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Comment: City folk deciding how country folk should live (Score 1) 413

This study is attempting a purposeful deception. There is another reason for setting up districts this way, which is to curtail the influence of highly concentrated urban populations picking representatives for people whose lives and issues they know nothing about. If you look at the NY statewide election, the only reason Cuomo won re-election was that 3 urban centers overwhelmingly voted for him. Every other county, in a massively large state, voted for the other guy.

Now you could argue that those urbanites are just so much more intelligent than the country folk. Talk to people in NYC and ask them why they voted for Cuomo, despite his self-inflicted corruption scandal. Even his competitor in the primary could have trounced him absent the urban vote.

If it were not for gerrymandered districts, these same lackluster voters would be picking representatives who had no interest in representing those who live anywhere else farther than 20 miles from NYC, Buffalo, or Rochester (and those just barely).

Comment: Re:Tempting (Score 1) 181

Non-sequitur? He gave money to support a proposition that upheld society's longest existing institution against an onslaught of hyper-liberal hand-wringing. Your ad hominem of homophobe is applied to anyone who happens to agree with the current gay agenda of establishing a protected class with special rights and accommodations.

It is only through the flooding of the airwaves with propaganda and brainwashing of ignorant youth that same sex marriage has gotten the marginal support that it has. Surely it will grow, since the formative years of children are now filled with misinformation campaigns regarding homosexuality and its classification as an inherent trait similar to color or ethnicity that should be celebrated and honored.

In the meantime, there are still many people left who were not recipients of such "special education" and who have respect for the idea of marriage. Everyone has the same inherent right to marry. A male who has reached the age of consent may marry a female who has reached the age of consent, as long as they are not related too closely and meet the other requirement of not having a living spouse (and vice versa). These are not harsh restrictions, and they apply equally to all people. Note that there are no requirements to love one another, though presumably this should be the primary reason why the two would want to be wed.

Eich supporting these normal restrictions, as loose as they are, on marriage is not an act of discrimination.

Comment: What a crappy of options! - no Pinochle? (Score 1) 274

by Vidar Leathershod (#47675141) Attached to: Of the following, I'd rather play ...

Pinochle wipes the floor with the rest of these. There is chance involved (based on the deal), wagering, trump cards, having a partner whose cards you are not fully acquainted with, and various styles of play that have all sorts of good and bad consequences based on all of the above, as well as the opponents style.

Comment: Re:rich people go back to paying taxes? (Score 1) 335

by Vidar Leathershod (#47006451) Attached to: Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little

I'm actually specifically excluding those to make a point. Take out the athletics. That's right, the horror! Wanna participate in sports? Sign up for Little League, Soccer, etc. on your own. My own children were in Little League, had to buy uniforms (not needed when I was a kid, just a hat and a shirt), and the Little League is not funded by the school. Same for traveling soccer leagues. Gym is called the playground. The teacher is certainly capable of watching the kids do some pushups, sit-ups, and some running. Mix it up if you want.

I counted regular real estate, but the kids don't need an expensive gym. And the total compensation of the teachers at 116,500 includes their retirement.

The only thing that is lacking is admin staff. That is also on purpose. Though, conceivably across those 13 grade levels you can find some money for one super and one secretary. The lack of staff will keep them from getting any spendy ideas, as they will be too busy doing the work they should actually be doing, limited to hiring staff and corresponding.

Comment: Re:So in other words, it will be just like Firewir (Score 1) 355

by Vidar Leathershod (#46998663) Attached to: Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

I would disagree. The actual production cost difference was small, but manufacturers wanted to shave pennies, rather than raise the price and worry about the competitor getting placed in stores due to a $1 per thousand unit discount resulting from USB only implementations.

Consumers definitely noticed the slow speed of USB. Think back to when scanners became a desktop reality, before MFPs. USB was 12Mbps, and firewire was 400Mbps. Scanning was atrociously slow over USB. Also, when external hard drives were becoming more common, customers were frustrated at how long it took to transfer even over USB2. And the more you transferred, the slower it got. God forbid you try to use the computer during that time.

No, Firewire was killed by retailers and other penny pinchers. Consumers did not care about $2 on a $1000 computer, or $2 on a $100 scanner.

Comment: Re:rich people go back to paying taxes? (Score 1) 335

by Vidar Leathershod (#46995729) Attached to: Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little

So you are saying that the 10% of children who might actually have special needs require more than one teacher at any one time? How many more? For example, in our school district, how many more teachers are required to teach the special ed children, assuming the non-special ed teacher has 10 students.

Also, you are obviously not familiar with children with disciplinary problems who get sent to private schools by their parents in an attempt to get them out of their hair. Where do you get your data on prep schools kicking out students for getting C averages?

Comment: Re:rich people go back to paying taxes? (Score 3, Interesting) 335

by Vidar Leathershod (#46995387) Attached to: Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little

Here in my upstate NY town, we spend $27,000 per student per year, almost on the nose. I just looked quickly at the cost of prep schools. Rutgers Preparatory was one of the first results from Google. It's yearly tuition is $28,240. They have a little over half of the enrollment of our school district. Tell me again how spending on kids has gone down, and tell me how we are going to improve their education by spending more money?

You could take each class year (90 students per class year), hire 9 teachers, for 10 students per teacher, and get:

a 1 million dollar building (more than what you need, and only need to buy it once every 40 years)
2 full time custodial staff at $90,000 total compensation per custodian
$200,000 yearly maintenance/heat/electric on the building.
and pay those teachers 116,500 per year in total compensation.

Now, if you would like to add some features, go ahead and do so. I think I am being very generous with the million dollar property. After all, you could spend 1 million more each year on property and buildings and still not have an issue excepting increased maintenance costs, and that's just for the kindergarteners. I'm sure you have a much more nuanced understanding of what is needed to educate our children. Why don't you enlighten us further?

Comment: Re:Wait... wha? (Score 1) 1482

by Vidar Leathershod (#46692681) Attached to: OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Who said anything about love? Love and marriage are two separate things. You are demanding that society recognizes a union between two people of the same gender. Something that is biologically incorrect. And as we have seen, those people who demand that recognition will also feel justified in compelling others to provide goods and services to them, when a heterosexual couple can compel no one to do the same thing. They will feel justified in seeking a man's firing in response to that man's expression of his right to political speech and participation, which is otherwise protected by our constitution. In fact, they will go so far as to dig through donation records to seek out individuals to vilify.

You aren't looking for equal rights. You are looking for extra rights. What's really entertaining is that some people worry that legalization of gay marriage will lead to the legalization of polygamy. Funny thing is, polygamy is a lot more natural than a homosexual relationship. This is despite the distasteful behavior of many of its practitioners.

The fact that you or others may or may not be gay is not disgusting. What is disgusting is your blatant trampling of the constitutional rights of others in your attempt to obtain rights which are not due you.

Comment: Re:April Fools stories are gay (Score 1) 1482

by Vidar Leathershod (#46636471) Attached to: OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

This guy's view is shared by the majority of people in the world. No one should change their view just because it's the new cool thing to be a proponent of gay marriage. If you have a logical explanation as to why he should change his view, I would love to hear it. Meanwhile, this woman in the link below was not the least bit crazy, and at one point was going to marry another person who is likely crazy...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

Totes normal, brah!

Comment: Re:Wait... wha? (Score 1) 1482

by Vidar Leathershod (#46636429) Attached to: OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Anything heterosexual couples are able to legally do, homosexuals *are* able to do. They can get married to a person of the opposite gender. Equating sexual aberrance with skin color is conflating behavior with the quantity of melanin in the skin.

Whether or not someone feels they are gay, gay today and straight tomorrow, bi, a person trapped in the wrong gender's body, or whatever other problems they may suffer as a result of psychological, chemical, or hormonal influences of excessive soy consumption, it is not appropriate to demand that society provide official approval for the behavior. An obvious exception to this would be inappropriate sexual assignment of hermaphrodites by deviant medical professionals.

Some people are so unintelligent, they cannot imagine that anyone could disagree with their pseudo-enlightened ideals. They think that the government should reign supreme over the beliefs of the citizens it was formed to serve, and nothing they do should ever offend them.

Comment: Re:Not exactly the best and brightest... (Score 1) 274

I just read some of these. I don't know about the rest, but the Roger Hedgecock article states that the bailiff gave the jury alcohol and pushed for a conviction. After much wrangling and seeming judicial misconduct (judge stating he thought Hedgecock was guilty, and therefore would not release interview transcripts to the defense) the State Supreme Court ruled in Hedgecock's favor. He then plead to a misdemeanor, with *no* retrial.

Thanks for the links, though. Interesting reading.

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