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Any one article read in isolation of any others probably wouldn’t make much of an impression. However, when read in relation to other articles of the same topics, they give one pause for thought.

MoveOn Moves In on Youth Forum 

The MySpace-MTV youth forum today with Senator Barack Obama had been billed as a casual “dialogue,” with questions posed by those in the youthful audience and elsewhere from their peers.

Gideon Yago, the MTV host, said at the top of the show that questions for Mr. Obama would come from students in the audience and from “you guys at home,” referring to the MTV target audience (a.k.a. people who recognize Gideon Yago). [snip]

The winner was Joe Niederberger, a New Jersey e-businessman [snip]

But how did Mr. Niederberger’s question rise to the top of the heap, or near the top? Judging by his video clip, Mr. Niederberger is probably old enough to have voted for a George Bush. Meaning 41, not 43.

Mr. Niederberger, it turns out, is a member of liberal activist group MoveOn.org. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, per se.

But, TechPresident, which produces 10Questions, says MoveOn sent an e-mail to 60,000 members urging them to vote for Mr. Niederberger’s video question, “Would you make it a priority in your first year of office to reinstate net neutrality as the law of the land? [Read Full Article]

LOST Runs Silent, Runs Deep

According to Senator Jon Kyl, the entire Senate Republican leadership is now opposed to a controversial treaty supported by the President and an implausible alliance of special interests – from the U.S. Navy to Greenpeace. At a joint press conference last Wednesday, he was one of several Senators to declare that, as a result, supporters would be unable to muster the necessary 67 votes for ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). Yet, it seems not one of the “establishment” media organs felt moved to report these momentous political developments.

More extraordinary still is the apparent news-blackout concerning the fact that virtually every Republican presidential candidate (with the surprising, and hopefully ephemeral, exception of Rudy Giuliani) has announced either outright opposition to the Treaty or deep misgivings about its inevitable effect: conferring more power on international organizations at the expense of U.S. sovereignty. Apart from a front-page article in the Washington Times last Friday and postings by an array of on-line news outlets, bloggers and a couple of newsletters, the so-called “mainstream media” have denied the American people virtually any information about LOST’s growing difficulties. [ Read Full Article ]

Pirates Seize Ship in Somalia

Pirates in Somalia hijacked a cargo ship with dozens of foreign crew members reportedly on board, officials said Tuesday.

The attackers seized the ship late Monday in the waters off the war-battered capital, Mogadishu, said Paddy Ankunda, a Somalia spokesman for the African Union, which has peacekeepers at the city’s port.

A cargo trader who works at the port said the ship was from South Korea, with 43 foreign crew members on board. The trader, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to feared reprisals from the pirates, said the ship had been carrying a load of sugar from India. Both spoke by telephone from Mogadishu. [ Read Full Article ]

 Poor children now majority in Southern public schools

WASHINGTON – For the first time in more than 40 years, the majority of children in public schools in the South are poor, according to a report released Tuesday.In 11 Southern states, including Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida, a significant increase in the number of poor children attending public school has sent district officials scurrying for solutions on how to best educate kids who are coming from economically disadvantaged homes.

“The future of the South’s ability to have an educated population is going to depend on how well we can improve these students’ education,” said Steve Suitts, a program coordinator with the Atlanta-based Southern Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on Southern educational issues and conducted the study.

Michelle Malkin has more on education woes.

Oh, criminey. Just what American high school students need: “Less homework, more yoga:”

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