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Comment Re:11 rear enders (Score 1) 549 549

Not true. Other factors come in to play, did someone quickly pull into a lane in front of faster moving traffic while simultaneously decelerating? Was it dark outside and the car in front had broken tail lights? The idea that if someone rear ends a car they are always at fault is a myth.

Comment "taxes are write-off expenses" (Score 4, Informative) 98 98

I see this argument all the time about charitable contributions. "Yeah, sure he gave a million bucks, but it's just a tax write off..."

In what world are tax deductions 1 to 1 with tax liability? That's certainly not how the math ever works out on my taxes. $5k in deductions saves me less than $1k in taxes.

I'm not saying that the parent was right and that taxing services is enough incentive to hire your own people, but the idea that if you can write something off on your taxes means it's "free" is simply silly...

Comment Non-readers love "real books" (Score 4, Funny) 261 261

My librarian wife and I are both pretty avid readers and we both use e-readers for vast majority of our reading. Inevitably someone will see us in the doctor office waiting room or some other place reading our ebooks and tell us how they prefer "real books". That's when I like to ask them what the last book they read was and chuckle to myself when they get that deer in the headlights look.

Comment Re:"pro-boy biases" (Score 2) 493 493

1000 times this. In elementary schools boys are removed from the classroom at alarming rates for things like bringing the one ring to school, wearing an american flag t-shirt, eating pop tarts into the shape of a gun, pointing grilled cheese sandwiches etc. When boys act like boys their parents are told they need to be drugged into compliance. Elementary school classroom and teaching methods are tailor made for girls. Any gender bias in the classroom is certainly not "pro-boy".

Comment So Obama, Paul, and Christie agree with each other (Score 1) 740 740

Interesting how Obama, Paul, and Christie have the same position yet they are represented so differently in the article (unless of course I'm missing where Obama has suggested making immunizations required by law somewhere.)

Comment Re:Needless complexity or necessary evil? (Score 1) 413 413

Imagine the 2 largest cities in a state had 51% of the population. Those cities could and most likely would come together and simply siphon resources from the rural areas. They can just funnel all the funding for schools, police, roads to their cities to buy local votes and ignore everyone else.

At the national level the same can be said of states. In your scenerio all the people in the red area on this map wouldn't have a voice in government at all. http://politicalmaps.org/wp-co...

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