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Tevya is Serving Breakfast

Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Monday, June 15, 2015. Our wise friend, Wasp Tevya is at the breakfast table this morning. Tevya is completely dismayed by the actions of the North Miami Senior High school district. They removed the principal, Alberto Iber, for doing what every American is entitled to do. Please join Tevya this morning for breakfast. He has freshly baked bagels smothered in cream cheese and lox. I will be adding to the pleasure by providing delicious Irish coffees for everyone. I hope the liquid refreshment will take the "sting" out of what Tevya is about to tell you.

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America the Beautiful?

Thank you all for coming to the table this morning. Albert Iber, principal of the North Miami Senior High was removed from his post by the school district. He has been assigned administrative duties because he did the unthinkable. Mr. Iber went online and defended the white police officer who waved a gun at black teens while responding to a call about an out of control pool party in McKinney, Texas. Apparently, Mr. Iber is not entitled to an opinion about an incident that most of the country was talking about. I had no idea that principals were forbidden from participating in the world on their own time. It never occurred to me that principals were not allowed to express views outside of the school that the district higher- ups found offensive. I am stunned to realize that free speech only applies to certain people in certain instances. Clearly, Mr. Iber, is not among the privileged few who are still permitted to express their own viewpoints. When did America stop being the land of the free? I don't think I got that memo.

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Do As We Say!

The school district said that employees are required to conduct themselves professionally and personally in a manner that represents the school district's core values. I can only conclude that freedom of speech is not considered a core value. Keep in mind, Mr. Iber entered into a discussion about the incident on his own time in his own home. He did not get on the school public address system and tell the students what he was thinking. Nevertheless, he crossed a line and the district kicked him out of school. The Superintendent of Schools, Alberto Carvalho, defended removing Mr. Iber from his post by making an eloquent but ridiculous statement, "judgement is the currency of honesty." It has a nice ring to it, but what does it say about the judgement of the district office? The superintendent went on to say that insensitivity is both unacceptable and inconsistent with the schools district's policies. He further upset the apple cart by stating that the district has an expectation of common sense behavior. Okay, very nice words, but is it common sense to deny an employee the right of free speech in his personal life? Mr. Iber was not advocating pulling a gun on children as a rule of thumb. He was merely offering an opinion about the incident. The district has shown the students that free speech isn't free at all. In fact, the price of free speech can be more than anyone can live with. The superintendent should have said that Mr. Iber was removed because it is the district's way or the highway. That kind of statement would have been easier to understand and definitely more honest.

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The Wrong Message

Principal Iber has a wonderful reputation. The students like him and he clearly cares about the kids in his charge. Who benefits by his dismissal as principal? The children won't be better off. Mr. Iber won't be better off. As is always the case, the district's decision attracted national attention. Many people came out in favor of Iber's dismissal. Many also opposed this attack on free speech. Personally, I find this incident and outcome very chilling. We are quickly turning into a world where free speech is being crippled by political correctness and public opinion. It's interesting that the "public" can express their views but "individuals" can't. I guess "mob rule" is acceptable and preferred. What's next? Are we going to ban the debate clubs in school? What is there to debate if there is only one approved stance on any issue. Common sense died a long time ago. Now free speech has one foot in the grave. It is a sad day for America.

Tevya's Song

Dear God, you made so many pc police

It's no sin to be pc

But it should be!

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WillStarr 15 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I suspect it was a contract violation. Many prohibit public comments. We'll see.


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breakfastpop 15 months ago Author

Dear Will,

The contract hasn't been mentioned, but we'll see. I'll be at the Inn awaiting your arrival.


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billybuc 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

As a former teacher, there are two possibilities: one, as Will said, it was a clear contract violation, or two, this is a public relations ploy to stave off possible litigation against the school district....sacrifice one for the team, and that kind of b.s. happens all the time.


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Old Poolman 15 months ago from Rural Arizona

Tevya - What you overlooked is the fact that he was not standing in a designated "free-speech" zone when he made that comment. At the rate we are going this error in judgement in the near future could cost us some time in a FEMA retraining camp.

I hope this hub is not being monitored by the PC Police but I happen to agree with what this Principal had to say.

It could also be that the students in his school were not meeting the mandated dumb-down rate and they were looking for an excuse to get rid of him. How dare these students outperform students in other schools where they work hard at dumbing-down the students.


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breakfastpop 15 months ago Author

Dear billy,

The principal participated in a Facebook discussion intending to post without his name. When he saw his name, he deleted it. Taking his job away is a bit harsh in my view. The punishment does not fit the crime! See you at the Inn.


taxlarry 15 months ago

I guess we cannot express personal opinions any longer. In the futures we will be aombies marching to someone's tune. Pay attention. This has happened before. March to the tune or you are doomed.


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breakfastpop 15 months ago Author

Dear Mike,

I think the superintendent is himself, "dumbed down." Lately, everything I hear coming out of the schools is insane. A young man who has cancer was brutally beaten by thugs and left injured on the floor in the boys's bathroom. The bullies called this young man "cancer boy." The school acted swiftly. They suspended the victim for being involved in a fight! I rest my case. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 15 months ago Author

Dear taxlarry,

The problem is that not enough people are paying attention and some of those that are seem pleased with losing their liberty. I guess it's the prison mentality. Three squares and a roof over your head. See you at the Inn.


DJ Anderson 15 months ago

This, along with the other examples mentioned above, sicken me.

Free speech means nothing if it is given only to certain people.

It seems that common sense is being replaced with radical thoughts and actions.

There are pictures of cars loaded down with items to loot and destroy

business. They were carrying sign saying "Just like Baltimore, Miami,

here we come." Yet, no one steps forward to stop these destructive actions.

You are correct, we are losing liberties, one at a time, and we sit here

like lab rats unable to depend on our representatives to bring back order into our lives.

You are doing great work shining a light on the many ills of our nation.

Thank you,

DJ.


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Tom Whitworth 15 months ago from Moundsville, WV

Pop and Tevya,

In America today speech is still free if it agrees with leftist, progressive, PC ideology.


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breakfastpop 15 months ago Author

Dear DJ,

And the problems just keep multiplying! Our freedom is being compromised and most people are just yawning. I hardly know anyone anymore who wants to talk about any of this. They say it is too depressing and life must go on. This is just the type of reaction the Obama crowd is looking for. We have a president who hears only his own voice and the voice of his socialist mentors. His viewpoint is spreading and it is in direct proportion to the death of common sense. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 15 months ago Author

Dear Tom,

Soon our school texts will reflect the change in meaning and no one will utter a peep. See you at the Inn.


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FitnezzJim 15 months ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

It is extremely difficult nowadays to make an observation or comment or have an opinion in such a way that maintains anonymity. Many employers are concerned that their employees comments can be interpreted as representative of the organization. For that reason, many employees make attempts to guard their name and who they work for so that their on-line presence is not affiliated with their name or their employer. They have to protect both. Anyone who knows his name and the fact that he works for the school, can use those two facts to get him in trouble with his employer.

They may disagree with him, or simply not like him. Whatever it is he still has freedom of speech, but is forced to speak in such a way that readers ask themselves “who is that anyway?”

Many of our best and brightest lose their voice and ability to offer a different way of thinking or a different point of view because of that.


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breakfastpop 15 months ago Author

Dear FitnezzJim,

What's happening now is intolerable. With the advent of cell phones no one can be guaranteed privacy. Our world now demands that we shut our mouths for fear that either the government or our neighbors will "turn" us in. I think it is sickening. Shame on this school district for destroying the career of a principal who was appreciated by his students. See you at the Inn.


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Gawth 15 months ago from Millboro, Virginia

It would be so nice if the inmates could regain control of the asylum. The idiots have failed miserably and are ruining our reputation.


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breakfastpop 15 months ago Author

Good Morning Gawth,

In a short period of time, if this insanity grows and grows, everyone will be living in an asylum with the Obamas and the Clintons holding the keys. See you at the Inn, the last safe and sane place on the planet.


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drbj 15 months ago from south Florida

I think the principal neglected to remain PC, and suffered the consequences. Speaking of PC, Hillary in her most recent speech commended Obama for 'doing an extraordinary job.' Delusion reigns!


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breakfastpop 15 months ago Author

Good Morning dr,

The principal hasn't been dumbed down as much as is necessary these days. . As for Hillary, she believes in only one thing, Hillary, and so she will change her story depending on who she is talking to. I can't stand her! See you at the Inn.


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fpherj48 15 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

I'll be back......................Am watching & listening to Donald Trump announce his Candidacy.


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breakfastpop 15 months ago Author

Dear fp,

Actually, I just herd most of it and I liked what he had to say!!! Meet me at the Inn.


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fpherj48 15 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

pop....LMAO. Trump is a trip......always "The Donald" no matter what, when or why. He tells it like it is, which of course in the twisted world of politics is at least refreshing.

First of all, I don't believe he's serious, but I AM hoping he gets a chance to verbally beat up on Miss Hilary, because no one does it better than Donald and he just doesn't give a rat's ass whether it's PC or not!!......Let's face it, what can the man possibly lose, giving the candidacy a try?

I like what he had to say also......but the sleeping morons of our Country won't like much of it.......especially his slant on immigration! The cell phones were on fire en Espanol after his speech! LOL......

He literally called our Politicians stupid!!! I LOVE it!......I'll be at the INN for sure!......


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FitnezzJim 15 months ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

"He literally called our Politicians stupid!!!"

He is at an advantage there. it is quite likely that he will not find a politician willing to take up the opposing position in that debate.


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fpherj48 15 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

JIM....LOL...agreed!


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breakfastpop 15 months ago Author

Good Morning fp,

The Donald wears me out very often but he is fun and some of his ideas are terrific. They are also nearly impossible, but I know he will liven up the campaign. I would love to see him debate Hillary, but Hillary probably won't debate anyone! See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 15 months ago Author

Good Morning FitnezzJim,

Trump's views on politicians and policies are an aid to my digestion, better than TUMS! See you at the Inn.

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