Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Real Purpose Of Common Core

Principal: ‘There comes a time when rules must be broken…. That time is now.’ - The Washington Post:

...Cuomo’s constant berating of public schools and their teachers is right out of the privatization playbook. As Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute observed back in 2012, the purpose of setting cut scores on Common Core tests so high is to convince suburban parents that their schools and its teachers are failing. The collateral damage done to students by that agenda apparently is secondary to Common Core testing enthusiasts...

Blue Executions?

Police Turning Off Cameras, Legislation Bans Public Viewing - The Pontiac Tribune:

Beyond the reality that the United States incarcerates more people than any other nation in the world, our police officers shoot and kill more people in any given year than Germany and the United Kingdom combined over the past decade.

Police in the town of Pacos, Washington, with 59,000 people, have shot and killed more people the past six months than police in the United Kingdom, with a population of more than 60 million. And American police aren’t shooting people left and right because they all have guns. Almost daily, a man or woman without a gun is shot and killed in America and problem is getting worse...

DC Goes Legal

It's an AP story so I can't give you any words, else the Mighty Trolls of the Associated Press might eat my flesh. DC legalizes pot in capital, despite threats from Congress - Houston Chronicle

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tax Policies That Work

This Billionaire Governor Taxed the Rich and Increased the Minimum Wage -- Now, His State's Economy Is One of the Best in the Country�|�Carl Gibson:

...During his first four years in office, Gov. Dayton raised the state income tax from 7.85 to 9.85 percent on individuals earning over $150,000, and on couples earning over $250,000 when filing jointly -- a tax increase of $2.1 billion. He's also agreed to raise Minnesota's minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2018, and passed a state law guaranteeing equal pay for women. Republicans like state representative Mark Uglem warned against Gov. Dayton's tax increases, saying, "The job creators, the big corporations, the small corporations, they will leave. It's all dollars and sense to them." The conservative friend or family member you shared this article with would probably say the same if their governor tried something like this. But like Uglem, they would be proven wrong.

Between 2011 and 2015, Gov. Dayton added 172,000 new jobs to Minnesota's economy -- that's 165,800 more jobs in Dayton's first term than Pawlenty added in both of his terms combined...

Ending DHS

Let’s Just Kill ‘Homeland Security’ - The Daily Beast:

Are you nervous, America?

If nothing happens before Friday, the mighty Department of Homeland Security (DHS)—every bit as much a WTF legacy of George W. Bush as those surreal White House Christmas videos that featured Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson talking to Barney “the First Dog” like the Son of Sam killer—will lose its funding due to a budget fight between congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama.

And when DHS funding ends, then…well, nothing much, actually, it turns out...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Bill O Lie From 1977

O'Reilly Lied About Suicide Of JFK Assassination Figure, Former Colleagues Say | Blog | Media Matters for America:

Bill O'Reilly has repeatedly claimed he personally "heard" a shotgun blast that killed a figure in the investigation into President John F. Kennedy's assassination while reporting for a Dallas television station in 1977. O'Reilly's claim is implausible and contradicted by his former newsroom colleagues who denied the tale in interviews with Media Matters. A police report, contemporaneous reporting, and a congressional investigator who was probing Kennedy's death further undermine O'Reilly's story...

Bill O Goes Full Bully

Bill O'Reilly threatens N.Y. Times reporter - POLITICO.com:

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly threatened a New York Times reporter on Monday night, promising to come after the reporter "with everything I have" if he felt that any of the reporter's coverage about his Falklands war controversy was inappropriate.

"Mr. O’Reilly’s efforts to refute the claims by Mother Jones and some former CBS News colleagues occurred both on the air and off on Monday," the Times' Emily Steel and Ravi Somaiya reported. "During a phone conversation, he told a reporter for The New York Times that there would be repercussions if he felt any of the reporter’s coverage was inappropriate. 'I am coming after you with everything I have,' Mr. O’Reilly said. 'You can take it as a threat...'”

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Congress Moving On Pot?

Two House Bills Would End Federal Prohibition Of Marijuana:

Two congressmen filed separate House bills on Friday that together would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana at the federal level, effectively ending the U.S. government's decadeslong prohibition of the plant...

Bill O & His Latest Lies

Bill O’Reilly Is No Brian Williams - The Daily Beast:

Embattled Fox News star Bill O’Reilly has spent the past 36 hours scrambling from one media platform to another—including his own top-rated show, The O’Reilly Factor—in a fevered attempt to discredit a report that he’s been lying about his supposed presence in a war zone three decades ago...
Another angle here.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Blades In OK

This Week In The Laboratories Of Democracy:

...At least three bills - one in the House and two in the Senate - have been filed to eliminate the state's nearly six-decade ban on carrying what are more properly called automatic knives. The impetus for repeal comes from OK2A, a Second Amendment advocacy organization that has supported much of the gun-rights legislation enacted in recent years. "It's a combination of principle and a matter of common sense," said OK2A President Tim Gillespie of Earlsboro. "If we're letting people carry guns, it makes no sense not to let them carry switchblade knives.

Some slopes are more slippery than others, but they have one thing in common -- they all run downhill.

This is your democracy, America. Cherish it.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Do GOPers Believe In Science Or Superstitution?

Stop Whining Conservative Media, Asking Scott Walker About Evolution Is Completely Legit | Blog | Media Matters for America:

...Despite shrill complaints about its supposed irrelevance, the topic of evolution remains firmly in the public square, thanks in part to conservative activists who continue to try to undermine the teaching of evolution in public schools. For instance, during Walker's term as governor, a debate unfolded in Wisconsin about whether a public school district should only teach the scientifically-valid theory of evolution, or also teach the scientifically-bankrupt theory of intelligent design...

A Drug War Apology

Bill Clinton Apologizes To Mexico For War On Drugs:

Former President Bill Clinton apologized to Mexico during a speech there last week for a backfired U.S. war on drugs that has fueled spiraling violence...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Right-Wing Pot Advocate

Right-Wing Congressman Calls Marijuana Prohibition An 'Abomination' - Reset.me:

A conservative right-wing congressman who worked closely with Ronald Reagan during the end of the Cold War just compared the climate created by the failed, racist, and unduly expensive U.S. War on Drugs to that of a fascist state. Dana Rohrabacher from California, who proudly refers to himself as a “low tax guy” and brags about his collection of more than 50 pictures taken beside the former president, is also leading the Republican charge to end marijuana prohibition. Rohrabacher’s stance on this issue is very unusual, as conservatives have largely been the leaders and biggest allies in the War on Drugs...