"This party tonight could be a model for the way that the world should work, and I just want to say that I'm totally stoked to the max about it." — Barack Obama, circa 1980
Key and Peele reveal the full video from Barry Obama's college years…
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* Jimmy Kimmel talks about Snoop Dogg's compelling arguments for Obama.
* The Rumpus interview with David Rees.
* President Obama's bear hug photograph, improved.
* The Chicago teacher's strike is getting a little too personal.
* Sarah Palin speaks loudly and carries a big broom.
* Rachael Harris talks to Marc Maron on WTF about everything.
* Chris Brown is an inspiration to George W. Bush, among many others.
* A survey of the genius that produces conspiracy theories.
* You crazy kids. Let me go. Let me…NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
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Excited for the opportunity to yell at wealthy donors instead of measly interns, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is slated to leave his honorary position as co-chairman of the Obama campaign to focus on fundraising for Priorities USA Action, a super PAC founded by two former Obama aides. It's a good thing he doesn't have some other job requiring his attention…
According to statistics compiled by the Tribune, there were 366 homicides in Chicago from the start of the year until Sept. 2 as compared to 282 for the same period last year. The numbers of shootings increased from 1,547 to 1,704 over that span.
This morning, the police are investigating a spree of weekend shootings that left at least 11 people wounded and 2 dead. Or as it's known in Chicago, Monday.
But give Rahm a break. All too often we forget all the Chicagoans who haven't been murdered on his watch. Like the kids still going to Chicago Public Schools…
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One problem with setting education standards across 50 separate states, our smallpox laboratories of democracy, is the difficulty of comparing outcomes across state lines. To solve that problem, Senate Republicans in Kentucky pushed through legislation in 2009 that hired the firm ACT to create a statewide exam linking Kentucky tests to national standards.
And what happens when you go with ACT, the safety school of college admissions testing? They go out and ask college professors what students need to be learning, to which the professors reply: science stuff…
The new requirements – college-readiness testing, end-of-course exams and more national norms – are part of Senate Bill 1, a 2009 bill developed and pushed by Senate Republicans to marry Kentucky's testing program to national standards for better comparisons of student success.
"Republicans did want the end-of-course tests tied to national norms; now they're upset because when ACT surveyed biology professors across the nation, they said students have to have a thorough knowledge of evolution to do well in college biology courses," said Rep. Carl Rollins, D-Midway, chairman of the House Education Committee.
In essence, when these GOP Senators recognized that "marrying" Kentucky tests to national standards would entail teaching evolution, they declared the whole thing an unholy gay marriage…
Another committee member, Rep. Ben Waide, R-Madisonville, said he had a problem with evolution being an important part of biology standards.
"The theory of evolution is a theory, and essentially the theory of evolution is not science – Darwin made it up," Waide said. "My objection is they should ensure whatever scientific material is being put forth as a standard should at least stand up to scientific method. Under the most rudimentary, basic scientific examination, the theory of evolution has never stood up to scientific scrutiny."
That's it! No more scientific theories "made up" by people. I'm looking at you, Newton and Einstein.
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As part of an ingenious effort to give Michele Bachmann the appearance of a sensible human being, Republican primary voters in Minnesota's first congressional district have nominated Allen Quist to face off against incumbent Democrat Tim Walz.
A former state representative, Quist spent his legislative career crusading against sodomy — once comparing a university gay counseling clinic to the Ku Klux Klan — and generally saying things that made people wonder how he ever made it to campaign events on time, considering he was travelling all the way from 1490s Spain…
He called for mandatory AIDS testing as a prerequisite for obtaining a marriage license. And more than a decade before it emerged as a national issue, he campaigned against the advent of same-sex marriage in the Minnesota, running ads in which a priest marries two men, "Mike" and "Steve," and pronounces them "man and man."
In one memorable interview, Quist told a Minnesota reporter he believed women were "genetically predisposed" to be subservient to men, pointing to, among other things, the behavior of wild animals.
The alliance with Bachmann arose when the two joined forces to fight Minnesota's state education standards. In order to counteract the "left-wing education agenda," Quist has developed an online curriculum consisting of modules called C-Mods, which are "designed to supplement and/or correct current textbooks."
And for shame, if your response to this is to ask if he's one of those education reformers who thinks the Loch Ness monster is real and The Flintstones was a nature documentary. Shame on you for even asking. Of course he's one of those people…
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