Tavis Smiley interviews Ben Stein on the election and the economy.
In The Know panelists discuss a new congressional report linking all of America’s problems to the fact that our entire nation was built on top of Native American graves.
Don’t worry, American youth: Mike Huckabee has fixed American history. No longer will you suffer under what Huckabee calls “the ‘blame America first’ attitude prevalent in today’s teaching.”
Late Wednesday, Huckabee announced LearnOurHistory.com, a sort of BMG Music Club for what he calls “unbiased” historical lessons for kids. For around $15 each, the company will send you a new animated tale of American history each month, told through the eyes of a gang of time traveling kids. […]
“What we see and hear isn’t always the same as what we read in books, or see on TV,” one girl says in the second video in the series currently available, “The Origins of World War II.”
“So what?” she says. “We know the truth. And that’s good enough for us.”
Matt Yglesias puns that “Some would say the right has a cartoonish view of American history.” Others have rightly pointed out that this is among the more scurrilous comments ever made on the interwebs, since many cartoons are deftly drawn, subtle, and intelligent.
I’ll add that there are not enough facepalms for Huckabee’s description of the current state of history education:
…they’re teaching with political bias that distorts facts for the sake of political correctness. As a result, our national pride and patriotism are in jeopardy.
Secondary school history classes are all about a narrative of national pride and patriotism. It’s true that good social studies courses will discuss uncomfortable moments in our national story, but these are presented as part of a redemptive narrative where the country slowly learns to live out the meaning of its founding ideals. There was slavery, but then came Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. Jim Crow, but also MLK and Rosa Parks. If there’s distortion, it’s in the direction of preserving the heroic narrative of America’s greatness.
Such a staggering disconnect from, you know, reality… it boggles the mind.
In which Representative Ed Markey (D-MA) is fucking awesome (via):
Mr. Chairman, I rise in opposition to a bill that overturns the scientific finding that pollution is harming our people and our planet.
However, I won’t physically rise, because I’m worried that Republicans will overturn the law of gravity, sending us floating about the room.
I won’t call for the sunlight of additional hearings, for fear that Republicans might excommunicate the finding that the Earth revolves around the sun.
Instead, I’ll embody Newton’s third law of motion and be an equal and opposing force against this attack on science and on laws that will reduce America’s importation of foreign oil.
This bill will live in the House while simultaneously being dead in the Senate. It will be a legislative Schrodinger’s cat killed by the quantum mechanics of the legislative process!
Arbitrary rejection of scientific fact will not cause us to rise from our seats today. But with this bill, pollution levels will rise. Oil imports will rise. Temperatures will rise.
And with that, I yield back the balance of my time. That is, unless a rejection of Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity is somewhere in the chair’s amendment pile.
I believe this is what you were looking for…
If I may, I should like to add a few more…
Bill Maher: Newt Rules
Outkast - Player’s Ball
Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
Ken Ham and his buddies over at “Answers in Genesis” attempt to counter what young children have been taught about evolution by deliberately misrepresenting the theory.