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Let’s see. A middle school class teacher in the Green Bay area wants students to hear Barack Obama’s inauguration, so it turns on the radio, WTAQ to be exact.
WTAQ is airing live coverage of the momentous occasion, but it just happens to be during Rush Limbaugh’s program. Naturally, El Rushbo is interjecting his commentary because, after all, that is his job.
Public school class room, public school teacher….you can imagine what happened. The teacher had a hissy fit, complaining that the students were “shocked, angered, and saddened” by Limbaugh’s remarks. I wonder if this liberal teacher wasn’t really just describing his/her personal reaction. Kids crying because the radio was on? I don’t think so.
Conservative commentary in the classroom? We can’t have THAT!!
You see, it was ok to interrupt reading, writing and math instructions, but it was wrong to have the kids hear Rush’s “interruptions.”
Limbaugh has offered to give some civics classes, and even fly the students around in his private jet. The cool thing to do would be to accept his offer. But the school won’t.
Read the story.
Meanwhile from the blog of WTAQ talk show host Jerry Bader:
4:01 PM, The "speech" Rush Limbaugh, etc...
Barack Obama was sworn in today as the 44th president of the United States. First, reaction to the speech. It's being reported President Obama wrote this himself (most of his speeches to this point have been penned by David Axelrod). I would argue both the writing and delivery were flat. Yes, there was talk of how hard-working Americans are what make America great. But Obama wasn't his usual oratorical self and it sounded more like a campaign speech than an inauguration speech. In fact, Obama still seems to be in campaign mode.
Rush Limbaugh: Rush chose to provide commentary during Obama's speech. I don't agree with that call. I also don't agree with the emails and calls I've received saying Rush's language was "offensive, hateful and bigoted."
Edison Middle School, I am told, used our station's audio for provide the speech to a student assembly of 1200. I am told Rush's comments made children cry, I was skeptical, and told the teacher who e-mailed me I found it hard to believe. Her response to my question was equally difficult to believe:
You have got to be kidding...Black African American students who have been waiting for hundreds of years to hear their strains for equality answered have only heard loud and clear the voice of a true bigot belittle this "DREAM"... in front of the world!
So, how exactly do middle-school aged children wait "hundreds of years" for anything? As I emailed her in response, this sounds a lot more like SHE was upset than her students were. By late afternoon it was pretty clear that the school was recruiting people to call and email. I, in fact, have let Premiere Radio Networks know I disagree with Rush's decision to do this. I do think it disrespected the office. The notion it was racists, offensive or hateful, I just don't see.
2:28 PM -- Update on Rush and the Edison Middle School use of WTAQ's audio of Rush on inauguration day....I'm receiving scores of calls and emails from around the country; Rush listeners who heard the story of WTAQ airing Rush's commentary of the inauguration and are voicing their support. Edison piped the broadcast throughout the school and one teacher claimed "children were crying" as a result of Rush's commentary.
Local hatemail also continues to come in, but is dwarfed by the number of support calls and letters coming in.
Theinsville and possibly Manitowoc take action to protect their children via restrictive sex offender ordinances.
This week, the Greenfield Common Council rejected such an ordinance by a vote of 3-2. The issue isn't dead. Stay tuned.
Today is the 36th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion. A very famous woman had these thoughts on the issue:
“America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men.”
“I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child - a direct killing of the innocent child - murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”
“By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world.”
“That father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching the people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want.”
Who is the wise woman who made these statements?