Is this the Bill Cope that was (and still is) a friend of mine?
Guilt, remorse, regret, and the quest for true love. How do I escape you?
Hey, TDI's don't do well on Bio-diesel unless you go through a tank a week. Also the turbos leak so much oil into the intake they get all coked up at the EGR valve and particulate filter and start to smoke a lot.
As for CFLs, they are mostly made in China... and the slaves working in the plants all have high blood levels of mercury... as do any Americans who are exposed to a broken one... plus they sometimes start on fire due to their complexity.
Living in Boise, Idaho I am constantly surrounded by stupid mullet boys. It's so refreshing to read the sagacious and sophisticated thoughts of Bill Cope. Reading Bill Cope is like reading The New Yorker but not having to pay for it. He is a beacon of hope in a sea of plebeians.
As far as I'm concerned, Obama is a Hero and Repulsicans are a Lynch Mob of A**holes and Creeps.
God is so angry because he Fucked Up big time when he created Human Beings. In any case Religion is just Adult make believe and Man created a vengeful, angry God because man himself is vengeful and angry. Puritanical=Tyrannical. Vote Repulsican! Punish the poor for their sloth reward the rich for their industry, and Lynch Obama!
I don't know if Mr. Hagadone reads these comments... but if he does...
1) Congratulations on your new child! Having a child (and I'm on GRANDchildren now) is one of the high points of the human experience. Speaking for myself... if there's ANYTHING that convinces me there's an Intelligent Designer, it's looking at a marvelous, complex, fully-functional, perfectly formed newborn child.
2) Fundamentalism can be dangerous IN ALL FORMS! If there's any place in the "civilized world" where free exchange of ideas tends to be suppressed, it's in the hallowed halls of higher learning! If you dare to deviate from the currently-held orthodox views of the "intellectual class," you're likely to be shouted down. It's a blessing to have multiple sources of information, and the wisdom to be a good listener and a critical thinker.
3) Thanks for choosing a common-sense "traditional" name - Eleanor - for your child! It seems pretty common these days for parents to gift their children with names that they'll go through life trying to explain, and/or telling people how to spell.
I hope Eleanor enjoys a long and healthy and adventure-filled life, and I wish the best for her parents and older brother.
I didn't read this week... but here's another randem think:
It's Wednesday January 21... and I bet Mr. Cope is practically wetting himself with excitement, over Dear Leader coming to town!!! The Greatest Teleprompter Reader of Our Generation... right here in little ol' Boise, Idaho! (Yeah, Mr. Cope is from Meridian, but close enough! I 'spect he was in line early, to snag a good seat.)
It's George Bush's fault!
The point of the article which seems to have been(deliberately?)missed .is the monetization of public services,the rush to cash in by greedy pocket stuffers i.e. campaign contributors and the eager complicity of the politicians the contributions have purchased.the problem is not that they are republican politicians.the problem is that one party dominance results in there being no check on their excesses.look to the problems and corruption in illinois to see the other side of this coin.
Delightful, insightful as always. Thank you for the boost, John.
Kevin, I know it's an ad hominem attack. It's not a matter of winning or losing. He can't write and yet he writes a column every week. It's pathetic.
The hording gene and the repetitive labor satisfaction gene are ancient survival adaption genes expressed in insects, rodents and humans. What else is new?
@Paul: You can't refute any of the claims made in the article, so instead you engage in an ad hominem argument.
You lose. Thanks for playing. Please drive through.
Having Bill Cope make suggestions about how to better our educational system makes no sense. This buffoon has never ventured outside of Meridian, Idaho and is a product of the Idaho educational system. He is proof positive that we must do better. His columns are unreadable, childish and reflect muddled thinking. If anything is predictable it is the nonsense in his writing. If a computer can produce a more critical mind in a pupil than his then for God's sake let's hire a computer.
I understand that Democrats are disappointed that Jana Jones is not the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Idaho is clearly a red state and there is a built in advantage for any candidate running as a Republican. But to suggest that Mrs. Ybarra lacks qualifications is disingenuous. I would agree with those that say Mrs. Jones was MORE qualified but this was a race for a political office - it was not a job interview. If qualifications alone were the rationale for casting a vote, John McCain would have won the Presidential election in 2008. Additionally, almost everyone not in high school at Borah knows that Ybarra did not commit the act of plagiarism. While ultimately responsible for the materials her campaign uses, Ybarra has to bear the embarrassment of that mistake. If informed Democrat writers of BW and other publications would like to suggest to the masses that Ybarra is unqualified because a staffer made a mistake, may I please remind you of Lois Lerner, Jonathan Gruber and Timothy Geithner. I did not vote for President Obama but I have voted for candidates of both parties as recently as the November 2014 election. I'd call out Republicans for using the same tactics. Cope is smarter than he looks and I understand he's a choir singer but I'd appreciate his pointing out the legitimate Republican miscues and not creating ones that do not exist. Not all of the BW readers are liberals.
Bill Cope. I appreciate your observations on education. It's a gold mine. But first you have to convince the citizens its a wasteland so they give it up. http://www.publicschoolshakedown.org/ Saying what you are saying.
I love this! This is going on in my house. I am a gen xer with a teenager and a 10 year old. I still love loud music and feel like I am 20. My daughter, 16, is wise beyond her years and has a better grasp on reality then I ever did in high school (I was too busy getting drunk and doing drugs) (got sober when I was 21)
I drag my 10 year old to concerts and he thinks I am crazy. I really feel that the gap between me and my kids is very small. I have a few rules, no under age drinking, no drugs, but I want my kids to also break the rules, the ceiling, and anything else they have to to have a great life. (But stay out of jail).
John: after you spoke at the College in November, one of the students sent me a note about your comments and insights reflected in this thoughtful and thought provoking column. They quoted you: "The blank screen isn't a metaphor for your soul until you put a sentence or two down. Then it becomes a metaphor for your soul under construction". They commented how your words helped them understand "being afraid to write is like being afraid of my own self and the lies inside". Simply put, Rember says., " Following a story to where it wants to go will usually to the depths of your own heart". Powerful insights from young students seeking meaning, understanding and resilience in the face of hardships. They recognize this is the work they must undertake if they are to find joy, connection, and purpose, and the "depth of your own heart". Thanks for the good words
Exactly why Cartoons are more entertaining and effective than essays. Example: Cartoons drove Islamic Terrorists into a murderous rage in France a couple of days ago.
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