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Navy brat-->University fac brat. All over-->Wisconsin-->TN-->VA. RN (ret), married, grandmother of 11. Progressive since birth. My mouth may be foul but my heart is wide open.

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Family sues WCS over Critical Race Theory law violation

A family sued the Williamson County School Board Friday, challenging the board’s adoption of a curriculum that the group claims violate Tennessee law prohibiting the teaching of Critical Race Theory and Common Core.

The group Parents’ Choice Tennessee named plaintiffs in the case James and Patricia Lucente, parents of a first-grader enrolled in the Williamson County school system. They are reportedly alleging that a language arts curriculum known as ‘Wit & Wisdom’ is replete with age-inappropriate materials that promote a skewed and racist view of history and instead portray one race as inherently superior to another or inherently privileged and oppressive.

“The curriculum was adopted through a process in violation of state law and over the objections of several parents and educators who raised serious concerns about the graphic, racist, and age-inappropriate nature of much of its content,” said Lucente.

The Lucentes named the Williamson County Board of Education, Superintendent Jason Golden, Assistant Superintendent Dave Allen, and the State Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn as the defendants in the case, according to the PCT.

“Wit & Wisdom uses Social Emotional Learning to masquerade as a sort of “feel-good” approach that steers young elementary-age children to horrific discussions of the savagery of slavery, war, misery, sexual aggression, and death,” Lucente went on to say. “Wit & Wisdom is conditioning our children to view the world through the eyes of a critical theorist, which is destructive and divisive. It’s very clear that this failed curriculum focuses more on political literacy instead of literacy. Not only has Williamson County failed to protect our children from this harmful material, but they have also failed to protect our teachers by instructing them to teach this questionable and destructive material with fidelity or else.”


And here we go! He doesn't give any concrete examples, but then, they never do.....! Hopefully he gets laughed out of court and has to pay to send his brats to private school.

Update: Around 4,000 beagles from Va. breeder to be released

After years of 8News’ investigative reports and undercover operations by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a judge has sealed the fate of approximately 4,000 beagles that were bred and sold for experimental purposes at Envigo’s Cumberland County facility.

On Tuesday, Senior U.S. District Court Judge Norman K. Moon approved the transfer plan for the puppies and dogs in Envigo’s care in Central Virginia in tandem with the company itself.

“That plan gives those parties a total of 60 days from its approval, which was yesterday, to expeditiously, safely, humanely remove every single last dog and puppy from that facility, and the Humane Society of the United States [HSUS] is the sole party that’s going to manage that transfer,” PETA Vice President of Evidence Analysis Dan Paden said. “HSUS is then apparently going to transfer those animals to animal shelters and rescues over the ensuing months, as much as possible on the East Coast and in the Midwest, I think, to minimize the amount of time those animals have to be transported.”

Speaking with 8News on Wednesday, Paden said that he expects the Envigo beagles to be released by the end of July and beginning of August, many of them likely to stay in Central Virginia. A spokesperson for HSUS said that the nonprofit is still hammering out specifics on where and when the dogs and puppies will be available for adoption.

“Envigo is, by the plan, going to give $100 per dog, and $150 per nursing mother with a litter younger than 8 weeks old, to help defray the costs that SPCAs, humane societies and rescues are going to incur caring for these animals and sheltering them until homes can be found for that many animals,” Paden said.


These dogs will be pretty much like any other puppy mill dog, I imagine. And don't give Dumbkin any credit for this; the credit goes mostly to WRIC-TV, Richmond, and the legislators who pushed the bill through.

Highland Park parade shooter's father says he is not culpable for son's attack

The father of the alleged Highland Park parade shooter, Bobby Crimo Jr., has told ABC News that he is not culpable in the Independence Day attack, in spite of having signed a consent form for his son to apply for gun ownership.

“I had no -- not an inkling, warning -- that this was going to happen,” Crimo told ABC News about the Fourth of July attack his son, Robert “Bobby” Crimo III, carried out in Highland Park, Il. “I am just shocked.”

Crimo claims both he and his wife asked their son just days before if he had any plans for the holiday. “He said ‘no.’ That was it,” Crimo recalled.

Crimo says he spent nearly an hour with his son in his yard the night before the attack talking about the planet. “Great mood,” he remembered. “I’m just shocked.”

Crimo says he never saw his son as a danger to anyone, but authorities recently disclosed past instances of violence. In 2019, police in Highland Park confiscated 16 knives, a dagger and a sword from the suspect’s home after a family member called claiming he “was going to kill everyone.”


Either he is lying, or he is dumber than I give him credit for. Either way, he is an ACCESSORY to murder.

Most missing foster kids in four major states weren't screened to see if they'd been sex trafficked

More than three-quarters of foster children who went missing in four populous states were not screened after they were found to identify whether they had been victims of sex trafficking, in violation of federal law, according to a newly released federal audit.

The report by the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services found that in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Illinois, the vast majority of recovered foster children were not screened, despite evidence that missing children are often sexually exploited. A fifth state, Texas, has a better record, with 83% of the children screened, the report found. But the inspector general said the screenings often were not thorough.

A federal judge recently threatened Texas with contempt fines by for what she said was the state’s failure to improve conditions in its foster care system, including inadequate background checks of caregivers and the high rate of sexual abuse of children.

Brian Whitley, a Health and Human Services regional inspector general, said his agency believes that most states are not complying with the requirement to properly screen every child who disappears from the system and then returns.


How about identifying the ones who are abused while IN care? HMMMMMM?

A Dutch doctor and the internet are making sure Americans have access to abortion pills

A little-known European medical team is poised to become one of the most important groups in the shifting landscape of U.S. abortion bans.

Aid Access, an online-only service run by a Dutch physician, Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, began shipping abortion pills to Americans from abroad four years ago. The organization’s team consists of about four doctors supervising about 10 medical staff members, and they’re difficult for U.S. authorities to reach because all are outside the country and they ship pills from a pharmacy in India.

Opponents of abortion rights have so far largely found themselves powerless to stop Aid Access from mailing abortion pills even to the most conservative corners of the country, at least while the organization’s opponents don’t control the White House. That has transformed Aid Access nearly overnight from an obscure overseas group into an essential part of the effort to keep abortion accessible nationwide.

“It’s the only clinically supported service that mails to states where telehealth for abortion is banned,” said Ushma Upadhyay, an associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of California, San Francisco.

Gomperts, who founded Aid Access in 2018, said she has no intention of changing her work now that the Supreme Court has overruled Roe v. Wade. Aid Access has been receiving 4,000 requests a day since Roe v. Wade was overturned, she said, up from 600 to 700 a day previously.

Last year, after Texas banned abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, orders from the state tripled in the weeks after the law took effect, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open.



Pastor and family stole $8M from taxpayers in Covid scam, feds say. Why haven't they been charged?

The Edwardses were Christian missionaries from Canada who lived in Turkey for many years and moved to Florida in 2019. On paper they ran a faith-based charity with a high-minded mission: to “communicate Christian love in doctrine and service to the poor.”

But by the fall of 2020, the family of four — dad Evan; mom Mary Jane; daughter Joy, 36; and son Josh, 30 — were suspected of pulling off a multimillion-dollar fraud that targeted the government’s Covid relief program for small businesses and nonprofits.

The Edwardses received more than $8 million after Josh filed paperwork falsely claiming that their ministry, ASLAN International Ministry, had 486 employees and a monthly payroll of $2.7 million, according to a federal forfeiture complaint.

A federal investigation raised serious red flags. Among them: The accountant who purportedly signed off on the loan allegedly had dementia and hadn’t done any work for the organization since 2017.

Now, just after 8:49 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2020, the Edwardses’ beige Mercedes was being pulled over by three Florida Highway Patrol cars. All four family members were inside the vehicle.

Evan Edwards told the officers they were headed to a conference in Texas, but he could not provide any specifics, according to the complaint.


US Soccer suspends ex-Toledo coach's license after Guardian investigation

The United States Soccer Federation has confirmed it has suspended the coaching license of Brad Evans following a Guardian investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by the former University of Toledo head coach.

US Soccer said Evans has also been blocked from accessing the federation’s learning center and removed from any study groups or courses he was in. In addition, the federation has notified SafeSport and the leadership at the Ohio Soccer Association, where Evans was employed after stepping down from the Toledo job in 2015.

Evans was informed of all these actions on Wednesday, US Soccer said.

The three-month investigation by Matthew Hall into Evans’ alleged misconduct published Wednesday morning relied on interviews with former players, coaches, University of Toledo staff, and families of former students to reveal for the first time the circumstances behind the coach’s abrupt departure from the Ohio university, how the school managed reports about his behavior, and how he was still allowed to hold prominent positions within the game in the United States.


A little late to the game, US Soccer?

How multiple systems failed when Toledo coach's alleged sexual misconduct was reported

The Universty of Toledo knew in 2015 about an allegation of sexual misconduct by Brad Evans, coach of its women’s soccer team, but sidelined the claims to allow the coach to eventually resign citing “inappropriate relationships”. The university was also aware of concerns raised by players and families about his behavior since 2012.

The university took five years to acknowledge the sexual misconduct allegation – only after the current coach of the University of Toledo women’s team filed a report to the school’s Title IX office in 2020. The reported victim of the alleged sexual misconduct was Candice Fabry, a former student, athlete and assistant coach at the university, as exclusively reported by the Guardian.

In a 2020 letter to Fabry informing her of the 2020 report, the university’s Director of Title IX and Compliance Vicky Kulicke wrote: “The Title IX office is aware that this was reported also to the University of Toledo’s Human Resources in 2015 and addressed at that time.” The 2020 report was made to the university by the women’s soccer team’s current coach Thomas Buchholz-Clarke, who succeeded Brad Evans after his 2015 resignation.

The reported allegation was against Evans, head coach of the women’s soccer program at the University of Toledo from 2001 to 2015. Evans’ 13-season reign at Toledo saw the team bring home four Mid-American Conference tournament titles in the NCAA’s top-flight Division I.

As the Guardian has exclusively reported, that success came at a high price for some former players and staff. The true story behind Evans’ sudden resignation from the University of Toledo women’s soccer program in 2015 was never fully explained while the coach pursued a successful career elsewhere after quietly leaving the Toledo program.

Over a three-month period the Guardian has spoken with former players, coaches, University of Toledo staff, and families of former University of Toledo students, to be able to reveal for the first time allegations of sexual assault and sexual coercion, a hostile environment for players, how the university managed reports about his behavior, and how a lack of transparency by the university allowed Evans to still hold prominent positions within the sport in the US with little accountability.


Sexual assault is not an "inappropriate relationship"! More to follow.

Herschel Walker Lied About His Secret Kids to His Own Campaign

When Herschel Walker’s campaign aides approached him this winter to discuss whispers that Walker had a secret child, the Georgia GOP’s Senate candidate told his campaign the rumors were false.

Walker’s aides already knew he was lying.

They had expected him to lie, and had obtained documents in advance of that conversation verifying that Walker did indeed have another child, The Daily Beast has learned. They handed the documents to him, and after some more back and forth, Walker finally admitted it was true. His aides asked if there were any other children they needed to know about. Walker insisted this was it.

When the Daily Beast learned about the existence of that 10-year-old child in June and went to the campaign for comment, campaign manager Scott Paradise prepared a statement. But first, he went to Walker with a question: Be honest—are there any other kids?

No, Walker said.

Paradise then put out a statement insisting that Walker—who at that point had only publicly acknowledged one child, his adult son, Christian—was “proud of his children.”


How is this guy's nose not ten feet long?

Japan Made an App to Prevent Kids From Sending Their Nudes to Strangers

A Japanese company is making an app that automatically deletes nude photos from children’s phones, in an effort to protect them from sexual exploitation by online predators.

Using AI, the app can recognize photos of bare genitals, lower abdomens, and chests. Once the image is detected and erased, it sends an alert to the minors’ guardians informing them of the photograph.

The app, currently in beta testing, was developed by the startup Smartbooks last month with the help of Fujita Health University in Japan’s central Aichi Prefecture and the prefecture's Nakamura police station.

The Aichi police last year tapped the university for help to combat sexual exploitation of children in the country.

The issue of child sexual abuse drew increased attention during the COVID-19 pandemic. The United Nations Children's Fund and the World Health Organization warned parents that children were spending more time sheltering at home and could be at greater risk of sexual exploitation online. Following such reports, several nations have moved to beef up legislation to combat such abuse.


This might be one of the best bits of news I've read this morning
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