Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Friday, April 08, 2005

Dept. of Our Collapsing Schools, "Professional" Educators Division

Looks like the light-bantamweight division, actually. Reader Stephen Rider emailed me the link to this one, via Acidman's little girl, Savannah Sam. When was the last time you heard about a teacher assaulting another teacher? Much less, in front of her class? It's a short story, but a classic one:
Teacher Vs. Teacher In Alleged Classroom Brawl
Police Say Mom Angry After Teacher Reprimanded Daughter

POSTED: 5:20 pm CDT April 4, 2005
UPDATED: 5:21 pm CDT April 4, 2005

DALLAS -- A Dallas high school teacher is facing an assault charge after she allegedly attacked another teacher in front of a classroom of students.

Police said Paulette Baines assaulted her daughter's teacher inside a middle school classroom.

Baines allegedly grabbed the woman's hair, yanked her out of a chair and dragged her across the room while punching and kicking her.

That teacher suffered a concussion, two broken ribs and several bruises on her face.

Investigators said Baines was angry at the teacher because the woman allegedly reprimanded her daughter -- asking the girl and several other students to stop loitering at their lockers.

Baines was released from jail Saturday after posting a $2,500 bond.

She is now on paid administrative leave.

A concussion, two broken ribs, and numerous contusions. I'd say that was assault, and battery. Apparently a room full of students is insufficient witness for the NBC affiliate to dispense with the "alleged" language.

But I just love the "paid administrative leave" part. If I opened a can of whoopass on one of my coworkers, my ass would be out on the street - with no pay - after I floated bail. But not if you're an employee of the public sector, oh no! Tax money isn't like real money, and you get hot and cold running lawyers on tap for free! No doubt she'll get sentenced to "counseling" and be right back in the classroom fv*king up little middle-school minds.

Meanwhile the other teacher will sue not her attacker, but the people with deep pockets - the taxpayers - and will undoubtedly win a nice juicy settlement. And the litigation nation will continue its swirling path around the commode bowl a bit longer, a bit faster, and a bit lower.

And my grandkids are five and six. One goes into kindergarten next year, and the other into 1st grade. God help them.

(Yes, I'm an agnostic. It's just an expression.)

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