commented on High School Teacher Convicted of Raping 14 Year Old Who Later Killed Herself
If the state doesn't appeal this, shenanigans. Regardless of the crime, dude broke his plea agreement. Considering the crime and his behavior under the plea agreement, he shouldn't be seeing the light of day for decades.
My other thought reading the repulsive comments from the judge: if the teacher had assaulted an underage boy, there would have been a different ruling. The gender of either party should not matter, but it always seems to be part of the decision in sexual crimes.
commented on Why Do Christians Spew Nonsense All Over Talk Shows Like Uncorked Animals?
As my mother explained to me, "When someone is talking stupid, you can generally ignore everything before the 'but.' It is irrelevant to what they actually mean." So this idiot has just proven, again, that he's not worthy of any attention. He's as bad an example of Christianity as a rioter would be of Islam.
The inability to understand irony should be a barrier to public office. I can dream.
commented on Would You Give Up a Small Percentage of Your Future Income for Free In-State Tuition Now?
Maybe... if you're young and you know the job market is awful (like now), you know you're going to be living with the parents for years and broke anyway, it's a good deal. Those first 5 years after graduation or so, you will be losing very little. A person who's older and has a career and good credit yet is going back to school, though, is probably making a higher salary (and will continue to do so), so the state is getting more dollars. A loan might be a better bet, and a shorter term.
One other little "if," though: if the state's schools are actually worth it. For some fields, WHERE you get your degree is as important as the degree itself. Many state schools in the south (I'm looking at you, Florida) have worthless degrees. I've seen interviewers use that as an excuse to dismiss a candidate. I could see a lot of people taking this offer for "free" tuition, finding out the additional costs of school (supplies, housing, time) are too high, and never finishing. Then their already-meager wages are garnished for 20 years. Seems a bit cruel. Even if the student graduates in four years, they're never going to earn enough for the 3% to recoup costs to the state because that school doesn't lead to good jobs.
Both points don't address the outrageous prices the schools would charge to the state or the alternative, the state paying the school so little it's desperate for any full-price students it can get to stay afloat. If enough people took part in this, the money paid would never cover the cost, and it'd be another way that both the budget process and education get screwed.