Is Al Gebra Attacking Arizona?

photo of Arizona state Senator Al Melvin
The fearsome and scary Al-Melvin, (R-AZ)

Sure, it’s funny when a witty commentator wonders, with tongue firmly planted in cheek: is Al Gebra attacking Arizona? The humor fades noticeably, however, when you realize the dipwad to whom that commentator is referring is actually an Arizona state Senator:

Melvin’s comments led Sen. David Bradley, D-Tucson, to ask him whether he’s actually read the Common Core standards, which have been adopted by 45 states.

“I’ve been exposed to them,” Melvin responded.

Pressed by Bradley for specifics, Melvin said he understands “some of the reading material is borderline pornographic.” And he said the program uses “fuzzy math,” substituting letters for numbers in some examples.

Arrrgh. Do we really need to inform Senator Melvin (because, to make this story complete, of course our protagonist is named “Senator Melvin.” Why wouldn’t he be?) that Al Gebra is not coming to firebomb the local Safeway in his district? Apparently, we do.

OK, probably not really, but the Right Hon. Sen. Melvin’s stated reason is just as bad. “Substituting letters for numbers?” Seriously?

Like I said, laugh if you want, but remember this particular dipwad is a state Senator whom the good Republican constituents of Arizona see fit to keep returning to the statehouse biannually.