This morning on my way to work I heard a radio show called "Humanities" on the local NPR station. They did a piece on the teaching of aphorisms to fourth graders at what was referred to as "the largest elementary school in Vermont," Milton Elementary. Some of the aphorisms they mentioned were things like "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence," "Big fish eat little fish" and "The pen is mightier then the sword."
It was in reference to this last saying that the UN came up. The teacher mentioned that she used the aphorisms in reference to all the subjects she taught in order to give meaning to them and to give the kids a better understanding of the subjects. She taught the children, in a block of instruction about the UN, that "The pen is mightier than the sword," and that was why we had a great organization like the UN, to make war unnecessary in the world, and to get people to talk instead of killing each other.
The interviewer asked a boy in the class what "The pen is mightier than the sword" meant to him, and the kid said something to the effect that the UN was there to solve the world's problems through peace and talking and treaties which was always better than war since war only brought death and sadness to the world. The interviewer then asked, in a clever tone of voice, "Have you ever thought of running for President?"
Some of you have registered over at dumbassesanonymous.com and monitor the mouthbreathers and leghumpers of society that way. I can't tolerate five minutes of that, but I applaud you for your efforts. Instead, I listen to our local NPR station, and communicate regularly with the folks at KERA in Dallas and NPR in Washington DC, asking why it is that they think it's proper to advocate a particular point of view when they do so with taxpayer money.
The only person at NPR who I'd cross the street to extinguish if he was on fire is Tom Gjelten, their Pentagon correspondent. He seems to report news regularly, rather than advocacy agitprop.