What’s with the Left’s attraction to Pedophilia?

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It is a rare day when I write about anything that doesn’t have to do with politics or economics. I leave social issues to others, which isn’t to mean that I’m not interested in social issues. I am. But, I don’t care how the Left twist and distorts the English language, sexual abuse of children is not a life style choice. It is the most vile and disgusting of criminal acts. And, it is even more vile and disgusting when it done by someone in whom we intrust our children for hours at a time; such as, a teacher.

Maybe this story caught my attention because it happen in my home state of Michigan. This article at The Blaze back in August of this year tells us that a male teacher at the Rose City Middle School was found guilty of molesting an eigth grade boy over a period of three years. The community and the boy’s father were rightly outraged by this hideous act. They were even more outraged when six other teachers protested when their colleague, Neal Erickson, was sentenced to 15-30 years in prison. These six teachers even sat with Erickson’s family during the trial and, at least, one of them wrote a letter to the judge pleading for a light sentence for their friend:

“Neal has plead (sic) guilty for his one criminal offense but he is not a predator,” Harriet Coe reportedly wrote. “This was an isolated incident. He understands the severity of his action and is sincere in his desire to make amends…”

The boy’s father and many in the community were distraught by these teachers defending a child abuser. The father has called fro these teachers to be fired.

 “Do you want somebody who says 15-30 years for raping a child, an 8th grader, is a little harsh? Do you want them teaching your child?”

“Since when do we put a price on a child? Since when? It is wrong. How many teachers are going to turn a blind eye? These teachers cannot be trusted, they cannot be trusted.”

The pedophile defenders were not happy with the father speaking out in defense of his son:

“At one thirty in the morning on a Saturday, I was awoken to a bomb sound going off,” Janczewski said, choking back emotion.  “I went to the window to find my garage was on fire and engulfed in flames, my camper and the side of my house…

The family also had the letters “YWP” and “ITY” spray painted on the side of their house, which Janczewski thinks mean “you will pay” and “I told you.”

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Fortunately for the boy and his family, the judge in the case was not pleased by these happenings:

Circuit Judge Michael Baumgartner said during the sentencing that he was “appalled and ashamed” at the community’s support for Erickson, saying: “What you did was a jab in the eye with a sharp stick to every parent who trusts a teacher.”

So, now it is December and this sad story has not ended. Fox News reports:

A teacher’s union in Michigan is fighting to get a $10,000 severance package for a convicted child molester whose case that drew outrage earlier this year when his former school colleagues pleaded with a judge to sentence him lightly.

In recapping the original story, the Fox News reporter wrote:

Neal Erickson, 38, pleaded guilty in May to raping a young boy over the course of three years — from 2006 to 2009 — and was sentenced to 15-30 years in prison. The prison term came over the pleas of seven of Erickson’s former fellow teachers at Rose City Middle School, including Sally Campbell, who said in a letter to the judge that “Neal made a mistake. He allowed a mutual friendship to develop into much more.”

Excuse me! “A mutual friendship??? Do these people have any concept of right and wrong? I knew or worked with several self-proclaimed atheist in my time. Only one was a jerk about it. The others respected people of faith and they had the same concepts of right and wrong as I. But today? I do not understand these  people. I want to go on a long rant to explain the rage I feel about those who abuse children. But, frankly, after a long while sitting here before my keyboard, I find I don’t have the words to adequately describe my feelings. These teachers clearly think they are on the moral high ground. Can somebody explain that to me? How is defending people who rape children a moral high ground? How is  attacking the family of the victim a moral high ground? And, the teacher’s union wants to make sure the pedophile gets his severance pay? Is that a moral high ground?

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

Original Post:  Asylum Watch

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This is How the Left Operates: Teacher’s Union Official Tries to ‘Dig up Dirt,” Smear Concerned Parent Who Questioned Curriculuum

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One thing that I’ve been stressing over the last few years is how the left operates in terms of dealing with dissent.  We saw that during the ObamaCare debates.  When we predicted (2-3 years ago) all of the things that are happening right now, we were smeared.  Instead of using facts to debate us, lefties called us the usual set of names…

1.  RAAAAACIST!

2.  They’re getting paid by the insurance companies to LIE!

3.  They just want people to DIIIIIIIEEEEEE!

4. TEABAGGERZ!!!!!!!

I could go on, but you get the point.  Instead of using facts, which they did not have, the lefties  just attacked the messenger, or, as R.S. McCain puts it, “accuses the accusers.”

There are two primary reasons to do this…

1.  Get others to ignore them.  If you smear the messenger, others will be discouraged from listening to what the target has to say.  Why listen to what a “racist, redneck, teabagger” has to say, right?

2.  Intimidates others into not revealing any inconvenient facts.  After all, you can’t have the sheeple having independent thoughts, can you?

This whole strategy was shown again, when a resident of Camp Hill PA, Josh Barry, questioned some assignments at his child’s school.  In the public indoctrination centers, the curriculum is NOT to be questioned!  What happened next is purely leftist retaliation…

Josh Barry, of Camp Hill, Penn., expressed concern after his daughter brought home an assignment analyzing a New York Times article discussing the recent government shutdown. Examiner.com first reported the story.

The assignment asked questions like, “Whom do you hold most responsible for the government shutdown?” and “Do you feel it is principled or irresponsible for politicians to threaten a shutdown?”

Barry thought it was an exercise in indoctrination.

After contacting his daughter’s teacher, Barry heard back from the school’s principal. After a discussion, a friend of Barry’s relayed a voicemail she received from another teacher named Cydnee Cohen.

Cohen, who is also the president of the local chapter of the teacher’s union — the East Pembrook Education Association, which is part of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) — said on the voicemail, “We’re having some problems with a parent in our school district and on his [Facebook] page you are one of his friends … but I would like to know, some of it seems like he is a neo-Nazi.”

Cohen then says, “Maybe he is Jewish, I don’t know.”

After it was confirmed that Barry is, in fact, Jewish, Cohen sent text messages to the mutual friend which read “he went to bishop mcdevitt!!” and “he is tea party right wing!” Bishop McDevitt is a nearby private Catholic high school.

Here is some video…

So then, a parent raises an issue with a politicized curriculum (the Examiner has more on that), and in response, another teacher, who is an union official, starts digging into the background of the parent!

You have to remember though, that when people question our would-be regressive overlords, there is a price to be paid.  There can be no debate-they believe they are right, facts be damned.  If you speak out against them, YOU are wrong, because they said so!  And, since they do not have a fact to stand on, they just try to dig up dirt.

The “digging of the dirt.” is a familiar strategy to those who cannot stand on facts.  If you recall, the #FreeKate bunch did that regularly.  Since they couldn’t stand up to facts, they “dug up dirt” on the mother of a sexual abuse victim. Then, they tried to dig up dirt on the Detective that was investigating the case.  Then, they dug up dirt on Jeanette Runyon and filed false police reports against her, and claimed to have people tracking and investigating R.S. McCain.

In the end, this is not an aberration, it is standard operating procedure for leftists.  They don’t want to talk about your views, or the facts that you can bring to the table.  they want you to shut up, because liars hate the truth.

Related Post: Teacher Calls Parent ‘Neo-Nazi’ for Criticizing Eighth-Grade Project

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What do Chicago Teachers do in Their Spare Time? Attend the Midwest Marxism Conference!

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Over the years, we’ve shown the relationship, or the uniformity, between unions and the Communist Party.  Legal Insurrection has the story of how the Midwest Marxism Conference we chock full of teachers.

Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey, who spoke at one of the breakout sessions, was just one of the hundreds of attendees, many of them teachers, there to strategize about the next phases of the partnership between Chicago Socialists and the Chicago Teachers Union.

Of course, all recording was strictly verboten unless you had been preapproved by the Chicago Socialists.

The event kicked off with Becca Barnes’s keynote speech. Barnes, a Chicago teacher, spoke about the new era of Marxism in America stemming from the Chicago Socialists’ recent successes in running the show during the Chicago Teachers Strike. Said Barnes, who referred to everyday American capitalists as “capitalist vampires,” “the struggle here in the United States has entered a new phase. Nowhere have we pointed the way forward more clearly than here in Chicago with the teachers union strike.” From her talk and other succeeding events throughout the day, it was clear that the Teachers Union and Marxists were one and the same.

Thankfully, after hours of enduring non-discussion and hate speech against Americans (and being amongst those celebrating a philosophy of mass murderers), I was “outed” as not a communist, told I was “not in solidarity” and surrounded by members of the Chicago Socialists who told me to leave the Northwestern School of Journalism premises. Also “spotted” as not in solidarity was Rebel Pundit, who had a more interesting exit than I:

Also, there is video of Rebel Pundit being ejected from the conference…

As you can see, the Communists are very tolerant and democratic.  Until, that is, someone is not “in solidarity” with them.

That, and current advocates of the political system responsible for 100,000,000 deaths in the last century are teaching children their murderous philosophy.  But, we’ll just pretend that this ism’t happening, right?

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A Tale of two Stories: Teachers Unions Fights for Failed DC School System

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Michelle Rhee, the Chancellor of the Washington DC school system has spent the last several years creating quite a storm.  Hired by Mayor Adrian Fenty, she’s cut costs, closed crumbling schools, and worse yet, she has acted to terminate failed teachers.  Considering that the DCPS spends more money per pupil than any system in the country, and yet has the worst results, you would think that any effort to improve it would be applauded?

Not so much.

The Mayor Fenty, was defeated in the Democratic primary by Vincent Gray, the Chairman of the DC Council.  Gray will run virtually unopposed (There is, apparently, not a GOP presence there).

Here is one story of the election, from The Atlantic.

The urban education reform movement just got a much-needed reality check as D.C. Democratic primary voters fired Mayor Adrian Fenty, and effectively along with him one of the movement’s biggest superstars, District schools chief Michelle Rhee. Chancellor Rhee was as a key, polarizing figure in Fenty’s reelection campaign, which ended when he was defeated in the Tuesday primary by his challenger, D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray.

Rhee brazenly politicized her job as Schools Chancellor in a way that may be unprecedented for education bureaucrats. Back in the spring, the charitable arm of Wal-Mart and other corporate foundations threatened to yank millions they had donated to break the teacher’s union if Rhee was not retained. Then Rhee not so subtly hinted to a reporter that she would not work for Gray. Finally, the weekend before the election, Rhee hit the campaign trail along with Fenty to round up votes in the wealthiest ward in Washington.

D.C. voters responded with a resounding rejection of her, her boss and their education policies. (Gray, who has no Republican challenger in this overwhelmingly Democratic city, has not said if he would retain Rhee.)

So, the author here views the election as a referendum on Rhee, and her reform efforts.  However, like most “progressive” commentaries, there are some absent details.

For the flipside, here is an article on the same event, from the POLITICO.

The American Federation of Teachers spent heavily to unseat Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and to put the breaks on his aggressive efforts to shake up the city’s schools system.

The national union spent roughly $1 million in contributions to a labor-backed independent expenditure campaign — also supported by the public workers union AFSCME — and on its own extensive political operation, a Democratic political consultant familiar with the details of the spending told POLITICO. The spending suggests that the vote — while not a referendum on Fenty’s attempt to shake up the school system — was deeply shaped by that policy. And while the teachers union has been careful not to claim the scalps of Fenty and his schools chancellor, Michelle Rhee, the election may serve as a political shot across the bows of other urban officials considering similar policies.

So, the status quo was defended by the teacher’s union.  As we have seen across the country, the teacher’s unions have resisted any change or sacrifice in the face of financial hardships faced by state and local governments.  They have resisted every effort to contribute ANYTHING to health benefits, or have resisted pay freezes, and have resisted efforts to remove failed, or even criminal teachers.  How many of us in the private sector have the opportunity to do any of these things?  In the private sector, we have to live in reality.  No one in the real world can long keep unproductive employees.  We can’t demand that a private employer keep in paying insane rates for health insurance and pay raises that do not match economic reality.  Private sector unions have tried, but think about the bankruptcy of GM, why so many things we buy are made in China, and why Detriot is a decaying ruin, and you see the results.

At any rate, the unions must have spent enough money, and the voters chose to keep their terrible schools, condeming their own children to illiteracy, poverty, and crime.

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Chris Christie Fights Back Against the NJEA

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This is a man who tells it like it is. He pulls no punches and governs by his sense of right and wrong, NOT by the polls or some rigid ideology. We can only hope that he will run for President someday!! He is, in this author’s humble opinion, THE rising star in the Republican Party. Christie takes no prisoners and attacks the New Jersey Teachers Union head on for their bullying tactics. As he points out in this video, the NJEA takes by force $730 a year from each teacher and school employee. What do they spend their millions on? Improving the schools? No. Making better conditions for the children in order that they might get a better education? No. The NJEA spends the majority of it on lobbyists and as Governor Christie points out, they spent $6 million on attack ads against him. How much better could that six million have been spent?

Watch this video and pass it along.

Hat tip to floppingaces.net

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