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Where did all the teachers go?



“Those who educate children well are more to be honored
than they who produce them; for these only gave them life,
those the art of living well.”
― Aristotle

“One of the first things we learn from our teachers is discernment:
the ability to tell truth from fiction, to know when we have lost our center and how to find it again. Discernment is also one of the last things we learn, when we feel our paths diverge and we must separate from our mentors in order to stay true to ourselves.”
― Anne Hill, The Baby and the Bathwater

“When we become a really mature, grown-up, wise society,
we will put teachers at the center of the community, where they belong.
We don’t honor them enough, we don’t pay them enough.”
-Charles Kuralt

“Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task.”
-Haim Ginott

“Well, teachers have been profoundly demoralized in recent years and are often treated with contempt by politicians. There’s a great deal of reckless rhetoric in Washington about the mediocrity of the teaching profession
- and I don’t find that to be true at all.”
-Jonathan Kozol

“Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers,
not methods and techniques.
The teacher is the heart of the educational system.”
-Sidney Hook

http://robertcmmacgregor.tumblr.com/post/135748823917/those-who-educate-children-well-are-more-to-be

Jeb's Voter Base In NH


https://twitter.com/sallybradshaw/status/679323333691899904

I would have thought the bears had more sense.....


Coolest president in history.

On Monday, while golfing during his Hawaiian Christmas vacation, Obama sunk a 40-foot chip shot at the 18th green of the exclusive Mid Pacific Country Club.

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"The president, wearing a grey golf shirt, dark shorts, a cap and a white glove on his right hand, took his position on the fringe about 40 feet from the hole, squatted down for a better view, then took a few practice swings before chipping the ball in," Julie Hirschfeld Davis, a White House correspondent for the New York Times, wrote in a press pool report.

As the video shows, Obama victoriously drops his wedge before spinning around to point at nearby press and spectators.

"A cheer went up when he made the shot, and POTUS raised both arms in triumph, then turned and pointed in your pool's direction, in a 'You guys saw that, right?' kind of a gesture, although he didn't say a word," Davis wrote.

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Video & more:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/obama-sinks-40-foot-golf-shot-in-hawaii-drops-the-mic_5679a60ee4b0b958f6584686

A letter from Bill Moyers: "The Plutocrats Are Winning. Don't Let Them!"

The Plutocrats Are Winning. Don’t Let Them!
The vast inequality they are creating is a death sentence for government by consent of the people. This is the fight of our lives and how it ends is up to us.

BY BILL MOYERS | DECEMBER 22, 2015





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Can we at least face the truth? The plutocrats and oligarchs are winning. The vast inequality they are creating is a death sentence for government by consent of the people at large. Did any voter in any district or state in the last Congressional election vote to give that billion dollar loophole to a handful of billionaires? To allow corporations to hide their political contributions? To add $1.4 trillion to the national debt? Of course not. It is now the game: Candidates ask citizens for their votes, then go to Washington to do the bidding of their donors. And since one expectation is that they will cut the taxes of those donors, we now have a permanent class that is afforded representation without taxation.

A plutocracy, says my old friend, the historian Bernard Weisberger, “has a natural instinct to perpetuate and enlarge its own powers and by doing so slams the door of opportunity to challengers and reduces elections to theatrical duels between politicians who are marionettes worked by invisible strings.”

Where does it end?

By coincidence, this past weekend I watched the final episode of the British television series Secret State, a 2012 remake of an earlier version based on the popular novel A Very British Coup. This is white-knuckle political drama. Gabriel Byrne plays an accidental prime minister – thrust into office by the death of the incumbent, only to discover himself facing something he never imagined: a shadowy coalition of forces, some within his own government, working against him. With some of his own ministers secretly in the service of powerful corporations and bankers, his own party falling away from him, press lords daily maligning him, the opposition emboldened, and a public confused by misinformation, deceit, and vicious political rhetoric, the prime minister is told by Parliament to immediately invade Iran (on unproven, even false premises) or resign. In the climactic scene, he defies the “Secret State” that is manipulating all this and confronts Parliament with this challenge:

Let’s forget party allegiance, forget vested interests, forget votes of confidence. Let each and every one of us think only of this: Is this war justified? Is it what the people of this country want? Is it going to achieve what we want it to achieve? And if not, then what next?

Well, I tell you what I think we should do. We should represent the people of this country. Not the lobby companies that wine and dine us. Or the banks and the big businesses that tell us how the world goes ‘round. Or the trade unions that try and call the shots. Not the civil servants nor the war-mongering generals or the security chiefs. Not the press magnates and multibillion dollar donors… (We must return) democracy to this House and the country it represents.


Do they? The movie doesn’t tell us. We are left to imagine how the crisis — the struggle for democracy — will end.

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https://twitter.com/BillMoyersHQ/status/679458423805620224?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
http://billmoyers.com/story/the-plutocrats-are-winning-dont-let-them/

Wisconsin State Representative calls upon Wisconsin citizens to execute one another via firearms.

Wisconsin does not have a death penalty law, but with significant practice and careful aim, law abiding citizens can help clean our society of these scum bags. Criminals no longer have any fear of our courts or our prisons, so it’s time that the citizens of this fine state stand up and fight back. A gang banger in the mall with a gun is going to think twice if there could be a law abiding CCW holder standing behind them fully prepared to shoot center mass, as this is how you’re trained to eliminate the threat these creeps pose to you, your family, and all law abiding citizens unwillingly dragged into their public crime spree.

http://thewheelerreport.com/wheeler_docs/files/1221gannon_01.pdf
http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/12/22/1462700/-Wisconsin-Lawmaker-Calls-for-Citizen-Executioners

82-year-old woman tells police she heard "ISIS is good" during neighbor's sex.

Police: Woman Chants "ISIS is good, ISIS is great" During Sex
Posted: Dec 21, 2015 12:32 PM PST



An 82-year-old woman called Brown Deer Police Sunday night requesting police because she heard someone chanting, "ISIS is good, ISIS is great" while having sex.

The incident took place in the 4400 block of Dean Road.

Police advised the woman to call back if she heard the chanting again.

When asked about the incident, Brown Deer Police Chief Kass replied, "maybe taking see something, say something a little too far?"


http://www.cbs58.com/story/30802530/police-woman-chants-isis-is-good-isis-is-great-during-sex




Horrible scene from War on Christmas Internment camp


http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-horror-horror-waronchristmasatrocit.html

"Jingle Bells, Obama Smells, A Muslim All The Way..."

WHOA! Virginia will no longer recognize concealed carry permits from 25 states that have reciprocity

WHOA! Virginia will no longer recognize concealed carry permits from 25 states that have reciprocity agreements http://wapo.st/1QVH2FD " (behind firewall)


Herring said severing the out-of-state agreements can prevent people who may be dangerous or irresponsible from carrying a concealed weapon.

“To me, this is a commonsense step that can help make Virginians and our law enforcement officers safer by ensuring that Virginia’s laws on who can and cannot carry a concealed handgun are applied evenly, consistently, and fairly,” he said in a statement provided to The Washington Post.

The State Police superintendent accepted Herring’s recommendation to sever agreements with those states, effective Feb. 1, according to Herring’s office.

The states are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Agreements will remain with West Virginia, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2015/12/22/virgina-to-drop-long-held-concealed-carry-reciprocity-agreements-with-other-states-n2096229

Can you imagine?

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