This IS Arizona. This IS Our Battle. This IS for EVERYONE!
It is rare that I step outside of the known within this blog to share with you what I share today. It began with my decades long love of art, and my discovery of ‘the Petite Picasso,‘ Alexandra Nechita in 2006. Although I have never been a fan of her type of art – I became a fan of hers. Her story is amazing, but her desire to share much of her work for philanthropic purposes is equally amazing. Some days ago, I discovered one of her early works from 1995 (she was 10 years of age at the time).
…and then, while doing some research about the artwork itself, I discovered a scant piece of writing on a blog from 2011 – and I felt compelled to share this marvelous post with you. It says all that needs to be said. Given what teachers all over America, and specifically those in my home state of Arizona (for the past 42 years), I wanted to share with all – Alexandra Nechita’s art entitled, Tribute to the Teachers. Let the battles begin, fought well and end in Victory for the teachers and students alike. ~ Ed.
When the Metropolis Café project was launched in February 2017, my goals were numerous – and remain so, but… too few of the readers (or should I say ‘visitors’?) get it – but then this is the disease of our modern society.
For those who “don’t get it”, the segments of this blog which teach history (Mr. Adair’s Classroom in particular) is not meant to promote anything else but what has been incorrectly taught for the past century and a half. As an example, the cause of the Confederacy had less to do with slavery than you have ever been taught – and I was born in the Nawth! Continue reading
My granddaughter and I have coffee with a good number of Arizona teacher’s nearly each morning. Also, being married to a teacher, I understand what they are going through – economically and otherwise.
We are not fans of Teacher’s Unions – they do little more than to line the pockets of those who run the Unions. We have seen this first hand as well. There are far too many outside influences interacting (controlling) with the Public (non)-Education system today – including and specifically – Government (the Department of Education), politics and Economics – and hence – through no fault of MANY of the teachers – the results are abysmal.
We grow tired of Bond Issues that do no more than provide funds for new schools, new paint, the mopping of the floors, questionable (manipulative) textbooks and window washing. It is way past time that the TEACHERS (throughout America) were properly cared for – after all – they hold the now and future of our children – and hence – the Nation – in their hands.
At Metropolis Café we support the endeavors and the battles of REAL teachers – everywhere.
We’ll see you at the coffee-shop in the morning. ~ JB
~ Forewords ~
Several years ago on a reunion trip with several of my cohorts from the rice paddies, the boys went out for lunch, while I stayed behind at the hotel in Newport, California to make some notes and write a bit of remembrance. The three of us had spoken for several years about collaborating on a book about our time together over ‘there’ – but I began to realize that both of the guys were bullshit artists, and really had no desire to follow through, and so I decided to write a preface – to what I hope would become my story about the twenty-one months I spent in the Far East – VietNam. What came out of that several hours of peace, can be read HERE. I would highly recommend that you read it before you continue… but – at your discretion…
As for now – we pick up where we left off… ~ Jeffrey Bennett, Publisher and Veteran
“Your adversaries are composed of wretches who laugh at the rights of humanity, who turn religion into derision, and would, for higher wages, direct their swords against their leaders of their country. WE have no other choice than independence.” ~ Samuel Adams, 1776
In the 1940 MGM movie, Northwest Passage, starring Spencer Tracy (as Major Robert Rogers), and Robert Young (as fictional cartographer, Harvard graduate, Langdon Towne), there were several instances where Rogers and his master map-maker would be separated for one reason or another, whether for hours or longer, and each time they parted, Roger’s would say to Towne, “I’ll see you at sun-down!” It is a line of dialog I have never forgotten.
As I write, it is past one o’clock on the morning of February 5, 2017, and as I ponder on my nearly seven decades on this earth – I wonder what my grandchildren will face when they reach my age.
During these years, I have watched and witnessed the decline and fall of this once great Republic which my ancestors had fought for; those who came to these shores shortly after the Mayflower and settled in Boston in 1633 (David Sellack, né Sellick); those who fought for freedom and liberty during the war for our Independence; those who forged westward to settle in what was then known as the West (Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin) and those who chose to fight for what they believed in during the War of Northern aggression (Uncle Sam Cole of Harvard, Illinois). Continue reading
Yes – the question has been posed to me a number of times. .
As my Bio shows, I have been broadcasting on the alternative air-waves for over two decades, in addition to being the publisher of numerous websites – including one, which was founded seven weeks before the “wake-up call” referred to as 9/11. At the time, it was a somewhat unique site, which covered many issues that few would publish. By 2003 we were pulling in millions of hits per month from readers all over the world, and due to my growing concerns for the general direction which our faltering education system was headed, we created a new category, “Village of the Damned.”
The title of course came from the 1960 film of the same name, but was so-named because of then First Lady, Hillary Clinton’s comment, “It takes a village to raise a child,” in addition to my feelings that our children were truly ‘damned‘ if this system should be allowed to continue. (READ the rest of the story…)
A short but memorable scene from the 1960 film, ‘Inherit the Wind‘ – the fictional representation of the Scopes ‘Monkey’ Trial of 1925. It as this scene alone, which re-emphasized the teaching I had received the year earlier from Donald Adair. It still affects me today. ~ J.B.
For these past many years, this author and publisher have tackled many issues, which are of paramount concern to all freedom loving Americans; gun control (the 2nd Amendment), the illegal invasion of this nation (immigration), spirituality (not religion or ‘churchianity, Health Care, the intrusion on our privacy and rights (NSA and complete violation of ALL of the original Bill of Rights) – and so many more issues, which we are not prepared to devote a column to at this time, BUT…
What we are going to devote the Metropolis Café to – is the sorry state of what was once our greatness – the ‘education’ system in America, yesterday, today and tomorrow. Continue reading