I'm watching CNN, and just saw that around 40,000,000 Americans are Functionally Illiterate. What? What the heck is wrong with this place? A large percentage of these people have highschool diplomas!?! There closing question was "Can America remain the sole Super-Power with 40,000,000 of its citizens being functionally illiterate?" Uhm, I have an answer for you, Lou Dobbs...NO! These aren't the illegal aliens everyone is in a fuss about right now. These are card holding Americans. I don't understand how this can be. This is being called our national shame. Yeah, it is a shame. We're stock full of retards. I'm so flippin' ****** right now...this is an outrage. These are the people that f___ up my fries at McDonalds...Yeah, that beeping noise you hear means they're done...take them out of the fryer...No, it's not your cell-phone. What's hard to comprehend is how these people function. Reading and writing are keystones of my everyday activities. I read constantly to digest new ideas, see new perspectives and view the world. How narrow of a world view does illiteracy present? It's a shame...it's a let down...it's an embarrasment.