Monthly Archives: May 2011

Misplaced Priorities

In recent decades – since the Reagan “Just Say No” era – America has been increasing the numbers of prisons and prisons at an astonishing rate. Meanwhile other societal needs (except the military) have fallen off the map. Finally, one … Continue reading

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‘Nuf Said?

One would have thought that three decades of the failure of supply-side economics would be proof enough of the fallacy of this ideology. And yet we hear the right wingers and a complacent media still pushing the meme that tax … Continue reading

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Throwing Wisconsin Students Under The School Bus

In my search for a teaching position I have drawn only one line I will not cross: I will not work at a so-called “charter” school. I am equally morally opposed to any voucher system that funnels taxpayer funds into … Continue reading

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Words From a Future President?

Values – both righteous and abhorrent – pass from parents to offspring. In this case, the values for which America should stand are spot on. I am referring to a DKos post about a mother’s conversation with her 6-year old daughter during … Continue reading

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Hostage-Takers At It Again

The republicans are growing more brazen in taking hostages to push their ideologically-driven agenda. There was of course the recent averting of a government shutdown and the current budget battle. Now Eric Cantor (R-ScrewYouistan) has made the heartless decision to … Continue reading

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Something Is Rotten Fresh in the State of Denmark

Remember the oil crisis of the 1970’s? Here in the U.S., we flirted briefly with energy consciousness, but quickly forgot the oil shocks as we acclimated to the new “normal.” For instance, for the last three decades we have heard … Continue reading

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Bootstraps For All

This is the typical myth pushed by republicans: Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. Of course it completely denies reality. Without a cohesive society, there would be no civilization in which citizens could succeed. Without public safety, for instance, who … Continue reading

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The Right-Wing Haters Find Their Newest Target

A few days ago I mentioned the assassination of Dr. George Tiller by a so-called “pro life” activist. Tiller had been harassed for years in Wichita, KS, including a previous assassination attempt. Ironically, a 1994 law, the Freedom of Access … Continue reading

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Black Irish Represent

Who would have thunk it? Barack Obama is kicking of his European tour in Ireland, starting with a visit to the home of his ancestors, Monegall, Ireland. It turns out one of Obama’s great great great grandfathers left this rural Irish town … Continue reading

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North Tonawanda To The Polls

Democrat Kathy Hochul has a 4-6 point lead (depending on the poll) in the special election in New York’s 26th District set for tomorrow (May 24, 2011). The election in this heavily republican district comes because the previous office holder, … Continue reading

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