commented on Better than Idaho!
@4 Where do you get the bullshit notion that Utah's schools are high performing? They're not. They may look that way on the surface, but that is due to the majority of the students being white, and the Mormon church stressing the importance of education. If you look beyond the fluff - i.e.really parse out the data - you will find Utah's schools are not so great. High class sizes, overworked/underpaid teachers, a good 'ol boys (ward) club when it comes to higher paying administrative jobs, and lots of overcrowded schools on the track system because the fucking legislature is too cheap to pay for new schools, unless they are in the newer, upper-class neighborhoods.
Utah is the epitome of Simpson's paradox when it comes to data.
Also - UEA is pretty pathetic. They do very little to support their teachers aside from throwing out a few quotes when something related to education goes on. Yet another reason why teachers aren't paid jack shit in Utah.....
commented on Oklahoma City Suburb Hit By Huge, Terrible Tornado
"MOORE, Okla. – Officials said they are no longer working a search and rescue effort but now a recovery mission at the a Moore elementary school where children and teachers took shelter Monday.
First responders told KFOR-TV’s Lance West they don’t believe there are anymore survivors in the Plaza Towers Elementary school.
So far the bodies of seven children have been recovered.
Crews said they believe 20 to 30 more children may be inside but again, do not believe there are anymore survivors."
commented on It's Spring! Who's Ready for Street Harassment?
I heard crap like this in Phoenix all the time walking home from high school. I usually flipped them off or ignored them. One time a friend walked home with me, and when the usual litany of "nice tits, come fuck me baby" kind of crap started up, she turned right around and told them how only little boys with pinky dicks would talk like that, and that real men knew how to respectfully treat a woman, etc. It was an awesome pushback, and shut most of them right up. Since then I've followed her lead and always responded back with something to indicate how pathetic I think that person is and what they must be making up for. And I always have my pepper spray as a back up in case that male can't stand having his genitalia – or lack thereof - commented on.
commented on Mitt Goes Home
He bought 2 houses with some acreage and is tearing them down to build himself his latest mansion-trosity. Shame - that used to be a pretty area with old, classic homes and gorgeous, large yards. Now they've been replaced with huge, ugly new houses that all try to outdo the other is square footage and ostentatiousness.
Mitt will have way more sycophants in Utah than he ever had in California or in Massachusetts. I bet he'll run for Utah governor soon.