Texas Rainmaker

Apparently seeing that his message is not resonating with educated Americans who possess common sense, the Community Organizer in Chief sees an avenue to campaign to a captive and impressionable audience. Here’s the response from the President of our local school board.

Dear Mr. Secretary:

I understand that your office sent a request to all of the school districts across the country, which was addressed to our principals that our students tune into an internet broadcast by President Obama next week. As the request was sent directly to our principals and not through the proper protocol of our administrators, you have created a state of confusion. You of all people should know you cannot allow that type of request to be distributed to our staff, without going through the proper channels.

As a former Superintendent, I am sure you realize that our curriculum is very stringent and deliberate. In addition, as a former superintendent, I am sure you realize that your request will only disrupt the lesson plans that have already been developed for that day. Finally, as a former superintendent, you must realize that your request appears to have some political ramifications.

You as a former superintendent dealt with mandates, forced laws, and intrusions into your schools. I understand you have a long record of standing up against those types of issues. I also know that you understand that the President has placed school board members, such as myself, in a no win situation based on the way you handled this matter. As a result, I am formally requesting that you do not go forward with this planned broadcast. Instead, if you want to share this message, and it has a basis related to our curriculum, please send to us for review in advance. We will then have the opportunity to share with the parents and guardians of our students, and they can decide if their children will review.

Our district is not going to formally participate in this event. However, many students may be held out from school for political reasons, and as such, this will only hurt our school district even more. You are creating a wedge in our society that cannot be overcome overnight by allowing this to happen. I respect your office and the office of the President of the United States. However, if I put my parent hat on for a second, I cannot stand by and let what is being described as an innocent broadcast (if you say so, let us see it in advance) take place without knowing for sure what the message will be to my three children.

Please do not think for a second that I am being unrealistic, quite the contrary. I am tired of government entities putting local school boards in a position to be the bad guy. Please stop, think about what message you are trying to deliver, and handle this correctly.

I urge you to not broadcast this message next week, it has been a complete distraction already this week, and it will only get worse. My constituents are split on this issue, and by bifurcating the parents of our District, this is creating a truly partisan political disagreement. This as you are well aware as a former superintendent, has no place in our schools. Mr. Secretary, you must not allow this to happen.

Feel free to call me at your convenience, if you care to discuss.

Sincerely,
Daniel G. Huberty
President
Humble ISD

Barry, you should just go ahead and deliver your campaign material to your own party faithful, instead… given that it was developed for young schoolchildren, it shouldn’t go too far over their heads.

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Irony of the Day
September 24th, 2007 10:53 am

Columbia University continues to ban the U.S. military Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) from campus because “the U.S. military remains closed to openly gay personnel.”

But the same Columbia University is hosting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose country executes homosexuals.

UPDATE:
I admit I’m surprised with Columbia President Bollinger’s introduction of Mahmoud. It was refreshingly harsh towards the terrorist leader. I will try to find the transcript and post it.

Highlights of Bollinger’s intro

“Mr. President, you exhibit all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator.”

Bollinger assailed Ahmadinejad’s “denying” of the Holocaust as “ridiculous” and “dangerous propaganda.” He called the Iranian leader either brazenly provocative “or astonishingly uneducated.”

He said he doubted Ahmadinejad would show the intellectual courage to answer the questions before him.

Ahmadinejad responded to this intro by whining like a child about respect and courtesy. Priceless.

More, see Update 3 below.

UPDATE 2:
It’s quite telling that liberals aren’t rushing the stage to prevent Ahmadinejad from speaking or tossing a pie in his face. I guess they don’t feel obliged to suppress his comments.

UPDATE 3:

Here’s the video of Bollinger’s intro:

Clip1

Clip 2

UPDATE 4:
Here’s my response to Mahmoud last year.

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Rewriting History
July 17th, 2007 6:32 am

And you thought our education system was screwed up.

FURY erupted last night after Sir Winston Churchill was axed from school history lessons.

Britain’s cigar-chomping World War Two PM — famed for his two-finger victory salute — was removed from a list of figures secondary school children must learn about.

Instead they will be taught about “relevant” issues such as global warming and drug dangers. Churchill’s grandson, Tory MP Nicholas Soames, branded the move “total madness.”

The decision to axe Churchill is part of a major shake-up aimed at dragging the national curriculum into the 21st century, it was claimed last night.

Winston Churchill is “irrelevant” in school history lessons? What’s next? Removing numbers from math class?

Though it does explain a lot in today’s global struggle. There are many who would like to forget that appeasement of our enemies is a failed policy.

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Massacre at Virginia Tech
April 16th, 2007 12:24 pm

Reports are scattered right now. Here’s the latest from ABCNews:

At least 29 people are dead in what may be the biggest mass killing on a college campus in American history — and the death toll may rise.

Police at Virginia Tech, in Blaksburg, Va., said that the shootings happened at a dormitory and a classroom on opposite sides of the university campus.

Law enforcement sources tell ABC News the shooting may have been set off by an off-campus incident.

Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum said that one person was killed in the first shooting, which occurred just after 7 a.m. at West Ambler Johnston Hall, a large dormitory. Flinchum said that at least 20 more people were killed at Norris Hall, an academic building.

So where have we heard news of Virgina Tech and guns before?

January 2006, when Virginia Tech administrators proudly proclaimed how safe their school would be when honest citizens were banned from posessing legally-permitted guns.

A bill that would have given college students and employees the right to carry handguns on campus died with nary a shot being fired in the General Assembly.

House Bill 1572 didn’t get through the House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety. It died Monday in the subcommittee stage, the first of several hurdles bills must overcome before becoming laws.

The bill was proposed by Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah County, on behalf of the Virginia Citizens Defense League. Gilbert was unavailable Monday and spokesman Gary Frink would not comment on the bill’s defeat other than to say the issue was dead for this General Assembly session.

Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker was happy to hear the bill was defeated. “I’m sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly’s actions because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus.”

How’s that “safe feeling” working out for you today, Larry?

Last spring a Virginia Tech student was disciplined for bringing a handgun to class, despite having a concealed handgun permit. […] In June, Tech’s governing board approved a violence prevention policy reiterating its ban on students or employees carrying guns and prohibiting visitors from bringing them into campus facilities.

Great. Because we all know criminals will abide by such policies. Meanwhile, someone who could’ve taken the perpetrator out before he ran his score up to 29+ was prevented from doing so because some administrators wanted to give the tuition-paying customer base a false sense of security.

UPDATE:
I changed my headline as, in reflection, it seemed a little inappropriate.

UPDATE 2:
Allah has a good roundup, including an eyewitness account posted on a VT frat listserv.

UPDATE 3:
Cell phone video from the scene:

UPDATE 4:
Some reports from students coming in claim the University didn’t notify anyone of the earlier shooting around 7:00 AM (second round of shootings apparently happened 2 hours later). Looks like many people went to campus completely unaware of what was transpiring. The Universtiy will have some explaining to do on that one.

UPDATE 5:
Here’s an editorial from Virginia Tech spokesman, Larry Hinckler from last Fall, in response to another editorial entitled “Unarmed and vulnerable“:

The writer would have us believe that a university campus, with tens of thousands of young people, is safer with everyone packing heat. Imagine the continual fear of students in that scenario. We’ve seen that fear here, and we don’t want to see it again.

Guns don’t belong in classrooms. They never will. Virginia Tech has a very sound policy preventing same.

The title of Hinckler’s editorial was, “Imagine if students were armed.” Yes… let’s imagine.

UPDATE 6:
And right on cue, here comes the Old Gray Lady to tell us guns are bad. And MSNBC rolls out a “gun control” special… I wonder if those who are giving me heat for my post will show the same outrage for the anti-gun lobby quickly turning on their campaign.

UPDATE 7:
A list of victims.

UPDATE 8:
Someone claims to be the one who sold the guns to the shooter. If this is true, and if it’s true he was here on a student visa, then this would go to show that gun laws don’t prevent or deter criminals from obtaining guns. It only prevents law-abiding citizens from obtaining them… and protecting themselves…

Call BS all you like, but I just spent the last several hours with 3 ATF agents. I saw the shooter’s picture. I know his name and home address. I also know that he used a Glock 19 and a Walther P-22. The serial number was ground off the Glock. Why would he do that and still keep the receipt in his pocket from when he bought the gun?
ATF told me that they are going to keep this low-key and not report this to the tv news. However, they cautioned that it will leak out eventually, and that I should be ready to deal with CNN, FOX, etc.
My 32 camera surveillance system recorded the event 35 days ago. This is a digital system that only keeps the video for 35 days. We got lucky.
By the way, the paperwork for Mr. Cho was perfect, thank God.

UPDATE 9:
Even in the worst of tragedies, we witness the best of humanity:

An Israeli lecturer who died in the massacre at a U.S. university saved the lives of several students by blocking the doorway of his classroom from the approaching gunman before he was fatally shot, his son said Tuesday.

Students of Liviu Librescu, 76, an engineering science and mathematics lecturer in at Virginia Tech for 20 years, sent e-mails to his wife, Marlena, telling of how he blocked the gunman’s way and saved their lives, said the son, Joe.

“My father blocked the doorway with his body and asked the students to flee,” Joe Librescu said in a telephone interview from his home outside of Tel Aviv. “Students started opening windows and jumping out.”

UPDATE 10:
Shooter is identified as Cho Hui Seung, a 23 year old student at Va Tech. A native of South Korea, he was a “resident alien” of the U.S.

The face of a monster:

UPDATE 11:
A missed opportunity.

A court found that Virginia Tech killer Seung-Hui Cho was “mentally ill” and potentially dangerous. Then it let him go.

In December 2005 — more than a year before Monday’s mass shootings — a district court in Montgomery County, Va., ruled that Cho presented “an imminent danger to self or others.” That was the necessary criterion for a detention order, so that Cho, who had been accused of stalking by two female schoolmates, could be evaluated by a state doctor and ordered to undergo outpatient care.

UPDATE 12:
Warning signs?

In September 2005, Cho was enrolled in [English Professor Nikki] Giovanni’s introduction to creative writing class. From the beginning, he began building a wall between himself and the rest of the class.

He wore sunglasses to class and pulled his maroon knit cap down low over his forehead. When she tried to get him to participate in class discussion, his answer was silence.
[…]
But then female students began complaining about Cho.

About five weeks into the semester, students told Giovanni that Cho was taking photographs of their legs and knees under the desks with his cell phone. She told him to stop, but the damage was already done.
[…]
“There was no writing. I wasn’t teaching him anything, and he didn’t want to learn anything,” she said. “And I finally realized either I was going to lose my class, or Mr. Cho had to leave.”

Giovanni wrote a letter to then-department head Lucinda Roy, who removed Cho.

Roy alerted student affairs, the dean’s office, even the campus police, but each said there was nothing they could do if Cho had made no overt threats against himself or others.
[…]
When she and Giovanni learned of the shootings and heard a description of the gunman, they immediately thought of Cho.

UPDATE 13:
The psycho speaks from the grave.

After killing two people in a Virginia university dormitory — but before he slaughtered 30 more in a classroom building — the gunman, Cho Seung-Hui, mailed NBC News a long, profanity-laced diatribe and dozens of photographs and videos Monday morning, boasting, “When the time came, I did it. I had to.”

So much for the theory that this guy just snapped. This package shows that this was planned. (Combined with the possibility Cho was responsible for the two bomb threats in the weeks leading up to this event further proves this wasn’t just a ‘heat of passion’ kind of rampage.)

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Study finds one-third in D.C. illiterate:

About one-third of the people living in the national’s capital are functionally illiterate, compared with about one-fifth nationally, according to a report on the District of Columbia.

Adults are considered functionally illiterate if they have trouble doing such things as comprehending bus schedules, reading maps and filling out job applications.

…but don’t worry, they’ll be fine as long as they can read a teleprompter, pander for votes and steal your money.

The District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce, which contributed to the report, said the city lost up to $107 million in taxes annually between 2000 and 2005 because of a lack of qualified job applicants.

Funny, because the rest of the country lose billions in taxes annually because of a few people who are employed.

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Democrats Are Not Pro-Choice…
January 25th, 2007 6:56 pm

…when it comes to education. (hat tip: Matt)

Education Secretary Margaret Spellings said yesterday the administration will fight tenaciously for a few key changes to its signature education law, including helping children in chronically failed public schools to attend private schools instead.

Top Democrats, such as Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, chairman of the Senate education panel, immediately balked at the school-choice provisions, while indicating agreement in other areas. Democrats’ top goal is to secure a steep funding boost for the law, and Mrs. Spellings indicated the administration will use that as a bargaining chip.

And of course, the Democrats’ standard answer to anything…

In communities with several failing schools, the administration proposal also would offer scholarships for pupils to attend private schools.

Democrats have argued that these struggling schools need more money in order to meet the law’s tough requirements.

…just throw more money at the failing school.

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Welcome to education in America:

Q: “What about Osama bin Laden - do you think that he was behind 9/11?”

Dr. Natana DeLong-Bas: “I think that the Western media and the world have given Osama bin Laden more weight [than he has in reality] and exaggerated in depicting the danger he poses. Likewise, I do not find any evidence that would make me agree that Osama bin Laden was behind the attack on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. All we heard from him was praise and acclaim for those who carried out the operation.”

Nope, no evidence whatsoever…

This is typical of the radical left and their conspiracy theories. But this one teaches as Boston College and Brandeis.

I’m emailing her a copy of the 9/11 Commission Report to read between bong hits.

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Young Democrats
December 13th, 2006 4:05 pm

Ryan C. Shrouder, 18, of Cooper City, Florida was recently voted “most likely to be president” of the United States. And yesterday he showed the world he was qualified to challenge Hillary for the Democrat nomination… as he was arrested and charged with fraud.

No word yet on how long Bill’s been mentoring him.

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That About Sums It Up, Doesn’t It…
December 12th, 2006 8:33 pm

A high school in Needham, Massachusetts has abandoned its long-standing practice of publishing the names of students who make the honor roll in the local newspaper.

Why?

According to Principal Paul Richards, publishing the honor roll represents “an unhealthy focus on grades.”

And Lord knows, we wouldn’t want kids in school to focus on achievements in education… when they could be focusing on more politically correct things like cultural diversity and condom accessibility.

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Got an email from some folks at the Leadership Institute, a group that “helps conservative students start newspapers and organizations on college campuses,” that said the University of Illinois - Chicago kicked a student recruiter off campus - for being conservative.

According to the email:

On Thursday, September 14, four armed campus police officers confronted the conservative recruiter, Matthew Hebb, as he was leaving the campus. Hebb had spent the morning recruiting students for new campus groups.

Officer Bobby Smith told Hebb that he could not distribute literature on campus as the school was not public property. Smith told Hebb to leave campus immediately and get permission from the administrative office before returning.

Hebb went to the administrative office and was told that the university could limit free speech to two designated “free speech zones” in the student center. When he asked why other students were allowed to pass out literature without university approval the administrators could not give him an answer.

“It is very unusual for a police officer to just come up to someone and ask him to leave,” said Jeffrey Melton, chairman of the Freedom Alliance, a student group started last year with the help of The Leadership Institute’s Campus Leadership Program.

There was “something abnormal about that situation,” Melton said. “Normally police would only be called if someone was being disruptive.”

The police said they were responding to four anonymous phone calls but could not disclose what the callers claimed. Officers Smith and Martin Ruiz responded and questioned Hebb. Two other officers were called as backup.

Hebb noticed several other students handing out information on topics from global warming to Communism. Those students told Hebb that they had not been questioned by police and were free to distribute fliers without administrative approval on campus grounds.

“I see people on campus distributing literature all the time,” said Chris Kelle, president of the UIC College Republicans. “If the school’s policy is to not let non-students on campus to distribute information then it must hold true to everybody.”

Campus Police Sergeant Dana Bubek said she was “concerned” about the severity of the response and assured Hebb that she would discuss the incident with the officers.

“This should make even the most liberal-minded student troubled that their First Amendment rights are trampled on their own campus,” said Hebb.

“That morning while recruiting conservative students, Matt quietly endured threats, profanity, and accusations of being ‘racist’ from UIC students. And he’s the one the police target?” said Steve Stockman, director of the Leadership Institute’s Campus Leadership Program.

Here are the fliers Hebb was handing out.

Flier #1 - Front | Flier #1 - Back

Flier #2 - Front | Flier #2 - Inside | Flier #2 - Back

Update: Here’s UIC’s posted policy on on-Campus “demonstrations” - though I wouldn’t necessarily consider the handing out of flyers a “demonstration”…(hat tip: Nita Rene):

I. General Policy

The University of Illinois at Chicago, in its role as an academic institution, is committed to an environment in which a variety of ideas can be reasonably proposed and critically examined. The existence of the free exchange of ideas and the expression of dissent within the University community are indications of intellectual vitality and social awareness.

Implicit in these freedoms is the right to demonstrate in a peaceful and non-disruptive manner. The University expects that those who enjoy these freedoms must also accept responsibility for order and discipline. The regulation of time, place, and manner for all campus demonstrations is a legitimate and necessary obligation of the University. The content neutral rules set forth in this Policy are intended to protect the rights of those involved in the demonstration, others in the University community, and the institution from unreasonable disruption

The use of the University forum does not imply acceptance or endorsement by the University of the views expressed.

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