and 'dixie' is a protest song!

Pawlenty’s Kindergarten: Sharing Is ‘Socialist’ & Slavery Helps Capitalism

The Bob Dylan version is awesome.Dull turd Tim Pawlenty actually did do something dingbatty enough to qualify him for the second tier of the Republican presidential candidates: He put some fringe-right nutter from the Bush Administration in charge of the Minnesota public school curriculum, and this educational terrorist installed a board of fundamentalist homeschoolers and extremist libertarians who then decided that kindergarteners shouldn’t be taught sharing (too socialist!) and that “We Shall Overcome” was an awfully dark choice, if you know what we mean, to be teaching kids as a “protest song.” So they picked “DIXIE” instead.

The new study guides also downplayed the purchase, imprisonment and forced labor of Africans brought to America as slaves. Why? So as not to sour the children’s view of the Free Market, which worked exceptionally well down South when the labor was free, too. What else was included in this 2003 rewriting of the state’s standards? Jesus, obviously. Lots and lots of Jesus. Children were to be taught that American Jesus was the actual head of the six or seven branches of government — like the mythological sea monster, the Hydra.

Was this just some hands-off/invisible hand-down-the-pants kind of thing, so maybe Pawlenty wasn’t really involved? NO PAWLENTY IS EVIL. He said this about gayly named Cheri Yecke, the Bush Administration goon brought in to dumb-bomb Minnesota’s curriculum: “Dr. Yecke is precisely the right person to lead that change.”

Mother Jones reports:

Yecke formed a committee of educators, parents, politicians, and businessmen, and set them to work drafting the standards. But as Evans and Norling later explained in an article they wrote for the Organization of American Historians’ newsletter, the meetings seemed overrun by conservative activists, some of whom did not reveal their affiliations. One member, identified simply as a parent and former teacher, was on the board of directors of the conservative Claremont Institute, a right-wing think tank that’s been described—by a supporter—as a “training ground for a lifetime campaign in the trenches of political warfare.” (Christine O’Donnell and Andrew Breitbart are both alums.) Private religious academies and homeschoolers were well-represented, even though the standards would have no impact on their curricula.

So what happened? Why aren’t the black kids from Minneapolis public schools being marched around in white cone hats (no sharing!) singing “I wish I was in de land ob cotton, Old times dar am not forgotten; Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land”? Why aren’t they being made to sing that? It’s a perfectly good song.

Because the professors and legitimate teachers of Minnesota did verily rise up, with fists, and say to T-Paw the dull turd, “Uhh, no.” So the state Senate’s Democrat majority borrowed that bit of spine for long enough to reject Yecke’s formal confirmation as educational commissioner.

And Pawlenty just let her lose and didn’t fight back or re-appoint her to some slightly different position. He just tossed her aside, because he’s a twat. Can’t even stand up for “fixing the schools,” that Tim Pawlenty. As for Cheri Yecke, she’s down in Arkansas working for some wingnut academy to protect the cultural Jesus rights of white people. [Mother Jones]

About the author

A writer and editor of this website from 2006 to early 2012, Ken Layne is occassionally seen on Twitter and writes small books and is already haunting you from beyond (your) grave.

View all articles by Ken Layne
What Others Are Reading

Hola wonkerados.

To improve site performance, we did a thing. It could be up to three minutes before your comment appears. DON'T KEEP RETRYING, OKAY?

Also, if you are a new commenter, your comment may never appear. This is probably because we hate you.


  1. Schmannnity

    Maybe they should have read the words to the 3rd and fourth verses:

    Ole Missus marry "Will the weaver"
    Willum was a gay deceiver
    Look away! Look away! Look away!
    Dixie Land

    But when he put his arm around 'er,
    He smiled fierce as a forty pounder,
    Look away! Look away! Look away!
    Dixie Land

    Tim Pawlenty celebrates bisexual marriage!

    1. zhubajie

      Back then, "gay" meant "prostitute." A "forty-pounder" was a LARGE cannon, firing a 40-lb cannon ball.

  2. GuanoFaucet

    Wait, so the Minnesota school children aren't going to learn the truth that libertarian Jesus rode a dinosaur while fighting to end the real slavery, taxes?

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Don't worry — the home-schooled kids will still get the message.
      "See Spot. See Spot bite the bad muslin. Bite, Spot, bite!"

  3. Barbara_i

    They shouldn't be teaching the kindergarten children that sharing is "socialism" When a kid needs a pencil to dig a bullet out of his arm in the classroom then sharing is the right thing to do.

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      Should be titled "How to Raise a Selfish Cunt." Dear Lord, some poor unsuspecting bastard is going to marry that girl. No doubt she'll feel entitled to half his shit, too, in the divorce settlement.

      1. mayor_quimby

        I agree with the whole cunt thing, but it is hilarious. I hope that little girl is the product of a female bodybuilder and a MMA fighter, cuz she is gonna get her little (fictional) ass kicked

        1. BaldarTFlagass

          I didn't look any further, that's some satire. Ah well, I thought the first Flashman novel was fact not fiction, too. Of course, I was 11 years old for that one.

    2. horsedreamer_1

      In a battle of parents, Mc Sweeney's writer v. Libertarian, no matter who wins, we all lose. Win, also, since at least one of them is going down. Still…

    1. OneYieldRegular

      Sort of makes one wonder exactly how "Dixie" would serve as a protest song – though considering that this is Tim Pawlenty and Michelle Bachmann's Minnesota we're talking about, I could certainly appreciate someone's getting into the spirit of the song.

        1. V572..whatever

          See, that's so unfair. Don't forget the slaves got room and board and all the overseer cock they could handle.

          1. HistoriCat

            Not to mention they didn't have the burdensome responsibilities of freedom. I mean, you can't really expect those dark-skinned people to handle personal responsibility can you?

      1. OneDollarJuana

        The South has perfected ignoring facts and reality. The only ones who can see through the miasma of false history, pompous tradition, destructive personal relationships, and a fierce adherence to the philosophy and practice of feudalism have done so through the over-generous application of strong drink, usually resulting in an early but welcome death.

  4. grigoritheocto

    I was wondering when the wingnuts would get around to calling "sharing" socialist. If Jesus came back right now, I'd give him about 5 minutes before the Christians tore him apart. Come to think of it, at this point he'd probably be an atheist.

    1. comrad_darkness

      oh my god, I am so stealing that for my first great american novel. the second coming with an atheist jesus.

      1. Fukui_sanYesOta

        Our Father
        Who ain't in heaven
        Rejected be thy name
        Thy kingdom none
        Thy will be shunned
        On Earth since there is no heaven
        For thine ain't the kingdom
        Nor power, nor glory
        Never, I say never

        1. natl_indecency_cmdr

          Old Mary, full of grease,
          Your heart stops within you,
          Scary are the fruits of your tomb,
          and harsh are the terms of your sins,

          Old Mary, sister of mine, mother to the world,
          carry this burden now until the moment of your last breath
          Now 'till the moment of your last breath.

          [dead weather]

        1. comrad_darkness

          What, you've already stolen it? Well, no rush. I have to learn how to write first anyway.

        1. DashboardBuddha

          I can totally see Jesus walking up to the old man and saying, "Seriously, what the fuck were you thinking?"

          1. Fukui_sanYesOta

            Ha! That'd be Old Testament god, and he'd be all, like, "I can change! I'll stop drinking! Just give me another chance!"

          2. DashboardBuddha

            Truer words were never said. Heinlein said that the old testament god had the morals of a spoiled child. As much as I respect and admire Bob, I have to disagree. OT God is more like a violent alcoholic.

          3. comrad_darkness

            Meanwhile Satan is off to the side rubbing his hands saying, "heh, tricked Him again. Omniscient, my ass."

    2. OneDollarJuana

      I was thinking of "sharing" my baseball bat with Pawlenty, but since he is opposed to sharing, maybe I'll just "give it to him".

      1. grigoritheocto

        Yes, but then you'd be forcing him to share his blood with the bat, which would be communism. See, there is no way to beat them. No matter what we do, we are commies! We are so fucked!

    3. WABishop

      Funny how the conservatives evoke the name of Jesus while implementing the policies of the Romans. Crucifixion, for instance, was a zero-tolerance approach to crime.

    4. zhubajie

      It's no secret the religious right worships the devil and just *calls* him Jesus. Who offered health and wealth, all the kingdoms of the world?

    5. Steverino247

      Me, I picture a little Jewish kid running along the columns of marching Roman soldiers saying (in broken Latin), "Hey Cicero! You want my mother? She's a virgin!"

      1. Negropolis

        You are so bad…and I love you for it.

        So, Joseph says to the centurion he says: Take my wife. No, please, take her!

        1. Steverino247

          My favorite answer to "If you could ask one question of God, what would it be?" is:

          Hey, uh, God. Um, was Mary as good as everybody says she was?

          1. Negropolis


            Are you Catholic? It'd seem that it'd take a lapsed Catholic to come up with so many on-point Mary jokes.

    6. revmod

      I think it actually takes five days, from Palm Sunday to Good Friday. Happy Holy week, everyone!

  5. user-of-owls

    Harding? Harding 'University'? Oh dear god, I know that place. Their school mascot is the Smitin' Saints and the school band is renowned for its half-time performance, "A Salute To Jonestown!"

    1. Beowoof

      I was thinking that it was Tonya Harding U, clubbing their way to the top of the Christian Ladder.

  6. BlueStateLibel

    Because if you want to teach kids real patriotism, make them sing the anthem for a failed secessionist movement, great idea.

    1. Sue4466

      Seriously, WTF is with people who worship the Confederacy claiming to be the most patriotic Americans? actually suggesting that loving the Confederacy is a requirement for patriotism? Fuck.

        1. horsedreamer_1

          Another thing for which the Right can blame California: the Compromise of 1850/California Compromise. California enters as a Free State, & slave-auctions are banned in DC; on the flip-side, fugitive slave hunters were allowed to cross into Free Soil states to capture runaways. Still…

  7. GuanoFaucet

    Great, now all the Minnesota schoolchildren are going to turn out to be dope smoking neo-marxists.

    1. user-of-owls

      Old Required 10th Grade Reading: Bible, Ayn Rand & Highlights Magazine.

      New Required 10th Grade Reading: Das Kapital, Hunter Thompson & High Times.

      1. calibrit

        We should really be fighting back, with some seriously liberal reading list suggestions. Then the net result will be the Celebrity Deathmatch model of education: Ayn Rand vs. Kurt Vonnegut, Jack Welch's Straight from the Gut vs. Thich Nhat Thanh's The Miracle of Mindfulness. The matchups would be awesome, and the libruls would generally win.

      2. horsedreamer_1

        Thomas King Forcade, a Great American.

        Wait for it…

        Wait for it…

        Wait for it…


  8. Gopherit

    I anxiously await my copy of the Atlas Shrugged coloring book, courtesy of the Minn Committee for Destroying Anything Good about Childhood.

        1. Beowoof

          The bright spot is that Paul Ryan plans on no medicare being there so they can all die young before sponging off the system. Unlike Ayn Rand who it turns out may have enjoyed some socialism before her passing.

  9. BZ1

    Can't they just arm the Kindergartners, just like in Texas, you know, the well-regulated militia starts young.

  10. Goonemeritus

    I’m a little surprised Ann Rynd wasn’t required reading, Tim’s kind of pussy don’t you think?

  11. comrad_darkness

    I'm so old fashioned I remember a time when morons were kept clear of anything to do with education.

  12. Texan_Bulldog

    She'll be fine; there are probably more of the blacks to insult in AR than in MN anyway.

  13. Callyson

    While he's at it, T – Paw should just change the state slogan from "The Star of the North" to "I Know What's Mine."
    Also, upfists for everyone to balance out the downfisting troll with nothing better to do.

    1. DashboardBuddha

      Oh my fucking word. I knew the bitch was evil, but fuck…that whore makes Satan blush. If she is the standard bearer for the "young guns" of the GOP, we are more fucked than I ever dreamed.

    2. Beowoof

      I was going to write something about Ayn, but her philosphy means I have to call my daughters and tell them and their kids to fuck off, nothing for Easter, I am eating the chocolate I bought myself and the little fuckers should get jobs.

  14. Gopherit

    Really, I am trying very hard to be snarky about this, but these are horrible, horrible people. I hope Garrison Kellior finally gets mad and takes a bat to them.

      1. $exy$murf

        Minnesota: Where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the governors are below average.

    1. OneDollarJuana

      This episode brought to you by Gunpowder Milk Biscuits. The biscuits that ''give shy people the strength to stand up and do what needs to be done.''

  15. weejee

    Shed a tear for the northern tier. What is up with Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan? Did the zebra mussels or lamprey eels pooping in the Great Lakes cause a problem with the drinking water?

    1. V572..whatever

      I spent many a summer in WI and MN and don't remember all this anger and class warfare. Maybe we can blame it on Romney (pere) who had all the Rambler factories in Janesville, etc.

      1. Ken Layne

        These people are what, 20% of the electorate? And they're reactionary white upper-middle-classers who "got theirs" and have particular anger for the cold midwest's long history and present practice of democratic labor politics. These are the people who cheered Wellstone's plane crash. They're the shit of the earth.

        1. V572..whatever

          In the Midwest of long ago no one knew about the Gheys or autoerotic strangulation or even rape — it was “assault.” Now the Poors and the Urbans and their jive-ass rap are inescapable, even if you live on two-lane Highway 51. So they're mad. They never liked working at the Rambler plant or Milwaukee Tool or even Harley-Davidson, and those jobs are gone anyway. So they're mad at the Kenyan colored man in the White House and the workers who still have union jobs. Walker taps this somehow.

          1. ShaveTheWhales

            Mm. Watch out for generalization. I don't know how you define "long ago", but none of those things were unknown 45 years ago.

            The base problem is job loss — the timber/paper industry has gone to shit because of all the fast-growth pines now down in the Carolinas, and a lot of the manufacturing was tied to the Big Three auto companies, and, well, fuck. And, at least in Wisconsin, unions have still retained some clout, which leads to periodic showdowns where management threatens to move everything to, e.g., Arkansas.

            When people lose jobs, they lose the sense that life is going well, and they look for someone else to blame. The urbans have been there forever, but now their jive-ass rap is just as likely being played by white-ass wangsters, so it is inescapable. For reasons that I have never been able to understand (although I think it must have the same roots as religion), people (at least Europeans and Americans) tend to respond to SMALL differences in financial well-being by wanting to pull down the slightly-better-off, rather than insisting that everyone should move up to the slightly-better-off level. (Note: this is the point of unions).

            I think Walker "tapped into this" because "drag everybody down" is sort of the default case. It takes a lot of work — much of it futile — to try to explain to people that, yes, they're being fucked over — but by their own employers, and not by other workers.

      2. zhubajie

        In my father's case, the world didn't stand still when he was a boy. Things got too complicated around 1950, he says.

    2. ThundercatHo

      Don't forget OH-IO, our Gov is fucking over the teachers and is also planning to sell the turnpike.

      1. zhubajie

        When I left Cincy, early '90s, they were facing a billion dollar replacement bill for the sewers, destroyed by corrosive chemical waste. What's happened there?

  16. emmelemm

    As I was waxing rhapsodic last night, I went to elementary school in librul country in the 1970s, with lots of "ethnic" and "urban" children, and we sang a lot of "We Shall Overcome".


    Wait, what?

  17. BaldarTFlagass

    Too bad Slim Pickens ain't around any more, they could get him to film an instructional film with a target audience of the Minnesota pickaninny kids, and he could teach them how to sing "De Camptown Ladies." Well, maybe they can find the old clip on Youtube.

    It's stories like these that make me want to gun down the door-to-door God-botherers, and go out and deface their billboards. Instead I just keep my head down with the Bacardi and Bubblegum Train Wreck or whatever the hell my dealer is calling it this month.

    1. poncho_pilot

      "well, I've been to one world fair, a picnic, and a rodeo, and that's the stupidest thing I ever heard come over a set of earphones."

    2. comrad_darkness

      Dude, do what I do, tell them the shit about their religion they didn't know.

      Joseph Smith is a freakin' gold mine.

      Added: And then they'll leave some secret mark on your house so no one comes anymore. At least that seems to have been the case. BTW, I'm VERY polite to them.

      1. OneDollarJuana

        True story: my brother was bothered by JW's and Mormons on a regular basis. One day a pair of JW's came up to the door. My brother spied them and sent his 5-year-old son out to greet them. His son happened to by playing with an off-color Philipino sculptural souvenir that had a dick on a spring. My nephew answered the door holding the icon by the cock. The JW's took one look, said "oh my" and left.

        He was never bothered again.

        1. zhubajie

          I put up Chinese door gods, posters of heavy-set men in full armor, brandishing weapons — the most serious martial artists you can imagine. Missionaries don't bother me at all.

      2. ThundercatHo

        Exactly. Just ask them to prove the bible is the absolute truth without citing the bible. Makes their heads explode. Other great questions to ask : What if the bible is wrong? and How can you expect me to "just have faith" in something that you cannot prove?

        1. zhubajie

          Ask'em if their Bible has the Book of Enoch, see what they say. If they've never heard of it, tell'em Jude quotes it.

      3. Ducksworthy

        I have also found that they can be induced to move heavy household appliances from the basement to the curb.

  18. biocurious

    I'm glad the fundamentalist Christians are finally taking a hardline stance on everything Jesus stood for – like racism and the hoarding of cash and possessions.

    1. Fukui_sanYesOta

      Or protecting children from abuse

      What limited contact with the outside world they had came through the Dutros' roles as parishioners at Antioch's Calvary Open Bible Church, which the women
      said condemned them and defended their father when they would speak out about the abuse — even after Zion was convicted of molesting one of them in 1995.

    2. Zvi_Bleindmeis

      Render bupkus unto Caesar.

      Suffer the little children to be homeschooled and taught how to shoot.

      You have heard it said, love your friends and hate your enemies. Damn straight.

      If a man strikes you on the cheek, fucking destroy his ass.

      God is love. And monkeys fly out of my butt.

      When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites who stand in the synagogues and love to be seen by men. Use a bullhorn, and fire some warning shots if they aren't listening.

      Beloved, love one another. Freaking homos.

      Give us this day our daily lottery ticket, so we might be able to move out of this crap neighborhood with all the whores and poor people.

      1. biocurious

        For the love of equality is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after selfishness, godliness, faith, anger, xenophobia, and hating the three Ms – Muslims, Mexicans, and marijuana.

    3. mayor_quimby

      That is correct! How long until a candidate runs on a pure Jesus platform and they say 'fuck that guy' ? Not long, if they haven't already.
      And +100p on your avatar and nickname, fucking awesome!

  19. mrpuma2u

    Yeesh. T-Paw seems to be doing some crazy shuffle-step, trying to appease both the bat-sh!t crazies on the right, and still seem like a bland honkey who can garner enough of the moderates to limp his way into the nomination.

    1. zhubajie

      There are moderate Republicans any more? I thought they slept with the fishes and the liberal Republicans!

  20. mavenmaven

    The only thing they need to know about is White-Person-Jesus and the requisite guns needed to protect him.

  21. MinAgain

    I'm pretty sure even the illegitimate teachers thought Yecke was moron.

    extremist libertarians

    I am embarassed to say that I read that as "extremist librarians", and I was briefly appalled.

  22. pinkocommi

    Oh, Ken Layne! You're so funny. Pretending there are black people in Minnesota… [Belly laugh] Stop! My stomach hurts!

    1. mayor_quimby

      hey, hey hey, I personally know a BlackinAsian couple from MN that has actually spawned! The horror.
      Actually, they're awesome and their spawn are adorable.

    2. Beowoof

      Come on they have the Minnesota Vikings, I think you can find a few over at their training facility when the strike is over.

  23. bumfug

    And then they promoted Family Values by rubbing burnt cork on the kids' faces and singing, "How I loves ya, how I loves ya, mah dear ol' mammy!"

  24. Hipple, Rev. Paul T.

    Jesus loved sharing as the exchange of God's goodwill among his flock.

    However, Jesus also taught his apostles that the theft of one's rightfully earned income in the form of taxation by ILLEGITIMATE heads of state is no less a blaspheme than to fornicate upon the Image of God.

  25. WinterOuthouse

    Minnesoda is going to make all the kids sound like Foghorn Leghorn.

    Anyone want to come over for a chicken dinner?

    1. MissTaken

      Helmet hair? Check
      Double chin? Check
      Wannabe Sarah Palin glasses? Check
      Suit of some sort of plaid? Check
      Wannabe Donald Trump dead animal on head? Check

    2. 4TheTurnstiles

      That smile just screams, "I'm tolerating an abusive marriage because I can't admit to myself or my family my innermost desire for female companionship, for Jesus"

  26. owhatever

    Oh, I wish I wuz in de land ob ten-thousand lakes,
    Folks up dere got wot it takes
    To make me
    Run away, run away, run away
    And get warm.

  27. comrad_darkness

    In related news: In a letter to President Obama on Saturday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry requested federal emergency assistance, saying all but two of the state's 254 counties had been threatened or affected by the fires.

    Hey, bitch, I thought you were seceding. . .

    1. glamourdammerung

      I am sure the federal government could set up some kind of contract to assist Texas at a reasonable market rate.

    2. natl_indecency_cmdr

      I saw this and thought the same thing. makes me wish Obama was the type of asshole that would say something like "I thought you seceded." or something like what Bush did w/ Katrina. "You didn't fill out the paperwork correctly. sorry."

    3. OneDollarJuana

      Obama to Perry: I understand your problem, and as President I understand your troubles, but let me be perfectly clear. Go fuck yourself with a flaming tumbleweed. Hope the Mexicans take you back instead of resurrecting Santa Ana to do it right this time. And don't let those brush fires near the U.S. border, otherwise I'm gonna ship Fukushima to Texas as a goodwill gift to your fine country, or kingdom, or barren wasteland, whatever you wanna call it when you secede. Sincerely, the President of the 49 United States.

    4. Dudleydidwrong

      Oh, the hypocrisy! Oh, the hypocrisy! Rick Perry requests federal aid! If I were Obama I'd answer him by finding that Oregon post office employee, flying him over Perry's mansion and telling him to do his thing. Then I'd give him a raise.

      "Federal assistance? We don't need no stinkin' federal assistance. Vamanos!"

    1. undeterredbyreality

      Where have all the good men gone
      And where are all the gods?
      Where's the street-wise Hercules
      To fight the rising odds?
      Isn't there a white knight upon a fiery steed?
      Late at night I toss and turn and dream
      of what I need

      I need a hero…

  28. trampndirtdown

    Harding also claims Ken Starr as a notable alum even though according to wikipedia (Kenneth Starr: lawyer, professor, former Office of the Independent Counsel, former dean of the Pepperdine University law school, and current president of Baylor University. (Starr did not graduate from Harding; he received his degrees from George Washington University, Brown University, and Duke University)

  29. zhubajie

    Is that for real? I'd love to see it!

    Santa crucified in a Tokyo department store's Xmas display was for real.

  30. zappadoo76

    I am seeing fascism develop right in front of my eyes and I can't believe it. It's all there: the middle class mass movement (Teabaggers) financed by big capital (Kochs et al.) aimed at destroying democratic rights and trade unions and solving economic problems by aggressive war while repressing an unhappy populace with a police state.

    Did I leave anything out? I'm sure I did. But I don't want to believe it.

    No wait. There's always a charismatic leader, like Tim Pawlenty.

        1. trumpbly_joe

          Meh, all these wingnuts make the critical error of assuming that if there *is* a rapture, they're the ones that'll be going.

      1. horsedreamer_1

        Debbie Harry infuriates me, & those new jacks from Omaha, with their complicated haircuts, get on my last nerve.

  31. fuflans

    i do remember that horror. little did we know just the beginning of the batshit crazy republican chick taking over the entire bloody party.

  32. Lost_Teabaggers

    God it urks me when wingnuts pretend fascism and Communism carry the same reasoning when they arrive from completely different views, espouse different ideas and expect different results. Any time a wingnut does that, casually links the two it right away shows they don't have a clue what they are talking about and should probably just shut the fuck up. It's not that I even like either ideology, it's the casual lazy ignorance and arrogance of it…fascism is collectivism, come fucking on, wingnut.

    Anyway, just wanted to get that one off my chest, wonkette is a good place to blow off the irritation created by grating ignorance + arrogance= wingnut.

    Oh, and I fucking hate wingnuts.

  33. ShaveTheWhales

    C'mon Ken, there were no Nash Ramblers still running in 2000.

    My first car was a Rambler, but even in 1966 it was an "American Motors" Rambler. A piece of shit, but cheap. It carried me from Milwaukee to China Lake and back for three summers of Civil Service work, back when that option still existed for college students.

    Terrible car. Some pretty good times though. Except for the war. But we apparently always have those.

  34. tribbzthesquidz

    There are a lot of places in this country, where parents would be wise to yank their kids out of public school for the opposite reasons of the current caricature of homeschoolerz. Unhealthy, unsafe, dumb jesus nuts, kafka-esque, bad food, DARE, faith-science, faith-sex ed, caste system. Those who can't afford the nice private schools are going to have to be making it more on their own or networking with like minds, off the grid, if they don't want their kids joining the conspiracy of stupid.

    1. finallyhappy

      I have met people who homeschooled for those reasons- although by High school put kids back so they could learn higher level science and math(and I think we have pretty decent schools here-althoough yeah, bad food)

  35. poncho_pilot

    George Washington Carver and Ben Franklin. either one could kick their collective asses.

  36. MadBrahms

    Quoth Wikipedia: "Campaigns against "Dixie" and other Confederate symbols have helped create a sense of political ostracism and marginalization among working-class white Southerners"

    That must just be awful, not being able to identify with your southern heritage, by which I mean the days in which you not only turned men into chattel but also conquered them by expropriating and making a mockery out of their language.

    You have to be at least a *bit* more subtle with your crypto-racism; talk about "state's rights" or some other canard. Dixie? Seriously?

    1. Negropolis

      "Campaigns against "Dixie" and other Confederate symbols have helped create a sense of political ostracism and marginalization among working-class white Southerners"

      Talk about drawing false moral equivalencies. I really can't sympathize in any way with this. If Southerners can't find pride in their region outside of their historic rebellion, they deserve to be ridiculed. I just don't get it. The same goes for Texas and the "we are so proud we were once an independent nation" bullshit. Yeah, you couldn't stand that fucking culturally enlightened Mexico had outlawed chattel slavery, so you withdrew from their union. Don't mess with Texas, eh? Fuck Texas.

      Honestly, can they not define themselves in any other way? Is there no pride in the South outside of having had an economy based on owning people and treating the vast majority of the population (poor whites) as sharecroppers and subsistence farmers? The entire system was depraved, yet they want to remember it as the good ole days.

      I really blame the US government on this one, what with giving up on Reconstruction and all, which allowed for the entrenchment of Jim Crowe that haunted the region for another 100 years+.

      1. horsedreamer_1

        It only took the GOP sixteen years to become entrenched. (Well, 22, but 16 from Lincoln's first election.) Had the party barons & big business interests been willing to let Tilden in, the Congressional Republicans could have continued Reconstruction.

      2. schvitzatura

        Yeah, a few more decades of wrathful grape vintage stomping the Sesesh into model citizens would have been beneficial to all concerned.

        Maybe Reconstruction, Part Deux is in order…

  37. ShaveTheWhales

    So, "Dixie" in Minnesota. Actually, I guess I must have learned it as a kid in Wisconsin, since I more or less know how it goes.

    However, let me tell my anti-Dixie story.

    I went to the University of Wisconsin. In 67 or 68, I think, we hosted an NCAA Regional (what is now referred to as the Sweet Sixteen).. As it happened, we weren't in it (and it didn't matter anyhow, 'cause UCLA had that Alcindor kid), but Marquette (from Milwaukee) was. Since it was at the Camp Randall Fieldhouse, there were some (shitty) seats available for students, so I went. One of the semifinal games was Marquette vs Kentucky. Kentucky was, in those days, kind of like Duke is now — always contenders. The team was also — and it's hard for me to believe this memory — all white. They were also pretty good, but Marquette (not all-white) managed to beat them.

    At the closing buzzer, the Marquette band struck up a tune, but not the Marquette fight song — they played the Battle Hymn of the Republic. And once the crowd figured out what was going on, 14000 people joined the chorus.

  38. widget2011

    This, my friends, is the St. Ronald of Raygun legacy. Isn't it lovely? Lower taxes for billionairs, rampant racism and LGBT bigotry, cronyism, union busting, biggest per capita prison population on earth, endless drug testing for all, teabagging idiots, permanent right wing supreme court, homeschooling. As a matter of fact, almost everything that is wrong with the United States can be tracked back to this senile, superstitious, bible thumping moron. Any room left on Mt. Rushmore?

    Epic Fail.

    1. 102415

      No bible thumping. He never went to church and didn't care who knew. As for the rest of what you said, carry on.

  39. carlgt1

    ugh, read about the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry at the Battle of Gettysburg and you'll see how appawling Tim's choice of Dixie is. I guess it's OK to be a despicable, insulting asshole when you're a RepugliKKKan….

  40. emmelemm

    The Rambler was my mom's first car, after she and my dad got divorced when I was a little kid. No idea who recommended that such a car might be a good fit for a single mom, but it was always breaking down. This was also concurrent with the oil embargo of the 70s, so, gas station lines and such. (Good times! Not really.)

    Once the Rambler died for good, my mom got an adorable blue Datsun B210.

  41. schvitzatura

    Yecke and T-Paw can share an economy-sized bag of lightly salted poisoned rat schlongs:

    He captured Harper’s Ferry, with his nineteen men so few,
    And frightened "Old Virginny" till she trembled thru and thru;
    They hung him for a traitor, they themselves the traitor crew,
    But his soul is marching on.

Comments are closed.