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  • Were the shooting victims at Florida State white? Media isn't reporting....

    11/21/2014 6:18:54 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    11/21/14 | sff
    The Miami media finally got around to reporting a little bit about the shooter at FSU. NOTHING, however, about the victims. I have seen enough liberal media to know that if the shooter were white and had shot two or three black students, RACISM would be the drumbeat.... In this case, the shooter was black....but the victims have not been identified.
  • THE IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY: Caesar Obama

    11/21/2014 4:47:25 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 27 replies
    http://www.wnd.com ^ | 11/20/14 | Pat Buchanan
    Asserting a legal and constitutional authority he himself said he did not have, President Obama is going rogue, issuing an executive amnesty to 4 to 5 million illegal aliens. He will order the U.S. government not to enforce the law against these 5 million and declare that they are to be exempt from deportation and granted green cards. Where did Obama get his 4-5 million figure, not 2-4 million, or 5-7 million? Nowhere in law, but plucked out of his own mind, as to what he can get away with. Barack Obama just felt it was about right. Thus does...
  • Principal suspended over unannounced school shooting 'drill' (trunc)

    11/20/2014 2:00:43 PM PST · by Stalwart · 6 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 20 November 2014 | Jill Reilly
    School district Superintendent Kathryn Leroy said that she never ordered an 'active shooter drill be performed with students present and officers having weapons in their hands.'
  • Remembering Arthur Balfour, Friend of Science and Friendly Opponent to Atheist Bertrand Russell

    11/20/2014 12:31:46 PM PST · by Heartlander · 1 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | November 20, 2014 | Mike Keas
    Remembering Arthur Balfour, Friend of Science and Friendly Opponent to Atheist Bertrand Russell Mike Keas November 20, 2014 11:28 AM | Permalink This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the start of World War I -- and this past week provided a terrible reminder that conflicts stirred by the war remain with us. In Israel, a pair of Palestinian Muslims turned a Jerusalem synagogue at morning prayers into a bloodbath, a reminder to Israelis (as if one were needed) of their vulnerability to terrorists fanatically opposed to the existence of the state. Observers with a long memory may have recalled...
  • The New Gun Suspect: Every School Child

    "[The role of the schoolmaster is to] collect little plastic lumps of human dough from private households and shape them on the social kneading board." ~ Edward Ross, Social Control: A Survey of the Foundations of Order Five-year-old Elizabeth of Mobile, Alabama learned two new words last month in kindergarten: suicide and homicide. After drawing what resembled a gun, she pointed her crayon at another child and went "pew, pew." Horrified by the outburst of violence, the school required Elizabeth to fill out a "suicide/homicide assessment scoresheet" complete with questions on how often she thought about killing herself. An agreement not...
  • Transgender teen defies religious protests after going to U.S. school dressed as a woman...

    11/20/2014 9:27:08 AM PST · by Morgana · 35 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 20 November 2014 | Simon Tomlinson for MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: t want to be the real me': Transgender teen defies religious protests after going to U.S. school dressed as a woman... and now wants sex-change surgery A transgender teenager is finally enjoying life as a woman after defying religious protests against her sexuality. Leah Walton, 19, from Mississippi, U.S., was the victim of protests against her transition on her first day at school dressed as a woman. She was greeted at school gates by fellow students and parents wearing T-shirts with slogans such as 'You're going to hell' and 'Abomination'. But despite the continued abuse, Leah has refused...
  • The 10 Best Jobs For 2015

    11/20/2014 9:08:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/20/2014 | Jacquelin Smith
    If your New Year's resolution is to land a new gig, you may want to consider one of CareerBuilder's top 10 jobs for 2015. CareerBuilder partnered with Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) to compile its new list of the hottest jobs, which is based on supply and demand. It features professions for which the number of jobs companies post each month significantly outpaces the number of people they actually hire — showing where companies are most hungry for talent and how much the positions pay. "Whether you're a seasoned worker or a college student deciding on a career path, this...
  • Tuition Showdown: What is the true cost of a college degree?

    11/20/2014 7:38:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/20/2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    As head of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano followed the U.S. government’s official practice of refusing to negotiate with hostage-takers. As head of the University of California system, she has become the hostage-taker. Napolitano is demanding that the cash-strapped state of California pony up an additional $100 million for the UC system, and she threatens to inflict a 5 percent tuition hike on students for each of the next five years in retaliation if Sacramento does not comply. This puts her on the wrong side of Governor Jerry Brown, who by being eternally fixed in anno Domini 1978...
  • What’s education for? Let’s have a national debate on this issue

    11/19/2014 4:31:31 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 12 replies
    FreeRepublic Original content | Nov. 19, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    An interesting theoretical issue in education from the beginning has been, who needs this stuff and how much of it do they need? Let's imagine a farmer sitting behind a mule plowing his field. Does he need an education? Is it wasted on him? Would life be better or worse if he knew some history, could sing some opera, or do puzzles in his head. What if he knows some Shakespeare and, as he’s going around the fields, regales the mule with speeches from Hamlet? Would this make life a little more interesting? Or would having such knowledge be a...
  • New Report Finds Which States Favor Homeschoolers

    11/19/2014 1:21:47 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 42 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-19-14 | Rudy Takala
    Last month, ALEC released its annual Report Card on American Education. The report ranks states’ education policy based on six areas, including state academic standards; charter school laws; private school choice programs; overall teacher quality; digital learning opportunities; and the regulatory burden placed on homeschool families. The study, which included research conducted by the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), gave 11 states the top grade of “A” in the area of homeschool regulatory burdens. Those states are Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Texas. The number of states earning an “A” grade expanded...
  • How much did you pay Jonathan Gruber to lie to you? Millions. The money is piling up.

    11/18/2014 8:03:35 AM PST · by rktman · 25 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 11/17/2014 | Robert Laurie
    If you’ve been paying attention to the story about the myriad Jonathan Gruber videos, you’ve probably heard the sum of $400,000.00 bandied about. That’s how much the Department of Health and Human Services paid him to trick the CBO, lie to the American people, and help pass a bill that was reliant on “the stupidity of the American voter.” Since HHS has no real money of its own, that’s actually how much you, the taxpayer, paid him to con you. Unfortunately, it’s also just the beginning. In fact, $400K is only a drop in the Gruber ObamaCare money vault. So,...
  • 13 College Majors Where The Pay Goes Nowhere

    11/18/2014 7:48:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/18/2014 | JACQUELYN SMITH
    When deciding on a college major, students are encouraged to think about a few things: what they love to do; what they want to do; what jobs they imagine themselves in; and what the earning and growth potential is like for those careers. For instance, they'd probably want to know ahead of time that Human Services majors only see their annual pay increase by about $7,500, or 22%, over the first 10 years of their careers, compared to the average American worker, whose salary grows by about $25,000, or 60%, in that time. That's according to Payscale, the creator of...
  • 'Science shattered': Hand of God suddenly revealed?

    'Everything we think we know about our universe is wrong' In the late 1800s, Albert A. Michelson, the first American to win the Nobel Prize in the sciences, devised an experiment to prove the Earth is moving through space, through a medium for bearing light called the “aether.” If he could show that light was slowed down by being fired into an aether headwind, like a swimmer swimming against a stream, Michelson reasoned, it would prove the Earth’s motion through space. But the experiment didn’t work the way he expected. In fact, it proved the opposite. The world of science...
  • American public schools chew up teachers and spit them out

    11/17/2014 6:07:03 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 7, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [a/k/a: "The War on Teachers"] The stats leave no doubt. There is huge dissatisfaction among teachers. The turnover rate is very high. We need to answer the obvious question, why don’t principals and administrators take better care of their teachers? The most recent MetLife Survey revealed: “Teacher Dissatisfaction At An All-Time High.” The NEA Today website continues: “Teacher job satisfaction has plummeted to its lowest level in 25 years, from 62 percent in 2008 to 39 percent in 2012 –- a total of 23 points…More than one-half of teachers report feeling under great stress several days per week, as opposed...
  • Texas Failing to Offer Private School Choice

    11/17/2014 1:49:58 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 8 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-17-14 | Rudy Takala
    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has released the 19th edition of its annual Report Card on American Education, where it ranks states’ education policy based on six areas: state academic standards, charter school laws, home-school regulations, private school choice programs, overall teacher quality and policies, and digital learning opportunities. One notable finding of the Report Card is that Texas does not encourage private school choice in a particularly robust manner. Drawing on research conducted by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, the report gave Texas an “F” grade for failing to offer a private school voucher program. In a...
  • ‘Tiny & Very Processed’: HS Student Leads Boycott of First Lady's Lunches

    11/14/2014 10:12:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | November 13, 2014 10:58 am | (Fox and Friends)
    Students at a Wisconsin high school are boycotting the lunch program, upset over tiny portions and declining quality. Meghan Hellrood, a senior at D.C. Everest High School in Weston, talked to Ainsley Earhardt this morning to explain why she’s leading the protest against the federal program, which was championed by First Lady Michelle Obama. […] “It’s not actually giving us healthy foods. It’s giving us small portions of very processed foods. Kids aren’t happy about that,” said Hellrood, referring to the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act, which was passed in 2010 as part of an effort to combat childhood obesity....
  • Comet lander: Future of Philae probe 'uncertain'

    11/14/2014 9:43:11 AM PST · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | 14 November 2014 Last updated at 08:39 ET | By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News
    The Philae lander has attempted to drill into the surface of Comet 67P, amid fears that its battery may die within hours. The European Space Agency (Esa) says the instrument is being deployed to its maximum extent, despite the risk of toppling the lander. Scientists hope the tool will be able to capture some samples for analysis in the robot's onboard laboratories. If the battery dies, the results may not make it back to Earth. It is not known precisely where on the comet Philae is located, but the pictures it has returned indicate it is in the shadow of...
  • New British sex-ed program gives the ‘green light’ to sex between 13-year-olds

    11/13/2014 9:39:51 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    LIFE SITE ^ | Nov 13, 2014 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    A new sex education program says that consensual sex between 13-year-olds should be seen as normal, and describes masturbation and attempting to touch other children's genitals is "a safe and healthy sexual development" for children as young as five. The "tool" provided to British educators, was developed by Brook Advisory Service, a UK organization that promotes contraception and abortion to teenagers, and funded by the Department for Education. It uses a "traffic light" system of red, amber, and green to distinguish between what, in the opinion of the group, is healthy and harmful sexual behavior in children. For 13 to...
  • Is Ted Cruz, born in Canada, eligible to run for president?

    11/13/2014 9:33:46 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 117 replies
    Angie Drobnic Holan ^ | August 20th, 2013 | Tampa Bay Times
    Can Ted Cruz run for president if he was born in Canada? The Republican senator from Texas says he can. And just to be sure, he’s taking the extra step of renouncing the Canadian citizenship he says he didn’t even know he had. Cruz -- full name: Rafael Edward Cruz --was born in Canada in 1970 because his father was working for the oil industry there. The senator’s recently released birth certificate shows his mother was born in Delaware and his father was born in Cuba. The Cruz family left Canada a few years later. Cruz grew up in Texas...
  • Brookline Parents Outraged By Controversial History Textbook

    11/13/2014 8:28:32 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies
    CBS ^ | November 13, 2014
    BROOKLINE (CBS) — Some parents of fifth-graders at Brookline Public Schools are outraged over a page in their children’s US social studies textbook that suggests some slave owners living during the 17th-century America were compassionate toward their slaves.
  • How much would you pay to get your kid in Harvard?

    11/13/2014 7:11:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    CNBC ^ | 11/12/2014 | Barbara Booth
    Two months before 17-year-old Alexa of northern New Jersey—a national merit scholar, Girl Scout Gold Award recipient and standout soccer player—planned to submit her application to Amherst, anxiety set in. Even though she met all the requirements to land her on the college's competitive playing field, she wanted an independent education counselor (IEC) to give the final nod on her application. It didn't matter that her parents, guidance counselor, coach and teachers invested more than 100 hours steering her through the college process. Her parents contacted a pricey New York City college-planning service and, after relating Alexa's long list of...
  • Not So Far

    11/12/2014 7:19:53 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    October 24, 2014 | Stephen Smith
    Galaxy cluster Abell 2744 (Pandora’s Cluster), with X-ray emissions in red. Credit: NASA, ESA, ESO, CXC and D. COE (STSCI) J. Merten (Heidelberg/Bologna) If redshift equals distance calculations are incorrect, the Universe could be a much different looking place. “Of course, if one ignores contradictory observations, one can claim to have an ‘elegant’ or ‘robust’ theory. But it isn’t science.” — Halton Arp The speed of light is used as a benchmark for defining cosmological distance calculations. As discussed in past Picture of the Day articles, the shifting of Fraunhofer lines into the red end of electromagnetic spectra is...
  • Plasma Forms

    11/12/2014 6:49:28 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 48 replies
    Thunderbolts.info ^ | Nov 10, 2014 | Stephen Smith
    Measurements indicate that this nebula is one degree above absolute zero. Temperature has little to do with electricity, though. “Bipolar outflow” is a term used to describe the nebular structure seen above, although the cause of the effect remains baffling to scientists who study such phenomena. One theory is that its shape is due to slow-moving stellar material interfering with dust and gas that was ejected from a red giant star at higher velocities. Magnetic fields are sometimes invoked to describe lobate celestial objects, but the electric current flow needed for their generation is neglected. Astronomical theories do not...
  • Amphipolis skeleton from Alexander's time found in Greece

    11/12/2014 10:41:24 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 11/12/2014 | By Giorgos Christides
    Archaeologists in northern Greece have found a skeleton inside a tomb from the time of Alexander the Great, during a dig that has enthralled the public. The burial site at Amphipolis is the largest ever discovered in Greece. The culture ministry said the almost intact skeleton belonged to a "distinguished public figure", given the tomb's dimensions and lavishness. Chief archaeologist Katerina Peristeri said "the tomb in all probability belongs to a male and a general". The excavation has fascinated Greeks ever since Prime Minister Antonis Samaras visited the site in August 2014 and announced it amounted to "an exceptionally important...
  • Winston Churchill Points to National Socialism as a US Problem

    ....................................... ..............Churchill notes that socialism grafts itself onto nationalism and the particular features of the nations it has infected. In Germany, the Weimar regime was destroyed and Hitler was propelled to power through national patriotism, tradition, and pride combined with discontent about inequalities of wealth. In Russia, the program of Communism was buttressed by national sentiment and imperialist aspirations. The next country Churchill mentions, in a shift that must be shocking to those who wish to read the article as simply a pro-New Deal argument, is the United States, which he says has experienced developments similar to those inspired by...
  • Europe ready to land 1st probe on streaking comet

    11/12/2014 6:21:31 AM PST · by Fester Chugabrew · 41 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 11, 2014 12:19 PM ET | Frank Jordans
    BERLIN (AP) — How do you land a spacecraft on a comet that is streaking by at 41,000 mph (66,000 kph)? That's a problem scientists have been grappling with for more than a decade as they prepare for one of the most audacious space adventures ever — the European Space Agency's attempt to land a scientific probe on the giant ball of ice and dust known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
  • Teachers told: sex at 13 ‘is normal part of growing up’ (by UK Department of Education)

    11/05/2014 1:43:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:37PM GMT 04 Nov 2014 | Graeme Paton
    Schools are being told that children should be able to have consensual sex at the age of 13 as part of government-backed guidance, it emerged today. The guidelines—which can be used as part of sex education lessons—say that having sexual relationships when children reach their teens represents a “safe and healthy” part of growing up.They have been produced by a national charity as part of a plan endorsed by the Department for Education to improve standards of advice given to pupils. …
  • Goodbye, snow days: Students study from home (St. Cloud MN, private HS)

    11/11/2014 5:04:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 11, 2014 5:34 PM EST | Kyle Potter
    She’s no Grinch about it, but Lynn Grewing is the principal who stole snow days. The early arrival of wintry weather in the Midwest this week gave Grewing an opening to test out a virtual class day at St. Cloud Cathedral high school in central Minnesota, having students whip out laptops or iPads and work from home. After a successful test run, Grewing declared Tuesday that students’ cherished snow days are a thing of the past—at least at Cathedral. […] Private schools like Cathedral—and, increasingly, some public school districts—across the nation are starting to use the flexibility technology provides to...
  • ‘Kill Yourselves’: Texas Teacher on Leave After Profane Ferguson Tweet

    11/10/2014 3:27:59 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 77 replies
    MEDIAite ^ | 11/10/2014
    A Texas high school teacher has been placed on leave and may be fired after a tweet she sent out about Ferguson directed at “dumb duck ass crackers” and telling people “kill yourselves.” Here’s the tweet in question, which has since been deleted (along with the Twitter account): Vinita Hegwood tweeted that out on Friday night. The Duncanville school district was quick to condemn her remarks as “absolutely reprehensible, and today school officials are saying that she’s been placed on leave without pay. WFAA reached out to Hegwood’s husband. He didn’t say much about the tweet, just that there’s more...
  • Let primary teachers wear the veil in the classroom, says former Archbishop of Canterbury (UK)

    11/10/2014 8:16:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:09 EST, 10 November 2014 | Francesca Infante
    Primary school teachers should be allowed to wear Muslim veils in the classroom, according to the former Archbishop of Canterbury. Rowan Williams claims that there is no reason to “panic” over the use of the niqab and that even young children do not necessarily need to be able to see their teacher’s face. Speaking in an interview for the Christian think-tank Theos, he argued that there fears over how such a practice might affect children’s learning were “misplaced.” […] His comments are set to reignite the row over the role of the controversial full-face veil in public life which have...
  • Boy, six, dies after his female teacher 'smashed his head against a wall (not speaking English)

    11/10/2014 3:54:06 PM PST · by traumer · 46 replies
    A six-year-old boy died yesterday after he was allegedly beaten up by his class teacher at a private school in India for not speaking in English. It is claimed the teacher at the school in the Tirumalagiri village of Anumula mandal, in Nalgonda district, struck the boy on Saturday for speaking in his tribal language of Telugu. The boy has been named locally as Ramavath Chandu.
  • Shocking video shows high school teacher, lying unconscious ... knocked out by a STUDENT

    11/10/2014 3:42:34 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 42 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 11/10/2014 | SOPHIE JANE EVANS
    This is the shocking moment a Philadelphia high school teacher was filmed lying unconscious in a hallway after allegedly being knocked out by a student. Pewu Johnson, 68, a substitute English teacher, reportedly reprimanded the teenager after he saw a girl sitting on his lap in an 'inappropriate' manner at Bartram High School. Later that day, the student confronted Mr Johnson and told him, 'get the f*** out of my face',
  • Drunken H.S. Teacher 'Wets Himself' in Classroom, then Fights w/ Student...Parents Furious!

    11/10/2014 12:09:47 PM PST · by lee martell · 101 replies
    Nov. 10, 2014 | lee martell
    This happened last Thursday in Connecticut. There is very little information released. Last week, a Spanish Teacher arrived in class (tardy), and was very obviously intoxicated. After entering the classroom of high school students, this teacher proceeded to (inadventantly) urinate in his clothing, and subsequently, onto the chair and classroom floor. The students were, of course filming this as it occurred, some laughing, some scowling in disgust. One student went up to the teacher to voice his opinion of what had just transpired. The 'teacher' showed neither contrition or discretion. The teacher got angry and confrontational, grabbing the student by...
  • 5 Recycled Life Hacks (video)

    11/10/2014 11:43:22 AM PST · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 6, 2014 | CrazyRussianHacker
    5 Recycled Life Hacks
  • The Most Stunning View Ever of Planets Being Born

    11/10/2014 10:49:29 AM PST · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    www.thedailybeast.com ^ | 11/09/2014 | Matthew R. Francis
    We can’t see the birth of our own solar system, but an incredible new telescopic image is giving us hints about how planets are born. Humans are cosmic mayflies. Our lives come and go quickly, only offering us glimpses of the slow evolution of the Universe. Human history is measured in centuries, while the birth and death of stars and planets take place over millions and billions of years. For that reason, we will never see the formation of another solar system unfold before our eyes. Instead, astronomers hope to observe planet formation in all its stages, each marking a...
  • Minneapolis Public Schools sees progress with new behavior standards and sets goal for school year

    11/10/2014 10:35:04 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 15 replies
    Minneapolis Public Schools ^ | 11/07/2014 | Stan Alleyne
    Minneapolis Public Schools sees progress with new behavior standards and sets goal for school year MINNEAPOLIS—Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson announced today her intent to eliminate the nonviolent suspension gap by 2018. To achieve this, MPS must aggressively reduce the disproportionality between black and brown students and their white peers every year for the next four years. This will begin with a 25 percent reduction in disproportionality by the end of this school year; 50 percent by 2016; 75 percent by 2017; and 100 percent by 2018. Moving forward, every suspension of a black or brown student will...
  • .... San Fran parents outraged that abortion giant taught sex ed to kids

    11/10/2014 7:20:50 AM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    LIFE SITE ^ | Fri Nov 7, 2014 | Lisa Bourne
    FULL TITLE: ‘Planned Parenthood is a business that sells sex’: San Fran parents outraged that abortion giant taught sex ed to kids A group of high school parents in the East Bay area of San Francisco were surprised and upset when they learned Planned Parenthood was teaching sex education to their children in the district’s schools. “Planned Parenthood is a business. It’s a business that sells sex,” Acalanes Union High School District resident Camille Giglio told the local CBS affiliate KPIX. “It’s a way to get clientele and to sexualize young people and turn them into lifelong clients.” Giglio is...
  • The Dangerous Myth of Hierarchy of Lethality

    11/09/2014 8:44:04 AM PST · by virgil283 · 9 replies
    gundigest.com ^ | 10, 14, 2014 | Massad Ayoob
    "We live in a world where the entertainment media and the news media alike have demonized the firearm as a frightening, high-efficiency killing machine. A myth has arisen that I call “hierarchy of lethality.” It is the false belief that the firearm represents the nuclear level of hand-held weaponry, and is somehow more lethal than other deadly weapons...."
  • (Floriduh) Dine & Dash party leaves South Fla. restaurant with $300 bill

    11/08/2014 4:39:15 PM PST · by dennisw · 54 replies
    local10.com ^ | Nov 07 2014
    Dine & Dash party leaves South Fla. restaurant with $300 bill Birthday guests left before paying tab at Cheddar's Casual Café TAMARAC, Fla. - A South Florida restaurant hosted a free birthday party for a large group last month. Unfortunately, no one told them the plan and now they're out a big chunk of change. The Broward Sheriff's Office is searching for those who celebrated the joyous occasion at Cheddar's Casual Café in Tamarac and then left without paying the bill. The tab for the group of 15 people topped out at almost $300. According to BSO, the party guests...
  • L.A. school district reports more problems with student records

    11/08/2014 1:21:47 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    latimes.com ^ | November 7, 2014 | Howard Blume
    The Los Angeles Unified School District suffered through another rough week with its new and malfunctioning student records system. Outages resulted in teachers not being able to use the system during portions of the workweek. One of these down periods also caused teachers to lose grades they had input into the system. Supt. Ramon Cortines gave elementary principals the option of going back to paper report cards -- a work-around that proved to be surprisingly complicated. Also, some schools are still having problems with accurate attendance data. Another problem has arisen with data for students who are learning English. "A...
  • Groupthink On Parade (rare vanity)

    11/07/2014 5:29:01 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 2 replies
    Reference ^ | 11/7/2014 | Eddie01
    Janis, I.L. (1982). Groupthink: A psychological study of policy decisions and fiascoes. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. I took a few liberties with Mr. Janis' symptoms of groupthink and recast them here as The Eight Commandments of the Left. Consider it the ultimate Rosetta Stone to unlocking the mystery of everything the left says or does. Turns out the left really DOES NOT think, they just fetch and execute Von Neunamm style and pass it off as intellect. I Thou shall create an illusion of invulnerability shared by most members to foster excessive optimism and encourage extreme risks taking II Thou...
  • ‘Irish alcoholism nature’ reason for job rejection for Irish teacher in South Korea

    11/07/2014 9:02:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    BBC News Northern Ireland ^ | 6 November 2014 | Last updated at 05:31 ET | Ciarán McCauley
    A teacher from the Republic of Ireland has been turned down for a job in South Korea due to the “alcoholism nature” of Irish people. Katie Mulrennan, from County Kerry, had applied for a teaching job in Seoul. She was told by an agency that their client did not hire Irish people due to their perceived drinking habits. The 26-year-old told the BBC that she could not believe the email was real at first. […] Last week, she received a reply that said: “I am sorry to inform you that my client does not hire Irish people due to the...
  • Generation X has finally arrived

    11/06/2014 2:19:49 PM PST · by napscoordinator · 10 replies
    NAPSCOORDINATOR ^ | 6 November 2014 | NAPSCOORDINATOR
    I just have to say how proud I am of our Gen X politicians. It is clear that our country is in good hands and the future is bright. I just want to give a pat on the back the following: Gen X leaders like the following superstars: Governor Scott Walker, Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), Senator Rand Paul Senator Ted Cruz Senator Tom Cotton Senator Jonie Earnst Senator Cory Gardner Senator James Lankford Senator Tim Scott Senator Mike Lee Rep Steve Scalise Rep Richard Hudson Rep Jeff Duncan Governor Matt Blunt Rep Sean Duffy These poor folks have so much...
  • Pro-Life Students Sue Feminist Professor Who Led Angry Mob and Assaulted Them

    11/06/2014 12:08:44 PM PST · by Morgana · 18 replies
    Life News ^ | 11/6/14 | Steven Ertelt
    The pro-life students who were assaulted by University of California Santa Barbara Professor of Feminist Studies, Mireille Miller-Young have filed sit against her. In August Miller-Young was sentenced in a criminal case in connection with an assault on pro-life young people who took the pro-life message to the UCSB campus. Miller-Young was sentenced to 108 hours of community service, 10 hours of anger management, and three years probation for her assault on a group of pro-life students in early March. She was also ordered to pay a small fine and restitution of almost $500. The incident took place on the...
  • Do nothing Fubar Obama and Harry Reed

    11/06/2014 8:44:12 AM PST · by jyro · 12 replies
    Republican congress, Send Bills to the President asap. Pass laws concerning emigration. Force this Presidential incompetent to veto bills and then put the "do nothing" label on him.
  • The Evolutionary Psychologist Knows Why You Vote -- and Shop, and Tip at Restaurants

    11/05/2014 6:44:14 AM PST · by Heartlander · 10 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | November 5, 2014 | Denyse O'Leary
    Post-Election Special: The Evolutionary Psychologist Knows Why You Vote -- and Shop, and Tip at Restaurants Denyse O'Leary November 5, 2014 3:32 AM | Permalink Ever since Darwin's The Descent of Man, in which he proposed the theory of sexual selection (how some are selected to pass on their traits), his followers have extended his thoughts to encompass just about all aspects of human nature. First there was social Darwinism, which fell into disfavor after World War II because its theories justified colonialism, exploitation of labor, and eugenics. These policies were developed much earlier and for reasons unrelated to Darwinian theory, but the...
  • Repeal National Common Core, Repeal and Replace Obamacare

    11/05/2014 6:33:17 AM PST · by originalbuckeye · 36 replies
    11/5/14 | Originalbuckeye
    This new Congress MUST represent the people of the country now. With Common Core, our grade school students are being asked to repeat the tenets of Islam. I thought religion wasn't allowed in the schools? Common Core Head, Arne Duncan, withholds education monies, required to be sent to the Federal Gov't from ALL states, from states that don't go with Common Core. With Obamacare, the Fed Gov't is already sucking up Health dollars for other purposes, not having anything to do with Healthcare. We want our freedom to choose our Doctors again! Make Health Insurance competitive, allow Health Insurance to...
  • Want To Increase Hiring? Elect A Democrat For Presiden

    11/04/2014 12:29:06 PM PST · by Paul46360 · 22 replies
    VoiceGlance ^ | 11-4-14 | Paul Petrone
    Since 1929, there have been seven Republican presidents: Herbert Hoover, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. All of those presidents saw the unemployment rate rise during their term in office, with the sole exception of Reagan, who saw it drop by an impressive 2.3 percent, according to numbers by Nate Silver, formerly of the New York Times. Conversely, there have been seven Democratic presidents since 1929: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. All of those presidents saw the unemployment rate drop...
  • Virginia’s School Choice Policies Contrast with District of Columbia

    11/03/2014 1:49:06 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg
    American Legislator ^ | 11-3-14 | Rudy Takala
    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) last week released its annual Report Card on American Education, where it grades states’ education policy based on six areas: state academic standards, charter school laws, home-school regulations, private school choice programs, overall teacher quality and policies and digital learning opportunities. Interestingly, states sharing the same border often receive very different rankings. For example, Virginia education policies ranked very differently from neighboring Washington, D.C. Virginia received a cumulative “C-” while the District received a cumulative “B-”. Notably, the District provides families greater flexibility with more than 100 charter locations serving nearly 40,000 students, or...
  • Join Me to Picket the Democrat Party for a Name Change

    11/03/2014 2:15:50 AM PST · by The Raven · 26 replies
    The Raven
    After seeing the demonstrations against the Washington Redskins, I got the idea to demonstrate against the Democrat party. The mention of the name brings back an awful history of pro-slavery, anti-Lincoln bigots. A Party which uses propaganda, deceit, voter fraud, and illegal government targeting of political enemies. Yes. We must have their name changed A suggestion is Pinocchio