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GOP Lawmaker: 'Public Education In America Is Socialism'

GOP Lawmaker: 'Public Education In America Is Socialism'

Commented Mar 15, 2014 at 22:21:42 in Politics

“People like Brenner forget that we've had public education in this nation for almost 400 years now (dating back to the founding of the Boston Latin School). Getting rid of public education will only hurt poor children, minority children and children with special needs.”
23 Things Your Kids Will Never Understand

23 Things Your Kids Will Never Understand

Commented Aug 25, 2013 at 20:12:50 in Technology

“I remember when mainframe computers that used reel-to-reel tapes, punch cards and magnetic disks the size of an LP were still in use. :-P”

Channa on Aug 26, 2013 at 04:31:02

“"Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate"”
No Child Left Behind Vote In House Passes Substitute, Shifting Away From Bush's Education Vision

No Child Left Behind Vote In House Passes Substitute, Shifting Away From Bush's Education Vision

Commented Jul 20, 2013 at 21:23:53 in Politics

“It took them THIS long to realize that millions of poor children, inner city children, minority children and children with special needs were left behind by Dubya's myopic law? :-(”
Aaron Osmond, Utah State Senator, Calls For End To Mandatory Education

Aaron Osmond, Utah State Senator, Calls For End To Mandatory Education

Commented Jul 18, 2013 at 20:23:52 in Politics

“This kind of reminds me of an episode of "Gunsmoke" where this guy resisted sending his kid to school because he felt the kid was more useful on the farm than at school (he even tore up and burned his kid's school books if I remember correctly). Eventually thanks to Matt Dillon the guy saw the error of his ways.

State Senator Osmond reminds me of that guy is spades.”

rascal sage on Jul 18, 2013 at 21:03:01

“You're right, this guy obviously flunked out of history class!”
Staples Explains Why Back-To-School Season Starts So Early

Staples Explains Why Back-To-School Season Starts So Early

Commented Jul 11, 2013 at 20:57:12 in Business

“*TWEET!* Loss of half the Flutney for rushing the season!

And the sad part is that in a couple of weeks they'll start having the Halloween stuff out to boot (I've seen it happen).

When people start boycotting these ridiculously early sales like this, maybe they'll start to wake up and stop doing this. Remember, the Christmas season starts the day after Thanksgiving and NOT before! :-(”

jukesgrrl on Jul 11, 2013 at 23:23:49

“Please read my post above. This early selling is necessary in many places. School starts in my district in early August. Chains like Staples can't be expected to stock sores in one place one month and a different date in another place. Their sales are national because their advertising is.”
Student Sues School, Says Bullying Attack Leaves Him Disabled

Student Sues School, Says Bullying Attack Leaves Him Disabled

Commented Apr 7, 2013 at 20:02:37 in Crime

“Frankly criminal charges should be filed against the student involved, the teachers, the principal and the superintendent fired and the Board of Education should be voted out of office at the next election. . .plain and simple.”
'Isolation Booth' At Mint Valley Elementary School Has Parents Outraged

'Isolation Booth' At Mint Valley Elementary School Has Parents Outraged

Commented Nov 30, 2012 at 20:56:17 in Education

“And you wonder why I think little has changed since I was going to school.

This kind of punishment is wrong and should be outlawed by Federal legislation.

It also reinforces the belief that children who have mental conditions like autism, ADHD and Down's Syndrome have to be treated like they are savage animals.

Almost fifty years since JFK ended warehousing of such people in mental institutions and things like this still happen? It makes me sick!”
'Mix It Up At Lunch Day' Prompts American Family Association To Urge Boycott, Protest 'Promotion Of Homosexual Lifestyle'

'Mix It Up At Lunch Day' Prompts American Family Association To Urge Boycott, Protest 'Promotion Of Homosexual Lifestyle'

Commented Oct 20, 2012 at 20:16:18 in Education

“Even if one is against homosexuality, it is not right that children who have mental conditions have to suffer at the hands of bullies, or anyone with such conditions at all for that matter. There are some people out there who would all be too happy to turn back the clock and go back to the "good old days" where people who had autism, ADHD and Down's Syndrome were locked up in mental institutions and forgotten. People like Dorothea Dix have fought too hard and too long to allow those days to be brought back again.”
'Mix It Up At Lunch Day' Prompts American Family Association To Urge Boycott, Protest 'Promotion Of Homosexual Lifestyle'

'Mix It Up At Lunch Day' Prompts American Family Association To Urge Boycott, Protest 'Promotion Of Homosexual Lifestyle'

Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 23:03:24 in Education

“What really galls me about all this is that the fundies are being hypocritical about this. When they oppose anti-bullying programs and laws because they think they're trying to advance a pro-LGBTQ agenda, they're condemning millions of other kids who are being bullied not because of their sexual orientation or sex but because of their race, color, creed, national origin or disability--especially kids who have mental conditions like ADHD, autism and Down's Syndrome. According to the Depts. of Education and Justice, kids who have mental conditions are more likely than most to be picked on. I should know because I was horrifically bullied due to my having ADHD and PDD-NOS in the 1970s and 1980s.

These hypocrites say they're doing God's will but the God and Jesus I know have compassion for the disabled and Jesus even cured some of them. They also forget what God told Moses about not cursing the deaf or putting a stumbling block in front of the blind--in other words, do NOT pick on disabled people for ANY reason and no matter what their problems are.

If the recent death of Amanda Todd proves anything we STILL have far to go before we get it through the bullies' thick, steel-plated skulls to leave kids who are "different" alone. How many more kids like her will have to die before America--and the world--WAKE UP? :-(”

atlblackops on Oct 18, 2012 at 13:27:32

“The US constitution makes no mention of homosexuality or sexual preference. If you are going to make a point, do so based on facts and not what you "want the facts to be".”
Young Adults With Autism Seek Out White-Collar Careers For First Time

Young Adults With Autism Seek Out White-Collar Careers For First Time

Commented Sep 30, 2012 at 21:52:16 in Business

“I can only hope that the job prospects for all people who have some kind of mental/psychological/behavioral/emotional/social condition are better than they were in my day. I have both ADHD and PDD-NOS, and when I was going to school in the 1970s and 1980s most people thought all people like me were good for was to flip burgers and push brooms. Attitudes like that need to end if people like me want to have a fair chance at having good jobs.

Rather ironically I once applied for a job at McDonald's but I was turned down because the company thought if I had one of my ADHD "episodes" I might become a financial liability if someone sued them over it. Go figure.”

Joseph Ohler Jr on Dec 31, 2012 at 21:05:30

“Peter, it seems to me the best solution to finding employment for those who don't have many close friends is to host a job application party. Why not make it a trend? I'm sure you'll be the first on your block to do it!
http://absurdjobvacancies.blogspot.com/2012/12/new-years-job-application-party.html
Oklahoma Middle Student Seriously Injured In School Bullying, Undergoes Surgery (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Oklahoma Middle Student Seriously Injured In School Bullying, Undergoes Surgery (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Commented Apr 27, 2012 at 22:20:38 in Education

“Anyone who thinks bullying is just a rite of passage or "boys and girls being boys and girls" should watch this video and rethink their position.”
Lennon Baldwin, 15-Year-Old Allegedly Bullied At School, Commits Suicide (VIDEO)

Lennon Baldwin, 15-Year-Old Allegedly Bullied At School, Commits Suicide (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 4, 2012 at 20:52:04 in Education

“How many more kids like Lennon Baldwin have to die before people wake up and realize that bullying is evil no matter what the reason?

I was bullied mercilessly in the 1970s and 1980s due to having ADHD, and all the teachers told me back then was "Just ignore the bullies and they'll go away". THAT NEVER WORKED! All they did was to come back and do even worse things to me.

As much as people have high hopes for President Obama's and Cartoon Network's anti-bullying campaigns, they will fail because the bullies will just wait until there's no adults around to tell to and do their work, and there's the code of "snitches get stitches"--if you rat on the bullies to the teachers and the principal, you'll get it just as bad, if not worse.

In the end I wound up having to fight back against my tormentors, even if that meant being sent to the principal's office. We need to decriminalize a studen's God-given right to fight back when there's no adults around. One swift punch upside a bully's thick, steel-plated skull will quickly send the message that you want to be left alone.

I've written a poem that I hope will give hope to others. Please read it: http://docforbin.bravehost.com/Triumph%20of%20the%20Bullied.txt

I just hope that those who tormented Lennon Baldwin to the point of taking his life will be held accountable for their actions.

Justice for Lennon Baldwin!”
Ann Coulter Is Wrong, Soccer Is The Most American Sport Imaginable

Ann Coulter Is Wrong, Soccer Is The Most American Sport Imaginable

Commented Jun 28, 2014 at 13:58:22 in UK Sport

“That may be so, but the cold, hard statistics still prove that more people care about baseball in the US than they do about football/soccer. Granted, the US-Portugal game might have set a record here and it might have gotten a bigger audience than the World Series or the NBA Finals, but on average a baseball game will tend to have more viewers than football/soccer; even the NHL and the test pattern get better ratings. Americans prefer to see Derek Jeter knock the ball out of Yankee Stadium for a home run at the bottom of the 9th inning to win against the Boston Red Sox than Landon Donovan score the only goal in a 1-0 snoozefest win for the Los Angeles Galaxy against the New York Red Bulls. And, yes, I know baseball is derived from cricket via rounders.

By the way, strangely enough NBC Sports Network's coverage of the English Premiere League gets better ratings than the domestic Major League Soccer--which just proves the poor quality of the homegrown product.”

Andrew C Livingston on Jun 28, 2014 at 20:48:47

“"...which just proves the poor quality of the homegrown product."

Yeah, so let's just forget about the sport altogether. No need to try to improve or anything.

The USMNT held their own for 90 minutes against an inarguably world-class German side. A 1-0 defeat is not shameful in this circumstance.

Baseball games are routinely 1-0 "snoozefests". Look, if somebody doesn't like soccer, then fair enough. I don't like basketball, but I feel no need to deride it. Nor do I like what NFL has become, but I again feel no need to deride it. I just don't watch them.

More and more Americans are liking soccer. It's America. Just let them. It doesn't mean you have to. A nation of 310m people can have lots of different sports. It's the American way.”
$60M Texas High School Stadium Closed By Cracks

$60M Texas High School Stadium Closed By Cracks

Commented May 21, 2014 at 21:54:11 in Sports

“The money spent on that stadium could have been used to improve Special Education programs there--and odds are Special Education students there are most likely bullied by the football players. Shows that district has their priorities upside-down. :-(”
Disabled Kitten Uses Walker to Take First Steps

Disabled Kitten Uses Walker to Take First Steps

Commented Oct 5, 2013 at 21:36:26 in Green

“Bravo! My own cat Laptop salutes Thumper. :-)”
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The Three Words Missing From Many Anti-Bullying Policies

Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 23:08:49 in Impact

“Let us not forget that children with special needs--especially those who have mental conditions like autism, ADHD and Down Syndrome--are more likely then most to be victimized by bullies. They too need special protection.”
Classmates Of Gabrielle Molina, 12-Year-Old Girl Who Committed Suicide, Rally Against Bullying

Classmates Of Gabrielle Molina, 12-Year-Old Girl Who Committed Suicide, Rally Against Bullying

Commented Jun 1, 2013 at 22:40:00 in New York

“And yet another innocent life is snuffed out because of bullies. When will this END?”