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March 28, 2011

Help Stamp Out Creeping Ignorance!

Filed under: environment, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:49 am

This article is about creeping ignorance – the widespread refusal to accept facts and the growing tendency to create one’s own.  For example, a 2010 Gallup poll asked people if they believed in naturalistic evolution.  Only 16% of the whole sample did.  25% of those with post-graduate degrees.  9% of those with high school or less.  2% of those who attend church weekly.  31% of those who seldom or never attend church.  Twice as many Democrats as Republicans believe in evolution.  You can find similarly scary statistics about the percentage of people who believe that global warming is caused by man and about the people who think government should stay out of relations between workers and bosses (this after the hundreth anniversary of the Triangle Fire last week!).  Paste the link to your browser to read the article.

http://www.alternet.org/story/150382/the_biggest_threat_facing_the_country_today_is_fast_creeping_ignorance?page=entire

March 26, 2011

Television You’ve Been Waiting For!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 11:40 am

It was announced this week that Glenn Beck may be setting up his own cable channel when he leaves Fox.  Click here to see the exciting daily schedule!

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/26/opinion/26opchart.html?ref=opinion

March 25, 2011

Nader Says “End Athletic Scholarships”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:59 am

Ralph Nader takes on another sacred cow.  But if the Ivy League and many liberal arts colleges can do it, why can’t everyone eliminate athletic scholarships?  Is that how we should be spending our education dollars?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/24/ralph-nader-calls-for-end_n_840243.html

March 13, 2011

The Scene In Madison – A Slide Show

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:34 pm

http://www.postcrescent.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Avis=U0&Dato=20110312&Kategori=WIS01&Lopenr=103120808&Ref=PH

March 6, 2011

Hitler On Scott Walker

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:06 pm

February 17, 2011

Hilary’s Hypocrisy

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 2:35 pm

As Hillary Talks About Tolerating Free Expression, Police in Front of Her Brutalize Ray McGovern for Turning His Back

Submitted by davidswanson on Thu, 2011-02-17 00:17

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday about the failures of foreign leaders to respect people’s freedoms, a 71-year-old U.S. veteran Army officer, a man who spent 27 years in the CIA and delivered presidential daily briefs, a peace activist and proponent of nonviolence, the man who famously confronted Donald Rumsfeld for his war lies, the man who drafted our letter to Spain and delivered it to the Spanish Embassy on Monday, our friend Ray McGovern turned his back in silence.  As Clinton continued to speak about respecting the rights of protesters, her guards — including a uniformed policeman and an unidentified plain-clothed official — grabbed Ray, dragged him off violently, brutalized him, double-cuffed him with metal handcuffs, and left him bleeding in jail.  As he was hauled away (see video), Ray shouted “So this is America?” Clinton went right on mouthing her hypocrisies without a pause.

Tell Hillary Clinton what you think of this behavior at 202-647-4000.
UPDATE: Demand to speak with a real person in the Public Affairs Office.
UPDATE 2:
Call the Secretary of State’s office 202-647-5291.

February 7, 2011

About Teacher Tenure

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:36 am

A collection of interesting letters about experienced teachers.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/07/opinion/l07tenure.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

January 31, 2011

“I Didn’t Evolve. God Made Me!”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:04 am

Clearly, we have some educating to do. [What are they teaching in science class?]  This article tells about a US Congresssman who dismisses evolution and about scary percentages of Americans who do also.  We’ve always thought the sticking point is time.  If people could embrace the colossal spans of time involved (billions of years instead of 6,000), evolution would make sense to them.  The point is that if the public is this weak on science, how can we expect them to understand nuclear power, nutrition, health care, population, birth control, climate change, peak oil,  etc?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/30/jack-kingston-evolution_n_815909.html

January 26, 2011

The State Of The Union

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:28 am
For Immediate Release
January 25, 2011
 
Contact: Ricci Graham
Office: (510) 763-0370
Cell: (202) 215-4573
Congresswoman Barbara Lee Releases Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address 
Washington, D.C. – Tonight, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-09) released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address to Congress:
 “President Obama rightly addressed the critical issues facing our nation by focusing on creating jobs, continuing to rebuild the economy and forging a clear path out of the economic disaster inherited two years ago.
“We need to create opportunity for all, strengthen our middle class, and lift up the over 43.5 million Americans living in poverty.  Direct investments in education, infrastructure, health care and clean energy will be key in these efforts. And of course we must do more to address the causes of chronic unemployment and provide much needed relief to the so called 99ers.
 “There is a sensible way to jumpstart the economy and reduce the deficit, and that does not include cutting critical social safety net programs while rewarding the super wealthy. There is a sensible way that does not include taking a hatchet to the budget for the sake of doing so as many of my Republican colleagues have suggested.  
 “The President did express support for the modest military spending cuts proposed by Secretary Gates, and while this is a positive step, we should do more. We must reign in out-of-control defense spending that now sends nearly 60 percent of all discretionary dollars into a black hole at the Pentagon with no oversight, no accountability, and no consequences.
 “We can make meaningful and safe cuts to the defense budget, safely end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and close loopholes for millionaires that will immediately save billions of dollars and allow us to make vital investments for our nation’s future.
 “Unfortunately, despite growing calls from Members of Congress and the American public, we did not hear the President announce a clear and urgent roadmap to peace in Afghanistan.
 “I will continue to demand that the President announce a significant reduction in U.S. forces in Afghanistan this summer but also a complete withdrawal as soon as possible, and certainly well before 2014.
“I am pleased that the President renewed many of his previous commitments, including for comprehensive immigration reform, which is in the best interest of our nation and should not be a partisan issue.
 “The President also is rightly not backing down from Republican’s misguided efforts to repeal the healthcare reform law, which is saving lives and returning patient freedoms previously hijacked by the insurance companies.
“Rather than repealing the healthcare law I believe we must go even farther to strengthen the bill and finally ensure healthcare is a basic human right for all and not a privilege of the wealthy few.
 “Finally, while I am glad the President emphasized the need to strengthen and protect social security, I disagree that extending a blanket freeze on non-defense discretionary spending is the right path toward responsible budgeting. Budgets are moral documents, and they reflect who we are, and what we value as a people.
 “We cannot allow a return to the failed policies of the past that led us to the brink of economic catastrophe, and I will fight any efforts to privatize or weaken social security, rollback Medicare benefits, or balance the budget on the backs of our most vulnerable.”
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Congresswoman Barbara Lee serves as the founding co-chair of the Congressional Out of Poverty Caucus and will soon be reintroducing legislation to provide an additional fourteen weeks of unemployment compensation for individuals who have exhausted their benefits.
 

Ricci Graham
Deputy District Director
Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee
1301 Clay Street, Suite 1000-N
Oakland, CA 94612
Office: 510-763-0370
Fax 510-763-6538
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http://lee.house.gov/
 

January 13, 2011

Pennsylvania Needs The Money

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 11:28 am

Our friends at National Priorities have come up with new statistics for 2011,  figures that show how military spending is impacting our domestic programs: education, health, Head Start, libraries, etc.  It is interesting to note that Pennsylvania’s projected 2011 state deficit – $4.1 billion – is almost exactly Pennsylvania’s share of the cost of the war in Afghanistan for 2011.  We have to do something about this.  For more on cutting military spending, look at www.smartsecuritypa.org.  To see how the deficit will affect Pennsylvania, click on the link below.

http://costofwar.com/media/uploads/publications/whats_at_stake/cow_whats_at_stake_PA.pdf

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