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Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:11 AM

Today I started to post a quote from an article by Glenn Greenwald in The Guardian UK [View all]

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Before I post I usually do a search to determine the atmosphere on a particular topic. Since I am just starting to post here again after a year, I try not to post stuff to cause anger.

But wow! After so many sentiments effectively saying f*** Greenwald because he criticized the president....I started not to post the segment. I have changed my mind because the statement was made by a Florida blogger and MSNBC contributor. I will take my chances. It should get notice for the snide insult and the ugly tone toward Bradley Manning. Whatever a person's views of what he did, he does not deserve this kind of scorn.

Here's what I twittered about the article.

Retweeting Greenwald

Glenn Greenwald ‏@ggreenwald

Here's an Op-Ed I have in tomorrow's Guardian newspaper on what was revealed by the Bradley Manning hearing this week http://is.gd/WpqAcf


Here's the quote from the Guardian article.

Ever since I first reported the conditions of Manning's detention in December 2010, many of them not only cheered that abuse but grotesquely ridiculed concerns about it. Joy-Ann Reid, a former Obama press aide and now a contributor on the progressive network MSNBC, spouted sadistic mockery in response to the report: "Bradley Manning has no pillow?????" With that, she echoed one of the most extreme rightwing websites, RedState, which identically mocked the report: "Give Bradley Manning his pillow and blankie back."


That statement disturbed me, though I respected her as a blogger and often quoted her. I will remember it whenever I watch her on TV. I will try not to do so, but it will stick with me.

I don't have to agree with all Glenn Greenwald says, but I have read his work for years. I respect that he digs for his research, and that he is brave enough to post unpopular topics. That's how it should be at such a forum as this...we can discuss ideas without condemning someone.

I wrote sort of a good by post last December. A lot of people were having the same feelings. I thought of it today as I was doing more reading here, it stuck in my mind. I post about education mainly, and it often angers people when I say it is both parties involved in privatizing public education. It is the truth. There are many other bloggers here who have researched as well, and there is no doubt that the next four years for education are critical.

I and many others love the fact that education should be equal and free, and that instead of taking funds and resources away from public schools.....we should be giving to them.

Coming to DU in 2002 as more moderate and centrist....now finding that I am too liberal to fit in.

I really felt out of place here then a lot. I came from a Republican background (my parents were the first Democrats in the family). I began to realize how very little I knew of the world beyond my teaching career and raising my family. There wasn't much time for exploration of ideas outside of my re-certification classes, and my eyes were opened here every day.

I would read things and there would be a light bulb going on in my head. I would say to myself hey that is what I believe is true. I would wonder why I never read about any of this stuff in the newspapers. I was often out of my depth and probably thought of as arrogant in topics of tolerance of others. I was learning new things here every day, and my mind was taking it all in. I became less tolerant of who I had been and was more liberal every day.

I now find myself at the opposite end at this forum on the spectrum of opinion and political policies and ideas. I am stunned at how easily we now accept what we would fought hard against here 10 years ago. I find that most will accept ideas that are basically right wing in nature if our party does it as well. That scares me.

...."Over and over there are moves against experienced, tenured teachers by the education reformers. There is no major Democrat speaking out in defense of them. It is the position taken by the Republican party through the years....privatize the schools. We are doing it faster than they ever did, and I hate to say it...but the Bushes never allowed the contempt of public school teachers to take hold like this.


There has been no acknowledgement from any leader in either party that teachers have become fearful about their jobs as the billionaire reformers move in. Not a single word. Arne Duncan has said he will continue on the same path of reforms. That's a scary thought.

So I posted a quote from Greenwald's article because I was stunned to read it. If you want to read the rest of today's article from the Guardian, you might be impressed. You may not agree with all of it, but that's how being informed works.





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