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Posted in: 700 NYC teachers paid to do nothing See in context

What is the breakdown of those 700? How many are there for relatively minor offences or because of a vindictive boss? While the usual suspect harangue about liberals and unions, they offer no solutions on how to reverse the situation or how to avoid it.

First step would be to review the cases and reinstate teachers with relatively minor offences or reassign them to productive non-teaching duties. Then prioritize serious offences so as to dispose of them ASAP to either stop tax-payer money from paying truly undeserving teachers or reinstate teachers wrongly accused since this affects their professional reputation.

It is probably impossible to eliminate paid disciplinary leave altogether, but surely it can be refined.

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Posted in: 700 NYC teachers paid to do nothing See in context

What is the breakdown of those 700? How many are there for relatively minor offences or because of a vindictive boss? While the usual suspect harangue about liberals and unions, they offer no solutions on how to reverse the situation or how to avoid it.

First step would be to review the cases and reinstate teachers with relatively minor offences or reassign them to productive non-teaching duties. Then prioritize serious offences so as to dispose of them ASAP to either stop tax-payer money from paying truly undeserving teachers or reinstate teachers wrongly accused since this affects their professional reputation.

It is probably impossible to eliminate paid disciplinary leave altogether, but surely it can be refined.

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Posted in: Republicans call Obama timid on Iran See in context

JoeBigs you got a very interesting point. The rabid Right seethe so much against Obama as their leader but blithely assume he's everyone else's leader. Talk about egomaniacs.

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Posted in: Republicans call Obama timid on Iran See in context

Republicans talk, talk, talk, all talk about the big game, but when the ball is in their hands they fumble, run off and field and then claim victory. Think the Kurds in Iraq. Saddam massacred them after they rose up against him. Why? GWHBush made promises that were forgotten.

Now the Republicans are getting all waxy about democracy and freedom and talk, talk, talk - if talk was BS, they could get into agriculture and feed the world's hungry.

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Posted in: Sarah Palin says Letterman owes women an apology See in context

buddha - "I do not like Palin the politician" What's not to like?

Sarge, if the Obamaniacs are too much for you, then why do you sound like them when Palin's name comes up? She has never impressed me politically (even on issues where I tend to be more conservative) and now she is just a political celebrity having it out with TV comedian. Sorry.

The angry mom, I get. Beyond that she is a famous person with some power and influence and there are a lot of people like that in this world.

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Posted in: Sarah Palin says Letterman owes women an apology See in context

JoeBigs I have no idea why you would lump me with the "far right wingers" just because I think Letterman made an oopsy on TV. I do not like Palin the politician but that does not blind me to the fact that Letterman sought to needle her through her children. That would get most parents riled - even a liberal like me.

He doesn't get a pass because he is a comedian, that's part of the job description - failure. And failure is not failure if there are no consequences. Colbert flirted with failure when he roast Bush and the Media several years ago. He succeeded because he was able walk the audacious line; Letterman didn't and now he is paying the price.

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Posted in: Obama promises more than 600,000 jobs this summer See in context

Molenir Since when did Farrahkhan speak for the average Obama supporter? Until this link, the only people I heard or read calling Obama "the Messiah" are his ideological foes.

That's understandable, most conservatives get tagged by the Left whenever Rush, Beck, O'Reilly etc. say something that can be taken political advantage of - which is often.

Not much of a debate and certainly not enlightening nor in democracy's best interest.

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Posted in: Japan's 1st lunar probe crash-lands on moon See in context

JT - I think you can omit the "land" in "crash-land" from the title :). It just crashed...

No "crash-land" is correct because it was controlled and intentional. Other space vehicles "landed" on the moon because they were designed to land, Kaguya was not designed to land.

And I agree with nimbus who said that this controlled crash-landing provides valuable data in case an emergency cropped up on a manned flight.

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Posted in: Sarah Palin says Letterman owes women an apology See in context

He's a comedian, get over it.

The joke failed and he was offensive. It happens from time to time. Accept it.

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Posted in: Bobby Valentine's supporters gather 100,000 signatures on petition See in context

How about Bobby at Koshien!

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Posted in: Sarah Palin says Letterman owes women an apology See in context

This was clearly a joke malfunction and Letterman - though I believe him when he said he was referring to the 18yr old and not the 14yr. old - got caught with his junk hanging out with no fig leaf to cover himself or the busted joke.

He offended the parents (I'd be pissed too) and he will have to eat it for a while. I am no fan of the Palin soap opera, but sometimes you have to accept that there are limits.

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Posted in: White supremacist charged in U.S. Holocaust museum shooting See in context

For those of you who have tried to justify the old man's actions read what his son has to say:

"For the extremists who believe my father is a hero: it is imperative you understand what he did was an act of cowardice," Erik von Brunn wrote. "To physically force your beliefs onto others with violence is not brave, but bullying. Doing so only serves to prove how weak those beliefs are. It is simply desperation, reminiscent of a temper tantrum when a child cannot get his way. Violence is a cop out; an easy answer for an ignorant problem."

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Posted in: Honda says it has no interest in GM, Chrysler assets See in context

Why would Honda want their taint? I heard that Honda is out selling everybody in N.A. If true, then they obviously found the right formula to emerge much stronger.

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Posted in: 88-year-old gunman kills guard at U.S. Holocaust Museum See in context

This was this mans main arguement.

So where is it written he has the right to murder?

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Posted in: 88-year-old gunman kills guard at U.S. Holocaust Museum See in context

Whether or not his is the unwanted political child of the Left or Right, I don't know (I'll let the nutters argue this one until the moderator tells them to go home). What I do know is that von Brunn is a part of the political culture in America and it bodes ill that 3 political killings have occurred in the past 3 weeks. Killing for ideology is not a good sign for America.

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Posted in: Apple unveils new iPhone See in context

I wouldn't get an iPhone for one reason ... Softbank. Their sales staffs are creepy, arrogant, and can't give a straight answer to a simple question. I actually walked into the shop in Shinsaibashi ready to buy one and walked out 30 mins later determined to buy an iPod Touch instead. A bunch of boneheads if you ask me.

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Posted in: 10 illegal immigrants killed in car rollover in Arizona See in context

How about going after those that hire illegals? That isn't happening because apparently the US economy needs underpaid and overworked illegals. Focusing only on the illegals is merely political show and does nothing to address the problem.

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Posted in: Obama hardens U.S. stance on North Korean defiance See in context

A lot a cynicism about Obama - had other US presidents been more effective then Kim would not be Obama's problem. But the DPRK is his problem and he seems to want to try a different tact than the ones that failed.

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Posted in: Blind Japanese woman receives IBM's top award See in context

A worthy recipient indeed.

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Posted in: Obama, in Germany, calls for new effort for 2-state solution in Middle East; blasts Holocaust deniers See in context

And Den Den you still refuse to put substance to your assertions. How you were mis-educated is not relevant and so is your assumption that everyone else was too. I've known since high school that all sorts of people considered undesirable were murdered by the Nazis.

Now read Blackops' post. He provides some substance to his assertion, substance with which one can agree or disagree. I am not convinced since the Nazis were much better organized than the Khmer Rouge. Also, IBM assisted with the logistics with their computing machines. While I am not stuck on the number 6 million, I am more suspicious of those who vigourously oppose it not for the pursuit of truth but to push another narrative.

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Posted in: Obama, in Germany, calls for new effort for 2-state solution in Middle East; blasts Holocaust deniers See in context

So Den Den how many Jews did die in the Holocaust? You make assertions based on facts only you know. I won't call you a "denier" but the B.S. meter is red zoning.

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Posted in: Obama calls for new beginning between U.S., Muslims See in context

So Den Den and Bgood41, more bullets and boots and blood? All you both have are words, words, words and no ideas on how to change the current situation. As I said, President Obama's speech is a very good first step (i.e. talking to his audience as adults). Future action by many players will determine if the speech was effective - obviously some will always be unmoved..

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Posted in: Obama calls for new beginning between U.S., Muslims See in context

Lofty and perhaps unrealistic, but what I liked about the speech is that he spoke directly to his main audience as adult to adult. If you want to change the conversation, then you have to change how you speak to the other. Talking down or completely ignoring people will not elicit any response towards change - President Obama has demonstrated the principle of equality by speaking to, not at, his audience. This mode of communication will stand in stark contrast to the extremists who invariably use coercion (rhetorical or otherwise) to bend the will of others.

Will this speech change anything? Hard to say, but if bullets and boots in Iraq can be a poster for promoting extremism, then a well crafted speech in Cairo by a believable supporter of freedom and democracy may also sway hearts and minds.

A very good first step, but that is all. The rest remains to be realized.

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Posted in: Sotomayor counters GOP critics over bias claims See in context

As a racist it seems she will make a good judge...

And the moral of the story here is never say a white man might be wrong.

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Posted in: Debris possibly from Air France plane found in Atlantic See in context

May God rest their souls.

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Posted in: Muslims want tangible change on Mideast from Obama See in context

I always thought respect was earned, not demanded!

Well that's a two-way street. After invading Iraq on false pretences (even Cheney has given up linking Iraq with 9-11), the humiliations at Abu Garaib, the US has little credibility with the Muslim world.

Anyway, it is a mute point since American foreign policy is not in the respect earning business.

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Posted in: New passport ID rules begin June 1 for Mexico, Canada trips See in context

It's safe to say Obama and his Chief of Homeland Security don't trust Canadians or Mexicans.

It is safer to say that you and the rest did not read the article. The story is about Americans going into Canada or Mexico.

*The U.S. State Department said there has been no spike in passport applications because of the June 1 deadline. The increase came in 2007 when it became required to show a passport for air travel to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. That year a backlog of applications accumulated, affecting travelers nationwide.

The number of U.S. passport card applications, however, has increased as June 1 approaches, said Brenda Sprague, head of the passport division of the department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs.*

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Posted in: Sotomayor says she chose word poorly in 2001 speech See in context

and says things things that are blatantly rascist

What? She called whitey a "cracker"?

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Posted in: Pelosi silent on human rights during China visit See in context

I have don emore for my great country than you could ever dream of doing. I've dine more than Pelosi, i speak my mind and do my best for my country , unlike Obama and his lackeys who are all spin without substance.

My apologies, I did not know who I was talking to.

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Posted in: Pelosi silent on human rights during China visit See in context

The world must be laughing at us for electing such a spineless bunch.

No. We laughed at the former administration as we observed a bunch of chicken hawks botch two wars, the economy, New Orleans ... actually we stopped laughing years ago.

Obama may end up being mediocre but he is still miles ahead of Bush.

And stop calling yourself a patriot if all you do is support your party and not your country.

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