Mass Murder in Kandahar: Tip of the Iceberg in Afghanistan; Warning for US Society

As an adult, Staff Sergeant Roger Bales – the accused butcher of 16 Afghan men, women and children – never was a very nice person. He only joined the US military after he was caught having bilked a retired couple out of their life savings. He has been accused of hit-and-run driving and assault on […]

Rotten to the (Common) Core

If insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results, then South Carolina is about to join much of the nation in education policy that can only be called insanity. The current accountability era was spurred by A Nation at Risk, and despite that report being flawed and a political tool, […]

“I Don’t Believe That”: Reforming the Debate to Reform Education

I have been an avid cyclist for almost thirty years now, riding as much as 10,000 miles each year. For many of those years, I have also shaved my head, resulting in hours and hours outside in adverse weather conditions such as extreme cold, rain, and even sleet and snow. When my mother-in-law was alive, […]

9-11 Ten Years Later

September 11, 2011 marks the tenth anniversary of what could arguably be called the greatest and most important domestic crime in US legal history. This refers only to legal crimes, not such crimes against humanity as chattel slavery, genocide against American Indians, machine gunning of striking workers by National Guard troops, nor such crimes against […]

Colleges and universities transformed into mini-investment banks for private capital construction loans while students and faculty pay the socialized costs through higher tuition and lower wages and benefits

Picture of Harvard University Part One   I have been following the cascading financial crisis with some interest especially as it pertains to the business of higher education — and what a business it is!  The Wall Street ‘crisis’, or bankster fraud, has not only changed the economic geography of Wall Street, housing, credit, health […]

Conspiracy Theory

By Robert P. Abele Listen to this post HERE. The term “conspiracy theory” has become a derisive term for those who believe that some secretive group is responsible for a tragic event. The result of painting people with such a broad brush has been that media elites, both local and national, dismiss such groups before […]

American Corporatocracy: Wisconsin Style

This week, in the American corporatocracy, we witnessed Wisconsin Republicans, including their newly minted Governor Scott Walker (no relation to my brother), attempt to bust the unions. To do this, Walker and his Republican allies maliciously manufactured a financial crisis. For decades the lairs on the Right have been scheming to strip workers of their […]

Cut, Slice, Slash, It's Time.

States and other municipalities are going bankrupt.  This country is self-destructing.  We are simply ignoring the klaxon.  But, lets examine this. Governors and mayors facing large deficits have set their sights on a relatively new target — the soaring expense of health benefits for millions of retired state and local workers. As they contend with […]

Republicans are out for blood- Yours.

The Republicans want to kill the health care bill.  They want to strip kids from their parent’s coverage.  They want to eliminate affordable coverage for people who have lost insurance along with their jobs.  They want to put a cap back on the amount of coverage your health insurance will have to pay.  AND, they […]