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  • Award-Winning Author Joyce Carol Oates Looks for ‘Celebratory & Joyous’ Aspects of ISIS

    11/27/2015 8:51:02 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 60 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/23/2015 | DANIEL NUSSBAUM
    Award-winning author Joyce Carol Oates came under intense fire from social media users on Sunday after tweeting that she has only heard “puritanical & punitive” things about the Islamic State and wonders whether there is anything “celebratory & joyous” about the terrorist group. "All we hear of ISIS is puritanical & punitive; is there nothing celebratory & joyous? Or is query naive?"
  • Rohnert Park, Cotati schools rethink grading scale (20% or less for F)

    10/22/2015 8:32:25 AM PDT · by rey · 28 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 22 Oct 2015 | Jeremy Hay
    A new grading scale that redefines what constitutes an A or an F is causing strife and confusion in the Cotati-Rohnert Park school district. Some teachers and officials say it lowers the bar for student success, while others say it encourages students to succeed. The new system is called the equal interval scale. Essentially, it makes it harder to get a failing grade. It departs from the traditional A to F scale in which students receive Fs for scores below 59 percent. Instead, the scale awards Fs only for scores below 20 percent. My mentor teacher, shes not enjoying it....
  • Despite Video Evidence, Pentagon Slams Moscow For Using 'Dumb Bombs'

    10/02/2015 3:21:20 PM PDT · by marvel5 · 72 replies
    Sputnik ^ | October, 3, 2015 | Sputnik
    In Washingtons ongoing attempt to discredit Russian airstrikes in Syria, a senior US Air Force official has claimed Moscow lacks the technology for precision-guided missiles. Footage of the strikes proves his statement to be demonstrably false. Read more: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20151002/1027943624/USAF-Slam-Moscows-Dumb-Bombs.html#ixzz3nS4vsfYD
  • Perry: Trump's Wrong, I'm Not Dropping Out

    09/05/2015 3:01:49 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 55 replies
    CNN ^ | September 3, 2015 | Jeremy Diamond
    Rick Perry is not "getting out of the race" as Donald Trump suggested Thursday during a news conference. "You know a broken clock is right once a day," Perry said. "The bottom line is I'm still here, I'm still workin'.
  • Men Attack Janitor After Mistaking His Uniform For Gang Color

    05/18/2015 10:16:49 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 31 replies
    sacramento.cbslocal.com ^ | May 17, 2015 | No Attribution
    MADERA (CBS13) Police are on the lookout for two men who attacked a janitor Saturday night. The incident happened at a Save Mart store on Howard Road. Madera Police say the janitor was sweeping the floors when two men pushed him to the ground. The men then broke a wine bottle over the janitors head. Police believe the men mistook the janitor as a gang member because of his blue uniform.
  • Showing my true colors! zot

    05/14/2015 12:03:15 PM PDT · by yuffy · 131 replies
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  • Obama Orders Cuts in Federal Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    03/19/2015 2:33:07 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 40 replies
    NYT ^ | March 19, 2015 | By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    WASHINGTON President Obama signed an executive order on Thursday to set new goals for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of federal agencies, his latest use of his executive authority to address the root causes of climate change and press private companies and foreign governments to follow suit. Mr. Obamas directive orders federal agencies over the next decade to cut their emissions by an average of 40 percent compared with their levels when he won office in 2008, and to increase their use of electricity from renewable sources by 30 percent. The goals are in line with a commitment that...
  • My Dumb Facebook Friends (vanity)

    02/25/2015 3:01:20 PM PST · by Chris Shugart Uncommon Sense · 41 replies
    Thought Crimes ^ | 2-10-15 | Chris Shugart
    I always find it distressing when a Facebook friend of mine posts something appallingly stupid. Its one thing when someone you dont know does it. A total stranger who youll never meet is quickly forgotten. Someone you know isnt so easy to dismiss. Its the same sort of unsettling feeling I get when I try to imagine the sort of people who buy those tacky commemorative plates they advertise in TV Guide. I realize there are people out there who have no sense of taste whatsoever. But Im perfectly happy to remain in comfortable ignorance, knowing that Ill probably never...
  • I Never Told You I Was Real Smart

    01/20/2015 10:10:02 AM PST · by Osage Orange · 83 replies
    Osage Orange ^ | 1-20-15 | Osage Orange
    Well.....Im not the sharpest toothpick...but I do have a degree. Thus said....I'm a man. So....I have a lot of excuses. Last week.....I had a water pipe leaking a bit underneath my home. Being the ultimate optimist..or just wishing it would go away..I waited a day or two..before taking action. I was loathing crawling underneath my house...ONCE again. Oh....I've enough money to pay for that type of thing...but I'm smarter than that!! : ) My father taught me how to do many things...work on cars, work on plumbing..digging ditches, sweeping the damn garage.......ummm...sorry..I digress. So....I've plumbed real crappy jobs...( sewer pipe...)...
  • The Dumbest 57 Seconds Ever On TV?

    01/08/2015 1:57:12 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/8/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Adam Baldwin linked to this MSNBC clip with a succinct tweet ”Spot the morons/cowards.”Video at link ... All due respect to Adam, but his understatement is almost a scandal. We’ve posted a lot of incredibly stupid sound bites from MSNBC and other places around here, but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a dumber exchange. I don’t know who the guy is making the astoundingly obtuse comparison between Jerry Falwell and a bunch of cold-blooded murderers, but as incandescently stupid as that analogy is it’s eclipsed by Wagner’s smug, knowing nods as he talks. If I follow her response correctly...
  • Pregnant Austrian teens in ISIS: Weve made a huge mistake

    10/10/2014 9:42:48 AM PDT · by avalonmistmoon · 117 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 10/10/2014 | Chris Perez
    The teenage girls who abandoned their families in Austria to become jihadis for ISIS feel they're made a terrible mistake by joining the barbaric lifestyle and they want to come home.
  • Education: the media are afraid to tell the truth

    09/01/2014 6:24:21 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 22 replies
    rantRave.com ^ | August 15, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Local newspapers in the US don't cover education in any depth. Maybe they'll tell you superficial and trivial stuff (for example, that a superintendent was hired or fired, that there will be a meeting next month of the school board). But you won't find anything about the nuts and bolts that determine whether you child learns to read, or learns anything at all. At first glance, this non-coverage can seem to be a mystery. Everybody's interested in education, especially parents and grandparents with kids in K-12. Probably one of the most valuable things that you could tell these people is...
  • Prince Charles is right: Similarites between Putin and Hitler are uncanny

    05/23/2014 8:18:00 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 37 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | May 23, 2014 | Trent Franks
    Writing in "Mein Kampf," Hitler referred to the German surrender at the end of World War I and the subsequent Treaty of Versailles as the "greatest villainy of the century," calling those responsible "miserable and degenerate criminals" who "were ready to sacrifice the whole nation, and, if necessary, to let Germany be destroyed; and in my eyes this made them ripe for hanging." He asked, "how could this deed be justified to future generations?" Putin employed similar terminology in discussing the fall of the Soviet Union: "Above all, we should acknowledge that the collapse of the Soviet Union was a...
  • Portland will flush 38 million gallons of water after man urinates in Mt. Tabor Reservoir

    04/18/2014 8:07:26 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 67 replies
    Portland administrators will flush 38 million gallons of water from Mt. Tabor Reservoir 5 after a 19-year-old man urinated in the citys drinking supply. Even though there is very minimal public health risk, the bottom line is that our commitment is to serve water thats clean, cold and constant, said Water Bureau administrator David Shaff. That doesnt include pee. Not from people, at least.
  • The war on standards dumbing down the SAT

    03/09/2014 6:08:40 PM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 44 replies
    Powerline ^ | March 9, 2014 | Paul Mirengoff
    The College Board is once again altering the SAT. According to the Washington Post, the SATs writers appear to be doing two things: changing what they test and making the test easier. To me, it sounds as if the SAT will be made easier largely by changing what it tests. For example, the Post says that students will no longer be expected to know difficult, lesser-used vocabulary words and advanced mathematical concepts will disappear from the exam (my understanding is that truly advanced mathematical concepts do not appear on the current exam). --snip-- No one who has been paying attention...
  • Im A Traffic Survivor

    01/12/2014 6:12:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Youll have to forgive me. This is a difficult time for me. This week I have been forced to confront memories Ive been trying to bury my whole life, but recent events have made that impossible. Iam a survivor of traffic jams. Its not easy to talk about. Just the sight of brake lights causes flashbacks to the horror of sitting on a freeway not going anywhere. But for you, dear reader, I will be strong and push on. You probably know a victim of traffic jams yourself. You may well be one. Be silent no more! Thanks to the...
  • Holder's new school discipline guidelines: stop targeting minorities

    01/09/2014 7:27:22 AM PST · by armydawg505 · 14 replies
    www.breitbart.com ^ | 1/8/14 | KIMBERLY HEFLING
    (AP) Gov't: End overly zealous discipline in schools By KIMBERLY HEFLING AP Education Writer WASHINGTON The Obama administration is urging schools to abandon overly zealous discipline policies that civil rights advocates have long said lead to a school-to-prison pipeline that discriminates against minority students. The wide-ranging series of guidelines issued Wednesday in essence tells schools that they must adhere to the principle of fairness and equity in student discipline or face strong action if they don't. The American Civil Liberties Union called the recommendations "ground-breaking." "A routine school disciplinary infraction should land a student in the principal's office, not in...
  • Common Core is worse than we thought

    12/13/2013 12:01:00 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 15 replies
    RantRave.com ^ | Nov. 23, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Common Core is full of pretentious little gimmicks, each a potential Pandoras box of nasty surprises. For example, there is one called Close Reading, which says that children in elementary school should read the same difficult passages over and over. I didnt trust this thing from square one, so I wrote an analysis called Close Reading is close to a con (link below). This article was meant to be a strong indictment but to my surprise one of the comments was even stronger. Domo, the commenter, clearly has experience in the trenches. Note all the weird little twists. The Devil...
  • Are You Aware Your Daughter Is With Two Black Men?Police Accused of Racial Profiling After Taking..

    12/04/2013 12:43:51 PM PST · by armydawg505 · 114 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/4/2013 | Liz Kilmas
    An Oklahoma teens parents are accusing police in Houston of racial profiling after the girl and her companions for a dance event were stopped by authorities and she was taken to child protective services. According to KHOU-TV, the incident happened Sunday when 13-year-old Landry Thompson from Tulsa, Okla., was in Houston to film a hip-hop dance video. Thomson was accompanied by her dance instructor, 29-year-old Emmanuel Hurd, and her dance partner, 22-year-old Josiah Kelly. Thompson is white and the two men are black.
  • What happens to Insurance Company Revenues now that ObamaCare has failed?

    11/12/2013 5:19:08 PM PST · by Vendome · 46 replies
    Vanity | 11/12/13 | Vendome
    So I am sitting here contemplating some business decisions and doing my forecasting for 2014. Suddenly it occurs to me the insurance companies must have done the same thing and expected a certain amount of customers and revenue relative to each spend. Bit...here it comes....this forecasts are crap since ObamaCare website doesn't make it easy to acquire a customer and in fact, it impedes utilization. How are the presidents of these companies going to explain their churn and a funnel that operates more like a sieve ?
  • Houston strip club sues man for $320,000 tab (doesn't compute)

    10/14/2013 4:42:29 PM PDT · by Robert357 · 20 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Oct 14, 2013 | Lee Moran
    A Houston strip club is suing a businessman for allegedly not paying a $320,000 tab he racked up in just one month. Big spender James Jay Beckman reportedly ran up the gigantic bill by enjoying numerous private lap dances during 14 visits to Privilege between July and August.
  • US adults are dumber than the average human

    10/08/2013 4:11:22 PM PDT · by SES1066 · 99 replies
    New York Post ^ | 10/08/13 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON Its long been known that Americas school kids havent measured well compared with international peers. Now, theres a new twist: Adults dont either. In math, reading and problem-solving using technology all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday.
  • David Frum Blasts Gun Rights Advocates During Navy Yard Shootings

    09/16/2013 12:05:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | September 16, 2013
    As Americans ran from gunfire at the Navy Yard in Washington DC, commentator David Frum took to Twitter to talk gun control and suggest that gun control opponents were to blame for the shooting:
  • Raising McCain: Episode 1 (Meghan McCain gets a painful new "reality" show)

    09/13/2013 9:11:28 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 43 replies
    YouTube ^ | Sep 8, 2013 | Pivot
    Raising McCain: Episode 1 - YouTube
  • Obama's Latest Gaffe: 'Like Eating Your Corn Seed'

    08/23/2013 11:12:00 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 91 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Somebody should tell President Obama to forget the folksy metaphors. The prez sounds phony mouthing them, and since they are unfamiliar to him, he's apt to get them wrong. As was the case at today's townhall at Binghamton University, when Obama claimed that reducing spending on government programs would be "like eating your corn seed." You might have thought the man from Illinois would have known that the phrase is "eating your seed corn." Then again, they don't raise much maize in Hyde Park. For good measure, Obama assured the audience that "we don't have an urgent deficit crisis." Let...
  • City officials urge ban on 'potentially offensive' language (Seattle)

    08/02/2013 9:45:12 AM PDT · by llevrok · 51 replies
    SEATTLE - An internal memo at Seattle City Hall is causing quite a stir. It suggests government workers no longer use the terms "citizen," or "brown bag." According to the Office for Civil Rights, the terms are potentially offensive and other words should be used. "Luckily, we've got options," Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo. "For 'citizens,' how about 'residents?'" Bronstein wrote. The Office of Civil Rights says Seattle serves all residents, whether they're United States citizens or not. And while city leaders publicize "brown bag" lunch meetings as a way to designate a...
  • Trayvon Martin: No Right to Be Innocent (Barf Alert)

    07/31/2013 6:43:35 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 13 replies
    Afro ^ | 7/24/13 | Auset Marian Lewis
    The making of the Black man into Public Enemy Number 1 began long before a rainy, dark night in a gated Florida community where a White person with a gun would be seen as a gun enthusiast -- a Second Amendment scholar -- but a Black man with a gun could only be a thug. Where an unarmed innocent did not know that he had no rights to innocence. Where a Black childs skin convicted him on sight. Trayvon Martin had to be guilty of something so George Zimmermans defense attorney charged him with being armed with a sidewalk. The...
  • Man Shot And Killed By Wife Within 15 Minutes Of Being Released From Jail

    07/12/2013 12:05:49 PM PDT · by KosmicKitty · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/12/2013 | JON DAVID KAHN
    McMinn County (WBIR) - A Tennessee man was shot and killed by his wife last Saturday within 15 minutes of his release from jail. The man was arrested earlier in the day after police arrived on the scene at the Athens Super 8 Motel, responding to a report that Robert Vann Marshall, 34, was suicidal, armed and threatening to kill his wife and children.
  • IRS commissioner appointed by Bush targeted tea partiers because theyre a threat to the GOP

    05/20/2013 7:52:35 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 45 replies
    Fun from MSNBCs early afternoon news bloc of programming via Noah Rothman. The logic is ironclad and inexorable: Doug Shulman, appointed IRS commissioner by Bush in March 2008, was so fiercely loyal to his Beltway Republican masters that he decided to risk his career to kneecap conservative insurgents nonprofits in 2010 even though Bush had left office more than a year before and the GOP establishment he represented was widely loathed by pretty much everyone in America. Oh, and even though (again per Rothman) Shulman himself has donated to the DNC in the past. Say it with me, guys:...
  • Crowley: Is it Possible This Isn't Political and IRS Didn't Intend to Harass the Tea Party?

    05/19/2013 8:39:00 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 82 replies
    "Can you see in your mind's eye a way that this might not have been political, that this was a misguided stupid way to sort, but that they didn't intend it to be some kind of political attempt to harass the Tea Party?"
  • Roger Ailes: Obama Is Lazy, Biden Dumb As an Ashtray

    03/07/2013 12:37:57 PM PST · by Alaska Wolf · 33 replies
    Newsmax ^ | March 6, 2013 | Bill Hoffmann
    Fox News chief Roger Ailes says President Barack Obama is lazy and claims the commander-in-chief never worked a day in his life, a controversial new book claims. Ailes also takes shots at Vice President Joe Biden, saying, hes as dumb as an ashtray, and at Newt Gingrich, who he says is a sore loser. In his upcoming biography, Roger Ailes: Off Camera, author Zev Chafets writes that Ailes reacted to a crack by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen that Ann Romney, wife of last years Republican presidential candidate, never worked a day in her life, with his own blunt opinion of...
  • Education Has Been Battered By Bad Faith

    01/16/2013 3:14:09 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 1 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | Dec.11, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The easiest way to understand the field of education is to consider a legal concept, bad faith. Its been around for thousands of years; in Latin, the phrase was mala fides. Any time theres a split between what is claimed and what is fact, youve got bad faith. If I come to your house with a sincere intention to paint it professionally, I am acting in good faith. I may be negligent and spill paint on your Lexus; but I have not acted in bad faith. Suppose I come to your house with a scrapbook of photographs showing houses I...
  • Rand Paul: Less Aid to Israel Would Increase Its Sovereignty

    01/07/2013 5:49:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 87 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 07 Jan 2013 05:34 PM | Stephen Feller
    If financial aid to Israel were slowly decreased over time, it would increase the Jewish states sovereignty because they wouldnt need to get permission from the U.S. every time they need to defend themselves against aggressive neighbors, Sen. Rand Paul said on Monday. Paul said that while he knows the idea of decreasing any kind of foreign aid is a minority opinion in Washington, it will be a lot harder for America to help others if we are out of money, reported Fox News.
  • Car jacking suspect shot by off-duty cop in New Hope (MINNESOTA)

    12/14/2012 12:11:03 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    star tribune ^ | 12-14-12 | MARIA BACA
    car-jacking suspect was shot by the off-duty Crystal police officer whose car he was attempting to steal, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff's office. The sheriff's account says that the suspect confronted the officer about 6 a.m. Friday outside a Holiday Station Store on the 7100 block of 42nd Av. N., in New Hope. It also said "there is evidence" that a gun was fired. The suspect drove away in the officer's personal vehicle. Soon afterward, Minneapolis police found the same vehicle; they arrested a man who had a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center...
  • Yahoo Poll adds understanding Obama's re-election.

    11/20/2012 7:34:05 AM PST · by JewishRighter · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11.20.12 | Yahoo
    Still confused about how Obama won re-election? Check out this Yahoo POLL: Do you believe O.J. Simpson killed Nicole Brown Simpson? Yes, the evidence was convincing. 80% No, reasonable doubt remains. 20% 495,190 votes This means, on a rough statistical basis, that we have a solid 20% of the country out there dumber than a bag of hammers. I suspect its actually a larger number, but this shows the sheer depth of the stupidity (or anti-white racism) of a significant slice of the electorate. We're so screwed.
  • Vanity For My Wife - Most "Undecideds" Are Women: It Makes Us Look Stupid!

    10/28/2012 11:17:27 AM PDT · by dagogo redux · 41 replies
    10/28/12 | dagogo redux
    My wife is a Filipina, an RN who came to the US eighteen years ago on a work visa. She's now a newly naturalized citizen, and she just got through casting her very first mail-in ballot. She just went on a mini-rant after watching a news segment on the two presidential campaigns' efforts to court "the much-sought-after undecided women's vote," women constituting a sizable majority of the "undecideds," apparently. Her exasperated and repeated refrain: "I just can't believe they could still be undecided - what kind of woman can be that stupid!" Her rant voiced a strong confirmation of her...
  • Madonna and Obama (both incoherent)

    09/27/2012 8:04:18 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 8 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/27/12 | James Taranto
    Madonna--the mononymous musician, not the martyr's mom--delivered an odd and perhaps backhanded endorsement of President Obama Monday night. Fox News describes it: "Madonna, 54, . . . stripped down to her bra to reveal 'Obama' stenciled in big letters on her back, before promising (or warning?): 'When Obama is in the White House for a second term I'll take it all off.' " Here is an opportunity for Mitt Romney to make a Pascal's Wager-like appeal to independent voters. You may be uncertain as to whether Romney will be a good president, but what you stake is finite, whereas the...
  • How Schools Hold Children Down

    09/20/2012 2:58:23 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 20 replies
    RantRave.com ^ | August 23, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Behold the mighty Gulliver, in the prime of his life held down by a few dozen strands. This has always been an arresting image. It seems paradoxical that such little ropes could restrain this gigantic creature. But lets imagine that instead of rope tied to pegs, we use piano wire secured to metal beams. Then you realize that probably even a mighty athlete could be firmly secured with ten or twenty wires. Its simply a matter of having the right restraints cleverly arranged. You have to make sure the wires press down on the right parts of the body. Lets...
  • VP: 'I'm Joe Bidenopoulos'

    08/31/2012 10:56:04 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies
    VP: 'I'm Joe Bidenopoulos' By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 8/31/12 1:41 PM EDT WARREN, Ohio The vice president strode into a local restaurant here with a message for the Greek-Americans enjoying their lunch: "I'm Joe Bidenopoulos." Ask George, he told some men gathered around a table at the Mocha House. It was unclear who George was, maybe someone at the table, but it was clear that the vice president was talking about himself when he said something about the most Greek Irishman hes ever known. The vice president also got a snack at restaurant, a Greek diner in downtown Warren.
  • Are airlines unfair to families?

    05/29/2012 8:18:29 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 29 replies
    MSN Money ^ | 5/29/2012 | Karen Datko
    The airlines are making it much more difficult for families with children to travel these days. In recent developments: United Airlines joined US Airways and American Airlines in no longer offering preboarding for families with kids flying in coach. Families are having more difficulty getting adjoining seats. That's because airlines are reserving more seats for frequent fliers and those willing to pay, usually $50 round trip, for the most desirable seats in coach -- window and aisle, and closest to the front of the plane.
  • Obama Is Not That Bright

    05/25/2012 5:04:00 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 41 replies
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/ ^ | May 25, 2012 | Jack Kelly
    Barack Obama is the smartest man with the highest IQ ever to be elected to the presidency, historian Michael Beschloss told radio talk show host Don Imus in November of 2008. "So what is his IQ?" Mr. Imus asked. Mr. Beschloss didn't know. He was just assuming. Many shared that assumption. Adjectives frequently applied to Mr. Obama are "smart" (278 million hits on Google), "intelligent" (62 million) and "brilliant" (24 million). There is little evidence to support it. Mr. Obama went to Harvard, but so did George W. Bush, who some liberals consider dumber than dirt. The president won't release...
  • Fla. student pleads guilty to online Obama threat

    05/23/2012 2:30:33 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    AP ^ | May 23, 2012 | CURT ANDERSON
    MIAMI (AP) - A 20-year-old college student who told investigators he was merely trying to get a reaction from President Barack Obama's supporters pleaded guilty Wednesday to posting threatening messages against the president on Facebook. Joaquin Amador Serrapio Jr. could get up to five years in federal prison for pleading guilty to a single count of threatening to kill or harm the president, but likely will get less time, said his attorney Alan Ross. Sentencing is set for Aug. 22 before U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke.
  • The flight of Education from education

    03/22/2012 6:48:18 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 17 replies · 1+ views
    open.salon.com ^ | March 5, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Listen to any discussion about education. The main thing you will hear is confusion. Everyone has a theory. No one has a compelling answer. Worse than that, many of the supposed issues and their solutions are irrelevant distractions. They prevent everyone from focusing on what is really important. Lets first consider what might be called The World According to Bill Gates and the Education Establishment. Their answers tend to be financial, administrative, bureaucratic, psychological, and even ideological. Here are a few of their many buzzwords: school size, class size, unions, tenure, charter schools, teacher accountability, vouchers, alternative assessment, equity, teaching...
  • If Public Schools Were A Business, All Of Top Management Would Be Fired

    03/15/2012 2:13:26 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 17 replies · 3+ views
    RightsideNews.com ^ | March 12, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    If it wasnt so tragic, it would be comical. Our schools seem to be run by Italian cruise ship captains. In a society, where everyone is immersed in language and surrounded by words, we somehow manage to have an illiteracy crisis. Recent government tests show that two-thirds of the kids entering middle school are sub-literate. This country has 50 million functional illiterates. Furthermore, SAT scores are falling. American students dont compete well against students from other countries, even though we spend vastly more per student than almost everybody else. Ordinary citizens know less and less general information. In short, public...
  • Dumb money keeping stocks afloat, catching the end of rally: Analyst

    02/19/2012 11:26:37 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 5 replies
    The Street.com ^ | February 20, 2012 | Michael Baron
    'Dumb Money' Keeping Stocks Afloat: Analyst By Michael Baron 02/17/12 - 09:38 PM EST6 Comments Add Comment NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It wasn't the improvement in initial jobless claims or the growing likelihood that Greece will get another round of bailout money and stave off default that drove the stocks higher this week. And no, it wasn't Jeremy Lin either. Rather it was the so-called dumb money, according to Mark Arbeter, chief technical strategist at S&P Capital IQ, who was calling for a timeout for this rally a week ago. The bullishness just got to be too much to resist....
  • Illegal Alien includes girlfriend in his fake drivers license photo

    02/15/2012 8:01:25 AM PST · by Uncle Lonny · 18 replies
    Craigslist ^ | Uncle
    Illegal Alien includes girlfriend in his fake drivers license photo http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/439/fakedriverslicense.jpg
  • Mitt Romney: "I'm not concerned about the very poor."

    02/01/2012 8:41:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 103 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 1, 2012 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    Fresh off his big win in Florida Tuesday night, Mitt Romney made the most stunningly stupid remark of his campaign. Im not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there, Romney said in an interview with CNN's Soledad O'Brien this morning. If it needs repair, Ill fix it. Im not concerned about the very rich, theyre doing just fine. Im concerned about the very heart of the America, the 90 percent, 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling. "There are lots of very poor Americans who are struggling who would say, 'That sounds odd,'" O'Brien...
  • Is the earth flat or is it a planet & who are we to judge?(Video)

    01/20/2012 8:22:35 AM PST · by bayouranger · 8 replies
    sheikyermami.com ^ | 1-20-12 | memri via sheikyermami
    Who Said Islam Cannot Adapt to Modernity? Lets hear it from a modern headbanger: Jews are a cancer in the body of planet Earth
  • Rick Perry: "I am Returning to Texas"

    01/03/2012 9:16:25 PM PST · by therightliveswithus · 103 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 1/4/12 | Aurelius
    In a campaign speech late Tuesday night, Governor Rick Perry stated that he is "returning to Texas" to reassess whether he is going to continue running for President. The speech contained several emotional moments, in particular two moments. The first was when he read a letter from an adoring supporter who called him a "great man." The letter described a conversation that Mr. Perry had had with a soldier and how his supporter looked on in awe as he watched Governor Perry call the veteran his "Christian brother." The second was when Perry announced that he would be returning to...
  • Iowa finish could knock Perry out of SC debate

    01/03/2012 7:39:50 PM PST · by Rational Thought · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/03/2012 | Joel Gehrke
    Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, appears doomed to a fifth-place finish in Iowa. Unless he drops out, that would make South Carolina his last stand against Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney. The problem is that he might not receive an invitation to an upcoming South Carolina debate (given the debate criteria). Candidates can qualify to participate in the CNN/Southern Republican Leadership Conference debate January 19th (two days before the South Carolina primary) in one of four ways. First and second, they can place in the top four in either Iowa or New Hampshire. Third and fourth, they can qualify by averaging seven...