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Friday, September 20. 2013
Inlet Carved Across Fire Island by Sandy Flushes New Life Into Great South Bay
P.G. WODEHOUSE'S ART OF THE COMMA
Today’s young Americans: luckiest generation in history
Granite Countertops, Flat-Screen TVs, Fire Pits: The Surprising Story of How College Dorms Got Luxe
A science-based rebuttal to global warming alarmism
The 1% are again getting richer. Should the 99% really care?
Home Depot sends 20,000 employees into Obamacare
Welfare Pays More than Minimum Wage in 35 States: Q&A with Cato's Michael Tanner
Obama: 'Raising the Debt Ceiling...Does Not Increase Our Debt,' Though It Has 'Over 100 Times'
Zuckerberg Lobbies Congress on Immigration
IRS wins fight to cancel bonuses — for now
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To be fair, if kids learn about "Pimps", it is only the kids that are likely to get screwed.
On the other hand, if they read subversive literature like the Constitution, the administrators and tenured faculty are at risk of getting screwed.
Self-interest, it isn't just for scary capitalists, you know.
Welfare - it might pay more cash but at the price of eating away at your soul. Welfare should be viewed as crawling into a wolf's den when lost in a blizzard. It might be warm and cozy, they might not bother you...at first, but you have to keep in mind, you need to get out of their at your first chance or you'll likely never leave.
I wanted to be outraged about the Constitution story, but it wasn't worth it. The kid didn't have a permit to speak or hand things out.
I teach at a good-sized community college that is very conservative in its administration. But we have a "free speech zone" too. And while I don't like this bow to political correctness, if the College Republican club that I sponsor on campus wanted to hand out constitutions (or anything else) we would have to get a permit in advance and stay in the free speech area.
Now if the student in the story had filed his application and he was stopped because the evil liberals didn't want him handing out the mean old Constitution, I would have fired off a letter to the school administrators.
Did you get a permit to post your message here, Dangerous? It is out of the 'Free Speech Area'.
I doubt the school would have a problem if the kid were passing out law texts. Isn't that what the Constitution mostly is - the laws the government is supposed to follow?
I would hold that it is offensive—not only to the values protected by the First Amendment, but to the very notion of a free society—that in the context of everyday public discourse a citizen must first inform the government of her desire to speak to her neighbors and then obtain a permit to do so.
If this gets litigated to trial, I'm uncertain that the public college would prevail in convincing the court that campus areas such as parks, sidewalks, streets and other areas are not public forums, regardless of whether the university has chosen to officially designate the areas as such. The words of the officials reported seem to suggest that they consider "time place and manner restrictions" not to mean rare exceptions to the general right, but a license to bar all free speech outside of an extremely narrow place of "in that little cement area" especially.
Fire Island: If someone had proposed doing this, can you imagine the firestorm of outrage that would have followed? Yes, I thought you could
Smith: Minority non-acceptance. Diversity, girls; diversity! Remember, perception IS reality.
PGW: Have read some. Keep thinking I must read more.
I recall my only dorm room: about 10 feet wide, two single beds, two study carrels, two 2' wide closets, and a steam heater (we got enough heat from the pipe to the next floor, so shut off our heater).
Oh NOooooooooooo! ObamaCare is GOOD! Koch Brothers BAD! BAD! BAD!
A Science-Based Rebuttal to AGW? The Gang of Z fumes!
Home Depot: OCare strikes again!
Obama--Not an idiot, but a liar. Who thinks we are idiots.
"Official" Bloggers: Technology outstrips laws, quickly.
This wonderful article works in combination with our growing concern for schools, common core, young children, creativity, courage, etc.,etc. I hope all of the MF folks will take a few minutes to read and enjoy. Then take a look around your neighborhood and tell us what your young children are doing after school, or tomorrow on the weekend. Do you even see any of them outside playing?
What is this funny "outside" place you speak of? Aren't you aware of how much glare is out there, making the video game screen harder to see? Do you want innocent children to ruin their eyes squinting at the screen? I hope you think things through before mentioning this funny "outside" place again. Think of the children!
BTW, a lot more people will click on the interesting links you leave if you put a (url) in front of the link and a (/url) after it, but using square brackets (which can't be used here in the comments or the software gets confoosed) instead of paren marks. As it is, the tedious, laborious chore of having to copy & paste the link into the browser dissuades most people.
Well, I'm off to do some research on this odd "outside" place you mention. Isn't that the stuff the original settlers had to fight their way through? Sounds awful!
I've found that when I put a (url) in front of the link and a (/url) after it, it pretty consistently doesn't post.
I just figured that that was making my writings look too much like spam, so I've tried to avoid using URLs since.
The software's always been a little weird, and there doesn't seem to be any pattern to it. Some people always get some kind of 'spam filter' message when they leave a link, but I've never seen it. Hold on...
That's from FW's post from up above.
(crossing all possible bodily parts)
Our neighbors across the street have two boys (11 and 8 I think) who are outside daily tossing baseballs back and forth, tossing a football back and forth, riding their skate bikes in the driveway, and are sadly not inside perfecting their computer operation skills. They even stooped so low as to earn (untaxed and unreported) money helping me sod parts of my lawn, without permission from the child labor police. (And, they go to church on Sundays). How will society survive the likes of these two?
Thanks Doc--much appreciate you helping to get this article out to MF readers. It is an important subject and one that can be fixed without an investment of dollars from the government! I think Dr. Joy Bliss would appreciate reading it also.
Regarding the 1% getting richer...I don't have a problem if it's based on hard work, contributing value, etc. I'm OK with Bob Dylan earning more on his latest album. What I'm not OK with is crony capitalism, like tax breaks for corporate owned "family" farms, or the sweetheart deals sports franchises get to keep teams in a given city (The Atlantic has this month an interesting read). I'm also not OK with college administrators and coaches making what they do. In short, if the one percent is earning their reward...good on them. If they're getting me to write checks for their pockets through legislation, or similarly, favorable tax laws, shame on them, and shame on us for allowing it. They're no better than modern day gangsters.