Sunday, July 23, 2017


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Virginia’s Accomack County Public Schools have banned “Huckleberry Finn” and “To Kill A Mockingbird” for a shocking reason. Bad parenting.

Let me explain why.

Growing up in the south, there was always racism around, but being white, I didn’t really notice it until other classmates verbally assaulted my black friends. I wasn’t sure what racism was, but I didn’t like it. My heroes growing up were Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson, Martin Luther King Jr. and Eddie Murphy, so the idea of being racist never connected to me.

I also didn’t really understand it until I read “To Kill A Mockingbird” in middle school. I didn’t really learn how hard black people had it in America until I read Harper Lee’s classic.

Atticus Finch’s defense of Tom Robinson is honorable and his strength to stand up against racism defined my own personal sense of justice for all. We are all equal in the eyes of God, but we have to deal with the hands of man.

A parent is the reason that “To Kill A Mockingbird” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” were temporarily banned. She said her bi-racial son couldn’t handle the racist language used in the books.

“So what are we teaching our children? We’re validating that these words are acceptable, and they are not acceptable by (any) means. There is other literature they can use.”

In “To Kill A Mockingbird”, the N-word appears 48 times, and that seems to be what the parent is most upset about. The use of the word in historical context is still bad in her eyes.

I disagree 100%. We can tell our kids not to do things and not to be racist, but at the end of the day we have to teach them why it is wrong. Teaching kids and helping them understand racism and the history of this country is difficult. Harper Lee does that for us. She did it for me.

My parents stressed to me that we are all equal and to treat everyone one the same, but it wasn’t until I read “To Kill A Mockingbird” that I understood how bad it was and how wrong racism really is.

One of the beautiful parts about “To Kill A Mockingbird” is that all the evil portrayed and the search for righteous justice were done by white characters. The book shows the best and the worst of how white people handled racism during that time. We would still have slaves today if it wasn’t for white people fighting with black people to end slavery.

Harper Lee’s classic shows race does not define us, but our actions do. That is a message that is needed right now. Maybe it is needed now more than ever.

I feel for the parent that stood up in the school board meeting to fight for what they think is right, but in my opinion, she is the problem. –

She is trying to remove a piece of American literature that explains why racism is bad and what people, just a 100 years ago had to do to fight against racism. After all, if Atticus Finch can stand up against a mob of armed men then we can have the courage to stand up to it today.

Should we ban American classics from schools just, because they have the N-word in them?

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Is this what our country has come to? Are we really teaching our kids to engage in political discussion like this?


Videos like this are popping up all over the place, and it is disgusting to see children yelling obscenities and hateful things to people who disagree with them.

The children can be seen wearing Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton stickers but you won’t hear either of those candidates condemn the actions of their supporters.

They wanted Trump to condemn the rare violence inside his rallies but they themselves won’t speak out against these common scenes.

If kids are our future, is this what the liberal future looks like?

America as a whole doesn’t want to stoop to this level of hatred and bigotry and ironically if these protestors, kids, and parents keep it up, then they are going to almost guarantee a win for Donald Trump in the fall.

This behavior is embarrassing on either side of the aisle. Right now, we are only seeing it from one side, and the two Democratic presidential candidates seem to be perfectly okay with it.

Are you okay with this behavior?

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If you thought the liberal nightmare at public schools was bad, get this: a school in Seattle implanted IUDs on teenage students–and did so without their parents’ permission.

An IUD is far more invasive than giving students condoms or other external forms of birth control. It’s a long-acting birth control device that gets actually implanted inside the uterus of a woman (or in this case, teenage girl.) While it’s an invasive implant inside the body, it is reversible and can be taken out–the school isn’t sterilizing women.

It’s highly effective at stopping pregnancies–but, like anything inside the body, has a number of side effects, which parents would obviously want to know about.

It also works as an “abortifacient,” which means it causes a fertilized egg to reject implantation–essentially causing a kind of abortion without the woman’s knowledge.

The school giving them out without parental permission is Chief Sealth High School in Seattle, Washington. Even more curiously, they’re providing them with a federal grant: these IUDs are being paid by Medicaid, through a program called “Take Charge.”

Chief Sealth High School has been offering IUDs since 2010, and is just one of a number of area schools handing out this kind of invasive birth control–some going to girls as young as sixth grade.

Access to birth control is one thing. Giving teenage girls an invasive device that zaps all pregnancies with an automatic abortion–and doing so with our tax dollars and without parental permission–is a whole other thing.

Another chapter in the liberal Left’s crazy takeover of public education: this time, putting abortions over the well-being of teenage girls, and keeping parents in the dark.

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Toya Graham was having none of it when she found her 16-year-old son Michael wearing a hoodie and mask in the midst of the Baltimore riots that erupted on city streets following the police custody death of Freddie Gray early last week.

Upon finding her son in the crowd, Ms. Graham started slapping him around the head and neck forcing him to back away from the street trouble and occasionally turn to face his mother long enough for the slapping to begin anew.

A TV crew filmed Ms. Graham screaming at her son who was dressed entirely in black to “take the mask off” (which he did) and to “get over here” to face more hands on discipline.

When interviewed, Ms. Graham said:

“He gave me eye contact. And at that point, you know, not even thinking about cameras or anything like that. That’s my only son and at the end of the day I don’t want him to be a Freddie Gray.”

Ms. Graham was referencing the 25-year-old black man who died from as severe spinal injury and a crushed trachea in police custody earlier in the month.

“At that point, I just lost it.”…”I was shocked, I was angry, because you never want to see your child out there doing that.”

“There’s some days that I’ll shield him in the house just so he won’t go outside and I know that I can’t do that for the rest of my life.”…”I’m a no-tolerant mother. Everybody that knows me, know I don’t play that.”

Graham, a single mom with six children, denounced the riots and violence against police. She said the unrest in Baltimore is no way to go about getting justice for Freddie Gray and that she doesn’t want that life for her son. This reputation is why her son recoiled the second he saw her.

“He knew he was in trouble.” “He said when ‘I seen you,’ he said, ‘ma, my instinct was to run.'”

Graham said that after she got her son home they watched news coverage of the demonstrations and riots on television as images of their mother son encounter went viral. Graham says comments started appearing on her son’s Facebook page in support of her.

“Friends and everybody making comments and saying you know, you shouldn’t be mad at your mother, you should give her a hug,” said Graham.

Graham hopes the incident will serve as a teachable moment for her son. “And by him seeing everything what’s going on I just hope, I’m not sure, but I hope that he understands the seriousness of what was going on last night.”

By late Monday night, the video had become so popular that Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts referenced the incident during a press conference. He said that many of the rioters were young people from nearby schools and encouraged parents get their children home.

“And if you saw in one scene, you had one a mother who grabbed their child who had a hood on his head and she started smacking him on the head because she was so embarrassed. I wish I had more parents who took charge of their kids tonight,” Batts told reporters.

“I think these were youth coming out of the high school and they thought it was cute to throw cinder blocks at the police department, and address it that way.”

So far, at least 20 police officers have been injured in the violence and one person was critically hurt in a fire. Police made 235 arrests, including 34 juveniles. The streets were calmer early Tuesday as the National Guard deployed in time to enforce the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew in effect.

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Free Range Kids

Recently, parents in California were charged with child endangerment for letting their kids walk home from the park unattended. That’s old news. You’ve already heard it.

But it got me thinking about my childhood. We walked to and from elementary school without supervision. We rode our bikes to High School because it was too far to walk. Back then, I never saw a kid wearing a helmet unless it was on the football field.

After school, we played in the woods across the road. There weren’t any parks. In the winter, we rode our sleds down the icy slopes, weaving in and out, between the trees.

We took chances and sometimes we got hurt – a scrape, a bruise, and sometimes a broken bone or two – but all my friends and all my classmates survived. That is, until we turned 18 and our government sent many of us to Viet Nam.

Maybe someone should charge Uncle Sam with child endangerment.

Life was risky, but with every risk we learned to make better choices. Kids today don’t have the opportunity to make choices. Experience is a great teacher. Without experience there is less learning. How will our children become adults? Maybe a better question is: What kind of adults will they be?

Many young men and women who went to Iraq and Afghanistan came back in much worse shape than our generation did. Could it be because this generation is less equipped to face obstacles?

You might say kids are safer now. Maybe they are, but I wonder if they are as happy as we were. It’s hard to be happy when you live in fear of so many everyday things. We are teaching them to believe security is more important than freedom when we should be teaching them the value of freedom and the spirit-crushing effects of fear.

Those parents I mentioned earlier said they were raising “free-range” kids. The opposite of “free-range” is “caged”. Is that really what we want for our children? It’s considered inhumane to treat animals that way.

Every effort to make us safer makes us less resilient. We are informed of all the potential dangers in order to convince us of the wisdom of whatever the latest safety fad happens to be.

Growing up, I seem to remember falling off my bike was part of the process of learning to ride. Now we have training wheels. Kids have to wear helmets to avoid hitting their heads if they fall. How can you fall with training wheels? I don’t remember anyone getting a concussion from falling off a bike, but I do remember a few broken teeth. Maybe we should mandate face masks, too. I’m surprised we don’t require seat belts on bikes. Maybe that will be next.

We also didn’t have seat belts or air bags in cars. One of my cousins thought seat belts were a great idea. This was in the ‘60’s when most cars didn’t have them. He paid to have them installed in his convertible and gave seat belts as Christmas gifts. He was afraid for all of us.

He was 19 when he missed a turn and ran off the road. His car rolled down the embankment three times before crashing head-first into a tree, The impact pushed the steering column through his chest, but I’m sure he didn’t feel it. On one of the roll-overs, his head had become detached from his body. Decapitated people don’t feel pain.

Without a seat belt he would have likely been thrown from the car. I can’t know if that would have saved his life, but I do know that being securely strapped in killed him. It was a long time before I could bring myself to fasten a seat belt. I’m still not sure it’s wise.

In order to convince us all to wear them, we were told numerous stories of people who died without one. They never told you about my cousin.

Society’s attitudes change within a generation or two. We’ve been overly protecting our children for a while now, so it shouldn’t surprise us that young adults have been more than willing to give up freedom for security whenever they’re told it’s necessary for National Security.

Those who would trade freedom for a little security will have neither. Remember that the next time you’re told to be afraid. And stop teaching your children to be so cautious.


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