Monthly Archives: February 2011

Democrats Have Left the Building

In a follow-up to my earlier post, it appears that Wisconsin Democrats have left the state in order to deny a quorum on Governor Scott Walker’s union busting plans. Madison schools (and other cities in the state) are again closed … Continue reading

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Is Our Children Flunking?

Note: filistro is currently on vacation. This article was written before she left, but in light of the discussion of cutting the education budget, it seems timely. The long awaited OECD/PISA results are finally in, and they’re not stellar. At least, … Continue reading

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The Revolution Will Be Tweeted…In Wisconsin?

Perhaps revolution is catching on. With all the unrest we’ve been talking about in the Middle East with social networking fueling the fires of participative democracy, an interesting thing is happening in Madison, Wisconsin. Around 30,000 people showed up at … Continue reading

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Outrage Speech: Was the Left Right?

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik’s widely-reported observation that hate speech was partially responsible for the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) has prompted several heated discussions on this blog, as well as other venues. Let me say one thing, because people … Continue reading

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What to Cut

It is often said that if a proposal draws ire from both sides of the political aisle, it must be good. By that metric, Obama’s 2011 budget proposal is a winner. The White House proposal comes a few days after … Continue reading

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The Revolution Will Be Tweeted

(Updated: May 27, 2011. Gil Scott Heron passed away today from an illness he picked up while traveling Europe. He was 62.) When Gil Scott-Heron wrote his oft quoted composition, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” (first appearing in public … Continue reading

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Do (Time) or Die

(Ed. note: We occasionally accept guest op-eds at 538 Refugees. This week we present an article from regular commenter mclever. — Mr. Universe) by Mac (mclever) I grew up in northern Illinois under the shadow of John Wayne Gacy. He was the real-life … Continue reading

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