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Hello, fellow taxpayers! You will be ecstatic to know that Mitt Romney has thought very carefully about the Wisconsin recall election, and drawn some conclusions about what you, the taxpayer, want and how it coincidentally is exactly the same as what he wants!  Basically, the recall means that you, the taxpayer, are content to live in a lawless post-capitalist dystopia, free from the burdens of education and ready to turn over the processes of law and order to surveillance cameras and domestic drones, both of which can be used to fight fires, which is a great value! So Romney surrogate John Sununu went on the TeeVee and explained that there was "wisdom" in Romney'scomments about teachers being simply old-hat, fellows, because we will actually BENEFIT from larger class sizes and less police officers, because of the population and also something about technology.


Via ThinkProgress (video at link):

SUNUNU: Let me respond as a taxpayer, not as a representative of the Romney campaign. There are municipalities, there are states where there is flight of population. And as the population goes down, you need fewer teachers. As technology contributes to community security and dealing with issues that firefighters have to deal with, you would hope that you can, as a taxpayer, see the benefits of the efficiency and personnel that you get out of that.

Translation: some states are just so horrible that people are leaving in droves. Sununu can't say which ones or where, or why people are leaving, but they exist, mark his words! And as people leave, we can just fire teachers instead of letting the kids that are left over benefit from the kinds of small class sizes you get at places like Cranbrook. Cranbrook, in case you don't know, is where Mitt Romney took time off of harassing gay students, playing pranks on the disabled, and impersonating police officers to “explore the creative outlets of painting and printmaking, weaving and pottery, poetry and language” when he was in grade school, and enjoy “college-level classes in math, science, English, history and foreign language” in classes of around 16 students and under the supervision of four specially trained full-time college admissions counselors when he went on to high school. You don't want something like that for YOUR kids, do you? NO. You DON'T. You are poor, so you don't care about such upper-class fripperies.

SUNUNU: If there’s fewer kids in the classrooms, the taxpayers really do want to hear there will be fewer teachers. [...] You have a lot of places where that is happening. You have a very mobile country now where things are changing. You have cities in this country in which the school population peaked 10, 15 years ago. And, yet the number of teachers that may have maintained has not changed. I think this is a real issue. And people ought to stop jumping on it as a gaffe and understand there’s wisdom in the comment.

Who among you HASN'T been outraged, just outraged, upon discovering that there was a low student-teacher ratio at your local public school? Show of hands. None, huh. Well good because as we recently learned,  class size doesn’t matter.

[ThinkProgress]

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Yesterday afternoon, 45-year-old Gary Martin of Aurora, Illinois was let go from his job at the Henry Pratt Company, a factory that manufactures water valves. In response, he took out a pistol with a laser scope and began shooting at random. He killed five people and injured six others who were just trying to make it through the day at the water valve factory, and then the police killed him.

His mother said he was "stressed out." He "seemed fine" according to the clerk at the Circle K where he bought his cigars that morning. His neighbor thought he was a nice guy. Some people were surprised, others were not.

This kind of thing used to be shocking, but it's a story we're used to now. It gets repeated at least once a month. It's just what happens now, and we can't do anything about it because we can't do anything about gun control. This is, the Right has decided, just the price we all have to pay so they can stockpile guns for funsies, and take sexy pictures of guns shoved in their pants. This is the blood that waters their special tree of liberty.

It's fucking exhausting. And stupid. We shouldn't have to live this way. No one should have to live this way. But we do. Why? Because some day some yahoos might want to overthrow the government, which is (of course) a completely legal thing to do, and their "right" to do that must be protected. So it's literally just never, ever going to stop.

Gary Martin, like most other mass shooters, also had a history of violence against women. In 1994, in Mississippi, he was convicted for stabbing one. He should not have been able to get a gun after that. I would like to know how and why he was able to get that pistol with the laser scope that he killed five people with yesterday afternoon. Maybe someone gave it to him. Maybe he bought it somehow. Maybe someone forgot to do a background check. Maybe he bought it from someone who didn't have to do a background check.

I am so goddamned tired of writing this article. I am out of things to say.

[Sun-Times]

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That's right, Wonkers, while we're all up here in America dealing with the terribleness, your Editrix and her fambly are in MEXICO AT THE BEACH, where they will probably stay for a little while longer or maybe they're never coming back SHRUGGIE EMOTICON. But that's OK, they deserve some time to be AT THE BEACH in MEXICO, oh no, don't get NATIONAL EMERGY CARAVANNED!

Yeah, so it's time to count down your top ten stories of the week, like we do on Saturday mornings. Shall we? WE SHALL.

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