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AdLib On January - 1 - 2011
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With over 13,200 comments on O/T, we have to do a little house cleaning and begin a new and improved O/T Post. The sever, right now, has to retrieve all of them, each and every time. Every 13,000! Whew!!

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Are you more knowledgeable than the average citizen? The average score for all 2,508 Americans taking the following test was 49%; college educators scored 55%. Can you do better? Questions were drawn from past ISI surveys, as well as other nationally recognized exams.

The following questions were taken from the 2008 Civic Literacy exam.

Take the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) Civics Quiz

Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

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  1. Smedley Butler says:

    Way to take your money out of corporate America’s mouth!

    “Following speeches by Conway and Wisconsin Professional Firefighters Association Mahlon Mitchell, the firefighters marched to the M&I Bank across the street and picketed the bank and withdrew $192,000.”

    http://www.dane101.com/current/2011/03/10/firefighters_target_mi_bank_for_executive_support_of_walker

  2. KQuark says:

    I guess Dems just need to talk stupid better.

    “In a new Kaiser Health poll, just 52% of Americans knew that the health care reform bill signed into law by President Obama is still in place. Meanwhile, one fifth — 22% — of all Americans believe that the law has been overturned, while another 26% aren’t sure what’s up with the law.”

    The biggest thing this shows is Obama did not lie during the HCR debate. Most Americans coverage is not going to be affected and the lie is the bill is a government takeover. I know the major parts of the bill to cover the uninsured have not kicked in yet. But that part of the law will not effect most people either save for premiums being subsidized and better coverage.

  3. Khirad says:

    Oh, this doesn’t help…

    Arizona shooting victim arrested after threat
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_congressman_shot_victim_arrested

  4. escribacat says:

    Phonyton Post now using the term “Obamacare” in its headlines:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/15/health-care-reform-repeal_2_n_809510.html

    The term Obamacare is charged with negative connotations. Do ya think HP is just too damn stupid to realize that or is their agenda becoming more transparent?

  5. bito says:

    Civics Quiz

    Are you more knowledgeable than the average citizen? The average score for all 2,508 Americans taking the following test was 49%; college educators scored 55%. Can you do better? Questions were drawn from past ISI surveys, as well as other nationally recognized exams.

    The following questions were taken from the 2008 Civic Literacy exam.

    I haven’t taken it yet, but I suspect that every one here will do better than 49%.

    H/T The Monkey Cage

    • kesmarn says:

      :-( I only got a 96, b’ito.

      But there’s another reason for a sad face, too.

      Our elected officials. Turns out they know less than the average Joe who votes for ’em…

      Additional Finding
      Elected Officials Score Lower than the General Public

      Officeholders typically have less civic knowledge than the general public. On average, they score 44%, five percentage points lower than non-officeholders.

      * Thirty percent of elected officials do not know that “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” are the inalienable rights referred to in the Declaration of Independence.

  6. Khirad says:

    This is about as off topic as you can get, but my grandma is watching a sermon of her pastor on her computer loud enough so I can hear it from the next room (her hearing, not passive aggressive), and let’s just say he thinks there’s no debate about the infallibility of the Bible and exhorts his church to show love to those that don’t know His love. And yet, he says it as a battle cry, in a tone that sounds like a threat.

    Seriously, it’s jarring and quite frankly scares the shit out of me.

  7. bito says:

    Wow, what an impressive panel of foreign policy experts in the video. They have really thought this out thoroughly.


    Fearing High Gas Prices, Sean Hannity Proposes Re-Invading Iraq and Kuwait To ‘Take All Their Oil’

    H/T ThinkProgress

    • SueInCa says:

      OMG Bito that is funny. My suggestion to them is to look closer to home for who is spinning the prices of commodities over the top, Goldman Sachs and about 15 other enities who were given a special exemption from the CFTC to speculate in commodities. If there is a shortage, why are there no gas lines? Exactly who in the Arab world has raised their prices?

      If they were actually journalists, instead of playing a role on the newest Hollywood set, they would have researched the situation and learned how it is really happening. GS and friends are placing bets on the prices of commodities to go up. That is what is happening. They give cover to the people/corp supplying the commodities to raise prices and the companies who do so pay them back a percentage for how long those prices went up.

      Read: Griftopia by Matt Taibbi. He covers this in that book. It is another gambling table for them to work. Bush administration(first) started handing these out. When a congressional aide heard it mentioned in 08 in a meeting he asked for copies of the letters of exemption and the CFTC realizing they had blown it, blew it further by saying they had to ask for permission from Goldman Sachs. CFTC heads including Brooksley Born did not know the letters existed.

      • bito says:

        Very good synopsis of the situation, Sue. What worries me is how many Fox robots and neo-cons are yelling “Hell, Yeah, we fought for that oil, we liberated them, let’s go take it, besides they’re Islamists anyway.
        Instead of going to war on oil and fighting against ANY financial reform and regulation, they should be storming Wall Street speculators.
        Railing against Big Gubmunt and burrowcrats is so much easier than trying to understand the basics of the financial world.
        It would take more than 140 character tweet from Simple S’arah, so it must be hard. If she can’t understand it, who can?

  8. bito says:

    Gotta love it. 😀

    Fox ‘shoots hunter’ in Belarus
    A wounded fox shot its would be killer in Belarus by pulling the trigger on the hunter’s gun as the pair scuffled after the man tried to finish the animal off with the butt of the rifle, media said on Thursday.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/8258540/Fox-shoots-hunter-in-Belarus.html

  9. bito says:

    This is a nice read, you can feel the emotion in their description of being with Gabby when she opened her eyes.

    Press Gaggle by Senator Gillibrand and Representative Wasserman Schultz Aboard Air Force One en route Andrews Air Force Base

  10. Khirad says:

    Univ. Confirms It Was Responsible For Tucson Memorial T-Shirts Criticized By Conservatives

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/01/au-confirms-it-was-in-charge-of-making-those-t-shirts.php

    First of all, they’re unpatriotic. Second of all, they’re dumbfucks.

    Where oh where might they have found a stock of navy blue shirts on such short notice?

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  11. Khirad says:

    Long time Portland resident shot in Tucson also witnessed Kent State.

    Just bizarre.

    http://www.kgw.com/news/Man-with-Portland-ties-shot-recovering-in-Tucson-113725459.html

  12. bito says:

    Patsy,k’es, you may like this.

    The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2011 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers selection list. The list is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.
    The Quick Picks list suggests books that teens, ages 12-18, will pick up on their own and read for pleasure; it is geared to the teenager who, for whatever reason, does not like to read.

    * Amason, Jessica and Richard Blakeley. “This is Why You’re Fat: Where Dreams Become Heart Attacks.“ HarperCollins/Harper Studio, 2009.
    * Brereton, Catherine, Philip Steele, and Hannah Wilson. “Warriors Versus Warriors: Ten Fighters, Five Battles, ONE WINNER.” Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group/Kingfisher, 2009.
    * Elkeles, Simone. “Rules of Attraction: A Perfect Chemistry Novel.” Bloomsbury/Walker. 2010.
    * Hasler, Nikol. “Sex: A Book for Teens: An Uncensored Guide to Your Body, Sex and Safety.” Zest/Orange Avenue Publishing, 2010.
    * Keplinger, Kody. ”The D.U.F.F.(Designated Ugly Fat Friend).” Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Poppy, 2010.
    * Neri, G. and Randy DuBurke. “Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty.” Lee & Low, 2010.
    * Rainfield, Cheryl. “Scars.” Westside Books, 2010.
    * Summers, Courtney. “Some Girls Are.” St. Martin’s Griffin. 2010.
    * Volponi, Paul. “Rikers High.” Penguin Group/Viking, 2010.
    * Von D, Kat with Sandra Bark. ”The Tattoo Chronicles.” HarperCollins/Collins Design, 2010.

    http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/ala/yalsa-names-2011-quick-picks-reluctant-young-adult-readers

  13. boomer1949 says:

    So, has anyone seen this from MediaMatters? WOW!



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