February 1, 2010

Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

Thanks to Ednotes — maybe thanks is not quite the word I'm looking for — we have the opportunity to view the chancellor, our manxome foe, come whiffling through the tulgey wood, burbling as it came.

For in uffish thought he stood, then quoth:
"And once again, I ask this panel to listen carefully tonight to deliberate effectively. And I ask you also to think, each one of you: Is this a school that you would send your own child to?

"Because in the end, we don't have schools for other peoples' children, we have to have schools for all our children.

"It saddens me, Mr. Chairman, that there are people here who are unprepared to listen. And people who cannot listen are typically people who are unconcerned about the dialogue, but only only about shouting others down."

Pardon me, while I choketh on his words.
"We don't have schools for other people's children, we have to have schools for all our children . . ."
I'd surely like to know who he means by "all our children," because he can't be talking about his own. Or Bloomberg's, or probably any of Bloomberg's appointees' on the panel. That's because all of those guys really DO have schools for "other" people's children, and they'd never dream of running their schools into the ground the way they're doing ours.

And who's he talking about when he says there are people who "are unprepared to listen" and are "unconcerned about the dialogue." He doesn't mean us, does he?

Any Jabberwock worth his salt knows there's all kinds of ways to shout people down, and this tribe does it very well — with money, legal sleight of hand, no-bid business deals, marginalization, and the power of the mic. Who needs to shout when you you're using that armory of dirty tricks.

One, two! One two! and through and through the vorpal blade goes snicker-snack! (I'm starting to feel better already.)

If only we could leave it dead.
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! I'd chortel in my joy.


Click on his burbling tongue to view the whole speech at the Jan. 26th rally.

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