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  1. A significant number of districts or states have...

    A significant number of districts or states have changed or lowered standards for teachers. As Celeste notes, these exams are not challenging for any college educated person - or shouldn't be.
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  3. Thread: Long Jokes

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    Sad Guy A guy walks into a bar and sees an old...

    Sad Guy

    A guy walks into a bar and sees an old friend drinking alone and the friend looks terrible.

    He walks up and says, "What happened! You look awful!".

    The friend sighs and says, "Well,...
  4. Thread: Long Jokes

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    Me, probably. I fixed the one I knew I did but...

    Me, probably. I fixed the one I knew I did but no doubt I missed many in the copying. :(
  5. But sites have an obligation to warn potential...

    But sites have an obligation to warn potential members that they may be banned for posts and have a common sense rationale for it. Ravelry did not take step in terms of politics back in 2007 when...
  6. Thread: Long Jokes

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    Long Jokes

    These jokes have a good set-up:
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  8. Antifa doxing Tucker Carlson and Stephen Miller with posters all over DC listing home addresses

    Tweets, pix, and links at the link.

    I have seen Carlson's show for about an hour in total since he's started at Fox so I'm not exactly a fan (or a fan of any news reader/Op Ed personality on any...
  9. Why Harvard Was Wrong to Make Me Step Down

    Whether it's Harvard and some faculty guy representing Weinstein or some D list law grad representing killer-rapists from the bad part of town and teaching CC night classes on the side, the principle...
  10. This isn't about being "offended", it's about...

    This isn't about being "offended", it's about members who support the President being labeled as racists and then banned from the community.

    If Ravelry's admins said, "We're no longer allowing...
  11. The are definite problems that happen with only...

    The are definite problems that happen with only children but they generally aren't childhood problems. The problems happen later when one child has to help manage the aging issues of one or more...
  12. Very entertaining puzzle and explanation! ...

    Very entertaining puzzle and explanation! :encourage:
  13. Ravelry, a fiber arts social network, silences Trump supporters as “white supremacists”

    Links at the link. I posted the entire thing because people uninvolved in the fiber craft scene need to how it is devolving due to PC stuff. All of the various "Fuck Trump" patterns are still...
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    Very nice! I bet it's a lot brighter!

    Very nice! I bet it's a lot brighter!
  15. Fashion world shaken by cultural appropriation claims

    This seems absurd. Should people around the world be barred from wearing jeans unless they are American?

    France 24
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    True. I sew and it's rare to see any woman at...

    True. I sew and it's rare to see any woman at the "average" height/weight. The waist thing depends a lot on whether the woman has given birth a few times or her age. Muscles get slack after a...
  17. If they are legally separated and have distinct...

    If they are legally separated and have distinct financial lives, shouldn't that be a factor? I get it if they are still living together.

    :confused:
  18. Happy Birthday!

    Happy Birthday!
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    Holy cow! That's not a pretty picture. :eek:

    Holy cow! That's not a pretty picture. :eek:
  20. "Nature" is really kind of an awful place. Sure,...

    "Nature" is really kind of an awful place. Sure, it looks beautiful from a safe distance and we'd all die without it but there's nothing "fair" about Nature.

    That sheep died the way most animals...
  21. But not well.. :devil:

    But not well..

    :devil:
  22. What part of this do you not "get"? You...

    What part of this do you not "get"? You understand that there are more deer and elk in the country today than in 1850, right?

    You understand that deer and elk routinely starve and miscarry in bad...
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    I'm not a fan of BMI. It was designed to...

    I'm not a fan of BMI. It was designed to evaluate very large populations. Not individuals.

    If you want to figure out your thing, look in a mirror, get on a scale, or employ a tape measure.

    I...
  24. A lot of guys think that now. In a fairly...

    A lot of guys think that now.

    In a fairly traditional marriage, it's way more beneficial economically. Two can raise one better than one (usually, not always). Financially, it's very lucrative...
  25. Thread: Jokes

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    :devil:

    :devil:
  26. Thread: Jokes

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    Jokes

    A good joke is a good joke. :devil:
  27. Michigan Man Who Won $80 Million Lottery Jackpot During Divorce Ordered to Pay Half to Ex-Wife

    He needs to provide for his kids, obviously, but I've never understood this kind of thing. They were separated. He bought the ticket with his own money. She didn't choose the ticket or have...
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    I really like old films, shorts, historical...

    I really like old films, shorts, historical footage, and that kind of thing. I also do costume and historical sewing.

    I'm really struck at how big people are now and it isn't that they are all...
  29. Anytime. ;)

    Anytime. ;)
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    Here's "The Passenger Train": ...

    Here's "The Passenger Train":


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8-Ea041Tjg
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    We just did square-dancing or dodge ball. ...

    We just did square-dancing or dodge ball.

    While being average at square-dancing, I was lethal at dodge-ball (and tether-ball). I don't know why exactly. I had a lot of focus and had been hit by...
  32. I've thought about what to about people who act...

    I've thought about what to about people who act out online and get stalky but I have to confess that not much comes to mind. It's difficult to understand what's going on.

    99% of these people,...
  33. Ah, that is an 'inside baseball' angle I missed. ...

    Ah, that is an 'inside baseball' angle I missed. I'm generally aware of the reputation Jesuits now have (both good and bad) but not anything specific.

    Thanks for the expansion and clarification!
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    No fear. I'm skipping 'Hemo, the Magnificent'...

    No fear. I'm skipping 'Hemo, the Magnificent' and 'Our Mr. Sun' for personal trauma reasons. They were still showing those deeply into the late 1960s

    These films are generally before that era.
    ...
  35. We did. Aside from the idiocy factor with the...

    We did.

    Aside from the idiocy factor with the CFL craze, I have real problems reading with them if there is no natural light. Now, this is just me - I have a vision thing and the vast majority of...
  36. A Comic Masterpiece: The GE Smart Bulb Reset Video

    Geeze, I think starting a fire takes too much time. :laugh:

    Hot Air
  37. Polish Parliament Member Invites AOC To Visit Real Concentration Camps

    The Lid
  38. Researchers Shocked by Findings of Post-Gamergate Study: Female Gamers Are More Sexist

    Interesting. It's almost like women are real people and have agency. Almost.

    I don't know what to think about this really. I've played my share of video games and in online games, the...
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    We didn't pull the trigger fast enough, I guess,...

    We didn't pull the trigger fast enough, I guess, so Jack remains an only dog for the time being.

    He's pretty disgusted.

    That's mostly the weather. We're barely out of the 40s and it has been...
  40. I live to serve. :devil: Nah, actually I've...

    I live to serve. :devil:

    Nah, actually I've just done a lot of technical writing and while I can be verbose for my own pleasure, I can summarize stuff fairly well. :laugh:
  41. The tl;dr summary is that the teacher in question...

    The tl;dr summary is that the teacher in question entered into a same-sex marriage while employed at a Catholic school.

    The Archdiocese requested that the teacher's contract not be renewed but...
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    This one is business telephone courtesy. ...

    This one is business telephone courtesy.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgp72EGg4wA
  43. To me, BBQ is a technique. Sure, the rubs and...

    To me, BBQ is a technique. Sure, the rubs and sauces are tasty and worth the effort but the cooking style is where the magic happens and it can only happen with relatively tough cuts that have some...
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    *laughs weakly* That is by far not the worst...

    *laughs weakly*

    That is by far not the worst thing I've done in a parking lot. Or with sodium.

    I've had classes at Oak Ridge - you should consider yourself lucky. Honestly, I'm surprised I...
  45. We test flew the Doggie Downer tonight and I'm a...

    We test flew the Doggie Downer tonight and I'm a believer.

    I knew we going to get bad thunderstorms tonight. We have intensely wicked thunderstorms and this Spring as been worse than usual...
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    I'm just not feeling the cat thing. I'm resigned...

    I'm just not feeling the cat thing. I'm resigned to getting one and dealt with a lot of them over the years. Mr. Snaps is sending me Caterday clips. This is less helpful than he thinks.

    Sure, I...
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    I've seen it but never participated. My game...

    I've seen it but never participated.

    My game was small explosions. They were mostly small. Let's say small-ish.

    Some eyebrows were fried but as God is my witness, I had nothing to do with...
  48. Phelps' biggest advantage was his wingspan. He...

    Phelps' biggest advantage was his wingspan. He wasn't stronger and he didn't have a better cardio-vascular system than his competitors but he did have a freakish wingspan.

    Maybe he has Marfan...
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    Well, thanks Gary. Your support makes this cat...

    Well, thanks Gary. Your support makes this cat decision so much easier. :p
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    Why Did You Leave Canada?

    Now this is a joke. :table:
  51. Seals Sing Star War Theme And Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tWyL0X57-w

    If only we could get human beings off a karaoke stage that fast. :devil:
  52. My experience is different. Some women who voted...

    My experience is different. Some women who voted for Clinton out of the "sisterhood" thing like the job picture for their kids or husbands and have said they will vote for Trump. I know more men...
  53. In real life, (not politics) it's pretty common...

    In real life, (not politics) it's pretty common to start down one road and then reverse course abruptly before any damage is done.

    We call this "smart".

    I assume the President (not just this...
  54. I did hot yoga for about 5 months and I can...

    I did hot yoga for about 5 months and I can pretty much guarantee that everybody took a shower right after. You had to do that or just die from the slime factor. I ride bikes and B.O. isn't really...
  55. I'd guess they were going for an association with...

    I'd guess they were going for an association with the sauce.

    Everybody knows there is no such thing as BBQ hamburger. You can dump BBQ sauce on a hamburger (and some do) but the meat itself can't...
  56. I would guess that fewer of them do anything...

    I would guess that fewer of them do anything physical enough to sweat. If you build a fence or play around on a road bike for 30 miles, you'd better do something or you will reek but if you do yoga...
  57. Forget the polls, rampaging Trump's going to win easily in 2020 unless Democrat ostriches drag their heads out of the sand and wake up to reality

    More.

    I have no idea if this speculation is correct but I haven't yet met a person who admitted to voting for Trump but has decided they will not vote for him next time and I've met some who...
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    I was alive during the last round of real...

    I was alive during the last round of real inflation and I don't remember it fondly. Rural people monitor prices very, very carefully (radio and newspapers then, Internet now). Farmers and ranchers...
  59. Horns are growing on young people's skulls. Phone use is to blame, research suggests

    More, pix, etc., at the link.

    Finally. Something I don't have to worry about! :laugh:

    Greenwich Time
  60. I've certainly heard all the stories about 'dog...

    I've certainly heard all the stories about 'dog flu'. My cousin (a large animal Vet) says, "No". My Russian Vet also says. "No".

    I know very little about canine infectious diseases but when two...
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    The .40 is the most common round for law...

    The .40 is the most common round for law enforcement, if I recall correctly. There's certainly nothing sinister or magical about it.

    I've shot it but don't use it in my own guns. Not because...
  62. It does sound like an STD. :laugh: Urban dogs...

    It does sound like an STD. :laugh:

    Urban dogs probably never have to have this. Jack lives in an area frequented by raccoons, chickens, horses, cattle, and goats, and often travels to places...
  63. Very good question. What about all the non-slave...

    Very good question. What about all the non-slave owners who had their property destroyed by the Union Army?

    I don't care what side anybody was on for any reason. In terms of reparations, I can't...
  64. Thread: Animals

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    Don't we all feel this way. Clams are delicious!...

    Don't we all feel this way. Clams are delicious!

    I try not to bark when they serve them. I try.
  65. It's a bacterial disease spread by wild animals...

    It's a bacterial disease spread by wild animals or livestock. If Wee Doggie never plays where elk or cattle or sheep happen, it's unlikely your dog will ever be affected.

    Most dogs have only a...
  66. Virtually all slave-descended blacks have some...

    Virtually all slave-descended blacks have some white ancestry. Some of it is through rape or coercion and some through love matches of one type or another.

    Most Americans are mixed if they are...
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    OMG Collie 4

    Mr. Snaps is in negotiation with some guy in Nebraska over a 7 month old Tri Rough Collie. She's a cutie but they all are at that age. Guy claims to be allergic.

    This is naturally false. Nobody...
  68. Because I never could compete against a genetic...

    Because I never could compete against a genetic male my height and within my weight given 20 pounds. 16 of those pounds would be muscle and vascular tissue for him. All 20 of mine would be fat.
    ...
  69. The Federal government of the United States of...

    The Federal government of the United States of America, that's who we pay it to. Do you seriously think we all laugh like maniacs when we yank a mile of guts out an elk?

    Yes, hunting is...
  70. There is a very wide and easily tested difference...

    There is a very wide and easily tested difference between men and women or doped women.

    Since some genetic women and some genetic males can be doped, what to do? Males have an inherent physical...
  71. The sole reason we have Bison is because they...

    The sole reason we have Bison is because they taste great on the grill or in the oven. I'm sick of people who do/pay nothing ever lecturing me about killing animals.

    I was designed to kill game. ...
  72. Some people have unusual genetic advantages. ...

    Some people have unusual genetic advantages.

    It happens.

    But when record-setters are all male genetically, where do genetic girls and women go? Where can they go?

    No genetic woman can...
  73. It's the fucking Pitt-Robinson tax that you do...

    It's the fucking Pitt-Robinson tax that you do not pay. It's been in force since 1937.

    Jeeze, I don't care if you don't like hunting or fishing or shooting. Millions never get off a sidewalk and...
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    This entire thing is ludicrous. All these...

    This entire thing is ludicrous.

    All these people come from countries with much stricter and demanding requirements for resident aliens and naturalization processes. A lot pay real money to be...
  75. Reparations is an idea that has never made any...

    Reparations is an idea that has never made any sense to me. Sure, I can see actually giving every freed black male 40 acres and a mule back in the day (which would have elevated them above many of...
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    This one is very explicit and graphic so be aware...

    This one is very explicit and graphic so be aware if you have a low tolerance for gore, pain, or dead bodies. It made me very thankful for the built-in safety features of modern vehicles as well as...
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    That would be interesting in an awful way. ...

    That would be interesting in an awful way.

    The reason all utopian economic schemes fail is the failure to factor in human nature. Like it or loath it, human nature is the biggest input into...
  78. No, the main concern is that women's sports are...

    No, the main concern is that women's sports are generally operating at a loss unless they have government mandated financial backing anyway and the introduction of men or intersexed people will...
  79. No. It's because the safest places for humans...

    No. It's because the safest places for humans are where there are fewer humans.

    Any trails that also intersect hunting areas are very plainly marked for both hunters and hikers. Most...
  80. From Lady Marva: About what? I guarantee...

    From Lady Marva:



    About what? I guarantee that there are more people who get killed on their own driveways and in their own garages every year than get potted by a hunter while using a hiking...
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    This entire thing seems ridiculous. In more...

    This entire thing seems ridiculous.

    In more normal times, AOC's remark would have been considered a stupid gaffe and the world would have moved on 20 minutes later. Nobody would have defended it...
  82. Thread: Funnies

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    Interesting Short Films

    There are number of vintage short films on everything from drunk driving to 'social guidance'. They run anywhere from 7 or 8 minutes to 20 minutes or so.

    Here's one called 'Habit Patterns':

    ...
  84. Well, I'd like to be 25 year old super model with...

    Well, I'd like to be 25 year old super model with 45 million bucks, a 1964 Corvette convertible, and waterfront property in Monaco.

    However, if my doctor, mechanic, and real estate agent gave me...
  85. What's wrong with you? Have you ever actually...

    What's wrong with you? Have you ever actually hiked more than 3 feet off a sidewalk?

    During hunting season, everybody wears blaze orange or something whether they hunt or not. Opening new land...
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    Sure, why not? Some people like statues and...

    Sure, why not? Some people like statues and history, some don't although any rally is usually about the politics and not much about municipal art.

    Wait.....did you have a point? :confused:
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    I'm not enthused but people want to do it. Meh. ...

    I'm not enthused but people want to do it. Meh. Those people are extroverts.

    I'll do it.

    I'd prefer to read the transcripts which is what I normally do with any political speech but some...
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    No kidding. My pool is doing it's annual...

    No kidding. My pool is doing it's annual cleaning/maintenance thing this week. The fees and permits to refill it probably exceeds the the cost of the water by 100%.

    I have wells so I snicker...
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    We've heard that he will hold rallies in Colorado...

    We've heard that he will hold rallies in Colorado next year. Some friends and I are making plans to attend at least one. I'm not big on the crowds/noise thing but if I could see Hillary Clinton...
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    So, the take-away is shove the cat outdoors so it...

    So, the take-away is shove the cat outdoors so it dies quicker. :laugh:

    We've had numerous cats until Xenia's death. I think I was under the impression that cat ownership was a condition of...
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    More Cat Consideration.

    I knew this day would come.

    We have had a minor incursion of very young mice. Their parents are somewhere.

    Unbelievably, I was talked into live trapping these vermin. The things we do for...
  92. Jack Discovers Lepto and Doggie Downers

    Jack: So, what is this Lepto thing anyway? Does your face fall off? Do you puke and eat it?

    Me: You are a relentlessly outdoor guy so we routinely encounter raccoon, porkie, fox, coyote, bald...
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    Related but not absolutely on point. I had...

    Related but not absolutely on point.

    I had lunch with an more-or-less non-political friend. He was somewhat concerned about a Civil war but believed strongly that no private firearms could stand...
  94. The actual Communists and dedicated Socialists...

    The actual Communists and dedicated Socialists are/were extremely big on borders. How not?

    It was/is difficult to confine peoples who want to flee. The Berlin wall had nothing to do with...
  95. I don't care if people have absurd...

    I don't care if people have absurd American/foreign names, it's basically stupid but whatever floats your boat. In Sweden, my American first name made no sense at all and was considered difficult to...
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    Lady Marva: Yes and isn't a "gift" - they...

    Lady Marva:



    Yes and isn't a "gift" - they pay. Almost all our water is tremendous snow melt, some is aquifer water.

    Many states could not do agriculture without us. The Sierras get a lot...
  97. When you really think about it, we know virtually...

    When you really think about it, we know virtually nothing about the physical world and less yet about how minds operate. It appears that we know a lot compared to say, somebody in 400 B.C., but...
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    I think this is about right. I've had very good...

    I think this is about right. I've had very good times and very bad times but I've never asked myself why so-and-so has it so easy (from my perspective). I've always thought my deal was largely my...
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    Not completely relevant to the thread but the...

    Not completely relevant to the thread but the craziest person I ever actually encountered was also Ce De Baca. That is how he spelled it because he was part of an influential and very old land grant...
  100. Thread: Meme

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