Archive for July 5th, 2010

by Pete Talbot

In his Fourth of July newsletter salutation, Congressman Denny Rehberg warns us that:

“ … teaching American History and the Constitution has taken a back seat to a politically correct alternative history curriculum.”

Seems to me that American History curriculum is actually headed in the other direction. Texas for example, has rewritten its curriculum. From the New York Times:

… the Texas Board of Education on Friday approved a social studies curriculum that will put a conservative stamp on history and economics textbooks, stressing the superiority of American capitalism, questioning the Founding Fathers’ commitment to a purely secular government and presenting Republican political philosophies in a more positive light.

Texas textbooks will also challenge evolution and minimize the role of important Latino figures in Texas and American history.

So I’m not sure what Denny’s issue is unless it’s his usual goal of stirring up his base with misinformation and fear.

Then he poses one of his lame quizzes that, of course, will lead to nothing except to agitate his supporters even more.

Matt over at LiTW nailed it on Rehberg’s recent quiz on Health care.

Someday Denny will present us with the important issues of the day and suggest some solutions to the real problems that face Montanans. Yeah, right.

(Update: Looks like Pogie over at Intelligent Discontent saw the same newsletter. Here’s his take on it.)

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photo courtesy missoula aging services website

by problembear

those of us who are lucky enough to work shoulder to shoulder with volunteers, get to see the real spirit of america in action every day. this is a big thanks to all the organizations and individuals which make it happen every day here in missoula:

thank you to every one for making the promise of america real to those who walk the talk of what it means to be a real american. you don’t need a pistol strapped to your belt to prove anything when you hold out your hand to those in need.

contact these folks if you would like to share in the glow that comes with serving the true spirit of america:

http://www.habitatmsla.org

http://www.missoulaagingservices.org/community.html

http://www.volunteer.umt.edu/jobsearch.aspx

http://www.serve.gov/stories_all.asp

http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/orgs.jsp?r=msa&l=59868

http://www.missoulafoodbank.org/

http://www.montananaturalist.org/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities/

http://www.missoulaartmuseum.org/index.php/fuseaction/volunteer.opportunities.htm

http://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/index.aspx?NID=400

http://www.runwildmissoula.org/index.php/fuseaction/mmAbout.volunteer.htm

http://www.saintpatrick.org/index.aspx/How_You_Can_Help/Volunteering

http://www.uwmc.montana.com/help.html

http://www.missoulamedicalaid.net/

http://www.clc-missoula.org/adult.htm

http://flagshipprogram.org/

http://www.watsonchildrensshelter.org/

http://www.ywcaofmissoula.org/

http://www.mountainhomemt.org/

http://www.montana211.org/

http://www.thepoverellocenter.org/

http://www.mfbn.org/

….these are but a small taste of what is locally available here in missoula to donate your time in volunteering to the spirit of america. please leave more links in your comments if you would like to add to this list. and thank you. – pb




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