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Tinkering Texans Tamper With Texts To Teach Slanted Right-Wing Agenda To U.S. Kids

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In an article I wrote two years ago, I expressed my concerns about worldwide religious and political fanatics trying to rewrite history and science books in order to model them after their own narrow agendas. Much of my expressed unease was scoffed at. Apparently those fears however are now coming to fruition in Texas.

Being one of the largest purchasers of kindergarten through 12th grade textbooks in the country, the Texas State Board of Education with its nearly five million students has a large influence on what is published in not only its own state, but nationwide as well.

Where that becomes a problem for the rest of us, is when a lame-duck session of the BOE has now succeeded in twisting history, science and social studies primers in order to conform to their right-wing notions, knowing full well that they’re about to be booted out of office and that the soon-to-be-published texts will be used for at least ten years down the road.

In a move toward the GOP’s political center, Dr. Don McLeroy, a dentist and leader of the board's far-right conservative faction, was voted out of office during Texas’ Republican primaries. Seeing the end of his considerable influence drawing to a close soon, he seems determined to turn socio-political studies in his state into a training ground for Southern Christian thinking with possible overtones of racism.

Maybe he and his seven ultra-conservative associates can explain the following questions:

Obviously Texans don’t know nearly a century and a half after the event, that the South lost the Civil War. Why else would a demand be introduced that defeated Confederate General Stonewall Jackson’s leadership skills be taught alongside and in contrast to President Abraham Lincoln’s?

Why would his committee push for an amendment to remove all mention of such men as Ross Perot and Ralph Nader, and then demand that in their place such people as Phyllis Schlafly, and influences such as The Contract with America, the Moral Majority, the right-wing Heritage Foundation and the National Rifle Association be taught in their place? Others at the meeting also insisted that even though their very first “convention” was held just recently, that the Tea Party’s influence on American History be included in the new schoolbooks?

In a move that seemed to try to eliminate or minimize any mention of the civil rights movement’s influence on U.S. History, they proposed removing any references to the contributions of race in our national identity. On the second day of meetings it was proposed and rejected that the names of two Hispanic and one Black Medal of Honor winner be included in a World History book.

Member Barbara Cargill tried to minimize their influence by declaring them historically insignificant. When several other members bristled at the notion, she used the typical “some of my best friends are negroes” argument by relating how a dear black friend of hers in Memphis suffered from the effects of segregation, but that now things were much better for her.

African American member Mavis Knight of Dallas was quoted as saying, “I really regret that no member of this board who is not African American has not lived 64 years in this country as I have and with my education and experience to know how African-Americans are still treated today," Knight said. "Yes, we have come a long way, but we have not arrived."

Why would his committee turn away requests to include Hispanic heroes such as Juan Abamillo, Andres Nava and Jose Navarro (a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence) who were some of the Tejanos who gallantly fought and died at the Alamo along side comrades such as Davey Crockett? Why are they considering proposals that lessons about being American Indians be cut or diminished?

McLeroy’s allies are also pushing for the teaching of biblical “science” and emphasizing the weakness of Evolution as an “unproven” theory. One of the reasons that America's rankings in worldwide scientific knowledge and research has slipped so low is that in the last 10 years teachers nationwide have been told to instruct their students to believe their bibles rather than, or outside of scientific facts.

We must teach our children that our founding fathers were all devout Christians and that their faith formed our great nation as assigned by God. In the same vein, McLeroy’s minions are pushing to teach children that the forefathers of the United States were just as determined as he apparently is to forge our nation into a Christian society, ignoring quotes from such founding fathers as:

Thomas Paine, who said, "Of all the systems of religion that ever were invented, there is no more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory to itself than this thing called Christianity.”

Thomas Jefferson infamously said, "I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between church and State."

George Washington: Near the end of George Washington’s term on November, 4, 1796, the Treaty of Tripoli was written under his supervision. In Article 11 we read: "As the Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Musselmen; and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries." In 1797 the Senate ratified the treaty with no public objections, despite it being published for all to read, and Washington’s successor John Adams signed it without reservation.

Of Washington’s thousands of collected letters the name of Jesus Christ is not mentioned even once. In fact, when it was proposed that reference to Christ be inserted into the preamble of the Constitution, the vast majority of the founding fathers voted against it because that would infer that our forefathers meant to exclude protections of “…the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindu and Infidel of every denomination."

I do, however completely agree with one thing McLeroy said. "Our country is divided on how we see things and these things really come into sharp focus, especially with history and how you present it to your children." …I just don't agree with his "version" of it.

Perhaps it would be best (in my humble opinion) to suggest strongly that, like the Bible, there be different and separate “versions” printed of the Texas texts… the Texas Version and the American Version. Hopefully someone will come to their senses on the new school board and stop to revise and undo the changes before that becomes necessary.

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  • This just in… in a move to dumb down Texan school children, the state is trying to stop 2nd year Algebra from being taught!!! You just can’t make this stuff up!

  • WASHINGTON-A federal court on Thursday blocked Texas from enforcing a strict new voter identification law, ruling that the state had failed to prove that the mandate would not disproportionately suppress turnout among eligible voters who are members of minority groups [and usually democratic leaning voters].

    “The State of Texas enacted a voter ID law that – at least to our knowledge – is the most stringent in the country,” the court wrote. “That law will almost certainly have retrogressive effect: it imposes strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor, and racial minorities in Texas are disproportionately likely to live in poverty.”

  • Well… It looks like the Texas Taliban has a new branch office in Georgia!…

    It’s not enough for employees at Georgia’s Shorter University to place their faith in God’s commandments-of which there apparently are more than ten, so the school wants them to put it in writing, requiring them to sign a “Personal Lifestyle Statement” that forces them to pledge loyalty to the school, refrain from having a glass of wine at Applebees and “reject…premarital sex, adultery, and homosexuality/gay rights,” or be fired. Because nothing strengthens the sacred bond between one’s God and one’s soul like a legally binding document.

    Don Dowless, the president of the Baptist school, is quoted as saying that the policy is nothing new. “I think that anybody who adheres to a lifestyle that is outside of what the biblical mandate is and of what the board has passed, including the president, would not be allowed to continue here.” “They (employees) must be transparent,” he said. “The rules are already in place and we have set up fair expectations up front,” apparently believing that asking his employees to fundamentally change who they are is “fair.”

    Oh, I’m sorry I forgot we were talking about Georgia here.

    My bad
    never mind

  • Here we go again. A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit by a San Diego high school teacher who was ordered to remove large banners from the walls of his calculus classroom.

    One poster displayed the phrases: “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “ONE NATION UNDER GOD,” “GOD BLESS AMERICA,” and “GOD SHED HIS GRACE ON THEE.” A second poster proclaimed: “All men are created equal, they are endowed by their CREATOR.”

    School officials objected to the display, saying it appeared to be an attempt by Johnson to use his influence as a teacher to promote a right-wing fundamentalist religious viewpoint.

    “Just as the Constitution would not protect Johnson were he to decide that he no longer wished to teach math at all, preferring to discuss Shakespeare rather than Newton, it does not permit him to speak as freely at work in his role as a teacher about his views on God, our nation’s history, or God’s role in our nation’s history as he might on a sidewalk, in a park, at his dinner table, or in countless other locations,” wrote Judge Richard Tallman for the court.

    Johnson said the posters were merely intended to highlight the nation’s religious heritage.

    The appeals court disagreed. “One would need to be remarkably unperceptive to see the [posted] statements… as organized and displayed by Johnson and not understand them to convey a religious message,” Judge Tallman wrote.

    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s decision that ruled the Poway Unified School District violated Bradley Johnson’s free speech rights when it ordered him to remove the banners from his classroom.

    The unanimous three-judge panel said the Westview High School math teacher’s display of such phrases as “In God We Trust” and “God Shed His Grace On Thee” had little to do with teaching calculu, so they weren’t protected by the same First Amendment rights Johnson would have espousing such views outside school.

    The appeals court ordered Johnson to pay the school district’s legal costs.

  • Sorry about the delay in responding, I’m still workign on my new website

  • Dan

    If you people are squealing this bitterly over these education proposals, Texas must be doing the right thing.

    Maybe easing up on the leftist historical myths and indoctrination of hatred will be a turning point for the shameful mess leftists have made out of the education system.

    The explosion of home school and private schools is a reaction to the inferior public product that has been transformed by kook leftist ideology.

  • Headline: California bill takes aim at new Texas standards

    A bill introduced in California seeks to protect the country’s largest school system from the Texas Board of Education.

    The board yesterday approved a series of changes in the social studies standards that will be taught to the state’s nearly 5 million school children and that were essentially expressions of panel members’ conservative political views.

    Historians-and even conservative former secretary of education Rod Paige–argued that many of the changes skewed history, but the board majority wanted what it wanted.

    What it wanted, for example, was to minimize the legitimate role of Thomas Jefferson; improperly explain the meaning and importance to the country’s development of the phrase “separation of church and state”; incorrectly say that the McCarthyism of the 1950s was vindicated; require that the United States be referred to as a “constitutional republic” rather than “democratic,”

    (I’m betting because “democratic” sounds too much like “democrat” to these conservative Republicans); and much more.

    One change that was initially approved but then rescinded, apparently because it was simply too embarrassing even for these people, was to require that the system known as the “slave trade” be known instead as the “Atlantic triangular trade.”

    The fact that it was first approved is more than disturbing.

    Because Texas and California are so large, textbook publishers cater to their demands, and smaller states wind up being offered those products. Texas is the country’s second-largest textbook buyer, behind California, which has more than 6.2 million public school students in grades K-12.

    A new bill was introduced in the California Senate by Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) seeks to ensure that none of the Texas standards are allowed to be used in California in any fashion.

    Under Yee’s bill, SB1451, the California Board of Education would be required to look out for any of the Texas content as part of its standard practice of reviewing public school textbooks. The board must then report any findings to the legislature and to the secretary of education.

    Tom Adams, director of the state Education Department’s standards and curriculum division, was quoted by the Associated Press as saying that the Texas standards could make their way into national editions of textbooks, but that California uses its own.

    Yee wants to make certain with his bill, which describes the Texas curriculum changes as “a sharp departure from widely accepted historical teachings.”

  • George Washington on the subject of Church and State. This may shock some of you…

    If I could conceive that the general government might ever be so administered as to render the liberty of conscience insecure, I beg you will be persuaded, that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution.
    — George Washington, letter to the United Baptist Chamber of Virginia, May 1789

    Every man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshipping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience.
    — George Washington, letter to the United Baptist Chamber of Virginia, May 1789,

    I am persuaded, you will permit me to observe that the path of true piety is so plain as to require but little political direction. To this consideration we ought to ascribe the absence of any regulation, respecting religion, from the Magna-Charta of our country.
    — George Washington, responding to a group of clergymen who complained that the Constitution lacked mention of Jesus Christ, in 1789

    The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.
    — George Washington, letter to the congregation of Touro Synagogue, Newport, Rhode Island, August, 1790

    Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by a difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought to be deprecated. I was in hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy, which has marked the present age, would at least have reconciled Christians of every denomination so far that we should never again see the religious disputes carried to such a pitch as to endanger the peace of society.
    — George Washington, letter to Edward Newenham, October 20, 1792

    We have abundant reason to rejoice that in this Land the light of truth and reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition … In this enlightened Age and in this Land of equal liberty it is our boast, that a man’s religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the Laws, nor deprive him of the right of attaining and holding the highest Offices that are known in the United States.
    — George Washington, letter to the members of the New Church in Baltimore, January 27, 1793

    If they are good workmen, they may be of Asia, Africa, or Europe. They may be Mohometans, Jews or Christians of any Sect, or they may be Atheists.
    — George Washington, letter to Tench Tilghman asking him to secure a carpenter and a bricklayer for his Mount Vernon estate, March 24, 1784

    Among many other weighty objections to the Measure, it has been suggested, that it has a tendency to introduce religious disputes into the Army, which above all things should be avoided, and in many instances would compel men to a mode of Worship which they do not profess.
    — George Washington, to John Hancock, then president of Congress, expressing opposition to a congressional plan to appoint brigade chaplains in the Continental Army (1777)

    I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable Asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.
    — George Washington, letter to Francis Adrian Van der Kemp, a Mennonite minister, May 28, 1788

    Government being, among other purposes, instituted to protect the consciences of men from oppression, it certainly is the duty of Rulers, not only to abstain from it themselves, but according to their stations, to prevent it in others.
    — George Washington, letter to the Religious Society called the Quakers, September 28,1789

    Kinda trumps Pat Robertson’s bullshit about Washington being a devout christian because he signed the constitution “in the year of our lord..l” doesn’t it?

    Also lets the air out to the Texas Taliban concerning this country being founded on religious principals too…

  • Well, they bill themselves as a Lone Star state. So let ’em.

  • You know it occurs to me that the reason Texas has such a skewed version of U.S. History is because they never really studied it considering themselves part of the Rebel Confederacy to this day.

    Don’t forget the Texas Taliban wants to teach the philosophy of their conquered hero Jefferson Davis next to Lincolns, and that they won the War of Freedoms and that the civil war (since they lost it) never happened.

  • Texazona founded on the holy trinity, big oil, Jesus Christ and strict immigration laws. If they don’t elect Palin as president she could be their Ambassador to Mexico!

  • See, Jet. Here’s one possible outcome which emerges from Silas’ analysis.

    Let Texas go its own way.

  • A quote from Pat Robertson’s twisted mind…

    “This country was founded as a Christian nation. And do you know what the Constitution of the United States, when it was signed, Sheila, when George Washington signed it, he said these words: ‘in the year of our Lord 1787,’ Now that’s what our Constitution said…. This is the only country, ladies and gentlemen, whose constitution specifically refers to Jesus Christ. We were a nation founded with faith in Jesus, and all of those people at the Constitutional Convention celebrated a mass for Christ.”
    –The 700 Club, December 19, 1998

    In the body of this article I assert (and still do) that nowhere in the constitution is Jesus Christ mentioned by name. In face, when it was proposed that he be mentioned, the founding fathers voted against it.

    It’s also true that when Washington rare attended church, he would leave before the sermon.

    However in Robertson’s (and apparently the Texas Taliban’s) twisted logic, since George Washington signed it “In the year of our lord” Jesus Christ is mentioned.

    In the year of our lord was a common form of refering to the date back then and had nearly no religious connotations. It’s like saying that since they might refer to something happening in 150BC, the BC is a religious reference-which it isn’t-it just a time stamp.

  • Read the lastest of this embarrassment:

    Texas board adopts new high school curriculum
    By APRIL CASTRO – 30 minutes ago

    AUSTIN, Texas — The State Board of Education has adopted new social studies and history guidelines for Texas high school classrooms.

    The board voted Friday 9-5 on the high school standards. Final edits were being made on the elementary school curriculum.

    The standards have been given a more conservative bent by the board. They dictate how political events and figures will be taught to some 4.8 million schoolchildren in Texas and beyond for the next decade.

    The standards also will be used by textbook publishers who often develop materials for other states based on those approved in Texas.

    The debate has brought national attention to the effort, which this week featured testimony from educators, civil rights leaders and a former U.S. education secretary.

    THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A push by conservatives to put their ideological stamp on how a host of political events and figures will be taught to schoolchildren in Texas and beyond for the next decade was reaching its final showdown Friday.

    The State Board of Education was set to vote on a social studies and history curriculum that will be used to teach some 4.8 million Texas students for the next 10 years. The partisan board has amended or watered down the teaching of the civil rights movement, slavery, America’s relationship with the U.N. and hundreds of other items.

    The standards also will be used by textbook publishers who often develop materials for other states based on those approved in Texas, although teachers in the Lone Star state have latitude in deciding which material to teach.

    That wide reach brought national attention to the months of debate leading up to this week’s meeting, which featured testimony from educators, civil rights leaders and a former U.S. education secretary. Many argued that the proposal amounted to a move by conservatives to promote their political ideology and, pointing to the board’s lack of historical knowledge, urged board members to delay their vote. The attention was so intense that it contributed to the defeat of one of the most conservative members, Chairman Don McLeroy, in the March state Republican primary.

    As the debate continued Friday, conservatives rejected language to modernize the classification of historic periods to B.C.E. and C.E. from the traditional B.C. and A.D.

    Conservatives say the Texas history curriculum has been unfairly skewed to the left after years of Democrats controlling the board.

    Democrats and a moderate Republican accused conservatives on the board of trying to stir up a needless controversy Thursday by using the president’s full name, Barack Hussein Obama, saying his middle name was loaded with negative connotation.

    Critics had complained that Obama’s full name was conspicuously absent in a high school history course that referred only to the “the election of the first black president.”

    When a Democrat tried to fix the omission, Republican David Bradley said “I think we give him the full honor and privilege of his full name.”

    Obama’s name caused him trouble during the 2008 presidential campaign, when some critics tried to use it to cast doubt on his American origin and faith.

    Discussions over his name snarled the board’s progress on amendments late Thursday evening.

    “The intent behind what you’re doing, I think is pretty obvious,” said Republican Bob Craig, urging Bradley to withdraw the suggestion.

    “Please Mr. Bradley, don’t use the middle name,” said Democrat Lawrence Allen. “Yes, it’s his birth name, but you know the significance it will play in the press. We don’t have to deal with it.”

    Bradley relented and withdrew the motion.

    Though they lost on the president’s name, conservatives scored a string of victories late Thursday, including a requirement that public school students in Texas evaluate efforts by global organizations such as the United Nations to undermine U.S. sovereignty.

    McLeroy, one of the board’s most outspoken conservatives, offered the amendment requiring students to evaluate efforts by global organizations including the U.N. to undermine U.S. sovereignty, saying they threatened individual liberty and freedom.

    With little criticism from Democrats on the board, conservatives added language that would require students to discuss the solvency of “long-term entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare.”

    During the monthslong process, conservatives also have successfully strengthened the requirements on teaching the Judeo-Christian influences of the nation’s Founding Fathers and attempted to water down rationale for the separation of church and state. If adopted, the standards will refer to the U.S. government as a “constitutional republic,” rather than “democratic,” and students will be required to study the decline in the value of the U.S. dollar, including the abandonment of the gold standard.

    In previous discussions, the board has added language heralding “American exceptionalism” and the U.S. free enterprise system, suggesting it thrives best without excessive government intervention. It also required students learn to about the Second Amendment right to bear arms specifically, in addition to the Bill of Rights. And they removed a suggestion that students learn about hip-hop as an example of a significant social movement.

    They also agreed to delete a requirement that sociology students “explain how institutional racism is evident in American society.”

    Educators have blasted the proposed curriculum for politicizing education. Teachers also have said the document is too long and will force students to memorize lists of names rather than thinking critically.

  • The Texan Taliban just approved all the changes in this article…

    God help our kids

  • GO BACK AND READ THIS DAMNED ARTICLE-Read the quotes from our founding fathers! This country was NOT founded as a christian state and those quotes from Washington, Jefferson, Adams et al PROVE IT.

  • The problem as I see it is that the south will never admit they lost the civil war. That’s why they want the teachings of Jefferson Davis taught next to Lincoln’s.

    These are the same assholes that fly the rebel flag all over the place.

    Can you imagine if someone in Germany demanded that the teaching of the defeated Hitler were taught next to modern political philosophy!!!

    Or that some states of Germany incorporated the Swastika into their regional flags?

    It’s bullshit

    They teach that the Civil War was the War of Freedoms and that they won-not lost, and that the civil war had nothing to do with slavery!!!


    and this is what they’re teaching their kids.

  • Jet, I was glad to oblige.
    BTW, my husband, who was born and raised in Texas, tried to explain the mindset of those idiots. (He’s no idiot and has voted Dem all his his life. Now he got out of there.) He says that education doesn’t mean a thing to them. It IS like the Taliban. They are going to hold onto their conservative lifestyle come hell or high water and they don’t care if some educational experts tell them they are wrong or not. He said they are stiff-necked, ignorant jackasses, but that’s how they think. They don’t think of it as depriving their kids of an education. They see it as giving their children good, old American values. And that’s what scares me, because those aren’t American values at all.

  • Yeah, good idea, they’d elect Sarah Palin as their president and then the teabaggers would see first hand what kind of disaster they might have put in the white house.

    All these teabag candidates are simply saying to those idiots whatever they want to hear in order to get elected. If they do take over congress they’re in for one hell of a surprise. Especially when those yokels start taking millions each from the lobbyists to buy their votes.

  • I wouldn’t doubt it but I’m busy answering e-mails all day-thank god for the e-mails that let me know when someone was kind enough to leave a comments here or there else my readers would think I was ignoring them.

    I’ve been working on the same paragraph of an article since 10 this morning… It’s a testament to how much I love responding to the great comments I get over wanting to write something that the comments have won out.

  • I’m done for today, Jet.

    Happy hunting.

  • In fact, this ought to be the express policy of the Federal government. If they think they can make it on their own, let them.

    And I’d start with Arizona first.

  • I’d say, let the fuckers secede. And then, let Texas experience a drought or some other natural disaster. Nothing would make me happier than seeing those bastards crawl on their hands and knees for federal aid.

  • And speaking of Rick Perry, isn’t there a corruption scandal looming around?

  • Indeed Roger… Indeed

  • The Reps are intent on dumbing the population.

    How else would they hold on to power?

  • Update Today:

    Texas State Board Of Education Swamped With Criticism Over New Textbook Guidelines

    AUSTIN, Texas — Conservatives on the Texas State Board of Education were defiant Wednesday as a parade of critics came before them, most urging a fresh rewrite of new classroom social studies guidelines and a delay of a scheduled vote to adopt them.

    Critics, including the president of the NAACP, a former U.S. education secretary and the committee that wrote the draft guidelines being edited by the board, complained that the proposal has become a vehicle for political ideology, has watered down the teaching of the civil rights movement and slavery and reveals a lack of historical knowledge from the board.

    The standards will guide how history and social studies are taught to some 4.8 million public school students over the next 10 years.

    “Of course it’s political,” Republican David Bradley said to one critic who complained that the process was too focused on politics rather than history. “So what’s your solution? Would you support a benevolent dictator?”

    A record 206 people had signed up to testify at Wednesday’s hearing.

    “The SBOE’s suggested edits to the new curriculum reflect their lack of historic knowledge and their failure to listen to the appointed citizen review committees,” wrote a committee of teachers and professors who wrote the original draft of new high school history guidelines. Six members of the nine-member review committee released a two-page statement attacking the board.

    “We have reunited as public citizens to voice our concern, our collective disgust if you will, at the distorted culmination of our work,” the statement said.

    Officials have indicated they’ll proceed with the vote, scheduled for Friday. Final changes and edits are expected to be debated Thursday.

    NAACP President Ben Jealous asked the board to revisit slavery and civil rights lessons, arguing that proposed changes have watered down history.

    “This has become a real spectacle,” Jealous said. “It’s on national news, it’s on national comedy shows. Texas is a state that leads this country and they need to accept that responsibility, slow down, back up and move in a new direction towards the truth.”

    Jealous said he traveled from Washington for the hearing because of how the decision will affect students beyond Texas. The standards, which also will be used to develop state tests, are used by textbook publishers who develop materials nationwide. Texas is one of the nation’s largest textbook markets.

    Former Bush Education Secretary Rod Paige also voiced concerns about the teaching of slavery and civil rights.

    “In Texas, we’ve allowed the pendulum to swing backwards and forward,” said Paige, a former Houston schools superintendent. “I’m asking that that swing be narrower and let history speak for itself.”

    Conservatives defended the proposed guidelines.

    “I think you’ve come up with a darn good product,” state Rep. Wayne Christian, a Republican, told the board. He spoke on behalf of the Texas Christian Coalition.

    As the board muddled through public testimony, three Democrats vying for spots on the board also criticized the board’s efforts. They vowed that if elected in November, they’d work to rescind any partisan changes approved this week.

    But Republican board member Barbara Cargill argued that delaying the vote would only increase tensions.

    “By delaying this process we’re doing nothing but increasing the amount of disagreement because we’re never going to all agree,” Cargill said. “It is time for a vote. It has been vetted thoroughly for almost two years.”

    Re-read this article to see some of the out-and-out historical lies that the “Texas Taliban” has proposed to not only rewrite-but reteach history to school kids all over this country.




  • Jet,

    This was very interesting ,so I thought I’d share it with you.
    Texas Re-writing history

  • You should send a few of those headlines in to Colbert.

  • It’s a demokercy when the guvmint is doing what we want it to do. It’s a republic when it ain’t!

  • TINKERING TWISTED “TEXAN TALIBAN” TORTURES TEACHER’S TEXTS! Damn… I always think of these better titles after they’re already published.

  • Them damned fools will be calling the U.S. a Democracy instead of a Republic next!

  • Logic?? Logic??!!? Another darned liberal concept! BAH!!!

  • I KNEW there was a logical explanation, Thanks Doc!

  • the new science books are still calling Pluto a planet

    Doggone liberal tinkering… downgrading it to a dwarf planet (funny how ‘politically incorrect’ terminology is suddenly fine and dandy) is a clear attempt at vote-rigging. Pluto is a predominantly right-wing celestial body. And it’s well-known that the International Astronomical Union has been completely infiltrated by ACORN.

  • Jet,

    The Ed Show talked about this effort to infect our school books with this archaic thought, and we have to fight this one very hard. Thankyou for this article!

    :)You have a very nice personality and I am definitely supporting your opinions.

  • I just found a note in “The Statesman” that says the new science books are still calling Pluto a planet… and these books will still be used for the next 10 years!

  • Dave… are you sure most of those changes were repealed???

    I’ve been seeing a lot coming out of Texas that seem to think otherwise…

    Only a week has passed since Texas’ school board promoted Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ speeches to equal billing in textbooks with Abraham Lincoln’s.

    Now, the South is about to rise again in Granbury, where the city’s annual celebration of its Civil War-era namesake will be hijacked as a pro-Confederate-battle-flag demonstration.

    If you thought the Confederacy was making a comeback in Texas lately, you might be right.

    Gov. Rick Perry started it last year by saying he thought Texas had a legal deal with the United States to secede anytime. (He was mistaken.)

    Then, last week, the State Board of Education tentatively passed textbook standards requiring students to read Davis’ speeches and to study Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson as a “role model.”

    Now, the Sons of Confederate Veterans are summoning outside marchers to surround the Hood County Courthouse with flags at noon Saturday during the annual Gen. Granbury’s Birthday parade.

    The Sons always march with flags as a historical unit to remember Confederate Gen. Hiram Granbury.

    But this year, they want to punish Granbury Mayor David Southern for an innocent remark about how some folks see the battle flag as a hate sign…

  • #75-Thanks Jeannie

  • Jet,

    I just visited and clicked on Carlin, my favorite comedian and wordsmith, he was the best…You have a very colorful page and the first time I ever looked at it, I freaked! lol :)thanks

  • Jeannie, there is a ton of variables I can track-but not your name etc. I have it set up to tell my readers’ city, state, country, time you entered, how long you stayed. what page you landed on, how many pages you read, if you clicked on an ad (and how many pennies I made when you did,) which one of my 6 connected sites you navigated to, if you came directly or from a search engine, which search engine it was (Google, Yahoo, Bing etc.,) if you came from BC (by clicking my name link) or if you came from an image search and stayed only long enough to copy it and then left. If your entering from a college/school/major corporation, it tells me which one if it has its own server.

    My huge table of contents also tracks which of my many articles and features you clicked on to show me what general interests my readers have.

    At the moment the most clicked on articles are (in order of popularity and reason for entrance

    -How many famous athletes are gay Vol 1&2 – Read/image search

    -Jupiter’s giant red spot has a new little brother! image/read

    -Asteroid collision with earth in 2036? – read

    -New Giant Ring discovered around Saturn!-read

    -How to tell if you have Diabetes in plain language-read

    -Nixon to appear on new dollar coin! – image/read

    -My free on-line novelization of Brokeback Mountain in which I extend and complete the story all the way to Ennis’ death in 2006 – read-This one is getting a lot of readers in Texas, Japan, Germany and Saudi Arabia and I couldn’t figure out why until I realized that the vast majority all of the search sources/cities were U.S. Air Force/military bases!

  • Jet,

    I use a bug blocker, are you able to gage me? I would love to test it and see if it works.

    P.S. I have no idea what this little side conversation is really about, I gave my two cents as usual and was not insulting You or Clavos. The comments in 53, 54, and 57 were made only in jest. 🙂

  • Um Roger, I never brought up the subject… I only answered another’s question.

  • #39=Doc. adsense gives me source codes that tell me the total page impressions, but also shows how long they were on, how many came from google or a yahoo image search, and how many view which specific page.

    Unfortunately that’s too much info for this site to provide to all of us… though once Phillip gave me access to a site to show me how an article I wrote on the new dollar coins brought in a ton of traffic to BC a few thanksgivings ago…

  • #56 THANK YOU Doc! That’s why I use Google Adsense on my own site to gauge what my readers are most attracted to.

    That’s why I wish we had such a tool here.

    Maybe a few are worried that our readers aren’t as far to the right as the majority of the regular commentor/editors?

  • Personal. But then again, do what you will.

  • But then again, we all know that Jet is a first-class megalomaniac.

    Which is why the very question of the article most read has been raised in the first place.

  • What is this about?

  • zingzing

    i, for one, rarely even look at the politics page itself. i just go to see where the most interesting conversations are happening at the comments page. then i drop f-bombs and piss on things. everything has to do with my penis.

    every so often, however, i will go to the politics front page, just to see what has been written, but it’s only once every week or two that thing completely turns over, so i don’t think i’m missing much this way.

    there was a guy here recently whose articles i would search out, but i think he gave up after enough of his catholic bullshit was slapped around on his face. but i liked him, whomever he was…

    there you go, jeannie. some fucks, some penises, some urine and some shit smearing for your delicate eyes. dirty mouth, indeed. yay! 🙂 wait, wait. (T..T) that’s me crying with a pig nose.

  • Jeannie,

    Email me. I’ve got something to ask.

  • I think we’ve come to a reasonable conclusion. It’s horse manure.

  • I wish my sense of humor could be conveyed better.

  • Clavos, I understand this.

  • Clavos

    I read every article in the politics section (though rarely any elsewhere), either as the publishing editor, or after publication. I comment on fewer than half of the articles, though I may participate in the threads of articles on which I have refrained from commenting.

    I think lots of people do the same.

    One cannot determine how many people are reading a given article from the comments threads.

  • Good point… I bet I hit this place a million times a day! 🙂

  • No, Jeannie, there’s no way to tell that. And unless you could do it by only counting one hit from each IP address, I think it would be misleading. Think of how often you return to the same article, not to reread it but to comment and respond to comments.

  • Doc,

    So, you know how many read the article and don’t comment?

    I would be interested in knowing if more than the people who comment are reading.

  • Jet,

    Yes, manure! What Clavos said in #51. 🙂

  • Just because something is getting the most looks that doesn’t mean anyone is reading it or that they think it’s any good, so again what does it matter?

    I can think of at least two good reasons:

    1. To help the author to judge whether it is worth their while writing further articles on similar subjects, or at all.
    2. To help readers to know whether the article is being looked at and so how likely it is that any comments they might leave will generate a discussion.

  • Manure?

  • At least you said manure…

  • I’m sorry I commented…

  • I’m sorry I asked now

  • Clavos

    Which people boycott certain articles and threads here due to partisan politics is crystal-clear…

    Horse manure. There is no way of knowing who is reading what.

  • I think it is rude not to read the article first, and even if I don’t agree with the author, they still took the time and energy to write their opinion.

    Which people boycott certain articles and threads here due to partisan politics is crystal-clear, so this BC site is a lot like Washington.

    These threads are very educational and entertaining. I like both!

  • Exactly as I said, an ego fix. Just because something is getting the most looks that doesn’t mean anyone is reading it or that they think it’s any good, so again what does it matter?

    I would rather be considered a good writer than a bad one where a conversation breaks out in the comments, but I’m just funny that way I guess…

  • I find it interesting to know what articles are getting the most looks, and yes, it’s also nice to know if anyone is reading what you write. But I’m just funny that way I guess…


  • Yes, but it might also boost the confidence of new writers who think they’re not being read because they’ve written a utility article that wasn’t written with comments in mind.

  • “They really do need to bring back that ‘most read’ tab”

    No they don’t. It’s just a ego fix for a writer that says nothing about the work.

  • Thanks Dave… I think

  • I was going to write this article, but Jet’s version is more entertaining. The wind went out of my sails when at the end of the process almost none of the ridiculous stuff which Jet mentions actually ended up written into the textbook guidelines.

    What was proposed was indeed very alarming. What was actually done was far less troubling and in some cases even positive. Of course, I don’t have much of a problem with portraying the US in a positive way, so long as the really heinous attempts to rewrite history failed, and for the most part they did.


  • They really do need to bring back that “most read” tab, but I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting….

  • I wish there were a way to see how many people read these articles on BC-the comments are no gauge at all-on my own political site Google Adsense says 321 people/page impressions have read it since I published it last night!

  • zingzing

    well, this would back up a stereotype…

  • Granted… would that be a stereotype?

  • zingzing


    i don’t really think there’s much to debate about the article: texas is a dumb place. it’s ridiculous.

  • That’s it Zing-you didn’t like the article or are you picking on poor Clavos for sport?

  • 35-Why wold the state that is trying to dictae what we teach our students block this?

    I’m not sure of what you mean by the question.

    Unfortunately the current committee will be writing the basic teaching foundations for the text books in May. The most right wing of the bunch apparently lost their primary elections, but stil are in power to decide what Texas kids will be reading for a decade to come until the elections take place in Texas and the new committee is installed… I assume by then it’ll be too late and the guidelines for the texts will have already been final and the books would already be in the process of being printed.

    Of course the lame-duck committee knows that and knows nothing can be done.

  • You sound as if you want to leave with them, is this true?

    Well, Jeannie, if I were to emigrate Australia is my first choice followed (in order) by Canada, Ireland, Poland and France. The latter 4 being ancestral homes. I am going to Australia next April (Lord willing) and we’re planning on staying for at least a month at this point.

  • Jet,

    Why wold the state that is trying to dictae what we teach our students block this program?

    “The proposed standards are meant to replace a patchwork of systems across the country in hopes of raising student achievement nationwide.”

  • Here’s another from John Wayne Arch, “I was once told by a man to shoot first and ask questions later; I was going to ask him why… but I had to shoot him first!”

  • Amen Clavos… Amen, nor do the 2000-year old writings of him pertain to today

  • and…I have to go eat! bye

  • “All great change in America begins at the dinner table.” – President Ronald Reagan

    :)I’m by-partisan

  • zingzing

    clavos, you america-hater!

  • Arch Conservative

    Since we’re doing favorite quotes, here’s one of mine.

    “Life is tough, but it’s tougher when you’re stupid.”

    -John Wayne

  • Jet,

    Yes, this is not a theocracy, look at this interactive map from my article, it shows how we have changed through the years.

  • Clavos,

    As Churchill also said, “A pessimist sees struggle in every opportunity, an optimist sees opportunity in every struggle.”

    :)Your glass is half full, right?

  • Clavos

    Not that the USA is in any sense of the word, still great.

    Those times are long past; likely to never be seen again.

  • Clavos

    In god we trust

    Therein lies the principal problem. You can’t sustain a great nation by trusting in a mythical character.

  • For those of you who only read the comments and not the article the most important section of this piece is on page three…

    Near the end of George Washington’s term on November, 4, 1796, the Treaty of Tripoli was written under his supervision. In Article 11 we read:

    “As the Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility…
    …it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.”

    In 1797 the Senate ratified the treaty with no public objections, despite it being published for all to read, and Washington’s successor John Adams signed it without reservation.

  • 12-The communist state of China is a Republic too isn’t it? The GOP lovvvvvvves to call our country a republic because it sounds so… Republican.

    Our country is also a democracy… which sounds so Democratic.

    anything to twist a word around eh?

    In god we trust… but which religion’s god?
    That fight won’t come to a head until they try to replace it with “in Jesus we trust” which, believe me, is coming.

    As for the southern states refusing to believe they lost the bloody Civil War… Look at all the southern attempts to replace U.S. Grant on our currency with someone else?

  • Our govenment was set up to protect the rights of it’s citizens-not take rights away.

    That is why blacks can now vote and own property-though many in the south still to this day cling to the notion that they shouldn’t (Ku klux Klan) If it weren’t for the U.S. Government granting those rights to those who didn’t have them, we would still have slavery of negroes.

    That is why interracial marraiges are legal and recognized in all fifty states-though some justices-of-the-peace in the south refuse to perform them to this day. If the U.S. Government didn’t intervene against the majority at the time, they wouldn’t have that right either.

    The Government was set up to protect the minority against the Majority. that’s why so many fled England in the first place to escape the persecution of the religious majority to come to the new land to worship-OR NOT-as they saw fit.

    However the religious right-would set up the Church of America modeled after the Church of England of the 16th century. The southern evangelical church wants to perform their own “crusades” in order to cleanse and take power over their peers.

    It’s a power trip that’s also very very financially profitable too.

  • Arch-My definition of fetus vs baby is simple. When a fetus is able to sustain life on it’s own if it were removed from the womb, at that stage it becomes a baby.

    By your remark, I can twist that to read “We issue birth certificates-not conception certificates.”

  • #10 Thank you Clavos-Yes I’m glad the founding fathers set up our government the way they did.

    The problem as I see it is that just as the religious right has mangled and re-interpreted the bible for their own purposes, they’ve also taken on the Constitution and the Founding Father’s motives for their own ends as well.

    Sometimes mangling logic in the process-as Pat Robertson did by blaming the Haiti earthquake on a centuries-old treatie with France. Apparently God is so busy, he just didn’t get around to reacting to it until then.

    Re-read my quoted first sentences of Article 11 in the body of my article of the Treaty that both Washington and Adams not only worked on but approved-along with the U.S. congress. If that isn’t the most crystal clear indication that our government was NOT set up as a Christian theocracy-I don’t know what is.

    However McLeroy apparently skipped that part.

    I have two favorite quotes which I’ll paraphrase rather than look up the exact wording…

    Churchill- He once stumbled over the truth. Fortunately he had time to pick himself up, dust himself off and continue on as if nothing had happened.

    Simon & Garfunkle- A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest

  • #9 Well I’ve just given an example of what’s going on in Texas-hopefully it’s a minority sect.

    As for Alaska; Palin fucked it up, then quit for greener pastures to become the keynote speaker for the Tea Baggers-having failed that, she’s now an embarrasment shopping an Alaska-based reality show to Hollywood…

    Same shit-different day.

  • Ruvy #8 Thanks again for the prayers you said-now if only I had an easy bank to rob in order to pay the bills.

  • Jeanie #7-Why can’t this be brought before the Supreme Court and Why is the State of Texas the controlling factor as to what our children are taught in school?

    A. Someone would have to sue the BOE to stop the changes, then go through a lenghty appeal process-meanwhile the texts would’ve been taught from for years before it ever hit the supreme’s which are led by Bush’s appointee-and we’ve already seen where his head is at.

    B. The controlling factor is that texas is the largest purchaser of text books in the nation with over 5 million students. Rather than reset to publish a different version, the publisher saves money by distributing books they’ve already set up for/printed to other states/school districts.

  • The second paragraph in #14 should have been in italics.

  • Silas,

    You sound as if you want to leave with them, is this true?

    I hope not!

  • Yes! we should place all our faith in the federal government to repair our schools.

    Especially in light of the ubiquitous evidence that catholic and other private schools routinely produce students that perform better on standardized test in every subject than their public school counterparts.

    Today, catholic and private schools have more resources so that they can pay more to draw in better teachers.

    Keep fighting all of the school funding and taxes and this is what you’ll get, poorly prepared adults that draw on this society.

  • The problem is if literacy tests were implemented in the right to vote, 75% of Americans would lose the right.

    Insofar as Texas goes, I hope Perry wins and has the balls to begin secession.

  • We were, and are, a federated republic. Washington already has far too much power over the states, adding more can only be detrimental to the Republic, and to the well-being of its citizens.

    This is why we ratified the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Because, if we hadn’t amended, then those pesky little literacy tests, poll taxes, and the Grandfather Clause would still be disenfranchising a large number of our voting population.

    No, we need our federal government for many reasons and this is just one example.

  • Arch Conservative

    Yes we should place all our faith in the federal government to repair our schools.

    Especially in light of the ubiquitous evidence that catholic and other private schools routinely produce students that perform better on standardized test in every subject than their public school counterparts.

    “Yes, calling a fetus an “unborn” child is about as twisted as calling a used car “pre-owned” and just as misleading.”

    How right you are Jet. That’s why we ask pregnant women “when’s the fetus due,” rather than “when’s the baby due?’

    It ceases to become a baby and becomes a fetus only when it’s deemed unwanted. How convenient.

  • Clavos

    Is anyone surprised learning that the States of Texas and Alaska are blocking this program?

    As well they should be. It is no accident that the Founders set the government up the way they did, with the states all retaining significant autonomy in the management of their affairs.

    We were, and are, a federated republic. Washington already has far too much power over the states, adding more can only be detrimental to the Republic, and to the well-being of its citizens.

    Welcome back, Jet. Glad to see you back and feisty as ever!

  • Jet,

    One more point, the federal government would like to bring some consistency to the teaching standards in this country and raise them up so that our children will all be prepared to compete in this world market some day. Is anyone surprised learning that the States of Texas and Alaska are blocking this program?

  • I’m glad to see you made through your operation and are now on to details about machine tinkering. A lot of folks prayers were answered. Good!

    I remember that original article, and told you it was good – except that it was not broad enough in scope. Nevertheless, one does see that your fears in the States seem to be on the way to being realized. Given that Dave Nalle lives in Texas, I’d be curious to see what his point of view is on all of this.

  • Jet,

    influences such as The Contract with America, the Moral Majority, the right-wing Heritage Foundation and the National Rifle Association be taught in their place? Others at the meeting also insisted that even though their very first “convention” was held just recently, that the Tea Party’s influence on American History be included in the new schoolbooks?

    These are all very dangerous organizations that share one sad fact with each other; they are all intolerant of others who do not lock step with their narrow and limited belief systems.

    The Heritage Foundation took Ronald Reagan’s presidency and manipulated it for their own purposes; we see those purposes and what they have done to this country every time someone mentions the phrase,” trickle down economics.”

    The NRA would rather die holding a gun in their hands than to help bring some regulation and sanity to gun control laws. I suppose automatic assault riffles bring in a hefty profit.

    The Contract with America and the Moral Majority folks are non-inclusive with anyone not themselves, and the Tea Party…well their just wakos with a lot of money controlling and manipulating many people who just want someone to help them.

    I heard last night on the news that there is a group now calling themselves the “Coffee Party.”

    Have we all lost our minds in this country?

    I am not a member of a gang no matter what their intentions are!

    We need to realize that we are the government and we are this nation. We come in many different sizes, shapes, and colors. When I look at America, I like what I see.

    Why can’t this be brought before the Supreme Court and Why is the State of Texas the controlling factor as to what our children are taught in school?

    :)Good to see you writing Jet, hope that you are feeling well.

  • Good luck with the heart gadgets, and good night.


  • Don’t get me wrong here, because I also think abortion is a pretty nasty business…just ask any woman who has had the “procedure” done…

    But I also don’t think it’s something which belongs in the legislative arena, but rather should be up to the individual. The idea of government making moral decisions for the individual to me is a just too much of a stepping stone towards much more frightening applications of the legal system for comfort.


  • Yes, calling a fetus an “unborn” child is about as twisted as calling a used car “pre-owned” and just as misleading.

    I’m looking forward to seeing how many actually read the article and how many just crib based on the comments…

    I’m going to have to call the doctor tomorrow and ask how one goes about recharging a defibrillator battery…

  • The fact is a fair number of conservative politicians who wrap themselves in piety and self-righteousness do so mainly to get votes. The reasoning is that by doing so, they can reach the great unguarded white middle, who in reality exist in a world that is about as far away from the yachts and the country clubs of the Republican party as could possibly be.

    By wrapping themselves in a bible they are able to reach working class folks in a way that otherwise would be near impossible to do. If these people voted on economics and in their own interest, they would see that supporting right-wing politicians works directly against their best interests, and that is pretty much the point I think. That’s why the smarmier Mitt Romney used car salesman types do what they do.

    To my way of thinking, true Christianity feeds and clothes the less fortunate, rather than simply robbing them blind or trampling them down even further. It also recognizes that sending young men off to die in unnecessary wars is murder every bit as much as abortion is.


  • Thanks for the vote of confidence Glen… much appreciated

  • Well written article that makes its points very well Jet. I just hope that you aren’t that angry at all Christians.

    Believe it or not, there is an equally committed group of progressive Christians out there who stake their beliefs on matters of conscience, charity and social justice. They may not be as loud as the righties in voicing their deeply held convictions, but believe me they are out there. Much as the conservatives would like you to believe that they alone speak for the Almighty, there are different schools of thought among the Christian community.

    You might be surprised to learn that some of us are on your side.