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Tennessee GOP Sending “In God We Trust” School Bill to Governor

In God We Trust

Similar to legislation proposed in Florida following the Parkland mass shooting, GOP lawmakers in Tennessee just pushed through legislation requiring public schools to prominently display “In God We Trust” – the religious motto that replaced E Pluribus Unum during the Red Scare in the 1950’s. Using the other places conservatives have been able to successfully display the religious motto as reason to […]

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Why We Blame The Victim

The Guardian recently ran a fascinating column explaining the evolutionary purpose of that all-too-human tendency to blame the victim. Rape and sexual assault survivors are asked about what they wore and how they fought back. Poor people who work three jobs and still can’t support a family are blamed for “laziness” and failure, despite facing an economy that is stacked against […]

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Georgia Bill Would Censor Speech Disrupting Campus Speakers

Legislation in the Georgia legislature would censor any speech aimed at disrupting speakers on college campuses. SB 339 would “…provide for the establishment of free speech policies for institutions of the university system; to provide for a cause of action and remedies; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.” In layman’s terms, the bill would punish […]

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Discomfort: Minnesota School District Censors Classic Literature

From a recent article in the Guardian, we learn that  A school district in Minnesota has pulled To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from its curriculum, arguing that the classic novels’ use of racial slurs risked students being “humiliated or marginalised”. The article noted that there had been no specific complaints raised from students (or, evidently, their parents) about the […]

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Tomi Lahren Co-Opts Florida Victims’ Families in Pro-Gun Argument

Tomi Lahren Co-Opts Florida Victims' Families in Pro-Gun Argument

On the heels of the largest school shooting since Sandy Hook in 2012, Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren co-opted the families of those killed in Parkland, Florida in an argument against ‘politicizing’ tragedy by calling for reasonable gun regulation. “Can the Left let the families grieve for even 24 hours before they push their anti-gun and anti-gunowner agenda? My goodness. This […]

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A Lesson On Know-Nothingness

GOP is the new Know Nothing Party thanks to the Tea party

Paul Krugman recently delivered a lesson on “Know Nothingness”–both as historical reference and descriptive term: If you’re a student of history, you might be comparing that person to a member of the Know Nothing party of the 1850s, a bigoted, xenophobic, anti-immigrant group that at its peak included more than a hundred members of Congress and eight governors. More likely, however, you’re suggesting […]

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Mississippi: Public Classroom Ten Commandments Bill Introduced

Ten Commandments Monument Oklahoma

Legislation introduced in the Mississippi state House this week would require educators across the state to recite the Ten Commandments each day during the first hour of class. Introduced by Mississippi Rep. Credell Calhoun (D), House Bill 1100 would “require the teachers in that school district to have the Ten Commandments recited aloud at the beginning of the first hour of class […]

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ALEC and Indiana’s Voucher Program

voucher programs and privatization harm public schools

A friend recently sent me a rather eye-opening article by three Ball State University researchers. It appeared in an academic journal aimed at school superintendents: The AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice. (No link available.) The title was provocative: Hoosier Lawmaker? Vouchers, ALEC Legislative Puppets, and Indiana’s Abdication of Democracy. Few scholarly articles have titles quite that…combative, but the data was compelling (and the […]

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GOP Eliminating the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Public Service Loan Forgiveness program

What is WRONG with these people? I don’t know why I constantly ask that question–I know what’s wrong with them. They are greedy and unethical, none too bright, and they lack both human empathy and any concept of justice. The better question is why are they this way? (There used to be a theory about punitive toilet training…) Are you wondering what […]

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