Texas Longhorns with newborn calf in Bluebonnets

Texas Longhorns with newborn calf in Bluebonnets

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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...


What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.

"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens"

- Ben Franklin

Let's talk...

Let's talk...

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Forest Lake, Minnesota charging parents $2,500.00 a year to send children to Kindergarten.

Obama is talking about a pre-school program while parents in Forest Lake, Minnesota are forced to pay $2,500.00 a year to send their children to the public school Kindergarten.

Many people are accusing me of lying about this exorbitant $2,500.00 fee.

But, here is an article from the Forest Lake Times, the main local newspaper:


"Officials in the Forest Lake district are on the same page and have opted to fund the full-day program. The district officers an all-day program now at a cost of $2500 a year for parents. Lower costs are available for parents that qualify under free and reduced guidelines."

During the "Shock and Awe" bombing and invasion of Iraq dozens of schools were bombed, hundreds of school children killed and maimed at a cost of billions of dollars while it would only cost $40,000,000.00 to provide every child in Minnesota with all-day Kindergarten... one more cost of imperialism... in so many ways people pay a terrible price for Wall Street's dirty imperialist wars.

I would note that the Democratic super majority here in Minnesota has refused to even address any of this in a resolution to Obama and Congress calling for the re-ordering of this country's priorities away from war and militarism towards satisfying and meeting human needs--- like Kindergarten.

I would also note that in the same issue of the Forest Lake Times there are seven solid pages of home foreclosure notices from this one small community.

There are 11 "help wanted" adds in the same newspaper.

The government is printing 85 billion dollars a month to pay for wars--- death and destruction; but where are the promised jobs, why do people have to pay for their children to go to Kindergarten and why are the home foreclosures continuing over 5 years after Obama assumed office?

Budgets are a reflection of our true priorities--- and the priorities of this Wall Street bribed government are all out of whack.

Cyprus election results.

Democratic Rally(Conservative-Christian)138,68234.28%+3.76%20+2
Progressive Party of Working People(Communist party)132,17132.67%+1.36%19+1
Democratic Party (Social Democratic)63,76315.76%−2.22%9−2
Movement for Social Democracy (Social Democratic)36,1138.93%−0.03%5±0
European Party (Centrist)15,7113.88%−1.91%2−1
Ecological and Environmental Movement (Greens)8,9602.21%+0.25%1±0

Had this terrible explosion not happened the Communist Party (AKEL) would have won the election:


Cyprus munitions explosion kills 12

The munitions, seized in 2009 from an Iranian shipment to Syria, apparently exploded when a wildfire reached a military base. The explosion leads to the resignations of Cyprus' defense minister and the commander of the Greek Cypriot National Guard.

July 12, 2011|By Roula Hajjar, Los Angeles Times