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September 21, 2019

The Right’s Latest Attack on Academic Freedom Might Actually Work

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Criminal, Education, Fascism, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Race, Religion — Scottie @ 08:34

Betsy DeVos’ criticism of a Middle East studies program follows a familiar playbook

Tuesday’s letter reflects the Department of Education’s efforts under Secretary Betsy DeVos to combat perceived bias against Israel on campuses. But what is startling about the agency’s threat is that it puts forth no evidence that the consortium depicts Judaism—or Christianity or any other religion—negatively. Rather, the agency seems to believe that a mere focus on Islam inherently demeans other religions. The consortium teaches Middle Eastern languages, history, and geopolitics; it also hosts conferences and events, like film festivals, to bring the region’s culture to the community. To obtain federal funds, the program must “provide a full understanding” of the Middle East to students. And the Trump administration has charged its instructors with neglecting this duty by teaching extensively about Islam.

Tuesday’s complaint is couched in seemingly reasonable terms, demanding “balance” rather than spouting bigotry. But it is just as alarming, because it is seeking to compel speech that aligns with the administration’s agenda. Republican-driven attempts to defund or cancel university courses have largely failed in the face of widespread backlash. The Trump administration’s might not.

As always more at the link above.   Hugs

Effectively siding with the status quo.

Filed under: Criminal, Economics, Education, Fascism, Greed, History, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 08:23

Why is it always the Democrats hand wring over moving more moderate, more to the center and yet no one ever suggest the Republicans need to do the same to reach Democrats.   The Republicans never soften their message nor move left when questioned.   They never complain about their side being too partisan right.   Republicans win because they stand their ground and fight harder to get their way despite any resistance or will of the people.   They take pride in charging hard right and they demand the rest of the country go hard right with them.   They are proud to force everyone to charge hard right.  The left needs to stop appeasing the Republicans.   The Democrats need to be proud and take pride in the progressive ideas that benefit the people of the country.  Democrats had their greatest successes when they loudly and proudly stood up for the low incomes and the working poor.   Time for the Democrats remember what got them the invite to the party and remember who they came there with.    It was not the wealthy corporate doners, it was the people.    Hugs

September 19, 2019

The Founding Fathers Were Not Gods | Full Frontal on TBS

Filed under: Bigotry, Education, Funny videos, History, News, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 16:14

September 18, 2019

Is this what you want for our children?

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Education, Gun Control, Harm, News, NRA, Political, Questions, Twitter — Scottie @ 10:09

A national shame

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Economics, Education, Food, News, Pictures, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 06:51

September 17, 2019

It is not OK, no child, no person should have these fears. Gun control laws now!


September 15, 2019

Still think race and wealth have nothing to do with it?

September 13, 2019

Medicare for all

Filed under: Economics, Education, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 14:14

Warren and Bernie Tag Team Biden on Medicare For All

September 11, 2019

The wealthiest country on earth only if you are wealthy

Filed under: Children, Economics, Education, Food, Harm, Health, News, Questions — Scottie @ 09:33

This 9-year-old was denied lunch on his birthday at school. Now the district is making changes

A boy from Ohio had the “worst birthday ever” after his school lunch was taken away because of an unpaid balance on his account.


Jefferson Sharpnack told his grandmother, Diane Bailey, that he was denied his lunch tray when he went to check out. Instead of getting the cheesy breadsticks he had picked out, he was given a piece of cheese and bread by the lunch staff at Green Primary School in Uniontown, Ohio.
It all happened on his ninth birthday, in front of other students in the lunch line, because of a $9 debt, according to Bailey.

Three-fourths of school districts reported having unpaid student meal debt at the end of the 2016-17 school year, according to the School Nutrition Association. In 2017, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) mandated schools develop plans for students who have deficit accounts.

Think of the huge tax cut the wealthy got from the Republicans, while 3/4 of school districts have children who can not afford to eat.    Is this the nation we want?   A 9 year embarrassed in front of everyone, who probably was already struggling with the effects of being poor, is going to have a real hard time trying to learn anything.     In a country with billionaires and millionaires no child should ever go hungry.  Adults stop taking food away from children.  I was one of those children.  I got one meal a day normally and it was lunch at school.    Thankfully it was in a better US and not one adult shamed me, in fact I was often given food when I was short money to pay for small amount I took.   A couple hot dogs normally, sometimes they would have sliced pizza and I would get a slice.  Let the children eat, as you don’t know what is happening in their life!   Hugs   

September 10, 2019

Let’s talk about Trump and the First Step Act….

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Education, Facts, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 15:49

I am still very much under the weather…Hell I am sick with a cold.   So enjoy someone who can speak clearer than I can right now.   Hugs

How to outsmart a scam: Strategies from legendary con man Frank W. Abagnale

Filed under: Criminal, Education, Greed, News — Scottie @ 14:28

September 5, 2019

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: Gremlins

(cartoon by Dave Granlund)

(cartoon by Rob Rogers)

September 3, 2019


September 1, 2019

A YouTube channel I enjoy

Filed under: Education, Funny Stuff, Funny videos, Ideas, People I like, Science, You Tube — Scottie @ 15:09

August 29, 2019

10 seconds

Filed under: Children, Education, Gun Control, Harm, News, NRA, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 07:50

August 28, 2019

Nikki Haley is trying to shame you for thinking you deserve your own tax dollars spent on programs you use/need to survive.

Filed under: Economics, Education, News, Political, Questions, Twitter — Scottie @ 07:39

August 27, 2019

The war on science, spread by fear, money,and religion

Filed under: Cartoons, Drugs, Education, Harm, Health, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 05:14

August 22, 2019

If you have policies that only help billionaires, only billionaires will benefit.

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Education, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:48

If you give the 99% a better deal, everyone will benefit including billionaires.

If you have policies that only help billionaires, only billionaires will benefit. Nothing trickle

August 19, 2019

If it is good enough for Schools …

Liberal Memes

Trump Administration Wanted to Block Undocumented Children From Attending Public School

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Education, Fascism, Harm, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 04:47

Stephen Miller, Trump’s senior adviser, wanted to block undocumented children from being able to attend public schools. In 1982, the Supreme Court ruled that it was illegal to block children from public schools based on their immigration status.

According to a new report in Bloomberg, Miller and other Trump officials had been working since 2017 to figure out a way around the Supreme Court ruling. The administration wanted to issue a guidance memo to the Education Department telling states they could refuse to allow undocumented children to attend public schools.

Though the Trump administration tried to keep undocumented kids out of public schools, officials were repeatedly told that their plans would run afoul of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Plyler v. Doe.

The Supreme Court ruled in 1982 that states could not prohibit people from enrolling in public schools based on immigration status. The ruling struck down a Texas state statute that denied funding for educating undocumented children. The statute also charged an annual fee of $1,000 for every undocumented child in public schools to compensate for the lost funding.

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