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Betsy DeVos is not just unqualified, she’s dangerous

The news that Betsy DeVos will not divest her financial interest in Neurocore, a Michigan “biofeedback” company, should alarm anyone who cares about the health and safety of our children. Because this is not simply a financial issue; it’s part of a disturbing trend in Ms. DeVos’ involvement and activism in education, and her potential confirmation as Secretary of Education. […]

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PHOTOS: Unlike the actions of Pr*sident Trump, the Women’s March in DC showed the world what America ACTUALLY looks like

PHOTOS: Unlike the actions of Pr*sident Trump, the Women’s March in DC showed the world what America ACTUALLY looks like

Yesterday, people around the world rose as one to say that the fascist leanings of Pr*sident Donald Trump will never be allowed to spread without a powerful, unified resistance standing in its way. Anne and I were in Washington, D.C. to observe and participate in the Women’s March while similar Marches were happening across the nation and across the globe. […]

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Former conservative voter has an ‘eye-opening experience’ with Obamacare

Former conservative voter has an ‘eye-opening experience’ with Obamacare

The way the Affordable Care Act helped her family transformed her attitude — and led to a touching interaction with former President Obama. Annette was not always a fan of President Barack Obama. In fact, in 2009 she went to a Tea Party rally protesting the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare. She and her entire family were conservative Republican […]

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An out of service toilet in a Detroit school.

Flush this, Mr. President

In his inaugural speech, the newly installed President of the United States made the following comment: “An education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge”. Incensed, I immediately wanted to share my thoughts about these mean-spirited, belittling words–but I couldn’t. Because I was in Grand Rapids at the Michigan Music Conference […]

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REMINDER: The GOP wants to replace health insurance for 32 million Americans with a sad slogan

REMINDER: The GOP wants to replace health insurance for 32 million Americans with a sad slogan

Why would the GOP blindly take on the political risk of uninsuring tens of millions? Tax breaks, of course. It’s obvious why some Republican donors are beyond eager to get the Repeal part of the “Repeal and Replace” of Obamacare out of the way as soon as humanly – or inhumanly – possible. They have no “Replace.” Never did. The […]

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Here’s an antidote to today’s inauguration ceremony

Here’s an antidote to today’s inauguration ceremony

Anne and I were fortunate enough to attend President Obama’s first inauguration eight years ago today. Her photomosaic poster of Barack Obama, “Out of Many, We Are One”, had appeared in TIME magazine, had sold well and was being given out as a gift at the Michigan Ball. We also miraculously got tickets to the inauguration itself. Not only that, […]

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Betsy DeVos’s confirmation hearing proves she’s unqualified, dangerous, and out of her league. PLUS: GRIZZLIES!!!

Betsy DeVos’s confirmation hearing proves she’s unqualified, dangerous, and out of her league. PLUS: GRIZZLIES!!!

It’s unmistakably clear that Republicans are doing everything they can to protect their corporatist benefactor Betsy DeVos from having to face any sort of real scrutiny in her bid to become the nation’s Secretary of Education. They scheduled her confirmation hearing BEFORE the U.S. Office of Government Ethics had released its report on her so that she can’t be questioned […]

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Gov. Snyder spent 70 seconds talking about cows, 95 seconds about the #FlintWaterCrisis in State of the State Address

Gov. Snyder spent 70 seconds talking about cows, 95 seconds about the #FlintWaterCrisis in State of the State Address

To say that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State Address last night was a whitewash of the reality we face in our state is an understatement. He avoided any serious discussion about his plans to remedy the slow motion infrastructure catastrophe that is in visible progress. He never mentioned the tens of thousands of out of work Michiganders […]

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Grading Betsy DeVos’ confirmation day exam

Grading Betsy DeVos’ confirmation day exam

Betsy DeVos believes these 5 things about government. As a career teacher, I thought I’d take this opportunity to grade Ms. DeVos’ responses as though they were answers on an exam. I understand she’s a big fan of “accountability,” so I’m sure she will appreciate the feedback, especially as she crams for her confirmation hearings, scheduled for later today… 1. […]

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Episode 15 – How to avoid DOUBLING the maternal mortality rate w/ Erica Sackin of Planned Parenthood of America

Episode 15 – How to avoid DOUBLING the maternal mortality rate w/ Erica Sackin of Planned Parenthood of America

The show notes for Episode 15 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2017/01/episode-15-how-to-avoid-doubling-the-u-s-maternal-mortality-rate-w-erica-sackins-of-planned-parenthood-of-america.html Washington Post: City parking permits for 200 buses are being sought for Inauguration Day. The number for the Women’s March: 1,200. People magazine: D.C. Dress Shops Dispute Trump’s Claim That They Are ‘Sold-Out’ for Inauguration: ‘There’s Never Been Less Demand’ LOLGOP in The National Memo: To Defeat ‘Disgusting Donald,’ We Must […]

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America’s Truth: The Moment We Must Now Face

America’s Truth: The Moment We Must Now Face

This movement moment is calling on those of us who believe in the vision of Dr. King to respond. This movement moment is calling on us resist. But, what does resistance look like? In 2014, I published an article in the beloved, but now defunct, Michigan Citizen newspaper called, “A Time for Visionary Resistance”. In that article, I said in part: We […]

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