An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Archive for 25 September 2010
Yes, I’m late posting this, but the message is still pertinent.
Ground Zero Imam Exposed Off-Mic – FrontPageMag
The Pledge To Repeal ObamaCare – The American TEA Party
Breaking news: Democrats Release their Contract with America. – American and Proud
The Entitlement Mindset – Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.
How privileged Democrats pay for their houses – Michelle Malkin
The government are lying slugs – Social Sense
Obama Considering Act of Treason? – XelanBonn
Book smart does not always mean intelligent… – Billiam’s Bloviations
Obama Pledges World Development – Boots and Sabers
Quote of the Day – Fred Thompson – MacBourne’s Musings
ELIMINATE THE UNITED NATIONS FREAK SHOW FROM AMERICAN SOIL – Angry White Dude
The Messege Of The Tea Party – The Violence Worker!
US Navy Gets it Right – Infidel Bloggers Alliance
On The Threshold Of Turmoil…Again – The Camp of the Saints
Michael Moore Makes Jane Fonda Look Like a Patriot – Big Hollywood
Expert Witness?? – silent E speaks
Civil Disobedience, Rightly, Becomes Popular Again – hillbillypolitics
Domestic Terrorist Denied University Accolade of Emeritus Status – Gateway Pundit
Freedom of so-called “Religion”? – Woman Honor Thyself
Will Liberty Continue To Have A Home In America? – Political Christian
Red flag on green-jobs numbers – Hot Air
Is Colin Powell even trying anymore? – Stu Blog
Fed-up parents and teachers who saw the explosive education documentary “Waiting for ‘Superman’ ” yesterday were left either seething or in tears — and calling for revolutionary change after the film’s Big Apple debut.
“The passing along of children through the system is just disgusting,” said Barbara Levinson, 63, who was crying by the film’s end. “Every child should be treated as an individual.”
Viewers were also rocked by the work’s portrayal of the teachers unions’ protection of subpar educators.
This has been going on for years, and these parents are just now noticing?
“The laws as they stand can protect ineffective teachers who are bad — I’m disappointed in what the union’s become,” said Patricia Jordan, who won state teacher of the year in 1993.
“Effective and wonderful teachers are stifled by the ones who are problematic and hard to get rid of,” she fumed.
I remember a few teachers I had through the years who should NEVER have been let in a classroom, but they were still there long after I had moved on to the real world. I also had EXCELLENT teachers that actually cared whether or not I, personally, learned anything.
The movie, from directors of “An Inconvenient Truth,” takes aim at teacher tenure and “rubber rooms” for teachers facing disciplinary action. It profiles five kids who enter charter-school lotteries.
There should be no need for such lotteries! Our schools SHOULD be exemplary! You can’t throw money at something, and expect it to solve the problems. It appears that so many tax dollars, meant for the education of our children is being thrown into teacher’s health care and pensions. Wisconsin teachers whining about viagra is just a symptom of the problems plaguing the public school system nationwide.
“There is definitely a call for action,” said Alex Bergson, 23, of the West Village. “The union leadership seemed a little bit to blame with their stubbornness to change.”
A “little bit to blame”? Is he serious??? Union leadership is a LOT to blame! I have no doubt there are many who go into the teaching profession who are sincere in their desire to educate, and make a big difference in kids’ lives. I have talked to a few who left their dream of teaching BECAUSE of the corruption of the unions. I won’t name names.
Many educators and union representatives are panning the film, saying it misses the realities of the classroom.
“We don’t like ‘Waiting for Superman’ because we feel it stereotypes union teachers, said Arthur Goldstein, 55, a teacher at Francis Lewis HS in Queens and a United Federation of Teachers chapter leader.
The “realities of the classroom” are that many are nothing more than indoctrination centers. Another reality is that there are parents who don’t give a damn about their children getting an education. Or, having both parents working just to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table, they don’t have the time, and in some cases, the energy, to get involved in their kids’ education. Another reality….there are many teachers these days who care nothing for the education of children, and are more concerned about their benefits.
Remove the power from the unions, return it to the parents and community. Personally, I don’t want my grandchildren learning how evil America is from their teachers. I want them to know how exceptional this country is, how people have fought and died to retain liberties, just for them, even though they would never meet. I want them to be able to balance a checkbook, without using a calculator, pay their bills without worrying if they will be able to afford to eat. I want them to be able to speak English, carry on a rational conversation, and spell more than “OMG!”, and “IDK”.
When Catherine Engelbrecht and her friends sat down and started talking politics several years ago, they soon agreed that talking wasn’t enough. They wanted to do more. So when the 2008 election came around, “about 50” of her friends volunteered to work at Houston’s polling places.
“What we saw shocked us,” she said. “There was no one checking IDs, judges would vote for people that asked for help. It was fraud, and we watched like deer in the headlights.”
Since it’s obvious that the so called officials aren’t doing their job, I’m really glad to see every day, ordinary folks, step up to the plate! I applaud this group’s efforts!
“The first thing we started to do was look at houses with more than six voters in them” Engelbrecht said, because those houses were the most likely to have fraudulent registrations attached to them. “Most voting districts had 1,800 if they were Republican and 2,400 of these houses if they were Democratic . . .
“But we came across one with 24,000, and that was where we started looking.”
It was Houston’s poorest and predominantly black district, which has led some to accuse the group of targeting poor black areas. But Engelbrecht rejects that, saying, “It had nothing to do with politics. It was just the numbers.”
Numbers don’t have a color. Well, unless you use a crayon.
“Vacant lots had several voters registered on them. An eight-bed halfway house had more than 40 voters registered at its address,” Engelbrecht said. “We then decided to look at who was registering the voters.”
Unfortunately, Houston isn’t the only large city that has such fraud going on. Do you ever wonder what the outcome of an election would be if there weren’t such activities? If people were actually HONEST? What a concept!
Most of the findings focused on a group called Houston Votes, a voter registration group headed by Steve Caddle, who also works for the Service Employees International Union. Among the findings were that only 1,793 of the 25,000 registrations the group submitted appeared to be valid. The other registrations included one of a woman who registered six times in the same day; registrations of non-citizens; so many applications from one Houston Voters collector in one day that it was deemed to be beyond human capability; and 1,597 registrations that named the same person multiple times, often with different signatures.
Hmmm…. Service Employees International Union. Where have I heard that same before? *tapping head…thinking* Oh yeah……SEIU! Obama’s favorite union! I wonder why I’m not shocked at this news?
The outcome of the efforts grew in importance the day after Vasquez made his announcement. On the morning of Aug. 27, a three-alarm fire destroyed almost all of Harris County’s voting machines, throwing the upcoming Nov. 2 election into turmoil. While the cause wasn’t determined, the $40 million blaze, according to press reports, means election officials will be focused on creating a whole new voting system in six weeks. Just how they do it will determine how vulnerable the process becomes.
Quite an interesting “coincidence”, don’t you think?