Weekend Reads: Trump is Awful, Pence is Awful, Superman is Awesome

Happy Weekend Readers! It’s December 11th. This is my 111th post on Grounded Parents. It’s also my birthday! Someone buy me whiskey!

At a political forum in New Hampshire last fall, then 18 year old Lauren Batchelder asked then candidate Donald Trump some pointed but fair questions about his views on women’s issues. The Donald responded on Twitter. Then this smart young woman began receiving death and rape threats.   Now He’s President-Elect… think this is going to be addressed?

Not to be out done by his Sith Lord, Vice President Elect Pence thinks working moms harm their children’s emotional growth. 

A new report goes into detail describing the living hell LGBTQ children can face in our nations schools. No that isn’t hyperbole…

What’s worse, some policies allow or encourage anti-LGBTQ abuse. Thirty-one states don’t have laws that explicitly ban bullying based on sexual orientation or gender identity in schools.

And eight states have what are called “no promo homo laws,” which ban schools from discussing LGBTQ people and issues, particularly in a positive way. Alabama’s law, for instance, tells schools to communicate that “homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public.”

LGBTQ teachers and school administrators also aren’t safe. Most states don’t have laws that explicitly ban employers, including schools, from firing people solely due to their gender identity or sexual orientation.

The ever creative Satanic Temple are claiming that Texas’ new rules requiring burial rites for fetal remains violates their religious freedom.

Wow, lot’s of shitty news this week. Let’s end on some fun. Mental Floss has the story of how the Adventures of Superman radio program took on the KKK and won!

In a 16-episode series titled “Clan of the Fiery Cross,” the writers pitted the Man of Steel against the men in white hoods.

As the storyline progressed, the shows exposed many of the KKK’s most guarded secrets. By revealing everything from code words to rituals, the program completely stripped the Klan of its mystique. Within two weeks of the broadcast, KKK recruitment was down to zero. And by 1948, people were showing up to Klan rallies just to mock them.

You can hear the whole run here.  And you can read about it here!

I though this was neat… 5 Ways to Make Getting Into the Holiday Spirit Autism-Friendly for Your Special Needs Child

And since it is my birthday I get to pick the music… all the way from 1970, Nothing is Easy…

Featured Image Credit: Alexander Hamiltree by Abby

Louis Doench

Lou Doench is a 52 year old father of three. Twelve years ago he married the coolest woman in the world and gave up the lucrative career of being a photography student to become a stay at home husband and Dad, or SAHD. An atheist geek, or a geeky atheist if you prefer, Lou likes reading, photography, video gaming, disc golf, baseball and Dr. Who. He has been playing Dungeons and Dragons since 1976. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is also an excellent home cook, not that his children would know because they only eat Mac & Cheese. Follow Lou on Twitter @blotzphoto or check out his photography at

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