Up for Debate

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 11:23pm

Metro Director of Schools Jesse Register began pushing the school board Tuesday night to support his plan for a longer school year. He argues that students have a difficult time retaining information over the summer break. His plan would cost an extra $20 million. Do you believe it's worth the taxpayer money to extend the school year? 

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By: numenlumen on 8/10/11 at 7:46

Darge -- Maybe we should deport you to Deeetroit, that African kleptocracy; well, a foreign country in any case.

However, I'd recommend you demand political assylum in America if we try.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/10/11 at 7:48

How many Fortune 500, is in that 43%?

By: Captain Nemo on 8/10/11 at 7:51

How many companies get tax credits to move to a state?

By: Loner on 8/10/11 at 7:53

Serr8d, your source is just a mouthpiece organ for Indian propaganda....financed by the Israelis, no doubt. (Again, Just Kidding!!)

Damn, any mention of Arab contributions to human development are pounced upon by the Israel-loving Tea Baggists....this is quite similar to the situation in Nazi Germany, where any mention of Jewish contributions to human development were "verboten". Same tactic, new target.

So, the Arabic numerals are actually hijacked Indian numerals....thanks for the Arab denigration, Serr8d, you are doing your job.

By: dargent7 on 8/10/11 at 7:55

Guy's (and gals) catch the cover of this week's Newsweek?
Michele Bachmann, front and center.
Same eyes as Jeffery Loughner.

By: yogiman on 8/10/11 at 7:55


Apparently you have never read the Constitution or learned very much in your "education". If your father was born in Canada and had not become a naturalized American citizen before your birth, like Barry Soetoro, hell no, you aren't "legally" eligible to run for the president's office of the USA.

And children, since I will be 81 years young next month; I will apparently the "old man" on this site. And from what I gather on this site, I have more common sense intelligence in this half of a brain I have left than most of you have with a full brain..., in size only, certainly not in knowledge.

Sorry children, facts are facts.

Any errors, gdiafarte?

By: dargent7 on 8/10/11 at 7:57

yogi: Never mind what your girlfriends and wives told you, size DOES count.

By: Loner on 8/10/11 at 8:03

Nemo has a point, the 43% who pay nothing in US taxes must include the Fortune 500 stockholders, right? It's an open secret, many of the largest corporations pay little if any US tax....they have accountants who know how to make the place look like a rummage sale....(Credit CCR).

Karl Dean was about to give major tax breaks to IQT...that's corporate welfare, baby. Thank the Lords of COBOL that the deal evaporated overnight. You gotta watch this Dean character, IMHO.

By: dargent7 on 8/10/11 at 8:08

Loner: didn't see your 8:44am post, re:Bachmann.
You win today's prize....a one on one with "yogi", ie., a virtual lap-dance.

By: bfra on 8/10/11 at 8:11

Loner - With all of Dean's underhanded, shady deals, he still got re-elected. Money talks here in Nashville.

By: Loner on 8/10/11 at 8:11

If Serr8d had attended the Blue Heron Music Festival, as I did, he would see for himself that the youth of today are A-OK. I met dozens of 20-somethings at that and other festivals and I was impressed at their savvy, ambition and street smarts. IMO, the nation's youth will be up to the task, when their time comes. Of course, that's all anecdotal, but I felt it in my gut....the kids are alright.

By: Loner on 8/10/11 at 8:12

Dean had no real opposition in the recent election; can he run for a third term and beyond?

By: Loner on 8/10/11 at 8:14

Bachmann must have been in overdrive during that photo-shoot.....I suspect shrooms or meth...what say you, Darge?

By: Loner on 8/10/11 at 8:16

Virtual lap-dance?

By: dargent7 on 8/10/11 at 8:21

Cyber lap-dance if you prefer.
We all voted on it.
Bachmann always is amped up.
Since she has God's ear, and not just Jesus Christ's,(Republicans don't use middle men), she's always "on fire".
Either that, or she did some high grade mesc.

By: Loner on 8/10/11 at 8:21

I just noticed that Serr8d and I both posted about Bachmann at 8:44....dammit, Homeland Security is monitoring my pre-submission keystrokes and passing the data on to its agents!

His typing skills are better than mine, so his post nosed mine out by mere nanoseconds. Those guys are good...damn good.

By: BigPapa on 8/10/11 at 8:24

"I am beginning to think that if Jesus Christ was to teach school in Tennessee, that the far right would call it a waste of tax payer’s money."
Jesus would be a terrible teacher. He came from a bronze age culture, never had electricity, no modern sewer system, he could not read nor write, so Im sure arithmatic would be out of his realm as well.

Nope- not a good teacher, but maybe he could be a janitor. He's Semitic and doesnt speak English, so he'd fit right in.

By: Loner on 8/10/11 at 8:24

To me, Bachmann had the Joan of Arc look on her face....yeah, she hears voices.

By: yogiman on 8/10/11 at 8:24


Apparently most of you children can't see what is going on in our country. Call it what you wish, but for years I have made claims of our government being right around he corner from socialism and not too far down the road from communism.

We are now gone over the top of the hill and almost at the end of the road reaching the bottom of that hill from socialism to communism.

Its called government control so I hope you guys are ready.

By: budlight on 8/10/11 at 8:27

Posted by Loner: Karl Dean was about to give major tax breaks to IQT...that's corporate welfare, baby. Thank the Lords of COBOL that the deal evaporated overnight. You gotta watch this Dean character, IMHO.

I have to agree with you Loner; he has recently sent out a flyer mis-stating, misrepresenting or even bold faced lying about "accomplishments" in Antioch which he nor his "girl" Page Turner had anything to do with.

Voters beware! Upcoming run off in September!

By: Loner on 8/10/11 at 8:29

The Tea Party is nothing more than the far-right, born-again wing of the GOP. They comprise the controlling interest of the Republican Party. If they should bolt the GOP and run TP candidates in 2012, the Democrats may get to rule for decades.

I'm all for a Bachmann-Palin ticket. Go girls, go!

By: Loner on 8/10/11 at 8:31

Well, we agree on something, Budlight....that's a start.

By: dargent7 on 8/10/11 at 8:34

I think it will be Romney/ Pawlenty in 2012.

By: Loner on 8/10/11 at 8:37

I left the big thumper in the barn while away at camp. The weather outside is beautiful and I can hear the whine of motorcycles....my juices have been stirred....I gotta suit up and ride.....I'll try to post again at 4:20....by the way, I found a bar that has a 4:20 drink special....I'll have to keep the name and location a secret...Homeland Security is monitoring my keystrokes....those guys got no sense of humor.


By: yogiman on 8/10/11 at 8:59

What do you "guys" think about the judge ordering the Hawaiian health department to appear in court Sept. 14 to explain why they won't show Barry's birth certificate ('scuse me, I meant Barack Husseign Obama)?

By: brrrrk on 8/10/11 at 9:03

gdiafante said

"We are seeing the results from the decline of public education. No one seems to know what to do yet everyone has ideas.

Unfortunately, people now care more about money than education. And then they wonder why we're getting our ass kicked globally."

What we're seeing, pure and simple, is the commodification (or commoditization) of everything.... workers, children (by way of education), natural resources, health care, .... everything. Apparently if it doesn't show up on a spreadsheet, it no longer counts (at least that's what some think). We have forgotten the idea that some things are worth doing just because they are worth doing.

By: Loner on 8/10/11 at 9:18

Dang! Looks like rain...I'll have to take the Postal Jeep into town....but, before I go, here's a jpeg image of Joan of Arc that was used on a US war poster. Compare the look in Joan's eyes with the look in Michelle Bachmann's eyes...enjoy!

Joan of Arc:


Michelle Bachmann:


Can Michelle Bachmann save America, Joan of Arc style? Or shall we just burn her at the stake, Joan of Arc style, before she does any damage?

By: brrrrk on 8/10/11 at 9:23

I'll bring the marshmallows. ;-)

By: budlight on 8/10/11 at 10:23

Loner on 8/10/11 at 9:31
Well, we agree on something, Budlight....that's a start.

Good and now I'll keep on behaving well!

Loner where's your camp? I spent 17 days at my inlaws' camp on the Belgrade Lakes in Belgrade Maine during July and August. Went canoeing, kayaking and had a great time. Water was extremely clean and wonderful. The people with camps even use the lake water for bath water by pumping it into their camps. It was so awesome.

I'm not voting for Michelle Bachmann even if she wins the nomination. Can't do it. Nor will I vote for Palin. I do not dislike them; I just do not want them running the country. Nor do I want Obama (aka O'Drama) running it - just for clarification.

By: dargent7 on 8/10/11 at 10:49

Yogi: by the time you fruitcakes aka, Tea Baggers, give it up on Obama's B.C., he'll just have finished his 2nd term and picking out wall paper for his Presidential Library.
Also, which way to profile to use on the new US $1,000 dollar bill.

By: budlight on 8/10/11 at 11:46

D7, the profile on the $1000 dollar bill will be Obama (aka O'Drama)'s backside. He's been telling us to kiss his fannie for his full term; gee is that 2 years? 3 years? 4 years? Seems like 20 to me; it's been sooo long and tooo long. Can't wait till he's not re-elected.

Americans are fed up with his belly aching, blame game and out of control spending, as well as his new wars.

Fruitcakes are libs, D7. Didn't you take the course?

By: bfra on 8/10/11 at 12:06

Odd! I haven't heard Obama say anything like what you said and you are a far cry from speaking for ALL Americans. The spending was in place well before he took office. Your Bush man was the instigator of that!

By: yogiman on 8/10/11 at 12:59

WOW, dargent7,

He'll sure get a lot of tourist attractions to Kenya, won't he?

By: yogiman on 8/10/11 at 1:09

Yer rite, bfra,

Bush obviously told Barry (just ask him. I'm sure he'll volunteer that info) where and how much to spend after he'd been sitting in that stolen chair for two and a half years.

Every president I have known before Barry has changed all courses they saw to be needed.

When a man (as I use that term loosely) is sworn into that office, they take immediate control and they let the man before them know that..., they are in charge now.

Now my question is: Who is in charge Barry Soetoro?

By: BenDover on 8/10/11 at 1:31

Glad you're back Loner... missed you old friend.

Leave the school year alone. It totally f*cks up all the child custody agreements. And besides kids need the summer off. If they are forgetting what they learned over the summer they didn't really learn it in the first place. Focus on just doing your job and stop f*cking with kids and families you f'ing NAZIs...

By: budlight on 8/10/11 at 3:34

He argues that students have a difficult time retaining information over the summer break. His plan would cost an extra $20 million. Do you believe it's worth the taxpayer money to extend the school year?

Can anyone tell me how long the students will retain their information if Register spends 20 million more?

I thought so. Most of them don't have to wait for summer to forget the information. Many of them are not listening and do not even have it in their heads. The serious students don't need another 20 million. So let's get back to "survival of the fittest" and let those who fail - FAIL. Those who listen, read and study and pass the tests - PASS. It's simple and does not cost 20 million more.

Ben you are correct in your statement about it messing up child custody agreements. Language is a little strong, but point is right on!

By: budlight on 8/10/11 at 3:35

Oops Ben, I just thought of one thing: it would spur on the economy if the parents had to go back to court and renegotiate the custody agreements. Then the lawyers would get richer! LOL

By: pswindle on 8/10/11 at 9:29

Do we not have anyone from Nashville that can be director of schools? When we had Bill Wise, the school system was in good hands and their was respect between teachers, students and the administration. We did not the TN Legislative trying to destroy all three.

By: serr8d on 8/11/11 at 6:45

Look to London to see the fruition of the liberalization of schools and attitudes, and the effect of eschewing a proper level of discipline on youth ...

UK riots: 'Being liberal is fine, but we need to be given the right to parent'

"Parents are fearful about how they chastise their children," Clasford Stirling, a veteran youth worker, who runs the football club at Broadwater Farm community centre in Tottenham, said. "There's been an erosion of authority for a long time. Parents move very gingerly not to upset their own kids – that's the reality."

"Bad behaviour and criminality has been glamorised on the streets. Teachers are scared to punish children. The modern child isn't frightened of their parents. They don't care if the police lock them up,"

Truth, dat. We aren't afraid to eventually lock the little buggers up (our prisons are perpetually the fullest on the planet, save maybe China's and North Korea's) but to avoid such necessities later we should engender a healthy fear of authoriteh at a young age. That would be a good thing to do, as human animals also need to be trained.

If (when) this rioting gets started here in America (well, look at Wisconsin, at the targeted beating of whites by blacks at the fair last week) there won't be a hesitant reaction by police, business owners and citizens; we are not disarmed as the Brits allowed themselves to become. Some little shits will get killed.

Ours will be a bloodbath.


By: Loner on 8/11/11 at 7:35

Good morning, Nashville.

I can't find a more recent "Up for Debate" board and I see no new LTE's, so is this the board of the day?

Thank your Serr8d, for your good morning greeting and the daily dose of right-wing hysteria.

I tell you, the kids are alright.

Thanks Ben, for the welcoming words...now let's get to arguing about stuff that neither of us can easily alter.

Anybody out there?

By: Loner on 8/11/11 at 8:49

Here's the fresh board:


By: serr8d on 8/11/11 at 6:18

Loner, the kids you met are obviously not troublemakers. And I pray you don't befall the sorts that are rioting in London, or those who are beating random people in Wisconsin. If you did, and survived, you might change your mind.