Saturday, July 17, 2010

Facebook quote of the day (thanks Dan):

‎"The past is not dead. It's not even past." —William Faulkner

Via the Coffee Party:

Via Choosing Democracy:

The Blame the teachers crowd

by Randi Weingarten

The blame-the-teacher crowd would have Americans believe that there is only one choice when it comes to public education: either you’re for students, or you’re for teachers.
That is a bogus choice.
When a school is good for the kids, it’s also good for the teachers, and vice versa. And if our leaders fail to recognize this, and fail to create a positive vision for our schools, we must lead the way.
I never thought I’d see the superintendent of a major city’s public school system call public education, and I’m quoting here: “crappy.”
I never thought I’d open a major newspaper to see us described as (again I’m quoting): “selfinterested adults trying to deny poor parents choice for their children.”
I might have expected to hear the House Republican Leader say that preventing teacher layoffs is a scheme to, quote, “Pad the education bureaucracy.”
But I never thought I’d see a Democratic president, whom we helped elect, and his education secretary applaud the mass firing of 89 teachers and staff in Central Falls, R.I., when not a single one of the teachers ever received an unsatisfactory evaluation.

And I never thought that I’d see a documentary film about helping disadvantaged children in which the villain wasn’t crumbling schools, or grinding poverty, or the lack of a curriculum, or overcrowded classrooms, or the total failure of No Child Left Behind.

Via BuzzFlash:

Elizabeth Warren Should be a Role Model in the Obama Administration Instead of a Pariah -- BuzzFlash Wings of Justice Award

"Wealthy Reduce Buying in a Blow to the Recovery." This is a "Don't Cut Taxes for the Wealthy" News Article, and in the NYT of All Places. Corporate News.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Sutter Medical Center Cranes

After walking the labyrinth at Trinity Cathedral I noticed the cranes at Sutter Medical Center

Via JMG: Fake Michele Bachmann Explains Slavery

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reposted from Joe

Way Cool find from JMG: Mayor Bloomberg Watches Final Stages of Tunneling for the Number 7 Subway Extension

Via JMG: Tea Party Leader: The NAACP Is Lying About Teabagger Racism

According to Tea Party Express founder Mark Williams, all those racist signs seen at their events were brought in by outsiders trying to make them look bad. Riiight. I guess the creator of was crashing his own event with HIS sign (below.)

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reposted from Joe

2 Via Huffington:

Mitchell Bard: The Financial Regulation Vote Shows That the GOP Is not the Solution



Mitchell Bard: Republican policies precipitated the recession, and the party's solutions are to offer more of the same. And when it came to deciding who to stand up for, the Republicans attacked the unemployed and stood with the banks. Americans' anger is legitimate, but directing that anger by giving power back to the GOP is misplaced. If Americans want to assess blame for these woes, and if they want to choose who should help get us out of these messes, they have an obligation in a democracy to make an effort to really look at the issues before making a decision. And the media, likewise, has an obligation to sort through these complicated issues more carefully. Click here to read more.

George Lakoff: Conservatism's Death Gusher

Those who are not held captive by the conservative worldview should be able to recognize the causal role of conservatism in the Death Gusher in the Gulf. Many progressive do, but keep it to themselves.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Rachel Maddow - DADT Illustrated

Via JMG: Sarah Palin: Teabaggers Aren't Racist

Let's go to the tape, shall we?

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reposted from Joe

Via Utne:

Art in the Slums
of Brazil

Two Dutch artists think that Brazil's slums can be beautiful, so they're hiring locals to paint their neighborhoods.


Via NPR: Performing Arts

'Disappearing Number': A Vivid Theatrical Equation(7) Recommend (9)

David  Annen, Paul Bhattacharjee

The Olivier Award-winning play from Simon McBurney and London's Theatre Complicite will have five performances, starting Thursday, during the Lincoln Center Festival in New York.

Jump here to read / listen to the article

thanks to Jose P. for the early morning text - heads up!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Via Huffington: Robert Creamer: Dirty Little Secrets the Republicans Don't Want You to Know



Robert Creamer: Americans are angry at the slow pace of economic recovery. So the Republicans now have the audacity to argue that Obama and the Democrats are responsible for the hardships that they themselves created. The real question before the country is whether it is willing to hand over the keys to the economy once again to the same gang that just caused the most serious economic pile up in 60 years. That's where the dirty little secrets come in. It turns out that the leaders of the Republican Party have learned nothing from the reckless escapade that caused so much economic pain, and came perilously close to inflicting mortal wounds on the American economy. Click here to read more.

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