The only Jesus I've seen speaks Spanish.
I did see Santa eating lunch at the mall, but he was skinny and Vietnamese.
The rice was white.
@ Steve Ross
I think either you may have misunderstood me, it wasn't an accusatory post. I apologize if I was cryptic, it happens, so I have been told. I think we are agreeing, I was more or less trying to reinforce that these issues are of incompetence not partisan. The ""right wing conspiracy?" comment wasn't specifically directed at you. Although, I can see how it may be read that way. Again my apologies.
Congrats to Charles for finally coming out as Reading Bear's benefactor!
Your financial obstacles have been disproved on many occasions. If having high quality education at every school is financially unobtainable, why did the TCP recommend increasing all the advanced/honors classes offered? How did legacy SCS manage to have twice as many offerings in less than 25% of the schools? Why then did Hobson say that school closing were necessary to offer students MORE opportunities?
The whole district will be rezoned within the next 18 months. Major changes are coming. I cannot emphasize this enough.
Hobson knows this has to be done quickly. If Gtown decides at any point in time to take SCS to court, he cannot defend keeping the schools in Gtown city limits. Gtown will open with 5 schools over capacity. SCS has almost 30% underutilized. He will have to defend bussing students into GEM, GMS, and GHS when there are other schools within the same driving distance with plenty of space to educate these kids. He will also have to defend the dramatic decrease in enrollment in these schools since Cordova residents are already looking for alternatives like Collierville and Arlington.
Your earlier argument about you child not being tested is a perfect example. Let's say your model was correct. Then you would now be driving that kid to another school as opposed to having academic rigor provided in place. Less than 10% of kids are capable of higher level work. That means we only need 20 schools out of the 200 to house them. Obviously that model hasn't been followed either since there are about 55 optional programs in legacy MCS. It's one thing to have highly specialized programs like Overton's music or East STEM or Wooddale's avaiation. That is more about interest than educational opportunities. There is no reason that every school cannot dedicate 10% of its teaching time to more rigorous academic instruction from the littlest on up.
As Scalia dissented,"State laws against bigamy, same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality, and obscenity are likewise sustainable only in light of Bowers' validation of laws based on moral choices. Every single one of these laws is called into question by today's decision."
Whoa, I didn't know masturbation was illegal, but frankly if you were allowed to allow it, wouldn't it tend to cut down on all those other untoward activities. How does it negatively impact your life? Are liberals oversexed? If you could outlaw only one of te above mentioned activities, which would it be? Which one keeps you up at night? Did the Founders engage in any of them? Just how sticky do you think the pages of Scalia's personal Constitution are anyway?
A drone apparently programmed with the wrong address just landed in my front yard with Bruce's turquoise Reeboks.
Even the question of viability leads us to the petri dish and the accomplishments in in vitro fertilization. Obviously we can grow em on our own, who needs women? But who's to say there's not the spark of life in each of woman's eggs and in those millions of sperm you waste daily or absorb back into you body.
We both have our beliefs around sperm, zygotes and fetuses (and I am very sympathetic with you position). The danger is allowing legal access into wombs and testes. Abortion is at best a very sad event. But the line of personal autonomy has to be drawn somewhere.
Here's a current example:
The unborn victims act is an act that adds greatr punishment for acts committed against pregnant women. It does not infer that the rights of the unborn are being denied, for they have no rights.
In law, it is always considered the gravity of an act for added punishment. Robbery is one thing, but robbery with deadly weapon carries a stiffer penalty.
Before Tennessee added more punishment for the killing of a fetue, a young man shot his girlfriend in the stomach outside of Booker T. Washington. The bullet punctured her womb and killed the fetus. They charged him with first degree murder. They had to reduce the charge to attempted murder on the girlfriend only because the fetus was and is not considered a person. The law was later changed to make the killing of a fetus a separate stiffer crime.
Do your research cats.
You are so far off the mark it is pathetic.
The cost issue has been used as an excuse for almost 40 years. It wasn't true then and it isn't true now. More money was spent per student in the old MCS than the old SCS, bot SCS had these programs in every school and MCS did not. The difference was over 20% per student in spending!
As for your statistics, you completely misrepresent what I was talking about, and what you were talking about, replace the original subject with one of your own making that is complete nonsense, and then declare your nonsense to be true.
In the end, you make it sound as if statistics shouldn't be used because they lead to ievitable error.
If that were really true, nothing around us would work. The lights in your house, your car, the dish washer or stove. All of it. Based upon statistics.
To top it all off you conflates a single child with a system that includes 10's of thousands of people.
Pathetic. And you do it on purpose. You've said so yourself.
"You almost answered your own posts. Under the law, an unborn, well a fetus is not considered a person, therefore it is not a citizen, meaning that the constitution does not apply to it."
Exactly. Although, the unborn are considered as people under certain circumstances, now. (UNBORN VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE ACT OF 2004 http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-108publ2…) I am arguing as our medical science and technology continues to decrease the amount of gestation time needed for viability outside the womb, the inevitable logical conclusion is human life begins at conception.
When will the SCOTUS revisit the Question? Who knows. Until they do and rule Human Life does begin at conception. I would not deny anyone their legal right, as much as I think it is wrong.
That would be nice if each school had high quality programs, however, that would be too costly. It is easier to afford when you concentrate high quality programs strategically within a district so that everyone that qualifies can access them.
As far as lowered expectations, that is a function that is done by the school districts. School districts use information from prior studies about the future students, all based on race, socio-economics, etc. They publish reports that says out of so many that enters school for the first time, a certain percentage will drop out, fail, succeed, etc. These studies are made a part of the expectations so all the school has to do is make these studies true. That is how students fall between the cracks.
Once a child is put into one of the categories that aren't supposed to succeed, it is very hard for them to be considered for anything positive. The opposite is true for a child that is placed in the successful group. They will not let these kids fail.
This is the reality of what we actually deal with. You can go into something with a wide open view of expectations or you can go with prior statistics in view. If you use the latter, you will invariably make the prior statistics ring true.
You almost answered your own posts. Under the law, an unborn, well a fetus is not considered a person, therefore it is not a citizen, meaning that the constitution does not apply to it.
How can something be unborn, but yet a citizen at the same time. Is the eggs that we scramble everyday a unborn chicken?
Me, personally, as a moral person, I abhor abortion, however, I also realize that this is my personal belief and it is not based on the secular law nor is it even a consensus among all scientist.
My advice to you and other anti-abortion activist is to not have an abortion, but, leave other peoples decision on what to do with their body to themselves.
You were wrong in the Declaration of Independence and the Preamble being a part of the constitution, you can show no law in the constitution that describes a person as anything but a person, born, breathing independently on its own. When you can show me where, under the law, a fetus has the constitutional rights of a living person, outside of the womb, I will go along with you.
Crazy people talking about tanking the season and we went to the conference finals last year. Why not tank the ownership group and the coach . Even before this team has all of these injuries we had major issues of coaching. But what do you really expect when you hire a coach that has never coached an NBA game. The lazy media in this town didnt ask any hard questions gave the ownership group a pass and here's the result.Its not that hard to understand its simple and nothing else is needed to say but this. YOu have a coach that takes you further than you have ever been and then you let him go and hire someone that has never coached in the NBA .
Every team has injuries and this team even before the injuries was horrible. The Spurs won without there big 3 future hall of famers.
For the Joerger fans/Lionel haters out there, Lionel never had a back up center the quality of Koufos. all we heard for months was "he was the starting center for a 57 win team…."
excuses are tools of the weak and incompetent. we just saw the spurs beat the warriors on the road without their "big 3".
gasol is good, but i didn't realize he was bill russell.
its coach/fo's job to figure it out.
Wat happened to 501/crossroads?i was in the drag scene years ago. But; Memphis has gotta so volatile . There is so much hate here. It's terrible.
"This argument you can't win."
Ah, my friend, "the argument" is not with me, but with medical science. We shouldn't arbitrarily kill those inside of the womb, for having the same ability to function as those we now protect outside it.
Will, in 20 yrs, medical science tell us they are less than human? No, it will continue to tell us this life you are killing is human life, It already tells us all that makes it human life is there.
It may not be convenient, but it is true.
Win this argument? There is no argument. Those who try to claim abortion is the discarding of "tissue" from a woman's body, will have to accept that it is actually human life they are discarding. It isn't me but medical science that says so.
The law may be behind what medical science tells us. But, when proffered to the SCOTUS as the Constitutional right of unborn citizens to life itself, "privacy" will be supplanted. It is the only human thing to do.
@ CL Mullins
"The government would be going into a woman's body."
Not as much as it would be going into another of its citizens: the child's.
The amount of time gestation is needed for viability has steadily decreased and will continue to do so. Are you telling me human life begins when our technology and medical science produces it?
The Law says a woman has a choice to flush unwanted human "precursors" almost at anytime they want. I would not deny them their access to the law. It is based on one is human life one is not.
The law is wrong. They are both human life. It may not have been her goal to produce it, but having done so, no woman should not have the right to arbitrarily kill them. They are people too. Tiny people, helpless and dependent people, but people none the less. Our science tells us that.
We make our laws based on the best available knowledge of the time, Just how long will this bleeding of "bad" humors continue? Our Constitution says the have same rights as we all do.
There really is a simple answer. Place high quality options in every school. A tiered (?sp) system. It works great. Everyone gets to SEE what hard work and motivation achieve. The parents don't have to drive the student to a different school.
Stop calling everyone a racist. Most of what you are seeing is a function of lowered expectations. Race may be a factor, but relative preparedness and social status are not race bound. Put the same two shirts and pants on an eight year old child every day and the teacher will lower their expectations. This will happen without regard to skin tone.
And those erroneous statement would be.......... C'mon, you can do this.
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