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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Dude, we're diplomats!

AWol's crooked brother (well, his crooked brother Neil--you have to be specific with this family) peddles educational software. This recently made news because Queen Mother Barbara Bush recently made a donation to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund. Doesn't sound like the evil witch we all know and hate, does it? Well, Babs specified that her donation be used to buy Neil's software for Houston schools that took in large numbers of Katrina evacuees. They probably could have used more desks or portable classrooms or especially teachers, but crappy software is what they got from Babs instead.

There are plenty of scandalous sides to this story; Cannonfire has several. But I decided to check out the web site for Neil's Ignite Learning program. Some of the stuff is just bizarre, like The XYZ Affair ("Dude, we're diplomats!"). But, in the interest of driving a wedge into the confluence of effluence that is the Republican party, I want to point out two of the science topics on that sample page. One is "Solar System: Formation," which presents two competing theories as to how the solar system was formed, neither one of which sounds anything like this:
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years: and let them be for lights in the firmament of heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made the two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
One of Neil's versions states that the solar system was formed "billions of years ago." And then there's "Heredity," which presents natural selection and evolution as facts.

Do W's religious wrong supporters know that his brother, funded by his mother, is boldly (if annoyingly) teaching the next generation that what those supporters believe is nonsense?? Maybe somebody should tell them. The UAE ports issue, the huge deficits and immigration are already starting to tear at the fabric of the GOP. Lets throw this into the mix, too!