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Recommendation 5: Station anime gun girls in all schools.

After February's school massacre in Parkland, Florida, Donald Trump got right to work doing something about all the guns in circulation in America, recommending tighter background checks and age restrictions on the purchase of semiautomatic rifles like the one used in the shooting, as well as making it easier to take guns away from dangerous unstable people. He even vowed to take any flak the NRA might throw at him, for the sake of our precious young people. The NRA immediately freaked out, so Trump then corrected his wrongthink and declared we need a lot more teachers packing heat, yeah, that's the ticket.

Trump also gave Education Secretary Betsy DeVos the task of chairing a commission to recommend how to make schools safer, and that commission, safely past the immediate horror of that particular mass shooting and the election, has issued its very important report and recommendations. Hope you won't be too surprised the report has very little to say about guns, but is just full of rightwing plans for making schools better, as long as everyone can still buy all the guns they want. And one of the report's chief recommendations to make schools safer is a beaut: Rescind Obama-era rules aimed at addressing racial disparities in school discipline, because only by getting tougher on minority kids can we truly be safe.

Funny thing, that section of the report isn't even mentioned in the White House Press release praising Dear Leader (the release is splashily titled "President Donald J. Trump Is Committed to Making Our Schools Safer." Happily, there's no patriotic march to go along with it). But it's a pretty substantial part of the report, taking up eight pages (including notes), compared to the section rejecting a change in the minimum age to buy a rifle or shotgun (3 pages with notes), which says there's no evidence it would accomplish anything, but does call for "more study."

So how did a recommendation to do away with an Obama guidance to not punish minority kids more harshly than white kids take pride of place in a report that's ostensibly about preventing massacres, which are generally committed by white males? Simple! Republicans HATED that rule!


Republicans have decried the policy as government overreach since it was released in 2014. The policy advocated "constructive approaches" to school discipline, such as victim-offender mediation, as opposed to harsher penalties such as suspensions or expulsions. [...]

The commission argues that the guidance left schools unable—or at least afraid to—take action against potentially dangerous students. "Policy guidance issued under the Obama Administration placed an emphasis on tracking school disciplinary actions by race," the report says. "The Guidance sent the unfortunate message that the federal government, rather than teachers and local administrators, best handles school discipline."

As the Wall Street Journal explains, the Obama rule became a convenient target for rightwing thought leaders when reports emerged that the shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High had engaged in some pretty clear red-flag behavior like "drinking gasoline, cutting himself and owning a gun he intended to use." If only it weren't for liberal namby-pamby alternative discipline, maybe he'd have been arrested and put away, because that kind of imaginary scenario is much more satisfying and punitive than the imaginary scenario where 19-year-olds aren't allowed to buy military-grade weapons to do mass murder with.

You don't have to look far in the rightwingosphere to find warnings that Obama's policy of trying to keep schools from imposing harsher discipline on minorities actually "[allowed] thousands of troubled, often violent, students to commit crimes without legal consequence." Clearly, Obama's misguided attempt to slow the school-to-prison pipeline just leaves us all at the mercy of hordes of rampaging killer black and brown kids. Or at least kept some schools from expelling the mouthy ones. According to one rightwing story, the terrible Broward school superintendent practically pulled the trigger himself by wimpifying school discipline!

Superintendent Robert W. Runcie – a Chicagoan and Harvard graduate with close ties to President Obama and his Education Department – signed an agreement with the county sheriff and other local jurisdictions to trade cops for counseling. Students charged with various misdemeanors, including assault, would now be disciplined through participation in "healing circles," obstacle courses and other "self-esteem building" exercises.

Chicago! Obama! Counseling instead of cops! Healing circles!!!!! Also, don't be fooled by the "Obama ed rules did Parkland" crap -- WSJ reports DeVos "had targeted [the Obama rules] for elimination even before the Parkland shooting." Hey, why not cram that into a report on a mass shooting that scary minority teens had nothing to do with?

So yeah, that nonsense should all go away, and now no one will ever slip through the cracks again, maybe. However pleasing that may be to the Git Tough caucus which insists we can punish our way to safety, dumb old liberals found reason to whine about "discrimination" and "stereotyping" anyway:

"Most out-of-school suspensions come from minor, nonviolent offenses," said Kristen Harper, who led school discipline initiatives in the Obama Education Department. "So addressing those have nothing to do with addressing school safety."

Unequal discipline is no longer a problem anyway, since under DeVos, the Education Department has simply ended discrimination by no longer investigating it, hooray.

The report also has one or two ideas that are not altogether terrible, like support for

extreme risk protection orders to temporarily seize firearms from people who appear mentally disturbed, though it emphasized that such efforts should be carried out without affecting "Second Amendment liberties," senior administration officials said on Tuesday.

The report also encourages schools and communities to provide more and better mental health services, although of course it wouldn't dream of calling for more funding, don't be silly.

And of course there's the stupid stuff: Let's have more armed adults in school, from cops to armed volunteers like military veterans or teachers who've taken firearms training. The report would leave that up to the states to decide, though, and backs away from an idea DeVos floated earlier this year to use federal education dollars to fund such training. There's even a nod to 1990s rightwing thought leaders: a call for state and local authorities to "develop ratings systems for violent video games, which the report posits contribute to a culture of violence."

Surprisingly, the report doesn't call for an end to abortion, which also contributes to a culture of death and school shootings -- it's just about the only thing the report omits from the post-shooting wingnut kitchen sink of talking points.

[Atlantic / NYT / WSJ [Paywalled? Try the Twitter link!] / Federal Commission on School Safety]

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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.


Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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