To Teach

Cover of "To Teach: The Journey of a Teac...

Cover of To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher

To Teach, The Journey of a Teacher by William Ayers; yes, that William, “Bill”, Ayers that Sarah Palin called a domestic terrorist and a pal of President Obama. Bill Ayers is now retired after spending his entire life as a teacher and later as a distinguished educator. He helped found the Weather Underground and was responsible for exploding small, symbolic bombs to protest the Vietnam war during his mid to late 20s. No one was injured by the explosions he detonated. He now regrets any acts of his terrorism, but he also regrets not doing more against the Vietnam war. This quotation is from the book:

“Crusading teachers are still needed–in fact we are needed now more than ever.

“And this, I believe, is finally the reason to teach. people are called to teaching because they love children and youth, or because they love being with them, watching them open up and grow and become more able, more competent, more powerful in the world. They may love what happens to themselves when they are with children, the ways in which they become better, more human, more generous. Or they become teachers because they love the world, or some piece of the world enough that they want to show that love to others. In eaither case, people teach as an act of construction and reconstruction, and as a gift of oneself to others. I teach in the hope of making the world a better place.”

Hoorah. I agree wholeheartedly. And I suspect most teachers do too. They work at the profession for the satifaction of teaching, not the money which in most cases is inadequate. So why is the Right so much against teachers? Because they unionize, work for the government and mostly vote Democratic. Big business also looks at teaching as another opportunity to make money by privatizing education.

al-Qaeda

Ayman al Zawahiri

Bin Laden is dead, but the real leader of al-Qaeda lives on. Osama bin Laden was the charismatic face that al-Qaeda presented to the world, but al-Qaeda’s number two, now the leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri was/is the planning genius. It was his plan to attack the US on 9-11 to lead us into a trap in Afghanistan, and we are still there. His idea was that we and our NATO allies would expend our efforts in an endless war that we could not win. That would enable al-Qaeda to expand their efforts into other countries and lead finally to the re-establishment of the Caliphate after the destruction of Israel. Thus far, we are following al-Zawahiri’s script very closely. I think that it is time to throw him a curve that he didn’t anticipate. I will leave it to Barack to devise that one. Let it be a surprise to us and to al-Qaeda.

Who shot the sheriff?

Wanted posters

Wanted posters Sheriff George's office

Sheriff George W. Bush and Deputy Dick Cheney were spending a working vacation on Sheriff George’s ranch in Crawford, Texas. Sheriff George was thinking and deciding and working on his book tentatively entitled “Decision Points.” Deputy Dick was assigned the job of shoveling the manure from the barn. Both men slept in the bunkhouse to be one of the guys. Laura lived and slept in the main ranch house.

One day, Deputy Dick decided to play a joke on his boss. He cut bin Laden’s face from a wanted poster and waited until Sheriff George was sound asleep. Then he pasted bin Laden’s picture on the top of the Sheriff’s right foot. When Sheriff George awoke in the morning, he sat up on the side of the bed, stretched, and then rubbed the sleep from his eyes. Looking down, he saw bin Laden looking at him from beneath the bunk. Sheriff George grabbed his gun from the bedpost and blazed away at bin Laden, hitting him several times in the head. Boy that hurt. For the rest of the day, Sheriff George limped around the ranch leaving bloody footprints, bragging about how he had killed bin Laden. Finally, Nurse Laura persuaded the Sheriff to sit down long enough to be bandaged.

That night, Deputy Dick repeated the prank with a new picture of bin Laden on Sheriff George’s right foot and he added a picture of al-Qaeda’s number two, al-Zawahiri, on Sheriff George’s left foot. The next morning was a virtual repeat of the prior day. Sheriff George stretched and saw both bin Laden and al-Zawahiri peering out from under the bunk. He grabbed his gun and shot both of them repeatedly. Ouch, that really hurt. From a wheelchair, Sheriff George spent much of the day bragging about how he had killed bin Laden twice and al-Zawahiri once.

When he and Deputy Dick were alone later in the day, George confessed that he was embarrassed by shooting himself in the feet. “What will the voters think?” said George.
“Just tell that it was a hunting accident,” said Dick. “It always works.”
“But I wasn’t hunting,” said George.
“Of course you were,” said Dick. “You’re always hunting for members of al-Qaeda.”
Great idea,” said George. “I’ll see that you receive the Medal of Freedom for that idea.”
“I’d rather get a vacation from the manure detail,” thought Dick to himself.

The lessons of this tale are Deputy Dick does the dirty work. Sheriff George is a good shot and is trigger happy. He does not learn from mistakes and he does not tell the truth.

Bin laden

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