Archive for September, 2012

Rouge Forum Dispatch: All Out October 7th! Up the Rebels!

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

We Say Fight Back!

Foxxcom Workers Rise up vs Social Fascists The online postings were from a disturbance late Sunday that shut down a manufacturing facility in Taiyuan in north China, where 79,000 workers were employed.
State-run news media said 5,000 police officers had to be called in to quell a riot that began as a dispute involving a group of workers and security guards at a factory dormitory.
The unrest was noteworthy because the factory site is managed by Foxconn Technology, one of the world’s biggest electronics manufacturers and an important supplier to companies like Apple, Dell, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard.   www.nytimes.com/2012/09/25/business/global/foxconn-riot-underscores-labor-rift-in-china.html?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

From CHURCHILL’S SECRET WAR (The British Empire and the Ravaging of India During World War II) by Madhusree Mukerjee:  A British soldier, a communist, in India in 1943 writing to his wife shortly before he was killed in action fighting the Japanese……
“Always remember that one is given by fate only one lifetime in which to work and live for humanity.There is no greater crime in my opinion than to renounce the world, no matter for what excuse. If anything should happen to either of us, never say, ‘It is finished.’…What we miss we can only find in knowing humanity more deeply and not in the ever narrowing circumference of private memories….And above all, whatever happens, let us never for one instant, on the slightest excuse, forget we are human beings and belong to the brotherhood of man.”

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South Africa Miners’ Strike Spreads South African police officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets on Wednesday to disperse protesters near a mine run by the world’s biggest platinum producer, Anglo American Platinum, as unrest spread after strikers at the rival Lonmin Mine won big pay raises. Within hours of Lonmin’s agreeing to wage increases of up to 22 percent, workers at nearby mines called for similar raises, spelling more trouble after six weeks of industrial actions that have claimed more than 40 lives and rocked Africa’s largest economy.   www.nytimes.com/2012/09/20/world/africa/south-africa-mining-strife-spreads.html?src=rechp

Palm Beach FLA Teachers Fight against “We Are Broke” Claims from one of richest places in US: Negotiators for the Palm Beach County School District and the union for its 12,500 teachers will return to the bargaining table Thursday, three days after teachers rejected a district salary offer.
Both sides agreed to resume work on a new collective bargaining agreement after the abrupt end to Monday’s session led them to make public statements defending their stances in the negotiations.
Even though there were other issues up for discussion, Classroom Teachers Association negotiator Brian Phillips ended Monday’s talks by rejecting the district’s offer of a raise that would boost the salaries of most teachers between 2 and 3 percent increase this year.
Teachers deserve up to six “step” increases on the district’s existing salary scale in the next year, the union said. The district has frozen these raises for five years, saying it cannot afford them.
Phillips said teachers believe they are keeping their promise to instruct students, but that the district has not lived up to its promise by denying teachers the step increases. wap.pbpost.com/post/pm_116959/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=ctph57sh

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100 Years on: The Bread and Roses Strike Whatever its future, the I.W.W. has accomplished one tremendously big thing, a thing that sweeps away all twaddle over red flags and violence and sabotage, and that is the individual awakening of “illiterates” and “scum” to an original, personal conception of society and the realization of the dignity and rights of their part in it. They have learned more than class consciousness; they have learned consciousness of Self . . . .
This was a fitting interpretation of the spirit of the striking mill girls who carried picket signs which read:
WE WANT BBEAD AND ROSES TOO.    flag.blackened.net/lpp/iww/kornbluh_bread_roses.html

The Great Strike at Lawrence, Massachusetts, by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
On January 11, 1912, one of the great strike in American workers’ history began. That day the American Woolen Company in Lawrence, Massachusetts, reduced the wages of its workers. The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) had been organizing Lawrence workers into the union. The wobblies formed a strike committee with two representatives from each of the nationalities in the industry. It was decided to demand a 15 per cent increase in wages, double-time for overtime work and a 55 hour week. northwoodssolidarity.blogspot.com/2012/01/on-january-11-1912-one-of-great-strike.html

On September 28th, the Chinese Government took out two page color advertisements in the NY Times and the LA Times threatening war with China. When Tigers Fight…..

The Poster above was originally made just before the first Gulf War. It’s good for the rest of your life. You can download it free from the Rouge Forum Web Page and carry it during the October 7th demonstrations against the endless imperialist wars.    www.rougeforum.org/posters.html

The Little Red Schoolhouse

Ohio State Prezzie Spent $7.7 Million on Perks in order to Run His Capitalist School newspaper investigation finds that Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee (ghee) has spent $7.7 million on top of his record-setting compensation to travel, entertain, and maintain his 9,600-square-foot mansion.
The Dayton Daily News review published Sunday  (bit.ly/Qv5I6m) detailed spending by the 68-year-old Gee that comes on top of $8.6 million in salary and benefits he’s collected since returning to Columbus to lead the university in October 2007.
Records showed Gee travels the globe staying in luxury hotels sometimes reached by limousine, dines at country clubs and fancy restaurants, and throws dozens of expensive parties a year for thousands of guests.

In a statement, the university said endowments and private donations — not tuition or tax dollars — are used to fund Gee’s travel and use of the residence.  www.detroitnews.com/article/20120924/SCHOOLS/209240349/1026/schools/Ohio-State-head-spends-7-7M-travel-entertain

The Revolt of the Haves vs California’s First to Worst Capitalist School System once ranked first in the nation for education spending — is now among the lowest in the country in terms of per-student K-12 funding.
In 2010-11, California schools spent $2,856 less per student than the rest of the nation. To be on par with other states, California would need to increase education funding by 32.1 percent — equal to an additional $17.3 billion, according to a 2011 “School Finance Facts” report by the California Budget Project.
“After a decade of disinvestment, the gap between resources available to California schools and the rest of the U.S. has widened substantially,” the report states. “California’s schools spend fewer dollars per student and have substantially more students per school staff than schools in other states.”
According to the report, school funding was “fundamentally changed” with the 1978 passage of Proposition 13, which decreased property taxes and resulted in California schools relying heavily on state dollars.
With the recent economic downturn, the state has continued to cut spending to close budget shortfalls, and funding for California schools has dropped to “historic lows,” according to the California Budget Project.     napavalleyregister.com/news/local/california-plunges-in-ranking-for-per-student-funding/article_96006d26-0515-11e2-bae5-0019bb2963f4.html

“The Earth is not 6,000 or 10,000 years old,” Nye said in an interview with The Associated Press. “It’s not. And if that conflicts with your beliefs, I strongly feel you should question your beliefs.”
Millions of Americans do hold those beliefs, according to a June Gallup poll that found 46 per cent of Americans believe God created humans in their present form about 10,000 years ago.
Nye, 56, also decried efforts in recent years by lawmakers and school boards in some states to present Bible stories as an alternative to evolution in public schools. Tennessee passed a law earlier this year that protects teachers who let students criticize evolution and other scientific theories. That echoes a Louisiana law passed in 2008 that allows teachers to introduce supplemental teaching materials in science classes.
“If we raise a generation of students who don’t believe in the process of science, who think everything that we’ve come to know about nature and the universe can be dismissed by a few sentences translated into English from some ancient text, you’re not going to continue to innovate,” Nye said in a wide-ranging telephone interview. www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1261435—science-guy-bill-nye-says-religious-based-dismissal-of-evolution-endangers-u-s-science#.UGDLabvpWPo.facebook

California’s Collapsed Community College System In reality, the state’s two-year colleges are buckling under the stress of funding cuts, increased demand and a weak record of student success.
The situation can be seen on all 112 campuses — students on long waiting lists, those who take years to graduate or transfer and others so frustrated that they drop out. Most of them enter ill-prepared for college-level work. Eighty-five percent need remedial English, 73% remedial math. Only about a third of remedial students transfer to a four-year school or graduate with a community college associate’s degree.
“We’re at the breaking point,” said Jack Scott, who served as chancellor of the California Community College system for three years until retiring this month.
“It’s like a nice-looking car you’ve been driving for several years: It looks shiny, but the engine is falling apart,” said Eloy Ortiz Oakley, president of Long Beach City College. “The wheels fell off the Master Plan 20 or 30 years ago. We’re finally feeling the results because we have enormous needs for our educational system to produce qualified workers, and we’re playing catch-up now.”
The consequences of not meeting those demands are huge: About 80% of firefighters and law enforcement officers and 70% of nurses embarked on their careers in community college. By some estimates, California will need 2.3 million more community college degree and certificate holders by 2025 to meet the demands of employers. …Classes were free until 1984. At $46 per unit today, they remain among the least expensive in the nation. About 44% of all current community college students qualify for fee waivers based on income.
The system has experienced explosive growth, peaking at about 2.9 million students in 2008-09, while funding grew to about $5.8 billion last year from $200 million in 1965.
Community colleges have three main sources of revenue: state funds, property taxes and student fees. State aid accounts for 61% of the system’s budget.
State funding has not kept pace with enrollment growth. Funding per full-time student has declined from a peak of $6,400 in 2000 to about $5,000 today. Course offerings have been slashed by almost a quarter since 2008, and enrollment has dropped by 485,000 students since then.   www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-college-overview-20120923,0,3310236.story

Come to our Human Munition Mill Or Your Entire Fam Gets Cut off Welfare Michigan parents whose children don’t attend school will lose welfare cash benefits under a new state policy that takes effect Oct. 1.
Starting Monday, the Michigan Department of Human Services will require children ages 6-15 to attend school full time to keep their family eligible for cash benefits. If a child doesn’t, the entire family becomes ineligible.
The policy change was prompted by Gov. Rick Snyder, who called earlier this year for a crackdown on truancy and the cycle of crime it creates. It takes effect two days before Michigan’s fall Count Day, when attendance is used to determine 90 percent of a school district’s per-pupil funding from the state.   www.detroitnews.com/article/20120925/METRO/209250373/1026/schools/Truant-kids-cost-families-state-aid

Sweetwater Ca, $500,000 Missing, but Who Cares about $1/2 Mil? The District Attorney will not prosecute cafeteria workers suspected by the Sweetwater Union High School District of misappropriating more than $500,000 in food and drinks from campus cafeterias.
Steve Walker, communications director for District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, said criminal charges will not be filed in the case, even though prosecution was urged by district officials.       www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/sep/21/d-wont-pursue-sweetwater-cafeteria-case/

Bridgepoint Lays off 450 San Diego’s Bridgepoint Education said Monday that it’s laying off 450 admissions counselors and reassigning 400 others as it seeks to better prepare incoming students for college and boost support for current ones.
The moves are aimed at addressing issues raised by two accreditation bodies, including that Bridgepoint’s Ashford University spends too much on recruiting students and not enough on education and retention, leading to high dropout rates.     www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/sep/24/bridgepoint-cuts-450-jobs/

NEA’s and AFT’s Fave Boy, Duncan, Plans for Four More Years! Republicrats Cheer! Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday that he intends to remain in the Obama cabinet if there is a second term. “I’m in it for the long haul,” Duncan said. “I’m staying, unless the president gets sick of me.”
Duncan is routinely praised by both Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill. He made the remarks after addressing a roomful of education officials and economists gathered for a program about K-12 education that was sponsored by the Hamilton Project, part of the Brookings Institution.    www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/wp/2012/09/27/arne-duncan-staying-on-for-second-term/

The International Hot War of the Rich on the Poor

Tom Dispatch on Obamagogue’s Explosive World The question of the political season, then, has nothing to do with Mitt. It’s this: Can the Greater Middle East be managed effectively enough for any potentially embarrassing thing to be swept under some rug until November 7th? And that’s just one region on a planet aboil.
Similar questions could be asked of Israeli policy on Iran where Prime Minister Netanyahu has been, quite literally, on the warpath and in the Obama administration’s face. He has been pushing for a green light for Israeli strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities or guaranteed red lines that would lead to such strikes. To an outside observer, it might almost seem that “Bibi” is on TV in the U.S. often enough these days to be running for office. From late night presidential phone calls to a stream of messages to Tel Aviv, some offering promises, others warnings, the Obama administration has been putting enormous energy into ensuring that no Israeli strike on Iran will take place before election day (and on this they are likely to succeed). But keep in mind that, to placate Israel, the U.S. has built up its forces in the Persian Gulf region to such an extent that any misstep anywhere could result in a blow-up that neither Washington nor Tehran wants.
When it comes to the disintegrating American position in Afghanistan, almost 11 years after victory was declared and the Bush administration decided to occupy the country rather than go home, the news is grim.      www.tomdispatch.com/post/175596/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_october_surprise/?utm_source=TomDispatch&utm_campaign=c0fd26111d-TD_Engelhardt9_23_2012&utm_medium=email#more

HillBillary’s Hack, Lying about Lybia Assassination, tells Reporter to F Off A top aide to Hillary Clinton got into a heated email spat with a BuzzFeed reporter who was aggressively questioning him on U.S. actions in Libya — which ended with the Clinton spokesman telling the reporter to “f— off.”
BuzzFeed published the lengthy email exchange between longtime Clinton aide Philippe Reines and reporter Michael Hastings on Monday.
The testy back-and-forth came after Reines accused CNN this weekend of reporting on the personal journal of slain U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens despite objections from his family.
CNN, which found Stevens’ journal inside the consulate after his death, said it “did not initially report on the existence of a journal out of respect for the family, but we felt there were issues raised in the journal which required full reporting, which we did.”
Reines called that decision “indefensible” and CNN’s justification “disgusting.”
The related row between Reines and Hastings began when the Buzzfeed reporter emailed the Clinton aide with a series of pointed questions about other “valuable intelligence” that may have been left inside the consulate for CNN and others to find.
Reines replied with an exasperated-sounding ‘no,’ along with further explanations, while accusing Hastings of being “needlessly antagonistic.”
From there the exchange devolved into name-calling, with Hastings saying the official’s answers were “bullsh–” and Reines calling the reporter an “unmitigated assh—.”  “Now that we’ve gotten that out of our systems, have a good day,” www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/hillary-clinton-spokesman-tells-buzzfeed-reporter-f-article-1.1167401?localLinksEnabled=false

After 9 Days of Obamagogue Spin: Gee, It Really Was Al Queda! Who Are those guys anyway? The office of the nation’s spy chief issued a statement Friday defending the Obama administration’s accounts of the siege on a U.S. mission in Libya, saying it became clear only in the aftermath that it was “a deliberate and organized terrorist attack.”
The statement appeared aimed at quieting criticism, mostly from Republicans, of the administration’s shifting characterizations of a Sept. 11 assault that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. Officials initially described the attack as spontaneous but in recent days have said it was an act of terrorism with links to al-Qaeda.    www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/spy-chief-defends-obama-administrations-accounts-of-benghazi-attack-cites-shifting-intelligence/2012/09/28/b16cc996-09a3-11e2-afff-d6c7f20a83bf_story.html?hpid=z1

That Problem with the Hellbound Drones: Dead Civilians Mean New Taliban/Aq Just one in 50 victims of America’s deadly drone strikes in Pakistan are terrorists – while the rest are innocent civilians, a new report claimed today.
The authoritative joint study, by Stanford and New York Universities, concludes that men, women and children are being terrorised by the operations ’24 hours-a-day’.
And the authors lay much of the blame on the use of the ‘double-tap’ strike where a drone fires one missile – and then a second as rescuers try to drag victims from the rubble. One aid agency said they had a six-hour delay before going to the scene.   www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2208307/Americas-deadly-double-tap-drone-attacks-killing-49-people-known-terrorist-Pakistan.html

What to do When Your Own Ruling Class Can’t Recognize its Interests? Still Feeding Al Quada Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is pledging millions more dollars in American assistance to the Syrian opposition as the U.S. and its allies explore new ways to help those seeking to oust President Bashar Assad.
Clinton announced Friday that the Obama administration would provide the political opposition with an additional $15 million on non-lethal aid as well as $30 million in humanitarian support. The US has provided more than $130 million in humanitarian aid and almost $45 million in non-lethal aid to the rebels.   www.boston.com/news/nation/2012/09/28/clinton-pledges-more-aid-syrian-rebels/YBM9BXL0bWzJcimAcmnpGP/story.html

US General With Sexual Problems on Top of Losing a War The former deputy commander of the elite 82nd Airborne Division who is a decorated veteran of three wars dating back to the first Persian Gulf war, has been charged with forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct and other violations of military law, the Army said.  The charges are against Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, who had been responsible for logistics and support for the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan, was removed from his post in May and sent back to Fort Bragg, N.C., where the unit is based.
For the Army to file such serious charges against a general officer is rare — and the move to prosecute General Sinclair comes as it and other branches of the military have been accused of doing too little to prevent female troops from being sexually assaulted by their male counterparts while serving in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.    www.nytimes.com/2012/09/28/us/decorated-general-charged-with-violations-of-military-law.html?ref=global-home

The Mind of Empire, Replayed, as the Empire can do Nothing Else Taft’s voice came alive for me. As Taft sought to justify the U.S. invasion and occupation of the Philippines (where he served as the American governor-general from 1901-1903), it occurred to me that the rhetoric he was using a century ago was the same as that of Presidents Bush and Obama in justifying our most recent foreign misadventures in Iraq and Afghanistan. Taft, as we shall see, was if anything more direct and honest than our most recent commanders-in-chief.
The thrust of Taft’s speech was that Americans were lifting up the benighted and “ignorant masses” of the Philippines. In Taft’s words, we were involved “in a great missionary work that does our nation honor,” one that “is certain to promote … the influence of Christian civilization.” Evidence of our progress included improvements to Filipino infrastructure such as the building of harbors, roads, and railroads. More evidence included our role in building up Filipino police forces to improve internal security. Education was also cited as decreasing “the dense ignorance of the ninety percent.”
Having portrayed our presence in the Philippines as purely benevolent and disinterested, Taft ended with a rousing dismissal of critics who were advocating what today would be termed “cutting and running.” To relinquish the “burden” of our civilizing mission in the Philippines, Taft concluded, would be “cowardly.”
Considering Taft’s rhetoric and comparing it to that of Bush and Obama, it’s clear that little has changed in one hundred years.   hnn.us/articles/siren-song-american-imperialism

Kipling Knew: “ You talk o’ better food for us, an’ schools, an’ fires, an’ all:
We’ll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don’t mess about the cook—room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow’s Uniform is not the soldier—man’s disgrace.
For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”
But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country” when the guns begin to shoot;
An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
An’ Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool —— you bet that Tommy sees!     www.kipling.org.uk/poems_tommy.htm

The International Economic War of the Rich on the Poor

First Salvos in the Latest Currency Wars warned that the US Federal Reserve’s “protectionist” move to roll out more quantitative easing will reignite the currency wars with potentially drastic consequences for the rest of the world.
“It has to be understood that there are consequences,” Mr Mantega told the Financial Times in an interview on Thursday. The Fed’s QE3 programme would “only have a marginal benefit [in the US] as there is already no lack of liquidity . . . and that liquidity is not going into production.”
He said it was instead depressing the dollar and aimed at boosting US exports.     www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/69c0b800-032c-11e2-a484-00144feabdc0.html#axzz27RtJtr2s

Speech at the Fed Reserve of Dallas re The Obamagogue’s Latest flood of $ to the Banksters It will come as no surprise to those who know me that I did not argue in favor of additional monetary accommodation during our meetings last week. I have repeatedly made it clear, in internal FOMC deliberations and in public speeches, that I believe that with each program we undertake to venture further in that direction, we are sailing deeper into uncharted waters. We are blessed at the Fed with sophisticated econometric models and superb analysts. We can easily conjure up plausible theories as to what we will do when it comes to our next tack or eventually reversing course. The truth, however, is that nobody on the committee, nor on our staffs at the Board of Governors and the 12 Banks, really knows what is holding back the economy. Nobody really knows what will work to get the economy back on course. And nobody—in fact, no central bank anywhere on the planet—has the experience of successfully navigating a return home from the place in which we now find ourselves. No central bank—not, at least, the Federal Reserve—has ever been on this cruise before.
This much we do know: Our engine room is already flush with $1.6 trillion in excess private bank reserves owned by the banking sector and held by the 12 Federal Reserve Banks. Trillions more are sitting on the sidelines in corporate coffers. On top of all that, a significant amount of underemployed cash—or fuel for investment—is burning a hole in the pockets of money market funds and other nondepository financial operators. This begs the question: Why would the Fed provision to shovel billions in additional liquidity into the economy’s boiler when so much is presently lying fallow?   www.dallasfed.org/news/speeches/fisher/2012/fs120919.cfm

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Black Agenda Report on Obamagogue–the More Effective Evil (audio link) truth-out.org/opinion/item/9691#13487985157951&action=collapse_widget&id=1955795

Double Dipping Cop Bosses Get Rich as Schools Collapse When former San Jose police Chief William Lansdowne retired in 2003, he quickly pinned back on a badge in San Diego and now receives more than $400,000 a year in public money, benefiting from a government perk that California’s much-lauded pension reform does nothing to disturb.
Lansdowne is one of the state’s biggest beneficiaries of “double-dipping,” drawing both public retirement pay from San Jose and a public salary in San Diego. And when it comes to San Jose’s past police commanders, he’s far from alone: Former Chief Louis Cobarruviaz and two former captains each took home more than $340,000 last year by working as Bay Area police chiefs and getting San Jose pensions, an analysis by this newspaper shows    www.mercurynews.com/pensions/ci_21608920/double-dippers-rake-public-money.

An Expert on the WaR of All on All that is Capitalism:
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, By John D. Rockefeller (American capitalist, 1839–1937)
THEN, and indeed for many years after, it seemed as though there was no end to the money needed to carry on and develop the business. As our successes began to come, I seldom put my head upon the pillow at night without speaking a few words to myself in this wise: 1
“Now a little success, soon you will fall down, soon you will be overthrown. Because you have got a start, you think you are quite a merchant; look out, or you will lose your head—go steady.” These intimate conversations with myself, I am sure, had a great influence on my life.    www.bartleby.com/71/1004.html

Obamagogue–Robin Hood for the Rich (bloomberg) since Obama took office in January 2009, wealthy Americans have continued to pull away from the rest of society. In the aftermath of the recession, income inequality in the U.S. reached a new high in 2011, Census Bureau data show.
Even as the president has decried the hollowing out of the middle class, the fortunes of labor and capital have diverged on his watch. Quarterly corporate profits of $1.9 trillion have almost doubled since the end of 2008, while workers’ inflation- adjusted average hourly earnings have declined.
“At the very high end, people got a whole lot wealthier whereas income stagnated at other levels,” said Anne Mathias, director of Washington research for Guggenheim Securities LLC. “Fifty years ago, people talked about the other half, how the other half lived, and now we’re talking about the other 1 percent.”     www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-28/wealthy-americans-gain-even-as-republicans-decry-redistribution.html

Obamagogue: Opaque! Silence! “When it comes to implementation of Obama’s wonderful transparency policy goals, especially FOIA policy in particular, there has been far more ‘talk the talk’ rather than ‘walk the walk,’” said Daniel Metcalfe, director of the Department of Justice’s office monitoring the government’s compliance with FOIA requests from 1981 to 2007.
The Bloomberg survey was designed in part to gauge the timeliness of responses, which Attorney General Eric Holder called “an essential component of transparency” in a March 2009 memo. About half of the 57 agencies eventually disclosed the out-of-town travel expenses generated by their top official by Sept. 14, most of them well past the legal deadline.   …Even agency heads who publicly announce their events — including Holder, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius — didn’t provide the costs of their out-of-town trips more than three months after the initial request.     www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-28/obama-cabinet-flunks-disclosure-test-with-19-in-20-ignoring-law.html

Lincoln Steffens’ “The Dying Boss” “The common people,” I went on, and he was about to nod, but he didn’t. And his fingers became still. “Your own people—the great helpless mass of the friendless mob—liked you.” His eyes were fixed on mine. “They followed you; they trusted you.” 32
I paused a moment, then I asked: “Didn’t they, Boss?” 33
“Yes,” he said with his lips alone. 34
“They didn’t set a watch on you, did they?” I continued. “They voted as you bade them vote, elected the fellows you put on the tickets of their party for them. And, after they elected them, they left it to them, and to you, to be true to them; to stick to them; to be loyal.” 35
His eyes fell to his fingers, and his fingers began again to pick. 36
“And when your enemies got after you and accused you,” I said, “the people stuck by you?” 37
No answer; only the fingers picked. 38
“The great, friendless mass—the hopeful, hopeless majority—they were true to you and the party, and they re-elected you.” 39
His eyes were on mine again, and there was light in them; but it was the reflected light of fire, and it burned. 40
“And you—you betrayed them,” I said; and I hurried on, piling on the fuel, all I had. “They have power, the people have, and they have needs, great common needs; and they have great common wealth. All your fat, rich franchises, all your great social values, the values added to land and franchise by the presence of the great, common, numerous mass, all the city’s public property—all are theirs, their common property. They own enough in common to meet all their great common needs, and they have an organization to keep for them and to develop for their use and profit all these great needed social values. It is the city; the city government; city, State, and national. And they have, they breed in their own ranks, men like you, natural political leaders, to go into public life and lead them, teach them, represent them. And they leave it all to you, trusting you. And you, all of you—not you alone, Boss, but all of you: ward leaders; State leaders; all the national political bosses—you all betray them. You receive from them their votes, so faithfully given, and you transform them into office-holders whom you teach or corrupt and compel to obey you. So you reorganize the city government. You, not the Mayor, are the head of it; you, not the council, are its legislature; you, not the heads of departments, are the administrators of the property and the powers of the people of your city; the common, helpless, friendless people. And, having thus organized and taken over all this power and property and—this beautiful faith, you do not protect their rights and their property. What do you do with it, Boss?” 41
He started. He could not answer. I answered for him: 42
“You sell ’em out; you turn over the whole thing—the city, its property, and its people—to Business, to the big fellows; to the business leaders of the people.      www.bartleby.com/71/1043.html

The Emergence of Fascism as a Popular Mass Movement

No Charges Filed in UC Lt John Pike Pepper Spray Attack The University of California, Davis police officers who doused students and alumni with pepper spray during a campus protest last November won’t face criminal charges, prosecutors said Wednesday.
The chemical crackdown prompted widespread condemnation, campus protests and calls for the resignation of Chancellor Linda Katehi after videos shot by witnesses were widely played online. Images of an officer casually spraying orange pepper-spray in the faces of nonviolent protesters became a rallying point for the Occupy Wall Street movement.
But the Yolo County District Attorney’s office said in a statement that there was insufficient evidence to prove the use of force was illegal.    www.startribune.com/nation/170443406.html?refer=y

UC To Pay Coppers’ Victims 30 Grand—not enough The University of California will pay damages of $30,000 to each of the 21 UC Davis students and alumni who were pepper-sprayed by campus police during an otherwise peaceful protest 10 months ago, the university system announced Wednesday.   latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/09/uc-davis-pepper-spray.html

LA’s Gulag The commission based its report on interviews with current and former sheriff’s officials, other jailhouse witnesses, testimony from experts and internal department records. Its investigation painted a grim image of Baca’s jails over the years. Among the findings were that top supervisors made jokes about inmate abuse, encouraged deputies to push ethical boundaries and ignored alarming signs of problems with excessive force.    www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-jails-20120929,0,4509075.story

With Fascism Popular, Cyber warfare surfaces to Cheers. War Means Work! In August, the Air Force raised eyebrows with a bluntly worded solicitation for papers advising it on “cyberspace warfare attack capabilities,” including weapons “to destroy, deny, degrade, disrupt, deceive, corrupt or usurp” an enemy’s computer networks and other high-tech targets.
And a few weeks earlier, a top Marine commander recounted at a public conference how he had used “cyber operations against my adversary” in Afghanistan in 2010. “I was able to get inside his nets, infect his command-and-control, and in fact defend myself against his almost constant incursions to get inside my wire,” said Lt. Gen. Richard P. Mills, now deputy commandant of the Marine Corps.   www.nytimes.com/2012/09/27/us/us-officials-opening-up-on-cyberwarfare.html?pagewanted=all

Solidarity For Never

The Depth of Teacher Union Electoral Corruption In all, teachers’ groups donated $1.23 million to Republican state candidates through June 30, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics.
While donations to Democrats still far outweigh contributions to Republicans, the proportion of union money going to Republican candidates this year, just over 8 percent, has doubled since the last election cycle, according to the institute. In some states, the increase has been steeper. In Ohio, the proportion of contributions to Republicans jumped to more than 21 percent this year from less than 1 percent in 2010. Similarly, in Illinois, where 16 percent of donations went to Republicans in 2010, the proportion has increased to 22 percent.    www.nytimes.com/2012/09/25/us/politics/challenged-by-old-allies-teachers-unions-court-gop.html?emc=tnt&tntemail1=y

Fresno Teachers to Vote 4th Time since May For Prezzie The battle over who will run the Fresno Teachers Association could soon take a new turn.
The California Teachers Association, parent organization of the Fresno Teachers Association, has called for a third runoff election for president. It will be the fourth election for the office since April.
The CTA said in a letter last week to Fresno union members that the new election will begin Oct. 9 with the same candidates: current president Eva Ruiz and challenger Mai Summer Vue.
CTA officials said the decision to hold another election was made after it investigated the two previous runoff elections held in May and July. The letter did not say why the state association was ordering a new election. But it said the election would be conducted by the CTA’s Elections Committee, not the local union.   www.fresnobee.com/2012/09/22/3003098/fresno-teachers-to-have-4th-election.html

San Diego EA Caucus Discovers that Workers and Bosses Have Contradictory Interests Here is a fundamental truth of all unions, that our union seems to be re-learning the hard way: The more friendly we get towards the District, and the more we give and give, the worse their treatment of our union gets. An examination of SDEA’s relationship with SDUSD over the past two years couldn’t make this more clear.
At the most recent Rep. Council meeting, new SDEA Executive Director Tim Hill gave a thorough and disgust-inducing report about all of the “unfair labor practices” the District has recently been committing towards our union. These “unfair labor practices” occur when the District shows total disregard not only for our contract, but for our union’s legal rights under the law. Apparently, the District’s trampling of our union’s legal rights has been getting worse and worse.
Why is the District’s treatment of our union getting worse than it’s been in years? It’s because for the first time in years, we’ve been showing the District weakness. The District knows our union is weak now, not because we have internal democratic disagreement, but because SDEA President Bill Freeman and his Board have shown the District loud and clear that no matter how little respect they show our membership, Freeman and the Board will still play ball.   thebreakfastclubsandiego.wordpress.com/2012/09/23/new-september-rep-council-report-part-two-why-nice-unions-get-screwed/#respond

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Hey Principals! A Sellout by One becomes an Injury to All The San Diego school board accepted concessions from 250 principals and vice principals Tuesday under a labor pact long stalled over a provision that limits the district’s hiring pool for new campus administrators.
The school board voted 3 to 1 to accept the agreement that was reached by the San Diego Unified School District and the union representing principals and vice principals on Aug. 2. The deal includes concessions similar to those accepted by teachers — deferring pay raises and accepting furlough days — to help the district cope with the state’s fiscal crisis.     www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/sep/25/concessions-hiring-priorities-accepted-sd-principa/

DC, Where the AFT Bargained Merit Pay, Extends Merit Pay to Principals D.C. Public Schools officials plan to offer performance raises to principals and assistant principals who score well on annual evaluations, expanding the merit pay system already in place for teachers.
All high-performing administrators would be eligible for salary increases of up to $5,000, while those working in the District’s 40 lowest-performing schools would be eligible for a raise of up to $20,000.   www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/new-plan-will-allow-bonuses-for-dc-school-principals/2012/09/27/2086ef00-08dc-11e2-afff-d6c7f20a83bf_story.html

Harry Kelber on AFL-CIO Boss Richard Trumka Here are a few highlights of Trumka’s incompetence, insensitivity and tolerance of corruption:
He initiated a campaign to “Make Wall Street Pay” for the economic crisis it had caused. His campaign never got off the ground. He never talked face-to-face with a single banker.
His leadership in the campaign for the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) was a disaster. He meekly accepted President Obama’s decision not to press for the legislation, which had been a top-priority issue with the AFL-CIO.
He banned any mention of abortion, planned parenthood and child care from the AFL-CIO NOW web site, ignoring the fact that working women represent more than 40 percent of the labor federation.
He refused to allow any mention of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in AFL-CIO statements or literature. He never made a public comment on the nation’s two ongoing wars.
He refused to oppose a provision in the AFL-CIO Constitution that stripped state and local union bodies from having a voice at conventions.
He has shown no interest in setting up an AFL-CIO Education Department or finding other means to keep members informed. They are learning very little about important changes in the world ecomomy and labor movement.

Spy Versus Spy

CIA’s Frankenstein Libyan Militias Run over their Daddy, who Armed and Trained them, then chase him  outa Town The attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans has dealt the Central Intelligence Agency a major setback in its intelligence-gathering efforts at a time of increasing instability in the North African nation.   Among the more than two dozen American personnel evacuated from the city after the assault on the American mission and a nearby annex were about a dozen C.I.A. operatives and contractors, who played a crucial role in conducting surveillance and collecting information on an array of armed militant groups in and around the city.
“It’s a catastrophic intelligence loss,” said one American official who has served in Libya and who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the F.B.I. is still investigating the attack. “We got our eyes poked out.”…Though the agency has been cooperating with the new post-Qaddafi Libyan intelligence service, the size of the C.I.A.’s presence in Benghazi apparently surprised some Libyan leaders. The deputy prime minister, Mustafa Abushagour, was quoted in The Wall Street Journal last week saying that he learned about some of the delicate American operations in Benghazi only after the attack on the mission, in large part because a surprisingly large number of Americans showed up at the Benghazi airport to be evacuated.    www.nytimes.com/2012/09/24/world/africa/attack-in-libya-was-major-blow-to-cia-efforts.html?ref=global-home

Magical Mystery Tour

The Best and Worst Things in the History of the World

Detroit Ninth Grader gets 12 to 30 The son-in-law of a slain church security guard who urged others to forgive says his family doesn’t harbor animosity toward the teens who killed the 84-year-old.
Gary Melvin spoke on behalf of his good-natured father-in-law Wednesday at the Wayne Circuit Court sentencing of 15-year-old Anthony Williams. The teen pleaded guilty earlier this month to charges of second-degree murder and felony firearm in the May 9 shooting death of Joseph Lewis Jr.
“We are a small family, a tight, loving family. We forgive a lot of things that happened in our lives — especially the tragedies. I learned that from my father-in-law,” Melvin told Judge Michael Callahan. “I’ve learned a lot from him, especially how to be patient and how to forgive and talk with people and treat them the way you would want to be treated.
“Our family doesn’t have any animosity against the defendant’s family at all. We’re not here to belittle them or even do wrong by them. We just want justice to be done.”
Williams, a ninth-grader, who prosecutors have said has a lengthy juvenile record for offenses including first-degree home invasion, unlawful driving away, truancy and curfew violations,

Flight Attendant’s Gun Discharges in Airport A gun found inside a flight attendant’s handbag by screeners at Philadelphia International Airport early Sunday accidentally discharged into a break room — but missed hitting anyone, according to reports.
Republic Airlines flight attendant Jaclyn Luby was walking through airport screening around 6:50 a.m. when she placed her carry-on bag through the X-ray machine, according to ABC affiliate WPVI.
Transportation Security Administration screeners saw the gun, described as a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson Airweight revolver, and notified a Philadelphia police officer. Luby was in another screening room with police when the gun went off. The bullet fired into a TSA break room, where an employee was sitting, police told NBC   www.nydailynews.com/news/national/flight-attendant-brings-revolver-philly-airport-security-gun-accidentally-fires-article-1.1166436?localLinksEnabled=false

Tenure Appeal. Shoot the Committee Jurors in Alabama deliberated for just 20 minutes Monday before convicting a former college professor of killing three fellow professors during a campus shooting rampage in 2010. Amy Bishop, a Harvard-educated biologist, was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Bishop had pleaded guilty to killing three people and wounding three others, but Alabama law required that she stand trial because she had admitted to a capital charge. Her guilty plea allowed her to avoid the death penalty.

So Long

Davy

Our Enemies Grow Older–so long John Silber, you Rat Dr. Silber’s impact extended far beyond the BU campus. Proudly elitist and forthright in his traditionalism, he gained a national reputation with his attacks on moral relativism, low academic standards, and “instant culture.”  …Certainly, Dr. Silber preferred shaking up to soothing. He referred to the English department, a quarter of whose tenured faculty was female, as a “damn matriarchy.” At his urging, the university successfully sued to have the faculty union overturned. He had honorary degrees awarded to such controversial figures as El Salvador’s Jose Napoleon Duarte and Zulu chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
“During the Silber administration, we essentially had … the academic equivalent of road rage,” James Iffland, a professor of Spanish at BU, said in a 2004 Globe interview. Dr. Silber’s autocratic rule antagonized students and faculty. By large margins, the latter twice voted for his dismissal.    www.boston.com/metrodesk/2012/09/27/former-boston-university-president-john-silber-dies/I7tjYVpNSQ5yFViA1cjhdP/story.html