A sudden outburst after the silence

Filed under:General — eric @ 5:35 am

Georgia’s Schools Superintendent, Republican Kathy Cox, makes a strong case for homeschooling our future child by striking evolution from the curriculum for both middle and high schools.

Do you grow poppies in your garden? That’s a crime, you know, no matter what the seed packets or your local extention agent or sheriff says. And just by your reading of this facinating article, your poppies become felonious.

America as a One Party State: “Today’s hard right seeks total dominion. It’s packing the courts and rigging the rules. The target is not the Democrats but democracy itself.

And if that didn’t scare you, have a look at this lengthy, ultra in-depth report from People for the American Way speculating on how life would be different if the Supreme Court majority consisted of justices who voted like Scalia and Thomas have in the past.

Out of North Korea: possibly the cutest thing I have ever seen. A three year old girl playing the xylophone like you won’t believe.

How about some spectacularly sobering photography? For Time Magazine, photographer Anthony Suau has documented the Soviet Block after the fall, from 1989 to 1999. If seeing those images doesn’t make you think of possible disastrous events, you’ve got an rosy outlook indeed.

And for some literally other-worldly pictures, have some newly restored photos from the surface of Venus (that’s right… Venus), courtesy of the Russian Venera probes that landed in 1975.

And, to complete the circle, and expose on the “Texas Miracle”, the basis for our current “No Child Left Behind Act”. How did the Tesax schools do so well? The same way Enron did so well, of course. Nothing bosts your test scores like finding ways for your low-performing students to not take the tests, and nothing lowers your drop-out rates like reporting all of your drop-outs actually got their GEDs.

Happy reading! And sorry for the silence. I think I’m coming out of a rut. I certainly haven’t been suffering from the Midnight Disease.