Thursday, June 18, 2009
I came across a little tidbit today that reminded me of exactly why we shouldn't entirely trust Wikipedia, and why it's so easy to. Pomona College is an exclusive, pricey, and upper-crusty liberal arts college in the hills of Claremont, California. How exclusive and pricey? The student body is comprised of only 1,500 students, and tuition, room, and board come to around $43,000 a year. And just how upper-crusty? It provided the setting for a Yale scene in an episode of Gilmore Girls. I loved the witty exchanges between Rory and Lorelei as much as the next person, but I think we can all agree that a story that involves being forced to spend time with your filthy rich grandparents in exchange for them paying your way through prep school isn't exactly a plot, say, David Simon might pen. In any case, I learned all these fun facts about Pomona (home of the mighty Sagehens!) from their Wikipedia page, in which I found this cleverly misleading nugget regarding the student body:
"It is composed of 7% African American students, 16% Asian American, 11% Latino American and 1% Native American, according to a self-identification survey."
The source is the College's own "Pomona Profile 2007," and it certainly seems innocent enough. But do the math. 7 + 16+ 11 + 1 does not 100% make. In fact, that adds up to 35 percent. Conspicuously missing? The background of the other 65 percent. Whatever could it be? (Scratches head. Wonders if anyone in Stars Hollow, Connecticut might know). And yet, as my dear friend Hans pointed out, progress is progress.
Also, in their defense, Frank Zappa went there, and that's pretty cool.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Why would I find an article about how our current economic downturn is affecting college students amusing you ask? Mostly because of this little nugget with regard to one Mr. Tom Pinnell of St. Louis University:
"Those 30-packs of Natural Light beer that used to cost $14? They're $17 now, Pinnell said.
Even the watering hole that offered quarter pitchers last year is charging 50 cents, he said."
I'm sorry, what? WHAT? FIFTY CENTS? Did I read that right? Is this a misprint? This must be a misprint. Again I say, whaaaat? Is Mr. Pinnell drinking in 1950? Does it cost a nickel to mail a letter there, too? Because I honestly can't think of much I can get for fifty cents, short of a Homies character or two out of a vending machine. Now I will grant that Homies are cool in their own right, and as evidence of this, I give you the following:
Right? I mean, check out the clown-faced DJ. Awesome, no? Seriously. But can they get you drunk? NO! Sadly they cannot. Which leads us to the question, why is Mr. Pinnell complaining? Why, when for what the average New Yorker spends on a single mug of beer he can buy a couple of pitchers and still have money left over for several Homies (should he choose, in these financially challenging times, to spend his money wisely)?
And a thirty-pack of beer for seventeen bucks? Do they even make thirty packs here?
Given that in addition to living in the land o' plenty (of beer, at least), he has yet experienced the need to take out a student loan, is it a surprise that he's voting for McCain? Suffice it to say, it's not surprising that the two students interviewed who need to apply for financial aid and/or are working several jobs while going to school are voting for Obama. Methinks Tommy would feel differently about so-called tax-and-spend liberals if he ever felt the sting of a $15 pitcher and a monthly student loan bill.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Can I just take a moment to point out how sick I am of hearing the phrase "Joe the Plumber"? I seriously don't think I'll ever hire a plumber named Joe again.
Someone should tell Joe the Plumber that he would benefit more from Obama's tax plans than John McCain's. And that according to the Tax Policy Center, Obama was right when he said his tax cuts would only effect roughly 2% of small business--businesses with PROFITS of over $250,000 (in other words, very successful ones who can afford it).
But maybe he doesn't know that because he's too busy fantasizing about made-up plumbing companies. Or maybe Joe was under the impression he was about to buy a plumbing company, when in reality was merely holding the title deed to this:
In that case, Joe, you shouldn't worry for a couple of reasons:
a) Water Works is more of a utilty, rather than a plumbing company.
b) Regardless, someone would have to roll double sixes several times AND you'd have to also own the electric company (so the rent is multiplied by 10) for you to get taxed under Obama's plan.
c) By then you'd probably be able to afford it, wouldn't you? You’d be that big money baller at the end of the game forcing people to mortgage their properties on Baltic Avenue (where everybody knows only socialists live anyway).
In all seriousness, how ridiculous is John McCain/Sarah Palin/Joe the Plumber's definition of "socialism"? I bet they probably root for Mr. Potter in It's a Wonderful Life, too.
Above: A hardworking American trying to protect his wealth from a gang of layabouts.
Below: A communist rally in Bedford Falls, circa 1946.