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Texas Freedom Network president Kathy Miller, whose group advocates for the strict separation of church and state, said Mr. Perry deserves an "F" for appointing "a clear ideologue who has repeatedly put his own personal and political agendas ahead of sound science, good health and solid textbooks for students."
She noted that in 2003, Dr. McLeroy was one of four board members who voted against proposed high school biology textbooks because he felt their coverage of evolution was "too dogmatic" and did not include possible flaws in Charles Darwin's theory of how life on Earth evolved from lower forms.
"Dr. McLeroy will now be in charge of the board's scheduled revision of the state's science curriculum standards, an area where he has already cast his lot with extremists who want to censor what our schoolchildren learn," said Ms. Miller, whose group frequently battles social conservatives over textbooks and other issues.
In 2001, McLeroy and a majority of the board rejected the only Advanced Placement textbook for high school environmental science because its views on global warming and other events didn't comport with the beliefs of the board majority. The book wasn't factual and was anti-American and anti-Christian, the majority claimed. Meanwhile, dozens of colleges and universities were using the textbook, including Baylor University, the nation's largest Baptist college.
Diego took the elevator wheel, then rang out the “cast off” signal. Immediately, La Riaza drifted back with the wind. The loosed mooring lines slipped free of the towers, quickly pulled in and stowed by airmen in the bow and stern. The silver ship rose smoothly into the sky. Emerald striping ran along the lines of the ship’s ribs from the folded masts and rigging at the bow to the low-slung pilothouse and horizontal, boxy complex of rudders and elevators at the stern.
The great ship looked like an enormous, airborne phallus; the imposing helio-filled hull was little more than thin silver canvas stretched over a complex skeleton of timber ribbing running the length of the vessel. Count von Zeppelin would be proud of this alternate-reality incarnation of his creation, that is, if he were still alive and willing to read English-language speculative fiction.
PAGANS have pledged to perform “rain magic” to wash away cartoon character Homer Simpson who was painted next to their famous fertility symbol - the Cerne Abbas giant.
The 17th century chalk outline of the naked, sexually aroused, club-wielding giant is believed by many to be a symbol of ancient spirituality.
Many couples also believe the 180ft giant, which is carved in the hillside above Cerne Abbas, Dorset, is an aid to fertility.
A giant 180ft Homer Simpson brandishing a doughnut was painted next to the well-endowed figure today in a publicity stunt to promote The Simpsons Movie released later this month.
INSTRUCTIONS: Remove the blog in the top spot from the following list and bump everyone up one place. Then add your blog to the bottom slot, like so.
1. The Urban Recluse
2. No Smoking in the Skull Cave
3. Electronic Cerebrectomy
4. Byzantium's Shores: The Occasional Meditations of yada yada yada
5. Gibberish: Dubious & Questionable Ravings of Jayme Lynn Blaschke
Next, select five people to tag.
Hmmm. Let's see if I can tag some people I've not annoyed in this manner previously:
1. Mikal Trimm
2. Martha Wells
3. Mark Finn
4. Scott McCullar
5. Andy Duncan
And now for the questions!
What were you doing ten years ago?
Marveling at the fact I'd been married a whole year and my wife had yet to kick me out.
What were you doing one year ago?
Writing (and selling) a heck of a lot more fiction than I've been lately.
Five snacks you enjoy.
1. Chips and salsa. The hotter, the better (and by hotter, I mean heat evaluated on the volume of tears, sweat and running nose I'm experiencing after the fact).
2. Salted-in-shell peanuts. Except of those random bad ones. Yeech!
3. Raw broccoli with ranch dip. I practically lived off this my first few weeks out of college.
4. Cheese, melted.
Five songs to which you know all the lyrics.
1. "Lola" The Kinks
3. "Calling America" ELO
4. "My Life" Billy Joel
5. "Living On A Thin Line" The Kinks (hey, be glad the weren't all Kinks songs)
Five things you would do if you were a billionaire. (Ah. I see we're talking J.K. Rowling money here...)
1. Open a huge beer barrel restaurant/tourist trap in New Braunfels.
2. Set up endowments for the regional SF conventions in Texas that are still author-friendly.
3. Invest in or found my own publishing company.
4. Buy a 1937 Studebaker Dictator and a 1937 President.
5. Build a castle to live in.
Five bad habits.
1. Blowing my nose in public. Without using a tissue.
4. I'm too quick to scold my children.
5. Tune out my wife when she complains about all my bad habits.
Five things you like doing.
1. Making beer and mead.
2. Making salsa.
3. Consuming the above.
4. Taking the kids to Schlitterbahn.
5. Playing with my passion flowers.
Five things you would never wear again.
1. Many "cool" fashions from the '80s.
2. '70s-era leisure suits (no kidding--my mom has pictures of me in on at about 6 years of age).
3. um... you know what? I just don't have that strong of feelings about clothing.