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Why is that so hard to reconcile? Charter schools have their uses. And they are still public schools.

I have a dear friend who works in a charter school. She does good work.

But let's not think that charter schools are a panacea. They can cherry pick their attendees, and usually have much lower rates of disabled students, which cost tons of money.

And the difference in performance overall is not that impressive.

But in some situations, for some students, they are excellent.

And we should encourage educational excellence.

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Some liberals are going to have a hard time reconciling this....

Bill Gates gave an interview extolling the virtues of philanthropy and how the wealthy can help the poor.

(Liberals applaud. VA does too.)

He then used the example of charter schools to make his point. He pointed out how charter schools often accomplish more with less money than public schools and are "having incredible success getting students into four-year colleges".

(Liberals don't know what to do now. How can they tear him a new one while also holding him up as a model for philanthropy?)

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Yeah, but Democrats need people like that to swell their appeal.

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Yeah, but Democrats need people like that to swell their appeal.

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OK, another WTF topic. Strange how this one didn't make national news:

A man, trying to leave his dog at an animal shelter refused to show identification. He apparently became disorderly. The police were summoned and there was an altercation ending with the man being fataly shot by the police.

So, you don't have to show an ID to vote, and you can leave a baby at a hospital, no questions asked, no ID required, but try and leave a dog that you presumably can no longer care for at a shelter without ID and you end up dead.

wtvy.c om/home/headlines/Dothan-Animal-Shelter-Shooting-287135311.html

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FWIW the welfare fraud went on for something like 8 years before they were caught.

I didn't catch something in my first post about the welfare frauds- I wrote "owning a yacht in." I meant to indicate where the yacht was but I couldn't remember whether it was in FL or MN. I'm not sure about FL boat registrations, but here a boat the size of the one they had requires a state issued title like a motor vehicle.

Seems odd that neither state caught that they owned a yacht- unless it was registered to one of the businesses they owned. They apparently owned a few businesses- including a television station in the Bahamas as I recall. I wonder if that station broadcast the story?

Their home in MN is well over both the mean and median values for homes here.

Anyway, they were convicted last year, he was just sentenced and because he has spent about 280 days in jail so far, he will be out soon. I'm assuming restitution has been paid by seizure of assets, but I'm not sure.

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My language was almost exactly as written below. Even briefer. I just said "Should people with $4,000 rims on their cars be made to sell them to buy health insurance?"

To call such a statement racist requires the accuser to make the conclusion on their own that only certain races tend to practice the "ridiculous rims" social trend. While statistically this is probably true, I didn't say it.

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Today it's food stamps with the latest smartphone @ $150+ a month for one phone and a $250+ cable bill and music download subscriptions.

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I could only see that train of thought as racist if the body of its verbiage was girthy and essay like.

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Don't get me started in 1981 Impalas with $4,000 rims.

I one time mused aloud if people who don't have health insurance but do have $4,000 rims should be made to sell their rims before they get any subsidies, but was widely accused of making a racist statement.

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