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NEA Convention: Smokers Have the Right to a Bum-Free Environment

posted at 9:08 am on July 4, 2013 by

Happy Independence Day, everyone. Today we settle in to the nuts and bolts of the convention, the new business items (NBIs). Up for debate today:

NBI 7: Let’s get rid of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

NBI 9: “The NEA will support the termination of the use of ‘Redskins’ by any National Football League team.”

NBI 11: “NEA shall encourage hotels, with which we do business, to promote the diversity of political viewpoints through their television channel line-ups in the guest rooms.”

The rationale states: “We are all aware that the FOX channel(s) are primarily to express the conservative viewpoint while MSNBC channel is to promote the liberal side of the political debate. A hotel’s line-up that includes only one of these two channels (among others) is inherently an attempt to suppress one side of the political debate. Robust political debate is fundamental to our democracy. Most importantly, providing information about both sides of the political ‘argument’ is crucial to the democratic process. Most are aware of the efforts by millionaires/billionaires to control the political messages and when this control extends to include the hotels NEA rent to conduct business, NEA has a responsibility to encourage these hotels to have channel line-ups that reflect the desired balance in the political debate. That is, if there is a FOX channel, there should be a MSNBC channel also in the line-up and vice versa.”

NBI 32: “NEA selects hotels used during the annual NEA RA that provides a secure environment free of vagrants and/or panhandlers for their guests who smoke tobacco.”

Evidently the homeless are begging from delegates smoking in designated areas outside their hotels. Union staff estimates the cost of completing this action to be $1 million. In the interest of saving NEA money, I’m offering to solve the problem for, oh, $500,000 or so. Call me!

I remind you that an item cannot get on the agenda without the signatures of at least 50 delegates. I don’t think NEA has a No Hobo caucus, but it would be great if someone started one.

I admit that it’s a bummer when a group of people continually nag you for money when you’re just trying to go about your life. And no matter how much you give them, they’re always there the next day, asking for more.

NBI 36: No, seriously, let’s get rid of Arne Duncan.

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They’re meeting on the holiday?

Cindy Munford on July 4, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Maybe the NEA should make NBI 1: We will shut our yaps about anything that isn’t *directly* related to education – like, say, curricula.

GWB on July 4, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Good thing American children are the best educated in the world; besting all other nations in crucial areas like math, science, history, geography, and literacy. These busy bodies must be absolutely bored with their educational success to need to solve other problems like the diversity of TV lineups, the homeless (way to be a help there, guys!), and the mascots of professional sports teams.

What a useless, self-serving rabble…

Ace ODale on July 4, 2013 at 11:21 AM

NB11.1: “The NEA shall encourage hotels to provide Splenda as a sweetening option in the hotel room coffee service. The lack of diversity in ‘Splenda, not Equal’ should have ended a century ago.

DarthBrooks on July 4, 2013 at 12:26 PM

And no matter how much you give them, they’re always there the next day mere hours later, asking for more.

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Corrected for accuracy but still, point taken: Educators are always decrying the lack of money spent on education and demand that taxpayers throw more moolah, every year, to the hyenas of edumacation.
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NBI 36: No, seriously, let’s get rid of Arne Duncan.

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What do they mean “get rid of”… ?

ExpressoBold on July 4, 2013 at 2:54 PM

These people sound more like Third Graders than teachers. Who picks them up and takes them home each afternoon? Who maintains order on the bus?

flataffect on July 4, 2013 at 3:00 PM

And which of these NEA Resolutions have anything at all to do with Education other than that Arne Duncan one?

coldwarrior on July 4, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Well this sure explains a lot about the caliber of student taught by the NEA affiliated teachers. Can’t think or problem solve for themselves. Can’t change the channel (fill in any other action they have no self control over) so they want others to fix the problem. Can’t say “no” so someone else should make a rule (or law) to protect them.

hopeful on July 4, 2013 at 5:00 PM

What do they mean “get rid of”… ?

ExpressoBold on July 4, 2013 at 2:54 PM

That would be up for debate/discussion.

;-)

Solaratov on July 4, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Hmmm MSNBC is specifically mentioned. Is there no access to CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS? They must need their fix of leftism served with a shovel.

FOWG1 on July 4, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Vagrants!!? Those are Homeless Americans, the latest victim class!

PattyJ on July 4, 2013 at 11:42 PM

Hmmm MSNBC is specifically mentioned. Is there no access to CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS? They must need their fix of leftism served with a shovel.

FOWG1 on July 4, 2013 at 8:06 PM

No. Try a fire hose.

VelvetElvis on July 5, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Maybe the NEA should make NBI 1: We will shut our yaps about anything that isn’t *directly* related to education – like, say, curricula.

GWB on July 4, 2013 at 10:35 AM

I would think the increasing amount of time lost in the classroom for course testing would be a big priority…that definitely affects curriculum.

Another aspect is using employees to administer those tests for “free” (actually since the taxpayers are paying the teacher salaries…figure it out) while the testing companies get paid millions…again, paid by the taxpayer.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 5, 2013 at 10:03 AM

NBI 32: “NEA selects hotels used during the annual NEA RA that provides a secure environment free of vagrants and/or panhandlers for their guests who smoke tobacco.”

So this proposal is to support smokers and oppose homeless people? Well, at least that’s unexpected. I wonder if it will pass.

J.S.K. on July 6, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Want a bum-free environment?

Support open carry laws.

Civilian-grade mace is pepper seasoning to them; they’ve breathed far worse for far longer. Tasers put you in arm’s reach. But cock the hammer on your .357 and watch them retreat so fast they leave a vapor trail.

MelonCollie on July 7, 2013 at 1:16 PM