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Hmm

I read things like this and I think it’s time to get off the Wellbutrin.

Popcorn kittens

I totally stole this from Athenae:

New book

Kate Christensen. She’s amazing, I’ve read everything she’s written and I’ll read this one, too.

March for the Middle Class

This Wednesday, June 15, as a show of solidarity for working people across the nation facing attacks on their livelihood, NYC area working families will join together to march across the Brooklyn Bridge. Be there. If you’re in a union, remember to show your union colors proudly.

We still believe an attack on one is an attack on all. That is why a march to show that we stand united is so important.

WHAT: Solidarity march across the Brooklyn Bridge

WHERE: Enter Cadman Plaza Park (A or C trains to High Street) by the Brooklyn War Memorial (middle of the park) and look for your delegation. The address is 89 Cadman Plaza West, Brooklyn, N.Y.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 15. Assemble beginning at 1 p.m. for a 2:30 p.m. march

The attacks on collective bargaining rights go too far and come at the expense of solving our jobs crisis and other real problems that are delaying the economic recovery. We cannot let the misinformation continue. This is about workers’ rights, fixing the economy and the future we leave for our children.

Eclipse today

You know the drill.

This one’s a total lunar eclipse in Gemini, and lunar eclipses often mark the end of something significant. Plus, the usual bump in geophysical phenom…

Oh, and Saturn just went direct, too.

Open thread

What the hell is happening today?

No law left ignored?

Arne Duncan, the education secretary, just announced that he’s getting ready to waive No Child Left Behind requirements for states if they agree, as the New York Times put it, “to embrace President Obama’s education priorities, a formula the administration used last year in its signature education initiative, the Race to the Top grant competition.” Frederick Hess writes in Education Week:

So, let me get this straight. After barely convincing Congress to keep Race to the Top on life support, [Arne] Duncan is intent on unilaterally pushing his same pet priorities through the back door? He’s planning to offer regulatory relief only if states adopt reforms that are utterly absent in the relevant legislation? Facing backlash on the right and left over concerns that the administration coerced states to embrace test-driven teacher evaluation and the Common Core through Race to the Top, Duncan’s strategy is to double down? Well, no matter, I’m sure the Republican majority in the House will cheer Duncan’s enthusiastic willingness to lead. Or not…

The National Journal’s Fawn Johnson wrote, “President Obama has called for lawmakers to rewrite No Child Left Behind by the start of the new school year. Now he’s giving them the second warning before sending them to the principal’s office: Do your job or we’ll do it for you.” Now, I know the President is a Nobel Prize winner and all but, back when I was earning my Ph.D. in political science, I don’t remember anything that empowered the President to issue Congress legislative deadlines or usurp Congressional prerogatives if the administration’s timetable isn’t met. Sandy Kress, former Bush administration education adviser, observed, “I don’t get all the drama. It almost has the feel of a threat to Congress.”

At a time when Obama partisans are seeking to dismiss Tea Party critiques of administration moves on health care, auto bailouts, financial regulation, and the stimulus as conspiracy-minded lunacy, do they really not see that this is precisely the mindset that raises such hackles among critics? I’m curious whether any of the lawyers at ED tried to explain to Duncan that he’s not permitted to remake federal law on the fly, just because he and the President think it’s a good idea, or whether they’re cheerfully along for the ride.
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Head hurts

Bank of America threatens a homeowner with foreclosure unless he writes a check for $0.00. No, really.

I don’t want to talk about it

Danny Whitten’s beautiful song with Crazy Horse:

Blogging

It’s like having a dog. You have to feed it every day and make arrangements when you’re away.

Well, I’ll be maintaining radio silence most of tomorrow, so you’ll just have to be patient. Try not to piddle on the rug until then, and don’t chew my shoes!

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