Wednesday, 7/18/12, Public Square

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  1. More on that BIGGEST red state:

    Texas GOP rejects ‘critical thinking’ skills. Really.

    In the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff department, here’s what the Republican Party of Texas wrote into its 2012 platform as part of the section on education:

    Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.

    Yes, you read that right. The party opposes the teaching of “higher order thinking skills” because it believes the purpose is to challenge a student’s “fixed beliefs” and undermine “parental authority.”

    It opposes, among other things, early childhood education, sex education, and multicultural education, but supports “school subjects with emphasis on the Judeo-Christian principles upon which America was founded.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/texas-gop-rejects-critical-thinking-skills-really/2012/07/08/gJQAHNpFXW_blog.html?fb_ref=sm_btn_fb&fb_source=home_oneline

    • And which Judeo-Christian principles might those be?

      From the current Fundy Mega Preachers and televangelists – I’ve heard different teachings that I have read in the Bible.

      Such as – the golden rule has now changed to be:

      Those with the most rold – urles.

      And now becoming rich is just a matter of how much money you give to certain preachers and/or televangelists. Then – I guess depending on whether you gave as much money as required – God will make you rich.

      Hmmmm…..

      Concerning the Golden Rule – through out the Bible the main teaching is that God is Love and Love one another.

      No mention of who has the most gold gets to make the rules in there…..

      As for the God wants everyone to be wealthy – again – I guess that is what Jesus really meant by running those money vendors out of the Temple?

      Jesus was upset because they did not make as much money as he demanded that day?

      But – hey – this is Texas we are talking about. And you know what they say about Texas – everything is bigger . Even the out and out lies…

      • Bottom line – if any of thse Fundies are actually going to be in Heaven – do I really want to go there?

        I can barely tolerate these Fundies here on Earth – why in the Hell would I sign up for an eternity with these insufferable fools?

      • prairie pond

        I think they worship Supply Side Jesus and War Jesus who says, “kill ’em all and let God sort ’em out.”

        The Jesus that says, “love one another” and “do unto others and you would have them do unto you?” Not so much…

      • Oh, that explains it……these insufferable fools worship the WHITE Jesus with blonde hair and blue eyes?

        I wonder if these fools ever think about exactly where Jesus was born? I also wonder if these same fools would even recognize Jesus if he was next to them in the airport – or would they be calling for Security to come get the terrorist?

  2. prairie pond

    And they especially don’t like the Hippie Jesus who talked about feeding the hungry and sheltering the poor. Or being a good steward of resources. That Jesus is persona non grata.

  3. It’s been interesting to note that republicans seem to have become very tolerant of religious views — at least if the person who is being tolerated is a republican.

    If I had a nickel for every time I heard a republican talking about how President Obama was sworn into office on a Koran, I’d be rich — and he’s not even a Muslim and was not sworn in on a Koran. Have you heard anyone even whisper that Romney might be sworn in on The Book of Mormon?

    Mormons believe that their church’s founder, Joseph Smith, found some golden tablets in a cave in New York in the 1820’s that were written by an angel and told of Jesus Christ’s reincarnation in central America after his death in Israel. Those golden tablets went missing btw, but it’s all in The Book of Mormon.

    • How convenient those golden tablets went missing – huh?

      Maybe I need to discover some golden tablets of my own and start a corporate church?

      Hey – its’ the Amerian way..

      • prairie pond

        I hear Glen Beck could hook you up with the gold for the tablets.

        And, isn’t it just like the uber religious to, uh, “misplace” the gold tablets?

        I wonder if Beck is a sittin’ on that gold, too!

    • R.D. Liebst

      That would be a rummor worth spreading I am thinking! Romney win and he will be sworn in on the book of Mormons! That would spread and grow legs like the whole the President is a Moslem. Thanks for the idea and I am just that way to spread it good!

  4. Today, the New York Daily News’ Tom DeFrank reports: “Sources close to the Romney campaign told the Daily News the working plan has been to announce the pick after the Olympic Games, which begin next week and conclude Aug. 12 — two weeks before the Republican convention in Tampa.”

    The running mate choice — a high-stakes pick often described as the first presidential-caliber decision a candidate makes — will dominate the news cycle for days, temporarily changing the subject from Romney’s financial baggage. But some top advisers believe popping the name now would be seen as a panicky overreaction to Romney’s bad press and should be saved for better ‘bounce’ closer to the convention. As a practical matter, moreover, a GOP veteran of vice presidential rollouts said it takes at least a month for a support staff to be up and running before a nominee is named.

  5. I expect Romney to pick Pawlenty or Portman – both are as boring as he is – and they are less wealthy as he is – so neither one will outshine Mitt.

    And one knows that image is everything to a Republican – even if it is a big fat lie.

    • Wouldn’t it be fun if he would choose Palin? 🙂 After all, she IS the better candidate!

      Honestly! It makes me laugh and laughter is good for the soul…

  6. From the official website. Everything they want you to know.

    http://mormon.org/book-of-mormon/

  7. Elizabeth Warren said it better than President Obama did. I hear all the republicans are up in arms. So? They’re always up in arms about something and sometimes about nothing.

  8. prairie pond

    What’s happened to Grandpa? A sudden attack of conscience and sanity? Is he dying? WTF?

    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-mccain-sinister-attacks-on-clinton-aide-huma-abedin-must-stop-20120718,0,2521198.story

    • Is it possible Grandpa has finally gotten the message that the Krazee Kousins at the Family Reunion are just out and out nutjobs?

      McCain may be old but he is a smart enough politician to know that the majority of Americans are fed up with the Grand Old Party – and the Teabaggers and Rabid Religious Right are the ones who have been calling the shots for many, many years.

      Hell, you would have thought Grandpa had gotten that message back when he ran againt Dubya – need I remind Grandpa of all the hateful, personal and racist innuendos and gossip that was said about him?

      But, you know, I don’t feel any sympathy for Grandpa – and I sure as Hell don’t trust him just because he now comes out and says this kind of racist talk needs to stop.

      I’ll believe Grandpa is serioius when he gets on television and announces that he is finished with the Grand Old Poobahs – unless the Far Right Wingers are treated like leeches and burned off.

      • prairie pond

        I agree with all of that, Indy. But you know, that’s what the GOP does. They tell their guys that if they STFU and wait, it will be their turn next. You’d think Mitten$ (hat tip fnord) would have figured all this out too because they didn’t exactly treat him well in 2008 or in the primaries this year. But, like Gramps, he wants to be preznit so bad he’ll do ANYTHING to get the nomination, and then let the chips fall after that. He has faith in the Etch-A-Sketch of his party. Maybe he’ll realize after the election that it’s all a fail.

        Epic fail.

        Wanna bet that in 2016, the GOP will just think their problem is they just didn’t pour ENOUGH money into the campaign, and they’ll double down on their billionaire bucks? When caught in a trap, humans tend to do what they do harder and faster instead of doing something different.

        But then, there seems to be some dispute as to whether or not the GOP is actually made up of humans. As John Prine would say, “some humans just aint human.”

        Just sayin’

      • And, they’ll call Romney a RINO, just like they did McCain and then double down on the craziness. I predict the next candidate they support could make Santorum look like a ‘lefty.’ In the 2016 election they won’t have hating Obama as a rallying call to get people riled up and out to vote. Sameosameo problem of whoever pleases the base enough to win the nomination won’t appeal to anyone outside that kooky base. Until they get the balls to throw out the social ‘conservatives,’ and honestly tell them they aren’t going to rewrite the U.S. Constitution to more closely resemble the bible, they aren’t going to overturn Roe v Wade and all people really are equal, they will suffer the same problems. Or the party will die. Women, Latinos, gays… are people who deserve equal respect and rights. Until they learn that they are irrelevant at the national level.

  9. G-STIR

    Romney needs a VP that will givv him a “kick in the pants”, and a personality larger than a thimble. Since Pinky lee and Soupy Sales are no longer with us , I nominate Ronald McDonald for the “fast food vote”
    ????????

  10. prairie pond

    ROFLMAO, Gster!