Archive for April 2014

THANK YOU DONALD STERLING FOR SHOWING HOW REAL RACISM PAYS OFF

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) When it comes to racists, I've always been a traditionalist. I go for Mississippi's Ross Barnett or Alabama's own George Corley Wallace, who were always up front about their lack of comfort being around negros. But now I must stand corrected, because when it comes to being a more effective racist, one must take their hat off in awe of Donald T. Sterling, who up until a certain faux pas- he inadvertently allowed to go public- was considered a successful pillar of our Los Angeles community, where his Sterling Charitable Foundation supported many of the colored folk we now know he personally could not stand to be around. With a Barnett or a Wallace, you always knew where you stood, but since it has become not politically correct to continue to deny African Americans and Latinos equality under the law crypto-racists like Sterling have had to work a whole lot harder to mask their nascent racism with charitable gifts to organizations supposedly working to attain one nation under G-d, with liberty and justice for all... that we somehow never seem to be quite able to achieve.

WHEN IT COMES TO LAUSD DYSFUNCTION, COULD IT BE MAYOR GARCETTI DOESN'T HAVE A CLUE?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) For those who are interested, there's actually a very simple litmus test that one can apply to any program proposed by a politician to determine whether or not it will make any difference: Does it deal with the underlying causes or- like most political "solutions"- only the superficial symptoms that would not exist, if the "disease" that causes them had been dealt with in a timely manner. Case in point, Mayor Garcetti's recently proposed program to provide 10,000 summer jobs for youths, while expanding the Summer Night Lights gang-intervention program. Neither of these proposed programs in any way deals with what is the underlying causes of why so many youths are having difficulty finding jobs- summer or otherwise- and why gangs remain a major problem on what has come to be referred to as the school to prison pipeline. Clearly, it's the lack of basic education stupid! While students at LAUSD get socially promoted from grade to grade whether or not they show up or learn anything, the human resources people at places like Home Depot and elsewhere are having the hardest time just finding workers that show up, have knowledge of basic math and English, don't get stoned at work, and refrain from cussing out the customer for daring to disturb them with a question.

WHEN IT COMES TO EDUCATION- DON'T REMEMBER THE ALAMO

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Although the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo that supposedly ended the Mexican-American War was signed in 1848, it seems like the last battle of this war is still being fought in Texas, where Texas School Board member David Bradley expresses the 10-5 Republican majority's feeling that a Mexican-American studies program would be a form of "reverse racism," instead of something that might finally reverse a long Texas tradition of institutional racism. In this battle, what seem of greater concern to the more rational members of the Republican party is the state's hispanic population, which is now a majoritary 51%.

THE YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY- ONE LAST PITCH FOR HUMAN VIABILITY

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) By clicking on the following link at: theyearsoflivingdangerously.com, you can see for yourself the first episode of the daunting reality and task we now all face. Since our "creation" G-d has continued to pose the same question to humanity- life or death- while the means of our self-destruction has only gotten greater and greater throughout human history. One has the feeling that HaShem- real or metaphor- might once and for all want humanity to choose whether they want to make heaven or hell out of this planet.

LAUSD'S LATEST SCAM- CLEARLY FALSE ASSERTIONS OF TEACHER OVERPAYMENT

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) If you are a current or retired employee of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) there is yet another assault you might find yourself being subjected to- the clearly false allegation that you were overpaid by LAUSD, when the reality is that there is a greater likelihood and in many cases clear and convincing evidence that you were significantly underpaid. In the last few years, LAUSD has been in the process of going after thousands of teachers for these alleged overpayments without any evidence to substantiate that this ever took place and for the sole motive of lessening its bottom line at any cost. If LAUSD had any real interest in determining the truth, all it would have to do is take your gross salary from any year's last December salary stub and compare it with where you are supposed to be on the LAUSD salary scale to see whether you were either under or overpaid. Rather than do this LAUSD has turned over these false overpayment claims to a collection agency, even though such action is clearly illegal. Worse yet, teachers who have already been targeted for removal from the district on other trumped up charges have found themselves significantly more likely to have LAUSD come after them for these bogus overpayment charges that LAUSD refuses to substantiate with any documentation.

ARE POLICE SOMETIMES THEIR OWN WORST ENEMIES? WHY?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Someone once told me that if you dropped a frog into boiling water, it would jump out. But if you put it into a pot and then slowly raise the temperature around it, it would boil to death. Whether this is actually true or not, it seems like a pretty good analogy as to the situation we have now put our police into. Los Angeles, as opposed to New York City's police saturation approach to policing, has always taken the approach to police work that a small elite force of professional police are better able to effectively function, because in the past the vast majority of the public supported and respected the law. Sadly, this is no longer the case, because those in power at the city, state, and federal level have created a present reality where we no longer socialize our population with enough of an education to understand their own key role in maintaining social order. Simply stated, you can never put enough police in the streets to maintain social order, if the citizenry itself does not understand the importance of supporting the police and what they are supposed to be there for.

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04 2014

U.S. SUPREME COURT'S LATEST DECISION IN MCCUTCHEON PURPOSEFULLY MISSTATES WHAT'S AT ISSUE

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) It is virtually impossible to have a vibrant progressive movement in this country and a balanced political debate of the issues when the left continues to relegate itself to merely responding to whatever conservatives do by allowing them to frame all political debate and terms of engagement. The latest incarnation of this formula for continuing to allow the minority conservatives to move the country further to the right took place this Wednesday, when the Supreme Court decided McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, No. 12-536, by a 5-to-4 vote along ideological lines. While the conservatives were allowed to frame the arguments before the court around a supposed 1st Amendment right to free speech, where the ability for the rich to spend disproportionate amounts of money was characterized as merely exercising their right to free speech, the left abdicated its responsibility to raise other more compelling constitutional based arguments that could have shined a light on the clearly disingenuous rhetoric of the conservatives, while showing the actual threat it poses to these same constitutional rights and protections.

LAUSD AND FINALLY BREAKING THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE (LAUSD y finalmente rompiendo LA ESCUELA HASTA PRISIÓN TUBERÍA)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Students who are purposefully pushed through public education without being taught are merely ignorant. However, the people running these failure factories, despite their advanced degrees of questionable origin and value, are truly stupid because they are acting in a manner that is diametrically opposed to their own real self-interest, if quality of life and not salary was the measure of success. Rupturing the school to prison pipeline starts when the crimes of LAUSD and school districts like it throughout this country are confronted and stopped. It is 46 years since the Latino walkouts from E.L.A. schools and Latino public education at LAUSD is worse today than it was back then. So where is MALDEF...having self-congratulatory dinners with Latino children continue to be socially promoted without the foundational skills necessary to keep them out of gangs and the criminal just us system.

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04 2014