Who do you support for U.S. Senate in...

“ We are not permanent”

Since: Oct 08

Gaston County

#26994 Nov 7, 2012
Can someone explain how a decorated veteran and proven leader like Alan West is in jeopardy of losing his seat and a piece of shit congressman like Jesse Jackson Jr wins his seat by 68% while not physically being in office since June 2012 but has had time to have his photo taken at strip clubs and bars while out of office.
tom

Ellenboro, NC

#26995 Nov 7, 2012
The Enemy Within wrote:
Can someone explain how a decorated veteran and proven leader like Alan West is in jeopardy of losing his seat and a piece of shit congressman like Jesse Jackson Jr wins his seat by 68% while not physically being in office since June 2012 but has had time to have his photo taken at strip clubs and bars while out of office.
Because Jesse is like his dad and west is an American hero.i would vote for west in a heartbeat.
TSF

Fayetteville, NC

#26996 Nov 7, 2012
The teaching of reading, writing ,math and science is not socialism. The knowledge of these subjects has become survival skills in modern society. As much as conservatives oppose change and want to return to a romanticised past, it cannot be achieved by the destruction of public education. Opposition to education in the modern world is a self destructive dream.
Pro-American wrote:
<quoted text> But teaching the youth that socialism is the answer IS brainwashing.
lola

Canton, GA

#26997 Nov 7, 2012
Who won for pres in Andrews??

Since: Dec 11

Location hidden

#26998 Nov 7, 2012
TSF wrote:
The teaching of reading, writing ,math and science is not socialism. The knowledge of these subjects has become survival skills in modern society. As much as conservatives oppose change and want to return to a romanticised past, it cannot be achieved by the destruction of public education. Opposition to education in the modern world is a self destructive dream.
<quoted text>
TSF, you harp on this educaion issue all the time. Tell me please, is your problem with the teachers or the government that pays them? Poor performance in the classroom can't always be blamed on low pay. How about acknowledging students whose parents don't take the time to help them with homework, or even care if they have homework? A teacher can only do so much. A teacher is there to teach not raise children, that would be the responsibility of the parents. You act as though there aren't remedial classes for struggling students, teacher assistants to help as well and also there is free afterschool tutoring. I have two great nephews and they both excel in their grade level. They attend school on a military base. We're not talking they go to private school, have tutors etc, their mother and father when he's in the country help them. Trust me, in a military school there's no bells and whistles. So how about owning up to the fact that people like you would rather pay teachers more to do the job, parents could help do? While we're at it, let's own up to the fact there's differences in the ability of teachers that teach and because teachers are given tenure so quickly, the school systems are stuck with a pretty good bunch of rotten apples teaching. In college years, you went to college and so did I. I normally only had one professor for a class full of students that numbered more than 30 students and we all managed to learn. It's not always about how many students are in a classroom, it's about the ability of the teacher doing the teaching. I don't call teaching children basics socialism; however, I do call teachers that can't teach basics failures.
Allen

Robbins, NC

#26999 Nov 7, 2012
I wish ALL of you the best of luck in whatever choices you make for yourselves and your families.
I thank All of you for great conversation and feedback, even when it was not what I wanted to hear. I have laughed out load, pounded my desk in frustration and cryed while praying for you and your dissabled loved ones.
My hope is that we can CHANGE as a nation, all the while moving FORWARD:)
TSF

Fayetteville, NC

#27000 Nov 7, 2012
I have no problem with the teachers as a group. My problem is with the idiots who jump on the bandwagon attempting to fix blame for all of society's ills on some group like teachers. Your college professor taught maybe even 40 students or more in one class, but only taught one or two classes per day. Public school teachers often teach 30+ students per class and have 5 or even 6 classes per day. In addition they are called upon for administrative duties like bus duties, hall monitors, working sporting events, etc. Then parents are upset that their little darling didnt get specialized attention when the teacher is often given less than 2 minutes per day per student. Teachers in NC are doing an outstanding job with the resources available to them.
Then there is your tenure myth. NC teachers are given tenure after 3 years or their contract is terminated. There are over 20 reasons a tenured teacher can be fired, so your myth of being stuck with underperformance is just a lie. The only thing tenure means is that you have to tell the teacher WHY they were fired. If they do not have tenure, they can be fired without giving ANY reason.
Scheduling can make any teacher appear to be underperforming and any underperforming teacher appear to be outstanding. If I load your advanced algebra class with low IQ juvenile deliquents, you will be an underperforming teacher. If I load your advanced algebra class with high IQ, highly motivated college bound students, you will be an outstanding teacher.
It sounds as if you have had a bad experience with some teacher or school. Could any of that problem have been your own fault?
Makin bacon wrote:
<quoted text>
TSF, you harp on this educaion issue all the time. Tell me please, is your problem with the teachers or the government that pays them? Poor performance in the classroom can't always be blamed on low pay. How about acknowledging students whose parents don't take the time to help them with homework, or even care if they have homework? A teacher can only do so much. A teacher is there to teach not raise children, that would be the responsibility of the parents. You act as though there aren't remedial classes for struggling students, teacher assistants to help as well and also there is free afterschool tutoring. I have two great nephews and they both excel in their grade level. They attend school on a military base. We're not talking they go to private school, have tutors etc, their mother and father when he's in the country help them. Trust me, in a military school there's no bells and whistles. So how about owning up to the fact that people like you would rather pay teachers more to do the job, parents could help do? While we're at it, let's own up to the fact there's differences in the ability of teachers that teach and because teachers are given tenure so quickly, the school systems are stuck with a pretty good bunch of rotten apples teaching. In college years, you went to college and so did I. I normally only had one professor for a class full of students that numbered more than 30 students and we all managed to learn. It's not always about how many students are in a classroom, it's about the ability of the teacher doing the teaching. I don't call teaching children basics socialism; however, I do call teachers that can't teach basics failures.

“Anasasis Xenophontis.”

Since: Dec 08

over there.

#27001 Nov 7, 2012
Let's give colorado and washington a standing ovation for tellin the federal gov to get out of their lives

Since: Dec 11

Location hidden

#27002 Nov 7, 2012
Allen wrote:
I wish ALL of you the best of luck in whatever choices you make for yourselves and your families.
I thank All of you for great conversation and feedback, even when it was not what I wanted to hear. I have laughed out load, pounded my desk in frustration and cryed while praying for you and your dissabled loved ones.
My hope is that we can CHANGE as a nation, all the while moving FORWARD:)
Allen, you have shared you also are a caregiver. It's a thankless job except for the people we're doing it for and their thanks is all we need. I'm certain you're as I am, I do it out of love. My mom and dad did without for my siblings and me to have when we were coming up and I'm talking basic necessities. I was trying to watch the election results last night and my brother had an "accident" and most of our time was spent cleaning him, his clothes and the bathroom. This is becoming more frequent and hey, we'll take care of him until he draws his last breath. My brother has a sweet, loving heart and whatever it takes sister, whatever it takes. I have shared your frustration and know the feeling; however, I don't nor will I count on the government to take care of him. We've jumped through their hoops to no avail. I wish for all those waiting for Obamacare the best, but they don't love our relatives as we do and they don't care. I know this for a fact. When a man born this way can't receive services and a healthy 18 year old can have 2 or 3 children, won't work and my tax dollars help keep their lazy butts up, I'll never be able to wrap my head around this. People always say "what about the children" and I want to scream "what about the adults that grew from children and they can't get help?" My mom and dad never took a penny of handout money from anyone, they just worked and worked. Probably killed my mother at an early age and my dad suffers daily from medical problems from manual labor for umpteen years. So, I too, hope the best for everyone and instead of moving forward, I choose to move away. I love our country, but I'm not proud of it.

Since: Dec 11

Location hidden

#27003 Nov 7, 2012
TSF wrote:
I have no problem with the teachers as a group. My problem is with the idiots who jump on the bandwagon attempting to fix blame for all of society's ills on some group like teachers. Your college professor taught maybe even 40 students or more in one class, but only taught one or two classes per day. Public school teachers often teach 30+ students per class and have 5 or even 6 classes per day. In addition they are called upon for administrative duties like bus duties, hall monitors, working sporting events, etc. Then parents are upset that their little darling didnt get specialized attention when the teacher is often given less than 2 minutes per day per student. Teachers in NC are doing an outstanding job with the resources available to them.
Then there is your tenure myth. NC teachers are given tenure after 3 years or their contract is terminated. There are over 20 reasons a tenured teacher can be fired, so your myth of being stuck with underperformance is just a lie. The only thing tenure means is that you have to tell the teacher WHY they were fired. If they do not have tenure, they can be fired without giving ANY reason.
Scheduling can make any teacher appear to be underperforming and any underperforming teacher appear to be outstanding. If I load your advanced algebra class with low IQ juvenile deliquents, you will be an underperforming teacher. If I load your advanced algebra class with high IQ, highly motivated college bound students, you will be an outstanding teacher.
It sounds as if you have had a bad experience with some teacher or school. Could any of that problem have been your own fault?
<quoted text>
No, I didn't have a bad experience in school; graduated with honors, which wasn't a stretch when I attended school and basically school was a breeze. Knew some years later that my daughter deserved more than public school. We worked, sent her to private school and it has paid off. Sounds to me, you've had a problem or two with either school when you attended or when your children attended. Could any of that been your problem?
Waco 1909

League City, TX

#27004 Nov 7, 2012
Dammit bacon don't leave.
Gold Coast

Charlotte, NC

#27005 Nov 7, 2012
Silvercoastcorks wrote:
<quoted text>
Well my plan B wants to now become our 51st state, so. We plan on selling our property there after the New Year.
But plans C, D, and E are in place and only a phone call away.
So when are you leaving? Are your bags packed along with Bacon's? How do you plan to get your "yacht" to the Caribbean? I did a little research for those of you moving to Costa Rica and abroad. The cost of living in Costa Rica has increased .50-.60 on our US dollar. Property taxes are a 1/4 of 1% so for every 100 grand of your property value, you will pay $250.00/yr. Gas is $1 more than US and electricity is the same. Go to Pricemart which is latin for Sam's Club or Costco. Cars cost more there after taxes, insurance, tags, title, and undercarriage warranty lol. To Bacon, higher quality of life for your family and brother,lower stress level, healthcare costs are affordable, and the climate is perfect. As for hurricanes, Costa Rica is out of the prime paths, but it is worthy of the perfect storm. To Silver, with all your money(it is only a temp. haven for the ultra rich to hide their millions), but pressure is building on The 620 group to tackle tax dodgers. Costa cannot presume on an offshore tax haven forever. So you still want to move down to the major world offshore financial centre? An educated person knows that a lopsided economy will eventually crash and if you are MR CPA of the year, you would know his fact.
Waco 1909

League City, TX

#27006 Nov 7, 2012
My republican friends are so disheartened that it is bothering me greatly.Admittedly i'm an emotional person.But I can't help but feel their pain and I have no feelings of gladness today.Its been a long time since I've felt this badly.
no cents

Charlotte, NC

#27007 Nov 7, 2012
Makin bacon wrote:
<quoted text>
Allen, you have shared you also are a caregiver. It's a thankless job except for the people we're doing it for and their thanks is all we need. I'm certain you're as I am, I do it out of love. My mom and dad did without for my siblings and me to have when we were coming up and I'm talking basic necessities. I was trying to watch the election results last night and my brother had an "accident" and most of our time was spent cleaning him, his clothes and the bathroom. This is becoming more frequent and hey, we'll take care of him until he draws his last breath. My brother has a sweet, loving heart and whatever it takes sister, whatever it takes. I have shared your frustration and know the feeling; however, I don't nor will I count on the government to take care of him. We've jumped through their hoops to no avail. I wish for all those waiting for Obamacare the best, but they don't love our relatives as we do and they don't care. I know this for a fact. When a man born this way can't receive services and a healthy 18 year old can have 2 or 3 children, won't work and my tax dollars help keep their lazy butts up, I'll never be able to wrap my head around this. People always say "what about the children" and I want to scream "what about the adults that grew from children and they can't get help?" My mom and dad never took a penny of handout money from anyone, they just worked and worked. Probably killed my mother at an early age and my dad suffers daily from medical problems from manual labor for umpteen years. So, I too, hope the best for everyone and instead of moving forward, I choose to move away. I love our country, but I'm not proud of it.
i agree with you totally and i too am not feeling very patriotic. no celebrating on my end today and not looking forward to these very, very long four years ahead of us. sorry about your brother. what is his health issue if you don't mind me asking.

“Arch Nemisis of Democrats”

Since: Jun 12

Location hidden

#27008 Nov 7, 2012
Gold Coast wrote:
<quoted text>So when are you leaving? Are your bags packed along with Bacon's? How do you plan to get your "yacht" to the Caribbean? I did a little research for those of you moving to Costa Rica and abroad. The cost of living in Costa Rica has increased .50-.60 on our US dollar. Property taxes are a 1/4 of 1% so for every 100 grand of your property value, you will pay $250.00/yr. Gas is $1 more than US and electricity is the same. Go to Pricemart which is latin for Sam's Club or Costco. Cars cost more there after taxes, insurance, tags, title, and undercarriage warranty lol. To Bacon, higher quality of life for your family and brother,lower stress level, healthcare costs are affordable, and the climate is perfect. As for hurricanes, Costa Rica is out of the prime paths, but it is worthy of the perfect storm. To Silver, with all your money(it is only a temp. haven for the ultra rich to hide their millions), but pressure is building on The 620 group to tackle tax dodgers. Costa cannot presume on an offshore tax haven forever. So you still want to move down to the major world offshore financial centre? An educated person knows that a lopsided economy will eventually crash and if you are MR CPA of the year, you would know his fact.
Well, if you had actually paid attention to the conversation instead of drinking the bong water, you would see that pro discussed going to Costa Rica. If he decides to fire all his employees, liquidate his assets, take the money and run, his right as owner. Dow jones already down 300 points, and it will only get worse. And I don't have a yacht. I have a 27' Mako moron.

Keep toking on your bong hippie.

Since: Sep 12

Location hidden

#27009 Nov 7, 2012
Wanted to say thank you and congrats to the dems here. I am busy today, phones are ringing and door is revolving, and reloaders are being used. Thanks for the business.
TSF

Fayetteville, NC

#27010 Nov 7, 2012
I had no problem with school but sometimes the school had problems with me. I am thankful for their efforts to improve my knowledge and behavior. My former teachers are among the most admired of all my role models. The public schools did a great job with my own children, giving them the educational foundation for college and an appreciation for learning. They are all self sufficient with good jobs due in large part to the efforts of PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS.
Makin bacon wrote:
<quoted text>
No, I didn't have a bad experience in school; graduated with honors, which wasn't a stretch when I attended school and basically school was a breeze. Knew some years later that my daughter deserved more than public school. We worked, sent her to private school and it has paid off. Sounds to me, you've had a problem or two with either school when you attended or when your children attended. Could any of that been your problem?

“Arch Nemisis of Democrats”

Since: Jun 12

Location hidden

#27011 Nov 7, 2012
TSF wrote:
<quoted text>The teaching of reading, writing ,math and science is not socialism. The knowledge of these subjects has become survival skills in modern society. As much as conservatives oppose change and want to return to a romanticised past, it cannot be achieved by the destruction of public education. Opposition to education in the modern world is a self destructive dream.
Based upon your comments would it be ok to pay teachers less for poor performing students?

Since: Dec 11

Location hidden

#27012 Nov 7, 2012
Gold Coast wrote:
<quoted text>So when are you leaving? Are your bags packed along with Bacon's? How do you plan to get your "yacht" to the Caribbean? I did a little research for those of you moving to Costa Rica and abroad. The cost of living in Costa Rica has increased .50-.60 on our US dollar. Property taxes are a 1/4 of 1% so for every 100 grand of your property value, you will pay $250.00/yr. Gas is $1 more than US and electricity is the same. Go to Pricemart which is latin for Sam's Club or Costco. Cars cost more there after taxes, insurance, tags, title, and undercarriage warranty lol. To Bacon, higher quality of life for your family and brother,lower stress level, healthcare costs are affordable, and the climate is perfect. As for hurricanes, Costa Rica is out of the prime paths, but it is worthy of the perfect storm. To Silver, with all your money(it is only a temp. haven for the ultra rich to hide their millions), but pressure is building on The 620 group to tackle tax dodgers. Costa cannot presume on an offshore tax haven forever. So you still want to move down to the major world offshore financial centre? An educated person knows that a lopsided economy will eventually crash and if you are MR CPA of the year, you would know his fact.
Gold Coast, thank you for your information and I've also been doing fact finding on my own for a while. We will still retain our home here in the states, yes, we are fortunate to have more than one. We're not going to buy a mansion in Costa, that's not my style. We're looking at a home that costs $129K and the owner is willing to come down. I have been seeking employment and as it turns out, I have been approached about teaching English. I have also checked into their personal income tax laws and have a pretty good working knowledge of their tax laws. We're not moving to Costa or anywhere to become rich, we're going because I'd like to see my family members enjoy a stress free lifestyle. My husband and I don't want to work ourselves to death here in the states only to hand it over to the government. I don't mind living a frugal lifestyle if it's to get away from here for a while. We'll purchase a half decent used car and pick-up and my husband can always find a job in construction. My dad has his money and my brother gets a disability check. We've decided to pool our resources, move and get away to enjoy warm weather and beautiful surroundings and after a couple years come back to the U.S. Right now, I don't see a promising future as far as business is concerned, so I can be just as frugal in Costa as I can in the U.S.
Waco 1909

League City, TX

#27013 Nov 7, 2012
Silvercoastcorks wrote:
<quoted text>
Based upon your comments would it be ok to pay teachers less for poor performing students?
That's exactly what happens in Texas.But not to worry.They get fired if it keeps up.

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