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You VILL zupport ze party line ! ...(full comment)

GOP support for Democrat Pappas causes dustup

Justice David Souter turned 75 yesterday. Doesn't much look it, does he? ...(full comment)

O’Connor, Souter criticize lack of civics education

Maybe yes, maybe no (the stench used to be worse coming from Hall Street; lots worse), but this isn't an "Either/Or" situation. It's "Inaddition To", not a trade-off. ...(full comment)

Board will hear plans for East Concord poultry processing plant

I think Banfield makes some valid points regarding CC. Coming from Cornerstone, however, they are intertwined with wrong-headed claims and an underlying paranoid outlook regarding the very idea of national standards. That said, CC was never intended to be the the basis of a new battery of tests of all children. They were instead intended to be an ideal and a goal for those students who are "college-ready". But now, they're being used as the basis of what every child is expected to achieve. Those forces that favor the privatization of schools (i.e. those who think they can make a profit from K-12 education) have embraced CC standards because they anticipate that the test results will likely be poor, and can use those results to justify further moves to dismantle public education in favor of charters, vouchers, and "choice". ...(full comment)

My Turn: Common Core critics are guided by the facts

I am sure it will surprise many who are either liberal or partisan democrats to remember that she, the first woman on the court and a conservative/centrist, was appointed by President Reagan. A great justice, and her concern about declining civic awareness is well placed. It is evident here in NH. ...(full comment)

O’Connor, Souter criticize lack of civics education

I'm a little surprised to hear the GOP is outraged about these states using loopholes to get more money. The GOP prides itself in not only letting but encouraging corporations to use loopholes to get more money (not pay taxes). I don't agree with the practice used by these states but it is funny the GOP would complain. ...(full comment)

Only 4 states will see cuts to food stamps

tillie - I think LF just supports people with a bit more integrity and honesty than Leonardo. Like Walt Havenstein who filed false tax documents and then complained when they wanted the money back (most people would have arrested and charged with tax evasion) or Frank Gunta who filed false financial records during his last political campaign (how many people forget about a $350K bank account that totals more than the entire assets he said he had). ...(full comment)

Leonardo DiCaprio named U.N. Messenger of Peace

And to what private interest group(s) is Cornerstone Action joined at the hip? ...(full comment)

My Turn: Common Core critics are guided by the facts

I'm not confusing anything. You're ignoring the evidence: you're ignoring the statements by Stenhouse et al affirming their findings that the consensus among the experts is well over 90%. You're ignoring the fact that 1200 authors of papers included in the Cook study rated 1400 of their own papers, and came to the same result as the Cook review did. You're ignoring the Oreskes study, the Anderegg study, and the Doran study--all of which found agreement in the high 90's. We're not counting secret ballots here--we're looking at published data. The literature is out there for ANYONE to look at, and count. Feel free to do so. ...(full comment)

U.N. says CO2 pollution levels at annual record high

And thank you Peter for expressing what all of us feel. ...(full comment)

Letter: Ardinger is a class act

Thanks, ItsaRepublic. I was a couple days without internet, so I'm still trying to catch up. Yeah, I am trying not to alienate the CAGW adherents, but I think I am failing badly. Trying to maintain civility, even if it hurts. This is getting tougher and tougher to do, since they like the ad hominem. They like the straw man, too, and the bandwagon, and argument from authority. Anyway, they employed a lot of logical fallacies, repeatedly. I was thinking of going back and counting and categorizing the different logical fallacies- naaah, I think it would break my calculator. I did try to figure out what it costs to go to Bali, one of the remote spots where one of the annual 12 day UN conferences was held. It looks like it may be about 10-15 grand for round trip plane, limo, hotel, and three squares for one person, but this is a really bad estimate, I confess. I think my estimate may be too low. 20,000 to 30,000 attend these climate conferences, and you can bet that a lot of the cost is at taxpayer expense. It must be tough for these sincere folks trying to save the world, There they are, stuck the entire time in conferences, listening to highly technical presentations, looking at charts, reading volumes of material both pro and con so they can fairly assess climate change. And all the while they work, every moment, 24-7 to save our world, there are these beautiful beaches close by. I brought up Google images of Bali and its beaches. Wow. The CAGW folks are saints. ...(full comment)

U.N. says CO2 pollution levels at annual record high

You are confusing the Stenhouse paper with the Cook paper. Also, once again, to state that humans influence climate is a very different thing than saying humans are the primary cause of climate change. The 97% was, once again arrived at fraudulently, since it lumped categories together to obtain the 97%. The use of pro-CAGW activists in the sorting of the papers is so clearly a violation of reasonable scientific methods that there leaves no question in any reasonable mind that the results are invalid. If you think that this is a good procedure, then make sure in any future contested election that in a recount, only one party recounts the paper ballots. Good luck with that. ...(full comment)

U.N. says CO2 pollution levels at annual record high

I think the term "fraud" is appropriate. "Hoax" really doesn't work, and it implies mischief that is not as serious. This is fraud. But along with the fraud there are certainly some glaring lapses of judgment among some of the proponents of CAGW- William Connolley with his thousands of Wiki climate revisions, and suppression of information, Peter Gleick, (sp.?) with his desperate deception, the 10 10 campaign with its and bloody ad that was immediately pulled, the Audi Superbowl ad with the "green police". Those were some serious lapses. Then there is John C. Beale, once a top EPA climate scientist busted for fraud- but his fraud lies outside climate research, so we should not count his fraud. He probably was always careful to restrict his fraud only to areas outside climate science. Right. ...(full comment)

U.N. says CO2 pollution levels at annual record high