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John Child April 23, 2014 at 08:21 am
We might as well legislated against changing the radio station in your car… Or yelling atRead More your kids in the backseat… Or pulling the dog away from the hamburger wrapper … It is just another feel good, silly law that has no consequence or effect.
StGabes April 23, 2014 at 08:34 am
@Donned95 New York's full of commies. YEAH!!! Let's have the government intrude more in ourRead More life... If you like NY's laws move there, but keep the commies out of here. That has to be the dumbest thing I've heard in a while... If "95" was the year you were born, I'll give you a pass, because you're still wet behind the ears and don't know jack.
Sean Duggan April 23, 2014 at 08:34 am
@Dave: Supposedly, hands-free isn't much better. The distraction level is just as high. I thinkRead More there is a value in keeping people from taking their eyes off of the road, but most people operate in glances anyhow, so glancing to check a text message isn't that much different than glancing back to the backseat, or to a set of mirrors. I personally find it a little amusing that a number of phones nowadays will read your texts to you and allow you to (rather imperfectly dictate) texts. Essentially, they've re-invented the answering machine when people are communicating back and forth in this manner.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
Porter gladstone April 23, 2014 at 02:06 am
2 observations: race in my opinion is not a disadvantage. poverty is. and poverty affects people ofRead More all colors--so colleges can take into account challenges in life--but being the son of michael jordan shouldnt grant him an easier admissions process simply because of skin pigmentation. 2) people also need to understand that the system in place does in fact result in diversity that we should all want. New Yrk Times about a year ago ran an article on peter stuyvesant high school--an elite school in manhattan that changed it admission policy to strictly merit. the result was 1 black student 95% asian. 1% hispanic 3 % white. Im not really sure that is a desirable outcome either. going to college is not just about attending bio 101. its interacting with a diverse student body that can also be considered an education. Colleges should not in my opinion adopt a strict meritocratic admissions process--- hardship , poverty, challenges should be considered. I get why people dont want racial preferences-- but i also get why people may regret what they wished for.
dwayne roberson April 23, 2014 at 07:02 am
Affirmative Action was the Planners foolhardy attempt to fix racism with racism. It is indicative ofRead More a pay back attitude apparent in Holder and Obama. This does not advance the actual state of equality. It does perpetuate the bitterness that the race industry and Democrat party rely on for power. A return to colorblind meritocracy is all that can really be fair and equal.
Maria Young April 23, 2014 at 08:25 am
Its about time. Now do the same in other states and in the state workforce too. Cleanup upRead More America, grow the economy? Thats a start, anyone running a business knows this. These people must change their culture, thats why they have so many failures and I am tired of hearing the same spin for 30 years.
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of $ off of the millions of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the 'Core.' The Common Core isn't just restricting for teachers & students, it's lining people's pockets.
Jennifer April 23, 2014 at 07:45 am
Also, colleges are weighing in. Stanford has been very vocal in saying that the common core does notRead More prepare anyone for a STEM major in college, certainly not at stanford. But other colleges, even community colleges, are worried, because by defining a common core diploma as "college and career ready", they are REQUIRED to offer credit-bearing courses to anyone carrying a CC degree. But they have seen the standards, and believe that those students who complete the minimum CC standards, will still require remediation, but now they will have to offer credit for it.
dwayne roberson April 23, 2014 at 07:52 am
More top-down Progressive Central Planning from Washington prigs and cronies. Heaven forbid we allowRead More freedom and choice for kids and parents. In the documentary Waiting For Superman I can still see the desperate faces of the parents trying to win in the charter school admission lotteries. Central Planning is also devastating the country in economics, health care, energy as well as education. The bigger the Government ... fill in the gap. There is a methane emission problem from Washington.
Jennifer April 23, 2014 at 08:14 am
About the "socialist" or "anti-American" aspect - I know what people are talkingRead More about, but I think there should be a distinction between anything you have seen so far, and CC. There are, to my knowledge, no CC social studies textbooks yet. It is the textbook publishers themselves (who helped write the CC and will produce all further materials anyway) that are twisted in this way. I HAVE noticed a little here and there, like when my daughter had to write and illustrate a children's book explaining, in simple terms, the 5 Pillars of Islam. And a couple of paragraphs on important muslim contributions to society in the middle ages, and today> I am cool with that, if she had also anytime during the year, produced a diorama of the nativity, or drawn and illustrated the Ten Commandments (which would hit two major world religions at once). But no. Jews, in SS at least, are known only in the context of the holocaust, although they do get air time in English through readings - about the holocaust. Christianity is also covered - as in, the Catholic church and the inquisition, and The Crusades - good or bad? Don't worry, they get a second bite at Christianity in AP US History, in "The Invasion of the Americas" (Out of Many - A History of the American People, AP edition, Pearson Publishing) This is the third sentence after title: "Armed men marched across the Caribbean Islands, plundering villages, slaughtering men, and raping women". Um, since when is the Caribbean even a part of the US, and why is it in a US history book? The Christian part comes a little later, when Cortez reaches Mexico, otherwise known as "The destruction of the Indies" in which it is revealed that the "brave Indian leaders and thousands of martyrs" were "no match" for "mounted warriors with steel swords". This is followed quickly a reading from Bartolome de la Casas, a priest who had "participated in the plunder, but later had a crisis of conscience" condemning the "greed and cruelty of the Christians". I guess they had to go that far back to find a time when they could portray Islam in such a Rosy light, and Christianity as a scourge upon the earth. Sure, bad things have been done in the name of religion throughout history. But with what Islam is like TODAY, maybe the crusaders had their reasons? I dont like ANY religion being taught in school, as such. Why should my child study the Pillars of Islam, if other religions - peaceful ones, say Buddhism, or fun ones like animist religions, get no airtime? Why? Oh, because Susan Armitrage wrote the book for Pearson, and Susan Armitrage is a prominent convert to Islam, and a prominent critic of Christianity and the west. The educational system is already skewed. School boards dont actually read the textbooks they order, unless there are complaints, and honestly, I didnt notice either until the CC thing came up. Then I said "What the hell is this?"
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tenth district April 22, 2014 at 06:38 pm
Funny how Netflix is the "bad boy" yet those that offer more commercials than the movieRead More itself are just fine :) Cable today is pure garbage, a 2 hr movie will last half the night with all those commercials and since all sports from all countries, could be seen live over the internet...cable is obsolete. Netflix is weak but is a fine alternative to cable for now. (as for news, please, you must be brain-dead to get your news from cable...with all of them all over you from second you start the computer to turn on the radio to even the second you "check" the e-mail on the phone. so Reuters don't worry about Netflix, worry about cable companies whose stocks should be worth a little more than half an ounce of dirt
Michael Brennick April 22, 2014 at 06:46 pm
Where are the stories about the rates charged by the Cable cartels-???---Especially Leftist,Read More Democratic Comcast, the premier robber barons, who fill the campaign tills of the Dumocrats.
Paul April 22, 2014 at 09:10 pm
Netflix is hands down the best deal going, and it has been a bargain for YEARS. I guess theRead More nonsensical whiners who complain about a long-delayed, $2 a MONTH increase are worried it will cost them a (partial) SINGLE LATTE. Utterly ridiculous.
Kenny Poe April 22, 2014 at 07:23 am
37 bucks to get puked on and hear unfiltered foul language? Heck, I can visit my local collegeRead More campus and get that for free!
Mary Stewart April 22, 2014 at 07:36 am
Comcast mafia blocks every Phillies game on Direct tv and I pay extra for the MLB package. Take aRead More trip to Camden Yards. It's a beautiful stadium with charming people, Hon! Stay at the Hilton overlooking Camden Yards. We're O's and Ravens fans since Comcast blocks all local sports if you don't choose them.
rich April 22, 2014 at 09:11 am
broke bastards !
Electric-vehicle charging stations are installed and ready for customers to use at two Turnpike service plazas. (Photo courtesy of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission)
CHuck April 22, 2014 at 09:15 am
If it was worth doing private business would be installing them, when government installs thingsRead More like this it is a feel good thing that a select few will use and will cost the taxpayers more then the end user. The turnpike is already operating in the RED and once again they waste more money they do not have. If private business operates this way they quickly go belly up, time to tell the goverment to go belly up, they are already too far in the RED and I'm sick of hearing them waste more of my money!!!
CHuck April 22, 2014 at 09:16 am
PS: Fix some freaking pot holes next time!!! That would be a feel good story.
Anti-statist April 22, 2014 at 09:19 am
We ought put them at the airport so that, environmentally conscious people can minimize their carbonRead More foot print right up to the point where they jet off to a far off place. Halfway around the world to where they'll attend the next global warming conference.
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nonoise April 22, 2014 at 03:10 pm
They want government to raise our children, not parents.
Tom Hollman April 22, 2014 at 04:41 pm
THIS COUNTRY TOOK A $HIT WHEN THE SUPREME COURT TOOK AWAY THE KICK IN THE A$$ AT HOME AND AT SCHOOLRead More THEY PUT THE KIDS ON DRUGS. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT ?YEARS AGO THERE WERE NO ALPABETIZED SINDROMES THIS IS HOW HEAD SHRINKERS PUSH DRUGS FOR DRUG COMPANEYS
Kim Fox April 22, 2014 at 06:42 pm
I don't believe this kid is competent enough to make those decisions. Those kids need to beRead More prosecuted to the fullest and if the does judge does not agree he needs to step down.
Mineta San José International Airport. Wikimedia.
B. Dub April 22, 2014 at 12:13 pm
Dorie, stowing away on a plane is a crime. And no, the boy himself did not pose a threat. But theRead More fact that he (anyone) can get that close to a plane poses a threat. I have to take off my flippin' shoes and get patted down, but apparently you can just walk up and plant a bomb in the wheel well.
april ann April 22, 2014 at 01:30 pm
I agree with B. Dub 100%! How was this kid able to scale a fence and just walk right over to theRead More plane? TSA: for all the harassing you do in the terminal...you ain't all that!! As far as the kid being a runaway..maybe he does face some serious abuse issues at home. He's damn lucky to be alive. But, I raised three boys, and a 16 year old boy can runaway for any collage of reasons. My kids never ran away but, I'm wondering if the fact that the plane was going to HAWAII has anything to do with it. It sounds a little compulsive to me. CPA need good follow up on this. Thank you lucky stars kid!
Lee Jacobsen April 22, 2014 at 06:42 pm
It wasn't a miracle that he survived, it was Easter Sunday, and good things always happen.Read More "always look on the bright side of life"......Life of Brian........overlooked miracle worker....... Not a problem to let other kids of similar intelligence do the same thing, it will improve the human gene pool immensely, and the human race will benefit overall as a result.
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Brian Kari April 23, 2014 at 12:27 am
can all the religious people go away? the story was about some girl at Disneyland, who apparently,Read More according to some older Disney employee found whatever she was wearing on top, inappropriate. unfortunately, Melissa, large chested women do have a tendency to slide out of some types of clothing, and you may not have even noticed. The "older guy" might have been trying to do you a favor. Just a hunch, from an old guy (who used to have a very large breasted girlfriend.)
John Mark Sappenfield April 23, 2014 at 01:05 am
Was the elderly employee only in his 50's?
Gale April 23, 2014 at 08:41 am
I saw nothing wrong with this ladies top. Didn't show too much cleavage. She can't help it if she'sRead More big chested. I am too, and it's a curse as far as I'm concerned. When you get older, they're like two half empty bags of M&M's. They just get in the way. When I lay on my back, I look like I'm wearing water wings!
Miss America Nina Davuluri (Photo from Facebook)
Zionsville Resident April 21, 2014 at 09:51 pm
I'm reading in the Emmaus edition...Patch is no longer local since AOL sold it. I think there's onlyRead More one editor left in this area out of (at one time) double digits.
John Child April 22, 2014 at 08:18 am
this poor kid is toast ... not even Miss America can save him. How much you want to bet the DistrictRead More throws the book at him HARD? How dare he not do what he was told. Big lesson here for us all: shhhh ... be still.
Ralph Meyer April 22, 2014 at 08:33 am
York's requirements for school officials must include IQs, common sense, and decency, onlyRead More acceptable if below idiot level. So the kid asked Miss America. Big friggin' deal. So what? Punish him for that? What a bunch of pharisaic jerks apparently run York's school system.
Miss America Nina Davuluri (Patch file photo)
Dzeldaz April 21, 2014 at 11:58 am
What happened to being able to be a kid? How much suppression can a generation handle withoutRead More eventually exploding? The school could have let Miss America know about the question so she could have prepared a great response. Perhaps the school could have worked with the situation and made it a an educational experience. The student could have had a math lesson figuring out the chances of Miss America saying yes. There could have been an article written for the school paper about the experience. There student could have been coached in the etiquette necessary for his question. Wow, so much lost opportunity. And we wonder what is wrong with education in this country. The handling of this situation is what is wrong.
Barry Gellman April 22, 2014 at 10:40 am
my son got a time out for making a gun out of two blocks , he is four . Nuff Said ?Read More Liberals !
Kristin Pesnell April 22, 2014 at 02:57 pm
I don't think the act of what the kid did was a big deal at all. After all, kids will be kids, andRead More this seems like typical teen behavior these days. The issue is not whether or not it was harmless, but that the kid was told not to do it by the school, and did it anyway. It's interesting that we have reached a point in culture where everyone wants their autonomy with a disregard for authority, which is sentiment of so many of the comments. The kid was fully aware that his actions would get him in trouble, and chose to do it anyway. Therefore consequences were necessary, not for the action, but for the, "so what" attitude. High School is a world all its own of non-realities. Reality check - in a couple years when you hold a job, the same disregard gets you fired. We have reached a place where high school behavior reaches all the way into the mid-twenties, and we have produced a culture of entitled, juvenile "kidults," as I like to call them.
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bg robbins April 22, 2014 at 11:39 am
I don't think were doing starving people any favors by sending them hot dogs that might make themRead More sick.
BiteMeFanBoy1 April 22, 2014 at 03:28 pm
Just another argument for KOSHER hot dogs..... All of the great taste and NONE OF THE CRAP !
Bill Harvey April 22, 2014 at 05:04 pm
Poland has already outlawed kosher killing as inhumane--it involves voiding the arteries of theRead More animal's tainted blood while it is still alive....The US will soon follow despite its Jewish lobby.
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monkey lewis April 22, 2014 at 02:30 am
Father to many married to none and in case Ya all wondered Im really well hung
B. Dub April 22, 2014 at 11:34 am
Agranon - I'm a moron because I am tired of everybody and his mother trying to put themselves inRead More every story? Then so be it - I'm a moron. To be honest, I am also really tired of all the people that were compelled to run the Boston Marathon because "I had to finish for all those who couldn't." Get over yourself. It was a tragedy. Those responsible should be ripped apart by dogs. I sincerely hope the families of those affected can move on somehow. But how does Mary Jane Smith running the marathon help ANYBODY but herself? She's not doing it for "those who can't". She's doing it to maybe get on TV and she's probably feeling a little sanctimonious because she ran 26.2 miles and you didn't. It's like, "what did YOU do to help these people?" Same as you - nothing.
Geoffrey Koppel April 22, 2014 at 04:52 pm
If this is a think tank, someone should change the filter.
Rick April 22, 2014 at 04:41 pm
If I was flaming out from several thousand feet I would only say one word and it wouldn't beRead More "INCOMING".
Rick April 22, 2014 at 04:42 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW6oPp0LtMI
seen enough April 22, 2014 at 06:50 pm
Can't be any more dangerous that driving on Rt 530 at 8:am. Drivers going 75 mph plus on their wayRead More to Parkway North. many of these drivers are in their eighties and nineties
Hugh April 22, 2014 at 11:47 pm
Baptists were bitching about taxes and going to jail or moving west to escape them. EstablishmentRead More refers to the Church of England- the established church. The king had the right to appoint Bishops for the same and tax everyone of any conviction to pay for them. That was a major cause of the conflict. You continue your strawman argument, and you continue to ignore the fact that I'm not arguing faith while you are arguing history as a prop for your anti-faith dogma. Portundity. What on earth. Getting a bit red are we? Mutual subjugation- like mutual destruction- done one to the other. You garbled your syntax as your explanation makes clear. As a white male, I am bone weary of the whining of those, who unlike my ancestors, allowed themselves to be subjugated. That's why "proud as an Indian" used to be a common phrase in that era. The Indians refused to be enslaved. The whining is especially tedious when it comes from a white man. Are you one of those mewling pukes? SO sensitive, so caring, so guilty, so phoney.
Hugh April 22, 2014 at 11:48 pm
And almost all the states had established churches. How doe that jibe with Hooker's argument?
Hookerman April 23, 2014 at 08:25 am
Hugh, you continue to be very amusing! I quote actual historical text, while you interject you ownRead More twisted interpretation, and then accuse me of trying to support my own dogma (which I haven’t even mentioned). Fact: The letter from the Danbury Baptists to Jefferson said nothing about taxes, going to jail, or moving west. Fact: The first amendment says nothing about the Church of England or an established church. It says; “establishment of religion”… noting more, nothing less. Fact: Jefferson interpreted this clause as creating a wall a separation between church and state (which courts have mostly supported throughout history) . Fact: The U.S. Constitution (the blueprint for our system of laws) makes no mention of a superior being, nor any specific religious belief, and does not recognize any power greater than “We the People”. These are facts, not interpretations as you are posting. As to your last statements; of course states had churches, that why people came to this country, for religious freedom. They were not government sponsored churches. They were not churches that mandated any type of law. They were churches that people attended entirely voluntarily, as they do today. What’s the point???
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Gary April 21, 2014 at 01:41 pm
I can do without it.
William Keyser April 21, 2014 at 03:09 pm
Let it go.
Lorbee April 21, 2014 at 07:05 pm
I detest everything about styrofoam. I cringe when I see people using styrofoam cups, packingRead More peanuts and really detest restaurants handing you one of those for your leftovers. Anything that you cannot heat up the food in because it is so toxic should not be in contact with food in the first place. BAN IT. It's awful.
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grace April 21, 2014 at 07:53 pm
uh@ jj you know that how?
grace April 21, 2014 at 07:54 pm
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Status Quo April 21, 2014 at 11:21 pm
'John B' April 21, 2014 at 05:14 PM... be a swimmer and do not sunk. Feed you body and mind toRead More survive.