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  • Why parents should stop hoping their millennial kids will get married

    05/21/2015 7:25:43 PM PDT · 38 of 38
    sitetest to Boogieman

    I’m still married to my first wife, nearly 32 years. But neither of my sons is basement-dwelling slugs.

  • D.C. murder suspect Daron Wint threatened own family, documents show

    05/21/2015 7:07:38 PM PDT · 14 of 17
    sitetest to Red Badger

    Torture and kill it.

  • DC Police Chief: Quadruple Murder Suspect Believed To Be In Brooklyn

    05/21/2015 12:09:35 PM PDT · 14 of 26
    sitetest to Red Badger

    One hopes that upon capture, this vermin will be housed with a prison population hostile to its brand of haters, and that they will teach it what it means to suffer as they exterminate it.

  • Arrest warrant issued for suspect in quadruple murder at upscale DC home

    05/20/2015 9:06:39 PM PDT · 18 of 86
    sitetest to CaptainK

    No death penalty in DC or Maryland. Hope they have to kill this garbage in order to capture it.

  • Mother of ten children by FIVE fathers now wants 50 grandchildren to keep benefits rolling

    05/20/2015 8:13:34 PM PDT · 75 of 75
    sitetest to Mrs. Don-o
    Dear Mrs. Don-o,

    Individual monarchs come and go. Some good, some less so. The British haven't had a bad run recently. Within their constitutional form of government, the monarchs have led their country through terrible war and economic distress. Without the destabilization that occurred in Germany, France, or Italy. As you often do, you make the perfect the enemy of the good.

    I owe you no apology, but you owe the royals one. They are not leeches. Cowe is. They may occasionally wear state jewels, but that's about the same as criticizing the Vatican for ownership of works of art. Get back to me when any of these folks claim the crown jewels as theirs to hock down at the local pawn shop. In the meantime, the cow Cowe has destroyed thousands of dollars of income permanently disfiguring herself.

    “But for a person to voluntarily walk away from a life of ease to take up a life of struggle and labor for themselves and their children, is something it is unreasonable to expect of anyone but the rare mystic/saint.”

    What about to refuse it in the first place?

    I own my own businesses. There are good years and there are bad years. For a small businessman, a “bad year” often means actually losing money, and living off savings. I have had such years. I would have qualified for some form of welfare. Didn't take it. If I ever needed to, I wouldn't tell the world to "eff off." I'd fall to my knees to thank my benefactors, and then get on my own two feet and see what I had to do to regain my dignity and independence. And if I didn't, I'd be a looter. And I'd expect to be shot.

    “less enlightened than that of Mao Zedong in 1949.”

    Thank you. But flattery will get you nowhere.

    The time for enlightenment is over. The time for payment is here.

    “I understand you're probably talking through wrath.”

    Although wrath, in this case is legitimate, that's not quite it.

    It's what Flannery O'Connor said about the deaf and the loud, the neaarly-blind and the brightly-painted.

    My son is a conservative. In some ways, he's more conservative than I am. But he likes Ross Doubthat. I don't blame him. Ross went to Harvard and edited the conservative magazine there. My son did the same for a couple of semesters. He feels a certain affinity to this very intelligent, very reasonable, fellow Crimson Catholic conservative.

    But I tease my son. I call him a “Ross Doubthat conservative.” It isn't that they're not conservative enough. Or Catholic enough. It is that they are reasonable. And the enemy is not.

    The left has shown how far one can go by refusing to be reasonable. It is unreasonable people - or at least, those who are perceived as unreasonable - who accomplish things. It is Ronald Reagan on the right, it is the anti-Christ Obama on the left, who advance their causes. Reasonable people argue about the shape of the negotiating table. Unreasonable people change the shape of society.

    In a time when we still had some margin of safety in our social surplus, we might try to re-educate this common slut. We might try to rehabilitate it. If it showed any will to improve itself, perhaps in a better time there might be the opportunity.

    But the barbarians are overrunning the city. There is nothing to do but to shoot them. It is not with wrath that I write that, but with sadness. As a society, we have failed. We have collectively failed to transmit our values to scum like this, we have failed to transmit any sort of basic civilizational decency to this creature and those like it. Now, the piper must be paid.

    Right now, it's notional. Not much support for eliminating this filth just yet. But that is coming. The sooner it begins, the less blood there will be. The longer we wait, the deeper will be the excision of the cancer. And society will either excise the cancer, or the cancer will kill the west altogether, and the night that falls will make what I'm talking about look like a day at the beach.


  • Student turned down all 8 Ivies to go to a state school, and we should celebrate it

    05/20/2015 6:08:58 PM PDT · 42 of 42
    sitetest to LostPassword
    Dear LOstPassword,

    I don't know anything about UPenn’s financial aid, but Columbia doesn't have a great reputation for generosity. And then, the cost of living in NY,...Yikes. These factors were part of what dissuaded my younger son from applying to Columbia. Pennsylvania schools were verboten to start. My younger son applied to Brown, but was rejected there. If he hadn't gone to Harvard, it would have been Hopkins, which was quite a bit more expensive, and I would have had to borrow to send him there.

    My older son could have gone to our state flagship for free. He received a special scholarship that included tuition, room, board, books, a thousand dollars extra cash, and $5K set aside for travel and research. But he chose Harvard, even though it was a few dollars out of pocket. He is leaving for two months in Asia in about 10 days. It's an internship through his department at school. He's a rising senior this year. He's had significant paid internships each summer, starting with the summer after high school, when Harvard paid for him to go to Rome, serving as an assistant faculty advisor to his old high school.

    It cost me a few dollars to send him to Harvard, but he's received back a multiple in terms of opportunities for work, travel, and professional development.


  • Student turned down all 8 Ivies to go to a state school, and we should celebrate it

    05/20/2015 5:53:51 PM PDT · 41 of 42
    sitetest to x
    Dear x,

    “According to the Crimson more than half of all Harvard parents make over $125,000 a year, so that may be quite a subset...”

    Indeed. You're describing a small part of the phenomenon that educational attainment is tied to the educational attainment of parents, and that better-educated folks generally make more money. At HYP, this is true in spades. Although financial aid at HYP is very generous to the average American family, it is not so generous to the average HYP family. Nearly 40% of HYP families are full pay. That's about $65K per year. But the median income of Haarvard families is $200K per year, and a substantial number of folks make $500K per year or more, and that's not terribly meaningful to regular folks.

    The deeper problem is that higher education is an industry, and the game of this industry is to soak folks as completely as possible, even to the point of impoverishment for the sake of the rent-seekers within the industry. The primary mechanism employed here is to take any income or asset that the school can uncover, leaving just enough to make sure the payer can make it to the next billing cycle, and pay that.

    But the one general exception to this rule is that HYP provide adequate financial aid for typical American families. And for that small mercy, I'm grateful, since it applies to me and my two sons.

    For ordinary families fortunate enough to have a child accepted to one of these three schools, college does not have to mean poverty.


  • Student turned down all 8 Ivies to go to a state school, and we should celebrate it

    05/20/2015 8:35:17 AM PDT · 33 of 42
    sitetest to Jack Hammer
    Dear Jack Hammer,

    It's my understanding that the other five Ivies aren't as generous as HYP, and as income goes up, their aid falls much more precipitously.

    And also, comments made about college saving accounts, etc., are valid. Perversely, the better one prepares to pay for college, the more heavily they soak you.

    As a “savings strategy,” I purposely put all our extra money I could afford and legally do so into retirement accounts, which are shielded from being used in the calculations of the EFC. No money for college savings accounts. I never had my kids work for wages during high school. Everything was scholastic-related. Earning money was counter-productive!

    There are truly many perverse incentives in the system.

    But HYP are definitely affordable for ordinary families.


  • Student turned down all 8 Ivies to go to a state school, and we should celebrate it

    05/20/2015 8:26:00 AM PDT · 32 of 42
    sitetest to LostPassword
    Dear LostPassword,

    May I ask which Ivies your children attend? We've found the financial aid at Harvard for my two sons better than any other school's offer with the exception of a full merit scholarship to our state flagship.


  • Student turned down all 8 Ivies to go to a state school, and we should celebrate it

    05/20/2015 8:21:18 AM PDT · 30 of 42
    sitetest to Chickensoup; Jack Hammer
    Dear Chickensoup,

    Jack Hammer's point about Harvard, Yale, Princeton financial aid is largely true. These three schools don't give merit scholarships, but the financial aid at them is better than pretty much any other schools.

    And most families pay little or even nothing to send their children to these schools.

    The financial aid package each family receives revolves around the total cost of attendance (TCA) and comprises three parts: the EFC (expected family contribution), the self-help portion, and the grant. The EFC is what the parents are expected to pay toward tuition, room, board, other expenses. Students are usually expected to generate, separately from their family, their own portion of the costs - that's called the self-help portion. Students earn this through jobs on campus and summer employment. In the cases of really poor families, the self-help portion may be partially or completely waived. What is left, after the parent contribution and the self-help portion is the amount of money the school makes sure the student gets. This is the grant. It's usually school money, but can include scholarship money from outside sources.

    To make a long story short, the EFC is $0 for families with $65K in income or less, and average household assets. For such families, there will still usually be a student self-help portion of about $4.5K per year. The rest of the TCA is paid by the school in grants. These grants of financial aid include no loans.

    As income goes up, so does the EFC, until one’s income gets high enough to no longer be eligible for any financial aid. That happens at about $200K - $250K of household income. From $65K to about $150K, the rule of thumb is that these schools are looking to parents for about 10% of their gross income for their EFC. Beyond $150K, aid phases out quickly. But what that means is that there is a subset of families sending their children to these schools that are paying a very high percentage of their income in college costs, as much as 25% of gross income.

    Some students don't feel they can work while going to school, and thus will borrow money to pay their self-help portion. A lot of incoming freshmen decide not to work the first semester or the first year, and prefer to borrow the money for that year. These schools make low-interest loans available to students who wish to do that.

    Some parents don't feel they can meet the EFC. These schools will lend parents the money to pay the EFC. This is especially true of folks who fall into the "doughnut hole" of about $180K - $250K in income. Relatively speaking, this subset of folks is getting soaked. Obviously, as income moves beyond that quarter million dollar amount, costs decline as a percentage of income, and thus, at least in theory, become more bearable.

    So, I know nothing about the specifics of this young man's family's finances, but if attendance at an Ivy is truly a matter of affordability, it means his family is fairly well off.


  • Mother of ten children by FIVE fathers now wants 50 grandchildren to keep benefits rolling

    05/19/2015 7:19:58 PM PDT · 72 of 75
    sitetest to Mrs. Don-o
    Dear Mrs. Don-o,

    Your unjustified attack on monarchy betrays a distinctly non-Catholic view of moral theology. Monarchies have their place and add to the stability of societies where they are properly established. Any intelligent analysis of the last few centuries is informed by the knowledge that it is the destruction of monarchies that went hand-in-hand with the destruction of many stable European societies. On the other hand, leeches are leeches, and there is no place for leeches.

    As to exterminating Mandy Crowe and her progeny “unto the third generation,” research (conducted right here in Baltimore) indicates that for the most part, it only needs to extend “unto the second generation.” Removal of the third generation to a different environment, and to other families, might spare them the same moral fate as the woman.

    “She's probably never flown in a jet or had a piece of jewelry that cost over $50.”

    No, she's spent it all on her collection of tattoos, the value of which apparently exceed some thousands of dollars. This human filth has spent more money on her ugly tattoos than any single piece of jewelry I have ever bought for my wife. You evince a belief that this slut is more deserving of adornment than my good, faithful, Catholic wife and mother. That's disgusting.

    And spare me the marxist claptrap about how oppressed this person is, and how the Man wants to keep her down. She's “down” because she chooses to be down. Few people started life with less than my father and mother. My father was told he'd never amount to anything because of what he was (Italian) and who is father was (a not very good person, I will say no more). My mother's mother was carted away when she was seven, and otherwise grew up motherless.

    My mother and father did not go on welfare. They did not think they were owed a living by those who called them “dago” and “wop.” When my father first went to night schools and was told “your kind of people don't get college degrees,” he didn't go whining and crying. They didn't go on the dole and cry out, “O, there are no opportunities for people like me!”

    Rather than go on welfare, my parents worked any available job. At times, even while he was in night school, my father worked two or three jobs to support his family. Without thinking the government owed him a free check.

    One of my earliest memories is attending my own father's college graduation. Please don't tell me about this slut's demonic sense of entitlement to loot the taxpayers to feed her own evil face. She should die. She is without justification. Her crimes are capital.

    As I said before, there might be some small saving grace if she were to at least mouth the pieties of personal responsibility, if she did not flaunt her satanic behavior and beliefs, if she give some small acknowledgement that she doesn't deserve a damned thing she has, and she has lived her life waywardly. If she would at least offer herself as a warning of what not to become, the bad example by which others can learn the good. But this horrible pagan slut glories in its vomit, celebrates its depravity, and wishes to pass down its inheritance of devil worship. She chooses to be what she is, and that is evil. To rebuild the moral capital of society she should be eliminated.


  • Mother of ten children by FIVE fathers now wants 50 grandchildren to keep benefits rolling

    05/19/2015 2:58:09 PM PDT · 68 of 75
    sitetest to Mrs. Don-o
    Dear Mrs. Don-o,

    Where the foundations of law are fundamentally unjust, positive law becomes less valuable. It may be appropriate to revert to something more primitive - a law of necessity, so to speak. Under such a law, I would say it's fair that if you loot, we shoot.

    I live just a little south of Baltimore. The fiction of civilization is pretty much worn away. We are now paying the price for our indulgence of the vermin, such as the subject of this article. When we indulge welfare queens, such as this "lady," when we tolerate their sucking off our blood, we encourage the lawlessness that eventuates in Baltimore riots. The solution is to eliminate those who believe they are entitled to suck our blood.

    It might be different if this “lady” at least mouthed the pieties of attempted personal responsibility. But this “lady” is an aggressive leech, operating within the bounds of what is “legal” only because she does not to personally exert violence to steal from the rest of us. Otherwise, she is no different from any of the other looters. If one were to legally obstruct her looting, there is little question that she would resort to less “legal” means. Shoot the looters.

    That is what will be coming soon enough just a little north of me.


  • Mother of ten children by FIVE fathers now wants 50 grandchildren to keep benefits rolling

    05/19/2015 1:45:52 PM PDT · 62 of 75
    sitetest to Mrs. Don-o
    Dear Mrs. Don-o,

    So, stealing from the society at large is now under your definition of “lawful”? Sorry, I have slightly higher standards. Not much higher, but a little bit so.

    In light of my tagline, I no longer view what's “legal” as being very meaningful. Allegedly, it's “legal” to kill the innocent. But you seem to support the idea that it is also “legal” to loot cost-free the rest of the society.

    That sort of “legality” is without meaning.


  • Mother of ten children by FIVE fathers now wants 50 grandchildren to keep benefits rolling

    05/19/2015 1:29:50 PM PDT · 60 of 75
    sitetest to Mrs. Don-o
    Dear Mrs. Don-o,

    "Bit of a disconnect there."

    Not really. I'm all about protecting innocent life.

    One way to protect innocent life is to eliminate the guilty.

    This woman is guilty.

    Sadly, her once-innocent children, to the degree that they decide to participate in her fraud, become guilty.


  • Mother of ten children by FIVE fathers now wants 50 grandchildren to keep benefits rolling

    05/19/2015 10:05:16 AM PDT · 30 of 75
    sitetest to pabianice

    Kill them. They are vermin.

  • Boston University prof in racist tweet flap accused of trolling white rape victim (Saida Grundy)

    05/18/2015 12:45:50 PM PDT · 34 of 44
    sitetest to RoosterRedux

    The creature grundy is the demonic handmaiden to the anti-Christ obama. It came from the pit of hell and will return thereto.

  • Student Who Got In to Eight Ivy League Schools Picks Alabama Instead

    05/18/2015 9:15:49 AM PDT · 60 of 64
    sitetest to luckystarmom
    Dear luckyestarmom,

    Although they use the Common App, each Ivy also requires its own supplemental application. This is especially the case if you're applying for financial aid (which, of course, is a separate issue from application for admission). Even though everyone uses the FAFSA, they all have a separate set of requirements to go along with what's required by the FAFSA. In my memory, Princeton was the worst. Hell.

    Harvard requires less supplemental material than some other schools, but allows more, if you want to send it. Washington University at St. Louis is the easiest major university to apply to - a straight Common App, and check the box for fee waiver, and you've applied. But they goose application numbers with heavy marketing and making the process as easy and inexpensive as possible, and then manipulate their admissions and waitlist to boost yield to game the USNWR rankings (although most all schools do this to a degree).


  • Student Who Got In to Eight Ivy League Schools Picks Alabama Instead

    05/18/2015 8:59:36 AM PDT · 59 of 64
    sitetest to Vigilanteman
    Dear Vigilanteman,

    Your last post is a little incoherent.

    College can be very expensive. More expensive than most folks can handle without borrowing money.

    For most people, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale are exceptions. These three schools are known to have generous financial aid programs, relatively speaking.

    The overall effect of the financial aid programs of these three schools is that average indebtedness for someone who graduates from Harvard is about $12K, total, over four years. Many students graduate debt-free.


  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to announce 2016 presidential decision June 1

    05/18/2015 5:38:19 AM PDT · 10 of 36
    sitetest to GIdget2004

    More competition for Jeb. Good.

  • Italy: Muslims Threaten and Insult Catholic Procession

    05/18/2015 5:25:53 AM PDT · 22 of 28
    sitetest to markomalley

    They are garbage. Islam must be destroyed.

  • Student Who Got In to Eight Ivy League Schools Picks Alabama Instead

    05/18/2015 1:38:08 AM PDT · 44 of 64
    sitetest to Vigilanteman

    No, I’m not. Average financial aid at Harvard is about $50k per year.

  • Student Who Got In to Eight Ivy League Schools Picks Alabama Instead

    05/17/2015 7:46:00 PM PDT · 12 of 64
    sitetest to Kaslin

    The average loan balance for Harvard graduates is about $12,000 total. Except for that part of the population that is from upper middle class to almost rich (about $150K per year to 250K per year), Harvard, Princeton, and Yale have phenomenal financial aid.

  • Ohio Gov. John Kasich Virtually Certain to Run for President: Sources

    05/17/2015 10:22:30 AM PDT · 25 of 42
    sitetest to GIdget2004

    This is a small positive. He’ll take a few votes from Jeb.

  • Catholic Gay Parishioner Pens Letter To Married Gays Attending Mass [Swipes At Catholic Beliefs]

    05/16/2015 6:56:08 PM PDT · 23 of 34
    sitetest to Steelfish


  • The religious right is worried about Scott Walker

    05/15/2015 8:02:02 PM PDT · 32 of 39
    sitetest to 2ndDivisionVet

    I’m a social conservative who prefers Walker. But I’d happily vote for Cruz, if nominated.

  • O’Malley to announce presidential plans on May 30

    05/14/2015 7:33:16 AM PDT · 10 of 37
    sitetest to Din Maker
    Dear Din Maker,

    1. We'd find out, wouldn't we? If others run, it's because in spite of her being the prohibitive favorite, they perceive her as being vulnerable. My bet is that they're right - she is vulnerable. I don't think it would take a huge shove to push her off the cliff.

    2. The counter to that is that the media would like to create a sense of inevitability to Sh!itlery, and to the degree that they succeed, that's bad. On the other hand, a primary fight pierces that sense of inevitability, and it then can become a real race. And I think our guys are better, and will win on merit.

    3. Always a possibility. But last time, the Kenyan anti-Christ was able to set up McCain as the surrogate for President Bush, who was none too like. This time, the Dem will have the mirror problem of having to answer for the Kenyan. I think the economy will continue to limp along, and people will be ready for a change. And the Kenyan ain't it.

    So, in summary, you never know how it will go. We could wind up with President O’Malley. Or worse. But I think it's more likely that if someone gives Sh!itlery a hard run for the money, we'll inaugurate President Walker or Cruz on Jan 20, 2017.

    Just my guess.


  • O’Malley to announce presidential plans on May 30

    05/14/2015 5:55:00 AM PDT · 7 of 37
    sitetest to GIdget2004

    This is actually a shrewd move by O’Mutley. He can see that Sh!tlery has a glass jaw. He wants to be the one that busts it.

    This is why he cozied up to the Kenyan anti-Christ all these years. He can attack the Clinton machine and rely on the Kenyan for protection. But he must be careful, or he will wind up being nothing but a stalking horse for Fauxcahantas or some other wretch that comes along late in the game. After all, it’s Gene McCarthy that brought down LBJ, but it’s Humphrey who got the nomination.

  • Scott Walker's Olympic Quality Immigration Flip Flop

    05/12/2015 4:32:21 PM PDT · 27 of 43
    sitetest to 2ndDivisionVet

    And I’m supposed to dislike this guy?

  • After riot, school advocates want more money from Hogan, Rawlings-Blake

    05/11/2015 7:12:10 PM PDT · 12 of 16
    sitetest to Oldeconomybuyer

    Baltimore spends more per student than my sons’ private school.

  • Ted Cruz Defends Mark Halperin, Says Apology Wasn't Necessary

    05/11/2015 6:26:53 PM PDT · 45 of 55
    sitetest to SeekAndFind

    Ted Cruz is a gracious guy. Mark Halperin is a racist twerp.

  • Bishops anticipate message from pope on immigrant detention

    05/11/2015 6:16:38 PM PDT · 5 of 11
    sitetest to biggredd1

    I agree. Don’t detain them. Send them home.

  • Tom Brady Suspended 4 Games, Pats Lose 1st Round Pick In 2016 and 4th In 2017, Team Fined $1 million

    05/11/2015 5:01:32 PM PDT · 81 of 123
    sitetest to drewh

    The cheaters got off easy.

  • Sickening. ISIS Strips Children Naked – Sells Them at Slave Auction Then Rapes Them

    05/09/2015 3:00:56 PM PDT · 32 of 58
    sitetest to george76

    Islam is blasphemy. Islam must be destroyed.

  • Why men won't marry you

    05/07/2015 11:40:02 AM PDT · 299 of 380
    sitetest to BJ1
    Dear BJ1,

    In practice, it may or may not mean two doctors marrying. It almost doesn't matter. Among this class, a full-time working mother is less common than a stay-at-home mom. They may work before the children come, or may re-enter the workforce after the children are grown. But often, even professionals will at least scale back their careers while the children are young.

    There are mutually-reinforcing causes of this. First, the husband is more likely to be a professional with a steady professional income, and with the status to go with it. Thus, there is a little less financial pressure for the woman to “bring home the bacon.” Second, it is more likely that each of the couple came from similar family backgrounds, including stay-at-home mothers. These families institutionally understand that family success is enhanced by stay-at-home mothers.

    And that's part of the linchpin of the whole exercise: family success. Part of the root of the success of this class is the determination that the family - not the individual - should succeed. It is the family that is the building block, not the individual. It is the overall needs of the family that take all precedence, not the happiness or success or pleasure of the individual. Success is measured in decades, and by what has been done to ensure the success of the next generation, and the one after that.

    I have seen this more times than I can count.


  • Why men won't marry you

    05/07/2015 11:08:15 AM PDT · 295 of 380
    sitetest to fkabuckeyesrule
    The early bird catches the worm.

    Charles Murray in Coming Apart talks about assortive mating, and points out its relative success among the "elite." The upper 20% of society enjoys 1) a relatively-higher marriage rate; 2) a much lower divorce rate; 3) a much lower illegitimacy rate; 4) a lower abortion rate; 5) a very high education rate.

    The idea here is that people of this class tend to marry each other, reinforcing the cultural and genetic inheritances they received from their forbears in their own children. The stereotype of this is Susan Patton's "Princeton Mom," who makes the argument that young Ivy Leaguers should look at their college days as the prime time and place to find a mate.

    There are certain qualities that seem to recur with frequency in this class, that I believe help explain the overall success enjoyed.

  • Walker hits bump in ’16 race

    05/07/2015 9:52:21 AM PDT · 38 of 51
    sitetest to SoConPubbie

    Rubio?? Bush??? You gotta be kidding me.

    I prefer Walker to Cruz, but would happily vote for Cruz.

    In fact, a Walker presidency of eight years would be ideally followed by Cruz’ eight-year presidency.

  • Cops, Prosecutors Disagree on Whether Freddie Gray's Knife Was Legal

    05/07/2015 8:34:43 AM PDT · 19 of 33
    sitetest to QT3.14

    People who believe the Baltimore City code is unconstitutional are missing two points.

    The first is, the question is not whether this is a good law. It may very well be a bad law. The question is whether the police violated the law by effecting an arrest based on this law. It is difficult to argue that they did so commit a crime by enforcing this law, even if it is a bad law.

    The second question is not whether people have a right to arms generally, but whether the courts have a right to prevent convicted felons from carrying weapons. Thus, was it illegal for Mr. Gray to carry any weapon, whether otherwise permitted by law or not? For many parties, that is at least an open question, and police acting upon such authority cannot be subject to prosecution for enforcement of such restrictions.

    The fundamental basis of the initial criminal charges - false arrest and imprisonment - is vitiated. It is difficult to bootstrap the rest of the case without that missing premise.

  • Iowa GOP rep: ‘Nothing worse’ than homeschoolers telling us how to vote

    05/05/2015 8:51:07 PM PDT · 100 of 101
    sitetest to wintertime
    Dear wintertime,

    Why did you direct your post at me?

    I don't think I claimed any learning actually happens in public schools.


  • Iowa GOP rep: ‘Nothing worse’ than homeschoolers telling us how to vote

    05/05/2015 12:23:54 PM PDT · 80 of 101
    sitetest to wagglebee
    Dear wagglebee,

    “’The inner city poor may comprise something of a general exception, because so many lack basic literacy and numeracy. But really, anyone who can get a long on a day-to-day basis, can read a newspaper, or use a cookbook recipe, can teach his or her children successfully....’

    “’When I look at the results, especially of inner city school systems, I don't see that much, if any, education has taken place. Many of these children receive diplomas when they turn 17 or 18, but yet remain illiterate and innumerate.’

    “Which is it? You can't have both.”

    Sure I can!

    To be more clear, most folks have the education to homeschool. The population where this is least true is the inner city poor, many of whom are illiterate and innumerate and cannot read a newspaper or follow a cookbook recipe. These are folks who often get to the end, chronologically, of their school experiences, may actually receive a piece of paper, but can't read the words written on it.

    That proportion of that population will be unable to homeschool their children.

    “I agree that the education system in America is a complete mess, but eliminating it altogether will only make things worse.”

    I didn't say we should eliminate the system. I questions the compulsory nature of the system. Forcing folks into buildings who don't want to be there and who disrupt those who would like to obtain an education doesn't seem productive to me. The folks who are coerced often receive little or nothing by way of education, and interfere with the education of those who might wish to learn something.

    “There are a great many families that depend on the income of both parents.”

    That's a different reason for not homsechooling than you gave originally: “...and a great many parents (especially among the inner-city poor) are not educated enough to homeschool.”

    Again, I'm not proposing the elimination of schools, or even of free schools. I'm just iffy that forcing folks to attend them does much good.


  • Iowa GOP rep: ‘Nothing worse’ than homeschoolers telling us how to vote

    05/05/2015 11:59:11 AM PDT · 71 of 101
    sitetest to MrB

    Preaching to the choir. ;-)

  • Iowa GOP rep: ‘Nothing worse’ than homeschoolers telling us how to vote

    05/05/2015 11:55:39 AM PDT · 69 of 101
    sitetest to wagglebee
    Dear wagglebee,

    “...many families do not have the money for private schools and a great many parents (especially among the inner-city poor) are not educated enough to homeschool.”

    I haven't met many people who didn't have enough of an education that they couldn't homeschool their children, at least through grade school. It doesn't require much by way of intellect or erudition.

    Parents may not homeschool well for a variety of reasons - mostly related to lack of time or lack of effort. However, lack of education is seldom a problem.

    The inner city poor may comprise something of a general exception, because so many lack basic literacy and numeracy. But really, anyone who can get a long on a day-to-day basis, can read a newspaper, or use a cookbook recipe, can teach his or her children successfully.

    As for compulsory education, I'm not sure I accept your point. When I look at the results, especially of inner city school systems, I don't see that much, if any, education has taken place. Many of these children receive diplomas when they turn 17 or 18, but yet remain illiterate and innumerate.


  • Harvard Student Regrets Her Abortion: “On the Inside the Screaming Hasn’t Stopped”

    05/05/2015 7:51:12 AM PDT · 25 of 25
    sitetest to Leaning Right

    There are more conservatives at Harvard than most people realize. Some of them are even Crimson editors.

  • Dear white Facebook friends: I need you to respect what Black America is feeling right now

    05/02/2015 7:40:02 PM PDT · 173 of 173
    sitetest to Responsibility2nd

    I hear stupidity.

  • KUSC Classical Top 100 Countdown

    04/30/2015 3:38:43 PM PDT · 16 of 82
    sitetest to EveningStar; .30Carbine; 1cewolf; 1rudeboy; 31R1O; ADemocratNoMore; afraidfortherepublic; ...

    Classical Music Ping List ping.

  • Baltimore mom: "I just lost it" seeing son at riots with rock in hand

    04/29/2015 5:46:42 PM PDT · 30 of 30
    sitetest to Georgia Girl 2

    That’s the whole problem in a nutshell.

  • (Un)intended consequences of death tax repeal

    04/29/2015 5:11:42 PM PDT · 25 of 66
    sitetest to Alberta's Child
    Dear Alberta's Child,

    The solution to this problem is not to have an arms race between two escalating tax rates - one for the death tax, the other for capital gains, but rather, to minimize the tax on both to the lowest practicable level to reduce the influence of tax considerations on what should primarily be economic decisions.

    The author has it backwards.


  • Baltimore mom: "I just lost it" seeing son at riots with rock in hand

    04/29/2015 1:41:53 PM PDT · 26 of 30
    sitetest to Roman_War_Criminal
    Dear Roman_War_Criminal,

    This is what 55 years on this earth have taught me:

    One of the greatest gifts my parents gave to me was legitimacy. One name. One family. One father. One mother. A home.

    Every single good material thing I have derived in my life originated in the marriage of my father and my mother.

    It is the gift I gave my own sons.

    Any man who marries the mother of his children, who strives to support them, who lives with them daily, who sweats and sacrifices for them, is a hero in my book.

    Starting with my father.


  • Baltimore mom: "I just lost it" seeing son at riots with rock in hand

    04/29/2015 12:53:48 PM PDT · 19 of 30
    sitetest to Jan_Sobieski

    “The single mother of six was unofficially dubbed ‘mom of the year...’”

    Please forgive me if I don’t join in the apotheosis.

    “’He has been in trouble before, and he knows right from wrong.’”

    But does he know is dad?

    Where IS his dad?

  • Bernie Sanders To Announce Presidential Run

    04/28/2015 4:59:54 PM PDT · 66 of 102
    sitetest to yuffy

    Run, Bernie, run!

  • Baltimore City Council President Apologizes to Rioters (for calling them thugs)

    04/28/2015 1:26:48 PM PDT · 37 of 61
    sitetest to Zakeet

    Let us redirect these misdirected youths directly to the gallows.