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Is Waiting for Superman Birth of Nation or Merely Triumph of the Will?

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I’m sorry I haven’t been posting, I’ve been extremely busy with Jack Kimble’s campaign.  If you google Jack Kimble and Jonathan Capehart you will see that we’ve been extremely busy.  I’m especially fond of the Christian Science Monitor article entitled Stephen Colbert, meet the heir to your crown as a comedic ‘candidate’.   OK, comedy isn’t quite what we were going for, but it’s a start.   Be sure to check out the Jack Kimble Store because we’re going commercial baby!

What finally drew me back was the movie Waiting for Superman.  Now as you know I’m quite fond of reviewing movies, but movies can be loud and crowded so I frequently find myself forced to review them before I’ve seen them.  Waiting for Superman is no different.  Every generation has a movie that shakes our conscious and I believe Waiting for Superman is ours.   In the hands of a skilled movie maker like a D.W. Griffith or a Leni Riefenstahl, movies can challenge us to question our beliefs and accept new ones like The KKK was only formed to protect the South from freed slaves, or the German people were a race of supermen, or that teachers were lazy clock punchers and the only people who truly care about education were a small group of union busters and mega corporations determined to look out for the best interests of our kids?

Who is it that challenges underdogs like the Walton Family and the Gates Foundation?  Why it’s none other than those powerful teacher unions that control so much of this country.  This is movie making at it’s finest–the kind of movies they used to make.  As I listen in the background I can almost hear the students marching to class now, ready to be illuminated by corporations with heart.   One of the big stars of this movie is Michelle Rhee who I wrote a 4 part series on previously.  You’ll find it here.

I give Waiting for Superman four stars.  Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called the movie “a Rosa Parks moment” and I for one think it’s about time that the  Gateses, Waltsons, and Broads refused to sit on the back of the bus.

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September 20, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Top 10 Labor Day Movies

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Happy Labor Day!  I love working men and women.  I always have, but let’s face it every list I see of top Labor Day movies shows people getting all sweaty and dirty in a coal mine 16 hours a day or malingering on a picket line.   That sure isn’t my idea of labor.  Instead I searched my memory for the top Labor Day movies that I enjoy.  You won’t find many unions in these my friends.

10.  In Good Company (2004) – Dennis Quaid is an over the hill executive who still has a trick or two up his sleeve.

9. Pretty Woman (1990) – Richard Gere’s character works hard so he can play hard.  When he discovers the woman of his dream he courts her with a yacht.

8. Philadelphia Story(1940) – John Howard has worked his way up through the company and he’s set to marry boss’s daughter.  Unfortunately for him, she’d rather have Cary Grant who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.  Breeding is important.

7. Sabrina  (1995) – Yes, it’s a remake, but I Harrison’s Ford character proves if you work hard for 30 or so years, you can eventually have a social life.

6. Slumdog Millionaire (2008) – A movie that proves we don’t need social programs as long as we have game shows.

5. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) – If there was ever a better movie about the dangers of the estate tax, I don’t know what it is.  Wonka leaves his factory to the very deserving Daniel after torturing a dozen or so candidates in the pre-cursor of today’s reality shows.

4. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) – The kind of high pressure business that built this country is the sight of a mystery.  In the end the guilty party is caught and punished.  I love happy endings.

3. Iron Man II (2010) – OK Batman is a millionaire, but he’s not an arms dealer.  Tony Stark is everything a leading man should be in this movie where he takes no flack from super villains or Congress.

2. Wall Street (1987) -A great movie, but like Trading Places it suffers from a depressing ending.  The first half of the movie can’t be beat though.

1. Citizen Kane (1941) – One of the greatest movie’s ever made.   Charles Foster Kane is a hero to myself and many other people who manage people for a living.

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September 6, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Under Cover Investigation on Prayer in Schools

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My friend Tom, has an old beat up van that he had no idea what to do with.  At least he didn’t until he was inspired by Glenn Beck to start a ministry and he turned his van into a church van.  Then last week I got a bright idea.  I could borrow his van to do an under cover investigation of prayer in public schools.  Public  Schools like to say that while they don’t support public prayer, they are perfectly happy to allow students a few moments of silent prayer or meditation in the morning.   God forbid, that little Mohammad or Cynthia who has two mommies be scandalized by some good old fashioned religion.

My experience though has been that public schools actively discourage prayer.   With that in mind, we painted over the windows of the van to provide students with a quiet relaxing place where they could pray.  I put on some dark sunglasses so that nobody would recognize me from the blog and I took the church van to 10 local school parking lots.  I would wait for a student who was looking lonely or isolated and I’d encourage him or to climb in the back of the van and pray.  It became pretty clear to me pretty quickly by the horrified reaction of screaming children, that their parents who taught them that prayer was something to fear.

I could have lived with this, but the reaction of the schools themselves was even worse.  Not only did they not encourage students to pray, I got the police called on my 8 times, I got 2 large security guards chasing me around a parking lot, and I got maced twice.  Is this the kind of attitude that we accept in our public schools towards prayer?  No wonder Glenn Beck says we’ve lost our way.    Something must be done.

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September 2, 2010 at 8:30 pm