Best Quote of the Day

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In a front page story in the New York Times about the budget crisis in Philadelphia, parent leader Helen Gym said this:

“The concept is just jaw-dropping,” said Helen Gym, who has three children in the city’s public schools. “Nobody is talking about what it takes to get a child educated. It’s just about what the lowest number is needed to get the bare minimum. That’s what we’re talking about here: the deliberate starvation of one of the nation’s biggest school districts.”

The story says that Philadelphia does not have an elected board but fails to explain that the city has been under state control for more than a decade. During that decade, also unmentioned in the story, Paul Vallas “saved” the schools.

Maybe Pennsylvania doesn’t want to pay for schools anymore. Maybe it just wants ill-tended buildings, large classes, no arts, nothing else. But lots of prisons.

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One Set Apart


One Set Apart

Thou art Splendid Among Ten Thousand!
Gold, in Thy Presence tarnishes and fades!
Lost in Thy shadow are All the Treasures of the Earth,
Chaff and Chattel All they be!
Magnificent Thou Art, Oh My Most Beautiful Love;
As One Set Apart from All others,
Wondrous and Remarkable.
Breathtaking and Pleasing.
Grant, O Thou My Love,
That I may Ever Linger with Thee,
And Changeless Let my Love Be,
Ever Fixed to Thee.

Beautiful Photograph found at:

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Verizon launching the HTC One on August 22: $199 with contract


After already launching on other major U.S. carriers, the HTC One finally lands on Verizon Wireless(s vz)(s vod). The carrier tweeted out the news on Friday morning, sharing the price of $199.99 with a two-year contract for the LTE handset.

Verizon hasn’t announced any changes to the handset, which will be offered in a silver or black color scheme. Assuming the insides are unchanged, the phone will run Android 4.2.2(s goog) on a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm(s qcom) Snapdragon 600 processor paired with 2 GB of memory. The phone also has a 4.7-inch 1080p display, HTC Sense 5 software and the company’s Ultrapixel camera sensor.

The phone will also have an integrated, non-removable battery and lack SD card expansion. Based on the price…

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