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Re: “Five reasons why you shouldn't join the Brazil bandwagon in this World Cup

in hindsight, it does kind of look like Brian was right.

Posted by JohnD on 07/09/2010 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Re: Lost in the shuffle

"What concerns me the most, however, is that in spite of this sort of information becoming public, it is unlikely that it will influence the average voter."

That's what concerns you most?? Ok, well what concerns me most is that there are idiots like you out there voting!! I recognize that some might consider this an ad hominem attack but truly it .isn't. I'm referring to the fact that you don't consider the FACTS as something that should enter into your decision. He doesn't dispute the VERACiTY of these facts, only that they weren't legally obtained. Ok, the LAW says I shouldn't consider the fact that he did what he is accussed of. Hmmmmm.......

Posted by JohnD on 07/09/2010 at 8:11 PM

Re: “Re: Lost in the shuffle

WTF??? You want to praise Samiha Khanna's article? Ok, you know what, I expect the "heroes" of these little stories to be innocent. He got off on a technicality!!! He was a repeat felon who "should have " gotten off because didn't the police didn't have the proper paperwork??? How freaking old world am I that I think we should have only written this article if he should have gotten off because he was F'ING INNOCENT!!

So you're telling me that Stormy missed a deadline that caused a probably guilty man to stay a few extra days in jail???

To that I say /slap on the wrist to Stormy and woohoo! in general!!

Good job! If you keep letting the things that fall off your plate be the needs of your guilty inmates, you're doing your job right!!!

Posted by JohnD on 07/09/2010 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Racial gap persists in CHCCS schools

For those who feel that the problem is the school and not the parents, I strongly encourage you to read The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. (Actually I encourage everyone to read it, it's a great book!)

He has a fascinating chapter where he examines end of grade exams over the course of several years. And he finds an achievement gap that steadily grows as the students advance in grades. However, the REALLY interesting part is that he also looks at end of grade exams given right as the students return to school! What he finds is that, “Virtually all of the advantage that wealthy students have over poor students is the result of differences in the way privileged kids learn while they are not in school” (p258). The cumulative gain in knowledge and subsequent test scores for the wealthy and middle-class students by the end of the fifth grade steadily grows to be significant. Gladwell continues, “For its poorest students, America doesn’t have a school problem. It has a summer vacation problem” (p260).

It's an excellent book.

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Posted by JohnD on 03/07/2010 at 9:03 PM

Re: “For Rep. Sue Myrick, Islamic moderates are extreme, Christian extremists are moderate

Hmmm.... ok, a couple of factual inaccuracies (imho). First off, your article implies that Joe Stack was a Christian extremist that Sue Myrick was reluctant to criticize. In actuality, having read his 36 paragraph suicide note posted online, he makes no reference to his personal religious beliefs (if he had any) and in fact quite the opposite he calls for "a much-needed re-evaluation of the laws that allow the monsters of organized religion to make such a mockery of people who earn an honest living." And he even makes clear in the context of his note that he's specifically referring to Christian religions within the US. In fact, the more you read his note, the more clear it comes that he was much more a fan of the democrat agenda (pro-Health Care reform) and less a fan of the republican agenda (anti-big business bailout).

Secondly, I'm not sure that I would consider a group that offers a high-school level course on "The Bible and It's Influence" quite rises to the level of "extremist". Granted everything I saw about the course, it seems to present a pretty positive, non-critical view of the Bible, but I didn't see anything extreme.

I think saying Sue Myrick considers "Christian extremists" to be moderate, is not really even close to a fair statement and certainly not supported by the facts in this article.

And I'm not even a fan of the lady. GO OBAMA!

Posted by JohnD on 03/07/2010 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Who owns Franklin Street?

Umm....who cares? And why?

Posted by JohnD on 09/22/2009 at 11:40 PM

Re: “Boycott Wal-Mart

I am employed at a Texas wal mart distribution center. I am treated just like the chinese.

You're also acting like you're chinese. This is America. You don't HAVE to work for them. Get some self-respect and find a new job. If you can't, well then that kinda makes the case that they're paying you what you're worth doesn't it?

And yes, I did read the whole post and realize that this is all part of your nefarious master plan to sue Wal-Mart's pants off and make your fortune that way. Good luck with that. Once that fails, then maybe you can work at getting a real job.

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Posted by JohnD on 09/22/2009 at 11:37 PM

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