"If I were not president, but if I were King of America, I would abolish all teachers' lounges, where they sit together and worry about 'woe is us,'" Kasich said at an education conference in New Hampshire sponsored by education group The Seventy-Four and The American Federation for Children. The comment drew a few laughs from the crowd, which is spending the day hearing from Republican presidential candidates. Kasich is known for being blunt and direct [WHAT?], but earlier in his talk, he noted some times where he had worked with the teachers' unions in Ohio before. Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said that the governor didn't mean literally replacing teachers' lounges in schools and said he using a metaphor.This is why Trump keeps winning. Other Repoofs delicately dance around the facts and end up saying shit that hurts without helping. Kasich managed to repel anti-union teachers who might have supported him otherwise. He didn't bother the union at all. Kasich was daintily pirouetting around the OBVIOUS FUCKING FACT that we need to ELIMINATE TEACHERS UNIONS. If that's what you mean, then FUCKING SAY IT. If you can't bring yourself to STATE THE FUCKING FACTS, go home and get out of the way. Take a nap or something. = = = = = Semi-relevant sidenote: I was thinking about teachers lounges yesterday after reading this account of how doctors behave when the patient is knocked out. Raw evil. Astoundingly evil. Schoolyard bullies at their worst. I asked myself if teachers did the same thing in the teachers lounge. At least during the years when I was teaching, the answer is No. We did cuss and discuss problem students, but it was always in a context of sharing useful info. Jeff is a violent dickhead; I couldn't get the admin to do anything about him; maybe you'll have better luck this semester. Watch out! Or, JoAnn tries hard but probably doesn't have the basic skills. Give her some room, but don't expect too much. We never sang 'La Cucaracha' with our hands stuffed into a student's cunt. Only doctors do that.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.