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April 5, 2019

Beto O’Rourke: Trump’s Rhetoric Echoes Nazi Germany

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Fascism, Harm, Hate, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 14:48

“I thought, what is that doing to her head and her conception of herself and what she is able to contribute to this country, when the president of the United States has called Mexicans rapists and criminals, he then went on to call asylum seekers animals and an infestation,” O’Rourke said.

“We would not be surprised if in The Third Reich other human beings were described as an infestation, as cockroach, as a pest that you wanted to kill, but to do that in 2017 or 18 in the United States of America doesn’t make sense,” he added.

April 4, 2019

We Fled the Gangs in Honduras. Then the U.S. Government Took My Baby.


Heart wrenching story of a family running for their lives.  Hugs

 I am an asylum seeker from Honduras and a mother of three children. For over a month my youngest daughter was separated from her father and me by the United States government. I still don’t know where she was during that time or who took care of her.

She’s a toddler, so she can’t tell me if something bad happened to her. I don’t know if she thinks we chose to abandon her. All I know is she came back pounds thinner, with lice and a hacking cough, and she cried for days, traumatized by a government that keeps children from their parents because they are migrants.

While we waited for the train in Puebla, Mexican immigration agents showed up and beat people and threw them in vans. In the chaos, I grabbed my two older children and hid in the nearby bushes. Kevin, who was carrying Grethshell in a sling, took off in a different direction. That was the last time I saw them together.

We arrived at the border at Calexico, Calif., on Dec. 31. Despite appealing for help, I was turned away by the Border Patrol agents. Desperate to reunite our family, I found us a way across in the early morning hours of Jan. 1.

We were caught by agents after we crossed and taken to one of the detention centers known as “hieleras,” or iceboxes, because they are kept so cold. There I learned that Kevin was taken to the same detention center with Grethshell and she had been separated from her father. Two fellow migrant women told me that five agents held him down while they ripped her from his arms. Other migrant women were asked to watch her.

I was told I would be reunited with my daughter in a week, but first I needed to fill out paperwork. Then I was told to provide a credit card with up to a $4,000 credit line for her flight, an impossibility for me. Officials refused to say who was looking after her. Finally I got fed up and went to the press. Grethshell was finally put on a plane and brought to me after I threatened to go to the address I had for the shelter manager and get her myself.

When a social worker put my daughter in my arms on Jan. 30, she was inconsolable. My whole body shook as I held her and tried to soothe her, telling her that everything would be O.K. She was so sick I had to take her to the doctor the next day. For three weeks she resisted me, fearful, when I tried to hold her. She still cries out for her father at night.

When I asked to be let into this country because my family was in mortal danger, a Border Patrol agent told me I was weak. That it would be better if I went to Canada. “I don’t care if one of your kids dies,” he said. I wonder what that agent would have done if someone had threatened to murder his children. Wouldn’t he have risked everything to ensure their safety?

April 1, 2019

Young hero caregiver

Filed under: Children, Family, Health, Love — Scottie @ 05:53

March 31, 2019

We must never be silent about abuse and bigotry.

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Criminal, Family, Fascism, Harm, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 14:37

March 30, 2019

Teacher defends LGBTQ students and gets fired while racist bigoted flyers are only investigated.

March 29, 2019

Music soothes the savage beast

Filed under: Children, Funny Stuff, Love, Music and Videos, Music Video, Things I like — Scottie @ 20:49

Six Memphis charter schools agree to morality clause with the Catholic Church in lease

But one First Amendment expert said there are several potential conflicts, including standards that address contraception, and that a public school’s mere act of entering into a legal agreement with a religious entity promising to limit its educational offerings for students is unconstitutional.

The clause could also cause a chilling effect on both students and staff and create complications of oversight of a public school by a religious organization, said Charles Haynes, founding director of the Religious Freedom Center..

“A public school is a public school,” he said. “It may not in any way be entangled with a religious group that in any way limits what it can and cannot teach. That’s clearly unconstitutional.”

The issue also raises questions about the promised separation between the Catholic Church and the Compass schools, a network created by Catholic leaders to replace a group of closing parochial schools.

Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education notes charter schools can operate inside religious buildings, but they have to abide by the rules of any public school, including not displaying any religious signage.

“Most importantly,” the guidance notes, “a landlord affiliated with a religion may not exercise any control over what is taught or displayed in the charter school.”

ICE is using eagles now

Filed under: Animals, Children, Family, Harm, Nature, News — Scottie @ 06:46

Golden Eagle Snatches Kid

Reaction to gun violence

Filed under: Cartoons, Children, Family, Gun Control, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 05:49


March 28, 2019

Religious people forcing their religion on public school kids

Filed under: Children, Education, Fascism, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 07:33

Yet remember that religious  conservatives are working hard to kill the drag queen story time program. Hugs

Christian “Lunch Buddies” Allegedly Preach to Kids in Tulsa Schools

There’s no way this is not creepy.

Administrators for the Tulsa Public Schools in Oklahoma are apparently allowing a group of Christian adults to walk into elementary schools during lunch periods to proselytize to the kids. The group is called “Church on the Move” and they consider the adults “lunch buddies” for the children.

In addition, those adults (including pastors) are asking teachers about where they attend church.

“It is inappropriate and unconstitutional for the district to offer religious leaders unique access to befriend and proselytize students during the school day on school property,” writes FFRF Legal Fellow Chris Line in his letter to Superintendent Deborah Gist. “No outside adults should be provided carte blanche access to minors — a captive audience — in a public school.”

March 27, 2019

This is the best our nation can do? Is this making America great again?

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Criminal, Family, Fascism, Harm, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Race, Sad — Scottie @ 20:28

UK Class Teaching LGBT Inclusion Shut Down By Muslim Parents

Again religion being used to try to keep people in the dark ages.  Religion is being used as an excuse to deny education and equal rights.   It must be fought as hard as possible.  This is not about faith, as they can teach their kids at home anything they wish, it is about education for everyone’s children.   Thugs!

To be clear, this class never discussed anything sexual. (Obviously.) The curriculum was all about inclusivity and acceptance of people who don’t fit “traditional” molds when it comes to topics like race, religion, and gender identity. The goal was to teach kids that those differences shouldn’t cause them to treat others disrespectfully.

Still, though, enough parents protested over the inclusion of LGBTQ issues in that mix that the school was forced to temporarily stop the class. Specifically, many of the complaints came from people who said LGBTQ rights werre incompatible with Islam.

Pulley tried to make it clear that nothing in the lessons asked kids to go against their family’s faith; you can treat same-sex couples with respect, for example, even if you believe homosexuality is a sin. Yet because of the backlash, the lessons were put on hold.

It’s important for kids to learn that families don’t all look alike. But the “very small, but vocal, minority of parents” seem to believe that exposing kids to the existence of same-sex couples is enough to make them gay. (That’s not how it works.)

Parkfield Community School in Birmingham says it has temporarily paused the class, just to allow for a discussion with the parents, but there is no telling when it will return. Here’s hoping reason wins out over faith-based bigotry.

Devos cites the deficit tRump / Republicans caused to stop funding Special Olympics

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Children, Economics, Family, Fascism, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 07:06

Betsy DeVos defends Special Olympics budget cuts: ‘We had to make some difficult decisions’

Filed under: Children, Education, Fascism, Harm, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 06:52

She defends cutting special olympics for those who need them the most while increasing the funding for charter schools which hurts public school education.   It is something she has done to MI and it has put their school system into a crisis.   Hugs

DeVos’s remarks came in response to questions from Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), who pressed her on the amount of kids the budget cut would impact.

“I don’t know the number of kids,” DeVos said before Pocan answered that 272,000 kids would be impacted.

DeVos has long been an advocate for school choice, and her proposed budget includes increased charter school funding.

March 26, 2019

Trump privately vents about federal aid to Puerto Rico as food stamp crisis hits

tRump & crew do not seem to understand that these are US citizens.  Instead they only see these people as “brown people”.   Hugs

About 43 percent of Puerto Rico’s residents are grappling with a sudden cut to a benefit they rely on for groceries and other essentials.

Federal lawmakers have also been stalled by the Trump administration, which has derided the extra aid as unnecessary

Puerto Rico will again need the federal government’s help to stave off drastic cuts to Medicaid, the health-care program for the poor and disabled, as well as for the disbursement of billions in hurricane relief aid that has not yet been turned over to the island.

The island would not need Congress to step in to fund its food stamps and Medicaid programs if it were a state. For U.S. states, the federal government has committed to funding these programs’ needs, whatever the cost and without needing to take a vote. But Puerto Rico instead funds its programs through a block grant from the federal government, which need to be regularly renewed, and also gives food stamp benefits about 40 percent smaller than those of U.S. states.

But at an Oval Office meeting on Feb. 22, Trump asked top advisers for ways to limit federal support from going to Puerto Rico, believing it is taking money that should be going to the mainland, according to senior administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share details of the presidents’ private remarks.

The meeting — an afternoon session focused on Housing and Urban Development grants — ended abruptly, and Trump has continued to ask aides how much money the island will get. Then, Trump said he wanted the money to only fortify the electric grid there.

A senior administration official with direct knowledge of the meeting described Trump’s stance: “He doesn’t want another single dollar going to the island.”

The impasse comes amid a hardening opposition by the president against extending additional aid to Puerto Rico. Trump sees the island as fundamentally broken and has told advisers that no amount of money will ever fix its systemic problems.

He describes in meetings that large swaths of the island never had power to begin with and that it is “ridiculous” how much money is going to Puerto Rico in food stamp aid, according to the senior official. He has occasionally groused about how ungrateful political officials in Puerto Rico were for the administration’s help, the official said.

Trump also read a Wall Street Journal story from October and became convinced that bondholders and others were profiting off federal government aid — and grew furious. (The story describes prices on Puerto Rico’s bonds increasing after its governing fiscal board projected disaster funding would boost the island’s overall economic health.) Since then, aides have described a president who regularly brings up the island to make sure it is not getting too much money. Current and former officials say Trump often complains in meetings that Puerto Rico doesn’t even know how to spend the money the island has been allocated.

Houston’s “Drag Queen Story Time” Will End Following Threats from Conservatives

Again conservative Christians ruin something fun and educational for kids.   These people are determined everyone will live by their myths.   Hugs

The main reason? The threats from conservatives were putting the performers, their families, and the children who attended the events at risk.

Protesters and counter-protesters continued to show up in great numbers. Tex Christopher continued to come to nearly every story time, watching from inside the room and waiting for any opportunity to prove what we were doing was vile. We cannot explain how it feels to put on a show while trying to avoid the stare of someone you know hates you. Another protester was arrested after he refused to leave the premises at the January event. It was discovered that he was carrying a concealed gun (he had a license). The patrons of the story time began to express concerns about safety, and the staff of the Freed-Montrose Library were threatened to such a degree that some were reassigned to different branches.

At this point, you can understand why Lira and Will are ready to move on.

… We have tried so hard to take the high road, to not stoop to mud-slinging. We have patiently listened to the people that declared we were sexualizing and molesting children. We have asked counter-protesters to be peaceful or not show up at all. We have been calm. We have been collected. But we are angry. And we are tired. And we are sick of well-intentioned but misinformed news stories that have only polarized people more. And so we wanted you to hear it from us.

… What started as a fun community event shared between us, a couple of drag queens and kings, and a few families has become a national controversy. People are being threatened. People are being hurt. We believe in what we’re doing, but we don’t believe in putting our friends, our families, or our children in danger.

March 25, 2019

Border Patrol detains 9 year old U.S. citizen for 36 hours after falsely accusing her of lying about her identity

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Dealing With Abuse, Family, Fascism, Harm, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 11:45

Damn, Damn, and again Damn these people.   When will they see the person, the child, instead of the race?  Angry hugs

In San Diego, the United States Border Patrol grabbed a girl who is 9 and a U.S. citizen and on her way to school, accused her of lying about her identity, then detained her for 36 hours.

They were reunited after the kid had been held away from her parents for 36 hours, when the Mexican consulate got involved.

It’s hard to imagine this sort of thing routinely happening under Trump’s white supremacist presidency to families who look differently. Say, blonde and white and wealthy.


Thelma Galaxia said her friend, Michelle Cardenas, was driving each of their two children from Tijuana, where they live, to their schools in San Ysidro Monday morning, as they do nearly every day.

Galexia’s 9-year-old daughter, Julia Isabel Amparo Medina, attends fourth grade at Nicoloff Elementary School and her 14-year-old son, Oscar Amparo Medina, attends ninth grade at San Ysidro High School. Both are passport-holding U.S. citizens.

Julia Medina told NBC 7 that CBP officers accused her of being someone else, her cousin Melanie. The children said officers also accused Oscar Medina of smuggling and other crimes which he said he didn’t understand.

“My daughter told her brother that the officer told her that if she admitted that she was her cousin, she would be released soon so she could see her mom,” Galaxia said.

“I was scared. I was sad because I didn’t have my mom or my brother. I was completely by myself,” Julia Medina said. She said she woke up several times throughout the night, sad because she wasn’t with her family.

Galaxia said officers made Oscar Medina sign a document that said his little sister was his cousin.

“That is not true,” Galaxia said. “She is my daughter. He was told that he would be taken to jail and they were going to charge him for human trafficking and sex trafficking.”

Oscar told NBC 7 he felt terrible for signing the document. He said he just wanted to see his sister.

When CBP officers told Galaxia that Oscar and Julia Medina were detained, she got the Mexican consulate involved.

CBP was asked by the San Diego NBC news reporters “why officers detained a 9-year-old U.S. citizen and kept her from her mother for 36 hours,” and a spokesperson said CBP “would respond to questions when it had more details on the case.”


March 23, 2019

A North Carolina Christian church is kidnapping children

It happened again. More toxic stuff the US exports

Costa Rica Quarantines U.S. Anti-Vaxx Missionary Family Who Brought Measles

A family of anti-vaxxer Christian missionaries from the United States is under a well-deserved quarantine after they brought measles to Costa Rica.

The 11-member family, including two parents and nine children, was placed under strict isolation orders after two of the kids tested positive for measles. Two others are still awaiting their test results, according to local reports.

In a press conference from the Presidential House the head of Health, Daniel Salas reported that the Costa Rican Institute for Research and Education in Nutrition and Health (INCIENSA) had confirmed that two children under 7 and 9 years old members of that family tested positive in measles, after receiving a few days ago the visit of another US citizen who showed symptoms of the disease.

The authorities confirmed that the 11 people of the family nucleus (father, mother and nine children) were unvaccinated, despite the fact that their home in Cóbano de Puntarenas was visited on three different occasions by Technical Assistants of Primary Health Care (ATAPS). In those visits no one was located inside the house and it was also confirmed that children between 1 and 17 years of age were not included in the Costa Rican Educational System, so they did not receive the vaccine during the periodic visit they made…

Minister Salas confirmed that the family has been living in Costa Rica for two years, they are missionaries and do not have social security. During the contagion period, they visited different locations in the Nicoya peninsula as well as in the province of Limón, forcing the authorities to expand the investigation to determine possible infections to other people without vaccination.

This is part of a larger global trend when it comes to measles cases. Earlier this month, I reported that Iceland was facing its biggest measles outbreak in decades thanks to an unvaccinated visitor. And in January, anti-vaxx beliefs were labeled a top 10 health threat by the World Health Organization.

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