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Independent Ideas: Textbooks, Tesla, and Television

by Jason Lightner September 19th, 2014 Independent Ideas
It's been an exhausting week in the land of confusion, but here we are, yet again, to sift through the rubble and find some sort of sense in the chaos. Good day to you, fair reader.

Texas textbooks butcher climate change coverage — in social studies

Here's one we could have seen coming from a mile away.

From Ars Technica:
InIndependent-Ideas three cases, the textbooks seem to confuse climate change and ozone depletion. One implies that it's the loss of the ozone layer that's leading to the planet's warming by letting more sunlight in. Two others
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Poli Talk

  • Frankly, let's consider what we have to do to degrade and defeat ISIL. -- John Kerry

  • Stop telling lies about my Dad on TV. --Sean Astorino, son of Republican candidate Rob Astorino, to Andrew Cuomo

  • Ukraine is free to adopt any law it wants. But we are not planning any federalism with Ukraine. -- Andrei Purgin,rebel leader in Donetsk

  • Congress has a chance to pass historic legislation that will help restore trust that has been lost. -- Google legal director Richard Salgado

Foreign Policy Plus Ailing Economy Hurt Democrats

by T Akery September 16th, 2014 Republican Reflections
Republican-Reflections The reports coming out of the Middle East on ISIS are becoming worse by the day. While the President has vowed he will do something about it through a couple of speeches, very little has happened that has changed the situation. The only potentially good news is that more countries are coming into play with Britain and possibly the UN taking a stronger stance on ISIS. But it is hardly enough to offset the damage that has been done over there and it may be a case of too little, too late.

While I don't want the President to spell
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Kicking A Hive of Stupid

by Ronald A. Rowe September 18th, 2014 Winners & Losers
Winners-Losers Ouch.  It was a rough week on the political stage this week.  It seems like we’ve had our share of those lately.  Things haven’t gone very well for any of our major players this time around.  In fact, I had to dig out the old WINNER / LOSER Combo trick just to find a smidgen of positivity out of the morass that was this week in politics.  Readers, please find a little love in your hearts for someone – anyone - involved in the political arena and recommend a
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Obama’s Speech And The Art Of War

by Eric M. Blake September 15th, 2014 Conservative Considerations
Conservative-Considerations Dear readers, it’s time to bring out the great Sun Tzu again — and why not? President Obama has certainly proven time and again that either he's not aware of the foreign policy insight of The Art Of War, or else he simply thinks it’s all outdated. Curious how his fondness for Saul Alinsky’s teachings indicates he’s willing to treat politics like war… but he never seems willing to treat war like war.

Frankly, his chaotic "handling" (if one can honestly call it that…) of the various international crises arising since his initial inauguration prove full well Master Sun's warning:

"When a civil leadership unaware of the
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Independent Ideas: More Constitution, Please!

by Jason Lightner September 12th, 2014 Independent Ideas
Independent-Ideas The Constitution to the United States of America has been a popular topic lately, and I can't think of anything I'd like to talk about more right now. You remember how we're looking to get big money out of politics?

You don't?

Oh, that's right. That's because not very many of us are actually putting any effort into the cause. Guys, if you want to make an omelette, you've got to break some eggs. This means taking off work, getting off the couch, and getting the freakin' word out. But enough about me, let's talk about you.

Think of the last cause you
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