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  • Reply to: Ten Years After Katrina, New Orleans Is Failing Its Kids   1 month 1 week ago
    In Chicago, politicians use manufactured financial crises to privatize our school system and make their buddies more $$. In New Orleans, the same players used another kind of avoidable crisis as their excuse.
  • Reply to: The Amazing Scott Walker   1 month 2 weeks ago
    Walker's deceptions go beyond even those described in the article. I distinctly remember watching the video of his response when challenged to describe how he would lower costs involved in union contracts. His response ( viewable on YouTube) was, "I'll negotiate with them [unions]." Instead, he directed his Republican-dominated legislature to simply make the laws that would destroy much of the unions' effectiveness. And he has done this time and time again. The elimination of the Wisconsin Idea, the elimination of open records - these are just a couple examples of Walker's deceit where he claimed not to know, or that he wasn't involved, but that the documentation now reveals he was behind these. I am not trying to dissuade anyone from voting Republican but, please, choose anyone but this deceptive and corrupt person. He is not even governor material, much less Presidential. Wisconsinites are abandoning him in droves as they recognize the truth about him. Plain and simple, he is no more than the snake-oil salesman who used to draw people in, gain their confidence and then take their money while selling them a worthless solution claimed to cure all ills.
  • Reply to: The Amazing Scott Walker   1 month 2 weeks ago
    Your article just described what a sociopath is, he lies at every turn, even on small things. His book is just full of lies., I am a 70 year old grandmother, have never worked for a union in my life, as many people at the protest had not. I was there 2 days with my sisters. It was cold out and no one smelled. He would not know because he was peaking out windows and hiding in the tunnel under the Capitol, never once did he show his ugly face. Everyone was cordial and were from every county in the state, and it was all extremely peaceful. The police that were there told us when their shifts ended, they changed and came back to stand with us. People young and old , from every walk of life. My first ever protest ever, and proud to stand up for decency!
  • Reply to: The Amazing Scott Walker   1 month 2 weeks ago
    There were Reagan Democrats back in the 70s and 80s. Reagan was able to compromise and carry on a friendship with Tip O'Neill. Walker has no substantial history of compromise. Will there be Walker Democrats for 2016? Not a chance. Will 200 million Americans be dismissed as un-American by Walker? With an ultra-slick political manner, it appears that way. Sometimes a politician comes around that is too slick for politics. That politician would be our Governor Walker.
  • Reply to: The Amazing Scott Walker   1 month 2 weeks ago
    and it's unfortunate that he still has his supporters but then again you can't fix stupid.
  • Reply to: The Amazing Scott Walker   1 month 2 weeks ago
    Yes Exactly what would happen!
  • Reply to: The Amazing Scott Walker   1 month 2 weeks ago
    His relationship with Native Americans is so great that when they came to talk to him he refused to see them. One thing Wisconsinites know well is that Walker is a coward and a liar.
  • Reply to: Scott Walker’s Office ‘Obstructed’ Probe of Missing Veterans Funds, Investigators Allege   2 months 5 days ago
    This should be front page news nation wide.
  • Reply to: Scott Walker’s Office ‘Obstructed’ Probe of Missing Veterans Funds, Investigators Allege   2 months 6 days ago
    It is not over for Scottie - the national media will cover him and the truth will come out.
  • Reply to: The Battle Over Education and Civil Rights   2 months 1 week ago
    A central folly of the misguided "test and punish" approach to education and related to Race to the Top rewards for schools who are successful at the testing game seems obvious. Schools most in need of more attention and more funding because they are "failing" are tested and then punished by draconian measures including loss of funding. All schools must be adequately funded (not "equally" funded), and positive measures, not punishment, must be afforded to those most in need. Unfortunately, schools by themselves can not solve the many problems that prevent students from scoring high fives on tests manufactured by profit-seeking individuals and companies. Schools, students and teachers are a vital part of the nation's infrastructure. As Arthur Miller wrote, "Attention must be paid."



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By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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