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Last night

Last night’s show with Cynthia Leiu and Jeff Bryant was great! We had a really fascinating discussion about education reform and how it affects your kids and community. You can listen here.

Wishful thinking

Homeowners are in denial about the value of their properties.

In a parallel universe

Just suppose:

Let’s say that through a combination of fund-raising prowess, ideological militancy, and personal charisma, Jesse Jackson Sr. is able to assume a position of considerable behind-the-scenes power in the Democratic Party. His sway over elected Democrats is such that he manages to get 95% of the Democratic Congressional delegation, House and Senate, to sign an oath of personal loyalty to his policy goals. Specifically, they pledge that under no circumstances will they ever support cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and other social welfare programs. Jackson believes that any such cuts will affect the poor and people of color disproportionately. Throughout the debate over the budget and debt ceiling, House and Senate Democrats refuse to even consider any proposal that touches any of those programs. It is a non-starter. Full stop. Because they swore an oath to Jesse Jackson that they wouldn’t.

I’m sure you can see through this thin shoe-on-the-other-partisan-foot analogy to Grover Norquist’s “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” that currently holds sway over the GOP. I do think it’s interesting to draw out the hypothetical scenario, though, to underscore a point: Can you even imagine the sheer violence of the pant-shitting that the GOP, Teatards, and Beltway media would be engaged in if the shoe really was on the other foot? If every Democrat had signed a personal oath to an interest group and private citizen that took precedence over their oath to the American people and Constitution?

Quote of the day

Barack Obama, 1996:

On the national level, bipartisanship usually means Democrats ignore the needs of the poor and abandon the idea that government can play a role in issues of poverty, race discrimination, sex discrimination or environmental protection.

Barack Obama, 2011: Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

Archbishop Rush Limbaugh

The Catholic church, already increasingly irrelevant and out of touch, now considerably increases the odds of Philadelphia Catholics leaving the church in droves.

Imagine

So 75 former NFL members are suing the organization. Turns out they’ve known about the brain damage caused by football-related concussions since the 1920s — they just, um, forgot to tell the players!

Just say no

To higher education. No, really, I mean it. Under these circumstances, the single most revolutionary thing you can do is to opt out of the debt cycle they so desperately wish to trap us in. If I had kids who were college age, I’d encourage them to find ways to do it that did not incur massive amounts of debt (community college if you’re lucky enough to get in) — or tell them to skip it completely and learn a useful trade.

I value education for its own sake. But being trapped by a mountain of debt in order to get a degree in what is likely to be an entire decade of economic calamity just seems an unnecessary burden — since you’re unlikely to get a job that pays enough to pay back your loans, or to get any job at all.

Didn’t we

Jimmy Webb:

And Now for a Completely Different Sound

Kim Kyung Ho, “Shout”.
I have no idea what he’s singing about, but his sound is so late-1980s metal, my eyeballs are bleeding.
And Susie’s probably regretting giving me the keys about now…

Sweet old world

Lucinda Williams:

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