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Posted: 31 March 2009 01:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 301 ]
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I’m listening to NPR this morning and the reporter is doing a story on how education is taking a hit with the current state of the economy.  The reporter informs the listener (me) that one of the programs a particular school district provides is a meal program where the average investment per student is $2 to effectively support the workers handing out meals during breakfast and lunch, the machinery, etc.  For some of these kids, for whatever reason, school is the only time they will eat nowadays and that parents depend on this program for their kids to eat.  I missed the first couple minutes of the report so I didn’t get a chance to hear whether this particular district is a lower-class district or not.  Regardless, when the reporter interviews a mother of a student and asks what is going to happen to her child if this program gets cut or receives less funding the next fiscal year, she responds with something along the lines with, “It’s crazy they would make us pay for it ourselves.”

What??

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Posted: 31 March 2009 04:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 302 ]
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Ummm. Yes. It is my right to insist the state feeds my children, comrade.

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Posted: 09 April 2009 01:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 303 ]
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Contrast that story with this:

Island DIY: Kauai residents don’t wait for state to repair road

(CNN)—Their livelihood was being threatened, and they were tired of waiting for government help, so business owners and residents on Hawaii’s Kauai island pulled together and completed a $4 million repair job to a state park—for free.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources had estimated that the damage would cost $4 million to fix, money the agency doesn’t have, according to a news release from department Chairwoman Laura Thielen.

“It would not have been open this summer, and it probably wouldn’t be open next summer,” said Bruce Pleas, a local surfer who helped organize the volunteers. “They said it would probably take two years. And with the way they are cutting funds, we felt like they’d never get the money to fix it.”

And if the repairs weren’t made, some business owners faced the possibility of having to shut down.

Ivan Slack, co-owner of Napali Kayak, said his company relies solely on revenue from kayak tours and needs the state park to be open to operate. The company jumped in and donated resources because it knew that without the repairs, Napali Kayak would be in financial trouble.

“If the park is not open, it would be extreme for us, to say the least,” he said. “Bankruptcy would be imminent. How many years can you be expected to continue operating, owning 15-passenger vans, $2 million in insurance and a staff? For us, it was crucial, and our survival was dependent on it. That park is the key to the sheer survival of the business.”

So Slack, other business owners and residents made the decision not to sit on their hands and wait for state money that many expected would never come. Instead, they pulled together machinery and manpower and hit the ground running March 23. 

And after only eight days, all of the repairs were done, Pleas said. It was a shockingly quick fix to a problem that may have taken much longer if they waited for state money to funnel in.

“We can wait around for the state or federal government to make this move, or we can go out and do our part,” Slack said. “Just like everyone’s sitting around waiting for a stimulus check, we were waiting for this but decided we couldn’t wait anymore.”

Thielen has been waiting, too. She wants the legislature to approve her Recreation Renaissance project, a $240 million booster shot to help fix parks across the state. Without it, at least five state parks may be forced to close, and there would be no emergency repair money to fix Polihale State Park.

“We shouldn’t have to do this, but when it gets to a state level, it just gets so bureaucratic, something that took us eight days would have taken them years,” said Troy Martin of Martin Steel, who donated machinery and steel for the repairs. “So we got together—the community—and we got it done.” 

The park is a fixture on the west side of the island and a favorite spot for many in the area, but it’s also a hub for tourists.

“Tourism is our lifeblood. It’s what pays all of our bills,” Slack said. “The money that pours in comes from tourism is really an important factor for everyone here in Hawaii, and it’s such an important time to encourage tourism.”

And it’s an important time to keep jobs, which were threatened if the park had to remain closed. In February, Kauai’s unemployment rate was at 9.1 percent, up from 2.8 percent during the same time in 2008, according to Hawaii’s Department of Labor.

“I think it’s crucial to say the doors are open, everyone is ready,” Slack said. “So when one of the most important parks in Hawaii is closed, it really changes things.”

Now, because of their hard work, volunteers hope they’ll be ready to send that positive message—right in time for the tourist season.

Slack said he likes to have business up and running by April 15, and the season gets busy around May 1.


The business owners and residents are hopeful that their generous contributions in time and resources mean the park should officially open soon. Pleas says they have only to get the new bridge certified and do minor cleanup.

“A lot of people are quietly sitting by, waiting for it to open,” Slack said. “This really this is one of the nicest parks in the state and in all of Hawaii, in the entire state parks department. Now, hopefully, those people get their wish.”

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Posted: 09 April 2009 01:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 304 ]
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RS - I just read that and thought of BX as well!

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Posted: 09 April 2009 03:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 305 ]
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RS
That is a great story ! Beautiful.

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Posted: 23 August 2009 12:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 306 ]
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RED - 10 August 2006 04:57 AM

I think it’s a pure stroke of genius to put your political views on a bumper sticker.

Surely there aren’t any more constructive outlets to voice your ideas. Like, voting, getting involved in politics, actually making a change.

No, no. People prefer to just slap their mass produced opinions on the back of their car and drive away like they’ve made an impact on society.

Way to go free thinkers!

Agreed.  If you can fit your thoughts on a particular subject onto a bumper sticker, your brain is pretty much just keeping you alive….and that’s about it.

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Posted: 15 September 2009 03:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 307 ]
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Garddawg - 11 February 2009 06:26 PM

Newsweek, November 10th 2008
Perspectives

“By the end of the week, he’ll be accusing me of being a communist because I shared my toys in kindergarten.”
Barrack Obama, Joking about McCain’s repeated efforts to paint Obama’s progressive tax policy as evidence of “socialist” views

Newsweek, February 16th 2009
WE ARE ALL SOCIALISTS NOW
In many ways our economy already resembles a European one.  As boomers age and spending grows, we will become even more French.

 


Well that didn’t take long, did it. downer

Speaking as an American expat living in Europe I can attest quite firmly that the American tax payer already in fact pays the government in ways remarkably similar to the multitude of European Socialist democracies, the only difference being that the American taxpayer gets nothing in return.

What most Americans fail to understand about socialism (due to the fact that they have never lived or participated in a society where certain major aspects of their lives are managed by the gov. such as healthcare and social welfare) is that in most places is works very well, has a higher standard of accountability that the current incarnation of the US gov. and people are generally happier and healthier than they are in the US (I’m speaking strictly about developed 1st world European nations.)

As much as we disdain the French’s arrogant approach to world relations we can’t nor shouldn’t dismiss the fact that they have and have had consistently for years the best health-care system on earth. What the American public fails to realize is that they’re being baboozled by the Washington propaganda machine into believing that things like Health-care, social security and education reform will cost more money, when in fact the gov. is already guzzling your tax dollars away with state and federal taxes amounting to over 45% annually. Where does the majority of that money get spent? National defense and special interest groups.

So wake up people, you are paying like socialists and getting absolutely zero return on your spending. It’s time to demand accountability from the gov. and real transparency on spending… or abolish taxes! No taxation without representation, or some shit like that.

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Posted: 08 November 2009 07:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 308 ]
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Obama- “We cannot fully know what leads a man to do such a thing ”

Really?

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Posted: 08 November 2009 09:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 309 ]
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Obama- “We cannot fully know what leads a man to do such a thing ”

Really?

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/11/06/chris-matthews-we-may-never-know-if-religion-was-a-factor-at-fort-hood/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/6521758/Fort-Hood-shooting-Texas-army-killer-linked-to-September-11-terrorists.html

You know… it’s probably just a coincidence anyways.

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Posted: 09 November 2009 07:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 310 ]
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PC I think the new definition should be “Pandering to Crap”

Please suspend all intelligence when dealing with the “ALLEGED gunman”
He got as far as he did and was not stopped, not because no one knew he was an angry islamic radical-  why was he not stopped ?

PC policy, PC thought PC protections

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Posted: 10 November 2009 10:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 311 ]
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Garddawg - 10 August 2006 04:01 AM

Another Bumper sticker:

WAR=Wasting Americas Resources

Who thinks of this stuff, it’s so catchy?  I think it’s changed my mind about what we are doing in Iraq.

This one got me really mad, but I guess this is the sad effed world we live in, driving to the golf course toda saw one that said

“I don’t like jesus because he was jewish”

Come on seriously!!!!! I know its meant to get a rise out of ppl but i imagine someday that he will get an ass beating

okay im done off to work

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Posted: 10 November 2009 11:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 312 ]
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zooko - 10 November 2009 10:13 AM

“I don’t like jesus because he was jewish”

I read that one as quite witty.

To me it’s saying that many of the people who condemn jews are Christians (a dubious claim, but that’s another matter), while the man their entire religion is based on was by birth, upbringing as as far as we know, practise, a member of the faith they despise. Going out on a limb a little here, but I don’t recall any of the versions of the New Testament that I’ve read reporting jesus as saying he wasn’t a jew. I also don’t recall it reporting that he explicitly stated he was either, so it’s very much a grey area. If he’d had a little forethought he could have saved the world a lot of hassles. grin

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Posted: 10 November 2009 11:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 313 ]
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Metric - 10 November 2009 11:47 AM
zooko - 10 November 2009 10:13 AM

“I don’t like jesus because he was jewish”

I read that one as quite witty.

To me it’s saying that many of the people who condemn jews are Christians (a dubious claim, but that’s another matter), while the man their entire religion is based on was by birth, upbringing as as far as we know, practise, a member of the faith they despise. Going out on a limb a little here, but I don’t recall any of the versions of the New Testament that I’ve read reporting jesus as saying he wasn’t a jew. I also don’t recall it reporting that he explicitly stated he was either, so it’s very much a grey area. If he’d had a little forethought he could have saved the world a lot of hassles. grin

Metric it is witty, very witty in fact that was my first thought also. But im saying some ppl will kill for their god and may want to cause him harm for his bumper sticker, and religion is a very touchy subject.  Im not an overly religious person but i think thats why i got mad, because of what you said, most people who condemn jews are christans. Okay im done

New Rant right now My gym small local gym took the freaking water fountains out of the place because the owner saw it as a way to make money, selling bottled water for $1.89, instead of paying for water!!!!! I mean you look at any gym theres water, some crossfit gyms are just empty warehouses with mats and pullup bars and they have water fountain. Not happy about that. madtongue

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Posted: 10 November 2009 06:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 314 ]
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Zooko, one reason they might be getting rid of the fountain is probably health issues, especially with this new strain of flu.

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Posted: 10 November 2009 10:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 315 ]
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BIG D - 10 November 2009 06:52 PM

Zooko, one reason they might be getting rid of the fountain is probably health issues, especially with this new strain of flu.

Thats what i thought till i asked the owner, and he said no i just want to try and sell it….but that would make sense. But it wasnt a fountain it was the the big 5 gallon thingys. I guess i didnt mention that, my bad

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