|The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)|
Saturday, August 06, 2005
San Jose Mercury News letters page. Bring it on.
Fuck yeah! You know why I like this letter? It's not because I have anything against Truman, or think that he should have been executed for failing to nuke a few hundred thousand Japs. It's because this letter is such a refreshing splash of cold water in a world of passive-aggressive seditious namby-pamblies who get worried when an illegal combatant's favorite manual of fascism might have been used as an impromptu plumbing prop.
It's the same feeling I get when I see the Cleveland Indians mascot.
Oh, and another reason to approve of this letter:
Of course teachers need tenure to prevent them from being fired for, you know, reasons. Tenure will never be abused for ill! It will only be used for good! Also I need tenure in my job at Google, because otherwise I might be sacked for coding in Java when some high-level manager likes C++. And my friend Brian needs tenure because otherwise Loral might fire him when he causes a communication satellite to go into orbit around Neptune. (Why Neptune? Because the whole John Roberts nomination is about distracting attention from Neptune. Karl Rove never talks about Neptune. Think about it.)
Blood money? I thought it was profit obtained by satisfying consumers' desires.
I mean, if I oversleep and miss a plane flight, is it Macys' fault for selling me sheets and pillows?
Oh, come on. Such an exaggeration. I'm sure John Bolton knows the meaning of the word diplomacy. Or could look it up in a dictionary.
Who fucking cares? The person responsible for the greatest improvements in the UN was Jesse Helms, for God's sake.
Why is it that if you crack open a high school history textbook, you'll find lots of criticism of the League of Nations as ineffective? Yet the UN, which does the League one better in being ineffective and vile, can do no wrong.
The letter you cite (re tenure) explains why teachers need the protection of tenure. Tenure isn't the problem; it's administrators who sign off on it without vigorously observing and evaluating their staff. It's not that many teachers are actually bad; it's that they're mediocre. Substandard teachers can be fired, but again, administrators have to cross the Ts and dot the Is.
The letter you cite (re tenure) explains why teachers need the protection of tenure.
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