1. Kyle Olson: NY Teachers Harass Student Regarding Her Views on Education

2. Joseph Klein: Obama’s Secret Weapon on Iran: A Charm Offensive

3. Doug Johnson: The Establishment Republicans are Deaf, so Let’s Imagine it’s 2008

4. James Hirsen: ‘Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax’ Provides Box-office Boost for Hollywood

 

 

NY Teachers Harass Student Regarding Her Views on Education

By Kyle Olson

 

After reading the autobiography of former slave Frederick Douglass as part of a district-wide reading initiative, Williams saw parallels between the slaves in the 1800s and students of today who are trapped inside failing, ineffective schools. Williams, an eighth-grader, noted how slave masters used illiteracy and ignorance to keep slaves oppressed. She argued that illiteracy is a major problem in the Rochester City School District, and blamed chaotic classrooms and indifferent teachers for undermining student learning. [more...]

 

 

Obama’s Secret Weapon on Iran: A Charm Offensive

By Joseph Klein

 

President Obama is leading from behind once again. He has decided to participate in a new round of unconditional negotiations with Iran. He still remains under the illusion that, under the pressure of the very late in the day sanctions, Iran just needs a little more time to come to its senses at the bargaining table. The European Union’s foreign-policy chief, Catherine Ashton, issued a statement on behalf of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the U.S. accepting Iran’s invitation to resume talks on what Iran vaguely referred to as “various nuclear issues.” [more...]

 

 

The Establishment Republicans are Deaf, so Let’s Imagine it’s 2008

By Doug Johnson

 

Imagine that it’s the 2008 primary season and Barack Obama was running for the nomination.  Imagine that he was having trouble winning his primary races by any significant margins in most states.  Just think what it would be like if he had to spend three, five, even ten times as much as his challengers just to win each primary race.  Add to that that he used the vast monies he spent to primarily run vicious attack ads against his competitors and not talk about substance.  And add to that that when he wins, he only wins by slim margins.  And let’s also imagine that he just can’t get the core progressive base of the Democrat Party to embrace his candidacy.  What would his chances be in the general election?  What chance would he have to really hit his competitors so hard that it would give him an automatic chain of victories and set up momentum that could roll him all the way into the White House? If all that had happened to him in 2008, we would probably not see him as the incumbent right now. [more...]

 

 

‘Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax’ Provides Box-office Boost for Hollywood

By James Hirsen

 

Family films are keeping Hollywood fiscally sound as has been underscored by this weekend’s release, “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” which not only placed #1 at the box-office but also came in as the biggest opening of the year thus far. According to studio estimates, the environmentally themed film took in $70.7 million. The success of the Seuss movie overshadowed the debut of the raunchy R-rated “Project X,” which attracted only $20.8 million in ticket sales. Rated PG for some mild language, the 3-D animated “Lorax” exceeded industry expectations, which is pumping up Hollywood with some entertainment industry optimism for 2012. [more...]

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