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Re: “Tuesday: The open line and daily news video

Vanessa's got the point here. It's not how much someone posts. It's whether they are making cogent and reasonable arguments. Are they just stirring things up and trying to have an argument for the sake of an argument? Or are they engaging in thoughtful discussion and responding to the thread as it unfolds?

And my most hated troll behavior: calling people names. If a poster descends into junior high level name-calling, that's troll territory.

And sometimes the same poster can go in and out of "troll-dom." Razorblade often posts reasonably. I seldom agree with him, but that doesn't matter. But he just loves to call people names. That's simply juvenile. Steven E can mount a fine conversation, but sometimes he also slips up and calls people names.

Just my opinion, but I like to keep it adult. Argue, disagree agreeably, make good arguments, but don't descend into Trump territory. When he doesn't know how to make an argument, which is 99% of the time, he just makes up nasty names for people. It's just silly. It's below the office of the President of the United States and it's below the American people. I don't know if I deserve better than Trump-ian behavior, but I know that every one of you on this blog deserve better.

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Posted by Perplexed on 11/13/2018 at 9:27 PM

Re: “State approves new agreement with LR teachers, includes waiver of dismissal law

Assuming Calvin is correct, who in the world thinks that the State Board of Education won't give Commissioner Johnny Key any waiver for which he asks?

While I get what aqua is saying, I also have to say that if Fair Dismissal is waived and they can't strike, Johnny has indeed busted the union.

I was once a high school teacher in Texas. I get what it's like to have no collective voice with administration.

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Posted by Perplexed on 11/13/2018 at 9:14 PM

Re: “State approves new agreement with LR teachers, includes waiver of dismissal law

So, if the Fair Dismissal clause is waived and they are not allowed to strike...

what's the real purpose of the union?

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Posted by Perplexed on 11/13/2018 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Jon Woods to Donald Trump: Let's make a deal!

These guys have too much time on their hands.

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Posted by Perplexed on 11/13/2018 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Love, Amazon

Bezos simply took the same playbook that professional sports team owners have used for years and nationalized it.

Rich people seldom become richer through working harder than others. Most people work really hard at what they do. e.g. teachers, first responders, etc. Rich people become rich and/or richer by finding and exploiting the cracks in the system. They're good at playing the game. In order to play well, you've got to study the game and learn the rules - which in this case are not all written down.

Unfortunately there are other cracks in the system. Cracks into which folks fall and can't get out - no matter how hard they work.

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Posted by Perplexed on 11/13/2018 at 9:01 AM

Re: “For Veterans Day: What would Pat Tillman say?

Doctors are standing up to the NRA.

I am not anti-gun, I own firearms, he said. I am anti-bullet hole.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/be…

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Posted by Perplexed on 11/12/2018 at 6:49 AM

Re: “Sunday's open line. With Trump's French connection

Certainly some celebrity memoirs are worth trashing. I won't comment on any I haven't read. But I would highly recommend Sally Fields' memoir "In Pieces." It's real and will move your soul. Both her pain and her persistence are inspiring. Her story is powerful and very much worth reading.

Fiction's ok by me. But oftentimes those stories that someone actually lived are more compelling - and sometimes even more incredible.

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Posted by Perplexed on 11/12/2018 at 6:28 AM

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