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Tony Royer April 23, 2014 at 12:09 pm
We all know Brian Slurpie posted this !!
nitagregory April 23, 2014 at 12:29 pm
Wheew... just when i thought.I had major issues
Brett April 23, 2014 at 12:58 pm
Let's take these war gaming idiots and enlist them in the Marine Corp. I'll bet a real tour of dutyRead More would straighten them out. No doubt they could use the exercise too.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
Observor April 23, 2014 at 11:03 am
One of the primary reasons blacks lag in admission to elite colleges without affirmative action isRead More that a disproportionate number of them come out of horror show urban school systems where they are trapped by an unholy alliance of the teacher unions and the Democrat party. The DTC keeps the unions working regardless of incompetence and in return the unions bankroll the DTC with their members' dues money. Affirmative action is just a way to paper over that "inconvenient truth."
Kent Frederick April 23, 2014 at 11:44 am
Let me say something as a graduate of the University of Michigan, who had the tougher road toRead More admission as a non-resident. The problem with affirmative action is how to quantify it. Michigan can have its pick of students from the elite private and public schools in and around Detroit, Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Schools in Detroit certainly don't offer the educational opportunities that a school like Detroit Country day, or public high schools elite suburbs like Winnetka, Illinois or Bethesda, Maryland do. But, is a kid from a very rural area in the U.P. any more prepared for U of M than a kid from Detroit? By the same token, a kid from a farm outside of Muskegon represents the same kind of diversity to a kid from Westchester County, New York as someone from Detroit.
Kent Frederick April 23, 2014 at 11:59 am
Observor, It may have been Walt Williams who said that the problem with affirmative action is thatRead More it can set up a kid to fail. Schools that serve large groups of minorities often do not prepare a kid for an elite school, whehter it's a private school like Harvard or Duke, or an elite public school like Michigan or Cal-Berkeley. He suggested that a student, regardless of race or color, should always select a school that is suited to his qualifications. Someone from an inner-city school in California would be better off going to a university in the California State University system, rather than a school in the University of California system. The idea is that he can succeed in college and move on to a successful career. If a person ill-prepared for Berkeley or UCLA attends either of those schools, he has a greater likelihood of flunking out and giving up on higher education. My father attended a 1-room school house until the 6th grade. He then attended a rural junior high and high school. He wound up going to a land-grant university 11 years after graduating from high school, courtesy of the GI Bill. Because of his going to a school that, while good in the field of agriculture, was an average university overall, he was able to move into management eventually transferred to Chicago. So, I attended a very good suburban high school that prepared me for the University of Michigan. If he had gone to a school for which he wasn't prepared, he could very well have dropped out, which would have meant no management opportunity or transfer to Chicago. I know a lot of very successful people who went to small, liberal arts colleges or public universities that aren't of the same caliber as Michigan, UCLA, or the University of Illinois. Yes, going to a school like Michigan, Harvard, Duke, Northwestern, or Stanford can lead to great opportunities. But, going to a non-elite college or university doesn't close the doors on those opportunities.
The Maryland-National Capital Park Police are seeking the public’s help to find a man suspected of groping a woman while she was jogging Monday on Sligo Creek Parkway. Credit: File|Patch
Justin case April 23, 2014 at 11:15 am
I'm sure she was wearing ear phones like every other idiot female jogger. He needs to be caught butRead More women also need to stop being complete idiots. Wearing skin tight yoga pants, a tiny tube top that barely covers even your collar bone and headphones over both ears, is a sexual predators wet dream. Be smart ladies. You don't always have to look undeniably sexy when you jog. You know men are looking and that's the reason you wear it, not because a company described them as "exercise attire"
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.
Fred Austin April 23, 2014 at 12:53 pm
"We mock what we don't understand - Dan Aykroyd. I have noticed those who complain or opposeRead More Common Core Standards have one thing in common; they have never actually read the standards. If they did they would know that it is the state who determines how to integrate the standards into their existing standards. http://www.corestandards.org/ The Common Core website provides links to each of the 44 states Department of Education websites which provide information about how the standards are being implemented, assessments etc. http://www.corestandards.org/standards-in-your-state/ The Michigan Department of Education link is http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-28753_64839_64848---,00.html or http://www.michigan.gov/mde How the Common Core standards are taught, the curriculum developed, and the material used by teachers is led entirely at the state and local levels. At the most basic level all educational standards are the learning goals for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level in order to move on the next level.
Jennifer April 23, 2014 at 12:58 pm
I read every single link on the Common Core website, and there is virtually NO information on it. ItRead More says that the Common core was developed by the State Governpor... not federally funded. You can search all you want ont the CC website, and you will never find the list of people that Steven Lee gave you above. It does not disclose how the development of these sandards was funded, and by whom. It SAYS educators were involved. So you believe that, and it is enough for you. I does NOT disclose how federal funds ARE being used to prod states into accepting the CC standards. It is a PR website, and nothing more. If I am skeptical about something, I try to find unaffiliated sources of information. And I read editorials pro and con. And I read the skeptics, and fact-check. I immediatly rule out any post mentioning "illuminati", aliens, eugenics, or that seems blatantly racist or otherwise extreme. But I also have to say that although I allow that you have a different point of view, I can't say that you have provided me with any reasonable "facts" that I can follow up on. So you are welcome to your opinion, but I don't find it a helpful or persuasive one.
CowDung April 23, 2014 at 01:00 pm
" It says that the Common core was developed by the State Governpor... " Apparently youRead More missed this: "The Common Core State Standards drafting process relied on teachers and standards experts from across the country. Teachers were involved in the development process in four ways: 1) They served on the Work Groups and Feedback Groups for the ELA and math standards. 2) The National Education Association (NEA), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), among other organizations were instrumental in bringing together teachers to provide specific, constructive feedback on the standards 3) Teachers were members of teams states convened to provide regular feedback on drafts of the standards. 4) Teachers provided input on the Common Core State Standards during the two public comment periods."
Montgomery Village has been named a 2013 Tree City USA community. File|Patch
Sharon April 22, 2014 at 10:35 am
Is that why MVF had lawn service(s) running around past number of weeks trimming 'dead as doornail'Read More trees particularly these bothersome pine trees that make up most of the Village??!!!! I still would like to know if National Arbor Foundation takes survey via airplane and does a 'tree count' rather than on the ground...up close and personal! Are we ranked according to 'quality or QUANTITY'??!! Hummm! There's been a very large, DEAD pine tree branch laying near roadside in South Village that has been there since beginning of winter and our 1st snowfall. And there are quite a few other same case scenarios along the Village Avenue. These 'seeming contests' are entertaining!
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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.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 10:36 am
TO MICHAEL BRENNICK: Leftist, Democra... WHAT? You think Comcast is part of the so-calledRead More "liberal" media (which, by the way, doesn't even exist)? Are you freakin' KIDDIN' me? [shakes head in disbelief] Wow. The FOX NEWS CHANNEL should be held criminally liable for what it has done to your brain.
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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.
University of Maryland ice hockey player Michael Mutryn of Potomac was found dead Sunday, possibly from a drug overdose. Credit: Screenshot from WJLA TV
Connor Martin April 22, 2014 at 03:06 am
It doesn't matter what anyone thinks. He was a great athlete and even better person. I learned a lotRead More from him, so think before you judge him. RIP Mike, you don't deserve this.
DeDe April 22, 2014 at 02:14 pm
Sorry but people make choices, he made the choice to take the drugs. He obviously came from aRead More family that was well off and went to a good high school. It's sad but too many people go down that path. I think the government is making a mistake legalizing pot, scientists just came out with a study that it does change the brain. Where did he start ?
The Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled the Montgomery County Council can cut pay and benefits negotiated in a collective bargaining agreement with police. File|Patch
Darla Tagrin April 22, 2014 at 09:04 am
This renders any contracts with the state essentially meaningless since the County Council canRead More decide whether to honor them or not.
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.
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The Convict April 23, 2014 at 10:58 am
This Thread Is Worthless Without Pictures.
lablover April 23, 2014 at 11:03 am
This Dee idiot needs to get a life. The psycho babble is getting old. What a loser !
The Voice of Reason April 23, 2014 at 11:39 am
Convict: There ARE pictures.
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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.
Not all candidates for Maryland governor supported making prekindergarten mandatory.
Matthew Riesner April 21, 2014 at 03:49 pm
Who are any of these bums this election... Brown? ...why the hell would Kenneth Ulman be his runningRead More mate...given that he is alot more versed with MD government than Brown? And how about that chick that looks like Racheal Maddow? Btw...Who the hell is Brown and what has he accomplished...I just know he's O'Malley's boy...There are some county executives, I think would be ok...maybe Kevin Kamenetz (I really like his attitude...sounds like he can get things done) or David Craig. I think that the comptroller would also make a good governor but he won't run.
Matthew Riesner April 21, 2014 at 03:49 pm
Who are any of these bums this election... Brown? ...why the hell would Kenneth Ulman be his runningRead More mate...given that he is alot more versed with MD government than Brown? And how about that chick that looks like Racheal Maddow? Btw...Who the hell is Brown and what has he accomplished...I just know he's O'Malley's boy...There are some county executives, I think would be ok...maybe Kevin Kamenetz (I really like his attitude...sounds like he can get things done) or David Craig. I think that the comptroller would also make a good governor but he won't run.
ER April 21, 2014 at 06:39 pm
I think its good for a pre K. To promote eductaion and social intergration early is important. IRead More dont belive support sould come from more taxtion. If you spawn the child you pay for the childs education an welfare. Time and time again we all see more taxes through many forms and the democrats still cant balance the budget. No more higher or special taxes for education, this idealism in Md has to end. Its not right to ask others, for one who dont have children, to pay for yours. In this state we have many welfare programs, special taxtion and safety nets to help people.We dont need more potheads or gambling addicts to pay for our educational funding.What we need is ACCOUNTABILITY! Especially from the elected and citizens who can pay thier own way.
Alan Gross of Bethesda was arrested in December 2009 for distributing Internet communication materials in Cuba. File|Patch
Walter Lippmann April 21, 2014 at 11:29 am
Alan Gross is in jail because Washington won't speak to Havana about exchanging him for the lastRead More three Cubans jailed here. Obama traded TEN Russian agents caught here for FOUR Russians convicted of spying for Washington inside of Russia. This happened within DAYS of the Russian agents being caught here. That's because Russia and Washington spoke about and organized a trade. Why won't Washington do for Gross what it did for its agents in Russia? Thank you. Walter Lippmann Los Angeles, California