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Teachers unions are attributed to have far more power than they actually have.

The union also has nothing to do with dismissal of ineffective teachers although the union will ensure that any member/teacher has due process.

I cannot speak to police unions, but often wished that teachers would band together like the police do when there is an "attack" upon them. We do not actually know that the police "mollycoddl(e) the bad apples". They do seem to be more unified than teachers, though.

I was on our local strike committee and there were a number of "turncoats" and weak-kneed members who were only too happy to take the negotiated benefits while refusing to participate in our protests. I doubt if a police union member would do that.

CNN crew being pushed back by police in Ferguson. 6:18 pm, ET.

Don Lemon is reporting. Police saying it is for safety reasons. They want everyone to rally in one parking lot.

Don Lemon actually said they were "strong-armed" by the police. :

I quickly and quietly exit such tirades.

I don't have the stomach for it. I'm not a forceful debater and get all upset which doesn't help my "side". I see a lot of such talk in rural PA, too. I chalk it up to "low-information" and Faux viewing. Or sometimes, just plain willful ignorance.

Sorry you had such a disturbing experience with "friends"--- guess you won't be spending time with those people anymore.

I agree.

I remember reading his autobiography during the 2008 campaign. It seemed like he always tried to consider all sides of an issue and find a compromise that would benefit everyone. I know that is what some dislike about him, but he is a pragmatist. I thought it came from his balancing his mixed heritage and his experiences of living in a different culture.

I don't always agree with him either, but I feel secure with him in the WH, knowing that he is a deep thinker and not a hot head.

The video in the store is up on MSNBC.

Ronan Farrow is showing it now.

this one works for me:


Corbett slashes (his own) Ready to Succeed grants program.

Budget wrangling cuts $20M from Pennsylvania scholarship program touted by Corbett

By Debra Erdley
Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Gov. Tom Corbett announced his Ready to Succeed scholarship program with a bang last winter, pitching a proposal to set aside $25 million for grants for college students with family incomes up to $110,000 a year.

Corbett, who has come under fire for reducing subsidies to public universities, framed the proposal as an effort to help minimize debt for students who don't qualify for need-based aid but have completed at least one year of school with a 3.25 GPA. He vowed he wouldn't sign a budget without the program described as relief for hard-pressed, middle-income families.

After months of contentious budget negotiations, the program was quietly pared to $5 million.

Read more: http://triblive.com/news/education/6563452-74/grants-program-students#ixzz3A7hobAg5

National Dog Day should be a major holiday!

The National Dog Day Foundation supports all breeds and varieties of dogs and discourages purchasing from unethical backyard breeders and puppy mills; instead, support reputable breeders or adopt from rescue homes.


He should have resigned.

I don't know if it would have made a difference to the neo-cons who were rabid for war, but he might have maintained a little integrity and the respect of the country.

Even I didn't believe his "testimony" at the UN and I was just a nobody from nowhere without any inside information. It was all a charade.

White House briefing on now re: military strikes in Iraq.

CNN, MSNBC and C-Span2 all covering it. 1:00 pm ET.
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