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Oh, Betsy! Billionaire heiress Betsy DeVos had no actual experience with the American education system before Donald Trump made her Queen of the Schools. But she had written millions of dollars of checks to private educational institutions. And she’d sat on the board of several charities dedicated to replacing teachers unions with Jesus, as the good lord intended. In her role as benevolent patron, Princess Betsy got used to a certain level of deference from the little people. So, she’ll thank those rude Democratic Senators to remember whom they’re talking to! How dare they ask her to justify using public money to fund discriminatory religious institutions! Don’t they know who she is!

Last week, DeVos sat down with a bunch of men’s rights loons to talk about the “epidemic” of false rape allegations. DeVos’s acting deputy for civil rights (!) Candice Jackson told the New York Times that the real victims are those poor boys who find themselves falsely accused of rape.

Investigative processes have not been “fairly balanced between the accusing victim and the accused student,” Ms. Jackson argued, and students have been branded rapists “when the facts just don’t back that up.” In most investigations, she said, there’s “not even an accusation that these accused students overrode the will of a young woman.”

“Rather, the accusations — 90 percent of them — fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk,’ ‘we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right,’” Ms. Jackson said.

In Ms. Jackson’s view, Title IX laws were a cudgel used to make a good boy suicidal “because his life and his future were gone, and he was forever branded a rapist.” She knows in her gut that civil rights investigators were “specifically told to keep looking until you find the violation,” and that’s why those investigations drag out forever. It has nothing whatsoever to do with systemic civil rights violations and the fact that one in four women report being sexually assaulted in college. It’s those damn feminists, just trying to ruin the keggers at Pike!

(Ms. Jackson is amazing at PR! If they ever decide to confirm her IRL instead of just having her be acting head of Civil Rights, that Senate hearing is going to be lit!)

Jackson dropped this particular turd into the middle of a dispute between Betsy DeVos and Democratic senators over DeVos’s plan to gut civil rights protections in education. The Department of Education has already withdrawn guidance instructing schools to let transgender kids use the damn bathroom like everyone else. And on June 6, Jackson sent a memo to Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Regional Directors telling them, “There’s a new sheriff in town, and it’s you!” MORE OR LESS.

Going forward, regional investigators will have almost unlimited discretion to dismiss cases relating to transgender discrimination if they feel like boys aren’t allowed to wear dresses because it makes Jesus cry. Catherine Lhamon, former head of OCR under Obama, pointed out that that’s not how law enforcement works.

That is not an option under the law, and OCR does not have the option to pick and choose the cases it wants to open.

And 34 Democratic senators sent Ol’ Betsy a letter warning her that you don’t get to ignore some laws because your sky God tells you to.

The meaning of Title IX, and the protections afforded students, should not be left to the individual investigative teams and the preferences of Regional Directors. Put plainly, these actions are inconsistent with the OCR’s responsibilities under Title IX and the implementing regulations.

Those rude senators had the unmitigated gall to demand that Betsy DeVos, Princess of Amway, answer a lot of impertinent questions about how she is running Her Parish the Department of Education. Luckily White House Counsel Don McGahn cooked up a memo saying that Democrats can suck it. So Her Majesty will not be sending those peasants any data. But she did send them a letter on July 11 blessing them with bounty from her unending supply of Righteous Indignation.

Upholding America’s civil rights laws is among the most important missions with which the Department is charged; all students must be able to learn in a safe and nurturing environment. Unfortunately, prior to my arrival at the Department, OCR had descended into a pattern of overreaching, of setting out to punish and embarrass institutions, rather than work with them to correct civil rights violations and of ignoring public input prior to issuing new rules.

It was the black guy! He was just out to embarrass those poor rapists!

OCR will no longer ignore its responsibilities to provide notice and the opportunity to provide comments when issuing new rules. The previous Administration too often issued new regulations via administrative fiats using Dear Colleague Letters. Doing so may have been politically expedient, but it deprived the public of meaningful opportunities to provide input.

UH HUH. You just vested unlimited discretionary power in mid-level bureaucrats via an internal memo that only became public because it leaked to the Washington Post. But, please, go on!

Nearly 30 years ago, as a young mother, I saw firsthand the inequities in America’s education system and the resulting consequences for too many students and families.

No, just no! Betsy DeVos had no “firsthand” experience with “America’s education system” because her four kids never attended public school. Some were tutored at home, and some went to private Christian schools where they were taught that lying is a sin. You do not get to lecture anyone about the inequities in the American school system if you used your money to opt out of it. Bitch, please!

Senator Patty Murray has no time for this trifling nonsense. She responded with a brief letter on July 14 reiterating her questions about how DeVos plans to change policy at the Department of Education and reminding her that she really is accountable to the public.

And now it’s all down to the lawyers. Because the only way we find out what these useless sumbitches are up to is when a court to orders them to cough it up or That Idiot tweets about it.

THIS SHIT IS TIRING!

[NYTimes / WaPo / WaPo, again / Murray Letter 6/27/17 / DeVos Letter 7/11/17 / Murray Letter 7/14/17]

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  • JMP

    Poor boys, forever branded a rapist just because they forced someone to have sex with them without their consent. Hey, you know how to avoid being branded a rapist? Don’t rape anyone. Then you’ll never, ever have to worry about being called a rapist, just by following this one weird trick!

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    Why in the world should we think they’ll feel compelled to comply with court orders?

    • Mormos

      GOD IS ABOVE YOUR PUNY COURTS!

  • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta

    Perhaps Extinction will come soon. Let’s hope so.

    • PubOption

      It might happen sooner than you think. There is a link in the comments on the Trump/Healthcare article claiming that Cliven Bundy’s lawyer is trying to get herself appointed to the BLM.

  • Michael Smith

    Trifilingggg good for nothing type of Secretary of Education

    That my terrible Trump Administration parody of Destiny’s Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills.”

    Actually, “bills, bills, bills” could also apply to the healthcare struggle. I knew Beyonce was clairvoyant!

  • schmannity

    This better not interfere with my masters program at Academi, f/k/a Blackwater.

  • Joe Beese

    So the 8th person in the meeting was not a translator but a senior vice president of the real estate firm owned by Trump’s Russian oligarch buddy from the pageant. And in the 90s, this guy laundered $1.4 billion through Citibank for Russian tax evaders and organized crime figures.

    Now he’s cooperating with Mueller.

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

      Of course, he knows he can cut a deal. He sings and the house comes down.

  • Joe Beese
  • Pax Americana Per Ars Smith

    Betsy DeVoss – please kiss the fattest part of my ass!

    • schmannity

      For me, the hairiest.

      • Pax Americana Per Ars Smith

        Six of one…

    • wide_stance_hubby

      Moistest part, please.

      • ahughes798

        Same here. It’s Swamp Ass season in Illinois. So she can kiss the fattest, moistest part of my swamp ass.

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    I know this isn’t about this topic, but Republicans and Trump should get some counseling. Their obsession with repealing Ocare at all costs is becoming a mental issue.

    • JMP

      It’s very important, because the ACA was the biggest accomplishment of the best President the US has had since LBJ, and they absolutely hate him and want to completely destroy his legacy because he dared to be President and do a great job while being black.

      • Suttree

        Which do they hate the most though? His blackness, his great presidenting skills, or because he’s a demo-commie?

        • JMP

          All of them, Katie.

        • Crystalclear12

          Amongst themselves his blackness, of course. But in public demo-commie.

        • shivaskeeper

          demo-commie-homo-muslim-facist, FIFY.

          • ahughes798

            You left out blackity-blackity-black black black.

          • shivaskeeper

            Implied.

        • Mr. Blobfish

          They also hate that Obama will always be more popular than they ever will be.

      • Michael Smith

        Next session they’ll come out looking to repeal and replace the Fair Housing Act.

    • shivaskeeper

      At some point they were going to have to put up or shut up. Since they haven’t shut up, it’s time to put up. They are not used to being held accountable for what they say or do anymore so this is hard for them. It was easy to vote to repeal it 60+ times when there was no chance of Obama signing that into law. There was also no need to come up with a better plan, or any plan at all, while there was no chance of a repeal happening.

      They campaigned on this for years. They have seen some of their former colleagues primaried from further right for not being sufficiently pure. They really, really want to keep their seats and power. Their base has been told over and over again if they had all the reigns of power, then the base could drink libtard tears pretty much nonstop. If the base does not get the wholesale libtard tears, they will remove them from power. They have to do something.

    • Mr. Blobfish

      It was safe because neither Trump nor Republicans thought he would win.

    • Three Finger Salute

      I believe the clinical term is Afrophobia subtype Obama Derangement Syndrome.

    • “M”

      Becoming, you say …?

  • Joe Beese
  • goonemeritus

    It’s not often a public official is brave enough to publicly come out as pro-rapist

    • Three Finger Salute

      Well, Trump is the bigliest supporter of Trump, so that ship sank a long time ago.

    • Incoming Ham

      She’s just supporting the team.

  • “Doing so may have been politically expedient, of meaningful opportunities to provide input. ”

    – Your SECRETARY OF EDUCATION completely butchering the English language!

    • Fivedollarfeminist

      Ummmm, your 5$F had to transcribe this stuff manually. So, prolly the error was on this end. Will fix!

      • jesterpunk

        You sure its a typo? They cant even spell the department she is in charge of.

        https://twitter.com/Hadas_Gold/status/854056811628044288

        • Fivedollarfeminist

          I’m sure that transcribing leaked photocopies of government data is breaking my eyeballs.

          • Beanz&Berryz

            And fingers also too, I bet.

        • ahughes798

          No meanness meant to the kids, but: Look at all those white, shiny faces that are totally representative of the population of public school children! Oops! Looks like a blah child snuck in there, somehow.

      • I’m still going to blame her, if she wasn’t stupid enough to necessitate this article, you couldn’t have made the error!

  • Joe Beese
    • laughingnome

      That’s some major league chutzpa right there.

      • MynameisBlarney

        Bigly!

    • MynameisBlarney

      What a fucking prick.

    • crisptickle

      will he have to justify failure on health care, as everyone agrees it’s better this way?

  • Crystalclear12

    I can’t think of anything witty so:
    Fucking bitch.

    • Vincent Ricola

      Pretty much this.

  • Mormos

    I am the black sheep of my family, who are all devout Mormons. My SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD sister asked me just yesterday why when god created the dinosaurs why didn’t they eat all the people. I just, ugh.

    I told her she should look at Genesis metaphorically (not wanting to go into the history of genesis/exodus being written during the Babylonian captivity and being largely derived from that mythology (Moses being Sargon II and all)) and she looked at me like I was the Devil trying to drag her to hell with flaxen cords.

    I don’t know how to help these people.

    • Joe Beese

      Once you allow that any part of the Bible might be metaphorical – i.e. shit someone made up – then the whole thing collapses.

      You might as well say Jesus was a metaphor too and go back to dancing around the maypole.

      • aureolaborealis

        There are plenty of other stops along the continuum from Jesus to pole-dancing.

      • foreign agitator Captain Kraut

        You mentioned maypoles? I’m down with that.

        But so would anyone who has been fortunate enough to witness a few dozen Swedish ladies gallivanting and dancing around the pole at midsommer, wearing flowers in their hair.

        I can personally attest to the highly functional aspects of this ancient fertility rite.

        • ahughes798

          I went to a straight up commie Maypole thingy when I was younger. It was fun, until the commies started saying that the people who died at Tianenmen Square had it coming. I don’t much like commies.

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      You need to tell her that Adam was the first Jew, not the first human…

      • mackafritz

        Wasn’t Abraham the first Jew?

        • Villago Delenda Est

          He was the first Muslim.

          • Toomush_Inferesistance

            And Brahmin…

    • MynameisBlarney

      Religion poisons everything.

      • calliecallie

        Religion is the ultimate conspiracy theory.

    • OutOfOrbit

      You can’t reverse brain-washing while she is still in the washing machine.

      • Mormos

        She plans on going to BYU Idaho. I just hope she enjoys her life as a stay at home babymaker…

        • OutOfOrbit

          Diffrunt strokes I guess. But I wonder why she needs college to be a breeder/incubator.

          • ahughes798

            “Regular” Mormans put a high value on education, even for women. At least the ones I know do. I went to a couple of their church services, too. All the churches I saw had a gym in them, because they also value physical fitness.

          • Incoming Ham

            You have to spend some money to get a quality Mrs. degree.

            There were women at college who flatly stated that they were there to get an Mrs. degree, drop out, get pregnant. Then what? Who knows. They never seemed to have a story past that point.

            Follow your dream – if that’s it, follow it I guess.

    • Michael Smith

      Well, back in the day, they used to make a thing called Dino-Spray so that when you were outside the dinosaurs wouldn’t come around. Some people would forget and they would get attacked, but usually everyone remembered.

      Plus, you’ve got to remember, dinosaurs are more afraid of us than we are of them. As long as you follow safety guidelines (the Babylonians used to publish an annual journal of how to avoid Dino-Trouble), you generally aren’t going to get attacked by one

      • Les Appentis De la résistance

        In my experience dinosaurs are repelled by beer.

        • PubOption

          Mormons should be repelled by beer, so you are forcing the Mormons and dinosaurs into the same area.

          • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

            No, it’s OK. Dinos are also repelled by the smell of coffee.

            Sorry, what? Oh. Well, that’s a bummer….

          • Fancy Meau-Faux

            I live in Mormon country. Pro-tip: When you invite Mormons to dinner you always have to invite more than one, if you only invite one they will drink all your booze.

    • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta

      http://www.ancienttexts.org/library/mesopotamian/gilgamesh/

      The Epic of Gilgamesh.

      He who has seen everything, I will make known (?) to the lands.
      I will teach (?) about him who experienced all things,
      … alike,
      Anu granted him the totality of knowledge of all.
      He saw the Secret, discovered the Hidden,
      he brought information of (the time) before the Flood.
      He went on a distant journey, pushing himself to exhaustion,
      but then was brought to peace.
      He carved on a stone stela all of his toils,
      and built the wall of Uruk-Haven,

    • Jeffocaster in the West

      They didn’t eat all the people because the 2nd amendment preserved their rights to weapons, especially assault weapons which took down the nasty dinosaurs. They only ate sinners anyway…………

    • shivaskeeper

      Ken Hamm could tell you. Dinosaurs didn’t eat peopel because none of them ate meat until that harlot Eve tricked Adam into eating the apple and allowing sin into the world. Once sin entered the world animals and people started eating meat and causing death. It’s simple really.

      The only way out for anyone trapped in something like this is doubt. Even then it’s a good chance that won;t be enough.

      • Covfefe

        Are you trying to tell us that Adam and Eve were vegans? And you call yourself a Christian?

        • shivaskeeper

          I don’t actually. But that one has been floated around the Apologetics circles for a while. No death before Original Sin. If there was no death, then nothing could have been killed by anything else to be eaten. No scavenging carcasses for meat since there was no death and all.

          Everything was a vegan according to them. They don’t see it that way of course, but it’s an interesting line to try on them next time I run across it as vegans are all libtards.

    • Snark Tank Full of Resistance
      • Incoming Ham

        I love this so much.

      • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

        The dynamite is a great touch!

    • canes_pugnaces

      Did you tell her about the dino park in Hawaii, which is really Kenya, where the Muslim president learned to ride dinosaurs? It’s true.

      • Three Finger Salute

        I thought it was West Kanye. But imma let you finish.

    • keinsignal

      One of my favorite tactics, since so few people seem to be aware of this, is to point out that there are two Creation stories, and they don’t agree on the details. They simply cannot both be true.

      The switch happens at Genesis 2:4 (in most English translations, anyway), and once you see it, it’s not even subtle. The writing changes from poetry to prose, the “seven days” is gone, replaced with a more free-flowing, unstructured narrative, and most significantly, humankind has suddenly been erased from the picture (2:5 “there was not a man to till the
      ground.”) despite having been called into being back in 1:27 (“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created
      he him; male and female created he them.”). The inconsistencies just pile up from there – if, by some chance, you’ve awakened some spark of curiosity in your listener they will hopefully start seeing it for themselves pretty quickly.

      They may find some satisfactory way of reconciling all this with their faith – many have – but for anyone with even a shred of reasoning to their thought process, it blows the idea that the Bible is the “literal word of God” apart like a wad of wet Kleenex wrapped around a stick of dynamite. And this is all on the first page of the damned thing!

      • cmd resistor

        I grew up being taught that literal word of God stuff. Then went to a college once controlled by Baptists but they no longer had total control. We still had to take a Judea Christian heritage class, which was the first time I’d ever been exposed to the idea that different people wrote different parts of the 5 books of Moses. WELL. Once on a break I showed the textbook to my dad, without comment, just so he’d be happy I was getting all this good religion (most of the book was history stuff) and he zeroed in on that heretical stuff and reminded me that Moses wrote all those books, directly dictated by God. Oh well, the damage was done.

        • grindstone

          “Scribal gloss” — that was a chink in my christian armor as well, thank dog. A lot of hands went into writing and tweaking and rewriting that book. There’s even theory that the early parts were polytheistic until a scribe started editing it down to “one god, and only one god”.

          • cmd resistor

            Which only makes sense. I started reading a book that put the New Testament books in the order they were written, with some historical context. I got it from the library when the same author’s book on the 3 or 4 Saint Pauls was unavailable. Apparently there’s a theory that there was a nice Paul, and asshole Paul, and one or 2 others.

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            There may have been more than one, but they were all assholes.
            I visited Ancient Ephesis in Turkey and the story they tell is he was a trouble-making fanatic cultist and was asked to leave town, and not come back.

          • cmd resistor

            That would be one of the Bad Pauls. But someone picked out some writings mixed in that were not asshole-y. I never did read the book, though. The conglomerate guy never impressed me.

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            My friend calls it the “drunk monk syndrome.” Poor monks swilling wine to stay warm in those drafty cells, * scribing “Jesus feeds five people (actual translation) Not grand enough, *sips wine* Jesus fed the 500, much better.”

      • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

        I noticed the contradictions and inconsistencies as an eight year-old, but I was a reader from a very early age. You might enjoy this,if you haven’t already read it.
        http://www.newsweek.com/2015/01/02/thats-not-what-bible-says-294018.html

    • Three Finger Salute

      I told her she should look at Genesis metaphorically

      You mean the Parable of the Great Schism of Genesis, which involved the warring tribes of Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel fans?

    • chazmanr

      17 – little late. Indoctrination usually is firmly cemented by 16.

  • whitroth

    Please, can’t we send her, as promised, to North Korea?

  • Joe Beese

    Looks like Dead Breitbart has decided who they’re mad at. And (SPOILER ALERT) it’s not Donald Trump.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0a34d4843db59daa26d01ad755c2298d4e2e208a1f46db4b33dd58b4e287db3d.png

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      It’s her fault for having a vagina. She should know better.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        And yet … she persisted.

    • shivaskeeper

      Not Lee and Moran? They were still good to vote without her. It was those two defecting that killed it.

      Or does this have to do with her saying she’s not on board with a repeal and no replace?

      You know what? Fuck what the Nazi Press thinks. I don’t care. Let them eat each other alive.

    • (((fka_donnie_d)))

      When it comes to healthcare, neither free nor a market. Discuss.

    • Three Finger Salute

      “Looks like Dead Breitbart has decided who they’re mad at.”

      A woman.

      https://cdn.meme.am/cache/instances/folder749/63594749.jpg

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Replacing teacher’s unions with Jeebus, Son of Mammon, is more like it. Betsy is one of the people Jesus would have ran out of the Temple.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Or through with a pike. Even He had his limits, I bet.

      • mackafritz

        Well he did get pissed off at a fig tree.

        • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

          Haven’t we all, at one time or another?

          • Toomush_Inferesistance

            I never gave a fig….

          • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

            Fig-ures.

          • Toomush_Inferesistance

            Maybe we should figgit it…

          • Covfefe

            Can’t fig-ure this thread out.

          • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

            Fig-get it, Covfefe, it’s Fruittown.

        • TJ Barke

          Out of season…

    • shivaskeeper

      Prosperity Gospel has changed all that. Republican Turbo Jesus approves of the money changers in the temple.

    • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

      I know I read the bible a long time ago, but my reading comprehension has always been high enough that I recognize the modern day pharisees when I see them.

  • rosenbomb

    Here is what I wish for Betsy DeVos: I want her locked in a plain room, where she must sit for several days while women and children come tell their stories of inequality in schools and campus sexual assault. She won’t be allowed to talk or move– she just has to listen to all the graphic, uncomfortable details about crumbling, moldy school buildings. All the details of being violated in a college apartment by someone you trusted. And if that doesn’t break her, then she can go her happy way and spend the rest of her days on an island far away from me, even though she deserves far worse.

    • Mormos

      I’d prefer it if she lost all her money and had to spend the rest of her days as a public school teacher in Baltimore.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        I’m good with that.

      • rosenbomb

        That has potential, but she would probably be cunty to the black students and talk about Jesus more than course material

      • jesterpunk

        What did those kids in Baltimore ever do to you?

      • Les Appentis De la résistance

        I wouldn’t wish that on any kid.

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        Why do you hate our childruns?….

        • Mormos

          ever child needs to learn sometime that there are terrible people in the world they will have to tune out.

      • AmazingProfessionalCrastinator

        My brother was a public high school teacher in Baltimore City Schools for 10 years. Now he says no one could pay him enough to teach in even the best school.

    • shivaskeeper

      That won;t break her. She is one of those “Christians” that is all for you suffering in this life for her God. Not that any of the heathens you could bring to tell their stories would be going to her exclusive Real True Christian Heaven anyway.

    • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

      The only part of this she would respond to is the “plain room” part. “My God, how could you torture me with eggshell walls?”

    • canes_pugnaces

      Can she put her fingers in her ears and whistle ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’?

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  • aureolaborealis

    All these people with their first-ever real jobs seem to not understand how real jobs work.

  • MynameisBlarney

    Meanwhilst, in Not America…

    http://www.newsweek.com/china-ready-war-india-open-fire-border-638300

    Yaaaay….war…
    :(

    • Suttree

      Yay! Those 2 countries make up 37% of the world’s population. Makes you kinda wish we had a competent leader right now, don’t it?

      • MynameisBlarney

        Well, I was wishing for that before this, but yeah…now would be a fucking GREAT time for some adults to be in charge at the WH.

        • Beanz&Berryz

          Even one or two walking the halls of the WH. And maybe State also too.

          • Suttree

            Tillerson and his secretary can take care of this by themselves! I’m sure he bought some oil from both nations at some point. What more do you need?

      • Three Finger Salute

        Send Jared in, he’ll fix it.

    • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta

      That’s fucking wild. I just recently got a Larry Bond technothriller about a war between China and India.

      Look at the bright side – a nuclear exchange will vastly hasten the end of the human race.

    • TJ Barke

      With two nuclear powers.

    • Doug Langley

      At last . . . a problem that can’t be blamed on Prima Donnie.

      • TJ Barke

        But you can bet he’ll make it worse.

      • MynameisBlarney

        So far as we know anyway.

  • goonemeritus

    Three Republican Senators have already come out against repeal only. I think it would fair for Trump to blame Obama for this failure.

    • Nockular cavity

      Which I’m sure Pres. Barry O. will mourn with another piña colada.

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    Yes, delegate authority to the Regional Directors. That won’t cause inconsistent enforcement and more lawsuits in the federal courts.

    • Covfefe

      Respectfully, it doesn’t seem to me that you understood Betsy’s message to the Regional Directors. She directed them to do things her way and there will be no inconsistencies in enforcement. Nor, once the Federal Courts are fully staffed, will there be more lawsuits.

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

      Yep. There are going to be a lot of more civil rights violation cases going to court if they selectively enforce the law. The only good thing is nearly all schools (Except Liberty) think the Dear Colleague Letters surrounding sexual assault are downright cool and will continue to enforce to use them as guidance.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • We’re good if you don’t, Dampnut. You just go for another vacation. Sure it’s costing the tax payers money, but it’s WAY cheaper than the economic collapse that your policies would force…

    • mackafritz

      Like name a post office or federal building?

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        They let George Bush revise the timelines on Daylight Savings. Maybe donald could revise them back. MAGA!…

      • ahughes798

        After himself!

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      How about impeachment?

      • whitroth

        The eighth person at the Trump, Jr. meeting was a real estate lawyer. Remember that money laundering from Russian banks and NYC real estate?

        Oh… and since the meeting was held in a conference room, with a nice speakerphone, I wonder what DonnieO was doing during the conference, when he was one floor up?

        Or maybe someone should ask the SS agents assigned to him where Donnie was during the meeting….

        • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

          Or ask Paul Manafort who he was texting throughout the meeting.

          • cmd resistor

            Or skyping.

          • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

            I’m old-school. I almost said “faxing”.

          • ahughes798

            Remember when “ditto” was a machine?

        • Why not nine people at the meeting? Or ten?

          • jesterpunk

            AOT,K?

      • jesterpunk
    • Nockular cavity

      MAGA!

  • Crystalclear12

    Please remember:
    The beatings will continue until morale improves.

  • Covfefe

    Betsy is not accustomed to this kind of treatment. People Michigan treat Betsy with respect. These people in Washington act like common Detroiters.

    • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

      These people in Washington act like common Detroiters.

      Or worse, Yoopers!

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    How dare the President of the United States enforce the law by administrative fiat.

  • Mpeg

    You’re assigned to contend with the rapists we have, Ms. Jackson; not the rapists you wish we didn’t have~

  • (((fka_donnie_d)))

    Didn’t I say, when she first met with those MRA motherfuckers, that rapesplaining basic facts to these people is worse than useless?

    QE fucking D.

    Priority # 1, 2, and 3 is making sure nobody who had even a shred of love for this asshole (or her boss, duh) is ever elected dog catcher.

    • kareemachan

      or her brother.

  • TJ Barke

    On the bright side we’ll soon have the dumbest students on earth. Oh wait, that’s not a bright side…

    • The Wanderer

      Yep. All the proles need is a vocabulary of about a thousand words, count to a hundred, and be able to operate simple machines that robots can’t use. Keep them afraid that they’ll lose their low-wage, n-benefits jobs, and they’ll be perfectly happy with their Victory Cigarettes and Victory Gin.

      • TJ Barke

        Gotta make sure unemployment is as nightmarish as possible also.

      • Moar Wordz

        And not be guilty of thoughtcrimes or facecrimes

  • mardam422

    Don’t they know who I am? This is not how someone of my stature should be treated. No, no! I’ve seen firsthand, secondhandedly, what the American educational system has wrought. And I, for one, will have none of it any longer. Poor, young, innocent men…lives ruined! And for what? Because they may have been plied with drink or DRUGS by young, nubile harpies looking to get their name in the paper!! No longer will the US Department of Education allow some tart destroy the life of a young man by allowing him to rape her!! So it shall be written…so it shall be done!!!!

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      8/10 needs more random caps.

    • Me not sure

      Can I get an address for the nubile harpy drink and drug plying? I’m researching a doctoral thesis.

    • Moar Wordz

      ” And so it is. ” The people in the back of the train stay IN THE BACK. Does an elephants tail belong in it’s trunk ?! -Tilda Swinton, in Snowpiercer

  • La forza del resistino

    So her advice to expect the worst for coeds that may drink in the company of males is right out of the Plymouth Colony rulebook. But, first time offenders won’t have to wear the scarlet A

    • The Wanderer

      At least she hasn’t gone full Plymouth Colony and outlawed Christmas.

      • Three Finger Salute

        See? It’s the Conservatives who first declared a war on Christmas! You can’t explain that, can ya Billo?

      • TakingAmes

        War on Christmas libelz?

      • ahughes798

        Christmas didn’t exist at that time, I believe.

    • Covfefe

      Christians don’t drink. And no, they won’t get probation the first time they get caught.

    • goingohm

      Also, too, if you’re going to screw around, move to Providence.

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    OT: 8th person in Don Jr. meeting is a Russian who has been accused of laundering $1.4 billion through U.S. banks.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/donald-trump-jr-met-russian-accused-of-laundering-14-billion-dollars

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      At some point, the bankers are gonna bring this whole fucking thing down….

      • Nockular cavity

        Why not? Apparently, Irony has taken over the Earth now.

      • Paperless Tiger

        I know that’s right. These dumb-asses are drawing the heat on them.

    • jesterpunk

      Was there any Russian in NY that day not at the meeting?

      • kareemachan

        Nope.

      • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

        I just checked, and Yakov Smirnoff was in Vegas.

        • Raan

          He’s too classy to be associated with this shitshow of an administration.

          • ahughes798

            I thought he was a conservative asshole? Or does he not appreciate the administration’s close ties with his ex-homeland?

          • Raan

            If he is, I haven’t heard about it until now. I just remember how he was on Night Court.

      • Bill D. Burger
      • Me not sure

        Well, there are these two brothers that run a tea room on Long Island…

        • jesterpunk

          Are we sure they where in the tea room?

          • Me not sure

            Nope.

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    Can this sort of thing be explained as part of prosecutorial discretion? (serious question)

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      Discretion only extends so far, though. And if the law or regulation as written states that every case must be investigated, then there is no discretion.

      • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

        so, if the regulation as written is eliminated, they still couldn’t blatantly ignore an obvious violation (i understand there are few perfect cases in this world) – but would have tons of room to ignore the close calls?

        • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

          They’d have some room. But then you have a credibility problem, which is why even the close calls and the false accusations get investigated. Once you start picking and choosing which investigations to pursue, you might as well not investigate at all.

          • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

            i’m not sure credibility is high on this admin’s priority list – hopefully it will be for the lower level dept. heads we’re talking about here.

  • Bill D. Burger

    ot…but ‘Gird Your Loins’…and specially the loins of your kids! Dennis the Menace is out and undoubtedly a bit…..uhhh….’hor-neee’? ☜(ˆ0ˆc)

    Dennis Hastert was released from a federal prison in Minnesota on Monday after 13 months behind bars and returned home to Illinois.

    The former Speaker of the House was sentence back in 2016 for paying $1.7 million to one of the five teenage boys he admittedly molested while working as a teacher and wrestling coach from 1965 to 1981 at Yorkville High Scool.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4707898/amp/Dennis-Hastert-released-prison-sex-abuse-payout.html

    • TundraGrifter

      I prefer to baste them. Girding uses so much fat!

    • ahughes798

      One of those victims committed suicide. That fat nasty son of a bitch should be in jail the rest of his useless life.

    • Spurning Beer

      I understand there are still some vacancies in the Trump Whitehouse….

    • Mehmeisterjr

      I breaks my heart to know that this old man, shattered and chastened as he is, may only have a few good child-raping years left.

  • kareemachan

    I heart Patty Murray.

  • Bill D. Burger
    • Jeffocaster in the West

      That is as succinct a statement as could be mustered about him.

    • goingohm

      Shouldn’t that be: Nothing More and EVERYTHING less?

  • BearLeft

    Thank you to the good people of Washington for sending Patty Murray to the Senate and keeping her there. They don’t get any better.

    • suziq

      De nada!

  • Raan

    The only consolation I take in this is that bureaucrats usually try to do their jobs regardless of whether or not the politicians want them to.

  • grindstone

    “Nearly 30 years ago, as a young mother, I saw firsthand the inequities in America’s education system and the resulting consequences for too many students and families.”

    Talking about bussing, there, Betsy? Or just what you heard from the pulpit as the religious right railed against the awful commie librul public schools.
    STFU.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson
  • azeyote

    hey she just wants education to be like Amway – with some good old religion – and not any humanity –

    • JustDon’tSaySortMyBalls

      …and multi-level marketing?

  • TundraGrifter

    Why would an official appointed by the President be expected to answer questions posed by Members directly elected by the citizens of our nation?

  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    “And now it’s all down to the lawyers. Because the only way we find out what these useless sumbitches are up to is when a court to orders them to cough it up or That Idiot tweets about it.”

    this is vaguely what i was thinking – within this administration there’s going to be (has been) soooo many lawsuits, hearings, trials, TRO’s, appeals.

    if we’re lucky they’ll be too busy to do anything else horrible.

    • what, me worry?

      Don’t forget that Scott Pruitt was ordered to hand over his emails, and he just refused to comply. For years.

      Do you expect more compliance from this person?

    • whitroth

      Wonderful. So not only cut the budget, but use still more for lawyers and court costs, and of course everyone’s time. But at least that won’t be time spent on figuring how to fuck over public education.

  • Randy Riddle

    I guess Mrs. DeVoss neglected to buy off some Congresscritters so she would be left alone to create her little magical kingdom of lily-white Christian segregated public education.

  • FormerMainer

    The likely reconsideration of the OCR guidance is the one silver lining to the Trump administration.

  • Duke

    “THIS SHIT IS TIRING!”

    My thoughts, exactly.

    • ahughes798

      Part of the strategy. Wear us down until we’re so sick of hearing about the endless shit this administration we either can’t see the forest for the trees, or we tune out completely. I know I am tired of all this skullduggery, malarkey, and bat-shittery.

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    So a Russian attorney, Russian pop star, and a Russian money launderer walk into a Presidential candidate’s headquarters, and…

    I wish it was all a bad joke.

    • whitroth

      No, that’s Russian pop star rep. And a spy…

  • Jo Mathie

    “she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right,”
    Oh fuck off. No. That’s some terrible attempt at playing down sexual assault. “Not quite right” is when you have an awkward consensual sexual encounter. Pretty much everyone losing their virginity has one. They don’t go to the police about it.

    • mailman27

      And what seventh grade term paper was that lifted from? You’d think that the folks bringing our civilization down would use some slick, persuasive language; so that future generations would cut this generation a little slack because we were swayed by an unassailable argument. We are well and truly fucked.

  • Lyly Sirivong

    This is terrible. It will encourage them to commit even more rapes. And victims will feel even less inclined to report. Gosh this is really fucked up.

    • dshwa

      Honestly, that’s probably feature, not bug.

      Now I’m going to vomit.

  • anon_the_great

    “…overrode the will of a young woman.”

    Whoa. That’s one steaming pile of Orwellian bullshit for rape.

    • catnmus

      She didn’t say no! (Because she was passed out. But let’s not quibble over the details.)

      • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

        I can’t believe many states do not even have proper laws against it, they have to add them to the books.

  • sgt. jmk of the résistance

    “The Ministry of Magic has always considered the education of young witches and wizards to be of vital importance.The rare gifts with which you were born may come to nothing if not nurtured and honed by careful instruction. The ancient skills unique to the wizarding community must be passed down the generations lest we lose them forever. The treasure trove of magical knowledge amassed by our ancestors must be guarded, replenished and polished by those who have been called to the noble profession of teaching.
    Every headmaster and headmistress of Hogwarts have brought something new to the weighty task of governing this historic school, and that is as it should be, for without progress there will be stagnation and decay. There again, progress for progress’s sake must be discouraged, for our tried and tested traditions often require no tinkering. A balance, then, between old and new, between permanence and change, between tradition and innovation because some changes will be for the better, while others will come, in the fullness of time, to be recognized as errors of judgment.
    Meanwhile, some old habits will be retained, and rightly so, whereas others, outmoded and outworn, must be abandoned. Let us move forward, then, into a new era of openness, effectiveness and accountability, intent on preserving what ought to be preserved, perfecting what needs to be perfected, and pruning wherever we find practices that ought to be prohibited.”

    • ahughes798

      Someday I have to read the Harry Potter series.

      • sgt. jmk of the résistance

        It’s worth the read, really. She’s not a great writer, but she has done a really good job of creating not only a believable world, but also characters you care about.

  • Cornelius Fussbudget

    I can think of only one reason someone make up fake statistics on Title IX. Let’s just say if I were a prosecutor in an area where one of her sons went to school, I’d be doing some interviews right about now.

  • VirginiaWackelpudding

    The accuser and the student. Isn’t the accuser also too a student?
    Fuck her and the gold jewelry she drifts around on.

    • catnmus

      I noticed that too. How about the “accusing victim student and the accused rapist student”? That would work for me.

      • The Accuser and the Accused. Then, the Plaintiff and the Defendant.

        And then, only after due legal process (and not some silly administrative proceeding) do you start using the terms Victim and Rapist.

        Rape is far too serious a crime for the investigation and prosecution of it to be left to school administrators.

        • sarafina

          Especially since the administrators are so incompetent at it.

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            If Baylor is one of many examples we should go by. They had Ken Starr, the man who when investigating Bill Clinton showed (IMHO) a closeted fascination with descriptions of Clinton’s male appendage. But couldn’t be bothered to investigate his own football player. (One of whom was convicted of rape after college.)

          • Incoming Ham

            They don’t want to be bothered with it.

  • ibwilliamsi

    I have to admit that it wouldn’t really bother me if a campus rapist became suicidal because people found out he raped a drunk girl and started calling him names.

    • sarafina

      I’d smile a lot if that happened.

    • Iam Reading

      I would throw a One Less Rapist fete in celebration

  • Paperless Tiger

    So now they’re pro-rape? Stay classy, Republicans.

    • Kay Jay Day

      Not just pro-rape. Pro rape of schoolkids.

    • Stulexington

      Well, they aren’t for rape exactly, they just want to pretend it doesn’t happen as much as people say and really want to err on the side of forcing women out of higher education. It’s not that rape is acceptable, it’s just that men’s feelings are more important than women’s body autonomy to them.

    • Hazel Blumberg

      Of course they are! Because rape could result in fetuses! And fetuses are god’s gift, dontcha know? And every sperm is sacred, as Monty Python once sang unto us. And as one brilliant Republican once put it, if women would just hold an aspirin between their knees, we wouldn’t be having all these problems. Y’know, I truly wish that all these idiots making these idiotic pronouncements would experience the wonder of rape themselves, whether they’re male or female. They’d assuredly change their nasty little tune.

  • Ducksworthy

    Well. Raping passed out drunk people is considered a step up from necrophilia, a small step. But hey. These are Repuklicons.

  • Jeff Mc Donald

    Just give her a break! She hasn’t got to the “Bearing false witness” section of the good book yet! Gosh, it isn’t easy when you have other stuff to do.

  • The Flaming Carrot

    Just wait. College women will start packing heat, and then these guys will be begging for the days when they got the benefit of a “kangaroo court” trial.

    • Incoming Ham

      Suddenly it will be against the law for women to carry guns. Being hysterical and all.

  • Tom Mears

    I’m sorry but sex without consent is rape. Saying “no”…rape. Being forced…rape. Being too young to provide legal consent…rape. Being too impaired to provide consent…rape. Both of you too impaired to for at least one of you to provide consent…stupid and probably rape. Changing your mind in the middle and your partner not honoring your change of heart…rape.

    • Lily412

      Seriously. It’s not rocket surgery. Rapists are usually repeat offenders who will use every “loophole” about consent to their advantage.

    • Iam Reading

      I don’t even understand how someone would enjoy sex with somebody who wasn’t fully into it. I mean I just don’t get it….. rape, as a concept is just impossible for me to wrap my head around. How does one derive pleasure from someone else pain?

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    • goingohm

      I guess you expect us to just abandon our Amway distributorships.

  • Hazel Blumberg

    Candice Jackson, please do tell us where you got your statistic that 90% of rapes aren’t rapes. Ms. Jackson needs to be fired. Immediately. Or stood before a firing squad. I don’t care which.

    • Iam Reading

      AOT,K

  • Zyxomma

    Thanks, $5F. I’d wish DeVos and Jackson the worst, but what good would that do?

  • Debmcd

    Okay, now we know. Trump doesn’t have any women in positions of importance in his administration. These two are men in drag. They have to be men, just listen to how stupid they are when they open their pie holes about women’s rape issues. They are not women. They are men in drag. I thought Trumpites didn’t like men dressing up like women. Or maybe that’s the only way they like their men.

  • Iam Reading

    I’m sure it’s lots of fun to traipse around on the exact same campus that your rapist is traipsing around on. I’m sure that works out great for the person who was raped.

  • handyhippie65

    in trump’s murica, public servants don’t serve the public. in fact, they aren’t even servants anymore. at least they aren’t serving the public.

  • Lambsendbeds

    Hey, Editrix- Betsy fucking DeVos hersself liked my tweet of this article. I’m all like “Huh? Did she read it?”

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