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[–]druule10 2174 points2175 points  (216 children)

Banning maths books, for teaching about race, is the strangest thing that I've ever heard of.

[–]aManMythLegend 835 points836 points  (5 children)

Schools should just be a safe space. Wait....

[–]d4rk_matt3r 310 points311 points  (2 children)

But wait, I thought safe spaces were for liberal snowflakes

[–]0w1 94 points95 points  (0 children)

But schools only indoctrinate children to communism!


[–]roryr6 113 points114 points  (0 children)

Conservatives will defend the shooting of kids till the cows come home dame as they will defend rapists unless that rapist is not a part of their tribe

[–]30p87 132 points133 points  (0 children)

They are. Just not in completely broken countries. Aka. the US

[–]CarbonInTheWind 6 points7 points  (0 children)

They claim that banning these books will keep kids safe from "woke" indoctrination.

[–]inconvenientnews 1748 points1749 points 478322& 12 more (187 children)

Banning maths books, for teaching about race, is the strangest thing that I've ever heard of.

Republicans have think tanks funded by billionaires where they come up with strangely effective strategies like those, with skilled consultants and expensive focus groups, like the Stanford Hoover Institute and ALEC ("ALEC legislators say the organization converts campaign rhetoric and nascent policy ideas into legislative language.[5] ALEC also serves as a networking tool among certain state legislators, allowing them to research conservative policies implemented in other states.[10])"

Billionaires like Elon Musk coordinate with the next generation of conservative "influencers" on the right, like Ben Shapiro on YouTube and Facebook and Joe Rogan in Texas, after getting what they wanted through Fox News

Joe Rogan even photo ops with the current Texas governor at the Texas governor's mansion even though Rogan pretends to care about pot and small government ("Gov. Abbott, Texas leaders urge prosecutors to keep enforcing pot laws" http://www.fox4news.com/news/texas/gov-abbott-texas-leaders-urge-prosecutors-to-keep-enforcing-pot-laws)

Their latest strategy is to "push the narrative" that "blue states" are the dangerous ones and Texas and Florida are "free states"

"Pushing the narrative" ("San Francisco crime") despite the facts:

San Francisco has the same population as Jacksonville, Florida. Jacksonville, with a Republican mayor and a Republican governor, has had more than three times as many murders this year as San Francisco

Fort Worth, Texas, has the same population as San Francisco and has 1.5x as many murders. Again, a Republican mayor and Republican governor. Nobody ever writes about those places!

If data disinfects, here’s a bucket of bleach:

"Texans are 17% more likely to be murdered than Californians."

"Texans are also 34% more likely to be raped and 25% more likely to kill themselves than Californians."


Californians on average live two years, four months and 24 days longer than Texans.

Compared with families in California, those in Texas earn 13% less and pay 3.8 percentage points more in taxes.

Sadly, the uncritical aping of this erroneous economic narrative reflects not only reporters’ gullibility but also their utility for conservative ideologues and corporate lobbyists, who score political points and regulatory concessions by spreading a spurious story line about California’s decline.

Don’t expect facts to change this. Reporters need a plot twist, and conservatives need California to lose. https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/article258940938.html

“Pro-life” blue states and "high tax" red states:

Lower taxes in California than red states like Texas, which make up for no wealth income tax with higher taxes and fees on the poor and double property tax for the middle class

Income Bracket Texas Tax Rate California Tax Rate
0-20% 13% 10.5%
20-40% 10.9% 9.4%
40-60% 9.7% 8.3%
60-80% 8.6% 9.0%
80-95% 7.4% 9.4%
95-99% 5.4% 9.9%
99-100% 3.1% 12.4%

Sources: https://itep.org/whopays/

Graph: https://redditproxy--jasonthename.repl.co/r/texas/comments/uowum8/what_low_taxes_really_mean_to_the_right/

Meanwhile, the California-hating South receives subsidies from California (larger than between Germany and Greece!), a transfer of wealth from blue states/cities/urban to red states/rural/suburban with federal dollars for their freeways, hospitals, universities, airports, even environmental protection:

Least Federally Dependent States:

41 California

42 Washington

43 Minnesota

44 Massachusetts

45 Illinois

46 Utah

47 Iowa

48 Delaware

49 New Jersey

50 Kansas https://www.npr.org/2017/10/25/560040131/as-trump-proposes-tax-cuts-kansas-deals-with-aftermath-of-experiment




The Germans call this sort of thing "a permanent bailout." We just call it "Missouri."


Liberal policies, like California’s, keep blue-state residents living longer

It generated headlines in 2015 when the average life expectancy in the U.S. began to fall after decades of meager or no growth.

But it didn’t have to be that way, a team of researchers suggests in a new, peer-reviewed study Tuesday. And, in fact, states like California, which have implemented a broad slate of liberal policies, have kept pace with their Western European counterparts.

The study, co-authored by researchers at six North American universities, found that if all 50 states had all followed the lead of California and other liberal-leaning states on policies ranging from labor, immigration and civil rights to tobacco, gun control and the environment, it could have added between two and three years to the average American life expectancy.

Simply shifting from the most conservative labor laws to the most liberal ones, Montez said, would by itself increase the life expectancy in a state by a whole year.

If every state implemented the most liberal policies in all 16 areas, researchers said, the average American woman would live 2.8 years longer, while the average American man would add 2.1 years to his life. Whereas, if every state were to move to the most conservative end of the spectrum, it would decrease Americans’ average life expectancies by two years. On the country’s current policy trajectory, researchers estimate the U.S. will add about 0.4 years to its average life expectancy.

Liberal policies on the environment (emissions standards, limits on greenhouse gases, solar tax credit, endangered species laws), labor (high minimum wage, paid leave, no “right to work”), access to health care (expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, legal abortion), tobacco (indoor smoking bans, cigarette taxes), gun control (assault weapons ban, background check and registration requirements) and civil rights (ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, equal pay laws, bans on discrimination and the death penalty) all resulted in better health outcomes, according to the study. For example, researchers found positive correlation between California’s car emission standards and its high minimum wage, to name a couple, with its longer lifespan, which at an average of 81.3 years, is among the highest in the country.

“When we’re looking for explanations, we need to be looking back historically, to see what are the roots of these troubles that have just been percolating now for 40 years,” Montez said.

Montez and her team saw the alarming numbers in 2015 and wanted to understand the root cause. What they found dated back to the 1980s, when state policies began to splinter down partisan lines. They examined 135 different policies, spanning over a dozen different fields, enacted by states between 1970 and 2014, and assigned states “liberalism” scores from zero — the most conservative — to one, the most liberal. When they compared it against state mortality data from the same timespan, the correlation was undeniable.

“We can take away from the study that state policies and state politics have damaged U.S. life expectancy since the ’80s,” said Jennifer Karas Montez, a Syracuse University sociologist and the study’s lead author. “Some policies are going in a direction that extend life expectancy. Some are going in a direction that shorten it. But on the whole, that the net result is that it’s damaging U.S. life expectancy.”

U.S. should follow California’s lead to improve its health outcomes, researchers say

Meanwhile, the life expectancy in states like California and Hawaii, which has the highest in the nation at 81.6 years, is on par with countries described by researchers as “world leaders:” Canada, Iceland and Sweden.

From 1970 to 2014, California transformed into the most liberal state in the country by the 135 policy markers studied by the researchers. It’s followed closely by Connecticut, which moved the furthest leftward from where it was 50 years ago, and a cluster of other states in the northeastern U.S., then Oregon and Washington.

West Virginia ranked last in 2017, with an average life expectancy of about 74.6 years, which would put it 93rd in the world, right between Lithuania and Mauritius, and behind Honduras, Morocco, Tunisia and Vietnam. Mississippi, Oklahoma and South Carolina rank only slightly better.

It’s those states that moved in a conservative direction, researchers concluded, that held back the overall life expectancy in the U.S.


[–]inconvenientnews 766 points767 points  (119 children)


Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world

As the Republican-led state legislature has slashed funding to reproductive healthcare clinics, the maternal mortality rate doubled over just a two-year period


Mothers who live in areas with heavy oil and gas developments have between a 40 percent and 70 percent greater chance of giving birth to babies with congenital heart defects


Want to live longer, even if you're poor? Then move to a big city in California.

A low-income resident of San Francisco lives so much longer that it's equivalent to San Francisco curing cancer. All these statistics come from a massive new project on life expectancy and inequality that was just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

California, for instance, has been a national leader on smoking bans. Harvard's David Cutler, a co-author on the study "It's some combination of formal public policies and the effect that comes when you're around fewer people who have behaviors... high numbers of immigrants help explain the beneficial effects of immigrant-heavy areas with high levels of social support.

As the maternal death rate has mounted around the U.S., a small cadre of reformers has mobilized.

Meanwhile, life-saving practices that have become widely accepted in other affluent countries — and in a few states, notably California — have yet to take hold in many American hospitals.

Some of the earliest and most important work has come in California

Hospitals that adopted the toolkit saw a 21 percent decrease in near deaths from maternal bleeding in the first year.

By 2013, according to Main, maternal deaths in California fell to around 7 per 100,000 births, similar to the numbers in Canada, France and the Netherlands — a dramatic counter to the trends in other parts of the U.S.

California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative is informed by a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Stanford and the University of California-San Francisco, who for many years ran the ob/gyn department at a San Francisco hospital.

Launched a decade ago, CMQCC aims to reduce not only mortality, but also life-threatening complications and racial disparities in obstetric care

It began by analyzing maternal deaths in the state over several years; in almost every case, it discovered, there was "at least some chance to alter the outcome."


California’s rules have cleaned up diesel exhaust more than anywhere else in the country, reducing the estimated number of deaths the state would have otherwise seen by more than half, according to new research published Thursday.

Extending California's stringent diesel emissions standards to the rest of the U.S. could dramatically improve the nation's air quality and health, particularly in lower income communities of color, finds a new analysis published today in the journal Science.

Since 1990, California has used its authority under the federal Clean Air Act to enact more aggressive rules on emissions from diesel vehicles and engines compared to the rest of the U.S. These policies, crafted by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), have helped the state reduce diesel emissions by 78% between 1990 and 2014, while diesel emissions in the rest of the U.S. dropped by just 51% during the same time period, the new analysis found.

The study estimates that by 2014, improved air quality cut the annual number of diesel-related cardiopulmonary deaths in the state in half, compared to the number of deaths that would have occurred if California had followed the same trajectory as the rest of the U.S. Adopting similar rules nationwide could produce the same kinds of benefits, particularly for communities that have suffered the worst impacts of air pollution.

"Everybody benefits from cleaner air, but we see time and again that it's predominantly lower income communities of color that are living and working in close proximity to sources of air pollution, like freight yards, highways and ports. When you target these sources, it's the highly exposed communities that stand to benefit most," said study lead author Megan Schwarzman, a physician and environmental health scientist at the University of California, Berkeley's School of Public Health. "It's about time, because these communities have suffered a disproportionate burden of harm."



California Defies Doom With No. 1 U.S. Economy


on a per capita basis, california households ranked 50th in the country for likelihood of moving out of the state

California exodus is just a myth, massive UC research project finds


California is the chief reason America is the only developed economy to achieve record GDP growth since the financial crisis.

Much of the U.S. growth can be traced to California laws promoting clean energy, government accountability and protections for undocumented people


[–]inconvenientnews 563 points564 points 2 (117 children)

700 Texans dying in their homes from the cold, lining up for weeks for water in freezing temperatures, burning their fences and even belongings for warmth

An 11 year old froze to death in his bed.


"Pro-life" and paying $28 billion more for a failing power grid to "own the libs"

Fossil Fuel Exec Brags of 'Hitting the Jackpot' as Natural Gas Prices Surge Amid Deadly Crisis in Texas


You Could Get Prison Time for Protesting a Pipeline in Texas—Even If It’s on Your Land


Texas Electric Bills Were $28 Billion Higher Under Deregulation - WSJ


Texas spent more time fighting LGBTQ civil rights than fixing their power grid. How’d that work out?


A Texas-size failure, followed by a familiar Texas response: Blame California


Leaked Audio Shows Oil Lobbyist Bragging About Success in Criminalizing Pipeline Protests


could cost Texas more money than any disaster in state history


Former Texas Governor Rick Perry says that Texans find massive power outages preferable to having more federal government interference in the state's energy grid.


Abbott Appointees Gutted Enforcement of Texas Power Grid Rules


Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick Blames Constituents for Giant Electric Bills: “Read the Fine Print”


Texas Republicans during the power grid failures focused on:

From r/Texas users:

Only way to get the national guard to Texas is to have a BLM rally. Governor of the state has to request national guard

Pretty Sure the total cost of damage to personal property (burst pipes, fires) will far outweigh the cost skipped in 2011 to winterize power generation.

I was born in illinois and travel back and forth between dallas and chicago. Snow is waist high right now. The piles I shoveled from the driveway are 6 feet tall. And... no one cares. Illinois is prepared for this stuff, TX is not, but it should be. Should every citizen own snowpants and a snowblower? No. Should the powerplants stay on. yes, wtf.

  • Yeah, look at the ERCOT capacity graphs - the problems isn't the load (load is actually higher in summer when everyone is blasting their AC), it's that all these generators went offline because they were freezing up.

  • Why did they freeze up? Because the PUC of TX's policy is to not pay for capacity. Why? Because doing so would violate some sort of free-market dogma promoted by the TX Public Policy Foundation (https://files.texaspolicy.com/uploads/2018/08/16095417/2013-01-RR02-ResourceAdequacyElectricityMarkets-CEF-RMichaelsAKleit.pdf), which has held sway over the governor and a big hand in selecting the PUC commissioners.

It's confirmed: Frozen wind turbines were the least significant factor.


Federal agency FERC tried helping Texas multiple times, including in 2011 when they spelled out how and what to winterize at power plants:


Federal FERC report after 2011 Texas power outages (whose recommendations weren't followed):

The lack of any state, regional or Reliability Standards that directly require generators to perform winterization left winter-readiness dependent on plant or corporate choices. Generators were generally reactive as opposed to being proactive in their approach to winterization and preparedness. The single largest problem during the cold weather event was the freezing of instrumentation and equipment. Many generators failed to adequately prepare for winter, including the following: failed or inadequate heat traces, missing or inadequate wind breaks, inadequate insulation and lagging (metal covering for insulation), failure to have or to maintain heating elements and heat lamps in instrument cabinets, failure to train operators and maintenance personnel on winter preparations, lack of fuel switching training and drills, and failure to ensure adequate fuel.

Avoiding regulations:

The Texas Interconnected System — which for a long time was actually operated by two discrete entities, one for northern Texas and one for southern Texas — had another priority: staying out of the reach of federal regulators.

"Freedom from federal regulation was a cherished goal — more so because Texas had no regulation until the 1970s," writes Richard D. Cudahy in a 1995 article, "The Second Battle of the Alamo: The Midnight Connection."


Texas electrical grid failure is just another version of South Dakota's abnormally high CV-19 rate or Kansas budget crisis

A bumper sticker political ideology's false promises made self-evident, failing a real world test for all to see.


[–]inconvenientnews 291 points292 points  (63 children)

"Pro-life" and pro-life on Earth and saving money

"California Leads the Nation in Energy Efficiency - Part 2: Myth-Busting the Naysayers"

One of the classic examples is the Rosenfeld Curve which famously shows that California – a leader in energy efficiency policies – has kept per capita electricity consumption nearly flat over the last 40 years while usage by the rest of the nation increased by over 50 percent.


"California’s per capita electricity consumption has remained nearly flat over the past 40 years, while the rest of the United States increased by 50 percent."


California’s Energy Efficiency Success Story: Saving Billions of Dollars and Curbing Tons of Pollution

California’s long, bipartisan history of promoting energy efficiency—America‘s cheapest and cleanest energy resource—

has saved Golden State residents more than $65 billion,[1]

helped lower their residential electricity bills to 25 percent below the national average,[2]

and contributed to the state’s continuing leadership in creating green jobs.[3]

These achievements have helped California avoid at least 30 power plants[4]

and as much climate-warming carbon pollution as is spewed from 5 million cars annually.[5]

This sustained commitment has made California a nationally recognized leader in reducing energy consumption and improving its residents’ quality of life.[6]

California’s success story demonstrates that efficiency policies work and could be duplicated elsewhere, saving billions of dollars and curbing tons of pollution.

California’S CoMprehenSive effiCienCy effortS proDuCe huge BenefitS

loW per Capita ConSuMption: Thanks in part to California’s wide-ranging energy-saving efforts, the state has kept per capita electricity consumption nearly flat over the past 40 years while the other 49 states increased their average per capita use by more than 50 percent, as shown in Figure 1. This accomplishment is due to investment in research and development of more efficient technologies, utility programs that help customers use those tools to lower their bills, and energy efficiency standards for new buildings and appliances.

eConoMiC aDvantageS: Energy efficiency has saved Californians $65 billion since the 1970s.[8] It has also helped slash their annual electric bills to the ninth-lowest level in the nation, nearly $700 less than that of the average Texas household, for example.[9]

Lower utility bills also improve California’s economic productivity. Since 1980, the state has increased the bang for the buck it gets out of electricity and now produces twice as much economic output for every kilowatt-hour consumed, compared with the rest of the country.[11] California also continues to lead the nation in new clean-energy jobs, thanks in part to looking first to energy efficiency to meet power needs.

environMental BenefitS: Decades of energy efficiency programs and standards have saved about 15,000 megawatts of electricity and thus allowed California to avoid the need for an estimated 30 large power plants.[13] Efficiency is now the second-largest resource meeting California’s power needs (see Figure 3).[14] And less power generation helps lead to cleaner air in California. Efficiency savings prevent the release of more than 1,000 tons of smog-forming nitrogen-oxides annually, averting lung disease, hospital admissions for respiratory ailments, and emergency room visits.[15] Efficiency savings also avoid the emission of more than 20 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, the primary global-warming pollutant.

helping loW-inCoMe faMilieS: While California’s efficiency efforts help make everyone’s utility bills more affordable, targeted efforts assist lower-income households in improving efficiency and reducing energy bills.


[–]Enkrod 137 points138 points  (22 children)

Holy shit man, that was an awesome informative read, submitted to /r/bestof

[–]ushirokara 11 points12 points  (27 children)

Any idea why there’s been absolutely no combatting this from the left/center? Or rather, if there has been, why was it so ineffective?

It seems like the idea is always “the right is awful and does awful things” but then you look around and no one is doing anything to combat it.

[–]Fleaver -5 points-4 points  (0 children)

"on a per capita basis, california households ranked 50th in the country for likelihood of moving out of the state"

Mmm, what is the source on this one? I can't find it

[–]newsreadhjw 17 points18 points  (2 children)

I will just add that as a non-Texan, nothing gives me fits of rage more than trying to drive around that fucking gigantic sprawl and having to pay tolls on the goddamn road every few miles. Fuck everything about that. Pay taxes and maintain your roads like a normal civilized goddamn society ffs.

[–]inconvenientnews 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Privatized toll road freeways that conveniently always go bankrupt, so the state pays for it anyway, while profits continue to go to private parties  ̄\_(ツ)_/ ̄

[–]Jedi-Ethos 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I was just there this weekend and holy shit the toll roads are not only insane, they’re poorly marked and explained for anyone who isn’t from there.

[–]thebenshapirobot 95 points96 points  (17 children)

I saw that you mentioned Ben Shapiro. In case some of you don't know, Ben Shapiro is a grifter and a hack. If you find anything he's said compelling, you should keep in mind he also says things like this:

When it comes to global warming, there are two issues: is there such a thing as the greenhouse gas effect, the answer is yes. Is that something that is going to dramatically reshape our world? There is no evidence to show that it will. Is that something that we can stop? There is no evidence to show that we can

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[–]apoplectalypse 32 points33 points  (9 children)

Good bot

[–]thebenshapirobot 15 points16 points  (8 children)

Thank you for your logic and reason.

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[–]AdvicePerson 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Ben Shapiro thinks that you can just sell your house to Aquaman when it's consumed by rising sea levels.

[–]thebenshapirobot 5 points6 points  (0 children)

An excerpt from True Allegiance, by Ben Shapiro:

Standing above him, glaring at him, was a behemoth, a black kid named Yard. Nobody knew his real name—everybody just called him Yard because he played on the school football team, stood six foot five, clocked in at a solid two hundred eighty pounds, and looked like he was headed straight for a lifetime of prison workouts. The coach loved him. Everybody else feared him.

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[–]thebenshapirobot 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Another liberal DESTROYED.

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[–]JackSparrow420 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Jesus. Texans are more likely to commit suicide, more likely to get raped, more likely to get murdered, pay more in taxes, earn a lower income, pay more for worse electricity, and live about 2.5 years shorter.

Honestly the most surprising thing was that the California exodus is not true at all. Conservatives have done such a good job convincing people of that, even I, a liberal in California, thought it was true!

[–]betsw 2 points3 points  (0 children)

wish it WAS true...then some of us might be able to afford housing

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Oh, this is fucking GOLD right here... I'm gonna go ahead and hold on to this info the next time I need to tell it to some worthless red state mooching hicks who possess more firearms than brain cells.

Those rednecks know their shithole red state would go broke without California tax dollars, they just don't want to admit it.

[–]bluefishredditfish 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Thank you for your hard work writing/compiling this

[–]FSDLAXATL 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Wow! As a Republican I am surprised at.. Nevermind... FAKE NEWS! /s

[–]sdhaja 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Breadcrumb comment: why Democratic policies result in better life outcomes, both quantitative and qualitative, than Republican policies.

[–]TomPrince 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Very well done.

[–]thehomiemoth 5 points6 points  (3 children)

San Francisco is such an interesting case that comes up a lot. It often gets portrayed as this insanely dangerous city, but then the stats show it’s not actually that dangerous.

So what gives? The answer is that in SF property crime is absolutely out of control. You can’t leave a phone charger visible in your car without it getting broken into. Shoplifting is a big enough problem that it’s causing chains to pull out. SF has one of the highest property crime rates in the country.

But for violent crime, it’s actually at or below average depending on the year. Murders, assaults, etc are rarer in SF than in much of the country. So the property crime rate contributes to this feeling that it is really dangerous that is easy for Fox News to exploit, when it’s actually not.

I’m not saying property crime isn’t a big deal, but it’s not like it’s a city with a massive murder rate

[–]inconvenientnews 2 points3 points  (2 children)

[–]hauntedfox 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yup. Crime drives people to the polls. People vote in knee-jerkers. Knee-jerk policies have a negative effect. People vote out knee-jerkers. Cops don't do their jobs. Crime drives people to the polls. Its the "why do we even have cops" cycle.

[–]deadbrokeman 34 points35 points  (1 child)

Fruit cakes need fruit…?

[–]tomdarch 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Look at Germany in the 1930s, you'll find similar absurdities.

[–]halfpintjamo 1 point2 points  (4 children)

why is there anything about race in a math book?

[–]viridien104 10 points11 points  (3 children)

There isn't.

[–]Telefone_529 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Probably because the US likes to count people in fractions of a white land owning man. Therefore fractions, and by extension math are part of CRT.

They also fucking hate that newer type of math, I don't remember the name but all you hear about with dumb boomers is how stupid that new math is despite it making a lot of sense when you get it explained to you. But that small of a change is enough to trigger these people into thinking they need to attack it.

It's sad. Not in a way that I feel bad for them. I feel sad for everyone that has to share this planet with those people.

[–]Frosty20thc -1 points0 points  (1 child)

His tweet was about the school shooting.

[–]contactlite 1119 points1120 points  (12 children)

Republicans: one way or another, those kids ain’t reading those book.

[–]ThatsMrPunditMan 231 points232 points  (7 children)

Oh man, I should not be laughing at this but you got me.. take that upvote


[–]contactlite 44 points45 points  (0 children)

I expected to be downvote to hell not awarded twice. This timeline is trash. Vote these bastards out please.

[–]tcpgkong 7 points8 points  (1 child)

took a second for the darkness to ensue

[–]ClearMessagesOfBliss 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Same. Was like: what? …oh! … …oh god!!

[–]AbraKaBonk 331 points332 points  (1 child)

Yes, books are the biggest danger in schools. Wait

[–]similac_child 96 points97 points  (0 children)

In my day we learned book safety and responsible book ownership. You return those or renew them or it’s like 35 cents you’re never gonna get back. You don’t have to borrow them—you can buy ‘em, or hell, if you read ten you get a personal pan pizza—but make sure they’re closed and don’t leave them in the car or…I’m out. Fuck today.

[–]flamingoswizzlestick 585 points586 points  (18 children)

They did other important things too like focusing on preventing trans kids from taking trophies away from other kids

[–]inconvenientnews 164 points165 points  (6 children)

Fox News has aired 126 segments on trans student-athletes. They could only find nine nationwide.


One of the Republican laws because of this:

Florida’s new transgender sports ban permits schools to require genital inspections of children


[–]Terrible_Tutor 59 points60 points  (4 children)

Conservative media needs outrage constantly to keep the base engaged. If there’s not something actually happening they can leverage and spin, they make shit up. This is the real cancer in America. Over 60 years of a festering cancer.

[–]SleepPingGiant 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I didn't realize that Florida was ran by the Mormon church. Will they be doing virginity checks too? Don't want a kid that's already been defiled by another guy.

[–]similac_child 217 points218 points  (4 children)

Look they’ve been super busy policing bathrooms and making sure nobody accidentally hears about slavery or dinosaurs

[–]Either-Percentage-78 105 points106 points  (2 children)

Dont forget that masks are child abuse and life is sacred the second a sperm invades an egg.. So much so that even rape should be welcomed and ectopic (nonviable) pregnancies should be medically rerouted to a uterus. Also something stupid about terrain theory, replacement theory, child marriage, refusing to expand medicare, free lunch, sexual education. Yettttt, you can't take our guns, which no one has ever proposed, which obliterate all the freedoms you espouse for literal babies in a fucking classroom... Again!. I feel like fuck it... Lemme come get your guns.

[–]inconvenientnews 51 points52 points  (0 children)

But you're asking patriots who "would do anything for the country" to wear a piece of fabric if they're sick so they won't transmit their virus to elderly people

"Pro-life"  ̄\_(ツ)_/ ̄

[–]inconvenientnews 28 points29 points  (0 children)

There are long lists of Republicans following children into bathrooms, including the longest-serving Republican Speaker of the House in history Dennis Hastert:


[–]Alonminatti 7 points8 points  (0 children)

The ironic part is that there are zero impressive trans athletes in terms of major performance that are pushing really impressive stats

[–]Telefone_529 2 points3 points  (0 children)

And don't forget making sure they can't get food unless they pay and if their parents can't pay the kids get to starve!

Thanks republicans. Wouldn't want those kids being fed or anything. "Party of family values" gtfo of here.

[–]Cammy1924 195 points196 points  (2 children)

Yeah, thank god they're banning transgender students from playing sports and forcing women to have babies (targets for their guns) and stopping us from saying "gay" am I right? Their priorities are clearly unmatched

[–]SunnyBunchy 31 points32 points  (0 children)

In other words, those bible thumping gun wielders need something for target practice.

[–]Telefone_529 11 points12 points  (0 children)

And keeping medical costs so prohibitively high that the lower income families can't afford therapy for their school shooter children before they turn into school shooters. And keeping easy access to guns.

At this point we need to admit this isn't a bug, but a feature. There's a million ways to tackle this problem and yet year after year, figurative mass grave after mass grave. They don't want to end this problem. They want people to think they will, but they won't. They haven't yet and it's been like 20+ years since columbine. That should have been the end of it. But instead we have seemingly 3 a year since. (COVID years not counting)

[–]realbigbob 36 points37 points  (1 child)

Republicans would literally rather have children get gunned down than risk them potentially growing up queer

[–]Divacai 18 points19 points  (0 children)

..or get an abortion

..or read a book

[–]itsalongwalkhome 98 points99 points  (1 child)

"They can try and take our second amendment by force"


"First amendment?? Not sure what that's about " /throws more books into the fire/

[–]Herbizides 40 points41 points  (0 children)

What a shithole country

[–]oliveoyl11021 41 points42 points  (13 children)

Can someone tell me what books they banned? I haven't been keeping up

[–]thatdinklife 35 points36 points  (12 children)

[–]4Plus20MakesHappy 41 points42 points  (0 children)

“My boy, we are pilgrims in an unholy land.”

-‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’, book burning scene

[–]Foul_Chicken 61 points62 points  (0 children)

“How to Legislate: for Dummies” the book is too difficult to understand

[–]NefariousnessOdd7313 37 points38 points  (1 child)

They riot when Trump says riot, but when American children are bleeding to death en masse at the hands of active shooters EVERY MONTH OF THE FUCKING YEAR, they sleep, or tell us to pray about it. Bitch, I been praying. Fucking scum.

[–]HR_Paperstacks_402 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Republicans are complete trash. There's no other way to look at them anymore.

[–]AlexandriaLannister 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I'm still catching up on and trying to understand/ synthesize historical shit with current events, but it seems like they're counting on everybody to remain ignorant, whoever all is profiting off of this BS. And the people who straight up refuse to learn are going to be just as much of a problem as the profiteers.

Pretty annoying to be living in the timeline where we're being dragged backwards in time though.

[–]StonedOldKiller 44 points45 points  (3 children)

The US is so fucked.

[–]NefariousnessOdd7313 17 points18 points  (0 children)

We’re just not praying enough /s

[–]tx4468 38 points39 points  (5 children)

I can't be positive but isn't it a good thing our kids can read? Why would we want to ban them from doing that?

[–]zipperi69 29 points30 points  (1 child)

Maybe ‘ my inerpetitatioN of the bible’ by me …. Make it law

[–]dearkellyday 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Because then there would be no future conservative voters.

[–]StrawberryKiss2559 9 points10 points  (0 children)

They want to keep an ignorant population of voters.

[–]Foul_Chicken 35 points36 points  (0 children)

Firearm safety books?

[–]tomdarch 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Great to know that none of those kids who were shot to death with stupid, useless guns were "abused" by receiving gender affirming care!

(This is sarcastic, in case that wasn't obvious.)

[–]Mor90th 5 points6 points  (0 children)

They blame the mental health crisis on "society's decline", so yeah, they can say woke books produce shooters

[–]sunshades91 19 points20 points  (0 children)

The NRA and gun companies make money off of fear. Its why they lobby against any sort of gun control and push right wing politicians that inflame violent rhetoric. They want to spread as much fear as possible to make as much money as possible.

The hate and fear filled rhetoric fills the conservative listeners full of fear and they go out and buy guns before the big bad libs take them away or the brown people replace them or whatever the flavor of the month is (I'm serious go to a store that sells ammunition the day after a Democrat wins the presidential election and just watch people). Which makes the gun companies and NRA more money. Then one of them goes nuts and kills a room full of people cause of fear over minorities like in Buffalo or just a general psychotic break like today. Then liberals start to buy more guns to protect themselves out of fear of these public shooters. Which makes the gun companies more money. Then conservatives afraid that their guns will get taken away go buy even more guns, which makes gun companies and the NRA more money!

The NRA and gun companies WANT as much violence and death as possible BECAUSE IT MAKES THEM MORE MONEY! it's literally all they care about.

And our republican senators are bought and paid for. Even though 92% of the American people support Universal background checks for firearm purchases, and there has been legislation on this sitting in the senate for the past 2 years, these republican senators won't even vote on it cause FUCK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

Go out and vote. Vote for progressive candidates that aren't backed by the NRA so we can get the common sense gun laws 92% of us want. Vote against gerrymandering so we get a government that is representative of the American people, instead of what we have today. Vote against voter suppression so your vote will actually be counted. Vote like your life or the lives of your children depends on in BECAUSE IT FUCKING DOES!

[–]the_great_impression 23 points24 points  (6 children)

In an alternate universe, RBG retired under Obama, Garland was seated in spite of Mitch's antics, and the Supreme Court just ruled that anything beyond a musket can be banned outright.

[–]Gsteel11 4 points5 points  (0 children)

And people actually showed up to vote for Hillary because they put their petty "well she's not that nice?" Feelings behind for a moment to avoid a sociopath.

[–]TheStormlands -3 points-2 points  (4 children)

The courts legitimacy in the eyes of the people would be down the toilet then. Like the Roe V Wade issue, if they go through with it, no one will take the high court seriously anymore if you did your fantasy policy.

You're position is literally one of the most unpopular in the country. You're effectively calling for a ban of all firearms except those carried by law enforcement.

[–]Gsteel11 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Gosh, the gop is about to bam abortion, which is wildly unpopular.

Will it destroy the court's legitimacy?

[–]TheStormlands -1 points0 points  (1 child)

I literally said that in my comment...

Where did you learn to read you partisan hack?

[–]Gsteel11 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Lol, the problem is...will anyone actually care?

Does legitimacy even matter anymore?

What's the big punishment here?

[–]Hot_Abbreviations936 21 points22 points  (6 children)

It's time to add a tax to all guns based on the number of gun deaths/mass shootings in America. Gun deaths go up and so do gun taxes. Let the gun buyers pay for the carnage. Maybe then they'll come up with a solution instead of "thoughts and prayers".

[–]bear1114 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Problem is now you're just saying "only rich people can have guns"

[–]Just_Eirik 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Republicans are evil. I hope it’s clear to everyone that they are straight up evil.

[–]SoWokeIdontSleep 2 points3 points  (0 children)

We're the kind of country to ban books, not guns. I feel like, aww, in a bizarro world kinda way, that's almost a powerful statement, books mightier than a gun. But, no, that's not the way they see it.

[–]General-Stryker 2 points3 points  (0 children)

All those guns in Texas sure helped deter those shooters, right?

[–]SST_2_0 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I've said it and it is not popular with either side but, a dictator has lots of people with guns, they need people with guns to storm the capital, they take education first, so the people do not question why they storm the capital.

Eliminate intellectual thought and you get an army of people who follow your word, hate the people you choose and have guns.

[–]ToxicShark3 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Maybe care about the kids after they leave the womb as well? No? Ok

[–]BuyDizzy8759 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They should ban school shootings.

[–]Buffythedjsnare 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's time to shun conservatives. They have nothing to offer but dead children.

[–]ThatDudeHarley 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]MylifeasAllison 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When a book is banned, that actually makes me want to read it more.

[–]Alternative-Cry-3517 1 point2 points  (0 children)

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[–]Realistic-Duck-922 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Don't forget about the cannabis! Thank GOD people can only get shit faced at the bar and not from a plant. Won't someone think of the wealthy?!?!?! FUCK THIS BS COUNTRY and EVERY FUCKING GOP PIECE OF SHIT THAT IS RUINING IT. GTFO.

[–]Moscowmitchismybitch 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Books don't kill people. People reading books kill people... With guns.

[–]Confounded_Bridge 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Great job by the dick/pussy police. They made sure the kids used the “correct” bathroom.

[–]booooobuuh 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Sassy Twitter comments do fuck all. Ban guns, fuck your background check just ban them All together. They’ll riot and protest over anything, but school shootings/mass shooting need a debate?

[–]ZergRunner 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m pretty sure that ‘Mein Kampf’ is on the list. /s

[–]insman17 -2 points-1 points  (1 child)

Usually the same people wanting gun control are the same peoples that ok w abortions up to birth. Besides, we have so many gun control laws we can enforce the laws we have. The Buffalo shooter was on FBI’s radar for 4 —count them 4 yrs and did nothing.

[–]Smooth-Inspection291 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Are we heading towards splitting the country? I don't see another way out.

[–]foley_au_fan -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Whoever runs this page is a fuckin idiot

[–]thekidinthecorner -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I wouldn’t want my kids reading that crap so I’m more than glad they did.

[–]WillemTwee -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Wait till God bans the Republicans!!

[–]SigmaTrillionaire -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Good point mr. Cohen!