July 31, 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama congratulates members of Team USA after defeating France in a preliminary men’s basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Sunday. (Photo: AP via The Huffington Post)


First Lady Michelle Obama congratulates members of Team USA after defeating France in a preliminary men’s basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Sunday. (Photo: AP via The Huffington Post)

April 5, 2012


Obama wishes Jews around the world a happy Passover

Toda raba, Mr. President.

April 4, 2012
"Unconscious or not, altering the tape in this way was incredibly unfair to Zimmerman, and incredibly stupid for NBC . How did they not think they would be caught? The real tape is out there."

Ta-Nehisi Coates, on the rank stupidity of altering the Zimmerman tape. (via theatlantic)

Well, yeah. But is it strange of me to be a bit happy that a national news source edited the tape to make Zimmerman look MORE racist, rather than less?

(via theatlantic)

March 31, 2012
"In press releases and public addresses, the Governor claimed that Act 10 was needed to balance the state budget and give state and municipal governments the tools to manage during economic crisis. There is nothing in the record to suggest prohibiting dues withholding for some, but not all, public sector employees provides an administrative savings. Nor have defendants described how this particular provision affords state and municipal governments increased flexibility to manage the economic crisis, except perhaps to suppress disfavored unions from opposing certain governmental cuts — a purpose that cannot justify the government’s selectively subsidizing union speech. Indeed, the only justification in the record for prohibiting dues withholding for general employees is limiting the speech of that class of unions. During the intense debate over Act 10, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald commented that “[i]f we win this battle, and the money is not there under the auspices of the unions, certainly what you’re going to find is President Obama is going to have a … much more difficult time getting elected and winning the state of Wisconsin.” The suppression of free speech, however, is not a valid government interest."

Wisconsin Education Association Council v. Scott Walker,  March 30, 2012.  

A Federal Court struck down portions of Scott Walker’s anti-union bill today.

(via wisconsinforward)

Well. That’s good news.

March 14, 2012
Lack of new students leaving business schools reeling


  • 48,515 students applied for admittance to full-time MBA programs, nation-wide, during the 2009-2010 academic year
  • 38,630 students applied during the 2010-2011 academic year, reversing the previous year’s gains source

» In addition to the drop in new MBA applicants, the Graduate Management Admission Council announced that two-thirds of its U.S. programs saw a decline in applications during the 2010-2011 academic year. The decline, combined with the fact that the number of American students taking the GMAT entrance exam is at five-year low, has some industry experts worried that the notoriously-cyclical industry won’t rebound.

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Good. B-School is a scam.

February 7, 2012
Bad day for bigots, good day for America.


Adam Serwer lays it out.

January 13, 2012
Homeless Long Island Teenager Is Intel Competition Semifinalist


(CBSNewYork / AP)  - Samantha Garvey has good reason to be the recipient of high fives and congratulations from the faculty and students in the hallways at Brentwood High School.

The 17-year-old senior says she cannot believe that she is one of the semifinalists in the highly prestigious Intel Science Competition, in part because she lives in a Bay Shore homeless shelter with her parents, brother, and twin sisters.

This is awesome. But also, since it’s all about ME and MY thoughts, is it bad that I’ll always think of her as a WESTINGHOUSE semifinalist, goddamn, I’m an old?!

(via soupsoup)

December 6, 2011


Israeli author Amos Oz talks about how American Jews who support the peace movement are loyal and devoted to Israel - “no less, and perhaps more than their militant bretheren.” He says “there is more than one way to be pro-israel, there is more than one way to support Israel, there is more than one way to love Israel.”


(Source: progressiveisrael)

November 22, 2011

Major League Baseball, which saw Jackie Robinson break the color barrier in 1947, Tuesday will announce incremental progress in another civil rights issue. The new collective bargaining agreement adds “sexual orientation” to its section on discrimination, a person with direct knowledge of the agreement told the Daily News.

Article XV, Section A of the MLB’s expiring Basic Agreement, in effect from 2006-2011, states: “The provisions of this Agreement shall be applied to all Players covered by this Agreement without regard to race, color, religion or national origin.”

In the new agreement, which will be made public Tuesday afternoon, the words “sexual orientation” will be added to the equivalent section.

This decision follows that National Football League, which did the same in their CBA this year. Baseball officials familiar with the process describe the mention of “sexual orientation” as not necessarily related to the NFL, and as a provision readily agreed upon by both union and league negotiators.

The change in wording comes at the end of a significant year for gay rights issues. The military abolished its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, and same-sex marriage became legal in New York state. In baseball, several teams filmed an “It Gets Better Video,” an anti-bullying effort aimed at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.


The New York Daily News, “MLB To Add ‘Sexual Orientation’ to Discrimination Clause.”


(via inothernews)

Right on. I hope I live to see an out man playing major league baseball.

November 16, 2011
New Poll Shows 58% Of Wisconsin Voters Support Recall


That compares with 47 percent who said in April that he should be recalled.

The growth in support for a recall came, surprisingly, from Republicans. In the spring, only 7 percent of Republicans supported recalling Walker but that grew to 24 percent in the fall.

Good news. You can do it, Wisconsin!

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