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Dancing With Shakira in the White House

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If it is all right with Michele, it is all right with me that President Obama picked Waka-Waka sensation Shakira last week to serve on his Presidential Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics—a podium from which she will also be able to do excellent outreach with the Hispanic community to boost his sagging re-election prospects. And Shakira is no less qualified for her job than foot-in-the-mouth Joe Biden is for his—although neither one is as perfect as Clay Aiken, who served a term with the Presidential Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, was for his.

She is Hispanic. And she has a compelling story, having grown up in the extremely stratified Colombian city of Barranquilla where nearly 50 percent of people live under the poverty line. More than 43% of children do not have access to early education, and less than 20% have access to the Internet.

She founded the Barefoot Foundation 15 years ago which, reports the Wall Street Journal:

[P]rovides high-quality education, nutrition and psychological support to poor and displaced children and their families in three different Colombian cities. These centers, known as mega-schools, serve more than 6,000 children and their families…

In February 2009, the Barefoot Foundation inaugurated a $6 million K-12 mega-school. El colegio de Shakira, as it is known locally, gets only praise. A friend described it to me as an American institution, by which she meant state-of-the-art. The complex includes an auditorium, chemistry labs and even air conditioning. "Parents receive English classes and computer skills," Shakira says, "and the entire neighborhood can play soccer there." Families look for every possible way to move close to the school…

In the past six months, she has addressed the Oxford Union, appeared in the opinion pages of the Economist, and was asked by the Brookings Institution to be the celebrity behind its proposal to create A Global Fund for Education, modeled after the Global Fund to Fight Malaria, Tuberculosis and AIDS…

Saving kids from death and disease is great. But what is the issue that Shakira wants to push on the commission? Early childhood education. "I am convinced that early childhood development strategies, promoting those strategies and initiatives, is the way to ensure that our kids, our Latino kids especially, will stick to their secondary education," the 34-year-old superstar said.

No offense, Shakira, but you don't know what the hell you are talking about. So before you give up your day job for your new cause, you might want to familiarize yourself with the mountain of evidence that Reason Foundation's Director of Education Lisa Snell has painstakingly compiled showing that except in the case of severely disadvantaged, high-risk kids, preschool does almost no good to anyone.  If anything, separating kids from their parents and putting them in an institutional setting at a young an age might do some real psychological damage. As Snell and I wrote back in 2008:

A 2006 analysis by Education Week found that Oklahoma and Georgia were among the 10 states that had made the least progress on NAEP. Oklahoma, in fact, lost ground after it embraced universal preschool: In 1992 its fourth and eighth graders tested one point above the national average in math. Now they are several points below. Ditto for reading. Georgia's universal preschool program has made virtually no difference to its fourth-grade reading scores. And a study of Tennessee's preschool program released just this week by the nonpartisan Strategic Research Group found no statistical difference in the performance of preschool versus nonpreschool kids on any subject after the first grade.

What about Head Start, the 40-year-old, federal preschool program for low-income kids? Studies by the Department of Health and Human Services have repeatedly found that although Head Start kids post initial gains on IQ and other cognitive measures, in later years they become indistinguishable from non-Head Start kids…

If anything, preschool may do lasting damage to many children. A 2005 analysis by researchers at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, found that kindergartners with 15 or more hours of preschool every week were less motivated and more aggressive in class. Likewise, Canada's C.D. Howe Institute found a higher incidence of anxiety, hyperactivity and poor social skills among kids in Quebec after universal preschool.

So, Shakira, if you want a worthy cause, stick to Waka Waka and don't fucka fucka the nation's kids.

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192 responses to “Dancing With Shakira in the White House

  1. “Presidential Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities”

    We call that the “Obama Administration”

    1. It’s not my fault that I’m no understandable;
      And I try so hard just to be bilinguable.
      I promise that in Spanish this is really good;
      But when I sing in English, it’s just bad wood.

      It all gets lost in

      Translation; it gets me a wide frustration
      ‘Cause me born in another nation.
      Chickens run free and I love my Yoda;

      The song, I don’t know the

      Translation; my tongue-speak is in a tangle.
      I’m dizzy dingle-dangle.
      The dictionatary I need again;
      ‘Til then, sit down and watch me bend.

      This is hermetic and athletic;
      It’s harmonic and platonic;
      English is not for me as you can plainly see;
      But I still try it, rehearse it, Spanglish reverse it,
      But it gets so lost, so very, very lost, boy!

      (“Her songs don’t make any sense!”)

      Translation; it takes all my concentration;
      I’d rather do the sex gyration!
      Give me an apple; I’m Abe Vigoda!
      That’s not right; I don’t know the
      Translation; my mouth-talk is always struggle;
      My belly-biggle-buggle!

      Don’t know what the words mean; I just pretend,
      So looky now, it’s my rear end,
      My rear end,
      My rear end!

  2. Too bad Miss Dalmia knows absolutely nothing about Clay Aiken other than the smear that the Wash Post gossip witches rained down on him. Clay Aiken is an ex Special Education teacher and the founder of The National Inclusion Project. His expertise is working with children with mental disabilities and champions inclusion for all children. He is absolutely qualified for the job and was performing nightly on Broadway during his term on the Presidential Committee. No doubt he had other means of communication and participation in the committee aside from a few meetings. They were aware that he is a working performer when he was appointed.

    1. THANK U SASHA. I WUD ONLEY LIEK TO ADD DERPA DERP.

      1. I don’t get it. Shikha said that Clay WAS qualified. You’re arguing against a straw man.

    2. *pokes Sasha with a stick to see if it’s real*

      Not sure.

    3. He is absolutely qualified for the job and was performing nightly on Broadway during his term on the Presidential Committee.

      Non sequitur much?

      1. He was actually qualified for the appointment and was baking brownies last nigjt.

      2. Celebrity appointees are not expected to drop everything for 4 years. Its not a full time job for godsakes.

        1. Going to a few meetings a year is not “dropping everything.” And if he knew he was going to be too busy to do it, why accept the position?

          1. Because he was “Aiken” for some more recognition.

            1. Everyone shun Art for this pun. It was so bad I think it gave me cancer.

            2. Just stop.

              1. Stop what?

    4. I’m sure Shikha didn’t mean to offend a mongoloid such as yourself, Sasha.

      “Hi. This is Wilford Brimley. Welcome to Retardation: A Celebration. Now, hopefully with this book, I’m gonna dispel a few myths, a few rumors. First off, the retarded don’t rule the night. They don’t rule it. Nobody does. And they don’t run in packs. And while they may not be as strong as apes, don’t lock eyes with ’em, don’t do it. Puts ’em on edge. They might go into berzerker mode; come at you like a whirling dervish, all fists and elbows. You might be screaming ‘No, no, no’ and all they hear is ‘who wants cake?’ Let me tell you something: They all do. They all want cake.”

      1. SWC FTW…

      2. Franks and Beans! Franks and Beans!

      3. I don’t understand that at all, but man that was funny

    5. So by your logic, that chick who recently talked her 6th grade student into meeting her in Mexico to fuck is qualified to be on an Presidential Advisory Council on Elementary Schools.

      Or if there were a Presidential Advisory Council on Chocolate Manufacture, Jeffrey Dahmer would merit inclusion.

      Jesus, a credential =/= qualification to set policy. And because the guy got rich and started a foundation does not make him an expert on the policy. If that was the case, I’d be anxiously awaiting the latest results Lance Armstrong personally came up with in his fight against ball cancer.

      1. As a former Special Education teacher, his appointment to UNICEF as the Ambassador of Education worldwide and the head of a multimillion dollar foundation for kids with mental disabilities, I’d say Clay Aiken is more qualified than most.

        1. Oh wow, we’re seeing a wall of support for Mr. Aiken here. Now we have “Roger”, who is totally not “Sasha”, to defend the great man.

          1. How much special education does it take to change the email when you sockpuppet?

            1. I don’t care what you fucks say, he was great as Sheriff Lobo.

              1. Your knowledge of inconsequential pop-culture minutia continues to inspire awe and respect in your H&R peers.

              2. That’s a big 10-4 buddy.

            2. Not enough to qualify you to teach mentally-disabled children, apparently.

          2. Considering they have the same email in their handle, I think we can safely say “sockpuppet”.

            This is slightly relevant.

            1. MadTV was either brilliant or pathetic depending on the skit…THAT was brilliant.

              1. Once Will Sasso decided to take his Kenny Rogers “impersonation” up to 11, all of the skits were brilliant.

                1. LMAO. Thanks.

          3. Roger is my boyfriend so STFU.

            1. Down to a C at this point. Good start, but your finish is terrible. You need to work on your dismount.

              1. Yeah, STFU. I’m her boyfriend. We share everything, including email accounts. We also share the same IP address and writing style. So what?

                1. sounds like you also share parents

                  1. Maybe they’re conjoined boyfriend and girlfriend.

                    “Human Centipede: The Beginning!”

            2. Mr. Aiken cracked the human genome while doing broadways up and down the East Coast with Terry Funk for the NWA World Heavyweight Title. If anything, he was overqualified for the position.

        2. And the fact that he taught special Ed qualifies him to be a global ambassador?

          Or was it the fact that the UN wanted to glom off of his celebrity to invoke sympathy from dumbass American Idol fanboys and fangirls because, let’s face it, the UN is designed to suck money out of America, not to help the poor of the world.

          If the UN gave a fuck about the poor, they would put experts in positions of influence, not celebrities and relatives of ambassadors and staff.

          1. Yes! Put TOP MEN in charge! TOP MEN! If the UN REALLY gave a fuck about the poor, they would disband. Or call to an end for ag subsidies. Pretty much anything but act like they have a god damn clue about how the world is “supposed” to work.

          2. At least the fanboys and fangirls would be giving their own money in that case and not forcing other people to “give” their money to the UN.

        3. You else was a Special Education teacher? Ron Jeremy. Got a master’s degree. When’s his appointment coming?

          1. Ron Jeremy has had a lengthy membership in the slot.

            1. Art, you’re becoming dangerous. Too many puns and we may have to put a hit out on you.

            2. Don’t sweat the haters, Art. Some of us appreciate a horrifying pun or ten.

              1. Don’t make me threaten you too, Ska.

          2. The Hedgehog: I bet he could take time out of his busy pecker growth-pitching and auto-felting schedule to make more meetings than Mr Aiken attended.

            Although, he would be a good pitchman for the WH. We could dress a chick up as the Statue of Liberty and Jeremy could go in mulatto-face and fuck her in the ass, only to pull out and blow a load in her face.

            1. Ron Jeremy is an old fart with nothing better to do.

            2. Mulatto-face????

              I don’t know whether to be offended or to congratulate you for making me laugh for 5 minutes straight.

              1. You can be both.

                I had a hard time typing it, because I was laughing and hanging my head in shame at the same time.

                1. Of course, when I read “mulatto-face,” I immediately thought of this.

            3. You know why Ron Jeremy masturbates with his pinkie finger extended?

              Because he’s classy.

              -Sarah Silverman

  3. Noted libertarian Obama-supporter Megan McCardle comes out in favor of “Occupy Wall Street” proposal for debt forgiveness.

    See, now this is why I can’t “get down” with the whole cosmotarian TEAM BLUE KULTUR WAR, single-speed-pedaling, iPad-gay-porn surfing,Glenn Greenwald-idolizing, TARP-supporting,”socially-liberal/fiscally conservative” consequentialist-liberaltarian thing that seems so popular on the Reason blog.

    1. I’m guessing McArdle is angling for a spot on the Presidential Committee for People Who Don’t Know Shit.

    2. I do think that there’s a lot of fairly ridiculous credentialism out there–employers require college degrees because they can, not because it actually helps you do your job better.

      What part of this sentence sticks in your Rockwell-loving, Paleo-craw?

      1. The debt forgiveness part fuckhead.

        1. The article advocates allowing student loans to be included in bankruptcy and ending federal loan subsidies. I guess you could construe bankruptcy to be a sort of forgiveness, but it’s definitely not letting deadbeats get off totally scot-free.

        2. With that in mind, let me propose a modification that might at least alleviate some of the problems experienced by the 99%: allow students to discharge their student loans in bankruptcy (at least the ones guaranteed by the government, and private loans made before the rules were changed to make private loans un-bankruptable).

          Bankruptcy is not “forgiveness”, shitstain.

          1. So. I rack up $200k in student debt while attending school. The day after I graduate I declare bankruptcy and rent for seven years. Who should pay the $200k? Why?

            If you agree that defaulting on the student loan should revoke any degree you financed with it, I might consider it.

            1. Because in a bankrupcy, judges will work to protect creditors as well as the person in receivership.

              People have tried that stunt in the past in numerous times, and there is a pretty sophisticated body of case law to make their lives a living hell.

              You might, for example, find yourself under court order to pay back everything using 25% of your income, with late payments triggering a contempt charge.

            2. I think that the point of the article, kilroy, was that if you allow for bankruptcy to include student loans and also take away government subsidies/protections of said loans, then lenders would be a lot more selective in their practices. Meaning that they would be really hesitant to lend to someone who would do as you described. Also, most employers do a credit check now as part of the hiring process and probably wouldn’t look too kindly upon a 22 year old that’s already declared bankruptcy.

              Hell, the lenders would probably restrict what majors that they would loan for.

              1. Hell, the lenders would probably restrict what majors that they would loan for.

                Exactly. Get rid of the government backing, and anyone who wants a Theater degree can pay for it themselves.

                1. Exactly. Get rid of the government backing, and anyone who wants a Theater degree can pay for it themselves.

                  I would definitely support restricting govt backing to people who were pursuing “in demand” majors. They already have scholarships and such available for national-defense related majors like math, science, and engineering, and a similar system would make sense for loans. Though if we want to continue the goal of expanding opportunity it should probably include business and other “useful” majors.

              2. Student loans that are not guaranteed by the feds are already dischargeable in bankruptcy.

                The point of the federal student loan program is to expand access to higher education. Without the feds guaranteeing loans, poor and even middle class kids (ie, everyone except those who can afford to pay out of pocket) will have a hard time getting them.

                Now maybe you’re against federal involvement in student loans itself, but you should be up front about that rather than making this about the sanctity of bankruptcy law.

            3. I rack up $200k in student debt while attending school. The day after I graduate I declare bankruptcy and rent for seven years.

              There’s the fascinating newfangled concept in the world of finance called “collateral.” I hear that if you pledge some particular piece of property you own to the lender in the event of default, they will then lend you money.

              We truly live in an age of wonders.

              1. Interestingly, since you are attempting to be a smartass, that’s quite obviously not a plausible solution for an 18-year-old with non-rich parents.

                1. Please read the article and report back.

                  Thanks in advance.

                  1. Are you talking to me, little man?

                    1. Big enough to know what the fuck I’m arguing against.

                      I know it’s too much to expect you to take time out of your busy schedule of being concerned and worried to read an article, but please do as it’ll make the discussion go more smoothly.

                    2. I did read the article. Which post of mine are you responding to anyway?

                      Are you claiming 18 year olds can get home equity loans for college or that you don’t care about access to higher education for poor kids?

                    3. Do you ever wonder why the price of higher education is so high?

                    4. I’m not really sure it is “so high” in the first place. State schools are still cheap. A lot of the private ones have added “amenities” and stuff to differentiate themselves from the competition.

                      If you’re pinning the price increases all on student loans being more available, you have to explain why this is so when giving out food stamps and WIC debit cards and such don’t send the price of corn flakes and cheese through the roof. If higher ed really were overpriced, why isn’t anyone entering the market to take advantage of those high prices? I hate to get all Econ 101 here, but why isn’t the law of supply and demand applicable?

                    5. The percentage of people buying corn flakes with public assistance isn’t even close to the percentage of kids in universities using student loans. I think it’s an apples to oranges comparison.

                      I had an incredibly busy/stressful week so I’m not going to go looking shit up to back up my claims… maybe later.

                      I would say that the laws of supply and demand do apply; we’re just seeing a distortion in demand due to easy loans. This coupled with a disconnect between the consumer and the cost (as with healthcare) gives rapidly rising tuition rates.

                      You know how much the local unis cost and there is no way that a working/middle class person could pay out of pocket; a loan is the only option for those people. There is no such thing as working to pay for school anymore. My stance is that schools have basically priced themselves to this point because government intervention makes it possible.

                      Do you really think that my school would charge $3500 for a 6 week summer class when I can take the same class at CCAC for $700 if it weren’t for easy loans? Would anyone pay that out of pocket? Nope to both, I say.

                    6. If higher ed really were overpriced, why isn’t anyone entering the market to take advantage of those high prices?

                      University of Phoenix.

                    7. And I note you mention subsidies, not guarantees. The reason for the nondischargeability is the guarantee which applies to even unsubsidized loans brokered by DOEd.

                2. Interestingly, since you are attempting to be a smartass, that’s quite obviously not a plausible solution for an 18-year-old with non-rich parents.

                  How badly do you want that golden ticket in Gender Studies?

                  But in all seriousness, I eagerly anticipate the day when the education bubble bursts.

        3. Anti Team Blue =/= Pro Team Red, Paleotarian.

          1. I think you mean “Paleotardian”.

            1. Good catch, Art, but there’s no pun in your post. You’re slackin’.

              1. Actually, more than likely that was White Indian, posting under yet another fake name.

  4. was that lasr quip in the article some kind of spanish slang!?

    1. Joo doh no wachu talkin bou. I not a Messican. I puerrarican.

      1. From what I’ve seen in PR, Puerto Ricans tend to be embarrassed of American Ricans.

        1. I lived there for two years. The PR’s loved me. Especially the fine ladies at the Black Angus in SJ and Papa Joe’s in Ceiba.

          The main reason they loved me was because I paid plent of money to see them naked and/or perform certain acts, and because I wasnt a Navy dipshit that couldn’t hold his booze.

          I’m not ashamed.

          1. Stupid fucking spoof handles. They’re worse than having a small prostate.

            1. Are you one of those boriquas with the bamboo door knockers? I never would have guessed it.

            2. It’s good to see you’ve come to grips with your reproductive system.

  5. Why has no one yet pointed out the obvious fact that Shakira is hot?

    What is wrong with you people?

    1. Hot is an understatement.

      1. Didn’t you get the memo from Paleotarian, Spiny? Every libertarian is, at this moment, surfing gay porn on our iPads.

        1. Screw that, I use Android.

          1. Wow… I am WAY behind on surfing gay porn.

            Plus, I own zero Apple products.

            1. The gay libertarian app is awesome. You’re really missing out.

              1. That’s what I get for using Linux!

    2. Hot until you hear her singing and then I want to icepick my eardrums w/ to stop hearing her back-of-the-nasal-cavity voice

  6. separating kids from their parents and putting them in an institutional setting

    It makes for good citizens

    1. Look at how pussified the English generation that grew up during WW2 became because of the mass institutionalizations and separations from their families became.

      They were the first generation of the industrialized world that became wards of the state, not counting the Sovietization of Russia. Those people pushed for the NHS, expanded dole, council housing schemes and all the other bullshit that drove GB into a ditch financially and innovatively. There is basically no technology in England today that is not imported, and their industrial advancement is likewise nonexistent.

      1. Didn’t post WWII Germany also become quite socialized? And the Social Democrats were in continuous power in Sweden from WWII until a few years ago.

        1. Yes and yes.

      2. so, what yuou’re sayin is, we’re gettin the dole here in The States. Man, it’s like an ocean of free skrimps, clear to the horizon.

  7. Shikha Shikha for the win!

  8. Why has it taken us this long to realize the answer to the nation’s problems has been right there all along? People, her hips do. not. fucking. lie. Ask them anything! Problem solved!

    1. “Shakira, why was the final episode of BSG so fucking stupid?”

      Let’s see if her hips can answer that.

      1. At least I feel inclined to let them attempt a response.

      2. Because the writers sucked.

        1. So the writers sucked except for when they didn’t suck for most of the rest of the series. Got it.

          Next explanation?

          1. the writers choked after writing themselves into a corner.

            1. And Neu is the winner! Your prize is a close encounter with Shakira’s hips. Enjoy.

            2. the writers choked after writing themselves into a corner.

              But they had a plan!

            3. It’s the fucking JJ Abrams/Prequel Lucas school of writing, which is unfortunately dominant during this period of history.

            4. I would easily take a brainless Michael Bay blockbuster over the intellectually insulting tripe put out by Abrams and his imitators, that’s for sure.

              1. What about the insulting tripe put out by Brannon Braga?

                **cough** Terra Nova **cough**

                1. That hasn’t been cancelled yet?

                  It’s just wrong if that outlasts Firefly. It’s already outlasted Drive, I guess.

                  1. I think it will outlast both Drive and Firefly. It has too much money behind it at this point to be canceled (sunk cost fallacy!!!) unless its ratings are abysmal.

                    It’s so fucking bad. I watch the episodes just to be stunned by how unsophisticated it is.

                    1. I didn’t watch this past week’s. But I agree with your diagnosis.

                      Holy shit, I just read that they didn’t even bother ordering a pilot, they ordered a full season all at once.

                    2. Clearly the show is too big to fail.

                    3. Its guaranteed 13 episodes. And there wont be a 2nd half to the 1st season.

                      So, it will either get picked up for a full season 2 or cancelled.

    2. I understand they answer very quietly so one would have to get up really close to hear the answer. I will volunteer.

  9. Also, Obama is totes out of touch. I had pretty much forgotten about Shakira until I heard her Kermit-y voice on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 00’s the other day. He shoulda gone with Selena Gomez instead. Her qualifications include: banging Justin Bieber.

    1. That’s a qualification? Okay, maybe for the braindead Obama admin it is.

    2. Her qualifications include: banging J***** B*****.

      I know the commentariat likes to talk a blue streak, but there are some obscenities that shouldn’t be said at all.

      And who wants to bang a Canadian anyway? Do they do kinkier shit in bed than Americans?

      1. yes we do

        1. I’m sure it involves hockey accoutrements or maple syrup in some way.

  10. Why is she holding a light sabre?

    … Hobbit

  11. because she couldn’t keep up the heavy one

  12. let me propose a modification that might at least alleviate some of the problems experienced by the 99%

    I gave up on McArdle years ago, so me no RTFA.

    Does she spend any time at all considering even the most easily foreseeable consequences of this?

    1. It’s actually kind of a nuanced article that argues for stopping “… the broad general subsidy for student loans.” With making student loans bankruptable as the first step.

  13. This article has a lot of nerve to state that Shakira doesn’t know what she’s talking about and should fucka fucka off. She’s trying to do something good and you’re being a complete jerk. You don’t even know what the plans are. She’s gone beyond theory to actually implementing plans w/ a high degree of success in several territories such as Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Haiti & South Africa. She’s already helped to build something in Miami, Florida right here in the US of A. This is just another territory, albeit a big territory. You know what you do to a huge territory like the US? You devise the plan to that specific state. She puts her foot where her mouth is and opened up her own foundation when she was only 18 years old! She is, as you can see, an over-achiever. She does more then just go to a few meetings. The research you did was great but you don’t know what the plans are for the school and how they will be devised so before you start knocking her, why don’t you join in instead of becoming the problem? It’s kids! They deserve a better education at any age.

    1. LEAVE BRITNEY SHAKIRA ALONE! JUST LEAVE HER ALONE!

    2. She puts her foot where her mouth is

      Isn’t that a bad thing to do?

      1. Autocorrecting myself here. Shakira putting her foot where her mouth is is a good thing. Putting both feet where the back of her head is would be an even better thing. Putting my mouth three feet above where her feet are in the screencap works best.

        1. SORRY BOY THAT GONNA COST YA $10,000

          1. I’ll take the case!

    3. I welcome Shakira to put her (foot? really?) where her mouth is. She is not welcome to put my money where her mouth is. Unless we’re having a different kind of conversation of course…

  14. So, Shakira, if you want a worthy cause, stick to Waka Waka and don’t fucka fucka the nation’s kids.

    Holy shit! Did Dalmia just call Shakira a pedophile? That’s hardcore.

    1. That’s pretty hawt. Somehow…

  15. shikha-

    ironic post of the year?

  16. at a young an age

  17. In other news, Fozzie Bear of the Muppets is suing Shakira for stealing his “Waka Waka” bit.

  18. “No offense, Shakira, but you don’t know what the hell you are talking about.”

    The Barefoot Foundation with 15 year record AND success or
    “Reason Foundation’s Director of Education Lisa Snell”
    whose ACCOMPLISHMENT is to ‘painstakingly compile” data?

    I pick the girl shaking her ass, and tits, and putting her money where her ass was

    1. you silly littel boys dont couldtn holed a flamer to shakera now go get my coffe biches ..

    2. I suppose if one of your loved ones had muscular dystrophy, you’d consult Jerry Lewis on treatment options?

      While it’s great that Shakira has been shoveling money into improving education in Colombian barrios, that doesn’t mean she has any expertise in the field of early childhood education. It sounds like the situation in her hometown was so bad that ANYTHING would have been an improvement. As bad as our inner city school systems are, it is possible to make them worse.

      1. I’d ask Jerry about forgiveness

    3. And what makes you think Lisa Snell doesn’t shake her ass?

      1. I admire women who put their money where their ass is but a woman who just uses her mouth, is just a tease 😉

        1. Depends on the date number.

  19. Thousands of Americans have non-violently occupied Wall St — an epicentre of global financial power and corruption. They are the latest ray of light in a new movement for social justice that is spreading like wildfire from Madrid to Jerusalem to 146 other cities and counting, but they need our help to succeed.

    As working families pay the bill for a financial crisis caused by corrupt elites, the protesters are calling for real democracy, social justice and anti-corruption. But they are under severe pressure from authorities, and some media are dismissing them as fringe groups. If millions of us from across the world stand with them, we’ll boost their resolve and show the media and leaders that the protests are part of a massive mainstream movement for change.

    This year could be our century’s 1968, but to succeed it must be a movement of all citizens, from every walk of life. Click to join the call for real democracy — a giant live counter of every one of us who signs the petition will be erected in the centre of the occupation in New York, and live webcasted on this web page. Sign up now!

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/the_world_vs_wall_st/?vl

    1. Zombie Richard Nixon is going to declare his presidential candidacy?

    2. Progressive dipshits and the useful iiots that make their ambitions and designs possible calling for all the wrong shit? Not much of a surprise.

      Democracy is an abomination, and these people are citng ’68 as their model for some scope of significance. They can’t be taken seriously.

      1. Progressive AND so-con dipshits, Res.

      2. *idiots

        *citing

        Keyboards, how do they work?

        1. KEYBOARDZ AR CORPRIT TOOLZ OF SATIN!!

    3. “the protesters are calling for real democracy, *SOCIAL JUSTICE* and anti-corruption.”

      I’ll bet that isn’t something I’m about to back.

      1. “Social justice,” aka “rent-seeking”

        1. WE WANT OUR STUFF PAID FOR BY RICH FAT CATS WHO MAKE MORE THAN FIFTY GRAND A YEAR!!!ONE!won1

    4. Is this the world they are after?

      1. Not immediately. That comes later.

  20. So, Shakira, if you want a worthy cause, stick to Waka Waka and don’t fucka fucka the nation’s kids.

    Pretty sure there’s a significant subset of the nation’s kids that would’nt mind having Shakira fucka fucka them.

    1. Can she cook?

      Yes, it matters. I want, at least, a post-coital sandwich, and if she can’t get the mayo on the inside of said sandwich, we’re gonna have problems.

  21. The Other 98% is a grassroots network of concerned citizens fed up with the status quo in Washington. We seek practical solutions to the many challenges facing America. We stand against those bankers, CEOs and lobbyists who have hijacked our democracy to serve themselves at the expense of everyone else. We are everywhere. And we are hopeful.

    http://other98.com/

    1. “our democracy”

      Are these guys Latin Americans using the term ‘America’ to denote the continents? Because the United States are not a democracy.

      “grassroots”

      Because decentralized, spontaneously organized retardation and bullshit is better than centralized retardation and bullshit, right?

      “We seek practical solutions”

      Depending on the type of statist you are, that could mean either (1) enslaving your neighbor to obey your preferences and finance your likes, or (2) enslaving your neighbor AND yourself to obey the dictations of a mob and the political leaders that sway it/kiss its ass. Am I about right?

      “We stand against those bankers, CEOs and lobbyists who have hijacked our democracy to serve themselves at the expense of everyone else”

      The reason rent-seeking corporatists can serve themselves at the expense of everyone else is because government either permits or mandates that they do so. Where’s the “politicians and governmental usurpers” in that list of assholes?

      “We are everywhere. And we are hopeful.”

      You’re also full of shit.

    2. “The Other 98% is a grassroots network of concerned citizens fed up with the status quo in Washington…”

      Anyone sucked in by this crap deserves with they get.
      ‘We’re for truth and beauty and the children! We have plans we know you’ll love!’
      Yeah, well, buy this lotion; it ‘removes the worry of wrinkles’.
      And it’s not as if they’re paying for air-time. God ‘concrete plans’? Good; bandwidth is cheap; let’s hear ’em.

  22. We seek practical solutions to the many challenges facing America.

    Have you looked under the couch?

  23. You’re surrounded. By idiots.

    Subversion is the only rational response.

    1. That is superb.

    2. Cute wolf story, but the words describe someone in, say, the bottom 10%. Not even a middle of the packer. The protests are about whether that one Alpha Couple is manipulating the hunt.

  24. You know, because Sheriff Lobo was played by Claude Akins, which sounds like Clay Aiken. So it’s easy to get their names confused, even if the two people are very different. Therein lies the potential for humor. Lobo was the arch-nemesis in B.J. and the Bear, starring Greg Evigan in the title role. I don’t know who played B.J.

    1. What the fuck happened in the 70’s that Hollywood thought truckers and monkeys would be interesting to anyone?

      It was the drugs wasn’t it?

      Where are all the good drugs today? I wish I could get so fucking loopy on ‘ludes that watching grainy teevee shows about truck driving simians would make for a good evening.

  25. I love this place!

  26. She did good things with her money. Of course, she also advocates bad ideas. She should put her mouth where her money is.

    But she’s already ahead of many other stars because she’s actually helping people.

    1. “But she’s already ahead of many other stars because she’s actually helping people.”

      Uh, that’s a classic of begging the question.
      If you read the article, it points out that what she’s doing is quite possibly *harming* the people she proposes to help.

      We have no way of knowing if her *intentions* are laudable, but we do have ways of determining whether the results are positive. And in this case, it seems they aren’t.
      The “We Are The World…” failures are quite common, and it sure looks like she’s bought into one.

      1. What about that school she funded in Columbia? That’s not “We Are the World,” because I think that’s her native country.

        1. “What about that school she funded in Columbia?”

          From the article:
          “you might want to familiarize yourself with the mountain of evidence that Reason Foundation’s Director of Education Lisa Snell has painstakingly compiled showing that except in the case of severely disadvantaged, high-risk kids, preschool does almost no good to anyone. If anything, separating kids from their parents and putting them in an institutional setting at a young an age might do some real psychological damage. As Snell and I wrote back in 2008:…”
          There’s that article up there; reading it helps if you want to comment on the points.

          1. Are we talking past each other? Because it sure seems that way.

            The Wall Street Journal article referenced in the post is about the schools her foundation set up. These schools are Good Things.

            She also advocates preschool. This is a Bad Thing.

            I hope you get the nuances in this situation. She pays for some good things (schools) but advocates a Bad Thing (preschools taking very young kids away from their parents).

            Therefore – when I say she should put her mouth where her money is, I mean of course that she should advocate for good private schools, not for government taking really young children away from their parents for several hours each day.

  27. Also, does she have a last name, or is she a one-namer like Sting or Madonna or Charlemagne?

    1. Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll

      1. Thank you! Just checked her Wikipedia entry, and I learned a new Spanish term – Fijaci?n Oral. She just keeps contributing to education!

        1. Yes. This could be one of the greatest album covers of all time.

    2. She lives in the land of the one-named people, where the boy with two names is king.

  28. Photos from occupy Wall Street protest. I thought this was interesting.

  29. [aside] Jesus Christ, these people will comment on anything!

    1. And yet, here you are commenting.

      There’s a reason people like you die alone.

  30. Lisa Snell has painstakingly compiled showing that except in the case of severely disadvantaged, high-risk kids, preschool does almost no good to anyone.

    It’s like Shikha doesn’t realize that Shakira’s “our kids” refers to one of the most educationally high-risk and disadvantaged group in the country.

    1. “It’s like Shikha doesn’t realize that Shakira’s “our kids” refers to one of the most educationally high-risk and disadvantaged group in the country.”

      Cite? Cite? Anybody got a cite?

      1. sevo,

        Cite for what? It is in the post above. Or do you want a citation showing that Latino’s are among the most educationally high-risk groups in the country? In that case, you are too unaware of the issue to bother having a discussion with. As per usual.

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