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Thursday, March 31, 2011

That damned Study

What's Mallard raving about today?

Head Start, Liberals.

Yes, let's eliminate Head Start because some sort of partisan think tank did a study which just happened to reinforce a preconceived ideological stance.

The poor can go hungry and without education. Billionaires need more tax breaks. And GE's tax credit of $3.2b from the Federal government is just not enough for them to survive.

Hey Mallard, I'm pretty sure Jesus, who lived to help poor people, would punch you in the throat if he ever met you.

Republicans have stopped even pretending to have hearts or souls.


Faster, Harder, More Challenging GeoX said...

Shit--Head Start isn't as effective as it could be?!? We'd better give that money to billionaires instead! Seriously, Tinsley, you worthless pile of dung, just who the fuck do you think you're fooling? When you actually make an alternate suggestion to help people--a suggestion that DOESN'T involve making sure rich fuckheads don't have to pay their fair share--then you might have some credibility here. But you won't, will you? Because, for reasons that defy comprehension, you're happy being a loathsome little toady. You're aware that just because they let you lick their boots, it doesn't actually mean they like you, aren't you? They hold you in just as much contempt as we do, dude.

Tog said...

How about No Child Left Behind, Tinsley?

It's pretty clear you're not one of those Thousand Points of Light, Bruce. Hell, you're not even one of those CFLs you hate so much it makes you crap your pants. You're one dim bulb.

So, does Mallard mysteriously have his job back, or is he one of those very same bloggers he's always held such contempt for (and Tinsley just dusted off Mr. Jewnosey because he couldn't be arsed to create a new liberal strawman)? It's impossible to tell, because Tinsley is such a talentless hack.

And, a troll. Tinsley's not even trying to hide it anymore. He worships Scott Walker's power-mad arrogance, he blindly accepts any study that supports his prejudices, and pretends that he and his fellow teabaggers aren't foaming-at-the-mouth lunatics while accusing liberals of same.

It goes far beyond projection into sheer trollery, and in that light Mallard's recurring smirk finally makes sense. Tinsley might as well have just scrawled "U MAD?" in the final word balloon. You can wear yourself out trying to talk sense to this boob, and he'll just grin and respond, "U JELLY?"

Kip W said...

Well, those Head Start pennies can really add up. You take those, and a few more programs that only benefit some poor little beaner kids, and they add up to real money.

And yes, major corporations need that money! You don't think they want to pay to relocate their manufacturing plants overseas out of the money their bonuses come from, do you?

And when those plants are operating, they'll be paying salaries directly to poor little kids who'd otherwise migrate over here and become immigrants and minorities anyway. A win-win, especially since so few of them survive to become a drag on society.

Marion Delgado said...

I can't find any study sourced to the us dept. of health and human services that says head start doesn't work. Anywhere at Or anywhere in the news.

If there were such a study, and it said what he claims it said, what a sad thing that Bruce can't source or cite it anywhere. I bet Jewish World Review would give him all the space he wants to explain this one.

Rootbeer said...

alternate copy for this strip:

panel 1:
Mallard: Click... woo... in other news... another report proves that I'm right about things....*

* not true

panel 2:
Noseworthy: What the fuck are you doing here?...

panel 3:
Noseworthy: I fired you months ago!...

panel 4:
Noseworthy: GTFO or I'll calling Security!...

panel 5:
Mallard: Oops... I forgot to tell a story!....

Deena said...

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Anonymous said...

Maybe if Obama cancelled just a few of his bombing missions we could afford to pay for Head Start, teachers pensions, etc. (Libya, @ $100,000,000 a day for example.) Hope all those little children can visit the White House at look at his shiny Nobel Peace Prize!

rewinn said...

Let's look at the study hmmmm?

It does NOT say Head Start does not work. It says Head Start is not better than other programs which, on average, have children in their for SIGNIFICANTLY more hours per week.

Page xxv of the Executive Study:

"This study evaluated the Head Start program against a mixture of alternative care settings
rather than against a condition of ―no services or parental care only condition.

About 40
percent of the non-Head Start group did not receive formal preschool education, and for those
who did, quality was generally lower than in Head Start. Nevertheless, many of the control
group children did receive child care or early childhood education.
Further, among those that
participated in non-parental care, the control group children were actually in non-parental care
for more hours than the Head Start group
—on average, children in the control group who
participated in some type of non-parental care attended care about four to five hours more per
week for the Head Start year.

Consequently, to achieve measurable impacts, Head Start (as
noted above) has to outperform what control group children received. Improved childcare and
pre-K standards across the nation may have reduced the differences found between the Head
Start and control group children."

I do not accuse Tinshley of lying - that would imply that he actually knew he was perpetrating a falsehood.

Obviously he didn't even read the study's executive study, and forwarded the latest reichwing talking point. That makes him dishonest, but not a liar.

Anonymous said...

I can never read, and usually not even find, the supposed citations that the asterisks supposedly reference. Seems as if MF doesn't want anyone to actually look.

CW in LA said...

Oh look, Racist Anonymous is gone; Concern Troll Anonymous is back!

Randy said...

@FHMCGX: I think you're confused; Shit-Head Start is an RNC program for promoting budding young conservative cartoonists. And no, it isn't very effective.

Tog said...

Since it's come up, why don't we make note of the horrific hypocrisy from the flip-flopping Yellow Elephant Culture Warrior Brigade.

They're absolutely delighted that the busted-China shops of Iraq and Afghanistan linger on, but are enraged that Obama, working with the UN, has established a no-fly zone in Libya to protect the rebels (who want to overthrow the terrorist dictator responsible for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103). Republicans love terrorists, proven.

What's so awful about the no-fly zone? Easy! First, Obama's doing it, and he's a Democrat and a black man. Second, its primary purpose is humanitarian, not channeling more of our resources into the pockets of the already obscenely wealthy.

They were all for it when they thought Obama wouldn't do it; now they're against it...except for the usual cowardly warmongers who are bawling for ground troops and all-out, profitable war. (Not THEIR sons, of course. Other priorities, don'tcha know.) And I'm sure some of them are striving to arrange an "incident" that will kill a number of "grunts" so that they can press for their ground war. Just watch.

And let's see if Tinsley even mentions Libya. After all, he's so BRAVE and SMARTER THAN YOU and he SPEAKS TRUTH TO POWER...right?


Kaitlyn said...

For Head Start to work as well as private preschools/day cares, wouldn't it need more money?

Cutting its funding because it sucks makes no damn sense.

Unless you hate poor kids. If you hate poor people because they "deserve" it, okay, but what did the kids do? Be born to poor parents?

I don't get people sometimes.

Steve-O said...

The Republican Motto:

"We love kids from conception to birth!"*

*after that we don't give a shit.

DiR said...

So, Obama is bombing brown foreign people, but suddenly Republicans don't like that.
I used to joke that Obama could carpet-nuke every country east of Italy, and Republicans would still attack him for it.
Satire is dead.

Kip W said...

Disadvantaged children could be crawling the lawns of the super-rich, trimming the lawns with toenail clippers so they don't bother the hungover Master inside the main house. But noooooo. The bleeding-heart liberals don't want the little buggers to pull their own weight.

Marion Delgado said...

In sum, this report finds that providing access to Head Start has benefits for both 3-year- olds and 4-year-olds in the cognitive, health, and parenting domains, and for 3-year-olds in the social-emotional domain. However, the benefits of access to Head Start at age four are largely absent by 1st grade for the program population as a whole. For 3-year-olds, there are few sustained benefits, although access to the program may lead to improved parent-child relationships through 1st grade, a potentially important finding for children’s longer term development.