Monday, June 01, 2015

Burlingame: C. J. Huff deserves every cent of it

I don't suppose that it would surprise anyone to learn that one person, at least, blogger and frequent Joplin Globe guest columnist Anson Burlingame is thrilled about C. J. Huff's buyout package.

In fact, he was thrilled, and in his latest post spends several paragraphs explaining why he (and Huff) are more intelligent than their detractors.

And toward the end of his post, he makes a gratuitous sexist remark, referring to board member Jennifer Martucci as "Cupcake."

A small sampling of Burlingame's wisdom from his post titled "I Just Love It."

Sure there are going to be serious taxpayers that will not like that package. I would not either unless I had been following events closely for years now. But let there be no doubt, if ever a Golden Parachute was deserved, this is a classic example of why Dr. Huff deserves that financial package in order to “retire”.

I will not reveal insider knowledge that I have on the details. I will let principals, those sitting in closed sessions, reveal them if they like. BUT the “new” BOE had two choices until Dr. Huff gave them an out, one that I would not have given them by the way. The BOE would have had to accept Dr. Huff for three more years OR fire him. Had they fired him and left him without a compensation package, the case would have been decided in a court of law, no question about that. So who could win such a case?

Burlingame took his usual shots at those who comment on this blog, as well as the board members who voted against the Huff pay package.

Turner has yet to opine on this subject. He is letting his underbelly (Anson's term for anonymous commenters) speak for him so far and as is usual. But I am sure we will all read a learned investigative report on the matter. My ass we will. It will just be another well written but stupid scream, but not from an underbelly as Randy puts his name on the line, very carefully and let’s underbellies scream for him. Dr. Fort and Cupcake do the same.

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

OH, my. My feelings are really hurt that the world's biggest asshat, Anson Burlingame, thinks those who would lose their jobs if they used their names are "underbellies." Better than other body parts I can think of, the smelliest of which being a doppelgänger for Anson himself.

He is a sick, sick man, desperate for attention. His only fans are also very bitter and lonely people. I wonder how he will feel when Cj no longer needs him and writes him off.

Anonymous said...

Slimeball...

Anonymous said...

Get over yourself Anson. The Globe readers are few and far between and the under 60 crowd see you for what you are. Try to find a job at a 'big city newspaper', and write when you get work.

Anonymous said...

I don't think Anson's mother hugged him enough when he was a child.

Kenen Martinez said...

Would someone please disconnect Anson's feeding tube and WiFi connection?

Anonymous said...

I'm in the over 60 crowd, thank you, and I've known Anson to be the fool he is from the first time I read his stupid, incomprehensible rants. The best thing you can do with people like Anson is just deny them what they want, attention. Ignore him and he will have to find something else to do. Maybe he could take up shuffleboard like the rest of the old farts do.

Anonymous said...

So first Jennifer Martucci has to endure the public attempt at humiliation by CJ Huff , now Anson is calling her cupcake?
The war on women is right here in Joplin folks.

Boo Anson ! Any credibility you had at one time has gone by the wayside with your antiquated and sexist tone. This is 2015 man, not 1915

Joplin business owner said...

I am disgusted. For an old man to refer to a younger woman as a "cupcake" is not just sexist, it is perverted and pornographic. I always thought Anson was just some nobody struggling to be relevant. I did not realize he was a dirty old man. We cannot let this type of immoral commentary stand in our community. If we do, our very morals are denigrated and the status of all women is tarnished. I am a business owner who advertises in the Joplin Globe, the very newspaper that occasionally gives Anson an editorial forum. I am writing a letter to the Globe tomorrow referencing Anson's perverted remark and telling them never to publish one if his editorials again or I will pull all advertising in the future. Please join me.

Anonymous said...

I have just one question...who died and made this ass king? Where does he get off calling an elected member of our Board of Education the derogatory term " Cupcake". What a sexist uneducated, crude jerk he is! No wonder he and Huff are buddies. Birds of a feather....

Anonymous said...

She actually dropped him on his head way too many times.

Anonymous said...

You think he's worth every cent, then you pay it.
You truly are an old asshat.

Anonymous said...

7:09 - Thank you

Anonymous said...

I think cupcakes are delicious.

Anonymous said...

Love the way the hypocrites in these comments lambast Burlingame for name calling.....then proceed to call him names. Smdh.

Anonymous said...

Reference to the under 60 crowd was truly meant for the dying newspaper readership that is the sad truth to the end of old school publishers. True, there are a lot of people that
still want a 'paper', but they are as out dated as Anson is.

Anonymous said...

What are Anson's credentials? Is he from the Joplin area?

Anonymous said...

7:09

Amen!!! I will be doing the same first thing tomorrow.

Two can play "boycott." Piss on both sides. said...

By all means, "Joplin Business Owner" write to the Joplin Globe and make some threats about pulling advertising. You want to pull your financial weight around then go right ahead and do so.

Just remember this: Those of us who while we think Anson Burlingame is a fool and beta-toady to CJ Huff and Mark Rohr think that Anson Burlingame has an absolute right to say whatever stupid thing he pleases on his own blog as long as it doesn't incite immanent violence or destroy private property. This is exactly why so many of us think of you public school teachers as parasites and bolsheviks and perverts is that you not only "think" you own our tax dollars to spend as you insist and that you, as opposed to the elected school officials get to run your private asylum, but that you get to use our children as pawns to justify your degenerate self-serving silliness as well.

Turner was fired for willful refusal to obey elected school board policies. Any teacher who thinks that they get to decide policy as opposed to obey these policies as an absolute condition for employment can, insofar as I am concerned, can hit the road looking for some place that lets him or her run wild with minor children. The best thing that CJ Huff did was to crack down on teachers who wouldn't obey school board policies, but think that they get to decide what to teach. There isn't any place in the world where the employees get to decide what they want to do, as opposed to the owners. The owners, who are the taxpayers, get to decide who gets to set the rules. Which is why I think that this particular "underbelly" of Turner's, like Anson put it, probably isn't actually a real business owner. A real merchant never ever alienates his potential customers.

Let me also say that the last four years of since the tornado has shown that the Joplin government and school district and the "leadership" and population are irrevocably busted. Hundreds of millions of public dollars wasted and flushed down the rathole and stolen and all that remains is genuine hatred and contempt of the taxpayer and parents on both sides; those represented by Turner and those who use Anson Burlingame to fluster about. I'm not going to vote for another school tax increase, I'm not going to vote for any new city taxes, I'm going to buy what I can in Webb City and Neosho rather than let either side get anything from me further. You hate each other to where you can't work together? Fine. I piss on both your houses. Let the State come in and try to fix things up like they do in St. Louis and Kansas City. Let the school district and the City default on their bonds. I'm moving to where the rest of the population and the town leadership got their act better together.

There is not a penny's worth of difference morally and mentally between Randy Turner and Anson Burlingame. None!!!

Anonymous said...

To anyone who thinks that CJ deserves a severance package, what does severance package mean to you? It means that a lot of people knew that he and Bessie ruined the academic standing and morale of our school district and that the school board was anxious enough to get rid of him that they "bought him off" to leave. Usually when someone retires, it is their decision to leave and so therefore expects no severance package to do that. In fact, if he had a contract to work for 3 more years, doesn't he technically owe the school district for breaking that contract and for the district to have to spend money to find a new superintendent? There reveals the real contradiction and truth. Why would we pay him to "retire"? Bingo. Because we wanted that badly for him to go.
Anson, did you ever work for Huff and company? I did and know how bad it was. If you haven't, then you really don't know how horrible it has been. We have lost many of our best teachers, including me, because the working conditions are so unbearable. They negatively affect our health because of the stress and the unrealistic expectations. To be a good teacher here, there is no "balance". To be dedicated means to wake up thinking about how to teach a lesson or take care of a student's problems. Facetiously, some normal people get to wake up thinking about what to cook for dinner or many other of family activities such as breakfast or laundry. The same happens every evening, every weekend, every holiday and every summer. Do you get it?! Do you get that I am saying to be a good teacher, one has to sacrifice his own life, health and family. For the love of the kids?! Absolutely! For enough money to live on or with a healthy life out of school? Not a chance! Then the final dagger is that so much time doing data, etc., just to see scores go down because there is not enough time to be with the students and address all of their needs. And then there is the extra stress because we do not make enough money to take care of our families nor having a standard of living that others would think would be deserving for someone with 7 years of college. After the leadership of Huff and Bessie, the central office positions have grown in numbers and salaries while teachers get bigger classes with more problems because they will not hire enough teachers. With no exaggeration, try being responsible for 180 students at a time, and the paperwork that goes with it, for middle and high school teachers or too many students or too many students with many subjects for elementary teachers. Then with little support and more paperwork, the load is unbearable, not just unpleasant; unbearable.
Since I am already writing, the spending after the tornado was grossly misdirected. There are many examples, but just one is that the parents of Duquesne and Duenweg consistently wanted to keep their small neighborhood schools. I challenge you to research which is better for kids; small or large schools. Disregarding the answer to that question and what the parents wanted, the BIG and OSTENTIOUS Soaring Heights and Irving elementaries were built. Replacing Duquesne and Duenweg didn't even qualify for tornado building money, did it? But the parking at the high school isn't enough for all the students to have a parking space. Want other examples? There are many.
It will take YEARS to repair the damage that the leadership of Huff and Bessie and all of their expensive assistants have allowed. The status quo school board members of Sharp, Landis, Steele, and Banwart have contributed to the problem by becoming friends with Huff and going along with his damaging actions. Kudos to the new school board members who are willing to fight an uncomfortable battle to start that repair. We need Jim Kimbrough back with them to begin the healing. What has happened to our schools is inexcusable, depressing, embarrassing, expensive and egregious. Yes, Huff is a good ole boy. But that does not make for a successful school system.

Anonymous said...

Maybe I'll call Anson buttercup the next time I see him.

Anonymous said...

10:51

Angry much? Geez. What a rant. Teachers are bolsheviks? Really? Seems a bit extreme to me. Get some anger management. And while you're at it, learn to spell and punctuate. If you're going to try to come off as smarter than your reading audience, you're going to at least need to have the basics of communication down if you wish to be taken seriously. No one is arguing Anson's right to free speech, but in turn, we have the right to protest what he says.

You also cannot be serious if you think "our" side hates the "taxpayers and parents." Here's news for you: we are those two things, also. You have a long way to go to become credible. But, please do keep trying. Writing is good therapy.

Anonymous said...

I hope Huff gets what he deserves.

Anonymous said...

12:28

Thank you. I also work for the district, and I also have developed stress issues. My doctor asked me a couple of years ago what the hell was happening in the schools. He was seeing teacher after teacher with health issues, from depression to hypertension and beyond, that didn't have to do with PTSD from the tornado. They were, and we still are, worn out. We are also broke. The cost of living has not gone down, but our income has with reduced stipends. So we are spinning ourselves into ill health by working harder and harder and making less for the effort. That is hardly a good formula for high productivity. Add lack of discipline and constant interruptions to that mix and scores will go down, and for those poor teachers at the high school, it means coming up with some way to teach off the Internet every day. The middle schools are headed that way, too. You are right in that the elementary teachers are truly stressed from one program after another, and principals who are not ready to lead in many cases, but were rewarded the jobs in exchange for favors done for upper administration. In the mean time, we have job after job created at Central Office that are overpaid and nonessential. We see our building custodians stretched to the limit to maintain facilities because their numbers are cut back, as well as their cleaning supplies. We aren't covering the basics, but we are running long on the luxuries.

You are correct. It will take some time to turn this ship around. However, a good manager will cut those nonessential jobs and use that income to provide the basics. A good superintendent will slow new things down and concentrate on basics such as discipline, staff morale, wages, and materials. "New" can wait. Those of us who have stayed are hanging on for that time. Let's hope it gets here soon.

Anonymous said...

4:55

We all hope Huff gets what he deserves. Prison time, for example.

Anonymous said...

10:51 pm is Anson Burlingame! You can tell by how long and nonsensical the post is. Anson, stay off this blog and go back to your own. Oh, that's right, you don't have any readers on yours. You have become the "underbelly" which you criticize.

Anonymous said...

Anson isn't just sexist; he is misoginsitic. He should be avoided at all costs as he is getting more and more desperate to prove his superiority as a male.

Anonymous said...

Next time lead with I'm moving' and spare us your tirade.

Anonymous said...

This is a circus, albeit an expensive one,

Dusty Roads said...

I always knew Anson was a ignorant blowhard, but did not know he was Pervy McNasty.

Anonymous said...

5:05 AM, this is 12:28 again. I really appreciate the items that you added about knowing how it is on the inside. After I sent my comment, I wish I had mentioned that there have been secretaries who have been let go and then the remaining secretary has to do the work of two but only get paid for the work of one. The same is true of all the other support staff, principals and counselors.That is so unconscionable to do that to someone who already has a full load. Then it is insult to injury to see the overpaid assistants at the ad building who are doing the work of the superintendent and the previous superintendent. Many of us will remember a long time ago that the top heavy central office was pared down and most of us went without raises for several years. Then Huff and Bessie come in and hired assistants to wipe their touches, making the central office top heavy again, while they can walk around looking important rather than do anything really important and just cause stress to the other employees.
The custodians are limited to a certain number of toilet paper rolls and then stress when they don't have enough. And why would those doing that to the custodians not worry that students and teachers who use the restrooms then don't have toilet paper when they need it? That is not caring about anyone who uses that necessity. Wanna takes bets on how many times the central office restrooms run out of toilet paper?
Good job on the mention of the computers for the high school and middle school students having computers rather than books. It makes it much harder for the teachers and students. They do that because they do not want to spend the money on books. Yes, there are some subjects that can and do function without books, but there are some subjects, math and science for example, that they are imperative. That horrible decision needs to be reversed.
Yes, many of the principals are "yes men" and are discouraged from supporting their teachers because the central office doesn't want "any waves". That started "at the top". A teacher MUST have a good learning environment for students to learn. That has been greatly damaged in favor of letting the students not respect authority and principals being expected to "cave" to parents who do not want their children to learn consequences. That and poor attendance not being addressed are major issues that have decreased academic achievement and destroyed the health of school employees. We have lost many of our great ones to neighboring schools. Sad for us.

Piss on You II - The Underbelly Manifesto Part II said...

When I wrote the above post last night I knew full well that the professional bolshevik rotten-underbelly whiners which is essentially all of you "professional teachers" of the Turner ilk would of course chimp out on being told that nobody really cares about your feelings or politically-correct gender-marxist silliness.

Well over ninety percent of the parents of students want teachers like Turner terminated for cause. We want to elect a school board who will set up someone like CJ Huff to crack down and nip in the bud you psuedo-marxist pro-homo liberal scum. Turner doesn't want to obey school board policy concerning after-hours contact with students on social media? Turner wants to write a soft-core poison-pen piece of fiction telling how much he hates the boss and is so much smarter than elected officials who appoint a harsh taskmaster? Fine. But the end result was going to be a crackdown and that is exactly what Turner got. Now you "rotten-underbellies" as Anson so doofously yet aptly put it, are restive, yet fearful and whining anonymously.

Where Bruce Speck and CJ Huff went wrong was in their arrogance from doing so well in their tasks that they over-extended the willingness of the "Good Old Boys" Network to pay for their schemes. The bill came due and there is nothing now but debt with nothing much to show for it and so it is time to pay what is essentially less than five percent to clean-burn the open wounds in severance pay.

Everyone puts too much credit on Turner for finishing off CJ Huff. The fever-cycle is over. The patient is older and weaker. There are no excess funds from the tornado left for either side to waste. Things are going to have to go back to ante-tornado-bellum. Any teacher who acts like Turner did will not even be hired and if detected, will be quietly and ruthlessly fired. The CJ Huff Empire will wither from lack of funds. A manager who promises to make do with less will be quietly hired as superintendant and if he keeps his promise, will be the quiet savior of the Joplin R-8 school system.

Bruce Speck wanted Joplin to have a medical center teaching medicine. Now a few years after being shown the door, there is such a project in the works.

Anson Burlingame, a thoroughly bourbonic idiot, yet coined a useful term for you Turner-maggots. Anson calls you the "soft rotten underbelly" of Joplin. And now you "underbellies" are toothlessly wailing about your non-existent counter-revolution voting to essentially pension-off the CJ Huff antibody. Well, most of the time the antibody white-blood cells who take care of germs and viruses in the body wind up as discarded puss. The CJ Huff antibody got pensioned off with $300,000 to go away, and thus Anson Burlingame is absolutely right.

And gloating while you Turner "underbellies" wail. Kudos to Anson the Conqueror.

Anonymous said...

Is 1:39 related to the "tard" commenter we see on here so often? Equally ignorant and pathetic.

By the way, genius, the word is "pus." I know, I know, those three-letter words are so challenging...

Anonymous said...

Wow, I think the globe found a replacement for Anson. I know there are people who are actually this ignorant out there but I'm shocked.

Anonymous said...

Not a 'penny's' worth of difference? As opposed to Woolworth's?

Anonymous said...

Randy...I get the feeling this guy doesn't like you. Stop with all the facts already, this guy can't handle it.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Anson would publish comments like Randy allows on his blog?

Anonymous said...

I like the way Anson calls himself names to make it look like it's not him writing.

Anonymous said...

Smack him on his wrinkly behind when you do.

Anonymous said...

'I'm really angry at the world. I want someone to love me, or at least notice me. If I write hateful nonsense, someone will pay attention to me. The more I write, the more attention.'

What's on your mind little camper? Do you need a hug. Just reveal your true identity, and somene will give you what you so desperately need, Just remember, someone out there loves you.