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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
dwayne roberson April 23, 2014 at 07:02 am
Affirmative Action was the Planners foolhardy attempt to fix racism with racism. It is indicative ofRead More a pay back attitude apparent in Holder and Obama. This does not advance the actual state of equality. It does perpetuate the bitterness that the race industry and Democrat party rely on for power. A return to colorblind meritocracy is all that can really be fair and equal.
Maria Young April 23, 2014 at 08:25 am
Its about time. Now do the same in other states and in the state workforce too. Cleanup upRead More America, grow the economy? Thats a start, anyone running a business knows this. These people must change their culture, thats why they have so many failures and I am tired of hearing the same spin for 30 years.
Steven Serebrenik April 23, 2014 at 09:05 am
I believe that affirmative action had it's place in history. It helped a lot of black people butRead More adversely affected a lot of white people who could not get student loans and jobs....It seemed at the time that after all that had been done to black people, this was the way to go. I'm speaking of the 60's. This is 50 years later. Black people have progressed. In my mind, white people have been redeemed by now. Otherwise, when does it end. It's like a tax...NEVER. HOW FAIR IS THAT?
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of $ off of the millions of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the 'Core.' The Common Core isn't just restricting for teachers & students, it's lining people's pockets.
dwayne roberson April 23, 2014 at 07:52 am
More top-down Progressive Central Planning from Washington prigs and cronies. Heaven forbid we allowRead More freedom and choice for kids and parents. In the documentary Waiting For Superman I can still see the desperate faces of the parents trying to win in the charter school admission lotteries. Central Planning is also devastating the country in economics, health care, energy as well as education. The bigger the Government ... fill in the gap. There is a methane emission problem from Washington.
Jennifer April 23, 2014 at 08:14 am
About the "socialist" or "anti-American" aspect - I know what people are talkingRead More about, but I think there should be a distinction between anything you have seen so far, and CC. There are, to my knowledge, no CC social studies textbooks yet. It is the textbook publishers themselves (who helped write the CC and will produce all further materials anyway) that are twisted in this way. I HAVE noticed a little here and there, like when my daughter had to write and illustrate a children's book explaining, in simple terms, the 5 Pillars of Islam. And a couple of paragraphs on important muslim contributions to society in the middle ages, and today> I am cool with that, if she had also anytime during the year, produced a diorama of the nativity, or drawn and illustrated the Ten Commandments (which would hit two major world religions at once). But no. Jews, in SS at least, are known only in the context of the holocaust, although they do get air time in English through readings - about the holocaust. Christianity is also covered - as in, the Catholic church and the inquisition, and The Crusades - good or bad? Don't worry, they get a second bite at Christianity in AP US History, in "The Invasion of the Americas" (Out of Many - A History of the American People, AP edition, Pearson Publishing) This is the third sentence after title: "Armed men marched across the Caribbean Islands, plundering villages, slaughtering men, and raping women". Um, since when is the Caribbean even a part of the US, and why is it in a US history book? The Christian part comes a little later, when Cortez reaches Mexico, otherwise known as "The destruction of the Indies" in which it is revealed that the "brave Indian leaders and thousands of martyrs" were "no match" for "mounted warriors with steel swords". This is followed quickly a reading from Bartolome de la Casas, a priest who had "participated in the plunder, but later had a crisis of conscience" condemning the "greed and cruelty of the Christians". I guess they had to go that far back to find a time when they could portray Islam in such a Rosy light, and Christianity as a scourge upon the earth. Sure, bad things have been done in the name of religion throughout history. But with what Islam is like TODAY, maybe the crusaders had their reasons? I dont like ANY religion being taught in school, as such. Why should my child study the Pillars of Islam, if other religions - peaceful ones, say Buddhism, or fun ones like animist religions, get no airtime? Why? Oh, because Susan Armitrage wrote the book for Pearson, and Susan Armitrage is a prominent convert to Islam, and a prominent critic of Christianity and the west. The educational system is already skewed. School boards dont actually read the textbooks they order, unless there are complaints, and honestly, I didnt notice either until the CC thing came up. Then I said "What the hell is this?"
Steven Lee April 23, 2014 at 09:06 am
I've been doing a lot of digging into Common Core. There are a couple of videos out there worthRead More watching to get yourself up to speed on the forces working to stop CC. This is a documentary by Home School Legal Defense Association: http://www.commoncoremovie.com/ This was a video of a forum on CCSS in Medway last month https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EvELBeCqnk&app=desktop Keep in mind that MCAS, while not perfect, pulled MA to be the top-ranked school system in the country, and ranked 5th in the world in math and science. Mitchell Chester and Deval Patrick accepted $250 million in RttT money to dump MCAS and accept Common Core. The PARCC test is being piloted as a "potential" replacement to MCAS testing. MA Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester is Chair of the PARCC Governing Board, as well as a member of the Council of Chief State School Officers (one of the two orgs that created Common Core). Another lobbying group pushing Common Core is Achieve, Inc. of which Governor Patrick sits on the Board of Directors. This is a fun read on Chester's obvious conflict of interest: http://edushyster.com/?p=4678 If you start scratching the surface of the money and influence behind Common Core and your BS meter doesn't start ticking off the chart then your BS meter is broken. Have a look at just a handful of the connections here: http://www.commoncoreforum.net/wolves-and-sheep/ Or have a look at this chart: http://www.markgarrison.net/archives/2098 Education is the responsibility of the states, under the watchful eye of parents and local school committees. A federal oligarchy has no business pushing a profit-driven curriculum.
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tenth district April 22, 2014 at 06:38 pm
Funny how Netflix is the "bad boy" yet those that offer more commercials than the movieRead More itself are just fine :) Cable today is pure garbage, a 2 hr movie will last half the night with all those commercials and since all sports from all countries, could be seen live over the internet...cable is obsolete. Netflix is weak but is a fine alternative to cable for now. (as for news, please, you must be brain-dead to get your news from cable...with all of them all over you from second you start the computer to turn on the radio to even the second you "check" the e-mail on the phone. so Reuters don't worry about Netflix, worry about cable companies whose stocks should be worth a little more than half an ounce of dirt
Michael Brennick April 22, 2014 at 06:46 pm
Where are the stories about the rates charged by the Cable cartels-???---Especially Leftist,Read More Democratic Comcast, the premier robber barons, who fill the campaign tills of the Dumocrats.
Paul April 22, 2014 at 09:10 pm
Netflix is hands down the best deal going, and it has been a bargain for YEARS. I guess theRead More nonsensical whiners who complain about a long-delayed, $2 a MONTH increase are worried it will cost them a (partial) SINGLE LATTE. Utterly ridiculous.
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nonoise April 22, 2014 at 03:10 pm
They want government to raise our children, not parents.
Tom Hollman April 22, 2014 at 04:41 pm
THIS COUNTRY TOOK A $HIT WHEN THE SUPREME COURT TOOK AWAY THE KICK IN THE A$$ AT HOME AND AT SCHOOLRead More THEY PUT THE KIDS ON DRUGS. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT ?YEARS AGO THERE WERE NO ALPABETIZED SINDROMES THIS IS HOW HEAD SHRINKERS PUSH DRUGS FOR DRUG COMPANEYS
Kim Fox April 22, 2014 at 06:42 pm
I don't believe this kid is competent enough to make those decisions. Those kids need to beRead More prosecuted to the fullest and if the does judge does not agree he needs to step down.
Meb Keflezighi crossing the finish line. Credit: Boston Marathon
BH April 22, 2014 at 01:19 am
He's more American than you are old pizza, simply based on his words and acceptance of people asRead More opposed to your ignorance and cluelessness of what it means to be an American.
MikeA April 22, 2014 at 01:15 pm
As Hillary might say, "What difference does it make?" It's not like "we" wonRead More the marathon. He won the marathon.
Dennis Naughton April 22, 2014 at 04:10 pm
@old pizza: Tea Party talk.
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JD April 22, 2014 at 07:47 pm
140,000 RI public school kids. So this is less than a dollar per child. Happy eating!
HappyDad April 23, 2014 at 07:22 am
This is not only ridiculous, but completely unacceptable! How does 25 million nationwide equate toRead More $93,000 for Rhode island?! People need to respond to Cicilline and let him know to stop patting himself on the back for such paltry deeds. His assistant could have secured more funds than that. The fact that low income students will be the majority that will benefit from this money means the funds will never leave Providence! Kitchen equipment isn't cheap, and no matter what equipment you have if the personnel aren't trained to use it correctly and efficiently then what difference does it make? This is a disgusting injustice for our children...
CB11 April 23, 2014 at 08:06 am
So we can dictate what children on the system will eat when they're in our care but we can't drugRead More test their parents to make sure a crack-hazed mom isn't in charge when we send them home to their care .... yep, makes total sense to me!
Mineta San José International Airport. Wikimedia.
B. Dub April 22, 2014 at 12:13 pm
Dorie, stowing away on a plane is a crime. And no, the boy himself did not pose a threat. But theRead More fact that he (anyone) can get that close to a plane poses a threat. I have to take off my flippin' shoes and get patted down, but apparently you can just walk up and plant a bomb in the wheel well.
april ann April 22, 2014 at 01:30 pm
I agree with B. Dub 100%! How was this kid able to scale a fence and just walk right over to theRead More plane? TSA: for all the harassing you do in the terminal...you ain't all that!! As far as the kid being a runaway..maybe he does face some serious abuse issues at home. He's damn lucky to be alive. But, I raised three boys, and a 16 year old boy can runaway for any collage of reasons. My kids never ran away but, I'm wondering if the fact that the plane was going to HAWAII has anything to do with it. It sounds a little compulsive to me. CPA need good follow up on this. Thank you lucky stars kid!
Lee Jacobsen April 22, 2014 at 06:42 pm
It wasn't a miracle that he survived, it was Easter Sunday, and good things always happen.Read More "always look on the bright side of life"......Life of Brian........overlooked miracle worker....... Not a problem to let other kids of similar intelligence do the same thing, it will improve the human gene pool immensely, and the human race will benefit overall as a result.
My iPad has several e-reading apps. Credit: Danielle Masterson.
Brina M April 22, 2014 at 12:27 pm
I love my original Kindle for reading i find my kindle fire hd hurts my eyes after a short time.Read More But, nothing is better than a paperback or hardcover book. Books batteries dont die and you dont need internet to purchase.
Anna Bucciarelli April 23, 2014 at 06:55 am
My son-in-law never reads books that have been read by others, especially those coming from aRead More library, says they are full of germs! For him, it's either a new book or his kindle. That's a bit much to my way of thinking ... I'm an old-fashioned page turner, love the "aroma" that comes from books, especially those that have been well read. Altho, recently, I've had to resort to larger prints so may end up with a kindle after all.
BookOasis April 23, 2014 at 08:27 am
As the local bookstore in Stoneham we believe there is certainly room for both. I can count on oneRead More hand the number of customer we have lost to strictly e-readers. We still have plenty of e-reading customers of all ages that buy real books. Children's books are especially popular as the experience of having your child/grandchild sit on your lap and read/look at the pictures/turn the page cannot be replaced by a hard, boring device. E-readers definitely have the advantage at the gym. We recommend the Kobo Glo or Arc for paperwhite devices: no ads, lightest weight device available, dozens of fonts and font sizes, notes, dictionary and the charge lasts at least 30 DAYS! Used books are more environmentally friendly: saves a tree, no batteries, recycles over and over again and is completely recyclable when at its end-of-life, and at least half the price of an average e-book. They are also more comfortable to hold as they are more flexible. Readers are more likely to finish a real book than an e-book because there is a physical sense of where you are in the book (only 2 more chapters - yay!). Finally, when you purchase an e-book you are telling a big corporation a lot about yourself, they track every title you VIEW or purchase. Privacy doesn't exist on an electronic device. You may also find that your purchases are more like loans; titles can disappear at the whim of the provider or if distribution rights are lost. Either way - we are so happy people are reading no matter how they do it!
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Gale April 23, 2014 at 08:48 am
Yosemite Sam----That's about the most ignorant, sexist thing I've heard in a long time.
Arthur Vecchiotti April 23, 2014 at 08:57 am
What is the big deal? Pull up the shirt and get on with it. Most Americans don't know how to dressRead More anyway - Europeans laugh at us all the time about our non-existent dress code. Let's face it, we dress like slobs most of the time.
J. W. MacMahon April 23, 2014 at 09:11 am
No NIPPLES... NO PROBLEM!!!
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bg robbins April 22, 2014 at 11:39 am
I don't think were doing starving people any favors by sending them hot dogs that might make themRead More sick.
BiteMeFanBoy1 April 22, 2014 at 03:28 pm
Just another argument for KOSHER hot dogs..... All of the great taste and NONE OF THE CRAP !
Bill Harvey April 22, 2014 at 05:04 pm
Poland has already outlawed kosher killing as inhumane--it involves voiding the arteries of theRead More animal's tainted blood while it is still alive....The US will soon follow despite its Jewish lobby.
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monkey lewis April 22, 2014 at 02:30 am
Father to many married to none and in case Ya all wondered Im really well hung
B. Dub April 22, 2014 at 11:34 am
Agranon - I'm a moron because I am tired of everybody and his mother trying to put themselves inRead More every story? Then so be it - I'm a moron. To be honest, I am also really tired of all the people that were compelled to run the Boston Marathon because "I had to finish for all those who couldn't." Get over yourself. It was a tragedy. Those responsible should be ripped apart by dogs. I sincerely hope the families of those affected can move on somehow. But how does Mary Jane Smith running the marathon help ANYBODY but herself? She's not doing it for "those who can't". She's doing it to maybe get on TV and she's probably feeling a little sanctimonious because she ran 26.2 miles and you didn't. It's like, "what did YOU do to help these people?" Same as you - nothing.
Geoffrey Koppel April 22, 2014 at 04:52 pm
If this is a think tank, someone should change the filter.
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grace April 21, 2014 at 07:53 pm
uh@ jj you know that how?
grace April 21, 2014 at 07:54 pm
lol had no idea they ,as in your dild*, were more than 50 bucks thx @ jj
Status Quo April 21, 2014 at 11:21 pm
'John B' April 21, 2014 at 05:14 PM... be a swimmer and do not sunk. Feed you body and mind toRead More survive.
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Tom April 20, 2014 at 06:55 am
People can be slobs
Jim L April 20, 2014 at 09:19 am
Agreed Tom hunting n fishing i'm amazed at the places people leave trash
Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night. Copyright: Akashic Books.
Anna Bucciarelli April 20, 2014 at 08:15 am
Definitely will add these to my long, long list of "to reads". Maybe I'll live longRead More enough to get to them all. Just finished an oldie but goodie ... but you know? The stories only stay with me for a while, I read so much that I forget what I've already read and after the first few pages, I get into it again and often continue since I liked it the first time around. There will never be enough hours in any day to read all I want to and thank goodness and God for Goodreads and, of course, my library and you, Danielle, for adding to my lists. Was offered a Kindle but know what? I really prefer to hold that book in my lap to read, plus I prefer to use my library ... it's FREE, for goodness sake, why would I pay to read anything but a newspaper? And, even that can be gotten at the library. If nothing else, I just love the smell of a library! (Sorry for my longwinded-ness ... just love, love books.)
Mamie Huggins April 20, 2014 at 08:37 am
Hey Anna - I'm a book lover too and use the library on occasion. But it's not FREE as you say, it'sRead More paid for by us taxpayers. Also, when I buy a book, especially by an unknown and/or local author, I'm helping that person to keep writing.
Anna Bucciarelli April 20, 2014 at 05:48 pm
Of course you're right Mamie but if I don't have to part with an additional penny from my pocket IRead More feel it's a treat. And you're right too about keeping authors writing I especially like books by new, first-time novelists who often surprise me with the wonder of their words.
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Liz Pierce April 20, 2014 at 07:46 am
here's an easter tip....if you or your family wants a rabbit, get it from a shelter. and keep it forRead More life. there is a great website called rabbit.org with all sorts of information about taking care of house rabbits. happy easter!
Peg Carbone April 21, 2014 at 10:44 am
A wedding is a joyous occasion and meant to be a celebration. The song added to the celebratory moodRead More of their special day! It was a beautiful and memorable gift the priest surprised gave this couple. I do not believe Jesus meant for us to be so solemn although on certain days (I E: Good Friday) solemnity has it's place.
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Marty Field April 22, 2014 at 01:28 pm
What a wonderful addition to their wedding. The priests voice is so good! Music increases serotonin,Read More and is a part of church life. It is also good for the soul. I love to sign my praise for God!