The Houston school district provided some anecdotal evidence of how many parents ordered their kids not to watch President Obama's speech on education (Westside represent!!), but we wondered if there was a little more info to be gleaned.
The district put up on its website a link to a form that could be printed, filled out and taken into school. Of course, parents not aware of the online form could probably have simply sent in a note to school officials saying "I'm a closed-minded Fox viewer and Rush fan" and that would have been good enough. Still, we were interested in just how many people -- computer-literate people, mind you -- used the online form.
There's no way to tell exactly -- some people surely looked at it out of curiosity, some media people or even other school districts no doubt looked at it -- but HISD spokesman Norm Uhl was able to give us some stats.
And the bottom line -- the online form got almost 4,000 hits.
Yes, that number has four digits in it.
"Viewership hit two peaks: one on Friday, September 4, (with 896 page views) and the other on the day of the speech, Tuesday, September 8, (with 1,625 page views)," Uhl tells Hair Balls.
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Total unique page views: 3,918.
Not all those people printed the form out, of course, and even all those who printed it out might not have used it. Perhaps they just wanted a memento of those crazy, wacky, early Obama years, kind of like people who collected fake Kenyan birth certificates.
Still, 3,900 is a pretty stout number.
Years from now, though, when the Communists and the socialists have completed their takeover, we can feel proud in knowing that at least in Houston, a large number of people were brilliant enough to see through the plot.