While individual waste their time over refusing common core instead of seeking to actually fine tune it and improve our educational standards overall, you have states where the High School Graduation can be passed by just about any student half way through their sophomore year. So how’s about focusing on the FACT that US student are steadily and continually falling behind their peers abroad. Most local school boards are too busy figuring out how to do the minimum at schools as a result of over zealous anti-tax folks keep voting down school levies. You know what it is time to make high school a lot tougher and a lot more complex. It is time to start schooling children based on merit and it is time to significantly improve the performance of the average student in the US. But of course you’ll just keep refuting the measures that identify that US students are falling behind and waste you time on “I believe this, I believe that”. The majority here don’t know anything about Common Core beyond the biased talking points you’ve heard on “non-news and opinion” media outlets. Low information voters, vote for lower school standards. No surprise in that.
Why do people have a hard time with completely throwing out an idea, or in this case, a curriculum, and put in place something worthwhile to students? This curriculum is awful and children know it! Instead of listening to the so-called professionals who put it together (or rather a small group of people who are not educators), listen to the students who have to deal with confusing, ridiculousness. If Common Core is so wonderful and meant to raise the mind's cognitive ability, then why isn't it being given to Bill & Melissa Gates children and all the elite's children? Do you really believe that their children are smarter than ours and don't need it????? Addressing the fact that US students' education has declined: How about returning the what originally worked in the first place - phonics, math problems that ask 2 + 2 = 4 showing 2 apples plus 2 more apples, put them together and you have 4 apples (without this garbage of having the child take multiple steps to arrive at this simple answer, and if they don't put down these multiple steps, it's marked wrong even if they give the correct answer. Talk about confusing the child!) This program also does NOT take into account where the child is naturally at cognitively, i.e., a six year is not able to deal with abstract concepts yet. This doesn't make them slow but is taxing their brains creating anxiety, confusion about their abilities and on and on. This is harmful stuff! Get rid of it now!
[-1] March 6, 2015 at 11:12am
Ok Greta well he is a lesson from someone who didn’t attend law school, and thus didn’t learn how to change the question, misrepresent the facts and generally exist on double talk. You hear Greta speak and you understand where the adage “How do you know a lawyer is lying…..their lips are moving” comes from. The agreement she references in not an agreement between the US and Iran and it isn’t a treaty. It is an international agreement that originates out of Geneva and is an agreement not a treaty. “According to the Restatement of Foreign Relations Law of the United States, the President may validly conclude executive agreements that (1) cover matters that are solely within his executive power, or (2) are made pursuant to a treaty, or (3) are made pursuant to a legitimate act of Congress. Examples of important executive agreements include the Potsdam and Yalta agreements of World War II, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, which regulated international trade for decades, and the numerous status-of-forces agreements the United States has concluded with foreign governments.” It is an agreement to lift sanctions in exchange for ending Iran’s nuclear weapons program akin to the Potsdam and Yalta agreements. If the Republicans really believed it met the test of a Treaty the wouldn’t have introduced legislation to require any “agreement” with Iran receive the Senates approval.
[-3] March 6, 2015 at 10:54am
Really I don’t see republican governors and states with republican legislatures every missing the chance to call a disaster area and suck up as much FEMA money as possible. And by the way take a look at the map and see where the most federal tax revenue comes from . So who do you think is subsidizing who? California, New York and Illinois sit in the top four, and Texas would drop out from top four if the oil company taxes was removed.
Remember to keep salt and pepper on your person for your fellow dependents.
[-1] March 6, 2015 at 10:43am
What is particularly interesting is that the group that would assign any cause of the “apocalypse” as part of “judgement day” still only identified judgement day as 16% of the cause. If it is a nuclear war related event I just hope the country who starts it and the one who responds first suffer the most, because both of them deserve to suffer for eternity.
[-1] March 6, 2015 at 10:39am
Oh ok please explain how you “prepping” will allow you to survive a nuclear blast if you are within the “3″ zones that are typically used to describe the blast area? And I guess assuming the military would respond is not looking for the government to help?
JROOK: I can tell you that you won't survive because you haven't got the sense to put distance between you and the "kill zones", just rant about it. LOL
It's called a basement bub. And not depending on Fed the way you do. Good to see your 45% represented, dependent.
I don't live close to one of those progressive targeted cesspools... so I'll be just fine. Since trade will come to a halt, I'll be well stocked and will be able to survive without having to expose my family or myself to the outside environment. Since the military, government and dense population areas will be the first to go... I wouldn't bet my life on waiting for any of them to help.
[-1] March 6, 2015 at 10:32am
Give me a break. Exactly how much did the publisher, promotional firm or author pay mercury to have these “news and opinion” pieces posted to promote the sale of the book. And let one of the self proclaimed devote christians on staff tell me the company was not paid to run these stories either directly or indirectly. Once integrity is lost, it is gone forever and can’t be reestablished.
It’s probably less about getting paid and more about you scratch my back sorta business.
Or maybe they think Strobel is legit and like him, I personally think he saw an opportunity to get paid and has been riding that gravy train for 20 years now.
Lost integrity, yet you're still here?
I guess Mercury must be in the gay business too
[-2] March 5, 2015 at 4:53pm
That’s an interesting approach. Do you apply it equally to the Governor Perry, Governor Casic, Walker etc. who claim that their policies have created millions of jobs. Or are their minimum wage and part time jobs somehow better than the rest of the countries. And of course the major item you are failing to identify is the dramatic increase in the number of baby boomers retiring, which of course pulls individuals at the high end of the salary scale out of the job market. And no doubt you could come up with a more insightful reason why companies are hiring multiple part time workers instead of full time workers. Of course the answer provides the rational why the US needs to move towards national health insurance, instead of a bastardized “for profit” health insurance model the results in the lowest amount of premiums going to actual care of any possible financing mechanism. And take the time to research why Medicare is the most effective and EFFICIENT health care insurance system in the country before you respond with the worn out fox talking points about the Affordable Care Act. I do agree it is a bad approach because it stopped short of national health insurance. And by the way the systems in Switzerland, Germany are better approaches than a for profit health insurance model which seeks to avoid insuring people who actually need care in order to maximize profits.
Keep trying RooKy! Failure is the hallmark of all good progressives!
"I know, because I won both of them."
[-7] March 5, 2015 at 4:44pm
“NBER working papers are circulated for discussion and comment purposes. They have not been peer-reviewed or been subject to the review by the NBER Board of Directors that accompanies official
NBER publications.” Which means this “study” has not undergone even the most basic of peer review or validation. And as noted by the authors of the “study” ignoring other economic factors or labor models that might identify other factors that might have caused the increase in hiring were not considered. I’d say the most relevant macro level figures would be the number of jobs employers were actively looking to fill in 2012, 2013, 2014. As there is no reason to believe that employers decided to create more jobs merely because unemployment was running out. Particularly since it was the employers who had to lay off millions of workers thanks to Bush’s conservative economic policies that brought us to the brink of a depression.
There was nothing conservative about Bush's economic policies. He was as much a tax & spender as the current denizen of the White House. Which is why the economy, then and now, sucks so badly.
"NBER working papers are circulated for discussion and comment purposes. They have not been peer-reviewed or been subject to the review by the NBER Board of Directors that accompanies official NBER publications"
You should really learn the difference between "working papers" and published studies before using them as a basis for argument. You should also cite the sources that you quote, or the quote means nothing.
Rookie, Why don't you get Ripe's email address? Then you can try to out-stupid each other! So far, you're neck and neck!
 March 5, 2015 at 4:29pm
I have a wonderful daughter who is a teacher and the mother of two great grandsons. If she was raped I would spend the rest of my days in prison because the hammer would not be wasted on the SUV. Would love to know if this guy had a juvenile record or previous arrests and what weapons he was able to obtain legally? Cause if he did and was able to obtain any weapons legally, the background checks need to be more thorough and stricter.
Wow, way to turn this story into a bid for stricter gun control laws. You're a real piece of work.
As a law abiding citizen, I'd be pissed off I'd have to go through all the liberal none sense of background checks to be able to obtain a gun to kill this useless SOB.
But again, my actions aren't politically motivated.
no way a grown man could possibly rape a 12 year old girl unless he had a weapon.
You almost got an up vote from me, but my spidey senses told me to wait and read to the end. I can't believe you took a really sad situation like this poor girl being raped repeatedly, and hijacked it to push your ridiculous ideology. Some would say you took advantage of her suffering for your own pleasure.
You trully are sick.
People like you need background checks before they are allowed to spew their idiotic banter onto the internet.
If one were to take account of the amount of energy it took all these years, be it through electronic resources, the man power to run network and server equipment, or individual personal time for your stupid posts to be hosted on the Internet, we may have been able to save a child's life.... Somewhere.
That's liberal thinking right there!
Liberal reads story about man beating the hell out of a vehicle with hammer. Liberal talks about wanting to commit murder with said hammer. Liberal uses this as a platform to take guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens. Just another day of liberal logic.
See jrook, that's where you are wrong. You think you could handle the guy. I if you couldn't, he would just beat your butt and laugh about it. He wouldn't laugh at a 357.
That’s really selfish jrook, doing time instead of being there for your daughter if that was to happen to her. And you really did not have any credibility to lose, but lost credit as a human being dragging gun control into this. I hope you know that, but i doubt you do. You did just make my digital squelch list, the one where i no longer read your comments, i just down vote them when i see your handle pop up.
Truly PATHETIC RooK!
Well, more people are murdered with hammers than guns so maybe you should ask for new laws restricting the purchase of hammers. You could have multiple licenses and wait time requirements based on the weight and type of hammer, example a 3 pound sledge would require a background check, 2 week wait, and a $200 class 3 license whereas a 10 oz ball peen could be purchased with a lower level license but would not require a wait period.
I'm sure you would prefer only the criminals who don't bother with details like background checks, classes and cost of permits to do the dirty work anyway.
 March 5, 2015 at 4:21pm
Once again we have to do the 10 minutes of work so that merely a copied story is considered in the correct context. The original AD-ICM scale was based on 7 stories with respondents providing an answer of 1-5. So the highest score possible was 35. Given the scores quoted above it would appear that an additional number of stories was used. If it was 10 stories the top score would be 50, if it was 20 the top score would be 100. So without knowing the details it is impossible to know whether the difference in the “practice their faith” and atheist group was the <10% as reported or a much smaller difference if the scale was 50, 60, 70 or 100. So we understand the context here and how telling the results were, statistically significant merely means that the difference of <10% between the score of atheists vs. the practice their faith group was not a random finding. The real focus of course would be that the difference is less than 10 percent on the AD-ICM morality scale. It doesn’t mean that there is a significant difference in the two groups with respect to how they ANSWER morality oriented questions. And let’s be clear at the end of the day its about walking the walk, not how you answer a hypothetical question. And if you take the time you will find that the most significant differences in the scoring on the AD_ICM scale is between girls and boys.
Jrook, you know fancy book-learnin' ain't welcome around here. Take that and stuff it in your liberal coastal elite pipe and smoke it!!!1!
 March 5, 2015 at 3:49pm
I so Ahmad Al-Faraj is a journalist that sharona looks up to and agrees with on all subjects. Or is she merely quoting a representative of a Sunni regime natural rejection of anything to do with a ****** country. And no doubt sharona will report on any and all resources or help that any citizen of Saudi Arabia has provided to ISIS.
 March 5, 2015 at 3:42pm
What an absurd waste of money that a trial for this low life took more than 2 weeks. Of course it will only take 3-5 year for Jodi to “accept Jesus” and announce to the world she is a changed individual.
@Jrook: Correct. And then half the commenters here who want her to burn will all of a sudden look forward gleefully to seeing her in paradise. Funny how that faith thing works, huh?
Not so. Karla Faye Tucker became a Christian or at least she convinced many people she did. As a Christian myself I still understand that there are consequences for breaking the law. I believed she deserved her consequences. As a Christian my view point is if she truly was a Christian she will be there to greet me; if not and it was a ruse she won't. I believe that is a contradiction to the way you insinuate wanting someone to burn. Of course I hope she became a Christian. Yep, real funny how that faith thing works, uh huh.
[-6] March 5, 2015 at 3:38pm
Yo BOZO I know it is asking a lot but how’s about you actually read the real Koran and not some conservative website’s abridged, purposely taken out of context, translation. And while your reviewing the portion of the text that deals with defending their city….compare it to the similar text in the Old Testament that tells of Moses and violence…. particularly the part where he tells his warriors to kill every woman that has been of child and keep the virgins for yourselves. And how is regarded anymore as a political ideology than those who rant about American being a christian nation and how our policies and laws should follow the God’s will as stated in the bible?
The difference Gruber voter, is there are no Christians out there performing what you are quoting from the Bible or even calling for it. However, there have been a large increase in the number of heads separated from bodies lately from verses in the Koran while screaming Allah Akbar!
Move along JV'er, and no I do not want fries with my order.
I agree 100% everyone should read the Koran the Hadith. Anyone interested in isalm should take a look at this on youtube.
Hey for your own understanding look at this sight, 45 min. of useful information.
Jrook, read the following verses in the Qur’an that tell Muslims to fight, terrorize, torture and kill anyone who refuses to submit to Allah:
I’ll even make it easy for you… go to http://quran.com/, where you can quickly search the chapters and verses I provided.
Ignorance such as yours can be so easily corrected with a little bit of knowledge and the truth, it’s just a shame that you seem to have no interest in either. BTW, the verses in the Old Testament pertained to Israelites several thousands of years ago and were specific instructions for them to kill specific tribes, the verses from the Qur’an above are commands to all Muslims at all times.
Lane, Ron White said "You can't fix stupid".
Unlike nearly all of the Old Testament verses of violence, the verses of violence in the Quran are mostly open-ended, meaning that they are not restrained by the historical context of the surrounding text. They are part of the eternal, unchanging word of Allah, and just as relevant or subjective as anything else in the Quran and there are very few verses of tolerance and peace to abrogate or even balance out the many that call for nonbelievers to be fought and subdued until they either accept humiliation, convert to Islam, or are killed. Muhammad's own martial legacy - and that of his companions - along with the remarkable stress on violence found in the Quran have produced a trail of blood and tears across world history.
hey folks I think you missed my point. The Koran Hadith and other islamic writings, should be read to understand the evil that islam is. Robert Spencer lays it all out. He has written several books and has numerous presentations on Youtube. Watch a couple of his presentation to understand what islam is trying to do to you and me.
[-6] March 5, 2015 at 3:32pm
Eagan went on to say that she believes conservative media consistently infers all muslims should be grouped together. Despite that fact that there are more muslims fighting against ISIS than christians.
Reminds me of the grouping of Christians and Tea Party members by Progs like you.
[-1] March 5, 2015 at 3:28pm
“The Arizona Diamondbacks Have a New Ballpark Menu Item That Michelle Obama Won’t Like” Seriously mike are you an intern from a middle school? This is your breaking news for the day.
 March 5, 2015 at 11:27am
I’m sorry that my grandchildren will have to confront a country that was too stupid in its trade agreements signed by Presidents from Reagan forward that were so oriented to the wealthy that they did not see the wisdom of requiring the trading partner to pay their workers a living wage that might allow them to actually purchase US goods and adopt reasonable environmental standards to protect the earth from the same corporate negligence that cause rivers in the US to burn and Lake Erie to become biologically dead. I’m sorry that my grandchildren face a world where the minimum wage isn’t even tied to inflation or the productivity index and that companies like Walmart, before their most recent decision, functioned under a corporate policy to set pay and work hours so that their employees would qualify for public assistance and Medicaid. Let’s be sorry for things that are factual and part of our grandchildren’s reality, rather than your opinions.
 March 5, 2015 at 11:21am
Actually, he also disappoints the third group that actually determines the President after the ideologues on both sides waste their votes on criteria that reinforces their own uninformed opinions. That is us independents who don’t like politicians on either side to hide behind ignorance by claiming it was merely their opinion. Its about character, not religion, not ideology and certainly not opinion. And integrity, ethics, honesty, thoughtfulness and courage are characteristics that can be found in individuals from all ideologies, religions, races and nationality. The constant assertion that somehow conservative christians display higher levels or purer forms of these characteristics is on of the really overused and unfounded opinions.
 March 5, 2015 at 11:09am
@Blest…”I guess people are just born fat.” Seriously do you really allow your ideology and beliefs to cause you to be this ignorant, or do you CHOOSE to be this ignorant. Take 5 minutes to research the heredity, physiological and environmentally conditions that can CAUSE someone to be morbidly fat. Then take 10 minutes to research the physiological differences, including differences in brain structure, between homosexual and heterosexual individuals. And there may well be environmental and emotional aspects to other individuals who exhibit that sexual orientation. And similar to people who are fatter than they could be because they choose to eat too much, there may be some who choose the gay lifestyle. But while you might have difficulty understanding levels of complexity, just because some individuals choose to engage in the gay lifestyle, doesn’t mean that for other cohorts their sexual orientation is not determined at birth by way of physiological differences.
 March 5, 2015 at 10:56am
#booger71… Perhaps you should take the time to research Dr. Levy’s work and the brain scans which clearly show differences in brain structures between homosexual and heterosexual. But then again that type of knowledge is hidden in books and not generally found on conservative “news” and opinion sites. I’m starting to understand the real social pathology at work…. that conservative christians really think that because they assert their religious beliefs are true and factual, then any beliefs or opinions they hold, particularly ones they remotely tie back to their religious beliefs are also true and factual. When of course in the majority of cases they are nothing more than their own opinions.
 March 5, 2015 at 10:37am
“I would like to point out that Carson is not a politician, which may result in a greater number of less than politically correct answers to the press. Refreshing, but it will probably kill his chances of winning. If not this time, the next, or the next.” Actually as an independent this characteristic is the one I would value the most. That last thing we need is more politicians like Cruz, Gromley, Bachmann, Palin, etc. who do nothing more than spew out ignorant opinions. I give Carson credit for realizing his remarks were at best ignorant and clarifying them. And he knows that medical evidence confirms differences in physiology between heterosexual and homosexual males. Dr. Levy found differences in the hypothalamus and differences in the brain has also been observed. And while it might not explain sexual orientation in all instances, it does indicate that for some individuals there are physiological differences that drive their sexual orientation. In those cases it is not a choice. And sorry kickagrandma, in those instance your beliefs and opinion are in fact worthless. And indication that you don’t want Carson to apologize for an ignorant opinion simple means you over value you own.