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TWEETED questions for upcoming Democratic Debate

#CNNDebate #DemDebate Sanders said end privatized prisons, but isn't all privatization of gov't corporate welfare & political corruption?

Will you declassify Saudi pages of Congress 9/11 Report? Should Saudi gov't have been punished for role in 9/11?

Where has our regime changes produced positive results in the Middle East?

Will you back the overthrow of democratically elected leaders of countries that don't obey banks and corporations?

Will you continue using religious extremists to undermine secular regimes like we did in Libya & are doing in Syria?

More to follow. I gotta go to class.

why will removing Syria's leader work better than it did in Afghanistan Iraq or Libya?

All of those countries have descended into chaos and turned into havens for Islamic extremists which is what our government claims to be fighting against.

Probably the best off is Afghanistan. Where we could claim life at least isn't worse than when we got there. Except maybe for the boys who are molested by the troops we trained.

Can anyone make a coherent argument for removing a side that acknowledges history like recent history in the past 20 years maybe?

RAVITCH: Arizona Will Boost Charter Funding by Cutting Public School Budgets

There seems to be a bipartisan consensus that if public spending doesn't put some money directly in the pockets of the already wealthy it should be cut.

It's too bad we don't have at least one major party that fights against that corrupt logic.

Arizona’s Governor Doug Ducey appointed a commission to fix school funding. The commission has decided that The schools don’t need more money, even though the state is one of the lowest spending in the nation. What’s needed is more funding for charters. The pie stays the same, but the underfunded public schools will lose money to the charters.

A large proportion of the students in Arizona are of Hispanic origin. I wonder if any of their parents served on Governor Ducey ‘s commission?


TWEET JEB!: Your brother didn't protect us on 9/11

Not that Jeb has much chance of winning at this point, but he shouldn't be able to brag about his brother "keeping America safe for eight years."

I can kind of see why his primary opponents don't put a fork in that talking point, but it is criminal malpractice that leaders of the Democratic Party don't.

There was some argument for lining up behind Bush for a while after 9/11, but 14 years later, there is no reason to give Bush and his party a pass on this.

I tweeted this to Jeb:

@JebBush Your brother didn't protect us on 9/11. Just about every other president did a better job of protecting Americans in America.

I forgot to add, feel free to tweet this to JEB! yourself. This should be the only thing people see in his twitter feed.

Lindsey Graham: 28 Pages Could Damage "Allies"

A couple of things about this.

1. Random citizens ask better questions than mainstream journalists.

2. Lindsay Graham said releasing the truth about Saudi role in 9/11 would "damage" them, essentially implying some official guilt.

3. I don't necessarily buy or know if the version of the story Graham is telling here is true or not, but at least it's an insult to our intelligence like most of the stuff most politicians say about this.

4. Graham's description of Saudi and Pakistan (oddly, the person asking the question didn't mention Pakistan having a role in 9/11) could easily apply to OUR government's dealing with religious extremists up through ISIS.

5. None of this is meant as an endorsement of Lindsay Graham in any way. If he told the truth, it was because he was caught off guard.

What is or would be the difference between Biden as opposed to Hillary in policies?

I know there are differences in "style," but style doesn't put food on the table or stop wars and unnecessary cuts to the safety net to make the rich richer.

Echoes of LA riots in FEAR THE WALKING DEAD

The first two episodes of FEAR THE WALKING DEAD have really haunted me even though none of the characters we are supposed to care about have been killed and/or turned into zombies, and I couldn't figure out why.

Then I realized: I lived through this.

I lived in downtown LA during the LA riots, in an old hotel USC had converted to a dorm.

I had been playing tennis at the beach with a friend when we saw the riots start on TV, so I figured I'd better get home. Driving back to downtown LA, I saw fires on both sides of the 10 freeway.

From the roof of our building, we could see smoke from fires to our east, south, and west, East LA, South Central, Koreatown respectively. That is, we could watch them until a cop came into our building and told us to get off the roof or they would shoot us.

Some people in the dorm were talking about getting the hell out of town going north, but someone said they heard there was a sniper on the freeway north, so no one was leaving until things settled down.

At one point, a cop caught a looter at a Foot Locker we could see from our building, and instead of throwing her in the back of the squad car, he handcuffed her to iron fence around a tree and drove off.

FEAR THE WALKING DEAD is set in a neighborhood just past Koreatown.

On of the resident advisors in our dorm was from Beirut, Lebanon and said it was just like back home, but he didn't seem any less disturbed than the rest of us.

Like in the show, the police seemed overwhelmed, ineffectual, and at best, not necessarily on our side, especially your skin was darker than a paper bag.

The second day, a couple of my friends and I decided to drive around town and see what was going on. Looters at Pep Boys, an auto parts store, ran in front of my car with a set of tires. We saw building burning across the street from the USC campus, and train of cop cars screaming down the street in a row. Ironically, we saw the biggest police presence in Beverly Hills and nothing was going on there. We went north to the Valley, and people were lined up out the doors of grocery stores stocking up for a long siege or a getaway (even though there didn't seem to be any violence going on there).

Unlike the show, all of it was covered on TV, we knew what started it (cops beat the crap out of Rodney King on film and were acquitted), and it came to a definite end around the time troops showed up.

And the violence was not done by zombies, but was at least started by people who realized the acquittal meant they could be killed with impunity by the authorities who were supposed to protect their lives, and they would have no recourse in the legal system.

That virus is still alive today. We see it every time the cops shoot and kill an unarmed black kid, choke out a black guy for selling loose cigarettes, or arrest a black activist for pulling over to get out of a cop's way without signaling.

Somehow, the public doesn't erupt into chaos and violence on the scale of the Los Angeles riots.

Because the public hasn't reacted that way, we see the virus isn't them or in them. The virus is in our society and those we trust with authority.

All it will take for the facade of civilization to break down is video of a couple of white middle class teens and white loose cigarette sellers getting killed by cops too and middle and working class white people realizing that those who control the cops don't value the lives of any race if they get in the way of their control and profit.

We already live in the world of FEAR THE WALKING DEAD. We just don't know it.

Trump is for America what Arnold Schwarzenegger was for California.

For all the hand-wringing by the GOP establishment over the "crazy outsider," it's hard not to see something oddly familiar in Trump's campaign.

In the early 2000's, California had our first Democratic governor after nearly two decades.

Deregulated electricity allowed energy traders to blackmail the state for billions. When Davis asked federal regulators to do their job, President Bush came out to personally tell him to fuck off.

Republicans then blamed Davis for the resulting deficit and the public believed them.

When they demanded a recall, the GOP had just one problem: voters were unlikely to replace him with a far right yahoo since the last Republican governor had demonized Latinos.

The solution? A celebrity who ran not so much as a Republican but as "post-partisan," Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Many of my community college students voted for him because they thought it would be a hoot to have their financial aid checks signed by the Terminator, and the local media was saying he was inevitable in any case.

Once elected, he screwed CC's so badly that faculty and students turned their back on him when he came to speak at graduation at Santa Monica College.

The GOP has used different methods to throw a monkey wrench into Obama's presidency, but they have wisely foregone the national equivalent of a recall (impeachment) since it failed so utterly when they tried it on Bill Clinton.

But they know decades of race-baiting and feeding the rich and starving the rest make it unlikely they'll retake the White House on the issues.

So what do they do? Reach for another celebrity whose bombast and personality eclipse the fact that he's spewing the same crap Republicans have for decades, with some random exceptions that are unlikely result in action if he is elected.

Trump might not only get a lot of angry white male votes in the general election but low information apathetic voters who think it would be a hoot to have a celebrity in the White House instead of a dull politician and those who sense we need radical change but don't have the time or intellect to figure out exactly which change we need.

Democrats need to take Trump seriously, or they will get their ass handed to them by a Terminator with a comb-over.

Does anyone understand the right wing talking point that Obama is arrogant?

I was visiting my right wing dad this summer, and he made the crack about Obama being "arrogant" a couple of times.

I have not been happy with Obama on many policies, but for the most part, I feel like he's struck the right public tone for his job, somewhere between gravitas and familiarity.

If anything, a lot of the time he has come off like a principal explaining himself to a school board that has the ability to fire him (especially when dealing with the right).

Is it just that he is black and it's arrogant of him to become president?

Do they have a wheel of insults they spin, and Fox News and talk radio will believe whatever the wheel says?

Or if anybody has the stomach to listen to right wing media, what evidence do they give for this talking point?

RAVITCH: Los Angeles: Broad, Walton Plan Major Expansion of Privatization

I send my kid to private school, not because I'm a rich elitist, but because the wealthy have so starved our schools of funds and weighed them down with their scam accountability and profit-making curriculum gimmicks that teachers can't do their job.

We have call these policies and the politicians who back them exactly what they are: CORRUPT.

We need candidates from president of the United States down to school boards who draw the line on this privatization agenda and letting the whims of wealthy conservatives and lust for ever greater profits of hedge fund managers dictate public education policy.

Sadly, more than enough Democrats in Congress and state legislatures vote for this corrupt agenda to keep it alive whichever party is in power. They need to be replaced.

If a politicians can't put the future of America's middle class, working class, and poor kids ahead of the greed of their wealthy donors, WHY SHOULD WE TRUST THEM ON ANY OTHER ISSUE?

Howard Blume reports that the Broad Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and other foundations plan a major expansion of privately managed charter schools in Los Angeles.

Broad and Walton are leaders in the movement to privatize public schools, eliminate unions, and break the teaching profession. Their goals align with the extremist agenda of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The Waltons and Eli Broad have long funded privatization and Teach for America.

They are undeterred by the numerous studies showing that charters on average get no better results than public schools and that many have participated in swindles.

One person who attended a meeting said the goal was to enroll in charter schools half of all Los Angeles students over the next eight years. Another said there was discussion of an option that involved enrolling 50% of students currently at schools with low test scores. A source said the cost was estimated to be $450 million; another said hundreds of millions of dollars are needed…

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