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"Here are your parasites and terrorists ..." is a cry from the heart, righteous and profane, juxtaposing how teachers have been portrayed in recent years with the reality of what teachers actually did in a crisis that cost some of them their own lives.  

I was getting ready to share it on Facebook, but as I was about to hit "send" I realized that I want people outside of Daily Kos -- many of whom have no ideas that there is a "War on Teachers" in right-wing press and politics) these days -- to see these criticisms juxtaposed with the heroic actors of these students.  I want them to be able to read the essential parts of this rant in a receptive mood.  (Most of them have no idea what these "respected political figures" say about teachers these days.)  They'll be shocked -- and they should be shocked.

I was sure that many of them would be put off by the diary as written -- and that would be an awful shame.  So I couldn't hit send if I thought that this powerfully crafted writing would have the opposite political effect as intended.

So, I'm doing something that I don't think that I've ever done this before.  I am bowdlerizing a diary.  If your social media contacts would respond better to the original version -- and I hope that they would -- then share it.  If you want to reach an audience that isn't used to NSFW type postings, I offer this as an alternative.  Don't worry too much; the "expletive deleted" and ellipses and the blanked out words do not hide the righteous anger and burning pain at these statements and these events.

Criticize all you want.  I'm doing this for my own polemical purposes and sharing it just because I expect that I was not alone, when reading it, in wishing that there were an alternative.  So now there is.

This is based on the Daily Kos diary "Here are your parasites and terrorists, m*therf*ckers," by VetGrl, which is available at the link.  I've mostly taken out cursing (even though I feel like doing it myself at these critics of teachers) for the benefit of those who would like to focus on the stories of heroism and on the depravity of the critics whom the author calls out.

To the cadre of soulless <expletive deleted> who delight in condemning teachers and others dedicated to the public education of our nation's youngsters, with apologies for being utterly unable to be polite, I have one message: <expletive deleted> .

<expletive deleted>, Michelle Malkin, for saying this last June:

They really outdid themselves. In Wisconsin and across the nation, public school employee unions spared no kiddie human shields in their battle against GOP Gov. Scott Walker's budget and pension reforms. Students were the first and last casualties of the ruthless Big Labor war against fiscal discipline.

To kick off the yearlong protest festivities, the Wisconsin Education Association Council led a massive "sickout" of educators and other government school personnel ... When they weren't ditching their students, radical teachers steeped in the social justice ethos of National Education Association-approved community organizer Saul Alinsky were shamelessly using other people's children as their own political junior lobbyists and pawns.

Outside your Townhall bubble, this is the reality of the Sandy Hook teachers yesterday:
As a massacre unfolded, the teachers of Sandy Hook were the heroes of the hour.
They hid their small charges, remained calm, and quietly led them outside - instructing them to close their eyes so they would be shielded from the carnage.

One of the most damning aspects of this tragedy is that the teachers knew immediately what was unfolding: another school shooting.

<expletive deleted>, random Free Republic <expletive and reference deleted>, and your ... moaning about teachers making too much money -- and for the charming picture of teachers with photoshopped pig faces.  Because preparing and training for sudden mass violence is now part of the <expletive deleted> job:

Schools nationwide have increased security measures since the shooting at Columbine. Many have installed metal detectors, developed detailed crisis plans, implemented policies to keep doors locked and accessible only by buzzer, and put teachers and staff through training on how to recognize and deal with threats.
<expletive deleted>, Chris Christie, for threatening to freeze teacher pay, among other things. Does this teacher make too much?
Maryrose Kristopik said she barricaded herself in to the closet with the nine and 10-year-olds while gunman Adam Lanza, 20, reportedly battered on the door screaming: ‘Let me in! Let me in!’

Asked about the incident itself, Mrs Kristopik said that you could ‘hear a lot’ of what was going on - and denied that she was a hero.

She said: ‘I called the police, I dialled 911 and they said they had reports of shots in the school, so that's when I had to tell the kids there was a bad person there because I didn't want them to talk.

‘I did what any other teacher would have done and I know there were others like me doing the same. They were doing whatever they could."

<expletive deleted>, Rod Paige, for calling the NEA a "terrorist organization."  Here is just
one of the souls to whom you refer:
Janet Vollmer, a kindergarten teacher at the school, says she locked her classroom doors and – to keep her students calm – read them a story until the police came.

Vollmer, her 19 students and the adult helpers in her classroom were not injured.

"You could hear what sounded like pops, gunshots. Of course, I’m not going to tell that to 5-year-olds, so I said to them, ‘We’re going over in a safe area,'" Vollmer told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "And we read a story and we kept them calm, did a lockdown drill, closed the doors, locked (them), covered the windows, and kept the children with us.”

<expletive deleted>, Katie Pavlich, and your snide remarks about Michigan teachers just this week:
Many Michigan schools are closed today as hundreds of teachers converge on the Capitol in Lansing to protest Michigan right-to-work legislation which was just passed by Republicans and is headed to Governor Snyder's desk.


Remember: it's all about the kids.

Yea, it actually is all about the kids.
Another quick-thinking member of staff was Kaitlin Roig whose ''happy'' morning meeting with her 14 students was suddenly interrupted by the unmistakable sound of rapid gunfire.

Ms Roig, 29, said she leapt up, closed her classroom door and then ushered the children, aged six and seven, into the adjacent bathroom. It was so tight some of the pupils had to be balanced on top of the toilet so they could all squeeze in. She then jammed a wheeled storage unit in front of the door and hoped for the best. ''We all got in there. I locked us in,'' she told America's ABC Network. ''I don't know if [the gunman] came in the room … I just told them we have to be absolutely quiet.

''If they started crying, I would take their face and tell them, 'It's going to be OK,''' Ms Roig said. ''I wanted that to be the last thing they heard, not the gunfire in the hall.''

And <expletive deleted>, Rush Limbaugh, always and forever, for calling teachers parasites and doubling down with this:
Can we get rid of the myth once and for all that school teachers, anymore, are these average, ordinary (as Obama wants to say), next-door neighbors who are just doing everything they can to further the educational experience of your children?
That's not who they are. They are left-wing activists, active members of unions who are oriented first by a political agenda, second by their own well-being, and your kids come last.
Here are a few more of those self-serving parasites, demonstrating their selfishness, their utter disregard of the children entrusted to their care:
In the library, Yvonne Cech, a librarian, locked herself, an assistant and 18 fourth graders in a closet behind filing cabinets while the sound of gunfire thundered outside.

Diane Day, a school therapist, hailed the school's unnamed ''lead teacher'' as ''our hero'' after she was shot twice while barricading a lockless door with her body to keep Lanza out of a classroom occupied by staff who had been in a meeting before the shooting.

Ms Day told The Wall Street Journal that, after the school principal, Dawn Hochsprung, and school psychologist Mary Sherlach had run out of the room to see what was happening, the shooter arrived and tried to force entry. Lanza was thwarted by the teacher who was wounded in the leg and arm as he opened fire through the door.

Ms Hochsprung and Ms Sherlach did not return and were later confirmed dead.

The Stamford Advocate reports the brave principal had, crucially, managed to activate the school's public address system before she was killed. In alerting the rest of her school that a killer was on the rampage, the principal's last courageous act almost certainly prevented further bloodshed.

<expletive deleted> the whole lot of you.  You don't deserve to breathe the same air as our public servants. Would you risk death to shield a child?  No, if the security of your gated world failed you, you'd all be running for the door trying to save your own asses and pushing anyone who got in your way to the ground.

Let me conclude with a passage from an angry rant I posted directed to Rush Limbaugh after comments he made about Elizabeth Edwards' battle against breast cancer. That's a personal issue for me because I lost my own sister to breast cancer.  I concluded the post with this with this:

Rush, I'll never get people like you. You don't understand suffering. You don't understand kindness. You don't understand love and support, whether between two people or among a community. You seem to understand nothing but your ego and your own ignorant sense of self importance.

But for as much as I don't get about you or your kind, there's one thing I'm pretty sure of: When you try to check in at the pearly gates, it'll be my sister who's going to kick your <expletive deleted> straight to hell.

Ditto, and that goes for the rest of the hate-mongering crowd.
Update: Via DisNoir36 in the comments:
This is Victoria Soto, and although I didn't know her, she is my hero. I don't know too much about her, but I know a lot of people who do know her and she's amazing. Victoria was a Stratford high graduate and only 27. She was killed today after she hid her first graders in closets and cabinets and told the shooter they were in the gym. He killed her and not one of her children were harmed. I have never been more proud to be from Stratford or to be a teacher. God bless Victoria, her family and friends, and all of those who were involved today in anyway. Victoria is a true hero.

Originally posted to Doane Spills on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 04:24 PM PST.

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  •  I'm linking to this version so as to reach people (10+ / 0-)

    that the original version would not.  The original version is better and I would no sooner want to supplant it than I would want the colorized version of a movie to drive the original black-and-white one off the market.  (I guess this is more like the "decolorized" version, though.)  I'm simply not willing to fail to take advantage of the authors hard work here while seeking to convey a message to people in my broader and largely conservative community that they desperately need to hear.

    My thanks to VetGrl, whom I hope is not affronted by this.  If it's any consolation, "expletive deleted" makes people think of Nixon -- as, in this case, they should.

    (Yes, I recognize the irony of my own sig, given this bowdlerization effort.)

    Plaintiffs' Employment Law Attorney (harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing, wage & hour, &c.) in North Orange County, CA.

    "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back."
    -- Saul Alinsky

    by Seneca Doane on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 04:23:55 PM PST

  •  What always blows me away.... (5+ / 0-)

    Are the people that say the most horrendous things....Racist, calling for the killing of others, anti gay, anti women...

    And then they have the audacity to give me hell because I drop an f-bomb in response to their hateful ideas.

    In their fancy church going clothes with the darkness that lies within their souls.

    Fuddle Duddle--- Pierre Trudeau.... Canadian politics at......A Creative Revolution

    by pale cold on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 04:37:21 PM PST

    •  I have no problem with how she wrote the diary (3+ / 0-)
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      VetGrl, BlackSheep1, ladybug53

      This is simply about spreading the message to those who might.  Judging them is beside the point.  I want them educated, aware, and on our side on these issues.

      Plaintiffs' Employment Law Attorney (harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing, wage & hour, &c.) in North Orange County, CA.

      "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back."
      -- Saul Alinsky

      by Seneca Doane on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 04:44:48 PM PST

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  •  I'm angry--too. (5+ / 0-)
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    annieli, stevej, Seneca Doane, VetGrl, ranton

    The same group who never had to run to protect a child during a school shooting has no problem running their mouths and running people down.

    Conscienceless and shameful.

    These loudmouths really do just need to shut up.

    Their tiresome rants are the hollow depraved howls of those severly lacking in humanity---responsibility----citizenship---and maturity.

    Our worst foot forward as a people---and pandering to the lowest common denominator possible.

    Vilifying our teachers for God's sake...........our teachers.............

    Have they no common decency of any kind?

    "If it were up to me, I'd take away the guns."--Cheryl Wheeler

    by lyvwyr101 on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 04:42:06 PM PST

  •  I am avoiding my Facebook page (2+ / 0-)
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    VetGrl, Seneca Doane

    My husband teaches 8th grade social studies, we live in the boondocks of Kentucky. People (including family) have been blaming the schools, condemning teachers and screaming for more guns. Demanding that we put god back in school to prevent this, oh, and arm the teachers with assault weapons. No one ever told the kids they could not practice their religion, it's not Sunday school though and there are no religious icons on the walls. If the kids wish to pray, they may do so silently. Ash Wednesday many of the kids wear ash marks all day at school, no one would dream of asking them to wash it off.
     I'm not sure what it is we have done to destroy religion. 3 days ago I was happy and hopeful looking forward to a wonderful Christmas with my family. Today, I am heartbroken for such pain and loss and blamed for the loss. I am in shock, and have sunk into despair because we are being blamed for such an act of horror. The right have become the criminally insane leading the completely stupid. I'm out of hope for our future, they refuse to let us have one. I wish you luck with the conservatives, I do. But I don't think they are capable of listening to reason anymore.

    "And while it was regarded as pretty good evidence of criminality to be living in a slum, for some reason owning a whole street of them merely got you invited to the very best social occasions."

    by Shippo1776 on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 05:25:24 PM PST

    •  You're fighting the good fight in those boondocks (1+ / 0-)
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      You're right on the merits of your entire argument; sometimes people need to exhaust themselves before they'll quiet down and listen to reason.

      As for us activists, I don't think that we can avoid despair altogether, but we can try to make sure that it's a temporary condition.  Persevere!  The struggle continues.

      Plaintiffs' Employment Law Attorney (harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing, wage & hour, &c.) in North Orange County, CA.

      "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back."
      -- Saul Alinsky

      by Seneca Doane on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 10:04:38 AM PST

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