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(Huffington Post)   Are you smarter than a high-schooler? This Arizona state senator isn't   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 75
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2010-06-19 07:05:41 PM  
nice going, kid. don't ket cocky.
 
2010-06-19 07:42:34 PM  
The dolt can't read the operating manual for his robodialer, either. Nor is he smart enough to hire someone to do it for him.
 
2010-06-19 07:45:22 PM  
Follow up:

High School Journalist 'Upset' At How Video Being Used

The student journalist who interviewed State Senator John Huppenthal about vocational education funding in a video that is now making the rounds told our reporter this morning the edited version that was posted by Democratic Diva blogger Donna Gratehouse does not accurately portray what happened in his meeting with the senator. Huppenthal did leave, Keith Wagner said, but he didn't disappear and abandon the interview, as the video posted on Gratehouse's blog purports. (Huppenthal defeated the Dem blogger in the 2006 election for LD20 Senate.)

Wagner said the senator returned with more information on education funding. "He did come back and he was very polite," he said. Wagner also said he was irked that some are using the video, which was a class project, to score political points. "I am a little upset that the focus of that has been changed to 'high-schooler interviewing a state senator and kind of catching him off guard,'" Wagner said.

As for the legislation Wagner asked Huppenthal about - he described it in the story only as a bill that cut $550 million from K-12 and decreased the career and technical education funds from $11 million to about $57,000 - the student said he was referring to H2028 (Laws 2009, Chapter 5), which lawmakers approved May 13 last year.

However, the student seems to have misunderstood what the bill did, as it didn't cut $550 million from K-12 and didn't wipe out funding for vocational programs. The bill, which was part of a two-bill package that closed a $650 million deficit in FY09, did three things: roll over $100 million in university funding; roll over $300 million in K-12 funding; and cut $250 million from K-12, but backfill the cuts with an equal amount of federal stimulus money. Additionally, budget documents from JLBC show the career and technical education funding levels are unchanged from FY09 at about $11.5 million.
 
2010-06-19 07:48:57 PM  
Meh. AZ is full of crazies. I love the guy who's got his banners up all over my district about how he is a Dr and wants to stop Obama. Not sure where it will go, but you know that a Dr is the only one that can stop the health care bill.

/now only if we can get the 53 mile "virtual fence" to work
//how do you get the shock collars on the illegals is my question though
 
2010-06-19 07:50:15 PM  
demanton: Follow up:

well, there those this getting a greenlite
 
2010-06-19 07:57:56 PM  
demanton: Follow up:

Thank you.
 
2010-06-19 08:00:14 PM  
demanton: Follow up:

thanks much.
 
2010-06-19 08:38:01 PM  
And here is why you don't "blog in haste".
 
2010-06-19 10:09:24 PM  
demanton: And here is why you don't "blog in haste".

That was good of her.

Let's see if the HuffPo blogger follows suit, and issues a retraction and apology.
 
2010-06-19 11:34:20 PM  
FlashHarry: nice going, kid. don't ket cocky.

BWAHAHAHAH
 
2010-06-19 11:50:04 PM  
Spanky_McFarksalot: demanton: Follow up:

well, there those this getting a greenlite


well, them these they did get greenlit.
 
2010-06-19 11:55:38 PM  
Great call on the follow up.

Is this where we get to watch all the knee jerk reactions now?
 
2010-06-19 11:57:08 PM  
Tomorrow's Arizona Senate Education Committee meeting:
www.thebluegrassspecial.com
 
2010-06-19 11:57:53 PM  
But I thought the GOP opposed the stimulus money....
 
2010-06-19 11:59:07 PM  
demanton: And here is why you don't "blog in haste".

Can anyone read that? WTF is that - 9 pixels high?
 
2010-06-19 11:59:14 PM  
WTF Indeed: Tomorrow's Arizona Senate Education Committee meeting:

HARUMPH!
 
2010-06-20 12:04:40 AM  
mloree: But I thought the GOP opposed the stimulus money....

Dude, Governor Rick Perry loudly criticized the stimulus, but had no problem taking several millions to fix the damage at the Texas governor's mansion. Of course, that's in addition to the 25-grand a month he's charging the state for his rental house while the repairs are being made.

Fiscal conservatives, my ass.
 
2010-06-20 12:04:47 AM  
neuroflare: WTF Indeed: Tomorrow's Arizona Senate Education Committee meeting:

HARUMPH!

HARUMPH!
 
2010-06-20 12:09:43 AM  
The retraction and remaining info make the angry comments on HuffPo hilarious to read. I hope none of our louder resident FARKers bother to read the thread before replying with their normal zeal. Because this is like a trap with a hair trigger. Might catch dozens.
 
2010-06-20 12:10:17 AM  
mloree: But I thought the GOP opposed the stimulus money....

Only if it ends up in the hands of small people.
 
2010-06-20 12:11:09 AM  
demanton: backfill the cuts with an equal amount of federal stimulus money.

So basically the worked the numbers to suck the stimulus money into their budget as usual.
 
2010-06-20 12:11:15 AM  
Uchiha_Cycliste: neuroflare: WTF Indeed: Tomorrow's Arizona Senate Education Committee meeting:

HARUMPH!
HARUMPH!


/points

I didn't get a Harumph outta that guy!
 
2010-06-20 12:12:40 AM  
mloree: But I thought the GOP opposed the stimulus money....

Only when it doesn't go to their district. A politician is a politician after all.
 
2010-06-20 12:14:43 AM  
FirstNationalBastard: Spanky_McFarksalot: demanton: Follow up:

well, there those this getting a greenlite

well, them these they did get greenlit.


well, these this thar then those thou this these them greenlite.
 
2010-06-20 12:25:31 AM  
FerroMancer: Uchiha_Cycliste: neuroflare: WTF Indeed: Tomorrow's Arizona Senate Education Committee meeting:

HARUMPH!
HARUMPH!

/points

I didn't get a Harumph outta that guy!


Quickly! HARRUMPH the governor!
 
2010-06-20 12:26:36 AM  
ThatScottGuy: mloree: But I thought the GOP opposed the stimulus money....

Only when it doesn't go to their district. A politician is a politician after all.


And this is the key.

Farkers, quit thinking that the party of your choice loves you.
 
2010-06-20 12:28:48 AM  
Uchiha_Cycliste: FerroMancer: Uchiha_Cycliste: neuroflare: WTF Indeed: Tomorrow's Arizona Senate Education Committee meeting:

HARUMPH!
HARUMPH!

/points

I didn't get a Harumph outta that guy!

Quickly! HARRUMPH the governor!


HARRUMPH!

/you watch your ass
 
2010-06-20 12:29:02 AM  
BobaFeet: FirstNationalBastard: Spanky_McFarksalot: demanton: Follow up:

well, there those this getting a greenlite

well, them these they did get greenlit.

well, these this thar then those thou this these them greenlite.


i50.tinypic.com
 
2010-06-20 12:30:24 AM  
THIS IS AN OUTRAohwait
 
paj
2010-06-20 12:30:55 AM  
ssreporters.files.wordpress.com
Boom goes the senatite
 
2010-06-20 12:40:54 AM  
This year has not been kind to Arizona
 
2010-06-20 12:41:49 AM  
demanton: Follow up:


You know how sometimes when playing pay pool the eight ball gets sunk too early in the game so you just ignore it and keep playing.

Dumbass state senator!
 
2010-06-20 12:42:07 AM  
neuroflare:
Uchiha_Cycliste:

FerroMancer:
StreetlightInTheGhetto:


We must protect our phoney-bologne jobs, gentlemen!
 
2010-06-20 12:46:57 AM  
WTF Indeed: We must protect our phoney-bologne jobs, gentlemen!

HARRUMPH!

\And here we go again =D
 
2010-06-20 12:47:56 AM  
So, we're just going to leave this up, then?
 
2010-06-20 12:50:00 AM  
At least he didn't assault the student for asking tough questions.

i780.photobucket.com
 
2010-06-20 01:01:27 AM  
He could probably kick that kids ass, most high school kids have very little experience with a good sucker punch.
 
2010-06-20 01:03:14 AM  
Regardless, Keith Wagner has the material to be a good interviewer. He didn't back down from his point, and he wanted some real answers. He reminded me of Tim Russert, or other real journalists that seem to have gone to the wayside.

I hope he sticks with the journalism thing, he seems like a smart kid.
 
2010-06-20 01:05:48 AM  
This is why i don't click Huffpost "articles"
 
2010-06-20 01:06:53 AM  
they don't teach logic on these schools (or these tv shows that are called "are you smarter than a *blank*?") do they?
 
2010-06-20 01:08:12 AM  
But can he spell potatoe?
 
2010-06-20 01:13:04 AM  
someguy945: But can he spell potatoe?

i45.tinypic.com

/Shamelessly stolen from Fluorescent Testicle.
 
2010-06-20 01:13:28 AM  
punto: they don't teach logic on these schools (or these tv shows that are called "are you smarter than a *blank*?") do they?

Alright, I'll bite. Where does logic come into politics? Wouldn't the information principle shiat itself before we even get started?

What voodoo logic you working with?
 
2010-06-20 01:17:47 AM  
Whether the blogger/editor lied about the state senator returning or not isn't as important as the fact that senator Douchebag likes to spout homilies about the necessity of funding education programs while simultaneously voting to cut those same programs.

I don't mind politicians that publicly declare a desire to allocate revenue for programs or cut revenue for programs - and then do it. It's when they say they support funding then vote to cut funding (or vice-versa) that I get all riled up. This guy needs to be cock-punched.
 
2010-06-20 01:18:49 AM  
Good on the kid for making the state senator answer his question.

Good on the state senator for answering it, in full.

Good on the blogger for having the decency to retract the story.

Good on the kid (again) for defending his story.
 
2010-06-20 01:21:00 AM  
Psumek: Meh. AZ is full of crazies. I love the guy who's got his banners up all over my district about how he is a Dr and wants to stop Obama. Not sure where it will go, but you know that a Dr is the only one that can stop the health care bill.

/now only if we can get the 53 mile "virtual fence" to work
//how do you get the shock collars on the illegals is my question though


Unless he is The Doctor...

/just watched another episode
//liked Tennant and Piper better
///oh lawdy, Billy Piper
 
2010-06-20 01:23:24 AM  
stuffy: This year Arizona has not been kind to Arizona this year.

FTFAZ
 
2010-06-20 01:23:49 AM  
Came to say that I saw a lot of edit points in that video, but y'all beat me to it.

Props, though, to the kid for calling this out.
 
2010-06-20 01:37:30 AM  
demanton: Follow up:

High School Journalist 'Upset' At How Video Being Used

The student journalist who interviewed State Senator John Huppenthal about vocational education funding in a video that is now making the rounds told our reporter this morning the edited version that was posted by Democratic Diva blogger Donna Gratehouse does not accurately portray what happened in his meeting with the senator. Huppenthal did leave, Keith Wagner said, but he didn't disappear and abandon the interview, as the video posted on Gratehouse's blog purports. (Huppenthal defeated the Dem blogger in the 2006 election for LD20 Senate.)

Wagner said the senator returned with more information on education funding. "He did come back and he was very polite," he said. Wagner also said he was irked that some are using the video, which was a class project, to score political points. "I am a little upset that the focus of that has been changed to 'high-schooler interviewing a state senator and kind of catching him off guard,'" Wagner said.

As for the legislation Wagner asked Huppenthal about - he described it in the story only as a bill that cut $550 million from K-12 and decreased the career and technical education funds from $11 million to about $57,000 - the student said he was referring to H2028 (Laws 2009, Chapter 5), which lawmakers approved May 13 last year.

However, the student seems to have misunderstood what the bill did, as it didn't cut $550 million from K-12 and didn't wipe out funding for vocational programs. The bill, which was part of a two-bill package that closed a $650 million deficit in FY09, did three things: roll over $100 million in university funding; roll over $300 million in K-12 funding; and cut $250 million from K-12, but backfill the cuts with an equal amount of federal stimulus money. Additionally, budget documents from JLBC show the career and technical education funding levels are unchanged from FY09 at about $11.5 million.


Read: we cut your funds, but we totally mooched some other money off other states, so we're cool, right?
 
2010-06-20 02:22:37 AM  
What did the State Senator think of Obama's Stimulus plan?
 
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