*The entire country awaits the beginning of the murder trial against George Zimmerman that begins June 10.
But, some believe that the trial will do more to confirm the innocence of Zimmerman rather than show the incriminating evidence against him.
George Zimmerman’s mother Gladys Zimmerman, released a letter to the public today for the 1-year anniversary of her son’s arrest via her son Robert Zimmerman’s Twitter account, according to CNN.
The obviously biased opinions in the letter not only show support for her son, but is riddled with delusion and scathing comments against the public she is addressing. She opens the letter with these words:
“April 11, 2012, will be forever remembered by the Zimmerman family as the day the justice system failed us as Americans, and as a consequence an innocent man was arrested for a crime he did not commit, solely to placate the masses.”
Well, that may be true. But, if the “masses” believe that the man is guilty based on the evidence provided, he just may be guilty. But she didn’t stop there. She went on to address her supporters and provide encouraging words that lead you to believe that she not only believes in her son’s innocence, but believes the court will acquit him.
Mark Zuckerberg only planned to make a quick $5 billion from his IPO, but stands to see the worth of his company hit nearly $100 billion.
*There has been a buzz in the air lately saying, “Facebook is planning something”, “Facebook is getting ready to change something big.”
It’s been ignored by most because Facebook is always changing something. But, what subscribers may not have known was that it wasn’t some app or style for their interface.
It was much bigger. Facebook is going public!
*Racing the debt clock, Congress is working on dual tracks while President Barack Obama appeals to the public in hopes of influencing a deal that talks have failed to produce so far.
“We have to ask everyone to play their part because we are all part of the same country,” Obama said Saturday, pushing a combination of spending cuts and tax increases that has met stiff resistance from Republicans. “We are all in this together.”
In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama said the wealthiest must “pay their fair share.” He invoked budget deals negotiated by GOP President Ronald Reagan and Democratic House Speaker Tip O’Neill, and Democratic President Bill Clinton and Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich.
“You sent us to Washington to do the tough things, the right things,” he said. “Not just for some of us, but for all of us.”
As a critical Aug. 2 deadline approached, the chances that Obama would get $4 trillion or even $2 trillion in deficit reduction on terms he preferred were quickly fading as Congress moved to take control of the debate.
Read/learn more at Yahoo News.
In Germany, Sweet 16 party goes awry when birthday girl mistakenly sets Facebook invite for 'public.'
*Have you ever seen MTV’s”My Super Sweet 16″ show? If you haven’t, it’s a show where parents go out of their way, and budget, to ensure their child has a Sweet 16 birthday party like no other.
Some of the parties are even replete with elephants, camels, or even lions.
Well, the lions didn’t work out, but you get the gist! The parties are upwards of $50,000 and that’s before the lavish gifts. Well, one girl in Germany spent nothing and had one of the most memorable Sweet 16′s to date simply by not setting her Facebook invitation to “private.” (more…)
*Bullying, peer pressure and undercover pedophiles working as members of the faculty and staff: These are just three of the reasons some parents choose to home-school their children.
Oh yea, and don’t forget the poor quality of education most students must endure because they don’t attend the schools that – for whatever reason – get most of the resources in their school district.
As millions of students gear up for the first day of class in the coming weeks, other school-aged children don’t have to travel far to reach the classroom.
Home-schools have a history that goes back farther than the traditional public school setting. It started with families who used their children as farm hands and for other laborious occupations. Now parents just want to insure their children have the best chance at a quality education without all the distractions in most public school systems. I met a women who home schooled her now 19 year old son. Her younger son, 10, never has attended public school and she doesn’t regret her decision to do so.
According to the National Home Education Research Institute, in 2008 more than two million children who would have attended kindergarten through twelfth grade were home schooled in the United States.
Most parents have complaints about the quality of public education dished out like week old potato salad. But few have the financial means to afford private school or to forego a job to homeschool. Studies show that parents spend around $600 a year per child for home-school supplies. And they make up for the absence of public school sponsored activities with community sports and other entertainment.
The rules of operation vary from state to state, but in Texas parents have a choice to home school their children themselves, hire a tutor or to participate in a community home school setting where parents rotate children from house to house. One parent who’s good in math teaches all the home-schooled children in that subject while another who is more proficient in English is responsible for teaching that course.
It’s a sacrifice of time and wages those parents say is worth it if their children become more self-confident and better prepared to be productive working adults. But for those families who have no alternatives to public school all is not lost. Don’t allow your children to receive less than a first-class education. Get involved and let it be known what you expect of the school system. Afterall your tax dollars are paying for it and your children’s future is at stake.
Steffanie is a freelance journalist living in the Dallas, Texas metroplex. Send questions, comments or requests for speaking engagements to Steffanie at email@example.com. And see the video version of her journal at youtube.com/steffanierivers.
*The Prez is probably somewhere saying to himself, “Uh huh, I told you so.”
Yep, the health care reform law is still brand, spanking new, but the public has already come around on it, says a new USA Today/Gallup poll.
Among those surveyed, 48% called the law “a good first step,” saying more should be done to reform the system.
Roughly half said they were either “encouraged” or “pleased” by the bill’s passage, compared to only 40% who were “disappointed” or “angry.”
The results run counter to most recent polls, which have shown pluralities opposed to the bill. But Democrats shouldn’t celebrate too much. The public isn’t a big fan of how anyone handled the health care debate.
President Obama scores best, with 46% saying his work was good or excellent, while only 32% said the same of congressional Democrats. Republicans fared worse; only 26% rated their work good or excellent.