Education Secretary pushed employees to attend Sharpton rally

posted at 10:55 am on August 31, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The official line from the White House on the Glenn Beck “Restoring Honor” rally was What rally? That position is certainly understandable from a political perspective, and probably not bad from an overall perspective, either.  The federal government shouldn’t take an inordinate amount of interest in lawful and peaceful political demonstrations in most cases, although certainly candidates for office should take heed of the electorate’s expressions of anger and dissatisfaction in this cycle especially.

However, it appears that one large portion of the federal government not only took an interest in another rally, but its Cabinet Secretary cajoled its staff to attend it.  Arne Duncan sent an e-mail to more than 4000 Department of Education employees urging them to attend Al Sharpton’s protest rally on the same day as Beck’s:

President Obama’s top education official urged government employees to attend a rally that the Rev. Al Sharpton organized to counter a larger conservative event on the Mall.

“ED staff are invited to join Secretary Arne Duncan, the Reverend Al Sharpton, and other leaders on Saturday, Aug. 28, for the ‘Reclaim the Dream’ rally and march,” began an internal e-mail sent to more than 4,000 employees of the Department of Education on Wednesday.

Unlike the Beck rally, Sharpton’s was explicitly political, and partisan:

“[Conservatives] think we showed up [to vote for Barack Obama] in 2008 and that we won’t show up again. But we know how to sucker-punch, and we’re coming out again in 2010,” Sharpton said.

Obama avoided comment on Saturday’s dueling rallies, but Duncan took the podium alongside Sharpton and 30 other speakers on the football field of Dunbar High School. Thousands of mostly blacks listened — and a lone man booed — as Duncan called education “the civil rights issue of our generation.”

The Washington Examiner says this does not appear to violate the Hatch Act, which was written to keep taxpayers from paying federal employees’ salaries while they conduct political activity, but this sounds like it comes close.   It also reflects poorly on the administration that it spends its time sending employees to rallies rather than doing their jobs.  By making the DoE explicitly political, it also destroys its credibility — and makes it a potentially hostile work environment, as a former DoE program manager explained to the Examiner:

“It sends a signal that activity on behalf of one side of a political debate is expected within a department. It’s highly inappropriate … even in the absence of a direct threat,” Boaz said. “If we think of a Bush cabinet official sending an e-mail to civil servants asking them to attend a Glenn Beck rally, there would be a lot of outrage over that.”

Russ Whitehurst, director of the liberal-leaning Brookings Institution’s Brown Center of Education Policy, said nothing like this happened when he was a Department of Education program director from 2001 to 2008: “Only political appointees would have been made aware of such an event and encouraged to attend.”

Anyone with any experience in the private sector of managing people would understand that already.  An “invitation” from the boss to a political event amounts to an implied diktat and a strong hint on approved political affiliation in the workplace, and everyone knows it.  As we have seen in other contexts, though, this administration is almost bereft of such experience.  Instead, it’s comprised mainly of political hacks … like Arne Duncan.


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few people took photos as they chanted and walked down Constitution Avenue. “We need to be shouting ‘we are America,’” said one woman in Sharpton’s rally. “See all those tea baggers.” The two crowds mostly gawked at each other and smiled.

As one group of black women chanted “Yes we did and get over it,” those part of the Glenn Beck rally clapped and passed out Restore the Honor bottles of water.

“Shame on them. We still have a dream. We are here to let those folks on the Mall know that they don’t represent the dream,” said Jaime Contreras, president of SEIU-32BJ. “They sure as hell don’t represent me. They represent hate-mongering and angry white people. The happy white people are here today. We will not let them stand in the way of the change we voted for!”

Joyce White arrived at a what she called a counter-march to Fox News host Glenn Beck’s rally. She came to remember the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech but also to show her opposition to Beck.

“If we hadn’t elected a black president, do you think they would be doing this today?” she asked.
She recently retired and brought her grandson Troy to witness what she said would be a historic event. “Reclaim the Dream” T-shirts with black and white pictures of King were available for $10 near vendors selling wooden statues and Kinte cloth.

William Amos on August 31, 2010 at 10:58 AM

‘No questions please… I’m on my lunch break.’

RalphyBoy on August 31, 2010 at 10:59 AM

The “Reclaim the Dream” rally is online in CSPAN video library archives; running time 2 hours 40 minutes. It appears that you can embed the video, but not download it.

It’s worth your time, even if you only view portions of it.

Skandia Recluse on August 31, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Sharpton is wearing his hate on his sleeve these days.

rollthedice on August 31, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Extra credit.

portlandon on August 31, 2010 at 11:01 AM

“I’ve got a tee time. See ya.”

Fuquay Steve on August 31, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Arne Duncan (born November 6, 1964) is an American education administrator and currently United States Secretary of Education. Duncan had previously served as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arne_Duncan

Always swinging for the home team. It’s the Chicago way.

Cody1991 on August 31, 2010 at 11:01 AM

It was a back to school event!

MayBee on August 31, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Extra credit.

portlandon on August 31, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Darn you! ;)

Bee on August 31, 2010 at 11:02 AM

According to the box score, only a few thousand people showed up to Sharpton’s soap box destruction derby.

Could the political hacks in the Executive Branch have that little pull on their own political hires that they couldn’t get more than a few dozen to show up?

gabriel sutherland on August 31, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Methinks the Education Department could get a better education listening to Glenn Beck, who HAS studied history.

Steve Z on August 31, 2010 at 11:03 AM

When I worked in a public school system during the reelection for 41, the superintendent had a mandatory “Back to School Rally” at an amphitheater. Our local congressman (R) was there but left after he gave his little pep talk. The invited speaker was a crazed Left wing “journalist” who was so partisan that my Left leaning co-worker was offended. That sort of thing makes (or should) it uncomfortable for all involved. I don’t want this gentleman to get fired but it certainly shouldn’t pass unnoticed and remarked about.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2010 at 11:04 AM

How bad does the Democrats’ position have to be when they’re reduced to relying on Al Sharpton to be their ideological savior by cajoling underlings to attend his rally and validate his legitamacy (and I’m sure after some things up in New York, like the Freddy’s Fashion Mart incident, a lot of the Jewish employees at the Department of Education were just chomping at the bit to go to Al’s rally and give him legitimacy as a power broker … which might explain why Al couldn’t even fill a small high school football stadium with his supporters on Saturday).

jon1979 on August 31, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Comments from the Sharpton rally attendees…

Race, race, race, race, race, tea baggers and race!

mankai on August 31, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Wow, just wow….
Is it time to dismantle DOE?

Libs have no tolerance for this who do not agree with them….sad, very sad

cmsinaz on August 31, 2010 at 11:04 AM

What better place for white (and half white personally in the case of DC) socialist pieces of trash to celebrate what they’ve done to inner city school systems.

Way to go, Arne! Chicago for all!

MNHawk on August 31, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Would that be a predominately black crowd at the Sharpton rally on the anniversary of MLK Jr. fI have a Dream speech?

Tommy_G on August 31, 2010 at 11:07 AM

“Reverend” Al Sharpton – that never sounds right.

50sGuy on August 31, 2010 at 11:07 AM

He’s buying shrimp, guys.

amerpundit on August 31, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Is there a single Obama appointee who doesn’t merit an investigation?

Extrafishy on August 31, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Angle in NV is right! We need to do away with the Department of Re-Education! It performs absolutely no function except to relentlessly promote the Socialists’ agenda. Schools are local issues; get the FEDS out of the business!

alwyr on August 31, 2010 at 11:10 AM

From my understanding of the Hatch Act, it was meant to allow employees the freedom to participate in such events, just not on “company time.” There are do’s and don’ts of such rallies such as acting within your official capacity or the wearing of uniforms, use of vehicles, or accepting prizes/money for participating. I am unaware of the statute portion that would cover the administrations encouragement for attending such an event. I don’t think that’s necessarily illegal, but it’s certainly questionable based on what Ed mentioned regarding credibility, etc.

ted c on August 31, 2010 at 11:10 AM

“Reverend” Al Sharpton – that never sounds right.

50sGuy on August 31, 2010 at 11:07 AM

I prefer Rush’s title for him: Race baiting poverty pimp.

Extrafishy on August 31, 2010 at 11:11 AM

This would have happened if If Obama werent’ president and probably would have been bigger

tomas on August 31, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Thousands of mostly blacks listened — and a lone man booed — as Duncan called education “the civil rights issue of our generation.”

Thousands? really?

Interesting that the “press” is using the same vague, general figure for the number of people who showed up for Beck’s rally. As though the numbers were anywhere near comparable.

UltimateBob on August 31, 2010 at 11:12 AM

The funny thing is that they will “spin” this and explain it away and pat themselves on the bat for finding a clever way to get away with it but …

What they don’t realize yet is that no one’s going to buy the spin. Americans – and I dare say MOST Americans are quickly becoming ashamed of the Obama administration.

I know MANY Liberals who will no longer defend the guy because they’d look like hypocrits based on their criticisms of Bush. Obama may not care about being “two-faced”, and a lot of Liberals don’t care either – but MANY DO care and they are deeply ashamed of this regime.

HondaV65 on August 31, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Astroturf.

the_nile on August 31, 2010 at 11:13 AM

I wonder if any of the DOE employees had the seeds to ask Duncan “why do you want us to attend”?

Bishop on August 31, 2010 at 11:13 AM

We could have a budget surplus if,
we cut DOE,EPA,HUD,AG,Fred?Fannie by 65%, and left the rif process to finish off the waste.
You are welcome to add to the list.The states could do a better job on all of the above areas.

Col.John Wm. Reed on August 31, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Just a reminder… Arne Duncan wants to segregate gays in public schools.

faraway on August 31, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Can I send or forward a partisan political e-mail from my work e-mail address to my non-government e-mail address while I am at work, i.e., on duty and in a federal room or building?
Answer: Yes. If you received a partisan political e-mail in your work e-mail account you may send that e-mail to your non-government e-mail address while at work. Simply sending such an e-mail to your personal e-mail address, without more, does not constitute prohibited political activity as defined under the Hatch Act or its regulations. But please be aware that you would violate the Hatch Act if you sent the e-mail to your non-government e-mail address and then using your non-government e-mail account you sent the e-mail to other people while you were on duty and/or at work.

If I am on duty and/or in my government workspace, can I login to my non-government e-mail account and from that account, send or forward a partisan political e-mail?
Answer: No. You cannot send a partisan political e-mail from your non-government e-mail address while you are on duty and/or at work.

http://www.osc.gov/haFederalfaq.htm

*************

hmmm.. maybe I was wrong.

ted c on August 31, 2010 at 11:15 AM

and a lone man booed

Hero? Joe Wilson?

Abby Adams on August 31, 2010 at 11:16 AM

They have to keep paying Al to continue the race baiting issues since not so many are listening anymore.

docflash on August 31, 2010 at 11:17 AM

I’ve seen no in-print mention of the 2-4 large signs carried by Sharpton folks who paraded around the outskirts of the Beck crowd with this message: “MLK-dream, GB-nightmare.” The Beck crowd quietly started murmuring “Ignore them, ignore them.” They finally walked away. Anybody get a photo?

indypat on August 31, 2010 at 11:17 AM

He is proud of knowing how to sucker punch? Only a coward does that. Face your opponent like a man Sharpton! Bomb throwing,sucker punching,racist.

faol on August 31, 2010 at 11:17 AM

According to the box score, only a few thousand people showed up to Sharpton’s soap box destruction derby.

Could the political hacks in the Executive Branch have that little pull on their own political hires that they couldn’t get more than a few dozen to show up?

gabriel sutherland on August 31, 2010 at 11:03 AM

According to Sharpton on OReilly last night, it was 10 or 20 times that. I was disgusted at the volume of lies that came out of that filth’s mouth in such a short amount of time.

Monica on August 31, 2010 at 11:18 AM

OSC has the authority to investigate and, where appropriate, prosecute claims of “prohibited personnel practices.” There are twelve prohibited personnel practices, including reprisal for whistleblowing, which are defined by law at § 2302(b) of title 5 of the United States Code (U.S.C.). A personnel action” (defined in 5 U.S.C. § 2302(a)(2(A) to include appointments, promotions, reassignments, disciplinary actions, and other personnel matters) may need to be involved for a prohibited personnel practice to occur. Generally stated, § 2302(b) provides that a federal employee who has authority over personnel decisions may not:

(1) discriminate against an employee or applicant based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicapping condition, marital status, or political affiliation;

(2) request or consider employment recommendations based on factors other than personal knowledge or records of job-related abilities or characteristics;

(3) coerce the political activity of any person;</blockquote>

http://www.osc.gov/pppwhatare.htm#

ted c on August 31, 2010 at 11:20 AM

We all know the federal Department of Education doesn’t have anything else useful it could be doing with its resources – like, say, improving test scores of the kids trapped in government schools under its tentacles.

Good Lt on August 31, 2010 at 11:20 AM

I’ve seen no in-print mention of the 2-4 large signs carried by Sharpton folks who paraded around the outskirts of the Beck crowd with this message: “MLK-dream, GB-nightmare.” The Beck crowd quietly started murmuring “Ignore them, ignore them.” They finally walked away. Anybody get a photo?

indypat on August 31, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Reason caught up with them and talked with those folks — here:
http://reason.com/blog/2010/08/28/reasontv-what-we-saw-at-the-gl

Firefly_76 on August 31, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Shame on them. We still have a dream. We are here to let those folks on the Mall know that they don’t represent the dream,” said Jaime Contreras, president of SEIU-32BJ.

Seems to me that these folks aren’t really clear as to what MLK’s “Dream” actually was. Something about content of character and not about color of skin. I may be wrong, but I doubt it.

Big John on August 31, 2010 at 11:21 AM

William Amos on August 31, 2010 at 10:58 AM

That 32BJ SEIU is the one that spells it:
AMERCAN DREAM
Heh…

SnowSun on August 31, 2010 at 11:22 AM

I wonder if the Education Czar Kevin “Fister” Jennings was at Al’s Rally?..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2010 at 11:23 AM

The Hatch Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 7321-7326, governs the political activity of federal civilian
executive branch employees. The Hatch Act generally permits most federal employees to
actively participate in partisan political management and partisan political campaigns. Covered
employees, however, are prohibited from, among other things, engaging in political activity
while on duty, in a government office or building, while wearing an official uniform, or using a
government vehicle. 5 U.S.C. § 7324. Political activity has been defined as activity directed
toward the success or failure of a political party, candidate for a partisan political office or
partisan political group. 5 C.F.R. § 734.101.

ted c on August 31, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Hasn’t the Department of Education become the Department of Teacher’s Unions?

albill on August 31, 2010 at 11:24 AM

That 32BJ SEIU is the one that spells it:
AMERCAN DREAM
Heh…

SnowSun on August 31, 2010 at 11:22 AM

“There is no “I” in TEAM”
Or Amercan.

VegasRick on August 31, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Monica on August 31, 2010

That’s one of the reasons I don’t watch O’Reilly or Hannity these days. They both continue to give that putrid turd a forum to spout his particularly noxious brand of bile with zero credibility.

Extrafishy on August 31, 2010 at 11:26 AM

All civilian employees in the executive branch of the federal government, except the President and the Vice President, are covered by the provisions of the Hatch Act. Employees of the U. S. Postal Service and the District of Columbia, except for the Mayor of the District of Columbia, the District of Columbia’s City Council and the District’s Recorder of Deeds, are also covered by the Act. Part-time employees are covered by the Act. Federal and District of Columbia employees subject to the Hatch Act continue to be covered while on annual leave, sick leave, leave without pay, or furlough. However, employees who work on an occasional or irregular basis, or who are special government employees, as defined in title 18 U. S.C. § 202(a), are subject to the restrictions only when they are engaged in government business.

Federal employees fall within two categories under the Hatch Act, Further Restricted and Less Restricted.

ted c on August 31, 2010 at 11:26 AM

MLK: “I have a dream.”

BHO: “Aren’t I dreamy?”

fogw on August 31, 2010 at 11:28 AM

What??…More Dem Astroturf from the Obama Administration?….it can’t be!

Tim_CA on August 31, 2010 at 11:30 AM

MLK: “I have a dream.”

BHO: “Aren’t I dreamy?” Aren’t I a nightmare.

fogw on August 31, 2010 at 11:28 AM

VegasRick on August 31, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Extrafishy on August 31, 2010 at 11:26 AM

I agree..For the life of me I don’t see why they have him on TV..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2010 at 11:31 AM

The federal government shouldn’t take an inordinate amount of interest in lawful and peaceful political demonstrations in most cases,

Err…when 300K people gather in ur backyard…the prez should “wonder” about that…not this dude…

winston on August 31, 2010 at 11:31 AM

VegasRick on August 31, 2010 at 11:31 AM

VR, Barry would never call himself a nightmare. That’s our job, and our pain.

fogw on August 31, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Re-education 101

maverick muse on August 31, 2010 at 11:34 AM

I agree..For the life of me I don’t see why they have him on TV..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2010

I think they have him on to generate verbal fireworks and that translates into ratings. I understand that ratings = life to TV, but isn’t there some depth to which one shouldn’t sink?

Extrafishy on August 31, 2010 at 11:35 AM

I like the “urged” part…. I’m sure that a sign in sheet was present and names were checked.

CynicalOptimist on August 31, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Err…when 300K people gather in ur backyard…the prez should “wonder” about that…not this dude…
winston on August 31, 2010 at 11:31 AM

300K? Yeah right. CNN said the crowd numbered in the “many hundreds” so don’t go trying to inflate the number.

Bishop on August 31, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Extrafishy on August 31, 2010 at 11:35 AM

You would think so..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2010 at 11:37 AM

The Hatch Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 7321-7326, governs the political activity of federal civilian executive branch employees.

Covered employees, however, are prohibited from using a
government vehicle.

Check those plates.

maverick muse on August 31, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Would anyone let Arne Duncan babysit their child?

mjbrooks3 on August 31, 2010 at 11:38 AM

I was watching both rallies at the same time and the contrast was stark, vivid and appalling.

ButterflyDragon on August 31, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Obama requires Dept. of Education employees to attend Sharpton’s rally.

Obama feigns not to have noticed that Beck was holding a rally. In the same breath, Obama determines that to rally for American HONOR requires high anxiety.

maverick muse on August 31, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Astroturf.

the_nile on August 31, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Astroturf trashed their arena.

maverick muse on August 31, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Arne Dunkan tutored kids when he was in high school. Then he got a degree in sociology. Then he played basketball in Australia. Then he was a heavily clouted Chicago political hack who did a terrible job running the Chicago Public Schools, since he had zero administrative or educational background. Arne isn’t even qualified to teach “Australian” in any U.S. school yet he was still able to get this federal “f**ing golden” job! Ain’t that just grand?

MayorDaley on August 31, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Jeffrey Lord contrasting Beck’s

I love watching Glenn Beck on TV. So I watched the rally on C-SPAN.

And you know what? (He says gently…)

I was elated — and concerned.

…this is one of the reasons (in reverse) why Beck opponents in the world of liberal religion have lost members: they have presented themselves as religious leaders yet behave as if they were secular politicians. Beck seems to be struggling with being a secular talk radio commentator — or the Reverend Glenn.

There’s nothing wrong with either. But the latter, per se, seems not what he was about all of this time up until now.

maverick muse on August 31, 2010 at 11:51 AM

My daughter showed me her History book last night. It stated Jesus was a “prophet” who preached humility and charity. No mention that his followers believe he is the Son of God, the resurrection, nothing just the same thing Muslims teach… that he’s a prophet. We need to get rid of the DOE.

CCRWM on August 31, 2010 at 11:52 AM

How about worrying about re-distribution of the countries wealth and not about tea-baggars. Keep your eye on the green. /SARC OFF. Get a form incorrect, deny them the cash. Oh and attend the rally on Saturday. I love this job. Love, Arne

Fuquay Steve on August 31, 2010 at 11:58 AM

These DoE people disgust me. And people like Sharpton disgust me as well, encouraging blacks to believe that they are hated and “kept down” by “the white man.” The power of belief is very strong, and if your belief is negative, then you’re screwing yourself.

My question to “successful” blacks: How did you do it? Through hard work and belief in yourself, or was it a handout from whitey? If the former, then exhort other blacks to achievement. If not, then why should you be in a job you aren’t qualified for?

disa on August 31, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Monica on August 31, 2010
That’s one of the reasons I don’t watch O’Reilly or Hannity these days. They both continue to give that putrid turd a forum to spout his particularly noxious brand of bile with zero credibility.
Extrafishy on August 31, 2010 at 11:26 AM

and Juan Williams, Bob Beckels and a whe host of other obnoxious Liberals. If I wanted to hear their liberal spewings I’d watch MSNBC or CNN… It’s kind of like the Headlines here, almost all Hatefilled Left rags which I won’t click on… I just read some of the comments.

CCRWM on August 31, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Isn’t he “mister fister”?

ErinF on August 31, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Isn’t he “mister fister”?

ErinF on August 31, 2010 at 12:02 PM

I think you are referring to Kevin Jennings the “safe school” czar..:)

PS..Isn’t that ironic..safe school czar is a fister..:(

Dire Straits on August 31, 2010 at 12:08 PM

MLK: “I have a dream.”

BHO: “Aren’t I dreamy?” Aren’t I a nightmare.

fogw on August 31, 2010 at 11:28 AM

VegasRick on August 31, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Vegas, gotta hand it to you. Nightmare he is….

chai on August 31, 2010 at 12:26 PM

“Shame on them. We still have a dream. We are here to let those folks on the Mall know that they don’t represent the dream,”….

“Free at last, free at last…

Free car
Free gas
Free house
Free education
…to be continued

ziggyville on August 31, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Great headline at Newsbusters: Overwhelmingly White Media Criticize Conservative Rallies as ‘Overwhelmingly White’

slickwillie2001 on August 31, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Get off your knees Duncan and wipe that disgusting grin off your face.

try again later on August 31, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Let me say this much about Arne Duncan.

This bobblehead tool of Mayor Daley practically undid all the good and great things previous Chicago Education CEO Paul Vallas did during his time in Chicago. Before Vallas, the schools in Chicago were pretty much is total disaarray. Under Vallas, the schools in Chicago did a complete turnaround and actually started improving, with students grades going up and quality education offered.

But Daley had, for one reason or another, a grudge against Vallas and through the usual Chicago political chicanery practically ran Vallas out of town.

A couple of CEO’s later, Daley installed Duncan and the schools were pretty much back to the educational disaster sites that they were before Vallas. But Duncan is the type that if Daley said jump, Duncan would be asking how high, which is the type of puppet Daley really likes to have working under him.

So it doesn’t surprise me in the least that Duncan, gutless wonder that he is, would be urging his people to attending Sharpton’s rant and rave fest. Just as he did under Daley, he nods his head in obedience to Obama’s every wit and whim.

pilamaye on August 31, 2010 at 1:39 PM

HondaV65 on August 31, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Unicorns, Whine and Song.

Finding a liberal with shame is like finding a Republican with backbone.

Speaking of which, can we find out who was booing at the Reverend Sharpton’s whine festival and groom him as a candidate?

And..kudos to Beck. All this administration needed was a hate party to get the old victim togas wrapped around themselves in time for November. And the beautiful songs he presented..like angels..Wow.

IlikedAUH2O on August 31, 2010 at 1:45 PM

I think that the media who are upset about the proportion of whites should move to truly integrated neighborhoods. Or better yet, continents.

I lived in gov’t program housing which was adjacent to “project housing” twice. It was mostly (97%) black and poor and high density.

But MSNBC calls me a racist now. I wonder how many of them ever lived in a black neighborhood?

IlikedAUH2O on August 31, 2010 at 1:51 PM

Barrack Hussein couldn’t fill a gymnasium in Massatoochits for Cloakley vs Brown, now Sarpston can’t fill a football field in DC on MLKs anniversary!

Me-thinks the Rats have worn out the Race card!
Worth less than the two of hearts!

Matthews and Olberdork are still big fans and playin it tho!

Looks like the Race Card and a dime will get ya a gumball these days!

dhunter on August 31, 2010 at 2:19 PM

What is the sucker punch talk? Why would one brag about being good at sucker punching?

And in my view a sucker punch is most dishonorable.

Sharpton sort of illustrates the need to return to honor doesn’t he?

And the corruption of even mildly coercing folks to attend a political rally, that may or may not reflect their own feelings, that is pretty dishonorable as well.

Honor is a funny thing, it is pretty east to spot it’s absence.

petunia on August 31, 2010 at 3:00 PM

I don’t want this gentleman to get fired but it certainly shouldn’t pass unnoticed and remarked about.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2010 at 11:04 AM

If you knew of Arne Duncan’s record in Chicago, and his pornographic “sex ed” and/or “health” curricula which is warping, hypersexualizing and destroying young minds and bodies, Duncan’s firing would be the least of what you would want, and the word “gentleman” in reference to him would not apply.

tigerlily on August 31, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Hasn’t the Department of Education become the Department of Teacher’s Unions?

albill on August 31, 2010 at 11:24 AM

It has been from its inception.

Slowburn on August 31, 2010 at 4:36 PM

The rally link is included in this posting:

http://missourieducationwatchdog.blogspot.com/2010/08/somebody-had-to-watch-al-sharptons.html

Duncan speaks at 2:00:04. Notice the doublespeak. He should have never appeared at such a partisan rally, nor strong arm employees to attend. It should be called the Department of Re-education.

manateespirit on August 31, 2010 at 4:46 PM

But we know how to sucker-punch, and we’re coming out again in 2010,” Sharpton said.

.
Another racist Tea Bagger, Brown Shirt, inciting violence.

ronsfi on August 31, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Firefly_76 on August 31, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Interesting…thanks!

indypat on August 31, 2010 at 11:16 PM