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Jason Rees wrote:
How did we go from balancing the budget to DADT? Oh, hi Ian!
I know. Democrats are toxic and stupid, and Republicans are clever angels....
Why can't we all get along, like those Republicans who have been masters of cheerful bipartisan cooperation for the last 15 years?
California Students Protest Tuition Hike
November 17, 2010
(SAN FRANCISCO) — Police arrested and pepper-sprayed University of California students during a violent protest Wednesday over a proposed tuition increase that left three officers injured.
Thirteen people, including 10 students, were taken into custody during the demonstration at the University of California, San Francisco, said campus police Chief Pamela Roskowski.
One student was arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon after a campus police officer was hit with his own baton, Roskowski said.
The officer was struck in the head after a group of protesters surrounded him in a parking garage and grabbed his baton, she said. The officer drew his gun in self-defense.
IJ wrote:Sounds like what we really need to worry about is your fragile feelings, and the feelings of other people who don't want to work next to certain dedicated soldiers because of their prejudices and or insecurity complexes. Those feelings are the important ones, right?
I find it totally nuts that you think the government being involved in social issues is a reason to defund and fire them.
Mr. Reagan, conservative credentials aside, presided over an unprecedented explosion of debt in part because of tax cuts but also because of a defense buildup. He spent on military and cut his revenue at the same time (he had help, but he increased government in doing so).
Bill Glasheen wrote:The superintendent of schools for Jefferson County here (around Louisville) just got his walking papers. Why? He came in 4 years ago from New England and inexplicably started a busing program a la 1970s style in an attempt to mix up the socioeconomic classes. The courts slapped his hand, and he kept doing it anyway with a slight twist on the theme to get around their ruling via a technicality. (Meanwhile, private schools in this region are booming. Ponder that dynamic for a bit.) Then the test scores for all Jefferson County schools came out, and it was obvious that he wasn't doing his job of seeing that the kids were learning their fundamentals. In a meeting of the school board last night, they pulled a Donald Trump. They told him "You're fired!"
The board had issued a full evaluation of Berman in July. At the time, board members said they felt he had done a good job enhancing classroom instruction, embracing innovation and promoting policies that support student growth, but he needed to refocus his goals to ensure all students achieved their full potential.
Board members said then that it was “unacceptable to continue to have some of the lowest-performing schools in the state,” referring to the six schools that were named among the 10 lowest-performing schools in Kentucky in 2009.
They also noted that the new elementary student assignment plan “met a rocky beginning” when it was implemented at the start of the 2009-10 school year.
Since that evaluation, six more Jefferson County schools were identified as being among the lowest-performing in the state for 2010.
The district also began facing a push for a return to neighborhood schools, including a proposed state law that would allow them, after mistakes and confusion on the first day of school resulted in hundreds of students spending extra hours on buses, with some not getting home until 9 p.m.
“The most important duty of the (school board) is to choose and support a superintendent who will lead a successful school system that prepares all students for post-secondary education and careers,” board Chairwoman Debbie Wesslund said in a statement read during the public portion of the meeting.
“We reviewed past evaluations of the superintendent, student performance progress under his leadership, as well as management and operations issues,” she said. “The board has determined that it will not renew his contract.”
Wesslund said Berman didn't seem to have a sense of urgency when it came to student performance.
“We have been concerned with the stagnant growth in the key areas of reading and math,” she said. “As a board, we wish to refocus our energies on student achievement on every level with an emphasis on making substantial progress in student performance.”
Royce Whitman, vice president of the Jefferson County Teachers Association, said that while her organization had not taken a position on whether Berman's contract should be renewed, she questioned the board's timing, saying the public should have been given much more notice.
“Our organization recognizes that this is one of the most critical decisions facing not just the school board, but the entire community,” Whitman said. “A decision of this nature should only be made after ample time for community reflection, community dialogue and community input.”
Wesslund said the board is committed to maintaining diversity in Jefferson County Public Schools. “We appreciate Dr. Berman's commitment to preserving our value of diversity and inclusion within all schools and for his work at designing a plan to meet that goal,” she said. “We embrace this value, but recognize we need to take a deep look at this current plan and make changes, if necessary, to meet families' concerns and to shore up community support for our assignment plan.”
Bill Glasheen wrote:
- The first thing he did was scare the sheet out of Iran. Within seconds after he was sworn into office, Iran released all the US Embassy hostages.
- Reagan busted up OPEC via myriad ways. One was to increase domestic energy production. Another was to work the markets. The price of oil dropped. Inflation disappeared. The economy boomed.
- The combination of Regan's focus on a free market economy (yes, LOWERING taxes), refocusing the military, and reestablishment of Democratic pride ultimately led to the collapse of the Soviet empire. He defeated The Soviet Union without firing a shot.
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