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Five quarterbacks were taken in the first round of the college draft that year, and each looked as promising as Chase Daniel did now. But only one of them, Donovan McNabb, ended up fulfilling that promise. Of the rest, one descended into mediocrity after a decent start. Two were complete busts, and the last was so awful that after failing out of the N.F.L. he ended up failing out of the Canadian Football League as well.2) Grossly mis-characterize this phenomenon and give it a cute name:
This is the quarterback problem. There are certain jobs where almost nothing you can learn about candidates before they start predicts how they’ll do once they’re hired.(If you are wondering why this is a mischaracterization, it is worth considering whether NFL scouts were able learn enough about me to predict how I'd perform as a NFL quarterback.) (In case you think I am being too flippant, I will further observe that there are hundreds of college football quarterbacks who graduate every year, and most of them are judged, presumably with some merit, as not pro football material.)
After years of worrying about issues like school funding levels, class size, and curriculum design, many reformers have come to the conclusion that nothing matters more than finding people with the potential to be great teachers. But there’s a hitch: no one knows what a person with the potential to be a great teacher looks like. The school system has a quarterback problem.4) Drown the reader in colorful (but irrelevant) details:
Kickoff time for Missouri’s game against Oklahoma State was seven o’clock. It was a perfect evening for football: cloudless skies and a light fall breeze. For hours, fans had been tailgating in the parking lots around the stadium. Cars lined the roads leading to the university, many with fuzzy yellow-and-black Tiger tails hanging from their trunks. It was one of Mizzou’s biggest games in years. The Tigers were undefeated, and had a chance to become the No. 1 college football team in the country. Shonka made his way through the milling crowds and took a seat in the press box. Below him, the players on the field looked like pieces on a chessboard.5) Loop in a third example:
Perhaps no profession has taken the implications of the quarterback problem more seriously than the financial-advice field, and the experience of financial advisers is a useful guide to what could happen in teaching as well.6) Draw an "outside the box" conclusion:
In teaching, the implications are even more profound. They suggest that we shouldn’t be raising standards. We should be lowering them, because there is no point in raising standards if standards don’t track with what we care about. Teaching should be open to anyone with a pulse and a college degree—and teachers should be judged after they have started their jobs, not before.(For the record, I agree with this conclusion, which is further evidence of its outside-the-box-ness.)
What does it say about a society that it devotes more care and patience to the selection of those who handle its money than of those who handle its children?8) Demonstrate tolerance:
This was what it would be like to be an N.F.L. quarterback, wasn’t it? But there is nothing like being an N.F.L. quarterback except being an N.F.L. quarterback. A prediction, in a field where prediction is not possible, is no more than a prejudice.9) End with an irrelevant, opaque quotation:
“In a great big piece of pie,” Shonka said, “that was just a little slice.” ♦
"I'm not an unrepentant terrorist; I'm just a guy who set off a bunch of bombs in support of my political agenda, and (looking back) it's possible (but definitely not certain) that doing so might have been a bad idea. If I have any regrets, it's that ourCan someone please let me know whom I have to
terrorismbombing campaigns weren't successful in achieving our political goals."
The Seven Principles of Nguzo Saba have their roots in a rich African cultural history. They are the foundations of the 7-day Kwanzaa family and community celebration practiced by many African American families, which begins each year on December 26, the day after Christmas. Part of the celebration includes lighting a candle that's been placed in a specially prepared candleholder, after which members of the family or group that has gathered talk about one of the principles.I, for one, am outraged that Seattle might stop funding this common-sense curriculum. Who's with me?
The Seven Principles are:
This means helping each other stay together as families, communities, a nation, and a race.
This is the right to decide who we are, what our names will be, what we will become, and what we will create for ourselves. We will not let others do these things for us.
UJIMA (Collective Work and Responsibility)
This means we should build and take care of our communities. We should work together to solve our problems.
UJAMAA (Cooperative Economics)
This means we should build our own stores, shops, and businesses. We should profit from them together.
Our purpose should be to make our people and communities as great as they can be. We can do this by taking care of our homes and communities, and developing the skills and knowledge of all our people.
As African American people, we should do as much as we can, in our unique way, to make our homes and communities more successful and beautiful.
We strive to believe with all our hearts in the worth of African Americans. We believe in the struggle and victory of our people.
WARREN: Now, you’ve made no doubts about your faith in Jesus Christ. What does that mean to you? What does it mean to you to trust in Christ? And what does that mean to you on a daily basis? What does that really look like?In discussions, many of which involved Sarah Palin's religiosity, I have brought up this quote as evidence that Obama too is a religious nut, that he believes (to put it in easy to understand language) that "a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree."
OBAMA: As a starting point, it means I believe in — that Jesus Christ died for my sins, and that I am redeemed through him. That is a source of strength and sustenance on a daily basis. Yes, I know that I don’t walk alone. And I know that if I can get myself out of the way, that I can maybe carry out in some small way what he intends. And it means that those sins that I have on a fairly regular basis, hopefully will be washed away.
''These two entities -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- are not facing any kind of financial crisis,'' said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. ''The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.''
At least 25 percent of the railings at fishing piers would have to be no more than 34 inches high, so that a person in a wheelchair could fish over the railing.HOW THE FUCK IS A KID IN A WHEELCHAIR GOING TO USE A SLIDE?! ("Here is our new slide -- at the top it is 12 inches from the ground, and it slopes steeply down to 6 inches at the other end. Be careful on it!")
At least half of the holes on miniature golf courses must be accessible to people using wheelchairs, and these holes must be connected by a continuous, unobstructed path.
A new swimming pool with a perimeter of more than 300 feet would have to provide “at least two accessible means of entry,” like a gentle sloping ramp or a chair lift.
New playgrounds would have to provide access to slides, swings and other play equipment for children who use wheelchairs.
John L. Wodatch, chief of the disability rights section of the Justice Department, said: “Disability is inherent in the human condition."This is the notion of "original sin", converted into a $23B executive branch boondoggle.