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(AL.com)   Alabama geometry teacher goes off on tangent, lectures kids on angles needed to assassinate President Obama, drawing acute interest of Secret Service. How obtuse   (blog.al.com) divider line 156
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2010-05-18 02:36:54 PM  
I admit, this headline was better than mine.
 
2010-05-18 02:38:47 PM  
actually, that's a fantastic way to get kids interested in geometry. I'll bet they remember that lesson for a very long time.
 
2010-05-18 02:41:54 PM  
How do I shot web the American President?
 
2010-05-18 02:44:15 PM  
Weaver95: actually, that's a fantastic way to get kids interested in geometry. I'll bet they remember that lesson for a very long time.

And I bet if he'd have used JFK, Oswald/the mob/Cuba, and the book depository/grassy knoll, we wouldn't even have heard about it despite how weird it would have been.
 
2010-05-18 02:49:26 PM  
This guy shows all the sines of Obama Derangement Syndrome.
 
2010-05-18 02:50:27 PM  
Now will spend time in a 8' by 10' rectangle, or at least watch his life circle down the drain. Maybe his lawyer will tri angling that he was only joking. Of course, it'll turn up that he'd watch the news with friend and remark, "Fu cube arak." Trapezoid.
 
2010-05-18 02:52:08 PM  
Wrong_Intentions: Now will spend time in a 8' by 10' rectangle, or at least watch his life circle down the drain. Maybe his lawyer will tri angling that he was only joking. Of course, it'll turn up that he'd watch the news with friend and remark, "Fu cube arak." Trapezoid.

They aren't pressing cha - oh wait I see what you did there.
 
2010-05-18 02:53:36 PM  
jehovahs witness protection: I admit, this headline was better than mine.

+1
 
2010-05-18 02:54:03 PM  
He was talking about angles and said, 'If you're in this building, you would need to take this angle to shoot the president

Based on that quote, I don't see much wrong. Did he mention Obama specifically, in a political/hateful context, or was he just being vague in the "JFK" sense?
 
2010-05-18 02:59:44 PM  
You know, the last place I would have expected this in Alabama is Birmingham.
 
2010-05-18 03:01:51 PM  
WTF? ...They teach math in Alabama?
 
2010-05-18 03:02:25 PM  
GAT_00: You know, the last place I would have expected this in Alabama is Birmingham.

I know your tongue is in cheek, but it is a democratic county (nationally and locally), and Birmingham is around 80% black.

But this little town (Corner) is sort of out in the sticks. Night and day, politically.
 
2010-05-18 03:04:56 PM  
NikolaiFarkoff: He was talking about angles and said, 'If you're in this building, you would need to take this angle to shoot the president

Based on that quote, I don't see much wrong. Did he mention Obama specifically, in a political/hateful context, or was he just being vague in the "JFK" sense?


Just odd that the example he thought of was assassinating an American president. You'd think he come up with something like: "You're a U.S. Marine Scout/Sniper in Paktia Province, Afghanistan, armed with an M40A3 sniper rifle. There's a Taliban mortar position 600 meters away..."
 
2010-05-18 03:09:09 PM  
sweetmelissa31: WTF? ...They teach math in Alabama?

Well, they teach Intelligent Counting. Numbers can't just be added together by chance, there must be an unseen consciousness acting upon them.
 
2010-05-18 03:10:23 PM  
Sgt Otter: Just odd that the example he thought of was assassinating an American president. You'd think he come up with something like: "You're a U.S. Marine Scout/Sniper in Paktia Province, Afghanistan, armed with an M40A3 sniper rifle. There's a Taliban mortar position 600 meters away..."

Yeah, definitely stupid. There are two things you can't do, even in our land of free speech: mention terrorism in an airport, and joke about killing the president.

And it still amazes me in the age of texting, internet, and media overreaction, that people in little towns still believe they can get away with this stuff and nobody will find out.
 
2010-05-18 03:11:27 PM  
NikolaiFarkoff: GAT_00: You know, the last place I would have expected this in Alabama is Birmingham.

I know your tongue is in cheek, but it is a democratic county (nationally and locally), and Birmingham is around 80% black.

But this little town (Corner) is sort of out in the sticks. Night and day, politically.


I was more making the first point. I stopped reading before it mentioned the town. I guess I was expecting something more towards Hoover, but looking on a map, it's the other side of town. So actually it was in exactly the kind of area I expected this.
 
2010-05-18 03:14:59 PM  
NikolaiFarkoff: Sgt Otter: Just odd that the example he thought of was assassinating an American president. You'd think he come up with something like: "You're a U.S. Marine Scout/Sniper in Paktia Province, Afghanistan, armed with an M40A3 sniper rifle. There's a Taliban mortar position 600 meters away..."

Yeah, definitely stupid. There are two things you can't do, even in our land of free speech: mention terrorism in an airport, and joke about killing the president.

And it still amazes me in the age of texting, internet, and media overreaction, that people in little towns still believe they can get away with this stuff and nobody will find out.


What about going up against a Sicilian when death is on the line?
 
2010-05-18 03:19:45 PM  
Raging Thespian: Well, they teach Intelligent Counting. Numbers can't just be added together by chance, there must be an unseen consciousness acting upon them.

I'm also sick of public schools teaching my kids about imaginary numbers. God did not intend for man to take square roots of negative numbers.
 
2010-05-18 03:23:57 PM  
sweetmelissa31: Raging Thespian: Well, they teach Intelligent Counting. Numbers can't just be added together by chance, there must be an unseen consciousness acting upon them.

I'm also sick of public schools teaching my kids about imaginary numbers. God did not intend for man to take square roots of negative numbers.


I hope they don't learn about the number zero, because that's the one those ragheads came up with.
 
2010-05-18 03:25:19 PM  
sweetmelissa31: Raging Thespian: Well, they teach Intelligent Counting. Numbers can't just be added together by chance, there must be an unseen consciousness acting upon them.

I'm also sick of public schools teaching my kids about imaginary numbers. God did not intend for man to take square roots of negative numbers.


what about logarithms... none of the african tribal shiat for my kids
 
2010-05-18 03:28:36 PM  
Kyosuke: I hope they don't learn about the number zero, because that's the one those ragheads came up with.

Or the alphabet, for that matter.
 
2010-05-18 03:29:30 PM  
Relatively Obscure: Kyosuke: I hope they don't learn about the number zero, because that's the one those ragheads came up with.

Or the alphabet, for that matter.


Don't worry. I'm pretty sure they're not too hip on either.
 
2010-05-18 03:33:03 PM  
Doctor Funkenstein: Relatively Obscure: Kyosuke: I hope they don't learn about the number zero, because that's the one those ragheads came up with.

Or the alphabet, for that matter.

Don't worry. I'm pretty sure they're not too hip on either.


Is that why they have the tl;dr version of the Bible?
 
2010-05-18 03:45:10 PM  
Relatively Obscure: Doctor Funkenstein: Relatively Obscure: Kyosuke: I hope they don't learn about the number zero, because that's the one those ragheads came up with.

Or the alphabet, for that matter.

Don't worry. I'm pretty sure they're not too hip on either.

Is that why they have the tl;dr version of the Bible?


That's why they prefer to have someone tell them what it says, rather than reading it for themselves.
 
2010-05-18 03:57:20 PM  
Sgt Otter:

Just odd that the example he thought of was assassinating an American president. You'd think he come up with something like: "You're a U.S. Marine Scout/Sniper in Paktia Province, Afghanistan, armed with an M40A3 sniper rifle. There's a Taliban mortar position 600 meters away..."


M40A3 is from my era. I thought all the STA and Force Recon boys had the .50's now.
 
2010-05-18 04:08:53 PM  
I'm waiting for this to be on Fox News, because you just know that if it was GWB they'd be all over it.

/still waiting
 
2010-05-18 04:14:43 PM  
Did he do this because of an over zealous staffer or was it an isolated incident?
 
2010-05-18 04:15:27 PM  
My middle school math teacher used the exact same example, only the school principal was used as the target. From a hot air balloon.

/we all learned the lesson
//math teacher didn't like the principal all that much
 
2010-05-18 04:18:01 PM  
2wolves: Sgt Otter:

Just odd that the example he thought of was assassinating an American president. You'd think he come up with something like: "You're a U.S. Marine Scout/Sniper in Paktia Province, Afghanistan, armed with an M40A3 sniper rifle. There's a Taliban mortar position 600 meters away..."

M40A3 is from my era. I thought all the STA and Force Recon boys had the .50's now.


Two snipers in a typical scout sniper team...one with an M40 for anti-personnel, one with a .50 M82 for anti-material. So yes, they're still using the M40.
 
2010-05-18 04:18:04 PM  
I don't mind this kind of example. You have to reach them somehow. Kids were barely passing chemistry in Alabama until they allowed them to cook meth in class. It's better then Vo-Tech
 
2010-05-18 04:18:21 PM  
bah,,,,,what a piker......You need to use examples of all pols and leos to make the theorem work.
 
2010-05-18 04:19:12 PM  
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2010-05-18 04:19:35 PM  
Raging Thespian: Well, they teach Intelligent Counting. Numbers can't just be added together by chance, there must be an unseen consciousness acting upon them.

Well, numbers are thinking, feeling creatures. For instance, six is afraid of seven....
 
2010-05-18 04:19:38 PM  
Triangle man, Triangle man,
Triangle man hates president man.
They have a fight, Triangle wins.
Triangle man.
 
2010-05-18 04:19:57 PM  
The Freepers are blaming this on "Democrat teacher's unions." Like, completely unironically.

You have to admire their loyalty to their memes.
 
2010-05-18 04:20:13 PM  
Whoops. Next time, use the JFK assassination as an example.

/Back and to the left.
//Rinse and repeat.
 
2010-05-18 04:20:57 PM  
I was going to "What's the problem? It sounds normal to me," but then I realized that whoever monitors Fark might not get the joke, and I could wind up with unwanted guests.
 
2010-05-18 04:21:27 PM  
Oh please, like this school teacher even got it right. If he didn't account for wind direction and velocity, muzzle speed, caliber of slug and account for droppage from gravity, then the kids are going to miss their target.
 
2010-05-18 04:21:39 PM  
Wrong_Intentions: Now will spend time in a 8' by 10' rectangle, or at least watch his life circle down the drain. Maybe his lawyer will tri angling that he was only joking. Of course, it'll turn up that he'd watch the news with friend and remark, "Fu cube arak." Trapezoid.



You understand me? Catching my drift?... Or am I being obtuse?
 
2010-05-18 04:22:08 PM  
Since it's Alabama, some black kid probably narked. DRTFA
 
2010-05-18 04:22:16 PM  
Meanwhile if a student had written an example of how to use geometry to assassinate AL Gov Bob Riley, the whole state would go medieval on his ass.

Punish the shiat out of students for the least zero tolerance infraction while give the teachers and admins a pass on everything.
 
2010-05-18 04:23:20 PM  
Hey it's my old high school Go Jackets.
 
2010-05-18 04:23:27 PM  
I can't believe someone actually went and called the Secret Service to report this.
 
2010-05-18 04:23:33 PM  
Ain't free speech a biatch?
 
2010-05-18 04:23:41 PM  
Obama is such a coward. He is scared of teachers now? It would be more hilarious if it wasn't so pitiful.
 
2010-05-18 04:24:12 PM  
semiotix: The Freepers are blaming this on "Democrat teacher's unions." Like, completely unironically.

You have to admire their loyalty to their memes.


The whole problem with the "Freepers" is that they do everything unironically. All the crazies have one thing in common: they have no sense of humor. Left, Right, whatever. If they can't laugh about it, they're a half-step from crashing a plane into a building.
 
2010-05-18 04:24:23 PM  
Martian_Astronomer: I was going to "What's the problem? It sounds normal to me," but then I realized that whoever monitors Fark might not get the joke, and I could wind up with unwanted guests.

your in-laws?
 
2010-05-18 04:25:00 PM  
Kyosuke: Relatively Obscure: Doctor Funkenstein: Relatively Obscure: Kyosuke: I hope they don't learn about the number zero, because that's the one those r*******s came up with.

Or the alphabet, for that matter.

Don't worry. I'm pretty sure they're not too hip on either.

Is that why they have the tl;dr version of the Bible?

That's why they prefer to have someone tell them what it says, rather than reading it for themselves.


Yes. And I am also guessing this is the kind of guy who calls himself pro-life and loves all the little unborn babies and would harass women going into Planned Parenthood if he had that kind of time.

In any case, he should keep his opinions about the president safely within the confines of the freerepublic.com message boards.
 
2010-05-18 04:25:00 PM  
And they say liberal teachers are dangerous?
 
2010-05-18 04:25:05 PM  
sigh

/sigh
 
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