Monday, January 29, 2007

01/29/ 2007

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Political Protest is your right!

(Washington - AP, January 27, 2007) - Convinced this is their moment, tens of thousands marched Saturday in an anti-war demonstration linking military families, ordinary people and an icon of the Vietnam protest movement in a spirited call to get out of Iraq.

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RE: 2/ 10/ 07 Education workshop
I hope it inspires some QUALITY people to run for the Board.

We are in some DEEP TROUBLE there!!!!!!
My biggest concern is that a new faction will want to oust Milton. The current Board has done a poor job of doing a good evaluation. Most of the scandals were not even mentioned in his evaluation. So at this point if they want to "switch" superintendents they will have to buy him was done with Dr. Ray.

If the Board had done a quality job on the evalution they may have had grounds to fire him at no cost.

The deficit alone should be grounds to consider if he is capable of running an operation this large (1/4 of a billion dollars).

This all coupled with larger loss of students than normal, and a continuing poor performance academically DOESN'T LOOK GOOD!

Thank you for providing this venue for the public. It is greatly needed


spokesman for Iraqi security forces in Najaf, Col. Ali Nomas Jerao, said that 250 suspected insurgents were killed in the fighting, which took place about eight miles northeast of Najaf, and that 40 people were detained. The U.S. military did not provide death tolls for Iraqi forces or insurgents.

The fighters, who called themselves the Soldiers of the Sky, are driven by an apocalyptic vision of clearing the Earth of the depraved in preparation for the second coming of Muhammad al-Mahdi, a Shiite imam who disappeared in the 9th century, according to Ahmed Duaibel, a spokesman for the provincial government in Najaf. The governor of Najaf province, Assad Abu Gilel, said the group planned to attack pilgrims and shrines and to assassinate Shiite clerics at the peak of the religious holiday, called Ashura, which culminates Tuesday.

Iranian Reveals Plan to Expand Role in Iraq By JAMES GLANZ Iran's ambassador to Baghdad outlined a plan to expand its economic and military ties with Iraq that will almost certainly bring more conflict with the U.S.

In Law School, Obama Found Political Voice By JODI KANTOR Barack Obama arrived at Harvard Law School as an unknown; by the time he left, he had become a political sensation.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 23 — The peers who elected Barack Obama as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review say he was a natural leader, an impressive student, a nice guy. But in the 1990 Revue — the graduating editors’ gleeful parody of their elite publication — they said quite a bit more.......He arrived there as an unknown, Afro-wearing community organizer who had spent years searching for his identity; by the time he left, he had his first national news media exposure, a book contract and a shot of confidence from running the most powerful legal journal in the country.

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Dan Balz
Washington Post Staff WriterMonday, January 29, 2007; Page A01
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Jan. 28 -- Lynda Waddington met Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton twice this weekend as the Democratic senator from New York made her initial campaign visit to the state with the nation's first presidential caucuses. Clinton, she said, is nothing like the politician she sees portrayed in the press.

"The media in particular has a bad habit of taking our candidates and giving them back to us in a caricature," said Waddington, an Iowa Democratic Party official and activist. "Al Gore was a bumbling elitist. With Hillary, they have her painted as a cold fish. That's absolutely what you do not get in person. She's very warm and very intelligent."


"Urge the American companies to come here." - HASSAN KAZEMI QUMI, the Iranian ambassador to Iraq, on Iran's plans to begin its own reconstruction effort for its war-torn neighbor.


DAVENPORT, Iowa - Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday that President Bush has made a mess of Iraq and it is his responsibility to "extricate" the United States from the situation before he leaves office.
"It's not the American people or the U.S. Congress who are emboldening the enemy," said Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., and White House hopeful in 2008. "It's the failed policy of this president — going to war without a strategy, going to war prematurely."
"I think most of the nations in that part of the world believe their security is supported, if you will, by the United States. They want us to have a major presence there," Cheney said in an interview with Newsweek magazine, according to a transcript released by the White House on Sunday.
It's not just the nation's capital, where busloads of people from at least 30 states are headed to make their voices heard.

Around the country, lawmakers' district offices are feeling the heat as well through Quakers' peaceful "vigils" and the occasional act of civil disobedience. In one recent case, the Episcopal bishop of northern California was arrested for blocking the door of the federal office building in San Francisco. And marches and rallies are planned in other cities, including Orlando, Fla., Seattle, San Diego, and Newark, N.J.

Major organizations are working to ensure that events do not include fringe groups and speakers, such as anarchists or socialists. Until recently, "people on the far left got control of the agenda and it became marginalized, even though the sentiment in the country increasingly became antiwar," says one organizer, who wished to remain anonymous. These days, such events feature labor union members, environmentalists, and especially active duty military people, says this source.

Organizers of the Washington event are anticipating between 300,000 and 500,000 people. Among Americans, 70 percent opposed a troop surge, according to a recent AP-Ipsos poll.
Movement organizers are careful not to indicate anything other than strong support for the troops.

"A big difference between the antiwar movement now and the one in Vietnam is that there has not been - even among the most radical of them - attacks on the troops themselves," says political scientist John Allen Williams of Loyola University Chicago. "That is absolutely crucial."
That's one reason Tim Kahlor of Temecula, Calif., will join protesters in Washington.

Flint Journal

FLINT TWP. - Fights sent at least five police agencies scrambling to the area's largest mall Saturday night.
Shoppers and retailers said at least 50 people were involved in several fights in different areas of the Genesee Valley shopping center, mostly near the food court sometime before 8 p.m.
"We've had mass fighting in the mall," was all Flint Township Sgt. Tim Jones would say at the scene. "We've got multiple people in custody." [ Mabey the saftey and convience of the Mall is gone, will street entrance downtown come back, I hope so for Flint}

Talking Back to the Editorial

GREEDY RUN: How greedy. These people are running for president. Just look at all the millions they are going to waste. The people they want to serve need medical insurance, good educations, good jobs. But now we will see all the hoopla and waste.
- Flint

BANNING FREEDOM: Since hospitals are banning smoking on their property, why not ban everything unhealthy? Sweets and pop lead to diabetes. The cafeterias serve food that raises cholesterol and diabetes. They are taking away people's right to make their own decisions.
- Flint

A REAL PROBLEM: Problems are a problem in Beecher School District. What is wrong with their math program? The number of kids mastering basic math skills plummets after fourth grade. The latest MEAP scores should tell them where the problems are.
- Fenton

CHECK BAD BLOOD: The Generals deserve a packed house for every game. So-called Flint fans need to come up with a better excuse for not coming out to the games besides the temperature in the arena. Concession prices are probably the best in the league. Flint fans need to get over the bad blood and get out there and show some support to the team!
- Burton

TERRIFIC MURAL: If you happen to be in the Flint Cultural Center after dark, make sure you drive past the front of the Flint Institute of Arts where the new mural Earth, Wind, Fire, Water seems to flow out of the windows. It looks terrific!
- Genesee County

BIG PAYOFF? It will be interesting to see how much money the Pfizer CEO gets after they shut down the facility in Ann Arbor.
- Genesee County

CHANGE NEEDED: Sure can tell this is an election year in Burton. Smiley's cronies are at it again, attacking all those who are a possible threat this year. I'm sure there will be plenty of good honest people to choose from this year. Politicians are like diapers - they need to be changed often.
- Burton

CAPED CRUSADERS? Wow, all they need now is the Riddler on the Burton City Council and they can rename it Gotham City!
- Burton

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(Washington - AP, January 27, 2007) - Convinced this is their moment, tens of thousands marched Saturday in an anti-war demonstration linking military families, ordinary people and an icon of the Vietnam protest movement in a spirited call to get out of Iraq.
Celebrities, a half-dozen lawmakers and protesters from distant states rallied in the capital under a sunny sky, seizing an opportunity to press their cause with a Congress restive on the war and a country that has turned against the conflict.
Marching with them was Jane Fonda, in what she said was her first anti-war demonstration in 34 years.

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