While it doesn’t have quite the shock value of accusations of terrorist leanings, the battle over three proposed Massachusetts charter schools lacks little for controversy. Tuesday, the state board of education approved the new schools in a near-unanimous vote, despite an ugly public relations effort by opponents that included accusations that one of the schools, to be headed by an Eastern European immigrant, would feature a “Soviet-style” curriculum ... Parents also accused teachers in the affected districts of dragooning students into writing letters to the state board opposing the charters, using students to gather petition signatures, and threatening children that, if the charters were approved, public school band programs would be terminated. In at least one case, the effort may have backfired, as one board member said her decision to vote for a new grammar- and reading-focused charter school was confirmed by receiving misspelled and grammatically incorrect letters from high school students. “I don’t think it should be gone through with if it does get excepted Marlboro High School will lose money it doesn’t have,” one letter read. The battle continues, with three Massachusetts mayors pledging to sue in state court to block the schools from opening this fall.
Big and powerful, you have a long history behind you with more good and bad than you care to remember, or are really capable of remembering. Lately, in older age, you've gotten sort of crochety and even mean-spirited. There is still a lot that's beautiful about you, but most of the focus people have when they think about you is how hard it is to work with you. There's hope that you might start opening up to people, but lots of people have bumper stickers about how much you should change.
Take the Country Quiz at the Blue Pyramid.
You're Fahrenheit 451!
by Ray Bradbury
Having wanted to be a firefighter much of your life, you've recently discovered the job wasn't exactly what you were looking for. While ignorance seems like the result of oppression, it all began with people just wanting to be ignorant. As you
realize more about the sordid world around you, you decide to watch less TV and work on your memorization skills. Though your memory will save you in the end, don't forget to practice running from dogs as well.
Take the Book Quiz at the Blue Pyramid.
60. Talking on metro in the morning is prohibited
Every once in a while someone from out of town gets on and starts blabbing. And all the people who are using the metro for their 15 minutes of wake-up time before the hell of the working world is unleashed try not to attack them.
Which Old Testament Character are you?
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As a little girl I dressed up as Elijah by wrapping myself in my bedsheet. Many of my books were Bible stories so Bible characters were my superheroes. My mom thought I was weird. She did not understand why her little girl wanted to be an Old Testament prophet and did not like playing with Barbie. I thought Barbie was boring. The only thing my friend and I knew to do with Barbie was make her go on dates with Ken.
Ok it is late/early and I am rambling. Good night.
You are Rule 8, the most laid back of all the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. While your forefather in the Federal Rules may have been a stickler for details and particularity, you have clearly rebelled by being pleasant and easy-going. Rule 8 only requires that a plaintiff provide a short and plain statement of a claim on which a court can grant relief. While there is much to be lauded in your approach, your good nature sometimes gets you in trouble, and you often have to rely on your good friend, Rule 56, to bail you out.
Which Federal Rule of Civil Procedure Are You?
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Seriously, this made my week. I guess that makes me a policy wonk.
Normand St. Michel said he was taken aback Thursday by the opposition that surfaced at a hearing before the Planning Board.
'I was all for it when I came here but now I am split down the middle,' he said, adding that his wife also was opposed to his plan.
My inner child is ten years old!
The adult world is pretty irrelevant to me. Whether I'm off on my bicycle (or pony) exploring, lost in a good book, or giggling with my best friend, I live in a world apart, one full of adventure and wonder and other stuff adults don't understand.
How Old is Your Inner Child?
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You are Martin Heidegger! Your reputation is stained a bit by the fact that you were a member of the Nazi party, but your groundbreaking Being and Time is still read by a whole lot of people. You overuse the hyphen, and make up a lot of words. You died in 1976.
What 20th Century Theorist are you?
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This Jesus puppet was made with great care and love and was designed to depict Christ in a loving, kind approachable . We wanted a Jesus that children would want to know love and cherish. He is in a garb of the biblical days with sandals and a satin deep red shawl that represents the blood shed on the cross and royalty as the King of Kings. All of this big mouth puppets clothes are completely removable including his shoes. He has accentuated fingers, feet with toes (to wear sandals) and sewn elbow and knee joints. You can enter this lovely puppet from either the back in a ventriloquist puppet style or from the bottom like a standard half body puppet. He is a natural tanned skinned flesh tone and has big brown eyes and dark brown yarn hair and a short cropped beard. This fully functional performance puppet is not only totally functional but he has been made affordable for puppet ministries with tight budget. Basically this is a full body puppet, half body puppet, big mouth puppet, rod arm puppet, ventriloquist puppet ......This puppet covers it all!"
Old Oligarch's results:
Auditory : 31%
Visual : 68%
Left : 67%
Right : 33%
Auditory : 37%
Visual : 62%
Left : 64%
Right : 35%
"I need real world experience and after reviewing your web site I get the impressing that your company believes in maintain a lax work environment while efficiently meeting the needs of it’s customers (right?)."
When we suggested to this last applicant that he get some remedial help with his writing, since he had an error in every single sentence of his lengthy letter, he penned an angry reply that included the following:
"If your company takes such a serious position towards proper grammar then I think you guys are in the wrong profession ... I am not precisely sure why you choose to take such a stance perhaps because you have nothing better to do, or maybe because you have personal insecurities that seep out and you feel the need to degrade or target others based on stupid little infractions to make yourself feel better ... (I reread it before sending it and it states my point clearly and unless you lack the mental capacity to make out the meaning without having exact and precisise grammar maybe you should seek a new proffsion, I hear this country lacks a lot of grammar school teachers perhaps that would be a better fit for you) In conclusion I have indeed made many mistakes in this e-mail many on purpose and many accidentaly I did not have the time nor the patientce to deal with it I will leave the grammer checking to the professionals such as yourself."
The weeklong glitch, which Amazon fixed after outed reviewers complained, provided a rare glimpse at how writers and readers are wielding the online reviews as a tool to promote or pan a book — when they think no one is watching.
Instead of using apples and oranges to calculate ratios, the instructor at the Grimes Unit prison used rocks of cocaine and meth ingredients. Among the questions:
- 'Rico sells 422 rocks per week in four different territories. He wants to expand to seven different territories. If he continues to sell at the same rate how many rocks per week will he sell in seven territories?'
- 'Jim Bob is cookin crystal meth in his back yard.' After giving the formula for meth, the teacher posed the question, 'How many Sudafedrine pills must he mix with 2.8 quarters of ammonia?'"
At the service, he said, he tells relatives and friends of the dead: ' `How many of you think George here went to hell?' No hands go up. `Went to heaven?' All hands go up. `So let's have a celebration. We don't want anyone grieving. If anyone's going to grieve, we'd like them to leave right now.' '"
(The article continues...) Clark's comment prompted laughter and applause from the gathering.
Gary Melnick, a senior astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said Clark's faith in the possibility of faster-than-light, or FTL, travel was "probably based more on his imagination than on physics."
But, on the bright side:
Dr. Ruth owns a clock that plays a tune by Haydn which she loves. It is a song written in 1797 that was appropriated by Hitler and the Third Reich as the national anthem of Nazi Germany (the words were changed). She said she keeps the clock on principle, declaring that she would not allow Hitler to steal anything else from her. Still, she said, she is often reluctant to hear the piece.
"The Nazis are not going to take away that melody of Haydn from me," she said. "But it is a problem. I'm sad at the same time -- For me the Holocaust will never recede."
This sort of tortured reasoning must drive thousands of teachers from the public schools every year.
1. Your ideal theoretical candidate. (100%)
2. Bush, President George W. - Republican (73%)
3. Libertarian Candidate (60%)
4. Kucinich, Rep. Dennis, OH - Democrat (38%)
5. Lieberman, Senator Joe, CT - Democrat (33%)
6. Phillips, Howard - Constitution (33%)
7. Kerry, Senator John, MA - Democrat (32%)
8. Dean, Gov. Howard, VT - Democrat (29%)
9. Gephardt, Rep. Dick, MO - Democrat (26%)
10. Edwards, Senator John, NC - Democrat (25%)
11. LaRouche, Lyndon H. Jr. - Democrat (22%)
12. Sharpton, Reverend Al - Democrat (21%)
13. Green Party Candidate (17%)
14. Hagelin, Dr. John - Natural Law (13%)
15. Socialist Candidate (9%)
16. Clark, Retired General Wesley K., AR - Democrat (6%)
17. Moseley-Braun, Former Senator Carol, IL - Democrat (5%)
Trust me. And the sponsorships!
This article is the dumbest thing I have read in some time. The example used to illustrate "a person who can't get a job" is a woman with a nursing degree. Right now there are more nursing job shortages than in almost any other profession. We are importing nurses from other countries. Any nurse who wants a job can get one. But the woman profiled in the article has decided she doesn't want to be a nurse, despite her degree, and can't get a job doing something else. So she gets MY money? She clearly is not in dire need of a job, or else she would take a position as a nurse.
Find me a person who is starving in America, and I will take out my wallet. But this story only makes me even more unwilling to contribute a dime to more welfare spending.