Category Archives: Children

School Bans Child’s Wonder Woman Lunchbox – Considered Too Violent

Get me off this crazy train…

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Yahoo: A child’s school has banned her lunchbox, because it features the comic book character Wonder Woman. 

The school sent the unnamed girl home with a letter for her parents, explaining why they deem it inappropriate – which a family friend and Reddit user has posted online for the world to weigh in on.

Reddit user twines18 posted a photo of the letter sent, along with a couple of snaps of the child’s lunchbox, explaining that the school finds Wonder Woman to be a figure that represents violence.

But it’s not just this particular superhero that the school has it in for – they don’t allow any superheroes to be worn on clothing, backpacks or lunchboxes of the children.

“We noticed that Laura has a Wonder Woman lunchbox that features a super hero image,” reads the letter. “In keeping with the dress code of the school, we must ask she not bring this to school. The dress code we have established requests that the children not bring violent images into the building in any fashion – on their clothing (including shoes and socks), backpacks and lunchboxes.

“We have defined ‘violent characters’ as those who solve problems using violence. Super heroes certainly fall into that category.”

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Seems fair enough, superheroes do tend to throw a few punches. But anyone who’s ever picked up a Marvel or DC Comics book, or watched one of their films, will know that superheroes only turn to violence as a last resort and it’s always in a quest to save and protect others.

So surely aspiring to the likes of Wonder Woman (one of the only female superheroes, let’s not forget) is a positive thing?

Reddit users commented on the irony that the picture on the lunchbox isn’t even violent – it’s not like it’s an image of Superman punching something or someone or Iron Man shooting someone with his repulsor blasts. She’s simply holding her Lasso of Truth – which is never used as a weapon.

“I really thought that the lunch box would have a picture of Wonder Woman kicking or punching someone,” commented one person. “Nope, just Wonder Woman is enough to indicate violence.”

And another Redditor, who clearly knows a lot about Wonder Woman, delved into her character traits. “One of the things I find most ironic here is that Wonder Woman specifically was designed to be different from other superheroes from her inception.

“Her creator saw how other superheroes utilised violence to solve problems so often, and he felt there was a different way, he felt that was a very ‘masculine’ approach, and that a feminine superhero didn’t have to just be a copy of a male superhero, solving problems in the same ways, and acting and thinking the same way, but could be uniquely a woman on top of being a hero.”

The same Reddit user also explained a little about Wonder Woman’s lasso. “That’s a magic lasso, she can get people to confront the truth of what they’ve done, and tell the truth to her especially,” he wrote. “The Lasso is basically a magical psychiatric session, it doesn’t maim, it doesn’t mutilate, it contains, and makes whoever contained in it have to be honest for maybe the first time in their lives.”

We appreciate the school’s consistency, one rule for all and all that, but banning ALL superhero images seems a little extreme. After all, who didn’t have a Batman pencil case or a Catwoman lunchbox as a child?

And we have to wonder – does the school’s ban stretch to Disney memorabilia? After all, there’s violence in almost every single Disney film. Elsa hurt a number of people with her icy blasting powers and let’s not forget Scar virtually pushing Mufasa off a cliff…

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California panel rejects Planned Parenthood audit

If there’s no wrongdoing, why be afraid of an audit?

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Sacramento Bee: California legislators on Tuesday rejected a proposed audit of Planned Parenthood in the wake of a videos spotlighting the organization’s role in providing fetal tissue for medical research.

The proposed audit would have examined whether Planned Parenthood, which is reimbursed by California for serving hundreds of thousands of low-income patients on Medi-Cal, has illegally sold fetal tissue to testing and research organizations. Just two lawmakers on the 14-member Joint Legislative Audit Committee, both Republicans, voted for it.

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Melissa Melendez

“I am not here to ask you to defund Planned Parenthood. I am here to ask you to investigate how the funds that flow from the state’s coffers to Planned Parenthood are spent,” said Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, who proposed the audit. “What I don’t understand is why someone would oppose looking into the allegations that have been made and assuring the public.”

Planned Parenthood officials argue that they violate no laws in sending some fetal tissue to researchers, a process that compels them to obtain consent from their patients and receive only enough money to cover the cost of the program. An attorney for the organization said California affiliates drew less than $100,000 in 2014 to cover fetal tissue donations, or less than one-tenth of one percent of their total operating budget.

“We have done everything that we are required to do to comply with state and federal laws and we will always do that,” Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California president and CEO Kathy Kneer testified, calling a federal storm over Planned Parenthood funding “designed to serve a political agenda” to stymie research and block healthcare access.

Women’s health organizations like Planned Parenthood enjoy broad political support in Democrat-dominated Sacramento, and Democrats on the Joint Legislative Audit Committee questioned the need for an audit that Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, described as an extension of a “witch hunt.” “I’m having difficulty identifying a specific violation of federal or state law that we’re going to launch the auditor to ferret out,” said Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside.

Republicans who spoke in favor of an audit said Planned Parenthood would benefit from having its name cleared. “I think it hurts the organization more by having all these questions and angst out there than it does to provide transparency to the public,” said Sen. Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, the incoming Senate Republican Leader.

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London’s symbol for feminism is a she-hound from Hell

Have you noticed how it’s women who spearhead the abortion movement, and are the top officials and staff workers at Planned Parenthood (PP), as well as the founders and CEOs of two hugely profitable “biotechnology” companies (StemExpress and Advanced BioScience Resources) that procure body organs and tissue of babies aborted by PP? See:

When did the feminist movement become a synonym of murder?

So it’s entirely appropriate that London’s Hyde Park has erected a statue of a wingéd, 8-breasted demon from hell as a symbol of feminism.

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As reported by Now.Here.This on May 28, 2015, called “She Guardian,” the bronze statue is 36 feet high and weighs 4 tons. It was sculpted over the course of 2 years by Russian artist Dashi Namdakov, who says the ferocity of the sculpture demonstrates the monster’s “maternal protectiveness toward her young.”

Robert Davis, deputy leader of the UK’s Westminster City Council, said the London Hyde Park’s “Marble Arch is our prime location for which we only use the best possible work. Hopefully this piece will inspire and delight in equal measure.”

John Squires of iHorror.com disagrees:

IT’S A FLYING DEMON DOG FROM HELL.

With wings, cloven hooves, and a set of fangs that would make Dracula jealous, ‘She Guardian’ looks like the sort of creature you’d expect to see guarding the gates of Hell, and perhaps even being ridden around by Satan himself. The sculpture is downright nightmarish, and I’m not sure I’m inspired or delighted.

H/t Fr. Z’s Blog

Since Hillary Clinton still defends Planned Parenthood, including PP’s sale of body organs harvested from born-alive late-term aborted babies, I have an idea for her presidential campaign.

Instead of that stupid arrow, the She Guardian hound from Hell is a much more appropriate symbol. We finally found the perfect image of the Hildebeast!

Hillary Clinton for President 2016

See also “UK is lost: Muhammad is top boy’s name; 1 in 2 young people identify as not 100% heterosexual; regular church attendance down to 6%“.

~Éowyn

CAIR youth leader busted in pedophile sting

Ahmed Saleem, the leader of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Orlando, Florida, was among more than 100 people who were arrested for pedophilia in a two-county Florida sex-sting operation.

Ahmed Saleem

WND reports on June 2, 2015 that Saleem is the Orlando youth coordinator for CAIR and founder of the Saleem Academy, an organization “empowering Muslim youth globally.”

Investigators said Saleem was among 22 people who traveled to a home in Clermont, Florida, thinking they were going to have sex with a child between ages 10 and 14. The car Saleem traveled in had a license plate that said, “Invest in children.”

Like Saleem, many of those who were arrested had jobs working with children, including theme-park workers at Universal Orlando and SeaWorld, and a former Walt Disney World cast member. SeaWorld said the men charged were no longer employed at the theme park.

Grady Judd of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said Saleem is “well known as a community outreach leader interacting with teens in and around the Orlando area. These are very dangerous people and they are after our children,”

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office released the following in a statement:

“The first week of the operation targeted adults who were looking for sex with a child. During this phase, the detectives posed as either a child or a parent of a child as they were solicited by those interested in sexual activity with the child. As this phase progressed, 22 individuals were arrested after traveling to the location to have sex with who they believed to be a child, two of whom were already registered sex offenders. The age range for the target child was 10-14 years old in these cases.

During the second week of the operation, detectives targeted those involved in crimes related to prostitution. As this portion of the operation progressed, 79 individuals were arrested on charges related to prostitution. Some of those arrested in this phase were also in possession of drugs and were therefore charged accordingly.”

But then, as Dr. Rich Swier points out, Saleem is simply following the example set by Islam’s “prophet” Muhammad who married a 6-year-old child named Aisha and consummated the marriage 3 years later when he was 53-54 years old and little Aisha was 9.

H/t Hardway Mt Ministry

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~Éowyn

Another typical weekend in Chicago: 4 killed, 29 wounded

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MyFoxChicago: Four people were killed and at least 29 others have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening, according to police.

About 6 a.m. Sunday, a person was shot to death in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side, police said. The male, whose age was not known, suffered gunshot wounds to the neck and arm in the 1500 block of North Avers, according to preliminary information from police. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatality.

Saturday night, a man was killed and a woman was injured in a Brighton Park neighborhood shooting on the Southwest Side, police said. Officers responding to a call of a person shot about 9:30 p.m. in the 4000 block of South Albany found the 35-year-old man lying in the street, police said. The man had suffered gunshot wounds to the right chest and arm and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The medical examiner’s office could not confirm the fatality.

The woman, 26, was standing on a porch nearby when she heard gunfire and realized she’d suffered a graze wound to the right thigh, police said. She was treated and released at the scene. A police source said the man was a documented gang member.

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Earlier Saturday, a man was shot to death in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood on the Southwest Side, police said. The 34-year-old man was shot multiple times about 4:55 a.m. in the 5200 block of South Menard, authorities said.

Officers at the scene said he was shot several times in the head at close range. Witnesses told investigators they heard shots, looked out the window and saw the man lying on the ground, police said. He was dead at the scene and remained unidentified Sunday morning, a spokesman for the medical examiner’s office said.

Friday evening, a man was killed and a 16-year-old boy was wounded in a West Garfield Park neighborhood shooting. Cory Fisher, 18, and the boy got into a fight with a third person who then pulled out a gun and opened fire at 6:12 p.m. in the 3800 block of West Lexington, authorities said. Fisher, of the 3200 block of West Carroll, was shot in the head and the boy was shot in the right shoulder, authorities said. Both were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where Fisher was pronounced dead at 6:24 p.m., authorities said. The teen’s condition was stabilized.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened Sunday morning in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. The shooting happened about 7:05 a.m. in the 3000 block of West Polk, according to preliminary information from police. One male was shot in the ankle and was taken to Stroger Hospital, police said. Another male suffered a gunshot wound and drove himself to Mount Sinai Hospital. Their ages and conditions were not immediately known.

About 4:55 a.m. Sunday, a man was shot during a robbery in the Washington Park neighborhood on the South Side. Two people exited a white sedan, approached the 24-year-old man and announced a robbery in the 5300 block of South Wabash, police said. While the people were robbing him, the man was shot in upper right leg, police said. The robbers then got back in the vehicle, which sped away. The man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

Roughly two hours earlier, a man was shot in the Logan Square neighborhood on the Northwest Side. The man, 40, was shot in the lower back about 2:55 a.m. in the 1800 block of North Mozart, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

Earlier Sunday, a man was injured in an East Side neighborhood shooting on the Far South Side. The 21-year-old walked into Advocate Trinity Hospital about 1:45 a.m. with a gunshot wound to the buttocks, police said. He was listed in good condition. The man told investigators he was on a porch with a group in the 10300 block of South Avenue N when a vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots. A police source said the man is a documented gang member.

At least 22 other people have been shot across the city since 8 p.m. Friday.

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Thousands protest Planned Parenthood across America

Yesterday, untold numbers of Americans turned out in front of some 320 Planned Parenthood (PP) clinics across the Untied [sic] States to protest against:

Peter Holley reports for The Washington Post, Aug. 22, 2015:

Thousands of antiabortion activists descended upon Planned Parenthood clinics on Saturday to participate in a nationwide protest aimed at cutting off federal funding for the controversial health-care organization.

The demonstrations unfolded at about 320 clinics around the nation, according to organizers, with some gatherings drawing a few dozen protesters and others drawing hundreds and perhaps thousands more.

The protests kicked off at 9 a.m. Saturday and included speakers, prayer groups and chants, as well as signs distributed by organizers that said “Planned Parenthood sells baby parts.”

Though the official number of protesters was not immediately available, organizers billed the effort as the largest-ever rally against the health-care provider. Monica Miller, the director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, one of the participating groups, told USA Today that previous protests have drawn thousands of protesters, but hundreds of simultaneous protests have never taken place on the same day.

“We want to draw attention to the injustice of legalized abortion,” she said. “The American public needs to be awakened to the atrocity of what is happening to innocent unborn children.”

Here are some of the protests, from tweets sent by participants:

Protest PP Aurora ILProtest PP Falls Church VAProtest PP Lincoln NebraskaProtest PP Plano TXProtest PP SE HoustonProtest PP St Paul MNProtest PP Toledo OHProtestPP Columbus OH

Abortion in America disproportionately impacts blacks. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), black women make up 12.3% of the female population in America, but accounted for more than one-third or 36.4% of all U.S. abortions in 2006.

But I don’t see black Americans in these photos, do you?

#BlackLivesMustNotMatter. (See also “Wife of AG Eric Holder co-owns an abortion clinic building“)

Eric Ferrero, Planned Parenthood VP

Eric Ferrero, vice president of Planned Parenthood, said in a statement: “These rallies are meant to intimidate and harass our patients, who rely on our nonprofit health centers for basic, preventive health care. The people behind these protests have a clear political agenda: They want to ban abortion, and block women and men from accessing basic reproductive health care.”

Damn right you are, Eric Ferrero.

We also want to strip you of your 6-figures taxpayer-paid PP salary.

~Éowyn

Because she did so well for JC Penney: Ellen DeGeneres designs kids clothes for Gap

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Apparently Gap learned nothing from JCPenney

Vogue UK: Ellen DeGeneres is teaming up with Gap to create a children’s collection. The offering, called GapKids x ED, is supported by a social movement encouraging young girls to embrace and celebrate their individuality, and to find their own voice – something that DeGeneres, who also has her own clothing and lifestyle brand, ED, has long been an advocate of.

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“Gap has always encouraged people to be themselves, and I love that they have the same values that I have: to be true to who you are and to wear cute pants,” DeGeneres joked. “I know from my own experience that nothing makes you feel better than being who you are and celebrating what makes you unique. I think if we shine a light on real girls doing incredible things, that’ll encourage other girls and boys to do incredible things, and that’ll encourage even more people to do incredible things, and eventually the world will be a more incredibler place.”

The campaign – featuring “inspiring real-life girls” including pro-Skateboarders, a young entrepreneur, a professional drummer, and even a 9-year-old engineer of prosthetic hands – urges children to take selfies in the collection and share words of strength and encouragement with their contemporaries around the world.

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“Let’s be honest, kids love selfies. Even I’m guilty of taking a selfie if I’m in a really cute outfit. So imagine how many girls around the world could bond through selfies in really cute outfits. They could break the Internet,” she said, adding that it’s not only girls who will be joining the movement. “I think it’s important to teach boys at a young age to respect girls and their ideas. It’s like Aretha Franklin spelled, R-E-S-P-E-C-D. By the way, we have some really amazing boys clothes in the collection. We believe in equal opportunity cuteness.”

The collection – featuring graphic prints including lightning bolts, to represent power, and a speech bubble, to allow girls to find words of encouragement.

Find the prices of this “social movement” here.

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