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BREAKING NEWS! – government shutdown



October 13, 2013 Posted by | Breaking News | , , , , | Leave a comment

Lee Terry (R-NE) – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

Keystone XL pipeline

Via: Huffington Post

Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) said this week that there is no way he’s giving up his salary during the government shutdown.

“Dang straight,” he said when asked by the Omaha World-Herald Bureau whether he would keep his paycheck.

Whatever gets them good press,” Terry said of members giving up their salary. “That’s all that it’s going to be. God bless them.

But you know what?

I’ve got a nice house and a kid in college, and I’ll tell you WE cannot handle it.

Giving our paycheck away when you still worked and earned it? That’s just not going to fly.”



Bonus ‘MORON of the Day’

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) also said on Wednesday that he would be keeping his salary, because he’s “working to earn” it and even came in on the weekend. (Holy krap, the weekend!)



personal thought:

If this drags on much longer, it’s only a matter of time before we hear some of the 800,000 are about to lose their house. Yeah, I know, if they had only ‘worked harded’.




October 5, 2013 Posted by | GOP morons | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

We’re No. 1! – – – no, no, I mean, We’re No. 28!

‘While Others Expand School Year, U.S. States Shrink It’

Via: LezGetReal

Facing budget problems, over 120 school districts in 20 states have chosen to shrink the academic schedule to a four-day week.


The states where this has been implemented include Texas, Idaho, Colorado, Minnisota, Montana and New Mexico. The cost savings come primarily in busing, fuel, support staff and operational costs of the buildings.

South Dakota’s Education Secretary Melody Schopp, says that schools that have switched to four days have not suffered in achievement tests. That doesn’t really say much since we have learned that the No Child Left Behind testing systems have accomplished nothing but shifting school systems to teaching to the tests.


Heaven forbid we should eliminate a few tax breaks for the rich to keep our schools competitive with the emerging world. Our disjointed, fractured school systems are already doing a lousy job of educating our children, so why not make it harder for them to compete in a global economy.

If one believed in conspiracy theories, one could begin to see a pattern here – first downgrade workers’ expectations for pay and benefits, then downgrade their children’s educations so that when the rising middle classes of former third-world countries become too expensive, companies can return to America for super cheap labor. First, they ship our jobs to Nicaragua, then they turn us into Nicaragua.


Irene, South Dakota, is going to save about $50,000 a year, which will allow them to keep a vocational education program that would have had to be scraped. Most four-day systems have classes from 8 a.m. to around 3:30 or 3:45 p.m. daily. They will retain the traditional school year with a full summer vacation. The normal 180-day school year will be reduced to 144 days.

CHINA –  The Chinese summer vacation is only six weeks, not ten, but summer vacation is spent in summer classes or studying for entrance exams for university. The school day runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a two hour lunch/recess break. That means a seven and a half hour day, so around the same amount of time daily, but an additional day. Class size is 21 students and computer to student ratio is 1:2. Language and math skills are tested yearly and passage is required for advancement.

AUSTRALIA – Two hundred days per year in four terms each lasting 9 to 11 weeks with two weeks vacation between terms. School day is 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., class size is 18 and computer to student ratio is 1:3.

SOUTH KOREA – the two school terms run March to July and September to February. Each day is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with enrichments and activities into the evening. Special classes are held on Saturdays. Beginning in third grade, students are taught English.



4th grade – 12th

8th grade  – 28th



And guess what?

We’ve got nowhere to go, but DOWN!


August 23, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment