Thursday, November 11, 2010

• All veterans and active duty military eat free at all participating Applebees restaurants today!  Or, get free admission to Knott's Berry Farm all week!  Free coffee at 7-11!  Get an Outback "bloomin onion."  A free sandwich at Subway.   Eat free at BJ's Pizza today too!

400-408 – Hugh Ross, founder and president of Reasons to Believe (, is both an astrophysicist (with a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Toronto, and research at Cal Tech) and a pastor at Sierra Madre Congregational Church.  The author of over a dozen books, including his latest, now in paperback, Why The Universe Is The Way It Is.  Today, Hugh shares with us some of the things he's thankful for – and all of them are things we probably would put in the "bad" category, things like bacteria, earthquakes, viruses, dandruff, hurricanes, wildfires, diarrhea, and even mosquitos!

• Hugh Ross (10/11/2010) Thank God For Leaf Litterfall.

413-423 – Hugh Ross

428-437 – Hugh Ross

443-452 – Hugh Ross

458-508 – Steve Barr, founder of Green Dot Public Schools (, which has a wonderful track record of transforming large public schools that are failing, into smaller cluster schools with amazing graduation rates.  Green Dot operates now operates 17 charter schools, including the much maligned Alain Leroy Locke High School in Watts.  As of today, 9 Green Dot schools have had graduating classes with the following cumulative results:  80% of Green Dot ninth graders graduated in four years, 76% of them were admitted to four-year universities, and almost all the rest have gone on to junior college.  What's the LAUSD graduation rate?  Just 47%.  Nationally, the bottom 5% of failing schools account for 50% of all dropouts.  If you're ready to improve the education of your child, join the parent revolution to transform your school by signing up at

Today, I ask Steve how we can free up teachers in our public schools to be more effective in the classroom.  He says, he asked teachers the same question, and that became the foundation of Green Dot.  He's interested in seeing the response to Governor-elect Jerry Brown's proposal to directly fund public schools, and he suggests considering breaking up the big high school campuses into smaller cluster schools, much like what he did at Locke.

Teachers have made a number of suggestions:  Don't require us to post the "Standard" for every lesson on the chalk board, even in K-6!   Don't require us to attend to 142 known languages, how about just English.  Incentivize the parents?  Maybe give parents of good students some kind of tax break?  Help us with discipline!

512-523 – Steve Barr

TH 523 – Don Rohde @ Galpin Ford (818) 262-2092.  For the past 38 years, Don has been a sales manager at Galpin, the #1 volume Ford dealer in the world for the past 20 consecutive years.  Galpin has been family-owned and operated for the past 59 years, and 90% of their business is repeat or referral.  Galpin offers Ford, Lincoln-Mercury, Honda, Mazda, Saturn, Volvo, Jaguar, and Aston Martin.  "In the heart of the San Fernando Valley at Roscoe and the 405, it's Galpin Ford" (

528-539 – Teachers, what's your worst discipline story?

544-554 – Teachers, what's your worst discipline story?

558-608 –  • CS Monitor (9/16/2010) Medal of Honor recipient Salvatore Giunta tells his story.  Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta is the first living soldier from the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan to be chosen to receive the Medal of Honor. Here's his story of what happened that day in Afghanistan.

• Tim Hetherington, Vanity Fair (11/11/2010) Medal of Honor Winner Salvatore Giunta on Bravery, Brotherhood, and the Korengal.   See a video of Giunta at Restrepo, The Movie (the clip below is from this link).  Restrepo won Best Documentary at this year's Sundance Film Festival. has its world television premiere on the National Geographic Channel, unedited and with limited commercial interruption, on Monday, November 29, 2010, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.  Sebastian Junger did a book about the events that day entitled "War."

(10:47) Restrepo, The Movie.  Medal of Honor Winner Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta shares his story in his own words about what happened on October 25, 2007.  (The second voice you hear is from his Captain Dan Kearny.)

THE STORY –  RESTREPO is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, "Restrepo," named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. The only goal is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 90-minute deployment. This is war, full stop. The conclusions are up to you.

DIRECTORS' STATEMENT –  The war in Afghanistan has become highly politicized, but soldiers rarely take part in that discussion. Our intention was to capture the experience of combat, boredom and fear through the eyes of the soldiers themselves. Their lives were our lives: we did not sit down with their families, we did not interview Afghans, we did not explore geopolitical debates. Soldiers are living and fighting and dying at remote outposts in Afghanistan in conditions that few Americans back home can imagine. Their experiences are important to understand, regardless of one's political beliefs. Beliefs are a way to avoid looking at reality. This is reality.  – Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger.

612-623 – Summary of Restrepo.

628-639 – (8X) Ronald Reagan, June 6, 1984, at Pointe du Hoc, Normandy, commemorates the 40th anniversary of D-Day.

644-656 –  • Thanks to Lori Barragar, family owner of Shelton's Premium Poultry (, for her generous donation of Thanksgiving turkeys that we're able to give to our veterans who get on the air with me in this segment.

• Daniel Henninger, WSJ (11/11/2010) The 1099 Democrats:  The Democrats decoupled from business—and lost the election.

• Emil W. Henry, Jr. (11/11/2010) How to Shut Down Fannie and Freddie:  The Treasury Department can stop rubber-stamping their debt issuance at any time.