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If the CA system is anything like the University of Texas, they have a LOT of stupid costs that have nothing to do with improving one's education. Example: UT's 300 person Diversity staff. That's right, 300 people get a full salary to increase the "diversity" of the university's student body. End effect (on the graduating class)? Zero. That's right, zero. The kids they've recruited do not graduate. Better to give scholarships to hundreds of deserving minority students, but noooo, UT wants to be able to brag about they're "doing something" to increase the diversity of their population. "Look how much we care!" Maybe spending $600,000 to refurbish the Bursar's Office into the Head of Diversity's office was also a little disgusting? (Yes, they hid the costs, distributing them among various "repairs" so as not to draw attention to the grotesque waste.) Gee, so surprising that college costs are so high....and the education provided is not any better.
????? or are you a troll? Or just that my sarcasm detector is still asleep?
I was one of those girls on college campuses* [in the '80s], going from frat party to frat party. And I didn't drink. And I made it out of college unraped. Shocking! The thinking of "I should be able to wear whatever I want and drink however much I want, and there should be no other consequences than a hangover" is beyond stupid. I *should* be able to wear diamonds and carry lots of cash and walk through a crackhouse unarmed without being robbed is also true - robbery, like rape, is against the law, right? But I'd be reeeeeeally dumb to think I was walking out of that crackhouse unrobbed. *These were schools where girls DID get gang-raped by whole frat houses. Each time, the victim drank to the point of unconsciousness. This is horrifying, and the girls did NOT "deserve what they got." But no one - no one- was surprised. And those rapists should have been prosecuted. And nowadays, rightfully, they would be, thank goodness.
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One Nation Under Godlessness

The Original Alice Wrote: Nov 14, 2014 9:10 AM
Yeah, no double standard there!
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One Nation Under Godlessness

The Original Alice Wrote: Nov 14, 2014 8:00 AM
It's almost laughable, the stupidity of the school's interpretation of the State's establishing a religion. Yeah, allowing some high school kids to pray and sing gospel songs in a private room in non-instructional hours is REALLY the same thing as the federal government's saying that the official religion of America is fill-in-the-blank. *head - desk*
Huh?? I'm still trying to figure how 2 + purple = cows on Thursday...or something. (Seriously, WHAT did he just say?)
Denmark Vesey, I very much appreciate your analysis, and I agree with most everything that you said, in fact. And I'm very conservative. Where I would differ is with the idea that statements like Romney's "47%" were proof of racism - pointed at blacks. I firmly believe he was talking about non-producers (who are not incapable of work). The mainstream media, which HATES conservatives, was only too happy to call it racism, but Romney, and you, and I, all know that the majority of welfare recipients are white. I say this as an example to defend my fellow conservatives - to say that where we are regularly blasted as being hidden racists, we are [mostly] not. (I'm sure Klan types could not vote for Ben Carson - but every conservative that I know would LOVELOVELOVE to have someone like him at the helm. Or Condaleeza Rice.) Again, I thank you for your very thoughtful, insightful post. And again, I agree with most all of it. Republicans have got to do a better job of stomping on any smell of racism in our midst. I think Rand Paul is doing a good job of changing how we look in that regard, and more of us need to be doing similar listening/outreach/considering.
But don't think for a minute that they aren't already planning for 2016 or 2018. They are, and in a big way. They knew they would not win this one, but they have high hopes for the future, especially as Texas becomes more Hispanic by percentage. And if Republicans don't figure out how to make our platform more attractive to non-whites, I fear they will succeed. ...which will mean a poorer life for all here, be you white, black, Hispanic, whatever.
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The Death of Opera

The Original Alice Wrote: Nov 10, 2014 6:13 PM
Haha! Love it.
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The Death of Opera

The Original Alice Wrote: Nov 10, 2014 6:12 PM
But...but...NPR did a piece on it, and they said it wonderful! (Big, big surprise there.) How absolutely disgusting. I am very happy that both Giuliani and Greenberg point out that the Met has every right to produce such a piece. AND that we as Americans have every right to call it revolting. And to protest. And not to attend. We also have the right to call for defunding organizations like the Met with taxpayer money (and I assume they are indeed partially funded by something other than generous patrons). I don't want to. I do believe in funding for the arts. But not if the arts are extolling the virtues of murderous terrorists. Waiting for that The-Nice-Side-of-Nazis opera, Adams! It'll be a HUGE hit!
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