Saturday, December 31, 2011

Yeah - What a waste of effort that would be!

Still in progress, but we're getting closer...

We came close with W - but it could be worse - much worse.

Yep - that sounds about right.

Tell me the difference between the Christian Right and al Quaeda when it comes to the treatment of women

Obama's New Year's message

Where are the jobs? Republican edition

Who increased the U.S. debt

Republican Christmas spirit

Famous last words.

Speaking of student loan debt

Michele Bachmann Song by Hockey Mama For Obama

Marcus And Michele Bachmann Explain Marriage

How the middle class got screwed

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Who REALLY increased the debt?

How screwed up was TAT Supreme Court decision?

Great words, IKe

And there's been very little violence from the Occupy side...

Did you know?

It's what the conservatives are trying to project...

The smell has been getting better

Why they occupy...

The new terrorist - if you're wealthy

Millionaires - how common are they?


Economy WITHOUT income redistribution

Stewart tells Chris Wallace that Fox News is like 'ideological regimes'

If you have a religious bone in your body....

If you have a religious bone in your body, this is an interesting take on Jesus...

Years ago the religious right kidnapped Jesus. They blindfolded him, bound and gagged him and currently hold him in a windowless room in the church basement. They make him sign confessions that he hates homosexuals, opposes gun control, backs all of America's military adventures, loves free market capitalism, loathes taxation and thinks the poor are poor because they are lazy, dope-peddling good-for-nothings. That is the bad news. The good news is that the guy in the basement isn't Jesus at all. Jesus escaped two millennia ago.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hypocrites on the march

Them Southern, Bible-thumpin' Republicans love them some illicit sex and theft.  The Bible Belt is not necessarily the morality belt.

A Mississippi mayor has been forced to come out of the closet after charging taxpayers for a purchase made at a gay sex store in Toronto

Greg Davis, the Republican mayor of Southaven, Miss., is embroiled in a spending scandal after state auditors requested receipts for $170,000 (U.S.) in improper charges he made to the city.

According to The Commercial Appeal, a newspaper in Memphis, Tenn., the receipts include thousands of dollars in liquor and lavish dinners, as well as a $67 charge at a store called Priape, which bills itself as “Canada’s premiere gay lifestyle store and sex shop.”
Mr. Davis ran as a conservative, family values candidate in an unsuccessful bid for Congress in 2008. He has a wife of 19 years, Suzann, and three young daughters, who are all active members of Heartland Baptist Church, according to the city’s website.

Nothing says "Jesus" like an AK-47 and arson.

Just in case you weren't clear on the type of people with the calling for religion...

A man who police said drove up the steps of the Indiana War Memorial draped in an American flag and carrying a gun told RTV6 he was trying to spread the message of Jesus Christ.

Daniel Whitaker, 49, admitted to pouring gasoline down the steps of the memorial and lighting it on fire Nov. 22, leading to a tense standoff with police.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Well said, blogger.

Modern Conservatism isn't simply about them owning as much as possible; it's also about breaking anything they can't own. 
   -- by a blogger on (ontheleftcoast)

Well said, Justice - and just as true today.

"A state grants to a [corporation] the blessings of potentially perpetual life and limited liability...It might reasonably be concluded that those properties, so beneficial in the economic sphere, pose special dangers in the political sphere" 
    - Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist

Our wealth is not going to productivity - it is going to gamblers.

We are under control

The one-percent has a plan

The start of corporatism?

You can click on this image to view it larger.

Pin Obama might want to try out.

He wants us

Just FYI

Do you believe in religious bullshit?

Story Time With Damon Thompson - Rewriting the Genetic Code 


The Truth About the Economy

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Well said, Henry. And just as true today.

"American fascists are easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact... They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest..." 
   - Henry Wallace, 1944

Well said, Joe

    “That’s what I find absolutely bizarre: Republicans moralizing about deficits. That’s like an arsonist moralizing about fire safety. These guys have zero credibility.”

    – Vice President Joe Biden, quoted by the Orlando Sentinel, speaking to Florida Democrats.

Understanding how our political system works today.

Is a newt a vermin?

Grover Norquist and his tax pledge

The U.S. becomes more and more corrupt each day.

What percent are you?

The real world vs. the Republicans' fantasy world.

Republicans are waging a war on Christmas - it isn't mentioned once in the "Holiday party flier.

What are Republicans talking about?

Thom Hartmann: What America Has Given Up For 10 Years of Bush Tax Cuts

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

The education conundrum...

The following is no surprise to those of us connected with public education in the U.S. If you think education in this country is bad now, just wait until the conservative politicians get done with it.

A longtime friend on the school board of one of the largest school systems in America did something that few public servants are willing to do. He took versions of his state’s high-stakes standardized math and reading tests for 10th graders, and said he’d make his scores public.
By any reasonable measure, my friend is a success. His now-grown kids are well-educated. He has a big house in a good part of town. Paid-for condo in the Caribbean. Influential friends. Lots of frequent flyer miles. Enough time of his own to give serious attention to his school board responsibilities. The margins of his electoral wins and his good relationships with administrators and teachers testify to his openness to dialogue and willingness to listen.

He called me the morning he took the test to say he was sure he hadn’t done well, but had to wait for the results. A couple of days ago, realizing that local school board members don’t seem to be playing much of a role in the current “reform” brouhaha, I asked him what he now thought about the tests he’d taken.

“I won’t beat around the bush,” he wrote in an email. “The math section had 60 questions. I knew the answers to none of them, but managed to guess ten out of the 60 correctly. On the reading test, I got 62% . In our system, that’s a “D”, and would get me a mandatory assignment to a double block of reading instruction."

He continued, “It seems to me something is seriously wrong. I have a bachelor of science degree, two masters degrees, and 15 credit hours toward a doctorate.

“I help oversee an organization with 22,000 employees and a $3 billion operations and capital budget, and am able to make sense of complex data related to those responsibilities.

“I have a wide circle of friends in various professions. Since taking the test, I’ve detailed its contents as best I can to many of them, particularly the math section, which does more than its share of shoving students in our system out of school and on to the street. Not a single one of them said that the math I described was necessary in their profession.

“It might be argued that I’ve been out of school too long, that if I’d actually been in the 10th grade prior to taking the test, the material would have been fresh. But doesn’t that miss the point? A test that can determine a student’s future life chances should surely relate in some practical way to the requirements of life. I can’t see how that could possibly be true of the test I took.”

Here’s the clincher in what he wrote:

“If I’d been required to take those two tests when I was a 10th grader, my life would almost certainly have been very different. I’d have been told I wasn’t ‘college material,’ would probably have believed it, and looked for work appropriate for the level of ability that the test said I had.

“It makes no sense to me that a test with the potential for shaping a student’s entire future has so little apparent relevance to adult, real-world functioning. Who decided the kind of questions and their level of difficulty? Using what criteria? To whom did they have to defend their decisions? As subject-matter specialists, how qualified were they to make general judgments about the needs of this state’s children in a future they can’t possibly predict? Who set the pass-fail “cut score”? How?”

“I can’t escape the conclusion that decisions about the [state test] in particular and standardized tests in general are being made by individuals who lack perspective and aren’t really accountable.”

source: Daily Kos

In New York State this coming year, not only will the children be evaluated based on these tests which have no sound reliability coefficient linking these exams to eventual  success or happiness in life, but teachers will also be evaluated on their students' ability to perform. In just this morning's Syracuse Post-Standard an article appeared about a petition, signed by hundreds of school principals across the state, protesting the tests and the evaluation.

The State Commissioner of education, more politician than educator, defends the state's position without any real, defining evidence that this nonsensical crap will work. He's just pandering to the right wing in the state who want education privatized.

When they fire all of the "bad" teachers, or drive them out of the profession by "remediating" them, where do they think the next batch of teachers will come from? Are there really thousands of teacher candidates with powerful credentials and a proven record of pushing children through difficult tests just sitting around waiting to earn $40,000 a year?  I don't think so.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Sounds about right

"[T]he Republican establishment, such as it is, is essentially powerless. It sold its soul to the Tea Party, sat by silently as extremist rhetoric engulfed the GOP and figured that swing voters would eventually overlook all this to cast votes against a bad economy.

"That's still Romney's bet; yet his failure to break through suggests the right wing will not be trifled with. Republican leaders unleashed forces that may eat their party alive. And the only Republican really enjoying what's happening is Newt Gingrich."

-- E. J. Dionne Jr., in his Washington Post column today, "A GOP reality-show race, thanks to the Tea Party"
via DownWithTyranny

Monday, December 05, 2011

Problems with Pakistan escalate...

Pakistan has decided to scrap all existing anti-terror cooperation agreements with the United States in a development that may not only take the uneasy alliance between the two countries to the point of no return but also impede world efforts at bringing sustainable peace in Afghanistan.

We tried tax cuts under W to encourage the economy. How's that working for us?

Remember - newspapers are now part of corporate America

Jesus sides with the ultra-conservatices (or does he?)

It's factual - the greater the disparity in income, the slower the growth in the economy.

Factors that influence periods of growth in the U.S.

Where the money is going...

Why there is an "Occupu Wall Street" movement

Republicans are the biggest hypocrites

Conservatives have been whining about the deadbeats at Zuccotti Park. Turns out they were right:

President George W bush threatened with arrest

Daily Mail: George Bush Cancels Switzerland Trip Over Potential Torture Arrest

AUDIO- Former Sen. Danforth (R-MO): GOP debates “embarrassing”, cites applause lines

AUDIO- Former Sen. Danforth (R-MO): GOP debates “embarrassing”, cites applause lines