“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.”
“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!”
“*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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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".”
“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.”
“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.
“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.”
“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. :-(”
“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.”