• teachercreature commented on the diary post What It’s Like to Be a Republican Legislator in California by inoljt.

    2011-09-16 06:01:58View | Delete

    True dat. I used to teach in the Silicon Valley 5-10 years ago. It was terrible: all those people with 6 and 7-digit salaries, while I had to buy toilet paper for my classroom just so the kids would have something to wipe with when they went to the bathroom! I’d buy a case of [...]

  • teachercreature commented on the blog post Wisconsin Supreme Court Reinstates Anti-Union Law

    2011-06-15 10:44:16View | Delete

    This is how liberty dies, Anson. With your thunderous applause.

  • It should be pointed out to Mary Matalin that going back to the “good ole’ days” of 100 years ago means she’s going to lose out on a lot of her precious rights as well. Oh, she might not grieve the right to an abortion or birth control, but how about the right to vote? Having the right to divorce your husband if he was cruel to you is only about 125 years old or so (couldn’t find the exact date). Women, both married and unmarried, weren’t given significant control to own their own property until New York gave them that right in 1900.

    The equal position of women in society hasn’t been established all that long, and she would do well to remember that….

  • teachercreature commented on the blog post Heaven’s Galt!

    2011-04-18 06:00:00View | Delete

    Last I checked, Atlas Shrugged: The Movie had a 6% rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Rolling Stone’s review said it “sits there flapping on screen like a bludgeoned seal”.

    Not that this adds anything of substance to the discussion, but it amuses me….

  • I have a question…..

    Rachel Maddow devoted a section of her show last night to the erosion of reproductive rights since Alito was sworn in to the supreme court. Since then, several states have made it virtually or literally impossible for women to get abortions in direct violation of the a woman’s constitutionally-protected right to choose given to us by Roe v. Wade. Yet, no one has challenged these obviously-unconstitutional laws because we’re reasonably certain that, with our current supreme court, this would result in the overturning of the Roe v. Wade decision. In essence, this means that Roe v. Wade has been silently overturned anyways in many places.

    So here’s my question. Is it worse to take this issue to the supreme court and have them overturn Roe v. Wade, or to allow states to take away abortion rights illegally without challenging them? Overturning Roe v. Wade would be monstrous, but most Americans currently have the mistaken idea that abortion is still available and legal in all states: having the supreme court publically change that would certainly shock most Americans into realizing they’re losing a lot of rights……

    (don’t screech at me please, not advocating one position or the other. Just posing the question and wondering how you all feel)

  • teachercreature commented on the diary post Obama Hits An Easy One, Rachel Maddow Cheers by Scarecrow.

    2011-04-14 06:19:51View | Delete

    The unfortunate problem with this plan is our current campaigning structure. In reality, the number of Americans that are politically astute/informed is pretty small: name recognition coupled with publicity and smear campaigns make or break you in elections. All of this costs a lot of money, so politicians know they have to kiss up to [...]

  • teachercreature commented on the blog post US Adds 216,000 Jobs in March

    2011-04-01 06:25:41View | Delete

    I also worry about what the current job market is doing to the job quality standard. As jobs become more scarce and people become more desperate, employers are able to get away with treating workers worse: what are you going to do, quit? We’re seeing this with the recent string of union busting measures that states are passing, and with the degradation of pensions and health care plans. Currently, I work an average of 60-70 hours a week and I’m so deep in sleep debt that I can barely stay awake when I drive home each day. And yet, how can I push back against abusive workplace policies?

  • And I firmly believe that more people (as in lower income levels) should pay a share of the taxes

    I make about 40K a year, but I paid significantly more in taxes (actual dollar amount, mind you, not percentage of income) than Bank of America and General Electric did combined. I believe that more corporations should pay a fair share of the taxes instead, especially since they turn such a tidy profit.

  • I was at a party once when someone there mentioned that they had a problem with indian casinoes. She felt that it was unfair that native americans could run their own casinoes and others in the community couldn’t. She complained that the native americans in the area were taking money away from hard-working (white) americans and not giving anything back to the community (never mind the school scholarships, beautification projects and wonderful library our local tribe gave our community).

    Because I am native american, my husband is fairly sensitive to this topic. He responded that, in addition to tribal sovereignty allowing for these exceptions, the US government’s history of dealing with native peoples should also be considered. The government has, at various times, broken multiple treaties, taken indian land, marched indians at gunpoint halfway across the continent in the middle of winter, gave indians smallpox-infected blankets in the hopes that the problem would take care of itself, and abducted their children. Perhaps a few reparations for this treatment shouldn’t be considered unreasonable.

    “Why should we feel responsible for that? They weren’t technically americans yet”, was her response.

    Sigh.

  • I know it’s frequently pointed out whenever restrictions on abortion rights come up, but it’s always worth mentioning that making abortions illegal doesn’t stop them, and it doesn’t save fetuses. It simply kills kills young women who attempt risky abortions.

    Susan Wicklund wrote a book called This Common Secret about her life as an abortion provider. In the first chapter, she shares a conversation she had with her grandmother. Because of a television interview she did, she realized she would have to let her grandmother know exactly what kind of doctor she was, rather than let her find out when she watched the interview. Ms. Wicklund’s grandmother explained that, when she was 16, her best friend came to her for help: the friend’s father had been “at her” and she had become pregnant. Abortions were illegal at that time, but the two girls and another friend had heard you could cause an abortion to happen if you inserted a sharp object into the uterus and decided to try it in their desperation.

    The girl bled to death.

    I think what bothers me the most is that Republican law makers are aware of this, and they’re ok with that. It’s about “punishing those dirty sluts who can’t keep their legs together”. Ironically, when their own daughters turn up pregnant, these same law makers will procure safe, illegal abortions for them without a hint of empathy for the millions of women denied the same right. In their minds, it’s not the same: “those other women were sluts, my daughter just made an honest mistake”…..

  • teachercreature commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Crips and Bloods Made in America

    2011-02-08 07:10:38View | Delete

    Just ordered the movie, thanks for sharing this!

  • Hard to find news other than “Oh, by the way” blurbs, but here’s what I could glean:

    - The bomb was discovered by 3 city employees, who noticed wires sticking out of it and reported it to police.
    - The way the device was angled would have sprayed shrapnel at the planned parade route.
    - The bomb was capable of being remotely detonated.
    - Sopkane has had problems with anti-government and white supremacist groups in the past.
    - A similar device was discovered near the Thomas S. Foley courthouse in Spokane in March 2010.

    NPR and Examiner.com

  • Lawrence O’Donnell has been particularly nasty with opponents of Obama’s new tax fiasco: I remember him shouting at one point “What would you say to Floridians in the lowest tax bracket when their income tax goes up from 10% to 15%?” Last night, he was trying to make the point that, by making this tax [...]

  • commented on the blog post Early Morning Swim

    2010-11-10 06:55:22View | Delete

    Let the GOP circular firing squad commence.

    Uh oh, Demint may want to rethink Rand Pauls support…..sounds like Paul might be waffling a little bit on the whole earmark thing. From ABCs This Week:

    AMANPOUR: And what about earmarks? Would you say no to earmarks?

    PAUL: No — no more earmarks.

    AMANPOUR: No more? Not even in your state?

    PAUL: No. No. But I do tell people within Kentucky is I say, look, I will argue within the committee process for things that are good for Kentucky that they want and also within the context of a balanced budget. (emphasis mine)