Archive from November, 2006
25 Nov
2006
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Empire Zone – NYT

The NYTimes blog, link’d up your school post – well done Nick.

http://empirezone.blogs.nytimes.com/2006/11/22/blogtalk-4/

Have a great Saturday kids.

21 Nov
2006
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Did Democrats Disrespect Charlie Rangel?

Soon as Congressman Rangel proposed reinstituting the draft, Democrats from Chuck Schumer to Nancy Pelosi, came out and squashed his idea. Schumer said it would die before it could get to the Senate and Pelosi gave a nice response how Rangel didn’t really mean it.

I think the whole thing is an embarrassing situation for Rangel. The way the responses took place it appeared to say, nobody takes him serious. It was like Democrats were treating Rangel like the little kid who wants to have a conversation with the adults. They humored him and then said, “ok let mommy and daddy talk now”.

If I was Rangel I would have been insulted.

21 Nov
2006
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Thank Goodness for Apple Juice, No one wants OJ.

What a great thing it is to get this absolutely absurd debacle from getting on television. Another twist in the story however…

The O.J. Simpson book saga took another twist Tuesday when his former sister-in-law, Denise Brown, accused the media company behind the project of trying to buy her family’s silence for “millions of dollars.”…continue reading

http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/TV/11/21/oj.cancel.ap/index.html

21 Nov
2006
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Republicans doing well in House recounts

Vern Buchanan, a Florida Republican saddled with defending the House seat vacated by Katherine Harris, was declared the winner of the super-close race in that district. Naturally, his Democratic opponent, Christine Jennings, just can’t believe she actually lost to a Republican, and has decided to sue in court for a new election. She claims there was a major malfunction in the voting machines used on Election Day. Her proof: a Republican won!

In other too-close-to-call House races, Republican incumbents hold the advantage:

New Mexico Rep. Heather Wilson is ahead in an unofficial tally, edging out her opponent by 879 votes.

Ohio Rep. Jean Schmidt has a 2,800-vote lead, but 9,000 absentee ballots remain to be counted.

Also in Ohio, embattled Rep. Deborah Pryce is ahead of her opponent by more than 3,500 votes, with about 19,000 ballots still to be counted.

In North Carolina, Rep. Robin Hayes holds a razor-thin 339 vote lead against Democrat Larry Kissell.

These races can still go either way. And their outcome will have no effect on the Democrat’s majority in the House, but I don’t care. I’m going to take my consolation wherever I can find it.

21 Nov
2006
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Public school folly:

Originally I wasn’t going to comment about the extra $2 billion that a New York State court order to be paid to New York City schools. However after hearing some of the complaints from the plaintiffs I just had to chime in.

After the decision one of the lawyers on behalf of the plaintiffs claimed that because they didn’t get $5 billion, children would now not be able to read and do math. Now correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t see how an extra $5 billon or even $2 billion is going to make children learn how to read and do math. How come the Catholic school system doesn’t need to raise it’s budget by billions of dollars every year to make sure those kids know how to read and do math?

As someone who went to Catholic school as a child and teenager and now sends his son to Catholic school, I personally enjoy watching them make a mockery out of the public school system year after year.

21 Nov
2006
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Fall Celebration tonight!

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21 Nov
2006
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Does this have no end?

The following is an email from the President of Hillel at Pace University to Phil Orenstein who is pushing for the Academic Bill of Rights in New York State. This is yet another example of the double standards set forth in academia. In advance, I apologize for the lengthy post, but it just needed to be in the words of who experienced it.
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Hello,
I am going to describe two situations that occurred in our school were students rights were suppressed. The first one was with the film “Obsession” and the second is with students who got arrested for a peaceful protest.
1) I am President of “Hillel”, a Jewish club at Pace University. Part of our “Judaism awareness week” (week long full of events relating to Judaism- Nov 13 – 17th) we wanted to show the film “Obsession”. Three weeks before the day of the event I contacted MSA – Muslim Student Association, and notified them that I was going to show the film and have a panel of speakers discuss the film before and after it was viewed. I asked MSA if they would like to collaborate with us on and offered them a chance to bring a speaker of their choice. Two weeks later I hear rumors that the Dean, Dr. Marijo Russell O’Grady wants to pull the plug on the film (I was not told of this by the administration until I made the appointment to see them). The Dean O’Grady, Mr. David Clark, who is head of the student organizations on campus, and I met one week before the event. About 5 – 10 minutes into our conversation Dean O’Grady “warns” me that because of the recent Hate crimes that were committed against the Koran at our school it would point figures and me and my organization. The police will also get involved and begin to look at my record even deeper. The fact is that Hate crimes were committed against the Muslim religion and the Jewish religion but the school only made notice of the Muslim students.
4 Days later a mediation meeting occurred – The Dean, David Clark, two people from Affirmative Action and two professional Mediators were called. The president and secretary of MSA were present and I was the only one present for Hillel. MSA has sent Hillel several E-mails that were full of anger, and hate not only against us but made direct statements about or Club and what our religion stands for. During the mediation MSA spoke first. For about 10min the president of MSA was shouting at me until I finally asked her to stop shouting and that was the only time that the “professional” mediators acknowledged her shouting at me.
The six administrators that were present were creating excuses for MSA’s behavior. The president was constantly shouting at me and at the administrators, towards the end she cursed twice loud enough for everyone to hear and yet nothing was said to her. But when I tried to speak up in defense of the film and our club I was physically put back in my seat. David Clark was sitting next to me and twice he put his hand on my shoulder and pushed me down as a way to silence me.
No one from the administration of MSA ever saw the film so they have no way of knowing what it truly is about. I offered them the opportunity to view the film and both MSA and the administration have turned it down. They didn’t want to hear anything that I had to say because they felt the film would only give the school more bad press. There solution was to put on joint events that focus of “eco-terrorism”. With all do respect but Eco-terrorism did not taken down the World Trade Towers, did not blow two busses in London, hold a school hostage in Russia and continuingly killing thousands in Africa….Radical Islam is the cause and to ignore this and silence those who want to expose this truth is just wrong. When I confronted the Dean about why I was silenced in such a way her response to me was “I am sorry you feel that way”. Its interesting how one group of students gets treated as opposed to another?
2) The second issue was with a demonstration that occurred Thursday Nov 16th. A group of students at Pace organized a protest against the school. Covering issues of increased tuition, poor student support, and freedom of speech. The students proceeded to come closer to the school and the administration arrested 5 students for trespassing. 18 and 19 year old kids were arrested for walking closer to their own University. The same Dean supported these actions.

21 Nov
2006
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The Pope should retract his retraction:

This morning a top Christian leader was assassinated in Lebanon. Pierre Gemayel, the leader of the anti-Syrian Phalange Party, was shot while in his car.

It was only two months ago that Muslim extremists took to the streets to protest Pope Benedict XVI comments during a speech at the University of Regensburh where he commented that Mohammed brought nothing but violence to the world, spreading the faith by the sword.

The protests led the Pope to cave and apologize for his comments. As a Christian leader lies dead, I wonder if this is enough to confirm the Popes original comments and would hope he’ll say I told you so.

20 Nov
2006
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School Corruption?

This was taken from citiesonahill.org.

An Election Year Education Miracle

Education expert Sol Stern takes a look in the latest issue of City Journal at the magic jump in test scores at PS 33 in New York, a school in one of the poorest parts of the Bronx, where 100% of the students qualify for free lunch, which last year had an unheard of 50 percent election year jump in reading scores. While the mayor held a press conference at the school to tout the incredible gains, he’s been unable to explain what he called an “historic” and “record-breaking” improvement.

And this year, the same students have suffered an equally historic collapse–of the 87% of last year’s fourth graders who read at or above grade level, only 47.5% have managed to achieve the same standard as fifth graders.

Principal Elba Lopez isn’t around to explain—after collecting a $15,000 bonus for her incredible work last year, she promptly retired, having boosted her pension by some $12,000 a year for life.

It’s time for an explanation and an investigation; we’ll see if either is forthcoming.

http://www.city-journal.org/html/16_4_sndgs01.html

20 Nov
2006
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Charlie and the draft factory:

Charles Rangel is once again proposing that the U.S. reinstitute the draft. Rangel’s argument is that if there were a draft, leaders in Washington would be hesitant to engage militarily when there is limited evidence. Though I agree that having a draft would be a good idea, mine is for different reasons.

Instituting a draft would be the best thing this government could do for inner-city kids. Many of these kids will never leave the crime filled neighborhoods they come from. Many either drop out of high school or don’t go to college. They turn to a life of crime or low paying jobs to only have kids themselves to keep the cycle going. By having a draft you get these young men and women out of the neighborhood and place them in an environment that will put them on a fast track to bettering their lives.

The draft is not only good for low-income neighborhoods. It would also help middle and higher income groups as those kids are soft and could use a good kick in the rear that the military will give them.

I have three cousins in the military right now and all three will tell you it’s the best thing they ever did. They’re going to come out educated, disciplined and ready to add to society. They will have seen more of the world then dozens of people combined and will leave no doubt in prospective employers minds that they will be ready to work.

As a father of a young boy, I hope Congress reinstitutes the draft. It can end up being just what this country needs to get the new generation to understand and respect the sacrifices of the old.