They send Inhofe and Coburn to the Senate, and then they wonder why this happens?


More here.


Aw, thanks for thinking of us Oklahoma but Arizona’s 3.5% bests OK’s 2.4%.

Woo hoo! We’re 49th (again)!

I’m sure that I’d score 9 out of 10 when I was 10 after I studied US America gubbiment in skule (I’m pretty sure that I’d get 6 years for a senator wrong.)

And I’m a furriner.

Yay Oklahoma.

why do we think this is only true of OK students. not defending OK or anything but have you talked (really talked) to a teenager lately?

@Capt Howdy: Please.

I didn’t have to answer any questions like this when I became a citizen. They asked me at what age can you vote and I told him the legal drinking age.

@Just Jamie: Where is teh data? I’d like to see how low we’re at. We’re usually in the bottom 40 for most edjamactional things.

When I worked at Oklahoma State, one of my grad assistants was getting her Ph.D. in history, which means she got to teach the required freshman course in American History. She gave a little quiz the first day to see what she was up against, and found more than half of them thought George Washington was President during WWII. I took her out to get drunk.

@Mistress Cynica:
you are a wise and good friend. that is the best response.

@rptrcub: Looking, but can’t find anything for the 50 states +/- DC (usually minus, since no one cares).

First off, I wouldn’t take the results of this entirely seriously. I scored short-answer proficiency test stuff like this for years, and I’d say at least 10% of the students that wrote “I don’t know” (and probably the ones that answered “Barack Obama” for the first president) are doing it because they are just plain lazy. We saw it all the time, even on high-stakes (required for graduation) tests.

However, the Republican party of Oklahoma should congratulate itself – it has managed to confuse a full 11% of the student body into thinking that the Democratic party is actually the Communist party.

Finally, note that it doesn’t get better with more schooling – I also scored entry tests for the proficiency testing scorers, and could count on at least a percent or two thinking that Japan attacked Pearl Harbor because we nuked them first… (FWIW, everyone taking that test had to have a 4 year degree)

@al2o3cr: If “Don’t care” had been a response option, I’m sure it would have been the choice of at least 98% of the test takers on every single question.

OT: Could someone please explain to me – who is Amber Rose and why should I care about what she does?

@blogenfreude: No and no. But you might check out DListed if you must know.

BTW. Outstanding link to the Guardian. Thanks.

@Benedick: Does she have any discernable talent? I am puzzled.

@Benedick: As I understand it she’s Paris Hilton without inherited wealth. She has that Kanye person instead. But I don’t know that she actually does anything.


He’s one of us! One of us! One of US!

I noticed that Michelle stood distant from Barry though.

@Capt Howdy: The hell with teenagers, I was in a roomful of scout leaders, parents and 9 y.o.s when they were going over the requirements for the citizenship pin. They easily named the president and vice president (actually, Junior jumped on that one after an audible pause….my boy!). I then asked “for extra credit, who can name the Speaker of the House”. The fucking den leader looked at me, and mouthed an inquisitive “Pelosi?” meaning he.was.not.sure.

So no, OK isn’t alone.

@blogenfreude: Fuck, yes, all of us are al-Zaidi. Nojo, can we reprint this thing?

@ManchuCandidate: Yeah, Shelly Oh! had the same expression on her face that I have when Mr. SFL goes into total Deadhead geek-out of spouting off about shows.

I love that our president is a nerd. Hell, he’s probably commenting on io9 and y’all don’t realize it.

@blogenfreude: I believe the talent was on display in the near-sheer bodysuit she wore to the VMA. Check Go Fug Yourself.

@FlyingChainSaw: Well, to be polite, we can excerpt and link back to the source — give the Guardian its due. But I’ve got a post slotted for 7:30, so it’ll have to be later tonight.

@The Nabisco Quiver are Go!: Waiting around for his birthday dinner (13th!), Son of RML was jut holding forth with a friend of his about the Coast Guard triggering the security alert for Jedi President last week. Dude has had a heavy diet of politics and news since Day One in 1996.

@Mistress Cynica: Funniest thing I read all day.

@rptrcub: Dunno. I had to google it for Arizona and got a similar local news report.

OOOOOklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain! Sorry, I had to…

Feel free to evict the riff raff…

@JNOV: Yes, do feel free. Just remember who let that riff raff in in the first place

@Just Jamie:
For his avatar alone!

Plus he probably doesn’t remember it, but I knew Jr. when he was 11. He liked my dog.

@SanFranLefty: My avatar, you say? An internet friend of mine drew this and I just cropped, then colored it. From left to right, that’s Fiddle (the artist), Jeff (another internet friend), Peter (a friend of mine from high school) and me as Ness, Paula, Jeff and Poo from Earthbound respectively.

Mom reminds me about you and your dog every so often, I’m pretty sure, but my memory is pretty terrible, so…

@JNOVjr: Should be “and me…” Just sayin’

@JNOV: Yo, Mom I’m really happy for you and I’mma let you finish, but I already corrected that mistake

@JNOVjr: OK. I thought you was with Gorillaz or somethin’. Welcome to the club.

@redmanlaw: I do like them, but I’m not a fanboy or anything. It is good to be here, good sir!

Lightbulb: let all Stinque progeny, OH/Significant Others/media naranjas and domesticated animal guests take the Bus for a spin some day. YodaPez and CatStick can moderate.

@JNOVjr: Son of RML (7th grader at Catholic school) is all pissed off that the kids there have lame taste in music. One kid even told him “nobody knows who you’re talking about” in ref. to Gorillaz. His *English teacher* likes better tunes than most of the other kids, he said. Get used to it, I said. Most of the world likes shitty music.

He and I went to Metallica together last fall and he was surprised to see that they are still on the road for the World Magnetic tour. “Those dudes hit the road for two years at a time,” I told him.

ADD: My “s” button has the Baked syndrome.

@JNOVjr: Major brainfart, wrong thread, wrong person, no explanation.

@Promnight: Damn that edit button. He was about to snark all over you.

@Promnight: Here’s your out: You thought he was Nabeesko’s son.

@redmanlaw: Everyone knows “Clint Eastwood” and “Feel Good Inc” by them, even if they don’t know it. Don’t get me started on taste and the general public, man. I must admit, I’m not a huge Metallica fan, though; I prefer Megadeth. Don’t hurt me.
@Promnight: Ironically, though, I do remember seeing your name and your Domokun icon.

@redmanlaw: Probably. It’s her fault I like Alice in Chains, too. Most of the people I went to high school with had never even heard of them

you are a delight jr. jnov, you had me at “do i know you”, and sealed the deal with OOOOOklhoma! at the risk of alienating you, i must say, you remind me of your mom. recoil now, you’ll thank your lucky stars one day!

nojo, the comment of MY day: HIDE THE PORN! not that funny, but hit my funnybone hard.
every 6 months or so i have to let you know, you consistently SLAY me!

hey reds, how were you able to type the “s” ….different computer?

and happy birthday to 2 of my hopes for the future, reds and jnov juniors!

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