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Burt April 22, 2014 at 11:28 pm
We need new tough leadership ..someone who can get this state back under control!!!!!!
Joe H. April 23, 2014 at 06:13 am
Got to love the good old boys democrat network.
Herb Hupfer April 23, 2014 at 07:39 am
The pigs in Springfield and the unions need to be run out of this state.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
dwayne roberson April 23, 2014 at 06:02 am
Affirmative Action was the Planners foolhardy attempt to fix racism with racism. It is indicative ofRead More a pay back attitude apparent in Holder and Obama. This does not advance the actual state of equality. It does perpetuate the bitterness that the race industry and Democrat party rely on for power. A return to colorblind meritocracy is all that can really be fair and equal.
Maria Young April 23, 2014 at 07:25 am
Its about time. Now do the same in other states and in the state workforce too. Cleanup upRead More America, grow the economy? Thats a start, anyone running a business knows this. These people must change their culture, thats why they have so many failures and I am tired of hearing the same spin for 30 years.
Steven Serebrenik April 23, 2014 at 08:05 am
I believe that affirmative action had it's place in history. It helped a lot of black people butRead More adversely affected a lot of white people who could not get student loans and jobs....It seemed at the time that after all that had been done to black people, this was the way to go. I'm speaking of the 60's. This is 50 years later. Black people have progressed. In my mind, white people have been redeemed by now. Otherwise, when does it end. It's like a tax...NEVER. HOW FAIR IS THAT?
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of $ off of the millions of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the 'Core.' The Common Core isn't just restricting for teachers & students, it's lining people's pockets.
Jennifer April 23, 2014 at 07:14 am
About the "socialist" or "anti-American" aspect - I know what people are talkingRead More about, but I think there should be a distinction between anything you have seen so far, and CC. There are, to my knowledge, no CC social studies textbooks yet. It is the textbook publishers themselves (who helped write the CC and will produce all further materials anyway) that are twisted in this way. I HAVE noticed a little here and there, like when my daughter had to write and illustrate a children's book explaining, in simple terms, the 5 Pillars of Islam. And a couple of paragraphs on important muslim contributions to society in the middle ages, and today> I am cool with that, if she had also anytime during the year, produced a diorama of the nativity, or drawn and illustrated the Ten Commandments (which would hit two major world religions at once). But no. Jews, in SS at least, are known only in the context of the holocaust, although they do get air time in English through readings - about the holocaust. Christianity is also covered - as in, the Catholic church and the inquisition, and The Crusades - good or bad? Don't worry, they get a second bite at Christianity in AP US History, in "The Invasion of the Americas" (Out of Many - A History of the American People, AP edition, Pearson Publishing) This is the third sentence after title: "Armed men marched across the Caribbean Islands, plundering villages, slaughtering men, and raping women". Um, since when is the Caribbean even a part of the US, and why is it in a US history book? The Christian part comes a little later, when Cortez reaches Mexico, otherwise known as "The destruction of the Indies" in which it is revealed that the "brave Indian leaders and thousands of martyrs" were "no match" for "mounted warriors with steel swords". This is followed quickly a reading from Bartolome de la Casas, a priest who had "participated in the plunder, but later had a crisis of conscience" condemning the "greed and cruelty of the Christians". I guess they had to go that far back to find a time when they could portray Islam in such a Rosy light, and Christianity as a scourge upon the earth. Sure, bad things have been done in the name of religion throughout history. But with what Islam is like TODAY, maybe the crusaders had their reasons? I dont like ANY religion being taught in school, as such. Why should my child study the Pillars of Islam, if other religions - peaceful ones, say Buddhism, or fun ones like animist religions, get no airtime? Why? Oh, because Susan Armitrage wrote the book for Pearson, and Susan Armitrage is a prominent convert to Islam, and a prominent critic of Christianity and the west. The educational system is already skewed. School boards dont actually read the textbooks they order, unless there are complaints, and honestly, I didnt notice either until the CC thing came up. Then I said "What the hell is this?"
Steven Lee April 23, 2014 at 08:06 am
I've been doing a lot of digging into Common Core. There are a couple of videos out there worthRead More watching to get yourself up to speed on the forces working to stop CC. This is a documentary by Home School Legal Defense Association: http://www.commoncoremovie.com/ This was a video of a forum on CCSS in Medway last month https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EvELBeCqnk&app=desktop Keep in mind that MCAS, while not perfect, pulled MA to be the top-ranked school system in the country, and ranked 5th in the world in math and science. Mitchell Chester and Deval Patrick accepted $250 million in RttT money to dump MCAS and accept Common Core. The PARCC test is being piloted as a "potential" replacement to MCAS testing. MA Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester is Chair of the PARCC Governing Board, as well as a member of the Council of Chief State School Officers (one of the two orgs that created Common Core). Another lobbying group pushing Common Core is Achieve, Inc. of which Governor Patrick sits on the Board of Directors. This is a fun read on Chester's obvious conflict of interest: http://edushyster.com/?p=4678 If you start scratching the surface of the money and influence behind Common Core and your BS meter doesn't start ticking off the chart then your BS meter is broken. Have a look at just a handful of the connections here: http://www.commoncoreforum.net/wolves-and-sheep/ Or have a look at this chart: http://www.markgarrison.net/archives/2098 Education is the responsibility of the states, under the watchful eye of parents and local school committees. A federal oligarchy has no business pushing a profit-driven curriculum.
CowDung April 23, 2014 at 08:18 am
"School boards dont actually read the textbooks they order, unless there are complaints, andRead More honestly, I didnt notice either until the CC thing came up. Then I said "What the hell is this?" " ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: That is one good thing that is coming from all the propagandists fighting against the Common Core Standards--it seems that most are actually looking at their kid's textbooks for the first time. They wrongly blame school curriculum choices on Common Core, but at least they are starting to pay attention to what their kids are doing in school.
State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), House Minority Leader
Stones April 23, 2014 at 07:38 am
The link below provides answers about presidential libraries and their funding:Read More http://www.archives.gov/presidential-libraries/faqs/#8 Of particular note: How is a Presidential Library paid for and funded? A Presidential Library is constructed with private or non-Federal funds donated to non-profit organizations established usually for the express purpose of building a Presidential Library and supporting its programs. Some libraries have also received construction and development funding from state and/or local governments. The library is then transferred to the Federal government and operated and maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) through its congressionally appropriated operating budget. Some staff and programs at Presidential libraries are paid for with funds from associated private foundations organized to fund the construction of the library and provide continuing support for library programs and special events, such as conferences and exhibitions. It turns out local taxpayers have provided support in the past. Not to say that we should with this one. Also, once opened, they are administered by the federal government with federal employees. So, in fact, we are paying for all of them in some way.
Seymour Taylor April 23, 2014 at 07:38 am
Bravo to you Jay Jay for doing credible research and downloading these "facts" from theRead More internet. Of course you know that if its on the internet it must be true.
Grumpy Old Man April 23, 2014 at 08:24 am
@Stones - I actually agree with you. My problem is simply the economic conditions presentlyRead More affecting Illinois, the lack of any credible solution and the nature of the Chicago and Cook County governments which can't seem to keep crooks out of office. I think Presidential libraries serve valuable purposes (and that doesn't matter which President it happens to be) can provide economic benefits to the area in which the library is location (whether short/long term is another question which I am not in a position to answer).
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tenth district April 22, 2014 at 05:38 pm
Funny how Netflix is the "bad boy" yet those that offer more commercials than the movieRead More itself are just fine :) Cable today is pure garbage, a 2 hr movie will last half the night with all those commercials and since all sports from all countries, could be seen live over the internet...cable is obsolete. Netflix is weak but is a fine alternative to cable for now. (as for news, please, you must be brain-dead to get your news from cable...with all of them all over you from second you start the computer to turn on the radio to even the second you "check" the e-mail on the phone. so Reuters don't worry about Netflix, worry about cable companies whose stocks should be worth a little more than half an ounce of dirt
Michael Brennick April 22, 2014 at 05:46 pm
Where are the stories about the rates charged by the Cable cartels-???---Especially Leftist,Read More Democratic Comcast, the premier robber barons, who fill the campaign tills of the Dumocrats.
Paul April 22, 2014 at 08:10 pm
Netflix is hands down the best deal going, and it has been a bargain for YEARS. I guess theRead More nonsensical whiners who complain about a long-delayed, $2 a MONTH increase are worried it will cost them a (partial) SINGLE LATTE. Utterly ridiculous.
Pam Maes April 22, 2014 at 11:29 am
mmmmmmm, $400 dollar difference between a 2 bedroom and a 5 bedroom in Palos Heights. Wow I thinkRead More the owner of the 2 bedroom needs to rethink his price! Ridiculous about sums it up!
Barbara Blaine, at a SNAP press conference Monday regarding Father Michael O'Connell
Bravo06 April 22, 2014 at 05:49 pm
DM and Ann let me help you out here. First this article is wrong. Second the allegation says itRead More happened at Golds gym in 1999 and involved a Marist freshman. Third, you had to be 17 to get into Gold's Gym, no exceptions. Fourth Father O'Connell never worked at or near a school. So riddle me this, someones intel is off and its not mine. So before you decide to condemn people, do some research. Dont just read a title and assume guilt.
John Humphrey April 22, 2014 at 11:01 pm
*tshirts
John Humphrey April 22, 2014 at 11:14 pm
I went to golds gym from 1994 to 2002. You could go there if you were 13 with you parent signing theRead More gym contract releasing them from liability. I remember so creeping church guy from our Lady. He tried making small talk with me. I thought he was a creep and avoided him. I found it weird he used to wear Sandburg football and wrestling there considering I never remembered him coaching there, nor did my younger siblings. I always wondered why some 30 something year old guy was always talking to the high school and college kids while there was plenty of hot trim in there. Do you own research first bravo, you didn't have to be 17 to get into gold's, I started going there when I was 14.
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nonoise April 22, 2014 at 02:10 pm
They want government to raise our children, not parents.
Tom Hollman April 22, 2014 at 03:41 pm
THIS COUNTRY TOOK A $HIT WHEN THE SUPREME COURT TOOK AWAY THE KICK IN THE A$$ AT HOME AND AT SCHOOLRead More THEY PUT THE KIDS ON DRUGS. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT ?YEARS AGO THERE WERE NO ALPABETIZED SINDROMES THIS IS HOW HEAD SHRINKERS PUSH DRUGS FOR DRUG COMPANEYS
Kim Fox April 22, 2014 at 05:42 pm
I don't believe this kid is competent enough to make those decisions. Those kids need to beRead More prosecuted to the fullest and if the does judge does not agree he needs to step down.
TC April 22, 2014 at 08:41 pm
When someone like Seer starts spewing it causes me to wonder if he's just some ignorant kid tryingRead More to get reactions out of adults or if he's just stupid. After going through some of the 12 other comments he's put on other articles in the last 24 hours it is apparent it is both. I apologize to everyone else for provoking even one more comment out of that imbecile. That said, there is no question that there have been abuses in the pension systems (especially the teacher one with the huge end of career bumps) but I still think it is unfair to blame the rank and file people in that system for what is wrong with the financial status of this state. It goes SO much deeper than that. You can be against pensions and want to eliminate them or whatever you want but take away the biggest incentive for going into professions like those where you make less money than similarly educated private sector employees and you are going to have a major shortage (especially of teachers) much more quickly than you think. Be careful what you wish for.
Walt Hines April 22, 2014 at 10:43 pm
@ George, I would love to hear what state your moving to. I'm just tired of the same old crap thatRead More will continue no matter who gets in. I'm in Oswego and the school district is $800 million in the hole. They've spent like a bunch of drunken sailors with not much to show for it. My taxes are more than my PMI each month. We're having to give our homes away just to move.........This ? goes out to anyone. Has Rauner said anything about not collecting a pension from the state if he wins Governor? I've heard nothing and to me that's part of the problem, please share if you know differently. God help us all!!!
Danni April 22, 2014 at 11:49 pm
About that library-think it will be filled with graffiti and out of control theft by a certainRead More segment of the gangbangers, flashmob, driveby shooter, grammar school dropout, gun-toting druggie type?
Grumpy Old Man April 22, 2014 at 07:10 am
@Greg Smith - LOL. More nonsense from the Rush crowd. Millions of blacks who are just asRead More disadvantaged as your scumbag gang banger buddies don't drive around shooting up their neighborhoods. You are also, clearly a racist. There are millions of white Americans who aren't born into money and who are unemployed. You should be thankful that we still have a war on drugs. Legalize drugs remove your profits and all of your homies are going to be unemployed and no Ford Foundations to give you grants.
Grumpy Old Man April 22, 2014 at 07:25 am
I should have said no Ford Foundation grants. There will always be foundations giving out grants.Read More Hopefully they won't do as the Ford Foundation did and give a grant to Jeff Ford and his gang.
Edward Andrysiak April 22, 2014 at 01:09 pm
Well, here comes more get rid of the guns talk. You seldom hear why the gangs are at war. The reasonRead More is market share. It's about money. That is how they support themselves. So, let's concentrate on removing what the fight over...drug sales, prostitution and the like. Rid the neighborhoods of that and there will be less to fight over. Squeeeeeze their profits down to zero and there will be less violence!
Mineta San José International Airport. Wikimedia.
B. Dub April 22, 2014 at 11:13 am
Dorie, stowing away on a plane is a crime. And no, the boy himself did not pose a threat. But theRead More fact that he (anyone) can get that close to a plane poses a threat. I have to take off my flippin' shoes and get patted down, but apparently you can just walk up and plant a bomb in the wheel well.
april ann April 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm
I agree with B. Dub 100%! How was this kid able to scale a fence and just walk right over to theRead More plane? TSA: for all the harassing you do in the terminal...you ain't all that!! As far as the kid being a runaway..maybe he does face some serious abuse issues at home. He's damn lucky to be alive. But, I raised three boys, and a 16 year old boy can runaway for any collage of reasons. My kids never ran away but, I'm wondering if the fact that the plane was going to HAWAII has anything to do with it. It sounds a little compulsive to me. CPA need good follow up on this. Thank you lucky stars kid!
Lee Jacobsen April 22, 2014 at 05:42 pm
It wasn't a miracle that he survived, it was Easter Sunday, and good things always happen.Read More "always look on the bright side of life"......Life of Brian........overlooked miracle worker....... Not a problem to let other kids of similar intelligence do the same thing, it will improve the human gene pool immensely, and the human race will benefit overall as a result.
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Gale April 23, 2014 at 07:48 am
Yosemite Sam----That's about the most ignorant, sexist thing I've heard in a long time.
Arthur Vecchiotti April 23, 2014 at 07:57 am
What is the big deal? Pull up the shirt and get on with it. Most Americans don't know how to dressRead More anyway - Europeans laugh at us all the time about our non-existent dress code. Let's face it, we dress like slobs most of the time.
J. W. MacMahon April 23, 2014 at 08:11 am
No NIPPLES... NO PROBLEM!!!
John Belushi and Bill Murray, Chicago's comedy gift to America. You're welcome.
sklogw April 21, 2014 at 02:53 pm
HaHa very funny Mother F******
sklogw April 21, 2014 at 02:54 pm
A quote from Eddie Murphy (Not from Chicago) LMAO
Gary April 21, 2014 at 04:28 pm
Well ... Illinois IS a national joke, so ....
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bg robbins April 22, 2014 at 10:39 am
I don't think were doing starving people any favors by sending them hot dogs that might make themRead More sick.
BiteMeFanBoy1 April 22, 2014 at 02:28 pm
Just another argument for KOSHER hot dogs..... All of the great taste and NONE OF THE CRAP !
Bill Harvey April 22, 2014 at 04:04 pm
Poland has already outlawed kosher killing as inhumane--it involves voiding the arteries of theRead More animal's tainted blood while it is still alive....The US will soon follow despite its Jewish lobby.
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monkey lewis April 22, 2014 at 01:30 am
Father to many married to none and in case Ya all wondered Im really well hung
B. Dub April 22, 2014 at 10:34 am
Agranon - I'm a moron because I am tired of everybody and his mother trying to put themselves inRead More every story? Then so be it - I'm a moron. To be honest, I am also really tired of all the people that were compelled to run the Boston Marathon because "I had to finish for all those who couldn't." Get over yourself. It was a tragedy. Those responsible should be ripped apart by dogs. I sincerely hope the families of those affected can move on somehow. But how does Mary Jane Smith running the marathon help ANYBODY but herself? She's not doing it for "those who can't". She's doing it to maybe get on TV and she's probably feeling a little sanctimonious because she ran 26.2 miles and you didn't. It's like, "what did YOU do to help these people?" Same as you - nothing.
Geoffrey Koppel April 22, 2014 at 03:52 pm
If this is a think tank, someone should change the filter.
lauribe2000 April 21, 2014 at 07:28 am
https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080731055339AA4FPib I would be happy to copy editRead More part time for this publication. It seems as though you need someone. In English, you don't say "a dozen of" anything.