Sunday, March 22, 2015

Of Bieber, Clerihew, and Jindal

Please indulge my inability to figure out how to format articles on this blog.

Celebrity Watch:

Best jokes from a Justin Bieber Roast

"Bieber has 10 million fans – most are in middle schools, or standing at least 500 feet away from one." – Kevin Hart

"Justin's fan are called beliebers because it's politically incorrect to use the word retards." – Natasha Legerro

Building your Vocabulary:

clerihew


noun: A humorous, pseudo-biographical verse of four lines of uneven length, with the rhyming scheme AABB, and the first line containing the name of the subject.

Named for writer Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956), who originated it. Earliest documented use: 1928. Here is one of his clerihews:

Sir Christopher Wren
Said, “I am going to dine with some men.
If anyone calls
Say I am designing St. Paul’s.”

Following Bobby Jindal:
Bobby Jindal is my favorite political target. There's just so much material there. Louisiana has suffered because of his trying to be "pure" conservative in the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Well he is up to 2% in the polls. Is he really running for Vice-President?


Jindal sits at about 2 percent in national Republican polls. He has become such an afterthought that he recently resorted to asking himself a “gotcha” question. The media hadn’t bothered, and he wanted to stay in the conversation.

Last year, Jindal spent about 165 days — 45 percent of the year — outside of Louisiana, according to the Advocate newspaper. That included four trips to New Hampshire and five trips to Iowa.


Jindal has an elite résumé. He was a biology major at Brown University, and a Rhodes Scholar. He knows the science, or at least he ought to. But in his rise to prominence in Louisiana, he made a bargain with the religious right and compromised science and science education for the children of his state. In fact, Jindal’s actions at one point persuaded leading scientific organizations, including the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, to cross New Orleans off their list of future meeting sites (PDF).

Jindal signed a law the “Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA), “which is named for what it is designed to destroy” says James Gill, a New Orleans columnist. Gill has also written an article titled “Bobby Jindal might stand out in Iowa -- as a 'financially irresponsible ideologue who wrecked healthcare and higher education.”

Jindal signed the LSEA into law in 2008, endorsing the thinly veiled attempt to allow creationism into the science classrooms of his state. The backers of the law made it clear that material on intelligent design would be high on the list of supplemental materials that local boards and teachers could present to their students.

In a 2008 interview on CBS’s Face the Nation, Jindal said that he wanted students “to be presented with the best thinking, I want them to be able to make decisions for themselves, I want them to see the best data. … I’d certainly want my kids to be exposed to the very best science. I don't want any facts or theories or explanations to be withheld from them because of political correctness.”

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