400-408 – Tamara Garfio, 3rd Grade teacher at Maywood Elementary School (off the 710 and Bandini in Maywood), and just one of 60 winners nationwide of the $25,000 Milken Educator Award. She's 35, a mother of three, including a 4-month-old, and has been teaching for the past 10 years, since graduating from Cal State Fullerton in 2000.
• LAT (11/18/2010) Award stuns third-grade teacher. Tamara Garfio of Maywood Elementary is one of 60 instructors nationwide to receive the Milken Educator Award. 'I'm passionate, I know that,' she says. 'You truly have to like what you do.'
413-423 – • YouTube (11/5/2010) Cornell Professor Outbursts at a Student's 'Overly Loud' Yawn. Cornell Professor Mark Talbert recently flipped when one of the students in his Hotel Administration 1174 class yawned too loudly. It's viral at 340,000 downloads in the past two weeks.
(2:00) (Professor Mark Talbert recently at Cornell University).
(:11) Talbert 1. Informal/Impolite.
(:11) Talbert 2. Walk out.
428-437 – Your "ranting teacher" story? Teachers, how would you have handled this? Teachers, are you "better behaved" because of cell phones and YouTube? Student, ever posted one of your teacher's rants? Aren't you glad your past meltdowns aren't on the web?
443-452 – Lori Barragar, family owner of Shelton's Premium Poultry (sheltons.com), who's donated 20 turkeys for us to give away to our listeners this holiday season. Small world... I did pitching lessons with both her boys, Ryan and Brad, 15 years ago!
458-508 – • Fox News (11/18/2010) Senator Jay Rockefeller Wishes FCC Would Shut Down Fox News. Rockefeller didn't seem to realize that the FCC only regulates broadcast airwaves, not cable – I'll bet he knows now.
(1:13) Rockefeller. (Senator Jay Rockefeller D-WV speaking Wednesday @ 11/17/2010 at a Washington DC Senate hearing). "We need new catalysts for quality news and entertainment programming. I hunger for quality news. I'm tired of the right and the left. There's a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to Fox and to MSNBC, 'Out. Off. End. Goodbye.' It would be a big favor to political discourse; our ability to do our work here in Congress; and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and, more importantly, in their future. We need slim-down channel packages, that better respect what we really want to watch. And, we need to find ways to provide greater value for television viewers, at lower cost, because people are tired of always escalating rates. Again, I thank you for being here today. And I greatly respect Senator Kerry and the interest he's shown in this whole area in which he is most expert."
(:27) R-1 "We need new catalysts for quality news and entertainment programming. I hunger for quality news. I'm tired of the right and the left. There's a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to Fox and to MSNBC, 'Out. Off. End. Goodbye.'
(:13) R-2 "It would be a big favor to political discourse; our ability to do our work here in Congress; and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and, more importantly, in their future.
(:18) R-3 "We need slim-down channel packages, that better respect what we really want to watch. And, we need to find ways to provide greater value for television viewers, at lower cost, because people are tired of always escalating rates.
(:10) R-4 "Again, I thank you for being here today. And I greatly respect Senator Kerry and the interest he's shown in this whole area in which he is most expert."
512-523 – • Reuters (11/16/2010) Merkel urges Germans: stand up for Christian values.
// Addressing her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, she said she took the current public debate in Germany on Islam and immigration very seriously. As part of this debate, she said last month that multiculturalism there had utterly failed.
Some of her conservative allies have gone further, calling for an end to immigration from "foreign cultures" -- a reference to Muslim countries like Turkey -- and more pressure on immigrants to integrate into German society.
Merkel told the CDU annual conference in Karlsruhe that the debate about immigration "especially by those of the Muslim faith" was an opportunity for the ruling party to stand up confidently for its convictions.
"We don't have too much Islam, we have too little Christianity. We have too few discussions about the Christian view of mankind," she said to applause from the hall.
Germany needs more public discussion "about the values that guide us (and) about our Judeo-Christian tradition," she said. "We have to stress this again with confidence, then we will also be able to bring about cohesion in our society."
References to the CDU's Christian roots and "Christian view of mankind" are standard in party convention speeches, but the phrases have become more frequent in recent months as Germany has been gripped by a heated debate over Islam and immigration.
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" (galpin.com).
528-539 – • Stephen Spruiell, NRO Corner (11/18/2010) GM's IPO.
Regarding the triumphalism attending GM's IPO, let this post serve as a friendly reminder that GM still owes the U.S. government $43 billion; that its financing arm still owes $14.6 billion; and that its sick friend Chrysler still owes $8.2 billion. Before we start declaring GM an American success story, let's keep in mind that the government lost $9 billion of taxpayers' original investment on today's partial stock sale. GM still has major problems stemming from its pension obligations. Yes, auto sales have rebounded, but that is thanks to a surge in light-truck sales, which are not the kind of clean, green machines that Obama wants GM's customers to buy. And yes, China bought a 1 percent stake, but analysts are calling this "a diplomatic arrangement" made for the purposes of smoothing rocky U.S.-China relations.
544-554 – •• LAT (11/18/2010) Bankruptcy official questions Crystal Cathedral compensation. U.S. trustee, creditors object to six-figure housing allowance for megachurch's chief financial officer and say at least three insiders were paid for what appear to be redundant duties. The Crystal Cathedral declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month, owing 550 creditors between $50 and $100 million dollars. The creditors committee and a US Trustee are deciding who should still get paid during the bankruptcy process. The Crystal Cathedral has asked that several staff members be paid lots of money, including more than a dozen family members and in-laws of founder Robert Schuller. All five Schuller children and their spouses were on the payroll when bankruptcy papers were filed in October. The church has asked that Fred Southard, the CFO since 1978, be paid $156,110, out of which comes his $140,000 housing allowance (that's about $12,000 per month). In 2009, Southward was paid $144,261, $132,019 of it as a housing allowance, and he only had $15.00 in federal income taxes withheld according to his 2009 W-2 form. Southard owns a home in Newport Beach assessed at $2.3 million. Only ordained, commissioned, or licensed, ministers may obtain an income-tax-exempt housing allowance. The denomination has no record of Southard ever being ordained. Southard claims he was ordained independently by the Crystal Cathedral ten years ago, leads Bible studies, and has preached over the years, and therefore deserves it. The church is also asking for Gretchen Penner, who is Schuller's daughter, and her mother-in-law, Neva Penner Klassen, to both be paid – $69,525 and $55,100 respectively – for two programming positions that the US Trustee thinks can be done by one person.
558-608 – How much is too much for church staff? Is there full disclosure ? Do the church tithers know how much staff is making?
612-623 – Calls
628-639 – Calls
644-656 – Calls
• Tiger Woods, Newsweek (11/17/2010) How I've Redefined Victory. What's your redemption story?
• LAT (11/18/2010) Poll: Californians want it both ways on budget. Voters favor cuts to balance the budget — yet they object to most of the cuts that could be made, a Los Angeles Times/USC Poll shows.