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A Clinton Swing and Miss

Anne220 Wrote: Oct 21, 2012 12:53 PM
There is a logical inconsistency at play here: Prohibiting abortion and supporting the death penalty. Life is life -- some innocent, some evil. As well, in re the death penalty it's durned expensive with lawsuits ad nauseum. Cheaper by far to let these folx rot in prison.
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Tougher Bodies and Minds

Anne220 Wrote: May 26, 2012 11:00 AM
I recommend reading the "Little House in The Prairie" collection wherein there was a one room school house and a twelfth grade grad taught it. If she made it thru high school, she knew enough to pass along her education. My mother went to "Normal School" A Normal School was a two year, post high school program. Year one was spent in a classroom learning how to teach. Second year was spent in a classroom observing and being observed by an experienced teacher. She went on to college and law school but ultimately chose teaching. She pretty quickly advanced to principal. I greatly admire those who home school. I could not begin to do that despite having a fist full of degrees.
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Tougher Bodies and Minds

Anne220 Wrote: May 26, 2012 10:48 AM
I'm nearly 64 and could answer most of the questions. I'm going to forward Mr. Payne's article to our daughters and sons. All but one have collegedegrees ; two have advanced degrees. Our older son is a CIA graduate (he's a chef) and knows more about geopolitics and history than I'll ever know. Obviously, given the generation gap, I expect all of them (except the chef) will know far less than I. My husband had the advantage of being able to take Latin courses in junior and senior high so his grasp of etymology is far greater than mine. As a result he is able to learn foreign languages (well Romance languages) far better than I. Anyone remember diagramming sentences in elementary school??
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Creating a Risk-Free World

Anne220 Wrote: May 09, 2012 11:15 AM
Ah, and there's the Law of Unintended Consequences. There is a nearly perfect inverse correlation between cutting the percentage of smokers and the increasing rate of obesity. It's pretty much a toss up as to which costs society more in terms of health care costs. I certainly don't drive more recklessly using seat belts and, having raced sports cars in Marlboro, MD as a teenage girl, I'd not get behind the wheel without one. Helmets? No. If I drove more long distance I'd install a Bondurant five-point belt in the driver's seat. Back in the day, I too raced my bicycle at high speed with no protective head gear. I drove a 1942 Harley without a helmet. What next? Helmets required in the shower?
It is incredibly difficult to get disability payments. SSDI has a virtual Berlin wall of denial. I was fortunate to find an attorney specializing in this matter. I'm sure that many people have scammed the system, but people who are truly disabled would love to go back to work and simply can't. I'm a self admitted idiot when it comes to calculating true unemployment rates but even I can see the craven manipulation practiced by the current administration. Question. Certainly O isn't the only POTUS who has brought out this trick pony. More info please.
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