Never mind the color of their brains, have they no red-faced shame?

“Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.” — Milton Friedman

Five years ago the Review-Journal reported on a silly little consulting program in which the personalities of Clark County School Board members and other district executives were color-coded — a red brain is intuitive and social, a blue one is logical, et silly cetera.

The reporter was told in April 2009 the contract cost the district $84,000, but it expired at the end that month and would not be renewed.

This is school board member’s brain on tax money

Today we learned that expired program has cost the district $350,000 during the past six years, and the superintendent even defended the expenditure.

My question in 2009 after learning about the psychobabble tests was: Do any of them think, period?

“Maybe they should take an I.Q. test. Better yet a G.I. test — gullibility index,” I suggested.

Today, the question is: Never mind the color of their brains. What is the color of their faces? Surely they are crimson red with shame.

Here is some of the quackery foisted by Emergenetics: “Our personalities emerge from our genetics and are further shaped by our ongoing life experiences.”

Who’d’ve ever guessed that we are part nature and part nurture without your exhaustive research on 300,000 suckers? I mean clinical studies.

“Emergenetics is a unique and flexible approach to personality profiling that is based on the latest brain research. It’s easy to find out more about yourself by taking our straightforward, online Emergenetics questionnaire,” the ad said.

For which you gladly paid a nominal fee, of course. In the case of our board members, $69 apiece, plus expenses and per diem and walking around money and incidentals and overhead and under the table and …

The guy they paid back in 2009 was Dale Erquiaga, who must be a pretty good salesman because he sold the governor on appointing him to head up the state Education Department this past year.

The fundamental principle of Emergenetics is: A fool and his money are soon parted. Or in the case of those with their snouts in the tax coffers, our money.

I have an idea. Let’s ask each and every one of the board members to take the high school proficiency test required for graduation and report their scores. Now, that would be revealing.

These are the people in charge of educating our youth?

It was just a couple of weeks ago that Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky vowed to scrutinize every dollar spent in the district to assure funds are used expressly for student achievement. He called it his “pledge of achievement.”

Emergenetics consultant Erik Kieser is paid $1,000 a day.



19 comments on “Never mind the color of their brains, have they no red-faced shame?

  1. Steve says:

    Another reason to vote NO on 3.

  2. Vernon Clayson says:

    Back to who watches the watchers. I can see the board members laughing it up when this was being considered, “Come on, this will be fun, it’s only money”.

  3. OPM — other people’s money.

  4. Athos says:

    So Pat S ( whom I’ve met favorably) is gonna trim the fat?

    Liberals (statist) MEAN well, but in the real world, you’re judged by your results!

    You fellas are quite correct, OPM corrupts the fabric of our society.

    Epic fail, Pat.

  5. Winston Smith says:

    “That the sole object and only legitimate end of government
    is to protect the citizen in the enjoyment of life, liberty, and
    property, and when the government assumes other functions
    it is usurpation and oppression.” – Article 1, Section 35, Alabama Constitution

  6. ronknecht says:

    Sounds like what Regents need. Heh-heh. RK

  7. Anonymous says:

    I see the S&P hit an all-time high today.


  8. I see wages are stagnant. Socialism!

  9. Athos says:

    Hey Anny Mous, jeers a quote from one of your favorites. Enjoy!

    “The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent.”
    — John Maynard Keynes

  10. Steve says:


    Copy and paste… like Character Map

  11. Athos says:


    Thanks, Steve (I will be working on this!)

  12. Nyp says:

    Keynes never said that.

    What is it with you wingnuts and phony citations?

  13. Nyp says:

    You know, Mr. Mitchell, a world in which the return to capital (stock prices) outstrips the return to labor (wages) is generally not described as “Socialism!”

  14. nyp says:

    It is still a bogus quote. The website to which you refer doesn’t source the quote to any book, speech or paper by Keynes. It simply re-circulates, without attribution, the false quote. says that it is a fake attribution that first appeared in the 1990s.

    The Wall Street Journal looked into the matter, spoke to Keynes’s most respected biographer as well as another Keynes expert, and came to the same conclusion: the quote is completely bogus.

    If you still wish to defend your (bogus) quotation, all you have to do is provide a citation to a primary source.

    But you can’t.

    What is it with you wingnuts and phony quotations?

  15. Athos says:

    As to the author of the quote, it matters little to me. Keynes was godless idiot that sold a socialist plan to enslave men to the will of the all mighty central government. May he burn in Hell.

    But as to the quote itself, no words could be truer. Anyone that has dealt with the market knows this is true.

    Although, thieves that manage funds, increasing their fees by churning their clients portfolios would never admit to the irrationality of the market, would they, petey?

  16. nyp says:

    No, they would not admit it.
    However, if markets are so inherently irrational, so corrupted by thieves who find ways to cheat small investors out of their money, shouldn’t the public step in to police their activities much more closely?
    Sounds like you might be interested in this:

  17. Winston Smith says:

    Ms. Hudes shows that the banksters control the fiat money supply of most nations and thereby manipulate the world’s economy. Any nation that won’t play ball with the banksters gets shat upon eventually until they give in.

    Keynes served as the “genius” that justified all of the banksters’ methodology, but they are the ones who developed it.

  18. Athos says:

    Winston, I love those guys!

    petey, what “public” did you have in mind to “step in” and start policing?

    Turbo-Tax Cheat Timmy G?

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