American Federation of Teachers president states that Betsy Devos is “the worst” education secretary in history.

By | 2018-07-23T16:15:40+00:00 July 23rd, 2018|Categories: News, News2|Tags: , , , |17 Comments

Tell us something we don’t know. 

Courtesy of WaPo:

The leaders of the two largest teachers unions in the country are coming out swinging after a Supreme Court ruling that dealt a blow to labor organizations’ ability to collect fees.

Even as conservative groups are waging a social media campaign to persuade teachers to drop out of their unions, the presidents of the National Education Association, the largest public union in the country, and the American Federation of Teachers delivered tough speeches this month at their annual conventions.

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García said July 2 that the United States is living in “dangerous” times when “billionaires believe that they are our rulers.” AFT President Randi Weingarten on Friday called Betsy DeVos “the worst” education secretary in history.

The unions are reeling from the Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Janus v. AFSCME case, in which the court’s conservative majority struck down laws that allowed public-sector unions to collect “agency” fees from nonunion members to help cover the cost of collective bargaining and job protections. The labor organizations are preparing to take in less money; the NEA, for example, is cutting $28 million from its budget and expecting a decline in membership of nearly 15 percent.

In their speeches, both union leaders attacked the Trump administration and DeVos, who has made clear that her priority as education secretary is to expand alternatives to traditional public schools, which educate the vast majority of America’s schoolchildren. They said that right-wing forces are pushing an anti-labor agenda, and Weingarten spoke about the importance of the 2018 midterm elections:

“It’s not simply a fight for fairness or for the policies we champion for working folks and their families. These elections won’t just determine whether Republicans or Democrats prevail, but whether cruelty or decency prevails. We must be a check and balance for our democracy and for a society that is safe, welcoming and sane.”

The two leaders cited recent teacher strikes as the signal for a new “era of activism” and suggest that they are only the beginning as teachers fight for their profession, the children, and the future of education in this country. 

Make no mistake Donald Trump appointed DeVos to help dismantle the Department of Education, and she has been working to do exactly that. 

I would suggest that everybody who has a child in the public school system or was once a student themselves, turn out to support the efforts of these selfless civil servants. 

We always hear how brave firefighters and police officers are as first responders, and indeed they are, but teachers are the first responders for identifying learning disabilities with their students, abuse at home, abject poverty in their communities, and gang activity that may be encroaching on their schools. 

Every single day teachers across the country get cussed at, threatened, physically assaulted, and vilified for simply doing their jobs. 

Without teachers, this country would be lost, and it is high time they got the support that they deserve. 

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  1. Anonymous July 23, 2018 at 6:50 am - Reply

    GOP State Lawmaker Screams ‘N****r,’ Brandishes Bare Butt On ‘Who Is America?’

    State Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine) of Georgia was featured on Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Who Is America?” Sunday night shouting racial slurs, flashing his naked buttocks, and making fun of Chinese people.

    Baron Cohen, “disguised” as Israeli terrorism expert Col. Erran Morad, convinced Spencer to participate in an anti-terrorism training video meant for elected officials to learn how to protect themselves from terrorists.

    “All you damn sand-niggers over in the Middle East, we are tired of you coming to America and we are tired of you trying to threaten us,” Spencer says in a post-credits video titled, “A Message to Terrorists from Rep. Jason Spencer.”

    In addition to brandishing a knife, Spencer continues his rampage: “We will cut off your dick, you understand? We will take your dick and we will shove it in your mouth. How are you going to rape children and women without a dick?”

    Spencer is currently serving his fourth term in the Georgia house.

    Earlier in the show, the bonkers segment opens with Spencer being instructed to act like a Chinese tourist to take up-skirt photos under a suspected terrorist’s burka. The tear he goes on contains the words “sushi,” “red dragon,” and other racist, nonsensical words. Baron Cohen’s character also asks that Spencer yell the “n-word.” Spencer screams it more than a dozen times.

    Baron Cohen’s Morad then looks at him and says: “Are you crazy? The ‘N-word’ is noony, not this word, this word is disgusting.”

    The video continues to get even more insane with Spencer being directed to pretend to be “homo” to frighten terrorists because, as Baron Cohen’s Morad informs him, terrorists are afraid of homosexuals. Spencer proceeds to bare his entire ass and run backward towards Baron Cohen’s Morad ― all while yelling, “America!”

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/rep-jason-spencer-screams-n-word-brandishes-bare-butt-on-who-is-america_us_5b5545b1e4b0de86f48e5a5e

  2. Anonymous July 23, 2018 at 6:56 am - Reply

    OMG!!

    GOP Lawmaker Takes Pants Off, Screams N-Word to Fight Terror on Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who is America?

    https://www.mediaite.com/tv/gop-lawmaker-takes-pants-off-screams-n-word-to-fight-terror-on-sacha-baron-cohens-who-is-america/

    • anonymous July 23, 2018 at 7:32 am - Reply

      “If you want to WIN, show some SKIN.”<$IN

  3. Anonymous July 23, 2018 at 7:07 am - Reply

    Historian Rick Shenkman on Donald Trump: “All the worst things in American history piled together”
    Bestselling history author says that sooner or later, Donald Trump will make his supporters “feel like chumps”

    One possible explanation for Donald Trump’s cult-like allure lies in the realm of political socialization: Trump and the Republican Party have created an alternate reality for their public where empirical reality and facts do not exist. Moreover, in that bizarre universe, commonsense rules of human decency and virtue have also been rewritten to serve grotesque goals.

    Another clue to the power of Trump’s allure lies in the fact that human political behavior is a function of both nature and nurture. Pundits and other members of the commentariat have done a much better job of addressing the latter. Until recently few have seriously grappled with the role of ingrained genetic or biological factors in shaping elections and other political outcomes.

    How much can social psychology help explain Donald Trump’s political success? What shared values are most important toTrump and his supporters share? Is authoritarianism hardwired into the brains of conservatives? What would it take for Trump’s most loyal supporters to abandon him, if we conclude that they installed him in the White House as a means of hurting others?

    https://www.salon.com/2018/07/23/historian-rick-shenkman-on-donald-trump-all-the-worst-things-in-american-history-piled-together/

    Here is how Putin sees himself

    …According to some Russian observers, Putin relishes his international image as “a Bond villain.” But as Joss Whedon, the creator of the cult classic TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer once remarked, “Bad guys don’t think that they’re bad guys, bad guys think that they’re heroes.”

    This wisdom applies equally to Putin: He doesn’t think he’s the bad guy, he thinks he’s the hero. He’s not the supervillain Blofeld from the James Bond series, he’s Bond.

    Widely depicted in the United States as a hostile leader who aggressively challenges American interests around the world, Putin, not surprisingly, sees things quite differently. From Putin’s point of view, Russia is playing defense.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/here-is-how-putin-sees-himself/

  4. Anonymous July 23, 2018 at 7:12 am - Reply

    Ivanka’s attempt to cover for Trump’s treason backfired spectacularly

    …Now we know that this wasn’t just any embarrassing moment for Trump — it was Ivanka Trump’s best hope to redeem her dad after possibly the most disastrous week of his presidency so far.

    Ivanka Trump wasn’t above using a hollow, exploitative photo op to try to cover for her father’s Russia crisis. And even that cynical attempt failed spectacularly.

    It’s insulting enough that Ivanka would try to use American workers as a human shield for Trump’s Russia debacle. But it’s even more disgusting given that her own clothing line outsources jobs to China — and that her father’s trade war just happens to target her competitors.

    Ivanka Trump’s plan didn’t get any traction, most likely because it’s not much of a plan. But this incident is just more evidence that, despite her efforts to cultivate this image, she is no “moderating influence” on Trump at all.

    https://shareblue.com/ivanka-tried-cover-trump-russia-treason-exploit-workers-backfired/

    A new Republican ad in Ohio from a group linked to House Speaker Paul Ryan spews hate-filled anti-immigrant rhetoric instead of focusing on the economy.

    Republicans are panicking that O’Connor might turn yet another congressional seat blue. So they’re turning to a classic Trump tactic: abandon any economic message and focus instead on spewing anti-immigrant rhetoric to try to energize the far-fight fringe base.

    Ever since Republicans passed their $2 trillion, deficit-funded tax scam, GOP strategists have insisted that messaging on taxes and the economy will help the party win in the 2018 midterm elections.

    But you wouldn’t know it from looking at this hateful new ad from the Congressional Leadership Fund, a SuperPAC linked to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), which tries to boost Balderson’s campaign with anti-immigrant smears and lies about O’Connor’s record.

    https://shareblue.com/republicans-abandon-economic-message-ohio-balderson-oconnor/

  5. ANONYMOUS July 23, 2018 at 7:14 am - Reply

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/historian-explains-donald-trump-worst-things-american-history-piled-together/

    “The key turning point will be when people feel that supporting Donald Trump is a bad reflection of who they are. Suppose Trump is indicted and his tax returns show that he is worth much less than he claims. Well, that’s the kind of thing that’s going to make people FEEL like chumps and will drive a huge wedge between the supporters and the cult leader.”
    “People vote for candidates who make them FEEL smart rather than dumb, energetic rather than nostalgic. It’s all about the voter. It doesn’t matter how the candidate looks, whether the candidate looks smart or dumb or whether the candidate has combed their hair properly and put on a tie. What matters is how the voter FEELs in that candidate’s presence. “

  6. Anonymous July 23, 2018 at 7:15 am - Reply

    Trump’s rolling Russia disaster has many people wondering why members of his team don’t resign in protest over Trump’s constant undermining of U.S. intelligence.

    But as one former Trump official just demonstrated, many Trump loyalists simply care more about protecting Trump than they do about protecting American democracy.

    On Sunday morning’s edition of “This Week,” former Trump homeland security adviser Tom Bossert downplayed Russia’s criminal attacks on American democracy as “penny-ante.”

    Host George Stephanopoulos asked Bossert to react to accusations that Trump is compromised by the Russians.

    “It’s an easy, cheap shot to say the president’s been compromised by the Russians,” Bossert said. “I think the Russians elected a former KGB agent, and he spends all of his time and their resources squandering it on penny-ante spy tactics to try to get into loser, kind of, lobbyist pockets and so forth.”

    He added that the criticism of Trump is “smoke … meant to undermine to the president.”

    “You say ‘penny-ante spy tactics,’ but don’t you accept that Russia did interfere in a serious way in our 2016 election, and the threat is still out there?” Stephanopoulos asked.

    Bossert acknowledged that “interfering in our election system is unacceptable” — then immediately turned around to describe “things like the Steele dossier and the Butina indictment” as “penny-ante smoke.”

    Bossert was referring to the indictment of Russian national Maria Butina, who is accused of being an unregistered agent of the Russian government and of spying for Moscow while she studied in the United States. According to the indictment, Butina tried to infiltrate organizations like the National Rifle Association in order to, among other things, establish a “back-channel” with Trump.

    After Bossert’s shocking minimization of the seriousness of Russian spying, Stephanopoulos turned to House Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) for his take.

    “The Maria Butina indictment … she of course was charged this week with being a Russian agent as well, is that ‘penny-ante?’” Stephanopoulos asked.

    “No, of course not,” Schiff said. “And it’s surprising to have someone with a homeland security background say that it is. Here you have someone acting as an agent of a foreign power essentially trying to infiltrate the NRA, making contacts with U.S. persons, trying to establish a secret back channel.”

    https://shareblue.com/former-trump-security-adviser-tom-bossert-dismisses-russian-spying-penny-ante/

    • Beaglemom July 23, 2018 at 7:50 am - Reply

      “Penny-ante” must be the White House’s phrase of the day or, maybe, week. Bossert seemed to use it to explain away just about anything. What has Trump put in the drinking water of his supporters and hangers on? Their loyalty to this horrible man who is doing absolutely everything to destroy this country and the world as we know it is stunning. They are the lead lemmings charged with taking us all over the cliff.

  7. Anonymous July 23, 2018 at 7:17 am - Reply

    Here’s everything Republicans could be doing to stop Trump

    …What these pundits don’t recognize, however, is that there are a lot of things Republicans could be doing to stop Trump. They just aren’t doing them.

    https://theoutline.com/post/3085/heres-everything-republicans-could-be-doing-to-stop-trump?zd=4&zi=5g7katrv

  8. Anonymous July 23, 2018 at 7:26 am - Reply

    Street attacks on Muslims rocket in UK as perpetrators ’emboldened’ by terror attacks and political rhetoric, report finds
    ‘Anti-Muslim rhetoric is bleeding into the political landscape – it emboldens people’

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/attacks-muslims-uk-terror-islam-hate-crime-brexit-tell-mama-a8457996.html

  9. Anonymous July 23, 2018 at 8:24 am - Reply

    “STEPHEN ACTUALLY ENJOYS SEEING THOSE PICTURES AT THE BORDER”: THE WEST WING IS FRACTURING OVER TRUMP’S CALLOUS MIGRANT-FAMILY POLICY

    Miller gloats and Sanders sulks as the president—oblivious to the moral problem and political consequences—bulls ahead.

    “He’s a twisted guy, the way he was raised and picked on. There’s always been a way he’s gone about this. He’s Waffen-SS.”

    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/06/stephen-miller-family-separation-white-house#~o

    • Anon July 23, 2018 at 8:31 am - Reply

      “Meine Ehre heißt Treue (“My honour is called loyalty”) is the motto of the former National Socialist organization Schutzstaffel (SS).”’The Waffen-SS was a paramilitary organization within the SS. The divisions of the Waffen-SS were made of specially trained soldiers”

  10. anon July 23, 2018 at 9:06 am - Reply

    OT
    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/23/fox-and-friends-accidentially-books-guest-who-blasts-trump-on-the-air.html

    “How that happened was that somebody booked the wrong guest. How Fox News managed to confuse a candidate in Arizona with a candidate in Massachusetts is worthy of the investigation itself, but it was also revealed that the hosts stuck to their script and couldn’t adjust on the fly. They even kept calling L’Italien, Ann, even though she identified herself when she was introduced.

    A little bit of truth got on the air at Fox News, and the result wasn’t a discussion that any legitimate news organization might have on the air. Fox panicked,”

  11. anonymous July 23, 2018 at 9:56 am - Reply

    https://www.pbs.org/video/building-bridges-zlg4uk/

    ‘David Nevins, co-founder and president of the Bridge Alliance, talks about reversing America’s political disunity.’
    Over 80 organizations working on ‘Country Over Party’

  12. Anon July 23, 2018 at 10:23 am - Reply

    FYI “The move now to gut the Daily News’s newsroom will be a blow to local watchdog journalism in the nation’s largest city. It has retained a punch in local news at a time when the The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal have retreated from metro coverage.” 50%

    https://www.npr.org/2018/07/23/631501750/tronc-slashes-new-york-daily-news-staff-by-half?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20180723

  13. ANONYMOUS July 23, 2018 at 10:42 am - Reply

    “In one part of the profile, the AP interviews Steve Stegall’s mother, Shirley Stegall, about whether she regrets voting for Trump in 2016 — and she admits she does.

    “I’ve always been proud to be an American,” she said. “But now I’m ashamed.”

    Steve Stegall, who did not vote for Trump in 2016, tells the AP that he has grown increasingly intolerant of the president’s supporters, even when they admit that his wife shouldn’t have been deported.

    “He’s destroying American lives,” ”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/im-ashamed-trump-voter-admits-got-wrong-ice-deports-daughter-law/

  14. Anonymous July 23, 2018 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    Of course she is the worst, trump only hires the worst and most corrupt.

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