25 February 2010

Glenn Grothman: wrong on sex ed -- continued.

Washington County: Gov. Doyle signs Sex Ed Bill into law TODAY - Grothman blasts DOYLE

“Sadly, Governor Doyle today signed a bill requiring Wisconsin’s school districts to teach sex education without showing any bias toward sexually active pupils,” said Grothman.
The biggest irony, as always, is that good sex education -- uncomfortably thorough for Glenn, no doubt -- not only lowers the rate of teenage pregnancy, but even the rate of teenage sexual activity.

--which Glenn would have known had he bothered to do any research on this topic, beyond checking in with his conscience... and Ginny's conscience.

Interestingly enough, Google found this statement only on the local Eagle Forum page (linked here). For more Google fun, note Glenn's frequent use of the phrase "Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) blasted" in his own press releases.


22 February 2010

Glenn Grothman: Honorable mention in the Shepherd-Express

Shepherd-Express - Issue of the Week: "Jerk of the Week
State Sen. Glenn Grothman

While the Obama administration is attempting to overturn the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on homosexual servicemen and servicewomen—a plan endorsed by Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who said that “allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do”—state Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) bemoaned a new law that would prohibit Wisconsin schools from promoting “bias against pupils of any race, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnic or cultural background or against sexually active pupils or pupils with disabilities.” He prefers a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gay students and their educators.

In an interview with a reporter from The Cap Times, Grothman fondly recalled the good old days at his Mequon high school in the 1970s, when “homosexuality was not on anybody’s radar. And that’s a good thing.” (He did admit that there were “a few guys who would make fun of a few effeminate boys” back then, but that doesn’t count, apparently.) As for today’s more enlightened sex educators, Grothman claims that some of them “would like it if more kids became homosexuals.”"

17 February 2010

Glenn Grothman: wrong on high school.

The mind reels, but here's some more Glenn roundup on his "keep them in the closet" comments from around the web.

From Emily's Post: Campaign turkeys, Glenn Grothman loves the closet and animal research debate

Folks like Grothman, who apparently see no harm in bullying “a few effeminate boys” and actively encouraging, if not outright forcing, gay youths to stay in the closet, only serve to perpetuate an extremely unhealthy environment for all of us. Gay teen suicide rates aren’t so high because being gay makes you suicidal; they’re high because being gay in a society that is so nasty toward you for it can really suck.
I guess that would keep 'em from getting uppity.


16 February 2010

Glenn Grothman: "there were no gays when I was young." Uh, right.

Some more fallout from around the web on Glenn's recent pronouncements:

GSA for Safe Schools Responds to Senator Grothman

and on the Don't Ask legislation.

The presumption must be that all of this nonsense will shore up Glenn's voter base in some way: what does this tell us about his base that doesn't include the words xenophobic, homophobic, and puritanical?


15 February 2010

10 February 2010

Glenn Grothman: wrong on sex ed AND algebra.

More fretting from Glenn about the new sex ed law that finally puts facts ahead of fears.

Will school districts drop sex ed rather than comply with state law?

One of the bill’s most vocal opponents, Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, is especially scornful of the bill’s requirement that there be no “bias” based on a student’s sexual orientation, a protection he attempted to remove from the bill with an amendment that failed to get enough votes to pass. Grothman explains that he believes the topic should not be discussed at all in schools. “Would you want your daughter’s teacher in 7th grade talking with her about homosexuality?” he asks. “They should be talking about Algebra.”

Good sex ed is still good sex ed... but he's damned right about teaching 7th graders algebra. But if he believes this he should get on the stick and fix the budgeting problem that has, for decades now, penalized West Bend schools by keeping out state funding low -- assuming anyone in the legislature, besides Leah Vukmir, will even talk to him anymore.

Maybe we need a state Senator who can play well with others.

Glenn, please run against Feingold.


05 February 2010

Glenn Grothman: wrong for thinking Wisconsin is not that hot. Part II

It's nice of Glenn to provide fodder here.

Senator Grothman reiterated his call to disband the Clean Energy Committee as Wisconsin has had its second year in a row of temperatures below average, calling the whole rationale of the original task force in question. At the first committee meeting Senator Miller adjourned the committee while Senator Grothman tried to get his attention to discuss this fact.

I suppose he doesn't mind subsidizing the coal and gas industries, but wind? Bad bad bad.

04 February 2010

Glenn Grothman: wrong for thinking Wisconsin is not that hot.

Glenn doesn't believe in global warming because it's colder in West Bend this year.

Wis. senator calls for disbanding state's Clean Energy Committee

Wisconsin state Senator Glenn Grothman says he's not convinced climate change is happening in our state. Representing West Bend, he serves on the state's Clean Energy Committee. He says the committee should disband and stop pursuing alternative energy options for the state.

"The whole reason we're spending this additional money is because we're supposed to be fighting global warming," says Sen. Grothman during a phone interview. "Well, if we have two years where temperatures in Wisconsin are below average, why are we doing it?"