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(Denver Post)   Ten-year-olds cast their mock presidential votes with more respect and civility than the adults   ( divider line
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2004-10-20 11:00:50 AM  
2004-10-20 10:50:48 AM martijn

Understood, yeah I was having problems typing it. I guess I was a sick little farker.
2004-10-20 11:00:52 AM  

They wouldn't. Whoever said that is completely talking out of their ass.
2004-10-20 11:04:08 AM  
I fail at the intarweb. I could have sworn my HTML was good in the previous post...

/web programmer. fear me
2004-10-20 11:07:13 AM  
Why does 10 year olds hate America?
2004-10-20 11:07:43 AM  
Why to go MK! As soon as I read the article I immediatly though of Hudson saying that -
2004-10-20 11:09:10 AM  

Aliens. Hudson refering to Newt.


they mostly come out at night... mostly...
2004-10-20 11:09:28 AM  
Vote for pedro
2004-10-20 11:09:51 AM  

I couldn't agree more. What do you think is driving me to vote this year?
2004-10-20 11:11:07 AM  
Scholastic Election Poll Has Mirrored Outcome of Every General Election Except Two Since 1940

NEW YORK, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/

-- Scholastic, the global children's publishing and media company, today announced the results of the 2004 Scholastic Election Poll, an educational activity that gives children too young to go to the polls themselves the opportunity to participate in the political process. More than half a million students in first through eighth grades from across the country participated in the poll, choosing George W. Bush as the next President of the United States.

Since 1940, Scholastic Classroom Magazines have given students the opportunity to cast their vote for president in the Scholastic Election Poll(online voting was added in 2000). In every election, but two, the outcome of the Scholastic Election Poll mirrored the outcome of the general election. The exceptions were in 1948 when students chose Thomas E. Dewey over Harry S.Truman and in 1960 when more students voted for Richard M. Nixon than John F.Kennedy. In 2000, student voters chose George W. Bush, mirroring the Electoral College result but not the result of the popular vote.

In the 2004 Scholastic Election Poll, George W. Bush received 52 percent of the votes and the Democratic contender, John F. Kerry, received 47 percent. Rounding out the vote, 1 percent of students voted for other candidates.

Results from key swing states are as follows:

* Florida and Ohio were a near tie between President Bush and Senator Kerry.

* President Bush received 57 percent of the student vote in Pennsylvania.

* Senator Kerry received 58 percent of the student vote in New Hampshire.
2004-10-20 11:11:20 AM  
Has anyone else noticed that every single rightwing political cartoon posted comes from Cox and Forkum (see ODoyleRules' post). Is there really only one Republican political cartoonist?
2004-10-20 11:11:25 AM  
What a goddam stupid story. Every 4 years we hear how sh*tty we are compared to a bunch of government indoctrinated, info-crap-force-fed Cheeto-heads who've never done a thing worth mentioning. "Oh what about the children??"

F--k the children. What about the 41-year olds?
2004-10-20 11:11:33 AM  
OK, I'm a little late. Oh well.

Anyway, surely I'm not the ONLY one that thinks this has more to do with how children are being raised in such an information-rich environment. They're being brought up with virtually no illusions about life. How can they when, if they're trying to do a paper about elephants in Africa, they'll probably end up reading about the illegal ivory trade supporting apharteid?

If we can just get more parents supporting and nurturing this sort of thing, we might get a better breed of citizen in a couple generations...
2004-10-20 11:15:33 AM  
Those kids never passed the third grade! Their report cards were forgeries! I have proof! You can read all about it in my new book, All Ten-Year-Olds are Stupid Liberal Scum!

/Be the one to take this post seriously.
2004-10-20 11:15:43 AM  
Hoity-toity rich peope are liberals? Then, since being rich=good, everybody should be a liberal.
2004-10-20 11:17:32 AM  
Oh please. Knowing the quote was from "Aliens" isn't even slightly geeky. That was, and has been, a popular movie and a popular quote for a long time. If you could guess a random quote from some rare Aliens comicbook...THAT would be geeky.
2004-10-20 11:20:24 AM  

LOL you owe me a new keyboard. Your wallet must be raided for a new Yu-gi-oh! pack every other week. I pity you.

/kidless Yu-gi-oh! fan
2004-10-20 11:21:32 AM  
Ash Ketchum in 2008
2004-10-20 11:22:26 AM  
We act like voting is HARD like kids would have to be some kind of FRICKIN GENIUS to do it and not poke out an eye or two let alone express an opinion that's not "eek eek zzzat, pfffft!! Woweeee!"

Voting is not hard. Neither is deciding that most of what you hear is nonsense, lies and crap. Finding someone who will not give you nonsense, lies and crap now that's hard because after decades of demanding that our President be no more than "Manly" or "Tall" or "Right Minded" guess what farktards, that's what you got.
2004-10-20 11:23:19 AM  
All that these kids would do if they could legally vote is multiply their parents' vote by two. When I was ten I shared 100% of my parents' political views. I wonder why.
2004-10-20 11:25:30 AM  
My mom said there are no such thing as monsters. Not real ones. But there are.

2004-10-20 11:26:36 AM  
I've played the Aliens RPG.

2004-10-20 11:33:36 AM  
Here's my official prediction: Bush will win, because is catering to the stupid voters, and everyone knows that the whole point of a democracy is to assume everyone is smart enough to choose their own government, when in fact they aren't. (Communism being the exact opposite, assuming everyone is too stupid to choose their own government, when, in fact, they aren't.)

Yeah, not particularly related to the topic, but close enough for Government or Lockheed work.
2004-10-20 11:34:02 AM  
I just want to say that the outcome should be expected.

Ten year olds have difficulty looking at long term consequences of short term actions and are more likely to put stock in pleasant sounding words without real plans of actions. Thus, John Kerry wins.

Yeah, I know I'm a troll, but somebody had to do it. :)
2004-10-20 11:35:04 AM  

Hoity-toity rich peope are liberals? Then, since being rich=good, everybody should be a liberal.

No no, you have to be rich AND hoity-toity to be liberal. If you're just rich, you're a mean Republican who probably eats babies for breakfast and enslaves the working class.

/sarcasm? nooooo....
2004-10-20 11:39:23 AM  
Let the children's voice be heard. Voting rights for anyone who can hold a crayon.

Of course, if we just ban the boomers from voting, things might improve. They have been at the wheel waaaaay too long anyways.
Ant [TotalFark]
2004-10-20 11:41:06 AM  
2004-10-20 11:23:19 AM iAmThatGuy

All that these kids would do if they could legally vote is multiply their parents' vote by two. When I was ten I shared 100% of my parents' political views. I wonder why.

Not me man. When I was 10, my mom was a liberal hippie. I said "fark you mom. Reagan's gonna kick your liberal hippie asses all over town". Then I went out and started my own business selling black market candy and gum at a 200% markup on my elementary school's playground.
2004-10-20 11:42:15 AM  

"Bush will win, because is catering to the stupid voters, and everyone knows that the whole point of a democracy is to assume everyone is smart enough to choose their own government, when in fact they aren't."

Umm, the US is not a democracy, we're a democratic republic.

but I digress
2004-10-20 11:42:19 AM  
Scaring kids is obviously harder than scaring adults is all this crap shows.

What does it say about this country when a large amount of eligible voters are impressed by this pablum?
2004-10-20 11:42:36 AM  
Aliens could kick the replican's and the democrat's arses!

/showing my geekness
//the whole who would win in a fight thing (the death star vs independence day)
///has nothing really
2004-10-20 11:43:32 AM  

Vote for pedro

His running mate can be that little dude!

Pedro/Little Dude '08: Say hello to my Lit'l Fren'!
2004-10-20 11:43:36 AM  
Hoity-toity rich peope are liberals? Then, since being rich=good, everybody should be a liberal.

The point wasn't that the kids are inherently liberal or conservative, it's that the teacher is most likely very liberal and swayed their opinion. These 10 year olds probably look to their teacher for acceptance since their own parents are off skiing in Switzerland.

2004-10-20 11:44:14 AM  
HA Pfil - I was one of the few who voted for Jimmy Carter in our 4th grade elections that year. Always bucking for the underdog...
2004-10-20 11:49:16 AM  
Even worse... I voted John Anderson, I didn't like the smell of either party then.

/Why do they call them parties when they take away the fun?
2004-10-20 11:51:25 AM  
"The person I'm voting for has a plan for the war in Iraq," said Neil.

Like most Americans, Neil is still waiting to hear what that plan is.

The pro-Kerry 10 year olds, like their older siblings, spout mindless slogans without questioning their substance.

[image from too old to be available]

"Vote fer Kerry if ye' want peace in Iraq, lil' Neil! Then kill all th' dirty neocons, kill 'em all!"
2004-10-20 11:56:34 AM  
Ah, how sweet. 10 year old meat puppets who are the mouthpieces of their parents showing how Denver's reporters are gullible dupes.

2004-10-20 11:56:35 AM  
"W in '04, Red Sox win the World Series, all the way baby"

Sign of the apocolypse? :p
2004-10-20 12:01:50 PM  
2004-10-20 12:03:09 PM  
Clarification: The hoity toity rich people who are liberals are that way because they are the elite guilty liberals... trust fund babies, people who stand around and look pretty reciting lines other people wrote...

Rich people that actually had to work for their money and grow businesses, they tend to be mean ol' Republicans.

2004-10-20 12:15:08 PM  
After reading thru the posts, I think the headline is dead on.

2004-10-20 12:16:26 PM  
I bet these kids can figure out how to punch a hole in a piece of paper, unlike the morons in Florida...
2004-10-20 12:19:04 PM  
Scholastic Election Poll Has Mirrored Outcome of Every General Election Except Two Since 1940

Is that really an accomplishment? Eleven of those 16 elections weren't even close, and coin flips could give you three of the remaining five.

/A vote for Goldwater is a vote for war in Vietnam
2004-10-20 12:22:24 PM  
poop jokes are and always will be uproarious!
so are jokes about vaginas!

(mental note to self: try and use the word "uproarious' more in conversation)
2004-10-20 12:29:06 PM  
2004-10-20 12:33:22 PM  
vote on the presidential race in a new kinda way. and their hot daughters and ermm...wives?

vote on the presidential race and their hot daughters
2004-10-20 12:33:51 PM  
Ant=Alex Keaton? :)
2004-10-20 12:35:49 PM  
To those who question the notion of "Hoity-toity rich liberals":

There are two kinds of leftists, those who want handouts and those who can afford to pay for the handouts without flinching. The latter, the liberal elites, act out of feelings of guilt and ignorance. They violently oppose anyone who dares question their world view that taking from the haves and giving to the have-nots will create a Utopia. They discount the notion that such handouts are unfair, since it doesn't really affect them other than to give them a sense of self-satisfaction and well-being, that they are helping and doing something significant. Meanwhile, everyone in the middle to upper-middle class gets screwed, but the insulated hoity-toity rich liberals could care less.

/should be good for the flames
2004-10-20 12:42:17 PM  
That pretty much sums up what i see for left economics, unfortunately that's not all that makes up the left. I hate subsidizing welfare mothers with 4 kids, but I don't believe the FEDERAL gov. has any business trying to push constitutional amendments banning same sex marriages (should be up to the states.) I also don't belive religon has ANY place in my gov.
2004-10-20 12:43:15 PM  
Out of the mouths of babes...

hey VinDiesel, is it hard to get the words out with your head all the way up your arse like that?

My father is one of those "hoity toity rich liberals" of which you speak of so knowingly. He helped develop the first MRI machine and has done very well for himself in the field of biomedical engineering. He volunteers for charity and gives as much as possible to good causes. He is also a diehard, mother-jones subscribing, george will-hating, card carrying "librul". He has a doctorate, stands six-foot four, works out every day, and i double dog DARE you to tell him to his face what you just posted. Why don't you go outside and actually meet REAL people instead of just spouting ridiculous crap on the internet?
2004-10-20 12:43:55 PM  
I remember when I was in second or third grade, there was a mock election. Clinton got more votes than Bush Sr., But both of them lost to George Washington.

I'm too young
2004-10-20 12:46:38 PM  
freyjadys Giving back to the COMMUNITY that allowed you the opportunity to prosper is different than proping up a archaic welfare system. There are good people who just need a break, then they're are those who live off the system.
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