May 23, 2011

  1. Obama Challenges Israel to Make Hard Choices Needed for Peace
  2. Promise of Arab Uprisings Is Threatened by Divisions
  3. Old Soviet Nuclear Site in Asia Has Unlikely Sentinel: The U.S.
  4. Iceland Shuts Main Airport After Volcano Eruption
  5. Texas Blogger’s ‘Man Crush’ on Putin Leads to Lengthy Heart to Heart
  6. In the Golan Heights, Anxious Eyes Look East
  7. The Saturday Profile: Backing Her Man With Impressive Resources
  8. With Withdrawal Looming, Trails Grow Cold for Americans Missing in Iraq
  9. North Sudan Takes Contested Town on South Border
  10. Mideast Questions Likely to Surface in Obama’s Trip to Europe
May 22, 2011

Illinois to pass education reform – Make it easier to fire bad teachers

The new bill about to be signed into law makes it more difficult for teachers to strike by requiring 75% of the teachers to go out on the picket line. But more important, it makes it easier to fire bad teachers. It streamlines the process from the current two years to a more reasonable three months.

The biggest problem with our public school system is teacher tenure. Once a teacher has tenure, it’s almost impossible to fire him or her. Even the most egregious acts of incompetence such as violence against a student or sleeping in the classroom generally aren’t grounds for dismissal because of the power of the teachers unions. We can dump billions and billions of dollars into the school system, but as long as we have bad teachers, student achievement and teacher morale of good teachers will remain low.
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May 22, 2011

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. may enter presidential race

Huntsman, currently Obama’s Republican ambassador to China, staged a political coming-out party in Washington, D.C. over the weekend to test the waters for a presidential run against his boss. That would constitute insubordination in most businesses, but this is politics.

Huntsman is a Mormon and is distantly related to Mitt Romney. He is one of the more moderate Republicans and favors same-sex civil unions, believes in anthropomorphic climate change, and was for cap-and-trade policies to control pollution, although he now claims he’s against it due to the the floundering economy. Those things won’t go over too well with conservatives, libertarians, Tea Party members, and most Republicans in general.
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May 22, 2011

Prozac use promoter and beneficiary Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana said early Sunday that he would not become a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination

Volcano erupts in Iceland

Western states face threat of flooding due to record mountain snowfall

Spain elections to decide between corrupted Socialists and center-right party

Vermont Governor to sign single-payer health care bill into law

May 22, 2011

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May 22, 2011

Volcano erupts in Iceland – Comparable to hot air coming out of Rush Limbaugh’s mouth

The plume from the Grimsvotn volcano shot 12 miles) into the sky. The eruption was more powerful than its last in 2004. Read more…

May 21, 2011

Christian radio broadcaster cashes in on religious fanaticism

Harold Camping has made millions proselytizing to right-wing religious fanatics and predicted the Apocalypse would begin today at 6:00 PM. Read more…

May 21, 2011

Libertarian talk-show host and former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza joins presidential race

Like Sarah Palin, Cain promotes a “common sense” approach. These radical right-wingers have a strange concept of common sense. Read more…

May 21, 2011

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