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Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Republicans plan to use the investigative powers of Congress to go after President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, and they're focusing on questions uppermost in the minds of consumers: What's it going to cost me? Can I keep the coverage I have if I like it?
The war to undo the heath care reforms that have been needed and sought by Republican and Democratic presidents alike begins.
The battle to take away my protection against denial of coverage or caps on how much I may collect and therefore how much I can fight for my own health, due to pre-existing conditions, begins.
All the gains are now in the crosshairs of a Republican dominated House of Representatives.

From NPR: 
Black male students are nearly twice as likely to drop out of high school as their white counterparts. A new study says that statistic and others call for a different approach to help black men and boys succeed.
As head of the Council of the Great City Schools, Mike Casserly has seen lots of depressing numbers about achievement for minority students. But he says performance for black males is shockingly low.

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"African-American male students who were neither disabled nor poor were doing no better than white students who were disabled and/or poor," Casserly says.
The new report by the group analyzed test scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress to get at other depressing truths about achievement for African-American men and boys. They are twice as likely as whites to be held back in elementary school, and three times as likely to be suspended from school. That trend follows black men right into adulthood: They are half as likely as white male students to graduate college in four years.

It's in how your read it...or say it...

Government is not broken.


The congress are not crooks.


The work of the nation is getting done.


Is it perfect?


No.

But in the first two years of the Obama administration more legislation passed than any time since the first two years of the Roosevelt Administration. And it was bipartisan, despite grandstanding on final votes. Every bill had bipartisan sponsorship, amendments and additions, compromises from both parties.

Unfortunately many of those who made it work are out...defeated in Republican primaries for being too reasonable and moderate, or by right wing Republican candidates just for being Democrats and politicians. Good men and women of both parties. Good man and woman who functioned in a more reasonable age, when compromise, progress and the good of all the people and not just one perspective claiming to represent "the people" bore serious consideration.

It's a new era, the end of an era and a time of spin crafting the perception of political reality, proving once and for all that actions do not speak louder than words.

Check out these three stories from this afternoons National Public Radio's All Things Considered.

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with outgoing U.S. Sen. Ted Kaufman, a Delaware Democrat, who was appointed to Joe Biden's seat when Biden was elected vice president. Kaufman's 22-month term in office will end next Monday when Chris Coons is sworn in.


Now that the dust has settled after the U.S. midterm elections, European nations are wondering what it all means for them. Although last week's Republican success is not expected to provoke a sudden shift in President Obama's foreign policy, analysts say there are concerns that congressional opposition will affect specific issues -- among them Afghanistan, the Middle East and the START nuclear weapons treaty with Russia.


The golden anniversary of Kennedy's election victory coincides with the end of a Kennedy era, however. Next month, when Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy leaves office, it will be the first time in 60 years that a Kennedy will not hold elected office in the nation's capital.

And finally what is in a word? As literacy decreases you may want to adopt and antiquated word...

The website savethewords.org offers the chance to bring arcane words back to life. Web surfers can "adopt" a word like "historiaster," which means "contemptible historian," or obarmate, which means "to arm against." By adopting the word, people pledge to use it in everyday speech and writing. The site has attracted media attention from around the world. Upon investigation, it turns out to be the project of an advertising agency. The office of Young and Rubicam in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, was hired to promote the print version of the Oxford English Dictionary. Robert Siegel tells us about it, and we hear from Y&R creative director Edward Ong, who helped create the site, and has been astounded at its worldwide appeal.

Mr. Goodwrench RIP

Mr Goodwrench, the role originated by SAG activist Paul Napier, will be buried in the graveyard of American icons, over 35 years after he was born. The reason...to give each GM brand its own brand identity, down to sales and service levels.

Give up your health care before you vote to undo mine....


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Senator Dick Durbin asks Republicans who oppose health reform to give up the health plans they and their families receive from the federal government as members of Congress: "The federal employees health benefit program that we enjoy as individuals and want for our families is all we are asking for.

Thank you to CSN Professor Michael Green for this post.

Brains and ballot boxes: Electorate is as uninformed as ever

Deliberate advertising of "false" facts, heavy budgets, e-mail gossip, image advertising and dirty politics has taken its toll on an electorate painfully misinformed, voting for all the wrong reasons.

With misinformation efforts on rise, the reality worsens

A voter said she chose 
Brian Sandoval for governor 
because “he’s hot. 
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 | 2 a.m.By now the sign on a dirt lot in the southeast valley has become an infamous symbol of Nevada’s less-than-genius politics. It read, “4 Years of Angle is better than a LIFE TIME OF REID!”
It was sponsored by the “Concerned Citizens of Nevada,” who, for all their concern, apparently did not know that a term in the U.S. Senate is six years and not four.
It wasn’t just Sharron Angle backers who showed flashes of ignorance, however. Supporters of Democrat Sen. Harry Reid were also often misinformed or uninformed.
The Sun interviewed 250 voters, and many gave baffling answers to questions about their politics, expressing a sometimes startling degree of ignorance. A man thought he had selected the challenger to Rep. Shelley Berkley even though he was in the wrong congressional district to have cast that vote. He wasn’t alone, as many voters didn’t know which district they reside in, and therefore, don’t know who their representative in Congress is.
Many in Berkley precincts mistakenly thought their choice was between Rep. Dina Titus and Joe Heck, probably because there was so much money spent on TV advertising in that race.
A voter said she chose Brian Sandoval for governor because “he’s hot.” 
A voter chose Reid because her husband told her to.

HBO Go pacts with Google TV

The marriage of the Internet and television has finally arrived, and HBO appears to be the maid of honor.

SERVICE ALLOWS VIEWERS TO WATCH 600 HOURS OF PROGRAMMING


On Oct. 4, the pay cabler announced it had joined with Google TV to offer HBO Go -- the online video destination for HBO subscribers -- on Google's new platform that promises a seamless entertainment experience.

Google TV is the search engine giant's attempt to combine the television and the Internet. In addition to watching shows and scheduling recordings from their cable and satellite operator, users can find streaming content from providers such as Netflix, Amazon and YouTube, surf the web from their living room couch and run many of the games and apps from the Android app market.
"People are watching TV differently these days versus even five years ago, and HBO is taking advantage of that to get new subscribers and stay relevant," says SNL Kagan senior media analyst Deana Myers. "Google TV puts it all in one place for you."

Cultural Events of the 21st Century

By Dave McNary"Blockbusters are what translate into cultural events," said DreamWorks topper Stacey Snider at Variety'sFuture of Film Summit on Tuesday. Click here for the full Variety.com story. Subscription is recommended.