hero of the day

I am always moved by gallant risk-taking. Today's hero is Mark Takano, a former high-school English teacher who was elected to Congress from the 41st Congressional District of California. Recently a copy of a memorandum produced by a coven of other Congresspersons was circulated to him.

Representative Takano reacted as any gallant high-school English teacher would. Or perhaps it was just a coincidence that at a red pen was close at hand.
I hope that my negligible computer skills have left the thing that enlarges the picture in place, for your ease of reading. If you can't read it, let me know and I'll try something else.

In closing, I note that a lesser man than Rep. Takano could have had a lot more fun with this.  I for one am considering signing him up for clothing catalogues.

18 comments:

  1. Absolutely love it! Now if we could only apply those same high standards to texting and Facebook......It makes me wonder what is wrong with the world? If "educated" politicians can't manage to create a sound paper, how can students be expected to? I admit to making mistakes now and then as well, but hopefully what I write at least makes logical sense!

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  2. hi, egyptomaniac, Congressman Takano's Tumblr is interesting, too - http://repmarktakano.tumblr.com/

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  3. This was hilarious!

    If you can't read, hold down Ctrl key while hitting the '=' key a few times. To go back to the normal size, hold down Ctrl key and hit the minus key (to the left of the '=' key).

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  4. thanks, Rose! our tax dollars at work...

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  5. How fantastic! It is a real worry that supposedly educated people can write such trite nonsense with so little in the way of evidence. As an ex academic writing teacher, I applaud Mr Takano!!

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    1. catching sight of a literate politician is an amazing experience in any society, isn't it?

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  6. This made my week! Truly hilarious and awesome!

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    1. hi, audreybella!, I'm still grinning.

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  7. My red pen is itching to write "it's more than, not over" but I will stand down. Three cheers for Rep. Takano (rather than relying on the "Rule of Three").

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    1. and three cheers for Adult Literacy in Congress

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  8. How fun! More teachers and fewer lawyers in Congress, I say.

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    1. well, I amuse myself by imagining POTUS with a thin-tipped red pen in hand. The hapless draftsman wouldn't know what hit him.

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  9. I saw this and loved it. I have the urge to do this for some of the people I work for...

    Pearl

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    1. As congressmen's urges go, Rep Takano's was quite benign.

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  10. This is great. I know an online newspaper that could use his help but I'm afraid it would be more than a full time job. Whatever happened to editors that actually edited?

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    1. Good question, xoxo. Very good question.

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