Thursday, August 15, 2013

News, Etc.

Obituary: Columnist Jack W. Germond, 85, has died shortly after completing a novel.

Germond was a familiar television face having been a regular on The McLaughlin Group.

Germond got his start covering national politics in 1961 for Gannett, where he had worked for several years. His first presidential campaign was the 1964 race between President Lyndon Johnson and Republican Sen. Barry Goldwater. He left Gannett in 1974 to join the Star, first as political editor and later as assistant managing editor.

He and others in his generation typically generated leads during after-hours, off-the-record chats over drinks - sometimes with the candidates themselves. As campaigns became more scripted, the candidates more insulated and paranoid about gaffes, Germond bemoaned the lost opportunities to see beyond their public personas. - See more at:

Another obit: Jimmy Carter associate Bert Lance, 82, has died.

Bert Lance, who coined the phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” advised politicians from Zell Miller to Jesse Jackson, and was director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Jimmy Carter, has died.

A self-described “country banker,” Lance became a protégé of Carter’s when the future president was a state senator, and encouraged Carter to seek the White House. Lance’s meteoric career in business and politics climaxed in the early months of the Carter presidency, when he was known as the “deputy president” because of his close relationship with his fellow Georgian.

European countries aren't immune to class warfare, either.

Chicago continues to live up to its reputation as Corruption Central, only this time the victims are the students.

The "common core" shit needs to go, and the left/right crap doesn't work anymore anyway since the REAL political division is with the elites having declared war against everybody else.

This is literally a fight to the death.

Obama and Duncan and their backers are the enemies of public education. I knew that right off the bat, but few listened.

A scab by any other name is still a scab:

Teach For America is a big recipient of corporate philanthropy – no surprise about that either, as nonprofit organizations and the deep corporate pockets that sustain them have played indispensable roles in the drive to privatize public education from the beginning. It's only logical that with the elevation of Barack Obama, the first president to emerge from the bowels of the foundation sector, the influence of these outfits has been omnipresent. Consultant tentacles of the Gates, Joyce, Boeing, Broad, Bradley, Walton Foundations, to name just a few of the top players, have been allowed to write federal program guidelines, to define criteria for assessing individual schools and entire districts, to invent their own instant-principal programs, with all salaries, overhead and expenses paid for by tax-exempt donations. Bosses during the last Great Depression usually had to pay for their own scabs, there was no way they could unload that on all the rest of us.

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