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Jim B. April 22, 2014 at 05:10 pm
Tim, you are a babbling idiot. It's 2014; you might want to catch up a little, pal. If today's GOPRead More freed the slaves, I'd vote for them. They didn't--instead today's GOP try to disenfranchise minority voters and destroy the Voting Rights Act. MLK was never a member of the GOP--I guess you're still reading unsolicited emails, huh, Sparky? It is true that some Southern Democrats were in the KKK decades ago, including--just to get your righties' favorite example out of the way--Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd, who--if he were still alive--would be 96 years old now. Tim, you are an ignorant, ridiculous rube, but don't worry--nobody takes you seriously, anyway.
Jim B. April 22, 2014 at 05:19 pm
Tim, since you are still getting your "news" from unsolicited emails, here's a little MLKRead More for you (I happen to know a bit about the Rev. Dr.....): In Chapter 23 of his autobiography, Dr. King writes this about the 1964 Republican National Convention: "The Republican Party geared its appeal and program to racism, reaction, and extremism. All people of goodwill viewed with alarm and concern the frenzied wedding at the Cow Palace of the KKK with the radical right. The “best man” at this ceremony was a senator whose voting record, philosophy, and program were anathema to all the hard-won achievements of the past decade. Senator Goldwater had neither the concern nor the comprehension necessary to grapple with this problem of poverty in the fashion that the historical moment dictated. On the urgent issue of civil rights, Senator Goldwater represented a philosophy that was morally indefensible and socially suicidal. While not himself a racist, Mr. Goldwater articulated a philosophy which gave aid and comfort to the racist. His candidacy and philosophy would serve as an umbrella under which extremists of all stripes would stand. In the light of these facts and because of my love for America, I had no alternative but to urge every Negro and white person of goodwill to vote against Mr. Goldwater and to withdraw support from any Republican candidate that did not publicly disassociate himself from Senator Goldwater and his philosophy." Dr. King barnstormed the country on behalf on Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Dr. King called Johnson’s win a “great victory for the forces of progress and a defeat for the forces of retrogress.” Here is what King had to say about Ronald Reagan, the hero of modern Republicans: "When a Hollywood performer, lacking distinction even as an actor can become a leading war hawk candidate for the Presidency, only the irrationalities induced by a war psychosis can explain such a melancholy turn of events." Finally, in 2008, King’s son Martin Luther King III said “It is disingenuous to imply that my father was a Republican. He never endorsed any presidential candidate, and there is certainly no evidence that he ever even voted for a Republican.” Stop opening your unsolicited emails, Tim; they're dumbing you way down, pal.
CLaude Todoroff April 23, 2014 at 02:50 am
Thank you Michelle and Barack Obama aka Jim and Sally for your post. It is so refreshing to hear howRead More the GOP is racist etc. The Democraps are so wonderful having destroyed the black family. Please tell us what the Democraps have ever done for minorities? Let me sum it up for you what the Democraps think about minorities. You folks just can't make it on your own without the help of big government. The Democrap controlled legislature couldn't even stand up to the teachers union and support the dismissal of those 2 perverted teachers in L.A. Unified. The state and cities are in the mess they are in because your party sold their vote to the government employee unions for these huge pensions that are guaranteed by the taxpayer if the economy busts while the rest of us don't have our IRAs or 401k plans bailed out. You steal elections (see Al Franken) and when voter ID laws are passed you call them racist. Why don't you go to LAX and call the airlines racist for asking for ID? North Carolina just did a study that showed 32,000 voters voted twice in 2014. How about the mummified woman who was recently found in the Detroit area who had been dead since 2008 but who voted in 2010. Look at how the senate votes were bought to pass Obamacare. The Lousiana Purchase and the Cornhusket Kickback. Have you noticed that the big cities almost all have Democraps running them and they are one by one started filing for bankruptcy. Who will be next - Los Angeles, NYC or Chitown? Then we have Barney Frank who got suckered by his boy friend who was running a male prostitution service while Barney was in the halls of Congress screwing the American people. How about Barney's boyfriend who had a marijuana plantation in Barney's patio and ol' Barney was clueless it was pot. Or Barney screwing this guy from Freddi Mac while his playmate was ruining our real estate loans. The corruption in the Democrap party is incredible and then along come Obama, Rev. Jackson and his side kick Al playing the race card. Go take your lies someplace else because we are tired of them.
Marianne Williamson has already accepted more than 1 million in campaign contributions, well ahead of all other candidates, yet she claims she wants campaign financ reform.  Interesting?
Danielle Charney April 6, 2014 at 03:14 pm
At first, I was put off by Marianne's entry into this arena- partly due to the self- help industry/Read More religious connotations- but also due to her lack of real political experience- then I thought about those doing it- what a joke- welcome Marianne- I like what you say and I for one- am tired of "entitled" relatives who think it's their right to have this career- keep standing up- time for new blood- Lei lost me- as has Shriver-
Tiger Sharp April 22, 2014 at 07:10 am
Roske and Herd. I used to think Marianne had it but she's not even from here (Houston). It sadensRead More me to think she can't donate that money to charity and set an example of spirituality that she is so good at. She's like a mom saying to her daughter "Don't smoke crack" while the mom has a million in crack in her purse! Too bad, Marianne seemed so innocent. She's no better than the rest of em. Brent Roske and Mark M. Herd for Congress!
Lisa April 22, 2014 at 01:30 pm
Obviously, one has to either have their own money, or raise it to win a political race. If you'dRead More done a bit of research on Marianne, you'd know that she had placed a $250 limit on campaign contributions. That's more than I can say for most politicians. Yes, I suppose she could donate that money to charity, but if she wins the election, she'll be able to help far more people. Your argument holds no weight, especially because she's already been giving generously to charities for years. Also, comparing her to a mother who has huge amount of crack in her purse, is over the top ridiculous. It sounded like the kind of comment a Republican candidate would make, in order to hijack the conversation away from what's truly important: The issues.
jb April 22, 2014 at 04:59 pm
John Webb, my comment was not intended to be a "gotcha", it was a simple question.
ChristieD April 22, 2014 at 10:17 pm
@ Max comment: you see being gay as a "problem." This is YOUR problem. My son being gayRead More is as awesome as my other sons being straight. The problem is not gay people, it is the ignorance of those who do not understand it and thus demonize it in their own hearts. This mentality is quickly going the route of interracial marriage. Because, you know, "Christians" fought against that as well because, well you know, the Bible tells us so.
ChristieD April 22, 2014 at 10:24 pm
@ John Webb: do you really truly embrace ALL that the Bible says? There are lots of things in theRead More bible that were seen as immoral in Biblical times that are not an issue today (eating bacon, playing football - aka touching the skin of a pig, wearing polyester, etc.). There are also things in the Bible that were seen as moral in Biblical times that are considered immoral today (including slavery, stoning people, polygamy, incest, misogyny, etc.) So, which parts exactly are those that are acceptable for us to ignore while pulling out those that fit your own personal biases? Because we could go on a Bible quoting frenzy here on this blog which would be quite pointless. The issue here is that this preacher picks and chooses which issues are "special" to him and preaches against them while ignoring other issues (Jesus never said anything about gay marriage but plenty about divorce). God doesn't have an issue with gay people; heck, he created them! And I am so glad he did!
lisa shoshannah shaw April 19, 2014 at 10:10 pm
LOL@snow!
Brian Moloney - The Freelance Retort April 20, 2014 at 05:53 am
Thank, Snow...I think. I guess that's why my pizza is always cold before I get it home....
mimi April 20, 2014 at 08:41 pm
Hey Snow - I think you are giving us a snow job. Don't take that wrong- it's more interestingRead More that way.
LA's Education Advisor www.eduscoutla.com
Angelique Rudolph April 20, 2014 at 07:59 am
Seriously????!! It's just now becoming a question to ponder? Of course it produces better results!Read More It's a matter of respecting education and the educators. Cutting their pay tells them that they aren't as important as the issues at hand and so money needs to go elsewhere. Our problem is a lack of respect for education in this Nation. We need to look beyond our states. Other countries view school much differently, with better results. I went to school in Costa Rica for the beginning of Grammar school. Teachers are valued liked doctors and lawyers are here. They also had to do comparable schooling to become teachers, as well. 98% literally rate there. Can we say the same? NO. When the teachers love their job, are thanked and valued for it, it shows in our students as well. Then children enjoy learning. Easy.
carrie April 20, 2014 at 10:08 am
I am so for this approach! Pay more and get rid if tenure! No one should be guaranteed their jobRead More forever and it makes for failing schools!
mimi April 20, 2014 at 08:37 pm
I'm on that bandwagon, too.
andy fischer April 20, 2014 at 07:03 am
Parent Skill Number 1: Don't send your kids to poor performing schools (because poor performingRead More peers/students) like what are in most of the LAUSD.
Ziegler April 20, 2014 at 04:23 pm
The layout of the grammer school makes a difference in what the child is exposed to and learns.Read More That sounds inconceivable but whan they made the decision to put the children is separate bungalows with just one teacher all day it meant that they would not be exposed to specialist teachers such as literature, art, and music appreciation until they get to Jr. High School. I grew up during the great depression. Most assuredly there was no excess money for education, yet we had a gym teacher, we received instructions in drawing and painting, and we listened to classical records in our one day a week music class - because we walked to the specialist teachers classroom. Getting instruction in the humanities costs no more than sitting all day with the same teacher. It is the number of classroom hours spent per week that counts. The Superintendant does not have to hire more teachers, he hires specialists who excite and stimulate the kids in the subject that they themselves love so much. When the child gets a singlr teacheer who teaches math, English, history, etc. that teacher is bound to not be too good at some of the myriad subjects. If we could expose kids tothe very best at the hight of the depression we can do better by them than to have them sit on their behinds all day with someone who is a master of some and a bore at all.
Carl Petersen III April 20, 2014 at 07:26 pm
Ziegler April 20, 2014 at 04:06 AM "Karl has not blamed teachers and in fact he laments thatRead More Parents are ignored especially the Parents who want the besat for their kids. Over all the teachers are very much respected." ________________________________________________________ I think that the current tenure system is an insult to great teachers. The first special education classroom that I witnessed for my daughters did little more than babysit them. We were told that they were doing all they could for them and that they were meeting all of the goals of their IEP. Their next teacher was still taking classes towards her masters degree and was excited to try new things. My daughters made amazing progress. ____________________________________________________ When the LAUSD was forced to lay off teachers, do you want to guess which one lost her Special Education assignment? Instead she was assigned to a kindergarten classroom. What a waste of a special talent!