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Comment Old News (Score 1) 818

"50 men have controlled America, and that's a high figure."
Joseph Kennedy, 1936

If more people knew what a Constitutional Republic was, we'd be in much better shape as a country.

In the early stages of our country there were two parties.
The Federalists, and Anti-Federalists.
When the North won the Civil War; and told states they could not succeed, it was a clear death for the Anti-Federalists.

Comment Who's the wiretapping victim? (Score 1) 798

Who is the victim of this heinous wiretapping crime?
If the bully's lawyer wants to attempt to use wiretapping as a defense, then ok.
But why should the cops bring it up?

The power of the District Attorney's office is shown here too.
Instead of going to court, they "took the deal".

More than 90 percent of criminal cases are never tried before a jury, in part because the Supreme Court ruled in 1978 that threatening someone with life imprisonment for a minor crime in an effort to induce him to forfeit a jury trial did not violate his Sixth Amendment right to trial.

Comment Re:Percentages (Score 1) 1799

Agreed, the problem is that there is no guidance or leadership. It's most likely that a valuable leader would come from the 19%.
I went to occupy philly with hopes of something positive. When I got there, it was just a bunch of disgruntled hippies (and a socialist group too...WTF?).

If anything "the man" is encouraging these movements to dissuade real protests.
Sharpies on cardboard make you look homeless, and people will take you about as such.

For anyone interested in adding to the count of dissatisfied Americans, check out DownsizeDC.org
email your congressional representatives. They spend big money on polls, so why would they ignore their email?

Comment Re:Those that don't do well should be embarassed (Score 1) 406

Kids will find something, anything to embarrass and bully other kids for. I think it would be appropriate if people got made fun of for doing horribly, than for doing well.

The option of going to school is a right. When students make decisions that hinder other peoples education, they have chosen to give up their education. Why do we force them to stay in school? If the students don't care, the parents don't care, then why should the tax payers?

Grades should be publicly posted.

Each year after 5th grade the bottom 1% of the class is dropped.
Each year after 8th grade an additional bottom 2% is dropped.

This way, a 5th grade class with 100 students would graduate high-school with the top 85 students.

The bottom feeders would be given one chance to make it up every 3 years. Otherwise, you are out for good. So if you fail 5th grade, and fill out forms to re-enroll, you need to redo 5th grade and pass every year through 8th.

Another option would be to put a time limit on highschool. 5 Years.

Give some meaning to a high-school diploma. Many schools promote students out of the school, even students who don't meet minimum the attendance requirements.

Comment Re:I would like to remind everyone (Score 1) 303

1) The speed is capped after 5GB/month, so I don't need to worry about not having data access, or paying extra. 2) VM is $25.00 per month plus sales tax (7%). If I bothered to bring up an old verizon bill, any one of the many taxes exceeded $1.75. 3) VM currently has 2 reasonably priced android phones in their lineup.

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