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Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 84,880
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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Even the website was down. The students were in the middle of testing. The same charter company closed another school one day later.
But here's the kicker...there is no law to keep them from taking even more public money from public schools and opening another charter school.
Fred Grimm: Failed charter schools can always come back for more
Two weeks ago, the kids who attend Acclaim Academy in Jacksonville discovered that their charter school no longer existed.
The article points out that local districts were left with the mess, though they had no say in any of it. Imagine having to watch these charter schools waste the money that is taken from district public schools.
And another shocker is who owns these schools.
Both schools were run by Corey Alston, the former city manager of South Bay in Palm Beach County, who just happened to plead guilty to grand theft last year for running up personal charges on his city-issued credit card (Alton received six years probation). His criminal record has no bearing on whether he can run a charter school operation. Not in Florida.
Taxpayer money is being given to someone with a known criminal history. It doesn't matter if he wants to run a charter school in Florida.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Jun 6, 2015, 10:43 PM (47 replies)
That is just so outrageous to read. The interview posted tonight by Time also says that DHS bragged on what an amazing job the parents were doing.
Wasn't there anyone who cared enough about right and wrong to do something before the statute of limitations ran out?
Picture is from the original interview at People Magazine
I'm not buying those tears from Jill.
Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald: Our Parents ‘Put Locks on the Doors’
Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard say their parents used “safeguards” to protect them from their brother, Josh Duggar, after he molested them as well as two of their sisters when they were young.
Sounds like terms they were coached to use in their excuse of Josh's behavior.
“Josh was a boy, a young boy in puberty and a little too curious about girls,” says Jessa. “And that got him into some trouble. And he made some bad choices, but, really, the extent of it was mild – inappropriate touching on fully clothed victims, most of it while girls were sleeping.”
Locks on the doors when they went to bed? That's just pathetic.
Seems like those who were supposed to be the watchmen were in actuality the enablers of this cultish behavior.
Posted by madfloridian | Fri Jun 5, 2015, 10:40 PM (81 replies)
I have seen so many friends have to leave here. I have stayed in touch with many, wonder about the rest quite often.
I take pride that I have never had a post hidden at DU3. Oh, yeah, I some threads locked during the 04 primary wars. Not usually because of my posts but because of the ugliness that ensued. Primaries get ugly here.
When NYC_SKP was moderator at the other DU we had some differences. The good part was that I could send him a message and we could discuss it. I believe he was one of the most fair mods we ever had.
The last few months have meant lots of medical problems. He posted in The DU Lounge in March about them.
Do you know what an SAH is?
Subarachnoid hemorrhage ( SAH) - Mayfield Clinic
Here is some of the aftermath he posted in the Lounge. I hope he doesn't mind my posting.
Some of you might remember that last May I suffered a SAH, was airlifted to Stanford, had a seizure and surgery and totally dodged a fatal bullet.
DU has a history of being kind to its members with health problems. That is what makes one forum more special than others.
So it's primary time again, and there will be rough times ahead. It saddens me to see it start this way.
So if I get banned at least pretend to be a little upset.
Editing because I think everyone who thinks that many posts and a good reputation will keep one from being gone in the blink of an eye should read Ida Briggs post right now.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Jun 4, 2015, 07:26 PM (272 replies)
Somehow I missed this before. After the pathetic interview last night with the Duggars, reading this was a surprise.
Looks like even Megyn Kelly is trying to blame the messenger.
Duggars To Megyn Kelly: “There’s An Agenda”
“I think they knew they needed to speak to somebody and get their story out,” Kelly added — their story being that the information about their son and daughters was “released without their consent.”
They all seem so totally clueless about the fact that people with fewer offenses than Josh Duggar had been sentenced to prison time.
They all seem so clueless about the real world. Megyn Kelly did them no favor with this interview, and IMO she made herself look bad.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Jun 4, 2015, 12:13 PM (15 replies)
Newly Released Police Report Details How Duggar Parents Waited 16 Months Before Going to Police
More light has been shed on the ongoing Duggar family controversy, this time with a newly released police report detailing how Josh Duggar's parents waited 16 months before telling authorities about their son's actions.
Wait. Jim Bob was concerned about what Josh might "be exposed to" at Piney Ridge center?
What about concerns over what Josh did 3 different times to underage girls??
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Jun 3, 2015, 06:18 PM (61 replies)
Published on Jun 2, 2015
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Jun 3, 2015, 12:16 AM (6 replies)
instead of to the down and out to minister to the up and out.
When I read these two paragraphs my very first thought was that this movement that started in the 1930s was relevant to how the 1% have come into power.
It appears to be relevant to the constant efforts to cut programs to the poor, needy, and elderly while all the while enriching the coffers of the very rich.
From The Week:
DC's 'invisible army' for Christ
What does the Family believe?
There's more from In These Times:
Scandal-linked “The Family” Says: Jesus Wants You to Bust Unions
One night, while lying in bed fretting about socialists, Wobblies, and a Swedish Communist who, he was sure, planned to bring Seattle under the control of Moscow, Vereide received a visitation: a voice, and a light in the dark, bright and blinding. The next day he met a friend, a wealthy businessman and former major, and the two men agreed upon a spiritual plan. They enlisted nineteen business executives in a weekly breakfast meeting and together they prayed, convinced that Jesus alone could redeem Seattle and crush the radical unions. They wanted to give Jesus a vessel, and so they asked God to raise up a leader. One of their number, a city councilman named Arthur Langlie, stood and said, “I am ready to let God use me.” Langlie was made first mayor and later governor, backed in both campaigns by money and muscle from his prayer-breakfast friends, whose number had rapidly multiplied.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Jun 1, 2015, 11:42 PM (70 replies)
There are reasons why some have concerns about their goals.
Interestingly enough the group was founded as an anti-union movement.
While 700 plus policemen patrolled the 1934 union strikes, The Family founder prayed with the elite.
These are a couple of paragraphs I transcribed from Jeff Sharlet's book The Family.
This part showed a sharp contrast between the wealthy and the workers. They seemed to take the efforts of the unions to gain power very personally...or as Sharlet once said Abram Vereides considered it a challenge to God's sovereignty. From page 104 about the 1934 union strikes:
From page 104 about the 1934 union strikes:
From page 108:
The strike went on, but the shippers were defeated by the time the coffins went into the ground. Their old beliefs could not compete. Management-capital-would require a new faith if it was to survive.
Abram Vereides was given much power by the end of WW II.
In 1944, Vereide had foreseen what he called 'the new world order.' 'Upon the termination of the war there will be many men available to carry on,' Vereide wrote in a letter to his wife. 'Now the ground-work must be laid and our leadership brought to face God in humility, prayer and obedience.' He began organizing prayer meetings for delegates to the United Nations, at which he would instruct them in God's plan for rebuilding from the wreckage of the war. Donald Stone, a high-ranking administrator of the Marshall Plan, joined the directorship of Vereide's organization. In an undated letter, he wrote Vereide that he would 'soon begin a tour around the world for the (Marshall Plan), combining with this a spiritual mission.'
More from a Salon article in 2009.
Sex and power inside “the C Street House”
The Family likes to call itself a “Christian Mafia,” but it began 74 years ago as an anti-New Deal coalition of businessmen convinced that organized labor was under the sway of Satan. The Great Depression, they believed, was a punishment from God for what they viewed as FDR’s socialism. The Family’s goal was the “consecration” of America to God, first through the repeal of New Deal reforms, then through the aggressive expansion of American power during the Cold War. They called this a “Worldwide Spiritual Offensive,” but in Washington, it amounted to the nation’s first fundamentalist lobby. Early participants included Southern Sens. Strom Thurmond, Herman Talmadge and Absalom Willis Robertson — Pat Robertson’s father. Membership lists stored in the Family’s archive at the Billy Graham Center at evangelical Wheaton College in Illinois show active participation at any given time over the years by dozens of congressmen.
In 2007 the Miami Herald quoted Grace Nelson, wife of Florida's Senator Bill Nelson.
Mother Jones, the progressive politics magazine, delves into Dem prez contender Hillary Clinton's religious and political life - and among the few in her inner circle who would talk for the story was Grace Nelson, wife of Florida Sen. Bill Nelson.
There are two more shocking statements from the Salon article. The statement by the son of the present head of The Family is especially shocking in light of recent news stories.
But David Coe, Doug Coe’s son and heir apparent, calls himself simply a friend to men such as John Ensign, whom he guided through the coverup of his affair. I met the younger Coe when I lived for several weeks as a member of the Family. He’s a surprising source of counsel, spiritual or otherwise. Attempting to explain what it means to be chosen for leadership like King David was — or Mark Sanford, according to his own estimate — he asked a young man who’d put himself, body and soul, under the Family’s authority, “Let’s say I hear you raped three little girls. What would I think of you?” The man guessed that Coe would probably think that he was a monster. “No,” answered Coe, “I wouldn’t.” Why? Because, as a member of the Family, he’s among what Family leaders refer to as the “new chosen.” If you’re chosen, the normal rules don’t apply.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat May 30, 2015, 11:40 PM (169 replies)
I grew up Southern Baptist, and I must have been a really obnoxious teen. We had been made to believe we were right, everyone else was wrong.
As the saying still goes today among fundamentalists:
The Bible says it. I believe it. That settles it.
This cartoon reminded me.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat May 30, 2015, 05:58 PM (3 replies)
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