10 Most Read LA Progressive Articles
April 14 to 21, 2012
1. Education Reformers and “The New Jim Crow”. Mark Naison: Current school reform policies represent a brilliant tactic to avoid dealing with the real causes of poverty and inequality in society, while finding a convenient scapegoat in public school teachers and their unions.
2. Naturally, “Motor City Madman” Ted Nugent Dodged the Draft. Berry Craig: Nugent is more proof that talk is about the cheapest commodity around. And tough talk from a foul-mouthed old draft dodger is not just cheap, it’s worthless.
3. Ted Nugent: Rock’s Village Idiot. Tom Degan: Nugent’s antics have nothing to do with “freedom of speech”. Inciting any of the dim-witted masses to assassinate the president of the United States is beyond foolhardy and reactionary.
4. Sarah Palin and Mama Grizzlies: Feminism without Feminists. Julie Driscoll: Palin’s femininity is one that is recognisable to most women: she’s the kind of broad who speaks on behalf of other broads but appears not to like them very much.
5. From Sally Hemings to Jaycee Lee Dugard and Trayvon Martin. Sharon Kyle: 20 years after Los Angeles erupted in civil unrest, still with major differentials in employment, housing, healthcare, education, and wealth between whites and blacks, are we sitting on a powder keg again?
6. Report on Iran’s Nuclear Fatwa Distorts Its History. Gareth Porter: The Obama administration’s new interest in the 2004 religious verdict, or “fatwa”, by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei banning the possession of nuclear weapons has prompted the New York Times to review the significance of the fatwa for the first time in several years.
7. “If You See a Republican Lie, Get in His Face and Shout ‘Bullsh**'” Ted Vaill: Until November 6, when we find out if America is to become an oligarchy run by Romney and his plutocrats, or remains a democracy under Obama and the Democrats, if the Republicans want to play John Burton-style hardball, let it be so.
8. Let’s Build That Pipeline. Clifford “Felonius Ax” Tasner: The Keystone Pipeline “could” create over a half a million jobs if it leaks, just trying to clean up the Oglala Aquifer that provides 30% of America’s water.
9. Black Mathematicians: The Kind of Problems They Wish Didn’t Need Solving. Jonathan Farley: The National Review’s John Derbyshire pointed out that no black mathematician had ever won the Fields medal. There are a few reasons for that.
10. Trayvon Martin Living While Black. Sheria Reid: Evidently, the right to defend oneself only applies to Zimmerman. Trayvon was followed by an adult male whom he did not know. For all he knew Zimmerman was a pedophile or a kidnapper or both.