Another Moron for the Texas BOE

In the grand tradition of Don McLeroy and Cynthia Dunbar, we have a new moron running for the Texas State Board of Education. Her name is Lady Theresa Thombs and she’s quite a piece of work. And she wants you to know right up front that she doesn’t buy any of that evolution nonsense:

Thombs had said she wanted history lessons written by “experts, not people from some socialist higher education.”

She went on: “We know we didn’t come from monkeys!”

You’re right, we didn’t. And no one claims we did. I have this silly idea that no one should serve on a local board of education, much less a state-level one, if they can’t pass the final exams in the classes offered in the schools. And I guarantee you she’d fail most of them. Including spelling:

Thombs’ website made its debut last week.

She wrote that she’s running to fight — her spellings — “adgendas and ideoligies.”

That was right after the part about teaching the basics.

Parents are “criticle,” she wrote, and she’s an “advicate” and “expereinced.”

She summed up her “Mission and Issues” as to “stem the tide of our best and brightest teachers leaving the classroom to pursue other carriers, because they can no longer live with the policies and mandates they no are harmful to their students.”

What better way to tell people that you’re qualified to run the educational system than to put up a website filled with spelling errors. Of course, this is Texas so that might actually work in her favor.

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  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Please don’t insult morons; this guy’s beliefs are a “lifestyle choice” and are his responsibility, whereas a moron is born not made.

  • Thumper: Token Breeder

    If she get’s in, and let’s be blunt it’s a possibility, I would strongly advise anyone with kids of school age to immediately vacate the area :-/

    (I realise that won’t necessarily be possible, this was tongue in cheek. But Jesus, she’d ruin education in that state… you know, more.)

  • http://www.clanfield.net janiceintoronto

    Are they ever going to put a cap on how many stupid can live in Texas?

  • D. C. Sessions

    If she get’s in, and let’s be blunt it’s a possibility, I would strongly advise anyone with kids of school age to immediately vacate the area :-/

    Isn’t that part of the idea? To get more people to abandon the public education system (and thus lose incentive to support it) so that it can eventually be drowned in bathtub gin?

  • D. C. Sessions

    Once upon a time, the hot topic in education was “sex education.” Lo and behold, there were any number of school board candidates who ran — and were elected — based solely on opposition to it.

    My mother (a lifelong Republican) would comment on some of them, especially one old woman whose only contribution to Board discussions was “no sex education!” It didn’t matter what was under discussion, either. Bus schedules? “No sex education!”

    Well, times change. Now all it really takes to get on the Texas SBOE is opposition to teaching science.

  • http://Reallyawakeguy.blogspot.com somnus

    “Thombs had said she wanted history lessons written by “experts, not people from some socialist higher education.””

    So in Thombs’ world, an “expert” in history is someone without any higher education?

  • tubi

    Well, she chose the correct spelling of “their,” which is usually the word people get wrong. Odd.

  • erichoug

    Meh, the ones like this never get elected. Despite it’s reputation, Texas isn’t entirely filled with moron’s and religious lunatics. Most parents want the best education possible for their children and tend to vote for better candidates than this.

    The ones that you have to watch out for are the ones who are completely and utterly quiet about their agenda until they get elected. Used to be you could tell by their being long on soothing buzz words and short on details. Nowadays that’s pretty much all of them. *sigh*

  • MikeMa

    I have a feeling that monkeys are generally glad to not have any responsibility for this dim bulb’s existence.

  • Trebuchet

    Is “Lady” her name, or has she adopted it as a title?

    Be sure to click the link in Ed’s post and then the picture. She has quite the patriotic pin collection. And wears them all at once.

  • Goomba

    #3

    Sadly there will never be a cap on the number of stupid people in Texas, but hopefully if they secede from the USA they will take a large group with them.

  • rabbitscribe

    At least there’s an upside. Who better to bring a real passion for improving the educational system than one who has been so dismally failed by it?

  • Doug Little

    This is why public elections for these critical positions is batshit insane. I don’t know how you could sit an an educational board without actually having an educational background, and a distinguished one at that.

  • bobcarroll

    Thumper: get’s, Erichoug: it’s and moron’s. Is there some rule that says that when a comment is made concerning grammar, that the following comments should contribute to the confusion?

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Lady Theresa Thombs has no business running for the Texas Board of Education.

    She needs to enter the race for Governor!

  • Steve Morrison

    @14:

    Yes, it’s called Muphry’s Law.

  • John Pieret

    Is “Lady” her name, or has she adopted it as a title?

    She claims to be a Dame of the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Justice, an organization that has as a motto … wait for it … “A Stronger UN for a Better World!”

    http://www.sokj.com/sokjmission/

    That should go over well in Texas, once her opponents dig around for a few minutes the way I did.

  • otrame

    bobcarroll

    There is actually an internet Law about that, though at the moment, I don’t remember what its name is. It goes something like “there are always grammar errors in a comment complaining about the grammar errors of others”.

    I’ve noticed a lot more “apostrophe where there shouldn’t be one” in the offerings to the Goddess Tpyo lately (I am making the assumption that most people here know what the correct use of “it’s” and “moron’s” is and just forgot to preview).

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    bobcarroll “Thumper: get’s, Erichoug: it’s and moron’s. Is there some rule that says that when a comment is made concerning grammar, that the following comments should contribute to the confusion?”

    Bobcarroll: I’s, they’re, comment’s.

  • https://www.facebook.com/Scott.A.Hurst Scott Hurst

    It is worth nothing that “Don McLeroy” not only served on the board, but was later appointed chairman of that board by Gov Rick Perry.

  • colnago80

    Re janiceintoronto @ #@3

    Well, that ain’t exactly rolling in intellect in Alberta.

  • cptdoom

    She wants to ensure the “best and brightest” teachers don’t leave for other “carriers.” Is cell provider switching that much of an issue for teachers in Texas?

  • EnlightenmentLiberal

    You’re right, we didn’t. And no one claims we did. I have this silly idea that no one should serve on a local board of education, much less a state-level one, if they can’t pass the final exams in the classes offered in the schools.

    To be fair, she probably doesn’t know the difference between apes and monkeys, and everyone says that humans “came from” apes, in exactly the same way humans “came from” mammals. We’re also still apes, and still mammals.

    As for monkeys specifically, I know Aronra has been arguing that monkey should be reclassified to be a monophyletic clade, which would make monkeys include all of the apes, thus including humans too. (Aronra. Not a professional. Yeah, I know. I’m just pointing out that there are serious people in our movement who do say things like that.)

  • erichoug

    @Bobcarroll: The internet and I have a deal, I don’t make fun if it’s spelling and grammar mistakes, and they don’t make fun of mine, along with my handwriting.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    erichoug “@Bobcarroll: The internet and I have a deal, I don’t make fun if it’s spelling and grammar mistakes, and they don’t make fun of mine, along with my handwriting.”

    “Handrighting”.

  • greg1466

    According to AronRa, not only did we come from monkeys, we are monkeys. As well as apes.

  • felidae

    Old joke: How do you bury a Texan–Squeeze the shit out of them and bury them in a shoebox

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1360322113 aaronbaker

    “We know we didn’t come from monkeys!”

    Pity–it would have been a handy explanation for Theresa Thombs.

  • chilidog99

    Felidae, then what do you do with all that shit?

  • hrafn

    She claims to be a Dame of the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Justice, an organization that has as a motto … wait for it … “A Stronger UN for a Better World!”

    As far as I can tell from Google searches, the only body that acknowledges the SOKJ is in fact the SOKJ itself.

    The name looks suspiciously like a mashup of “Sovereign Military Order of Malta” and their highest class of membership, the “Knights of Justice”.

    I would also point out that even if her knighthood were acknowledged it would make her Dame Theresa Thombs, not Lady Therese Thombs (if it were her husband that was knighted it would make her Lady Thombs, but again not Lady Theresa Thombs). AFAIK, the only way to get oneself correctly styled “Lady Theresa Thombs” is to be the daughter of an earl (or higher).

  • John Pieret

    AFAIK, the only way to get oneself correctly styled “Lady Theresa Thombs” is to be the daughter of an earl (or higher).

    She can’t spell “dame” any better than the rest of those words?

    Anyway, based on all the evidence, her ignorance of proper terminology would hardly be a surprise.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523300770 stuartsmith

    American has no hereditary peerage, and organizations are free to award whatever titles they want to their members, who are in turn free to use those titles if they feel it will add prestige to their name. Just as the head of the KKK need not fear a lawsuit from Gandalf, she is free to call herself a Lady. Provided, of course, that she doesn’t then go to a country that actually cares about things, and misrepresent herself as a member of the nobility.

  • hrafn

    American has no hereditary peerage, and organizations are free to award whatever titles they want to their members, who are in turn free to use those titles if they feel it will add prestige to their name. Just as the head of the KKK need not fear a lawsuit from Gandalf, she is free to call herself a Lady. Provided, of course, that she doesn’t then go to a country that actually cares about things, and misrepresent herself as a member of the nobility.

    So there’s no law against it (I didn’t think there was one), but I’d assume there is no social convention accepting it either. Otherwise I’d expect to see far more Dread Pirate Larry Jones or Princess Joan Swatzes mentioned in the media. I’d also expect to see (Stormfront founder) Don Black referred more often as Grand Wizard Black than as simply Don or ‘Mister’.

    I’m simply curious as to why Thombs’ highly idiosyncratic ‘Ladyship’ appears to have been accepted by the media.

    (Incidentally, as far as I can make out, SOKJ is UK-based — sokj.com is registered to a London residential address.)

  • dingojack

    Technically speaking ‘Lady’* is not a title of hereditary – it’s a courtesy title** given to the wife of a lord or knight, so the law against such titles is moot. A woman knighted in her own right is styled ‘Dame’ (as Nellie Melba, Judy Dench or Maggie Smith).

    Dingo

    ——–

    * it would seem that this woman’s first name is ‘Lady’ so it’s not a title at all.

    ** Courtesy titles and lesser peerages (baronets and knighthoods, since they can’t be passed on to anyone else, and therefore not titles of hereditary), are perfectly legal within the US.

  • hrafn

    lesser peerages (baronets and knighthoods, since they can’t be passed on to anyone else, and therefore not titles of hereditary)

    A baronetcy is hereditary, but (like a knighthood) not a peerage (“lesser” or otherwise). Only one of them has been created in the last 50 years, (for the husband of Maggie Thatcher), so they’d be approaching extinction if they were non-hereditary (and would also be indistinguishable from a knighthood).

    Also, a number of American residents and/or citizens have been British peers (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_peers), so one must assume that they’re legal in the US. The US constitution prohibits the government granting titles of nobility, but does not appear to preclude the acceptance of titles granted elsewhere.

  • Arnie
    She went on: “We know we didn’t come from monkeys!”

    You’re right, we didn’t. And no one claims we did.

    Wrong! Yes we did.

        Ed, do you mean that “Humans didn’t evolve from monkeys, humans and monkeys had a common ancestor”?

    I’m tired of seeing that claim repeated, when according to well-established scientific understanding, illustrated for example by this illustration (taken from here), the last common ancestor of humans and Old World monkeys must in fact have been a species of monkey, since that species was both ancestor of monkeys and descended from (ancestors of) other monkeys.

  • caseloweraz

    John Pieret: She claims to be a Dame of the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Justice, an organization that has as a motto … wait for it … “A Stronger UN for a Better World!”

    And not only that, but its mission statement link is an image of the United Nations flag.

    I have to wonder if Lady Theresa Thombs knows this. As you say, it would seem to be a political liability in Texas.