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September 09, 2008

Deep South: Send us your Jews

Group dangles $50K for Jews who move to Ala. town
DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — Larry Blumberg is looking for a few good Jews to move to his corner of the Bible Belt. Blumberg is chairman of an organization offering Jewish families as much as $50,000 to relocate to Dothan, an overwhelmingly Christian town of 58,000 that calls itself the Peanut Capital of the World. Get involved at Temple Emanu-El and stay at least five years, the group's leaders say, and the money doesn't have to be repaid.
I'd say it beats Poland.

September 06, 2008

Ain't no racist like an Alaska racist

sambo2.jpg'Cause Alaska racists are completely unselfconscious. LA Progressive | Alaskans Speak (In A Frightened Whisper): Palin Is “Racist, Sexist, Vindictive, And Mean”
“So Sambo beat the bitch!” This is how Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin described Barack Obama’s win over Hillary Clinton to political colleagues in a restaurant a few days after Obama locked up the Democratic Party presidential nomination. According to Lucille, the waitress serving her table at the time and who asked that her last name not be used, Gov. Palin was eating lunch with five or six people when the subject of the Democrat’s primary battle came up. The governor, seemingly not caring that people at nearby tables would likely hear her, uttered the slur and then laughed loudly as her meal mates joined in appreciatively. “It was kind of disgusting,” Lucille, who is part Aboriginal, said in a phone interview after admitting that she is frightened of being discovered telling folks in the “lower 48” about life near the North Pole. Then, almost with a sigh, she added, “But that’s just Alaska.”
Sen. Biden: Gov. Palin, did you call my running mate "Sambo?" Gov. Palin: Uh, no. I said, "Rambo," and you must admit, Sen. Obama bears a striking resemblance to Sylvester Stallone.

September 04, 2008

The Vegetarian's 100

Tigers & Strawberries -- The Vegetarian Hundred

There was an "Omnivore's 100" going around a few weeks ago. It was a list of the 100 foods every omnivore should try. I almost linked to it back then, but as I'm a vegetarian I got bored with it, and I saw veal on it and veal is gross. To me. Others like it, so whatever. But this is more interesting to me.

The vegetarian 100. The idea is this: you take the list and bold or star or italicize or whatever the things you have eaten, and then you make plans to eat the rest. Please leave a comment to your annotated list, or just annotate it yourself in our comment section.

My copy is after the jump.

(via the Accidental Hedonist)

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September 03, 2008

Chicago students boycott poor funding by enrolling in ritzy suburban schools

The Associated Press: Chicago students skip school in funding protest

NORTHFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More than 1,000 Chicago public school students boycotted the first day of classes Tuesday in a protest over school funding and instead rode buses more than 30 miles north to try to enroll in a wealthy suburban district.

About 1,100 elementary students and 150 high school students from Chicago filled out enrollment applications Tuesday in the New Trier district in Northfield, New Trier Superintendent Linda Yonke said.

Boycott organizers acknowledged the move was largely symbolic: Students would have to pay tuition to attend a school outside their home district. But the boycott of the nation's third-largest school district was to continue, with organizers planning to set up impromptu classrooms led by retired teachers in the lobbies of area businesses.

. . .

In Illinois, property taxes account for about 70 percent of school funding, meaning rural and inner-city schools generally end up with less to spend per student than suburban schools in areas with higher property values.

Chicago Public Schools spent $11,300 per student last year. New Trier High School spent $17,500 a student, near the top in the state.