End of Feb. 28 Column
Neal Vitale's Oscar Picks

King's Speech, Abe Lincoln, Dan Grobstein File

Bob Nilsson writes:

This mainly behind-the-scenes controversy over the historical accuracy of “The King’s Speech” is fascinating. From a PR standpoint, it shows the trouble you can get yourself into when you respond with a lame defense as David Seidler did; rather than just letting the criticism lie.

The King's Speech Revisited
The movie's screenwriter goes too far in defending his version of history

A friend of Kent Peterman's wrote an article about Lincoln.

Dan Grobstein File

  • But I Thought Union-Busting Solved All Educational Problems!
    Only 5 states do not have collective bargaining for educators and have deemed it illegal. Those states and their ranking on ACT/SAT scores are as follows:
    South Carolina – 50th
    North Carolina – 49th
    Georgia – 48th
    Texas – 47th
    Virginia – 44th
    If you are wondering, Wisconsin, with its collective bargaining for teachers, is ranked 2nd in the country. Let’s keep it that way. This isn’t to say that the lack of collective bargaining explains these poor outcomes, of course, but it is true that the evidence that breaking teacher’s unions improves educational outcomes is somewhere between “exceptionally weak” and “non-existent.”
  • Koch Brothers end game in Wisconsin. It isn't really about the budget, it is about busting the unions.
  • Forget the cheese --- Wisconsin is now the land of fruits and nuts. So the fight over collective bargaining is a smokescreen. No new taxes forever & sell off state assets to your friends is the important part.
  • Times does half-assed job on major fraud story
  • Free Oil!
  • Don't Blame Facebook.  So blame the internet, which has made competition from other professionals far stiffer than in the past. But the amateurs chattering away on Facebook? Not so much.