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Wednesday, January 26, 2022



The Mcminn County School board in Tennessee just voted to ban a Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust.   The vote was 10-0

The newly elected governor of Virginia has instituted a "Inform on Your Teacher" policy. 

Stalin would be proud! Back in the day, he had a policy similar to Youngkin's:  

"Neighbours. Friends. Even your closest loved ones. In Stalin's Russia, everyone was an informer. And even one word from a resentful child was enough to send you to the firing squad."

Youngkin has created a tip line at so that parents can report “divisive” teaching. Do we now pit parents against teachers? Will Virginia have teachers looking over their shoulders if they teach about race? Segregation? Slavery? Lynchings?


'We're asking for folks to send us reports and observations,' Youngkin said. 'Help us be aware of … their child being denied their rights that parents have in Virginia, and we're going to make sure we catalogue it all. … And that gives us further, further ability to make sure we're rooting it out.'

"If that sounds an awful lot like something the Stasi would approve of, it’s because the East German secret police was all about relying on people to inform on their acquaintances. Or as Der Spiegel put it: 'Neighbors reporting on neighbors, schoolchildren informing on classmates, university students passing along information on other students, managers spying on employees and Communist bosses denouncing party members.' ” 

And let's not forget that this happened:

Here's a beaut  coming out of Florida:

Remember, the GQP is the party of "smaller government," except when it wants that government to get people to inform on each other and pass laws that stifle free speech!


skudrunner said...

Reminiscent of 1984. Surprised we don't have AI for that purpose

possumlady said...

Apparently folks are having a field day with the tip line:

“Albus Dumbeldor was teaching that full blooded wizards discriminated against mudbloods!” read a “Harry Potter”-themed email reportedly sent to the tip line.

“Mrs. Krabappel and Principal Skinner were in the closet making babies and I saw one of the babies and the baby looked at me!” said another message, referencing “The Simpsons.”

Dave Miller said...

Off Topic but...

Congrats to David "Big Papi" Ortiz and his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

A Boston sports legend.

Shaw Kenawe said...

possumlady I sorta knew that would happen. And Youngkin's stupid "Rat On Your Teacher" law deserves all the ridicule it gets.

Can you imagine, say, if a Democratic governor pushed through a law like that only having people rat-out a teacher who said anything about "God!" The "small government" hypocrites would be tearing their hair out and calling for the governor to be thrown out of office.

Youngkin was a wolf in sheep's clothing when he pretended to be the unTrump candidate. The people who voted for him deserve just what they got -- good and hard!

Shaw Kenawe said...

Dave Big Papi is so loved by Boston sports fans. And he deserves that love and admiration.

Shaw Kenawe said...

skud, Yes, it is very 1984!

Shaw Kenawe said...

Jeff Tiedrich Tweet:

Jeff Tiedrich

I'm so old, I remember when mainstream Republicans were basically reasonable people with differing views on economics, and not a festering f**ktangle of democracy-hating book-burning performative-nonsense bridge-troll fascist sh*tweasels

Anonymous said...

With politicians like this, you don't need Trump around to kill democracy.

Paula said...

Millions of Americans are ignorant of basic civics and their rights. They listen to too many libertarian chaos coordinators who tell them they don’t have to pay taxes and they don’t need to vaccinate and it is their right to put cameras in the classroom and judge every word their kid's teacher utters.

Then they demand immediate federal response (from a government they don’t respect) to every crisis that crops up immediately, all while we bankrupt ourselves purchasing the latest military plane and ship.

A. Citizen said...

I've read that their excuse is that the author of the Holocaust novel, MAUS, worked for Playboy. Are we really going to have libraries purged by political commissars digging through author’s lives? Silly question, of course we are. You wo"rked for this company, you’re purged."

Trump, of course, can pay porn stars to have sex with him while his wife gave birth, and he’s just fine.

I guess they don’t want people to think the Holocaust was actually a horrible thing. It might make them upset about the Holocaust. It might make them think that virulent anti-Semitism is a bad thing. Maybe it would even make them think that “second amendment solutions” when you don’t like something is a bad thing.