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GOOD TO KNOW THAT “HIGHER ED BUBBLE” IS WORTH IT … By FITSNEWS  ||  Government-run schools in the United States love to indoctrinate America’s youth on the dangers of “global warming,” the benevolence of big government and the unmitigated evil of white people (and capitalism) … but how are they…

GOOD TO KNOW THAT “HIGHER ED BUBBLE” IS WORTH IT …

By FITSNEWS  ||  Government-run schools in the United States love to indoctrinate America’s youth on the dangers of “global warming,” the benevolence of big government and the unmitigated evil of white people (and capitalism) … but how are they doing when it comes to actually educating them?

Not very well …

This week we were forwarded a video filmed recently on the campus of Texas Tech University that should make you weep for the future of the country … assuming you weren’t doing so already.  In the clip, students at the Lubbock, Texas school were interviewed and asked several basic questions – including “Who won the Civil War?”  “Who is the vice president?” and “Who did we gain our independence from?”

How’d the students fare?  Not well …

Of course when the questions turned to popular culture (“What show is Snooki on?” and “Who is Brad Pitt married to?”), the students immediately knew the answers.

So yeah … this is what that massive inflation of America’s student loan bubble is going for!

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(Vid: Via)

Yikes!

Oh well at least there are historical markers out there to educate these young minds … errrr, hmmmm.  Maybe not so much.

UPDATE: Of interest, here’s the student who filmed the video responding to her critics.

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107 comments

Nölff December 12, 2014 at 1:34 pm

This is like Jay Walking back when Jay Leno was on. They find a bunch of people. Those who answered correctly don’t get shown. The handful that give wrong answers are ridiculed on TV/Youtube. Yes, there are a lot of stupid people.

My religion is science and math. I’m open minded about Global Warming… (agnostic about it.) Just because it gets cold like it’s supposed to in winter, people are all “See, Global Warming is BS.”.. When it get’s hot you get the opposite effect.

I don’t gather credible science from government officials, but rather scientists who don’t proselytize about politics and religion.

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euwe max December 12, 2014 at 3:46 pm

I’ll bet I could determine just by looking who knew more popular culture than who rules their lives.

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E Norma Scok December 12, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Jimmy Kimmel still does a similar bit called “lie witness news”, where a correspondent asks someone about something completely fictional or even backwards to see what they say.

Similar but funnier.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWI58bgdVfw

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Mike at the Beach December 13, 2014 at 12:57 am

I dunno…I run across these kids in one of my regular gigs, and the derp runs pretty deep. I’ve also used quizzes like this to break the ice and break large groups into smaller groups on consulting gigs, but I stopped because the level of stupidity in the young execs was so bad that I usually just ended up embarrassing the the few who were self-aware enough to know they were morons. I rationalize it away by thinking that maybe it’s always been true that about 75% of the population is fairly stupid, it’s just more obvious now due to the web, social media, etc.

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9" December 14, 2014 at 12:31 pm

I agree with you,to a point. I’ve worked with teens and adults since the 70’s,and have seen,first hand;most people don’t read books,anymore.The majority of college graduates stop reading after they get their degree,and there’s a decline in English Departments//https://theamericanscholar.org/the-decline-of-the-english-department/#.VI3IoyvF_94

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Mike at the Beach December 14, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Great article! The line that summed it for me was, “Studying English taught us how to write and think better, and to make
articulate many of the inchoate impulses and confusions of our post-adolescent minds.”

STEM and biz degrees are great (and we obviously need both types); I just wish *all* degrees still pounded the basics in for at least the first two years- English lit, basic US and world history / Western Civ, logic / philosophy, etc. I think those days are gone, unfortunately, which will create a class of academic elites on the university side and graduates who can read a spreadsheet but have no real understanding of the world in which the business operates.

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Same ol' Same ol' December 15, 2014 at 7:56 am

They ain’t nothin’ like readin’, writin’, and ‘rithmitec. Hard to replace that with an Ipad.

joan December 13, 2014 at 10:18 pm

The conservation crowd no longer uses the term “global warming.” Scientific data shows that our climate has actually cooled slightly in recent years. Oops! That is why they now use the term “climate change.” They have no idea what changes might occur but they are hoping some sort of change occurs so they don’t look stupid again.

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SCBlues December 14, 2014 at 8:02 am

“The conservation crowd no longer uses the term “global warming.” Scientific data shows that our climate has actually cooled slightly in recent years”
You are full of shit.

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Rocky December 12, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Well at least we know how dumb people in Texas are. But then again, that’s not really surprising. And dumber yet – well – look outside. Yeah, SC.

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idcydm December 12, 2014 at 5:32 pm

If you think it’s just Texas and SC you have lived a sheltered life.

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FastEddy23 December 12, 2014 at 1:39 pm

A lack of education in the basics of the US Constitution?

IMOP: The US Constitution should be read and taught from the First Grade. … With or without The Pledge.

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Uh huh December 12, 2014 at 4:18 pm

The Pledge should not be mandatory.

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Smirks December 12, 2014 at 4:26 pm

“But soldiers died for your right to not say the pledge of allegiance!”

Well, then, I better keep not saying it or they’ll have died in vain.

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Gregory Geddings December 12, 2014 at 5:06 pm

I get confused on that “liberty and justice for all” part.

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FastEddy23 December 15, 2014 at 11:06 am

That’s fine, agreed. After one learns what that Constitution is all about, a pledge may or may not fit in with the students beliefs or desires or inclination. One can always be silent while other review their pledges.

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Googlery December 12, 2014 at 1:43 pm

The iPhone is the “third half” of the brain now.

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Smirks December 12, 2014 at 4:24 pm

We’re totally fucked when Skynet comes online.

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Sarah Connor December 13, 2014 at 9:19 am

We’re totally fucked when Skynet comes online.</i.

Yep.

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Sarah Connor December 13, 2014 at 9:20 am

We’re totally fucked when Skynet comes online.

Yep.

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The Sympathetic Ear December 12, 2014 at 1:44 pm

+10 for the great looking chicks! Who cares about discussing current events with them! Let’s just have fun — (shame on me).

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E Norma Scok December 12, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Most just are there for the MRS. Degree..looking to find their lawyer husband to sponsor them so they can pop out kids and go have lunch at quaint little spots downtown. Maybe, if they get really bored..they’ll blog about it.

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junior justice December 12, 2014 at 4:39 pm

And then they can write those “special” newsworthy articles for Fitsnews that everyone craves.

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E Norma Scok December 13, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Well, that was kinda my point when I wrote it, but I see one of our more radical women posters short hairs got in a knot (and I feel sure there are a LOT of shorts hairs on her) and didn’t quite get the allusion.

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SCBlues December 14, 2014 at 6:32 am

“(and I feel sure there are a LOT of shorts hairs on her)”
And I feel sure you have something very short on you as well – I don’t care what your posting name says.
Radical women posters, huh? LOL I guess I could call you a radical man poster but you’ve given me no indication that you are man at all – little (and I do mean LITTLE) boy most likely Head on down to the beach and visit Mikey – you can too can jerk each other off in person instead of doing from afar on this forum. (Just please wash up before posting again.)

Mike at the Beach December 13, 2014 at 12:26 am

Awesome. I don’t know if you know this, but you said that out loud. The humorless feminists may eat you alive…

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SCBlues December 13, 2014 at 2:44 am

“Awesome. I don’t know if you know this, but you said that out loud. The humorless feminists may eat you alive…”
Ha. Ha. Ha. There. Got a sense of humor.
You would find it “awesome” – that was never in doubt. You sound like you’ve been watching too many re-plays of Clueless.
Is that all your wife is good for, Mikey? Popping out kids? Got any daughters by chance? I sure hope not.

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Mike at the Beach December 13, 2014 at 3:36 am

Now, now, you’re driving angry again…

Strange that would somehow infer that I was endorsing the practice of marrying a woman who was simply looking for a gravy train (or at least a particular lifestyle). Besides, I married for money… ;-)

SCBlues December 13, 2014 at 4:31 am

“Strange that would somehow infer that I was endorsing the practice of marrying a woman who was simply looking for a gravy train (or at least a particular lifestyle”
Well, when someone posts something and you gush “awesome” to them that generally means you are in agreement – well, maybe not in your alternate universe.
Or maybe you thought that the posting name E Norma Scok was “awesome” – I certainly would not find that surprising either.

Mike at the Beach December 13, 2014 at 11:05 am

Wow…you are doing a bangup job of perpetuating the comfortable show wearing, angry feminist stereotype! Lighten up! The “awesome” compliment was directed at ol’ Norma’s courage at calling out the social stereotype at play here. Oh, and a gay slight? really? I thought you folks (meaning perpetually angry feminist types) think gay is cool, no? Gay folks of any stripe don’t bother me a whit, as long as they don’t bother me. Is this where I am supposed to say, “I know you are but what am I?” Or maybe, “Yo mama!” perhaps?

Relax! You don’t always have to go straight to shrew-mode!

idcydm December 13, 2014 at 11:42 am

Know I’m going to catch hell for this but what the hell, PMS.

SCBlues December 14, 2014 at 6:36 am

“Know I’m going to catch hell for this but what the hell, PMS.”
Oooh – must have taken two of them Viagra pills to come up with that little ditty!

SCBlues December 14, 2014 at 6:25 am

“Relax! You don’t always have to go straight to shrew-mode!”
Oh Mike get over yourself. For someone who fancies himself so brilliant and awesome you sure are a dumb fuck.

Mike at the Beach December 14, 2014 at 10:40 am

Another piece of stunningly brilliant rhetoric from our resident shrew! My wife digs me (and has for 20 years). I feel sorry for *your* wife… ;-)

SCBlues December 14, 2014 at 2:28 pm

“My wife digs me (and has for 20 years).
Yeah – I’ll just bet she does.

SCBlues December 14, 2014 at 7:52 am

“Gay folks of any stripe don’t bother me a whit, as long as they don’t bother me”
Gay guys are attracted to MEN – you have nothing to worry about.

Mike at the Beach December 14, 2014 at 10:42 am

I love the fact that I am so in your head! Scary in here, though, and a little sad…

SCBlues December 14, 2014 at 2:26 pm

“Scary in here, though, and a little sad…”
LOL Your posts are very sad. Read up on narcissistic personality disorder – it fits you perfectly.

9" December 16, 2014 at 5:05 am

‘Gay folks of any stripe don’t bother me a whit,as long as they don’t bother me.’

Long time pet peeve with straight men.Don’t flatter yourself.

Mike at the Beach December 16, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Easy killa! Not the context I was in. I’m fairly certain gay dudes aren’t checking out my ass…which likewise doesn’t bother me. I meant “don’t bother me” in the general small-L libertarian kinda way. I would say the same thing about any other subculture I don’t want any part of, not just the LGBT community (potheads, people who wear their pants down around their asses, drunks, etc.)…more like a “to each their own” thing.

Why, do these pants make my butt look big? ;-)

9" December 16, 2014 at 7:12 pm

I get you,but I’ve had acquaintances tell me that,when I admit I’m gay.I don’t make anyone’s gaydar go off.’Straight-acting’ gays sometimes have it worse than the effeminate ones,and I get along better w/straight men and women due to mutual interests…

‘I would say the same thing about any other subculture I don’t want any part of, not just the LGBT community’

I’m not part of any subculture.I’m a homosapien,first and foremost.Sorry,I overestimated your intelligence.There’s so much more to a person than their sexuality.

Mike at the Beach December 16, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Lighten up, amigo. We’re *all* in subcultures, whether we define them ourselves or not. I’m sorry if SOC 101 gets on your nerves, but that’s simply not some kind of judgmental statement. Like most people, I know a few homosexuals, and they’re actually in different subcultures. I know two pretty well- one works in the gay nightclub scene, is what most would call a bit flamboyant, and he genuinely embraces all of the parts of that scene; while the other lives a very mainstream life, works as a respected professional (just retired, actually), has been married to the same guy for 25 years, and describes himself as “merely gay” (which I think is pretty clever, and jibes with what you wrote). There’s actually a lot of discussion in sociology circles these days as to when my “merely gay” bud’s lifestyle will no longer be considered a subculture by SOC standards, but that’s just way too semantic and boring for this venue. My friends in the sociology world get way into the weeds on this stuff, down to how people dress, hobbies, etc. Of course we’re all people first, but sociology classifies (or tries to classify) just about any group behavior one could imagine. I’m not unintelligent just because I have a SOC minor, I just don’t think we’re in the same conversation.

TontoBubbaGoldstein December 13, 2014 at 9:12 am

PRO TIP:
You can marry more money in a minute than you can earn in a lifetime.

Bonus PRO TIP: (Hey…it’s Christmas.)
Often those who marry for money *earn* every penny.

Slartibartfast December 13, 2014 at 3:15 am

(I suspect SCBlues may be such)

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SCBlues December 13, 2014 at 4:26 am

“(I suspect SCBlues may be such)”
LOL I suspect you may be a fucking idiot – no, I take that back. I’ve read your posts on here so I know you’re a fucking idiot.

Slartibartfast December 13, 2014 at 2:06 pm

I defer to you in the knowledge of fucking idiots.

SCBlues December 14, 2014 at 6:43 am

“I defer to you in the knowledge of fucking idiots.”
Thanks – I sure nailed you, huh?

Mike at the Beach December 14, 2014 at 10:44 am

I think she may may the Grand Tango person. Same style, same constant reliance on vulgarity, and same basic “Ooh I got you!” thing.

SCBlues December 14, 2014 at 2:25 pm

“I think she may may the Grand Tango person. Same style, same constant reliance on vulgarity, and same basic “Ooh I got you!” thing.”
I just love fucking with you boys – you’re such weenies.

Mike at the Beach December 14, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Oh, you’re a “last word” chic, too. Oh, damn…

;-)

Slartibartfast December 15, 2014 at 6:57 pm

I guess. You and I disagree, from time to time, but I know you’re well experienced, and I hope the same from you.

Mike at the Beach December 13, 2014 at 11:05 am

Thanks for stirring that up! ;-)

Slartibartfast December 13, 2014 at 2:01 pm

I do what I can.

SCBlues December 14, 2014 at 6:42 am

“I do what I can.”
Why don’t you two get a room. I guess the bog question would be who would be on top and who would be on bottom – when it is obvious that you are both bottoms. I’m sure you boys will figure something out though.

Gregory Geddings December 17, 2014 at 7:53 am

Please! Slurpybuttfuck must go on the bottom as he weighs in just under 400 pounds and (like Bart Simpson’s fat kid fantasy) he “washes himself with a rag on a stick.”

On second thought maybe he should go on top. Half of the problem would be solved.

TontoBubbaGoldstein December 13, 2014 at 9:28 am

The humorless feminists may eat you alive…

[TBG hikes up his overalls, spits a chaw of Levi Garrett, chugs his PBR and adopts his best “mountain man from Deliverance” voice.]

Might do them gals good to eat some E Norma Scok.

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E Norma Scok December 13, 2014 at 4:45 pm

You said it better than I ever could…

SCBlues December 14, 2014 at 6:24 am

“Might do them gals good to eat some E Norma Scok.”
If only any of you BOYS had one . . . .and the ones who do brag about having one are usually the ones that you need a pair of tweezers to find it.

SCBlues December 13, 2014 at 2:31 am

” . . . .looking to find their lawyer husband to sponsor them so they can pop out kids ”
Yep. That is why all females go to college. Looking for that meal ticket and wanting to pop out kids. Is that where you came from?
Might want to check out the college graduation rates – females have been leading males for quite some time. But don’t let that get in the way of your sexist bullshit.
Obviously your little lady found herself quite a prize.

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Panem et Circenses December 12, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Tits FTW!

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Same ol' Same ol' December 15, 2014 at 8:02 am

The vocal fry and all the “likes” can drive a person mad, though. If they’d just quit talking.

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Panem et Circenses December 15, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Solution:

Put in your earplugs, close your eyes…and imagine your cock sliding in and out of her mouth.

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Idiocracy December 12, 2014 at 1:52 pm

The first question she should have asked each individual is, “Do you vote?”

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Smirks December 12, 2014 at 4:22 pm

From comedy to horror in three seconds.

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9" December 12, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Americans ARE stupid.Our founding editor’s posts are a great example.When you write,’government-run’ schools,I feel embarrassed for you,but it’s fun to see how low you can go…

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Tazmaniac December 12, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Tuition refunds should be granted.

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idcydm December 12, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Refunds are you kidding, we’ll be luck if they pay back their government guaranteed student loans.

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aikencounty December 12, 2014 at 2:18 pm

CIVIL WAR, a YANKEE phrase not uttered nor keyed by a true SOUTHERNER!!!!!!!!!

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Ulysses S. December 12, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Yet you keyed it. Stupid is as stupid does.

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aikencounty December 12, 2014 at 5:04 pm

That will make you a “carpetbagger”, or worse a “scalawag”.
YOU BETCHA!

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Rocky December 12, 2014 at 2:38 pm

I knowz who won the Civil War. Greeneville. Everyone knows that.

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shifty henry December 13, 2014 at 3:03 pm

One of my clients, a Citadel graduate, told me that he didn’t know that the South lost until he was in Vietnam.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein December 13, 2014 at 8:41 pm

“South lost…
…Vietnam.”

Noticing a pattern….

Uncle Ho was just trying to preserve the Union.

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mamatiger92 December 12, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Is it bad that I immediately thought of Taylor when I read this headline?

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euwe max December 12, 2014 at 3:45 pm

my alma mater.

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shifty henry December 12, 2014 at 8:33 pm

um-ah-uh – ????? – right now I’m speechless…

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euwe max December 12, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Expecting maybe, an Aggie… or that they would accept me at Texas Tech?

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TontoBubbaGoldstein December 13, 2014 at 9:34 am

TBG always thought you were a Vassar gal….

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shifty henry December 13, 2014 at 10:22 am

(euwe, max) I believe, is far from that….

euwe max December 13, 2014 at 11:27 am

In which direction?

shifty henry December 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm

The direction in which you studied “a broad”…

euwe max December 13, 2014 at 11:20 am

Did I give the impression I was proficient in a foreign language?

But.. then again, I have studied a broad.

Where did you get your chops? Brown?

euwe max December 14, 2014 at 12:44 am

You know, if I didn’t know better, I’d think you were less than enthusiastic about my political philosophy.

shifty henry December 14, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Anglos have BC and AD to measure time. Native People have the five BC’s:

1) Before Columbus
2) Before Custer
3) Before Commodity
4) Before Casinos
5) Before Costner!!

shifty henry December 14, 2014 at 9:32 pm

A new shop opened in town. It’s 100% Native American. Tomorrow I’m going to buy a wet-dream-catcher.

xx December 12, 2014 at 3:51 pm

This is stuff these college kids should have learned in grade school. Did they go to public or private grade schools?

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Bible Thumper December 12, 2014 at 4:02 pm

I knew all the answers except “Jersey Shore”. Who’s Snooki?

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SCBlues December 13, 2014 at 2:22 am

“I knew all the answers except “Jersey Shore”. Who’s Snooki?”
Horseshit. You sure knew how to spell her name correctly.

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shifty henry December 13, 2014 at 2:26 pm

I’m only familiar with Nooky, and the Hawaiian Lack-A-Nooky….

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Bible Thumper December 14, 2014 at 12:19 am

Doh!!

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Same ol' Same ol' December 15, 2014 at 8:06 am

Don’t care for Snooki, now Jwow, that’s a different story…

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The Colonel December 12, 2014 at 4:16 pm

If the plural of campus is campi, is the plural of doofus, doofi?

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Slartibartfast December 13, 2014 at 3:09 am

Doofus is of Greek origin from the Koine, “duphos,” meaning “someone who digs the dirt and plays football.” So, the plural would be “doofoi.”

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shifty henry December 13, 2014 at 10:19 am

Now don’t start that again!

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Slartibartfast December 13, 2014 at 1:49 pm

OK, OK.

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shifty henry December 12, 2014 at 4:45 pm

And now introducing the future governor of Texas…!!!

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Scooter December 12, 2014 at 9:55 pm

This is a good example of public school education–secondary and college. I just recent the Fits article on BJU. I guarantee you that you will not find brainless idiots like this on their campus.

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snickering December 12, 2014 at 11:25 pm

Stupid starts at the top in South Carolina.

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Slartibartfast December 13, 2014 at 1:03 am

Three subjects are not properly taught in High Schools, and a fourth thing I fear (to paraphrase Ecclesiastes):

• History
• Science
• Geography
and
• Economics

It’s not stupidity, it’s ignorance. But honestly, at some point, is there a difference?

Joy to all & Happy Hannukah!

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shifty henry December 13, 2014 at 10:48 am

My mother, (many years past her schooling) was looking through my sister’s history book from her class at Spring Valley High School. I am the oldest of the brood and my sister was the youngest by 15 years. My mother was discussing with me how small the coverage was about the Civil War/War of Northern Aggression compared to her school days in North Alabama.

I reminded her that her grandfather and father had left Atlanta immediately after that war ended and that all of her knowledge came from family members who lived during that time. Too many world events had occurred since then.

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Slartibartfast December 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Indeed. Except for genealogy, perhaps that may be a good thing. I have only flown the “1st flag”. Never the square battle flag, as it would be dishonorable to those who died under it, were I to use it as an ornament. I am currently looking for a heavy-duty Cowpens flag, which would be an official American flag. Too many words. Sorry.

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VoiceofReason December 13, 2014 at 6:24 am

I’m just glad

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VoiceofReason December 13, 2014 at 6:28 am

Glad they were not at uSC or 5 Points or it would have been ugly.

Let’s just be glad!

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grandtangosuglydog December 13, 2014 at 10:26 am

Rick Perry. Ted Cruz. Enough said!

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grandtangosuglydog December 13, 2014 at 10:44 am

From the state that brought you Ted Cruz and Rick (a president doesnt need a high IQ) Perry. Need I say more?

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Soft Sigh from Hell December 13, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Americans are stupid. But it is not simply not knowing arcane or even popular-culture “facts” that is important, it is inability to think rationally, to acquire, assess, and process information in a rational manner. Not a few persons holding difficult-to-obtain degrees fail in this manner too. Organizations and institutions are rife with them. Confirmation bias holds sway instead.

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nitrat December 14, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Hilarious You pick a video from the state where the state education board makes the national news every single year for doing something to dumb down the curriculum by eliminating facts and replacing them with religion!

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