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2013-06-29 03:04:53 AM
semiotix:...Notice how one looks like it was typed or printed in 1963, and the other looks like it came off a mid-1990s word processor?...You would think the form would have been professionally typeset and printed for mass distribution. To see what that might look like in the 1960s, I googled "1960 form" and found this one for a college application. It is isn't done on a typewriter either.http://digitalnc.org/blog/applying-college-1960The other document you gave as an example could have been mimeographed, which expains why it was typewritten. You used a typewriter to create the stencil for printing.The documents still could be fake. But the fact that it isn't typewritten isn't a reason. I could replicate the typewritten document on my computer now too.
 
2013-06-29 07:48:07 AM
This test was never meant to be answered correctly. The trick of it is that the questions are worded so vaguely that the test administrators could pass whoever they want (whites) and fail whoever they want (blacks), with the Feds none the wiser. Note that the test also is written in such a way that it must be graded by hand. That way, if any Damned Yankees came snooping around, demanding to know why no blacks in Louisiana were voting, Louisiana administrators could just shrug their shoulders and say "No blacks passed the literacy test. But we gave the exact same test to both blacks and whites!" And nobody would be any the wiser.
 
2013-06-29 08:02:59 AM

Duke_leto_Atredes: i am for testing all people before we let them vote, why oh why do we care what idiots want?

make a test (this has to be more dificult than the GED please) no pass no vote have it taken on a computer in a proctered testing center.

1) name all nine memebers of the supreme court
2) the first 4 people in line of sucession to the office of president
3) what does seperation of powers mean?
4) why is jury duty important
5) who has the power to delcare war and isssue letters of marqe
6) what is the role of the federal reserve
7) what is the oldest law enforcement agency in the US
8) who founded the postal service


I can pass your test - obviously I'm a dumbass because based on the stated "one wrong answer you fail" routine, I'm not literate.

/Would love, love, love to see this as a test for voting.
 
2013-06-29 08:05:29 AM
HypnozombieX: Study it real hard if you live in a red state. Given the recent Supreme Court decision I think you can expect to see it real soon. Since their they're always whining about voting being a privilege rather than a right.

You were saying ...?
 
2013-06-29 08:09:33 AM
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2013-06-29 09:30:02 AM

Anderson's Pooper: My proposed test for the 2012 Presidential Election

1.  Are you planning on voting for Romney because Obama is black?

2.  Are you planning to vote for Obama because he will give you a phone?

If you answer "Yes" to either of the above you shouldn't be allowed to vote.




3. Are you planning on voting for Obama for no other reason other than the fact that he is black
 
2013-06-29 12:28:42 PM

thamike: Oh, good.  Another one for the collection.


Thanks for giving him the attention he craves.
 
2013-06-29 12:43:57 PM
You know, I suggested something like this a while back - not a literacy test though, there's no sense in requiring someone be literate to have a valid political opinion.

What they should have though, and do need to have an informed political opinion is knowledge regarding how the system works, and the current state of politics, like who's running, and what points do they stand for, on all sides of the current issues.  The trick is finding out who's got a informed opinion, and who's an idiot that we shouldn't pay as much attention to.

So, make them take a test, just like 7'th grade political science class, on the basics of our political system, and add in some questions about the various candidates in the immediate election.  Their vote counts for the percent score they get.  They get a 65, their vote is only worth .65 of a vote, and so on.

... I admit, the most contentious item here would be the 'current candidates' questions.  Fine, leave it off, still would greatly alter the voting landscape of the US in a positive direction.  The folks who understand how things work may be worth 10 of the mindless idiots who vote based on tv ads or the candidate backed by a favorite singer.  Let's see what happens when politicians have to pander to people who've shown a minimum level of intelligence, instead of the lowest common denominator.
 
2013-06-29 01:00:49 PM

semiotix: My beef is that if there's an original version of this, a historian should use that instead, and if there's some weird reason it can't be (e.g., it's in an archive with a real persnickety photocopying/photography policy) then a transcription should be labeled as such, and the existence of the original attested to. It's sloppy work for a public historian, is all, because it potentially creates doubt on a larger subject about which there should be none.


My guess is the original was marked up heavily, with the attempted answers? Someone might have stolen it after running out of time and knowing they'd be farked.
 
2013-06-29 01:02:25 PM

gfid: I agree with everything else you said though - I suppose independents in Closed Primary states could just register for one party or another and vote in the primaries. I'm not sure if there would be any disadvantages to that (I can't think of any).


xaks: I know in Florida, I couldn't vote in the primary until I joined one of the major parties...I think they would have accepted like 5 or 6 total, including tea, green, etc. But I was told it HAD to be a registered party, not just 'independent'.

So, I registered, joined, voted, and promptly left said party.


The problem is in a larger primary, when you have candidates you like best from multiple parties. Below the national level, candidates for parties tend to be a little less psychotic about pushing ideology, and their record of getting crap done and avoiding corruption scandals is a lot more important. Now, I'll be the first to say that insurance commissioner or attorney general really shouldn't even be a party position, but it is what it is, and I'd rather the primary be open.
 
2013-06-29 01:03:01 PM

Krieghund: thamike: Oh, good.  Another one for the collection.
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Seriously, get a life.

If you don't like a poster, ignore them or flag them as a troll. If you're planning on reposting every instance of JWP saying something idiotic, you'll be here all day.



He was, yet again, going on a drive-by threadsh*t through the queue with impunity.  Notice that in this thread, his first was his last.

Welcome to Fark.  I'm the guy who occasionally shames morons for sport and entertainment. Who might you be?
 
2013-06-29 01:55:53 PM

video man: ZAZ: Some of those seemed like a written version of a sobriety test, not a literacy test.

"Say the alphabet backwards."

"Z... A... Officer, I can't do this sober."

I've memorized the ZYX's. I can rattle them off with a BAC in excess of .10


Yeah, well *puffs up in a superior stance* I can recite Jabberwocky, fully and completely from memory. Only darned piece of poetry I ever bothered to memorize and it took my poor, addled brain about 2 months to accomplish; no mean feat.  Too bad cops don't ask for that when pulling over drunks or for that matter, on a literacy test.

I would've flunked this test in spectacular fashion and would never be permitted to vote. But, I am a woman, after all. Maybe I shouldn't be driving either.
 
2013-06-29 02:26:46 PM

NotoriousW.O.P: Yes. Then again, I'm white.


There are plenty of stupid white people who couldn't pass that test either-including whoever made it up.

While that test would make a good mini-mental, it has nothing to do with literacy.

#1 isn't even the worst question, as a circle is a line connecting all point a set distance from a single point, so same for #4. I bet I could find plenty of people who don't know what concentric means, so #6

#16? huh?

#30 isn't even a complete
 
2013-06-29 02:30:52 PM
With the fools populating the United States these days, I wish they had a test like this AND
a history and or Constitution test before you could vote!!
 
2013-06-29 04:26:22 PM

scruffynerfherder: 3. Are you planning on voting for Obama for no other reason other than the fact that he is black


I know I'm feeding the troll, but:
If this was the case, then explain the overwhelming percentage of the black vote received but the white democrat candidates in every single election since FDR?

Franklin Roosevelt - 71%
Harry Truman - 77%
John F Kennedy - 68% (would probably have garnered a much higher percentage in re-election if he hadn't been killed)
Lyndon Johnson - 94%
Jimmy Carter - 83%
Michael Dukakis - 89%
Walter Mondale - 91%
Bill Clinton - 84%
Al Gore - 90%
John Kerry - 88%

Black people vote overwhelmingly for Democrats, and have done so for about six decades for a host of reasons.  One of those reasons is, simply put, that republicans suck. We don't like you, because you have demonstrated that you don't like us.

So why should I vote for people who despise the fact that I exist?
 
2013-06-29 05:17:28 PM
A chairwoman of the Tea Party finds herself outside the Pearly Gates, where she is greeted by St. Peter. "Am I where I think I am?" she exclaims. "It's so beautiful! Did I make it to Heaven?"

"Yes, my dear, these are the Gates to Heaven. But you must do one thing before you can enter."

Very excited, the woman asks what she must do to pass through the gates.

"Spell a word," St. Peter replies.

"What word?" she asks.

"Any word," answers St. Peter. "It's your choice."

The woman promptly replies, "The word I will spell is love. L-O-V-E."

St. Peter congratulates her on her good fortune of making it into Heaven and asks her if she will take his place at the gates for a moment while he goes to the bathroom.

"I'd be honored," she says, "but what should I do if someone comes while you are gone?"

St. Peter instructs her to require any new comers to spell a word, just as she had done. So the woman takes St. Peter's chair and watches the beautiful angels soaring around her, when lo and behold, a man approaches the gate.

It's Barack Obama!

"What happened?" she cries. "Why are you here?"

Obama explained, "I was so mad when Congress de-authorized the Affordable Care Act, I had a stroke. Now I am here, ready to join you in Heaven."

"Not just yet," the woman replied. "First you must spell a word."

"What word?" he asks.

"Floccinaucinihilipilification."

/look it up
 
2013-06-29 06:00:46 PM

rewind2846: So why should I vote for people who despise the fact that I exist?


That's why Republicans are working so hard to relieve minorites of the burden of voting. Let the angry old white men do it.
 
2013-06-29 06:32:16 PM

Clemkadidlefark: A chairwoman of the Tea Party finds herself outside the Pearly Gates, where she is greeted by St. Peter. "Am I where I think I am?" she exclaims. "It's so beautiful! Did I make it to Heaven?"

"Yes, my dear, these are the Gates to Heaven. But you must do one thing before you can enter."

Very excited, the woman asks what she must do to pass through the gates.

"Spell a word," St. Peter replies.

"What word?" she asks.

"Any word," answers St. Peter. "It's your choice."

The woman promptly replies, "The word I will spell is love. L-O-V-E."

St. Peter congratulates her on her good fortune of making it into Heaven and asks her if she will take his place at the gates for a moment while he goes to the bathroom.

"I'd be honored," she says, "but what should I do if someone comes while you are gone?"

St. Peter instructs her to require any new comers to spell a word, just as she had done. So the woman takes St. Peter's chair and watches the beautiful angels soaring around her, when lo and behold, a man approaches the gate.

It's Barack Obama!

"What happened?" she cries. "Why are you here?"

Obama explained, "I was so mad when Congress de-authorized the Affordable Care Act, I had a stroke. Now I am here, ready to join you in Heaven."

"Not just yet," the woman replied. "First you must spell a word."

"What word?" he asks.

"Floccinaucinihilipilification."

/look it up


Bah, I couldn't get behind that joke.  Too unrealistic.  Everyone knows a Tea Partier would spell "love" N-R-A.
 
2013-06-29 06:45:12 PM

p51d007: With the fools populating the United States these days, I wish they had a test like this AND
a history and or Constitution test before you could vote!!


You would possibly get extra credit for jubilation.
 
2013-06-29 08:15:01 PM

rewind2846: scruffynerfherder: 3. Are you planning on voting for Obama for no other reason other than the fact that he is black

I know I'm feeding the troll, but:
If this was the case, then explain the overwhelming percentage of the black vote received but the white democrat candidates in every single election since FDR?

Franklin Roosevelt - 71%
Harry Truman - 77%
John F Kennedy - 68% (would probably have garnered a much higher percentage in re-election if he hadn't been killed)
Lyndon Johnson - 94%
Jimmy Carter - 83%
Michael Dukakis - 89%
Walter Mondale - 91%
Bill Clinton - 84%
Al Gore - 90%
John Kerry - 88%

Black people vote overwhelmingly for Democrats, and have done so for about six decades for a host of reasons.  One of those reasons is, simply put, that republicans suck. We don't like you, because you have demonstrated that you don't like us.

So why should I vote for people who despise the fact that I exist?


Wasn't trying to troll. I don't give a fark who you or anybody votes for as long as it is for a good reason. People need to do their homework and study the issues and vote for the person whom they feel is the right one for the job. I know people who voted for Romney only because he's white. I know people who voted for Obama only because he's black. Bother of these types of voters are disgraceful, and that was my point. So chill my brother. ..
 
2013-06-29 09:38:37 PM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: That sucks as a voter literacy test but it isn't that hard. It's like one of those critical thinking exercises you got in school.


Except you only have 10 minutes to read and parse the questions and complete them. I think even smart folks like us Farkers would fail this test a lot more often than anyone would pass it. Single wrong answer fails the test. Of course if you were black there was always at least one wrong answer, no matter what you put down.
 
2013-06-29 11:07:38 PM

scruffynerfherder: I know people who voted for Romney only because he's white. I know people who voted for Obama only because he's black.


No, you don't.
 
2013-06-29 11:09:31 PM

scruffynerfherder: Wasn't trying to troll.


So, it's clinical then?
 
2013-06-29 11:36:25 PM

thamike: scruffynerfherder: I know people who voted for Romney only because he's white. I know people who voted for Obama only because he's black.

No, you don't.




Yes I do. Sorry to burst you bubble
 
2013-06-29 11:37:40 PM

thamike: scruffynerfherder: Wasn't trying to troll.

So, it's clinical then?

if you need to believe that to make you feel superior, go ahead.
 
2013-06-30 03:31:11 AM

scruffynerfherder: thamike: scruffynerfherder: Wasn't trying to troll.

So, it's clinical then?
if you need to believe that to make you feel superior, go ahead.


Maybe we just need to grow on each other. You know, like a symbiosis based entirely on inferiority complexes and meted out in a painfully piecemeal process that involves other people who regret ever becoming acquainted with us in the first place.  Every once in awhile I will do this:

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In which case you may do this:

fc08.deviantart.net


Then you can f*ck off.
 
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