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Christianity, besides being a religion and faith, is a way to understand yourself and others in this world. Like many other systems in spirituality or used in success or business arenas, it gives you a systematic developed ways to deal with many things in life and grow within a belief system (what we believe about human nature and the ways of the world). Christianity strengthens you, gives you a framework to deal with things in the world and helps you grow, according to a set of beliefs, similar to the Covey Approach to business works. Of course Christianity is more than something like Covey or any other system but it is not for the faint of heart or wishy washy as many believe since it demands a lot, as a good system demands of us in the world
More observations and facts about the Democratic party need to be stated - again and again and again. I was a democrat during the 60s and 70s, turned independent then became a conservative/republican in Ronald Regan's 2nd term - because of him especially. Too many Republicans are afraid to point out historical facts about slavery, civil rights, separate but unequal, etc. the Klu Klux Klan, mob unions, communism and their roots in the Democratic party. There was a period after Reconstruction settled down when blacks were doing well - many owned businesses, intact families, financially doing well, etc. But no one talks about it and how the civil rights era and the policies of Johnson and the Democrats destroyed it all in the name of good intentions and how cities democrats run are ruined by their policies (see Chicago's murder rates and gun control). Democrats talk a good game and that is why they are beloved more than they should. My mother, who passed away and was a Republican all her life, used to say that she did not have to point things out since people would recognize the truth on their own when Democrats lambasted things to an extreme degree. What I have found is people in the middle are often swayed by the last thing they heard or what they hear and see often over and over, which the Democrat party is great at doing. Reparations is one such issue at hand - I told a guy who is a democrat, black and talking reparations that here's the deal: we give all blacks alive at a certain date, $1 million each, no taxes. They can do with it what they want with it. Then none of them who received the money can access government services again (social services, welfare, unemployment, child care, food stamps, etc - does not include things like social security, public schools, fire and police protection, etc.) He wouldn't do the deal. Enough said.
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Beyond Affirmative Action

larryalobo Wrote: Feb 20, 2014 9:12 AM
I used to support affirmative action, and maybe for its time, it had some positive aspects to it - but not now, as far as I'm concerned. Many supported busing students in school and it stopped for lots of reasons. Some ideas have their day and may have been ok for the times and circumstances but are no longer any good because there are other better ways to get some of the same things, they carry too much baggage or negative effects and people just don't want it any more. Does this mean that the issue of minorities getting into and succeeding in higher education institutions has been solved? No, improved but there are still issues but the approaches we should take have changed. There is no magic bullet, one way to solve all problems so you keep trying to figure it out. Giving people points or a spread in a friendly competition is fine, but on game day, for true competitors its straight up especially in the public forums and settings. There is more competition from others from around the world so social engineering makes less sense, especially in certain ways. With the internet and many of the other resources and opportunities more of us have, how can we prepare ourselves to qualify to be considered for school, for work, for training, etc. We are competing not just with the guy down the block, but from across town, upstate, from other states, across the country, around the world. Better get yourself ready and not depend on the government or institutions to do your job for you!
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'Breaking Bad': A Christian Parable

larryalobo Wrote: Oct 03, 2013 10:58 AM
I agree - I've seen bits and pieces and the last episode - this column is one reason I love Ann Coulter - she is so much more than what people sometimes see of her on TV as a political thinker. Keep it up Ann - I've met you and love how you think deeply
Traditional school model is in trouble but we try to improve it - charter schools, great teachers (in traditional roles) flipped classrooms. This viideo shows how children can learn with their own curiosity - http://collegerama.tudelft.nl/mediasite/SilverlightPlayer/Default.aspx?peid=de0733a59a5c45f3a970164e666d927e1d Ssites as Khan Academy, with a good set up and direction, kids can learn lots on their own with what we have and can put online. Teachers should become tutors, coaches, and not as much dispensers of info but need to know the information. They should be skilled in technology and how to combine information from different disciplines, project management, give a direction to knowledge gathering. It should be learner focused
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