December 5th, 2004

"I remember when I was young, feeling sick on Sunday morning..."

In part of my ongoing series of antirepublican policy posts and abject hatred of most things associated with the grand ole party (reference my post entitled "Because I've EARNED my right to speak, that's why" [link]) & similar abject stupidity, I bring you this gem relating to an earlier post [link] that I read this morning:

Waxman report: Abstinence courses flawed
[CNN]

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federally funded abstinence education programs that are used in 25 states contain false and misleading information about contraception, abortion and sexually transmitted diseases, said Rep. Henry Waxman.

Also, there were these pieces that made me shake my head as well:

School: Gays need permission slips for dances
[CNN]

WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) -- A principal who wants gay couples to get permission slips from their parents before they can attend school dances promised to re-evaluate the policy after protesters held four days of protests.


Beautiful, Utah is going to play Torquemada in the New & Improved Gay Inquisition.

Bush Pressuring G.O.P. to Approve Intelligence Bill
[New York Times/Reuters]

President Bush sought to stem a near-rebellion by members of his own party in Congress yesterday by describing a sweeping intelligence-overhaul bill they oppose as an effort "to do everything necessary to confront and defeat the terrorist threat" and calling for its passage during a brief Congressional session this week.

<-- insert obligatory joke about the ridiculousness of using "Bush" & "Intelligence" in the same sentence --> As if this weren't enough, I took a screen shot of this page as I saw it, just in case the advertisement on the right side of the page changed by the time anyone else read this. I didn't Photoshop this, I swear - you've got to see it to believe it, though. [screen shot]

Writing on the Rightness of Sex-Ed Changes
Curriculum Prompts Hundreds To Protest or Voice Support
[Washington Post]
  • Current Music
    Sunday Morning << The Bolshoi

And yet there's more!

Last year seven-year-old Marcus McLaurin of Lafeyette, Louisiana, informed a fellow 2nd grade classmate in the recess line that he had two mothers. "Gay is when a girl likes another girl," he reportedly said. The teacher, Terry Bethea, promptly sent Marcus to the principal's office. "I sed bad wurds," Marcus wrote on an explanation form for his mother Sharon Huff. The next day Marcus was forced to repeatedly write "I will never use the word 'gay' in school again," during a behavioral clinic at 6:45 am. In a surreal twist, the teacher is now suing the mother for $50,000 in defamation damages. Fittingly, "union, justice, and confidence" is Louisiana's state motto.

Funny, no one is mentioning how this teacher should be brought up on charges of neglect for having a pupil who spells as badly as this one does, perhaps he was fine until she began fouling his classmates minds with homophobic rhetoric...

Goodbye abstinence and homophobia, hello creationism. The Dover Area High School in southern Pennsylvania recently became the first public
school in America to mandate the teaching of "intelligent design," informing biology students of the "gaps/problems" in the theory of evolution. "Evolution--is that Darwin theory?" asked a shocked 16-year-old. "I don't know what he's thinking." Intelligent design sidesteps the Supreme Court's 1987 ban on teaching creationism in public schools by attacking evolution without mentioning the Lord .. For a sign of things to come, click here to see how God created the exploding giraffe.

Don't worry, things are even worse abroad. A startling report from an esteemed Pentagon advisory council sharply rebukes President Bush's belief that freedom is on the march. "American direct intervention in the Muslim World has paradoxically elevated the stature of and support for radical Islamists, while diminishing support for the United States to single-digits in some Arab societies," the report found. "Muslims do not 'hate our freedom,' but rather they hate our policies." Let's hope they adapt an animated kids version of the report: that way Bush might read it.

Source: The Nation << The Daily Outrage [link]