There is a basic misconception about smart people. To be more accurate, there is a basic misconception concerning people who claim to be smart. That misconception is that they know what the heck they’re talking about. I have, through my work here and other places, met many smart people. Only once has someone explained to me how smart they were and that person was later proved wrong. Real smart people are like real honest people, they don’t have to tell you for you to figure it out. It is with that in mind that we tackle today’s stories.
First, let’s head over to Jolly Old England where a middle-aged fat man thought his class would benefit from the sight of his naked manliness.
Keep in mind, he has a college degree.
A chubby supply teacher who stripped to his waist in front of a class of whooping teenagers has been found guilty of serious misconduct.
Martin Rouse, 57, claimed he was ‘trying to be cool’ when he took off his shirt in front of a class of 30 rowdy 14-year-olds.
But one of the pupils at Sudbury Upper School, Suffolk, videoed the 45-second strip on his mobile phone and posted the clip on YouTube.
A pupil at the school said: ‘It was hilarious. People were goading him saying ‘I bet you haven’t got their muscles. He told us all ‘I’ll show you’ and started taking off his shirt.
‘We all thought he was taking the piss at first and pretending but he took his shirt off and started flexing his muscles. Then he said ‘look I told you I do have their muscles’.
‘He put his shirt back on but he was still buttoning it up when he was teaching.
‘Everyone was killing themselves laughing.’
Rouse was sacked on the spot by headmaster David Forrest after a colleague exposed him.
Suffolk County Council also banned him from its 357 schools.
The General Teaching Council (GTC) refused to strike Rouse off the teaching register and instead gave him a reprimand which will stay on his record for two years.
Rouse can continue to work as a teacher but must declare his reprimand when applying for jobs.
Rouse, of Thetford, Norfolk, defended his actions, claiming he was ‘trying to be cool’.
Speaking at the time he said: ‘I generally have a fairly humorous rapport with students because it helps them to work – it is not entertainment for entertainment’s sake.
‘It is about getting them involved, some of them are pretty bored and turned off and you have to work really hard to get them involved.
‘I was trying to be cool.’
The footage shows bearded Rouse unbuttoning his shirt, whipping it off then flexing his muscles before parading up and down the classroom.
A girl pupil can be heard shouting ‘bless him’ while other pupils collapse into hysterical laughter.
One pupils said: ‘It was quite funny but his big man boobs made him look a bit sad.’
GTC Chairman Stephen Viner said: ‘We are satisfied that the facts of particular have been proved, that is Mr Rouse behaved inappropriately in removing his shirt in front of pupils.
‘We have decided to impose a Reprimand for the following reasons. As far we are aware these were isolated incidents which resulted from an ill considered attempt to control the class.’
The hearing heard Rouse, who had been teaching at the 1,050 pupil school for just two weeks in June last year, ‘brought the reputation of the profession into serious disrepute’.
Mr Viner said: ‘Mr Rouse removed his shirt in the classroom which was a clear breach of the standards of propriety expected of the profession.
‘The video of the incident became publicly available and Mr Rouse’s actions were seriously detrimental to the standing of the profession.’
He was also found guilty of threatening to throw a pupil out of the window if he did not stop misbehaving.
Rouse, who was not present at the hearing held in Birmingham yesterday, is now understood to be working in Sainsbury’s in Suffolk.
I have, in my many years, seen multiple definitions of the word “cool” and this was not among them. However, I do find it amusing that threatening to throw a student out of a window, to his eventual death, was only a footnote in why this guy was fired.
Another very smart guy, just ask him, Cory Dleago, a former candidate for governor of Arizona, was found living homeless in the Ukraine because he fell for an internet scam.
The former write-in candidate for Arizona governor traveled to Ukraine looking for love. He ended up hungry and sick in a homeless shelter — the victim of an Internet dating scam.
Social workers were stunned to find Cary Dolego, 53, sitting on a city street last Wednesday, behaving strangely and suffering from pneumonia.
Dolego, who ran for Arizona governor just last year, had traveled to Ukraine this spring to do research for an engineering project and look for a wife. He says he met a woman named Yulia online and, hoping to marry her, went to her hometown of Chernivtsi.
She never showed up.
With nowhere to go and no money left, Dolego spent days roaming the streets of Chernivtsi along with other homeless men until he was picked up by social workers and taken to a shelter. He spoke to The Associated Press by phone Wednesday from a hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia.
“I was looking for a Ukrainian mate, a partner, somebody who would stay with me, be my wife,” Dolego said. “All the Slavic ladies in this part of the world are absolutely delightful.”
Social workers were shocked.
“He looked bad — his clothes were dirty, he was dirty, he looked like a typical homeless man,” said Anastasia Beridze of the Narodna Dopomoha (People’s Help) charity.
A woman who acknowledges being Yulia says she had been unaware of Dolego’s existence during the Internet fling.
The woman, who declined to give her last name out of fear of attracting publicity, said in an interview with the AP that someone had hacked into her account on an Internet dating site and had been communicating with Dolego on her behalf, charging Dolego for those e-mails.
The woman, who was contacted through a mobile phone number provided by Dolego, acknowledged that the account he’d been interacting with on the site was hers. She denied being part of any scam. “What happened is ugly,” she said.
Yulia, a 29-year-old doctor by training, said that after she found out what happened to Dolego, she paid him a visit to express her sympathy.
“I went to the hospital and he started hugging me: ‘Oh Yulia, oh Yulia!’ I was shocked,” she said. “He thought we were getting married.”
Dolego confirmed that she visited him and he believes they could still be together.
“We seemed to hit it off,” Dolego said. “She wants to continue with the relationship.”
Yulia has a different take. “He is not really my type,” she said.
Maybe, once he can breathe on his own, they can send him to a nice room where the soft walls and pastel colors won’t startle him. I should note that he plans on returning to the US to get a degree in Ukrainian studies.
But what happens when people pretending to be smart actually get real power? You have to go to Pakistan for that answer.
And the answer is confusing as heck.
Pakistan’s telecommunications agency has issued a list of words that it considers obscene or offensive, telling mobile phone companies to block text messages that contain them.
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) deemed 586 Urdu words and 1,109 English words offensive or pornographic, according to reports in local media.
Some are expletives or sexual words while others are medical terms, but some entries have left many scratching their heads.
Included in the list are words such as “intercourse,” “condom” and “breast,” as well as seemingly ordinary words like “period,” “hostage” and “flatulence.”
Among the more bizarre are “monkey crotch,” “wuutang” and “Jesus Christ.”
Pakistan’s Express Tribune published more of the words on its website.
Meant to control spam
The letter, dated Nov. 14, was leaked to Pakistani media and an unverified copy has been published on scribd.com.
The PTA instructed mobile phone companies to begin screening text messages by Nov. 21.
According to the letter, the PTA says blocking the texts is meant to control spamming, which it defines as “the transmission of harmful, fraudulent, misleading, illegal or unsolicited messages in bulk to any person without express permission of the recipient.”
Mobile phone companies Telenor Pakistan and Ufone confirmed to BBC News that they had received the memo and the “dictionary.”
A spokesman for the PTA, meanwhile, told The Guardian newspaper that the move was in response to complaints from customers who said they were receiving offensive text messages.
“Nobody would like this happening to their young boy or girl,” Mohammad Younis said.
Pakistanis have been reacting to the news on Twitter, sometimes wondering what the words and expressions mean.
Quick, create a sentence using “monkey crotch,” “wuutang” and “Jesus Christ.”
Jesus Christ, Wuutang’s new “Monkey Crotch” joint is da bomb!
Yeah, I guess I can see that happening. Especially in Pakistan.
Oh, admit it, you’d click that link.
In Florida they have pushed abstinence only sex education since the 90’s. The result has been mixed. Fewer teens are giving birth but that trend is nation wide. More Floridian teens are engaging in sexual acts, even if Bill Clinton doesn’t think they count, and inheriting STDs. But, due to the lack of information, an appalling number of Floridian teens think that a cap full of bleach will stop AIDS and smoking pot prevents pregnancy.
While it’s clear what they’re not teaching their kids one has to worry mightily about what they are.
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