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  • (NJ) Poorer school districts are less diverse than ever

    10/08/2008 4:42:56 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 624+ views ^ | 09.21.08 | HEATHER APPEL
    While the state has seen demographic shifts in suburban school districts, the isolation and intense concentration of minority students in the 31 Abbott school districts is worse today than it was 20 years ago.  That's the basis for a "friend of the court" brief filed jointly by the New Jersey Black Issues Convention and the Hispanic Directors Association, two influential umbrella organizations. They are among nine groups challenging the state's overhaul of the school funding formula that guaranteed additional aid to the state's neediest districts. Locally, Paterson, Passaic and Garfield are classified as Abbott districts.   The court is scheduled...
  • Obama says he opposes slavery reparations, apology

    08/02/2008 5:00:44 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 49 replies · 231+ views
    My Way ^ | August 2, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER WILLS
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama opposes offering reparations to the descendants of slaves, putting him at odds with some black groups and leaders. The man with a serious chance to become the nation's first black president argues that government should instead combat the legacy of slavery by improving schools, health care and the economy for all. "I have said in the past - and I'll repeat again - that the best reparations we can provide are good schools in the inner city and jobs for people who are unemployed," the Illinois Democrat said recently. Some two...
  • One Good Thing about Obama’s Candidacy

    07/18/2008 7:18:21 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 13 replies · 106+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 7/18/08 | Purple Mountains
    Like most white, middle-class Americans, I was astounded, shocked and disgusted by the comments and beliefs of Reverend Wright, and, given the applause and cheers, he mirrored the beliefs of most in his congregation. I thought, “well, maybe the people in this church hate America this much, but this has to be a tiny sample of what black people think”. Then, for weeks afterward, I watched black talking head after black talking head appear on various cable news channels – some disagreeing with the Obamas and Wright, but many agreeing with them – that America is a terrible country, for...
  • The Change America Really Needs

    06/25/2008 11:41:44 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 1 replies · 67+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 6/25/08 | Purple Mountains
    As a retired college professor I may live in a bubble of comfort, but I realize full well that millions of Americans live in poverty and hopelessness. It is truly unfortunate that every scheme advanced by liberals over the years aimed at helping people out of poverty has failed so miserably. AFDC Welfare has created millions of fatherless children to their detriment and to the great detriment of society as a whole. AFDC should be converted into a temporary emergency program for new recipients. In my last column I discussed the total failure of the Section 8 Housing program, and...
  • Another Major Liberal Hallmark a Total Failure

    06/24/2008 5:19:08 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 7 replies · 343+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 6/24/08 | Purple Mountains
    We could write columns for the rest of our lives just enumerating the failures of programs inspired by liberals and liberal philosophy – the Great Society, the destruction of families by Welfare, affirmative action, the destruction of our public education system, forced busing, shutdown of drilling for oil and stopping the building of more nuclear plants, dealing with Islamic terrorists in the criminal justice system, etc., etc. Today I want to focus on liberal programs in the area of housing.
  • 1 in 7 Iowa Children Live in Poverty

    02/15/2008 12:39:54 PM PST · by IssuesOriented · 39 replies · 529+ views
    Ottumwa Courier ^ | Feb. 15, 2008 | MARK NEWMAN
    Hunger pains — Wapello County leads the state in food assistance By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer OTTUMWA — Numbers rarely tell the whole story. But when it comes to the well-being of children, decision makers need something to go on. The Child and Family Policy Center, a not-for-profit agency based in Des Moines, recently issued its “Iowa Kids Count” report — information collected from every county in Iowa to show the trends affecting children, from infant deaths to high school graduation rates . “Currently, one in seven children in Iowa lives in poverty and one in three is eligible...
  • Housing changes begin to unravel Katrina victims' lives

    12/20/2007 10:19:10 AM PST · by Snickering Hound · 22 replies · 106+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 12-20-07 | LESLIE CASIMIR
    On a rainy afternoon two days before Thanksgiving, Dawn Haynes was driving when she spotted the family of five sitting on the steps of Gospel Baptist Church. Three adults and two children were huddled under an awning, clutching luggage and looking lost. Mystified, she stopped her car. They told her they were former New Orleanians and that the family had been evicted from its northwest Houston apartment after losing federal housing assistance. Haynes was shocked. ''I haven't thought about the people from Hurricane Katrina being homeless before, until I came across this family," said Haynes, who lives in Acres Homes...
  • Fixing Social Security The FDR Way

    11/26/2007 3:00:11 PM PST · by Delacon · 59 replies · 94+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 26, 2007 | Amity Shlaes
    Older Americans tend to think of Social Security as something we ought to be able to afford. Indeed, many seniors tell themselves that when Washington pours extra cash into the New Deal pension program, the action is something like investing in a new Volvo. The purchase may look extravagant but is, in reality, deliciously necessary. This attitude is also held by some of our most respected pension officials. The longtime Social Security Administration commissioner Robert M. Ball wrote on this page recently that "it's the essence of responsibility, in my view, to insist on no benefit cuts" ["A Social...
  • Democratic Vistas

    09/02/2007 9:34:40 AM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies · 291+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 2, 2007 | NICK GILLESPIE
    THE ARGUMENT Billionaires, Bloggers, and the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics. By Matt Bai. 316 pp. The Penguin Press. $25.95. With the possible exception of the Republicans, is there a major political party more stupefyingly brain-dead than the Democrats? That’s the ultimate takeaway from “The Argument,” Matt Bai’s sharply written, exhaustively reported and thoroughly depressing account of “billionaires, bloggers, and the battle to remake Democratic politics” along unabashedly “progressive” (read: New Deal and Great Society) lines. Well-financed and influential groups ranging from the Democracy Alliance to the New Democrat Network to may be taking over the Democratic Party,...
  • Bush signs bill honoring LBJ

    03/23/2007 4:55:08 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 104 replies · 1,479+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | March 23, 2007 | SUZANNE GAMBOA
    WASHINGTON ? Its front entrance now touts President Bush's education policy, but the Education Department headquarters will one day honor Lyndon Baines Johnson and his work to improve U.S. schools. Bush signed legislation Friday naming the agency's offices after the follow Texan, with 17 members of the Johnson family looking on. Johnson's children, Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Bird Johnson Robb and their spouses, their children and grandchildren gathered at the Oval Office for the signing that was not open to reporters. First lady Laura Bush also attended. Lady Bird Johnson, the former first lady, was unable to attend but...
  • Mom accused of using infant to strike boyfriend

    10/09/2006 6:19:13 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 60 replies · 1,678+ views
    Post ^ | October 9, 2006
    <p>A woman used her 4-week-old baby as a weapon in a domestic dispute, swinging the infant through the air and striking her boyfriend with the child, authorities said.</p> <p>The baby was critically injured in the attack early Sunday, said District Attorney Bradley Foulk.</p>
  • Jersey's growing army of young gangsters Like many, teen charged in officer's death

    09/05/2006 11:22:57 AM PDT · by Coleus · 21 replies · 1,479+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 08.13.06 | JONATHAN SCHUPPE AND MARK MUELLER
    Family photos line the walls of Raynard Brown's tidy Orange home. A good home, his mother calls it, with two working parents who believed in the value of education and the power of after-school activities to keep kids from hunting down trouble. But Cynthia Brown found she couldn't compete with another, more seductive influence in her son's life, not when it grabbed him up so young, molding his behavior since the age of 11. That's when Raynard Brown first came home wearing the signature colors of the Bloods street gang. Over the next eight years, Brown rose to the rank...
  • Why is LBJ's name NEVER mentioned by liberals?

    07/11/2006 6:14:32 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 140 replies · 3,327+ views
    July 11, 2006
    Why is the father of The Great Society ignored? Sure, he messed up with Viet Nam, but that's blamed on W anyway, but he made sure to transfer zillions of dollar$$$ from your back pockets to the back pockets of other people. What's up with that?
  • Hey Johnny... Been There, Done That

    07/07/2006 9:07:52 AM PDT · by libertarianPA · 10 replies · 772+ views
    Amarxica ^ | 7/7/06 | John Reit
    A recent article about John Edwards made me think of that movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It's about a man who goes through a painful break-up with his girlfriend. Rather than deal with the pain of losing the love of his life, he has a doctor erase all memories of her. I suspect the last 40 years have been so traumatic for John Edwards that he has decided to go to the same doctor.
  • Black Families, Black Men

    03/16/2006 11:12:22 AM PST · by FreeManDC · 24 replies · 1,089+ views
    The Reality Check ^ | March 15, 2006 | Carey Roberts
    Sounding like a born-again social conservative, president Lyndon B. Johnson stepped to the podium and made this stirring pronouncement: “When the family collapses, it is the children that are usually damaged. When it happens on a massive scale, the community itself is crippled.” And with his usual modesty, LBJ later hailed that 1965 Howard University commencement address as his “greatest civil rights speech.” A few months later the Moynihan Report came out. Despite its commonsense focus on strengthening the Black family, civil rights leaders raised a stink that Mr. Moynihan was trying to “blame the victim.” Floyd McKissick, director of...
  • Faith keeps Mom, 10 kids hopeful (Where's the daddy? A national disgrace!)

    03/16/2006 5:36:30 AM PST · by FerdieMurphy · 188 replies · 3,414+ views
    Naples Daily News ^ | 3/16/2006 | Jeremy Cox
    A toppled candle destroyed the home and belongings of an out-of-work nurse and her 10 children During the late-afternoon confusion, a candle flame grew Monday into a potentially deadly blaze in the home where Kerren Laitaille had been raising her 10 children. In a matter of minutes, the fire destroyed family pictures, most of their clothes, beds, just about everything they owned. Everything, that is, except their faith. “It’s shown me I’m blessed with my kids and shown me people do care and are there for you,” Laitaille said Wednesday morning in her all-too-temporary home: a room at Hawthorn Suites...
  • Starting over - Atlanta's Katrina evacuees find it takes more than FEMA money to build a new life

    02/17/2006 5:11:19 PM PST · by madprof98 · 33 replies · 941+ views
    Creative Loafing (Atlanta) ^ | 2/15/06 | COLEY WARD
    On Feb. 13, the federal government stopped paying hotel bills for roughly 12,000 families nationwide who lost their homes to damage caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Once as high as 85,000, the number of hotel rooms being paid for by FEMA is down to 8,000. By March 6, FEMA says the hotel subsidies will be completely cut off. At the Country Hearth Inn & Suites near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, people carted their belongings through the lobby and into the cars of family members and friends. Some were headed to new FEMA-subsidized apartments or trailers. But a few lagged behind,...
  • Lying to ourselves

    12/08/2005 10:28:30 AM PST · by NapkinUser · 14 replies · 875+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 12/05/2005 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    In his Inaugural Address in 1965, Lyndon Johnson, coming off one of the great landslides, spread out the plans for his Great Society. It was the heyday of liberalism, and those were days of hope. After civil rights, education topped the agenda. On April 11, at the grammar school he attended, LBJ signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the first federal education law in U.S. history, focused on disadvantaged children. And after 40 years and trillions of tax dollars plunged into public education at all levels, how stands public education? Well, it depends. Sam Dillon reports in Sunday's New...
  • Requiem for the Leftist Welfare Utopia

    11/22/2005 3:11:02 PM PST · by CareyRoberts · 3 replies · 544+ views
    November 22, 2005 | Carey Roberts
    Leftists have devised a simple yet amazingly effective formula to engender social discord: break up the family, marginalize fathers, and then blame the whole mess on men. The pattern can be traced back to LBJ’s Great Society which spawned welfare programs that withheld benefits as long as dad was around. Then came Roe v. Wade, which disenfranchised fathers from the most fundamental decisions involving their unborn young. Next, no-fault divorce laws set the stage for widescale child custody awards to moms. And finally draconian child support programs sent low-income dads shuffling off to debtor’s prison. Judging by Census Bureau reports,...
  • Witness: Blacks, whites, and the politics of shame in America -- by Shelby Steele

    10/26/2005 9:20:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 126 replies · 2,610+ views
    Opinion Journal (Wall Street Journal) ^ | October 26, 2005 | Shelby Steele
    Probably the single greatest problem between blacks and whites in America is that we are forever witness to each other's great shames. This occurred to me in the immediate aftermath of Katrina, when so many black people were plunged into misery that it seemed the hurricane itself had held a racial animus. I felt a consuming empathy but also another, more atavistic impulse. I did not like my people being seen this way. Beyond the human mess one expects to see after a storm like this, another kind of human wretchedness was on display. In the people traversing waist-deep water...