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Oct 29, 2014 StuckInUtah commented on Mormon Misson Destroys Mormon Kid's Faith.
Your income (and family status in the church) usually determines where you go on your missions.

Of the friends I had growing up who went on their missions - they either came back brainwashed and totally different than when they left, or they came back early/quit the church. One friend who went to BYU for a time got tired of being spied upon and reported for any number of things, including clothing, books read, and people she talked to who might or might not be Mormon. She transferred to U of AZ and was much happier. In grad school in Utah, all of the Mos were on public assistance and still popping out kids. No shame that they were getting WIC, stuff from the local food bank, and pretty much any income-related special fund/utility price/credit they could get their hands on. But they still paid their tithe and voted Republican. One couple who did ask for a break due to job loss were told they still needed to pay their tithe. Eventually they did not, and had "home visits" all the time until they finally left the state - and the church.
Now the church has changed the age for missionaries, so now the younger, more impressionable/malleable teens go rather than kids who may have a year or two of college and independent decision making under their belt. I wonder if the number of returning missionaries who are disillusioned with the church and its ruling body of old, white, hateful men will be lessened considerably because of this. But of course, we'll probably never know. The "free press" in Utah is mostly church owned and even if it is not church owned, it is definitely church controlled.
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Oct 28, 2014 StuckInUtah commented on Glenn Beck Traded His Relevance for Wealth.
So how much does the Mormon Church get from him in tithing?
Oct 28, 2014 StuckInUtah commented on Guest Editorial: Prop 1A Is Not About Kids, It's About Unions and Money.
Also, the irony of you using the endorsement of the Seattle Times Editorial Board as part of your "for" argument cannot go unmentioned, Goldy.

It's more what you didn't say about 1B that concerns me most.
Oct 28, 2014 StuckInUtah commented on Guest Editorial: Prop 1A Is Not About Kids, It's About Unions and Money.
Sorry, but no. Neither are great, but 1B is decidedly less palatable for many reasons, including the proposed prescribed curriculum and data collection. "College and career readiness", to quote Arne Duncan, does not have to start at preschool. This did not have your usual fire, Goldy.

I do like to know the players, because yes, it does make a difference. You don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to want to know who benefits.
http://seattleducation2010.wordpress.com…

If they are truly interested in early childhood, the City of Seattle needs to work together with all stakeholders and come up with one good plan. They need to take the time to do it right. Neither one is fits the bill.
Oct 27, 2014 StuckInUtah commented on Seattle Times Furious With FBI Over Allegations That the Agency Impersonated the Newspaper.
No @8, I didn't miss the point. I just find it ironic that a shitty and biased "news" paper like the Seattle Times is concerned about the FBI masquerading as them to catch a potential bombing suspect and then has the nerve to mention something about respecting the role of the free press, when they've been bought by the Gates Foundation and anyone else with money or power in this county/state. Perhaps if the FBI had paid them, they'd have fewer objections.
Oct 27, 2014 StuckInUtah commented on Seattle Times Furious With FBI Over Allegations That the Agency Impersonated the Newspaper.
The Times is unconcerned about the hypocritical drivel and biased bullshit they print, yet they're concerned that the FBI impersonated them via an email link to catch a suspect? I would think they'd be grateful they were useful for something other than bird cage liners.
Oct 26, 2014 StuckInUtah commented on Awful Person Defaces National Parks With Terrible Paintings.
She's a vandal, not an artist. An artist leaves things better than they were. A vandal does not.
Oct 24, 2014 StuckInUtah commented on Guest Editorial: Send Prop 1B, and Its Conservative Funders, Back to the Drawing Board.
You're the one full of shit, kk. She didn't lie. You can't read.
From the LWV website:

"Current Action
The Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County voted to take the following positions on the ballot measures in Seattle:

Seattle Prop 1A and 1B
On question 1: "Should either of these measures be enacted into law?" the League recommends a No vote.
On question 2: "Regardless of whether you voted yes or no above, if one of these measures is enacted, which one should it be? The League prefers 1A.
For an explanation of this decision, click here."

http://seattlelwv.org/advocacy
Oct 23, 2014 StuckInUtah commented on Is Mars Hill Under Investigation By the State Attorney General?.
I'd love to see pastor Mark in a nice orange jumpsuit.
Hopeful he goes down in flames.
I dislike organized religion immensely, but even worse are the crooks and cons who commit crimes in the name of "religion" and justify it with their "god".
Oct 23, 2014 StuckInUtah commented on Guest Editorial: Send Prop 1B, and Its Conservative Funders, Back to the Drawing Board.
1B throws out all the key words/dog whistles meant to shame people into voting for it.
It also throws in the usual ed-deform vagueness that makes it sound good to the less-informed.
There's "research-based" (though no idea whose research? Gates Foundation fake "research" or actual peer reviewed research from decades of early childhood studies - no details given.)
"University of Washington" - as if being associated with the UW lends credibility. CRPE, anyone?
"evaluation of results" (code for test the hell out of the preschoolers, and probably hang the teachers out to dry if test scores aren't what they want).
"Support, training, and certification for teachers" without describing what that means - sounds just like a TFA program.
"Tuition support" - meaning what? Poor families get $100 off a month in tuition, the same as rich families?

1A has some issues as well, but not like 1B, which deliberately sidesteps the biggest issue of WHERE THE HELL WILL THESE KIDS GO WHEN SEATTLE SCHOOL BUILDINGS ARE ALREADY OVERCROWDED?
But hey, don't let little details like that get in the way. If Bill Gates wants his experimental group of preschoolers, so be it. Perhaps there's room at Lakeside to house them all. Or at the Gates Foundation, where they can have have those poor kids on camera all day, record input/output, even try out their little experimental. engagement monitors, all without leaving the comfort of their swanky office building.

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