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Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 83,425
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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In my mind the best so far is from Leah Remini.
Leah Remini @LeahRemini 1h1 hour ago
rhonda talbot @devilstrifecta 55m55 minutes ago
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.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Mar 30, 2015, 02:24 AM (18 replies)
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.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Mar 28, 2015, 10:51 PM (25 replies)
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.
Good for them.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Mar 28, 2015, 01:39 PM (9 replies)
While the post blaming teachers keeps getting more and more hits, the one explaining and defusing is getting little attention.
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.
Posted by madfloridian | Fri Mar 27, 2015, 04:13 PM (7 replies)
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.”
Posted by madfloridian | Fri Mar 27, 2015, 03:51 PM (5 replies)
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.
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."
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Mar 26, 2015, 10:23 PM (18 replies)
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.”
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.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Mar 26, 2015, 03:14 PM (52 replies)
From Ted's roommate Craig Mazin's Twitter page this week:
Craig Mazin, Twitter
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."
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.")
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Mar 24, 2015, 09:15 PM (11 replies)
This video is from a Texas Megachurch and a Iowa anointing of Ted. It needs to be in general discussion, not the religion forum, because it is a perfect example of what may be an overwhelming influence the next two years.
This is a repost from 2013 from the Video forum. Ted Cruz's father, Rafael Cruz, is speaking all through the video. There is an anointing ceremony for Ted in which they say God will condemn every tongue that speaks up against him.
I will be thinking of this when he announces tomorrow. And a shiver will run down my spine.
This is truly creepy to me, this whole concept of dominionism. This is part of an article by Bruce Wilson at Talk to Action. Wilson indicated in an earlier article linked below that Ted Cruz "brings to the table his own formidable, even astonishing, elite connections that, in 1999, helped enable candidate George W. Bush's lock on the 2000 election Republican presidential nomination."
Cruz' Father Suggests Ted Cruz "Anointed" to "Bring The Spoils Of War To The Priests"
In a sermon last year at an Irving, Texas, megachurch that helped elect Ted Cruz to the United States Senate, Cruz' father Rafael Cruz indicated that his son was among the evangelical Christians who are anointed as "kings" to take control of all sectors of society, an agenda commonly referred to as the "Seven Mountains" mandate, and "bring the spoils of war to the priests", thus helping to bring about a prophesied "great transfer of wealth", from the "wicked" to righteous gentile believers.
From Wilson's earlier article on Cruz:
Ted Cruz Worked With Religious Right Founder Paul Weyrich, To Elect George W. Bush
"We are talking about Christianizing America. We are talking about simply spreading the gospel in a political context." -- U.S. Senator Ted Cruz' late friend Paul Weyrich, in a 1980 Dallas speech to fundamentalist ministers. Weyrich is widely credited as one of the top architects of the new right and the religious right.
Here is more about Paul Weyrich and his goals toward "liberals".
Right wing leader said they must be willing to be obnoxious.
If you read what Heubeck and Weyrich wrote about their new plans... you see ruthlessness.
We have now seen their attacks on the left play out in real time. All we have to do is look back at their words years ago. All planned.
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.
Seeing Ted Cruz in action recently brought back all these words of the founders of this movement for religious people to take over every aspect of the government.
In case you are unfamiliar with the 7 Mountains, here is a link to enlighten.
David Barton Advocates Seven Mountains Dominionism
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