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The standardized test results are in

for my daughter
Virginia's S.O.L.'s (Standards of Learning) - name was created during the Gilmore administration, I think.

3rd grade. First official SOL's.
4 tests - History & Social Science, Reading, Math, Science

40 questions per test. Max score is 600 per test.

My daughter got 155 of the 160 total questions correct.
My daughter got 2,301 points out 2,400 possible points.

I still don't like the endless testing and prepping for the testing. The kid doesn't study. We did review a bit but we don't have to grill her like we know some of our friends do.

I would mostly credit my wife going full foodie- healthy food-organic as soon as we found out we are pregnant. My daughter had the best natural food as soon as she started eating real food. Until the local farm was closed down by the regulations (Big Agra) my wife and her went every Saturday to get the grass fed meat that we would eat the next week. Garden grown veggies including corn. She still eats well (loves beets) even when we go out to dinner.

Can't post in on Facebook because I don't want to sound like I am bragging.... but DU affords me anonymity. Very proud but really not surprised. I have a great kid with a big heart who also loves art --> that probably played a part too.

"When the cops give you an order, it's like your drill sergeant giving you an order.

Full context so it's not, you know, "taken out of context"

When the cops give you an order, it's like your drill sergeant giving you an order. "Right now" doesn't mean in 30 seconds. We've got tense circumstances, heightened awareness on the part of everybody and everything, and the cops know the journalists are not on their side. The cops know the journalists are looking to make them look bad. So you talk about trying to keep everything in perspective, there's that aspect of this as well.

Limbaugh: Comments On Robin Williams Taken 'Out Of Context'

During his show on Tuesday, Limbaugh said that the narrative behind Williams death "fits a certain picture, or a certain image that the left has."

He then clarified his comments during his show on Wednesday, criticizing the media for constantly misquoting him and taking him out of context.

"The upshot is that all of these media people think I am just a reprobate, a cold, heartless guy because I accused Robin Williams of committing suicide because he was a liberal," Limbaugh said. "And I did no such thing. I don't know why he committed suicide."

"What I did yesterday was express some real concern over the fact that the way they are glorifying this -- and I made this clear that I'm not comfortable with the glorification of suicide," he continued. "And I was worried about this, the coverage of all this leading to copycats, people wanting to get the same kind of treatment in the media, in the pop culture media."


"The soap opera"

Here in Richmond all you have to mention is "the soap opera" and everyone knows what you are talking about. Bob and Maureen's trial.

Maureen has been run over by the bus repeatedly - loveless marriage, lusting after Johnnie Williams, a "nutbag" according her Chief of Staff, and possibly hoarding gifts in nooks and crannies in the Exec Mansion- everyday is "What happened today!?!"

I literally hear it in the grocery store and between random strangers talking at the gas station. You hear "The soap opera" everywhere. There is more interest in this than when "Lincoln" was filming here.

"Fisher King" 1991 - Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges

If you have never seen this movie THIS is Robin Williams at his best.

Directed by Terry Gilliam.


The BS forecast - Conservatives suddenly very concerned about the middle class

Visiting my Fox News impaired folks yesterday my step-father and I were sitting next to his copy of "Death by Liberalism" by J. R. Dunn and an O'Reilly book when he just blurted out, "The middle class is almost ruined and there doesn't appear to be anything that can be done about it". I sat there and actually chuckled a bit. I have heard this recently on RW talk radio (local and national) and now realized that this will be a new line of re-education and re-writing of history in the RW bubble .... and it will be dutifully picked up by the rest if the media.

We don't talk politics my step-father and I because we both know it is a waste of time on each other - but he added, "Someone has to be the President of the bank and someone has to sweep the floor." I responded, "The President if the bank doesn't need to make 300 times what the janitor does and that example completely skips over the middle class anyway". He doesn't hear well so he either didn't hear me or he decided to drop the subject.

So getting ready for this onslaught (mid term elections) of BS I thought:
1. The worshipers of the rich ("makers") suddenly care about the middle class?
2. Let's review our recent history. The demise of the middle class was most directly created by weakening of unions and shipping jobs overseas. Also the dogma of deregulation down graded the value of homes and helped to create/protect virtual monopolies in telecommunications and food - both of which have ballooned in price and as percentages of our household expenses.

Care to offer any other points of interest?

US map showing where the 30,336 children who have been placed are by state

If you are wondering I totaled the numbers on a spreadsheet - feel free to check my math.


Today's USA!! PATRIOTIC AMERICAN trivia question

What is the only USA!! State flag that features a nipple?

Okay so Ron Paul is like Nirvana and Rand is like Pearl Jam


Ex-MTV VJ Kennedy: Current GOP Figures Are A Lot Like '90s Rock Bands

Kennedy, the one-name wonder who now serves as the semi-youthful libertarian voice at the Fox News empire, believes that a trio of Republican politicians are — surprise, surprise — just like three bands that peaked when she was an MTV VJ in the 1990s.

From the New York Times:

“Let’s say Ron Paul is Nirvana,” said Kennedy, the television personality and former MTV host, by way of explaining the sort of politician who excites libertarians like herself. “Like, the coolest, most amazing thing to come along in years, and the songs are nebulous but somehow meaningful, and the lead singer kills himself to preserve the band’s legacy.
“Then Rand Paul — he’s Pearl Jam. Comes from the same place, the songs are really catchy, can really pack the stadiums, though it’s not quite Nirvana.

“Ted Cruz? He’s Stone Temple Pilots. Tries really hard to sound like Pearl Jam, never gonna sound like Nirvana. Really good voice, great staying power — but the whole is not greater than the sum of its parts.”

Hannity's show last night

I just happened to flip by his show last night. He is "reporting" from Israel all week. All IDF spokespeople and ambassador.

The funny part was Hannity's clothes. He is in this political and military hotspot and he has a brand new golf shirt and a baseball cap. He looked like he was on a weekend golf trip to Myrtle Beach. THEN he had an "exclusive" interview with the mother if one of the teens who were kidnapped and killed. Solemn sad moment right? Sean is in another golf shirt, same baseball cap, AND wrap around mirror sunglasses. It was odd.

The guest lineup and the interview with the mother are here:
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