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Time for some Dispatches From The New Cruelty! We have a couple of inspiring stories about government getting out of the way of the American People by screwing over kids with disabilities, because now that America has a businessman in office, there’s NO MORE FREE RIDE for all those takers out there, as our deleted commenters love to remind us. We’re going to deport all the illegals, and then it’s time to take a look at how much money we’re wasting on useless crap like educating and caring for disabled kids, who may grow up to be the sort of people Donald Trump isn’t even allowed to make fun of in a speech. Time to end the Political Correctness and put our money into something useful, like tax cuts for the rich.

Example One comes from the federal Department of Education, where a website providing information on the educational rights of kids with disabilities happened to vanish from the interwebs just before Betsy DeVos was sworn in as Secretary of Education. U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell have written to the Education Department demanding some answers about how and why the site went down, and insisting the site for the federal Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) be restored as soon as possible.

At the moment, a search on the main Education Department website for IDEA brings up a page explaining the dedicated IDEA website servers are “experiencing technical issues”; what’s left is a set of links to the law itself and some other resources on disability, but as HuffPo notes, the law itself is written in very technical law-writin’ terms, and is hardly a substitute for the original, which was posted during the George W. Bush administration and served

as an aide for parents, students, teachers and school administrations to help them understand the rights of disabled students to an appropriate free public education under the law. The site was updated as modifications were passed and courts continued to interpret the law.

We’re certain it’s all a complete coincidence, and just an unfortunately timed one at that, since during her confirmation hearings, DeVos embarassed herself by not knowing the federal law governing education for kids with disabilities applied to all states — in questioning from Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, she mistakenly said it was a matter that was “best left to the states.” But regardless of how it happened, it’s pretty ridiculous that the site has been down for well over a week now. Cantwell and Murray wrote:

The Department’s failure to keep this critical resource operational makes it harder for parents, educators and administrators to find the resources they need to implement this federal law and protect the rights of children with disabilities.

This isn’t rocket science, and the previous version of the site was not exactly a political hot potato — it was just a resource parents and teachers could use to help kids. It needs to be fixed, even if its removal was due to “technical issues.”

As HuffPo notes, while DeVos seemed merely ignorant of the law, newly sworn Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been outright hostile to it; back in 2000, then-Sen. Sessions decried the law because it let all those rude spazzy kids into normal-people classrooms, where they’re allowed — even encouraged — to just blurt out stuff instead of keeping them safely walled up in special rooms for the halt and lame:

“We have created a complex system of federal regulations and laws that have created lawsuit after lawsuit, special treatment for certain children, and that are a big factor in accelerating the decline in civility and discipline in classrooms all over America. I say that very sincerely,” Sessions said.

So there’s your nation’s new top law enforcer, folks. Time to tell the unsightly and the unnerving their politically-correct gravy train is over!

Meanwhile, in the Great State of Texas, the Dallas Morning News reports that the Lone Brain Cell State has found a great way to save money on Medicaid: Privatize services for severely disabled children, because the Free Market always works more efficiently than a government bureaucracy. If you want to see the New Cruelty at work in the wild, read this story, which should be an inspiration to people who are sick and tired of seeing their tax dollars go to entitled special interests, like the 9-year old severely disabled boy whose mother drove him four hours to a hospital in Dallas, only to learn that the insurance company had denied payment for a potentially life-changing procedure, or the 3-year-old kid with dwarfism who won’t be getting surgery to keep his legs from bowing outward, or the 11-year old with epilepsy and cerebral palsy who no longer gets the therapy that had been helping him deal with seizures — oh, and sometimes the insurance company screws up his prescriptions and medical supplies, too. But just think of all the entrepreneurial creativity going into billing the state!

These children are among 6,000 of Texas’ most vulnerable patients whose lives may have been put at risk by the state’s effort to cut Medicaid costs, their parents say. Lawmakers handed off their children’s care to private companies and nonprofit hospitals in November.

Recent changes to the Medically Dependent Children Program — which provides aid for children whose maladies are so extreme that they require round the clock “nursing facility level care” — have caused alarming and widespread problems, a Dallas Morning News investigation found.

The problems go far beyond agonizing red tape and hours of haggling with doctors and insurers over the phone. Parents say that life-or-death prescriptions aren’t being filled in a safe time frame and that children are losing access to specialists and nurses who are trained to treat rare and chronic disorders. Procedures and exams are being denied, they say, and impassioned complaints to the state are going nowhere.

Amy Pratt, the woman whose 9-year-old was denied the surgery, eventually persuaded the health plan to cover it, but only after she spent hours on the phone and got state legislators to help. But doesn’t she understand this is more efficient? Under Texas’s old system, her kid might have gotten treatment quickly, but so would lots of other kids, and maybe some of them were freeloaders! Under the new system, called “STAR Kids,” which has to be good because it’s a great name, the state farms out care for severely disabled children, and for about 160,000 other kids with less severe disabilities, to “private health groups called managed care organizations, or MCOs.” This saves the state oodles of money on administrative costs, and allows it to simply write a few big checks to the MCOs, which take care of the billing and the provision — or non-provision, if they aren’t all that into it — of services.

But it turns out STAR Kids, even with its awesome name (bet they have a neat logo, too!), is having a difficult roll-out, which shouldn’t bother anyone since the free market is always better. Oh, sure, the state’s Health and Human Services Commission has received over 730 complaints in the first three months of the program, but that’s probably just because parents of disabled children have an unhealthy sense of entitlement, always whining that their kid “deserves” life-sustaining medication and treatment. It’s part of that whole breakdown in civility Jeff Sessions warned about. The enemies of the free market at the Dallas Morning News tried using an open records request to review some of those hundreds of complaint, but the commission denied it because of “patient privacy” (apparently the budget for black redaction pens was cut, too) and also none of your damn business.

Parents’ groups have attempted to launch email and Twitter campaigns to get legislators’ attention focused on the problems with STAR Kids, but that hasn’t gone very well either, probably because parents of severely disabled kids aren’t nearly as good at bundling campaign contributions as oil, gas, and chemical industry lobbyists.

There’s a lot more, and we urge you to go read the whole heartbreaking story at the Dallas Morning News, as long as you’ve taken your own blood-pressure meds today. Considering that the federal government is hell-bent on privatizing Medicare, turning Medicaid into one big block grant program, and turning over all sorts of taxpayer money to let the Free Market work its wizardry, it’s a pretty good warning. Given the “alt-right” influence in the Trump administration, we’re sure it won’t take long for enrollees in STAR Kids to get a whole new designation: “Useless eaters,” or maybe “life unworthy of life,” for whom there will no doubt be a final cost-saving solution. The free ride is OVER, you leeches.

[Dallas Morning News / Seattle Post-Intelligencer / HuffPo / Image: “Just Like Me” doll accessory from Flaghouse.com]

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  • Monsieur_Grumpe

    I used to laugh at the idea of death panels.

    • MynameisBlarney

      The entire GOP is one big motherfuckin’ death panel.

      • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

        Women of child-bearing age are protected vessels.

        • HogeyeGrex

          Unless there’s a life-threatening pregnancy.

  • Bill D. Burger
  • goonemeritus

    I’m watching the documentary “Man in the High Castle” and it has a lot to say on this subject.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      It bothers me a little that I think the big American Nazi and his family are by far the most interesting characters. Of course, it might be because they aren’t played by vapid 20-somethings.

      • goonemeritus

        I’m team Nobusuke Tagomi.

        • Gayer Than Thou

          Also very interesting. And also not played by a vapid 20-something.

          • goonemeritus

            He inspired me to clean my desk and try to affect the outward appearance of serenity.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      When someone asks “what’s that smell?” and the guy answers nonchalantly “they’re burning the old and the lame today” it gave me a chill. I can soooo picture Donnie Jr. uttering that line.

    • Bub the Hoohah! loving Zombie

      I’m contemplating the drawbacks/benefits of functional alcoholism. So far the scales are tipping towards drunkenness, bigly.

      • aureolaborealis

        I have been fine-tuning my recipe for edibles since the election. I think I’ve got it just about right at this point. And I’ve had one drink since then, a quadruple vodka on the rocks at a dinner party, where I presented my chocolates to the hostess (one for each person there), and she, knowing a good thing when she saw it, disappeared them all into her cupboard for later personal use.

      • Thiazin Red

        The Thin Man movies makes it seem like a petty nice lifestyle. Of course you need a rich spouse, great outfits, and cool friends to fully pull it off

      • HogeyeGrex

        I’ve recently been to the doctor for pretty much the first time in my adult life, and I’m a borderline oldz (thanks, Obama). Got some blood work done, and apparently the Bush administration didn’t destroy my liver. Seems my fifth-a-night vodka penchant didn’t turn the beastie into a giant yellow swiss cheese wheel after all.
        Largely stopped drinking nearly ten years ago. Thinking seriously of picking it back up again in earnest.

    • Sandy Beaches

      On what, may I ask? Netflix? Amazon Prime? Sorry, docu-junkie on board?

      • goonemeritus

        Amazon Prime but the documentary comment was in jest. The series speculates what our world would be like if Germany and Japan had won the war.

        • Sandy Beaches

          I probably should have known that, but my brain hurts from pounding my head against a brick wall on a daily basis.

          • tomamitai

            Forget the brick walls, why do you think god gave us booze?

      • JCfromNC

        It’s yet another adaptation of a Phillip K. Dick novel. I often wonder what Hollywood’s gonna do when they finally run out of his material. (Don’t get me wrong, I love PKD’s writing.)

  • Gayer Than Thou

    I mean, why are we giving special privileges to disabled children if they’re just going to say whatever and be rude to us and cause the decline of Western Civilization?

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      They’ve been getting a free ride in their Obamachairs for too long as far as I’m concerned. They need to learn to lift themselves up by their bootstraps and up on their own two withered legs. Life saving medication isn’t a right, it’s a privilege. I’m so sick of this political correctness.

      • Gayer Than Thou

        I mean, did Jesus ever heal the sick?

        • clubseal

          That was just an allegory for turning them from freeloaders back into productive factory workers.

        • cmd resistor

          Only if they got enough Facebook “likes.”

        • Vagenda and Pee-ara

          All I know is that Jesus hated the poor, the weak, and the lame, just as much as I do, maybe more.

          • BrianW

            You’re getting very good at this, VaP. Aren’t you worried that your brain might stick like that if you keep contorting it so?

          • HogeyeGrex

            Just don’t slap her on the back while she’s doing it.

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            I think I’ve gone so far left, I’m coming back to the right again. Sigh…

        • tomamitai

          Only if they were in-network and could afford the co-pay.

      • Sandy Beaches

        That was frighteningly accurate

        • Vagenda and Pee-ara

          I live in the deep South, and I spend a lot of time around morons. I speak idiot fluently.

      • JCfromNC

        IKR? The site is probably only down until they can figure out a way to rework the acronym from “OSERS” to the more correct “LOSERS”. Ha! Suck it, PC Police!

        (Now I need a shower after writing that. Excuse me.)

    • clubseal

      I’m going to posit that it’s been in decline for a very long time. Something about the massacre of millions of natives to the land so white people could set up shop seems more “decline” than “incline,” at any rate.

  • PubOption

    When in lived in Dallas the Dallas Morning News was the more right-leaning of the two local newspapers, the Fort Worth Star Telegram being the more left-leaning rag.

  • memzilla Ω

    Shorter Texas Policy For Needy Children: “A Modest Proposal, Y’all.”

    • Nounverb911

      So then it’s okay to remove all the wheelchair ramps at the Texas Statehouse then?

      • HogeyeGrex

        What If Trump comes to visit?

      • Werewolf

        Leave ’em in the Capitol-but remove from the Governor’s Mansion.

    • “We’ve got ours. Go fuck yerself” would also work.

    • arglebargle

      “We got you borned. Now quit whining and get a job.”

  • FlownOver

    His Majesty George VI said it best… “fuckity, shit, shit, fuck and willy. Willy, shit and fuck and… tits.”

    And if Tejas thinks privatization works so well check out the shitstorm that is KanCare:
    http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article127801719.html

  • SweetDeeKat

    Childrens Medical Center won’t take ACA insurance. Neither will its parent facility, UTSouthwestern.

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    You’d think the So-called President would be more sympathetic. His own children, after all, have faced so many challenges.

    A daughter who can’t keep merchandise in Nordstroms (or Sears or K-mart)
    A son whose main talent is shooting animals.
    A daughter who suffers from the pain of invisibility.

  • President in Exile Firefly

    Why can’t they sell pencils on the corner?

    • Me not sure

      “Are there no treadmills?”
      E. Scrooge

    • Matches … there are alway matches they could sell …

  • Painter of Goats

    It’s only fair. If DeVos doesn’t know anything about IDEA why should anyone else?

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    Hey, Wonkette! Do you guys want to upload all the old content from the IDEA.gov page? You can find it here: https://web.archive.org/web/20170113014037/http://idea.ed.gov/

    Feel free to make your own mini-site that shows what DeVos doesn’t want people to know.

  • Creepoman

    Is it possible to get orthopedic bootstraps in children’s sizes?

    • Khavrinen

      Not on the government’s dime, mister!

  • Warned_and_Persistent

    Remember when Donald put his Albert Schweitzer hat on and told of the sacrifices he made in making his buildings handicapped accessible? aka as following the law.

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      Well, as we all know, following the law is something that is exceptionally difficult for Trump to deal with.

    • Ms.MLG on Maui

      My best friend’s department at work had been short forever. They finally hired a guy, and my friend was thrilled….until he met him. This man actually said, out loud, he had a friend who was being sued for not having a wheelchair ramp at his business, and he simply could not understand why, and thinks it’s terrible. Putting aside the fact it’s the law, there are people in this world who care so little for anyone they won’t even try to imagine what it would be like to move about the world without use of their legs. Can’t dredge up the empathy or even the common sense to recognize that’s an issue for people. Can’t consider it could be THEM or someone they love one day. My friend wishes he was still doing the work of 2 people.

      • SkinlessGenderlessMan

        This is where friendly incredulity, reasoned shaming and eventual shunning work out well.

      • thewalkindude

        Jacob Marley: In life, my spirit never rose beyond the limits of our money-changing holes! Now I am doomed to wander without rest or peace, incessant torture and remorse!
        Ebenezer: But it was only that you were a good man of business, Jacob!
        Jacob Marley: BUSINESS? Mankind was my business! Their common welfare was my business! And it is at this time of the rolling year that I suffer most!

  • Given the “alt-right” influence in the Trump administration, we’re sure it won’t take long for enrollees in STAR Kids to get a whole new designation: “Useless eaters,” or maybe “life unworthy of life,” for whom there will no doubt be a final cost-saving solution.

    No, the “pro-life” folks would never go for euthanasia. Now, they’d be perfectly okay with Republicans cutting those little moochers off from government services and letting them die a slow, painful lingering death as God intended.

    God reserves the child-killing to himself. Okay, sometimes He outsourced to the Israelites and Abraham, but mostly He reserves child-killing for Himself.

    • pussygrabber in chief

      “No, the “pro-life” folks would never go for euthanasia. Now, they’d be perfectly okay with Republicans cutting those little moochers off from government services and letting them die a slow, painful lingering death as God intended.”

      Never go for the kill when you can go for the pain. — GOP motto

    • Nockular cavity

      Oh, I’m sure they’d be fine with killing the undesirables, if their Führer said he was in favor. Making the Reich Great again, and all that.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “Just ‘pray harder’ is the most efficient healthcare of all.”
      — A Fundie

    • BrianW

      “Useless eaters” and “life unworthy of life.” Well, when you want a pithy phrase for terrible attitudes, you should always reach for the German example first.

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    “We have created a complex system of federal regulations and laws that have created lawsuit after lawsuit, special treatment for certain children, and that are a big factor in accelerating the decline in civility and discipline in classrooms all over America. I say that very sincerely,” Sessions said.

    Mr. Sessions, with no due respect whatsoever, when was the last time you set foot in a public school classroom? Because if you sincerely believe that, I suggest you speak to an actual Special Education teacher or someone who knows what IEP (Individualized Education Program) and LRE (Least Restrictive Environment) mean.

    • Me not sure

      Sessions hasn’t been in a special ed. classroom since law school at the University of Alabama.

    • Warned_and_Persistent

      Heaven forbid the able bodied kids share a classroom with challenged kids and learn some empathy.

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    When the deportations began, I thought maybe I should offer my attic to a vulnerable family. Now I need another attic for the disabled kids. And another for the Muslims. And another for LGBTQ.

    (sighs) I don’t even have an attic.

  • Brian

    i’ve been so out of the loop I didn’t know Katy Tur was still on MSNBC reporting on Trump. I thought she was supposed to go back to her happy life in England after the election! Why is MSNBC still torturing her?

    • LouiseLouise

      I think u mean Katy Kay…

  • Ms.MLG on Maui

    “Suffer, little children, SUFFER!!”

    -Republican Jesus

    • Anna Rompage

      It’s good training for when they grow up and have to work in the grist mills 8 days a week….

      • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

        Well you gotta earn that nickel a week somehow, right?

        • Anna Rompage

          Nickel? What? You want to be the floor supervisor already?

          • DahBoner

            Millineals, sheesh

        • Creepoman

          You’ll be paid in exposure!

      • arglebargle

        Grow up? You mean like eight or nine years old, right?

  • Lefty Frizzell

    That they insist this is better care in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary suggests that they know exactly what they’re doing, why, and are prepared to tell any monstrous lie to cover it up.

    “It” being that they are prepared to heap misery on and ultimately kill off the most vulnerable, least powerful in society in order to enrich their corporate contributors.

    It’s a sad, sickening spectacle. I hope every last sip sticks in their repulsive throats.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Unfortunately, they are able to sleep very well at night on their 1,800 thread count Egyptian Cotton sheets.

    • Rags

      Wnat is this ‘evidence’ thing of which you speak? Could you please enlighten our current Administration as to the nature of this phenomenon?

  • DrBigHead

    My youngest child is one of these disabled kids that the current administration appears to despise. It has been a continuous struggle to ensure that the school system is meeting the legal requirements of her Individualized Education Program. By my estimate, the district has been in violation of the plan, due largely to a lack of qualified instructors, at least 20 percent of hewr academic career. All I can say is that the district administrators know Ms. BigHead and myself very, very well.

    What pisses me off is the not-so-subtle implication that she does not deserve the assistance that she receives. Those of us on the left pay taxes too, goddamnit, and I for one am sick and tired of having to defend my child’s very existence to these assholes. And that includes the shitgibbon-in-chief.

    • Anna Rompage

      I personally would rather help to pay for your child’s needs, than give a billionaire another unneeded tax break, or to use that money to build more weapons of mass destruction..

      • o’look Skwerl!

        That’s treasonous talk. —– I approve.

        • james lucas

          Not treasonous at all. Makes for a nice tax deduction in the US tax system. Part of the US. Who is the heretic or the tyrant here?

          • Patriciadflowers

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      • Painter of Goats

        Wouldn’t we all.

      • Bec Jenn

        Can you imagine all that money that the fuckturd administration wanted for his stupid wall was used instead for this.

        • james lucas

          Might as well give up that idea at least for the next four years. Grin and bear it, or America, love it or leave it. (US military vet)

          • Bec Jenn

            Not sure what this is supposed to mean. I’m a vet too.

          • james lucas

            What do you think it means?

          • Natalie Frenshen

            I’m a vet too and that sounds like a very bad idea.

          • james lucas

            What is a “very bad idea?”

          • Natalie Frenshen

            To OBEY….
            Yoyo on that, homie.

        • LadyTavestock

          Yes, pay for the wall…but not disabled Americans, clean drinking water in Flint, roads, student loans, investment in R&D, education, health care, art…you know everyone and everything that makes life worth living.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      We’re always short on qualified teachers for Special Education – we’ve tried various incentives, bonuses, programs to streamline the process of a regular education teacher to get the endorsements, scholarships…but even then we just can’t get enough staff and then have to either pull retired teachers back on “critical needs” contracts or make do with stopgap measures. It doesn’t solve the problem and it leaves everyone super stressed out.

      • DrBigHead

        The people we have dealt with “in the trenches”; the teachers and aides; have for the most part been excellent. It is clear that they love what they do and are as proud of our daughter’s progress as we are, and we love them for it. That is probably what has kept me from strangling an administrator or two over the years.

    • Painter of Goats

      Damn. We have yet to run up against that attitude while getting help for my granddaughter. But I have seen the paper-shuffling hoops her therapists have to jump through to continue her therapy and the insurance nonsense her doctors handle to get her treatments. It’s just horrible that you are having to battle for this.

  • elviouslyqueer

    I must respectfully decline my civility, Mr. Sessions, in order to instruct you to go fuck yourself sideways with a running chainsaw. Of votes. Or not. Your choice.

  • An Outhouse for the Resistance

    When Jeffrey Beauregrad Sessions III complains about special treatment for certain children, he means white children, right?

    • o’look Skwerl!

      Yes, we are giving special treatment to the browns by having them be around white kids!

  • An Outhouse for the Resistance

    How is the dwarf supposed to get a circus job if they fix his legs?

    • Oblios_Cap

      Think of the money saved not educating him! Dwarfs don’t need no book lerning to be funny.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      In the documentary series Game of Thrones the dwarf is rich enough to afford his own surgery.

    • tomamitai

      Bow legs would probably also help in the dwarf tossing game, allowing him to roll further than the strait legged dwarves.

  • memzilla Ω
    • Oblios_Cap

      *Sawb* That’s the nicest thing anybody has ever said to me!

    • james lucas

      And could you be referring to the “St. Valentine’s Day massacre?”

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    Do we really even need public education? Why can’t we just let the churches take care of it?

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “I love the uneducated.”
      — Jeebus?

    • o’look Skwerl!

      Naw, that’d regulate them too much let’s just give them tax money and they can decide if they want to teach kids.

  • Painter of Goats

    Parents’ groups have attempted to launch email and Twitter campaigns to get legislators’ attention focused on the problems with STAR Kids, but that hasn’t gone very well either, probably because parents of severely disabled kids aren’t nearly as good at bundling campaign contributions as oil, gas, and chemical industry lobbyists.

    Also because much of their time is taken up TAKING CARE OF THEIR SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS!!! As a grandparent of child with Williams Syndrome I can tell you those parents are already burdened physically and emotionally. No one is born knowing how to take care of these kids but they do so the best they can. Help from doctors, social workers and therapists is a godsend. So of course the good Christian state of Texas is making it harder to get.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson
  • Michael Smith

    We aren’t going to Be Great Again if we keep catering to the neediest people in society. Society isn’t about helping the helpless, its about boosting the powerful. That means government goes to building bigger corporations and mechanisms of war, and enlarging the territory and wiping enemies from the face of the Earth. Not caring for handicapped people. That only slows us down and gives us a disadvantage.

    Do you think ISIS cares about disabled children? Do you think the Chinese worry about whether the poorest among them have access to quality health care? Amen I say to you, we shall not overcome the enemy until we are as willing as they are to sacrifice our sense of human dignity.

    You might object and say “Mike, what is the point of defeating our enemy if we have to become just like them in order to do it? Why not just join forces with them now and save lives?” But to that I say “After we have vanquished the enemy, then we can stop being like them. Then we can go back to being the Exceptional Shining City on a Hill that we are destined to be. But as long as there exists a single threat to America and Freedom in the world, we cannot afford the luxury of living up to our own idea of ourselves.”

    • tomamitai

      Machiavelli couldn’t have said it better, especially not in modern English, seeing as how he was a 15th century Italian.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Jesus said “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me you were helping the morally upright rich people.”

      • ViveLaPersistence

        Joel Osteen, is that you?

    • Lefty Frizzell

      It’s almost as if they secretly believe that their system isn’t actually the best, most efficient, most productive system there is.

  • I think that the “Federal Department of Education” under DeVos should be called the “Feral Department of Education”

  • OrG

    Sorry Tejas wonkers,but Lone Brain Cell State is funny.

    • TexasDumb

      I live here and I even LOL’d.

    • ViveLaPersistence

      Fair is fair. I have to put up with “Floriduh” all the time.

      • SkinlessGenderlessMan

        As a fellow inhabitant of “Floriduh”, I often find it to be awfully descriptive…..

  • pussygrabber in chief

    I’ll be saying this a lot.

    There is literally no one in the world I don’t hate right now.

  • Michael R

    We can save the Trump presidency if we just take out this little Flynn piece …

    https://s23.postimg.org/bdpfclm6z/bridge_fall_apaprt.gif

    • Wild Cat

      Out Like Flynn.

    • Nockular cavity

      Oops.

      • Khavrinen

        Maybe nobody will notice.

    • ViveLaPersistence

      Did I do that?

    • Suttree

      Look, I fixed it!

  • SayItWithWookies

    So Sarah Palin’s going to be yelling about this this in three…two…hello? Hello?

  • anwisok
    • Lance Thrustwell

      That kitten up top looks like it has murder on his mind. Cute murder, perhaps, but murder nonetheless.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Ima take Flashdance Piglet home and hug it and squeeze it and call it George.

      • TJ Barke

        Careful, he’s looking for the fight of his life.

  • cats530

    “Under the new system, called “STAR Kids,” which has to be good because it’s a great name,…”

    I am so fed up with asshole Republicans and their penchant for Orwellian names for their fascist programs.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    If the differently-abled aren’t allowed in our classrooms, who will our scholar athletes torment?

    • Ωbjectifier

      The gheys.

      • TJ Barke

        And the nerds.

        • Oblios_Cap

          Ah, but t he nerds end up being their bosses when the shit really counts.

    • Khavrinen

      Everyone who isn’t a “scholar” athlete, same as always.

      [ How many “scholar” athletes does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

      One, and he gets three credits for doing it. ]

  • Lance Thrustwell

    Godamned motherfuckers. This shit makes me fucking cry, and I don’t even have a disabled kid. I do, however, realize every day how incredibly, undeservingly lucky I am that my kids are physically and cognitively normal, and how much the parents of kids who aren’t, deserve all the help they can get.

    I ain’t no Christian, but I always liked this bit here:

    “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

    • Khavrinen

      You clearly didn’t get the Republican version of the Bible, which has been “properly” edited.

  • Wild Cat

    “How Are ‘Pro-Life’ Republicans Screwing Disabled Kids Now?”

    In some cases, mish or doggy. In other cases, it’s a form of “sodomy.”

    • SkinlessGenderlessMan

      Daaaaark. Not inappropriate, though.

  • boyblue122

    Republican plans – pay for taxes just to cover our salaries but get no services in return

  • cats530

    Texas Republican legislator’s “solution,” take the child to one of the snake-handling and laying-on-hands churches in East Texas and he’ll be “cured by Jesus.” After all, that Jesus shot worked so well for Sid Miller.

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    Oh, Jesus, Trump actually DID invite Gov. Sammiches back to the WH. He thinks a guy with a negative 70 approval rating is going to help him with HIS low approval ratings? Yup, only the best people in Trump’s WH.

    • OrG

      Who is Gov. Sammiches?

      • Oblios_Cap

        Christie.

        • OrG

          Duh

          • Oblios_Cap

            Well, you asked.

          • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

            I thought for the longest time Gov. Sammiches referred to Nikki Hailey because she was a female governor…you know, sammiches….womens…

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        Chris KrispyCreme, aka Christie. He was on the Sunday shows saying he’s always happy to give advice to Donald, and dreaming about being let back in to his inner circle. I thought he was delusional, but apparently Mr. Unpopular Governor IS going back to help slight less unpopular president.

    • Suttree

      Ugh. It seems to be exactly once a month I remember my proximity to that fucker. *goes to see who’s running for guv this year*

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        You guys BETTER put a Democrat in office in NJ, or I’m going to be really pissed. I still can’t believe you guys elected that dumb fuck, and then re-elected him.

        • Suttree

          I moved back here after he was re-elected! It’s not my fault!

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            Fine! I’ll let you off the hook this time.

  • Bigby

    Soooo, if yer pregnant with a severely disabled fetus, yer not allowed to abort, you must give birth, then you must expect NOTHING from society in the way of help. I guess Jeebus saddled you alone with this burden because you are unGawdly (IOW, “my Gawd sez haha, FUCK YOU”).

    Oh, and FORTY FUCKIN’ YEARS AGO when I was in grade school, idiots in my school district went completely APE SHIT when they introduced ‘developmentally challenged’ students to our school. ONE CLASS. Why, those crazed retards were gonna, uh, something something crazy retarded violent between classes to my lil angels!

    So basically those who believed that are running the USA now. Nice. Did I mention I hated those types then and still do? True story; my mom was head of the PTA then and basically told those parents to fuck right the fuck off. Hmmm, I wonder if that program’s still operating? I hope so.

    • ViveLaPersistence

      Aaaaaand…if you know you carry the genes that could result in a disabled fetus which you will be forced to carry to term, you can’t even get contraceptives to prevent the tragedy, unless you have a very good not-Hobby Lobby health plan or can afford it yourself. Gahhhhhhh!

      • SkinlessGenderlessMan

        Getting fixed cost me ca. $500, once. Glad I can afford it!

    • CogitoErgoBibo

      Pro-Life for Republicans: Pro-death penalty and anti-anything in the way of gubmint money going to an ex-fetus. I love the flowchart of family planning in their world:

      Pre-pregnancy: No government subsidies for birth control or abortion. Put an aspirin between your knees. Yay, abstinence!

      Pregancy: All lives a precious and life begins at that first drink you had before sexxytimes.

      Post-birth: Why did you have it if you can’t afford it? No moneyz for you, dumbass.

      • Shan McStroppyPants

        The flip side of Too Big to Fail is Too Poor to Fuck.

        • CogitoErgoBibo

          I saw a tweet in answer to the fact that states are giving men standing to oppose an abortion. The woman said that we need to have men apply for a license to fuck in those states, requiring them to prove ability to make child support payments for 18 years in order to get it.

          I approve.

          • Shan McStroppyPants

            I say make them all have vasectomies. Then when they want to have kids, they have to apply for the license to have them reversed.

        • Beanz&Berryz

          Trying to get my head around that one…

          • Shan McStroppyPants

            How to fix Rich People Problems: throw more money at them. Poor people just need more taken away so that they stop freeloading. And stop fucking. Because that REALLY pisses off the joy-haters.

            Something like that.

          • Beanz&Berryz

            Ummm… I guess I am fucking stupid sometimes, as I was accused of in another thread, except I think I wasn’t actually in that thread… :) but the snowflake who called me that did block me after I gave him a few arguments to use against me rather than just repeat fucking stupid at me…

          • Shan McStroppyPants

            ZOMG! Drama on Wonkette?!

          • Beanz&Berryz

            I got ragey about secession, as I sometimes do, and I got called a troll, a russian, a frenchman and fucking stupid, also too.

          • Shan McStroppyPants

            I get ragey about it, too, so it prolly wasn’t me hollering at you.

          • Beanz&Berryz

            Certainly not you… Your ragey back about it before makes sense …

      • anwisok

        You forgot:
        “Pregnancy: All lives are precious and life begins at that first drink you had before sexxytimes.” But don’t expect us to pay for your prenatal care!

    • Oblios_Cap

      It seems that a lot of the god-botherers think that life should be one long, hard test. Of course, they probably identify with Job, who despite having everything taken from him and repeatedly tortured by Jehovah, still thought the old boy was quite all right. The Devil would have won the bet if I were Gawd’s plaything.

      • Boscoe

        Well, you’re half right. They think life should be one long, hard test FOR EVERYONE ELSE.

    • Creepoman

      In a nutshell, yes.

    • marxalot

      That little damage-fetus is given to you by Gawd to make you stronger, and to understand the great beauty and strength and love of a family driven into dire poverty supporting a child whom even timely medical intervention cannot save, and the lessons of giving each other strength as the inevitable death of the child and bankruptcy strain every member to the breaking point. Wasn’t it Paul Ryan who was talking about the blessings of utter material destruction?

      • cats530

        and remember, Jesus never gives you anything you can’t handle. And…it’s just your cross to bear. /s

        • marxalot

          If you can’t handle it, it’s because you failed Jesus. He believed in you! Who were you to let down the son of Gawd?!

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    Nice change of pace, Dok. I went from being blazingly angry at the Russian Puppet and the his band of traitors in the Western Kremlin, to incandescently angry at Congressional and state level Rethuglicans.

  • anwisok

    And no, they don’t even have a neat logo. It’s so bland, I could only find one PDF file on which they used it.

    • Incoming (AKA Large) Ham

      Two different fonts and some negative space. Not terribly innovative.

    • li’l too much like Jeebus on the cross for my tastes…

  • Bill D. Burger

    Repukes are, however, training a whole new bunch of replacements for the healthcare professionals who will be lost when they repeal Obamacare.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/382cd3c58a14d04e76d300aca4de61ed4b91c6851aa3a3148c1f5979318a42c6.gif

    [Damn, I had that gif since the Gwenneth Paltrow thread and couldn’t use it. Sorry, it was a stretch, I know. But how often do you get to see a psychic and possums’ and a squirrel god in the background? Wait..don’t answer that. ]

    • ariel_gee_398

      Nancy Reagan must really have been desperate for money after Ron died.

      • Bill D. Burger

        Man…I should have photo shopped a Ouji board on the left side.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Needs moar possums.

    • clubseal

      I really like possums. I have no idea why.
      Maybe this lady can wrangle some up for me.

    • lowenufc

      Hopefully Flynn won’t see this, because I am certain it is in the basement of a Subway someplace. You can almost see Hillary off to the left. Almost.

    • laughingnome

      Will Trump grab her by the possums?

    • JustDon’tSayPeriod.Period!

      I like the Mayberry Jail key ring on the wall.

  • JMP

    Hey, I think we’ve found those death panels!

    • Bill D. Burger

      They are often referred to as “Red States.”

  • Lefty Frizzell

    COMPLETELY OT, but for anyone else who listens to the cable news shows on Sirius – has Zyppah Jimmy been fired? I found him “zany” and “entertaining” even though I wouldn’t touch his product with a 10 foot pole, and he seems to have been replaced by some dull as shit fake doctor.

  • Beowoof14

    Well I don’t know if being a right-wing douchebag is a technical difficulty, I do believe that’s code for we’re being assholes to the disabled and Donnie approves because we have on tape how he treated that disabled reporter.

  • MississippiLefty

    “for the halt and lame” ? Oh, Dr. Zoom, you are a man of a certain age! (And I am a reader of a certain age. Haven’t heard that expression in a long time, and it made me laugh despite the tragedy of it all.)

  • Teecha
    • Oblios_Cap

      Ja! Die Abnehmer.

    • Teecha

      What is the cost of care for the sick? For this, their annual wages must be given.
      1 year in hospital= 2 workers.
      7 years in an educational institution = 4 workers.
      10 years in a mental asylum = 10 workers.

  • Teecha
    • Lance Thrustwell

      WTF is that shit? Story problems from a Third Reich arithmetic book?

      • Teecha

        Yep

        • Oblios_Cap

          Lunatic asylums and night bombers. Compare and contrast.

    • arglebargle

      What happened to question 96?

      • Teecha

        Straight, as usual, to the heart of the matter. :-)

      • Suttree

        See answer 88.

        • Oblios_Cap

          If 6 were 9, it became question 99?

          • Suttree

            I thought that was when all the hippies cut off their hair. I don’t mind, I don’t mind.

      • therblig

        forget the questions, is there a final solution?

        • arglebargle

          This should have many much upfists.

    • Suttree

      Hitler math are hard.

    • Teecha

      Formal othering is important to soften up the populace

      • Suttree

        But why is it in English?

        • Teecha

          It’s from a text book for English speaking students to explain how the nazis used education to brainwash their children

        • HogeyeGrex

          How else is Betsy going to integrate it into the curriculum?

  • whitroth

    Hey, Doc – I read something about NOAA’s servers being down for a couple of *days*…. Yes, it is all falling apart, just what the GOP wanted….

  • TJ Barke

    The undesirables will be sent to the camps with the ill eagles and the muslins.

    • Oblios_Cap

      And other undesirables, I’m sure.

  • SadDemInTex
  • SadDemInTex

    Wasn’t there a country sometime in history that thought getting rid of people with disabilities was a great policy?

    • Oblios_Cap

      Probably more than one.

    • arglebargle

      You mean besides Santa and the Island of Misfit Toys?

    • TJ Barke

      What’s Sparta have to do with this?

    • ariel_gee_398

      This great nation would never do that. At least not after 1950. Institutionalize and forcibly sterilize individuals with disabilities, on the other hand….

    • JustDon’tSayPeriod.Period!

      Mr. Godwin, care to join in?

  • OrdinaryJoe

    So KKKristian.

  • fawkedifiknow

    They do this in the name of Christ, y’all.

    • Boscoe

      This is exactly what happens when things are run by people who actually believe Jesus will fix their mistakes.

      • allin58

        Nobody said profiting of the disabled was a bad thing.
        Oh, wait . . .

        • Boscoe

          But even the WORST businessman (I’m looking at YOU, Drumph) should know that you’re not going to profit as much IF YOU LET THEM DIE.

          • BoziSpicer

            You got something against the funeral home industry? Commie.

          • allin58

            You’re not looking at the long game. Yes, some may die quickly, but think of all the ones that will suffer for long periods of time and require medication and therapy; and don’t forget the mental health issues for the families. Lots of antidepressants required. It’s a win-win really.

      • HogeyeGrex

        People so inherently rotten that they have to farm out the ideas of human decency and conscience, and still get it wrong.

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        …and nobody else’s….

  • OneYieldRegular

    And all this for the sole reason that some f*ck wants to monetize disability.

    • TJ Barke

      Why do you hate freedumb?

    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      “Suffer the little children’s profits to come to me.”

  • shastakoala

    Considering taking “I Love Someone with Autism,” and “My Kid Went to School this Week,” bumper stickers off my car. Can’t be too safe.

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Might be time to double down…

    • doktorzoom

      Maybe move it to the front bumper, so the state lege sees you coming…

      • shastakoala

        They already turn the lights off and hide behind their desks when they see me turn into the parking lot. Happily, I’m on their pain in the butt list.

  • Usedtobeyellerdawg

    I don’t see the problem here. I mean, they were born, do we really have to care what happens after they exit the vagina?

    • Boscoe

      FREEDOM!!!

  • Can’t Regressives be satisfied by just disabling the country?

    Leave the kids out of it.

    • Alternative Pony Ron

      What fun is burning down the country if you leave survivors?

  • TheFamilyThalamus

    What, no commentary on this subject from ol’ Mooose Knuckle up in Wasilla, Meth Capitol of The US? No concern for loss of services for her (grand)son Triggy? Color me shocked.

    • snark-lurker

      wait till the next gov checks never comes, the checks she is expecting

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      Trigg is her son, not grandson?

      • marxalot

        I thought Tripp was the grandson. Or was that a Romney kid?

      • OrG

        It would be irresponsible not to speculate.

      • TheFamilyThalamus

        If you say so.

  • RC

    May they rot in hell, every fucking one of them.

    • Blerg

      I’m pretty sure they will. Jeebus doesn’t like fucktards who fuck with kids and defenseless people.

  • resistance_fighter_rosenbomb

    I want to hug every wonker with a disabled child right now. I do not have any children of my own, but I imagine these scary times are even scarier when you have youngins to care for.

  • Nounverb911

    In other education news, trump and devoS help a parent/teacher conference at the White House. Topics included; corporal punishment, Jeebus training and profiting at the expense of quality education.

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/831599387906301952

    • I still haven’t decided if I prefer Davros or DeVry as my choice of mockery for that unqualified buffoon (the unqualified buffoon sitting to the left of the orange unqualified buffoon).

      • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

        DeFry?
        DeFray?
        DaFuck?

        • allin58

          DeVille?

      • BoziSpicer

        Just Devo.
        Because she is making education devolve.

        • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

          DeVulva?

          • BoziSpicer

            I think she dares to be stupid…
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMhwddNQSWQ

          • snark-lurker

            do you have pooly behaved bevulva problems?

          • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

            Thankfully no because it is Vulvatine’s Day!

          • BearDeLaOursistance

            Too late, she’s probably already spawned.

    • cmd resistor

      Ok, started to watch this without sound because, work. The woman on the left seems to be trying to not burst out laughing or crying, or screaming. Betsy is sort of in and out of consciousness. I will go back and listen later, if I can stand it. I don’t know who the woman on the left (my left) is.

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        Betsy seems to be halfway in fear for her pussy and halfway appalled at the b.s. coming out of the mouth breather next to her…

    • JustDon’tSayPeriod.Period!

      “used gov Secretary”. That’s always how I read that handle.

  • Hairstrike Alpha

    Can the US stop being an SNL skit now? Okay guys, it’s gone on for long enough…

  • whitroth

    Isn’t it *sweet* how Christian ™ DeVoss and Sessions are?

    • ariel_gee_398

      “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, it’s totally cool so long as you make a tidy profit.”

      • Blerg

        Two Hesitations, chapter 8, verse 11.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    OT: Tiffany Trump smells. That or everyone hates her father.

    • Nounverb911

      When does Tiffany’s sue her to get their name back?

    • snark-lurker

      why doz that OPOS not luv Tiff? really. me not know

    • Apple Scruff

      It’s because her shoes are tacky and out of style — no one wants to sit next to someone wearing 3-year old Rockstuds.

  • Nounverb911
    • Blerg

      That makes me feel better. I’m nearly in tears over this piece, and the only thing that might be better would be videos of kittens.

    • We all need to be in that world.

    • spacecat in space

      I needed that so much. So very much. Thank you.

      I’m still angry, but now there are fewer flames. Maybe not all of humanity should be jettisoned into the depths of space.

      • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

        Stop gallivanting around and come back, you two. We need you!

        • spacecat in space

          To be honest, it does my heart good to see them happy together, far the fuck away from all of the racist assholes who gave them shit on every conceivable level for eight years. Let them have this. Let them be happy. Someone (who isn’t evil) should be happy, dang it. Let us have this little light.

          • LadyTavestock

            I feel a small, cold comfort in knowing that the pumpkin president is miserable each and every day he wakes up in the White House.

          • spacecat in space

            He’s miserable everywhere he’s ever been, is, and ever will be. He’s upset that, no matter how much money and power he has, no matter how much gold-toned shit he puts up, he will always be trash to those whom he wants to impress.

            Meanwhile, the Obamas have more class in a single eyelash than he can ever hope to aspire to have.

            …I miss them so much. So, so much. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/14c5f7d463f0283acaafd458f830d016acd012cf60713fa4efc23c63d2f61ba8.gif

          • Alexander Stallwitz

            Watching the Obamas and the Trumps was very striking. The Obamas looked and touched each other like they were still in love. Trump looked at Melania like she was a employee. It was very cold.

  • marxalot

    Bizzare and horrifying feeling of deja vu/inward spiral there for a minute. Freaky.
    Anyway, for those of you not familiar with the media landscape in the Grate State, the ‘Snooze is about as iron-clad conservative as a paper can be, and if they’re not painting these families as entitled leeches who refuse to accept the benevolent wisdom of public-private partnerships, then things are really bad.

  • DuchessD’Orleans

    OT AF, but I just read that some activist Libtard “conservatives” in the House are trying to circumvent the absolute power of Emperor Drumpf by inviting all the Mexican rapists to come to America and rape all the wives and daughters (and some, I assume, are good people).

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/14/politics/conservative-house-republicans-no-money-for-wall/index.html?sr=twCNN021417conservative-house-republicans-no-money-for-wall/0837PMVODtopLink&linkId=34503567

    • marxalot

      The wives and daughters? I dunno, I gues anything’s possible.

      • DuchessD’Orleans

        Well, many of the wives and daughters are those Women’s March harlots, who are clearly ASKING to be raped, but SOME are good people.

    • “If all of a sudden we’re not worried about pay-fors for our spending, then we have been hypocrites for six years,”

      It’s been a lot longer than six years, fuckbag.

      • Roadstergal

        LOL, I checked downthread before posting to make sure someone hadn’t said what I was thinking… the exact same words, it turns out…

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    Dok, I loves ya and all, but no. Just no. I am not going to read this story; I’m not even going to finish the whole post, and I’m not going to read the comments. People being mean to little kids makes me shouty and stabby, and I only recently overcame my compulsion to be shouty and stabby every. damn. day since 11/9. OTOH, I will make a donation to our beloved Wonkettes as soon as my tax refund arrives (from last year – I’m still waiting because, of course, they owe ME money).

    • snark-lurker

      i stopped reading at the end of dok’s warning! but i still like grazing in the non-comments field

    • Sister the Persister

      You probably got the gist of the stabby-inducing content pretty quick, but I encourage you to step over the article and go straight to lobbying any of our congresscritter or local elected reps to fight this, in their own non-stabby ways.

    • ontheotherhand

      Kind of totally off topic, but I just noticed that if you reverse the numbers, 11/9 becomes 9/11.
      Yeah.
      And I don’t know what to do with that.

  • The Flaming Carrot

    It’s official, I am triggered. As the onetime babysitter of a kid with a serious lifelong disability and the forever sister of a now-deceased person who had a serious lifelong disability, I am massively pissed off. My flames are becoming larger by the day.

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      I’m so sorry for your loss. Perhaps direct the flames into a letter to Ms. DeVille?

      • The Flaming Carrot

        Cruella? Is that what we are calling Betsy now?

        • kareemachan

          If the shoe fits….

      • The Flaming Carrot

        I’m starting with that phony Bassett hound Ryan. He’s the one who wants to bring back the death panels.

  • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

    I am so pissed. All 3 of my kids (now grown) have mild learning disabilities (dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADD) in some combination. IDEA made their school life better. I was in support groups with parents of kids with much more profound disabilities. I can’t imagine how enraged they must be now. Goddamn assholes want us to go back to warehousing people or maybe just keeping them in the attic so they can make a profit. I hope there’s a hell for them to burn in!

    • DrBigHead

      Believe me, we are enraged. And we are not sitting still.

    • LouiseLouise

      Just wait until Betsy DeVos wants to shove her Neurocore Performance Centers on us. Essentially owned by her and where they foist this BS unproven theories of curing ADD,Autism and a bunch of other problems on kids and adults.

    • The Flaming Carrot

      Many of the Little Carrot’s friends have IEPs. Although it’s pretty shocking that Charter School DeVos was unaware of IDEA, I think Duddly Do-wrong Sessions is a far bigger enemy of people with disabilities, at least based on this article. it would take an act of Congress to dismantle IDEA. (I know, I know, but there are 4 moderate Republicans in the Senate who would probably not vote for that). What is really sickening to me is the ongoing privatization of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security and what that is going to look like for the voiceless.

      • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

        They are all evil scum.

  • capnkrunch

    Must resist breaking Rules for Commenting Radicals…

    ..
    .
    Nope not gonna happen here.

    I wish a swift death to all these fuckers that would harm children for the sake of money.

    I used to do critical care transports for a children’s hospital, this hits to close to home. I will gracefully accept any banhammering that comes my way.

  • kfunk937

    Speechless.pic.twitter.com/WpAmkWPr55— FoxyJB Jenkins (@FoxyJazzabelle)

    • wtf is conservative about DeVos? Seriously. What about her grift for profit scheme is even a little bit conservative? What is she conserving by attempting to rip down the public system put in place by Jefferson, a founding father?

    • shay simmons

      Speechless and outraged.

    • blarg

      Wow, I can’t believe they even DARED, especially considering that their ilk were the ones tormenting the innocent child.

  • Hanaka

    Hey kids with disabilities (like my brand new babby), Trump says, “You’re Fired.” Fuck this guy, fuck that crooked ass DeVos, and fuck Texas. I hope they all choke on a big old bag of dicks.

  • Jeff Ackerman

    “Good Christian Conservatives” live with a lot of fears. Fear of dying, fear of the unknown, fear of people different than them. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand. Here’s looking at you Jeff Sessions.

    My wife and I have raised several children with disabilities, FAE, FAS, Manic Depressive, Schizophrenia and Autism. If my wife wasn’t a special ed teacher (Blind and Visually Impaired) it would have been almost impossible to get the help the children needed had she not been a teacher in Special Education. As an example, when the child with Autism was in Kindergarten, the Principal of the school was in the Individual Education Plan meeting for him and thought they were all waiting for the parent to show up. She stated that they were going to make the meeting short, as she didn’t want to spend any money on the child. She asked where the parent was, thinking she/he was late. My wife had been to the school as a special ed teacher so the Principal knew her as a teacher, not our child’s parent. Needless to say it was very embarrassing for the Principal. We got whatever we needed from the school district after that.

  • CatCope

    To the Right To Life Conservatives: FUCK YOU!! You will pay! One way or the other. I’m hopin’ for a slow, painful demise. Ya know, like your jeebus suffered.

  • Paperless Tiger

    It’s all a plot to make George Bush look like a statesman.

  • Kooolest G

    Say you know who else wanted to kill off the disabled and “genetically inferior” Oh and here’s the cool logo for star kids https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5d323ba15fa37666e1fe8e49fe35c4b4d0b3d0eb57ff544282f687f5f78779d4.png

    • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

      Aren’t rainbows satanic now?

      • Bill Diaz

        Satan would give them a better deal than the Christoids…

        Have a great day!

  • DahBoner

    I hate it when handicapped people park in normal parking spaces.
    https://media1.giphy.com/media/Xmf2oquRCJvI4/giphy.gif

    • james lucas

      Handicapped people have the right to park wherever they choose, especially when the handicapped spots are all filled. BTW, what planet are you from? Are you human?

      • DahBoner

        It’s called sarcasm.

        • kareemachan

          And the “swoosh” you hear is reality going right over jimmy’s head…

  • Reba Burch

    Dok…right on the money, as usual. I wouldn’t be surprised if they (Republicans, especially the Ayn Rand loving Paul Ryan) try to repeal both IDEA and ADA. It’s on their list somewhere, no doubt.

  • Lefty Wright

    Just wait until the block grant Medicaid. This will be looked back on as the good old days.

  • BearDeLaOursistance

    Honestly. Who reads Lois Lowry’s “The Giver” and mistakes it for an instruction manual?

  • BearDeLaOursistance

    Why spend your valuable tax dollars on accommodating disability… when you can simply cure all disabilities with once-daily Placeeba(TM)*? Available from your local Quixtar Independent Business Owner for just $42 a pill!

    * Results not guaranteed. If it doesn’t work, the market will let you know!

  • TootsStansbury

    These awful people. The Republicans, not the babbies. So…deplorable. I saw the Obamas’ Valentine tweets and burst into tears over what we’ve lost.

  • Garbageman

    From the same people who told us Obamacare would set up ‘death panels’ . . . right?

  • Iron Monkey

    I say that very sincerely,” Sessions said.

    Christ on a crutch–anyone can be sincere. Surely Reinhard Heydrich was sincere in his beliefs, as were Cecil Rhodes and Felix Dzerzhinsky. Sincerity is easy and doesn’t cost you a cent.

    • FukuiSanYesOta

      Franz Stangl did his job sincerely.

      • Iron Monkey

        Sincerely following orders.

    • Keith Taylor

      And as top SF writer Poul Anderson (that oddity, a compassionate conservative) once wrote in one of his novels, “Sincerity is the most over-rated virtue in the catalogue.”

  • azeyote

    there won’t be any pesky disabled once DeVos puts jesus back to work in the classroom and tongues will be offered as a language course

  • FukuiSanYesOta

    Lebensunwertes Leben. I’ve heard that somewhere.

  • therblig

    to be more in line with the republican mindset, they’re changing the name to:

    Liaison
    Office of
    Special
    Education and
    Rehabilitative
    Services

  • F.O.C.

    Every time I think the republicans can’t sink any lower… then I remember their goal is to reach hell, one evil deed at a time.

  • Spurning Beer

    My Texan cousin’s son is severely autistic and has Down Syndrome. Without professional support, that family is going to flounder.

    I’ll just go ahead and say it: Texas is a hell hole, and Republicans are the devil’s pubic lice.

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      but the food’s good here!

  • Bitter Scribe

    They’re too busy protecting us from Obamacare’s death panels to worry about disabled children.

  • Kerlyssa

    something new to ponder: how many supposedly functioning adults are walking around this country today who don’t know what the word ‘federal’ means

    and, thanks, sessions, i too have always thought society was more civil when i spent my schooldays locked in a utility closet because i couldn’t stop tapping my foot.

    • ontheotherhand

      Would have been an honor to have had you in my classroom.

  • Panika MCD

    I’m just going to go ahead and email you about this Dok. I don’t really want to go into this that much ever again, but here’s a starting salvo on what’s going on:

    https://belltheblindtiger.wordpress.com/2016/09/16/sen-fi-91516-and-rider-50/

  • Keith Taylor

    I’m just wondering what the hell is the matter with us (we? thanks) libtards that we even spend a thought on disadvantaged kids. Haven’t we read ANY Ayn Rand? THE FOUNTAINHEAD particularly. There’s quite a bit in there about the creepy disgusting people who give their time and effort to helping disabled kids and how unfair that is, when they could be helping brilliant sculptors instead — like one character who is a brilliant sculptor, but neurotic as hell, and who attempts to shoot another character because he (the sculptor) doesn’t like the bloke’s socialist writings. And then there’s this other character, a woman, Katie, who is really nice and lovable when we meet her first, but then she becomes a social worker looking after disabled kids (Rand makes it plain they aren’t fit to live and should be just let die). Naturally Katie turns into a horrible, bitter, self-righteous bullying hag in short order.
    Oh, what? That’s just fiction, and highly partisan fiction by a completely fucked person also? Crikey, we libtards.

    • Yes, this is Paul Ryan’s wet dream. We all know how his philosophical muse thought about the disabled (disclosure – I’m disabled) and their “value” to society. I wonder if she, while she was disabled and dying, recanted “objectivism” on her deathbed while using both “socialised” health care and a welfare cheque.

    • kareemachan

      Again, I need to remind people to google ‘Texas on the Brink’.

      Texas is fucked.

      • Tiger Quinn

        Again, I need to remind you that we’re not your interns, do it yourself.

  • Panika MCD

    Rider 50 and Superior make me absolutely crazy, but Medicaid being privatized in TX started in 2003 with Gregg Phillips as an executive at HHSC. hmmm…how do you guys know the name Gregg Phillips? oh! he’s this fucking guy:

    https://www.texastribune.org/2016/11/28/trumps-unsupported-claim-voter-fraud-has-texas-roo/

  • Mike Steele

    As if the sleazy Steve twins, Bannon and Miller, were not ugly enough, read up on the third leg of this shitstool, Michael Anton. Dude is a full-blown fascist, and wields a lot of power on NSC and within the regime. These freaks will require our constant attention, as it’s for damned sure Congress doesn’t care.

  • blarg

    Talk about death panels…

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