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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Kansas declares Emancipation From Education...

... saying to the rest of the country: "Fuck Louisiana! WE'RE the stupidest state in the country!"

More down-to-earth, the Kansas Board of Education (sic) decided that Intelligent Design is the way to go, saying that evolution has been challenged by, among other things, molecular biology.

For my money though, the quote of the day is:

In addition, the board rewrote the definition of science, so that it is no longer limited to the search for natural explanations of phenomena.

According to the story, 6 republicans voted to destroy education, and 2 voted to uphold it - but the story fails to say which republicans voted which way. Whatever - let's take a look at some of the highlights of all 8 of the republican board members, who are oh-so knowledgeable that they felt competent to rewrite THE VERY DEFINITION OF SCIENCE:

Carol Rupe (carolrupe@hotmail.com)
Executive Director of the Financial Fitness Foundation
Carol has also served on boards for Leadership 2000, the Quivira Boy Scout Council, Episcopal Social Services, WISE, and the Junior League of Wichita.

Iris Van Meter
Iris graduated from Kentucky Mountain Bible College in 1956 with a degree in Christian Education.

Steve Abrams (sabrams@hit.net)
Steve owns a veterinary practice in Arkansas City.
Once served as president of Rural Water District number 6.

Kenneth R. Willard (kwillard@cox.net )
He currently serves as a district manager for an insurance company, managing 25 agencies in south-central and southwest Kansas.

Kathy Martin (martinkathy@yahoo.com)
Kathy earned her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education in 1967, and her Masters in Special Education in 1984, both from Kansas State University.

Connie Morris
Connie and her husband Kelly farm and ranch and own a plumbing business in St. Francis where they have resided for 12 years.

John Bacon (jwmsbacon@aol.com)
John earned his Bachelor's degree in accounting from Mid- America Nazarene University in 1985 and is now self-employed as a certified public accountant.

Sue Gamble
She earned her Associate Degree from Johnson County Community College and a Bachelor's Degree in social work from the University of Kansas.
She is currently an associate broker with MJ Allen & Associates.

That's who redefined what science is folks - social workers, real estate agents, plumbers, and bible school graduates. It's also worthy of note that the only board member with a serious education in an intellectually serious field is a Democrat (Ph.D., history).

Feel free to email each and every one of them and let them know what you think. That's why, presumably, their email addresses were made publically available.

So let the jokes come rolling forth; let nothing stem the tide (I suspect nothing will). Here's my initial #1:

Q: What's stupider than a kid from Kansas?

A: Nothing.



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