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The website has been excoriating against Ed Hardy for quite a while now. Sent the link to the proprietor there as he will most definitely appreciate it.
Leave Sarah Palin aloooone!
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2009 on The Feds PR makeover at John Robb's Weblog
Perhaps the education will be free but the diploma will cost just as much if not more. We are not serious about education. The fact that there is no 24/7/365 TV channel devoted to basic literacy and numeracy in this era of digital multiplexing is exhibit #1. "Asked about the biggest threat to their groups' survival, a militant says that 'free secular education for all' leading to an 'increase in the literacy rate' is the gravest threat to the survival of the jihadi groups in Pakistan." Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill by Jessica Stern (NY: HarperCollins, 2003), page 230 The dead silence devoted to this idea is exhibit #2. PS: Abdul Ghaffar Khan established schools in the Northwest Frontier Province for twenty years before he founded his "non-violent army," the Khudai Khidmatgars. It is my suspicion that the Taliban, the "Students," followed the same game plan, minus the Gandhian non-violence, of course.
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2009 on Towards free education at John Robb's Weblog
Local currencies are legal as Ithaca Dollars and Berkshire Bucks and a number of iterations of Time Dollars prove. Whether a state can do it is another question. That goes back to the Articles of Confederation and was a major reason for the Constitutional Convention or so I learned in history class long ago. Local currencies also were popular during the Great Depression. Maybe we should revisit Upton Sinclair's End Poverty in California (EPIC) program that was the platform on which he ran for Governor of that state in 1934. He ran as a Democrat although received little or no support from the party. His Socialist past and "radical" ideas were too much for them.
This was a wasted opportunity. They could have included Alice Waters, a national garden group, or some of those who led public campaigns for a White House organic garden. They could have demonstrated how to start a garden not as a photo op but as a real live community project. Show and tell from those of experience is exactly what we need right now. Still, even with the inappropriate clothes, I like the picture. The angle is interesting. Michelle Obama looks almost as if she is singing. The children are active and lively. I like the two kids sharing a tool and the little girl by the red flag boundary marker so intent on her work. It is obviously spring with the few bare branches and the kids wearing coats and scarves. The garden itself is a very welcome shift. I have gardened for over thirty years and organized community gardens. They can be extremely powerful platforms for building community change. I have waited for this moment for all that time. Gardening is a positive demonstration of economic and political power. Personally, I'd like to see a weatherization barnraising at the White House as well, including the participation of "This Old House," "Extreme Home Makeover," and the Home and Garden channel. Next week, I plan to set out one of my recycled solar heated coldframes made from 2 liter plastic soda bottles filled with water. They let me plant some things a month or six weeks early: I wonder if the President's garden would like to try one or two.
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2009 on Michelle's Garden at BAGnewsNotes
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All the cattle wear cowboy hats.
Toggle Commented Sep 3, 2008 on The Republican Clone-vention at BAGnewsNotes
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