Show notes 11/19: Will the Huntsville City Schools apologize this evening? Is amnesty coming? Is Parker Griffith right?

Guests today:

We have laid out numerous times how CJ Grisham was wronged by Huntsville City Schools.


Simply put, they tried to silence him by contacting the US Military and they have hurt his career.

Almost worse than that, they have been willing to lie about it, not only to us, to CJ but to other school board members as well.

The Huntsville City School Board meets this evening and REMEMBER…

Your Involvement Is Welcome

The Huntsville City Board of Education encourages you to become involved in education. The School District offers many opportunities for community members to participate. You are invited to attend Board of Education Meetings.

The next Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 19 at 5:30PM in the Boardroom at 200 White Street.

On the issue of charter schools…


I wouldn’t hold your breath unless there is a change in state government in 2010.

And while gubernatorial candidates may be warming to the idea, it will be a cold day in Montgomery before Hubbert decides charter schools are worth trying in Alabama. It’s a shame the teachers lobby has such a powerful hold over the Legislature.

Most of those running for governor say Alabama should authorize charter schools. Only Democrat Ron Sparks, the state’s agriculture commissioner, has come out against them. Of the rest of the candidates queried by The News’ Mary Orndorff, Democrat Sam Franklin Thomas expressed no opinion, Democrat Artur Davis said he backs charter schools because they have improved education in poor and minority school districts in cities around the country, and all six Republican candidates voiced support ranging from qualified to strong.

The AEA is too strong.

Seeing growing support among Alabama politicians for charter schools is a heartening development. But really, all that matters is what one man thinks. And that man is Paul Hubbert, powerful head of the Alabama Education Association. Hubbert’s opposition to charter schools over the years has ensured the failure of any legislation that would permit them in Alabama.

Talk of immigration immigration reform (amnesty) is back…


“Now, while everyone may agree that the status quo isn’t working, what everyone may not be aware of is how much the immigration landscape has changed since comprehensive immigration reform efforts failed in 2007,” Napolitano said. “I’ve been dealing hands-on with immigration issues since 1993, so trust me. I know a major shift when I see one, and what I have seen makes reform far more attainable this time around.”

Napolitano’s speech at the Center for American Progress (CAP), rather than a rhetorical tour de force, was a finely calibrated recitation of the Obama administration’s wish list and rationale for the ingredients of a comprehensive immigration reform package it hopes will move through Congress in 2010. In its broadest and simplest terms, she described a “‘three-legged stool’ that includes a commitment to serious and effective enforcement, improved legal flows for families and workers, and a firm but fair way to deal with those already here.”

On the latter point, how to resolve the legal status and residency issues for an estimated 12 million people living in the United States illegally, Napolitano never mentioned the word “amnesty” in her speech or during the brief question and answer period for a standing-room-only audience.

And we have stopped enforcing our immigration law

Criminal arrests, administrative arrests, indictments and convictions of illegal immigrants at work sites all fell by more than 50 percent from fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2009.

The figures show that Mr. Obama has made good on his pledge to shift enforcement away from going after illegal immigrant workers themselves – but at the expense of Americans’ jobs, said Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the Republican who compiled the numbers from the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE).

Keep telling me it is a “federal issue”…

No one like the new mammogram guidelines.


No routine mammograms for women under age 50 without special risk factors.

Breast screening every two years for women aged 50 to 74, not every year.

The Good Doctor calls BS…

“Reckless,” said Griffith, a retired cancer doctor.

“I plan to meet personally with our surgeon general and fellow Alabamian Dr. Regina Benjamin to ensure that this reckless recommendation is not implemented,” Griffith said Wednesday. “To release a blanket suggestion that delays and suffocates valuable preventative medicine and fails to take into account family history or high-risk factors in American women is irresponsible.”

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