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This is not from me. This was eloquently written by a true expert in their field whom everyone should listen to, educator, Gerald J. Conti. I picked it up from an article in the Washington Post by Valerie Strauss. Read it and learn...there will be a test after.
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Wed Oct 29, 2014 at 05:21 PM PDT

Dear Mr. 1%

by PoppaD

Dear Mr. 1%  http://youtu.be/VYtJW0J7rNM
Remember all those long torturous hours as a child playing Monopoly? One kid (Mr. Moneybags) would buy all the utilities or matching properties, creating monopolies and quadrupling the rents and fees on everyone else. If you weren't Mr. Moneybags holding all the cards, you inevitably lost everything. It seems like a whole generation of moneybags grew up to live by that "winner take all/greed is good" ideology.
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Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 05:52 PM PST

The Hypocrisy Of Ebay

by PoppaD

Two things happened on bay Saturday, Dec 21. The art auction of George Zimmerman, renowned killer of Trayvon Martin, came to it's natural close, rewarding the rookie artist with $100,000. On the very same day, ebay decided to remove artist Michael D'Antuono's painting that was inspired by the Zimmerman case and benefiting the organization founded in the name of Zimmerman''s victim.
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On Saturday, Dec. 21, the same day that George Zimmerman closed his ebay auction of his painting for over $100,000, the online auctioneers removed Michael D'Antuono's anti-racism painting inspired by the Zimmerman case, "A Tale Of Two Hoodies" for being "hateful or discriminatory."  While Zimmerman was allowed to capitalize on his ill-gotten notoriety, D'Antuono was denied the opportunity to sell his painting with 50% of the proceeds intended to go to the very foundation named in honor of Zimmerman's victim.
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Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 09:01 AM PST

George Zimmerman & The Art Of Murder

by PoppaD

George Zimmerman painting vs. Michael D'Antuono's
George Zimmerman is a lucky man. As if getting away with murder wasn't enough, Remorseless George  found a way to capitalize on his ill-gained celebrity by auctioning his "patriotic" painting on ebay. Even more astonishing, he found some well-heeled racist to pay $100,000 for it. The killer artist might not have paid for his crime, but he sure knows how to make crime pay.
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Painting about voter suppression.
Voter suppression laws are meant to "kick the Democrats in the butt.” revealed Don Yelton, precinct chair in the Buncombe County, North Carolina Republican Party recently on the Daily Show, “if it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that wants the government to give them everything, so be it.”
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Ghouls and psychopaths call for gun-appreciation Day in wake of Newtown massacre.  Care about the twenty 6-year olds killed, the 6-teachers killed, NOPE!  Care about their guns YEP.  Honor Gun Depreciation Day January 20, 2013. This blog is posted by me but written by Martha Rosenberg, Senior Editor of the
National Gun Victims Action Council.
Brought To You By The NRA_lr

If you lost your first grader on December 14, imagine hearing about the January 19th Gun Appreciation Day. Two days before Inauguration Day, which is also Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, gun lovers will descend upon gun shops, gun ranges and gun shows with Constitutions and American flags in hand to protest proposed new gun legislation. What?

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Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 11:50 AM PST

Glenn Beck - The Voice Of Reason?

by PoppaD

The Odd Couple
Conservative Icon Defends Liberal Artist's First Amendment Right And Together Give A Lesson On Civil Discourse.

I am the artist Michael D’Antuono who is drawing fire from the Religious-Right for my controversial painting titled "The Truth" featuring President Obama seemingly crucified in front of the Presidential seal. Christian groups are upset because the piece is currently on display at Boston's Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery as part of the politically charged “Artists on the Stump – the Road to the White House 2012" collection. The piece was actually supposed to debut four years ago at New York City’s Union Square. Thousands of hate filled emails and threats of bussed in protestors convinced me to acquiesce to my family's wish that I cancel the exhibit for my own safety.

Once again, the piece has created a media circus and I’ve been besieged with hate mail demanding I withdraw the piece from public view. Through the firestorm of controversy over my painting the one person to come to my defense was the person I would least expect ... Glenn Beck, the Grand Jester of conservatism.

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Who The Hell Is Grover Norquist?
We've all been warned about the looming fiscal cliff. During the campaign, the Republicans would often point to a clock counting off to the moment of our economic apocalypse. That may be a bombastic way to hype a self-inflicted financial disaster. But it is true that if the Republicans and Democrats can't come to some sort of compromise by December 31, we will be in a economic pickle of no one's liking.

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Illegal Immigration_lr

With Thanksgiving approaching, we all look forward to eating turkey as we celebrate the pilgrims’ first feast with the indigenous people of the land. As I dreamed of stuffing and cranberry sauce, it occurred to me that the pilgrims were actually this continent's first group of immigrants. It may be somewhat hypocritical to admire the pilgrims yet resent current day immigrants when you consider that most of us wouldn’t be here today if the native Americans had asked to see our ancestors' documentation.

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Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:15 AM PST

Whatever Happened To John McCain?

by PoppaD

An Open Letter To The Former Maverick

Dear John,

You have been a true American war hero, a maverick and a respected senator.
That's a lifetime of achievements any mothers' son would be proud of. I always hoped you would someday run for President … until you did. You kinda lost me at Sarah Palin. But even then, the maverick briefly reappeared during a Presidential debate when you meritoriously corrected a woman who basically confused Obama with Osama.

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Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 09:24 AM PST

WHO THE HELL IS GROVER NORQUIST?

by PoppaD

Who The Hell Is Grover Norquist?

Lobbyist Puts Republicans In "Uncompromising" Position

It is generally accepted that the most powerful man in the world is the President of the United States. After all, he controls the world's largest military and holds the highest office of the greatest superpower. However, one could argue that at this time in history the most powerful man in the world isn't the President or even an elected official, but instead, a lobbyist. I'll admit that it may sound a little crazy. But consider for a moment that real power is money and when it comes to matters of the budget, the President has little more than veto power. It's the Congress who controls the purse strings and unfortunately this lobbyist controls 95% of the Republicans in Congress.  

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