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Religious fanatics come in all shapes and sizes:
In swaths of Syria now controlled by ISIS, children can no longer study math or social studies. Sports are out of the question. And students will be banned from learning about elections and democracy.
Instead, they’ll be subjected to the teachings of the radical Islamist group. And any teacher who dares to break the rules “will be punished.”
ISIS revealed its new educational demands in fliers posted on billboards and on street poles.
In the letter, ISIS said alternative courses will be added.
Books cannot include any reference to evolution. And teachers must say that the laws of physics and chemistry “are due to Allah’s rules and laws.”
That’s happening in Syria. This is happening right here in the good ol’ US of A:
Only a few months after he took office, [Louisiana Governor] Bobby Jindal signed the Louisiana Science Education Act, a law that was written and promoted by far-right religious organizations seeking to allow the teaching of new earth creationism in the public school science classroom.
As students settle in for a new academic year, the State Board of Education is about to begin consideration of proposed new social studies textbooks for Texas public schools. The final vote is set for November. Unfortunately, early signs suggest that the state’s process for reviewing and adopting those textbooks is so deeply flawed and politicized that Texas families simply can’t trust it.
The last time Texas adopted social studies textbooks – in 2002 – political activists and members of the state education board themselves demanded scores of changes to content they didn’t like.
Publishers resisted some, such as demands to downplay slavery as the central cause of the Civil War. But they buckled on others, such as rewriting passages in geography textbooks so students learn that landscape features and fossil fuels formed “in the distant past” instead of “millions of years ago.” The latter conflicted with the beliefs of biblical creationists that Earth is just a few thousand years old.
September 17, 2014 at 1:35 PM
The vote in Scotland on Thursday to separate (or not) from the UK is dead serious. If I lived there I would vote yes. Here’s why.
That said, this made me laugh when I read it today:
September 16, 2014 at 8:44 PM
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ICYMI, this is what four-times married Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show yesterday about defining what constitutes consensual sex between college students:
It’s Monday and Rush Limbaugh is talking about what constitutes consensual sex between college students. The conservative radio host kicked off the week with a look at Ohio State’s new policy on consent, lamenting the fact that it “takes all the romance out of everything.”
“Seduction used to be an art,” Limbaugh explained to his listeners. “Now of course it’s brutish and it’s predatory and it’s bad.” After reading off Ohio State’s definition of consent, in which students must “agree on why” they are having sex and must be sober when they do it, Limbaugh arrived at this line: “The absence of ‘no’ does not mean ‘yes.’”
This one seemed a bridge too far for the host. “How many of you guys, in your own experience with women, have learned that ‘no’ means ‘yes,’ if you know how to spot it?” he asked.
No words. Listen to Rush and you’re listening to a neanderthal.
September 16, 2014 at 6:35 PM
(The Ebola Virus via Wikipedia)
If the Ebola virus comes to the United States, it’s easy to imagine tea partiers yelling and screaming about how Obama didn’t do enough to stop it, right? That could very well happen. But this is what they’re saying now:
As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) takes over large swaths of the Middle East and beheads American journalists, our Commander-in-Chief is putting “boots on the ground” to fight, not ISIS (or, as the Obama regime calls the Islamic terrorist group, “ISIL”), but to somehow fight a deadly, highly infectious disease on foreign soil.
As reported by FOX News, Obama is diverting up to 3,000 of our U.S. military to “combat” the Ebola virus in West Africa:
President Obama is expected to announce Tuesday that he’s sending up to 3,000 military personnel to combat the Ebola virus in West Africa.
Obama will announce the stepped-up offensive against the outbreak, which has killed more than 2,200 people in five West African countries, in an appearance at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
So while Obama admitted that he has no real plan to combat the Islamic State, he does have a plan to use our military to “fight” a disease not affecting the United States.
The unspoken word, of course, is that since Obama is from Kenya he’s looking out for his fellow Africans, wasting resources that could go toward defeating a rag tag band of maybe 30,000 people in Iraq and Syria who, ahem, intend kill every single white person here in the U.S.
After a quick perusal of the stats regarding our military forces, it looks like we have about a million people at the ready to be deployed anywhere in the world. 3,000 is a pittance which actually kind of worries me because if the CDC is issuing time-to-prepare-warnings, I’m thinking it’s about time to prepare. They’re usually so cautious so I’m kind of scared. I’d just as soon the virus get nipped in the bud in Africa instead of here in the U.S.
(My husband was a U.S. Letter Carrier during the anthrax scare and it was terrifying.)
Anyway, tea partiers are all about the USA, USA, USA huh? If it isn’t here in Amerrica, forget about it, unless, that is, it’s ISIS and defense contractors making billions and Obama being a Muslim-loving Kenyan.
September 16, 2014 at 5:56 PM
This is important given the doomsday scenario the “liberal media” constantly feeds us about how raising the minimum wage will cause businesses to lay people off, raise prices or even shut down altogether:
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In January, the town of Seatac, Washington, put in to effect a new $15 per hour Minimum Wage. No ramp ups, no tiered implementation. One day it was the state standard, the next, the highest minimum wage in the nation.
Now, nine months on, we are witnessing one of the most dramatic recoveries in the Pacific Northwest.
Last July, business owner Scott Ostrander claimed that the increased wage would force him to lay off staff, if not shut down his businesses.
I am shaking here tonight because I am going to be forced to lay people off. I’m going to take away their livelihood. That hurts. It really, really hurts. . . . And what I am going to have to do on Jan. 1 is to eliminate jobs, reduce hours — and as soon as hours are reduced, benefits are reduced.
Instead, his business, the Cedarbrook Lodge hotel, is expanding, adding 63 more beds to meet demand. Instead of layoffs, he needs to hire more people. And his story is not the only one.
Tom Douglas, who runs fifteen restaurants in Seatac, warned that a higher minimum wage would force the shutdown of a quarter of his restaurants. Instead, he is opening five new restaurants to meet demand. And this story is being repeated, over and over again, throughout Seatac.
September 16, 2014 at 9:03 AM
This is unbelievable:
Despite public outcry, Stephen Harper, Canada’s prime minister, ratified a controversial treaty on Friday that will allow China to sue Canada in secret tribunals to repeal Canadian laws that interfere with Chinese investments.
The treaty goes into effect on October 1 and will last for 31 years, until 2045. It allows China to challenge Canadian laws it deems harmful to Chinese assets, and only requires the lawsuit be made public once an award is issued by a tribunal. Treaty law expert Gus Van Harten warns this could be problematic. “This means that the federal government could settle the lawsuit, including by varying its conduct in a way that many Canadians would oppose, or by paying out public money before an award is issued, and we would never know,” he told the Vancouver Observer. The treaty makes no limits on the damages that can be awarded.
The treaty also overrides treaty obligations Canada has with its First Nations regarding resources and commercial management. Paired with the terms allowing Chinese entities to buy anything they wish without foreign investment review, China will have access to and potentially be able to gain control of Canadian resources—including resources on First Nations’ lands, which Canada does not own.
Stephen Harper just wrecked Canada.
September 16, 2014 at 8:49 AM
Geezus. Do the NFL and the Carolina Panthers really think this makes them look good somehow? They didn’t suspend Panthers’ defensive end Greg Hardy immediately after he was convicted, yes, convicted (in July), of choking and threatening to kill his girlfriend? They waited until today, under pressure because of the Ray Rice fiasco and only hours after the coach said he was fine with him playing? Because supposedly they don’t tolerate such behavior? Really?
Carolina Panthers Deactivate Greg Hardy Amid Domestic Violence Controversy
Greg Hardy, the Carolina Panthers defensive end who earned a jury conviction in July for choking and threatening to kill his then-girlfriend, has been deactivated by his team ahead of Sunday’s matchup against the Detroit Lions.
Hours before the decision was announced, head coach Ron Rivera said he was comfortable with Hardy playing, reports CBSSports.com’s Ryan Wilson.
Despite his conviction, Hardy was never suspended by the NFL, but the league did take the time to let him know that his face paint violated the league’s uniform code.
The NFL looks like a bunch of kids walking backward on a beach swishing their hands on the sand trying to cover up their footprints. They really don’t care if their players beat the shit out of their wives and/or girlfriends.
September 14, 2014 at 2:46 PM