Wednesday, April 23, 2014

4-23-14 Excellent Guests for Your Show

1. Joe Messina: Transparency - The White House Unabridged Definition
2. Michelle Seiler-Tucker: Kardashians - The Kash Kows of Business
3. Joseph Klein: More Heavy Weaponry for Syrian Rebels?
4. Kyle Olson: Frustrated New York Mother Vents on Common Core Worksheet: 'Go back to basic math!'

Transparency - The White House Unabridged Definition

Jay Carney recently said once again that "this White House is the most transparent White House ever." Wow! Really? Does he live in one of the states where you can easily get marijuana? Does he have a different definition of "transparent" than the rest of the planet? Maybe he is using the Obama unabridged dictionary that defines words based on the meaning needed at the time? Maybe he really meant to say the "least transparent" White House? Or maybe he is just one very confused man. If comments like, "you can keep your doctor," his proposal wouldn't "increase our deficit by a single dime," there's "not even a smidgeon of corruption" in the IRS, the Benghazi tragedy occurred because of a bad video, and so many more are "true" according to the White House definition of "true," then I guess Mr. Carney's definition of "transparency" must also be "true." Mr. Obama has been honest with us with about almost nothing he has said. [more...]

Kardashians - The Kash Kows of Business

Believe it or not, there's a lot we as entrepreneurs can learn from the Kardashian family about running a business. Gasp and clutch your pearls if you will, but the money doesn't lie. It seems that the Kardashian Klan has built a religion around fame, fortune, and frolic worth hundreds of millions of dollars. With a plethora of licensing partnerships estimated at a staggering $65 million in 2010 alone, Kardashian, Inc. is a business worth the praise. [more...]

More Heavy Weaponry for Syrian Rebels?

President Obama is considering ramping up military support to the Syrian rebels, who are increasingly dominated by jihadists. American anti-tank missiles have already appeared in videos in the hands of rebel forces. According to an April 21st report in Time Magazine, the White House is now considering sending the rebels shoulder-fired surface-to-air anti-aircraft missiles known as manpads. In the wrong hands, such missiles could be used to take out commercial aircraft. [more...]

Frustrated New York Mother Vents on Common Core Worksheet: 'Go back to basic math!'

Some parents have had quite enough of the crazy, convoluted and sometimes error-filled Common Core math worksheets. Deanne Knight is one of them, and she let her feelings be known. Her daughter's worksheet, which came from the New York Department of Education's EngageNY lesson plan Web site and was emblazoned with "NY's Common Core Mathematics Curriculum," asks students to review a fictitious student's work and circle the correct mathematical procedure. The second portion of the lesson has students "fix the student work that was incorrect by making new drawings in the space below." What follows is a series of long lines and circles – apparently adding up to the desired answer: 25. Students are then supposed to write "a suggestion for improvement." At that point, Knight couldn't help it. She wrote in large letters on her daughter's worksheet: "Go back to basic math! – mom's opinion!" [more...]

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