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Archive for January 3rd, 2009

A Very Special Fox News New Year Celebration

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 3rd, 2009 5:39 am by HL

A Very Special Fox News New Year Celebration

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Fox News mixed New Year revelry with the racially questionable salutations of “Jen and John C.,” which scrolled along the bottom of the screen during its telecast early Thursday morning. Good times!

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Gaza’s ‘Critical Emergency’

Gaza Protest In West Bank

The United Nations marked Israel’s seventh day of aerial attacks by warning of a “critical emergency” in the Gaza Strip, as Palestinians endure food and medical supply shortages and distribution problems even as estimates of dead and wounded Palestinians continue to rise.

The BBC:

The UN has warned that Palestinians in Gaza are facing a serious health and food crisis, as Israeli air strikes continued for a seventh day.

The “critical emergency” comes despite an increase in humanitarian shipments, said Maxwell Gaylard, the UN’s chief aid co-ordinator for the territory.

The UN believes that at least 100 of some 400 Palestinians killed by Israeli action so far were civilians.

Israel said Gazans were continuing to receive sufficient food and medicines.

The UN’s Maxwell Gaylard said: “It is true supplies have been going into the Strip, in fact possibly more than in previous weeks, but at the same time there are critical gaps.”

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Fox News Airs “Magic Negro” Message On New Year’s Broadcast

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 3rd, 2009 5:38 am by HL

Fox News Airs “Magic Negro” Message On New Year’s Broadcast
UPDATED: A response from Fox: Fox News VP of programming Suzanne Scott explains, “We received tens of thousands of text message submissions during our New…

Bush: Hamas Attacks On Israel An “Act Of Terror”
WASHINGTON — President George W. Bush on Friday branded the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel an “act of terror” and outlined his own condition for…

Martin Carnoy: When Smart People Get It Sooo Wrong: Malcolm Gladwell’s Solutions for American Education
The assertion that we don’t know what makes good teachers before trying them out for a few years while measuring their students’ test gains is simply not true.

236.com: Tips For Muslims Who Like To Travel By Air
Nine members of an American Muslim family were removed from an AirTran flight on Thursday after comments made by two of the family members were…


Fifty Years of Fidel

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 3rd, 2009 5:37 am by HL

Fifty Years of Fidel
WASHINGTON — It was around 3 a.m. on Jan. 1, 1959, when Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista slipped away to the airport and fled his island nation, hauling as much loot as his aircraft could carry. Hours later, the audacious young man whose badly outnumbered guerrilla forces had defeated Batista’s army stepped onto a balcony overlooking Cespedes Park in the eastern city of Santiago. It was the first time that Fidel Castro had faced a cheering crowd as Cuba’s unquestioned leader. It would hardly be the last. The turning of the year marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution — and yet another reminder of wrongheaded U.S. policies that have unwittingly helped shield Castro’s revolution from historical trends that long ago should have forced the regime to give way, or at least compelled it to evolve.

Out With the Old
The old guy with a scythe steps aside for the new babe in a diaper, and our usual reflection for this time of year is one of unusual anticipation of what the babe and the new president will bring us. Hopes are particularly high this year, despite the hard and immutable fact that some of the mistakes brought to us by the old guy with the scythe are bound to be transferred to a new generation. “Youth is wasted on the young,” George Bernard Shaw famously observed, and an old fogie’s knowledge gained through experience is usually wasted, too. An African proverb gets it just about right: “When an old man dies, a library burns.” But education and experience is there for the new generation if it only looks, an intellectual and emotional foundation for collective experience. The victors get to write history, but it’s up to the rest of us to be critical and creative in interpreting that history.


Report: SEC Probing Other Madoff-Style Ponzi Schemes

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 3rd, 2009 5:36 am by HL

Report: SEC Probing Other Madoff-Style Ponzi Schemes
Was Madoff just the tip of the iceberg? The SEC is investigating at least one case in which investors may have been cheated out of as much as $1 billion, by money managers using tactics similar to those alleged to…

For Some Culprits In Financial Meltdown, Life Is Still Pretty Good
This probably won’t come as a surprise. But some of the major culprits in the financial crash — former CEOs or top execs at banks whose billion-dollar losses helped precipitate the turmoil — don’t seem to be paying much of…

FEC’s Republicans Choose Not To Enforce Law
For Republicans opposed to campaign finance regulations, it appears that enforcing the law is just so last year. Bloomberg reports that the Federal Election Commission’s three GOP members all voted against fining the Chamber of Commerce for illegally spending money…


My Grandpa Lives in Gaza

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 3rd, 2009 5:34 am by HL

My Grandpa Lives in Gaza
My family has struggled to get in touch with my grandfather. As missiles rain over his Gaza neighborhood, I can only imagine what he is thinking.

The Iraq War Is Now Illegal
Ongoing combat in Iraq is illegal under US law. As of January 1, Congress’ authorization of the war expired.

Did You Know 200,000 Vets Are Sleeping on the Streets?
America’s promise to "Support the Troops" ends the moment they take off the uniform and try to make the transition to civilian life.


Here’s The Playbook: How The Media Will Be Sold On Gaza Attacks

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 3rd, 2009 5:33 am by HL

Here’s The Playbook: How The Media Will Be Sold On Gaza Attacks
Check out Dan Fleshler on the strategy to justify what Israel is doing and watch the media fall into line. And here is The Israel Project, dedicated to separating Middle East myths from facts and propagating the myths. And here…

Pro-Gaza War Media Blitz In Overdrive
James Besser, a veteran (and outstanding) reporter for the New York Jewish Week looks at the lobby’s unprecedented media blitz supporting the Gaza war. It’s not enough to sell the war as a defensive reaction by Israel to years of…


Denver schools superintendent Michael Bennet reported to be Salazar?s replacement.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 3rd, 2009 5:32 am by HL

Denver schools superintendent Michael Bennet reported to be Salazar?s replacement.
Denver Public Schools superintendent Michael Bennet is expected to be named tomorrow by Gov. Bill Ritter (D) as the future replacement for Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO), who is President-elect Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Interior Department. Bennet “won national attention for reforming a pay-for-performance teaching plan to boost incoming teachers’ salaries and increase bonuses […]

bennet.jpgDenver Public Schools superintendent Michael Bennet is expected to be named tomorrow by Gov. Bill Ritter (D) as the future replacement for Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO), who is President-elect Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Interior Department. Bennet “won national attention for reforming a pay-for-performance teaching plan to boost incoming teachers’ salaries and increase bonuses for teachers who take tough assignments. His changes increased teacher support for the plan.”


Obama Wraps Up His Hawaiian Vacation

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 3rd, 2009 5:31 am by HL

Obama Wraps Up His Hawaiian Vacation
CHICAGO, Jan. 2 — President-elect Barack Obama arrived home in Chicago on Friday after bidding adieu to his native Hawaii and wrapping up a 13-day pre-inaugural vacation. He planned to spend just over 48 hours at home before moving his family to Washington on Sunday, in time for his daughters,…

U.S. Debt Set to Soar in This Year
With President-elect Barack Obama and congressional Democrats considering a massive spending package aimed at pulling the nation out of recession, the national debt is projected to jump by as much as $2 trillion this year, an unprecedented increase that could test the world’s appetite for financing…

Governors Call for $1 Trillion Stimulus to Offset Budget Cuts
NEW YORK, Jan. 2 — To help offset state budget cuts, a group of Democratic governors urged the federal government Friday to pass a $1 trillion economic stimulus package, significantly larger than the one under discussion in Congress.

With Obama’s Rise, Hawaii School Adds to Its Distinctions
HONOLULU — When President-elect Barack Obama visited the lush campus of his old high school for a game of basketball in the waning days of his vacation this week, he returned to no ordinary Hawaiian school, but one with a rich history of teaching the island’s elite and an array of distinctions: the…

As 111th Senate Is Set to Begin, Four Seats Still Up in Air
As the gavel quietly fell yesterday on the final session of the 110th Senate, officials in several states sought to cut through the confusion surrounding a quartet of chamber seats whose future occupants remain undetermined amid succession fights and election recount disputes.