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I’m sorry, but I must revise my “soft speak” award.

We have a new winner.  “Wrong,” is now, “factually unencumbered.”  That just may be the funniest thing I’ve ever heard.

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October 5, 2015 at 9:52 am

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Today’s Chicago Tribune has a front page story about how the state of Illinois has given billions of dollars in tax breaks to Illinois corporations that didn’t do what they were supposed to do in order to receive them.  Imagine that.

What a shame those billions didn’t go into the Teachers’ Retirement Fund.

Good for you, Tribune. Now, how about another story exposing the two-thirds of Illinois corporations that don’t pay any state tax at all ?

Keep digging into corporate evasion of taxes, you’d be surprised what you would find.

Finally, the Tribune exposes some corporate nonsense.  For those keeping track at home, in the last decade, that would be one such story about corporate nonsense, and about 100 stories on pension abuses and how retired teachers are bankrupting the state of Illinois.

Keep working the corporate angle, Chicago Tribune, you have a lot of catching up to do.

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October 4, 2015 at 11:44 am

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The Chicago Tribune had a page long story critical of Chicago school officials because high school graduation rates in Chicago were earlier shown to be 69.4 percent when they actually were 66.3 percent for the 2013-2014 school year.

Oh, the horror.  I wish the Tribune would have mentioned what they thought of Chicago high school teachers who managed to get two-thirds of the students to graduate. I’m sure the Tribune would have some unkind words about incompetent teachers.

Here’s what I have to say about the fact that at least two-thirds of Chicago students are graduating. THESE TEACHERS MUST BE MIRACLE WORKERS. Trust me, when you have seen what the home life is like for the majority of Chicago school students, the fact that two-thirds manage to graduate is nothing short of a miracle.

Take a bow, Chicago teachers, you deserve one.

All the school reformers who think they could do better than the current teachers, I say, good for you. Now, you go and teach several years in those schools and see how you do and what it’s like. Go ahead, try it.

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October 2, 2015 at 1:35 pm

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I hereby give a Golden Chalk Award to Dr. Peter Gray for writing his book, “Free to Learn.”

The book basically takes helicopter parents behind the woodshed for a much-needed spanking.

He thinks kids should be left alone to play with other kids like was the case when every one in my generation grew up.

As kids, we learned to get along, learned to solve our own problems, learned how to deal with adversity, disappointments and all of life’s lessons were learned during free play.

The subtitle of the book is, “Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant and Better Students for Life.”

Amen, Dr. Gray.

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October 1, 2015 at 8:41 pm

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Have you heard  the presidential candidates talk about their policies regarding inner city gang violence ?  Of course not, they don’t really care and they don’t have a policy plan.

Here’s my plan:

1  Sue every street gang for their illegal activities such as drug sales. (Some Chicago suburbs have done this quite effectively.)

2  Build several new prisons, strictly for gang leaders.  You’re a gang leader, you’re arrested, tried and sent away. (Every gang leader is known throughout their community.)  The police know who they are.

3  Start job training programs for every inner city teen not in school.

4  Arrested gang leaders may reduce their sentences by years if they learn a marketable skill while in prison.

5  Gang members who are not leaders will be “repatriated”.  They will work on government farms and in government industries that will be created similar to how depression era federal programs worked. They will be housed, fed and paid. If they join a gang again upon release, they will face imprisonment like a gang leader.

We run all over the world trying to solve every problem, spend billions of dollars trying to spread our influence, and yet here in our inner cities, we can’t ever seem to make a dent against gangs.  You know why that is as well as I do. It’s not in our strategic world interest, and OUR LEADERS DON’T REALLY CARE.

I recently had a nostalgia tour and drove around the inner city area where I started teaching some 47 years ago. Nothing has changed. Same gang infested area, same graffiti, same gun violence, same unemployment, same nonsense. It’s never going to change without some real creativity and caring from our elected leaders.

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September 29, 2015 at 11:12 am

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Calm down people.  I didn’t say that Republicans as INDIVIDUALS don’t care about the poor, the homeless, and people different from them. I’m talking about the party. I didn’t mean Republicans as individuals always support the corporate interests and the wealthy class. I’m talking about the party.

Many of my Republican friends do great work on behalf of the poor and less fortunate. They donate great sums of money to charity, work in soup kitchens and feel bad when they see pictures of people in despair.

The Republican party believes it’s not the government’s job to come up with programs to help the less fortunate. It’s the responsibility of people. The Republican party believes in free enterprise and the government has no business regulating and penalizing the wealthy or anyone else who is successful.

Please read some political history if you don’t believe that the Republican party has opposed almost every social program known to mankind, and has opposed government regulation of business in almost all forms.  It’s just a fact.  It doesn’t mean Republicans aren’t generous and caring people. It’s a party philosophy.

My critics also accused me of being a Democrat.  I’m not a Democrat. I find that to be insulting. If anything, I’m a left-wing socialist that makes Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren look like Ronald Reagan.

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September 26, 2015 at 11:54 am

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John Boehner had tears in his eyes as he sat behind the Pope when the Pope addressed Congress.

The Pope urged people to care for the poor, the homeless, immigrants, people who are different from us.

I wonder if John Boehner was thinking, “wait a minute, my party doesn’t care about any of those things”.

Then the Pope criticized the wealthy, the powerful, the financial moguls, and those who have caused income inequality.

And John Boehner must have thought, “wait a minute, those are all the people my political party supports.”

I believe Boehner went home that night and , “got religion.”  And that, my friends, is why I believe John Boehner resigned, despite the reasons he gave at his press conference.

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September 25, 2015 at 3:19 pm

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