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I have at times been criticized for being difficult and harshly critical of people at times.  This might be a fair criticism, but at the same time, it is rooted in a belief that most people are their own worst enemies, and often deliberately do or say demonstrably silly things, and then get offended when people like myself have the temerity to call them out.  But at the same time, I don’t direct that blowtorch at people who can’t help whatever ails them.  Maybe it took having to neural-atypical children to really drive that point home, but consider it made.  And when I see accounts of people who have training and who are considered “authorities” deliberately belittling and mocking those they have been trained and hired to help?  Yeah, the RCOB* descends, and the fangs come out.

So when I read this story?  Yeah…put away the breakables.

Two Alabama teachers have been put on administrative leave after the mother of a 10-year-old student with cerebral palsy attached an audio recorder to the bottom of his wheelchair and caught them scolding him about drooling, among other things.

Really? REALLY?

You drooled on the paper,” a male’s voice, allegedly that of teacher’s aide Drew Faircloth, could be heard saying impatiently. “That’s disgusting.”

“Keep your mouth closed and don’t drool on my paper,” a woman’s voice said, allegedly teacher Alicia Brown. “I do not want to touch your drool. Do you understand that? Obviously, you don’t.”

Over the three days of recordings, Salinas said Jose received about 20 minutes of actual instruction and spent almost the entire day sitting in silence with no one speaking to him.

This cannot be excused.  There simply is NO excuse for this.  Scold him in a snotty way for something he cannot help, then all but abandon him when he is in your care? I can imagine all sorts of treatments for this kind of behavior, none of them pleasant.  But the kicker?  They got slaps on the wrist.

Salinas took the recordings to the school board and the teachers were put on administrative leave. But last Friday, the teachers were back at school.

and

By Monday, the teachers were back on paid administrative leave, and on April 9 the school board will meet to decide what further action to take.

Great.  Treat a kid with cerebral palsy like dirt, and get paid time off, recalled, then more paid time off when those idiot parents had the nerve to continue complaining.  What do you want to bet a teacher’s union is behind this?  Paid time off is not the right response.  This is a formal hearing, followed by a swift termination.

And they wonder why parents are reluctant to acknowledge and acquiesce to the “authority” of the educational establishment?

The behavior of these teachers is beyond reprehensible.  Parents have every reasonable expectation that when they entrust any child, let alone THIS child

to the schools, that they will not be mistreated or abused. These teachers cannot be trusted to fulfill their professional duties, and should instead be cleaning the johns at the nearest truck stop.

*Red Curtain Of Blood

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Another sign of the impending apocalypse:

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the state’s law banning sexual contact between teachers and students, finding that people 18 or older have a constitutional right to engage in a consensual sexual relationship.

I’d say that you could hear smug yankees inserting “hillbilly” jokes here, but as soon as they realizes this helps advance the agenda of people like former “safe schools” czar Kevin Jennings, teacher recruiting should go through the roof in Arkansas.

Not everyone on the Arkansas Supreme Court has lost their minds.

In a dissent, Justice Robert Brown said that the majority’s opinion will cause disruption in high schools because there will be nothing to prevent teachers from having sex with students who are 18 or older.

“This will cause significant disruption in our high schools and have a deleterious impact on education in general and the teacher-student dynamic in particular,” wrote Brown.

Can I get a “DUH.”????

The Left, which is always finding something positive in sexualizing our children, will put the best spin possible on this.  I can just see the arguments now.

“With all those possibilities for “extra credit”, the students’ grades are bound to rise!” (I bet that isn’t all that rises either.)

“This should make recruiting of teachers much easier, and think of all the quality teachers that they will be able to get from places like Los Angeles!”

If I sound angry, it’s because I am.  There is a HUGE elephant in the room here that the “consenting adults” crowd will conveniently ignore, even if it becomes blatantly obvious, and the state’s attorney’s argued it.

Attorneys for the state argued the law protects high school students from sexual advances of teachers who are in positions of authority. But the high court found the law was unconstitutional because it criminalized sexual conduct between consenting adults.

Ignoring this was silly, as it ignores a long-standing legal concept in our jurisprudence.  (It also glosses over the fact that not only is this a matter where the ability of one party to “consent” is questionable, as they are hardly in a position to “negotiate at arms’ length”.)  That concept is “In Loco Parentis”, which means “In the position or place of a parent.”

To understand the application of “In Loco Parentis“, I found this brief explanation:

Through the legal doctrine of in loco parentis, courts upheld the right of schools to discipline students, to enforce rules, and to maintain order.3 Rooted in the English common law, in loco parentis originally governed the legal rights and obligations of tutors and private schools. 1 W. Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England 441 (1765) (“[A parent] may also delegate part of his parental authority, during his life, to the tutor or schoolmaster of his child; who is then in loco parentis, and has such a portion of the power of the parent committed to his charge, viz. that of restraint and correction, as may be necessary to answer the purposes for which he is employed”). Chancellor James Kent noted the acceptance of the doctrine as part of American law in the early 19th century. 2 J. Kent, Commentaries on American Law *205, *206–*207 (“So the power allowed by law to the parent over the person of the child may be delegated to a tutor or instructor, the better to accomplish the purpose of education”).
As early as 1837, state courts applied the in loco parentis principle to public schools:
“One of the most sacred duties of parents, is to train up and qualify their children, for becoming useful and virtuous members of society; this duty cannot be effectually performed without the ability to command obedience, to control stubbornness, to quicken diligence, and *414 to reform bad habits …. The teacher is the substitute of the parent; … and in the exercise of these delegated duties, **2632 is invested with his power.” State v. Pendergrass, 19 N.C. 365, 365–366 (1837).
Morse v. Fredrick, 551 U.S. 393 (2007)

“In the position or place of a parent.”   

Yeah, I’m not sure that I’m digging the image that evokes.  Call me crazy… 

This is a judicial sanction of a predatory betrayal of trust.  And sadly, I think it is a reflection of “modern” morals and values.  And you can keep them.

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What? Let me go get my surprised face.

But of course, it’s because those dumb hick conservatives have it wrong, as their opposition to global warmening (I mean, like how stupid they were to be skeptical of that whole ponzi scheme the Algore was peddling with his “the earth has a fever” nonsense, right? Everyone knows that it is a FACT…what’s that?  The planet’s mean temperature didn’t go up at all? Well, how stupid of those idiot conservatives to oppose “climate change” regulations.  What rubes!), and all that other science! like the missing link of the month club, and a scientific establishment bent on defending the THEORY of evolution as scientific FACT (And well find the proof…eventually) while mocking people of faith for their faith.  That’s why he can be so confident in his reasoning for this:

“It kind of began with the loss of Barry Goldwater and the construction of Fox News and all these [conservative] think tanks. The perception among conservatives is that they’re at a disadvantage, a minority,” he says. “It‘s not surprising that the conservative subculture would challenge what’s viewed as the dominant knowledge production groups in society — science and the media.”

I’m sorry, but to call the media a “knowledge production group” gives them far too much credit.  At its best, it informs, but it would be completely inaccurate to say that it “produces knowledge”.

And while there is scientific research that does create knowledge, those who would insist that as a whole is “objective” and its results are not dominated by money and ideology has failed to take notice of what has occurred with regard to global warmening over the last decade, and the frauds perpetrated by proponents such a Dr. James Hanson.

Both institutions subscribe to the belief that “truth” is malleable, and many conservatives can see that clearly, which is why that “trust” is so low.

 

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…and “leading from behind” (which was called “pushing” in more honest times) like this has permeated society, which is why President Downgrade can always blame EVERYTHING on someone else.

“On Tuesday, a cartoon ran on the Opinion page of The Daily Texan that offended many readers, and we sincerely apologize for our decision to run it.
 
The cartoonist, Stephanie Eisner, no longer works for The Daily Texan.”

What courage.  They make the decision to run it, and when the Inevitable Outrage Machine™ fires up, they sacrifice the person who created the content, rather than defending their decision. 

“Despicable” doesn’t quite describe it.  Nothing is ever anyone’s responsibility anymore, unless they aren’t the ones who made The Decision That Mattered™ or aren’t in a position to defend themselves, then it’s their fault.

And this particular “OUTRAGE!!!11!!!!Eleventy!!!”?  Get back to me when the riots start because the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People refuses to change their name.(Ben Jealous, please pick up the courtesy phone.  Ben Jealous, please pick up the courtesy phone.) 

Yeah, yeah.  I know.  Just like another word we are supposed to fear and loathe, there is nothing wrong when those with “enhanced melanin” say it.

Now Ms. Eisner can make similar drawing with the caption “…and opinions, and anything else that might be controversial or cause pain were outlawed, right before laws were passed relieving anyone of the ability to make a decision without the approval of “experts” and the guarantee of government that they will never have to suffer the negative consequences of those decisions.”

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For a man who claims he can do nothing about rising gas prices, he sure is doing everything he can to drive them up.

“And when the price of oil goes up, prices at the pump go up, and so do these companies’ profits,” he said. “Meanwhile, these companies pay a lower tax rate than most other companies on their investments — partly because we’re giving them billions in tax giveaways every year.”

Of course, when the dollar is recklessly and irresponsibly inflated by a government addicted to buying votes with entitlements it has no business doling out in the first place, those dollars are worth less (and continue to be so until they are worthless) so it takes MORE of them to buy the same thing you used to be able to buy with fewer dollars.  So now the barrel of crude that used to sell for $67 now sells for over $100. 

This means that you pay more at the pump to fill your tank, demonstrated to great effect with my last fill up.  This also mean that to maintain the same profit margin, which for oil companies is a very small one (the government makes more on a gallon of gas than the oil companies do), they have to raise prices.  It also means that the amount of dollars in profits goes up, thus giving them “record” profits, but it does not mean that the percentage of profit goes up at all.  Even a three-year old will understand it when you substitute dollars with a medium that they can relate to.  And just like when any other tax on a business goes up, this additional cost of doing business will be passed on to the consumer.

I just can’t wait for $7.00 a gallon gas, can you?

But then, that’s been his plan all along.

 

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I almost pity the Solicitor General. Almost.

But liberal Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Elena Kagan seemed skeptical of Clement’s argument that the government could have mandated individuals to buy insurance not in advance, but “at the point of consumption”, at the hospital for example. Is this just a “matter of timing?” Kagan asked.

The transcript is fascinating.  The Solicitor General must be using a whole box of Tucks™ Medicated Pads after today.

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Fran Porretto will be shuttering Eternity Road come April 1.

We haven’t always agreed, Fran, but I’d be lying if I were to say I wouldn’t miss your perspectives.

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