I Guess Facts Are Just a Matter of Opinion…

By Sheila Kennedy

[Originally published at SheilaKennedy.net on November 21, 2014]

The things I learn at Juanita Jean’s (the World’s Most Dangerous Beauty Salon)! Juanita Jean writes from Texas, a state that is definitely in a league of its own (for which I am incredibly grateful…), so no matter how crazy any given story seems, you just know it’s true.
 
I am pleased to report, however, that even the most ridiculous agencies in the Great State of Texas evidently have their limits. As Juanita writes,
The Truth in Texas Textbooks Coalition (formerly known as the Let’s All Drool Consortium) has submitted 469 pages identifying more than 1,500 “factual errors, omission of facts, half-truths and agenda biases” in proposed materials. The material was submitted a month after public comments ended on proposed changes to Texas textbooks. 
Among its objections: A passage on coal mining should say it has “minimal effect on the environment”; a chapter on Spanish colonization of Latin America should point out the “continuous discrimination and oppression practiced by the native American peoples on each other”; and a statement that Shariah law requires religious tolerance of non-Muslims should be removed.
You will be gratified to learn that the Texas Board of Education–long an embarrassment–did not look kindly on these proposed changes. Not because they are ridiculous, but because they weren’t offered in a timely manner.
 
When you are creating an alternate reality in Texas, you really do need to do so in accordance with the official timetable.


Sheila Kennedy is a former high school English teacher, former lawyer, former Republican, former Executive Director of Indiana's ACLU, former columnist for the Indianapolis Star, and former young person. She is currently an (increasingly cranky) old person, a Professor of Law and Public Policy at Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis, and Director of IUPUI's Center for Civic Literacy. She writes for the Indianapolis Business Journal, PA Times, and the Indiana Word, and blogs at www.sheilakennedy.net. For those who are interested in more detail, links to an abbreviated CV and academic publications can be found on her blog, along with links to her books..

Limbaugh Urges GOP To Ignore "Non-Factor" Hispanic Vote


Limbaugh Urges GOP To Ignore "Non-Factor" Hispanic Vote
 
From the November 21 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show courtesy of Media Matters:



AFA Defends Duggars' Anti-Gay Activism


Yesterday we brought you the story of Jim Wissick - a California resident who'd had enough of the Duggar family and their public anti-gay propaganda platform provided by TLC and the Discovery Channel. His petition (which had over 70,000 signatures as of the writing of our last article) has since surpassed 133,000 signatures... something the American Family Association (AFA) is none too happy about.

In a predictable move, the AFA issued a blistering attack on the LGBT community condemning them for exercising their capitalistic, patriotic right to voice their opinion in the supply and demand system known as the entertainment industry. Began by Wissick, a petition demanding the cancelation of the Duggar family reality television show because of their ongoing anti-gay activism has proven very popular - so popular that the AFA is afraid the network might actually listen.

"Rabid homosexual activists have made America’s favorite family enemy Number One," the AFA stated in their defense. They continued:

Ben Carson Claims God Might Be Telling Him to Run for President


Ben Carson Claims God Might Be Telling Him to Run for President-
Because who doesn't love a good "God told me to do it" conservative who loves comparing potential constituents with pedophiles and those who engage in bestiality?
 
Token minority conservative (and token scientist and medical expert) Ben Carson told press he believes he can feel the fingers of God telling him to run for President.
 
Mind you, this is the same man who downplayed the seriousness of domestic violence and claimed actually learning the real history of our nation would turn students into ISIS terrorists.
 
I hope he's not kidding - a Carson candidacy would be almost as fun as a Bachmann candidacy.



About Tim Peacock:

For virtually his entire life, Tim has been writing. Over the years he's dabbled in mainstream fiction, science fiction, dystopian fiction, and personal essays. The one consistent thread through his entire writing career has been blogging - he's been doing it since 1997 in one form or another. In addition to writing Tim has frequently worked and volunteered as a civil rights advocate including on campus LGBT advocacy as well as interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division.

You can find Tim online at his personal website. He additionally guest contributes at Blue Nation Review. You can find him on LinkedIn as well as on Twitter as @timsimms