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Re: “100 Percent of Students Passing Social Studies Is A Problem

One can be below the accepted proficiency level dictated and still be far above what can be described as "barely read(ing)". That is it! Fact not "think".

BTW: I comment all over this site, I surly do NOT pursue you. Your illusions of grandeur are reaching hallucinatory levels again. Take your meds!

Posted by Jim Collins on 08/29/2014 at 2:11 AM

Re: “The Front of the Book: Sheila Barnett, Lenda Sherrell, Citizen Barrett and More

It remains to be seen how much effort and resources the TDP will expend to mount this most difficult of challenges.

Posted by Jim Collins on 08/29/2014 at 2:04 AM

Re: “Listen To The Arguments Against Same Sex Marriage Get Destroyed

I'm not arguing legal strategy, what I am saying is that from the religious POV on this subject, it also violates the constitution. I do realize it also violates the full faith and credit provisions and the equal protection clause and LEGALLY that probably is the right path, but MOST of the arguments I hear are Biblical based. You just can not argue ANY anti bible reasoning with christianists, they do not accept that, hence I have found approaching the anti constitutional aspect of any religious basis for a law or practice works, for me at least.

BTW: Laws are generally accepted to be based upon the Code of Hammurabi from about 1750 BC, and were reportedly written on large stone tablets. There is NO archeological evidence of Moses, but if he existed some experts believe it would have been about 1440 BC, subsequent of Hummurabi. Hence there may have been a correlation between the stone tablet story and the reality of Hammurabi. It is also believed that Hammurabi was Amraphel King of Shinar from the book of Genesis 14:1. But who really knows who predated who, but we just know Hammurabi has more evidence of existence.

Posted by Jim Collins on 08/29/2014 at 2:01 AM

Re: “Listen To The Arguments Against Same Sex Marriage Get Destroyed

Are you really begging for a troll to appear?

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Posted by Perry Aubric on 08/28/2014 at 10:50 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Security Theater, Terry Gilliam, and Paleo-Eskimos

I thought Obamacare was supposed to bring on the Apocalypse by now. What happened?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/gop-obamac…

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Posted by JohntheRevelator on 08/28/2014 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Affordable Housing Units Face Bankruptcy After Being Hit With Massive Tax Bill

Well I'm not sure what exactly you're talking about there, Stacy. Could you please elaborate?

Posted by FormerTennesseanReader on 08/28/2014 at 10:22 PM
Posted by JohntheRevelator on 08/28/2014 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Listen To The Arguments Against Same Sex Marriage Get Destroyed

This story has been up nearly twelve hours like a red flag and not a peep out of yoyo. Has yoyo hard-on given up on the same sex marriage debate like the 'publicons have given up on attacking Obamacare? That sounds like progressive progress to me. Newly minted. What, what?

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Posted by where are the usual suspects? on 08/28/2014 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Affordable Housing Units Face Bankruptcy After Being Hit With Massive Tax Bill

Can't comment on Nance Place but, given what I know about Ryman Lofts, well, you know what they say about Karma...

Stacy Harris
Publisher/Executive Editor/Media Critic
Stacy's Music Row Report
http://stacyharris.com

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Posted by Stacy Harris on 08/28/2014 at 9:25 PM

Re: “100 Percent of Students Passing Social Studies Is A Problem

Damn, JC, you have pursued me to this board.

Wait a minute, here is what you say:

"There is a distinct difference between having reading issues and being below proficiency levels expected, and "barely read(ing)" "" (now about apostrophes?)

Profiency=skill, expertise.... and that is what I think.

I am of the opinion this common definition differs from our school definition. I am serious and not being difficult. What about all this? And, you say "issue"s... what is that all about.

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Posted by john on 08/28/2014 at 6:56 PM

Re: “By punting on its own policy, MNPS opens Metro to a likely damburst of charters

A serious problem that needs to be addressed is growth in certain areas. Why is the metro planning commission allowing growth in areas where schools are already overcrowded?.....wait, I know ....MONEY! Children again take the back seat because tax revenue is more important.

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Posted by Julie Williams on 08/28/2014 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Listen To The Arguments Against Same Sex Marriage Get Destroyed

Actually, I think Pragmatist has the right basis for striking down these discriminatory laws. They do violate the equal protection clause.

There is also the full faith and credit provision now that so many states have legalized gay marriage.

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Posted by Perry Aubric on 08/28/2014 at 5:24 PM

Re: “100 Percent of Students Passing Social Studies Is A Problem

"If most sudents can barely read "

There is a distinct difference between having reading issues and being below proficiency levels expected, and "barely read(ing)". You are practicing the strategy of overstating your criticisms and judgments (dubious though they be) via gross exaggeration! Hence your observations are flawed.........again, yoyojohn!

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Posted by Jim Collins on 08/28/2014 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Listen To The Arguments Against Same Sex Marriage Get Destroyed

Not laws, Prag, arguments, justifications for discrimination. To base su8ch on religious principles alone would be a promotion of religious principles, and for those against such principles would have a constitutional argument.
Example: Murder, though based in religious principles, there are compelling arguments against it that have nothing to do with religion. Restricting commerce on Sunday because of it's consideration of being a holy day in Christiandom, unless compelling arguments against Blue Laws can be presented, and none come to my mind at this minute, it SHOULD be considered void on constitutional basis.
The fact is there are absolutely NO compelling arguments and reasons for denying SSM. Only religious objections have ANY sense of reason behind them, and that is quite flawed IMHO, and unconstitutional for consideration.
Such laws DO violate the equal protection dynamic of the constitution, but religious considerations are also invalid. And we all know that is the base incentive for politicos to make SSM an issue!

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Posted by Jim Collins on 08/28/2014 at 5:05 PM

Re: “100 Percent of Students Passing Social Studies Is A Problem

I think all bets are off.

I looked at the new standards (?).....

Anyway, that seemed reasonable, but looking at the proficiency scores and finding most cannot read well, at least in MNPS, then the curious 100% scores become even curiouser (!!)

I have posted before and will try again. The lack of reading skills makes all subject scores suspect. I have a bad feeling about just what proficient really means.

If most sudents can barely read how can one design an appropriate test?

Maybe they read better than I believe- and that is possible. I just do not understand the testing and scoring.

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Posted by john on 08/28/2014 at 5:04 PM
Posted by davidlongfellow on 08/28/2014 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Can little-known Democrat Lenda Sherrell succeed where Jim Tracy failed against Scott DesJarlais?

Seeing as almost half of the Republicans in his district voted against him,
I would surmise that the incumbent representative is somewhat vulnerable.
Whether or not Lenda Sherrell, and the local Democratic party, can capitalize
on this dissatisfaction against the districts gerrymandered R++ advantage
remains to be seen. It's not like Tracy was going to vote substantially different
on any major policy, issue wise, than DesJarlais, at least according to the primary
political mailers I had received from both of them. My district, so I am already engaged.

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Posted by 'boroindependent on 08/28/2014 at 2:41 PM

Re: “By punting on its own policy, MNPS opens Metro to a likely damburst of charters

When Metro is full of charters, it will be fun to watch the charters who kick problem students out right before TCAP receive the problem students that other charters kick out right before TCAP.

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Posted by TennesseeJed on 08/28/2014 at 2:08 PM

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