fuckyeahdebate

David Leonhart in the New York Times looks at what could be paid for with the $60 billion per year the Bush tax cuts, now being preserved.

  • A tripling of federal funding for medical research.
  • Universal preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds, with relatively small class sizes.
  • A much larger troop surge in Afghanistan, raising spending by 60 percent from current levels.
  • A national infrastructure program to repair and upgrade roads, bridges, mass transit, water systems and levees.
  • A 15 percent cut in corporate taxes.
  • Twice as much money for clean-energy research as suggested by a recent bipartisan plan.
  • Free college, including room and board, for about half of all full-time students, at both four- and two-year colleges.
  • A $500 tax cut for all households.

David Leonhart in the New York Times looks at what could be paid for with the $60 billion per year the Bush tax cuts, now being preserved.

  • A tripling of federal funding for medical research.
  • Universal preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds, with relatively small class sizes.
  • A much larger troop surge in Afghanistan, raising spending by 60 percent from current levels.
  • A national infrastructure program to repair and upgrade roads, bridges, mass transit, water systems and levees.
  • A 15 percent cut in corporate taxes.
  • Twice as much money for clean-energy research as suggested by a recent bipartisan plan.
  • Free college, including room and board, for about half of all full-time students, at both four- and two-year colleges.
  • A $500 tax cut for all households.
The most used phrase in my administration if I were to be President would be “What the hell you mean we’re out of missiles?”
Glenn Beck. Unsurprising.  (via reallyfoxnews)
China launches a missile to let everyone in the world know…and especially the president of the United States of America, know how impotent you are.

liberal-lad:

The White House has drawn a line in the sand: Obama told Democratic leaders on Saturday that he plans to block any extension of Bush-era tax cuts—even a temporary one—unless it’s accompanied by an extension of benefits for unemployed Americans, which expired this week. Earlier in the day, Senate…

anarchyofthemind:

1. Jesus owned nothing.

2. Jesus argued for the dissolution of the family and the establishment of communes.

3. Jesus loved all people regardless of ethnicity or class.

4. Jesus revolted against the imperial government, established religion and finance capitalism (usury).

5. Jesus taught that…

caraobrien:

Interesting article from The American Scholar:

…But before all else, it’s worth asking whether affirmative action is really needed. For all their differences, both critics and advocates acknowledge that some classes of students, particularly African-American and Hispanic, cannot gain admission to many colleges and universities solely on the basis of their academic preparation. They need preferential treatment to enter the model commonwealth. The College Board last measured mean Scholastic Aptitude Scores by Ethnicity in 2008; the results are sobering:

Chace Table Online 2

In critical reading, African-American students scored, on average, 83 points below Asian-American students, who in turn scored less well, by 15 points, than white students. But in mathematics, Asian-American students trumped both whites and African Americans, by 44 points and 155 points respectively. In writing, whites did just about as well as Asian Americans (two points higher) and considerably better than African Americans (94 points higher). And in every category, Mexican Americans did less well than whites and Asian Americans but better than African Americans. With such dissimilar scores facing them over the years (the year 2008 being little different from the previous five years), admissions officers at colleges or universities have introduced handicapping measures in order to admit applicants with weaker scores. Those measures have hardly been trivial.

One important set of studies, by Thomas Espenshade of Princeton University and his colleagues, examined the records of more than 100,000 applicants to three highly selective private universities. They found that being an African-American candidate was worth, on average, an additional 230 SAT points on the 1600-point scale and that being Hispanic was worth an additional 185 points, but that being an Asian-American candidate warranted the loss, on average, of 50 SAT points.

What happens if the handicapping is taken away? The same authors found that the outcome would be dramatic, with acceptance rates falling for African-American applicants from 31 percent to 13 percent and for Hispanic applicants by as much as one-half to two-thirds; Asian-American applicants would occupy four out of five of the seats created by fewer African-American and Hispanic acceptances. The Asian-American acceptance rate would rise by one-third from nearly 18 percent to more than 23 percent. Most astonishingly, it turns out that—contrary to the assumptions of those who contend that affirmative action puts white students at a severe disadvantage—white applicants would benefit very little from the removal of racial and ethnic preferences; their acceptance rate would increase by less than one percentage point.

Read more…

sassymao-:

I ADVANCED TO FINALS IN NOVICE ORATORY AND GOT FOURTH PLACE GUYS

i did awesome well not so much in my first round because it was at 9am and i was dead tired in the morning so i couldn’t memorize the rest of it properly and blanked for about 8 seconds and at that point i was like ahhhh i’m…

You seemed excited, so I just wanted to say good job :)

I love Debate.

I really do. Even though I have to wake up at 6 AM to go to a round that will have no effect on me since I know I’m not breaking, even though it totally kills my whole weekend, I always have fun at tournaments. I always forget about this until afterwards when I think, “Wow, all my best friends are in debate, I get to sit around and make other people look dumb for hours” How could you NOT love that? I get called a nerd a lot for it, but I really don’t care. I’d rather be a nerd and enjoy something productive, than be cool and do nothing interesting or intelligent. 

All the work is worth it, all the time is worth it, and even the losses are worth it, just because its that awesome :)

Cyberbullying - Con

am-i-crazy:

I brought up the fact that there are other more important problems that need to be dealt with before cyberbullying. I brought up the examples of rape and murder being more important than cyberbullying.

My judge told me not to bring up rape… and said rape is terrible.

YEAH THAT’S WHAT I WAS TRYING TO TELL YOU DUMBSHIT!!!!!

This is why PF always frustrated me.