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Progressives No Longer Burn Books; They ‘Recycle’ Them

By Jack Cashill   June 22, 2017

Mike Szydlowski, science coordinator for the Columbia, Missouri, Public Schools district, knew exactly what to do with a copy of an unwanted book he received in the mail. According to the Columbia Missourian, he “promptly recycled it.”

Szydlowski had no hesitation sharing this information with the local newspaper for the reason that Columbia is a university town. He could safely presume that most people in town, certainly all of its thinking people, thought the way he did.

Not content to recycle his own copy, Szydlowski boasted to Missourian reporter Olivia DeSmit, “I immediately took a photo of the book and sent it to the rest of the department telling them to also recycle it.” In this context, of course, “recycle” means “throw away.” In an age less sensitive to climate change, he would have simply burned it. In either case, the intent is to stamp out the heresy before it spreads.

The plan seems to be working. Szydlowski posted the article on Facebook and highlighted the “recycle” quote. “Great quote!” said one friend. “Great job,” said another. “Hahaha! I recycled my copy, too!” said a third friend, this woman also a science teacher in mid-Missouri.

To be sure, the book in question is a heretical one. Titled Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming, it was sent by the Heartland Institute to some 300,000 teachers across the country, including Szydlowski. From its promotional materials, the book seems fairly sophisticated. One of its co-authors is S. Fred Singer, the “Dean of American atmospheric science” and regular AT contributor. It addresses what would seem to be the fundamental question of “whether the human global signal is large enough to be measured and if it is, does it represent, or is it likely to become, a dangerous change outside the range of natural variability?”

In Columbia those questions have long ago been answered. Three years ago, the Columbia schools adopted the Next Generation Science Standards. These standards subject students to the progressive dogma “that human activities are largely responsible for global warming and that global warming and climate change is real and requires solutions to reduce human impact on the earth.”


According to a recent Pew study, “Nearly three-quarters of Americans don’t trust that there is a large ‘scientific consensus’ amongst climate scientists on human behavior being the cause of climate change.” In Missouri, whose voters gave Trump nearly a 20-point majority, the number is probably even higher. No matter. The educators and the journalists know better. They’ll just jam their dogma down their students’ throats and wait for the parents to give up or die off.

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  1. “They’ll just jam their dogma down their students’ throats and wait for the parents to give up or die off.”

    Or wait until all parents (or almost all) REMOVE their kids, then they will have NO JOBS which is what they deserve. Book burning, etc is one thing that I cannot stand. Some states have forbidden lists of books and movies that cannot be sold in them; makes me wonder if the federal government does the same (lying, I know they do just as they unlawfully restrict and hide information).

    Once again, if any question an order they are given, just refer to the supreme Law of this nation for answers. It is in writing for a reason, so that it can never be misunderstood, or the wrong action committed. REAL Americans read the US Constitution, a VERY short document be they LE or military or civil.

    Daniel Webster: “We may be tossed upon an ocean where we can see no land – nor, perhaps, the sun or stars. But there is a chart and a compass for us to study, to consult, and to obey. That chart is the Constitution.”

    1. Cal,
      As always, I completely agree. It saddens me that this would take place a mere 140 miles from me, in My home State.
      Although the majority of people in the “Show-Me-State” do not think, or act this way. Sadly, we have 3 ‘Cities’ here in Missouri where this nonsense happens on a regular basis. St. Louis, Kansas City, and Columbia.
      It seems that cities, by there very nature, attract the “Progressive” and “Liberal” types. Although there are other ‘cities’ in Missouri, they are either largely ignored by the “Lame-Stream Media” or the large majority of citizens in them are more conservative, and quite vocal about it. Which could be one of the reasons why they are largely ignored by the MSM. 😉
      I believe the problem is worse in Columbia because it is home to the University of Missouri. Whereas other cities within the State, such as Springfield, where the Missouri State University, formerly Southwest Missouri State University, is located. Maryville, Kirksville, Cape Gerardo, and others, each have smaller Universities and/or Colleges that are not as Liberal, and/or not in the news so much. I myself attended two of these smaller colleges, and although that was MANY years ago, I did not witness the level of “Progressive-ism” as the ones located in the bigger cities. My hope is that is still the case.
      This is the main reason I recently acquired another 100 copies of the Pocket Constitutions, and am busy handing them out to anyone who desires a copy. (Along with an Oath Keepers Tri-fold to the majority.) I have even found some businesses that let me leave them among other reading materials available to their customers who are waiting. At some places the copies disappear quickly, (which I replace every time I visit them), while other places only seem to have obvious wear and tear to their copies. Either way is fine by me. Sadly, there are even a few places where they appear to go untouched. I’m not sure if these locations are frequented by people who are simply uninterested, or just don’t have to wait very often.
      I recently found a new source from which to purchase the Pocket Constitutions from, at $40.00 per 100 copies, making them even more affordable on my fixed income budget. Since I don’t have a cable or satellite TV bill every month, nor a smart phone, along with it’s accompanying plan, I find that I can manage the cost once in awhile as a worthwhile expenditure. We all have our priorities I guess.
      We need to do all that we can to combat the kind of mentality that would commit such an act of bigotry and stupidity. We need to not only act like we are the majority in this country, we must also dominate “The Narrative”. We need to do this any time, and anywhere we possibly can.

      “It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” ~ Samuel Adams



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