“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

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#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

Houston, TX

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

Gastonia, 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

Houston, 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

Gastonia, 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

Kenly, 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

Houston, 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.

Since: Dec 11

Location hidden

#27014 Nov 7, 2012
TSF wrote:
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.
<quoted text>
I'm glad you had a great experience with your role models in the public school system and your children are self-sufficient with good job due to PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS. Looks like we both ended up at the same juncture but took a different path :)

“Arch Nemisis of Democrats”

Since: Jun 12

Location hidden

#27015 Nov 7, 2012
Makin bacon wrote:
<quoted text>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.
Here here.

“Arch Nemisis of Democrats”

Since: Jun 12

Location hidden

#27016 Nov 7, 2012
Waco 1909 wrote:
<quoted text>That's exactly what happens in Texas.But not to worry.They get fired if it keeps up.
Another reason to like Texas.

Since: Dec 11

Location hidden

#27017 Nov 7, 2012
no cents wrote:
<quoted text>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.
No cents, I don't mind you asking. My brother was born with a congenital birth defect, cerebral palsy and a rare blood disorder. He's partially paralyzed on the right side of his body and his face is drawn somewhat, his hands are drawn, his right foot is drawn and he chokes quite a bit because of the paralysis. He couldn't walk for the first 4 years of his life without these giant braces, you might know the kind, he's 60 years old now. Over the years he had numerous surgeries and spent many months in the hospital. He came back attended public school and graduated. He functioned as normally as one could expect for years and last Christmas eve he had a stroke. Since then, he has had four additional strokes which has taken its toll on his body. Through all this, he has remained positive and happy and to be honest, I don't know how. We watch him wither away daily and he loves the beach and warm weather because his blood condition keeps him cold all the time. He's a joy to be around and it's more difficult now to understand his speech, but he communicates his happiness with the spark in his eyes and that crooked smile. Thank you for asking.
TSF

Kenly, NC

#27018 Nov 7, 2012
Your question belies your simplistic republikan perspective and general lack of understanding of education in general and public education in particular. Poor performing students need teachers with advanced training and skills. Poor performance can be the result of low IQ, emotional problems, alcoholic parents,substance abuse , vision impairment, hearing impairment, malnutrition, child abuse, endocrine imbalances , epilepsy , expressive aphasias, cognitive disorders and other medical problems, lack of sleep, social turmoil, grief, anger and a wide range of unresolved interpersonal issues--to name just a few of the problems a teacher might have in just one class of poor performing students or even average students for that matter.
So do you think you could hire a person with the required knowledge and skills to be a great teacher in such an environment off the street and pay them less than a brick masons helper makes?.
Silvercoastcorks wrote:
<quoted text>
Based upon your comments would it be ok to pay teachers less for poor performing students?

“Arch Nemisis of Democrats”

Since: Jun 12

Location hidden

#27019 Nov 7, 2012
TSF wrote:
<quoted text>Your question belies your simplistic republikan perspective and general lack of understanding of education in general and public education in particular. Poor performing students need teachers with advanced training and skills. Poor performance can be the result of low IQ, emotional problems, alcoholic parents,substance abuse , vision impairment, hearing impairment, malnutrition, child abuse, endocrine imbalances , epilepsy , expressive aphasias, cognitive disorders and other medical problems, lack of sleep, social turmoil, grief, anger and a wide range of unresolved interpersonal issues--to name just a few of the problems a teacher might have in just one class of poor performing students or even average students for that matter.
So do you think you could hire a person with the required knowledge and skills to be a great teacher in such an environment off the street and pay them less than a brick masons helper makes?.
Public school system, yes. Private schools, no.
Gold Coast

Gastonia, NC

#27020 Nov 7, 2012
Silvercoastcorks wrote:
<quoted text>
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.
I try to avoid fully reading your posts andI stand corrected so forgive me for being presumptious. So my post was aimed at Pro and Bacon which leads me to this question; if you have plan B in effect and C,D, and E are a phone call away then I will presume you are going underground with the tunnel you built and what? You said you were going to sell your house and go where? lol I just do not like you period and I know exactly who you are. And your Mako to me is a tin can. I think you lie more than our President and Twitt and I just do not see you being all fuzzy with your wife and as you put it she is the boss. You my man are so full of crap that my dog can smell you a mile away and he died a few years back. You are an unlikeable guy like Mike only he does not pretend to be anything else, although he denies it. Miserable men period. And you both are the biggest bores on this planet, I mean forum. Btw, you did se a Feudian slip as Mike Pointed out. lol

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