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Rick Scott Vetoes Bill Sending Non-Violent Drug Offenders To Rehab After Serving Half Sentence In Jail

Rick Scott Vetoes Bill Sending Non-Violent Drug Offenders To Rehab After Serving Half Sentence In Jail

Commented Apr 11, 2012 at 12:18:35 in Miami

“Yes it can be but it is done in only rare circumstances. If we don't see one then it is possible that many of these legislators merely voted for it because they knew that it would be vetoed and would not have to worry about coming against this bill. I hope this is vetoed because it would be a great improvement to the state's prison system.”
Rick Scott Vetoes Bill Sending Non-Violent Drug Offenders To Rehab After Serving Half Sentence In Jail

Rick Scott Vetoes Bill Sending Non-Violent Drug Offenders To Rehab After Serving Half Sentence In Jail

Commented Apr 11, 2012 at 12:14:53 in Miami

“I would hope so since that is one of the basic principles of checks and balances, right? One person being able to have the final say and not be overturned wold violate that idea.”

Donald Kinge on Apr 11, 2012 at 15:02:45

“Florida does some weird stuff...so it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest.”
Rick Scott Vetoes Bill Sending Non-Violent Drug Offenders To Rehab After Serving Half Sentence In Jail

Rick Scott Vetoes Bill Sending Non-Violent Drug Offenders To Rehab After Serving Half Sentence In Jail

Commented Apr 11, 2012 at 10:31:46 in Miami

“I'm thinking either a few things. Either Rick Scott said whatever to everyone and decided to veto it for either ideological reasons or for money reasons (private prisons) or Republicans knew he would veto it anyways and decided to veto for it to not look bad.”
Richard Cebull's Racist Obama Email To Be Investigated By 9th Circuit Court

Richard Cebull's Racist Obama Email To Be Investigated By 9th Circuit Court

Commented Apr 6, 2012 at 11:32:50 in Politics

“True the 1st amendment does keep him from facing criminal charges, but when you hold a position of power like that then everything you say can be scrutinized and judged. In this case, he is a judge and if he were to have racist tendencies then this could skew his courtroom and the outcomes of trials. Not saying that this happened, but you could see how that could be an issue.”

Leroy Griffin on Apr 6, 2012 at 22:06:53

“yea we had a president lie underoath about getting a little head and got away with it put that in your pipe and smoke”
Trayvon Martin Cartoonist: Texas Students Petition To Reinstate Stephanie Eisner At Campus Newspaper

Trayvon Martin Cartoonist: Texas Students Petition To Reinstate Stephanie Eisner At Campus Newspaper

Commented Apr 5, 2012 at 10:11:51 in College

“Is this surprising to you? Often people are not able to speak their mind fully because of a thread of termination or etc.

There are consequences sometimes for the things that you say.”
3,000 Dolphins Found Dead On Peruvian Beaches In 2012 (VIDEO)

3,000 Dolphins Found Dead On Peruvian Beaches In 2012 (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 4, 2012 at 19:02:30 in Green

“Read it over a few more times. If you still don't get it then you never will.”

vakh on Apr 4, 2012 at 19:14:27

“Then your idea of philosophy is really deep..”
Wisconsin Voters Reportedly Asked To Show Photo ID, Despite Suspension Of Law

Wisconsin Voters Reportedly Asked To Show Photo ID, Despite Suspension Of Law

Commented Apr 4, 2012 at 01:09:55 in Politics

“To be honest, this was bound to happen in one particular place so I really don't think it's that big of a deal.”

kareemachan on Apr 4, 2012 at 07:07:30

“Too much tequila.”
Barack Obama Confident That Supreme Court Will Let His Health Care Law Stand

Barack Obama Confident That Supreme Court Will Let His Health Care Law Stand

Commented Apr 2, 2012 at 16:53:45 in Politics

“Please tell me which rights you have lost, how your freedom has been inhibited and what we are doing to the constitution.”
Trayvon Martin Case: Enhanced Police Video Shows Injuries On George Zimmerman's Head

Trayvon Martin Case: Enhanced Police Video Shows Injuries On George Zimmerman's Head

Commented Apr 2, 2012 at 16:38:06 in Black Voices

“Unfortunately, that seems to be less and less the case.”
Trayvon Martin Case: Enhanced Police Video Shows Injuries On George Zimmerman's Head

Trayvon Martin Case: Enhanced Police Video Shows Injuries On George Zimmerman's Head

Commented Apr 2, 2012 at 16:36:57 in Black Voices

“It just sets a dangerous precedent to say that Zimmerman wasn't in the wrong in any sort of way. There are a lot of unanswered questions in all this. I just don't feel comfortable with a man who is armed with a gun to be able to go and question you, and follow you, when he has no authority, and to not have any sort of repercussions. Just because he thought the person was "acting really strange" and he was suspicious looking.”
Trayvon Martin Case: Enhanced Police Video Shows Injuries On George Zimmerman's Head

Trayvon Martin Case: Enhanced Police Video Shows Injuries On George Zimmerman's Head

Commented Apr 2, 2012 at 16:28:22 in Black Voices

“There are businesses not even a mile from where he was staying at.”
All Aboard Florida: FEC Plans Private Rail Development For Train Service From Miami To Orlando (POLL)

All Aboard Florida: FEC Plans Private Rail Development For Train Service From Miami To Orlando (POLL)

Commented Mar 23, 2012 at 06:24:48 in Miami

“You do realize that Amtrak was the same way, right? They were a private company at first before they had to be bailed out and brought under government control. Who is to say the same thing won't happen in this situation? Yeah it may be private now but who knows how long that will last. And the money that RS rejected ended up going to another state. He did nothing but end up hurting the state by rejecting the money because it was going to end up getting spent one way or another.

And it's not even high speed rail.”

metusmetu on Mar 25, 2012 at 21:42:54

“Yes, and after I have talked to people in Amtrak telling me they are controlled by congress as to where they can run, and where they cannot, and will not let them expand AT ALL WHERE THEY WANT TO!! Is no wonder this country is at the MERCY OF THE BIG OIL COMPANIES!!”

behindEnemyLines on Mar 23, 2012 at 09:43:31

“AMTRAK is not private or state run, it is Federally subsidized. Second the new rail goes right through downtown Miami. Amtrack stops in FT Lauderdale. He ensured the citizens of Florida were not on the hook after the Feds stop funding the high speed rail program 10 years after it was built. This is a win for Florida, it's citizens and Scott. Something I know bothers the hell out of your side.”

bola47 on Mar 23, 2012 at 08:29:25

“amtrak was federally subsidized from day 1. it is made up of a conglomeration of bankrupt private railroads.”
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Dutch Roman Catholic Church Castrated Boys As 'Treatment' For Homosexuality

Commented Mar 20, 2012 at 23:47:13 in Religion

“And the Holocaust happened nearly 70 years ago. Should we just forgot about that as well since it was so long ago?”
Mike Lee, Utah Senator, Warns President Obama's Reelection Means $6.60 Gas While Experts Scoff

Mike Lee, Utah Senator, Warns President Obama's Reelection Means $6.60 Gas While Experts Scoff

Commented Mar 7, 2012 at 17:22:40 in Politics

“His policies are having less of an effect than some people think. There are so many factors that affect oil and it is silly to attribute so much of it to one man. The talk of Iran is pushing prices higher due to insane speculation and companies can get more money if they sell their oil to another country.”
Chicago's Coal Plants To Close: Mayor's Ultimatum Leads To Environmentalists' Win (VIDEO)

Chicago's Coal Plants To Close: Mayor's Ultimatum Leads To Environmentalists' Win (VIDEO)

Commented Feb 29, 2012 at 18:44:27 in Chicago

“You make it sound like it will end up costing people more money. How do you know that the current situation isn't more costly? Just because we can get cheap energy doesn't mean we can ignore the external costs of pollution. Someone has to pay for it. Paying a little more for your energy bill may in fact save society money over time from the benefits to people's health and the positive environmental benefits.”

grappler1987 on Mar 1, 2012 at 00:55:42

“"electricity bills jump an estimated 40 to 60 percent "

Sounds like more. Besides, our power plants have made great progress since 2005.

"NASA Satellite Confirms Sharp Decline in Pollution from U.S. Coal Power Plants"
"The scientists, led by an Environment Canada researcher, have shown that sulfur dioxide levels in the vicinity of major coal power plants have fallen by nearly half since 2005."
http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/coal-pollution.html
Minimum Wages Could Be Lowered In Arizona, Florida

Minimum Wages Could Be Lowered In Arizona, Florida

Commented Feb 23, 2012 at 09:48:51 in Politics

“The easiest way to get legislators to stop doing ridiculous things like this are to make them experience it all. I wonder how much funding our social welfare would get if legislators had to live off of that instead of their exorbitant salaries?”
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Mitt Romney Fundraising Stagnates, Decreasing His Financial Advantage

Commented Feb 21, 2012 at 06:44:19 in Politics

“If it weren't so amusing watching them tear each other apart for a lost cause, then I'd be saying the same thing. But it's just too funny...”
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Peter Skyllberg, Swedish Man, Survived Two Months In Snow-Covered Car (VIDEO)

Commented Feb 20, 2012 at 00:39:03 in Good News

“Even with food, the fact that it was an open raft is one of the major obstacles. You have the sun beating down on you all day, the wind and rain from storms always on you; essentially no way to seek shelter from the elements. That's probably one of the harshest aspects of it all.”

homeinsulation on Feb 20, 2012 at 00:45:51

“Yes, yes, yes....we've all seen Tom Hands in Castaway and know how being lost at sea goes. : )

I'm glad this guy made it. I'm sure the cold weather slowed his metabolism. I still find it hard to believe he didn't crawl, tunnel and bore his way out.”
17 High School Students' Facebook Photos Used On Porn Site (VIDEO)

17 High School Students' Facebook Photos Used On Porn Site (VIDEO)

Commented Feb 15, 2012 at 23:02:33 in Education

“Or it could be because it's so difficult to remedy after it has already happened? Once it's on the net, its there for good.”

p8q2b8ng on Feb 15, 2012 at 23:08:42

“"Once it's on the net, its there for good"
I find it funny how you choose the correct "it's" for only one of them. Anyways, that statement is not true at all.”
Scott Walker Recall: Movement Underway For Governor To Win Democratic Primary

Scott Walker Recall: Movement Underway For Governor To Win Democratic Primary

Commented Feb 3, 2012 at 16:44:44 in Politics

“That happens quite too often, unfortunately.”
Infrastructure Problems In U.S. Go Far Beyond Dollars

Infrastructure Problems In U.S. Go Far Beyond Dollars

Commented Feb 3, 2012 at 08:05:05 in Politics

“Foreign aid is such a small percentage of our budget. There is much easier things to go after then foreign aid. We spend nearly a trillion dollars on our defense budget. That's a very easy place to start with.”
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Susan G. Komen Top Officials Resign As Backlash Gains Steam

Commented Feb 3, 2012 at 06:13:04 in Politics

“It's also come out that only 30% of the donations go to research. The rest pay for administrative purposes.”
Obama Administration's Challenge To Schools: Embrace Digital Textbooks Within 5 Years

Obama Administration's Challenge To Schools: Embrace Digital Textbooks Within 5 Years

Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 23:49:49 in Education

“That's a good model that can work very well.”

coachnelly on Feb 3, 2012 at 07:52:52

“So far, so good. My principal really took his time instituting the policy and heard suggestions and concerns from teachers and parents. We have signs up that say either power on or off which allows the students to know when and where they can use their device. Lunch is power off...they still have to learn to socialize. :)”
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Jesus Navarro, An Undocumented Immigrant, Denied Kidney Transplant Despite Willing Donor And Insurance Coverage

Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 05:17:05 in San Francisco

“Then why is it legal that he can be a donor but not a receiver? That's hypocritical. And it's not like he is trying to get a car or something. This is a person's life.”
Obama Administration's Challenge To Schools: Embrace Digital Textbooks Within 5 Years

Obama Administration's Challenge To Schools: Embrace Digital Textbooks Within 5 Years

Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 04:01:28 in Education

“There are just some huge issues with this.

First, what happens if a student is robbed? If they are forced to buy a new tablet then this could place an unfair burden on them, especially poor students. Furthermore, if you give them a tablet, you have now just marked them as a target and this could lead to consequences. Perhaps if they were modified in some way that it was purely an educational tablet, then this could work maybe. It'd create less of an incentive for it to be stolen if all it can do is educational activities.

Also, it can save paper for textbooks that is for sure, but will it really be cheaper? If there are free updates and discounts on future versions of the text, then this could be amazing.

I could also see some privacy issues erupting from this. If it's something like an iPad, where the child can get on the internet/facebook, then does the school have a right to the content of the student? And if the student posts something objectionable with the school tablet, can they be prosecuted for that?

There are some kinks to work out, for sure, but this has potential to be a great thing. Many kids have some form of technology on them at some point and so this is the medium that they understand best.”

coachnelly on Feb 2, 2012 at 11:21:33

“As far as the privacy issues are concerned, my school district has an open technology policy where students are allowed to bring in their own technological devices from home to use during the school day. BUT....they are only allowed to use our WIFI connection which has all the internet protections - students (and teachers as well) are not allowed to visit any social media website or anything that the district deems unacceptable for viewing in a public school. If the student does connect to Facebook through a different network and we take notice, they are in trouble for violating their technology contract which states that they will only use our school network while at school.

If you take your time, think ahead and develop the proper policies to ensure student safety and access......used properly, this could be a revolutionary idea.”
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