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  •  More Texas Board of Education Book Fight (13+ / 0-)

    The long-simmering battle over teaching evolution in Texas continues.  And adding to that, as the Texas State Board of Education nears a vote on which science textbooks it will recommend to schools, a watchdog group is calling out advocates for the oil and gas industry for disrupting the process with what it says are surprise attacks on accurate science related to global warming and fracking.

    This after Becky Berger (who iss running for Texas Railroad Commissioner, and if elected would help regulate the state’s oil and gas industry) testified Wednesday.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 04:55:14 AM PST

    •  Texas desperately needs Wendy Davis (19+ / 0-)

      as governor.  I know I plan on donating a little something to her campaign after the first of the year.  

      Living in Florida I look to states like Texas and N.C. (as well as other Republican strong holds) and take heart at these steps towards breaking up the death grip of abusive power by the GOPers.  It can be done.  It will be done.  Even in  my state!

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 05:11:06 AM PST

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      •  This is important beyond Texas. (8+ / 0-)

        We're all in this together.

        Sadly, the average person would hardly be concerned about who was going to win 'Texas Railroad Commissioner', and what impact that could have.  

        Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

        by DRo on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 05:24:46 AM PST

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        •  We need to pay attention! (10+ / 0-)

          The Koch bros planted the Tea Party seeds ages ago into positions such as "Texas Railroad Commissioner" all across the country.  They continued to water those seeds until they bore fruit and many of them now sit in positions of power on Capitol Hill.  

          Worse still, is that the Koch bros, et.al. continue their below the radar, stealth work and you best believe that prior to the next presidential election there will be a monumental attempt to reallocate electoral votes.  I can promise you they are at work on it, have been working on it and we cannot afford to let our guard down.  Changing the electoral process would be the worst threat of our lifetimes and would virtually assure a Republican presidential candidate winning every time in the forseeable future!

          As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

          by JaxDem on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 05:38:55 AM PST

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          •  Yep, everyone needs "all politics is local" taken (7+ / 0-)

            to heart every election. We are seeing right now how well "top down change" is working with Obama blocked at every turn for almost four years now. That is a direct result of many supporters of "change" not making sure to secure the foundation at the bottom in 2010. Pure top down just does not work.

            The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

            by pelagicray on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 05:47:39 AM PST

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        •  Texas is a BIG book buyer (3+ / 0-)
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          as goes Texas so goes the country when it comes to text books. Publishers do not want to have different edition for different states, so what Texas decides has a huge impact on Texas books across the country.

          What the controversy is about is a biology text book that says the earth is 4 billion years old instead of 4.2 billion.  It is being used by the Christian right to nix the book altogether. They much prefer an earth that is 6,000 years old.

          “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Chuchill

          by se portland on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 06:32:55 AM PST

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          •  'text books across the country' not 'Texas books' (1+ / 0-)
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            D'oh!

            “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Chuchill

            by se portland on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 06:34:19 AM PST

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          •  Thank you, Common Core! (3+ / 0-)
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            47 states that are NOT Texas have committed to adopting the Common Core standards.  Texas has not.  That gives us the combined clout we used to lack when writers of textbooks and curricula are considering dumbing-down their offerings for Texas.  

            The days of Texas being the stupid tail wagging the rest of the helpless dog are over.

            Thank you, FSM! For all our concerns about Common Core (and I have some) it will finally put Texas back in its place as ONE state out of fifty.    

            "Profit is a filthy word. Wherever there is profit, there is also deficit." Russell Brand

            by koosah on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 06:51:26 AM PST

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    •  Tell the kids in Texas that (3+ / 0-)
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      Evolution is pornography. They will study it avidly looking for the dirty parts. Soon, they may become the nation's foremost authorities on Evolution.

      One of the things the social upheavals of the 60s did is open eyes to what lies the youth were being told. Once opened, those eyes looked everywhere for more evidence of their being duped.

      When a child of a certain age realizes (s)he's been lied to, it is a rite of passage into adulthood. Texas textbook writers think they can change History and Science with their wishful thinking, their fantasies. They want to change the future by changing the past.

      The Truth arms. Lies harm.

      Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by Gentle Giant on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 07:16:18 AM PST

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