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False sense of security: Illinois schools set up “active shooter” alarms to keep kids safe

Illinois has hundreds of gun laws on the books that regulate firearm purchases, conceal carry, ammunition purchases, age restrictions, prohibited carry, private sales, and the list goes on. Some of these laws include:

  • Residents have to have a valid Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card to possess a firearm or ammunition
  • There is a 72-hour waiting period for the purchase then possession of a handgun and 24 hours for shotgun or rifle
  • Conceal carry licenses are issued by state police on “Shall Issue” policy with police still having the authority to deny someone a license
  • Conceal carry license holders must take a 16 hour training class and be at least 21 years old
  • Conceal carry is not allowed in pre-school or child care facilities, public or private elementary or secondary schools, public playgrounds, public or private community college or university, and many, many other places

They have some of the STRICTEST gun laws in the nation.

Yet that doesn’t stop criminals from committing crimes.

But the gun grabbers believe that more gun laws will somehow magically stop a criminal from committing a crime. They want MORE laws to prevent mass shootings. But let’s be honest, what they REALLY want is to repeal the Second Amendment.

One way to achieve that goal is to provide a false sense of security that will do nothing to stop a deranged criminal from committing a shooting spree. Schools in Illinois installed alarms that alert the police when there is an active shooting. Somehow this alarm will “discreetly” protect people.

We know in reality it will DO NOTHING but possibly lower the police response time.

So after a shooting, liberals are back to square one with the “gun” and “firearm access” being the problems. Hence we need to do more to strip law-abiding citizens of their Second Amendment right.

It’s a vicious circle and argument to believe that alert systems will somehow protect children during an active shooting. All that does is make parents and children feel safe. And it doesn’t derail them from incessantly trying to achieve their utopia of no Second Amendment.

From Fox News: More than 20 schools in Illinois reportedly have installed emergency response alarms on campuses in preparation for possible active shooter situations.

The schools, many in the Chicago area, now have BluePoint systems installed, the Chicago Tribune reported. A spokesperson for the company told the newspaper that more than 150 schools throughout the U.S. have had the alert systems implemented.

Each pull box, which looks similar to a fire alarm, is designed for “discreetly” protecting people in “an escalating situation,” according to the product’s website.

When the alarm is pulled, police are alerted and the system will text, email or send a voice alert to specific groups, according to the company.

One school in particular — St. Benedict’s Preparatory School on Chicago’s North Side with a student body of roughly 700 — has set up 30 of the alarms throughout its campus and reportedly spent $40,000 on security cameras.

Rachel Gemo, head of school at the private institution, said that students, who have been trained to use the alarm system, “really, sadly, are aware of [the] possibility” that a school shooting could happen. She said they’re “not immune to what they hear on TV.”

One mother, whose son attends St. Benedict’s, told the Tribune that while it’s “nice” to know the alert system will be there in case of an emergency, “it’s sad that we do have to think about this.”

“With all these examples across the country, you hope and pray it doesn’t happen to you and your school,” the mother, Molly Klucznik said. “I really hope we never have to use (the alarm system), but it’s nice to be prepared.”

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Inappropriate: 31-year-old rapper gives “boy advice” to 14-year-old actress

Minor Brown (l) “comfortable” with the elder Drake (r)

Drake is a 31-year-old rapper who apparently texts boy advice to a 14-year-old English actress. Wonder what the 14-year-old girl’s father thinks of this…

From Daily Mail: Millie Bobby Brown says she and Drake often text one another that they miss each other.

The Stranger Things star, 14, told Access at the Emmys Monday that she and the rapper, 31, communicate by text about a number of topics.

‘We just texted each other the other day and he was like, “I miss you so much,” and I was like “I miss you more,”‘ she said, adding, ‘He’s great.’

Brown said that the In My Feelings artist gives her advice with how to deal with boys: ‘About boys, he helps me.’ 

The Spain-born actress called the Toronto native a ‘great friend and a great role model,’ adding, ‘I love him; I met him in Australia and he’s honestly so fantastic.’

The Netflix star said that she hopes to catch him in concert later this fall when his tour arrives in Atlanta.

She opened up to W magazine earlier this summer about her relationship with the rapper, as a picture they took together while both working in Australia went viral last November.

She told the magazine in July that since their first meeting, they now talk all the time.  ‘He invited me to his concert,’ she said. ‘And now we talk all the time. I ask his advice.

While the Stranger Things actress is comfortable with Drake, there’s other male stars that still leave her starstruck.

Discussing whether she’s changed since she first found fame, she said, ‘I don’t think I’ve changed. I’m not thinking, Oh, I know everything now. I still get nervous. I still get anxious.

‘Although, even back then at the BAFTA tea, when I met ­Justin ­Timberlake, I swear I could have fainted.’

And Millie could ‘barely speak’ when she came face-to-face with her childhood idol, Zac Efron.

Asked her favorite toy as a child, she said: ‘A microphone that had High School Musical on it. I could sing with Zac Efron!

‘I watched High School Musical every single day. When I met Zac Efron, I could barely speak.’

Read the whole story here.

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Generation Snowflake: College students don’t know where to buy a postage stamp

Today’s younger generations are clueless about many, many things.

Many do not know how to change a flat tire, check the air pressure of tires nor the condition of tire threads. With the advent of Uber and Lyft, many don’t even want to own a car.

Many don’t know how to change a blown fuse, read a map or a compass, cook a “real” meal without a microwave, chop wood or stop bleeding with a tourniquet.

Due to having their heads buried in their smart phones, they even struggle with face-to-face communication.

Now it appears they can’t figure out how to send in an absentee ballot because they don’t know where to purchase a stamp.

From a WTOP report:

“A Fairfax County focus group this summer found many college students who have gotten an absentee ballot simply fail to send it back because a U.S. Postal Service stamp seems to be a foreign concept to them.

“One thing that came up, which I had heard from my own kids but I thought they were just nerdy, was that the students will go through the process of applying for a mail-in absentee ballot, they will fill out the ballot, and then, they don’t know where to get stamps,” Lisa Connors with the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs said.

“That seems to be like a hump that they can’t get across.”

The focus group included college interns from across numerous county departments.

“They all agreed that they knew lots of people who did not send in their ballots because it was too much of a hassle or they didn’t know where to get a stamp,” Connors said.

“Across the board, they were all nodding and had a very spirited conversation about ‘Oh yeah, I know so many people who didn’t send theirs in because they didn’t have a stamp.’”

Read the whole story here.

Maybe someone should develop an app to teach kids some basic life skills.

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Geniuses: San Francisco school district gives teacher raises, not sure if they will have revenue to pay for them

You just can’t make this stuff up.

Proposition G (also called the parcel tax) in San Francisco was approved by voters in June 5, 2018. It authorizes San Francisco to levy an annual parcel tax of $298 per parcel of taxable real property in the city for 20 years with revenue provided to the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to fund educators’ salaries, staffing, professional development, technology, charter schools, and oversight of funding.

As a result, on June 27, the San Francisco Board of Education authorized raises for 3,600 teachers in the amount of a $5,500. They started receiving their raises in late August. (I don’t know which taxpayer fund the checks are coming from.)

And as is typical in big government, bureaucrats did not take the time to review the fine details. Actual monies collected from the parcel tax are in question as to 1) when the revenues will be available and 2) if they’ll be available at all to pay for these raises.

In a report from the SF Chronicle they note:

“The first property tax mailings that would include the Prop. G parcel tax have not yet been mailed to homeowners, [Mayor] Breed said, and the first payments on those taxes aren’t due until December. On top of that, both Breed and the Board of Supervisors have to approve and transfer the funds once they’re collected.

“Neither body has appropriated and transferred SFUSD any funds for this purpose,” Breed said.”

They mayor questioned the “fiscal prudence” of raising wages before the money generated by the measure has even been collected.

There’s also a separate legal challenge to Proposition C – related to commercial rents and education initiatives – that is tied to another suit (known as the Jarvis lawsuit). Read about the whole mess here.

The outcome of that Jarvis lawsuit could have an effect on the parcel tax and whether or not it is an illegal tax. It could in effect, depending upon the outcome, kill the revenue stream for these teachers’ raises.

As a result, the city cannot authorize parcel tax funds to pay for teachers’ raises which they are already receiving.

And that, my friends, is how big government works.

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Going after your wallet in the name of climate change: Bloomberg awards grant to Seattle to study traffic congestion pricing

The city of Seattle – like many west coast, progressive run cities – has many, many problems (homelessness, needles left on the streets, open drug use, feces and urination on the streets, increased crime due to lack of enforcement, etc.).

Having not solved those issues with massive amounts of taxpayer dollars, Mayor Jenny Durkan is moving  on to solving climate change seeking another way to steal more taxpayer dollars.

MyNorthwest reports that the Michael Bloomberg’s American Cities Climate Challenge has awarded the city a $2.5 million grant to study ways to address climate change. One item the mayor wants to study is traffic congestion pricing.

The mayor said, “We’ve got a lot of work to do to see exactly how we would implement it, how we would put up the cameras to catch people, how you would charge, how much you charge, and what we do for equity,” Durkan said Friday. “Because there’s a number of people right now who have to travel into Seattle … because they can’t afford to live here anymore. It’s tied to affordability.”

Of course the mayor has no idea when the traffic congestion pricing program would be implemented. Guess she’s got plenty of time to burn through a $2.5 million grant.

The end goal, of course, is twofold: Get more of your money and force you to change your behaviors. From the report: “The pricing would establish tolls to drive on select Seattle streets, perhaps with differing charges depending on the time. The aim is to discourage people from driving cars around town as the population grows.

The mayor also said, “If you look across the globe, those cities that have implemented congestion pricing have had the greatest success on getting people out of vehicles and reducing vehicles in the city,” she said. “It’s had another huge, very important benefit. That’s a health benefit. The number of asthma cases in children have dropped precipitously in those areas where they’ve actually had congestion pricing.”

Read the whole MyNorthwest story here.

Seattle hasn’t had a republican mayor since 1952. And they knew EXACTLY what they were getting when they elected demorat Jenny Durkan in 2017.

Sorry Seattleites…I’m fresh out of empathy for y’all.

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Candace Owens visits ICE immigration center: it’s nicer than every school I attended!

NSFW due to some swearing.

From the video description:

“Here is the truth America: ICE Immigration centers are nicer than public schools. I went to school in Connecticut and the Broward County ICE center is nicer than EVERY school I attended. The Democrats literally funded a LIE about the treatment of illegals because they wanted to gain votes. They are a despicable group of human beings who we must defeat at the poll. They have funded wars and lies against our police officers, our ICE agents— all for votes.”

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Texas Board of Education drops Hillary Clinton from history classes

LOL.

From NY Post: Call it a case of the blind deleting the blind.

Texas educators have booted Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller and other historical figures from state social studies classes, which require students to learn about “significant social leaders in the United States.”

Clinton being the first woman to run for president and Keller’s accomplishments as a deaf and blind person apparently don’t qualify.

“Military and first responders are best represented,” the state’s Board of Education’s advisory committee recommended prior to a vote on the change Friday.

High schoolers in the Lone Star state had studied Clinton under a “citizenship” section of its curriculum, which focuses on trailblazers such as Andrew Carnegie, Thurgood Marshall and Sandra Day O’Connor, according to the Dallas Morning News.

And third-graders learned about Keller, a prolific author and political activist who earned a college degree despite her handicap.

But the board’s advisory committee determined she “does not best represent the concept of citizenship.”

At least two committee members said the group concluded that there were too many historical figures for Texas kids to study, so they graded candidates based whether they triggered a “watershed change” and if they were from an “underrepresented group,” the paper reported.

Clinton scored a 5 out of 21 points. Keller scored a 7 out of 20.

“There were hundreds of people,” said Misty Matthews, a committee member and teacher, about the volume of historical figures kids are required to learn. “Our task was to simplify… we tried to make it as objective as possible.”

There board made no specific comments about Hillary Clinton. Students are still required to learn about Bill Clinton.

Removing the former first lady and secretary of state will save teachers 30 minutes of instruction time, and axing Keller will save 40 minutes, the advisory committee estimated, according to the paper.

While Clinton and Keller were scrapped, evangelist and Baptist pastor Billy Graham – who was also recommended for removal by the committee – was spared. So were references to Moses, and his “influence” on America’s founding documents.

The board wants students to continue explaining how the “Arab rejection of the State of Israel has led to ongoing conflict” in the Middle East, a requirement the committee recommending eliminating.

The board will cast its final vote on the curriculum re-do in November.

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Fired Bronx teacher keeps her teaching certificate after admitting sex act on student

Who is going to hire a registered sex offender?

From Daily Mail: A New York social studies teacher has been sentenced to 10 years of probation after pleading guilty to performing oral sex on a 14-year-old boy. 

Dori Myers, 29, will not spend a day behind bars and will retain her teaching license after taking a plea deal last month.

Myers taught at The New School of Leadership and The Arts in The Bronx, and while prosecutors argued she should spend two years in jail, her defense attorney successfully argued she should be able to teach again, The New York Post reported.

‘There is a possibility that she could teach adults now or in the future and we want to preserve that possibility,’ Andrew Stoll told the court last month.

‘She still is a talented teacher and has those skills, and I don’t see any reason to destroy her ability to make a living and to contribute to society in a positive way.’

The former high school teacher has been fired by the New York Department of Education, and will not be eligible to teach at city schools again.

As part of her punishment, she must also register as a level one sex offender.

Myers wore a spotted, sleeveless dress and flat white shoes to court on Wednesday, and appeared unimpressed as she sat down to be sentenced.

Surrounded by police officers, she was seen staring at the judge with a straight face. Her husband, a Rockland County Sheriff’s deputy, was absent at Wednesday’s sentencing, despite being a figure of support at her previous court hearings.

Myers was arrested on January 19 after a friend of the victim, who is believed to have been in her class, told school administrators, who called the police.

At the time, she pleaded not guilty.  

A co-worker also claimed to have seen her massaging the alleged victim.

The criminal complaint claims the assault took place somewhere in Upper Manhattan on November 1, 2017.

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The Deranged Left: Texas teacher on leave after bullying pro-Trump student

Mocking the children to own the cons.

From Fox News: A high school biology teacher is on administrative leave after she allegedly mocked a student for supporting President Trump and calling others “a bunch of Trumpies” in Round Rock, Texas.

The incident occurred on the fifth day back from summer vacation, Aug. 22, at McNeil High School outside of Austin, according to district officials.

The bullied student’s mother claims the public school teacher said: “By the way, I hate Donald Trump with a burning passion and he is a complete douchebag.”

She told KHOU11 the instructor singled out her son for his conservative views and support for Trump’s tax plan, calling him “Trumpy” instead of his name and saying things including “Hey, Trumpy, do you have an answer to this?” or “What do you think, Trumpy?”

She said her son didn’t want to talk about politics in science class and felt embarrassed to be targeted.

At the end of the class, the mother said the teacher put one last insult against her son, mocking his beliefs: “Now, you’re not going to fight me when we start talking about evolution, are you?”

His parents filed a formal complaint against McNeil High School, which has 2,600 students.

District spokeswoman Jenny LaCoste-Caputo told Fox News the teacher was immediately removed from the classroom after the district was made aware of the alleged incident, or “political discussion,” that occurred in the AP biology class.

“In Round Rock ISD, our goal is to create a classroom environment where students feel safe and respected,” LaCoste-Caputo said in a statement. “The teacher was removed from the classroom, pending review, and remains on administrative leave as appropriate action is considered.”

The teacher has been assigned other duties that don’t have her interacting with students. She is still getting paid.

The student’s parents want the “angry” teacher permanently removed from the classroom.

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New president of baby butchers Planned Parenthood vows to fight for the “most vulnerable” in our society

This is said with no sense of irony or self-awareness.

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