Sunday mishmosh.

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2000 U.S. veterans arrive in Standing Rock.

Matthew Crane, a 32-year-old Navy veteran who arrived three days ago, said the veterans joining the protest were “standing on the shoulders of Martin Luther King Jr and Gandhi” with the their plans to shield protesters.

“I bought a one-way ticket,” he told Reuters as he worked to build a wooden shelter at the main camp. “Hopefully we can shut this down before Christmas.”

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday said for the first time that he supports the completion of the pipeline. Reuters.

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Chicago Tribune,

I find it ironic that one of your arguments for support of Betsy DeVos as the new secretary of education is that her support of charter schools and vouchers will counteract the evils of public schools that resist accountability. DeVos has been an ardent supporter of legislation that would sharply curb accountability of charter schools in Michigan, this in a state where 80 percent of existing charters are for-profit. The expenditure of public funds in a manner that is completely unregulated should give any citizen, liberal or conservative, pause, particularly when the lives of vulnerable children hang in the balance.

I speak as the founding director of a Chicago charter school, which was established at a time when charters were understood to be beacons of innovation intended to help improve public education. DeVos’ agenda is something far different, nothing less than the dismantling of public education which would lead to a Wild West of unregulated schooling options. We only need to look to Detroit to see the fruits of what Devos’ policies have wrought.

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Ever since he announced his candidacy to lead the Democratic National Committee, Keith Ellison, the first American Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress, has been the target of a defamation campaign that is deceitful, repugnant, and yet quite predictable. At first expressed in whispers, but now being yelled from the rooftops by some of the party’s most influential figures, Ellison is being smeared as both an anti-Semite and enemy of Israel – the same smears virtually any critic of the Israeli government reflexively encounters, rendered far worse if the critic is a prominent American Muslim.

Three days ago, the now-ironically-named Anti-Defamation League pronounced Ellison’s 2010 comments about Israel “deeply disturbing and disqualifying.” What was Ellison’s “disqualifying” sin? He said in a 2010 speech that while he “wanted the U.S. to be friends with Israel,” the U.S. “can’t allow another country to treat us like we’re their ATM.” Glenn Greenwald.

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Illinois Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton. Murdered in his sleep in his apartment on Chicago’s west side by the U.S. government, December 4th, 1969.

4 Replies to “Sunday mishmosh.”

  1. Just one look at the House Science Committee tells you everything you need to know about ignorance in this country. Slack-jawed, eyes glazed over, they haven’t read anything in decades and are lock stepping with their largest contributors, the coal and oil industries. And these are the folks people are electing. It is still shocking to me. Ignorance and lies trump all in this country. How did this happen?

  2. Yesterday I cited Marvin Hoffman’s letter to the editor as a hopeful sign that charter schools with integrity will resist DeVos’s push for deregulation and the dismantling of public schools. I’m glad to see Hoffman’s letter posted here.

  3. I see nothing wrong with Ellison’s comment from 2010 that you have posted here. I can’t see how an American taxpayer could disagree with his viewpoint.

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