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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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Be on guard, women. The next wave of abortion restrictions is here.

They are not letting up on taking away the rights of women to make their own reproductive choices.

Do you know what worries me so much? That they are keeping us fighting battles on all fronts so that our party isn't sure what to take a stand on first. And that is a shame.

The right wing leaders who started these constant attacks on the left made it clear they were going to do so. They even put it in writing.

Right wing leader said they must be willing to be obnoxious.

We will maintain a constant barrage of criticism against the Left. We will attack the very legitimacy of the Left. We will not give them a moment's rest. We will endeavor to prove that the Left does not deserve to hold sway over the heart and mind of a single American. We will offer constant reminders that there is an alternative, there is a better way. When people have had enough of the sickness and decay of today's American culture, they will be embraced by and welcomed into the New Traditionalist movement. The rejection of the existing society by the people will thus be accomplished by pushing them and pulling them simultaneously.

We will use guerrilla tactics to undermine the legitimacy of the dominant regime. We will take advantage of every available opportunity to spread the idea that there is something fundamentally wrong with the existing state of affairs. For example, we could have every member of the movement put a bumper sticker on his car that says something to the effect of "Public Education is Rotten; Homeschool Your Kids." This will change nobody's mind immediately; no one will choose to stop sending his children to public schools immediately after seeing such a bumper sticker; but it will raise awareness and consciousness that there is a problem. Most of all, it will contribute to a vague sense of uneasiness and dissatisfaction with existing society. We need this if we hope to start picking people off and bringing them over to our side. We need to break down before we can build up. We must first clear away the flotsam of a decayed culture.

Florida is about to pass some more restrictions on abortions. In a hearing today they only allowed one speaker from each side with only seconds to make their point.

Testimony Nearly Non Existent at Abortion Hearing

There were dozens of angry women in the State Capitol today who were denied a chance to speak against a controversial 24 hour waiting period for abortions. Only two speakers, one for and one against got just seconds to make their case before the committee.

The legislation requires a woman seeking an abortion to make not one, but two visits on different days to a doctor before the procedure can be performed.

Eleanor Sobel sought to allow the consultation to be by phone or electronic communication.

“She physically would not have to make those two trips. It’s a burden for many women, especially those who travel long distance” Sobel told the Senate Health Policy Committee.

“Yea. All opposed please say nay. Nay.” the amendment was voted down.

More than 30 people signed up to speak. Just two got the chance.

North Carolina pushing new stricter abortion laws.

New abortion rules sought in bill by NC Senate Republicans


Restrictions on abortions were proposed in a bill filed Thursday. The proposed restrictions are not as far-reaching as past efforts.

The legislation, led by Sen. Warren Daniel, a Republican from Morganton, continues several years of argument in the General Assembly on an issue that also touches on the campaign of Gov. Pat McCrory.

McCrory campaigned on a pledge not to further restrict access to abortions. Advocates on both sides of the issue closely watched how his administration handled a bill the governor signed into law in 2013 that required the state to update abortion clinic regulations.

Abortion-rights advocates were pleased with last year’s outcome, saying it wouldn’t force any clinics to close. But abortion opponents said the regulations didn’t go far enough to protect women’s health. The General Assembly still must approve those rules.

Christie Backs Legislation That Would Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks’ Pregnancy

RENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that he is backing federal legislation that would ban abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The potential Republican presidential candidate endorsed the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” in a statement to the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List.

The law would ban abortions at five months of pregnancy.

Quoted in multiple published reports, Christie said: “Today, I am a living example that being pro-life is not a political liability anywhere in America. I also know that there are areas where all Americans — regardless of being pro-life or pro-choice — can come together. One proposal that brings Americans together is the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would protect unborn children beginning at 20 weeks, or five months or pregnancy, based on their ability to feel pain.

Women will die if such bans against abortions are forbidden in life and death situations. Some already have.

The next step will mean they can be jailed...a case like that is going on right now.

I remember some past words of the likely person to take Harry Reid's place, Chuck Schumer.

In 2005 Schumer took women's rights off the table....right out loud.

There used to be an audio at the link, but it seems to have died.

I am quoting myself so I will a few more paragraphs.

Here is what he said in 2005:

He was at a fundraiser in GA. He admitted that the DSCC would choose the candidates. We already know the DCCC under Rahm did that. I posted today that Florida has made it clear they will pick candidates.

A Florida county chairwoman said the party would pick the candidates.

We know they have done this for a while, but he openly admitted that issues no longer mattered.

There was an audio with the transcript...I have heard it but it does not appear to work now.

"Let me tell you one other thing we did. We are no longer letting Democrats get in a circle and shoot each other. I was just in Tennessee with Harry and with (...) and we have a primary and I stood up there Harold Ford is running and he can become the first African-American elected in the south to the Senate since reconstruction which would be a great thing for America. There is this young woman whose... not so young... but a nice woman running against him but everyone says she is going to attack him."
"...(unintelligible) we are going to intervene if anyone one democrat attacks another, we're doing that in states where there are primaries.
We can't afford to do it anymore. This always happens in the primaries, we would throw up the cards and see where they landed. No more, we are finding the best candidate in every one of the seats where a Republican is vulnerable."

"So I called up Governor...our number one target is Rick Santorum...let him go back to wherever he lives, Maryland, you know you heard about it, he is Pennsylvania but he tried to get exempt from the school tax there cause he lives in Maryland even though he is a registered citizen of Pennsylvania. In any case I called up the Governor of Pennsylvania, Governor Rendell, I said who is the best candidate to beat Santorum. He there is only one person who could beat him but he won't run and B you wouldn't want him to. I said why wouldn't we want him to run, he said he's pro-life. He's a deeply religious Catholic man. Bob Casey."

"I said, those days are over Ed. Yes I'm pro-choice, but we need the best candidate. We can't insist that every democrat check off 18 different issues before they get (unintelligible) we could do that, we can't anymore.
And so, we persuaded, Harry using his very...Harry has amazing insights into people...and we together persuaded Bob Casey to run. A poll yesterday...national...all the polls they did...Casey 51 Santorum 40. You should see Santorum nervous and walkin on the floor."


"And we're doing this in the other states"

FL's pill mill crackdown leaves legit chronic pain prescriptions hard to fill.

Florida’s pill mill crackdown makes getting meds difficult for ‘legitimate pain' patients

Charles Knighton, in his Palm Coast home, says the medicines that allow him to manage his pain are becoming more difficult to get.
News-Journal/LOLA GOMEZ

The Orange City pharmacist has a limited supply of powerful pain medication to dispense and is under immense pressure from federal and state authorities to ensure those drugs don’t fall into the wrong hands.

Florida needed to do something about prescription painkiller abuse, but the crackdown on pill mills has produced unintended consequences, said Accardi, owner of Accardi Clinical Pharmacy.

“There has been collateral damage and those are patients who have legitimate pain,” he said. “In this climate, there are going to be patients who are going to be turned away. Some are going to be legitimate, and that is terribly unfortunate.”

.....Since Florida implemented new regulations to stamp out abuse, pharmacists have refused to fill some of Knighton’s pain prescriptions. As a result, he says he can’t get all of the medication he needs to manage his pain.

“I’ve been made to feel like a drug addict — like I am on trial,” said Knighton, 54, who has a rare spinal condition called syringomyelia. “The war on drugs has become the war on the disabled.”

We experienced this problem before my husband's death. Doctors were terrified to prescribe pain medication. As my brother once said..when a person is dying so what if they become a little addicted.

Once hospice comes in, that problem with lack of pain medication ends....thank goodness.

If you saw HBO's outstanding "Going Clear" on Scientology, you should read Twitter about it.


In my mind the best so far is from Leah Remini.

Leah Remini ‏@LeahRemini 1h1 hour ago

Thank you to the brave who did something about it. And to those who didn't have a voice, you do now. #GoingClear


rhonda talbot ‏@devilstrifecta 55m55 minutes ago

Thank you @Paul_Haggis I actually feel sick having just watched #GoingClear Your bravery & journey made this great doc even more real. xo

Skylar Mundy ‏@Skybearlove 1h1 hour ago

Thank you @HBODocs for making #GoingClear and helping former Scientologists like me not feel so alone. Thank you for exposing the truth.

Mario Lopez ‏@MarioLopezExtra 2h2 hours ago

Between Miscavige & Durst, @HBO is really killin it on the crazy rich white dude front...

Kristen Bell ‏@IMKristenBell 2h2 hours ago

#goingclear is a terrifying look at the fallibility of the human mind. "To find yourself, think for yourself."- Socrates

Jocelyn ‏@jocemiller 3h3 hours ago

What's become evident is #GoingClear is a horror film, and people who've left the abusive "church" of Scientology are incredibly brave.

There are more added constantly.

In my mind Jason Beghe and Paul Haggis were the most memorably outspoken. I recognized some of the others from Jenna Miscavige Hill's book...they were her minders and auditors.

AND...L Ron Hubbard had the grimiest teeth I have ever seen!

Kudos to HBO for this documentary for which they hired 160 lawyers.

Cartoon. "Hateful" Hoosiers’ store window running out of space.

Hateful Hoosiers’ Window Space

Finally, I drew a cartoon about Indiana. No, I haven’t really been waiting for a reason to pick on Indiana though I wonder how this will fly since I do have a little sister, a little brother and quite a few nieces and nephews up there. I doubt they’ll see it.

But yeah, I got to hit Indiana. It seems there’s always something stupid coming out of Texas, Florida and Arizona giving me an opportunity. Earlier today I drew a custom cartoon for a publication in Utah which you’ll see Sunday. But now Indiana has decided to doing something Neanderthaleriffic. You really gotta hate somebody to refuse to take their money.

Angie's List halts expansion over Indiana law seen targeting gays.

Angie's List halts expansion over Indiana law seen targeting gays

(Reuters) - The company behind the Angie's List business-rating website on Saturday put on hold a planned expansion of its Indianapolis headquarters over a new Indiana law that opponents say could allow companies to deny services to gay people.

The decision by Angie's List Inc comes amid criticism of the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was passed overwhelmingly by both champers of the Republican led-state legislature and signed into law on Thursday by Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

Supporters say the legislation will keep the government from forcing business owners to act against strongly held religious beliefs. Opponents say it is discriminatory against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and broader than other states' religious freedom laws.

"We are putting the 'Ford Building Project' on hold until we fully understand the implications of the Freedom Restoration Act on our employees, both current and future," Angie's List Chief Executive Bill Oesterle said in a statement.

"Angie's List is open to all and discriminates against none and we are hugely disappointed in what this bill represents," Oesterle said.

Good for them.

An important post by greatlaurel which puts things in perspective about Steel Valley teachers.

While the post blaming teachers keeps getting more and more hits, the one explaining and defusing is getting little attention.

Thanks, greatlaurel.

Steel Valley SD School Board try to deflect blame to teachers after the removal of SpecEd restroom

I hope some take time to read it and see just how easily teachers are blamed for things out of their control.

And give it a kick for presenting both sides of a serious story about special education.

Peter King rips into "vulgar Cruz fans" for harassing his office staff.

Republican rips ‘vulgar’ Cruz fans

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) on Friday said his staff have been abused by vulgar fans of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) who have made “adolescent” calls to his office. King said “women and young interns” in his office have had to deal with unspeakable words from callers suffering “from severe cases of arrested development.”

“The puerile language used is what most kids outgrow and move beyond when they reach sophomore year in high school,” King told The Washington Post.

“The fact that women and young interns in my office have to listen to these perverse rantings is particularly shameful,” King said.

King acknowledged that Cruz “cannot be held responsible for all his supporters.” Still, he said it was telling that boorish individuals were drawn to the Texas lawmaker.

“Clearly, Cruz has many decent and honorable supporters,” King argued. “At the same time, though, we must ask why he has such an unusual appeal to this low denominator in American politics.”

Jim Hightower says we have already been found guilty of "imported meat discrimination" ....

by a WTO compliance panel.

New trade pacts create secret, pro-corporate tribunals that use their powers to eviscerate our democratic laws

He says his momma warned him not to eat anything unless he knew where it came from.

In 2002, responding to public demand, lawmakers decided that you and I have a need and a right to know where the meat sold in supermarkets comes from. Thus, Congress enacted a simple and straightforward law called COOL (Country Of Origin Labeling), requiring meat marketers to tell us right on their packages whether the enclosed steak, pork chops, lamb shanks, chicken wings, etc., are products of the USA, Mexico, China, or Whereintheworldistan.

This is useful information that empowers us consumers. Whether you have health concerns about imported meat or just prefer to have your food dollars go to American farmers and ranchers, COOL lets each of us know the source so we can decide such matters for ourselves. And that is precisely why global agribusiness giants hate it. Foreign meat producers (especially the US food conglomerates that have moved their meat production and slaughtering operations to nations that pay low wages and/or aren't fussy about health inspections) don't want you knowing or deciding. They've been all over Washington officials, saying they want the #@$&! labeling law repealed.

But who cares what they want? COOL is America's law, and American courts upheld it when the agribusiness powers tried to strike it down. It's also solidly supported by our people--a 2013 Consumer's Union poll found that a whopping 90 percent of Americans favor the right-to-know label! That's such an overwhelming majority that even the anti-consumer Republicans now in charge of Congress are not about to mess with it. So that's that.

.....WARNING: Mind-exploding Outrage Ahead. Unfortunately, that's not that. Unbeknownst to most people, a cabal of corporate and political elites (including Presidents Clinton, Bush II, and Obama) has stealthfully negotiated international trade deals during the past two-plus decades that have fabricated, piece by piece, what now amounts to a privatized world government. It's a secretive, autocratic, plutocratic, bureaucratic government of, by, and for multinational corporations. Most astonishingly, it has been empowered to eviscerate laws and policies enacted by our own elected officials.

And what if a country does not like our country of Origin labeling? Will they sue?

A so-called trade agreement includes a process called ISDS (Investor-State Dispute Settlement). This is a devilish bit of legalistic hocus-pocus that elevates mere corporations to the status of "corporate states," putting them on par with our nation states. It allows them to go to foreign tribunals staffed by corporate lawyers and sue governments to demand taxpayer compensation for a particular national, state, or local law--the offending law could be anything from an environmental regulation to a community's "Buy Local" ordinance. (Under WTO rules, the complaining corporation gets its home nation's government to sue on its behalf, while NAFTA and CAFTA rules allow corporations to challenge sovereign nations directly.)

And from the section called Keeping Our Cool...the ridiculous meat discrimination.

In response, our government adjusted the wording of the labeling requirement in 2013, but a WTO compliance panel recently ruled that the change was not enough, declaring that we are still guilty of (get this) "imported meat discrimination."

Obama’s Trade Deals Could Overturn New York’s Fracking Ban and Accelerate Climate Change

Obama’s Trade Deals Could Overturn New York’s Fracking Ban and Accelerate Climate Change

Thanks to a recent Wikileaks’ leak, certain truly onerous provisions of President Obama’s secret trade deals are no longer secret. As reported this week in the New York Times, the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) would “grant broad powers to multinational companies operating in North America, South America and Asia. Under the accord, still under negotiation but nearing completion, companies and investors would be empowered to challenge regulations, rules, government actions and court rulings—federal, state or local—before tribunals organized under the World Bank or the United Nations.”

As terrible as this sounds for the rule of law, and democracy, it’s even worse. Long-time consumer advocate, Ralph Nader describes how the Investor State Tribunals would work:

...Suppose that Brazil sues the U.S. and says “your food labeling laws are too restrictive and they are keeping out our exports to your country.” Then we send our Attorney General to Geneva before the Tribunal. There can be no press, no public disclosure of what happens behind closed doors. If we lose, as we almost certainly will, there is no independent appeal. It circumvents our courts, legislative and regulations. Foreign corporations can take our food, health and safety protections and bring us before these tribunals and if they lose, we pay millions of dollars in compensation.

...The cases are argued, tried and judged by a small, revolving group of elite corporate attorneys, taking turns playing the role of judge and prosecutor. The potential for conflicts of interest and secret handshakes exceeds even the current regulatory revolving door, in which industry lawyers, officials and consultants move into key positions in public agencies, alter governmental regulations in industry’s favor and then return to their bespoke industry.

Under the terms of the agreement, corporations would have the right to sue U.S. federal, state and local governments if regulations, laws or bans, for example, those protecting health or the environment, cause a reduction in the company’s future profits. Nobel Prize winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz, told a group gathered in Queens, New York last month, that New York’s fracking ban would be a likely candidate for a Tribunal suit, should these agreements be signed by the President.

...“Once passed, the TPP will unleash a gigantic explosion of trade in fossil fuels. Some of the biggest promoters of these deals are Chevron, Exxon, and BP,” predicts William Waren, senior trade analyst for Friends of the Earth. Waren delineates the plans which companies and their elected officials are expectantly putting into place, awaiting the imminent Fast Tracking of the TPP:

A list of the harms by this uncontrolled explosion of trade follows in the article.

Hard to believe both parties and our president are pushing a trade deal that might cause so much harm to us as a nation.

Hate waking up to read about your jerk freshman year roommate running for President.

From Ted's roommate Craig Mazin's Twitter page this week:

Craig Mazin, Twitter

Craig MazinVerified account ‏@clmazin

Don't you hate it when you wake up and read about your jerk freshman year roommate running for President? We've all been there, right?

Craig Mazin @clmazin · Mar 22

Since it's already begun, to journalists who want to talk to me about Ted Cruz-- respectfully, I've already said everything I had to say.

From the Daily Beast 2013:

Ted Cruz at Princeton: Creepy, Sometimes Well Liked, and Exactly the Same

"More than anyone I knew, Ted seemed to have arrived in college with a fully formed worldview,” Butler College colleague Erik Leitch said. “And what strikes me now, looking at him as an adult and hearing the things he's saying, it seems like nothing has changed. Four years of an Ivy League education, Harvard Law, and years of life experience have altered nothing."

While Cruz’s friends from the debate team foresaw a successful career in politics for Cruz, many of the Princeton alums offered that they were deeply troubled by the possibility of Cruz running for president, a notion that one, who did not want to be quoted speaking against a former classmate who is now a senator, called notion “horrifying.”

Craig Mazin said he knew some people might be afraid to speak in the press about a senator, but added of Cruz, “We should be afraid that someone like that has power.”

And the idea that his freshman roommate could someday be the leader of the free world? “I would rather have anybody else be the president of the United States. Anyone,” Mazin said. “I would rather pick somebody from the phone book."

More from Craig Mazin in the New York Magazine 2013

Ted Cruz Was a Smelly, Terrible Roommate

Proud, pretentious American destroyer Ted Cruz has always been a bit difficult. Since elbowing his way into the national consciousness, the Texas Republican has been outed as a hater of "minor Ivies" like Penn and Brown, and is said to have come to Princeton as a 17-year-old with a book titled Was Karl Marx a Satanist? "I would end up fielding the complaints: 'Could you please keep your roommate out of our hallway?'" his undergrad roommate at Princeton Craig Mazin told the Daily Beast over the summer. ("I would rather have anybody else be the president of the United States. Anyone," Mazin added. "I would rather pick somebody from the phone book.")

Today, Mazin — who just so happens to be the screenwriter behind Scary Movie 3, Scary Movie 4, and The Hangover III — took to Twitter to share more stories about his fateful time in a crappy room with Cruz. It's about what you'd expect, but funnier.

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