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(Talking Points Memo)   Texas Republicans say they ACCIDENTALLY adopted a platform that opposes critical thinking skills   (tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com) divider line 60
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2012-06-29 10:33:49 AM
13 votes:
Wouldn't have happened if they had critical thinking skills.
2012-06-29 10:29:32 AM
13 votes:
I think Texas Republicans have accidentally the whole thing for a long time.
2012-06-29 03:38:45 PM
7 votes:

arcas: How, exactly, does homosexuality contribute to the breakdown of the family unit?


can't you read? they said it, plain as day.

you're laughing now, but just you wait till the gays break down your door and tear your fabric.

curtains? gone.
bed sheets? gone.
table linen? torn to shreds.

when you and your family are sleeping and eating on the floor while your neighbors look in the window at your shame, you'll finally understand.
2012-06-29 03:35:11 PM
7 votes:
How could such a weird thing get stuck into their platform like that?

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"Mmm-hmm. Better add it to the platform."

Oh, that's how.
2012-06-29 12:22:15 PM
7 votes:
They aren't against it, they just want to look at it differently. For example, trains are part of a the socialist agenda meant to herd us all into cities where we'd have to see minorities on a daily basis, so here's what you do.

"If a privately-purchased bus, fueled by only American gas, leaves the megachurch at 11:30am, and the government-purchased bus filled with loose women and their gay friends leaves the federal office building at 11:15am going the government-mandated speed limit of 45mph. Assuming they are both equally 20 miles away, what's the average speed the bus from the megachurch will have to reach in order to beat the government bus to the abortion clinic?"
2012-06-29 02:13:56 PM
6 votes:
Actually, I think that's been the GOP's platform for the last 15 years or so, here in Texas.

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2012-06-29 10:42:25 AM
6 votes:
i149.photobucket.com
Ya want some dang critical thinkin'?
I think yer a flat-footed no-good carpet-baggin' son-of-sear-suited-manure-salesman who don't know diddly-SQUAT!
2012-06-29 04:53:18 PM
4 votes:
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2012-06-29 03:48:55 PM
4 votes:

heap: arcas: How, exactly, does homosexuality contribute to the breakdown of the family unit?

can't you read? they said it, plain as day.

you're laughing now, but just you wait till the gays break down your door and tear your fabric.

curtains? gone.
bed sheets? gone.
table linen? torn to shreds.

when you and your family are sleeping and eating on the floor while your neighbors look in the window at your shame, you'll finally understand.


You obviously don't know gays if you think they're going to destroy home furnishings.
2012-06-29 02:42:02 PM
3 votes:

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: timujin: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: timujin: We strongly urge Congress to repeal the War Powers Act

Do... do they know what the War Powers Act actually does?

I included that part because it was in the original paragraph, but the part I was most interested in was:
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.

OK, I get that. It's just a really, really ridiculous thing to include and almost a non sequitor with the rest of the paragraph.

I mean, to add to what vygramul said above, there are real fundamental, Constitutional problems with the War Powers Act, but I'll bet that the Texas GOP platform committee has no clue what those problems actually are, and are just calling for the repeal of something that sounds scary.


WAR POWERS, OBAMA, WHAR?
2012-06-29 01:23:17 PM
3 votes:
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2012-06-29 12:53:45 PM
3 votes:
I'd watch a half-hour special with Rick Perry trying to explain how this is a good thing.
2012-06-29 10:48:13 AM
3 votes:

propasaurus: Wouldn't have happened if they had critical thinking skills.


And I believe we're done here

/Secede you f*ckers
2012-06-29 04:19:10 PM
2 votes:

Babwa Wawa: The entire platform is 22 pages long. Did nobody read the document?


Dude, you're talking about a party that, at one point, had a guy who said he would veto any law that was longer than three pages as its leading presidential candidate. Reading long documents is clearly not their strong point.
2012-06-29 04:17:15 PM
2 votes:
In 2014 they're going to 'accidentally' include a section in the platform against 'people who read our party platforms with an eye to detail and don't know when to keep their damn yaps shut.'
2012-06-29 04:10:56 PM
2 votes:
You know - sooner or later well need our own factories to build cheap pieces of plastic crap as other countries that value education start to out strip us. The Texas GOP is just taking the initiative of creating a home grown population of uneducated and impoverished drones to do minimally skilled and possibly very dangerous jobs for almost no money.
2012-06-29 04:01:10 PM
2 votes:
So, we *could* read the platform clauses in context, instead of knee-jerk bashing people we disagree with, but that would require higher critical thinking.
2012-06-29 04:00:18 PM
2 votes:

propasaurus: Wouldn't have happened if they had critical thinking skills.


They're very committed to leading by example.
2012-06-29 03:52:20 PM
2 votes:
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.
2012-06-29 03:51:40 PM
2 votes:

WTF Indeed: They aren't against it, they just want to look at it differently. For example, trains are part of a the socialist agenda meant to herd us all into cities where we'd have to see minorities on a daily basis, so here's what you do.

"If a privately-purchased bus, fueled by only American gas, leaves the megachurch at 11:30am, and the government-purchased bus filled with loose women and their gay friends leaves the federal office building at 11:15am going the government-mandated speed limit of 45mph. Assuming they are both equally 20 miles away, what's the average speed the bus from the megachurch will have to reach in order to beat the government bus to the abortion clinic?"


Answer:

Everyone registered Republican that day and accepted Jesus as their lord and savior. An eagle named "Small Government" flew into the room and perched atop the American Flag and shed a tear on the chalk. The pledge of allegiance was read several times, and God himself showed up and enacted a flat tax rate across the country.

The professor lost his tenure and was fired the next day. He died of the gay plague AIDS and was tossed into the lake of fire for all eternity.

Semper Fi.

p.s. close the borders.
2012-06-29 03:38:43 PM
2 votes:
Um.... no, I think you adopted in every possible fashion, and that lack of critical thinking was shown when you put it on your platform.

You farking morons.
2012-06-29 03:33:31 PM
2 votes:
Later, Texas GOP members were heard rallying around "hypocritical thinking skills."
2012-06-29 02:01:39 PM
2 votes:

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.


Ironically, worsening the illegal alien problem.
2012-06-29 12:55:24 PM
2 votes:

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!!
2012-06-29 12:30:24 PM
2 votes:

timujin: We strongly urge Congress to repeal the War Powers Act


Do... do they know what the War Powers Act actually does?
2012-06-29 10:44:52 AM
2 votes:
FTA: "I think the intent is that the Republican Party is opposed to the values clarification method that serves the purpose of challenging students beliefs and undermine parental authority," he said.

Of course, there's no mention of the "values clarification method," which was apparently introduced in the 1960s and out-of-vogue even by the late 1980s. Instead, the platform language refers to critical thinking, Higher Order Thinking Skills, and Outcome-Based Education. So, even given what the spokescritter says, it implies that the GOP is actually opposed to anything that goes to "challenging the student's fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority". Furthermore, it suggests that they're not interested in whether that is the intent for introducing it, but merely whether it can "serve the purpose" -- language even worse than the original. And, as it happens: Yes, one inherent hazard is that critical thinking can challenge a student's "fixed beliefs". Such challenge has little effect when the beliefs have a solid foundation; it's only when the fixed belief is such absolute bullshiat that it can't have a solid foundation that there's going to be an impact. Similarly, it can challenge parental authority if the parent is using that authority to sign off on "the sky is green" bullshiat. (Well, except in a few places near the leakier petroleum refineries.)

However, that's only a problem if you value "authority" over "truth".
Oh, wait.... this is the Texas GOP!

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2012-06-30 02:23:53 AM
1 votes:

Bubbacus: Why do you think the Republican symbol is an elephant? (Hint: think trunk.)


An exaggerated, muscled and meaty trunk, I might add...

/not homosexual but accepting of the facets of my sexuality.
//gonna be in my bunk dreaming about me, the Republican elephant and Kate Upton!
///It's gonna be crowded!
2012-06-29 08:01:51 PM
1 votes:

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 05:17:11 PM
1 votes:

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.
2012-06-29 05:03:41 PM
1 votes:

Meet Us at the Stick: 120


Meet Us at the Stick: WTF Indeed: "If a privately-purchased bus, fueled by only American gas, leaves the megachurch at 11:30am, and the government-purchased bus filled with loose women and their gay friends leaves the federal office building at 11:15am going the government-mandated speed limit of 45mph. Assuming they are both equally 20 miles away, what's the average speed the bus from the megachurch will have to reach in order to beat the government bus to the abortion clinic?"

Assuming no lights and an instantaneous increase to each's respective velocity, I'd put it at 120mph.

It should get to its destination approximately one and a half minutes before the heathens.


That's ridiculous, at a mere 103 miles per hour, the faithful would arrive a nearly full second before the heathens, who would be too busy sodomizing one another to quickly leave the bus.
2012-06-29 05:00:17 PM
1 votes:

Babwa Wawa: The entire platform is 22 pages long. Did nobody read the document?


Polititians don't READ things. They're too important for that.
They get an intern to summarize it.
Then read it TO them.
2012-06-29 04:53:15 PM
1 votes:
media.noob.us

We cannot stand for such skullduggery in our classrooms.

How can you have any pudding, if you don't eat your meat?
2012-06-29 04:49:22 PM
1 votes:

Aarontology: Someday I'm going to hire a bunch of Texans since they'll be ignorant, complacent, and will mindlessly obey any order given to them as long as I say God wants them to or whatever.


You put a longhorns logo and a cross on the bomb and you can get them to blow up their own family.
2012-06-29 04:42:34 PM
1 votes:

deschinc: 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.


why, that's where the damn fools the article is about have offices, and that's where governor hair is, austin is not just some cool hippy town, it's like the texas version of mos eisley
2012-06-29 04:27:05 PM
1 votes:
If only there was some sort of cognitive process that would permit people to analyze language and come to a determination that certain phrases or word combinations are suboptimal in a platform document.
2012-06-29 04:16:06 PM
1 votes:

Graffito: Here's another gem of a plank:

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

Of course you do.


They do, however, wholeheartedly endorse Billy-Bubba's Convention on the Rights of the Zygote, so they've got that going for them...
2012-06-29 04:16:03 PM
1 votes:
Only stupid people vote for policies that work against their long term interests.

The people of Texas voted for policies that work against their long term interests.

Therefore, people in Texas are stupid.
2012-06-29 04:12:28 PM
1 votes:
Maybe we shouldn't have the government and politicians deciding what is taught in schools
2012-06-29 04:07:02 PM
1 votes:

abb3w: oldfarthenry: I think yer a flat-footed no-good carpet-baggin' son-of-sear-suited-manure-salesman who don't know diddly-SQUAT!

...you do know Yosemite is in Calfornia?


Besides, Yosemite Sam is much smarter than your average social conservative. I mean sure, he can be tricked into walking off a cliff by being repeatedly dared to step across a series of lines, but who among us can truly say this has never happened to them?
2012-06-29 04:00:12 PM
1 votes:
Can we please give Texas back to Mexico now?
2012-06-29 03:55:58 PM
1 votes:

jabelar: The funny thing is that if you believe that your beliefs are the truth, then you shouldn't be scare of any challenge. I certainly allow my kids to investigate beliefs that I don't believe in, because I'm pretty confident that they can figure it out.

Basically, in this case the Republicans are admitting that their belief system is too fragile to stand up to questioning.


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2012-06-29 03:54:41 PM
1 votes:

Jackpot777: Someday I'm driving a bus to the Rio Grande and starting a sect as a new God. And, as soon as I've fleeced them of their inheritances (but before the idea of a compound comes up), I'm moving onto the town 100 miles down the road.


It's been done.

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2012-06-29 03:54:39 PM
1 votes:

timujin: As much as I hate to say I agree with the Texas Republicans, there's this:

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.

Though how about instead of "review and revise" we just "repeal"?



Where were these farkers when Bush pushed it through?? Oh that's right, they were calling everyone who dared question deer leader a terrorist communist traitor who should GTFO

Now that 0bama is in office, they suddenly adopt a civil rights platform

Fark these hypocrites
2012-06-29 03:51:55 PM
1 votes:
"Accidentally?" What, their hand slipped?

Personally, I feel that critical thinking skills are RICK PERRY IS A SMELLY TURD BURGER vital to our ability to compete in a 21st century global economy...oh, look at that, my hand slipped.
2012-06-29 03:50:24 PM
1 votes:
The funny thing is that if you believe that your beliefs are the truth, then you shouldn't be scare of any challenge. I certainly allow my kids to investigate beliefs that I don't believe in, because I'm pretty confident that they can figure it out.

Basically, in this case the Republicans are admitting that their belief system is too fragile to stand up to questioning.
2012-06-29 03:47:50 PM
1 votes:

Aarontology: Someday I'm going to hire a bunch of Texans since they'll be ignorant, complacent, and will mindlessly obey any order given to them as long as I say God wants them to or whatever.


Someday I'm driving a bus to the Rio Grande and starting a sect as a new God. And, as soon as I've fleeced them of their inheritances (but before the idea of a compound comes up), I'm moving onto the town 100 miles down the road.

People are f**king morons. I have a Vogon's level of sympathy for them.

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2012-06-29 03:46:29 PM
1 votes:
Well, they eliminated critical thinking skills from their party years ago.
2012-06-29 03:46:06 PM
1 votes:

arcas: We affirm that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit.

You know, I've heard lots of people use this as a reason for opposing gay rights but it seems nobody ever explains what they mean by it. How, exactly, does homosexuality contribute to the breakdown of the family unit?


It's simple: if two people of the same sex who really love each other are allowed to be public with that loving, functional relationship it will reflect poorly on the "normal" relationships.

And that reveals the hypocrisy of triple divorcees "defending the sanctity of marriage". Pondering that hypocrisy leads to critical thinking. And we all know you can't have that: it's against the party plank.
2012-06-29 03:40:33 PM
1 votes:
We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs

Wait, they oppose HOTS??? That's messed up, man.

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2012-06-29 03:39:36 PM
1 votes:

Babwa Wawa: The entire platform is 22 pages long. Did nobody read the document?


Answered your own question right there. 22 pages is looooooooooooooooong
2012-06-29 03:38:56 PM
1 votes:

timujin: As much as I hate to say I agree with the Texas Republicans, there's this:

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.

Though how about instead of "review and revise" we just "repeal"?


My guess is that they want the Patriot Act to be suspended when there is a Democrat in the white house.
2012-06-29 03:36:51 PM
1 votes:
so homeschool
2012-06-29 03:32:32 PM
1 votes:
This is what happens when you draft these things in an echo chamber. I'm sure they were all patting themselves on the back for coming up with the "no thinking" initiative.

Then normal humans get a look at it, point out that they just committed to stopping children from thinking, and everybody begins the walk back.
2012-06-29 03:30:22 PM
1 votes:
Hold the presses folks. Republicans don't want people to think critically. More from Ric Romero tonight.
2012-06-29 02:42:07 PM
1 votes:

Jackson Herring: Diogenes: You accidentally leave your fly open.

maybe YOU do


OK. Waiver for personal choice.
2012-06-29 02:41:17 PM
1 votes:

Diogenes: You accidentally leave your fly open.


maybe YOU do
2012-06-29 12:17:57 PM
1 votes:
Someday I'm going to hire a bunch of Texans since they'll be ignorant, complacent, and will mindlessly obey any order given to them as long as I say God wants them to or whatever.
2012-06-29 11:48:00 AM
1 votes:
You accidentally leave your fly open.

You don't accidentally define education philosophy and policy.
2012-06-29 11:08:21 AM
1 votes:

abb3w: Of course, there's no mention of the "values clarification method,"


We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs

D'oh!
2012-06-29 10:53:02 AM
1 votes:

oldfarthenry: I think yer a flat-footed no-good carpet-baggin' son-of-sear-suited-manure-salesman who don't know diddly-SQUAT!


...you do know Yosemite is in Calfornia?
 
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