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Re: “Mae Beavers for Governor?

LoveBC,
Fairly reasonable and finally scary. I see no reason why Beavers couldn't win the governorship. The moderates will cleave right for the votes and Mae will appear resolute.

Posted by CL Mullins on 03/25/2017 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Mae Beavers for Governor?

OakTree, you are exactly right. I tend to fall in line with moderate republicans, which is basically means in my opinion being wary of big gov "initiatives" and sincerely believing most of us can take better care of ourselves than a bunch of faceless bureaucrats, and look how I get constantly reamed. Now Bill Clinton presented himself the same way, my dearly departed liberal democrat dad used to say Bill was the best republican president we ever had as a nation.

However, as an outdoorsy sort, I realize we cannot trash our planet, and I have no qualms with having a trans individual as a pee buddy and those two issues mean I can never be on the wacko right side, much like a working stiff democrat cannot tolerate career criminals being set loose way to soon because the wacko left believes that criminals are the victims, not the actually victims.

Now, maybe the Flyer and its readers will think I'm reasonable, but I ain't holding my breath.

Maybe the Beav is not as crazy as we think and her strategy is to allow the moderate republicans to cancel each other out, and she will be the last one standing. It kind of, sort of worked this way for the Donald. The statewide dem party is MIA in Tennessee, so who knows?

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Posted by LoveBC on 03/25/2017 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Mae Beavers for Governor?

Please, please run Senator Beavers!

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Posted by jrgolden on 03/24/2017 at 5:14 AM

Re: “Mae Beavers for Governor?

@LWC - Well, it's psychological. People judge things mostly on whether that thing falls into their expectation of 'normative'. So if they look at a GOP candidate, and see that that candidate falls toward the middle of a range of views, some more moderate, some more conservative, then they are more likely to receive a plurality of the vote, than someone who they view as 'extreme', because they are too far one way or another.

The effect of having Mae Beavers as an extreme outlier, would be to push the more reasonable conservative candidates further into the 'normative' field, rather than being cast as 'extreme' by the Democratic opposition.

So in this way, Beavers makes it easier to elect a GOP candidate. It's psychological.

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Posted by OakTree on 03/22/2017 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Mae Beavers for Governor?

I've always thought her name had more than a little to do with her obsession about all things sexual.

Posted by moverhill on 03/22/2017 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Mae Beavers for Governor?

Oak, what makes you think this will HELP moderates in the GOP? :)

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Posted by LeftWingCracker on 03/21/2017 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Mae Beavers for Governor?

When is JB's report coming out on the newly elected leaders of the Shelby County Republican Party?

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Posted by Clyde on 03/21/2017 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Mae Beavers for Governor?

Considering her well-known 'eccentricities', she will likely get a fairly sizable proportion of the flake vote in East Tennessee, which is larger than people from Memphis generally appreciate. But ultimately, her candidacy will likely help more reasonable GOP candidates, like Mark Norris, because it will show them to be comparative moderates.

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Posted by OakTree on 03/21/2017 at 12:27 PM

Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers

Funk,

Surely you have SOME ideas on how you plan to force everyone to move about, or telling people which house they must buy or must not live in. Surely you have SOME ideas on the subject.

While you are at it, tell us of your ideas of fairness regarding redistricting for the congress.

Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 03/20/2017 at 7:40 PM

Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers

Funk, so, each and every kindergarten class should resemble the results of the census? How do you plan to achieve that?

Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 03/20/2017 at 11:16 AM

Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers

The census already "dicktates" the composition of the House of Representatives, so... yes?

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 03/20/2017 at 8:29 AM

Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers

Khayyam Brichy, I know everybody is saying moverhill is all that, but you is the best troll I know. Sucked Funkbrs in just like that, gotcha! Yaaaayyyyy!

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Posted by :) on 03/20/2017 at 8:15 AM

Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers

Funk,

I also do
I did my service as required by law. BFD. Still, you did answer my question. Are we supposed to jigger the schools each day, or year, as dicktated by the census? Really? Are children checkers? Chess pieces? Cards in a Rook deck? What kinda f'player are you? Thespian or totalitarian? Maybe you're a snowflake? Does the natural flow upset you? You decide! After all, what's the diff?

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Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 03/20/2017 at 2:59 AM

Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers

@ Bric

Well, I did register for the draft as required by law, and I've served jury duty a couple of times, if you're wondering how I feel about compulsory public service. I like being an american, nobody has to "force" me to want to be what I naturally am and enjoy being.

As for a "perfect" demographic for schools, I would say it should be based on the census. School isn't just about the 3 R's, it's also about learning social skills. You can best learn social skillls by having examples of different parts of society in class with you.

This isn't rocket surgery here.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 03/20/2017 at 12:51 AM

Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers

Funk,

So, you propose that everyone be forced to send their children, if any, to a federal school, kinda like we do with money.

Tell me, what, in your opinion, would be the ideal demographic mix of a typical pre-k/primary school and how wou you go about achieving that ideal demographic?

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Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 03/19/2017 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Another Tale of Two Cities: How to Deal With Donald Trump: PART ONE

Ignoring Trump just helps weaken the Fed, which is exactly what those who put him in power want. Republicans are extremely strong on the state level.

The man is a goad, and if you allow him to push you away, you are reacting like cattle.

Politics is messy business, just like child rearing. You don't ignore a child that behaves inappropriately; the behavior will only get worse, especially if it's a ruse for attention seeking. Putting a spoiled, needy brat in office who constantly cries wolf is a tailor made plan to get people to stop rewarding that behavior with more attention. However, in order to make bad behavior stop, there have to be negative consequences, not just a passive reduction in rewards.

I await the midterm elections with glee.

Posted by FUNKbrs on 03/17/2017 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Another Tale of Two Cities: How to Deal With Donald Trump: PART ONE

Damn Tina, you're a potty mouth.

Posted by Smitty1961 on 03/17/2017 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Another Tale of Two Cities: How to Deal With Donald Trump: PART ONE

Lol... If you can't say nothing nice about D. Tramp. I'll certainly fit right in. Love it!!! I love brilliant minds who can spot the scum hidden back, behind the toilet. Then there are those who think their shitter is spotless, and defend Trump, even if he were to swear his shit don't stink, when most of the world can smell the asshole even days late. Lol Anyway it's clear he's full of shit!

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Posted by TalkingTina on 03/17/2017 at 6:18 AM

Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers

@Oak

'What is needed is the use of big data, to analyze where humans can profitably spend their time and energy, and design educational systems which identify those humans who have the capacity to do that work, and train them, individually. We now can use census data to figure out what actually is effective, and replicate it. We can now look at each and every graduate, and see what works and what does not. We can tailor training to needed skills, and hone the process, graduate by graduate, until each human being obtains skills appropriate to their predilections.'

Listen to what parents will say about that: YOU ARE COMPARTMENTALIZING AND LABELING MY CHILD! HOW DARE YOU PUT LIMITS ON HIS ABILITY TO LEARN!!!!!!!

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 03/16/2017 at 5:04 PM

Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers

The only way to reimagine education, is to rethink the de facto trajectory which Americans can expect out of our lives in the brave new world of the 21st Century. We need to begin to create what we, as a nation and as a people, want out of our communal existence, in our schools, in our cities, and within the larger world.

If we limit our thinking to the scholastic regimentation of the 20th Century, which was informed by assembly line ideals of mass production and uniformity, we will fail. Completely and utterly. What we HAVE GOTTEN will continue to be what we WILL GET. To use the language of mass production, because of the huge variability of humans which we input into the machine of education, only a select few will be able to be output as doctoral product. That huge 'wastage' is simply too archaic a conceptuality to any longer have any purchase in the modern psyche. We need to reject it.

What is needed is the use of big data, to analyze where humans can profitably spend their time and energy, and design educational systems which identify those humans who have the capacity to do that work, and train them, individually. We now can use census data to figure out what actually is effective, and replicate it. We can now look at each and every graduate, and see what works and what does not. We can tailor training to needed skills, and hone the process, graduate by graduate, until each human being obtains skills appropriate to their predilections.

I am not sure how well we are served by thinking of an educational system with a tier structure and hierarchical 'degree' constructions, anyway. Maybe we should think about smaller chunks of competencies, and let people accumulate those, to assemble a skill tree like Lego blocks, in order to function in a specific role in our economy. There are only so many places that a doctoral degree is even needed, after all. Why are we pointing everybody at that? It's crazy.

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Posted by OakTree on 03/16/2017 at 1:58 PM

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