Category Archives: History

False Patriotism for False Patriots

Fox Host Gretchen Carlson has a thing or two to say about the students who walked out in protest in the Denver, Colorado area after the local school board proposed censoring their history curriculum. Carlson is “all for” free speech … Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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The Conservative War on History Continues

The conservative war on history, which recently reared its head in Texas where state officials voted to drop the Advanced Placement U.S. History curriculum because it was “anti-American,” has spread to the Denver, Colorado area where the local school board … Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Don’t Mess With Texas History

The imagined slight of an Advanced Placement U.S. History curriculum that is “anti-American” has swept the state of Texas and the state Board of Education has taken steps to eliminate it. From the Associated Press The Board of Education approved … Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Revisionism

Tennessee Republicans are challenging Advanced Placement standards in their state, joining their counterparts at the RNC in opposition to what they call “revisionist.” From The Tennessean: Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville, and Government Operations Committee Chairman Mike Bell, … Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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A Civil War Letter To Mother

RNC Headquarters Washington D.C. 11 May 2014 Dearest Mother-Sister-Wife, I thought I would take the opportunity to write to you as a yearly reminder of my undying love, for you are the one who birthed me on the floor of … Continue reading
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Senate Panel To Release Bush-era Torture Documents

It’s nice to be reminded that we do things differently now: WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to release parts of a hotly contested, secret report that harshly criticizes CIA terror interrogations after 9/11, and the White House … Continue reading
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Rush Limbaugh Nominated For Author Of The Year

Oh, good grief. (CNN) - The Children’s Book Council and its Every Child a Reader program released on Thursday their author-of-the-year finalists for their annual Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards. Limbaugh is one of the four finalists, and his nomination … Continue reading
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For President Obama, Everything Is Everything

  Sam Stein and Sabrina Siddiqui put together a piece for the Huffington Post outlining the media’s sensational framing of everything President Obama has encountered during his presidency, some events being a natural phenomenon of the office, but the reality … Continue reading
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Greenwald: You’re All Just A Bunch Of Dick Cheneys!

I’m embarrassed for him. Dems, 2006: Dick Cheney is the root of all evil. Dems, 2013: let’s copy Dick Cheney’s speeches denouncing journalism https://t.co/a23ytzyiud — Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 12, 2014 First of all, a lot of Democrats have been … Continue reading
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RNC Honors The Good Ones For Black History Month

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Co-Chairman Sharon Day released a statement reminding their constituents to look both ways this month before telling their favorite Black History Month joke. This month, we celebrate the influence of African Americans in … Continue reading
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Rand Paul Doesn’t Know The Meaning Of Consent

Speaking with David Gregory on Meet The Press today, Senator Rand Paul decided to relitigate the 90s saying that the Democrats accusing the GOP of waging a ‘war on women’ is totally undercut because President Clinton is a sexual predator … Continue reading
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Sen. Ted Cruz Is The Latest ‘Mandela-Loving’ RINO

Wow. In the year 2013, you still can’t even feign condolences and act like you care about the passing of one of history’s foremost champions of human rights without facing a rhetorical firing squad from the Republican party’s base. Senator … Continue reading
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The Iran Deal Is Not Munich, Dammit

Another yayhoo went full Godwin yesterday: Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) on Monday compared the interim Iranian nuclear deal to Britain’s appeasement of Nazi Germany, according to the Hill. “Prime Minister Chamberlain would have been proud after the West gave the … Continue reading
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Racism Ended Today, But Was Quickly Reinstated By The RNC

The RNC reminds us today that it’s all over and Rosa Parks ended racism: Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism. pic.twitter.com/uxIj1QmtkU 8:58 AM – 1 Dec 13 This sparked a Twitter laughfest to which … Continue reading
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Beyond the Words: The Meaning and Intent of the Gettysburg Address

My Wednesday column (posted last night): It’s a shame that Brietbart.com, Drudge and other fire-eaters ginned up the ridiculous non-scandal scandal about the president omitting “under God” from his recitation of the Gettysburg Address. By now, it’s clear that Ken … Continue reading
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The Politics Of Painting History

Interesting take on Peter Frederick Rothermel’s painting, “Battle Of Gettysburg — Pickett’s Charge,” by New York Times historian Curt Miner. Writing about Rothermel’s ‘painstaking process’ of interviewing soldiers and officers of the event that essentially altered the course of history, … Continue reading
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The Blame Game

Artist– Bill Day And, just what is the old Decider-Commander-Guy 43′ doing these days? According to an extremely flattering, deferential article in the New York Times adapted from Peter Baker’s “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House,” a friend … Continue reading
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What Our Ancestors Sounded Like 6,000 Years Ago

Long before there was English, French, German, Spanish — or even ancient Greek and Latin — there was Proto Indo-European. Here’s what linguists believe it sounded like: Continue reading
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Flashback to How Clinton Won the 1996 Shutdown

Former Clinton administration staffer Elaine Kamarck recalls how the previous shutdown was won: Dean was an unassuming middle-aged man – a 49 year old veteran who had served in Vietnam and then gone to work for the Social Security’s Oklahoma … Continue reading
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Here’s To New Beginnings

In what has been a winning streak for believers in international diplomacy going on around here lately, what between both Syria and Russia being forced to come to terms with this president’s resolve, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was contacted by … Continue reading
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