Blumenthal. Kagan and the Ivy Leaguers. C02 and more.
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Sure, more lanes are nice, but it’s like storage space at home —
“junk expands to exceed the storage space available.”
— Scott H. Johnson
A BUNCH OF THUGS
Re: RiShawn Biddle’s Broken Promises:
Late in the 1970s and early 1980 we lived at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona. The post was next to the town of Sierra Vista. One fall the local teachers wanted to strike. Their reason was their desire for collective bargaining to be a part of any decision concerning wage increases. The entire idea was to encumber local taxes with the national union’s desire to impose whatever they wanted upon local taxpayers, or in other terms … taxation without representation. What followed was a scene none of us expected to see.
First off, the Commander of the Post allowed his wife to call all officer’s wives and also among enlisted wives to seek university graduates. And we were called upon to go in and substitute and keep the local schools going, not allowing local students, mostly from military families, to have their education shortchanged. As a Texas girl in schools where striking was not allowed (the state of Texas makes teacher’s strikes against the law), I found myself teaching a 5th grade class. And I also found myself crossing strike lines to get to school each day.
The local teachers’ heckles were quite disturbing but by about the end of the first week of the strike everything changed. NEA brought in union thugs, who looked more like they belonged on a dock working forklifts, than like teachers. Then things got really ugly. From simple cat calls the protest became increasingly more complex, with names of substitutes being obtained from schoolchildren, then the teachers would call our homes to harass us (or whomever answered the phone). From there crossing the line each day felt more like being under fire from live ammo. The union thugs used profanities and obscenities, and compelled the local teachers to do the same….and those local teachers also campaigned their own students by planting ideas and messages. Many students were told by their own homeroom teacher to cause havoc and trouble for the substitute, with the implication that we didn’t deserve to teach them.
One day however, one of the students in my classroom came in rather quietly, and he had usually been a real behavior problem. When I asked him what was wrong he replied that his “teacher” out on the strike line told him she knew I was really teaching subject matter, not just holding a seat and she had told him to “mind” me. I was pretty flabbergasted. And before the 3 week strike was over, several of us were asked to stay on and teach for the district.
The teachers and union thugs failed in their efforts of
collective bargaining as they were shown that school COULD go on
without them and it might even be beneficial to students. But I
have never forgotten my experience of seeing what the NEA really
was, a bunch of lousy, hot tempered, power grabbing fools. The
taxpayers of Sierra Vista might still be rejoicing that
collective bargaining did not get imposed on their local
— Beverly Gunn
East Texas Rancher
Re: Jeffrey Lord’s Newsweek: The Canary In The Liberal Coal Mine:
Mr. Lord begins his piece noting the consequences of the failure
of Newsweek to the staff and their families. I wonder
though, to use his metaphor, about the miners who refuse to run
when the canary passes. Most liberals I know are staunch
Darwinians, so “refusing to run from the mine” is not terribly
surprising and fits their world view. If there is anything to
lament about the failure of Newsweek, it is that it’s
wreckage could not have been limited to owners and staff.
— Reid Bogie
IVY TO WASHINGTON
Re: Ken Blackwell’s Elena Kagan: Estranged From America:
I regard this as a serious flaw in the theory and practice of
government in the United States. Can’t anybody — conservative or
liberal — find someone to sit on the Supreme Court whose job
resume doesn’t involve going from the Ivy League to Washington to
the Ivy League to Washington to the Ivy League and then back to
— Robert Nowall
Cape Coral, Florida
Re: Patrick O’Hannigan’s The Governor, the President, and the Race Card:
Nail-on-head observation about Obama’s reflexive smirking. That
exposes, I think, an attitude that allows him, as he wears one of
his many egotistical hats, Lecturer-in-Chief, to chastise all of
America about its incivility while he points fingers, demonizes
critics, dismisses public opinion and, generally, depreciates
anything outside of his ideological and morally agnostic
— C. Kenna Amos Jr.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online