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This isn't nice at all: Sally Atwater, thenot especially articulate candidate for South Carolina schools superintendent, isn't just unclear on what her positions are; turns out that the widow of the great Republican communications master Lee Atwater is also facing a lawsuit alleging that she verbally abused her special education students and shoved a special needs child in one of her classes. This being South Carolina, it's anyone's guess whether the lawsuit will hurt her chances for election -- maybe they want a schools chief who'll git tough on those little troublemaking special needs kids, who may just be faking anyway.


Atwater's campaign website touts her experience as a special education teacher and as a federal education policy advisor for Ronald Reagan and both Bushes, but it doesn't mention any of the classroom management techniques alleged in the lawsuit:

The 13-page civil lawsuit, which was filed on June 18th, claims that between 2013 and 2014, a special needs child identified as “BO” was assigned to Atwater’s classroom, where she routinely subjected him to “malicious and demeaning comments” about his disability, allowed her subordinate to forcefully handle BO and other special needs students, and once told the students that when they grew up, they were going to be “thugs, gang members, or end up in jail” in front of school administrators.

No telling what's going to happen with the suit, which has some really purple prose (PDF link) in it. Yr. Dok Zoom is no lawyer, and wonders if this is just the way that lawsuits get written? For instance, here's the "yelling at students" bit:

On one occasion, October 2013, when the students were coming back from lunch, Defendant Atwater stopped the students in the hallway and yelled at the special needs students, including BO, that the special needs students, including BO were all either going to be thugs, gang member, or end up in jail, evincing a malicious attitude toward BO and other special needs students. This was done in the presence of school administrators, and others.

So drama! Much yelling! And then there's the Pinata Incident:

11. On December 19, 2013, Sally Atwater hung a pinata in her classroom. The pinata was filled with candy. Atwater instructed the students to beat the pinata until the candy came out.

12. Just before the candy came out, Atwater yelled out that the students were not to go after the candy.

13. Atwater knew or should have known that children would be naturally inclined to retrieve the candy when it fell on the floor.

14. Like the other students in the classroom, BO tried to retrieve candy from the floor when the pinata was busted open and the candy came out on the floor.

15. With actual malice and intent to harm, and with a crazed, angry look on her face, Atwater charged at and assaulted and physically shoved BO away from the candy from the pinata, touching him offensively and in an unwanted manner.

16. Upon information and belief, Atwater did this act with actual malice and intent to harm.

17. Defendant Atwater’s actions on December 19, 2013 when she charged at and shoved BO served no legitimate educational purpose and can only be described as malicious and harmful acts directed at BO.

18. Plaintiff BO witnessed and apprehended Atwater’s crazed and angry assault, and was caused to be terrified.

The suit also accuses Atwater and the school district of appointing an inadequately trained personal aide for BO who grabbed his arm and shoved him when he tried to get out of his desk and run to his father, causing "bruising and red marks" to the boy's arm; Atwater is accused of defending the aide's actions in a letter.

So, there's some additional stuff for voters to chew on -- Is Sally Atwater a child-shover who yells at special needs kids, or is she a firm disciplinarian who just wants her charges to have an accurate understanding of what will happen to them if they don't straighten up, stop being so weird and special needy, and get their acts together? Or is this all just a malicious partisan attack by helicopter parents who are trying to go all Willie Horton on a good decent candidate who simply wants the best for South Carolina's children, even if she's not quite able to say what that is?

[Mediaite]

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Robbin Young. Fair use so we can all see the boob picture she sent to her 12 true loves.

Robbin Young starred in the Roger Moore masterpiece For Your Eyes Only as the seventh female lead, "Girl in Flower Shop." She also starred in a bunch of Playboys, and the DM's of a humble Romanian hacker who stole her heart. But he was not a humble Romanian hacker, he was 12 Russian military intelligence officers in a trench coat. And now Young has shared those DMs and pictures of her buzzies with the Sun, because that's the one that's fookin' classy.

See how she loved! See how Guccifer ghosted her ass! See how she loves him (them) still! See how she was all up in Seth Rich and shit! (We think Young's judgment might not be awesome.) Also she wrote this "erotic poem," and we're going to need you to read it.

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And now it is time for your weekly reminder that in the Trump era, FUCKING APESHIT OUTRAGE WORKS.

On Monday, Donald Trump, the transactional president who for some godforsaken reason sees Vladimir Putin has his one true father, discussed making an Art Of The Deal with Russia that involved letting Robert Mueller interrogate the Russian spies who hacked America in 2016 (with Russian supervision, of course, in Russia) in exchange for sending Putin whichever American citizens hurt Putin's poor fragile butthurt pansy-ass feelings the past several years. One of Putin's targets is Michael McFaul, the former ambassador to Russia, whom Putin just hates. Hillary Clinton isn't on the official list yet, but give it a few weeks.

On Wednesday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders looked at reporters and told them Trump's people were considering the idea, but hadn't decided yet, because it's so hard for the Trump administration to decide how many treasons to do per week.

But hooray! The White House has decided that, after literally every American with a patriotic bone in his or her body said, "THE FUCK YOU SAY," they will not send Americans to Putin's gulag after all. The Washington Post reports:

The White House announced Trump's opposition Thursday as the Senate prepared to vote on a resolution telling the president not to honor Putin's request, which would have exposed former U.S. ambassador Michael McFaul, among others, to Russian questioning.

"It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

Oh my fucking Lord, Shuckabee, did you really type that Putin's offer was "sincere," or did Donald grab the statement after you finished with it and add those words in illiterate Sharpie in the margins, along with "DOES NOT MEAN PUTIN IS NOT MY BEST FRIEND" and "NO COLLUSION"?

By the way, that resolution passed the Senate with flying colors:

WOMP WOMP, Trump! Sorry American freedom and democracy stepped all over your dick again! Guarantee it's gonna happen again! Go fuck yourself! Enjoy the 48 Big Macs you have for dinner tonight! Don't talk directly into the soccer ball Putin gave you, 'less you want it to talk back to you in Russian!

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