June 6, 2005

the Earth looks better from a star

Andy Warhol and Lou Reed at the First Factory, NYC, 1966, by Gretchen Berg

* Top ten conservative idiots. excerpt:

"Richard Nixon And Friends

"We'd like to say a special thank you this week to Mark Felt, aka Deep Throat, for waiting until just before our 200th Top 10 Conservative Idiots to reveal himself. Thanks to Mr. Felt we can now do a special retrospective entry on Richard Nixon. From burglary to espionage to subverting the Justice and State Departments, as well as the U.S. intelligence services, Nixon and his administration were not just criminals, but experts in the field of conservative idiocy.

"Of course, there are some people who say that Felt is not actually an American hero but a dastardly traitor who betrayed his country by telling the truth when the patriotic thing to do would have been to to, um, cover-up the government's very real crimes. But since those people are Pat Buchanan, Robert Novak, and G. Gordon Liddy, we can pretty much ignore their ramblings.

"So the question remains, who will be the new Deep Throat? Who will come forward to blow the whistle on the Downing Street Minutes, Valerie Plame, Enron, election theft, Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, Halliburton, the August 6th PDB, Donald Rumsfeld's cozy relationship with Saddam Hussein, the failure to capture Osama bin Laden, the dubious corporatization of Social Security, the...

"Oh, wait a second, we already know about all those things."

* The ten most harmful books of the past two centuries, according to whacko conservative group. excerpt:

Number 5 -- Democracy and Education, by John Dewey, published 1916. What they say:

"John Dewey, who lived from 1859 until 1952, was a 'progressive' philosopher and leading advocate for secular humanism in American life, who taught at the University of Chicago and at Columbia. He signed the Humanist Manifesto and rejected traditional religion and moral absolutes. In Democracy and Education, in pompous and opaque prose, he disparaged schooling that focused on traditional character development and endowing children with hard knowledge, and encouraged the teaching of thinking skills' instead. His views had great influence on the direction of American education--particularly in public schools--and helped nurture the Clinton generation."

* What in your drugs. [via]


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