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Hysteria: Parents investigated for neglect after letting their children walk home alone

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The Meitiv children outside the National Gallery in Washington this month
It was a one-mile walk home from a Silver Spring park on Georgia Avenue on a Saturday afternoon. But what the parents saw as a moment of independence for their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, they say authorities viewed much differently.

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv say they are being investigated for neglect for the Dec. 20 trek - in a case they say reflects a clash of ideas about how safe the world is and whether parents are free to make their own choices about raising their children.

"We wouldn't have let them do it if we didn't think they were ready for it," Danielle said.

She said her son and daughter have previously paired up for walks around the block, to a nearby 7-Eleven and to a library about three-quarters of a mile away. "They have proven they are responsible," she said. "They've developed these skills."

The Meitivs say they believe in "free-range" parenting, a movement that has been a counterpoint to the hyper-vigilance of "helicopter" parenting, with the idea that children learn self-reliance by being allowed to progressively test limits, make choices and venture out in the world.

"The world is actually even safer than when I was a child, and I just want to give them the same freedom and independence that I had - basically an old-fashioned childhood," she said. "I think it's absolutely critical for their development - to learn responsibility, to experience the world, to gain confidence and competency."


Muslim cartoonist: It's not the cartoons

In the last few days I've seen more than enough cartoonish clichés of pens and pencils vs. swords and guns scrolling through my Twitter feed.

I don't think this is about cartoons.

Imagine a world where the western powers were not invading, occupying, drone bombing, kidnapping, torturing and holding Muslims in prison without trial. Now try to imagine that world in which cartoonists who drew Islamophobic cartoons were murdered.

I can't.

Comment: "We cannot make offensive art illegal if we want to live in a free society, but we can examine the context and power structures under which bigoted cartoons are created and hopefully come to the conclusion that cartoons mocking the prophet Muhammed ﷺ‎ will just be considered one of those socially unacceptable things you just don't do."

It's a moral question: Given the license to be a bigot, should one do so? There's a difference between 'self-censorship' and common decency. Many are arguing that it's a good thing the Mohammed cartoons were published, because it exemplifies the expression of freedom of speech. But what aim is really fulfilled by insulting minority groups? People should definitely have the freedom to express offensive opinions, but so should they have the freedom to condemn the backward, bigoted nature of those opinions. That's one advantage of free speech: it gives us the opportunity to see the true bigoted character of many who use it to spread hatred and violence, whether that's some psychopath in ISIS, or in Washington.

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Man pleads guilty to putting 2-year-old boy in dryer


Adam Morton
A man from New Hampshire accused of putting a two-year-old boy in Bangor in a dryer pleaded guilty Tuesday to assault.

Police say 27-year-old Adam Morton admitted he put his girlfriend's son in the dryer and turned it on while he was babysitting.

The boy suffered second degree burns on his back and arms and burns and blisters on his feet.

Morton is scheduled to be sentenced February 2nd.

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Hysteria: Elementary school children branded racist bigots over minor school squabbles

children branded racists
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Confusion: Experts fear young children often do not understand the significance of what they are saying, and dealing with them in an overblown manner risks exaggerating a minor issue.
Summoned to a meeting at her seven-year-old son's primary school, Hayley White was prepared for a quick chat about his behaviour.

But when she was told that Elliott had been at the centre of an 'incident' with another pupil that was so serious she would have to sign an official form admitting he was racist, she refused to believe what she was hearing.

'When I arrived at the school and asked Elliott what had happened, he became extremely upset,' said Ms White, who is a 32-year-old NHS worker. 'He kept saying to me: "I was just asking a question. I didn't mean it to be nasty".'

It turned out that while in the playground Elliott had approached a four-year-old boy and asked him whether he was 'brown because he was from Africa'. On returning home, the younger boy had told his mother about the comment, and she had informed the school, hoping that they could have a quiet word with Elliott.

Instead, the school's anti-racism policy swung into action in full force.

Comment: In the current climate of political correctness, school bureaucrats have become completely hystericized, blowing even minor incidents way out of proportion. Very young children are even being labeled as terrorists. These labels will go into permanent records that follow children for the rest of their lives, and could prevent them from achieving gainful employment as adults. One would think that school administrators and teachers should be somewhat aware that most children do not start to develop the ability to reason with logic until they are about seven or eight and operational thinking skills are not gained by the average human until the age of eleven or twelve.

See also: UK schoolteachers urged to report terrorist toddlers

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Hysterical society: Alabama principal wants canned goods in classrooms for kids to hurl at school shooters

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The principal of an Alabama middle school believes that stockpiling canned goods in classrooms will give students a last line of defense against possible school shooters or other intruders.

According to the Associated Press, Priscella Holley, principal at W. F. Burns Middle School in Valley, Alabama, sent out a letter to parents on Friday explaining that children can fling the cans of peas, corn and Irish potatoes at individuals who would do them harm.

Holley asked that parents arm their children with eight ounce cans of their choice of foodstuffs, so that the students might "stun the intruder or even knock him out until the police arrive."

"The canned food item will give the students a sense of empowerment to protect themselves and will make them feel secure," she said.

Chambers County Schools Superintendent Dr. Kelli Hodge told WHNT News that the canned goods are just a part of a training program aimed at empowering students in case of a violent intruder.

"I can honestly say that the major point of the training," Hodge said, "is to be able to get kids evacuated and not be sitting ducks hiding under desks."

Comment: Hoarding food to hurl at an imaginary enemy? It would be far better to teach those children to give; take those cans of food and feed the homeless. Sheesh!


Are all terrorists Muslim? Nope, not even close

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The idea of Muslim terrorists is manufactured by Hollywood and the mainstream media.
What percentage of terror attacks in the United States and Europe are committed by Muslims? Guess. Nope. Guess again. And again...

"Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims." How many times have you heard that one? Sure, we heard Fox News's Brian Kilmeade say it, but to me, that was simply part of the Fox News plan to make their viewers dumber, as we saw again this past weekend when its terrorism "expert" Steve Emerson was caught fabricating the story that Birmingham, England, is closed to non-Muslims. But more alarmingly, even some reasonable people have uttered this statement.

And that comment is often followed up by the question: Why don't we see Christian, Buddhist, or Jewish terrorists?

Comment: That is an excellent question. They remain unseen mostly due to the stranglehold Christian and Jewish interests have over the mainstream media. Anders Behring Breivik was supposedly a Christian and yet was responsible for the deaths of 77 people after he blew up a van in Oslo, Norway and then drove out to the countryside and shot a bunch of kids at summer camp. The Stern Gang roamed the area then known as Palestine in the 1940s, destroying village after village of Arabs and Brits alike. Just this passed summer 2000 some odd Palestinians were killed by Israel when civilian targets in Gaza were repeatedly bombed, but only a few dared to call it 'terrorism', thanks largely in part to the mainstream media.

Obviously, there are people who sincerely view themselves as Muslims who have committed horrible acts in the name of Islam. We Muslims can make the case that their actions are not based on any part of the faith but on their own political agenda. But they are Muslims, no denying that.

However, and this will probably shock many, so you might want to take a breath: Overwhelmingly, those who have committed terrorist attacks in the United States and Europe aren't Muslims. Let's give that a moment to sink in.

Comment: The real terrorists are the psychopaths in board rooms, government offices and police stations, but you won't hear about that on CNN or Faux News...


Cops say 'it's not fair' they were forced to resign after being busted for sexual abuse of a minor

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They were arrested for sexual abuse involving a minor, but now former Aledo Police Officer Steven Bonynge says that he was treated unfairly by being forced to resign.

Officers Bonynge, 32, and Seth Degelman, 30, had been investigated by the Aledo Police Department after they received a complaint about their sexual abuse of a juvenile. That's according to Aledo Police Chief J. Michael Sponsler who spoke with reporters from local WQAD 8.

The Chief pointed us to a statement released from attorney Blaise Rogers of Gullbert, Box & Worby, LLC, who said he represents Bonynge. It said that the victim was "slightly under the age of 17." In other words, she was 16.

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In preparation for the Pope's visit, Manila police arrest homeless children and detain them in brutal conditions

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Homeless children in Manila are being rounded up by Philippines' police in an attempt to clean the city up for the Pope's visit, Daily Mail reports.

Children as young as 5 are being arrested and detained in subhuman living conditions. They are often held for months before being let go onto the streets. Unfortunately, the government has not provided any support for these children, and they often end up back in the temporary prisons.

Children are locked up alongside convicted criminals, and guards often are apathetic or look the other way while children are physically and sexually abused by inmates. The captured children sleep on and eat off of concrete floors, often using buckets as toilets. In some instances, children were chained to poles in these cellars.

Father Shay Cullen, who was nominated for a Nobel Prize, runs a missionary about 100 miles from Manila and recently traveled through these temporary prisons to help children and adopt some to the missionary. One boy, Mak-Mak, had scabies and had been abused by adult inmates during his times in the prison. He was apparently abandoned by his parents and was picked up on the street by Manila police while cleaning up for the Pope. Cullen brought Mak-Mak to his missionary to rehabilitate him.

An inmate in a temporary cell said: "Lots of children have been brought here lately. We're told they're being picked up from under the road bridges where the Pope will travel."

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City of Albuquerque bars DA from latest officer involved shooting the day after charges filed in shooting death of James Boyd

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Detective Keith Sandy, far right, moves up the ridge behind an APD K-9 officer in last March’s confrontation with James Boyd in a photo taken from officer Dominique Perez’s helmet video camera.
The day after a New Mexico prosecutor charged two police officers in the shooting death of a mentally ill homeless man last year, Albuquerque officials refused to allow representatives from the District Attorney's office to participate in the investigation of a new officer-involved shooting that occurred on Tuesday.

According to KRQE, Chief Deputy District Attorney Sylvia Martinez was barred from a briefing about a shooting that occurred Tuesday evening because, she was told, the District Attorney's office "has a conflict of interest because we charged the officers" who shot the homeless man last year.

The District Attorney's office typically plays a vital role in investigating police-involved shootings - issuing warrants, providing legal counsel for the officers involved, and determining whether a shooting was justified - but when DA Martinez attempted to enter the briefing about Tuesday's shooting, City Attorney Kathryn Levy told her that the officers "wouldn't be needing any legal advice or help" and that she "could go home."

"I have never seen anything like this ever," District Attorney Kari Brandenburg told KRQE. "Clearly, this could compromise the integrity of the investigation of this shooting."

In 2004, the District Attorney's office signed an agreement with the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) that allowed it to oversee the APD's investigation of officer-involved shootings. Last year, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry signed a settlement with the United State Department of Justice (DOJ) that implemented measures to combat the widespread use of excessive force by APD officers.

According to DA Brandenburg, the APD's decision to exclude the District Attorney's office from investigating Tuesday's shooting violates both those agreements.

"It is my opinion that they violated [the agreement with the DA's office]," she said, adding "that means they also violated their agreement with the DOJ."

Comment: Interesting turn of events here. Ms. Brandenburg announced at a press conference on November 20th that she was reviewing the James Boyd shooting. On November 25th, her file hit the New Mexico AG's office without her knowledge. The APD must have anticipated her taking up Boyd's case long before she announced it publicly. This DA comes across as someone who won't be intimidated and the APD investigation is their attempt to silence her or control the outcome.

News conferences are here (Nov 20), here (Dec 8) and here (Jan 12).


FBI arrests Ohio man for 'plotting' ISIS-inspired attack on Capitol

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The FBI today arrested an Ohio man for allegedly plotting an ISIS-inspired attack on the U.S. Capitol, where he hoped to set off a series of bombs aimed at lawmakers, whom he allegedly considered enemies.

Christopher Lee Cornell, 20, of Green Township, was arrested on charges of attempting to kill a U.S. government official, authorities said.

According to government documents, he allegedly planned to detonate pipe bombs at the national landmark and open fire on any employees and officials fleeing after the explosions.

Comment: FBI foils yet another 'terror plot' due to an inside informant. Can we guess who the informant was working for? One of the FBI's strategies involve "using agents provocateur to actively entrap targets in criminal plots manufactured and controlled by the government."