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Rock n Roll

June 22, 2007

Hi All,

Thursday June 28 at 7 P.M., Barnes and Noble 17111 Haggerty Rd. Northville, Mi. will be hosting a book signing by rock photographer Tom Wright.

This event will be moderated by local rock author Gary Graff. Tom's friendship with the Who's Pete Townsend led to a road manager gig with the group on their 1968 U.S. tour. Frustrated by their reception in previous towns, the Who were knocked out by the Detroit audience at the Grande. So much so, in fact, that it gave them a "second wind" to continue on. Tom's Detroit experience led him to quit the road and manage the Grande for Russ Gibb.

Tom's new book "RoadWork" couples his stellar photos with highly descriptive stories of his life on the road with acts like the James Gang, the Eagles and the Who. For more info. call 248 348 0696



June 23, 2007

Schools out and let's look at what we now have to look forward to next school year.

You all asked for it, you got it! DPS has lowered its payroll and kicked those greedy $34,000.00 per year teachers out the door!

Of the over hundred of those over vacationing and highly paid teachers that got laid off and you will be thrilled to know that over 80 have been told that they will not be returning. The parents of our community decided that they will sit on their hands while DPS builds new football fields with money from the sale of real estate. You all wanted to have a new bed of grass for the football players to play on at FHS and a nice new school on Ann Arbor Trail for your gifted kids to be in 10 person classes and you got it!

Fordson Football fans and gifted Berry center students are not the only ones to share in the good news.

As a result of veteran teachers voting to keep their annual pay step, over 80 teachers will not be recalled to work. Sounds great right? Less Bennys, less payroll, less pension payouts, WHAT A DEAL! Only problem is that dozens of surplused teachers who displaced those laid off teachers are now teaching courses that they are not qualified to teach. So much for No Child Left Behind and highly qualified teachers.

History teachers are teaching math, math teachers teaching language arts, language arts teachers are teaching business, business teachers teaching welding, technology teachers are teaching science and so on and so on. It’s a good thing that we have all of these teachers that can teach classes they know nothing about as long as we have less of them.

Congratulations to the school board for playing hard ball with the union and sticking to their guns on new sports complexes, no concessions for administrators and new buildings while our average class size in the Elementary schools is now projected to go over 30, Jr. High schools over 35 and High schools at 37.

Isn’t it great how when a community gets together (or simply ignores the problem together) that we all get what we want? Less teachers on the job, cheaper payroll and the feeling of togetherness our kids will feel with 37 students to a teacher (who has no clue how to teach what they are teaching).

Isn’t it grand how some of our over paid and WAY over retirement age teachers making almost 100G a year who just wont hang it up will get their big fat paycheck and still be happy to have 5 or 10 more students crammed into a sweaty class room without complaining?

We should all be so happy to live in Dearborn with such smart, understanding and generous citizens and teachers.

You in Dearborn can ALL be proud of what you have accomplished here for next year. None of it could have been possible without so many of you sitting back and doing nothing.

BRAVO!! signed E.M. Teacher


House Members Seek Pay Raise of $4,400

June 28, 2007

Both Democrats and Republicans house members are about to give themselves a pay raise.
Don't you just love it ? Congress has a lower approval rating than President Bush. Poor guys and gals only make $170,000 + benefits ayear. Yet, spend,spend and more spend..
A pox on both their houses.


coming soon

June 29, 2007

Sad to report, that a major story of an ex Dearborn police officer will soon hit the media. Our community will again be lamblasted.


Separation of church and state

June 30, 2007

footbaths ?
From: Darby Shaw Lives: Dearborn [Ban IP]

Michigan Citizens,

There are now several names on the list of potential plantiffs. There are more to come. The idea is to have a group of Michigan Taxpayers named as plantiffs. This will be an ad hoc citizen action group made up of Michigan tax payers. It will not be connected to any blog, political, or religious affiliation.
Please don't hesitate because you feel you would be singled out or unsupported. We will not be representing ourselves. We have the support of a very reputable law firm. They are ready and able to fight this - they just want to represent all those who are angered and concerned by this.

Call your friends and your family members and let's show U-M Dearborn our strength and commitment to our country, our state and the constitution that governs us.

at random

Happy 4th of July

July 2, 2007

Click here to hear Kate Smith singing God Bless America:

Dr. Allan Dobzyniak sent this to me, I must share it with everyone. God bless America and God bless Americans.
russ gibb
click HERE


Help out

July 9, 2007

Monday, July 9, 2007

Hello to all,

Here is a great opportunity to help the Dearborn Area Theatre Association's (DATA's) Fundraising and add to your summer reading!

OK.....The Barnes and Noble in Allen Park is doing a Harry Potter promo from the 13th to the 18th of July (coinciding with the release of the latest film and last book) and DATA reps are actually working the event on the days of the 13th and the 18th from 7-9 pm.

Here's the good part! If you shop at the store any day between the 13th and the 18th and use a special DATA Voucher, a percentage of your purchase will be donated back to DATA to be added to our scholarship fund. The Voucher can be downloaded by going to the DATA website which is....

and going to the UPCOMING FUNDRAISER page. After you download the voucher, print it up and use it at the Barnes and Noble with your purchase.

This is a tremendous opportunity for DATA to raise funds for the student scholarships and if it goes well, more than likely, Barnes and Noble will let DATA do it again. So please...get out there and buy a new book, CD, DVD, magazine, whatever and use the voucher and help DATA while you add to your summer reading.

Greg Viscomi

The West Side Theatre Project


London state funded Mosque

July 10, 2007

London calling...

Don't know if you have heard about this but Londons Leftist Mayor Ken Livingstone is
apparently planning to use some tax payer's money to help build an enormous mosque
costing an estimated £100M "better that four hundred million us dollars " in the docklands.

Wouldn't it be better to spend the money on a new hospital or improved
transport facilities? Anything but such a scheme as this:
The mosque will be BIGGER THAN ST PAUL 'S!!!

The plan is for the mosque to be so big so that people flying in from all over the world for the 2012 Olympics will see it as the biggest landmark in London , bigger than St Pauls, Westminster Abbey or Wembley Stadium.

The vote so far is 56 % in favour. It looks like the Muslim community in the UK is casting its vote in droves, and as usual the British are
burying their heads in the sand.... It is an undemocratic use of British Taxpayers money, especially when our Churches that are 100's of years old get no government funding to keep their structures standing, and we are supposedly a Christian Nation.


Is God a comedian?

July 13, 2007

Message from :If God is a comedian,he's getting pointers from DPS!

Dear Russ, A number of DPS elementary schools that are planning on entering into the Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy Program (PICL) have finally squeezed $500,000 out of the board for new reading anthologies. The problem is, the PICL program doesn't use anthologies because it's all about giving literacy an individual approach and addressing things on the child-by-child, classroom-by-classroom basis. The PICL program also saves schools thousands in professional development each year from expensive hit or miss outsourcing by producing on-site teacher experts.

All in all, they've just spent $500,000 on books that will not be useful in their future endeavors, with or without PICL.

If you haven't been on the up-and-up, the Elementary Schools started shouting about these anthologies because a low-level administrator said they could try piloting an anthology and might get them in the long run if they proved effective. Of course, the teachers took it as an "If we try it out, we get it." So, as usual, they shouted because they were angry and they wanted to get their way. Here's food for thought: several teachers on the first page of seniority did not get paid during their last month of teaching until several weeks after the date. Many more teachers have been laid off and will not know if they have a job until later this month, possibly even as late as September with classrooms and materials to make up as soon as they find out for the school year.

The DPS just spent $500,000 on unnecessary new textbooks that treat children like clones, $1 million on a track field (let them run in the grass if it's so bad!) and god knows what else that we haven't got the time to explore. How many teachers could we employ with that kind of money? Since the teachers who would benefit from this kind of money would be relatively low seniority (1-5 years of seniority= $45,000/year tops), we could afford payroll for 33 teachers. At current numbers of 29 students per class and rising, that would be 957 students in classrooms.
If we sold our failing pet projects like the Barry Career Center and stopped all of these non-essential renovations, how many more teachers could we afford to keep? As far as I'm concerned, a School District Needs 3 things: Teachers, Staff and Schools.

If Dearborn stopped spending on this kind of shiny "Look at us!" crap, we could impress people with a different kind of shiny: Report Card Success, Better Instruction, Children Per Classroom Numbers and the general cleanliness of our schools.

But, as usual, complacent parents, uninformed teachers and spineless administrators combined to create a theater where common sense is the audience in a Greek Drama that never seems to die off...

at random

Hey, Hey.

July 15, 2007

it seems I can't live down my past :) Take a peek At this...

The johnson's are a man an wife art team in New York .

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