That’s Why They Call It Dope

“Orange County authorities are launching an investigation into possible voter registration fraud after a local newspaper reported over a hundred cases of voters being tricked into registering as Republicans by petitioners who asked them to sign petitions for, among other causes, legalizing pot.” [TPM]


I was gonna register to vote, but I got high
I gonna get up and sign as a Demrat but then I got high
I registered a Republican and I know why
– cause I got high [repeat 3X]

If it gets more people to vote against sMEGma in the primary, I’m all for it.


I continued to read the comments.

I’m a stupid bitch.

@SanFranLefty: If you’re a 3L at Harvard Law and you don’t have enough sense not to put the following sentence in writing in ANY form, you shouldn’t even receive a degree or be admitted to the bar, much less benefit from clerkship with a federal judge.

I don’t think it is that controversial of an opinion to say I think it is at least possible that African Americans are less intelligent on a genetic level, and I didn’t mean to shy away from that opinion at dinner.

She (yes, ladies, we don’t get to feel genetically superior here) doesn’t think this is even a controversial opinion. WTF planet does she inhabit?

@Mistress Cynica: I don’t think it is that controversial of an opinion to say I think it is at least possible that she’s a racist.

Or, at the very least, a fucking retard.

@Mistress Cynica: I know I shouldn’t have … but I lol’d at the comment that said, as a woman, she must be predisposed to cook food and make babies so she should shut up and make me a sandwich.

I’m going to hell.


Intelligence (like biology in general) is a nature AND nurture thing. When you’re at a socio/economic disadvantage, it is hard to nurture any natural ability unless you’re really really lucky. Not many poor kids get an opportunity to read lots of books or find folks who can tutor them and help them from getting into trouble.

And then I know kids who grew up with all the advantages and pissed it away (I was nearly one of them–almost followed the family tradition of wasted potential.)

Intelligence like personality is an individual thing.


You’ll be thrilled to know that the wise commenters on the article agreed that Asians are the smartest of all, leaving us honkeys in the dust.

@Original Andrew:
Not really, as it should be pointed out that the great brown/yellow Asian invasion of North America during the mid 60s/70s (my parents among them) was probably the smartest immigration wave ever. Virtually all of them college/university educated even if they owned corner stores etc, because they had to be or they wouldn’t have gotten in.

Many of us had parents who resented that they were at or near the bottom of the NA social ladder and who were considered eelight in their poor homelands, it was nigh improbable for the kids (me among them) not to excel at school. Nurture, my friend. My parents happily bought me books as a kid (I think I got as many books as toys as a kid) and took me on frequent treks to the local library. Nurtured a love of knowledge that I never lost.

I had a drill instructor named mom who busted my chops if I didn’t kick white kids butts in school. I think Jewish moms got nothing on Korean moms, but I’ve only lived the Korean mom experience.

Still, met more than a few brown/yellow folks who aren’t that smart and resent anyone who is because of the stereotypes.

ETA: also the experiences of the earlier Chinese and Japanese immigrants who learned like the Jews did that knowledge and skills can’t be taken away.


I was trying to make a funny about them countering racist stereotypes with racist stereotypes. Sorry. I’m a stupid bitch.

Also, I’m pissed that I missed out on the whole “Guys Are Good at Math” gene. Geometry and algebra might as well be Sanskrit to me.

And somehow I never had the “Gays Are Good at Fashion” thing, either. /sad/

@Original Andrew: @ManchuCandidate: Admit it, Manchu: your people have the special “math/science/engineering” gene. It’s OK, you can tell us.

@Original Andrew:
My bad. I’m humor blind sometimes and turn into my old man giving a lecture when none is required.

@Mistress Cynica:
I can only speak for myself. I have the math gene so does my sister (but she graduated in philosophy(!)) Thanks dad.

My mom does not. She does not understand math types one bit.

@Original Andrew: I didn’t get through many of those comments but I’m terribly disappointed in these kids today. There wasn’t one reference to the definitive case of Duke v. Valentine. We settled the nature v. nurture question in 1983.


Standardized test results have shown that comprehension of the principles of philosophy and mathematics go hand-in-hand. People who’re gifted in these areas tend to be talented with music as well.

I had a crash course on this having recently taken the GMAT. Studying for the exam ate two months of my life. Also, they photograph and palm print test-takers now, and they videotape you the entire time you’re taking the exam, so there’s no chance that say, yours truly, suddenly turned into a sixteen-year-old Japanese girl during the math section.

The good news is that I ended up in the top 10% on the two essays, and the top 13% on verbal. The not-so-good news is that, while my overall score was good, I rocked the (cough) bottom 11% (cough) of the math section, but the grad school ad coms don’t really care about that, right? Right?

@Original Andrew:
I don’t have the music gene. My piano playing fundamentals were good, but I had what was described by my last ever music tester as “hands of stone.” He said I attacked the keyboard and approached it like a soldier not a musician. So endth the music career.

Congrats on 2/3 of the GMAT.


You gots the mad rhyming skillz–I’ve seen ’em on this very blog!


Thanks–I’m gonna need all the good luck vibes I can get. Even though I studied for two months, the math section on the GMAT was like that nightmare where you’re sitting for the final in a class you’ve never taken. All that knowledge has just evaporated. I went directly from the testing center to the movie theater to see Hot Tub Time Machine to bleach my brain, which was way rad. (And sweet FSM, I never expected to see so many nude scenes with Rob Corddry–there really oughtta be a warning on the poster.)

The competition to get into grad school this year is absolutely insane ’cause it’s like a Depression and stuff, and the admissions requirements are downright bonkers:

“Your transcript shows that you received a ‘B’ in Conduct in second grade. Please provide a letter of explanation… oh fuck it–ADMISSION DENIED” is what the ad coms are probably writing right now.

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