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Posts by CatoRenasci

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  • Say Goodbye To X+Y: Should Community Colleges Abolish Algebra?

    07/21/2017 6:33:08 AM PDT · 130 of 259
    CatoRenasci to C19fan

    Sigh....

    Once upon a time, one needed to pass algebra to graduate from 8th grade.

    After that seemed to hard for some grammar school students, we made it a requirement for high school graduation and/or college admission.

    Of course, plenty of would be college students hadn’t managed to learn any algebra (even though they’d been passed in the course) and lots and lots of community colleges began (as far back as the 1920s in California per my father!) requiring prospective students to take a math exam, putting those who failed it into a “bonehead” math class similar to the “bonehead” English classes required for those who failed the (in California) “Subject A” exam at entrance....

    Still, the kidoos still needed to pass “college algebra” to get the old sheepskin....

    Now, the snowflakes find algebra too hard for college students to pass, so they want to eliminate the requirement....

    I remember when I was an undergraduate, most colleges required you to pass a year of calculus to graduate! Of course, that requirement was eliminated when the kiddies found calculus too much like mathematics, and thus, too hard....

    The fundamental problem is that, all other things being equal, it takes cognitive ability equivalent to an IQ of about 110 to learn the calculus. Or do real college work at the level of undergraduates in 1950....

    Yet, with only about 20% of the population having IQ > 110, we’re sending something like 50% of high school graduates to college.... Gotta be lots of college students who just don’t have the cognitive ability to do the work...

    Solution: dumb college down instead of make sure no one goes to college without the ability. Forumla for disaster!
    [/end rant]

  • Poll: Should professional tennis continue or abolish its policy of gender segregation?

    06/26/2017 5:15:22 AM PDT · 23 of 52
    CatoRenasci to Arthurive

    I remember the Riggs Court match, he pwned her!

  • Poll: Should professional tennis continue or abolish its policy of gender segregation?

    06/26/2017 5:11:28 AM PDT · 22 of 52
    CatoRenasci to God luvs America

    Riggs probably threw that match - he certainly didn’t train fir it. I was a merely adequate high school and college player and have beaten or come very close to beating rather highly ranked women players. My father was a ranked amateur in the ‘20s and ‘30s and played against most of the (then very few) pros, including Tilden, Lacoste, Budge, Riggs, Vines, etc. He played at a level then called AA, but would now be a respectable, but not top ranked pro. He also played many of the top women players ‘socially’ and beat all of them soundly. It’s possible a very few women could compete with the men (the execrable Williams sisters come to mind, but certainly not Billie Jean King even at her prime), but they would be very rare.

  • USAA Faces Customer Backlash After Canceling Ads on Troop Supporting Sean Hannity

    05/25/2017 5:30:35 AM PDT · 51 of 107
    CatoRenasci to castlegreyskull

    Sigh, as a former Army officer, that’s not an option for me....

  • USAA Faces Customer Backlash After Canceling Ads on Troop Supporting Sean Hannity

    05/25/2017 5:29:25 AM PDT · 49 of 107
    CatoRenasci to bigdaddy45

    I’ve been a USAA Member for more than 40 years and agree about the loyalty of the customers - which has been based on the long term trustworthiness and loyalty of the company.

    I’m starting with protests, but I will certainly consider reevaluating my relationships with USAA if they don’t back off the lefty capitulation.

    I used to use investment products there, but their performance were not as good other options, so I moved that business years ago.

    Insurance has been a different story, no one has better rates, coverage and service.

  • ‘Student coup’ at St. Olaf College: Students block buildings, classes shut down over racial unrest

    05/02/2017 8:39:21 AM PDT · 27 of 45
    CatoRenasci to gas_dr

    My daughter is a St. Olaf alumnae, from the first decade of this century. We watched it change significantly over her four years, becoming more left wing and more pc each year, especially in the humanities, such as English. Music was still great. I think Anderson has done well at fundraising and at getting better recognition for the college, but he seems a total PC twit, a real “little ivy” “wannabe” of the worst sort. Our family has consistently supported the college financially, but after the post election threats to conservative students, we cut off support and told them why. This only reinforces it. Really a pity, it was a fine college. Um Ya Ya... :(

  • Fox News drops Bill O'Reilly in wake of harassment allegations

    04/19/2017 1:28:02 PM PDT · 80 of 311
    CatoRenasci to LeoWindhorse

    Political Correctness among the Murdox.... you’ve lost me, Fox!

    I often enjoyed O’Reilly, though he sometimes seemed a bully and a blowhard.

    But, I can take or leave Tucker (when he’s good, he’s very, very good, and when he’s not, he’s horrid....) and I can’t stand Shep Smith or the Five lightweights. And, Hannity’s past his sell by date.

    Bring Back Brit Hume!

    I guess we have no TV on the right anymore.

  • Will Mexico get half of its territory back?

    04/08/2017 10:19:31 AM PDT · 82 of 94
    CatoRenasci to rovenstinez

    Our Little Brown Brothers have had their panties in a twist ever since they couldn’t subdue the Texans. Mexico (as successor to Spanish colonial imperialism) had no more legitimate claim to the territory the US took after the Mexican War than the US did (as successor to British colonial imperialism) - it was a simple matter of who could take it and keep it. The only people with a legitimate beef were the Natve Americans.

    Mexico remains a fundamentally corrupt and lawless society, which owes its limited prosperity to the US. There are very good reasons that the US has prospered while Mexico has not and why Mexicans come North rather than the other way around.

    They can go [deleted] themselves.

  • Any Version, Except King James, Bible Discussion

    04/08/2017 9:51:54 AM PDT · 35 of 127
    CatoRenasci to madison10

    The difficulty with the Authorized Version (aka King James or KJV) is that most people educated after ~1970 haven’t learned to read Elizabethan English (as almost all of us whose education began earlier did by reading Shakespeare, poetry,etc.) or to use a prescriptive dictionary through which older meanings are readily discerned.

    That said, the modicum of effort required to use the AV is almost always more than repaid by the richness of language and the sense of walking hand in hand with our forebears for whom it eas THE BIBLE.

    I find most newer translations aesthetically flat and without impact. But, in fairness, when I was small, the VV was being replaced by the RSV and just preferred the sound of the AV. Newer translations even make the RSV sound decent.

  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F 12NOONPM-3PM,EST WOR AM,March 3, 2017

    03/03/2017 1:09:15 PM PST · 21 of 27
    CatoRenasci to LonePalm
    My nom de plume (or de posting if you prefer) is "Cato reborn" and the Latin phrase plays off the line with which he was reputed to have closed every speech: Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam and which prompted Scipio Aemilianus (the Roman general who finally razed Carthage and sewed the ruins with salt in 146 BC) to tell the Senate Carthago delenda est

    I've been using a variant of this since I first posted on FR in 1996, long before registration, probably starting with "Clinton" as the object of destruction....

  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F 12NOONPM-3PM,EST WOR AM,March 3, 2017

    03/03/2017 9:13:37 AM PST · 4 of 27
    CatoRenasci to LonePalm

    Glad you like the tag line I’ve been using for almost 20 years on FR....

  • Why Some Consumers Want No Logos on Their Gifts This Season

    12/26/2016 10:22:47 AM PST · 15 of 56
    CatoRenasci to Lorianne

    I was brought up that one never wore a garment that displayed a logo... my father even persuaded Rene Lacoste to send him some of his tennis shirts without the logo every few years.

  • Vanity - OH Voting Report

    11/08/2016 5:29:22 AM PST · 47 of 66
    CatoRenasci to vmivol00

    SWMBO and I were at our polling place in Greenwich, Connecticut a few minutes before the doors opened this morning. Turn out was very heavy - more than I’ve ever seen at the same place we’ve been voting since the mid-1980s. The polling station was very efficiently run, and we had only a short wait.

    I can’t tell who it helps. In addition to the usual suspects, there were more younger women and women generally than usual. May well be Hillary voters. CT will undoubtedly vote for Hillary (all the Democrats upstate who love the dole and public employees we in Greenwich pay for); not clear if she’ll carry Greenwich. Many of the ‘pubbies here are elite types, but I’ve heard a lot of the say privately they’re for Trump; a few for Hillary.

    We’ve seen almost no signs this year, and people are not talking about the election or who they’re voting for.

  • vanity, Where's Huma?

    10/29/2016 11:37:24 AM PDT · 75 of 126
    CatoRenasci to LydiaLong

    Hillary can’t survive this if Huma survives....

  • vanity, Where's Huma?

    10/29/2016 11:26:54 AM PDT · 67 of 126
    CatoRenasci to Rome2000

    Damn, she looks just like him....

  • vanity, Where's Huma?

    10/29/2016 10:59:09 AM PDT · 26 of 126
    CatoRenasci to Loyalist

    Right, Weiner (good Dem soldier) will (as her husband) honor-off her for marrying a Jew....

  • vanity, Where's Huma?

    10/29/2016 10:53:30 AM PDT · 14 of 126
    CatoRenasci to Scott from the Left Coast

    You have to wonder... maybe Huma has been an Islamist mole from the beginning of their relationship....

  • vanity, Where's Huma?

    10/29/2016 10:52:22 AM PDT · 10 of 126
    CatoRenasci to Mariner

    Clinton style: she’s being set up for a Vince Foster....

  • Caller on Wilkow Show says Hillary has Lyme Disease

    09/12/2016 9:47:21 AM PDT · 37 of 69
    CatoRenasci to Extremely Extreme Extremist

    It’s certainly true that Lyme Disease is prevalent in the Westchester NY/Fairfield County CT area. However, once treated it’s usually not debilitating (though it’s often de-energizing). If she has Lyme, it’s probably not disqualifying....

  • Senator: Navy Evaluates Commanders Based On Climate Change Views

    07/01/2016 2:07:54 PM PDT · 31 of 48
    CatoRenasci to rktman

    Anyone who thinks military promotion - at least in peacetime, and at least above a certain level - don’t have substantial political elements is extremely naive.

    Everything I’ve ever read or heard about the subject demonstrates that virtually every appointment above Army/Marine/Air Force Lieutenant Colonel or Navy Commander has a political element. Meaning not just a “service politics - plays well with others” element, but an actual political element. While it’s not dominant at the Colonel/Navy Captain leve, it’s in play, and once there are stars in the equation it becomes increasing important as the number increases.

    Think about the way that over a hundred general officers retired within a year or so after the Clintons took over in the early 1990s. Most of the general officers we fought the 2nd Gulf and Afghanistan wars with got their first stars under the Clintons. Even the “beloved” Petraeus, who is a liberal - any conservatives who thought he’d be a good candidate would have been profoundly disappointed in him.

    And, now, most of the general officers who got stars under Bush II are out or almost out and almost all of the general officers, and the rising LTCs and Colonels/Commanders and Captains are all those who’ve spent most of their careers under Democrats. You think the officer corps hasn’t become much more liberal over the past 20 years?

    Think again.