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Stilton’s Place

Stilton’s Place

Renegade Renovations

When the President of the United States calls you on the phone, you damn well listen…

“Stilt? Don. With all of this Russia crap, and let me tell you it IS crap, because I’ve seen some very, very bad crap in my day and this crap is much, much worse. Much much. It’s crap! Where was I?”

“Russian crap.”

“Right – the stupid lying fake news media is using it to bury my agenda. I can’t get my big ideas out there. Spicer was a great guy, great guy, but he wasn’t getting it done. So he’s over. Back to the minors.”

“How can I help?”

“I want to draw attention to one American family being made great again, as they hire American laborers to completely rebuild their humble and outdated middle-class home and make it great again! Even MSNBC will eat it up! It’s all about the pictures. And Stilt – I want those to be pictures of you.”

“Me, Mr. President?! But why?

“Many, many good reasons. You don’t look like a rich guy, you look like a schlub. But a hot wife. Very hot. Too good for you, frankly. And people love that whole dynamic. “What the hell has he got that we don’t know about,” they’ll ask themselves. And then there’s your crumbling house. When was the last time you remodeled it?”

“30 years ago.”

“Perfect. We’ll say Carter broke your heart and you haven’t recovered your confidence till now. Been a mental wreck. When people see your picture they’ll buy it. Totally. Totally.”

“So, uh, what do you want me to do?”

“You’ll be the new focus of “Make An American House Great Again.” You’ll share every detail of upgrading your sad little home while energizing the economy with seemingly endless construction bills.”

“But…this will cost tens of thousands of dollars, Mr. President! Where will I get that kind of money?!”

“I’m pretty sure you’ve got that money in your Russian bank account if you know what I mean. Wink-wink, nudge-nudge. So will you do it, Stilt? For Me, for Melania, and for America?”

“Of course, Mr. President. I’ll get right on it.”

“And as a little thank you, none of your readers will ever get audited again. But that’s way off the books. Hush-hush stuff. Loose lips sink ships. Zip it. Ix-nay. Turn the lock and throw away the key.”

“Understood. I won’t let you down, Mr. President.”

“You never have, Stilt. God bless you, you never have.” [snip]

The Smartest Bunch of all

Our newest batch of Einsteins to graduate from whatever Institute of scholarship they attended were ejected with report cards containing all “A” grades. We are stunned! For after listening to them speak, hearing the level of grammar used and the extent of their vocabulary, one has to believe English and language skills were not part of the grading process. So what was subjected to course evaluation?

A’s on the rise in U.S. report cards, but SAT scores founder

The good news on America’s report cards: More high school teachers are handing out A’s. But the bad news is that students aren’t necessarily learning more.

Recent findings show that the proportion of high school seniors graduating with an A average — that includes an A-minus or A-plus — has grown sharply over the past generation, even as average SAT scores have fallen.

In 1998, it was 38.9%. By last year, it had grown to 47%.

That’s right: Nearly half of America’s Class of 2016 are A students. Meanwhile, their average SAT score fell from 1,026 to 1,002 on a 1,600-point scale — suggesting that those A’s on report cards might be fool’s gold. [snip]

But that’s not always translating into more college diplomas. A recent study by the Harvard Graduate School of Education found that just 56% of college students complete a four-year degree within six years of entering college. For students who start at two-year colleges, it’s even worse: Just 29% earn a degree within three years.

Examining the academic transcripts of high school graduates in the 18-year period from 1998 to 2016, they found that the average grade point average (GPA) rose from 3.27 to 3.38, even as the average SAT score dropped.

Actually, they said, the upward creep is most pronounced in schools with large numbers of white, wealthy students. And its especially noticeable in private schools, where the rate of inflation was about three times higher than in public schools.

Hurwitz said an A is now “the modal high school grade,” a solid sign of grade inflation.

He said one of the goals of the research is to “make sure that college admissions professionals are equipped to make the best decisions possible.”

But he said high schools are increasingly moving away from class ranking, a traditional metric that helps colleges figure out which students are really achieving above their peers.

Lee said previous research has tied high school GPA to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a widely respected standardized test administered by the federal government. But the new research is the first to draw such a direct line between GPA and SAT scores. [snip]

He recently told USA TODAY that A’s are now three times more common than they were in 1960.

Rojstaczer has said grade inflation became more prevalent during the Vietnam War era, when professors began awarding higher grades to prevent students from being deployed, since students who dropped out of college were drafted into the military.

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A decision not to decide…

…is a decision.

The Senate in a method they believe leaves no fingerprints, repealed ObamaCare. By passing no bill, they left ObamaCare to die a lingering death, twisting in the wind. The Senate acted in the affirmative with a negative action.

America deserves better than this pack of Mushwits;

what we have as a class of political Dorks.