“of course any effort to slow or stop climate change will bring out our brothers and sisters of denial. do they have children? if they do i'm sure they love them. wouldn't you think they would be concerned about their future more than their trust in beck and limbaugh? it doesn't seem so. the tea party appears to be locked into and owned by the likes of the koch bros, their many front groups and the many people making millions from spreading fear. the tea partiers can't break free, even for the sake of their own children. how powerful fear is.
so the tea party is a tool of the corporations. how strange is that? the original tea party was an assault on a corporation that was being supported by a tax, "The Tea Act 1773 (13 Geo 3 c 44) was an Act of the Parliament of Great Britain. Its principal over objective was to reduce the massive surplus of tea held by the financially troubled British East India Company in its London warehouses and to help the struggling company survive."”
leucippus67 on Jun 2, 2014 at 00:47:22
“And actually they paid lower taxes than their counter parts in England.”
“"What did Snowden reveal about the evil we have spread with our wars that we didn't already know?" yolanda, i hope you read your comments. if what you wrote in your last reply is what you meant to say then what did you mean by "But none of that makes it ok to commit treason and that is what it is when you steal government information and give it to foreign sources."
snowden took thousands of pages of NSA documents. from the private corporation he worked for. yes they were also related to the gov't. the major point is there are a large number of citizens in the usofa who believe the people in gov't work for us. that concept has never been widely held by those in power. those in power look at citizens who want a transparent gov't as suspicious, possibly someone who the gov't should look into. that's proven by the collaboration between local and federal gov't and corporations, especially financial corporations, against groups like ows.
notice how we the people are permitted by gov't forces to demonstrate but only in a specific area, sometimes walled in by fences. usually far away from the object of the demonstrators. we're going down a road and that road leads to an oligarchy. it's an oligarchy right out in the open. they don't need to hide anymore. they are stealing our schools. they want to gut social security and medicare and get rid of the limited health care of aca.”
“if i were to dump my home's waste directly onto the street i'm sure some one would complain. all that brown goo just building up over the years. luckily i live on a hill and it would flow away from me down to the neighbors. i just know those busy bodies would whine and cry about it but it might save me a few dollars, somehow, so i should do it.”
“i must be really irritating people. if this keeps up the number 0 will be beside the word fans.”
IBWatching on Jun 1, 2014 at 21:16:14
“Members are quitting before HP becomes just another Facebook app Monday at noon.”
mredundee on Jun 1, 2014 at 21:07:22
“It's not you, sir--people are leaving the site in droves. Well, maybe it's a little you, but mostly it's the leaving. I irritate people all the time, but I've never seen my "fan base" drop like this. Oh well--where's everyone going from here?”
Not enough primary care doctors.
Not enough clinics.
Doctors and staff are underpaid.
Lots of other problems resulting from chronic underfunding.
Republicans filibustered a VA funding bill in February. Next week Sen. Bernie Sanders is re-introducing his bill to fix these problems. Republicans have a second chance to fix things.
Only two of the Senate’s 45 Republicans – Sens. Dean Heller (Nev.) and Jerry Moran (Kan.) – voted with the Democratic majority. That was obviously not enough to end the GOP’s obstruction.
The bill, the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Pay Restoration Act, was quite expansive. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), a co-sponsor, posted an overview of the legislation, highlighting its expanded VA health care access, tuition assistance, and job training. These certainly sound like the sort of things GOP lawmakers could go for.
May: Republicans attack Obama over veterans scandal.
Step 1: Block the bill (and any/every bill that makes things/anything better);
Step 2: blame Democrats for the damage done by their blocking the bill.
Next week Senator Bernie Sanders is reintroducing his bill. The bill increases the VA budget by $21 billion, improves veterans’ health and dental care, authorizes 27 new veterans’ clinics and medical facilities, adds to veteran education programs and repeals a provision of the Murray-Ryan budget deal that slashed military pensions."
Yes call or email you senators to vote yes on this.”
the school reform project inaugurated under Booker and Governor Chris Christie. despite mayor elect Baraka’s win, not to mention a flurry of sit-ins, walk-outs, protests and pickets, the transformation of the school system into a showcase of neoliberal ideas about education is unlikely to stop anytime soon.
At a public forum last December, the Chris Christie–appointed superintendent Cami Anderson announced that about a quarter of Newark’s schools would be closed, repurposed, consolidated or otherwise transformed.
Amidst all this, superintendent Anderson has moved to lay off more than a thousand teachers over three years, an attempt to plug a budget deficit driven by the costs of the burgeoning charter school sector. Students who leave the district for charters—privately managed nonprofit schools exempt from some regulations—take 90 percent of their funding with them. A quarter of Newark students currently attend charters, a share that will rise to nearly 40 percent by 2016.
Still, thousands of parents have reportedly crowded onto waitlists for charters, drawn by plentiful resources, high staff-to-pupil ratios and orderly hallways. Their continued expansion, says Baker, will mean “increased shares of kids with moderate or severe disabilities” in district schools. District documents show nearly all of the students with the most severe disabilities entering district high schools in coming years.
“Those are the children that need more and they’re getting less,” says Williams. “That’s what’s happening with the school reform in Newark now. And it’s going to be heightened under the One Newark program.””
May 31, 2014 at 11:34:27
“a constant attack from the right. conservative rich don't want public schools to begin with. look at new orleans. bobby has ended public schools there. all but gone and soon the few that are left will be gone too. all replaced by charter/private for profit schools.
the war isn't just against minorities it's an attack on everyone not in the club, the rich man's club. as carlin said, "you and i ain't in that club and never will be." the privatization of public schools, happening in new orleans, is going on across the nation with the approval of both the dems and the repubs. with both parties in the pocket of the rich the rich don't feel it necessary to keep the fight all behind close doors.
May 31, 2014 at 11:22:24
"The state-run RSD was created in 2003 with the expressed purpose of improving school performance. Yet, in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the agency embarked on an aggressive campaign to prevent public schools from re-opening and divert public funds to charter schools, rapidly privatizing the education system.
"[T]he Recovery School District took over four fifths of the city's schools after the storm, and now it has closed or chartered every school it reopened," according to The TImes Picayune. The RSD also controls schools in other areas of Louisiana.
Author Naomi Klein has cited mass privatization of New Orleans public schools in the aftermath of Katrina as an examples of what she calls the "shock doctrine," in which crises are exploited to push otherwise unpopular and neoliberal policies on communities.
The sabotage of New Orleans public schools included the mass-firing of 7,000 teachers, most of them African-American, and subsequent hiring of disproportionately white and young teachers, some of them hailing from Teach for America, the Post reports. While the teachers have since won a $1 billion lawsuit for wrongful termination, the privatization drive continues.
Critics charge that the rapid privatization further segregated New Orleans schools by shepherding white students into the best charter schools while sending African American students into poorly resourced ones."
class war is there for all to see and i don't think the conservative neo liberals care if they're seen or not.”
“"Many people would prefer not to be fooled into thinking that a robot is a person unless they are going to have sex with it or use it as a companion." there's a lot of money in porn and prostitution. old men with their sexy companions who don't object to the age thing. i should say rich old men. i see an obvious who done it here.”
“so someone gets half way there, fixing the problems, and the same kind of people who create the fear in the VA hospitals, fire Shinseki to prove they are doing their job. i just heard a rendition of America the Beautiful, land of the free and brave. every time i hear it i laugh.”
2 Red Lobster Salaries
$3.64 average hourly pay
putting 44$s worth of food in boxes, with utensils, or at least napkins and then in bags, if that's what this person does all day then they deserve a tip. the tip is the excuse restaurants use to get laws that allow for below minimum wage.”
Cab305 on May 29, 2014 at 17:56:53
“She doesn't do that all day, she waits on tables, she serves them and she deserves a tip. She is not serving me by putting food in a bag!”
“you're against those wars fought in your name but you feel the same people who start them are the gov't. that their secrets should be kept from us the people. it doesn't matter whether it's a dem or a repub in the white house the usofa is always at war with someone somewhere in the world. whether it's a proxy war or the usofa is directly fighting.
the horror this country has spread around the world, all in the name of protecting its citizens, should give you nightmares. they are nightmarish. do you think their evil will see the light of day without someone stepping out of the darkness with their secrets? wake up, the great american empire has been spreading its grip on the world for over 200 years. it will only stop when we the citizens stop it. those in power obviously won't. to get into the white house a candidate has to show he and next time she, knows how the game is played and play it that way. how does it end? you have an answer? do the rich/corporations suddenly see things your way and it's all sunshine and flowers? Snowden did us all a favor. he was smart enough to recognize the obama admin has incarcerated more whistleblowers than all previous admins. good for him, i'm glad he at least has a chance of staying out of jail for the rest of his life.”
stopthemadness69 on May 29, 2014 at 17:29:32
“Snowden is a traitor not a whistle blower. The guy who blew the lid of the VA stuff is a whistleblower, Potter, the guy who used to work for insurance companies is a whistle blower, Snowden and Manning are treasonous traitors and should be dealt with accordingly. A whistle blower exposes what they know, a traitor steals documents and/or takes them to foreign sources.”
stopthemadness69 on May 29, 2014 at 17:26:08
“As I said those wars were NOT fought in my name, as I don't care who runs Iraq or Afghanistan or if they bomb one another back and forth til the end of time. What did Snowden reveal about the evil we have spread with our wars that we didn't already know?”
“you're saying you trust the usofa's gov't completely. that a spying agency that is 70% and greater a private corporations is something you trust completely? you're saying that the great american empire is something you trust completely? that all the pain and terror the usofa has created in the world, that gov't, is a source of complete trust on your part. the suffering of hundreds of millions of people, due solely to corporation's greed and the gov't, under dems or repubs, is something you and i must happily fund without ever considering we might be responsible for that pain and maybe we should understand why it's happening. you feel righteous enough to stand up for all the murders and torture the usofa has spread around the world for generations. you take a lot on your shoulders.”
stopthemadness69 on May 28, 2014 at 17:38:32
“What the heck are you talking about? Are those the only 2 choices? Either I think Snowden did the right thing or I trust my government 100%? I don't trust anyone or anything 100%, so no. But I also do not support any of the wars we have waged in my lifetime. I cringe every time someone says ''the troops our fighting in our name'', not my name they aren't. But none of that makes it ok to commit treason and that is what it is when you steal government information and give it to foreign sources.”