Posts Tagged ‘stupid

20
Nov
08

How Obama Got Elected?

donkey-dunceThis amazes me.  Former talk-show host and current documantery filmmaker John Ziegler commissioned Zogby polling to quiz 512 Obama voters on a variety of issues related to the campaign… AFTER they had voted.

Ziegler concludes that the picture painted by the numbers shows that most Obama supporters were HIGHLY informed about information which cast the Republican candidates (and party) in a poor light… but were largely UNINFORMED of issues which could have negatively impacted the victorious Democrats.

Go fig, right?

There is a summary of the poll results HERE, with links to the raw data in a pdf file (which I HIGHLY recommend reading, for even more laughs and troubling trends.)

Video of 12 survey participants can be found HERE, at Ziegler’s howobamagotelected.com.  While there, you can sign up for news on his upcoming documentary “Media Malpractice… How Obama Got Elected

On an interesting side note, Zogby has refused to do a similar survey of McCain voters, which would also have been funded by Ziegler.  Hmmm…

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22
Oct
08

Want to get fired, teachers? Try MySpace!

My Spider-sense tells me... Im about to get fired!

"My Spider-Sense tells me... I'm about to get CANNED!!!"

From the “Inevitability of Stupidity” department, we have the story of one Jeffrey Spanierman, FORMER English teacher, Ansonia, Connecticut.  Mr. Spanierman, AKA “Mr. Spiderman,” maintained a MySpace page where he indulged in casual conversation with current students, and posted bad poetry about the war in Iraq.

And naked pictures of men.

Upon receiving complaints from students, the district pressured Spanierman to take down his MySpace profile.  Which he did… and shortly thereafter RE-posted it under the user name Apollo68.

The district did NOT opt to renew Mr. Spanierman’s contract, and now he’s suing for wrongful termination (or somesuch B.S. …)  Here’s a link to the court papers (click).

Commentary: Folks, teachers have to walk a narrow line when it comes to relationships with students.  It is impossible to be an effective educator if a student doesn’t feel like you care about them as a person.  It is also very easy to let a relationship devolve into casual banter, or (real or imagined) inappropriately intimate behavior.

As teachers, we can NEVER let our guard down and forget that first and foremost we are to act as professional, authoritative, ADULT, representatives of our schools, communities, churches, and families.  To stray too far from that model is to invite disaster.  When you try to be “buddy-buddy” with a student, you lose an essential element of respect.

Don’t give any appearance of possible impropriety.  Your reputation is one irreparable thing that you will carry with you far beyond any teaching assignment.  Once it is soiled, there’s no going back.  The public trusts us too much to risk second chances, and rightly so.

Also, avoid MySpace like the Ebola virus.

Story courtesy of arstechnica.com.

06
Apr
08

For your Absolut viewing pleasure:

Absolut Stupid Marketing?

Discuss. :mrgreen:

28
Nov
07

“Religion of Peace?” — Teacher to be flogged in Sudan…

British national Gillian Gibbons, 54, faces 40 lashes, six months of imprisonment, or monetary punishment. Why?

Because of a teddy bear.

… not sure what else I could say here. If I ever get a puppy, though, I’m pretty sure what I’ll name him…

UPDATE:  Ms. Gibbons has been sentenced to 15 days in prison.  No flogging (now that the eyes of the world are on the Sudanese government.)  No word as to whether she will be allowed access to HUNNY POTS to alleviate “rumblies in her tumbly” during the time to be served.

Absolutely ridiculous.  Stupid Sudan.

17
Nov
07

Stupid, stupid, MySpace Ohio teachers…

THIS is why I don’t talk to students on MySpace.

Well THAT, aaaaand it’s a swirling vortex of social dysfunction. Aaaaand it’s DUMB.

Yeah. OHIO!!




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