance, will the student with a reading disability be given extra time? The answer is no. Will a student afflicted with Irlen Syndrome be given a test on an appropriately colored and formatted paper? Once again, the answer is no. This automatically places many IEP students at a significant disadvantage making their chances of passing very slim.

This paragraph also raised another issue for me with regard to testing at grade level. We'll use math as our example since it's one of the subjects targeted by NCLB.

Do you remember when you were in grade school and everyone took math together? Everyone did the same assignments covering the same basic facts. By the time I reached the fourth grade, my school began dividing students up by their ability level. This process, called tracking at the time, continued throughout junior high and by the time we reached high school we had the option of taking algebra, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus, etc depending on our desired career path and ability level. My issue is this: If we have all of these students taking different mathematics classes at varying levels of ability, how can we expect to measure their progress with a single standardized test? And to which ability level should that test be directed?

If the test given is the ACT, as it is here in Illinois, the exam covers material ranging from basic algebra through introductory trigonometry. Unless a student has been exposed to this material by the third quarter of their junior year of high school, he/she have no real chance to pass the exam. So the question becomes, what level should the test be directed at? If the level is too high, lower level students and many with IEPs will be unable to pass. However, if the level is set low enough that these students are capable of passing, then the higher level students aren't challenged (and the necessity to teach higher level math classes now becomes diminished) and the data collected becomes useless as it measures nothing of importance.

The only conclusion that can be reached based upon these facts is that a single standardized test is not capable of measuring the progress of every student. Thus rendering NCLB completely ineffective.

The No Child Left Behind Act has great intentions, but intention will not fix the system. Despite its 11,000 pages, NCLB is nothing more than a fancifully named band-aid for a very serious problem.

Thursday, February 24, 2005


Too Easy

Had they just read Truespeak, they could have learned this for free:

Heh. It's rare, but I have nothing else to add. This one was too easy.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005


No ________________ Left Behind

Have you ever stopped to think what it would be like if the principles of the No Child Left Behind Act were applied to other things? I hadn't really considered this until I checked my mail today and found this:

Sounds pretty ridiculous doesn't it? The worst part of this is that it's true. The goals set forth by NCLB are no more realistic than the farcical example set forth here.

This particular example ended with a statement that I think really sums up the state of education today. It said:

Sad isn't it? It's too bad that the best our country can do is to strive for mediocrity.

Thanks George!

Tuesday, February 22, 2005


If I Were John Kerry, I'd...

be raising holy hell on the senate floor tomorrow. I'd whip out my dong and yell "Suck it, you conservative fucks! That's right, you heard me. Now everybody line up. Frist, I'm starting with you!" Why, you might ask? Because of this:
Now some of you may be saying to yourself, "So what?" Some of you may be thinking, "kissfan's losing it." But no, faithful reader, kissfan isn't losing anything. Why don't we step into the famous way-back machine. Let's go back to a time before Nevember 22, 2005 2004, shall we. Let's take a look at what it says on John Kerry's official web site about training Iraqi troops. It says:
Look familiar? Sure it does. Too bad nobody in the press has the balls to point this out.

So to John Kerry I say, "Whip it out, buddy. You deserve a good blow after all the ass-fucking you had to take from those bastards. Enjoy it while you can because you were right."

Monday, February 21, 2005



On January 9, 2005 the New York Times told us the story of Khaled el-Masri.
Of course the blinded-by-their-love-for-Bush wingnuts ridiculed this story as yet another example of the liberal media gone wild. But lo and behold, it turns out el-Masri was telling the truth. According to Newsweek, el-Masri is just one of many.
So let me get this whole thing straight. We're flying detainees around the world in order to interrogate them. Why not just interrogate them here? What could possibly be the advantage of interrogating them someplace else?

The answer, of course, is torture. We're taking them someplace where they can be tortured away from prying eyes. Someplace where they can be beaten, water-boarded, humiliated, and shocked. All the while, we condemn the insurgents, the dictators, and the terrorists for doing exactly what we're responsible for. Sure, we may not be the ones actually torturing these detainees, but we're facilitating it. We're moving them to the places where it can be done in secret.

Is it any wonder why the majority of the Muslim world sees us as the terrorists? As we stand atop our mountain of moralistic bullshit, we are, in truth, wallowing in it just like the rest of them. We are such bastards.

BTW - New advisorjim post here.

Friday, February 18, 2005


Jimmy/Jeff Gann..Guck... Whatever

He's big time now!

From CNN's Anderson Cooper 360o:

Also, Bill Mahr spent almost the first twenty minutes of his show talking about it. His first guest, Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes, said that she believes that there's more to this story than what we already know.

This story has legs. Now we have to get it running.

Thursday, February 17, 2005



As some of you may recall, I have a wingnut relative. For approximately the last year, we've been exchanging e-mails discussing what we think is wrong with the other's party. And after a year, I still don't understand him. What makes him think so much differently than me? Then I discovered advisorjim. advisorjim is a frequent contributor over at DailyKos where he writes a diary series called Confessions of a Former Dittohead. In these diaries he explains what it was like to be a conservative and helps to shed some light on the thought process involved. It's been quite enlightening and I would recommend it for anyone with a wingnut relative like mine. Hopefully advisorjim won't mind if I reprint his first entry in its entirety. I think it's worth reading.

If you would like to read more from advisorjim, his other entries include:

As I read advisorjim's diaries, I'm surprised at how much he reminds me of my relative. Hopefully you'll enjoy these as much as I have.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005


It's The Hypocrisy, Stupid!

Up to this point, I've avoided posting about the Jeff Gannon/J.D. Guckert affair because I really didn't have anything more to add to the discourse. SusanG and the rest at DailyKos did such an outstanding job of researching and reporting on things that there was really nothing more for me to add. But leave it to the mainstream media to fuck it all up. According to them, it's all about Gannon/Guckert's sex life, which taken by itself is quite a story. But what this is really about goes far beyond private lives and gay escorts. Sure, there's sex involved and in today's world nothing sells like sex. And if it's a sex scandal, well that's even better. But sex is only part of this issue. This whole thing goes right to the heart of what is wrong with our nation today. It's about hypocrisy.

Since John at AMERICAblog got all this sex stuff started, I'll let him address the issue of hypocrisy first:
And just in case that wasn't direct enough for you, Digby makes his point very clear:
For too long, this has been ignored. This was the administration that was going to "restore dignity" to the White House. And then they gave us shit like WMDs in Iraq, Saddam loves bin Laden, Abu Ghraib, Uranium from Niger, Valerie Plame, the Patriot Act, Gitmo, Freedom Fries, Ahmed Chalabi, and endless whoring of the 9/11 victims. Just to name a few. Yet they continue to stand atop their mountain of bullshit morals and look down their noses at anyone who would dare to question their motives. During this administration's tenure, the rich have become richer while the poor have become poorer. We've seen more Americans fall below the poverty level, more children living without health care, more seniors unable to afford their prescription medication, and still more tax cuts to favor the wealthy. We've seen ballooning budget deficits that aren't important and fake social security crisis caused by deficits that are too important to ignore. We've seen war heroes ridiculed and now we've seen whores given access to the White House briefing room and, according to his own words, access to secret intelligence memos.

Is this dignity? Is this integrity? No, this is hypocrisy. Plain, simple, straight forward hypocrisy. The party of moral values has none. The Emperor truly has no clothes.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005


Oh Really?

I also seem to recall George saying something about results being important.

Just to make sure I understand, it appears as though George is committed to cutting funding for programs that are "not working." I'd sure like to know how he explains this.

If this were the first time this had failed I could give him some leeway, but we all know that this has failed before. In fact, it has failed in almost half of the tests performed (4 out of 9 attempts have failed). For those of you keeping track at home, that's only a 56% success rate. As I've pointed out before, that's failing in most schools.

If you've got an employee who only shows up for work 56% of the time, you fire him.

If you've got an employee who only completes 56% of the projects assigned to him, you fire him.

If you've got a vehicle that only starts 56% of the time you need to go somewhere, you sell it.

If you've got...

You get the picture.

It's time for George to put up or shut up. If you really mean what you say, George, it's time to give up this fantasy. If not, you need to quit blowing smoke up our ass. I'm getting really tired of this shit!

Monday, February 14, 2005


The Liberal List - Chapter 2

In my continued effort to reach out to conservatives, I offer Chapter 2 of The Liberal List. This list consists of artists and activists that conservatives should try and avoid. (If you're unfmiliar with the motivation behind the list, you should check out Chapter 1.)

Without any further ado, I give you Chapter 2.

Chapter 3 coming soon.

Friday, February 11, 2005


... Pants On Fire

Too bad the Bush administration didn't heed this advice.

Yesterday the Bush administration released a previously undisclosed portion of the 9/11 Commission's report in which it was revealed that the FAA had received 52 warnings concerning al Qaeda and/or Osama bin Laden in the months leading up to the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Surprising? Not really, considering this administration's track record. We know they ignored the August 6 PDB warning that bin Laden was intent on striking the United States. We know they ignored Richard Clarke's repeated warnings that al Qaida was a major threat to national security. So it's really not that surprising that they would ignore something as insignificant as 52 warnings over a five month period. It was all part of this administration's M.O.

What's intriguing about this revelation is the timing. Why did we not hear about this when the 9/11 Commission released its initial report? Why did it take until now, after the November election and after the confirmation of Condi Rice as Secretary of State, before we were made aware of this? Possibly because this would have been yet another incident where the Bush administration had it's collective head up it's collective ass? Because it would have demonstrated, yet again, this administration's incompetence and unpreparedness to deal with the situation at hand despite multiple repeated warnings? The answer, of course, is yes, yes, and yes. This was witheld to keep the American public in the dark.

During the first months of the Bush administration's tenure all we heard about were tax cuts and restoring dignity to the White House. Well, we can see where the tax cuts have gotten us. And as far as dignity goes, I don't see anything dignified about witholding the truth. Nor do I see anything dignified about ignoring potential threats to the safety of the American people. What could they have possibly been doing during those first eight months that was so important that it caused them to ignore these warnings? Oh yeah, they had to clean up all of that fake vandalism caused by the outgoing Clinton administration. Now there's something that's dignified: lying.

Thursday, February 10, 2005




If you haven't been following the Gannon/Guckert story, check out SusanG's diaries over at DailyKos. She's got it all covered. It's good stuff.

Back tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005


All Aboard! (Round 2)

As we near the apparent election of Howard Dean as the next DNC Chair, I thought it might be fun to climb aboard the Way-back Machine and take a look at what yours truly had to say three months ago.

Republicans are looking at Dean's election as a gift. They think that he will be too polarizing to bring the party together. Ironically, I'm also looking at Dean's election as a gift. Dr. Dean was the most aggressive of all the Presidential candidates and I expect nothing less from him as the DNC Chair. He's hellaciously organized and not afraid to say what needs to be said. I, for one, am looking forward to the Dean Democratic party. If nothing else, he sure knows how to ruffle some feathers. And we could all use that right now.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005


Big Hands

You know, it's funny how things can come back around and bite you in the ass when you least expect it.

Damn! That's one big handful!

Yet one more example that we have no idea what we are doing. We don't even know who the hell we're fighting against.

All together now: AAAARRRRRRGH!

Monday, February 07, 2005



Okay, I've read this quote four times and I've finally come to one undeniable conclusion: This man has no fucking clue what the hell he is talking about. And to complicate things even worse, Dick Cheney doesn't seem to have read the memo. I thought the plan was to "save" social security. Apparently I misunderstood.

It's really no wonder that the average person doesn't understand what is going on. First you've got George, the bumbling fool, trying to explain something he doesn't understand. Then you've got Heart-attack Jones saying that we're going to have to borrow trillions of dollars to cover our asses. Not to worry, because the Republicans have been telling us for years that deficits aren't important. However, we're going through all of this Social Security bullshit now because.........wait for it...........because Social Security is going to start running a deficit!

It just makes my head spin.

BTW - It's like Deja vu all over again ..... Have you seen any of Georgieboy's town hall meetings about Social Security? He's been answering some tough questions. For instance:


and finally...

Somebody needs to slap the shit out of these people. They don't even realize that they're idiots. AAAARRRRRRRGH!

Friday, February 04, 2005


Oh, Really?

Like so many other things George tells us, it sounds good on the surface. However, when you really examine it closely, you discover it's there's more than meets the eye.

Wow! A hundred dollars? I've spent that on a single book. Thanks George! That'll come in handy. Hell, that's like an extra $8.33 a month! And how is he going to pay for all this? By screwing the same people he claims he's going to help.

When I was an undergrad, I went to an in-state University where tuition ran about $3,500 a semester. By splitting the new maximum Pell Grant amount over five years, I would have received about $455 per semester. That still leaves me with a $3,000 balance. Like most students who qualify for a Pell Grant, I probably can't afford to pay that out of my pocket, so I go to the bank to get a loan. Unfortunately, the Bush administration has reduced the subsidies that encourage banks to offer low-interest loans to students and I can't afford the higher interest rates. Lucky for me, I can go to my school's financial aid office and apply for a Perkins loan. Oops! Bush is proposing that we cut those too. Through the Perkins Loan I would have been able to borrow up to $4,000 a year through my school's financial aid office. So much for that. Once again, Thanks George!

Anytime George Bush promises something, you can bet that someone is getting screwed someplace. In this case, it's millions of graduate and undergraduate students that were once able to receive a lot more financial assistance for college. Notice he didn't bring that up in his speech. It must have slipped his mind.

Thursday, February 03, 2005


It's All A Lie!

Not that I'm terribly surprised, but in last night's Handjob of the Union speech George W. Bush failed to mention a few things about his Social Security plan. For instance, you don't get to keep the money you invest. It's all a ponzi scheme.The Washington Post has more.What else do I need to say? The man is obviously a con. He's scamming the entire country.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005


Just A Few Observations

Wow, what a speech! I can't believe he was able to pack so much shit into a mere hour. I'd like to take a quick look at some of the more outrageous moments.

Example #1
WTF? Frivolous? It causes cancer you stupid shit! My grandfather died from lung cancer brought about in part from the asbestos in brake pads. It's not frivolous, it's deadly!

Example #2
Once again, WTF? Can somebody please point me to the place in our Constitution that "defines" marriage. I've looked and I can't find it. So I want to know, if it hasn't been defined, how can it be re-defined? Yeah, yeah, I know, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) states that marriage is between a man and a woman, but if it was so damned important, why wasn't it included in the Constitution? Am I to believe that there weren't any homosexuals back then? Please!!!!

Example #3
All together now, WTF? We were free before they died, moron! They didn't die to make us free, they died because you told us that Saddam possessed WMD. When soldiers died in 1776, they were dying for my freedom. When soldiers died in 1865, they were dying for my freedom. When soldiers died in 1917, they were dying for my freedom. When soldiers died in 1942, they were dying for my freedom. Soldiers today are needlessly dying for a lie! Quit pissing in my ear and telling me it's raining. While I mourn the death of any and every soldier, I can not abide by the statement that they are dying for our freedom.

Example #4
Has it ever occured to any of these people that maybe the insurgents aren't there to fight the Iraqis? Maybe if we left, the insurgents would too. After all, who's being targeted by the insurgents? It's the US soldiers and the Iraqis cooperating with us. To be honest, I don't know about this one. Just an observation.

Finally, this was the same shit we've been hearing for the last four years. It's all empty talk. Notice how [almost] all of his paragraphs ended with a declaration that can't be disputed. Things like:
Each of these statements received applause from both sides of the aisle. However, it's all empty rhetoric. These are lines specifically written to get applause because nobody will disagree with them. They have no intrinsic value. Thay don't lay out a plan. They don't solve a problem. They don't even promote an idea. They are simply statements that everyone hears and says "duh." This is why the uninformed Americans think he's such a great leader. He says the things that everyone can agree with. The problem is, the statements have absolutely no substance.

If you'd like to read a transcript, you can find it here. You may want to bookmark it, because I'm sure we're going to hear it all again next year.

BTW - My adventures on the Discussion Board from yesterday have continued. After I posted yesterday's letter, the conservatives really got their undies in a bunch. I was called some pretty nasty things. But they didn't disappoint. Instead of actually showing me where I was wrong, they responded with personal attacks and insults. You can always count on a Republican to lower the level of discourse.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005


What Fun!

Over the last two weeks, I've become involved in a message board for residents of a small town in Iowa. My sister got me hooked on this and I am just amazed at the amount of right-wingnuttery that takes place there. There are a handful of posters to the message board that appear to have bullied the majority of the other posters for quite some time. In an effort to engage these foolish people in a little Truespeak, I signed up and began debating. With the exception of one or two, these are possible the most obtuse people I have ever met. I picture them reading liberal posts with their hands over their ears while yelling "la, la, la." It's extremely infantile. Their motto appears to be "No dissent allowed."

So, in an attempt to discern who was on the liberal side of the aisle, I posted a request for all the liberals to make themselves known. What I got was a rabid freeping by the wingnuts. I got comments about God, abortion, my obvious youth and lack of intelligence, etc. So tonight, I decided it was time to put them straight. I posted this:

We'll see what they have to say. I'm sure it will be intellectually stimulating.

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