The Gateway (Post-Inaugural Edition)
If you focus too much on the mostly symbolic (and highly appropriate) recognition of groups too long marginalized, you miss the main point.
Obama boldly endorsed a vision of the American social contract which used to be part of the bland consensus (with the debate confined to the devils and angels of the details). Sadly, in 2013, his speech can accurately be described as an "in your face" rebuke of the philosophical vision of both American government and America itself articulated by the 2013 Republican Party (almost explicitly citing the thoughts of both members of its last national ticket).
Orthodox Jewish GOP shill Gestetner defaces MLK's birthday by citing Ike's record to advance tired dated GOP memes concerning their alternate history of Civil Rights. I’ve rebuked such nonsense before but this willful ignorance still persists.
Because this report does not distinguish between Haredi and more modern streams of Orthodoxy, its overview of Jewish schools is stilted to emphasize the end of the stream where the biggest problems lie and thus the article creates the impression that this represents the norm for all Orthodox Jewish schools, which is probably untrue and unfair.
I do not think it is unfair to assume that this it is more than mere incompetence which is at fault (not that I discount its presence)--the State and City Education Departments are clearly more in fear of political blowback than they are in fear of illiteracy.
I can just hear Lincoln Restler saying that this is why such people should not be entitled to a Council District of their own. http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130122/crown-heights/english-is-absent-math-doesnt-count-at-brooklyns-biggest-yeshivas
This article purports to be more than it is, since it only reports on a limited number of Council races.
Further, unless David Storobin has gone insane, it is unlikely he is running in the 46th (likely to be 56% black) rather than the Russian dominated 48th, where I believe his building is being moved (but who knows--I said he would be nuts to run in the Super-Jewish Senate District and he did anyway). http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/new-crop-political-candidates-afer-city-council-seat-article-1.1242242
Things Which Made Me Chuckle Department: " But Nydia brings together a wide range of local Democrats in Brooklyn and beyond. Those who know local Brooklyn politics know that it is rare to find former state senator Marty Connor at the same political event as the guy who defeated him, state senator Daniel Squadron (NOTE: I endorsed Connor over Squadron but am also friends with Squadron). But they were both there for Congresswoman Nydia. And locally Gatemouth and I don't run so much in the same crowd, but we were both there." http://dailygotham.com/mole333/blog/swearinginthecongresswomanwhogaveussoniasotomayor
Melinda Patelli (On Facebook): So many posts on FB asking if I support drug testing for welfare applicants and recipients. ANSWER: 100% YES. (Please no replies about prescription meds, don't waste mine or your time with ridiculousness)
GATEMOUTH (on Facebook): I Just unfriended someone who was posting about Sandy Hook being a hoax. Feel so great. Anyone else wanna join them?
GATEMOUTH: Ironically, back when I was anonymous, I would spread such rumors myself