March 13th, 2010

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Glenn Beck Divided By Zero: Even Mormons Thinks He Haz Gone Nuts!

Socialist Hippie Jesus Is Coming To Town!! Save Us Blond Hair Blue Eye Real American Jesus!!!

Rev. Jim Wallis: Glenn Beck Is Wrong, Social Justice Is At The Heart Of Gospel




Christian author and social justice advocate Rev. Jim Wallis appeared on "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" Friday evening to talk about Glenn Beck's recent attack on churches and religious leaders who preach social justice.

Last week, Beck, a Mormon, told his fans to scour their churches for any mention of social justice or economic justice. He said that both terms are "code words" that were used by Nazis and Communists and that if a church preached either, one should "run as fast as you can!"

Wallis told "Countdown" guest host Lawrence O'Donnell that not only are Beck's claims false, they're at odds with the teachings of Jesus. Contrary to Beck's claims that social justice is a perversion of the gospel, Wallis told O'Donnell that helping the poor is at the heart of the gospel.

Wallis: "The God of the Bible is the God of justice. Though the poor are in the center of God's concern... Poverty breaks the heart of God. And it breaks the heart of the church. So, this is about Christians who may disagree on politics. Republicans, Democrats, it doesn't matter. Left or right. We have different views on the role of government. Doesn't matter, But justice is integral to the gospel. And across the spectrum, Christians are saying Glenn Beck got it wrong."

Wallis told O'Donnell that Mormon leaders have called him to apologize for Beck's comments. He hopes that Beck will call him to apologize and talk about social justice.
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Church Uses Marquee To Speak Out Against Beck: ‘Sorry Mr Beck, Jesus Preached Social Justice’

This week, Christian religious leaders have been criticizing Fox News host Glenn Beck for his controversial remarks that churches that promote social and economic justice are somehow dangerous. “If you have a priest that is pushing social justice, go find another parish,” said Beck. Progressive Christian group Sojourners has even launched a campaign calling on Christians to speak out against Beck.

A story posted on CNN today has a photo of a United Church of Christ congregation in Wantagh, NY that took its message right to the community:



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FCC Plan To Flood Nation with Series of Tubes. Telecommunication Giants To Stop Socialist Ebil Plan!

More Tubes Will Slow Down The Truck That Brings My Email! Someone Stop The Ethernet!

Effort to Widen U.S. Internet Access Sets Up Battle

The Federal Communications Commission is proposing an ambitious 10-year plan that will reimagine the nation’s media and technology priorities by establishing high-speed Internet as the country’s dominant communication network.

The plan, which will be submitted to Congress on Tuesday, is likely to generate debate in Washington and a lobbying battle among the telecommunication giants, which over time may face new competition for customers. Already, the broadcast television industry is resisting a proposal to give back spectrum the government wants to use for future mobile service.

The blueprint reflects the government’s view that broadband Internet is becoming the common medium of the United States, gradually displacing the telephone and broadcast television industries. It also signals a shift at the F.C.C., which under the administration of President George W. Bush gained more attention for policing indecency on the television airwaves than for promoting Internet access.

According to F.C.C. officials briefed on the plan, the commission’s recommendations will include a subsidy for Internet providers to wire rural parts of the country now without access, a controversial auction of some broadcast spectrum to free up space for wireless devices, and the development of a new universal set-top box that connects to the Internet and cable service.

The effort will influence billions of dollars in federal spending, although the F.C.C. will argue that the plan should pay for itself through the spectrum auctions. Some recommendations will require Congressional action and industry support, and will affect users only years from now.

Still, “each bullet point will trigger its own tortuous battle,” said Craig Moffett, a senior analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Company.

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Nurses' union: Care does not include sex



AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A union representing Dutch nurses will launch a national campaign Friday against demands for sexual services by patients who claim it should be part of their standard care.

The union, NU'91, is calling the campaign "I Draw The Line Here," with an advert that features a young woman covering her face with crossed hands.

The union said in a statement Thursday that the campaign follows a complaint it had received in the last week from a 24-year-old woman who said a 42-year-old disabled man asked her to provide sexual services as part of his care at home.

The young woman witnessed some of the man's other nurses offering him sexual gratification, the union said. When she refused to do the same, he tried to dismiss her on the grounds that she was unfit to provide care.

"This type of action is not part of the job responsibilities of carers and nurses," NU'91 said.

The case has been reported to police, the union added.

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The Gang

PM Maliki leads poll count in key Baghdad constituency

Partial results from Iraq's election show Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's coalition ahead in Baghdad, which accounts for 20% of parliament's seats

Although there are still no results from seven of Iraq's 18 provinces, partial counts released so far this week show Mr Maliki leading in five.

He is followed closely by the former prime minister, Iyad Allawi, who heads a coalition of Sunni and Shia groups.

There have been complaints about the pace of the count for the 7 March poll.

Final results are not expected for another fortnight, after which there is expected to be a long process of coalition-building.

Sectarian violence erupted as politicians took months to form a government after the last parliamentary election in 2005.

Political manoeuvring

The BBC's Andrew North in Baghdad says the capital is the big prize in these elections, accounting for 70 of the 325 seats in the Council of Representatives.

So the early figures will be a boost to the prime minister, he adds.

With 18% of ballots counted, Mr Maliki's State of Law alliance was comfortably ahead with around 150,000 votes, followed by the Shia-led Iraqi National Alliance (INA) on 108,000, the Independent High Electoral Commission said.

Mr Allawi's secular Iraqiya bloc was in third place with 105,000.

The electoral commission also announced on Saturday that the State of Law was leading in the southern Shia province of Karbala.

With about 10% of votes counted, Mr Maliki's coalition had about 16,000 votes, 9,000 more than the INA.

The State of Law is now ahead in five of the nine provinces where partial results have been released - Baghdad, Najaf, Babil, Karbala and Muthanna. Iraqiya leads in the three predominantly Sunni provinces of Nineveh, Diyala and Salahuddin, while the INA is ahead in two predominantly Shia ones - Misan and Qadisiya.

The Kurdistan Alliance, dominated by the Kurdistan Democratic Party and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, is leading as expected in Irbil.

Our correspondent says Mr Maliki's representatives are already talking with other parties on forming a new coalition government, but there have still been no results from key population centres like Mosul and Basra.

And allegations of fraud continue to hang over the process, he adds.

Iraqiya has claimed ballots were dumped, nearly a quarter of a million soldiers were denied voting rights, and vote counts were fabricated.

About 6,200 candidates from 86 factions stood in the election. Voter turnout was 62%, officials said, despite attacks that killed 38 people.

A credible election is seen as crucial to US military plans to end combat operations this August, seven years after the invasion.

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Men, not ladies, first: we're still sexist in writing

Putting male names before female names in writing is a remnant of sexist thinking, a new study says. The study was conducted by Peter Hegarty and his colleagues at the University of Surrey .

"In the 16th century, naming men before women became the acceptable word-order to use because of the thinking that men were the worthier sex. This grammar has continued with 'Mr and Mrs', 'his and hers' and the names of romantic couples like Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

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Netanyahu To Win The Religious Vote. Will Continue To PUNK America!

Netanyahu Soon To Liberate America From Mooslim Usurper Tyrant and His High-Speed Train Lover Gaffe Machine. We Will Greet Him as a Liberators!

Netanyahu sensed a political advantage, and he's pressing it. Martin Indyk, former American ambassador to Israel, explains Netanyahu's remarkable decision to taunt his country's most important ally.

What happened to Vice President Biden this week in Jerusalem was egregious but hardly new. Right-wing governments in Israel have regularly embarrassed high-level U.S. officials by making announcements about new settlement activity during or just after their visits. But it usually happens to secretaries of state. It infuriated James Baker, confounded Condoleezza Rice, and appalled Madeleine Albright.

When I served as Albright's ambassador in Israel, during Bibi Netanyahu's first term as Prime Minister, he announced a major extension to an existing West Bank settlement as she departed Israel after one of her efforts to move the peace process forward. When she heard the news, she called me on an open line and shouted: "You tell Bibi that he needs to stop worrying about his right wing and start worrying about the United States."

It was good advice, but it went unheeded. Antagonizing the Clinton administration eventually contributed to Netanyahu's downfall. Israeli voters punished him for mishandling the relationship with Israel's only true ally.

The second time around, one might have expected Netanyahu to be more circumspect about his relations with the Obama administration, especially because Israel is now so dependent on the United States to deal with the growing threat from Iran.
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JihadJane Captured! One More Jihad Lady and We Can Complete Our Collection!

Terrified Media Fears That Terrorists Have Develop Technology To Turn Brown People Into White Skinned Blond Hair Blue Eyes Terrorists!!

A Colorado Mom Is Arrested in Terror Plot Case
A Second American Woman Is Arrested in Cartoonist Case

Last Easter, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, a 31-year-old mom with a $30,000-a-year job as a medical assistant, announced to her family that she had converted to Islam. A few months later, she began posting to Facebook forums whose headings included "STOP caLLing MUSLIMS TERRORISTS!"

On Sept. 11, she suddenly left Leadville, Colo., a small town in the Rocky Mountains, for Denver, then for New York, to meet and marry a Muslim man she connected with online, her family says. Ms. Paulin-Ramirez, who is 5-foot-11 and blonde, phoned her mother and stepfather in Leadville, providing them with an address in Waterford, Ireland, they say.

Now, she is in the custody of the Irish police, along with six other individuals, arrested as part of an investigation into a conspiracy to commit murder, according to officials familiar with the case. The nature of the authorities' suspicions about Ms. Paulin-Ramirez couldn't be determined on Friday.

Ms. Paulin-Ramirez's interest in Islam "came out of left field," said her mother, Christine Holcomb-Mott, in an interview at her home Friday, wearing a blue sweatsuit with a silver cross around her neck.

"I'm angry with her right now," Ms. Holcomb-Mott said. "I'd like to just choke her. But I'm worried about her, too. I love my daughter."

Nearby was a stack of photos of Ms. Paulin-Ramirez, with a sparkling smile, and her son, who has brown hair and eyes. Her mother looked at the images over and over, as college basketball played on the TV.
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It’s China’s World We’re Just Living in It

Back when President Obama lived in Indonesia, in the late 1960s, China loomed as a malign force to the north, where communist cadres plotted to export their revolution to the rest of Asia. The Jakarta he'll visit later this month has an entirely different attitude toward the People's Republic. Local companies are doing deals in yuan, the Chinese currency, rather than dollars. If Jakarta gets in financial trouble, as it did back in 1997, it will be able to call on a $120 billion regional reserve fund, an Asia-only version of the International Monetary Fund due to be launched this month, bankrolled in part by China's massive foreign-exchange reserves. Asia's key economic and political issues are no longer being hashed out on trips like Obama's—between individual nations and the United States—but at summits that include only China, Japan, South Korea, and the Southeast Asian countries. "China has been instrumental in this shift in focus from 'Asia-Pacific,' which was largely about the U.S. and Japan, to 'East Asia,' which has China at the center," says Martin Jacques, author of When China Rules the World.

Fair enough: everyone understands that China deserves a big say in what goes on in its neighborhood. But what most people haven't noticed yet is that Beijing also wants to write—or, at least, help write—new rules of the road for the world. "China now wants a seat at the head of the table," says Cheng Li, director of research at the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution. "Its leaders expect to be among the key architects of global institutions."

It's easy to forget that big international bodies like the IMF and the World Bank were created by just a few nations, led by the United States. These economic organizations have global reach, but that globe used to be dominated by the American superpower, and their policies were suffused with U.S. values. When Beijing was a small-stakes player its leaders didn't always like the setup, but they lived with it, even facing down fierce grassroots opposition to join the World Trade Organization.

But now China has more worldwide clout, and public opinion at home has taken on a combative (and sometimes downright jingoistic) tone. So with one eye on China's national interests and the other on domestic critics accusing the regime of "coddling" the West, Beijing has begun to push harder to reshape international systems to make them more China-friendly (and, in the process, to raise the regime's chances of survival).

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It's not over until the fat lady sings - Texas SBoE changes NOT finalized until May!

I had started up a hastag for the latest SBoE fuckery, #TexasSBoE, when I found a NYT article online, Texas Conservatives Win Curriculum Change, that mentioned that the the SBoE will have less effect because schools are moving to online digital publications of textbooks and the publishers can tailor make them for the schools.

Also there is this little gem of a press release from the Texas Education Agency (hat tip @txvoodoo)
March 12, 2009
Social studies standards, educator preparation accreditation program win State Board’s backing

AUSTIN – After considering about 300 amendments during its January and March meetings, the State Board of Education, on a 10-5 vote today, gave preliminary approval to new social studies curriculum standards that will be used in the Texas public schools.

The wide-ranging debate over what should be taught in history classes covered everything from non-controversial items to heavily discussed topics such as how the history of the Alamo should be taught and whether hip hop should be discussed in classrooms. (All those who died at the Alamo will be discussed in seventh grade Texas history classes. Hip hop will not be part of the official curriculum standards.)

A document containing the extensive revisions will be posted on the Texas Education Agency website and posted in the Texas register by mid-April. Once posted, the official 30-day public comment period will begin. At that time, comments with suggested changes to the document can be sent to rules@tea.state.tx.us.
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I know this isn't a news item but considering the highly important subject matter and that this is straight from the horse's mouth I thought members should know about this so they can voice their opinions where the document comes out in a month.

It seems that we can stop this.
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Chile Shaking

by Marc Cooper

The most treacherous aftershock of Chile's devastating earthquake was the yawning divide between rich and poor--a fissure that has been mostly papered over by several decades of denial and delusion. One needed look no further than the Twitter torrent gushing from the broken country within hours of the temblor. As swarms of desperate Chileans sacked and emptied the shelves of every market and pharmacy in the hardest-hit, isolated southern region, there was a virtual tsunami of tweets, laden with class- and race-charged epithets, demanding that the army shoot to kill all "delinquents," along with a flurry of nostalgic pleas for a return to military dictatorship.

Indeed, with the veneer of social order crumbling almost as fast as the half-million to 1.5 million homes of wood, adobe and other substandard materials, outgoing President Michelle Bachelet ordered tank regiments and thousands of combat troops into the affected areas, producing chilling scenes, reminiscent of the Pinochet era, of nervous conscripts pointing their rifles at the backs of detained "vandals." At one point an eighteen-hour-a-day curfew was clamped down on the battered city of Concepción, as if its population were suspects rather than victims. Despite the military response, Bachelet's center-left government and leaders of the conservative opposition all initially underplayed the scope of the disaster. Bachelet wavered thirty-six hours before declaring an official state of catastrophe, and she balked at pleading for significant international aid--a mistake that could cost hundreds of millions. Even the Chilean navy fumbled a tsunami warning for a stretch of the southern coast, possibly costing many lives.

The attitude of exaggerated national pride was perfectly consistent with the barrage of statements from all quarters expressing either feigned or naïve shock that so many Chileans would take advantage of the disaster to loot. After all, Chile has been laboring under a dangerous myth--fostered by the Pinochet dictatorship, then amplified during the ensuing twenty years of democratic government--that the country has somehow left behind the Third World. Having long fancied itself "the Switzerland of South America," in more recent times Chile was dubbed an economic "jaguar," the hemispheric cousin to the Asian "tigers."Collapse )



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IMO, Marc Cooper always has really good and insightful things to say, especially about Chile. And "Pinochet & Me" is a really awesome book.

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women's history month with brecho: day thirteen

The impact women have had on history affects all areas of human history. Although the work women do fight for the equality of women should be covered and praised, I also think it's important to show that the voices and actions of women have done even more than that. Like in the recent Iranian protests, as described here.

Iranian feminist blogger calls for social media rethink


Social media tools like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube need to be better channelled towards the long-term goals of social movements, according to an Iranian feminist blogger.

Writer Parvin Adalan was in Paris on Thursday to accept a Google and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) award on behalf of the 20 women who founded the site we-change.org in 2006.
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Lesbian sgt. discharged after police tell military




Jene Newsome played by the rules as an Air Force sergeant: She never told anyone in the military she was a lesbian. The 28-year-old's honorable discharge under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy came only after police officers in Rapid City, S.D., saw an Iowa marriage certificate in her home and told the nearby Ellsworth Air Force Base.

Newsome and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint against the western South Dakota police department, claiming the officers violated her privacy when they informed the military about her sexual orientation. The case also highlights concerns over the ability of third parties to "out" service members, especially as the Pentagon has started reviewing the 1993 "don't ask, don't tell" law.

"I played by 'don't ask, don't tell,'" Newsome told The Associated Press by telephone.

"I just don't agree with what the Rapid City police department did. ... They violated a lot of internal policies on their end, and I feel like my privacy was violated."

 

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Government revisiting restrictions on blood donations by gay men

Seems like the pressure of those senators might be working.

Backers of a change, including Sen. John Kerry, say the policy is outdated medically. Hemophilia groups want to keep it.
Reporting from Washington

Federal health officials announced Friday that they would reexamine a 27-year-old set of restrictions on blood donations by gay men.

The restrictions, enacted in the early years of the AIDS epidemic in the United States, impose a lifetime ban on men donating blood if they've had sex with another man at any time since 1977.

In recent years, the American Red Cross, the American Assn. of Blood Banks and America's Blood Centers, which collectively represent almost all blood banks in the country, have recommended loosening the restrictions to allow men who have abstained from gay sex for one year to donate blood.

The American Medical Assn. also has proposed revising the policy but recommended a five-year instead of a one-year waiting period.

Gay rights groups also have pushed for a change in the donor policy, arguing that it stigmatizes gay men and does not adequately address threats to blood safety posed by high-risk heterosexual behaviors.

Changes in the rule have been opposed by hemophilia patient groups. People with hemophilia, a bleeding disorder, are heavy users of blood products, and about 10,000 were infected with HIV in the late 1970s and early 1980s before the current limits were put in place. Thousands of those infected with the virus subsequently died.

Last week, a group of 18 senators, led by John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) wrote to the Food and Drug Administration urging it to revisit the policy on donations by gay men, calling it "outdated, medically and scientifically unsound."

Improvements in testing technology allow for a revision in the donation rules without threatening the safety of the blood supply, the letter said.

The FDA last examined the donation protocols in 2006 but left the restrictions in place.

The FDA "has been actively engaged in reexamining the issue of blood donor deferral for men who have had sex with other men, taking into account the current body of scientific information, and we are considering the possibility of pursuing alternative strategies that maintain blood safety," the agency said in a statement.

The issue will be examined by the Department of Health and Human Services' blood safety committee in June, according to the statement.

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Even if they look at "alternative strategies", better than nothing. Although, they could be doing the same nonsense they did in 2006, just to quiet people.
The Gang

New Hope for Progress Among U.S. Delegates to UN Meeting

Women have been stymied for years in efforts to achieve U.S. ratification of CEDAW, the UN treaty to eliminate discrimination against women. Now, meeting at the UN, U.S. women hope to regain influence in establishing rights for women around the world.

The theme of the 54th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status  of Women (UN CSW) meeting in New York these first two weeks in March is “Beijing + 15,” a look at progress women have made since the International Women’s Conference in Beijing a decade and a half ago. With the Obama Administration and a new Congress beginning in 2009, hopes are high for bold work on women’s rights both internationally and within the United States.

In meeting with women from NGOs and other U.S. women’s groups that are coalescing around the official UN CSW meetings, U.S. delegate Ellen Chesler, author and Hunter College historian, remarked that “There are very conservative countries we’re dealing with here. Happily, the United States is no longer among them.” She looks forward to “dramatic” achievements for women across the globe.

The United States is preparing a resolution on maternal mortality—calling not only for its reduction, but elimination. That entails a focus for women around the world on access to health care, an end to the dangers of illegal abortions, eliminating marriages of children, and allowing women the ability to space the bearing of children through family planning. Other of-the-moment issues under discussion during the two weeks treat physical violence directed toward women involved in politics, participation by women in policy making that is real—not just on paper, women taken hostage, women and economic development, an end to female genital mutilation, and fighting HIV-AIDS.

But key among the inspirations that United States delegates and U.S. women’s groups will take away from the meetings is a renewed impetus for the United States to ratify CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. CEDAW was passed by the UN General Assembly more than 30 years ago and has been ratified by all UN member states, except the US and such others as Sudan, Iran, and Somalia. The United States is the only industrialized country not to have ratified.  Essentially, by failing to ratify, the United States is losing whatever status it may have had as a leading country in the area of women’s and human rights.

In a meeting this week of delegates and women’s groups, ratifying CEDAW was compared to ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, only better, because a UN treaty would have the weight of international bodies behind it. CEDAW has been used by women around the world to monitor the status of women and to share best practices in making change. For stories about the success that it has had, one need only look to the United Nations Unifem website for such headlines as:

- Kenyan Courts Protect Women’s Inheritance Rights

- CEDAW Shines a Spotlight on Femicide in Mexico

- Equality for Women in Morocco’s Family Law

CEDAW has also been used to fight sexual enslavement and the trafficking of girls and women, to secure legal recourse against violence and human rights abuse, to access primary education and health care, to save lives during pregnancy and birth, and to help women attain equity through reforming inheritance laws and development loans.

Even without the sanction of ratification, U.S. localities have embraced CEDAW. For example, the city of San Francisco passed a local ordinance reflecting the values of CEDAW in 1998. That has lead to a data-driven report on girls and gender analysis guidelines for the policies, programs, and budgets of city departments.

An effort to ratify the treaty this year, before U.S. mid-term elections, is spearheaded by the ACLU, YWCA, Citizens for Global Solutions, and National Women’s Law Center among other groups under the auspices of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.  For more information on the campaign, visit the CEDAW Task Force website.

The views expressed here are the authors alone.

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Obama promise: Focus on getting kids to college

ATLANTA – President Barack Obama is promising parents and their kids that with his administration's help they will have better teachers in improved schools so U.S. students can make up for academic ground lost against youngsters in other countries.

A plan to overhaul the 2002 education law championed by President George W. Bush was unveiled by the Obama administration Saturday in hopes of replacing a system that in the last decade has tagged more than a third of schools as failing and created a hodgepodge of sometimes weak academic standards among states.

"Unless we take action — unless we step up — there are countless children who will never realize their full talent and potential," Obama said during a video address on Saturday. "I don't accept that future for them. And I don't accept that future for the United States of America."

In the proposed dismantling of the No Child Left Behind law, education officials would move away from punishing schools that don't meet benchmarks and focus on rewarding schools for progress, particularly with poor and minority students. Obama intends to send a rewrite to Congress on Monday of the law.

The proposed changes call for states to adopt standards that ensure students are ready for college or a career rather than grade-level proficiency — the focus of the current law.

The blueprint also would allow states to use subjects other than reading and mathematics as part of their measurements for meeting federal goals, pleasing many education groups that have said No Child Left Behind encouraged teachers not to focus on history, art, science, social studies and other important subjects.

And, for the first time in 45 years, the White House is proposing a $4 billion increase in federal education spending, most of which would go to increase the competition among states for grant money and move away from formula-based funding.

The blueprint goes before the House Education and Labor Committee on Wednesday as Obama pushes Congress to reauthorize the education law this year, a time-consuming task that some observers say will be difficult. Committee Chairman George Miller, a Democrat from California, praised Obama's plan.

"This blueprint lays the right markers to help us reset the bar for our students and the nation," Miller said in a prepared statement.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan briefed a handful of governors, lawmakers and education groups on the plan Friday, including Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, a Republican.

"The governor is very supportive of the direction the secretary is going," said Perdue's spokesman Chris Schrimpf.

A few other highlights from the blueprint:

• By 2020, all students graduating from high school would need to be ready for college or a career. That's a shift away from the current law, which calls for all students to be performing at grade level in reading and math by 2014.

• Give more rewards — money and flexibility — to high-poverty schools that are seeing big gains in student achievement and use them as a model for other schools in low-income neighborhoods that struggle with performance.


• Punish the lowest-performing 5 percent of schools using aggressive measures, such as having the state take over federal funding for poor students, replacing the principal and half the teaching staff or closing the school altogether.

• Duncan has said the name No Child Left Behind will be dropped because it is associated with a harsh law that punishes schools for not reaching benchmarks even if they've made big gains. He said the administration will work with Congress to come up with a new name.

Amy Wilkins, a vice president with The Education Trust in Washington, D.C., called the blueprint a "culture shift."

"One of the things America has not been clear about is what k-12 is supposed to do," Wilkins said. "In this, we're saying K-12 is supposed to prepare kids for college and meaningful careers."

The nation's first federal education law — Elementary and Secondary Education Act — was passed in 1965 as part of Lyndon B. Johnson's war on poverty. The law has been reauthorized several times since, most recently in 2001 under President George W. Bush.

It was criticized by educators for focusing too much on testing and not enough on learning. Daniel Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, said he is glad to see No Child Left Behind go away.

"We're delighted over that," he said. "We have not been a fan of No Child Left Behind."

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Hotel owner offers prom for Mississippi students

(There's some good in the world!)


Hotel owner offers prom for Mississippi students



JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A hotel owner in New Orleans is offering to host a prom for seniors at a Mississippi high school.

The school's own prom was canceled after an 18-year-old lesbian student said she wanted to take her girlfriend, and wear a tux. The ACLU demanded that school officials change their policy against same-sex prom dates. And it said the district violated Constance McMillen's free expression rights by not letting her wear a tux.

McMillen is asking a federal judge to force the school district to reinstate the dance.

Meanwhile, New Orleans hotel owner Sean Cummings is offering to take the students to New Orleans by bus, and host a free prom at one of his properties.

He tells a Jackson newspaper (The Clarion-Ledger) he's disappointed with the school board's decision -- and that high school should be concluded on a "joyful" note.

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Love hearing stories about people doing good because it's simply the right thing to do. And prom at a hotel >>>>>>>>> prom in the high school gym.
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Campaign Against Racism

This article was originally in Spanish, but I thought it was interesting enough (and short enough!) to translate for here. Did the best I could with the translation, but if anyone feels that I've made mistakes, please feel free to tell me!

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Campaign Against Racism
Insistance that Census data is discriminatory
By Keila López Alicea


Believing that the results of the 2000 Census had the effect of making the mix of races in Puerto Rico "invisible", a nonprofit organization has taken on the task of informing the public about the most realistic way of answering the population questionnaire that is filled out once every ten years.

The co-director of Ilé, Inc./Organizers for Consciousness-in-Action, María I. Reinat Pumarejo, explained that they launched an awareness campaign that year intended to refute the claim that 80.4% of the residents of Puerto Rico are white.

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The Secret Shelters That Protect Afghan Women



WARNING: VIDEO IS GRAPHIC


Not every Afghan is hoping the Americans soon leave their country. Some are actually dreading it.

"You can't leave Afghanistan," Manizha, who helps run a shelter for battered women, recently warned "World News" anchor Diane Sawyer. Behind Manizha, women who were beaten, bruised and badly scarred shake their heads in urgent agreement.

The secret women's shelter is run by Manizha -- who, like most Afghans, goes by only one name -- and by New Yorker Esther Hyneman. It is one of a string of shelters and counseling centers that opened in 2007 and have since helped about 1,500 Afghan women escape beatings and abuse that can shock even battle-hardened combat surgeons.

Among the most heartbreaking is the story of Bebe. She is 17, and she says her face was mutilated by her husband, a Talib. Bebe's nose and ears were cut off as punishment for running away to escape the constant pummeling by her husband and his family.

She was married to the radical Muslim when she was 12, Manizha told Sawyer. Her marriage was the result of an outlawed tribal custom called "baad" in which the daughter was given away as compensation for a crime or offense committed by a male member of Bebe's family.

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N.C. teacher writes 'loser' on assignments

Source: ABC local affiliate

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CANDLER, N.C. (KABC) -- A N.C. teacher is in hot water after writing 'loser' on a 6th grade student's assignments. He said it was his way of joking.

The girl's mother, Patty Clement, said the Enka Middle School teacher Rex Roland has done this twice now on her daughter's assignments and says it sends the wrong message.

"This is telling her 'You're a loser. You're not going to go anywhere,'" she said.

The girl was removed from Roland's class. Roland apologized, saying this was his way of joking with the students.

Some parents defended his teaching style, but Clement wants him suspended.

The school district will only say that this is a personnel matter that's being looked into.

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