Thursday, November 13, 2008

Duh. Of course it was a hoax

Random comments today:

"NEW YORK (AP) - MSNBC was the victim of a hoax when it reported that an adviser to John McCain had identified himself as the source of an embarrassing story about former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, the network said Wednesday."

"David Shuster, an anchor for the cable news network, said on air Monday that Martin Eisenstadt, a McCain policy adviser, had come forth and identified himself as the source of a Fox News Channel story saying Palin had mistakenly believed Africa was a country instead of a continent. isenstadt identifies himself on a blog as a senior fellow at the Harding Institute for Freedom and Democracy. Yet neither he nor the institute exist; each is part of a hoax dreamed up by a filmmaker named Eitan Gorlin and his partner, Dan Mirvish."

Duh. It's just not possible that a grown woman who has been as successful as Governor Palin is would not know basic facts. The story stunk on the face of it, with one anonymous source citing unbelievable rumors in a climate of political backbiting at the tail end of a hate campaign. Sheesh.

I taught my third graders today about the countries in the continent of Africa. Sheesh. Again.

I just have really hard time watching old 80s tv shows. The Golden Girls, The early Cosby Show episodes ... funny, well done, good writing. So what's the problem? Horrors - the fashion. Shudder. It looks really really bad twenty 25 years out.

Last Thursday was the last day of school for the week. Friday was Halloween. Of course Thursday was full of merriment with Halloween parties and costumes and talk of 'when can we eat the cupcakes?' The kids dressed up. But so did the adults at school. All of them. Way up. I was not dressed in any sort of a costume. One little first grader asked, "What did you come as?"

"I came as the mean old substitute." Laughter.

Today I was back at the school subbing in a third grade. The first graders from last Thursday's class passed me in the hall. "Look!" Said one boy. "It's the mean old substitute!"

The para-pro cracked up. I did too. Yup, that's me. The mean old sub. LOL


maggiegracecreates said...

Just to help you feel better. My Mom told a child many years ago that she was "the meanest woman in the world." Meredith - now an adult with children of her own and fully aware that my Mom is not at all mean - tells her children that mom is still the "meanest woman in the world."

too funny.

Elizabeth Prata said...

LOL! Love it.

Yes, I tell the little kids I am the mean old sub and they better behave. By the end of the day they realize, "hey, you're not so mean!" But by then of course, bwa ha ha, it's too late for them to act up.

However this does not work with 5th graders. I told them I am so mean, my picture was in the dictionary next to the word mean as the worst example in the world of meanness.

One fifth grader opened his dictionary and looked it up. "Hey! You're not in the dictionary!" he shouted in disappointment. LOL