Sunday, June 19, 2011

Quotes: "Brown and CA Leg. Need 'Make Up Sex'" and "I think that if we really want to get the media to cover education, however, than "education" needs to start posting pictures of its penis to Twitter."

Tom Ammiano, former SF supervisor and current CA assemblyman, gave SF Chron/KPIX CBS anchor Phil Matier a rather interesting TV interview this morning- (we almost choked on our coffee watching it- can't find a video link of it, but will post it if it becomes available.):
Ammiano says he broke up some assembly member fights this week saying "ladies break it up, break it up" (believe he thought it funny 'cause it was addressed to two male assembly members)
and Ammiano said no one expected Brown's move - and that Brown wants even more cuts and is known for using this veto maneuver- did it a lot apparently as Gov in the 70's. Also, Ammiano said Chiang wants to be Gov in the future and that he has ticked off a lot of folks because he is flexing his muscle right now on being the final arbiter of whether or not the budget pass was a balanced one and whether or not the legislature should get paid:
"Another wild card factoring into the budget veto aftermath is State Controller John Chiang. Under a ballot proposition, the legislature has to pass a budget by mid June or they don’t get paid. Chiang is now trying to determine if the budget passed last week was balanced."

KPIX has other very good coverage on all of this - you can find that here and here.

and Matier and Ross has the skinny here.

Note how the discussion has moved to the Chiang issue and away from anything to do with higher ed etc.

and parts of the blogosphere are "mis-attributing" (?) an important and accurate quote:

"I think that if we really want to get the media to cover education, however, than "education" needs to start posting pictures of its penis to Twitter."

(a reference to the Anthony Weiner saga, find your own link for that mess.)

--that quote, we believe, belongs to HuffPo's Jason Linkins - but some are misunderstanding and saying it belongs to Face the Nation's Bob Schieffer because Schieffer dedicated his closing commentary to the sad state of affairs on education. Anyway, it's a pretty spot-on quote.

So, who at UCOP or UC with a twitter account is brave enough to "take one for the team"?


And, that quote was echoed by CNN's Christine Romans who mentioned during her Sunday program that education was never discussed in the latest two hour long GOP debate. (Romans rightly states education sparks innovation-- but she does not talk about the other values of education.)

We didn't watch that debate- is it true?

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