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April 18 1783: Fighting ceases in the American Revolution, eight years to the day since it began. The Dollar Soon Trumps the Democracy.
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On the Little Rouge School Front:


Occupation in Puerto Rico:
“Education cannot be seen through capital’s narrow gaze or the market’s whims. Such an education merely reproduces docile subjects and uncritical automatons.
Let us smash the machine!” http://www.emancipating-education-for-all.org/manifesto_upr_en

Dumpster Diving CSU Students Uncover Palin Contract that Does Not Exist: “Students at Cal State Stanislaus have discovered evidence that documents related to an upcoming speaking engagement by Sarah Palin were shredded and dumped after the university claimed that no public documents existed, a state senator said on Tuesday.” http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/04/13/BABN1CU2I7.DTL&tsp=1#ixzz0l1rYiALs

AAUP FAQ’s on the University and College Financial Crises: http://www.aaup.org/aaup/financial/mainpage.htm

NEA Promotes Test Prep (one of many on the Works4Me Site–Ya Cannot Make This Up):
“We have a pep assembly for the third and fourth graders a couple of days before standardized testing starts. Two teachers pretend they are cheerleaders and shake pompoms as they give a ‘pep’ talk about doing a good job on the tests, getting a good night’s rest, etc. We have three teachers sit in desks and pretend to be examples of how not to take the test. One keeps turning around and bothering his neighbor, one cries, and one is not paying attention to directions. Another teacher is showing the ‘right’ way to take the test.”

http://www.nea.org/tools/tips/19189.htm


Joel Cohen (fine Cranbrook boy) writes on the Obamagogue Education Project:
““Most people wanted students to develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving, social skills and work ethic, citizenship and community responsibility, physical and emotional health, love of the arts and literature … for skilled work that does not require a college degree,” newsblaze.com/story/2010040906250500003.wi/topstory.html

UCEMEP Sweeps UC Student Government Elections, Promises Obedience and Loyalty!: http://www.dailycalifornian.org/article/1567/ucmep_sweeps_asuc_elections.html

Worst Education Journalist in the USA Touts Broadites in Detroit and DC (PBS’ John Merrow is a lying punk): http://learningmatters.tv/blog/op-ed/changes-in-detroit-dc-and-beyond/4393/

Rhee Rediscovers DC School Budget But Plans to Use Savings from Layoffs for Raises–What of the AFT Now that Weingarten Kissed the Pact? “Saunders called the pact “blood money,” underwritten by the illegal firings of fellow teachers. “This is money off the backs of teachers,” Saunders said. “It is unconscionable for the union to be looking past this event…Rhee has said that she will not consider rehiring the teachers ” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/14/AR2010041404847.html

Florida Governor Crist Cuts Deal On Reactionary Education Bill, Support from FEA in Exchange for a Lesser Evil Bill Later: “His decision has also renewed speculation that he might drop out of the Republican primary for a United States Senate seat and run in the general election as an independent.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/16/us/16teachers.html?ref=education

“Always be sure you are right, then go ahead”

On the Perpetual War Front:

The Cost of War (you paid $7,334 in War Taxes Since 2001): http://www.costofwar.com/
You can Count the Cost of War to Your Hometown Here:  http://www.nationalpriorities.org/costofwar_home

US Flees Afghan Border Region: “Forty-two Americans died fighting in the Korangal Valley and hundreds were wounded, according to the military. Most died in the period from 2006 to 2009. Many Afghan soldiers died as well, and in larger numbers, since they had poorer equipment. In a war characterized by small, brutal battles, the Korangal had more than its share, and its abandonment has left soldiers who fought there confronting confusion, anger and pain.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/15/world/asia/15outpost.html?scp=1&sq=after%204%20years%20US%20abandons%20outpost%20in%20Afghan%20valley%20of%20death&st=cse

And More on the Run From the Valley of Death: “The whole point of counterinsurgency is that by securing the local population, you legitimize the government of Afghanistan,” said Major Fussell. “But the thing about the Korangal and Waygal Valleys is that they don’t recognize any government beyond their little village, and when you go to them and say, ‘we want to secure you and offer you a road’ they say, ‘we don’t want a road.’” “I would argue you couldn’t find a single Korangali who wanted any outside assistance.” http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/14/leaving-the-korangal-valley/

Mercenaries’ Deaths Rising in Afghanistan (lets call them what they are):
“Of the 289 civilians killed since the war began more than eight years ago, 100 have died in just the last six months. That’s a reflection of both growing violence and the importance of the civilians flooding into the country along with troops…The latest U.S. Department of Defense numbers show there are actually more civilian contractors on the ground in Afghanistan than there are soldiers. The Pentagon reported [2] 107,292 U.S.-hired civilian workers in Afghanistan as of February 2010, when there were about 78,000 soldiers..” http://www.propublica.org/feature/contractor-deaths-accelerating-in-afghanistan-as-they-outnumber-soldiers

Karzai, The Next Diem:
“the Karzai regime slid into an ever deepening state of corruption and incompetence, while NATO allies rushed to fill the void with their manpower and material, a de facto endorsement of the president’s low road to power. As billions in international development aid poured into Kabul, a mere trickle escaped the capital’s bottomless bureaucracy to reach impoverished villages in the countryside. In 2009, Transparency International ranked Afghanistan as the world’s second most corrupt nation..’Narco corruption went to the very top of the Afghan government.”  Earlier this year, the U.N. estimated that ordinary Afghans spend $2.5 billion annually, a quarter of the country’s gross domestic product, simply to bribe the police and government officials” http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175233/tomgram:_alfred_mccoy,_our_man_in_kabul/

Thanks a Million Vet; Now Try to Find a Job:
“Disturbing new statistics from the Labor Department show that one in three veterans under age 24 is unemployed – and that the unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans has jumped to 14.7 percent, half again as high as the national employment rate of 9.7 percent.”

http://www.navytimes.com/news/2010/04/military_veterans_unemployment_040210w/

Video: Be Nice to America or We Will Bring Democracy Down Upon You!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee6SdmmCN5Y

CIA Boss Laughs About Destruction of Torture Tapes: “Porter J. Goss, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, in 2005 approved of the decision by one of his top aides to destroy dozens of videotapes documenting the brutal interrogation of two detainees, according to an internal C.I.A. document released Thursday” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/16/us/16tapes.html?hp

CNN Ranks Detroit as One of Most Dangerous Cities in the World: “On just my street (Lakewood), the other day a man shot a 2-year-old girl during a dope deal; I saw the car zoom by the house,” he said. “Then, a few months ago, a father shot his son in the head over money. That happened just down the street. “Crime is expected here,” Hayes continued. “It’s like the old westerns — when you hear gunshots, you don’t even pay attention. Someone could get killed right next door and nobody would know.”
From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20100415/METRO/4150474#ixzz0lDaKkAmE

The Solidarity Forever Front:

Florida Education Association Moves Fast To Crush Wildcat Action vs Bill that Would Abolish Teacher Tenure (Patriotism! Action! O Wait! Do Nothing!):

Sent: 4/11/2010 5:06:58 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Dear Members,
Take Action
Dear Members,
FEA Legal Advice Against Work Action in Response to SB6

More Info
Go to Work. Contact Governor to Veto SB6
There have been rumors of a possible sick-out tomorrow (Monday) in response to the passage of SB-6.
Please do not get involved in any such action. It could be deemed an illegal action! Please see the statement below from FEA General Counsel/Director of Legal Services. It is important to report to work tomorrow on time and maintain normal behavior. Any other action would only make matter worse for everyone. Instead, please work to encourage the Governor to veto SB-6. His contact information is below Pam’s statement:
FEA Legal Advice Against Work Action in Response to SB6:
Earlier this week, FEA issued an email advising locals and members to not participate in any work action in the fallout of SB6/HB7189. We  continue to hear comments and reports of possible sick-outs in various  locations.  Even if these reports are deemed to be rumors, the potential negative impact if such actions were taken would undermine our  ongoing political efforts to address this flawed legislation.
Moreover, such actions are counterproductive and might very well erode  public support.
Let me be clear. FEA and its locals in no way support, endorse, or  condone any such activity.  We understand the frustrations but any  concerted work action will not serve FEA and its members.  Instead of  focusing on the failure of the Legislature, public attention will be  directed toward those that have taken this action.
FEA urges all of its locals and members to continue to express your  views on this bad legislation and use your political voices to  encourage a veto of the bill.
Any concerted work action will not help our cause. Please share this  message with our members and encourage them to stand strong.
Pam Cooper
FEA General Counsel/Director of Legal Services
Contact him now! Governor Crist has publically indicated that he has concerns about this bill (see below). He can veto this bill anytime up until close of business next Friday, April 16th.
Governor Charlie Crist,The Capitol,
400 S. Monroe St., Plaza Level 05,
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001.
Governor’s e-mail: charlie.crist@myflorida.com
Gov. office Ph#: 850-488-7146
If the voice mail is full try: Crist Campaign office: 850-907-1218
or fax a message: 850-487-0801
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SEIU Sues Its Own Members and Wins a Small Victory of Sorts: The gist of SEIU’s case was that the relationship between a national union and any of its local affiliates is just like the Bank of America’s relationship with branch banks.  If the parent company wants to reorganize a branch or change its management in any way, there’s no legal basis for objecting.  In the union context, local officers — even though elected by the membership — owe a greater “fiduciary duty” to the international union than to anyone else.  They must comply with all headquarters decisions, even if dues-payers locally — the workers they represent — are opposed to them and these directives are clearly misguided. http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2010/early120410p.html

Quisling Gettlefinger Says So-Long, Suckers:
“He is credited with convincing UAW members to vote for concessions on contracts that the union fought for decades to win. Those efforts included a landmark labor contract in 2007 that set up a retiree health care fund called the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust that the UAW manages.” http://www.freep.com/article/20100414/BUSINESS01/100414048/1318/Gettelfinger-remains-hopeful-on-unions-auto-industry

Stern Trails Gettlefinger Into the Door Marked “Rat”:
“S.E.I.U. boasts that it spent $85 million in the 2008 campaigns and mobilized more than 150,000 members to do electoral work…In one measure of Mr. Stern’s proximity to power, official records show that he visited the White House more than 20 times during Mr. Obama’s first six months in office.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/14/us/14union.html?emc=tnt&tntemail1=y

Sorry Brother But There is a Wall There: (Guthrie)
” As I was walkin’  –  I saw a sign there, And that sign said – no tress passin’ But on the other side  …. it didn’t say nothin! Now that side was made for you and me!”
The bill directs police to determine the immigration status of noncriminals if there is a ‘reasonable suspicion’ they are undocumented. Immigrant rights groups say it amounts to a police state. Arizona Passes Mean Immigration Law: The bill directs police to determine the immigration status of noncriminals if there is a ‘reasonable suspicion’ they are undocumented. Immigrant rights groups say it amounts to a police state.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-arizona-immigration14-2010apr14,0,4677282.story


On the Ooops there Goes the Economy Front:



US Foreclosures Set Quarterly Record:
“ Foreclosure activity jumped 19 percent to a monthly record in March, driving first-quarter actions up 7 percent from the prior quarter and 16 percent from a year ago to a record of more than 932,000 properties.One in every 138 U.S. households got a foreclosure filing in the quarter such as a notice of default, auction or bank repossession.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSNYS00791220100415?type=marketsNews

The Rapid Resurgence of Inequality: “Over the past three decades, inequality in the United States increased dramatically, reaching Robber Baron-era proportions in 2007 at the height of the housing and credit bubble. Paradoxically, the bursting of the bubble brought the rise of inequality to a temporary halt as the asset values of the wealthiest fell with the decline in the equity market. But as the economic recovery takes hold, the trends that drove inequality before the Great Recession have begun to reassert themselves, ominously suggesting that inequality may again be on the rise…home values have not rebounded; corporate profits are on the rise while wages continue to stagnate or even fall in real terms.Third, energy costs are again on the rise : ”

http://growth.newamerica.net/publications/policy/the_worrying_return_of_inequality


The Black Depression is Still On–Obamagogue or Not!
: “the Washington-based Economic Policy Institute’s prediction that Black unemployment will hit 17.2 percent by the third quarter of this year – the highest level in a quarter century. Not only is the Great Recession nowhere near over for Black America, there are indications that the contorted economy is finding a new “bottom” for African Americans to inhabit.”  http://www.blackagendareport.com/?q=content/black-america-sinking-new-%E2%80%9Cbottom%E2%80%9D

The Greek Bailout, Lehman Deceit and Timmy Geitner:
“Similarly, if a too-big-to-fail bank hits trouble, the incentive is to hide problems, hoping that financial conditions will improve.  Essentially the management finds ways to “prop up” the bank; on modern Wall Street this is done with undisclosed accounting manipulation (in some other countries, it is done with cash).  If this means the ultimate collapse is that much more damaging, it’s not the bank executives’ problem any way – their downside is limited, if it exists at all.”

http://baselinescenario.com/2010/04/13/greek-bailout-lehman-deceit-and-tim-geithner/

Where Your Tax Dollars Go (Nice Chart): http://economistsview.typepad.com/economistsview/2010/04/where-do-your-federal-and-state-tax-dollars-go.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+EconomistsView+%28Economist%27s+View+%28EconomistsView%29%29

Goldman/Government Sued For Mortgage Fraud:
“The move marks the first time that regulators have taken action against a Wall Street deal that helped investors capitalize on the collapse of the housing market. Goldman itself profited by betting against the very mortgage investments that it sold to its customers.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/17/business/17goldman.html?hp


Obamagogue’s Auto-Boss Racketeering on the Side:
“The investment firm founded by Steven L. Rattner, the politically connected financier who went on to lead President Obama’s auto task force, has agreed to pay $12 million to settle allegations that it paid kickbacks to win lucrative business from the New York State pension fund. But the agreement, announced on Thursday, explicitly excluded Mr. Rattner, leaving open the possibility that he could face separate lawsuits from state or federal authorities.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/16/business/16pension.html?src=me&ref=business

Obamagogue’s Phony Deal With China: Who Really Rules? “The United States and China seem to have reached an agreement with regard to the exchange rate between their two currencies. The agreement is that the US government will stop yelling about it, and China will do whatever it wants to do, which will probably include some modest rise in the yuan some time in the near future.”http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/apr/14/china-us-currency-iran

Fortune 500 shed record 821,000

(Reuters) – The Fortune 500 largest U.S. companies slashed a record 821,000 jobs last year, even as their collective profit soared more than three-fold to $391 billion, according to the business magazine, which issued the annual ranking on Thursday. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63E2VK20100415?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2FtopNews+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Top+News%29&utm_content=Google+Reader


On the “Look it’s Magic!” –Suffer the Little Children Unto Me Front


“With the further revelations March 26 by The New York Times that memos and meeting minutes exist showing that Benedict had to be at least minimally informed that an abuser priest was coming into the archdiocese of Munich and that he further had been assigned without restrictions to pastoral duties, it becomes even more difficult to reconcile the strong language of the pope in his letter to Irish bishops and his own conduct while head of a major see.”

http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/credibility-gap-pope-needs-answer-questions

Who Is Responsible for Raping the Kids? All of US??? O. Wait. It’s the Original Sin Hustle:
“Pope Benedict XVI referred Thursday to “attacks” on the church stemming from the clerical sexual abuse scandal and said “we Christians” must repent for sins and recognize mistakes, news reports said” http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/apr/15/report-pope-says-we-must-repent-for-abuse/

Pope Benedict accused of masterminding Catholic Church sex abuse cover-up

“There is no denying the fact that the worldwide system of covering up cases of sexual crimes committed by clerics was engineered by the Roman Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith…” http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Pope-Benedict-accused-of-masterminding-Catholic-Church-sex-abuse-cover-up-91038229.html

A Classic:

“Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you’re wasting your life.” Jackie Robinson

Vital Information! March on Mayday!
“Albert Parsons at his hanging, “Here you will tread upon a spark, but there and there, behind you and in front of you and everywhere, flames blaze up. It is a subterranean fire. You cannot put it out.” http://richgibson.com/mayday.htm

M4th Kids, Teachers, Community Organizers Meeting in LA, April 24.
Education. Agitation. Occupation. And Make Friends! Be there or be Square. Santee Educational Complex, 10-6 p.m.

Thanks to Kelly, Paul M.,  Jenna, Bill T, Sharon, Amber, Erin twice, Taylor, Della, Sneaky Pete and Dirty Edd, Suzanne, Marc and Bonnie, Bob, Sandy, Sally, The Susans, Boyd, David S., Owsley, Gingell, Berry, Bobbin, Trey, Patrick, Adam and Gina (on the move) Doug and Doug, Faith, Arturo, Jesus, Jasmine, Liz (welcome) and Marisol.

Good luck to us, every one.

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