Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Closing Education Gaps - to what end?

When reading about education in the country we hear a lot about the "gaps" - gaps between whites and minorities, gaps between rich and poor, gaps between the U.S. and other countries.

What I find challenging is the end that closing the gaps is purported to reach. If your region of the country has fewer residents with a BA/BS degree than your state average, or the average of other region's you benchmark against, the common refrain essentially says that if we had X percentage more BA/BS degree's in the region we would have Y more money, because the average person with a BA/BS degree makes more $ than the average HS graduate. They look at it like a formula, BA/BS averages $50K, HS grad averages $28K, etc. My favorite reply to this is, why don't you just make everyone a lawyer, everyone knows lawyers make a lot of money.

Nevertheless, this is essentially the "close the gap" argument from education activist - if we can close the gap, minorities and the poor will have more money. Here's the great challenge - everyone measures these gaps by test scores and credentials and they don't measure the skills people actually need to succeed in the world today.

Here's an excellent post at the PersonalMBA about what those skills really are (he highlights the great John Taylor Gatto, which is a bonus) - Are any of these skills measured by test scores? Are these the skills our kids have learned when they cross that isle and pick up their diploma?

Click here for the post at PersonalMBA - "What Must an Educated Person Know?"

An excerpt:

"John Taylor Gatto, a renowned education historian and critic of modern industrial schooling, wrote an essay titled The Curriculum of Necessity or What Must an Educated Person Know? Here’s how the essay begins:

"A few years back one of the schools at Harvard, perhaps the School of Government, issued some advice to its students on planning a career in the new international economy it believed was arriving. It warned sharply that academic classes and professional credentials would count for less and less when measured against real world training. Ten qualities were offered as essential to successfully adapting to the rapidly changing world of work. See how many of those you think are regularly taught in the schools of your city or state… Here’s Harvard University’s list of skills that make an “educated person”:
The ability to define problems without a guide.
The ability to ask hard questions which challenge prevailing assumptions.
The ability to quickly assimilate needed data from masses of irrelevant information.
The ability to work in teams without guidance.
The ability to work absolutely alone.
The ability to persuade others that your course is the right one.
The ability to conceptualize and reorganize information into new patterns.
The ability to discuss ideas with an eye toward application.
The ability to think inductively, deductively and dialectically.
The ability to attack problems heuristically. After listing these skills,

Gatto continued: You might be able to come up with a better list than Harvard did without surrendering any of these fundamental ideas, and yet from where I sit, and I sat around schools for nearly 30 years, I don’t think we teach any of these things as a matter of school policy… None of the schools I ever worked for were able to provide any important parts of this vital curriculum for children. All the schools I worked for taught nonsense up front. And under the table, they taught young people how to be dumb, how to be slavish, how to be frightened, and how to be dependent."

Thursday, August 25, 2011

And your point is...

At ESPN's site Grantland, Shane Ryan has posted an expose on entertainer Ric Flair... Click HERE to read it.

It's a tabloid piece that documents cases of rude and crude behavior and the domestic and financial problems of Ric Flair and his family.

Here's what I wondered as I read it... ESPN profit's from all of these sport's related industries developed to entertain the masses. We know that 80% of professional football players file bankruptcy within 5 years of retirement, 70% of NBA players. We know the life expectancy for NFL players, depending on position, is somewhere between 53 and 59. Mr. Ryan, I would ask you if a more important piece would be to look at the bankruptcy rate and life expectancy of professional wrestlers? Perhaps, even a contemplation of the fact that Flair broke his back in '74 and the amount of painkillers and alcohol it took to numb the pain to work 300 nights a year to entertain us?

Realizing that asking how the system of wrestling destroys those who participate, much like that of the professional athlete's you get paid to cover, wouldn't be a good career move, but maybe, just maybe, you would be compelled to ask what the human price is for our entertainment... but no, Mr. Ryan, and those like him, choose to demonize the individual, point out their personal flaws, rather that ask questions about the system that makes it possible for people like the 'Nature Boy', and countless like him, to make millions for the 'owners', and spend their last years financially, physically and/or mentally crippled.

Frankly, Mr. Ryan, how could you possibly write this column and not mention, at least in passing, Chris Benoit, Curt Henning, Rick Rude, Eddie Guerrero, Davey Boy Smith, Kerry Von Erich, Terry Gordy, Big Boss Man, Brusier Brody, or the many, many others who have died prematurely... (list HERE),actually, given this list, shouldn't your piece have been a tribute to how it's possible someone could put up with that much abuse to their body and mind and still make it to 62?

Finally, it's Friday evening as I write this... I've gone to ESPN and here are stories on the headlines... how can you possibly argue it's not a broken system? HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE



Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Casting out Demon's...

Terry Gross has a look today at 'The New Apostolic Reformation' - fascinating group -

Click HERE to listen to the interview.

"An emerging Christian movement that seeks to take dominion over politics, business and culture in preparation for the end times and the return of Jesus, is becoming more of a presence in American politics. The leaders are considered apostles and prophets, gifted by God for this role."... "Two ministries in the movement planned and orchestrated Texas Gov. Rick Perry's recent prayer rally, where apostles and prophets from around the nation spoke or appeared onstage. The event was patterned after The Call, held at locations around the globe and led by Lou Engle, who has served in the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders of the NAR. Other NAR apostles endorsed Perry's event, including two who lead a 50-state "prayer warrior" network. Thomas Muthee, the Kenyan pastor who anointed Sarah Palin at the Wasilla Assembly of God Church in 2005, while praying for Jesus to protect her from the spirit of witchcraft, is also part of this movement."

So, Sarah Palin and Rick Perry have ties to this group... and, as Fresh Air points out, the group has a number of quaint belief's, like "They believe that folks belonging to the Masons are possessed by Baal." apparently in their effort to drive out Baal they post stakes at Mason Lodges with a verse from Jeremiah on it.
They're headed to Detroit in November, because Muslim's too are possessed by demon's.

Palin and Perry are Tea Party favorites... as Putnam's research showed they long for more religion in our government - could be a perfect storm brewing, disgruntled good ole' boys and girls, looking for some divine intervention to solve their problems, in a world where "superstition, faith, opinion and orthodoxy" have supplanted "rationality, science, evidence, logical argument and debate..."

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tebow, Religion, Bageant, Media...

I came across this piece today, it's from Ed Encho and touches on many of my favorite subjects - football, religion, the media, plus it references one of my personal hero's, the great Joe Bageant... and as an added bonus, it touches on Becker's use of the "trivial"... good stuff...

The Great Tebow Crusade: A Sports Metaphor for a Delusional Nation - Click HERE for the full piece -

An excerpt:
"The illusion is perpetuated by the "media hologram" as the late, great social critic Joe Bageant referred to the ever present electronic propagandizing that allows for the facade of the mythical and now forever lost American dream to be promoted. Old Joe pegged our national media as "a feast of bullshit and spectacle", the Romans referred to a pre-technology version of the distractions that masked the decline of their mighty empire as "panem et circenses" or as it is more commonly known "bread and circuses". The national infatuation with pure fantasy and triviality that serves to distract and to make one forget is exemplified not only by movies, video games and cheesy tabloid celebrity scandals but in the ongoing games that are played, gladiatorial epics for the modern age. In this country, no sport is revered as much as professional football and no sports league is as saturated with the underlying cultural indoctrination of warfare, capitalism and patriotic fervor as the NFL. Now, the already overpowering affirmation of the glorious, capitalist warfare state is about to get religion as well. The story of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, a champion to radical American Cristendom and the coordinated push to transform a man child of mediocre talent into an orange clad savior, national celebrity and to likely serve as a springboard into national politics is a fascinating cultural study of an America gone horribly awry and steeped in a dangerous and terminal denial."

Sunday, August 21, 2011

"The Elusive Big Idea"

One of the theme's I written about is based on another Becker quote that I've taken liberties with... In Denial of Death, Becker argued we "tranquilize ourselves with the trivial" to avoid thinking about the one thing we know to be true - we're all, ultimately, food for worms.

In the 70's when Becker wrote the method's were different, but the basics of watching sports and television and focusing our energies on the lives of those who play and act, were similar... Whether Tiger wins another 5 major golf tournaments, where Brad and Angelina are vacationing, or who's going to win the next Dancing with Stars/American Idol, etc. doesn't affect my live in any measurable way, but I suppose thinking so, may make it so. I've also suggested that the trivial has essentially lessened public debate and allowed a few powerful elite to, in essence, create an economy and political system that benefits them at the expense of the rest of us.

In the NYT's last week Neal Gabler weighted in on the topic, with what I thought was an interesting piece, entitled "The Elusive Big Idea"... Click here for Gabler's piece

Many took exception to the piece -
Here, Here, and Here

In total, however, I think Gabler is making some very important points -

He writes:
"In effect, we are living in an increasingly post-idea world — a world in which big, thought-provoking ideas that can’t instantly be monetized are of so little intrinsic value that fewer people are generating them and fewer outlets are disseminating them, the Internet notwithstanding. Bold ideas are almost passé.

It is no secret, especially here in America, that we live in a post-Enlightenment age in which rationality, science, evidence, logical argument and debate have lost the battle in many sectors, and perhaps even in society generally, to superstition, faith, opinion and orthodoxy."

From my perspective, he's absolutely correct on these two points - first, there is very little room for idea's that can't be monetized, I don't know that Marx or Einstein were ever asked, "Can you explain to me the ROI of this?" But, that's the question asked of ideas today. Secondly, look at the political discussions and debates of the day, think of the tea party (and Putnam's research I mentioned below) and I can't help but believe he's absolutely correct when he asserts that "superstition, faith, opinion and orthodoxy" have supplanted "rationality, science, evidence, logical argument and debate..."

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Class War is Over, the Rich Won... The Debate's Over, We Lost.

Jon Stewart, and his Daily Show partners, put together an important piece last week. It touches on a couple of topics I've written about lately (HERE and HERE)

Link for Part 1 -Warren Buffett VS Wealthy Conservatives - click HERE

Link for Part 2 -The Poor's Free Ride is Over - click HERE

I would point out:
1) It didn't take long for the Heritage piece to filter into the Faux News talking points

2) Good to see we're ahead of Uganda and Rwanda in the income inequality rankings, I bet, however, with the deficit reduction package we might fall farther behind Iran... (seriously, that's just depressing isn't it? I wrote a bit about that last year HERE)

3) Early on Jon makes a subtle but important point about the range of the conversation, which points out clearly how the conservatives have won this debate... the debate is how big the cuts will be, Republicans say huge, Democrats say not as huge. Yet, nobody is talking about growing the economy, creating more taxpayer's, or as Jon did, returning the upper marginal tax rate to the rate when the economy was booming in the 90's.
To plug my little blog again, I wrote about that back in February HERE






Tea Party motivation - Taxes? No, Religion? Yes

Fascinating research by Harvard's Bob Putnam and David Campbell about the motivations of the Tea Party - as pointed out in this piece at Big Think:

"Campbell and Putnam found Tea Party is not for the most part composed of non-partisan political newcomers who were radicalized by the poor economy and the expansion of government. In fact, Tea Party supporters were for the most part activist Republicans well before both the financial crisis and before Obama’s election. Campbell and Putnam found that Republican affiliation was actually the single strongest predictor of Tea Party support, and that Tea Party supporters were more likely than other people to have lobbied their public officials before.

Campbell and Putnam also found that concerns in 2006 about the economy and the size of government are not strongly correlated with Tea Party affiliation today. Today’s Tea Party supporters are disproportionately white social conservatives, who, Campbell and Putnam say, “had a low regard for immigrants and blacks long before Barack Obama was president, and still do.” And while Tea Party leaders say their main concern is limiting the size of government, Campbell and Putnam found that the cause that really unites rank-and-file Tea Partiers is a desire for more religion in government."

Putnam, as well as any researcher, understands American views on religion. His most recent work is a classic in the field -

Thursday, August 18, 2011

" Better they reject one that could make a real difference..."

Bob Reich laid out a job's proposal at HP that strikes me as a good one:

"What would a bold jobs bill look like? Here are the ten components I'd recommend (apologies to those of you who have read some of these before):

1. Exempt first $20K of income from payroll taxes for two years. Make up shortfall by raising ceiling on income subject to payroll taxes.

2. Recreate the WPA and Civilian Conservation Corps to put long-term unemployed directly to work.

3. Create an infrastructure bank authorized to borrow $300 billion a year to repair and upgrade the nation's roads, bridges, ports, airports, school buildings, and water and sewer systems.

4. Amend bankruptcy laws to allow distressed homeowners to declare bankruptcy on their primary residence, so they can reorganize their mortgage loans.

5. Allow distressed homeowners to sell a portion of their mortgages to the FHA, which would take a proportionate share of any upside gains when the homes are sold.

6. Provide tax incentive to employers who create net new jobs ($2,500 deduction for every net new job created).

7. Make low-interest loans to cash-starved states and cities, so they don't have to lay off teachers, fire fighters, police officers, and reduce other critical public services.

8. Provide partial unemployment benefits to people who have lost part-time jobs.

9. Enlarge and expand the Earned Income Tax Credit - a wage subsidy for low-wage work.

10. Impose a "severance fee" on any large business that lays off an American worker and outsources the job abroad."

And Professor Reich makes this point -
"Besides, Republican­s won't go along with any jobs initiative he proposes -- even a tiny one. Better they reject one that could make a real difference than one that's pitifully small and symbolic."

The fact is the President has tried to compromise, tried to collaborate, tried to make the Congress play nice... and what the country, got out of the deal? Zero, Zilch, Nadda... plus, politically he's been HAMMERED, called a Socialist, etc.

The Koch's, Faux News, Limbaugh, etc. are going to line up and spew hate at everything the President proposes thus, as Professor Reich suggest, they might as well reject something that could make a real difference - and a plan like this, would make a real difference.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Friedman - A Theory of Everything (Sort of...)

Friedman's piece in the NY Times on Sunday (click HERE) raises some very good points... but, I'm curious about a particular line of reasoning he uses that is common today, TF wrote:

"The merger of globalization and I.T. is driving huge productivity gains, especially in recessionary times, where employers are finding it easier, cheaper and more necessary than ever to replace labor with machines, computers, robots and talented foreign workers.It used to be that only cheap foreign manual labor was easily available; now cheap foreign genius is easily available. This explains why corporations are getting richer and middle-skilled workers poorer. Good jobs do exist, but they require more education or technical skills. Unemployment today still remains relatively low for people with college degrees. But to get one of those degrees and to leverage it for a good job requires everyone to raise their game. It’s hard." (Italics added)

Everyone is proposing to "compete" we must get more education or technical skills, but this simply doesn't address the question I've raised in a previous post - how do you compete against cheap foreign genius and increased automation? My sense is that "...why corporations are getting richer and middle-skilled workers poorer." is directly related to how, or if, as a country we will decide to address that question. Left unaddressed, the corporations are content to race to the bottom and choose the "genius" that is willing to accept the lowest wages.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Co-opting Liberty -

Over the weekend I took my son on his first trip to NYC... At 8, his first priority was a Yankee's game, which was fun, priority number two was the Statue of Liberty.

We got aboard the Ferry and headed over to see Lady Liberty, something I'd never done. We got the head phones so we could listen to the story as we walked around. At one point, they asked us to stop and look across that harbor. Imagine you've been on a crowded boat for weeks, they said, no electricity, dirt and grime, you're a young child whose family couldn't afford to send everyone, and all the possessions in your world are packed in a trunk sitting right next to you. You don't speak the language, you can't imagine what this new world will look like, you're lost and confused, and then you see Lady Liberty, standing out in that harbor. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore."

Today we kick our tired and our poor while their down, we blame them, we ridicule them, we question their morals and their value. back then we offered a hand up to millions, today we bitch about hand-outs. Touring Ellis Island, I saw all of the banners and advertisements that communities from all over the United States used to recruit these immigrants to their part of America. Today? Well, here's the headline from today's Huffington Post - PRISONS = PROFITS: How Private Detention Facilities Prosper By Locking Up Undocumented Immigrants

It's time that somebody punch the damn tea party right in the nose, tell them they don't have a clue what "Liberty" is all about, and call them what they are. fools. Fools who have been played like a fiddle by the wealthy. Then, we need to look at these plutocrats and oligarch's who pull the tea partiers strings, and tell them that it's over. They've had their run since 1980, when their boy Ronnie came into office, now it's time for the rest of us. But, I don't know if we have it in us. I swear they've so manipulated the system that we're becoming one big country that looks exactly like an old mill or mining town. In the mill town where I live, people lived for 50+ years believing that the men at the mill had their own best interest at heart, on pay day they would give them some company scrip which they could use at the company store and the whole town was convinced the "boys at the mill" would take care of them. Today, we're somehow convinced that the rich have our own best interest at heart and will take care of us, they'll give us enough to get to Walmart to buy the necessities, and if we work real hard and don't cause too much a fuss, they may even bless us with a low interest 30 year mortgage for a house, and if we're truly blessed they won't foreclose on us the next time their ponzi scheme crumbles.

When in fact, it's like Warren Buffett has said before, "there was a class war, and my side won!". My friend Gary shared this with me today - STOP CODDLING BILLIONAIRES LIKE ME - Mr. Buffett has given the politicians the cover they need to do the right thing... will they? I doubt it.


The New Colossus


Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame ,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Noam on Education and Collapse

Two recent pieces from Noam Chomsky, highlighted below, illustrate how narrow the conversations have become in our media... the idea's in these two pieces from Chomsky are brilliant, but NEVER available in the main stream media for conversation. This fact alone makes laughable any discussion regarding the "liberal" nature of our corporate media. If you want to understand how that works, scroll to the bottom and order Chomsky's "Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy and the Mass Media"...

Public Education Under Massive Corporate Assault — What's Next?
"There's, furthermore, no way to measure the human and social costs of converting schools and universities into facilities that produce commodities for the job market, abandoning the traditional ideal of the universities. Creating creative and independent thought and inquiry, challenging perceived beliefs, exploring new horizons and forgetting external constraints. That's an ideal that's no doubt been flawed in practice, but to the extent that it's realized is a good measure of the level of civilization achieved."
Click HERE for the rest

America In Decline
"Corporate power’s ascendancy over politics and society—by now mostly financial—has reached the point that both political organizations, which at this stage barely resemble traditional parties, are far to the right of the population on the major issues under debate.

For the public, the primary domestic concern is unemployment. Under current circumstances, that crisis can be overcome only by a significant government stimulus, well beyond the recent one, which barely matched decline in state and local spending—though even that limited initiative probably saved millions of jobs.

For financial institutions the primary concern is the deficit. Therefore, only the deficit is under discussion. A large majority of the population favor addressing the deficit by taxing the very rich (72 percent, 27 percent opposed), reports a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Cutting health programs is opposed by overwhelming majorities (69 percent Medicaid, 78 percent Medicare). The likely outcome is therefore the opposite."
Read the rest by clicking HERE

Monday, August 8, 2011

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America - 10th anniversary

Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed, from this interview with Amy Goodman at Democracy Now on the Standards and Poor Rating and how we discuss the economy

"But, you know, in some ways, that is in another world from most Americans and their day-to-day struggles. What is it going to mean to you if you have no job now? Or if you have a job and you have no health insurance? Or if you are trying to get through college while working full time? It just seems very distant and abstract. When we’re talking about the economy in this country, we seldom talk about real people’s lives."

See or read the entire interview HERE

Buy Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by clicking below -


Barbara is making an important point - all of our discussion of the "economy" is about how it affects corporations and the wealthy, absolutely no discussion of how it affects the vast majority of us.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

When did this all start?

Excellent post from Michael Moore -

30 Years Ago Today: The Day the Middle Class Died ...A Letter From Michael Moore

"Beginning on this date, 30 years ago, Big Business and the Right Wing decided to "go for it" -- to see if they could actually destroy the middle class so that they could become richer themselves.

And they've succeeded."...

"Reagan and the Republicans knew they could get away with anything -- and they did. They slashed taxes on the rich. They made it harder for you to start a union at your workplace. They eliminated safety regulations on the job. They ignored the monopoly laws and allowed thousands of companies to merge or be bought out and closed down. Corporations froze wages and threatened to move overseas if the workers didn't accept lower pay and less benefits. And when the workers agreed to work for less, they moved the jobs overseas anyway.

And at every step along the way, the majority of Americans went along with this. There was little opposition or fight-back. The "masses" did not rise up and protect their jobs, their homes, their schools (which used to be the best in the world). They just accepted their fate and took the beating."

Read the rest by clicking HERE

Saturday, August 6, 2011

From Breakfast of Champions

An excerpt from the great Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s, Breakfast of Champions, copyright 1973...

"These were country girls. They had grown up in the rural south of the nation, where their ancestors had been used as agricultural machinery. The white farmers down there weren't using machines made out of meat anymore, though, because machines made out of metal were cheaper and more reliable, and required simpler homes."

As I mentioned here - this is, essentially, the challenge of our time. The girls in Vonnegut's piece were prostitutes, which according to this piece, is a growth profession today.

If you haven't read Vonnegut, you should...here are some that I've read/re-read recently:







Where talking points come from...

Kurt shared this recently, it's a report by The Heritage Foundation. The Heritage Foundation is one of the conservative "think tanks" and gives us many of the talking points of the Republican party. And surprise, surprise, is funded in part by the Koch brothers. Watch for talking points from Republican's in the near future that suggest that we don't really have poor people in the United States from this report:

Air Conditioning, Cable TV, and an Xbox: What is Poverty in the United States Today?
Click HERE for the full report -

HOW DARE THOSE POOR PEOPLE!! They've got Air Conditioning, Cable TV, and an Xbox, what more could they possibly want?

Best comment section post...

I don't know how this works, but the most read post on this blog has been this post about the best blog post ever... I'm guessing it's linked somewhere on some odd website and people show up by accident... nevertheless,

JD sent me this the other day, and in the same vain, I think this has got to be in the running for best post in a comment section...

SeanR
Party: NA
Reply #11
Aug. 5, 2011 - 8:08 AM EST

If someone is a billionaire, taxing them a million dollars in income tax would result in .1% effective rate. A number of these millionaires pay taxes well below the rate middle-class taxpayers pay, because they get all of their income from carried interest and cap gains. Every single wage earner in America, including those who don't make enough to pay income taxes, pays payroll taxes. There is no 50% of America who don't pay taxes, that is a dumb, hateful class-warfare motto that is meaningless.

Just a few little facts, don't want to get in the way of your slavish whining about the poorest people in the US. Oh, little point, due to Republican economic policies, social mobility is at its lowest level in American history meaning that none of you will ever be amongst the group of wealthy people that you worship, no matter how hard you work. Instead, you will die as poor and dumb as you are now, constantly blaming those who have nothing instead of those who have everything.

And so will your kids. And your grandkids. Hell, pass a sales tax, make the tax system even more regressive (always pretending that the level of taxes paid by the richest in this country AREN'T the lowest they've been in the last 70+ years), screw yourself and your kids over even more. I'm sure you'll make the richest folks in America happy (except they'll be stuck in a country with a constantly worsening work-force, who get hungrier and hungrier and hungrier every year).

You are all idiots. Angry, dumb children.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/60717.html#ixzz1UB2ADAB6

If you have other nominations, post them in the comment section...

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Surrender... w/out a fight

The debt debacle is just further evidence that our policies are completely controlled by right wing politicians and the corporate media. 

And the state of the economy is evidence these policies don't work.  If cutting taxes on the rich, cutting programs on the poor, and spending lavishly on the military to kill brown people worked we'd all be eating rainbow stew... but, we're not.

As I've opined many times before, we no longer have any progressive options on the table, or liberals who- a) know how to play politics or
b) have a backbone ...

This Krugman piece breaks down the latest surrender - click here

Monday, August 1, 2011

Learning to Read...

If you can, contribute to Tim Ferris's effort to raise money for children's literacy.... I saw this and contributed thanks to the wonderful Toylady...

Link to more info... click here