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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.
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.
Watching the cables for a bit today I’ve come to realize that when a
Democratic, African-American president wears a tan suit it’s a matter of national security and deep national embarrassment. Or something.
I had no idea.
Paul Ryan is about to launch a book tour:
Paul Ryan will hold a book signing with Mitt Romney as part of an eight-state, 20-stop bus tour and fly-around to promote Ryan’s forthcoming book, “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea,” out Aug. 19 from Twelve Books/Grand Central Publishing. Ryan and Romney will reunite Aug. 21 at the Union League Club of Chicago, for a talk and signing billed as “In Conversation with Mitt Romney.” On Aug. 26, Ryan will appear at the George W. Bush Presidential Library, in Dallas, for a similar event with Dana Perino [George W. Bush's former press secretary]. On Aug. 28, he’ll be at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in Simi Valley, Calif., for “In Conversation with Bill Bennett.” [Bill Bennett was Ronald Reagan's Secretary of Education and his feelings about education were that the position of the Secretary of Education should be abolished.]
OMG. Does Ryan really think associating himself with dinosaurs the likes of Mitt Romney and (especially) Bill Bennett for godsake will wisk him into the White House? I mean, young people do vote.
Anyway, here’s the cover of “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea:”
Thanks to Steve Marmel, we now have a more honest cover: “I Got Mine, Suckers — One Man’s Journey from Getting Social Security as a Child to Wanting Your Grandparents to Eat Catfood.”
He’s obviously setting himself up to run for president but he’s doing it a teeny tiny bubble that only he’s privy to. Oh, and maybe Fox. You know, the solid 28% who still think GW was a great president and Saddam Hussein had WMD.
It’s amazing to see a candidate for governor, in this case Illinois, talking about firing people en masse and shutting down the government instead of talking about working to take care for its citizens and making life better for them.
Republicans are “out” about this now. No qualms. If voters elect them, don’t be shocked when they make it so government doesn’t work. That’s their goal. They want to turn everything over to the corporatocracy. And guess who’ll suffer. We the People.
In a newly surfaced video, Illinois’ Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner suggested if elected governor, he will fire public employees and potentially shut down the government to address his state’s fiscal challenges.
The video, circulated today by the Illinois Federation of Teachers, shows Rauner addressing the Tazewell County Republican dinner in March. In remarks to that group, Rauner said: “We may have to go through rough times. We may have to do what Ronald Reagan did with the air traffic controllers. Sort of have to do a do-over and shut things down for a little while. That’s what we’re gonna do.”
Geez Sarah. We’re talking Internet 1.0 here. You buy every domain name that might even remotely lead to your main site:
A basic lesson for politicos in the digital age: Own all your domains.
Sarah Palin, who just launched her own online television channel, has become the latest politician to lose one of her eponymous websites to another bidder — and, in this case, the bidder was Stephen Colbert.
Palin got SarahPalinChannel.com, but she failed to get “TheSarahPalinChannel.com.” That address is now in the hands of Colbert and his staff, as he announced on his show on Tuesday night.