My Obsessions

Sep 19

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Once again, the fundies want to change America's textbooks -

A group of 10 scholars in politics and history examined the proposed Texas textbooks and found that they were stuffed full of lies and distortions, intended to trick students into believing right-wing myths about government, racism and whether or not America is supposed to be a “Christian nation.”

Emile Lester, a political science associate professor at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia, was one of the reviewers. The State Board of Education and “these textbooks have collaborated to make students’ knowledge of American history a casualty of the culture wars,” he writes in his report.

Edward Countryman, a professor of history at Southern Methodist University who also worked on the report, concurred, accusing the State Board of creating textbook standards that have a “combination of incoherence, poor construction, and attempted indoctrination” in lieu of actual intent to educate students.

Sep 18

Amazon Rolls Out New and Upgraded Tablets, E-readers -

Amazon has introduced an upgraded suite of tablets that includes an enhanced 8.9-inch Kindle HDX ($379), a new tablet designed for children ($149), and a new Kindle HD tablet ($100). The e-tailer has also released the Kindle Voyage ($199), an e-reader with a touchscreen, faster processor and new page turning technology.

Child poverty decline: American rate goes down for first time in more than a dozen years

Air Force’s mind-boggling violation: Members forced to swear religious allegiance

Sep 16

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"The poor man lives his entire life trapped in the ‘Blair Witch Project,’" Stewart said. "For God’s sakes, I’ve seen chihuahuas in handbags who are less fretful and shaking." ~ Jon Stewart on Lindsey Graham

"The poor man lives his entire life trapped in the ‘Blair Witch Project,’" Stewart said. "For God’s sakes, I’ve seen chihuahuas in handbags who are less fretful and shaking." ~ Jon Stewart on Lindsey Graham

Sep 14

Results of Internet Slowdown Day

Results of Internet Slowdown Day

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One of biggest accomplishments of Obama era...reversed partisan advantage on fed appeals courts -

Democrats have reversed the partisan imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored conservatives, a little-noticed shift with far-reaching consequences for the law and President Obama’s legacy.

For the first time in more than a decade, judges appointed by Democratic presidents considerably outnumber judges appointed by Republican presidents. The Democrats’ advantage has only grown since late last year when they stripped Republicans of their ability to filibuster the president’s nominees.

Democratic appointees who hear cases full time now hold a majority of seats on nine of the 13 United States Courts of Appeals. When Mr. Obama took office, only one of those courts had more full-time judges nominated by a Democrat.