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  • Warning: Extremely Disturbing Images. Woman Stoned to Death by ISIS in Syria

    10/21/2014 7:22:10 PM PDT · 33 of 51
    sitetest to DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

    Islam must be destroyed.

  • Judge rules on student punished for criticizing lesbians

    10/21/2014 7:47:43 AM PDT · 11 of 22
    sitetest to detective

    Here’s hoping the professor is entirely ruined by this, and the university is badly crippled, “to encourage the others.”

  • No Marriage, No Papacy: If The Pope Endorses Polygamy, That Spells The End of Catholic Claims

    10/21/2014 5:30:53 AM PDT · 15 of 41
    sitetest to Campion
    Dear Campion,

    The gun, here, is jumped by the author, but it is an interesting hypothetical to address. What if Franky goes off the reservation next year?

    What then?


    sitetest

  • Obama Doesn't Want to Be Supreme Court Justice: 'Too Monastic For Me'

    10/20/2014 4:06:43 PM PDT · 61 of 63
    sitetest to Williams

    And those are his good points.

  • Thousands In New York To Protest Death of Klinghoffer Opera

    10/20/2014 5:01:12 AM PDT · 29 of 47
    sitetest to IsraelBeach

    Islam must be destroyed.

  • 4 Things Every American Should Know About Uber.Com, AirBnB.Com, et. al.

    10/19/2014 7:59:08 AM PDT · 62 of 87
    sitetest to AppyPappy
    Dear AppyPappy,

    Uber does a background check on every driver.

    https://www.uber.com/safety

    A good, decent background check on someone to determine his/her arrest/conviction record isn't very expensive or difficult to get. You can do it on-line in about five minutes.


    sitetest

  • Bishops Reject Shift in Tone for Gay, Divorced Catholics

    10/19/2014 7:23:43 AM PDT · 14 of 17
    sitetest to Mrs. Don-o
    Dear Mrs. Don-o,

    As well, indulgences only remit temporal punishment for sins already committed. Even if one could “buy” a plenary indulgence, for those involved in a second “marriage,” they'd need a new one every time they had sex with their partner.


    sitetest

  • We Found #Ebola Czar Ron Klain’s Flickr Account & He Really Likes Golfing and Vacationing

    10/18/2014 8:58:11 PM PDT · 17 of 39
    sitetest to RummyChick

    “The frequent vacationing of Klain raises the question of how much real experience he has.”

    Lots! Golfing, that is.

  • Standout Student: Meredith Jones scores perfect SAT, ACT

    10/18/2014 7:23:34 AM PDT · 36 of 49
    sitetest to octex

    Dear octex,

    I don’t know when you went to school or your circumstances at the time, but you will be hard-pressed to find many, if any schools who currently require both tests of applicants for admission.

    sitetest

  • Standout Student: Meredith Jones scores perfect SAT, ACT

    10/17/2014 6:54:55 PM PDT · 27 of 49
    sitetest to naturalman1975

    Dear naturalman,

    Over the last three years, I’ve had two kids applying to highly selective colleges. I’ve learned a little about the “culture” of competitive college admissions. Once one scores very high on one of these tests, it’s considered a little precious, even uncouth, to retest.

    sitetest

  • Standout Student: Meredith Jones scores perfect SAT, ACT

    10/17/2014 5:37:54 PM PDT · 20 of 49
    sitetest to naturalman1975

    Most students take one or the other, not both. That limits the possible universe quite a bit.

  • Hillary: Illegal immigrant children must be sent home

    10/17/2014 3:55:14 PM PDT · 52 of 53
    sitetest to PROCON

    Lol. Is she going to try to run as a Tea Party candidate?

  • Obama: I Hugged and Kissed Emory Hospital Nurses and I Don't Have Ebola ...

    10/16/2014 6:15:05 PM PDT · 81 of 86
    sitetest to jazusamo

    Hope he hugged the village idiot biden thereafter.

    With any luck, the kenyan anti-Christ’s stupidity will be America’s gain.

  • Swiss Cottage Tesco Staff Tell blind woman to 'Get Dog Out'

    10/16/2014 6:05:38 PM PDT · 8 of 29
    sitetest to goldstategop

    Probably moslem filth.

    Islam must be destroyed.

  • AP confirms: "Outed" Forte exclusively responsible for "Gayspel", only ONE Father mentioned issue

    10/16/2014 5:30:52 PM PDT · 8 of 10
    sitetest to NYer

    Stone Forte.

  • Harvard is No. 438 in these college rankings

    10/16/2014 2:19:51 PM PDT · 15 of 19
    sitetest to Yo-Yo
    Dear Yo-Yo,

    Actually, total cost of attendance at WUSTL is about $65K. As it is with all the major schools. But that's just the MSRP. At Harvard, for example, you gotta have family income of about $250K to pay full list price.

    Usually, all these schools figure out just how much they can pick from your pocket without making you die of a stroke on the spot, but without regard to how their tuitions and fees cause long-term devastation of families’ finances. The degree to which a school does this may vary somewhat. Harvard, Princeton, and Yale are usually the least demanding of the higher education industry thieves, in that they are most generous with discounts on the sticker price. But none of them are not thieves.


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  • Not All Catholic Bishops Onboard With Positive Language Toward Same-Sex Couples

    10/16/2014 1:59:25 PM PDT · 12 of 13
    sitetest to Mrs. Don-o
    Dear Mrs. Don-o,

    I'm not sure I see Catholics mocking the Church.

    Myself, I'm mocking the pope. He appears to be an idiot.

    The alternative is that he's evil.

    I'm trying to give him the benefit of the doubt.

    Ultimately, I may be proved wrong; he may be evil. He may also be an evil idiot. The thought has crossed my mind.

    But to me, there's a distinction between the pope and the Church.


    sitetest

  • Debate organizers say Crist broke the rules by insisting on fan

    10/16/2014 11:30:06 AM PDT · 5 of 38
    sitetest to tacticalogic

    Ouch.

  • Debate organizers say Crist broke the rules by insisting on fan

    10/16/2014 11:26:10 AM PDT · 3 of 38
    sitetest to GIdget2004

    We all thought maybe the guy was homosexual. Turns out, he just has a fetish for electric fans. Probably vacuum cleaners, too.

  • MSN Headline: Vatican Alters Report Translation about Gays

    10/16/2014 10:53:03 AM PDT · 15 of 37
    sitetest to Mrs. Don-o

    I’m still betting he’s a putz. There’s a village in Argentina missing its idiot. But I could be wrong.

  • Not All Catholic Bishops Onboard With Positive Language Toward Same-Sex Couples

    10/16/2014 10:48:04 AM PDT · 10 of 13
    sitetest to sitetest

    Ah, ...someone is speaking evil of that which is fair?

  • Not All Catholic Bishops Onboard With Positive Language Toward Same-Sex Couples

    10/16/2014 10:47:12 AM PDT · 9 of 13
    sitetest to Mrs. Don-o

    So... someone is witless? Or,... someone is speaking out of turn about evils beyond their comprehension?

    I only had one cup of coffee today.

  • Not All Catholic Bishops Onboard With Positive Language Toward Same-Sex Couples

    10/16/2014 10:40:35 AM PDT · 7 of 13
    sitetest to Mrs. Don-o

    I’m sorry. I’m a bit slow today. “Give me your name, horsemaster, and I shall give you mine”??

  • New York Cardinal Dolan downplays Vatican declaration of openness to gay parishioners

    10/16/2014 9:09:15 AM PDT · 5 of 8
    sitetest to SeekAndFind
    “...said the Vatican report released Monday stating that ‘homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community’”

    The problem with this language is that it strongly suggests (and other language in the document appears to be even more explicit) that there is a “homosexual charism,” some gift unique to homosexuality that these individuals bring to the Church.

    It would have been better to say, “...individuals who bear the cross of the objective disorder of a homosexual orientation nonetheless have gifts and qualities that pertain to them as human persons, apart from their sexual orientation, to give to the Christian community.”

    Which is a truism, as we all have inclinations toward sin, but God leaves none of his beloved human creatures without some worthwhile gifts and attributes.

  • Obama: I 'Hugged And Kissed' Nurses Treating Ebola Patients In Atlanta

    10/15/2014 5:19:51 PM PDT · 58 of 88
    sitetest to dware

    But he’s gotta give it to Village Idiot Biden, too.

  • NY Times reveals secrets of WMD cover-up in Iraq

    10/15/2014 8:04:05 AM PDT · 127 of 224
    sitetest to xzins
    Dear xzins,

    I'm going to violate one of my own self-imposed rules for posting, and just not read the whole thread. So, I don't know whether anyone has mentioned this. If so, please ignore.

    According to the NY Times article, the reason for the cover-up is that they claim that these chemical weapons were developed and produced with critical assistance from the west, and from the US government, and they didn't want to reveal their existence because it would put the US and the west in a bad light. As well, the NY Times claims that this does NOT vindicate the assertion by the Bush administration that Hussein had weapons of mass destruction because, well... Bush had asserted that Hussein had ACTIVE PROGRAMS of weapons of mass destruction, and these weapons had clearly been mothballed.

    I personally don't remember that distinction. I remember us telling Hussein that he had to surrender ALL weapons of mass destruction, and that Bush's assertion was that he hadn't done that.

    But I'm old. Maybe I misremember?


    sitetest

  • Is Sen. Mark Warner in trouble?

    10/13/2014 8:09:23 AM PDT · 6 of 24
    sitetest to cotton1706

    It will depend on how much Jeff Bezos decides to cover the bribery scandal.

  • When Ivy League Turns ISIS League

    10/12/2014 4:46:03 PM PDT · 17 of 17
    sitetest to Abakumov
    Dear Abakumov,

    "It’s not that they all are jihadists, it’s that it is so easy to believe that many of them share these same sentiments."

    First of all, some of the sentiments shared are not far from a conservative critique of the current regime. One or two of the four (four out of SIXTY-FIVE HUNDRED) specifically mentioned the role of the failure of US policies in helping to create or build up ISIS. Anyone here have any doubt that Hussein Ebola's policies have, at the very least, strengthened ISIS?

    Thus, even with this extremely small sample, what is represented as the opinions of these students is somewhat distorted, and they don't all agree even with each other. The media go looking for radicals at Harvard (look at the title: "When Ivy League turns ISIS League" - not much uance there), and can't even find four who clearly enunciate real radicalism.

    "Suppose they found five Harvardians who were pro fighting ISIS. That would be a story because it would take an exhaustive search to find them."

    Not really. Out of 6500 undergraduates, there are a couple of hundred Muslims on campus. You think you could scare up a handful of jihadists from a couple of hundred Muslims?

    But what does that say about the other 6000+ students?

    Nothing.

    There 6500 undergraduates at Harvard. If you spend five minutes in Harvard Yard interviewing them, you should find folks who represent nearly any point of view imaginable, if you put any effort into it. My two sons are slightly-libertarian-leaning socially-conservative, devout Catholic undergraduates at Harvard. They have a large circle of like-minded friends.

    Yet, my older son's roommate in his freshman year was an atheist anarchist vegetarian from the Netherlands who now runs around protesting Israel and "climate deniers." He dates a Jewish girl who is very supportive of Israel. My son got along great with his roommate, but that didn't make my son - or the rest of Harvard's undergraduates - atheist anarchist vegetarians.

    Nonetheless, if you asked my sons, "who is more dangerous, the US or ISIS," they might answer that under the Kenyan anti-Christ Hussein Ebola, the US is, because ISIS is the symptom, Hussein Ebola is the cause, and that the US is not the force of good it once was. Do you count that as "pro-Isis"? That's largely the argument two of the interviewed students made in the video.

    Harvard is a liberal school with a liberal campus and a mostly-liberal student body. But they are mostly orthodox, doctrinaire liberals who are young folks who haven't yet thought out all the things that they have often absorbed quite well from their parents and teachers before getting to Harvard.

    My sons tell me that many students, when you question their politics, are open to conservative ideas, and especially libertarian-leaning ideas. They like the ideas of a less-powerful government, and thus are open to smaller government that takes in less money, that interferes less with folks and their businesses.

    This headline is a cheap shot at a pretty diverse set of folks. The headline, the article, the interviews, say way more about the organization who put it together - and none of it good - than about Harvard students generally.


    sitetest

  • When Ivy League Turns ISIS League

    10/12/2014 12:00:57 PM PDT · 9 of 17
    sitetest to Abakumov

    Oh give me a break. They interview five kids out of 6500 and suddenly, all Harvard students are jihadists.

  • Wendy Davis Campaign Attacks Pro-Lifer Greg Abbott for Being Paralyzed

    10/11/2014 5:59:45 PM PDT · 12 of 38
    sitetest to Morgana

    Filthy scum.

  • Why not Communion for polygamists if we give it to divorced and remarried?: So Af Cardinal

    10/11/2014 7:48:41 AM PDT · 35 of 53
    sitetest to NYer

    In some cultures that have polygamy, the wives after the first wife do all the menial stuff. My [first] wife has thought this could be a great system to adopt here! She’d be more than happy for me to have a second and third wife, so long as she gets to “manage” them.

  • Pope at Santa Marta: What we dare not hope for {Catholic Caucus)

    10/09/2014 7:48:39 PM PDT · 23 of 28
    sitetest to Tax-chick
    Dear Tax-chick,

    What worked for us was to tell our younger son, “We're not that sort of people [snake handlers].” I guess it's a little too late for you to take that tack. ;-)


    sitetest

  • Sayreville football parent reveals sexual nature of alleged locker room hazing ritual (Exclusive)

    10/09/2014 7:43:50 PM PDT · 97 of 102
    sitetest to Mrs. Don-o
    Dear Mrs. Don-o,

    Don't think for a minute that the case that you cite didn't involve the desire for sexual torture.

    But, there are reasons why a broomstick was used and not actual body parts. Most normal heterosexual men are not only not aroused by personal touching of other men's private areas, but are actually repulsed, at least moderately, by such behavior. The use of the broom handle permits the torturer to at once inflict his sadistic cruelty while nonetheless refraining from physical intimacy.

    To do what these homo wrestlers did is to go beyond the desire to sexually torture and a desire to do so in a way where they become intimate with their victims.


    sitetest

  • Pope at Santa Marta: What we dare not hope for {Catholic Caucus)

    10/09/2014 5:11:55 PM PDT · 16 of 28
    sitetest to Tax-chick

    My younger son would say to us, “But some prople keep snakes as pets,” when we’d suggest that he should be happy with our two dogs.

  • Pope at Santa Marta: What we dare not hope for {Catholic Caucus)

    10/09/2014 4:58:38 PM PDT · 12 of 28
    sitetest to Tax-chick

    Lol! I love your kids and I dont even know them.

  • Sayreville football parent reveals sexual nature of alleged locker room hazing ritual (Exclusive)

    10/09/2014 3:11:42 PM PDT · 88 of 102
    sitetest to Mrs. Don-o
    Dear Mrs. Don-o,

    No, actually, not typical sadists. Typical sadists like to inflict pain. Most of us have the capacity for sadism. We think of someone who wishes to hurt our children, as an example, and we can think sadistic things to do to the perpetrator. Even if one regards entertaining such thoughts as sinful, they are nonetheless fairly typical, fairly normal thoughts for those justly provoked.

    I, myself, can think up elaborate activities for those who have gravely injured me or especially, my wife or family. Some of these activities can even include violation of bodily integrity.

    But because I'm relatively normal, sexually, I have to tell you, I've never for a moment entertained thoughts of personal contact with another male’s private parts, front or back. Just way, way too disgusting. I can entertain all sorts of fun & cruel tortures that could result in all sorts of maiming, permanent injury, and death. I have no problem with, for instance, thinking about the idea of castrating a rapist (with appropriate hardware), but the idea of actually doing to another male what these fellows were doing is beyond even my own crueler self.

    Folks who engage in objectively homosexual touching, even if they tell themselves they're just doing it to torture the individuals, are harboring deviant, homosexual thoughts and urges, wittingly or not.

    I went to an all-boys school that is famous for its sports program. I can tell you that this sort of behavior is initiated by folks with homosexual tendencies. There are plenty of ways straight dudes can humiliate others, can be cruel to others, without having to touch the insides of another guy's rear end.

    As well, remember, homosexuals are essentially heterosexuals who have been twisted, bent, perverted. There is no such thing as “homosexuality” that stands alone. It is always a perversion of what is natural. Thus, too, there is no one who is strictly homosexual, although some may be nearly so, practically speaking. But this is why we see men proclaiming themselves to be homosexual after long lives as married men, often with broods of children, to the utter shock of their wives. Because the truth is, “homosexuals” are just folks with a deeply twisted sexuality. And most homosexuals have a streak of sexual violence that is a mile long and mile wide.

    By the way, the “typical” homosexual is usually delighted to have penetration with a 14 year-old male, and will often use moderately coercive means if he can get away with it. It's called “chicken hawking.” As for forcible sex, many homosexuals aren't brain dead, and they realize that forcible rape can be a fast way to prison.

    I've known homosexuals, and known they were homosexual, since I was in college, which is a fairly long time ago, now. When I was younger, I just didn't care. My attitude was, don't tell me your sins and I won't tell you mine. We can still drink beer together, or whatever. But homosexuals were publicly much less aggressive than they are now. It isn't because they were better folks then than now, but rather, homosexuals are usually liars and frauds.

    Having gained the foothold of respectability in western society, they have quickly moved from “tolerance” and “acceptance” to coercion of all of us to accept their perversions as normal, natural, and intrinsically-good.


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  • SHOCK! A Catholic bishop who speaks like – *gulp* – a Catholic bishop!

    10/08/2014 7:21:01 PM PDT · 20 of 22
    sitetest to AnAmericanMother

    Lol!

  • SHOCK! A Catholic bishop who speaks like – *gulp* – a Catholic bishop!

    10/08/2014 7:18:03 PM PDT · 19 of 22
    sitetest to NYer

    Get back to me when he excommunicates some public pro-aborts.

  • Sayreville football parent reveals sexual nature of alleged locker room hazing ritual (Exclusive)

    10/08/2014 6:28:36 PM PDT · 57 of 102
    sitetest to Mrs. Don-o

    Nope. Sorry. They’re typical homos. Stone them.

  • Sayreville football parent reveals sexual nature of alleged locker room hazing ritual (Exclusive)

    10/08/2014 6:17:21 PM PDT · 56 of 102
    sitetest to Third Person

    Hope the perps buy it in prison. The hard way.

  • How a Minnesota lawyer ended up on public assistance with $300,000 in debt

    10/08/2014 5:15:03 PM PDT · 62 of 62
    sitetest to old and tired
    Dear old and tired,

    I previously read the article. In fact, I think I cited it herein in a post. Her debt quadrupled from what she originally borrowed, from $70K to $270K.

    That didn't come from compounding of interest. That came from all sorts of penalties, fees, and other garbage charges. At 6% interest, it'd take nearly a quarter century for the debt to go from $70K to $270K. Even at 12% interest, it'd take about a dozen years. And that's if she paid ZERO on the debt for that many years.

    At bankruptcy, the first thing the court would likely do would be to wipe out that part of the debt that came from penalties and fees, etc. In fact, if the bankruptcy laws were amended as previously suggested, folks wouldn't even have to go to bankruptcy in many cases, as lenders would be highly motivated to keep borrowers from declaring bankruptcy, and would likely offer to discount all the penalties and fees, and even most or all of the accumulated interest, if the lender didn't have to agree to take a big haircut on the principal.

    Private lenders can't book fees and penalties from non-performing loans as performing assets, and thus, must make allowances to accommodate those losses, should they be realized. There's a lot more forbearance in the system than folks let on, because, well, they don't have to, right now. Student loan debt is very difficult to discharge, and the lenders thus hold the whip in hand. Change that rule, and they'll start working with people.

    I suspect that after subtracting out all the penalties and fees, most folks who aren't paying will have debts around the average of $30,000. Six percent interest on $30,000 is $150 per month. For folks who go through periods where they can't pay principal, the banks will take $150 per month to keep the loan performing and up-to-date. To amortize $30K over 10 years is roughly $345 per month. Over 20 years, it's about $220 per month.

    The article also exaggerates the scope of the problem, saying, oh dear, at the height of the financial crisis, only 10% of mortgages were delinquent, but 44% of student loans are delinquent. That's true, but there was $13 trillion of mortgage debt, and there's only currently about $1 trillion of student debt. Thus, the problem is only about the third of the size of the mortgage crisis, and because the amounts of debt are often going to be much smaller in absolute terms, most folks will be able to - and required by the courts to - pay back a higher percentage of their original debt.

    At this point, if the country were to act, it would be a manageable problem. Taxpayers would pick up a chunk of the bill (maybe a couple of hundred billion over the course of 10 years or so), banks wouldn't need a bail-out, and we'd all survive just fine.

    The problem is that this will likely fester for a while longer before anything is done, and then, it could prove very, very bad.


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  • How a Minnesota lawyer ended up on public assistance with $300,000 in debt

    10/08/2014 12:07:59 PM PDT · 60 of 62
    sitetest to old and tired
    Dear old and tired,

    Because it is sensible, I doubt that what I've suggested herein will become law. But if it did, I don't think it would require any wide-scale bailouts of any lenders.

    From what I've read, there's roughly a trillion dollars of outstanding student debt. But roughly half this money is being paid back, on time, in full. A big chunk of the remaining half-trillion comprises deferred interest and various fees for late payment, default fees, etc. I recently read of a case of someone who borrowed $70K, and through penalties, interest, fees, had $280K in debt. Much or all of that sort of thing would be rolled back in bankruptcy court. If banks were counting those fees and interest on non-performing loans as performing assets, they not only deserve to go broke, but deserve to go to jail.

    My own guess is that most everyone with $50K or less will in debt will be able to repay the principal, with modest interest, in full. I'm guessing that the total losses, both private and public, will amount to a couple or three hundred billion or so. Spread out over a number of years. The federally-guaranteed part of the losses will be a rounding error in the federal budget. The private losses will be significant, but spread out over a period of years, will hardly be unbearable.

    The crucial part of this is to to stop the bleeding. I read that roughly $100 billion in debt is being added to the tab each year. Thus, it's necessary to make changes to bankruptcy law as soon as possible, and to end federal loans as soon as possible.

    However, because a train wreck is not yet quite imminent, it is unlikely that anyone will do anything positive. Then, when the train starts derailing in a spectacular way, folks will panic and do all sorts of counterproductive things to “fix” the problem. Which will likely mean an across-the-board write-off of a significant amount of the principal, bailouts for the lenders, and even more money for student loans. Argh.


    sitetest

  • How a Minnesota lawyer ended up on public assistance with $300,000 in debt

    10/08/2014 10:46:39 AM PDT · 57 of 62
    sitetest to old and tired
    Dear old and tired,

    I'm not sure that making student loans more readily dischargeable in bankruptcy would cost taxpayers as much as one might think.

    The only loans, if discharged in bankruptcy, that would directly affect taxpayers are federally-guaranteed loans. Since 2010, only the federal government can make these loans. As well, for a long time, there have been limits on federally-guaranteed and direct federal loans. The current limit for dependent undergrads is $31,000, for independent undergrads is $57,500. These are not the loans of horror stories. For most folks, even declaring bankruptcy isn't going to result in the discharge of much, if any of this debt. A $30K debt may run $400 per month, and a bankruptcy court may readily extend the payments to reduce the payment. We're not even talking about the payment for a new, near=luxury car.

    I suspect that the bulk of student loans guaranteed by the federal government is tied up with folks who attended undergraduate studies, most of whom have less than $30K in federally-guaranteed debt. When I look, it appears that average student loan debt is around $30K, but that's a combination of federal and private debt, meaning taxpayers are not on the hook for some part of that total.

    Graduate students may borrow more - up to $138K, or up to nearly a quarter million for veterinary school. However, there probably aren't that many veterinary students in the US.

    Undergraduates with $100K or more in debt mostly have debt from private student loans. There, a little tweaking of bankruptcy law to make student loan debt a bit easier to discharge (or at least, to cut interest rates and payments, if not to reduce principal) will have the largest effect, and that effect will be felt mostly by the lenders, as private loans that were federally-guaranteed are aging and rolling off the books.

    This simple fix - making student loan debt somewhat easier to work with in bankruptcy - will enable those borrowers who truly got in way, way over their heads to get out from under the burden, will continue to force those who can pay to pay, will assure the maximum repayment of original principle, will go the furthest to protect the taxpayer, and will hurt most the party that legally is actually at risk - the lender.

    It will also cause a major tightening of credit standards, force folks not to pay obscene tuitions that they can't find, and thus, put downward pressure on college tuitions and fees.

    Couple this with an end to federal loans - privatize the whole thing without any federal guarantees - and the problems associated with student loans will work themselves out over time.

    Of course, following this prescription would cause massive dislocation in the higher education industry. Large numbers of four-year, residential programs would just wither away, cease to exist. Community colleges and commuter colleges would see enrollments soar. Some colleges would be pushed toward radical innovation to use technology to radically reduce the cost of higher education. It would be much harder for research universities to fund basic research.

    I suspect that we'd see a large rise in “technical universities” that grant a three-year “baccalaureate” that would look more like a European degree, with much of the liberal arts content trimmed out. Fewer folks would have a classical, four-year liberal arts-based degree (which includes even most science and engineering degrees in the United States, currently).

    So, some pluses, some minuses, but on the whole, I think it would be a net plus.

    All we need to do is make student debt more easily discharageable in bankruptcy while allowing the results of bad lending to fall primarily on those who made the bad lending decisions - the actual lenders.


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  • Catholic Bishop: Fight ‘Satanist-Driven Islamic Organizations’

    10/08/2014 10:09:08 AM PDT · 13 of 15
    sitetest to marshmallow

    This past Sunday, a priest at a local parish gave a homily related to the vineyard and the grapes. He stated that Islam is the “wild grapes” of the parable, that Islam has nothing to offer followers of Jesus, and that the “wild grapes” must be “tilled under.”

  • On the bishops' discussion slate: Streamlining annulments

    10/08/2014 9:57:20 AM PDT · 12 of 22
    sitetest to BlatherNaut

    Simulation.

  • Poverty

    10/08/2014 6:38:35 AM PDT · 51 of 60
    sitetest to SpaceBar

    Thats assuming the presence of two brain cells.

  • Pro-Choice Hypocrisy: Men Should Speak Up if They Support Abortion, Shut Up if Not

    10/07/2014 7:23:34 PM PDT · 3 of 34
    sitetest to Morgana

    I prefer to call it the murder movement.

  • How a Minnesota lawyer ended up on public assistance with $300,000 in debt

    10/07/2014 4:40:55 PM PDT · 52 of 62
    sitetest to trisham

    LOL. Thanks. I like the word.

  • How a Minnesota lawyer ended up on public assistance with $300,000 in debt

    10/07/2014 4:31:33 PM PDT · 50 of 62
    sitetest to Vigilanteman
    Dear Vigilanteman,

    Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

    Because I don't endorse your illegal, unconstitutional means to achieve some worthwhile purpose doesn't mean I think the system should remain unchanged.

    I'm merely pointing out that your means are immoral, illegal, unconstitutional, and, quite frankly, cockamamie.


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  • How a Minnesota lawyer ended up on public assistance with $300,000 in debt

    10/07/2014 10:13:16 AM PDT · 44 of 62
    sitetest to Vigilanteman
    Dear Vigilanteman,

    Most of your post is garbage. You still dichotomize folks into two groups - evil colleges, and victimized students and parents. You throw in a bizarre irrelevancy concerning your inability to manage your retirement accounts. And then, you recommend illegal and unconstitutional solutions to punish your imagined villains and advantage your imagined victims.

    Sorry - doesn't wash. At all.

    Your argument is that to fix the the problems of illegality and unconstitutional action that flow from the current regime, the answer is to promote further illegality and unconstitutional action.

    The house is on fire so let's throw some more gasoline on it. Yeah, that'll do it!

    It's sad to see such arguments made at Free Republic.


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