20 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-17-22

  1. I guess this is why Disney staff was so against that new Florida bill that protects children from sexual grooming. It limits the perverts among them.

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  2. Our govt and military continue to lie about the adverse effects of the Covid vaccines and what the Biden mandates have wrought.

    “Dramatic Testimony in Military Shot Mandate Case”

    https://lc.org/newsroom/details/031122-dramatic-testimony-on-military-shot-mandate-case

    “Liberty Counsel returned to federal court March 10 in the Navy SEAL 1 v. Austin case to defend the preliminary injunction Judge Steven Merryday granted for two plaintiffs from the military shot mandate. The Department of Defense (DOD) asked the judge to set aside his injunction while the case is on appeal.

    During the all-day hearing, Liberty Counsel presented compelling testimony from the Navy Commander of a surface warship and three military flight surgeons, Lt. Col. Peter Chambers, Lt. Col. Teresa Long and Col. (Ret.) Stewart Tankersley, M.D. In contrast, the DOD declined to present witnesses.

    Navy Commander: On February 2, Judge Merryday issued a temporary restraining order blocking the Navy from punishing the Commander because of his vaccination status. Judge Merryday ruled the Navy violated the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

    When the court ordered the Commodore to comply with the law, he filed an affidavit saying he had “lost confidence” in the Commander because the Commander had not taken the COVID shots. Then after Judge Merryday entered a preliminary injunction, the DOD and the Navy filed a motion asking the judge to set aside his injunction, saying due to “lost confidence” in the Commander, his ship could not deploy.

    At the time, the DOD said the ship could not be deployed, the Commander was far out to sea testing the ship and training the crew. While many Commanders fail to complete these operations timely, the Commander completed the mission early and the ship deemed “safe and ready.”

    In a dramatic moment, the Commander said he should not have to be there in court defending religious freedom. “Generals and admirals should be here saying what I am saying today to uphold religious freedom. Our religious freedoms are being attacked.”

    Dr. Pete Chambers: A Purple Heart recipient, Dr. Chambers is in the Texas National Guard and defends the southern border where 10,000-20,000 illegal immigrants flood through every week. “My job is to keep our soldiers safe,” Chambers said.

    After nearly 29 years in the military, Chambers planned on retiring in 2023 with 40 years of service. But an adverse reaction to the Moderna shot derailed his plans. Trusting the military that the shots are “safe and effective,” and not knowing at the time that aborted fetal cells were used in the testing and/or development, he took the shot. He now suffers from demyelination, a condition affecting the central nervous system caused by the injection.

    After his Moderna injury, Dr. Chambers met Lt. Col. Long. They reviewed the DOD’s Defense Medical Epidemiology Database (DMED), the military equivalent to the federal government’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), where he discovered other military members also developed a demyelination disease after the COVID shots.

    As a military flight surgeon and one of only six Green Beret surgeons, Chambers was ordered that his job was to get soldiers vaccinated. He was told that religious exemptions would be denied. The instruction about religious exemptions ended with this: “Soldiers will try. Soldiers will fail.”

    He testified that many soldiers were being injured by the COVID shots. As a doctor, he said, “This is not normal.”

    Chambers also testified that the shots were not effective in preventing infection. About 75-80% of soldiers getting infected were “double vaxxed” compared to only about 15% of soldiers who had not received the shots.

    Dr. Theresa Long: A flight surgeon who also holds a master’s degree in Public Health, Dr. Long is specially trained in the DMED. The night before the hearing, Dr. Long was contacted and told by high-level command to not discuss her findings regarding military medical data, although the findings are paramount to ensuring best practices in protecting the health and readiness of the force. Earlier, after she tried to get her superiors to address the findings, she describes “fearing for her life and for the safety of my children.”

    When Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver asked her a question about the DMED, she said, “I have been ordered not to answer that question.” Judge Merryday immediately asked, “Ordered by who?” She then testified about what happened the night before the hearing.

    Staver then asked Dr. Long if the information the military ordered her not to testify to was relevant and important to the court and the public. She said, “Yes.” Staver then asked, “Why?”

    Dr. Long paused, held back tears, looked at the judge and said, “I have so many soldiers being destroyed by this vaccine. Not a single member of my senior command has discussed my concerns with me … I have nothing to gain and everything to lose by talking about it. I’m OK with that because I am watching people get absolutely destroyed.”

    Dr. Long said she is inundated morning, noon and night regarding people who have been injured by taking the COVID shots. Those injured are “predominantly pilots, and pilots have to meet one of the highest fitness standards.”

    She also said she is aware of at least two people who committed suicide under pressure to get the shots and threat of punishment for refusal.

    Dr. Long also testified that based on the VAERS database, deaths of military members from the vaccines exceed deaths from COVID itself.

    Soldiers are in despair over the pressure to get the vaccine and are experiencing suicidal ideation. Morale is tanking in the military, and current policies undermine “good order and discipline.”

    Dr. Stewart Tankersley: A flight surgeon who retired in September 2021 at the rank of Colonel, Tankersley has personally treated over 200 COVID patients with no fatalities. The group of doctors with whom he is associated has treated over 18,000 with deaths from COVID in the single digits.

    “I’ve never seen anything like this in the military or civilian world, the lack of dialogue, the suppression of scientific dialogue.” Tankersley said on the stand.

    Dr. Tankersley explained one of several reasons there are so many injuries from the COVID shots. The mRNA vaccines require a Lipid Nanoparticle (LNP) as a delivery mechanism because the RNA quickly degrades without being encased in the LNP. The combination bypasses the natural immune system and creates inflammation that can inhibit the body’s innate immunity.

    Dr. Tankersley testified that the shots are neither safe nor effective. ”

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    Read the rest please.

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  3. Keep voting Democrat……

    And wonder why things keep getting worse.

    “Baltimore: Parents say sending their ‘terrified’ kids to school is like sending them to ‘fight club’

    https://hotair.com/john-s-2/2022/03/16/baltimore-parents-say-sending-their-terrified-kids-to-school-is-like-sending-them-to-fight-club-n455914

    “Baltimore County Public Schools have been the scene of a number of violent incidents in recent months. Last December two girls in a high school locker room got into a fist fight. One girl was airlifted to a hospital with a serious head injury. The other was arrested and charged with assault.

    In January another fight at a different high school was broken up by a School Resource Officer using pepper spray. In February, there was a shooting in the parking lot of a Catonville high school. In March, a fight at Parkville High School caused the school to be briefly locked down. The very next day a female student was arrested after a fight between two groups of people at Chesapeake High School. Police had to be called and a resource officer was injured during the fight.

    With all of this going on, last Thursday Baltimore County Public Schools held a listening session with parents who are concerned the city’s schools have become dangerous places for their kids. Parents say it’s not just the high profile fights and shootings. There are constant lower-level disruptions and violence taking place.

    “We need behavioral policies that act immediately to reduce the current level of violence within in our buildings,” the parent stated. “As adults it is our responsibility to provide students with safe, secure learning environments by any means necessary.”

    Other parents at the meeting compared Baltimore middle schools to fight club.

    “I knew the transition from elementary to middle was going to be a difficult one, but I was vastly unprepared for what would soon become my son’s reality,” said Sarah Valentine, a parent of a sixth-grade student, “Daily assaults, arson, deadly weapons and even shooting quickly replaced recess and circle time. My once carefree son now consistently has to worry that he will fall victim to an act of violence,” Valentine said.

    Christy Cachiaras said she has four children enrolled in Baltimore County schools and said two of her children were assaulted in the past week.

    “It feels like sometimes we’re sending our kids to fight club. It’s really sad and scary. I would urge the board to think about some balances between protections for victims and protections for the offenders,” she said. “We do have a lot of mental health issues that are the result of quarantine and the pandemic.”

    Tuesday of this week, Fox45 held a townhall event titled “Your Voice, Your Future: City in Crisis.” One city councilman blamed the problem on trouble at home.

    Bullock, a former political science professor at Towson University, defended the school system and the Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Sonja Santelises, saying that students are often the product of troubled environments. He explained the city council has limited control over the city school system.

    But former federal prosecutor Thiru Vignarajah who was also a speaker at the event said Baltimore officials have been passing the buck for too long.

    Vignarajah questioned city leaders’ pattern of “passing the buck” when it comes to questions about the performance of city schools.

    “Let’s not pretend that three generations of children in Baltimore have not been failed by us. And if it’s not the city council, and it’s not the mayor, and it’s not the CEO of schools, we can’t just keep saying the Republican governor is to blame,” Vignarajah “I’m a Democrat. I’d love to blame Governor Hogan, but it’s not Governor Hogan’s fault that the city schools in Baltimore have been broken for 50 years.”

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    50 years under Democrat rule built this.

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  4. This administration is a joke.

    Sure Russia’s bad, but muh legacy……

    Is one of failure Joe.

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    And suddenly it all makes sense. More bad deeds to cover the prior bad deeds.

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  5. Given the Ontario Health Curriculum doesn’t mention sexual orientation, gender identity, etc in K-3, I somehow doubt the Florida health curriculum does. Like the Ont. curriculum, it probably mentions teaching proper vocabulary when describing body parts, the idea of consent (eg, you don’t have to give your uncle a kiss), body positivity, etc. Perhaps in grade 3, under the guise of understanding and accepting social and cultural differences an especially activist teacher may discuss the fact a child in the class has two moms, etc. Because of this, I’ve regarded the current Florida mess as well Florida being Florida. The Republicans are cancelling something that doesn’t’ exist to motivate their base and to “own the libs” and otherwise make them out to be supporters of child sexual exploitation. And they succeeded.

    I then wonder how one connects Disney’s opposition to gov;t censorship and cancel culture to the conduct of four employees. Disney probably employs thousands of people in Florida. Four deviants is a probably a low number for a corporation of its size. There have been megachurch scandals with more than four deviants.

    Moreover, it says something about the mindset about those who make this connection that sexual orientation is equated to child sexual exploitation. From the limited information, it appears those involved in the trafficking scandal were approaching vulnerable teen girls. I don’t know how you can say this is in any way similar to discussing sexual orientation to pre-adolescent children. Although discussing the idea of consent, mental health, etc at an early age would help females as they grow to be vulnerable teen girls.

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  6. The military vaccine case is bizarre. I didn’t realize you could sue the armed forces or a superior officer in a civil court. And more bizarre, the anecdotal stats stated by some in the article are incredibly different than stats found anywhere else. 5 billion people have been vaccinated world wide. If there were serious side effects, its highly doubtful there is worldwide conspiracy in countries as diverse as China, India, Iran, Russia, EU, and the USA to block information.

    I’m still puzzled by claims of religious exemption to this particular vaccine as opposed to others mandated by the military. Almost all vaccines and even OTC medications use fetal cell lines for testing and development. Do people claiming religious exemption refuse antibiotics on the same basis ie aborted fetal cell lines? In any case they don’t use aborted fetal cells — they develop fetal cells from fetuses — whether aborted or miscarried — and they grow cell lines for testing use.

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  7. Do you honestly think if Republicans ran Baltimore for 50 years the result would be any different –that no other social-economic causes are at play? Perhaps de-industrialization (beginning under Reagan), redlining, legacy of racism/black codes, drug use, mental health, etc? In any case, the violence in these middle and high schools doesn’t seem to be out of the ordinary for large urban schools. There’s not even a mass school although to be fair they are largely an suburban phenomena. Sure, there are legitimate complaints — middle school should start in gr 7 (gr 6 boys are far too small), there is far too much concern for the perpetrator (the pendulum needs to shift again) so they don’t be part of the school-prison pipeline, there needs to zero tolerance for violence. However, to blame the city rather than the school board is like blaming the federal govt for the mistakes of the state gov’t — you’re mixing jurisdictions.

    And finally, why would Iran need US permission to give a contract to a Russian firm? Canada doesn’t need US permission to do business in Cuba? Will the US require the Chinese to have permission to do business in North Korea?

    Oh interesting news — Koch brothers continues to do business in Russia. Also, Russia has banned about 15 US politicians and officials from entering Russia — all of them Democratic. So a major Republican donor still does business in Russia (and enriching them as your tweet suggests Biden is doing through Iran) and no Republicans are sanctioned by Russia — coincidence? And its not because Republicans are not in the White House. In Canada over 150 members of parliament are banned. This includes Conservative, Liberal, socialist NDP and separatist BQ MPs, ie both gov’t and oppositional MPs

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  8. I sometimes hear people say CRT etc. isn’t taught around here. However, I hear from people who actually, teach, are aids or parents tell me what is being taught, which contradicts that statement. The aids and teachers are often keep their own children from attending the classes with the worse teachers teaching the garbage. The general public is unaware until or if they hear from their own child what is being taught. I say, “Go, Florida!”

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  9. I’m with you, HRW, I don’t understand the suing and refusing orders either.

    “In our day” a DUI was considered “demonstrated unreliability” and you were thrown out if the nuclear Navy.

    Now, apparently, a CO can just decide not to take his ship to sea? People can decide not to be vaccinated?

    Did they not read their contract?

    My husband has been vaccinated for all sorts of weird things. Bubonic plague shot, anyone?

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  10. CRT, strictly speaking, isnt taught in elementary schools and probably not secondary. CRT is a perspective in American history, society, politics and law etc that looks at the hidden legal and social structures which delay or obstruct civil rights.

    In all likelihood, the public schools are teaching some form of anti-racist education as mandated by either their board or the state. Depending on who developed the lessons (and there’s a whole industry devoted to this) these can be well thought out with high expectations or it can be just set a guidelines and its the teacher’s discretion. The latter is where things go slightly askew. In most cases, its young idealistic teachers or incompetent teachers. The best way to approach this is to be “that parent” and simply ask which part of the curriculum these lessons cover.

    Some people like to mock the “woke” crowd who try to remodel the armed forces so it reflects their version of society and force them to consider race, gender, sexuality etc. However, anti-vaxxers aren’t much different — they too would like to interfere in the military to reflect their values. In both cases, discipline is undermined as is the command structure. Both groups will claim they are defending essential freedoms and rights, but the “Nuremburg” style defence only applies in case of imminent harm and violations of the Geneva Convention — questions of vaccines and gender don’t apply here.

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  11. Michelle,

    Sorry Ma’am, but the military your husband and I served in is no longer the military of today.

    Heck they can’t even dog recruits to shape them up anymore without being brought up on disciplinary action.

    It’s apples to oranges now. Much has changed, and little of it for the good.

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  12. In the old days Peter Strozk would have been stripped of his pension and spend time in jail. Not to mention his adultery would have had him considered compromised and he and his FBI attorney/lover would have been fired for it. But it didn’t happen.

    None of that happens now.

    It’s a whole new world.

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  13. Of course they admit now what they knew was true then.

    They’re no longer trying to get Biden elected.

    “The NYT Now Admits the Biden Laptop — Falsely Called “Russian Disinformation” — is Authentic

    The media outlets which spread this lie from ex-CIA officials never retracted their pre-election falsehoods, ones used by Big Tech to censor reporting on the front-runner.”

    https://greenwald.substack.com/p/the-nyt-now-admits-the-biden-laptop?s=r

    “One of the most successful disinformation campaigns in modern American electoral history occurred in the weeks prior to the 2020 presidential election. On October 14, 2020 — less than three weeks before Americans were set to vote — the nation’s oldest newspaper, The New York Post, began publishing a series of reports about the business dealings of the Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in countries in which Biden, as Vice President, wielded considerable influence (including Ukraine and China) and would again if elected president.

    The backlash against this reporting was immediate and intense, leading to suppression of the story by U.S. corporate media outlets and censorship of the story by leading Silicon Valley monopolies. The disinformation campaign against this reporting was led by the CIA’s all-but-official spokesperson Natasha Bertrand (then of Politico, now with CNN), whose article on October 19 appeared under this headline: “Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former intel officials say.”

    These “former intel officials” did not actually say that the “Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo.” Indeed, they stressed in their letter the opposite: namely, that they had no evidence to suggest the emails were falsified or that Russia had anything to do them, but, instead, they had merely intuited this “suspicion” based on their experience:

    We want to emphasize that we do not know if the emails, provided to the New York Post by President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, are genuine or not and that we do not have evidence of Russian involvement — just that our experience makes us deeply suspicious that the Russian government played a significant role in this case.

    But a media that was overwhelmingly desperate to ensure Trump’s defeat had no time for facts or annoying details such as what these former officials actually said or whether it was in fact true. They had an election to manipulate. As a result, that these emails were “Russian disinformation” — meaning that they were fake and that Russia manufactured them — became an article of faith among the U.S.’s justifiably despised class of media employees.

    Very few even included the crucial caveat that the intelligence officials themselves stressed: namely, that they had no evidence at all to corroborate this claim. Instead, as I noted last September, “virtually every media outlet — CNN, NBC News, PBS, Huffington Post, The Intercept, and too many others to count — began completely ignoring the substance of the reporting and instead spread the lie over and over that these documents were the by-product of Russian disinformation.” The Huffington Post even published a must-be-seen-to-be-believed campaign ad for Joe Biden, masquerading as “reporting,” that spread this lie that the emails were “Russian disinformation.””

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    They didn’t follow orders from the president, yet half still hold security clearance and their jobs. Why should soldiers be held to different standards than the “leaders” of this country?

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  14. HRW,

    Maybe educate yourself, read the actual bill, instead of taking the biased media’s lying word for what it does and doesn’t do.

    Why is it necessary? Because the left needs you to spell things out clearly, or they violate and deviate from the curriculum frequently.

    Parents should decide when their children learn this stuff, not leftist teachers. Transparency is key. We have a right to know what teachers are teaching kids.

    Read on…..

    “The parents of a Florida teenager have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit after their daughter’s school directed their child to pursue a gender transition without notifying them.

    January and Jeffrey Littlejohn of Tallahassee, Florida, filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida last month, seeking to “vindicate their fundamental rights to direct the upbringing of their children” after Deerlake Middle School, where their 13-year-old daughter was enrolled, failed to notify them that their daughter had entered a school-sanctioned gender transition plan.

    The lawsuit, which names the school superintendent, the assistant superintendent, and the Leon County School Board as defendants, says the Littlejohns’ daughter informed them during the COVID-19 lockdown in spring 2020 that “she was confused about her gender and believed she might be non-binary.””

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/restoring-america/community-family/florida-parents-sue-after-school-clandestinely-orchestrated-daughters-gender-transition

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    You cannot trust public education. That’s a fact.

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  15. Oh look, yet another example of why a law that spells out clearly what is appropriate and what isn’t, is necessary.

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  16. Bingo.

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    And another…..

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  18. AJ — sometimes I think you assume I am a leftist caricature. I said the K-3 curriculum bill passed in Florida addressed a non-issue — its not a discussion at that level and not cognitive appropriate anyway. Your rebuttal was to cite a middle school case but that’s the not the bill nor my comment. The outrage, the bill, and the counter outrage have to do with primary students. Its red meat to drive peo). Old fashioned conservatives would call it a gov’t in search of a problem to solve. I think deSantis is exploiting the issue and doing a disservice to those who suffer from gender dysphoria and I think think social liberals (as usual) over reacted.

    As for your specific example; gender dysphoria is not as rare as we think and usually comes about (in my limited experience) due to three reasons;

    1) genuine gender dysphoria — usually has a biological origin, differing hormone level or physical differences in genitalia. Back in the day, we kept this under wraps and those afflicted with this led quiet livers as bachelors or spinsters, with some maybe going to the city once in awhile and the local townspeople turning a blind eye.

    2) gender dysphoria as a means to cope with horrific sexual abuse as a child. I taught a child like this. She was all over the map and experimenting sexually and with gender in grade eight. The worst thing to do in this case is to repress or to encourage. She wanted to be he/him so I complied in the interest of providing a safe and welcoming classroom — attendance was a problem in the past. She thanked me for taking her seriously and was there most of the time. I was not there to help her transition — that’s above my pay grade. From what I understand she’s now a lesbian (which makes sense and is probably an easier way to live)

    3) Finally, gender dysphoria appeals to those on the autism spectrum during adolescence. Prior to our understanding of the autism spectrum, children on the spectrum would react to puberty in various ways usually not socially appropriate. In the current climate, they are more aware and free to express themselves. I currently have a female student on the spectrum, in the beginning of the year she adopted a more masculine version of her name. We had a short discussion on pronouns (she’s not very social and generally hates to interacted with other people) and on my suggestion she understood that they/them was probably more appropriate than he/him, so we went with that. Its not about an agenda but rather make a kid safe and welcome in class. The parent prefers she/her and the given name and as my student makes her way through adolescence, teachers and parents have to provide the student/child with the right space that at the end of the day she succeeds.

    This is my rather long way of saying governments and people with social agendas of any position need to ignore their agendas and allow teachers to deal with children as individuals. And yes this may annoy parents, religious figures, and social justices warriors but nobody’s perfect and the only right approach is to help these kids through the teens and early twenties so they are still functioning as adults. Any use of kids with gender dysphoria by adults with any type agenda says more about the adults than the actual child. As a single parent raising a child who had some mental health issues I understand its not the agenda of social conservatives or anyone else, its simply a matter of getting one child at at a time to adulthood at a time.

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  19. Again, your examples; You want to avoid these incidences — make teaching a well paid profession right up there with nursing, medicine, law, accounting, etc. Treat and pay it as a profession. Teaching in Ontario is a sought after profession and career and only the best get past the screening — you start with day to day supply, then covering long term leaves, then 2 year probationary status and then you are in for life. Its extremely difficult to get there and it may take years but the pay, benefits, and holidays are very good. You want children to be taught by the best and the brightest? Pay the taxes and professionalize the career. The Ontario system is one of the best in the world — but the gov’t has to pay, the professionalism is enforced, and my union ensures there’s no short cuts.

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