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.
Escaping the dysfunctional NCLB is certainly good news for many professional educators and parents, but like every other recent alleged panacea, Obama's fix will fail it since it ignores the one feature of American education that dares not speak its name in public: the intellectual quality of students. If reformers insisted on transforming all ordinary kids into world-class athletes, this would be a joke, since everybody would know the truth. But when it comes to upping academic performance, nothing is said about individual ability or motivation; the culprit is always something else, and this avoidance of reality applies across the entire ideological spectrum. Better to waste billions and fail than speak frankly
CBC running scared: State broadcaster's false attack ads demonstrate how financial probe is desperately needed
"In California, teenagers must get permission from their parents to go to a tanning salon – but they can get abortions without their parents knowing."
You guys want to hear something embarrassing? Guess what other state doesn't require parental notification?
Connecticut, home of Maggie's Farm.
As far as the author's despearate attempt to tie it in with tanning salons, two things should be kept in mind:
1. Massive doses of ultraviolet radiation is usually not considered a healthy thing.
2. Kids are morons.
Given the potential danger of over-use, this strikes me as a reasonable law. If anyone's going to fry themselves, it'll be some 15-year-old trying to get a 'deep golden tan' so they'll look their best at the next school dance.
Still, kudos should be given to both the author and the poster for this excellent attempt at anti-California indoctrination. According to this site, there are fifteen states that don't require parental notification. Interestingly, next to California is a notation that says "PC [parental consent] law stopped by court". So it was on the books before some liberal judge nixed it.
There is no such notation next to Connecticut, which means they never even had a parental consent law. But California's the bad guy here, right?
"10 most unique insects"
A nice selection of insect pics is here. Please do not view just before going to bed.
You make a good point stevo... the word 'unique' is an absolute. No degrees there. It's like being pregnant. You either are, or you aren't, although you've got a nine-month period when pregnancy becomes more and more evident.