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  • NASA Finds Black Hole Cluster (Unprecedented Cluster)

    06/15/2013 5:51:02 PM PDT · 42 of 54
    jnaujok to Focault's Pendulum

    Black holes are completely invisible themselves, as any light that passes the event horizon is completely consumed. That said, in reality, black holes are usually blazing with light, because as matter falls towards a black hole, it is accelerated and compressed by gravitic forces. As that matter heats up it begins to release light as energy, eventually running through the visible spectrum, and then on up into x-rays.

    So the accretion disk around a black hole is ridiculously bright.

    Now, if the black hole really was out in space with no matter falling in, it would still be really bright because of the material it ate before. Imagine a photon with just enough energy to stay above the event horizon. It slowly, slowly circles outward until it reaches a point where it can move away from the black hole, giving the hole a slow, rosy glow for millions of years after the last matter fell in.

    Finally, if it ran out of that glow, it would still be visible by the massive distortions it causes in light, bending and lensing the light from behind it, and even the light coming from the viewer could be wrapped around the event horizon, coming back to create a sort of mirror image sphere shape, with distorted lens-like properties around it.

    There’s a few pictures and more information here:

  • Melinda Gates: I'm rich so listen to me!

    04/20/2012 8:35:45 AM PDT · 10 of 32
    jnaujok to cleghornboy

    How can anyone, ever, consider the creator of Microsoft Bob (look it up) and Clippy the “Assistant”, be considered wise?

  • Caption Jug Ears

    03/19/2012 8:29:57 AM PDT · 24 of 37
    jnaujok to crosshairs

    Question: What’s with the “goodfella” on the left hand side there?

  • Caption Jug Ears

    03/19/2012 8:29:49 AM PDT · 23 of 37
    jnaujok to crosshairs

    Question: What’s with the “goodfella” on the left hand side there?

  • Caption Jug Ears

    03/19/2012 8:27:14 AM PDT · 19 of 37
    jnaujok to crosshairs
    Caesar is feeling generous today — he may live.
  • Arne Duncan: Pay great teachers $150K

    01/27/2012 8:56:06 AM PST · 36 of 61
    jnaujok to oblomov

    There may be some teachers who work 6 hour days, 9 months a year, but the good ones don’t. My wife does 12-16 hour days, every week day and usually 6-8 hours each day on the weekend. During “breaks” she spends hours grading assignments and writing report cards.

    Her summer “break” starts about a week after the kids get out, after she’s spent hours cleaning her room, because the janitorial staff won’t. Then she spends weeks of the summer going to re-certification and training sessions. When that’s over, she gets to spend at least 2-3 days a week working with her “team teachers” to develop the curriculum for the next year. Then, for her, school starts 2-3 weeks before the kids come back, with training sessions on all the new laws and requirements — and all the whims of the merry-go-round administrators to learn about.

    And that doesn’t begin to include the parents who believe their little Johnny could never do anything wrong, and he deserves straight “A” grades, even though he hasn’t turned in an assignment all quarter. Did I mention irate parents calling my unlisted home phone number at 2AM to scream obscenities at my wife?

    And after 15 years as a teacher, she earns less than I did two years out of college as a computer programmer.

    Oh, and did I mention she’s required, by law, to take 3 or more credits of continuing education at a college *EVERY YEAR*. And every three or four years, she has to go pay $500 and take two days of tests to keep her license. And, if she’s ever, ever let go from a job (even for a personality conflict or just because some administrator doesn’t like her shoe color) she can never get a job as a teacher again.

    So, before you start throwing that crap out, ask yourself if you’d be willing to put up with 180 kids, for what works out to about $4 an hour with the time my wife puts in.

    So, do I think that every teacher deserves $$$$? No, just the ones who work their ass off and get results like my wife does. For 10 straight years, her classes have shown the biggest improvement in math scores in the state of Colorado. Yet she gets the exact same salary schedule as the teacher who’s on his fifth sexual harassment investigation, and grades his students papers by giving them full points if they turned it in.

    Him you can say that crap to. Not my wife.

  • My Favorite And Least Favorite Movie Priests

    10/10/2011 2:08:52 PM PDT · 35 of 49
    jnaujok to NYer

    Of course, the greatest movie priest ever must be...


    10/03/2011 10:51:18 AM PDT · 44 of 124
    jnaujok to SpaceBar

    Hasselblad camera, Kodak film.

  • Will fried bubble gum blow away competition?

    09/06/2011 8:32:18 AM PDT · 5 of 9
    jnaujok to RichInOC

    To be fair, it’s deep-fried, batter-coated, bubble-gum *flavored* marshmallows. It’s not actually deep-fried bubble gum.

  • Computer Screen Problems - Any Advise?

    08/02/2011 3:28:54 PM PDT · 31 of 41
    jnaujok to Two Kids' Dad

    Those screens aren’t really made to be user serviceable, and anything you do to get it open and try and clean the outside will likely make it worse. On the plus side, a 20” monitor is round about $100 on most on-line stores (TigerDirect, NewEgg, etc) these days, so you might want to just avoid the 60’s replay and grab a new one.

  • Black Hole Kills Star, Blasts Beam at Earth

    07/18/2011 3:57:50 PM PDT · 31 of 42
    jnaujok to Hodar

    A gamma ray is just a very high energy form of electromagnetic ray, or what’s more commonly known as “light.” At the low end are things like radio waves, then infra-red, visible light, ultra violet, microwaves, x-rays, and finally gamma rays. The higher the energy, the more penetrating it is, and more damage it does to things like living cells.

    Gamma rays can literally tear apart the long-chain chemicals in your body, like DNA, proteins, and enzymes. X-Rays can too, with a much lower chance, and that’s why we’ve found that exposure can cause cancer. The DNA is damaged, and a cancerous cell results.

    If we got hit by a nearby, powerful, gamma ray burst, like a supernova or a black hole/star absorption, it could literally sterilize the entire earth in fractions of a second.

    As for a “stream of neutrons”, there really isn’t such a thing, since single neutrons decay into a proton and electron (i.e. Hydrogen) with a half-life of 14 hours. Even if the nearest star to Earth (after the sun for nitpickers) Proxima Centauri, lobbed a wedge of neutrons at us at half the speed of light, by the time it reached us here (3.8 years away and after a time-dilated 3 odd years) the amount of neutrons would be nearly immeasurably low, and the protons/electrons would impact on the top of the atmosphere as either ionized particles (auroras channeled to the poles by the magnetic fields of Earth) or “cosmic rays” that would smash into other particles high in the atmosphere resulting in a slight increase in the constant rain of background particles/radiation we get every day.

  • Explanation to Blue Anomaly?

    07/07/2011 2:52:59 PM PDT · 20 of 28
    jnaujok to VaeVictis

    It doesn’t appear in the H-Alpha or Infra-red sky surveys, or in the astro-photo data either. Given the fact that it’s a pure blue color, I would actually say it’s a speck of dust that got caught on a filter or the lens during the sky survey.

  • Fireworks accident decapitates Fargo man(Trailer Park Boys)

    07/06/2011 8:42:43 AM PDT · 23 of 81
    jnaujok to ImJustAnotherOkie

    Having worked with “commercial fireworks” — I got to help on a professional shoot once — I know this wasn’t a “commercial firework.” Those have cheap paper labels on a cardboard/brown paper shell. If it said “return to government” then that was an artillery shell or a mortar round that he was setting off.

    Much like the various idiots playing with landmines and grenades, this was *not* caused by commercial fireworks, but by someone using a device meant to kill people...


  • Teachers’ Union Protects Teacher for Standing Idly By While Student is Beaten

    05/13/2011 11:26:26 AM PDT · 7 of 35
    jnaujok to massmike

    As the husband of a Teacher, I have to agree. She’s been threatened with lawsuits for patting a kid on the shoulder for a good job. I can’t imagine how fast she’d get sued for “assaulting our perfect Angel, Johnny” for breaking up a fight.

    Until we get the ambulance chasers under control in this country, we are going to have to accept the damage they do to every other area in society.

  • Time to stop nuke hysteria. Media obsessing over reactors that will probably not kill anyone.

    03/15/2011 2:38:04 PM PDT · 54 of 92
    jnaujok to VRWCTexan
    Sadly it would appear likely that all 50 are (or soon will be) way over exposed before ever being allowed to leave?

    I would not be surprised if most of these brave 50 are dead within weeks.

    Enough! These brave men are in far more danger from the explosions and fires then from radiation. So far the highest level of radiation exposure has been 1.015mSv. Now, very few people understand the meaning of a millisievert, so let's put it into a term you can understand.

    That's about 30 BED.

    What's a BED? That the "Banana Equivalent Dose" or the amount of radiation you'd get from eating a banana, as they concentrate Potassium, including the radioactive Potassium-40 isotope.

    So, so far the worst dose has been the same as eating 30 bananas. The current "highly elevated" readings at the plant are 2 BED. That's right, the same as eating 2 bananas.

    Lifetime (actually 5 year) allowance for a nuclear plant worker is about 15,000 BED.

    No one at the plant is going to die from radiation, unless something else goes horribly wrong at this point. Even the fire in the holding pool only released about a 27 BED dose. Even then, TEPCO is rotating workers in and out of the area on 4-6 hour shifts to reduce even the low exposure time. Although it's just as likely to be to reduce the likelihood of stress exhaustion.

    Please - please - please - stop the hysteria!
  • A Chicken Chain’s Corporate Ethos Is Questioned by Gay Rights Advocates

    01/31/2011 9:58:55 AM PST · 18 of 62
    jnaujok to Cronos

    Just when I was wondering what to have for lunch...

  • Philadelphia Abortion Doctor Charged With 8 Counts of Murder

    01/19/2011 12:18:51 PM PST · 8 of 16
    jnaujok to Kaslin
    State regulators ignored complaints about him and failed to visit or inspect his clinic since 1993, but no charges were warranted against them, District Attorney Seth Williams said.

    Uh, how about conspiracy to commit murder? How about negligent homicide? How about Accessory After the Fact? At the very least, can we agree the entire government department that gets complaints about *MURDER* and takes no action needs to be shut down and all the so-called "public servants" in it get fired with no pension?

    If a private company ignored complaints about an employee or contractor they are responsible for, and that ignorance led to the murder of eight people, there wouldn't be a lawyer in the country that wasn't lining up to prosecute them both criminally and civilly.
  • Finland's nuclear waste bunker built to last 100,000 years

    12/15/2010 11:31:15 AM PST · 6 of 37
    jnaujok to Ernest_at_the_Beach

    Why not build a molten salt reactor, in which case the name of this waste becomes, “fuel”? The byproducts of a molten salt reactor are safe after only 300 years, a far more manageable timescale.

  • Global Warming Update: Video Of Metrodome Collapsing

    12/13/2010 1:10:00 PM PST · 14 of 16
    jnaujok to Ditto
    Please note that it's not the first time it collapsed, It's collapsed four times before under heavy snow.

    It's an air-supported structure, so as soon as the first tears occurred, the air-pressure that holds up the roof escapes, and the roof sags. As it sags, instead of being an arch distributing the weight, it becomes a bowl, concentrating the weight, and the roof material tears dumping the snow. They'll probably have to drain the rest of the snow/meltwater out of the dome before they can even begin to work on fixing it.
  • Sorry California, You’ve Forfeited Your Statehood

    11/03/2010 8:52:05 AM PDT · 54 of 70
    jnaujok to Cringing Negativism Network
    Though please be nice to the people who encounter who are leaving CA, they want to be like you, that’s why they’re leaving...

    No! This is just what we thought in Colorado, "Oh, the people leaving California and coming here are the ones who want to be like us." It's taken six years to go from blue to barely purple. The pain has been incredible. Don't let these people in.
  • Explosive found in Dubai, part of US terror probe

    10/29/2010 2:12:56 PM PDT · 17 of 20
    jnaujok to Kartographer

    The one in Dubai was caught by FedEx on the ramp (before it was loaded on a plane.) FedEx reported it to the officials last night, and then UPS was informed and tracked a package from the same address that was already traveling. In other words, the terrorists just found out that FedEx runs their stuff through an explosives detector, while UPS doesn’t.

    Guess which carrier they’ll be using for all their future bombing needs?

    Also, I love how Obama is calling the “Authorities in Dubai discovered the first device.” Yeah, let’s not give credit to the non-union company’s security procedures.

  • Tom Tancredo: He's Still Got It (Great new Ad)

    10/06/2010 8:59:46 AM PDT · 15 of 23
    jnaujok to pissant

    I’m glad he’s finally running against Hickenlooper instead of Maes...

  • Need Travel Recommendations - Colorado

    10/03/2010 10:52:19 PM PDT · 76 of 76
    jnaujok to mountn man

    Only because I type slow...

  • Need Travel Recommendations - Colorado

    10/01/2010 10:19:18 PM PDT · 50 of 76
    jnaujok to ProtectOurFreedom

    Part of the fun of going to the top of Pikes Peak as a local is laughing at all the train riders who find out that on a 80 degree day, the top of the mountain is at 32 degrees or colder... and they’re in shorts and t-shirts.

  • Need Travel Recommendations - Colorado

    10/01/2010 10:15:21 PM PDT · 47 of 76
    jnaujok to ProtectOurFreedom

    Someone mentioned the Cliff House in Manitou, which is a great place to spend a night (although I wasn’t that impressed with the restaurant when we went there for our anniversary a couple of years ago — I’d go to the Mona Lisa (fondue), The Warehouse, or the Craftwood Inn instead.)

    I am surprised that no one has mention Garden of the Gods yet, which admittedly is a little touristy (although not so much at this time of the year) and is absolutely criss-crossed with hiking trails, all at about 6000 feet.

    Not to mention, you can also tour the Air Force Academy just a bit north on I-25. And in Colorado Springs, you can feel free to wear your right-wing buttons with pride.

    Basically, except for the Eastern plains, you can’t go wrong with any of the places in Colorado. You’ll need a lot more than three days to explore all of the possibilities.

  • In Colo. Gov., GOP becoming third party

    09/30/2010 12:58:24 PM PDT · 75 of 76
    jnaujok to UriÂ’el-2012

    Oh no, poor Freda has regrets about her donation. Like I said, where’s my refund for donating to Pete Coors’ campaign? The guy never intended to win. He swindled me out of several $100 donations, because I wanted anyone but Ken Salazar to win. Instead the party nominated a candidate that Dr. Dobson spent $2.5M defeating. Great. We got Salazar instead.

    You missed the whole point of my rant. Tancredo is no glowing pillar of Conservatism. The guy is a one-trick pony with Immigration Reform. Great, I’ll hold my nose and vote for him, and I’ll be happy to get an Arizona style law instead of Hickey-fruitster’s Sanctuary State, but that’s not going to fix the rest of the problems. I’ve seen no evidence Tancredo’s the next Ronald Reagan that’s going to turn the state around and lead us to the promised land.

    I am so SICK of voting for the lesser of two evils. Someday I want a candidate that I actually can vote FOR.

    My complaint is that the GOP has bought itself minority party status through its own actions over the last decade by fronting RINO’s and Blue-Blood Country Clubbers. Don’t blame Maes for it.

    A long time ago I heard the political system of America described as “The Evil Party versus the Stupid Party.” We’re going a long way to earn the title of “Stupid Party” in Colorado.

  • In Colo. Gov., GOP becoming third party

    09/30/2010 12:46:46 PM PDT · 74 of 76
    jnaujok to beaversmom

    Sorry, you’re wrong. The day before and after the primary, Tancredo was calling for Maes (or McGinnis, whoever won) to drop out and be replaced by either Josh Penry or himself.

    In any case, you’re missing the whole point of my rant.

    I don’t think Maes is some knight in shining armor. I think he’s a typical, slimy politician, barely conservative, and mostly a party hack. And the time to vote him out was in the caucuses and the primaries. But for the last 10 years that I’ve been a GOP central committee member, the leadership has been begging its membership *NOT* to choose conservatives.

    The Colorado GOP has *EARNED* Minor Party status by putting up crap candidates for 10 years, and actively sabotaging the campaign of anyone conservative. This is just the culmination of ten years of ***-clowns running the local party.

    Will I vote for Tancredo? At this point it’s probably my only hope to keep Hickenlooper out of the Governor’s mansion. But I will do it holding my nose because of the back-stabbing, low-life, dirty tactics Tancredo is using. The only thing in this election bigger than Hickenlooper’s stupidity is Tom Tancredo’s self-righteous ego.

    But as far as I’m concerned, the Colorado GOP is dead. It committed suicide.

  • In Colo. Gov., GOP becoming third party

    09/30/2010 9:52:51 AM PDT · 67 of 76

    I think this whole election cycle has been ridiculous. The real problem is the Colorado State GOP, which has been shafting us with terrible candidates for almost ten years now. Remember Pete Coors, the guy who said in his concession speech, “I never really wanted to win, anyway.” Or how about Bill Owens hitting us with the largest tax increase in Colorado’s history (referendum C) and then being surprised when the Republicans can’t win back the Governorship. I’m sure Jane Norton was counting on all of us to have a short memory about that when she ran against Buck. Sorry Jane, but no candidate who ever supported Ref C will get my vote.

    I can’t tell you how many central committee meetings I’ve been to where the party elite kept telling us not to vote for the conservatives in the caucus because “they just can’t win.” I’m sick of it.

    Maes released documents yesterday that confirm everything he’s said about his time in the Liberal, KS Police Department, including working with the KBI on a gambling ring. If that were his only problem at this point, then he’d be clear and have a shot at the governor’s mansion. But it’s now hopeless because his own party abandoned him, just like they told us to do to every conservative that’s come down the pike in the last ten years.

    Where have they gone instead? The party leadership have left the party, jumping ship to Tancredo. Tancredo came in to this thing late, when he easily could have gotten in to the primary early if he really felt that Maes and McGinnis were not viable. On top of that, the primary was made up of nothing but political insiders (party favorites) with barely a conservative bone in the bunch. Yeah, I voted for Maes, but it was as the most conservative individual out of a bunch of RINO’s.

    Tancredo could, and should have run in the primary. He didn’t. The GOP could and should have supported its candidate, but it didn’t. They wanted McGinnis, who was a blue-blood country-club republican at best, and a RINO at worst. When they got Maes, they basically pulled all support on the night of the primary. Christine O’Donell was treated better by the party leadership than Maes was.

    Tancredo may be more conservative, and had he run in the Primary, he probably would have gotten my vote, but the whole situation since the primary has been a joke.

    Tancredo wanted the GOP to ignore the results of the primary, push Maes out, and ANOINT him as their candidate. Must be nice. Don’t run for office, don’t work through the primary, but show up on the day after and then demand to overturn the votes of 380,000 Colorado republicans, not one of whom voted for Tancredo.

    So, he went out to run third party. Fine, he has that right. But look at the ads he’s running. He has yet to run one ad against Chicken-Scooper, every one of his ads have been vicious (and now we find out, untruthful) attacks against Dan Maes.

    You’d think that Maes had a 70% lead in the polls. But not to worry, Tancredo has now so poisoned the well, there’s no one in the state who’d continue to vote for Maes. Even here on Free Republic, where people are supposed to be informed, Maes is called a con man and a shyster.

    Now we’ve got Bob “I used the courts to knock my opponent, the real conservative, off the ballot” Beauprez backing Tancredo, and I’m supposed to be happy? Let’s recap: He LOST to Ritter! Big Time. We’re talking nearly 20%... This is the guy Tancredo wants to endorse him?

    Old Both Ways Beauprez, the RINO who couldn’t beat Bill Ritter is supposed to make me feel good about Tancredo? Tancredo’s the guy who dragged an 83 year old woman onto TV to rip into Dan Maes for a contribution he’s already returned and been fined by the election committee for? A crappy move by Maes to take the money? Yeah, but that was 18 months ago, and the guy who talked her into the contribution was fired about 10 months ago. At least Maes didn’t put this woman on television sounding like a bitter old hag. And it’s not like he took her life savings. It was $300. I gave almost that much to Pete Coors — the guy who didn’t really want to win. Talk about swindled...

    Frankly, while I used to love Tancredo, his current actions are making me absolutely sick to my stomach.

    Is he better than Hicken-choo-choo? Sure, but, then again, so is a rotting monkey corpse. When do I get a chance NOT to vote for the lesser of two evils? Oh yeah, I get to vote for Buck.

    Here in Colorado, the GOP is about to lose its major party status, and frankly, with the clowns we’ve been putting up and the clowns running the party...’s about time.

  • Check Out The Extreme Racial Segregation In America's Biggest Cities (Colored map shows this)

    09/28/2010 9:32:06 AM PDT · 68 of 69
    jnaujok to wardaddy

    Yes, the Springs is about 6% black, but I’m not sure about the 80% white number, because the Hispanic population is quite high here.

    And I don’t care how the city looks. If people choose to segregate themselves, that’s their choice. I just think that it’s telling that the “liberal utopias” in the state like Denver and Boulder who scream endlessly about diversity and equality are the worst offenders for segregation.

    In the meantime, in the “Evil Conservative” city of Colorado Springs, we have people of all colors and races working together with very, very little racially motivated crime, and with neighborhoods where different races live side-by-side with no strife.

    Heck, just on my block, we have half a dozen Hispanic families, two black families, and about nine white families. All our kids play in the yards, often with each other.

    What I’m sick of is the constant prejudice and presumptions about conservatives as “racists.” My post was simply to point out that conservatives are not the ones creating segregated cities.

    I lived in Milwaukee, one of the nation’s “Hyper-Segregated” cities, and one of the few cities that actually elected full socialists instead of Democrats, and a city that went about 80 years under left-wing control. That city is a cesspool of racial intolerance. Yet the worst of the downtrodden continued to reelect those who were responsible for destroying the city and its economy.

    The difference is glaring. That’s all I was trying to point out. I have no “white guilt”. I leave that to liberals who define themselves by their skin color, and not the content of their character.

  • Check Out The Extreme Racial Segregation In America's Biggest Cities (Colored map shows this)

    09/22/2010 11:40:10 AM PDT · 31 of 69
    jnaujok to jnaujok
    On the other hand, here we have extremely left-leaning (and socialist utopia) Denver.

    And somehow Hickenstupid is winning the race for Governor.
  • Check Out The Extreme Racial Segregation In America's Biggest Cities (Colored map shows this)

    09/22/2010 11:35:43 AM PDT · 30 of 69
    jnaujok to SeekAndFind
    I live in one of the most conservative cities in Colorado (Colorado Springs at 2:1 ratio of R:D registered voters.)

    Such a conservative stronghold must be a picture of racial segregation, right?!?

  • Dear Editor: Nothing Wrong With Taking Kids To A Mosque

    09/22/2010 10:27:34 AM PDT · 16 of 31
    jnaujok to tisket
    and the boys wound up prostrate on the floor

    and the girls were . . . ?

    Properly wrapped in burqas and head scarves, and traded into a temporary marriage (Nikah mut‘ah) with a 60 year old man in return for a goat and a bowl of opium?
  • $98M Illinois high-speed rail project breaks ground

    09/17/2010 1:59:35 PM PDT · 8 of 31
    jnaujok to Willie Green
    So, we're going to spend $98,000,000 to "upgrade" a section of rail so that trains can run over it at 110 miles per hour.

    The 20th Century Limited streamlined Hudsons were doing that on steam power back in the 1930's and 1940's (They averaged 60 mph over 1000 miles.) And the teams of gamby dancers were keeping the rail in shape to do it for a heck of a lot less than a million dollars a mile. Probably over the exact same track, since they ran from New York to Chicago.

    NYC Hudsons on the 20th Century Limited
  • GOP Poised To Add 5 To 7 Governorships In Nov.

    09/02/2010 9:27:11 AM PDT · 6 of 17
    jnaujok to Slyscribe

    We could win Colorado too, if Tancredo would just choke down his ego and get out of the race.

  • Colorado U.S. Senate Denver Post/9News poll(Republican Senate Primary, Buck 53% Norton 37%)

    06/29/2010 5:17:11 PM PDT · 4 of 4
    jnaujok to Red Steel

    I heard Norton’s bush-league negative ad this morning. Even if she hadn’t pushed for Ref C & D, that ad made me want to never vote for her.

  • Teacher Contracts: An Analysis

    04/05/2010 11:38:37 AM PDT · 14 of 14
    jnaujok to Graybeard58

    Sorry, but as the husband of a teacher, the hours they list are “official” hours of school. Most teachers, at least the good ones like my wife, don’t work those hours.

    My wife is at school an hour early, helping kids. She stays an hour and a half after school helping to tutor kids in math, which she is not paid for. Then she comes home and spends 3-4 hours every night doing grading, planning, and various clerical requirements put on her by the administration and the government reporting requirements.

    She also spends at least 8 hours each weekend doing grading and other work.

    Each summer, she typically works 3-4 weeks on school things, and she has to be back to work 2 weeks before school is back in session.

    One year I kept track of it, and determined that she was working between 2200 and 2500 hours a year.

    Now, to earn this, she has to deal with 30 twelve year old kids for about 6 hours a day. When you divide her salary into that, it works out to less than a dollar per kid, per hour. You couldn’t stiff a baby sitter with that rate.

    She receives no benefit for her hard work, and lives in constant fear of the administration, because in teaching, if you are “not renewed” (that’s when they don’t hire you back for next year — you did know that teachers fear for their job every year, right?) even once, then no school in the state will hire you after that. That’s right, get fired once because an administrator doesn’t like you pointing out that the new method they’re pushing doesn’t work, and you can never, ever work in your career again.

    And that doesn’t even include the joy of dealing with parents who insist that little Johnny could never have failed to turn in every paper in the last six months. He’s a perfect angel. And those phone calls have come at every hour of the day, every day, including weekends.

    Yes, my wife had a parent call her and curse at her for 20 minutes at three in the morning. All because the mother took little Johnny’s word that he turned in 25 missing assignments, despite the fact that she had found them all, incomplete, and ungraded in Johnny’s school bag. This, after my wife had written, called and left messages and even had the principal call for 8 weeks, telling them that Johnny wasn’t doing his work. The mother insisted that she thought all those messages were mistakes, and that it was all my wife’s fault. Would you deal with that at your job?

    Good teachers don’t get paid squat compared to what they should make. Bad teachers who are the administration’s pets should all be fired immediately. But as long as the current system exists, good teachers who care will continue to be punished because people read articles like this and ask what can be done to punish the teachers.

    Put the blame where it belongs, overpaid, unaccountable administrators who force ridiculous, untried codswallop down the throats of teachers who fear for their entire careers if they speak out.

  • Machete-wielding rioters kill 200 in Nigeria (Suspicion falls on Muslim group...)

    03/08/2010 1:26:01 PM PST · 21 of 24
    jnaujok to dead

    Just talked to my brother, who’s co-pastor is a missionary near Jos. He said the death toll is over 500, and it’s entirely the Muslim north attacking the Christian South in the country.

  • Remember the guy who got on a plane with a bomb built into his shoe and tried to light it?

    01/25/2010 3:49:14 PM PST · 11 of 13
    jnaujok to JimRed

    The plane (flight 587) that went down in the Borough of Queens in November of 2001, was flown by a first officer who was repeatedly reprimanded for “over-flying” the rudder. When a plane is banked in a steep turn, the pilot uses the rudder to keep the nose turned up and keep the plane from side-slipping into the ground. However, a rudder is not a wing. By trying to use the rudder (vertical stabilizer) to hold up the entire weight of the plane, he snapped the vertical stabilizer off the plane, at which point, it became uncontrollable.

    Unfortunately, despite the claims of Al Qaeda and the Canadian terrorist, the crash of flight 587 is not attributable to terrorism, but to the greatest killer in the history of mankind, human stupidity.

  • 2010 Census starts; first count in Alaska village

    01/25/2010 3:08:51 PM PST · 2 of 8
    jnaujok to Cheap_Hessian

    Wait, if we know there’s 650 people there, then why are we flying some political crony there to count them?

    Oh wait, Obama Administration, means form over function.

  • Sherlock...Ritchie has turned Holmes into a rock-and-roll roué resembling a young Keith Richards.

    12/15/2009 10:00:29 AM PST · 29 of 55
    jnaujok to SnakeDoctor

    House contains a lot of hat-tips to Sherlock Holmes. House’s apartment is at 221 Baker Street (revealed first season), and it’s apartment “B”. Wilson/Watson is obvious, and his basic alienation of everyone except Wilson is similar to Holmes and Watson. We haven’t seen if House has a brother (Mycroft?)

    House is addicted to painkillers, much as Holmes was addicted to cocaine. Wilson and Watson are both married and then divorced, largely due to their association with House/Holmes and the demands they make on their time.

    Holmes would play the violin to concentrate, House plays the guitar. About the only largely missing piece is the meerschaum pipe and the deerstalker...

    Finally, it’s arguable that House’s Dr. Cuddy plays the role of Mrs. Hudson, Holme’s housekeeper, often cleaning up the mess and putting up with his insane antics.

  • Tancredo tells reporter he "fully intends to run" for governor

    11/13/2009 1:34:58 PM PST · 32 of 48
    jnaujok to colorado tanker

    Beauprez brought that on himself by refusing to honor the caucuses and trying to take the other candidates out with legal trickery rather than running a straight up race. Sorry, but I held my nose with both hands voting for Beauprez in the last election.

  • CA: Filming of state milk ads is heading abroad to save moola

    11/13/2009 12:52:09 PM PST · 14 of 19
    jnaujok to Brad's Gramma

    You know, maybe if they stopped trying to farm and grow cows in a desert, things would work out better... I mean, they already consume over 50% of the water in the Colorado River to keep the cows waters, while the massive federal subsidies based on the farm’s distance from Eau Claire, Wisconsin have ensured that they keep farming in a desert, while the dairy-land of Wisconsin has basically become devoid of cows...

  • How Much Can You Really Learn With a Free Online Education? [MIT, CAL, etc. free online]

    09/18/2009 12:05:21 PM PDT · 36 of 53
    jnaujok to Bobalu

    It’s not that obscure, it’s from “Short Circuit” though my favorite line from that character (whose name escapes me) was the discussion of his ancestry.

    “Where are you from?”
    “No, I mean, originally, your ancestors.”
    “Oh, them... Pittsburgh.”

  • Government to take over all student loans (Rep. Michele Bachmann)

    09/18/2009 11:38:55 AM PDT · 7 of 13
    jnaujok to pissant

    I think you’re missing the big picture here. Banks make money by making loans. There are four major categories, home loans, car loans, business loans and student loans.

    In the last 8 months, Obama has taken over the car loans by nationalizing the car industry, home loans (the government now directly backs 90% of all mortgage loans), and this takes over student loans.

    With business in crisis in the midst of recession, no banks are making business loans, because the government is requiring them, under the new regulations, to back more of their debt and take fewer risks.

    With all of their future income streams removed, how long until banks start failing? And when they do, who do you think is going to go into “never waste a crisis” mode and nationalize *all* the financial institutions of the United States.

    There’s a word for the government nationalizing all finances while “working with” businesses. It’s called Fascism, and we are teetering on the brink of it.

  • Just an Ordinary Joe

    10/16/2008 1:04:47 PM PDT · 16 of 17
    jnaujok to dmz

    Everyone keeps missing the fact that Obama is talking about *gross* income. My dad used to make half a million a year as a small tool and die maker, *gross*. The problem is, after expenses, payroll, etc, he was bringing home about $50,000. Yet every year he got taxed on Adjusted *GROSS* Income. I remember it well, because I could never get *any* financial aid in college because of that one number on my parent’s tax return.

    Joe the plumber is probably a sub-contractor to his boss, thus he buys his own tools and parts, and pays those off as part of his earnings. All of that shows up on a 1099 form, and he’s grossing over $250,000.

  • Winnie Knew, What About You?

    11/14/2006 10:43:52 AM PST · 3 of 4
    jnaujok to VRWCmember

    I've got a bet going with someone here at work (strong liberal) that the new minimum wage increases unemployment by 20,000 in Colorado in the first three months. I have a side bet that inflation on consumer goods will top 5% next year in the state.

  • Dodd: Crucial 2 years ahead for Democrats (Communist Alert)

    11/10/2006 9:25:51 AM PST · 25 of 27
    jnaujok to Graybeard58
    "It is costing us $250 million a day, $4 billion a week, $16 billion a month for this war. There are a lot of questions that have been raised about where is the accountability of all of this."

    Mr. Dodd, I don't think we can trust you to investigate costs until you can do simple math...

    $250M * 7 = $1.75B per week, not $4B.

    That's only $7B per month, less than half of your claim.

    You know, a billion here, a billion there... pretty soon you're talking real money.
  • Where'd all the "It's Just Sex"Democrats Go

    10/03/2006 7:47:40 AM PDT · 5 of 97
    jnaujok to rellimpank

    The heck with the "It's Just Sex" democrats -- what about the "It's a matter of personal privacy" democrats from back when Gerry Studds (D-MA) was having sexual relations with a 16 year old male page, and the democrats covered it up for 10 years? Then they grudgingly decided to censure him. And when they read the censure, Studds turned his back on the speaker and then held a press conference about how it was just a private matter and he never apologized. And then he ran for and was reelected for three more terms. These guys don't condemn what Foley was doing, they just see a political opportunity to use this against the Republicans.

  • 92 Wisconsin Schools Make 'No Child Left Behind' Failing List

    06/13/2006 2:53:47 PM PDT · 13 of 24
    jnaujok to Firefigher NC
    My wife is a teacher and regularly criticizes NCLB...

    ...because there's too much paperwork put on the back of the teacher. Basically she spends about 80 hours a year doing paperwork for NCLB. On the other hand, she agrees 100% with what it's doing.

    She also teaches at a charter school receiving 55% of the funding of every other public school in the state. They have placed in the top three schools in the state for the last three years running. As a result, the newly elected Dumb-o-Rat state congress is trying to kill all the charter schools.
  • Oh, shoot! Veep had no license for quail hunt (media bias big time)

    02/14/2006 3:19:02 PM PST · 63 of 87
    jnaujok to BadAndy

    In case you're not joking...

    Cheney accidentally hit his hunting partner with *part* of the spray of bird shot from a shotgun. In comparison, imagine a handful of sand thrown from 10 feet and getting hit by part of it. He immediately rendered first aid and brought medical personnel to the scene. Mr. Whittington was at the hospital within minutes of the incident. After the story hit the papers, the local Department of Wildlife people double checked everything and find out that he, like aparently about 95% of the other hunters, didn't buy the new stamp for $7 on his $140 license.

    From what I've read, the police were informed immediately (they'd have to be for any gunshot wound) and Cheney was interviewed within the hour, with other witnesses interviewed within 24 hours. No blood test was done, because no one even suspected Cheney of drinking or being in any way impaired.

    What we have here is, imagine this, an ACCIDENT.

    Now, since your post clearly refers back to Teddy Kennedy, let's compare.

    Teddy - heavily impaired by alcohol, flees the scene of an "accident" leaving the injured (and still alive) Mary Jo to slowly suffocate and drown in the flooding car. He does not offer first aid. He does not call an ambulance, he does not notify authorities, he does not talk to police. Police call *him* 10 hours later, after the car is discovered by fishermen. He does not report to the police station, he does not visit the victim or offer aid and comfort to the family (although he does have time to place a phone call to his mistress). He does not approach the police until his lawyer basically forces him to. He tries to concoct a story that does not implicate him.

    Clearly there's a difference between the two.