Next week I have interviews coming with some very interesting people who live and work in the Middle East. I'm looking forward to carrying on the conversation with people who can bring a whole new perspective to things for me.
1. First of all the teachers in Wisconsin who stayed at work and continued to teach the children of Wisconsin without agenda or proselytizing should be lauded and held up as examples of what is right about education in this country. Those teachers were in the majority, and I'm sure some of them decided to do the right thing in spite of pressure - both peer and institutional. And to all of the teachers who are feeling a bit like pariahs in their own country right now - it's not you the people are against, it's the leadership that doesn't have the best interests of you, the kids you teach and the rest of us who foot the bill in mind that we have the problem with.
2. Speaking of teachers, here's a little something to think about. Teachers in Wisconsin are compelled by their current contract to purchase health insurance from their union. This "right" was won for them in the last CBA. But, if teachers in Wisconsin were allowed to purchase their health insurance from the State, like the rest of the public employees in Wisconsin can, savings to the taxpayers would have been $65,000,000. If the union leadership was really concerned about "the children" they'd demand that $65,000,000 went to "the children" instead of some health insurance provider.
3. There are at least 2,000 fatalities in the anti-Gaddafi uprising in Egypt and I wouldn't be surprised if the fatality numbers wind up in the vicinity of 10,000 by the time this is all done. Yet, the big story in the US media is that the price of gas is rising. I am offended by this. By our own choices we've allowed ourselves to become dependent on the political vagaries of the world. To me, concerning ourselves with fuel prices over the suffering of people who are not free flies in the face of the very founding of this country and is an insult to the blood sacrifice of Americans over the last 250 years.
4. I am a big fan of Michelle Malkin. I don't agree with her 100% of the time but then again I don't agree with myself 100% of the time either. From what I see, no other journalist / pundit get as abused by her opposition as she does. The misogynistic and racist abuse she receives on a daily basis is horrendous. Where is the new tone?
5. How about that Charlie Sheen? He actually exhorted his fans to march in the street to protest the semi-cancellation of his horrible TV show. He said he has "poetry in his fingertips." Cocaine does this to you kids.
Have a nice weekend.