I've been working as a volunteer on the campaign of Judy Jennings for Texas State Board of Education District 10. She's running to restore sanity to this important public body that determines which textbooks are used in Texas, and hence much of the rest of the country. You've probably heard about how the board has spent time dismissing Thomas Jefferson, inserting creationism into science standards, and arguing over an invented "pro-Islamic bias" in textbooks. She's running against an extremist who would continue Republican support for the lunatic fringe elements, and last week saw a great example of why her extremist opponent might just win. In summary: The Republican extremist received an important newspaper endorsement because she looks good in comparison to the lunatic fringe, despite her willingness to support that fringe if she's elected.
Yesterday, David Bradley and Ken Mercer, two members of the Texas State Board of Education offered to pay $1,000 each to anyone who could find the words "separation of church and state" in the United States Constitution. They owe me $2,000
The Dallas Morning News is reporting that the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) passed an Islamophobic non-binding resolution against "pro-Islamic references in textbooks."
The GOP has apparently finally accepted that they have no new ideas. After two years of doing nothing but repeating "NO" and "Tax cuts for the rich," the GOP went all the way back to 1994 and resurrected their "Contract With America." The Contract on America is fondly remembered by Republicans as the reason they won back the House and Senate after decades of being out of power. So, the 2010 GOP created a "Pledge to America" to fire up their base to recapture Congress this November.
When my sister, Judy Jennings, announced to our family that she was planning to run for Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) District 10 (www.votejudyjennings.com), we all supported her. However, I wondered how she could be so different from me, at least in the "putting up with people" category. I mean, she can sit and talk to people and listen to them politely, whereas I tend to inconveniently point out to people when they're stupid. I thought her skill will be useful when debating people who, say, don't believe in the Heliocentric model of the solar system.
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