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quickhits:

Stories to Watch: 4/12/13. It strikes me that Pres. Obama’s embrace of chained CPI as a way to get Republicans to agree to tax increases is bad politics for a couple of reasons. First, by trying to bargain entitlement cuts for tax increases, the president is acting pretty much exactly like the Republican’s caricature of Democrats as “tax-hiking liberals.” Meanwhile, he’s not acting like a real Democrat and protecting Social Security. He’s getting it from all sides because he’s inviting it from all sides. 
***  The anti-choice right has decided to whine that the media is ignoring a story about Philadelphia abortion provider Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell ran a “pill mill” and was a butcher on the abortion side of his business, but bad doctors rarely rate national coverage. To be fair, Gosnell’s office seems especially gruesome — but still, someone who literally injected concrete into people’s bodies only got a day or two of coverage and it was hardly wall to wall. At any rate, it’s hard to figure why the anti-choicers would want to highlight Gosnell, because he’s noteworthy for the fact that he’s not the norm. In fact, if the people complaining about press coverage had their way, there’d be a lot more Kermit Gosnells than there are now. Think about it: after Roe v. Wade, one abortion provider is a back alley butcher. Before Roe, they were common. As arguments in support of the “make abortion illegal everywhere and forever” cause go, Kermit Gosnell is a really lousy one. If anyone would have a reason to black out reporting on Gosnell, it should by all logic be the anti-abortion side. He represents the world they want us all to live in. ***  A report has the health of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is deteriorating rapidly. One Vatican watcher says “we won’t have him with us for very much longer.” The Vatican claims the report is exaggerated, but the former Pope has seemed increasing frail since stepping down. The RNC officially stakes out the minority position on marriage equality, reaffirming their stance against it. Two former RNC operatives take to the National Review to point out that this is shortsighted. You can’t take the minority position on every social issue and expect to win elections. The math just doesn’t work.North Korea threatens to nuke Japan over Japan’s promise to shoot down any North Korean missiles that come their way. Secretary of State John Kerry says any missile launch by the DPRK would be a “huge mistake.”  A Harvard study concludes that racism cost Pres. Obama “roughly four percentage points of the national popular vote in both 2008 and 2012.” 8 year-old Tennessee resident Aamira Fetuga followed state Sen. Stacey Campfield around the capitol until he withdrew an idiotic bill linking welfare payments to children’s grades. Let me be clear on that; he pulled the bill. Nice work, Ms. Fetuga. Twitter seems to be on the verge of launching a music service. Finally, that story about the gay man who was arrested for refusing to leave partner’s hospital bedside in Missouri is even worse than you think… and then still worse again. [photo via Truthdig]

quickhits:

Stories to Watch: 4/12/13.

It strikes me that Pres. Obama’s embrace of chained CPI as a way to get Republicans to agree to tax increases is bad politics for a couple of reasons. First, by trying to bargain entitlement cuts for tax increases, the president is acting pretty much exactly like the Republican’s caricature of Democrats as “tax-hiking liberals.” Meanwhile, he’s not acting like a real Democrat and protecting Social Security. He’s getting it from all sides because he’s inviting it from all sides.

***

The anti-choice right has decided to whine that the media is ignoring a story about Philadelphia abortion provider Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell ran a “pill mill” and was a butcher on the abortion side of his business, but bad doctors rarely rate national coverage. To be fair, Gosnell’s office seems especially gruesome — but still, someone who literally injected concrete into people’s bodies only got a day or two of coverage and it was hardly wall to wall.

At any rate, it’s hard to figure why the anti-choicers would want to highlight Gosnell, because he’s noteworthy for the fact that he’s not the norm. In fact, if the people complaining about press coverage had their way, there’d be a lot more Kermit Gosnells than there are now. Think about it: after Roe v. Wade, one abortion provider is a back alley butcher. Before Roe, they were common. As arguments in support of the “make abortion illegal everywhere and forever” cause go, Kermit Gosnell is a really lousy one. If anyone would have a reason to black out reporting on Gosnell, it should by all logic be the anti-abortion side. He represents the world they want us all to live in.

***

A report has the health of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is deteriorating rapidly. One Vatican watcher says “we won’t have him with us for very much longer.” The Vatican claims the report is exaggerated, but the former Pope has seemed increasing frail since stepping down.


The RNC officially stakes out the minority position on marriage equality, reaffirming their stance against it. Two former RNC operatives take to the National Review to point out that this is shortsighted. You can’t take the minority position on every social issue and expect to win elections. The math just doesn’t work.


North Korea threatens to nuke Japan over Japan’s promise to shoot down any North Korean missiles that come their way. Secretary of State John Kerry says any missile launch by the DPRK would be a “huge mistake.”


A Harvard study concludes that racism cost Pres. Obama “roughly four percentage points of the national popular vote in both 2008 and 2012.”


8 year-old Tennessee resident Aamira Fetuga followed state Sen. Stacey Campfield around the capitol until he withdrew an idiotic bill linking welfare payments to children’s grades. Let me be clear on that; he pulled the bill. Nice work, Ms. Fetuga.


Twitter seems to be on the verge of launching a music service.


Finally, that story about the gay man who was arrested for refusing to leave partner’s hospital bedside in Missouri is even worse than you think… and then still worse again.


[photo via Truthdig]

epona:

here’s a screen cap of a correspondence between a woman named telisha cobb and senator campfield, who is at the forefront of tennessee’s “don’t say gay” bill (actually called the classroom protection act), a bill which would require teachers, counselors, etc. to inform parents if their children are gay, or even if they ~appear~ to be gay. (here is some more information about it.) she posted it on her facebook (easier to read!) and is urging others to share it so the word can get out about what an unbelievable asshole this dude is (if it wasn’t already obvious enough). 
in case you’re having trouble reading the screen cap, it says: 
Senator Campfield, I am writing to you as a mother, active citizen and born & raised Tennessean. You are an embarrassment to our great state. Folks all over the country and here in Tennessee are looking at the bills that you are proposing in shock. They are the most ignorant and morally lacking legislation that could be proposed this year. It is clear that you are targeting homosexuals and low income families with hogwash legislation. You need to search your heart, your values and your Christianity to find a better way to represent us as a whole. We will do everything in our power to make sure you are not here in 2014. There are numerous grass root parties that are making their voices heard. 
his super classy response to her email reads: 
You seem to have some serious, deep anger issues. Have you ever thought about therapy? I hear they are doing some wonderful things with medication these days. 
Yours in service, 
Sen. Stacey Campfield 
like come on. you’ve gotta be kidding me here. 
so! if you wouldn’t mind reblogging this and spreading the word, that would be great! telisha wants others to spread this around as much as they possibly can. this is a totally inappropriate and unprofessional way of addressing criticism and more people need to know about this dude and what he’s trying to pull. 

epona:

here’s a screen cap of a correspondence between a woman named telisha cobb and senator campfield, who is at the forefront of tennessee’s “don’t say gay” bill (actually called the classroom protection act), a bill which would require teachers, counselors, etc. to inform parents if their children are gay, or even if they ~appear~ to be gay. (here is some more information about it.) she posted it on her facebook (easier to read!) and is urging others to share it so the word can get out about what an unbelievable asshole this dude is (if it wasn’t already obvious enough). 

in case you’re having trouble reading the screen cap, it says: 

Senator Campfield, 
I am writing to you as a mother, active citizen and born & raised Tennessean. You are an embarrassment to our great state. Folks all over the country and here in Tennessee are looking at the bills that you are proposing in shock. They are the most ignorant and morally lacking legislation that could be proposed this year. It is clear that you are targeting homosexuals and low income families with hogwash legislation. You need to search your heart, your values and your Christianity to find a better way to represent us as a whole. We will do everything in our power to make sure you are not here in 2014. There are numerous grass root parties that are making their voices heard. 

his super classy response to her email reads: 

You seem to have some serious, deep anger issues. Have you ever thought about therapy? I hear they are doing some wonderful things with medication these days. 

Yours in service, 

Sen. Stacey Campfield 

like come on. you’ve gotta be kidding me here. 

so! if you wouldn’t mind reblogging this and spreading the word, that would be great! telisha wants others to spread this around as much as they possibly can. this is a totally inappropriate and unprofessional way of addressing criticism and more people need to know about this dude and what he’s trying to pull. 

jumpingjacktrash:

presented without comment.

stfuconservatives:

current:

As of last Friday, The New York Times calculated Obama has had the fifth most significant rise in the Dow of any president over the same period of time since 1900 – right behind FDR, Calvin Coolidge, Bill Clinton and Dwight Eisenhower.
All those presidents served more than one term.
It turns out the stock market has been like a lot of other things under No-Drama Obama. We have good days — we have bad days. But overall, the situation had gradually, steadily gotten better.

Your next retort to the person who complains about rising gas prices.

stfuconservatives:

current:

As of last Friday, The New York Times calculated Obama has had the fifth most significant rise in the Dow of any president over the same period of time since 1900 – right behind FDR, Calvin Coolidge, Bill Clinton and Dwight Eisenhower.

All those presidents served more than one term.

It turns out the stock market has been like a lot of other things under No-Drama Obama. We have good days — we have bad days. But overall, the situation had gradually, steadily gotten better.

Your next retort to the person who complains about rising gas prices.

pol

Let me begin, if I may, with a few words about my opponent. Don’t tell him I said this, but he’s an impressive fellow in many ways.

He’s inspired a great many Americans, some of whom have wrongly believed that a political campaign could hold no purpose or meaning for them. This success should make Americans, all Americans, proud. Of course, I would prefer his success not to continue quite as long as he hopes, but it does make you and me proud to know the country I’ve loved and served all my life, still a work in progress and always improving.

Senator Obama talks about making history, and he’s made quite a bit of it already. And the way was prepared by this venerable organization and others like it.

A few years before the NAACP was founded, President Theodore Roosevelt’s invitation of Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House was taken as an outrage and an insult in many quarters. America today is a world away from the cruel and prideful bigotry of that time. There’s no better evidence of this than the nomination of an African-American to be the presidential nominee of his party.

So whatever the outcome in November, Senator Obama has achieved a great thing for himself and his country, and I thank him for it.

Senator and Republican presidential candidate JOHN McCAIN, in an address to the NAACP in 2008.

Back then, GOP presidential candidates were above trolling.  Not today.

(via the Washington Post)

thepeoplesrecord:

How Texas-made textbooks influence American education (photo)July 7, 2012
One of the tasks of the Texas State Board of Education is to update curriculum standards and textbooks for Texas schoolchildren. The Texas school system is so large — 4.8 million textbook-reading school children as of 2011 — that revisions made by the board are often included in school books across the country, though digital technology has lessened this effect in recent years.
 In 2010, the board got a lot of attention when it approved over 100 amendments — many of which had a very clear conservative political agenda — to the social studies and economics curriculum standards. Here are some of the more pointed proposals.
Thomas Who?Thomas Jefferson, the Founding Father considered by many to be the author of the Declaration of Independence, is also credited with coining the phrase “separation of church and state.” According to The New York Times, that coinage didn’t make him very popular with the conservative members of the board. They removed Jefferson from a list of great Enlightenment philosophers — including John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Voltaire, Charles de Montesquieu and Jean Jacques Rousseau — who inspired political revolutions from the 1700s to today. They also removed the word “Enlightenment” and added Thomas Aquinas and John Calvin. After much criticism, they added Jefferson back, but left out “Enlightenment” resulting in a standard very different from the original.
Downplaying Religious FreedomA proposed amendment from one of the Democratic board members would have required students to “examine the reasons the Founding Fathers protected religious freedom in America by barring government from promoting or disfavoring any particular religion over all others.” One Republican member argued that the “founders didn’t intend for separation of church and state in America” and called the statement “not historically accurate” and the conservative members voted down the standard. The board then added a new one that suggests the “separation of church and state” is not a key principle of the First Amendment.
Censoring CapitalismCiting negative connotations, conservative board members decreed that all instances of the word “capitalism” should be replaced with “free-enterprise system.” They also objected to “democratic,” so “democratic societies” and “representative democracy” were replaced by “republic.” Any reference to American “imperialism” was also stricken and replaced with “expansionism.” In the textbooks, imperialism could only be associated with European and Russian colonialism. 
“Super” Heroes?In perhaps the most blatant political move, the board passed an amendment requiring U.S. history students to learn about “the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s,” but not about liberal or minority groups. Conservative heroes including Phyllis Schlafly, the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority and the National Rifle Association were added, and more frequent mentions of President Ronald Reagan were encouraged. As Chairman Don McLeroy explained to the Washington Monthly: “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.”
Bling’s the ThingEarlier this week, the Texas GOP released their 2012 platform which includes, among othercontroversial policy positions, a desire to return to the gold standard. The United States left the gold standard for good in 1971 and most economists agree that move was a good thing. The school board held a debate — unattended by any economists — and arbitrarily passed a revised standard that requires students to “analyze the decline in the value of the U.S. dollar, including the abandonment of the gold standard.”
The Great Society (Maybe Not So Great?)The board approved a standard requiring students to learn about “any unintended consequences” of the Great Society, affirmative action and Title IX. Other attempts to change the way the civil rights movement was taught, including a provision that would require students learn that it created “unreasonable expectations for equal outcomes,” failed to pass.
Socialists Get the BootDolores Huerta, co-founder of United Farm Workers of America, was dropped from a third grade list of “historical and contemporary figures who have exemplified good citizenship.” Conservative board members said Huerta is not a good role model for third-graders because she’s a socialist. Helen Keller, a staunch socialist, was left on the books.  Exhuming McCarthyFar right members of the board — hoping to lessen criticism of Senator Joseph McCarthy’s 1950s hearings — passed a standard that would make students learn “how the later release of the Venona papers confirmed suspicions of communist infiltration in U.S. government.”   
Googling BoondoggleSouth Texas artist Santa Barraza was recommended for inclusion in a 7th grade standard by a Latina board member. Another member googled the artist and was offended by one of her paintings that included minor female nudity. She showed it to her colleagues and they refused to add her to the standard. The Texas Freedom Network notes that several of Barraza’s paintings were hanging in the Texas governor’s mansion while George W. Bush was in residence in the 1990s. The conservative bloc also removed hip hop from a list of culturally significant musical genres.
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My state government is very frustrating.

thepeoplesrecord:

How Texas-made textbooks influence American education (photo)
July 7, 2012

One of the tasks of the Texas State Board of Education is to update curriculum standards and textbooks for Texas schoolchildren. The Texas school system is so large — 4.8 million textbook-reading school children as of 2011 — that revisions made by the board are often included in school books across the country, though digital technology has lessened this effect in recent years.

In 2010, the board got a lot of attention when it approved over 100 amendments — many of which had a very clear conservative political agenda — to the social studies and economics curriculum standards. Here are some of the more pointed proposals.

Thomas Who?
Thomas Jefferson, the Founding Father considered by many to be the author of the Declaration of Independence, is also credited with coining the phrase “separation of church and state.” According to The New York Times, that coinage didn’t make him very popular with the conservative members of the board. They removed Jefferson from a list of great Enlightenment philosophers — including John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Voltaire, Charles de Montesquieu and Jean Jacques Rousseau — who inspired political revolutions from the 1700s to today. They also removed the word “Enlightenment” and added Thomas Aquinas and John Calvin. After much criticism, they added Jefferson back, but left out “Enlightenment” resulting in a standard very different from the original.

Downplaying Religious Freedom
A proposed amendment from one of the Democratic board members would have required students to “examine the reasons the Founding Fathers protected religious freedom in America by barring government from promoting or disfavoring any particular religion over all others.” One Republican member argued that the “founders didn’t intend for separation of church and state in America” and called the statement “not historically accurate” and the conservative members voted down the standard. The board then added a new one that suggests the “separation of church and state” is not a key principle of the First Amendment.

Censoring Capitalism
Citing negative connotations, conservative board members decreed that all instances of the word “capitalism” should be replaced with “free-enterprise system.” They also objected to “democratic,” so “democratic societies” and “representative democracy” were replaced by “republic.” Any reference to American “imperialism” was also stricken and replaced with “expansionism.” In the textbooks, imperialism could only be associated with European and Russian colonialism. 

Super” Heroes?
In perhaps the most blatant political move, the board passed an amendment requiring U.S. history students to learn about “the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s,” but not about liberal or minority groups. Conservative heroes including Phyllis Schlafly, the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority and the National Rifle Association were added, and more frequent mentions of President Ronald Reagan were encouraged. As Chairman Don McLeroy explained to the Washington Monthly: “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.”

Bling’s the Thing
Earlier this week, the Texas GOP released their 2012 platform which includes, among othercontroversial policy positions, a desire to return to the gold standard. The United States left the gold standard for good in 1971 and most economists agree that move was a good thing. The school board held a debate — unattended by any economists — and arbitrarily passed a revised standard that requires students to “analyze the decline in the value of the U.S. dollar, including the abandonment of the gold standard.”

The Great Society (Maybe Not So Great?)
The board approved a standard requiring students to learn about “any unintended consequences” of the Great Society, affirmative action and Title IX. Other attempts to change the way the civil rights movement was taught, including a provision that would require students learn that it created “unreasonable expectations for equal outcomes,” failed to pass.

Socialists Get the Boot
Dolores Huerta, co-founder of United Farm Workers of America, was dropped from a third grade list of “historical and contemporary figures who have exemplified good citizenship.” Conservative board members said Huerta is not a good role model for third-graders because she’s a socialist. Helen Keller, a staunch socialist, was left on the books. 
 
Exhuming McCarthy
Far right members of the board — hoping to lessen criticism of Senator Joseph McCarthy’s 1950s hearings — passed a standard that would make students learn “how the later release of the Venona papers confirmed suspicions of communist infiltration in U.S. government.” 
  

Googling Boondoggle
South Texas artist Santa Barraza was recommended for inclusion in a 7th grade standard by a Latina board member. Another member googled the artist and was offended by one of her paintings that included minor female nudity. She showed it to her colleagues and they refused to add her to the standard. The Texas Freedom Network notes that several of Barraza’s paintings were hanging in the Texas governor’s mansion while George W. Bush was in residence in the 1990s. The conservative bloc also removed hip hop from a list of culturally significant musical genres.

Source

My state government is very frustrating.

stfuconservatives:

thymemage:

And now it’s time…to address some errors.

A+

stfuconservatives:

thymemage:

And now it’s time…to address some errors.

A+