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Ruminations of the Easily Amused for March 20 2009

20 March 2009 at 12:21:54 PM

Molly Ivins warned about AIG in 1999. Via Brains and Eggs. Dang, even with the "Too Big to Fail" motto.

Drunkie Bride upset that her picture out on the internet. Hey, guess what, if you're driving drunk, and your pic gets taken, too bad! Next time have somebody drive your drunkie butt home. Here's her mug shot

She said as she sat in a justice of the peace courtroom in Clear Lake, a man came into the room and took pictures of her in her wedding dress. She doesn’t know who the man was.

“The picture he took of me has been plastered across the media,” she said. “They have used my face and picture for the poster child of this sting operation.” She said viewer comments on Internet Web sites called her degrading and racial names.

Ehhhhm. Ihad read a religious case about a week or two ago where it appeared like divorcing parents were having a child custody dispute based on whether home schooling could include the teaching of creationism. As presented in the newspapers, it looked like the judge gave custody to the father because he didn't like it that the home schooling wasn't teaching evolution and science.But here's the ruling from the judge, which puts a larger picture on this family. Apparently the mom was part of a cult.

It is clear based on the evidence and the credibility of the witnesses that these parties did not agree to allow these children to be permanently homeschooled. ... It is also clear to the Court that it is in the best interest of these minor children based on all of the evidence presented that Mr Mills, a father with equal rights, should be allowed to expose the children to more than just the experiences that Vanessa Mills desires. As previously stated in open court, while this Court clearly recognizes the benefits of home school and any effort to characterize it differently is incorrect, it is Mr. Mills request to re-enroll these children back into the public school system and expose them and challenge them to more than juse Venessa Mill's viewpoint. .. Contrary to Ms Mills requested relief, this Court can not and will not infringe upon either party's right to practice their own religion and expose their children to the same. In doing so these children will have the capacity to accept or reject the beliefs of either Venessa MIlls or Thomas Mills as they mature into adulthood.

Makes me wonder who it was that tried to make this a creationism taught in home schooling issue as a media sensation?

Colin Moyer in Seattle is a student who successfully fought against creationism aka intelligent design being taught in the classroom.

Moyer was shocked when his popular tenth-grade biology teacher began teaching a view of evolution that focused more on religious views than on scientific facts and didn't tolerate criticism. "A class that was usually interactive was suddenly single-sided," said Moyer. "Students were not allowed to ask questions, and there were no textbooks or tests."

Moyer began to read books and articles on evolution. He soon realized that his teacher was promoting creationism in the guise of "intelligent design," the same approach that was ruled unconstitutional in a 2005 case in Dover, Pennsylvania (Kitzmiller v. Dover).

Moyer contacted the ACLU and then the National Center for Science Education for advice. With their support, he worked out an agreement with the school administration. The issue was quickly resolved, and the teacher was forced to stop teaching intelligent design.

I think in Texas, the way things are going, this is the only way to fight against the crap being taught. Make sure your own kids speak up about it. Because McLeroy sure isn't a science fan.

Update from the National Center for Science Education on doings from Texas on the evolution/SBOE/weird bills fiascos.About that book that Don McLeroy endorses.

On its blog (March 18, 2009), the Texas Freedom Network summarized the themes of the book — "Scientists are 'atheists.' Parents who want to teach their children about evolution are 'monsters.' Pastors who support sound science are 'morons'" — and pointedly asked, "Is that the sort of message Chairman Don McLeroy and his cohorts on the State Board of Education have in mind for Texas science classrooms if they succeed in their campaign to shoehorn 'weaknesses' of evolution back into the science curriculum standards?" Mavis Knight, a member of the Texas state board of education who supports the integrity of science education, wrly commented to the Dallas Observer (March 18, 2009), "So much for neutrality in the chairman's position."

and Leo Berman's Diploma Mill for Non-Scientific standards, like ICR

Concern about HB 2800 was not confined to worries about the ICR's graduate school. A spokesperson for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which denied state certification to the ICR's graduate school in 2007, argued that "HB 2800 appears to open the doors of Texas to predatory institutions ... Were the bill to become law, it could have the effect of leaving students defenseless against exploitation by diploma mills and other substandard institutions." Similarly, Steven Schafersman of Texas Citizens for Science warned, "This would open the door to other fly-by-night organizations that come in and want to award degrees in our state, because the bill is highly generalized," and NCSE's Scott added, "It would certainly open the door to all kinds of chicanery ... I mean, all you have to do, it looks to me from the bill, is start a non-profit organization, don’t take any federal or state money, and then offer degrees in any fool subject you want."

Update: Here's hilarity from Jesus General about Berman's bil.

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