Archive for August 2012

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: MITT ROMNEY’S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH HIT THE RIGHT NOTES? – ROMNEY’S DARK BACKGROUND – RON PAUL’S HONESTY AND BAD TREATMENT BY ROMNEY’S GANG

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSES TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

Mitt has a dark record, well concealed, much like that other dreadful man, George W Bush.

Mitt was a “missionary” to get out of the Vietnam War.

Ever heard of a missionary toiling in the South of France and staying at a villa? That was Mitt’s arduous task.

The smuck had so little character that he was photographed insulting and heckling honest war resisters trying to stop the idiot slaughter in Vietnam at the same time he entered this glorious “service.”

His claim as to when he left Bain Capital is simply a lie, and trying to avoid iron-clad proof of that is why he won’t submit his tax returns, a practice which has become the expected norm in the U.S. elections.

His claim about turning around Bain Capital with his wonderful management skills is patently false.

He took advantage of the government’s bank account insurance agency to lay his hands on millions. Never even said thanks.

He’s kept good parts of his fortune in offshore tax havens like the Caymen Islands. How admirable for a potential President.

He has made the most stupid statements – on everything from the poor to the London Olympics – time and again, almost as bad as Sarah “no brains” Palin used to do.

And his little adventure in driving the family dog strapped to the roof of his car on super highways for a twelve hour trip speaks volumes.

He is a sociopath.

And that fact is confirmed further by the stories of youthful acquaintances of his great idea of a practical joke: he used a flashing light on his car to pretend to be a policeman and pulled friends over on the road. Not funny to normal people and definitely illegal.

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Romney’s treatment of Ron Paul is still another big mark against him.

I’m not a libertarian, as Paul is, but I recognize a sincere and honest man of intelligence when I see one.

Romney’s cronies worked very hard to strip him of delegates, honestly won.

They carried out all kinds of tricks in some of the state primaries to make it impossible for him.

They seated the states with significant Paul delegations in obscure locations of the convention hall.

And they would not allow Paul to address the convention except under the most unacceptable conditions, including vetting of every word, something an honorable man simply could not abide.

Why?

Paul dislikes war, and always says so.

And Paul dislikes America’s nightmare marriage to Israel’s wishes and drives.

Indeed, possibly no candidate in history enters the race with more secret promises of cash from that most powerful of special interests, Israel, quite possibly many of them illegal since you cannot accept foreign funds in American elections.

Its most unthinking supporters have promised many millions to defeat Obama, a man whose only right act has been to put some pressure on Israel for genuine peace, earning himself a bad reputation with the Israel Lobby and Netanyahu’s people.

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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: MORE FROM THE CLOUDCUCKOOLAND OF TEACHERS – ONTARIO TEACHERS THREATENING TO NOT ASSIST STUDENT ACTIVITIES IN THE FALL – THE NATURE OF PROFESSIONS – OUR PUBLIC EDUCATION NOT COMPETITIVE

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSES TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

They would succeed only in alienating a still larger portion of the public.

You cannot play these kinds of games in private industry and remain employed.

And extremely well-paid teachers should not be able to either.
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I see several references to professionals in recent comments.

There is nothing about teaching that warrants the name “professional.”

Teaching is a talent, an art, a calling, but it is not a profession unless you misuse language.

A profession is defined by a special body of knowledge – as exists in medicine or law or architecture.

There is no such body of knowledge in teaching.

Elementary teachers do not even have to have any expertise from their BA. Many of them do not know math or language or other subjects any better than people on the streets.

Teachers’ college serves up 8 or 9 months of unexamined assumptions and tidbits of pop psychology. It is totally unscientific and qualifies you for nothing beyond union membership.

Take any bright, motivated person – someone who actually knows a subject – and put him or her into the classroom, and you will instantly get results better than those of many of the “professionals,” especially the thousands who are unmotivated and often know little worth giving children.

We need expertise and motivation in our schools, and the loose use of “professionals” does not give it to us, especially at the elementary level.

The great teacher and scholar, Roger Ascham, tutor to the young Queen Elizabeth I, said that it was the young who should get the very best teaching, and we do precisely the opposite.

And he was right.
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“So the minister thinks it’s a “privilege” for teachers to be able to spend the day in the classroom with students…

“What a crock. That statement ncely [sic] encapsulates why people loathe politicians. It’s a job where people have to make ridiculous statements that conform to third-rate p.r. strategies. And they have to do it with a straight face. This minister is either delusional or a simpleton if she actually beleives [sic] that statement.”

True for politicians, often.

But equally true for teachers, often.
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“I’m out. I’m using the time I spent doing extra curricular on my new additional part time job. I have no choice. My hydro bill is going up 8 percent.”

There is a perfect example of a pathetic and unthinking pleading, seeming to come directly from the realms of Cloudcuckooland.

A teacher up in his scale, and it takes not many years to reach that, earns more than $80 thousand plus unbelievable benefits for what really is part-time work.

If you can’t live comfortably on that, just try your next best job opportunity.

Clerk at WalMart? Clerk at the post office? LCBO check-out? Real estate sales? Whatever a general BA gets you, which isn’t much.

Comments like yours only anger most people who earn a fraction of what your schedule rewards you with, and they have exactly the same costs of living.

And how about all the retired old folks, barely keeping their homes with costs like real estate taxes, used to pay your salary?

Anyone who complains the way you do only exposes himself as someone who should never have become a teacher.
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“Thinks it’s very sad that people devote so much time and effort to criticizing the professions of others.”

The only reason this happens is because we have to read and hear the special pleadings of teachers regularly.

And you say people should “shadowing a teacher” to see how difficult is the work?

Please, everyone with children has intimate exposure to teachers, and that on top of their own experience growing up.

I’ve done both substitute teaching and tutoring as well as university lecturing.

I do believe I have experience worth communicating, as do many others.

Again, teaching is simply not a narrow field of specialized knowledge, and that fact qualifies all thoughtful people to comment on what are widely seen as abuses and excesses.
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“Many [teachers] put their lives on hold for 10 months of the year. Spend some time shadowing a teacher before posting a rant. That’s how you can truly make an informed opinion.”

There is the special pleading of all time. While I don’t doubt that this might happen in a few extreme cases, I’ve never seen it, ever.

Spend a little time with teachers, and what you’ll often, in fact, hear are whining, special pleading, and just plain nonsense claims.
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“It’s time for disgruntled teachers of the public system in Ontario to show us that they can find better job opportunties elsewhere. Good luck!”

Yes, just a few examples would be interesting.

But, except in exceptional circumstances of course, it’s an impossible task.

General BAs get you absolutely nowhere on the job market.

And a teaching certificate has zero, or even negative, value outside of the closed and privileged school system.
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“The last time the teachers “worked to rule” my daughter was the high school year book editor. Alone, and unaided, my daughter got the Principal to cut her a cheque for $5K, bought the computer system she needed, taught herself Photoshop, and produced the yearbook in time and under budget. She received no acknowledgment for this accomplishment at her graduation the next year. The next year the yearbook editor had the help of teachers and went back to the non computer cut and paste method. Perhaps more student activities should be done without teacher “help”.”

Good example of the kind of stuff that goes on in so many places and institutions.

Yet the whining teachers think an hour or two a week spent on some activity makes them over into the image of Mother Teresa.

And your point on the use of a computer program versus cut-and-paste is well taken. Many teachers cannot use a computer, and they are under no pressure to learn. So students watch them doing tasks in totally out-of-date ways, the teachers earning for themselves a great deal of respect I’m sure.

And your anecdote is the precise measure of how bad the situation has become and why the public has no respect for their special pleadings.

Think of all the volunteers in schools, in public libraries, in Sunday Schools, in food banks, and churches, in old age homes, etc, etc.

Tens and tens of thousands, week in-week out.

And no brownie points earned towards keeping up their status in their work place.

It makes you want to puke that a teacher making more than $80,000 with gold-plated benefits and impossible to dismiss for poor performance thinks he or she deserves an Order of Canada for handling an extra-curricular activity.

They are so out of it, they keep making these ridiculous pleadings, only making people more unhappy with them.
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“You all think attacking teacher’s [sic] is the solution but it is not…”

No one thinks that.

You are question-begging.

Everyone is tired of the whining and making a big deal out of every tiny event.

Especially in light of the mediocre performance of many and their guaranteed high remuneration.
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“When report card season comes, she spends an extra 15-18 hours per week for 3 weeks at home doing them.”

Many teachers ‘do” the report cards today in a matter of a few hours.

They use a no-work-required, select-a-phrase computer program to fill the forms.

The parents and kids learn nothing from it, and the teachers put no work into it.
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“I know some school boards in the US that pay teachers for extra-curriculrar [sic] activities, such as track and field, debate, basketball, and mock trial.

“Either make it part of a teacher’s duties or pay for the benefit. Teachers are not slaves.”

Perhaps, but a lot of other variables are handled differently in U.S. jurisdictions, and it is just dishonest to make a comment which isolates one small fact of costs from all of the others.

First, in many poor jurisdictions in the U.S., teachers are paid a fraction of what they are paid in Ontario. You would shocked by the pay in many poor, rural states.

Second, in some U.S. jurisdictions, teachers are paid according to the cost of living in various parts of the state with teachers in rural places and small towns receiving substantially less than those in a city.

Third, in many jurisdictions in the U.S., substitutes only are required to have a degree – BA for elementary, MA for high school – and they are paid at a low fixed rate, as low as $50 a day.

In Ontario the union says they must all be grads of teachers’ college, and they are paid at beginning full-time rates.

There are many other such differences, and you cannot compare one aspect without giving a more complete picture of all the financial flows.

As to your “teachers are not slaves,’ well, that really does make you sound just silly.
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“My mom is a teacher – still working at 67. She loves her job and she’s good at it. Has banked over 350 sick days because she rarely takes a day off. She’s only getting paid for 200 of those banked days upon her retirement as they are still being honoured. That means she’s saved her employers paying her 150 sick days + the 150 days they would have had to pay for a supply teacher.”

I’m glad she is a good teacher, but you do not get to “bank” days almost anywhere in private industry.

And did you know that in many companies and organizations in the U.S. that each sick day taken subtracts from your annual vacation days?

It’s legal, and it is done.
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“Teacher’s [sic] have to be in before 8:00, and if you think teachers are free after 5:00 when they homework to mark, lesson plans to write weekly, and new curriculum to learn and review, then you are silly. “

Please, maybe your mother believes that, but no one else does.

The parking lots at schools empty quickly.

And many teachers do almost no marking today, planning their assignments with just that in mind. Many use “group work” to cut the assignments down by a factor of five, too.

As for lesson plans, I’ve substituted, I’ve seen their books, and many are just bad jokes.

Finally, and most important for the quality of education, there is no one, absolutely no one, assessing our teachers’ work or knowledge or personality suitability.

Hired once, in for life.

It is impossible to have a high-quality system built on that weak foundation.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: ASSAD SAYS IT WILL TAKE TIME TO DEFEAT REBELS – OF COURSE: LOOK WHO’S SUPPLYING THEM – ALMOST ALL OUR NEWS ON INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS IS NOW SYNTHETIC

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSES TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

Of course it will take time.

The national army is, after all, fighting people supplied and assisted by the United States, Israel, and other American satrapies.
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“The west doesn’t support truth, we deny it.”

The truth is that virtually all of our news in the international sphere now is synthetic.

We almost never see any more genuine reporting from places like Syria.

We read re-written press releases from Pentagon or State Department sources.

Or we read re-written stuff from organs directly serving Pentagon interests, outfits like Reuters or the Washington Post.

Even when we do have reporters on war fronts, they are now “embedded” and not the least free to address hard issues.

And a military like that of the U.S. has many ways of intimidating and shaping what they may write in their embedded situation. An extraordinary number of journalists were killed by American forces in Iraq, including journalists from several other countries.

And then the planted and warped stuff that we do read is further re-inforced by an army of journalistic ants scribbling away at columns about places and events they know very little if anything about, the Margaret Wente’s of this world.

There is no perspective in the mainline press on any international matter except the perspective intended by those manipulating events.

Orwell anticipated this reality with Oceania’s party constantly re-writing history and making words disappear.

But the modern reality is far more subtle and insidious with all the pretenses of reportage maintained and all the hollow claims of truth from independent sources on the Internet, again a place well-larded with CIA-supported blogs and news sheets which have all the tone and appearance of genuine independent sources.

It is becoming harder, day by day, to speak to truth and have it heard.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: ISRAELI COURT THROWS OUT SUIT OF RACHEL CORRIE’S PARENTS – WHO EXPECTS JUSTICE FROM COURTS RESEMBLING STALIN’S?

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

Israeli courts speak with just about the same sense of justice legitimacy as did the United States Supreme Court in the 1850s, a court that never saw a case of slavery or abuse of slaves that it didn’t think was just fine.

The legal apparatus of Israel serves as a big dumb show almost like Stalin’s courts.

How else do you explain murders being fine?

Theft being fine?

Abuse being fine?

Arbitrary arrest and illegal imprisonment being fine?

And a systematic race-oriented bias to all the activities and policies of government?

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: REVEALED: CANADA’S SMARMY PUBLIC SAFETY MINISTER VIC TOEWS ALLOWS EVIDENCE FROM TORTURE TO BE USED BY CANADA’S SECURITY FORCES AND POLICE – JUST WHO IS DOING ALL THE KILLING IN THIS WORLD?

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSES TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

“Ottawa allows RCMP, border agency to use torture-tainted information”

Our country is being dragged down to the lowest ethics by this shabby, shabby government.

I almost can’t believe that a thoughtful person would announce such a policy, but then there are many things done by this gang of grovelers to America and its interests that I almost cannot believe.

You talk of forgetting the past?

This is forgetting the centuries of immense and bloody struggle in the Western world to establish human and democratic rights.

Tossed overboard overnight by an unblinkingly militaristic government in the South, and it makes no difference there who holds office because they all serve the same interests.
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It won’t be long before Harper signs us up to free access to American authority on every level.

We’ll have armed thugs darting in and out of our country to enforce their laws and interests.
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“I don’t care how it was obtained. Use it to save lives.”

Save lives?

What an utterly foolish thing to say.

Who is doing most of the killing today all over the world?

You’re wrong if you say Muslim extremists.

The latest detailed study of American drone attacks – several thousand killings – shows that for the period covered, more than 70% of the victims in Pakistan were innocent civilians.

And of course, even the intended targets are indeed innocent under our law and the law of the savages carrying out these operations.

And did you know that now the thugs running this killing machine have adopted the tactics of American anti-abortion terrorists?

The hellish practice is that a second attack is made as soon as emergency response and families and neighbors begin heading for the first attack site.

Truly, what better example of terror do we have in today’s world?
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We are being turned into Israel without consultation or consent by this extremist government, and Israel, as polls regularly show, is one of the least admired countries on the planet.

Posted August 26, 2012 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: NATO SAYS IT KILLED PAKISTAN’S TALEBAN COMMANDER – NOTE ON AMERICA’S HIDING UNDER NATO’S SKIRTS – NATURE OF TALEBAN

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

So they say.

Prove it.

But even then, what really is the Taleban?

It is not a dark terrorist force.

It had nothing to do with 9/11.

But it was, by Afghan standards, a reform political party with a conservative religious affiliation.

The only crime they are guilty of is fighting the invading Americans.

But from America’s establishment point of view, there is no greater crime.

And you must be regarded as one of Stalin’s “wreckers,” the vague word Stalin used when it was time for a bloody purge, working to oppose the benign work of America’s insanely militaristic government.
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Again, NATO strike?

These are always, always American strikes.

But America sure loves to hide under the skirts of NATO while doing its dirty work.

And papers like the Globe sadly go along with the fraud, doing their part for America’s beloved Pentagon.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: JACK LAYTON’S GENUINE LEGACY

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO AN EDITORIAL IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

Jack Layton’s genuine legacy is as Canada’s last honest national politician.

He spoke to truth, virtually the opposite to the practices of the man now serving as prime minister.

And when you add his innate sense of humanity and decency, it is easy to understand why so many miss him.

He is likely the last of his kind.

I’m sorry to say Canada’s politics have decayed so badly, coming to resemble increasingly the sad dumb show to the South, there is no more room for a Clark, a Stanfield, a Pearson, or a Layton.