We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Absolutely right that Democrats are avoiding town hall meetings. Here in Delaware -- a blue state and Joe Biden's home --- our two Dem Senators have been seen in public since the Obamacare vote, or even before. And they are not up for re-election.
Tom Carper, who in regular times can be seen at the grocery store or out jogging, has been doing all of his communication by e-mail. Not a thing in public.
This is not something new, although it seems that it has dropped down into arithmetic. Being a child prodigy in math, I finished college level calculus when I was a Freshman in high school so maybe I'm looking at this differently, but it wasn't, and isn't, uncommon in higher order mathematics class to get some credit for proper form and getting the process right - not to the point of half a credit for a incorrect answer, but something.
What bothers me the most though isn't the half grade crap. What bothers me is the fact that basic arithmetic instruction has devolved into a process that does not require the simplest form of learning - rote memorization of addition/substraction, multiplication/division tables up to 12. Once that is solidly in the brain, every form of mathematics up to calculus is easy - heck even entry level calc is easy when you have that foundation. Of course that way requires actual work and certainly isn't fun and we all know learning is about having fun.
Then again, what should we expect in the age of cash registers that give the correct change requiring zero. Just this morning at the local convenience store, I had a....
Never mind - I feel a rant coming on so I'll stop now. :>)
Methinks, Mississippi's Barbour ain't piling on as long as Hussein0 keeps visiting his tourist mecca state.
It's just good business to not badmouth someone who can draw crowds in your concession tent.
It being common knowledge that el presidente is destroying hisself it ain't no foul to bill the entertainment so.
Governor Barbour sensibly did decline to be in the tent while the magic negro drew the crowds.
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Off topics, but heart-felt. Drudge reports that Obama is going to go 'street talk,' and is "looking for ass to kick." There are plenty of butts which deserve kicking in this Gulf oil disaster, and if he had a lick of sense, he'd start with his own, and those of his precious governmental agencies, like Minerals Management, who were supposed to monitor the off-shore wells for proper conformity with the safety rules.
One story I read in the last few days detailed the following statistics: in the same period of time, Minerals Management allowed BP 700 forgivenesses for violations, and Exxon Mobil needed only one. What does that tell us about how BP has consistently cut corners on safety regulations?
With a safety record like that, the Disaster was inevitable. So now all oil companies are going to be punished for one company's violations and thirty-three Gulf rigs will be idled. The law of unintended consequences will come into play, and the American public will be treated to oil shortages that will make 1974 look like playtime.
Sen Kerry works with BP on American Power Act Plan
British Petroleum and Conoco Phillips opposed cap-and-trade legislation enacted by the House of Representatives because they thought it was insufficiently generous. In the Senate, they got a better deal. Senator Kerry said that he’s “been working very closely” with BP and C-P, and the lobbying has paid dividends. The refining industry receives twice as many free carbon credits under Kerry’s cap-and-trade scheme as the one established by the House. C-P CEO Jim Mulva even bragged in a statement that his company “is pleased with the attention that has been given our key issues.”
Dr. Tim Ball describes effects of American Power Act
so, the oil spill has given fresh life to cap & trade, now known as "The American Power Act". The oil spiller, BP, 'helped' the senator draft the bill (meaning, BP wrote the bill that needed a crisis to have a chance to pass before November elections shitcan the whole schmear?). Wow --high stakes --VERY high stakes.