President Obama: “A child’s course in life should be determined not by the zip code she’s born in.” “Promise Zone” locations.


 

By Jueseppi B.

President Barack Obama is introduced by 14 year-old student Kiara Molina at the Promise Zones Initiative, in the East Room of the White House.

President Barack Obama is introduced by 14 year-old student Kiara Molina at the Promise Zones Initiative, in the East Room of the White House.

 

 

President Obama: “A child’s course in life should be determined not by the zip code she’s born in”

 

Remarks by the President on Promise Zones

 

Yesterday, on the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, President Obama announced the first five “Promise Zone” locations across the U.S. The program, first unveiled at his State of the Union address last year, is an initiative that partners with local communities and businesses to create jobs, expand access to educational opportunities and spur economic mobility and security.

 

 

Joined by students from the Harlem Children’s Zone — a 17 year undertaking that found children will do better if those around them are doing better — the President spoke in the East Room of the White House on the importance of making sure everyone who works hard has a fair shot at success, no matter where they come from or who they are. “A child’s course in life should be determined not by the zip code she’s born in, but by the strength of her work ethic and the scope of her dreams,” the President said.

 

As an example of how communities can change children’s lives, the President told the story of Roger Brown from Harlem. Roger spent some time in the foster care system before going to live with his mom, who entered his name into the Promise Academy Charter School lottery, where he received a spot. During school, Roger was the class clown and acted out but his teachers didn’t give up on him and kept pushing him. So he buckled down and became the first person in his family to go to college.

 

President Barack Obama delivers remarks announcing the first five "Promise Zones," in the East Room of the White House, Jan. 9, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks announcing the first five “Promise Zones,” in the East Room of the White House, Jan. 9, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

“If you want to know why I care about this stuff so much, it’s because I’m not that different from Roger,” President Obama said.

There was a period of time in my life where I was goofing off. I was raised by a single mom. I didn’t know my dad. The only difference between me and Roger was my environment was more forgiving than his. That’s the only difference. If I screwed up, the consequences weren’t quite as great. So if Roger can make it, and if I can make it, if Kiara can make it, every kid in this country can make it.

 

The Promise Zones, located in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, are the first of twenty being launched over the next three years. In his speech, the President spoke on why commitment to these communities is so important:

Each of these communities is designing from the bottom up, not the top down, what it is they think they need, and we’re working with them to make that happen. And each of these communities is prepared to do what it takes to change the odds for their kids. We will help them succeed — not with a handout, but as partners with them every step of the way. And we’re going to make sure it works, and we’re going to hold them accountable to make sure it is making a difference in the lives of kids.

 

President Barack Obama delivers remarks announcing the first five "Promise Zones," in the East Room of the White House, Jan. 9, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks announcing the first five “Promise Zones,” in the East Room of the White House, Jan. 9, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

 


 

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The Deadly Epidemic of “Gun Accidents” That The NRA Supports Is An American Crime That Needs Regulation Today


Originally posted on Gun Control Now USA:



Yesterday, at CNN.com, I offered two proposals to enhance gun safety that would not require a vote of Congress: (1) a Surgeon General’s report on the health hazards of guns in the home; (2) a congressional investigation of the safety practices of the gun industry.

Robert VerBruggen offered a substantial reply at National Review Online.

Before responding in my turn, there’s a threshold point that must be stressed and then stressed again. At one point in his reply, Robert dismissively describes one study of gun safety as a “tiny phone survey” “conducted in 1996.” And of course … he’s right! A lot of the most important data in the gun debate is unsatisfactory and is out-of-date.

There’s a reason for that, and the reason is that the gun advocates themselves passed a law through Congress almost 20 years ago forbidding the use of federal research dollars to study gun…

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Ariel Sharon Born Ariel Scheinermann, Dies At Age 85


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Statement by the President on the Passing of Ariel Sharon

On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the family of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and to the people of Israel on the loss of a leader who dedicated his life to the State of Israel. We reaffirm our unshakable commitment to Israel’s security and our appreciation for the enduring friendship between our two countries and our two peoples.

 

We continue to strive for lasting peace and security for the people of Israel, including through our commitment to the goal of two states living side-by-side in peace and security. As Israel says goodbye to Prime Minister Sharon, we join with the Israeli people in honoring his commitment to his country.

 

Ariel Sharon, former Israeli Prime Minister, dead at 85

 

Tribune wire reports:

 

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the trailblazing warrior-statesman who transformed the region and was reviled by Arab foes over generations of conflict, died on Saturday at 85 eight years after suffering a massive stroke.

 

Sharon left major historical footprints on the Middle East through military invasion, Jewish settlement-building on occupied land the Palestinians seek for a state but also a shock, unilateral decision to withdraw from the Gaza Strip.

 

He died at Sheba Medical Center, near Tel Aviv, where he has been in a coma since being hit by a stroke at the pinnacle of his power as prime minister in January 2006. Doctors there had reported a precipitous decline in his condition last week.

 

“Arik was a valorous soldier and a bold statesman who contributed much to the security and building up of the State of Israel,” said President Shimon Peres, a former political ally of Sharon and, with the ex-premier’s death, the last of the Jewish state’s founders still in public life.

 

“Arik loved his people, and his people loved him,” Peres said, using the nickname of the famously burly and blunt Sharon with a distinctive rolling prizefighter’s gait. “He knew no fear and never feared pursuing a vision.”

 

President Barack Obama said on Saturday he joined Israelis in honoring the late Ariel Sharon’s commitment to Israel and he affirmed traditional U.S. support for Israel’s security.

 

In a statement, Obama said he and his wife, Michelle, send their deepest condolences to Sharon’s family and to Israelis on “the loss of a leader who dedicated his life to the state of Israel”.

 

“We reaffirm our unshakable commitment to Israel’s security and our appreciation for the enduring friendship between our two countries and our two peoples,” said Obama.

 

He also said the United States continues to strive for lasting peace and security for Israelis “including through our commitment to the goal of two states living side-by-side in peace and security”.

 

“As Israel says goodbye to Prime Minister Sharon, we join with the Israeli people in honoring his commitment to his country,” Obama said.

 

Officials said Sharon, who took power in 2001 soon after the start of a second Palestinian uprising that raged until 2005, would be buried in a state funeral to which foreign dignitaries would be invited.

 

Thank you Tribune wire.

 

Ariel SharonAriʼēl Sharōn,  born Ariel Scheinermann, February 1928 – 11 January 2014) was an Israeli statesman and general, who served as the 11th Prime Minister of Israel until he was incapacitated by a stroke.

 

Sharon was a commander in the Israeli Army from its inception in 1948. As a paratrooper and then an officer, he participated prominently in the 1948 War of Independence, becoming a platoon commander in the Alexandroni Brigade and taking part in many battles, including Operation Ben Nun Alef. He was an instrumental figure in the creation of Unit 101, and the Retribution operations, as well as in the 1956 Suez Crisis, the Six-Day War of 1967, the War of Attrition, and the Yom-Kippur War of 1973. As Minister of Defense, he directed the 1982 Lebanon War.

 

During his military career, he was considered the greatest field commander in Israel’s history, and one of the country’s greatest ever military strategists. After his assault of the Sinai in the Six-Day War and his encirclement of the Egyptian Third Army in the Yom Kippur War, the Israeli public nicknamed him “The King of Israel” and “The Lion of God”.

 

After retiring from the army, Sharon joined the Likud party, and served in a number of ministerial posts in Likud-led governments in 1977–92 and 1996–99. He became the leader of the Likud in 2000, and served as Israel’s Prime Minister from 2001 to 2006. In 1983 the Kahan Commission, established by the Israeli Government, found that as Minister of Defense during the 1982 Lebanon War Sharon bore “personal responsibility” for the massacre by Lebanese militias of Palestinian civilians in the refugee camps of Sabra and  Shatila, for his having disregarded the prospect of acts of bloodshed by the Phalangists against the population of the refugee camps, and not having prevented their entry.

 

The Kahan Commission recommended Sharon’s removal as Defense Minister, and Sharon did resign after initially refusing to do so. In the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, Sharon championed construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. However, as Prime Minister, in 2004–05 Sharon orchestrated Israel’s unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip. Facing stiff opposition to this policy within the Likud, in November 2005 he left Likud to form a new Kadima party. He had been expected to win the next election and was widely interpreted as planning on “clearing Israel out of most of the West Bank”, in a series of unilateral withdrawals. However, Sharon suffered a stroke on 4 January 2006 and was left in a permanent vegetative state until his death eight years later.

 

He passed away on 11th January 2014, two weeks after his condition took a dramatic turn for the worst.

 

Ariel Sharon
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11th Prime Minister of Israel
In office
7 March 2001 – 14 April 2006*
President Moshe Katsav
Deputy Ehud Olmert
Preceded by Ehud Barak
Succeeded by Ehud Olmert
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
13 October 1998 – 6 June 1999
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Preceded by David Levy
Succeeded by David Levy
Minister of Energy and Water Resources
In office
8 July 1996 – 6 July 1999
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Preceded by Yitzhak Levy
Succeeded by Eli Suissa
Minister of Housing and Construction
In office
11 June 1990 – 13 July 1992
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir
Preceded by David Levy
Succeeded by Binyamin Ben-Eliezer
Minister of Industry, Trade and Labour
In office
13 September 1984 – 20 February 1990
Prime Minister Shimon Peres (1984–86)
Yitzhak Shamir (1986–90)
Preceded by Gideon Patt
Succeeded by Moshe Nissim
Minister of Defense
In office
5 August 1981 – 14 February 1983
Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Preceded by Menachem Begin
Succeeded by Menachem Begin
Personal details
Born Ariel Scheinermann
26 February 1928
Kfar MalalBritish Mandate of

Palestine

Died 11 January 2014 (aged 85)
Ramat GanIsrael
Political party Kadima (formerly Likud and

Shlomtzion)

Spouse(s) Margalit Sharon (d. 1962);
Lily Sharon (d. 2000)
Children 3
Alma mater Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Tel Aviv University
Profession Military officer
Religion Judaism
Signature
Military service
Allegiance  Israel
Service/branch Haganah Symbol.svg Haganah
Flag of the Israel Defence Forces.svg Israel Defense Forces
Years of service 1948–74
Rank IDF aluf.svg Major General
Unit Paratroopers Brigade
Unit 101
Golani Brigade
Commands Southern Command
Paratroopers Brigade
Unit 101
Golani Brigade
Battles/wars Israeli Independence War
Suez Crisis
Six-Day War
Yom Kippur War
*Ehud Olmert serving as Acting Prime

 

Minister from 4 January 2006

 

 

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Incapacitation, coma and death

Sharon suffered from obesity from the 1980s and also had suspected chronic high blood pressure and high cholesterol – at 170 cm (5 ft 7 in) tall, he was reputed to weigh 115 kg (250 lb). His staff car would reportedly be stocked with snacks, vodka and caviar. Stories of Sharon’s appetite and obesity were legendary in Israel. He would often joke about his love of food and expansive girth. In October 2004 when asked why he did not wear a bulletproof vest despite frequent death threats, Sharon smiled and replied, “There is none that fits my size”. He was a daily consumer of cigars and luxury foods. Numerous attempts by doctors, friends and staff to impose a balanced diet on Sharon were without avail.

 

Sharon was hospitalized on 18 December 2005, after suffering a minor ischemic stroke. During his hospital stay, doctors discovered a heart defect requiring surgery and ordered bed rest pending a cardiac catheterization scheduled for 5 January 2006. Instead, Sharon returned immediately to work and suffered a hemorrhagic stroke on 4 January, the day before surgery. After two surgeries lasting 7 and 14 hours, doctors stopped the bleeding in Sharon’s brain, but were unable to prevent him from entering into a coma. Subsequent media reports indicated that Sharon had been diagnosed with cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) during his December hospitalisation. Hadassah Hospital Director Shlomo Mor-Yosef declined to respond to comments that the combination of CAA and blood thinners after Sharon’s December stroke may have caused his more serious subsequent stroke.

 

Ehud Olmert became Acting Prime Minister the night of Sharon’s second stroke, while Sharon was only officially in office. Knesset elections followed in March, with Olmert and Sharon’s Kadima party winning a plurality. The next month, the Israeli Cabinet declared Sharon permanently incapacitated and Olmert officially became Interim Prime Minister in office on 14 April 2006 until his new established government made him Prime Minister in his own right on 4 May.

 

Sharon underwent a series of subsequent surgeries related to his state. He remained in a long-term care facility from 6 November 2006 until the time of his death. Medical experts indicated that his cognitive abilities had likely been destroyed by the stroke His condition worsened from late 2013, and Sharon suffered from renal failure on 1 January 2014. After eight years in a coma, Sharon died at 2 pm Israeli time on 11 January 2014 at the age of 85.

 

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“12 Years A Slave” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” Lead NAACP Image Award Nominations


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The nominees for the 45th NAACP Image Awards were announced on Jan. 9, and 12 Years A Slave and Lee Daniels’ The Butler lead the pack with seven nominations each, including nods in the coveted Best Actor, Best Director and Best Picture categories.  Other multiple nominees include the Kerry Washington-starrer Scandal and Kevin Hart‘s BET comedy Real Husbands of Hollywood, each coming in with five nods in the television drama and comedy categories.

In addition to being nominated for her role as Olivia Pope on Scandal, Washington also received a nomination in the Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture category for her role in the film Tyler Perry Presents Peeples.  Angela Bassett went one better and landed three acting nominations, for her film performance in Black Nativity, and her outstanding television work in Betty and Coretta and American Horror Story: Coven Terrence…

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