SBOE shames Texas, part H: Luckovich on Texas education follies

April 17, 2010

Mike Luckovich on Texas education board gutting social studies standards, March 18 or 20, 2010Mike Luckovich on Texas education board gutting social studies standards, March 18 or 20, 2010

Mike Luckovich on Texas education board gutting social studies standards, March 18 or 20, 2010 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

I found this brilliant Mike Luckovich cartoon from March 18, just in time for the anniversary of Paul Revere’s ride, and the anniversity of Longfellow’s poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.”  What will SBOE members be reading for poetry to their kids, on April 18?


Health care legislation as Waterloo – Oliphant (and Benson)

April 17, 2010

Pat Oliphant on health care legislation as Obama's Waterloo, March 23, 2010

Pat Oliphant on health care legislation as Obama's Waterloo, March 23, 2010 - Washington Post

How’s that “make health care Obama’s Waterloo” working out for you, Sen. Demint?

Didn’t expect Obama to be Wellington at Waterloo, eh?

See Steve Benson’s take, below the fold.

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“Paul Revere’s Ride” 150 years old, during National Poetry Month

April 17, 2010

Fitting and appropriate.

U.S. Postal Service stamp commemorating Longfellow and the poem about Paul Revere's Ride

U.S. Postal Service stamp commemorating Longfellow and the poem about Paul Revere's Ride, from 2007 - image from Bowdoin College: The stamp by artist Kazuhiko Sano features an older Longfellow based on a photograph taken around 1876. The background pictures evoke Paul Revere’s Ride with a glimpse of the steeple of the Old North Church, where “a second lamp in the belfry burns” to indicate the arrival of the British by sea.

Longfellow’s poem about the ride of Boston patriot Paul Revere turns 150 years old this month — and April is, as it is every year, National Poetry Month.  April 18 is the date for the ride given in the poem.

Better, there is a blog devoted to the 150th anniversary of the poem.  It’s covering the poem and activities to commemorate the anniversary.

Oh!  We’ve already missed this morning’s reenactment along the road — better hustle down there for this afternoon’s activities:

Saturday, April 17
8:30am

Battle Road Reenactment
WhenSat, April 17, 8:30am – 5:30pm
WhereMinute Man National Historical Park, Concord and Lincoln (map)
DescriptionMinute Man National Historical Park, in partnership with hundreds of Colonial and British reenactors, celebrates the opening battle of the American Revolution with a day full of exciting living history activities. At Hartwell Tavern in Lincoln, from 9:30 to 5:30, you will have the chance to talk with reenactors and park rangers, see a historic home and tavern that stood witness to the events of April, 19, 1775, and enjoy a variety of 18th-century activities including demonstrations of musket drill, artillery, crafts, and games. At 8:30 am, the Commemoration of the North Bridge Fight in Concord shatters the peace of the countryside with the sounds of marching men and musketry. British and Colonial Reenactors, Park Rangers and Volunteers bring the fateful morning of April 19, 1775, to life in this stirring commemoration of “the shot heard round the world.” Parking for North Bridge events is on Monument Street; the NPS staff will direct you. At 12:30 pm, the Bloody Angle Tactical Demonstration features hundreds of British and Colonial Reenactors encamped at the Hartwell Tavern and Captain William Smith house in Lincoln. They will stage a running tactical weapons demonstration along a half-mile of the original Battle Road. Hartwell Tavern is located on Rt 2A in Lincoln; NPS staff will direct you to parking.
1:00pm

Longfellow and “Paul Revere’s Ride”
1:00pm

Patriot Fife and Drum
WhenSat, April 17, 1pm – 3pm
WherePaul Revere House, 19 North Square, Boston (map)
DescriptionEnjoy a lively concert of music that accompanied colonists as they marched, danced, wooed their beloveds, and waged war. David Vose and Jim Snarski provide fascinating insight into each selection they perform. Free with museum admission: adults $3.50, seniors and college students $3.00, children ages 5-17 $1.00. Members and North End residents admitted free at all times.

Was the poem historically accurate?  No, and here’s the reason why.

Is the poem worth using in your classroom?

Of course it is.  Why else would I tell you?

Here, see my earlier post about the poem.  And this one about the “shot heard ’round the world.”


Debunking Monckton’s “no warming” hoax, Part 2

April 17, 2010

So, Maggie Thatcher, his boss, also rejected Christopher Monckton’s preposterous claims against the science of climate change?

Who knew?

It’s clear Christopher Monckton doesn’t know . . . much of value.

Sorta disappointed Peter Sinclair didn’t go after Monckton’s preposterous insults of Jackie Kennedy and Rachel Carson, but there’s only so much debunking one can do in a limited period of time, and so much of Monckton’s work requires debunking, even cries out for debunking.

Is there anything Monckton claims which is not hoax?


Annals of What is it about librarians?: Bananas do not soothe the savage beast, and porn titles

April 17, 2010

No Marian-Madam-Librarian for these people.

The Hot Librarian had an adventure with a dancing banana.  And Foxy Librarian gets the giggles from porn titles.

Just What IS It About Librarians?

Don’t even get me going about Judge a Book By Its Cover.

(Oh, and are you looking for a mnemonic on how to remember Van Buren as the 8th president?)

(Video clip from the movie “The Music Man,” Meredith Willson’s brilliant musical play.)


Benson courts controversy: Obama’s political resurrection

April 17, 2010

When he interned for our office, he was such a clean-cut, return-missionary sort of guy.  Steve Benson’s cartoons continually push the envelope for what is acceptable in an editorial cartoon, not exactly what I had come to expect from his early work with conservatives.  A welcome surprise.

This one was probably quite controversial in Phoenix, don’t you think?

Steve Benson in the Arizona Republic, on the Affordable Care Act and President Obama, April 2, 2010

Steve Benson in the Arizona Republic, on the Affordable Care Act and President Obama, April 2, 2010


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