The first three weeks are over.
Damn! I slept 10 hours last night. Even with a party going on next door. Apparently they really love Wilco over there.
This morning we woke to a dense fog. It made for a pleasant walk with Ulysses.
I have no hard plans for the weekend. I’m watching some tennis on TV, although apart from Nadal and Serena Williams, I have no idea who any of them are. And then there are the Bears and Green Bay on Sunday night. Then I’ll know summer is really over.
Who is Yosi Sergant and why does the loony fascist Glenn Beck call him a Nazi?
Who doesn’t remember the brilliant Hope poster by Shepard Fairey of Barack Obama from the campaign last year? While Fairey was the talented artist who created it, Yosi Sergant was the guy who organized the movement of cultural workers where Fairey could find a home.
In a wise move President Obama appointed Sergant to the post of Communications Director of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Then the loony fascist, Glenn Beck, attacked Sergant as a Nazi propagandist.
So naturally, the spineless folks in the West Wing dropped Sergant like a hot potato. Van Jones redux.
Is Michelle Rhee’s tenure-slashing salary schedule gone?
The Washington Post is reporting that a contract deal may be near between the DC teachers’ union and Michelle Rhee.
Gone is the two-tiered, “red-and-green” salary plan that garnered Rhee national attention when she unveiled it last summer. It would have paid some teachers as much as $130,000 annually — with help from private foundations — but required them to relinquish tenure protections for a year to qualify for the top pay scale, exposing them to dismissal without possibility of appeal. Gone also, city and union sources say, is Rhee’s attempt to weaken tenure provisions as they are currently written, which grant teachers with at least two years’ experience due-process rights in the event they are fired.
Some Saturdays I love Gail Collins. Like today.
Over at the Taxpayers March, people wanted the Republicans to apologize for asking Wilson to apologize. They seemed to be taking a cue from Rush Limbaugh, who said he was “ecstatic” when Wilson yelled at the president, since he himself had been shrieking “liar” at his TV throughout the speech.
Tea Party Patriots, do you really want your members of Congress doing something just because Rush Limbaugh does it? The next thing you know, they’ll be abusing prescription drugs and comparing the Abu Ghraib tortures to a fraternity initiation.