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August 11, 2008

Did McCain Plagiarize His Speech on the Georgia Crisis?

Filed under: Government,It's Too Punny!,Politics — disciplepete @ 4:50 pm

Ahahah…this is pretty funny and kinda pathetic too. From Political Insider:

A Wikipedia editor emailed Political Wire to point out some similarities between Sen. John McCain’s speech today on the crisis in Georgia and the Wikipedia article on the country Georgia. Given the closeness of the words and sentence structure, most would consider parts of McCain’s speech to be derived directly from Wikipedia.

First instance:

one of the first countries in the world to adopt Christianity as an official religion (Wikipedia)


one of the world’s first nations to adopt Christianity as an official religion (McCain)

Second instance:

After the Russian Revolution of 1917, Georgia had a brief period of independence as a Democratic Republic (1918-1921), which was terminated by the Red Army invasion of Georgia. Georgia became part of the Soviet Union in 1922 and regained its independence in 1991. Early post-Soviet years was marked by a civil unrest and economic crisis. (Wikipedia)


After a brief period of independence following the Russian revolution, the Red Army forced Georgia to join the Soviet Union in 1922. As the Soviet Union crumbled at the end of the Cold War, Georgia regained its independence in 1991, but its early years were marked by instability, corruption, and economic crises. (McCain)

Third instance:

In 2003, Shevardnadze (who won reelection in 2000) was deposed by the Rose Revolution, after Georgian opposition and international monitors asserted that the 2 November parliamentary elections were marred by fraud. The revolution was led by Mikheil Saakashvili, Zurab Zhvania and Nino Burjanadze, former members and leaders of Shavarnadze’s ruling party. Mikheil Saakashvili was elected as President of Georgia in 2004. Following the Rose Revolution, a series of reforms was launched to strengthen the country’s military and economic capabilities. (Wikipedia)


Following fraudulent parliamentary elections in 2003, a peaceful, democratic revolution took place, led by the U.S.-educated lawyer Mikheil Saakashvili. The Rose Revolution changed things dramatically and, following his election, President Saakashvili embarked on a series of wide-ranging and successful reforms. (McCain)

Granted the third instance isn’t as close as the first two, which seem quite obviously taken from Wikipedia.

It should be noted that Wikipedia material can be freely used but always requires attribution under its terms of use. Whether a presidential candidate should base policy speeches on material from Wikipedia is another question entirely.


June 23, 2008

Brown Peoples Grey Hounded by Border Patrol

Filed under: Immigration,It's Too Punny!,OMGZCUTE,Race,Uncategorized,WTF — bobbleheadedbob @ 5:26 am

Apologies. BobbleBoT’s hard drive has recently been sucked into overdrive and is currently running on pirated battery juice. BATTERY JUICE. Charger not included.

freedom bus

Yay, it’s the freedom bus, yayyyy~! Oh wait. ::ga-DUNK!::

Some people apparently have ethical insomnia. Urgh. ICE needs to invest in some Lunesta. Bleh.

BobbLeBot disapproves.

When Riding the Bus Turns into a Ticket to Jail (Alternet):

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, also known as the Border Patrol, confirms that its agents in Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo check the citizenship status of travelers passing through by bus and train every day. These three cities are within 100 miles of the US-Canadian border. But more important than the border zone is the location of these cities on a major transportation corridor linking the Northeast (New York City and Boston) with the Midwest (Cleveland and Chicago). Border Patrol agents use Syracuse’s location as the functional equivalent of the border to police people traveling within the interior of the country.

Agents check for citizenship in the bus and train station — often waiting at the Greyhound ticket counter, or watching people as they disembark for food — and onboard buses and trains already filled with passengers. People who have witnessed or been subject to Border Patrol agents questioning describe two practices: agents explicitly target a group of people or ask everyone on board about their citizenship status.

Ooo, what KIND of peoples? What KIND???

According to reports from the Detainment Task Force, a Northern New York group, people routinely singled out for questioning include those who appear to be Mexican, Central American, South Asian, Asian, Afro-Caribbean, or Middle Eastern. Border Patrol officials deny that the agency racially profiles, insisting that they look for suspicious behaviors and, “question people with blond hair and blue eyes as much as anyone else.” But common understandings of race in the U.S. fuse nationality and ethnicity so that some groups are permanently deemed to be “foreign.”

BROWN people! THAT’s what KIND! As for questioning “people with blond hair and blue eyes as much as anyone else” — BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! Humanoids, this is a hiLAirious article. HiLarious! The capacity for ridiculosity never fails to entertain ze bobbLebot.

In July 2007, Tomas and his friend Salvador were driving to a doctor’s appointment. As they pulled out of the toll plaza from the I-90 throughway in Syracuse, a state trooper stopped them. Tomas has a valid U.S. driver’s license and a properly registered vehicle. The state trooper gave no indication of why he had stopped the vehicle, but he did ask Tomas and Salvador about their immigration status and then called Border Patrol agents. “The police officer stopped us because we have Hispanic faces,” Tomas said.

Tomas has had the same experience traveling by bus. Last October he was traveling to Syracuse on Greyhound when Border Patrol agents boarded the bus at the Rochester bus station. “The Border Patrol agents questioned all the Hispanic, Middle Eastern and Asian passengers,” he recalled. “They did not question any of the white passengers except some women who were wearing veils. Border Patrol had dogs with them and checked the whole bus. They even looked in the bathroom.”

A separate incident occurred in December when Tomas was at the Syracuse bus station with another friend. They were speaking to each other in Spanish as they approached the ticket counter where a Border Patrol agent was stationed. “As soon as the Border Patrol agent heard us speaking Spanish, he asked me for my papers,” he said.

BobbLebot doth not know whether to LOL or WTF. Or mebbe BobbLebot should LOLWTF. So many letters!

When Tomas finally boarded the bus and arrived in Rochester, Border Patrol was there as well. “I saw them [Border Patrol] on the platform questioning two Hispanic men. The men gave them permanent resident cards. The Border Patrol agent didn’t believe them. He took the cards and called somewhere else. The men had to wait for twenty minutes.” The two men were eventually released.

Well, gotta hand it to faux-police in uniforms. Cuz there’s nothing like the smell of racial profiling in the morning that motivates them to git off dar arses. I wonder if Brown People = Brain Coffee.

I mean, their work ethic is really commendable. If BobbLebot could have 3 words to describe Border PatroL agents, they would be listed as such:

1) Hard-working
2) Alpha-maLe
3) Jackhammer
2) Merciless

1) InsatiabLe…


June 10, 2008

Report Takes Aim at ‘Model Minority’ Stereotype of Asian-American Students

Filed under: Culture,Education,Higher Education,It's Too Punny!,K-12 Education,Race — disciplepete @ 5:15 pm

Article in the NYT about a new report regarding the “model minority” stereotype which we might be familiar with and which my colleague Tranimal exemplifies. HA!

The image of Asian-Americans as a homogeneous group of high achievers taking over the campuses of the nation’s most selective colleges came under assault in a report issued Monday.

…it pokes holes in stereotypes about Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, including the perception that they cluster in science, technology, engineering and math. And it points out that the term “Asian-American” is extraordinarily broad, embracing members of many ethnic groups…

Their educational backgrounds, the report said, vary widely: while most of the nation’s Hmong and Cambodian adults have never finished high school, most Pakistanis and Indians have at least a bachelor’s degree.

“The notion of lumping all people into a single category and assuming they have no needs is wrong,” said Alma R. Clayton-Pederson, vice president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, who was a member of the commission the College Board financed to produce the report.

Check out the whole article if you’re interested in this topic. I also have some observations on it based on my experience as a substitute teacher in my high school district, but I got things to do and people to see so I’ll comment later.

June 4, 2008

U.S. Loses Trade Ruling

Free markets are one of those things often preached and selectively practiced. Al Jazeera:

A World Trade Organisation (WTO) appeal panel upheld on Monday a ruling from December that found that the US had breached trade rules over its subsidies to cotton farmers.

The ruling means that Brazil could now seek one billon dollars in sanctions until the US stops payments to its farmers.

Developing nations, especially in Africa, say the US subsidies lower global prices, squeezing their own poor farmers out of the market.

The US government is estimated to have paid its cotton farmers $2bn to $4bn in subsidies in most recent years.

However, Tony Avirgan from the Economic Policy Institute, a non-profit think-tank, told Al Jazeera that the US government is unlikely to comply with the WTO ruling and has shown no inclination it will do so.

May 28, 2008

Do whites need training before parenting black children?

Filed under: Culture,It's Too Punny!,Legislation,Race,Rights — disciplepete @ 4:57 pm

Article about interracial adoption…discuss amongst yourselves. CNN:

NEW YORK (AP)Several leading child welfare groups Tuesday urged an overhaul of federal laws dealing with transracial adoption, arguing that black children in foster care are ill-served by a “colorblind” approach meant to encourage their adoption by white families….

…At issue is the 1994 Multi-Ethnic Placement Act — and revisions made to it in 1996 — governing the adoption of children from foster care.

One part of the law directs state agencies to recruit more adoptive parents of the same race as the children. The new report says this provision hasn’t been adequately enforced and calls for better funded efforts to recruit minority parents.

The more contentious part of the legislation prohibits race from being taken into consideration in most decisions about adoption from foster care. For example, white parents seeking to adopt a black child cannot be required to undergo race-oriented training that differs in any way from training that all prospective adoptive parents receive.

A key recommendation in the new report calls for amending the law so race could be considered as a factor in selecting parents for children from foster care. The change also would allow race-oriented pre-adoption training…

At the heart of the debate is the fact that the foster care system has a disproportionately high number of black children, and on average they languish there nine months longer than white children before moving to permanent homes. The latest federal figures showed that 32 percent of the 510,000 children in foster care were black in 2006, compared with 15 percent of all U.S. children.

Of the black children adopted out of foster care, about 20 percent are adopted by white families. The Donaldson report said current federal law, by stressing color blindness, deters child welfare agencies from assessing families’ readiness to adopt transracially or preparing them for the distinctive challenges they might face.

“There is a higher rate of problems in minority foster children adopted transracially than in-race,” said the report. “All children deserve to be raised in families that respect their cultural heritage.”

There’s plenty more in that article that you can go ahead and check out on your own. Opinions, anyone?

May 27, 2008

Castro Castrates Obama

Filed under: Food,It's Too Punny!,Politics,World News — bobbleheadedbob @ 7:14 am


Okay, so maybe he didn’t — and yeah, the bobblebot tends to shy away from the puppetry that is politics, but ze title was too good to resist.

Basically, good ole Fidel is having trouble with his fidelity to Obama (thar she goes AGAIN! She cant’ STAND it, it’s too PUNNY!). In other words, out of all the US presidential candidates, Obama’s his fLavorite — but that doesn’t stop him from being critical of Obama and some of his frakked up proposals.

YES Castro is uber critical, but I don’t think he’s SLAMMING Obama quite yet, as reported by I mean, he could always say MORE bout Oh, Bama, but for now I think he’s calling his most flagrant proposals into question. But sensationalism is sexy-lexy in the world of journalism, so why should I play party to party-fouling?

saxy castro riiiiiiiight

Okay, since I lured y’all with ze saxy title, I might as well give you some related content from the Associated Press:

HAVANA (AP) — Former President Fidel Castro says Sen. Barack Obama’s plan to maintain Washington’s trade embargo against Cuba will cause hunger and suffering on the island.

In a column published Monday by government-run newspapers, Castro said Obama was “the most-advanced candidate in the presidential race,” but noted that he has not dared to call for altering U.S. policy toward Cuba.

“Obama’s speech can be translated as a formula for hunger for the country,” Castro wrote, referring to Obama’s remarks last week to the influential Cuban American National Foundation in Miami.

Obama said he would maintain the nearly fifty-year-old trade sanctions against Cuba as leverage to push for democratic change on the island. But he also vowed to ease restrictions on Cuban Americans traveling to Cuba and sending money to relatives.

I suppose that’s one way of keeping it all “fair and balanced,” Obama. Especially in the midst of a global food crisis. Niiiiiiice.

He repeated his willingness to meet with Raul Castro, who in February succeeded his elder brother Fidel to become the nation’s first new leader in 49 years.

Castro said Obama’s proposals for letting well-off Cuban Americans help poorer relatives on the island amounted to “propaganda for consumerism and a way of life that is unsustainable.”

Whoa, nelly~! Them’s fightin words, Castro! Actually… nup. I think he’s just calling it for what it is.

He complained that Obama’s description of Cuba as “undemocratic” and “lacking in respect for liberty and human rights” was the same argument previous U.S. administrations “have used to justify their crimes against our homeland.”

OH, Bama! Wouldn’t that be the pot calling the kettle black? Though I doubt zat ze cantankerous Castro is destined to be ze political savior of ze Americas.

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