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SarahMcKenzie (SARAH MCKENZIE) says...

Hi Jake,
You are right--very few European nations have charter schools, but nearly all do have vouchers to private schools, and all have testing. I can provide a full list if you want.
Bob Maranto

April 10, 2011 at 11:34 p.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

Namsaev (ALLEN VEASMAN) says...

Let me start off by saying Rush did cross the line by calling her a slut and did owe the lady an apology. But is he completely 100% without a doubt wrong?
Everyone is beating up on Rush for his wording and overlooking the back story. She stated before Congress she's spent $3000 on birth control while she's been in college. How long has she been going to college? 3 years? That's a $1000 a year for birthcontrol. That's $83.33 a month for birth control. Is the pill really that expensive? Has she tried the internet for a cheaper supplier.
Maybe she's not using the pill. Maybe she's using something else, foam, condoms, or what ever each time she has sex. If it is, I'd think she was a slut if here expenses were $83.33 a month. I'd think it but I wouldn't say it.
Georgetown, a Jesuit institution. It's a Catholic school and Catholics aren't noted for being strong advocates of birth control. So why would she expect them to be picking up the tab for the whatever. It's also one of the more expensive schools in the nation and one I'm sure she would be proud to put on her resume. Therein lies the rub.
She's 31 so it's a high probablilty she's not on scholorship. So she or someone else is paying her way. If someone else is paying her way it would be apparent they are pretty well off to be footing her bills. They should be able to pay for her whatever too.
If she's on her own and taking out loans she is probably in hock up to her eyeballs and if she is prudent she's planned ahead. But then she's 31 and hasn't graduated law school so she may not be overly intelligent. None of the lawyers I know took 13 years to go to college and pass the bar.
So what is the whole story?

March 6, 2012 at 8:45 a.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

Namsaev (ALLEN VEASMAN) says...

Thanks for the reply. And no I don't do German. nien sprechen zie Dutch. Probably misspelled. When I was a kid we had German POWs who worked on our farm in NE AR. Dad being of German descent and coming from an area in MO where there was a large German immigration spoke fluent German as a kid an picked it up again quickly.
This whole Limbaugh/Mauer thing I believe is a red herring.
We've got more important things we need to be worrying about in this country than should government be paying for birth control.
Good luck in school.

March 7, 2012 at 1:26 p.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

Namsaev (ALLEN VEASMAN) says...

This whole thing with Ms, Fluke has become amazing. In newspaper terms the legs on this story are incredible! And considering the negligible importance of the story in relation to other far more serious problems the country has only makes me more amazed.

There's a budget deficit that's been over a trillion dollars for how many years? The national debt has grown how much since Bill Clinton left office? For the record I don't think Bill Clinton was responsible for the 'so called' surplus any more than Congress was. Our 'official' unemployment has been over 8% for 35 months. The unofficial number is higher. The number of people classed as part of the work force is down over a percentage point.

*LOL* And the big topic is what Rush said? Do you see anything wrong with this picture?

March 8, 2012 at 9:40 a.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

JakeTidmore (ANNELIESE MAUS) says...

Before that it was the tiresome (at least to me) reruns called the Republican debates. Anyway, history reveals that the public and news media are often concerned with the more immediate, titillating story than with the indepth look at a complicated and difficult to solve problem.

You could say the same thing about sports articles, food articles, entertainment articles, foreign news (what little the ADG ever prints), and a host of local topics: they all take one away from the story of our debt, budget, employment, and other national economy stories.

As one political writer put it, Rush (and several religiously-inclined GOP hopefuls) have driven the Republican party off its message. That's the trouble with making a bargain with the Devil.

March 8, 2012 at 9:55 a.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

Namsaev (ALLEN VEASMAN) says...

Occasionally I see YouTube videos from the European House of Commons and the British Parliament. Where members are allowed to say what they really want to about the opposition leaders. Daniel Hannan pops to mind addressing (dressing down would be more accurate) the Prime Minister. Yet what's his name Wilson? Was soundly chastised for saying 'you lie' during the President's address. Your thoughts on this please.

March 8, 2012 at 11:39 a.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

JakeTidmore (ANNELIESE MAUS) says...

I prefer a level of civility with the politicians. First off, especially during televised national speeches. No matter which party is giving the address in the joint house. I think that Wilson was grandstanding and showed lack of proper restraint and decorum for the occasion.

Now, I would be willing to loosen things up a bit whenever the House or the Senate debated topics.

But, reiterating your point earlier, this is not really an issue that addresses the core problem with our Congress. I was thinking earlier about the beginning years of our nation and how divided they were on many issues, sometimes vehemently so. But, in the end they worked together, compromised, and did what they thought was best for the country.

I'm not seeing that spirit of cooperation and compromise. I believe those for responsible for this divisiveness have failed to learn lessons from our Founding Fathers that form is no good unless you have function.

I blame a lot of our political and government problems on this incessant, invasive, and shallow-minded 24/7 news barrage that now passes for reporting. People don't govern -- they just run for office all the time.

March 8, 2012 at 12:34 p.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

JakeTidmore (ANNELIESE MAUS) says...

One additional thought:

Despite the cynicism and anger that comes out in my posts and in those writings from others, I hope that some degree of goodness and compassion also resides underneath these stormy surfaces.

Wisdom has its root in goodness,
not goodness its root in wisdom.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

March 8, 2012 at 1:50 p.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

Namsaev (ALLEN VEASMAN) says...

It's Saturday so I'm going light today. Your Icon perfectly depicts my expression every time I hear our President say he's done so much to get this country more energy or say he hadn't done anything to stop the private sector from supplying the country more energy.

When the 'loyal opposition' expresses their displeasure at what the Prime Minister is doing in Parliament it's civil and it's respectful. But they do convey the message --They aren't buying this load of male bovine manure.

When I bought my first real computer,TRS-80 Mod 4 , 64K Ram, with two single sided double density floppy drives and two programs one for file keeping and one for word processing I paid $1400. What could I buy today with that much money? That's improvement. That's increased efficiency.

But when you look at the call to go green, I don't see the same kind of improvement. If you run the numbers the efficiency improvement is very marginal. The savings turn out to be hype. And the only thing I've seen so far which will actually pay for themselves in the long run are LED lights. But I'll have to live to be 97 to break even. CFL bulbs won't unless the starter circuits become more reliable. Hybrids and the 'all' electric won't for more reasons than I care to list.

I guess what I'm trying to say is. The President (and others before) goes out and makes these claims in front of Congress (in joint session) on national television and no one is allowed in the same setting to question what he's said? The best they get is a response afterwards.

*G* I'm glad 'Joe the plumber' is running for Congress. But dang it, he'll have to behave when he gets there won't he.

March 10, 2012 at 8:44 a.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

Namsaev (ALLEN VEASMAN) says...

I'm not saying Wilson was right to shout 'you lie' in that situation. But I guess he was just as fed up as I've been on numerous occasions and couldn't restrain himself any longer. Actually I keep a couple of foam bricks to throw at the TV when the President becomes extremely blatant with his stretching of the truth.

*G* If only the President could stretch a dollar as far as he stretches the truth--We wouldn't be $15T in debt.

March 12, 2012 at 12:27 a.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

Populist (TRACY DE JONG) says...


Best of luck to you with the parents. Sadly, I've lost both of mine and lost my mother-in-law last month. I am trying to take good care of myself so that I live a long life. My boys are 14 and 10. I still have a stepmom out in Jacksonville who I visit regularly.



March 25, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

RaylanGivens (HOLDEN BIGGINS) says...

Gonna be a fun year; enjoy the ride!

January 1, 2013 at 4:07 p.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

RaylanGivens (HOLDEN BIGGINS) says...

Yes my boys decided to do that with Jett. He is a sweet dog, rescued from the Humane Soc.. One of 3 rescue dogs we have

March 14, 2013 at 7:07 p.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

RaylanGivens (HOLDEN BIGGINS) says...

Happy Fathers Day!

June 15, 2013 at 8:16 p.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

RobMurphy (ROBERT MURPHY) says...

And since you are they purveyor of morals, what is your standard? A vote, or what you think is right, or is it a scientist whose opinion changes tomorrow. And doesn't it feel good to have examples like Josh D. and Palin to be able to use to show how righteous you are comparatively!! If only everyone would see it your way, what a perfect society we would have! Of course, when someone of your belief does something wrong, was it really wrong? How convenient for you.

September 3, 2015 at 2:56 p.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

kdc72701 (KATE CURT) says...

You pose as a man and then make condescending remarks and you do not know why I attacked you? Come on. First you said "As long as everyone remains addicted to consumerism and fall into their debt traps, the folks on top are happy. America is not the greatest nation on the earth. It is the greediest." As if Average People are in debt out of greed instead of not being able to make ends meet. I have plenty of real data about the dwindling Middle Class and their reduced wages. So, I used myself as an example to make a point about the larger picture, love. Seriously, if a man you never met called you love and spoke to you like you were an idiot, that would not piss you off. Why you posing as a man to start with? Afraid no one will take you seriously as a woman? You were uncivil first Love. I give back what I get. I did not start the trouble.

September 18, 2015 at 8:13 p.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

mrcharles (HOOK A HEY TA LAS) says...




October 5, 2015 at 2:22 p.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

Popsmith (CRAIG SMITH) says...

You quote a lot of unhappy people. None of them seem to understand the Creator.
Yes, Virginia, it was created. Even Einstein understood that.

May 24, 2018 at 11:31 a.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

JakeTidmore (ANNELIESE MAUS) says...

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May 25, 2018 at 5:09 p.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

JakeTidmore (ANNELIESE MAUS) says...

Money the state might otherwise be able to spend on special programs or supplies in public schools is instead siphoned off to voucher programs — leaving little funding for anything else. Bear that in mind.
There's still much debate over whether or not voucher programs actually work. By receiving money to choose a school, one would expect better results from students because they're not forced to attend their public school if it's not working for them. But according to The Huffington Post, reports from Louisiana's statewide voucher program found that "students who used school vouchers performed much worse on standardized tests than those who remained in public schools." And according to NPR, performance results between states who have vouchers and states that don't are typically the same.
I suggest that folks check out the amount of testing done in European countries and compare it to US.
Finally has testing actually done any good for children other than making them better test takers, a skill which is practically worthless on the market?

May 8, 2019 at 5:06 p.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

Rightside (DAVID SCHERREY) says...

Why do you lie ", acknowledge Russia helped get him elected." Not true..

May 30, 2019 at 9:47 a.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )

JakeTidmore (ANNELIESE MAUS) says...

Thanks for the comments. But, since I didn't take notice of it until recently and have only read the 1st one and the first sentence or less on the rest.....well, you can see there's more to my life than what goes on here.

I hope you can say the same.


June 29, 2019 at 6:05 p.m. ( reply | | suggest removal )