It's the Guns, Stupid

It's the Guns, Stupid

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“And that's the end of the issue”

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Since: Dec 10

Brisbane, Australia

#98032 Jan 22, 2013
Teaman wrote:
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Obama has caused more division in this country since the Vietnam war.
The founders didn't want slavery and since the founding of the country, congress was very careful about keeping slave states in equal numbers to free states in order to prevent slave states from gaining a majority.
Obama hasn't caused it, those with differing opinions have been the cause....
And though the founding fathers might not have wanted slavery many stop short of oulawing it...so their racist ideals remained...

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/126...
Teaman

Abingdon, VA

#98033 Jan 22, 2013
Ahomana wrote:
<quoted text>
This is the case in all democratic governments, and America is not different to us in that respect...but the aim is to remove the speck that a lot of ignorants have and realise the government should and does work for you and if you are not happy you do have the power to effect change and not be feared of supporting your government when it makes the right choices even though they are often hard to see when they make so many mistakes....take the gun issue for example...the gun lobbyist and NRA want fear and lies and ignorance to protect their bussiness and make it stronger.....The government cannot ignore the second ammendment....but it is up to you to see where bias towards that amendment has made you unrealistic in your attitude to what your president wants for his country....Congress....when so many of your Senators are bought and paid for by various interests you have to work hard to pick the one that will work for the betterment of the country and not tobacco or the NRA or Religious belief or anything that will damage the republic...and that is what is occuring here...soon no President will have the ability or strength to oppose congress because big bussiness is the ruling force behind all your senators...look for a moderator in all things and not fanatics...it can only lead to too greater shift often in the wrong direction...a moderate on guns a moderate on big bussiness etc...and protest and raise your voice loudly when this is not done....this and this alone is what stopped the war in vietnam...and disenchantment over Afghanistan and the war has done the same......think like a moderate and be willing to compromise..do not think like a fanatic, fanatisism is the road to a hell no one wants.
The second amendment is a protection from the [federal] government. The feds can't deny possession. The USE of a gun is regulated by the states to meet their own particular needs.

A problem arises when the federal government also regulates the use or prohibits a firearm that is legal in a state. That is the root of the problem.

The NRA does donate funds to a pro gun candidate. Many left wing organizations also do the same thing to promote their causes. George Soros is the king of donating to left wing causes and media groups. The main thing the NRA does is contest unconstitutional law in court. That aspect would be too expensive for an average citizen. The average citizen supports their voice in court by donating to the NRA. They wouldn't exist without public support.

Since: Dec 10

Brisbane, Australia

#98034 Jan 22, 2013
Teaman wrote:
<quoted text>
Everyone believes in equal opportunity and equal protection from government. I don't know what your definition of equality is.
What does one idiot billionaire have to do with anything? He speaks for everyone?
No they don't....if everyone believed in equal opportunity we would have it...they don't, so enough said....
Where was Obama's right to equal opportunity....thank god that the blacks who probably outnumber the whites got off their arses and voted....left to the whites Obama wouldn't have made it in and
when Trump demanded the president produce his birth certificate he wasn't on his lonesome, and it was still the cry in the last election challenge and a good deal of Americans believe Trump when he made the inference that Obama wasn't a citizen and most believe he is probably a muslim....so it wasn't just one Billionaire was it!

Since: Dec 10

Brisbane, Australia

#98035 Jan 22, 2013
Teaman wrote:
<quoted text>
The second amendment is a protection from the [federal] government. The feds can't deny possession. The USE of a gun is regulated by the states to meet their own particular needs.
A problem arises when the federal government also regulates the use or prohibits a firearm that is legal in a state. That is the root of the problem.
The NRA does donate funds to a pro gun candidate. Many left wing organizations also do the same thing to promote their causes. George Soros is the king of donating to left wing causes and media groups. The main thing the NRA does is contest unconstitutional law in court. That aspect would be too expensive for an average citizen. The average citizen supports their voice in court by donating to the NRA. They wouldn't exist without public support.
But you must see here the devil in the detail those who support the NRA support a radical group...no different to a monopoly supermarket who's goal it is to protect their interest and they do this by giving you what you want so they can get what they want....to the detriment of the country and it citizens.
Teaman

Abingdon, VA

#98036 Jan 22, 2013
Ahomana wrote:
<quoted text>
Obama hasn't caused it, those with differing opinions have been the cause....
And though the founding fathers might not have wanted slavery many stop short of oulawing it...so their racist ideals remained...
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/126...
[Imposing] a single opinion on a nation with different opinions causes division. The founders were smart enough to leave social issues to the states.

BTW, the French, Portuguese, Dutch also were slavers. Slaves were sold by other blacks in Africa. That's just the way the world was then.

Also, some free blacks also owned black slaves. I don't know if you would call it racism.
http://americancivilwar.com/authors/black_sla...

They stopped short of outlawing it in the interest of preserving the country. Your link said as much. It finally came to a head in the 1860s that caused a civil war.
Dr Freud

Bethnal Green, UK

#98037 Jan 22, 2013
Ahomana wrote:
<quoted text>
No they don't....if everyone believed in equal opportunity we would have it...they don't, so enough said....
Where was Obama's right to equal opportunity....thank god that the blacks who probably outnumber the whites got off their arses and voted....left to the whites Obama wouldn't have made it in and
when Trump demanded the president produce his birth certificate he wasn't on his lonesome, and it was still the cry in the last election challenge and a good deal of Americans believe Trump when he made the inference that Obama wasn't a citizen and most believe he is probably a muslim....so it wasn't just one Billionaire was it!
"No they don't....if everyone believed in equal opportunity we would have it."

Precisely WHAT is 'equal opportunity?'
Is it 'equal opportunity' to succeed?
Or, is it equal opportunity to fail?
HEY BEADY and sock puppet

Guayaquil, Ecuador

#98038 Jan 22, 2013
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“REFUSE ALL IMITATIONS!!”

Since: Jan 11

Australia

#98039 Jan 22, 2013
* Regrettably ANOTHER DISCLAIMER *

Posts #98030 and #98031 above are a conspicuous exercise in Spamming. The expression repeated in slab-form is:

"HEY BEADY!!(and sock puppets, of course)"

It happens to be plagiarized from the Index title of a thread I started recently.

Spamming of it here seems an attempt to draw adverse attention to myself, insinuating that I am in fact the Spammer here.

I am not. NONE of the Spamming here is by me.

More likely it is posted by beady himself.

That could explain why beady has been so keen to draw attention to this Spamming with a post of his, here:

http://www.topix.com/forum/world/australia/T6...

and here:

http://www.topix.com/forum/world/australia/T6...

wanting to see a reaction. Well, this is that reaction.

Beady has a long history of spreading his "battle-of-the-moment " intrusively across multiple threads, as is seen again here.

It bis very much his 'MO'.

Before another clown drops the "WGAFF" bomb, some of us have had long experience with this particular troll, enough to preempt escalation where potential exists.

In that context I again emphatically dissociate myself from his antics here.
GoGoBar

Chiang Mai, Thailand

#98040 Jan 22, 2013
Dr Freud wrote:
<quoted text>
"No they don't....if everyone believed in equal opportunity we would have it."
Precisely WHAT is 'equal opportunity?'
Is it 'equal opportunity' to succeed?
Or, is it equal opportunity to fail?
It is possible to agree with you regarding the origin of your country and opportunity. The USA became an independent colony. A small group of states on the east coast with cheap labour. The real opportunity was for free land in the unpopulated territories. Free land. Gold, silver. Good grazing and crop land. Furs etc...
Well those opportunities do not exhist anymore. The USA purposefully increased it's population until there was no opportunity left.
Your empire is complete.
There have been plenty of expansionist Empires throughout history.
At some point they head into decline.
Now you will have to be sociable.
Teaman

Abingdon, VA

#98041 Jan 22, 2013
Ahomana wrote:
<quoted text>
No they don't....if everyone believed in equal opportunity we would have it...they don't, so enough said....
Where was Obama's right to equal opportunity....thank god that the blacks who probably outnumber the whites got off their arses and voted....left to the whites Obama wouldn't have made it in and
when Trump demanded the president produce his birth certificate he wasn't on his lonesome, and it was still the cry in the last election challenge and a good deal of Americans believe Trump when he made the inference that Obama wasn't a citizen and most believe he is probably a muslim....so it wasn't just one Billionaire was it!
There's plenty of equal opportunity if you want it. There are certainly plenty of black and Latino professionals living around here in my neck of the woods. One of the nicer neighborhoods here is predominately black.

A major drawback is the education system controlled by left wing unions. A government education monopoly that will stay a monopoly as long as unions control politicians. There's always a resistance to a voucher system that would enable an achiever to seek a better school.
GoGoBar

Chiang Mai, Thailand

#98043 Jan 22, 2013
Teaman wrote:
<quoted text>
There's plenty of equal opportunity if you want it. There are certainly plenty of black and Latino professionals living around here in my neck of the woods. One of the nicer neighborhoods here is predominately black.
A major drawback is the education system controlled by left wing unions. A government education monopoly that will stay a monopoly as long as unions control politicians. There's always a resistance to a voucher system that would enable an achiever to seek a better school.
Who pays for the voucher for the student to attend a Private School?
The Fixers

San Jose, CA

#98044 Jan 22, 2013
The ADELAIDEAN wrote:
* Regrettably ANOTHER DISCLAIMER *
Posts #98030 and #98031 above are a conspicuous exercise in Spamming. The expression repeated in slab-form is:
"HEY BEADY!!(and sock puppets, of course)"
It happens to be plagiarized from the Index title of a thread I started recently.
Spamming of it here seems an attempt to draw adverse attention to myself, insinuating that I am in fact the Spammer here.
I am not. NONE of the Spamming here is by me.
More likely it is posted by beady himself.
That could explain why beady has been so keen to draw attention to this Spamming with a post of his, here:
http://www.topix.com/forum/world/australia/T6...
and here:
http://www.topix.com/forum/world/australia/T6...
wanting to see a reaction. Well, this is that reaction.
Beady has a long history of spreading his "battle-of-the-moment " intrusively across multiple threads, as is seen again here.
It bis very much his 'MO'.
Before another clown drops the "WGAFF" bomb, some of us have had long experience with this particular troll, enough to preempt escalation where potential exists.
In that context I again emphatically dissociate myself from his antics here.
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If ever here was a case for one admitting guilt then you've all seen it displayed in the above.

Every single attempt to discredit Mr Beady and the Team from the toilet cleaners and all to do with simians, CACA, rodents, pigs and other vermin always falls flat on its face and this has been going on ever since we entered this forum.

Vested interests (the MalbarCACA Federated Trolls & Vermin Union) shit scared of being exposed for what they really are and headed by the Governor, ti pilon MalbarCACA IMPOSTOR ^^^^ scared shitless, fibbing, clutching at straws PSYCHO DESPERATE proud Arab.

We are not waiting for any reaction:

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PACK YOU BAGS, GET LOST FUDDIHEAD IndoMauritian MalBARCACA IMPOSTOR YOU ARE NOT WANTED HERE and neither is your band of supporting, condoning and loving TOPIX PAID TROLLS, SPAMMERS, REAL AGITATORS and ANARCHISTs. Julie chamberpot WORLD People (Iford Romford UK), Rupert PIN DICK FOOFTER The Maniac Psycho Anti-Muhammad Greensborough Insane Lunatic Nutcase" a SPAMalot IDENTITY THIEF and IMPOSTOR Ringwood, Australia SPASTIC FUCKTURD PHAGGOTs

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HEY BEADY and sock puppet

Guayaquil, Ecuador

#98045 Jan 22, 2013
Snoopy, whose fictional birthday has been established as August 10, made his first appearance in the strip of October 4, 1950, two days after the strip premiered. He was first identified by name on November 10. Schulz was originally going to call him "Sniffy" (as described in the 25th anniversary book), until he discovered that name was used in a different comic strip. He changed it to "Snoopy" after remembering that his late mother Dena Schulz had commented that if their family were ever to acquire a third dog, it should be called Snoopy, an affectionate term in Norwegian (the actual term is "Snuppa").[3]
In earlier strips it is not clear to whom Snoopy belongs. For instance, in the February 2, 1951 strip, Charlie Brown accuses Snoopy of following him, only to be told by Patty that Snoopy isn't following Charlie Brown, but merely lives in the same direction.[4] Indeed many early strips show Snoopy interacting with Shermy (who is shown in one early strip running with Snoopy on his leash) and Patty without Charlie Brown, making Snoopy appear to belong to all of the neighborhood kids, similar to the dog Pete in the Our Gang comedies, who is everyone's dog.(Note: in days of yore, it was common for dogs to roam their local area and congregate with local children, and then return to their respective homes). Later, Charlie Brown states that his parents bought Snoopy for him at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm, after another boy had dumped sand on him while playing in a sandbox.
Snoopy was a silent character for the first two years of his existence, but on May 27, 1952 he verbalized his thoughts to readers for the first time in a thought balloon; Schulz would utilize this device for nearly all of the character's appearances in the strip thereafter. At first, Snoopy acted as a normal dog, and would only think in simple one-word phrases (such as "FOOD!"), but then became more articulate.
In addition to Snoopy's ability to "speak" his thoughts to the reader, many of the human characters in Peanuts have the uncanny knack of reading his thoughts and responding to them. In the animated Peanuts films and television specials, Snoopy's thoughts are not verbalized; his moods are instead conveyed through growls, sobs, laughter, and monosyllabic utterances such as "bleah," "hey," etc. as well as through pantomime. Unlike a regular dog, other characters treat him intelligently by taking directions from him, incorporating him into the local baseball team, and so on despite his inability to speak (this anthropomorphic tendency increased as time went on).
The only exceptions are in the animated adaptations of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Snoopy!!! The Musical, in which Snoopy's thoughts are verbalized through voice overs (by Robert Towers and Cam Clarke, respectively). Animation producer Bill Meléndez voiced both Snoopy and (eventually) Woodstock in numerous television specials from 1965 to 2006. In Peanuts Motion Comics, Snoopy's thoughts appear onscreen as text in thought bubbles, without voice.
Oddly enough, the first time a beagle was mentioned in the strip (December 5, 1960), Snoopy denied being one. As Snoopy dozed, Charlie Brown paraphrased Gertrude Stein: "Beagles on the grass, alas." To this, Snoopy replied, "I ain't no stupid beagle!" (Years later, Snoopy would paraphrase the Stein expression himself: "Pigeons on the grass, alas; Dogs on the ground, abound." (June 25, 1982)
As the series progressed, Snoopy became a more human-like dog. His character is that of a dog who pretends to be a person (or who sometimes forgets he is a dog). In one Peanuts strip, Sally had to do a report on animals for school, and requested Snoopy's help. But Snoopy was reluctant. "How can I help?" he thought. "I don't know any animals."
Many of Peanuts' memorable moments come in Snoopy's efforts as a novelist: his eternal opener on the typewriter "It was a dark and stormy night..." is taken from Edward George Bulwer-Lytton's 1830
HEY BEADY and sock puppet

Guayaquil, Ecuador

#98046 Jan 22, 2013
Over the course of the strip's run, it was revealed that Snoopy had been born and raised at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm. His father used to run with hunting dogs, but would secretly run ahead and warn the rabbits. His mother is famous for her tapioca pudding, and in a 1990s Peanuts strip, came over on a World War I-era troopship to visit Snoopy and Spike, who had been ill with the flu. Out of all his siblings, Snoopy's brother Olaf was sold last. Before they were sold, Snoopy and his brothers and sisters made a band and one by one each was sold. Snoopy's original owner was a little girl named Lila, who had to return him to Daisy Hill after her family moved to an apartment where dogs were forbidden.

Shortly after his return to the farm, Snoopy was selected by Charlie Brown's parents as a companion for him. In the strip for January 30, 1972, Charlie Brown says that his parents bought Snoopy for him to cheer him up after another child threw sand in his face while they were playing in a sandbox. In the strips for November, 1972, while accompanying Woodstock on his winter migration, Snoopy realizes he is near the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm. He decides to show Woodstock where he was born, only to find that the puppy farm has been replaced by a six-story parking garage, causing Snoopy to wail, "You stupid people! You're parking on my memories!" (November 24, 1972). This is also reflected in the 1991 animated special Snoopy's Reunion, where Snoopy and his siblings get together at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm for a picnic, but sadly find out that it was demolished for a parking garage
HEY BEADY and sock puppet

Guayaquil, Ecuador

#98047 Jan 22, 2013
Snoopy is usually depicted as having seven siblings, five of whom appear at some point in the strip: Andy, Belle, Marbles, Olaf, and Spike. Most often seen is Spike, who lives in the desert (near the real-life locale of Needles, California). Sharing Snoopy's penchant for a fantasy life, he is friends with saguaro cacti. Spike is very thin, wears a fedora and has long whiskers.(Spike was the name of one of Schulz's childhood pet dogs.)

Andy looks like a disheveled version of Snoopy. Olaf, who wears a fur cap, is round in both body and face. Marbles is the smartest in the group. He has spots on his fur (making him look somewhat like a Dalmatian), wears shoes, and considers some of Snoopy's behavior very odd. Belle, who looks like Snoopy with long eyelashes, is most notable in that there was a Belle stuffed animal available for many years.

Although Snoopy often mentions that he was one of eight puppies, the two other siblings never appeared in the comic strip. According to the animated special Snoopy's Reunion, they are named Molly and Rover. They all play in a country band in that special, with Snoopy on the acoustic guitar.

In a 1965 strip, Snoopy set up a "family reunion" and it was stated that he had two brothers (one lived in Washington and the other in Texas) and three sisters (one in St.Louis, one in Hollywood and the last one in Kansas). After the reunion, Snoopy was apparently disappointed, for immediately after arriving home he stated, "The anticipation far exceeded the actual event."

Many years before his siblings appeared, Snoopy referred to himself as an "only dog" who had no brothers or sisters.

Like Snoopy, his siblings' thoughts are communicated via thought balloon.
HEY BEADY and sock puppet

Guayaquil, Ecuador

#98048 Jan 22, 2013
Lila was first mentioned in the strip in the 1960s. It was revealed that she had taken Snoopy home from the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm (where he was born and raised), but was forced to return him after her family moved to an apartment building where dogs were forbidden. While she was initially an unseen character who was only recollected by Snoopy in the third person, she eventually made an appearance in the strip in 1968.

In 1972 Lila appeared in the animated film Snoopy, Come Home, voiced by Johanna Baer. Seriously ill, she is unexpectedly reunited with Snoopy when he comes to visit her at a hospital in Nebraska, and now that she is recovering and will be released very soon, asks him to return to her (forcing him to choose between his "old" life with Lila or his "new" one with Charlie Brown). Snoopy initially leaves the hospital, but finally, out of love for Lila, Snoopy chooses to return to her. She tells him that he should go back and sell his belongings and say goodbye to his old friends, before going back to her. He ends up writing a will instead and goes back to Lila. At the same time, he also is heartbroken over leaving Charlie Brown. However, in an ironic twist when Snoopy arrives at Lila's new apartment, Snoopy finds out (to his surprise) that not only does Lila happen to have a pet cat, dogs aren't permitted in her apartment building either (which explains why her family had to return him). Snoopy bids Lila farewell and returns to Charlie Brown.

Lila later appeared again in Snoopy's Reunion.

Despite his history of conflicted loyalties and his occasionally disdainful attitude toward Charlie Brown, Snoopy has shown himself steadfastly loyal to his current owner. He joined Charlie Brown in walking out of a game of Ha-Ha Herman when Peppermint Patty crudely insulted Charlie Brown (though she was unaware that Charlie Brown was within earshot). He also helped Charlie Brown recover his autographed baseball when a bully had taken it and was challenging Charlie Brown to fight him for it. In He's a Bully, Charlie Brown, he teaches Charlie Brown to play marbles so Charlie Brown can win back the marbles Rerun lost to a bully at camp, Joe Agate, who cheated him. When Charlie Brown has to stop dedicating himself to making Snoopy happy, Snoopy replies, "Don't worry about it. I was already happy."
Provocateur

Denver, CO

#98049 Jan 22, 2013
'A Revolver,' by Carl Sandburg

Here is a revolver.

It has an amazing language all its own.

It delivers unmistakable ultimatums.

It is the last word.

A simple, little human forefinger can tell a terrible story with it.

Hunger, fear, revenge, robbery hide behind it.

It is the claw of the jungle made quick and powerful.

It is the club of the savage turned to magnificent precision.

It is more rapid than any judge or court of law.

It is less subtle and treacherous than any one lawyer or ten.

When it has spoken, the case can not be appealed to the supreme court, nor any mandamus nor any injunction nor any stay of execution come in and interfere with the original purpose.

And nothing in human philosophy persists more strangely than the old belief that God is always on the side of those who have the most revolvers.
HEY BEADY and sock puppet

Guayaquil, Ecuador

#98050 Jan 22, 2013
In the early years of the strip, Snoopy's doghouse was typically seen from the front or front plus one side, with the standard arched doorway of a doghouse, and Snoopy's name arched over the door. Snoopy would sleep in the doorway.

On December 12, 1958, Snoopy slept on top of his doghouse, rather than inside it, for the first time. Thereafter, Snoopy was seldom seen to venture inside the doghouse, except to retrieve something, instead spending the bulk of his time sitting or lying on its gable roof. One strip ascribed Snoopy's ability to sleep there to his ears, which—like the feet of a perching bird – "lock" him to the top so that he doesn't fall. How his typewriter balances there (let alone other neighbourhood kids) is never explained.

At this point, the side view of the doghouse became standard in the strip, which allowed the imagination of Schulz (and Snoopy) to expand this dwelling beyond the limits of a normal doghouse.

Despite Snoopy's tendency to stay outside in all weather (in some cases even allowing snow to accumulate on his supine body, or wearing a snorkel when it rains), a running gag established that the interior of Snoopy's doghouse was something extraordinary. It defied physics, being dramatically larger on the inside than the outside, much like the TARDIS on Doctor Who. Snoopy's doghouse had a carpeted foyer, a den, a library, a guest room, a stairway, a basement, a television, a bed (although he sleeps on the roof), a pool table, and an original Van Gogh. The first indication of the doghouse's unique layout occurred on January 31, 1954 when Charlie Brown was puzzled to see all his neighborhood friends crawling into it for a visit. The doghouse was destroyed several times over the years, being hit by a tree due to a chase over Linus's blanket (July 26, 1959), crushed by a large icicle (February 13, 1960), and finally burned to the ground (September 19, 1966; At the beginning of that year a fire damaged Schulz's studio). The doghouse also suffered damage from the particularly violent cat next door, World War II, who would swipe off a large portion of the doghouse, leaving a frightened Snoopy standing on the remaining strip on one foot (The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show). In each case the doghouse was soon rebuilt. Although individual items were lost in the fire, each replacement doghouse appears to have retained the spaciousness and opulence of its predecessor.

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#98051 Jan 22, 2013
here in Indiana there is talk of curbing the Voucher program.
Cost of expanding Indiana school vouchers debated
Jan 12, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS — To supporters of school choice, Indiana’s voucher program is a runaway success that ought to be expanded.
But key lawmakers are concerned an expansion would cost the state too much money.
Since it was established by the legislature two years ago, the program that allows qualifying students to receive vouchers to redirect public dollars to pay for their private school tuition has grown quickly.
Participation more than doubled to 9,130 this year from 3,919 participants the first year. On state tests, students at many of the private schools accepting vouchers ranked among the best.
One of the program’s most appealing aspects is that it now costs the state no additional money — and actually saves the state as much as $3.4 million a year, advocates say.
But legislative proposals to expand the program could bring additional costs that key lawmakers — particularly Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville — appear unwilling to swallow.
Currently, a student must first attend public school for at least one year to become eligible for a voucher.
State per-pupil aid varies by school district, from about $5,000 to $8,000. So voucher subsidies can range from as little as $2,500 to more than $7,000 per pupil. For those in elementary school, vouchers are capped at $4,500.
Those limits mean the state saves at least some money whenever a student leaves public school and uses a voucher for private school.
The average voucher covered $3,932 in private school tuition, meaning the state is spending less to educate those students than it was at their public schools.
The unused state aid is collected annually and redistributed to every school district in Indiana.
But lifting restrictions changes the equation quickly. And that’s what concerns Kenley.
He raised the issue Wednesday when the Senate education committee discussed a bill allowing siblings of students using vouchers to bypass public school altogether and immediately receive state money to attend private school.
“We passed the original bill on the assumption you go to public school first,” he said.“This changes the premise. It’s a pretty fundamental change.”
In the House, Education Committee Chairman Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, said he expects a much more expansive bill will be heard in his committee that drops the $4,500 cap for elementary schools and removes the stipulation that voucher students attend public school first.
It also would make eligible qualifying children in special education, foster care or from families of active military personnel.
That could mean low-income students who never attended public school could start getting state aid to pay their private school tuition.
Senate education committee Chairman Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, said the proposal’s passage in the Senate would be doubtful.
Joel Hand, executive director of the Coalition for Public Education, a group of educators and others who oppose vouchers, said the expansion would be fiscally irresponsible.
How much might a voucher expansion cost the state? There aren’t any official estimates yet, but Hand has done some rough calculations just on the bill to allow siblings of voucher students to also receive them.
Based on the $3,932 average voucher, he said, if just one in 10 of the 9,130 students in the program had a sibling not in public school who used a voucher next year it would cost Indiana about $3.5 million annually. If a quarter of the students had a sibling who used a voucher it would cost Indiana nearly $9 million a year.
Voucher proponents say the potential costs of the program are overblown.
Indianapolis-based Friedman Foundation, said any new costs would be more than compensated for by overall savings in the program.
http://www.courier-journal.com/article/201301...
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#98052 Jan 22, 2013
Snoopy, whose fictional birthday has been established as August 10, made his first appearance in the strip of October 4, 1950, two days after the strip premiered. He was first identified by name on November 10. Schulz was originally going to call him "Sniffy" (as described in the 25th anniversary book), until he discovered that name was used in a different comic strip. He changed it to "Snoopy" after remembering that his late mother Dena Schulz had commented that if their family were ever to acquire a third dog, it should be called Snoopy, an affectionate term in Norwegian (the actual term is "Snuppa").[3]

In earlier strips it is not clear to whom Snoopy belongs. For instance, in the February 2, 1951 strip, Charlie Brown accuses Snoopy of following him, only to be told by Patty that Snoopy isn't following Charlie Brown, but merely lives in the same direction.[4] Indeed many early strips show Snoopy interacting with Shermy (who is shown in one early strip running with Snoopy on his leash) and Patty without Charlie Brown, making Snoopy appear to belong to all of the neighborhood kids, similar to the dog Pete in the Our Gang comedies, who is everyone's dog.(Note: in days of yore, it was common for dogs to roam their local area and congregate with local children, and then return to their respective homes). Later, Charlie Brown states that his parents bought Snoopy for him at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm, after another boy had dumped sand on him while playing in a sandbox.

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