I make fun of the state of Florida on here a lot because A, I live here, and 2, because it’s just such a bizarre place.
But as odd as the Sunshine State is, I’ll still venture to say that Texas is a wackier place. By a country mile. (I always liked that expression, even though I never lived in the country.)
You may have heard about this, but if not, I’m here to tell you that the schoolchildren of Texas are in for an awfully rude awakening when they get their new textbooks.
Last week the Texas Board of Education voted to significantly change the school curriculum. Some of the things they are modifying are reducing the scope of teaching Latin history (because hey, only white people’s history is important, right?), a more positive showing of Cold War anticommunism in the 1950s (that Joe McCarthy fellow was right to accuse every American of being a Russki sympathizer! They all just lied to Congress back then!), and my personal favorite, de-emphasizing Thomas Jefferson and his writings.
Let that sink in for a moment. THOMAS JEFFERSON! One of the most important men in the history of the world, guy who wrote that little piece called the Declaration of Independence, is not going to be given prominence in Texas history books.
Why, you ask? Easy. He helped draft that little “separation of church and state” thing that’s still the law of the land. And you see, in Texas, that’s not a real popular position.
What’s really scary is that Texas’ textbooks often filter over to other states with shortages, so it’s not just the loons of the Loon Star State whose kids will be affected by this.
De-emphasizing Thomas Jefferson. Un-by-god-believable.
Psst, hey Mexico, got a second? Want to get a rematch in that whole 19th century war thing with those guys?
**I’ve been wondering for a while who, exactly, Joe Biden is in this administration, and yep, it turns out he’s Fredo Corleone. He’s the lovable guy who can’t help screwing up, and yet he never curbs his behavior or stops being the guy he always is.
And we can’t help loving him. Tuesday’ ole’ Joe was at it again, saying the F word with a thousand microphones around at President Obama’s health care reform press conference. Ah, Joe.
**Finally, Karl Rove is a desperate man. Desperate to be paid attention to. Desperate for people not to notice that all he and his party stand for now is obstructionism, and extreme point of views not shared by intelligent Americans.
Watch as David Plouffe, Obama’s adviser (and a Delaware graduate like me!) calmly points out how out of touch and out of step Rove and his GOP buddies are. I was delighted by this clip: