20 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-3-21

  1. Slipping thru the gaping holes….


    “Thousands Of Students Have Been Missing From School Systems, Some For A Full Year”

    “A nonprofit called Bellwether Education Partners published a study/estimate last October of the number of kids who had fallen away from school during the pandemic. That estimate started with news reports from cities around the country. For example:

    Detailed data on spring engagement released by the Los Angeles Unified School District showed that English learners, students with disabilities, students experiencing homelessness, and students in foster care in middle and high school were all less likely than their peers to log into the district school platform in the spring.

    6%-10% of students in these subgroups did not log in at all from March to May, and an additional 10%-15% logged in but did not view any educational materials or complete any assignments.

    In Boston, reports suggest approximately 20% of students did not participate in virtual school in the spring.

    In Memphis, data from Shelby County School District indicated that 3% of students had not logged into virtual school or claimed a device this fall.

    In Chicago, 10%-16% of students missed the first few days of virtual school this fall.

    From there, the report’s authors put together a state by state estimate of the number of kids who were likely to have given up on school. That led them to an estimate that there were approximately 3 million kids nationwide who fell into this category of “missing” students.

    Today, ABC News reports that it took that estimate and called education departments in all 50 states to see if they could get actual numbers of kids currently missing from school.

    ABC News contacted officials from the departments of education in all 50 states, and found that the problem appears to be nationwide.

    Although some states reported that they do not track such information, many others said that they have seen a significant decline in their enrollment numbers, and still others have reported they have thousands of missing students.

    For instance, in Michigan, approximately 13,000 students are unaccounted for. In Dallas about 12,000 students were similarly missing compared to the previous school year. Everywhere ABC looked there were lots of kids missing from school. In Florida, 88,000 students didn’t show up for classes last fall. And in addition to the students who are completely absent from school, there has also been a big jump in absenteeism.”

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  2. Everything is cancelled now. This is just so stupid.


    “Six Dr. Seuss Books Won’t be Published Again Due to ‘Racist and Insensitive Imagery’”

    “Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press that publishers will no longer produce six problematic books by the beloved author due to “racist and insensitive imagery.”

    The books are:

    And to Think I saw It on Mulberry Street
    If I Ran the Zoo
    McElligot’s Pool
    On Beyond Zebra!
    Scrambled Eggs Super!
    The Cat’s Quizzer
    From The Associated Press:

    “These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement that coincided with the late author and illustrator’s birthday.

    “Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” it said.

    The other books affected are “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!,” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.”

    The decision to cease publication and sales of the books was made last year after months of discussion, the company told AP.

    “Dr. Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics and specialists in the field as part of our review process. We then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalog of titles,” it said.

    The news comes on Read Across America Day, which was once inseparable from Dr. Seuss.

    Just a few days ago, the Loudon County Virginia school district announced its decision to stay away from Dr. Seuss when it celebrates Read Across America Day.

    President Joe Biden eliminated Dr. Seuss from his Read Across America Day presidential proclamation:”


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  3. Why are any of them? Someone slap the snowflakes behind this and tell them to get a grip.


    “Why Is McElligot’s Pool On The List Of Seuss Books Being Taken Out Of Print?”

    “As Ed pointed out this morning, the company that owns Dr. Seuss’s books decided sometime last year that it would allow six of the books to go out of print. “These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” the company told the Associated Press. One of the six books on the list is one that I used to read to my daughter. McElligot’s Pool is not a Seuss book that everyone remembers but it’s basically a charming story about a child’s imagination.

    The main character is a boy who decides to go fishing in McElligot’s Pool. An adult tells him that the pool is too small and nothing lives there so he’s wasting his time. Most of the book is made up of the child imagining how the small pool may be connected to the ocean underground and through this connection any number of unusual fish from around the world may in fact turn up in this small pool. The book is full of Seuss’s own imaginary creatures.”

    “I spent about half an hour trying to figure out why this particular book was included in the list of ones that were offensive. Unfortunately, I can’t find my copy so I’m not able to check it for myself. Instead I checked the study that seems to be driving this decision by the publisher. There is only one mention of McElligot’s Pool in that study. Here it is:

    Between 1945 and 1946, Seuss worked for Frank Capra in the army to create films called Know Your Enemy: Japan and Our Job in Japan (Minear 261). The latter was made to indoctrinate US servicemen to “re-educate” the “backward” Japanese (Minear 262). In 1947, he returned to children’s books with McElligot’s Pool and published over fifty more before his death in 1991.

    The study also includes an appendix which summarizes all of the offensive material identified in the various books. McElligot’s Pool is listed but none of the boxes for offensive content (subservience, dehumanization, exotification, stereotypes, caricature) are checked. (For comparison, the one with all the boxes checked is If I Ran the Zoo.)”


  4. Someone asked yesterday when we will stop wearing masks.

    Well if you’re in Texas, a week from today.


    “Gov. Abbott Says It’s Time to ‘Open Texas 100%,’ Ends COVID-19 Mask Mandate
    All businesses can reopen next Wednesday, March 10; the statewide mask mandate ends”

    “Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) says it’s time to “open Texas 100%” and ended the statewide mask mandate, effective next Wednesday, citing downward trends in hospitalizations and the availability of medicines and vaccines to keep people from requiring hospitalization.

    The governor delivered a statewide address Tuesday from Montelongo’s restaurant in Lubbock where he said the state mandates were no longer needed in the battle against COVID-19 and that he was issuing a new executive order (GA-34) that rescinds most of his other pandemic-related orders.

    The new executive order allows all businesses, of any type, to open to 100% capacity and, though the governor strongly encouraged people to continue wearing face coverings in public, he said people will no longer be required to do so.

    The executive order also removes the ability of local authorities to impose a mask mandate. Abbott’s order said: “Individuals are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings over the nose and mouth wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household, but no person may be required by any jurisdiction to wear or to mandate the wearing of a face covering.”

    Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley, who had recently extended his mask mandate until May 25, rescinded that order based on the governor’s action Tuesday saying it was confusing to people but that he’d wished Abbott had carried the mandate at least through Spring Break. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, meanwhile, was upset by Abbott’s order.

    “Nothing the governor does anymore surprises me. It was disappointing. But again, we need to focus on what the doctors, the facts and the science tell us we need to do to stay safe. If we’ll do that as a community, then we can still reach herd immunity,“ said Jenkins.

    The governor rationalized the move by saying hospitalizations of people infected with the virus are at the lowest they have been in the last four months and that the number of active COVID-19 cases are less than half of what they were a month ago and that they are also at their lowest point since November.”


  5. And another….. 🙂


  6. Quick!

    Run some Dems out to remind everyone how Dems support the troops….



  7. Huh.

    Maybe it’s not so bad all those kids missing school, especially if this is what they’re missing.



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  9. After the 2020 election fraud, how do they have the gall to do this?! They’re out of their minds, and out of control.

    No wonder Pelosi wanted the National Guard and all that fencing put up (and kept) around the Capitol…

    This is why the topic of election fraud can never be dropped until it is addressed!


    “Democrats pushed their H.R. 1 “For the People Act” to the House floor on March 2, while allowing consideration of only a handful of Republican amendments and after only a single perfunctory committee hearing.

    The massive proposal of nearly 800 pages would make federal laws out of many of the most controversial 2020 presidential election voter registration and voting procedures—measures that were originally implemented by state officials in response to the CCP virus pandemic and national lockdown. The virus is also known as the novel coronavirus.

    The House debated the bill most of the morning, then began consideration of 56 amendments allowed to be brought to the floor for votes. Only seven of the amendments were authored by Republicans. A vote on final passage is expected on March 3.

    Among the most hotly contested provisions of H.R.1 are those providing universal national mail-in balloting, registration of 16- and 17-year-olds, permanent early voting, minimal verification for online registration, legalization of ballot harvesting, federal matching funds to candidates for private contributions, and voting rights for felons upon completion of their sentences.

    But the proposal also contains major changes in a multitude of areas of American governance, including such constitutional issues as bureaucratic regulation of who can say what and when about a candidate for federal office. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) would be converted to a partisan-majority-rules entity rather than the present structure that requires bipartisan support for regulations.

    The proposal also allows federal candidates to draw salaries from campaign funds contributed by individuals and special interests concerned about proposals before Congress, a form of compensation that has never previously been legal.

    The proposal also transfers from the states the authority to determine their congressional districts to new independent commissions to be made up of academics, public officials, and private citizens.”


  10. Why, oh why, take the risk, especially on behalf of your child?

    Certainly some of the young women are acting on the advice of their doctors, who should know better…


    “Thirty-four cases of pregnant women experiencing spontaneous miscarriages or stillbirths after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine have been submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

    VAERS is a passive reporting system that allows people to submit a report of an adverse event after vaccination and is run by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Research funded by the CDC has shown that fewer than 1 percent of reactions from vaccinations are being reported on VAERS.

    Reports made to VAERS do not necessarily mean that a vaccine may have caused the event or reaction. Miscarriages are labeled as spontaneous abortions or abortions in the reporting system.

    Many cases of spontaneous miscarriages occurred in the first trimester, or the first 12 weeks of the pregnancy, with 25 occurrences after being immunized with a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. While the four cases of stillborns occurred in either the second (weeks 13-27) or third trimester (weeks 28-40).

    According to Verywell Health, an online resource on health-related issues: “Research suggests that between 10% and 20% of women with a medically confirmed pregnancy will end in miscarriage. Eighty percent of these will occur during the first trimester.”

    In one case, a physician in Tennessee, at five weeks pregnant, suffered a miscarriage 13 days after being immunized with a Pfizer vaccine. The 31-year-old woman had no known allergies or medical history.

    While a 33-year-old Indiana nurse in her third week of pregnancy had a miscarriage five days after receiving her second Pfizer vaccine. She also reported that the adverse event caused a birth defect.

    And a 32-year-old woman in Virginia who was eight weeks pregnant reported having a miscarriage five days after being injected with the first dose of a Moderna vaccine in January. She had consulted with two obstetrics and gynecologists (OB-GYN) prior to receiving the vaccine on Jan. 14. She experienced abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding two days later and had a miscarriage on Jan. 19. She had only been taking prenatal vitamins.

    In Michigan, a 35-year-old woman who was 28 weeks and five days pregnant said that the baby’s movements decreased two days after her first Pfizer vaccine in December 2020. The woman delivered a stillborn baby weighing two pounds and seven ounces at 29 weeks. She was being closely monitored for an umbilical cord abnormality called velamentous cord insertion.”


  11. mumsee, I also know some young men from an African country who were sent here to flee dangerous or bad situations in their homeland. (they were not abandoned in an orphanage, however) Fortunately, after years and years the parents were able to come here to stay. I have no problem with parents doing whatever to help their own children. I do have a problem with our officials in government pronouncing it good to send your nine year old on a journey to get into our country illegally. I do not think that is helpful or good. Desperate people do desperate things and yes, we need to pray for the children and do whatever we can both as individuals and as a nation. I pray your son will grow wise enough to see the good his mother meant for him.

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  12. A friend adopted two Romanian orphans 20 years ago. The older one, 18 months when she finally got him, had severe attachment disorders. My white friend was so hurt when the very dark-skinned little boy would run to any woman with dark skin rather than her.

    We get used to who we live with–they become our normal. After four years in Hawai’i, I felt more comfortable in church with Japanese and Hawai’ian people than anyone else. That’s who we attended church with, a rounder face, darker-skinned person meant love to me.

    Similarly, a black woman lived with the two boys and me when my husband was constantly out to sea in the 1980s.

    (Michelle thanks God, yet again, for sending Grace to her family).

    Grace and I would sit up late some nights talking about race issues. One night I thanked her for living with us. “My sons will always think a Black person means love and fun because of you. They will not grow up to be racists because you are part of who they are.”

    We both cried.

    The boys, men, don’t have a problem with people who don’t look like them.

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  13. I was going to pick up copies of the 6 banned Dr Seuss books, but they were listed on Amazon for around $700-800 each.
    I would save all those children’s books if you stll have them.

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  14. I never heard of several of those Seuss books. I have several kids’ books that have several books in each book, including a book (Your Favorite Seuss) with several Seuss books in it. So I was able to look up two of the books on the list, And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street and If I Ran the Zoo. The first of those, Mulberry Street, the picture in question has a Chinese man eating with chopsticks, wearing traditional Chinese clothing, and mentioning “A Chinese man who eats with sticks.” Apparently the original version had “Chinaman” and his skin was yellow, but that was modified over time, and I just don’t see anything offensive in the image. I read something that said Asians were presented as “exotic” and “other.” But they were! Ask white people who have traveled to African countries where white people are unknown how children respond to them–it’s definitely as “exotic” and “other.” Oh, I see my book also has McElligot’s Pool, and the only thing I see in it is a picture of an Eskimo and also fish in the pool near his feet with furry muffs around their faces–just silly, and yes a bit of a stereotype, but hardly a serious evil.

    If I Ran the Zoo definitely has a point. Three pages in it have been pointed out as having issues. One of them I see as not seriously problematic, but two others are. One page is illustrated with Asians and refers to “helpers who wear their eyes at a slant.” Would we write that today, no, but is it strongly offensive, probably not. I read a description of the picture as having three Asians carrying a white boy on their heads, and the white boy is holding a gun. That isn’t actually accurate; they are carrying a cage with a beast in it, and the white boy (the one hunting animals for his zoo) is on top of the cage. My husband pointed out that the three men are smiling; they are enjoying their work, not working as slaves. The second instance is mentioning that the boy wants to collect a certain exotic (imaginary) animal that is ridden by chieftains. The animal is pictured, with a man riding it, and the text says, “A Mulligatawny is fine for my zoo / And so is a chieftain. I’ll bring one back, too.” Nope, sorry, that one is seriously problematic. The third instance is said to be the only illustrations including black people in any of Seuss’s children’s books. It’s two creatures holding a pole on which is a very tall bird. The creatures are nearly naked, just a little ruffle around their waists, and their faces definitely look more like monkeys than humans.

    Michelle, one time I was walking in to work and a white person caught my attention. I quickly laughed at myself, since it was only in my own neighborhood and not at work that a white person was noteworthy.


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