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  •  Charter schools a scam is a feature not a bug (10+ / 0-)

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:10:45 PM PDT

  •  kleptocratic bottom feeding (7+ / 0-)
    Lawmakers fail to properly oversee rip-off charter schools:The Center for Popular Democracy and Integrity in Education has documented in a new report that federal funds to badly regulated charter schools are being lost through misuses and outright embezzlement in the industry. And legislators are, in general, doing bupkis about it. The report put 15 states under scrutiny discovered more than $100 million in tax dollars had been lost to "fraud, waste and abuse."

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:11:09 PM PDT

  •  "Rain don't stop no show." (3+ / 0-)
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    LinSea, milkbone, ThatSinger

    Yesterday, Orleans Ave.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:13:26 PM PDT

  •  I wonder when Hannity (3+ / 0-)
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    will have the Sandy Hook "truther" on?  You know, for balance.  

    •  Speaking of that gutless wonder that is Hannity, (3+ / 0-)
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      there hasn't been much discussion of his chickening out on being waterboarded. About 5 years ago, when Hannity said it wasn't really torture, Keith Olbermann offered to pay $1,000 per second to the charity of Hannity's choice for every second that Hannity could stand being waterboarded.
          Five years of chicken shit silence.

      The Republican motto: "There's been a lot of progress in this country over the last 75 years, and we've been against all of it."

      by Hillbilly Dem on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:28:55 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Utah first in giving to charity? (8+ / 0-)

    I don't consider giving 10% of your income to the Mormon church or giving away weird bibles in France "charitable contributions"!

    •  You may not, but the IRS does. (1+ / 0-)
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      Fortunately, the IRS does not have a content-based litmus test for what's considered "religious, charitable, educational, etc." -- if they did, many left-wing stir-up-the-people organizations (the ones I give to) probably would not qualify.

      I may not agree with their choice of causes -- but have to admire anyone who tithes 10% year in and year out, most of them while raising large families. It's a lot better than most of the "private charity will take care of everything" advocates in Congress.

  •  Tim Tebo: drafted in FIRST round... Michael Sam: (8+ / 0-)

    drafted in LAST round...

    Yep... Christians just can't catch a break, can they?

    Baby, where I come from...

    by ThatSinger on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:25:28 PM PDT

  •  Netroots Nation Scholarships: (0+ / 0-)

    Vote for me here. I'm still in the top ten, but I need more votes. I'd like to get over 500. Who knows, maybe a late rush by dedicated Kossacks would get me a thousand.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:28:34 PM PDT

  •  Found on twitter - seriously creepy RW/CT (2+ / 0-)
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    I don't love writing, but I love having written ~ Dorothy Parker // Visit my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet

    by jan4insight on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:39:53 PM PDT

  •  If by "fed to the lions" (3+ / 0-)
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    they mean "given millions of dollars", then sure, Tebow was fed to lions.

  •  Tebow (1+ / 0-)
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    Really don't understand why the right wing claims Tebow was somehow persecuted for being Christian.  The vast majority of players in the NFL are Christian - so claiming Tebow was persecuted for it doesn't make sense.  I also do not remember any sort of attacks on Tebow.  The closest thing to an "attack" I remember is the SNL skit.  SNL makes fun of celebrities, athletes and politicians - that's just what they do.  The Tebow skit wasn't even that harsh - it was just making fun of the idea that God would be interested in the outcome of a football game rather than actual important events.  An SNL skit doesn't mean he was persecuted.  Tebow actually received far more attention (and almost always positive) than his talent should have warranted.  So in that case, he is similar to Michael Sam.  Some random ignorant people might make rude comments about either one, but they both receive more attention than their talents alone deserve.

  •  The Gallup survey doesn't ask respondents (1+ / 0-)
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    to define, nor does it define for respondents, what constitutes a 'charity', so my inclination (prejudice?) is that Utah gets high marks because of a prevalence of Mormons who consider a donation in money or time to their church as 'charity' even though:

    Focus on business and buildings
    Concerned or disgruntled current and former Mormons complain that the church spends too much on real estate and for-profit ventures, neglecting charity work.

    The Mormon church has no hospitals and only a handful of primary schools. Its university system is limited to widely respected Brigham Young, which has campuses in Utah, Idaho and Hawaii, and LDS Business College. Seminaries and institutes for high school students and single adults offer religious studies for hundreds of thousands.

    It counts more than 55,000 in its missionary forces, primarily youths focused on converting new members but also seniors who volunteer for its nonprofits, such as the Polynesian Cultural Center, which bills itself as Hawaii's No. 1 tourist attraction, and for-profit businesses owned by the church.

    The church has plowed resources into a multi-billion-dollar global network of for-profit enterprises: it is the largest rancher in the United States, a church official told Nebraska's Lincoln Journal Star in 2004, with other ranches and farms in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and Great Britain, according to financial documents reviewed by Reuters.

    Ranching and farm industry sources say they are well-run operations.

    It also has a small media empire, an investment fund, and is developing a mall across from its Salt Lake City headquarters, which it calls an attempt to help revitalize the city rather than to make money. These enterprises are also part of a vast nest egg for tough times. The church expects wars and natural disasters before Christ returns to Earth in the Second Coming, and members are encouraged to prepare by laying in stores of food. Farms and ranches are part of the church's own preparation.

    Play chess for the Kossacks on Join the site, then the group at

    by rhutcheson on Mon May 12, 2014 at 02:36:36 PM PDT

  •  What makes Derrick Ward (1+ / 0-)
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    think he has the right to speak his mind without getting frowned upon?

  •  Still individual Mormons and churches do a lot (0+ / 0-)

    to help each other.  They help each other move, get mortgages, run food banks that are more like supermarkets, pay for burials, run all kinds of youth and counseling  programs, etc.  
    they run their church like the government.  You pay your 10 percent tax, I mean tithe, and you get services back.  But I think if Gallup had asked Utahans what they donate to,  it would have found their charity outside of their own group is less than most non-religious people.

    Freedom of speech, in my view, does not mean the freedom to buy the United States government -- Bernie Sanders

    by OnePingOnly on Mon May 12, 2014 at 03:29:37 PM PDT

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