Get Tough

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, as many as 13,000 prisoners were executed at Assad's Saydnaya prison between 2011 and 2015 according to Amnesty International.

The report, Human Slaughterhouse, details allegations of state-sanctioned abuse that are unprecedented in Syria’s civil war, a conflict that has consistently broken new ground in depravity, leaving at least 400,000 people dead and nearly half the country’s population displaced.

It suggests thousands more people could have been hanged in Saydnaya since the end of 2015, after which former guards and detainees who spoke to Amnesty no longer had access to verifiable information from inside the prison.

Meanwhile, Trump held a Marie Antoinette-themed fundraiser complete with powdered-wigs and knee breeches at the Mar-a-Lago over the weekend. Sometimes the jokes write themselves.

Finally, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as the next secretary of education today after Mike Pence broke a tie vote in her favor. It will be more important than ever for local districts and school boards to safeguard their own students from discrimination. The Trump regime won't do it.

  • I’ve wanted to start up a non-profit Charter School here in AZ for years (and since the GOP has made it so damn easy, it would be a breeze). Except unlike everyone else who just see this as a boondoggle, I would voluntarily make the books completely open to the government and the public. I would also adhere to the last and best set of standards specified by the Dept of Education. I would also ensure the quality and pay of instructors. At the very least, those few hundred kids in my school will get a good education and my charter school(s) could serve as an example of how to actually educate Americans for the future. Since I can’t control what happens on the national level (DeVos should be called DeVoid for all she knows about Education, plus Thomas Massie (KY-R) has proposed to abolish the Dept of Education yesterday) at least I can control what happens right here.

    Of course, I have no money to do such a thing but it’s a dream of mine just to thwart the ignorant bastards.

  • Draxiar

    Also, if DeVos gets her way States will have more power to set their own curriculum standards. So get ready for religious overtones to state creeping into what’s taught.

    • ninjaf

      Creeping in about as subtly at the Kool-Aid Man.

    • This particular appointment really, really makes my blood boil. I have two kids in public schools and the only reason they go to a good school is because the District I live in does everything in their power to thwart the restrictions the idiotic Republican-led state legislature imposes on them. For example, the state GOP got rid of all day Kindergarten. So the district offered it at a reduced price for a year or two and then was able to find the funds within their budget to offer it at some of their schools for free. Now the state GOP and Gov. Douchey have a budget that gives the AZ Dept of Education $0 for IT. Since distribution of funds is based on student counts and student counts are done using software, this really f*cks over the schools. AND opens up the door for fraud. I suspect this is so the Charter schools can claim more students than they actually have and rob the public schools of yet more funds. This state plan is coordinated with national plans. The drop in quality of education dooms us to become a second and possibly a third world country. We are so f*cked.