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CBS DC: A Maryland middle school teacher has been placed on administrative leave after he allegedly authored two fiction books using a pseudonym, with one depicting a “futuristic school shooting.”
Members of the Dorchester Sheriff’s Office, the Cambridge Police Department and the Dorchester County Public School board have removed Mace’s Lane Middle School teacher Patrick McLaw for allegedly penning two books under the alias, “Dr. K.S. Voltaer.” One of the books, “The Insurrectionist,” (2011) depicts “the largest school massacre” in history, WBOC-TV reports. A second book from 2013, Lilith’s Heir (2013), is also available on Amazon and is described as a sequel penned by “K Voltaer.”
A press release published on Monday by the Dorchester County superintendent of schools says Patrick McLaw, 23, has been placed on a leave of absence pending an ongoing investigation “due to significant matters of concern brought forth by law enforcement.”
“While on administrative leave, he is not allowed to come onto school property or participate in school events,” the statement continues. “Mr. McLaw’s teaching duties have been assigned to qualified personnel to insure the smooth transition of students into the fall semester,” the statement reads.
Dorchester Sheriff James Phillips told WBOC that McLaw was taken in for an emergency medical evaluation but the sheriff declined to disclose the current whereabouts of McLaw. Police swept Mace’s Lane Middle School for bombs and guns on the same day McLaw was taken in for the evaluation – coming up empty in the search.
“The information we received caused us to return to Dorchester County and immediately take the following steps,” Phillips said, according to My Eastern Shore MD. “A K-9 sweep was conducted at the Mace’s Lane School looking for explosive devices and other weapons. A secondary search was performed by police and school officials looking for suspicious packages or other items. Both of these searches were negative.”
“The residence of the teacher in Wicomico County was searched by personnel,” Phillips said, with no weapons found, reports WBOC.”A further check of Maryland State Police databases also proved to be negative as to any weapons registered to him. McLaw was suspended by the Dorchester County Board of Education pending an investigation and is no longer in the area. He is currently at a location known to law enforcement and does not currently have the ability to travel anywhere.”
An excerpt from “The Insurrectionist” posted to Amazon reads: “On 18 March 2902, a massacre transpired on the campus of Ocean Park High School, claiming the lives of nine hundred forty-seven individuals–the largest school massacre in the nation’s history. And the entire country now begins to ask two daunting questions: How? and Why? After the federal government becomes involved, and after examining the bouquet of black roses that lies in front of the school’s sign, it becomes evident that the hysteria is far from over.”
A USA Today archived story shows that McLaw previously made national news after helping a 14-year-old student self-publish his own e-books on Amazon.
The Cambridge Police Department told WBOC that police presence at Mace’s Lane Middle School will continue “for as long as we deem it necessary,” adding that the police and sheriff’s department say there is nothing to worry about.
This is alarming (if all the facts are presented). Is the teacher not allowed to write/publish fiction? Did they do a comprehensive background check on him? Was there anything else that concerned the administrators about the teacher? The first book was published several years ago (which has his own name listed as the author), so why the concern now?
Is the teacher not allowed Freedom of Speech?
Pit bulls have an awful reputation, justly or unjustly.
But here’s a true story about a heroic pit bull named Hades.
KPTV reports (via 11 ALIVE), Aug. 29, 2014:
An Oregon family says their pit bull is a hero.
It all started when some kids stepped on a bee hive while walking in the woods.
Jesse-Cole Shaver, 8, was with his sisters and other neighborhood kids, exploring a creek down a steep embankment behind their Oregon City apartment complex, when one of the kids stepped into a rotten log, unleashing swarms of bees.
Jesse-Cole’s big sister Jasmine was stung five times – in what could have been a deadly encounter because she’s allergic to bees. She got two injections from an EpiPen to prevent her body from swelling in reaction to the stings.
“It felt like a bunch of needles went into my skin, and I didn’t know what was going on until the girl started yelling, ‘Bees!’,” Jasmine said.
Little Jesse-Cole was stung at least 24 times.
He couldn’t make it back up this hill to safety on his own. But luckily, their pit bull Hades came to the rescue.
“Hades saw me and came and she dragged me up to the grass and then stopped and let me crawl on her back and then took me to mom,” Jesse-Cole said.
“I just heard a bunch of screaming, then I saw my dog dragging my son up by his pants,” his mom said.
H/t Clash Daily
CBS Sacramento: A bill that passed the Assembly with unanimous bipartisan support Thursday encourages California schools to teach students about the racial significance of Barack Obama’s presidency.
The Assembly approved AB1912 with a 71-0 vote and no debate or discussion. It now heads to the state Senate.
The bill by Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, asks state education officials to include Obama’s election in history and social studies standards laying out what students are expected to learn.
High school history students already learn about recent presidents. But Holden says lessons about Obama also should focus on what his election meant for racial equality and civil rights.
He said on the Assembly floor that the 2008 election “should not just be a mere footnote within textbooks, but rather focus on the significance of Americans overcoming our nation’s past and acknowledging that Americans are moving in the right direction.”
The bill says the election was a “historic step in the effort towards equality in the United States” and that previous elections in the nation involved intimidation and physical violence that prevented millions of African-Americans from voting. It also commends Obama for his work as a community organizer who registered voters after he graduated from Harvard Law School.
The state Board of Education is expected to update academic standards during the 2015-16 school year and does not have to follow lawmakers’ recommendations. Textbooks could be updated within five years, likely after Obama leaves office.
The state hasn’t updated its guidelines for teaching social studies classes since 2005. A 2009 effort was cancelled because of limited money.
The state education department must first finish guidelines for schools to implement rigorous new expectations for math and language arts under Common Core State Standards before addressing social studies.
I wonder if the new textbooks will cover these topics?
“What his election meant for racial equality”
“Americans are moving in the right direction”
“Intimidation and physical violence that prevented millions of African-Americans from voting”
May I suggest a textbook cover?
Aside from an occasional football game, I do not watch television at home. However, once a year I take a one day trip out of town and I use the time in my hotel room to monitor what the nation is watching.
Last year, I stumbled upon Keeping Up With the Kardashians, which I had never seen before. I watched about fifteen minutes of it, and I couldn’t believe the stupidity of it all, and how bad the acting was. Even worse, the actors weren’t playing characters, they were playing themselves. If someone can’t even play themselves realistically, then they really have no talent.
I also spent some time last year watching Disney and Nickelodeon, and I was appalled at the way almost all of their shows subtly, or not so subtly, present sexuality to their young viewers. I also noticed that 90% of the so-called humor on these shows is based on ridicule and humiliation. I shudder at the thought of how many young viewers are losing their innocence and their souls by watching these shows. And how millions of clueless parents are so quick to plop their kids down in front of anything Disney, thinking the brand stands for wholesome entertainment, innocence and purity, when the reality is anything but.
This year, I scanned through a wide swatch of so-called “reality” shows, and they were all awful. I switched to sitcoms and comedy and was amazed at how unfunny they all were. I’m not saying that as some kind of conservative cynic, but as someone who has studied and worked in comedy, and who knows how to make people laugh. None of these shows were funny at all. Not even a sliver. Without their canned laughter, they’re nothing.
All of which begs the question, who watches this crap? And what is going on in their minds?
Obviously, millions of Americans watch this drivel. Not just millions, but tens of millions, hundreds of millions. They can’t all be Obama voters.
And what about the people who make these horrid shows? Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I remember when acting was an art, and there was something that existed called talent. Have you ever been to an acting class? I’ve been to plenty. Actors used to be taught by professionals who stressed the importance of the director and the actors working together to serve the script or play. The ultimate goal was to honor God and elevate man. Today that’s all gone. Now it’s all emotion for emotion’s sake, and acting has been turned into a narcissistic display of self-expression. “Look at me!” is all anyone seems to care about, from the writers and directors to the actors to everyone in between.
I’ve heard television called the “boob tube” and the “hypnotist in the corner.” Both are apt descriptions. Consider the word “program.” Television networks are obsessed with “programming.” Viewers tune into their favorite “programs.” Where else does the word “program” appear? Well, in mind control, for one. Mind control subjects are “programmed.”
Perhaps that is what television has become: an ingenious device to dumb down the masses by programming their minds into whatever their handlers want them to believe. Vigilant Citizen and Henry Makow have both written extensively about this. So have many others. Instead of a Roman circus, the public is given an endless parade of talentless driven and told what to think, how to behave, and who to vote for. God help us all.
Myfoxchicago.com: Four people have died and at least 24 people — including a 3-year-old boy — have been wounded in shootings across the city since Friday afternoon, authorities said.
The 3-year-old boy was shot in the head Friday night in a home in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. The gun may have been accidentally discharged by the boy or a playmate about 7:30 p.m. in the 4300 block of West Monroe, police said.
The boy was identified by family members as James Jenkins. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition, officials said. “Everybody is just in shock right now,” Annette Garvin, the boy’s aunt, told the Chicago Sun-Times. “We are trying to put everything together.”
Police were questioning a person of interest Saturday evening and searching for the male owner of the gun, which had not been recovered.
The most recent fatal shooting occurred Sunday morning in the Little Village neighborhood. A 17-year-old boy was talking to friends in the 2200 block of South Marshall a few minutes before 6 a.m. when two people walked up, shouted gang slogans and opened fire, police said. The teen was shot twice in the chest and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatality.
Earlier Sunday, three men were shot — one fatally — at a party in the West Side Austin neighborhood, authorities said. The three were at a backyard party in the 5000 block of West Potomac about 2 a.m. when someone came out of an alley and fired multiple shots, police said. A 33-year-old was shot in the torso and was unresponsive on the scene. The medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatality.
A 35-year-old man was shot in the elbow, torso and hip and taken to West Suburban Hospital, where his condition had stabilized. A 36-year-old man was shot in the back and was in serious condition at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Forty minutes later, four men were shot — one fatally — at a lounge in the South Side Auburn Gresham neighborhood, police said. The men were inside the lounge in the 8300 block of South Halsted about 2:40 a.m. when someone inside a passing vehicle fired shots into the club, police said.
A 30-year-old man was shot in the chest and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was later pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatality.
A 39-year-old was shot in the buttocks and also taken to Christ, where his condition had stabilized. A 32-year-old was shot in the chest and taken in serious condition to Stroger Hospital, police said. A 41-year-old was shot in the left ankle and taken to Little Company of Mary.
Five minutes later, a man was shot to death in the South Side New City neighborhood. The 40-year-old man was sitting on a porch in the 800 block of West 50th Place when a light-colored vehicle pulled up about 2:45 a.m., police said. As the man walked up to the car, someone inside fired shots, striking him in the chest, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatality.
At least 18 other people have been shot across the city since 4:30 p.m. Friday.
These poor residents. When is somebody going to do something about the gun violence in Chicago?
Here’s a quick quiz. Please answer A, B, or C, and please
be honest with yourself. (And note that young does not necessarily correspond to chronological age.) Are you:
A) Young and intelligent.
B) Young and misinformed.
C) Young and dumb.
Young and intelligent is weighing all sides of an issue and
then forming a viewpoint based on facts and logic. Most young
and intelligent people began life young and misinformed.
Somewhere along the line, they decided that maybe there were two sides to the stories they were being told, and then went out to investigate for themselves. Approximately 5-10% of the American population is young and intelligent.
Young and misinformed is believing everything you’ve been
told by your college professors and the mainstream media.
There’s no shame in being young and misinformed. 90% of all
Americans were young and misinformed at one time or another, and a good 60% of adult Americans remain in this group.
Someone who is young and misinformed has a distorted view
of reality, but is still intelligent enough to consider
alternative viewpoints. They just have never been exposed to
those alternative viewpoints.
Young and dumb is somebody who is not only young and
misinformed, they are also incapable of considering and judging
any viewpoints other than what they currently believe.
Even worse, the young and dumb don’t want to hear
alternative viewpoints. Their emotional state is so fragile
that to even consider alternative viewpoints is positively
frightening. Therefore, they refuse to look at any evidence
that contradicts their own myopic and misinformed view of the
world. They value opinion and emotions over facts and logic.
30% of all Americans are young and dumb, and they include
some of the most esteemed and educated individuals in our
If you’re wondering where you fit in these three examples, ask yourself this:
Are you aware that aka Barack Obama is a pathological liar and who has broken the law on numerous occasions, including ordering the IRS to attack his opponents?
Are you aware that Michael Brown was videotaped performing a violent strong-arm robbery minutes before he was shot, and most likely assaulted the police officer who did shoot him?
Are you aware the Hillary Clinton left four Americans to die and then later infamously proclaimed, “What difference at this point does it make?”
Are you aware that the mainstream media routinely twists facts and fabricates lies in order to advance a leftist agenda?
Are you aware that most American universities are centers of leftist indoctrination?
If you answered YES to these five questions, then you belong in the first group. You are young and intelligent.
If you were caught off-guard by these questions, and have no idea how to answer them, you belong to the second group, the young and misinformed.
If you denied the reality of these five questions, then, alas, you are a member of the third group, the young and dumb. Please seek help now and at least attempt to educate yourself. The fact that you are on this site and reading this is a good sign and a good start. You’ve taken the first step to becoming young and intelligent.