“I made a mistake.”

Originally posted on Fred Klonsky:
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson tries to join protesters. Another riot nearly ensues. . The other day Rahm said he made a mistake. He’s made many. But he only copped to one: Naming the planned north side selective admission high school after Barack Obama. “In my rush to honor our…

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Time Is A blue Sky

Originally posted on Dumbfounding Stories :
ABOUT TIME, COVER I wrote “Time Is A blue Sky” around 1975, and finally got around to recording it (for About Time) in 2000. It was last summer, August of 2014, though, before I ever got around to playing it out. I don’t know why. I work in mysterious ways–like you…

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Rahm’s paid “volunteers.”

Originally posted on Fred Klonsky:
Karen Lewis comes to Logan Square tomorrow. Training for her volunteers starts Saturday. The problem for Rahm is that Chicago politics is not like it was in the old days. When Dick Mell ran this ward, if you wanted a job with the city you had to “volunteer” to, among…

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Ohio River

Originally posted on Dumbfounding Stories :
Video of a song here for my friends down inThe Ohio River Valley, recorded August 4, 2014 at The Acoustic Explosion. The lyrics are under the video. ohio river.MOV ► JavaScript required to play ohio river.MOV. ? Ohio River Like some dark swan on you glide A long bright train, south…

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Dance Till Morning Light

Originally posted on Dumbfounding Stories :
I’m uploading video of “Dance Till Morning Light,” kind of a  roots rock ballad played with just an acoustic guitar. It was recorded August 4, 2014 at The Acoustic Explosion show at Silvies on Chicago’s north side. The lyrics are below the video. dance til morning video ► JavaScript required…

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AFT’s Weingarten promises a million bucks for Karen Lewis’ run for Mayor.

Originally posted on Fred Klonsky:
  Sun-Times: The head of the American Federation of Teachers says the national union is ready to spend $1 million to help Karen Lewis unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel if the Chicago Teachers Union president decides to run. “I did say privately to Karen and at our executive council meeting that…

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In Hinsdale, Tea Party takes an axe to their teachers.

Originally posted on Fred Klonsky:
Tea Party Hinsdale school board member Claudia Manley. Hey folks. Keep an eye on those local school board elections. Out in Chicago’s western suburbs the Tea Party extremists who were recently elected to the Hinsdale High School District 86 are in full battle mode over what should be normal contract bargaining.…

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Lily Eskelesen Garcia. Duncan policies are indefensible.

Originally posted on Fred Klonsky:
NEA President-elect Lily Eskelsen Garcia and an amateur basketball player. – Salon Other than being unfair to individual teachers, does basing evaluations and school ratings on test scores hurt students too? Using test scores is basically saying to educators, “Hit your number or you get punished.” Or even worse, “Hit…

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Chicago Tonight. In the pension discussion where were the Democratic Party pension thieves?

Originally posted on Fred Klonsky:
Carol Marin with Republican state Rep. Thomas Morrison, University of Chicago professor of law Julie Roin, and president of Illinois Federation of Teachers Dan Montgomery. I watched the pension discussion on Chicago Tonight. I’m not sure anyone who was not really invested in the issue stayed with it. It was…

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Outre’ #5

Originally posted on kentmcdanielwrites:
? Outre’ #5, cover The cover above is  from Outre #5, which ran through mailing 34 of The Southern Fandom Press Alliance (SFPA), circa 1968. Ned Brooks, official archivist of of SFPA, was kind enough to provide it for me, along with the text below from the issue . Science-fiction fanzines then and now…

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