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Guest Post: Texas Schools Teaching Boston Tea Party As "Terrorist Act"

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Via Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Absolutely remarkable... and in Texas to boot!  As I have said for years, pretty soon anyone that disagrees with Washington D.C., Federal Reserve policies and rule by TBTF Wall Street criminal banks will be labeled a “terrorist.”  That is where all this is headed.

From CBS Houston:

HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – The most historical instance of protesting against taxation without representation is now being taught in Texas schools as a terrorist act.

 

As recently as January of this year, the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative included a lesson plan that depicted the Boston Tea Party, an event that helped ignite the American Revolution, as an act of terrorism.

 

“A local militia, believed to be a terrorist organization, attacked the property of private citizens today at our nation’s busiest port,” wrote the teachers in charge of organizing the curriculum about the Boston Tea Party. “Although no one was injured in the attack, a large quantity of merchandise, considered to be valuable to its owners and loathsome to the perpetrators, was destroyed. The terrorists, dressed in disguise and apparently intoxicated, were able to escape into the night with the help of local citizens who harbor these fugitives and conceal their identities from the authorities.

1984 has arrived folks.

Full article here.

 


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Mon, 11/26/2012 - 13:59 | Link to Comment NooooB
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But that's what happened!??

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:02 | Link to Comment CPL
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Yes, terrorism if you were the King.

 

The start of a country then a nation if you were local.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:05 | Link to Comment flacon
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So it wasn't a "party"? Damn.... Who brought the beer then since they were intoxicated?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:10 | Link to Comment idea_hamster
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Well, according to our double plus awesometacular newspeak, it qualifies -- along with pretty much the entire remake of "Red [Y]awn."

As long as they're saying that, this is likely a positive for civil liberties.  Whenever you can encourage someone to rethink their perception of a heart-felt sentiment, that's per se good.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:17 | Link to Comment Vagabond
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"Supporters of the program indicate that the lesson hadn’t been taught in Texas schools since August 2010, but the lesson plan remained on CSCOPE’s website until at least January of this year."

 

-1984 arrived a few years ago... and has since been redacted.  This article should have come out in 2010.  None-the-less it's disgusting revisionist history.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:20 | Link to Comment knukles
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OK, and so's the Revolutionary War.
Which thus makes our central gubamnit the oppressor by simple logic.

Backfiring much?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:23 | Link to Comment old naughty
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So I can't drink their "tea" any more?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:48 | Link to Comment killallthefiat
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I've been watching the Star Wars animated TV series with the kiddies.  They have some really complicated themes.  Last week, some monsters from the Cantina wanted to get out from under the thumb of the REPUBLIC.  The Republic was waging war all over the galaxy and Amidala let the monsters self rule.

 

This week, one of the Rex's soldiers was labeled as a traitor, going against the Republic.  He wanted his life back and did not want any more war and did not want to be in the military.  He may as well have just given the finger to every fucking Jedi in the Galaxy.

 

One man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:05 | Link to Comment Hugh_Jorgan
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The terrorism wasn't their most serious crime though... They ALL dressed up like native Americans when they did it. Which means they were obviously racist as well, just like every one of the EVIL Founding Fathers.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:19 | Link to Comment Thomas
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The educational brain trust in Texas has a name that is a chain of SIX nouns in a row. That speaks volumes. Texas is a third world country.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 16:38 | Link to Comment Popo
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It's actually FAR worse for the elites to teach the Boston Tea Party as an act of "terrorism".   Why?  Because as we all know, the Boston Tea Party was a "good thing" that gave birth to the American Revolution, which in turn gave birth to our nation.   

So to make the case that the Boston Tea Party was an act of "terrorism" is to simultaneously make the case that terrorism is therefore good, and that our nation was founded on terrorism

So go ahead, Texas schools,  teach it however you want it.   Either it wasn't an act of terrorism, and it was justifiable.   Or it was an act of terrorism, and terrorism is sometimes "good".    Pick your poison.  There's no escaping a conclusion that smells any better from a perspective of law and order.   

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 17:17 | Link to Comment Pure Evil
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I thought terrorism was no longer politically correct. I think we should revise history once again and call it workplace violence (the ship was somebody's workplace), and a hate crime (for dressing up like Native Aboriginals).

Although they did do one thing lefty-politically correct, they redistributed the capitalist tea to the Boston Harbor.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 17:36 | Link to Comment CrockettAlmanac.com
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The state of PA has a picture of the Gadsden flag on a page about identifying domestic terrorists:

 

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/who_are_terrori...

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 18:00 | Link to Comment Enslavethechild...
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It's time to start shooting

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 19:58 | Link to Comment Michaelwiseguy
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People teaching this lie should be removed from duty and have required psychotherapy to correct their misunderstanding.

They should teach Terrorism is a Tactic and you can't win a war against a Tactic.

http://freemasonry.bcy.ca/history/1773_GreenDragonTavern_Boston.jpg

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:46 | Link to Comment Lednbrass
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Typically stupid Massholes.  The first Tea Party was actually in Charleston SC two weeks before Boston- but instead of dumping the tea those poor dumb Southerners just impounded it then sold it later to finance the militia fighting the British.

Boy those Yankees sure are smart, good thing they only teach the Boston one in schools or someone might realize that they have about as much economic sense today as their ancestors did.

 

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 17:49 | Link to Comment CynicLaureate
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In the South, we're comfortable with "rebels" being the good guys :-)

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 16:44 | Link to Comment HoofHearted
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The terrorists are the opressors. Come on, what did they learn from "V for Vendetta" because we sure as hell know that kids aren't reading books in the classrooms?

"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." And any time that isn't the case, the government is the opressor, the terrorist, and the people have the God-given right to throw off their opressor.

Oh shit. What the fuck are the Texan teachers going to do with the Declaration of Independence? Terrorist bastards, every single signer...and may God rest their souls and somehow revive them among the sheeple. 

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:40 | Link to Comment Lewshine
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Absolutely they were terrorist! Ben Franklin was an athiest, Alexander Hamilton was a slave trading homosexual, and a number of the other FF's were outspoken pedophiles! This is why our country hardly stood a chance of surviving. Yet, in spite of it all, we remain a military and economic powerhouse..Growing stronger by the minute, obviously based on the brilliance and integrity of these last few generations!

 

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:17 | Link to Comment Al Gorerhythm
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No, but there's plenty of Kool-aid.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:47 | Link to Comment Careless Whisper
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The "teacher" left the part out about Rothschild owning a majority interest in the East India Company, which was a monopoly. Oh, and a few years later EastIndiaCo had complete control of the (illegal) opium trade. Just sayin'.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:24 | Link to Comment NooooB
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Over reacting. Texas has been making their kids stupid for years.. Not to worry, they can learn "Lefty loosey- Righty-tighty" on the job...

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:52 | Link to Comment Orly
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That's an absurd statement.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:57 | Link to Comment Uncle Remus
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We're waiting...

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:02 | Link to Comment Orly
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For what?  For me to justify that there are fine schools in Texas?  As there are fine schools in Minnesota?  Even Baltimore?

If you can't figure that out yourself, then you must have gone to school half-asleep.  It is an absurd statement on its face and you should be ashamed to associate yourself with an idiotic blanket remark like that that has no inherent meaning whatsoever.

Always to laugh at someone, B'rer Remus?  You can wait for that one, too.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:13 | Link to Comment Uncle Remus
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My my my, we are full of ourselves today. I went to schools overseas, the US south (public and parochial), midwest and southwest. Of course there are "fine" schools everywhere, but it depends on your standards I suppose. But wait, there's more - Texas schools may very well be excellent - but what they are teaching (or not teaching as the case may be) and why seems to be questionable.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:31 | Link to Comment Orly
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Perhaps you should read further down the thread, as those questions are answered very well.

I just take offense to blanket statements that have no other purpose than to rile someone up.  I am not necessarily riled by the statement itself, I am more riled about how it was delivered and for what purpose.  The only reason was to cajole, demean and incite negative responses.  I have little patience for that kind of stuff.

Being uninformed and mean just to get a laugh doesn't fly very far with me, I'm afraid.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:46 | Link to Comment Uncle Remus
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Are you in Texas? Did you attend school there; do you have children in school in Texas?

'The only reason was to cajole, demean and incite negative responses.  I have little patience for that kind of stuff."

And yet, here you are on ZH.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 18:49 | Link to Comment Dealyer Turdin
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This discourse deserves the death penalty, Texas style.  Don't wait for a reason.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:42 | Link to Comment NooooB
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Wow.... And here I was joking.. Instead I did a Million Dollar Bonus...

Y'all needs to get laid....

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 21:38 | Link to Comment NooooB
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Actually, you know what? No it isn't. I was talking toungue and cheek. But now that I think about it. Texas HAS been dumbing it down for a long time. Teaching creationism rubbish for example. And since they are the largest buyer of textbooks, a lot of their idiocy leaks out into the rest of the country. So if you don't like Texas getting messed with, take the aluminum foil off your head and shove it. Do us all a favor. Move there and secede.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:08 | Link to Comment General Decline
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One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:12 | Link to Comment TheFourthStooge-ing
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Osama Bin Laden as seen by Reagan: Freedom Fighter

Osama Bin Laden as seen by George W: Terrist

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:20 | Link to Comment falak pema
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Osama as seen by his wife : dead and buried somewhere.

"Hey Spartacus, nobody knows who you are, but we'll hang u all anyway, just to make sure." 

Thats imperial efficiency for u. 

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 18:07 | Link to Comment larz
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I thought Dubya was saying he was a tourist - now it all makes sense

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:14 | Link to Comment Paul Bogdanich
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I personally don't see anything objectional in the narrative.  It teaches the kids that not all persons given the appelation "terrorist" or "radical" by the government are necessarilly guilty.  Plus it is an accurate portrayal of the way the loyalist press covered the events at the time.  Or to quote Goering on the general thematic, "The victor will always be the judge and the vanquished the accused."  If that's the way we are going to run things in this country then the least we can do is teach the kids what an injust, corupt, rotten system they are living in.  It will help them cope later on.   

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:25 | Link to Comment Skateboarder
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Not quite. This realization of injustice, corruption, etc. can only come from objective/critical thinking. That's not the case with textbooks, is it? If it's written in a textbook, it has to be right, right? RIGHT!?

Fuck academia right up the academia bunghole... cowards all.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:47 | Link to Comment Piranhanoia
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The idea that academia wrote those textbooks is chilling, and most likely wrong.  This is a texas thing.  Remember that they have been working to make their citizens stupid for a long time.  

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:47 | Link to Comment blunderdog
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What are you, some kinda commie?  Text-books are published by for-profit businesses.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:15 | Link to Comment onelight
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But they have to match standards set by public education commisions, which is why Bill Ayers went into precisely that part of our educational system, to move the communist project "forward"...

You know this will have fully manifested when Bill Ayer's bombing spree, hitting police stations across the US, is represented as freedom-fighting.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:21 | Link to Comment kridkrid
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What do you know about Bill Ayers?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:37 | Link to Comment Umh
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He's an asshole? She's an asshole. I'm certain about the asshole part.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:18 | Link to Comment Skateboarder
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@nola: Yeah, I guess it's okay so long as it is contained within Texas. Big macs, Big trucks, Big waistlines, Big gubbamint. Nothing new here...

@bdog: All media is dished out for profit only. If untruth generates more revenue than truth, that's what sells. But what I'm concerned about is academia dishing out the misinformation all the way down to the elementary school level. As onelight points out, these teaching 'standards' are surely discussed and aligned with some heads of something or the other where members of big media and members of academia come together to make textbooks happen. If some bought-out PhD can author garbage that is taught to be truth at the elementary levels of education (it already is), we's fucked son. We is fucked.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 16:28 | Link to Comment blunderdog
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This is the USA.  We don't care about education, never have.

If you have kids, you can educate them, sure, but sending them to school is a joke.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:07 | Link to Comment bdc63
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well, strap a rat cage to my face and call me Winston ... I did NOT see this coming ...

... and apparently the only thing more loathsome than a terrorist is a "militiaman" ... wow ...

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:12 | Link to Comment ParkAveFlasher
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Fuck you, King George! 

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:47 | Link to Comment Bob
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Actually, was the much larger problem not that the tea belonged to the East India Company that essentially owned English government in much the same way that Wall Street and big biz now owns Washington today?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 17:52 | Link to Comment CynicLaureate
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Um, grammar check, please?  You're missing a suborindate clause somewhere that contains the "larger problem".

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:11 | Link to Comment Hugh_Jorgan
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Yeah, sadly the authorities behind this stuff is distributed between many 100s of entites globally, few of which will publicly admit the direction they would like to take this country. No "King George" to blame this time.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:39 | Link to Comment Umh
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I don't think he heard you.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 23:11 | Link to Comment taketheredpill
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George Washington was an Unlawful Combatant.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:06 | Link to Comment Skateboarder
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Isn't it fucking dandy that you can leverage one single word against anyone and anything in the contemporary and make it retroactive to apply to anyone and anything in the past that doesn't align with the current leveraging of that word?

Welcome, my friends, to RecDep, where we control the past.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:16 | Link to Comment onelight
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This will be complete when Bill Ayers & Co. police station bombing spree is re-framed as the work of a freedom-fighter...if you can set standards for the textbooks, you can shape future minds..

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:24 | Link to Comment kridkrid
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What do you know about Bill Ayers? I bet it's mostly what you have been told, told to you through a very narrow perspective. Just a guess.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 16:00 | Link to Comment onelight
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No but it may be that many do get information that narrowly, and perhaps the tone of my remarks sounded that way. Not intentional, if so.

I don't know Ayers personally but I have long studied the American Left (and the Right), not without interest and empathy, and fully at my own expense, eg. a decade at Berkeley in intellectual history with middle focus on neo-Marxism, the Frankfurt School and its diverse if subtle permeating of American culture since the WW2 era via academia, hollywood, advertising, etc. Later focus and thesis was on the EU project, in its earlier form during the interwar period, and the post war contest over its purpose by the competing political movements, including the communists. 

That period of study ended 2 decades ago, and was accomplished and paid for my myself through a small business I ran through the first half of that time, followed by independent economic consulting, where I professionalized some basic research work that others did not prefer to do, but was much needed in that venue.

My approach to research and work has been like that since, but each time a new industry and a new puzzle set to solve. Two decades later I am working independently the markets, supporting social service career development, and forward-researching in geosecurity and public policy, out of personal interest, and diplomatic history was my initial focus at Berkeley log ago.

That has given me something of a blended view, kridkrid, however I should clarify that I am NOT an expert on Bill Ayers, though I have followed the history of the New Left, and some of his role it. Much as I do with the neo-cons and the Right, I take issue with how the Left has morphed into an institutional force, and some of the contradictions inherent to that. Even so I have a more nuanced view Ayers interaction with his father, and how that reflected and perhaps usefully informed the dialogue between generations at that time, in that city. There are many dimensions to that whole period of history and how its legacy manifests today. I have long found it interesting to study, but I am not an academic nor do I presume to understand it all.

If my remarks sounded simplistic it was not intentional. 

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 16:10 | Link to Comment Bob
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It seems that, assuming he was ever a genuine member, Ayers left the Left a long time ago and went into business . . . which is how he met our good, similarly "marxist" buddy Barry O, who was busy creating the myth of being a community organizer in Chicago:

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2012/05/exclusive-how-obamas-early-career-succes-was-built-on-fronting-for-chicago-real-estate-and-finance.html

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:13 | Link to Comment redpill
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The word "terrorist" has gotten absurd.  Terrorism is a tactic of using individual events of violence to cause broad distress in the population.   Dumping tea overboard is not terrorism.  Attacking government targets is not terrorism.  Revolution is not terrorism.

Once you allow the meaning of words to be changed in front of your face, you've already lost. 

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:25 | Link to Comment CPL
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Doubleplusungood.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:43 | Link to Comment mkhs
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That's gay (in the 1890's sense [not that there is anything wrong with that, the gay part])

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:28 | Link to Comment kralizec
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Bingo!

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:44 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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precisely my premise when asking for a definition of "libertarian" - a word used quite liberally here by folks of many differing beliefs.  other labels like "socialist" "progressive" "communist" - pejoratives favoured as disparaging when used as defined by culture, not necessarily descriptive when defined accurately.

if one wants to stay clear going forward, the usage of words should be scrutinised in order to ascertain the perspective of the users. . .

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:11 | Link to Comment Theta_Burn
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Ah the dreaded Generalism (and by dreaded i don't mean Peter Tosh)

Still communist and socialist can't be confused with much else

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:33 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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really?

do you come here often?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:05 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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C'mon Redpill, it's not like words have meaning in the first place. They're all just made up.

Some better than others.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 21:13 | Link to Comment cranky-old-geezer
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A 1950s "communist" is today's "terrorist".

Both words mean "not politically correct".

In both cases the word was expanded far beyond its true meaning, encompasing any belief, position, or action contrary to the government's position.

Somewhere along the way in America's history it stopped being "for the people" and started being "for the government".

Today it's all about the government.  The government is being threatened.  The government has to be protected.  The government needs more money.  Loyalty to the government above all else.

When it started being all about the government, that's when America ended and Amerika began ...comrades.

Today you can't find a dime's difference between our government and Russia's government ...except Russia's government doesn't sexually grope people when they get on a plane. 

They have a little dignity left.  Our government has no dignity left.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:33 | Link to Comment ilovefreedom
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So by this same logic, the American Revolution was one of the largest terrorist acts in history?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:02 | Link to Comment DCFusor
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No, because we won, it worked, therefore it was a glorious fight against an oppressor.  /sarc

And "here comes the new boss, same (worse) as the old boss" -.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:12 | Link to Comment masterinchancery
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 I suppose the next target will be Lexington and Concord, where the King's attempt at "gun control"--i.e.confiscation--ran into a well armed militia and had to retreat in disorder.  And of course, the 13 States' secession from the British monarchy....will horrify these marxist scumbags.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:25 | Link to Comment Toronto Kid
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'Horrify' is the tar and feathering of people - deliberately inflicting first and second degree burns over a major portion of one's body with a substance that was hard to remove.  Then you parade them around town?  How is that different from the Taliban committing acts of terrorism in Afghanistan?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:42 | Link to Comment TheFourthStooge-ing
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Those that were tarred and feathered never lost their heads.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 18:54 | Link to Comment fleur de lis
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I bet it's all the unions and special entitlement and grievance groups and whiners that are in a panic in case the Tea Party idea might morph into secession. Then they can't go crying to DC to get what they want, they'd have to make a good case to their fellow Texans.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 19:54 | Link to Comment midtowng
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It's the same school district that teaches creationism in their science classes. So what do you expect?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 21:00 | Link to Comment SkottFree
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So I would take it that Texas should also update their history books to inclued the Texas terrorist act of 1836 when they terrorised Santa Anna at the Alamo!

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:02 | Link to Comment A Lunatic
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Those same terrorists went on to establish a kleptocratic network that lasted nearly three hundred years and cost hundreds of thousands of lives and untold fortunes..........

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:16 | Link to Comment masterinchancery
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Historically bunk.  The kleptocracy did not come until more than 150 years later, and many of the tea partiers opposed ratification of the Constitution precisely because it created a potentially strong central government.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:25 | Link to Comment Shell Game
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No, the Federalists made that.  Other 'terrorists' tried to prevent...

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:03 | Link to Comment Arthor Bearing
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It was a terrorist act, by today's definition. Terrorism is essentially any violent or coercive act which threatens the government's interests. It's a good thing that founding heroes are being portrayed as terrorists while the government is increasingly showing itself to be self-interested or incompetent and always corrupt.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:09 | Link to Comment lolmao500
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And what the government does is tyranny.

The people are terrorists and the rulers, tyrants.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:15 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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Agreed. I see this as a huge mistake on the part of the collective.

What will happen here is to turn the word 'terrorist' into a positive, as otherwise, "Americans" lose their sense of identity, as well as the rewards of family sacrifice in service of the state (a.k.a., your child/father/brother/uncle all died in VAIN!). People won't settle for that. But if they do? Well, the collective loses all leverage associated with the idea. So, it's a lose-lose for statists of all stripes.

One of my favorite examples of this also occurred in Texas. Jill Sobule wrote what she believed to be an anti-death penalty song. Thing is, I guess she never considered the lyrics  from the pro-death penalty side.

"Better not kill in Texas
Whatever you do
Better not kill in the Lone Star State
They just love to kill you"

http://www.lyrics007.com/Jill%20Sobule%20Lyrics/Texas%20Lyrics.html

The idea that someone would write this as a protest is ridiculous. Yet she did it anyway.

Now, it's time to go rewrite some local history books!

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:14 | Link to Comment FuzzyDunlop21
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I miss the days when only Muslims could be terrorists

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:16 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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What about Asians?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:22 | Link to Comment falak pema
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no, no they were all serbs from Bosnia. You know dirty balkans. 

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:21 | Link to Comment Peter Pan
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At this rate how long before the hurricane Sandys of this world are also dsignated as terrorists?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:09 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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They already have. It's known as the War on Weather... er... "Climate Change."

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:27 | Link to Comment zerozulu
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soon Mathematical definition of terrorist will be "yearly income below US$50,000"

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 17:48 | Link to Comment smiler03
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Isn't this official policy of the GOP?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:29 | Link to Comment pods
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Well the broad definition of terrorist is:

Failure to accept FRNs for trade, more commonly called the USD.

pods

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:02 | Link to Comment SMG
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When will people say enough and start to turn against our own self destruction?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:32 | Link to Comment Coldsun
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As soon as the "free" stuff stops arriving.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:49 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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"people" en masse won't.  not in amrka, too fractured and mind-captured.

some persons said enough long ago. . .

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:02 | Link to Comment billwilson
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Well ... if you were British ... it was a terrorist act.

 

Just like the residents of NW Pakistan can see every drone attack as a terrorist attack by the US (which they are).

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:08 | Link to Comment blunderdog
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   Just like the residents of NW Pakistan can see every drone attack as a terrorist attack by the US (which they are).

No, no.  Our flying death robots are spreading freedom and democracy.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:25 | Link to Comment Peter Pan
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If our flying death robots are spreading freedom and democracy then may the American skies be filled with them...... Maybe that is what they are planning.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:30 | Link to Comment blunderdog
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There are a few out there now, yep, but for sure we'll see more over time.  How else could law-enforcement ever keep up with all the crime? 

Obviously there are billions of unprosecuted crimes every day, and once *everything* is made illegal, US citizens will have something in common again.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:40 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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. . .and then there will be the tiny nano-bots swarming, the folks concentrating on their devices (homing signals) will never notice. . .

edit:  for my downvoter,   

 http://opiniojuris.org/2012/02/21/another-warbot-metaphor-nanobot-swarms...

 

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:10 | Link to Comment toady
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Beat me to the punch...

Let me add the Iraq & Afghanistan wars are terrorism too.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:24 | Link to Comment jayman21
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Don't answer the door with the back cars our front

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:53 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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and Central America's destabilisation for corporate control & profit. . . the list goes on. . .

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:10 | Link to Comment FleaMarketPete
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Which would make sense in.....the UK; but we are Americans so only self-hating liberal trash would call ourselves terrorist.  To fix your analogy, it would be like the residents in NW Pakistan teaching their children they are terrorist (which they are).

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 17:26 | Link to Comment toady
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So, Texans are self-hating liberal trash for calling the founding fathers terrorists.

Get on the next plane to Dallas, get a megaphone, and stand on the street telling them.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 19:54 | Link to Comment Maghreb
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Funny thing is those terrorists in Pakistan (a nation of 175 million people by the way) they say the faggot punjabi's are self hating liberal trash for cosying up to the American's.Only a self hating traitor to creed and nation would let NATO drop bombs on their fellow countrymen over gay liberal shit like womens rights and democracy.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:16 | Link to Comment falak pema
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legality like beauty is in the eyes of beholder, especially if he wears a judge's robe. 

Most judges are old so we don't have a mad desire to see what's under the robe! 

Beauty bitchez, is always hidden in secret places. And the judge is no exception; when he gives you a dirty decision you look desperately for some beauty.

Pass me the tea leaves and the lady who goes with it. 

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:18 | Link to Comment masterinchancery
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Bad analogy--we are invading Pakistan, but we didn't invade Britain at any time.  We were merely defending ourselves.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 19:57 | Link to Comment Maghreb
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If your British, the Chinese not buying our smack. What do they grow in North West Pakistan again?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:02 | Link to Comment Conman
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Fill in the blanks. Ipso Facto means the Tea Party is a _________ organization?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:10 | Link to Comment falak pema
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tipsy turvy...to say it politely. 

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:03 | Link to Comment Desert Irish
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History is written by the victors....

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:55 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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and taught to subsequent captives.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:05 | Link to Comment Shizzmoney
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Is there anything people do en masse against the government that ISN'T a terrorist act?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:05 | Link to Comment Overflow-admin
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Did someone report the part where the previous book versions are burned? Fahrenheit 451 bitchez.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:56 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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Kindle. . . redacted.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:06 | Link to Comment blunderdog
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This is a TX issue, not a Federal issue.  The Feds don't create curricula or write textbooks.

States' rights and all that jazz. 

I think in health-class they teach that babies are gifts from God, too, so this really shouldn't be any kind of shocker.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:20 | Link to Comment masterinchancery
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Not true, the Feds have increasing input into textbooks and curriculum, generally known as leftist propaganda.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:25 | Link to Comment blunderdog
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Nah, you're just making shit up.  The Feds make recommendations, that's all.  The school-boards are responsible for these decisions.  The Dept of Education has never had any enforcement authority.

Obviously we have a bunch of States-rights haters around here.

It's easy enough to junk me, but finding out what's true is a real challenge, I know.  Not worth the trouble, generally.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:59 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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when yer govner is a build-a-burger, in office for over a decade, can't really be surprised when a sort of UN-reality begins to take over. . .

a-yup.   *spits*

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 16:35 | Link to Comment blunderdog
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He's not just a build-a-burger, either.  He's a dicktater type too, vaccinating hundreds of thousands of girls without permission, and encouraging them to start having sex by giving 'em protection against HPV.

Maybe they'll secede soon and he can finally crown hisself king.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 16:56 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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heh, I wasn't going to go there, as it would be seen as *eye roll* predictable for me to do so, but since you graciously opened the door, yes, promoting females as young as nine get prick'd with Merck & Co. money shots, and no mention of the most common form of delivery that can cause cervical cancer - the unsheathed penis, because we can't have SEX ED as it promotes the nasty. . .

what also defies logic is the whining about "free contraceptives" when bowls of FREE CONDOMS are so ubiquitous in these clinics, and elsewhere.        and freely ignored.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 18:22 | Link to Comment smiler03
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 when bowls of FREE CONDOMS are so ubiquitous in these clinics, and elsewhere.        and freely ignored.


This isn't surprising since Texas only teaches children about abstinence, they, the children wouldn't know what a condom is for. Texas has the 4th highest rate of teenage pregnancies by state. California by comparison does sex education properly and has a lower and far faster falling teenage preganancy rate. Those Californian teachers are terrorists, teaching children what their genitals are for, shocking.

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned where Texas is in the national education league tables. Something like 47th worst. Clearly very little is getting through to students anyway, rewriting history won't change much.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:16 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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aye, "abstinence" in words, but clearly targeting young girls only as sexualised objects, and no man-datory special shots for the boys, in fact no sex ed, no condoms, no attention paid at all it would seem.

working as intended, with pharma profits - win win. . .

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 21:21 | Link to Comment Lednbrass
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Texas schools beat California in every possible metric. Department of Education stats here for 2010-11:

http://eddataexpress.ed.gov/state-report.cfm/state/CA/

http://eddataexpress.ed.gov/state-report.cfm?state=TX&submit.x=17&submit.y=7

Both states are overrun with Mexicans so its pretty much a fair fight demographically. As you can see in every category Texas students beat California on national standardized tests.

4th grade reading NAEP basic: 64% Texas, 56% California; 4th grade reading NAEP proficient:28% Texas, 25% California

4th grade math NAEP basic: 85% Texas, 74% California; proficient 39% Texas 34% California

8th grade reading NAEP basic: 74% Texas, 65% California; proficient 27% Texas 24% California

8th grade math NAEP basic: 81% Texas 61% California; proficient 40% texxas 25% California

In every single category across the board Texas wiped the floor with California. Look at the graduation rates, same there also.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 23:36 | Link to Comment blunderdog
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Ok, ok, point taken, but maybe if TX freezes property taxes and waits a few decades they can get back in the running for "worst schools."

Someone's gotta do something.  There are a few states getting complacent the past decade or so...

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:08 | Link to Comment kralizec
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Houston is a loyalist hive of progressives...they could use some terrorizing c.1773!

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:15 | Link to Comment kralizec
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OK who is the leftist twit that dinged me?!  Throw your ass into the water with these stupid school books!

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:19 | Link to Comment InconvenientCou...
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Terrorism is a label that legitimately fits many human endeavors.

Cavalier ignorant fool is a label reserved for the few. Congratulations.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:25 | Link to Comment kralizec
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Smug and ignorant is so much better.  Congratulations.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 18:44 | Link to Comment Dave Thomas
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Dude, look at the counties that overwhelmingly voted for Obama. Harris, Tarrant, Dallas, and Bexar.

Any major metropolitan area is a loyalist hive of progressives.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:08 | Link to Comment livid levity
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Now we have to re-write all those history books...again

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:18 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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CTRL-C, CTRL-V, CTRL-P

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:23 | Link to Comment mkhs
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Literary equivalent to "broken windows" stimulus.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:10 | Link to Comment kevinearick
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The space program was derailed by the petrol dollar, with assassination after derivative assassination, by spook or by crook. You'll have that, and whatever the empire wants to write in its History books. But not everyone was born in the casino, destined to remain there until death.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:11 | Link to Comment Quinvarius
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Raising taxes in a recession is terrorism.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:30 | Link to Comment Peter Pan
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Maybe all forms of government are terrorists. Terrorism against the nation, the citizens and the free market.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:11 | Link to Comment Anasteus
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Communism in progress. A paranoiac statist mentality seeing and looking for enemy everywhere around. It's necessary to find some to blame for statist's own failures.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:11 | Link to Comment Global Hunter
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Bringing partisan party politics to the classroom...get to the kids an indoctrinate them early, breed out of them the ability to question and consider anybody who questions authority a terrorist.

Instead of "counter-revolutionary" or "bourgeoisie capitalist and enemy to the revolution", we get "terrorist".  Sounds like the Stalinist/Maoist formula if you ask me.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:49 | Link to Comment Skateboarder
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Steal one generation of kids and teach them bad stuff... always been the plan bro.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:25 | Link to Comment Winston Churchill
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We were always at war with Boston,Mass.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:14 | Link to Comment Jason T
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These teachers are confused with what country they are in if this is in fact Texas USA.

 

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:15 | Link to Comment yogibear
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Now the Tea Party name is being demonized. The forms of lower lower education and the teachers union, with the help of the teachers unions, with aide from the media embraces socialism and communism. 

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:22 | Link to Comment otto skorzeny
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money for nothin'-pensions for free

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:17 | Link to Comment navy62802
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Get drunk and break shit!! Haha. Terrorism, my ass. That's just some good old American fun.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:17 | Link to Comment youngman
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Its taught in Spanish...so it must be true

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:24 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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King George was a benevolent leader, ordained by God and his noble blood to rule.

Those terrorists in the colonies were clinging to their religion and guns, and had to be put down.

Where would the school system be if this rabble were allowed to eschew the righteous taxation of the Motherland?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:20 | Link to Comment fonzannoon
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Texas of all places?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:09 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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that whole article is full of "wow" -

It should be noted that after the plank in the platform was ridiculed, Texas GOP Communications Director Chris Elam told TPM.com that it was all a big mistake and that opposition to “critical thinking” wasn’t supposed to be included. It can’t be easily removed, he said, because the platform had been approved by a party convention and any changes would also have to go through the same process. That clears things up.

the idea was a mistake, but can't be fixed because everyone agreed on it!!!

*shakes head*

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:21 | Link to Comment Orly
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All that means is that they were rejecting a part of the school curriculum that would include the discussion of ideas.  Instead, they took the easy route (for Federal dollars, by the way...) and started teaching for the TAKS test.  It doesn't mean they don't learn anything, it just means that they cannot discuss it because "critical thinking" is not part of the test and they can't waste time learning how to discover things on their own.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 15:46 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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.

It doesn't mean they don't learn anything, it just means that they cannot discuss it because "critical thinking" is not part of the test and they can't waste time learning how to discover things on their own.

okay.  can't tell whether your intention is to defend the position or not - but at least you are acknowledging that "critical thinking" - using ones mind to address what is being stuffed into it as unquestioned truths - is not part of the curriculum nor part of the Repub team party doctrine.

which is fine, if thoroughly acknowledged, and extrapolated to the other "teachings" they seek to enForce.

certainly not to be defended or celebrated as a viable reality though?

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 16:38 | Link to Comment blunderdog
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Folks in Texas don't want or need no stinkin' ideas.

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:25 | Link to Comment Dollar Bill Hiccup
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ZH ... breeding ground for ... ter-r-sm !

Lobotomies, lobotomies, step right up folks.

What you don't know ain't gonna hurt you ... or at least you ain't gonna know yur gettin hurt ...

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 14:28 | Link to Comment Aurora Ex Machina
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The Townshend Act forbade the [East India] Company from selling its goods directly to the colonists. Instead, the EIC had to auction merchandise to middlemen, who then shipped the cargoes to American wholesalers, who finally sold to local shop owners. In May 1773, Parliament, at the request of the EIC, passed the Tea Act. It imposed no new taxes, but rather allowed the Company, for the first time, to import tea directly from Asia into America. The act cut the price of tea in half and was therefore a boon to colonial consumers. The middlemen cut out by the act, local smugglers and tea merchants, were not as happy…


In November 1773, the East Indiamen Dartmouth, Beaver, and Eleanor entered Boston Harbor with the first loads of the EIC’s tea. The conspirators, probably led by Samuel Adams, were well prepared and highly disciplined: they cleaned the decks when they were finished and took no tea for personal use or later sale. [William Bernstein, A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World, 2008, p.242]

 

According to Bernstein, they weren't even freedom fighters, and actually were the equivalent of DC lobbyists...

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