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Friday, July 09, 2004

Three quick hits:

1. Bill Simmons does his take on the abundance of list shows. It's near the bottom, it's funnier than mine, and you all should be reading Simmons anyway, but here's yet another link.

2. A ridiculous story out of Cal-i-forn-i-a.

Richard Riordan, California's Secretary of Education, was speaking to a group of children when the following exchange happened.
"Did you know that my name actually means an Egyptian goddess?" she said with noticeable pride in her voice.Riordan looked somewhat confused for a moment or two before answering: "It means stupid, dirty girl."
This, of course, grew into a furor.
"It is abusive to use such language toward a child, regardless the gender, race, socioeconomic background or national heritage," Alice A. Huffman, president of the California State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said in a statement.

"To say that he was only kidding or joking suggests that Mr. Riordan, who is in charge of developing education policy for our children, knows nothing about children and has even less respect for them."

The NAACP and other civil rights groups had planned to attend a Capitol news conference Thursday called by Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally, D-Compton, who was demanding that Riordan step down.
There was only one problem.
Dymally's office abruptly canceled the event, however, after learning that the girl is white.
Ah, political stupidity strikes again.

3. Someone please tell me what this quote from Michael Moore means?:
"I get a lot of mail from Australia," Moore said. "I probably get per capita more mail from Australia than from any other country. A lot of angry Australians. I never realised how angry and I don't think just because they are living in Australia, right?

"No, I mean, I realise, it's like, you're living on an island, but you're also a country, but you're also a continent. So I know there's a lot of confusion there, right?
Wha....? No, seriously, is Moore that stupid? Or ignorant about Australia? Or...well, I don't know. This is just one of the oddest quotes EVER.


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