Monday, September 30, 2013

Definition of "Sanctimonius"

Have you hear it said "If you look up the definition of (insert word) you will find a picture of...(someone who fits the meaning of that word)?
I tried recently and here is what I found!


adjective \ˌsaŋ(k)-tə-ˈmō-nē-əs, -nyəs\

: pretending to be morally better than other people


Full Definition of SANCTIMONIOUS


:  hypocritically pious or devout <a sanctimonious moralist> <the king's sanctimonious rebuke — G. B. Shaw>


obsolete :  possessing sanctity :  holy

sanc·ti·mo·nious·ly adverb

sanc·ti·mo·nious·ness noun

GOP CR Stance "Sacrifice To The Right Wing Gods!"

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Ted Cruz Pines For Jesse Helms

Ted Cruz once again proved his desire to return America to the Jim Crow era when the Canadian/Cuban/American said "We need one hundred more like Jesse Helms in the Senate."

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Texas textbook reviewers want 'creation science' taught

Posted: Monday, September 9, 2013 6:43 pm Associated Press AUSTIN —

Publishers producing high school biology textbooks that could be used in classrooms across Texas are being pressured to water down lessons on evolution and climate change, a progressive watchdog group said Monday.
The State Board of Education is considering new science books which, if adopted, could be used by some Texas public school students for a decade. The board will hold a public hearing on the books next week. But board members rely on citizen review committees that can raise objections to the new books before the approval process begins. Books that fail to receive full endorsements from review boards may be harder for publishers to sell to school districts — and might even be rejected outright by the Board of Education.
Using a public records request submitted to the state education agency, the Texas Freedom Network, a nonprofit that monitors the board of education, released the reviewers' objections to the textbooks. Many objections were ideological in nature, raising doubts about the theory of evolution and questioning whether global warming is based on science. One review of textbooks from publishers Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Scientific Minds reads: "As an educator, parent, and grandparent, I feel very firmly that 'creation science' based on Biblical principles should be incorporated into every Biology book that is up for adoption." The Texas Education Agency declined to comment on the records it released.
Texas Freedom Network says that of the 12 reviewers who traveled to Austin to participate in group reviews, at least five had previously publicly stated creationist beliefs. Network President Kathy Miller said board members who believe in intelligent design helped ensure like-minded reviewers made it on the citizen committees, including a dietician, engineers and retired business professionals. The state board is made up of 10 Republicans and five Democrats. "What our kids learn in their public schools should be based on mainstream, established science, not the personal views of ideologues, especially those who are grossly unqualified
Texas has more than 1,000 school districts, making it such a large book-buying market that publishers often make suggested changes in science and other textbooks to win approval from the board. So changes made in classroom materials to appease Texas sometimes affect materials sold in other states. In 2009, an intense fight over how evolution is taught put a national spotlight on the State Board of Education. Its members ultimately decided that Texas schools would no longer have to teach the "strengths and weaknesses" of evolution and teachers would instead be encouraged to consider "all sides" of scientific theories.
Other ideological fights erupted in years past over social studies curriculums. A law approved by the Texas Legislature in 2011 allows school districts to purchase any instructional materials they choose — thus weakening the influence of board approval. Many districts, however, won't consider materials that haven't been approved by the board because of fears they may not meet all state curriculum standards. Miller said, despite the change in how books can be purchased: "Once again, culture warriors on the state board are putting Texas at risk of becoming a national laughingstock on science education."