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  • America the Place vs. America the Idea [What kind of country do immigrants want America to become?]

    08/23/2015 5:57:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/23/2015 | Dan Joppich
    On NPR news last week there were two reports coming out of Greece that I had trouble reconciling. The first was Greece’s $85 billion bailout resulting in the Greek PM stepping down. Greece isn’t just broke, it’s broken. And yet, the second story was about immigrants risking death on the seas to leave Turkey and other places to come to Greece. Obviously they are leaving broken countries where they risk death and injury at the hands of their government on a daily basis, to take a boat ride risking death and injury on the high seas, to go to another...
  • Turn Off Your Heat: Living in a cold home will make you a healthier, stronger, better person

    01/25/2015 8:57:51 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 91 replies
    Slate ^ | 23JAN2015 | Reihan Salam
    My dearest wish is to one day have the pleasure of living in a small cabin in the frigid wilderness. There I will spend my nights covered in heavy wool blankets, eating smoked fish and dried fruit. Over time, my beard will grow to the point where I’ll be indistinguishable from a medium-sized woodland creature. The villagers I’ll come to know during my rare visits to town will call me “the wolfman,” not least because I will communicate solely by howling and scratching out messages with my clawlike fingernails. For now, I live in a big city, where such unconventional...
  • Natan Sharansky Exclusive: ‘European idea will die here and survive in Israel’

    01/09/2015 11:56:58 AM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    THE JEWISH CHRONICLE ONLINE ^ | July 24, 2014 | Natan Sharansky
    I believe we are seeing the beginning of the end of Jewish history in Europe. What makes the situation in Europe unique in history is the fact that Europe has become very intolerant of identities in a multicultural and post-nationalist environment. This new antisemitism is very connected to Israel — demonisation, delegitimisation and double-standards — and is now so deep in the core of European political and intellectual leaders that practically every Jew is being asked to choose between being loyal to Israel and loyal to Europe. That insecurity is due to Muslim immigration and the rise of the classical...
  • Coke's cool idea? Ice bottles

    07/10/2013 2:39:24 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 19 replies ^ | Wednesday, July 10, 2013 | George Mathis
    Beachgoers in South America can have a cold Coke and a smile, but unlike other consumers of the world's most popular soft drink, they can drink it directly from a bottle made entirely of ice. The Atlanta-based company says the “cold to the last drop” bottles "continue to make quite a splash in Colombia and throughout the advertising world." Indeed, the cool marketing ploy, began this year, has won Coca-Cola several awards. How does it work?
  • Why not show up at Obama and Democrat scare mongering town halls and laugh at them?

    02/27/2013 3:31:29 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    2/27/13 | sff
    I was watching Fox, they had video of the clown's fear mongering speech in Virginia yesterday.. I just thought how GREAT it would be if some thinking people, instead of protesting by shouting or holding up signs....just laugh. Laugh at their lies. Would it unnerve some of these liars?
  • Marco Rubio aka Water Boy

    02/14/2013 5:50:35 PM PST · by Vendome · 109 replies
    Vanity | 2/14/2013 | Vendome
    Freepers! Marco Rubio is just great and what a sense of humor. This is exactly how to respond to liberal hubris and their synthetic, hibrow, intellect. You need this water bottle if only to get Marco notice from now on. He is going to be Yuge and you need to support him.
  • Dumb Idea of the Day Courtesy of Ezra Klein

    05/18/2011 10:05:10 AM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | 5/18/11 | Donald R. McClarey
    Ezra Klein, the founder of journolist, proves yet again why whatever the Washington Post is paying him is much too much: Here’s your out-of-the-box policy idea for the day: America should implement weighted voting to make voting more objective and fair, and give the young more power, because the consequences of political decisions will affect them the longest.
  • A Complete List of Good Liberal Ideas

    02/04/2011 6:08:13 PM PST · by tysonbam · 20 replies
    Rancor News ^ | Feb. 4th, 2011 | Tyson Bam
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  • Terror in Paris: French capital on red alert

    10/02/2010 2:43:16 PM PDT · by Flavius · 15 replies
    this is london ^ | 01.10.10 | Peter Allen and Martin Bentham
    The usual horde of tourists queuing to climb the Eiffel Tower was missing. Instead, armed officers barred the way to the deserted monument as, earlier this week, Paris was gripped by the latest al Qaeda terror scare. Elsewhere, soldiers helped police to guard other potential targets in the French capital, ranging from the Arc de Triomphe and Louvre to the Gare du Nord, where hundreds of British visitors arrive daily on the Eurostar.
  • Face of autism too white? (School faces funding cut. Too many white kids are autistic)

    01/31/2010 11:31:06 AM PST · by Brugmansian · 28 replies · 1,135+ views
    The New Haven Register ^ | Sunday, January 31, 2010 | Brian McCready
    Amity Regional School District officials say it just doesn’t make sense: Why is the district being punished for having too many white autistic kids? And it’s the federal government’s punishment that is raising tempers — cutting the crucial funding used to educate the autistic students. It’s a thorny issue for all sides. When one racial group — black, white or otherwise — appears to be getting a disproportionate amount of special education funding, red flags go up at the federal Department of Education. But local educators said they are powerless to control the racial makeup of their community and who...
  • Face of Defense: Maintainer’s Idea Earns Big Bucks

    05/13/2009 4:44:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 337+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Staff Sgt. Rachel Martinez, USAF
    MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan, May 13, 2009 – A simple suggestion earned $10,000 for an engine maintainer here and saved the Air Force thousands more. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jerome Latham receives a $10,000 check from Air Force Col. Robert Craig, 35th Fighter Wing vice commander, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, April 27, 2009. Latham earned the reward for an idea that saves Air Force money and resources. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jamal Sutter   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jerome Latham, an engine craftsman with the 35th Maintenance Squadron, suggested...

    10/24/2008 7:58:04 AM PDT · by RayBob · 79 replies · 3,807+ views
    Raybob | 10/24/08 | Raybob
    I just got back from an invitation only event with Governor Palin in Pittsburgh, PA this morning. She was announcing the McCain Palin pollicy regarding special needs kids. They will fully fund the federal mandates of IDEA and work to improve programs for special needs kids. I got to meet her and shake her hand. I also got to see her in action... she was incredible with these special needs kids. She took time to talk to them, not just pose for a quick pic and move on. I laft after about 45 minutes after she ended her speech and...
  • Face of Defense: Squad Leader’s Idea Helps Afghan Police

    02/19/2008 3:31:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 46+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Spc. Nathan W. Hutchison, USA
    FIREBASE NAWA, Afghanistan, Feb. 19, 2008 – Police and other law enforcement officers in the United States are regarded as well-trained professionals and role models by the public. Army Sgt. Ronald K. Burke, a squad leader for 3rd Platoon, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, practices clearing rooms with fellow noncommissioned officers before going through the training with his soldiers and Afghan National Police officers in Nawa, Afghanistan. Photo by Spc. Nathan W. Hutchison, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army Sgt. Ronald K. Burke, a squad leader for...
  • Could This Be Possible?

    02/06/2008 2:04:10 AM PST · by plewis1250 · 313 replies · 605+ views
    Peter N. Lewis
    Okay, so this evening was like a glass of cold water hitting me in the face. The GOP is on its way to nominating McCain as our Presidential candidate. If this happens, I WILL NOT vote Republican this Presidential election. Here is my question, could Huckabee or Romney drop out, and endorse the other candidate, and request their delegates to join them in that support? Could a VP promise from either of these men, with egos set aside, save the conservative vote? I am willing to vote for EITHER of those two men for POTUS, and am willing to bet...
  • Holiday Shopping: Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is (vanity)

    11/23/2007 3:44:32 PM PST · by Lexinom · 104 replies · 368+ views
    <self> | 11/23/2007 | <self>
    Holiday Shopping: Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah FRiends! This is the time of year that is special because is engenders the spirit of giving and selflessness of its sacred origins. Each of us, in his or her own way, has a special place in our heart for this joyful time. As we put others' needs and desires first, as we look forward to the expression of surprise and delight on our loved ones' faces as they receive our gifts, as we peruse the ailes, let us consider the economic import of our duty. Some...
  • Concept Perfected in Iraq, Afghanistan Used Along U.S. Border

    12/01/2006 5:03:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 458+ views
    DEMING, N.M., Dec. 1, 2006 -- The National Guard Bureau chief got a look this week at how the forward operating base concept used for U.S. military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world can work for domestic missions, too. Forward Operating Base Border Wolf in Deming, N.M., offers a support base for National Guard troops supporting Operation Jump Start without overtaxing the local community. Photo by Sgt. Jim Greenhill, USA  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum toured Forward Operating Base Border Wolf, a new support base within this border town’s...
  • Gift idea for soldier gets Bookman's help

    12/12/2005 4:44:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 363+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Dec 12, 2005 | David Wichner
    W. Douglas Pritchard just wanted to send a book as a Christmas gift for a friend serving in Iraq. Now, it looks as if Pritchard could be helping to send potentially hundreds of books to service personnel in Iraq in the coming months, with the support of a Central Tucson bookstore. The project, tentatively dubbed the "Tucson Book Caravan," began to germinate a few weeks ago when Pritchard asked his friend Mark Ballis what he could send as a gift to Ballis' son, 19-year-old Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Morgan Ballis, who is serving in Ramadi. Pritchard, 66, a retired University...
  • Yahoo Posting Pelosi Press Releases As News

    11/29/2005 1:28:42 PM PST · by ncountylee · 16 replies · 753+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 11/29/05
    Yahoo just takes a Pelosi Press Release (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and posts it as news. While clearly marked many people will assume that this is news. Full release at the link.
  • Diabetic children suing school districts in California

    10/13/2005 7:41:27 AM PDT · by Lizavetta · 37 replies · 1,069+ views ^ | Oct. 12 2005
    Children With Diabetes Sue School Districts, State For Assistance; Denial of Glucose Monitoring and Insulin Administration During the School Day Challenged Unprecedented Class Action Civil Rights Complaint Filed In Federal Court Four elementary school-age students, along with the American Diabetes Association, filed an unprecedented civil rights complaint today in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California seeking class action relief against the California Superintendent of Public Schools, the California Department of Education, members of the California Board of Education, the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, the Fremont Unified School District, and their Superintendents and Boards of Trustees....
  • Deployed leaders take ‘vest-ed’ interest in being cool

    07/28/2005 4:47:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies · 437+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | July 28, 2005 | Tech. Sgt. Jason Tudor
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AFPN) -- The first test was in an outhouse. Saddled in the middle of Baghdad -- where temperatures are reaching at least 120 degrees -- that outhouse had all the qualities Capt. James Ross needed to test his idea to cool off flightline logistics workers from the stifling heat. His idea -- a “cool vest.” The captain, a bioenvironmental officer with the 477th Air Expeditionary Group here, is hoping to add something to help Airmen battle 150-plus degree temperatures as they work behind running aircraft engines. “The situation there is too hot, and it hurts them,” he said....
  • U.S. rejects idea of ban on nuclear attack

    05/05/2005 4:17:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 893+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/5/05 | Charles J. Hanley - AP
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The plea heard from the conference floor, from nation after nation, seems simple: Since we don't have nuclear weapons, please guarantee you won't use yours on us. It's the U.S. response - no - that isn't so simple, entangled as it is in the secret plans and dark visions of nuclear strategists. Demands for a treaty enshrining such guarantees are a major issue before the U.N. conference that opened this week to review the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, the 1970 pact by which more than 180 nations renounce atomic bombs forever in exchange for a pledge by...
  • How true this is and whether or not it actually happened, I have no idea, nontheless...(joke)

    01/31/2005 7:54:08 PM PST · by crushelits · 41 replies · 1,633+ views
    crushelits | Jan. 31, 2004 | crushelits
    For all of us who feel only the deepest love and affection for the way computers have enhanced our lives, read on. At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated, "If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon." In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release stating: If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics: 1. For no reason...
  • CA: Governor embraces new bridge-funding idea (More debt .. A statewide seismic-safety bond)

    01/27/2005 9:05:53 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 203+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 1/27/05 | Steve Geissinger
    SACRAMENTO — While declining in popularity and blasting Democrats, Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger left the way open Wednesday to put a huge seismic-safety bond before voters this year for the Bay Bridge and other needs statewide. The governor's comments came in the wake of Senate leader Don Perata, D-Oakland, acknowledging that he was considering the tactic but had not approached the governor. On learning of the governor's remark, Perata said he planned to huddle with other legislative majority Democrats, aides said. During wide-ranging questions after an address to the Sacramento Press Club, Gov. Schwarzenegger — asked specifically if he supported...
  • Placing Special Education Students in the Regular Classroom Can Be Detrimental to All

    12/10/2004 6:13:45 PM PST · by kiki04 · 61 replies · 2,924+ views
    Intellectual Conservative ^ | 08 December 2004 | Steve Leadley
    Placing Special Education Students in the Regular Classroom Can Be Detrimental to All by Steve Leadley 08 December 2004 The new trend of "inclusion" refers to the placement of special education students in the "regular" education classroom. A new trend has emerged in today’s educational environment. It is called “Inclusion.” For those not familiar with this term it refers to the placement of special education or “classified” students in the “regular” education classroom. The main motivation for this change in policy is the decision to place students’ self-esteem at the top of school objectives. Placing the classified student in with...
  • President Bush Signs Landmark Legislation Prohibiting Forced Psychiatric Drugging of Schoolchildren

    12/06/2004 1:02:52 PM PST · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 86 replies · 2,438+ views
    Celebrities, Parents, Legislators and Civil Rights Groups Win Victory for Children's Rights with Passage of the "Prohibition on Mandatory Medication Amendment" Los Angeles - Celebrities Lisa Marie Presley, Kelly Preston, Kirstie Alley, Jenna Elfman and Juliette Lewis joined the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a mental health watchdog established by the Church of Scientology, in applauding Congress for passing precedent-setting legislation that bans school personnel forcing parents to drug their children for classroom or behavioral problems. In order to receive federal funds under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), the "Prohibition on Mandatory Medication Amendment," was signed...

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 735 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • Bush Signs Internet Tax, Special Ed Bills

    12/03/2004 3:57:00 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 14 replies · 679+ views
    AP ^ | Dec 3, 2004
    State and local governments will be barred from taxing connections that link people to the Internet for the next three years under legislation signed Friday by President Bush. The measure blocks taxation of all types of Internet connections, from traditional dial-up services to high-speed broadband lines. "I cannot envision any time in the history of our country when it would make sense to be imposing taxes on broadband or the Internet, no matter where one is or who one may be," said Sen. George Allen, R-Va. The new law, which remains in effect until Oct. 31, 2007, will help ensure...
  • CA: Put brakes on gas tax idea

    11/27/2004 9:41:57 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 1,134+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 11/27/04 | Op/Ed
    Someone needs to pull the new director of the Department of Motor Vehicles over and stop her from speeding heedlessly into the future. Joan Borucki wants to put global positioning devices in cars to track the mileage they travel. The idea is to more closely tie gas taxes to where cars go, the routes they take and the mileage they rack up, rather than the fuel they use. The problem inspiring this potentially Orwellian notion is that as more new and fuel-efficient cars take to the state's highways, the less the state gets in gas taxes to maintain highways. As...
  • AP: U.N. Abandons Idea of Anti-Cloning Treaty

    11/19/2004 7:38:16 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 236+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/19/04 | Nick Wadhams - AP
    UNITED NATIONS - U.N. diplomats abandoned contentious efforts to draft a treaty that would outlaw human cloning and will likely settle for a weaker declaration that won't seek a comprehensive ban, officials said. The last-minute agreement on Thursday appeared to be a major blow to President Bush (news - web sites), who had called for a total ban on cloning when he spoke before the U.N. General Assembly in August. While there is near universal support among the United Nations (news - web sites)' 191 members to ban reproductive cloning — the cloning of babies — countries have wrestled over...
  • What's for supper? (Chat)

    08/22/2004 10:29:23 AM PDT · by EvaClement · 44 replies · 3,066+ views
    Self | 8/22/04 | Self
    What are FReepers fixing to eat during these hot August days? I try to have something substantial without heating up the kitchen. We have only a charcoal grill and concluded a few weeks back that it's too much work to use very often -- no doubt those w/ gas grills are using them regularly as they aren't as much trouble.
  • Bush-Cheney '04 Announces National "Educators for Bush" Team

    05/28/2004 4:31:53 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 4 replies · 200+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | May 28, 2004
    The Honorable Rod Paige Speaks on the President's Accomplishments in Education COLUMBUS, OH - On Thursday, May 27, 2004, the Honorable Rod Paige joined U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, Ohio Bush-Cheney '04 Educators for Bush Chair Dr. George Tombaugh, members of the "Educators for Bush" leadership team and Bush-Cheney '04 supporters to announce the national "Educators for Bush" team. The press conference highlighted the President's strong record on education reform and contrasted Sen. John Kerry's record on education issues. "President Bush has set a bold vision for American education - a vision that sets clear goals for student achievement and then...
  • The machine that invents

    01/26/2004 7:20:12 PM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 50 replies · 528+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 01/25/2004 | By Tina Hesman
    <p>Technically, Stephen Thaler has written more music than any composer in the world. He also invented the Oral-B CrossAction toothbrush and devices that search the Internet for messages from terrorists. He has discovered substances harder than diamonds, coined 1.5 million new English words, and trained robotic cockroaches. Technically.</p>
  • New Forms of School Choice: The Real McKays

    12/23/2003 9:27:08 PM PST · by bdeaner · 219+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | 12/17/03 | Robert Holland
    New Forms of School Choice: The Real McKaysSchool Choice Forces Emboldened by Recent String of Judicial and Legislative Victories By Robert Holland Printer Friendly   Email a Friend The fastest-growing voucher program in the land is the McKay Scholarship, which three years ago emerged in the choice-friendly climate of Florida. As of July 2003, more than 9,200 Florida special-education students were using McKays to attend private schools equipped to accommodate them. (Special education is education lingo for  individualized instruction developed  to meet the needs of each student judged to have a disability.) McKays predate the June 2002 Zelman decision. But the...
  • CA: Who's ahead in the idea race?

    09/14/2003 8:11:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 225+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 9/14/0 | Jay Rosen
    <p>Tony Marcano, ombudsman of The Bee, asks a good question: “How does a newspaper go about effectively covering 133 candidates” in the California recall?</p> <p>"There’s no precedent for it," writes Marcano. "There’s nothing in the universal campaign coverage playbook about how to handle a three-digit candidates’ list, particularly one with such a motley cast of characters."</p>
  • How Members of Congress Practice School Choice

    09/04/2003 9:29:21 AM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 1 replies · 157+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | September 3, 2003 | Krista Kafer and Jonathan Butcher
    Members of Congress will soon have the opportunity to approve legislation that will grant low-income families in the District of Columbia the chance to choose where their children attend school. If every Member of Congress who uses private schools votes to give disadvantaged D.C. families the same access, the legislation will pass. In the past three years, every piece of parental choice legislation would have passed if those who exercised choice in their own families had voted with supporters of school choice. Earlier this year, The Heritage Foundation conducted a survey of Members of Congress on school choice. Of those...
  • North Korea can't be trusted: UN nuclear watchdog (well duh! alert)

    08/29/2003 8:26:38 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 254+ views
    The Times of India ^ | August 29 2003 | Reuters
    VIENNA: The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog said on Friday that North Korea has been guilty of nuclear "blackmail" and could not be trusted, though he was encouraged by the six-country talks that took place in Beijing. "I don't think they can be trusted," head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IDEA) Mohamed ElBaradei said in an interview on BBC television. "However, we would like to work with them and bring them back to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)." Pyongyang expelled the IAEA's inspectors at the start of the year and then withdrew from the NPT, the global pact...
  • Don't blame special ed

    07/19/2003 9:32:43 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 35 replies · 756+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Friday, July 18, 2003 | Cindy Waeltermann
    <p>Many advocates of children with special needs, including myself, are becoming increasingly concerned over the current trend of local school districts to blame rising taxes on special education.</p> <p>Time and time again, school district officials have blamed their financial woes on federally mandated services required for special education students by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Already faced with many challenges, parents of special needs students are now being blamed for budgetary shortfalls in many local and city schools.</p>
  • American Federation of Teachers Statement on the House Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations Bill

    07/09/2003 12:26:40 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 1 replies · 239+ views
    American Federation of Teachers Statement on the House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Bill 7/9/03 11:38:00 AM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk, Education Reporter Contact: Leslie Getzinger of the American Federation of Teachers 202-585-4373 or WASHINGTON, July 9 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The following is a statement by Sandra Feldman, president, American Federation of Teachers on the House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Bill: The House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill pitifully shortchanges education funding. It comes in $8 billion below No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) authorized levels, slashes...
  • House passes special-education reform

    04/30/2003 10:52:50 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 203+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, May 1, 2003 | By George Archibald
    <p>Sweeping reform of the federal special-education program passed the House yesterday, but two Republican efforts to allow taxpayer support for handicapped students in private schools were defeated.</p> <p>By a vote of 251-171, the House passed a $125.9 billion, seven-year reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), with reforms to reduce paperwork and limit the practice of identifying children with reading and behavior problems as disabled.</p>
  • Vouchers Fail as House Passes Special Education Bill

    04/30/2003 7:52:57 PM PDT · by Sweet_Sunflower29 · 19 replies · 291+ views
    AP ^ | April 30, 2003
    A Republican-led push to let parents send disabled children to private school with government money failed Wednesday as the House passed legislation renewing a 28-year-old law governing special education. Critics said the school choice proposals amounted to a dangerous expansion of the voucher program. Almost every Democrat and about one-fifth of Republicans joined to reject the ideas. The proposals were a major point of contention in the debate over reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The bill passed by a 251-171 vote. One plan would have enticed states to create private school options so parents could use public...
  • Putting Power Back In Parental hands [Congress reacts to school pressure to drug kids with Ritalin]

    04/28/2003 7:35:37 AM PDT · by Al B. · 41 replies · 697+ views
    Insight On the News ^ | April 28, 2003 | Kelly Patricia O'Meara
    Congress soon will vote on legislation that has the psychiatric and mental-health communities agitated. Advocates of the bill say it will return to parents the power to decide whether a child should be medicated to get in school or stay there, and many see this measure as a warning bell for future debate about the legitimacy of childhood psychiatric disorders. The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) has been scheduled for reauthorization in May as HR 1350. An amendment to it, the Child Medication Safety Act, introduced by Rep. Max Burns (R-Ga.), requires no taxpayer funding but mandates that "State...
  • Parents and Teachers Say Nation's Schools Fail Kids With Learning Disabilities

    03/28/2003 12:04:58 PM PST · by FourPeas · 33 replies · 733+ views
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Randi Stark Stanton Crenshaw Communications (212) 780-1900 ext. 508View an advocacy animation (363kb)Download the survey findings (619kb)Parents and Teachers Say Nation's Schools Fail Kids With Learning Disabilities-- National Center for Learning Disabilities launches call to action to Keep Kids Learning --New York, NY, January 15, 2003 - An overwhelming majority of parents and teachers say the nation's schools take too long to identify students with learning disabilities, according to a benchmark study released today by the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD). The study provides important insights given the Congressional debate set to take place early this...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 3-08-03

    03/07/2003 10:03:25 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 6 replies · 357+ views
    NASA ^ | 3-08-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured , along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 March 8 Solar Sail Credit: NASA / MSFC Illustration Explanation: Nearly 400 years ago astronomer Johannes Kepler observed comet tails blown by a solar breeze and suggested that vessels might likewise navigate through space using appropriately fashioned sails. It is now widely recognized that sunlight does indeed produce a force which moves comet tails and a large, reflective sail could be a practical means of propelling...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 3-03-03

    03/03/2003 12:08:11 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 5 replies · 193+ views
    NASA ^ | 3-03-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 March 3 Will the Universe End in a Big Rip? Illustration Credit & Copyright: Lynette Cook Explanation: How will our universe end? Recent speculation now includes a pervasive growing field of mysterious repulsive energy that rips virtually everything apart. Although the universe started with a Big Bang, analysis of recent cosmological measurements allows a possibility that it will end with a Big Rip. As soon as few...
  • IDEA and school discipline

    02/25/2003 10:17:02 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 227+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, February 26, 2003
    <p>The landmark No Child Left Behind education bill signed into law by President Bush last January left untouched one of the most troubled federal programs serving the nation's schools: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). With Congress and the administration unable to reach agreement on overhauling IDEA, which serves 6 million children, Mr. Bush created the Commission on Excellence in Special Education, chaired by former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. In July, following months of public hearings across the country, the Branstad panel came back with a lengthy report recommending changes to IDEA. Unfortunately, the report — like those by earlier panels that attempted to improve the program — failed to provide any real guidance on ways to deal with disabled students who are violent and engage in criminal behavior.</p>
  • Since You Asked . . . Questions and answers on Bush and the war.

    02/04/2003 6:40:50 AM PST · by vannrox · 313+ views
    WSJ - Opinion Section ^ | Monday, February 3, 2003 12:01 a.m. EST | PEGGY NOONAN
    <p>It hit the spot, did what needed to be done. The bible references were pure Bush. Only question was why it wasn't given in the Oval Office. I think I am correct in observing that modern presidents shy away from the Oval for addresses. But why? The big desk with the pictures behind is what people expect. That's where presidents talk.</p>
  • A not quite purr-fect project - Despite selling only 12 of his pet doorbells...

    11/27/2002 5:51:59 PM PST · by vannrox · 8 replies · 750+ views
    Philli dot COM ^ | Posted on Mon, Nov. 25, 2002 | By Reid Kanaley
    Posted on Mon, Nov. 25, 2002 A not quite purr-fect projectDespite selling only 12 of his pet doorbells, Tony Vena remains optimistic.By Reid KanaleyInquirer Staff Writer When Phoenix, a 9-year-old tabby cat, wants in or out of the house, he rings the doorbell.By pawing at special switches mounted cat-high inside and outside of his Vincentown, N.J., house, loud chimes announce Phoenix's need for egress or ingress.The cat's owner, Tony Vena, 72, a talkative former Philadelphia parking lot operator now living in busy semi-retirement, thinks he is on to something with that doorbell - which he invented with an eye...
  • A man's right to choose

    08/12/2002 2:43:52 PM PDT · by vannrox · 328 replies · 1,713+ views
    DA-DI ^ | FR Post 8-11-02 | By Cathy Young
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