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2012-06-29 05:42:57 PM
Just spellcheck and we're done.

First draft.

Good enough.
 
2012-06-29 05:44:43 PM
Wow ... a document promoting stupidity and hate.

There were very few redeeming points in that document ... I'll give credit for their position on limiting the Patriot Act.
 
2012-06-29 05:47:30 PM

deschinc: jaylectricity: MaudlinMutantMollusk: /Secede you f*ckers

Not everybody in Texas is like this. If they seceded, many people would have to uproot their families and move to a neighboring state to remain U.S. citizens.

Austin could just become a walled city-state with tall towers from which to drop books on the unwashed hordes outside the gates to keep them at bay.


Sadly they did almost the exact opposite when Austin got redistricted. Since we're usually liberal here in Austin, we couldn't vote together, oh no. We're now all split up and parts of districts in other cities. I think my district is also part of Houston, or Lubbock, or something.

/Although I will admit that the unwashed are usually liberal
//Why does critical thinking have to be applied to deodorant?
///REALLY bad when it's 100-degrees
 
2012-06-29 05:50:59 PM

ph0rk: Hah, why are cary and raleigh separate cities? Clearly one metro.


All you have to do is compare the two police departments to know that that is clearly not correct.

/didn't Durham just surpass by latest statistics?
 
2012-06-29 06:00:06 PM

Prevailing Wind: This was of course at odds with Public Education's earliest American proponent, o'l TJ himself who believed that despite these advantages, no one should be forced into education.


A bit overstates that. It seems he didn't think any child should be forced into education against the will of the parent, but did think the government could and should provide it free to remove the obstacle of expense, and further even require education as a prerequisite of voting -- not the full armed might of the state, but nonetheless with coercion of both carrot and stick.

A question of some doubt might be raised on the latter part of this section, as to the rights and duties of society towards its members, infant and adult. Is it a right or a duty in society to take care of their infant members in opposition to the will of the parent? How far does this right and duty extend? -- to guard the lige of the infant, his property, his instruction, his morals? The Roman father was supreme in all these: we draw a line, but where? -- public sentiment does not seem to have traced it precisely. Nor is it necessary in the present case. It is better to tolerate the rare instance of a parent refusing to let his child be educated, than to shock the common feelings and ideas by the forcible asportation and education of the infant against the will of the father. What is proposed here is to remove the objection of expense, by offering education gratis, and to strengthen parental excitement by the disfranchisement of his child while uneducated. Society has certainly a right to disavow him whom they offer, and are not permitted to qualify for the duties of a citizen. If we do not force instruction, let us at least strengthen the motives to receive it when offered.


Of course, this was merely basic reading instruction that TJ was talking about; and the South made a royal farce of literacy tests during Jim Crow.

Anyway, the republican position is an attempt to draw such line; however, despite their advocacy, public sentiment does not seem to have traced it precisely... still.
 
2012-06-29 06:02:49 PM

Serious Black: TheBigJerk: Diogenes: You accidentally leave your fly open.

You don't accidentally define education philosophy and policy.

You also don't accidentally stick your dick in things, but that doesn't stop republicansshamed political figures from claiming it.

How the hell would that work? You accidentally pull down your pants and trip on the floor right in front of a bed where a completely naked woman was laying spread-eagle?


It's an old joke. One of the common themes where someone is caught farking someone (or something) they "shouldn't" they try to play it off as an accident. They're naked because he spilled a drink on both of them, they're in each other arms under the coat-check because she tripped and fell on him, they spent 12 years having illicit gay sex because she, "fell prey to immoral temptation," or whatever. The shortened and sarcastic version that gets used to describe when a (male, obviously) politician does it became, "he tripped and stuck his dick in some girl." Its hilarious and sardonic impossibility is the entire point.

Also some people have actually used similar excuses, never for long but long enough for us to laugh at them.
 
2012-06-29 06:19:32 PM

CapeFearCadaver: ph0rk: Hah, why are cary and raleigh separate cities? Clearly one metro.

All you have to do is compare the two police departments to know that that is clearly not correct.

/didn't Durham just surpass by latest statistics?


You don't need one unified police department to be a single metro area. Hell, Raleigh has more than one of its own.

It would be like someone arguing that Chapel Hill and Carrboro aren't one "metro" area because they have separate P.D.s.

All Cary is is North Raleigh with delusions of independence.
 
2012-06-29 06:20:43 PM
I don't see any accidents there... They pretty much covered all the Republican characteristics.

No separation of church and state, opposition to an informed, educated, and intelligent society, pro-bigotry, and a heaping helping of racism on top.

It should be noted that these are not just Texas Republican beliefs, but accurate for the entire party.
 
2012-06-29 06:24:33 PM
I live in Texas. The Texas Gop should be be named the backwards thinking bigot party...
 
2012-06-29 06:28:18 PM

Jim_Callahan: Yeah, GOP, we know what you meant. You meant that you're opposed to the teaching of rhetoric designed to undermine the strength of blind appeals to authority.

The thing is, while the relative merits of discipline versus self-direction (what this comes down to) is actually a very interesting discussion and most of us that have done some teaching have fairly complex views on the subject that we do in fact love to talk about, your history as an anti-intellectual force has somewhat ironically deprived you of the Ethos required for us to take you seriously.

Basically, we're going to have fun making fun of what you said instead of addressing what you meant because you've given us no evidence that the details of your position will be in any way worth our time, and loads of evidence indicates the contrary. Whereas making fun of the gaffe at least nets us some entertainment.


Well said! (Or witten, as the case may be.)

/Sounds to me like someone accidentally inserted part of the actual Republican strategy document into the public "sanitized" version of the platform.
 
2012-06-29 06:31:46 PM

jonny_q: See, I don't know the specific thing you're talking about, but I very much respect that you are disagreeing with the main point of the clause. Wouldn't it be awesome if we could have a rational discussion about education methods instead the other crap in here? Kudos to you, sir.


Thanks very much. Yeah, it would be awesome if we could have a rational discussion about educations methods. But I don't see that happening here on Fark. A lot of people don't even look at the linked article unless it's something salacious like a teacher-student scandal. Also, the TotalFark people are just as bad as every one else, no matter what they may say about us "Liters."

These days when I look at the comments I usually scroll down very quickly looking for funny pictures.
 
2012-06-29 06:37:14 PM

Fapinator: jonny_q: See, I don't know the specific thing you're talking about, but I very much respect that you are disagreeing with the main point of the clause. Wouldn't it be awesome if we could have a rational discussion about education methods instead the other crap in here? Kudos to you, sir.

Thanks very much. Yeah, it would be awesome if we could have a rational discussion about educations methods. But I don't see that happening here on Fark. A lot of people don't even look at the linked article unless it's something salacious like a teacher-student scandal. Also, the TotalFark people are just as bad as every one else, no matter what they may say about us "Liters."

These days when I look at the comments I usually scroll down very quickly looking for funny pictures.


Solders do not need to think.
 
2012-06-29 06:40:42 PM

JustTheTip: Jim_Callahan: Yeah, GOP, we know what you meant. You meant that you're opposed to the teaching of rhetoric designed to undermine the strength of blind appeals to authority.

The thing is, while the relative merits of discipline versus self-direction (what this comes down to) is actually a very interesting discussion and most of us that have done some teaching have fairly complex views on the subject that we do in fact love to talk about, your history as an anti-intellectual force has somewhat ironically deprived you of the Ethos required for us to take you seriously.

Basically, we're going to have fun making fun of what you said instead of addressing what you meant because you've given us no evidence that the details of your position will be in any way worth our time, and loads of evidence indicates the contrary. Whereas making fun of the gaffe at least nets us some entertainment.

Well said! (Or witten, as the case may be.)

/Sounds to me like someone accidentally inserted part of the actual Republican strategy document into the public "sanitized" version of the platform.


It's actually more a case of this is the first time someone in the public bothered to bring it up. The Texas GOP platform is an interesting paradigm. For example, the part about the Gold Standard? They've had it for decades, it is an open secret that few people think it's a good idea, and it often festers in the platform without even being mentioned for years because no one who supports it comes to the convention, but they keep it around out of a weird combination of tradition and desire to attract the goldbugs. Another thing about the Texas GOP is that Texas is where a lot of the "shadowy figures in smoke-filled rooms" that run the national GOP and operate its aristocracy live in or retire in Texas. We have a number of "elephant graveyards" where old republicans go to die.

Normally they just get away with having a loony platform, this time someone pointed it out and it's actually a bit surprising that they blinked instead of either ignoring it, silencing it, or bringing out some crazy to scream about Fartbongo's socialist indoctrination centers.
 
2012-06-29 06:51:30 PM
All I can say is,

Good Thinking...
 
2012-06-29 07:07:30 PM

vygramul: Chameleon: unyon: wingedkat: Why does the GOP oppose the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child?

Presumably because its a dictum from a foreign source that challenges American sovereignty and undermines parents, just like critical thinking does.

It also sets down in law that children are separate people with individual rights, and as such are not property of their parents. They also oppose it, no kidding, because they think it will outlaw homeschooling.

By the way, the US is one of only three countries in the world that hasn't ratified our signing of the treaty. We join the great bastions of freedom Sudan and Somalia in this exclusive club. Go USA!!

Well, it'll also outlaw spanking, and Republicans are all about physical abuse.


I heard about the last one. I think that's their main problem. They think the only way to discipline a child is spanking, so they envision a future out of Lord of the Flies.
 
2012-06-29 07:15:51 PM
I think we should make the San Antonio/Austin/Houston triangle its own state.
 
2012-06-29 07:16:42 PM

ph0rk: CapeFearCadaver: ph0rk: Hah, why are cary and raleigh separate cities? Clearly one metro.

All you have to do is compare the two police departments to know that that is clearly not correct.

/didn't Durham just surpass by latest statistics?

You don't need one unified police department to be a single metro area. Hell, Raleigh has more than one of its own.

It would be like someone arguing that Chapel Hill and Carrboro aren't one "metro" area because they have separate P.D.s.

All Cary is is North Raleigh with delusions of independence.


All I am stating is the difference between a PD that actually allows intelligent candidates into its rank and where the academy promotes that whole Serve and Protect thing, as opposed to the transplant of the NJ SPD and academy that has been an institution of Cary since... as long as I remember.

/Plus, Cary residents seem to adore the smell of their own farts ;)
//had the Town Manager back in 2005 argue with me once that he was the "City Manager"... then, why does your legal title, along with your "City of Cary's" title continue to read "Town"?
 
2012-06-29 07:19:20 PM
I think this is an interesting indication of where the GOP Business vs Theocrat wings are nowadays that they can propose policies like this that would (if successful) lead to the inevitable economic collapse of the US, leaving businesses starved of talent compared to the rest of the global market, just to give a sop to the religious part of the base, especially when it is unlikely to even have much impact on the downward curve of religiousity.
 
2012-06-29 07:20:27 PM

SchadenFraud: deschinc: jaylectricity: MaudlinMutantMollusk: /Secede you f*ckers

Not everybody in Texas is like this. If they seceded, many people would have to uproot their families and move to a neighboring state to remain U.S. citizens.

Austin could just become a walled city-state with tall towers from which to drop books on the unwashed hordes outside the gates to keep them at bay.

Sadly they did almost the exact opposite when Austin got redistricted. Since we're usually liberal here in Austin, we couldn't vote together, oh no. We're now all split up and parts of districts in other cities. I think my district is also part of Houston, or Lubbock, or something.

/Although I will admit that the unwashed are usually liberal
//Why does critical thinking have to be applied to deodorant?
///REALLY bad when it's 100-degrees


I have to agree on the last point. Went to a party a few nights back and it turned out to be a hipster party and not an ironic one. First one I've seen although I have to add the caveat that I'm 44 and this is Iowa I'm talking about. The place reeked from all the skinny jean, no shirt w/ a little backpack, PBR "silo" swilling douchebags.

/CSB
 
2012-06-29 07:23:10 PM
I wonder how many Texans who vote Republican would do so if they had ever actually read that "platform".
 
2012-06-29 07:23:33 PM

rogue49: All I can say is,

Good Thinking...


I heard that in Gomez's voice from the Addams Family pinball game.

/Quicksand, fumes, toxic waste. It's all ours!
 
2012-06-29 07:38:16 PM
Wow... taking a look at some of the other herpaderp in that platform (everything below is taken from the actual document, unabridged)(and apologies for a possible wall of text):

Elimination of Executive Orders - We reject the unconstitutional use of Executive Orders and other
mandates lacking congressional approval.

The Rights of a Sovereign People - The Republican Party of Texas supports the historic concept,
established by our nations' founders, of limited civil government jurisdiction under the natural laws of God,
and repudiates the humanistic doctrine that the state is sovereign over the affairs of men, the family and
the church.

Remedies to Activist Judiciary - We call Congress and the President to use their constitutional powers to
restrain activist judges. We urge Congress to adopt the Judicial Conduct Act of 2005 and remove judges
who abuse their authority. Further, we urge Congress to withhold Supreme Court jurisdiction in cases
involving abortion, religious freedom, and the Bill of Rights.

Voter Rights Act - We urge that the Voter Rights Act of 1965 codified and updated in 1973 be repealed
and not reauthorized.

Campaign Finance Reform - We urge immediate repeal of the McCain-Feingold Act.

Family and Defense of Marriage . We support the definition of marriage as a God-ordained, legal and
moral commitment only between a natural man and a natural woman, which is the foundational unit of a
healthy society, and we oppose the assault on marriage by judicial activists. We call on the President and
Congress to take immediate action to defend the sanctity of marriage. We are resolute that Congress
exercise authority under the United States Constitution, and pass legislation withholding jurisdiction from the
Federal Courts in cases involving family law, especially any changes in the definition of marriage. We further
call on Congress to pass and the state legislatures to ratify a marriage amendment declaring that marriage
in the United States shall consist of and be recognized only as the union of a natural man and a natural
woman. Neither the United States nor any state shall recognize or grant to any unmarried person the legal
rights or status of a spouse. We oppose the recognition of and granting of benefits to people who represent
themselves as domestic partners without being legally married. We advocate the repeal of laws that place
an unfair tax burden on families. We call upon Congress to completely remove the marriage penalty in the
tax code, whereby a married couple receives a smaller standard deduction than their unmarried
counterparts living together. The primary family unit consists of those related by blood, heterosexual
marriage, or adoption. The family is responsible for its own welfare, education, moral training, conduct, and
property.

Judicial Activism in Marriage . We support marriage and oppose the assault on marriage by judicial activists.

Enforcement of the Defense of Marriage Act . We support the enforcement of the State and Federal Defense
of Marriage Act by state and federal officials respectively, and oppose creation, recognition and benefits for
partnerships outside of marriage that are being provided by some political subdivisions.

Homosexuality . We affirm that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to
the breakdown of the family unit. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that
have been ordained by God, recognized by our country's founders, and shared by the majority of Texans.
Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable "alternative" lifestyle, in public policy, nor should
"family" be redefined to include homosexual "couples." We believe there should be no granting of special legal
entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of state of origin. Additionally,
we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction or
belief in traditional values.

Judeo-Christian Nation - As America is a nation under God founded on Judeo-Christian principles, we affirm
the constitutional right of all individuals to worship in the religion of their choice.

Safeguarding Our Religious Liberties - We affirm that the public acknowledgement of God is undeniable in our
history and is vital to our freedom, prosperity and strength. We pledge our influence toward a return to the
original intent of the First Amendment and toward dispelling the myth of separation of church and state. We
urge the Legislature to increase the ability of faith-based institutions and other organizations to assist the
needy and to reduce regulation of such organizations.

Repeal of Fee Award Act - We support repeal of the Civil Rights Attorneys' Fee Awards Act, which allows for
payment of attorneys' fees to sue the government and to suppress freedom of religion.

Workers' Compensation - We urge the Legislature to resist making Workers' Compensation mandatory for all
Texas employers.

Minimum Wage - We believe the Minimum Wage Law should be repealed.

Prevailing Wage Law - We urge the Congress to repeal the Prevailing Wage Law and the Davis Bacon Act.

Sarbanes Oxley - We support the repeal of Sarbanes Oxley legislation.

Dodd Frank - We support the immediate repeal of Dodd Frank legislation.

Community Reinvestment Act - We support the repeal of the Community Reinvestment Act.
 
2012-06-29 07:38:43 PM

Dr Dreidel: Daraymann: We urge that the Voter Rights Act of 1965 codified and updated in 1973 be repealed and not reauthorized.

WAT?????

Fark you Texass.

"WAAAAH! It's not fair that we have a relatively recent history of disenfranchising, intimidating or otherwise preventing legal US-resident voters using questionably-legal (and -moral) means that you use to justify a review of any changes we want to make to disenfranchise, intimidate or otherwise disallow legal US-resident voters from voting!"

Voted on by Congress. STFU.

// oh, and if you hadn't KEPT trying to suppress the "blah-plus" vote since 1965/73, we might take seriously your request to take a second look


And yet they really hate it when they get called racists.
 
2012-06-29 07:46:59 PM
On the UN Treaty on the Rights of the Child:

"We unequivocally oppose the United States Senate's ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child."

From wiki: "Currently, 193 countries are party to it,[1] including every member of the United Nations except Somalia, South Sudan and the United States of America."

If these people don't like the treaty, they should just move to Somalia!

From wiki: "Somalia's cabinet ministers had announced plans to ratify the treaty."

Damn.

Great, so we're now less progressive than Somalia, but at least we're in good company with South Sudan . . .
 
2012-06-29 08:01:51 PM

HighOnCraic: Great, so we're now less progressive than Somalia, but at least we're in good company with South Sudan . . .


I don't think there's a more first world AND third world country on Earth than the United States.
 
2012-06-29 08:04:42 PM

Rockstone: The rest of the platform sounds pretty good. Definitely better than Obama's platform:

We urge review and revision of those portions of the USA Patriot Act, and related executive and military orders and directives that erode constitutional rights and essential liberties of citizens. Emergency War Powers and Martial Law Declarations - We strongly urge Congress to repeal the War Powers Act and end our declared state of emergency. Any Declaration of Martial law should be approved by Congress.



You didn't comment on the "rest of the platform"

You only picked one single thing out of 22 pages

Keep in mind none of these Texas Republicans campaigned against the Patriot Act in the first place. Except for RON PAUL. And nobody in his party listens to him anyway
 
2012-06-29 08:28:20 PM

jso2897: I wonder how many Texans who vote Republican would do so if they had ever actually read that "platform".


Mmph....*snicker*...you actually think they can read?
 
2012-06-29 08:37:18 PM
Too late, idiots.
 
2012-06-29 08:37:43 PM

Rockstone: The rest of the platform sounds pretty good. Definitely better than Obama's platform:

We urge review and revision of those portions of the USA Patriot Act, and related executive and military orders and directives that erode constitutional rights and essential liberties of citizens. Emergency War Powers and Martial Law Declarations - We strongly urge Congress to repeal the War Powers Act and end our declared state of emergency. Any Declaration of Martial law should be approved by Congress.


You must've missed this part:

"Confederate Widows Plaque - We call for restoration of plaques honoring the Confederate Widow's Pension Fund contribution that were illegally removed from the Texas Supreme Court building."

/Because nothing's more patriotic than honoring the Confederacy!
//And whatever you do, don't call them racists!
 
2012-06-29 08:43:40 PM

HighOnCraic: On the UN Treaty on the Rights of the Child:

"We unequivocally oppose the United States Senate's ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child."

From wiki: "Currently, 193 countries are party to it,[1] including every member of the United Nations except Somalia, South Sudan and the United States of America."

If these people don't like the treaty, they should just move to Somalia!

From wiki: "Somalia's cabinet ministers had announced plans to ratify the treaty."

Damn.

Great, so we're now less progressive than Somalia, but at least we're in good company with South Sudan . . .


South Sudan probably just hasn't gotten around to it. They are a rather new country after all, and ratifying treaties written almost two decades before they formally existed can't be high on their to-do list.
 
2012-06-29 08:47:13 PM

ParaHandy: Prevailing Wind:
"It is better to tolerate that rare instance of a parent's refusing to let his child be educated, than to shock the common feelings by a forcible transportation and education of the infant against the will of his father." -Thomas Jefferson

We got that covered .... no requirements for book lernin' down here.


You know, homeschooling is more then just not going to school

at least if you want your kids to be able to move out of your house

Really got pissed when some of the school districts declared their drop outs as home schooling to avoid farking with funding.
 
2012-06-29 08:50:19 PM

Smelly McUgly: I think we should make the San Antonio/Austin/Houston triangle its own state.


North Texas, West Texas and South Texas as separate states?

I'm sort of ok with that
 
2012-06-29 08:53:04 PM

ClavellBCMI: Wow... taking a look at some of the other herpaderp in that platform (everything below is taken from the actual document, unabridged)(and apologies for a possible wall of text):


Wow... That's some weapons grade stupid until the last 5 where there's no explanations. So it seems that they can be right on accident by parroting stuff they don't understand, it's just when they put thought into things that they go full retard.
 
2012-06-29 08:57:17 PM
They want to ban red-light cameras.... so they've got that going for them...
 
2012-06-29 09:31:47 PM

loonatic112358: Smelly McUgly: I think we should make the San Antonio/Austin/Houston triangle its own state.

North Texas, West Texas and South Texas as separate states?

I'm sort of ok with that


Texas actually has the right to split into up to five states as per their annexation treaty.
 
2012-06-29 09:37:18 PM

BMFPitt: loonatic112358: Smelly McUgly: I think we should make the San Antonio/Austin/Houston triangle its own state.

North Texas, West Texas and South Texas as separate states?

I'm sort of ok with that

Texas actually has the right to split into up to five states as per their annexation treaty.


Five times the state, five times the derp? No thanks, I'd rather Texas kept their nuclear-weapons-grade derp concentrated to one single set of politicians, if that's quite alright with everyone.
 
2012-06-29 09:44:32 PM

ClavellBCMI: Five times the state, five times the derp? No thanks, I'd rather Texas kept their nuclear-weapons-grade derp concentrated to one single set of politicians, if that's quite alright with everyone.


The derp isn't really state wide, it'd likely get concentrated in North Texas
 
2012-06-29 09:49:44 PM
We support full disclosure of the amounts and sources of any campaign contributions to political candidates, whether contributed by individuals, political action committees, or other entities.

That doesn't seem to meet up with Citizens United.
 
2012-06-29 09:52:40 PM

ClavellBCMI: BMFPitt: loonatic112358: Smelly McUgly: I think we should make the San Antonio/Austin/Houston triangle its own state.

North Texas, West Texas and South Texas as separate states?

I'm sort of ok with that

Texas actually has the right to split into up to five states as per their annexation treaty.

Five times the state, five times the derp? No thanks, I'd rather Texas kept their nuclear-weapons-grade derp concentrated to one single set of politicians, if that's quite alright with everyone.


On the flip side Texas is a "winner take all" state (most are) with 38 electoral votes and rarely goes much above 60% in favor of Republicans. it was 55-45 for McCain, 60-40 for Dubya in 2004, Bush I only managed 45 to Clinton's 40...Yeah, it wouldn't be all bad. Wouldn't be all good either (senators) but I'm just sayin'.
 
2012-06-29 10:06:16 PM

TheBigJerk: On the flip side Texas is a "winner take all" state (most are) with 38 electoral votes and rarely goes much above 60% in favor of Republicans. it was 55-45 for McCain, 60-40 for Dubya in 2004, Bush I only managed 45 to Clinton's 40...Yeah, it wouldn't be all bad. Wouldn't be all good either (senators) but I'm just sayin'.


Wait, how likely would it be that Sheila Jackson Lee would need a new job?
 
2012-06-29 10:13:39 PM

djkutch: We support full disclosure of the amounts and sources of any campaign contributions to political candidates, whether contributed by individuals, political action committees, or other entities.

That doesn't seem to meet up with Citizens United.


I get the feeling that there are a few things in the platform (like being in favor of single issue bills and net neutrality, and against the Patriot Act and the TSA) that are just in there so that if those things should actually occur/cease at some point they can point to this platform and say "Silly libs, we were for/against that all along!"
 
2012-06-29 10:17:28 PM

Gyrfalcon: heap: RobSeace: imontheinternet: [media.noob.us image 550x500]

We cannot stand for such skullduggery in our classrooms.

How can you have any pudding, if you don't eat your meat?

Please tell me that's fake...

not to go all DANRATHERISALIE on it or anything, but i'll be frigged if i remember having a typewriter with 2 (left and right) quote keys on it in 1994.

IIRC, you COULD get that kind of quote out of an IBM Selectric with a ball-key--you had to change out the standard 10-pitch type with a 12-pitch type that had the slanted quotes--but when was the last time you saw anyone using an IBM Selectric and even knew how to do that? And more importantly, ever knew a teacher who would bother to do it?


I typed up my 11th grade term paper on the school computer. It was a TRS-80 Model III with a daisy wheel printer, and the printer even came with a wheel for a proportional font called "Madeline" (sp?). That was in 1983. So yes, it was within the technology of the time.
 
2012-06-29 10:27:14 PM

djkutch: We support full disclosure of the amounts and sources of any campaign contributions to political candidates, whether contributed by individuals, political action committees, or other entities.

That doesn't seem to meet up with Citizens United.


Uh, yes it does. 8-1, in fact.
 
2012-06-29 10:42:09 PM

Lee Jackson Beauregard: Gyrfalcon: heap: RobSeace: imontheinternet: [media.noob.us image 550x500]

We cannot stand for such skullduggery in our classrooms.

How can you have any pudding, if you don't eat your meat?

Please tell me that's fake...

not to go all DANRATHERISALIE on it or anything, but i'll be frigged if i remember having a typewriter with 2 (left and right) quote keys on it in 1994.

IIRC, you COULD get that kind of quote out of an IBM Selectric with a ball-key--you had to change out the standard 10-pitch type with a 12-pitch type that had the slanted quotes--but when was the last time you saw anyone using an IBM Selectric and even knew how to do that? And more importantly, ever knew a teacher who would bother to do it?

I typed up my 11th grade term paper on the school computer. It was a TRS-80 Model III with a daisy wheel printer, and the printer even came with a wheel for a proportional font called "Madeline" (sp?). That was in 1983. So yes, it was within the technology of the time.


Oh, yes, the technology was available. But how many teachers would use it, even if they knew how? I was the computer guru of my first office job because I could actually run a TRS-80 without looking at the manual (in 1986).
 
2012-06-29 10:52:13 PM
It makes sense that they eliminated that plank from their platform. There is no reason to oppose something that you never had the capacity to attain.

They are Texans after all.
 
2012-06-29 10:55:06 PM

loonatic112358: TheBigJerk: On the flip side Texas is a "winner take all" state (most are) with 38 electoral votes and rarely goes much above 60% in favor of Republicans. it was 55-45 for McCain, 60-40 for Dubya in 2004, Bush I only managed 45 to Clinton's 40...Yeah, it wouldn't be all bad. Wouldn't be all good either (senators) but I'm just sayin'.

Wait, how likely would it be that Sheila Jackson Lee would need a new job?


I am not as sure as I should be since I live in Houston, but I think it would be pretty low. From my murky understanding her district is basically just Houston, and the african-american demographic in Houston is both HIGHLY politically organized (they basically OWN the school district) and strongly back her.

Also, as I was doing some looking on her current run I found her last major primary opponent was a rapper named "cornbreadd" and her general opponent is some dickbag corporate whore who looks blander than Romney.

Well maybe not THAT bland, but pretty bland.
 
2012-06-29 11:01:06 PM

tudorgurl: mesmer242: I don't know how it is for the Texas GOP, but the Texas Dems (especially at the local conventions) have to beg people to be on the resolutions and platform committee. Generally speaking, crazy people and busy bodies submit to resolutions and platform, which is then looked over by uninterested draftees and obstinate onion-belted folks.

So yeah, that really is probably how it got in.

/planning to volunteer to be on resolutions at the local level in 2014
//can't fix it if you don't try

How do you get to do that? It's time for me to put up or shut up when it comes to local/state politics, especially being a teacher and seeing what they are doing to education. What can I do? I've marched, written letters to my reps, who are just as powerless as I am. What can I do??


The parties in Texas hold conventions every two years, which is where the conventions and fun stuff happens. This year they got rid of the precinct caucuses, but they'll probably have them again in 2014. You should find out from your county party who your precinct chair is, and if you don't have one you should ask to be appointed. The county party will also know other ways to get involved in your area.

I know I joked about only crazy people and busybodies submitting resolutions earlier, but I submitted a resolution at the county level this year. It passed committee but not the floor, but what the heck - I tried. I've watch resolutions and platform a couple of times at the county level and I actually find it fascinating. It really is a bunch of people with no formal training trying to figure out where they want to go next. The politicians are never in there.

/yeah, I'm a busybody.
 
2012-06-29 11:23:30 PM

BMFPitt: Texas actually has the right to split into up to five states as per their annexation treaty.



8 more retarded Senators and untold House Reps. That sounds ggggreat
 
2012-06-29 11:31:33 PM
I think something very bad just happened in my mind.
Something finally just overloaded.

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-06-29 11:35:18 PM
who the fark supports the notion that their kids should be stupid, even "accidentally"?
 
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