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The Obamaphone Lady

Minneapolis, MN

#49 Dec 28, 2012
Amused Slew wrote:
Sure, Obama phones exist, right teabagger ???
They sure do. I gots mine. You should gets yours too.

www.obamaphone.net
DFL Carnage

Minneapolis, MN

#50 Dec 28, 2012
ObamaPhones were given out up north last week.
DFL Carnage

Minneapolis, MN

#51 Dec 28, 2012
Why not move every local PD office to a school. That covers one school per town.

FOR FREE!!!!
slewerrats

Saint Paul, MN

#52 Dec 28, 2012
The Truth Squad wrote:
<quoted text>
The term black market has a couple of different meanings. I could not read your mind. I won't attempt to insult your comment like you try to throw insults into your responses. But it is very humorous.
By the way, the idea of armed guards at every school in Minnesota is pure stupidity. Typical out of touch NRA response.
The term "black market" does NOT have a 'couple of different meanings' you dumbass. You're not the best judge of 'pure stupidity' since your too close to the source.
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#53 Dec 28, 2012
The term “Obama Phone” has been tossed around in the media and through social networks for many years now, but in reality there is no such thing as an “Obama phone.”

While it is true that the United States government does provide discounted or free telecommunication services to eligible low income and disadvantaged families, calling it an Obama phone is not true, as Obama had no part in initiating this program.

Cast your mind back to a time when there was no such thing as a cellular phone.

Back in the 1980’s the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), under the Ronald Reagan administration, created the Universal access initiative, which aimed to “promote the availability of quality services at just, reasonable and affordable rates for all consumers.” Through this initiative the Federal Lifeline Assistance program was developed.

The Federal Lifeline Assistance program began offering discounted phone service to needy Americans who were unemployed or living at or below the poverty level. In 1996, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created the Universal Service Fund, stating that all providers of telecommunications services should contribute a specified fee to the fund to be used to increase nationwide access to advanced telecommunications services” and “advance the availability of such services to all consumers, including those in low income, rural, insular, and high cost areas at rates that are reasonably comparable to those charged in urban areas.” Thus the program shifted from discounted landlines to mobile phones, since they were thought to be more useful.
DFL Carnage

Minneapolis, MN

#54 Dec 28, 2012
ObamaPhones were given out up north last week.

Call them what you want they are FREE cell phones with 250 mins per month for people who refuse to work.

Meanwhile us taxpayers have to waste food money to buy a cell phone.

MAKES NO SENSE!!!!

NONE!!!

These free ObamaPhones go to people will NEVER FIND A JOB and that is the pretense for the free cell phones.
background noise

Saint Paul, MN

#56 Dec 28, 2012
[QUOTE who="Amused Slew"
Back in the 1980’s the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), under the Ronald Reagan administration, created the Universal access initiative, which aimed to “promote the availability of quality services at just, reasonable and affordable rates for all consumers.” Through this initiative the Federal Lifeline Assistance program was developed.
[/QUOTE]

Admittedly, a stupid idea at tax payers expense. Yet unlike Obama phones, telephone access still was not free, as your article clearly states.
why not

United States

#57 Dec 28, 2012
that is much cheaper than the lawsuites that are comming in CT !

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More NRA Carnage wrote:
Putting an armed guard in every Minnesota school would require the hiring of hundreds of police or security guards and could cost in the neighborhood of $138 million.
"The cost would be just astronomical," said Scott Croonquist, executive director of the Association of Metropolitan School Districts, who senses that opposition to the NRA's proposal from his 43 Twin Cities area districts goes beyond the cost factor.
"They don't feel the answer would be to bring more guns into the schools," he said.
A few districts already station armed police in schools. But those officers spend little of their time standing in the schoolhouse door to block intruders.
That's a very small part of it," said Lt. Andy Smith, head of the Minneapolis juvenile unit. "It's such a much more complex job than being armed security."
Minneapolis schools spend close to $900,000 annually to station 16 officers in schools, along with the cost of a supervisor and school patrol officer. That's just part of the tab. The Police Department underwrites the cost of cars, radios and summer salaries. St. Paul has a similar but smaller program.
School groups contacted on Monday said they lack hard information about the number of schools currently with armed protection. It's more common in the metro area and in secondary schools, said Gary Amoroso, executive director of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators. He said he'd rather see conversations on addressing gun control and mental health issues.
For officer Mike Kirchen at Lucy Laney at Cleveland Park Community School, his day is likely to start with a high five or fist bump with North Side students as they stream off the bus. It's part of what he sees as his main job -- developing a relationship with the kindergarten through eighth-grade students.
"Our No. 1 job in schools is to connect with kids on a personal level," Kirchen said. Sometimes students pull him aside to talk about things that happened while they were out of school. One example was a seventh-grader who wanted to talk about police officers shooting his neighbor's dog, something Kirchen said he was able to talk through with the student.
Kirchen said he "let's them see a different side of Minneapolis cops than they see" outside school.
According to a breakdown by the Minneapolis Police Department's juvenile division, nine of every 10 contacts between school resource officers like Kirchen and students are positive ones. The rest can involve drugs, bullying, theft and vandalism, with fights the most common. School discipline is left to deans and assistant principals, but officers have discretion to handle some conduct that crosses the line into breaking the law without a citation, using mentoring or mediation programs, Smith said.
"These men and women are there not as a hammer but to foster positive relationships and make the most out of these lives," Smith said.
Police and school interviewers jointly screen applicants for the program. "It was important to find the right 16 officers," Kirchen said. "I've heard from some officers that they don't have the mentality to deal with kids all day."
Good relationships bear fruit, Smith said, including recovering weapons. "Because of the relationships that are built, students will come up to school resource officers and say,'Just so you know, this is going on.' We are able to prevent incidents."
why not

United States

#58 Dec 28, 2012
More NRA Carnage wrote:
This should be financed by user fees on gun owners.
hey liberal larry, how did the DRUG control issue work ? Why not go after ILLEGAL activity,( LIKE DRUGS ) remember it is LEGAL to own guns in America.
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#59 Dec 28, 2012
Lots of folks in prison for drugs, so they're working,,,Now gun violence...
The Truth Squad

Rancho Mirage, CA

#60 Dec 29, 2012
slewerrats wrote:
<quoted text>The term "black market" does NOT have a 'couple of different meanings' you dumbass. You're not the best judge of 'pure stupidity' since your too close to the source.
OK dumba.ss, I will excuse you for your complete pure stupidity. Marketing terms such as 'Black Market' refers to the advertising, selling or placing of a product that pertains to that particular population group. I've marketed products aimed at the Latino Market, the baby boom market, the senior market and the oriental market, as an examples. Since I have been doing this line of work for nearly 50 years, I do think I do know what the hell I am talking about. I also know what the black market is referencing the sales of weapons. I might add I also know what the grey market is, and I am not referring to old folks.
The Real Truth

Minneapolis, MN

#61 Dec 29, 2012
The Truth Squad wrote:
<quoted text>
OK dumba.ss, I will excuse you for your complete pure stupidity. Marketing terms such as 'Black Market' refers to the advertising, selling or placing of a product that pertains to that particular population group. I've marketed products aimed at the Latino Market, the baby boom market, the senior market and the oriental market, as an examples. Since I have been doing this line of work for nearly 50 years, I do think I do know what the hell I am talking about. I also know what the black market is referencing the sales of weapons. I might add I also know what the grey market is, and I am not referring to old folks.
If this is true, why would you ask what being black has to do with the black market on guns? You are nothing but a dumbass who is covering his tracks now.
Squirrel

Minneapolis, MN

#62 Dec 29, 2012
The Truth Squad wrote:
<quoted text>
OK dumba.ss, I will excuse you for your complete pure stupidity. Marketing terms such as 'Black Market' refers to the advertising, selling or placing of a product that pertains to that particular population group. I've marketed products aimed at the Latino Market, the baby boom market, the senior market and the oriental market, as an examples. Since I have been doing this line of work for nearly 50 years, I do think I do know what the hell I am talking about. I also know what the black market is referencing the sales of weapons. I might add I also know what the grey market is, and I am not referring to old folks.
Back in the day of reality, Black Market referred to one thing:

Items stolen were sold on the Black Market. It had nothing to do with the color of the customers stuff was being sold to. In fact to target a particular color of customers would be racist based marketing, wouldn't it?
CRASSUS

Green Bay, WI

#63 Dec 29, 2012
The Truth Squad wrote:
<quoted text>
OK dumba.ss, I will excuse you for your complete pure stupidity. Marketing terms such as 'Black Market' refers to the advertising, selling or placing of a product that pertains to that particular population group. I've marketed products aimed at the Latino Market, the baby boom market, the senior market and the oriental market, as an examples. Since I have been doing this line of work for nearly 50 years, I do think I do know what the hell I am talking about. I also know what the black market is referencing the sales of weapons. I might add I also know what the grey market is, and I am not referring to old folks.
'Black Market' is where Jiggers buy bush meat and bananas. Everyone knows this.
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#64 Dec 29, 2012
You could just arm the current guards... Sorry that's too simple. No lets have 2 classes of guards at every school instead, much simpler.
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#66 Dec 29, 2012
lars varga wrote:
Why don't we just put all the autistic retards in their own "special" school where they can bang their heads, droll, and make ape noises as much as they want.
the democrat party does not aprreciate this comment
Squirrel

Minneapolis, MN

#67 Dec 29, 2012
Many schools already have armed guards in the schools.

This isn't rocket scientist stuff it's already happens.

It's obvious all that needs to occur is place an armed guard in each school AND install physical security measures to delay an inturder enough to either be neutralized by the armed guard OR be neutralized by responding law enforcement.

An inexpensive solution would be to move police departments to schools, 2 for one and schools are protected for free.

Why won't Government do it?????
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#68 Dec 29, 2012
Don't arm teachers, many are liberal and likely to commit a crime against any students they see as republican... The fact is the left does not understand the finality of life

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