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calendar   Sunday - December 29, 2013

trees and the roof too

A note of minor (if that) interest.

Yesterday I had three tree guys come by to give us estimates for getting rid of that tree that fell in last week’s storm.
I posted the photos on Dec. 24.

Also getting estimate to knock down the last trees that are just as large, I mean really big. Well, when I posted the original pix just looking at the thing, I thought and it sure does look, like the tree fell across the hedge and you could see the tip of it . Not so.

Yesterday when the landscapers were here I went around the fallen tree to see just how far over that tree had fallen. You can not see over that hedge from the place where I shot the photos.  What a surprise. The thing was bigger than shown in photo, and the rest of it was out of sight of the camera lens, and is laying completely across the back lawn of the neighbor. I mean from one end to the other.  It can’t be seen from the vantage point where I snapped the photo.
If you now go back to those photos and see the last pix, you see the volume involved in cutting.  I’m referring to the trees that are still standing.
So ... one of the three who came here says the cheapest and best way is ...

To toss all the cuttings on a bonfire and burn everything over a few days.  ??  No way!  I mean yeah it could be done but. That’s all very wet timber to begin with. And even if it weren’t .... in theory we can only burn (or should only burn) when the breezes are not blowing back into the neighbor’s homes and ours as well.  I pointed this out and the answer was of course, well we’d have to wait til the wind was going in another direction.

OK so now we’re talking about how long?  Yeah right. Forget that.  These are massive trees the cost is .... hmmmm. Never mind but forget the new pc this year. Because ..... we also have some roof work supposed to take place in Jan.  And the plaster work inside will be about as pricy as the guy doing the outside work. We aren’t replacing the whole thing btw. 

So ,,,,, one of the guys said he would work up two or three estimates for me with different options if I wanted to cut corners and save money.
For example.  Instead of reducing everything to chips and sawdust by machine, the wood could be cut for firewood and stacked in the far corner of back garden, and only the smaller branches and twigs and stuff that isn’t cut for the purpose of fireplaces etc. would be reduced to dust.

The New Year is gonna be off to a great start.  Well ... it will be for the workmen we’re going to have to pay.

Typical btw.  The fellow who said he would write up an estimate and email to me late on Saturday .... never did.
Which of course raises the question, if he can’t do that on time and as promised, can he be trusted to do the job if hired?


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/29/2013 at 02:46 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - December 28, 2013

whose side is he on?

Our President, or theirs??

Iran’s centrifuge surprise

AFTER IRAN ANNOUNCES a new generation of equipment to enrich uranium, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., says the Islamic Republic is ‘showing their true intentions’ toward building nuclear weapons and deserves increased sanctions — a demand President Obama opposes.

Surprise? To whom exactly is this a surprise? This is not even “unexpected”, like those massaged to death lies about the economy thrown out as news stories.

Not one single real American had the slightest doubt that somthing like this would happen, under Obama directly, but even more so under Secretary of State John Fuckface Kerry the traitor and his laughably worthless “treaty”.

What kind of fools run this country, and why do they persist in believing that We The People are as big a bunch of fools as they are??

President Obama faced mounting bipartisan pressure on Friday to drop his resistance to an Iran sanctions bill after Tehran announced a new generation of equipment to enrich uranium—a move the Israelis claimed was further proof the regime seeks nuclear weapons.

One of the president’s top Democratic allies is leading the charge for Congress to pass sanctions legislation, despite the president’s pleas to stand down. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, D-N.J., told Fox News that the “Iranians are showing their true intentions” with their latest announcement.

“If you’re talking about producing more advanced centrifuges that are only used to enrich uranium at a quicker rate ... the only purposes of that and the only reason you won’t give us access to [a military research facility] is because you’re really not thinking about nuclear power for domestic energy—you’re thinking about nuclear power for nuclear weapons,” he said.

Fuck, even a dirty little Lolita whoremonger Senator from NJ can see this one coming. What’s with our great leader? At this point I seriously, seriously question whether he is working to bring about the New Caliphate, The Seventh Imam, and the collapse of the West.

And yeah, I blame Bush for half of this. He should have dropped a nuke on Tehran, just for the fun of it, back at the onset of Gulf War II. Or at the very least saturation bombed their nuclear R&D mountain redoubt until it was a giant crater 1/2 mile deep. Oh heck, Iran were even expecting us to do so at the time. But no ... Chimpy McHitlerBurton trotted out that giant NSA/CIA/FBI report: look here you stupid flyover rednecks - Iran isn’t trying to build nukes! Says so right in this report, so y’all just shut up now and go back to quietly accepting the loss of all those freedoms under the Patriot Act. And the whole country (except for the media) knew it was a lie, yet that was the ONE time his enemy the MSM didn’t doubt his word. Hmmm. Go figure.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/28/2013 at 08:10 AM   
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calendar   Friday - December 27, 2013

One Two Three, Good Enough For USMC

Unless You’re A Girl

United States Marine Corps To Drop 3 Chin Up Qualification

For Female Recruits





God knows why we’d want our fighting forces to be pyshically fit.

Females in the Marine Corps will not have to meet the physical fitness standard--set to go into effect as of January --of being able to do at least three pull-ups, the Corps quietly announced on social media.

Unlike their female counterparts, male Marines have long been required to do at least 3 pullups.

The Marines have postponed the deadline for female Marines to be able to do at least three pullups for at least another year.

Currently, “women aren’t able to make the minimum standard of three pull-ups,” Marine spokesman Capt. Eric Flanagan told CNSNews.com. Fifty-five percent of female recruits tested at the end of boot camp were unable to do three pull-ups (1 percent of male recruits also failed).

Marine officers told NPR off-the-record that, given the three-pull-ups rule, they were afraid of losing “not only new recruits, but also current female Marines who can’t pass the test.”

Female Marines will be allowed to do the flex-arm hang instead of pull-ups this year. With the arm hang, a person grabs the bar with both hands and pulls their body up and holds their chin above the bar for as long as possible.

Uh huh, and to do the flex arm hang it seems that they have to do at least one pull up to get into the position. So will the ladies be given a lift, or have a step stool to stand on to start?

Disgusting.

Pull-ups have been used to test Marines’ upper body strength for over 40 years. The ability to pull-up one’s own body weight over a bar shows the upper body strength that, in combat, is needed to lift fallen comrades, pull one’s self over a wall, and carry heavy munitions. Combat Marines also carry a pack that weighs around 90 pounds, with gunners carrying an additional 50 or 60 pounds.

Never having been a US Marine, I am utterly stupefied that the men are only required to do 3 of these. I would have figured ... oh, about 100, maybe 75. How about 50? 40? They’re not regular Joes, they’re Marines! I guess my mental image of what makes a US Marine is about 60 years behind the times.  I thought they were supposed to be tough guys, the hardest of the best. Silly Drew.


Oh, and BTW: chin ups and pull ups are not the same. Chin ups: palms face you. Pull ups: palms face away from you. Pull ups are a bit harder, but both work the lats (upper back muscles) and biceps.

Since chin ups put your biceps in a stronger line of pull, they’ll typically hit your biceps a bit harder than pull ups will.

Conversely, pull ups may hit your lats a bit harder, mostly as a result of your biceps being in a slightly weaker position.

Grip width also plays a role here too. The narrower your grip is, the more it will train your biceps. The wider the grip, the less it will train your biceps.

a similar source to the first link
a link to the old new rules


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/27/2013 at 08:54 PM   
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of course … because he’s white

Knockout Game player charged with hate crime

The ONE white guy to ever take part in it, naturally



A man charged with a federal hate crime in connection with a “knockout” assault against an elderly black man appears in court Friday afternoon for a detention hearing.

Authorities say the assault was racially motivated.

Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, of Katy, Texas, has been charged with one count of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday.

According to the federal complaint, Barrett attacked the 79-year-old man “because of the man’s race and color.”

The suspect made a video of the attack November 24, the complaint said. In the video, he allegedly commented that “the plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?”

He then allegedly “hit the man with such force that the man immediately fell to the ground. Barrett then laughed and said ‘knockout,’ as he ran to his vehicle and fled.”

The victim suffered two jaw fractures and was hospitalized for several days, the complaint said.

Meanwhile, in New York City, where the knockout game is played weekly, if not several times a day, and nearly exclusively by blacks, police boss Ray Kelly still has his doubts that it actually exists.

In a separate case, New York City police on Wednesday searched for a man who allegedly punched a 33-year-old woman in the back of the head in Brooklyn in what may be a “knockout” assault.

Despite that and other cases, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said last month that city officials haven’t seen evidence of a trend, though they are not ruling out the idea.

“The press has named it the so-called knockout game. We don’t discount that that exists. It’s a possibility. We’ve investigated and will continue to investigate,” Kelly told reporters in late November.

oh ... and meanwhile ...


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/27/2013 at 08:17 PM   
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storm seems to be over at least for us, but this being england, will not count on that

The day the wind started blowing water UPHILL: Thousands are marooned across Britain as flooding, landslides, power cuts and 109mph winds cause chaos - and millions stay at home

The country was hit by heavy rains and gales of more than 100mph overnight in the second big storm in a week

Flood warnings are in place across Britain as parts face even more rainfall later today
Winds in Cumbria were so strong this morning that a waterfall was pictured flowing uphill
Thousands of homes without power in Wales and Northern Ireland thanks to the severe weather
Many train services delayed or cancelled due to high winds as London commuters stay away

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We are very lucky and very thankful indeed we are.  There may be things in the area but we have not been out since Christmas day, and then only to a village friend just up the road.  The one place here that does flood on occasion, is a dip in the road at the bottom of the hill on the way to our friend’s house. But it was dry and the winds last night and today were not even close to what they were, or may still be in other parts of the country.  Some of my favorite parts of this country I see are still under water. 


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/27/2013 at 03:30 PM   
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just for fun …. for the very few that may be here

He has been described as ‘shambolic’ and in appearance I suppose he often is.

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Born in America to Brit parents, he is the mayor of London, often sneered at by liberals and sometimes his fellow conservatives as well.
Reading a bit about his adventurer dad, I’d guess his upbringing along with his siblings was a bit shambolic too.  He’s an interesting person, from what little I know of him.  I do know he’s fun to listen to when he is interviewed or a guest on a panel show.  His sister is a writer as he is btw, there are no dummies in that family I’m aware of.  It would not be allowed.  So this had to be one of those very embarrassing moments for bad Boris, who really is a very smart guy.  But apparently he opened his mouth before his brain was totally engaged. Again.  He does that from time to time, and ppl love the guy. He has committed verbal blunders many politicians would resign over after the dust settles.  Not our Boris.  He seems to go from strength to strength.
Oddly enough, from what I have heard, he once did hold some kind of office but was a dud at it.
He angered conservatives on both sides of the Atlantic when he wrote a piece in the Telegraph supporting Obama and he explained why.
I couldn’t bring myself to read it, which on reflection I really should have done.  But I didn’t and it’s water under the old saying now.  His newspaper columns had been published as a book, he is a good writer if a bit wordy for me.  So that’s a brief background and
HERE’S A BIO if you care.

So then .... away we go.  An episode of foot in mouth?  Btw ... this surely can not be an IQ test.

Some of these are tricks I do believe.  See how ya do and the answers are below the fold.
Boris for all his brains .... failed says the paper this comes from.

Daily Mail

During a radio appearance, Boris Johnson dismally failed an IQ test, only days after saying the population is divided between the dunces who do terribly in IQ tests and the geniuses who pass them with flying colours. Harry Mount compiled some typical questions so you can find out which one you are. (Answers under the fold.)

1. You’re in a race and you overtake third place. What position are you in?
A. Second
B. Third
C. Fourth

2. If you re-arrange the letters CIFAIPC you will get the name of a kind of what?
A. Country
B. Animal
C. City
D. Ocean
E. River

3. If you only have one match inside a matchbox and enter a cold, dark room, in which there’s an oil heater, an oil lamp and a candle, which do you light first?

4. Which one of these five is least like the other four?
A. Painting
B. Statue
C. Novel
D. Flower
E. Poem

5. You drive a bus from Cheltenham with 43 people on board. You stop at Cardiff to pick up seven more people and drop off five passengers. At Edinburgh you drop off three passengers and pick up four more and eventually arrive at York 20 hours later. What’s the name of the driver?

6. Complete the sequence:  A, Z, B, Y, C, X, D, W, E . . .?
A. Q
B. H
C. V
D. F

7. The day before the day before yesterday is three days after Saturday. What day is it today?
A. Monday
B. Tuesday
C. Wednesday
D. Thursday
E. Friday

8. People climb me, cut me and burn me. My rings aren’t made of gold but do tell my age. What am I?

9. There are thirty-nine letters in this sentence.
A. True
B. False
C. Impossible to say

10. If a doctor gives you three pills and tells you to take a pill immediately and another every half an hour, how long is it before all the pills are taken?

11. People is to Democracy as Wealthy is to . . .
A. Oligarchy
B. Plutocracy
C. Monarchy

12. The letters in the word ABOUT are in alphabetical order.
A True
B False

13. Although I may have eyes, I cannot see. At one time there was a lack of me in Ireland, and people starved to death. What am I?

14. Which word does not belong?
A. Apple
B. Marmalade
C. Orange
D. Cherry
E. Grape
Quiz: How will you do in Harry Mount’s quiz after Mayor Boris Johnson failed an IQ test this week

Quiz: How will you do in Harry Mount’s quiz after Mayor Boris Johnson failed an IQ test this week

15. Mary’s father has five daughters: 1. Susan 2. Alice 3. Georgia 4. Tatiana. What is the fifth daughter’s name?

16. Some say I’m rock. Some say I’m cheese and I lift and drop the sea. What am I?

17. Donald and Regan are married with four children, called Michael, Farley, Solomon and Larry. They’ve just had a baby girl and are picking the name. The choices are Tiffany and Allegra. Donald’s brother, a piano teacher, tells them only one name would be correct if they want to follow the family tradition. Which name is it?

18. I am an insect, and the first half of my name is another insect. A famous pop group had a name similar to mine. What am I?

19. What is the similarity between ‘2 + 2 = 5’ and your left hand?

20. How can you make the number seven even?

21. I am a married woman. John’s son is my daughter’s father. What is my relationship to John?

22. Two people were in a house. No one came in or went out, but then there were three people. What happened?

23. Which word is always spelled wrong?

24. A man walked through the woods with his dog and saw three cats, six wolf cubs, seven rabbits and 13 squirrels. How many feet were there in total?

25. Which members of your family are defined by the crossword clue — Lainws?

26. A farmer had 17 sheep. All but nine died. How many live sheep does he have left?

27. An electric train is travelling on a 200-mile journey from Swansea. It has 12 cars with a total of 230 passengers. The weather is overcast and damp, with a warm front approaching from the north. Which direction will the steam blow?

28. How might an American translate the phrase ‘H20 autumn’.

29. David makes a bet with Sally that she can choose any name under the sun and he will use it in a song she will recognise, with the original lyrics. Sally doesn’t believe he can do it, takes him up on the bet — and loses. What song did David sing to win?

30. How much earth is there in a hole that measures two feet by three feet by four feet?

31. A man sees a snake slithering across the road and swerves to crush it with his tyres. All the street lights were off, as well as the car’s headlights. There were no other lights on along the road. How did the man see the snake?

32. There’s a red bungalow on a red street with red walls, tables and chairs. What colour is the staircase?

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/27/2013 at 11:53 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - December 26, 2013

it’s the day after christmas and all thru the house

Not exactly what folks need here.  Been reading about the unfortunates who are without a home today and people without power. It’s cold, well doh, it is December.  There was some power outage in this area but nothing that touched us in this location.  So very thankful so far.  Winds are a worry of course.  So far today, bright and sunny, not a cloud in the sky. On the cold side but not uncomfortable.

I hope nobody comes along and blames it all on Bush.

Batten down the hatches for MORE Christmas misery: Britain to be battered again tonight as thousands remain without power

Gusts of up to 90mph set to strike, with northern England and northern parts of Wales worst hit
Environmental Agency issues 80 flood warnings - many in Kent and Sussex
UK Power Networks: East of England almost back to normal apart from a few isolated pockets of customers still facing power cuts

By Nick Enoch

Britain is bracing itself for more stormy weather, with forecasters warning of 90mph winds and blustery showers.

Wind and rain may cause travel disruption tomorrow which could leave commuters struggling to get back to work after the Christmas break.

The Met Office has issued yellow and amber weather warnings, indicating ‘severe or hazardous weather’ with potential to ‘cause danger to life or widespread disruption’.

The worst-affected areas are expected to be northern England and northern parts of Wales.

John Griffiths, a forecaster for MeteoGroup UK, said: ‘There will be some very, very strong winds and blustery showers in places tomorrow.

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‘The winds will start to pick up this afternoon and evening. Tomorrow around 6am, there will be some strong gusts of wind going up to 90mph.’

The severe weather forecast has also prompted new warnings for homeowners to prepare for more festive flooding as rain washes over saturated ground and into swollen rivers.

Kent and Sussex are expected to be among the worst hit.

Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes or spend Christmas without any power after storms battered the south earlier this week.

UK Power Networks said that the East of England is now virtually back to normal apart from a few isolated pockets of customers.

The company this morning said customers in the following regions were still without power: Kent, 4,869; Surrey 1,672; and Sussex, 1,639

Engineers are still desperately trying to reconnect the homes, which may be left without electricity until the weekend.

We are in the South .... should miss the 90mph mentioned, but after the past week, I worry about any wind with those trees left standing in the back.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/26/2013 at 02:47 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - December 25, 2013

a very merry christmas to very special people

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The rain has stopped for now ... there is no wind today.

Am off to a traditional Christmas dinner at a friend’s house.  Even before I came on the scene, wife’s family went to village friend every Christmas, and I’ve been attending since 2004, only missed one year and even then, I was sent a plate.  What a spread.

Later in the day, early evening I guess it is ... our friends will be coming here for coffee, tea whatever and two different kinds of chocolate yummies.

When things Brit in food say cream .... they really do mean cream.

So that’s it for the day and I want to say again for anyone passing our way ... Merry Christmas.

To our regulars .... you folks really are quite special.

Have a safe day as well.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/25/2013 at 11:36 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - December 24, 2013

Happy Holiday Post

Merry Christmas To All

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Let’s see ... Xmas To-Do list ...


And To All A Good Night!

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 12/24/2013 at 05:09 PM   
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This Says It All

It isn’t about money, it isn’t about injustice or social equality - it is about generations who believe that they must never be ‘forced’ into being anything but what ‘they’ want to be - a victim, lazy, a criminal, a predator, a freeloader, unaccountable - what they have always been - bitterly clinging to their racism, victim-status, and base hatreds and criminality.

They refuse to be accountable for their own failures and successes, they refuse to be accountable to their relationships, they refuse to be accountable to their spawn - but damn if they don’t deserve their EBT cards, Obamaphones (or ten), their project apartment, their Medicaid - and you are just a bigoted racist if you think otherwise.

100% spot on. Bestest comment in a long time, by Wardmama.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/24/2013 at 02:56 PM   
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storm last night …. our back yard this morning … more to come we are told

After my last post, last evening, the winds huffed and puffed and roared pushing rain hard against the windows.

The noise was much like a flight of prop driven four engine plane.

I was up and down a lot, tried reading as I do every night, but kept getting distracted by the storm.

Took pix this morning. This is going to be costly to get rid of. 

Weather report says we are due for more.  Sure hope not.  They said Friday was going to be pretty bad.  Hope not. The remaining tree is taller than the one that you see here.

Meanwhile, it’s bright and sunny but cool.  wHOOPs >>>>> darn it but the weather here can change fast.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/24/2013 at 01:35 PM   
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Life In Jersey

The Love Shack is a little old place where we can get together

Love Shack baby!

Lawsuit: Real estate agents used Wayne home for sex romps



A former president of the Passaic County Board of Realtors is accused in a lawsuit of steering potential buyers away from a couple’s vacant Wayne home so he could use it for “sexual escapades,” which were captured on hidden cameras.

Richard and Sandra Weiner of Denville have filed suit in state Superior Court in Passaic County alleging breach of trust and fiduciary duties against Coldwell Banker of Madison and Wayne residents, and Coldwell agents, Robert Lindsay and Jeannemarie Phelan. The Weiners are seeking compensatory damages for invasion of privacy, infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract, trespass of land and other civil counts.

“Defendants Coldwell and Lindsay were engaged by the Weiners to market and sell their home in Wayne, New Jersey. Instead, Lindsay and Phelan, through Lindsay’s illegal and dishonest acts, used the Weiners’ home as their play pad to have sexual relations in the Weiners’ bedroom, among other places in the home,” the suit states.

The lawsuit alleges that along with making a duplicate key to the house, Lindsay “intentionally listed the house above market value to avoid Realtor traffic in the home while he and Phelan carried on their trysts.”

The suit filed Dec. 6 also states: “Worst yet, all of Lindsay and Phelan’s sexual escapades were recorded on security video cameras located in the Weiners’ home.”

“All visits were for sexual encounters,” the suit states. “The last visit to the house by Lindsay and Phelan was on Jan. 23, 2012. Sandra Weiner happened to be checking the video cameras feed at the time and saw strange people in the house with what she thought were flashlights. The house was dark at the time. The Weiners called the local police, who then went to the house.”

“The police opened the door to the house and found Lindsay pulling up his pants,” the suit states. “Lindsay lied to police by telling them that he was there to prepare the house for an open house. … Instead, Lindsay and Phelan were at the house to have sex.”

Well, this looks like a big black eye for Coldwell  Wanker    Bonker   Banker.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/24/2013 at 05:20 AM   
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winning by not losing

We took 10 out of 16 points at Late League tonight. Conditions were terrible. Nobody could roll anything decent, and it was split city all night. I threw ... a 518 series I think? Gak. But it was enough to win a point in games 1 and 3, and give me overall against my opponent. So 3 out of 4 for me, because he sucked worse than I did tonight.  And sometimes, that’s how it goes.

Due to Christmas Eve and New Year’s, we get 2 weeks off from Greed League. Fine by me.

And now for a well deserved drink. See what I have to mix in with this eggnog stuff in the fridge. And tomorrow ... the holiday fun really begins!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/24/2013 at 05:14 AM   
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calendar   Monday - December 23, 2013

Dem Racis Skoolz

Your Tax Money Well Spent

Camden NJ: just 3 High School Students “College Ready” on SATs

Nearly $24,000 per year spent per student, $10,000 above national average





Camden NJ, right across the Delaware River from Philadelphia PA. Once a thriving city, it is now the blackest, poorest, most run down, gang infested, trashheap among any of the eastern states. The libraries have closed, the police department has nearly been laid off, the fire department likewise. It is a horrible cesspool long ago abandoned by the white people who built it. It has been an enclave of the Democratic Machine and all its corruptions for more than 80 years.

And this is the bottom line: More money per student is spent there than in nearly any other school system in the country, no matter how well off that community may be. And it makes no difference whatsoever. Because the populace has gone aboriginal, and couldn’t care less about schooling. WTF, the EBT gets renewed every month either way.

The new school superintendent in Camden, N.J., says it was a “kick-in-the-stomach moment” when he learned that only three district high school students who took the SAT in the 2011-12 school year scored as college-ready.

Paymon Rouhanifard on Tuesday told the school board and the community what he learned on a “listening tour” after he was named to the post in August.

He told the city’s Board of Education that low college readiness shows the district must do better.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/19cp4f3) the superintendent also says he also heard about safety problems in the district. He says one action he’s taking immediately is waiving the $75 background check fee for parents who want to volunteer in the schools.

In June, the state assumed control of the schools in the poverty-stricken city of 80,000.

There ya go: another GREAT solution: get in more parents to volunteer, but don’t bother vetting them. WTF, they’ll all fail it anyway.

“College Ready” according to the SAT folks, means scoring a 1550 or better on the modern SAT exam, which uses a 2400 point system these days. So this means taking the SAT, and scoring just less than what used to be called a failing grade (1550/2400 = 64.58%).

The SAT Benchmark was designed to measure the college readiness of groups of students. The SAT Benchmark score of 1550 is associated with a 65 percent probability of obtaining a first year GPA (FYGPA) of a B- or higher, which in turn is associated with a high likelihood of college success. Students meeting the benchmark score of 1550 were more likely to enroll in a four-year college, had higher first-year GPAs and were more likely to be retained for their second and third year than those students who did not attain the SAT benchmark.


Nice. So the BEST of the high school kids in Camden managed to just barely fail the SAT, or slightly better. And this is after you, me, and everyone else chipped in enough tax money to spend more than $15 per hour on each and every student in their school system.

Camden is no tiny town. The population is about 80,000 people. About 40 percent of the residents live below the poverty line. The FBI has ranked Camden first in the nation for violent crimes per capita in cities with over 50,000 residents.
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The upbeat website of the Camden Education Association, the local teachers union, doesn’t appear to mention the disastrous failure of the union’s teachers to prepare students for college.

“The Camden Education Association shall continue to advocate for quality working conditions, economic benefits, political involvement, and professional growth for its membership in order to promote the best education for Camden City students,” the site perkily promises. (notice there isn’t a single word about providing any kind of education for the students, quality or otherwise!)
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Figures provided by the Common Institute of New Jersey show that the Camden school district spends $23,770 per student each year. Across the United States, average spending per pupil is a little over $10,000, according to Governing.com.

Camden has 5 high schools, with at least 2,000 students in that age bracket.


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