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I’ve never heard anything good about BoA. I’m glad I’ve never found myself with any sort of account with them. Banks are generally slimy, but they seem to lead the pack in that regard.
 

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How is this real? It's hysterical and sad all at the same time.

Baltimore HS student fails all but 3 classes over 4 years, ranks near top half of class | Fox News

Yet the mom keeps blaming the school. Sure, there is plenty of blame to go around, and the school clearly should share in it, especially as it pertains to communication. But I'm disturbed by her lack of self awareness about her responsibility as a parent and *gasp* the kid's responsibility to himself.

That being said, the *solution* to make him completely start over in the 9th grade is really funny. And better yet, what about the 58 kids that ranked below him (how is that possible)? Are they all going to start over too?

I have soooooo many questions.
 

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Baltimore and so many other Dem dominated cities are complete $#!+shows, on education and so many other basic levels. These arrogant urban dwellers love to poke fun at all the “backward” country folk, and yet stories like this, and thousands more that slip under the radar.
 

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I'll just leave this here...

Chuck DeVore: Americans move to freedom – people fleeing these 5 states. Here's why | Fox News

Over the course of a year a net of 788,381 people moved to Florida, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, the "freest" five states in America, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual Economic Freedom in North America index.

The annual report, published by Canada’s Fraser Institute, ranks the states and provinces of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico using objective measures of government spending, tax rates and labor market freedom. The least-free U.S. state is New York. West Virginia, Alaska, California and Vermont round out the bottom five.

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The rush of Californians trying to become former Californians has gotten so heavy that scam artists are filling the void. The irony here is that California’s own miserable regulatory burden is preventing the market from filling the need by denying state licenses to new moving services, thus creating an underground economy for the desperate looking to leave.
 

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NY & CA are obvious places to flee from, and I assume VT falls in similar categories as an oppressive democrat stronghold. I think people are leaving WV and AK because of lack of opportunity. Coal and oil pipelines are clearly not political priorities for our current ruling class, so I assume that jobs are drying up quickly and that they're moving in search of work.

I didn't expect blue-Virginia to make the "free" list. The way you describe the trends in recent years, I'm a little surprised that people are fleeing to VA. I thought Governor Blackface was trying hard to ruin the place.
 
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Ah, so it was an opportunity thing, not a freedom one. That makes more sense. Yeah, our idiot governor did his best, but has been shut down to some degree by localities saying they wouldn’t comply. There are a lot of places that are normally red leaning that just slept on the last election. Those dems that snuck in there have been running scared once people woke up as they started trying to pass really whackadoodle bills. Seems like they pulled back to try to get people to go back to sleep. We’ll see in November where we stand I guess (assuming that fair elections can still happen here).
 

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Real estate is high all over the country these days, and CA is keeping pace.. it's ridiculous.

No matter how many leave there are more looking to own a house here, so the demand never goes away.

Maybe a big earthquake will scare people away for a bit. It's been awhile.
 

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So... these last two mass shootings...

The talking heads are doing the standard routine screaming about assault weapons and large magazines, but I've heard nothing about either shooting to indicate that either perp used such a weapon. Maybe they did and I just missed it. Anyone know the specifics? It seems beyond disingenuous to use this as an impetus to ban "assault weapons" if the perps used handguns, shotguns, or other such weaponry that would still be completely legal.

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EDIT: In Denver, "the weapon used in the attack was an AR-15-style pistol modified with an arm brace". Although it's not a fully automatic weapon, as those were already outlawed decades ago. So how are they defining "assault weapons"? Anything that's not a BB-gun?
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I know they never let a crisis to go to waste to move their agenda forward, but both of these attacks feel suspicious to me. Am I alone in feeling like this is someone trying to change the subject? The media reaction doesn't even fit the stories. One guy claims he did it because he was addicted to porn, so the left announces it was racially motivated. Huh? What? And the other motive hasn't been released, but he was an angry towel-head, likely radicalized on the interwebs. Neither of these were perpetrated by normal, rational people that these crackdowns would affect.

I feel bad for the victims and their families, but new gun laws that wouldn't have made one iota of difference to either scenario just feels like agenda-driven political theater.
 
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I wish more red blood would move here to the old dominion, we could surely use the help to balance us with NOVA and the south eastern part of the state. I have some bottle rockets 🚀 to celebrate the last day of Governor Blackface’s reign of stupidity 1616554483144.png
 

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Knoxville high school shooting leaves 'multiple' people hurt, including cop: police say | Fox News

As with all school shootings, this is sad and should not happen anywhere.

For those that are not familiar with the area, AE is a 100% black school and is in the 1 square mile of knoxville where 87% of all crime occurs. They've had a drive-by outside that school at least once a year for decades. It's the part of town every normal person knows you don't even accidentally drive through. No white kid has been near the place in 40 years, except for opposing sports teams that get bussed in.

This will get swept under the rug quickly because there is zero chance it was racially motivated, and there is no way for the media to paint it that way. It's black-on-black, so it doesn't fit the narrative any more than the 17 homicides on the south side of chicago last weekend, so no one will ever hear about them.
 
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I'll just drop this truth bomb here to see if it wakes up our sleeping thread.


Oh, and I hear there was some kind of trial verdict that happened recently. That thing has appeals court written all over it.
 

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I'll just drop this truth bomb here to see if it wakes up our sleeping thread.


Oh, and I hear there was some kind of trial verdict that happened recently. That thing has appeals court written all over it.
Tucker and Carolla have been preaching this for years. Intact families and education are the key to it all. They are much more accurate predictors of success than race or wealth of the parents.
 

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Knoxville high school shooting leaves 'multiple' people hurt, including cop: police say | Fox News

As with all school shootings, this is sad and should not happen anywhere.

For those that are not familiar with the area, AE is a 100% black school and is in the 1 square mile of knoxville where 87% of all crime occurs. They've had a drive-by outside that school at least once a year for decades. It's the part of town every normal person knows you don't even accidentally drive through. No white kid has been near the place in 40 years, except for opposing sports teams that get bussed in.

This will get swept under the rug quickly because there is zero chance it was racially motivated, and there is no way for the media to paint it that way. It's black-on-black, so it doesn't fit the narrative any more than the 17 homicides on the south side of chicago last weekend, so no one will ever hear about them.
It's odd that this story hasn't gotten a lot of national attention given that Al Sharpton showed up, and the family has hired the same lawyer that has chased all the high profile race-bait cases of the last few years, including Floyd.

However, today the local DA released the bodycam footage, announced that the shooting was justified, and that no charges would be filed. Boom.

The officers tried to talk to and reason with the armed kid (17) , and when they insisted he show his hands, he pulls out one while keeping the second on the gun in the hoodie-pouch. When they try to pull out the second hand, he fires the gun at the officers at point-blank range through the hoodie pouch, misses, and they drop him.

The family is livid and sees fame and Floyd-esque "justice" in their future. They are on the verge of yet another disappointment. Knoxville is not St Louis, Minneapolis, Atlanta, or Baltimore. People who bring guns to school and attempt to murder cops do not get sympathy. They'll get some crunchy hippies and woke college students to march with them, but there will be no outcry from the locals. It's sad, but the blame is clearly on the deceased, and no race-baiting bullshit will fly with the greater East TN community.
 
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Yes, and I have never regretted it. In case people weren't previously convinced it's never been about "the children," what's happened this past year in so many areas should have anybody paying attention convinced. Thus, the steep rise in homeschooling...
 

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It’s really all about the curriculum. Once they can read, they are primarily self taught (the lessons are designed that way), unless they have trouble grasping some concept. If that happens, they first get help from an older sibling. If that isn’t enough, we (my mom, wife or I) step in to help. There’s also the internet to help if it’s quicker or beyond our recall.
 

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Jeebus ThunderDan19 , your kids are homeschooled, right?

Virginia moving to eliminate all accelerated math courses before 11th grade as part of equity-focused plan | Fox News

W-T-holy-F. I cannot believe that this is happening in the USA. Chiner must be absolutely laughing it's ass off.
I cannot stand this. We have so many activists in policy and board positions in VA. Don’t know how it was ranked as a most free state, it’s going in the opposite direction. I’m not going to let public schools here stifle my children.
 

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Yeah, we did that for most of the school year. They went back full-time after spring break, and they seem happier. I don't get quite as much sleep, but I also don't have to get up at three different times during the week depending on the day. That was hell on any kind of body rhythm, sleep patterns, etc.
 

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For those homeschooling that want a solid learning experience try Abeka out of Pensacola, Florida. It has K-12 with all the classes Pre-recorded on dvd. I was going back to college at the same time one of my girls had high school algebra and I sat and watched her classes and learned more than from my college course. The school actually has special classrooms set up where every class is recorded starting at day one through the end of the year. My kids felt like they knew the teachers and even some of the kids on dvd. These are the best homeschooling courses I’ve ever encountered.
 

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Cool! I had Abeka for a number of subjects back in high school, but we started and eventually stopped using them for homeschooling. ACE is more student driven and seemed to be better at explaining topics without needing an actual "teacher" for it. Sounds like Abeka may have upped their homeschool game by adding the DVDs for the teaching portion. Is that a relatively new thing? For instructed curriculum, Abeka is definitely pretty strong across the board from my experience.
 

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TN Gov. Lee just announced that his state will no longer accept all that extra federal unemployment cash because there are plenty of jobs and it's time to get back to work 👀 | Not the Bee

Damn straight. He doesn't want TN becoming a federal welfare state. He understands that people need the dignity of work, self-sufficiency, and not becoming a ward of the gubment. He understands the power of incentives and disincentives (duh!). Plus it's in our own self interest, as it keeps businesses alive and flourishing, which has a circular positive effect on tax revenues going forward, etc.

It's just so refreshing to have a leader make a difficult choice that is ultimately beneficial but may be unpopular in the newspaper. I know a few other governors are doing the same (all red states) so it seems like the adults in the room are standing up, and I love that.
 
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I wish our governor were half as bright as yours. Please tell me TN produces a lot of lumber. :LOL:

No way King Ralph takes the legitimate, necessary steps to get people off the dole and back into the workforce. He's fully in bed with the rest of the tyrants who are more than happy to keep as many as possible securely under their thumbs. It's stupid though (as the recent dismal jobs report shows) as it highlights the contrast from the great economy just 2 years ago, and even the upward trajectory on the backside of the early shutdowns before the donkeys took over.

If these blue state dumb dumbs don't see the light, this is going to do is to drive commerce and industry to the red states (reference the recent seat changes in the House), where people are motivated to work and are free to move about without draconian restrictions.

I'm hoping that by this time next year we will have elected fewer morons and can get VA back to being a top state for business, and can end the continuing 'rona lunacy here.
 

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Right?! I don't know how much lumber we produce, but I know prices are n-u-t-s right now. When I built my house less than ten years ago, I bought sheets of 1/2" OSB for $6.21. On Lowes website last week, those same 4'x8' sheets retail for $39. There is no way normal people, even many working middle class folks, could even hope to build a house right now. But it's not like we have less trees, and it's not like we have three times the normal demand for lumber. Between that and this week's gaspocalypse, something is going on, and it feels intentional.

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I am seeing it around NJ, areas/lots that could not sell for years are suddenly being plowed down & condos are popping up. infringing on country areas, (aka the Edison effect)

They are building where ever they can.

This creates a situation were the schools can not handle the sudden influx of kids.
Taxes go flying through the roof. To pay for everything they don't care about.
They start building on every bit of land they can get their hands on. (Seriously who builds a business IN a jug handle/cloverleaf?
No added inferstructure where it matters.
Sh!Tload of people who move in can't afford to pay the cost of living. Everyone who lives there before moves away before it really goes to hell.
 

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Right?! I don't know how much lumber we produce, but I know prices are n-u-t-s right now. When I built my house less than ten years ago, I bought sheets of 1/2" OSB for $6.21. On Lowes website last week, those same 4'x8' sheets retail for $39. There is no way normal people, even many working middle class folks, could even hope to build a house right now. But it's not like we have less trees, and it's not like we have three times the normal demand for lumber. Between that and this week's gaspocalypse, something is going on, and it feels intentional.

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Apparently the lumber issue is due to no workers being willing to return to their jobs because Uncle Sugar is paying them more to stay home on enhanced unemployment. My wife showed me where the contractor who did the renos on my house was complaining on FB that he couldn't keep anybody on his payroll either, for the same reason. Almost seems like they are really working to build dependence among the lower middle class now, doesn't it?