… IF … they are let Israel do it on its own dime and without American participation in any form …

… IF … they are let Israel do it on its own dime and without American participation in any form …


Israel Is Preparing For A Full Assault On Iran’s Nuclear Facilities If Diplomacy Fails

04-16-2012  •  http://www.businessinsider.com, Robert Johnson

On May 23 the U.S., China, Russia, France, Britain, and Germany will have another sit down with an Iranian delegation in Baghdad to further discuss Tehran’s nuclear future.


Israeli TV report shows air force gearing up for Iran attack, says moment of truth is near
04-16-2012  •  Times of Israel
In the event that negotiations fail and the order is given for Israel to carry out an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, “dozens if not more planes” will take part in the mission: attack and escort jets, tankers for mid-air refueling, electronic w

"school sucks"



t h e s c h o o l s u c k s p r o j e c t – EDUCATION EVOLUTION

In my 10+ years of teaching, "school sucks"  is perhaps the most common phrase I’ve heard students use to describe their feelings about public education. But this seemingly bitter and reductive slogan is actually quite clever. When taken literally, "school sucks"  is perhaps the most accurate and astute synopsis of the system I’ve ever heard. Here’s why…


1. The twelve-year process of an American public education has a dramatic effect on the mind of a child. When we first enter school at age six, many of our best personal attributes are already in place. We are curious, innovative, unique, creative and hopeful in ways that we will rarely be able to replicate throughout the rest of our lives. But over time, school sucks those essential attributes out of too many of us…and replaces them with predictability, obedience and apathy.  


2. The public school system sucks off the productive capacity of hard-working people. The system is funded through taxation.  In other words, whether public education succeeds or fails (spoiler alert: it fails) at providing real education to the public, the cost goes up every year. There are no refunds.


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but don’t dare take a bite out of more well-heeled…




clip_image002… Let’s see the general economic climate in Phoenix, Arizona is NOT necessarily robust … gas prices are increasing … housing is still in the doldrums … new employment remains anemic …


… So our enlightened City Council wants to save $$$ by curtailing bus service which is SOP in the “red-meat” state of Arizona …. Cut services to the people but don’t dare take a bite out of more well-heeled…


…Community Radio … something we all should champion ….





…Community Radio … something we all should champion ….


Community Radio Poised for a Big Comeback as Activists Free the Airwaves

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: "After a decade-long grassroots campaign waged by community radio advocates, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is preparing to make room on the airwaves for hundreds of new low-power stations across the country. Avila said the opportunity comes at a crucial time. His community has suffered while living under the watch of rogue Sheriff Joe Arpaio and dealing with the harsh realities of tough anti-immigrant laws recently passed in Arizona."

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First They Come for the Muslims

First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.



Chris Hedges | First They Come for the Muslims

Chris Hedges, Truthdig: "Tarek Mehanna, a U.S. citizen, was sentenced Thursday in Worcester, Mass., to 17 1/2years in prison. It was another of the tawdry show trials held against Muslim activists since 9/11 as a result of the government’s criminalization of what people say and believe. These trials, where secrecy rules permit federal lawyers to prosecute people on ‘evidence’ the defendants are not allowed to examine, are the harbinger of a corporate totalitarian state in which any form of dissent can be declared illegal."

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controlled by their puppeteer$

…Did you really expect “red” state – Republican – Neocon – Corporatist$ – would not be controlled by their puppeteer$ and vote as directed …


Senate Falls Short in Vote on "Buffett Rule" Millionaire Tax

David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers: "The ‘Buffett Rule’ – the Democratic-authored effort to impose a minimum tax on millionaires – is probably dead for awhile, fatally wounded by a largely partisan Senate vote Monday. The 51-45 procedural vote failed by nine votes, since 60 are needed to cut off debate."

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have been strident in their opposition

…As the leaders of his religion have been strident in their opposition to EQUAL RIGHTS FOR WOMEN you really think “Mittens” would risk the salvation of his soul and deny his church … Next question …

Way to Get Those Women Voters: On Equal Pay Day, Romney Refuses to Say Whether He’d Sign Pay Equity Law

By Alex Seitz-Wald | Think Progress