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Number of posts: 82,658
Retired teacher who sees much harm to public education from the "reforms" being pushed by corporations. Privatizing education is the wrong way to go. Children can not be treated as products, thought of in terms of profit and loss.
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Phony Front Group, Center for Union Facts, to Run Super Bowl Ad
In what has become a local tradition, the front group Center for Union Facts will air an ad in Washington D.C. during Super Bowl, The New York Times reports. When the union-busting organization did the same thing three years ago, Working America took to Twitter to point out the irony of running an anti-union ad during a “celebration of unionized players,” referring to the NFL Players’ Association, which is one of the most well-known unions in America.
There are a lot more articles about Rick Berman at the SourceWatch link
Some of his words are revealing.
"Screw" your enemy. Berman boasted about his obsession with unions and his attack on their efforts to raise the minimum wage for American workers: "I get up every morning and I try and figure out how to screw with the labor unions."
And this one says it all:
Being "nasty" wins. Berman shakes off concerns that his activities are too nasty or aggressive, saying "you can either win ugly or lose pretty."
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Feb 1, 2015, 01:40 PM (3 replies)
There are several articles about it, and he sounds very angry about the way things happened.
This version from the Dallas Observer has some upsetting language from a recording at a meeting.
Deion Sanders Demanded a Raise, Threatened to Break Prime Prep CEO's Neck (Audio NSFW)
The audio comes from a meeting that included Sanders and D.L. Wallace, his Prime Prep co-founder, former business partner and the ex-CEO of the two-campus charter school. It's unclear from the audio when and where the meeting took place, and the source who provided it declined to provide those specifics. But Wallace has previously described a meeting that took place between him, Sanders and two members of Prime Prep's board in June 2013, at the field house on the school's southern Dallas campus. The content of the recordings matches Wallace's description of that meeting.
When his partner asks what position Sanders wants to take on...Sanders responds:
From DFW CBS station:
Prime Prep, Charter School Started By Deion Sanders Closed
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - Prime Prep Academy, the charter school co-founded by Deion Sanders, closed today. The Texas Education Agency said the school doesn’t have the money to continue one more day. The announcement has left families scrambling to figure out where their children are going to go to school.
More at Deadspin. I don't know this site, but the report seems straightforward.
Deion Sanders's Disaster Of A School Is Being Shut Down
The school was founded by Sanders and Damien "D.L." Wallace, who handled the logistics while Sanders mostly brought the star power. It went poorly from the very beginning:
Like all charter schools Prime Prep was getting taxpayer money while open, money which came from traditional public schools. As resources are taken from public schools the new ed reform policies demand more and more from them.
Something is wrong with that picture.
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Feb 1, 2015, 12:44 AM (11 replies)
I remember this whenever Jeb starts spouting about what a moderate he is. Or when others portray him that way.
Jeb ‘Put Me Through Hell’
Michael Schiavo at home. "He should be ashamed," Schiavo said of Jeb Bush. "To bring as much pain as he did, to me and my family, that should be an issue." | Maggie Steber/Redux for POLITICO Magazine
“It was a living hell,” he said, “and I blame him.”
“If you want to understand Jeb Bush, he’s guided by principle over convenience....“He may be wrong about something, but he knows what he believes.”
Those are the words of Dennis Baxley who was one of the most conservative legislators ever.
SO...even though Jeb is wrong about something it is okay because he believes it strongly. That is a pathetic excuse for ignorance.
Long article, hard to limit to just a few paragraphs. The worst is how Jeb continued attacking Michael Schiavo even after Terri's death.
Today, looking back, what makes Felos, the attorney for Michael Schiavo, angriest about the case is Bush’s letter to McCabe. Even after 18 months of legal wrangling, even after her death, even after the autopsy—after all that—the governor asked a prosecutor to initiate a retroactive criminal investigation of his client. It struck Felos as “odd,” “bizarre”—“personal.”
One interesting part is that President Obama said he regrets that he did not put forth effort to stop the interference.
“It wasn’t something I was comfortable with, but it was not something I stood on the floor and stopped. And I think that was a mistake, and I think the American people understood that was a mistake. And as a constitutional law professor, I knew better.”
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Jan 31, 2015, 12:36 AM (35 replies)
She is not from my district, nonetheless when she votes with the GOP 4 times in one week it affects all of us in the state. She said she is going to take North Florida values to DC with her. Wonder where that leaves the rest of us and our values?
North Florida is traditionally very conservative, although there are more Democrats than Republicans.
If a Democrat is going to vote with the GOP and cross the aisle to sit with them during a speech given by the president, it concerns me a lot.
I've heard all the arguments about how a Democrat in a conservative district must vote as the Republicans do. Newsflash, we have lost in a major way in 2010 and 2014 by following such a policy. It appears to be getting us nowhere.
Democrat Gwen Graham takes heat for right-leaning votes
U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham of Tallahassee, who unseated Republican Steve Southerland in November, is under fire from Democrats for votes in favor of the Keystone pipeline, to roll back Wall Street reforms and other issues, illustrating the difficulty she faces in a district with a sizable conservative base.
That might have been true at one time. But again here are our Democrats trying to compromise with extremists who will not give an inch. They may enjoy talking about how they love working together, but what they are doing is hurting the people.
Her moves have drawn praise, including an editorial in the News Herald of Panama City. "It seems clear that Graham is making a good faith effort to work with Republicans on the important issues of the day."
Crossing the aisle to sit with David Jolly who was elected in great part by the Tea Party....I do not think she should have done that.
Gwen Graham Responds to State of the Union Address
WASHINGTON, DC – Statement from Rep. Gwen Graham on the State of the Union address:
Good luck on that, Gwen. At least your father, though very moderate in his beliefs, put his loyalty with the Democrats....but he did stand up against them when they helped take us into a war built on lies.
Here are her first four votes.
Meet the new conservative rising star: Florida freshman "Democratic" Rep. Gwen Graham
Gwen Graham (D) won her seat in one of our rare, balanced districts of the red Northern section of Florida. Although District 2 has 16% more Democratic voters in the district than GOP, it normally leans GOP because that's how Florida voters roll.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Jan 29, 2015, 09:02 PM (72 replies)
They are all paid versions I bought since my horrible browser hijacking in Feb 2014 on my new computer.
I run Trojan Killer each evening, and very glad I did.
Norton is notoriously bad with trojans, but I was surprised that Malwarebytes missed them.
They were Trojan.U.Gamburl and Trojan.U.BlacolerRef
I looked them up and they can come from a legitimate website.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Jan 29, 2015, 01:55 AM (9 replies)
Love this. Seen on Twitter today.
The Baxter Bean @TheBaxterBean · 8h 8 hours ago
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Jan 26, 2015, 06:45 PM (71 replies)
Published on Aug 31, 2012
Merv Griffin was one of my all time favorites.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Jan 26, 2015, 02:24 PM (7 replies)
Healthy Poverty -- the Radical Right's Fantasy
The words of Claire Conner on her Facebook page in January 2014.
"A lot of folks tell me that the John Birch Society is irrelevant: their ideas are dead and they have no real influence today."
But, here are the facts, folks. The radical right (which is running the House of Representatives) has embraced so many John Birch policies that I can hardly keep count. Slashing food stamps and gutting unemployment compensation--harken back to the views of Robert Welch, founder of the John Birch Society.
More at at the link.
Claire Conner said in her book she did not believe her mother when she said the Birchers would be ready when the liberals failed.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Jan 24, 2015, 04:43 PM (19 replies)
From her book Wrapped in the Flag.
The lurch to the right in 2010 is the unholy coalition of Tea Party, libertarian, big business, the gun lobby, the religious right and the newly reborn John Birch Society. It took 50 years, but these folks are back and they are strong.
More about Claire, in case you missed her powerful book. From her website:
For 32 years, my father was a national leader in the John Birch Society.
I highly recommend the book. You will find yourself fascinated about how many politicians you recognize.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Jan 24, 2015, 01:36 PM (12 replies)
Thanks to BayNews9 for covering this.
I can not understand how Floridians re-elected him. It boggles my mind.
Posted by madfloridian | Fri Jan 23, 2015, 09:40 AM (5 replies)