"This sucker wanted to build a wall between us and our neighbors. He seemed to have private meetings with our enemies," Dre explained. "And when it came to his subjects, some thought the Shady King appeared to be out of touch with what they needed. And some people felt he cared more about trophies than his subjects." Dre's wife, Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross), is sleeping for most of the episode, but cautions Dre against further "scaring" their son. "He has his entire life to be afraid," she says before raising her own fears about gun violence. "Places that used to be safe aren't even safe anymore." … [Read more...] about ABC finally releases the political ‘Blackish’ episode it refused to air two years ago
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Tooze is a brilliant synthetic thinker, whose off-the-cuff commentary is often much more precise and provocative than the carefully composed observations of others. And I don’t think he is wrong to imply that climate progress is as much a matter of political power as moral virtue. But regarding the efficacy of Green New Deal advocacy, in particular, I think he is off the mark. Joe Biden is the very picture of American Establishmentarianism, and his climate plan looks more like a Green New Deal than it looks like Hillary Clinton’s or Barack Obama’s. Thanks to the fact of the GND (and more particularly the leaked “FAQ” that caused such backlash), Biden can plausibly pitch his plan by saying, “We’re not banning hamburgers or the internal combustion engine, just investing in a massive jobs program that will make your electricity cheaper and your air cleaner.” In other words, he can distance himself from “radicalism” while still … [Read more...] about What Climate Alarm Has Already Achieved
Lived the American Dream – Born in Memphis and raised in Atlanta, he grew up poor. His father worked as a chauffeur, barber and janitor while his mother was a maid. They lived in a duplex, “half a house” as he always joked. Despite the challenge of growing up in the civil rights-era Deep South, he studied and worked hard to overcome. After graduating from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s alma mater, Morehouse College, with a degree in mathematics, he joined the Navy as a civilian at Dahlgren, Virginia and served as a ballistics analyst – a literal rocket scientist. Next he climbed the corporate ladder: Coca Cola, Pillsbury, Burger King and eventually the CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. Leadership posts as President of the National Restaurant Association and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City followed. Over a decade later, grassroots political friends like Mark Block of Americans for Prosperity (AFP), Linda J. Hansen and Rich Lowrie saw … [Read more...] about GORDON: Herman Cain’s Proud Legacy
Why would the unions oppose a plan to shift resources to poor public schools? Because one of the reasons for the disparity in funding between rich and poor schools is the structure of teacher contracts, which tie compensation to length of tenure. As Kevin Carey explains, imposing federal requirements on how districts spend money can be “disruptive” to these existing contracts. What’s more, unions have grown deeply opposed to a stronger federal role in public education. The Obama administration has used federal education funding as a lever to drive evidence-based reforms in education. And those reforms have often changed policies unions would like to keep in place — especially the longstanding practice of teacher tenure, which pays teachers on the basis of years served (rather than how well they teach), makes replacing ineffective teachers nearly impossible, and requires that layoffs be conducted on a last-in-first-out basis. … [Read more...] about Obama Wants to Give Poor Schools More Money. Guess Who’s Blocking Him.
“Alarm bells go off in my head because the impact of going cashless is highly unequal,” Martin Chorzempa, a research fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, previously told MarketWatch. “Eliminating the ability to use cash means you have to pay more fees to pay for reloadable cards, and low-income people already find it expensive to live as is.” … [Read more...] about Nearly one-third of consumers want to live in a cashless society due to fear of catching COVID-19