Yugoboy - Good news! Despite the propaganda, misrepresentations and out right lies spewing from the NRA and their right wing accomplices, your freedom to purchase a firearm is not, and never was, in danger. The Constitution, including the Second Amendment is alive and well. Only those with a fevered imagination view it as being in the slightest shredded.
Neither Obama, nor Congress nor any state government has proposed or will propose that all firearms be banned or that those in private hands be confiscated. Your right to be shot by a friend or family member remains intact, as does the right of any citizen, law-abiding or not, to buy as much firepower as they can afford ij order to be able to and take out their wrath on innocent bystanders in schools, movie theaters and college campuses.
Mrs. Lovely ought to be running for RCSD board President with those visions.
OF COURSE I missed a Donna Summer medley. Of course. I am listening to "Bad Girls" right now in protest. Stupid VCR...
It really is a strong Final 4. I think Kree's B2 appearance will likely help kick her into the F2. Her fans have supported her consistently throughout the season, and the fact that she just started having trouble this close to the finale means that they'll be super energized the next few weeks. Plus, she'll absorb all of Janelle's country votes. So I am predicting a Kree/Candice F2 right now.
I did not watch Clay's original season. I started with S3. But personally I found him awkward and manic last night. That little bit between him and Ryan was so weird. "A lot sure has changed since then!" "I miss Reuben right now." Mmhmm. I do think they should do an all-stars season (I can't imagine Fox is not pushing for that right now, given the massive ratings slide this season), and Clay would be an obvious pick for it. At this point many of the contestants who had signed to labels have lost their representation. I imagine they'd have a pretty hearty roster of singers to pick from, and since you'd skip all of the initial auditions/semi-finals it could be markedly shorter than a regular season...
I applaud the focus of Lovely! Rather than telling us what we cannot afford and what we cannot do, she, is rolling out a plan with a solution to the most pressing problem we have! I do not know enough about school issues to say this will work...but, you never find answers without trying to find solutions. I, for one, will support someone with vision, not someone who tells us what we cannot do...we have that now!
(@ Susan: New York State....just south of Lake Ontario )
Damn. I wanted to hear what you thought of the group number. I tease you not, they did compilation of Donna Summer's hits. Most curious to get your take on it.
Cute that Paula came on and lovely that Dolly Parton wrote the note. She would be awesome as a judge but she is such a big personality and dresser etc, it might be brutal for anybody trying to get attention away from her. Mind you, they've managed this season with Nikki and Mariah. & you are right, Mariah, really focused in this week and said some very sweet things without rambling.
Agreed with the voting public....Janelle was the one to go and she should not have been saved.
One last thing: This is such a strong Top Four and totally likable/adorable.
Was Clay really weird?
Somehow I happened onto your blog (all the way from Seattle) a few weeks ago. Your rundowns are spot on -- more importantly - written with a keen sense of humor. Such fun. Where in the hec is Rochester anyway?
Kathryn Quinn Thomas - that's not democracy... it's freedom.
So Ms. Warren does not want mayoral control, but besides spending $119 million dollars for education that is administered by the Superintendent, with oversight by the School Board, she now wants to have the main focus of the mayors office also being education. If education is Ms. Warren's prime focus, she should run for Commisioner for the Board of Education rather than for mayor. If we don't have mayoral control, then the mayors office has other priorities that should take precedence.
Thank you for your article. The Gun Lobby collective has been extremely cynical and manipulative. Speaking with those in my family that hunt and treat weapons with respect and caution, it is astounding how the leaderships of these organizations have been able to cloak their actions from their members. I guess it is the old 'mother and apple pie' strategy. It seems to have worked to obscure the areas in which all of us are pretty much in agreement: good record keeping, penalties for gun trafficking, better mental health services, safer gun engineering and a host of other items. The answer is to turn over the rocks and expose the underside. That is why modern data collection system are so feared. They fear the light.
Yikes! So if 90 percent of the country is in favor of background checks for gun and ammo purchases at conventions and on the Internet, which ARE NOT checked currently, meaning crazy people can purchase such weapons and show a up at a movie theater and kill people that could be my friends and family and that's democracy???
The Senate took a stand for freedom yesterday. Liberals have a lot of nerve trying to "shame" Americans into voting for laws that restrict our rights and do NOTHING to prevent gun violence. These opportunistic big government socialists got a taste of what they deserve.
Obama wants to turn American into one giant Chicago, and many Americans don't want that. Despite the nauseating propaganda shoved down our throats by the liberal media. So cheers to the Senate for taking a stand against this tyranny. It may have not been a good day for Obama, but it was a good day for freedom.
I don't understand why the day was "shameful" or why people are all upset with Congress. I, for one, was a little worried that they might actually shave some more of our rights in the name of "safety."
For the first time since the sequester, I'm pretty happy with the fact that Congress worked as it was supposed to: protecting the rights of Americans. Congress isn't always supposed to bow to the will of the majority. Sometimes Congress' role is to maintain the rights of a minority.
First: when was the last time Congress worked to INCREASE our rights in any way?
The history of America in the last few decades has been one of reducing the freedoms of individuals and groups who are not in the majority or in power.
Almost every decision of the Congress since at least 9/11 has been to reduce and restrict freedoms of Americans and other global citizens (Patriot Act to name only 1)
Second: why write new laws when older laws could have a significant impact on the problem IF enforcement is implemented. Writing new laws isn't the same as enforcing them.
I don't own a handgun. Maybe I will in the future, maybe not. That decision isn't on my mind, BUT, the freedom to make that decision is. The Bill of Rights isn't an a la carte menu. It exists to protect our rights and freedoms.
We have become a nation of simpering cowards responding with panic and hyperbole at every rare, outlier event that has a negative result. Why? I have no idea except that we have also become a nation that worships its children. The "safety" of the children trumps the rights of free Americans everywhere.
Not if I can help it. Hurrah for the Constitution. It's not completely shredded yet.
It said it was supposed to there today 10-3. I went at 2 and didn't see anything. Has the date been changed??
I think Mr. Klein is "supportive" of public schools in the same way Jean Claude Brizard was. Specifically, Brizard introduced a strategic plan in which the Parthenon Group (a capital investment firm specializing in opening up opportunities to generate investor profits in the public pK-12 "market." ) was the primary citation and basis for his discredited branding-style , charter-expanding portfolio approach to school choice. The article below demonstrates how Parthenon profers advice to investors that has nothing to do with improving education and everything to do with profits. The solutions to the crisis in education involve more democracy and less privatization, not the reverse. Democratization and powerful movements for local control of public education would minimize the perversions of profiteering "investors," but more importantly we would finally see learning focused on meeting our children's needs according to high community standards. Parthenon Group analysis of potential profit centers based on state funding (more is better) and anticipated test performance (lower is better): http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/marketplace…
We can't support every study that those in academia want. Find a cure for cancer, yes. Forget about those other ridiculous studies we gear about all the time, even if they sound "scientific" in nature. The most recent was a grant of our tax dollars to study male duck appendages:
(CNSNews.com) - The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $384,949 grant to Yale University for a study on “Sexual Conflict, Social Behavior and the Evolution of Waterfowl Genitalia”, according to the recovery.gov website.
If this is the kind of nonsense we are funding as "science", we certainly shouldn't be spending any taxpayer dollars on "political science".
I'm not normally a French Dip fan. My mother used to eat them all the time and for whatever reason, I never cared for them. That is, until I ate Harry G's excellent representation. It blew me away.
the problem is our culture, partisan in the university as well as congress. we live in ny yet i have never heard a mention of what happened here during the revolutionary war. how many people loyal to the english crown were burned out, pushed out and emigrated to canada. how about the civil war atrocities in shermans march to the sea. any research on these topics, no. why, because of the partisanship and subsequent cowardice in academia.
research in these areas would lead to discussion about what a well regulated militia could have done to stop the destruction of lives and property. our country is in trouble because those we rely on for research pick and choose what is politically expedient. i might do the same if my career depended on it.
so we are left with uninformed people taking sides, lacking information that would make a decent discussion possible. never mind what history has to say or statistics, nobody trusts them. just manipulate people to get enough votes for whatever side you choose. not a good way to get the consent of the governed
Great resource , as I have been involved with a few of these organizations and they all do great things!
Just want to make a correction regarding Black Young Professionals of Rochester... It's actually called Rochester Black Young Professionals (just in case anyone has to search) and the membership is open for those 21-41 years of age. Membership is $35/yr and $5 for non-members for events. We can be found on Twitter (@ULRBYP) and Instagram (@rochesterbyp) as well.
I think Amber is really a gem of a singer, but for whatever reason she is simply not garnering votes. Even with two very good performances last night I think she'll be in danger. The surprise for me would be Kree or Angie in the bottom along with Janelle. But we shall see!
I spent alot of time considering how Nikki contained her breasts. Quite the dress. Awesome make up. But, I digress:
Candice: She did a far better job of PA song than she did but I also thought it was too simple a song for her to choose at the point. The 2nd song, i wasn't familiar with but thought a fabulous vocal.
Janelle: I don't think she has any problem with confidence. I think she is a happy soul who loves Country. I actually preferred the first song but I think she is in the bottom this week and the judges will not use the save.
Angie: I have figured out what I think is her problem. She sounds better when she sings in her bottom register. When she sings higher she sounds like she is shrieking. I hated that she dedicated the song to Boston. Right. Ryan has already done that. Was this vote garnering? If so, it backfired on me. Also, I LOVE the Pretenders and she blew this song so badly. Just like she ruined that BB song last week. The second song was better.
Kree: I was surprised by the two song choices as well. I dont; think this was her best night but both showed a great vocal range and she has a lovely manner and should stay.
Amber: OMG.. Love her. I must say it was not Mariah Carey who made "Without You" famous. it was Harry Nilsson. At least MC said so....eventually. But it was the final song that I thought was astoundingly good and she was certainly the very best of the night. I loved her when she sang Funny Valentine and this was even better. Again, the best of the night BY FAR.
Janelle is going home. If Amber is in the bottom, I might have to start smoking.
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