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    Anson Burlingame, guest columnist: Political rally draws wrong line in the sand

    By Anson Burlingame
    Special to The Globe
    July 8, 2013



    http://www.joplinglobe.com/editorial...ne-in-the-sand
    http://ansonburlingame.wordpress.com...e-in-the-sand/
    http://whitenationalist.org/forum/sh...=8913#post8913


    JOPLIN, Mo. — A rally of the religious/political sort was held on July 4, 2013, in Delaware. Joplin was represented at that rally by a local leader of the GOP, and our tornado destruction was referenced. Support of that rally implied that God had something to do directly with our recovery.

    Frankly, in my belief, God had nothing to do with it. Instead it was the “Spirit of Joplin” that helped us all, a lot. But how you believe about such matters is of course entirely up to you.

    Thus permit me, if you will, to disagree with that rally.

    The rally was another tea party, or religious right, or some such form of current right-wing politics calling for far more religion in the governance of America today.

    I could not disagree more, period. In fact we need far less religion in our American politics today. I also believe that by calling for more Christianity in governance in America today that we could move further down the path being seen in Egypt right now with far too much religion — Islam, in that case — embedded in the government just overthrown by secular protesters and the military last week.

    I have now written this phrase at least three times lately in my blog: “Live and let live and do no harm to others.”

    And I still mean it — strongly — as far as forcing any religion, much less interpretation of any religion, down anyone’s throat by the force of government, anytime, in America. And for a local leader of the GOP in Joplin to publicly endorse such efforts is exactly why I do not consider myself a Republican.

    As long as the Republican Party tries to force the Christian religion, as some of those people interpret it, down my throat or the throats of others using the power of government, I will reject that political party. That does not mean that I will become a Democrat. Politically, I will remain Independent with no total allegiance to either political party.

    I am constitutionally protected to worship as I believe, or not worship anything, for that matter. How I may choose to worship or believe in spiritual matters is my business and only my business, as long as I do no harm to others, period.

    No way do I reject attempts to create harmony amongst all men and women. But religion itself has been far too destructive, in my view, throughout the course of history to rely on religion to do so.

    Religion only promotes harmony between people with the same religious beliefs.

    So all you religious-right, tea-party members, zealous evangelicals and, yes, Mr. Local Leader of the GOP, please just let me live and worship and follow God’s will as I see fit, and I will let you do the same, with no government dictates. I will also do my best to do no harm to others.

    Oh, yes, let me add that “bringing God (meaning only the Christian God) back into our schools” as a primary remedy to the failures in our current system of public education is exactly the wrong way to improve those schools. I certainly have no objection to improving harmony in all our schools. But bringing religion into schools — public schools — will only create more disharmonies, in my view, unless we all believe alike, which will never happen in a free country.


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    Default OK, What I am Looking For In Local Candidates

    OK, What I am Looking For In Local Candidates


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    Admittedly, I have been all over the map of late writing about two critical and local elections. I have excoriated some, such as Bill Scearce, the leader in my view of what I refer to on Council as the Bloc of Five. I have also taken hard shots at his supporters such as Benjie Rosenberg and for sure Jack Golden, thr only one of the three up for re-election. As well I have challenged Trisha Raney (and the not up for re-election Mayor) as she has faithfully voted for actions by council that I strongly disagree with and I believe she, and the Mayor, will continue to do so unless restrained by voters come April 8th.

    I have also shown strong opinions against some candidates for BOE membership and provided the reasons why, thus far, I take such positions, against them. Such is politics and this election is too important in my view to just be “nice” and offer platitudes of support or opposition. Like it or not, and some hate it while others applause, I believe the election is important enough to get all the cards on the table, publicly and let voters ultimately decide the direction for Joplin redevelopment and our schools.

    I have repeatedly written it but will do so again. This election should not be just about the termination of Mark Rohr as our City Manager. I think it was a lousy decision by the Bloc of Five and I believe they orchestrated a biased and incomplete investigation to achieve their goal, a goal of at least six months or more duration. The real facts behind that decision are still in grave doubt due to lack of forthright explanations by Rohr detractors. But again, that is not the sole reason I oppose the Bloc of Five in all their assumed glory. I believe their fundamental policies are unsound and will retard, even stymy Joplin redevelopment in the future. That is why this election is so important for council members in the future.

    I do not believe any single person or narrow group of people, rich or poor, high places or low, etc. has a lock on how best to grow Joplin into a safer, cleaner, more prosperous city for ALL Joplin residents and people with ideas to move to Joplin and live their lives. OK, that is certainly a platitude but I now put some beef behind it as well.

    We need competent Master Planning by an organization that knows what it is doing and has a track record of doing so. I believe we found such a firm, Wallace-Bejjali, and the due diligence conducted by others, not just Mark Rohr, revealed such a resume on the part of WB. Did every citizen in town get to vote on that step to link up with a Master Planning firm? Of course not as we must have leaders, elected and/or appointed make such decisions for us. And in the end, those leaders, on council, on the CART committee, the City Manager and probably a few others did their jobs, brought WB to town, awarded the firm with a contract and there we went, for a while.

    Master Planning for any community takes money, time and talent, a lot of each. It requires vision which I still believe CART provided, with a lot of community input along the way. But now some have become impatient and disdainful of such efforts. They believe Joplin should already have $ Millions projects, not just single facilties rebuilding with insurance proceeds, taking place all over town. They want “theirs” and they want it NOW seems to be the sentiment around town. And oh by the way, no one wants to pay for vision, good advice, contribution to the ongoing dialog to further guide our collective efforts.

    Recently I went on line to look up Sugar Land, Texas. The write-up, good PR if you like, was amazing on that booming city in Texas. Extraordinary median income, home prices, businesses booming all over the place, a thriving and growing fast community with lots to offer everyone living therein. Does anyone in Joplin NOT want such a community right here, if we can achieve such things? What could be any possible argument against such growth, development and, most important, opportunities for ALL that live therein? Did you know that David Wallace was the Mayor of Sugar Land when that effort was launched and he sustained it for some 8 -12 years I am told, as the Mayor.

    Would you rather have a run down, bedraggled Main Street, filled with beer joints, pawn shops, lots of failing businesses and outlying areas around such a city center that is just traffic and more strip malls?

    Where is really good entertainment to be found in JOPLIN, not outlying areas like casinos just across the State Line. I have nothing against casinos by the way, but would it not be nice to just stroll through downtown, have a good meal and attend an event drawing all sorts of interested and interesting people, from all walks of life to attend? I am sure many residents have visited cities with booming and attractive city centers. Why not Joplin, I ask?

    How many negative letters have been published over the last few years about “loft apartments” downtown now? Those folks resent the hell out of “rich people” invading the space held for years by beer joints or at least it sounds that way to me. Sure we have some nice places to dine and gather in Joplin downtown and my wife and I do so, gather in those places from time to time. But we can and should do better, in the future, in my view.

    Let’s talk about low cost housing for a moment. I am all for it, places to live where people that earn less than others can live safely, with dignity and have access to all sorts of amenities. But I want more than just large enclaves of such places to live and nothing else. I want a blend, a mix of people from all walks of life, living and working together and with mutual respect for their neighbors, no matter what their socio-economic status might be.

    I have seen such cities, lived in such cities and they are much better cities than what I saw when I first came to Joplin, 15 years ago. I believe, firmly, that Mark Rohr used his talents to move our city in that direction as well and made some significant progress, well before the tornado. I applaud his efforts and leadership in doing so as well. I have also found, since the tornado that some people in “high places” just resent the hell out of Rohr’s achievements and denigrate him now out of pure . . . .

    In their attempts and ultimate success to move Rohr out, they have also attacked and denigrated a firm that “knows what it is doing” to come up with a comprehensive Master Development following the visions provided by CART. CART was a big success three years ago or so. Everyone applauded that effort, back then, but now you should hear the back room crap tossed out by some really negative people, like Bill Scearce.

    He thinks CART was only a special interest group made up of fat cats (my words and summary of what he told me, not his) and does not, nor at the time had, Joplin interests at heart. I call that just pure crap, terrible views on some hardworking, community wide efforts to create a bigger and better Joplin, one for all citizens to be very proud to live within.

    Now it is approaching the time for all voters to decide what kind of city Joplin might become in the future? To get there, a new and better city will take great leadership, vision, courage and the willingness to stand firm and be counted. OR, people can oppose that effort and say so, outright, and tell us why I am wrong or the people that seek what I am seeking.

    It is our choice, collectively and we will have a chance to either move in the direction with people and firms now in place and working hard to get there. OR we can vote to stymy such progress, retreat back to the old Joplin that I saw 15 years ago.

    It is clear to me which direction the Bloc of Five wants to go, backwards or holding in place, hoping against hope that individual businesses will eventually take the risk to really CHANGE the face of Joplin, downtown and otherwise. I don’t believe that approach will work to create the kind of city I support. But then I am only one voice within about 50,000 as well.

    But I am not holding anything back now to try to encourage others to agree with me as well. I also believe each candidate should come down on one side or the other in this argument or debate about the future of Joplin. I for sure do not yet see a “middle ground” between good ole boys stuck in old ways or “progressives” wanting to see change for the better in Joplin for all living in Joplin.

    OK, I have run out of space for one blog. As for BOE issues, well, stick around and I will post just such a blog or “Burlingame platform” to improve public education in Joplin as well. And it will NOT be the “Turner approach” to education for damn sure. If I see ANY candidate endorsing the “Turner approach” or even offering anonymous comments on his blog disparaging some really good men and women in R-8, well you can bet I will “write commentary never seen before” about such candidates!!

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    Default Now For A Simple Test, For Students And Teachers

    Now For A Simple Test, For Students And Teachers


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    http://whitenationalist.org/forum/sh...0389#post10389

    As background, I have become a regular scanner of the Turner Report of late. Almost every blog I write about my own views on the upcoming BOE election and the candidates before us are slammed on that “Report” by Randy Tuner. As well he as a real lock on the anonymous crowd around here and I get all sorts of comments from those folks, people that support Turner and thus, automatically, can’t stand what I have to say and write.

    Usually when confronted with such resistance, I respond on blogs. But such is useless on the Turner Report as my comments never are posted, after screening by the censor on that blog, the “erstwhile” Turner himself. He also refuses to respond to private emails that contain no cussing, honest!!!

    I don’t know Randy Turner personally and only met him once in person, just outside a court room where he told me he was headed “for another lawsuit”!!! Other than that, I “know” him only from his blog and his demeanor during the hearing that led to his termination as a tenured teacher in 2012. But that is enough for me to know that I sure don’t like the views, political views on education primarily, of that guy, or his supporters for that matter.

    So who is right or wrong on the substance of such public education matters? My simple point is that a very large number of students in public education, right here in Joplin or around the country, cannot read, write or perform arithmetic calculations proficiently (as determined by the State of Missouri or other States) and at grade level. At best, around 50% of students tested as such fail to achieve that standard, NOT a Common Core Standard so far, just a Missouri standard of achievement, to demonstrate proficiency in the manner in which those kids can read, write and do arithmetic.

    So here is a test to show how students themselves might really feel about such matters, and their teachers as well.

    Go to any classroom in a core subject in JHS with at least 25 kids in such a class. Ask those kids to write a two page essay on how they feel about their teacher in that classroom, anonymously. Give them half an hour to write it, in long hand, turn it in, anonymously and then let a really disinterested third party read the results, all the results. Put the essays in two piles if you will, those liking the teacher and those not liking the same teacher, in a core subject.

    THEN compare the piles and see if there is a correlation between those disliking or liking the teacher and how they do in terms of proficiency on a standardized test. My point is simple. Does academic proficiency have anything to do with whether or not a student “likes” a teacher in that particular core subject?

    My point, a performance point, is that liking or disliking a teacher is far less important for the sake of students than learning the material required, by the State of Missouri or actually any interested observer of student performance. IF a teacher can ensure all the students in a class learn the material demanded by anyone with any sense, good standards of performance to read, write and do math, then great. But if kids love the teacher and fail miserably to learn the material, then something must be done, must it not?

    I never considered the popularity of a teacher when I was a student, unless that teacher just let me do whatever I wanted to do, to hell with what I learned. Of course I would “love” that lackidasical teacher, seeking approval from students but not academic excellence. But such a teacher fell into my dustbin of memory soon after such classes, where I learned little or nothing in those classes, in core subjects.

    Instead I remember, fondly, those teachers that held me accountable every day, made me learn that which I should learn, coached me along but also demanded that I give my best effort possible to learn. No spoon feeding from those teachers, “gouge me” full of facts just before the test to be sure I passed the test, etc. and then forgot about me and moved on to the next popularity contest with other students.

    In the end, I liked teachers that taught be the things I needed to learn to grow up and be a contributing member of a modern society. I might not have liked them at the time, but later, those are the ones I really “loved” because they were GREAT teachers.

    But I caution you to be careful if you read the essays submitted. If you can read them, and many will be essentially unreadable, they may well give you pause to wonder just what the hell are those kids learning, in that class, from that teacher!!!

    I recall, quite well, a very intelligent young lady, a former student of Turner. She testified in his support during his termination hearing, telling all in attendance that he was a GREAT teacher because he never judged her thinking, her thought process to reach a conclusion. Nope he just let her say whatever she had to say, “creatively”, with no comment on the substance of her views.

    The problem with that young and intelligent student was her thought process, on matters pertinent to the hearing and Turner’s performance, were DEAD WRONG. She was the author of a petition or some other written document circulated around school, stating that THE issue related to Turner was one of Freedom of Speech!!

    That of course was NOT the point, the reason to consider terminating Turner from his tenured position as a teacher. That was made clear by the R-8 attorney in her opening statement and throughout the hearing as well. It was Turner’s performance and judgment, how he associated with students to encourage them to …. That was the basis for the BOE to consider and later judge whether or not he should be fired, which they unanimously decided to do.

    Passion to argue for or against something or someone is fine. Such passion is needed for anyone that wants to stand and be counted, publicly. But it also helps to point the passion at the subject being debated, in a hearing, in an essay in school, or anywhere else. That student, one with GREAT grades in at least Turner’s classes, and maybe others, missed the whole point of the hearing.

    In my life experiences and academic ones as well, I always got low grades when I missed the point of the debate or statement of views if you like. Views of Freedom of Speech are great, I submit. But why bring that up in a case judging the poor judgment of a teacher, allegedly at least?

    The whole BOE got it right and that young lady lost her argument. I hope she learned a good lesson. But I suspect she still believes she was right and the BOE wrong and Turner will feed that to her for as long as she listens as well. And so will his anonymous supporters.

    Now would any candidate for a position on the future BOE in Joplin care to comment, without being anonymous????




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    Default Faith Is What One, Alone, Believes

    Faith Is What One, Alone, Believes

    by Anson Burlingame



    http://ansonburlingame.wordpress.com...lone-believes/
    http://www.joplinglobe.com/editorial...thing-untoward
    http://christian-identity.net/forum/...0974#post10974
    http://whitenationalist.org/forum/sh...0974#post10974


    I rarely comment on a blog with a blog of my own. But in this case, I am compelled to do so. Bottom line I am sick and tired of everyone on God’s green earth telling me what I should believe and do according to “God’s Will”, just sick of it.

    What has really gotten my goat this time is a local event and the reaction to it, by a local Christian church, Ignite Church, located near my home and one that I drive by, frequently. Up until the Sunday Globe all I knew about that church was that it had a lot of young people surrounding it on occasion, waving signs, singing and trying to attract folks to attend services therein. Certainly nothing untoward was noted in dress, language, signs, etc.

    But a front page article in the Globe showed the church, a Christian church, giving away two AR-15 “assault rifles” in a fund raising raffle. Then the commentary began, all over the place. The Globe did a reasonably good job getting reaction from a few religious leaders in Joplin, mostly negative reaction and it referenced some pretty strong online reaction as well. frankly, I am of the opinion that religous leaders should worry about their own “flock” and let other flocks fly as they like, as long as they obey the law in doing so.

    But the Globe also ran comments by the minister of that church, a man described as having a “short Mohawk” haircut and “tattoos”. The implication of course was that a man with such a haircut and “tattoos” was suspect in terms of his view of God’s Will, for anyone.

    OK, let folks get a little roused up. So what, right! Well then I read the Erstwhile Conservative blog. He used that church as an almost universal example of “religion in Joplin” or even Southwest Missouri, moaning in his cups about just how “crazy” everyone around here might be. Thus this blog!

    I begin by noting that Ignite Church did nothing illegal that I can tell. Nor am I aware of any Christian restrictions on the ownership of weapons, assault weapons in particular. Of course there were no assault weapons during the time of Christ but I don’t believe he suggested that all swords held by Romans be turned over. Was it Christ that spoke of turning “swords into plowshares” or someone else and in which “Testament” in the Christian Bible? I’m Not Sure, Are You? Frankly in today’s world I believe “swords”, like nuclear weapons play an important role to keep me safe, and my family as well. But that is politics, not religion also.

    But I believe the teachings of Christ related to how one used such things, weapons, not about whether or not someone should owe such things. So I suggest that Christianity as a religion only focuses on the use of weapons, not ownership. But maybe I am wrong, or maybe not. So what as it is what I “believe” and who are you to tell me I am wrong in such beliefs.

    No doubt, the Ignite Church was not in any way politically correct today, except maybe in Southwest Missouri, to encourage ownership of assault weapons. If they had given away a .22 rifle would the uproar be as loud, I wonder? But you see that is a political reaction, not, or should not be, a religious reaction.

    Let me be clear on that point. Politically I fully support strict, very strict control of gun ownership in America. More specifically I would support laws that outlaw the possession of hand guns (pistols) and all semi-automatic rifles. If you can’t “kill a deer” with one shot then go back to target practice to hunt is my call. I also assume automatic rifles are outlawed already, but am not certain on that point.

    But to uphold that political belief I would NEVER try to argue that it was “God’s Will” to craft such a law. I have a pretty clear idea how God would suggest any weapon be used, or not, but owning one, well I have never heard God comment on that point, or any other political point in America. Are you arrogant enough to tell me that God has spoken to you on that point and you are simply being God’s mouthpiece???

    I can be a friend with an atheist, an agnostic or someone that holds deep faith in God, and Christ as well if that is their belief, or Buddha, or Allah, etc. But I won’t share their faith either. Each to his own is my view. Don’t push yours onto me and I will not advocate my faith (or lack thereof) back at you. As well if you honestly BELIEVE that it is God’s Will to do something, fine go do it as long as it is legal. And if you think something should not be legal to do, then simply don’t do it, yourself. But if it is legal, political if you will, then don’t try to change a law that I might like by denigrating my faith, or lack thereof as well.

    Another point if you will. I despise the message of people from Westborough Baptist Church, particularly when they insult the dead soldiers at funerals in front of families. Despicable in my view and certainly not what I believe God would want me to do. But legally, they have every right to say what they like, in a place deemed legal as well by competent authorities. Such authorities can and should respect free speech and the grief of loved ones as well. That is called a compromise, I think and God likes such things, I believe.

    That my readers is the separation of church and state, in my view. Obviously, if one believes the Christian Bible, murder is wrong. I agree with God on that point and “there outta be a law” in that regard. But there are no laws now in America that outlaw adultery, today, at least that I am aware of. That suits me just fine as well. Let God dictate sex (except when violence is used) and let men worry about more pragmatic things, like murder!!

    At least today, liberals are “defined” by a lack of deep religious conviction and conservatives as those with great “faith” in God. Well that misses me by a long shot and I do not believe I am alone in that regard. But frankly, I don’t give a damn if I am as well. It is just what I alone believe in terms of God and His Will for me that counts. If I think God’s Will is to do something illegal, then let men judge my actions and God take care of me, later on!!

    One final point. If the minister of Ignite Church, or members of his congregation started telling people to use guns to achieve their interpretation of God’s Will, well I might get my own shotgun out to confront them and might well believe I would do so with God’s blessing, maybe!!! But make fun of them, denigrate them for their religion, their faith in God, perverted though it may seem to be to me, I won’t do that and don’t believe political pundits like the Erstwhile Conservative should tread on such ground either.

    But he will for sure, even though at one point in his life he was a self-confessed evangelical preacher. Boy would I like to have copies of some of those old sermons to preach right back to him, today, in a blog on politics!!


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    Default Support efforts of Joplin schools leadership

    Support efforts of Joplin schools leadership . . .

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    by Ants-son Burlingame,
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    Ibelieve the Joplin School District and its board of education, led by C.J. Huff, superintendent of schools, have done a superb job to bring all schools back after the disastrous tornado in May 2011. I am personally sucking their cocks.

    All of us in Joplin can celebrate that achievement on Oct. 3, when Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will join the community for a ribbon cutting ceremony. I is an Obongo whigger ass-clown.

    As well, beyond rebuilding, I support how they are currently dealing with other big issues related to public education in Joplin. By and large, they — the board and the administration — have my complete support and I also believe this city is very lucky to have a leader such as Huff at the helm of our schools. I'll personally lick the ass of any tard that says different.

    So what if they are running through the ZOGbux? Anson Burlingame likes what is happening in our schools. Some strongly disagree and have been ranting against the current board, administration and Huff directly.

    I’m now publicly denouncing those who call for wholesale changes, firing Huff, replacing the board or dramatically changing the way our public schools are being operated. As if anyone cares what Ants-son sez though.

    The purpose of a public school system is to educate all children even the lesser breeds of dusky colour — from kindergarten through 12th grade — to enable them to become good citizens and to contribute to society. Society needs more nigger and beaner rapists and criminals. Anyone paying attention to that matter knows much needs to be done nationwide to improve public education.

    In Joplin, close to 50 percent of our graduates are not “proficient,” meaning, I assume, they are unable to read, write and do arithmetic to grade-level standards of academic achievement. I believe most members of the board and most school district employees will try their best to improve that situation even though they have presided over these dismal results. I'm sure that they can unfuck up what they have fucked up in the first place, somehow.

    Sure, other matters must be addressed. All schools have financial difficulties, and most teachers are underpaid. Argue all you like, but raising taxes is the only way to really change the lack of financial resources for public schools. Throw away more of your money for increased failure. Day to day, everyone working in those schools must continue to educate kids to grade-level proficiency in every class, and parents must do all possible to assist the schools in that effort. Like providing docile whiggerlets, niglets, and beanerlets, even though with lower and lower abilities to learn much of anything.

    Now it is time, since our rebuilding effort at extravagant and unnecessary expense has been achieved, to decide publicly whether to support our board, our district and our superintendent.

    You know where I stand on that issue. Detractors may fire when ready, to use an old Navy term. We have a long tradition of "Rum, the Lash, and Sodomy. Especially the Sodomy, which I especially love. If you disagree, then tell me why I’m wrong with a rebuttal letter to The Joplin Globe which will not be published.

    Simply because the underground or semipublic opposition (many of them writing anonymously) to those institutions and to Huff has been so virulent, I call for a vote of confidence by the board in Huff and his administration. Those who oppose him and the administration or who believe Huff should be fired should say that, publicly, by voting no confidence. Then being fired or otherwise punished for your impudence against an ass-clown.

    Public input in the opinion pages of the Globe should take place before such a vote of confidence as well. You now know my opinion -- which is stupid.


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    Default Joplin Globe column: Joplin is lucky to have C. J. Huff

    Joplin Globe column: Joplin is lucky to have C. J. Huff


    http://rturner229.blogspot.com/2014/...-lucky-to.html
    http://whitenationa;pst.org/forum/sh...1404#post11404
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    Most of frequent Joplin Globe guest columnist Anson Burlingame's praise of C. J. Huff has taken place on his blog, but in today's Globe, Burlingame writes his most fervent love letter yet to the Joplin R-8 superintendent.

    Burlingame begins his column this way:

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    I believe the Joplin School District and its board of education, led by Dr. C.J. Huff, superintendent of schools, have done a superb job to bring all schools back after the disastrous tornado in May 2011.

    All of us in Joplin can celebrate that achievement on Oct. 3, when Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will join the community for a ribbon cutting ceremony.

    As well, beyond rebuilding, I support how they are currently dealing with other big issues related to public education in Joplin. By and large, they — the board and the administration — have my complete support and I also believe this city is very lucky to have a leader such as Huff at the helm of our schools.
    As usual, Burlingame rips those who believe that Huff has brought disaster, both financially and ethically, to the school district:

    You know where I stand on that issue. Detractors may fire when ready, to use an old Navy term. If you disagree, then tell me why I’m wrong with a rebuttal letter to The Joplin Globe.

    Simply because the underground or semipublic opposition (many of them writing anonymously) to those institutions and to Huff has been so virulent, I call for a vote of confidence by the board in Huff and his administration. Those who oppose him and the administration or who believe Huff should be fired should say that, publicly, by voting no confidence.
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    Default Pub[l]ic Debate Or Exchanges Of Ideas In Joplin

    Pub[l]ic Debate Or Exchanges Of Ideas In Joplin


    http://ansonburlingame.wordpress.com...eas-in-joplin/
    http://whitenationalist.org/forum/sh...1623#post11623
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    I recently deviated from my usual practice of not commenting on Randy Turner’s blog. The few times in the past when I did so all the rabble rousers, the anonymous commenters, came out of the wood work to attack me, again and again. I won’t bother to even try to quote some of the most disparaging comments. Suffice it to say there are many of them against me on that public blog.

    That is fine with me for people to attack me personally. I have a thick skin and just ignore them most of the time. It is also clear that most of them never actually challenge my ideas. They just challenge me for being a “jerk” in their views.

    One accusation recently launched against me is that I never change my mind and only use “force” to get my own points across. I readily admit that I speak, act and write “forcefully”, with “vigor” if you will to make various arguments. Exchanging ideas with me is not easy I freely admit. But I am capable of and have changed my views on many occasions, during my professional career and now as an old man debating pubic ideas, in Joplin of late.

    Ever since Turner’s employment as a teacher became a public debate that debate became vicious on the part of his supporters. Dr. Huff and the BOE became the targets of many accusations, personal accusations against them. I won’t bother to list them as you can read them yourself if interested.

    I wrote a column in the Globe entitled “The BOE got it right” shortly after the decision to terminate Turner’s employment. So I too became somewhat of a target of Turner and his supporters, almost all of them anonymous, then and now. Such has been going on now for about 2 years. What to do became the question in my mind.

    The obvious choice would be to just ignore Turner and his supporters. But I find it interesting that now, after he published a comment from me this week his supporters asked him why he publishes anything from me on his blog. Just ignore the jerk is the advice some offered to Turner. He responded by saying essentially the same thing on his blog that I would say to those that have long advised me to just ignore Turner.

    Turner believes that he can gain information about “Huff’s next move” from reading my blog. He is wrong as what I write is my ideas of what should be done, not the views of Dr. Huff. Turner also believes that by publishing what I write simply confirms just how stupid, arrogant, you name it I appear to be. So he publishes my views from time to time on his blog to simply to attempt to show how stupid I might be, etc. Of course the vast majority of his anonymous supporters agree entirely.

    Then however I have people come up to me, face to face, people I don’t know as friends. They encourage me to “keep writing”, believe that what I write publicly lends insights to their own views, etc.

    So who to believe comes into question. I answer that question to myself with a simple answer. I must do the hard work on my own to reach various conclusions to offer ideas and then have the courage of my own convictions to write publicly on such matters. When I hit “send” I believe what I so send to be published, publically. Some will agree and some will disagree. So what as it is what I believe and for whatever reason, ego being part of it I suppose, I chose to share it, publicly.

    One thing I have learned, a lot, in six or so years of public writing, is the extraordinary divide in American politics today. It is one thing to debate ideas. It is an entirely different matter to try to diminish the person with such ideas.

    Turner firmly believes that “letting teachers teach” is the solution to problems in public education. I could not disagree more firmly. He is short-sighted and dead wrong with such a solution, in MY view.

    Public education needs good standards, goals set, for all non-disabled students. Agreement on such standards must be wide-spread by all concerned in teaching our children. Then let teachers teach to achieve such standards AND be adequately supervised in doing so. Teachers, like kids, should be able to learn from mistakes. But more than just routine supervision in classrooms is needed. Adequate testing is required to measure any student’s achievement or lack of achievement of knowledge gained. I could care less who gives the tests as long as cheating is not allowed. But as well the tests, internal or external must be adequate, thorough enough, deep enough, to measure individual student achievement of various goals or standards set by “higher authority”, not just individual teachers.

    Finally grades assigned to students based on such tests must be honest, objective and fair, by the teachers giving the test. Hell we don’t even grade internal and external tests using the same grade criteria. Students receive grades in school of A thru F. A C has long been “average” performance. But state test are graded advanced, proficient, basic or below basic, as best I can tell. In other words state tests are graded to standard criteria set by the state. Classes are tested to “average” criteria. Average to what I ask?

    State test results show around 40% of students tested are proficient or advanced. Class room and school grades are based on A thru F. I wonder if 60% of students graded in classes in Joplin are proficient or higher or lower. I submit you cannot determine such information from report cards. Why?

    I want to change that contradiction in terms. Turner does not, it seems to me. He just wants to “let teachers teach” (and grade kids) as each teacher deems to be correct.

    Can anyone imagine the public outcry if report cards from schools reflected (honestly) whether a kid was proficient or not? Can you also imagine the public outcry if teachers assigned grades for citizenship, behavior, in their classes. What would you do if a kid of yours came home with Advanced in academic knowledge but below basic in citizenship? Blame the teacher would be the usual reaction, for sure, for most parents. And certainly a below basic in academic knowledge for “your” kid would result in an outcry against any teacher assigning such a grade, at least from parents that care about the grades their kids receive.

    I wonder how many “parents” could really give a hoot about the grades received by their kids, honest grades based on demonstrated performance and behavior. Some parents don’t even care if their kids show up for school, much less learn anything.

    One final thought to outrage Turner and his supporters and many professional educators as well. If a child fails to achieve grade level knowledge that child should NOT be promoted to the next grade, period. Remedial education would be required for that child until he or she ACHIEVES (not just given a grade) grade level performance before moving higher up the rung in public education.

    How does anyone measure achievement? Well I was measured for it all my days in school (some 18 years overall) and for a professional career afterwards. I found such “grading” to be firm and correct overall as well. I simply became what I could become. What I WANTED to become was not achievable by me, as well. If it had been such I would not be arguing with Turner and his supporters for sure.

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    Default ZOGling Whigger Ass-clown Lament: Trust in fundamental institutions waning

    ZOGling Whigger Ass-clown Lament: Trust in fundamental institutions waning

    by Antsson Burlingame
    jewplin Glob 12 March 2017, Page D3 Editorial

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    Long ago, Abraham Lincoln observed that no foreign enemy will destroy America but that we, ourselves, could well achieve that end through grave divide within.

    We are getting closer to such destructive internal divide today in America, and for sure, the Russians are not doing it to us.

    According to The Washington Post, there is a group in America called Organizing for America, which is an offshoot, it seems, of Barack Obama’s campaign organization.

    Obama himself describes the new purpose of that group as “you will reinvigorate and inform our politics in ways that we can’t anticipate.” A Republican member of Congress referred to OFA by saying, “It’s a radical [Saul] Alinsky group.”

    During the early years of the Obama presidency, the tea party became a new and aggressive political force to oppose our new president. I recall a vicious town hall conducted by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., in that time frame where she was inundated with “birther questions.”

    Imagine today if Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., tried to hold such a meeting. He could well be overwhelmed by rumor, innuendo and countless accusations based on such rumor and innuendo about President Donald Trump’s administration.

    Watergate was ultimately the misuse of power by President Richard Nixon, working within the confines of his party apparatus to play “dirty (and illegal) political tricks.”

    Today, our situation is much graver. There are now accusations of outright collusion with a major foreign power (Russia) by one party and the use of the powerful institutions of law enforcement and intelligence agencies to “spy” on the other political party. The first was a “third-rate burglary.”

    The current situation is far from hiring a “thug” to wiretap a single office phone but instead using, allegedly, NSA, CIA and FBI, and yes, Russia, for political purposes internally in America.

    The simple point from such recent history is I am not at all sure how any politician can meet with the public (or press) today without being confronted with outrageous allegations but not with the full truth about such allegations. We are tearing ourselves apart in America today and have been doing so since at least 9/11, and I see no end in sight for such destructive politics. It is not caused by just Trump or just Obama. It is the inability of the losing side to accept election results and rely on our fundamental institutions and separations of power to ensure neither side turns America into a single-party state.

    I am not worried about Trump becoming Adolf Hitler or some Democrat being reincarnated as Vladimir Lenin. But single- party power is a very grave concern to me. That leaves only the courts as a truly separate power, and they seemed to have now become politicized as well. As for the media, it seems to focus only on one party as well. We still have a free press, but it has generally attacked the right only, leaving the left alone to ensure America moves to the left politically.

    When that happens, the choice for America seems to be the “radical left” or “alt-right.” Either of those choices is a disaster for America, yet we continue to stumble along in such a direction since 9/11, not just Jan. 20, 2009, or 2017.

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    Default Anson Burlingame: How not to command a nuclear warship

    Anson Burlingame: How not to command a nuclear warship


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    I may well be the only Globe reader today who has actually commanded a nuclear-powered warship carrying nuclear weapons.

    I spent 23 years in the U.S. Navy, almost all of those years on board nuclear submarines, as first a junior officer, later an engineering officer, then executive officer, then commanding officer, followed by several years overseeing the operations of other nuclear submarines. I have deep professional knowledge and experience in such matters.

    Having seen men make grave mistakes, and others achieving spectacular results as well, I also know from experience what not to do as a commanding officer, particularly when in an emergency.

    Events on USS Theodore Roosevelt were a grave emergency, no doubt. But many times over two centuries, American military commanders have faced sweeping disease-control situations, so this in not the first time a warship or other large military group of men, and now women, has faced that situation, nor will it be the last.

    What Capt. Brian Crozier did, while in command of the carrier, was to violate the most fundamental principle of command at sea in an emergency. He panicked because of extreme stress, pure and simple. He also was obviously mad as hell about what others, in his view, were not doing for him and his ship.

    I have read a lot of public information regarding this situation, but most of it you in Joplin will never read. There is a whole range of factual articles in the military press only, not published in the Globe or mainstream media. My conclusions regarding Crozier's failures come from such military articles in publications with expertise in such matters, certainly not the Globe, with zero expertise in how to command a warship in an emergency.

    Not only did Crozier clearly panic, when he sent an entirely unofficial email, instead of official means of communicating with his chain of command, he failed miserably to do the things within his own authority and responsibility to protect his crew but also his ship and his mission(s).

    For example, in an emergency, any commanding officer can "abandon ship," in a dire emergency. No one can tell him to do that or tell him not to do that. He alone has the authority and responsibility to take that action under the authority from centuries of tradition — and naval regulations — to order his crew off his ship.

    Crozier, in fact, requested permission to order 90% of his crew to leave the ship — a ship with massive nuclear reactors, a vast array of nuclear and conventional weapons on board, hundreds of aircraft, etc. That in itself was a ridiculous request when he could have ordered such actions under the lawful authority provided to any commanding officer. But he did not use that authority to do what he thought proper. He simply passed the buck and did so in a manner that undercut the entire chain of command — both civilian and military — in an emergency.

    His email — again, not an official form of communication — created tremendous fear, anger and distrust in the entire chain of command during the time of a global, national and military emergency.

    There are many other things I could write on this matter but will refrain from doing so. Just let it be said, by me at least, the Globe (April 10) had no business at all opining on a matter it knows nothing about. If ever there was a time to let experts speak, this is a classic incident of such.


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