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Comment Re:Not Fed (Score 1) 276

>" I am hopeful that this language may translate into support for funding K-12 computer science at a federal level."

The Constitution does not grant the Fed power or authority over education in any way and so those rights/powers/responsibilities belong solely to the States. Of course, 3/4 of what the Fed does is unconstitutional so why even point this out?

Article I, Section 8 enumerates the powers delegated to the legislature. Financially, Congress has the power to tax, borrow, pay debt and provide for the common defense and the general welfare.

It's so sad reading bullshit like this. The "general welfare" there was never interpreted to give them the power to do *anything*, which is what confused people like you believe. It also doesn't give the federal government the ability to get into healthcare, and not even the left-wingers on the current SCOTUS believe that.

The federal government literally has no legal authority to do anything with education. The Department of Education was created during the Carter presidency int he late 1970s - 180 years after the Constitution was put into place. Every other actual legal function of the US government was put into place immediately after the Constitution was ratified.

Though you may think your opinion is final, it's SCOTUS that decides such matters - so far no challenges. You may think that the DoED was created in the Carter Admin, but it dates WAY back before that. You are aware that Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare, which dates back to 1939? That was created from the Dept of Education which Congress created in 1867. And land was set aside for public schools by the Congress of the Confederation in 1785. Oh, now your 180 years claim vaporized.

No it didn't. The Constitution was ratified in 1788. Public schools are a function of the states. I don't know how it was handled here in TN, but where I'm from in Indiana the counties are made up of townships, each being 36 square miles. Of those, 1 was set aside for schools with part of the land sold to raise money.

It's not a federal issue, and never was.

Comment Re:Not Fed (Score 2) 276

>" I am hopeful that this language may translate into support for funding K-12 computer science at a federal level."

The Constitution does not grant the Fed power or authority over education in any way and so those rights/powers/responsibilities belong solely to the States. Of course, 3/4 of what the Fed does is unconstitutional so why even point this out?

Article I, Section 8 enumerates the powers delegated to the legislature. Financially, Congress has the power to tax, borrow, pay debt and provide for the common defense and the general welfare.

It's so sad reading bullshit like this. The "general welfare" there was never interpreted to give them the power to do *anything*, which is what confused people like you believe. It also doesn't give the federal government the ability to get into healthcare, and not even the left-wingers on the current SCOTUS believe that.

The federal government literally has no legal authority to do anything with education. The Department of Education was created during the Carter presidency int he late 1970s - 180 years after the Constitution was put into place. Every other actual legal function of the US government was put into place immediately after the Constitution was ratified.

Comment Re:Know that "privilege" you like to talk about? (Score 1) 276

Preach it, brother!

I have high school kids tell me all the time they want to be programmers. My response is bluntly "no you don't". That usually surprises them, but I explain that everything they need to be a programmer is available to them, so if they actually wanted to do it they would simply do it. It's not like getting into medicine where you have to go to medical school and take the boards. (Bad example, by the way - I know a young lady who wants to be a neurosurgeon - when she was in high school I'd often find her sitting alone at parties watching neurosurgery videos on youtube)

I know very few professional programmers who learned it in college without doing it beforehand. I actually can't even think of one off the top of my head - everybody I know who's a successful, high-level programmer started on their own.

The bottom line is that the typical middle and upper-middle class teenager has everything necessary to program computers at home simply by virtue of having a computer and an internet connection. A bigger difference could be made in inner city areas where kids don't have that at home. I know a guy who builds community centers in inner city areas. Connecting with folks like him would really make the $s go a long way.

But my guess is that this is also a present for teachers' unions, so actually trying to figure out how to maximize returns for the money isn't relevant.

Comment Re:Good start (Score 3, Insightful) 276

I know at least 10s of nurses and two doctors (one of whom is a high-paid specialist, the other of whom is an *extremely* high-paid specialist and researcher) who are outright creationists. It doesn't affect their work quality in any way. If anything, their strong Christian beliefs probably make their work better.

I'm an evolutionist, so I think they're wrong. I *know* they're wrong. But the fact is that it doesn't matter for the work that they do.

I agree with you that many researchers need to understand evolution, but that's very very few people. And I'm not saying it shouldn't be taught. I'm just saying that for the vast majority of people - including health-care professionals - it doesn't matter.

The same goes for advanced math, most of science, literature, etc. Most people don't use most of their education in their day-to-day jobs.

Comment Re:Labor Participation Rate, the Unmentionable... (Score 1) 530

...is lower now than at any time since Jimmy Carter was President.

"Unemployment is low!"

"What about all of those people who have been out of work for over a year, and stopped looking?"

"They don't exist. Shut up."

Don't worry - on January 21st 2017 the media is suddenly going to be interested in the facts surrounding the employment numbers. You can bet they'll be inexplicably bad next year compared to the last 8 years.

Comment Re:Lessig is pathetic (Score 1) 1428

And we are supposed to value the opinion of someone named Trailer Trash who's bashing the Democrats? You guys aren't even trying anymore.

Show me anywhere that I bashed Democrats. It's all factual - they're literally losing their shit. Lawrence Lessig calling for the Electoral College to revolt is just more of it, particularly when he wants them to seat the loser in the election. Particularly since the loser embodies everything Lessig claims to be against.

Pathetic.

Comment Re:Valid review (Score 0) 524

One of the reviews was very insightful in that it pointed out that this $149 ornament was MADE IN CHINA. Trump supporters are suckers. He doesn't give a flying fuck about you. Neither does Hillary, but she isn't selling $149 ornaments. What a joke.

No, she's selling $353,400 dinners:

http://www.politico.com/story/...

Everything that the left gets to riled up about Trump doing pales in comparison to similar actions on the other side.

I wonder if you will be making Hillary comparisons for the next four god damned years.
Nothing can be said about Trump without a diversion to Hillary, it's fucking hilarious.

Uh, I was replying to someone who made the Hillary comparison. But the point stands: everything that the left thinks is so awful about Trump applies equally or more to their own candidates, they just choose to ignore it.

Comment Re:Valid review (Score 3, Insightful) 524

One of the reviews was very insightful in that it pointed out that this $149 ornament was MADE IN CHINA. Trump supporters are suckers. He doesn't give a flying fuck about you. Neither does Hillary, but she isn't selling $149 ornaments. What a joke.

No, she's selling $353,400 dinners:

http://www.politico.com/story/...

Everything that the left gets to riled up about Trump doing pales in comparison to similar actions on the other side.

Comment Re:Crybabies (Score 0) 524

Yes, now even Trump agrees the election was rigged and is off by million of votes. So obviously it needs to be nullified and repeated.

I don't think people like you get it. If the election were repeated Trump's win would be monumental. There are a lot of folks like myself who didn't vote for him the first time but *would* vote for him the second time because we're so fed up with the utter bullshit from you looney-leftists. Trust me, you really don't want to see another election for four years. Hopefully you'll figure out what cost Hillary the election this time and come up with a reasonable candidate then. Otherwise, get ready for another 4 years of Trump.

Comment Lessig is pathetic (Score 2) 1428

I wanted to like Lessig - he seemed like an idealist who really wanted to push a single issue that was important to him: getting money out of politics. Of course, he's just a left-wing nut, so he actually doesn't want to get money out of politics - he wants to get Republican money out of politics. Anybody who actually wants money out of politics would be ashamed to support Hillary Clinton, a person who more than anybody in my lifetime has brought big money into politics. The hacked emails also show the various dark money that Democrats spend - Bernie Bros, etc. Lessig, if he were honest, would be outraged over this.

Democrats really need to get their shit together. I mean, mentally. See a psychiatrist, Lawrence. I'm serious. She lost, get over it. All of you. We're no worse off with Trump than with Clinton, but the difference is that he was elected.

Comment Yeah, this is a real head-scratcher (Score 0, Insightful) 1321

She lost in places that don't have the money to buy fancy electronic voting machines because the people are poorer.

Maybe if Hillary and the rest of the Democrats had given two shits in hell about the middle and lower classes *before* the election she would have received more votes from them.

Comment Re:Goes conservative on gun control (Score 1) 385

The summary in fact offers an example where conservative websites are emphasized and it happens to be on a topic where the conservatives usually have the facts on their side. Gun control. Like it or not the facts from an engineering and historical point of view favor the conservatives. The liberal side of the argument seems mostly emotion and embracing placebo "solutions".

Agreed, but that also describes the liberal view of minimum wage (at least when the liberals aren't the ones writing the paychecks).

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