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Some Info for Mississippi Voters

First some facts:

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Sarah Palin and the “Pink Elephants”

Sarah Palin has a new political video for “Sarahpac.”  Please watch this before reading:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsUVL6ciK-c&feature=player_embedded

Here are some things I learned about Sarah Palin’s political views from this video:

1. This is the year for “common sense conservative women”

2. Women love their kids.

3. In the last year and a half (since Obama’s election) women have awakened and don’t like the fundamental transformation    (like comprehensive health care?) in America.

4. Moms are psychic- they just know something is “wrong.”

5. Moms have “woke up” in the last year and a half.

6. Momma Grizzles are tougher than pit bulls.

7.  There is a “stampede” of pink elephants (which I assume are the aforementioned “conservative women”) crossing the aisle.

8. Grizzly bears can stand up on their hind legs.

9. Women are standing up (like grizzles?) this year.

10. The word adverse means “something bad”..thank you Mrs. Palin for that vocab lesson.

**SIGH**

What political stance did she take-other than the “in the last year in a half” veiled Obama shout out.   I feel that her, “I am woman, I love my kids, I am conservative, and you, a woman, should vote for me based on that alone” should be offensive to a modern woman.  Is that all it takes?  I cry to the like gendered “pink elephants” out there.  I SINCERELY HOPE NOT!

I understand that this political ad was not geared at me – a male.  However, I felt offended by it because the utter ignorance in the comparisons of women and bears and their ability to “stand up”, “wake up” and “protect kids and grand kids” from something adverse. Does Sarah Palin really think that democrats and other bears (?) want to harm their kids with their political beliefs?  I have not seen nor heard of any Democrat agenda that involved any kid torture, bear attacks, or anti-women sentiment.

ANY WOMEN, PINK ELEPHANTS, OR MOMMA GRIZZLES AGREE WITH ME ON THIS?

Happy Thursday damnit!

Looking Behind the Healthcare Curtain: Facts v. Myth

Guess what you conservatives, Republicans, er…opponents of the health care overhaul- YOU LOST.  I know it sucks being on a losing team, I have lost a few close ones in my life like the Bush V. Gore election…wait, we didn’t lose that-it was stolen.  I digress.  So, I have some facts gleaned from various sources for you to get some consolation over your new health care system and hopefully dispel some of the propagandamistruths…LIES that those on the right have put out.  No need to thank me. Read the rest of this entry

Texas Text Books Posts

I have recieved emails asking if I could post links to my Texas School Coverage in one place…ask and ye shall recieve!

1. Darwin was a liberal, communist, liar!

2. UPDATE: Texas Rewriting School Books

3. UPDATE 2: OMFG Texas, Really? REALLY?

UPDATE 2: OMFG Texas, Really? REALLY?

In my constant efforts to keep you abreast of this SHIT, RIGHT WING INSANITY, NONSENSE, ABSOLUTE Bull Shit  in TEXAS, I give you the latest installment (in case you miss it…the BS is highlighted in RED):

For months, the Texas State Board of Education has been hearing from “experts” about the direction of the state’s social studies curriculum and textbook standards. The advice to the 15-member board — which is composed of 10 Republicans — has included more references to Christianity, fewer mentions of civil rights leaders, George Wasington, and Abraham Lincoln. On Thursday and Friday last week, the State Board of Education took up these recommendations in a lengthy, heated debate. Some highlights of what the Republican-leaning board ended up deciding, and the debates that went on:

On a 7-6 vote, the board decided to add “causes and key organizations and individuals of the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s, including Phyllis Schafly, the Contract with America, the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority, and the National Rifle Association” to the curriculum.
The Republican majority voted against requiring Texas textbooks and teachers to cover the Democratic late senator Edward Kennedy, the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and leading Hispanic civil rights groups such as LULAC and MALDEF. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Thurgood Marshall, the country’s first African-American Supreme Court justice, will be taught.
Republican Don McLeroy lost a battle to “remove hip-hop and insert country music in its place from a proposed set of examples of cultural movements.” Republican Patricia Hardy said that while she disliked hip hop music, pretending it wasn’t around was “crazy.” “These people are multimillionaires, and believe me, there are not enough black people to buy that,” she said. “There are white people buying this. It has had a profound effect.” Country music was added as a separate measure.
“McLeroy was successful with another of his noteworthy amendments: to include documents that supported Cold War-era Sen. Joseph McCarthy and his contention that the U.S. government was infiltrated with Communists in the 1950s.”
Republican board member Cynthia Dunbar unsuccessfully tried to strike the names of Scopes monkey trial attorney Clarence Darrow and Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey from the standards. Asked by another member about her opposition to Garvey, Dunbar explained, according to the Texas Tribune: “My concern is that he was born in Jamaica and was deported.”
– The board “included a requirement for students in U.S. history classes to differentiate between legal and illegal immigration.”

Unable to reach to reach complete agreement last week, the board unanimously decided to “suspend debate on the standards until March, when they will take up other social studies subjects such as government and geography.” A final decision won’t be reached until May. McLeroy, who has been the driving force of some of the most conservative amendments, said that he plans on proposing more controversial standards, such as an evaluation of the U.S. civil rights movement and the “increased participation of minorities in the political process and unrealistic expectations for equal outcomes,” in addition to the “adversarial approach taken by many civil rights groups.” This debate is important not only because it will dictate how the state’s 4.7 million schoolchildren are taught social studies, but also because Texas “is one of the nation’s biggest buyers of textbooks.” Publishers are often “reluctant to produce different versions of the same material,” and therefore create books in line with Texas’ standards. “Publishers will do whatever it takes to get on the Texas list,” one industry executive told the Washington Monthly.

By: Amanda Terkel, Think Progress

Original Posting

UPDATE: Texas Rewriting School Books

This was written by Paul Krugman in the New York Times.

Original Here

Texas Textbooks

Oh, boy. Paul Samuelson famously declared, “I don’t care who writes a nation’s laws — or crafts its advanced treatises — if I can write its economics textbooks.” But guess who’s going to be writing our textbooks?

The conservative bloc on the Texas State Board of Education won a string of victories Friday, obtaining approval for an amendment requiring high school U.S. history students to know about Phyllis Schlafly and the Contract with America as well as inserting a clause that aims to justify McCarthyism.

Outspoken conservative board member Don McLeroy, who reportedly spent over three hours personally proposing changes to the textbook standards, even wanted to cut “hip-hop” in favor of “country” in a section about the impact of cultural movements. That amendment failed.

Actually, Samuelson’s remark had more resonance than most readers imagined. After World War II, there was actually a concerted attempt to prevent the teaching of Keynesian economics at American universities, as described by Collender and Landreth (pdf). This campaign killed the first US Keynesian text, by Lorie Tarshis, but Samuelson’s book — which he said he “wrote carefully and lawyer-like” — managed to make it through the hazing.

I do have some personal interest here, of course: I’m the co-author of two college textbooks, and royalties from the intro book are a large part of our family income. But the high-school level is really where you want to worry about politicization.

*HERE IS A LINK TO MY PREVIOUS POST CONCERNING TEXAS AND IT’S REWRITING TEXT BOOKS

Darwin was a liberal, communist, liar!

Charles Darwin

The title had me at “hello!”

“Revisionaries

How a group of Texas conservatives is rewriting your kids’ textbooks.”

What I read made me want to cry and cuss.

Two quotes from the article, just to wet your appetite, are:

“…but we are a Christian nation founded on Christian principles. The way I evaluate history textbooks is first I see how they cover Christianity and Israel. Then I see how they treat Ronald Reagan—he needs to get credit for saving the world from communism and for the good economy over the last twenty years because he lowered taxes.”

and…

“This critical-thinking stuff is gobbledygook.”

The preceding nuggets of intellectual wisdom were from a man who actually selects textbooks for the state of Texas and a man who represents the “think tank” that influences the people who select the text books for the state of Texas. (I don’t feel an additional comment is needed due to the weight of that sentence.)

Go and read it for yourself.

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2010/1001.blake.html

Be sure to comment on this, dear readers.  I can’t wait to read how you feel about this one.

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