This blog will be about whatever suits my fancy. Chances are, it will concentrate on media misrepresentations of the American "Black community", Black politics, politics in general, and whatever else I want to mentally masturbate about.
Baltimore's poor African-American students are reading on average as
well as their peers, whether they are in a small town in North Carolina
or a city such as Chicago, according to the results of a national test
The results of the most rigorous and reliable
assessment of reading given across the nation show that the city still
faces challenges in improving its schools. The majority of fourth- and
eighth-graders didn't pass the National Assessment of Educational
Progress, which doesn't test just whether they can read, but whether
they can comprehend a long passage and write a short response.
are primed to take the next leap into a story which is increasingly
about excellence rather than a story about chasing 'good enough,' " said
city schools CEO Andres Alonso.
Results of the test showed that
42 percent of the city's fourth-graders are reading at a basic,
proficient or advanced level, compared with 65 percent across the
nation. In eighth grade, 54 percent of students were at basic or above,
compared with 73 percent in the nation.
Only 2 percent of the
city's fourth-graders were considered advanced readers and none of its
Baltimore scored below the average for
cities, but still beat out a number of cities with large poor and
minority populations. Washington, which made some of the largest gains
over 2007 and has a schools leader who has pushed cutting-edge changes,
still had lower scores than Baltimore for eighth-grade reading.
After reading that, would you think this would be the title?
Reading scores show city's poor, black students on par with peers around U.S.
I mean, what the hell?!!?!?!?!?!?!
Tell the damn truth! The kids in Baltimore City Public Schools performed HORRIBLY on the tests!
Three days after calling health-care reform a debacle for Republicans,
David Frum was forced out of his job at the American Enterprise
Institute on Wednesday.
The ouster also came one day after a harsh Wall Street Journal editorial ripped the former speechwriter for President
George W. Bush, saying he "now makes his living as the media's go-to
basher of fellow Republicans" and accusing him of "peddling bad
The following really is "interesting".
Bruce Bartlett, another conservative scholar who has been at odds with
the right, wrote that Frum told him AEI staffers "had been ordered not
to speak to the media" about health care "because they agreed with too
much of what Obama was trying to do. . . . The donor community is only
interested in financing organizations that parrot the party line."
I was associate editor and columnist for the Wall
Street Journal. I was Business Week’s first outside columnist, a
position I held for 15 years. I was columnist for a decade for Scripps
Howard News Service, carried in 300 newspapers. I was a columnist for
the Washington Times and for newspapers in France and Italy and for a
magazine in Germany. I was a contributor to the New York Times and a
regular feature in the Los Angeles Times. Today I cannot publish in, or
appear on, the American “mainstream media.”
For the last six years I have been banned from the
“mainstream media.” My last column in the New York Times appeared in
January, 2004, coauthored with Democratic U.S. Senator Charles Schumer
representing New York. We addressed the offshoring of U.S. jobs. Our
op-ed article produced a conference at the Brookings Institution in
Washington, D.C. and live coverage by C-Span. A debate was launched. No
such thing could happen today.
For years I was a mainstay at the Washington Times,
producing credibility for the Moony newspaper as a Business Week
columnist, former Wall Street Journal editor, and former Assistant
Secretary of the U.S. Treasury. But when I began criticizing Bush’s wars
of aggression, the order came down to Mary Lou Forbes to cancel my
I want to make a quick point about political categorization.
Recent polls "show" that those polled Americans are now more likely to classify themselves as "conservative." During the Bush administration, those polled Americans were most likely to classify themselves as moderates or independents.
I often challenge people who label me "liberal/progressive/conservative" because I don't think those applying the label can honestly define what the label means. I think these polls show the same thing. The people labeling themselves are doing so NOT because they have an understanding of what the labels really mean and have taken time to see to which they more closely align, they are doing so as a REACTION to things they don't like.
The media are starting to push for "a title" for the end of the decade. I don't understand the need to label the decade, but if they are going to do that, then why not the "Terrorism Decade"?
Think about all of the changes that have happened BECAUSE people flew two planes into the World Trade Towers. Think about the loss of some civil liberties. Think about the fear that still exists, today. Think about the pending changes, I think, that are in store to "tighten security" in this country.
Harry Potter, the iPod, the iPhone, the Blackberry, the housing boom, and the financial bust have NOTHING on that, IMO.
George Michael, a high-rated and hyperanimated Washington sportscaster
whose use of game highlights on his syndicated sports program became
the model for successful broadcasters such as ESPN, died Thursday
morning at Sibley Memorial Hospital, according to a statement issued by
his former employer, WRC (Channel 4).
It was, after all, George W. Bush who became the first modern president to refuse literally every interview request from the New York Times over the span of nine years. The NYT's Sheryl Gay Stolberg explained about a year ago, "[Bush] White House officials are quite open about the fact that we have not gotten an interview because they don't like our coverage."
And then there was Dick Cheney, only going on Fox News or Rush Limbaugh for interviews.
Remember when one of the Dixie Chicks spoke out against Pres. Bush? Remember all of the calls for boycotting the group's concerts and CDs? Weren't many of them politically aligned with Limbaugh?
Remember the effort by K. Mfume to get a syndicated talk show and how he was attacked for doing so? Remember how people said he was ideological and that his attempts to get a show seemed shady because the NAACP was saying media doesn't have enough Black faces?
Remember people like Jesse Lee Peterson going after sponsors of Jesse Jackson, Sr's Wall Street initiative? Remember the out cry because of Jackson, Sr's comments and his "shake down" of corporations?
Here is an interesting observation about the reporting of unemployment statistics.
During the Bush administration, conservatives , Republicans, and the conservative media crowed about the low unemployment numbers, and rarely, if at all, commented on the unemployment numbers for Blacks (unless the minimum wage was mentioned) or the "real unemployment numbers" that included people who "gave up" looking for a job. However Black progressives/liberals seemed to always use these statistics as well.
Now that Obama is the president, Republicans, conservatives, and the conservative media, are using these numbers (Black unemployment, "real" unemployment) to indict the Obama administration policies. Meanwhile, Black progressives/liberals are continuing to use those numbers as well.
When I saw the video of the "set up" of the ACORN, Baltimore branch, my radar was triggered because I couldn't see ANYONE falling for the over the top story that was given. Then I read that it was tried in other areas and it made my radar really go off.
From The Constitution of the United States of America:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of
speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to
assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Among other things, this gives the press the freedom from government intervention of what it, the press, decides to cover and/or NOT COVER.
I complain about the coverage of the media, normally about how it covers the Black community or of interests to what I think are the Black community or about what interests me. While I want the press to be impartial and accurate, I know they have no real "duty" to be either.
It bothers me, A LOT, when they are neither but I know they have NO Constitutional role to be impartial and accurate. They have NO Constitutional requirement to be ethical. The Drudge Report "reports":
On the night of June 24, the media and government become
one, when ABC turns its programming over to President Obama and White
House officials to push government run health care -- a move that has
ignited an ethical firestorm!
Highlights on the agenda:
ABCNEWS anchor Charlie Gibson will deliver WORLD NEWS from the Blue Room of the White House.
The network plans a primetime special -- 'Prescription for
America' -- originating from the East Room, exclude opposing voices on
The Director of Communications at the White House Office of Health
Reform is Linda Douglass, who worked as a reporter for ABC News from
ABC News providing this coverage from the White House is not the issue as far as I'm concerned. The issue is there are no opposing views to this at the time or immediately following up when the Obama administration is proposing changes to the health care systsem that will affect the health of people and the economy.
Whitey, don’t let the sun set on you in Bodymore, Murderland. That’s
neither an official or unofficial slogan for Baltimore yet, but it’s
not because some of our more dysfunctional citizens aren’t trying to
make it so.
The overwhelming majority of those bodies are black ones,
dispatched by black perps. But the few white bodies may end up giving
Baltimore a notorious reputation as a city where whites just aren’t
It's not safe for Blacks, but they don't matter? Kane is Black and still lives in the city, and has previously written about being a victim of crime, by Black people, in the city. But I don't recall something like the following line from Kane:
With leaders like this, would you, if you’re white, let the sun set on you in Baltimore?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Foreign demand for long-term U.S. financial
assets fell in April as both China and Japan trimmed their holdings of
The Treasury Department said Monday that net purchases of stocks,
notes and bonds obtained by foreigners fell to $11.2 billion in April,
from $55.4 billion in March.
China, the largest holder of U.S.
Treasury securities, trimmed its holdings to $763.5 billion in April,
from $767.9 billion in March. Japan, the second largest holder of
Treasury securities, reduced its holdings to $685.9 billion, from
$686.7 billion a month earlier.
As U.S. stock markets plummeted last September, the Senate's No. 2
Democrat, Dick Durbin, sold more than $115,000 worth of stocks and
mutual-fund shares and used much of the money to invest in Warren
Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
The Illinois senator's 2008
financial disclosure statement shows he sold mutual-fund shares worth
$42,696 on Sept. 19, the day after then-Treasury Secretary Henry
Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke urged congressional
leaders in a closed meeting to craft legislation to help financially
troubled banks. The same day, he bought $43,562 worth of Berkshire
Hathaway's Class B stock, the disclosure shows.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - A congressional panel is pressing the Department
of Veterans Affairs to disclose on Tuesday whether non-sterile
equipment that may have exposed 10,000 veterans to HIV and other
infections was isolated to three Southeast hospitals or is part of a
"Somebody is going to have to take responsibility," said U.S. Rep. Phil
Roe of Tennessee, the ranking Republican on the House Committee on
Veterans' Affairs' oversight and investigation subcommittee.
The subcommittee scheduled Tuesday's hearing in Washington to discuss
mistakes involving endoscopic equipment used for colonoscopies and
other procedures at its hospitals in Miami, Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Augusta, Ga. with top agency officials and to receive a yet-unreleased report by the VA's inspector general.
On WBAL Radio, host Ron Smith has made a big deal about the killing of 14 year old Christopher Jones by gang members. I'm not saying it should not have been a major local news event, because it should have been, but Smith stated time and time again that it was race related because the people accused of the killing, at least the only person identified, is Black and Christopher Jones is white.
Christopher Jones was an innocent person caught in a battle between two gangs. Members of one gang saw him and attacked him, causing him to fall and hit his head. He later died. But race had nothing to do with it at all.
I have a very simple question to ask, one that I want you to ponder.
If newspapers are in financial trouble, allegedly, because of liberal leanings, why is it that radio stations across the country, including radio stations that play popular music, are also in financial trouble?
And don't they all depend on advertising which is down, across the board, all over the country?
Radio stations currently pay royalties for the records they play to publishing companies. So, why shouldn't they pay royalties to the artists?
Fundamentally, that's the question that I keep coming around to answering, they should pay royalties to the artists, because that is part of a copyright scenario, correct?
This is especially true when I think about the radio stations/personalities caught engaging in payola and the companies NOT caught engaging in payola. Tom Joyner, a business partner with Radio One, and Larry Young, a morning talk show host on WOLB, a Radio One station, have done a great job in explaining how this will affect radio stations. While I understand that the royalty rates may put radio stations out of business, and I understand how radio stations may not be willing to "break new artists" because they will pay royalties for songs that may be a bomb, aren't radio stations getting a real good deal right now?
When things were going well, they played "hot songs" and put on radio personalities that did a good job and were able to charge decent advertising rates. Now things are not going as well, and the radio stations are put behind a rock and a hard place.
Does the estate of Mary Wells deserve to get some royalty money? Yes. Isn't it the record company's responsibility to pay that royalty? Yes.
Why aren't they doing it now?
BTW, a few years ago I found out why there are not many raps with Motown songs used in the mix. The reason is, Barry Gordy charges one of the highest, if not the highest, licensing fees in the industry to use songs in the Motown catalog. Ain't Barry Gordy ripping people off, STILL?
Her performance at the White House Correspondent's Dinner was probably more appropriate for her club act than for the dinner. But even with that, the "cries" over her comments about Rush Limbaugh are way out of order.
If the same people didn't complain when Rush Limbaugh "joked" that heroine users should OD and die, then they have no standing to complain now.