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2004-10-20 10:17:31 AM
Ten year old also think poop jokes are uproarious.
 
2004-10-20 10:18:00 AM
Yeah...but...President Yu-Gi-Oh???
 
2004-10-20 10:18:06 AM
Ahh, but can they conduct their playground fights with more civility and thought than partisan pundits?

Probably.
 
2004-10-20 10:18:42 AM
stupid know-it-alls
 
2004-10-20 10:20:00 AM
Democrat John Kerry soundly beat Republican George Bush.

In other news, Democrats push to lower the voting age to 7.
 
2004-10-20 10:21:41 AM
Tickman

Ten year old also think poop jokes are uproarious.

I pity the person who doesn't
 
2004-10-20 10:23:08 AM
I was telling someone the other day, it is not until i became old enough to understand politics that i realized how childish it is.
 
2004-10-20 10:23:12 AM
Ten year olds, dude.
 
2004-10-20 10:23:14 AM
sadly, this doesn't surprise me.
 
2004-10-20 10:23:24 AM
Ah, to be young again.
The complete absence of political flamewars.
 
2004-10-20 10:25:19 AM
They also appear to have better grasp of the issues.
 
2004-10-20 10:25:35 AM
I remember our "mock election" at my elementary school in 1980. The kid representing Reagan was popular, the kid representing Carter was a nerd, and Anderson was someone else. Needless to say, Reagan won by a landslide.

Of course, the popular opinion at the time was that you'd have to be insane to vote Jimmy Carter a second term. Worst president ever. So it wasn't totally inaccurate.
 
2004-10-20 10:26:33 AM
i heard they were forging voter registration cards in exchange for 'lunchables'
 
2004-10-20 10:26:36 AM
The election results were declared valid, although shouts of "tard" & "booger-brain" continued be heard across the playground.
 
2004-10-20 10:27:26 AM
Awww, that is precious.

Why doesn't this flaming piece of pablum have a sappy tag on it? Gee, why don't they have Bill Cosby come out and turn it into Kids Say the Darndest Things.

By the way, Jackson Lee-Meyers is officially a stupid name.

That is all.
 
2004-10-20 10:27:41 AM
THX

You're not alone.
 
2004-10-20 10:27:53 AM
P.S. Denver Academy, the school where this took place, is a hoity-toity private school for the rich. I mean, the Governor and the Mayor are coming down for their new school opening. So, it's not surprising that the teachers would steer them towards the lefty candidates.
 
2004-10-20 10:28:11 AM
Back in sixth grade, we held one of these. As I recall, I got to be Dukakis, and this super popular girl got to be Bush. We actually researched the issues, and despite my not being popular, I won.

Ofcourse, it prolly helped that Beaverton, Oregon is predominantly democratic, particularly the areas that were lower class.
 
2004-10-20 10:28:26 AM
The complete absence of political flamewars.

When I was 6, I set a kid on fire because he was a fiscal conservative, while I was more of a neo-socialist. 3'rd degree burns. He lost his eyesight and his left leg.

But I've matured since then. I'm no longer a socialist.

/deadpan
 
2004-10-20 10:28:48 AM

Eminem for President!
 
2004-10-20 10:29:02 AM
Thats what we are teaching these days? I thought they were supposed to be learning how to be a cog in the corporate machine. Color inside the lines kids, INSIDE the lines.
 
2004-10-20 10:29:26 AM
blah blah blah....just got through hearing that Bush won some national kid one....
/damn flip-flopping wishy-washy little turds
//Already cast my ballot for Kerry
///In the REAL election.
 
2004-10-20 10:29:32 AM
Slow news day?
 
2004-10-20 10:29:56 AM
The saddest part of this article is that this is the same school that Dick Cheney visited in August to give a stump speech and eat some kindergartners.
 
2004-10-20 10:31:07 AM
Yep, kids can do the darndest things, they have the ability to see clarity where us adults are unable to see past our own tarnished egos/muddled brains.

AND they can to see ghosts and unicorns, AND visit Toyland.
 
2004-10-20 10:31:58 AM
Ghost/Unicorn '04!
 
2004-10-20 10:33:11 AM
mahakala, actually, your'e wrong. On Cartoon Network, they are having an election between Grim/Ed and Numbuh One/Eduardo. They have smear campaigns and attack each other's credibility, just like the real thing. It's even questioning Grim's work record. Plank is the independent.

CN Elections

/and it was on this day 10/20/04 that Echoworm was dubbed the biggest nerd on earth.
 
2004-10-20 10:34:01 AM
 
2004-10-20 10:34:07 AM
This just in....Back before the war started Bush tells fellow religious nut Pat Robertson that we will have ZERO casualties in Iraq. More proof Bush is insane. How can you vote for this guy?

Story here
 
2004-10-20 10:35:09 AM
These six voters deconstructed the American electoral process perfectly. At the ripe old age of 10.

Either a) the reporter was REALLY exaggerating or b) a lot of people are making a mountain of a molehill concerning American Politics.

I call shenanigans either way.

/"aren't they good little children? they voted for kerry" seems to be one view expressed by the article...
 
2004-10-20 10:35:39 AM
"I'm just plain confused," kicked in Kevin. "I'm worried that Kerry will raise taxes, but Bush will tear down wildlife refuges."

Awww.
 
2004-10-20 10:36:24 AM
at least they are teaching relevant courses to young children.. my politcal science teacher did nothing except tell us to sit there and shut up even if we weren't doing anything...
 
2004-10-20 10:39:18 AM
Pfil

P.S. Denver Academy, the school where this took place, is a hoity-toity private school for the rich. I mean, the Governor and the Mayor are coming down for their new school opening. So, it's not surprising that the teachers would steer them towards the lefty candidates.

Have I missed something here? Maybe I'm ignorant of American politics, but why would a school for the rich be leftist?
 
2004-10-20 10:40:38 AM
"WHY DON'T YOU PUT THEM IN CHARGE!"

ok the actual line said "why don't you put her in charge", but still it applies.

Guess the movie and get 10,000 points
 
2004-10-20 10:42:09 AM
"Bush said he would find that guy in the hole,"

This guy?



Maybe, but he needed Reed Richards' help to do it.
 
2004-10-20 10:43:30 AM
totally agree with Martijn.. Also "So, it's not surprising that the teachers would steer them towards the lefty candidates."

Wasn't the whole point of this article that the teachers taught the kids to look at the issues instead of listening to the hype? How were they steering?
 
2004-10-20 10:45:05 AM
The markers that I just got are non-toxic
And my sister says the lake is quite dioxic
I don't know what these words mean,
I just want to play where it's clean
But something in the backyard make my dog sick.

Is there something you like?
Is there something you hate?
Is it fun to take a bath ?
Should Quebec separate?
Well, we'll try and handle that for you
And make a better world, so you can have kids too.

My mom is French, and she's a candy striper
When my dad sings 'Save the Queen' she gets real hyper
She says "Douglas, keep your paws
Off my Notwithstanding clause"
And they argue, and forget about...my diaper.

/Fruvous
 
2004-10-20 10:45:23 AM
"Anyone who runs for office in this country, they said, can count on character assassination by opponents who twist their words"

/10-year-old's twisted words
 
2004-10-20 10:46:12 AM
Adolescents and adults are both equally ignorant.
 
2004-10-20 10:46:52 AM
At the White House Barbra Bush was in the bathroom thinking of the election. Then she got some a razor and shaved her pubes. Pubes in hand, she went out chanting,"NO MORE BUSH, NO MORE BUSH"

Sorry for the crappy joke (I really can't remember the whole thing) but, I remember that was one of the jokes I used to tell when I was around 10 years old.

Of corse you can probably tell I was in the bad class(you know the one,with all the bad ass kids in it, not special-ed a-holes). I'm pretty sure those GT kids were probably serious.
 
2004-10-20 10:47:06 AM
Lollipop165:

I think the point is that the right-wing candidates are nothing but hype.
 
2004-10-20 10:47:35 AM
"WHY DON'T YOU PUT THEM IN CHARGE!"
=============================================
It should actually be "Why don't you put her in charge!" and the movie is Aliens.
 
2004-10-20 10:48:09 AM
Really good article, actually. Worth the read.
 
2004-10-20 10:50:19 AM
10 year-old kids voted for Kerry, and Fark erupts in a flamewar about it.

/gotta love fark!

/W in '04, Red Sox win the World Series, all the way baby
 
2004-10-20 10:50:48 AM
badhabitz

I never, NEVER again want to have a mental image of Barbara Bush shaving her pubes.

Is that understood?
 
2004-10-20 10:52:34 AM
Ten-year olds cast their mock presidential votes with more respect and civility than the adults

Don't forget more registration and a better turnout.
 
2004-10-20 10:53:19 AM
"The person I'm voting for has a plan for the war in Iraq," said Neil. "He'll help us get the health care from Canada we need. He cares about wildlife."

"Bush said he would find that guy in the hole," countered Collin, drawing a temporary blank on Saddam Hussein. "Bush has earned another chance to be president."


Sadly, I think they are more informed on the issues than the average voter...
 
2004-10-20 10:55:04 AM
"The person I'm voting for has a plan for the war in Iraq," said Neil. "He'll help us get the health care from Canada we need. He cares about wildlife."

"Bush said he would find that guy in the hole," countered Collin, drawing a temporary blank on Saddam Hussein. "Bush has earned another chance to be president."

"I'm just plain confused," kicked in Kevin. "I'm worried that Kerry will raise taxes, but Bush will tear down wildlife refuges."


Evidently, the plan to shield them from TV ads and teach them to think independently didn't work.
 
2004-10-20 10:55:15 AM
flackbishiathink the point is that the right-wing candidates are nothing but hype.

Funny, I had the same opinion about the left...

nothingyet


10 year-old kids voted for Kerry, and Fark erupts in a flamewar about it.

a) Since we had a flame war yesterday about Karl Rove sitting in front of an airplane wheel, any flaming here doesn't surprise me

b) I personally flamed a bit when the articled seemed to indicate that voting for Kerry was a good thing (well it seemed that way anyway), but that's about it. Kids are kids. I probably know about 10 times what I knew when I was 10 (even more, maybe)
 
2004-10-20 10:59:13 AM
Ten year olds typically exhibit more respect and maturity than all of Farkistan.
/vaguely recalls mock election of 2000
 
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