Rickeroo: There is nothing more scary to "conservative" and "JonRoss" than a disabled Communist, Socialist or intelligent person under the bed.
JonRoss: "Nothing you said is true." I get it. You just write on this blog to make people laugh. And here I thought you were serious. Yep, you got us all! Boy howdy, you're just a gol' darn knee-slapper. You must be trying out your material on here before you go to the Comedy Catch. Let me know when you're up on open mic night. I'll bring all my friends.
The term "conservative" by its very nature with today's labels means "status quo." Apparently, the Industrial Revolution of the early 20th Century excepting the information revolution will be the last time we will see significant and major advances in science and technology, especially on the future of energy. The status quo works well with the fossil fuel industry in that it stalls progress and earns fortunes for those who control energy production in this country. As for "eyesores," I find that windmills and solor panels are more pleasing to the eye than strip mines, mountain top decapitation, oil spills and oil-soaked wildlife along the Gulf of Mexico shores. The costs for those by-products is also extreme. So, let's not look forward to cleaner energy production. Let's wait until we have catastrophic environmental disasters and continued health risks. Let's allow the money and political influence of oil, coal, petroleum, and natural gas executives decide how we live in the next 30-50 years.
JonRoss, you ole' states-righter you. Have you signed your secess petition, yet? I understand that there is a commune (I know that word scares the bejesus out of you) in Brazil for ex-Confederates who are unhappy with how the Civil War ended. Have you packed your bags, yet, and bought your ticket? Listen, the ACA is here to stay. Call it "socialist" or "Marxist," whatever makes you feel better, but the crazy Repub super-majority in Tennessee's legislature will not stop the benefits of ACA once Tennesseans get past the Obama-haters ridiculous rhetoric and learn how the ACA will improve their families' health care and medical expenses. Tennessee Republican state legislators can drag their feet--or knuckles--all they want, but when it comes to taking care of their families those Repubs will get bus tickets back home next election cycle.
Livn4Life: The U.S. military budget is more than 20 countries combined. These include China, Japan, Russia, England, France, Germany, Canada...shall I go on? The conventional warfare that once was practiced in the world has passed. Technology using less war material is the future. What you still see is what Dwight Eisenhower warned against in the 1950s--the cancer of the military/industrial complex. We also cannot afford in treasure and people to continue to be the world's policemen. And using the fact that someone would lose their job if the military budget was cut is a problem we all face. Nothing is guaranteed except change. Otherwise, we will never progress as a nation or society. The same theory that fixing the public education cannot be improved by throwing money at it goes for the military. National security is not always a money issue, it is the efficiency in which it is used.
Sorry Mark Wiedmer. Don't buy that the winner of SEC Championship is the best team in football, particularly Alabama. I am amazed that Alabama is ranked No. 2. Look at the schedule. Alabama played three ranked teams this season--Michigan, LSU, and Texas A&M. Bama beat Michigan on the first game of the season, but it barely squeeked by LSU in the last two minutes due to the LSU mistake to go into a prevent defense. And, as we know, Alabama lost to Texas A&M. I don't care how many cupcake teams Alabama ran up points on, it did not pass the test by playing other solid SEC ranked teams. Being ranked No. 2 by polls and the BCS is an insult to college football and other teams. Georgia beat Florida head to head, so they go to the championship. But you have to admit Florida lost that game with six turnovers; Georgia didn't take it to them. And, Florida beat Texas A&M. Best team in Football? FLORIDA. Both Alabama and Georgia are lucky we're not in next year's playoff system.
What reality do you refer, Jon Ross, yours? My reality is different, and as is everybodys, I am entitled to and prefer to adhere to mine. Don't be so arrogantly foolish. As to Ireland's school system, I was there and discussed it at length. What your doubts are about it and your alluding Communism are simply...wrong. I don't know whether you get it or not, but what appears to be your view of America has and is changing. Being a country in a global society does not mean that we have carte blanche to only make money by sending jobs overseas, paying labor pennies to make second-rate goods, and selling them here at exhorbitant prices. Nor does it mean finding countries for our corporations to avoid taxes. That Capitalistic view is wearing very thin. European countries are now weighing the advantages against the disadvantages, and you will see U.S. companies' free lunch will end and come with costs. Whether you like it or not, America will have to adjust to the rest of the world. Our self-image of being the ever-dominant country with total exceptionalism is on its way out. We will need to look at other systems--education for example--that we can adjust and incorporate into our society to remain competitive. You can wave the flag all you want, but believe me, other nations don't care. They do like our money, but they will pass on our political and social structures. Perhaps yu need to get out in the world sometime. If you could possibly open your mind, you may be surprised at what you will find.
With Tennessee 47th in the nation in public education success and Hamilton County with the lowest expenditure per student compared to Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville, it is very clear why some of our schools suffer. Add to that some of the racist throwbacks who sit on the County Commission and school board (and don't exhibit your foolishness by trying to tell me they don't exist), and the public school system here can't help but fail. Certainly more money isn't the whole answer. There are many facits that play into the problems he have, and a broader approach is needed. Privatizing schools systems, as the conservative mantra erroneously professes, is a non-starter. The thought that nothing gets done until someone makes a buck, particularly off the backs of public school systems, teachers, parents, and children, is laughable when you look at healthcare, transportation, future energy solutions, etc. I recently learned of an educational system in high school where students earn points for good performance throughout their high school years. Those points determine whhat fields you can study in collge once you graduate. The more points, the more open fields available. If you do not have the required points, then some fields of study are barred from you. You want to succeed in life, you study to the best of your ability. Goof around, and your options are limited. That scenario comes from Ireland. It's a socialist concept, but it works. Scares the bejesus out of some of you, doesn't it? But perhaps by adapting some of the principles into our system, it may improve education in the U.S. Education is then the responsibility of the student, not of a group of elected prima donnas or good ole' boys, and not by business people who work solely from profit and the bottom line. So, conservative and JonRoss, if you don't like the educational system in Tennessee, stop being poster boys for it and come up with solutions rather than spouting the same old garbage.
It appears that the Times allows anyone to write a column these days. I'd be happy to write one, too, with my experience and background. I know I can score higher on the fact meter; and if I quote the founding fathers or historical documents to support my opinions, I can keep them in the context in which they were written and intended. It would of course end up on the left side.
You have to love the "no comments" from the Tennessee Republican legislators, the governor, Corker, and Fleischmann on DeJarlais. Such fine, upstanding public servants who sell their souls when it comes to harboring one of their own to protect a vote in Congress for "family values and morality." Makes one want to take a shower. It's no wonder Obama handily won the election with "gifts" like DeJarlais and his supporters.