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Wednesday, November 15. 2017
Since Harvard is so big on anal sex, maybe they figured the Harvard founders probably were not
Why there are so many Turkeys in New England
New Yorkers are right to fume over the Tappan Zee’s new name
30 Million Americans Were Just Diagnosed With High Blood Pressure, Here's Why
PhD: Small desks cause 'hostile' environment for fat students
Quotation of the day on how the radical college left eliminated opposing voices and replaced them with extremism and demagoguery
Is Drudge a Russian agent?
Earth’s future is ‘worse than we thought’ – 25th anniversary edition
Charles Krauthammer 'still recovering' from mystery surgery, promises: 'I'll be back'
'Creep list’ of men known for inappropriate behavior circulates in Congress
CAN YOU REALLY BE ADDICTED TO SEX?
So Just Why Is the Left Acknowledging Clinton's Sexual Deviancy Now?
“If the government cannot even count all of the criminal laws it has enacted, how on earth can citizens be expected to obey them?”
Who cares? There's a crime to fit everybody
The problem with diversity quotas
Socialist students at Kent State refuse to take part in 'capitalist vs. socialist food drive'
Duh. Most Socialists want to get, not give
Judicial Watch: 1.1 million illegals voted for Hillary in 2016
Was the 'dossier" the dirtiest trick ever?
The Arctic Silk Road: A Huge Leap Forward For China And Russia
Al-Qaeda Has Rebuilt Itself—With Iran's Help
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No, small desks aren't "fat shaming," they're an artifact of a rude and thoughtless procurement process that has separated administration from instruction in most modern schools.
Small desks create an "asshole" environment for all students. A classroom filled with traditional "student desks" -- the one-piece chair and right-handed writing surface thingy--is some one-fits-all bureacrat's idea of good classroom design. Arrange them in a grid, all facing front. Students sit down, shut up, and pay strict attention to the PowerPoint lecture. What a great recipe for 50 minutes of uneducational boredom topped off with a sore butt.
Never mind that instructors using group exercises, manipulatives, or other interactive techniques would like to temporarily rearrange seating, allow students to work cooperatively, or to spread out with books, charts, and laptop computers, or even move around the classroom. Ideal furniture for this is just simple tables and chairs, small enough to be portable, large enough to accomodate 3 or 4 students (of any size, righty or southpaw, even in a wheelchair).
Of course, the folks who buy the furniture are administrators, who can't be bothered to ask instructors what might best fit their teaching needs. Like I wrote, assholes.
I recall that in 2nd grade, our desks had a full-width writing surface and a full-width fold-down seat, and they were on runners with 5 to 7 desks attached. Had an inkwell, too (no ink holder inserted).
On runners, no less! You and your classmates must have had a colossal case of the fidgets, to require the desks to be practically bolted to the floor.
Mine had a flip up top covering a storage space that I kept perenially full of crumpled papers, broken pens, and half-eaten lunches. It only lacked a biohazard sign.
If Judicial Watch is correct about the number of illegals who voted for Hill, then President Trump is probably correct when he said that if not for the illegal vote he would have won the popular vote as well.
Ironic isn't it. The timeline typically goes like this: Trump makes a claim and the MSM and/or Democrats loudly proclaim he is wrong and trot out experts to prove him wrong. Then a twitter war goes on with the opposition typically out twittering Trump while the MSM skewers Trump for twittering so much. Eventually some other fake news takes over the spotlight and time passes. Then we discover that Trump was right, the Democrats and the MSM were wrong and knew all along they were wrong. But the story gains little traction and is buried. Then the next Trump statement is attacked and Trump is proclaimed to be a fool or worse. The worst part of this scam is that most Americans fall for it again and again. It is time to publicly acknowledge that most of the MSM are Democrat activists and most of what they report politically is fake news.
JimK: If Judicial Watch is correct about the number of illegals who voted for Hill ...
Fitton said. “I don’t know what the numbers are, but I can give you a guess. …
I'm curious about how many legal aliens voted illegally. I suspect it's a higher than the illegal alien vote. Some might not even know they shouldn't vote, especially with SJW activists pushing them to register regardless of status.
Funny when they say "there's no proof of illegal votes". There's no proof any of the votes are legitimate in states without ID laws. That's by design, of course.
Re: Turkeys - They can be annoying as all get out when you're running late for work and have to stop for a flock of 20 birds to cross the road. Deer you can spook, but turkeys just take their own sweet time.
Harvard, which was founded by the Puritans in the 17th century, originally as a school to train ministers, proudly bears the motto “Veritas,” meaning “truth.”
Harvard's present motto "Veritas" is a result of political correction many years ago. The actual motto of Harvard is "Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae" ("Truth for Christ and the Church").
Harvard embraced the Unitarian heresy in the late 1700s, and it hasn't been an orthodox Christian college since that time in any event.
Re: Helping the Victims of Trump Derangement Syndrome
This might help.
I would like to see the method on the estimate of illegals voting. This does no good as it stands.
As for the English Puritans and their Dutch colleagues, they led the world in rights for women (English Quakers also) in their era. There was no one else in the conversation. Much of this protest against historical figures is not just a misunderstanding of history, it is an annihilation of the idea of history. Stop and think: why would a group want to have the values of a minority of people living in the present exclude all other understandings?
I don't want to keep seeing the same hands here.
Re: Taxing stock options
As far as not taxing stock options being a "good" idea because it incentivizes employees to work harder to increase stock prices, that's social-engineering-by-tax-code that I think is a really bad idea for government. (As P J O'Rourke said, given that most people are smart enough to look out for their own self-interest, any time the government has to pay you to do something you wouldn't otherwise do, it's almost always paying you to do something stupid.) Giving tax breaks for doing "good" things leads to the problem of who decides what's "good".
And as far as the argument that options aren't really worth anything unless and until they're exercised and may never be worth anything - hogwash. Go find a stockbroker and ask him to give you a big bag of those worthless stock options. You'll find out real quick exactly what they're worth. Sure, they're a lottery ticket of a sort, but they don't hand out lottery tickets for free either.
Re: Tappan Zee bridge renaming - Nothing surprising here. Pols and their adoring aides just love these 11th-hour, last minute shenanigans. Just like passing Obamacare.
In a city near me they renamed an entire highway after a man who was a prominent business owner in the community. The reason is simple and obvious he supported our congressional representative with money and other help. So it was a quid quo pro. Free to the congressman but many of the business owners along that highway complained that it cost them money out of their pocket to comply with they new address on all their letter heads and paperwork. Literally hundreds of thousands of private dollars need be spent so our congressman could pay his little debt to a rich guy.