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  1. Lady E, I liked how you did not address any...

    Lady E, I liked how you did not address any actual points I made and instead repeated the same generalizations and divisive language. That's okay; I'll bite.



    First of all, cultures evolve. ...
  2. When I hear German-American, I assume someone is...

    When I hear German-American, I assume someone is half German, half American (like me) or a dual citizen (again, like me) or a naturalized American originally from Germany (like my father, who also...
  3. I could probably find all kinds of cultural...

    I could probably find all kinds of cultural examples of common sense and self respect that don't meet the US standard. However, my dirndl example is sufficient to make the point. Culture dictates a...
  4. See, and this is great--but it creates huge...

    See, and this is great--but it creates huge annoyances for people like me. I am German-American--and not as in I have German ancestors. I am a dual citizen, born in Germany to an American mother...
  5. While I know you aren't maligning teachers, it's...

    While I know you aren't maligning teachers, it's hard for those of us in education to let comments like this slide. Education, NO MATTER THE FORM, will have shortcomings. There is no silver bullet...
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    Some of them, yes. Not all. Besides, knowing...

    Some of them, yes. Not all. Besides, knowing how to text or play a game is also a far cry from presentation skills. I have no problem with the assignment, as it likely had any number of learning...
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    Blanket statements like these are frustrating. I...

    Blanket statements like these are frustrating. I was a student once, and I see the things our students do. Heck, one of my own students rides at my barn, and I know she did track last year. I know...
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    So homework only has value if the teacher grades...

    So homework only has value if the teacher grades every last problem?
  9. My origin IS my identity. By not affirming my...

    My origin IS my identity. By not affirming my origins, you have prevented yourself from affirming me.

    My origin is also my passion. Can I start a club for it?

    Discrimination is real. Not...
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    Christmas markets! Mostly Germany (Nuremberg,...

    Christmas markets!

    Mostly Germany (Nuremberg, pretty much any big city--Hamburg, Frankfurt, etc.) but also Prague, Brussels, Vienna, Salzburg, Wolfgangsee trifecta, and others.

    I personally...
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    Lit teacher here. I generally give my 9th...

    Lit teacher here. I generally give my 9th graders homework only in small doses and usually completing tasks they did not finish in class. However, I did tell them to expect homework regularly, and...
  12. Drudge leans pretty conservative. J-Lu, you...

    Drudge leans pretty conservative.

    J-Lu, you are right that CNN is often sensationalist and has made some major errors, but they do correct them. They are still pretty good in this world of...
  13. International sources are great for world news...

    International sources are great for world news stories, and many have American outlets. Examples are BBC, Al Jazeera, or Spiegel. I, too, am a bit of a grazer with a preference for NPR.

    Hubby...
  14. Roads in front. Nothing bigger. Rule of...

    Roads in front. Nothing bigger.

    Rule of thumb--outside equal to or slightly bigger than inside, hinds before fronts.
  15. A few thoughts-- 1) Everyone has a bad jump. ...

    A few thoughts--

    1) Everyone has a bad jump. I know one of those riders, and she had a brilliant round--except the water, where she had what she called a really bad jump (based on that video I...
  16. Except that these are not all correct! There is...

    Except that these are not all correct! There is a shoe at the natural history museum on the University of Oregon campus that is estimated to be 10,000 years old.

    Also, the ancient folks of...
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    Mine just has ridden up that way. I actually...

    Mine just has ridden up that way. I actually like the old school way, but I am not so worried about it that I am going to fuss over it. Meh.
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    People often comment to make themselves feel...

    People often comment to make themselves feel better about what they don't have.

    I remember walking my coach's horse and a friend's 17.2 leopard app while at a H/J show. Coach's horse had competed...
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    I figure it doesn't hurt to ask. I have seen...

    I figure it doesn't hurt to ask. I have seen people ask if they can swap two XC rides (same division) so they can take the experienced horse around first. Since they are just swapping with...
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    I like the Santa box theory. Some horses are...

    I like the Santa box theory. Some horses are naturally more elastic than others and "come with" changes. My current boy is one that, when in a balanced canter and asked to change directions, just...
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    Agreed. Rebecca Farms didn't exist 15 years ago,...

    Agreed. Rebecca Farms didn't exist 15 years ago, and it is certainly a premier event now. We now have Advanced at Aspen Farms, and the new WA State Horse Park will fill the void left by the...
  22. Ha, I am never comfortable in my jacket and stock...

    Ha, I am never comfortable in my jacket and stock tie. I have a strong aversion to anything near my throat. I even cut the collars off T-shirts at times. I REALLY hate it, so wearing a stock tie...
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    The same applies to inspections of courses. We...

    The same applies to inspections of courses. We had that one recently--my coach and I had planned to walk our SJ course during a break in the day that we had (I groom for her at events, and she had a...
  24. Don't Tread on Me Yellow? Republican Red? ...

    Don't Tread on Me Yellow?
    Republican Red?

    Sorry, couldn't resist.
  25. I just did the T3DE at Rebecca, and yes, this...

    I just did the T3DE at Rebecca, and yes, this came up (and if it hadn't come up, I would have brought it up as I had the same question!). We were told the whole test could be done sitting or rising,...
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