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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-07-13 09:15 AM
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Typical media propaganda bullshit

Jan 7, 8:21 AM EST

Column: In Washington, compromise's embers flicker

By LIZ SIDOTI
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Every election year, they become the popular ones, the celebrities with the power to hire or fire politicians. Then, when actual governing begins, they become the forgotten ones - jilted wallflowers watching as the leaders they elected are devoured into a political system dominated by extremes.

These middle-of-the-road American voters feel betrayed, and many grow cynical. Why, they wonder, did they bother to cast ballots at all?

It's always a dramatic fall for the ideological center of the country, independents and moderates in swing-voting states and regions that hold outsized sway in determining the balance of power in Washington. One minute, every candidate promises to represent your interests. The next, freshly elected lawmakers carry the water of their parties' far wings and ignore the wishes of everybody else.

Now, after Republicans and Democrats alike reluctantly shunned their core supporters and reached a bipartisan compromise to avert a fiscal crisis, there's a reasonable question to ask: Did American lawmakers actually - for a moment, at least - listen to the regular Joes and Janes pleading for a gridlocked Washington to get something, anything, done?


http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_DID_WASHINGTO...

When in hell was the last time someone did something the left really thought was a good idea? The Johnson era? Once again, everyone is pretending the Third Way is the far left. Frickin joke.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-07-13 11:08 AM
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1. The media is now 100% fucking bullshit.
Edited on Mon Jan-07-13 11:09 AM by Enthusiast
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-09-13 04:17 AM
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2. Was it ever anything else?
Edited on Wed Jan-09-13 04:18 AM by No Elephants
I am starting to look at American history much differently than I did.

Or at least squint.

The old days had Hearst, after all.

And I even wonder what we might learn if we looked a lot more closely at Peter Zenger.


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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-09-13 04:33 PM
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4. To the Victor goes History
I guess that 80% of History books are Propaganda. It can be Truthy but Cherry-picked. Propaganda doesn't mean it's all lies, but selectively edited to slant the content and direct the reader to a particular conclusion.

The Facts, Sir, are Irrelevant.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-10-13 03:14 AM
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5. Well said. I would add one refinement.
Edited on Thu Jan-10-13 03:16 AM by No Elephants
To Texas goes American textbooks, including history.


K through 12,anyway.


It's the largest single purchaser of school textbooks, so it can dictate to textbook publishers. Once Texas is happy, they peddle the books to other U.S. locations.

Wouldn'cha think it would have occurred to someone else by now to invest some money in some textbooks, at least the history textbooks, in order to have a say on what most school children of the United States read? Recycle the extras, or better yet, tell the publishers to print less--you'll pay more per book.

But no, we've quietly let Texas decide for years what school textbooks will and will not say and how they will say it.

How shrewd.


Texas, the T in my acronym, "FAT" (Florida, Arizona, Texas). Because, with my apologies to everyone in those states, it seems to me that most of the things on DU that leave me blinking have come out of one or more of those states. I could be totally wrong, but that is just how it feels to me.


Anyway, Texas.

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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-10-13 03:56 AM
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6. Texas is a real problem.
Edited on Thu Jan-10-13 03:56 AM by Enthusiast
At least in regard to the way they want to teach biology.

They argue that we should teach both evolution and creationism and allow the children to decide which they feel more comfortable with. This is absurd.

Creationism and its wolf in sheep's clothing cousin, 'intelligent design', do not even rise to the level of a hypothesis let alone a theory.

Would we allow children to decide that 2+2=5 instead of the accepted mathematical theory that 2+2=4? The people of Texas are dumbed down so badly that school boards all over the state buy into the 'let the children decide' argument. It ain't science but there it is.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-10-13 06:59 AM
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7. I agree, but I would let Texas keep biology, if I could take away American history.
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-09-13 03:55 PM
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3. Nah, 200% Bullshit
Equal time for all....
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