Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Addicting Info – New Social Studies Textbooks In Texas Do Not Mention KKK Or Jim Crow Laws

Addicting Info – New Social Studies Textbooks In Texas Do Not Mention KKK Or Jim Crow Laws

We saw it coming. We knew it was nearly inevitable. First, it was creationism in Biology textbooks. Then, it was the battle for Moses in the Social Studies textbooks, which included teaching right-wing political views as history. And finally, they’ve successfully done the impossible. The Washington Post is reporting that this fall, over five million public school students will be taught using social studies textbooks that do not so much as mention the Ku Klux Klan or Jim Crow laws. In fact, it is reported that the new Texas guidelines for American history “barely address racial segregation.”

And how is the history of the Civil War being taught? Well, it was states’ rights of course!

FOCUS: Whining White Southerners

FOCUS: Whining White Southerners

henever there’s a suggestion that the Confederate battle flag should be retired to museums or that the name of Confederate President Jefferson Davis should be removed from major highways, there comes the predictable accusation that such moves amount to “rewriting our history” – but nothing could be further from the truth. It’s a case of recognizing the real history.

What America needs – perhaps now more than ever – is a serious reexamination of its true history, not the pleasant palliatives offered in textbooks approved by Southern-dominated boards appointed by right-wing politicians. Under such benighted tutelage, popular U.S. history as taught in public schools has become primarily a brainwashing exercise, an ideological foundation for “American exceptionalism,” the jumping-off point for today’s endless wars.

Plus, given America’s continuing racial tensions, it’s particularly important to throw away the rose-colored glasses used to view the issues of slavery and the antebellum South, happy scenes of elegantly dressed white people lounging on the veranda of a stately plantation house, sipping mint juleps while being cooled by fans waved by contented and placid Negroes, a white supremacist’s happiest dream.

Death Toll Climbs as Weather Experts Link Pakistan Heatwave to Climate Change

Death Toll Climbs as Weather Experts Link Pakistan Heatwave to Climate Change

Pakistan’s lack of preparedness in the face of increasingly intense weather events is being blamed for a growing death toll following what has been one of the most sustained heatwaves in the country since records began.

And weather experts say that the extreme heat—which lasted for much of the second half of June, and was felt most in the southern province of Sindh—is linked to climate change.

Ghulam Rasul, director general of the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), told Climate News Network that the intense heat was caused by an unusually persistent area of low pressure over the Arabian Sea off Pakistan’s coast.

“Usually, in summer, cool winds blow from the sea to land, and in winter the situation is the opposite,” he said. “This moderates temperatures in the port city of Karachi, but this summer, this didn’t happen.”

Monday, July 6, 2015

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Huckabee takes aim at the 'redefinition of love' | MSNBC

Huckabee takes aim at the 'redefinition of love' | MSNBC

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s (R) outrage over marriage equality won’t fade anytime soon, because in the Republican presidential candidate’s mind, the institution of marriage is under some kind of attack. It led Jake Tapper to ask Huckabee a good question yesterday.

“Which do you think threatens to undermine the institution of marriage in this country more,” the CNN host asked, “same-sex marriage or the rampant ranks of infidelity and the high divorce rates in this country among straight couples?”

Addicting Info – First American Dies Of Measles In 12 Years Because Anti-Vaxxers Are A**holes

Addicting Info – First American Dies Of Measles In 12 Years Because Anti-Vaxxers Are A**holes

For 12 years, not a single American has died because of the measles virus. But because of the anti-vaxxer movement, death by measles is once again a stark reality in the United States.

On Thursday, the Washington State Department of Health confirmed that a woman succumbed to the disease after discovering the cause of death via an autopsy.

In a statement released by the agency, the woman apparently contracted the disease unknowingly while at a hospital during a measles outbreak in the spring. And she was even more vulnerable to the disease because the medication she had been taking weakened her immune system.

The New New Deal: Why the GOP Became the Party of No | TIME.com

The New New Deal: Why the GOP Became the Party of No | TIME.com

TIME just published “The Party of No,” an article adapted from my new book, The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era. It reveals some of my reporting on the Republican plot to obstruct President Obama before he even took office, including secret meetings led by House GOP whip Eric Cantor (in December 2008) and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (in early January 2009) in which they laid out their daring (though cynical and political) no-honeymoon strategy of all-out resistance to a popular President-elect during an economic emergency. “If he was for it,” former Ohio Senator George Voinovich explained, “we had to be against it.” The excerpt includes a special bonus nugget of Mitt Romney dissing the Tea Party.

Texas A.G. Ken Paxton Orders State Officials to Violate Texas' Religious Freedom Law

Texas A.G. Ken Paxton Orders State Officials to Violate Texas' Religious Freedom Law

The Texas version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act includes an important clause stipulating that “a person with religious objections to a particular law or employment obligation cannot invoke RFRA to override civil rights laws and statutes.” In fact, in the case of marriages, no matter who applies for a marriage license, the Texas Family Code, Section 2.205 specifically asserts that any Texan with the authority to perform marriages in the state are expressly “prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, religion, or national origin against any applicant who is otherwise competent to be married.”

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Addicting Info – Right Wing Freaks Out Because Obama Left One Word Out In 4th Of July Address, Only He Really Didn’t (VIDEO/TWEETS)

Addicting Info – Right Wing Freaks Out Because Obama Left One Word Out In 4th Of July Address, Only He Really Didn’t (VIDEO/TWEETS)

As is customary for an American President, President Obama issued an address to the nation for the 4th of July. His speech hit all the expected notes – patriotism, a big nod to the Founding Fathers, family, the military – you’d think conservatives would at the very least not find anything to complain about, but alas, they wouldn’t be happy if they didn’t have something to cry about.

Presidential Candidate Scott Walker Does Not Understand What July 4th is About - The Daily Banter

Presidential Candidate Scott Walker Does Not Understand What July 4th is About - The Daily Banter

Perhaps Walker should have paid more attention in high school. American Independence Day is categorically not about celebrating independence from the government. It is about celebrating independence from King George III and the British empire, and America forming its own independent, representative government – a government that the American public would be dependent on. So in fact, the complete opposite of Walker’s definition.
Here’s a thought for Walker: if you want to become President of the United States of America, it’s probably a good idea to read up on a bit of history first.
Idiot.