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You Never Know Whom You’ll Run Into

Posted on | March 15, 2011 | 1 Comment

by Smitty

Today I went on a bit of a scavenger hunt in Bagram to turn in some paperwork at NAVCENT. This place is all dust and conex boxes, with a background hum of prop and jet engines, with bonus diesel generator noise at night.

Ran into a Navy Reserve Senior Chief after I’d done my business, out having a coke, a smoke, and a smile. He’d served in Iraq, too, but had just arrived in Afghanistan, and could not make comparisons. Lots of Navy Reserves here, like me. Talk turns to where you’re from and what you do. The guy is a high school principal somewhere in Arkansas. Has he been following the Formidable Ann Althouse on Wisconsin? No, but he feels Walker’s pain. It takes him three years of documentation to expunge a lousy teacher, and the bureaucratic costs are non-trivial, in addition to the time.

Meanwhile, closer to home, The Underground Conservative relates a story in al-NYT about the teachers mutinyunion covering for abusive members. RTWT. He summarizes:

Collective bargaining has allowed bad and corrupt employees to remain on the job on the taxpayers’ dime because they belong to Da Union. 

I’m pretty sure that if unions were connected with conservative politicians that the media would see this as a bad thing.


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