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Lessons From West Virginia

Mar 6, 2018

Public schools in West Virginia have been closed for more than a week due to a teachers’ strike that’s caused classes to be canceled. State legislators and teachers have failed to come to a deal over demands for better pay and benefits.

From NBC News:

“The walkout began after Governor Jim Justice signed a 2 percent pay raise for next year. The House of Delegates later approved a 5 percent increase, negotiated last week between Justice and the unions.

Sarah Silverman Loves America

Mar 6, 2018

When she first became famous, Sarah Silverman’s humor was in contrasts. She has a sunny, upbeat delivery for jokes that are as blue as a Sam Kinison act (speaking of, please be careful before clicking any links or hitting play on videos). Whether through standup, television or songs about spending time Matt Damon, Silverman hasn’t been afraid to be politically incorrect.

Raw I’ma give it to ya, with no trivia

Raw like cocaine straight from Bolivia

My hip-hop will rock and shock the nation

Like the Emancipation Proclamation

Weak MC’s approach with slang that’s dead

You might as well run into the wall and bang your head

I’m pushin’ force, my force you’re doubtin’

I’m makin’ devils cower to the Caucasus Mountains

—U-God, “Da Mystery Of Chessboxin'”

What In The World?

Mar 5, 2018

The Academy Awards ceremony gave many of us a respite from the news. But news was still being made outside of Hollywood – much of it on the opposite coast, at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The White House is sending mixed signals on how firm the president is on imposing stiff steel and aluminum tariffs. U.S. trading partners as well as a number of American manufacturers are raising strong concerns about the tariffs, some even warning of a trade war.

There were a lot of questions when the Trump administration announced it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides protected immigration status for people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Six months later, there still aren’t a lot of answers.