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  • I think it might work quite well on the school level. Prying the AFT and NEA away from local control will not be easy although their lack of leadership and local involvement has become maddening in the last few years.

  • That’s why I made an exception for Chicago. She did what she did despite Randi Weingarten and the AFT. They won back a few things and staved off the destroyer Emmanuel for a bit longer but the schools are still closing by the dozens and Rahm is still giving them away to for-profit charter operators and other neoliberal snake oil salesman.

    I agree that the current unions need to die so they can be replaced by something better and more in tune with the modern world. The old, corrupt leadership cannot be assailed anymore than the gerrymandered Republicans here in Florida.

  • Have to agree with you. I’ve been involved with my teacher’s unions for the last 20+ years and I’ve watched them both (NEA and AFT) sit back and sell out the rank and file to Obama and the neoliberal agenda to destroy public education and the career of public school teaching.

    They always give the excuse that they are doing nothing to achieve a seat at the table and the agenda is clearly one of Clintonian triangulation which has utterly failed to stop NCLB, RTTT, VAM, and every other anti-public school, anti-public school teacher insanity cooked up by Bill Gates, Eli Broad and the Walton family, whom the union bigwigs bow to and take the money from all too regularly.

    So the national leaders make around a half a million a year, get to attend all the Washington DC cocktail parties and sit on the boards and committees of all the organizations that are ruining our schools and they counsel against any action that might upset the Democratic party. Rank and file teachers? We face firing, loss of licensure, pay cuts, benefit cuts, and constant demonization from both parties and all media while the unions do little to nothing to counteract this concerted attack besides agreeing with whatever BS the reformers put out in order to “soften the blow”.

    With the exception of Chicago and Newark, most local affiliates are controlled by neoliberal supporters that belong to the parties of the heads; it is next to impossible to pass a resolution, elect a representative, or even have your voice heard if you don’t toe the party line. In another 5 to 10 years public schools will cease to exist in this country, the profession of teaching will cease to exist in this country, and the NEA and AFT will be sitting on their stockpiles of money and hobnobbing with the DC elite still. It sickens me.

  • PriscillaQOB commented on the diary post There’s No Need To Say Goodbye by Isaiah 88.

    2014-01-26 14:31:01View | Delete

    May he rest in peace and rise in glory and may light perpetual shine upon him. I would add the destruction of public education through corporate capture and greed for profit-making on the backs of the poor to the long list of outrages. Within 5 years public schools will cease to exist in many major [...]

  • I think I’ll trust Coretta Scott King’s words on equality and Brother Bayard Rustin’s legacy over anything that LaBarbera says. He is not trustworthy or truthful nor are many conservative sources.

  • PriscillaQOB commented on the blog post Lessons in PR Mismanagement, Vikings Edition

    2014-01-04 12:42:53View | Delete

    If Kluwe’s reporting here is accurate then the Vikings have a real problem no matter how they try to spin it. Religious objections of homosexuality are one thing and many people will defend the right of believers to believe whatever they choose. Few, however, will be on board with open calls for extermination and a “final solution” that Priefer allegedly called for. This belief about exterminating/executing homosexuals is shared by the Salvation Army and many fundamentalist and evangelical Christians but is rejected by Roman Catholicism and most mainline Protestant Christian sects.

    “We were laughing over one of the recent articles I had written supporting same-sex marriage rights, and one of my teammates made a joking remark about me leading the Pride parade. As we sat down in our chairs, Mike Priefer, in one of the meanest voices I can ever recall hearing, said: “We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows.” The room grew intensely quiet, and none of the players said a word for the rest of the meeting. The atmosphere was decidedly tense. I had never had an interaction that hostile with any of my teammates on this issue—some didn’t agree with me, but our conversations were always civil and respectful. Afterward, several told me that what Mike Priefer had said was “messed up.”"

  • I think that some small part of their conscience retains a scintilla of humanity and they are troubled by the waves of guilt that wash over them on rare occasions, hence Peggy Noonan telling about her billionaire friend who fears the return of the guillotine and Langone’s ire that Pope Francis I has shone a bright light on the “trickle down” lie that has dominated the world since the days of Thatcher and Reagan.

    They know deep down inside that their actions and their lifestyles are an affront to humanity as a whole and the Church as well. Denial. Such a pointless and useless weapon to fight reality with yet that is what they choose every time. Speaks volumes about the paucity of their souls to me.

  • PriscillaQOB commented on the blog post God’s Not Dead? Maybe He’s Just Not Feeling Well

    2013-12-22 17:28:41View | Delete

    The Duck Dynasty dude looks like Miriam Shor in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and his partner bears a striking resemblance to a much younger Anne Coulter.

    Kevin Sorbo has never impressed me as much of an actor. He’s really overdoing it here.

    Evangelical Christianity is extremely distasteful to me personally and I would not watch this movie. Ever. Rick Santorum’s movie won’t be viewed by me either, for much the same reasons, even though I am a fellow Roman Catholic.

    I am a happy, believing Christian descended from Jewish refugees from Germany. I enjoy well-written, well-made, and well-acted biblical epics and movies, both Jewish and Christian. Franco Zeffirelli’s “Jesus of Nazareth” is one of the few DVD’s that I’ve ever purchased and watched over and over again.

    Is that problematic for audiences or has-been actors who want to publicly express their faith (or cash in on it)? Why should someone’s faith expression be ridiculed with mockery and disbelief instead of valid criticism of the crappy writing and acting?

    My God is not dead to me but I doubt this film would have anything to do with that fact nor would this film be able to prove or disprove that to me or anyone else. It might convert someone, somewhere, somehow but I doubt that very seriously also.

    Just like this movie, I don’t have to go see things that I disagree with or don’t like. Doesn’t mean that they can’t/shouldn’t be made nor should people be mocked for making movies like this. That’s my 2-cent contribution.

  • Same here, living in Katharine Harris’s old swamp of a tea party district. This guy is typical of what I hear at the grocery store, in the laundromat, and at work every day. All televisions in public places are permanently fixed on Fox, all radios on Limbaugh.

    For those of you fortunate to live in progressive/liberal/Democratic enclaves, well, good for you. Sorry to rain on your parade and bother your beautiful minds with our darker reality. Dismissed? Huh.

  • PriscillaQOB commented on the diary post So Angry At Zimmerman by PulsarFDL.

    2013-07-14 15:24:26View | Delete

    I wish you well, brother. I couldn’t sleep at all last night and I’ve spent today alternating between rage and weeping. My little first graders are just about 10 years younger than Trayvon Martin and I worry without about their future here in Florida. Be strong. We must be for them. And agourabum, I’ve read [...]

  • PriscillaQOB commented on the diary post Zimmerman Verdict: Not Guilty — Livestream by Elliott.

    2013-07-13 23:38:21View | Delete

    But you are speculating here which none of us are allowed to do. Facts, man, facts only! Again, a grown ass man following a teenage boy in the dark is an attack on that child’s safety. It doesn’t matter if Zimmerman hit first or not if Martin felt threatened. You are wrong. Again.

  • PriscillaQOB commented on the diary post Zimmerman Verdict: Not Guilty — Livestream by Elliott.

    2013-07-13 23:35:37View | Delete

    Following a teenage boy in the dark for no reason is an attack on that child’s safety and legally justifiable reason for feeling endangered and cause for self-defense. Engaging in reckless behavior that results in death is the requirement for a manslaughter conviction in Florida. You are wrong. Again.

  • PriscillaQOB commented on the diary post Zimmerman Verdict: Not Guilty — Livestream by Elliott.

    2013-07-13 23:19:23View | Delete

    And you cling to your wrongness. Trayvon Martin had NO legal obligation to back off even if Zimmerman surrendered under Florida’s Stand Your Ground statute. None. There is no exception clause that states you must back off if your attacker surrenders. None. There is no precedence for that either. You questioned Bill Warren’s credentials as [...]

  • PriscillaQOB commented on the diary post Zimmerman Verdict: Not Guilty — Livestream by Elliott.

    2013-07-13 23:12:21View | Delete

    We get that you are satisfied that George Zimmerman had a right under Florida law to ice a black teenage boy due to the circumstances of his being black and wearing a hoody in Zimmerman’s neighborhood. We get it that you don’t think Trayvon Martin was justified in defending himself against a creepy cracker older [...]

  • PriscillaQOB commented on the diary post Zimmerman Verdict: Not Guilty — Livestream by Elliott.

    2013-07-13 23:06:39View | Delete

    At #32 above you declared that this was a fair trial, that Zimmerman declared not guilty, and you ordered everyone to “let it go”. If that’s not dismissive then I don’t know what the hell dismissive is. I posted the Florida Stand Your Ground statute, proving you wrong when you declared that Martin should’ve backed [...]

  • PriscillaQOB commented on the diary post Zimmerman Verdict: Not Guilty — Livestream by Elliott.

    2013-07-13 22:39:58View | Delete

    And you have been repeatedly called on the fact that a jury decision is not a declaration of innocence but rather a declaration of reasonable doubt. Arguing that “outside” circumstances had no bearing on this case ignores Zimmerman’s relationships with the police who did the investigation and testified on his behalf, the interrogation of Ms. [...]

  • PriscillaQOB commented on the diary post Zimmerman Verdict: Not Guilty — Livestream by Elliott.

    2013-07-13 22:32:52View | Delete

    Neighborhood watchman is a volunteer position, not a job. Trayvon had no legal compulsion to return home and every right under Florida law to confront Zimmerman and to protect himself, even by bashing his head on the sidewalk, under the Stand Your Ground statute. Most people do not agree with you, on this thread or [...]

  • PriscillaQOB commented on the diary post Zimmerman Verdict: Not Guilty — Livestream by Elliott.

    2013-07-13 21:35:48View | Delete

    Nuance and logic? Your self-inflated ego explains your ignorance in this matter and why you continue to argue an indefensible point. Florida’s Manslaughter statute: A person who causes the death of any person under the age of 18 by culpable negligence under s. 827.03(2)(b) commits aggravated manslaughter of a child, a felony of the first [...]

  • PriscillaQOB commented on the diary post Zimmerman Verdict: Not Guilty — Livestream by Elliott.

    2013-07-13 21:08:36View | Delete

    You can’t handle my questioning? Fine. You also can’t answer my points. You have permeated this thread with talk of accepting this as justice. It is not. It never will be. It may be ‘legal’ and that may satisfy you but it does not satisfy me. And I will not be silent. And I will [...]

  • PriscillaQOB commented on the diary post Zimmerman Verdict: Not Guilty — Livestream by Elliott.

    2013-07-13 20:56:33View | Delete

    What would make me happy is for people like you to stop ignoring the horrific racism that permeates our justice system and pretending that “justice” was served fairly and equally in this case. If the laws allow George Zimmerman to shoot and kill a black child then the laws are unjust and we are compelled [...]

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