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Ice Queen

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  1. Gabbard is a Republican with questionable ties. That guru she hangs out with is a nutcase.
  2. Ice Queen

    US Politics: The Accountability Problem

    That's awful. What state do you live in? Having a master's is pretty much the norm these days, but you're not being compensated accordingly. The cost of living might be higher elsewhere, but it might balance out in your benefits package. The average salary in my school district is better than $60K, and some teachers make more than $85K. (Administrators make well into the six figures.) There's one local district where the average salary is $82K. Edit: I just looked up the latest data. The average salary in my district is now $82K and the district that was $82K is now $88K. Statewide, the average is around $66K.
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    US Politics: The Accountability Problem

    Our university system is very good...if you can afford it. IMO part of the lack of investment in education is the hatred and fear of globalism. We still act as though our kids are competing with the kid in the next desk for a job in a steel mill.
  4. Ice Queen

    New Forum Census

    Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  5. Ice Queen

    US Politics: The Accountability Problem

    Children in some urban areas have to deal with issues no amount of money will solve. Simply put, those kids have huge barriers to learning. Poverty, lack of nutritious food, drugs, gangs, etc. are issues urban schools deal with daily. It's hard to focus on schoolwork when your stomach is grumbling from no food. For many children, the school breakfast and lunch programs are their ONLY access to food and adequate calories. That's not to say there aren't poor kids in the suburbs, or that drugs don't exist among the middle and upper middle class--there are and they do. And many of them deal with the same issues as their urban counterparts. However, the suburban poor kids aren't surrounded by others just like them. Schools and communities go out of their way to help them and their families. It's a completely different mindset and it can really impact school performance.
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    US Politics: The Accountability Problem

    When I was in high school (early to mid 80s), every year we had Salt n Pepper Day that went back a long time. There used to be a rumble on the front lawn of the school, but by the 80s it was all talk and no action. Apparently the riots in 1967 killed students' enthusiasm for it, but the tradition went on, if only in name only.
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    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    And yet, the driving age is 16. IMO, lower the voting age and raise the driving age. My daughter got her permit just after she turned 16. Four months in and there was no way she was ready. Then she came down with mono, and I wouldn't allow her to drive until she was completely recovered, which was more than 18 months later. When she turned 18, she reapplied for her permit. The difference was night and day. She did a thousand times better on Day 1 than she did in 4 months of driving at 16. There was more maturity, more awareness of what was going on around her, and more appreciation for the fact that a car will kill you if not handled properly. That being said, these punks are not children. If they think they're mature enough to have a say in what a woman can and cannot do with her body (NOT), then they're old enough to be treated like adults.
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    US Politics: Shutbound & Down

    We're also part of the Great Lakes Conference which includes western PA, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, western NY, Minnesota (and Ontario and Quebec). We have far more in common with those regions than we do the Northeast. Even Harrisburg thinks the state ends at the Susquehanna.
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    U.S. Politics: Phantom of the Emergency

    I have absolutely no problem accepting that AOC and those like her are part of the party. We need the youthful energy and ideas for sure. But my issue with them as a whole is their inability to play the long game or think strategically. They want stuff right now, right this minute, and it simply doesn't work that way. Threatening to primary someone like Manchin (as an example) just demonstrates that. It's better to have someone who votes with us 60% of the time than someone who votes Republican 100% of the time. The left wing needs to learn that and accept it. I'm not saying "get in line" or anything like that, but if they want broad support among the rest of the Democrats (especially the old ones), there's only one way to do that: win some more seats. Only then will your agenda move forward. And attacking the moderates is NOT the way to go. Most people of both parties ARE moderate and do you know why? Because the center is where policy is made and shit gets done.
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    U.S. Politics: Phantom of the Emergency

    I'm in that bubble with you. I was a Republican until 2004, when they went batshit insane with Iraq and showed their true colors regarding women and minorities. I was probably a Democrat before that, though. I voted for Bill Clinton twice and sat out 2000 because I couldn't stand either Bush or Gore. Right now I hate the GOP and everything it stands for, and they will NEVER get another vote from me as long as they continue down this road of bigotry, fearmongering, anti-democratism, grandstanding and obstruction. As far as I'm concerned, they're all traitors to everything we're supposed to stand for as a country, and they should be dealt with as such. The Democrats have a pretty big tent, but finding a place where we truly belong is difficult. I can't really say that I'm conservative on anything but guns, and that's only because I recognize that in some parts of the country, people are so poor that they still need to hunt for food. If they don't, they'll starve. The left wing of the party despises us. To them, moderates are "corporate Democrats", whatever that means. I've been in Twitter conversations with those folks, and they can't see the forest for the trees. "Primary Manchin!" they say. Are they nuts? There's no understanding that politics is local, and you run people who fit the district. West Virginia and western PA are not California or Seattle or New York.
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    U.S. Politics: Phantom of the Emergency

    This is why we need a wall. $17 million worth of fentanyl seized at the Port of Philadelphia https://6abc.com/amp/$17-million-worth-of-fentanyl-seized-at-port-of-philadelphia/3690305/
  12. Ice Queen

    U.S. Politics: Oh Donnie Boy, the Feds are calling...

    In that case, our only hope is the military.
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    Imagination and Society

    I can go along with that. I think that when Pilate asked him if he was King of the Jews, he wasn't kidding. IMO Christ, if he really existed, was a troublemaker who rebelled against the Romans. So why in the world would we celebrate that?
  14. Ice Queen

    Imagination and Society

    Then you agree that teaching kids that some guy died for our sins on a cross and was miraculously resurrected is infinitely more harmful, and a far more egregious lie, than Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. The point being that if you want to turn them into serious little adults without the psychologically beneficial aspects of childlike wonderment and imagination, you should go all the way and not let them believe in any mythology whatsoever.
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    Imagination and Society

    I'll go one step further. People who have an issue with Santa, the Tooth Fairy, and all other ancient (read: pagan) traditions should also teach their children that Christmas is in no way a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ. Christ himself is probably mythical and derived from a long line of rising and dying nature gods, which themselves are astronomical in nature. Christmas celebrates the winter solstice, when the sun stops its southward advancement and begins its nothward march to the summer solstice. (Incidentally, Epiphany is celebrated on January 6, which is perhelion in the old calendar...the 12 days of Christmas, the magi, etc.) Easter celebrates the equinox, and the Easter bunny, Easter eggs and all the trappings are pagan. Halloween is an ancient festival midway between the autumnal equinox and the solstice. Groundhog Day is also an ancient tradition that falls between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Period, full stop. Santa Claus isn't the problem, but by all means let's at least be consistent. It never ceases to amaze me that Christians have no idea of the history of their own faith.
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