NRA T-Shirt Banned From School for Promoting Violence [UPDATED: School District Apologizes]

Photo by Jeb BullwinklePhoto by Jeb BullwinkleLast month Haley Bullwinkle, a sophomore at Canyon High School in Anaheim Hills, California, was ordered to change out of a National Rifle Association T-shirt, which a guard claimed violated the school's dress code by encouraging violence. How so? It included an image of a hunter holding a rifle. The Blaze reports that Canyon High's clothing rules do not actually mention images of hunters or guns, instead banning attire that "promotes or depicts: gang, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, violence, criminal activity, obscenity, [or] the degrading of cultures, ethnicity, gender, religion and/or ethnic values." Haley's father, Jeb, an NRA member, wonders why the T-shirt was deemed too violent when the school's color guard parades with wooden rifles and its crest features spears. "Students don't leave their First Amendment rights at the door," observes a lawyer retained by Haley's parents. "We're looking for [the school] to acknowledge that this T-shirt and T-shirts like it aren't banned by school policy."

How long do you think that will take? The typical pattern in cases like this is for school officials to stubbornly defend a stupid decision right up until the moment they fold, presumably after consulting with their lawyers. While school officials have considerable leeway in maintaining discipline and good order, the courts are not likely to look kindly on speech restrictions that smack of politically motivated censorship. In the 1969 case Tinker v. Des Moines School District, the Supreme Court upheld the First Amendment right of high school students to wear black arm bands in protest of the Vietnam War. More recently, in the 2007 case Morse v. Frederick, the Court said a student could be punished for displaying a banner saying "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" at an off-campus event. But the rationale in the latter case was that the banner promoted illegal drug use. By contrast, it cannot reasonably be argued that Haley Bullwinkle's NRA T-shirt (above) advocated criminal activity.

She was probably smart not to insist on her First Amendment rights at the time, however. As Zenon Evans noted here last June, a West Virginia student who refused to comply with an order to remove his NRA T-shirt was suspended, arrested, and charged with "obstructing an officer." The charge was dropped in August. In that case, as in this one, the school's dress code made no mention of firearms, although it did ban "clothing and accessories that display...violence." The kid's shirt featured a rifle and the slogan "NRA: Protect your right."

Update: The NRA reports that after its lawyers contacted the Orange County School District, Superintendent Michael Christensen offered an "unconditional apology" to Haley's parents for the T-shirt incident. Christensen issued the following statement:

Canyon High School has a policy prohibiting clothing depicting or promoting violence. In this incident, a student was referred to the counseling office by a security officer because she was wearing a shirt with a logo that included a rifle. The student was instructed by a staff member to change her shirt and was provided another shirt to wear.

The parents contacted the principal a week after the incident to express concern. At that time, the principal was unaware of the incident and provided an initial response regarding the school policy on clothing that depicts violence. After reviewing pictures of the shirt, the principal determined that the shirt logo does not promote violence.

The family was contacted and advised that wearing the shirt was not contrary to the school dress code policy and the student will be permitted to wear the shirt. The student and family received an apology and assurance that training will be provided to staff so an incident like this does not occur again.

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  • Warrren||

    I wonder if the National Restaurant Association sells shirts.

  • Live Free or Diet||

    That would be promoting obesity. Cuz, you know, nobody gets fat without restaurants and t-shirts and... stuff.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Her shirt makes a good point.

  • Lord Humungus||

    it takes real strength of character to shoot an unarmed 34yo
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/.....ml?hpid=z1

  • From the Tundra||

    Shit. For awhile the word was that they had a suspect in custody. I saw the video - didn't look like someone trying to storm the Bastille.

  • ||

    Afterward, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) took to Twitter to thank the police. “We all owe the Capitol Police a debt of gratitude for their work every day; no finer examples of professionalism & bravery,” Boehner wrote.

    Yeah, killing unarmed mothers is super professional and brave. Fuck these scumbags.

  • Lady Bertrum||

    I think the kid in her car was her grandchild. So, killing an unarmed grandmother....

  • Lady Bertrum||

    From the Washington Post story:

    “The Secret Service guy was just having a cow,” B.J. Campbell said. “Yelling at her and banging on the car.” The Secret Service officers pulled a black metal gate into her path and she slowed to try to go around it. Then the agent moved the gate in front of her again.

    At that point “she just gunned it,” B.J. Campbell said. “She ran the barricade down and the guy; knocked him up onto her hood. He rolled off into the street, and she tore off down Pennsylvania Avenue.” The whole encounter lasted about 20 seconds, he said.

    Another witness said the man was an off-duty officer in plain clothes holding a lunch cooler in his hand.

    So, some guy in plain clothes starts screaming at her and blocking her path with the barricades, she get scared and guns it. What a travesty.

    The story says she's 34, so probably not a grandmother - just a mother with a young kid in her car.

  • Ted S.||

    The story says she's 34, so probably not a grandmother - just a mother with a young kid in her car.

    Loretta Lynn was a grandmother at 29.

  • SomeGuy||

    i looked through the link and never says your quotes

  • SomeGuy||

    maybe i am just missing it but Washinston post doesn't have that but newsday does

    http://www.newsday.com/news/na.....-1.6194047

  • SomeGuy||

    i still can't find the plain cloths part

  • Lady Bertrum||

    It's on the very top of the 2nd page.

  • SomeGuy||

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/.....ml?hpid=z1

    looked all over search for the sentence and keyboards and it is no where on the two pages. They must have moved it

  • Lady Bertrum||

    From the Washington Post story:

    “The Secret Service guy was just having a cow,” B.J. Campbell said. “Yelling at her and banging on the car.” The Secret Service officers pulled a black metal gate into her path and she slowed to try to go around it. Then the agent moved the gate in front of her again.

    At that point “she just gunned it,” B.J. Campbell said. “She ran the barricade down and the guy; knocked him up onto her hood. He rolled off into the street, and she tore off down Pennsylvania Avenue.” The whole encounter lasted about 20 seconds, he said.

    Another witness said the man was an off-duty officer in plain clothes holding a lunch cooler in his hand.

    So, some guy in plain clothes starts screaming at her and blocking her path with the barricades, she get scared and guns it. What a travesty.

    The story says she's 34, so probably not a grandmother - just a mother with a young kid in her car.

  • Lady Bertrum||

    GRRRRRR. I swear to God, if I preview I then double post. Again, Reason you suck.

  • ||

    Basically, she panicked, probably for good reason, and died for it. New Professionalism, indeed.

  • Sevo||

    We'll never see it, but I'd love to see a count of the rounds fired and the locations.
    Jitterbugging, and they're damned lucky several other people didn't get hit.

  • From the Tundra||

    Since when so they give a shit about that? NYPD has it down to a science.

  • Live Free or Diet||

    Amadou Diallo, unarmed, murdered in the Bronx, 02/04/1999, 41 shots fired at him by four NYPD.

  • Tejicano||

    My guess from what we know now - she may have been on meds, kid was causing a ruckus, while trying to follow instructions from the navigation system which lead her to a wrong turn. Cops over-react and she panics and it all snowballs from there.

    Common sense has left the stage ages ago.

  • C. Anacreon||

    The new rumor that's coming out is that she was claiming the kid is Obama's child -- and she was storming the gates so that Obama could "see his son."

    So either she was very delusional (quite likely) or this would be the greatest scandal in presidential history (extremely unlikely).

  • Irish||

    FCC inoperable due to the government shutdown.

    Quick question: How is the Federal Communications Commission banning certain words and fining television stations not a violation of the first amendment?

  • ||

    Let me counter with a question, and then we can both go ask the Supreme Court to explain them both to us: how is a farmer growing wheat on his own land for personal consumption interstate commerce?

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    Fuck you, that's why.

    /the nine

  • RannedPall||

    NAZGULLLLLL

  • mr simple||

    Oh, can I come along so I can ask the wizard how having to pay a penalty for not buying something the government says you have to buy is a tax that is not in violation of Article 1, Sections 2.3 and 9.4? I know the answer, I just want to hear them say it.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    The airwaves are a common good. Therefore, FUCK YOU, THAT'S WHY!

  • Irish||

    I love that this argument still exists. Maybe you could make the argument when there were 3 channels, but in the era of cable and the internet this is such bullshit.

  • C. Anacreon||

    That will be $500,000 for your use of the word "bullshit" on public internet airwaves.

    /FCC

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    But wearing a Che Guevara shirt is totally anti-establishment and cool. No violence implied there by the face of the Butcher of La Cabana.

  • sarcasmic||

    Che, Mao, and Pol Pot would I'm sure all be acceptable. That's tolerance.

  • Killazontherun||

    The only fair solution in accord with the 1A* and the necessity of school officials being able to perform their duties as parentus something something Latin is to do away all public schools. Ban them. Problem solved.

    * For instance, who are they to say you can't advocate hybrid superiority over the mono-raced? That's political speech, which trumps the mere safety concerns of violence, after all.

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    Hey Rocky, watch me pull a statist out of my hat.

  • Tejicano||

    Didn't know a moose wears its hat on that part of its anatomy...

  • Scarecrow Repair||

    New York mandates horses wear diapers; why not meese?

  • ||

    That trick never works.

  • Sevo||

    From the 24/7 post:

    SOFL Hockey Fan|10.3.13 @ 7:13PM|#
    Wear a less offensive t-shirt, maybe Che Guevara.

    Wanna bet no one would call her on celebrating a mass-murderer?

  • prolefeed||

    By contrast, it cannot reasonably be argued that Haley Bullwinkle's NRA T-shirt (above) advocated criminal activity.

    I'd say about 4 out of 9 SCOTUS justices might think they were being reasonable in arguing for the school district's POV.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Justice Thomas laughs at the notion that children have Constitutional rights.

  • John C. Randolph||

    The reason that this kind of shit keeps happening, is that the first round of idiots who pulled these stunts got to keep their jobs.

    -jcr

  • Voros McCracken||

    Is this incident going to prevent her from getting into Wossamotta U?

  • ||

    It might, but if she can pull a rabbit out of her hat she might be able to get a job doing magic at children's parties. All she needs is a flying squirrel sidekick.

  • Swamp Think||

    Is the lawyer named Snidely Whiplash?

  • ||

    That school guard sure made trouble for moose and squirrel. Is his name Boris?

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    Snidely Whiplash? You're mixing your cartoon villains.

  • ||

    Maybe he meant Oil Can Harry?

    (ducks)

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    You mean this guy?

  • Robert||

    No, not ducks, mice.

  • Swamp Think||

    Just a great name for a lawyer. You prefer Dewey, Cheatham & Howe?

  • Invisible Finger||

    School administrators seem to be super-chicken.

  • Mint Berry Crunch||

    I remember when I was in school there was a kid who wore a Guns and Roses T shirt about once a week. He never turned violent, as far as I can recall.

    Also, Jeb Bullwinkle is probably the coolest name I've heard since Zenon Evans.

  • Warrren||

    Max Fightmaster disagrees.

  • Live Free or Diet||

  • cavalier973||

    Claymore Zweihander chuckles at your choice of what is cool.

  • SweatingGin||

    Had a couple of kids in my school with SEAL shirts and such. "Mess with the best, die like the rest" or similar on it, with skulls and rifles.

    I assume they went into meth, though.

  • StacyKay||

    Zap Rowsdower.

  • StacyKay||

    I know how to reply to the right comment, I swear.

  • Rhywun||

    Kiff, fetch my undergarments!

  • Robert||

  • Warrren||

    She's a schoolgirl, you perv. Keep your eyes off of her beans!

  • ||

    That's my job he's horning in on!

  • Kaptious Kristen||

    Lardo is a pedophile. Lock it up and put it on a list!

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    She looks to be 15, so Lardo is actually an ephebophile.

  • Warrren||

    It's perv all the way down.

  • anon||

    Is it ever not?

  • ||

    The thing about this shit is, it's all political. These are public schools and everything governmental is political, always. Right now, the BAN BONER crowd has made such a huge stink that even though they didn't get any national legislation passed, the political effects echo down and affect decision making even in schools.

    This is why sending your kid to public school is tantamount to child abuse, because you are subjecting them to a politicized nonsensical environment that does not operate within reality. Kind of like watching The Newsroom. Or The Flintstones.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    subjecting them to a politicized nonsensical environment that does not operate within reality. Kind of like watching The Newsroom. Or The Flintstones.

    You're going to have to explain The Flintstones to me.

  • Ska||

    Animated version of the Honeymooners with animals replacing most home appliances, and weak puns that make reference to the stone age.

    I've got no explanation for the Great Gazoo.

  • Ted S.||

    Gazoo = Poochie.

  • ||

    Oh please. Bedrock was an allegory for DC, with Mr. Slate as the evil Republican president, and Fred and Barney as senior and junior Democratic congressmen just trying to make the world a better place. And The Great Gazoo represents the EPA. This stuff didn't just jump out at you? Come on, dude.

  • Warrren||

    My daughter wanted to go. She goes to an ants & science charter. We tried to dissuade her but she wanted to be with her "friends" and do "interesting things" like be in plays and the like.

    Though she is well aware of how much the system sucks.

  • Warrren||

    Also, it's arts & sciences.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    With today's art, one never knows - it may be the same thing.

  • Invisible Finger||

    Ants all the way down (my pants)

  • Sevo||

    In one of David Friedman's books, he tells of sending a note to the teacher of his kid, explaining that he'd rather not have her indoctrinated with the religion of 'environmentalism'.
    Obviously, one note didn't get the job done; he had to go to some length, pointing out how environmentalism is a religion, but it seems the teacher finally got the point.

  • Warrren||

    I thought that was Steven Landsburg.

  • Sevo||

    I stand corrected. Landsburg, "Armchair Economist".

  • Killazontherun||

    LOVED him in Barney Miller.

    That joke will NEVER get old.

  • SweatingGin||

    "Or The Flintstones."

    Winston tastes good, like a cigarette should!

  • SweatingGin||

  • cavalier973||

    OT: Justice Roberts actually declared the ACA to be UnConstitutional?

    "Chief Justice Roberts did not say obamacare was constitutional..read his RULING ..He said that the mandate was NOT Constitutional. the ONLY WAY THAT the federal government could enforce obamacare is to to enforce it as a tax. When Justice Roberts made that ruling THE ACA should have went BACK to congress and should have been VOTED ON BY EACH MEMBER OF CONGRESS AS A TAX .. IT WAS NOT .. The House did not pass obamacare as a tax..they said that it was NOT a tax. OBAMACARE IS ILLEGAL ..ALSO THE ACA Originated in the SENATE and a Tax cannot originate in the Senate. OBAMA has unlawfully changed the law by giving exemptions. Main Stream media knows this and is REPEATING THE LIE over and over and over again so it becomes the new reality. They are trying so hard to make us all believe that Obamacare is legal AND IT IS NOT LEGAL. Take the IRS to court if THEY try to garnish your bank account when you OPT-OUT ..go to (generation opportunity.org) AND (cchfreedom.org) There will be a chance for class action law suits against the Federal Government but we cannot take them to court until they try to tax us for not having health insurance."
  • Warrren||

    Extra capitalization! Holy crap! That's some powerful argumentation!

    It's an intriguing argument but those sorts of things don't go anywhere and ultimately get lumped in with the fringe-on-the-flag thing.

  • Sevo||

    Yeah.
    If Roberts made that call, it'd have some stick. Not otherwise.

  • Mike M.||

    If the Cleveland Browns don't let us down one more time, they'll be all alone in first place. Wouldn't have thought it possible.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    One of my new favorite things.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    I like the Honest Trailers cross-over they did earlier.

    Basically, since the timeline is already polluted, Old Spock should just make a list of all the villains from classic Trek to save time and lives, like the Gorn, the Borg, Horta, the need to find whales, etc.

  • JWatts||

    The Gorn, Horta & whales are villains?

  • juris imprudent||

    Jesus Christ Jacob - this is in California. They really know how to screw a child (and family), "for the children". The school won't fold until the United States Supreme Court rules against them.

  • sarcasmic||

    I wore this shirt to work as a cook at a restaurant and the manager had me turn it inside out because it was freaking the waitresses out. It was the backside they didn't like. They found 666 MUTHAFUCKA to be offensive. I have no idea why.

  • Warrren||

    You were surrounded by knives and fire at the time so maybe it was the totality of the circs.

  • sarcasmic||

    Funny you say that. The kitchen manager at the time joked that restaurants don't get robbed because who's going to rob a place that has a dozen guys with foot-long knives in the back. A couple months after he left the manager got robbed in the early AM before anyone else arrived. Cleaned the safe. Hmmmm. I wonder....

  • sarcasmic||

    At another job a manager got fired for his bumper stickers. I think it was the dining room manager and wedding planner who were offended. Those homos just couldn't find humor in KILL A QUEER FETUS FOR JESUS and SMOKE CRACK AND WORSHIP SATAN. Fucking prudes.

  • Warrren||

    faints

  • sarcasmic||

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    This ending would have trimmed down LotR.

  • sarcasmic||

    nice

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    That was a response to TRHSMV, above.

    Little rodents.

  • Ted S.||

    I figured you were just sucking up to P Brooks. :-)

  • cavalier973||

    The Superhero Cafe is some of their best work.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    BECAUSE I'M BATMAN!

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    I can't believe I just watched that whole thing.

  • cavalier973||

    It the "cafe" portions of their Superhero Movie HISHE videos.

  • cavalier973||

    *It's*

  • Irish||

    Hilarious.

    Weigel, Yglesias and Markos Moulitsas blame the shooting outside the capital on, respectively, the NRA, not paying police, and the NRA.

    No comment on what these three dipshits said when it turned out the POLICE were the shooters.

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    I'm proud to say that after informing MattY that vets hate VA health care, he blocked me on Twitter. Well, I did keep calling him Sadbeard too.

  • Warrren||

    Twitter and other social media are perfect for his sort. The petty power of blocking someone is exactly the kind of thing they can manage without risking an actual confrontation.

  • Irish||

    I've also been blocked by Yglesias. He was claiming that the only reason airlines merge because EVIL CORPORATIONS want to gouge us on air fare even though they don't need the money because they're super rich.

    I informed him that the airlines that have merged did so when their revenues were declining and many of them were deep in debt or even facing possible bankruptcy. I posted multiple articles from various business journals describing the plight of airlines and the serious difficulty many of them are having even breaking even.

    I did this totally respectfully and in the spirit of debate. He still blocked me. I don't think Matty likes being proven wrong.

  • Tejicano||

    Anybody who supposedly writes articles about business/economy who has swallowed that EVUL KKKORPORASHUNS line needs to be driven from the field.

    I have worked for years at a couple of the largest global corporations and a bunch of the executives I have rubbed elbows with are too stupid to be evil. I'm not talking window-licking retard but some of them I've known were little more than political superstars of average intellect.

    Besides, there are very, very few industries in which profits are fat enough to inspire that kind of amorality. Most executives work 70+ hours a week just trying to gain a little market advantage while eaking out a couple percent off the gross revenue.

  • Warrren||

    Obviously the NRA has to disband and put all their money into a pay-cops fund.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Does anyone following Weigel, Yglesias, and Kos on Twitter do so for any purpose other than to mock them? I'd hate to think that any number of Americans are waiting on the words of Yglesias to know what to think about a given issue.

  • Mike M.||

    Suderman sure picks his good buddies really well, doesn't he?

  • cavalier973||

    Halley Bullwinkle needs to know that she has the Power Inside.

    Episode 2

  • cavalier973||

  • cavalier973||

  • cavalier973||

    I compare this to "Dr. Horrible's Sing-along blog", but YMMV.

  • Ted S.||

    Halley Bullwinkle needs to know that she has the Power

    Susan Turner: What power?
    Richard Nugent: Power of hoodoo.
    Susan Turner: Hoodoo?
    Richard Nugent: You do.
    Susan Turner: Do what?
    Richard Nugent: Remind me of a man...
    Susan Turner: What man?
    Richard Nugent: Man with the power.
    Susan Turner: What power?
    Richard Nugent: Power of hoodoo.
    Susan Turner: Hoodoo?
    Richard Nugent: You do.
    Susan Turner: Do what?
    Richard Nugent: Remind me of a man...

  • cavalier973||

    The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer

    Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, and Shirley Temple. Great movie.

  • Ted S.||

    And to think dialog like that won Sidney Sheldon an Oscar.

  • Ted S.||

    Alternatively, Haley has the Power.

  • cavalier973||

    No, she has the pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-POWER!!!

  • lap83||

    "which a guard claimed violated the school's dress code by encouraging violence.

    but turning kids into helpless targets for homicidal maniacs by discouraging self-defense.....that doesn't encourage violence at all.

  • Pathogen||

    But, there's a certain nobility to victimhood....

  • cavalier973||

    OT: Washington Post quests for the elusive snipe*

    *Also known as those who actually purchased insurance over the Obamacare "free market" insurance exchange.

  • cavalier973||

  • cavalier973||

  • cavalier973||

  • lap83||

    how do you narrow it down?

  • lap83||

    ok, I watched it and all I have to say is...how were they able to parody Katy Perry with "Barbie Girl" before she even existed. Or did Katy Perry watch it as a girl and think, "Eureka! Mom I know what I want to do when I grow up!"

  • cavalier973||

    I don't make monkeys, I just trade 'em.

  • cw||

    OT: Got my first law school midterm tomorrow. But much more interesting is that I got to meet Doug Bandow from the Cato Institute: he gave a presentation at our school, arguing how markets can do a better job of protecting the environment.

    Cool stuff.

  • Warrren||

    IMPOSSIBURU!

  • cw||

    That was pretty much the reaction from the leftists in attendance, "You are arguing for the COMMODIFICATION" of the ENVIRONMENT!!!!!!" "The market failed so the government stepped in..."

    God, if only I could live in a world as simple as theirs!

  • Warrren||

    Oh, you can just give up your guns and give them all the power and you will find your life made simple by decrees.

  • Pathogen||

    You might get either zero, or one of those things deemed necessary for you by your intellectual overlords. There's no such thing as two in the binary state if progressitopia....

  • Irish||

    But Cato published an article in favor of the draft by a non-libertarian on a website specifically designed for debate!

    BURN THE COSMOTARIAN! BURN HIM!

  • cw||

    Man, the stupid crowd was practically shouting "BURN THE MARKET FUNDAMENTALIST!!!" all the while he was explaining the reality of tradeoffs.

    I actually asked him what it was like working at one of the only think-tanks that actually wanted to reduce the size and scope of centralized government, and he said it was overwhelming at times, but then who else would do it?

  • Irish||

    Cato unfairly gets it from both sides. They publish rational and well argued articles that get maligned by liberals who didn't actually read them as 'MARKET FUNDAMENTALISM!'

    Meanwhile, they aren't hardcore enough for many libertarians. They also run Cato Unbound which is a site that exists for debate, and oftentimes idiots will blame Cato for an article published by a non-libertarian who doesn't even work for Cato. This is what happened with many of the anti-gun or pro-draft articles that 'Cato' supposedly supported, when they did no such thing.

    Cato then gets the bizarre distinction of being called market fundamentalists and dirty liberal Cosmotarians at the same time.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    I've always wondered if it's reassuring in some way whenever Cato is accused of being a bunch of statists by the LvM Institute. Must be a nice change in pace, anyways.

  • cw||

    As much as I like the Mises Institute, Cato has a much bigger footprint, and, I believe, more influence.

  • Irish||

    My goal is to one day personally be called a Cosmotarian by the Mises Institute.

  • Warrren||

    Write an article, that even in just small and inconsequential way, disagrees with Rothbard.

  • Irish||

    Write an article titled "Abraham Lincoln: Not so Bad."

  • Warrren||

    chokes on food

  • cw||

    Why you eatin' so late, fatty?

  • Warrren||

    Pasta and I'm big boned!

  • Warrren||

    And I can't read!

  • SweatingGin||

    Have you been called a Neoconfederate yet? (by SPLC, of course, not just Shriek or Tony)

    The key is to get called a Cosmotarian and a Neoconfederate for the same act/article/etc.

  • cw||

    There ought to be a law...against such stupidity.

  • Irish||

    The key is to get called a Cosmotarian and a Neoconfederate for the same act/article/etc.

    If, in my "Abraham Lincoln: Not so Bad" article, I simultaneously argued that many of Lincoln's acts were understandable given the situation but that the shutting down of printing presses in Ohio was a terrible overreach of government power, I think I could pull this off.

    If you ever claim that Lincoln wasn't an angel sent to Earth to save us mortal sinners, you are a neoconfederate. On the other hand, if you ever say anything positive about Abe Lincoln, I'm pretty sure Thomas DiLorenzo would beat you to death with a brick.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Abraham Lincoln: Libertarian Hero

    With a title like that, I'm pretty damn sure you could pull it off.

  • Warrren||

    You could throw in a whole "Greenbacks: The Forgotten Weapon that Helped Win the Civil War" chapter.

  • Bill||

    Jail time for guards and school officials that interfere
    with 1st amendment rights might help.

  • Rich||

    At least require them to wear NRA T-shirts while on duty.

  • Tejicano||

    I wonder what the response would have been had she worn a "BATFE" T-shirt? They have killed more innocent mothers and children than anybody connected with the NRA.

  • Rich||

    Something like this?

  • califernian||

    Duh. why is this guy sending his daughter to a public high school in California? Big mistake. Always is.

  • Pathogen||

    It will take years to de-program her..

  • cavalier973||

  • Irish||

    That article seems to be arguing that the reason Kentucky did better is because the state, rather than the Federal government, ran the exchanges.

    This seems to not only be an argument in favor of federalism, but against Obamacare.

  • cavalier973||

    I don't think the Daily Kos realized that when they posted the story.

  • Irish||

    Also, wasn't one of the states that had tons of trouble Oregon? How can they blame Rethuglican Obstructionism for Oregon having difficulties with Obamacare implementation?

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Czech news anchor broadcastbombed by male penis on screen behind him

    What a cock-up.

    A Czech TV news channel has apologised after a large penis appeared behind a news anchor’s head during a live broadcast.

    Ceskatelevize, one of the country’s main broadcasters, unwittingly showed off the man’s genitalia on a monitor behind the show’s presenter.

    Broadcaster Daniel Takac appeared unaware of the phallus peeping out from behind him which had his newsroom colleagues in fits of giggles.

    The news station received a flood of complaint about the untimely error which happened during a 4pm broadcast.

    ‘The image was actually part of a documentary, but we should have been aware of timing and not had that particular scene playing when we went on air,’ said a spokesman for the channel.

    ‘It was a silly mistake.’

    The phallus was later replaced by a picture of a green vegetable.

    Ha.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Czech news anchor broadcastbombed by male penis on screen behind him

    What a cock-up.

    A Czech TV news channel has apologised after a large penis appeared behind a news anchor’s head during a live broadcast.

    Ceskatelevize, one of the country’s main broadcasters, unwittingly showed off the man’s genitalia on a monitor behind the show’s presenter.

    Broadcaster Daniel Takac appeared unaware of the phallus peeping out from behind him which had his newsroom colleagues in fits of giggles.

    The news station received a flood of complaint about the untimely error which happened during a 4pm broadcast.

    ‘The image was actually part of a documentary, but we should have been aware of timing and not had that particular scene playing when we went on air,’ said a spokesman for the channel.

    ‘It was a silly mistake.’

    The phallus was later replaced by a picture of a green vegetable.

    Ha.

  • Archduke von Pantsfan||

    a prank so nice it posted twice.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    I'm afraid I prematurely shot my wad on what was supposed to be a 'dry-run', if you will, so I'm afraid I have something of a mess on my hands.

  • cavalier973||

    The phallus was later replaced by a picture of a green vegetable.

    A cucumber, maybe?

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    "male penis"

    I'm fairly sure that's transphobic. Shouldn't women have the right to have penises?

  • Archduke von Pantsfan||

    Hilariously, officials at high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District are now taking back a couple thousand iPads a week or so after giving them to students as part of a 47-school pilot program.

    The mass repossession is the latest in a series of responses by school officials to the fact that hundreds of students figured out almost immediately how to hack the security settings on their iPads. Another 71 kids ostensibly lost their iPads just as immediately



    Before the draconian repossession, administrators had attempted to ban students from using the iPads off of school grounds, thus defeating the point of having the devices, which are intended as supplemental learning tools.
  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Holy Foreseeable Consequences, Batman!

  • General Butt Naked||

    Busting down a guy's door down, shooting his dog, and throwing him in the rape cage for a decade over a couple of plants is draconian.

    Taking back free shit 'cause the kids can't keep away from teh pron is decidedly not.

  • Archduke von Pantsfan||

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Oh, spike the joke, that's right, don't let anyone else have any fun.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    So apparently Stevie Nicks is a Game of Thrones fan

    Game of Thrones has been a point of obsession and intrigue for us over its past three seasons on HBO. But if used correctly, Fleetwood Mac front woman Stevie Nicks claims, the medieval fantasy series can also have vaguely therapeutic applications—or at least it did for her.

    While speaking to the Herald Scotland on the European leg of Fleetwood Mac’s current tour, Nicks segued a question about grieving her mother’s recent death to the HBO show. After she died, Nicks says, “I didn’t leave the house for almost five months.

    “I worked on the edit of my documentary about the making of In Your Dreams. And then I got pneumonia. With my pneumonia and my mother’s death I watched the entire first season of Game Of Thrones—so that was great! That certainly took my mind off everything.”

    Not only did the series distract the Grammy winner, but it re-ignited her creativity, inspiring her to write some G.O.T.-centric fan poems. Explains Nicks, “I’ve written a bunch of poetry about it—one for each of the characters. On Jon Snow. . . On Arya. . . On Cersei and Jaime.” She also says that she has a talent crush on the author of the Game of Thrones book series, George R. R. Martin, who is her age, and “would love to write some music” for the show.

    I'd make a Fleetwood Mac/GoT joke in but I can't think of one.

  • Irish||

    “I’ve written a bunch of poetry about it—one for each of the characters. On Jon Snow. . . On Arya. . . On Cersei and Jaime.”

    Stevie Nicks' poetry about Cersei Lannister has to some of the most insipid bullshit in the history of the world.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    On Cersei and Jaime.

    Loving you
    Is it the right thing to do?
    How can I ever change things
    That I feel?

    If I could
    Maybe I'd give you my world
    How can I
    When you won't take it from me

    You can go your own way

  • General Butt Naked||

    Is there any worse human than Stevie Nicks?

    Gawd, won't she just die already.

  • Mint Berry Crunch||

    I'd make a Fleetwood Mac/GoT joke in but I can't think of one.

    Have you heard any Rumours about who Jon Snow's mother is?

    Yeah. Sorry. I got nuthin'.

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Poor Jon Snow, all he's ever heard was lies, sweet little lies when it comes to who is parents were.

  • Warty||

    BRANDON WEEDEN STILL SUCKS

  • General Butt Naked||

    Did they ever get the national parks open?

    I wanna go camping this weekend and the place I go to is under the aegis of the army corps of engineers. It sucks because at this site there are people that live in their RVs. I wonder if they just kicked them out.

    I know this place makes money because it's a popular spot. I was hoping for it to be empty because of the cold.

  • General Butt Naked||

    Goddamn birds turn into goddamn statues where they stand.

    Jesus.

  • Pathogen||

    Diabolical...

  • Generic Stranger||

    Those animals were posed, actually, though the lake did kill and calcify them.

    http://www.newscientist.com/ar.....atues.html

  • Anonymous Coward||

    I'm sure this information has been posted already, but here we go:

    Miriam Carey, 34-year-old dental hygenist from Stamford, CT identified as driver of car killed in D.C. today.

    No word on her ties to the Tea Party, or her worship of Ayn Rand.

  • Pathogen||

    The capital crime of contempt of cop, with it's ever exceeding execution rate..

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    So will the President state that the DC police who killed this woman 'acted stupidly' or that if he had a daughter she'd look a lot like Miriam?

  • Pathogen||

    No, he's gonna invite them over to the rose garden, tip a few brews... many bro-fives will ensue...

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Neither. He's all set to give an address blaming this incident of senseless violence on the Dramatic Chipmunk Youtube video.

  • Hyperion||

    Well, she looks like a teabagger to me. Either that or a radical jihadist, I can't decide...

  • General Butt Naked||

    They're gonna try to make her look crazy and marginalized. I'll bet dimes to donuts that this was some roided out maniac cop acting like an asshole and she freaked out because she was scared for her kid.

    They can do anything they want to anyone at anytime and there are no consequences. Welcome to your life as a serf for the political class and the free shit army.

  • ||

    My wife got pulled over for a speeding ticket today and she really wanted to pressure the fat fuck about how he could have clocked her, but she had our daughter in the car and didn't want to end up like this poor woman.

  • Pathogen||

    M.J., tugging at those heart strings..

  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    Kids with cancer: 30 children who were supposed to be admitted for cancer treatment at the National Institute of Health's clinical center were put on hold, along with 170 adults.

    Harry Reid is horrified at the thought.

  • Pathogen||

    He's a real class act...

  • Pathogen||


    Newt Gingrich: The former speaker of the House decried the closure of a "tour bus turnaround" at Mt. Vernon:

    Goats: 50 Nubian goats, tasked with eating poison ivy at a New Jersey historical site, were furloughed.

    Klansmen: A planned march in Gettysburg by the Confederate Knights of the KKK was canceled because the national battlefield park is closed

    Ohhhh, the humanity...

  • Hyperion||

    And Mount Vernon is privately owned and received no federal government funding.

    This admin is really going off the deep end. I mean, they must be feeling very desperate for some reason.

  • Pathogen||

    How the fuck are they supposed to turn those tour busses around now?!?... game over man... game ooverr!!!

  • Pathogen||

    Ooops... guess somebody didn't get the memo...

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    MJ introduces this list by saying:

    "Though some Republicans have dismissed the immediate impact of the shutdown, quite a lot of people have already been affected."

    MJ editors: "Well, ah say, well, we've been hornswoggled. Yes, suh, hornswoggled. This sort of thing would never of happened if General Lee had beat the Yankees at Gettysburg like he was sposed to. What, I say what is this world coming to that us good old boys can't visit our national parks for our Klambake? First they tell us we can't bring our gasoline-soaked crosses, then they tell us we can't march there at all. And they won't even poison those Nubian goats - y'all know where *Nubia* is, don't ya?"

  • anon||

    Bookworms: Arizona's Marine Corps Air Station Yuma closed on-base facilities including a library, day care center, youth activity center, and pool.

    I'm sure it affected tens of people!

  • Agammamon||

    Well, as someone who lives nearby I can tell you that 200 people have been furloughed from MCAS Yuma and 1000 from the Yuma Proving Grounds (a nearby Army base).

    Its kinda hilarious to hear people trying to justify YPG keeping those jobs running by pointing out the top secret work they do.
    The top secret work developing weapons systems that will be deployed in 5-10 *years*, so I think a delay of a few weeks isn't going to have much affect on the ship dates.

  • anon||

    Park rangers: 686 of Alaska's 750 National Park Service employees are staying home.

    Failed to quote: "Thank fucking god. It's freezing out there, and nobody gives a shit anyways."

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    "Well, General Pickett, ah hope you're satisfied, ya done gone ruint things for *ever*body!"

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Alternate joke: "If they won't let us march, we'll *Pickett,* ha ha"

  • anon||

    he Undiagnosed Diseases Program at the National Institutes of Health has stopped accepting new patients, with the exception of children with life-threatening illnesses.

    "Fuck, they cut our money. What do we do?"

    "Hey, I got an idea: Lets only look at people that might actually die."

    "How could we possibly do that?"

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    "Well, we used to have an Undiagnosed Diseases Program, we called it the Tuskegee Experiment, ha ha! Get it?"

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    "Well, boys, I guess we can't march to Gettysburg, the Yankees refused us permission." If they'd said that 150 years earlier, we could have avoided a lot of bloodshed.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    "Well, that's OK, folks, we probably didn't have the money to afford the trip, what with the disappointingly slow sales of our Ku Klux Kondom."

    (can you visualize that joke?)

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Why did the guy quit the Klan?

    Because he was tired of all their *sheet,* get it?

  • ||

    Ha! Fooking sheet!

  • Archduke von Pantsfan||

    Norm MacDonald's Breaking Bad theory is picking up traction.

    He's been on twitter defending it again 2 times today.

  • Archduke von Pantsfan||

    oh yeah Spoiler city over there.

  • ||

    I did feel the script/plot felt a little forced and relied too much on us taking leaps of faith. It was clunky in parts.

  • MJGreen||

    It doesn't hold up.

    Walt just happened to know that Jesse was being kept as a slave? A fantasy would have been more flattering to Walt and less flattering for his enemies.

  • Pathogen||

    How one of our " Heroes in Blue®™ " almost died , risking his life to save us all from a deranged 34 year old bloodthirsty jihadist dental hygienist...

  • ||

    Who was narrating the video, Rosie Perez?

  • Pathogen||

    "Well, I guess we were a little overzealous in our interpretation of a non-existent policy... oh well, no harm, no foul... right? Trollolololol"

  • ||

    Wow. Common sense prevails.

    Not Obama's version of common sense of course but who cares?

  • pangloss90@gmail.com||

    How much you want to bet if the shirt had an identical picture but was labeled "Sportsmen and Hunters for Obama" or something to that effect, then nothing would have happened? Blatant political bias on the part of gov't school employees is nothing new. At least this one had a principal smart enough to see he was going to get his ass handed to him in court.

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