Are the police outdated?

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 Are the police outdated?

What happened in the town Ferguson, Missouri has had major consequences. Are the police outdated, and do we have to go back to the proverbial drawing board and rethink our most basic assumptions about law enforcement?. Continue reading

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Draconian Drug Sentences in America

just say noDraconian drug sentences in America are now seen as a problem, not as a solution as it was a few generations back. Ill advised and ill begotten, the once-vaunted war on drugs has served as a vote-getting strategy that has helped to put opportunistic politicians in office while doing little to end the scourge of hard drugs in America. In fact, it might have worsened the situation more than anything else has. Continue reading

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Abortion and the Two Americas

Abortion in America

Abortion and the two Americas…an insurmountable dividing line today?

The 2012 presidential election is well over and millions of Americans are breathing easier, happy that the big bad GOP Goliath has once again – at least for now – been vanquished  by David. Other Americans are very angry. They believe that their America , the true America of hardy yeomen and liberty-loving freeholders – is under siege. Continue reading

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Who is Kevin MacDonald?

right wing skinheads

Who is Kevin MacDonald?

What do his theories and books mean to people of color and Jews in America?

Extremism depends on brains before the use of brawn is even a consideration. We are very much creatures of ideas. The street violence that accompanies right wing racism is the effect of a deeper cause – i.e. Von Clausewitz‘ “war that is politics by other means.” Continue reading

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America the Troubled Superpower

America the troubled superpower

Is America the world’s supercop? America the troubled superpower…serious problems at home make it doubtful whether America can continue to play the role of “World Supercop” that it has played since World War II. Continue reading

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Is Citi Bike showing us the way

When I think of the joys of urban bicycling I think of enlightened and progressive  small countries like Holland and Denmark, whose cities offer nicely navigable downtown traffic patterns that feature thousands and thousands of happy bicyclists pedaling away in in an atmosphere that is free of exhaust fumes. Is everyone’s (former?) urban bad guy _ New York – about to go the same way? Citi Bike may be pointing in that direction!

Citi Bike Is My New iPhone Dan Frommer

Founder at City Notes

New York’s new bike-sharing system, now a month old, is still working out the kinks. It’s sometimes impossible to find a bike, and sometimes impossible to return one. Kiosks, after an embarrassingly unreliable start, seem to be generally stable. There are so many complexities that a perfectly smooth system seems improbable.

But even a month in, Citi Bike is easily one of the best things that has happened to New York in the last decade. In a place where things are routinely overhyped, Citi Bike seems to have blown past everyone’s expectations, with more than a million miles traveled so far, over 500,000 trips, and some 50,000 annual members.

And, without hyperbole, Citi Bike has already changed my life. I’ve now lived here for almost 8 years, and after riding zero blocks on bikes the entire time I’d been here, I’ve now traveled 53 miles on Citi Bikes over the past month, spending more than 8 hours in the saddle. Who knew?

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Underfunding and the US Education Crisis

Underfunding is a key component of the US education crisis.

The U.S. education system is slipping behind other nations, and the widening achievement gap between rich and poor students is threatening the country’s global competitiveness, according to a new report from the Council on Foreign Relations.

The report, titled “Renewing America Progress Report and Scorecard,” lays blame at the fact school spending is distributed unequally in the United States.

While the U.S. funds its schools from property taxes on the local community — which often means more money goes to schools in high-income areas where homes are worth the most — most other developed nations divide school funding centrally by enrollment, i.e. the money is allocated evenly on a per-head basis.

“The real scourge of the U.S. education system — and its greatest competitive weakness — is the deep and growing achievement gap between socioeconomic groups that begins early and lasts through a student’s academic career,” said Rebecca Strauss, one of the report’s authors.
Read more at http://www.moneynews.com/Economy/education-US-school-spend/2013/06/21/id/511136?s=al&promo_code=13E80-1#ixzz2X4obULnr

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Facts about Home schooling

There is a movement taking place in America to take back the mind of our children.
The crisis in organized education continues to worsen, alternatives are more and more appealing.
We are in the new digital age in which education – and especially teaching young minds how to think as much as the teaching of specific subjects – does not merely give one a “leg up” in the struggle to survive, but is an absolute necessity. This is the exciting practice called home schooling.

Homeschooling – that is, parent-led home-based education – is an age-old traditional educational practice that a decade ago appeared to be cutting-edge and “alternative” but is now bordering on “mainstream” in the United States. It may be the fastest-growing form of education in the United States. Home-based education is also growing around the world in many other nations (e.g., Australia, Canada, Hungary, Japan, Kenya, and the United Kingdom).

· There are about 2.04 million home-educated students in the United States. There were an estimated 1.73 to 2.35 million children (in grades K to 12) home educated during the spring of 2010 in the United States. It appears the homeschool population is continuing to grow (at an estimated 2% to 8% per annum over the past few years).
Homeschooling – that is, parent-led home-based education – is an age-old traditional educational practice that a decade ago appeared to be cutting-edge and “alternative” but is now bordering on “mainstream” in the United States. It may be the fastest-growing form of education in the United States. Home-based education is also growing around the world in many other nations (e.g., Australia, Canada, Hungary, Japan, Kenya, and the United Kingdom).

· There are about 2.04 million home-educated students in the United States. There were an estimated 1.73 to 2.35 million children (in grades K to 12) home educated during the spring of 2010 in the United States. It appears the homeschool population is continuing to grow (at an estimated 2% to 8% per annum over the past few years).

· Families engaged in home-based education are not dependent on public, tax-funded resources for their children’s education. The finances associated with their homeschooling likely represent over $16 billion that American taxpayers do not have to spend since these children are not in public schools

· Homeschooling is quickly growing in popularity among minorities. About 15% of homeschool families are non-white/nonHispanic (i.e., not white/Anglo).
For the rest of the article go to: http://www.nheri.org/research/research-facts-on-homeschooling.html

National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI)
Copyright © 2011 by Brian D. Ray

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People Very Angry at Westboro Baptist Church

The Westboro Baptist Church Has Made a Lot of People Very Angry

People Very Angry at Westboro Baptist Church…go figure…hiding behind the teachings and example of a man whose name and life have become synonymous with love and forgiveness, this group of haters remind one of Saul of Tarsus when he was embarked on a journey of persecution and death-by-stoning. Continue reading

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Jesse Jackson’s Daughter now with Fox News

Jesse Jackson’s Daughter Hired by Fox News

Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a distinguished author, professor and scholar.
His web site is www.yourblackworld.net

The Washington Examiner and other media outlets are reporting that Jesse Jackson’s daughter has been hired by Fox News. Now, the report has been confirmed by conservative websites as well.

Jesse Jackson’s daughter, Santita Jackson, was previously a host of a 9AM show on WVON 1690 AM in Chicago. No word yet on exactly what Jackson’s role will be on Fox News.

I’ve known Santita for a few years and find her to be an outstanding journalist.  She deserves every opportunity thrown her way, and was one of the leading talents at my favorite radio station in the country (WVON).  I’ll admit though, that I don’t quite understand her move to Fox News, the network that did irreparable harm to her father’s reputation back in 2008.

Read more at:
http://yourblackworld.net/2012/04/black-news/jesse-jacksons-daughter-hired-by-fox-news/

 

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