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Out of Control Teacher Reinstated after Anti-US Rant
Preparedness: Hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst
Wikileaks War
The Rise of the Tea Party
Why I Signed The Manhattan Declaration
Boycott The One
Into a Twisted Future with Gary Wolf
We Shall Not Go Quietly Into The Night
Dancing Under the Ugandan Skies - A Book Review
The 99 Most Memorable, Interesting and Outrageous Political Quotes of 2008
Obama's Natural Born Problem
The Giggle Monster Lost His Giggle (A children's story)
Victory at any Price
The History of the Huntwork Clan
Palin and those "scary" Christians
Our "Little Barracuda"
Civility at Saddleback
The Top Ten Reasons Obama Should Not Be President
The Coming Fascist State
You're to Blame for Everything
Hillary's Close Call
The Jerry Springer Party
Christianity, Obama, Identity Politics and Liberation Theology
Tis the Season to be PC
I Am NOT An Animal
The Sad Saga of Amanda Marcotte
The Left attempts to define Political Correctness
In Defense of Blackwater and the Modern Day Merc
Some Thoughts on the Senate Sleepover and the Iraq War
The Salt Lake Shooter and Sudden Jihad Syndrome
Successes and Setbacks in the "Long War"
The Rise of the Anti-Jihadists
The Little Boy and the Magic Snowman (A Children's Story)
Exploiting Children in the Name of Climate Change
Workshop of the Second Self: A Book Review
The Mystery of 9-11, Dr. Graham and Jamal Khan
2996: A tribute to the victims of 9-11
Myths (and Truths) of the Illegal Immigration Invasion
Out of Control Teacher Reinstated after Anti-US Rant
Alternating Worlds: A Book Review
Defending Christmas
The Execution of Terri Schiavo
The Saga of SpongeBob SquarePants
Civility at Saddleback
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Death of a Monster: Yasser Arafat
Immigrations Unarmed Invasion
Post 47 and RAthERGATE
September 11th: Lives Lost and Lessons Learned
An Alliance of Evil
The Holy Land - A Book Review
The Nature of the Enemy
The Embracer: A Book Review
Final Battle of the Culture Wars
They Say Trevor Made a Mockery of MLK Day
Did You Lie to Your Kids at Christmas?
The Twists and Turns of the Jessica Lynch Story
Valley of the Dry Bones
Rush and Race
What's Wrong with the Caucasion Club?
The Seductive Temptress
A Just War
Living the Bill of Rights
The Institutionalism of Liberalism
Triumph of the Bush Doctrine
New Alliances for a New Century
The Real Reason for the Iraq War
The Family Historian
There Once Was A Little Brown Bug (A Children's Story)
Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan
The U.N. Agenda
Powell the Pacifist

Perhaps it was inevitable. An MP3 player given for Christmas, a controversial president guided by tradition and constitutional requirement to report on the State of the Union, and a social sciences teacher notorious for veering off topic to blast President Bush, capitalism and U.S. foreign policy during his social studies classes.

High School student Sean Allen frequently recorded his teachers to back up his notes. Allen recorded Jay Bennish, his 10th grade World Geography teacher, making comments about President Bush's State of the Union Address. After his father heard the twenty minute recording he complained to the principle of Overland High School in Aurora, Colorado and then turned the recording over to radio talk show host Mike Rosen. The rest is history, not to mention a constant stream of fodder feeding the blogosphere.

If you are interested in how the base of the Democratic Party views the world, take the time to read the transcript of Jay Bennish's classroom rant at
http://michellemalkin.com/archives/004689.htm . An ideological meltdown is always a good read. Don't miss it. It looks and sounds like what one might expect to hear on Air America. Yes, it's that pathetic. Some twenty minutes of wacko pinko blathering. Certainly not one would or should expect in a 10th grade world geography class.

The audio version is available here:

Teacher Jay Bennish: Who is probably the single most violent nation on planet Earth?!

Unidentified brainwashed student interjects: We are.

Bennish: The United States of America!

What rubbish. You simply can't make this stuff up. And that's why I'm glad this was caught on tape. If there wasn't proof no one would believe it. Sean Allen's father, Jeff Allen, perhaps summed it up best. "I had no idea he (Jeff Bennish) was this nuts."

Not only is Sean Allen to be commended and praised for his actions, I hope this encourages other high school and college students to do the same. If what this teacher said was so great and wise, then not only should the teacher be proud of his actions and words, but should encourage every one of his students to tape his lectures. Because if he didn't do anything wrong, then what he was teaching was right, correct, and worthy of dissemination throughout the nation's airwaves.

Sean Allen has taken some criticism for turning the tape over to an interested media outlet. Good for him. It forced the district to act, it sent a warning shot across the bow of all the mini Ward Churchill wannabes to watch themselves or they too might be caught in irresponsible, barely coherent, anti-US rants. And it cast a spotlight on the sad state of much of our public schools and the third rate, knee jerk ideologies being disseminated in many classrooms unbeknownst to parents and the general public at large.

An Overland student told KUSA-TV in Denver Bennish's rant was "the usual thing in our school," the only difference being that a tape recorder was there. "Three quarters of the teachers are anti-Bush — very much so," she said.

And the fact that this brave young man is now being harassed and physically threatened just goes to show you how the tired ideologies of the Left have left our school system, not to mention the status of the charges in their care. A good teacher has nothing to fear or hide, and should praise this student's actions. Free speech goes both ways, and Allen should receive a pat on the back for exercising his.

Teacher Jay Bennish has hired ACLU attorney David Lane, who represented self-avowed anti-US Professor Ward Churchill. I guess we should not be surprised at that. And thankfully, I guess, Jay Bennish has decided to drop his lawsuit against the school district since they dropped their gag order against him speaking with the media. Everyone will get their fifteen minutes of fame out of this one and this drama is far from over. Despite the shrill cries of 'free speech,' in the end the lesson must be that with freedom comes responsibility, and that if you can't speak and behave responsibly you might end up having your dirty laundry aired in public. That is especially true in our modern age when any student might be 'armed' with an MP3 player. I eagerly await Bennish's balancing lecture on how Bush is 'not like' Hitler. That should be really good.

The ripple effects continue from this ever evolving story. Jay Bennish was put on paid administrative leave and has now been reinstated by the local school board despite having violated a policy requiring balancing viewpoints in the Overland school classroom. Superintendent Monte Moses declined to offer specifics of the investigation or its findings but said administrators and Bennish now "have a good understanding." That sure makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Meanwhile Sean Allen has come under an incredible amount of verbal attacks from fellow students and has not been able to return to school due to bullying and intimidation stemming from this little episode. He is probably going to transfer to another school in an attempt to complete his disrupted education. And despite his recent trials Allen remains resolute in his convictions. "I would do it a million times over because I feel like it was the right thing to do, and my conscience wouldn't let me go on and listen to the things Mr. Bennish was saying and indoctrinating students."

Berating captive audiences probably seemed like great fun to the emotionally immature Bennish but I am willing to bet he may be a little more careful the next time he compares the American flag to the Nazi flag or states that capitalism is "at odds" with human rights. Perhaps this incident will make him take his own advice to think critically and maybe, just maybe, he might make an escape from the frightening confines of the far left reservation. The Left may disagree, but the public classroom is not the proper venue for the anti-war, anti-Bush, anti-American, and anti-capitalist rants that they seem to enjoy so much.

And would it be too much to ask of the Jay Bennish's of the world to stop thinking of themselves as clever when they 'challenge' us by excusing Al-Queda and attacking Israel? There is an important difference between debate and diatribe. We've heard it all before and socialist lies, proselytization and propaganda fail to impress and simply fail the test of common sense.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

- President Ronald Reagan

 ”I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me. I will then use my power, as I see fit. I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth. That is a program of sorts, is it not? It is certainly program enough to keep conservatives busy, and Liberals at bay. And the nation free.”

—William F. Buckley Jr.

"Liberals want to regulate just about everything: where we live, what fuels we use, what car we drive, whether we can drive or be forced to use government mass transit, where we send our kids to school, what doctor we see, and even to what extent we express our approval or disapproval of others’ lifestyles. It’s hard to find something liberals don’t want to regulate. Is that a world you want to live in?” 

"At such a time in history, we who are free must proclaim anew our faith. This faith is the abiding creed of our fathers. It is our faith in the deathless dignity of man, governed by eternal moral and natural laws. This faith defines our full view of life. It establishes, beyond debate, those gifts of the Creator that are man’s inalienable rights, and that make all men equal in His sight. "

Dwight D. Eisenhower

"And if we elect a government that subverts or weakens or ends our war against terrorism, we can count on this: We will soon face enemies that will make 9/11 look like stubbing our toe, and they will attack us with the confidence and determination that come from knowing that we don’t have the will to sustain a war all the way to the end."

- Orson Scott Card

"In response to skyrocketing gas prices, liberals say, practically in unison, 'We can’t drill our way out of this crisis.”' What does that mean? This is like telling a starving man, 'You can’t eat your way out of being hungry!'  'You can’t water your way out of drought!' 'You can’t sleep your way out of tiredness!' 'You can’t drink yourself out of dehydration!' Seriously, what does it mean? Finding more oil isn’t going to increase the supply of oil? It is the typical Democratic strategy to babble meaningless slogans, as if they have a plan. Their plan is: the permanent twilight of the human race. "

-Ann Coulter

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."
-Samuel Adams