Remember the Rouge Forum Conference–August 2 to August 5!
Never Forget: June 6th 1944 D-Day!
Pay No Attention to that! On June 5th 1956 Elvis Introduced Hound Dog on the Uncle Miltie Comedy Hour:
Little Red Schoolhouse
NEA and AFT Spent Millions on the Demagogue Obama and Electoral Work: Is the Education Bailout Dead? “Janet Bass of the American Federation of Teachers says that despite these obstacles, the unions plan to keep up the pressure for passage. “We will fight for it as long as we can,” she says. “It’s not dead.” She’s right that there’s a chance the proposal could be revived next week, but betting money as Congress prepared to leave town for the Memorial Day weekend was that there just aren’t the votes to move it forward.
Drop-Out States Lead Flight From RaTT Shell Game: “About two dozen states are going back to Washington for another shot at billions in education grants under the Race to the Top program, but at least nine others with more than 7 million children are opting out of trying a second time.
For them, a chance at hundreds of millions of dollars wasn’t enough to overcome the opposition of teachers unions, the wariness of state leaders to pass laws to suit the program and fears of giving up too much local control.”
Masquerading as News, Press Attacks Teacher Benefits: “The days of teachers contributing nothing toward health care, however, may be waning. For the first time, teachers in Utica and Grosse Pointe will make monthly payments toward health care under contracts approved this spring. Livonia’s teachers agreed last year to make monthly health care payments and take furlough days. “If we didn’t accept those concessions, there would’ve been a huge cut in the educational programs for our students,” said Kenewell, head of Utica’s teachers union. “And if we protect programs for the students, we protect jobs. They’ve already cut some programs.”
How To Fix Detroit Schools? Get Rid of 2/3 of the Students: “Robert Bobb, Detroit schools emergency financial manager, said the 76,000 student Detroit district can only support 26,000 students unless it makes deep cuts in operating and long-term costs such as retirement and health care for employees.” www.freep.com/article/20100603/NEWS01/100603032/1322/Bobb-DPS-can-only-support-26000-students
Ken Saltman on the “Portfolio Approach” in Urban Schools: “This perspective considers public schools to be comparable to private enterprise, with competition a key element to success. Just
as businesses that cannot turn sufficient profit, schools that cannot produce test scores higher than competitors’ must be “allowed” to “go out of business.” The appeal of the portfolio district strategy is that it appears to offer an approach sufficiently radical to address longstanding and intractable problems in public schools”
Secret Regimented Standards for Imperialist War Education Revealed: “Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, and Lily Eskelsen, the vice president of the National Education Association, were also on hand to endorse the standards, with Ms. Weingarten calling the the AFT an “unabashed supporter.” www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/06/02/33common.h29.html?tkn=UQWFrHWKjg5dnhPth%2FMx7tZ6FLExXJkEeOxa&cmp=clp-edweek
Ed Mcelroy, the last AFT President to file a report for an entire year (Weingarten files in Dec 2010) reported an income of $390,426.
Dennis Van Roekel, ($424,091 in 2009) NEA Boss, Backs Common Core Standards:
NEA Hack Lily Eskelsen ($365,738 in 2009) on Regimented National Standards: “We believe that this initiative is a critical first step in our nation’s effort to provide every student with a comprehensive, content-rich and complete education. These standards have the potential to support teachers in achieving NEA’s purpose of preparing students preparing students to ‘thrive in a democratic society and a diverse, changing world as knowledgeable, creative and engaged citizens and lifelong learners.'”
Schools as Huge Markets Where Stealing is Commonplace: “According to the grand jury, about 75 percent of the San Diego district schools that were audited misused ASB funds for curricular and administrative purposes and for the benefit of faculty.” Read more: www.sdnn.com/sandiego/2010-06-02/education/grand-jury-san-diego-schools-misused-funds#ixzz0pkxoQzUM
Bloomberg Moves to Block NYC Teachers’ Wages: “This was not an ideal decision and it certainly does not solve all our budget issues,” Mr. Bloomberg said in a statement, which was released after he notified Michael Mulgrew, the president of the United Federation of Teachers, about his decision. “In our conversation this morning, Michael Mulgrew and I agreed that we would go together to Albany and Washington to press our case to restore more education funding.”
CSU Stanislaus to Pay Twit $75,000 for Babble (no pole dance?): “Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will receive $75,000 to speak at Cal State Stanislaus next month, an event that has become steeped in controversy and brought the small Turlock campus worldwide attention. Much of the scrutiny has centered on the former governor’s speaking fee, which the university has refused to disclose. The fact that Palin has received up to $100,000 for other recent appearances had stoked furious speculation and the kind of cloak-and-dagger intrigue worthy of a novel.”
Walmart Education–Cradle to Grave: “Wal-Mart estimates that about 50 percent of its employees in the United States have a high school diploma or the equivalent but have not earned a college degree. With the average full-time employee being paid $11.75 an hour, it was unclear how many of them will be able to take advantage of the new program. With the work credits and tuition discount, an associate’s degree for a Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club cashier would cost about $11,700 and a bachelor’s degree about $24,000.”
The Secret Whole Language Project in San Ysidro High: “Now high schoolers such as Delgado at the top levels read the Diary of Anne Frank and talk about genocide. The idea was to challenge students sooner with tougher but still accessible readings that also sparked their interest — something that can be vexing with teens whose English is thin. Even finding books that are easy enough for English learners but interesting to teenagers is a challenge.”
Virtual Charter Schools Rule! “Nationally, there are an estimated 200,000 full-time virtual charter school students, said Susan Patrick, chief executive of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning.”
Nice Job, PhD, Now Play Online Poker to Live: “The number of full-time faculty members at universities was around 51% in 2007, down from 78% in 1970, said Jack Schuster, a senior research fellow at Claremont Graduate University. That leaves many doctoral degree candidates stuck with adjunct work, which can pay as little as $2,000 a semester.”
We Say Fightback:
March 4th US Student Movement Plans October 7 General Strike: “MORE THAN 100 activists from across California gathered in Los Angeles April 24 to debate next steps for the fight against the devastating cutbacks facing public education. The main achievements of the conference were to set a date and location for the next statewide mass action–October 7–and for the next anti-cuts conference, which will happen October 16 at San Francisco State University. The other key outcome was the first steps toward the formation of an ad hoc volunteer coordinating committee to plan for the fall conference.”
Perpetual War Front:
CNN Virtual Map on War Casualties of Iraq and Afghanistan:
German Prezzie Resigns, Spoke Truth About Imperialism: “He said in that broadcast that, for a country with Germany’s dependency on exports, military deployments could be “necessary … in order to defend our interests, for example free trade routes.” That was taken by many as relating to Germany’s unpopular mission in Afghanistan, although his office later said that he was referring to anti-piracy patrols off the coast of Somalia. Germans are often uneasy about deployments abroad, given the country’s militaristic past, and the mission in Afghanistan makes many particularly uncomfortable.” detnews.com/article/20100531/NATION/5310365
Corrupt Warlord and Puppet Karzai Speaks–Taliban Attack: “Standing before the country’s power brokers and tribal elite Wednesday morning, Afghan President Hamid Karzai was about 10 minutes into his nationally televised appeal for peace when the Taliban responded with a rocket that slammed into a nearby hillside. Read more: www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/06/02/95177/taliban-attack-afghan-peace-conference.html#ixzz0pl2wbcdw
Photo Essay: What Was Afghanistan Before…? “A half-century ago, Afghan women pursued careers in medicine; men and women mingled casually at movie theaters and university campuses in Kabul; factories in the suburbs churned out textiles and other goods. There was a tradition of law and order, and a government capable of undertaking large national infrastructure projects, like building hydropower stations and roads, albeit with outside help. Ordinary people had a sense of hope, a belief that education could open opportunities for all, a conviction that a bright future lay ahead. All that has been destroyed by three decades of war, but it was real.”
Solidarity Forever Front:
Former NEA Boss Reg Weaver Brags About NEA Support for the demagogue, Obama:
What did Weaver Get For This? $686,949 (strangely, about $264,000 more than any other NEA boss, past or present–NEA Refuses to Respond to Inquiries About Weavers Fat Raise): richgibson.com/neaSALARY.html
Pittsburgh AFT Overturns Election of Dissidents: “Dissent within the once tightly controlled large city locals of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has been breaking out across the USA as the attacks on public schools — and teacher unions — in the nation’s 20 largest cities escalate with the nationwide implementation of the “Chicago Plan” of union busting, teacher bashing and privatization under the direction of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Last week, dissidents in the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, once one of the strongest locals in the AFT, elected four candidates to union office — only to be told that two of them really wouldn’t be working at the union.” www.substancenews.net/articles.php?page=1437§ion=Article
Turncoat Mandella Regime Creates Potemkin Soccer: “radical Sowetan columnist Andile Mngxitama said all Fifa is giving Africa is a month-long feel-good episode which will do little, long-term, to change perceptions or economic realities. “The World Cup is a colonial playground for the rich and for a few wannabes in the so-called South African elite,” he argued. “Whereas in the past we were conquered, the South African government has simply invited the colonisers this time.” He claims that the £4bn spent by the government on infrastructure development in the nine host cities should have been used to create sustainable jobs in industry.”
What Should be Done With Quislings?
Quisling Meets Hitler 1942:
Quisling Zombie Movie:
“In Max Brooks’s novel World War Z, “quisling” refers to a human that had broken down psychologically due to the presence of zombies (often referred as Z-Shock) and thus begun acting like a zombie. These humans attack other humans mindlessly but are still attacked by normal zombies who can tell the difference. Despite numerous attempts by government-funded doctors, the psychological trauma of a quisling is too far gone for any chance of success of rehabilitation.”
Oops There Goes the Economy (Use steal lunch money)
Massive Constant Unemployment: “employers added 431,000 jobs and the jobless rate fell to 9.7 percent from 9.9 percent in April. But the underlying numbers showed that almost all of the job growth came from the 411,000 workers hired by the federal government to help with the Census. Most of those jobs will disappear in a few months. By contrast, the private sector created 41,000, far short of expectations of 150,000 to 180,000 jobs
Massive Constant Racist Unemployment (UCBerkley Labor Ctr): “The unemployment rate for Blacks was 15.5% last month.”(May).
The Obamagogue Dithers While Unemployment Booms: “Today, the unemployment rate is kissing 10 percent. Global financial markets are sending us a message that the excess demand for high-quality financial assets is growing again. Yet, unlike 1983, there is no sense of urgency in Washington.” most of America appears to have deeply internalized the belief that labor lacks, and perhaps more important, ought not to have any bargaining power. This is a wonderful state of affairs for the managerial elite and investors. Having labor share in productivity gains was no impediment to growth; indeed, the record from the end of World War II through the mid-1970s versus the last two decades would suggest the reverse.”
Detroit to Bulldoze Thousands of Homes (But who will pay people to move–and where?):
“Large chunks of neighbourhoods would be razed and converted to parks, urban farms or simply abandoned. As an opening bid, Mr Bing has vowed to demolish 3,000 homes this year, and a further 7,000 over the following three years. Some are speculating that up to 40,000 homes could eventually go.” www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/29-2
The Coup: Five Million Ways to Kill A CEO:
Russia Today on Israeli Attack on Ship:
On Board Video of Israeli Attack:
Detroit Cops Murdered Aiyana: “The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office changed the death certificate of Aiyana Stanley-Jones after an autopsy conducted on behalf of the family showed she was struck in top of the head and not the neck, officials said. Attorney Geoffrey Fieger said Aiyana was struck by a police bullet through the top of her head and said Detroit police “hid” this fact.
Spy vs Spy
Obamagogue Names New Boss for CIA Goon Squads: “If confirmed by the Senate, General Clapper will be the fourth official since 2005 to oversee the nation’s 16 intelligence agencies, a job created in the aftermath of the Iraq intelligence failures. Some intelligence officials have portrayed the job as a bureaucratic nightmare. Essentially, it involves coordinating some very powerful intelligence chiefs, including the C.I.A. director, who have bigger budgets, their own power bases and access to administration officials and members of Congress.” www.nytimes.com/2010/06/05/us/politics/05intel.html?hp
The Heavens Weep
BP and US Goons Drive Press Off Gulf Spill Story: “Media organizations say they are being allowed only limited access to areas impacted by the Gulf oil spill through restrictions on plane and boat traffic that are making it difficult to document the worst spill in U.S. history. The Associated Press, CBS and others have reported coverage problems because of the restrictions, which officials say are needed to protect wildlife and ensure safe air traffic..access to the spill “is slowly being strangled off.”
The End of the World: “In previous spills, oil rose to the surface and was dealt with there, but due to the use of dispersants, as well as the weight of this particular crude oil and the pressure created by the depth of the leak, much of the oil has stayed submerged in clouds of tiny particles. At least 800,000 gallons of dispersants were sprayed at escaping oil in a frantic attempt to keep it offshore, but it now seems this preventative measure has created a worse disaster. The chemicals helped to keep the oil submerged and are toxic to marine life, resulting in unprecedented underwater damage to organisms in the Gulf. Once these harmful substances enter the food chain, almost nothing will escape their effect” www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/oil-spill-creates-huge-undersea-dead-zones-1987039.html
Water Rebels Against Obmagogue’s Lies: “Obama Rained Out..”
NOLA Animated Map Tracks BP/Obamagogue Oil War on the Gulf: www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2010/05/gulf_of_mexico_oil_spill_anima.html
BP/Obamagogue Oil War Hits Pensacola Beaches ( Floridians are Armed): “Tar balls and oil have finally invaded Northwest Florida’s pristine coastline, turning Pensacola and Navarre beaches into a spectacle of media frenzy and locals’ “last swim” trips to the beach.”
Hey Look! Magic!
Mystics’ Paramours Ask Chance to Do ‘Em Properly: “Dozens of Italian women who have had relationships with Roman Catholic priests or lay monks have endorsed an open letter to the pope that calls for the abolition of the celibacy rule. The letter, thought by one signatory to be unprecedented, argues that a priest “needs to live with his fellow human beings, experience feelings, love and be loved”. www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/27/italian-priests-mistresses-letter-pope
Papacy Investigates Self: ““It is hard to have any faith whatsoever that top Catholic officials can dramatically improve how the Irish church deals with child sex abuse and cover up cases,” said Barbara Dorris, outreach director of SNAP: the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. “What’s needed is for secular authorities to step up and reign in the nearly limitless power of bishops and reform archaic, predator-friendly laws that enable bishops to ignore or conceal child sex crimes.” www.nytimes.com/2010/06/01/world/europe/01vatican.html?hp
Belgian Rapists Continue Coverup: “But the commission’s rocky first decade starkly illustrates how the success or failure of such an undertaking rests on the commitment of all sides to a thorough process. The commission’s former president has recently complained in the Belgian media that priests and their superiors often refused to cooperate with inquiries back then…
the dam broke when the bishop of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe, announced that he would step down on April 23 because he had molested a boy.
The Weekly Infuriator:
Worst thing in the History of the World:
Evil Ratifies Evil:
TARP Eyewash Won’t Buy The Rest of Us Off!
The Only Solution to the Myriad Problems of Out Time:
Nathaniel Mayer: I Want Love and Affection, Not the House of Correction:
Thanks to Faith, Adam and Gina (bon voyage) Wayne, Donna, TC, Steve, Ricky, Alan, Chris, Sherry, Marc, Kelly, Johnny T, BigM, Stanley, Kathy K, Crystal, John, Weird Eric, Tony, Bill and Billy, Kerry, Emily, The Susans, Joe, Hal, Stephen, Geri, Peter M, Doug, and Bernard.
Good luck to us, every one.