Randy comes from the Woodrow Wilson School of Hard Knocks. His head is covered with bumps that serve as eternal proof of his progressive bona fides. There they teach that anyone not having blond hair, blue eyes, and light skin is not white. The rest of the world may have what Randy would call a different "opinion" (quotes and all!!) but he will forever remain convinced of his rightoeusness.
@ Angelia Sparrow
As Dorthy or the Statue of liberty?
I have to admit I think it is irrelevant, but agree with you and CL Mullins.
According to every EEOC form I've filled out in the past year of job hunting, Middle-Eastern = white. So Turkish and Israeli are both under that category. It's ethnic white, but so are Swedes and Celts.
The concepts, however, are universal. Which is what everyone misses.
Me, I always thought Jesus probably looked a lot like Jamie Farr.
He's right about the structure of our government. It was designed so that the government couldn't get a lot done.
That's a good thing. We don't want our government overreaching, and in general they don't and/or are incapable of doing so.
I'm glad the Justice was able to forgo his rant on masturbation, at least for the sake of the students in attendance.
I've always thought that Jesus was not just a Semite but an ugly one. Imagine a beatific Arafat. Max von Sydow, Jeffrey Chandler? I don't think so.
This is what I mean when I say you just can't judge a school district by the overall scores of the district. You can judge a school as to whether it has the facilities, qualified teachers and programs that allow any student to succeed if they put the work into it. A good school district is one that allows for success to any student that is willing to avail themselves of the opportunity and will put in the necessary work to be successful.
When charging parents the full price of these activities, it shuts out available opportunities for a lot of students. Not everyone wants to be a scientist, engineer, physicist, etc. We must have enough programs available for all of the students to participate and compete in; who knows where a child's talent/motivation will come from if programs are too expensive for the parents to afford their children the opportunity to try it.
But, as it is often said, you get what you are willing to pay for. Is it worth it to save 10 or 20 dollars per year, thereby neglecting to find the talents and or motivations for a child that is going to public school? Hell, it cost many times that down the line in welfare, Snap benefits, not to mention the cost of incarceration. Let us stop penny pinching on the future of our kids, all of the kids, regardless of economic circumstances in the child's parent(s) lives.
Great article. Memphis schools have turned out incredible musicians, but as Boone points out the benefit continues to kids at all skill levels.
My son received music scholarship offers (and academic scholarship offers) from every single college he applied to. He is currently in his junior year studying Music Education and the cost of tuition (and most of housing) has been completely covered by his scholarships. We had to purchase a professional instrument for him but it paid for itself and then some.
Jesus most likely looked like your typical Israeli or at least some sort of Middle Eastern look.
I get why he's white in pictures though. It's a much easier sell for religion if Jesus looks like you do.
On Santa, Dave Chappelle explains why Santa couldn't be black:
Love me some Chappelle.
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My grandson was making terrible grades at the last school. I became his custodial parent for education and put him in Ridgeway Middle School. He joined the band. I noticed that the better he began to play his instrument, the more his grades improved. He is now eager to go to school and ready to study when he gets home.
I had to purchase his mouthpiece and that was all. If I had to buy his horn and all the other things associated with band, I couldn't or his mother could not have afforded it.
Kudos for making music free and as inexpensive as can be. It pays out great dividends for those that stick with it.
Dear Dag, Sorry and wrinkled is a great description of it. TU
Worst nightmare? Or forbidden desire that dare not speak its name?
I don't know about Santa or Jesus, but the Easter Bunny is definitely white.
I never want anything for Christmas because I've always already bought it for myself. I was thinking about that last night, then I thought about how many years I've been working and saving for retirement and how there are fewer years before retirement than there are years since I started working. And then I thought about the balances in my retirement accounts and wondered how that's going to work since it has taken nearly 30 years to accumulate what's there now, which is insufficient unless I die early or win the lottery.
And suddenly the 200 bucks I spent on The Complete Mama's Family DVD set seemed like a foolish waste of money.
Like you I can just go get what I want/need, so the last few years I tell them to buy a toy and give it to Toys for Tots. It isn't the only "charity" worth supporting, it is just the one I choose.
Well, I guess this puts the complaints from "certain sectors" of the Shelby County public into perspective about legacy MCS kids getting "free" band and other extracurricular "stuff".
I must have a great memory because I am able to recall so many school cafeteria foods. Boloney boats were one, potato turbate (like shepherds pie but with no vegetables) was another. At Thanksgiving and Christmas we always had a holiday meal of baked chicken and mashed potatoes. Friday's lunch was fish and rice (I carried my lunch that day!). And dessert was always a choice of a fudgesicle, popsicle or ice cream sandwich.
False answer. Most of the people left Memphis because of the desegregation lawsuit and subsequent ruling. After that episode of flight, when people realized that they were soon to be the minority of Memphis, they packed up again and left. I will let you use your own interpretation of why they didn't want to live in a city that was becoming increasingly Black.
As I have said before, no city, if the law permits, will let their tax base move on the outskirts of town into unincorporated areas, along with businesses, still availing themselves of the services and/or influence of the major city without that city trying to annex them.
If one wants to move to Desoto County or Fayette County which, Mississippi is dead last in schools and Fayette County Schools even make the Memphis Schools look good, not to mention the higher total personal taxes one would pay in Desoto County, see ya.
CLMullins, that was a good one! That is surely in the top tens of all time!
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