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Teacher hatred for Fox News has turned violent. Fox News reporter Mike Tobin was hit twice by teacher-union protestors during his live report on the union rally at the Wisconsin capitol.

In the video below, teacher protestors are chanting “Fox News lies” and extending their arms and signs in front of the camera to block Tobin’s live report of the rally.

Tobin is talking to a Fox anchor about the level of teacher hatred for Fox News and how the protestors are trying to prevent him from reporting on the rally:  

“A teacher was giving me the business yesterday, and the teacher told me she hates me because it makes her feel good. That’s the situation out here, Greg.”

During the segment, Tobin is assaulted by a protestor right after Fox News cuts away from him to show a live shot inside the Capitol.

The union’s vitriolic hatred is not limited to Fox News:  a young lady working for FreedomWorks was assaulted by a union thug, a former Massachusetts congressional candidate was knocked to the ground by union thugs, a Tea Party activist was attacked and injured by a union member at a MoveOn.org-organized rally, and the families of Wisconsin congressional members have been harassed and threatened by union thugs.

In 1933, about two and a half million Germans belonged the Nazi Party, of whom 7 percent were upper class, another 7 percent were peasants, 35 percent were factory workers, and 51 percent came from the professional and middle class.

“[In] the professional and middle class, the largest occupational group represented was elementary school teachers. Hitler and the Nazis thus already had a core group of committed followers in a position to help them shape the minds of the next generation.”

I.M. Kane

For more on the story, see The New Civility: Left Threatens Fox News Reporter Days Before Assault By Union Demonstrator.


“A Guy Just Hit Me” Fox Reporter Reports Being Assaulted Live On Air 1:45 Video


Fox News Reporter Greeted With ‘Fox Lies’ Chants In Wisconsin 2:10 Video

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Radio talk show host Mark Levin reads an enlightening email from a retired union cop who details his and his wife’s taxpayer funded cafeteria plan of benefits and explains the quid pro quo relationship that exists between public employee unions and the Democrat Party. 

“During my 30-plus years, Democrats controlled both houses of the California legislature and always a majority of the local city councils. The public employee unions have done a very good job of keeping Democrats in power.

In 1973 I paid almost 10 percent of my salary towards my pension—my pension, back then, was to be equivalent to 75 percent of an average of my last three years’ salary.

Over the years my local representatives worked hard to get sympathetic candidates elected to the city councils as well as the state legislature. The same was true of the so-called state union. The union even raised our dues to have more money to spend on elections.

The result was during my 30-plus years as an officer I went from paying almost 10 percent of my salary toward my pension to paying nothing. I also went from contributing something to my health care to paying nothing. …

As a result [of the pension benefit increase from 75 percent of the averaged last three years’ salary] I retired in 2002 at the age of 56 with 91 percent of my final year’s salary as a pension benefit with cost of living increases every year since then.”

For those who don’t understand why it’s crucial to bust up the public sector unions, this 12:03 audio is a must listen.

I.M. Kane

The audio is also available at The Mark Levin Show website at 02/25 under Audio Rewind. The segment begins at the 17:20 mark.

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A Cautionary Tale about the NEA

By Jerry A. Kane

In 1976 the National Education Association (NEA) decided to enter the political fray and endorse history’s greatest monster, presidential candidate Jimmy Carter, who promised to create the Department of Education. The anti-Semite delivered on his promise, and from then on the NEA has been endorsing progressive politicians and reengineering society.

The NEA gives 95 percent of its political contributions to the Democrat Party and, since Carter, has endorsed every Democrat presidential nominee.

“It’s fair to say that the Democrats would be nowhere without them. … [T]he NEA and AFT are the most effective union players out there, because they not only have the money and the muscle, they also have a positive public image from representing teachers that much of labor lacks.”—Larry J. Sabato, Director of the Center for Governmental Studies at the University of Virginia

The NEA’s purpose is not to educate; it’s to acquire enough power to effect change and transform society. In his farewell address at the organization’s annual meeting in July 2009, the NEA’s top hired gun Bob Chanin outlined the distinction for members:

“Despite what some among us would like to believe it is not because of our creative ideas. It is not because of the merit of our positions. It is not because we care about children and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power.

And we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year, because they believe that we are the unions that can most effectively represent them, the unions that can protect their rights and advance their interests as education employees.

This is not to say that the concern of NEA and its affiliates with closing achievement gaps, reducing dropout rates, improving teacher quality and the like are unimportant or inappropriate. To the contrary, these are the goals that guide the work we do. But they need not and must not be achieved at the expense of due process, employee rights, and collective bargaining. That simply is too high a price to pay.”—Bob Chanin, top education lawyer for the National Education Association

NEA teachers do not “educate”; they indoctrinate, and basic-skills testing proves it. However, drops in reading, English, and math proficiencies are just the tip of the iceberg. The real problem lies with the students’ inability to think critically to perform complex reasoning and written communication skills.

Sure they can parrot rhetoric and information, but they can’t distinguish fact from opinion, effectively articulate an argument, or objectively review conflicting data. In other words, students can’t think for themselves about issues and ideas; they can only regurgitate the opinions, beliefs, and prejudices of others.

What’s worse is that most of the teachers can’t think for themselves either. The ones who won’t participate in their own exploitation are ostracized by their colleagues and targeted by the union for retribution.

The NEA is nothing more than a propaganda machine for progressivism, facilitating socialist notions of capitalist oppression, social justice, and victimhood solidarity.

I.M. Kane

For more on the story, see NEA General Counsel Bob Chanin Says Farewell.


 

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Progressive politicians and personalities have excoriated Republicans, conservatives, and tea party activists over the airwaves and on the Internet for using overheated rhetoric to incite violence, but they downplay or ignore the incendiary rhetoric of Democrats and union members.

Only last month Massachusetts Democrat congressman Michael Capuano climbed his lofty leftist perch to lecture the nation on the importance of civility and tolerance and call for higher standards of public discourse:

“There’s always some degree of tension in politics; everybody knows the last couple of years there’s been an intentional increase in the degree of heat in political discourse. . . . If nothing else good comes out of this, I’m hoping it causes people to reconsider how they deal with things.”—Michael Capuano, following last month’s shooting of Arizona Democrat Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

But in a Tuesday harangue delivered to a crowd of union members in Boston, Capuano said he was proud to be with people who understood that violence is sometimes necessary to protect workers’ rights.

“I’m proud to be here with people who understand that it’s more than just sending an email to get you going. Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary.”

The one side of Capuano’s bleeding heart blames the Tucson rampage on heated political rhetoric, and the other side praises union thugs for having the good judgment to bust heads and crack skulls when necessary.

Capuano’s ugliness is very telling. He believes that it’s acceptable for unions to use violence and spill blood in the streets to protect worker salaries, benefit packages, and collective-bargaining rights. ‘Nough said!

I.M. Kane

For more on the story, see Democrat urges unions to ‘get a little bloody when necessary’ and The Politics of Force.


Capuano to unions: You have to get a little bloody when necessary’ :45 Video


Examples of Union Civility

Tabitha Hale, a 5’1 twenty-something FreedomWorks employee, was filming a heated exchange between a coworker and a member of the Communication Workers of America (CWA) outside the FreedomWorks office in Washington, DC, when the union thug assaulted her.

Union Thug 1:11

An Ohio union thug engages in a profanity-laden rant against Tea Party members during a protest in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse.

Union Intimidation in Ohio (S.B.5) 2:53 Video

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Public Education’s Vulnerable Underbelly Exposed in Wisconsin

Jerry A. Kane

The Great Wisconsin Teacher Walkout of 2011 has given the “noble profession” an indelible black eye. The teachers who participated in the walkout have revealed to the nation their ignoble character. They lied to school administrators by phoning in sick and submitting fraudulent doctor’s excuses so they could protest in Madison and wave signs comparing the state’s governor to Adolf Hitler and ousted Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak.

The Wisconsin public school teachers, who abandoned their students, walked out on parents, and closed down schools to protest Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s proposal that would allow them to “opt out” of a union and would make them pay a percentage of their own insurance and retirement benefits, have confirmed the stereotype that public school teachers care more about their paychecks than they do their students.

Walker’s proposed reform would allow state employees to negotiate wages up to a ceiling that would trigger a referendum, and require workers to contribute almost 6 percent of their pay to their pensions. (Most pay less than 1 percent now.) Workers would also be required to pay at least 12.6 percent of health care premiums, roughly double what they contribute now but still about half what workers in the private sector contribute.”

And now we find out that Wisconsin public school teachers can’t seem to help two-thirds of their students learn how to read proficiently, even though the state spends more per pupil on public schools than any other state in the Midwest.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress tests administered by the U.S. Department of Education in 2009 determined that 66 percent of eighth graders in the state’s public schools were reading below proficiency standards—44 percent were reading at a “basic” level and 22 percent were reading below the basic level.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress rating system defines “basic” as demonstrating a partial mastery of basic knowledge and skills that is required to do proficient work at that grade level; “proficient” as demonstrating competency over challenging subject matter; and “advanced” as demonstrating superior performance.

In addition, the test determined that the eighth graders’ reading abilities did not improve between 1998 and 2009 even though per-pupil spending increased each year.

Obviously, the protesting teachers care more about solidifying union power than they do educating students. Currently, Wisconsin public school teachers are forced to pay union dues, like it or not. Their dues are a major source of income for unions, and if Walker’s proposal passes and teachers are allowed to opt out of unions, millions of dollars each year will vanish from union coffers.

But the real problem facing these “educators” when they return to their classrooms is what they will say to their students who watched them on television prominently display signs that read:

“If Teabaggers are as hot as their Fox News anchors, then I’m here for the gangbang”;

“Thanks Mr. Walker I’ve never been screwed by a governor before”;

“If you screw us we will come”;

“Walker Sucks Koch”; and

“We took down Nixon, we’ll take down this motherfucker too!

If the signs displayed by the Wisconsin protesters are any indication of the intellectual heft and moral fiber of today’s public school educators, it’s clear why reports of teacher-student molestations are becoming commonplace.

In a soldier’s stance, I aimed my hand

At the mongrel dogs who teach

Fearing not that I’d become my enemy

In the instant that I preach—Bob Dylan

I.M. Kane

For more on the story, see No apple for Wisconsin’s teachers, Two-Thirds of Wisconsin Public-School 8th Graders Can’t Read Proficiently—Despite Highest Per Pupil Spending in Midwest and The Showdown Over Public Union Power.


The Great Wisconsin Teacher Walkout of 2011 Photos

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Anti-smoking fanatics in Hennepin County Minnesota are proposing to outlaw smoking on county property, including smoking in vehicles parked on county property.

“[The ban would address] an ugly and disgusting habit that visits itself on everybody else.”—Mike Opat, Hennepin County Board of Commissioners chairman

If passed, the state’s most populous county would fine smokers for lighting up anywhere on county-owned or county-leased properties.

“The intent is not to punish anybody, it’s to create a healthy environment.”—Jill Hamilton, Hennepin County HealthWorks program manager

The county’s proposed ban reflects a growing trend nationwide for smoking bans in public buildings. Earlier this month, hospitals and medical firms in several states began to reject job applications from smokers.

“[T]his policy … would help pave the way for other counties going through the same struggles and pave the way as an example.”—Tera King, Healthworks program wellness analyst

The anti-smoking zealots who use government power to force smokers to forfeit their decision-making rights and adopt other people’s values belong to the sanctimonious “we-know-what’s-best-for-everyone” contingent. These self-righteous, judgmental, tyrannical do-gooders demand everybody comply with their “health” standards and live according to their “good” judgment.

They are not just out to quell smokers’ rights, they’re also out to keep the beer, butter, burgers, and breakfast sausage from the lips of fat people. The health-conscious zealots have also targeted big-bellied Floridians who receive Medicaid. Florida legislators have crafted a bill to force Florida Medicaid recipients to drop the pounds and stop smoking or lose the health care.

“If you are non-compliant with your appointments, if you reject medical advice, there is a system in place under current law … where someone would no longer receive services.”—Joe Negron, Florida State Senator

Fat Floridians have been targeted because they’re a drain on the state’s Medicaid budget, and once ObamaCare is implemented nationwide, smokers and overweight people will be a drain on the country’s health care budget. At that point, the health-conscious fanatics will be able to foist their values on everyone in the name of lowing health-care costs.

Soda pop, fast food, and snack food will be rationed because of their link to obesity and poor health. And to keep people healthy, it will be necessary to impose exercise regimens and purchase limits on non-nutritious foods.

So if people don’t shape up or pack up once they’re advised to do so, they’ll be stripped of their heath care. Hey, wait a minute! Wasn’t “health care for everyone” the reason touted by the Ruler and Congressional Democrats in the first place for replacing the world’s finest health care system with ObamaCare?

I am sorely confused … I am at a complete loss …

I.M Kane

For more on the story, see Minnesota set to ban smoking ANYWHERE on county grounds (even inside cars in the parking lot) and Lose weight, quit smoking or lose Medicaid benefits.

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A mob of angry mourners attacked and assaulted two Fox journalists Sunday afternoon while they were reporting on the murder of 27-year-old Chester Jackson who was shot earlier that day in the parking lot of an International House of Pancakes restaurant in Sacramento, California.

FOX 40 News reporter John Lobertini and camerawoman Rebecca Little were attacked and assaulted outside the restaurant when they approached a group of people standing near a makeshift memorial of candles and flowers to talk about Jackson.

“When I fell on the ground I was protecting myself, and then she kicked me and I was still kinda paralyzed, and I hear my reporter John say, ‘get up, get up,'”—Rebecca Little, Fox 40 News camerawoman

Several reporters from local news outlets, who captured the assault on video, were also threatened, and so was a photographer from the Sacramento Bee newspaper.  

“This is one of the hazards of the business, but I’ve gotta tell you we didn’t expect what we encountered here today. … It was a situation where I was trying to fight off 6 or 7 or 8 people, I can’t even count them”—John Lobertini, FOX 40 News reporter

It’s understandable for friends and relatives to get upset at a news crew for interrupting their mourning of a recently murdered loved one, but these angry “mourners” inserted themselves in the middle of a murder investigation on a public sidewalk outside a public restaurant in a business district. In spite of that they summarily dismiss their barbarism and point the accusatory finger at others for provoking it.  

“A lot of people, they’re not in the right state of mind when going through something like this. So you know, all I say is, when someone asks you something, that you should respect it and respect their wishes.”—Meghan Saffold, angry mourner

Police say they will look at the video footage to determine whether charges should be filed. So far no arrests have been made, and none will be because their actions stem from 200 years of white bigotry and racial hatred. LOL!

Still think there’s hope for this country? Better think again.

I.M. Kane

For more on the story, see FOX 40 News journalists John Lobertini, Rebecca Little, attacked by angry mourners.


Fox News reporters attacked by blacks while covering homicide story in Natomas 5:12 Video

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