Controversy erupted at the Illinois Labor History Society’s “Salute to Labor’s Historic Heroes from the History Makers of Today” conference when Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, drew applause and laughs for suggesting that a past generation of labor leaders preferred to resolve disputes with murder. Lewis drew laughs when she talked about beheading the rich as a preferred method of conflict resolution for disgruntled labor organizers of a bygone era. (Snip) “At this very moment I still believe there is one party in this country – that is, the party of money, with two
Comments: Once again I say, can you imagine if a Republican had said this about a union member? These people are sick and reprehensible. She is the perfect example of the gross abuse of free speech.
Reminds me of a movie called the four hundred blows. Step by step the divide deepens. More people should read about the stages of conflict and think before they speak. In a perfect world I wish malace towards no one.
Read the comments that follow the article! Here´s one typical comment "We as Educators will not allow our children to be trained as trick-monkeys for corporate wealth and power growth." These far left educators are beyond sick and they are teaching "our children"? No wonder the country is so divided. What would this country be like if we had no corporations? We would be a third world seas pool.
That Chicago teachers are represented by someone like this explains a lot. No wonder the city is having the problems it has. This woman doesn´t even know what the teachers are there for! It is very likely that many of those she represents don´t know what their purpose is either.
Teaching and news reporting have not always been accorded the dignity and status of professions. Somehow humanity survived and accomplished great things long before schools of education and journalism made their appearance. The latter seem principally to serve as indoctrination centers and foci of ideological infection. I am not aware of any good evidence they add value or quality or skill to their nominal purpose, e.g. how to educate students or report the news. Combined with powerful unions, schools of education have unleashed a nightmare on the nation that may prove our undoing. This woman and her cheering are one example.
What a pig! Literally, figuratively... How sick is it that this miserable excuse for a human actually represents Chicago teachers? No wonder 80% of Chicago children in 8th grade are not proficient in reading or math for their grade level. Does anyone wonder why Chicago keeps electing corrupt democrap officials and sent us the most corrupt president ever?
Not only is she a pig, she is ignorant to boot. Does she realize in the grand scope of the earth, she is a rich pig herself? She lives like the "filthy rich" pig she is by having more food and wealth than billions of people on the face of the earth.
Sorry to the world´s pigs for the comparison. It´s the only word I wouldn´t get banned for calling her.
Pig works although it is a slight on one of the more intelligent animals. Fat asteroid however is priceless, it says it all, grossly obese, a space cadet and dumb as a box of rocks. I am going to steal that phrase, it´s perfect!
3. About "schools" and "educators": in big city gov´t schools, only half the employees are classroom teachers. In charter schools, it´s about 80%. Among big city gov´t school "teachers," roughly 40% or more send their kids to private schools. Come on, do you need to hear more? Really?
4. Gov´t schools are bureaucracies first and foremost. The purpose of any bureaucracy is not "results", not progress toward some stated goal, but self-preservation. And nothing "proves" the need for a given bureaucracy more than its growth. That helps explain two things about bureaucracies: a. they can never really "succeed" [for they are then unnecessary]; and b. "mission creep" is a great defense and "proof" of their "importance." "Mission creep" often falls into one of two categories [or tactics?]: a. make the definition of your field ever-wider, ever-fuzzier [note how just about everyone "has" or "is at risk from" diabetes]; and b. simply annex new territory [look at how various medical charities/associations have expanded their "areas of interest"].
Rust never sleeps. A good thing to keep in mind. Along with the salaries of the "big-shots" in these organizations....
She is typical of liberal thinking. She, of course, is paid by the union, which gets its money from the teachers, who are paid by the government, which gets its money from taxpayers. She is so far removed from where her salary comes from that she thinks that without rich people hogging their "unfair share" there would be enough to go around for everyone else. Where would we be if she really could get rid of rich people? She needs to read the last third of Atlas Shrugged for a clue.
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I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
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