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Taylor proposes restructuring EBR school system - Poodlebrain
[link=(http://theadvocate.com/home/8778289-125/story.html)]LINK[/link] So the 80 Principals in the EBRPSS will now be expected to perform a budgeting/prioritizing function that they have zero training or experience doing. Even if 80% of the Principals do a satisfactory job of allocating their allot...


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Television News and Gates' Book... - Poodlebrain
I saw news broadcasts this evening on three different networks, and all of them had a story on former Secretary of Defense William Gates' book. Each of the newscasts made mention of Gates' criticism of Joe Biden. None of them mentioned Gates' criticism of Hillary Clinton. What were the odds of th...


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French Conclude Arafat Was Not Poisoned - Poodlebrain
Trackfan will be along shortly to explain why the French experts are wrong....


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Media Attention Toward JFK Assassination - Poodlebrain
Why do our so-called news agencies devote so much time and energy to a 50 year old story and so little time and energy getting candid answers about current events? More detailed personal information about JFK's dalliances is published than information about Barack Obama when he was running for Pres...


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Obama's Healthcare Team - Poodlebrain
I heard an excerpt from Jay Carney in which he referred to Obama's team of experts who are going to solve the problems with the healthcare.gov website. And I thought to myself, when did they become Obama's team? I don't recall them being described in those terms before. Weren't they his team when...


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Noel Ellis and His Impact on Recruiting - Poodlebrain
I checked the NCAA website for statistics, and it reports Ellis has played in 5 games for Texas A&M with no passes broken up or intercepted. Wasn't he supposed to make an immediate impact? He even got the cute nickname Ellis Island for his supposed cover skills. He has had less of an impact for T...


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What is the Address for the Health Insurance Exchange? - Poodlebrain
Why hasn't there been a campaign of television and radio advertisements for the website(s) for the health insurance exchanges? Today is the launch date for these critical elements of the Affordable Care Act, but I'm dependent on Google for getting to the appropriate website....


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IRS Scandal Not Exactly Solved As Rep. Cummings Claimed... - Poodlebrain
Last week Rex was thrilled to pronounce that the IRS scandal had been solved [link=(http://www.tigerdroppings.com/rant/display.aspx?sp=42508333&s=2&p=42508333#42508333)]LINK[/link], but it turns out not to be the case [link=(http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_IRS_INVESTIGATION?SITE=LABAT&SECT...


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New Love For Alexander's Higland Market - Poodlebrain
I just got home from shopping there. I bought about 6 lbs of veal chops and 15 lbs of USDA prime ribeye for $8.99/lb. I know what will be getting grilled for Father's Day. Some 1-1/2 inch thick ribeye steaks....


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Lois Lerner Lied in Her Statement to Congress - Poodlebrain
"I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations, and I have not provided false information to this or any congressional committee," statement of Lois Lerner to Congressional Committee on May 22, 2013. The Internal Revenue Manual is the primary, official source of IRS "instructions to staff" tha...


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How Often Does Jay Carney Get Away With Lying To The Press? - Poodlebrain
Jay Carney had to backtrack yesterday with respect to when the White House learned about the IRS targeting conservative organizations. He had to admit that the Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff and White House Counsel were informed of the IG report and its contents on April 12, 2013. However, ...


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Oh No, Bitcoins Trading <$100... - Poodlebrain
I just checked and Bitcoins were trading at $98.00 at 9:18CDT....


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Question About Visitors From California - Poodlebrain
At lunch today I was having a conversation with a friend. Somehow the topic of California came up, and he told me his wife handles corporate accounts for an extended stay hotel. Quite frequently the hotel hosts people in town working on film projects. On more than one occasion his wife has been a...


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Bitcoins Will Establish New Economic Aristocracy - Poodlebrain
[quote]Thus, Bitcoin is only “peer-to-peer” in the sense of the British Peerage system. Bitcoin “commoners” must appeal to their “lords” who have sufficient means to judge on validity of transactions and to seal those transactions as valid, likely for a fee." (http://www.pds.ewi.tudelft.nl/~victor/b...


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More Palestinian Delusions - Poodlebrain
The Palestinians chief negotiator let slip their demand for peace.[quote]"We really hope that President Obama and Secretary Kerry can succeed in reviving a meaningful peace process, succeed in having Netanyahu saying the sentence that he accepts the two states in the 1967 borders," Erekat said. "We ...


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Where Are All The <50%ers Accepting Job Offers? - Poodlebrain
There was a thread asking where are all the jobs being created by 1%ers, and it got me to thinking about jobs that are unfilled. How many of you know people who are choosing not to work because they beleive they are worth more money than any job offered to them?...


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I Am The Cool Uncle Once Again... - Poodlebrain
I sent my 8 year-old nephew a Lionel Messi Barcelona home kit for his birthday. He is wearing it to school today to show it off....


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Third And Short - Poodlebrain
I recall at least two occasions on third and short where Jeremy Hill did not follow the lead blocker and was tackled short of the first down. And on both of those occasions the lead blocker was blocking a man past the first down. As good as Hill is, I don't think he has good vision as a running ba...


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Didn't The Bush Tax Cuts Only Benefit The Rich? - Poodlebrain
I remember the Democrats calling them tax cuts for the rich. Shouldn't the expiration of those tax cuts be tax increases on the rich? How did letting them expire become tax increases on the middle class if they weren't tax cuts for the middle class in the first place?...


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Hamas Claims Victory - Poodlebrain
[link=(http://www.sfgate.com/world/article/Hamas-claims-victory-with-cease-fire-4060565.php)]LINK[/link] And you wonder why they are in the position they are vis-a-vis statehood? Just to keep it fair, the Israelis also floated it the old "mission accomplished" meme. [link=(http://worldnews.nbcn...


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Did Romney Lose Because Of Prejudism? - Poodlebrain
ETA: Were there enough white voters who would not vote for a Mormon under any circumstances to cost him the election? I haven't seen the issue addressed, but it was a topic during the primaries. I hate when I accidently hit the Return key after typing the Subject, but I can't seem to avoid it....


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EBR Parish Sample Ballot - Poodlebrain
I was looking at the sample ballot printed in the Morning Advocate, and I noticed something peculiar. All of the offices list the candidates in alphabetical order of their last name except one. For the President, the names are listed in what appears to be random order. They are not alphabetical b...


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Baton Rouge Bus Service Campaign Promises... - Poodlebrain
So much for the enhanced services CATS promised in exchange for a property tax increase. Less than a year later they admit they can meet no more than 25% of what they promised. [link=(http://theadvocate.com/home/4169047-125/cats-sounds-alarm-on-service)]LINK[/link] Anyone who was fool enough t...


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Question About Non-Working Americans - Poodlebrain
In a country that has people described as working poor is it fair to have people who are non-workers with middle class lifestyles? Why should anyone receive benefits for not working greater than the wages earned by the working poor?...


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Why Aren't The Media Elite Reporting From The Middle East? - Poodlebrain
Isn't that where the news is being made? Why aren't they there gathering the facts they're supposedly reporting?...


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Siegen Lane Traffic - Poodlebrain
This afternoon I was driving on Siegen from Airline to I-10 and traffic was moving at about 35mph despite a posted 45 mph speed limit. I eventually saw the cause for the slow pace of traffic. There were two black youths riding bicycles in the left hand turn lane. They were riding side by side wit...


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Question About Obama Fundraising... - Poodlebrain
If he is re-elected, what will Obama do with the time he doesn't have to spend raising money for re-election?...


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Could Arizona Declare War on Mexico? - Poodlebrain
Applying the last paragraph of Section 10 of Article I of the Constitution, do the hoards of people crossing the border from Mexico constiutute an invasion?...


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The Difference Between Democrats and Republicans... - Poodlebrain
According to Rex. Republicans do something stupid, and they are just plain evil. In fact Rex wants them all punished for their acts. How does Rex view Democrats? [quote]Giving money to Solyndra and selling arms to known drug traffickers might have been boneheaded, but they were both well-int...


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CATS Story In Morning Advocate - Poodlebrain
Not even one month has passed since the vote in favor of property taxes dedicated to funding CATS and the union representing CATS drivers is protesting for more money. The union says it is protesting deplorable working conditions, but they never raised the issue before the election so I'm just a li...


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