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Friday, September 15, 2023




Protect My Students: Florida Teachers Speak Out on New State LGBTQ+ Policies, But It Seems That It Is the Teachers That Also Need Protection from the MAGA Madness That DeSantis Is Subjecting Public Schools as He Plots to Destroy Florida Public Schools

Florida teachers are in a tizzy over new state laws that are impacting LGBTQ+ students and faculty. But it seems that it's not just the students who need protection, as the MAGA madness that DeSantis is subjecting public schools to is also affecting the teachers. In fact, some teachers are so fed up with DeSantis' antics that they're considering forming their own club: the "Stressed-Out Educators Alliance."

One teacher, William Rizzo, who heads the Stallion Pride Club at a middle school in Palm Beach County, said the club is shrinking in size due to new laws that require parent permission slips for all clubs. This means that some students are unable to participate for fear of their parents' reaction. Rizzo suggested that the school board should create a new club called the "MAGA Meltdown Club," where parents can give permission for their children to participate in activities like throwing tantrums and blaming immigrants for all of their problems.

In addition, preferred pronouns can no longer be inquired about and parents must officially register any nicknames a student wishes to be called. This has led to some interesting situations, such as when a student asked to be called "Supreme Overlord" and the school had to contact their parents to confirm that this was indeed their preferred nickname. One teacher joked that they were considering asking to be called "Your Majesty" in order to assert their authority over their unruly students.

Rizzo asked the school board what they plan to do to protect LGBTQ+ teachers and students and how they plan to show they understand his concerns. The board has yet to address the issue within legal boundaries, but some teachers have come up with their own solutions. One teacher suggested that they start wearing rainbow capes to school as a show of solidarity with their LGBTQ+ students. Another teacher suggested that they start putting up posters of RuPaul in their classrooms to promote diversity and inclusivity.

A workshop called "Everyday Teaching 4 Joy & Justice" was held in West Palm Beach, Florida to help the community understand the new school legislation in Florida and how to advocate for their rights. The workshop discussed laws including the "Stop WOKE Act," the "Don't Say Gay" law, and the new law limiting the use of preferred pronouns. The event was led by Dr. Bianca Nightengale-Lee, an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Florida Atlantic University, and this was the first of a series of workshops in partnership with the bookstore.

One teacher who attended the workshop said that they learned a lot about how to navigate the new laws while still supporting their LGBTQ+ students. They said that they plan to start using code words with their students, like "rainbow" instead of "gay," in order to avoid running afoul of the new legislation. Another teacher said that they plan to start wearing rainbow socks to school as a subtle way of showing their support for LGBTQ+ rights.

Despite the challenges posed by DeSantis' new laws, Florida teachers are determined to continue fighting for their students' rights. As one teacher put it, "We may not be able to change DeSantis' mind, but we can change the hearts and minds of our students." And with a little bit of humor and creativity, they just might succeed.

'Protect my students': Florida teachers speak out on new state LGBTQ+ policies | WEAR 

Workshop helping people navigate through Florida's new school legislation 




In a stunning turn of events, the Cobb County school board in Georgia has officially rebranded itself as the Chaos County School Board. Yes, you read that right. Chaos is now the name of the game for this illustrious educational institution. But hey, at least they're being honest about it.

The chaos erupted at a recent school board meeting when the district decided to change its public comment procedures. As if public comment procedures weren't already confusing enough, the board decided to move the sign-up process outside, causing a frenzy of yelling, shoving, and general mayhem. It was like Black Friday shopping meets a WWE wrestling match, with parents and concerned citizens duking it out for a chance to have their voices heard.

To add insult to injury, many people showed up wearing "Replace Ragsdale" t-shirts. Superintendent Chris Ragsdale must have been feeling the love that day. But hey, who needs order and civility when you can have a good old-fashioned brawl at a school board meeting?

The meeting was called to discuss Ragsdale's leadership, or lack thereof, according to some disgruntled attendees. A "Replace Ragsdale" rally even took place beforehand, complete with catchy chants and witty signs. It was like a political campaign, but for a school board superintendent. Who knew education could be so entertaining?

But the chaos didn't stop there. Oh no, it spread like wildfire into the classrooms themselves. Take, for example, the case of Katherine Rinderle, a fifth-grade teacher who was fired for reading a book discussing gender identity to her gifted students. Now, I don't know about you, but when I think of chaos, I think of gender identity discussions in fifth-grade classrooms. It's like throwing a match into a fireworks factory.

Apparently, Georgia has a law against "divisive concepts" in the classroom. Because nothing says unity and harmony like silencing important discussions about race and identity. But hey, who needs open dialogue when you can just sweep everything under the rug and pretend it doesn't exist?

Rinderle's attorney argues that teachers statewide are receiving little guidance on what is legal under this new law. It's like they're playing a game of educational Russian roulette, never knowing if their lesson plans will land them in hot water or not. Talk about job security.

And let's not forget about Alayna Brown, the Cobb County teacher who was fired for reading "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" to her 11th-grade class. Ah yes, nothing says chaos like racial slurs in the classroom. Mark Twain would be proud.

But fear not, dear readers, for there may be hope on the horizon. Brown has appealed her termination and will have her case heard by a tribunal board later this year. It's like a courtroom drama unfolding right before our very eyes. Will she be vindicated? Will chaos prevail once again? Only time will tell.

In the meantime, let's raise a glass to the Chaos County School Board. May their reign of disorder and confusion continue to entertain us all. After all, who needs order and structure when you can have chaos? It's like a never-ending circus, and we're all just along for the wild ride.

Chaos and tension at Cobb school board meeting - Cobb County Courier

Cobb teacher appeals termination after being fired over book | 

Cobb County School board votes to fire teacher over book | 




College Tuition Payment Plans: Loan Sharks Are Back, More Bullshit Lost in the Fine Print with Constipated Disclosures and Kafkaesque Repayment Terms

In a world where student loans have become the modern-day equivalent of swimming with hungry sharks, it's no wonder that college tuition payment plans have taken a turn for the worse. Gone are the days of simple interest rates and manageable repayment terms. Instead, we find ourselves swimming in a sea of fine print, constipated disclosures, and absurdly Kafkaesque terms that would make even the most seasoned borrower scratch their head in confusion.

But why, you may ask, do the billionaires of this world seem so intent on defunding public education and turning students into chum for the loan sharks? Well, my dear readers, it's a tale as old as time – greed, power, and a dash of sadistic pleasure in watching young minds drown in debt.

So, without further ado, let's dive into the murky waters of college tuition payment plans and explore just how ridiculous they've become. But fear not, dear readers, for we shall navigate this treacherous sea with wit and humor, because if there's one thing that can keep us afloat in this madness, it's laughter.

Ah, the loan sharks – those delightful creatures who lurk in the shadows, waiting to pounce on unsuspecting students with their predatory tactics. They may not have fins or gills, but make no mistake, they are just as dangerous as their aquatic counterparts. With interest rates that could make your head spin faster than a shark in a feeding frenzy, these loan sharks are here to remind you that swimming with them is anything but safe.

Picture this – you're sitting at your kitchen table, armed with a magnifying glass and a cup of coffee (or maybe something stronger), trying to decipher the fine print on your college tuition payment plan. As you squint your eyes and strain your brain, you can't help but wonder if you've accidentally stumbled into a Kafka novel. The terms and conditions seem to be written in a language only loan sharks and lawyers can understand. It's like trying to find your way out of a maze with no exit – frustrating, confusing, and utterly absurd.

Ah, repayment terms – those delightful little nuggets of joy that make you question your life choices. You thought you were signing up for a simple payment plan, but instead, you find yourself facing terms that would make even Franz Kafka scratch his head in confusion. From balloon payments that seem to come out of thin air to interest rates that resemble the stock market on a bad day, these repayment terms are like a rollercoaster ride through the Twilight Zone. Buckle up, dear readers, because it's going to be a bumpy ride.

Why are the billionaires defunding public education? Well, my friends, it's simple – they want to turn students into chum for the loan sharks. By dismantling public education and making it increasingly unaffordable, they ensure a steady supply of fresh meat for their predatory friends. It's a win-win situation for them – they get to line their pockets with the hard-earned money of struggling students while simultaneously ensuring a future generation that is drowning in debt. How thoughtful of them!

In this twisted game of financial survival, students have become nothing more than chum for the loan sharks. They are lured in with promises of a brighter future, only to find themselves trapped in a never-ending cycle of debt. It's like being thrown into a tank full of hungry sharks and being told to swim for your life. But fear not, dear readers, for there is hope on the horizon. With enough wit, humor, and determination, we can expose these loan sharks for what they truly are – predators who feed off the dreams and aspirations of young minds.

So, my dear readers, as we navigate these treacherous waters of college tuition payment plans, let us not lose sight of our wit and humor. For in the face of absurdity and greed, laughter is our greatest weapon. Together, we can expose the loan sharks, challenge the billionaires, and fight for a future where education is affordable and debt is not a life sentence. Stay witty, stay funny, and most importantly, stay afloat!

CFPB Report Finds College Tuition Payment Plans Can Put Student Borrowers at Risk | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 

College tuition installment plans can add more debt, watchdog warns - The Washington Post




In a shocking turn of events, Senator Mitt Romney has declared "F*ck Trump" and called for a new conservative movement to resist his fascism and madness. Yes, you read that right. The man who once groveled at Trump's feet and begged for a job in his administration has finally seen the light and decided to stand up for democracy.

Romney's new biography, "A Reckoning," by McKay Coppins, offers a candid and revealing portrait of the senator's political journey over the past few years. It's a story of highs and lows, triumphs and failures, and lots and lots of flip-flopping.

The book starts with Romney's early life and career, including his Mormon faith, his successful business ventures, and his failed presidential bids in 2008 and 2012. It's all pretty boring stuff, to be honest. But things get interesting when Romney decides to run for the Senate in 2018, hoping to be a voice of reason and conscience in a chaotic and divisive era.

At first, Romney seems like he might be the hero we need. He's critical of Trump from the get-go, calling him a "phony" and a "fraud" during the 2016 campaign. He even gives a speech in which he warns that Trump's presidency would be a disaster for America. But then, just when we think he's going to take a stand, he goes and has dinner with Trump and begs for a job as Secretary of State. What a wimp.

Romney's relationship with Trump is one of the main themes of the book. We see him go from critic to sycophant to critic again, depending on which way the wind is blowing. At one point, he even considers voting for impeachment but then chickens out at the last minute. What a spineless weasel.

But it's not just Trump that Romney has to deal with. He also has to contend with his fellow Republicans, many of whom privately share his disdain for Trump but publicly support him out of fear or ambition. Romney is constantly torn between doing what he thinks is right and not pissing off his colleagues too much. It's like watching a kid try to navigate a playground full of bullies.

One of the most interesting parts of the book is when Romney reveals his preoccupation with his own death. Apparently, he's been getting death threats from Trump's loyalists, which has made him paranoid and anxious. He even received a warning from a senior Pentagon official about right-wing extremists planning something bad on the day of Trump's rally in D.C. Romney's name had been popping up in some frightening corners of the internet, which is why the official was concerned about his safety. It's like watching a spy thriller, except the spy is an old white guy from Utah.

Despite all the drama, Romney still manages to come across as a likable guy. He's self-deprecating, funny, and genuinely concerned about the future of America. He knows that the Republican Party needs to change if it wants to survive, and he's not afraid to speak out against Trump and his followers.

In the end, Romney announces his retirement from the Senate in 2023 and calls for a new generation of leaders to emerge. He believes that there's still hope for America, that we can overcome our divisions and come together as a nation. And who knows? Maybe he's right. Maybe there is still some good left in this crazy world.

So there you have it, folks. Mitt Romney: The Wreckening of America. It's a story of courage, cowardice, and lots and lots of Mormonism. But most importantly, it's a story of hope. Hope that we can rise above our differences and build a better future for ourselves and our children. Or at least hope that Mitt Romney will stop flip-flopping so damn much.

Mitch McConnell Told Mitt Romney That Trump Is an 'Idiot:' Book 

Top GOP Senator Only Backed Trump For 1 Chilling Reason, New Book Says 

What Mitt Romney Saw in the Senate - The Atlantic

All the Biggest Revelations From Senator Mitt Romney’s New Book Extract  



Romney: A Reckoning, a new biography of Senator Mitt Romney by McKay Coppins. This book is based on two years of exclusive interviews and access to Romney's personal journals, emails, and texts. It offers a candid and revealing portrait of one of the most influential and controversial figures in American politics today.

Here are some of the main topics covered in the book:

  • - Romney's early life and career, including his Mormon faith, his successful business ventures, and his failed presidential bids in 2008 and 2012.
  • - Romney's decision to run for the Senate in 2018, hoping to be a voice of reason and conscience in a chaotic and divisive era.
  • - Romney's relationship with Donald Trump, from his harsh criticism of the then-candidate in 2016, to his brief flirtation with joining his administration, to his eventual role as the lone Republican senator to vote for his impeachment in 2020.
  • - Romney's behind-the-scenes interactions with his fellow senators, many of whom privately shared his disdain for Trump but publicly supported him out of fear or ambition.
  • - Romney's personal struggles and doubts, as he faced isolation, ridicule, and death threats from Trump's loyalists, and grappled with the question of whether he was doing the right thing for his country and his party.
  • - Romney's vision for the future of America and the Republican Party, as he announced his retirement from the Senate in 2023 and called for a new generation of leaders to emerge.

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  • (1) What Mitt Romney Saw in the Senate - The Atlantic.
  • (2) All the Biggest Revelations From Sen. Mitt Romney’s New Book Extract.
  • (3) Mitch McConnell told Mitt Romney that Trump is an 'idiot' who 'doesn't think when he says things:' book.