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magpie Donating Member (96 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:08 PM
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Bennish reinstated
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LSparkle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:08 PM
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1. YESSSSS!!!
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:08 PM
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2. This is good!!!
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:10 PM
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3. did you see him explain himself on the boob toob earlier this
week. I was VERY impressed. A very articulate, smart guy. BRAVO!

RV, a 27 year retired veteran of this shit.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:08 PM
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35. No punishment for the little pissant who cherrypicked a tape
to start trouble for a good man?

Didn't think so.
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OldLeftieLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:15 PM
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36. In the old days, in my school,
the little fucker would have had the shit kicked out of him after school every damn day until he apologized.

Those really were the good old days.
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Brazenly Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 10:27 AM
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47. Yup. If he had been in my high school,
he would have become exceedingly familiar with the taste of the water in boys' bathroom toilets as he was given daily swirlies.

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OldLeftieLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 10:59 AM
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50. Yes, YES!!!
Welcome to DU, brazenlyliberal.

Ah, welcome, indeed..................
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Catherine Vincent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:13 PM
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4. That's great.
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Fridays Child Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:14 PM
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5. And little Sean Allen can go cry in his jackboots.
:)
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 05:16 PM
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26. Hopefully he will be disciplined
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Sydnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:15 PM
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6. Good for him and good for all of us too!
I am so glad to hear this news!
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MissMarple Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:17 PM
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7. Maybe now these loony wingnuts will understand he did provide balance.
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 04:19 PM by MissMarple
The talking heads jumped on it like it was fresh meat. They just didn't bother to ascertain the facts. Our Governor Owens and former Rep. Bob Schaeffer, now on the State Board of Education, tried to make political hay with it, too. They didn't bother with understanding the facts, either. They both attacked this man in the public forum armed with nothing but supposition, innuendo, and political cynicism. And both of them claim to be such good "Christians". With Christians like these two we don't a devil.

And I feel sorry for Sean Allen. He was used by his dad, the rightwing media, and their politicians. He may never understand what this was really all about.
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Nostradammit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:17 PM
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8. Hooray!!!
The First Amendment ain't dead yet!

I hope Mike Rosen is upset.
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Hawkeye-X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 05:13 PM
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24. Mike Rosen's an asshole
and I keep seeing this same asshole at East Side Kosher Deli trying to pander the Repukes there.
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 05:21 PM
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29. Before Air America
Rosen and Limbaugh was all that I had to listen to.
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Nostradammit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 05:46 PM
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31. On Leetsdale?
I used to live just south of there. I can stomach a lot of right-wing nonsense but Rosen had a way of making me furious. Used to work for a company that advertised on KOA and that pig got an obscene amount of money for mentioning them on air. Just obscene.
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Gothmog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:18 PM
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9. Good
The First Amendment does apply in Colorado. The actual comments from the teacher were not that bad or that radical is you look at them in context.
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NJCher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:19 PM
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10. Yay
This is great news. And you know who came out of it looking bad? The reich-wing nutz.

I'm going to write a letter of support for this teacher and send it to his area newspaper. I was very impressed with how he handled himself on The Today Show and also with his approach to teaching.




Cher
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:19 PM
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11. The freepers are pissed!!
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seattlemetal Donating Member (51 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:25 PM
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14. yikes...however, the pic og the hippie teacher from the Simpsons was funny
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stlsaxman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 04:33 PM
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54. that's cartoon is from King Of The Hill... Mike Judge is right wing nut...
Matt Greoning has far more respect for the teaching profession.
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:50 PM
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19. My favorite and nominee for Most JackBoot Statement.....
To: everyone
If we had a serious Right in this country, it would make this man's life miserable. It would force him to resign and leave the town. We are fools if we think the liberals who run our schools (with an occasional assist from phony country-club "Republicans") will do our job for us.




20 posted on 03/10/2006 1:43:19 PM PST by California Patriot ("That's not Charlie the Tuna out there. It's Jaws.")
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:59 PM
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23. My fave..
"I guess Bennish doesn't believe Bush was elected, still suffering from that weird democrat syndrome I forgot what they call it."

It's called reality you freeper fuck.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 05:19 PM
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28. Here's a good item from the Denver Post that I found there
Today in Washington, President Bush was asked about the Bennish controversy.

"I think people should be allowed to criticize me all they want. And they do," he said.



Link: http://www.denverpost.com/portlet/article/html/fragment...
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saberjet22 Donating Member (118 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 10:35 AM
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49. FREEPERS CREEPERS
Edited on Sat Mar-11-06 10:36 AM by saberjet22
Where'd ya get those peepers?
Wow. I always wondered where all the bush supporters were hiding out and if they really had any thoughts that would support that idiot. Now I see. My god, what a bunch of assholes! Incredible! How stupid can these people be? It's really more than I would have believed possible. What slimeballs and assholes. I feel like I need to wash my hands, after having just read their comments. Yuchhh.
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johnfunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 11:10 AM
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51. Translation from FReepese:...
Bwaa Bwaaaaaa BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
:rofl: Ah, those credulous FReepers -- more fun than Saturday morning cartoons.

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BootinUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:20 PM
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12. Good!
I could tell that this guy would come out ok. Now let him go back to doing his job.
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:20 PM
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13. Hannity must be apoplectic
Yay!
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stepnw1f Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:27 PM
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15. YESSS!!!! A GOOD Teacher Wins
and so does America!!!
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countingbluecars Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:31 PM
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16. Wonderful news!
I am delighted.
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otohara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:32 PM
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17. Best LTTE Today on Bennish in Denver Post
Re: "Lay down the law: Never compare anyone to Hitler," March 6 Jim Spencer column.

It's wrong to compare George Bush to Adolf Hitler. When you look at Bush's record of distorting the truth, fostering a climate of fear, creating secret prisons, authorizing torture, manipulating the media, avoiding responsibility, supporting dictators friendly to his cause, abrogating international law, keeping secrets from the public, paranoia, military supremacy, surveillance of citizens, payoffs to cronies, etc., the only accurate comparison is between his administration and the government of the former Soviet Union.

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BootinUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:56 PM
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22. OMG I love that one.
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 05:18 PM
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27. Hahhahahahahaha!!!
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OldLeftieLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:18 PM
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37. Also....
as Kurt Vonnegut correctly pointed out, Hitler was elected.
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420inTN Donating Member (803 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 03:32 PM
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53. Hitler was not elected.
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laundry_queen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 10:29 AM
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48. OMG!
:spray: :rofl:
Best LTTE ever!
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:41 PM
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18. Excellent!!
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:50 PM
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20. the reson--looks like he presented both sides of the issue.

The district's investigation centered on whether Bennish provided both sides of political issues while teaching class. Part of district policy states that teachers must present balanced subject matter when discussing political issues.

Overland sophomore Sean Allen made the recording on Feb. 1, 2006, the day after President Bush's State of the Union Address.

Superintendent Monte Moses declined to offer specifics of the investigation or its findings but said administrators and Bennish now "have a good understanding."

Bennish spoke briefley at the news conference Friday. "I will be back in the classroom on Monday and I am excited to continue to teach," he said
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:51 PM
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21. the RW talk shows will have a cow tonight!
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 05:15 PM
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25. Good!!
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 05:42 PM
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30. Good! Now expel the student!
He illegally taped a lecture without the teacher's consent.
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keopeli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 05:49 PM
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32. Sean Allen, the kid who made the recording, said,
"I would do it a million times over because I feel like it was the right thing to do, and my conscience wouldn't let me go on and listen to the things Mr. Bennish was saying and indoctrinating students."

Indoctrinating students? Poor kid. His parents have really f*#&ed him up.
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HuffleClaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 06:23 PM
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34. 'my conscience' ???
the same 'conscience' that made it ok to tape a teacher secretly and only retain the part of the tape that made the teacher look bad? and then take the tape to the media to cry wolf? THAT 'conscience' ?
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HuffleClaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 06:20 PM
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33. and the student?
he should be suspended at the very least for that cowardly act. he taped his teacher with the intention of using the tape for reasons that had NOTHING to do with education. that alone warrants a suspension imo.
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OldLeftieLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:19 PM
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39. I'd be glad to meet him behind the school
at the end of the day and beat the crap out of him.

I'm sure I can take that weasel kid. I fight dirty, too.
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Solo_in_MD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 06:14 AM
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42. Actually, I now think that all of the classrooms should have cameras, like
school buses. It would cut out a lot of the crap on both sides (neither staff nor students are blameless) and stop a lot of nonsense claims. Its the old would you do this if it ended up on the NYT/Nightly News test, and it has some merit.

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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:18 PM
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38. Woot!
:bounce:
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 08:05 PM
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40. Great news
He did not deserve to have to go through all this mess.
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 09:39 PM
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41. kick and recommend
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 10:14 AM
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43. If you want to contact the school administrators....
Defend Teacher Jay Bennish

Overland High School teacher Jay Bennish has been suspended for making remarks critical of the Bush regime in his classroom. Demand that the suspension of Jay Bennish be immediately withdrawn and that he be allowed to return to teaching, unimpeded by harassment or threats from inside or outside the school.

Contact Overland High School Administrators:
Principal Jana Frieler jfrieler@cherrycreekschools.org
School Phone: 720-747-3700 FAX 720-747-3895
Superintendent: Monte Moses 720-554-4213

Sign the statement that already has over 1,700 signatures.

Sign and Circulate this Statement:
http://worldcantwait.net/index.php?option=com_content&t...
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 10:16 AM
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44. Colo. Teacher Accused Of Bias Is Reinstated--WaPo
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

Colo. Teacher Accused Of Bias Is Reinstated
He Had Likened Bush's Speech to Hitler's
Associated Press
Saturday, March 11, 2006; Page A06


DENVER, March 10 -- A high school teacher who was placed on leave after comparing President Bush's State of the Union address to speeches by Adolf Hitler has been reinstated, his attorney and school officials said Friday.Officials declined to say whether social studies instructor Jay Bennish faced disciplinary action. His attorney, David Lane, said Bennish would be back in the classroom Monday "with full pay."


Bennish had been on paid leave from Overland High School in suburban Aurora since March 1 while Cherry Creek School District determined whether he violated a district rule that teachers present balancing viewpoints in the classroom.Superintendent Monte Moses declined to offer specifics of the investigation or its findings, but said administrators and Bennish now "have a good understanding."

During a Feb. 1 lecture in a geography class, Bennish said some of Bush's State of the Union address the night before "sounds a lot like the things that Adolf Hitler used to say." Bennish later said the lecture was intended to stimulate his students to think critically. He also said he presents balancing viewpoints in class but not always at the same time. Lane acknowledged that was a mistake.

"Jay's teaching style will perhaps be, as some would say, a little more fair and balanced on a minute-to-minute basis," Lane said. "When you put out one side, put out the other then and there."

WOULD YOU WORK UNDER SUCH A HITLERESQUE STRUCTURE? I DIDN'T THINK SO.
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 10:16 AM
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45. Now the student should be expelled
Recriminations!

He illegally taped a person without his consent.
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Brazenly Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 10:24 AM
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46. What about Young Mr. Swift Boat?
Is he still in the class? Pulling shots like this one in high school - that kid has a big future with the GOP.
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 03:24 PM
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52. He is truly a patriot. And he won.
:toast:
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 07:49 PM
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55. good...this shit is sooooo in the face of that little squealer
k+r
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