In case you're still sitting at home, don't miss the 10 most ironic ads over at Consumerist. I particularly like the one about how most doctors prefer Camel cigarettes.
Are we smarter now? It's tough to say. Many New Yorkers seem to believe Mike Bloomberg is a great education mayor. And the tabloids, of course, keep printing op-eds that say it's true. Who knows how many blatant falsehoods we swallow on a day-to-day basis?
I remember when we got the President's week recess, the New York Times had a piece explaining that this would be inconvenient for parents, and that the evil UFT refused to have teachers come in and teach kids that week. What the New York Times reporter didn't know was that the Board of Education was not even proposing that kids come in--they wanted teachers only to report for PD.
When Michael Moore spoke up early against the Iraq war, he was roundly vilified in the mainstream media. Shortly thereafter we discovered the war was based on information colored and cherry-picked by the Bush administration. The war has been an unmitigated disaster, and has now lasted longer than WWII.
Happy birthday to the United States of America. For a gift, I'd like a media that isn't asleep. I'd also like a health care system that covers everyone, and a President who knows what works in education and proceeds accordingly, rather than catering to the whims of self-serving billionaires.
What would you like America to have on its birthday?
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