“This answer should be rich: Name another woman with her level of IQ that has served in office. Keep in mind she is top 1% IQ in the WORLD (Oh and no member of Congress in the last 20 years is EVEN CLOSE.)”
paulpeterman504 on Mar 30, 2014 at 21:08:02
“I actually care VERY LITTLE how somebody does on a standardized test as intelligence is far too broad and complex to measure through a multiple choice test. I'm sure many members of congress haven't even taken an IQ test as well. Her record shows that she has little common sense and had surprisingly little knowledge about terrorism or the middle east prior to her incompetence in allowing the 9/11 attacks. If she were smarter, her record would help her to run for president, which republicans would love since they have ZERO viable candidates. However, she was so poor at her job that she would have no chance based on the mistakes she made while working in the bush administration. She should stick to sports.”
“You misunderstand, not "even though all but six", but rather BECAUSE "all but six". FYI the clinics that offer other services can continue to offer those services and remain open... they can just no longer perform abortions.”
“While I do not disagree with your premise, and the findings of this study, I would like to see the results when a same-sex couple is the head of the family. My guess would be that the children would have roughly the same numbers as those raised in a heterosexual family.”
“Under NCLB if your School DISTRICT was failing for 3 consecutive years you could switch districts, but the funds did not move (the money was not attached to the child). The downside was that the federal guidelines were so lax (see also TEACHERS UNIONS) that a High School would have had to have had 51% of the students fail their exit exams... EASY exit exams. NCLB had no actual bite, just a loud, menacing growl.
It is EXTREMELY optimistic to think that 25% of students can raise the level of the other 75%, especially since efforts are errantly focused on the 75% of underachievers. I will concede that 12% of the achievers raised the level of the other 13%, but 25% cannot do that for 75%. All in all this is anecdotal evidence, not substantive enough to redesign a system.”
brin44 on Mar 23, 2014 at 18:45:07
“Funding is based on enrollment. If your child switched schools, the child would be on the roll and funds would follow (although not in the first year). NCLB is based on State testing, not high school exit exams, and scores were progressive. Each year a higher percentage of proficient students was required to meet the standard until 2014 when 100% was expected.
Extremely optimistic or not, I was there and watched it happen. Don't forget, the year before those 25% were also considered underachievers as none of them scored proficient on the State test. Of course, we also had a principal who got things done, a strong teaching staff, and teams of teachers who were given a multitude of resources and time to collaborate with our teams to discuss instruction and students. All for the same dollars per student that other schools in our district received.”
“What he is referring to is a TEA party candidate running as third party (that is the only "wild card" aspect). The TEA party is smart enough to not do that until a GOP control has been established. Don't mistake that as weakness, the TEA party starts at state and local elections, and is still a young party (only 6 years). In the next 10, if the GOP regains control, you will see more TEA party challengers.”
“If you read the methodology (which can be boring) an incumbent has an advantage over and above polling. Strength of candidate plays a huge role as well. I live in TX as well, and I can say with confidence, had Wendy Davis run for US Senate instead of Governor she could probably unseat John Cornyn, but she will not defeat Greg Abbott.”
Loyd Hawkins on Mar 24, 2014 at 10:32:18
“If the incumbent argument was always true, then why isn't the site giving the same advantage to the Senators from Arkansas and Alaska and North Carolina that are up for reelection. This site has two of them losing outright simply because of the polls and the third one is considered a toss up. What about the power of incumbency in those places????”
carbec on Mar 23, 2014 at 20:49:56
“Even though all but six abortion clinics have been closed in Texas? These are clinics that not only perform abortions but also screen for cancer, provide contraceptives, and other health care for the poor women of Texas. Since Rick Perry will not expand Medicaid, what will happen to poor women's healthcare in Texas?
Are Texans so blase about the lives of poor women?
I am incredulous.”
Loyd Hawkins on Mar 23, 2014 at 16:02:33
“I think you are wrong. She is drawing larger crowds than Abbott and he is doing nothing to generate any excitement for his campaign. Abbott, unless he turns things around, is likely headed for a loss.”
“Allow me, a straight ticket GOP voter, to explain. First: The abortion issue nets 35-40% of Republican voters. If the dems really want to win in a red state they have to run a sincerely Pro-Life candidate, but they won't. This doesn't translate directly to a win for GOP but, it rallies the troops (watch the TX Gubernatorial race, Wendy Davis is popular among libs, but will actually produce more GOP voters than Rick Perry did in the last 2 races). This who are economic voters, are angry. They work hard for their money (I am including myself in this category) and do not like the taxes taken out of my check (but they are a necessary evil). The anger truly occurs when we are standing in line at the grocery store and the person in front of us is purchasing better food than us (name brand food, steaks, snack food etc) and then uses their "Lone Star" card (the Food Stamp Card) to pay for it... meaning I paid for it. Then they go to look for housing and stumble into the situation where they make too much money to live somewhere (this happens more regularly than you think). The final straw is when we drive our four year old Ford, that we bought used, out of that grocery store or apartment complex and see the "Food Stamp" user driving a brand new Lexus. That 10-15% of Economic voters is the deciding factor. Anger, like Sex, SELLS!!!”
“No, they are a DEFENSIVE breed. Every animal has a "fight or flight" reflex, and a pit bull's first instinct is to meet aggression with aggression, but they do not actively seek out opportunities to be aggressive (any more than any other dog would given the exact same circumstances). If you act aggressively towards a Pit Bull they will respond in kind, and even their minor "stop doing that" behavior is dangerous. The reason Pit Bulls are called aggressive is that their "warning" signs are not verbal (ie growling, snarling, barking etc). If a Pit Bull feels threatened it changes the position of its ears, flattens it's tail (as opposed to raising it), and lowers its overall height. This is counterintuitive to what other canines do. A truly AGGRESSIVE breed of dog is the Chihuahua. A Chihuahua will chase you, and make verbal threatening sounds, while nipping at your heels, just for looking at it. The difference is a Chihuahua can barely draw blood if it bites, and a Pit bull can break bone. You are much more likely to run into an aggressive Chihuahua (they ALL are), but be less scared of it upon seeing it because it really poses no harmful threat. A Pit Bull you will reach down to pet, because it won't chase you and growl and snarl, and may end up getting a "stop doing that" bite because you ignored the warning signs.”
“First: Before you EVER pet a strange dog, you should know how to read his/ her body language. Dogs don't just snap. Pit Bulls generally do not growl to warn you (this is one of the reasons they are called aggressive, because their warning signs are not auditory) but they do change the position of their tail, and the position of their ears (this is one of the MANY reasons you should NEVER clip their ears or dock their tails), they also change their body posture (unlike some dogs who are in an aggressive TALL posture, Pit Bulls lower their overall body height). While I will concede that breeding does play a HUGE part in a dog's behavior, it is the mix breeding that often causes aggression. People laud the adoption of mix breeds, as though it were always honorable, but when you mix a boxer and a pit bull (a common mix) you get a VERY dangerous dog... that you cannot tell is mixed (they share ALOT of common visual identifiers). The result is a hyper dog that gets bored easily (boxer) with a strong dog with no auditory warnings (pit bull).
Dogs, while each breed has its own personality, all share a common language... we humans just don't understand it. Pick up a Book called Inside of a Dog (the authors name is either Alexandra or her last name is Alexander) and it will help you learn what to look for in their language.”
“Then Pennsylvania operates differently from the rest of the country. Schools in the majority of the country are funded based on EXPECTED enrollment (based on population and previous enrollments), but the children are still required to go to their neighborhood schools unless they go to private schools (funded by the parents). If the money TRULY does follow the student in Pennsylvania then that is the correct way to do it, but I would second guess your assertion of that because of the controversy surrounding the implementation of school choice in DC.
On a side note you praised the 25% of students improving from changing the principal as groundbreaking, but dismissed the 70% improvement as subpar... Perhaps I am missing something but it seems you are making my point for me.”
brin44 on Mar 23, 2014 at 14:33:33
“Under NCLB, if your school is failing you may choose to apply to another school. This is a Federal law and State DOEs must comply.
I was not dismissing the 70% improvement, I was pointing out that the students continued to improve. I don't think the 25% were held back by the others, I think they motivated others to perform better. We treated students with dignity and respect and expected more than 3rd grade work regardless of reading level. They responded by being respectful and attaining more dignified test results. Don't get me wrong, it was still middle school and there were still problems. But we found better ways to deal with the problems that suspension and expulsion.”
“I'm not sure what state you are in, but the majority of states require that you go to the school nearest your house (or in the region they have designated as your region)... so the only CHOICE you have is to move, or go to private school. I am talking about choosing your school outside of your zone and having the money follow the student so that no one has to come out of pocket for the change.
If it were me running the school, which its not, I would have tried to move those 25% to a better school... because even though they were doing better than before, they were still being held back by the failing students around them.”
brin44 on Mar 22, 2014 at 18:21:17
“Most schools are funded based on student enrollment, so if your child went to a different school, the money would follow the student. Second, after three years we had a little more than 70% of the students showing impressive gains. I'm in Pennsylvania.”
“I am so sick and tired of ignorant people being scared of pit-bulls. Pit bulls are NOT an aggressive breed, they are NOT biters, they are the sweetest dogs on the planet... you don't even have to raise them "right" (whatever that means)... you just have to not be a jerk to your dog.”
Leslie Harrington on Mar 23, 2014 at 01:19:39
“I've been bitten by two pit bulls. One landed me in the hospital. The second was raised with a nice family with two children. He left a nice little welt on my face simply because I bent down to pet him. Off the top of my head, I can think of two separate pits that snapped at my lab, and another pit that snapped at my neighbor. Terriers were bred into pits for the purpose of instilling in them that terrier attitude. It's simple biology. Watch the documentary "Dogs Decoded" on Netflix, and you'll see the effect breeding has on a dog's behavior (think of the herding instinct in a border collie, for instance). A breed's tendencies toward aggression are almost 100% determined by genes . I'm not saying that all pits have the aggression gene. But the likelihood is far more than known family breeds, like labs and poodles. I believe that all dogs deserve love and respect, but this false notion that a dog's behavior is determined by their owners alone is dangerous: it leads to terrible accidents where babies and children are mauled to death. Not to mention, pits have strong jaws and are capable of much more damage than most other breeds. I am a dog lover, but being a responsible dog owner should always involve knowing the breed, knowing it's potential strengths and weaknesses, and being prepared to handle those weaknesses.”
jonpluc on Mar 22, 2014 at 23:36:13
“Yes they are an aggressive breed. Pitbulls are wonderful and loyal and loving right up until the second they aren't. Then the owners go thru the exact same song and dance we have all heard a million times. i dont know what happened, the dog was so loving and protective of his family yada yada and suddenly your in the hospital cause the dog bit the face of your 5 year old and turned it into coleslaw.Would you own a gun that just fired every once in a rare while for no reason while in your bedroom drawer?”
“Yet another article on the disadvantages of minority youth, without a single mention of the REAL cause, and no mention of a good solution.
The REAL cause: Nearly 3/4 AA children born in the United states are born into single parent homes. You can like, or not like the facts, but they are the facts. Single parents cannot, despite their most sincere, most effective efforts, provide the same support (emotionally, and physically) as a two parent home can (I don't even care if they are gay or straight... 2 is better than one). That problem must be solved by the AA community. Any effort by someone not in that community gets classified as racist and ignored (sad but true). Until that problem is solved (this is a generational problem, not a yearly fix), there is one method that prevents at least one of the aforementioned predicaments.
SCHOOL CHOICE: Allow parents to choose where their child goes to school. A minority student should not be forced to go to a failing school because that is where he lives, so let the student and parent choose the school. They would get more access to veteran teachers, and have less disruptions. On the same note, the movement between schools would provide incentives for the poorer schools to shape up, and they would have less students... so it would be easier. The only people who gain nothing with school choice are the lazy teachers (not all of them, just the lazy ones).”
brin44 on Mar 22, 2014 at 14:48:28
“We have had school choice since the 1970s and the desegregation movement. More school choice came in the 1980s as parents could choose to send students to schools outside their neighborhood -- they merely had to fill out the transfer request. The 1990s gave rise to Charter Schools -- even more choices. Where did this get us?
As for the first part of your statement, I worked in one of the so-called "failing" schools. The school was 99 percent AA and the students ran the school. A new, no-nonsense principal and a strong teaching staff turned the school around in a little over a year. Test scores went from 0 proficient/advanced to 25 percent.”
“no one said she was... what article did you read? He was saying he thinks she should use her platform, not be blamed for the problems of the black community.”
chelledc on Mar 16, 2014 at 17:03:19
“She has used her platform all this time to do exactly what she said and she still uses her personal platform to promote positive things.
She made one album that is a bit more grown and sexy probably because with her new marriage and the birth of her kid that is how she feels. Why shouldn't she be allowed to switch it up a bit as an artist and make things for adults and not just kids?
This is one album that adults should just keep out of the hands of kids. Not everything is for them nor should it be.”
“I think TED is dying, I think that is why he is telling the story. They have made allusions to him forgetting the stories he has already told her, he was the one who got sad when mentioning Robin's mother not coming to the wedding. I think he is about to spring on the kids that he is dying, or coming down with Alzheimer's (the time frame puts him at about 65 in 2030 so it works). I wish they would have introduced the mother sooner. She is pretty funny and would have made for some great episodes. I am seriously going to miss this show...”
kk162838 on Mar 18, 2014 at 16:58:56
“I thought the same thing watching that episode. I mean all "old married" couples tell each other the same story over and over again, but it seemed like the Mother was really pushing Ted to understand that she had heard that one before. Too much tension for it to just be that she was bored with his story.”
amdezurik on Mar 16, 2014 at 20:15:08
“or that Ted's mom died before they got married, several possibilities”
Adam Jeffrey on Mar 16, 2014 at 18:33:42
“The character is 35 in 2014, which would make him 51 in 2030, not 65. And the dinner where Ted and the wife were in the restaurant and Ted began to well up took place in 2022.”
“Education is yet another aspect where having 2 parents is ideal (Frankly I am for gay marriage and gay families adopting... but that is a different topic). The "institutional racism" you claim, is again CLASS-ISM. Having 2 parents leads to more involvement of the parent in the child's education, which leads to better grades and more opportunity to get out of poverty. I am not insinuating that 2 parents will spell the end of poverty, but placing the blame on a "selling point" of liberal theory is counterproductive (that liberal theory being that somehow, someone else's success hinders your own progress... asinine). Class-ism exists, but it is not permanent... if one works themselves out of poverty, then they are no longer subject to Class-ism... that is easier to do with 2 parent homes.
Balancing morality with scientific discovery does not a "science-denier" make. It wasn't too long ago that scientific "discovery" was used to perpetuate fear and racism (look into scientific discoveries about African Americans from the 1950s, see also the "cold climate scare" from the 1950s). On more than one occasion certain groups have hidden behind "scientific discovery" to attain political, social, and even religious goals. Questioning unverifiable findings is not the epitome of stupidity, but rather an example of clarity. Just as religious nuts can be considered sheep, so can those who follow discoveries as though it were their God.”
tamss13 on Mar 16, 2014 at 22:35:41
“one thing we have to remember in the Class-ism argue is the large amount of black men going to prison each year.....even though the laws are uneven weighed against black young men I do agree that education would help direct young men into legal ways of improving their lot in life....many kids come from a home where their mother is unwed, but allot of them have their grandparents there to help them...they have a father figure in their Grandfather assisting...so even though they may come form a single mother home...they have a father figure there encouraging them”
Johnjwins on Mar 16, 2014 at 17:30:53
“I get what you're saying but I think your view is focused on the here and now regarding institutional racism. There has been decades of institutional racism affecting education and the justice system that is still very much a problem. I agree that it is getting to the point though that Classism is a lager problem. But I don't think you're realistic about the ability that people have to get out of the lower classes. People who reject fundamental science, like the age of the universe, the theory of evolution, or conversely believe in the bible literally are responsible for undermining education and oddly enough the areas of this country where there are people who value their religious beliefs over science are the same areas of this country that are the least educated and the poorest. If a new religion came on the scene and made the types of claims that Christianity does and wanted public education to be augmented as to coincide with their belief structure they would be laughed at - and justly so. I am a strong believer in the separation of church and state and that it should cut both ways. Religion should be kept out of the government and government out of religion. Schools should be completely secular and children should be though to the same standards in this country as they are in the rest of the developed world.”
“He is, that is why he wants her to do more uplifting stuff. Politics aside he recognizes her as a good role model (he has never said anything derogatory about her or Jay Z as people... maybe music... but I don't remember) and what he is asking her to do is to use that platform for good. He is not asking her to stop recording music, he is saying she would be just as "in demand" because of her talent and make just as much money. This story is being spun as hateful... but it is not.”
MountainPenelope on Mar 16, 2014 at 23:21:15
“I will stack up Ms. Knowles charity work beside tight-fisted O'Really any day (not that she has to answer to him, or you, or me).
Here's a link to her "routine" charity work. This is in addition to all the benefits at which she performs for free.
I think any girl or woman, young or old, who follows her example will receive great joy in life.
“He is HYPOCRITICAL period. Funny how Conservatives like him like to preach "personal responsibility" yet claiming Beyonce is supposed to be responsible for the actions of strangers.
She is not responsible for anyone's teens and kids.”
MountainPenelope on Mar 16, 2014 at 15:35:32
“Too bad he doesn't demand the same from people like the Kochs who have billions and billions more than Beyoncé & Jay Z.”
soulsearchin on Mar 16, 2014 at 15:35:27
“The problem is that Beyonce and Jay Z are great role models for Black people in general. Perhaps there is hope for Black on Black love after all, and that is the real problem for O'Reilly. BLACK LOVE. Black Folks loving each other holds power, and I repeat, that is Bills real issue, and other like him.”
“So... let me spell this out for you: One of the biggest causes of POVERTY is unwed parents (I know it's not a PC thing to say... but it's true). The "institutional racism" you claim is not RACISM... it's CLASS-ISM. Black people don't scare rich white people anymore... POOR people scare rich white people. This is often referred to as racism, because poverty hits black folks harder (We are in agreement there), but the single parent rate leads to more poverty. SO the Correlation and the Causation (in this instance anyway) match up.”
melcorp on Mar 16, 2014 at 19:10:43
“I didn't read the conversation you continue with John W. But, I don't disagree with what you are saying so long as you can accept that the reason why black people are more likely to be poor was systematic and institutional racism for many years after slavery.”
Johnjwins on Mar 16, 2014 at 14:26:02
“You're right...that's not very PC. Realistically the biggest problem in this country is poverty and a growing divide between the classes. It's not limited to race but the institution that most keeps the improvised down is our lack of a strong department of education which would otherwise be the great equalizer and help drive the entire country forward. Sometimes I really wish that the federal government was responsible for education and took the states out of it so that a kid in Arkansas received as good of education as a kid in Connecticut and than other times, like when we have a science denying President like George W., that idea terrifies me. There is institutional racism in this country and it creates a self perpetuating cycle. Poor Blacks are as susceptible to this as Poor Whites. The consumers for musicians are mostly suburban kids whose parents have disposable income. I don't think her message is a cause that keeps people down. Although I don't think it's productive either but she's an entertainer - not a leader of the down trodden. So Bill's wrong for lionizing her in the first place but I don't expect much from him either since he's also just an entertainer.”
“Rose, your wrong... Trimmed and/ or shaven is HEALTHIER than the opposite. IT has it's own problems (razor burn, bumps, ingrown hairs) but it is overall healthier. It has nearly made "crabs" extinct. It also lessens the likelihood of spreading visible STDs (Herpes) because the affected areas can be viewed. On top of that it makes it easier to get fully clean leading to less infections and less bacteria. No one has ever died from shaving their pubic region but more than a few have caught some pretty deadly stuff that could have been avoided if there were less hair.
On a side note, I do not like having to clean hair off my tongue, I don't expect anyone else too either therefor I keep my trimmed WAY back and I expect the same from my wife.”
finebettysays on Mar 18, 2014 at 11:54:29
“I would strongly advise in particular white men to not shave or remove all pubic hair as it is extremely unattractive to see a pink white penis covered in red spots that looks like a plucked chicken.”
finebettysays on Mar 18, 2014 at 11:52:05
“The only one that you are right on is crabs but that to me is a very small bonus.
To date, the evidence that pubic hair removal might affect STD risk has come primarily from small observational studies... However, in these studies, hair removal has been associated with the presence of viral STDs and with the number of lesions and sores that are visible on the body. It is therefore entirely plausible that shaving or waxing could increase STD risk in all the ways mentioned above.
Finally, it's important to mention that there is one STD that has been decimated by the decreasing popularity of pubic hair. Pubic lice don't like bare skin, and the rate of infection has fallen precipitously in recent years."
"Waxing, shaving and plucking hair can cause skin trauma, breaching its protective barrier and potentially aiding the spread of other sexually transmitted infections, said Cooper Robbins at the University of Sydney...”
finebettysays on Mar 18, 2014 at 11:47:39
“Could you please provide links to back up these claims? I can only find completely unresearched claims for the clean and hygenic "look" that you get, not that it is in reality cleaner or more hygenic. If you have herpes you will know it, it is painful. If you don't have a break out but carry the virus then shaving is not going to help you. I find it sad that people are so obsessed with "odours" - a quick wash before sex is all you need to ensure cleanliness, all other odours are part of the fun, and a hair in the mouth? Jeez... if that's all you have to worry about... and its generally avoidable. For many people, waxing, shaving and depilatory creams are out of the question because they result in painful rashes and completely unsightly, itchy sores that mean even if you have a partner you could bear showing the disgusting mess to, sex is out of the question. For cleanliness, hygiene and aesthetics, trimming is the best way to go.”
“I disagree. I think RIGHTS are absolute (and one main reason we welcome a retrial of Roe v. Wade). Gun OWNERS are not regulated, Gun CARRIERS are regulated (I know it is splitting hairs... but there is a difference). One can own a rocket launcher, but one cannot BUY a rocket launcher (do you see where I am going with this?). Speech is not restricted if it is harmless (then it gets into infringing on another's right). Keep in mind, abortion is only restricted and regulated for the PROVIDERS. There is no penalty if a woman travels overseas and has an abortion in the third trimester at will.
I have to go for the evening, but I have enjoyed this conversation and the elegance and civility that was utilized on your part. I look forward to more conversations.”