Big Damn Hero 1

Big Damn Hero
I was up past midnight last night, glued to a livestream. I haven’t done that since we landed on Mars. I wish this one had been such a happy occasion. I was, of course, watching the livestream of Texas state Senator Wendy Davis filibustering the horrifying anti-abortion bill that the legislature was trying to pass ...

Roly poly interlopers

Just today, I’ve removed three pillbugs from my apartment. I have no idea where they’re coming from, but they really like to hang around my kitchen. Maybe they’re hoping for a cup of tea. Or a beer, it’s pretty hot out even in the morning. Pillbugs are the least offensive arthropods I’ve encountered since moving to ...

Ding, Dong, McElroy’s out…

The Atheist Experience in Austin Texas talks about the developments for Texas’ board of education election this year. It’s not exactly a clear, sweeping victory for science and reason, but McElroy is well and truly out, having been knocked out in the primary. We’ll see how things shake out, but it does allow a spark ...

Because Joe McCarthy needs better press

Conservative Vision Ascendant In Latest TX History Textbooks Draft; Gingrich, Schlafly Back In; because what social studies text books need is more emphasis on the positive cultural contributions of the NRA. No, really. I’m not even making this up. Of course, the best bit come from TPM’s previous post on this topic: In a note ...

Art: Scarring Children for Life in Texas 2

I meant to post this link last week, but the horrifying detonation of my digestive tract on Wednesday kind of distracted me. My best friend Kat, who teaches first grade, sent this story to me: Museum Field Trip Deemed Too Revealing The basic story seems to be that a teacher took her class on a ...

Just when we thought the Texas Board of Education couldn’t get any scarier.

For about five minutes, I had a little flutter of hope in my heart when Don McElroy was given the boot from the Texas Board of Education. He was an infamous creationist stooge, and every time I heard his name, I cringed. While I’m not Texan myself, I’m well aware of the influence that Texas ...