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Saturday, July 14, 2007

No Child Left Behind by US Military


Uncle Sam
Originally uploaded by sbove
Did you know that the federal No Child Left Behind law passed in 2001 by the Bush-league requires school districts to hand over personal contact information for all juniors and seniors to military recruiters!??

This is a great example of the kind of slick-trick Rove and his cohorts have been pulling on the unsuspecting American population since they stole the ring of power in 2000.

This is OUTRAGEOUS.

Good that Berkeley, the "most-left-city" in the nation, has been fighting this down to the wire, while the rest of America went about their ignorant Fox-news informed lives.

Read SF Chronicle coverage of this drag out fight involving even Defense Secy. Gates here:

"Maj. Stewart Upton, Department of Defense spokesman, said that recruiters have a tough time finding students because of "reduced interest" among young people and the strict eligibility requirements. "Today's military recruiters must find and recruit from among the best and brightest of America's youth in a very challenging market," Upton wrote in an e-mail. "One vital tool that our recruiters rely on to help them succeed is access to high schools, in order to provide students with the opportunity to learn about the option of military service."

BRASH AND UNREPENTENT DECEPTION!

The fascist Bush-league wants the names and scores to find the BOTTOM OF THE CLASS...THE UNDERACHIEVERS WHO ARE DESPERATE FOR A JOB AND IGNORANT ENOUGH TO SIGN UP FOR GETTING SHOT INTO THE MEAT GRINDER IN IRAQ.

In Berkeley, thus far, 90 percent of the students at Berkeley High have refused to have their names released to miliary recruiters.

"Berkeley High risked losing $10 million in federal funding (YES, THIS EXTORTION TACTIC WAS USED), and possibly faced legal action, if it did not change its policy regarding military recruitment."

Instead, the Berkeley High administrators and parents have banded together. They started an "opt out" campaign and have to date informed the students and enabled over 90% of them (1350 of 1,500 juniors and seniors) to sign a legal "Opt Out" form. The 150 hold-outs are being contacted in person by concerned parents. "We will not be used as tools for an unjust and imperialist war." said Krystal Elebiary, a junior who joined with student Daniel Sandoval to write a letter and collect about 250 student [opt out] signatures.

Hip hip hooorah for Berkeley High!

Booo and Hisss to all the other high schools in the nation (YES BERKELEY HIGH WAS THE SOLE HOLD-OUT) who complied like good little mindless sheep.

Double boo and hiss to the scumbags who cloaked this insidious clause in the NCLB legislation! You should be ashamed of yourselves and apologize to the nation.

Tripple boo and hiss to defense Secy. Robert Gates who "wrote Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asking for something to be done." You should have abstained from touching this one and further sullying your record as an upstanding leader.


And a big Thank You to KPFA Pacifica Radio in Berkeley, one of the last bastions of free-speech and clear thinking in the country, for airing coverage of this issue last week.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

John Edwards Pay-Ola Fer Nuthin?

Political advice department:

Mr. Edwards, you are already a multi-millionaire. Your campaign theme is "Two Americas", yet you take a $479,512 consulting fee in 2006 from a hedge fund (Fortress Investment Fund III that invests in businesses in the United States and Western Europe) where you have over $1M invested and say that your work for the fund was "designed to educate [you] about the way financial markets operate"?

How can your advice to a hedge fund be worth $479,000 if you don't know how the financial markets operate? Shouldn't you be paying them? And how can a super-smart 50+ year-old guy who is worth >$30M not know how the financial markets work? How many hours did you work for that hedge fund while you were ALSO being a US Senator and running a Presidential Campaign? How can whatever advice you gave that hedge fund be worth more that 2x your annual salary as a Senator?

Well, there really are two Americas...the one you live in and the one where a $479K consulting fee looks like PAY-OLA. In any case, this kind of "advisory fee" for what probably amounted to a few hours of work, is an unwarranted political risk for you -- you don't need the money.

Wise up and stop acting like a Texas Republican.