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Saturday, April 23. 2016
You’re the Parent. Start Acting Like One
Were people once better educated?
'Game of Thrones' Walking Tour of Dubrovnik
Many of us think painful crunches are the way to ripped abs. But is this true? Or could they even be doing us harm?
Sit-ups are pretty much a waste of time
Reclaiming “Redneck” Urbanism: What Urban Planners Can Learn From Trailer Parks
Farm to Table is Farm to Fable
Earth Day? When do we celebrate ‘Capitalism Day’ to remind us of what’s behind environmental improvements?
Newspaper Reporter Still the Worst Job in America
But you get to Change The World. Really, though, it's sad.
The Average American 29-Year-Old - Forget media archetypes of older Millennials as college-educated singles living in cities. The typical 29-year-old is living with a partner in the suburbs—without a bachelor’s degree.
".. not one in ten university students today benefit from higher education."
Well, sort of. It can help them get a job.
British Schools Ask 4-Year-Olds to Pick Their Gender
British Schools Ask 4-Year-Olds to Pick Their Gender - See more at: http://moonbattery.com/?p=71313#sthash.Um5bQnKR.dpuf
What does Schilling have to do with Trump? The answer is plenty
Overregulated - Small Business Should Be Priority Number One
Harriet Tubman was a Gun-Toting Republican
Screaming Black Lives Matter Protesters Bust Up Milo Yiannopoulous Speech – Chaos Ensues
Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity: Confronting the Fear of Knowledge
Bernie's plan: Make America European again!
Hey, Berniacs: I Learned to Love Hillary and So Can You
I went to a Bernie Sanders rally dressed as a liberal douche and it went exactly as expected.
Trump team tells GOP he has been 'projecting an image'
Introducing ‘The President Erdogan Offensive Poetry Competition’ – £1000 prize to be won
Obama infuriates the Brits as he threatens to send UK ´to the back of the queue´if they vote to leave the European Union
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Farm to Table is Farm to Fable
I've been saying this for years, if it is such a concern for you, grow your own food.
You’re the Parent. Start Acting Like One
From recent experience, I can tell you that the whole being a parent and discipliner in this society, can paint you as an "abuser". Because the overton window has shifted on how you "hurt" people. Some kids know this and use it against you, because there are multitudes of people outside your family unit who benefit from stepping in and disrupting and destroying your life just from one accusation of impropriety. who Delight in this activity.
The Washington Post had an article of people complaining about Tubman on the $20 because 'she would never have supported capitalism and the money that powers it'. Sheesh!
I guess when you're ignorant, you can make up your own history.
Then they should put Sarah Breedlove on the $20. Acclaimed the first self-made woman millionaire in the US, she was the first in her family born free. She didn't really make a million it seems, but in the late 19th century $800,000 wasn't pocket change.
The Black Lives Matter movement is clearly a terrorist organization. The advocate violence to further their far left agenda and have demanded that police officers be killed. How many police have been killed by BLM ? When does the SPLC step up and call them what they are?
The SPLC is a terrorist organization, originally founded as a direct mail company and now making use of its endless lists to seek money, money, money by putting the fear of God in people -- many elderly -- who get sucked into their schemes.
How the BLM movement has escaped criminal hate charges escapes me. Having encountered them many times protesting vigorously against retail stores where white people shop, capitalism in every form, any political candidate Soros will pay them to abuse, LEOs in general and any other topic that might upset the public's ability to earn a living, I seriously doubt this is going to be a very safe summer anywhere.
I got on their mailing list (and the NAACP's). I ignored both; the NAACP stopped. I sent back SPLC's postage-paid envelope with a note that I considered THEM a hate group, and got no more.
My church got to be labeled a hate group thanks to SPLC. Why? We believe in Christian marriage between a man and a woman, for life. One of our pastors, since retired, was previously a pastor at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in the 1960s under the late James Kennedy (fifty years ago!). James Kennedy and Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church are listed as hate groups by SPLC because of their position on marriage and homosexuality. Therefore it meant one of our pastors was affiliated with a hate group. Therefore it meant our church was a hate group because of its "connection" to Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and our belief in Christian marriage. The logic is unassailable!
or not, Windy.
I know you have major problems with the first amendment, and while BLA is a bullshit organization, it probably isn't a domestic terrorist organization.
18 U.S.C. § 2331 defines "international terrorism" and "domestic terrorism" for purposes of Chapter 113B of the Code, entitled "Terrorism”:
"Domestic terrorism" means activities with the following three characteristics:
Involve acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;
Appear intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination. or kidnapping; and
Occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S.
note that it talks about acts, rather than belief or speech. belief and speech are first amendment protected, except for very narrow exceptions. your opinion isn't one of them.
I don't get the problem with you people, the constitution isn't like your bible, where anyone gets to make up what it says.
McArdle: Right. Let the gov't take MORE of our money to "save" for us, and watch it get spent and IOUs put into our accounts.
Hindus only? Don't our Native Americans chant? DISCRIMINATION, on the hoof. Gregorian monks chant, too, and have for longer than whites have been settled in America. I'd say these people are ignorant, and willfully blind.
Milo, all by his little sweet self, just ENRAGES the SJWs and BLMs. Just gotta LIKE that guy!
Obama: Gotta like this one. All by himself he may ensure the Brexit!
RE Introducing ‘The President Erdogan Offensive Poetry Competition’ – £1000 prize to be won
these are in limerick form, which is easy, anyone who knows Billy Joel's Piano Man can write a limerick.
but I prefer American poetry:
The Turk's a jerk.
Every single politician is 'projecting an image.' Trump just decided that regular voters are bored to tears by politician's stump speeches, memorized and poll-tested answers, etc. Does anyone really think that Cruz talks at home like he does in his rallies? Or Obama?
Come on. This is silliness. I think it is resonating b/c instead of going from boring (like Kasich or any other politician) to less boring. Trump is going from energetic and real to a little more polished (probably more like himself in business). That's about it.
Nothing to freak out about.
I wouldn't say I'm freaking out; I plan to vote for him against Hillary Clinton. But my thinking is that his positions are probably going to be random, and therefore there's a 50/50 chance he'd be better than Clinton. If I had any other decent options, his total insincerity on all issues would be a deal-killer.
There does seem to have been a heyday for education of a wider populace in the 1910s and 20s. But then Dewey came along with an attitude for students of Cheatem and Howe.
I came across this article from 1908 about a month back. It puts a lot in perspective regarding the state of education, at least for those applying to West Point after they instituted an entrance exam.
The first application of the new standard took place in March of the present year, and the results are very depressing, and afford an extremely interesting and somewhat pathetic commentary upon the general efficiency of public-school methods throughout the country. They indicate a lack of thoroughness and a weakness in methods of instruction which must result in a vast waste of time on the part of a great portion of the student body. It is a saddening reflection that a child and youth should be kept under servitude in the treadmill of mental instruction for so many years of the joyous period of life, with a result as meager and inadequate in proportion to the sacrifice and effort as that demonstrated in so many of the cases under consideration. If education is a thing worth doing, either for the individual or for the State, it is certainly worth doing well, and is defensible as an exaction only in proportion to the excellence of the results obtained. If the results obtained from these examinations are to be accepted as a criterion, the conclusion is inevitable that the ten or twelve years consumed in their production are not well spent, and that the youth in these cases have not received a fair day's wages for a fair day's work. It is to be remembered that the objective* in this apprenticeship to learning has been almost wholly a mental one. The body and the character have been held to be quite subordinate and, under the system as organized, necessarily so.
The Inefficiency of the Public Schools
Author(s): Charles W. Larned
Source: The North American Review, Vol. 188, No. 634 (Sep., 1908), pp. 336-346 Published by: University of Northern Iowa
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25106199
"'Game of Thrones' Walking Tour of Dubrovnik"
Speaking of Game of Thrones, My first "walking tour" of Dubrovnik occurred in the summer of 1993 when the disintegration of Yugoslavia was in full swing. Military tourism, as it were.
I've been back a number of times since, the last time as a stop on a Mediterranean cruise to a far happier and more prosperous city.
I do recommend Dubrovnik to everyone - and the Dalmatian Coast as whole.