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A Koch Brother Does Damage Control As The American People Reject Their Agenda The AP interviewed one of the lesser known Koch brothers, William, in what seems to be an attempt to soften the public image of the family whom the AP tells us in their image description are "demonized" by Democrats. "FILE -- This March 4, 2014 file photo shows William Koch, brother of Charles Koch and David Koch interviewed in New York. The Kochs are demonized by Democrats, who lack a liberal equal to counter their weight, an... 2 

Detroit water shut-offs to return Detroit can expect more controversy, and more people paying up, as a monthlong moratorium against shutting off water for those behind on their bills expires at the end of the day Monday. Crews are set to resume water shutoffs Tuesday after weeks of promoting how residents behind on their bills can get on a payment plan or get help paying.
A Necessary Response to ISIS -By THE EDITORIAL BOARD;NY times "The United States cannot go it alone in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the extremist group known as ISIS whose ruthlessness and killing has dumbfounded and horrified the civilized world. The prospects of defeating ISIS would be greatly improved if other Muslim nations could see ISIS for the threat it is. But, like Iraq, they are mired in petty competitions and Sunni-Shiite religious divisions and many... 4 
Club Med for Terrorists - By RON PROSOR; NY Times Since Israel disengaged from Gaza in 2005, Hamas has dragged us into three rounds of major assaults, and more than 14,800 rockets have been fired into Israel by the group or its proxies.In recent years, the sheikhs of Doha, Qatar's capital, have funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to Gaza. Every one of Hamas's tunnels and rockets might as well have had a sign that read 'Made possible through a kind donation from the emir ...

The Coming Race War Won't Be About Race Ferguson is not just about systemic racism -- it's about class warfare and how America's poor are held back, says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Will the recent rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, be a tipping point in the struggle against racial injustice, or will it be a minor footnote in some future grad student's thesis on Civil Unrest in the Early Twenty-First Century?

Bribery, secrecy and the Big Lie. How each day we lose more of our freedom. We repeatedly are told our government keeps secrets from us to protect us from our enemies. Nothing could be further from the truth. For the most part, our enemies either already know these secrets, and/or the secrets are not important to our security. The universal purpose of government secrets is to protect the government from us. Few politicians would keep their jobs if we knew what they really were doing.

Paul Krugman: Wrong Way Nation Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is running for president again. What are his chances? Will he once again become a punch line? I have absolutely no idea. This isn't a horse-race column. While Mr. Perry's hard-line stances and religiosity may be selling points for the Republican Party's base, his national appeal, if any, will have to rest on claims that he knows how to create prosperity.

ISIS Has The Sunday Shows Discussing The Specter Of Another 9/11 Petrified about the prospect of a domestic terrorist attack? This round of Sunday shows was not for you. The common theme on all channels was that the United States was quite vulnerable to an attack from the Islamic State, the militant group also called ISIS. In terms graver than any point since the Sunni extremist organization began taking over large swaths of western Iraq, guests outlined the perils of inaction. Visions of a... 1 
When Budgets Are Cut, Which Programs Are the First to Go? by Diane Ravitch One-third of public schools do not have a full-time, certified librarian. Schools in affluent districts do not fire librarians and arts teachers, so those who need these services the most are most likely to have cutbacks."Members of the American Library Association call it a national crisis, as colleges and careers increasingly require students to have expansive digital literacy skills. Some 20 percent of public school librari... 1 
The strategic campaign needed to save public education -- in nine steps - by Arthur H. Camins Diane Ravitch writes ": "Arthur Camins understands the importance of public education...the very principle of public responsibility for the education of the children of the community is at risk. He doesn't believe that it's sufficient to trade blows with those who do not value public education. In this post, he describes the necessity of framing a positive message, and he lays out a strategic plan to save public education. H... 1 
Vermont to the Nation: This Is What Good Education Looks Like, by Diane Ravitch Don't Miss This One! The Vermont State Board of Education adopted a resolution on assessment and accountability with a message: We will not let the federal government bully our children. We read research and incorporate it into our policy decisions. This set of principles and resolutions could serve as a guide for every state and school district. A sample: Resolution 8. The Federal, State and Local Obligation for Assuring Adeq... 1 
The Russian Appeal To Germany Reprinted from the Russian site www.sputnikipogrom.com: By Egor Prosvirnin, Chief EditorMy name is Egor Prosvirnin, I am the chief editor of the Russian site www.sputnikipogrom.com which advocates European values. I've heard that one of the aspects of life that Europeans, and Germans especially,cherish is history. If we were to recall recent history, we would remember"

ISIS Atrocities Started With Saudi Support for Salafi Hate Let's be clear: Al Qaeda, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Boko Haram, the Shabab and others are all violent Sunni Salafi groupings. For five decades, Saudi Arabia has been the official sponsor of Sunni Salafism across the globe. Most Sunni Muslims around the world, approximately 90 percent of the Muslim population, are not Salafis. Salafism is seen as too rigid, too literalist, too detached from mainstream Islam. While... 1 

David Cameron's government has blood on its hands over Gaza. We had to act. London Palestine Action, the organisation whose members recently occupied the roof of an Elbit Systems factory in Staffordshire to protest Israel's Operation Protective Edge, believes that the UK government's silence on the Israel-Palestine conflict has made David Cameron complicit in the murder of nearly 2,000 Palestinians over the past month. Members of the group explain their views here, including why they think a boycott i...

Texas Governor Rick Perry Will Look Good In A White Cotton Jumpsuit At the risk of being redundant and appearing to be gloating I just had to post this. Well, it has come to light that there were other Texas District Attorneys also partying during Rick Perry's tenure as Governor of Texas -- and lo and behold Rick didn't call for their resignations -- they were also arrested as was Austin District Attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg. I know, Rosemary's behavior was a little over the top, but you gott... 5 
America Keeps People Poor On Purpose: A Timeline of Choices We've Made to Increase Inequality (Graphics) How four decades of lobbying and legislation gave corporations dominion over our economy--and eroded the American middle class. This infographic was featured in The End Of Poverty, the Fall 2014 issue of YES! Magazine. It was adapted from Who Stole the American Dream? by Hedrick Smith. 1 

House Candidate Called Female Senators "Undeserving Bimbos in Tennis Shoes" Republican congressional candidate Jim Hagedorn could face a major obstacle in his race to unseat Minnesota Democrat Tim Walz: conservative blogger Jim Hagedorn. In a 2002 post, Hagedorn referred to Washington Democratic Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray as "undeserving bimbos in tennis shoes." Former Bush White House counsel Harriet Miers, he wrote in 2005, had been nominated "to fill the bra of Supreme Court Justice Sand...

CHENEY: Obama Would "Rather Be On The Golf Course" Than The Situation Room Obama took a break from his vacation in Martha's Vineyard to give an angry and emotional speech condemning the jihadist group ISIS and praising Foley's career as a photojournalist. Among other things, Obama called ISIS a "cancer" in the world. According to a White House pool report, Obama then went to Farm Neck Golf Club with former Miami Heat player Alonzo Mourning and others. Cheney, a Republican and one of Obama's fiercest ...

Paul Krugman: Hawks Crying Wolf With very few exceptions, officials and economists who issued dire warnings about inflation years ago are still issuing more or less identical warnings today. When economic myths persist, the explanation usually lies in politics -- and, in particular, in class interests. There is not a shred of evidence that cutting tax rates on the wealthy boosts the economy, but there's no mystery about why leading Republicans like Represent... 1 
Austerity in Detroit: Teachers Get A 10% Pay Cut, 24 Schools Will Close; by Diane Ravitch See how it is done in one of the 50 states and 15,550 districts, because this process is NATIONWIDE! " Dr. Thomas Pedroni of the Detroit Data and Democracy Project contends that the cuts to classroom instruction are NOT necessary. He shows in this analysis that the emergency manager has allowed other categories of spending to grow, while cutting the single service that matters most: classroom instruction.G overnor Rick Snyder... 1 

Boycott, divest from and sanction the United States Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton perfectly summarized the United States' stance this week when she blamed Hamas' "anti-Semitism" for the more than 2,000 Palestinian deaths in the most recent conflict -- and not the arms the United States ships to Israel. The U.S. government's message to the world is clear: America will not hold Israel accountable. And we, in turn, will not hold our government accountable for its conti...

The Coming Race War Won't Be About Race Ferguson is not just about systemic racism -- it's about class warfare and how America's poor are held back, says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Will the recent rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, be a tipping point in the struggle against racial injustice, or will it be a minor footnote in some future grad student's thesis on Civil Unrest in the Early Twenty-First Century? 2 
Nancy Pelosi Debunks John Boehner's 40 Jobs Bills Myth Still wonder why Koch was in attendance when Boehner was sworn in as Speaker of the House? Boehner is listed as an alum of ALEC. Still think he is being manipulated by the Tea Party? Fact is, he is their leader. The Kochs are a big part of why Boehner has the largest "war chest" among the Representatives.
Breaking News; NC Judge Rules Vouchers Unconstitutional; by Diane Ravitch A North Carolina judge ruled voucher legislation unconstitutional because it gives money intended for public schools to private and religious schools. He ordered an immediate halt to the program. Yvonne Brannan of PublicSchools First NC sent the following response, which included a video of Judge Robert Hobgood reading his decision:"PLEASE watch this-- you will better understand why this is so critical!! Hobgood is brilliant -... 10 

Conservation, or Curation? - By JOHN A. VUCETICH and MICHAEL PAUL NELSONNYTimes "THE United States Fish and Wildlife Service -- the main agency for the conservation of species -- recently announced a new interpretation of the Endangered Species Act that severely limits its reach and retreats from the conservation ethic that healthy landscapes depend on native plants and animals. The law says that a species qualifies for protection if it is in danger of extinction "throughout all or a significant portion o... 1 

Deborah E. Lipstadt on the Rising Anti-Semitism in Europe - NYTimes "Last month, pro-Gaza protesters on Kurf├╝rstendamm, the legendary avenue in Berlin, chanted, "Jews, Jews, cowardly swine." Demonstrators in Dortmund and Frankfurt chanted, "Hamas, Hamas; Jews to the gas!" And a pro-Hamas marcher in Berlin broke away from the crowd and assaulted an older man who was quietly standing on a corner holding an Israeli flag. "On the eve of Bastille Day, a group of Parisian Jews were trapped in a ... 2 

When Westboro Baptist Threatens To Protest Robin Williams' Funeral, One Comedian Responds Fittingly This past Friday night on the UK television program The Last Leg, Australian comedian Adam Hills brutally called out Westboro Baptist Church for threatening to protest Robin Williams' funeral. After Hills made it clear that he was disgusted by the church's plans, he issued a proposition for the Westboro Baptist members to put their money where their mouth is. Hills stated that if the Westboro Baptist members are so concerned...
Deborah E. Lipstadt on the Rising Anti-Semitism in Europe I am often asked by fellow Jews about contemporary manifestations of anti-Semitism, particularly in Europe. "Is this just like 1939? Are we on the cusp of another Holocaust?" Until now, my answer has been an unequivocal "no." I have criticized community leaders who, either out of genuine concern or to advance their own purposes, use Holocaust analogies to describe contemporary conditions. And despite all this I wonder if I a... 1 
Bruce Baker: How to Get Rid of Accountability, Transparency, and Student Rights Ravitch says: "This may be the most important article you read this week, this month, or this year. Bruce Baker nails what is wrong with "education reform." Basically, the public has been sold a bill of goods. We have been told that charters, vouchers, tuition tax credits, and other means of removing governance from the public sector to the private sector will produce schools that are more transparent and more accountable. We ... 1 
An open letter to Frank Bruni about tenure for NYC teachers, by Lois Weiner " I enjoyed your restaurant reviews in the NY Times," writes Weiner," " But that's not the case in your columns on educational issues, in particular your analysis of tenure, which reads like the talking points from Teach for America and Students First, groups funded by billionaires who aim to transform schooling in ways they think best - that is, best for them and profits..." those driving US education policy have embarked... 1 

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