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'Stop This BLATANT CENSORSHIP': The Poor, Confused Souls Sending Their YouTube Complaints to the FCC

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which oversees telecommunications like radio, TV, and the internet in the U.S., doesn’t regulate content on online platforms like YouTube. But that hasn’t stopped people from sending complaints about the video site to the federal agency—and they’re every bit as unhinged as…

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*laughs forever*
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A teacher claims he was fired for his sexuality in federal discrimination lawsuit

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A Kentucky middle school chorus teacher came out as bisexual on Instagram in the spring of last year. A month later, he lost his job. Now he’s bringing a federal discrimination lawsuit against the Montgomery County Board of Education.

The teacher, Nicholas Breiner, who taught at McNabb Middle School, said he came out on Instagram because he wanted to support students in the LGBTQ community who he knew had been suicidal. On May 3, he filed the complaint in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Kentucky.

“I felt that they needed to know there was someone in the room that understood and supported them, regardless of who they were. As terrifying as it was to admit, I had to value someone else’s well-being over my own privacy,” his Instagram read, according to the Lexington Herald Leader.

Breiner told the Lexington Herald Leader that he had “personally intervened on several suicide cases” and that the “vast majority of the attempts were from LGBTQ students.” According to the Centers for Disease Control, LGB high school students consider suicide at almost three times the rate of straight students and are almost five times more likely to attempt suicide.

Three days after his social media post, Breiner was told to meet with Deputy Superintendent Rick Culross, who questioned him about his sexual orientation, according to the complaint. After the meeting, Breiner says he experienced “disparate terms of the condition of his employment, including but not limited to being called into unscheduled meetings, accused of violating policy not associated with the plaintiff, harassing phone calls during class and unfavorable evaluation.”

A month later, Breiner had been “pink slipped.” The middle school principal told Breiner that the reason behind not renewing his contract was budget constraints. In June 2017, he learned that a straight woman was teaching in his previous position.

Last June, Montgomery County Superintendent Matthew Thompson told the Lexington Herald Leader that the decision not to renew his contract was not connected to his coming out as bisexual.

Parents and students who were angry about the decision protested in front of the county courthouse that same month.

“We all really feel that it comes down to his sexuality, and that’s a load of crap. He’s a great educator. There were several parents who showed up with their kids. Several past students,” one parent, Megan Johnson, told the Lexington Herald Leader.

In addition to this lawsuit, Breiner filed a similar suit against the board of education in Montgomery Circuit Court.

The case is similar to the story of a Texas elementary school art teacher’s suspension. The art teacher, Stacy Bailey, who won two Teacher of the Year awards at the school, was placed on leave in September of last year after at least one parent complained that the teacher mentioned her sexual orientation. Bailey’s lawyer said the teacher simply mentioned her wife. The Dallas Morning News reported that parents and teachers were determined to find out more information about why she was no longer in the classroom.

In March, the school district said she refused “to follow administration’s directions regarding age-appropriate conversations with students.” The district added that “parents have the right to control the conversation with their children, especially as it relates to religion, politics, sex/sexual orientation, etc.”

The school district recently voted to renew her contract, but she received notice that she was being reassigned to a local high school rather than the elementary school she taught at for a decade, according to BuzzFeed. This week, she filed a federal lawsuit against the district for discrimination.

And there have been other recent cases of schools reacting similarly to LGBTQ teachers and teachers discussing issues affecting LGBTQ students in class. Last year, Jocelyn Morffi, a Catholic school teacher, was fired after marrying her partner. A New York teacher was suspended after parents complained about handouts on sexuality and gender.

Martha Harvey, president and CEO of the Pride Center of the Capital Region, told the Post Star that transgender students are “coming out younger and younger” and that the education the teacher provided in the handouts is necessary.

“If you love your kids, you want them to have the most information possible,” she told the Post Star. “If a parent has a problem with this presentation, that’s the parent’s problem. This program saves lives.”




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deezil
14 days ago
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I want my state to be better. This will not happen.

For others coming across my comment and needing context, this is in a mostly-rural, extremely conservative part of the state. This is still a place where you not going to church or not going to the "right" church will get you ostracized socially. This teacher probably already had one strike against him because he fell afoul of that, and this is the second, and fatal strike. The rest of it is smoke and mirrors to play a big game of CYA.
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WATCH: Pence’s call for Mueller to ‘wrap it up’ echoes Nixon on Watergate almost word for word

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During an interview with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Thursday morning, Vice President Mike Pence called for special counsel Robert Mueller to “wrap it up.”

“What I think is that it’s been a year since this investigation began, our administration has provided over a million documents, we’ve fully cooperated in it, and in the interest of the country I think it’s time to wrap it up,” Pence said. “And I would very respectfully encourage the special counsel and his team to bring their work to completion.”

As Morning Joe noted, the content and tone of Pence’s call for the special counsel to end his investigation was remarkably similar to what President Richard Nixon said in January 1974 about the special prosecutor who was investigating him, Leon Jaworski.

“As you know, I have provided to the special prosecutor voluntarily a great deal of material,” Nixon said. “I believe that I have provided all of the material that he needs to conclude his investigations, and to proceed to prosecute the guilty and to clear the innocent. I believe the time has come to bring that investigation and the other investigations of this matter to an end. One year of watergate is enough.”

Watch the two clips back to back for yourself:

Nixon’s speech came three months after he fired the first prosecutor appointed to investigate Watergate, Archibald Cox, in the “Saturday Night Massacre.” Cox’s termination backfired — it both galvanized public opinion against Nixon, and failed to end the investigation. Jaworski was appointed to replace Cox about two weeks after the Saturday Night Massacre.

And as it turned out, one year of Watergate was not quite enough. After smoking gun evidence emerged that Nixon had lied about his involvement in the Watergate break-in, he resigned from office in August 1974 — about seven months after he called for the special prosecutor to wrap it up.




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14 days ago
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Now the VP is plagiarizing too...
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Doctor, Please, It’s My Son. He’s Very Woke

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Oh, doctor, thank you for seeing me this late. I’ve been so worried I can’t sleep. I’ve been up all night just wringing my hands.

You see, it’s my son. He’s very woke.

His microaggressions are growing weaker by the day. His appetite for calling women on the Internet “dumb sluts” is practically nonexistent. And oh God almighty — he’s been coughing up Martin Luther King Jr. quotes in his sleep. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere!” he screamed last night.

Something is very, very wrong.

I don’t know what happened. Just last week I heard him cracking “feminazi” jokes with his friends and rapping along gleefully to Kendrick lyrics like Damn was an album specifically engineered by a team of scientists to measure how many liters of sweat men could soak into their Reagan-Bush tanks per every all-white house party. He was so carefree!

And now? Oh, it’s awful. He’s quoting Marx. He’s boycotting confetti guns. He got his fraternity to sign union cards and now they’re demanding $15 every time they get too drunk and the university assigns them mandated community service. He called me on the phone last week just to tell me my GOD BLESS AMERICA pillow was a product of the military-industrial complex. He still raps along to Kendrick, but he also taped a think piece to the fridge.

You have to do something, Doctor — and quick. I told my son his newfound behavior was bringing me to the edge of hysteria, and he said “Did you know the root hystera comes from the Greek word for uterus,” and handed me a Gloria Steinem book.

No mother should have to see their child like this.

Doctor, please. I used to have dreams for my son. I thought he’d graduate college. Start a career. Maybe find a nice girl to catcall and settle down. But he’s not the same person anymore, and I miss my son. I miss his MAGA hat. I miss his men’s rights vlog. I miss the way his nose crinkles up when he says fast food workers don’t deserve a living wage. The assuredness in his voice when he announces that healthcare is a privilege and not a right. The glinting leather seats of the Jeep his dad bought him. What if I never get these things back?

Now I don’t know if you have a family. I don’t know if you have a son or daughter waiting for you at home, and if you do, I don’t know if you’ve ever had to deal with them being woke, or liberating your spouse’s man cave, or using the word “antifa” at a family gathering and immediately sending your 85-year-old mother-in-law into a stress-induced coma.

But you have to help. Now hurry, please. You must, before he finds out I sent for a doctor and says, “Oh, who is she?”

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deezil
16 days ago
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There are days I love McSweeney's and days I REALLY love McSweeney's.
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The Stricter a State's Gun Laws, the Fewer Children Die From Guns, Study Finds

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State laws that mandate universal background checks for buying guns and ammunition may save young lives, suggests new research presented this week at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies. The study found that states with stricter gun laws had lower rates of gun-related deaths among children compared…

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deezil
18 days ago
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In other news, water is wet. More at 11.
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IMHO

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"Ugh, TMI." "Yeah, that's some tantalizing meat info."
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deezil
21 days ago
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I met someone once who called it SQULL. I should have punched them when I had the chance. Also, two periods.

*edit* And it's always been humble.
Louisville, Kentucky
NielsRak
21 days ago
Only one! Burn the witch!
Lythimus
21 days ago
I've found people who use two spaces will be much less consistent. They will rarely use 1, but 3 seems to be a common scenario.
mooglemoogle
20 days ago
I used to use two spaces. I learned that way. But I got peer pressured into switching to one at some point and it was much easier than I expected to switch. Now two looks weird to me.
digdoug
19 days ago
I started calling it "SQUEAL" long ago. But I also like to pronounce git with a soft-g
bluegecko
19 days ago
I do that, but only with My Squeal. Otherwise it's Microsoft Sequel, Squel Lite, and then just Postgres.
DivinuZ
17 days ago
In my *humble* opinion. Weapons from a more humble time (on the Internet).
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Covarr
20 days ago
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I wholeheartedly cannot bring myself to pronounce PNG as "ping".
Moses Lake, WA
mooglemoogle
20 days ago
What monster does that?
bluegecko
19 days ago
I only just learned that not everyone does. Like in this comment thread. And just for the record, I've been on web since Mosaic was the best browser.
endlessmike
15 days ago
I do
endlessmike
15 days ago
My gf and I had an argument about how to pronounce GIF. I ended it by saying it wouldn't be an issue if animated PNGs had taken off
emdeesee
21 days ago
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HTH HAND
📌 Lincoln, NE ❤️️ Sherman, TX
tedder
21 days ago
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tabs after a period, lolol
Uranus
alt_text_at_your_service
21 days ago
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"Ugh, TMI." "Yeah, that's some tantalizing meat info."
alt_text_bot
21 days ago
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"Ugh, TMI." "Yeah, that's some tantalizing meat info."
XPav
21 days ago
Gotta be faster there a_t_b
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