Don't sit under the banana tree with anyone else but Rhee: Michele Rhee invited to speak to for-profit college "union" for $50K

On January 23 the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU), the trade “ union” group for for-profit colleges in the United States, announced that former president George W. Bush would be the keynote speaker at the lobbying group’s annual conference on June 22, 2012 at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. […]

Scooter Libby v. Bradley Manning; Malice v. Nobility

After 9/11, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a Yale graduate with a law degree from Columbia, and fellow neo cons plotted to twist and invent “intelligence” data to convince the public that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, so as to build a case for invading Iraq. From 2001 to 2005, Libby served as Assistant […]

President Rick Santorum

By Saul Landau The media’s ability to confuse celebrity “news” with war and economic disaster grows stronger. “As North Korea ramped up its threats to attack South Korea, CNN reassured its viewers that a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula would have “no effect whatsoever” on its Whitney Houston coverage.  (The Borowitz Report) Whitney even […]

Washington Post Pays Kaplan CEO $76 million while students left $50,000 in debt and Maryland Congressman, Elijah Cummings and Senator Durbin call for investigation into for-profit predatory college CEO pay

On December 12, 2011, Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings sent letters to the CEO’s of 13 for-profit colleges requesting information on executive compensation packages to investigate “how the structure of your executive-compensation packages affects the performance of students educated with taxpayer funds.”  Cummings is a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee” (Chronicle of Higher Education, […]

NYT: Dept. of Defense Less Strict than Dept. of Education

“Military Children Stay One Step Ahead of Public School Students,” according to a recent report in the New York Times, based on a 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress study, which found that students growing up on military bases outperformed their civilian counterparts in fourth through eight grades.  And no, it’s not because children on […]

The best way to fight corporate education reform: New Triple Strength Prozac for Teachers

With education boiled down to illiteracy, teachers are finding that what was once a profession is now serfdom.  The pharmaceutical corporations that brought you ‘boner pills’, anti-depressants and other research marvels, now have a new market to target for their ‘suicide drugs': the disenfranchised teacher.  Take a look at the sardonic Youtube video that makes this […]

A New Year's Day Tradition That's Somehow Gone Unreported For 80 Years

by Peter Apanel As reported in the New York Times on November 28, 2011, the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, is having to adjust to a dramatic decline in the sponsorship money needed to pay for all those very expensive, flower-covered floats. But there’s an interesting sidebar to this story that wasn’t covered […]

Gives New Meaning To “Good Old Days.”

1950 Buick Roadmaster Have you ever been fired?  It knocks your socks off.  If you are any kind of person, you always try to do your best, and then, often through no fault of your own, it’s, “Adios.”   Pick up your stuff and leave.  Try as you might, the one thing you cannot take with […]

Afghanistan calling!

By Saul Landau Ten plus years ago, the United States (oops, NATO) invaded Afghanistan and quickly won the war against the militarily (technologically) inferior Taliban government. Taliban fighters fled to Pakistan. Washington and allies followed their victory by quickly losing the occupation challenge. As W. Bush and allies invaded Iraq, the Taliban crept back from […]