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Posted By: AustinRanter "The Lies of Texas Are Upon You" - 09/06/09 07:11 PM

With permission from the author, Mr. James Moore, to reprint his article in its entirety, I would like to present you with the following: ~ Gregg


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The Lies of Texas Are Upon You

By James Moore, NYT Best Selling Author Link

"Life in Lubbock, Texas, taught me two things: One is that God loves you and you're going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for someone you love." - Butch Hancock, Musician, the Flatlanders

A friend called to talk about his daughter being caught in the middle of one of the kinds of controversies that only happen in Texas. His daughter's teacher had sent an email that her school was not going to show the president's national address to students in their school. My buddy Marcus is African-American and Native American, holds two degrees, and does not very well countenance stupidity and hypocrisy.

"It's not exactly a political speech," he said. "He's going to tell kids to work hard and stay in school and get a good education, and take personal responsibility for their actions."

"Of course not," I conceded, "But Obama is a democrat and African-American and this is Texas."

"Yeah, well, I'm going to get Mia from class and bring her home to watch the speech and then take her back. This is garbage."

Actually, it is more like intellectual pus, a kind of deadly ooze that keeps infecting our national discourse. We tell people not to mess with Texas but that's because we reserve the right to mess it up ourselves, which we are doing quite effectively. This latest hypocrisy, though, is almost beyond imagining, but is a logical next de-evolutionary step for progressive thinking under the Lone Star.

During the campaigns and administrations of both Presidents Bush and Ronald Reagan, speeches and public appearances were almost mandatory for students and the religion of those leaders was forced on the crowds gathered in the taxpayer built gymnasiums. I cannot count the times that I attended political rallies as a journalist during school hours where students were told to leave class and come provide a crowd for the Republican candidates. Invariably, at many of these, I was standing next to my friend, a Pulitzer-winning journalist who is Jewish, as a Christian prayer was offered and the name of Jesus was invoked. Nobody saw the contradictions and hypocrisies.

In Texas, we see this as a positive attribute, taking kids out of classes for candidate rallies and force feeding them the candidate's religion. Hell, we're doing even better than that in our school system. A number of boards of education have voted to begin teaching the bible in public schools. A statement from a school board in Central Texas indicated that the class will be optional and will teach the bible as "an historical document." Oddly enough, we aren't teaching about the Koran's historical impact and power and that might be a handy piece of knowledge in the future for our children. I think the constitution is as clear on this matter as it is on the right to keep and bear arms. Church and state are to be separated. No damned religion of any kind or any of its texts should be taught in public schools.

But this is Texas and the long, proud march backwards presses on; except we may soon begin dragging the nation with us into the 18th century. Because so many textbooks are published for our vast public school system, the curriculum standards adopted by the Texas State Board of Education have great influence beyond the Red and Sabine Rivers. Annually, while the rest of the world has acknowledged science, our textbook committee has to debate creationism and intelligent design and including religious faith in science books. When science rears its little head we have the bludgeons to whack it back into a hidey-hole, and when politics moves away from progressive, free-thinking, historical analysis, we teach the Rovian Revisionism of great events and personalities.

The newest effort by our school board is designed to make certain our students know that McCarthyism wasn't all that bad and that students need to be able to identify significant conservative organizations and leaders. This is coming out of the textbook committee's latest hearings and, even though board members want Texas children to learn about conservatives, whom they identify in their recommendations, they make no point to mention progressive groups or personalities. According to Talking Points Memo, one of the board members griped about "too much emphasis on multiculturalism" when it was noted that World War II led to greater female and minority employment. Another member, scribbling in the margin of a critique of the textbooks notes that, "...if McCarthyism is noted, then the Venona papers need to be explained that exonerates him." (Fabulous grammar from a Texas public school grad risen to political prominence.) There was also a note suggesting that Charlton Heston's speech on the culture war, which made conservative hearts pound with joy, was a good topic for a textbook's section on "effective leadership." The standards on Richard Nixon say that the text should "describe his role in the normalization of relations with China and the policy of d�tente." Maybe, just maybe, we can squeeze in a line about Watergate and resignation in disgrace and nearly destroying the constitution with corruption but be certain you cover China and d�tente.

So this is Texas, folks, created by god 10,000 years ago with all fossils and fossil fuels in place, where black presidents are not allowed to encourage our children, there are two sides to every story, even McCarthyism, Richard Nixon is the man that saved the world, and the bible is a text book, and Fox News is on every TV screen in every airport and public place in the land. I suppose I'm obligated to mention that our governor is aligned with a secessionist group and appears at rallies citing our constitutional right to secede and, oh, I forgot to tell you about how we voted three to one in 2005 to ban gay marriage.

Y'all come on down.

Posted By: Mellowicious Re: "The Lies of Texas Are Upon You" - 09/06/09 08:08 PM
All well and good, my friend, but we all know the reason I
am the way that I am, now, is directly due to - not just a speech, but a setting of goals and encouragement of competition, by none other than that Texas socialist, Lyndon Baines Johnson.

That's right. Year after year as a small child I was held in a gymnasium against my will, striving for the coveted gold fitness patch (which I never attained), to the thrilling and hypnotic strains - yes, I can hear them even today - of "Go, you Chickenfat, Go!"

It's all Lyndon's fault.
Posted By: Ron G. Re: "The Lies of Texas Are Upon You" - 09/06/09 08:17 PM
Originally Posted by AustinRanter
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The Lies of Texas Are Upon You
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The highs school where I teach, also in Texas, and also in a very traditional, conservative area, is carrying the speech because it is the president who is speaking.

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"It's not exactly a political speech," he said. "He's going to tell kids to work hard and stay in school and get a good education, and take personal responsibility for their actions."
Actually, the author and the individual pulling his daughter out to hear the speech are both naive if they think that there is such a thing as a non-political speech by the President. Other than a short PS-type blurb, virtually everything that the President says will be regarded as political and treated as such, whether or not it actually is. It is unfair, but it is reality.
Posted By: Ardy Re: "The Lies of Texas Are Upon You" - 09/06/09 08:31 PM
Originally Posted by Ron G.
Other than a short PS-type blurb, virtually everything that the President says will be regarded as political and treated as such, whether or not it actually is. It is unfair, but it is reality.

In your opinion has it always been thus? Would our nation have been equally suspicious of George Washington speaking it school children?

I grew up with Eisenhower as president... and it is difficult for me to imagine people expressing outrage at the thought of him addressing school children. Actually, I remember my entire elementary school class standing beside the road to watch him as he passed by.

Kennedy later had initiatives to encourage physical fitness and learning science among school children.... again I do not recall indignant national outrage.

Has the nation changed?
Posted By: EmmaG Re: "The Lies of Texas Are Upon You" - 09/06/09 08:33 PM
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I grew up with Eisenhour as president... and it is difficult for me to imagine people expressing outrage at the thought of him addressing school children.

Kennedy later had initiative to encourge physical fitness and learning science.... again I do not recall indignant national outrage.

Has the nation changed?

Yes. We now have a black president.
Posted By: Jeffery J. Haas Re: "The Lies of Texas Are Upon You" - 09/06/09 09:13 PM
And we have a Max Payne conservative bloc who has just ingested an elephant sized dose of "Valkyr".
Posted By: Ron G. Re: "The Lies of Texas Are Upon You" - 09/06/09 09:20 PM
Originally Posted by Ardy
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In your opinion has it always been thus? Would our nation have been equally suspicious of George Washington speaking it school children?
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Has the nation changed?
In a more innocent era, I think we all at least understood that it was the President speaking, and not some squatter in office. The public discourse has gotten more vulgar and polar over the last 40 years.
Posted By: Ardy Re: "The Lies of Texas Are Upon You" - 09/06/09 09:59 PM
Originally Posted by Ron G.
Originally Posted by Ardy
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Has the nation changed?
In a more innocent era, I think we all at least understood that it was the President speaking, and not some squatter in office. The public discourse has gotten more vulgar and polar over the last 40 years.

Squatter?

Yes, it seems that public discourse has gotten more vulgar.
Posted By: Ron G. Re: "The Lies of Texas Are Upon You" - 09/06/09 10:27 PM
Originally Posted by Ardy
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Squatter?
Yes Ardy, but more correctly a series of squatters in the nation's house.

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Yes, it seems that public discourse has gotten more vulgar.
Are they considered squatters because public discourse has become more vulgar, or has public discourse become more vulgar because they are, indeed, squatters?
Posted By: Jeffery J. Haas Re: "The Lies of Texas Are Upon You" - 09/07/09 02:23 PM
I would have poked fun at George W. Bush televising a speech to schoolkids, in part because of my fear that he'd lower their collective IQ by ten points.
I would have probably even gone so far as to say that Bush was planning to turn them all into little Junior Homeland Security brownshirts who rat their parents out because they didn't rush right out and buy plastic sheeting and duct tape.

But I never would have raised any official objections to his speech on the grounds that it was "dangerous".
I simply would have taken the kids aside the night before and said, "Now Suzy and Jimmy, we all know that our president isn't a very smart guy, so be sure and keep track of all the grammar and syntax errors he makes in his speech and remember, we are our own best security, right here at home."

But I wouldn't have pulled them out of school or blown up the phone lines at the school district, screaming like an idiot.

What these baggers and birthers are doing right now, is a whole lot different. It crosses the line and goes way past disrespecting the office of the president.
What they're doing now is tantamount to teaching their children that a black Democrat president is an enemy, an enemy just as dangerous as an Al-Qaeda terrorist.

They're teaching their children hate, and teaching them to point that hate directly at the office of the current president.

Stuff like that never ends well.
Posted By: EmmaG Re: "The Lies of Texas Are Upon You" - 09/07/09 02:30 PM
Well said, CS. ThumbsUp
Posted By: AustinRanter Re: "The Lies of Texas Are Upon You" - 09/07/09 06:56 PM
Texas has a really strange culture mix. But a majority have something in common...complete dislike for liberal and/ or democrat philosophies, values, political goals, etc.. An act of politicide of the Democratic Party and members would most like be acceptable by many in Texas. Most are strongly influenced by religion, which many are pretty vocal about politics. Seperation of Church and State just aint their thing.

Gov. Rick Perry, at every media opportunity, preaches that Texas would be much better off pulling out of the union. He would love to be the Holy Emperor of Texas. If Texas suceeded, then Texas conservative majority legislatures would immediately rid of any laws resembling seperation of church and state, make abortion illegal, imprison as many gay citizens as possible for being perverted straight people, and probably attempt to colonize all of the poor and sick citizens who don't fit the mold of what constitutes good conservative values...or who would be too financially burdensome to whatever form of Texas government that would be created.

What bugs me the most...a huge population of Texas residents would immediately set out to abolish science at all levels of schools and replace it with "Intelligent Design" if no authority would intervene.

The far right has already demonstrated that they can get around the U.S. Constitution's clause on Seperation of Church and State...and have been able to get a "bible courses in many schools. They claim those classes to be more like history...however I don't see the Quran or other religious text classes being offered, which, from a history stand point, would benefit kids knowledge much more than restricting such a religious classes to only the western religion bible.

A western religion theocracy would be a welcomed form of government in Texas.

In my opinion, Texas is full of political and religious misinformed, uninformed, or just plain ignorant. Those types of folks are the most dangerous in the world. Just look at the middle east. I really believe that a lot of Texans aspire to create a very similar type of nation.

As far Obama's chat with the kids...well, I think there is enough proof that we have vast numbers of children who live with a parent or parents that won't spend 5 minutes a day teaching them any form of values, beliefs, or traditions...and then send their kids to school to let someone else take on that role. Schools in America are a total mess in so many ways...thanks to government and political correctness.

The content of Obama's speech...well, there is a clear motive by about 60 million people who want to make his speech into a self-serving, ego-centric speech to influence children to adopt to his beliefs. Bullshit! It's hate mongering by 60 million people who are pissed off at Obama being elected in the first place.

"Divide and Conquer"...mission accomplished by the Dems, Repubs. and their employers.

If all of the above were to take place...Texas would be a great vacation spot for those who would like to see a living reinactment of the dark ages.



Posted By: Jeffery J. Haas Re: "The Lies of Texas Are Upon You" - 09/07/09 09:58 PM
I am actually now in favor of all of the above happening, just as soon as my kids are moved off to college and we get the land in Minnesota all graded.
Posted By: AustinRanter Re: "The Lies of Texas Are Upon You" - 09/08/09 01:23 PM
Originally Posted by Checkerboard Strangler
I am actually now in favor of all of the above happening, just as soon as my kids are moved off to college and we get the land in Minnesota all graded.

Jeff, I understand completely....

For those who don't live in Texas...here's a bit more enlightenment about the State's woes.

Disclaimer: For those who are easily offended by those who voice countering opinions to religious groups...then this posting might not be for you.

The information below is from The Texas Freedom Network This organization declares their mission as being "A Mainstream Voice To Counter The Religious Right".

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry appointed Gail Lowe, R-Lampasas, as Chairman of the State Board of Education. (A devout Creationist, by the way ~ Gregg)

Background on Ms. Lowe:

Far-right pressure groups had been pushing for the appointment of Cynthia Dunbar, who has called public education �unconstitutional,� �tyrannical� and a �tool of perversion.�

In 2004 Ms. Lowe �opposed� requiring that publishers obey curriculum standards and put medically accurate information about responsible pregnancy and disease prevention in new high school health textbooks.

In 2008 Ms. Lowe voted to throw out nearly three years of work by teacher writing teams on new language arts standards. Over the strenuous objections of teachers and curriculum specialists, Lowe instead voted for a standards document that the board�s far-right bloc patched together overnight and slipped under hotel doors the morning of the final vote.

In 2003 and 2009 Ms. Lowe supported dumbing down the state�s public school science curriculum by voting to include unscientific, creationist criticisms of evolution in science textbooks and curriculum standards.

Highlighting Lowe�s highly politicized agenda for public schools include: Global warming denial and shoe-horning lots of supposedly �conservative values� into the classroom.

Between the tens of thousands of hillbilly rednecks who have orgasms watching Dick Cheney on Fox TV vocalize his support for torture� and tens of thousands of religious robots who support Intelligent Design over genuine science in public school, Texas will soon fall behind its 47th place in the nation for poorest state in education to at least 60th...yep, you read it right, 60th place. In other words...off the chart.

And yet, in light of the above, many citizens in Texas just can't imagine that is on a path to the wackist part of the Twilight Zone and mucho problemos.

Posted By: Mellowicious Re: "The Lies of Texas Are Upon You" - 09/08/09 01:29 PM
You should also make clear - Texas drives textbook design and subject matter for the rest of the country, although I no longer remember why; I'll try to look that up.

OK - from a quick glance it looks like Texas and California are the two largest textbook purchasers, along with Florida - primarily because those states use the same textbooks statewide - the state "adopts" a particular 7th-grade history book, for example, and that's the only one they buy. Many other states allow variation between counties and/or districts, so they don't have the same purchasing punch.
Posted By: AustinRanter Re: "The Lies of Texas Are Upon You" - 09/08/09 01:59 PM
Originally Posted by Mellowicious
You should also make clear - Texas drives textbook design and subject matter for the rest of the country, although I no longer remember why; I'll try to look that up.

OK - from a quick glance it looks like Texas and California are the two largest textbook purchasers, along with Florida - primarily because those states use the same textbooks statewide - the state "adopts" a particular 7th-grade history book, for example, and that's the only one they buy. Many other states allow variation between counties and/or districts, so they don't have the same purchasing punch.

Julia...you're right. Texas Standards for textbook publications do make their way into other states. And like you, can't remember the details and will also look up the possible reason(s).

But in the end, Texas' board of education's influence on children all around the nation...can't be a good thing.

It's really scary enough to know that Texas children are forced to be exposed to such mind muddling, life affecting instruction in public schools, but to know that many other children outside of Texas are as well is even more alarming.

Thanks for bringing up your point.

Update: Julia...try out the following link as it does offer some explanation about Texas textbooks and their influence in other states. "As Goes Texas...So Goes The Nation"

I have to believe there are probably a number of other reasons for Texas' Board of Education reaching other states. So, I'll continue to look.
Posted By: numan Re: "The Lies of Texas Are Upon You" - 09/08/09 03:41 PM
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Another reason to encourage the secession of Texas from the Union.

Then the United States can exploit it, as it does other Third-World nations, rather than the other way round.

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