Escape from the Bubbaholic Zone
I first want to thank you for having the courage to at least give your name and I do agree with some of your points. They are valid and you do write well showing that there are many conservatives that do write well just as Martin can write well when he refrains from resorting to Neanderthal comments. I will post your comment. I am flattered that Martin sent my essay to half of the patrons at the pub to give others the chance to read it and maybe get upset about it just as they would with Howard Stern, or when "The Last Temptation of Christ" was met with resistance in Oklahoma. Michael Moore's movies are also met with similar resistance in a state where "The Daily Disappointment" and freedom of speech are squelched. I love that freedom that is in this country and other countries. I would love for Rush and his big fat ass come into the democratic convention with his right wing propaganda. He would be eaten alive!
Here is your comment and I will respond to it some more when I get the chance to write some more.
I could chose to edit or censor all the comments from Martin who continues to show disrespect by calling me names like asshole, douche bag, etc. He would never admit that it was him that was writing the comments and I did not know him from jack. He immediately latched onto my site like an unwanted leach attaches itself when you are swimming. I had thought it was his friend that gave me a bullet and when I asked him if he was the author of the comments he lied and was as rude as he was in his comments. He appears to be obsessed with my site and made it a personal thing. I hope that he has a good side to him instead of the rich private school boy from Michigan that grew up insulting kids in the school cafeteria that were not as fortunate as his rich Republican family. If he would he would prefer to stay anonymous I could use a scatalogical term as he always does and just call him "fartin". He will probably want to bend back my middle finger for just giving him a taste of his own medicine. I abhor violence but I will defend myself and feel that the establishment should have sent him out for his violence just as they suspend violent students.
Here is your comment:
"I also have a problem with the fact that you are a teacher that has self diagnosed ADD and smokes weed. WOW. That is just what our public school students need, an ultra liberal, mentally ill, dope head, alcholic (I say that because apparently you spend a lot of time at bars) teaching our impressionable students your personal political views. Do you see how I just characterised you in one simple run-on sentence? You might say that I am very judgemental to say all of that. I feel the same way about your personal writings.
Wow! I think I conversed with you while inhaling your cigarette smoke from your addiction and while you were drinking your favorite drug that was outlawed long before you were born during the prohibition. I do not go into a panic as nicotine addicts do. I have been without it for the past few weeks except for the occasional smoke from friends. I do not have to rush to the convenience store when there is a blizzard to spend over 120$ a month on a pack a day habit (double if you smoke 2 or 3 packs when you chain smoke in pubs).
When I do smoke it, I have a nice buzz and feel less need to get a much more dangerous buzz with alcohol. Alcohol impairs your judgement and reflexes far more than marijuana. I was teaching one year at a school where the football coach, the assistant principal and many of the teachers were closet smokers.(no, I won't tell you the school!) When I go to these concerts , I meet many teachers (even in special ed) that are recreational users that like to use it ocassionally. It does not make you want to "graduate" to heavier drugs and the smoke never bothered me the way tobacco does even when I did not smoke it way back in my college days. After a tough day dealing with emotionally disturbed students, I would relax a little with this "illegal" medication instead of having a beer which only aggravates acid reflux. I would feel fine the next day with no hangover that one often gets from drinking poor domestic beer. It is so ridiculous that is illegal when Clinton and George probably were recreational users. George won't tell us about his cocaine use or what else he did while he was supposed to be with the national guard in Alabama! I will go more into how ridiculous the prohibition against marijuana is in this country when so many have smoke it. Have you smoked it, Niles, or did you just not inhale?
I resent the fact that you call me mentally ill when I have the courage to come out in the open with my own ADD and you are immediately labeling me. I have far less hostility and anger than you and your favorite friends that enjoy getting violent. I avoid violence and confrontation in my job when students becomes loud, angry and potentially violent as your friend appears to relish doing. He appears to have many issues and the need to become loud to get the attention of his "friends". So before you "throw stones" question your own state of mind and your friends' as to what emotional stability truly is. I am paid to help these students but not adults that cannot control their anger. You and all the rednecks do not have to read this site. I believe your friend has read more of this site than anyone else! (My friend, Lillian, will help me get more attention to this site than 1000x all your nasty emails to other Bubbas and Bubbettes) He has definitely left more comments than all of my readers combined. Does he not realize that I enjoy the fact that he has only given more publicity to my writing just as everyone wanted to see "Farenheit 911" especially because it is so controversial here and hard to get! As to talking politics in my classroom, I keep that away from the school. I am happy when they are behaving and learning to look in the mirror before they "throw stones".
Writing is a way for them to analyze their own behavior and decide what are the right choices to make.
I consider that I am on the "front lines" in a war against ignorance, crime and stupidity. I love the challenge of helping students that have difficulty with processing or dealing with their issues so that they can learn to make the right choices and become productive members of society or at least avoid spending time in jail where we will be spending at least 40k a year to keep them incarcerated. Our priorities are all wrong spending 200 billion over there in Iraq when we should take care of our own backyard here. Our children are our future! Niles, believe it or not, my job can be very strenous at times, as special ed teachers only average 3 years at their jobs before they become burnt out. I have made a choice to take a sabbatical so that I can write, recuperate and travel for a few months to a year. I am fiscally conservative so that I can afford to take this hiatus. My father lives in Australia and I will be visiting him as he is getting on in years and he wants to see my book before he dies. I hope that you read more of my essays and maybe even give some thoughtful insight to your own perspectives, instead of nasty, angry, emotionally disturbed comments as you good friend does. Our country is the most polarized it ever has been since the civil war. Maybe we ought to give "peace a chance" in dealing with our neighbors or at least be able to talk civilly without getting loud and violent. Thank again Nile, for your comment that avoided getting as low and guttural as some rednecks love to get.