Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Meanwhile in Contract News...

Barbara Byrd-Bennett makes a cushy deal with the feds.  No surprise there. Well, she did say she was sorry, so I guess all is well now in the land of kool-aid.  The prosecution had 20 counts against her, each of which held a maximum of 20 years in prison, but the Chicago way wins again...BBB had to only plead guilty to one charge and could spend up to 7.5 years in jail.  I'm sure 9.5 already worked it out that she doesn't spend one minute behind bars.  The first thing that should have happened is that BBB had to pay back that $23 million dollars.  But, I forgot, she apologized.

In the meantime, here is the latest offer from Chicago Public Schools for the teachers' contract.

Is there a strike around the corner?  

Friday, September 11, 2015

Remember 9-11...ALWAYS!

It is so hard to believe that 14 years have already passed since the world changed on September 11, 2001.  I am sure everyone reading this knows exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard about the first plane flying into the Twin Towers.  The world truly did stop that day.  

I would like to take a moment to remember all those innocent people who died and their family and friends who have carried on without them for these past thirteen years.

I would like to again thank all the firefighters, police officers, and emergency response teams who selflessly ran into those buildings as terror surrounded them with the hope of being able to help others even if that meant giving up their own lives.

I would also like to thank all those firefighters and police officers, many from Chicago, who traveled to New York in the days that followed the terror attacks to help sift through the rubble in hopes of  being able to save their fellow man.

And finally, a big thanks to our military that has fought and worked tirelessly to continue to keep us safe since that day. 

America certainly showed its strength and resolve in the days that followed September 11, 2001.
May we never forget.

I know I never will...

God Bless America!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

I'd ask what could be next, but I'm afraid of the possibilities!

Rahmulus does it again...screws Chicagoans in more ways than one.  I've never seen a mayor work so hard at not paying down his debt in the form of the pension pick-up for Chicago Police, Firemen, and Teachers.  People are sick and tired of hearing about how the city is broke, but miraculously money is found to do ANYTHING BUT PAY INTO THE PENSION FUNDS. 

His latest move...making taxpayers pay for people's "gender reassignment surgeries".  How is the taxpayer on the hook for this?  Because Rahm just passed a "mayoral order" (That sounds very Rahm-like doesn't it?) that taxpayer-subsidized city health insurance will now pay out $100,000.00 for any person who wants to have a sex change operation.  

It states in the Sun-Times that one of the gay alderman wanted to push for "gender-neutral washrooms", but the mayor didn't go that far.  So making a gender neutral bathroom is going "that far", but allowing $100,000.00 for any person who wants a sex change is not?   Give me a break!  I know I'm not a construction worker or a doctor, but I think it's easier to redesign a bathroom than a human body!  But that's just me, I guess.

And as far as making more debt, here's this..."No matter what the new benefit ends up costing the city, it'll be a drop in the bucket of the Chicago's skyrocketing tab for health care."  So since the city is already in debt, let's just spend more money that the city (supposedly) doesn't have.  I know that is the advice any and all financial advisors would give to a family in debt.  You already owe a gazzillion dollars so what's a few more million.  Have at it...spend away!

Rahm and his ilk definitely have an agenda, and it has nothing to do with getting the city out of debt or caring about the citizens of Chicago.

Read the whole sordid article here...

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Flag Flap

"Don't know much about history" used to be just a line in a song by Sam Cooke, but today it is also a huge part of the dumbing down of our children.  I've been teaching for a quarter of a century and have seen the subtle and not so subtle dismantling of our children's education. 

Lots of quotes are going through my mind these past few days..."Ignorance is bliss" and  "Those who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it."  

And a few others -

"Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted." (Vladimir Lenin)  

"The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother's care, shall be in state institutions at state expense." (Karl Marx)

"Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed." (Joseph Stalin)

In recent decades, students (and their parents) and former students who are now parents, were made to become more dependent on the school system to provide children with just about everything except a place to sleep at night.  While the government continues to dazzle them with another "promise", another  "entitlement", another "freebie" at the hands of the taxpayers, the real reason for schools is being skewed.  Schools are not homes or shelters and should not take the place of family and friends.  Schools should be there, first and foremost, to educate our children.  There is a big push for math and reading to be taught (though not always in the most direct and easy ways), and science seems to be making somewhat of a comeback, but history class is just that...history.  Even PE gets more time allotted to it than history. When making schedules and having to complete a certain amount of minutes for the "important" subjects, history is an afterthought, if it's a thought at all.  

It's no wonder that people don't know the real roots of the Confederate flag.  I just read an article where the author correctly explained that a big part of the Civil War had to do to with states' rights, and someone typed a comment asking..."What rights are you talking about?"  Really???  I'm not a history expert, but come on a book!

If you don't have time to read a book, here are a couple of sites to get you started

Removing the Confederate flag is a knee-jerk reaction to those who don't understand history or who have a more sinister agenda.  It goes back to the camel's nose in the tent...once he gets that far, his body is soon to follow.  Once people succumb to this, what will be next?  Could our US flag be far behind?  

It is interesting to see that places like Apple will instantly remove a Civil War game app from its store because there is a Confederate flag in the game.

And a Confederate flag t-shirt on was just removed. Yesterday the shirt was available.  Now, I can't even put a link on here for you to see it.

But, you know what is still readily available???  Che Guevara shirts and Communist and Socialist flags 

Just click on these links to take a look.

Obama said he is going to change this country and that is one promise he is certainly keeping!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

In the news...

While watching the news this morning, there was a segment about turning off all electronic devices (phones, iPads, gaming systems, etc.) and putting them in a box while eating dinner so families can acutally spend time talking to each other.  Right away, memories came back about dinnertime in my house as a child.  First off, there was a real dinnertime.  It wasn't 6 o'clock sharp, but it was pretty darn close.  

Who was there at dinnertime?  My family - my father, my mother, my sister and myself. Who wasn't there?  Friends and other "outsiders".  

What did we do?  We talked and we listened to each other.  It was during these times that we not only learned more about our immediate family, but we learned about what was going on in each other's lives too.  I learned about my parents jobs and things that were going on in the world around us.  Here is where I also learned about "common sense" things that I take for granted that everyone knows today.  

Computers and technology might make more information available at our fingertips, but it's not making most people smarter.  

So, with those thoughts floating around in my head while listening to the news, the reporter went on to give helpful hints to parents who might have a problem talking to their kids...not a problem because a difficult subject needs to be dealt with, but a problem with basic communication skills.  They even recommended places to go where parents can get an actual list of questions that they can ask their kids.  And I wish I was joking, but one of the questions was, "How was your day?" Seriously?  What a sad state our society is in when we need to take lessons on how to have a real face-to-face conversation with another human being.

I did a little research and supposedly Einstein did not say this quote, even though many people credit him with doing so, 

I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.

but whoever did was a genius.