I agree with what you're saying overall but as a former public school teacher it has always bugged me when I hear teachers say "that's not my job" or "I'm already doing enough." In private business your job is whatever it takes to get the job done & that's without Summers off. for some reason we dont expect teachers to do more than teach or grade.
PS. An added benefit of armed officers in schools is that students (hopefully) get to know the officers creating a healthy image of law enforcement.
Unless I missed it I didn't see armed officers at schools on the list. I don't agree with arming teachers but if I go to a sporting event, a government building, or even many national parks there are armed officers... but most schools haven't caught on yet. Security cameras are great but a consistent trend with these school shootings is the shooter doesn't mind getting caught or shot, in fact getting the attention seems to part of their motivation - cameras won't fix that.
Agree - outdated thinking plus nowadays we have ipads we can take away, way worse than spanking!!
11 new criminal charges filed including wire fraud! Hoping these charges stick, the more I learn the more I see her as an evil self-serving fraudster https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/15/elizabeth-holmes-reportedly-steps-down-at-theranos-after-criminal-indictment/
Agree golf is a great sport but... the drawbacks for most are the cost, the space & maintenance required to support a course, & the time it takes to play. On the other hand basketball, backyard football, soccer, etc can be played quickly on short notice at no cost...
First I've heard of this story but agree, hate nazis so much it's hard to even type the word but damn! Arresting a dude for what sounds like a social experiment, society is losing it's perspective.
Agree on the importance of a moral foundation but strongly disagree on the religious side. Our nation was founded by atheists, agnostics, & Christian's who purposely left any mention of a god out of the constitution. From Jefferson, "The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus by the Supreme Being in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. ... But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with all this artificial scaffolding...."
I don't know anything for certain but have been reading a few dire articles recently including this one: "Our military spending constitutes 33 percent of our GDP and when the Department of Defense tried to cut that spending by $2 billion per year, lawmakers insisted that it would hurt local economies and further propel us into debt." So basically the gov't is admitting they know they need to cut spending, but doing so would hurt local economies creating more debt. A very strange spiral on both ends http://thehill.com/opinion/finance/362790-take-janet-yellens-warning-seriously-the-spending-needs-to-stop-now
Totally agree you can't eliminate risk from life but no need to intentionally add to it. Finding the budget for cops in schools yes! Arming teachers holy shit no! Waaaay too many variables involved that will lead to incidents.
Well... So, most of the DC jobs come from the government and government contractors; tech, defense, etc. A theory goes that one day govt spending will slow drastically out of necessity - debt can only balloon so much before drastic measures are needed. When that happens then a lot of the fancy offices around DC will go vacant. I agree with you
I watched an inter-city documentary and it woke me up. Basically these teenagers and 20somethings can't get jobs, literally watched them try repeatedly, mainly because there aren't enough jobs in these areas so they sell drugs. They sell drugs because it's easy, fast, and cash. When interviewed most of them said they plan on selling drugs because it's the only job they can get and they plan on using the money to help their family and get out of town so they can get a real job. Pretty enlightening - most aren't selling drugs because they are evil, they do it because it's the only option...
I wrestle with this one too Kaja - what is it about our culture of violence? As an armchair historian this is nothing new here - America was born by violent revolution, hanging tax collectors in the streets, then to the Civil War, the Wild West etc... maybe it's sadly part of our DNA and it'll take many generations to enlighten. I have an Irish uncle who blames it on the Irish blood that came over spreading the Irish temper ;-)
This site needs a "just want to comment" button - not agreeing or disagreeing here but something that drives me nutz is our lack of unified or consistent International policy. We throw troops and $$$ at the Middle East for crimes against humanity but do little to nothing to fight genocide in Africa. We invade nations across the globe for transporting arms but do nothing to fight crime pouring across our Southern borders.... then... the next administration will do the opposite, or nothing, or something drastically different. It would be nice to attempt to have some sort of doctrine & yes I'm aware Monroe tried & I'm aware doctrines and laws can be changed but.... map of US Invasions:
If you take the long view of history every race, religion, & nationality has been enslaved, mistreated, & disenfranchised. The Irish have been enslaved, the Barbary pirates enslaved whites... it goes on & on. Any person is capable of the evils of racism regardless of skin color...
Not necessarily disagreeing with your stand on the the 2nd amendment, agree there, however; just like the right to a driver's license can be removed for mental illness etc. I believe owning a gun should be reserved for those without criminal or mental history. I fully understand this will not prevent all misuse but it would certainly prevent a lot. Next on the block, thoughts on outlawing high-cap magazines?
I don't think Ginger is saying that will solve the issue, but certainly make things harder for mass shooters without denting the 2nd amendment.
This is why I love our state system in that each state is basically a running experiment of ideas and solutions - those paying attention get to see which ones work or don't. I've heard those from other countries question this method but overall it seems to work, a nation that started as an experiment allows 50 states to try their own solutions to problems... an issue in government however is solutions that don't work tend to get doubled down on... like throwing more money at poverty...
The first thing we need to come to an agreement on; is marijuana so harmful that it should be illegal? The "so harmful" part is where the debate begins, is it more harmful than alcohol? In moderation science tells us no. Is it more harmful than cigarettes? The science tells us they are more or less equal. More harmful than heroine or cocaine? Not even close. If we agree on the science of the harmful effects of marijuana then why is it even illegal at all?
Great article about students "hiding from scary ideas" - one student was quoted as saying, “I was feeling bombarded by a lot of viewpoints that really go against my dearly and closely held beliefs,” http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/22/opinion/sunday/judith-shulevitz-hiding-from-scary-ideas.html?_r=0
Everyone just needs to get over themselves and learn to move on. Attempting to engineer a society that is free from anything offensive will end up creating a generation of sniveling whimps with a dangerous detachment from the real world.