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When invited to a wedding, how do you decide on what to wear?

Last wedding I went to was at DragonCon in Atlanta and we were all in costume. Think me and the missus were in Steampunk Han Solo and Leia.

April 8, 2013 at 11:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Obamas practice school choice

So...due process. I can live with that. Unless their contract is up. There have been a few in the news lately that have simply had their contracts not renewwed when they have some sort of disagreement with the board.To date, I have not been able to find one instance of a teacher being fired or transferred due to their students not performing to standards. I'll admit, I only did a precusory search, so I could have missed many such cases. Even when students are consistently testing below par, it is usually the administrators and board who get canned. Maybe they should have a union to fight for them, too.Some children simply refuse to learn. Some have special needs and severe difficulty learning. I know it is not all a teacher's fault for having a few not pass muster. But if the vast majority of students are not making the grade, no one ever points the finger at the teacher. Especially if that teacher was doing good early on ("Ms. Soandso has always had passing students. It must be someone else's fault the last few classes failed."). They may not have official tenure, but what some appear to have is the very same thing by another term.And, the way I see it, haveing more students not do good than you have doing good (over time) is a very legitimate cause for dismissal or, at the very least, a change in who/what they teach.

November 14, 2008 at 3:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Obamas practice school choice

Something that I would like to see in our public education is the death of tenure. It is outdated and allows teachers who may start strong, with all good intentions, and good teaching strategies fall into mediocrity later with little chance of reprocussions. I am not saying all tenured teachers lose their passion for or ability to teach, just that this enables many to sqeek by doing a sub-standard job...all because they have been doing it for such-and-such many years.I feel it would be better to let all teachers be evaluated on their ability to teach. If they have the ability to get through to kids and actually help them learn, reward them for it. If they can barely get the majority of their students to pass basic courses, perhaps it is time for them to try teaching a different demographic (different grade, different subject, etc.) or find another profession. I have seen where some private schools have already done away with this notion. Why can't public ones do the same? If any of us fail to meet certain criteria for our job, we risk losing it. I think teachers, no matter how long they have been teaching, should be held to the same type of standards.Just my take on one small part of our current education system.

November 14, 2008 at 1:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Concealed carry law makes gun sales soar


Look into the H&K P2000 compact (or sub-compact) or the CZ RAMI. Both are available in .40 S&W, have a decent mag capacity and are small enough to conceal in a jacket pocket. They also feel great in my rather small hands and both have recieved rave reviews from shooters.

August 6, 2006 at 11:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence cell phone ban would be strictest

Have anyof you actually read the reports merril posted?

I only ask because I have and I'm not getting this overwhelming feeling of anti-cell phone attitude from them as most. The one from Braun Consulting has me wondering about the completely truthful representation of "facts" due to the statement at the bottom of the page soliciting businesses to pay them to come up with a company policy for cell phone use. Although, they did add this little tid-bit of info:

"It should also be pointed out that the data is not comparative to other things that go on in cars such as smoking, scolding the kids, eating, shaving, putting on makeup and talking to passengers, none of which involve cell-phones. The point is that while phone use may be no more (or no less) distracting than other "in car" activities it is cell phones that are getting all the attention."

I found this interesting from the Science Daily article:

"¢ Drowsiness is a significant problem that increases a driver's risk of a crash or near-crash by at least a factor of four. But drowsy driving may be significantly under-reported in police crash investigations.

¢ The most common distraction for drivers is the use of cell phones. However, the number of crashes and near-crashes attributable to dialing is nearly identical to the number associated with talking or listening. Dialing is more dangerous but occurs less often than talking or listening.

¢ Reaching for a moving object increased the risk of a crash or near-crash by 9 times; looking at an external object by 3.7 times; reading by 3 times; applying makeup by 3 times; dialing a hand-held device (typically a cell phone) by almost 3 times; and talking or listening on a hand-held device by 1.3 times."

Seems, according to this, that we need to ban reaching for stuff and looking at external objects before cell phone usage (btw...someone already mentioned beautiful joggers...almost 3 times as distracting as a hands-free unit :) ).

The consumer reports article simply shows that a majority of people in whatever area they surveyed would support a ban. We all know how accurate surveys are.

Sorry...this is as far as I've gotten reading the links. I just found these things...interesting.

June 1, 2006 at 2:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )