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And the Parade of Terrible from the Trump administration continues lurching forward: The Washington Post has seen a draft budget proposal for the Department of Education, and it reflects Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s agenda of emphasizing “school choice” — especially for parents who choose anything that’s not a public school. It’s all about empowerment, don’t you know, at least for parents who’d like their kids to go to a church school where they won’t have to learn about demonic stuff like evolution. Let’s cut $10.6 billion from public schools and give it to anyone who wants to make a buck running whatever they want to call a “school”:

The administration would channel part of the savings into its top priority: school choice. It seeks to spend about $400 million to expand charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools, and another $1 billion to push public schools to adopt choice-friendly policies.

The funding cuts are awful in themselves, but since most school funding is local, that’s less of a concern than the overall direction the Trump administration wants to push education policy: They want states to abandon public education in favor of a patchwork of private, charter, homeschools, and badly underfunded public schools that’ll have to take all the kids the others won’t. You know, to enhance choice and competition and stuff, because schools should be run like shoe stores and the ones that can’t keep up should lose. It’s a market, baby. Or as DeVos insists, it’s time to get Washington — which is barely involved in public education — out of public education, except insofar as it can nudge states to also get out of public education.

“It’s time for us to break out of the confines of the federal government’s arcane approach to education,” DeVos said this month in Salt Lake City. “Washington has been in the driver’s seat for over 50 years with very little to show for its efforts.”

So let’s all take a deep breath, be glad we mostly went to at least adequate public schools, and get ready to watch the wreckage. It’ll be beautiful, believe them. What’s in this abomination anyway?

For starters, how about an overall cut of $9.2 billion for the Education Department — about 13.6 percent of the level last month’s concurrent resolution approved. Funding for special education and Title 1 funds — aimed at helping poor kids — would remain unchanged, but there’s a catch:

However, high-poverty schools are likely to receive fewer dollars than in the past because of a new law that allows states to use up to 7 percent of Title I money for school improvement before distributing it to districts.

That should encourage the lazy takers to work harder, shouldn’t it? And then there’s the stuff we clearly don’t need anymore, because it’s just a waste of taxpayer dollars:

The cuts would come from eliminating at least 22 programs, some of which Trump outlined in March. Gone, for example, would be $1.2 billion for after-school programs that serve 1.6 million children, most of whom are poor, and $2.1 billion for teacher training and class-size reduction.

And, as everyone knows, nutrition has nothing to do with learning. Parents want their kids to have food, they can damn well pack a lunch full of love, like the poor families Paul Ryan pretended to know. Oh, but there’s plenty more to be cut so we can funnel more money to for-profit operators of private and charter schools! Other programs to be eliminated altogether include:

a $15 million program that provides child care for low-income parents in college; a $27 million arts education program; two programs targeting Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students, totaling $65 million; two international education and foreign language programs, $72 million; a $12 million program for gifted students; and $12 million for Special Olympics education programs.

Feh, who needs ’em?! Bible Bob’s Jesus Academy needs the dough! And then there are the programs that won’t be eliminated, but merely slashed: useless luxuries like career and vocational education, which no one needs because there are no more jobs. Maybe after Trump brings the jobs back, schools can ask private industry for some money to cover that stuff. Adult basic literacy would lose 16% of its funding — $96 million — because who even needed to read anymore? You don’t see the president of the United States wasting his time reading books, or even the parts of his security briefings that don’t have his name in them.

No money at all for dangerous social engineering propaganda like “mental-health services, anti-bullying initiatives, physical education, Advanced Placement courses and science and engineering instruction,” which if they were worth anything would find donors in private industry.

Oh, but look at the beautiful investments in school choice! $500 million for charter schools, and

$250 million on “Education Innovation and Research Grants,” which would pay for expanding and studying the impacts of vouchers for private and religious schools. […]

There is currently only one federally funded voucher program, in the District of Columbia. A recent Education Department analysis of that program found that after a year in private school, voucher recipients performed worse on standardized tests than their counterparts who remained in public school.

Yeah, but merely looking at academic performance misses the point: How many children came to Jesus? Also, how much profit did the private schools make?

Oh, and remember how Betsy DeVos was going to make life so much better for Historically Black Colleges and Universities? “The administration’s budget proposal would hold funding flat compared to spending levels over the first half of fiscal 2017.” Bummer! But at least they had a nice photo-op at the White House.

How about financial aid? Pell Grants would be funded at current levels, but other wasteful spending on Takers would be chopped. The proposal would

eliminate more than $700 million in Perkins loans for disadvantaged students; nearly halve the work-study program that helps students work their way through school, cutting $490 million; take a first step toward ending subsidized loans, for which the government pays interest while the borrower is in school; and end loan forgiveness for public servants.

That “loan forgiveness” program — which went into effect under the Kenyan socialist George W. Bush in 2007 — was meant as an incentive for students to become “social workers, teachers, public defenders or doctors in rural areas,” but that’s really just the federal government picking winners and losers, so it’s gone. There’s a small wrinkle in eliminating the loan forgiveness program:

There are at least 552,931 people on track to receive the benefit, with the first wave of forgiveness set for October. It’s unclear how the proposed elimination would affect those borrowers.

Haha! It will teach those moochers not to be dependent on government, is what it will do. Government always makes things worse, and Trump is dead set on proving it by wrecking anything that seems to be working, just to teach us that hard lesson. Grandfather them in? You think silly things.

There’s only one good thing about this stupid, stupid education budget proposal, which is that it may well be dead on arrival, since schools have a lot of supporters in Congress, even among Republicans. Sen. Lamar Alexander, who chairs the Senate Education Committee, doesn’t sound like much of a fan. A spokesperson for Alexander, reached by the Post for comment, simply referred back to Alexander’s statement in response to Trump’s budget outline back in March, which noted that the president is certainly able to suggest a budget, but “under the Constitution, Congress passes appropriations bills.” In addition, Americans United for Separation of Church and State is promising lawsuits if any voucher plan to fund religious schools is included.

Just how bad is the proposal? The freaking American Enterprise Institute says it doesn’t have a chance in Congress.

If the healthcare debate is any model, we’ll eventually end up with a House bill that’ll require states to provide public education, but offer them the chance to apply for waivers so they won’t have to include school buildings, teachers, or books. But don’t worry: There’ll be a tax refund for parents who get their kids on a sports team.

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  • TJ Barke

    Back to the gilded age… Maybe I’ll at least be able to bag me some pinkertons.

  • Spurning Beer

    Jesus was unambiguously opposed to higher education.

    “No man may serve with two Master’s.”

    • Wild Cat

      No shit. Why do you think his only skill was banging nails into dead pieces of wood all day?

      • WeaselPoo

        umm, Joseph was the carpenter, not Jesus.

        • WotsAllThisThen

          Yeah, get a job, hippie!

        • Wild Cat

          “Nazareth, your famous son
          Might have made a great unknown;
          Like his father, carving wood,
          He’d have made good . . . “

    • hendenburg2
    • Mpeg

      He gave away diplomas right and left though. Downright reckless diploma-giver-away’er! Jesus would go “Lazarus, come forth!” and Lazarus would stagger out in front of everybody so Jesus could give him a diploma.

      • Indivisible Snark Tank

        I’ve always interpreted that story as meaning Jesus was a game show announcer, like Johnny Gilbert.

        • Villago Delenda Est

          Don Pardo libelz!

  • Bobathonic

    I see these sorts of actions as the most direct attack on actual Murrica. It’s a removal of national goals, an abdication of any leadership roles. Education is an investment in our future, and deciding to halt hat investment is a Bad Thing.

    • TJ Barke

      Not a country of people striving toward a future, just a market of consumers to be exploited.

      • Bobathonic

        E pluribus I got mine, bitchez.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Let’s cut $10.6 billion from public
    schools and give it to anyone who wants to make a buck running whatever
    they want to call a “school”:

    Hey, Trump University could use some love.

    • DrBigHead

      The failure rate for these alleged “schools” is equivalent to new restaurants. They come and go with a surprising regularity. Unlike the schools, however, the closing of a new restaurant doesn’t leave a bunch of kids stranded.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        The officers of Dump U Inc. always get paid, though. And paid well.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Just standing around wondering when the pie will be served.

  • Thiazin Red

    The secular government should not be providing funding for religious schools.

    • willi0000000

      the government should not be providing funds for any private or religious schools.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        “You’ve won a scholarship, but you can’t use it at Harvard or MIT or Stanford.” Really?
        If you can, get ready for the shades of grey: What about Boston College? BYU? Oral Roberts?

  • La forza del resistino

    letting parents who can’t name the former VP, aren’t sure when the Civil War occurred but are pretty sure WW1 preceded WWII, making educational choices is like consulting a tattoo artist on that lump on your neck.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      “What color do you want the lump? I can put some bat wings on it that will look bad ass.”

  • Mpeg

    Lamar Alexander!! Didn’t he actually introduce deVos at her hearing/ vetting session? What did he THINK would be the result??

  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    “another $1 billion to push public schools to adopt choice-friendly policies.”

    Why don’t they just give the $1B to public schools to be….better public schools.

    • TJ Barke

      Get outta here with that logical thinking!

    • Villago Delenda Est

      “Choice friendly policies”. WTF does that mean? Schools that will give equal time to crackpot bullshit like “intelligent design”?

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        is for to make flyers saying, “Hate it here? Your kid can go here!” with a picture of a nice new, well funded charter school – that has zero accountability or responsibility to actually educate your child.

  • Michael Smith

    Hell, I don’t need no schoolin! I only need to read two things: The Bible, and Rush Limbaugh’s history books.

    • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

      we’re going to need to import our top talent.

      • willi0000000

        in some fields we already do.

      • Bobathonic

        They’re just planning for after all the undocumented immigrants are gone next year – someone ignorant is going to have to work the fields.

      • WotsAllThisThen

        Yeah about that H1-B visa program…

    • Oblios_Cap

      What? Not O’Reilley’s “Killing Shit” series? RINO.

  • Stulexington

    Yes, we should totally open children up to the ever present possibility that their school will suddenly go bankrupt mid-year, leaving parents scrambling with no way to access the precious voucher in a timely fashion so if they can’t pony up the money their kid looses a year of school through no fault of their own.

  • Paperless Tiger

    So they’re stealing public money and giving it to private administrators, which is to say, themselves. What else is new?

  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    ““Washington has been in the driver’s seat for over 50 years with very little to show for its efforts.”

    EXCEPT FOR TENS OF MILLIONS OF EDUCATED KIDS!

    Gah, sorry, I can tell this is going to be one of those stories.

    Apologies for the shouting.

    • mardam422

      Yeah. Not sure what she expects as a ROI here.

      • TJ Barke

        More money for private contractors, duh…

        • Indivisible Snark Tank

          And the poorly educated might just turn to a life of crime, which means the for-profit prisons will be another booming industry. Win-win!

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        and see how education has been starved for, well probably most of my lifetime, we’ve ALREADY seen what underfunding education does. How about we try something wacky and fund it properly.

        You know, also too, there is some school choice now. There are more magnet/arts/early college programs here than i had in h.s. Wish they would have been around then.
        Why not do that? Fund public vocational schools, arts/science schools.

        Yeesh. I’m triggered.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      300 million educated people, more or less.

      • TJ Barke

        At this point it seems mostly like less…

        • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

          “Education” May Vary.

        • Oblios_Cap

          The strategic placement of voting facilities can really drive down voting totals in the urban areas.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      The really educated ones vote Democrat. That’s the problem.

  • I suppose it is easier to create more uneducated, frightened, mean-spirited masses than creating more old white man super billionaires, since they are about the only supporters he can depend on for their vote.

    • C4TWOMAN

      But the joke will be on them when, 20 years from now, the state will be hiring from out of state.
      Unfortunately the kids in the state will suffer too.

    • grindstone

      don’t forget cannon fodder.

  • memzilla Ω

    Oddly remaining in place is a requirement to use steam-powered shovels to transfer as many scoops of public money into the pockets of private corporations as fast as possible. SO MUCH WINNING.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      What it’s REALLY all about. The grift.

      • Spurning Beer

        The House version of the Education Department budget will include a section on Lunch Money Impounding and Privatization.

      • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

        I imagine there will be strings attached that states cannot impose “onerous restrictions” such as basic competence or demonstration of student achievement on applicants for the money. Because that sort of local control is verboten.

        • Oblios_Cap

          Most of the charter schools around here have zero accountability.

          • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

            When I worked in another school District, we got a bunch of students back who had been in an online charter school that went bust. 38 kids. 3 credits earned. Total.

          • Shanzgood

            Same with homeschoolers. Some states are actually very good at oversight but others…not so much.

  • canes_pugnaces

    Thank God iWanka is there to make sure her batshit crazy father doesn’t do something batshit crazy, like, say, destroy the social fabric of America. That must be why she’s on Air Force One now with Jared ‘100B in arms sales’ Kushner.

    And I want to put a special shout out to all the dumbfucks who really don’t like pantsuits on women.

    • Shanzgood

      Funny, baconz and I had an argument about that yesterday. He thinks pants suits on women look “unprofessional” and would write that into a company dress code along with men bring required to wear ties. Yeah, it got pretty heated!

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        foreplay?
        ; )

        • Shanzgood

          Pft! Maybe for HIM! I think just likes spinning bullshit at me to get me mad enough to yell at him!

          • Oblios_Cap

            Bad Bacon!

          • Shanzgood

            He can be such a pig.

          • WomanInThePersistence

            Sounds like it worked. And good for you.

      • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

        Everyone looks good in a suit. Good grief, there’s even a whole trope about “hot chicks in badass suits”!

      • Oblios_Cap

        Ties! The monster!

        • Shanzgood

          He likes to wear ties, for some reason. Me, I’d panic and freak out with one of those things around my neck!

          • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

            i learned during my brief foray into employment that it’s all about finding the right size for everything.

            I don’t think it’s actually ties choking us, it’s shirts that are too tight at the neck. Once I got things that actually fit, it’s not such a big deal. (Except ties get in the way of…everything).

      • Persistent Demme

        Lawyer-daughter’s first job was with a family law firm that was founded by a woman in the 70’s.
        Dress code (2015) was: hair up, (men won’t take you seriously if you play with your loose hair), no dangly earrings, (men won’t take you seriously), and pantyhose at all times, (I’m guessing that bare legs are not “serious” enough).
        Sense a theme here?
        But what a butt-kicker this founder was (and still is)!

        • Shanzgood

          I worked at a real estate company in the U.K. in the late 80s and they added the “skirts only” rule for women after I got there and started wearing slacks and some of the other women followed. It was pretty insane because we frequently had to run errands downtown to pick up/drop off documents, often walking long distances in the snow. That’s why I started wearing slacks in the first place, because I was freezing my ass off.

          No, I didn’t stay there for very long.

  • icekat

    School choice, huh? What if I my choice is to have robust, well-funded public schools? Can I have that choice, Ms. DeVos?

    • willi0000000

      NO!!!!!
      -devos

  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    “However, high-poverty schools are likely to receive fewer dollars than in the past…”

    I went to a medium poverty school…i can’t imagine how much lower into literal rubble a high-poverty school could sink, all so the district gets a new bus depot or annex building.

    (In H.S. once a cieling panel crashed in just after the german teacher stepped away from where it landed. That’s a GREAT learning environment).

    • Persistent Demme

      I taught at a school where a bunch of the retired teachers had cancer.
      Coincidentally(!) they found a lot of asbestos in the ceilings (long after the dangers of this substance were well known).

  • Spurning Beer

    Another, unappreciated benefit of the charter school/voucher movement is the “choice” to send your children to a learning environment unsullied by diversity in the student body. In the south, oodles of “academies” sprung up in the early and mid-1960s, for some unexplained reason.

    • willi0000000

      wrong color? . . . wrong church? . . . wrong sex? . . . sure, we can accommodate that.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      One of the reasons the “Moral Majority” emerged was that Jimmy Carter said “fuck THAT shit” to all those “Christian Academies” that sprung up to protect precious white snowflakes from the desegregated public schools. No tax breaks for you, racist assholes. You pay full freight for that shit.

      The reason Baptists give a shit about abortion now (they did not in 1973) was that they needed allies to in their racist fight against Carter, and the forced-birth Catholics became that ally of convenience.

  • La forza del resistino

    Maybe the Dept of Education can budget this textbook for Donald:
    ‘This workbook .. contains more than 400 exercises that cover beginning- and intermediate-level grammar points such as tenses, articles, count and noncount nouns, modals, verbals, relative clauses, passive voice, adverbs, and conditional sentences.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      With his attention span? The man is a special ed case.

  • Anna Rompage

    If it wasn’t for access to the wood shop classes I took starting in 7th grade & throughout high school, I likely would never have been a woodworker both as a profession, and as a hobbyist.

    • Augustus

      In the darkest depths of depression after losing my mother, I kept showing up to school because I had an awesome music instructor and the guidance counselors figured out a way to let me take 4 band classes senior year and still get my diploma. I never would have graduated high school if it weren’t for the music program.

  • theblackdog

    I actually just put in my verification for the public servant forgiveness program just to see if I can get qualified and grandfathered in before they take it away.

  • Chadwells

    And this is one of the big reasons I elected to not have kids. I feel terrible for parents having to deal with this. I couldn’t even imagine.

    • Shanzgood

      I’m just glad my youngest only has 2 more years left in public school.

  • anwisok
    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      dear lord, thank you. I was raging. I’m done. (No i’m not.)

      • Doug Langley
        • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

          it’s like a toddler…that’s as strong as me and has sharp teeth and claws.

        • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

          “We’re not done pwaying yet! Whee!”

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    Yeah, when the “charter school” goes belly-up, or they decide that Little Johnny isn’t “welcome” anymore after he beat up Timmy, or Suzie isn’t motivated enough to keep up with the curriculum, the school gets to pocket the money and little Johnny and Suzie go back to public school where the teachers have to get the kids through or get dinged on their annual evaluation with no funding and no additional support.
    This is like expecting to win a marathon after someone’s broken your leg with a sledgehammer.

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      not to mention Billy the autistic kid, Frannie the one with severe developmental disabilities, and Johnny, the bipolar kid.
      They’ll never even get allowed to walk through the doors, even though they demonstrably need more attention and a more flexible learning environment.

      Fuckers.

  • Oblios_Cap

    How many children came to Jesus? Also, how much profit did the private schools make?

    You put those two in the wrong order.

    • PubOption

      Repubs love to put a comma in ‘suffer little children’.

      • NastyBossetti

        Me, too! Only I like to put it after “little.”

  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    Okay, i’m just going to jam all this in one post:

    “Gone, for example, would be $1.2 billion for after-school programs that serve 1.6 million children, most of whom are poor, and $2.1 billion for teacher training and class-size reduction.”

    Wasn’t large class size something the school choice humpers were always bitching about? (I know, I know, assumes it’s actually about class size and not snowflakes wanting their snowflakes to snowflake someplace specific).

    “a $15 million program that provides child care for low-income parents in college” – cause that whole bootstrap thing is about to get even boot-strappier. In community college, i’ve had 2 instances where parents had to bring their kids to class, cause no babysitter. And I saw a third in another class. They really are this evil aren’t they? “Let’s make rising to the level we demand of you as hard as possible!”

    “a $12 million program for gifted students” – Smart and hardworking but poor? Fuck you!

    “$250 million on “Education Innovation and Research Grants,” which would pay for expanding and studying the impacts of vouchers for private and religious schools. […]A recent Education Department analysis of that program found that after a year in private school, voucher recipients performed worse on standardized tests than their counterparts who remained in public school.”

    Let’s dump $250 million into something that has been show to vary between as good as public school and a complete failure. Yeah, that’s Trump-brand acumen right there.

    “eliminate more than $700 million in Perkins loans for disadvantaged students; nearly halve the work-study program that helps students work their way through school, cutting $490 million; take a first step toward ending subsidized loans, for which the government pays interest while the borrower is in school; and end loan forgiveness for public servants.”

    You wanna end the scourge of crime, gangs, poverty, drug abuse, violence? FUND EDUCATION. It gives people something to value, something to cherish, something to build, something to lose if they fuck up.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      And while Special Ed remains funded at current levels, anyone with one iota of understanding about education funding will tell you it is badly underfunded – which then forces states and local school districts to divert general ed funds to paper over the gaps.

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        aye, indeed. see my reply to you above.

        • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

          And of course the AHCA also guts Medicaid reimbursement, which blows a hole in the school budgets too.

      • jesterpunk

        Which makes the current republican obsession with eliminating property taxes all together or just charging renters even worse. Property taxes pay for local schools.

        • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

          I have a friend griping on FB about California raising the gas tax by .12 a gallon.
          The money is to pay for road repair and improvement. I guess some people would rather pay for new rims and axles after they hit a pothole than pay a little more to fix the pothole.

    • elviouslyqueer

      A recent Education Department analysis of that program found that after a year in private school, voucher recipients performed worse on standardized tests than their counterparts who remained in public school.”

      This. Right. Here. My mother (a retired middle school teacher) has been saying this for years, especially and always when she reads about Louisiana’s Education Commissar positively drooling over school vouchers and their ability to miraculously funnel kids into private Catholic schools that are, at best, havens for mediocrity.

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        yup – given the whole idea behind no child left behind and standardized testing, having no accountability for actually educating kids is just…astounding.

  • “National Security Council officials have strategically included Trump’s name in “as many paragraphs as we can because he keeps reading if he’s mentioned,” according to one source, who relayed conversations he had with NSC officials.”

    I’ll make this brief:

    That *&#ll)) Trump can $#!))*^ all things Trump right in the $++&%@ with Trump doing most of the #!!~*# in the mirror with #*^#% ben wa balls covered in #*&&+ Trump.

    Hopefully that got the bastard’s attention.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Fuck. Just fuck.

      My cat would make a better president than Donald, and she got her nose scratched in a fight this morning.

      • vivian

        Why did you scratch your cat’s nose Vill?

        • Villago Delenda Est

          She woke me up at 0435 for a treat!

    • Doug Langley

      Needz moar Trumps.

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      since you mentioned it, how about this:

      http://crooksandliars.com/2017/05/memo-foreign-leaders-praise-trump

      “The NY Times reports: Tips for Leaders Meeting Trump: Keep It Short and Give Him a Win

      After four months of interactions between Mr. Trump and his counterparts, foreign officials and their Washington consultants say certain rules have emerged: Keep it short — no 30-minute monologue for a 30-second attention span. Do not assume he knows the history of the country or its major points of contention. Compliment him on his Electoral College victory. Contrast him favorably with President Barack Obama. Do not get hung up on whatever was said during the campaign. Stay in regular touch. Do not go in with a shopping list but bring some sort of deal he can call a victory.”

      • Oblios_Cap

        What a fucking wanker.

      • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

        In other words – you do all the work, he takes all the credit.

  • Carpe Vagenda
    • UnsaltedSinner

      Asshole.

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      With law enforcement background like that, Lieberman is a great choice to investigate Trump Treason™.

  • Claire

    OT: Goldman Sachs has begun to bail. Who will the Trump administration give all our moneyz to now?

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/19/jim-donovan-trump-deputy-treasury-secretary-238611

    • WomanInThePersistence

      Don’t they usually wait until after the indictment to spend more time with their families?

  • Oblios_Cap

    An educated population is bad for Republicans.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      A point, you have one.

  • UnsaltedSinner

    Sounds like great news for pedagogical entrepreneurs like Mr. Squeers.

    https://youtu.be/bu9M4NuYMLQ?t=44m56s

  • Spurning Beer

    Hey Betsy, if you really want to see what strategies in public education are successful, look into what Finland has been doing. They’re kicking our asses.

    Or move ahead with your public support for madrassas. Your call.

    • msanthropesmr

      Pay teachers more. Make teaching a valued profession. Hold teachers accountable to student learning, not just student test scores.

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨
    • msanthropesmr

      Oh. That’s just signed his arrest warrant.

      • jesterpunk

        Republicans will be deeply concerned about that then investigate Benghazi for the 9000th time.

        • msanthropesmr

          No this will piss off the FBI. Even more. Neat!

          • jesterpunk

            Its a bold strategy, lets see how well it works out for them.

        • Shoto

          “We need to get to the bottom of the Benghazi!!! catastrophe!”

          — Trey “Boy Howdy” Gowdy

        • elviouslyqueer

          “I’m sure there’s an incriminating Clinton email lying around here somewhere.”

          — Any Republican, just now.

      • Notreelyhelping

        HE WAS JUST JOKING! HA-HA!

    • UnsaltedSinner

      I take it today’s shoe has dropped? Or are there more coming?

      • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

        Twitter Don of Trumpistan is in Riyadh, so hard to say.

      • Shoto

        It’s still early.

      • Trump got himself one of those dash buttons from Amazon. He kept pressing it because when no shoes showed up, he thought it was broken. Just kept pressing it over and over again, he even hired a whole cadre of staffers to press that button. The trucks are finally arriving from the warehouse…

    • Chadwells

      Hole…Lee…fuck!!! Warm them handcuffs up!! That’s felony obstruction, brotha!

  • memzilla Ω

    O/T: What’s Cyrillic for WTF?

    WASHINGTON — President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting.

    “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

    Mr. Trump added, “I’m not under investigation.”
    . https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5d6418176899da4bec9b538fe6f3673a71d775fa1c6c454553c8bb3b9711b571.jpg

    • Chadwells

      Now we move to criminal Obstruction charges?

    • NastyBossetti

      He is so unbelievably dumb.

    • I thought this was an onion link at first. That was totally unreal.

    • OddMan

      Что за херня
      ?

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    The Republican blueprint for success in the states taken to the federal level.

    -Claim public education is failing when it isn’t.
    -Undermine teacher unions to get the rabble roused.
    -Drastically cut funding.
    -Wait a few years
    -See, we told you public education is failing.

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      about the same as their plan for healthcare…and government in general for that matter.

    • DainBramage

      You forgot –
      – Appoint incompetents to run everything.

  • Shoto

    “Bible Bob’s Jesus Academy needs the dough!”

    “It’s about damn time you demonic, Marxist, libtard, Jew sympathizers got your priorities straight. We’re just tryin’ to grift a shit-ton of cash from the public coffers keep you from burnin’ in hell.”

    — Bible Bob

  • Kiri the Unicorn

    A reminder to parents:
    Kiri’s Post-Collapse Science Class will be meeting tomorrow for Astronomy Night at the abandoned farmstead on Highway 34, just west of the ruins of the I-5 overpass. Participants should remember to bring a jacket and a hat, preferably of a dark color that will increase your chances of evading the church patrols. Payment in the form of scavenged AA batteries is preferred, but cartons of eggs and/or other produce will be accepted.

    • Martini Ambassador 🍸

      Will you take canned clams? My niece (she’s A MONSTER) wants to know.

      • Kiri the Unicorn

        For your niece, okay. I can barter them for something.

    • DainBramage

      Can we talk about the Official Heresy that the Earth might not be a 6000 year old disc? I hear that it might really be a ball of some sort.

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      ah, you must work in “The Day After” school district.

      • Kiri the Unicorn

        Next week’s field trip will be to the Calapooia River to look for mutant newts!

        • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

          biology!

        • NastyBossetti

          Newtants?

      • natoslug

        Still a better district than my local “28 Days Later” district.

  • aureolaborealis

    What have we got to show for it? I feel like whatever metric she’s looking at doesn’t involve educating kids.

    • jesterpunk

      Her family will get more money from the government. That is the only metric any of the care about, how it personally benefits them.

      • aureolaborealis

        That is actually less creepy than the explanations bouncing around my skull case these days.

        • jesterpunk

          Occam’s razor.

          • aureolaborealis

            “Well, see, the simplest explanation is that there is an all-powerful entity that controls every atom in the universe, as well as time. One thing. CHECKMATE, LIEBRUL SECULARISTS!”*

            * actual argument I’ve seen.

  • jesterpunk

    This is going to wind up like it did in Louisiana isnt it?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/06/valarie-hodges-lawmaker-retracts-support-for-bill_n_1655249.html

    “Unfortunately it will not be limited to the Founders’ religion… We need to insure [sic] that
    it does not open the door to fund radical Islam schools. There are a
    thousand Muslim schools that have sprung up recently. I do not support
    using public funds for teaching Islam anywhere here in Louisiana,”
    Hodges was quoted as saying in the Livingston Parish News.

    • Martini Ambassador 🍸

      I assume the Satanic Temple folks will get in on the action.

      • jesterpunk

        That is another thing that turned republicans against that program in a bunch of states.

  • aureolaborealis

    I feel like this is just a tentacle of the monster that includes repealing the VRA, extreme gerrymandering, etc. Our 30+ year war on public education has comprehensively brought us into power, and we like it. LET’S DO MOAR!!

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    “and end loan forgiveness “

    Weird, since getting “loan forgiveness” is Little Babby Donnie’s basic business model.

    • UnsaltedSinner

      But he’s a special boy.

    • data_ninja

      I found out about that loan forgiveness thing being put on the chopping block yesterday, and sweet christmas did that hit me hard. I have recently starting working in the public sector (not quite a year yet) and during the training session for newbies, we had our own discussion amongst ourselves about the loan forgiveness program. And keep in mind, this wasn’t just “fresh outta college” age people, this was among adults of all ages. Anyways, that’s a big fucking kick in the face to public sector workers, and we’re already getting short changed by every fucking republican anywhere as it is (especially in Ohio, fuck off Kasich/Husted/Porter/the lot of them).

  • Rick Hill

    ” Bible Bob’s Jesus Academy needs the dough!”

    Well, at least they are moral, honest people. There is no chance they will divert funds for personal uses and cut corners on educating children. I mean, who ever heard of a church based group having a scandal or stealing money?

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance”

    – Derek Bok

    “Okay!”

    – Donald Trump and Betsy DuVos

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      “Hold my beer.”

      • Cheesus Crust _ Rebel

        They’re too high-falutin for beer… only boxed wine will do!

  • Anna Elizabeth

    The other day I dropped my STARZ subscription so I could buy shampoo and the like. Before it went off, I watched Glory again, about the African-American 54th Massachusetts Regiment in the American Civil War.

    I think we’ve all got a Great Gettin’ Up Morning ahead of us. It’s not what I wanted, but I will not bow to haters again.

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      great flick – ironically, watched in public school history/government class.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        It really is a great film. The Black soldiers as portrayed are more of a representation of the real soldiers, but Robert Gould Shaw was real, and the letters they quote are real.

    • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

      Too many people love you, respect you, actually think about you when you’re not around. No need to let the haters take up real estate in your head.

      I know, it’s easier said than done. I’m still in the process myself. Got your back.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        Thank you. ~hugs~

        I’ll try to remember that.

        • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

          And I’ll try to remind you of it on the regular. ~hugs~

          I’ll never get tired of telling you how appreciated you are.

          • Anna Elizabeth

            ~hugs~

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Speaking of children, Trump’s first words after take-off were “Are we there yet?”

  • grindstone

    I have been a strong proponent for public schools and have decried charter schools since they started. I have strongly denounced voucher programs designed to favor parochial schools. I’ve watched Florida channel money into charter schools while piling more and more onto the shoulders of the good teachers in the public schools.

    This administration must go, even if the only outcome of the whole thing is that DeVos goes away and some money, any money, gets funneled back to education. The fuckhead conservatives have always claimed that the Dem spending was selling away our children’s future. But this, this is literally destroying any chance our children have of making a life for themselves.

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      “But this, this is literally destroying any chance our children have of making a life for themselves.”

      Or ever making america anything close to being great again.

  • La forza del resistino

    OT: NYT reports Donald called Comey a ‘nutjob’ to his Russian visitors.
    In response, Comey calls Donald an ‘orange shitgibbon’ with full attribution to Wonkette

    • Al Swearengen

      And bragged that firing Comey eased pressure on the investigation.

      It’s gotta be the Russians sowing chaos.

  • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist

    The irony of this is the kids that will suffer the most are the poor rural kids whose parents voted for Trump. Those smaller schools are always on the edge of closing down. These steps will only speed up the process.

    • Martini Ambassador 🍸

      And no chance of them ever breaking out of the cycle of ignorance or poverty with zero education options. Sad.

    • Ms.Moon

      Their parents are the problem they don’t know any better, aren’t interested in knowing anything and will die fat and poor and want nothing better for their children.

  • Fartknocker

    No snark. It’s naive, stupid and classic that this administration (if a cluster fuck meets the criteria of an administration) cut funding for the native Alaska children. Alaska teens suffer a higher suicide rate than any other demographic in the U.S. and these after school programs in the Native villages have shown to have a strong influence on reducing this. I’m sorry but I may hate Trump and I especially hate Palin but cutting funds from a group of children just shows how fucking out of touch these Clusterfucks are. Please return to your excellent snark and domestic animal memes.

    http://dhss.alaska.gov/SuicidePrevention/Documents/pdfs_sspc/AKSuicideStatistics.pdf

    • SnarkON

      They don’t care about those kids.

  • Robbertjan Brandenburg
    • Amelia Resists and Persists

      I wondered the same thing, but in terms of news this week, does this even count as a bombshell? He’s said both a) dumber things about Comey to Lester Holt and b) worse things to the Russians during that same meeting. If that’s what they’ve been playing up for two days I’m a little disappointed.

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        Yes me too.

  • DainBramage

    First Principle of Conservatism: If you aren’t born rich, you deserve whatever you get.

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      and whatever they can take away from you.

      Also, the rich deserve everything for having been born rich.

  • Amelia Resists and Persists

    WOW, Senator Alexander, thanks for coming around! It’s a real shame you were so far up Betsy DeVos’s ass before her confirmation that you couldn’t read the letter from hundreds of Tennessee teachers TELLING YOU THIS SHIT WOULD HAPPEN.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      All he read was the amount of bread she donates to Republican candidates and figured he’d get a taste too.

  • elviouslyqueer
    • Here we go again. It’s going to be another bloody mary weekend.

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      i posted an article yesterday where some committee or another got data from a treasury department office that monitors global finance. Should be interesting.

      • Shanzgood

        Yeah, I’m interested in that angle.

    • Chadwells

      Please be Sessions…please be Sessions….please be Session!!!

      • cmd resistor

        Yeah, that guy has done a lot of damage in the short time he’s been there and promises to do a whole lot more.

    • They can have Kushner, Sessions, and Tillerson.

      I’ll take Crosby, Stills, and Nash.

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        no young?

        And that is the sum total of my knowledge about those 4 artists.

        • Spurning Beer

          Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young, Gifted, and Black

          • Celtic_Gnome

            Freud, Marx, Engels, and Jung.

    • Indivisible Snark Tank

      The law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest

      Is that current White House official a chubby orange shit-gibbon with tiny hands, perhaps?

      (*crossing fingers*)

    • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

      Let’s speculate wildly about who it is.

      Imma say Bannon, only ‘cuz that would be too damned funny.

      • MynameisBlarney

        Iwanka?

        • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

          See? There are no losers here. Everyone is a great choice for the gulag.

    • LadyLaz

      Eff them, eff them ALL. I want them all to burn after this PP and education stuff. Trying so HARD not to violate the rules…

    • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

      Ooooh! Wait, let it be Pence!

    • LadyLaz

      Unless I am wrong, I would bet it isn’t Trump. I doubt he was actually involved. Too moronic. I would bet its his campaign. I would say Bannon.

      • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

        Me too. Bannon’s a pretty reasonable choice. (Never thought I’d ever type those words)

        • LadyLaz

          Oh yes, I see below. Great minds and all that Jack ;)

          • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

            Never insult your great mind by equating it to my primitive monkey one.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      “Get out!”

      “But sir, we’re at 35,000 feet!”

      “I SAID GET OUT!”
      https://twitter.com/wilw/status/865650958910373889

  • therblig

    more stoopids = more gop voters

  • MynameisBlarney
  • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

    So, we’re gonna have science textbooks in every school that say “how the arrangement of the internal organs in a human body prove the existence of god” I wish i were making that up, but that was an actual chapter title in a science book an old friend of mine’s daughter had to use when she went to an xtian school.

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      what’s their excuse for the appendix?

      • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

        Easy, they never included one. ;)

      • PubOption

        They missed a few items when writing the main text.

    • DainBramage

      Does this “textbook” establish whether Adam and Eve had bellybuttons?

      • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

        Not sure. I doubt they’d talk about anythnig as unseemly as exposed belly buttons.

        • Celtic_Gnome

          Neither did I Dream of Jeannie.

      • Where did Cain’s wife come from?

    • therblig

      and when your betters shit on your head, that’s god’s will.

    • Jamoche

      Oh please. The human female reproductive system is the best evidence against intelligent design there is, and anyone who thinks otherwise has never had to deal with one.

      • Shanzgood

        No kidding! Mine has been almost trouble-free all my life, including two pregnancies and births, and I’m STILL glad I’m done with it!

  • LadyLaz

    I am seriously crying now….

    OMG. You know…. husband and I can afford to send our kids to private schools. But we actually have a damn good public school and I try and send a lot of extra money to the teachers and the nurse. Because.

    And this. I don’t know. KILLS me. One of the reasons I want my kids in public school is so that they SEE and have friends who live on the other side of the tracks. Who go home to a small trailer and wear lots of hand-me-down clothes (although I make my kids do that too, because I am cheap).

    I want them to see where I spent many years of my formative life. In a tiny apartment with lots of hand-me-down clothes and no Atari etc.

    And understand that poverty is not a moral failing, that hard work can pay out, that education is worth it, and that other people don’t have what we have and maybe we should be conscious of that.

    But to see this. Man.

    This kills me. Because our maligned public schools are the ONE exit smart but very poor kids have out of that poverty….

    And they want to kick it down… because of “religion.”

    Vomit.

    This and Planned Parenthood. Oh this makes me weep.

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      beautifully put.

      Just remember, Dok tried to kill us by burying the important bit – IT PROBABLY WON”T PASS.

      • LadyLaz

        I know, but to suggest it.

        • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

          i know, i know. But just imagine the stuff they passed on.

          In other words, it only matters if it actually gets passed. You have to protect your sanity.

    • Master Contrail Program

      Sigh. I wish one of these twits would get their Rapture predictions right one of these days. Go make macaroni art on a cloud somewhere and leave us in peace.

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        if the rapture ever happened, i think the rest of us would watch the heavens close back up, slap our hands together with a nice british, “right, then!” and get on with making the world a better place.

      • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

        Maybe that’s the cosmic joke. Maybe their conceived “rapture” is just them blinking out of existence, letting the rest of us get to the good work of making the world better than their so-called heaven.

    • Jamoche

      Not really because of “religion”. It’s racism with religion backing it up.

    • Jon Sussex

      Religion…and all that sweet tax money they haven’t been able to get their hands on.

    • SadDemInTex

      I’m so angry and upset. My father was first generation in this country. He didn’t speak English until he went to public school at 5. His parents were essentially illiterate (5th grade in their country of origin) and they lived in the “immigrant ghetto”. My grandfather was a construction worker (who eventually became so skilled that he became a foreman). My grandmother stayed at home and my father’s sisters were allowed to go to school but prevented from going to college (because nice girls got married after high school). Does this sound familiar? My father went on to college and a white collar job. Without public schools he would have never been able to do it. He also served in the military prior to college and got the GI Bill. I’m a product of wonderful public education. I’m so very very upset.

    • MisterShoebox

      If it makes you feel any better – and I fully admit this is bitter sweet – Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos will be fucking REMEMBERED for this. THIS – and stuff like the AHCA and that stupid border wall, and the attempted Muslim Ban – will be HIS legacy.

      DeVos will always – ALWAYS – be remembered as a stupid, evil, heartless, money-grubbing woman who will leave her post without having performed anything of merit and will die unmourned by the nation except for the few who greased her palms.

      It’s mean-spirited to take glee in one’s failures, but in this case…well. I hope it helps.

  • La forza del resistino

    Teacher’s unions are to the GOP like squirrels are to my dog.

    • Rick Hill

      But what are squirrel’s onions like to your gop’s dogs?

  • Chadwells

    OT: Oh what the mother fucking fuck?!?!?

    “Ivanka Trump to hold roundtable with Saudi women on President father’s overseas trip”

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ivanka-hold-roundtable-saudi-women-president-trip-article-1.3179497

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      so people wanted to vote for hillary just cause she had a vagina (allegedly) but it’s Ivanka’s unique experience and mind that qualifies her to lead meetings with women over and over again.

      GOT IT.

      • SnarkON

        Because she’s pretty, obviously.

        • Yr. Gma

          Eye of the beholder and all that.

        • wide_stance_hubby

          But she can’t escape those genes, so it’s only a matter of time..

    • Me The People

      She has this amazing new range of burquas, chadors and hijabs that match religious tradition with the empowering aspirations of today’s woman, with classy ‘Trump’ detailing in gold.

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        you can find them, ON SALE, at wh.gov.

      • elviouslyqueer

        “Tired of wearing the same old bland black hijab day in and day out, ladies? Check out the Hijabnka line in kicky new spring colors including puce, mauve, and gold lame. They really bring out the color in your eyes, which is helpful since that’s the only part of your anatomy that anybody can see! On sale right now at Wal-Marts and Kohl’s stores kingdom-wide.”

        • therblig

          also featuring kevlar lining for casual stonings

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Who’s watching Barron?

      Or is this Don Jr.’s and Eric’s chance to take him out and make a man out of him by killing some fenced in animal?

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    NYT reports a close White House adviser to Trump is a person of interest in Russia investigation.

    Speculation is it is Jared Kushner.

    • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

      Bannon, I think

    • LadyLaz

      to quote elviouslyqueer, shit’s gonna get real.

    • jesterpunk

      We already knew about Just Jared.

    • therblig

      “He and Ivanka told me that the Order of Lennon was from the Beatles” – DJT

    • SnarkON

      SnarkON predicts that a lot of people will go down in this investigation but Trump, like a cockroach, will come out of it unscathed.

      • Sophia

        Depends on if he gets a deal for cooperating. That’s how he’s walked away before. Other choice is a pardon from President Pence, isn’t that what happened with Nixon.

    • Clyde Barrow

      Kushner, Bannon, Sessions, Pence, Spicer…..take your pick.

      It’s like being blindfolded and throwing a dart at a 12′ dartboard that’s 4 feet in front of you.

  • Chadwells

    OT: Can someone tell me why in the fuck Huma Abedin waited until today to serve her idiot husband divorce papers?

    • SnarkON

      She really, really thought he would change this time?

    • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

      Ever been through a divorce?

      • Chadwells

        yes.

        • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

          Do you remember trying to come to grips with who you thought the person was vs who they really were?

          • Chadwells

            My situation doesn’t compare…but I get where you’re headed. Fair enough. I mean, drama has been following the guy for years. At what point is enough?

          • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

            Often, the first reaction is aversion to loss. At some point, it becomes clear that you are trying to hold onto something that only existed in your own mind, and then it’s about getting out of the situation as whole as possible.

    • jesterpunk

      Maybe she wanted to see how things went down first and make sure she was covered for custody of their kid? Also if she did it before the election it would be the whole MRA BS from the right.

    • ariel_gee_398

      Probably some agreement they reached while he was negotiating the plea, to avoid him contesting or fighting for custody?

      • Chadwells

        Ok. That makes total sense. Wasn’t seeing it and I forgot they had children.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      Much more favorable terms that she’ll get now that he’s pleaded guilty and has to register as a sex offender.

      • Chadwells

        Ooooohhhh…Ok. Still kind of seems career suicide to have waited this long. I’d question her judgement.

        • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

          Custody issues should resolve favorably for Abedin now for sure.

          • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

            And as ariel pointed out, this may have been the deal so he wouldn’t fight on custody.

          • Chadwells

            Considering what he was charged with, I can’t believe the courts would not have been favorable to her as soon as he was accused way back when

        • Yr. Gma

          Why are you shaming her? Leave the poor woman alone.

          • Chadwells

            I’m not! I was just putting out a hypothesis! She is a public figure!

    • Shanzgood

      He just pleaded guilty to the sexting stuff with the 15yo.

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        holy shit.

      • Chadwells

        Yeah…but he was charged with it way back when! I’d have been like fuck this when the charges came out!

        • Shanzgood

          Well, that’s you. She had her own reasons for not filing right after they officially separated. It’s personal.

          • Chadwells

            Of course. I didn’t mean to judge her as a bad person. She must consider her line of work and public opinion. Just seems by waiting that it may have damaged her career. Maybe not.

          • Shanzgood

            It’s the same as what happened with Hillz. She’s damned either way for her reaction to her husband’s bad behavior/crime.

          • Chadwells

            Ok. Fair enough. I get it and will henceforth shut my trap!

          • cmd resistor

            Yeah, I got the “she enabled Bill” lecture from Wingnut Bro.

          • Shanzgood

            And if she’d dumped him immediately, she’d have been judged for THAT as well. Like I said, there’s no winning.

          • cmd resistor

            Not to mention it was her fault he cheated on her in the first place because she didn’t keep him happy enough.

          • Yr. Gma

            Just a couple of posts down you say you “question her judgment.” And when it comes to the welfare of her young son, I don’t know if her career is foremost on her mind. Why are you being so hard on her? Seems a lot like victim shaming to me. “What was she wearing when her husband texted that kid?”

          • Chadwells

            I said “I’d question” under the hypothetical scenario of a future employer.

          • Yr. Gma

            Yeah, you can put down that shovel now.

          • Chadwells

            As the kids say….whatever.

        • Yr. Gma

          But–and I say this with love–you are not her.

        • WomanInThePersistence

          It’s very hard to realize that the person you thought you loved, the person who you were going to grow old with, doesn’t actually exist. It can take time.

      • Chadwells

        Like, when the underwear dick pic came out that he was posting to women or girls…yeah, I’m gone.

    • LadyLaz

      Yah, along with DoILookAmused, I stayed married way longer than I should have with No. 1. Like five years too long.

      • WomanInThePersistence

        Been there too.

    • Edith Prickly

      I’ve seen a few friends through marriage breakups. It’s not an easy decision.

      • Chadwells

        I’ve gone through it myself. It’s hard…but this was pretty bad. Considering what he was charged with, I’d have gotten out immediately. But…to each, their own.

    • Sophia

      I was separated from my husband for more years than we were together before I finalized a divorce. Not sure why it took so long to do but that’s the way it happened.

    • Yr. Gma

      She has a child. Marriage is complicated. She decided now was the time not earlier. Who knows? I’m not going to second guess her decisions since I’m not part of that family.

      • Chadwells

        I had not known they had children…or simply forgot. That factor makes her decision to wait far more understandable.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Thank God they’re dropping a couple of ‘bombshells’ today. There was nothing yesterday and caused me to get a full night’s sleep. Who needs that nonsense?

    • WomanInThePersistence

      It’s early yet. And yes, last night was a pleasant change.

  • chazmanr
    • cmd resistor

      Well the good thing is kids won’t need to be educated to understand the prez. Even the kids in the worst schools have better vocabularies and sentences than he does.

      • chazmanr

        I know 10 year olds in Italy who speak English better.

  • Once&futureFred

    If you want to improve a system that benefits the public the first thing to do is cut it’s funding dramatically. It seems counter-intuitive because it only makes sense to sociopaths.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Sort of like supply-side economics?

    • DainBramage

      That’s a feature, not a bug. They have no desire to improve anything that doesn’t put money into their pockets.

  • Clyde Barrow
    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      “Things started going to hell with that Guggenheim fellow!”

  • The Wanderer

    OT, but HuffPo is starting to get a bit cute with their headlines.
    The story about Deputy AG Rosenstein reads “SHODDY ROD,” and the first headline for the story about Anthony Wiener’s plea agreement was “WIENER GOES DOWN.”

    • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

      Cheeky! I like!

      • The Wanderer

        I laughed until I stopped.

        • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

          I laughed, I cried, I kissed two bucks goodbye.

          Sorry, hard to type with a brace on.

    • Me not sure

      I still blame Weiner for the loss of the election. If the FBI hadn’t been looking for dick pics on Weiner’s i-pud laptop they would have had nothing for Comey to talk about 11 days before the election as regards Hillary’s emails. Thanks Tony

      • JustDon’tSaySurety

        Did you see the documentary following him around during the mayoral race? Jesus, that is one crazy narcissist!

  • La forza del resistino

    Alice Cooper’s ‘schools out …’ prediction comes true.

  • Carpe Vagenda
    • Anna Elizabeth

      Show that loser the exit.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Good.

    • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

      YAY!

    • TJ Barke

      That loser that thought there shouldn’t be any confederate monuments because the country should move on?

      • jesterpunk

        That is the funniest part, they are arguing to keep a statue of a guy who didnt even want anything left over from the south after the civil war.

    • I hope Beauregard Sessions is paying attention.

    • elviouslyqueer

      And before all the sweaty traitorous snowflakes down NOLA way ramp up the whole “But it’s always been Lee Circle,” a little history lesson for you motherfuckers:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Circle

  • OddMan

    If anyone is a news junky this would make an interesting group to follow for the next nine days.

    https://twitter.com/margarettalev/status/865631529975791616

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      word is trump wanted to cut it to 5.

      I guarantee they bail before 9.

  • Lance Thrustwell

    One outcome I doubt they’ve considered is that if and when there a great algal bloom of religious and other experimental charter schools all across this great land of ours, what a freaking headache this is going to cause college admissions boards as they try to sort out whether little Eli’s 3.9 GPA from St. Ebenezer’s Reformed Pentecostal Preparatory Academy is comparable to little Asa’s 3.8 from the Moldovian Charismatic Friend’s School of Lower St. Louis.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      Pfft…as if any of these jamokes care about kids going to college. That’s what H1-B visas are for!

    • jesterpunk

      Colleges is where they go for liberal indoctrination, they will only send their kids to liberty university like Jesus intended.

    • Anna Elizabeth

      Also too – what about Satan’s School of Elementary Education, motto “And Be it Harm None, Do As Thou Will”?

      • Lance Thrustwell

        I am liking this current crop of Satanists. I would never have considered sending a child to a school put together by LeVay’s people, but Greaves? He’s got a lot on the ball.

        • Anna Elizabeth

          I agree. I can’t wait until they open a Religious Charter School.

  • Jamoche
    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      When I said a few days ago we were almost to the point he could shoot someone in the press room and get away with it, I really thought I was going to extremes.
      Now I worry that I am having a premonition.

    • WomanInThePersistence

      “Reinforces”? I believe the word you’re looking for is “solidifies”.

    • Marceline

      I miss that show. Hardison would’ve had a field day with the Russians.

      • Jamoche

        Sophie’s face during the planning, when she thinks she’ll have to be the one to deal with Trump. Ford’s all “no, no, he’s all mine. You get Ivanka. Don’t go all Eliot on her unless you really must.”

        • WomanInThePersistence

          Parker would be having thoughts, also too.

          • Jamoche

            “I can tase him.”
            Nate: “No.”
            “No, really, I can get in, no problem, I’ve worked out four different ways…”
            No.
            “No one will ever know I was there!”
            Eliot: “Parker!

          • WomanInThePersistence

            I miss that show.

  • CindyinEncinitas

    And me with no cyanide…

    • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

      Really should have invested more in arcane poison futures.

      • CindyinEncinitas

        That’s your broker’s fault.

  • Ellen D.
    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      OT I know we’re all focused on the trump/russia thing, or maybe i’m just slow, but Trump called his director of the FBI, a prosecutor and fairly respected civil servant a “nut job”? For doing his job?

      pot, kettle, etc.

      • WotsAllThisThen

        He’s “nut” doing his job anymore!

        • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

          #TrumpJokes

          ; )

      • Roni Raven

        No nut job! No nut job! You’re the nut job!

    • WotsAllThisThen

      “The senior White House adviser under scrutiny by investigators is someone close to the president, according to these people, who would not further identify the official.”

      Is it Jared? Or Ivanka?

      • jesterpunk

        Why not both?

      • Roni Raven

        Jared.
        I bet it’s fun on Air Force One right about now. HA HA HA GOOD.

        • WotsAllThisThen

          How long is that flight? And no Trump tower to stay in when they get there?

          • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

            i read a funny piece about how much trump is going ot hate the food while he’s gone.
            I think it was on CNN.com.

        • therblig

          he moved his seat from near the exit and buckled his seatbelt.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Goodgoodgood. OT, but I was in a dive bar having an after-work drink when i saw the news about Comey. My eyes turned into dinner plates, and I looked around in astonishment at all the people – a lot of Trump voters, actually – placidly ignoring the news. These people don’t care. They just hear judgment, anger, and pretty lies, and they respond.

      Elitist liberal snob? Sometimes, yeah. The shoe fits.

    • cheetojeebus

      Just relayed this to the wife. Her response, “Who’s going to take care of Ivanka’s kids?”

      • WotsAllThisThen

        Putin?

      • NastyBossetti

        The nannies, like always!

  • Jamoche

    Afternoon court TV ads give you a really depressing view of the US: there are people out there with seriously janky teeth, and if this ad is to be believed, their only option is to wear a teeth-shaped mouthguard. Yeah, let’s drop dental from the healthcare.

  • Sophia

    OT: Trump boasted about firing ‘nut job’ Comey to Russian officials: report

    “I just fired the head of the F.B.I,” Trump said, according to the document. “He was crazy, a real nut job… I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

    The document was read to Times reporters by one U.S. official and was confirmed by a second official. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer did not dispute the overall accuracy of the document and its contents.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/trump-boasted-about-firing-nut-job-comey-to-russian-officials-report/

    • TJ Barke

      Donnie has exactly no business calling anyone else a nutjob.

      • Indivisible Snark Tank

        With this administration, it’s all about the projection.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Hm. Nut job, eh? Oh, keep it up, Don. Every friend he had in the agency is going to be rifling through your garbage at Mar-A-Lago and bugging the elevator at Trump Tower.

      • WotsAllThisThen

        Or parking outside with a wifi sniffer, because really that’s all it takes.

    • DainBramage

      Trump, King of the Idiots.

    • Jgb979

      LOUD WORDS OUT OF MY MOUTH HOLE.

      It’s basically the equivalent of the white bronco chase with OJ now, only in slower motion as he stupids himself into more legal trouble every day.

      • William

        Heard yesterday on MSNBC by a Georgetown U law professor. “Trump is essentially impeaching himself”.

    • WomanInThePersistence

      Good grief, he really is going out of his way to piss off the FBI.

      Keep talking Donnie! That’s going to work out great!

      • Cliff Hendroval

        “Come and get me, coppers!”

    • Vincent Ricola

      Donald calling anyone besides himself a “nut job” is hilarious.

  • Jgb979

    When one thinks of quality education in this country: one immediately thinks of the Ivy League greats

    Your Devry’s
    Your ECPI’s
    Your university of Phoenix
    Your Trump u’s

  • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

    This is how it likely ends, sportsfans. If, big, huge, if, he resigns, we still won’t get the satisfaction of an apology. His last public address will be “the lying media. . . crowd size. . .” His blind followers will likely retreat publicly, but will maintain his “greatness” like a common Al Bundy reliving the two touchdowns in a single game. Meh.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      “It was four!” – Al Bundy

      • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

        D’oh!

  • Yr. Gma

    Public education is controlled by the states, not Washington DC. The lion’s share of funding comes from local property taxes. Federal money is a small part of public education. Of course, these proposals by That Twit are terrible and will hurt students, but she is not the Boss of All Schools.

    California, for instance: http://www.ppic.org/main/publication_show.asp?i=1001

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Trump calls Comey nut job. My pots and kettles jumped out of the cabinet to see what I was laughing at.

    • vivian

      This is more like “the pot calling the bright red Ferrari black”

  • William
    • Crystalclear12

      Ding ding ding
      We have a winner!

  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    OT: Spicey responds to the latest bombshell:

    “By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia’s actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia,” Spicer said in a statement to the press. “The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it. Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations.””

    • WotsAllThisThen

      Like the conversation where Trump burned Israeli intelligence assets?

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        same. conversation.

        If i understand it correctly.

        • WomanInThePersistence

          So much treason. So little time.

    • WomanInThePersistence

      Was he hiding in the shrubbery?

    • TJ Barke

      Stop snitching on us!!!

    • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

      So no denial? Not a “this thing never happened”? Nope, let’s just say the problem isn’t the thing that happened, the problem is someone squealed about the thing that happened.

      I guess the problem wasn’t the holocaust, it was all those Jews who got away and blabbed about it.

    • elviouslyqueer

      the leaking of private and highly classified conversations.”

      Oh, you mean like the exact ones YOUR BOSS just did with the Russians?

      ETA: Oops, sorry WotsAllThisThen! Didn’t read downstream.

      • Resistance Fighter Astraea

        Or maybe all those hacked emails the fucking Russians hacked? The whole thing that started this and the administration wants to hide?

    • ariel_gee_398

      You know, I’m getting real sick of this dumb fucker. If I’m going to be lied to about the fundamentals of our government, I at least expect to be lied to convincingly.

    • lucidamente
    • cheetojeebus

      Those sneaky fuckers at Blechley Park are the real Nazi’s.

  • Debbie the Unpaid Protester

    Well, Betsy, the research on charter schools’ performance has already been done (in Minnesota, at least): they are consistently more segregated and under performing.

    “Washington has been in the driver’s seat for over 50 years with very little to show for its efforts.”
    VERY LITTLE TO SHOW FOR ITS EFFORTS?!? Educating 50 million kids every year is not exactly “very little,” especially with the constant efforts by Republicans to undermine public schools.

    • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

      I guess the fact that any of us can read her stupid ideas is “very little effort”.

      • therblig

        she only needed to learn how to read a bank statement and a prenup.

  • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

    OT: This is what’s wrong with out country. From Vox.

    “I tuned it out,” Michele Velardi, a 44-year-old in Staten Island, told
    the AP of the recent news. “I didn’t want to be depressed. I don’t want
    to feel that he’s not doing what he said, so I just choose to not
    listen.”

    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/5/18/15659394/trump-supporters-motivated-ignorance?utm_campaign=vox.social&utm_medium=social&utm_content=voxdotcom&utm_source=facebook

    So you’re going to vote for the damned cannibal dumpster baby, you should be forced to open your damned eyes and watch. Look at what you did! Look! LOOK!

    • Roni Raven
      • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

        Ludavico these people! Force them to listen to Lee Greenwood and Toby Keith until they get violently ill every time they hear it.

        • Nockular cavity

          No. Too much enjoyment of the Third Reich scenes.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      I don’t want to be depressed either, which is why I voted for Hillary.

    • TJ Barke

      That’s not how this works! That’s not how any of this works!

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        accountability – how does it work?

        • jesterpunk

          Its George Soros’ fault right?

          • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

            “george soros made me hate liberals so much that i voted for a brain damaged man-baby!”

        • TJ Barke

          Under republican governance? It doesn’t.

    • jesterpunk

      Sorry you voted for this moron, you dont get to ignore everything he does so it doesnt hurt your feelings. And they call us snowflakes…

    • goingohm

      Scruff of the neck. Rolled-up newspaper. Rub nose in it.

    • elviouslyqueer

      Michele, darling, I’m not one to ever advocate hitting a woman. But you seriously deserve a repeated dope-slap.

    • ltmcdies

      you know what…fuck ‘um….seriously….fuck’um

      what was their problem…they were “economically anxious”…”there was a black guy in their nice white house” “immigrants are here taking jobs I won’t do if it not right across the road” “I Hatez Killary” because ?reasons?….coughvaginacough…

      they voted for an incompetent boob because he could play “competence” on the TV and made being a racist asshole cool again.

      sit in your bubble…bubble people and I hope you choke on it.

      signed….a person from the rest of planet that you fucked over with your appalling stupidity.

      • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

        The plus side is that they’re so far up their own asses, they won’t even know it’s an election again for another twenty years.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot
    • Edith Prickly

      Since the alternative is admitting that the smarty pants liberal elitists were right about President Dumpster Fire, she’s going to be tuning out for a very long time.

      • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

        Well, as long as she doesn’t go getting all “economically anxious” next time we’ve got a good thing going.

    • Nockular cavity

      THIS IS FINE.

    • ThunderCat

      Like the German civilians after WWII; they were frogmarched into the concentration camps to witness their guilt.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/706a4f65a63bb41f28571e71af33f142d6d8f83c1ecf1260e54c7524a5f40d64.jpg

      This whole “I see NOTHING! I know NOTHING!” didn’t work then; and I hope it doesn’t fucking work now…

  • Roni Raven

    Wow that midnight reporter time of 3:00 Eastern is a helluva drug.

    • cmd resistor

      Guess they waited till he got on the plane….

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        “Why can’t I tweet from 30-thousand feet over the atlantic ocean?!?”

        -DJT

        • cmd resistor

          I suppose he can watch TV. Although, for the COmey story, he won’t even be upset. He’ll think it shows what a tough and funny guy he is.

      • Roni Raven

        Ding ding ding!

  • TJ Barke

    Just got a telemarketer call:
    “Hi, I’m calling for customer service!”
    “Customer service for what?”
    *click*

    • William

      Got one yesterday. The good fellow (sounded like he was from Pakistan maybe). Wanted me to boot up my computer so he could fix all it’s problems. We had a great time. He wanted me to tell him what icons were in the bottom left hand corner. I told him “baked potato”. He said “what”? Then I said, “oh yeah, I forgot I don’t have a computer, that’s my microwave”. *click*.

    • Anna Elizabeth

      You are nicer than I was.

      • TJ Barke

        That’s the thing though, I didn’t even have the chance. The second I asked who they were they hung up.

        • Anna Elizabeth

          Ahh, I misunderstood. That is odd, too.

    • Ωbjectifier

      “Hi, I’m calling from customer service!”
      “How do you do. I’m the numberless man.”

  • Daisy

    *sing-song voice* But I bet you won’t stop bitching about how China, South Korea, and Japan have us beat education-wise, will ya, Republicans?

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Ironically for people cutting math funding, that involves putting two and two together.

      • Daisy

        Math makes their brains hurt, so they don’t do it. Then they make cracks about Asians being good at math. The cognitive dissonance (and the racism) is strong in these ones.

      • TRUMP: I get . . . FIVE!

        • Two add two equals five, if you ignore the one added earlier…

          • Don’t forget the extra scoop of ice cream FOR PRESIDENT ONLY!

          • Yes, we must not forget that. Although looking at his figure, I’d have thought we’d have to add about 5000 before we reach the amount of ice cream he gets through each meal.

  • Nothing like kicking the poor people so we can shovel Federal tax dollars to for-profit schools where the kids can learn about Noah riding a T-Rex onto the ark before our merciful and loving Heavenly Father drowned all the puppies and kitties and baby elephants and people and children just like you, Johnny.

    Or logging into a ‘class’ with 500 other kids and two online proctors to run it.

    • Seriously… can we just like GIVE these people the South to have as their own little Jesus and Ayn Rand land? I’d even be willing to pay for relocation at this point.

      • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

        I am more than willing to do an exchange program. Us good people unfortunate enough to be stuck in the South can swap places with these people, they can have the shitty water system, toxic earth, scorching ozone and whatnot. Let them live out their lives as if the South had won the civil war.

        That’s how we treat the Evangelicals already. Let them go to their own churches, live in their own communities and feel all superior.

        • You have my vote.

        • Cat Cafe for the Investigation

          But we still let them vote, and they keep trying to drag us down into their wretched shit.

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        eh, it’s pretty in parts and the weather’s nice.

        Maybe some kind of liberal/trumpkin chessboard arrangement?

        • jesterpunk

          Will they all fit in Kansas?

          • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

            i…i would actually be okay with that.

          • jesterpunk

            We could even help all the liberals move out then build a wall around the state and make them pay for it. Then they can prove with no outside interference how well trickle down works.

          • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

            gmta!

          • Cat Cafe for the Investigation

            And by “outside interference,” of course, they mean “the blue states paying all our expenses with their tax dollars”

          • jesterpunk

            Well yeah but Brownstain blamed Obama for everything wrong in Kansas.

            http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article128543944.html

          • Cat Cafe for the Investigation

            Well of course they don’t RECOGNIZE what’s happening. I’d just like to see them trying to make do without any of our endless, endless help.

          • desida

            “The blue states paying all our expenses with their tax dollars, while we bitch and sneer about how lazy and sinful they are”

            FTFY

          • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

            Is Kansas one of those square states? Those are easier to fence off. They will pay for the fencing. They love “walls”.

      • Some of us will gladly give you booze and prostitutes if you don’t burn our Pretties.

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b7035ab9e715f338d266ce079abbda5a670e23235617ca14a820064ae0be9780.jpg

        Hey, it worked with General Sherman and that bunch.

        • Clearly Sherman needed to be more thorough.

      • Cat Cafe for the Investigation

        I’d definitely pay for THAT wall.

  • therblig
  • TRUMP: New rule. I get to keep all the Fidget Spinners confiscated from the Poor Kids. Did I tell ya Eric can make two go at once? Genius! Kid’s a genius! No wait, I meant Jared.

  • schmannity

    OT, but holy shit: NYT, WAPO and MSNBC are reporting that Trump boasted in his meeting with Russians the day after firing Comey that firing “that nut job Comey” would “ease pressure” of Russian investigation. Also, collusion investigation now includes a current White House official. The beginning of the end.

  • Jamoche

    https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/865658912535568389

    “Daniel Kurtzer, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel, said when Trump sits down with Israeli and Palestinian leaders next week, his counterparts may be reluctant to share sensitive diplomatic stances with a president known for his lack of discretion, he told FP.”

    Ya think?

    • ltmcdies

      you know what really really pisses me off about the right wing response to Trump’s big mouth…that whole…the president declassify anything he wants..

      like information collected by an Israeli for the Israelis is suddenly Trump’s to do whatever the hell he wants with?

      • Jamoche

        Toxic authoritarianism: if you’re in the position of authority, everyone else must bow to you. See also asshole abusive fathers.

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      notice that part about 8 years of “friction” between Israel and Obama (except the money was flowing frictionlessly).

      Somebody send the Mossad that obama, “Miss me yet?” meme

  • Crystalclear12
    • Anna Elizabeth

      I’ve seen Angels fall from blinding heights
      But you Yourself are nothing so Divine
      Just Next in Line!

    • TheGrandWazoo2

      “Liberals are the real racists!”

      • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

        Fine, then I’m the racist. I can live with them considering me to be a racist. If the choice is them defining me as a racist or everyone else, well, not, then it’s a pretty simple choice, right?

    • Jamoche

      Fox News Mad Libs: ____[talking head] has been fired over a ____[pejorative formerly normal at Fox] remark. Fox News is currently being sued for ___ [discrimination formerly normal at Fox]

  • Anna Elizabeth

    OT – watching a video on youTube about M1A2 SEP v3 tanks, and not one – zero – of the tanks shown are V3s.

    What is this, the fucking History Channel? Thumb down.

    • jesterpunk

      Needs more aliens for it to be on the history channel.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        “Coming this Fall – Patton takes on the Greys…in a Pawn Shop!”

        SRSLY, some of the tanks in this video weren’t even M1A2s.

        • jesterpunk

          “I can only give you $20 for the tank, its a knockoff and I gotta make money here”

          Rick from Pawn Stars.

          • Anna Elizabeth

            Yup. :D Then the expert tells him he can sell it for a million.

      • “You see if you take this historical painting, split in it two halves, flip them and put them back together, then you add a circle and a triangle in the corner, then split it into quarters, invert them randomly, put them back together, distort the picture, and look, it looks a tiny bit like an alien! This is clearly evidence of the theory we have today!’

    • snark-lurker

      well it is youToob, so…

      • Anna Elizabeth

        I know, but still.

        • snark-lurker

          i think the word is pullyourhairoutaggravating

          • Anna Elizabeth

            Good word. xD

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      I will admit to this: When computer code is visible on the screen in some show, I will stop the playback to read it. In one episode of “Halt and Catch Fire”, I looked at one of Cameron’s C functions, agreed it did what she said, then thought about how I would have written it.

      • Anna Elizabeth

        Excellent. Then you do understand. :)

  • The end game of all this “school choice” arglebargle is to slowly eliminate public education altogether, so only the children of the wealthy—who can be counted on to toe the conservative line, as it will serve their best interests—will get an education.

    • snark-lurker

      i do agree, that is their end game, but the unintended consikwences will be unpleasant.

      • Ferroequinologist Ron

        Just not for them.

        • desida

          Eh, I think that, if these assholes got their wish, it might be quite unpleasant for them indeed. These are often the kind of people who think only “job creators” contribute anything meaningful to society, which means they massively underestimate how much gets done by people who aren’t rich, and how shitty modern society would quickly become if no one got that stuff done. I mean, can you picture rich kids lining up to become teachers? Even if all schools became private, I seriously doubt the teachers at these schools would make massively more money than the ones at public schools now. There’d be a handful of altruists, but not nearly enough to fill all the necessary slots. Choosing non-lucrative fields would be especially dangerous, because besides consigning yourself to barely scraping by, you’d be dooming your kids to being uneducated, since you wouldn’t be making enough to send them to school. Who would work at museums? Who would become pastors? Writers? They don’t realise that you can’t actually split the populace into educated upper middle/upper class people and the uneducated poor, because there are too many needed professions in the space between CEO and Wal-Mart greeter.

  • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

    Extremist idea of the night:

    can we look into prohibiting anyone who voted for this hell from ever voting again? Can we revoke their right to vote on grounds that I want to make up right now, but really can’t even?

    • Robbertjan Brandenburg

      Create an exam mandatory to vote that examines basic understanding of politics and the world in general.

      • doktorzoom

        Yeah, and then watch how North Carolina voting officials administer it. No thanks!

        • Robbertjan Brandenburg

          I don’t know if I understand it correctly but I am laughing.

          • zerosumgame0005

            try this one;

            Most of the tests collected here
            are a battery of trivia questions related to civic procedure and
            citizenship. (Two from the Alabama test: “Name the attorney general of
            the United States” and “Can you be imprisoned, under Alabama law, for a
            debt?”)

            But this Louisiana “literacy” test, singular among its fellows, has
            nothing to do with citizenship. Designed to put the applicant through
            mental contortions, the test’s questions are often confusingly worded.
            If some of them seem unanswerable, that effect was intentional. The
            (white) registrar would be the ultimate judge of whether an answer was
            correct.

            Try this one: “Write every other word in this first line and print
            every third word in same line (original type smaller and first line
            ended at comma) but capitalize the fifth word that you write.”

            http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_vault/2013/06/28/voting_rights_and_the_supreme_court_the_impossible_literacy_test_louisiana.html

          • Up In Smoke O’hontas

            Or, they could go back to the old southern standard, “How many bubbles are in a bar of soap.” Natually, you only need to ask people who don’t belong to your congregation… Wink, wink.

  • cheetojeebus

    Any word how the new policies will effect The Koch Breaker Boys Academy & Work Camp?

  • baconzgood

    Thiz iz not gooder news for edumeducaning smrt cilldrens.

  • Internet Hitler

    BREAKING: Trump Organization announces plan for nationwide chain of Trump Elementary Schools! Just as prestigious and profitable as Trump University – but for little entrepreneurs!

    Of course, Donald Trump knows nothing about this plan because he is totally cut off from his business and it is all Eric’s project. Eric Trump likes the idea so much that he will be enrolling in one of the elementary schools in the fall.

  • Robbertjan Brandenburg

    Oh when it comes to nutrition please take note to this article about the Dutch approach.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/apr/14/amsterdam-solution-obesity-crisis-no-fruit-juice-enough-sleep

    This is the answer.

    • zerosumgame0005

      Amsterdam rocks!

  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    OT: I’m starting a BBC show about four ways the world could end…somehow it’s more reassuring than Trump being president.

    • snark-lurker

      “reassuring”? tRumpster being pres’ is certifying, The End

    • zerosumgame0005

      “Does the universe hate us? How many pitfalls lie ahead, waiting to
      shred our conceited molecule-clusters back into unthinking dust? Shall
      we count them?”


      David Brin,

      Existence

  • Robbertjan Brandenburg

    Oh something you might find pride in: Benjamin Ferencz is honored in the Hague by calling a lane next to the Peace palace the Benjamin Ferencz lane.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Ferencz

    http://www.ad.nl/den-haag/benjamin-ferenczpad-onthult-eigen-pad-in-stad~ab9dc1b0/

  • SadDemInTex

    I do want to point out that Texas tried to implement this nonsense and what saved us was the rural areas because they don’t have any charter schools (because there simply aren’t enough bodies to make a profit).

  • Mavenmaven

    What kids these days need is not more schools, but more low paid factory production line time!!!

    • JoeChristmas

      And more money for the job creators!

    • Three Finger Salute

      At this point, I wouldn’t mind working in a factory, or just working at SOMETHING. But they’re all gone, either sent away to other countries (where the U.S.-based companies can get away with things like child labor as long as it’s not done here), automated to the point where you don’t need human workers, or computerized to the point where only a genius can operate the equipment and the software. I can’t get a good job because my credentials are shit. (STEM or bust, folks. Sad to say, bookworms need not apply. Nobody reads in Merka anyway, so no sense getting a lit or history degree.)

      But retail is dying, and the other menial wage places won’t hire college educated people because they think you’re “overqualified.” I don’t want to have to go back to school to get a graduate degree in something equally useless among the arts and humanities offerings. There’s just not enough money in those jobs — like teachers and social workers — to pay off your debts. (Not that there is in cashiering either, but at least you don’t need to take out a loan to be trained for it.) High turnover due to burnout, and zero respect on a national scale.

      I’m also a very shy person who really isn’t cut out for people-oriented jobs like social worker or teacher. You have to stand at the front of the room to be a teacher. And you have to meet with people on a one-on-one basis to be a social worker. I’m an anti-social worker! And like I said, the U.S. has zero respect for teachers (considered glorified babysitters) and social workers (considered fake shrinks). I don’t think I could handle either working at a job that I knew my country hated and saw as a waste of money. I’m very sensitive like that. Even though I know it’s wrong, I’m very susceptible to majority consensus and what other people think.

      And 65 million people voted for the guy who has zero respect for anybody other than himself. That’s not an insignificant number. I don’t think I could cope with feeling ostracized for that. It’s bad enough you read on these forums, how people say what a “waste of space” arts/humanities students are, and it makes you really think maybe you are wasting oxygen and should do a favor for the taxpayers… I try not to think about it, but it does hurt. I almost feel like I should go around in public flogging myself or wearing a scarlet “A” (for arts) sewn into my dress!

  • Bitter Scribe

    The next time you read about how Mike Pence is reasonable, adult, sober, experience, a good influence on Trump, etc., just remember that he cast the deciding vote to confirm this useless fool.

    • mailman27

      Pence is:
      1) A radical, fundamentalist Christian, and,
      2) (reportedly), dumb as a stump.

      • SeeTrain65

        He’s good at talking fast, making ridiculously ignorant statements that confuse the public, and getting away before anyone recognizes just how stupid he is.

      • also: going down.

  • Ferroequinologist Ron

    Perhaps my grandchildren (if I ever have grandchildren) will see the US become a first-world country again. But I doubt it.

    • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

      I’m so thankful that my only grandchildren are puppies. My youngest is still in college though so the financial aid stuff hurts. Fucking assholes!

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    This is just awful. And even if it did pass the lawsuits would be endless.

  • Justme

    Well, the dream that I’d someday not have student loans was nice while it lasted.

  • norcalOG

    Those chest beating for vouchers to go to religious schools have no clue. Most believe such vouchers will be limited to Christian schools, which is bad enough. And, don’t think for there won’t be nonsense like Christian basketball academies where sport and Jesus so conveniently coincide.
    Given the larceny always present in many religious (and pseudo religious) communities , how long will it take ( ok, not very) for non Christians with dollar signs to open the Bin Laden Institute for Islamic Advancement( with specialized training in jihadist theory and application technique) ?
    Hey, Betsy, how much do we get for bringing our students closer to God?

    • Lefty Wright

      One of the bigliest users of vouchers in North Carolina is Muslim school. Not that they are mini bin Laden academies. In fact, they are so big that they have many more reporting requirements than the christian schools with 20 or 30 kids, so they are more accountable. But it most likely does frost the asses of many conservatives in the state. They just cannot figure out a way to stop it.

      • H0mer0

        Good on them!

    • Three Finger Salute

      Let’s hear it for Tom Cruise opening up his own taxpayer funded Scientology School of Mental Health.

  • Sneezy

    Government-funded education at for-profit schools was such a success at the post-secondary level (you know, Corinthian and Trump U) that it is almost certain to be an equivalent success for kids!

    • Three Finger Salute

      Oh, is that why he mentioned the “two Corinthians”? The main campus and the satellite one?

  • The principal/owner of Billy Ray Jim Bob’s Real Pit BBQ and Evangelical Academy is weeping tears of joy right now.

    • Keith Taylor

      Kids, it is a scientific religious fact that God smites insubordinate wimmin and lebeneses, uh, lesbians, with leprosy, so don’t listen to feminists or have anything to do with them, and evolution was never a theory, Darwin didn’t exist but Adam and Eve did, and Armageddon and the Rapture is next Friday. Amen. You are now educated.

      • I’m sorry…but I think you meant to say, “You is educated.”

        • Keith Taylor

          I did too. But you made a mistake of your own. It’s, “You is now eddicated.”
          And at this point my power to be facetious goes for a walk … as I think of that ignorant unprincipled oaf who seems to list among his main five desires, the wish to make and keep everybody as ignorant as he is himself …

          • Christine Gray

            Ejikated.

    • SeeTrain65

      Mrs. Grace L. Ferguson missed her biggest chance.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DR5auN1QSp0

  • Lefty Wright

    Just remember, we had a chance to get a liberal bench in the Supreme Court and add over a hundred more liberals to the federal judiciary. That way, we may have had a chance to clip the wings of the Zellman v Simmons-Harris decision that basically said that if the state gives parents money in the form of a voucher that can only be used for a private school, then the parent gives it to a religious school, it is way different than the government funding a religious school. Sort of like if Russia uses money from crime rings or from circumventing sanctions against Russia to purchase an estate owned by Trump in Florida for twice what he paid for it a few months earlier, then the money Trump got is not tainted because it was from the sale of property, not corruption. He can deposit it and do whatever he wants to with it legally. Otherwise known as money laundering. Which in my opinion is exactly what the Supreme Court allowed in order to circumvent the first amendment ban against public support of religion.

    Unfortunately, Hillary did not have the proper credentials for some people on the left. Who consistently refused to consider that if she was not elected, we would be facing exactly what we have now under Trump. A disaster for individual rights, the environment, for health insurance, for a stronger, more respected America, for a fairer tax and many more improvements for the average person on the street.

    • thank you. thank you so fucking much for reminding me that half my actor friends are idiots who didn’t vote (or maybe they DID but not the right way?).

      so. what now?

      what are we doing?

  • Up In Smoke O’hontas

    NPR actually did a pretty good journamalism on how well this has worked over the last couple decades in Milwaukee. Hint: it has not worked well for anyone interested in education. OTOH, it has worked swimmingly for the bank accounts of grifty McChristianist grifters.

  • Dudleydidwrong

    Jesus fucking Christ! Get out the goddamn banhammer, Doc, because I may make mayhem look like play doh time in kindergarten. Assuming public schools can afford play doh.

    I hope that Russian hooker pee is like the drool from that Alien creature.

  • Sakonyachen

    And this is bound to hit the rural areas as hard as the most destitute inner cities. Have fun asking Jesus to teach your child how not to be a parent at 13.

  • Scooby

    In a normal world giving tax money to a religious organization would violate the 1st Amendment.

    • Three Finger Salute

      We send trillions to brutal theocratic governments like Saudi Arabia and the ethnonationalist apartheid state of Israel every year. That whole separation of church and state thing was redefined as godless communism during the Cold War paranoia era.

  • Greyhame

    Oh that’s exactly what society needs right now, more fragmentation into insulated bubbles, particularly for children in various developmental stages. Just imagine what type of kids a new wave of “schools” such as The Breitbart Academy for Gifted Frogs would be unleashing upon the world under this plan.

  • “Washington has been in the driver’s seat for over 50 years with very little to show for its efforts.”

    Oh, this is fucking rich. The Department of Education was founded in 37 years ago…not 50. Math much, Betsy?

    • Lies Republicans tell themselves.

    • Carole

      She’s about as good at math as Ann Coulter, who thinks we have more than 4 grandparents and that 15=14.

  • Goposaur

    Growing up I was taught that it is unacceptable to strike down such craven selfish evilness.

    Sometimes, I wish my parents didn’t do such a good job instilling that level of restraint.

  • Celtic_Gnome

    So glad to see you brought it back to Trumpcare at the end, because it’s the same damned song and dance. Trumpcare is designed to provide huge tax cuts to the wealthy, not health care to the American people. The Department of Education under DeVos isn’t designed to improve the educations we give our children. Its purpose is to provide government funding for private school tuition for the rich, who were going to send their kids there anyway but don’t want to have to pay for it themselves.

  • Jeffrey Ehrlich, M.D.

    We just have to survive until the midterms. Hopefully a majority will have see through the absurdity of “Make America Great Again!” by then, and we can regain control of Congress. There are certain things which are done better, and more efficiently by government. Defense is one, and two others are education and health care.

    • mfp

      …infrastructure…transportation…criminal incarceration…mental healthcare

      most things are done better by govt, and what isnt, is made better by close govt oversight and regulation

      • Jeffrey Ehrlich, M.D.

        Infrastructure such as roads and bridges is financed by government but it is built by private companies. Power transmission lines are owned by utilities. One could debate whether or not the government would do a better job. Mental healthcare is healthcare. Period. It is antiquated to think it should be treated differently. You are absolutely right about incarceration. I never meant for my post to be all inclusive.

  • Zyxomma

    Dok, I always read every word. This time, I. Just. Can’t. I started getting nauseated. How big was her contribution to Trump’s campaign?

  • Moar Wordz

    DaVos : ” The unmaking of American Education, My Ph.Dumb thesis. ”

  • america needs a middle class

    that is all

  • Carole

    The man in the White House who just don’t care
    He starves little kids and he dyes his hair
    Now what could make him think that way?
    What could make him act that way?
    He’s just a right-wing pigeon from outer space
    Sent here to destroy the human race
    He don’t give a damn about you or me
    He just buys guns and watches TV.
    -The Dead Milkmen

    • Three Finger Salute

      The funny thing is, I’m betting that song was written about Reagan. Just like Don Henley’s “End of the Innocence” mentions “the tired old man they elected king” — this was back in 1987, but applies just as well to the dementia-laden TV personality in the WH today.

      • Carole

        It was absolutely about Reagan. It’s funny/sad how well it fits Trump, too.

  • Jo Mathie
  • Three Finger Salute

    You asshole. Why would you cut vocational education rather than support it even more so? I’m of the opinion that every school should be a trade school. I don’t know why they got rid of shop class and home ec, but I would have loved to learn cooking and auto repair so that I could have the skills to get a real job instead of wasting a dime on my university education that’s gotten me nowhere. Sadly, I don’t have the caliber to do a science-based degree, so I got a worthless BA in History that’s good for little else than toilet paper. Biggest mistake of my life.

    Sure, what I studied at state U was interesting, but “interesting” doesn’t pay the bills or get you ahead in the world. On top of that, companies now have software that automatically filters out certain keywords and phrases into the junk folder, not just “ethnic names” (as has been well-studied), but female-sounding ones and liberal-arts degrees that don’t really translate to good-paying jobs in the industries of tomorrow.

    Count me in as one of the numerous millennials in debt who can’t find a job to pay it off, and who’s beginning to think college is a racket and a waste of money for anyone other than engineers. The bachelor’s is the new high school diploma, so does that mean the Master’s is the new bachelor’s? How soon before you’ll need to get a PhD for an entry-level secretarial position?

    How did we get to this point? Why could you get an adequate-paying job with a bachelor’s in ANYTHING 30 years ago, but are now consigned to the low-rung menial wage jobs (or outright permanent unemployment) studying anything else but STEM? We need to be investing publicly in voc-ed, not cutting funding for it!

  • Begin Anew Day

    ““Washington has been in the driver’s seat for over 50 years with very little to show for its efforts.”

    Except for the Space Program, The Human Genome Project, environmental science indicating global warming, participation in CERN, vaccinations, cancer research, and some minor improvements to digital technology and this thing called the internet.

    Barrack Obama talked about directing our energy towards eradicating cancer.

    Donnie talked about how wonderful it was that we invented the light bulb and spandex leotards for women.

    ****Sigh****

  • uniquename72

    Teachers had decades to prevent this by pushing for evidence-based reforms to bring us into the *20th* century (that is, a more European-style system with far superior outcomes) and ditch our 19th-century “education” practices.

    Instead teachers unions have fought for decades to keep everything the same, except teachers’ pay (which I also support raising, along with the teacher education requirements and incentives).

    When you allow such an important piece of our future to remain both stagnant and terrible, sooner or later some asshole is going to come along and force an agenda.

    My question is this: Where the hell was Obama with all this (and so many other important issues)? He got Obamacare, and then slept for 6 years. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the Keystone Pipeline and the water in Flint. And student loan interest rates. And infrastructure, which he started strong and then abandoned.

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