Archive for December, 2008

The case for single payer health care reform

States continue to cut back on Medicaid.

Rhee’s egomania

A dose of tyranny

But the other side of the coin is that the very public accountability standards that she wants to pin on schools, principals, and teachers don’t apply to her. Mayor Fenty of course is free to fire Rhee, but the community she serves will have little input or recourse to air their grievances.

What I don’t understand is why so many are willing to take Rhee’s word for it that the schools that she closed down were more under utilized than most or that teachers were fired because they were ineffective. If it waddles like a union busting operation, and it quacks like a union busting operation, it is a union busting operation. The fact that Fenty has failed to reach a contract agreement with the firefighters and police is a sure fire indicator that Fenty’s agenda is union busting, not building a better city.

I hope Vincent Gray runs against Fenty and crushes him.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Pardon me

but a US Presidential pardon would have no standing in a war crimes tribunal.

Adolph Reed Jr. on the Obama brand

Written May 2008

It may be instructive to look at the outfit where he did his “community organizing,” the invocation of which makes so many lefties go weak in the knees. My understanding of the group, Developing Communities Project, at the time was that it was simply a church-based social service agency. What he pushed as his main political credential then, to an audience generally familiar with that organization, was his role in a youth-oriented voter registration drive.

The Obama campaign has even put out a misleading bio of Michelle Obama, representing her as having grown up in poverty on the South Side, when, in fact, her parents were city workers, and her father was a Daley machine precinct captain. This fabrication, along with those embroideries of the candidate’s own biography, may be standard fare, the typical log cabin narrative. However, in Obama’s case, the license taken not only underscores Obama’s more complex relationship to insider politics in Daley’s Chicago; it also underscores how much this campaign depends on selling an image rather than substance.

More and more I am convinced that Obama is the black Tony Blair.

Plane crashes that make you say hmmmmmmm

Coinky Dink

You silly tinfoil hat-wearing people will of course try to make me think there’s a connection between this and this – or possibly even this:

Community Forum on the Child Care Crisis

The Child Care for All Campaign invites you to:

A Community Forum on the

Child Care Crisis

Thursday, May 6th 6:30-8 PM

Reeves Center Community Room – 2nd floor

14th and U Sts, NW Washington, DC

(U St Metro Station and 14th St Bus Lines)

– Get Involved –

v Find out what’s going on with DC’s Budget and the Child Care Voucher Program

v Hear from DC parents who are working to make Child Care a local priority

RSVP to Empower DC

(202) 234-9119

Call us for more information

Children are welcome – Wheelchair accessible

District of Columbia Grassroots Empowerment Project (Empower DC)

1419 V St, NW Washington, DC 20009 (202) 234-9119

Parisa B. Norouzi

Community Organizer

District of Columbia Grassroots Empowerment Project

(Empower DC)

1419 V St, NW

Washington, DC 20009

(202) 234-9119