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Tourists' national naivete is cause for embarrassment

That's supposed to be "English " & " compete." Sorry about the typos.  (May 21, 2009 | post #23)

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Tourists' national naivete is cause for embarrassment

American young people are not demanded to perform in schools like we were in the 60s. I remember multiplication tables, long division, diagraming sentences, state capitals, American History...no calculators or word processors with spell check. There is too much lowering the bar for this reason or that reason (immigrants, the underprivilidged, or they claim they are discriminated against by the curriculum requirements, or just plain lazy). Their inability to do basic math, know basic geography, or correct Englis, spelling & grammar is appalling. And many of them have college degrees and still maintain a surprisingly high level of ignorance. They've spent their lives pushing buttons on video games and computers, but they cannot compose a properly formatted business letter and spell all the words correctly. And these are the people that will inherit the keys to the kingdom, and need to compere with the Japanese, the Germans, and the upcoming Chinese. Heck, I doubt that they will even be able to compete with the French!  (May 21, 2009 | post #22)

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Ask Amy: Sister smokes, curses around the kids

LW1: I am a truly faithful Christisn (Lutheran). I also dring a little and smoke (which I hate). Smoking is an addiction and I wish I had never done it. My precious bride is in the same mindset. Nevertheless, we do what we want in our own home. But, anyway, this lady seems openminded and responsicve to reasonable conversation. Talk to he diplomatically.  (May 20, 2009 | post #18)

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Another celeb blocked from the 'Dancing With the Stars' b...

Future 'Stars' that we want to see: Danicka Patric (race car diva...I mean driver) Bobby Rahal (former race car driver, current team owner and one of the sport's best two remaining gentlemen) Mario Andretti (the other gentleman) Brie (from Desperate Housewives) Maury povich (will he be better than Jerry?) Tony Curtis ( he was a dance instructor on "Rosanne "...) Jamie Lee (how nice) Jay Leno David Letterman Valerie Bertinelli Martha Stewart (how delightful. Would she dance in that pancho?) and, yes, L'il Kim should have gone further in the competition...  (May 20, 2009 | post #6)

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Credit card reform becomes opportunity to hammer good cus...

I'm really sorry to tell you, but they CAN come after your eatate (house, savings, etc.) if you default.  (May 20, 2009 | post #21)

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Credit card reform becomes opportunity to hammer good cus...

This poster said it right on the 'money,' and I couldn't have said it better. As fo me, I have never missed or been late on any payment for over 25 years. I am the guy who keeps America open for business. Just how much profit do these banks need? I think it should be mandatory that that all credit card bank managers watch "It's a Wonderful Life" 100 times. I am sure I would be very happy with a credit card with terms dictated by the Building & Loan in Bedford Falls. This should be a model for financial institutions everywhere.  (May 20, 2009 | post #20)

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Jerry Springer wraps up his tenure in Chicago before leav...

Jerry provides a forum for the dark underbelly of society's shallow mor ons to willingly show themselves, not only for our amusement, but also for our consideration. But these people are everywhere...not just in the anonymous trailer parks of Appalacia. If you build it, they will come. So, take care of yourselves, and each other."  (May 19, 2009 | post #5)

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Stretching the DNA net

The cops are always looking to close the case (i.e.: find someone to pin it on). That's their job. They universally lie to construe "probable cause." My lawyer told me many years ago that, even though you're innocent, don't EVER take a polygraph, don't EVER give up DNA, don't EVER submit to an interrogation (Burge???). The cops can twist any of these results to serve their own purposes, and they are experts at it. Think about the McMartin Preschool case. Think about Mr. Jewell from the Olympics. If you are not familiar with these cases, Google them. And these circumstances are disturbingly commonplace, just not publicized. Just tell the cops that you need to speak with your lawyer. The cops will tell you that their reason is to 'eliminate' you as a suspect, which, presumably, you would want. And that you would 'cooperate' if you have nothing to hide. That's bull. The cops real motive is to increase the pool of viable suspects, which gives them even broader search and subponea power. Ask yourself: "How did the fish get on to the wall?" He opened up his mouth!!!  (May 19, 2009 | post #34)

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Son struggles to accept dad's preference for men

No wonder the Trib is heading for bankrupcy. How many column inches were devoted to a 1/8 cent packet of creamer?  (May 18, 2009 | post #2)

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Stretching the DNA net

Blago has been charged with multiple felonies. Has his DNA been collected??  (May 18, 2009 | post #17)

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Our tattoos, ourselves

Those are called "Tramp Stamps."  (May 17, 2009 | post #20)

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Our tattoos, ourselves

Unfortunately, this is not as cut and dried as you may think. There are lawsuits pending by some really excessivly multi-face-pierced, multi tattooed freaks (we're not talking about the girl in the soda shop with the little rose on her boob and the little ring in her eyebrow). I'm talking about those with implanted devil horns and rows and rows of metal studs in their cheeks, and their faces covered with lizard scale tattoos. These people are claiming discrimination against their right to freedom of expression because they are not hired by banks, engineering companies, police departments, as waiters, retail establishments, or anyplace that depends on its public image...pretty much everywhere except maybe carnivals. I mean, really, how would you feel about someone who made the choice to look like that managing your retirement portfolio, serving you and perhaps your young children dinner, or taking out your appendix? Frankly, if the pizza delivery guy came to my house looking like that, I would be wierded out.  (May 16, 2009 | post #12)

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Build a bridge to distant grandmother

There are laws that protect residents (including unwanted guests, and even squatters) from being abruptly evicted into the street. Unfortunately, these laws protect the freeloaders and advantage takers as well as they protect legitimate, respectful tenants from abusive landlords. They are similar in most states. 1) A lease is not required, only that the tenant can show 'established residency' (such as having received mail at that address, or a drivers license, state ID, or having been there for a certain amount of time, etc.). 2) The police will not evict anyone without an order of eviction from a judge. They generally do not have the authority. There are some exceptions to this, such as issues involved with orders of protection, but that doesn't seem to apply in this case. But if the tenant does not have some documentation to show the cops, and you get ahold of his key and lock him out, the police generally cannot force you to let him in, either if you maintain that he doesn't live there. It becomes your word gainst his. It is a civil matter 3) You can go through the legal eviction process through the courts, which is pretty simple and the process can be found on the web, but this process still takes anywhere from 30 days to three months before a final order of eviction is obtained; perhaps even longer depending on his defense to the eviction process, or in the winter in some states. And it is usually the most irresponsible freeloaders that best know how to assert their 'rights.' The best thing is just to hope that telling him that he has (pick a reasonable time) to get out will get him to move. I know this because I have had some pretty sad losers in my house who started out as paying roommates and ended up being unemployed drunken, destructive leeches.  (May 16, 2009 | post #77)

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Her to-do list: Dump this guy

I had a checklist before I got married, too: 1) She had to know how to work a Weber grill 2) She had to know how to steam up the inside of a Chevy 3) She had to be able to grab me by the collar, look me in the eye and tell me that she wanted to dance with me on the patio when we become 80. I married her two years ago.  (May 16, 2009 | post #5)

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Pelosi denies being informed about waterboarding

The problem is that she can only be voted out by the people in her district, San Fran. And those folks are heavily connected to the illegal alien amnesty movement (which YOU ALL pay for). In my district, we had to have multi-lingual voting machines. Why would we need these (expensive) when English proficiency is a requirement for citizenship?  (May 15, 2009 | post #222)

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