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Posted on November 16 at 9:39 a.m.
foofighter's comments are like something generated from one of those random right-wing comment generators. I'm becoming more and more convinced that there's not a real person behind that pseudonym. Case in point:
@foofighter: "Coincidence is not causation. You can't prove a negative. Don't be so enamored with 'consensus' as a surrogate for fact. Follow the money, before you put your own capital on crack-pot theories. "
This displays such unbridled ignorance with regards to the process of scientific research that it's almost disturbing to think that foofighter - presumably - has received any sort of education. If it were up to him, medical practices would largely consist of bloodlettings and leeches - since, ya' know, we shouldn't be beholden to such things as scientific consensus.
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Posted on November 12 at 5:23 p.m.
@foofighter: "First impression comments rendered upon first impressions."
Care to hear my first impressions of you? (HINT: You're not terribly bright.)
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Posted on November 11 at 11:24 a.m.
@foofighter: "Look at the faculty parking lot of any of our local ed institutions and you will not see beat up old Fords; but more likely Priuses and BMW's."
Bull. I personally know several public school teachers. All of them rent, none of them own BMW's. You're simply making this nonsense up.
@foofighter: "This is why education has become so expensive and students feel forced to take out loans. After all saving up and working is so déclassé these days, when easy student loan money is thrown at you instead."
If someone were to save the amount it costs to get a two year degree at a public university, they could put a down payment on a home. (Maybe in Goleta, not in SB...)
It costs over $31k to get a two-year masters degree (that's just in fees, by the way) at a UC or Cal-State (which they're looking to raise to over $40k by 2015 at the UCs). So right now, that's about 50% of the AVERAGE annual teacher salary to get that Master's in education at a PUBLIC university in order to get anywhere near that average salary. And good luck doing that with a family to feed.
Sure, throwing money at public education isn't going to solve everything, but this notion that it's the fault of the teachers when CA has spent the better part of the last 20 years treating our educational system as expendable is just insane.
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Posted on November 11 at 10:21 a.m.
@foofighter: "From the NEA: California is the third highest pay state for teacher's salaries, but it also produces some of the most dismal results:"
If anything, those cherry-picked stats you posted point to far greater problem than teacher salaries. Most of those dismal results have nothing to do with the teachers themselves. In fact, it looks more like class size and curriculum are the issues, and that teachers are doing their part in retaining attendance.
I am also curious how much student load debt teachers now carry. If it requires a Masters to really hit the upper salary ranges, the last two decades of this wonderful financial gutting and privatization of the UC and Cal-State systems means those costs for graduate degrees and public institutions have sky-rocketed. So how much of that 'average teachers salary' is going back into the system as student loan payments?
Posted on November 7 at 10:42 a.m.
@14noscams: "Be aware that ad hominem attacks are white noise and a well-known disinformation technique used to distract others from the truth, particularly if they're a standard MO."
This would ring a lot truer if you weren't linking to an article by Jerome Corsi - a man who hasn't met a conspiracy theory he doesn't like (e.g. 9/11 cover-ups, Obama's origin of birth, NAFTA superhighway - those are just the good ones...)
I mean, really....
On Bill of Goods
Posted on October 18 at 12:26 p.m.
@botany: "Even in the People's Republic of Santa Monica with it's onerous rent control, the only two classes of people that can afford to live there are the rich and the homeless."
It's funny that you are one of the folks that complain about a few affordable housing units turning SB into Los Angeles - and then you compare SB to a place in Los Angeles.
The median annual household income in Santa Monica is about $66,000 year, as compared to Santa Barbara which is about $60,000 - with the average rent being about the same in both ($1,400/month). The fact that you don't notice the working class in Santa Monica does not mean they do not exist.
Of course, Santa Monica doesn't really need to house its workforce because it is surrounded by the rest of L.A. and has more than one major transportation corridor. Santa Monica is also a third of the size of Santa Barbara with a comparable population - so that density (whatever you mean by that) that you hate so much - your Santa Monica has it.
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Posted on October 6 at 11:46 a.m.
@JohnLocke: "Repeated polls, not just the NYT, have shown that over 50% of the population does not want Obamacare."
So then the votes in the Senate should be easy to get, right?
Of course, because JL doesn't know how to use the internet, a recent report by that far-left magazine known as Forbes (ahem) states that, "only 33 percent believe that the health law should be repealed, delayed, or defunded. "
So thus far, what we learn from Pricess, JohnLocke, and Botany is a reaffirmation of what we already knew - they have no respect for democracy, and, the moment that they do not get their way, they are perfectly fine with gambling with the economic security of the entire country instead of having any respect for the political process. And you can't rationally negotiate with members of the House who are more loyal to the Tea Party than they are the government to which they swore an oath.
It's shameful, really - made only more shameful in their ignorance of not knowing - or caring - about the consequences of their actions.
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Posted on October 5 at 9:36 a.m.
@Botany: "But having the POTUS exhibit some of the same attitudes you nutjobs are exhibiting here shows a clear lack of leadership on his part. "
Pot, kettle, black. Your opinion is so utterly absurd that it made me laugh.
Again, please include a list of laws for which it is perfectly fine for a fringe wing of the Republican party to hold a gun to the head of the nation's economy if they do not get their way. If Obama negotiates with these Tea Party 'nutjobs', then he might as well tear up the constitution. The Tea Party certainly doesn't believe in it. And really - how do you negotiate with people who don't believe in evolution or climate change?
You want to repeal the ACA. Win elections or lobby for the votes. I think the one benefit to all of this is that the whole country finally sees just how extreme are these Tea Party 'nutjobs' - and it'll be pretty fun to watch the next midterm elections.
Posted on October 3 at 10:59 a.m.
@JohnLocke: "And BTW, it is Obama and Reid, not the Republicans, who are the roadblocks here. Refusing to even discuss?"
So what's the list of laws for which it is perfectly fine for a minority wing of the Republican party to hijack the entire federal government? Should we be thankful that desegregation isn't up for discussion? Hell, even Grover Norquist thinks Ted Cruz is a nut.
You want to appeal the ACA? GREAT! Get the votes!
But that's Tea Party "logic" for you. Republicans set the house on fire, Obama isn't putting it out fast enough, so the Tea Party is going to blow it up. 'Mazing...
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Posted on August 29 at 9:35 a.m.
@italiansurg: "EVen for you that was a particularly stupid post."
You're right - saying that I agree with you is a pretty stupid move on my part. It won't happen again.
But I do love how you're so blinded by rage that any semblance of a cohesive thought immediately goes out the window.
@italiansurg: " Are you somehow implying that he agreed with her and she cannot think for herself. "
You did not require any assistance from me in exhibiting your own misogyny. Congrats on being able to do something on your own, I guess. You're actually quite good at it.
@italiansurg: "Jobs railed against our immigration policy and not with regards to allowing unskilled, uneducated illegal aliens to break into the U.S. and stay. "
Because Steve Jobs was smart enough to know that it's the children of the 'unskilled,uneducated illegal aliens' (your definition, not mine) that will benefit from policies like the DREAM Act. These kids aren't just magically appearing. This is one step in a much larger solution to a comprehensive immigration.
I think it would be far more honest if you reactionaries just admitted that the only reason you even give a toss about immigration reform at all is because it's starting to cost you big during election time. Nobody buys, for a second, that this is the far-right exhibiting any kind of compassion or empathy.
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