Daily Archive for March 11th, 2006

Home Schooling is Suddenly So Much More Appealing

Teacher: Who’s the great Satan?

Student: We are.

Teacher: Yes! The United…..States…..of America!

OK, it didn’t go down exactly like that. He actually said “Who is probably the single most violent nation on planet Earth?!”, but he could have just as well used the words of crazy lunatics like Saddam Hussein or that Iranian madman. By the way, those nutty Palestinians, with their gun-toting children and suicide bombers would have been my guess.

I’m of course talking about the 10th grade geography teacher in the Denver area that was recorded spewing anti-American hate. Uh huh – I said geography class. Michelle Malkin’s blog has the complete transcript and a link to the audio. The manner of his rant – most of it shouted – bothered me too, because I’m sure that just intimidated students and kept them from voicing any opposing opinions. Props to the kid who recorded it, as he challenged him on a couple of things.

I’ll just touch on one of his “facts”, where he implies we are the real terrorists and shouldn’t be killing coca plants in Colombia, thus putting poor farmers out of business. He said:

Who is the world’s largest producer of cigarettes and tobacco? The United States!

What part of our country grows all our tobacco? Anyone know what states in particular? Mostly what’s called North Carolina. Alright. That’s where all the cigarette capitals are. That’s where a lot of them are located from. Now if we have the right to fly to Bolivia or Peru and drop chemical weapons on top of farmers’ fields because we’re afraid they might be growing coca and that could be turned into cocaine and sold to us, well then don’t the Peruvians and the Iranians and the Chinese have the right to invade America and drop chemical weapons over North Carolina to destroy the tobacco plants that are killing millions and millions of people in their countries every year and causing them billions of dollars in health care costs?

First, never mind that tobacco is not an illegal drug anywhere in the world and that the cocaine drug trade is illegal, violent and run by thugs, murderers, and criminals. I lived overseas for six years and saw a lot of non-American cigarette brands out there. According to this report on the tobacco trade, we are only the fourth worst “tobacco terrorist” in the world, lagging far behind China, Brasil, and India. So I guess we won’t have to worry about his premise of the Chinese invading North Carolina.

Whew!! What a relief. We’re only a state away.

Shouldn’t a teacher be fact-checking before ranting in class?

Pretty scarey that this guy teaches our young people. Yet another thing I have to worry about as Eleni grows up.