Saturday Open Thread

This guy reminds me of Moonbeam’s first two terms.

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104 Responses to Saturday Open Thread

  1. Myiq2xu™ says:

  2. DeniseVB says:

    I’m guessing that dude in the lower photo is a Berkeley professor? Or an abortion doctor 😉

  3. DeniseVB says:

    • Lulu says:

      Barney Fife was NOT a thief which is what the Boward County Sheriff Dept was all about. That federal money for “decreased” minority crime was SWEET. RICO the hell out of them.

  4. DeniseVB says:


  5. helenk3 says:

    going back to normal.

    do you ever wonder if the backtrack bunch had drinking game of throwing darts to pick what idea could screw up our education systems on any given week?

    • DeniseVB says:

      I think there will be overreactions to everything, after all the square root symbol is a “sign”. All together, 8 MIDDLE schoolers were arrested this week in the area for sending death threats to their schools. Parents are edgy too. There’s zero tolerance now, remember when a pop tart and a finger gun got you suspended ?

  6. elliesmom says:

    There’s a lot of blame to go around when a school shooting happens. If the shooter is an outsider, we can blame society in general, the shooter’s family, the school for not having good protection in place, and the police for not responding in a timely and heroic manner. But when the shooter comes from within the school itself, there’s another group to blame, and it’s uncomfortable to name them. It’s the kids who attend the school with the shooter.
    The shooter is never the class president or the captain of the football team. It’s the kid who has no friends, eats alone everyday in the cafeteria, always gets picked last in gym, can never find a lab partner unless the teacher assigns one, gets ridiculed on social media, and has no reason to believe anyone of his peers would ever have his back. Everyday he comes to school and either lives a life of social isolation or has to run a gauntlet of abuse.
    I love kids, especially teens and pre-teens, and I understand they’re frightened. But I also think some of what they’re feeling isn’t fear- it’s guilt. They know in their hearts they may have helped create a living time bomb in their midst. Most schools of any size have potential school annihilators, and most teachers and kids know who they are. Instead of encouraging kids to walk out of school, their teachers and counselors should be having meetings inside the school to examine the role the social pecking order in a school plays in school violence. Maybe start a “Nobody eats alone” movement in the school. Ask that teachers take the choosing of teams or workgroups out of the kids’ hands or find a way to do it randomly. Start a buddy program in the school so every freshman is assigned an upperclassman to help them integrate into high school. Plan more inclusive school activities that make more people comfortable participating. Rotate membership on things like student council more often so more voices get heard. IOW, teach the kids how to take charge of the school environment in ways they can control in a positive way. Make them leaders instead of victims.

    • lyn says:

      ❤ This needs to be shared far and wide.

      We're seeing the difference between doers and blamers.

    • helenk3 says:

      I stole this and posted it on facebook

    • DeniseVB says:

      Beautifully stated em. I think a majority of kids are kind, gentle and compassionate too. 🙂

    • DandyTIger says:

      Absolutely spot on. Thanks for that.

    • 1539days says:

      This is the real bullying. It’s not like punching a kid in the stomach and stealing their lunch money. It’s ignoring them entirely, or ostracizing them on social media. The fundamental problem is that school is a place where people are put together solely on the basis of age. Image only having friends within 5 years of your own age. It would really limit your social opportunities.

      School shootings have moved past disgruntled students. Sandy Hook and the latest one were from people out of school who were basically nuts. It’s more like the 1979 San Diego shooting. Frankly, there’s still no real defense for an attack from a sniper at dismissal time.

    • Lulu says:

      I agree with you on much of this. But how do children relate to someone who is mental age 10 to 14 (a call from a relative to law enforcement relayed this information) with severe behavioral issues when they are the same age but with normal development in both intellect and behavior and held to a much higher standard. He was disrupting THEIR education. Then he killed or traumatized them. Do they have zero rights and zero potential because this boy didn’t? This handicapped boy deserved an appropriate education and environment but not at the cost of everyone else? It caused him harm to be mainstreamed and frustrated and bullied. For what? To make his mother feel better? I’m tired of the common good being ignored and the majority paying the price for the unfortunate minority who is not served either by all of these illogical and harmful “rights”. Everyone is not equal in ability and that has to be acknowledged because it is causing harm to our society and the murder of children and teachers is just one example of ignoring cause and effect.

      • Constance says:

        I hate to say this but this is why my kids went to private Catholic school. Private schools throw out the problems. What to do with public schools that can’t throw them out? My only suggestion is more charter schools. Some schools can choose to have armed guards and standards that are enforced. But if Democrats feel that threatens their children’s bubble they can start a charter school with no guards, no drills children might find disturbing and with common behavioral standards not enforced.

        • 1539days says:

          Betsy DeVos was actually advocating for that this week. I can imagine the response if someone actually said it was a solution for school shootings.

    • Lulu says:

      While there are certainly children like you describe in schools Cruz wasn’t one of them. He had “friends” who sat with him at lunch and he pulled a lunch box full of knives out to sell to them. What children are supposed to be cool with that and adapt themselves to his behavor? He had a girlfriend who he abused both verbally and physically whose mother had to put a stop to it by calling his mother and demanding it stop. He beat up the boy who started being her boyfriend. He was reported for stalking other girls at school. He showed contrition then he did things again. Over and over. He kicked doors, cursed out teachers, and did it consistently. For years. But he could at least semi-behave himself at his job as a cashier which he had very part-time for a couple of years. The police calls to his home (both before and after his mom’s death) show similar threatening and dangerous behavior. Was his mom bullying him? The families who took him in? Who is the bully here? Who terrorized who? And why are children supposed to be tolerant and loving to that which adults allow to go on? They have to protect themselves and they did until he brought a gun to school and the system let him do it. For tolerance.

      • Miranda says:

        I’m with you, Lulu. Why should anyone be required to hang out with an asshole? Let kids eat lunch with their friends. That’s certainly what’s going to happen in adulthood. If you want friends, learn how to get along with people and understand that not everyone is going to (or is required to) like you.

        I do like the idea of having PE and class teams randomly assigned. Again, you’re going to have to learn how interact with different people. But, free time, like lunch, is supposed to be free time.

        • Constance says:

          There is a middle ground. They can have school ambassadors, kids who are supposed to assist other less social or developed kids get by. There are natural helpers in any group of people, organize them.

      • elliesmom says:

        I don’t disagree that some kids are mainstreamed when they shouldn’t be. But I do stand by the kids themselves helping to create an environment that fosters resentment and anger. If a school has an atmosphere of acceptance and inclusion, a kid who needs additional support sticks out like a sore thumb. If a school has a lot of kids who are operating on the fringes, it’s harder to see which one is the one who’s going to explode. We know a lot about Cruz that in hindsight were blatant signals. What we don’t know is how much the issue was masked because he was just one of many kids who didn’t fit in with the school norm. This is a huge high school. Yes, law enforcement missed the boat. Yes, the school system minimized the problem to keep their stats clean. But my point was, and still is, there are productive things kids can do to make their school safer that are more productive than staging a walkout.

  7. lyn says:

    In Florida, one of the nation’s largest school districts has overhauled its discipline policies with a single purpose in mind — to reduce the number of children going into the juvenile justice system.

    It’s a move away from so-called “zero tolerance” policies that require schools to refer even minor misdemeanors to the police. Critics call it a “school to prison pipeline.”

    Civil rights and education activists say the policy can be a model for the nation.

  8. DeniseVB says:

  9. helenk3 says:

    The FBI is disgracing itself more everyday.
    the left blame trump for the lowering of the public opinion of the FBI. Trump did not do this , the FBI did and keeps doing it everyday

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  11. Myiq2xu™ says:

    • lyn says:

      Democrats love censorship to keep their slaves ignorant.

    • SHV says:

      Time to start anti-trust actions against Google, the media conglomerates, etc.

      • Constance says:

        Absolutely! When you open a bar or a coffee shop you have to be open to all members of the public. When you open a search engine or communication platform you have to be open to all members of the public who aren’t carrying out illegal activities.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Irony since the NRA is the premier gun safety organization.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Two extremely left groups, gun safety? Nah, just blowing smoke up asses for donations, it’s what the lefty groups do.

      In letters on Friday, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense and Everytown for Gun Safety called on the companies to cut ties with NRATV because it “promotes dangerous conspiracy theories, racially charged rhetoric, and violent demonization of the NRA’s political opponents.”

  12. helenk3 says:

    this is different

  13. Myiq2xu™ says:

  14. DeniseVB says:

    Some good news for the Trump family. Bad news for us when the 5-star rating jacks up the prices 😀

  15. Dora says:

    It’s been confirmed.



    The Trump administration will officially relocate the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, timed with Israel’s 70th Independence Day, a State Department official confirmed to The Jerusalem Post on Friday. The official was responding to a message on Twitter by Transport Minister Israel Katz, who seemed to confirm the move would occur in the spring. “We’re planning to open the new US Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem in May,” the US official told the Post. “The Embassy opening will coincide with Israel’s 70th anniversary.”

  16. Cisco says:

    h/t David over at CTH.

  17. Dora says:

    Handgun comes in handy.


    Dramatic moment mother and daughter fight off shotgun-wielding robber by shooting him with a handgun after he burst into their Oklahoma liquor store

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  20. Dora says:

    Billy Graham’s Being Laid To Rest In a $200 Casket Built By Inmates, and It’s Perfect

  21. Myiq2xu™ says:

  22. lyn says:

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  23. helenk3 says:

    very interesting read. funny how the MSM had no questions about this

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