Sunday, January 16, 2011

Why do they keep doing this?

Why do they keep asking Miss America contestants questions about subjects of import? Aren't they supposed to ask things like "how would you make the world a nicer place?" or "why do you love your home state?" or "your ass and a hole in the ground: compare and contrast."

Does it not occur to them that someone whose career aspirations include strutting around half-naked to be judged like a calf at a county fair might not have the most well-reasoned, most clearly thought-out opinions on current affairs?

And why would anyone be surprised when her answer to a question about Wikileaks is this word salad:

"You know when it came to that situation, it was actually based on espionage, and when it comes to the security of our nation, we have to focus on security first and then people's right to know, because it's so important that everybody who's in our borders is safe and so we can't let things like that happen, and they must be handled properly," she said.
(Chicago Tribune)

You know, maybe she might have had less trouble with a generic question.

Scanlan said the question was easier for her than a generic one, because she has routinely discussed current events with her family since she was young.

Egads! Really?

This might be a good time to point out that Ms Scanlan, who is probably a perfectly nice person, was homeschooled through 11th grade. So, yeah, another triumph, good going homeschoolers! And she has already been accepted to Patrick Henry College, which sounded impressive to me, until I googled it.

The mission of Patrick Henry College, as adopted by the Board of Trustees September 28, 2002, is "to train Christian men and women who will lead our nation and shape our culture with timeless biblical values and fidelity to the spirit of the American founding. In order to accomplish this mission, the College provides academically excellent higher education with a biblical worldview using classical liberal arts core curriculum and apprenticeship methodology." The College's vision is "to aid in the transformation of American society by training Christian students to serve God and mankind with a passion for righteousness, justice and mercy, through careers of public service and cultural influence." [1]
Uh-oh.  Sounds like Dominionism to me. Another triumph for homeschooling!

The Kid Who Killed Cute

If you were wondering what had happened to cute, this kid knocked it over the head, threw it in the trunk of his car, drove it out to the desert and put two in the back of its head, execution style. Then he violated the corpse.

I think this is what happens when a couple of those "Toddlers and Tiaras" parents get stuck with a boy.