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St. Paul, MN
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Posted on 12/17/14 at 09:51 am in response to Minneapolis Schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson resigns

Although it can be said most urban public schools are in trouble, MPS is in complete chaos and there is not even the murkiest gleam of light on the horizon.

Meanwhile, although there is little difference between the academic achievement records of MPS and SPPS, Valeria Silva is expecting a fat bonus this year.

Without casting blame on them, I cannot, for the life of me, understand how caring, involved parents send their kids to these schools.

Posted on 12/17/14 at 11:53 am in response to Minneapolis Schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson resigns

Back when I ran for SPPS board in 2000, the failure to graduate rate was 42%, and the per pupil funding (from all sources) was around $18,000. MCA scores were dismal.

Back then, the excuse for the remarkably consistent failure was equity, classroom size, the diversity of the district (which alternately was cause for celebration when needed around election time), the number of ESL and subsidized lunch students.

Today, the failure to graduate rate is 41% and per pupil funding (...

Posted on 12/16/14 at 10:29 am in response to Complications from abortions are rare, study finds

With all due respect, I seriously doubt the study was as comprehensive as it needed to be.

Here's some people that have testimony that directly contradicts the authors of the study and this post.

Posted on 12/16/14 at 01:24 pm in response to Complications from abortions are rare, study finds

And the horrendous stories these young people tell are not anecdotes; they are living testimony of the brutal reality of abortion.

Posted on 12/17/14 at 08:19 am in response to Complications from abortions are rare, study finds

"1.4 percent of all abortions in the United States are done after 20 weeks of gestation."

According to the CDC, 730,322 women aborted their children in 2011 (latest year reported)

That is more than 10,000 fully identifiable human beings destroyed. I'm speechless.

Methinks Eric's outrage is a case of protesting *too much*.

Cheney's declaration is too obvious a truth, and the cognitive dissonance between wanting to believe Cheney is the Marquis de Sade and the defense, how ever slim, his observation presents is too much to bear.

Let's look at the conclusion Eric's observation forces us to come to:

Al Queda did not intend severe pain or suffering, physical or mental, be inflicted on Americans, or to punish them for an act they or their government (third person) committed or was suspected of having committed.

Although they declared themselves Islamic fighters in a holy war, in no way did they intend to intimidate or coerce Americans or their government, for any reason based on discrimination of any kind...

I don't claim to have any special insight into Cheney's thinking, but it doesn't take much imagination to feel his frustration that there people out here that do not appreciate the fact that, despite an unabated bloodlust, Muslim terrorists haven't been able to pull off a repeat performance of 9/11. Not to mention those who seem intent on doing as much damage to the US as humanly possible.

Keep in mind, Beryl, this report is completely one-sided and very partisan in nature; they didn'...

During training, US Navy SEALS withstand everything you've mentioned there RB, with the exception of the dreaded enema torture. Love to hear an explanation from the genius who thought that one up.

My point is, the title of this post "Dick Cheney’s definition of torture is too stupid or insulting to let stand", fails the fact check; Cheney's definition of torture matches the UN definition.

You'd like to get into a dissertation into America as a terrorist nation, which I'm certain would be fascinating, and I'd be happy to accommodate you, but I doubt the censors would have it.