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By John Atlas on September 30, 2010

James O’Keefe, the conservative activist known for manipulating the mainstream media by making undercover videos that helped destroy the progressive community group ACORN, plotted to humiliate CNN and its investigative journalist Abby Boudreau.

He planned to record a meeting using hidden cameras aboard a floating "palace of pleasure" where he would seduce Boudreau and make sexually suggestive comments, according to CNN.

O’Keefe, a convicted federal criminal, tried to lure Boudreau onto a boat filled with sexually explicit props and then record the sessions. CNN documents and interviews yesterday suggest that O'Keefe had secretly, and illegally, taped phone calls he had with Boudreau.

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By Janet Morrison on September 30, 2010

I truly want this quote to not be true. I want to believe that our poor education system is not the fault of those of us who work diligently with our children every day, but over the last week or two, I am beginning to wonder.

Waiting for Superman has stirred up all kinds of conversations around our educational system. The film has shown people that not all families and children have the same opportunities. It talks about the desperation of parents as they hope and pray that their child is chosen to attend a school that can offer their child a quality education. It speaks of and shows good classrooms and teachers, but it also recognizes that there are teachers and school systems who are failing our kids. The film talks a lot about charter schools that have done well, like KIPP Academy and Harlem Success Prep... schools that recognized children were failing and faltering and did something huge and immediate.

Yet, after the film was released... after Oprah did her segment.. .and after NBC has created the conversation about Education Nation, Twitter blew up each time with teachers screaming, "We're under attack!"

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By James Bordonaro on September 30, 2010

Fox Sports has managed a new low in tastelessness. To preface my remarks, let me say that this is not a political attack as it seems (although I haven't kept up with corporate 'mergerdom') that MSN (parent company to the progressive/liberal leaning network MSNBC) is affiliated with the right wing Fox network to produce content for their website. Still, it's called Fox Sports and presumably Fox's editors have control over content.

Back to the tastelessness.

The latest low comes in the form of a story (link posted here) involving an NFL player who, along with his girlfriend, a cheerleader, was attacked by a former boyfriend where they were pistol whipped and the player had to jump from a second story window to save his life. A truly horrible home invasion! But apparently that wasn't "sexy" enough of a story for Fox as they decided to embed photo essays of other NFL cheerleaders performing on the field as well as trampolines. It reminds me of that line in the song, Everything Zen by Bush ...There's no sex in your violence." At Fox Sports I guess they've taken that mantra to heart and are determined to turn tragedy into soft core porn.

By Diane Wahto on September 26, 2010

It is a great life. I am more oblivious than the less,
dear mother, of the ghastly glimmering of the guns outside
and the hollow crashing of the shells.
Wilfred Owen, from his last letter home.

How sweet, how fitting it is to die for one’s country.

Poets are different, the poet talking on the radio says.
The pacifist poet who reads poems against the war.
The poet who rises at dawn to face the empty page,
to breath life into the circuitous connections
that once seen, seem obvious?

Is it that the poet knows there is no peace,
that the running forward into battle is the only salve
for a soul gone sour? This radio poet will
never see a front, never squint across the chasm
of enemy lines, never taste the sands
of foreign lands or slog through swamps
of verdant humid countries far from
the familiar. And yet, he writes against
the war, against sending the sweet-faced boys,
the too-wise girls into smoke-laden chaos,
into the gut-destroying bombs.

Crawling on their bellies through sand or mud
made sweet by blood left behind by their buddies.

“Dulce et decorum est
pro patria mori.”

By Angelo Lopez on September 26, 2010

This October I invite everyone to an art show that I will be having this October with fellow artist Woody Miller in Gallery Saratoga in Saratoga, California. The show will run from October 5 to October 31. They will display their whimsical and humorous paintings and sell cards and prints of their work.

On Saturday, October 9, they will have a reception from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. During that time, you will be able to meet the artists and talk about their art and meet many fellow art lovers. Food and refreshments will be served. Please come to their show.

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By Janet Morrison on September 22, 2010

On Thursday, October 7, the Central Dallas Ministries public policy department will co-sponsor a showing of the Waiting for Superman documentary. Though we made the decision before all of the controversy, there is now a firestorm of strong opinions thrusting themselves into the media on both sides. It seems there really are no lukewarm voices.

I'll publicly admit that I was one of the major advocates pushing our public policy committee to show the film ... and I am still strongly in favor of showing the film. I watched the Oprah segment and I must say, I was very impressed. No, she didn't have teachers on her panel ... but she also didn't have parents. What she did have was socially conscious voices who are concerned about our children. See the film below...

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By Jennifer Schwaller on September 20, 2010

It's such an ancient pitch But one I wouldn't switch 'Cause there's no nicer witch than you

- Frank Sinatra

From the “I can’t make this stuff up” files comes the news that Tea Party endorsed, Delaware Senatorial candidate Christine O’Donnell once dabbled in witchcraft.

Why on earth would I want to know more about Afghanistan, the US economy, the Mexican drug war, and the estimated 100,000 Pakistani children who face starvation?

Tell me more about that witchcraft!

By Angelo Lopez on September 18, 2010

Aaron Copland is one of America's most beloved composers. Copland incorporated popular forms of American music such as jazz and folk to create music like Fanfare for the Common Man, Billy the Kid, and Appalachian Spring, which for many people epitomize the spirit of America. Just as contemporary artists like Thomas Hart Benton, Zora Neal Hurston, and John Steinbeck were using material from the American scene to create a unique American art, Copland was similarly mining the culture of America to create an indigenous American music. A great influence on Copland's view of America is his leftist political thinking and the political activities that he took part in the 1930s and 1940s. The book Aaron Copland: The Life and Work of an Uncommon Man by Howard Pollack has a chapter that chronicles the way Copland's left wing views influenced his life and work.

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By Ken Poland on September 18, 2010

What do we mean when we say, “We are a Christian Nation?” The word Christian has literally become a generic term for ‘good person’. Therefore, I guess we are a ‘Christian Nation’ because we see ourselves as good people. It certainly isn’t because we all agree on what it requires of us to be Christ like or how good we must be to pass from this life into heaven, the place prepared for His (the God of Abraham, Jacob and Isaac) people.

What qualifies a person to be considered good? All religions have certain qualifications that justify calling a person good. And, in general, that is that they adhere to a set of principles that reflect the moral and ethical standards of that particular religion. All religions do not assign the same priorities to what is considered proper conduct and relationship between human beings. And, even, among those who declare they have no allegiance to any higher power that could be construed as being a religion (atheists) we find common acceptance of certain behaviors that are considered socially acceptable (good persons).

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By Janet Morrison on September 12, 2010

Faith. Why does my faith challenge me so much?

Is it because crazy people like Terry Jones use Christianity as a shield to schedule things like a Quran burning? Is it because Christians feel it is their obligatory duty to evangelize people and often make assumptions about what people do and don’t believe and how they should and shouldn’t profess and demonstrate that belief? Is it because the financially better off Christians often seem to want to help the poor, but don’t want to live next to them or be a part of their every day lives? Is it because people who claim Christianity feel it is ok to make disparaging comments about people?

I guess if I were Muslim my faith might be challenged in the same way. I would wonder why the extremists have to kill and I would be angry at the ones who take the Quran and use it to abuse women. I suppose that every religious sect has sections of people who seem to distort and then justify their message.  I also guess I have to realize that we are all flawed.

Some recent events have caused me to think about what and how I believe.

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By Bob Hooper on September 9, 2010

"There is no contradiction between acknowledging that most of the Founding Fathers believed in God and some kind of Providence, may even have been practicing Christians, and asserting that they consciously wrote a secular Constitution and intended that the entity it legitimizes, the United States of America, be a secular state, in which religion could flourish precisely because it would be disentangled from government." -Dr. William Martin. Baker Institute, Rice University.

"The settled opinion here is, that religion is essentially distinct from civil Government, and exempt from its cognizance; that a connection between them is injurious to both." -James Madison (4th U.S. Pres.) ; Letter to Edward Everett, March 18, 1823

Since Article 6, Sec.3 of our Constitution requires that "no religious test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public trust under the United States" on their request answers may be off the record for current candidates.

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By Ken Poland on September 9, 2010

I am reluctant to call someone ignorant. But those folks who are promoting the extravaganza of burning the Quran just might deserve to be labeled ignorant. This quote is lifted from "POSITIVE QUOTE OF THE DAY" (

The sign of intelligent people is their ability to control emotions by the application of reason.

-- Marya Mannes (1904-1990) American Journalist

There doesn't seem to be any application of reason to this promotion. It fans the flames of religious bigotry amongst both Christians and Muslims, as well as all other religious groups around the world. The burning of the Quran will most likely spur the radical Muslims to retaliate with an equally inspiring bonfire of Christian Bibles. Then we can heighten the excitement by witch burnings and KKK bonfires.

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By John Petty on September 8, 2010

"They talk about me like a dog," said President Obama at a Labor Day speech in Milwaukee on Monday. He departed from his script to throw it in, which we know because he told us that too.

Where did he get the unusual line? It could have been Jimi Hendrix, whose song, "Stone Free" included the line: "...people try to pull me down, they talk about me like a dog, talk about the clothes I wear..."

Mark Liberman at Language Log has found at least four other references. One is an interview with Bobby Brown in Ebony. "They (the press) don't know me," said Brown, "and they talk about me like a dog."

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By Ken Poland on September 6, 2010

Religion seems to be an integral part of the human genome. A very high percentage of the posts here on Everyday Citizens pages are influenced by individual perceptions that are influenced by religious background and experience. Likewise, the comments submitted by readers reflect the diversity of background and experience behind those comments. Some writers and comments reflect no religious influence and others appear to claim some very authoritative directives from God to tell us all ‘how the cow eats the cabbage’.

Recently, we have had several writers specifically dealing with Christianity. Contrary to many folks knowledge, Christianity is not easily defined or categorized in absolute and exact form. Incidentally, neither can any of the other world religions. All religions have splinter groups and individual radical proponents of their sacred appointments to speak for their gods, God, or canonical laws.

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