How Do You Make Our Schools Smarter… By Dumbing Down Our Elected Officials?

A favorite Republican whipping post is our “failing” educational system”…

The problem being that many of the Republicans who most vociferously shout about American Educational shortcomings…

Have benefited so little from their experience  in a learning environment.

I mean, if the first step to building a strong house is to dig a good foundation…

Then you best better hire a builder with more than a passing familiarity with a shovel.

Didn’t do so great on that last vocabulary test? That’s OK, there’s a place in Congress for you. The current class of congressmembers speaks at a 10.6 grade level—down almost a full grade from 2005’s 11.5 grade level on the Flesch-Kincaid scale. According to a political scientist at the Sunlight Foundation, the open government group that ran the numbers, one reason for the decline is the influx of new members who were elected in 2010, many of them with Tea Party support. “Particularly among the newest members of Congress, as you move out from the center and toward either end of the political spectrum, the grade level goes down, and that pattern is particularly pronounced on the right,” he says. In easier-to-understand terms: All of the 10 members who speak at the lowest grade levels are Republicans, and nearly all are freshmen.

Sophomoric? Members Of Congress Talk Like 10th-Graders, Analysis Shows

It turns out that the sophistication of congressional speech-making is on the decline, according to the open government group the Sunlight Foundation. Since 2005, the average grade level at which members of Congress speak has fallen by almost a full grade.

Making The Grade

The Sunlight Foundation analyzed the Congressional Record and found that Congress’ ranking on the Flesch-Kincaid scale — which evaluates readability — has dropped a grade level in recent years.

Average grade level of Congressional speeches

Every word members of Congress say on the floor of the House or Senate is documented in the Congressional Record. The Sunlight Foundation took the entire Congressional Record dating back to the 1990s and plugged it into a searchable database.

Lee Drutman, a political scientist at Sunlight, took all those speeches and ran them through an algorithm to determine the grade level of congressional discourse.

“We just kind of did it for fun, and I was kind of shocked when I plotted that data and I saw that, oh my God, there’s been a real drop-off in the last several years,” he says.

In 2005, Congress spoke at an 11.5 grade level on the Flesch-Kincaid scale. Now, it’s 10.6. In other words, Congress dropped from talking like juniors to talking like sophomores.

Of the 10 members speaking at the lowest grade level, all but two are freshmen, and every one is a Republican. For the record, though, Drutman isn’t passing judgment about whether speaking at a lower grade level is a good thing or a bad thing.

South Carolina Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney ranks the very lowest, with a grade level of 7.94. Continue reading

Cain Knows Beckys…But Not “Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan”

For those unfamiliar with Black Urban Slang, a “Becky” is a slang name given to white women dating black men by black women.

Now – there is no word yet on who, or what ethnic background the women who Herman Cain has been accused of sexually harassing are, but a lot of black folks realize that had Clarence Thomas molested a white woman, instead of the very attractive Anita Hill…

His ass wouldn’t be on the Supreme Court today.

A Drawing of the Various Type of Short and Medium Range Missiles in China Which Can Be Nuclear Armed

Ergo – his white conservative support would have instantly evaporated.

So one of the presumptions, which like any presumption can be wrong, is that the reason Herman is so nervous he can’t get his story straight – is his accusers are “Beckys”.

Cain’s other problem is that he apparently doesn’t get out much in his time when he is not dressed up in that Jockey Suit on the Lawn. Almost anyone, reasonably versed in current events – has a knowledge of some of the things going on in the broader world around us. I mean – any reasonably well educated person, running for the highest office in the land, should have a basic knowledge of current events – and be able to tell you who Hosni Mubarek of Egypt is, who Ghadaffi was in Libya, and the fact that China has nuclear weapons…

Especially since Republicans have been raising hell about theft of nuclear secrets by Chinese spies, and Chinese ICBMs, which stirred up a frenzy among conservatives.

Everyone that is… Except Herman Cain. Now admittedly, the Sno’ Ho’ – Sarah Palin was pretty stupid – but her popularity with conservative over 50 males wasn’t exactly what was between her ears.

Having worked in those cubicles, corner offices, and boardrooms in my career – one thing I do know, is that if I am selling you something, then it behooves me to be able to answer any of the commonly asked business questions about the product, our competition, and the market. Ergo, it is not unreasonable to expect that a server at Godfather’s Pizza would know, without having to consult the menu – that they don’t serve Fried Chicken. It is also not unreasonable that the same server would know that KFC not only doesn’t have anchovies – they don’t serve pizza. Of course the depth, and complexity of this knowledge should go up in some sort of linear proportion to salary. Ergo, a guy who is making a million a year running a pizza company ought to not only know the KFC anchovy thing… But the fact that his two principal competitors selling Pizza… don’t sell anchovies in any non-coastal region market.

So…Herman want to sell himself as a potential President… To me that means having a pretty good grasp on current events, and issues. I mean…It’s what any corporate CEO is expected to have.

Cain doesn’t know China has nuclear weapons

The rough week for Herman Cain continues.

On PBS News Hour Tuesday evening, the GOP candidate once again showed a lack of foreign policy understanding when asked by host Judy Woodruff about China.

“Yes, they’re a military threat, they’ve indicated that they’re trying to develop nuclear capabilities, so yes, we have to consider them a military threat,” he said.

But Cain, who previously claimed to be apathetic towards Uzbeki-beki-beki-beki-stan, is inaccurate in his facts. China has had nuclear weapons since 1964.

Here’s “Cornbread”! The China comments start about 11:35.

Clueless – DC’s IQ Level Went Up 50 points Post Beck March…

Notice what happens here when any of the Tea Bagger Becazoids gets asked to defend their “Soundbyte” position…

They can’t. They are also woefully unaware of stuff that has been in the media for months…

Watching Faux will indeed make you stupid.

Darwin Done Left America!

Some portion of the population, though  their own action, removes themselves from the gene pool each year through some supreme act of stupidity. Apparently, in America that just isn’t happening anymore, and we have a glut of stupid individuals wandering our streets. We only have liberal politicians to blame for this, after all if we didn’t have seat belt laws, and warnings on the side of gas tanks not to use a lighted match to determine fuel levels that TV Program “1001 Ways to Die” which focuses on the remarkable ways folks find to remove themselves from the gene pool would already have the next 10 seasons filmed.

Overregulation as the cause of stupid Republicans in this country!

Poll: 1 in 5 incorrectly say Obama is a Muslim as president’s religion remains mystery to many

Americans increasingly are convinced incorrectly   that President Barack Obama is a Muslim, and a growing number are thoroughly confused about his religion.

Nearly one in five people, or 18 percent, said they think Obama is Muslim, up from the 11 percent who said so in March 2009, according to a poll released Thursday. The proportion who correctly say he is a Christian is down to just 34 percent.

The largest share of people, 43 percent, said they don’t know his religion, an increase from the 34 percent who said that in early 2009.

The survey, conducted by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center and its affiliated Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, is based on interviews conducted before the controversy over whether Muslims should be permitted to construct a mosque near the World Trade Center site. Obama has said he believes Muslims have the right to build an Islamic center there, though he’s also said he won’t take a position on whether they should actually build it.

In a separate poll by Time magazine/ABT SRBI conducted Monday and Tuesday _ after Obama’s comments about the mosque _ 24 percent said they think he is Muslim, 47 percent said they think he is Christian and 24 percent didn’t know or didn’t respond.

In addition, 61 percent opposed building the Muslim center near the Trade Center site and 26 percent said they favor it.

About three in 10 of Obama’s fiercest political rivals, Republicans and conservatives, say he is a Muslim. That is up significantly from last year and far higher than the share of Democrats and liberals who say so. But even among his supporters, the number saying he is a Christian has fallen since 2009, with just 43 percent of blacks and 46 percent of Democrats saying he is Christian.

Among independents, 18 percent say Obama is Muslim _ up from 10 percent last year.

Pew analysts attribute the findings to attacks by his opponents and Obama’s limited attendance at religious services, particularly in contrast with Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, whose worship was more public.

The Sno’ Ho’ Dissed By College Kids

Picked up on a live Mike were the comments by Cal State students after suffering through a Sno’ Ho’ babble…”Now we know what is the dumbest of the dumb”!

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