When will we ever learn?

 As we acknowledge the horror of the Vietnam War, it is awkward and horrid to realize how devasting it was to those who fought it, those who died in it, and those who were deeply affected by it.  It is a scar on American history.  The scar remains open because apparently we have not learned from its disasterous impact on the USA, Southeast Asia, and the world generally.  Our misguided developments in the Vietnam War have had ripple effects that we cannot truly know.

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Residue of Mid-East mistakes

All we had to do was get rid of Saddam Hussein and everything would be rosy in the Middle East.  That dictator was the cause of so much terror and killing.  Of course we did support him in his war against Iran and supplied him with money, war machines, training, ad infinitum.  But when 9-11 happened, what was President Bush to do?  We had to punish somebody!  And sinister Dick Cheney was our trusted Vice President and he was only-too-willing to get Bush to enlarge the war in the Middle East.  And true to his scummy bio, Cheney convinced Bush to invade Iraq.  Of course Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11, but that was beside the point.  Dick Cheney's former boss, Halliburton, had given him a severance package worth millions and he owed them a war in which they could make big money.  And so the U.S. didn't bother to sign any contracts, it just gave Halliburton all the business it could.  Ah, war was so beautiful for Cheney's concepts.

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Teachers change test scores...canary in mine?

 The recent conviction of a number of teachers caught changing students' test scores indicates a far more complex and far-reaching problem.  None of the following comments condone what these teachers have done, but it may indicate a small example of a very large set of problems in education.

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Watch out for "Libertarianism"

One of the most distorted uses of a word is when a politician refers to himself as a "Libertarian."  Watch out!

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Another Scott Walker staffer to jail

Well, another Scott Walker staff person bites the dust and is off to jail.  How many is that now?  Sleaziness abounds where Walker goes.  A John Doe investigation revealed enormous sleaze information about Walker, and huge sums of money poured in to stop the investigation from continuing.  Walker was recorded talking to someone he thought was one of the Koch brothers, but was actually an imposter.  What Walker revealed in that conversation makes one shudder.  He is for sale to the highest bidder.  He was almost recalled as Wisconsin governor but an avalanche of out-of-state money saved him.  His staff continues to reveal moral and ethical shortcomings.  His record in bringing jobs to Wisconsin is horrible, the worst in the Midwest as a governor.

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