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Realtime

Deltona, FL

#818014 Dec 7, 2012
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Not much use when they can't read.
Besides, why reward troublemakers?
Reading? Or troublemakers take your pick.

Troublemakers come from all walks of life.

In my state the public school teachers spend the bulk of their time "teaching to the test" the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) which is Jeb Bush's legacy and since 1998 nothing else really matters.

Unfortunately the test places far too much emphasis on language skills in a transient state with an enormous influx of non English speaking immigrants. Additionally the test itself is flawed, often not possible to grade properly or on time.

Florida "should" be building trade schools capable of preparing those without or incapable of college dreams.
Lincoln Duncan

United States

#818015 Dec 7, 2012
Democrats have learned to love Limbaugh and the Tea Party guidance provided to the GOP.
Seemed Gov. Romney believed fox commentators and was surprised on election evening. just saying
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#818016 Dec 7, 2012
Sister Kathryn Lust wrote:
<quoted text>I like that idea. Many of our regular high schools are implementing it as well. I also support some type of community service requirement for graduation from high school.
How about academic requirements instead, rather than diplomas for part-time attendance?
Homer

Bethlehem, PA

#818017 Dec 7, 2012
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
It's "Walmarts", not "Waltons", or is Homer a racist?
Many producers and taxpayers are now moving towards sitting on the beach and collecting from those still foolish enough to work.
It's Walton dumbphuck, I was using plural in my statement which is why I said Waltons, the name of the store is Walmart.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#818018 Dec 7, 2012
Homer wrote:
<quoted text>LOL! Simply not true. I have friends, family, co-workers living in all of the effected areas, they will all tell you the fantastic job that has been done. Can you actually ever speak the truth? Just once? Come on give it a shot, I dare ya.
8:39PM EST December 4. 2012 - WASHINGTON -- Superstorm Sandy presented an array of new challenges when it slammed into New York City, from getting relief supplies to people inside skyscrapers to finding affordable housing for displaced residents, a New York congressman said Tuesday.

"Hurricane Sandy should be a major wake-up call," Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler said at a hearing before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. "When disaster strikes, our densely populated urban areas and economic centers must be able to recover quickly."

The Federal Emergency Management Agency isn't positioned to handle a natural disaster in a densely populated urban setting, said Nadler, who represents Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn waterfront communities of Red Hook, Sea Gate and Coney Island.
Lincoln Duncan

United States

#818019 Dec 7, 2012
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Only because the regime decreed that 540,000 people were no longer in the workforce, perhaps because they no longer see any value in working or need to work.
The regime continues to lie about the economy even after the election. Pathetic.
Politics will proceed with the numbers and President Obama will spend "the political capital" G W Bush talked about after his 2004 victory.
Peace
Homer

Bethlehem, PA

#818020 Dec 7, 2012
Tenzing wrote:
<quoted text>
My kids were all home/private schooled and they're all doing quite well thankyouverymuch.
I am going purely on what I have seen with my own eyes. The home schooled kids I have seen were akin to zombies. I'm glad your kids turned out okay.
Homer

Bethlehem, PA

#818021 Dec 7, 2012
Lincoln Duncan wrote:
Democrats have learned to love Limbaugh and the Tea Party guidance provided to the GOP.
Seemed Gov. Romney believed fox commentators and was surprised on election evening. just saying
Albeit not as surprised as Karl Rove and his now infamous meltdown on live tv.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#818022 Dec 7, 2012
Researcher wrote:
<quoted text>
Of the 45 percent of whites who said they strongly or somewhat approve of the tea party movement, the study report showed,“only 35 percent believe Blacks to be hardworking, only 45 percent believe Blacks are intelligent, and only 41 percent think that Blacks are trustworthy.”*****
http://newmexicoindependent.com/59394/naacp-c ...
*****If that study doesn't indicate racism within the tea party, what would it take?
Nobody has suggested that all tea partiers are racist. But the 35-45% who are racist, by their own admission, taint the majority who probably are not.
Is the truth "racist" if it is inconvenient?
Homer

Bethlehem, PA

#818023 Dec 7, 2012
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
8:39PM EST December 4. 2012 - WASHINGTON -- Superstorm Sandy presented an array of new challenges when it slammed into New York City, from getting relief supplies to people inside skyscrapers to finding affordable housing for displaced residents, a New York congressman said Tuesday.
"Hurricane Sandy should be a major wake-up call," Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler said at a hearing before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. "When disaster strikes, our densely populated urban areas and economic centers must be able to recover quickly."
The Federal Emergency Management Agency isn't positioned to handle a natural disaster in a densely populated urban setting, said Nadler, who represents Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn waterfront communities of Red Hook, Sea Gate and Coney Island.
This is supposed to be making your point that the response was a disaster? LOL!

Since: Dec 10

Location hidden

#818024 Dec 7, 2012
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Except that rarely happens, and even if it does, there may be no jail time involved for juveniles. So they remain in school.
I thought you only made sh it up on days that ended in "y".

Oh, never mind.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#818025 Dec 7, 2012
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>Reading? Or troublemakers take your pick.
Troublemakers come from all walks of life.
In my state the public school teachers spend the bulk of their time "teaching to the test" the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) which is Jeb Bush's legacy and since 1998 nothing else really matters.
Unfortunately the test places far too much emphasis on language skills in a transient state with an enormous influx of non English speaking immigrants. Additionally the test itself is flawed, often not possible to grade properly or on time.
Florida "should" be building trade schools capable of preparing those without or incapable of college dreams.
Language skills and math skills are extremely important and should be emphasized. Teaching English to non-English speaking students should be the highest priority.

Trade schools as an alternative to academic high schools are an excellent approach.
Jane Says

New York, NY

#818026 Dec 7, 2012
Lincoln Duncan wrote:
<quoted text>
Good News for the Democrats
The unexpectedly strong performance brought the unemployment rate down to
a four-year low of 7.7% of the workforce.
1/3 were from low paying retail jobs

'Why the unemployment rate fell

The payrolls number and the unemployment rate come from two separate surveys conducted by the Labor Department, and the data don't always match up. While businesses largely reported they hired workers, a survey of households said just the opposite.
Households claimed they had 122,000 fewer jobs in November, and also showed 350,000 people dropped out of the labor force.

The unemployment rate fell because there were fewer people looking for work. The Labor Department only counts people who have searched for a job in the last four weeks as officially unemployed.

About 12 million people were counted as unemployed in November, down from 12.3 million a month earlier.

Overall, the U.S. labor market has still not completely recovered from the financial crisis. Of the 8.8 million jobs lost, about 4.2 million have still not been added back.

Economists often say that job growth around 150,000 a month is enough to keep up with population growth, but not much more.
"At this rate of job growth, it will take us more than 10 years to get back to the pre-recession unemployment rate," said Heidi Shierholz, an economist for the liberal Economic Policy Institute.

"The November data provide a clear reminder that mass joblessness remains the real and present economic danger this country faces."

http://money.cnn.com/2012/12/07/news/economy/...

and I thought the biggest economic danger would be the Sandra Flukes of the world having to shell out their own money for birth control pills. who knew?
Homer

Bethlehem, PA

#818027 Dec 7, 2012
More bad news for rightwingers -

WASHINGTON (AP)— A month after the bitterly fought election, President Barack Obama has his highest approval ratings since the killing of Osama bin Laden, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll, and more Americans say the nation is heading in the right direction now than at any time since the start of his first term.

Obama's approval rating stands at 57 percent, the highest since May 2011, when U.S. Navy SEALs killed the terror leader, and up 5 percentage points from before the election. And 42 percent say the country is on the right track, up from 35 percent in January 2009.

A majority think it's likely that the president will be able to improve the economy in his second term.

http://news.yahoo.com/ap-gfk-poll-obama-appro...

Since: Dec 10

Location hidden

#818028 Dec 7, 2012
flack wrote:
<quoted text> Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner folks! The first libtard to totally ignore the fact that 340,000 more people left the workforce.
Dong! Dong! Dong!

U-6 dropped 0.02% in November.
Jane Says

New York, NY

#818029 Dec 7, 2012
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Is the truth "racist" if it is inconvenient?
pre-Obama excuse:
"the dog ate my homework"

Obama Era excuse:
"the dog ate my homework, the president ate my dog, and it is all Bush's fault, and you're a racist for asking a question I don't like"

Since: Dec 10

Location hidden

#818030 Dec 7, 2012
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
I've answered you stupid question numerous times.
No one pays a higher rate or lower rate than I do on ordinary taxable income.
I pay the same on my first $17K as everyone
I pay the same on my income from 17K to 70K as everyone
etc etc etc
Wise up, dumbass & learn how the system works.
My God you are one stupid jerk.
You know what they say about trying to teach a pig to sing ...
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#818031 Dec 7, 2012
At first blush, there is something delightfully Dada about Jim DeMint being named president of the Heritage Foundation.

The senator, a tea party hero from South Carolina, is a smart guy and a good politician. But running a think tank? It is the scholarly equivalent of appointing Michael Moore to head the Brookings Institution, or Ted Nugent to the Cato Institute, or Roseanne Barr to the Council on Foreign Relations, or perhaps Donald Trump to the American Enterprise Institute.

But think about it some more and the choice of DeMint begins to look brilliant. He is, arguably, the perfect candidate to run a post-thought think tank.

There is less thinking going on in much of the Washington think-tank world these days: Following the trend in politics generally, these idea factories have turned away from idea production in favor of promoting well-worn policy prescriptions. The task is less to come up with new solutions than to win the argument with epithets, labels and caricatures.

The trend goes beyond Heritage. The Family Research Council has joined the shift from wonks to gladiators. The liberal Center for American Progress was created as a conscious imitation of Heritage — more political and aggressive, less bookish. Indeed, researchers there have done extensive opposition research into ... Jim DeMint.

Now Heritage appears ready to shed that veneer and dedicate itself to ideological and partisan warfare. And there’s no better warrior than Jim DeMint.....

DeMint is entitled to his views. And the people of South Carolina returned him to office despite — or perhaps because of — his views.

But it’s difficult to see how these views, and DeMint’s crude expression of them, fit with Heritage’s mission as “a research and educational institution” dedicated to finding “solutions to contemporary problems from the ideas, principles and traditions that make America great.”

Such as: keeping gay men and unmarried women from being teachers; throwing around words such as “tyranny” and “socialism”; attempting to “break” an American president and accusing the other party of a Nazi-style “power grab.”

If DeMint is the right man to be running this prestigious policy shop, perhaps the resident scholars at Heritage should be researching this question: Is thought dead?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/come-t...
Homer

Bethlehem, PA

#818032 Dec 7, 2012
John Galt furiously searching the internet for stories showing Fema/Obama in a bad light regarding Sandy.

Since: Dec 10

Location hidden

#818033 Dec 7, 2012
Homer wrote:
<quoted text>I am going purely on what I have seen with my own eyes. The home schooled kids I have seen were akin to zombies. I'm glad your kids turned out okay.
Compare and contrast with public school results like Galt and Flack.

Carol claims to have been a public school teacher, I cannot think of a stronger indictment of public education.

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