It seems like every time I turn around I'm adding new tags to keep track of the lunatic fringes of Puppetshow. Today I had to add Americans for Prosperity to the list, one more ugly face of the hydra that is the multi-million-dollar opinion-manufacturing machine funded by Art Pope.
Why today? Because today, Americans for Prosperity has decided to weigh in against the sane Wake County policy makers who voted to withhold judgment about raising the cap on charter schools.
The issue is a simple one: Government haters want to crush public schools out of existence over the long haul, so that eventually only rich white people will be able to afford an education. In the short term, they want to choke off school funding, thereby reducing traditional public schools to dysfunctional shells. Their plans call for siphoning off money into charter schools.
I personally have a great deal of hope for charter schools, but that hope has not yet been anywhere near fulfilled. I'm aware of NO evidence that charter schools perform any better than public schools ... nor does there appear to be a workable model in place for managing a significant increase in their number.
Every month I receive a copy of Brain News from the non-profit Dana Foundation in New York. Lately, I've read the publication with increasing interest because it reports on wide-ranging research about how brains work or don't work - and what that means for our world's population.
Jack Diamond, scientific director of the Alzheimer Society of Canada, said there are whisperings in the scientific community that Alzheimer's disease may actually be "Type 3 diabetes," where a resistance to insulin causes inflammation only in the brain, just like it does in the pancreases of those with Type 2 diabetes.
At the risk of showing my age, one my earliest memories involves my dad showing me how to use the family record player. I didn't have any music of my own, so I would listen to a lot of what was in the record cabinet, which was primarily what my dad was into in the 60s. He listened to a lot of folk music - he was particularly a fan of Bob Dylan's pre-electric period - and it was through my dad's record collection that I discovered the time-honored tradition of the protest song.
I have plenty of friends who live down east and they all just loooove to make fun of Chapel Hill. They fondly remember ol' Jesse Helms, who once said the state should put a fence around the town instead of building a new zoo in Asheboro. As I long-time resident of Blue Heaven, I sometimes share Jesse's sentiments, especially when it comes to local politics.
But I've never seen anything in Chapel Hill to compare with the political shenanigans brewing in Kinston these days. It's a soap opera comparable to Daze of our Lives, with enough high drama to take your breath away.
NEW YORK McClatchy reported today that total revenue declined 1.1% to $211 million and advertising revenue slipped 0.3% to $179 million in August compared to the same period last year.
Including print and online, retail advertising revenue was up 1.7% to $74 million. National advertising dropped 7.5% to $16 million. Classified revenue decreased 2% to $74 million on declines in automotive (down 8%) and help-wanted (down 6%). Real estate was up 9.8%.
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Tue, 09/19/2006 - 12:58pm
It is official! The campaign has made the announcement. John Edwards plans to step up and help Larry win in November. Details haven't been released, so stay tuned for more information. There are so many things going on. Here's a rundown in case you missed anything.
Larry Kissell won the DCCC's "Action for a New Direction" competition. Here's a little more information to give you an idea of just how organized and mobilized Kissell volunteers are.
On Saturday, September 9th, over 25 of our most competitive congressional campaigns participated in "Action for a New Direction," a national volunteer mobilization day. One thing was clear -- Democrats across the country are ready for change and are ready to hit the streets to make a difference in this election.
As randallt so astutely pointed out, today is international talk like a pirate day. Yes it is! If you fancy yourself a bit of a pirate talk aficionado, feel free to pirate it up in your posts and comments. If you'd like a little help, look under "Input format" below the text entry box for the "Pirate filter." This is the one time a year it's fully socially acceptable to stake out Republican booty for conquest!
Today I received an email from one of my US Naval Academy classmates (Class of 72). Usually I just dump such messages unopened, but for some reason I clicked on this one. I was not surprised to find it filled with typical neocon bullsh*t about librul faggots and Monica Lewinsky. Just think, your tax dollars are hard at work helping to educate Neanderthals like this, a dimwitted Bushbot who made it all the way to Commander in the US Navy before he retired.
I won't waste my time to respond to his hate-filled message, but the whole exchange reminded me of an important framing lesson I learned last year.
It is no longer about liberals and conservatives. It is about progressives and reactionaries. Progressives strive for progress toward better conditions, as in society or government. Reactionaries are opponents of progress.
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