Author: Crissie Brown

Morning Feature: Florida Awakening, Part II – Race to the Race

Both the Florida House and Senate immigration bills prohibit racial profiling. So they can’t be about race, right? (More) Florida Awakening, Part II – Race to the Race This week Morning Feature considers the plans of and protests against Florida Governor Rick Scott. Yesterday we examined Gov. Scott’s three-pronged attack on public employee unions, Senate Bills 780 and 830, and House Bill 1023. Today we consider the Florida Immigration Enforcement Act, based on the law Arizona passed last year. Tomorrow we’ll see how the Awake the State campaign is pushing back. It’s Not About Race, Really! Florida House Representative William Snyder (R-Stuart) insists that Florida House Bill 7089, which he sponsored, is not about race. He even invokes slavery to defend the bill: There was a period in American history, and I won’t even call it out, where that was the fundamental argument for holding an entire race of people in bondage. And the argument was it as economically impossible to go away from that system. […] The question boils down to this, Do we as a state, say, that we can acquiesce — wink, wink, nod, nod? … It’s against the law to be here but we need people to pick our tomatoes. I’m telling you, that turns my stomach when I hear that argument. He said that in response to agribusiness groups who objected to the bill’s...

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Campus Chatter – March 18, 2011

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) Caligula became emperor today (37). Also, Jacques de Molay was executed (1314), England banished the Torpuddle Martyrs for forming a trade union (1834), Henry Wells and William Fargo founded American Express (1850), and the OPEC embargo ended (1974). And twelve paintings valued at a combined $300 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (1990). The Janitor Professor of Astrology was relieved to note that no Knights Templar attempted to heist this week’s Bippiescopes…. Pisces: Yes, there is a Day After St. Patrick’s Day. Drink lots of water. Aries: Go howl at the moon this weekend. Or let it come howl at you. Taurus: If someone tries to sell you Vermeer’s The Concert, call the cops. There’s a reward. Gemini: Embargo is not what a bartender says when you ask for directions. Unless he’s refusing. Cancer: Your stars are phonetic. Something about don’t, burn, and stake. Or maybe steak. Leo: Avoid emperors who appoint their horses as a priests. In fact, just avoid emperors. Virgo: You can sort the green clothes to the back of the closet again. And the Guinness. Libra: Actually, Torpuddle is not a small pool of online anonymity. It’s a village in Dorset County. Scorpio: It’s National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day. Any excuse will do. Sagittarius: The Festival of Extraterrestrial Abductions is Sunday. Plan accordingly....

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Morning Feature: Florida Awakening, Part I – Race to the Bottom

The Florida legislature passed the Student Success Act yesterday. Republicans call it a Race to the Top bill. Maybe it is … for standardized test publishers. (More) Florida Awakening, Part I – Race to the Bottom This week Morning Feature considers the plans of and protests against Florida Governor Rick Scott. Today we examine Gov. Scott’s three-pronged attack on public employee unions, Senate Bills 780 and 830, and House Bill 1023. Tomorrow we consider the Florida Immigration Enforcement Act, based on the law Arizona passed last year. Saturday we’ll see how the Awake the State campaign is pushing back. On Carrots and Sticks Yesterday the Florida House passed Senate Bill 780 on a party line 80-39 vote. The Florida Senate had already passed the bill. Last year, Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed a similar bill amidst widespread protests from parents and teachers. But Crist is no longer Florida’s governor, and there seems little doubt that Gov. Rick Scott will sign this year’s version. While the media usually refer to this as the “merit pay bill,” that’s as almost disingenuous as its official title, the Student Success Act. There is no evidence the bill will improve student success, and little chance teachers would receive merit pay if students did improve. But the publishers of standardized tests will do well. The bill applies to all Florida teachers hired after July 1, 2011....

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Campus Chatter – March 17, 2011

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) Commodus became sole emperor of Rome today (180). Also, the British evacuated Boston (1776), the Kingdom of Italy swirled together (1861), citizens of Montreal burst into protest at the suspension of Maurice Richard (1955), and a referendum wiped out apartheid in South Africa (1992). And New York Governor Elliot Spitzer flushed his term after a prostitution scandal (2008). Good morning!...

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Campus Chatter – March 16, 2011

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More) Babylonians captured Jerusalem today (597 BCE). Also, Ferdinand Magellan reached the Philippines (1521), Congress authorized the U.S. Military Academy (1802), the first English Football Association Cup tournament concluded (1872), and Robert Goddard launched the first liquid fuel rocket (1926). And Mississippi formally ratified the Thirteenth Amendment (1995). Good morning!...

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