America’s third world (5×8 – 3/7/11)

The motel generation of kids, radicalization of Muslims to be investigated, pushing the season, whatever happened to Ila Borders, and the science of Up proven.


The Monday Morning Rouser. They say it’s impossible to be unhappy when you’re playing bluegrass. We should all be playing bluegrass today. This was from Saturday’s Winter Bluegrass Weekend, sponsored by the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association.

1) THE MOTEL GENERATION

There’ll be a lot of issues discussed in political circles this week and most of them will be utter trivia compared to the issue in this piece from 60 Minutes last night. Two million more children have become homeless in the last two years — there are 16 million of them now. Pay attention to the kids talking about what it’s like to be homeless and hungry, and the little girl who feels guilty that it’s her fault.

Here’s an interview with the reporter on the story, focusing on this statistic: We’re about to hit a 25-percent poverty rate for kids in America.

2) MUSLIMS AND RADICALIZATION

Rep. Keith Ellison is objecting to hearings into the radicalization of Muslim Americans. He says it’s fine to investigate “radicalization,” but wrong to focus only on Muslim Americans.

“That would suggest an equivalency that’s not there,” Rep. Peter King responded during their appearance on CNN yesterday.

Who’s right?