The Evil Lie-beral Algebra Conspiracy

by: ragekage

Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 05:00:00 AM EST

Here's quick math quiz for you Moose-folk: Cindy has 25 cookies, the government confiscates 21 of the to redistribute to the poor to win votes for reelection, how many more votes will the government thieves get? If Cindy "donates" 6 cookies to a election campaign, how many votes will Cindy get to give her a tax break?

Give up? Well, you're in luck, because Fox Business host Eric Bolling is here to infrom us all of President Obama and the evil teacher's unions' sinister plot for "'pushing the liberal agenda' for teaching an algebra lesson about the distributive property". Yes, we need to beware of the evils of the "distributive property of multiplication"- as opposed to, I guess, the "christian capitalist property of multiplication".

Don't even get me started on the outrage of dividing a sum.

ragekage :: The Evil Lie-beral Algebra Conspiracy
Bolling and his co-hosts, who apparently are all fans of early 90's alternative/folk rock band Crash Test Dummies, spent several minutes commiserating on the indoctrination that their children (and all God-fearing children, really) face in public school- such as the history books publishing semi-treasonous textbooks "saying George Bush went in there because he heard there were weapons of mass destruction and they were never found". Or that climate change has a basis in science.

Co-host Greg Gutfield, whose head did not explode from a cognitive dissonance-induced aneurysm, also noted that "I think the only way leftism can survive is through indoctrination because its number one adversary is reality."

Presumably, President Obama and the teachers unions were unable for comment, as they were preparing for the next wave of their insidious campaign to undermine America's youth- unleashing radicals onto an unwitting public!

What- no. They're not really suggesting MATH is a conspiracy, are they?
Poe's Law


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Apparently, now, math is socialism. (2.00 / 25)

I am for the individual over government, government over big business and the environment over all. -- William O. Douglas

heh (2.00 / 13)

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey

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p.s. (2.00 / 7)

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey

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Why can't I recommend this diary? (2.00 / 21)
This n00bie would like to know that.

Your post reminds me of this parable that I heard repeated often during the Wisconsin protests:

A unionized public employee, a teabagger, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies, then looks at the teabagger and says "Watch out for that union guy- he wants a piece of your cookie!"

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

I couldn't rec, either--wish I could! n/t (2.00 / 15)

Peace, Hope, Faith, Love

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You should be able to rec, the button is at the top of the (2.00 / 10)
column on the right side of the page, no? On my page it's big as life  and says "Recommend", right under the White House icon. Once you click it, the label changes to "Unrecommend".

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht

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It wasn't this morning. (2.00 / 12)
The only option was to Request Moderation.

That hardly seemed neighborly!! (I am assuming that is for a troll diary)

It is fixed now and I rec'ed it.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

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The sad thing (2.00 / 3)
is the teabagger was probably so full of hate for the union guy, he reflexively attacked him when the union guy suggested the CEO give him a cookie.

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my 15 year old daughter (2.00 / 22)
loves math--she is taking advanced math classes and thinks that it is easy!

I love that she loves math, as I wasn't nearly as math smart as she is.

The girls at her school are proud to be math kids. It is so different from when I was a kid and girls weren't supposed to show they were smart and liked to do things reserved for boys.

The old white man syndrome is probably fearful that women will begin to understand what they want to hold onto for themselves. They do not like the Elizabeth Warrens of the world that get it and understand how all that math affects all that understanding of money.

Peace, Hope, Faith, Love

I have long thought that the GOP.. (2.00 / 21)
wants the 'little people' ignorant. They foster ignorance and pimp it as a positive attribute...all while mocking an 'ivy league education' (or, really, ANY college education) as somehow being a negative attribute.They have somehow decided to push being ignorant as a badge of honor.

Sadly, there are o'plenty ignorant folks to applaud such a theory....and enough power hungry ones who, while they know better (and are usually ivy league educated themselves), will continue to tout the glories of ignorance to their base so as to keep (or accrue more) power.

Winning hearts and minds? More like utting fear into hearts and weakening minds.

Keep 'em scared and keep 'em stupid.


Absolutely (2.00 / 16)
Keep them ignorant, entertained by football and outraged by Nancy Grace-ian drama so they don't cause trouble.

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And "reality" shows that have nothing to do with reality. (2.00 / 17)

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

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Thanks, Kysen! (2.00 / 16)
I assume that was you who fixed the Recommend button for us.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

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Ever wonder why teachers use a red pen? (2.00 / 13)
I think Fox discovered the answer for us.

Actually I used to use a green or purple pen - it seemed (2.00 / 12)
less stressful and students seemed able to read the content of the comments better.

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I just want to practice soft algebra, (2.00 / 15)

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

Goddam, I just can't stop giggling at that bloody thing... (2.00 / 7)

I hope Mr. Santorum took it with good humor and I seem to recall he did. From all accounts he is a nice person, for all we likely disagree. This piece just makes me laugh all day long. :~)

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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More BLR (2.00 / 1)
A lot of them are not that good, but this one's pretty funny.

Hey! What happened to "use old embed code" on Youtube?

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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Hmmm, still there on other videos, (2.00 / 1)
Dunno why it isn't there on this one...

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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I see signs of sanity. (2.00 / 18)
Morning Joe is my favorite morning news to watch for a few minutes. This morning I caught a wonderful minute or two that gives me hope for the country, the GOP and the topic of guns.

A liberal cannot say [sic]"Let's cut through the BS for a minute, can we? The NRA is not a second ammendment supporter, it is a lobby for gun manufacturers. Nobody is coming to take away your guns." (or words in that ballpark, the clip can come later.

A former GOP congressman with an A+ NRA rating can.

Apparently universal background checks has an 85% approval rating, and limiting clip capacity is at 75%. Someone who has no bones about aggressively (often enough to make my teeth hurt) promoting conservative ideals is willing to say flat-out that the GOP is marginalizing itself into irrelevance with this and other extreme positions.

Democracy continues to work, it seems.  

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

Democracy is a terrible system. It's just that (2.00 / 12)
it's better than the alternatives.

I'm with C. S. Lewis - I want democracy because I believe in original sin.

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It is better than every alternative except one (2.00 / 7)
(a benevolent dictatorship with me in charge ;~), but not imo because of original sin. In fact original sin is near the top of my shit list of things people have invented to drag themselves down with.

Now that is a debate you and I could probably have a fiery good time with. ;~)

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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Probably not. As an Episcopalian the way I use (2.00 / 3)
"original sin" is probably different than you're used to. It means more or less that all people are observably sinners, when measured against "love your neighbor as yourself." It's more a tool to keep from getting too full of yourself than a way to beat people down.

Or, as my father said, "The problem with original sin is that it so rarely is."

I'm not a Calvinist - total depravity makes no sense to me at all.

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Not so much a democracy (2.00 / 3)
as type of democracy.

I'm beginning to hate our system. The Electoral College, the possibility of divided government, federalism. It just creates way too many obstacles for it to function correctly.

It's weird because one can argue its functioned fine for hundreds of years, but then again, has it? Or has it functioned for select generations within the last two hundred years to make it seem like it works. Obviously the lead up to the Civil War was an epic fail for our system. The Reconstruction wasn't really any better.

Or maybe we've grown too big for the system to work anymore. It was different when the county was just east of the Mississippi or was home to 100 million people.

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Read an article in some elite liberal rag yesterday that made the case (2.00 / 7)
that we're all fooling ourselves if we think anything meaningful is getting through Congress.  The Senate is bad enough ... the House?  No way.  Was depressing.  We know GOPers aren't interested in the polls except when they back their positions.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

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Hell, they LOST the popular vote for Congress (2.00 / 1)
and still won 234 seats. They have got to be feeling bulletproof right now. It's going to take a Democratic wave to get them out. That's probably not going to happen until at least a couple of cycles post-Obama.  

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Al-Gebra is an offshoot of Al-Qaeda, so i'm told. (2.00 / 17)
a recent member was arrested at LAX, entering the country with a compass and straightedge, well-known weapons of math instruction.  The manhunt for Al-Gebra leaders Osuma Bin Addin and Boor Bahki continues.

That is hilarious! Good thing I was not partaking of a beverage just then.nt (2.00 / 12)

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht

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Oh bubba, (2.00 / 10)
where do you come up with these! Bwhahaha!

Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

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I know, (2.00 / 7)
Bub exerts a constant slight twist on the fabric of reality around him.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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HAHAHAHA!! (2.00 / 3)
Top Comment if we had them. And why don't we, she asked.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

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*and* there's a poll (2.00 / 12)
Anyone notice that after you vote the poll realigns itself in order of numbers of votes? Very cool, and makes you pay attention to the choices.

If the example used in the first paragraph, about cookie distribution, is what the Fox guy actually used, they're even more stupid than we thought. Because that wasn't algebra.

Facepalm, indeed. And these are the same people who will be, are screaming because Americans are falling farther and farther behind the rest of the world in maths and sciences.

Even if the voices aren't real, they have some pretty good ideas. -- Anonymous

lulz.  reminds me of this:

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey

Maybe it's the foreign sounding name Algebra? (1.91 / 11)
What would happen if we called them freedom numbers?  Radical exceptionalism?  

"I honor the place in you where Spirit lives
I honor the place in you which is
of Love, of Truth, of Light, of Peace,
when you are in that place in you,
and I am in that place in me,
then we are One."  Namaste Friends!


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