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Remember when Barack Obama ruined a perfectly good scam by cracking down on for-profit colleges? Under Obama’s Department of Education, “schools” that had become remarkably adept at transferring federal grants and student loans from taxpayers to their bottom line, with only minimal money wasted on “educating” their “students,” suddenly found themselves being held accountable and treated like the huge scams they were? Several of the worst offenders were forced to prove they actually provided some sort of educational benefit to students — usually poorer, less able to succeed in education, and far more veteran-y than students who chose community colleges. Unable to do so, they went out of business, and the government set up a loan forgiveness program for students who’d been ripped off. Well! You can count on the guy responsible for Trump “University” to cut some slack for his fellow grifters in the fake-school business. Secretary of “Education” Betsy DeVos announced Wednesday that she would put on hold two rules aimed at reining in predatory practices and helping victims of scam colleges, so the rules can be rewritten to protect for-profit colleges from Big Government Overreach. She just wants to make sure everyone gets a fair shake: both the students who were ripped off, and the schools that ripped them off.

The Education Department will set up committees to draft new rules governing “Borrower Defense to Repaying” (BDR), which forgave loans to students defrauded by schools that used illegal or deceptive recruiting schemes, and “Gainful Employment” (GE), which required institutions to demonstrate their graduates had some probability of getting a job in the field they paid through the nose to train in. Schools that saddled students with excessive debt and inadequate job prospects faced being kicked out of the federal student loan program altogether. For-profit colleges make up 98% of institutions facing punitive action for not meeting gainful employment numbers.

The gainful employment rules have partly gone into effect, while the BDR rule was supposed to start July 1. The Education Department will still process applications for loan forgiveness while the new rules are formulated.

DeVos certainly tried to make it sound as if she was simply cleaning up a big ol’ mess created by that regulation-mad socialist Barack Obama:

“Fraud, especially fraud committed by a school, is simply unacceptable. Unfortunately, last year’s rulemaking effort missed an opportunity to get it right. The result is a muddled process that’s unfair to students and schools, and puts taxpayers on the hook for significant costs. It’s time to take a step back and make sure these rules achieve their purpose: helping harmed students. It’s time for a regulatory reset. It is the Department’s aim, and this Administration’s commitment, to protect students from predatory practices while also providing clear, fair and balanced rules for colleges and universities to follow.”

Translation: Why should we bail out people who were stupid enough to be taken in by scammers? And why should scammers have to be held accountable, when they were turning a good profit? And in fact, the Obama rules were designed to reduce taxpayer liability for forgiven loans by requiring the scammy schools to eat much of the cost of those loans.

Apart from toasts being raised in boardrooms of companies that own for-profit schools (but not in their recruitment boiler-rooms, where anyone caught removing their headset is whipped), it appears there weren’t a lot of fans of the move. Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen called DeVos’s announcement “a craven attempt to avoid the agency’s legal obligation” to protect students’ interests by enforcing the rules. In a statement, the group said the rule change could also roll back an Obama rule banning schools from forcing students into arbitration over disputes, which usually (huh!) ended up deciding in the schools’ favor.

The American Federation of Teachers also condemned DeVos for siding with the bad guys:

The Trump administration’s actions today show that the White House stands with predatory for-profit schools, not the students they rip off. About the only thing worse than ripping off students with worthless degrees from for-profit colleges is denying them help to relieve their substantial debt, and allowing the schools to continue to prey on students. Given that for-profit colleges were big donors to Trump and other Republican candidates, one wonders whether this is simply a new pay-to-play scheme at the expense of our students, including our veterans, who are much helped by the rules Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants to eliminate.

Now we’re just waiting for Sean Hannity to accuse the AFT of encouraging violence against Trump, DeVos, and scammy colleges.

Democratic Senators Patty Murray and Elizabeth Warren argued that, since the Obama rules had been negotiated with representatives of for-profit colleges, the unilateral rule change simply wasn’t kosher, since it ignores the process of setting rules with public and stakeholder input, giving an unfair advantage to an industry that had already agreed to the stricter rules.

“I am extremely disappointed that Secretary DeVos has decided, once again, to side with special interests and predatory for-profit colleges instead of students and borrowers,” Ms. Murray said in a statement.

Oh, and there’s one other bigtime critic who weighed in on DeVos’s decision yesterday: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who made an announcement on her official Twitter account:

That oughta learn the bastards.

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  • MynameisBlarney
    • Stulexington

      It’s only been half a year, he needs time to get used to his new job. I mean what do you expect from an incompetent no nothing failure who’s never had to work with anyone else and never had to follow laws or rules or codes of conduct. Frankly I’m upset at all the mean liberals giving poor Trump a hard time, he’s doing the best he can!

      • schmannity

        A couple of years, a tripling of hubris, and quadrupling of arrogance and those numbers will be historic, a landslide.

      • folderol

        YOU’RE WRONG! He has to do what the Russian oligarchs say or they’ll cut off the laundered money tap and no more 20% off the top for him!

    • MrTusks

      Constantly comparing Trump to a child is disrespectful to children.

      • FlownΩver

        Well, except for Damien.

  • bookish
  • eka

    anyone keep track of the lawsuits? the number must be yuge, biggest ever.

    • Nounverb911

      AOT,K(squared).

  • vivian

    It’s like DJT has access to this entire network of Extremely Stupid People…
    I guess this is one of the flowers of the internet…
    Extremely Stupid Peoples of the World Unite!

  • Crystalclear12

    Well, that harshed my buzz.

  • Oblios_Cap

    Trump is certainly responsible for putting a lot of lawyers to work.

    Coal miners, not so much.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    Welcome to the University of Phoenix’s Applied Economics Course. By signing up for this class, you have already failed. That is all.

    • God Emperor Emeritus

      You will, however, receive a completely useless certificate after paying 5 years of tuition.

  • William Cook

    As a wee Canadian watching American TV, I conflated ITT with MIT for an embarassingly long time.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Did watching our TV make you lose IQ points?

      • William Cook

        Not more than watching any other TV. Then I was mostly about the Discovery channel back when it was good, and similar.

        • Sally

          Oh you mean when NASA ran Discovery and History and not the RW who thinks “Naked and whatever’ is good TV.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      I suspect IIT (Illinois Institute of Technology) really does worry about that.

      • Carole

        That’s just what I was thinking. IIT is actually a good school.

  • Snopes Shop
  • Latverian Diplomat

    Can the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative go back to calling itself Trump University now?

  • Explody Brain

    At this point, I’m convinced I could start a charity called, “Use Profits for Abortions!” and DeVos would fund it because she can’t see past the giant lady boner she gets whenever someone mentions profit.

  • Snopes Shop

    I’m lawyering up and suing everyone

    • Carole

      As we used to say in Torts, “circle the nouns and sue everybody.”

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    There doesn’t seem to be a scam or grift that Trump and his cronies won’t go all in on. Remember when part of the job of government was to try to PROTECT the naive and vulnerable? Good times…

  • Ryan Denniston

    “The result is a muddled process that’s unfair to students and schools,
    and puts taxpayers on the hook for significant costs. It’s time to take a
    step back and make sure these rules achieve their purpose: helping
    harmed students.”

    Our administration is first and foremost here to promote the freedom to choose. We want prospective students who choose to be marks to have that choice available, not have that choice ripped away by a tyrannical Federal government. [Also something something throatcramming]

  • memzilla Ω

    This is the equivalent of Yellowstone National Park taking down the Bear Warnings and requiring visitors to slather themselves with honey-flavored BBQ sauce.

    • Nounverb911

      I saw that on “Stupid Tourist Tricks” once.

    • Sally

      Never fear. When Trump signs over Yellowstone to Exxon, the boys will be hosting $10,000 hunting trips to take care of those bears. And elk, wolves, eagles, and whatever else once lived in the grand park.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Unless they decided to drill first for all the sweet, sweet fossil fuels and natural gas. That big blowey-up thing under there would really like that. Estimated it would take out most of North America if it blowed.

  • Carole

    Go get ’em, Maura.

  • fawkedifiknow

    “That oughta learn the bastards.”

    Is our bastards learning?

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “Rules are hard and confusing. There’s no place for rules in education. Just to be safe, I am also banning rulers.”
    — Betsy DeVos

    • Nounverb911

      Bill O’Reilly grades K-12 wishes you were around while he was in Catholic school.

    • data_ninja

      “Measure once, cut public school funding twice”

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “Around here, we like to think of our students as grist for the diploma mill.”

    • wait! what?

      Cut off the last 4 words…

  • Republicans aren’t for small government, they’re for government large enough to make sure money is funneled into the coffers of the moneyed class without anyone being held accountable for theft, fraud, and deception.

    Fuck ’em at the ballot box next year.

    • Nockular cavity

      ^^Fucking THAT.

  • canes_pugnaces

    Meanwhile here in NYC, Trump has appointed his son’s wedding planner, Lynne Patton, to head NY HUD. Patton is, in the finest Trump tradition, a serial liar who has zero housing experience and claims a law degree she never earned. Perfect.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      I.e., perfect resume’ for a high level position in the Trump administration.

      • Sally

        He hasn’t hired anyone with more working brain cells than he has.

    • arglebargle

      It’s okay. It says “Yale University” right there on here LinkedIn profile.

  • calliecallie

    This whole administration feels more and more feudal. Apprenticeships for teens, college students so burdened with debt they can never get ahead, no health care, no increase in the minimum wage. They just want us serfs and vassals to doff our caps, then out our heads down and get back to work.
    Let’s hope this feudal administration’s efforts are also futile.

    • data_ninja

      That’s why they are so big on property laws, because they want feudalism to make a comeback. Also too, the recent chant if “people who rent shouldn’t be allowed to vote, only land owners!”

      • Sally

        Which means unless my name is on the deed to the house, I cannot vote. How many women are NOT listed as property owners, do you think?

      • MizzMazz

        Yeah, the problem with that is that renters DO pay property taxes, in the form of rent hikes, and while my rent is current, this IS my property.

  • Proud Liberal

    Three words.

    Elections. Have. Consequences.

    • Darlene Underdahl

      People, if you have some bitches in your family that always vote Republican, don’t help them with anything, no matter how much they whine. You have my permission.

    • folderol

      So do erections, kids. So do erections.

      • Sally

        Only for women.

  • baconzgood

    For profit education should be illegal.

    • vivian

      and healthcare
      and insurance

    • Oblios_Cap

      For profit bacon, too.

      • FlemmishSpy

        It’s all about big pig, man.

    • MrTusks

      My old private high school charges $22k per year now, and they’re still asking me for donations. Where the frig is that tuition money going?

      • marxalot

        Up someone’s nose?

      • Querolous

        Lawsuits?

  • bookish

    http://nbcnews.to/2sFV7mg

    If all goes according to the GOP plan, Republicans in Congress will send sweeping healthcare legislation that could affect coverage, cost and treatment for tens of millions of Americans to President Donald Trump’s desk before August. The House has already passed a bill and the Senate hopes to hold a vote on its own version as early as this month.

    It’s the home stretch for arguably the most important legislation in Congress since the Affordable Care Act.

    “This is not a drill, this is a red alert,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said in a floor speech this week. “In a very short time, maybe only two weeks, the Republican majority may try to jam through a health care bill that no one in America has seen.”

  • arglebargle

    Oh goodie. I’ve had a difficult time discerning what institution of higher learning to attend since the late night infomercials commercials went away.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “Wow even bother educating these people…with Trumpcare, in a few years they’ll be dead anyway.”
    — Betsy DeVos

  • OrG

    Pro tip: a community college is always better than a “school” that advertises on let’s make a deal.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      Or one that is set up in the strip mall between the nail salon and the head shop.

  • Belasaurius

    as a college instructor, I hate the for-profit school and would like to take a pair of pliers and [REDACTED] while holding their [REDACTED].

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      and [REDACTED] them in the [REDACTED] with sharp, pointy, steel toed votes.

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    It is the Department’s aim, and this Administration’s commitment, to protect students from predatory practices while also providing clear, fair and balanced rules for colleges and universities to follow.

    Fair and balanced from the scammer’s viewpoint, natch.

    • Indivisible Snark Tank

      I assumed they meant “Fair and Balanced” in the Fox News sense. Which means “Neither Fair Nor Balanced”.

    • Sally

      “Colleges and Universities?” That makes it sound like public colleges and universities are to blame here. I’m sure that’s exactly what she meant too. But good old Liberty U, and Calvin College, and the rest of the for-profit religious schools are just fine.

      • marxalot

        Public and private non-scammy colleges are to blame, for existing. If it weren’t for those meddling counterexamples, the field would be completely clear for the grifters!

  • Mavenmaven

    I think I like the cut of Maura Healey’s jib. Warren/Harris/Healey/Gillibrand save us!

  • memzilla Ω
  • ManchuCandidate

    Shouldn’t she be known as Betsy DeVry?

  • folderol

    I gots my edjumacation at TITITT, and it ain’t ever hrt me none. Ifound plenty work as debt colekter hairassing my formr clasmats. Swete!

  • Proud Liberal
    • wait! what?

      Golf claps aren’t applause, Kellyanne…

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “We support neither explosions nor applause, as neither of these is possible in 140 character text message.”
      — Twitter

    • jesterpunk

      Look Kellyanne, I hear from republicans that any shooting death is worth it for people with no training to carry guns to get a sandwich.

    • Steve Cole

      Only half?

    • Well, the MRAs and the rest of the deplorables would definitely be cheering, as you are a woman and therefore “asking for it” by existing.

    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      Sorry Kelleyanne, if you died your replacement would be lieing about your death on twitter before your corpse was cold.

    • folderol

      With votes, you mean.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      No, no we would not. Because while you are a vile and vicious woman who deserves to be pilloried and have rotten vegetables pelted at you until the end of time, we do not want you dead. That’s the easy way out.

  • Les Appentis De la résistance

    Documented Communist front group, American Federation of Teachers, …

    FIFY.

  • schmannity

    Take that, Mexican (American) judges!

  • anwisok
    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      What kind of creature is the wee white thing with the very big ears?

      • marxalot

        I think that’s a fox of some variety

      • anwisok

        That would be a Fennec Fox.

  • Michael Smith

    And these are the policies that conservatives on the internet have confirmed their willingness to start a civil war to defend.

    • Proud Liberal

      I really don’t think these people know what they want.

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    I saw a documentary once on these Grift University. There was one Hispanic woman who got duped…she was really motivated to become a nurse to try to lift herself and her child out of poverty. She said the the “pediatric rotation” at the U. of Phoenix was sitting around a child day care center for the afternoon. I think they spent a day at an urgent care facility for the “emergency medicine” rotation. The good news is that this woman finally cut her losses, worked about five jobs to go to real nursing school, and got a real degree.

    • Proud Liberal

      For profit colleges, just like for profit prisons, should be against the law. They are there to make money no matter who gets hurt.

      • ariel_gee_398

        And for-profit healthcare institutions, while we’re at it.

        • Sally

          Are you kidding? The whole “run government like a business” meme of the GOP is about making a profit-from our tax dollars. The fact that their ‘profit’ hurts people is immaterial.

      • snigsy

        They are there to make money from misery.

    • Anna Elizabeth Tank Grrl

      In the mid-90s, I worked in Hotel Housekeeping. We had one woman, she was sweet and kind but somewhat dysfunctional, she would take naps instead of changing sheets, stuffs like that. She went to U. of P. to learn Accounting, and went there for so long that the Feds actually came to see why she hadn’t graduated or been placed as an Accountant despite All the Grants and Loan moneys.

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        The woman I referenced in the doc amassed a staggering amount of debt in a very short amount of time. She was astute enough to realize she was being scammed…there are others who see the grants and loans as something of a free ride…until it isn’t.

      • Miss Dill

        Omg, at first I thought you meant University of Pennsylvania and thought WHAT? Then I remembered The Donald allegedly graduated from Wharton with a degree in Economics- but at least his family had the $$$ to pay for that alleged degree. Poor housekeepers don’t get to coast through schools like UP.

        • Anna Elizabeth

          Yeah, U of Phoenix. They had a branch in a strip mall just down the road from our hotel.

  • bookish

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/06/16/daily-202-prospect-of-trump-firing-mueller-keeps-becoming-more-untenable/5942f946e9b69b2fb981dd36/?utm_term=.246327e89e5c

    THE BIG IDEA: If Donald Trump thought he could intimidate Bob Mueller, he thought wrong.

    A person who spoke with Trump on Tuesday told the New York Times that the president was pleased by the intentional ambiguity of his position on firing Robert S. Mueller as special counsel, “and thinks the possibility of being fired will focus the veteran prosecutor on delivering what the president desires most: a blanket public exoneration.”

    If the president truly believes this, he fundamentally misunderstands what motivates the former FBI director – who has stood up to previous administrations and never swayed under political pressure.

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      … a blanket public exoneration

      Good fucking luck with that, Donnie Two Scoops.

    • Sally

      Good, let Trump smirk. Right into court and then prison.

    • So he is admitting it was a threat in an attempt to…obstruct justice?
      Jesus this guy

  • Proud Liberal
    • jesterpunk

      Because Obama was for it.

      • Darlene Underdahl

        It really is that simple.

  • Indiepalin

    The University of Phoenix has decided to model its athletics program after University of Louisville.

    • God Emperor Emeritus

      Honestly, that seems like a little too much effort and coordination for them.

  • Anna Rompage

    It’s really a shame the presidential elections didn’t take play a year sooner, then the Donad could have got out of paying the $25 million settlement to the students he defrauded at his own university…

    • wait! what?

      Just wait; it’ll probably be retroactive.

      • Sally

        I’m sure it was part of DeVos’ loyalty pledge to her King.

  • Me not sure

    A new golden age of American higher education is just over the horizon. Also a new golden age of American legal actions.

    • weejee

      Moar like age of golden showers. Pee-h-D.

  • Indiepalin

    She collaborating on Bill O’Reilly’s new book, Killing Satan.

    • Sally

      Someone killed Trump’s advisors?

    • marxalot

      Get thee behind me, Stan.

  • Proud Liberal
    • Anna Elizabeth Tank Grrl
    • OddMan

      I saw that tweet this am and thought, that stupid fucker has really stepped in it, again.
      He loves his twitter, just bragged again about how many followers he has, and tweeting will ultimately bring him down.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Next in line to fire Mueller is AAG Rachel Brand. She’s described as conservative GOP, but that shouldn’t make anyone automatically quake in their shoes. A lot of conservative Republican women were pretty unhappy with the level of sexist attacks against Hillary by the Trump campaign as well as the level of sexism that has marked the entirety of Donald Trump’s adult life.

  • Raan

    In ITT’s defense (at least the Tampa campus), they did tend to hire instructors who knew what they were talking about.

    The Career Services department can go eat the rotten asshole out of a dead llama for all I care, though.

    • MrTusks

      To be honest, the career services departments of most colleges tend to suck. Even my law school did nothing but give me a list of alumni to cold-call.

      • alpacapunchbowl

        “Career services”, “guidance counselors”, fucking useless.

        • Celtic_Gnome

          When I was in high school, the guidance counselor was just someone who sat in some small office in an unused corner of the school that no one ever went to for any reason.

          • Zyxomma

            We got sent there one by one after the nationwide aptitude tests. The guidance counselor said, “What do you want to do?” I asked, “Where are my strengths?” The answer I got was “Your lowest score was in the 96th percentile (spatial), and your language skills are 100th percentile. Do whatever you want.” I dropped out.

    • Steve Cole

      Not picking a fight, but the instructors are only one element of the matrix. I have literally seen managers throw resumes immediately in the trash from places like ITT, DeVry, Phoenix, etc. One told me: “I already know this one is poorly educated and does not make smart choices”. College (among other things) is an investment, and places like ITT piss on your dreams and charge monster fees for the irrigation service.

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      eat the rotten asshole out of a dead llama

      That’s actually Trump’s new SNAP program.

  • Steve Cole

    Me hates these “colleges” w/deep passion, both as a vet and and as the 1st person in my family to turn the tassel. Speaking only for myself, but younger me not understand the different between “Grifters College” and a state institution. Nobody explain the fee structures, nobody explain that “Grifters College” is not respected and will not offer the career options you wish. Only “Grifters College” was asking me to sign up. Of course, I understand the game a little better now, but I freely admit I was lucky to have been stubborn. These diploma mills need to be sued out of existence.

    • VirginiaLady

      If the courses they offer have credits that won’t transfer to a preschool, RUN!

  • bookish
  • Résistance Land Shark Ω
    • Predisenting Ron

      Hank’s getting a brolly-bunny-level workout lately.

  • Résistance Land Shark Ω

    GOP: Our Policy Statement
    All progress enacted by that nice black fella who used to live in the White House MUST BE REPEALED because reasons.

    • Bill D. Burger

      And just today, they’ve announced an immediate rollback of policies, heartily endorsed by corporate America, put in place by the Obama administration to develop a new relationship with Cuba.
      It was good for America, American business, for international relationships and for Cuba. But Obama wanted it; it had to be scrapped.

      • HooverVilles

        Really really bigly sad snd infuriating.

      • Zyxomma

        Cuba’s beautiful. Florida’s chock full of Trump. Ergo, Cuba must die.

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    OT: Verdict in the Michelle Carter “texting suicide” case. Judge says her actions constituted “wanton and reckless conduct”, finds her guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

    Sentencing scheduled for August 3. She is free on bail pending hearing. Maximum sentence is 20 years in prison.

    • Snopes Shop

      But no consensus on Cosby rape case

      • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

        Carter asked for a bench trial – no jury.

  • MynameisBlarney
  • TJ Barke

    Republican governance: Dedicated to finding new and innovative ways of letting corporations bleed you dry.

    • Rick Hill

      Paraphrase: “What’s our money doing in your bank account?”

  • OddMan

    Fuck, I am really tired of having to RANT, dammit!
    I just don’t have it in me today, I fucking can’t believe the craven callous greed that this administration is full of. Hell the entire swinish GOP would sell their own children’s future for a goddamned dime.
    Fucking bastards.

    • alpacapunchbowl

      Not *their* children. Just everyone else’s.

      • Predisenting Ron

        Nah, pretty sure if the offer was good enough they’d sell off their own progeny. Kids are replaceable, right?

        • alpacapunchbowl

          Sigh. You’re probably right.

        • Job seemed to think so

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      The congress feels it is safe to open Pandora’s Box. Now that it is open, all the hopes and dreams of the craven, self-centered, greedy legislators are out in the open, and being enacted as law.

      My fear that this denigration of the citizens of the US would have real, lethal consequences has come to pass. Shooting Congressmen at a baseball game is now a “new normal.”

      For those oldes like me … I can remember hearing about the assassinations of MLK, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy. Those memories from my very early youth are burned into my psyche. America is now firmly on that path once again.

      • OddMan

        I remember exactly where I was when I heard JFK was shot, I was at school out on field behind the basketball courts and some kid runs up and yells they shot the president in Denver. He had gotten the city wrong. The school immediately called us all in and told us to go home for the day. I told my dad and he started crying.
        Dammit.

        • yyyaz

          There was one craven little shit in my schoolyard who started cheering when the news came in. I still remember his name.

          • Résistance Land Shark Ω

            Was his name Reince Preibus per chance?

        • HooverVilles

          I remember too. Our teacher got an urgent message, stopped class, left and returned a few minutes later with a TV and turned it on to CBS. We history unfold with Cronkite.

      • Zyxomma

        I’m a little older. JFK was assassinated when I was nine. Fourth grade. They put the announcement on the classroom intercoms. I got really angry at two of my classmates, who put their fingers under their eyes and said “we’re holding back the tears” while I was crying for real. We were all sent home from school, and all saw the days-long TV coverage.

        The first real portrait I ever drew was of JFK. I made white tissue flowers (no glue, I liked pipe cleaners) and sold them at a table outside a shopping center, and sent the money to Jackie’s Arlington memorial fund, which IIRC paid for the Eternal Flame. She sent me a thank you card; it’s still in my mother’s strongbox (elder sister has the box). The only thing harder was burying my dad when I was 13.

    • That is their plan. To bury us in so much outrage and bullshit and craven acts of cruelty that we burn out and splinter into groups of “I can only care about A anymore”

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Not their children, everyone else’s children. That’s why are working so hard to syphon off public education money for vouchers…

      • Celtic_Gnome

        True. The offspring of the Master Race can’t be allowed to fraternize with the minions. They might develop sympathy for them.

  • IdiokraticDrumpfenResistance
  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    I can’t even snark on this shit. This is going to hurt good (if naive) people who just wanted a shot at the American dream. Fuck.

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    This is good news for Trump University.

    • Predisenting Ron

      ‘Get ready to fill your wallets again, boys, we’re back in business!’

  • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

    From The Hill:

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has privately told colleagues that he may have to recuse himself from the special counsel investigation of Russia’s role in the 2016 election, ABC News reported Friday.

    Heehee. This keeps on I’ll be charge of the investigation.

    • alpacapunchbowl

      Between this and that weird memo, what is it that he’s trying to preemptively cover his ass for?
      This afternoon could get very interesting, indeed.

    • OddMan

      So next in line is Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand. Don’t know much about her.

    • Hardly Ideal

      As a poet once said, this is a failure pile in a sadness bowl.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Next in line for that job is a vagina-owner. That could bring out some truly popcorn-worthy tweets if she doesn’t roll over and take it in the ass for Donnie.

  • Shanzgood 22 Days

    WAY OT: An hour ago, my garbage neighbor’s garbage dog escaped and attacked my nice neighbor as she was walking her two miniature whatever-they-are dogs. It took three grown-ass women to rescue them and stop the huge dog from whipping the little ones around like squirrels. Nice neighbor ended up getting bitten on the hand, blood everywhere.

    Garbage neighbor couldn’t even be bothered to stay and see if everyone was ok because she had an *appointment* to go to.

    Nice neighbor is afraid to go to the doctor or take her dogs to the vet because when her OWN DOG nipped her as a puppy and it ended up infected, she went to the doctor and the doctor reported the dog bite (by law, I guess). The cops came to her house and tried to take him but she refused, so they threatened her with court. Eventually, they just put her PUPPY under “house arrest” for 10 days.

    I told her that her own dogs are her priority, not the garbage dog or the neighbor’s feelings. I really hope she takes them to the vet because I don’t want to have to be the one to report the dog bite since they’ll know it was me.

    • TJ Barke

      Stun gun.

      • Predisenting Ron

        To the garbage dogs or the garbage neighbour?

        • TJ Barke

          First one, then the other.

          • I would have gone with a simple yes, but an order of operation is always a good thing

        • sw19covfefe

          Do the stupid animal first.
          Then the dog.

      • OddMan

        A sturdy pop out umbrella can help, you point it at the dog and hit the button, when it pops out it can fool the dog and they stop.

    • MizzMazz

      I live in a very ‘dog friendly’ town, and used to work in one* that was even more ‘dog friendly.’ People take this to mean that they don’t have to have their dogs trained or socialized, and off the leash is just fine for their little darlings.
      Don’t get me wrong, I love dogs, my dad did companion dog training, and taught me much (he also did trick ponies, but that’s another story), and the thing he said that sticks with me is: “You can love your dogs, but never fully trust them. They’re dogs, and will obey their natures first.” Hence leashes and good fences.
      *Carmel-by-the-Sea. I am truly surprised I didn’t see more dog fights than I did while there. I hope nice neighbor and nice neighbor’s dogs get the treatment they need.

      • Shanzgood 22 Days

        Nice neighbor has nicely suggested to garbage neighbors that they take their garbage dog to doggie school because it also tries to attack the little dogs in their own yard through the adjoining fence. Now, apparently, the older dog garbage neighbors have that was fine with other animals before has learned to enjoy attacking them as well – she joined in this morning’s mayhem, too.

        • MizzMazz

          Ya know, I have always said, it’s not the dog, it’s the owners. Once in a while you get a dog who just can’t be taught, so you keep them away from people and other animals, but most can. It takes time and patience, and you have to start them young for best results. Older dog took some cues from younger dog, which is a thing they just do – it’s wired into them. I’m really sorry that Nice Neighbor and you have to put up with irresponsible pet owner.

          • Shanzgood 22 Days

            I’m still torn about whether to report. I don’t think Nice Neighbor is going to be able to take her dogs to the vet to get their injuries tended (they were bitten, too, not just tossed around). She’s a substitute teacher and doesn’t get paid over the summer. Maybe there’s a local vet who can let her do a payment plan. I wish they could just bill the trashy neighbors instead.

          • MizzMazz

            That would be great. Trash Neighbor probably thinks she and her dogs did no wrong though.

          • Shanzgood 22 Days

            I found a local vet who will do a 6mo payment plan for charges over $200. Maybe Nice Neighbor can get Trash Neighbors to help her pay the bill off if she tells them she’ll report that the attack was two strays. Oh, and also under the condition that Trash Neighbor takes BOTH their dogs to reeducation camp.

          • MizzMazz

            Wouldn’t that be nice? I hope it goes well for Nice Neighbor.

    • PersianOregano

      At the very least she needs to see proof of the biter’s vaccination status. Presumably her dogs are vaccinated and therefore not in any particular peril from rabies. My dog was recently jumped by a neighbor’s off leash animal as we walked down the street and my vet was perfectly happy with my assertion that I knew the aggressor’s vaccination status and did not seem to legally require any proof for legal reporting. A bite to a human is another matter. Untreated rabies is 99.9% fatal. That is probably why doctor’s report dog bites. Make sure that animal is vaccinated.

      • Shanzgood 22 Days

        I wouldn’t bet it is. They can’t even be bothered to walk either of their dogs, they’re that lazy.

    • SpideySenser

      My wretched neighbor has an even more wretched beast-dog that weighs about 4lbs, but he hates ankles and goes after everybodies shoes and pant legs. He has bitten a few people. Funny/Not Funny thing is lousy neighbor always tells the person attacked that her dog “doesn’t like your pants” and that’s her standard answer after every incident. If that miserable creature was the size of a Rottweiler it would’ve been euthanized years ago.

      • Shanzgood 21 Days

        See? That’s just another reason to avoid wearing pants.

        • SpideySenser

          HA!

    • Celtic_Gnome

      We took a ferret to an outdoor festival on a leash so he could play around in the grass. A dog not on a leash ran up and scooped him up in his mouth. Dog didn’t get far with him since ferret was on a leash. Ferret was covered in dog slobber and scared shitless (luckily, they have the attention span of a two-year-old).

      Dog owner didn’t see what the big deal was. Dog was just being “playful”.

      • Shanzgood 21 Days

        I’ve been watching this play out all day with the neighbors. I’m worried that Nice Neighbor is just going with whatever the last person she talks to said. I just heard Garbage neighbor gaslight the hell out of her.

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    CNN headline: “Trump confirms it: I’m under investigation”

    Why is this news? Trump practically brags about how he’s been under investigation by the IRS for possible tax fraud (he uses politically correct phrase “under audit”) for years and years.

    • BMW

      And never mentions the time the IRS nailed the Trump Foundation for giving money to Florida AG Pam Bondi’s campaign.

  • Alan

    For-profit education is an oxymoron.

  • Relativicus

    Obviously teachers’ and consumer advocacy groups are still butt hurt that Clinton lost.

    • BMW

      I want someone to tell him “Donald, it’s not so much that we’re mad she lost, we’re really just mad that you won. Because you are terrible.”

  • Predisenting Ron

    When, oh when, will they ever learn? You don’t get rich by stealing from people who have nothing left to steal, you steal from people who already have everything.
    Sheesh.

    • Raan

      They are the ones who already have everything.

      So, insurance fraud?

    • The PBS did a very good bit of investigative journalism, back before they were terrified of their funding measures, about the business of the poor. Took on scammy schools, pay day lenders and those high interest everyone gets a car people.
      It is a multi billion dollar a year industry.
      B. For Billion.
      It might get you more money to rob one rich guy the one time, but it gets you a metric shit ton of money to rob millions of poor people all the time

      • Predisenting Ron

        Good point. Ten bucks from each of a million poors versus ten million from one rich, but the poors are less likely to fight to get it back.

        • Historicat

          Bernie Madoff didn’t go to jail for scamming poor people, neither did R. Allen Stanford. The rich have more money to scam but they also have more money and connections to fight back.

          • Fennec

            Bernie Madoff destroyed several charities and quite a few ppl that went from comfortable to really poor. But I have no doubt that had he not scammed rich people that he’d still be free.

      • Rags

        Yeah it sux that ‘public’ radio and TV hopped into bed with the Koch’s and their ilk. I have been a supporter for decades. Not this year. And I will tell them why.

    • Querolous

      That didn’t work so well for Bernie Madoff.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Yeah. Nobody cares if you steal from people who have nothing left.

      • Zyxomma

        The bank fraudsters made off with 20% of America’s wealth, much of it in real estate. The banks got bailed out at OUR expense. Not one of them — not Jamie Dimon, not any of top management — was criminally charged.

        Madoff is the only one in prison because he didn’t steal from the 99%; he stole from the 1%. And he’s Jewish, of course.

  • VirginiaLady

    Support your local community college FFS!

  • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

    “Trump University 2.0” in 3…2…1…

  • President in Exile Firefly

    Saaaaay, you know who else claimed to be “fair and balanced?”

    • Les Appentis De la résistance

      The hanging judge?

    • sw19covfefe

      A blonde trapeze artist?

    • Doug Langley

      The guy who tightrope walked between the World Trade Towers?

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Evidently Betsy didn’t get the memo. We’re not using that slogan anymore.

    • phoenix00

      Fox News tried that a couple days ago, but I think they were referring to their legs….

  • JoeChristmas

    I graduated Phi Beta Goddamed Kappa from Trump U.

    • phoenix00

      The whole curriculum is Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

  • Jeff Mc Donald

    That nice Ms. Healey lady is so sweet, bless her heart! It’s like she actually believes that she can sue Trump et al and prevail…or that they will be held accountable if she does. Doesn’t she know who is running the courts nowadays? It’s a very good thought though. If she wins, against all odds, we should do something nice for her.

    • what, me worry?

      Trump currently has a terrible track record in court. He’s not winning so much, he’s getting tired of not winning.

      • sw19covfefe

        State legal departments are probably the only immovable behemoths capable of not being worn down by Trumpy’s usual schtick of threats and constant attrition.

    • BillEGoatSmirk

      Maura Healey is our absolutely fearless AG here in MA. (And as I recall, she’s already tangled with some of these for-profit “colleges” on the state level.)
      Suing Trump and his cronies when their policies fuck with MA residents and businesses may very well become her favorite hobby.

  • Red Bird Ω

    I’m going to start a new college called Red Bird Avian University. Our motto will be Credo Fugio.

    • Hardly Ideal

      “Building a Better Tomorr- dude wait is that a piece of bread?”

    • Doug Langley

      That sounds great! Sign me up!

      (Um, do you have a course that tells me what “Credo Fugio” means?)

  • what, me worry?

    I, uhh… didn’t know Elizabeth Banks went to ITT Tech. I guess she didn’t get a job in her ITT Tech field, either.

    • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

      That’s Julie Bowen before she went anorexic, I think.

  • Opiwan

    You may ask yourself, “Why would I go platinum when my eyebrows are still black?” Of course, that would require self-reflection and thought…

  • Celtic_Gnome

    Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) wrote a book about how it’s time all those lazy millenials straighten up, grow up, and get out of their parents’ basement. I haven’t read the book, but i’m guessing he isn’t taking into account the opportunities to grow up this generation doesn’t have because of the crushing college debt they start out grown-up life with.

    • phoenix00

      Don’t you go to school to make your bootstraps?! You learn life skills!

  • ThanksSatan

    I’m pleased that these guys are getting sued into the ground.

  • “It’s time for a regulatory reset.”

    …Back to “none”, I’m going to guess. She’s going with “none”?

  • Ducksworthy

    After years of serving as Chief Fluffer for the for-profit college scams, where is former Congressman John Kline now?

  • phoenix00

    You’re a Trump University student, You’re a Trump University student, everybody’s a Trump University student!!!

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