Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Huckabee

Iran Vs. Canada:

"Some welcome good news from Iran for a change.

Over the weekend, their courts acquitted and released Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhan. Three years ago, he was charged with apostasy for converting Muslims to Christianity. He was sentenced to death. But that outrage sparked such an international outpouring of pressure and condemnation that he’s finally been freed.

The question is, will international pressure ever work on Iran in other ways?

Canada’s had enough:

They just severed ties with Iran, ordered their own diplomats out of Iran and gave Iranian diplomats five days to vacate Canada. Their Foreign Minister issued a statement saying that Canada can no long maintain a diplomatic relationship with a nation that refuses to comply with UN resolutions pertaining to its nuclear program; that routinely threatens the existence of Israel; that engages in racist anti-Semitic rhetoric and incitement to genocide; that is among the world's worst violators of human rights; and that shelters and materially supports terrorist groups.

And can you imagine just how nasty a place has to be to make a Canadian diplomat say something THAT blunt?"


Teachers of Chicagoland:

"Monday, Chicago teachers went on strike.

But maybe they should have brushed up on their math instead. Chicago teachers already average over $76,000 a year, compared to about $40,000 for an average Chicago family. Yet 79 percent of 8th graders aren’t proficient in reading, and only 55 percent even graduate. Despite a looming budget shortfall of $3 billion, the school district offered them a 16 percent raise. But they want 30 percent, and they reject a proposed merit pay system. No wonder. Ironically, Mayor Rahm Emanuel went straight from the Democratic Convention, a celebration of public worker unions, to playing hardball with the teachers. Some Chicago schools are staying open to dispense free meals but no education. Some call that business as usual. Meanwhile, 400,000 students are without supervision, so guess who’s stepping in to help?


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Mike Huckabee

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