Tom, instead getting all vexed by Pancho Villa the next time you're in Las Cruces, you should take a short trip down the road from Mesilla to La Mesa and have some of the best New Mexican food at the Chope's Bar & Restaurant! Also La Posta in Mesilla.
Las Cruces is OK to visit, but I wouldn't think of a trip there without eating some real New Mexican food!
Mary. What we have here is a typical example of your basic compassionate, civil liberal. You can bet that tomorrow Pulitzer Tammy will be in the front row at Mass so everyone can see him. Then when ever he has to write his next column he'll be back calling anybody he disagrees with stupid, moronic, etc. A little advice to Tammy's family. After his remark that he made about Sen. Tovis getting into an accident, I might avoid getting in a car with him. Karma and all.
As far as me being a loser goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
P.S. For what it's worth, I agree 100% with Tammy about the whole driving while on a cell phone thing. Before I had to give up the Harley because of health reasons, every close call I ever had was with some asshole either texting or on their phone.
Thank you for your suggestion, tctw. I researched the Merriam-Webster entry for satire, as follows:
1) a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn
2) trenchant wit, irony, or sarcasm used to expose and discredit vice or folly
I see neither a literary work nor a trenchant wit in Danehy's essay. On the contrary, I read the piece as an angry humorless diatribe against three specific pet bte noirs - Pancho Villa, twerking, and texting while driving. There's no wit, irony or sarcasm here. Just hostility, approval of theft and violence and a mean spirited contempt for actions of which he disapproves. He's become a grumpy old curmudgeon in his dotage. His writing is clearly eons away from the irony and sarcasm that Jonathan Swift used to expose and discredit vice and folly.
NEW Mexico - a lot like the OLD one!
Where's the usual gang of idiots?
Such as the dude sticking his ugly mug into the photo face stand-in cutout of an outlaw, the douche that always starts his posts with "Tom wrote" and that loser that always calls Tom "Tammy"?
I guess today really is Good Friday.
Mary Magdalene wrote: "So you're advocating the kidnapping and beating of a fourteen year old girl..."
You really believe that he is advocating those things?
Don't read Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" because the top of your head will pop off.
You've lost your satire funnybone. You can find it over at www.merriam-webster.com
So you're advocating the kidnapping and beating of a fourteen year old girl ("catch her outside, beat her sorry ass,"), wishing for the theft of public property ("I've been hoping that a frat house at the UA would steal it and put it in their backyard,") and looking forward to the violent death of an Arizona State Senator and a young person ("I sincerely, really, really hope that while Lovas is out driving around and texting someday that he gets crashed into by a young driver who is doing the same thing.")
Happy Good Friday and Easter Sunday, Mr. Danehy.
KVOA announced update at 3:30 on missing child Isabel Celis. TPD has just found something.
I'm good. It seems my comments are always taken in the opposite spirit of how they were given.
Profound repartee, Mr. 13 sir. Patrick's licking his wounds now for sure.
Patrick. Tell me how you get around town. Horseback?
I think we all need to take a step back and actually do some research on vouchers (school choice), tax incentives and the like in education. Seems those places that successfully use school choice also have a very strong central administration, something that is counter to those that advocate in the US for school choice. DeVos among those that need to do some further research. Number 9 overall in education, the Netherlands, uses both religious and public schools to educate their students, but the national government keeps a very close eye on what is going on in the schools. That seems to be the trend in successful school choice - a strong central control. Vouchers are not inherently bad, just the misuse of them for other than educational purposes. A recent article in the Economist has an excellent article on this topic.
Public schools are now run by the unions and political party hacks. take a look around.
They died out because of busing and fossil fuels. Schools are the biggest wasters of moving people to places they have no business going to.
And then they preach environmental stewardship to the students. How hypocritical.
Chuck is correct that public schools run by the parents and community were the most successful of their time. They were also the least successful schools of their time, since all public schools were - and are - run by the parents and the community. It simply depended on the community. And one-room schoolhouses were not abolished. They died out due to attrition.
So true chuckj, I also link the downfall to the rise of the Teachers Union. Timing is strangely coincidental.
There is evidence that public schools run by the parents and community were the most successful of their time. I refer to the one room country schools, sadly abolished decades ago. The IQ tests given draftees for the military in WWII (please note that there is general agreement that IQ tests measure achievement rather than potential) showed as much as a 20 point difference between draftees from the cities and draftees from the farms; those farm kids knew things the city kids didn't. The teachers had little training beyond high school. The parents were often unschooled themselves, even new immigrants. What kept the achievement high was a fixed and measurable curriculum - generally defined by a textbook - and a healthy skepticism of the need for everyone to learn at the same rate of speed. Its virtues remain to be actualized in our urban, overly administered, rigid public schools that, ignoring some exceptions (most of whom - viz. University High School - seem to step outside the box and teach each student rather than each class), are not doing well at all in terms of turning out good citizens who understand our nation.
Hey, good one Mr. 13, sir! Moron, brick, window, arrested. Another brilliant metaphor from the undisputed Champion in the Arena of Ideas.
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