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This is a rant for Augusta State University for wanting to kick Jennifer Keeton out of school because she stands up for what she believes in. If anybody should be kicked out, it's the people who put this on her.

I am so proud of Jennifer Keeton. Brave young lady. In this culture of Christian bashing and immorality she gives me hope.

Hurrah and raves for Jennifer Keeton for standing up for her religious rights and beliefs.

Would someone please explain to me how we could have won World War II in only four to five years but can't beat the Taliban and al - Qaida in nine years? It's time for us to give up and bring our people home. Enough lives have already been lost on two pieces of nothing.

I'm an employee at SRS. We do not need people building the Savannah River Site's new addition or Plant Vogtle if they cannot read English. You should not be allowed to work at these two nuclear sites if you cannot read or speak English.

Who is responsible for maintaining the median along the Bobby Jones Expressway? As many times as we have driven to and from Atlanta, I have never, never seen trash in the median like what we have along Bobby Jones. Tires, parts of cars, cardboard boxes, all kinds of things thrown out of a car.

Eugene Robinson sees no problem with the New Black Panther Party members standing in front of polling places with batons because they're a fringe group. So is the KKK. What would his reaction be if the folks standing in front of a polling place wore white sheets?

A rant to the MCG employees turning left onto San Sebastian from Telfair Street during rush hour. You are required by law to yield to oncoming vehicles. And yes, a bicycle is a vehicle, according to Georgia law. How will you feel when you run over a cyclist while breaking the law and chatting on your cell phone at the same time?

I was contacted by a telemarketer who identified himself as a representative of a pro-life campaign wanting money to oppose partial birth abortions. I asked what portion of the money went to operating expenses and how much went to the campaign? He said he did not have that information but referred me to a Web site and said I could give online. When I tried to go to the Web site this is what came up: POSSIBLE FRAUD ALERT "Deceptive" groups raise $3,000,000. It mentioned" Elect Life" and " Prolife Campaign"and said no leading pro-life organizations in Washington have heard of them or seen evidence of their work.

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RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 07/27/10 - 06:07 pm
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Side note, lunch today was

Side note, lunch today was very enjoyable. But some of these posters are correct about the parking situation downtown. I had to walk an entire half block from where I parked to the restaurant. I'll bet most park farther than that from the front doors of WallyWorld. I also found out why seenit wouldn't introduce me to her daughter, she is as pretty as mom.

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CobaltGeorge 07/27/10 - 06:01 pm
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RK, she is, isn't she.

RK, she is, isn't she.

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Fiat_Lux 07/27/10 - 06:05 pm
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George, it was a great

George, it was a great turnout, and such a wonderful few hours that I don't even want to wrangle with the rabble for the rest of the day. It seems more like an evening for reading a good book with rain hammering on the skylights.

What terrific people--cause for hope. One nice thing about getting older and older: you don't mind doing whatever it takes so much any more, even if it's at the cost of your life. In the final analysis, some things really are worth more than life itself. Thank you so much.

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usafvet 07/27/10 - 06:29 pm
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Enough is enough about you

Enough is enough about you teachers each trying to justify teaching to your own beat. There is a state wide curriculum to follow and it should be. Your own ideology is not necessarily the best. Teachers, just like any other profession has good and bad. What needs to be taught is the same things (courses of study) that was taught way back when. The education learned in the 50's 60's era was good enough for space exploration, and other technologies that have so much enriched our everyday living. We don't need to teach students the different religions, we need to teach them how to read and comprehend. We do not need to teach students how to use a calculator, we need to teach them how to do math, and I know its out of order for the three R's, but they also need to know how to write. That is not how to hold the pencil (some can't even do that right) but how to use grammar, spelling, punctuation and all aspects that allow them to communicate other than by cell phone. There are teachers that cannot teach for various reasons, there are students that cannot learn for various reasons, then there is the government can do nothing but screw up both. We must stop "dumbing down" education.

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usafvet 07/27/10 - 06:18 pm
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Cobalt, it was fabulous. We

Cobalt, it was fabulous. We enjoyed it very much and are already looking forward to the next one. So nice to put faces to the print we read daily. Definitely a meeting of brotherly/sisterly love and affection. Such a nice "bunch" of people, both posters and mates.

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 07/27/10 - 06:22 pm
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usavet, could you please

usavet, could you please define "alsoneed" in your 6:11. :-)

usafvet
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usafvet 07/27/10 - 06:32 pm
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When I went to Italy, they

When I went to Italy, they told me to refrain from drinking water. I have. Enjoyed it RK.

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 07/27/10 - 06:36 pm
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It seems there is a new oil

It seems there is a new oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Maybe the women of "The View" can give Obama some insight into how to stop this one.

happychimer
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happychimer 07/27/10 - 06:46 pm
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corgimom
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corgimom 07/27/10 - 06:47 pm
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"What needs to be taught is

"What needs to be taught is the same things (courses of study) that was taught way back when. The education learned in the 50's 60's era was good enough for space exploration, and other technologies that have so much enriched our everyday living"

USAF, the amount of knowledge that mankind has acquired in the last 20 years is equal to all the knowledge that had been acquired since the human race began.

To say that it needs to be taught like it was in the 1950's and 1960's- no, I can't agree with that.

Science, medicine, biology, technology, electronics, history, psychology- just to name a few- all of those have made enormous strides since the 1970's.

Just in accounting alone- we spent so much time learning annuity tables and having to do them by hand. Those things took forever. Now, a cheap calculator can do it in a second. There are so many things that accountants used to have to do by hand- and now the computer programs are so good, you can cut projects from days into minutes.

And back in the 60's, we were taught about world religions. If you want to understand history, current events, and future events, you need to know about world religions.

It's an international world now, it's nothing like it used to be in the 50's and 60's. In order to compete in today's job world, the schools need to offer full, developed curriculums.

Where the real problem lies is in behavior, both with parents and teachers. Teachers would be able to teach so much more but they spend a large part of their time in classroom management and taking care of babied kids that should be a lot more mature than they are.

We have 5 year olds- FIVE- come in that can't put on a jacket or a coat, can't zip, can't button. Can't tie shoes. Some can't hardly put ON their shoes, let alone tie them. Can't blow their nose (I'm serious.) Can't use eating utensils properly. They want everything done for them. I chant constantly, "Find a friend, do it yourself, or do without."

At 5, I was doing dishes and ironing, and all of you can recite similar stories. It's just crazy the way children are indulged and spoiled today.

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happychimer 07/27/10 - 06:47 pm
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There is a leak also in

There is a leak also in Michigan near Kalamazoo.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/27/10 - 06:50 pm
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"He ran down some of the

"He ran down some of the things from the president's new space policy, and mentioned outreach to Muslims,"

They lead the world in engineering and math. What's so astounding about that?

Look at SRS. Look at the nuclear sector. Look at the scientists. Look at biotechnology. Indian and Chinese engineers, over and over. They are highly motivated to learn, and they are willing to put in the hours of study that American kids aren't.

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corgimom 07/27/10 - 06:59 pm
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"Graduation rates, AP

"Graduation rates, AP classes, IB programs, and SAT scores are far more important criteria...."

Absolutely, Countyman, only a small fraction of students take AP classes and IB programs. ARC has a AP section, and it doesn't have a good success rate- the national average is 50%-60% passing with 4s or 5s, they don't achieve that. They got an award because "over 30% of its African American students passed with 3 or better". Not "over 50% with 4's and 5's", as in the national average. ARC's AP program doesn't meet national standards, but you think it's one of the best in the nation.

Richmond County's SAT scores are below the national average.

Graduation rates- can you explain how it is that Laney's graduation rates are 58% when 44% of their students missed more than 3 weeks of school? How about their standards are so low that they will give just about anyone a diploma to get their numbers up? It's a statistical impossibility for a graduation rate to rise the way Laney did- especially when they are performing so poorly that they are getting extra grant money to avoid state takeover. And an 8% dropout rate? Ok, 58%+8%=66%. Where did the other 33% of the graduates go?

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corgimom 07/27/10 - 07:02 pm
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No, CG, for you to say that

No, CG, for you to say that is just downright ignorant. I am truly appalled that you would say such a thing.

But let me inform you, CG, that there are plenty of kindergarteners that DO know about intercourse. I can tell you that from personal knowledge. How would you suggest that be handled? Since you are so strong in your convictions, post it on up.

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30cal 07/27/10 - 07:03 pm
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TANGO I would love to have

TANGO I would love to have one of those jobs .SO would 100's of other unemployed AMERICAN'S(non welfare kool aid types)WHO are tired of hearing NO AND how did these non english speaking workers get past back ground checks .
this is one of the major problems facing our recovery.TO easy to say no to the AMERICAN worker w/ you can get an alien to do the job and pocket a huge chunk of profit .

usafvet
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usafvet 07/27/10 - 07:06 pm
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Corgimom, you didn't let me

Corgimom, you didn't let me down. You completely overlooked the point I was making. If we teach students how to learn, we do not have to teach them every detail or facet. They must learn how to gain knowledge from the very sources that were developed by those people who were taught basic education, advanced education, and instilled with the desire to learn. Extensive learning is not achieved by rote. You cannot teach all aspects. The best that a good teacher can do is teach to the curriculum, leave off personal agendas, and instill in students the desire to learn. There is a world of information out there, and the desirous will seek it.

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CobaltGeorge 07/27/10 - 07:06 pm
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Corgimom, don't you mean 34%.

Corgimom, don't you mean 34%.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/27/10 - 07:07 pm
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And CG, let me also tell you

And CG, let me also tell you that a large number of kindergarteners know exactly how children are born. It's a topic of discussion every year-they know in great detail about caesarean births. How would you suggest that be handled?

Of course, if you watch Discovery Health channel- and many people do- they run childbirth programs frequently, so children can see exactly how babies are born. As in modern times. So just how would you go about handling that, too?

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happychimer 07/27/10 - 07:08 pm
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tumbleweed...Kyle Plotkin, a

tumbleweed...Kyle Plotkin, a spokesman for Gov. Bobby Jindal, described the well as "orphaned." He said it had been owned by Cedyco Corp. of Houston but was declared abandoned by the state in November 2008.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/27/10 - 07:09 pm
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CG, rounding.

CG, rounding.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/27/10 - 07:10 pm
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No tumbleweed, I spend so

No tumbleweed, I spend so much time dealing with ignorant questions from adults, I just run out of time.

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CobaltGeorge 07/27/10 - 07:14 pm
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corgimom, I won't get into it

corgimom, I won't get into it with you, but I am totally against intimate sex education in lower grades. We were taught the functions (repeat functions ony) of the male and female body in 8th grade biology. I believe that is as far as it should go.

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RoadkiII 07/27/10 - 07:14 pm
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Well hell, just declare the

Well hell, just declare the BP oil well abandoned and the problem is solved. Why didn't we think of that 3 months ago???

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Trouble 07/27/10 - 07:15 pm
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evening all

evening all

corgimom
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corgimom 07/27/10 - 07:17 pm
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USAF, sorry, I disagree. Both

USAF, sorry, I disagree. Both of my parents were very intelligent people and did well when they were in school. By 6th grade, I had passed them and was farther advanced than what they had done in high school. I was on my own; they couldn't help me. By high school, I was taking classes that they had absolutely no knowledge in, like foreign language, calculus, and chemistry.

And when my son was in school, he studied more things than I had studied. When I was in high school, we saw pictures of a double-helix strand of DNA and had one or two paragraphs about it in a textbook; in middle school, he was building models of them- that's how much it had advanced.

If you go back to a 50's-60's curriculum, very few kids would ever pass an SAT test, let alone be admitted to college.

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CobaltGeorge 07/27/10 - 07:20 pm
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Corgimom, "Of course, if you

Corgimom, "Of course, if you watch Discovery Health channel- and many people do- they run childbirth programs frequently, so children can see exactly how babies are born. As in modern times.

I see nothing wrong with that, as long as the parents are there with them to answer any questions they may have. To me that is good education in a professional manor. Make it easier for some shy parents to teach the Birds and the Bees.

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corgimom 07/27/10 - 07:21 pm
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CG- do you live under a rock?

CG- do you live under a rock? Look at what is on tv. You are against it in lower grades? Children are going into puberty at 7 and 8 now. My son went into puberty at 10. Your beliefs just don't match with current maturation rates of children, and that's why the sex education is coming into the lower grades.

And yes, we do occasionally see a kindergarten who shows early signs of puberty. You didn't see that 50 years ago, or even 30 years ago.

happychimer
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happychimer 07/27/10 - 07:21 pm
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RK Plotkin said the state

RK Plotkin said the state does not own the well and added that the designation does not absolve Cedyco of responsibility for the well.

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corgimom 07/27/10 - 07:23 pm
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Tumbleweed, I let people's

Tumbleweed, I let people's posts stand. Ignorance shines on its own, you know?

I don't know where you got the delusional idea that I report your posts, because I don't. But anyone that would ask me if I taught kindergarteners positions of intercourse would think anything, so I consider the source.

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corgimom 07/27/10 - 07:25 pm
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CG, they watch it- and then

CG, they watch it- and then come into class and cheerfully announce their misinformation to the others.

For some bizarre reason, you and others are convinced that young children are taught everything about sex at young ages. They are taught what is developmentally appropriate- as you would know if you took the time to look at a curriculum, instead of imagining things in your head.

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