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2.19.2008


Rep. Phil King is running a ton of ads on WBAP with one of the taglines being, "Phil King is passionate about public education."

Uh, so passionate that he home schools his kids.

67 comments:

Anonymous said...

Phil King is a FARCE! Vote for Phil King because he IS PHIL KING.

Jarhead said...

I'd invite all the posters on this blog to "Feel my Passion."

Anonymous said...

I'll vote for Eldon Hoke before I give this chimp the time of day.

Anonymous said...

Sounds as though the emperor has no clothes?

Anonymous said...

I am a teacher in Decatur and I think about homeschooling my own child somedays! The state of education and the education system scares me!

Anonymous said...

Let us not forget that Major Phil King, TX BG, recently volunteered to defend our country ... as long as he doesn't have to leave Austin.

Anonymous said...

Aren't liberal weenies compassionate about education also? I believe they are because the NEA is one of their biggest donors. Maybe that's why they are opposed to home schooling and vouchers.

Anonymous said...

Lots of Phil King talk out there this week--

Horseracing people coming after him to get to Craddick, apparently defying others' advice--

http://www.texasmonthly.com/blogs/burkablog/2008/02/horseracing-interests-bankroll-anti.php

And more talk here: http://www.quorumreport.com/buzz/buzz.cfm?CFID=136923&CFTOKEN=11408664

YouTube spot here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkNszS9Ugeo

Anonymous said...

Phil King is a big JOKE as are many of our leaders today. DEM. and REP. both have their share of the blame for the mess we are in.

Anonymous said...

10:51 - AMEN to that!

Anonymous said...

Yeah and you can tell it by the picture every week in the messenger. They look very sheltered and nosocial. What a Douchebag!

Anonymous said...

TERM LIMITS! You can do it. We can help.

Anonymous said...

King has spent a lot of the money raised from the people he is the watch dog over to run telephone surveys in his district. His ads are going to try and hit where the surveys found him to be vulnerable. Education, serving special interest etc. He also has supposedly gotten the local Mayor OF Decatur to send out letters saying that "Phil King" saved the TXU power line from going through the heart of Decatur. No power line was ever coming through the heart of Decatur. It was basically going to run just South of of Decatur or farther North. Instead it went North where it impacted a lot of people who owned land in that area of the County. Either way it still went through and people were affected. Shame on the Mayor if he uses his office to help tell a fib!

Anonymous said...

11:25a.m. I think that would serve us all well. Two terms and they are out.

M&M said...

Why were there so many letters to the editor in the messenger over the weekend in regards to Phil King? I believe he's a bought commodity. Our system has become a legal form of bribery. "I'll take care of your interest in the legislature or congress if you'll get me tickets to the super bowl, etc."

Anonymous said...

Jeffrey Dahmer was passionate.

Anonymous said...

Sorry for the interruption, But I need to know, when referencing liberals is the correct spelling
WEENIE. or WEANIE, or WEENEY? And how soon will the PC crowd insist that they are actually WEINERS?

Anonymous said...

He's a liar and his old commercials from the 70's are full of B.S.!! I took my car to Phil Kings Brake-O 5 minutes before closing and they told me the grease monkey in bay 2 didnt want overtime and to bring it mack tomorrow. I went to Dans Auto to get my brakes done instead and got great service with a better price and warranty!

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why the WCMessenger hasn't spent any time on this story? They are the largest newspaper in one of the two counties Phil King represents, and they don't report an any of this? Weird. Are the Eatons in bed with the Kings?

Anonymous said...

12:10

The appropriate way to address liberals is, Sir.

Anonymous said...

Hey 12:52,
I guess they don't report for the same reason there is nothing in today's about update about the two lads who were arrested for planning a DHS massacree to rival Collumbine; but good ol' Channel 8 has it covered. In essence: Don't say anything to upset the state rep. of the principal if you plan on being around very long!

Anonymous said...

In answer to 12:52 PM, the Messenger has always been strange in the way it will totally ignore "gimme" stories that are just begging to be told (with no effort at all at being accurate), and yet work incredibly hard at slanting stories (i.e., being INaccurate) against people who don't deserve any attack at all. I'm always shaking my head in amazement and shock over them.

Anonymous said...

1:01 PM FYI - Shooting threat leads to arrest.


Published Sunday, February 17, 2008

By Brandon Evans

A Decatur High School student was arrested on Thursday after he and a friend allegedly claimed they would carry out a shooting and bombing at the school.

http://www.wcmessenger.com/data/news/EkpFEZuAyZKgPiOZBX.php

Anonymous said...

Has anyone ever known any normal people that home school their children?

Anonymous said...

In today's mail, I got a King political flyer. "Phil King has conservative values".

I have conservative values too. Foremost among them is that I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT OUR PUBLIC OFFICIALS ARE FOR SALE TO SPECIAL INTERESTS!

Anonymous said...

A lady from Rhome wrote a letter to the editor praising Phil King. It appears in the editorial section of today's Fort Worth Star Telegram.

I recognized that name. She is a member of the Wise County Republican women.

Anonymous said...

12:10

Weiner poopie.

Gorilla said...

i wuz hom skooled

Anonymous said...

"Hey, baby. Feel my passion."

yeah...that will work...where's the gold scorpio medallion, the bottle of Brut and the polyester shirt.

Double Fake Lady's Man

Anonymous said...

1:48 - a lot of the home school parents I've dealt with are pretty over the top religious wise, but as for the children who are home schooled, they are very polite and extremely smart mainly because they get a lot of individual attention.

I didn't home school mine because I didn't have the skills OR the patience.

But some folks do!

Anonymous said...

Dump King Phil

Anonymous said...

Down at the repair shop we say Feel my Piston....well,that's what we say.

Anonymous said...

While some homeschoolers make a religious choice, a lot of homeschoolers are parents that are unable to control their own children. When the school begins cracking down on the kids and later requiring the parents to assist or face additional scrutiny, the parents opt to take them out of school rather than support the school, police, or other officials that are trying to tell them that Johnny skips class, does dope and is rude to teachers. Why is there absolutely no control over parents who homeschool, but have absolutely no skills to do so?

Anonymous said...

So who are the sir liberal weenies going to endorse?

Anonymous said...

Hey 1:01 - did you read the paper last weekend?They had the story before most parents even knew what happened.

Anonymous said...

Amen 3:50!

Anonymous said...

King is pulling out all the stops. I got a pre-recorded call today from none other than Mike Huckabee telling me what a wonderful conservative Phil King is. Now I doubt Governor Huckabee would know Phil King from Barry Green in a lineup, but this tells me the movers and shakers in the publican party (or at least the WCRW) are worried about little phil losing out on all that utility money! Being forced to vote in the publican primary I had seriously considered voting for the former governor of Arkansas but that won't happen now.

Anonymous said...

3:50, Can you support that broad statement with facts?

Anonymous said...

The liberals aren't going to vote on this one.........its a republican decision. Doubt if the demos even field a candidate.

All of which prooves we just can't get that pendulum thing to stop in the middle. The repubs are ever bit as bad as the dems were back in time when the only race was in the democratic primary.

We need a third party!

Anonymous said...

My question for Wise Co Republicans is: are you actually going to get to the polls and vote Phil King out of office? Joe Tison is a fine candidate who can effectively represent this district - not just the utility companies that have bought King.

Anonymous said...

Passionate about destroying public education I could believe.

Anonymous said...

after the monday night republican fourm i find mr tison to be the shoe that fits wise county best down with phil king

Anonymous said...

And Tison can really fight and box! Phil King just better keep his ears covered, if he knows what is good for him.

atvtrlrdr said...

The Mayor Lambert letter is no rumor. I own a business in Decatur and received such a letter today.

Anonymous said...

Some home school parents do a great job, others don't - - just like public school teachers.

But, public school was created to educate the "public." If every parent knew enough and cared enough, was patient enough, and had enough $$ to stay home and teach his/her kids, we wouldn't need public schools.

If you are able to home school your children or send them to private school, more power to you, but don't take money out of the public school fund. By doing that, you are stealing from kids who are less fortunate to provide for your own.

Am I a socialist because I believe every child in America deserves an education, and the public funds should pay for it?

I want my kids to receive and education, but I also want them to live in an educated society.

Anonymous said...

3:50-How many actual families do you know that fit that description? You said it was a lot. No way. Everyone knows at least one "weird" home schooled kid, some may know a situation like you described, but if you pay attention, you'll see many more very smart, highly social kids. You might not read about them in the paper b/c they're rarely doing things to get negative attention.

Back up your broad generalizations with fact and you might have a leg to stand on (but not on this topic because you're wrong).

Anonymous said...

The Republicans of Wise County will show their true credibility IF they vote for Tison instead of King.

And if King emerges as the winner, it will speak volumes about the mindset of the Republican Party in Wise County.

Can we define self righteousness?

Anonymous said...

Its great when someone like Embarq can hold a reception honoring Phil King(actual event this afternoon at Civic Center) and public schools can't hold a reception honoring a pro-education candidate like Joe Tison.

I wonder....in this situation, who has the upper hand? Industry or education?

So we have a representative who home schools his children and is being honored by the industries he is supposed to be regulating at the Public Utilities Commission.

What is wrong with this picture?

Anonymous said...

6:03 and 11:52 this is 3:50 and YES I CAN back that up. I suggest that you contact one or several of the personnel authorized (school, police, court) to handle cases related to students failing to attend school. It was shocking to me when I first realized what was happening. I assume that you're not disputing that there is absolutely NO control over parents that homeschool. Oh, the parents are supposed to agree to follow a curriculum, but there's zero follow-up and nobody even authorized to do it.

Anonymous said...

8:05 - good post.

I'd like to know the stats on how many local Republican party members home school their children?

The civic center reception will likely be more like a prayer meetin' than a political meetin'!

Anonymous said...

8:05 AM - I sure hope you mean the Bridgeport Civic Center. Early voting is going on at the Decatur Civic Center ... uhhh...I didn't think campaigning was allowed at a voting place.

Not surprised that Embarq would pull something off like that.

Anonymous said...

Embarq may lose a few good paying customers over this reception for King.

Anonymous said...

OK - I'm not 3:50, but I too have taught students who were formerly home-schooled.

MOST were really good students.

NONE were socially acclimated to the public school system.

SOME made it OK, some didn't.

SOME are freaks! And, that's to put it mildly.

You ask for facts; I can't give them, and the other poster probably can't either. BUT, when you've had them in the classroom with public school kids, there's a HUGE difference. Can I put it into facts and data? Probably not, but hey, that's why they pay me the big bucks.

I even have family members who were home schooled. It's not the same; they're not the same.

Anonymous said...

4:25 - one of the problems I have with home schoolers is the discipline issue - not from being disrespectful - they are that - it is the fact that some seem to think "oh well, today we go to school or we do something else" (mentality)- which is taught by their parents.

Try that little goody in the public schools and there is a price to pay (and should be).

Also try it on the job and see how long you have one.

A lot of parents home school because they are fearful of the public schools. I have actually heard this comment. If they think public schools are scary, wait until these home schoolers get out in the "real" world!! Who will shield them then?

Anonymous said...

4:44 - we're on the same page.

You've either been there or done that!

Anonymous said...

I had a friend who wanted to hold her son back in 7th grade for athletic purposes. When the school said no, she said, fine, I'll home school.

The next year, she put him backin school, in the 8th grade.

There was no schoolin' going on.

Anonymous said...

Right now, I have a high school boy who was home schooled through the 8th grade.

He is a very intelligent kid, but his grades are poor. He just has not really learned how to learn. He has absolutely no organizational skills. He's really on the level of a 7th or 8th grader.

He is also socially ignorant. I don't think he spoke a word to anyone his freshman year. He could barely make eye contact with teachers much less kids.

I guess he's doing better now, he has friends. He's learned to cuss a little and tell off color jokes to make the rough crowd laugh. Somehow, I don't think that is what his parents wanted.

I've had other home-schoolers, mostly those who came to school at 6th grade or before, who did very well academically and socially.

I had one who came into my 8th grade classroom sucking her thumb - - no kidding.

Anonymous said...

Every time I hear "Home Schooled" I think Religous Right-Wing Nut Family. Probably 99.9 percent of home schooled are Right-
wing Nut Families. Wise county is probably a little higher percentage Wise. Scared Public schools will poison the mind of the innocent young, Church-Going little kids. Of course, when finished with Home Schooling and in the real world, they have trouble dealing with outside life problems that are missing from home-schooled problems. Dealing with bullies, interaction, bla bla, but they can sure as hell pray good. And know that when they get a good paying job, they can Tithe their way to heaven.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad there aren't any weird kids in public school! Thankfully no kids there have that kind of lazy mentality 4:44 mentioned. Oh, wait...

Sure, you can ask a truancy officer how often they see families breaking the law by yanking their rebellious heathens out of school and plunking them in front of the TV all day, but that is not homeschooling!

True homeschooling is usually done to provide a superior academic diet. It's working, colleges are loving homeschooled kids b/c they have self motivation and a love for learning.

By the way, I'd challenge anyone who thinks all homeschoolers are weird to consider what makes you think that--is it because they aren't idolizing pop culture and don't really care about the latest fashions? Who cares, that's all superficial anyway. Public schools make cookie cutter kids, homeschooling doesn't-call it weird if you want.

Anonymous said...

Home schoolers do not have a TAKS test to see if they are achieving anything at an academic level and no exposure to competitive sports or group activities. How can they come out "normal"?

Anonymous said...

12:12 - many do not lump all homeschoolers into the same category. The success of homeschooling to me is in how the parent handles it.

And many are doing a good job - the parents are organized and careful in preparing their children for the outside world.

mzchief said...
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Anonymous said...

MzChief - congratulations on your successful efforts in home schooling.

You are putting all public schools in the same category. That is wrong.

Again, it is all in the way PARENTS handle things. If one of my kids acted up in the public school, I handled the matter when they came home.

Our public educators are underpaid, overworked and in many cases the only people to whom many of these troubled kids turn to.

I applaud our public schools and God forbid what would this country be without them?

Anonymous said...

mzchief, it's hard to imagine how you took a topic and turned it into a chance to tell us all how great you are. I may have a heart attack from the surprise. Please, tell us more about what a wonderful parent you are and how strong your son is. It's exactly what the rest of us were wanting to hear.

Clearly, painting all homeschoolers with a broad brush is improper. I would argue that they are at least as variable as their publicly educated counterparts. Your one person sample doesn't do anything to diminish the findings that the other people making comments found. Their examples are just as valid as yours. I know of several families that said they were homeschooling, but did nothing for the children, who eventually ended up as dropouts with criminal records.

BTW - if your son can only bench 200, he needs to spend some more time in the gym.

Anonymous said...

I think it would be a good idea for some of these home school educators to spend a bit of time in the public schools - maybe even try their hand at standing before a whole classroom of kids and encouraging them to learn.

Folks, that is a whole new ballgame compared to sitting at the kitchen table with one or maybe two or three, where it is likely nice and quiet with perhaps some soothing music in the background.

Public education isn't perfect, but we can make it better by supporting our teachers.

mzchief said...

To anonymous 11:44
I have for YEARS volunteered countless hours teaching basic English to NON-English speakers in the local PUBLIC schools. I also volunteer at the PUBLIC schools and read with students who read FAR below their grade level. Until the past few years I have substitute taught in the PUBLIC schools for a SELECT few teachers.

Teaching is like ANY other job in that the attitude and skills the employee possess is what determines the quality of work product produced by the employee.

Just my opinion but the BS politics that teachers put up with is the TRUE beating. Most administrators are ONLY interested in advancing their own career.

Anonymous said...

Somebody on here went to brag school.