Thanks to Russell and Atlanta Bloggers for having me speak tonight. Glad to see that people are indeed still blogging. Keep it up, and sorry about the large entourage.
Matt Damon is in the myth-making business. He knows a lot about myths, like the one about how two nobodies (not true — both were working actors) wrote a Oscar-winning script (with considerable help).
In rising to the defense of teachers, Damon notes their low pay and asks, “Why else would take a shit salary and really long hours unless you really loved to do it?”
Riposte: So janitors must love their job? Why else would anyone want to clean up shit, considering the pay and hours?
For the record, I partly agree: Teachers should be paid more. Good teachers. Not all teachers are quality or even qualified. Surely I wasn’t the only one who had tenured professors who never came to class. They were the minority, but it happens.
Damon speaks like your typical partisan, more interested in placating a constituency than fixing a problem. I’m sure in his world the teacher’s unions are nothing but heroic when in fact they deserve as much blame as anyone — if not more — for the shitty state of our public schools.
I’ve been invited to a speak to a group of bloggers tonight during one of the Malcontent’s more pronounced lulls. Perhaps I’ll speak on selecting a new template, aka Redesigning your blog, OCD and me.
Debt ceiling. Pass.
Michele Bachmann. Still crazy.
Weather. Still hot.
Summer movies. Still lame.
Ah, here we go. Billy Ray Cyrus’ daughter got a pro-gay tattoo on her middle finger. Discuss.