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  1. Michael James, the Florida teacher who resigned, had taught Special Education students for 15 years. This school year, he was slated to teach a small class of six grade school students who are autistic. According to the Autism Society of the U.S., about 11% of Special Education pupils in the U.S. are autistic. Under the law, they are entitled to a free public school education, the society said. It was supposed to be James' first year teaching in Florida and he spent $58 of his own money to decorate his classroom. He simply wanted his young students to see themselves in photos of heroes such as Dr. King, Secretary Colin Powell, Harriet Tubman, Barack Obama and others. Other than a People magazine story that said his students were going to range in ages from kindergarten to fifth grade, I don't see why anyone would object to these photos unless one thinks the thought of young children glancing at real Black heroes in a classroom setting would be a thing of horror. Fla. Teacher Resigns After School District Removes His 'Age Inappropriate' Images of Historic Black Americans It is a terrible shame, because Mr. James seems a committed and dedicated educator and we need more of those. By the way, Sunshine State Gov. Ron DeSantis has a reputation for opposing any mention of African American heroes in education. He seems to also support White Supremacists, according to this story: https://ca.news.yahoo.com/lawmakers-jewish-groups-call-florida-211029766.html
  2. @Michel Montvert A lot of people (including many die-hard Leftists), do not believe Trump will be imprisoned. I am not a Progressive or a Socialist. In fact, I blame Bernie for 12% of his supporters voting for Trump in 2016,according to Vox. What is happening to this government these days is unprecedented. No one ever thought a POTUS would spirit away highly classified documents, some clearly marked 'Top Secret.' But Trump did and the worry now is who actually packed up these documents, who walked around Mar a Lago and who took a look at them. Trump was known for bragging. He once ordered a bombing raid on Syria to show off his power to Chinese President Xi Jinping while scarfing down a chocolate cake for dessert. ( https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/trump-brags-beautiful-chocolate-cake-served-during-attack-164541399.html ) We know at least two Chinese women who were caught with spying equipment at Mar a Largo. ( https://www.cbsnews.com/news/chinese-national-arrested-for-allegedly-illegally-entering-mar-a-lago/ ) So, who knows what will happen.? My feeling is Trump won't be see the inside of a real prison cell unless he visits. Trump fans still have their hearts set of imprisoning Secretary Clinton and former President Barack Obama.
  3. This country does not need someone who admitted that for years he's suffered from multiple personalities. We need leaders who are stable.
  4. @daniellegfny That's what excites you? The belief that Trump is incredibly intelligent and he is going to bring you riches? How soon we forget his nasal monotone and the rank idiocy on display during his stream of consciousness speeches. You can try to dismantle the FBI. But I'm under the belief the agency will survive your cries of it being corrupt. More proof from the writer who supposedly never provides any: Been condenscended yet? https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/davidmack/dumb-trump-moments
  5. @Troy I have tactics. I am troll, remember? I write with Authority and that ticks off people who think deep down inside anything they post must be true and never opposed. I tire of engaging folks who are dead set on supporting the racist GOP agenda. Here is a link (from a fellow accused of never offering any) with the supposed offense in the headline: https://people.com/politics/florida-teacher-resigns-after-school-district-removes-posters-historic-black-americans/ I imagine this is the start of a month-long dispute over semantics.
  6. @Pioneer1 There are now laws in place to allow parents and others to eavesdrop on lessons in some states. They can report educators they believe are being "woke." You can bet some will be brought up on charges. The Florida teacher in question, Michael James, resigned rather than go through all of this. Anti-woke people can be really violent. They have no problem using their fists, an object or guns to make their point. Teaching used to be a honorable profession. These days, thousands of teachers use their own money to buy classroom supplies. The photos in Mr. James' classroom would have likely made students proud to see their own represented as leaders and luminaries. Now, to push back against the crap that I do not prove my contentions, here is proof of anti-woke and anti-CRT teaching laws: https://www.forbes.com/sites/petergreene/2022/02/16/teacher-anti-crt-bills-coast-to-coast-a-state-by-state-guide/?sh=3657aba84ff6
  7. @Pioneer1 Why, I thank you for keeping me in mind. The problem is feelings. Some get mighty upset when their opinions are opposed. When their lies are exposed. Some don't care for clicking on links. My suggestion to some was always to gather their thoughts, get someone good at filming video, tape themselves talking about whatever they want to say and then send it on to a social media platform. Of if they feel they can get their point across in words, write a couple of paragraphs, then join a community at a major news platform's Website and post it. Or they can send material to Black-owned or Black themed Websites. They can also ask Candace Owens how did she get so admired in Trump World? Discussion groups are not going out of style. Some of the best ones have really good mods.
  8. @Pioneer1 Dang! You surprised me with this thread. But I agree with ProfD that discussion participation is low. This is why I always thought that certain trolls were invited here to boost the numbers of posts. If allowed to stay, trolls tend to push discussion forums into angry halls of rage. I ignore them because they exist to provoke outrage and distractions. British managed news and discussion forums are much better moderated. If you say something dumb or ignorant, you will pay for it. This is one reason careful reading and wording of sentences are crucial in those. On other forums, you can create threads that call for uplifting and positive analysis. But there isn't much call for this in GOP dominated forums. Because the entire thrust of modern Republicans is to hate, to restrict and to hurt folks they simply don't like. They want unrestrained power and think they deserve it. Nope. I ain't shuffling like Herschel Walker.
  9. Old saying: It's not a matter of what you charge, it's what you can prove. I believe ProfD is right on this one. I don't even think Trump will be banned from holding office.
  10. That I agree with that. But on book banning and now, photograph banning, we, the people can respond to this ourselves. We are capable of making our own points and expressing our own opinions. I don't remember the state or even the school, but there was a Black student who had been banned from graduating with their class either because of some behavior issue or because they wore dreads. This ticked off a lot of folks o FB. So, I found the school's email address, the principal's name, and wrote a sample protest letter. I urged those who were angry to copy and paste it and send it to the school's email address. Then I notified the local newspaper. The upshot was a couple of days later, the school relented and said publicly the student would walk the stage. That's all it took. No one got arrested. No one was fined. Which will probably not work in this case because the teacher has already quit. This CRT stuff has been going on for a while now. This is why I'm pretty sure most Black politicians are aware of it. There was nothing age inappropriate about those photos. It was just another attempt to prevent school children in Mr. James' class, (who were mostly Black), from learning about their heroes.
  11. @Cynique I was not being condescending. He was defending Abbott Laboratories spending billions of dollars to buy back its corporation's stock at a time that money could have been used to clean equipment at Abbott Nutrition's baby formula plant. It had been shut down because of bacterial contamination. I maintained that what Abbott Labs was doing was immoral. He disagreed. Later, I posted a link which proved my contention. A U.S. senator demanded a hearing on Abbott Labs' behavior, because he also thought it was immoral. I let the link prove my point. He's been acting this way ever since.
  12. @ProfD Parents of Black school children are perfectly capable of making their voices heard, writing letters and holding up signs in protest. We need to stop demanding by default that others do what we can do ourselves. The whole reason why this ban books by Black authors movement became powerful is because White parents often stormed school board meetings, screamed for news media coverage and wrote their own letters to get what they wanted. Black parents can do the same thing, but respectfully. I just don't get the sitting back and see what happens stuff. Because Black History is U.S. History. There are some countries, Germany is one, were education laws demand the teaching of The Holocaust. In the U.S., 23 states mandate the teaching of The Holocaust. Why should our history be left out? This does not mean images of naked concentration camp detainees or victims will be shown to school children. But we've all seen photos of Anne Frank. She is clothed. So, why can't school children see photos of Dr. King and Sojourner Truth? Michael James, the teacher at an Escambia County public school, said that the employee who removed the posters was exhibiting racist behavior when she said that the billboard he had designed was “age inappropriate,” the Pensacola News Journal reports. She also wanted a photo of Barack Obama removed. James was using images of figures like Martin Luther King Jr., Harriett Tubman and former President Obama. Read this story: https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/3598094-florida-teacher-quits-after-staff-removed-posters-of-black-leaders/ And that's what this is about: Plain old Racism. Nothing else. https://go2tutors.com/michael-james-black-men-posters/
  13. @Troy What photos of Dr. King and Harriet Tubman would be age inappropriate? Did Dr. King and Harriet Tubman pose for photos while naked? Kindly describe what photos of these two historical figures would be inappropriate? Because school children view photos and paintings of George Washington on his white horse. They're never inappropriate. If you love Republicans and Trump so much that you're now making excuses for their CRT nonsense, then have at it. My position is they've been wrong about this from the beginning. YOU need to read more stories on this. This situation has to do only with racism: https://news.yahoo.com/florida-teacher-quits-complains-staff-045338975.html Children need to learn about the incredible life, legacy and changes brought about by Dr. King and Sojourner Truth. This should be kept secret from school children? CRT is a law course taught at the university level.
  14. Right Wingers can be as phony as any other group. They only love police when the police are beating the crap out of Brown and Black people. Or enforcing their version of the rule of law. To those still upset about Trump's mansion being raided: There is nothing to stop you from driving to Washington, D.C., and then queuing with your fellow Proud Boys outside the Hoover Building to show your displeasure. Trump himself made removing documents from the White House a felony in 2018.
  15. I don't believe the answer is dividing your voting strength yet again. All major political parties have their own agendas which are determined and created by those with money and the most clout. Dividing into subgroups just dilutes your overall strength. Alliances give you much more clout. That's how Obama won.
  16. There is nothing Black people can do because the politicians who prefer this don't seem to get a lot of blowback. And Blacks who live in their states don't even complain about it. Black leaders do not need to be fighting against this. That battle was fought and won by Black students in the late 1960's when Black History classes began to appear in high schools, colleges and universities. Why don't some of you ask the folks who lionize Republicans why they don't speak up?
  17. If you're really looking for mayhem, you can choose any news forum one finds with a generic Google search. I could care less about childish name callers. But I prefer avoiding such folks. They're a waste of time. I am interested in the continued survival and success of Black people and anyone decent who agrees.
  18. Those who really think the Republican Party is a force for good need to understand this organization's agenda is to whitewash the country's history and that includes any mention of Black luminaries. The school district labeled the pictures "age inappropriate." Since when are paintings or photos of Dr. King and Harriet Tubman inappropriate? They have never depicted in a state of undress or in a compromising position. Explain why Black History must be erased in deference to the GOP's fanatical hatred of anything they claim is CRT? Florida teacher resigns after school removes pictures of Dr. King and Harriet Tubman
  19. @frankster Some of the most misguided and vile folks whoever lived on this planet claimed to be serving God. Religious hatred has fueled more wars, revolutions and genocides than anything else in this world. So, I avoid the name calling and write in clear and declarative sentences. Which apparently, ticks some off. Some have yet to learn that one cannot make something that's wrong be right by screaming. When you're a news editor, one simply cannot do that. You have to hold your temper when politely pushing back at foolishness, argumentative individuals and the headstrong who think they're the smartest folks in the world. They're all over the place. The viciousness in politics and lack of respect for others are emboldening them. When some asked me how I managed to last so long in a profession in which so many Blacks get frustrated and quit, I explained that I've always had this annoying habit: I like to eat. Plus, I had an adorable and inquisitive young son I took on a few business trips. It would have done neither of us any good to let him see me fly off the handle. So, I didn't. And of course, there's the old adage: "You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar." And what I have found is that a few on news forums adopt a god-like personality and believe anyone who has a different viewpoint is a heretic. Any correction to a faulty historical premise is usually greeted with rage. Trying to convince a group of Conservatives on a long defunct forum as to why an African American History Museum was needed while an invasion of Iraq was not was daunting. The curses, the threats, the wild accusations of me lying and making chit up were astounding. I refused to bend because I was right. The upshot was a couple of folks on that forum began sending me private messages and admitted they had changed their mind because they found my reasonings sound. A few of us became friends. Not the meeting in a diner for lunch kind. But respectful of each other. This forum is quite mild compared with some others. As far as the overuse of "etc." : https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/66149/is-it-suitable-to-use-etc-in-an-academic-paper#66157
  20. Not wanting to go back to court to challenge the warrant and risk perjuring himself, Trump admitted he actually agrees with the release of the document. There are few grounds for challenging the unsealing of a federal warrant. Ha ha ha. Which means Trump called Garland's bluff. And lost.
  21. @frankster Thank you. I accept your offer of fruitful and uplifting communication. Of all the people I've talked with over the years, you are the only one who mentioned idiosyncracies during discussions on what Jesus might have looked like after his resurrection. I don't know if Jesus had any. But at times according to John 2:13-35, Jesus did appear to get angry, turning over the tables of the money changers in the Temple at Jerusalem and driving some of them from the premises with whips he fashioned from ropes. He also scolded his disciples one night for falling asleep when he asked them to stay awake ( Matthew 26:40 ) and keep on the watch. The scriptures also mentioned that Jesus wept, danced, was joyous at times but apparently quite serious when foretelling events. But I don't know. I wasn't there. But I have been asked these questions many times. Dang, we need to stop this. People might come away with a horrid impression we are respecting one another. Can't do that on a news forum. All verbiage must be bitter curses, salty fulmination and dripping with acid. ( Which must constitute a pretty crappy salad topping. ) It's the same in many forums, but on a couple, some folks really drop useful information.
  22. @ProfD CORRECTION: It turns out that some of the documents already turned by Trump's mansion contained nuclear secrets. Back in 2019, whistleblowers were warning everyone that Trump wanted to turn over U.S. nuclear intel to Saudi Arabia. Then came news reports of Jared Kushner pocketing $2 billion from the Saudis. This is not a joke. This is serious. Because apparently, also included was top secret data related to SIGLET, which is highly classified. Signal intelligence includes radar signatures and other related data. It's part of what a country needs to blow another off the map. That should never be turned over to anyone. This link is behind a paywall. But it smashes to bits any contention the FBI wasn't doing every U.S. citizen a favor. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/08/11/garland-trump-mar-a-lago/
  23. There are a few who always approached this with both eyes open. Maybe this industry will rebound in the future. But I will always consider it an escape hatch for some really criminally minded folks. Crypto may benefit China in what I believe is a coming sea war with the U.S. Or worse, it will ease the worries of cartel members who worry about their funds being seized.
  24. And now it's Republicans screaming "Defund the Police!" This is beyond hilarious and hypocritical. Eric Trump actually admitted, after accusing Joe Biden of personally ordering the raid: "That's how it worked in our White House." https://www.yahoo.com/news/eric-trumps-accidental-confession-father-085759577.html Ignoring a subpoena for national security documents that the government knows are in your possession does not seem like a good move. And doing something like this is certainly something that could result in the FBI paying a visit. Which happened. The corruption is on Trump.
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