Texas: Patriot Group and Denis Calabrese

Patriot Group and the Destruction of Teacher Unions: Denis Calabrese I wanted to include this bit of right-wing rabid fascism and racism for all readers to see what we are up against in corporate America.  What follows is the raving of a semi-literate, anti-humanist who seeks to control children and their access to their world […]

Educating WaPo on LAPU, Open Letter with Resources for Jay Matthews

“Soviet style elections” — Ben Austin in response to parents and communities choosing community school plans over corporate charters. The Washington Post’s Jay Matthews is a education columnist, who with absolutely no sense of irony, maintains a blog entitled “Class Struggle.” I mention the irony since Matthews is a pro-charter-voucher corporatist, who has never seen […]

TSA plans to swab random airline passengers for explosives

In the past, TSA officials would swab random bits of luggage looking for traces of explosives. Now, they are randomly swabbing airline passengers as well. Security experts consulted by CNN said swabbing hands is a good move, and privacy advocates said they support the new swabbing protocols, provided the agency tests only for security-related objects […]

NO COMMON GROUND, in 600 words or less

I give up.  There is no common ground.  I just tried to reason, in my head, with a close friend who exists on the other side of the great partisan divide that has arisen in this country.  It doesn’t work.  I doubt if he has ever even seen a food stamp or collected unemployment.  I […]

Foreign Contributions and the Supreme's Overdue Decision on Campaign Funding

Michael Collins The Supreme Court of the United States will soon announce a major decision on our lightly controlled system of campaign funding.  Will it retain some limitations on corporate influence or will the court blow the lid off and cause a perpetual flood of unrestricted corporate contributions? An additional outcome may surprise and shock […]