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Watch Out. Them Edjucaters Iz Comin' To Took Oway Are Kidz

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You would think that something that unifies the standards for education across the nation would be welcomed. This way, if you have kids and you live in Boston and move to Tulsa, the same criteria and basics would have been taught. There were be, for a lack of a better phrase, no additional learning curve for your child to have to overcome. If they were in the third grade in Beantown they'd have the same foundational learning and assimilate quite smoothly into their new Oklahoma environs.

HUFFPO:

These Common Core Standards have been adopted in 45 states plus the District of Columbia, and are already being taught in districts around the country. In addition to emphasizing analytical thinking and deep learning, they are designed to make sure all students across the country are held to the same criteria. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says the measure is the "single greatest thing to happen to public education in America since Brown versus Board of Education."

What about the five states that have yet to join the program, Texas, Alaska, Minnesota, Virginia and Nebraska? All but Minnesota are Red States. Hmm. Wonder if there's anything to be read into that observation.

Let's peel away some of the onion and find out what these states have against joining the other 45.

Most of us who lived through this Hitler era remember how British Prime Minister Chamberlain gushed how great Hitler’s Youth Corps was, much like those who support Common Core today.– Donald Conkey, Cherokee Tribune

Today's teachers and psychologists are NOT being trained to educate students academically or to counsel and help people cope with their problems, but to influence their political views. Does it sound like we're becoming Castro's Cuba? I can tell you from personal experience that we're already there - The New Hampshire Tea Party

Your child or grandchild will not be able to escape Common Core materials that are anti-Christian, anti-capitalism, and anti-America. Or that are pro-homosexuality, illegal immigration, unions, environmentalism, gun control, feminism and social justice.– Elois Zeanah

Yep, these well-educated modern voices have captured the feelings and the fears of all of us. This Common Core Standards program is going to defy science and all we know to be right and just and turn our kids into gay, union card-carrying, anti-Christians who's main goal is to take our guns.

Sure sums up the program pretty darn neatly if you ask me.

It's amazing this country runs at all with this kind of stupid free to roam the range. But if you hadn't heard enough crazy yet, let me share with you the words of Glenn Beck, because his is truly the mouth that roared.

This is the progressive movement coming in for the kill. And believe me, if we don’t stop it, this will be the kill - Glenn Beck

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GOP Alabama Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin: "When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body."

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There goes that whole GOP personhood meme... unless, of course, Alabama state Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin thinks an organ should have the right to vote, own a gun, and carry misspelled signs calling President Obama a gay Marxist commie Kenyan. I can see the protests now: Organs' rights! Organs' rights! Or as Texans would scrawl, ograns':

secede texas

Via BuzzFeed

When asked why she would vote to limit the ability for women in Alabama to get abortions, McClurkin gave an answer that's left more than a few people confused:

"When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body," McClurkin said in an interview Thursday. "That's a big thing. That's a big surgery. You don't have any other organs in your body that are bigger than that."

One, it's not a child, it's a fetus.

And two, as BuzzFeed notes, not only is McClurkin physiologically confused (and sadly-yet-comically ignorant), she also failed to realize that the average human liver is larger than the average 20-week-old fetus. And that human skin is an organ, our largest organ, another organ that's larger than a fetus... which is not an organ.

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Merriam-Webster:

2 a : a differentiated structure (as a heart, kidney, leaf, or stem) consisting of cells and tissues and performing some specific function in an organism

b : bodily parts performing a function or cooperating in an activity <the eyes and related structures that make up the visual organs>

If a fetus were an organ (I just had a momentary mental image of Barbara Walters asking a celebrity, "If you were an organ, what kind of organ would you be?"), there should be no objection by pro-forced-birthers to removal, unless of course, they are also opposed to life-saving medical procedures.

Which many who are anti-abortion under any circumstances are.

It's becoming clearer than ever that when the Republicans expressed a desire to reinvent themselves, they meant morphing into something even stupider than Bobby Jindal imagined.

H/t: @samuelpeepses

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Video Overnight Thread- Please Move The Deer Crossing

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I'm bushed. Via.

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La Cucaracha: "Hitting yourself in the head with a hammer" makes you more informed than watching Fox News

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A major advantage of having a Twitter pal like the wonderful Lalo Alcaraz (@LaloAlcaraz) is that he generously shares his work with us.

Here’s today’s La Cucaracha:

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Confirmed: Low IQ, conservative beliefs linked to prejudice, per study

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This report comes as no surprise whatsoever, of course, but it is nice to have confirmation of all that snarkitude so many of us have felt compelled to share. Via Yahoo:

There's no gentle way to put it: People who give in to racism and prejudice may simply be dumb, according to a new study that is bound to stir public controversy.

The research finds that children with low intelligence are more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults. These findings point to a vicious cycle, according to lead researcher Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario. Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, the study found. Those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice, Hodson wrote in an email to LiveScience. [...]

[T]here is reason to believe that strict right-wing ideology might appeal to those who have trouble grasping the complexity of the world. [...]

They found that what applies to racism may also apply to homophobia. People who were poorer at abstract reasoning were more likely to exhibit prejudice against gays. As in the U.K. citizens, a lack of contact with gays and more acceptance of right-wing authoritarianism explained the link. [5 Myths About Gay People Debunked]

Of course, this will be "refudiated" by all those conservative geniuses out there who think science is a bad word. But the fact that the word "refudiate" even exists should pretty much put everyone else's doubts to rest.

H/t: @TheShowstopper1

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Video- Fox's Briggs: In describing Obama as "brilliant," is Biden saying that "most of the American public is stupid?"

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YES.

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