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Well they key is that you should vote. When you think about it a lot of the world's worst dictators would have been stopped (or at least stopped sooner) if people had taken a stand at the polls or failing that made a stand somewhere.

At least if you ask me people hating politicians is fine but if you don't vote to try to do something about it you don't really have a right to then complain.
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Taral-DLOS wrote:
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/11/domestic-violence-law-topeka-kansas_n_1006203.html Shocked


That's offensive. My God, what is the world coming to? Legalizing spousal rape in Afghanistan, and decriminalizing spousal abuse in Kansas?

What is the world coming to?


After receiving a lot of national press, Topeka is trying to remedy the situation:

http://www.kansascity.com/2011/10/13/3205186/officials-talk-workload-in-domestic.html#storylink=misearch
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That's a relief - not people losing their jobs but, well, you know what I mean. Thanks for this, DLE!
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Salaris Vorn wrote:
Well they key is that you should vote. When you think about it a lot of the world's worst dictators would have been stopped (or at least stopped sooner) if people had taken a stand at the polls or failing that made a stand somewhere.


Exactly. If an Adolf Hitler-type runs for Prime Minister, I'll vote for the specific reason to keep him out.
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Life Is The Path wrote:
That's a relief - not people losing their jobs but, well, you know what I mean. Thanks for this, DLE!


No problem. My state always gets into the national headlines for Westboro Baptist Church, BTK, George Tiller's murder and stuff like this instead of all the good things that happen around here. If only freakin' awesome BBQ was newsworthy....
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So, whether you're Republican or not, anyone got anything to say about the candidates? Personally I'm favoring Herman Cain. I like what he says, his answers in the debates and interviews, and the fact that he's not a career politician.


I like Herman Cain, but him supporting TARP and the Federal Reserve has really made me uncomfortable. I'm supporting Ron Paul as of right now. Very solid libertarian candidate.


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Dancelittleewok wrote:
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That's a relief - not people losing their jobs but, well, you know what I mean. Thanks for this, DLE!


No problem. My state always gets into the national headlines for Westboro Baptist Church, BTK, George Tiller's murder and stuff like this instead of all the good things that happen around here. If only freakin' awesome BBQ was newsworthy....


I can understand that. News reporters run with the theory (which I feel they're not much wrong about) that people prefer reading about things going wrong, more than things going right. The more alarmist, sensationalist the story, the more people will buy the paper.
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Jedi Joe wrote:
Darth Skuldren wrote:
So, whether you're Republican or not, anyone got anything to say about the candidates? Personally I'm favoring Herman Cain. I like what he says, his answers in the debates and interviews, and the fact that he's not a career politician.


I like Herman Cain, but him supporting TARP and the Federal Reserve has really made me uncomfortable. I'm supporting Ron Paul as of right now. Very solid libertarian candidate.


I'm convinced Herman Cain is fluent in the German language. Nien. Nien. Nien. Razz On a serious note, what do you like best about Ron Paul?

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I can understand that. News reporters run with the theory (which I feel they're not much wrong about) that people prefer reading about things going wrong, more than things going right. The more alarmist, sensationalist the story, the more people will buy the paper.

What stories do you think should be reported more in the UK? I don't know much about international news, but I'm interested to hear it. Smile
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As with everywhere, I'm sure, celebrity news seems to take precedent over governmental news. I'd like to see more follow-up stories on how things progress around the world, like the eathquakes in NZ, the tsunamis in the Far East (most recently Thailand). On a level more closer to home, I'd like to see more detail on statistics for various laws. For instance, I've been following a debate (not in the UK) on legalising prostitution. I'd been wondering about our laws on that, but couldn't find them. I wouldn't mind a debate-of-the-week (or month) thing, which focuses on reports on what's happening around the country, as well as the laws in other countries. But I think you mean what positive stories I want to see more of in journalism?

The answer comes readily: the building up - or rebuilding - of the economy, and what strides we're taking in that direction, rather than focussing on the negative - of the possibility of a double dip. Focussing on attempts for starting up businesses rather than those closing down. Strides in medical research. That sort of thing.
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Dancelittleewok wrote:
Jedi Joe wrote:

I like Herman Cain, but him supporting TARP and the Federal Reserve has really made me uncomfortable. I'm supporting Ron Paul as of right now. Very solid libertarian candidate.


I'm convinced Herman Cain is fluent in the German language. Nien. Nien. Nien. Razz On a serious note, what do you like best about Ron Paul?


It's hard to really put a finger on what I like best about Paul, but I think it's his view on the federal government. The government really shouldn't be bailing out companies, granting marriages, providing healthcare, starting wars, etc. I also like how he wants to end the federal reserve and actually do something about our debt. I pretty much agree with him on almost everything except for his views on global warming.


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Recently I've been hearing talk about increasing pay for firemen. So they took a pole, and then firemen started falling through a big hole in the floor.
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Was there money at the bottom of the hole?

Sort of political. I was talking with one of my aunts whose a teacher in the north east. She says that everyone in their district right now is swamped and over capacity due to the No Child Left Behind Act. None of the teachers have the time for the extra mediation with students, and it's affecting all of them. The act itself isn't such a bad idea because it does work, but there's no money behind it to make it feasible. Seems like an issue that needs to be addressed.

Are there any candidates talking about the issue? I haven't heard anything lately.
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What exactly is the No Child Left Behind Act?
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I don't know about you, but I'm lovin' the bromance between MSNBC pundit Lawrence O'Donnell and Former Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty.
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@Reep: The No Child Left Behind Act is a policy where schools are not allowed to flunk kids and make them repeat a school year, thus falling behind their peers. Instead, all teachers are required to spend extra time in mediation to help the kids that fall behind in order to improve their grades and help them pass their tests.

Spending the extra time with the kids works, but teachers already have a terrible burden, and no extra teachers are hired to help out with the mediation. Nor are the teacher paid any extra money for the extra time. Instead they are forced to work longer hours and they are not allowed to contact the parents to tell them that they need to spend extra time with their kids to help them pass. All of the burden falls on the teachers.
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