By when?

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Over the years, I've taken more than a few workshops from an organization called Landmark Education. What I learned there has had a big influence on my life. It led to my running for local office - and winning. It got me involved in partnership with my wife to help candidates and causes with fundraising. It transformed my ability to be effective in business development. And it gave me an awareness that I am fully responsible for the world around me.

In most of the courses, the subject of "upsets" is usually front-and-center. Upsets are the currency of life for human beings, so figuring out how to handle them is important. Especially how to end them.

Ending Domestic Violence. One Family at a Time.

Dispatch called earlier so I was expecting them. It was after midnight when they knocked on the door. The seven of them, standing there with nothing except a small suitcase between them. The youngest, leaning into mom, clearly just awakened from his sleep in the patrol car. The oldest boys were bickering and the little girl was barefooted. They were dirty and tired and scared but I could see relief in mom’s face. This was at least a break for her, a chance to breathe and make a plan. I brought them in, offered them food, drinks, and helped mom get her children all tucked into bed before I started the paperwork that would tell me how we ended up together on this hot, hot night in July. The officer left, promising to keep a watchful eye.

Hey DPI - Your Algebra 1 EOC is still (mostly) worthless as a math test.

Our Dept. of Public Instruction latest version of the Algebra 1 End of Course Test, much like past versions, involves the reading of over 2500 words just to read the questions. That is the equivalent of reading Poe's Cask of Amontillado. Only about 18-20 of the 80 questions were true math questions; those would be questions that have instructions like solve, evaluate, and factor. The rest of the questions are either a paragraph with numbers and formulas scattered therein or a large matrix that takes up most of a page.


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If there's one truth about professional punditry in the Obama era, it is this: punditry is a crap shoot at best. Rarely have so many been been paid so much to be so wrong about almost everything. From Joe Scarborough's infamous attempt to crown Senator Clinton, to the in-play-not-in-play pendulums swinging at Talking About Politics, the business of punditry is steadily making its way toward the Comedy Channel, where it belongs.

And who could expect more? It is the natural consequence of a profession where manufacturing opinions is just another link in the global supply chain that drives the political money machine. When your livelihood depends on an ability to convince others that your opinions count, opinions become a means to a mercenary end.


Wonder if the Obama folks were kidding about NC possibly being in play.
Hmm, maybe this email I just got from 'em offers a clue.

CHICAGO, IL-The Obama campaign announced today that Senator Obama will launch a two-week economic swing-the "Change that Works for You" tour-on Monday, June 9. Obama will travel across the country, talking to Americans about how the economy affects their everyday lives. He'll hold events with voters where they work and where they live, discussing the challenges we face and his plans to turn the economy around.

The tour will kick off on Monday with an economic speech in Raleigh, North Carolina.

hmm. indeed.

When worlds collide: journalism and blogging in the 21st century

The Dome has a post today that opens a new and important conversation about the interplay of blogging, journalism, liability and risk. I don't expect there to be any immediate answers, but there's no doubt these issues will escalate over time. As more and more content finds its way into the blogosphere, the lines between what works and what doesn't will be hard to define. Between all the open-source content available, as well as the never-ending cross-posting and linking of images, stories, video, etc., the lines are blurring as never before.

In any case, here's the opening salvo.

A U-turn by Jim Neal

Okay guys, I've done a 180 on this VP issue ...

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After reflecting on the content of the speeches by Senators Obama and Clinton last Tuesday, I did a bit of soul-searching on the issue of my having supported the movement.

I am uncomfortable with the notion that any candidate can lay claim to deciding how they are going to use their 18M votes going forward as did Senator Clinton-- in spite of the fact that Sen Obama is the presumptive nominee.

Your votes are entrusted to a candidate, and they can be withdrawn. And in the aftermath of her remarks on Tuesday evening Senator Clinton has obviously changed her course.

It's understandable how she must have felt as she spoke on Tuesday. I imagine that in the moment-- after such a historical, grueling primary season-- the pressures and emotions with which she was grappling were daunting.

Money money money

Fridays at the Art Pope Puppetshow are always interesting affairs. John Hood takes a much need break from his daily hackery, allowing the minions to step up to the plate of free-market fanaticism. I read the stuff every week because it provides good insight into how the JLF brainwashing machine operates.

Today's guest column features a screed against the City of Raleigh's impact fees on new development by Jon Sanders. What's most interesting (but not at all surprising) is the thinking behind Sanders' commentary. Simply put, Sanders conflates "money" and "benefits" as though the two are indistinguishable concepts. In reporting the results of a study by Michael Walden, an economics professor at NC State, Sanders weighs into the "all growth is good" swamp with both feet.

Weekend wound-up

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Robin Hayes is no doubt spending the weekend wondering how the heck a mild-mannered school teacher from Biscoe is going to kick his fanny this fall. Tough tomatoes, Mr. Hayes. If you had served the people of your district instead of King George for the past seven years, you wouldn't have this problem.

The nonpartisan political analysts have changed Hayes' rematch with Biscoe schoolteacher Larry Kissell from "Leans Republican" to "Toss Up."

Give 'em hell, Larry.


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