Getting hassled by The Man
Puppetmaster: If you're referring to the email in which Mark Evans tells Huckelberry that I might be interested in a story as proof that I'm a puppet, then your argument is missing a major bit of evidence: A story that I wrote about that topic, which was a public webpage detailing some of the misinformation that Ally Miller regularly spews. Never wrote about it. The fact that I spoke to a communications guy is not a scandal. It's his job to talk to journalists. Sometimes there's a story, sometimes there isn't.
Oh noes! Not ... THE RULES! I'm in big trouble now.
I did break my own rule today: Do not feed the trolls. Always a mistake.
I don't recall calling you racist. I just observed that you were critical of teachers having children singing about a black president but were not critical of students singing about a white one. And that you have an ongoing tendency to be critical of people whose skin is darker than yours. It's almost like you're accusing me of using some kind of dog-whistle code talk.
Guess what, Rat? School kids were singing the praises of presidents before the black one came along. It's just that nobody considered a big ol' scandal.
Honestly, I don't think it's all that great an idea but it's also not widespread and it wasn't ordered by either president so I'm not too worked up about it. It's certainly not the typical curriculum of the preschool programs I'm talking about (as in both cases, it wasn't preschool in any event) so it's irrelevant to the conversation. It's odd that folks on the right never bring up the Bush example, though.
Also, plenty of studies have shown benefits of Head Start. Some have suggested that the program hasn't had much longterm impact. Sometimes you have bad outcomes in the best of circumstances and sometimes you have great outcomes in the worst of circumstances. But the fundamental fact remains: If you want single moms to work, you have to ensure they have safe and reliable childcare. I don't really understand how you can dispute that very basic reality.
Personally, I'm not really eager to go back to the days when kids went hungry in this country as I'm of the opinion that being starving makes it difficult to do well in school but your mileage may vary. Judging from your history of comments, you don't appear to be a particularly compassionate person, especially if the kids in question have skin darker than yours and don't have the proper paperwork. Thanks for being such a fan of our site, though! It's great that you're one of the many out there who are can't go more than a few hours a day without hearing what we have to say. I'm not terribly interested in debating with you because I have a life, so this will prolly be my last word on the subject. I'm quite certain I won't be changing your mind on anything and nothing you've posted in your long history of being a fan of our work has ever changed mine, so it's basically a waste of my valuable time.
Vince, please. Your entire response to me was personal--"you come across as Mr. Bullshit Media"--so don't go whining when you get it back, you big crybaby. You're right: I do take this issue personally. My mom spent most of the last four decades of her life taking care of preschool kids. That meant getting up five days a week and spending a full day chasing after more than two dozen kids. She didn't have to, but she chose to keep working well into her 80s because she wanted to make the lives of those kids better, not because she wanted to "indoctrinate" them in anything, unless you consider teaching reading, going on field trips and making pinch pots to be some weird form of indoctrination.
And here's the deal: My mom is not alone in trying to help these kids have happy childhoods. The teachers who take care of my kid during the day couldn't be a better bunch. They're not a crew of Cold War leftovers who are trying to teach kids about the glories of the Motherland. They work way harder than I do and they deserve respect, not your cheap insults. And the results with my kid have been spectacular. She is whip-smart, curious, happy and has the sweetest temperament imaginable. I'm lucky, I can afford do send her to one of the best early childhood education schools in town. Every kid should have the opportunities she has.
And that's not even getting started on the other point I made about how if you want single moms to work and build a better life so they're not dependent on government for the rest of their lives, you have to make sure they have safe, reliable childcare. That's a simple idea and one that Republicans embraced when welfare reform passed in the 1990s. Sadly, at least in AZ, Republicans have turned out to be deadbeat dads, at least when it comes to holding up their end of the bargain there.
It's not about "institutionalization" or whatever dumb ideological one-track notion you have in your head. It's about education and making sure we can compete with the rest of the world in the 21st century. And that starts with taking care of kids to build them up rather than leave them victims of neglect and abuse. If that point eludes you, you're more deplorable than I ever imagined.
Hey Vince, you can believe that single moms living paycheck to paycheck and trying to keep a job while raising their kids is a phony problem is you want, but--as usual--you couldn't be more wrong. Do you even have kids? Do you give a shit if a 3-year-old is left abandoned? Your attitude honestly turns my stomach.
There was nothing illegal about Ally using private email and i have never said that there was, TWIAJ. But those private emails that discussed public business are public records and Ally has repeatedly denied that she did use private email while conducing public business. And by withholding those records, she is now under investigation by the Attorney General's Office because refusing to produce public records when you are asked for them is a crime.
Seriously, if you're going to call a publication a joke, it would help if you had some sense of what the story is about. Otherwise, you lose credibility because you clearly don't understand what you are talking about.
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