RESPECTING THE ELDERS  11:22 am February 22, 2011

Louisiana Just Printing Out Wikipedia Pages, Calling It History

by Jack Stuef

History is written by the basement dweebs.

From Wonkette operative Lisa B.:

A friend and I decided to get the hell out of the freezing mass of Minnesota and take a roadtrip south. We just returned to our sleeping quarters from a day out in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We checked out the state capitol building, and noticed that next to the statue of their first governor, there is a pedestal with his biography pasted on it for reading pleasure. The biography is literally just two pages printed directly from Wikipedia, with the URL and everything at the bottom. Worse, it was printed in 2009, so it’s been there long enough for someone important to have noticed it. We would feel bad for the seeming lack of access to reputable sources, but we don’t because we keep seeing the Confederate flag everywhere.

Might somebody who works for the government of Louisiana have some access to verified information about their first governor? Apparently not. Yeah, just tape that Wikipedia page up next to the statue! That works! Looks pretty classy-like!

He loves it!

 

Hola wonkerados.

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{ 103 comments }

donner_froh February 22, 2011 at 11:26 am

"Worse, it was printed in 2009, so it’s been there long enough for someone important to have noticed it."

Intersection of "someone important" and "Louisiana elected official" is a null set.

SorosBot February 22, 2011 at 11:39 am

Someone's forgotten Huey Long here.

horsedreamer_1 February 22, 2011 at 11:45 am

& don't forget the 67th vote to convict on impeachment charges, Mary Landrieu.

Obama, you're geauxing down.

johnnymeatworth February 22, 2011 at 11:32 am

They have Wikipedia in Louisiana? I must confess I'm impressed.

freakishlywrong February 22, 2011 at 11:33 am

I'd say I was embarrassed for Louisiana, except for, meh, LOUISIANA….

PresBeeblebrox February 22, 2011 at 11:33 am

If only we had less volcano monitoring, Louisiana might have sufficient funds to hire real, live museum professionals to do this shit, instead of cold printing out Wikipedia pages.

harry_palmer February 22, 2011 at 11:35 am

Notice that it was someone from out of state who was able to read it. All the locals ever ask is "Who pulled the Negro out from under his left boot?"

Amaravilha February 22, 2011 at 11:36 am

The saddest part is when the little children find out that none of the links work.

andrewdrinker February 22, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I'm going to think about this next time I'm at the grocery store checkout and notice pen ink on the little screen where you sign your name with the stylus.

ManchuCandidate February 22, 2011 at 11:36 am

Explains why the story of the first gubbinar of Lowasianya mentions that he also "shot Greedo first."

GregComlish February 22, 2011 at 11:38 am

And that's how eventually I was able to get the proper citations for my vandalism to the Louisiana Governor's page on wikipedia thanks to that museum is Baton Rouge.

DaRooster February 22, 2011 at 11:38 am

C'mon, they had to have gone to college somewhere else… they can use the internets.

(derp)

DaRooster February 22, 2011 at 11:40 am

Wow, he musta invented the "Shake Weight"… I'm impressed.
I'll go put that on his Wikipedia page for them.

MinAgain February 22, 2011 at 11:41 am

Who knew Mississippi was contagious? I would fear for the intelligence of my own home state, but Tennessee apparently has already caught the "dumb" and elected the first majority Republican General Assembly since Reconstruction.

TanzbodenKoenig February 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Oh believe me we've already got buyers remorse here in Tennessee. I have a bunch of teacher friends who are none to pleased currently…

user-of-owls February 22, 2011 at 11:41 am

Think I'll head over to the Louisiana Wikipedia pages and, as all the hip journalists put it, "rewrite history."

Lascauxcaveman February 22, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Send them a little buttsecks, compliments from all of us at Wonkette.

freakishlywrong February 22, 2011 at 11:42 am

Jindal will ask the Federal Gubbmint for funds to secure a properly written history. Irony will weep.

nounverb911 February 22, 2011 at 11:55 am

He can't remember his own history, why would he care about Louisiana's?

ManchuCandidate February 22, 2011 at 11:56 am

You'd figure he'd prefer to go the exorcism route rather than beg.

Weenus299 February 22, 2011 at 11:42 am

They should put a legal pad beside it, "Write your own history of the Fella." All entries to be enshrined somewhere with the Memorial Steno Pad.

horsedreamer_1 February 22, 2011 at 11:47 am

Something like the "course catalog" in that "hit" "satire" Accepted.

elviouslyqueer February 22, 2011 at 11:42 am

Well, I know that Louisiana is going through a whole budget meltdown, so this is almost excuseab… oh, fuck it, this is in Baton Rouge. I got nothing.

horsedreamer_1 February 22, 2011 at 11:48 am

As seen in the Capitol Rotunduh.

Barbara_i February 22, 2011 at 11:49 am

I'm going to have to disagree with the panel here. I am just impressed that they managed to get the Netflix's pop up ad out of the way to get to the information. Also, there isn't a "Baton Rouge Mom learns secret to belly fat" ad in the margin.

SorosBot February 22, 2011 at 11:56 am

Oh great, Scott Walker and Chris Christie will see this and cut their states' education budgets even further by replacing textbooks with print-outs from Wikipedia (printing done at the teacher's expense).

HistoriCat February 22, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Like they don't already have that planned.

SorosBot February 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Well, maybe. Although now that I think about there's probably too many facts in those Wikipedia articles; they'll demand the teachers use Conservapedia instead. None of that socialistic Relativity for them!

Sparky_McGruff February 23, 2011 at 8:25 am

We can all learn about our history, as we celebrate the 25th of July. Eric is a fag!

ellekayejons February 25, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Consider it DONE!

Sincerely,
Scott

donner_froh February 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Louisiana had internet access in 2009?

chicken_thief February 22, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Probably donated by an out-of-state visitor…

Boredw/Gravity February 22, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I think the saddest part of this story is that Wonkette operative "Lisa B" freely chose to travel to Louisiana.

donner_froh February 22, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Perhaps she should be congratulated for her bravery in going there.

andrewdrinker February 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Yeah! It's 1983 and I wanna go on vacation! How's Beirut this time of year?

HistoriCat February 22, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Probably heading to New Orleans for some Mardi Gras fun.

V572625694 February 22, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Let's all take a look at the private street in Nawlins where Bob Dylan lives before immersing ourselves in general contempt for Looziania.

bitchincamaro2 February 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Wow. That's positively not 4th Street!

4TheTurnstiles February 22, 2011 at 12:10 pm

the capital rotunda is sometimes visible on clear days through the haze of plastic & petrochemical production offgassing. Louisiana is mostly a chemical waste dump. "Mostly" is where black people "mostly" live. The white middle class, you see, breathes "Perri-Aire," like in Spaceballs. And doesn't have to ask volunteer lawyers to sue the state for clean drinking water &c.

dupzales February 23, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Amazing how the people who don't work for a living, attempt to make fun of the people who are working and productive…. and herein lies part of the problem, when the people who do nothing are what other people aspire to.

LittlePedro February 22, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Not surprised, especially when considering that Louisiana ranks in the bottom of pretty much every single educational metric there is. Brace yourselves for the Wikitard Generation.

dupzales February 23, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Strangely enough, they happen to rank at top in general life happiness….

metamarcisf February 22, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Hopefully Jindal and the the new republican majority in the legislature will put a stop to this Wikipedia nonsense. Everyone knows that the pages of Wikipedia are dripping with liberal bias. They need a source like CONSERVAPEDIA, where they can learn about dinosaurs on the Ark of the Covenent and the War of Northern Aggression.

metamarcisf February 22, 2011 at 12:29 pm

liberal bias

metamarcisf February 22, 2011 at 12:30 pm

It looks like the term l i b e r a l b i a s is not allowed on Wonkette.

horsedreamer_1 February 22, 2011 at 12:34 pm

The term "liberal bias" always makes me think of Milwaukee drive-time yakker — &, apparently, dedicated Limbaugh fill-in host — Mark Belling. In turn, thinking of Belling recalls the story — true? false? (who cares?) — I heard on a local morning show a few weeks ago. The laddish Kramp & Adler were doing their "Craig's List Missed Connections" bit, including an account of a young woman at Victor's, & they chastised the 25 years old for going to Victor's (a cougar-hunter's dream) & expecting to get picked up. Though, one of the two — cannot recall if it were Kramp, or Adler — did say, "If you're a twenty-five years old female at Victor's, the only way somebody's going to try to pick you up is if you run into Mark Belling, who'll prolly offer you pop-corn (in exchange for a make-out). It happened to my fiancee once".

Bonzos_Bed_Time February 22, 2011 at 12:35 pm

History has been crowd-sourced.

dupzales February 23, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Birth history for sure!

hagajim February 22, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Shit…like anyone in Louisiana can read….HA

politics_nerd February 22, 2011 at 1:02 pm

do they have a comment section where everyone just puts, "TLDR"?

mrblifil February 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm

It would have been more intellectually honest to display a poster for the movie Mandingo.

Extemporanus February 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I have no doubt that Louisiana officials will be updating the bio just as soon as they figga out howta work dat dere Tweeta machine, consarn it.

JustPixelz February 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Where's the downloaded porn museum?

More to the point, where's the statue of Ana Marie Cox so I can put up my curator's notes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonkette

Wilcoxyz February 22, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Living in the state of Louisiana, I can share that it's a custom for the outgoing governor to take all the plagues and stuff and melt them down for resale – as a form of deferred compensation. So I am sure Jindal is just putting all the new monies in his presidential run and home exorcism business coffers. New laws and such are kindly mailed to legislators by large contributors and approved promptly.

Lost_Teabaggers February 23, 2011 at 12:31 am

Hey…as bad off as your state is: Jindal-Vitter-Duke you're still better off than Alaska…I mean for chrissakes they elected Palin as GOVERNOR! Well I never!

LionelHutzEsq February 22, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Was it printed in dot matrix?

And, I'm surprised Governor Jindal allowed this, as it is well known that Satan lives in the internets.

zhubajie February 22, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Satan rides in the communications sattelites, according to Brother Stair (www.overcomerministry.org), cuz he's the prince of the powers of the air! Also the www prefix stands for 666.

LionelHutzEsq February 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Still, this does put Louisiana ahead of Mississippi, which prints all their historical information from Conservapedia.

Lost_Teabaggers February 23, 2011 at 12:28 am

Shit…even Andy Schafly is too highbrow for them…Larry the Cable Guy is mighty Mississipa's go-to source for history.

deleted9340051 February 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I had to create an account just to remind Wonkette's ever so level-headed commenters that we're not all as drop-dead retarded as our politicians in Louisiana.

V572625694 February 25, 2011 at 4:18 pm

We know. It's all right.

Boredw/Gravity February 25, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I'm from Texas, and Texas (justifiably) takes it in the rear from Wonkette all the time. Sane, intelligent peeps do live in insane places.

Tommmcatt February 22, 2011 at 4:22 pm

I'm impressed they recognize English words and can read them. It is entirely possible, say, in Alabama or Mississippi, that someone would have printed out the Wikipedia page for Bebe Rebozo by mistake and put that next to the statue. But Louisiana has always been the brain trust of the south, such as it is. Look what a slyboots and clever-clogs Bobby Jindal is, for example.

ADD: Or David Vitter. Now there's a button-bright for ya.

Tommmcatt February 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Oh, and Liberal=Intolerant is down-thumbing again, the coward.

andrewdrinker February 22, 2011 at 5:11 pm

And mass "friending" as well. Yay.

glamourdammerung February 25, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Just think if they spent as much time trying to better themselves as they spend on impotently raging here how much better off they would be.

They might even manage to get a job.

deleted9340051 February 22, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Second attempt at posting a comment defending (at least some) Louisianians. Considering how my first post apparently was denied, in favor of such informed comments as "Louisiana had internet access in 2009?" and "Shit…like anyone in Louisiana can read….HA".

I actually don't even know why I'm bothering to entertain people who seem to make it a hobby of making fun of a place that, in all likelihood, they've never visited or even met anyone from.

How's that for illiteracy?

DoktorZoom February 25, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Concern troll is was concerned.

Beanball February 26, 2011 at 6:52 pm

I've been to Luizianah many times. I am deeply impressed by the depth and breadth of ignorance and bigotry displayed by about 90% of everyone who does not live in NO. Also mightily impressed (and not in a good way) with NO's homicidal police department and your record of corrupt butthead governors stretching back into the mists of forgotten time.

You citizens could fix all that but apparently choose not to.

Keep fucking that chicken, sportsman.

j_shakes February 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm

an Louisiana public school education? shakes head…

zhubajie February 22, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I actually knew a guy who moved from his native Baton Rouge to North Dakota, just to get away from it all. Last I knew, he was planning to teach English somewhere in Inner Mongolia.

mommymanda2010 February 22, 2011 at 10:03 pm

And yet someone from Louisiana is capable of using the proper article when referencing "a" Louisiana public school education.

alaninthecastro February 22, 2011 at 10:40 pm

They laid off the history-knowing bureaucrat guy and now an unpaid intern does the job just as well.

lsocoee February 22, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Of which public school did you drop out? I graduated from a Louisiana public school and I was able to recognize the incorrect use of "an" in your post.

Regardless of your grammar, I am embarrassed for the employees at the Capitol.

Lost_Teabaggers February 23, 2011 at 12:26 am

Sweet…this gives me a built-in argument when I'm feeling lazy about gathering source material. I'll just use wikipedia and then when my professor says "wikipedia is not an acceptable source", I'll just reply "hey, it was good enough for the state of Louisianna, dammit", which will work unless the comeback is "that's Louisianna"….the only fool in my foolproof plan.

Negropolis February 23, 2011 at 7:53 am

This is the hardest I've laughed in months. Really, this is Idiocracy-level territory, right here.

lsocoee February 23, 2011 at 9:19 am

I graduated from a Louisiana public school and I was able to recognize the incorrect use of "an" in your post.

chewy0051 February 23, 2011 at 11:10 am

Is anything in the wiki page inaccurate? If not, what difference does it make – apart from just being ghetto?

I think we're all going to have to get used to this kind of thing given the budget crises going on in the states.

finette_ February 28, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Oh holy fuck.

WIKIPEDIA IS NOT A VERIFIABLE SOURCE.

Repeat.

WIKIPEDIA IS NOT A VERIFIABLE SOURCE.

–Your friendly Louisiana librarian

chewy0051 February 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm

But a nice bronze plaque is?? The information itself can be verified and what matters is whether it is accurate. If the information in the wikipedia page is factual how is it any different than a bronze plaque?

tallychad February 23, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Talk about being busted flat in Baton Rouge.

ashleyxf February 23, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I wonder, if this had happened in some place other than a southern state, would the sneering and bashing responses have been so numerous? As a lifelong resident of Louisiana and librarian at Louisiana State University, I can only assure everyone that this is not considered to be acceptable behavior around here. This is most likely the work of some lazy high school summer intern, and even if it isn't, while not excusing the idiocy of using a printout of a Wikipedia page as an information display, why does everyone assume this is the sort of behavior of the state as a whole?

Yes, Louisiana is not the richest state or most cosmopolitan state, and it does suffer from problems in the educational system, but I encourage everyone to not assume that what you see on CNN after hurricanes, "Swamp People" and "My Big Fat Southern Wedding" is the norm for the population in general. Those are meant as entertainment, not informative documentaries. If you have any doubt as to what the state is truly like, visit sometime. Our museums are on par with anything anywhere in the country, LSU is a tier 1 research university, and the cities are just as modern as the ones you live in. Yes, in the rural areas things get a little weird, but I challenge anyone to prove the same is not true in their own state.

The State Library is only a block away from the capital building and could easily have compiled a display-worthy historical piece for this exhibit, and that they were not contacted, and that this lazy bit of embarrassment happened instead, is a travesty. The appropriate parties have been contacted about this and I suspect the printouts have already been removed and replaced with something suitable.

Perhaps everyone thinks it's funny to bash a population that has been unable to shake the stereotype of being backwoods hillbillies no matter what they do, but I can say one thing Louisiana does have that other areas seem to lack, and that is a general compassion and manners amongst its populace. We might not be the smartest people, at least not in the eyes of the rest of the country, but we are certainly nicer.

finette_ February 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I wonder, if this had happened in some place other than a southern state, would the sneering and bashing responses have been so numerous?

Well…yes. You are being way too earnest here. The first thing to learn about Wonkette is that pretty much everything in the posts and the comments is said in jest, and if you come from a largely rural state that tends to make the news only when bad things happen there, you need to have a rather thick skin. I live in Louisiana now, but I'm originally from a midwestern state which has been the butt of almost as many Wonkette posts.

(Also an academic librarian, btw. Hi!)

lwjr75 February 23, 2011 at 10:37 pm

To set the record straight the official biography was placed on display in 1998, someone replaced the official biography with the wikipedia printout as a prank. From the comments posted regarding this story it is obvious that bigotry, hate, and ignorance are not just Southern "thangs." Next time realize that just because it's printed on the internet doesn't mean it's true or the full story.

NOLA_greenwave February 25, 2011 at 9:23 am

thank you for posting. I do think it was put there as a prank either by highschool students or maybe even Lisa. Dates on printouts can be manipulated and with the sensationalism that I have seen from other articles on this website, I do not doubt that it was put up by the person who submitted it.
I have lived in Louisiana all of my life, in particular, New Orleans. Honestly there is no place like it and not because of hurricanes or oil spills but because of its culture. Many artists including Tennessee Williams moved here because the city gave them a sense of worth and identity. Louisiana is full of intellectual and knowledge thirsty people. I feel sorry for those of you who choose to slander others for what purpose?

NOLA_greenwave February 25, 2011 at 9:23 am

(second part)

Do you really think Louisiana officials put up wikipedia's article in lieu of placards? do you really think that this is the doings of intelligent people(most officials have education extending past a bachelor's degree) or ridiculousness of adolescents or a person wanting a story which 1,000,000 people will like on facebook? What I find in this article and the subsequent responses is the irony…many of the response treat Louisiana as a land of ignorant people when the responded people have never been to Louisiana or have any idea what they are writing about.

dupzales February 23, 2011 at 10:55 pm

This comment coming from the state that elected comedy writer Al Franken to the US Senate, and other comments originating from the nation that elected Obama!!!! Please!!! Its easier to run someone else's business than to actually do a good job in your own area…

Beanball February 26, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Problem is, you don't do a good job, and you know it.

closetalker11 February 24, 2011 at 9:36 am

Aw y'all, this is both funny and sad. Baton Rouge is my hometown. The "tourism" folks at the state capitol building have an average age of approximately 6,000 … they really might not know or understand what Wikipedia is. This is a poor reflection on my city and state, and it's especially upsetting because both Louisiana and Baton Rouge have a fascinating history. More than anything, I think it's a comment on choices of where to put resources, and since Bobby Jindal is a bumbling ass, I'm not surprised that his choices reflect poorly on the state he represents. I hate Bobby Jindal. And to think, he went to my relatively liberal high school. And Brown! What the hell, man.

I, personally, can't believe the Wikipedia page isn't about the bullet holes in the wall, as that's the only part I remember about the tour we took in 4th grade.

I'll be home in May — I'll gave to go by and see if the Wiki pages are still there.

NOLA_greenwave February 25, 2011 at 8:56 am

Do you really think that they don't understand what wikipedia is?

PS check your writing before you press submit comment.

getpositive February 24, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Louisiana public high school students received a "C" in our public school students' knowledge of history. That was better than the national average of "D" in which 28 states scored a "D" or below. See Thomas. B. Fordham Institute – http://www.edexcellence.net/publications-issues/p

DoktorZoom February 25, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Whoohoo! Louisiana–striving toward mediocrity!

JustPixelz February 25, 2011 at 7:21 pm

But those history grades are all in the past, man. … I've already forgotten it happened.

imissopus February 26, 2011 at 12:11 am

Now that's spin you can set your watch to! Assuming Louisiana kids can tell time, of course.

Negropolis February 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm

What are your math and science scores?

I'm sure you got a C in PE, too, bless your hearts.

erinbgray February 24, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Ok, while it is horribly wrong that they are printing out Wikipedia entries in place of real research, I was truly appauled when I read all the comments. There is no reason to make fun of all the people of Louisiana when obviously only a few people were responsible for placement of the Wikipedia articles. As for the Louisiana residents that did not say anything about these posts, how are they suppose to know that this is not correct museum policy.

LisaBiyayatch February 24, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Well, we'll never see a review of Minnesota's state capitol's setup because who decided to take a vacation to Minnesota? No one, that's who. Great food, jazz, literature, art and history came out Louisiana. What ever came out of Minnesota? Nothing fun. I just wiki'd Minnesota and boy, that was a real page turner.

ripscottjack February 25, 2011 at 8:58 am

I've always heard when someone feels the need to put down, critize and/or be rude and nasty when commenting about places and people they don't even know, it's because of their own self loathing – Having said that, I can honestly say, I am glad these people are not from Louisiana, I'm sure your state is very proud to have you as a citizen!

ashleyxf February 25, 2011 at 3:07 pm
FraAnima February 25, 2011 at 5:36 pm

I am shocked – SHOCKED – at the crudity of many of the comments here. What is the world coming to when Wonkette turns to potty humor and sexual innuendo?

(btw, is it true that innuendo means "a subtle Italian butt-fawk"?)

imissopus February 26, 2011 at 12:44 am

Dear Louisiana concern trolls,

Thanks for stopping by Wonkette! It's always great to make new friends, especially with people that have such a proud history of living below sea level right next to a giant body of water. I think, however, that some of you got here by taking the wrong exit off the information superhighway. It happens to me all the time; there I am just cruising along, listening to a station I made on Pandora, keeping an eye out for humorlessdefensivedouchecanoes.com, when BAM! I miss my exit and wind up at Wonkette, or some lesbian bukkake site watching a couple of German chicks in Nazi fetish leather shitting on each other (sometimes it's hard to tell the difference.)

Anyway, stick around! Make yourselves at home! Buttsecks is on the left, anus burgers topped with pure corn syrup on the right. Drinking is acceptable and indeed encouraged. If you're lucky LimeyLizzie will stop by and flash her rack (they're real, and they are spectacular.)

Anyway, I don't follow college football much, but I know y'all have some saying down there and I want you to feel welcome, so…Roll Tide! Did I say that right?

102415 February 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Wait wait wait up, Limey Lizzie flashed her rack?When did that happen?

lulzmonger February 26, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Swamp-trolls: this thread is full of them.
My God, it's full of butthurt!

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