• PriscillaQOB commented on the diary post Domino Effect: Pension Cutters Gamble on a California Ballot Measure by Gary Cohn.

    2014-07-25 08:44:30View | Delete

    The article claims that the officer depicted in the picture, Virginia Tinoco, will not be harmed if the ballot measure passes. I think, instead, it should say that she will not be forced to give up her current pension plan but will she be held ‘unharmed’ if new employees are not paying into the current [...]

  • “The Israeli prime minister’s office said in a statement that the decision was a “travesty”, adding that Israel had “gone to unprecedented lengths to keep Palestinian civilians out of harm’s way”

    WOOPS! I guess to Israel, children and teachers in the UN School don’t qualify as “civilians”?

    “Israeli Fire Hits UN School In Gaza, At Least 15 Dead” — AP this morning.


    The choice to totally avoid even the slightest criticism or questioning of anything the extremists in Israel choose to do out of fear of the inevitable firestorm of accusation of anti-semitism is one the most disturbing characteristics of today’s global political scene.

    Radical Israelis are fast approaching a genocide of the Palestinian people and becoming something that I, as a person of Jewish ancestry, am completely disgusted and deeply disturbed by and I don’t know how to respond except to laud those sane Jews who are working to end this murderous hatred.

  • PriscillaQOB commented on the diary post Why Is the American Red Cross Acting Like Big Business and Not a Charity? by BrandonJ.

    2014-06-28 11:45:32View | Delete

    Oh, and the United Way lost me as a donor way back after 9/11 when the local Tampa office held a fundraiser with a lineup of hate-filled conservative performers who spewed hatred and division against anyone who opposed the policies of George W. Bush. I give my money now to charities that use it directly [...]

  • PriscillaQOB commented on the diary post Why Is the American Red Cross Acting Like Big Business and Not a Charity? by BrandonJ.

    2014-06-28 11:42:47View | Delete

    I’m feeling my age here but I knew the Red Cross was corrupt back at the end of the 1990′s when Elizabeth Dole was in charge. I remember well the scandals over the blood supply when AIDS appeared and how the Red Cross was opposed to screening the blood because of the cost. I remember [...]

  • Congratulations on the graduation of your son! I wish him, his friends/classmates, and you well in all your future endeavors. I join in hoping that you are correct and that in the next 60 years even more progress might be made in ending segregation in our public schools.

    I find that hope, however, farther and farther away from reality, knowing that under Michelle Obama’s husband’s misguided education policies, borrowed largely from the rightwing economist Friedman and the plutocrats that funded his career, public education in the USA has become more segregated than it was when Brown vs. Board of Education was decided. I can’t celebrate. Here are just a couple of articles written about the backward trend nationally in desegregating schools:




    I join the Journey For Justice Alliance as they call for equity and commitment to maintaining desegregated schools:


  • PriscillaQOB commented on the diary post Benghazi: the environmental angle by danps.

    2014-05-11 05:43:45View | Delete

    She shoots and she scores! I was trying for a defense of Gowdy and you delivered in full. Thanks! I had a great laugh at your expense.

    As far as your admiration for these clowns, well, to each their own.

  • PriscillaQOB commented on the diary post Benghazi: the environmental angle by danps.

    2014-05-11 05:41:52View | Delete

    Your smarmy above it all stance is so charming I thought maybe you’d deign to explain why Issa’s idiocy in revealing state secrets was A-OK because DIMMOCRATS!

  • PriscillaQOB commented on the diary post Benghazi: the environmental angle by danps.

    2014-05-11 05:40:55View | Delete

    Since this is a Benghazi Forever thread I will bow out. My humor is lost on the neoconservatives and neoliberals who comment here. Adieu, and enjoy your Republican dog and pony show!

  • PriscillaQOB commented on the diary post Benghazi: the environmental angle by danps.

    2014-05-10 16:49:55View | Delete

    The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank caught Issa blowing the CIA’s cover during hearings in 2012: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-letting-us-in-on-a-secret/2012/10/10/ba3136ca-132b-11e2-ba83-a7a396e6b2a7_print.html “The purpose of Wednesday’s hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee was to examine security lapses that led to the killing in Benghazi last month of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others. But in doing so, [...]

  • PriscillaQOB commented on the diary post Benghazi: the environmental angle by danps.

    2014-05-10 12:46:39View | Delete

    The gay dude in the middle (the “Chairman”) is kind of cute in an off-putting, out of kilter kind of way, although that fauxhawk haircut is weird on a pasty white boy.

    At the forever-Benghazi theme will keep them from doing much of anything heinous as far as passing laws goes. Probably. Maybe.

  • PriscillaQOB commented on the diary post Remembering Bloody Ludlow – One Hundred Years On by RFShunt.

    2014-04-20 12:34:29View | Delete

    This and the struggles in my home state of WV (partially documented in the movie Matewan) are what compelled me to be a lifelong labor organizer, member, and leader in my profession (public school teacher). So many today have no understanding of the struggles that union members went through, often paying with their very lives, [...]

  • PriscillaQOB commented on the diary post Misdirection: Rampell Views Entitlements Through the Generational War Lens by letsgetitdone.

    2014-04-19 12:04:08View | Delete

    Letting the government “hold” your money for you while it earns interest is nothing at all like what this heiress implies is a dollar for dollar exchange. I wonder how many gazillion dollars her family has accrued through government largess and favoritism over the years? Would any of these oligarchs have anything without government welfare?

  • I think it might work quite well on the school level. Prying the AFT and NEA away from local control will not be easy although their lack of leadership and local involvement has become maddening in the last few years.

  • That’s why I made an exception for Chicago. She did what she did despite Randi Weingarten and the AFT. They won back a few things and staved off the destroyer Emmanuel for a bit longer but the schools are still closing by the dozens and Rahm is still giving them away to for-profit charter operators and other neoliberal snake oil salesman.

    I agree that the current unions need to die so they can be replaced by something better and more in tune with the modern world. The old, corrupt leadership cannot be assailed anymore than the gerrymandered Republicans here in Florida.

  • Have to agree with you. I’ve been involved with my teacher’s unions for the last 20+ years and I’ve watched them both (NEA and AFT) sit back and sell out the rank and file to Obama and the neoliberal agenda to destroy public education and the career of public school teaching.

    They always give the excuse that they are doing nothing to achieve a seat at the table and the agenda is clearly one of Clintonian triangulation which has utterly failed to stop NCLB, RTTT, VAM, and every other anti-public school, anti-public school teacher insanity cooked up by Bill Gates, Eli Broad and the Walton family, whom the union bigwigs bow to and take the money from all too regularly.

    So the national leaders make around a half a million a year, get to attend all the Washington DC cocktail parties and sit on the boards and committees of all the organizations that are ruining our schools and they counsel against any action that might upset the Democratic party. Rank and file teachers? We face firing, loss of licensure, pay cuts, benefit cuts, and constant demonization from both parties and all media while the unions do little to nothing to counteract this concerted attack besides agreeing with whatever BS the reformers put out in order to “soften the blow”.

    With the exception of Chicago and Newark, most local affiliates are controlled by neoliberal supporters that belong to the parties of the heads; it is next to impossible to pass a resolution, elect a representative, or even have your voice heard if you don’t toe the party line. In another 5 to 10 years public schools will cease to exist in this country, the profession of teaching will cease to exist in this country, and the NEA and AFT will be sitting on their stockpiles of money and hobnobbing with the DC elite still. It sickens me.

  • PriscillaQOB commented on the diary post There’s No Need To Say Goodbye by Isaiah 88.

    2014-01-26 13:31:01View | Delete

    May he rest in peace and rise in glory and may light perpetual shine upon him. I would add the destruction of public education through corporate capture and greed for profit-making on the backs of the poor to the long list of outrages. Within 5 years public schools will cease to exist in many major [...]

  • I think I’ll trust Coretta Scott King’s words on equality and Brother Bayard Rustin’s legacy over anything that LaBarbera says. He is not trustworthy or truthful nor are many conservative sources.

  • PriscillaQOB commented on the blog post Lessons in PR Mismanagement, Vikings Edition

    2014-01-04 11:42:53View | Delete

    If Kluwe’s reporting here is accurate then the Vikings have a real problem no matter how they try to spin it. Religious objections of homosexuality are one thing and many people will defend the right of believers to believe whatever they choose. Few, however, will be on board with open calls for extermination and a “final solution” that Priefer allegedly called for. This belief about exterminating/executing homosexuals is shared by the Salvation Army and many fundamentalist and evangelical Christians but is rejected by Roman Catholicism and most mainline Protestant Christian sects.

    “We were laughing over one of the recent articles I had written supporting same-sex marriage rights, and one of my teammates made a joking remark about me leading the Pride parade. As we sat down in our chairs, Mike Priefer, in one of the meanest voices I can ever recall hearing, said: “We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows.” The room grew intensely quiet, and none of the players said a word for the rest of the meeting. The atmosphere was decidedly tense. I had never had an interaction that hostile with any of my teammates on this issue—some didn’t agree with me, but our conversations were always civil and respectful. Afterward, several told me that what Mike Priefer had said was “messed up.”"

  • I think that some small part of their conscience retains a scintilla of humanity and they are troubled by the waves of guilt that wash over them on rare occasions, hence Peggy Noonan telling about her billionaire friend who fears the return of the guillotine and Langone’s ire that Pope Francis I has shone a bright light on the “trickle down” lie that has dominated the world since the days of Thatcher and Reagan.

    They know deep down inside that their actions and their lifestyles are an affront to humanity as a whole and the Church as well. Denial. Such a pointless and useless weapon to fight reality with yet that is what they choose every time. Speaks volumes about the paucity of their souls to me.

  • PriscillaQOB commented on the blog post God’s Not Dead? Maybe He’s Just Not Feeling Well

    2013-12-22 16:28:41View | Delete

    The Duck Dynasty dude looks like Miriam Shor in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and his partner bears a striking resemblance to a much younger Anne Coulter.

    Kevin Sorbo has never impressed me as much of an actor. He’s really overdoing it here.

    Evangelical Christianity is extremely distasteful to me personally and I would not watch this movie. Ever. Rick Santorum’s movie won’t be viewed by me either, for much the same reasons, even though I am a fellow Roman Catholic.

    I am a happy, believing Christian descended from Jewish refugees from Germany. I enjoy well-written, well-made, and well-acted biblical epics and movies, both Jewish and Christian. Franco Zeffirelli’s “Jesus of Nazareth” is one of the few DVD’s that I’ve ever purchased and watched over and over again.

    Is that problematic for audiences or has-been actors who want to publicly express their faith (or cash in on it)? Why should someone’s faith expression be ridiculed with mockery and disbelief instead of valid criticism of the crappy writing and acting?

    My God is not dead to me but I doubt this film would have anything to do with that fact nor would this film be able to prove or disprove that to me or anyone else. It might convert someone, somewhere, somehow but I doubt that very seriously also.

    Just like this movie, I don’t have to go see things that I disagree with or don’t like. Doesn’t mean that they can’t/shouldn’t be made nor should people be mocked for making movies like this. That’s my 2-cent contribution.

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