Jodi Rives Meier – Character Does Matter, and She Has None

Details are coming out about my recent blog post about a communications instructor at Butte College, who appears to have made a habit out of maligning the military, as well as vilifying her own students who happen to be military veterans.

To be sure, Jodi Rives Meier’s comments about the military being a bunch of illiterate rapists sparked some indignation – enough to bring a news crew to her door, about which she was apparently “upset” enough to put on make-up and advertise the time of the news report on her Facebook page for her friends to watch.

So, it turns out, if you post a MILLION times about social causes–suicide prevention, mental health awareness, LGBT+ issues, rape culture, fiscal meltdowns, local theater–no one in the media could give a shit. But, post about the military–and get a few boys with hurt feewings–and Jerry Olenyn from whatever channel shows up on your doorstep pushing for a response on video for the “lead story at 6:30.” Which you’ve heard nothing about. And when you say you feel uncomfortable having a news reporter “ambush” you at your home–where he is uninvited and is not a public place–when you are in your pajamas on your day off, he gets a little testy about being offended at your attack on him. And then the neighbors call the police. And then he tries to make the police call part of the story. And then you are just sick to damn death with all the bullshit. So, watch it at 6:30, I guess.

The pretend outrage about this “ambush” is fascinating. The passive-aggressive combination of faux self-immolation and and borderline pride is clownish, if nothing else.

At least one person ardently defended Jodi on this blog, and another one – ostensibly a student – went to the mat for her on This Ain’t Hell. One claims that Jodi has the freedom of speech, and absurdly claims that members of the military have threatened to kill and rape her, and that “I do feel that my teacher’s anecdotal evidence that military veterans are being underserved and have trouble with literacy.” (Speaking of trouble with literacy… what?)

The second one claimed several times that “You have no basis for your diagnosis of hatred of the military.”

Yeah?

Let’s start with a screen shot of Jodi’s own words.

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So not only are people who volunteer to protect this nation delusional and self-aggrandizing, according to this… thing… but they’re also rapists who cover up for one another’s hobby of sexual assault, apparently.

I also have a screen shot of what she told one individual who replied to this nonsense, but I won’t post it here until he gives me his permission to do so, because it has his full name. But I can tell you that in response to his indignation, Dear Jodi asks, “…why are you complaining – it just gives you military guys a larger pool to rape from.”

Note the shitty grammar in this particular comment. Why do I point this out? Two reasons. Because a) She castigates veterans for being illiterate and b) she also does it to her own son. In public. In a condescending, humiliating manner after he posted his admiration for a member of the Marine Crops. The whole exchange is here:

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What I notice is the following:

She apparently makes it a habit of criticizing people’s grammar and spelling instead of addressing their actual comments.

She likes to play the victim, because apparently her own child is oh-so-mean to her (his original post said nothing rude or untoward, but only meant to show his mother, who apparently loathes the military that there are heroes among us), and that it’s all the military’s fault.

Further down in the conversation, we witness some dirty laundry being aired between Jodi and a woman who appears to be her ex mother-in-law.

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What have we learned here?

We have learned that Jodi did something… something bad while her husband was deployed, while she blames everyone from his command, to his family, to his church for not being supportive enough.

If you read the comments section of the last blog entry on this matter, you will see accusations of adultery – adultery with an 18 year old kid – while her husband was deployed. By her own admission, she also married a man 17 years her junior. While I have no idea whether or not she married the same kid with whom she allegedly cheated on her husband, it certainly is instructive that she seems to routinely be attracted to men who are considerably younger than her.

Apparently no one thinks Jodi has been at all supportive of her son Connor, who by his own account has had problems with written communication. It’s fairly appalling for a communications instructor to castigate her own kid in public, while apparently being unable or unwilling to actually help him. What kind of communication instructor could she possibly be?

Well, we have an answer to that question as well.

I’m going to ignore the comments posted after her little brain droppings went public, for obvious reasons, and I will focus on ratings that took place prior to these reports. What strikes me is the universal admission – even from people who rated her class very positively – that a) the class is ridiculously easy, and you should take it to pad your grades and b) Jodi is a narcissistic harridan, who routinely brings her personal life and political views into the classroom.

Jodi is a great person in my opinion but a horrendously sloppy teacher. She does a great job at making a comfortable environment, however there is no order whatsoever. If you want to get something done it will not happen in this class. If all you want is a grade for attending and putting forth little effort then she is the teacher for you. (29 Dec 13)

Jodi is awesome! She is very liberal and is a bit one-sided. There were a few heated debates in our class – as there should be in a college atmosphere. Don’t buy the textbook – you don’t use it. Jodi made class fun and interesting, she’s like a cool aunt to everyone. take this class if you can!! (24 May 13)

She spends at least 30 mins per class talking about her political agenda, screwed up life, and other kinds of nonsense. The class is decently easy, but you have to constantly be on top of your syllabus because she doesn’t always warn you about due dates. Not a terrible class, but overall waste of time. (07 Nov 12)

She is terrible. Calls her students “minions” which in my opinion, is derogatory and rude. She is also crass and talks a lot of NOTHING but herself and what we learn is mediocre. TAKE SOMEONE else!! Please! You’ll thank me later I promise! (22 Oct 12)

Jodi talks the whole time-about herself, her children and husbands. SUCH a waste of time. We are paying you for an education. And of course we all need better communication skills. She has nothing important to say. The stories unrelated to the material and really longwinded 20-30 minutes at a time about complete nonsense. (30 Aug 11)

This class is great if you are looking for an easy A. However, she hates America and makes it known. She also thinks that college students are idiots and she is a very opinionated liberal. Also, you mainly spend 3 hours a day listening to her stories and opinions, don’t expect to leave the class with any new found knowledge. (08 Jul 10)

Group Discussion- Everything I learned in this class I could have learned in one afternoon in a group discussion/communications workshop. The entire semester is listening to her ramble on about herself and her children and other job. SUCH a waste of time. We are paying you for an education. And of course we all need better communication skills. ugh (11 Dec 09)

I received an A in this class and went to everyone. Jodi is one of the worst teacher that I have ever had. If you do not have an opinion that does not fully agrees with hers than she will literally yell at you until you give up trying. She loves to her herself talk and really has nothing of importance to say. I learned nothing in this class. (08 Nov 09)

Pro: Good sense of humor, high energy, textbook is optional (she tests from notes that she gives you), easy grader; Con: Spends a lot of time on stories unrelated to the material or examples that are really longwinded. Also, if you are conservative, pro-Bush you may feel a little hammered (I’m not, but sometimes cringe in sympathy.) (06 Oct 07)

Get the gist of it?

Narcissistic. Biased. Plays victim on a regular basis. So insecure, she needs to publicly humiliate her own son, while claiming how she’s victimized by his lack of respect for her. Probably screwed around on her husband, and then in order to avoid personal responsibility for her actions, blamed him, the military, his family and apparently his church for not supporting her enough.

This is the kind of person Butte College chose to employ.

This woman chooses to publicly open her ignorant, biased yap and belittle what ultimately is an organization of honorable men and women who choose voluntarily to serve their country, and insult the intelligence and communication her own students, who happen to belong to that group, while posting rambling, badly written missives on her very public social media pages.

Too bad she just doesn’t get it.

19 responses

  1. The quintessential libtard instructor. She and Jugears have much in common.

    Let’s start with this: remove from current emoyment to minimize damage to the public.

    -Jim+

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  2. How are people like her allowed to teach? Clearly this woman has issues and should not be allowed in a classroom.

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  3. Wow. She’s a real piece of work.

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  4. Gee whis, she bies self-centered, self-pimping bitches a bad name. I once paid for a workshop during which the instructor spent almost an hour of MY (and other peoples’) time dropping names and pumping her ego, and twisted herself into a pretzel when someone asked her to start addressing the workshop subjects.
    That photo of Miss Jodie with her mouth open, yelling at some unseen object of her scorn ? Perfect

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    1. To be fair, I think that photo is from a play.

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  5. Maybe her and Sandra Korn can move in together and feed off each others hate until the State throws the net over them and drag them off to the lunatic asylum.

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  6. Veritas Omnia Vincit

    Found my way here from the links at TAH, as I said there her words are telling. She tells lies about veterans and pretends they are the truth. I find that her words and actions are typical of life long academics with little real world experience in the private sector work place.

    I hire a great many people and my experience is simple, on average I prefer veterans when everything else is equal or close to equal. Veterans tend to work harder and smarter because their environment has them task oriented regardless of assets. In deadline oriented businesses there is no time for the level of nonsense that instructors like this woman generate on a daily basis.

    Most veterans I know have done well in their lives thanks to what they learned while serving. Many have upper level degrees, and many others like myself have achieved career success and continue to serve their communities through volunteerism while the Jody Meier’s of the world only serve themselves and then have the audacity to attempt and belittle the efforts of better men and women than she will ever be during her lifetime.

    The truly sad part is that the Jody Meier’s of the world don’t even realize how irrelevant their existence is when contrasted against the rest of our society. Contribute nothing and your life means nothing, it’s not a difficult reality to comprehend but it is a difficult message to adopt and live by when you are completely self-centered and a sad little human…

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    1. I do think she’s a full-blown narcissist. A head case. The way she speaks to her own son belies that fact. Comments left on her rating site reveal her to be completely self-centered with a victim complex.

      She needs to get off the cross and take responsibility for her own actions. And get some help while she’s at it.

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  7. “The class is decently easy, but you have to constantly be on top of your syllabus because she doesn’t always warn you about due dates.”

    Due dates for assignments should not be catastrophes warranting a “warning.” They should be known to the students and publicized by the instructor early on in the semester, preferably on the first day of classes, and preferably in the syllabus document, which should be handed out (paper or cyber) to all students. Such is the case with the classes I teach. Students who miss the due dates do so at their own peril, and I am well postured to enforce consequences upon such students because clear notification is given to them.

    As often as not, I have veterans sitting amongst my students (and have had reservists and, on a few occasions, active duty military personnel on my class rosters). As a group , they are too diverse to tag with any sweeping specific generalizations, but, while I have had a few who had trouble cutting the mustard, the majority of the military veterans I have taught in my classes perform in the upper percentiles, and understand the concept of complying with the standards set by the instructor.

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  8. Never thought I would think anyone was lower than Obummer but there she is. This bitch is the lowest thing I’ve ever heard of.

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  9. I just wonder how her son can still associate with her. I’ve disavowed family members for less than the horrible way she treats her son.

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  10. Emperor Misha I

    I just stopped when I saw the way she took a dump on her own son in public. She should be put down like a rabid dog.

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    1. That’s what really got me as well. What kind of human being does that in public?

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    2. Bratets, you should read the comments in the first blog I wrote about this creature. Sick.

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  11. Tim O'Flaherty

    Hi, Nicki.

    Great post. This Thursday I’m going to Rome for my 12th trip to visit one of my former Latin and ancient Greek students; last November, I got to visit yet another, and two more the previous June – You get the picture, I’m sure. As a teacher, there’s no way in the universe that I would ever tear down students in such a way, or impose my views. It’s about knowledge, and what your students do with it is their business. Goodness me! I honestly can’t believe that this woman has a faculty position. In my line of work at my school, this kind of behavior would get you canned in no short order. Thanks for posting.

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  12. Butte college president has posted a reply on their website. She is being protected. They site free speech….and then she throws in a reminder not to send her supposed death and rape threats….omg. It just gets worse.

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    1. Yep. We saw that. I find it interesting that they’re spreading around these unsubstantiated claims about her getting rape and death threats. Yet aside from a few folks tearing into her about her looks, I haven’t seen anyone on any comment post anything untoward. If I has to guess, I’d say the school is going to see a significant drop in veteran enrollment.

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  13. I find it difficult to believe that this twit is actually getting rape threats; to rape her one would have to TOUCH her. Eeeeeewwww!

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  14. Ok, so she has freedom of speech based on veterans like me who have served and make it so she has that freedom. The questions I have: 1) Is there evidence that she has attacked or belittled a veteran in class? 2) Do my tax dollars support this college or is it on a VA supported list? 3). Does this college have a certification group that evaluates her curriculum at a minimum annually and sits in to listen to her class? I think yes to 1, yes to 2, and no to 3. I don’t agree with threats but I do agree with this statement. I took an oath to serve my country and I took federal money for pay. If she works at a school receiving federal money and bad talks her government or it’s employees in her class, why is she still an employee of Butte or any college? She should also be held responsible for her comments on social media at work because those comments reflect upon her employer. How do we know she wasn’t making those comments while at work or even on a PC at work? We are responsible for our actions and this person should not be in a position to influence our young people. Especially at tax payers expense!

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