Monday, March 30, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
But the coalition to remake New York’s education system isn’t hearing it. A few years ago, such blunt threats against public schools, the state’s formidable teachers’ union, NYSUT, not to mention the majority of Cuomo’s own party, would have been unthinkable.
Clearly, the governor’s ambitions are not focused on New York State any longer.
A recent Quinnipiac poll, for example, indicates Cuomo’s education proposal has lowered his overall approval rating to its lowest in office, with only 28 percent in support of and 63 percent against his massive reform plan.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Background: Gov. Gary Herbert (Natch: a Republican) signed a law into effect that allows the firing squad – a controversial method – to be used when no lethal-injection drugs are available.
Story is here >>> Critics slam “backward” decision.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Friday, March 20, 2015
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
- Overhauled the food safety system.
- Advanced women's rights in the work place.
- Ended Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) in our military.
- Stopped defending DOMA in court.
- Passed the Hate Crimes bill.
- Appointed two women (first Latino) to the Supreme Court.
- Expanded access to medical care and provided subsidies for poor people.
- Expanded the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
- Fixed the preexisting conditions travesty as part of the ACA.
- Invested in clean and solar energy.
- Overhauled the credit card industry, making it much more consumer-friendly.
- Got Dodd-Frank passed; although somewhat weak is regulates the big banks.
- Created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
- Done a lot for veterans (not just talk like the GOP).
- Got help for those injured during the clean-up after 9/11 attacks.
- Wall Street stocks at sustained all-time records.
- Now over 16 million enrolled in good affordable health care plans.
- And, oh, yeah, he got Osama bin-Laden.
- For those who say he is weak on illegal immigrants - try this on for size.
Monday, March 16, 2015
MY VIEWS: The VA must be reformed without any doubt (their long of problems), but it must not be made private and especially allowed to become a pet project of the Koch brothers, or any other private citizen, or any special interest political group for their self-interests and business profits.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
- 62 percent of voters want to hold constant or reduce the number charters in their area;
- 63 percent rate the quality of education at public schools in their neighborhood as excellent or good;
- 68 percent hold a favorable view of public school teachers; and
- When it comes to problems facing K-12 education, school choice ranks last.
- Overwhelming majorities (some as high as 89 percent) support for proposals contained in the Charter School Accountability Agenda being pushed by ITPI and CPD.
Enjoy the post and for goodness sake, do your own research ...
The kids of today are the leaders of tomorrow. They need and deserve the very best we can offer - that's what we had, right?
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Their analysis is in this story. It makes for a very good read.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Related to this subject: here from Media Matters and here at my earlier post below.
Monday, March 2, 2015
- 14 percent of nonvoting respondents were unable to participate because of an illness or disability,
- 8.6 percent were out of town,
- 12.7 percent did not like the candidates or campaign issues, and
- 19 percent were just too busy.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
For the record: This is only the third veto from Mr. Obama.
Related story here - from the people who would have been impacted in the worst possible ways.
Updated: Will the clash over Keystone ever end? By Kaye Foley (Yahoo news):
Meanwhile, supporters claim it will improve
The White House opposes the bill because it circumvents the administration’s review of whether or not Keystone XL is in the national interest. President Obama wants to wait for the final recommendation from the State Department. But even if the president vetoes, it’s not the end of this story. Congress could try to override the veto by a two-thirds majority vote in each chamber, although it currently lacks the votes.
GOP supporters may also look to attach Keystone as a rider to any must-pass legislation. (call that another GOP “poison pill” stunt – i.e., pass the bill we want, or else – so, is that anyway to run a country).
Stay tuned – or as Yogi Berra would say:
The logic behind this update is simple: The GOP says no pipeline, okay, we'll transport the tar sands crude via rail ... one way or the other we will get the oil from Canada to Texas. Of course their effort is backed by you know who (Hint: Two brothers named Koch - more on that below, too). They want this project no matter the cost, damage, or future outlook for anything except their bottom line.
- On Oct. 19, four rail cars carrying crude oil and nine carrying liquefied petroleum gas derailed in Alberta, causing a fire that burned for days and forcing evacuation of the nearby hamlet of Gainford.
- Another crude-oil tanker train derailed on Nov. 8 and burned near
, releasing up to 750,000 gallons of oil. Aliceville, Ala.
- And on Dec. 30, 20 cars in a mile-long train carrying crude oil ignited and burned after colliding with a derailed grain train near
, sending up a giant fireball and spilling what federal investigators later estimated to be 476,000 gallons of oil. Casselton, N.D.
The tempo of oil-train accidents has increased along with the sharp rise in tanker shipments, as has the amount of oil discharged. Soon after the Casselton spill, an investigative news report by the McClatchy news agency concluded, based on federal data, that last year more oil spilled in the
Who is the Tar Sands Biggest Land Owner?
About 27 percent of the irrigated land in the United States overlies the aquifer, which yields about 30 percent of the ground water used for irrigation in the United States. Since 1950, agricultural irrigation has reduced the saturated volume of the aquifer by an estimated 9%. Depletion is accelerating, with 2% lost between 2001 and 2009 alone. Certain aquifer zones are now empty; these areas will take over 6,000 years to replenish naturally through rainfall.
The aquifer system supplies drinking water to 82 percent of the 2.3 million people (1990 census) who live within the boundaries of the High Plains study area.
Myth: Keystone XL Will Create Tens of Thousands of Jobs:
This presentation is outstanding in that is shows graphically the Koch reach into so many areas or our lives ... the pipeline segment is at about the 38:00-minute mark. It shows the evidence re: this project - worth your time to watch:
Don’t take my word for, ask the folks in