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Monday, September 18, 2023



In a world where satire reigns supreme, one ex-South Park writer has taken it upon himself to create a parody website that has conservative moms in a tizzy. Toby Morton, known for his wit and sharp tongue, has targeted Moms for Liberty, a group seeking to ban books containing anything remotely related to race, gender, LGBTQ themes, or sexual content. And boy, has he hit a nerve!

Morton's website, aptly named, has become a hotbed of controversy and a magnet for hate mail from the group's supporters. But instead of cowering in fear, Morton has decided to turn this unexpected attention into a fundraising campaign. Yes, you read that right – he's making money off the outrage of these conservative moms. Talk about turning lemons into lemonade!

If you visit Morton's website, you'll be greeted with a plethora of hilarious content. From a placeholder page for "fascist chapters" (which I must say is an ingenious touch) to updated school board elections and open seats that Moms for Liberty is trying to infiltrate, Morton has left no stone unturned in his quest to poke fun at this conservative group. And let's not forget about the spoof sites he's created for some prominent politicians – Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and New York Rep. Elise Stefanik. It seems like no one is safe from Morton's comedic genius!

But what exactly is it about Moms for Liberty that has made them such an easy target for Morton? Well, it's their mission to ban books that tackle important and timely topics such as race, gender, LGBTQ themes, and sexual content. I mean, come on! Who doesn't want their children to grow up in a world where they have absolutely no knowledge or understanding of these issues? It's almost as if these moms are trying to create a generation of blissfully ignorant individuals. And that's where Morton steps in with his razor-sharp wit.

Now, I must admit, I am no stranger to satire myself. As a writer who thrives on humor and wit, I can appreciate the art of parody. And what Morton has done with Moms for Liberty is nothing short of brilliant. He has taken their absurd mission and turned it on its head, exposing the ridiculousness of their cause through laughter.

But let's not forget about the hate mail Morton has received from Moms for Liberty supporters. I can only imagine the sheer rage and indignation that must have filled their hearts when they stumbled upon his website. It's almost as if they have no sense of humor! But instead of letting this hate get to him, Morton has decided to use it as fuel for his fundraising campaign. And honestly, I can't help but applaud him for it. If these moms are going to send hate mail, why not make some money off it?

In conclusion, Toby Morton's parody website is a shining example of how humor can be used to expose the absurdity of certain ideologies. With his sharp wit and comedic genius, Morton has managed to turn the outrage of conservative moms into a fundraising opportunity. And while some may argue that he is simply adding fuel to the fire, I believe he is doing something much more profound – he is using laughter as a weapon against ignorance.

So here's to you, Toby Morton! May your parody website continue to bring joy and laughter to those who appreciate your unique brand of humor. And may Moms for Liberty finally realize that banning books is not the answer – laughter is.

How Ex-‘South Park’ Writer Toby Morton Is Taking On Moms for Liberty 



In a world where school shootings have sadly become all too common, the School District of Philadelphia has decided to take a unique and whimsical approach to ensure the safety of their students and staff. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you ALICE training – an acronym that stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. But don't worry, this isn't your typical run-of-the-mill safety drill. Oh no, this is something straight out of Wonderland!

Picture this: a classroom full of students, anxiously awaiting the start of their ALICE training session. Suddenly, the door bursts open and in walks Alice herself, complete with her signature blue dress and white apron. The students' jaws drop in astonishment as they realize that their safety instructor for the day is none other than the adventurous girl who fell down the rabbit hole.

"Good morning, my dear students!" Alice exclaims with a mischievous grin. "Today, we shall embark on a journey like no other – a journey to learn how to avoid getting killed at school!"

The students exchange bewildered glances, unsure of what to expect. But Alice is undeterred. She takes out a deck of cards and begins shuffling them with expert precision.

"Now, my dear friends, the first step in our ALICE training is to be alert," Alice explains. "Just like how I had to be alert in Wonderland to avoid the Queen of Hearts and her army of playing cards."

As Alice continues her explanation, the students can't help but feel a sense of excitement. This isn't your typical boring safety lecture – this is an adventure! And Alice is the perfect guide to lead them through it.

"Next, we have lockdown," Alice declares dramatically. "Just like how I had to lock myself in that tiny room to escape the Jabberwocky!"

The students nod eagerly, imagining themselves in Alice's shoes, hiding from a fearsome creature. This is way more fun than cowering under desks!

"But wait, there's more!" Alice exclaims, her eyes sparkling with mischief. "We have inform – because knowledge is power! And counter – where we'll learn how to outsmart even the craftiest of shooters!"

The students can't help but giggle at the thought of using their wits to outmaneuver a potential threat. Who knew school safety could be this entertaining?

"And finally," Alice concludes, "we have evacuate – because sometimes, my dear friends, running away is the smartest thing we can do!"

The students cheer, imagining themselves sprinting through the hallways with Alice by their side. This is definitely not your average fire drill!

Of course, it's important to remember that ALICE training is not just about having fun and games. It's about equipping teachers and students with the necessary skills to survive in case of a school shooting. And while some may argue that the intensity of the drills can be stressful for participants, there's no denying the effectiveness of a training program that captures the imagination and engages students in such a unique way.

So, if you ever find yourself in the School District of Philadelphia, don't be surprised if you see a group of students running through the halls with Alice in tow. They're not just playing make-believe – they're learning valuable life-saving skills in the most whimsical way possible.

And who knows? Maybe one day, thanks to ALICE training and the power of imagination, we'll live in a world where school shootings are nothing more than a distant memory. Until then, let's keep embracing new ways to dodge bullets while we work towards a society with common-sense gun laws.

Because if there's one thing we've learned from Alice and her adventures, it's that sometimes, all it takes is a little bit of madness to change the world.

Philly students are being taught to ‘counter’ shooters in new school shooting drills via @billy_penn 

ALICE Training | The ALICE Acronym & Protocol for Active Shooter Response - ALICE Training 


A - Alert

Alert is your first notification of danger.

ALERT is when you first become aware of a threat. The sooner you understand that you’re in danger, the sooner you can save yourself. A speedy response is critical. Seconds count.

Alert is overcoming denial, recognizing the signs of danger and receiving notifications about the danger from others. Alerts should be accepted, taken seriously, and should help you make survival decisions based on your circumstances.

L - Lockdown

Barricade the room. Prepare to EVACUATE or COUNTER if needed.

If EVACUATION is not a safe option, barricade entry points into your room in an effort to create a semi-secure starting point.

Our training explains scenarios where Lockdown may be the preferable option and dispels myths about passive, traditional ‘lockdown only’ procedures that create readily identifiable targets and makes a shooter’s mission easier. ALICE trainers instruct on practical techniques for how to better barricade a room, what to do with mobile and electronic devices, how and when to communicate with police, and how to use your time in lockdown to prepare to use other strategies (i.e. Counter or Evacuate) that might come into play should the active shooter gain entry.

I - Inform

Communicate the violent intruder’s location and direction in real time.

The purpose of INFORM is to continue to communicate information in as real time as possible, if it is safe to do so. Armed intruder situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly, which means that ongoing, real time information is key to making effective survival decisions. Information should always be clear, direct and in plain language, not using codes. If the shooter is known to be in an isolated section of a building, occupants in other wards can safely evacuate while those in direct danger can perform enhanced lockdown and prepare to counter.

Video surveillance, 911 calls and PA announcements are just a few of the channels that may be used by employees, safety officers, and other personnel to inform others. An emergency response plan should have clear methods outlined for informing school employees, hospital workers, or any other employees of the location of a violent intruder.

C - Counter

Create Noise, Movement, Distance and Distraction with the intent of reducing the shooter’s ability to shoot accurately. Counter is NOT fighting.

ALICE Training does not believe that actively confronting a violent intruder is the best method for ensuring the safety of those involved. Counter is a strategy of last resort. Counter focuses on actions that create noise, movement, distance and distraction with the intent of reducing the shooter’s ability to shoot accurately. Creating a dynamic environment decreases the shooter’s chance of hitting a target and can provide the precious seconds needed in order to evacuate.

E - Evacuate

When safe to do so, remove yourself from the danger zone.

ALICE provides techniques for safer and more strategic evacuations. Evacuating to a safe area takes people out of harm’s way and hopefully prevents civilians from having to come into any contact with the shooter.

Did you know that you should break a window from the top corner as opposed to the center? Many useful techniques that civilians do not know exist and can save your life. ALICE trainers teach strategies for evacuating through windows, from higher floors and under extreme duress.

ALICE Training | The ALICE Acronym & Protocol for Active Shooter Response - ALICE Training 


ALICE training is an acronym for **Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate**⁴. It is a comprehensive program that prepares schools and individuals to respond effectively to active shooter situations. The training offers realistic drills and adheres to the latest U.S. Department of Education guidelines for school shooter response⁴. 

ALICE training has gained attention and sparked discussions about its effectiveness and potential impact on participants. Some teachers have expressed concerns about the intensity of the drills, citing instances where they were hit with airsoft gun pellets during the training¹. However, it is important to note that ALICE training aims to equip teachers and students with the necessary skills to survive in case of a school shooting³.

To learn more about ALICE training and its implementation in K-12 schools, you can visit their official website ⁴. Additionally, there are several news videos available that provide insights into ALICE training sessions and how they are conducted¹²³.

Please note that while ALICE training is designed to enhance safety measures in schools, its effectiveness and impact may vary depending on various factors. It is crucial for schools and communities to evaluate and adapt their safety protocols based on their specific needs and circumstances.

Bing, 9/18/2023

  • (1) K-12 ALICE School Safety Training.
  • (2) Did School Shooter Training Session Go Too Far?.
  • (3) How children are taught to survive school shootings.
  • (4) Area Schools Practise Active Shooter Drill.
  • (5) Philadelphia students are being taught to ‘counter’ shooters.
  • (6) A look inside the ALICE active shooter training taken by Pittsburgh ....
  • (7) Is the trauma of training for a school shooter worth it?.




Ladies and gentlemen, hold onto your hats because Gloria Johnson is standing tall for Tennessee and she's ready to take on the one and only MAGA big mouth Marsha Blackburn in the race for the US Senate. That's right, folks, we've got ourselves a showdown.

Now, you might be thinking, "Who is Gloria Johnson?" Well, let me tell you, she's one of the Tennessee Three, a 27-year special education teacher, and a warrior for sensible gun laws and women's healthcare. And let's not forget, she's funny as hell.

Gloria Johnson is the kind of woman who can make you laugh while also making you think. She's got a quick wit and a sharp tongue, and she's not afraid to use either one. But don't let her sense of humor fool you, she's serious about making a change in Tennessee.

For too long, our state has been dominated by Republicans who care more about their own interests than the interests of the people they represent. But Gloria Johnson is here to change all that. She's running on a platform of abortion rights and gun reform, two issues that are near and dear to the hearts of Tennesseans.

Now, I know what you're thinking, "But Tennessee is a red state, how can Gloria Johnson possibly win?" Well, my friends, let me tell you, anything is possible when you've got someone like Gloria Johnson on your side.

She's not afraid to speak her mind, even if it means getting kicked out of the statehouse. In fact, she narrowly avoided expulsion after protesting guns on the state house floor. And when asked if her survival had anything to do with the color of her skin, she didn't miss a beat when she said "absolutely."

But Gloria Johnson isn't just a fighter for gun reform, she's also a champion for women's healthcare. She believes that every woman should have the right to make decisions about her own body and that includes the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion.

Marsha Blackburn, on the other hand, supports a federal abortion ban. And let's not forget that she ranks 12th among lawmakers who've received campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association. It's clear whose side she's on, and it's not the side of the people of Tennessee.

So, folks, it's time to get serious about this election. We need someone like Gloria Johnson in the US Senate fighting for us. She's smart, she's funny, and she's not afraid to stand up for what's right. With issues like gun reform and women's healthcare on the line, Tennessee voters have a lot to consider. But one thing is clear - Gloria Johnson is the candidate who will stand up for what's right. So let's give her a chance to make history and kick Marsha Blackburn to the curb!

Gloria Johnson for US Senate 

‘You just have to speak up’: Gloria Johnson aims to be Tennessee’s first Democratic senator in 28 years | Tennessee | The Guardian 

Rep. Gloria Johnson of ‘Tennessee Three’ officially launches 2024 Senate campaign | PBS NewsHour 

Rep. Gloria Johnson of 'Tennessee Three' officially launches 2024 Senate campaign | AP News 



The Libertarian Billionaire Privatier Front Organization, also known as Democrats for Education Reform (DFER), is in shock over the success of MAGA in privatizing public education. They claim they should get the credit for F---ing up public education, not MAGA, who are just Johnny-come-lately to the privatization game. Now that cultural warriors are succeeding, DFER is wringing their hands and wondering what went wrong.

DFER has been pushing for privatization for years, but they never expected MAGA to be better at it than they are. They thought they had the market cornered on privatization, but MAGA has proven them wrong. Now they're left scratching their heads and wondering how they can regain their footing.

When DFER starts wringing their hands and saying "woe is me," will MAGA spread culture war vouchers? It seems like the privatizers, both Democrat and MAGA, are in a race to the bottom to see who can destroy public education the fastest.

The Democrats are divided on how to address the crisis facing public schools in the US. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona believes in protecting public schools, but some Democrats are pushing for a liberal version of public school choice as a way to regain the advantage on education. Meanwhile, Republican governors in several states have signed laws expanding private school choice options for families, and public school enrollment has dropped by 3% since the pandemic started.

It's clear that something needs to be done to address the crisis facing public schools, but the Democrats can't seem to agree on what that something should be. Labor unions and liberal education reform groups are at odds over how to approach public school choice, and it's causing a rift within the party.

So what's the solution? Maybe we should just give up on public education altogether and let the privatizers have their way. After all, if we can't agree on how to fix it, maybe it's beyond fixing. Or maybe we should just laugh at the absurdity of it all and hope that someone, somewhere, will come up with a solution that doesn't involve destroying our public schools.

Democrats tied their fate to public education long ago. They need each other more than ever. - POLITICO 



Attention all students! The Sacramento City Unified School District has officially banned the use of AI without the guidance and approval of a teacher. That's right, no more relying on ChatGPT to write your essays or complete your math homework. But don't worry, we've got the inside scoop on how the district is keeping a watchful eye on your AI usage.

First off, let's talk consequences. If you're caught using AI without permission, you may be sentenced to the ultimate punishment of night school. That's right, you'll be spending your evenings in a classroom learning about...well, we're not quite sure what they teach in night school, but we're pretty sure it's not as fun as playing video games or scrolling through TikTok.

But wait, there's more! You may also be forced to attend a parent-teacher conference, where your parents will learn about your AI shenanigans and probably ground you for life. And if that's not enough, you could even face suspension. So, let's just say it's not worth the risk.

But how are teachers able to tell if you're using AI? Are they secretly AI detectives? Well, not quite. They've just got a keen eye for spotting when something doesn't quite add up. And let's be real, if your essay suddenly sounds like it was written by a Nobel laureate, they're going to be suspicious.

So, what can you do to avoid these consequences? Well, for starters, don't use AI without permission. But if you're really struggling with an assignment, don't be afraid to ask your teacher for help. They're there to guide you and make sure you're learning.

Now, let's switch gears and talk about how teachers are using AI in the classroom. That's right, it's not just for students anymore. Teachers are using AI to streamline their work and improve their presence in the classroom.

For example, some teachers are using AI to grade assignments and tests. This means less time spent grading and more time spent actually teaching. And let's be real, who wouldn't want that?

Other teachers are using AI to personalize their lessons for each student. By analyzing data on each student's learning style and progress, teachers can tailor their lessons to meet each student's needs. It's like having a personal tutor, but without the hefty price tag.

So, while students may be banned from using AI without permission, teachers are embracing it with open arms. And who knows, maybe one day students will be able to use AI in the classroom too. But until then, let's stick to good old-fashioned critical thinking and hard work. After all, isn't that what school is all about?

How do educators restrict students from using AI? | The Sacramento Bee