Daily Archives: May 29, 2011

Tea Party Pressuring Schools To Teach Constitution Using Controversial Right-Wing Group’s Materials

There are some really important news stories that seem to stay under the radar of scrutiny in the main stream media.   For the corporate (right-leaning) media perhaps it’s by design. 

The stories may appear in an evening newscast or two but quickly disappear from the usually “days long” news cycles.    This is just one of those many “under the radar” stories…

TPM Muckraker

America’s kids don’t know jack about the Constitution, and according to a national Tea Party group, the only way to save them is to have school’s teach the nation’s founding document with materials provided by a controversial conservative group whose founder is one of Glenn Beck’s favorite historians.

Tea Party Patriots, the Georgia-based organization that counts around 1,000 chapters nationwide, is asking its members to pressure schools to teach the Constitution during Constitution Week in September, as they are required to do by a 2004 law. And when schools do teach the founding document, the group is suggesting that they use materials provided by the National Center for Constitutional Studies, a group that claims the country and Constitution were, “established by the hand of God.”

NCCS’s founder, W. Cleon Skousen, became a tea party favorite in recent years when Glenn Beck touted him on his program as an exemplary constitutional scholar. But Skousen’s past is marred by accusations that his work is far from accurate, and at times rife with racism.

In 1982, critics derided one of Skousen’s books, “The 5,000 Year Leap,” as racist for describing African-Americans as “pickaninnies” and claiming that slave owners were the real victims of slavery. Last year, Princeton Historian Sean Wilentz described the book in The New Yorker as a, “treatise that assembles selective quotations and groundless assertions to claim that the U.S. Constitution is rooted not in the Enlightenment but in the Bible.”

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West Wing Week “OCONUS III: A Homecoming of Sorts”

The White House

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, President Obama embarked on a six-day trip to Europe, visiting Ireland, the United Kingdom, France and Poland to engage our allies in the region on a host of issues. While overseas, the President pledged support for those back home affected by devastating tornadoes in Missouri and across the Midwest. Before leaving, the President met with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and went to the CIA Headquarters in Langley, VA. That’s May 20th to the 26th, or “OCONUS (Outside the Continental United States) III: A Homecoming of Sorts.”

Find out more about the topics covered in this edition of West Wing Week:

Friday, May 20,2011

Monday, May 23, 2011

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011

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Politico’s: The Week In One Liners

The week’s top ten quotes in U.S. politics: 

“My name is Barack Obama of the Moneygall Obamas. And I’ve come to find the apostrophe we lost along the way.” – President Barack Obama, yukking it up in his “hometown” in Ireland. 

“This looks pretty tasty.” – Obama, again in Ireland, hoisting a Guinness. 

“I will not be a Brett Favre.” – Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, making assurances that he will make a decision soon about pursuing a U.S. Senate seat.  

“You don’t cancel shows that have very good ratings.” – Donald Trump, explaining, in part, why he’s not running for president. 

“Congressman, you are causing problems.” – Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Elizabeth Warren to Rep. Patrick McHenry as a committee hearing grew heated. 

“I was extremely disappointed when Mike Huckabee announced that he will not be making a presidential run in this election.” - Chuck Norris, reacting to news about his old pal. 

“Absolutely not.” – First lady Michelle Obama, responding to a question from a high school student in the UK who asked “when you first met the president did you think he would go on to do such great things?” 

“He could definitely kick his a–.” – Meghan McCain, making a prediction about how her dad could beat up Glenn Beck, who had poked fun at Meghan’s looks. 

“There’s no education in the second kick of a mule.” – Sen. John McCain, explaining why he won’t run for president again. 

“Let me get some water. This is what comes from talking too much. We already know that talking too much leads to all kinds of problems.” – Sec. of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, revealing the secrets of diplomacy as she began to cough during remarks.

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