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Why is Delaware Day no big deal?   Because it celebrates a bunch of colonials sitting in the Golden Fleece in Dover,  having a brief discussion, then voting for ratification, then hurrying home….   The timing of their decision would eventually lead 216 years later to Delaware having the first quarter minted in its honor…  That was about it…

So why is Pearl Harbor a big deal?  We got beat… Hey lets go down to the bar and celebrate that time Biff beat us up real bad as kids… 

No, we celebrate Pearl Harbor Day because on that day, Republicans everywhere (except for the DuPont family) stopped being Republicans.  The entire nation became Democrats, solidly behind FDR, committed to their government for its fulfilling of one task no matter what the cost…. 

Great things were accomplished because of Pearl Harbor…  That is why we celebrate it… It proved the Republican philosophy that we should leave the world alone and just support our billionaires, to be wrong, and it stayed wrong for the next 53 years later…  That time frame turned out to be America’s greatest, ever, btw…   So it is worth that we celebrate Pearl Harbor Day….  It caused the disappearance of the Republican Party…. 

Fingers crossed that perhaps we will celebrate November 4, 2014 the same way?…..  for the same thing?  For getting rid of all influence by the Republican Party?…. 

(Note, to reader:  I started this post in jest, but now it is scaring me exactly how closely similar the Republican Party was leading up to Pearl Harbor, as it is today..)  

A. White pick-up trucks roaming Newark Neighborhoods with confirmed out-of-staters putting up two door hangers:  One for the power plant; one for Polly.

B.  Candidates being mailed directions to vote in all the “wrong” polling places… sent courtesy of Polly’s campaign. (Correct polling places can be found here….)

C.  Polly is officially listed as undecided on the power plant, but her campaign workers flatly tell constituents that she is the only one who supports it so they had better vote for her….

D.  Polly tells News Journal that she has no connection to “The I Like Polly Plan” being distributed to Newark Homes….

E.  Polly Sierer told  News Journal she doesn’t know who is behind the group’s website or its publications, which were “done without my knowledge, approval or involvement.”

F.  The website and mailers feature photos of a smiling Sierer with former Newark Mayor Vance A. Funk III (Funk has endorsed Sierer).

G.  ” I Like Polly’s Plan” has filed no campaign-finance reports as is required by Bob Gilligan’s HB300 signed last year by Governor Markell.

H.  Despite her ardent denials,  Polly Sierer appears to know Mike Mullen whose address, 704 Cambridge Drive, who is the contact person  is listed on the mailer.

I.   The above Mike Mullen also has donated to Polly’s campaign AND  was listed as a host for her fundraiser

J.  Perhaps illegally, Mike Mullen IS not listed on any of Polly’s Filed Campaign reports..

K. Despite Polly’s public denials, the twin pieces of literature are from the same print shop (in Ohio) and printed at the same time.    (Check finance reports,  for two separate checks or one, to see if a lie is being told to all Newark voters.)…

Nancy has all the evidence in twenty seven eight-by-ten color glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each  one is to be used as evidence..

Well done, Nancy…

Polly got her cracker.  Now did she hire anyone to sweep up the crumbs?

The now famous high stepping Wal*Mart video  mentions that point….

Now, the meme of bashing Wal*mart  and fast foods has gotten a little blaze and to be honest, when I first saw the flash mob at Walmart on the national sites, as a person with little time, I passed.

But on Delaware Liberal, I opened it in another tab, and was listening to it as background and all of a sudden…..  it stopped for a half second and then…

“Hold It! Did You Know? It Is Your Right To Form A Union!”

The answer in my head was … “no, i didn’t…”

The second answer was… “of course I did.” which made me more intrigued by my original answer.  Why on earth did I think it was bad for these people to interrupt business as usual to demonstrate for something affecting I think, one person?

As this “wow moment” started to dawn on me, I realized I’d been brainwashed’… Over time.  it had really happened.  My gut, had been  over-ruling my head….  it’s a business. They should call the police. They should fire everyone involved…   Demonstrations are really ineffective blowing off of steam…

“Hold It! Did You Know? It Is Your Right To Form A Union!”

How many others out there would say “no” … How many others out there really don’t know it is their right to form a union?  That anyone can form a union?  It is legally protected.

Oh, they can threaten to fire you if you join… And they can fire you….

But if they do… you can sue… and even better, under current law, you can sue them and win.  Win big!

You can make them pay you for all back wages you lost.  So finacially it is just like you were working but having the entire time off.

You can make them pay all your damages, including late fees on bills you couldn’t pay because the illegally fired you. You can make them pay interest on all loans you took out to live on, even if they came from family.  If you Dad gives you a loan at 1000% interest, they have to pay that… and to your Mom, your brothers, your sisters, your aunts, and uncles…  Your whole family and friends can get rich off them because they fired you for forming a union!

“Hold It! Did You Know? It Is Your Right To Form A Union!”

The business may respond to the legal judgment ,  “Screw you , we are closing”.  But if they close they will still have to pay you for all the damage they cause you because they fired you for forming a union… You still win! And win BIG!

“Hold It! Did You Know? It Is Your Right To Form A Union!”

How is it that our newspapers don’t remind us of this.  How is it that Unions are painted to be the bad guys, because they make a business lose money?  Why isn’t the business painted as the bad guy, for stealing potential earnings out of each and every employee working for them…

Some may think forcing a union on a business is unfair.  Racist states often use this argument.  Why should White owned businesses pay more for black people’s labor?   That is why ALEC (in Delaware associated with Patty Blevins) was invented:  to protect White Businesses’ interests.   And still unfortunately, in some states, there were enough white people still agreeing that black people as well as to  those whites who associate with them, should be paid inferior wages,so much so that with ALEC’s help, enough votes were mustered to pass state anti-union laws..

But historically there were laws that once said: slavery was legal. Despite bad law, morally it was still everyone’s right to be free….

“Hold It! Did You Know? It Is Your Right To Form A Union!”

It is your right to form a union.  Existing law is crystal clear.   Why was this decided?  What is the moral argument behind it?

Simple.  You have to eat.  Bottom line.  If someone says  I have to pay you $6.00 an hour because I’m not making enough money, and you can’t get money anywhere else, you work for $6.00 and hour.  If he counters that he can only pay $5.00 an hour, and you can’t make money anywhere else, you will  do his bidding for $5.00 an hour.  Why not $4 then?  Why not $3 then?  Why not $2 then?  Why not $1 then?  Why not .25 cents then?

You have to eat.

There is no bargaining chip in your favor…  Your employer if legally allowed, would pay the lowest rate possible to still have employees. When there are more employees than positions,  wages could drop very low…. because you have to eat.

America went through the Great Depression primarily because of this… Even business leaders realized from that experience that by making their employees so poor, no one was buying the products they were making…

And so they agreed: “If we make our employers have disposable income, they can buy our products and we can again make money”.  So the legal basis was almost unanimously approved  by both businesses and labor, to make the right to strike just that.  a basic human right protected by the full force of the law…   Simply because paying workers higher wages is good for increasing overall demand. and that is what drives economies forward.

“Hold It! Did You Know? It Is Your Right To Form A Union!”

Basically, a union is the answer to this counter argument:   “why should you, the investors, get all the money off our labor, and we get none?” Admittedly both of us should get something decent from our arrangement….

And there you go.  America did do very well… that is, until our media became influenced by investors (who now own them btw) and started painting unions as a scourage…  Missing from all press coverage, was the simple fact that one has to act scouragingly when bargaining with fellow scourages…  Sort of like not realizing that your hero prize fighter has to hurt people.  It’s necessary to stay in the ring…

So I encourage all reading this to now begin talking up unions in your workplace… Because if you get fired for any reason afterwards, you can blame it on the legal right to form a union….  it is like a wonderful vacation in which you still will get paid, probably even more than if you’d put up with the bosses crap the whole damn time….!

Now… you know!   It Is Your Right To Form A Union!”

Yeah.

It really is your “right.” and it is protected by law.  Now, go get them tigers!

It’s in spot 8.   Here is what the bill does…

It pretends to give charters hoops to jump through to become a valid charter, then give the DOE the option of arbitrarily approving anything it wants.

All this is to mask the new right of new charters to petition the general assembly to get them to pay for building their schools, to pay for their start-up costs.

Make no mistake.  This is a funding bill .. All the other stuff is just trash,  Busy work to keep the focus away from this:  that for the first time, we are going to give charter schools money to help them destroy public schools and older charter schools by taking students and the dollars associated with those students away from them…

This was done in Chicago 8 years ago.  It is called public funding of charters. This was done in Philly 8 years ago… .Charters moved in and the public schools lost funding… Now they are being closed.

That is why this bill is being sneaked….

The other day Jacques said retortingly:  “We didn’t sneak nothin’… ”  Well… in response ask yourself if this the first time you are hearing what this bill intends to do?  If it is, then this bill was sneaked.

This is something every single parent should weigh in on before it goes into law in just 10 days…. This bill is too dangerous to let pass without a public vetting. It reinstates segregation; it penalizes existing religious and non profit charters; it opens the door for megalithic charter corporations to sweep in as they have done destroying every large American City, and most importantly, it will sabotage the excellence in education that is currently already in place in Delaware.

That is why this bill is very sneaky.  As Gallum would have called it…  It’s tricksy.

I hope it passes, I hope it passes, I hope it passes, I hope it passes

This same information is on the Senate Website, but it had an annoying extra step for emailing Senators. Now, as with my Delegate Page, I just copy and post the email address for emails and if I need anything else, I click it to go to their state website… It will be parked on my Blogroll. Hope you enjoy the consolidation of steps.

Name

Colin R. J. Bonini senator-colin@prodigy.net
Brian J. Bushweller brian.bushweller@state.de.us
Catherine Cloutier catherine.cloutier@state.de.us
Anthony DelCollo https://www.facebook.com/anthonyndelcollo/
Bruce C. Ennis bruce.ennis@state.de.us
Bethany A. Hall-Long bethany.hall-long@state.de.us
Margaret Rose Henry MargaretRose.Henry@state.de.us
Gerald W. Hocker Gerald.Hocker@state.de.us
Gregory F. Lavelle greg.lavelle@state.de.us
David G. Lawson Dave.Lawson@state.de.us
Ernesto B. Lopez Gerald.Hocker@state.de.us
Robert I. Marshall robert.marshall@state.de.us
David B. McBride David.McBride@state.de.us
Harris B. McDowell III Harris.McDowell@state.de.us
Brian Pettyjohn Brian.Pettyjohn@state.de.us
Nicole Poore Nicole.Poore@state.de.us
Bryant L. Richardson bryant.richardson@state.de.us
F. Gary Simpson gsimpson@udel.edu
David P. Sokola David.Sokola@state.de.us
Bryan Townsend Bryan.Townsend@state.de.us
John Walsh http://www.jackforsenate.org/contact/

If any of these are new to you, click and read the links.  Your eyeballs will fall out of their sockets.

Education policies based on standardization and uniformity tend to fail.

Policies based on distrust of teachers tend to fail. 

Judging teachers’ performance by students’ test scores is both substantively and procedurally flawed.

Fails to take into account Campbell’s Law, one of the best-known maxims in the literature on organizational behavior: if you impose external quantitative measurements to judge work performance that cannot be easily and clearly measured, all you will achieve is a displacement of goals 

More people are realizing that many of the organizations involved in “corporate reform” seem to need reforming themselves.

Those in charge of reforms are more interested in reforming their own bank accounts than our student’s education.

People wonder why reformers themselves aren’t held accountable.

Every pilot project has the chance to succeed or fail.  All of us in charge of anything in our lives know that one has to take some risk and explore new venues.  However, it is the dictator who upon finding that the process he planned does not work for anyone else but himself, … insists on doubling down and making things worse.  The crafty executives pull the plug and walk away with tons of respect for doing what was right.

So the outcome is certain.  Parents, students, teachers, and principals will prevail. The question now is how long will it take, and how many children will be done in by  the collateral damage.

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Courtesy of Obamarmy

Ok kids, Look at the graph…. and see who can be the first to tell me….. Why do we really need to ramp up the education of our black and brown kids now?!!!!

Tax the Rich. Hire teachers to reach an 11 to 1 ratio. Test beginning, mid, and end of cycle only to evaluate the student’s needs ( don’t use them to close schools, fire teachers, or divvy out bonuses to your friends and supporters)… and lets get it done….

Btw, it has to start with the first one.

As reported in the Washington Post…

Finally discovered, the Tsarnaevs led police on a chase through residential streets, hurling grenades and makeshift bombs as they drove. When cornered, they battled police with guns and more homemade explosives, wounding a transit officer and trading more than 200 rounds until the officers ran out of ammunition.

If they only had to reload at shot number 15…

And, wtf?  Officers ran out of ammunition?  This is how the NRA is ruining America.  Give Criminals more rights than have the police…   (That and shooting defenseless pigeons in boxes…. )

Although the year is barely out, we do have our first nomination for the spot to be announced in December 2013.  With the Kinder Morgan Deal now on hold semi-permanently, even they are pointing to our hero of the year as the man most responsible for allowing the port to remain state owned….

I can say it was Julius Cephas who was behind almost every move to combat the loss of good jobs at our port.  He is being pointed out as the villain by the capitalists at Kinder Morgan.  In Delaware’s eyes, that elevates his hero’s stature even more…

In truth, he is no villain and knowing him, he will probably shun the acclimations being made by us common folk as being our hero.  In his eyes, he was just doing what needed to be done because no one else was there at that very moment to do it, and as that task swelled, it took a lot out of him….

Capitalists always need a villian.  But it was the “truth” which actually is what killed this deal.  Kinder Morgan WAS going to cut back on jobs, and their change of heart and blaming Julius instead of others, points exactly to the core of their problem with our port… …

People in Texas, do not understand unions.  They simply can’t fathom or understand how there can be an actual law that lets people strike and shut you down, whenever you try to pay them less..  In their eyes, you work for what they want to give you and if it is too little, ..humph.  go elsewhere….

The second culprit (after the “truth”),  was our office of economic development.  We gave Kinder Morgan too many “eager” signals that set us up as being seen as an easy pick.  They truly thought they could waltz in, pick up a top notch East Coast Port for a song, and we would eagerly give it up…  Again, that was because everything was done in secret.  Had a meeting been forthcoming in the very beginning,  Kinder Morgan might have moved on earlier when it became readily apparent, that southern Texas practices do not bode well in the Northeast…

Of course, being a corporation, they will blame the whistle blower.  (Ironic since the whistle blower of Enron works for them)..   Of course.  It is not like they find anything immoral in taking a state asset for a song, in firing those skilled dock workers, and replace them with some Spanish speaking Texans who never even heard of a union….

And Julius did blow that whistle. .  Like Rose on the Titanic, he took the whistle off of Jack (pun intended), and blew softly at first, then harder, and harder.   Gradually the sound registered on others ears….

Without Julius, Bob Marshall would not have pushed through Senate Bill 3.  Without Julius, most of the links showing up in everyone’s blog, would have not been found.  Without Julius, the case for protecting workers would not have even made the rounds of the Norman Oliver show….

There were many helpers. Bob Marshall, Nancy Willing, Norman Oliver, Norinda, Helene Keeley, Al Mascitti, Liz Allen, John Kowalko, and (an other blogger too shy to be mentioned here). When one looks back through all of them one sees from everywhere, there in the center of the universe,  stands a normal human being just like us, known to most … as Julius.

There will come a time when a better deal will arrive.  Could even be this year. There will come a time when a suitor who does care about Delaware, who does care about unions, about human beings, about those businesses on the outside, and who will want to upgrade the port for everyone’s interest, not just their own… And that suitor in this day and age, could even come from abroad.  Germany is very committed to union labor, to the environment, to being a good neighbor…. There are a great many possibilities out there that are immeasurable…. We definitely dodged a Texas bullet with this one….

When that suitor arrives… Julius’s stature will be set in cement….  For he did nothing really Herculean, except argue the truth…  He didn’t lie.  He didn’t connive,  He didn’t threaten….

That was done by our office of economic development.  Instead and unlike them, Julius told the truth.  He told the truth to anyone who would listen.  He told the truth enough, so many “did” listen….

And that is why, he  deserves this nomination as Delaware’s Man of the Year.  I know it is early into 2013, but great things just do not wait!!….

You will hear smears that Julius tubed the deal… I saw the letter and it is already out on WDEL and the Delawareonline’s News Journal… But as an impartial blogger, I can tell you exactly what killed this deal.

It was “the truth”.  The truth of what this deal would cost us Delawareans….. is what turned the tide and caused the outcry that rose up against it….

If Kinder Morgan really wanted this deal, they could have easily said… “we are expanding and putting 5 new berths out into the river.  We are buying the port for the bargain price of $5 billion.   We need those businesses outside the fence because the jobs we get, will soon be too big, we can’t do it ourselves.  We will keep the union just as it is;  Wilmington needs good jobs and we are going to do our part….  We are also going to contribute into an emergency fund to be used for any spill or environmental accident that takes place under our tenure….

Kinder Morgan could have done any of those things, … and didn’t…. The blame doesn’t lie with Julius after all…. Especially when you consider the following…

This Economic Council erred on Fisker Automotive.  Then it erred on Bloom Energy.  Then it tried to Kinder Morgan us out of our port…..   Someone rushed in  with a save to make sure that last one didn’t happen.

That person is now hereby nominated for Delaware’s Person of the Year…….

Recently, being “Right” is Wrong. It is wrong for the military. It is wrong for the economy. It is wrong for the planet. It is wrong for education. It is wrong for your pocket book. It is wrong for Hurricane Sandy victims. It is wrong for women. It is wrong for Catholics. It is wrong for the middle class. It is wrong for children. It is wrong for the environment. It is wrong for growth. It is wrong for gun safety. It is wrong for rape victims. It is wrong for ocean lovers. It is wrong for those with beachfront property. It is wrong for the sick. It is wrong for those with private insurance. It is wrong for the victims of Sandy Hook. It is wrong for middle America. It is wrong for anyone and everyone….. Being “Right” is simply wrong.

Unless you are a billionaire. And want everyone else poor and squalid so you can sequester yourself behind your billions… For you…. the Right is right….

Anyone who tries to say the Sequester was the folly of both sides…. is getting paid by a billionaire….

There is no.. other… way.

How “right” is it to make us the middle class suffer just so billionaires won’t have to pay one single penny more on every earned dollar over the $1 million dollar mark?