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Bill Nye the Science Guy vs. Creation Museum Founder Ken Ham Debate Tickets

Tickets for the debate on February 4th go on sale Monday, January 6th and are $25 each. The debate will start at 7 PM, with the scheduled topic, “Is creation a viable model of origins?”

Location:

Legacy Hall, Creation Museum
2800 Bullittsburg Church Rd
Petersburg, KY 41080

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This is the only time I will say that I wish I could be closer to Kentucky.

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The grand jury had investigated whether adults like coaches or school administrators knew of the rape allegation but failed to report it as required by state law.

The Steubenville superintendent faces the most serious charges, including obstructing justice. A principal, a strength coach and a volunteer coach also are charged. They’re accused of interfering with the investigation or failing to report possible abuse of a minor.

From today’s AP story announcing charges against four more people in the Steubenville, Ohio rape case and subsequent cover up by school officials.

http://abcnews.go.com/m/story?id=21005143

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michelebachmann:

Tremendous honor to meet these WWII veterans this morning and help them gain access to their memorial.

“We’re very excited. It’s exactly what we wanted, and we got it.” — Michele Bachmann on the prospect of a government shutdown, Sept. 28th, 2013.
"This is about the happiest I’ve seen [U.S. House] members in a long time because we’ve seen we’re starting to win this dialogue on a national level." — Michele Bachmann on Sean Hannity’s show Wednesday night.
So while she smiles and poses for the camera with veterans, remember: Denying access to the memorial is exactly what the GOP wanted, until the camera is pointed at them.
Oh, and those vets? They may have access to their memorial, but within 30 days or less, they won’t have their pensions and disability payments. Veterans receiving the GI Bill are already affected, and services like new claims, receipt of death benefits, and burials in national cemeteries are being performed only intermittently — or not at all. 
Keep smiling, you heartless clown.

michelebachmann:

Tremendous honor to meet these WWII veterans this morning and help them gain access to their memorial.

“We’re very excited. It’s exactly what we wanted, and we got it.” — Michele Bachmann on the prospect of a government shutdown, Sept. 28th, 2013.

"This is about the happiest I’ve seen [U.S. House] members in a long time because we’ve seen we’re starting to win this dialogue on a national level." — Michele Bachmann on Sean Hannity’s show Wednesday night.

So while she smiles and poses for the camera with veterans, remember: Denying access to the memorial is exactly what the GOP wanted, until the camera is pointed at them.

Oh, and those vets? They may have access to their memorial, but within 30 days or less, they won’t have their pensions and disability payments. Veterans receiving the GI Bill are already affected, and services like new claims, receipt of death benefits, and burials in national cemeteries are being performed only intermittently — or not at all. 

Keep smiling, you heartless clown.

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Students called 'n' word, chased through woods on field trip

Imagine sending your child on a class trip, then finding out she and her classmates were called the “n” word and chased through the woods. It was part of a slavery re-enactment that some parents said crossed the line.

One couple said their 12-year-old daughter came home from the field trip with horror stories, and now they’ve filed a complaint against the school district.

"I ask that you imagine these phrases being yelled at our 12-year-old child and their friends," parent Sandra Baker said at a Hartford School Board meeting. “‘Bring those (n-word) to the house over there. (N-word) if you can read, there’s a problem. Dumb, dark-skinned (n-word). How dare you look at me?’"

Baker said screaming that at children on a field trip is abuse.

"They intentionally terrorized them and abused them on this field trip," she said.

WHAT. THE. HELL.

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Every day, at least 4-6 times a day. They leave at least 4 voicemails. It’s a recording asking me to call a 1-800 number. I call it, they claim I owe them. I explain it’s deferred because I’m enrolled in school. They ask for enrollment verification, I fax it, they start again 3 days later claiming they’ve never received it.

I have sent them 7 enrollment verifications since January 1st. I don’t need to set an alarm in the morning. I could just leave my ringer on full volume because they’ll call me at 8 AM every goddamn day. I know I owe when I graduate, in accordance with the contract I signed. Until then, I don’t and this is harassment.

Welcome to being poor and trying to pay for education. We’re gonna harass you ‘til you’re afraid of your phone mmm’kay?

Every day, at least 4-6 times a day. They leave at least 4 voicemails. It’s a recording asking me to call a 1-800 number. I call it, they claim I owe them. I explain it’s deferred because I’m enrolled in school. They ask for enrollment verification, I fax it, they start again 3 days later claiming they’ve never received it.

I have sent them 7 enrollment verifications since January 1st. I don’t need to set an alarm in the morning. I could just leave my ringer on full volume because they’ll call me at 8 AM every goddamn day. I know I owe when I graduate, in accordance with the contract I signed. Until then, I don’t and this is harassment.

Welcome to being poor and trying to pay for education. We’re gonna harass you ‘til you’re afraid of your phone mmm’kay?

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Does America Really Need More Cops in Schools?

This genuinely worries me — other schools who’ve experienced mass shootings had armed police or guards, and that did not stop a shooter. What about the Foot Hood shooting on a military base? This article is posing a very valid question about a concept I see many supporting, even those “gun-grabbing lefties” folks vilify.

Are more police the answer? To me, no — not when children are handcuffed for what used to be solved through a different kind of detention. Plus, I feel like schools should resemble a prison only if the school is in an actual prison. Read this article and decide for yourself.

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Yes, come check out Texas. Check out a state that ranks dead last in the percent of its population with high school diplomas. Come check out a state that is last in mental health expenditures and workers’ compensation coverage. Come check out a state that ranks first in the number of executions, first in the number of uninsured, first in the amount of carbon dioxide emitted and first in the amount of toxic chemicals released into water. Texas certainly has some attractions for business, and California certainly needs to work harder to create a friendly place to start companies and grow jobs. But California is creating businesses all the time, partly because of our natural assets – great weather and stunning mountains, beaches and deserts – and an excellent although underfunded system of higher education.

If we invest in that system and protect our environment, our state will continue to create companies such as Apple, Google, Hewlett Packard, Oracle, Craigslist, Yelp, Twitter, Sun Microsystems, Genentech, Cisco, Intel and Qualcomm, and the list goes on and on.

Gov. Jerry Brown, visiting a UPS distribution center Tuesday to celebrate a new fleet of all-electric vehicles, suggested that media hounds find something else to cover than the Perry ads. “It’s not a serious story, guys,” the governor told reporters. “It’s not a burp. It’s barely a fart.”

The Sacramento Bee fabulously smacks down Gov. Rick Perry’s run of “Move to Texas” ads in California and suggests California help out Texas high-school students with a book drive to increase their graduation rate.

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This is the state of higher education.
Here’s my financial aid calculation for the last semester of my undergraduate career. After federal financial aid was severely restricted, I lost the Pell Grant for the spring. It was slashed in the fall from a full Pell award ($2775) to what you see above.
The University of Wyoming estimated that it will cost me $17,726 to attend for the 2012-2013 aid year. My expected family contribution is $0 because of my income bracket. I was awarded $7,985 in financial aid. Now, the estimated cost of attendance is a little higher than what it actually costs me to go to college because of cost-cutting measures I take myself. However, that still leaves a difference of $9,741 — which, of course, exists even though UW and the Department of Education are basically saying, “You’re too poor to be expected to contribute anything towards this cost.”
The difference is worse for low-income students not attending a school as cheap as UW. Our tuition is heavily subsidized by the oil and gas industry.
So when folks like to write in and castigate me for being a drag on the U.S. taxpayer by going to college, I’m not sorry. I’m barely hanging on, and what little aid I do get is going to enable me to finish. I may not get to eat three meals a day, but I will graduate.
There are other students who have it rougher than I do. But there’s way too many people who think we’re all living it up on federal aid dollars and we’re definitely not. If that’s all a student has for college expenses, trust me — they’re not living it up so much as trying to not wind up homeless.

This is the state of higher education.

Here’s my financial aid calculation for the last semester of my undergraduate career. After federal financial aid was severely restricted, I lost the Pell Grant for the spring. It was slashed in the fall from a full Pell award ($2775) to what you see above.

The University of Wyoming estimated that it will cost me $17,726 to attend for the 2012-2013 aid year. My expected family contribution is $0 because of my income bracket. I was awarded $7,985 in financial aid. Now, the estimated cost of attendance is a little higher than what it actually costs me to go to college because of cost-cutting measures I take myself. However, that still leaves a difference of $9,741 — which, of course, exists even though UW and the Department of Education are basically saying, “You’re too poor to be expected to contribute anything towards this cost.”

The difference is worse for low-income students not attending a school as cheap as UW. Our tuition is heavily subsidized by the oil and gas industry.

So when folks like to write in and castigate me for being a drag on the U.S. taxpayer by going to college, I’m not sorry. I’m barely hanging on, and what little aid I do get is going to enable me to finish. I may not get to eat three meals a day, but I will graduate.

There are other students who have it rougher than I do. But there’s way too many people who think we’re all living it up on federal aid dollars and we’re definitely not. If that’s all a student has for college expenses, trust me — they’re not living it up so much as trying to not wind up homeless.

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Montpelier School Board Approves Carrying of Handguns by Custodial Staff | Toledo Blade

Oh, Ohio. You never fail to disappoint. Arming custodians at taxpayer cost… From the story:

"The school district will pay for the employees to undergo a two-day training class in mid March, when instructors with the Tactical Defense Institute of West Union, Ohio, will give them a defense class on handgun use in Montpelier."

It’s not enough that custodians already have a shitty, typically underpaid job. My dad did it for several years. Two days of training and *POOF* now you’re expected to be the first line of defense against gunmen AND vomit.

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Fox "News" Claims that Algebra Classes Are a Conspiracy of Liberal Indoctrination

They’re trolling us now, right? RIGHT?

"But even worse is the way some textbooks are pushing the liberal agenda," Fox News host [Eric Bolling] explained, pointing to an algebra worksheet that Scholastic says gives students "[i]nsight into the distributive property as it applies to multiplication."

"Distribute the wealth!" Bolling exclaimed, reading the worksheet. "Distribute the wealth with the lovely rich girl with a big ole bag of money, handing some money out." Co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle explained that the algebra worksheet had put her on "high alert" for the liberal agenda in her 6-year-old son’s curriculum.

DISTRIBUTING THE WEALTH? Oh, it’s just a math lesson though… taught by leftist indoctrination centers!

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For the record, here’s the worksheet. So if it were apples and a first grade class, would it then be teaching them to rely on handouts for food like FOOD STAMPS OMG instead of pulling themselves up by their bootstraps? 

Here’s a Fox News math lesson:

Teacher: “If I have three apples, and I give Jimmy one apple, how many do I have left?”
Eric Bolling: “Why doesn’t Jimmy have his own apples? Why can’t he be responsible for himself?”
Kimberly Guilfoyle: “YEAH! He should bring his own!”
Teacher: “It’s just an example, folks. He uh, didn’t have one because his parents were out. Now let’s continue with —”
Dana Perino: "— Why don’t they have apples? Because they spent all their welfare on DRUGS and now JIMMMY expects a HANDOUT?!"
Teacher: ”*sigh* Class dismissed…”
Greg Gutfield: “Oh, now you’re starting a leftist ‘class war’ and saying we shouldn’t have class? MARXIST!”

Yep, that’s exactly how it would go.

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On money for education versus money for war

Rebloggable by request:

did cutting pell grant funding REALLY save money? isn’t education like. the Very Best Investment?

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Meg at Cognitive Dissonance:

You’d think that. Let’s get a little perspective. From FY2001 to the end of FY2012, taxpayers spent $1.4 trillion on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. That’s $1,400,000,000,000. If you were to pile all those dollar bills and stick it on a scale, it would be about 1,543,235 tons. Or about 289 Chevy Silverado pickup trucks.

That’s pretty heavy.

You know what else is pretty heavy? Thinking about what we could have gotten for that money instead. Check it out:

  • 634.6 million Annual Energy Costs for a Household for One Year OR
  • 706.5 million Children Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year OR
  • 20.3 million Elementary School Teachers for One Year OR
  • 133.4 million Fair Market Rent for One Bedroom Apartment for One Year OR
  • 181.3 million Head Start Slots for Children for One Year OR
  • 594.5 million Households Converted to All Solar Energy for One Year OR
  • 1.2 billion Households Converted to All Wind Energy for One Year OR
  • 176.7 million Military Veterans Receiving VA Medical Care for One Year OR
  • 658.5 million One Year Worth of Groceries for an Individual OR
  • 283.5 million People Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year OR
  • 19.8 million Police or Sheriff’s Patrol Officers for One Year OR
  • 174.8 million Scholarships for University Students for One Year OR
  • 248.3 million Students receiving Pell Grants of $5550

You might say, “But that’s all the war spending! That’s not fair!” Here’s a few other comparisons. First, U.S. Defense spending for FY2012. That’s $544.3 billion. Here’s what we could get instead:

  • 279.0 million Children Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year OR
  • 8.0 million Elementary School Teachers for One Year OR
  • 71.6 million Head Start Slots for Children for One Year OR
  • 234.8 million Households with Renewable Electricity - Solar Photovoltaic for One Year OR
  • 493.0 million Households with Renewable Electricity-Wind Power for One Year OR
  • 69.8 million Military Veterans Receiving VA Medical Care for One Year OR
  • 111.9 million People Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year OR
  • 7.8 million Police or Sheriff’s Patrol Officers for One Year OR
  • 69.0 million Scholarships for University Students for One Year
  • OR 98.1 million Students receiving Pell Grants of $5550

Oh, but we need defense spending, right? Let’s examine weaponry. From 2001-2011, the U.S. fired over 11,000 Hellfire missiles in combat operations — keep in mind, this doesn’t count non-combat operations or testing. Each Hellfire costs roughly $68,000. That’s $748 million, or one year of full, $5,500 Pell Grants for 136,000 students.

Each F-16 Falcon Fighter costs $47 million. Or, 8,545 students could have Pell Grants of $5,550 for one year.

Each soldier in Afghanistan costs roughly $1.2 million per year. For that, we could give 218 students a full Pell Grant.

It’s not a question of cost. It’s a question of priorities. In FY2012, we spent $33.4 billion on Pell Grants — or six percent of the Department of Defense’s FY2012 budget.

But there’s always money for war, right? 

Cheers,

Meg

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Now communism, and I hate to bring the c-word into this, is the government owning the means of production. And that’s what we see with the schools, with public education and the government. I think we need to bring private competition into it.

Wyoming Country Party nominee for the U.S. Senate, Joel Otto, at tonight’s PBS debate regarding public schools.  

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I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution, and live in your—in your world, that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in our universe, that’s fine, but don’t make your kids do it, because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future…

Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. It’s very much analogous to trying to do geology without believing in tectonic plates. You’re not going to get the right answer. Your whole world is just going to be a mystery instead of an exciting place. If you try to ignore that, your worldview just becomes crazy, just untenable, itself inconsistent.

Scientist Bill Nye (the Science Guy) on not teaching your children to deny evolution for the good of America.

In summary, creationists are hurting future America. Bill Nye thinks you should stop that.

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