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Bobby Jindal’s Anti-Science School Voucher Program Ruled Unconstitutional

The forces of atavism suffer a setback in Louisiana
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Here’s some excellent news from Louisiana, where a state judge has ruled that Gov. Bobby Jindal’s outrageous school voucher program giving state funding to private religious schools that teach creationism and climate change denial is unconstitutional. Damn right.

One of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s signature accomplishments, a private school tuition voucher program, was ruled unconstitutional by a Louisiana judge Friday, the Associated Press reports:

State Judge Tim Kelley said Friday that the program improperly diverts money allocated through Louisiana’s public school funding formula to private schools. He also said it unconstitutionally diverts local tax dollars to private schools.

Kelley ruled in a lawsuit backed by teacher unions and school boards seeking to shut down the voucher program and other changes that would funnel more money away from traditional public schools.

Jindal (R-La.), who is frequently touted as a potential contender in the 2016 Republican presidential race, pushed the legislation through the state’s legislature in April. Two statewide teachers’ associations and a group of school boards filed legal challenges shortly thereafter.

Jindal said in a statement Friday afternoon that he would appeal the ruling. 
In addition to the lawsuits, the program was criticized for letting students attend religious schools that teach Young Earth Creationism — the belief that the universe is no older than 10,000 years. 

Jindal’s response to this setback for his religious fundamentalist agenda:

‘Today’s ruling is wrong-headed and a travesty for parents across Louisiana who want nothing more than for their children to have an equal opportunity at receiving a great education,’ Jindal said. ‘This ruling changes nothing for the students currently in the program. All along, we expected this to be decided by the Louisiana Supreme Court.’

Make no mistake — the underlying cause behind Gov. Jindal’s voucher program is to erase the boundary between church and state, especially (but not limited to) the teaching of the scientific theory of evolution. He may be trying to position himself as a “moderate Republican” lately, but Jindal has been more successful than any other Republican politician at blurring the lines and legitimizing the long range anti-science educational agenda of the religious right.

Norquist Predicts a ‘Tea Party Second Wave,’ #Breitbart Commenters Want ‘Armed Insurrection’

As the angry wingnuts rage
Wingnuts • Views: 23,415

Today at breitbart.com we learn that we’re about to face yet another tsunami of old white people ranting about tyranny, dressing up like Lipton’s boxes and Revolutionary War soldiers, and demanding to see Obama’s birth certificate, because hold on your tricorne hats… Grover Norquist says a New, Larger ‘Tea Party Second Wave’ is Coming.

This will be massive.

“We are about to have a Tea Party second wave that will dwarf the first wave and that is because while ‘spend too much’ brought the Tea Party into existence, we’re about to walk into ‘spend too much, regulate too much, and tax too much,’ all together. It’s going to be a perfect storm of annoying government behavior, which is devastating to the economy, and I think the small business community which is particularly hit by Obama’s tax increases are going to lead the fight bigger, stronger, tougher than the last Tea Party.”

Meanwhile, some of the commenters at breitbart.com are especially cranky in this thread; popular themes include violent revolution, armed insurrection, and becoming “terrorests” (sic).

We have quit. Mitt won hands down & we did nothing. Whats left to do? Become a terrorest against our own country?

[…]

Don’t think we haven’t been branded terrorists of a sort already? We’re damned if we do and damned if we dont, so at this point, let’s give ‘em all a really, really, really good reason to lie about us some more.

I’m at the point where I don’t really give a damn about the 0bamabots anymore. They made their choice, let ‘em take the consequences. Any fight left in me is for my descendants and for my fellow patriots. I’m not going off the cliff with the lemmings, dammit.

[…]

Yes. Armed insurrection is a viable strategy.

[…]

Thats what had to be done to CREATE this nation to begin with.

[…]

If you study the numbers, nobody will ever be able to overtake the Santa Claus Party. It’s time to prepare for Revolution.

[…]

You’ll stand up, like a Man!, and call out the Left. Dammit people, you are human beings with UnAlienable rights. Don’t ever forget that. When they call you a racist, tell them to “go f*&k themselves”. If they call you a teabagger, pop em in the mouth once or twice and see if it continues. They are bullies, and when you challenge a bully, they roll over. Find your inner strength, don’t give up, and stick it to the Man dammit. Brietbart died for this. The least we could do is continue the good fight.

[…]

Your a whining weasel peace of feces , that needs to be flushed. TEA PARTY is a movement that is now desperate, the people who should be our allies(like you have left us with no ammo, no help) our moving over to the enemy. Tea Party has to dig in and start exposing spies and rhinos and traders

[…]

Looks like the time for talking and protesting is passed. Wake me up when the shooting starts. That is all that’s left. There is no negotiating with these Marxist thugs. We have two opposing philosophies in America and they simply CANNOT coexist. One of them has to go and go soon.

[…]

The bloodless communist coup, acorn, msm, Hussein lies, campaigns as a conservative. W.T.F happened, I am sick to my stomach. Where was everyone, the outrage over the S.C. decision, that woke up the sleeping giant? Cannot depend on the moms and pop patriots to come back, after being villified. Now I am ready for the military surrounging the white house and and arresting the lying seditious fraud in the W.H. A military coup if you will.

[…]

After all the parties comes the war. I’ll wait.

[…]

Teaparty’s first order of business would be to get Obama impeached for the Benghazi debacle. It wouldn’t matter who falls on the sword for Obama, the bottom line is the buck stop with Obama, he is the last person to order “stand down” or “go”. He should be impeached just for two weeks of lies and charade, miss leading Americans for political gain. Remember he saw the live feed in real time from the drones. His ambition caused the lives of four Americans. In my book he is an accomplice in the murders, he denied help and left them behind. I’m totally shock that there are not more outrage from the general public!!!!

Inadvertent Wingnut Humor of the Day: O’Reilly Tries to Understand ‘Gangnam Style’

Futile
Humor • Views: 21,694

Two old white Fox News spokesholes encounter Psy’s “Gangnam Style” video, attempt to make sense of it, bone-headed racist hilarity ensues.

Highlights:

  • O’Reilly calls Psy “some little fat guy from Yong Yang”
  • O’Reilly says there’s no comparison between Psy and Elvis Presley, because Presley’s songs had “words”
  • Ablow says “the meaning is that it has no meaning” and compares the video to a drug

Conservative Fact Check Fires Pamela Geller’s ‘TechDude’

Discovers that he forged his credentials. Still apparently not clear on much else.
Blogosphere • Views: 22,274

Conservative Fact Check, the fact-checking site that’s probably not a parody, has parted ways with Pamela Geller’s “TechDude,” who came up with the nonsensical “heat map” theory behind the obviously forged birth certificate of Kenyan Usurper Barack Shabazz Hussein Obama:

I should point out that I have not met “TechDude” in person. He contacted me via email shortly after this site was launched, and pointed me to his work featured on the Atlas Shrugs blog. I was impressed, and offered him the (unpaid) position as our resident technical expert.

When I confronted him with the information about the plagiarized credentials, he first claimed not to be the same “TechDude” who had forged those credentials. But then I pointed him toward his emails in which he claimed to be the same “TechDude” who had helped Atlas Shruggs with their Obama forged birth certificate investigation, in which Pamela Gellar listed those same credentials.

So is it the same “TechDude”? I don’t know. But I don’t think that he’s exhibited adequate honesty.

To be clear, I don’t doubt for a second that Obama’s birth certificate is a forgery — many other people, including Mr. Donald Trump, have said the same thing, so the evidence is overwhelming. But given this revelation, it’s best if “TechDude” and CFC part ways.

Read all about it.

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