Friday, September 29, 2006

Pirro Pirro Pirro


What should Pirro do about her current bid for NYS Attorney General?

Are we too hard on our public officials?

What does Pirro have to do now to save herself politically?

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Are we safe yet?


Is America more safe today because of our efforts in Iraq? How are the recently declassified reports being used to further the democratic agenda? How are republicans refuting claims of their mistakes pre-9/11 surrounding al-queda and Osama bin Laden made by former president Bill Clinton in a recent TV interview?

Times Article - Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Worsens Terrorism Threat

Times Article -Bush Makes Public Part of Terrorism Report

Audio Mp3 Interview with NY Times correspondent

Post Article -Rice Boils Over at Bubba

Declassified Report

Transcript of Rice Interview

Who gets to Vote


Using the new rubric we disscussed in class, write about how voter eligibility seems to be evolving according to the article we read in class. Should state identification cards be mandatory? What concerns are being raised? Who should be allowed to vote?

Friday, September 22, 2006

Who owns Public School?


How are Public Schools funded? Are public schools important? What precedent is the Lawrence School District setting? As a taxpayer do I have a right to close public schools? Is this debate one that should be held on a local, county, state or federal level?

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Laguna Beach

Click on pic to read full article.

Are 12 year olds in this country ready for this? How successful will this MTV / There.com endeavor be?

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Whose Space?

What new information in regards to MySpace is being revealed in these articles? When 20yr “bloggers” (Web Log authors) spark articles in the NYTimes what implications does this have for the flow of information in our lives? Are MySpace users being deceived? How has your view of MySpace changed? Do website hosts such as MySpace and there.com have moral responsibilities to their users?

Friday, September 15, 2006

The Detainees

Can we be just during a war? Do “enemy combatants” have rights? Why is the Republican Party spilt over this issue? Why are Democrats not speaking up?

Read the articles (NYTIMES) (NYPOST) and leave a comment.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Conflicting Accounts


How can the same event be depicted so differently? Each paper obviously has a different spin on the same events? Do news outlets have a responsibility to be unbiased? What is the best way to find the truth?

NY TIMES vs NY POST

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

In Prime-Time Address, Bush Says Safety of U.S. Hinges on Iraq


In the NY Times article we discussed in class today we the conversation centered around whether or not it is appropriate to politicize the tragedy of 9/11 if that is in fact what actually happened (Republican response)? What was the context of the president's message? What challenges does our country face in the near future? Why did the president mention Guantanamo Bay in his speech? How might relatives of victims of 9/11 react?

Friday, September 08, 2006

9/11 Leaves Its Mark on History Classes


In this controversial article by Janny Scott the author clearly speculating as to how the events that took place on 9/11 will be remembered in history. How should adults answer their children when asked, “Why did these events happen?” How should schools represent the people who piloted the planes? What has been the response of the US? How has the US changed since 9/11?, because of 9/11?

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

9/11 Illness


After reading Illness Persisting in 9/11 Workers, Big Study Finds write a brief reflection. How has money played a role in the care of 9/11 cleanup victims? Who is at fault for the illness? What chages in finance need to be made to correct the problem? Is healthcare a federal, city or individual responsibility?

If you would like to read a follow up article just published on the imes website before you write click here.

Stanley also linked a more controversial article on the same topic from the NY POST.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

World of Warcraft


This is the first article for our class. In the NYTimes article "Online Game, Made in the US, Siezes Globe" what seems to be the biggest cultural difference for the games slow success in the mainstream US? According to the article what demographic of Amercian Society seems to be left out of this market? How might future software developers tapp into this market?