“What is "highly paid" to you? A salary of $50,000 for a 10 hr work day, SEVEN days a week?
You're a prime example of how poorly educated Americans are indeed and FULL of baloney (or bologna), might I add.
Personally, I think we don't pay our teachers enough!”
hammhome on Dec 3, 2013 at 16:59:54
“when you compare an American teacher's salary, benefits and retirement package with the pay package of a teacher in Singapore, China, Malaysia, or heck, any of the countries who scored higher than the US.... our teachers are HIGHLY paid...... these other countries get higher scores with lower costs...... we pay more than any other nation on earth and rank well below 3rd world countries like Viet Nam..... and btw, what is it with Progs, who always have to include a gratuitous personal insults at commenter with whom you don't agree? It's easy to be rude and insult people hiding behind anonymity, isn't it?”
“That is the most ridiculous talking point! A family budget is NOTHING like the economy! As a republican, you should be well versed on how capitalism works...by commoners, like me, SPENDING money, in order to generate revenue. Well, this is also how to stimulate the economy. By spending infrastructure, you create construction jobs and stimulate the housing and building industry markets. By spending on education, you get far higher returns with a more educated populous, who WILL be the job creators and future innovators, rather than working for others. By spending on science and technology, you give scientists the opportunity to come up with cost effective fuels or better drug therapies...which stimulates pharma company growth (a plus for republicans). Just a FEW examples.
And since you mention Bush, when did he ONCE mention we need to SAVE for the future generations? I don't EVER recall he said, "Hey, ya'll, let's SAVE the surplus we've got here piled up here from Clinton so we don't go go broke in the future"! Gimme a break!
Furthermore, President G.W. Bush ADDED close to $5.9 trillion to the debt, which amounted to about 101% of increase left by his predecessor, Clinton. Compared to him, Obama increased it only by 44%. ALSO, interestingly enough, Reagan added $1.86 trillion dollars (much of which we are STILL paying for, for both Bush and Reagan) and Reagan's additions were 186% of that of Carter! So much for "SAVING OUR FUTURE" republican Bull-S..T!”
“you should have stopped typing at "I'm not real smart..." period.”
frankmann on Nov 21, 2013 at 16:14:17
getsit on Nov 21, 2013 at 14:18:47
“I know, huh!? The 7.5% plus came from BUSH. We've been holding out own in this country BECAUSE we are spending otherwise we'd be in the same horrible mess as Europe with double digit unemployment in some countries and people committing suicide. And he's too stupid to figure out.
If the Republican party really cared about him they'd be working toward investing money into infrastructure jobs (like Ike did) and putting people to work. The only thing he and the Republican party are interested in is targeting Obama because he's black and all of them are mostly stupid these days. We would be in a real mess if Romney had been elected.”
jrt1098 on Nov 21, 2013 at 14:09:51
“well out here in the hinterlands "where we still cling to our guns and our religion" I guess we need a real smart feller like yourself to explain stuff that just doesn't make sense.
tell me this ... did you Cut Spending ... by spending MORE in your family budget !
... but I know ... wait for it, wait for it ... it's George Bush's fault
this clown can't even get to Press Conferences on time !!!”
“What about the Baghavad Gita, Ramayana, and Veda? What about the Torah or the Quran or the Tipitaka? Are these also truth and accurate? They also have prophets who bring the same message of a "Creator" and speak of the "Holy One". Would you also give these religious scriptures their due respect, as a "real" Christian?”
Mason J Stewart on Nov 20, 2013 at 10:34:46
“I use the Torah, Kabbalah and Gnostic Library the most, not the Bible. Yes, I give those Religions and Prophets due respect as a Christian. They are truth and accurate.”
“I was glad to see that 50% respondents voted the Bible as fiction and 32% as other. I think true Christians realize this book (with very interesting and morally encompassing stories) is not to be taken literally but rather to be a guide on how to live one's life as a good human being. I am not Christian (or anything else, for that matter) but I try to live by the teachings of Christ, and Buddha, and Sri Ramakrishna, and Yaweh, and Elohim, and Allah...because ALL of these (fictional or non-fictional, your choice) prophets and deities promoted compassion and brotherhood to all mankind. Let's promote THAT as the core message, rather than worry why the Bible was categorized as fiction (or not).”
“I whole-heartedly agree with your quote but in some cases I do find said "name calling" quite effective as it brings to light those who need their candles lit as opposed to those who have no wick at the tip of their candle stick.”
Patricia Hutchins Lyon on Nov 20, 2013 at 08:39:15
“I have found that 'name calling' furthers neither dialogue nor enlightenment. It is the tactic used by those who fear and seek to demean and distract from the issue discussed. We as a nation are rife with those from both sides of any issue and as a result our government and political systems are failing.”
“If you ARE in fact the working poor, then you REALLY need to become re-educated on the GOP. STOP watching FOX news, for one. READ the newspapers, local and national. Read MULTIPLE papers. Don't rely on cable news, either conservative or liberal. Read international newspapers, because THAT is where you'll find the most unbiased reporting of US politics, amazingly. Go speak with others in your situation (outside of your small community) and ask them their opinion and have informative (not irrational and angry) debates. I think you'll get a very different sense of the reality of US politics once you become more worldly.”
grpvn on Nov 18, 2013 at 18:09:07
“What is it about liberal that they assume they are the ONLY well read individuals (another assumption by the way). For your information, I read and listen to all kinds of news outlets. I read the local paper (liberal by the way) I listen to CBS, ABC, Fox. I don't watch CNN. I have discussions on Facebook from people all over the world. I have been to Europe. Nice try. I would suggest you watch Fox from time to time. You might get out of the liberal ghetto and buble you are in.”
“While I agree with you, historically, we are far removed from those times. As other nations advance their education system, we have to also push forth higher learning in order to remain competitive. The conservative way of life was great, historically speaking, but in today's international market, we're competing with highly educated, even more highly motivated, young individuals who are ready and willing to take over the businesses build by our predecessors who never had the formal education. For example, almost anyone applying to medical school after WWII was accepted. Now, even a 4.0 GPA and top MCAT scores won't guarantee acceptance. The world and work place has evolved to produce a new breed of formally educated "job creators". We're (unfortunately) not in Lincoln's society, when passion and drive was the motivator and creator; in today's international society, it takes more than ingenuity to keep a job. You need the background to build a career out of that invention or design. Even Bill Gates, who never finished college, pushes the notion of higher education. If the US keeps pushing jobs over careers, this country will be a nation of highly technically advanced individuals working for/in foreign industries.”
“Everytime I read an article about Elizabeth Warren, she's DOING something. In start contrast, every time I read an article about her predecessor, he was SAYING something (mostly about himself). The latter description applies to all tea party constituents and/or supporters. They certainly talk a lot but it's always nothing more than hot air. I predict that Ms. Warren will be a force to be reckoned with in Washington and I hope her future will be just as bright as she is.”
“There is a version of Rapunzel I first heard from my mother when I was a kid. In it, the witch takes Rapunzel after Rapunzel's mother gets a terrible craving of whatever fruit or vegetable was growing in the witch's back yard and steals the crop. As punishment, Rapunzel's parents are forced to give up their daughter to the witch but the rest is not different from the well-known version. I don't know if this twist was my mom's invention or the Indian version (India)...I loved it nevertheless! Also, my mom used to tell me a story of a magical flying horse called Chesnut Gray. I've been looking for the original version of this fairy tale so I could share it with my kids (my mom passed away and I just can't remember the story). If anyone has heard of this tale, please share or let me know its origin so I can find it. Otherwise, I'll chalk it up to my mom's brilliant imagination and gift for storytelling!”
hp blogger Zoe Triska on Nov 12, 2013 at 13:08:41
“Actually, this IS part of the original story (Rapunzel's pregnant mother getting a craving for...RAPUNZEL..thus Rapunzel's name). This can give you more information about the different versions: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapunzel”
“I totally agree. I haven't looked for the publication (if there is one) but I think reporting something like this only increases parents' concerns. Until more solid evidence supporting this theory has been published and validated by multiple researchers, reporters should not write stories on incomplete science.”
“So can forensics determine whether the gun was accidentally discharged? Or was the trigger accidentally pulled because he was scared? Either way, this type of tragedy seems to happen too often in recent times. Condolences to the young lady's family.”
jeffbiss on Nov 8, 2013 at 09:45:06
“Forensics cannot determine that. It's his word only against her being dead. Why was he pointing the gun at her? That is the tell, that he pointed the gun at her without properly assessing the situation. It was no accident.”
Hippasus on Nov 8, 2013 at 09:37:00
“There was a case in my town where a man claimed that his rifle went off accidentally TWICE hitting his brother in the chest both times. It took the jury about an hour to find him guilty of murder one.”
“It's not about payback when you do (biomedical) research. We've lost timely funding for clinical and basic science, which affects salaries of (college-educated and post-graduate) employees. All national funding meetings were delayed and many labs had to let people go or put families into limbo regarding whether they would even have jobs. Some are still unsure. I can forgive your your lack of knowledge of what research institutes are and what we researchers do but I can't let you pass on your lackadaisical attitude on how this has affected and is STILL affecting peoples' lives. Just because the DOT worker in your neighborhood received her back pay does not qualify you as "all-knowledgable" on the repercussions of the shutdown. As a matter of fact, I would guess your overall knowledge base doesn't reach beyond what prime time conservative cable news (or radio/internet outlets) tell you. Furthermore, I would also guess your intelligence level is not sufficient to understand the research facilities and other non-government entities who rely on a fully functioning government to conduct their life-saving research. Did you attend college or finish high school? If so, you would be familiar with the term "research institution". Do you read the newspaper? If so, you would that NIH was impacted by the shutdown, well beyond TV reports of clinical trials shutdowns. Get educated by other sources than Sean Hannity or Bill O'Reily, please.”