Helicopter Parents

The 10 Worst Helicopter Parenting Moments of 2017

It isn't just parents. Cops, schools, reporters, bureaucrats and busybodies got in on the action this year.

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1. MOM TICKETED* FOR TRYING TO GET HER BABY OUT OF THE CAR

An Omaha woman taking her niece out of an SUV when the wind blew the door shut and the car locked with her keys and the child inside. The mom, the aunt and two other relatives tried frantically to open the door using a hanger and screwdriver, and when they couldn't, they called 911. The cops arrived, broke the window, and got the child out, safe and sound. Then ticketed mom on "suspicion of child abuse by neglect."

2. DAD FORCED TO INFANTILIZE HIS KIDS

Vancouver dad Adrian Crook taught his kids 7, 8, 9 and 11 how to ride the city bus to and from school and that's what they had done, without incident, for the past two years. Then someone reported these "unsupervised" kids to the Ministry of Children and Family Development, which informed Crook that children under 10 years old cannot be unsupervised in or outside the home, for any amount of time. The 11-year-old didn't count as a chaperone. The kids can no longer ride the bus—or even walk to the corner store—without an adult accompanying them.

3. CARTOONIST ORDERED NOT TO DRAW ALIENS WITHOUT LIFE VESTS

Cartoonist Nick Confalone released a list of the changes demanded by the "Standards and Practices" lawyers at his television job. These included: "When we first see the aliens waking up on the beach, we should see that they are clearly wearing life jackets." "Please ensure all daredevil tight-ropers are only a few feet off the ground and wearing appropriate safety gear." And "Both characters should be wearing helmets while riding the T-Rex."

4. STUDENTS DENIED ANNUAL D.C. TRIP BY SCAREDY-CAT ADMINISTRATORS

The North Ridgeville Academic Center in Ohio cancelled its annual three-day student trip to Washington, D.C. because of the threat of terrorism. Never mind that the terrorists might not know the exact dates and places on the school's itinerary. the students were visiting. "As you know, the safety of our students and staff is our main priority," the principal wrote to parents, "and we feel that the risk of travel to Washington, D.C., is not worth the potential for tragedy." Not only are the odds of dying in a terrorist attack astronomically low, they are far lower than the odds of dying in a car ride to the school. As one commenter asked, "Are there no math teachers at this school?"

5. NEWSPAPER RUNS "ABDUCTION" STORY THAT MOM MADE UP

A Reno mom posted on Facebook she was almost certain she, her husband and kids were about to be kidnapped and sex trafficked, because when they went into the parking garage, there was another car there with four people already in it. One had a device in his ear! The mom added: "Just because it didn't happen to us that night doesn't mean it couldn't happen." Which is technically correct…about everything. Not only was her post was shared thousands of times, the Reno Gazette Journal ran an article about the mom's intuition, accompanied by a map pinpointing where the abduction did not occur. (But could have!) David Finkelor, head of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, reports that not only is snatching young children from their parents in a public place for sex trafficking purposes rare, he has never heard of such a crime.

6. DAD TACKLES MAN TRYING TO HELP HIS TOT

When a Good Samaritan noticed a little girl wandering by herself near a softball game in Lakeland, FL, he assumed she was lost and started taking her around, trying to help her find her family. Alerted by bystanders that a stranger was walking toward the playground with his daughter, the dad punched the man out. "What would you do?" the father told NBC affiliate WFLA in a phone interview. "I wanted to kill him!" Even after the police explained the stranger had truly been trying to help, the dad went on social media to say: "So, I guess in Lakeland, you can kidnap a child and get away with it," and called the Samaritan a "child predator." The Samaritan fled town, fearing for his life.

7. NEW APP LETS PARENTS PROGRAM THEIR KIDS

A new app available for pre-order will allow parents to log the food their child eats each day and compare it to the child's perspiration and activity levels. The company's website explains, "the Kiddo app compares consumed calories against those burned through exercise and recommends appropriate activities to help them maintain a healthy weight." At last you can program your child like a robot. A skinny robot.

8. NEW "BUDDY SYSTEM" REQUIRES A BUDDY FOR THE BUDDY

A mom reports that at her daughter's Y Camp over the summer, the girls were told they had to take two buddies with them anywhere they went, including from the pool to the lockerroom. "My daughter complained that she nearly had to pee in the pool because she couldn't find two other girls to go to the locker room with her," one mother said. Worse, if they had to go to the bathroom at night, they had to wake two buddies AND a counselor.

9. FATHER ASSUMED TO BE TRAFFICKER

A dad returning from Mexico with his 3-year-old daughter was suspected of sex trafficking her, despite his having his passport, her passport, AND a notarized letter from the mom saying that she gave them her permission to travel. Authorities felt compelled to act upon a "tip" that was nothing more than a passenger's hunch. The authorities finally allowed the dad and daughter to carry on after reaching mom, who confirmed the dad was the dad, their kid was their kid and the notarized letter was, indeed, notarized.

10. SCHOOL BANS GRANDMA FROM PROM

Bryce Maine invited his beloved grandma to be his date to the Eufaula High School prom. The principal said no, because, "Safety of students and staff is the first and most important of the many tasks of a school administrator. For the 10 years I have been high school principal, we have denied requests each year from students asking to bring older dates to prom. We do not chance leaving any stone unturned when it comes to safety." A local restaurant invited Bryce and his grandmother to dine at their place, on the house, instead. We can only hope the other diners ate safely, in the general area of a grandma.

CORRECTION: In the original version, Reason said Mom was arrested for trying to get her baby out of the car. Police ticketed her.

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101 responses to “The 10 Worst Helicopter Parenting Moments of 2017

  1. “The cops arrived, broke the window, and got the child out, safe and sound.”
    Are car makers so good today that even cops can’t break into a car?

    “”As you know, the safety of our students and staff is our main priority,” the principal wrote to parents, . . . ”
    I think it’s your ONLY priority. Is “education” even on the list?

    “Bryce Maine invited his beloved grandma to be his date to the Eufaula High School prom.”
    I can think of a host of reasons not to take grandma to my prom, but “safety” is not one of them.

    “Both characters should be wearing helmets while riding the T-Rex.”
    Dammit, I can’t think of anything snarky to write about this one. That’s good advice for all of us.

    1. Well, also if you are making a porn movie about Hooker Hulk Hogan fucking that T-Rex, Hooker Hulk Hogan had damned better well be wearing a condom!

      1. For those who may have forgotten…

        https://reason.com/blog/2016/03…..lk#comment

        Florida Jury Awards $115 Million to Hulk Hogan in His Gawker Lawsuit

        I’ll repeat my comment from there…

        Why do the rich, powerful, and famous have FAR more “free expression” rights than dirt-poor people?

        Dirt-poor hookers turn a $50 or $100 “trick” in the streets? Off to jail with them! Courtesy of Government Almighty!

        Hooker Hulk Hogan turns a $115 million trick? Government Almighty is his Chief Hit-man Enforcer to collect his $115 payment-due for turning the trick! I think we all (the public and the taxpayers) are the “trick” that are getting fucked in these kinds of “free expressions” of those who hit the lawsuit lottery jackpot for being low-life SCUM!

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    3. Cops carry slim jims in their vehicles, and know how to use them. However thugs never pass on an opportunity to destroy property.

      1. Also, there were no dogs to shoot, so breaking a window and ticketing a desperate mother had to suffice for making their day.

      2. “Cops carry slim jims in their vehicles, and know how to use them.”

        But they don’t work on most modern cars.

    4. Are they wearing Stahlhelm?

    5. “I can think of a host of reasons not to take grandma to my prom, but “safety” is not one of them.”

      But your grandma could break a hip or something trying to dance.

    6. Calling 911 was really dumb. They should simply have called a tow truck. Those guys all have stuff like slim jims, wedges and inflatable expanders specifically for opening locked cars.

      1. Agreed. Calling 911 is one of the most dangerous things you can do. Too risky, LOL.

    7. “”As you know, the safety of our students and staff is our main priority,” the principal wrote to parents, . . . ”
      I think it’s your ONLY priority. Is “education” even on the list?

      Safety Third.

  2. 1. Cops ain’t driving all the way out to your location with nothing to show for it.

    2. Canada doesn’t want another generation of individuals.

    3. Wile E. Coyote might already have CTE.

    4. And by terrorism they meant the close proximity to Trump.

    5. And where was David Finkelor on the night the crime was narrowly averted???

    6. The girl’s old man found he could punch people for free just by letting her wander in traffic.

    7. I don’t see any mention of BMI. That company is a fraud.

    8. Women always seem to go to powder room in droves, so I guess this is learned behavior at a young age.

    9. The “mom” was probably in on it. Sickos.

    10. Protecting all the girls at the prom from this ladies man.

  3. OT: Are you telling me Amtrak doesn’t have GPS?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?

    “Railroad union hearsay alleges that the two locomotive engineers lost track of where they were because much ? if not all ? previous route qualification training had taken place at night when busy freight railroad traffic could accommodate the luxury of a non-revenue passenger train on multiple training runs. As a result, on the maiden run the two engineers had difficulty associating daytime landmarks with their ever-changing location.”

    http://thehill.com/opinion/tec…..er-it-gets

    1. Wouldn’t surprise me — Amtrak is a 1970s organization that values 1970s technology. It does surprise me that they don’t have speed limit signs on the tracks for lower speed sections.

      In addition, there are allegations that these prior night training sessions had upwards of six people in the locomotive cab in order to qualify as many engineers as possible to operate trains along this route in the short amount of available time before service started…Thus, it is alleged that none of the qualifying engineers were getting the undivided attention needed to memorize the route without distraction. In a nutshell, this is what is rumored.

      So if the engineer hasn’t memorized the route properly the train derails. Great system.

      Also reminds me of the report for one of our recent naval crashes where they were packing the bridge full of officers from different ships so they could make their hours quota.

      1. where they were packing the bridge full of officers from different ships

        We don’t do it that way. It would be immensely impractical and expensive to shift officers around for something like that when their own ships will be doing the same things anyway.

        Not that the bridge isn’t crowded during a transit – but with the ship’s own crew as tasks that normally are consolidated in a few watchstanders are assigned to others for the duration to reduce the load on the primary watch team.

        1. IIRC the report said that the “visitors” working on the bridge in that incident were from ships that were in port or under repair, so they couldn’t get hours on their own ship.

    2. GPS, ShmeePS – they’re on a friggin’ *track*. Its not like its easy to take a wrong turn. Look at the map, what was the last town we passed?

      1. For that matter, why do you even need a conductor? It would be pretty easy to program the train to go the right speed at the right time, or to do it remotely. You really need to pay some schmuck $50k a year to push a lever?

        1. You missed the relevant word that might have answered that question: Union.

          So, yeah, and he’s only making $50k because they made concessions of the “bloated pension” type.

          1. Yeah, but they could have both automation AND a union engineer sleeping through every trip at $90k a year.

    3. Using GPS is not in the union contract.

      They will need at least an extra 20k a year because of the additional training necessary for to learn how to use extremely high tech stuff that’s been in pretty much every phone made in the past 10 years.

  4. One thing that really sucks about being a single dad of a little girl is needing to use public restrooms. Every time she has to wait outside for me I’m afraid someone will call the cops.

    1. “children under 10 years old cannot be unsupervised in or outside the home, for any amount of time. ”

      Get the cuffs, Ponch.

    2. Come on, dude–just claim a temporary gender reassignment. (Fine print: not legal in Texas)

    3. One thing that really sucks about being a single dad of a little girl is needing to use public restrooms. Every time she has to wait outside for me I’m afraid someone will call the cops.

      I feel sorry for you. Not because you have to leave your daughter outside but because you’re a grown man with the bladder capacity and constitutional foresight of a little girl. If an IED didn’t take half your bladder, you should be ashamed.

  5. When Grandmas explode, it’s ugly. Flying garters and colostomy bags. The shit really hits the fan.

    1. Well, we are making fun of them not being hip to the cool new GPS tech on a board where, when I go to click on the “+1, flying colostomy bag” button…it ISN’T THERE.

  6. ” which informed Crook that children under 10 years old cannot be unsupervised in or outside the home, for any amount of time. ”

    Is there a word for this kind of apparatchik gaslighting?

    Arranging for human monitoring of a child 24/7 for 18 years is not really possible for most people, and not going to be done by anyone regardless. Yet they pretend it’s a law they’re enforcing, instead of just saying BFYTW.

  7. So are parents just going to follow their children to the polls?

    Barely-legal teens at the ballot box!

    1. I once watched a video called “Barely Legal” but I don’t recall any voting in it.

      1. But I bet there was a lot of box stuffing.

      2. But I bet there was a lot of box stuffing.

        1. Does the DP nature of your post reflect the DP nature of the video?

  8. As long as we’re dealing with “worsts”, how about all those celebs who *PROMISED* to move to Canukistan but who, tragically, could not find their way to the airport and are still here?
    And, assuming they have rational people (rather than SJW idiots) as their investment pros, are now sitting on portfolios worth more than they ever have been.

  9. Even after the police explained the stranger had truly been trying to help, the dad went on social media to say: “So, I guess in Lakeland, you can kidnap a child and get away with it,” and called the Samaritan a “child predator.” The Samaritan fled town, fearing for his life.

    I remember this. One of the most infuriating stories of the year. We focus a lot here on the evil that government does, and so it’s good to see bullshit private citizens do as well. Gives us something more to stand against.

    1. Stupid is, as, well, you know.

    2. I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more frequently. Parents want to think of themselves as protecting their kids even if the kids aren’t in any danger, leading to some horrible behaviors.

      As a single male, when I see what appears to be a lost kid (a truly lost kid, not a kid who is running an errand or walking to school on their own), my choices are (a) try to help them and risk being accused of luring or some such, (b) call the police and get the parents in trouble, or (c) ignore the kid and leave them at risk of being picked up by an actual predator who is quite capable of taking the kid without being noticed.

      1. Since actual predators are extremely rare, you should probably just leave them alone.

        1. You’re right about that being the best course of action. However it’s sad that the choice is forced on me.

  10. 7. NEW APP LETS PARENTS PROGRAM THEIR KIDS

    Watched Black Mirror season 4 Ep 02 “Arkangel” last night.

  11. The company’s website explains, “the Kiddo app compares consumed calories against those burned through exercise and recommends appropriate activities to help them maintain a healthy weight.”

    I actually don’t see anything wrong with this.

    1. My guess this is a slightly more philosophical distinction. That it is standing against the idea of rampantly micromanaging our children’s lives. Which is a common idea of Lenore as well.

      1. That’s stupid. Everything is philosophical. Perhaps more a hard edged end of her Philosophy.

    2. Wow, would you be my mommy?

    3. The app itself isn’t a bad idea. Indeed there are similar apps for adults looking to watch their weights.

      However, the fact that kids don’t naturally go outside and play, without an app telling them to do it, portends serious problems. Could be related to the 24/7 supervision rules mentioned in the other story, so that kids become used to being forced to stay in the house.

      1. However, the fact that kids don’t naturally go outside and play, without an app telling them to do it, portends serious problems.

        It still seems pretty privately organized or invasively overparenting and bordering on Luddism on Lenore’s part, IMO. This is one area that I consider her to be a bit… compromised. I have an alarm set for 15 min. before the school bus comes. My oldest boys know that, when the alarm goes off, they need to be ready and out the door or face consequences. I can do something else and I know, when the alarm goes off, I need to be sure they’re at or out the door to the bus stop. Otherwise, I have to deal with the consequences.

        Along those lines, my oldest son and I have completely mismatched metabolisms (endomorph v. ectomorph, weightlifter v. distance runner, pulmonary disease-free v. asthma/allergies, foodie v. sitophobe, etc.) and activity levels. When he was younger, I am/was obligated to track of his eating and keep him active, I don’t see how an app changes the facts. I don’t use and don’t need the app, but I think you may be putting the cart before the horse or the egg ahead of the chicken. Certainly wrt to his allergies and asthma, myself not being a sufferer, I would *love* to have an app that says “Allergens are up, give him claritin.” or “His asthma is bugging him give him albuterol.” Fortunately, the version of the app I found comes with a vagina and requires a ring and activation license.

  12. Oh and Happy New Year to the reprobates and scalawags around here.

    1. Thank you! It’s nice someone bothered to recognize us!

    2. Happy New Year to you as well.

    3. Are you leaving out us rapscallions, or is it…prejudice?

  13. Hmm…

    Who the heck brings his granma to the prom?

  14. For #7, I don’t know if they would have needed a complicated App, but I sure wish my parents had tried to help me be more healthy and fit when I was growing up. The rest of these are ridiculous of course, and maybe the App is over the top, but there are a huge number of fat kids. It’s a real problem (not like the rest of these) that parents are responsible for.

  15. So many/most people are inclined to be pussies. I say let’s encourage this to the point where they all sequester themselves in safe rooms with government monitors and leave the rest of us alone.

    Reminds me of the old semi-crappy movie Logan’s Run, where all the careful compliant people lived in what looked like a shopping mall. I always thought that was great, as long as I could live outside the bubble in that wide open wilderness.

  16. Happy New Year to all you Peanuts!

    Even Mikey and Sevo.

    1. I am a moral agent, turd. No way a date on a calendar suggests I ignore morality and wish assholes like you anything but the worst.
      May you have a miserable 2018 and many to follow.

  17. Eh, that grandmother thing is kinda creepy and probably not much for the other kids, either.

  18. I wish my mom had told me that two glasses of champagne was my limit.

  19. Regarding the bowl games in general:
    1) There are nearly no coaches who teach proper tackling. Tackle the guy’s shoulders, you get a piggy-back ride. Tackle his waist, you get dragged.
    Tackle his goddam LEGS! He goes nowhere his knees don’t go. Yes, you’re going to get a foot in the face-guard now and then; that’s the reason there ARE face-guards. Don’t like it? Go play on the chess team.
    2) I did not tune in to watch officials discuss a penalty as if they were negotiating the end of the Korean war. One of these guys is the ref; you have 5 seconds to make a choice or admit you are not capable of the job.
    3) I did not tune in to watch a ref stare at a screen. If you cannot make a choice in 5 seconds, you are not capable of the job.
    OK, maybe 10 seconds on the last two, but that’s IT!
    Happy New Years to those who would not steal my life or wealth. The rest of you can go suck canal water downstream of the sewage-outflow.

    1. re: Tackling and bad incentives

      Yeah but…that kind of tackle never makes SportsCenter Highlights, man. And, believe it or not, such notoriety affects the decisions of NFL GMs. So go for the spear, the blow up, the knockout, it can move you up the board, which represents dollar amounts worth striving for. Even if you’ve been taught proper technique…

      1. You’re presuming a market failure, similar to the claim that Kaepernick is being ‘black-listed’ because of his politics instead of his incompetence.
        You are going to have to offer a whole lot more evidence beyond high-light films to make that claim. I’m calling bullshit.
        Go ahead, give us the cites. I’m waiting.

    2. 1) There are nearly no coaches who teach proper tackling. Tackle the guy’s shoulders, you get a piggy-back ride. Tackle his waist, you get dragged.
      Tackle his goddam LEGS!

      Where did you play?

      You tackle *through* the waist and wrap the legs. Always. Tackling at the knees means you get juked most of the time and look like a moron laying on your facemask in the dirt. The other part of the time, you get a foot to the face guard first, then you get to look like a moron laying on your facemask in the dirt.

      Specific tackling failure(s) to point out or just emoting because your team(s) suck and you could do it better?

  20. Ten anecdotes about kids. Isn’t science wonderful?

  21. 2018 will be the year Democrats retake Congress so they can impeach Drumpf. I’m looking forward to it!

    #NoBanNoWall

    #TrumpRussia

    1. They’ll have enough Senators???

      1. Drumpf has already done so much damage to the country in less than a year, and by November he’ll have done even more. Voters understand this, and they also understand the best way to punish Drumpf in 2018 is to elect a Democratic Congress. The Republican Party’s midterm losses will be historic. Furthermore, there may even be some patriotic country-before-party Republicans (people like David Frum) left in the Senate who will want Drumpf removed from office.

        And don’t forget, Mueller’s investigation is ongoing. Who knows what he’ll uncover in the next 10 months.

        1. “and they also understand the best way to punish Drumpf in 2018 is to elect a Democratic Congress”

          What’s to stop Trump from severing his ties to the losing Republicans and forming an alliance with the winning Democrats? Trump’s trade policy, for example, is much the same as Bernie Sanders so it’s not much of a stretch. The reactionaries and crackpots who populate his cabinet can be easily fired and replaced by men and women the Democrats find more agreeable.

          1. You think the Democrats will decide to play nice with a white nationalist Putin puppet just because he agrees with Bernie Sanders on trade? I don’t see it happening. Not after all the terrible things Drumpf has done ? “winning” a hacked election, proposing a racist border wall and Muslim ban, putting right-wing extremist Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court, signing the GOP Tax Scam, attacking both internet access and abortion access with the Net Neutrality decision ……. no, trade policy is not nearly enough to redeem this presidency.

            1. Damn, you’re so stupid that I’m embarrassed for your mother. Did she have any children that weren’t born drooling idiots?

            2. Oooh! Will it also be the year progtards actually learn to troll?

              Because your theory that the Dems wouldn’t work with Trump because…principles? has got to be trolling.

              But credit where credit is due: that made-up/exaggerated/hysterical assertion-as-argument list of Trumps’ “crimes against the country” is pretty funny though.

        2. “Voters understand this”

          That’s hilarious. The track record of elections at all levels over the past couple of decades suggests that voters understand about as much as a Labrador retriever, and have the attention span of a squirrel.

          1. Most voters know which party the current President belongs to, and that voting for the opposite party in midterms can send a message of disapproval. For example, Republicans had some success in Obama’s midterm elections because people thought (incorrectly) Obamacare was bad.

            When the Internet doesn’t work properly for most of 2018, people will know it’s because Drumpf’s government messed it up with the Net Neutrality decision. You better believe this will be a factor in November.

            1. You know that Net Neutrality wasn’t out in place until 2015, right? Oh no, the internet is going to be ran the way it was in 2015! We’re all going to die!
              You really are -and I can’t stress this enough- a complete fucking idiot.

              1. He is almost like a parody.

                Surely the Democrats are thankful people like him are not leading the party.

              2. I get busted on this, as people think I take the comment seriously. I do not; it is certainly trolling of some sort, and I remain convinced it is that smelly commie-kid under a new handle, regardless of his claim earlier that ‘people accuse [him] of being a conservative’, or the claim that ‘[she] is a PHD from Columbia’. It has that stink.
                This is someone who has been handed his hat most every time he’s posted, and now he simply posts stereotypes of various political views hoping for responses.
                Right, commie-kid?

                1. BTW, commie-kid, you, too deserve a miserable 2018 and every year which follows. I hope your kids (presuming you weren’t lying about that also – remember claiming to be a chemist and not knowing what an acid it?) learn enough to tell their idiotic father to fuck off.

                  1. I dont think its commie-kid. He comes off as too humorous. Whereas the actual commies on here just come off as the murderous evil bastards that they are.

  22. “Ministry of Children and Family Development”

    Nothing sinister sounding in this moniker.

  23. IMHO, most of these involve overly intrusive government rather than helicopter parenting. In fact, many seem to encourage / reinforce helicopter parenting.

    1. Ten instances of helicopter parenting over the past year in a nation of over 300 million souls? Save your hysteria for when something real comes along.

      1. mtrueman|1.1.18 @ 7:49PM|#
        “Ten instances of helicopter parenting over the past year in a nation of over 300 million souls?”

        You stupid shit, you need to RTFA.
        It is *not* ten instances of a parent doing something, but imbeciles will presume so.

      2. BTW, an asshole like you willing to have people shot because, in your OPINION, they treat animals they own in a way you don’t like, deserves to be audited by the IRS at the very least.
        May 2018 and every year which follows bring you grief. And a LOT of it.

      3. You mean like Trump? OHMAHGODOHMAHGODOHMAHGOD! TRUMP! OHMAHGODOHMAHGODOHMAHGOD!
        RUSSIA!
        OHMAHGODOHMAHGODOHMAHGOD!

        Another day, another idiot.

        1. “You mean like Trump?”
          I haven’t seen trueman fall off that cliff, but maybe I missed it; he’s jumped off most others.
          Ask the idiot about WWII and be prepared for history right off of the TV news. Ask him about GMOs and you’ll get all sorts of red-herrings, hoping you ignore his idiotic ‘romantic’ fantasies.
          Regarding ‘animal cruelty’ he doesn’t bother to pull punches. He KNOWS what’s right and you DON’T! And if you don’t do what he wants, he’s more than happy to have the government shoot you, ’cause his god told him so, or he heard it in a dream, or just ’cause! That’s enough to have someone shot, right? Right, scumbag?
          Don’t bother asking for evidence of his claims; he’s quite proud of having none. None, and proud of it!
          Right, scumbag? Please give us some oh-so-clever bon mot; stupidity is so amusing!

          1. “Please give us some oh-so-clever bon mot”

            Keep reading. Bon maos are on their way.

  24. “wearing helmets while riding the T-Rex.” Is plural. Concress clearly passed and El Presidente must’ve signed Remy’s 2-helmet law.

  25. “Mass shootings are on the rise. So are classes on how to avoid them”
    […]
    “There is now nearly one incident a day in America in which four people or more are shot, according to studies by the Gun Violence Archive website. Not all get big headlines like the shootings that killed five people in Tehama County in November. But make no mistake, police say: This is a new age of fear.”
    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/…..91ef04a2b9

    Maybe they don’t make the headlines, since they are nothing like “mass shootings”.

  26. And why not the “bests”?
    DeVos
    Grosuch
    Major reduction in the growth of regulations “By one key measure of regulatory growth — the page count of the Federal Register, which lists all new rules — Trump reduced regulation by almost 50 percent in 2017.
    https://www.realclearpolitics.com
    /articles/2017/12/30/trumps_2017_
    top_10_achievements_135885.html
    Dow +30%
    Unemployment at 4.1% https://unemploymentdata.com
    /charts/current-unemployment-rate-chart/
    The US Manufacturing Index soared to a 33 year high in this period which were the best numbers since 1983 under President Reagan. http://www.thegatewaypundit.co…..-100-days/
    Got repeal of the national medical insurance mandate.
    Withdrawal from Paris climate agreement.
    Still making lefties steppin and fetchin like their pants is on fire and their asses are catchin’
    Not sure about the tax reform; any “reform” that leaves me subisdizing Musk’s customers is not what I hoped for. Let Musk run a company for once.

    1. In reference to the speculation above as to what the voters understand, I think previous elections have shown that people are pretty aware of their own, very local, circumstances. They also don’t cotton much to cognitive dissonance. When they hear constant screaming about the end of the world and the destruction of the country, but they can also tell that their jobs are secure and the neighbors’ kid finally got a job, and their other neighbors’ business is doing well , they’ll have to decide the question “Is my experience not real, or is MSNBC misinforming me?”

      Unlike in academe, SJW echo chambers, major media and Democratic strategy sessions, in the real world, their Narrative does not trump peoples’ lived experience. Those stupid voters, those deplorables in flyover country and those bitter clingers are all capable of sorting this out.

      So while the Dems have convinced themselves about the horrific Trump presidency, that might not equate to electoral victories. We may hear a new version of an old refrain after the mid-terms: “How can this BE? Everybody I know HATES Trump!!” (then, more rending of garments and gnashing of teeth)

      1. “We may hear a new version of an old refrain after the mid-terms: “How can this BE? Everybody I know HATES Trump!!” (then, more rending of garments and gnashing of teeth)”

        I live in SF. I did not vote for Trump. It is hard to believe the number of losers here who did NOT order up an Uber to get to the airport and fly to Canukistan. Several are of my acquaintance and not a single one has offered an apology for such pathetic whining, nor has any offered any verifiable claim to have suffered under the ‘horrific reign’ of Donald Trump.
        I, too am hoping to see more garment-rending and hair-pulling, especially if that horrible person who inhabits the WH ends up with a Dow number above where it is now.
        Capital One twit: “What’s in YOUR wallet?” Well, asshole, after promising to leave for Canukistan if Trump won, I see you’re still here.
        What’s in YOUR portfolio?

  27. Too many typos here Reason:

    1. Never mind that the terrorists might not know the exact dates and places on the school’s itinerary. the students were visiting.

    2. An Omaha woman taking her niece out of an SUV when the wind blew the door shut…3

    3. Then ticketed mom on “suspicion of child abuse by neglect.”

    1. Too many sentences that make no sense.
      Try again. What’s your point(s)?

  28. Sidewalks closed.

  29. Authorities felt compelled to act upon a “tip” that was nothing more than a passenger’s hunch.

    The government schools and propaganda have done their evil work well. I swear, some people just hunger for the chance to inform on someone in order to get their “good citizen” pat on the head.

  30. I rode NYC buses and subways alone at age 7 in the 1960’s.

  31. Did the dad who beat on the good samaritan notice that his daughter was missing?

    I’m surprised the police don’t carry Slim Jims in their patrol cars.

    The Reno mom is a nut burger. Keep an eye on her.

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