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Adelanto California

Originally published in NSFWCORP on April 16, 2013.

When I first started reporting on the subprime suburb of Victorville, I little expected that the neighboring town of Adelanto would become ground zero for a fight between billionaires on one side, and poor, vulnerable minority parents and children on the other.

I first heard about the fight through the local right-wing paper, the Victorville Daily Press, which gleefully announced on its front page that a local school, Desert Trails Elementary, had just made history as the first school in the nation to be privatized under California’s new “parent trigger” law. The paper described the takeover as “promising a fresh start to the failing elementary school,” and claimed it had received widespread support from parents. (more…)

Posted on: December 5th, 2015 | Comments Off on Pulling the Trigger: School Privatization in California’s Subprime Suburbs

Did John Brennan suck as a contractor? The CIA thinks so

This article was first published on timshorrock.com. In January 2010, a few days after a Nigerian terrorist came close to blowing up a US passenger plane on its way to Detroit, President Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser made an extraordinary confession. “I told…

Posted on: October 27th, 2015 | Leave Comment

Back to Victorville: Dispatch Zero

It’s just past 5 a.m. and I’m sitting in my suite at The Plaza hotel, high up above the grimy streets of downtown Las Vegas. On the horizon, beyond the gold brick Trump Tower, beyond the needle of the Stratosphere,…

Posted on: January 9th, 2013 | Leave Comment

DC Stakeout: Watching the Hacks Watch Paula Broadwell

Washington D.C.– I was at home minding my own business last Tuesday, when I got the tip-off via Twitter from friend and neighbor Mike Elk: Paula Broadwell was holed-up in her brother’s house just around the corner, hiding out from…

Posted on: November 20th, 2012 | Comments (21)

Letter from Los Angeles: Election Night Yeast Infection Nightmares

On election day, I woke up before dawn, took a dip in the ocean, made coffee and worked until about noon, when I decided to get the thing over and go vote. I walked five blocks to my polling station,…

Posted on: November 9th, 2012 | Comments (19)

Election Watch: Libertarian Party VP James Gray & the Libertarian Pothead Conspiracy (Or: Don't Be a Sucker)

Judge Gray’s sleazy efforts to bring lefties and progressives into the Libertarian Party fold under the innocuous banner of pot legalization is much more relevant today than it was 2011.

Posted on: November 3rd, 2012 | Comments (68)

Infiltrating the Lincoln Club: My Lunch With the Powerful Rightwing Group Behind Citizens United and CA's Anti-Union Legislation

Cross-posted from Frying Pan News It’s an unreasonably warm October day, and I’m milling about awkwardly with a handful of suits at a mixer in a small banquet hall at Newport Beach’s Pacific Club—which, according to its website, is the…

Posted on: October 31st, 2012 | Comments (9)

Nicholas Kristof Didn’t Join Colleagues To Back NYT Overseas Employees in Union Fight

This article is cross-posted from In These Times On September 13, two-time Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof penned an op-ed titled “Students Over Unions” bashing the Chicago Teachers Union’s current strike. Kristof writes, I’d be sympathetic if the union focused solely…

Posted on: September 20th, 2012 | Comments (10)

Max Blumenthal: Meet The Right-Wing Extremist Behind Anti-Muslim Film That Sparked Deadly Riots

While Bacile claims to be in hiding, and his identity remains murky, another character who has been publicly listed as a consultant on the film is a known anti-Muslim activist with ties to the extreme Christian right and the militia movement. He is Steve Klein, a Hemet, California based insurance salesman who claims to have led a “hunter-killer team” in Vietnam.

Posted on: September 12th, 2012 | Comments (66)

"Bernie Bernbaum Does America" — Mark Ames Goes To Salt Lake City To Expedite Mormon Apocalypse & Dispatch The DNC

Some of you might be wondering what I’m doing in Salt Lake City…

Posted on: September 7th, 2012 | Comments (30)

Labor Journalism Today: Corporate Lackeys Accost, Detain eXiled Contributor Mike Elk For Daring To Question Honeywell CEO's Union-Busting Policies...

This article is cross-posted from In These Times… For the last two years, I have covered union busting efforts by Honeywell, their close connections to President Obama and how federal agencies have assisted Honeywell in three different labor struggles since Obama came to…

Posted on: June 1st, 2012 | Comments (34)

Israeli Supremacist Watch: Criminalizing History in the Holy Land

Tel Aviv University was built on the ruins of the Palestinian village of Sheikh Muwannis. The university’s faculty lounge is the village mukhtar’s former home. . .

Posted on: May 11th, 2012 | Comments (50)

Whiffs of Jihad: Canadian Neo-Bagger Mark Steyn Wows Aussies With Tales Of PC Persecution...

PERTH, AUSTRALIA — A short update. Dr. Dolan’s old friend, Mark Steyn, the Canadian right-winger, has been touring Oz lately to promote his new book, After America, and Australia’s Tories are falling for him head over heels, declaring him the…

Posted on: March 23rd, 2012 | Comments (51)

Letter From Athens: Inside the Greek Crisis with Anarchists and the Radicalized Ex-Middle-Class

I arrived in Athens only hours after the February 12 anti-austerity riots, the acrid odor of burnt-out banks still lingering downtown. I checked into a familiar haunt, the Hostel Zorbas on Victoria Square. The last time I stayed there, in the summer of 2001, the place still took drachmas and buzzed with backpackers just returned from Piraeus, where the ferries fan out to the pleasure islands of the Aegean. A decade later, those memories felt like the flashback scenes in The Road.

Posted on: March 14th, 2012 | Comments (85)

Dispatch from Greece: Yogurt As A Form Of Political Protest

The co-ruling PASOK party had its national conference today. Its goal is to elect the new party leader who will succeed George Papandreou and will lead the Socialists in the coming elections. The candidates are Christos Papoutsis and Evangelos Venizelos. At some point, an old man approached Venizelos, complained about the cuts in his pension and then threw him a yogurt…

Posted on: March 11th, 2012 | Comments (16)

River's Edge Redux: Interview With Jared Lee Loughner's Tucson Friends

A year ago this week, a 22-year old Army reject with a shaved head and a 9mm opened rapid-fire on a Congressional meet-and-greet outside a Tucson shopping mall, killing six and wounding 14, including a non-fatal headshot against Democratic Rep….

Posted on: January 10th, 2012 | Comments (65)

Occupy LA Arrest Scandal Update: A Visit to the Raided Camp, Freed Protesters Speak and Bad News About Our Legal Situation...

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Posted on: December 4th, 2011 | Comments (36)

Yasha Levine Released From Jail, Exposes LAPD's Appalling Treatment of Detained Occupy LA Protesters...

Most don’t realize that much of the abuse happened while protesters were in police custody, completely outside the range of the press and news media. And the disgraceful truth is that lot of the abuse was police sadism, pure and simple…

Posted on: December 2nd, 2011 | Comments (159)

Tourists, Raus! Berlin Rebels Ignite "A Bonfire Of Automobiles"

These days, tourism is worth about $15 billion and 230,000 jobs to Berlin, Germany, and with 20 million annual hotel stays the city jumped past Rome last year to become the third most visited European city, trailing only Paris and…

Posted on: September 8th, 2011 | Comments (27)

Snubbed In Budapest!

They think that things are all right/For the deer and the dachshund are one. — Wallace Stevens I just came back from two days of snubbery at a conference in Budapest, and I’m here to tell you that even in…

Posted on: March 12th, 2011 | Comments (52)