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|Former Educators Get Prison Time for Cheating
Using rackateering charges, educators were taken to court to hold them accountable for the Atlanta Cheating Scandal. The alleged ring leader, Superintendent Beverly Hall, was not among those tried ...
|Video: Chris Hayes rolled Mo Brooks (R) AL! on Immigration - Yes, deport all 8 million.
Whoaaaa! Chris Hayes just got Mo Brooks (R) AL to say yes to that he wanted to not only deport the children brought here through no fault of their own, but got him to OWN that he wants to deport ...
|Open Debate Space for: Sexist Custody Laws, Female on Male Domestic Violence, Not All Men Rape ...
When posters have sought to bring up, "Yeah BUT, what about MY pain in MY male life ..." points in the diaries where women were sharing experiences regarding misogyny, violence, and rape, I have ...
|Proof that white, male priviledge exists
We teach our students to support their points with evidence, preferably with quotes/ statistics. We suggest having at least 3. In just the last few weeks, we have been introduced to: 1. Loren ...
|Action: Plant Milkweed Seeds
There is a terrific FP pointing to the terrific NYT article about the loss of monarch butterflies and bees. Want to help? For about $15, you can make a difference: Send SASE with $3 ...
|Action Reminder: Call the WH w/ NO to Summers for Fed
Short and to the point: If you want to do something for the country, today: Call WH @ (202) 456-1111 Tell them: "Heck no (or Hell no) on Larry Summers for Fed Chair." and "Yes, for Yellen." Why?
|Pls. HELP! If you know me ... the Middle School National Science Standards are in the wrong order!
Hello. Anyone? I need help and some trust from this community. This is for ALL of our kids! Please, listen. I don't know HOW to get this out to anyone who will care or make a difference, but I ...
|Walking While "Tan:" 16 yo Son Trailed by Neighborhood Watch Captain & Questioned by Police
Over the last few months, our son has been recovering from a severe concussion from a sports injury, and as a result, he's been restricted from doing just about anything. So, when the doctor gave ...
|Orphaned Wild Baby Bunnies
Every spring, we gladly go through weeks of anxious nuturing and inturrupted sleep as we attempt to rescue, raise, and release the orphan wild bunny kits that are brought to us. The picture is a ...
|Ok, I'll give responsible gun ownership legislation a try.
We all keep calling for a responsible discussion and debate. Well, I'm up for having one, and I'll be glad to lay out some common sense legislation as a straw act, from my perspective as one ...
|What would you do, Mom?
My son is 16 going on 17, and he's very politically active ... into the news. So, he's certainly been aware of the Friday horror. In fact, he met me at the door as I came home late on Friday ...
|The bittersweet letting go of my son as my canvassing buddy.
[Below the orange whatever is my letter to my son.] But first, some context: We came home tired, hungry, and a bit chilled after 8 hours of canvassing in Hamilton County (Cincinnati) Ohio, together,
|LA Charter School Curriculum Lies
With just a week to go before school begins, I am busy getting my room ready, making copies of class materials, organizing lab supplies, and planning, plannning, planning. I am particularly looking ...
|The dead man leaves a wife and 2 children
In January 2011, I wrote a diary about my family's story that got handed down to me about how the Gilded Age/ Robber Baron Era killed my great grandfather and didn't even pay to bury him. I ...
|Black Lung is Back
One of my great grandfathers died from complications of Black Lung. He was a Pennsylvania coal miner, and he was born and lived most of his life during the 19th century. Well, it's the 21st century ,
|Make the Damn Freeloaders pay their Fair Share!
Yesterday, I had a discussion with a friend who was very upset and angry about the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). After a minute or so of listening to her rant, it was amply clear that she ...
|Okay, Santorum's most grotesque statement, yet.
MSNBC is carrying this: According to Santorum ... "One of the things that you don't know about ObamaCare in one of the mandates is they require free prenatal testing," Santorum began telling about ...
|Comfort Food ... from leftovers.
It's the day after Christmas, and our refrigerator is full of the leftovers. Our family company is gone, and there was no way we could eat it ... Unless, I got creative. As I looked at the ...
|Thank you, Subscription Donors!
I thought I was the one in charge of the surprises, this Christmas morning. Sipping my coffee and waiting for everyone else to wake up and smell the coffee, so they could unwrap what I hoped were a ...
|Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY4th) NOT seeking re-election!
Here's an odd thing just in: “In order to devote more time to my family, I have decided not to seek re-...
|Try teaching students without books ...
Last week, I posted a diary about trying to run a science classroom on $2.87 per student per year -- thank you for all who participated. This week, I'd like to talk about how we don't give our ...
|Try running a science class on $2.87/ student/ YEAR
We had a family friend over during the holiday who decided to go on a rant about "greedy teachers" and the SB5 vote in Ohio. Given that I was his hostess and a teacher, I considered his behavior ...
|"Touched" by Sandusky
The former Penn State coach called it "Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story." You couldn't make that up. If it were in a Hollywood movie, critics would call it not believable.
|Last day to donate 4 chance 4 dinner with Obama
As many probably know, the Obama Campaign is raffling off a dinner with Joe and Barack for a donation. If you're not like Malia or Sasha who get the things done before the 11th hour , today ...
|Updated: My husband got a job! My sister IS crying.
2 years. Actually, a bit over 2 years, now. He's 62, and though we'd never really said it to one another, I know that we both were thinking that he'd probably never have a real, regular job, again.
|Spring Brings Wild Baby Bunnies
Every spring, we gladly go through a ...
|How to see: International Space Station and Shuttle
For all the science geek kossacks out there, time is running out to see a shuttle with the International Space Station. April 29th will be the 2nd to last launch and both Gabby and the Obamas will ...
|What did the "old" do in the Olden Days?
Today, I learned how Gov. Mitch Daniels' state cared for indigent widows, orphans, and senior citizens, whose families could not take them in, during the early 1800's, and it blew my mind. I took ...
|Transocean CEO Gets Safety Bonus
Update: This is NOT snark. Transocean Ltd. gave its top executives bonuses for achieving the "best year in safety performance in our company's history" — despite ...
|KY Dem Gov. Wins! No Cuts to Ed
Need a good news story? This is what you get when a Democratic Governor plays hard ball to win ... and Governor Beshear -D did it with bipartisan support for ...
|Are Public Service Employees Too Expensive?
In a recent diary, I ran into a kossack who seemed to believe 4 assumptions: 1. Employing public employees = a bad/ expensive choice. 2. Breaking jobs down into parts and outsourcing some parts ...
|The dead man leaves a wife and two children.
I took my mother her medication, today. She's 87, so I fill up her plastic, daily medication boxes. We almost lost her a year ago, due to getting just one pill wrong on a prescription it turned ...
|The Top 5 Liberal HATE Groups
Being a strong believer in keeping an eye on your opposition, I subscribe to the Tea Party Nation's emails. They are usually pretty predictable, but today's missive was rather amusing and revealing.
|US Refining Companies help Drug Cartels blow up Mexico
You know, just when you think you have a handle on how rotten these creeps can be, they get even sleazier. Now on MSNBC.com - ...
|I got a double digit salary raise from HCR!
Like millions of other Americans who have health insurance through their employers, I just performed the annual Fall ritual -- choosing a health care plan for next year. As usual, I put it off to ...
|Our son was bullied, this week. Updated: re National Anti-bullying Day Oct. 20
It seems like such a nothing statement, unless you or someone you love has been through it. Our happy son became a basket case in less than 36 hours, and I'm not sure as an adult if I would have ...
|ACTION: Feed our brothers and sisters
Okay, I think we all get the political reality that the Republicans and Nelson are heartless bastards. My progressivism goes beyond the political ups and downs and the meta stuff -- just like I ...
|Mom, would you mind if I was gay?
This week, the documentary "Anyone and Everyone" aired on our PBS station. It was on very early in the morning, but I was delighted to see that this incredibly important film was even being shown, ...
|Why do you like the Tea Party Movement?
A neighbor stopped by to admire the red, white, and blue pinwheels we'd put up across our front yard. The 7 of them do look rather festive, turning and sparkling in the sun. But they aren't there ...
|KY Libertarians dis Paul - May run against him.
It seems that the KY Libertarians find Paul offensive too. Party Vice Chairman Joshua ...
|VIDEO: Paul & McConnell hold "Unity" Rally in Broom Closet
The Republicans had their Unity Rally on Saturday where McConnell and Grayson had the opportunity to hug Rand Paul. As covered by ...
|Orphaned Wild "Easter" Bunnies
"Come, quick!" A rabbit had darted under my friend's car as she was backing out, this morning. After quieting her 3 crying children, she went to round up the dog who was going crazy, barking at ...
|UPDATED: Yeah, Dreihaus Waivering - Cincy Rally Planned for Friday!
Last night, on the 11 o'clock Cincinnati News, the reporter said he'd just gotten done talking with Rep. Driehaus and that he was willing to vote YES if he could be more comfortable about ...
|Reposted: Link to specific HCR impact in YOUR Congressional District
I'm reposting a link to a diary by Michael Morrill entitled How does the Healthcare Bill Affect Your District? It contains a link to an amazing site where you can get ...
|$12.00 for Coakley w/ $2 from my kid - Can You Match Us?
There are are some moments as a parent that really make you smile. I'd just gotten done making some calls and was reading this on ...
|Republican Strategy to Divide Dems (Poll)
It is ironic that we are experiencing a season of divisiveness amongst ourselves, during the administration of our first African American, given what was just released on Monday from the National ...
|ACTION: Move Your Money!
Huffpo is highlighting a practical way to vote with bucks against the Too Big To Fail banksters. It is a simple, consumer action plan. Move Your Money to regional banks. Now, I'...
|Why did HCR "fail" and what's next? w/ POLL
I am very worried about the tactics being put forward by Jane Hamsher and now Cenk. My concerns are far from personal; I know neither of these people in the least. And, if you ...
|We lost our bunny.
In the greater scheme of things and all the important things going on, I guess it may seem small to post a diary about my loss of my 3 lb, floppy eared little buddy -- but I can't stop crying for my ...
|Proposed: A New Constitutional Amendment
Okay, I'm just about convinced that we need to use The Constitution to try to bring some reality back into the halls of Congress. Amendment Proposed: Any congress person with an ...
|Free and Reduced Lunches for children
This is a repost for all those whose schools opened after Labor Day. In that pile of forms that you may have gotten the first week is an application for the Free and Reduced Lunch program. With ...
|Help! We teachers need you re school speech issue.
As a teacher who had to send home Opt Out letters with my government class students, PLEASE, (yes, I'm shouting) call your local school board and politely object to this ...
|Free and Reduced Lunches
It’s back to school time, and one of the forms we send home with students during the first week of school is the application for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. With unemployment at ...
|Why and when did this country start to hate unions?
Being a proud member of my Teacher's Union over the last 5 years, I have become increasingly surprised and even alarmed by the passionate hatred so many Americans seem to have for unions. Even ...
|A teacher's view of cell phones at school.
I originally posted this as a comment in a parenting diary, but with back-to-school just around the corner, I thought it might contain a few useful considerations for a broader audience. First off, ...
|MSNBC! Shuster is about to cover the Freep attack on Malia.
They just put the tease up. I thought it might get bumped with the Congressional hearings, but he's actually going to do it. I'll try to capture it as the piece goes. Tune in now 3:29 ET if you ...
|Wild Baby Bunnies
It's that time of year when wild bunnies are doing what rabbits do - BREED! And, that means there are plenty of nests in yards for cats, dogs, kids and lawn mowers to disturb. Frequently, I get ...
|A thank you letter, from a heterosexual re: "Gay Issues"
There have been a couple of back and forth diaries in the last weeks, and especially over the last couple of days. In one of these, I was really struck by a comment-to-my-comment in which I'd tried ...
|What will happen to Jacob?
Jacob is not his real name. I want to preserve his privacy; he's only fourteen. But, I also wanted to share his story, because I think it's important for all of us to understand that when we hear ...
|Action Diary for Public Option Healthcare w/o Triggers
As a union member teacher, my health insurance premium, dental, and cancer rider, is now 28% of my take home pay. Health insurance is our single biggest expenditure, and with this year's ...
|ACTIONS for Public Healthcare w/o triggers NOW!
I’m probably NOT the best to lead this effort at all, but I’m willing to take a stab at it. I’ve been reading posting after posting urging action, NOW!, stressing that tomorrow is ...
|Reid blocking Gitmo Closure! Wrong. Action taken.
I'm going to repost an TAKE ACTION diary I wrote immediately after Ried started with his nonsense regarding Gitmo. Why? Because after I initially posted this, a front page piece ...
|Mom's Day on 25 bucks & motherless boys in African Copper Mines
Like so many, our family is struggling financially, since my husband has been unemployed for going on a year. We are fortunate since my job is rather secure as a teacher, but it's pretty tough to ...
|UPDATED: Emanuel says Obama does NOT want to try policy makers - NYT calls for impeachment
Trying to get the exact quote, but on George S, Rahm Emanuel just said in no uncertain terms that Obama has been working on ...
|ONLY $8.00 per paycheck
I was going to make this just a reply to the following comment in another diary, but I changed my mind. After listening to local debates that seem to include an awful lot of people who seem to ...
|KY Teachers facing lay-offs: Keep Educ $ in Stim Plan
As Sen. Mitch McConnell of KY leads the Republican stall and gut effort on the Stimulus Bill, KY teachers are facing a round of layoffs! What was a possible 2-3% reduction in school funding is ...
|Action: MSNBC.com follows Obama's Lead, asking for dialog
MSNBC.com seems to be following Obama's lead in asking for more of a dialog. We have an opportunity to get our message through to the traditional media. No kidding, they are actually asking for ...
There seems to be a constructive debate roiling through numerous diaries, lately. To be or not to be, hopeful ? My son was nearly beside himself when he ...
|"Mrs. K, I have nothing to barter." "Mrs. K, I don't have lunch money"
The American Public School system is the the only institution where there is compulsory attendance for a huge percentage of Americans, everyday. And, those young Americans who pass through our ...
|12 yo immigrant does GOTV for Obama - How about you?
It's 6 am on a Saturday, and I just woke up my 12 year-old son to get up and get ready. And, I'm smiling with pride as my tween who has definitely reached the point where nature has him wanting ...
|Let's GOTV folks. Make a realistic To Do List, now.
I know we're tired. It is the over-the-top-exhaustion time. It is the time when all us squeamish Dems start to quake and go into our conflict avoidance mode. Well, maybe I'm just projecting.
|ACTION Alert pls! Politifact.com - Ayres Smear is "Pants on Fire"
Diary will be off list soon given polling news, Nobel Prize, etc. Take a sec to read and act? Thx. Politifact.com has given the Ayres smear a Pants on Fire rating. This is a well done ...
|ALERT: The Team Obama GOTV switch is happening!
I just noticed on my calls that it just got A LOT more sophisticated and targeted. ALL my calls were directed and targeted in a REALLY smart way. My call lists were just women (I'm female)
|12 yr old boy offers $7.50 "life savings" for a matching donation
Dear Kos People, I only have $7.50 but it is ALL I have. I'm giving it to Mom to give to Senator Obama. I asked Mom to let me use this diary to try to get more people to help him ...
|YUCK! The "new neg." in OH ads? Barack as babykiller
First, Palin was stomping for cash by calling Obama a terrorist pal, and just now, on a Cincinnati Ohio station market, I saw an ad I hadn't seen before. The ad has a cute, crying baby as the ...
|Update w/ Poll & KO coverage! McCain "I've always wanted to be a dictator."
A few diaries have tried to get this noticed, but with the Bail Out and the Polls, I'm afraid it's getting lost. So, I'm going to try to rescue Cobalt's catch. Hopefully, a Kos heavy or KOS will ...
|Sarah makes "salad" sense
Watching Katie's interview of Sarah, as a Middle School teacher of history and comparative anthropology, I KNEW what I was seeing and I froze in rapt fear: I see it sometimes from some of my best "...
|UPDATE w/ video: NBC nightly just eviscerated McCain & Palin
I think "The View" and SNL just shamed the big boys into growing a couple! Following a really VERY strange walk by Brian Williams going from the anchor seat at NBC to cNBC's studio (SIGNAL: Folks ...
|UPDATE: "If you're happy and you know it" ... ah give a kid a chance!
My Mom wanted me to put this idea up for someone who knows how to make videos on the web. I started singing: "If you're happy and you know it -- vote McCain." "If you're happy and you know it -- ...
|I'm having some success with Red state women.
I was doing some calls for southern OH (I'm from the area, so I know the folks) just at the time when Palin was named, and I sincerely stumbled upon an approach that seems to really be ...
|The DRAFT - Updated
The big "D" word. Looking at HuffPo's pictures of the quartet of chicken hawk furies who are going to be McCain's chorus at the RNC Convention, I had to grab my teenage son and ...
|"Obama can't debate" meme (Updated)
The traditional media and jerks like Brad Blakeman seem to have a talking point: "Obama doesn't like to debate." "He only does well with a teleprompter." Frankly, I kind of hope this continues ...
|Dig Deeper - Donate Day!!!
Okay, I'm pretty darn broke. BUT, I just remembered that old 1st marriage wedding band that is pretty darn big and heavy that is just gathering dust in a drawer. So, I'm heading to the local ...
|Breaking: Andrea Mitchell defends Barack Obama
Pigs are flying! Andrea Mitchell is defending Barack Obama on MSNBC (5:25 ET) re: - His visiting wounded troops in the Green Zone - That he was shooting hoops with the troops - That footage ...
|"Obama is a Baby Killer who doesn't believe in God."
I would have added a snark note, but this is no laughing matter. Asking our young son how he liked his Christian summer camp experience in southern Indiana, yesterday, he reported that he loved the ...
|Time for Fireside Chats?
Many of us were pleased and relieved to see American flags waving at the Berlin speech. Why? When Bush framed the world as being “either with us or against us,” not only Europeans, ...
|Appalachia, Hillary and Standing Together
This is my first diary. Reading the Kos post about the KS woman who felt hopeless and the diary about WV, I thought I'd share my perceptions re: neighbors and friends here in KY. I'm not much of a ...
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