February 05, 2004


Richard Riordan encounters a merciless audience:

Richard Riordan, amateur comedian, former Los Angeles mayor and now California's Secretary of Education, just wanted to lighten things up at a speech to about 700 school superintendents in Monterey.

So as he was advocating more authority for school principals, he threw in part of his comedy act. His idea of an ideal principal was one of the "sisters of little or no mercy" at his Catholic school in New York, he told the group last week.

Sister Carmelita, the principal, could lift students up to the ceiling, and once hit a student 17 times before he crumpled to the floor in pain. Another time, she hit a student so hard on the hand she broke his knuckles and then complained about his penmanship.

The jokes fell flat in the audience of school leaders who are required to report such abuse to police. "Shock and awe" was the way one superintendent described the reaction.

I got to know Riordan a little, back when he was planning a new LA newspaper a couple of years ago. His audience is lucky he didnít tell the one about the Pope and the miracle cure.

Posted by Tim Blair at February 5, 2004 04:08 PM

I am so sick of these politically incorrect people.

Speaking for myself I purchased a large, hard cover book by Doctor Spock on child psychology.

Whenever the kids are naughty I just belt 'em with it.....

But I blame Bush for this.....when John Kerry the Turd becomes President he will bring in the kind of direction kids have been sorely lacking :

NO child may be punished
No military training
No compulsory education
Each child is entitled to demand lifetime support.
Free housing for children
Free motor vehicles.
No child may be arrested.

This is what the Democrats can do for your child.

But wait there's more. Forward planning for the year 2018 :

The following courses which we believe will be necessary for todays child :

How to walk without holding on to something 101
Toilet training 103
Fuhreedum of thpeech 103
Why I'm not God 105
Sex in the Whitehouse (not a course more a statement of fact during Democratic occupation - you too can splash out on a dress)

and last but not least.....

What are the Republicans going to do about crime, poverty, anarchy etc and all the other gifts we've left behind 201.

That's why I'm John Kerry the Turd.

PS : How about our peace loving, non-interventionist, pander to terrorist policies.

Because we wouldn't stop Mugabe x people died, Uncle Kim y people died and on and on.

If we get any more peaceful we'll cure overpopulation all on our own.

Posted by: Traps at February 5, 2004 at 04:40 PM

Did you really say "splash out"?

Posted by: Joe Geoghegan at February 5, 2004 at 05:19 PM

Lucky for Riordan he wasn't sent to one of those Catholic gulag hard labour schools in Australia in the Fifties, where only the strong survived, eh Tim?

Posted by: Dave F at February 5, 2004 at 09:37 PM

The Pope is on a plane, doing a crossword puzzle. He says to his seatmate, "What's a four-letter word ending in 'unt' that refers a woman?"

The seatmate says, "Aunt."

Pope says, "Ah. Got an eraser?"

Posted by: Dave S. at February 6, 2004 at 03:47 AM