Saturday, October 11, 2008

Does the free market corrode moral character?

I kinda need this shirt...

The son of William F. Buckley has decided—shock!—to vote for a Democrat.

When You Are Feeling A Little Trapped

Courtesy of LJ Urban

Make-Believe Maverick

by: Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone
Illustration: Paul Giambarba / t r u t h o u t)
A closer look at the life and career of John McCain reveals a disturbing record of recklessness and dishonesty.

GOP Attacks on American Voters Turn Desperate, Ugly and Dangerous

GOP attacks on voter rights, voter registration drives and open elections are on the rise across the nation. The GOP assault on American voters has hit full stride as the economy and John McCain tank in synch.

Palin Abused Power as Governor of Alaska

FOCUS Report: Palin Abused Power as Governor of Alaska

Serge F. Kovaleski, The New York Times: "Governor Sarah Palin abused the powers of her office by pressuring subordinates to try to get her former brother-in-law, a state trooper, fired, an investigation by the Alaska Legislature has concluded. The inquiry found, however, that she was within her right to dismiss her public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, who was the trooper's boss."

Obama Ahead by 9 Points

Gallup Daily: Obama Ahead by 9 Points NEW
October 11, 2008
Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Oct. 8-10 finds Barack Obama leading John McCain, 51% to 42%. This is the sixth straight day Obama has held a sizeable -- roughly 10-point -- lead in the race.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Bill Moyers - George Soros

This Dow graph shows the stock market over the last 24 months.

Source: Joe.My.God

Obama Accuses McCain of Trying to Divide Americans

Charles Babington, The Associated Press: "Presidential candidate Barack Obama on Friday accused Republican John McCain of trying to divide the country, but he let fellow Democrats handle harsher attacks while he kept his message mostly upbeat. Speaking to an outdoor audience, Obama said 'it's not hard to rile up a crowd by stoking anger and division.' He said Americans want 'someone who can lead this country' with a steady hand in a time of economic crisis, not divide it."

Obama Accuses McCain of Trying to Divide Americans

Charles Babington, The Associated Press: "Presidential candidate Barack Obama on Friday accused Republican John McCain of trying to divide the country, but he let fellow Democrats handle harsher attacks while he kept his message mostly upbeat. Speaking to an outdoor audience, Obama said 'it's not hard to rile up a crowd by stoking anger and division.' He said Americans want 'someone who can lead this country' with a steady hand in a time of economic crisis, not divide it."

Breaking News Alert: Alaska panel finds Palin abused power in firing

Alaska panel finds Palin abused power in firing
By MATT APUZZO - Associated Press Writer
The Republican vice presidential candidate has been accused of firing the commissioner to settle a family dispute.

Its like a teacher who has he lost control of his class...

Palin's Connections to Radical Right Extremists


The Lynch Mob Politics of McCain-Palin

Submitted by Mark on Fri, 10/10/2008 - 9:30am.
October 10
We watched an interview on "The Daily Show" the other night of patrons at a Wasilla bar responding to the vice presidential debate, and it wasn’t funny. The Sarah Palin fans were racists, homophobic and one even wished for John McCain’s death if he gets elected so Palin could become president.

Is Sarah Palin George Wallace in Heels?

Sarah Palin's Anti-American Pals. They Supported Her for Mayor, And She Has Returned the Favor by Supporting Them and the Secessionist Alaskan Independence Party.

The New York Times Has First Scoop On Friday's Official Alaska State Legislature TrooperGate Report, And It Clearly Shows Abuse of Powers by Sarah and Todd Palin

The Financial Smoking Gun found with Bu$h crime family fingerprints

Subject: The Financial Smoking Gun found with bu$h crime familyfingerprints ....

In the savings and loan scandal George HW Bush ran flack against auditors from FSLIC now we see the bu$h crime family's hand again ... so when you think about this "crisis", do realize it was planned and who benefited ...

Can you say "tar and feathers?" In recent testimony under oath by Eric Dinallo, the Superintendent ofthe New York Insurance Department at the AIG Bailout Oversight Hearing,into the AIG rescue by Paulson, Dinallo testified that funding cutbacksin recent years directed by the Bush-Cheney Administration had reducedthe responsible department that should regulate or watch over the $80trillions in Asset Backed Securities (ABS), which included the toxicsub-prime and Alt-A mortgage securities and much more. The Bush Administration took the staff from more than one hundred people down to one---yes that was not a typo. One as in 'uno.'

Was that just ideological budget cutting fervor, or was it deliberate?

Was former Goldman Sachs man, the man who convinced the President tohire Paulson, Bush's former Director of the Office of Management andBudget (OMB), Joshua Bolten, now the President's Chief of Staff,responsible for insuring there was no effective government oversight onthe exploding securitization of mortgage assets?

from this article:

Thursday, October 9, 2008

NASA Photo of Hurricane Norbert and California

you betcha...

Obama 52%, McCain 41%

October 9, 2008

The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking report shows Barack Obama maintaining a 52% to 41% lead over John McCain, unchanged from Wednesday’s report.

Ven Diagrams at EYH Conference last year.

The character assassination and slander of Bill Ayers

SEPTEMBER 16, 2008

Dear friends and colleagues in the field of education,

It seems that the character assassination and slander of Bill Ayers and other people who have known Obama is not about to let up. While an important concern is the dishonesty of this campaign and thes landerous McCarthyism they are using to attack Obama, we also feel an obligation to support our friend and colleague Bill Ayers. Many, many educators have reached out, asking what they could do, seeking a way to weigh in against fear and intimidation. Many of us have been talking and we agree that this one gesture, a joint statement signed by hundreds of hard-working educators, would be a great first step.Such a statement may be distributed through press releases or ads in the future.

Please click on in order to sign the following statement and, just as importantly, FORWARD it to other friends and colleagues who would like to stand up against these attacks.

(*Title/Affiliation will be listed for identification purposes only. Please be assured that we have no intention of using your name for any other purpose than beneath the words on this page.)

Thank you!

Friends and supporters of Bill Ayers EDUCATOR STATEMENT - 1357

Current Endorsements -We write to support our colleague Professor William Ayers,Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is currently under determined and sustained political attack. Ayers is a nationally known scholar, member of the Faculty Senate at UIC, Vice President-elect ofthe American Educational Research Association, and sought after as a speaker and visiting scholar by other universities because of his exemplary scholarship, teaching, and service. Throughout the 20 yearsthat he has been a valued faculty member at UIC, he has taught,advised, mentored, and supported hundreds of undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D. students. He has pushed them to take seriously their responsibilities as educators in a democracy - to promote critical inquiry, dialogue, and debate; to encourage questioning and independent thinking; to value the full humanity of every person and to work for access and equity. Helping educators develop the capacity and ethical commitment to these responsibilities is at the core of what we do, and as a teacher he has always embraced debate and multiple perspectives.All citizens, but particularly teachers and scholars, are called upon to challenge orthodoxy, dogma, and mindless complacency, to be skeptical of authoritative claims, to interrogate and trouble the given and the taken-for-granted. Without critical dialogue and dissent we would likely be burning witches and enslaving our fellow human beings to this day. The growth of knowledge, insight, and understanding--- the possibility of change--- depends on that kind of effort, and the inevitable clash of ideas that follows should be celebrated and nourished rather than crushed. Teachers have a heavy responsibility, a moral obligation, to organize classrooms as sites of open discussion, free of coercion or intimidation. By all accounts Professor Ayers meets this standard. His classes are fully enrolled,and students welcome the exchange of views that he encourages.

The current characterizations of Professor Ayers---"unrepentant terrorist," "lunatic leftist"---are unrecognizable to those who know or work with him. It's true that Professor Ayers participated passionately in the civil rights and antiwar movements of the 1960s,as did hundreds of thousands of Americans. His participation inpolitical activity 40 years ago is history; what is most relevant now is his continued engagement in progressive causes, and his exemplary contribution---including publishing 16 books--- to the field of education. The current attacks appear as part of a pattern of"exposés" and assaults designed to intimidate free thinking and stifle critical dialogue. Like crusades against high school and elementary teachers, and faculty at UCLA, Columbia, DePaul, and the University of Colorado, the attacks on and the character assassination of Ayers threaten the university as a space of open inquiry and debate, and threaten schools as places of compassion, imagination, curiosity, and free thought. They serve as warnings that anyone who voices perspectives and advances questions that challenge orthodoxy and political power may become a target, and this, then, casts a chillover free speech and inquiry and the spirit of democracy.

We, the undersigned, stand on the side of education as an enterprise devoted to human inquiry, enlightenment, and liberation. We oppose the demonization of Professor William Ayers.


[Please click on to endorse thisstatement and spread it widely.]

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Cheney Tells EPA to Hide Dangers of Global Warming

Play it Loud! woo hoo!

Hey Sarah Palin (with lyrics/subtitles)

Brasil for us...

Bill Moyers Journal | George Soros on the Crisis

Bill Moyers Journal George Soros on the Crisis

On Bill Moyers Journal Friday: "Bill Moyers talks with one of the world's most successful investors, George Soros, about the global capital meltdown, how he saw it coming and what can be done now. And, with the campaigns heating up, Moyers checks in with Journal contributor and director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center Kathleen Hall Jamieson on how dirty politics will play out in this final stretch to the election."

Retirement Savings Lose $2 Trillion in 15 Months

Nancy Trejos, The Washington Post: "The stock market's prolonged tumble has wiped out about $2 trillion in Americans' retirement savings in the past 15 months, a blow that could force workers to stay on the job longer than planned, rein in spending and possibly further stall an economy reliant on consumer dollars, Congress's top budget analyst said yesterday."

Obama’s Lead Over McCain Expands to 11

Gallup Daily: Obama’s Lead Over McCain Expands to 11
October 8, 2008
Barack Obama holds an 11-point lead over John McCain in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking report, 52% to 41%. This is the Obama’s highest level of support to date, and also represents his largest lead of the campaign.

Pinch Yourself, That Rumbling Sound You Hear is Republicans Jostling to Run Against President Obama in 2012.

Submitted by mark karlin on Wed, 10/08/2008 - 6:56am.
October 8
Stick a Fork in McCain; This Debate Sealed His Defeat.

That rumbling sound you hear is not a herd of moose trying to escape Sarah Palin armed with an AK-47; it’s Republican presidential wannabees stampeding over the rubble of the McCain campaign to position themselves for the 2012 campaign.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

That One '08

Sent from a friend...

Have they no shame?

"That One," McCain Calls Obama In Debate (VIDEO)

Watch "Gender Auditors" and pledge to vote "NO on Prop 8"

Our worst nightmares are coming true, the oppostion is scaring people with lies

From HRC and Equity California this disheartening news:

Today we learned of the massive $25.4 million our opponents have raised so far. They are using this war chest to broadcast lies: 24/7 and up and down the state of California.

And the polls show the lies are working. We need your donation now.

Yesterday’s CBS 51 poll shows that:
“…likely California voters overall now favor passage of Proposition 8 by a five-point margin, 47 percent to 42 percent. Ironically, a CBS 5 poll eleven days prior found a five-point margin in favor of the measure's opponents.”

People change their minds about Proposition 8 when they hear the lie that churches will lose their tax-free status if they won’t marry same-sex couples – EVEN THOUGH THIS IS NOT TRUE!

My 2 bits: Why Churches can't get this outraged about poverty, homelessness, and a war that was built on lies, but goes after committed gay & lesbian couples is beyond my comprehension.

First Snows showing up on Images from Space

2 Polls... woohoo!

Gallup Daily: 9-Point Obama Lead Ties Campaign High
October 7, 2008
Barack Obama has opened up a nine-point lead over John McCain, 51% to 42%, in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking. That matches Obama’s largest lead of the campaign to date.

The Terrorists Among Us: McCain and Palin

Submitted by mark karlin on Tue, 10/07/2008 to buzzflash
October 7
For nearly eight years the citizens of the United States have been terrorized by their own government. Yes, we were attacked on 9/11, and it was horrifying. But nothing has been more frightening than to see our democracy hijacked of its Constitution, manipulated into a roller coaster of fear, and economically destroyed.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Keating and McCain

John McCain wants you to forget about his role in our country's last major financial crisis and costly bailout: the savings and loan crisis of the late '80s and early '90s. But voters deserve to know that the failed philosophy and culture of corruption that created the savings and loan crisis then are alive in the current crisis -- and in John McCain's plans for our economic future. Here is a newly released a short documentary about John McCain's role in that financial crisis -- watch it now and share it with your friends:

Voters should know the facts about John McCain's poor judgment -- judgment that has twice placed him on the wrong side of history. Please forward this email to everyone you know.

Farewell Opus!

Where Has All the Knowledge Gone?

From Education Week [American Education's Newspaper of Record], Friday, October 3, 2008 [Online],Volume 28, Issue 7, p. 32. See


Where Has All the Knowledge Gone?

The Movement to Keep Americans at the Bottom of the Class in MathBy Jo BoalerBarack Obama recently claimed in a speech to the National Education Association that "the most valuable skill" anybody can sell is knowledge, but that schools are failing children-particularly when it comes to math and science. Students in the United States score lower on math and science tests in the 12th grade than those in almost any other developed country in the world.

But there is a reason for the sorry state of math education that is not due to schools or teachers, but to the dangerous suppression of research knowledge about ways to teach math well.

There is a movement at work across America that smothers research knowledge, gives misleading data to parents, and substantially undermines our ability to improve American children's mathematical understanding.

I came into contact with this anti-knowledge movement a number of years ago, when I was a professor of mathematics education at Stanford University. The setting was a local school that had changed the math approach it used for years with poor results, to one that engaged students more actively in their math learning. The newer approach was not particularly controversial-students were still learning formal rules and methods, but instead of just practicing them, they were given complex problems to solve that involved using and applying the methods they were learning. The school's results started to improve and more students were choosing math when the school became a target of the anti-knowledge movement.

Campaigners held secret meetings with parents, feeding them incorrect information. They phoned a range of colleges and asked them, "Would you accept a student if he or she had not taken any math in high school, just talked about math?" Many of the colleges said no, and the campaigners formed a list of them that they then delivered to parents. They told the parents that their children would not be eligible for college if they continued with the problem-solving approach to math. Stanford, one of the universities on the list, later had to write to the school saying that this was untrue. Unfortunately, the damage had been done.
SIDEBAR: Critics are smothering research, misleading parents, and undermining children's progress.
--------------------------The campaigners then moved on to students, trailing after them at break times, pressuring them to sign a petition to end the math program. By the time the teachers learned about the campaign, it was all over. The campaigners had convinced the parents and the school board that teachers would have to go back to their old methods. Now, desks at the school are in rows, teachers lecture, and the problem-solving that students loved has gone. The teachers at the school were demoralized and defeated. One of them, an inspirational veteran of 20 years, left the profession.The movement that attacked this school in California continues to make its way across the United States. Its tactics include threatening the faculty of research universities, telling them not to publish the results of their research studies, and filing complaints against legitimate studies in efforts to suppress their publication. The most troublesome aspect of this movement is not that it campaigns against nontraditional teaching-everyone has the right to express contrary views on teaching methods-but that it works to suppress research knowledge about good teaching that could help the United States move forward. The campaign is also well funded and powerful-indeed, its influence may have extended to the White House.
In April 2006, President Bush announced that a panel of experts would conduct a review of research into the effectiveness of different mathematics approaches. The formation of a "national math panel'' seemed positive, but the Bush administration told the group it could only consult research that used randomized controlled trials. This caused a serious problem, simply because educational researchers rarely ever use such experiments.
Randomized controlled trials are expensive, and they pose problems for teachers, many of whom are unwilling to treat children as experimental subjects. Instead, education researchers typically conduct "natural experiments," which compare teaching approaches not by sorting children into control and experimental groups and then applying "treatments," but by finding schools that use different approaches and studying their effectiveness.A number of these experiments have been conducted; they have provided consistent and important evidence, and have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Yet the math panel was forced to ignore all of them and search instead for randomized trials. Consequently, in the critical section of its report investigating the differences between teaching approaches, the panel found only eight studies to consult. All of these had followed students only for a small number of days, and most of the researchers had found, unsurprisingly, that the different approaches had made no impact.The authors of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel's report sensibly concluded that their eight studies could not offer clear evidence on the effectiveness of different teaching approaches. ("Panel Calls for Systematic, Basic Approach to Math," March 19, 2008.) This was an innocuous result, but the administration's instruction to ignore most of the existing research was suspiciously similar to the tactics of the anti-knowledge movement.Is this just a coincidence? Can President Bush really have been so badly advised as to ignore almost all of the research that could have informed the report, or was there something more deliberate at work? How acceptable is it for a government to control the forms of knowledge that are released to the public?It is vitally important that the new occupant of the White House be aware of the anti-knowledge campaigns to suppress research knowledge across America, and that he and his advisers find their way through to the important knowledge that already has been produced on effective mathematics teaching. As Sen. Obama claimed, knowledge is America's most valuable asset; it is also the greatest hope that we have for halting low and declining math achievement and pursuing a mathematically literate society.


Jo Boaler is the Marie Curie professor of mathematics education at the University of Sussex, England, and the author of What's Math Got to Do With It?: Helping Children Learn to Love Their Least Favorite Subject-and Why It's Important for America, published by Viking/Penguin in July.

Obama Leads 50% to 42%

Gallup Daily: Obama Leads 50% to 42% NEW
October 6, 2008
Barack Obama leads John McCain among registered voters across the country by a 50% to 42% margin in Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Oct. 3-5, the tenth straight day in which Obama has held a statistically significant lead.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Ifill: Palin "Blew Me Off"

On "Meet the Press" Sunday morning, vice presidential debate moderator Gwen Ifill said Palin "more than ignored" some of her questions -- she "blew me off." She added that Palin decided to "give a stump speech" instead of a debate, and that there's "little a moderator can do" to stop that. Watch:

Palin's Attack On Obama "Unsubstantiated," "Racially Tinged," "Attempt To Smear"

Obama Leads for Ninth Straight Day, 50%-43%

Gallup Daily: Obama Leads for Ninth Straight Day, 50%-43%

October 5, 2008
Registered voters across the country continue to favor Barack Obama over John McCain for president, now by 50% to 43% in Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Oct. 2-4. This is Obama’s ninth consecutive day with a statistically significant lead.

Despicable: McCain and Palin Revive McCarthyism

A Buzzflash Reader Contribution By George Gerber

Edward R. Murrow, one of the great journalists of our time, said it best when confronting Joseph McCarthy:

“We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason.”

SNL: Vice Presidential Debate Skit (VIDEO)

The Make-Believe Maverick...

Tim Dickinson Make-Believe Maverick

Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone: "This is the story of the real John McCain, the one who has been hiding in plain sight. It is the story of a man who has consistently put his own advancement above all else, a man willing to say and do anything to achieve his ultimate ambition: to become commander in chief, ascending to the one position that would finally enable him to outrank his four-star father and grandfather. In its broad strokes, McCain's life story is oddly similar to that of the current occupant of the White House. John Sidney McCain III and George Walker Bush both represent the third generation of American dynasties. Both were born into positions of privilege against which they rebelled into mediocrity."

From a posting to the Springsteen link, this...

Lots of people don't realize Woody Guthrie's writing was superb -- enlightening, funny, ironic and always with a love of the working man at its core.

"This Land is Your Land" is one of those tunes we can all recite from heart, at least the first verse. Just for kicks, you might want to read the rest, including the last two verses, which you hardly ever see:

This land is your land, this land is my land;
From California, to the New York Island;
From the redwood forest, to the Gulf Stream waters;
This land was made for you and me!

As I was walking a ribbon of highway;
I saw above me an endless skyway;
I saw below me a golden valley;
This land was made for you and me!

I've roamed and rambled and I've followed my footsteps;
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts;
And all around me a voice was sounding;
This land was made for you and me!

The sun comes shining as I was strolling;
The wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling;
The fog was lifting a voice come chanting;
This land was made for you and me!

There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me;
Sign was painted, it said private property;
But on the back side it didn't say nothing;
That side was made for you and me!

In the squares of the city,
In the shadow of a steeple;
By the relief office, I'd seen my people.
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking,
Is this land made for you and me? "

Springsteen Rocks Obama Rally in Philly

The Associated Press: "Bruce Springsteen called the Bush presidency 'a disaster' and said many Americans have 'justifiably lost faith' in the American dream. The legendary rocker interrupted a seven-song acoustic set at a voter-registration rally in Philadelphia on Saturday to praise Democrat Barack Obama and bemoan the crises facing the next president. Springsteen said that America remains a house of dreams for some, but that too many people have given up on the promise of fairness and equality."

New Polls Show Obama's Wider Road to White House

FOCUS New Polls Show Obama's Wider Road to White House

Anne E. Kornblut and Dan Balz, The Washington Post: "The faltering economy has left Sen. John McCain on the political defensive, altering the landscape in many of the most important battleground states and providing a series of avenues for Sen. Barack Obama to claim the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House in November, according to political strategists in both parties. Over the past two weeks, Obama has opened up leads both nationally and in the states likely to decide the outcome of the presidential election."

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