Thursday, July 27, 2006

So come on and chickity-check yo self before you wreck yo self: Western Kansas does the dozens

A campaigner for the 5 conservative BoE candidates stepped up for a game of the dozens. Yo moderates are so lazy, she explained…:
“I don’t think we’re going to lose any seats,” she said. “As we’ve seen before, I think conservative voters are motivated; moderates aren’t.”
The muthafrickin' Scientific American stepped up and got up in her face. John Rennie said to those moderates, "Kansas, Undo the Damage":
If you are a voting citizen of Kansas, then next Tuesday, August 1 is a day when you have an important opportunity to stand up for good science education. You need to vote in the primary election and help to defeat the members of the State Board of Education who have inflicted embarrassing creationist nonsense on your home's science curriculum standards.
As for the IDolators, Rennie was all like, Yo theory so stanky…:
the I.D. movement doesn't have the intellectual honesty or sincerity to posit an actual theory of intelligent design.
And if they want to meet down by the creek tomorrow afternoon, bring a posse. Because moderates are waking up. Kansas is tired of the silliness.

And the toughest race to win will probably be in the big 5th district. Connie Morris has big money and a lot of established connections. Sally Cauble is great, but she's short on cash. She raised money from 220 people in her district, compared to Morris' 21. She really can win, but it won't be easy.

She's running hard, meeting with local school officials, with parents, with teachers and with students. She's hearing their concerns, and wants to fix things.

During her campaign stops, she said three major issues surfaced.

The first was the No Child Left Behind mandates.

"It started out as a great theory but lacks common sense," Cauble said. "It is unrealistic to think by 2014 we will have 100 percent efficiency and then have Adequate Yearly Progress attached to that. It's unrealistic."

Another common theme along the trail was a teacher shortage in math and science.

"Private industry can pay $5,000 to $10,000 more as a starting salary in those fields," Cauble said. "I think we need to set up a committee of teachers, administrators and the public and have a serious discussion about teacher salaries in the State of Kansas and have some research done that the public would support."

Cauble believed teacher salaries were relatively low, but there were a number of factors contributing to the reduced pay.

Another major issue Cauble encountered was the national image of the state in relation to the education in Kansas.

Issues like the science standards have contributed to a negative view of the state's educational system, according to Cauble.

"The science standards are poorly written," Cauble said. "My opponent says Intelligent Design was left out of the standards. If that's true, why am I getting so many calls about Intelligent Design? There are no guidelines for locals, therefore, they can interpret them any way they wish."
That's right, yo incumbent so stupid…

The address you should already have sent your check to is:

Cauble for Common Sense
P.O. Box 1085
Liberal, KS 67905

Check Yo Self” by Ice Cube from the album Greatest Hits (2001, 4:15).