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(Crooks & Liars)   More than half of the country can't name more than one branch of government   ( crooksandliars.com) divider line
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2017-09-20 01:38:50 AM  
Maybe we should start all over with the Electrical College
 
2017-09-20 02:50:50 AM  
All part of the plan. Much easier to strip Constitutional protections from people who don't even know they have them.
 
2017-09-20 03:04:37 AM  
We got the Executive, Judicial, and Comcast. Everyone should know all three.
 
2017-09-20 03:08:26 AM  
FTFA: "Less than half of respondents (49 percent) said they oppose "the U.S. Congress forbidding the news media from reporting on any issue of national security without first getting government approval," with 39 percent said they were in favor, demonstrating a lack of understanding of prior restraint even when asked without the jargon."

Go ahead and blow your top, Yellowstone.
 
2017-09-20 03:32:47 AM  
The Venn diagram of those who think the government should approve the media's stories and those who purchase American-flag motif TruckNutz & Gadsden Flag stickers with the snake having Ted Nugent's head in a single transaction bears a suspicious resemblance to the flag of Japan.
 
2017-09-20 04:21:38 AM  
Jesus couldn't name the three branches of government either. Government is bad, so I'm not sure why people want to memorize it to begin with.

You guys say it like it's such a bad thing and then wonder why half the country doesn't like liberals. How mean you always are to us and make us acknowledge blah people.

I get a lot of facts from Fox and from my Facebook feeds. A lot more than you liberals want to acknowledge. And we have a lot of facts you don't know about too, ever thing of that smart guys?
 
2017-09-20 04:22:23 AM  
"Don't they all work for the president?"
 
2017-09-20 04:32:44 AM  
Branch.  Deciduous or coniferous?
 
2017-09-20 04:49:22 AM  
We have a wannabe dictator, what do we need the others for anyway?
 
2017-09-20 04:51:41 AM  
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2017-09-20 05:02:04 AM  
FTFA: More than a third (37 percent) of respondents could not name a single specific right guaranteed under the First Amendment. [...] one-third of respondents unable to name a single branch [of government.]

If my family is representative of this data, I can say with confidence that those circles largely overlap, and the people who conform to both will still smugly claim that you don't know what you're talking about when you shoot down a dumbfark talking point about muh rahts in God's 'murica.

Holy fark this makes me mad. Everyone who's ever walked into a school remembers Eli farking Whitney, but we can't scrape together even a passing understanding of the country's governing bodies and documents? Boy it's a good thing that our representative government is such a staunch and unwavering wall against the erosion of our liberties. Otherwise if we didn't even know what the fark they were, corporate toads, Ayn Rand cultists, and religious zealots could quietly undermine them until they were worth less than the ink they're printed with.
 
2017-09-20 05:06:36 AM  
We've got a bunch of people who don't know the difference between the debt and the deficit.  They don't know who creates the budget.  They don't know how the budget works.  They don't know the constitutional basis for judicial review.

Ask one... go ahead... I'll wait here...
 
2017-09-20 05:09:29 AM  
Is our children learning?

No, no they're not.
 
2017-09-20 05:12:15 AM  
This is easy! The three branches of the government are the Criminal, the Inept and the Malevolent.

/ Nailed it!
 
2017-09-20 05:18:02 AM  

MurphyMurphy: Jesus couldn't name the three branches of government either. Government is bad, so I'm not sure why people want to memorize it to begin with.

You guys say it like it's such a bad thing and then wonder why half the country doesn't like liberals. How mean you always are to us and make us acknowledge blah people.

I get a lot of facts from Fox and from my Facebook feeds. A lot more than you liberals want to acknowledge. And we have a lot of facts you don't know about too, ever thing of that smart guys?


This creature for real? This is parody right? I know creatures like this exist in the USA, I had one scream 'white power' at me the other day ( I'm white so ??? ). Yeah, this is Onion stuff.

/ if not do crawl back under your rock
 
2017-09-20 05:20:10 AM  

MurphyMurphy: Jesus couldn't name the three branches of government either. Government is bad, so I'm not sure why people want to memorize it to begin with.

You guys say it like it's such a bad thing and then wonder why half the country doesn't like liberals. How mean you always are to us and make us acknowledge blah people.

I get a lot of facts from Fox and from my Facebook feeds. A lot more than you liberals want to acknowledge. And we have a lot of facts you don't know about too, ever thing of that smart guys?


Waaaayy too effing close to real. Too effing close. Gotta sleep now.
 
2017-09-20 05:25:06 AM  
More than half the country you say?  Well as libs love pointing out that would correspond to Hilarity's popular vote.
 
2017-09-20 05:36:12 AM  
I know eff all about the equivalent stuff in this country, but I know I'm ignant, is the difference.
 
2017-09-20 05:36:15 AM  
Wrasslin's on. Shut up.
 
2017-09-20 05:43:06 AM  

The Lizard People: Everyone who's ever walked into a school remembers Eli farking Whitney,


Isn't he that black woman that sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl, and then won it as a white guy?
 
2017-09-20 05:46:10 AM  

Boo_Guy: Is our children learning?

No, no they're not.


Kids today probably ARE learning these things.

Voting adults, though? And if they're like people around here, much of their whining is about "disrespectful, know-nothing young kids" who "ruined the country" somehow.
 
2017-09-20 05:54:55 AM  
Police, Prison, Parole.

Doesn't get more American than that!
 
2017-09-20 05:57:00 AM  

Xanlexian: Police, Prison, Parole.

Doesn't get more American than that!


Police, prison, parole, Jerry Springer Show.
 
2017-09-20 05:57:03 AM  
The three branches are Money, Television and Bullshiat.
 
2017-09-20 05:57:39 AM  
I'm beginning to think that we have the government we deserve.
 
2017-09-20 06:00:15 AM  
How very surprising

/no, not really
//4 more years
 
2017-09-20 06:00:30 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: The Venn diagram of those who think the government should approve the media's stories and those who purchase American-flag motif TruckNutz & Gadsden Flag stickers with the snake having Ted Nugent's head in a single transaction bears a suspicious resemblance to the flag of Japan.


I have a friend from my days on the Rodeo Circuit that's a gay cowboy.  There's far more of them than you might initially imagine.  He told me that colored truck nuts on the highway are like colored jock straps at the YMCA.  It's a code that says Follow me into the nearest highway rest stop and take it out.  I'll do the rest.

Try it some time if that's what you're into.  The only thing a Conservative will ever give to a stranger is a beejie... And that goes triple if you look like a homeless derelict that hasn't bathed in three weeks.
 
2017-09-20 06:03:13 AM  

puffy999: Boo_Guy: Is our children learning?

No, no they're not.

Kids today probably ARE learning these things.

Voting adults, though? And if they're like people around here, much of their whining is about "disrespectful, know-nothing young kids" who "ruined the country" somehow.


No, they're not learning it. Certainly it's being taught to them, but they're not learning it.

I can't tell you how many college students I see who think the Constitution claims we "are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights," or who are incapable of explaining that the Bill of Rights are the first ten Amendments to the Constitution, or who say that Martin Luther King, Jr. was "protesting civil rights during the slavery times" (I shiat you not).

I have no doubt our public education system expends great effort trying to get kids to learn basic civics, but their attention spans or retention capacities are simply too taxed by their smart phone lifestyles to function properly.

And when *college kids* are this persistently ignorant...that's how we get Trump. It's going to get worse before it gets better, "believe me, OK?"
 
2017-09-20 06:03:47 AM  
AND THEY VOTE.

But they do know the Three Truths about gummint:
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2017-09-20 06:05:44 AM  
The three branches of government:

The president one.
The congress one.
The court one.
 
2017-09-20 06:06:44 AM  
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2017-09-20 06:12:43 AM  
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Freeze, I'm a branch!

/MAGA
 
2017-09-20 06:14:08 AM  

cman: We got the Executive, Judicial, and Comcast. Everyone should know all three.


I was gonna go with Legislative, Executive, and scalene.

Or maybe Judicial, Legislative, and La Guardia.
 
2017-09-20 06:16:03 AM  

axeeugene: puffy999: Boo_Guy: Is our children learning?

No, no they're not.

Kids today probably ARE learning these things.

Voting adults, though? And if they're like people around here, much of their whining is about "disrespectful, know-nothing young kids" who "ruined the country" somehow.

No, they're not learning it. Certainly it's being taught to them, but they're not learning it.

I can't tell you how many college students I see who think the Constitution claims we "are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights," or who are incapable of explaining that the Bill of Rights are the first ten Amendments to the Constitution, or who say that Martin Luther King, Jr. was "protesting civil rights during the slavery times" (I shiat you not).

I have no doubt our public education system expends great effort trying to get kids to learn basic civics, but their attention spans or retention capacities are simply too taxed by their smart phone lifestyles to function properly.

And when *college kids* are this persistently ignorant...that's how we get Trump. It's going to get worse before it gets better, "believe me, OK?"


It's also how we become a nation of Chinese serfs.  But that's the GOP's endgame.  If it weren't, they'd be educating our children so that they'd want to compete.
 
2017-09-20 06:17:00 AM  

wardog84: More than half the country you say?  Well as libs love pointing out that would correspond to Hilarity's popular vote.


Actually it corresponds almost precisely with the combined votes against her.
 
2017-09-20 06:21:32 AM  

axeeugene: puffy999: Boo_Guy: Is our children learning?

No, no they're not.

Kids today probably ARE learning these things.

Voting adults, though? And if they're like people around here, much of their whining is about "disrespectful, know-nothing young kids" who "ruined the country" somehow.

No, they're not learning it. Certainly it's being taught to them, but they're not learning it.

I can't tell you how many college students I see who think the Constitution claims we "are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights," or who are incapable of explaining that the Bill of Rights are the first ten Amendments to the Constitution, or who say that Martin Luther King, Jr. was "protesting civil rights during the slavery times" (I shiat you not).

I have no doubt our public education system expends great effort trying to get kids to learn basic civics, but their attention spans or retention capacities are simply too taxed by their smart phone lifestyles to function properly.

And when *college kids* are this persistently ignorant...that's how we get Trump. It's going to get worse before it gets better, "believe me, OK?"


I once had a student write that the Code of Hammurabi was written in 1917 . . . because that was the publication date on the translation we read.
 
2017-09-20 06:23:51 AM  
And this is why you have someone like Trump in power.
 
2017-09-20 06:24:48 AM  

Norquist Vagprobe: axeeugene: puffy999: Boo_Guy: Is our children learning?

No, no they're not.

Kids today probably ARE learning these things.

Voting adults, though? And if they're like people around here, much of their whining is about "disrespectful, know-nothing young kids" who "ruined the country" somehow.

No, they're not learning it. Certainly it's being taught to them, but they're not learning it.

I can't tell you how many college students I see who think the Constitution claims we "are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights," or who are incapable of explaining that the Bill of Rights are the first ten Amendments to the Constitution, or who say that Martin Luther King, Jr. was "protesting civil rights during the slavery times" (I shiat you not).

I have no doubt our public education system expends great effort trying to get kids to learn basic civics, but their attention spans or retention capacities are simply too taxed by their smart phone lifestyles to function properly.

And when *college kids* are this persistently ignorant...that's how we get Trump. It's going to get worse before it gets better, "believe me, OK?"

I once had a student write that the Code of Hammurabi was written in 1917 . . . because that was the publication date on the translation we read.


This makes me so giggly
 
2017-09-20 06:31:42 AM  

fusillade762: All part of the plan. Much easier to strip Constitutional protections from people who don't even know they have them.


A plan that can be foiled by a simple google search? Doesn't sound like much of a plan to me.
 
2017-09-20 06:34:12 AM  
President, Vice President and Oops.
 
2017-09-20 06:37:32 AM  
oooh oooh oooh, I know this one! The three branches of government are...

1) The NRA
2) Wallstreet
3) Profit!
 
2017-09-20 06:44:16 AM  

BitwiseShift: Branch.  Deciduous or coniferous?


Dildonian.
 
2017-09-20 06:44:59 AM  
Rick and Morty - Noob-Noob "God damn !"
Youtube 44Q58kWAsCo
 
2017-09-20 06:48:52 AM  

Norquist Vagprobe: I once had a student write that the Code of Hammurabi was written in 1917 . . . because that was the publication date on the translation we read.


Same here. One of mine wrote about The Call of the Wild (a middle school level text) claiming it was written in 1968 for the same reason.

A choice excerpt:

"After Buck reaches to this camp in Canada he comes across a guy that has a club and is known as the 'man with the club' this man starts to beat Buck with the club so that the dog can learn the way of the club and be obedient to whoever has a club. What the 'man with the club' was trying to do is to teach the dog to learn that the club means authority and that Buck needs starts to obey everybody who has one."
 
2017-09-20 06:52:52 AM  

axeeugene: No, they're not learning it. Certainly it's being taught to them, but they're not learning it.

I can't tell you how many college students I see who think the Constitution claims we "are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights," or who are incapable of explaining that the Bill of Rights are the first ten Amendments to the Constitution, or who say that Martin Luther King, Jr. was "protesting civil rights during the slavery times" (I shiat you not).

I have no doubt our public education system expends great effort trying to get kids to learn basic civics, but their attention spans or retention capacities are simply too taxed by their smart phone lifestyles to function properly.

And when *college kids* are this persistently ignorant...that's how we get Trump. It's going to get worse before it gets better, "believe me, OK?"


Ah, yes.

I knew people who knew Kip Kinkle. So, obviously, everyone who was a kid in the mid-90s is a mass-murderer.
 
2017-09-20 06:53:46 AM  
By the way, if you're in any sort of educational field, and you pass off your anecdotes as statistical evidence... I hope you at least work for a religious school.
 
2017-09-20 06:54:08 AM  

axeeugene: Norquist Vagprobe: I once had a student write that the Code of Hammurabi was written in 1917 . . . because that was the publication date on the translation we read.

Same here. One of mine wrote about The Call of the Wild (a middle school level text) claiming it was written in 1968 for the same reason.

A choice excerpt:

"After Buck reaches to this camp in Canada he comes across a guy that has a club and is known as the 'man with the club' this man starts to beat Buck with the club so that the dog can learn the way of the club and be obedient to whoever has a club. What the 'man with the club' was trying to do is to teach the dog to learn that the club means authority and that Buck needs starts to obey everybody who has one."


It's been a long time since I've read that book, but it doesn't sound too inaccurate.
 
2017-09-20 06:56:41 AM  
In his campaign, Trump echoed the reasoning behind Republican's decades of education cuts...

"Thank God for stupid people!"
 
2017-09-20 06:59:05 AM  
Well I know one of the branches of government is named Bob but I am not sure about the rest.
 
2017-09-20 06:59:05 AM  
During campaign seasons, when I hear a politician invariably say something like, "...but the American people are smart..." I think to myself, "No, they aren't."
 
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