And then there’s the actual Preamble to the US Constitution, which almost, but not quite, states the purpose to be to protect life (common defence), liberty (blessings of Liberty), and the pursuit of happiness (not stated, but some could interpret establish Justice or insure domestic Tranquility as meaning something similar), as follows:
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
 February 25, 2016 at 10:25am
True, the life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness phrase is found in the Declaration of Independence, not in the US Constitution, but considered in context, I’d say the declaration is indicating the purpose of the constitutional government they planned to form will be to protect the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
“…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”
[-3] February 19, 2016 at 2:02pm
“public employees are a net drain on the gross domestic product”… SERIOUSLY!?! Are you telling me that you think we would be better off and have a higher gross domestic product without public education?
Are you saying that we are not wasting massive amounts of taxpayer dollars on these public schools-aka daycares?
Education should be run by the states. The DOEd is a massive siphon that takes in billions and sends back millions.
Yes. Absolutely. Prior to the progressive institutionalization of public education America's reputation for educational excellence was only exceeded by European countries and British colonies.
Public education is a joke. Places like Baltimore suck up my tax dollars to the tune of nearly 20,000 a year while the chief administrator of schools there has a chauffeured limousine but something like 40% of students drop out and half the graduates are functionally illiterate.
You're going to tell me it's a success?
Why don't Presidents, congressmen, senators, and 1/3 of all public school teachers in the nation send THEIR kids to public schools?
OK….but you are very one sided.
You never asked to see where was the money going to. Nor amount of bureaucracy. – What good is technology when it doesn’t save labor, time and money. And only is used to create more bureaucracy.
When schools in smaller cities in a State…and …are spending $10,000 a year per student (and this is over 5 years ago). But yet in many cases very small percentage is getting to the schools or classroom.
Also, you haven’t addressed the direct and indirect cost of government laws and regulations from all levels. Nor have you added or accounted for the Obamacare cost, Union cost, the retirement cost.
Like years ago, heard a retired teacher complaining about a $3,000 a month retirement. And has healthcare covered in NJ. And complaining about the cost of living. When they could have moved to another State and lived like a king. And definitely more than the parents paying the taxes and the retirement.
Also something you forget about. The time off, sick leave, time for pregnancy and not working a full year in the job.
If you are really concerned. Then you would be for cutting the fat, the waste and so on. And then addressing the specifics. This coming from a person who had to track ‘way over’ 1,000 buildings.
Why don’t they ask to see their priority list. By specific areas. If they can’t show it. Someone isn’t doing their job.
Also find out much time and cost, and procedures to get anything done, permits, contracts, so forth.
 February 19, 2016 at 1:57pm
The immediate symptoms may be the buildings or even look like teachers and administrators, but trying to fix ANY of that without addressing the REAL root cause won’t do crap.
February 19, 2016 at 1:54pm
Cut all administrators pay, sure. Cut teachers pay, screw that sH!7
Teachers are already doing the best they can with what little they have in an urban environment where way too many of the parents have no freaking clue how to support their kids’ education.
 February 18, 2016 at 7:50pm
1. depends on what sort of comments he made. 2. No, that’s not all he did… according to the article he also threw water at her. I’m not saying that alone justifies a beating, but that plus what was likely very vulgar insults online for everyone to see… I wouldn’t have chased her.
December 4, 2015 at 9:29am
So, the 4 they listed who are clearly mass murderers are also all clearly mentally ill. Does that excuse their actions? No. Is it the same thing as Islamic Terrorism? No! I get so sick of the back and forth gun debate and the complete lack of focus on trying to figure out the REAL root cause of these mentally ill psychopaths murdering people. Defending against Islamic Terrorism in this country is MUCH easier to deal with… get trained, get armed, be vigilant, and shoot back!!
The root cause is the easy access these violent people had to firearms capable of killing several people at a time...
December 1, 2015 at 9:08am
This is NOT a new rule. I can tell you from personal experience that this has been the rule for over 12 years. The fact that this particular store’s manager has been allowing the Marines to break the rule for as long they did is what is surprising to me. My Cub Scouts have ALWAYS had to stay outside of the store and well outside the path of foot traffic in the multiple states I have lived in.
 November 20, 2015 at 8:28am
My thoughts exactly, Phoobared.
 November 9, 2015 at 1:57pm
Or better yet, let the protest continue, let the team lose, let the sports programs suffer and die so the educational institution can get back to providing education.
[-10] November 2, 2015 at 10:12am
Actually, you are not correct. There are all kinds of reasons a properly-elected government may, for the sake of the residents of the jurisdiction, legally enter private properties, or even destroy structures on them. They absolutely did not do enough homework on this case, but your statement that there is zero authority for anyone to go in there and do anything is completely incorrect.
November 2, 2015 at 10:06am
Trouble with that is that if they truly followed established law and policy they can’t be held personally responsible for anything.
 November 2, 2015 at 10:05am
And who doesn’t have their mail forwarded if they’re going to be away for an extended period?!
Yeah, but it is commonly assumed that the term racism means white people being racist against black people or other population groups. There is such a thing as reverse discrimination, which is where the assumption that reverse racism would also be the appropriate phrase for when the proverbial shoe is on the other foot. Reverse discrimination is actually not just a reversal of the roles, however, but a propping up instead of a holding down. Affirmative action is reverse discrimination. NAACP is by its nature reverse discrimination. BPA, by its nature, is reverse discrimination. Often times, however, reverse discrimination ends up being racism against whites. Any thought pattern that values a person higher or lower based purely on the color of their skin is racist.
October 28, 2015 at 10:17am
Glen’s religion does not kill spiritually or physically. What specific allegations are you trying to make with your talk of “idles” (aka idols, I suspect)?
 October 28, 2015 at 10:14am
And it would appear that you are judging the Glenn Beck worships money. Hmm… somewhat incongruous if you ask me.
Well kgechols, considering that most of his Beck's membership here are hateful. The verbal vespid of volatile vitriol coming from vicariously lies and vexing complexity of fact and faith of vicissitude religions. And without such base Beck has no money to have a website or voice.
An asinine alliterative attempt at attacking all anti-atheists achieves absolutely abysmal approbation, @$$hat!
@Htal, You prove my point.
@RPO - I love when the loser claims victory!
Maybe this explains it a little better for you...
[-1] October 27, 2015 at 3:26pm
Sorry, Pat, but you missed a great teaching opportunity. Just telling somebody they’re wrong on their interpretation of the Bible does not teach anything. Rather than lecturing on what you believe the legal process of the United States should be, you should have taught Christ’s pure doctrine. Were you unprepared for the question or do you really not know how to teach it?
Pat Robertson didn't say anything with substance because Jesus never directly spoke about homosexuality, nor was he or anyone we know of him associating with, MARRIED.
October 23, 2015 at 3:47pm
@He-Is_Risen… Unfortunately, I can tell you that’s not the case because I have had to kill a couple of dogs in self defense in my time and I’ve never even been arrested much less gone to jail… and I’m not a cop.
 October 23, 2015 at 2:47pm
I think there is a big difference between treating animals like humans and treating them with respect due any creation of God. Also, the term mother earth as used by those who wish to have good stewardship over the world that God created for us are well within their rights to use the term given Genesis 3:19: “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” Respecting something out of which our physical substance was created does not equal worship unless one substitutes that respect for the proper worship of God.