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Monday, October 16, 2006

"Creationist" Kansas school board scapegoated for alleged damage to state economy

A Lawrence Journal-World news article reported,

Topeka — Calling her an “elitist” and a “big-government liberal,” the state school board’s chairman on Friday criticized Gov. Kathleen Sebelius over her proposal to strip the board of its power to set education policy.

Steve Abrams, an Arkansas City Republican who is part of the Kansas State Board of Education’s conservative majority, took the Democratic governor to task for suggesting that its adoption last year of science standards seen as anti-evolution had damaged Kansas’ economic development efforts . . . . .

"I expect a big-government liberal like our governor to oppose conservative politics. But to infer that the State Board of Education is responsible for the lack of economic development in Kansas is laughable,” he [said].

That's like blaming the demise of Southern California's aerospace industry on the University of California's rejection of Christian-school biology courses that use particular "creationist" biology textbooks.

The last I heard, the high-tech aviation industry in the Kansas city of Wichita, the "Detroit of the general aviation industry," was doing fairly well.

Maybe Gov. Sebelius thinks that businesses' choices of states for locations should be based on the Fordham Institute's map of evolution education ratings. Most of the "failed" and "marginal" states on this map are in the "Bible Belt" and the Midwest, but Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin are among the "failed" states and there was a lot of publicity about the controversy over Ohio's proposed lesson plan for a critical analysis of evolution.

Gov. Sebelius criticized the state rather than the state's detractors. I don't think that she is going to get many votes that way.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I called it. The idiot is digging even deeper to distract us from discussion of his failures and the vacuity of his arguments.

Monday, October 16, 2006 5:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Voice In The Wilderness said...

It looks like you don't know the meaning of "scapegoated" either. You argue that there is no damage so there can't be a scapegoat.

Had you considered taking an English as a Second Language course at your local night school?

Monday, October 16, 2006 6:59:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

Anonymous moaned,
>>>> The idiot is digging even deeper to distract us from discussion of his failures and the vacuity of his arguments. <<<<<

I don't run this blog for the benefit of the trolls. I am trying to attract intelligent, serious readers and commenters here.

Voice In The Wilderness whined,
>>>> It looks like you don't know the meaning of "scapegoated" either. You argue that there is no damage so there can't be a scapegoat. <<<<<

I didn't say positively that there was no damage. I said that the damage is "alleged."

In another statement in another news article, the governor of Kansas said that the state's economy is "robust," so I really don't know whether or not economic growth has met expectations.

Anyway, if there was no actual damage, then the school board was scapegoated for imaginary damage.

Instead of trying to improve the state's reputation, the governor has wallowed in its bad reputation among Darwinists. If I were a Kansan, I would say to hell with her.

>>>>> Had you considered taking an English as a Second Language course at your local night school? <<<<<

You need a course in English as a First Language.

Monday, October 16, 2006 11:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Voice In The Wilderness said...

> I am trying to attract intelligent, serious readers and commenters here. <

You have succeeded. It is a mystery then why you always duck their intelligent serious questions.

It is also a shame that you are unable to reach up to their intellectual level. Most of the discussion seems to go on over your head.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 3:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is hilarious! The Court Jester complains about a lack of serious debate while continuing to duck all questions.

The deserter then complains to have won all of the battles.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 10:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Sherry D said...

I leave the blog for a few days and I find that it has further deteriorated.

> I am trying to attract intelligent, serious readers and commenters here. <

Larry seems no more able to see intelligent readers than he is able to understand the very simple, straightforward, and logical written decision of a judge.

It seems that with a few exceptions, the commenters have at least started out with serious commentaries and then only resorted to attacks in answer to those of Larry, or out of frustration for his total unwillingness to answer pointed questions.

Larry seems to be his biggest enemy. Open your eyes, Larry. You could have what you claim to want here.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 11:01:00 AM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

Sherry D. moaned,

>>>>> Larry seems no more able to see intelligent readers than he is able to understand the very simple, straightforward, and logical written decision of a judge. <<<<<<

I presume that you are talking about my federal lawsuit against California's smog impact fee. I said umpteen times that there was no written opinion in the decision, you worthless piece of shit. There was not even an oral opinion, because there was no oral hearing.

You, Anonymous, VIW, etc., are no-good pieces of shit that are trying to sabotage this blog by taking advantage of my no-deletions policy by cluttering it up with your asinine comments.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 5:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Voice In The Wilderness said...

> I said umpteen times that there was no written opinion in the decision <

There was. It is public record, you worthless piece of shit. The opinion was not a long tretise because your case did not merit it.

> cluttering it up with your asinine comments. <

It is your idiotic statements that are cluttering up the blog. If you are unable to answer our posts pointing out the vacuity of your position, don't pretend that you have won any debate, dumbshit.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006 3:30:00 AM  

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