In 2011, Newsweek asked 1,000 Americans to take the standard U.S. Citizenship test, and 38 percent of them failed. One in three couldn’t name the vice-president. A 2009 study in the European Journal of Communications looked at how informed citizens of the U.S., UK, Denmark and Finland were of the international news of the day, … Continue reading
Rodolfo F. Acuña | Northridge, CA | February 4, 2013 The National Committee for Protection of Foreign Born Workers was established in 1923 in reaction to the virulent xenophobia of a Republican Congress and President toward immigrant workers. The Committee also organized for the workers’ right to organize and strike. This campaign resulted in the … Continue reading
The official 2012 Republican Party platform is a far-right fever dream, a compilation of pouting, posturing and policies to meet just about every demand from the overlapping Religious Right, Tea Party, corporate, and neo-conservative wings of the GOP. If moderates have any influence in today’s Republican Party, you wouldn’t know it by reading the platform. … Continue reading
David Barton, a self-styled Christian historian who claims to debunk left-wing myths about America, is sure of it: If you studied the Founding Fathers like he has, you would know that “as far as they were concerned, they had already had the entire debate on creationism and evolution.” And the creationists, Barton says, won.
Today, Kris Kobach, Roy Beck, head of the anti-immigrant group NumbersUSA, and ICE union leader Chris Crane announced that together they have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security. It’s a shame that the suit’s plaintiff, Mr. Crane, hasn’t more diligently researched the backgrounds of those who will fund and represent him in … Continue reading
*Mexikaresistance.com Note: Please. All this “slavery talk” from a people whose only experience with slavery and racism has been in how they have benefited from them. The Republican indignation machine is in high gear, this time over remarks made by Vice-President Joe Biden at a campaign stop in Virginia on August 14, for racial overtones … Continue reading
*Mexikaresistance.com Note: Texas, where being republican and stupid is a point of pride. The Republican Party of Texas has issued their 2012 political platform and has come out and blatantly opposed critical thinking in public schools throughout the state. If you wonder what took them so long to actually state that publicly, it is really … Continue reading
*Mexikaresistance.com Note: A government verging on evil? How about “an entire country founded on evil.” These clowns actually feel that this is “their” land. That they actually belong here. Squatter babies… The Tea Party Nation, one of the more extreme factions of the Tea Party movement, has dipped deeper into the conspiratorial waters of antigovernment … Continue reading
*Mexikaresistance.com Note: Idiot America, indeed. This spring, a group of eighth graders exposed the leaders of a multinational corporation as a drove of braying dopes. It started, of course, on Facebook where the kids tweaked Pearson, a profitable testing company to whom New York State pays millions, by exposing one of its “reading comprehension” exercises … Continue reading
I am having trouble getting into this essay on the war on critical thinking. I cannot figure out whether it is dumb or ignorant. My mother would say that the people conducting the war are malditos, mean. The reality is that the criminalization of rational thought goes beyond being dumb, ignorant or just plain mean.