Saturday, February 09, 2008

Barack Obama Sweeps Louisiana, Washington, & Nebraska Today - Washington Post

Riding a huge tide that's only masked by media outlets who support Clinton, Senator Barack Obama won the caucus primaries in Louisiana, Washington, and Nebraska, confounding "experts" and pointing to a clear movement. Read this account from the Wash Post..

Obama Sweeps Clinton in Louisiana, Nebraska, Washington
By Eric Pianin Staff Writer

Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) swept to solid victories over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y) in Louisiana, Nebraska and Washington state today, an impressive showing that left the two Democrats in a virtual tie for national delegates but with Obama gaining momentum.

On the Republican side, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee delivered two humiliating defeats to Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) in the Kansas Republican presidential caucuses and the Louisiana primary, while running slightly behind McCain in Washington state with incomplete returns.

Obama also won caucuses in the Virgin Islands, completing his best night of the campaign. The freshman senator from Illinois celebrated his victories tonight in a speech to a Democratic dinner in Richmond Va., on the weekend before important primaries in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

"We won in Louisiana, we won in Nebraska, we won in Washington State," he said. "We won north, we won south, we won in between, and I believe we can win Virginia on Tuesday if you're ready to stand for change."

In the wake of Tuesday's showdown in 21 states that left Clinton and Obama roughly even in the number of pledged delegates, the two lavished attention on Nebraska, Louisiana and Washington state, in a frenetic effort to bulk up their delegate counts. Obama stood to pick up as many as 170 delegates tonight.

With nine-tenths of the precincts reporting, Obama led Clinton, 56 percent to 37 percent, in Louisiana. Obama romped to victory earlier in the evening in Nebraska, 68 percent to 32 percent, and then overwhelmed Clinton in Washington, 68 percent to 31 percent, with 96 percent of the caucus vote counted.

That's called a butt kicking.

The Crumbling Educational System In The United States

What began as the great strong hold in our country, has rapidly increased to a grave crisis and epidemic across classrooms from New York to California. The public school system in the United States has precipitously deteriorated for years and inadequate action has been taken to discover any logical remediy for the failing districts.

Currently, the city of Detroit graduates 25% of students and a mere 50% of children have the opportunity to receive their diplomas in Chicago. Education is the key predictor and great equalizer in our nation, yet there’s no accountability from parents, teachers, administrators, politicians or the school boards. This is a serious emergency and the grim and harsh reality is that this conflict is only going to be exacerbated as time progresses.

It’s time for the millions of students who board buses to elementary schools, middle schools and high schools five days a week to be good at something and for something. We can not permit failure, and it’s completely irresponsible and unacceptable to have arrived at this startling point. Our economic success and viability is squarely dependant upon education and the availability of structured opportunities.

When 60% of African-Americans, 64% of Latinos and 80% of Caucasians graduate from the public school system that is incomprehensible and devastating. In addition, 40% of children drop out of secondary school before the possibility of graduating is even fathomable. Clearly, the thirst to live the American dream has dried up.

This situation is hampering people all across the nation at record depths. The magnitude and seriousness of this crisis is too high and transparent steps must be taken in order for the future of our great country to have even a slim chance of survival in an extremely competitive and thriving world.

At the current juncture, the facts indicate a despondent and gloomy outlook, not bright and prosperous. Since half of the teachers in public schools leave after five years, there’s an inability to establish any line of consistency and continuity with students. In New York City alone 6,000 teachers leave every year.

Incompetent educators, administrators and politicians have stolen an entire future generation of students and it’s time that they are held culpable for their actions.