ode to the joyless

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All day I wasn’t sure where to begin this post. But here we are, and here it is: the world is full of joyless people, or at least our immediate world area. The closer we get to election day (Tuesday November 2nd), the crazier people get. Mostly it’s the off their rockers school board candidates and their followers.

I think the insanity started again (for me) because I posted this in the morning of October 29th:

And for those who are by nature conservative who are on the fence but know in their heart of hearts that the newly minted “Republican” School Board candidates are bad (just follow the along with the new formula posts/ social media pages/websites/ “blogs” popping up all over for book banning, anti-masker, anti-vaxxer), the earth will not burn under your feet if you vote for a Democrat for school board.

Not all Republicans on school boards are bad, and as a matter of fact someone I know personally and call a friend was pushed out of a local school board race by crazies with crazy rhetoric.

This isn’t your grandmother’s Republican party any longer, it’s not the party of Lincoln. But as a party they have been coopted by extremism – you know like the people that stormed the capital on January 6, 2021. And one of those candidates for school board and Chester county was there – #AnonymousAda Ada Nestor- but I digress. And if you are a true Republican you know Republicans like this aren’t real Republicans.

So truthfully on election day if you want to save the Republicans party for future generations, please don’t allow these people in at lowest local levels of politics which is the school board….. It sounds counterintuitive, yes. But also if you care about actual PUBLIC education these people need to be ignored as candidates – they are literally the Republican candidates of last resort and of course there is that old but true thing that you have to ask does the Chester County Republican committee actually care about anything that goes on outside it’s own doors in the Borough of West Chester? Because if you ask Republicans around the county they will tell you no.

Here was first up banned on this blog:

And then because their comment was not instantaneously approved, they changed their phony handle but hey the same writing style…and I.P. address:

Oh my goodness, gracious and bless their cold, dark heart! They are of the grammatically stunted and spelling challenged even in a world where spell check is everywhere.

What is even more amusing? I am not and never have been particularly liberal. I am what you call a moderate, something that doesn’t exist in their (her?) world, which should require hospitalization and a straight jacket at this point as we all have our suspicions as to whom my pen pal was this morning. They think they are invisible, but no, not really. Their political Tourette’s gives them away every time, practically every minute of the day.

“Mentioning people’s names, videos” oh you mean like the websites and Facebook pages popping up that are funded by conservative donors, PACs like Keeping Kids in School and more targeting private citizens in Chester County?

So you are still pissy darling pen pal about Caroline O’Halloran? That’s amusing because well, you all craved the spotlight and wanted sound bytes to get your opinions OUT THERE. But then they weren’t well received although Caroline reported them accurately and neutrally as the seasoned journalist she is? Wahhh. You all sought the spotlight in part by making public spectacles out of yourselves. Cheer up I am sure Ladies Hat Day at Devon will be back next year.

Let’s talk school board races. For one of the best synopses and campaign finance reports check out The Political Money Machine Trying to Buy the WCASD School Board Election.

Also see CCMF Schools Website and Facebook Page.

Ahh yes you keyboard warriors. You all so so damn dumb and such gullible sheeple that you don’t even realize that national groups are USING all of you and these ridiculous school board candidates to infiltrate our local school board races. Why? It’s one of the lowest hanging fruits of our political system. Is that what all of you want? Our area run by master puppeteer political extremists? Because if you don’t watch the school board elections, that is exactly what you will get…and don’t forget all the verbiage on essentially book banning. Yes book banning.

As a friend said today:

Ironically the complaining is coming from bored housewives who voraciously gobbled up 50 Shades and Bridgerton.

I am borrowing the following screenshots from CCMF Schools because it just cuts through the crap:

These people and their hatred are just amazing…and not amazing in a good way. Amazing as in an incredibly unhealthy way. And then there is the simple rule of “follow the money” like this helpful diagram:

May be an image of text that says 'FOLLOW THE MONEY: A PARTISAN CAMPAIGN RIGHT- WING DONORS & PACS ARE TRYING TO INFLUENCE OUR SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION. Stacey Whomsley & Ada Nestor claim bipartisanship. KeyDonor Paul PaulMartino, BucksC CharlesMitchell, Foundation Donor They say they put "Students First". Jeffrey Yass, Haverford Billionaire Back School PAC Costello for CongressPAC Commonwealth sChoice Fund Students BUT MONEY DOESN'T LIE. KeepingKidsin Keeping School PAC Commo Sense PAC StudentsFirstw PAC It's POLITICS FIRST for Whomsley & Nestor. ChesCo Republican Committees Ads nd upport WHOMSLEY/NESTOR CAMPAIGN'

And this is JUST West Chester Area School District. Downingtown Area School District is dealing with this too. And Downingtown is bad enough, it made network news (Follow this link to NBC News story.) Great Valley School District is dealing with it too, and their candidates include a college student who never responds to anything and seemingly hasn’t campaigned, a guy who was a general tool on his Facebook page until some local Republican party had him clean it up, and the pediatric critical care nurse who is anti-mask and anti-vax and obsessed with CRT although I am not honestly sure she understands what it is and forget about telling her it’s not actually taught in schools. In Tredyffrin Easttown School District, the school board candidates keep it simple and just pose for photos with long hair QAnon Super Trumpers that the local GOP sponsored for a visit or something…wheeee!

Oh here is a helpful diagram regarding the Downingtown Area School District from CCMF Schools:

May be an image of one or more people and text that says 'WHY DO BIG MONEY RIGHT-WIN VENTURE CAPITALISTS AND PACS FROM OUTSIDE OF OUR COMMUNITY CARE ABOUT DOWNINGTOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT? Students First PAC Paul Martino, Bucks Co Millionaire It's politics. 500,000 Commonwealth Children' Children's Choice Back to School PAC Kathleen Boyce, Downingtown 10,000 James Holt, Honey Brook Citizens United for High Quality Education PAC 3,000 MONEY DOESN'T LIE. It's POLITICS FIRST for Simotas and Miller 3,000 Friends of Margie Miller Friends of Greg Simotas'
May be an image of text that says 'THE CAMPAIGNS OF MARGIE MILLER AND GREG SIMOTAS HAVE BEEN FUELED BY A NETWORK OF RIGHT-WING POLITICAL DONORS AND PACS FROM OUTSIDE OF OUR COMMUNITY. Pennsyivania Campaign Report Citizens United Hạb Qualiby Education $10,000 RECEIVED FROM DOYLESTOWN PAC 10/18/2021 Contributions Received Over$250.00 Political Committees 6000.00 4,000.00 Back Theodore Way School PA Doylestown 08/23/2021 10,000. $6,000 GIVEN TO MARGIE MILLER & GREG SIMOTAS MONEY DOESN'T LIE. It's POLITICS FIRST for Simotas and Miller M/DO/TYYY) Friends of Greg Simotas 314 Woodland Drive Downingtown PA Friends Margie Eagleuew 3,000. 19335 254 Exton 3000 19341'
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I have received oodles of hate mail, threats, random comments by arseholes. But this is too important. Like January 6th important. If you don’t want more of THAT hate and rhetoric, then please, please take your time and vote to preserve our public school system, not destroy it.

Extremism in politics is ruining our political system and our country. Please don’t let it destroy our education system as well. Don’t let these bastards steal your joy.

Thanks for stopping by.