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We Are Duh Champions

I are the valedictorianI'm not joking one tiny bit about how Republicans want to limit your children's education. Here's the entire salient passage from page 12 of their party platform manual:

"We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a re-labeling 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."

In other words, don't teach children to question authority. Just teach them enough so they're too dumb to steal.

They also call for the repeal of the Civil Rights Act, among other charming notions. This shouldn't come as a shock to anyone who knows that the Republican party strategist, Grover Norquist, once demanded, "We don't need someone who can think. We need someone with enough digits to hold a pen."

If you like you can download a copy of this doozy for yourself. It's good for a laugh. And a cry.


In Wednesday's Raging Pencils I painted John Roberts as the emblem of my discontent with the Supreme Court. I chose him specifically because his name is less obvious than the other judges, which allowed for a bigger surprise at the end.

And though I thank him for coming through for the American people today, just barely, he will always be a first-class weasel in my book for eating the living heart of a Girl Scout.... uh, I mean, voting for Citizens United. 

I'll trade modest improvements in our health care system for a semi-functioning voting system any day.



Oh, that Mitt.

big fat liarMitt Romney's reaction to the health care decision by the Supreme Court was to again try and scare Americans by stating that 20 million people will lose their health insurance as a result of the law.

For the record, the Congressional Budget Office has found that three to five million people will actually lose their employment-based insurance, but only as a  result of transitioning to the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.

Mitt Romney. Queen of liars.

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And now our Chart of the Day: Health Care Cost vs. Life Expectancy

health care cost versus life expectancy

Massive version of chart to be found here.

Republican Job Creation Update

republican job creation6-29-2012: On Thursday, the 28th, the House passed several Homeland Security bills, named a couple of post offices, and voted to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of.... something because the right-wing base is screaming for blood and they must be appeased. No jobs were created.

For the full 2001-2012 list of Republican sloth please visit republicanjobcreation.com.


Fox News Lies. Dump Fox News

Fox News Lies! Fox News' response to the Health Care decision was to give a right-wing whackadoodle free airtime to call for armed insurrection. Yeah, I'd say that's fair and balanced.

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.

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"Wherever the people are well informed they can be trusted with their own government." - Thomas Jefferson

Texas Republican Party platform on education:
"We oppose the teaching of higher order thinking skills, critical thinking skills and similar programs...[which] have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority."

Overturn Citizens United