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andy fischer April 20, 2014 at 07:03 am
Parent Skill Number 1: Don't send your kids to poor performing schools (because poor performingRead More peers/students) like what are in most of the LAUSD.
Ziegler April 20, 2014 at 04:23 pm
The layout of the grammer school makes a difference in what the child is exposed to and learns.Read More That sounds inconceivable but whan they made the decision to put the children is separate bungalows with just one teacher all day it meant that they would not be exposed to specialist teachers such as literature, art, and music appreciation until they get to Jr. High School. I grew up during the great depression. Most assuredly there was no excess money for education, yet we had a gym teacher, we received instructions in drawing and painting, and we listened to classical records in our one day a week music class - because we walked to the specialist teachers classroom. Getting instruction in the humanities costs no more than sitting all day with the same teacher. It is the number of classroom hours spent per week that counts. The Superintendant does not have to hire more teachers, he hires specialists who excite and stimulate the kids in the subject that they themselves love so much. When the child gets a singlr teacheer who teaches math, English, history, etc. that teacher is bound to not be too good at some of the myriad subjects. If we could expose kids tothe very best at the hight of the depression we can do better by them than to have them sit on their behinds all day with someone who is a master of some and a bore at all.
Carl Petersen III April 20, 2014 at 07:26 pm
Ziegler April 20, 2014 at 04:06 AM "Karl has not blamed teachers and in fact he laments thatRead More Parents are ignored especially the Parents who want the besat for their kids. Over all the teachers are very much respected." ________________________________________________________ I think that the current tenure system is an insult to great teachers. The first special education classroom that I witnessed for my daughters did little more than babysit them. We were told that they were doing all they could for them and that they were meeting all of the goals of their IEP. Their next teacher was still taking classes towards her masters degree and was excited to try new things. My daughters made amazing progress. ____________________________________________________ When the LAUSD was forced to lay off teachers, do you want to guess which one lost her Special Education assignment? Instead she was assigned to a kindergarten classroom. What a waste of a special talent!
jb April 22, 2014 at 04:59 pm
John Webb, my comment was not intended to be a "gotcha", it was a simple question.
ChristieD April 22, 2014 at 10:17 pm
@ Max comment: you see being gay as a "problem." This is YOUR problem. My son being gayRead More is as awesome as my other sons being straight. The problem is not gay people, it is the ignorance of those who do not understand it and thus demonize it in their own hearts. This mentality is quickly going the route of interracial marriage. Because, you know, "Christians" fought against that as well because, well you know, the Bible tells us so.
ChristieD April 22, 2014 at 10:24 pm
@ John Webb: do you really truly embrace ALL that the Bible says? There are lots of things in theRead More bible that were seen as immoral in Biblical times that are not an issue today (eating bacon, playing football - aka touching the skin of a pig, wearing polyester, etc.). There are also things in the Bible that were seen as moral in Biblical times that are considered immoral today (including slavery, stoning people, polygamy, incest, misogyny, etc.) So, which parts exactly are those that are acceptable for us to ignore while pulling out those that fit your own personal biases? Because we could go on a Bible quoting frenzy here on this blog which would be quite pointless. The issue here is that this preacher picks and chooses which issues are "special" to him and preaches against them while ignoring other issues (Jesus never said anything about gay marriage but plenty about divorce). God doesn't have an issue with gay people; heck, he created them! And I am so glad he did!
Just Tim April 19, 2014 at 11:11 am
Jeffe", the reason I pointed out that we are leading in most categories is simple. We actuallyRead More put our dirty laundry right out in the open. No other country is willing or in some cases allowed to do that. In some places, they aren't even allowed to think about doing that. I do agree with most of your laundry list, but compared to any other place, it ain't all bad. That my friend is using our brains. Which also means at times using our brawn to protect us from those who use their brain for less good.
x April 19, 2014 at 12:43 pm
Thanks Carl. Great article. Since it hasn't been mentioned here, i thought i'd muddy the waters aRead More bit by mentioning how prohibition empowers organized crime ….. cheers!
Teri Felker April 22, 2014 at 07:46 am
The Dumbing of America is nearly complete! And FYI, drug treatment programs work ONLY for those whoRead More want it! It can't be legislated!
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Jock March 20, 2014 at 02:22 pm
Well said !!
Carl Petersen III March 20, 2014 at 02:47 pm
Thank you, Jock.
Cheryl Ortega April 10, 2014 at 08:36 am
Carl is completely correct. The Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council unanimously passed aRead More resolution in March to support "Repairs, Not iPads" in our public schools. The bond money is being illegally used and there needs to be a coordinated concerted effort, not only to complain, but to seek legal remedies for this abuse of public money.
Shripathi Kamath April 7, 2014 at 11:00 pm
"Should anyone also be allowed to lead it?" Good one! That would depend upon the group'sRead More members. If the group's charter is advocacy, and the NAACP is a private organization, then its bylaws will dictate who can be a leader. If it wants to be taken seriously, then it'll pick the best candidate to lead, and its influence and advocacy will be potent if it is not a sham. It'd be rather impossible, for example, a Muslim to head the Vatican, than it'd be for a white to lead the NAACP. I'd think that fundamental commitment to the cause would prohibit the former, but not the latter. Your larger point makes one think. Would the Klan accept a black Jew, for example, as its Imperial Wizard? The more insular the group, the less sense it makes to have an 'outsider' no matter how committed the person may be to the cause.
Status Quo April 8, 2014 at 05:38 pm
The "Klan" lacks standing in all forums.
Things I Learned April 9, 2014 at 12:13 pm
christie nicolle April 20, 2014 at 08:38 am
Status Quo April 20, 2014 at 08:57 am
'christie nicolle', I have heard your words, and your words are wonderful and inspiring. Those whoRead More read much too much, beyond your message ~ seem to be in the wilderness of conundrum. Indeed, you are correct 'christie'!
Eddie April 20, 2014 at 10:54 am
Just for you Christie nicolle: The date of Easter is not fixed, but instead is governed by theRead More phases of the moon – how pagan is that? All the fun things about Easter are pagan. Bunnies are a leftover from the pagan festival of Eostre, a great northern goddess whose symbol was a rabbit or hare. Exchange of eggs is an ancient custom, celebrated by many cultures. Hot cross buns are very ancient too. In the Old Testament we see the Israelites baking sweet buns for an idol, and religious leaders trying to put a stop to it. The early church clergy also tried to put a stop to sacred cakes being baked at Easter. In the end, in the face of defiant cake-baking pagan women, they gave up and blessed the cake instead. Easter is essentially a pagan festival which is celebrated with cards, gifts and novelty Easter products, because it's fun and the ancient symbolism still works. The main symbol of the goddess Eostra was a rabbit because of its awesome fertility. Eggs, another ancient symbol of fertility, were dyed to symbolize the colors of spring. So it's really Pagan sex day.
Charlie B April 3, 2014 at 04:51 pm
Fortified- "The earthquake . A newscaster asked the newsman in the helicopter if he felt it.Read More The Malaysian air.. Fox has been nonstop, . . ." ----- There's one problem identified--Fox has been nonstop. And Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.”
Charlie B April 6, 2014 at 08:52 am
'Fox & Friends' guest Neil deGrasse Tyson. . . Corrections listed at end of show: •Read More Ukraine was not Frasier’s brother on the show “Frasier.” • ”Game of Thrones” is not an adult version of musical chairs. • There is no such restaurant as “Ruth’s Chris Christie’s.” • Jackson Browne is only one person. • Malaysia is not the female version of Asia. • Neal deGrasse Tyson does not own a sandwich shop named “Quizmos.” • You can not abbreviate the Supreme Court to spell SCROTUM. • Michelle Obama has never done porn. • Hong Kong is a region in China. Not a video game from Nintendo. • ”Vaping” is not having sex with a vacuum cleaner. • Michael Strahan isn’t leaving to go be in “Good Morning Vietnam” • Crimea is not related to Queen Latifah. • Pop Tarts do not cause “splosions.” • Boeing is a company. Not a sound effect. • Pharrell is not a “stylish hand sanitizer.” • Chicklets do not grow up to be roosters. • Chris Christie was never in the show “Three’s Company.” • Infinity pools have a limited amount of water. • Garfunkle is not Garfield’s black cousin. • The Chile Earthquake is not a bold new product from Dairy Queen. • Don Cheadle does not appear if you say “Cheadlejuice” three times. • Joe Biden’s office is only sometimes a’-rockin’. • Lifesavers aren’t medicine. • Captain Phillips is not a brand of rum. • Marvin Gaye liked women. • Nancy Pelosi is a human woman. • God loves figs. • Noah is not “found footage.” • Captain America was never a U.S. President. • The periodic table is not about “lady stuff.” Pasted from <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/06/snl-fox-and-friends_n_5099064.html>
rubberband April 6, 2014 at 09:53 am
All I know is : I came home from first day at Monsterpalooza, totally psyched and in a great moodRead More and settled down to watch Hannibal (One of the only times the t.v. is on.)...It's late....thankfully DVR is set...push play..... what did I see? Coverage if you can call it that of "news" trying to grow the "how bad was it, what got destroyed how scared were you and when is the big one coming"...........................disgusted and not surprised, I turned off the television and figured I'd have to catch my show on Amazon laters. Stupid NBC stupid "news" stupid stupid stupid. People ask me why I don't watch the news... Reason #483....Fear mongering grief vampires of STUPID... "Did you feel the earthquake" asked of someone in a helicopter?
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Dan Avery April 11, 2014 at 03:53 pm
Francis Holtzman, your comment is an unsubstantiated personal attack and not an analyticalRead More refutation of one of my points. I refer to the the link in the comment above so you can see what a refutation actually looks like. I know this intelligent discourse is new for you so I'll cut you the same slack I cut Julia. That means the next comment from you on one of my articles must address a point in my article in a meaningful way, or I'll simply delete your comment.
Dan Avery April 11, 2014 at 11:22 pm
Julia, the first amendment has to do with the government interferring with your speech. It hasRead More nothing to do with this. If you were educated, you'd know that. I can't help you solve your own ignorance..
Dan Avery April 11, 2014 at 11:24 pm
Next time Julia and Francis, try being intelligent and offering an analytical argument. NotRead More ignorance or lunacy.
Shripathi Kamath March 23, 2014 at 06:31 pm
mimi March 23, 2014 at 05:24 PM Sure the Mad Greek thinks he is funny.Read More ___________________________________________________ No, I bet he thinks he is patriotic. I bet a lot of baggers do as well.
Status Quo March 25, 2014 at 06:18 pm
'mimi', Doubt your assessments and judgment. I contend, you have no indication of his underlyingRead More sentiment and can make assessment on similar premises ~ that you are a lousy tipper. Eat out more often. I believe, 'Carl III's assessment was correct on the butchering of English(by the sign artist) but the only indication of Mad Greek's messaging is "There's Something for Everyone". Sometimes, the simplest explanation is the truth. Does not, even ~ nuance of racism but more evident in 'mimi's course toward butchering the business.
Stamford Bridge March 26, 2014 at 06:39 pm
People like Mimi make me want to send a very large donation to the Mad Greek. Bigots love to callRead More others racists. When I hear bigots like Mimi spew hatred (immediately calling somebody a racist because they advocate English spoken in THEIR private restaurant) I immediately want to support the person being victimized, in this case the Mad Greek owner.
Status Quo March 21, 2014 at 07:29 pm
Non-constitutional, in both spirit and misrepresentation of the 'product'.
Carl Petersen III March 21, 2014 at 07:30 pm
Mr. Quo, according to the Constitution, who decides if a law is constitutional?
Surf's Up March 21, 2014 at 07:40 pm
Where is the term "non-constitutional" used? By what legal body, judiciary, as noted inRead More what scholarship? You ask to be taken seriously, and I give you that respect. But, there are terms of art people use so they all understand the definition. What are you talking about?
Alek J Hidell March 20, 2014 at 12:47 pm
as Mr. Calvert knows, the work that needs to be done is not going away"....oh, you mean theRead More work of outfitting our military for overseas imperialism? I disagree. It's going to go bye-bye when we stop paying for these overseas adventures seeking wars-for-profit. Not one cent defend any country but our own. South Korea and Japan have been getting a free ride for far too long--they are on their own now. Because We the People are going to boycott our taxes and I don't see many orders for drones and missile guidance systems coming in after that......our national guard and a few Jarheads transferred from Camp Surfside to the Mexican border is sufficient----- by dumping military support for Israel we are going to lose about a billion Muslim enemies....
Brent Graham March 20, 2014 at 10:59 pm
It is obvious that this candidate Tim Sheridan is looking out for the interests of the people wayRead More more than the do nothing, ethically challenged Congressman we have now.
Alek J Hidell March 20, 2014 at 11:35 pm
LOL I thought you said ethnically challenged...
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger March 24, 2014 at 12:56 am
THE WAR ON AMERICARead More (http://northridge.patch.com/groups/what-the-hell-are-they-doing-now/p/the-war-on-america-discover-the-networks )
Charlie B March 25, 2014 at 09:16 am
TT, the girl on the dirtbike.
Tom Thumb March 25, 2014 at 09:49 am
Ya, good one.
Charlie B April 22, 2014 at 11:10 pm
Baby steps. Most righties won't even accept that the earth is warming, cause Fox says otherwiseRead More (when I say Fox, you know that I'm generalizing about the entire right wing media echo chamber). As for the second part, that it is primarily caused by humans, you can look that up yourself. Go to the NCSE website for all kinds of info. http://ncse.com/climate/climate-change-101 Happy Earth Day.
Charlie B April 22, 2014 at 11:12 pm
What did I say about Keystone? I don't remember.
Carl Petersen III April 22, 2014 at 11:18 pm
Porter gladstone April 22, 2014 at 11:39 PM "Just tell me that any paper threatens itsRead More reputation in carl's eyes if it makes errors in reporting and doesnt correct. Come on--should be easy. All you have to do is commit to an idea and watch it applied on other papers...and then im hoping you place that paper in the same light as the one you took issue with==the new york post. Go -" ___________________________________________________ Porter forgets that he is the one who brought up the New York Post claiming that they could be trusted for the "truth." If you go by the story that I linked to, this assertion has some problems.
David Terrell March 5, 2014 at 10:04 am
This blog calls for taking the whole quote, keeping it in context, reasoned discussion, consideringRead More the evidence before jumping to conclusions. I'm amazed that anybody can be against those things.
Things I Learned March 5, 2014 at 10:10 am
Good thing nobody is cough strawman cough.
Charlie B March 12, 2014 at 08:16 am
Dog whistling budget-boy says inner-city men are lazy. Apparently confusing House Republicans withRead More the jobless. http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/03/12/3394871/ryan-poverty-inner-city/
Huck and Jim
fact checker March 1, 2014 at 09:27 am
Shripathi, re: your YouTube link...ewwww. It's a short clip and out of context so we can only hopeRead More she was demonstrating how NOT to teach.
Shripathi Kamath March 1, 2014 at 10:01 am
Can we also hope that the teachers were playing along and teaching how not to learn?
fact checker March 1, 2014 at 04:56 pm
I have a feeling the teacher who filmed the clip was not doing so because it was a good example ofRead More teaching or learning.
Sen. Alex Padilla and Tim Sheraton
john blackwood February 26, 2014 at 01:21 pm
Evdry man is entitled to his own Destiny . Weather gay or straight , drug addict non drug addictRead More black white brown . Its up to each individual to make his own life as he sees fit with out pushing your agenda on myself or my family it is your life .As free individuals if you want to live in sin thats your choice you have to face your maker for your behavior not I .You ppl have your ideas twisted about what a constitutionalist is . Every individual American Individual has the right and freedom to livevas he pleases but of course there are consequences depending on how you wish to live . If you want to be a druggie thats your choice but dont expect me as a tax payer to help with your rehab . You dont want to work dont expect mevto pay for your laziness .Each of you are free to actvand do as you please but dont do it on my dime .
Alek J Hidell February 26, 2014 at 01:22 pm
it is the duty of every American individual to master the English language. John, this isRead More incoherent. We have no idea what the hell you are talking about.
john blackwood February 26, 2014 at 01:27 pm
See people with comments such as yours its because you live in a country with laws that allow us toRead More express our opinions .I dont and will not argue with Jeff Kliner or his buddies on these posts . I belive he is entitled to his opinion and depending on how you act and what you say will determine on how you will be treated .
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger February 20, 2014 at 08:18 pm
Dan, you take every single subject, make an abrupt left turn, to make the same comments. Carl, asRead More for the schools, you are in a better public school system than Pasadena public schools. Pasadena is much better than a couple decades ago, but still has a way to go. The food program....Yeah, no one can study when hungry, but more, and more seems to be taken out of parents responsibility, and transferred to the government
Crystal Smith February 22, 2014 at 01:40 pm
For those without kids in LAUSD, let me help you understand a very tragic turn of events thatRead More happened a few years ago. About 3 or 4 years ago, the budgets were slashed and the parents were told that the budgets were determined based on the % of children that lived at or below poverty levels in schools. Many schools asked parents to take the lunch form and claim their income was far less than it was (so they would qualify). The schools even illuminated that the people checking the forms are in understaffed departments, and the form itself doesn't say "under penalty of perjury", etc. It just asked for you to state your income. Many people lied on these forms, for the obvious benefit that our schools would be granted more money. I did not lie. In fact, at our school the poverty level is so low, the school didn't encourage that we lie. I found out many, many parents lied. So, flash forward and see that LAUSD claims that "553,000 families qualify for free lunches, but only 29% participates" http://cafe-la.lausd.net/sites/default/files/About%20Breakfast%20in%20the%20Classroom%20-%20Eng.pdf So, they are using faulty numbers (why would they ever care to audit these?) to create their platform that they are helping "hungry kids" that couldn't get to school before the bell and eat in the proper cafeteria environment. I've even heard the argument that these kids won't have the "stigma" of handing the breakfast "free breakfast" coupons. Hello? This went digital a few years ago! There aren't any coupons to hand over to the lunch lady... no stigma. The entire premise that we even needed this program is wrong. Next, you have the poor quality of the food. Coffee Cake is their most in demand food, however it's nutrition facts are abhorant: 440cal / 39% Fat / 510mg sodium / 34g sugar Burrito: 291 cal/ 26% Fat / 478g sodium / .7g sugar (at least it's low in sugar?) Quesadilla: 142 cal / 35% fat / 229g sodium/ .23g sugar (again, low in sugar!) Parents weren't asked if we wanted this program, it was forced on us. We weren't given a letter to Opt Out (but we were told we would back in September: (http://www.galatzangazette.com/home1/2013/9/12/breakfast-in-the-classroom-can-my-school-opt-out.html) So, now kids are double feeding (it is encouraged so the food isn't wasted), and the schools earn .20 for each meal past 70% participation. Wait? What?!? Why not just .20 per meal? Ok, that's what we call a "Key Performance Indicator", so schools can prove they have fed 70% of the population (remember how many "weren't taking a breakfast?" BINGO). So, who pays for this.. you, and you, oh, and YOU... taxpayer. What? How? Because USDA is paying $1.61 per meal out of Federal Funds and LAUSD gets .20 after they've met the 70% minimum. I always follow the money when something seems wrong and that's when I found out about LAUSD not having to pay for the program, but Joe Taxpayer does! This is corruption. This is Fraud. This is not about the kids. Finally, what does this teach kids? They would grow up their whole life relying on the government for breakfast, in some cases lunch, and then they go to College for a RUDE awakening. You want more facts? Follow me at #biciswasteful on twitter. It's atrocious what they are doing to our kids, but especially under the guise of "helping the kids".
Status Quo February 22, 2014 at 07:27 pm
BINGO --->'Crystal Smith'<--- you are correct, and very perceptive before you filled out theRead More form as at this very point in time. Of course, it flies in the face of the Liberal/liberal/illiberal perspective but serves their cause to re-order society to their wants. I find, "helping the kids" and using them as pawns is part of dysfunction in the courts and media... just as 'Carl III' is trying to do in his respite rants.
Shripathi Kamath February 16, 2014 at 11:13 pm
Poignant. A defiant contrarian beats a contrarian
Tom Thumb February 18, 2014 at 05:24 pm
It's in the blood. Family & ethnics trumping ideology.
Tim Sheridan
Randall February 22, 2014 at 08:27 pm
(Status Quo) Sorry. I was typing on the iPad and forgot the end quote before the "everyone'sRead More needs" part. The last sentence is mine. My point is that if he loves his job, he should keep it. We don't need another organizer in Washington DC gumming up the works.
Status Quo February 23, 2014 at 08:43 am
Your clarification, is appreciated and you are correct.
Jack Doyle March 9, 2014 at 11:22 am
Worrying about the CA races when we have the capitol of corruption right here led by a wanna beRead More mafia chieftain AND WE ARE THE BROKEST STATE IN AMERICA, seems a streaaatch! JERSEY SMELLS STRONG, THAT'S ALL!
Steve February 13, 2014 at 11:53 am
No equality for women until they make Family Law equal and bring back orphanages.
John Webb February 13, 2014 at 01:28 pm
Carl, the best thing that could happen to women would be for the Liberals to stop trying to helpRead More them. So far under the Obama administration women in the work force has declined, they have a higher rate of unemployment than before this administration and the average family income is down. If you folks don't stop helping them you could overturn everything that has been gained in the last 50 years.