Friday Bonus Cartoon Fun: Let The Taliban Do It Edition

Friday Cartoon Fun: Wad Shot Edition


Happy Birthday, Les Paul

I had a black Les Paul just like the one down there but had to sell it so I could eat. I loved that thing. And just look at that dude! He was cooler than you and me put together.

Lester William Polsfuss (June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009)—known as Les Paul—was an American jazz and country guitarist, songwriter and inventor. He was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which "made the sound of rock and roll possible". He is credited with many recording innovations. Although he was not the first to use the technique, his early experiments with overdubbing (also known as sound on sound),[6] delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects and multitrack recording were among the first to attract widespread attention.

His innovative talents extended into his playing style, including licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and timing, which set him apart from his contemporaries and inspired many guitarists of the present day. He recorded with his wife Mary Ford in the 1950s, and they sold millions of records.

Among his many honors, Paul is one of a handful of artists with a permanent, stand-alone exhibit in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is prominently named by the music museum on its website as an "architect" and a "key inductee" along with Sam Phillips and Alan Freed.


"Mitigating poverty will improve education outcomes"...

This is no better than saying we can’t fix schools until we “fix poverty.” Anti-poverty policy, though costly, is very effective in the U.S., and education is only one among many factors that contribute to poverty and inequality (as is partially evident in the fact that much of the rise in inequality in the U.S. has occurred among similarly-educated people).  In addition, while improving public education will help millions of people, the benefits will elude everyone who is beyond school age. These people need help now, and no amount of K-12 education reform will provide it. [emphasis mine]

Mitigating poverty will improve education outcomes, and vice-versa. So let’s not allow either to be an “excuse” for failing to comprehensively address the other.

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