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RNC Pretty Sure New AP History Test Is Racist Against America

Why teach American history when you can worship it instead?
Get your helmets and flak jackets on, folks, because it’s Culture War time again. The Republican National Committee is very very concerned about the College Board’s newly revised framework for the Advanced Placement U.S. History exam, condemning it for being way too LIEberal and for its “consistently negative view of American history.” You can’t say the RNC doesn’t have its priorities in order! For instance, the exam framework doesn’t even say that America is the Bestest, Freest, Most Wonderfullest Republic that ever existed in the world, and it also completely fails to say that Jesus handed the Constitution to George Washington. Worse, according to a resolution passed at the RNC’s summer meeting last week, the new framework Read more on RNC Pretty Sure New AP History Test Is Racist Against America…
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Sundays With The Christianists: American History Textbooks That Are 3/5 Accurate

You might think that our Christianist textbooks would have the decency to mention this true historical event where Jesus handed the Constitution to America’s children while Washington, Lincoln, Adams and Hamilton sang show tunes, but this basic fact is strangely absent from the two textbooks we’ve been reviewing. They don’t even argue that the Constitution is directly inspired by the Bible, though possibly their having been written in the 1990s explains their exclusion of that bit of lunacy, which is mostly a recent product of the highly imaginative David Barton. Even so, there’s plenty of Godstuff to go around! Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: American History Textbooks That Are 3/5 Accurate…
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Washington To Close Historic Post Office In Benjamin Franklin’s Old House Because Why Not

The U.S. Postal Service is now going to close “more than 1 in 10” of its post office locations around the country, as part of the National Shutting Down orchestrated by Washington Republicans and their extremist-libertarian corporate overlords. One such post office up for closure is in Old Philadelphia, inside a historic home that belonged to Benjamin Franklin. The post office moved in back in 1975, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the American postal service — Franklin is credited with starting the American postal service, and served as the nation’s first postmaster general. Whatever, history doesn’t make money for the Koch Brothers while screwing everybody else, right? Read more on Washington To Close Historic Post Office In Benjamin Franklin’s Old House Because Why Not…
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Angry Dingbat Yells At Long-Dead Historical Figures

Meet Rick Barber, your patriotic candidate for Congress from Alabama’s (we don’t know) district. He closed down the honky tonk again, and now he’s yelling at the demons of his imagination: Brewer-Patriot Sam Adams, socialist Parisian Benjamin Franklin and liberty-crushing whiskey-taxer George Washington. And he irritated these ghosts so much that Washington’s gonna crawl out of the grave and order another government raid on the teabaggers who don’t want to pay their booze taxes! Read more on Angry Dingbat Yells At Long-Dead Historical Figures…
 

Brave Newspaper Press Operator Will Stop ‘Muslim Fundamentalist’ Barack Obama

At the Ottawa Herald of Franklin County, Kansas, even the guys who work the newspaper printing press can write a column for the “op ed” section. And proving once again that small-town papers are like blogs without the quality control, pressman Gary Sillett contributed a terrific “community viewpoint” about the upcoming presidential election. “To elect Barack Obama to the highest office in the land would be nothing less than spitting on the graves of the victims of 9/11,” Sillett wrote last week. You know you want to read the rest. Read more on Brave Newspaper Press Operator Will Stop ‘Muslim Fundamentalist’ Barack Obama…
 

Happy Birthday, Ben Franklin!

America’s craziest Founding Father was born on this day back in Seventeen Hundred and Six in Boston. Benjamin Franklin loved wine, physics, France, string quartets, vulgarity and all the ladies. He was also a pretty good cartoonist and authored what is remembered as the very first American political cartoon: a chopped-up snake that was somehow supposed to encourage the 13 colonies to get it together against the French colonists and American Indians to the west. It is safe to say Franklin would’ve been named an Enemy Combatant by the current administration. “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety,” wrote the good doctor in his 1759 Historical Review. Come learn more weird stuff about America’s Number One celebrity of the mid-eighteenth century, after the jump. Read more on Happy Birthday, Ben Franklin!…