On Rock County Christian students post above average test scores
Hey Gary, did you know that the approximate enrollment in Janesville' public schools is 10,500. And do you know the Janesville's public schools employ about 800 teachers? That about 13 pupils to every teacher. Isn't that on par with Rock County Christian School's teacher to pupil ratio?
Let's see now. Gazettefan makes the "profound" statement on regular occasions that the "Golden Rule" predates Christianity and therefore the "Golden Rule" is not Christian. Yet Christianity predates communism by more than a millennium and a half and Gazettefan would have us believe that Christianity is communist. Yeah, sure Gazettefan. Sure it is. I wonder, if atheists such as Gazettefan ever were to gain any real political power, how long would it take for them to negate the religious freedom and tolerance that they now enjoy as a religious minority themselves? We could look to history, early to mid 20th century history, for that answer. Pol Pot and Mao come to mind. They too saw religion as something to be stamped out and the religious as people in need of 're-education", and all for their own good, just as Gazettefan advocates. I can see it all now. Gazettefan posters everywhere you look with captions praising the wise and loving leader. Barbed wire fenced re-education camps for the mis-informed and killing fields for the incorrigible. Government schools teaching children that their parents must be turned in at the first sign of religious thought crime. Yep, Gazettefan and his ilk have a real utopia planned for us. All we have to do to start down that yellow brick road is to quit sending our kids to Rock County Christian School or the like. All Gazettefan and his ilk need is a little political power to get things rolling. Then a law that requires all children to go to government schools. It's the only fair and thoughtful thing to do, eh Gazettefan?
On Do you go to 'the cross' church?
I see Poobah is still adding nothing but insult and innuendo to these discussions. It's just so much easier to toss cheap shots than to actually add a thoughtful comment, eh Poobah? I suspect that Poobah has little to say about Gary's "plagiarism". Not that Gary plagiarized that comic book author. Failing to attribute a paste and post like that doesn't rise to the level of plagiarism. It's not as though Gary was trying to deceive us into thinking his post was a Garyprimer original. It was just an oversight on Gary's part. I'm sure that Poobah, being the self-anointed arbiter of what is and is not plagiarism that he thinks he is, fully understands the meaning of the word "plagiarism" and therefore will recognize that Gary just made a simple mistake. Right Poobah?
It is untrue, Gary. It's much too simplistic to even be close. That piece you pasted and posted from was the opinion of an Islamic comic book author whose interview was published by CNN. He's obviously no authority on Christianity and non-Islamic history. Just as an example of the different conditions, consider this. Mohammad was the conquering prophet who raised an army to spread Islam at the point of a sword, conquering many small fiefdoms that may or may not have been oppressive to their subjects and could not put up much of a defense against him. On the other hand, Christ carried no sword and preached no rebellion against the Roman oppressors who were an oligarchic empire that ruled their entire known world, and neither did His followers who spread His Gospel throughout the first century Roman Empire in spite of the lethal persecution that the Romans conducted. Those are significant differences, wouldn't you say? There are many others. MBHammer is right. Listing all the differences would take multiple postings due to the 3000 character limit here on the Gazette.
On Committee to consider double dipping changes
By the way, PanamaRed, that was the most recent time we engaged each other in a discussion, according to the archives.
PanamaRed, on April 2nd, you and I exchanged comments in which not one cheap shot was loosed by either of us, though your exasperation was quite clear. And it's also true that while my first post that day, which was not directed at you or anyone else, did not stay entirely on point, neither did yours. Here' the link, should you need a memory refresher. http://gazettextra.com/news/2013/apr/02/...
At least you didn't deny it, Poobah. But how does any of that justify your cheap shots? "You do cheap shots too", and "you're a plagiarist" is no excuse. It's more of a whimper. Those are the plaints of a bully caught in the act. Come on Poobah, can't you do better than that?
On Police holding back report information
Yet another chapter of "Unforeseen Circumstances" unfolds before our eyes. In its wisdom (or lack thereof), the Democrat controlled Congress in 1994 decided to protect pro abortion providers with that law from the protests of anti abortion folks who were identifying them through driver's license databases and then "harassing" them and their families. You know, just as the folks here in Wisconsin harassed our Governor and his family. But here, they didn't need that data base to track him and his family down. Janesvillean is probably right. That shortsighted Congress was only trying to protect a favored Democratic constituency group. They didn't fully consider the scope of the law they wrote. Congress regularly creates such unforeseen circumstances when it acts in favor of such groups, no matter which party is in charge.
Nothing to add to the discussion but a cheap shot, eh Poobah? That's becoming so typical of you.
On You’ll get billed even without using water
Hey, I've got a great idea. Lets change the pricing structure of water so that the more you use the more it costs per cubic foot. That will encourage conservation and raise revenue too. What a great idea! Wait a minute, my bad. They already came up with that brainstorm just a couple of years ago. Then, consumption dropped (the conservation encouragement worked!) but, shockingly enough, so did revenue (oops, who saw that coming?). So off to the PSC the utility went to request a 21% rate hike effective in January this year, which was granted by that same outfit that supported the rate structure change and lauded it too (surprise, surprise, surprise!). Holy unanticipated consequences! I wonder what will they do next year???? New city managers are usually chock full of revenue "enhancing" and spending ideas.(The anticipation is killing me, and I know it's going to last, year after year after year.)
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