-By Warner Todd Huston
In day two, the Chicago teachers strike is already starting to get vicious. In one of the many protests at least one protester was photographed holding a sign intimating that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is gay.
On the streets of Chicago, the Illinois Policy Institute found a protester carrying a sign that says, "Rahm Emanuel Likes Nickelback."
You may not be aware of all the connotations of this sign. Firstly "Nickelback" is a Canadian rock band known for its somewhat sex-drenched lyrics. But the band is also a sort of slang for being gay among many kids these days. As the taunt goes, if you are a Nickelback fan, you're gay.
In fact, the taunt has become so pervasive that many young people have become confused over the sexual preference of the band members. Are they gay? Many kids are unsure of the answer.
In any case, if you know the code, this sign is clearly calling Mayor Emanuel "gay."
Is this the erudite way our teachers and their supporters want to carry on this debate over their desired 30% pay raise?