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Immaculate

August 31st, 2013


Some cool texas images:

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Lupinus Texensis growing in a container, harvest from wild plants and grown from the seed. The Texas Bluebonnet is one of the most recognizable wildflowers in the state of Texas (United States of America), for both the flower and the unique lupine foliage.

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remember the alamo…
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…on Texas Independence Day! :-)

take care and have a good Tuesday, you all!

The Alamo…San Antonio, TX…December 16, 2007



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FREE Practice LSAT (PT 65)

August 31st, 2013

FREE Practice LSAT (PT 65)
Event on 2013-12-14 10:00:00

Limit one test per month for non-DC Metro LSAT students. No limit for DC Metro LSAT students. Please help us keep these tests free and available to all by signing up only if you can commit to attending. Failing to attend without notifying us will result in the cancellation of all future test registrations. Failing to attend twice, even if you do notify us, will result in the cancellation of all future test registrations.

R.S.V.P. is REQUIRED – please sign up in advance!

This weekend, we will be doing the December 2011 LSAT (PrepTest 65). Please note in your enrollment if you have already taken this test (along with any other tests you've already taken), and we can provide an alternate test.

Please view other dates and events here: http://lawschoolprepblog.com/free/practice-lsat-exam-review/

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Take this opportunity to see how you would perform on an actual previously-administered LSAT exam. A proctor will administer and time the exam. 

The practice exam will include the 5 multiple-choice sections of the LSAT. As on the real LSAT, an "experimental" section (which does not count toward your score) will be given as one of these 5 sections, but the unscored writing section will not be part of this administration.

This event is limited to 18 participants. 

DC Metro LSAT Prep exclusively provides one-on-one tutoring for LSAT candidates. There will be no sales pitch or marketing attempt at this event. Students interested in discussing one-on-one tutoring may do so, but it is certainly not required.

WHAT TO BRING:

1. Analog watch 

2. Beverage

3. Pencil sharpener, erasers, highlighter (if desired), kleenex. 

Test booklets, answer sheets, and pencils will be provided for you.

Agenda:
Please arrive by 09:50 a.m. so that the test can begin promptly. Water and coffee are provided.
10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – 5-section test [experimental section included; break after section 3]

1:30 p.m.  – 1:40 p.m.  – Answer keys and score conversion charts will be distributed to facilitate self-scoring

NOTE:

This will be administered in a manner similar to an actual LSAT, although it will be in a conference room rather than a large class room. By signing up for this practice test, you agree that you will not have your cell phone turned on during the administration of the test ("vibrate mode" is included in the defintion of "on").  

LOCATION:

1701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Ste 300, Washington DC 20006

When you arrive, tell the security guard that you are taking an LSAT on the second floor. The proctor should be in the lobby to meet you. 

Please email info@dcMetroLSATprep.com with any questions.

 

If you are unable to gain entry to the building on the day of the test and it is 12:55 or later, please text or call us at (817) 212-9041. The building is always locked on the weekend. The security guard will have a list with your name on it, but occasionally the security guards are unavailable to open the doors. If you are waiting to enter the building, please wait close to the door so that we see you when we come to let people in.

at International Square
1825 Eye Street NW
Washington, United States

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Gianmarco – Hoy (Live at The Howard Theater, Washington DC, 10-05-12)

August 31st, 2013

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Top 50 songs of September 2013 so far

August 31st, 2013

LEGITIMATE GUARANTEED MONEY MAKING OPPORTUNITY http://tinyurl.com/tubelanch TUBE LANCH IS SIMPLY AWESOME MUST CHECK IT OUT GUYS http://tinyurl.com/tubelanch …
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TEACH THE CHILDREN WELL

August 31st, 2013

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TEACH THE CHILDREN WELL
Government
Image by SS&SS
DETROIT CLOSING HALF OF IT’S SCHOOLS

A report from the Detroit News Monday suggested that without government aid, the city of Detroit will be forced to close down nearly half of the city’s public schools in the next two years. Additionally, the paper warns that average high school class sizes will swell to 62 students by the following year.

These startling statistics were laid out in a deficit-reduction plan filed with the state of Michigan by the city’s Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb. Bobb’s role is working to slash the 7 million deficit the Detroit school district has accrued over the years.

According to the Detroit News, Detroit Public Schools considered filing for bankruptcy in 2009 but declined. In the past year alone, debt in the district has increased by more than 0 million, brought on by a “mix of revenue declines in property taxes, reduced state aid, declining enrollment and an unplanned staffing surge this past fall.”

While Bobb and DPS administrators have a lot to account for, noticeably absent from the discussion is the role of the teachers unions.

As students suffer amidst increasing classroom sizes and declining school choices, the district’s teachers stand to earn higher salaries. The city’s contract with the Detroit Federation of Teachers requires payments for teachers whose class sizes exceed specified maximums. So while Bobb demands increased class sizes to save the district money, the district is simultaneously estimating the move will create million in additional costs to pay teachers’ oversize class pay over the next four years alone.

A recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal also notes the city’s decaying public school system:

“Additional savings of approximately .4 million can be achieved from school closures if the District simply abandons the closed buildings,” the proposal explains, purging costs like boarding up buildings, storage and security patrols.

Steven Wasko, a spokesman for Mr. Bobb, said that urban property sales have been difficult, in part because until recently the state board of education banned transactions with “competing educational institutions” like charter schools. Once buildings are deserted, even if the doors and windows are welded shut with protective metal covers, scavengers break in and dismantle them for copper wire, pipes and so on.

Under the emergency plan, consolidated high-school class sizes would increase to 62 by 2014, “consistent with what students would expect in large university settings.” Yet under the terms of the Detroit Federation of Teachers contract, the district must pay bonuses for class enrollment over 35, thus imposing some .1 million in new costs through 2014.

Note that this dispensation carries about the same price tag as the school abandonment windfall: In other words, Detroit may end up destroying serviceable capital assets so it can pay its public workers more over the short term.

Mr. Wasko cautions that the school closure plan is a last resort, and Mr. Bobb has floated other ideas, including a financial restructuring similar to the GM bailout/bankruptcy. Detroit Federation of Teachers president Keith Johnson rejected even that because “The children of Detroit are not consumed products of a profit-driven corporation like a car,” as he wrote in an op-ed this week. Maybe his real objection is that the GM model might allow the district to rationalize its labor liabilities.

The budget gap is party due to the property tax revenue collapse as the Motor City crumbles, as well as financial mismanagement and a surge in pay and benefits for public employees. The Mackinac Center, a state think tank, reports that average Michigan teacher salaries outpaced those of all other states from 2003 to 2009, when adjusted for state per capita income as a proxy for the local ability to pay.

It’s hard to think of a sadder commentary on a government so fiscally desperate and so captured by its workers that it may be forced to abandon property to thieves. But are they the scavengers or the union?

TS05-26 World Bank
Government
Image by World Bank Photo Collection
Bantu Holimisa (red tie) leader of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) leaves the high court where he is challenging the government’s introduction of a new law which enables councilors, MP’s and members of Provincial legislatures to switch parties without losing their seats.South Africa. Photo: Trevor Samson / World Bank

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19th Annual Funniest Celebrity in Washington Contest

August 31st, 2013

19th Annual Funniest Celebrity in Washington Contest
Event on 2013-09-25 18:00:00
DC Celebrities prove that they've got humor to benefity the Final Salute FoundationSeptember 25Get tickets! DOORS OPEN 6PM. SHOW AT 7PM. TICKETS 0The Funniest Celebrity Contest was founded by Richard Siegel in 1987. Conceived as a fundraiser for area and national non-profits, beneficiaries have included Make A Wish Foundation, Child Welfare League of America, Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Bread for the City, and this year Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Each year, the contest brings together 10 celebrities from the worlds of politics, media and sports to entertain the attendees while competing for the title of The Funniest Celebrity in either Washington, San Francisco, or Baltimore. For more information visit, http://www.funniestcelebrity.org/Tickets to the contest are 0 and can be purchased here. Proceeds are donated to the Funniest Celebrity Charitable Fund which is proud to support the Final Salute Foundation:WHAT DO RALPH NADER, A FORMER GOVERNOR, A FORMER COMMANDER SEARGENT IN THE ARMY, A TAX ACTIVIST, A JAPANESE CONGRESSMAN, AND A TOP OF THE LINE REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST PERFORMING VENTRILOQUISM HAVE IN COMMON? They will all be performing at the 19th Annual Funniest Celebrity in Washington Contest to benefit Final Salute, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of women veterans and their families.Throwing out the Ceremonial First joke is: CNN's Candy KrowleyMichele S.Jones: Commander Seargent, (the highest ranking non-commissioned officer in the Army)Ralph Nader: Advisor to the Secretary of Defense for President Obama, political activistGrover Norquist: Tax ActivistCongressman Mike Honda (D-CA)Ed Gillespie: Republican Strategist and ventriloquistGovernor Jim Gilmore of VirginiaSteve Clemons: Foreign policy correspondent for Atlantic MonthlyJames Lucier: CEO of Capital AlphaHeather Higgins: Independent Women's ForumJamie Weinstein: The Daily Caller and FOX News will return as Reigning Champion to perform a guest set.Headliner is comedian Dan Nainan; and Master of Ceremonies is Matt Cooper of the National Journal.Tickets to the contest are 0 and can be purchased at www.funniestcelebrity.orgSponsors include: Capitol Alpha Partners and Americans for Tax Reform. For more information contact Richard Siegel at 202-250-9193 or log on to www.funniestcelebrity.org

at The DC Improv Comedy Club
1140 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Washington, United States

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Food shorts: Mandarin wine tasting, Goldilocks iCake

August 31st, 2013

Food shorts: Mandarin wine tasting, Goldilocks iCake
Among these are: roasted vegetables Catalan-style, red snapper ceviche, beef empanada, Argentinian beef stew, baked pork spare ribs, Navy bean and corn soup from Argentina, plus a selection of assorted Spanish cold cuts and cheeses. Sweets such as …
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Vox pop
Now the instant noodles have many flavors, but I only love one flavor, beef stew noodles, which was the first one I had many years ago. It's classic. Zhang Tingting, 32, lawyer, Beijing When my younger brother and I were kids, we used to fight over a …
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Madras beef curry
Indian cooking NEVER uses Olive oil, groundnut or sunflower is used. There is no cinnamon stick, mustard seeds or curry leaves to give it a "madras" flavour. To be an authentic madras you need far more chillies than this dried(soaked) or fresh. The …
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Only Drinks

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P6 BEAT / Dansk Kulturarv at Roskilde Festival

August 31st, 2013

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P6 BEAT / Dansk Kulturarv at Roskilde Festival
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Dansk Kulturarv at Roskilde Festival with P6 BEAT. Photos are to use for non-commercial purposes, but must be credited "DRs Kulturarvsprojekt"

P6 BEAT / Dansk Kulturarv at Roskilde Festival
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Dansk Kulturarv at Roskilde Festival with P6 BEAT. Photos are to use for non-commercial purposes, but must be credited "DRs Kulturarvsprojekt"

P6 BEAT / Dansk Kulturarv at Roskilde Festival
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Image by DRs Kulturarvsprojekt
Dansk Kulturarv at Roskilde Festival with P6 BEAT. Photos are to use for non-commercial purposes, but must be credited "DRs Kulturarvsprojekt"

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Saluto dal Washington monument

August 31st, 2013

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Mike + Ruthy with special guests Winterpills

August 31st, 2013

Mike + Ruthy with special guests Winterpills
Event on 2013-10-05 19:30:00

Common Ground @ South Church

343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry NY

presentsMike + Ruthywith special guests Winterpills

“Some of the best songwriting of their generation.” – LA Weekly, on Mike + Ruthy

“I don’t know why Winterpills aren’t one of the most cherished pop bands in the world: Their songs are dazzling, and their albums have a coherence that’s rare.”
– Jonathan Lethem, Rolling Stone

After thousands of concerts across tens-of-thousands of miles, Ruth Ungar & Mike Merenda have emerged as one of acoustic America’s most revered musical duos. As story-tellers, as singers, as poets and as parents (they tour with their two small children), Mike + Ruthy are heralds of an American cultural awakening, one that values honesty and togetherness, one that prefers grit to glitz and one that – in the face of an information super-highway – revels in the old-fashioned telling of a story. Described as “rich, vintage Americana” by Time Out NY, Mike + Ruthy’s 2012 Woody Guthrie collaboration “My New York City” is being hailed as one of the most gorgeous pieces ever to have come out of the archive.

Starting with their self-titled debut in 2005, Winterpills have built a vibrant career with their exquisite chamber-pop songs that The Washington Post called “densely packed but hugely evocative, tiny bombs of feeling and meaning… fiendishly melodic", attracting fans from their native New England to the Netherlands and beyond. They may be one of the most exciting bands to emerge from the vibrant Northampton, Massachusetts music scene in recent years, adding another chapter to the world of ethereal indie-pop. They play haunting, delicate, dynamic, room-hushingly beautiful music with shimmering melodies and aching lyrics. Fronted by singers Philip Price and Flora Reed, they harmonize closely, often and gorgeously.

Tickets: in advance, at the door

at South Presbyterian Church
343 Broadway Dobbs Ferry NY 10522
Dobbs Ferry, United States

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