Media, Politics

MoDo Shows You How Not To Write a Transition

Once, Maureen Dowd was a very insightful, acerbic columnist for The New York Times.

Once.

In today’s column, she attempts to use a timely story – the death of Robin Williams, no less – as an attention-getting device. Not a bad way to get your audience’s attention, unless you follow it up with this:

So when I think of Williams, I think of (Michael) Kelly. And when I think of Kelly, I think of Hillary (Clinton), because Michael was the first American reporter to die in the Iraqi invasion, and Hillary Clinton was one of 29 Democratic senators who voted to authorize that baloney war.

MoDo’s has a bit of a Clinton fixation, and some of her criticism is warranted.  But for the love of Strunk and White, how the hell do you justify using Robin Williams’ death as an opening to that piece? 

To borrow a phrase from Charlie Pierce, the mind, it boggles. 

Education, Politics

RNC’s Shorts In A Bunch Over. . . AP US History?

Oh, this is just priceless. The Republican National Committee wants Congress to investigate the College Board because of its new AP US History curriculum, claiming it has a “radically revisionist view” of American history. Yes, the folks who revise history whenever it’s politically convenient are getting their fee-fees hurt by something that closely resembles the truth. Take a look at the new curriculum here.

Keep in mind that the College Board is now run by David Coleman, the “architect” of the Common Core. Can’t wait for Glenn Beck’s tin foil brigade to gets ahold of this.

Education, Politics

Rhee-Invention: Same Stuff, Different Name

Michelle Rhee has decided to step down as Grifter In Chief CEO of StudentsFirst. She’s also changed her name to Michelle Johnson (she is married to former NBA star, now mayor of Sacramento, Kevin Johnson).

What will keep this fierce “change agent” occupied now that the bloom is off her reforming rose?

She’s joined the board of Scotts Miracle-Gro.

Michelle’s an expert at shoveling sh. . . fertilizer. She’ll fit in just fine.