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Oklahoma, having fixed all their problems like teen pregnancy (9th worst), childhood obesity (6th worst ), college degrees (9th worst), etc...we can now focus on pastry shooters.

In March a school in Maryland overreacted and suspended a 7-year-old for  chewing a pop tart into the shape of a gun.

To protect the innocent youths of Oklahoma from such  swift injustice, State Representative Sally Kern introduced a bill that would not allow kids that chew their food to look like weapons to be punished.

Rep. Sally Kern said Wednesday her measure dubbed the Common Sense Zero Tolerance Act was in response to school districts having policies that are too strict or inflexible. . .
Under Kern's bill, students couldn't be punished for possessing small toy weapons or using writing utensils, fingers or their hands to simulate a weapon. Students also couldn't be punished for drawing pictures of weapons or wearing clothes that “support or advance Second Amendment rights or organizations.”
Yay! Kids can still play cowboys and Indians, cops and robbers and they can bang bang in safe innocent play at school. They can play with their food without fear of punishment from pesky unionized Godless teachers. They would be able to play with toys class instead of concentrating on school work, all to protect the attack on our most beloved right.

Sally Kern is awesome.  Whenever an Oklahoman wants a state rep espouse racism or homophobia.  

In 2009 she was among several that gathered at the State Capitol to  sign the "Oklahoma Citizen's Proclamation for Morality." They had a sad because the Marxist Atheist Kenyan Muslim in the White House supports gay rights. This proclamation states

Whereas, deeply disturbed that the Office of the president of these United States disregards the biblical admonitions to live clean and pure lives by proclaiming an entire month to an immoral behavior. . .Whereas, we believe our economic woes are consequences of our greater national moral crisis; and Whereas, this nation has become a world leader in promoting abortion, pornography, same sex marriage, sex trafficking, divorce, illegitimate births, child abuse ,and many other forms of debauchery.
In 2010 there was the Divorce Bill. This was to make it harder to get divorced.  What did the bill do?  
*No divorce on "compatibility" grounds if couple had kids.
*No divorce if married 10+ years
*No divorce if one spouse doesn't want it

In 2011 she got busted for saying minorities earn less income because they don't work as hard as white people because government will take care of them (thank you white rescuers!)

We have a high percentage of blacks in prison, and that’s tragic, but are they in prison just because they are black or because they don’t want to study as hard in school? I’ve taught school, and I saw a lot of people of color who didn’t study hard because they said the government would take care of them.”
Oh dear God, she taught kids.

Another teacher 2011 she proposed a bill to

“assist teachers to find more effective ways to present the science curriculum where it addresses scientific controversies” and permit teachers to “help students understand, analyze, critique, and review” the scientific strengths and weaknesses of “existing theories.” But the only topics mentioned in the bill as contestable are “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.”
Indoctrinating our kids much?  

I'm sure, at least for now, there are no bills to protect one's right to give a wedgie in the state.

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    The Senate has no guts. The House has no brains.

    by gossamer1234 on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 08:08:54 PM PST

  •  Oh my! (0+ / 0-)

    She has quite a history. I'm sure she was unopposed last time. Poor Oklahoma.

  •  Well they've certainly done the important stuff (0+ / 0-)

    first in OK.


    What gets me about global warming denying fundies is they should be clamoring to agree with it. Aren't they the "Bible is the literal truth" fanatics? Doesn't the Bible teach that man has complete dominion over the Earth? Man is supposed to be able to run the world, God said so. So why are they so afraid of the possibility that we are changing the climate in a decidedly crappy way? Isn't that proof of their belief? Seems to me that denying man can change the world requires something mystical stopping it. Are they saying the Bible is wrong?

    It's funny, in a pathetic way, what worshipping oil and money as your God will do to your beliefs...

    There are lies, damn lies, and statistics but they all pale in comparison to conservative talking points.

    by ontheleftcoast on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 08:25:46 PM PST

    •  Good point about "dominion over the earth". (0+ / 0-)

      The actual quote doesn't matter, the phrase echoes the whole genesis bit before eve about dominion over the animals, so it's got internal consistency with them that serves our desire that they recognize climate change.

  •  This legislator seems like a crazy winger (4+ / 0-)

    But her legislation to put some common sense into "No Tolerance" makes sense to me. The notion that a child was punished for eating his pop tart into the shape of a pistol seems beyond the bounds of common sense.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 08:58:16 PM PST

  •  I disagree, this is an idea whose time has come. (1+ / 0-)
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    Neo Control

    A couple of years ago, my kindergarten son smuggled a dart gun (the weak-spring operated kind and he left the darts at home) into the car to school, but I found it, took it from him, and kept it in the car.

    However, we live in 3rd World SE Asia. Here, the school administrators and teachers have the common sense, that had he taken this harmless object into school, they would have correctly identified it as a toy and confiscated it as a distraction until I picked it up and that would have been the end of it. So, my son was never in any danger of a life-altering confrontation with vindictive authority figures over an imagined problem. I hope the rest of the USA follows this lead and gets rid of zero-tolerance child abuse.

    Oh yes, he is almost 10 now, and I have seen him point his finger and say "bang-bang" and I didn't have to wet myself with fear for the possibility of his being expelled, or worse, from school.

    I voted with my feet. Good Bye and Good Luck America!!

    by shann on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 10:44:38 PM PST

    •  zero tolerance (0+ / 0-)

      Is almost never a good idea. And most would agree what happened to that kid in Maryland is wrong. But this Bill goes too far in the other direction. Still assumes teachers have no common sense, but new its in the name of protecting guns.

      The Senate has no guts. The House has no brains.

      by gossamer1234 on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 06:58:24 AM PST

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      •  Not teachers so much as administrators (2+ / 0-)
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        Neo Control, KVoimakas

        Like it or not, there are plenty of examples.  Zero Tolerance is nothing more than excuse to not have to take responsibility and actually use your head in being reasonable.  Zero Tolerance makes Zero sense and if it hadn't been repeatedly pushed too far and abused reps like Kern wouldn't have to propose countering legislation.  While Kern may be a wacky winger, on this issue she gets it correct.

        "It's not surveillance, it's data collection to keep you safe"

        by blackhand on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 08:23:18 AM PST

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  •  She is a religious nutcase, (1+ / 0-)
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    but there is nothing wrong with this law.

    Zero Tolerance policies in schools are stupid, and I'm glad- at least in Oklahoma, they will now be weakened somewhat.

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