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Ebola 'czar' knows Washington, but not medicine

@TeeWee: "The President could have picked a person with respected leadership abilities, some who could inspire confidence in the America people but he chose a political operative. "

From what those who know him say, he inspires confidence, and gets results.

How many times do you have to hear it?

I will admit, there's that little voice in the back of my head that says the new leader should have some medical background.

On the other hand Republicans and Democrats alike reach down into corporations and universities and put people in political positions who have no political experience..

And dang if universities don't hire Washington folks to be on their staff who've never taught. (Politicians taking care of one another when one of them is out of a job - 'good ole boy').

posted @ Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 16:13

Stephenson: Obama adminstration failing American people

As a "veteran" I'd like to say "Ho hum."

Obama has made some big mistakes.

However, conservative thinking like the above is like believing its just as easy to clean up a spilled jar on the floor as it is to drop it and break it in the first place.

I'm not satisfied with Obama, either, but its not because he's not cleaned up the spilled jar on the floor created by GWB.

Conservatives live in denial about that.

Don't want to talk about it.

Can't name it.

Won't name it.

But then, when all you read or listen to is conservative media what else is to be expected?

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 21:33

Madison County man goes 'over the river and through the woods' with deputy on his trail

Love it!

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 16:27

Gaudin: Conservative criticism of Obama is unfounded

"Can you say hypocrisy?"

Yes, and here is a great example; "The unemployment rate is down because millions of people have either quit looking for work or have taken part time jobs."

Let's tell the truth about this. The unemployment is still up - from what it was before "loyal" American corporations shipped American jobs to third world countries. (How many, now, was it, that GWB brought back? Or is that hypocritically immaterial?).

" We left residual forces in Europe Japan and Korea. after we won those conflicts."

Your knowledge of history is short. In WW II, we left the police forces intact in those countries; not so in Iraq where they were made to disperse and the people were allowed to loot their own country.

Ten year of military planning went into that invasion by the Pentagon, INCLUDING RECONSTRUCTION, only to have Donald Rumsfeld throw them out the door in favor of his "razzle dazzle."

"Obama failed to leave a residual force in Iraq when we pulled out...."

The American people, INCLUDING CONSERVATIVES, were complaining about too many American soldiers being killed - when they ought not to have been there in the first place.

This cooked up war by a spoiled brat who had never done 'anything' right, used the U.S. military like it was his own little toy.

And THAT was the catalyst for what is occurring in the Middle East today.

It doesn't take a genius to see it, but it takes a dummy not to.

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 12:51

Thomas: America sadly lacking in leadership

[quote][b]grove600[/b] - Leaders never run for office. Pop stars do.
It's been decades since a leader ran for, and was elected into office, at least at the top. [/quote]

Ronald Reagan quickly comes to mind.

All the movie imbeciles voted for him - thought they were all actors in one of his movies.

He couldn't tell the difference between real life and a movie either.

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 12:20

Thomas: America sadly lacking in leadership

I sometimes read the opinion section of the Augusta Chronicle and the comments.

Nothing, and I mean NOTHING but far rightwing propaganda.

Cal Thomas, as bad as he is, would be a lift to that paper.

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 08:30

Three Australians arrested for tampering with American flag in west Athens

I was a little heavy.

I apologize.

When I lived there, I don't think I ever heard anyone say whipping. It was whuppin....

Which is not the answer for every mischief.

There may be a fourth arrest someday if they lower the flag for GWB, Cheney or Kissinger.

I'd consider that defense of the country.

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 09:07

Three Australians arrested for tampering with American flag in west Athens

[quote][b]OCCountry[/b] - According to a friend of mine from Down Under, there ain't no such tradition. He did note that they were lucky it was not one of our Marines that caught them. Would have just been a good old fashion butt whooping instead of jail.
[/quote]

My God! Doesn't know the difference between "whooping" (to shout) and whupping (to beat).

[In Southern literature sometimes written as 'whuppin', or a variation thereof].

And we wonder why the country is in the shape that its in.

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 08:18

Madison Co. school board votes to modify Christian monument at high school

[quote][b]T J Haas[/b] - So replace the Bible verses with the currency message: "In God We Trust"
And use the Pledge to the American flag: "One Nation Under God"
[/quote]

Thankfully one of those sayings has been removed and the other ought to be.

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 08:04

Madison Co. school board votes to modify Christian monument at high school

The spiritual understanding of some Christians is no better than the spiritual understanding of some Islamist, and some Zionist :"We are right, and they are wrong."

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 08:02

Stossel: Constitution deserves more respect

Poor John....

posted @ Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 09:17

Blackmon: School testing regimen is a crippling lunacy

I mean no sarcasm at all.

I am questioning if, or why, a standardized test should determine the curriculum?

And if a student is not able to correctly answer the questions on a standardized test, then where is the flaw?

Is the fault with the standardized test, or with what is taught in the classroom?

posted @ Monday, October 13, 2014 - 17:49

Blackmon: School testing regimen is a crippling lunacy

oops

posted @ Monday, October 13, 2014 - 14:31

Blackmon: School testing regimen is a crippling lunacy

@cornish531: "I am a former teacher (at graduate level) with a terminal degree, parent, know something about test and measurements."

I'm just a lowly classroom teacher with only 33 years (and parent), but standardized tests are flawed if they do not test what has been taught.

Surely you're not saying the test should determine the curriculum?

posted @ Monday, October 13, 2014 - 14:31

Blackmon: School testing regimen is a crippling lunacy

I think Myra has a point, and speaks from her perspective as a volunteer in the classroom - as well as being a parent and daughter of a teacher.

She doesn't deny testing and accountability is necessary. Rather she laments that when students do not pass the test, critics never blame the test.

I admittedly have not looked into this, but different states use different social studies and history, English and literature textbooks. And so I'm wondering; do we use a national standardized test that may contain questions students have never covered?

I cannot speak to math and science - I don't know. And, alas, those seem to be "the measure" of most complaints that all other subjects are compared against.

We treat the humanities/fine arts as though they aren't worthy of broader knowledge and that no one is expected to earn his or her living in such a manner and aren't worth testing.
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Tell'ya what...let's teach these in school and encourage students to get "private lessons" in math, science.

posted @ Monday, October 13, 2014 - 11:37

Blackmon: School testing regimen is a crippling lunacy

@cornish531: " Even more, it is irresponsible to claim that tests are invalid because they do not measure what you think they ought to measure and because of a failure to make effective use of their results."

I will differ with you on this.

The problems are do we teach/test to a class or to an individual?

If we teach/test to individuals, the class falls behind.

If we teach/test to a class, the individuals fall behind.

Either way, the teacher gets the blame.

You are correct that teachers usually know where a student is without standardized testing.

However, standardized tests are used for evaluation as well as the teachers personal evaluation of the student.

Your accusation is a little bit to much of a wide sweep.

posted @ Monday, October 13, 2014 - 09:11

Blackmon: School testing regimen is a crippling lunacy

Passing students up to the next grade who have failed the grade they are in is nothing new, and presents its own set of problems - namely, at what point is a student too big or too old to remain in his/her failing grade.

How many tries should a student get before enough is enough? What if the student is too young to get a public job?

Public school critics have presented no reasonable answers to that.

If a student is gifted in one special area, should public schools concentrate the student's studies on that one particular area, only?

If it was math or languages, most critics would say "Yes."

Suppose it is some form of construction work, most critics would say "Yes."

If it was music, or art, most critics would say "No."

But then, when it comes time to pay for such 'extra' programs, the critics complain about the costs of 'out of stream' education.

'Main stream' education does not, and never has, met the needs of all students, but critics, looking at costs only, aren't willing to accept that historical fact.

"Differential" students are a problem easily blamed on teachers and public education.

As a retired teacher whose children graduated from public education and whose grandchildren are in public schools, I'm not satisfied with public education either, but there aren't any black and white answers as critics are quick to imply.

The scene is continually changing within the student, the students, the educators and society.

Let's test what we teach, not teach what we test.

Perhaps what we need is more accountability from critics.

posted @ Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 11:32

Blackmon: School testing regimen is a crippling lunacy

Again, thank you.

posted @ Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 22:23

Grimes: Georgia senatorial contest is interesting race

If you want more American jobs shipped out of the country and more Americans out of work, vote for Perdue.

posted @ Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 11:44

As UGA prepares for Missouri, Gurley gets a lawyer

You guys give it some thought and ask yourselves "why?" this guy Allen would make a video?

posted @ Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 11:31

Former Homeland secretary Napolitano to lecture at UGA

We have some strange ways of doing things in this country. A politician is suddenly qualified to be president of an educational institution.

But, then, we also have persons in education who are suddenly qualified to lead various governmental departments in Washington.

The "anatomy of a lot of legal decisions" in Washington is "We'll do whatever we want, it will not be challenged by anyone of 'importance'."

And if it is, the Department of Justice, the CIA, the FBI, the Pentagon or Homeland Security will investigate you.

Iraq and torture are two outstanding examples.

posted @ Friday, October 10, 2014 - 09:51

Sikora: Recent global warming column seriously misguided

[quote][b]snarkydude[/b] - Name one other country on the globe that has as many environmental laws and regulations in place as does America.[/quote]

Is that not beside the point?

America should stop having those environmental regulations in place or stop, or slow its efforts until other nations catch up - all in the name of capitalism?

Nor have I presented any 'facts', nor have you.

I have merely asked questions to you statements;

"America should stop having those environmental regulations in place or stop, or slow its efforts until other nations catch up - all in the name of capitalism?"

If India and China continue to pollute the planet, the United States should continue to do so as well?

You want third world countries to lead the way?

" As long as the debate is just another way of trying to penalize and destroy capitalism, take it somewhere else."

The race for Capitalism is more important than saving the planet?

posted @ Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 14:24

Sikora: Recent global warming column seriously misguided

@snarkydude: "When the climateers begin to act to restrict the emissions and pollution of third world countries, and other industrial nations such as India and China."

If India and China continue to pollute the planet, the United States should continue to do so as well?

You want third world countries to lead the way?

" As long as the debate is just another way of trying to penalize and destroy capitalism, take it somewhere else."

The race for Capitalism is more important than saving the planet?

posted @ Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 11:58

Sikora: Recent global warming column seriously misguided

[quote][b]scarborj[/b] - Or, we could plant more trees instead of paving every spot on the planet!!!!!!
[/quote]

Dear Heart, for a change I'm on your side.

But there are those who just can't understand development that doesn't include cutting down more trees and polluting more streams.

Oh, they'll replace the trees; cut down big beautiful oaks and replace them with skinny little six inch diameter maples (as long as the tree swap isn't in their back yard).

Or not replace them at all.

posted @ Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 11:51

Deal, Carter focus on ethics, economy in debate

Deal's questionable past doesn't say much for the people who support him.

Ethics, indeed.

posted @ Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 08:48

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