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Gag me With A Yellow Ribbon
« on: March 22, 2018, 07:25:07 AM »
You can't openly criticize people for joining the military in this country. TPTB are always eager to promote the meme of "thanking our military veterans for their service" which apparently doesn't involve spending money on them after the constant wars leave some of them crippled and permanently damaged in various ways. It's mostly lip service, and yellow ribbons.
Honest critics of the system that sends the young and naive off to get blown up are apt to lose their jobs, like this guy. I don't agree with him that guys in the military are "lowest of the low", but I do agree that the whole rah-rah thing is stupid. But there are lots of veterans, and they are proud of their poor decision to join, because...they did it, and they're stuck with it.



(NEWSER) A history teacher who was videotaped telling his students that only dumb people join the US military has been fired by the suburban southern California school district where he has taught for more than 15 years. El Rancho Unified School District President Aurora R. Villon announced Gregory Salcido's dismissal at Tuesday night's school board meeting, the AP reports. In January Salcido upbraided a 17-year-old student for wearing a Marines sweatshirt to his class at El Rancho High School, telling him members of the US military are "the lowest of our low." "We've got a bunch of dumb (expletive) over there," he said during a soft-spoken, occasionally profane lecture that lasted several minutes while his students sometimes giggled.

Villon said the small school district in the overwhelmingly Hispanic suburb of Pico Rivera has been "swamped with controversy" since a video of the remarks went viral after a family friend of the student posted it on Facebook. "The superintendent has recommended disciplinary action, including termination of the employment," she said. Villon said Salcido would remain on unpaid administrative leave pending any appeal he might make to state officials. Salcido, a longtime member of the Pico Rivera City Council, served as mayor in 2002, 2010, and 2015. Since his remarks went viral he has rejected fellow councilmembers' demands that he resign. One councilmember has launched a recall petition.

http://www.newser.com/story/256882/teacher-who-called-military-lowest-of-low-is-fired.html
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Re: Gag me With A Yellow Ribbon
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2018, 07:41:56 AM »
You can't openly criticize people for joining the military in this country. TPTB are always eager to promote the meme of "thanking our military veterans for their service" which apparently doesn't involve spending money on them after the constant wars leave some of them crippled and permanently damaged in various ways. It's mostly lip service, and yellow ribbons.
Honest critics of the system that sends the young and naive off to get blown up are apt to lose their jobs, like this guy. I don't agree with him that guys in the military are "lowest of the low", but I do agree that the whole rah-rah thing is stupid. But there are lots of veterans, and they are proud of their poor decision to join, because...they did it, and they're stuck with it.



(NEWSER) A history teacher who was videotaped telling his students that only dumb people join the US military has been fired by the suburban southern California school district where he has taught for more than 15 years. El Rancho Unified School District President Aurora R. Villon announced Gregory Salcido's dismissal at Tuesday night's school board meeting, the AP reports. In January Salcido upbraided a 17-year-old student for wearing a Marines sweatshirt to his class at El Rancho High School, telling him members of the US military are "the lowest of our low." "We've got a bunch of dumb (expletive) over there," he said during a soft-spoken, occasionally profane lecture that lasted several minutes while his students sometimes giggled.

Villon said the small school district in the overwhelmingly Hispanic suburb of Pico Rivera has been "swamped with controversy" since a video of the remarks went viral after a family friend of the student posted it on Facebook. "The superintendent has recommended disciplinary action, including termination of the employment," she said. Villon said Salcido would remain on unpaid administrative leave pending any appeal he might make to state officials. Salcido, a longtime member of the Pico Rivera City Council, served as mayor in 2002, 2010, and 2015. Since his remarks went viral he has rejected fellow councilmembers' demands that he resign. One councilmember has launched a recall petition.

http://www.newser.com/story/256882/teacher-who-called-military-lowest-of-low-is-fired.html

Salcido was maladroit about making his point. calling serving military "the lowest of the low" sounds too much like victim-blaming.
On the other hand, had he told them WHY-- the military being one of the few ladders of self-improvement accessible to the poor, since the empire always needs cannon-fodder to preserve the prerogatives of the .01 per cent-- news teams would be carrying live shots of his crucifixion in front of the school.
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