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Tony Royer April 23, 2014 at 09:09 am
We all know Brian Slurpie posted this !!
nitagregory April 23, 2014 at 09:29 am
Wheew... just when i thought.I had major issues
Brett April 23, 2014 at 09:58 am
Let's take these war gaming idiots and enlist them in the Marine Corp. I'll bet a real tour of dutyRead More would straighten them out. No doubt they could use the exercise too.
The seal of Los Angeles County. Courtesy of Los Angeles Couty.
A different Paul April 23, 2014 at 09:20 am
Being fairly familiar with DCFS, there will be significant improvement when each caseworker has noRead More more than 24 children to see each month. When a case worker has up to 58 children on their case load it is difficult to do real social work. Cases (children) get lost in the masses of paperwork. DCFS is in the midst of hiring more workers with the intent of getting cases down to 24 by Fall. In addition to a more sensible socialworker/child ratio, the workers and administrators need better training. There are administrators whose focus is more on paperwork than on child safety. It is imperative that case workers be taught good organizational skills- it is one thing to understand social work and care- but if your files are a mess and scattered all over your desk, you will be hampered in what you can do and your stress level will be higher than it needs to be. If DCFS had classes in basic organizational skills, it would make a profound change in the workers ability to do their job- and would probably help with retention. Also, the administrators need to respect the case workers who are out on the front lines. Administrators are supporting players- not rulers over petty fiefdoms. And support staff need to be more focused on helping social workers with copies, faxing, whatever, than on filing their fingernails. It seems that the support staff forget that their job is still helping children even if they are not on the front lines. Social work is tough business. If a social worker is buried in bureaucracy, they will not be able to do what is most important- focus on child safety first.
Jill McKeon April 23, 2014 at 09:21 am
They all have blood on their hands. Shame, shame, shame on the County Board of Supervisors for notRead More dropping everything and focusing like a non-stop laser on this issue. How many children have to die under the supervision of the County of Los Angeles before the Supervisors will do something!!!
Don April 23, 2014 at 09:37 am
I thought there was already a department called "Child Protective Services." Hmm are theyRead More disbanding this inept group after they prosecute all the criminal activity of neglect and disregard amongst themselves and starting a new "get it right" group. Naw didn't think so. Just another way gov't will fleece the public by adding another tier of bureaucracy that will take years to evolve where they'll once again tell you and me they're still earning from their mistakes. My answer: No. Fire the inept. Prosecute those who committed criminal acts within their job; hold the rest accountable to protect those they are chartered to protect
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Stoked April 23, 2014 at 07:53 am
Really? Did they figure in the true cost? How much water and fossil fuels were required to produceRead More those ugly rain barrels? Then you figure in the fuel costs to transport them (and I'm guessing that many come from China). And after their useful life you are left with more plastic choking our landfills. All for a saving of 50 gallons or so. A saving that could be obtained on a weekly basis if you just adjust your sprinklers down or cut your showers short by a couple of minutes............say no to more plastic.
David Mallen April 23, 2014 at 08:42 am
The rain barrels are made from "plastic REUSED food grade barrels." They can be recycledRead More again. Your other ideas for saving water are sound.
dr.rgm April 23, 2014 at 08:49 am
You have got to be kidding. The City needs to stop approving swimming pools and 11,000 square footRead More houses in the Sand Section where residents are close enough to walk to the beach. I am afraid the horse has left the barn. And BTW what rain are we catching?
Los Angeles police motorcycle Officer Chris Cortijo. Twitter photo.
nitagregory April 23, 2014 at 09:36 am
I hate people that drink and drive do drugs and drive..take your own life not others ...and yes imaRead More snitch calling the police every time I see that shyyt on the road...there are children Ineed to protect
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
Kent Frederick April 23, 2014 at 08:44 am
Let me say something as a graduate of the University of Michigan, who had the tougher road toRead More admission as a non-resident. The problem with affirmative action is how to quantify it. Michigan can have its pick of students from the elite private and public schools in and around Detroit, Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Schools in Detroit certainly don't offer the educational opportunities that a school like Detroit Country day, or public high schools elite suburbs like Winnetka, Illinois or Bethesda, Maryland do. But, is a kid from a very rural area in the U.P. any more prepared for U of M than a kid from Detroit? By the same token, a kid from a farm outside of Muskegon represents the same kind of diversity to a kid from Westchester County, New York as someone from Detroit.
Kent Frederick April 23, 2014 at 08:59 am
Observor, It may have been Walt Williams who said that the problem with affirmative action is thatRead More it can set up a kid to fail. Schools that serve large groups of minorities often do not prepare a kid for an elite school, whehter it's a private school like Harvard or Duke, or an elite public school like Michigan or Cal-Berkeley. He suggested that a student, regardless of race or color, should always select a school that is suited to his qualifications. Someone from an inner-city school in California would be better off going to a university in the California State University system, rather than a school in the University of California system. The idea is that he can succeed in college and move on to a successful career. If a person ill-prepared for Berkeley or UCLA attends either of those schools, he has a greater likelihood of flunking out and giving up on higher education. My father attended a 1-room school house until the 6th grade. He then attended a rural junior high and high school. He wound up going to a land-grant university 11 years after graduating from high school, courtesy of the GI Bill. Because of his going to a school that, while good in the field of agriculture, was an average university overall, he was able to move into management eventually transferred to Chicago. So, I attended a very good suburban high school that prepared me for the University of Michigan. If he had gone to a school for which he wasn't prepared, he could very well have dropped out, which would have meant no management opportunity or transfer to Chicago. I know a lot of very successful people who went to small, liberal arts colleges or public universities that aren't of the same caliber as Michigan, UCLA, or the University of Illinois. Yes, going to a school like Michigan, Harvard, Duke, Northwestern, or Stanford can lead to great opportunities. But, going to a non-elite college or university doesn't close the doors on those opportunities.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" April 23, 2014 at 10:02 am
Fair is Fair!!! Now if we can only get Affirmative Action totally out of such sports as BasketballRead More and Football and the others, where the minority there is truly and obviously inferior but yet is given a shoe in because his race promotes, finance and overly spectates in these Professions.
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of $ off of the millions of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the 'Core.' The Common Core isn't just restricting for teachers & students, it's lining people's pockets.
Jennifer April 23, 2014 at 09:58 am
I read every single link on the Common Core website, and there is virtually NO information on it. ItRead More says that the Common core was developed by the State Governpor... not federally funded. You can search all you want ont the CC website, and you will never find the list of people that Steven Lee gave you above. It does not disclose how the development of these sandards was funded, and by whom. It SAYS educators were involved. So you believe that, and it is enough for you. I does NOT disclose how federal funds ARE being used to prod states into accepting the CC standards. It is a PR website, and nothing more. If I am skeptical about something, I try to find unaffiliated sources of information. And I read editorials pro and con. And I read the skeptics, and fact-check. I immediatly rule out any post mentioning "illuminati", aliens, eugenics, or that seems blatantly racist or otherwise extreme. But I also have to say that although I allow that you have a different point of view, I can't say that you have provided me with any reasonable "facts" that I can follow up on. So you are welcome to your opinion, but I don't find it a helpful or persuasive one.
CowDung April 23, 2014 at 10:00 am
" It says that the Common core was developed by the State Governpor... " Apparently youRead More missed this: "The Common Core State Standards drafting process relied on teachers and standards experts from across the country. Teachers were involved in the development process in four ways: 1) They served on the Work Groups and Feedback Groups for the ELA and math standards. 2) The National Education Association (NEA), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), among other organizations were instrumental in bringing together teachers to provide specific, constructive feedback on the standards 3) Teachers were members of teams states convened to provide regular feedback on drafts of the standards. 4) Teachers provided input on the Common Core State Standards during the two public comment periods."
CowDung April 23, 2014 at 10:02 am
Names of Wisconsin educators involved with Common Core Standards.Read More ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: http://commoncore.dpi.wi.gov/files/commoncore/Appendix%20E%20Names%20of%20ELA%20and%20Math%20Leadership%20Teams.pdf
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Michael Brennick April 22, 2014 at 03:46 pm
Where are the stories about the rates charged by the Cable cartels-???---Especially Leftist,Read More Democratic Comcast, the premier robber barons, who fill the campaign tills of the Dumocrats.
Paul April 22, 2014 at 06:10 pm
Netflix is hands down the best deal going, and it has been a bargain for YEARS. I guess theRead More nonsensical whiners who complain about a long-delayed, $2 a MONTH increase are worried it will cost them a (partial) SINGLE LATTE. Utterly ridiculous.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 07:36 am
TO MICHAEL BRENNICK: Leftist, Democra... WHAT? You think Comcast is part of the so-calledRead More "liberal" media (which, by the way, doesn't even exist)? Are you freakin' KIDDIN' me? [shakes head in disbelief] Wow. The FOX NEWS CHANNEL should be held criminally liable for what it has done to your brain.
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emma April 22, 2014 at 01:48 pm
Garcetti's big plans for the future of LA do not preclude raping it's citizens to get there. RapingRead More communities with his massive controversial (i.e. Millennium on Vine) developer funder's TOD developments. Using transit expansion as justification for turning our city over to developer's massive projects, giving them carte blanche to do what they want. Keeping unqualified Villaraigosa appointed head of planning, LoGrande, to continue efforts to disband all zoning laws and codes to make it even easier for developer/community rapists to build what they want, where they want. And charging it's citizens mightily to make up for his failures as president of city council, for years voting to support unions that turned their backs on him and supported Wendy Greuel (and he buried her with their betrayal), and trying to make up for the deficit he played no small part in, now charging the citizens of LA for his ineptness, with potential tax increases. Please read Jack Humphreville's brilliant analysis. http://citywatchla.com/lead-stories-hidden/6776-silly-season-at-city-hall "But what we will not hear is that this billion dollar budget deficit was caused by the fiscally irresponsible City Council who agreed to massive increases in salaries, pensions, and benefits that outstripped the growth in revenues by $500 to $700 million a year. This deficit was financed on the backs of Angelenos by cutting back on the repair and maintenance of our already potholed streets and cracked sidewalks. We will also hear the drum beat for the half cent increase in our sales tax to 9½% to fund the repair our streets and sidewalks. But what we will not hear is that there are viable alternatives to fund the repair of our streets and sidewalks without the need to increase our sales tax to a job killing 9½%, one of the highest in the nation. NOR WILL WE HEAR THAT *MOVE LA, A POLITICALLY POWERFUL TRANSPORTATION ADVOCATE WANTS TO INCREASE OUR SALES TAX BY ANOTHER HALF A CENT, RESULTING IN A SALES TAX OF 10%, THE HIGHEST IN THE NATION Nor will we hear about ending hundreds of millions in giveaways to well-connected real estate developers in DTLA...." * MoveLA not only will enable the rape of our communities with massive TOD's (which cause more traffic),but also wants more tax money out of Angelenos for Garcetti's expanded public transit plan and continued sale of our city to his developer buddies.. Enough is enough!
Ziegler April 22, 2014 at 03:03 pm
The City deciding to end the red light enforcement came about behind the scenes in a little knownRead More way. The City Council discovered to their dismay that the Judges and Commissioners were dismissing red light tickets and they still havn't figured out why. I received one of those tickets and noted that the picture was a generic person- not necessarily me, an it had bangs which I did not wear. The law requires that the picture be a good likeness of the driver. As a portrait artist I realised that the picture had been doctored as it probably was unclear. I researched and discovered that a company from back east was paid to handle these tickets. I telephoned them and they admitted that they hired artists to "fix" the pictures so that it would comply with the California law. Doctoring the evidence is a no no to the courts and to justice. Additionally, under the Constitution you have the right to confront your accuser. When you go to court a traffic officer who was not a witness to the "crime' is tha accuser. He has not witnessed the infraction and indeed he has not had the evidence solely in his possession. The chain has been broken when the server sent the "evidence" to Delaware- or wherever it was. The Corporate heads also told me that their artists handled the evidence and re did the "retouch" as often as they needed to to try to get it to look like your licesne photo. Boy was the chain of evidence broken. I telephoned the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division, in Los Angeles, to tell her of what was going on. She was shocked at the unconstitutionality of it and she asked me to call the head of the group that teaches the Commissioners and to let them see how clearly inconstitutional it was. She offered to speak to City Council on the matter, but said that they would have to invite her. I called Council members. They did not extend an invitation to her. The Judges and Commissioners were ordered to dismiss all cases that came via the Corporation that contracted with the City to handle red light cases, because of the unconstitutional way they were handled. To this day the City does not know why.
Ziegler April 22, 2014 at 05:28 pm
I meant to mention one more legalistic observation that I may not have made clear but is veryRead More important, that I brought to the Presiding Judge. The evidence has to be at all times in the care custody and control of the officer witness/ accuser. If the chain of evidence is broken or if the evidence has been " tampered" with, such as fixing the photos to be more clear and more like the person, it is damaged and can no longer be used as evidence.
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nonoise April 22, 2014 at 12:10 pm
They want government to raise our children, not parents.
Tom Hollman April 22, 2014 at 01:41 pm
THIS COUNTRY TOOK A $HIT WHEN THE SUPREME COURT TOOK AWAY THE KICK IN THE A$$ AT HOME AND AT SCHOOLRead More THEY PUT THE KIDS ON DRUGS. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT ?YEARS AGO THERE WERE NO ALPABETIZED SINDROMES THIS IS HOW HEAD SHRINKERS PUSH DRUGS FOR DRUG COMPANEYS
Kim Fox April 22, 2014 at 03:42 pm
I don't believe this kid is competent enough to make those decisions. Those kids need to beRead More prosecuted to the fullest and if the does judge does not agree he needs to step down.
Mineta San José International Airport. Wikimedia.
B. Dub April 22, 2014 at 09:13 am
Dorie, stowing away on a plane is a crime. And no, the boy himself did not pose a threat. But theRead More fact that he (anyone) can get that close to a plane poses a threat. I have to take off my flippin' shoes and get patted down, but apparently you can just walk up and plant a bomb in the wheel well.
april ann April 22, 2014 at 10:30 am
I agree with B. Dub 100%! How was this kid able to scale a fence and just walk right over to theRead More plane? TSA: for all the harassing you do in the terminal...you ain't all that!! As far as the kid being a runaway..maybe he does face some serious abuse issues at home. He's damn lucky to be alive. But, I raised three boys, and a 16 year old boy can runaway for any collage of reasons. My kids never ran away but, I'm wondering if the fact that the plane was going to HAWAII has anything to do with it. It sounds a little compulsive to me. CPA need good follow up on this. Thank you lucky stars kid!
Lee Jacobsen April 22, 2014 at 03:42 pm
It wasn't a miracle that he survived, it was Easter Sunday, and good things always happen.Read More "always look on the bright side of life"......Life of Brian........overlooked miracle worker....... Not a problem to let other kids of similar intelligence do the same thing, it will improve the human gene pool immensely, and the human race will benefit overall as a result.
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nonoise April 21, 2014 at 11:23 pm
Komfort, it sounds like this school also has no diversity or poor students in it.
Jheri Heetland April 22, 2014 at 06:54 am
No this is something that is not respecting other denominations as all schools have many of them.Read More Not a good idea.
Carl Petersen III April 22, 2014 at 04:18 pm
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The Convict April 23, 2014 at 07:58 am
This Thread Is Worthless Without Pictures.
lablover April 23, 2014 at 08:03 am
This Dee idiot needs to get a life. The psycho babble is getting old. What a loser !
The Voice of Reason April 23, 2014 at 08:39 am
Convict: There ARE pictures.
Photo credit Greg Doyle.
Jock April 21, 2014 at 08:52 am
Another cause may be distracted drivers. How about that 16 speaker Bang and Olufson 500-1000 wattRead More system in Audi's (true) ? Blue tooth phone confab with all the kids at home on speaker phone ? Talking to siri ? Sorry but that Navigation crap while supposed to help drivers causes them to wander all over the place too. You can't look down at a screen and see something jump out in front of your car either. People think driving is like a movie (cartoon ?), they are comfy and doing their thing until the forces of physics, 2 4,000 pound vehicles hitting each other at 50 miles per hour arrive. The comfy living room becomes an egg dropped from a rooftop. it is probably only because the car was disabled that the driver stuck around too, why stay and get in trouble when you can hit and run ? We are in a time when everyone is a 12 year old. Do you stop at stop signs when no one is around ..or go through because you won't get caught ? Same thing with crossing double yellow ? How about going through stops and crossing double yellows on the phone ?
Charles Murray April 21, 2014 at 09:35 am
There's no doubt that all those distractions Jock mentioned, are menaces on the road. But IRead More maintain, that regardless of car audio power or screaming kids or what may be, a good mechanical siren will overpower all of those things. For those who don't know what I'm talking about, here's a brief explanation of how a siren works, and why some can be heard and others not: On a mechanical siren (as on most fire engines), there is a heavy electric motor which turns a special blower fan called a chopper, which causes air to be sucked in and then momentarily compressed, then released at a high-frequency pulse. Those sound waves are much stronger, and will penetrate the best-insulated cars, and will bounce around buildings and trees, etc. Thus it is far more likely that a blind-approaching emergency vehicle will be heard loud & clear in good time. These mechanical sirens are heavy, and perhaps a little more costly than electronic sirens. Electronic sirens, such as those in LAPD, LASD, and most other police agencies in CA, are simply a tone generator (like a cellphone ringer), which is put into a loud PA amplifier and then into a horn speaker. These sound waves are very loud, but they do not bend or conform to corners, nor to they penetrate a well-insulated luxury car so well. Yes it might be costly to retrofit LAPD cars with mechanical sirens, but what is a few hundred dollars per car, as compared to a few wrongful death suits?
Jock April 21, 2014 at 09:55 am
Of course you're right totally Charles, the sound must penetrate these layers. A real siren willRead More cause you to hold your ears as they go by and you can still feel the sound waves
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bg robbins April 22, 2014 at 08:39 am
I don't think were doing starving people any favors by sending them hot dogs that might make themRead More sick.
BiteMeFanBoy1 April 22, 2014 at 12:28 pm
Just another argument for KOSHER hot dogs..... All of the great taste and NONE OF THE CRAP !
Bill Harvey April 22, 2014 at 02:04 pm
Poland has already outlawed kosher killing as inhumane--it involves voiding the arteries of theRead More animal's tainted blood while it is still alive....The US will soon follow despite its Jewish lobby.
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monkey lewis April 21, 2014 at 11:30 pm
Father to many married to none and in case Ya all wondered Im really well hung
B. Dub April 22, 2014 at 08:34 am
Agranon - I'm a moron because I am tired of everybody and his mother trying to put themselves inRead More every story? Then so be it - I'm a moron. To be honest, I am also really tired of all the people that were compelled to run the Boston Marathon because "I had to finish for all those who couldn't." Get over yourself. It was a tragedy. Those responsible should be ripped apart by dogs. I sincerely hope the families of those affected can move on somehow. But how does Mary Jane Smith running the marathon help ANYBODY but herself? She's not doing it for "those who can't". She's doing it to maybe get on TV and she's probably feeling a little sanctimonious because she ran 26.2 miles and you didn't. It's like, "what did YOU do to help these people?" Same as you - nothing.
Geoffrey Koppel April 22, 2014 at 01:52 pm
If this is a think tank, someone should change the filter.
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Marilyn Halpin April 21, 2014 at 07:58 am
@M- Your Apple device is a closed system which would make it really hard for it to be hacked. YouRead More are more likely to be exploited through a Phishing scam where you get an email that looks like it is from a trusted company telling you there's a problem with your account (it could claim to be your bank account, Apple account, Amazon or credit card company, etc) once you log into their fake site they ask for personal information like social security numbers, credit card info, etc. The other thing we see in regards to email accounts being hacked are poor passwords and using public wifi. Hope that helps a bit.
Marilyn Halpin April 21, 2014 at 08:00 am
Here's a post we did on setting up Find My iPhone. I recommend having this turned on even if youRead More don't take your iPad outside the house. You can also use it to find your iPad in the house if you are absent minded like me ;-) http://mac-fusion.com/setting-up-and-finding-your-mac-or-ios-device-with-find-my-iphone/
M April 21, 2014 at 04:33 pm
@mailyn, thanks! I appreciate the info. What do you know of or think about yahoo messengerRead More app....pretty safe to use??
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grace April 21, 2014 at 04:53 pm
uh@ jj you know that how?
grace April 21, 2014 at 04:54 pm
lol had no idea they ,as in your dild*, were more than 50 bucks thx @ jj
Status Quo April 21, 2014 at 08:21 pm
'John B' April 21, 2014 at 05:14 PM... be a swimmer and do not sunk. Feed you body and mind toRead More survive.