“All the people like us are we, and everyone else is they.” — Rudyard Kipling
PAY ‘EM: DAY 5
Both sides say this morning that the Chicago Teachers Union strike may end any minute.
Striking Chicago Teachers Rally At Buckingham Fountain
School board boss David Vitale told the Chicago Sun-Times that the strike may end as soon as today, with classes meeting Monday.
Teachers union boss Karen Lewis is playing it a little more conservatively, saying “I don’t know” repeatedly when asked about a swift return to the classroom.
As usual, the city is buying the teachers out with scads of dough, which is fine. But the CTU’s demand for improvements in teacher evaluation system probably won’t be part of the new collective bargaining agreement.
On a political note, if the strike does end this weekend, Barack Obama will not suffer any fallout from it, considering that the memory span of the average voter is about 13 and a half seconds.
Designated Bad Guy
Obama’s former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is now mayor of Chicago and has been positioned as the villain in this morality play by striking teachers and pro-union observers. Obama campaign staffers have been keeping their fingers crossed that the stink of Emanuel’s anti-union stance won’t rub off on on the president..
GOD’S MAD MEN
Now the rage spreads to mainland Africa.
Sudanese Protesters Burn Down The German Embassy
This whole affair is starting to stink in the worst possible way. Read Roger Ebert’s take on the anti-Islam film, which he has discovered is really no film at all.
And one of this holy land’s fave snake-oil selling preachers, Pastor Terry Jones, was one of the financiers of this particular hate bomb.
That said, my take on the outrage is this: Muslim men ought to spend more time with women. The mobs in the streets are all male, natch. There’s no calming or nurturing influence. Just a bunch of testosterone-engorged bullies shaking their fists and occasionally throwing a stone or slaying an ambassador.
Any culture that relegates women to second-class status is bound to be dominated by the least savory aspects of maleness.
And speaking of males: