WTF Wednesday

Dear Donald, the people who bombed a concert filled with children and teenagers are far more than “losers.” For reference, Donald has also called Mark Cuban and Rosie O’Donnell losers. This is our president, y’all!

Additionally, Israel is in the Middle East you STUPID IDIOT. I wonder if the people of the Wharton School of Business die a little inside every time he speaks. He is an insult to the education he received there.

The Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program continues to have an uncertain future. Obviously, this is terrifying for me personally, but over 400,000 people are enrolled in this program. Again, I understand that I took out the loans and I am responsible for repaying them, but a lot of people have made significant career decisions based on the promises of this program. It is unconscionable that the government is planning on cutting it. It is also upsetting to see such deep cuts to federal work-study programs because guess where those kids will have to make up the difference? LOANS YOU ASSHOLES.

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I WILL RIOT ON YOUR LAWN, BETSY.

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There is a LOT going on right now, so stay informed and don’t lose track of all of this bullshit. Massive cuts to social programs. Russian interference in the election. David Clarke. The health care bill. Comey. The FAKE NEWS at Fox News regarding the conspiracy surrounding the murder of Seth Rich. And Richard Collins III, a student at Bowie State University, who was murdered by a member of the racist Facebook group “Alt-Reich: Nation.”

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Don’t ever forget that white nationalism is alive and well (and thriving – thanks, Trump!) in America today.

Also, Mayor Landrieu of New Orleans recently gave an important speech regarding the removal of the Confederate monuments and statues in New Orleans. I’ve already spent far too much time arguing with people about why the existence of statues for a losing side is completely absurd (without even getting into the nightmarish legacy and history that they represent), but he makes some excellent points that you can use in your arguments for their removal.

The historic record is clear: the Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and P.G.T. Beauregard statues were not erected just to honor these men, but as part of the movement which became known as The Cult of the Lost Cause. This ‘cult’ had one goal — through monuments and through other means — to rewrite history to hide the truth, which is that the Confederacy was on the wrong side of humanity.

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As I mentioned last week, the students in my group are leaving the nest and flying off into the world. As such, we started setting up interviews with potential new students this week. My student assistant and I were APPALLED by how many students were rude as hell when they answered their phones. One girl just said “What?” and sat there silently. Another guy answered with an “Ugh, who is this?” CHILDREN. Learn phone skills. Naturally, everybody got real professional real quick once I explained why I was calling, but please teach your young people how to answer the phone – especially if they are applying for something. “What?” is never acceptable.

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If you aren’t already, then I absolutely encourage you to follow Dan Rather on Facebook. He provides excellently measured and thoughtful responses to the bananas political environment we are living in.

I cannot imagine how difficult it would be to work for someone who goes to Twitter to brag about something after you’ve spent half a day denying it happened.

Those first two statements are not sentences and you put the wrong thing in parenthesis, you twit. I don’t typically advocate for grammar and English shaming, but there is no excuse for him. He had access to and received an excellent education. Also, he has infinite resources available to help him make statements that aren’t a word salad (what if Sarah Palin is really the author of this nonsense!?!).

‘TIS YOU WHO ARE THE LEAKER, YA ORANGE BITCHMUFFIN!!

I’ve also had several Republicans friends try to triumph in this situation by claiming that I wasn’t mad when Hillary did it. These are not the same situations. The drama surrounding Hillary’s use of a private email server for classified information (which was retroactively labeled as such) was all based on what MIGHT have happened if it had gotten out. MIGHT have happened. Donald just straight up gave it away. Image result for trump gif emails

It’s just so infuriating (though not surprising ) to see Trump blatantly doing exactly what he insisted was wrong with Hillary: mishandling classified information and putting American interests behind foreign ones.

Additionally, people still insist on telling me to give Trump a chance and that the people who voted for him aren’t bad people. Well, I counted that the below image was shared by 38 different people on my Facebook over the weekend. Approximately half are from my small hometown, so that’s not really surprising that they would exist in the same cesspool of hate and nonsense, but the rest are people who are in no way connected to anyone else I know.

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You know who the scumbags are? People who put a man in office who makes them believe that this is funny.

I HATE EVERYTHING.

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Dove is apparently selling body wash in the shape of a woman’s body.

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Why. Good luck getting a good grasp on that middle one in the shower. It’s so impractical!! To be fair though, my soap was really making me question my body. Why I am I not more small and squarish? ALL SOAPS ARE BEAUTIFUL. Ugh. I’m all for diversity in body types, shapes, and sizes in advertising, but this is embarrassing. Real women are full of syrup.

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Lisa and I were talking about how crazy busy we’ve been with work the past couple of weeks and we both said that we were were going to have to cut our hair to deal with it (as in we don’t have time to deal with long hair anymore). Three men around us all shrieked “NO” in unison, then told horror stories about how as their wives moved up the ladder professionally, they all got shorter hairstyles.

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Sweeties, no. Your head is shaved. You don’t get an opinion. You have no idea what a pain in the ass hair is AND how freaking hot it is in the summer. I also seriously don’t care at all what you like because we are not romantically involved (and even in that scenario, then I barely care more than not at all). If you can stand behind your right to have creeper ‘stache, then we can have short and sassy hair if we want!

PRINCE HARRY AND MEGAN MARKLE KISSED IN PUBLIC (probably). SOUND THE ALARM. Engagement by the end of summer or I’ll heat my hat. IT IS ON.

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The City of Chicago is posting the archived data on climate change that is rapidly being deleted and remove from The Environmental Protection Agency page. Yeah, Chicago!! Science not Silence!!

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Thanks for all of your comments yesterday! I’ve read them, but didn’t have a chance to respond yet because I worked late last night. One day of accreditation visit down, 1.5 to go!

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For non-education folks – accreditation is probably the most important thing that happens to us. We submit reports and data to a regional accrediting agency (ours is the Western Association of Schools and Colleges). They review them, our processes, and visit us to see if we are meeting specific high standards for quality. If we lose accreditation, then our students lose access to federal financial aid. Additionally, accreditation is seen by many as a stamp of quality and it’s important to many employers and in many fields (and for graduate programs) that students have degrees from regionally-accredited institutions. Anyway, it’s horrifying to lose it and even being put on probation is the kind of serious problem that gets people fired. So, no pressure over here!

Laura sent this to me yesterday and BLESS HER. This is exactly how I feel. SALAD IS NOT A MEAL.

Donald on pace to exceed Obama’s travel spending (FOR EIGHT YEARS) in ONE year. AMAZING. Remember all this bullshit??

He’s a real jokester. NEVER FORGET this hypocritical asshat. I, personally, think it is important for everyone to have something they do that relieves stress and brings joy to their lives. Normal jobs can be stressful, and I know that being the leader of anything (much less a country) seems like a real nightmare. So, I don’t care if people play golf every now and then to relax, but don’t spend years lambasting your predecessor for golfing and traveling too much, then go and do it yourself.

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In light of this new era of increased focus and commitment to voucher programs, I think it is important to remember what accepting vouchers for students with disabilities can actually mean. Despite the fact that they are still using federal funds to attend a private school, students actually lose most of the protections mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The private schools are not breaking the law because they are not required to meet the federal requirements and services outlined in IDEA (or state requirements for special education services). This is why vouchers piss me off. Federal funds are going to schools that have no responsibility to meet federal rules and quality guidelines to provide services for students with disabilities.

Sean Spicer is so embarrassing and infuriating that I don’t even know what to say. Maybe ol’ Spicey thinks that Holocaust Centers were where you picked up your genocide supplies? It’s almost as if the White House has something against Jews…

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Someone I know is in Prague and has already eaten TWICE at the HARD ROCK CAFE!!!!!

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This person lives in a city with a Hard Rock Cafe. Do that shit at home! I’m calling Interpol. THIS IS AN INTERNATIONAL CRIME. Why did you even travel abroad? Seriously. Why?

After I started unpacking my closet last week, I realized that I was missing some of the clothes that I had packed the night before I moved. I had waited to pack them since they were some work clothes I had out to wear for the week, my favorite coat, my ski stuff, and my polos for work. I unpacked all of the boxes and they were nowhere to be found. I couldn’t remember if I had actually boxed them up or put them in the front seat of my car with some other clothes (suits and nice dresses) that I didn’t want to put in a box. I had taken a load of clothes with me the morning before I moved when I went to drop Caesar off at at the new apartment, but couldn’t remember if they were part of that.

The entire time I was loading my car, I kept remembering when a girl in my sorority had all of our rush outfits (piles and piles of identical pastel shirts, dresses, and pants!) stolen out of her 4-Runner because she left it unlocked while loading it. I tried to make sure to lock my car every time I put stuff in it, but I know I didn’t do it every time. I spent the past week thinking I had been a lazy fool and someone had taken a pile of clothes from my car while I was between trips. Finally, yesterday, it dawned on me that maybe it had accidentally been unloaded in the storage unit.

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I went by there after work yesterday and sure enough, there was the box of my stuff. I almost cried with joy! I can’t believe I didn’t think about sooner, but most importantly, make sure you lock your car when loading it. You never know who is watching!

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I had a flat tire after work yesterday which was JUST SWELL. I felt like a dummy because I sat in my car not sure what to do. I know how to change a tire, but I’m not going to do it in my work clothes. Thankfully, when I texted Sari to ask what to do (I assumed call AAA was the answer, but I always appreciate additional feedback) she said she would come over when she got off and change it for me. It sure is nice to have a handy little sister around. I’m useless with anything having to do with assembly or physically fixing something which is better than the truth of me being useless unless you need something accomplished that ONLY involves typing.

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Yesterday, a guy friend of mine posted an article on Facebook about Bill O’Reilly’s sexual harassment claims against him and the first comment by a male on that post was, “Um I believe the Dems are guilty of this as well. I seem to remember Mr. Bill Clinton had quite a few discrepancies. Did I misremember that?”

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What in the hell?? That’s what you thought when you read that? Oh, Democrats are bad too!! RAGE. This isn’t about Republicans, Democrats, Liberals, or Conservatives. It’s about men in power and a culture of sexually harassing women and not only getting away with it, but being protected by their multi-billion dollar corporation they work for.

I can’t even talk about what is happening in Syria right now because it’s too terrible to believe. I still can’t believe we have allowed Assad to rain terror on these people for so long.