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‘These kids are getting on my nerves:’ Woman accused of severely abusing 3-month-old foster child

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Dominique Lindsey: Not mother of the year../Fox 6 photo

Milwaukee should probably re-examine their foster parent guidelines/requirements and enhance their background checks.

From Fox News: A 32-year-old Milwaukee woman is accused of severely abusing her three-month-old foster child, and experts say a family friend’s decision to call Child Protective Services on the foster mother likely saved the baby’s life.

Dominique Lindsey is charged with one count of physical abuse of a child, repeated acts causing great bodily harm, for alleged actions that took place between December of 2016 and March of 2017.

According to a criminal complaint, investigators responded to Children’s Hospital for a child abuse complaint involving a three-month-old boy, who had suffered numerous fractures to both arms and legs, and a torn upper frenulum in his mouth.

“This is horrifying. It’s really tragic,” Susan Conwell, executive director of Kids Matter said. “If anything, we should look at it as a call for good people, patient people to step forward and become foster parents. Foster care is supposed to be a guarantee of safety,”

CPS officials said they had received a report on March 13th that Lindsey had been abusing her foster child.

At a home near 105th and Dean, the complaint says video was observed by CPS investigators, showing Lindsey “forcefully pushing a pacifier into (the boy’s) mouth” and “forcefully pulling him out of a car seat.”

CPS officials called police and took the child to Children’s. “That call probably saved that child’s life,” Conwell said.

More details from Fox 6:

According to the complaint, investigators spoke with a woman who said she is best friend’s with Lindsey’s sister. On March 12th, she was visiting Lindsey’s sister, and Lindsey was there with her foster children. The woman indicated she was upstairs when she heard “two loud thumps” coming from downstairs, along with crying. She learned that Lindsey “just threw the car seat with the baby inside.” When questioned, the complaint says Lindsey told the woman she “accidentally dropped the car seat,” and said “these (expletive) kids are getting on my nerves.”

Lindsey was interviewed by investigators, and the complaint indicates she admitted she was forceful with the boy on March 12th. She admitted to shoving a pacifier into his mouth several times because she was “frustrated.” She also admitted to forcefully pulling the boy from the car seat by his arm. When confronted with the video, Lindsey admitted she “used way too much force” and “was acting out of frustration.”

The complaint says Lindsey admitted to hurting the child on prior occasions — picking him up by one leg and putting him on her bed. She said she would do this at different times — picking him up by both of his legs individually.

The complaint says Lindsey cried at times during the interview with police, and said she was “very sorry.”

According to the complaint, a doctor told investigators the boy’s injuries constituted “severe bodily harm” from “severe forces.”

Lindsey made her initial appearance in court in this case on March 18th. A preliminary hearing was set for April 6th, and a $10,000 signature bond was set.

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Claro que si: Malibu, California becomes a sanctuary city

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Council member Laura Rosenthal (center)

Apparently no one’s baby or house in Malibu is being properly cared for without the labor of illegal aliens.

FYI: In 2010, Malibu had a median household income of $133,869.

From Sacramento Bee: Taking a stand in the national debate over illegal immigration, Malibu has joined the ranks of sanctuary cities. The City Council of the celebrity enclave voted 3-2 this month to approve a resolution prohibiting use of city funds and resources to enforce federal civil immigration law.

Councilwoman Laura Rosenthal introduced the resolution after Malibu resident and actor Martin Sheen appeared before the council in December to urge a sanctuary designation.

“When I reached out to some of the people at the schools and other people in the community, they told me people are scared,” Rosenthal told the Los Angeles Times. “That’s people coming into Malibu who may be undocumented. I wanted to send a clear message that we are here for you.

A report by the city attorney cited the potential for some “negative fiscal impacts” due to an executive order by President Donald Trump directing the attorney general and secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to ensure that sanctuary jurisdictions do not receive federal grants.

The report said the city receives annually about $46,000 in community development block grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Development. Malibu also occasionally receives one-time grants from federal agencies but currently has none that are active.

Immigrants work throughout the city, according to Juan Escobar, 32, who works at the Malibu Country Mart. “You see Spanish speakers taking care of babies in every house,” he told the Times. “They help people here.”

Resolution supporter Mikke Pierson, 57, said it is important to express support for people who are in the country illegally. “Heck, we would be paralyzed and no one’s houses would be cleaned,” the former surf shop owner said.

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Facing rental crisis, Seattle creates a renters’ commission to explore new laws

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And by “explore” they really mean “implement.”

From Seattle Times: The Seattle City Council on Monday voted unanimously to create what is believed to be the nation’s first renters’ commission, which will push laws to help a growing group that makes up 54 percent of all households yet has a weak voice in City Hall.

As rents have skyrocketed across Seattle and long-time tenants have been priced out, advocates for renters have said it was a constituency that hasn’t been heard as a unified group.

Renters could individually contact council members, or take time off work or school to come to a daytime meeting. But they had nowhere near the organized clout of homeowners — who had long dominated city-sanctioned neighborhood groups to push politicians on their agendas — or landlords, who pool money for lobbyists and opposed the renters’ commission.

The 15-member group of renters will meet regularly and pass their ideas directly to City Council members who make laws, and to other officials who help shape and enforce them.

“To renters, your life and your voice matters and the City Council affirmed that today,” said Zachary DeWolf, who first proposed the commission idea and is president of the Capitol Hill Community Council.

The new commission is mandated to seek out members of long-marginalized communities to sit on the volunteer board, such as immigrants, low-income residents, felons, those who have been homeless and members of the LGBTQ community. The average Seattle renter earns about half of what a homeowner makes, and is disproportionately more likely to be a person of color.

The commission itself won’t have any direct power, but it will provide a direct line to City Hall for a constituency that historically has had a very difficult time organizing.

The commission will set its own agenda after the group is formed. Among the hot topics its members are likely to wade into are the pace of apartment construction, laws to protect tenants from being evicted, Airbnb and other rental services, and rent control — which is illegal statewide.

They’ll also be required to help make sure that existing laws to protect tenants are actually enforced, including a new regulation to cap move-in fees, and a first-come, first-served application process for tenants that landlords are suing over.

Even with the very topic of renter civic engagement on the agenda at Monday’s council meeting, only a handful of renters showed up.

“We’re busying working to pay off rising rents in this city, we don’t have time to come to City Council meetings,” said Mathew Ellenberger, a University of Washington student who spoke at the meeting. He lamented that when he began renting here two years ago, he had no clear, central resources to figure out basic things like what to pay for a security deposit.

Landlord groups opposed the commission, saying it was unfair to give renters a special line to City Hall when most legislation pits the interest of renters against landlords. Property owners say rising property taxes have all but forced them to raise rents, and they fear further regulations would make their situation even harder.

Sean Martin, a spokesman for the Rental Housing Association of Washington, which represents landlords, says it’s disingenuous to say renters’ voices aren’t being heard when several pro-renter laws have passed in recent years. “Right now, tenant advocates, anything they throw against the wall, it sticks,” Martin said.

Martin said landlords asked for non-voting positions on the commission but the city didn’t include that in its plans.

Councilman Tim Burgess spearheaded the legislation to create the commission and found co-sponsors in Council members Lisa Herbold, Mike O’Brien and Debora Juarez. Mayor Ed Murray will sign the bill, his office said.

Read the rest of the story here.

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Actress Tilda Swinton’s ex John Byrne reveals he is the child of incest, calls it ‘traditional’

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“Artists” Tilda Swinton and John Byrne

That’s an Irish “tradition” I’ve never heard of.

From Fox News: Tilda Swinton’s former partner has revealed that he is the child of an incestuous relationship – and described the union as “traditional.”

Scottish artist John Byrne, 77, found out that his grandfather Patrick McShane was actually his dad after his aunt Helen died in 2002. But after a period of hating his granddad, he has now come to accept his unusual lineage – and revealed that it’s not as uncommon as people might think.

He said: “I think he gave me that wonderful mixture of genes with his own daughter, the eldest of the family. That’s what they do in Ireland. I presume it’s what they do in unlettered places, and lettered places. It’s traditional, and nobody speaks about it.

As a child, John recalls that his mom would regularly walk eight miles from their home in Paisley to his grandparents’ house in Cardonald – and in hindsight it was because she loved him like a partner.

He said: “She was in love with her own father, utterly and totally. She just wanted to be in his company. She couldn’t even confess it. My own father [his mum’s husband Patrick Byrne] didn’t know.”

John, who was the brains behind Scottish TV series “Tutti Frutti,” only discovered the shocking truth about his parentage when his cousin Aileen Kane called his and Tilda‘s remote Scottish home to tell him that her mom had passed away.

Speaking to The UK Times, he said: “Helen told Aileen what my mother had told her, when she was much younger. Aileen asked Tilda, ‘Do you think I should tell [him]?’ Tilda said, ‘You’ve got to tell him.’ She called me in and handed me the phone.”

However, his cousin didn’t deliver the news over the phone, instead meeting in Glasgow to tell him face to face.

John’s mom died in the 1980s after a long battle with mental illness, which in hindsight John thinks stemmed from her incestuous relationship.

The Scotsman, who has two children with “Narnia” star Tilda, admitted that he felt hatred for his grandfather after the truth about his parentage came out – but slowly “everything fell into place”.

He said that his attitude went from “he died of cancer, hell mend him” to realizing that he had only ever felt love for the man.

John, who met Tilda in 1985, added: “It’s because I admitted to myself that I adored my grandfather, beforehand. What did he do to me particularly, that damaged me? I don’t think he did damage me.

John and Tilda split up in 2005 but continued to live together for years, looking after the couple’s 17-year-old twins Xavier and Honor in Scotland while Tilda worked on a string of blockbusters. In 2008 she moved in a younger lover, Sandro Kopp – who is 18 years her junior – and the trio co-habited.

Speaking about the unusual arrangement, Tilda said: “The father of my children and I are good friends and I’m now in a very happy other relationship. And we’re all really good friends. It’s a very happy situation. Life doesn’t have to be complicated. You just have to have compassion with yourself and stop blaming yourself when things do get complicated.”

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Dad and daughter “transition” together from mother and son: ‘If she can do it, so can I’

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The Maison trans family…

From Yahoo: For almost two years now, a father and daughter have been sharing the journey of transitioning from mother and son.

Eric Maison, 39, began socially transitioning to become male in the fall of 2015, after his daughter Corey, 15, started her hormone treatment to become female. Maison’s medical transition began in 2016.

“Corey’s bravery definitely inspired me to come out as transgender,” said Maison, a resident of Detroit, Michigan. “To see how courageous she is, despite all of the cruelty the world shows her at times, makes me so proud. I thought, ‘If she can do this, so can I.'”

In June 2016, ABC News spoke with Maison (who then went by the name Erica) and daughter Corey to share the story about the transgender teen and her message against bullying.

Corey, then 14, was born with the same name but was assigned male sex at birth. Corey has been identifying as female since she was 2 years old, Maison said last June. Corey said she was inspired by transgender activist Jazz Jennings and saw a therapist who helped her transition from a boy to a girl. Jennings, who was assigned male sex at birth, stars in the TLC reality TV series “I Am Jazz,” which documents her life as a transgender youth.

“We’re not a threat,” Corey wrote to ABC News in June. “We are just like any other kids. We only want people to accept and love us for who we are.”

Maison said in June that Corey was bullied for being transgender when she was younger. The first incident was when a child pushed her down a hill covered in frozen ice, causing injuries to Corey’s face. Eventually, Corey was moved to another school as a result of the bullying, Maison said.

Back then, the boys didn’t speak to Corey. Today, they’ve accepted her as one of their peers. Now, Eric Maison, who still goes by mom even though he now identifies as a male, is sharing his journey.

Eric Maison was assigned female sex at birth. He told ABC News today that he always knew in his heart that he was male. Like his daughter, Maison learned “what it meant to be transgender” after watching ABC’s 2012 “20/20” special on Jennings, he said.

In 2007, Eric Maison married husband Les Maison. The pair have five children: Chelsea, 22, Corey, 15, Kailee, 14, Ellen, 9, and Willow, 6. While he loves his children, Eric Maison did not enjoy being pregnant, he said.

“It was very hard not being comfortable in my own body, but not understanding why,” Eric Maison said. “Especially when others would tell me how beautiful I was, or they wished they had the same body as mine. I always wished I had a different body.”

Les Maison, 53, told ABC News that Eric Maison came out to him a year and a half ago.

“My reaction a first was a little bit of surprise,” Les Maison said. “I was happy on one hand that, ‘Here we go, somebody gets to live their life as who they are.’ On the other side was, ‘How does this impact myself, our relationship and my family?”

Les Maison said he didn’t have suspicions that Eric Maison was transgender besides certain things he would say prior to his transition.  “[He] said, ‘I wish I had just got breast cancer so I can have a double mastectomy,'” Les Maison recalled. “There was no other indicator other than he hated having large breasts. There was an ah-ha moment after [he] said something [about coming out], but it all seemed to make sense at that point.”

On Feb. 21, Eric Maison underwent a double mastectomy. “I am very happy I had breast removal surgery and am taking hormones,” Eric Maison said. “I feel like a huge weight has been lifted, like I was carrying the weight of the world, and now I am free.”

Eric Maison’s procedure was performed by Loren Schechter, plastic surgeon director of the gender confirmation surgery program at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

“Surgery went well as expected and he’s recovering well,” Schechter told ABC News. “Top surgery is not simply for individuals who consider themselves male. It’s also for individuals who consider themselves gender nonconforming or gender neutral. Oftentimes, people will put these tight compression wraps around their chests to hide their breasts when they’re in public. Their goal can be to walk around the beach, pool or at home as well, without wearing a top. If they have breasts and it’s a source of dysphoria, that makes it difficult or impossible for them to do.”

Schechter said he looks to the “Standards of Care” (SOC) established by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health before performing gender confirmation surgery on a person. The protocols include offering primary care, hormonal treatments, mental health services, voice and communication therapy, and additional assistance before the patient can undergo surgical transition.

Eric Maison was considered a good candidate based on this SOC, Schechter said.

“Much of the [SOC] is designed to make the individuals aware of all the options that are open to them,” he added. “And what are social implications in terms of family, friends, work? It’s to guide them through the process and to aid with their transition, to ensure people are exploring and considering the various options to them.”

As for Les Maison, he is happy Eric Maison has taken the steps to live an authentic life and supports the decision 100 percent.  “If nothing else, it’s made our relationship stronger, it’s made it better,” he said. “The biggest misconception in terms of the question [is], ‘Does this now make me gay?’ No, it doesn’t. Gender is who you go to bed as. Sexual preference, which is completely different, is who you go to bed with. He’s had top surgery. He doesn’t plan to have bottom surgery.

“Even if he did, we made the decision a long time ago that no matter what, we were going to make this work,” Les Maison added. “We decided whatever path was placed before us, we would walk down that path together. The only people that have to be happy, in my opinion, are people in my house and people we care about, and in our close circle of friends and family.”

When asked about his hopes for the future, Les Maison said he wants acceptance for Corey and Eric Maison most of all.  “They have more courage than I do,” he said. “It takes an awful lot to break away from societal norms to live your life as who you are or at least who you identify as. This isn’t a choice that they’re making. This is the way they’re born. The education is important. If you can educate yourself, then all that lack of knowledge becomes knowledge.”

Read the rest of the GLAAD-sponsored/promoted story here.

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Hillary Clinton says she’s ready to help Americans find common ground

From AP: Hillary Clinton said Friday she’s “ready to come out of the woods” and help Americans find common ground.

Clinton’s gradual return to the public spotlight following her presidential election loss continued with a St. Patrick’s Day speech in her late father’s Pennsylvania hometown of Scranton.

“I’m like a lot of my friends right now, I have a hard time watching the news,” Clinton told an Irish women’s group.

But she urged a divided country to work together to solve problems, recalling how, as first lady, she met with female leaders working to bring peace to Northern Ireland. “I do not believe that we can let political divides harden into personal divides. And we can’t just ignore, or turn a cold shoulder to someone because they disagree with us politically,” she said.

Friday night’s speech was one of several she is to deliver in the coming months, including a May 26 commencement address at her alma mater, Wellesley College in Massachusetts. The Democrat also is working on a book of personal essays that will include some reflections on her loss to Donald Trump.

Clinton, who was spotted taking a walk in the woods around her hometown of Chappaqua, New York, two days after losing the election to Donald Trump, quipped she had wanted to stay in the woods, “but you can only do so much of that.”

She told the Society of Irish Women that it’ll be up to citizens, not a deeply polarized Washington, to bridge the political divide.

“I am ready to come out of the woods and to help shine a light on what is already happening around kitchen tables, at dinners like this, to help draw strength that will enable everybody to keep going,” said Clinton.

Clinton was received warmly in Scranton, where her grandfather worked in a lace mill. Her father left Scranton for Chicago in search of work during the Great Depression, but returned often. Hillary Clinton spent summers at the family’s cottage on nearby Lake Winola.

She fondly recalled watching movies stretched across a bedsheet in a neighbor’s yard, and told of how the cottage had a toilet but no shower or tub. “Don’t tell anybody this, but we’d go down to the lake,” she said.

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Trump spurs sharp jump in optimism of top U.S. CEOs

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Funny how that happens when you put a businessman in the White House instead of a community organizer.

From Seattle Times: The nation’s top chief executives like what they’re seeing and hearing from President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans, according to survey results released Tuesday by the Business Roundtable.

The economic expectations of the heads of the nation’s largest companies jumped in the first quarter by the most in more than seven years amid optimism about corporate tax cuts, reduced regulations and a boost in infrastructure spending promised by Trump and congressional leaders, the trade group found.

“As these results confirm, business confidence and optimism have increased dramatically,” said Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and this year’s chairman of the Business Roundtable.

The group, composed of the heads of the largest U.S. companies, said its quarterly CEO Economic Outlook Index shot up to 93.3 from 74.2 in the fourth quarter. It was the biggest increase since the third quarter of 2009 and the highest level in nearly three years.

The index is based on projections for sales, capital spending and hiring over the next six months, and ranges from -50 to 150, with a reading above 50 indicating the economy is expanding.

Since the survey began in 2002, the average has been 79.8. The first quarter was the first time the index has been above its historical average in nearly two years.

The increased optimism from major corporate chieftains echoed recent surveys showing small-business owners and consumers also are feeling much better about the economy since Trump’s election.

“Clearly CEOs are very positive about prospects for hiring, sales and investment,” said Joshua Bolten, president of the Business Roundtable.  “Their view of the overall economy has also brightened slightly.”

The 141 CEOs surveyed between Feb. 8 and March 1 projected that the U.S. economy would expand 2.2 percent this year. That was up from a 2 percent prediction in December but still well below the 3 to 4 percent annual growth Trump said he could produce. (Well, give him some time…he’s only been in office two months!)

The optimism might also have something to do with this:

From Gateway Pundit: “On January 20th, the day of President Trump’s Inauguration, the US Debt stood at $19,947 billion. As of March 16th, the most recent date for US debt reporting, the US Debt stands at $19,846 billion. President Trump has cut the US Debt burden by over $100 billion and 0.5% in the first two months since his inauguration!

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