Bill you are the freakin man. You speak the truth. Please run for office. Or just Keep speaking the tuth. Nevermind dont run for office that would force you to stop speaking the truth. Anyway Thank you for your post.
"Femmy Sicko Marxist Pusswads" I love it!
Poor old John, winter's coming on in the Sawtooth Valley and he's smoking Kinnikinnick, dropping LSD, and fantasizing Libtard-Conturd apocalyptic nightmares.
Absolutely, I agree with you. Conservatives are selfish, hateful, constipated assholes who are placing all but the richest Americans in Jeopardy!
What say you expand your creative horizons a bit and drop the repetitive obsession with Obama and the Republicrats?
This obsession of yours and the subject matter is borrrrring.
How about stepping back a bit and taking a look at the folks behind the curtain who don't really care whether it's a Demublican or a Republicrat that's signing the bills or if they're in on the take.
You know, those folks that use these puppets to do their bidding?
You know, those folks that control the creation of money at the highest levels?
You know, the ones that fund all sides of every war?
Come on Bill, spread your wings and let 'er rip on that story.
Now that might actually be interesting.
Be careful though....you might actually ruffle a few feathers.
So you're a somewhat cynical pseudo-intellectual 20th century writer/teacher retired to the Sawtooth Valley where winter is never very far away, reexamining and inflating your life time contribution to the general welfare. Pat yourself on the back, but not too much, and consider that future generations of humanoids will be able to download data, and emotions into their brains electronically and download the data from their brains into a new body when the old one wears our.
"You're saving lives," I say.
Really? Maybe you were helping people to think critically and dump their previous school indoctrination, but no matter how well intentioned they are, most teachers are clearly unwitting participants in the deliberate dumbing down and indoctrination of school children.
A major architect of standardized testing, H.H. Goddard, said in his book Human Efficiency (1920) that government schooling was about "the perfect organization of the hive." He said standardized testing was a way to make lower classes recognize their own inferiority. Like wearing a dunce cap, it would discourage them from breeding and having ambition. Goddard was head of the Psychology Department at Princeton, so imagine the effect he had on the minds of the doctoral candidates he coached, and there were hundreds.
"Government schooling is the most radical adventure in history. It kills the family by monopolizing the best times of childhood and by teaching disrespect for home and parents.
An exaggeration? Hardly. Parents aren’t meant to participate in our form of schooling, rhetoric to the contrary. My orders as schoolteacher are to make children fit an animal training system, not to help each find his or her personal path."
John Taylor Gatto- climaxed his teaching career as New York State Teacher of the Year after being named New York City Teacher of the Year on three occasions. He quit teaching in 1991 while still New York State Teacher of the Year.
Want to learn more? Take a look at John Taylor Gatto's site:
Sitting in the Sawtooths writing beats teaching in Caldwell. Stop the presses. Does it even matter to you that alums read this stuff? I had great English teachers - and fantastic science & math teachers. The ones who aren't happy aren't hard to spot. At least if they were unhappy they were there with us. I've never heard one take a serious cheap potshot at a great school from his deck in the nicest place on Earth.
Another crisis. Yet another deer-in-headlights response from Barry. And basement blogger billcope cheers him on.
Tried to Read this but my ADD knocked me out big time. Sorry about that!
Agree that a lot of Politicians are Conturd Scum Buckets but so are a lot of political pundits. Pick your favorite spin master.
Well, it's true, unity of facts (by themselves) will not magically create unity (reasonable people /can/ disagree as to what to do in light of those agreed upon facts). But, hey, unity of facts would be a really really good start.
I'm very confused by the comments regarding the Idaho legislature being "corrosive" toward education. While Idaho spends less on students, test scores are still high. Idaho spends near the bottom nationally on a per student basis but ACT scores are ranked #15. Idaho teachers are doing more with less, it seems. Isn't that a testament to how great our teachers are? With slightly more than 1/2 of the states revenue going to education, what are the suggestions for cuts to redirect those $ toward education or are you advocating tax increases? Finally, the legislature is chosen by the voters. To suggest the legislature is corrosive is to suggest the same of the voters. Not sure Idahoans feel they are, themselves, corrosive toward education. But that's what I wonder.
One thing you remind me of is that things are rarely as good or as bad as they might seem, between our individual end points. If we're lucky, we have time to reflect upon them.
I am curious about what the "official lies about inflation" that you have in mind might be, unless that was just a tossed-off addition to your list. There's a lot of unofficial scare-mongering, but as our not-quite-over Great Recession has showed us, NOT having any inflation can be as bad as having more than you might like.
"We kids are in for big trouble."
Yes indeed and the trouble has been a long time coming.
Since the beginning of this country, the business/governmental structure was built to favor a small minority. 'One man one vote' meant a white male property owner with everyone else unable to vote. The vast majority of residents were poor, indentured servants or slaves.
The huge country and resources allowed immigrants to spread out and stake their claim to some of the lands wealth.
For a short period of time, supported by ever increasing debt in all levels of the economy, there appeared to be enough wealth to lift up a large number of the population which could live a middle class lifestyle.
The concentration of wealth in a tiny minority has relentlessly continued to the present day, but now the vast amounts of debt, that allowed the growth of a middle class, is being deflated, with the result being the destruction of the middle class and reversion back to the original economic structure where wealth is concentrated in a tiny minority with the lower economic class holding little or no wealth.
Welcome to Medieval Times.
" there can be no unity of purpose among Americans until we establish a unity of facts"
A 'unity of facts' will never lead to a 'unity of purpose' unless the majority of the population willingly accepts the fact that a tiny minority has always and will undoubtedly always do everything in its power to keep the majority subservient and under control.
Now granted, a lot of people seem to have willingly accepted this fact with the idea that they will eventually end up being part of that tiny minority, while another, fairly large group of people are willing to serve that minority for the right price, but there is a large remaining group of people that, rightfully so, will never willingly agree to that fact.
And there are more than a few that recognize this bantering back and forth about Republicrats or Demublicans as just a distraction from the 'fact' that regardless of which of the puppets are in power, the agenda of the tiny minority continues relentlessly forward.
And his parents weren't exactly poor white trash. Another smart choice on JR's part.
And, the smartest thing your parents did was to be born white.
Nicely written Apocalypse Prediction. But the smartest thing you ever did was to choose your parents.
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