Sunday Funny — Monkey Business

'Sunday Funny — Monkey Business' have 37 comments

  1. August 17, 2014 @ 11:13 pm I'M PEACHy

    Well this is just god awful and racist. What the hell?


    • August 18, 2014 @ 8:26 am I disagree

      I guess you haven’t heard the phrase “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil ” — and the traditional ways of illustrating it.

      The School Board is in major denial about the state of the schools — and if you try to bring the sorry state of affairs to their attention, they cut your head off. There have been three Grad Jury reports of mis-management — one absolutely scathing — and the School Board and Bishop have dismissed them.

      Bishop walks all over the Board, and no one on the Board has the cojones to stand up to her. Instead, the Board meets in their Palace, far way from the public, at a time when most people cannot attend the meetings — and they sit around congratulating themselves on what a good job they’re doing.

      The “see no evil” graphic is apt, but another illustration might be something like “Rome is burning” while the Queen and her Court amuse themselves.


    • August 18, 2014 @ 8:56 am Sage

      God awful – yes. Racist – no. Let the deeds speak for themselves and the chips fall where they may.


      • August 18, 2014 @ 8:36 pm Vallejo Mom

        It is very racist. Have you studied history at all? (Fyi, not a fan of Bishop or Wilson), btw


        • August 18, 2014 @ 8:37 pm Vallejo Mom

          Oh my, please change my icon, I am not laughing at this at all.


  2. August 18, 2014 @ 9:34 am Salty Dog

    Providing an environment and climate most conducive to learning is the issue.

    This is Not about race.

    It is about a gum chewing school CEO who sets the tone and who appears to have an autocratic, top-down, systems approach to leadership and its manifestations which arguably does little for transformational leadership or cohesion that can unlock the District’s talents.

    Her dictatorial style/approach has long been discredited by progressive educational leaders


    • August 18, 2014 @ 9:45 am wharf rat

      well said salt what we hav here is an intrusion by hwsnbm ya know the one who was banned for life .


    • Monica

      August 18, 2014 @ 7:55 pm Monica

      Have any of the commenters or the cartoonist every worked in VCUSD? Have any of you ever worked in any public school system since 2000? Dr. Bishop is making unpopular but necessary actions to improve this most dysfunctional district. She didn’t create the mess, but she is cleaning it up. The current

      I ask all of you: what specific actions would you have taken to ameliorate the multiplicity of problems that have plagued this district since 2000? D’Amelio couldn’t do it, Bull couldn’t do it, and Bishop is doing it. Much of the criticism of Dr. Bishop is a result of her doing the damned difficult things that this situation demands. If she were a male (dare I say white male?), she would be considered a strong leader. Peterson, Verder-Aliga, Wilson, and the rest of the board were criminally neglectful. Dr. Bishop is sweeping up after the elephants shat upon the parade route.

      No, I’m not on her payroll, nor am I a personal acquaintance. I am a 35 year veteran of the K-12 system here in California who has worked in six districts. I have been watching this district since I moved here in 2002. Others got nothing done; Bishop has gotten a great deal done. Target the true villains here.

      Vote for Cayangyang, Loughmiller, and Lewis for the board.


      • Monica

        August 18, 2014 @ 7:57 pm Monica

        Again, no edit option. Unfinished sentence should read: The current invented crises are deliberately overstated and are for political purposes.


        • August 18, 2014 @ 8:18 pm worthlessbishop

          Over 200 teachers have left the district in the past two years. Additionally she provided confidential information, something she targeted employees for doing. Schools are not safe in Vallejo and teachers are being attacked. I guess that’s what one calls a “strong” leader.


      • August 18, 2014 @ 11:55 pm School Bored

        When the district is only now advertising for teachers and paying $2000 bonuses because they didn’t do their homework to hire enough teachers for the upcoming school year, when they are going to start school with NO math teachers, history teachers, or English teachers for high school, when the previous year they left kids with NO teachers and no substitute teachers for over three months and told the kids to just sit in an empty room, that’s negligent and it’s a horrible thing to do. Bishop is to blame and so is the current board of trustees. Throw them all out.


        • August 19, 2014 @ 7:13 am Vallejo Mom

          I just gave my resignation this summer. It became a nightmare to work in classrooms. At Solano Middle School, I had kids getting in fights, and I would call the office to get security. The rude secretary who was not nice to white teachers or white substitutes and treated Hispanic and Phillipine students and families with rudeness always said “well, what do you want me to do about it.” One of the kids had to go out and get security. Security knew that the secretary was worthless, but couldn’t be fired, because she would cry to Bishop and pull the race card. And that is only one of the headaches. I worked for the district, and I will tell you, many good teachers are leaving because of Bishop. She is not good for Vallejo.


          • Monica

            August 19, 2014 @ 8:40 pm Monica

            I do sympathize, and I wish you well. You deserved better. You became well-educated to serve our children, to teach them to be responsible citizens. That’s what I did too. NCLB at the national level, and the bankruptcy at the local level, destroyed our formerly unmatched public education, perhaps for good.

            Be well. We thank you for your service.

          • Monica

            August 19, 2014 @ 8:48 pm Monica

            Dr. Bishop did not hire those substandard employees like that infamous secretary, and some of them are leaving, thank goodness. Gladys Peterson hired them. Verder-Aliga and Wilson approved their hiring. It takes a criminal offense to dismiss a public employee. Or a very deliberate and patient leader. Cayangyang, Lewis, and Loughmiller for school board.

        • Monica

          August 19, 2014 @ 8:35 pm Monica

          The board hires the superintendent. And yes, it is hard to teach in Vallejo’s schools. I was on staff as well as a sub. I was assaulted in the classroom. A school’s principal is responsible for setting the tone and culture of a campus. The former principals are now gone. It takes about 5 years to see change on a school campus. There are no shortcuts. There is no FasTrak for school improvement. Please publish your proposals for improving our schools overnight. We are all eager to know what they are; however, be prepared to learn the incredibly complex legal and political requirements that slow that process to a crawl.


          • August 19, 2014 @ 9:56 pm Vallejo Mom

            Monica I can’t give out names but many teachers and principals are retiring and they have can’t stand Bishop. Many parents have complained about her abrasive manner. Bishop is just like Hazel, she is a bully. She slammed the phone on a mother when she called to complained that her daughter was sexually assaulted. Then, an elderly volunteer was parking her car at the charter, school Bishop pulled in front of her and took two parking spaces. She has rudely mouthed off parents. There are horror stories. She NEEDS to go!!!

          • August 19, 2014 @ 9:58 pm Vallejo Mom

            I mean to type that they are retiring early and they have said it is because of Bishop.

  3. August 18, 2014 @ 10:02 am tom

    everything is viewed as racist by some people, even the truth !
    it is how they gain and hold on to power over the weak minded non-thinkers


  4. August 18, 2014 @ 10:05 am GW

    No WR, what we have is a cartoon depiction with subtitles some disagree or agree with. Who is commenting about it and why is irrelevant as long as this site is providing free access to its opinion boards. If you want to make it an exclusive site you will also cut off pro or con opinions that do make this site interesting at times.
    Is the illustration in bad taste or hurtful to specific people? Maybe, but the symbol of the three primates is universal and actually would not require an explanation or embellishment to its meaning.

    As a side note: I hope the little box to the left with the math/reading requirement fill in is in no way reflective of the Vallejo residents abilities. What would happen if I would answer it incorrectly? Will I be banished from here? Turn it up a notch!


  5. August 18, 2014 @ 10:52 am IM PEACHy

    Oh come on. of course I’ve heard of the phrase and know the reference and I don’t disagree with the sentiment but if you have to explain away an African American woman depicted as a monkey as NOT being racist, then there is a problem. BTW, not really sure which came first See, Hear, Say no Evil , or this all too common age-old demeaning depiction of Africans. Unfortunately, the salient points the cartoonist is trying to make is overshadowed by really bad taste. I agree it’s not about race so why use such an apparent jab?


    • August 18, 2014 @ 8:33 pm Vallejo Mom

      I agree it is very racist and offensive, and I am not fan of neither Bishop nor Wilson. I am shocked that Garman would allow this on his website. Mark, take this cartoon down, please, it’s horrible.


  6. August 18, 2014 @ 11:46 am Salty Dog

    Whether or not the cartoon is innocuous, subtle or blatant racism is in the subjective realm of the eye of the beholder.

    What is difficult to disagree with is that, in this land of “e pluribus unum”, this community, this state and this nation is awash in rampant racism, based on non-thinking bigotry that crosses all races. It has lead to, leads to economic disadvantages and a sense of hopeless victimization. And that type of non thinking is pure evil, regardless of skin color.

    I don’t agree with Bishop’s record of autocratic style, dictatorial methods, dismissal of teaching pedagogies. That is not the way to unlock positive energies and is not transformational leadership. That she is black, is irrelevant, a red herring.

    Yet, that makes me a racist in some minds. See the racist web we weave when irrational bigotry entangles any attempt for intellectual honesty.


  7. August 18, 2014 @ 3:09 pm Publicus

    Many fail to recognize that racism cuts both ways. In Vallejo, the mere expectation of civil behavior with regard to AA kids is often met with screams of racism when it is nothing of the sort. In fact, it is racist to expect less of AA kids and dismiss the vicious bullying posted on UTube videos for all to see. I get it that the US has a lot of “splaining” with regard to years of Jim Crow but we are doing kids no favors when the charge of “racism” is intended to keep real dialogue or change from happening. It is normal for parents to want their kids to be safe and if that means moving them out of Vallejo, you can’t blame them.


  8. August 19, 2014 @ 11:39 pm anon

    Sometimes it’s just a cigar, or in this case, an illustration. You can argue whether it’s tasteless, but it did do the job it was intended to do — provoke a discussion. Actually, I think to be true to Bishop’s role, she would be plugging the ears or covering the eyes & mouths of her cohorts, but that’s quibbling. Whoever said political cartoons were easy?

    It’s politically incorrect to say this, but I think sometimes people are needlessly hyper-sensitive, and get spun up out of proportion to context. Flame away, that’s my sense, and no, Im not what’s his name.


  9. August 19, 2014 @ 11:47 pm wharf rat

    Monica and others you must realise that Gladys Philips Eevans was hired by a totally dissfunctional School board … This cost the VCUSD over 60 million dollars …. WE hired a grifter , a con Mam , who cleaned out the coffers , and left us broke … We HIRED HER , period WE bear the responcibility ,, it is totally on us , …. We now have a Superintendent , that is Empire building , and injecting Christain Doctrine into our Public School system …. She needs to GO , there must be many misionarys more ripe than our one ..Vallejo needs to prepare Our youth for the vaguaries of Adutl l ife , and able to compete in the modern age ….. Religion must remain an elective , or even a tradition , not a pre requisite …… School board Presidents shoud be on contracts …. Year to year or 3 Year terms , such that we can get rid of them , when they go rouge …. The time has come to seek some new tallent We Are paying for Caviar and getting sardines …. Perhaps the School Board model is a failed one ,, this instituation isrife with cronyism ,, it coud take decades to get rid of the deadwood , cloging up the educational stream ,,, limiting the flow to our spongeminds …. When upper management clogs up the system We are screwed ….. Time to re–invent this flawed system …. Time for a fresh start …..


    • August 20, 2014 @ 5:40 am Salty Dog

      WR, I agree with your Bishop opinion. She needs to go because her style of leadership is the antithesis of required change.

      But I disagree with you that the school board model has failed. As a form of direct democratic local representation it has a long and successful historical record in public education across the country and in Canada too.

      But in Vallejo’s case, it could stand some tweeking. I would increase the size of the Board to seven members and I would go to a zonal system of elected representation i.e. Old Town South, Vallejo Hills,South Vallejo, North Vallejo,Mare Island, Marine Acadamy, Old Town North…or something to that effect wherein to run in a zone, a potential candidate is resident as a prerequiste.

      Why? Vallejo’s school district is large enough and dispersed enough to warrent an increased representation. More voices means more diverse opinion and likely livelier and more candid meetings. The community takes more ownership with “their” rep at the table. Their “rep” will be more sensitive to each zonal need.

      Just my opinion.


      • August 20, 2014 @ 6:02 am Bong Hit

        This is a great idea Salty. I like the zonal rep. concept.


      • August 20, 2014 @ 7:52 am anon

        I also like Salty’s ideas, both for a bigger School Board, and for zonal representation. Then maybe we could have a Board that wouldn’t be steam-rolled. Maybe if we had zonal rep it would be easier to find qualified candidates for School Board. There might be better accountability, too, e.g., esp of Wilson. 4 terms, and she wants another? Come on, get out of the way, let someone else make a try.


      • August 20, 2014 @ 8:20 am Sage

        SD you hit the nail on the head! Great idea. Now, how do we go about implementing it? Lead the way!


        • August 20, 2014 @ 9:12 am Salty Dog

          Quite simple really (lol). All that is needed is an elected board that is willing to take a look at the pros and cons of expanding the board and implementing a zonal electoral process. Ask your candidates if they would make it a priority. I suspect, their first response would be, “What do you mean? To which an appropriate response might be, “Putting students and community first”. Or, “Giving ownership back to the community”….as a starter.

          At any rate, I was a zonal trustee on a seven member board and a great part of my activities was visiting schools and fielding phone calls at all times of the day. The community isn’t shy about phoning their rep. But, I became very aware of issues first hand, many of which I reported in public board meetings. It just seems to me to be an appropriate reform when so many are unhappy with the status quo.

          And, imo, the best candidate is not the one with letters or an armful of community service. Being able to do the math problem on this forum and demonstrating genuine compassion and empathy for the plight of public education will do it. Almost anybody can be a zonal rep. That’s the beauty of zonal representation.


    • Monica

      August 21, 2014 @ 5:58 pm Monica

      Thank you, Wharf Rat, for correcting my misnaming. WTH did I get Peterson? I know Dr. Bishop has made people furious. She is the person hired by D’Amelio to clean up Dodge City. She’ll move on when the culling is finished. It is a sh**ty and thankless job, but it needed to be done.


  10. August 21, 2014 @ 12:40 pm Bong Hit

    Entitlement for violence

    Look at the disaster back in Ferguson Missouri. The young man who committed the strong armed robbery and then assaulted a police officer gives us all a timely example of how excusing violent behavior in children leads to disastrous results. It is in the best interest of Vallejo students and our community to hold children and adults accountable for violent and threatening behavior.

    Black leaders seem to think their fellow African Americans need excuses. Black leaders seem to think that black students are somehow not capable of conducting themselves in a civil and professional way. Social justice policies create excuses for violent and dysfunctional behavior which ultimately hurts black males the most. Black leaders may FEEL good by creating excuses for violent acts carried out by black males but this is actually a dangerous mistake with deadly consequences.

    All of the excuses created for black males have given them the false idea that they are entitled to act out with violence and a complete disregard for law and order. The end result is isolation from civil society and a closed door to employment in the 21’st century.


    • August 22, 2014 @ 12:53 pm decentamerican

      BongHit !
      Almost everyone undertstands that … the national outrage is not the police officer’s actions at that time, but the police officer’s actions THAT RESULTED IN DEATH. Too many young people (who were suspects) have been KILLED instead of being disarmed or disabled temporarily in the process.

      Why were rubber bullets not used? OR, why did the officer shoot the suspect in the leg or something, that way, he could be given medical help and then arrested, processed, etc.. Why is it always THE KILLING?

      Believe me, if a White guy was killed by a Black officer, 30% of the US would have raised hell, just like all the Black leaders now.

      By no means am I supporting unruly behavior of blacks/asians/hispanics/minorities or anyone … that’s not acceptable. But in order to apprehend those guilty unruly folks, police should NOT always take the easy way out to shoot and KILL them always.

      Get it, Bomg Hit ? Thanks.


      • August 22, 2014 @ 3:46 pm Salty Dog

        Decentamerican, you may be presuming too much, and definitely too soon.

        A vigorous prosecution, as advocated by the prejudged Missouri Governor, requires a vigorous investigation first. The outrage you see in Ferguson is nothing more than mob mentality based on raw emotions. You have to ask yourself if you want to live in a land of laws or one where lynching is an option.

        Moreover, police officers are not trained to maim or injure. That revolver is designed to protect the officer from death. Should they be held to a higher standard? Of course, since they are uniquely charged with the prerogative to use deadly force. In the Ferguson case, the use of deadly force is still under multiple investigations. Whether or not the officer was in fear for his life is yet to be determined.

        Rubber bullets? Please, lets really tie the arms of the police in the face of high powered automatic weapons.

        Before jumping to conclusions, it may be wiser to await an accounting of what happened.


      • August 23, 2014 @ 6:24 am Vallejo Mom

        Decent American,
        I agree with you that cops have been misusing their authority. I disagree that only AA citizens are targeted, it happens to white people all the time. We should all be protesting in the street peacefully. But destroying businesses at the cost to business owners is not the answer. And maybe Bishop should inform kids know that is not ok to act like criminals in school. She has enabled a few Vallejo AA students to steal, violently threaten teachers, and physically assault others. It makes hard for those AA students who to learn and do something productive in their lives. Bishop should be sued by those AA students for undermining their opportunities for a decent education. I know many AA families who left for Benicia or elsewhere or have joined the homeschool community. So it is not just white flight leaving Vallejo.


  11. August 22, 2014 @ 1:35 am wharf rat

    Ramona has salted her department with Sorrority Sisters ,, this is evedant and fully disclosed durring offficial procedings .. Then there is the Religious angle ,, Our School system has no seperation of Church and State ,, A fundamental and wise ellement of our Constitutional matrix / ethos …. This in it;s own is a bad lesson of Civics and Government … We once had a strong Principal system that worked all so well … I remember driving past our school at 9; oo at night and seeing our Principal’s car parked and Her office light on … She knew all the kids names and their classrooms ,, when She worked yard duty it was a no excuses situation She was the ultimate BIG MOTHER and all the kids behaved , not due to intimidation , rather due to respect …… It is amaysing
    how such a sound instution can go into the toilet in such a short time …. The demise of the VCUSD
    should be studied , such that it never happens again …..


  12. August 23, 2014 @ 7:15 am Bong Hit

    Please don’t make excuses for violent people. Violence and strong arm assault have no place in civil society. You, me, students, neighbors, strangers on the street cannot assault people and steal from them, cannot punch people in the face and break their eye socket and expect to thought of as a gentle giant.

    When our society makes excuses for the violent behavior of young black males, it hurts those black males the most. This behavior of excuse making and the resulting mayhem and destruction is viewed around the world and further isolates the American black community from the modern, civilized world.


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