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On September 27,2014 the Chicago Tribune had these two articles on the very same page.

Headline: “Sweeping Fed Profiling Ban Expected Soon”.  Summary: The justice department will issue a broad new policy in the coming two to three weeks banning religious and other forms of profiling by federal law enforcement officers. The new policy will cover ethnicity and sexual orientation as well as religion.

Under the current rules approved after 9/11 law enforcement agencies were given broad latitude to monitor certain religious groups. Really, and what would those groups be? Maybe some of those dudes who are going over to ISIS training camps. So every day we are being told we are facing certain danger here at home from a certain religious group. Now the justice department is telling us that they are going to protect that religious group from undue profiling.

Immediately below that story was the story about the beheading of a co-worker in Oklahoma. A black man, a recent convert to Islam, killed and beheaded a co-worker, and was in the process of killing a second when another employee who heard the screams stepped in and shot the killer. This happened in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City. We know that from the terrible tornadoes that hit Moore a year ago.

Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said police are waiting until Alton Nolen, 30, is conscious to arrest him in Thursday’s attack and have asked the FBI to help investigate after co-workers at Vaughan Foods in the south Oklahoma City suburb told authorities that he recently started trying to convert several employees to Islam. Nolen had recently converted to Islam, according to the co-workers.

Immediately after being fired, Nolen reportedly drove to the entrance of the business and started attacking co-workers at random. He allegedly beheaded 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and stabbed Traci Johnson, 43, several times before he was shot and stopped by Mark Vaughan, a reserve sheriff’s deputy and the company’s chief operating officer.

Have we lost our mind in this country? Where was Al Sharpton telling us about the unfairness of a white man shooting a black man  armed only with a knife? Where were all the gun control advocates?

In the midst of a beheading in our own country, which was on page 7 by the way, we are told our justice department is so concerned about the rights of Muslims in America that they will curtail police activity that might spare another beheading.

Tell that to the families of Ms. Hufford and Ms. Johnson.






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This is just my observation. When things go bad in a country, start a war. It takes everyone’s mind off the real problems.

War becomes a place for young men to work. It’s a job. In most Muslim countries, it’s their version of McDonald’s. For 30 years in countries like Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq, it’s been a place for full-time work. Afghanistan was at war with the USSR. The USSR went broke fighting in Afghanistan. Then we went in and provided employment fighting in their civil war. For years we watched as Iran and Iraq waged war against each other. Estimates were a million died in that war. Then we went to Iraq and fought in their civil war. We won and we lost because when we left, war became a job again. Some outfit called ISIS set up shop and created jobs. Now we are going into Syria where war has been the job in their civil war.

Things were going bad for our president. His approval rating hit an all-time low. Things were looking bad for the mid-term elections. Democrats were sure to lose the senate. Well,  let’s go back to war. The NFL as a diversion was wearing thin. Now we can see color video of our war machine dropping bombs in Syria. The place that had the red line, then didn’t have the red line, and now has the red line again.

Seems like war is a pretty good job. Unless, you or your kid has to go to work there. See, unlike Iraq and Syria, we still have a few jobs available to young people here. Fewer every day, if you look at the percentage who do work, not the bogus unemployment numbers. We don’t have two Muslim religious factions here who hate each other and get up every day looking to kill one another. We don’t envy other countries so much we make an industry of telling them we’re coming to wipe them off the face of the earth.

We’re just the world’s police force. We have to respond when evil begins and threats are aired. When an enterprise begins with jobs available to those who want to do evil things, we have to stop them.

Eventually we will run out of money and employees for that work.  They never will. The job’s too big and they have over a billion potential workers, world-wide.






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Here we go. It’s wrong to criticize teachers in America. Especially when your sister was a career teacher. And, when many of your friends spent their careers in the classroom. US student test scores keep dropping vs. the rest of the world. When politicians approach this problem it’s always money. We spend more per student than the rest of the world, so how do we reconcile that? Charter schools do well in inner cities, but they aren’t union so we can’t have more of those.

OK, let’s test students and pay and fire teachers based on test scores. Most of us agree this is a good idea. Accountability in a union workplace, right? Whoa, scores were bad. What happens? Teachers just go back and change the test scores so everyone can get paid and keep their jobs. The teacher of the year in Wisconsin was let go a few years ago because she had no union seniority when the cutbacks came. Teachers in NYC with serious discipline problems, including sexual abuse, sit in rooms and do nothing and get paid because they can’t be fired.

Let’s look at another problem everyone sweeps under the rug. The school year for students and teachers is a breathtaking 186 days. A burger flipper at McDonald’s puts in 250 days. That 186 is far too rigorous. The average teacher in America misses 11 days a year. Chronic slackers miss 18 days or more and they comprise 28% of the national teaching population. Every day one doesn’t show up a substitute gets paid and kids don’t get taught anything.

Put this on the pile of educational reform issues facing this country. Just keep cruising along saying ” teachers in America are great” and wonder why so many young people are unemployable in this country.

Denial is not a river in Egypt, it’s the educational system in this country not being reformed from top to bottom.






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