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At Dissent, Joanne Barkan writes Who Is Victimizing Chicago’s Kids?
Yes, schoolchildren in Chicago are victims, but not of their teachers. They are victims of a nationwide education “reform” movement geared to undermine teachers’ unions and shift public resources into private hands; they are victims of wave after wave of ill-conceived and failing policy “innovations”; they are victims of George Bush’s No Child Left Behind law, which turned inner-city public schools into boot camps for standardized test prep; they are victims of Barack Obama’s Race to the Top program, which paid states to use student test scores—a highly unreliable tool—for teacher evaluations and to lift caps on the number of privately managed charter schools, thus draining resources from public schools. Chicago’s children are victims of “mayoral control,” which allows Rahm Emanuel to run the school system, bully parents and teachers, and appoint a Board of Education dominated by corporate executives and political donors.

The city’s current reform wave began in 2004 with Mayor Richard Daley’s Renaissance 2010—a massive program, funded in part by $90 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to transform the city’s schools by 2010. The strategy included firing and replacing entire staffs in low-income neighborhood schools, shutting down dozens of schools, and setting up charter schools. When reckoning day came, here is what the Chicago Tribune reported:

Six years after Mayor Richard Daley launched a bold initiative to close down and remake failing schools, Renaissance 2010 has done little to improve the educational performance of the city’s school system, according to a Tribune analysis of 2009 state test data.

…The moribund test scores follow other less than enthusiastic findings about Renaissance 2010—that displaced students ended up mostly in other low performing schools and that mass closings led to youth violence as rival gang members ended up in the same classrooms. Together, they suggest the initiative hasn’t lived up to its promise by this, its target year.

Given the failed reforms, the rational next step would have been to change course. Instead, Rahm Emanuel, shortly before confirming his candidacy for mayor, declared support for doubling down on Daley’s education strategy.

Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2009Beck's GOP, David Vitter, and prostitutes:

Glenn Beck (who is in the process of supplanting Rush Limbaugh as the de facto head of the GOP if he hasn't taken the title already) has spent the last week working himself up over a video showing an obscure former ACORN employee teaching some yokels posing sex workers how to avoid taxes. (Who knew that Glenn beck thought it was important to pay taxes, eh?)

The thing is that Beck's little obsession is putting David "Diapers" Vitter into a really uncomfortable position. You see, Vitter fancies himself to be ACORN's leading critic in the U.S. Senate. But the problem is that Vitter has got a little illegal prostitution problem of his own ...


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  •  545,479 registered users on dKos now. (24+ / 0-)

    Here are the 10 newest registered users on dKos.  Hope to see their comments and diaries here soon!  (If they're not all spammers.)

    furkanpetty24
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    And since our society is obsessed with numbers that end in a lot of zeros as milestones, here's a special shoutout to users:
    #543,100: roscoeswanso820
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    We've added 2,415 more users in just the last two days.  This is a continuation going back to May where we've been absolutely flooded with new users.  I'm pretty sure almost all of these new users are spammers or bots.  Notice how they all have a number at the end.  And the rate is getting faster, people.  What are they planning?


    And for your Diary Rescue music pleasure, here's Train's new hit "50 Ways to Say Goodbye".

  •  Everyone should watch... (12+ / 0-)

    the Nat Geo show Seconds from Disaster, which carefully details major disasters in recent world history, and the chain of events that went horribly wrong that led to disaster.  With manmade things, there's almost always some regulation that a corporation wanted to skip to reduce costs, and lack of oversight from that evil government the Republicans and libertarians always want to cut back on.

    Well, folks, this is what happens without regulations, when you let private industry dictate the rules.  Here's the entire episode about the 1993 Waco siege.

    Many of the episodes are available in full on YouTube.  Watch them while thinking about what could have been done to prevent those disasters from happening, and in almost every case, it's government that could've mandated some extra check or regulation to stop the disaster.  And usually, they DID end up stepping in, but only after the disaster happened and hundreds of people died.

    And despite the fact that NatGeo is ultimately owned by News Corp., like I said the other day, I'm still going to promote this show, simply because it's a damn good show that explicitly shows the need for strong government oversight.  Don't want to watch it on their channel?  At least watch the episodes that have been uploaded to YouTube.  And share them with your conservative anti-government friends, and ask them if they feel comfortable about leaving their safety in the hands of a private corporation without ANY government oversight.

    •  For those who missed it... (21+ / 0-)

      On Meet the Press this morning David Gregory referred to Benjamin Netanyahu as "Leader of the Jews" and in his role as "leader of the Jewish People" asked for his verdict on President Obama. "You are the leader of the Jewish people," Gregory told Netanyahu.

      - TPM

      •  Netanyahu who™? (11+ / 0-)

        What a putz!

        Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

        by JeffW on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 08:36:53 PM PDT

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      •  Not to forget his whole Iran freakout nt (9+ / 0-)

        The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

        by JML9999 on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 08:43:10 PM PDT

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        •  Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan... (17+ / 0-)

          was interviewed on 60 Minutes tonight, and he said that an attack on Iran would be "the stupidest idea I've ever heard."

          •  Even if they avoided Natanz and Qom (4+ / 0-)
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            and went after the cliched "High Value Targets" does Israel want to be at war with China and Russia when Chinese or Russian citizens are killed.

             I'm left with the impression from all the dealings the two countries have with Iran, Iran is chock full of Chinese and Russian Nationals.

            I would imagine that the former head of the Mossad would know this........

            The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

            by JML9999 on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 08:53:57 PM PDT

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            •  Dear Bibi: ATTACK Iran or STFU (2+ / 0-)
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              I guess Netanyahu thinks there's a chance Israel may lose the billions in "aid" they get from our congress year after year. this is a "great" deal for Israel.. there's no strings attached... just a huge pile of money which they usually turn around and use to purchase weapons from U.S. "defense" contractors.

              we're in the middle of an election, so once again Bibi needs to be the center of attention.

              there's really not much anyone can do regarding Iran's nuke program. most if not all of their important facilities are in concrete-hardened buildings well underground.

              bombs aint going to work, and I doubt Netanyahu is dumb enough to push for a full out ground war where there's likely to be numerous casualties among the Israeli army.

              "A civilization which does not provide young people with a way to earn a living is pretty poor". Eleanor Roosevelt

              by Superpole on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 03:26:14 AM PDT

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          •  To be clear, Dagan said that (4+ / 0-)
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            an attack on Iran now would be the stupidest idea he'd ever heard.

            We must drive the special interests out of politics.… There can be no effective control of corporations while their political activity remains. To put an end to it will neither be a short not an easy task, but it can be done. -- Teddy Roosevelt

            by NoMoJoe on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 09:38:05 PM PDT

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      •  This? (8+ / 0-)
        GREGORY:  I think this is a very important point because you say you don’t want to interfere in the election.  There are tens of millions of Americans who are watching that speech, who hear that rhetoric, who hear that charge, who may not understand the complexities of this issue.  You are the leader of the Jewish people.  You say this is not a partisan issue.  You get billions of dollars from direct foreign investment from this country, hundreds of millions of dollars from Americans, Jews and Christians alike from this country.  It seems to me for you to remain silent on whether this administration has thrown Israel under the bus is tantamount to agreeing with the sentiment.  So where do you come down on that specific charge against President Obama?
        •  Gregory looked like more of a jackass than usual (13+ / 0-)

          He was clearly trying to goad a foreign leader into attacking an American president, which is pretty fucking insane.

          •  I saw the exact opposite (2+ / 0-)
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            Now first, are you seriously claiming that David Gregory is naive enough to believe that he could goad the Prime Minster of Israel, someone who almost certainly knows that he going to have four more years of relations with Barack Obama, into attacking an American president?

            At that point in the conversation the central topic was a claim often made by Mitt Romney. When Gregory said;

            GREGORY:  Prime Minister, one more question on the American election.  You have been accused this week by pundits in this country of trying to interfere in this presidential election, siding with Governor Mitt Romney.  Now, Governor Romney for a year, and he said it in his convention speech, has said, quote, “President Obama has thrown allies like Israel under the bus.”  Do you agree or disagree with Governor Romney’s charge?  It’s a serious charge.

            When Netanyahu said "Well, you’re-- you’re trying to get me into the-- into the American election and I’m not going to do that," I don't think that was the case. I thought the line of questioning was to either get his opinions out of the US presidential race or get another confirmation of his acceptance of the Obama administration.

            The follow up;

            There are tens of millions of Americans who are watching that speech, who hear that rhetoric, who hear that charge, who may not understand the complexities of this issue.
            Rhetoric, as the undue use of exaggeration, that rhetoric that David Gregory was referring to was Romney's bullshit claim “President Obama has thrown allies like Israel under the bus.”
            You are the leader of the Jewish people.  You say this is not a partisan issue.  You get billions of dollars from direct foreign investment from this country, hundreds of millions of dollars from Americans, Jews and Christians alike from this country.  It seems to me for you to remain silent on whether this administration has thrown Israel under the bus is tantamount to agreeing with the sentiment.  So where do you come down on that specific charge against President Obama?
            I felt that in the lead up after listing Netanyahu's disfavor with the present relations in what seemed a very confrontational manner and then pointing out the possible damage in this election, David Gregory was trying very hard to corner Benjamin Netanyahu into saying "The charge is no true."

            After Netanyahu skirted it again, would not really make a strong enough commitment David Gregory interrupted him to clarify the fact.

            PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU:  Now, there you go again, David, you’re trying to draw me into something that-- that is simply not-- not the case and it’s not my position.  My position is that we-- we have strong cooperation.  We’ll continue to cooperate.  We’re the best of allies.  And Israel is the one reliable ally of the United States in the Middle East…

            GREGORY: So President Obama has not thrown Israel under the bus?

            From my point of view,if David Gregory was trying to goad a foreign leader into anything, it was admitting that Romney is a lying sack of shit.

            And when David Gregory said "You are the leader of the Jewish people," I chuckled and said to myself "he meant to say 'leader of the Israeli people.'" But I'll give you that David Gregory is perhaps naive enough to believe that Netanyahu is the leader of the Jewish people but no fucking way that after all the experience under his belt, David Gregory thought for even one second that he could goad a rejection of Barack Obama.

            And no matter how you cut it, dice it or slice it, people who don't follow foreign relations too seriously came away from that conversation with Netanyahu's statement on President Obama vs. Poser Romney's ability to stop an Iranian nuke  "I have no doubt that they are equally committed to preventing that" and also the clear understanding that our President poses no threat to Israel.  

      •  Well, this is why fifteen years ago (1+ / 0-)
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        I stopped watching the talking bobbleheads on tee vee.

        they're dumb, and they almost always ask softball questions which are more or less irrelevant to top issues going on

        "A civilization which does not provide young people with a way to earn a living is pretty poor". Eleanor Roosevelt

        by Superpole on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 03:16:46 AM PDT

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    •  lol - Priceless. (1+ / 0-)
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      And you do it all for love of the game, right?  Certainly not the money.

      Proud Democrat since 1960.

      by Lying eyes on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 10:16:34 PM PDT

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    •  Crazy billboard. Insulting even. (1+ / 0-)
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      Everyone knows Jesus  drank fine wine.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 11:48:16 PM PDT

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  •  Paul Krugman: "Hating on Ben Bernanke" (10+ / 0-)

    is the title of this post in which I explore the Nobel Laureate's latest column, and offer some additional thoughts of my own.

    I invite you to read.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 08:31:53 PM PDT

  •  As good as it gets (7+ / 0-)

    In today's Boston Globe, Time wasters on the Web.

    I may never come up for air but at this point I'm caught up in Boomshine.  

  •  "This American Life" Looked at an Education (8+ / 0-)

    approach this week that focused on learning of things other than core intellectual material that seems to be linked to the low income populations we've long shortchanged in education, not related to things we can blame teachers and unions for, nor that are measured on standardized tests.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 08:35:40 PM PDT

  •  Ron Paul logic on Middle East protests (6+ / 0-)

    So the Ron Paul friend I have who went 9/11 truther last week is how I get the latest on how libertarians think about a particular issue.

    With the protests going on in the Middle East, how would these isolationists describe it?

    Well, the first thing they did was talk about how these protests are all just blowback from U.S. "military imperialism", that the people of the Middle East all hate us, not for our "freedom", but for our interference in their countries. (This, I can buy.) That if we just completely left those countries, including cutting off any and all aid to those countries, then nobody in those countries would ever want to hurt us in any way again, and suddenly, world peace! (Color me skeptical of their conclusion.)

    But then, at the same time, they've also been saying that almost nobody in the Middle East was involved in those protests, that 99.999% of Muslims were not driven to anger by the anti-Mohammad film, and that we here in the U.S. should recognize the protests only represent an incredibly tiny minority of Muslim radicals in those countries. In fact, earlier this year, Libya showed the highest approval of the U.S. ever measured outside of Israel in the entire Middle East/North African region.

    (Yes, the math is off in that graphic. Never said Ron Paul fans were good at math.)

    So... we should get out, because they all hate us over there. Even though it's only a tiny sliver of folks who actually do. But we should let our foreign policy be dictated by those small few.

    Can someone explain this reasoning to me?

    •  Logic... (6+ / 0-)

      ...is little tweeting bird. Logic is wreath of pretty flowers that smell bad.

      Clear?

      BTW, I still think you need some new friends.

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 08:57:46 PM PDT

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    •  You're kidding, right? (2+ / 0-)
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      You really need to either start engaging in this argument or stop bringing it up.

      If China occupied the US in a preemptive effort to stop us from continued wars of aggression, and to force us to pay back debts, a large section of the country would quietly try to go about their lives, doing the best they could under trying circumstances. They'd deal with the checkpoints, the random shootings, the POW camps, the bombings. Anything to make it to tomorrow, because anyone with half a brain knows you aren't going to successfully take on the military with the most manpower on the planet.

      A small group would act on their rage. Kill coalition troops, bomb detention facilities, murder viceroys. An even smaller group would be inspired to resist Beijing directly, attempting to bring the war to the people who wish to inflict this pain on us.

      If China were ever inclined to end the killing of their soldiers, the destruction of their diplomatic corps, and the threat against Beijing, what would you recommend?

      BK, it came out last week that last decade, we tortured the opponents of Quaddafi. Waterboarded them, stress positions, solitary confinement, standing coffins? This was just a few days after the US Government announced there would be no accountability whatsoever for our torture regime. What exactly do you expect of our victims?

      •  imagine Bolivia sending a Drone to the US (1+ / 0-)
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        in order to kill someone they are unable to bring to trial (on actual charges) . Surely only a few people would be upset...(s).

        In October 2003, the intensely pro-US president of Bolivia, Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, sent his security forces to suppress growing popular protests against the government's energy and globalization policies. Using high-powered rifles and machine guns, his military forces killed 67 men, women and children, and injured 400 more, almost all of whom were poor and from the nation's indigenous Aymara communities. Dozens of protesters had been killed by government forces in the prior months when troops were sent to suppress them.

        The resulting outrage over what became known as "the Gas Wars" drove Sanchez de Lozada from office and then into exile in the United States, where he was welcomed by his close allies in the Bush administration. He has lived under a shield of asylum in the US ever since.

        snip
        Bolivia then demanded his extradition from the US for him to stand trial. That demand, ironically, was made pursuant to an extradition treaty signed by Sánchez de Lozada himself with the US. Civil lawsuits have also been filed against him in the US on behalf of the surviving victims.

        The view that Sánchez de Lozada must be extradited from the US to stand trial is a political consensus in Bolivia, shared by the government and the main opposition party alike. But on Friday night, the Bolivian government revealed that it had just been notified by the Obama administration that the US government has refused Bolivia's extradition request:

        Someone tweeted..
        "Does this mean per US example setting#Bolivia now has the right to kidnap & rendition de Lozada or assassinate him by Drone?!"
        (emphasis mine)
        http://www.guardian.co.uk/...

        without the ants the rainforest dies

        by aliasalias on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 11:40:59 PM PDT

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  •  If a school needs to be closed (1+ / 0-)
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    I don't see what is so wrong with closing a school that needs to be closed.  Demographics shift and it might not support a local school anymore.  And some organizations are so disordered that they need to be shut down in order to be reorganized -- schools are no different.  

    •  I think the issue is (2+ / 0-)
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      that the teachers from a closed school want priority at being hired in other open positions - or at least assurance of being in the pool of candidates.

    •  They aren't closing them because of enrollment (9+ / 0-)

      but because the test scores are low.

      But the problem is that reassigning large numbers of low income kids to a new school, further from home, and disrupting the connections they have, doesn't actually benefit those kids, nor does it raise their scores.

      It seems clear that the way to raise American test scores is to ensure that, like the best American (and other nation) schools, all kids go to a school with less than 10% of the kids in poverty. Problem is, we don't have enough wealthy kids to go around: 25% of our kids are in poverty overall. It is common in the US to have schools where > 90% of the kids qualify for free or reduced lunch.

      Just being surrounded by kids who don't have a quiet place to sleep or study, who may not get enough food to eat, and whose parents are angry or stressed is a severe disadvantage to learning.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 09:19:04 PM PDT

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      •  Rahm is the Rmoney/Bain Capital Version (2+ / 0-)
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        of the "new" democratic party.

        "Oh a school is "underperforming" due to this spreadsheet I'm holding in my hand? Close the factory, errrrrr I mean school and move the workers, err I mean students and teachers somewhere else.

        There! problem solved.. look how great I am!"

        The issue here which Rahmbo and others simply choose to ignore is we are not building widgets in a factory when it comes to teaching kids.

        you cannot compare test scores/teaching strategies used by teachers in the wealthy school districts north of the city-- where both parents are there in most families and daddy brings in $500K per year salary with those on the south side of the city where kids likely have no father and mom might be a crackhead and/or prostitute.

        just doesn't work folks, and I'm guessing Rahmbo's insensitivity to these facts is a big problem for Chicago teachers.. they are not miracle workers.

        "A civilization which does not provide young people with a way to earn a living is pretty poor". Eleanor Roosevelt

        by Superpole on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 03:39:05 AM PDT

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        •  I'm not a fan of the test score approach (0+ / 0-)

          but as a Chicagoan, the school system needs cleaning up. It needs to be structured. There must be some way to judge which schools are "working" and which ones aren't. I am leery of the test scores, but one score -- reading level -- seems to me an important one. At some point the teachers union needs to step up and take responsibility for doing quality reviews of their own teachers.

          •  Understood, However (0+ / 0-)

            in the process of "cleaning up" Chicago schools (I assume this includes putting new roofs on schools with leaking roofs.. and providing libraries for the 160 schools who do not have them now?)

            Let's not throw all school teachers under the bus. Rhambo does not have permission to do this unilaterally.

            Keep in mind the backstory here: Chicago and IL finances have been horribly managed the past what? 20 years? and if our economy stinks now, it's mainly because Rahm's friends in the one percent world wrecked it with their stupidity and greed.

            this is the point I think many are missing.

            http://www.dailykos.com/...

            "A civilization which does not provide young people with a way to earn a living is pretty poor". Eleanor Roosevelt

            by Superpole on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 09:20:35 AM PDT

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    •  Shutting down schools is about union busting. (9+ / 0-)

      Schools fail because the communities around them are failing, not because teachers are failing. Unless anyone in government is interested in the hard work of creating successful communities, kicking teachers out of the job for failing to create good test taking drones won't do jack for our children.

      Instead, Rahm throws tens of millions at a time at corporations that don't need it. Shocking that a DLCer would think corporatizing education is the answer.

    •  This is exactly what anti-union organizations do. (5+ / 0-)

      Check out how WalMart did it. An NYC cafe is another great example.

    •  Seattle School Board closed several schools (6+ / 0-)

      Due to "demographics." The parents fought the closures, telling the school board that its numbers were off. Nope. The board closed the three schools.

      Now, TWO years later, the schools that the childrens were redirected to are overflowing and the board nees to reopen the closed schools. But guess what? The old schools no longer meet code, like earthquake code where upgrades could have been slowly over time; now have to been done immediately all at once.  Retrofitting them will cost as much as $1B for this and deferred maintainenece on other schools. The old schools, had they been used continuously, would have been grandfathered in.

      http://seattletimes.com/...

      http://mynorthwest.com/...

      Now the parents, who told the District not to close the schools in the first place, are facing outrageous levies and bond measures to reopen the very same schools.

      There is something very wrong with this picture, ie, WHY did they really close those schools? Enrollment just doesn't flucturate that much in TWO years.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 12:10:33 AM PDT

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  •  Common sense tells U.S. that off shoring (6+ / 0-)

    Tax cut monies

    is taking money OUT of the economy in multiple ways.

    If you are going to provide Tax Cuts
    you do it for creating cash flow
    not stymie of it.


    Mitt Romney was CEO of Bain until Aug 2001. Proof of Bain & Romney Fraud

    by laserhaas on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 08:45:08 PM PDT

  •  WTF planet is this woman living on? (14+ / 0-)

    I don't know anything about Rep. Scott Rigell from Virginia, who AZ Gov. Jan Brewer was campaigning for Sunday, but the article's last paragraph almost made me upchuck a little:

    Cheryl Dayton Hermann, a Norfolk resident in attendance Sunday, said she came out in part because she likes how unabashed Brewer is. "She's a strong woman who doesn't mince words," Hermann said. "And she's done a good job in Arizona."
    Cheryl, please visit Arizona sometime. Brewer is not a "strong woman." She's only governor because she kissed nativist Russell Pearce's ass, and that "done a good job" shit? Where'd you pull that from? I guess you'd call "a good job" cutting education more than any other state. Or maybe you like tossing tens of thousands of people out of the state's healthcare program. How 'bout household income, where we're in the bottom 10? Or maybe you like spending tens of millions of dollars in court defending AZ's stupid immigration laws. Yeah, good job all around.

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 08:48:44 PM PDT

    •  Oh, I should add: that "doesn't mince words" part? (9+ / 0-)

      She doesn't mince words because she doesn't have any. Jan reminds you of Chatty Cathy: regardless of the question, you pull a string and the same mindless answer comes out. It will always include immigrants. And the rule of law. "Yes we have did!"

      stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

      by Mother Mags on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 09:08:02 PM PDT

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    •  Brewer putting her finger in Mr. Obama's face (6+ / 0-)

      is a selling point with the Tea Party Birthers and other Republican mouth-breathers.  

      The image of the Arizona Governor's open disrespect of a sitting Commander-in-Chief who just happens to be Black is an act of rebellion to many in the GOP.

      Similarly, cutting out ethnic studies and the unabashed embrace of those who wage a vigilante war against people of color may seem to her like fighting back against the change of an increasingly diverse country.

      To the rest of us, Cheryl Hermann's narrow perception of the world is rather bewildering and sickening.  But to her, Ms. Brewer's utter nastiness is empowerment by right wing standards.

      "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

      by politicalceci on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 10:10:16 PM PDT

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  •  Why hello, top 20. (3+ / 0-)
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    It's been a while since UCLA has been ranked in the top 20 in college football.  Five years, in fact.  :-)  And USC falling to Stanford yesterday?  All the more sweeter.  One of the UCLA sites is calling them Undeniably Stanford's Chumps now.  :-)


    Watching our #1 ranked UCLA women's soccer team routing #18 Pepperdine 4-0 on the new Pac-12 Network right now.  We dispatched Princeton by a score of 7-0 on Friday.

    Understand that a score of 7-0 in soccer is almost unheard of.  It's like a baseball team winning 25-0, or a basketball game with a final score of 135-23.

    And with Nebraska getting upset at Iowa State, our women's volleyball team may well be ranked #1 in tomorrow's poll as well.

    8-)

    •  I missed the USC-Stanford game (1+ / 0-)
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      because it was on the same time as SF Giants at Arizona (and I have a standing Twitter date to discuss the games with a group of friends including a former ballplayer), but I was shocked to find the result even as one who grew up in the shadow of "Hoover's Last Erection" as Hoover Tower has been called by some alums. Nice to see that it wasn't all about Harbaugh and Luck.

      Maybe the Raiders can draft Matt Barkley since they seem to specialize in collecting used former Trojans. (Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart)

      "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

      by Cali Scribe on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 11:36:50 PM PDT

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  •  Through my years of schooling ... (4+ / 0-)
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    ... I had well over 50 teachers, and every one of them gave 100%. That's a small but unanimous sample size. Republicans want to %@$+ with teachers just to save a couple dollars an hour.  

    I would tip you, but the man took away my tips.

    by Tortmaster on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 08:59:51 PM PDT

    •  I am a teacher and I have been a student and there (4+ / 0-)

      are some bad teachers out there.  There are teachers who are burnt out  and those who should have never been a teacher to begin with. However, most teachers are dedicated, most teachers love their students, and most teachers are excellent teachers.  The good number is not 100% but it is very high.

      I can say this...those of us who are teachers, do not like the bad ones.  We do not like having to pull their weight; we do not like having to deal with those who don't even want to be there.  However, we do it when necessary.  I have been on several teams in which one of us was in the later stages of "changing careers" and we did our best to make our team a success even with the lone bad apple situation.  

    •  Republicans? (2+ / 0-)
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      You know Rahm Emmanuel's last job, yes?

  •  Screwing around with Illustrator tonight (8+ / 0-)

    Photobucket

    Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about. Mark Twain

    by Deathtongue on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 09:08:57 PM PDT

  •  Rahm--so glad he is gone from the Whitehouse (9+ / 0-)

    but so sad he is still in a position of power in this country.

    Mayor's reputation tarnished in teachers union dust-up

    September 15, 2012|By Kristen Mack, John Chase and John Byrne, Chicago Tribune reporters

    The long, stressful path to getting a contract in place offered a glimpse that Emanuel perhaps is not as multidimensional as he tries to appear. Repeatedly, the mayor turned to one tool: the attack.

    That singular approach contributed to the first teachers strike in 25 years and served to heighten organized labor's suspicions of the new mayor, whose union bashing kept him from playing a hands-on role at the negotiating table.

    On Friday, after spending more than a year attacking the teachers union, Emanuel sought to strike a conciliatory tone as word spread about the much-improved prospects for a deal.

    "This tentative framework is an honest and principled compromise that is about who we all work for: our students. It preserves more time for learning in the classroom, provides more support for teachers to excel at their craft and gives principals the latitude and responsibility to build an environment in which our children can succeed," Emanuel said in a statement.

    The dialed-back rhetoric stands in contrast to what came before. Emanuel's argument for a longer school day and year started out as an accusation, not a conversation.

    In building his case, the mayor said Chicago Public Schools teachers had regularly received pay raises, the city had labor peace and students got the shaft. Emanuel's contention, made last September shortly after his hand-picked school board took away half the teachers' previously negotiated raise, implied that educators were lazy, resistant to change and didn't have students' best interests in mind.
    It's a classic Washington tactic: Define your opposition before they can themselves. It's the kind of approach Emanuel perfected during his political upbringing in the nation's capital as a congressman and veteran of two White Houses.

    It also underscored the learning curve Emanuel has yet to master — an executive must have the ability to maneuver between dominance and persuasion.

    How did Supreme Court decision ACA help the 23 million still uncovered? Ask the 18,000 Doctors of PNHP -- they're not waiting, FORWARD now to pass H.R. 676, the “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act .

    by divineorder on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 09:10:12 PM PDT

  •  Have to say I like this.... (3+ / 0-)
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    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 09:15:16 PM PDT

  •  mharrisperry (1+ / 0-)
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    must have read my post...

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 09:25:02 PM PDT

  •  When their corporate paymasters demand it, (3+ / 0-)
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    Democrats are just as good at blaming all our problems on unions as Republicans are. Not sure how else to interpret the deafening silence as Rahm Walker gives away tens of millions to corporations while screwing teachers out of decent working conditions and a fair pay increase. Oh, of course they have the right to collectively bargain! (But in this economy? With an election coming up? Couldn't they wait another decade or two?)

  •  Why is it that so many people who have never (8+ / 0-)

    taught think they know how to 'fix' schools?  Any teacher knows how to improve schools - smaller classes, access to technology, parents who can be involved in their kids' education and administrators who know both how to lead and how to listen to their staff.  The best professional development is peer directed, not imposed by someone whose classroom experience consists of visiting and pontificating.

    And teachers do need to be dedicated - I come from a family of teachers - all of them the kind you want your kid to have, all of them pretty much born to teach.  I walked into a classroom for the first time as a student teacher and said to myself, "I don't want to do this for the next 40 years."  So I left the profession and found other work.

    20 years ago I ended up as the principal's secretary at a private school.  I'm on my 3rd principal, and I have seen what works and what doesn't.  Being private gives us more leeway, but the issues are the same.

    I  always vote to fund schools because evey penny spent on education is worth spending.  I stand with the Chicago teachers and with all teachers.  

    •  Not just haven't taught. (3+ / 0-)
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      Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates are great examples of college dropouts who want to reform education.

    •  Hang out around life long enough and you'll (2+ / 0-)
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      find lots of people who have never stepped foot in a courtroom, been arrested or had a civil suit who are experts on the legal system as well. And this goes for most professional fields.

      There are experts about almost everything, who have zero training, experience, or education in that field.

      I chalk it up to being human.

      Know-it-all-ism is a common enough malady. The problem is that we actually take people who suffer from this ailment -- if they have sufficient money -- seriously instead of walking them to a park bench, handing them a cool drink and telling them we'll come get them later after the important meetings are done.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 12:21:35 AM PDT

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    •  LOST in Translation (1+ / 0-)
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      note how Rahmbo never really talks about exactly what we are teaching/training our students to do in the future?

      where will they work?

      if seven percent UNemployment is the "new norm", I think this is a fair question.

      "A civilization which does not provide young people with a way to earn a living is pretty poor". Eleanor Roosevelt

      by Superpole on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 03:49:14 AM PDT

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    •  Why is that so many people who have never (0+ / 0-)

      run something beyond a classroom think they know how to run large organizations?  The hubris on both sides is identical, and your post shows that.  The only meaningful constraint in modern society is a resource constraint, and you treat it like it's nothing.  It's nice that you always vote to fund schools, but there aren't enough people who want to do that.

      Romney '12: Berlusconi without the sex and alcohol!

      by Rich in PA on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 04:07:31 AM PDT

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  •  I live in Kentucky, where Rand Paul and Mitch (9+ / 0-)

    McConnell just got overwhelmingly positive numbers on a poll regarding their job performance.

    Sigh.

    BUT, I was pleasantly surprised this Sunday am, to find, upon my doorstep, a single sheet of paper entitled

    Obamacare
    How does it help you & your family?
    With 9 great reasons listed, so great we should ALL share them, on a single sheet of paper with everyone we can find, as follows:
    Insurance companies can never deny coverage to individuals/family members with pre-existing health conditions.

    Children can remain covered on their parents' plans through age 26.

    Removes lifetime limites on your available benefits.

    Your out-of-pocket healthcare expenses are capped.

    Benefits Medicare recipients by closing the "donut hole" (Part D) for Medicare prescriptions.  Seniors now pay only 25% of drug costs up to $4,550 and only 5% of drug costs above that amount.

    Individuals making less than $43,320 and families making less than $88,200 per year qualify for assistance to purchase insurance.

    Small businesses are exempt; businesses with more than 50 employees qualify for tax credit for offering insurance.

    Creates consumer assistance offices to help consumers file complaints or appeal decisions from insurance companies.

    Insurance companies can no longer make excessive rate hikes, and those doing so may be barred from participating in new health insurance exchanges

    *Paid for by the County Democratic Executive Committee

    Thank you, County Dem Committee!  

    I believe we help each other in times of need. I want all our children to get an excellent education. Every American deserves health care. I love my country. I am a patriot. I am a voter. I am a Democrat.

    by mumtaznepal on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 10:16:33 PM PDT

  •  In Your Guts, You Know He's NUTS! (4+ / 0-)
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    If you remember that line, you're probably old enough to remember Barry Goldwater, whose 1964 campaign gave him the slogan, "In your heart, you know he's right."

    It's probably more instructive to give a quick read to his Wikiquotes page than a lot of in-depth material.

    George Wallace screwed up the Alabama Ballot that year so the state couldn't vote for LBJ, just a bunch of unpledged electors.

    As a country, we've put a patriotic veil over Goldwater's candidacy and a vile campaign, organized by hard-edged ideologues as far right as the current extremists. Goldwater himself was a decent man but along with good instincts on some things, as on gay rights, he was still a crackpot. But he wasn't nuts.

    Ryan is a nutty ideologue. But when I look at Mitt Romney's behavior I think he suffers from more than the CEO disassociation. He acts like someone who's got some kind of personal screw loose. Nuts? Probably not, but it's some kind of personality disorder and it's not inconsequential.

    •  I dunno. I hear the same dissembling nonsense... (3+ / 0-)
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      most finance execs use to justify their sociopathology. They just have the good sense not to show their face in public. They know to sow their bullshit in smaller settings, where conflicts between interest groups can be bullshited in a more tailored fashion. You don't put the teachers' retirement fund rep in the same room as the dude you're building the toxic CDO with. You build the CDO then you pitch it to the unsuspecting schlubs.

      The mess here is that Mitt has never had to master the art of subtly lying to each group in a way that allows him to deny it when the next group sees it on the nightly news.

      •  The problem with Romney is that he has (6+ / 0-)

        no core convictions whatsoever, other than he wants to be president. And he'll say or do (or spend) anything to get that.

        He's spent the last four years lying to just about everyone, on both sides of the isle, on all of the issues. Now, no one believes him, and they definatley don't trust him.

        Mitt has two things going for him, and they both have nothing to do with anything he's ever said or done. He's got multi-millions in right wing SuperPac money supporting him, and attacking pres Obama. And he has the Voter Suppression laws that Republican governors have passed.

        That's it.

        That's all he's got.

        Unfortunately, that last one (Voter Suppression) just might "win" the election for him.

        Chicago--Proud Home of the 1907-08 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs

        by Jeff Y on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 11:50:14 PM PDT

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  •  Focusing on victims lets the perps (0+ / 0-)

    off the hook.
    Holding the children hostage and depriving them of education is abusive in the extreme. We should be talking about abusers and deprivators inflicting torture under the guise of not enough money. Not only is the supply of money infinite, as infinite as the number of words we can write using our various alphabets, but the excuse hides the fact that there's a value judgement involved in choosing whether we spend time nattering or educating the next generation. "Time is of the essence." Time is also the only definitely limited asset in all of our lives. He who wastes my time steals my life.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 11:27:06 PM PDT

  •  There is no business model that will result in (3+ / 0-)
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    profit for the "privatizers" that also results in a quality education for students in a public school. The schools are already underfunded and in most cities have been undermined by an anti public education agenda in place for over thirty years in America. There is no mystery about the general agenda to teach children what to  think, instead of how to think, that has been part of American education for generations; however, turning all schools into channels for producing "21st Century workers," with the skill sets and attitudes necessary to the advancement of a corporate state is not education, it is indoctrination into serfdom.

    Teachers are not the enemy, even the worst of them. The enemy is the culture of greed and corruption we have allowed to dehumanize every fundamental human activity into a competition for power and money, an endless comparison of status and "worth" based on position and price. What a miserable culture, where humans are reduced to the total of what they can produce and consume. When did thought, expression, reason and skill only become valuable when those natural human abilities are put to use in a commercial market place?

    The current education "reform" agenda is social Darwinism, a cultural program of 19th century eugenics, condemning the working class, poor and many sectors of what we once called the "middle class" to economic and cultural stagnation and eventually destruction. It is time to call the liars to account for their lies, to expose the truth and free ourselves from this horrible treadmill of dehumanization.      

    "Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are..." George Santayana

    by KJG52 on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:16:22 AM PDT

  •  Tweet of the Day? (2+ / 0-)
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      MHP twitting a 65 year-old study on tax cuts and economic growth.

  •  If Chicago is like Detroit, (1+ / 0-)
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    bet Daley's cronies are cleaning up.   Kids, er not so much.    They will never be held accountable because there is no monied enterprise waiting to take them down and give the money back to the kids.  

    "bin Laden's dead, and GM is alive" ~ Biden

    by dkmich on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 02:23:49 AM PDT

  •  The issue in Chicago is not No child left (1+ / 0-)
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    Behind, it is Race To To The Top.

  •  Progressives are in a super-duper bubble... (0+ / 0-)

    ...if they think the continuation of the teacher strike in Chicago is anything other than a blessing for the worst of the "reformers."

    Romney '12: Berlusconi without the sex and alcohol!

    by Rich in PA on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 04:05:06 AM PDT

  •  Chicago teachers: go back to school and teach. (0+ / 0-)

    Your job is in the schools and you're well paid for it. Now, staying out is vindictive, and you're teaching us all the wrong things.

    Don't expect the support now that you relied upon before.

    Obama and strong Democratic majorities in 2012!

    by TRPChicago on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 05:31:38 AM PDT

    •  Thanks for your "support"... n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 07:18:58 AM PDT

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      •  It's not me. Watch and listen to the public. (0+ / 0-)

        You are losing Chicago taxpayers who are going to be paying for this bargaining in taxes, not to mention a host of Chicago mothers, fathers and other relatives paying for the continued strike in adjustments that hit every family with kids in the public schools.

        Your own people are quoted in the press as worried about that. Understandably so. There is such a thing as overplaying your hand.

        You have: $44K to start and $76K on average, according to press reports. And now, a 16% increase over four years, which beats the increases for much, perhaps most, of the middle class. Tenure after two years ... for which there is no middle class analog in private industry.

        You can argue all you want about the fairness of new evaluation standards. Many in private industry don't get any chance to talk about stuff like that; jobs just go away.

        I don't deny teachers have difficult jobs and we depend on them to do a lot that's "off the books." Yes, we should be surrounding them with more support than we do ... but it is a matter of money.

        Obama and strong Democratic majorities in 2012!

        by TRPChicago on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 05:07:16 PM PDT

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