Texas is closed

Texas is closed

Texas is closed

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April 30 2009 5:51 PM

Texas is closed

Texas is confusing. I guess when you get a state that big, you get conflicting news from it:

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1) The bad news: First it was science, and now the state Board of Education is attacking social studies. What do these doofi have against people who are actually knowledgeable and trained in their fields of study?

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2) The good news: The Texas legislature is on the verge of doing the right thing: canning creationist Don McLeroy as the head of the state Board of Education. Let's hope that's one door that does in fact hit him on the derriere.

So which is it? Good news or bad? I guess, like many things in reality, it's both. But given the past few months, it's not too far-fetched to guess that even if McLeroy is given the (cowboy) boot, the Lone Star creationists will find some other aspect of life to screw up miserably for the rest of us.

So, with that -- and not to tick off any reality-based Texan BABloggees out there -- I hope you take this in the light intended: making fun of those among you who want to snuff out the candle of science.

I still think there's hope for Texas, and for the rest of us, or else I wouldn't be writing about this. But the price for that hope is to continue the fight. And we will, for as long as it's needed.