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SA April 23, 2014 at 11:40 am
Whatever happened to just “ding dong ditch” … or even just playing outside? MyRead More dad bought me the 1st Nintendo but every day we were still skating or surfing and rarely playing video games. Freaking losers …
Tony Royer April 23, 2014 at 12:09 pm
We all know Brian Slurpie posted this !!
nitagregory April 23, 2014 at 12:29 pm
Wheew... just when i thought.I had major issues
Monica Araujo April 23, 2014 at 10:23 am
Glenda is my favorite instructor and one of the most positive people I know! Will definitely beRead More supporting her at the Zumbathon this Sunday.. looks like a super fun event and all for a great cause!
Marynary April 23, 2014 at 12:45 pm
What name did I call you? You named yourself.
Coffeenut April 23, 2014 at 12:51 pm
Yeah you said "half" my name was right. And called me potnut before. Very small mind.
Marynary April 23, 2014 at 12:53 pm
LOL ok but tell me have you been using some of that special stuff you are campaigning for? You sureRead More do a good job for your cause.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
Observor April 23, 2014 at 11:03 am
One of the primary reasons blacks lag in admission to elite colleges without affirmative action isRead More that a disproportionate number of them come out of horror show urban school systems where they are trapped by an unholy alliance of the teacher unions and the Democrat party. The DTC keeps the unions working regardless of incompetence and in return the unions bankroll the DTC with their members' dues money. Affirmative action is just a way to paper over that "inconvenient truth."
Kent Frederick April 23, 2014 at 11:44 am
Let me say something as a graduate of the University of Michigan, who had the tougher road toRead More admission as a non-resident. The problem with affirmative action is how to quantify it. Michigan can have its pick of students from the elite private and public schools in and around Detroit, Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Schools in Detroit certainly don't offer the educational opportunities that a school like Detroit Country day, or public high schools elite suburbs like Winnetka, Illinois or Bethesda, Maryland do. But, is a kid from a very rural area in the U.P. any more prepared for U of M than a kid from Detroit? By the same token, a kid from a farm outside of Muskegon represents the same kind of diversity to a kid from Westchester County, New York as someone from Detroit.
Kent Frederick April 23, 2014 at 11:59 am
Observor, It may have been Walt Williams who said that the problem with affirmative action is thatRead More it can set up a kid to fail. Schools that serve large groups of minorities often do not prepare a kid for an elite school, whehter it's a private school like Harvard or Duke, or an elite public school like Michigan or Cal-Berkeley. He suggested that a student, regardless of race or color, should always select a school that is suited to his qualifications. Someone from an inner-city school in California would be better off going to a university in the California State University system, rather than a school in the University of California system. The idea is that he can succeed in college and move on to a successful career. If a person ill-prepared for Berkeley or UCLA attends either of those schools, he has a greater likelihood of flunking out and giving up on higher education. My father attended a 1-room school house until the 6th grade. He then attended a rural junior high and high school. He wound up going to a land-grant university 11 years after graduating from high school, courtesy of the GI Bill. Because of his going to a school that, while good in the field of agriculture, was an average university overall, he was able to move into management eventually transferred to Chicago. So, I attended a very good suburban high school that prepared me for the University of Michigan. If he had gone to a school for which he wasn't prepared, he could very well have dropped out, which would have meant no management opportunity or transfer to Chicago. I know a lot of very successful people who went to small, liberal arts colleges or public universities that aren't of the same caliber as Michigan, UCLA, or the University of Illinois. Yes, going to a school like Michigan, Harvard, Duke, Northwestern, or Stanford can lead to great opportunities. But, going to a non-elite college or university doesn't close the doors on those opportunities.
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Max April 23, 2014 at 10:06 am
Quite clearly, politicians and elected officials were excluded from this study.
Stew Sidedoor April 23, 2014 at 10:13 am
This is what happens when you want to pay teachers 6 digit salaries for average at best schools, ifRead More you do not then maybe you should move to Fla.
Michael pellettiere April 23, 2014 at 12:19 pm
Nj #1 in forclosures
The Stig April 22, 2014 at 01:10 pm
Dickie also can't stand not seeing his name in the paper once a week, so he'll be "for" orRead More "against" something just for the sake of issuing a press release. Sending out a camera crew to interview him just enables him further. Forty years and counting. He's the poster child for Term Limits.
Mac April 22, 2014 at 03:26 pm
the only difference I see between Codey and Christie is that one is wearing an orange cone and theRead More other one is still renting them out at will - regardless, the longer Julie Herrman remains at Rutgers, the longer Rutgers's integrity is going to be under a public cloud
Clyde Z April 23, 2014 at 07:59 am
her hiring was a joke, I mean they said they did a background check: must not have used GoogleRead More search because they've listed her troubles before her hire at Rutgers. Not to mention that she "lied" on her application. I've had co-workers fired after a month, months and in another case years after their hire due to lies on their application. Hermann's lies could/should have been cought by simple 10th grade investigation
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of $ off of the millions of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the 'Core.' The Common Core isn't just restricting for teachers & students, it's lining people's pockets.
CowDung April 23, 2014 at 12:48 pm
Funny how you don't accept the Common Core website as a source for what Common Core is, but you willRead More cling to everything you read on blog sites dedicated to defeating Common Core... It's not an opinion that local schools have control over curricula--it's a fact. Contact your local school board and ask them about it. What exactly is there to 'succeed' at? We are talking about meeting a set of standards--testing will indicate if the schools either meet the standards or they don't. The tests are not intended to determine if the standards themselves are a success or not.
Jennifer April 23, 2014 at 12:50 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjxBClx01jc&app=desktop
Fred Austin April 23, 2014 at 12:53 pm
"We mock what we don't understand - Dan Aykroyd. I have noticed those who complain or opposeRead More Common Core Standards have one thing in common; they have never actually read the standards. If they did they would know that it is the state who determines how to integrate the standards into their existing standards. http://www.corestandards.org/ The Common Core website provides links to each of the 44 states Department of Education websites which provide information about how the standards are being implemented, assessments etc. http://www.corestandards.org/standards-in-your-state/ The Michigan Department of Education link is http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-28753_64839_64848---,00.html or http://www.michigan.gov/mde How the Common Core standards are taught, the curriculum developed, and the material used by teachers is led entirely at the state and local levels. At the most basic level all educational standards are the learning goals for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level in order to move on the next level.
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no1special April 23, 2014 at 12:45 pm
Wonder if the Does worked on Christmas and Easter this year? If you do not believe in a god so be itRead More but if you want to enjoy the benefits suck it up. And what are they going to say when they have to testify on the stand? remember the phrase " do you swear to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth SO HELP ME GOD?"
BellairBerdan April 23, 2014 at 12:48 pm
So you're saying that if you say "so help me God" you are miraculously going to tell theRead More truth?
John Santaella April 23, 2014 at 12:51 pm
no1special, Christmas is NOT a religious holiday in this country. Not with Santa and is reindeer orRead More winter scenes in greeting cards. So, the Does could celebrate Christmas. As for Easter we have the Easter Bunny. So, again, they can celebrate that as well.
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Michael Brennick April 22, 2014 at 06:46 pm
Where are the stories about the rates charged by the Cable cartels-???---Especially Leftist,Read More Democratic Comcast, the premier robber barons, who fill the campaign tills of the Dumocrats.
Paul April 22, 2014 at 09:10 pm
Netflix is hands down the best deal going, and it has been a bargain for YEARS. I guess theRead More nonsensical whiners who complain about a long-delayed, $2 a MONTH increase are worried it will cost them a (partial) SINGLE LATTE. Utterly ridiculous.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 10:36 am
TO MICHAEL BRENNICK: Leftist, Democra... WHAT? You think Comcast is part of the so-calledRead More "liberal" media (which, by the way, doesn't even exist)? Are you freakin' KIDDIN' me? [shakes head in disbelief] Wow. The FOX NEWS CHANNEL should be held criminally liable for what it has done to your brain.
Goldenmane April 23, 2014 at 09:46 am
At least they are bi-partisan. An inappropriate Democratic role model last year and an inappropriateRead More Republican one this year. I don't object to celebrities being role models, but why can't they choose someone who is a noted philanthropist or some other positive figure? I wonder how much someone paid for this honor. And what is this National Father's Day/Mother's Day Council anyway?
Jack Doyle April 23, 2014 at 09:59 am
THE SAME PEOPLE voted for"W" bush twice.Geniuses!
Trish Benedict April 23, 2014 at 11:28 am
This isn't a late April Fools joke? A man under investigation for ordering traffic jams theRead More gridlocked (among other things) school buses for hours is a good father role model? I keep waiting for the punchline…
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nonoise April 22, 2014 at 03:10 pm
They want government to raise our children, not parents.
Tom Hollman April 22, 2014 at 04:41 pm
THIS COUNTRY TOOK A $HIT WHEN THE SUPREME COURT TOOK AWAY THE KICK IN THE A$$ AT HOME AND AT SCHOOLRead More THEY PUT THE KIDS ON DRUGS. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT ?YEARS AGO THERE WERE NO ALPABETIZED SINDROMES THIS IS HOW HEAD SHRINKERS PUSH DRUGS FOR DRUG COMPANEYS
Kim Fox April 22, 2014 at 06:42 pm
I don't believe this kid is competent enough to make those decisions. Those kids need to beRead More prosecuted to the fullest and if the does judge does not agree he needs to step down.
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B. Dub April 22, 2014 at 12:13 pm
Dorie, stowing away on a plane is a crime. And no, the boy himself did not pose a threat. But theRead More fact that he (anyone) can get that close to a plane poses a threat. I have to take off my flippin' shoes and get patted down, but apparently you can just walk up and plant a bomb in the wheel well.
april ann April 22, 2014 at 01:30 pm
I agree with B. Dub 100%! How was this kid able to scale a fence and just walk right over to theRead More plane? TSA: for all the harassing you do in the terminal...you ain't all that!! As far as the kid being a runaway..maybe he does face some serious abuse issues at home. He's damn lucky to be alive. But, I raised three boys, and a 16 year old boy can runaway for any collage of reasons. My kids never ran away but, I'm wondering if the fact that the plane was going to HAWAII has anything to do with it. It sounds a little compulsive to me. CPA need good follow up on this. Thank you lucky stars kid!
Lee Jacobsen April 22, 2014 at 06:42 pm
It wasn't a miracle that he survived, it was Easter Sunday, and good things always happen.Read More "always look on the bright side of life"......Life of Brian........overlooked miracle worker....... Not a problem to let other kids of similar intelligence do the same thing, it will improve the human gene pool immensely, and the human race will benefit overall as a result.
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The Convict April 23, 2014 at 10:58 am
This Thread Is Worthless Without Pictures.
lablover April 23, 2014 at 11:03 am
This Dee idiot needs to get a life. The psycho babble is getting old. What a loser !
The Voice of Reason April 23, 2014 at 11:39 am
Convict: There ARE pictures.
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bg robbins April 22, 2014 at 11:39 am
I don't think were doing starving people any favors by sending them hot dogs that might make themRead More sick.
BiteMeFanBoy1 April 22, 2014 at 03:28 pm
Just another argument for KOSHER hot dogs..... All of the great taste and NONE OF THE CRAP !
Bill Harvey April 22, 2014 at 05:04 pm
Poland has already outlawed kosher killing as inhumane--it involves voiding the arteries of theRead More animal's tainted blood while it is still alive....The US will soon follow despite its Jewish lobby.
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monkey lewis April 22, 2014 at 02:30 am
Father to many married to none and in case Ya all wondered Im really well hung
B. Dub April 22, 2014 at 11:34 am
Agranon - I'm a moron because I am tired of everybody and his mother trying to put themselves inRead More every story? Then so be it - I'm a moron. To be honest, I am also really tired of all the people that were compelled to run the Boston Marathon because "I had to finish for all those who couldn't." Get over yourself. It was a tragedy. Those responsible should be ripped apart by dogs. I sincerely hope the families of those affected can move on somehow. But how does Mary Jane Smith running the marathon help ANYBODY but herself? She's not doing it for "those who can't". She's doing it to maybe get on TV and she's probably feeling a little sanctimonious because she ran 26.2 miles and you didn't. It's like, "what did YOU do to help these people?" Same as you - nothing.
Geoffrey Koppel April 22, 2014 at 04:52 pm
If this is a think tank, someone should change the filter.
Rick April 22, 2014 at 04:41 pm
If I was flaming out from several thousand feet I would only say one word and it wouldn't beRead More "INCOMING".
Rick April 22, 2014 at 04:42 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW6oPp0LtMI
seen enough April 22, 2014 at 06:50 pm
Can't be any more dangerous that driving on Rt 530 at 8:am. Drivers going 75 mph plus on their wayRead More to Parkway North. many of these drivers are in their eighties and nineties
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Marynary April 23, 2014 at 10:15 am
Joey Joe I make no comments when Grace contributes to a thread with honest meaningful postings.Read More However with 8100 postings I find that at least 4000 of them are a succession of one liners with other airheads that alter the course of conversation about the topics. It is a news effort here, not facebook or twitter. 8100 postings! That is about 4X more than any other super frequent poster. You have only posted 1815 times.
Mike D April 23, 2014 at 12:07 pm
I would love a job where I can retire by age 45 while making 6 figures and still getting a 6 figureRead More pension and have the ability to get yet another job making 6 figures and retire and get another 6 figure pension...and benefits. But I dont want to be a cop or a politician.
Alex C April 23, 2014 at 12:39 pm
Robin B. Please explain to me how snorting some coke or smoking some pot in your own home or amongstRead More friends and only hurting your own body is in any violent?
franksinatra April 22, 2014 at 12:03 pm
Chris -- I told you -- I don't have a school. I don't have a connection to either school system. I'mRead More not advocating for either school system and I'm certainly not bashing the public schools. Where did you get that idea from my comment? I happen to think the public schools are better than the charter schools, but I also think that parents should have a choice and the school board should not be wasting our money suing another school in town. That's about as destructive an action for our community as one can imagine. I do have issues with Kids First. I think they've hurt the public schools tremendously since they took over five years ago, especially the high school. You're not going to turn the schools around until this community begins an honest debate over the problems with the schools and why fully one-half of the k-12-age children in this town don't attend the public schools. Hola has a waiting list of 250 kids. The public schools have lost an average of more than 100 students a year in each of the last six years. Remaining in denial is not going to fix these problems. In the end we all want a strong school system, if for no other reason than it boosts property values for those of us who own our homes here and pay the bills for the schools and all the people who work there.
pdq April 22, 2014 at 10:38 pm
pdq April 22, 2014 at 11:10 pm
1- charter schools are not going anywhere. 2- if one followed your game where according to youRead More charters ceased to exist and 1/2 would attend the district schools, that half could probably be located in one of the school building which is currently rented out. -3 million a year in admin costs would be wiped away. -To cover 325 students, a maximum of 19 teachers would be hired, likely from the pool of 35 charter school teachers previously employed by the charters (as most charter schools have 2 teachers per class). -All charter employees already get full civil service benefits including full pension and seniority rights so there would be little difference in that cost.
Hugh April 22, 2014 at 11:47 pm
Baptists were bitching about taxes and going to jail or moving west to escape them. EstablishmentRead More refers to the Church of England- the established church. The king had the right to appoint Bishops for the same and tax everyone of any conviction to pay for them. That was a major cause of the conflict. You continue your strawman argument, and you continue to ignore the fact that I'm not arguing faith while you are arguing history as a prop for your anti-faith dogma. Portundity. What on earth. Getting a bit red are we? Mutual subjugation- like mutual destruction- done one to the other. You garbled your syntax as your explanation makes clear. As a white male, I am bone weary of the whining of those, who unlike my ancestors, allowed themselves to be subjugated. That's why "proud as an Indian" used to be a common phrase in that era. The Indians refused to be enslaved. The whining is especially tedious when it comes from a white man. Are you one of those mewling pukes? SO sensitive, so caring, so guilty, so phoney.
Hugh April 22, 2014 at 11:48 pm
And almost all the states had established churches. How doe that jibe with Hooker's argument?
Hookerman April 23, 2014 at 08:25 am
Hugh, you continue to be very amusing! I quote actual historical text, while you interject you ownRead More twisted interpretation, and then accuse me of trying to support my own dogma (which I haven’t even mentioned). Fact: The letter from the Danbury Baptists to Jefferson said nothing about taxes, going to jail, or moving west. Fact: The first amendment says nothing about the Church of England or an established church. It says; “establishment of religion”… noting more, nothing less. Fact: Jefferson interpreted this clause as creating a wall a separation between church and state (which courts have mostly supported throughout history) . Fact: The U.S. Constitution (the blueprint for our system of laws) makes no mention of a superior being, nor any specific religious belief, and does not recognize any power greater than “We the People”. These are facts, not interpretations as you are posting. As to your last statements; of course states had churches, that why people came to this country, for religious freedom. They were not government sponsored churches. They were not churches that mandated any type of law. They were churches that people attended entirely voluntarily, as they do today. What’s the point???