Friday, October 2, 2009

Gore Vidal: ‘We’ll Have a Dictatorship Soon in the US’

The grand old man of letters Gore Vidal claims America is ‘rotting away’ — and don’t expect Barack Obama to save it

Quote of the Day

Ela Bhatt. She notes that half of the world's people have no access to clean water and 900 million go to bed hungry every night. "I plead for gentler economics. How can we live in a world where people go to bed hungry? It is just another way of killing people with the consent of society."(Photograph by: Ian Smith, Vancouver Sun)

Courtesy of Duane Campbell

Discurso do Lula em Copenahagen

Republican Health Care Plan

Cidade maravilhosa! Parabens Rio! Parabens Brasil! Parabens Sud Amercia!

For me and everyone who loves Brasil it is a green and yellow day…

My head is swimming. I went to bed last night, thinking awshit… Obama showed at Copenhagen and well, Brasil is once again destined to be the bridesmaid. (Apparently Lula had the same impression) Maybe next time...

I woke up and began to watch CNN, switching back and forth from CNN and CNNi, first news… Chicago was knocked out. What? Impossible! Then on the next ballot, Tokyo was out... MY GAWD… its goign to happen... (I began to dance a little samba... as I heard drumming in my head). The next hour was excruciating… "please, oh please, give it to them… they need it more than anything…"

Then the ceremony, and suddenly the envelope was opened… and I was standing in my living room, crying and dancing ! Then I had to run to observe a student teacher, it seemed surreal... outside, nothing had changed, the world was different... Brasil just became the host to the world in 2016... Chicago will get another chance, the USA always does...

Most gringos don’t get it, somehow we think we should always win, win everything… but sometimes you win, when your best friends win as well..

This is good, its very good, Chicagoans were really split about hosting this, and the Cariocas and Brazilians in generally wanted it, indeed needed it more than anybody. They deserve this more than ever, and the world will finally see what I have come to see, that Brasil, is the future; it is a good place, with the kindest, funniest, most creative people on the planet.

And for all you self centered silly gringos, who think that you have to have it because you wanted it. Not to worry, we will take all the medals... but in a setting, and amongst the greatest city on earth...

So my message to Brasil is this: “Your giant inferiority complex… over, chega!Como dice Lula: ‘Brasil e povo merecem’

now queue the music... Cidade maravilhosa!

Cidade maravilhosa! Parabens Rio! Parabens Brasil!

Dave Zirin: Chicago Loses the Olympics


AP/Silvia Izquierdo

Dave Zirin: Barack Obama may not be feeling it, but he is the luckiest man alive right now. Yes, President Obama traveled all the way to Copenhagen and didn't even get a lousy t-shirt, but he is damn fortunate it went down like it did. Obama is the first U.S. President to ever appear before the International Olympic Committee and plea for the games. If they had come to the Windy City, it would have been an eight-year distraction and political gold for his opponents. Every time an Olympic project came in late and over budget, every time a scandal hit the tabloids, every time a crime was captured on a cell phone camera it would have been "Obama's Olympic Folly.

Rio 2016!,rio-gets-2016-games-to-put-south-america-on-olympic.html


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Horrfying Caller on SiriusXM: Jim from Oklahoma calls The Michelangelo Signorile Show to talk about his "coup"

Reality Check: Trying to Turn a Point of Pride into a Moment of Shame

Posted by Jesse Lee
Reality Check
Last night Fox News continued its disregard for the facts in an attempt to smear the Administration's efforts to win the Olympics for the United States. In the past, hosting the Olympics has been a source of pride and unity for the country, but once again Fox News' Glenn Beck program has shown that nothing is worthy of respect if it can be used as part of a partisan attack to boost ratings.
RHETORIC: BECK SAID VANCOUVER LOST $1 BILLION WHEN IT "HAD THE OLYMPICS." Glenn Beck said, "Vancouver lost, how much was it? they lost a billion dollars when they had the Olympics." [Transcript, Glenn Beck Show, 9/29/09]
REALITY: VANCOUVER'S OLYMPICS WILL NOT TAKE PLACE UNTIL 2010. Vancouver will host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games from February 12 – 28, 2010 and March 12-21, 2010, respectively. [, accessed 9/29/09]
RHETORIC: VALERIE JARRETT "WAS LAST SEEN WITH THE NEA." Beck's guest, FOX News contributor Pat Caddell, said, "[Obama] is going to go [to Copenhagen] with Valerie Jarrett who was last seen with the NEA pumping up their use of, you know, money." [Transcript, Glenn Beck Show, 9/29/09]
REALITY: VALERIE JARRETT WAS NOT ON THE NEA CONFERENCE CALL. Valerie Jarrett was not a participant in the August 10, 2009 United We Serve/NEA conference call.
RHETORIC: CHICAGO IS CLOSING THE GOVERNMENT SEVERAL DAYS A WEEK BECAUSE THEY CANNOT AFFORD TO BE OPEN. Beck's guest Caddell said, "Chicago is closing the government several days a week because they cannot afford to be open. They are going to go and reward -- this is the biggest scandal." [Transcript, Glenn Beck Show, 9/29/09]
REALITY: CHICAGO HAS HAD ONE REDUCED-SERVICE DAY IN 2009, AND WILL HAVE TWO MORE ON THE FRIDAY AFTER THANKSGIVING AND ON CHRISTMAS EVE. On August 17, 2009, CBS Chicago reported, "If you planned to check out a library book, visit a city clinic or have your garbage picked up on Monday, you're out of luck. The City of Chicago is basically closed for business on Aug. 17, a reduced-service day in which most city employees are off without pay. City Hall, public libraries, health clinics and most city offices will be closed. Emergency service providers including police, firefighters and paramedics are working at full strength, but most services not directly related to public safety, including street sweeping, will not be provided. That also includes garbage pickup. Residents who receive regular collection on Mondays should expect trash to be picked up on Tuesday. Some other customers may experience a one-day delay as collectors catch up. As part of the 2009 budget, three reduced-service days were planned for 2009, days which are unpaid for all affected employees -- the Friday after Thanksgiving; Christmas Eve; and New Year's Eve. The City Council recently approved moving the reduced-service day planned for New Year's Eve to Monday. The 2009 budget anticipates saving $8.3 million due to the reduced-service days. In addition to reduced service days, all non-union employees were asked to take a series of furlough days and unpaid holidays, and most non-sworn union employees agreed to similar unpaid time off." [CBS Chicago, 8/17/09]
RHETORIC: VALERIE JARRETT WILL BENEFIT FINANCIALLY. Beck asked, "Is it possible that she is going to benefit if the Olympics come to Chicago?" Caddell responded, "Well, that’s the word. She has certainly had a lot of dealings going on in real estate." [Transcript, Glenn Beck Show, 9/29/09]
REALITY: UPON ENTERING GOVERNMENT, VALERIE JARRETT DIVESTED ALL HER REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT HOLDINGS EXCEPT FOR A SINGLE INVESTMENT THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE OLYMPIC BID. Valerie Jarrett divested all her investment real estate holdings upon entering government except for a single real estate holding that she was unable to sell. This single real estate investment has been determined by White House Counsel and the independent Office of Government Ethics to present no conflict of interest in performing her duties as a White House advisor. It has nothing to do with the Olympic bid.


For even more Fox lies, check out the latest "Truth-O-Meter" feature from Politifact that debunks a false claim about a White House staffer that continues to be repeated by Glenn Beck and others on the network.

Quote of the Morning

See -- our thanks to Michael Goldenberg for bringing this to our attention.
"American economic competitiveness with Japan and other nations is to a considerable degree a function of monetary, trade, and industrial policy, and of decisions made by the President and Congress, the Federal Reserve Board, and the Federal Departments of the Treasury, Commerce, and Labor. Therefore, to conclude that problems of international competitiveness can be solved by educational reform, especially educational reform defined solely as school reform, is not merely utopian and millennialist, it is at best a foolish and at worst a crass effort to direct attention away from those truly responsible for doing something about competitiveness and to lay the burden instead on the schools. It is a device that has been used repeatedly in the history of American education."

[Popular Education and its Discontents by Lawrence Arthur Cremin pp. 102-103, paperback, 1990 -- available at ]

Review from Publishers Weekly -- Distinguished historian of education Cremin ( Traditions of American Education ) comments on salient aspects of the nation's schooling in these three lectures delivered in 1989. After identifying "popularization," "multitudinousness" and "politicization" as abiding characteristics of American education and as sources of crisis, he distances himself from recent doomsayers. In his view, the system's crises and its strengths stem from attempts to balance the "tremendous variety of demands Americans have made on their schools and colleges," and from efforts to provide for the extraordinary diversity of young people. Cremin's reflections offer guidance for educational policymakers who face the complex imperatives of the 1990s. Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Someone saved me a bunch of time...

Quote of the Day

The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. -- Plato

Brasil 2016! We will know tomorrow!

Prominent Iranians call for religious liberty

WASHINGTON, 30 September (BWNS) – A best-selling author and an Oscar-nominated actress are among those who have called for religious freedom in Iran, including an end to the persecution of Baha'is in that country.

Some 1,400 people heard Azar Nafisi, author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran," and Shohreh Aghdashloo, Academy Award-nominated actress for "House of Sand and Fog," speak at a public gathering this month at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium. Both Dr. Nafisi and Ms. Aghdashloo were born in Iran, and neither is a member of the Baha'i community.

Dr. Nafisi spoke passionately about the common humanity of all people and the suffering of one being the suffering of all. She particularly focused on minorities in Iran and pointed to the example of the Baha'is.

"I ask myself," she said, "how does it feel to be deprived of every single basic human right in a country you call your own, in a country where you have been born into the language and the culture, a country where your parents and your parents' parents ... have lived and contributed to, what does it mean to be deprived of the right to education, of the right to property, of even the right to life?"

She said the struggle is "not a political struggle, it is an existential one." It goes beyond the Baha'is, she said, to "every single person in Iran who dares to be different, who dares to express his or her desire for the freedom to have a choice."

"Baha'is in Iran have become the canaries in the mine," she said. "You want to know how much freedom the Iranian people enjoy today, you go to the fate of its Baha'is."

Depriving people of their individuality is a way of killing them, she said. "It is worse, in fact, that just being plainly murdered. To deny your humanity, your individuality, is to be dead."

"The show trials that have been going on in Iran – all these people coming from such different backgrounds, such different ages, such different political and religious beliefs, all of them deprived of their individuality," she said.

The defendants, she said, were forced into confessing that "whatever they believed in, whatever lifestyle they led ... was a farce and sham. That is another way of killing people."

Ms. Aghdashloo, addressing the gathering via video from Los Angeles, said everything she had "ever read or understood about the Baha'i Faith" is that is stands for the oneness of humanity and inherent nobility of all human beings.

"I stand with many others around the world in conveying our unified voice in support of the Baha'is in Iran and wish to speak out against the ongoing and deplorable actions of the Iranian government," she said.

The event in Washington, held on 12 September, was dedicated to the Baha'is who are jailed in Iran, including the seven "leaders" who have been detained in Tehran's notorious Evin prison for more than a year on trumped-up charges of "espionage for Israel, insulting religious sanctities, and propaganda against the Islamic republic."

It was one of a number of gatherings held in recent months across the United States to offer prayers for the prisoners, including events in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and now Washington. ...

To read the rest of the article, see accompanying photographs, and find video links for the speeches, go to:

For the Baha’i World News Service home page, go to:

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Moonrise over my House

This evening, I went out to put in the daily contribution to the compost pile, upon returning to the house I noticed the moon shining over the glow of the house lights. I love this house... I took this standing in between my redwood trees... a better camera would allow for a clearer moon...

Going Rogue!



1. An unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person; a scoundrel or rascal.

2. One who is playfully mischievous; a scamp.

3. A wandering beggar; a vagrant.

4. A vicious and solitary animal, especially an elephant that has separated itself from its herd.

5. An organism, especially a plant, that shows an undesirable variation from a standard.


1. Vicious and solitary. Used of an animal, especially an elephant.

2. Large, destructive, and anomalous or unpredictable: a rogue wave; a rogue tornado.

3. Operating outside normal or desirable controls: "How could a single rogue trader bring down an otherwise profitable and well-regarded institution?" (Saul Hansell).

v. rogued, rogu·ing, rogues

1. To defraud.

2. To remove (diseased or abnormal specimens) from a group of plants of the same variety.


To remove diseased or abnormal plants.

Courtesy of a JMG commnet in reference to Sarah Palin's upcoming book "Going Rogue"


Monday, September 28, 2009

Sept. 29 Student Day of Protest

TOMORROW: Sept. 29 Student Day of Protest

TOMORROW: Sept. 29 Student Day of Protest
Students Are Fighting Back
Join Us to Resist Budget Cuts & Tuition Hikes!

Last week, thousands of students across the state protested tuition hikes and budget cuts. A mock funeral in Long Beach in front of the Cal State University Board of Trustees meeting dramatized the affect of cuts on students and faculty. The next day, 700 UCLA students and faculty walked out of classes, along with thousands at UC Berkley, hundreds at UC Riverside, UC Irvine and elsewhere.

Students Fight Back participated in all of these actions. At UCLA, Students Fight Back organizers helped lead the occupation of the chancellor's office to demand a meeting on cutbacks (see photo below). After nearly an hour, the chancellor was forced to agree to the students' demand.

The next major actions will be tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 12 noon at campuses across Southern California. There will be protests at Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Fullerton, UCLA, Los Angeles City College, Cerritos College and elsewhere. Link to join Students Fight Back.;

Join the student movement--build the struggle!

Students Fight Back Protests
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 12 noon

Cal State Long Beach Protest
12 noon, CSULB quad
Download CSULB Flyer

Cal State Fullerton Protest
12 noon, CSUF quad
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LACC Speak Out
12 noon, LACC free speech zone
Download LACC Flyer

UCLA Protest
12 noon, Ackerman Union (Bruin Plaza)
Download UCLA Flyer

If there is not an action on your campus, download this flyer, print copies and pass them out. Stand in solidarity with faculty and workers by fighting back. Build a student movement.

Download Students Fight Back Petition

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Visualize Rio 2016!

Today's Double Post


Velvet Revolution is a term coined to describe the peaceful road to change in countries where governments ignored the inalienable rights of the people. A few inspiring Velvet Revolutions occurred in the former Soviet Union, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, South Africa, and of course, most recently in Ukraine. The citizens of those countries, tired of corruption and arrogant power, joined together by the millions in a sustained campaign of opposition – they demonstrated, boycotted, petitioned, and engaged in strikes until the pillars of power were replaced by the halls of the people.

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