FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC  3:50 pm August 17, 2012

Wasilla Gentleman Almost Definitely Wouldn’t Lock Disabled Children In The Attic

by Rebecca Schoenkopf

The face of FAS?Wasilla, Alaska, city councilman and state House candidate Mark Ewing is sorry, but if nobody else is going to make the tough choices, he will be the one to stand up and say it: Stop wasting tax money sending disabled kids to school! “We are spending millions and millions of dollars educating children that have a hard time making their wheelchair move,” he said in a candidates’ debate, “and, I’m sorry, but you’ve got to say, ‘no’ somewhere. We need to educate our children, but there are certain individuals that are just not going to benefit from an education.” Sorry, special needs children, it is time for you to go back to being chained in your parents’ attic like God and horror novellas intended! So Ewing said that, and then the newspaper quoted him and was all “OMG WTF LOLZ” and then Ewing was all FUCK YEAH I said it, PC POLICE!, but then he said, no wait a minute they misquoted me, because “liar.” But now Ewing is realizing (maybe?) that oh right, he did say that, he just misspoke.

That lie trajectory (lijectory?) sounds familiar, but we are having a tough time putting our finger on it … where have we heard … was it this? No, that is really more like one lie repeated a thousand times, not an ever-evolving lie. Oh, we know! It is this, which is a fun and totally believable follow-up to this.

But where does Blue-Eyed Girl Paul Ryan stand on locking disabled children in attics? Come on, LAMESTREAM MEDIA, let’s ask the tough questions for once!

[HuffPo]

 

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{ 101 comments }

nounverb911 August 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm

This means war with the grizzly mom.

starfanglednut August 17, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Indeeedy you betcha.

FakaktaSouth August 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Where the hell was this guy when SarahP was going to her 4th, 5th and 6th college?

Pragmatist2 August 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Mr. Ewing might be wary of people noting that he clearly "has not benefited from an education."

RadioBowels August 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Must. Not. Make. Congenital anomaly joke.

Baconzgood August 17, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Take that Stephen Hawking.

SorosBot August 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Not to mention that one of the top two Presidents this country has ever had was also in a wheelchair.

no_gravity August 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Yeah, but they were both Dems so it doesn't count.

deanbooth August 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Also, too, we are spending millions and millions of dollars educating Christians who have no interest in learning anyway.

NellCote71 August 17, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Amen to that.

Naked_Bunny August 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Louisiana is taking the lead in stopping that outrage.

CivicHoliday August 18, 2012 at 10:26 am

As is Missouri. Now our Christian students can opt out of any assignment they want to in public schools!

sbj1964 August 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Even Egor had a job that needed an education,No Master not the Hump!

deanbooth August 17, 2012 at 3:59 pm

But he did have a problem reading labels.

sbj1964 August 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Abby something?

sbj1964 August 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm

My name is Igor.Dr.Fraunkastien

WhatTheHeck August 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm

That’s “Eyegor.”

Butch_Wagstaff August 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm

What hump?

Baconzgood August 17, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Besides my kids think crippled people are icky and don't like looking at them.

bikerlaureate August 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Children learn what they live.

fartknocker August 17, 2012 at 3:58 pm

We also have a hard time treating people of various medical issues who use Hoverrounds but we fund their treatment by spending public dollars for Medicare and Medicaid. What a douche. But I'm not surprised since in he lives in the same hell hole as Joan of Wasilla.

ph7 August 17, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I’m sorry, but you’ve got to say, ‘no’ somewhere.

The world is saying no to assholes like you. And something tells me this guy is a big Jesus fan, so he ought to be taking his beef up with him.

miss_grundy August 17, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Hopefully, Jesus will be having a conversation with him soon. Or if not him, St. Peter, who will then tell him to take his place on the 7th ring of hades.

AbandonHope_ August 17, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Ewing: "And I'm sorry, but frankly, most of the rest of their bodies are perfectly fine, and there are so many people starving in the world… I'm sorry, but you do the math. Sorry."

Disclaimer: May not have actually happened. Not intended to be a factual description of actual events.

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Well, we now know who Paul Ryan will pick as his running mate in 2016.

ProgressiveInga August 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Ayn Rand approves his message.

Misty Malarky August 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm
AbandonHope_ August 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Oh my God, are they still hung up on sideboob over there?

deanbooth August 17, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I prefer my boobs side, thank you.

ChillBill August 17, 2012 at 4:12 pm

God, I fucking hate HuffPo.

proudgrampa August 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm

So where is the photo of shirtless Chris Christie?

Equal time!

NellCote71 August 17, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Screen. Pixel width. Duh.

Butch_Wagstaff August 17, 2012 at 6:31 pm

No. Just no…no…no…no…no…no! That is something that should not exist. But if it does it should be destroyed immediately and deleted off the Interwebs for the sake of all humanity and its posterity.

Butch_Wagstaff August 17, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Meh.

ProgressiveInga August 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Needs moar Bammerz.

starfanglednut August 17, 2012 at 5:05 pm

That perfect little blonde wife of his makes me wanna puke.

CivicHoliday August 18, 2012 at 10:28 am

still not as hot as bammerz

metamarcisf August 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm

They not only benefit from the education, they also benefit from the socialization, you twit. If you don't get elected, the Time Bandit is looking for a greenhorn.

ChillBill August 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm

But Sarah Palin is still "Wasilla's Parent Of The Year," right?

boobookitteh August 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Jesus, WTF is in the water in Wasilla?

Oh, that's right. Meth.

BlueStateLibel August 17, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Yeah, what a waste of money it was educating Stephen Hawking, what has that guy ever done.

mavenmaven August 17, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Wasilla continues to prove that inbreeding is a bad thing.

Tundra Grifter August 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm

is this like Paul RAyn being all opposed to the stimulus and denying he ever asked for stimulus money for his Wisconsin district until somebody actually shows him the letters where he did request it and then he says Hey – that doesn't really count because I was just asking for the money because I was asked to do that?

Like that there?

Everybody seems to be avoiding RAyn's bigger lie – that the stimulus package failed. But that's another story, and one that involves numbers and calcuations and everything. And when they all took the job the reporters were promised there would be no math.

emmelemm August 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm

That guy has a supremely punchable face. Compassionate conservatives my ass.

Baconzgood August 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm

He looks like William Sadler and Rutger Hauer had a bastard child together.

emmelemm August 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I think you're on to something there.

Baconzgood August 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm

You know who else didn't like disab….ahhh forget it..

WhatTheHeck August 17, 2012 at 4:04 pm

There are disabled people and then there are fucking morons.

docterry6973 August 17, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I was locked in my parent's attic for 15 years. Didn't hurt me none.

TootsStansbury August 17, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Holy fuck. I literally just face palmed.

ChillBill August 17, 2012 at 4:04 pm

There has to be a bad taste Wasilla disabled kid joke somewhere in there, but it will most likely get you banned.

timbo71351 August 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm

There's a rather famous child from Wasilla who might be affected by this. But you have to be real careful discussing him. His mom is an awful bitch.

NellCote71 August 17, 2012 at 4:58 pm

This would be true if these particular parents were interested in education for their children.

vodkamuppet August 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Truck or Tram or something…..something about private school…..I don't know….

starfanglednut August 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Troop, Tripe, Trip, I can't remember either.

vodkamuppet August 17, 2012 at 4:05 pm

"A bucket of fish heads in every attic! Vote Ewing!"

Dudleydidwrong August 17, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Ewing is no human being. Ewing is what comes forth from an asshole, masquerading as a human being, and clear evidence that turd-polishing just doesn't work. If "it" (I can't call Ewing a "he") is ever disabled and in need of a wheelchair I hope that the first and only trip that chair makes is to some soylent green facility, perhaps named after his patron, she-who-must-never-be-named.

iburl August 17, 2012 at 4:05 pm

If the "education" in question consists of Bible stories and right wing propaganda, yeah, they don't need an education, nobody does.

Doktor Zoom August 17, 2012 at 4:06 pm

When in doubt, blame the special ed kids. They are the cause of expensive school budgets, low test scores, and political correctness.

The sickening thing is that there are even teachers who think that. Not many, but I've met 'em.

emmelemm August 17, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I"ve met 'em too. (My parents: both teachers. I know a lot of teachers.)

Tequila Mockingbird August 17, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Not true, the crippledz make excellent soup. You can tell the cabbage is done when the wheelchair floats to the top.

WhatTheHeck August 17, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Yikes!

vodkamuppet August 17, 2012 at 4:25 pm

The wheelchairs make the meat oh so tender. Mmmmmmm….

chicken_thief August 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm

But the crutches is always getting stuck in my teeth. FTW.

BigSkullF*ckingDog August 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Those useless legs are extra tender.

Tundra Grifter August 17, 2012 at 4:07 pm

That hair don't makes him look remarkably like the Milionaire Matchmater dude who turned out to be a complete fake (geez – who could have seen that one coming?) and was just sentenced to prison.

Where he may well meet his match, afterall. So I guess it kinda all worked out.

OldWhiteLies August 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm

“and, I’m sorry, but you’ve got to say, ‘no’ somewhere. ….”

Ayup. We need to say NO to fucks like you who have no concept of human compassion or decency. We need to say NO to tax breaks for people making over $250,000 a year. We need to say NO to people and corporations stashing money in foreign tax havens without consequences. We need to say NO to christianists who want to take everyone else's rights away. We need to say NO to …

bikerlaureate August 17, 2012 at 4:11 pm

It was a poor decision on my part to not remember what I said used to describe children with special needs.

Way too close to honest regret to be an influential Wasilla public employee…

- – -

Do away with Welfare for the rich and the non Americans living here, seal the border with our troops and shoot to kill.

Since that one was dated May 1, perhaps Joe the not-plumber owes Ewing some royalties. (Well-known Republicans have such a firm handle on that concept.)

Tequila Mockingbird August 17, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Hey, I display my law degree on my dashboard so I can park in the handicapped spots. Is that wrong?

Chichikovovich August 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Dammit! Those are reserved for humanities PhD's!

Baconzgood August 17, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Jesus…I mean really. Who would think such a thing, not to mention saying it out loud? This guy needs to be taken out back behind the shed and have the shit kicked out of him.

(metaphorically of course)

finallyhappy August 17, 2012 at 4:51 pm

As the parent of a son with a disability- I would personally kick the real shit out of him

Sheesko August 17, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Put him in a wheelchair. Karma.

MinAgain August 17, 2012 at 4:18 pm

And with global warming, it's not like Alaska has enough ice floes to set all its disabled children adrift.

sbj1964 August 17, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Just in the office I work in I'm surrounded by the mentally handicapped,and they could all use a little education.Dose the University of Alabama count?

MonkeyMotion August 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm

"We need to educate our children, but there are certain individuals that are just not going to benefit from an education.”

Like all future Republicans?

SorosBot August 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Or children in states like Louisiana and Tennessee that want schools to teach bronze age fairy tails as alternatives to proven scientific fact.

SorosBot August 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm

As someone whose grandfather, thanks to a bout with polio which left him with only one working leg, was forced to go to an inferior school for "cripples" back in the day, before there was equal education for the disabled, I just want to offer a hearty "Go fuck yourself" to the vile piece of shit Mark Ewing.

BZ1 August 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Harrison Ford is really letting himself go, and what is he doing in Wasilla?!

T3rbo August 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I am so sick of the right. "We live in the greatest country on earth, BUUUUT:

We can't afford to educate special needs kids
We can't afford to make sure poor people don't starve to death
We can't afford all of these schools/libraries"

Aren't we, by definition, better than all of this?

ph7 August 17, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Exceptionalism applies only to gov't paid obesity Hoverrounds, not educating children in actual wheelchairs.

T3rbo August 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Indeed. Perhaps the problem with this country is that people like me insist that everyone gets an education. Whoops, sorry for wasting everyone's money, guys….

dennis1943 August 17, 2012 at 4:32 pm

My autistic son is a genius compared to this twit…………..

dennis1943 August 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm

And far more compassionate to boot………..

proudgrampa August 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Wow. Just wow.

An_Outhouse August 17, 2012 at 5:00 pm

He should have never denied it. Just double down, open a cup cake shop, and you're on easy street as a job creator.

pinkocommi August 17, 2012 at 5:20 pm

"… there are certain individuals that are just not going to benefit from an education."

He's right. Yale-educated George W. Bush is Exhibit A. I rest my case.

barto August 17, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Mr. Ewing, Stephen Hawking on line one…

rickmaci August 17, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Needz moar death panel !

BlueStateLibel August 17, 2012 at 7:08 pm

You know who else wanted to get rid of the weak and disabled?

ttommyunger August 17, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Did not know Joe the Plumber had a brother.

GregComlish August 17, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Love you Wonketteers, but I have to dissent here. Public Education's budget is increasingly concentrated to serving disabled students. Schools are forced to provide physical therapists, speech therapists, reading specialists, behavioral specialists, social workers, psychologists, medical staff, and multitudes of aides. These specialized staff serve a tiny slice of the student body but take up a huge slice of the budget. Frequently those who receive special services are the least likely to mature intellectually and benefit from education. Many of these kids are severely mentally challenged, and will never be able to read or perform basic mathematics. Meanwhile, middle and high performing students are having their aspirations suffocated by a school system that doesn't give them sufficient resources to succeed.

Yes, we absolutely need to accommodate physical handicaps in public schools. And we should provide support for the mentally challenged and help them find a role in society through an alternate mechanism. However, schools shouldn't be forced to shoulder the costs for what is basically assisted living. Schools should be about education and helping each student realize his or her maximum potential. The prevailing "No Child Left Behind" education paradigm funnels all our resources to the least promising students, and that's not fair to everybody else.

Veritas78 August 17, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Uh, the Think Progress blog is the next one on your pull-down bookmarks menu.

emmelemm August 18, 2012 at 1:50 pm

You might want to take a look at Doktor Zoom's comment earlier.

GregComlish August 18, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Yeah, you would think that article titled "The Myth of the Special Education Burden" would demonstrate that the distribution of spending per student isn't disproportionately skewed towards special ed kids, but it doesn't. I'm open to data that contradicts my views, but there wasn't any in that article. Show me a representative plot with the distribution of staff resources per student. A typical school might have 1 staff member for 13 students generally and about 1 staff member dedicated to 2 special ed students. Disportionate resources go to special ed, and that's a fact, not a myth.

Some people want special ed students to get far more resources that everyone else. I can accept people disagreeing with me about priorities, but they shouldn't bullshit themselves into believing that the costs aren't real.

bobbert August 19, 2012 at 2:51 am

Even without looking at any numbers, it's simply a definition to say that any additional spending on any specific category of students (special ed, gifted students, teen moms, those with musical talent, and so on) is "disproportionate". There are important questions that can be asked about any such special programs, such as "how well does it work?", "how big is the clientele?", "are the needed resources available?", "is public school the right place to be providing this service?"

But a discussion of the "Special Education Burden" has to consider how big the disproportion is. Using your example, if you have a school with 13 general and 2 special ed students, then special ed is 50% of the budget. If the population is, say, 1300 general and 40 special ed, then special ed gets 17%. Now, that's still a substantial number, but my point, such as it is, is that the amount of "disproportion" is the same in both cases — each special ed student gets 6.5x the staff resources that a general student does.

The overall impact on the school depends on the make-up of the served population

GregComlish August 19, 2012 at 10:37 am

I agree that the questions you are asking are good questions. I think it's pretty clear that public schools are painfully resource limited and that even the best special education is going to produce minimal gains in public literacy.

I'm not sure what to make of your math. A school's special education budget should scale with its population of special education students. If 50% of your students qualify for special ed, then you're going to need to dedicate at least 50% of your budget to special ed students and I'm fine with that. The relevant metric for me is the disproportionate allocation of resources on a per student basis. To be clear, the problem isn't special ed in general, but a subset of special ed. We have, in our public schools right now, severely challenged people with major cognitive and behavioral deficiencies who are individually given full time staff plus access to a slate of expensive specialists. And it breaks my heart to say this, but at some point the support given to these individuals ceases to be education, and starts to be nursing. These individuals will basically be given assisted living until their early 20s. That's a lot of money. That's art class, and music class, and desperately needed raises for the faculty. Yes, we as a society should support people with severe cognitive deficiencies. I believe everyone would be better served if the most challenged individuals were supported by a separate institution and public education could be focused on its core mission.

mosjef August 17, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Wonder where Mr. Darwin stands on the Down Syndrome children. May want to check with the pundope in the Fox News double wide.

Grokenstein August 18, 2012 at 12:27 am

"Whoops! Walked right into a tar pit! Better struggle wildly!"
– a dinosaur

"Whoops! Walked right into my own mouth! Better double down!"
– a politician

Seriously, guys. I know you're all little tough-guy alpha boys, but the next time you say something monumentally stupid, recognize its monumental stupidity and apologize, rather than expanding your attacks in every direction and trying to paint yourself as The One True Infallible Champion Against Political Correctness.

Because frankly, that just makes you look like you're having a hard time making your brain work. (Especially if you can't tell the difference between "creditably" and "credibility." Mother of GOD, buddy, have an adult proofread your releases!)

aklibtard August 18, 2012 at 4:09 am

Please don't b a n me. This is a legit comment. Here it goes. I think this guy is going to be crushed by the wicked bitch of the north for his stance that her son shouldn't be given an education. And now I too have become a Palin supporter. Also.

mbobier August 18, 2012 at 10:52 am

"Am I my brother's keeper?" Yes, dude; yes, you are. We all are; it's called being part of a society. Maybe you should try it some time.

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