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Sunday, February 20, 2011

1981 Reagan Fires Air Traffic Controllers For Illegally Striking

A Message To Governor Walker~Fire The Teacher's That Participated In The Illegal Strikes!

1981 Reagan Fires Air Traffic Controllers For Illegally Striking:

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Courtesty of ReFounders  

 Rhetoric vs. Reality: Liberal Protest of Gov. Walker's Budget Repair Plan

The Republican Party of Wisconsin has produced a striking web video highlighting the angry rhetoric coming from the pro-union protesters in Madison.

Among the signs that the video highlights are ones comparing Scott Walker, the state’s Republican governor, to Adolf Hitler and Hosni Mubarak, the recently deposed Egyptian president.

“Scott Walker = Adolf Hitler. Don’t let history repeat itself!” one sign reads. Another says “Midwest Mussolini.” A third accuses Mr. Walker of “raping” public union workers and says, “Rape is never a good solution.”

The web video contrasts the angry rhetoric with accusations from Democratic leaders and liberal activists that conservatives used inappropriate language during the debate over health care.

“Imagine just a few years ago had somebody walked around with images of Hitler,” says Robert Gibbs, the former White House press secretary. His comments are followed by images of Hitler being carried around by union protesters in Wisconsin.

Eugene Robinson, a liberal columnist for the Washington Post, is shown saying that “Violent political rhetoric and the threat of political violence in this country comes almost exclusively from the right.”

That is followed by a sign from the Wisconsin rallies showing Mr. Walker’s picture with a gunsight crosshair over it and the words: “Don’t retreat. Reload. Repeal Walker.”

Bill Maher, the liberal comedian, is shown telling host Jay Leno that “the right wing loves, the go-to rhetoric for them is ‘wouldn’t it be fun to kill the people we disagree with.’ Left wingers don’t talk that way.”

That is followed by signs that say “Death to Tyrants” and “One Down, One to Go. Dictators” — with the pictures of Mr. Walker and Mr. Mubarak next to each other.

Source: New York Times 

In light of the recent shootings in Arizona and the left's attacks on Conservatives and Republicans about "hate speech", this is just more proof that the REAL hate speech that is putting people at risk is the USUAL speech from the left..the unions, left wing Democrats, President Obama, and the government owned MSM. 

How the Left and Union's Hateful rhetoric is putting Lawmakers and their families safety at risk:

Madison lawmakers threatened in unidentified Craigslist post 

January 15th, 2011 11:18 am CT

Several Madison and Wisconsin lawmakers were threatened in an unidentified post on Craigslist this week during a time which awareness of such threats is at a heightened state and lawmakers and their aides are being more vigilant and attentive to such rhetoric.  The threats come only a handful of days after U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was critically wounded and six others were killed by suspected gunman Jared Loughner, 22, outside of a Safeway in Tucson, Arizona during a political event.

Six Republican lawmakers named in threat
Although the details of the post, including the exact wording of the threat and the source of the post, are not being shared by law enforcement officials, according to a source familiar with the investigation, the threat was credible enough to warrant demonstrating that those named in the post were taking it seriously.  

The online threat targeted six Wisconsin politicians: Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, Sen. Ron Johnson, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, state Sen. Leah Vukmir, and state Sen. Alberta Darling.  All named in the threat are Republican lawmakers.

In response to the threat, Johnson released a statement that was published on The New American.

According to the statement, Johnson wrote, “The FBI, Winnebago County Sheriff's Department, Oshkosh Police Department, and United States Capitol Police are working diligently to investigate this matter. I have complete confidence that they will do their jobs to the fullest extent.”  Johnson, who defeated three-term Democratic incumbent Russ Feingold on Nov. 2 for his United States Senate seat, was heavily backed by the Tea Party movement.

Although reports of threats on politicians are unfortunately a semi-regular occurrence, this is the first time that state Sen. Darling has received such a threat in her 21-year career as a lawmaker.  Darling, who is the co-chairwoman of the powerful Joint Finance Committee, acknowledged that her security protocol is being revised in response to the threat, but that it wouldn’t deter her from doing her job the way she feels is best.  As published on JSOnline, Darling said, “I'm not going to let somebody ruin my life by fear."

National anxiety and finger pointing
Unconfirmed reports abound that the posting was made by a Democratic supporter angry at the Republican party for, as the theory goes, creating a culture of inflammatory rhetoric which led to the mass shooting in Arizona one week ago today.  Debate has been raging since the shooting on myriad topics, including the use of harsh and threatening rhetoric in the political arena, gun control, mental health interventions, and the proper way to parent troubled children.

President Barack Obama traveled to Tucson on Jan. 12 to deliver a speech at the University of Arizona (please see video) to both remember the victims of the attack and make a call for peace amongst lawmakers pointing fingers at members across both sides of the aisle.  It was hoped that Obama’s message might restore calm and prevent the flurry of accusations from lawmakers, pundits, and political analysts from reaching a fever pitch until more information is brought to light.

In response to the threat posted on Craigslist, Wisconsin State Senate Clerk Robert Marchant sent a memo to Capitol offices urging lawmakers and staff to remain vigilant and monitor online postings for threats made against them or their colleagues.  An investigation by the FBI, Capitol Police, and local law enforcement in regards to the online threat is ongoing, although sources familiar with the situation refuse to speak on record on the matter.

To read Marchant's memo, please click here.

State Sen. Vukmir acknowledged that security procedures have been enhanced since the discovery of the online threat.  As published on JSOnline, she said, “There are some things we'll be doing differently, but I'm not at liberty to say how because that would defeat the whole purpose.”  Vukmir was elected to the state Senate on Nov. 2 after having served eight years in the state Assembly.

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Randy Hopper is a state senator in Wisconsin. A Republican. He is now holed up with his colleagues — his Republican colleagues — in the capitol. The Democratic senators have apparently fled the state. Hopper says, “None of my colleagues from the minority party decided to come to work today.”

The Democrats are denying the Republicans the quorum necessary to vote on key fiscal legislation.

Hopper says, “I spent two years in the minority, and I came to work every day, even when I didn’t like the bills the majority was passing. I thought it was my job.” The Democrats, he says, “have relinquished their duties. The people sent them here to do a job, and they are refusing to do it. They’re in hiding. They ought to be ashamed of themselves.”

Hopper has received threatening phone calls and e-mails. These are threats of a physical nature. “We are working with law enforcement in my district. They are watching my home and my business.” Other Republicans have had their homes and businesses threatened, too. The unionists have demonstrated outside those homes and businesses.

A menacing old phrase comes to mind (and has been used by others, in talking about events in Wisconsin): We know where you live.

Hopper says, “I’ve always said that they can threaten me all they want, but it’s not going to stop me from doing what the people elected me to do.” And he says more than once, “We’re still here.” The Republicans have not run anywhere.

They have been pushed around (literally), screamed at, etc. The capitol is surrounded. The signs carried by the protesters are “vicious,” says Hopper. There are comparisons of Gov. Scott Walker to Hitler, of course. And there are other signs “I won’t describe to you.”

Hopper says, “I can’t tell you how much respect I have for my colleagues,” operating in an extremely hostile atmosphere.

I ask whether he is going home tonight, to sleep. He says, “We’re not disclosing that. My colleagues and I are not talking about that. We’re working with law enforcement” on the matter.

But “I can tell you that I’ll be here tomorrow. We will do our jobs. I said, at the beginning of this session, that what will determine the course of events here is political courage.”

 The President Weighs In and the Democrat Lawmakers go underground to avoid casting a vote:


Building on the momentum in Wisconsin, OFA has also started to mobilize its army of followers in Ohio and Indiana where measures similar to Gov. Walker’s are taking shape.

On Thursday, an estimated crowd of more than 1,000 descended on the Ohio statehouse in Columbus to march in favor of state workers’ collective-bargaining privileges. According to one report from the Huffington Post, organizing efforts in Ohio are “about a week behind that in Wisconsin.”

A DNC staffer told The Huffington Post that the group upped its efforts in Wisconsin after Chairman Tim Kaine spoke with local legislators last week. OFA then began organizing turnout for Thursday’s statehouse rally and running phone banks in Ohio targeting state senators, which are slated to continue next week. This weekend, organizers have set up door-to-door canvassing in key districts that they hope will likewise put pressure on swing lawmakers.

OFA National Deputy Director Jeremy Bird said volunteers first alerted the group to the contested Ohio legislation. “The energy is pretty remarkable,” he told The Huffington Post. “People started to contact us, and they’d call our office and our volunteers, and say, ‘This is a big deal. This is going to affect my family.’ … That started to really simmer earlier this week in Ohio, and it’s starting to pick up the pace.”

In Ohio, major labor unions including AFSCME and the AFL-CIO are also stepping up the pressure against Gov. John Kasich (R) and the bill’s supporters. The AFL-CIO estimated that tens of thousands of phone calls, emails and handwritten postcards have been delivered to state senators in opposition to the legislation, and a spokesman said the protests will continue in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, El Rushbo is praising Gov. Walker for standing firm in the face of powerful special interest groups looking to shut his proposal down.

Source: The Blaze
So where do we go from here?  

Are YOU tired of the broken education system that protects the teachers and unions at the expense of the students and taxpayers? 


This section is dedicated to providing links concerning education/education reform.  

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Fox News~The Journal Editorial Report: 02/19

Feb 19, 2011- 21:16 - 
Wisconsin standoff a preview of things to come?

Former Chancellor of the NY City Dept. of Education, Joel Klein on the broken education system.  
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Our mission is to build a national movement to defend the interests of children in public education and pursue transformative reform, so that America has the best education system in the world.

America's schools are failing our kids. On this point, the data is clear. While some people blame the kids, or simply want to throw more money at the problem, we know that real change requires a better system — one that puts students' needs before those of special interests or wasteful bureaucracies.

To succeed in our mission, we're working with parents, teachers, administrators, and citizens across the country to ensure great teachers, access to great schools, and effective use of public dollars. Together, we'll demand that legislators, courts, district administrators, and school boards create and enforce policies that put students first. We'll make sure politicians and administrators recognize and reward excellent teachers, give novice teachers the training they need, and quickly improve or remove ineffective educators. We'll work to ensure that every family has a number of options for excellent schools to attend, so that getting into a great school becomes a matter of fact, not luck.  And we'll make sure all Americans understand that our schools are not only an anchor for our communities, but an absolute gateway to our national prosperity and competitive standing in the world economy.

We Believe: Great teachers can make a tremendous difference for students of every background; all children deserve outstanding teachers.

Once inside the school, a great teacher is the single most important factor in a child's education. While there are many factors that influence a student's ability to learn, a great teacher can help any student overcome those barriers and realize their full potential. For this reason, we're doing everything we can to make sure teachers are supported and all schools are able to hire and retain the best teachers possible.

We Believe: Attending a great school should be a matter of fact, not luck; every family should be able to choose an excellent school.

In cities across America, parents are unable to enroll their kids in the best public schools — there just aren't enough seats. We're working to make sure all families have a range of high quality schools to choose from, because our kids shouldn't have to rely on a lottery or a certain Zip code to get a great education.

We Believe: Public dollars belong where they make the biggest difference—on effective instructional programs; we must fight ineffective practices and bureaucracy.

Schools need smart spending — not more money. Tax dollars should go toward programs that help our kids, ensure their long-term success, accurately evaluate teacher performance, and produce results — not layers or bureaucracy that only serve to protect the needs of special interests.

We Believe: Parent and family involvement is key to increased student achievement, but the entire community must be engaged in the effort to improve our schools.

Parental engagement is critical to ensuring student success, so we'll work to get all families more involved in their schools. But lasting reform requires that whole communities get involved in the fight for better schools. Without a widespread, concerted movement that engages all sectors of society, our country will continue to fall further and further behind the rest of the world.
If you agree with our mission, and want to help transform education in your community and throughout America, join us.
Public schools are the most powerful influence in directing our culture — even more influential than the media — is the arm of government known as the public schools. The public schools are guiding the morals, attitudes, knowledge and decision-making of 89% of American children. The public schools are financed by $500 billion a year of our money, forcibly taken from us in federal, state and local taxes, which the public school establishment spends under a thin veneer of accountability to school board members elected in government-run elections.  
Quo vadis? Whither are the public schools taking the next generation?

Prior to the 1960s, public schools and teachers clearly accepted their role in defining the culture of the youngsters under their supervision. The public schools, using a McGuffey-Reader-style curriculum, were the mechanism through which American kids learned not only the basics, but also values such as honesty and patriotism, and immigrant kids assimilated by learning our language, laws and customs.

For example, The American Citizens Handbook, published for teachers by the National Education Association in 1951, proclaimed: "It is important that people who are to live and work together shall have a common mind — a like heritage of purpose, religious ideals, love of country, beauty, and wisdom to guide and inspire them." This message was fortified in this Handbook by selections suitable for memorization, such as Old and New Testament passages, the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, the Golden Rule, the Boy Scout oath, and patriotic songs.
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About The Cartel | Teachers punished for speaking out. Principals fired for trying to do the right thing. Union leaders defending the indefensible. Bureaucrats blocking new charter schools. These are just some of the people we meet in The Cartel. The film also introduces us to teens who can't read, parents desperate for change, and teachers struggling to launch stable alternative schools for inner city kids who want to learn. We witness the tears of a little girl denied a coveted charter school spot, and we share the triumph of a Camden homeschool's first graduating class.

Together, these people and their stories offer an unforgettable look at how a widespread national crisis manifests itself in the educational failures and frustrations of individual communities. They also underscore what happens when our schools don't do their job. "These are real children whose lives are being destroyed," director Bob Bowdon explains.

The Cartel shows us our educational system like we've never seen it before. Behind every dropout factory, we discover, lurks a powerful, entrenched, and self-serving cartel. But The Cartel doesn't just describe the problem. Balancing local storylines against interviews with education experts such as Clint Bolick (former president of Alliance for School Choice), Gerard Robinson (president of Black Alliance for Educational Options), and Chester Finn (president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute), The Cartel explores what dedicated parents, committed teachers, clear-eyed officials, and tireless reformers are doing to make our schools better for our kids.

This movie will force the scales to fall from the eyes of policymakers, education officials, reformers, intellectuals, teachers, and taxpayers. Putting a human face on the harm done by the educational cartel, The Cartel takes us beyond the statistics, generalizations, and abstractions that typically frame our debates about education—and draws an unequivocal bottom line: If we care about our children's futures, we must insist upon far-reaching and immediate reform. And we must do it now.

Check out the clip below for a sneak peek at the film!
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News and Information:

The Heritage Foundation~Education Reform
Michelle Rhee Releases Agenda For National Education Reform
SFGate~Education Reform
Center For Education Reform


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