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"A Sanders-led Party would still be an imperialist, pro-war party.”

Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report takes down Bernie Sanders and the Democratic party in his recent article, "Why Bernie Sanders is an Imperialist Pig". First he rightly places the Democratic party as the "Warmonger-in-Chief political institution in the United States at this historical juncture" because of the "orchestrated propaganda blitzkrieg against Russia by the Democratic Party.

Education: If the political system gives you lemons, make Lemonade

I am posting this as an essay rather than a comment to keep the discussion going.

There have been great ideas posted in the comments of the essays about education in the past couple of days.

Thoughts on this. So . . . we are having this whole charter school system thing forced upon us. The motivating factor of the promoters is religious.

The new DoE transgender guideline and the resulting confusion

When the Trump Administration's Department of Education and Department of Justice jointly revoked the Obama administration's guideline on the protection and treatment of transgender students in the country's schools, Betsy DeVos said that transgender students would still have civil rights protections and that the DoE would be releasing an update on how that would be implemented.

The cost per pupil means something, but yes there is waste . . .

A School Finance Wish List

**This was originally a response to The Voice in the Wilderness's comments about school waste in Lookout's Weekly Watch essay on education. Posting this as an essay to hopefully generate more discussion. I encourage you to read it if you haven't . . . https://caucus99percent.com/content/weekly-watch-26 **

Anti-Capitalist MeetUp: Money Laundering's Politically Exposed Persons may include Trump


"What does count as suspicious behaviour, however, is the White House’s response to the public’s legitimate interest in a political appointee’s previous job, which involved significant dealings with Russia in a context of financial risk. The White House has been accused of blocking details about Wilbur Ross’s engagement with the Bank of Cyprus and its Russian investors, thus warranting the question of why. Is this simply a power play, or are they seeking to hiding any other information that might be divulged as a result? The Trump administration’s tactics on this will be interesting to watch."


Fighting harassment on the job

 photo LaRay-Reed1_zpsj7auqzrr.jpgLa'Ray Reed began working at McDonald's in Redford, Michigan in April, 2015. She is now suing her former employer.

The transgender woman says her managers called her names like “boy-slash-she,” groped her genitals, required her to use a broom closet as a bathroom and asked her inappropriate questions about her sexual orientation and preferences on a regular basis.

She was not allowed to use wither the men's room or the women's room.

The Progressive Establishment Nominated Hillary

While progressives are correctly focused on reforming the broken, dysfuctional, and out-of-touch Democratic Party establishment, it's important to take a step back and realize that Hillary would never have defeated Bernie in the primaries if not for so-called progressive organizations.

Putin, the man that singlehandedly destroyed America's democracy

For six months now, the top news story in the country has been how one man, Putin, managed to infiltrate the internets, take almost complete control of the US electoral system and put a puppet of a foreign nation into the country's highest position of power. What kind of superpowers does this man have to create such turmoil in all three branches of the federal government, the Executive, the Legislative and even the Judicial without so much as firing a single bullet or dropping one bomb?

/s (edited out remark that might be misunderstood - snark on snark - if you will)

I offer some videos for your edification on this Sunday afternoon.

The Weekly Watch

Spotlight on Schools …

one teacher's perspective

Several years ago I was at an Alabama State School Board meeting when the state president of the Eagle Forum accused the Board of trying to use schools as social engineering machines. My thought was - aren't all schools by their very nature indeed social engineering machines. So, what kind of society do we want to engineer? To create a society we want, we have to focus on the nature of our schools.

(I miss the Red Clay Ramblers and Tommy Thompson)

An Unexpected Fortunate Event

          I suppose, given recent geopolitical events, any Fortunate Event no matter how trivial is Unexpected. This one certainly brightened my day.
          Upon returning from a walk I decided to format a few 3½ inch floppy disks for my Sony camera.
          Too my surprise one of the disks contained one readable image and one very corrupted image.

Another 4,000 Americans to be sent into the Afghanistan meat grinder!

Numerous news outlets are now reporting that President Trump has authorized Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to send 4,000 more American soldiers to Afghanistan, admitting that many of these will serve in direct combat roles.

Kamala Harris: the Camel hoping to please

A week ago, I wrote an essay Kamala Harris: a dangerous Democrat. On the Cusp schooled me with the comment "what Democrat isn't dangerous?" Being at a loss for words, I decided to show why K. the Camel Harris particularly dangerous. To OtC et. al., this does not mean that most Democrats are not dangerous.