Category Archives: Children

“Heart-Melting” Letters to Hillary Clinton From Girls Who Just Want to See a Woman in the White House

Little girls are inspired by Hillary. Too bad they are too young to know her full background and history.

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Teachers at NM school directed to stop addressing students as ‘boys and girls’

It was just a “mistake.”


From KOB 4: Teachers at Carlos Rey Elementary School are in a tough situation after their assistant principal told them to stop calling their students “boys and girls.”

It seems the school administrators decided to take the new transgender bathroom policy for Albuquerque Public Schools a step further. This appears to the first example of something that started as a bathroom issue now expanding into daily life in the classroom.

A letter sent to teachers at Carlos Rey this month titled “Gender Identity Procedural Directive” states teachers can no longer refer to their students as boys and girls starting this month, telling them to eliminate gender in their classrooms.

It incites a passionate reaction from both sides. “This is outlandish,” said Rev. Adelious D. Stith, a regular at APS board meetings. “This just makes no sense at all.”

Stith has been pleading with board members to listen to parents before allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. The district has said it will comply with a federal order on the issue, and this is the first school year with the policy in action.

Stith said the letter from an assistant principal proves the APS directive has just caused confusion in how to correctly implement it.

“She or he is now exercising what they believe,” Stith said. “It’s their spin on the directive. They are confused obviously. We can call them scientists, but we can’t call them boys and girls. This is ridiculous.”

Adrien Lawyer

Adrien Lawyer

But Adrien Lawyer with the Transgender Resource Center believes the assistant principal was actually trying to do the right thing. “What the principal was trying to say is let’s think about how we address students and all of the gendered language that we use all day every day and whether or not we really have to do that,” he said.

Lawyer said that kind of policy would have taken a lot of the daily suffering out of his childhood, growing up as a girl who knew in his heart he was a boy. “For some young people, that’s a really painful experience every day to be referred to as the wrong gender,” he said.

The district said this was a complete mistake on the assistant principal’s part and that she was immediately addressing the overreach. APS said nowhere in their transgender policy does it say to not call students boys and girls.

Sources at the school, however, tell KOB they were told to continue with that policy.

h/t Weasel Zippers


Rising of patients seriously hurt by NHS blunders: More than 6,000 incidents were recorded last year


From Daily Mail: A patient is treated by the NHS every 90 minutes following a serious medical blunder. More than 6,000 incidents involving accidental cuts, punctures, perforations or haemorrhages were logged last year – three times the rate of 2005.

Campaigners say that poor training and inadequate staffing levels explain the mistakes. Senior doctors have warned the cash-strapped NHS is heading into an ‘extremely difficult autumn’. Hospitals have been told to cancel thousands of non-urgent procedures. The medical blunders make the financial pressures worse by extending hospital stays and encouraging compensation payouts.

The figures released earlier in the week reveal 6,082 incidents of patients needing NHS treatment following a blunder in English hospitals last year.  This compares with 2,193 ten years ago, according to NHS Digital, the official health statistics unit. The bill for compensation stood at £1.48billion last year, a 27 per cent increase on 2014, accounts for the NHS Litigation Authority show.

Katherine Murphy of the Patients Association said: ‘With all the systems and procedures that are in place within the NHS, how are such basic, avoidable mistakes still happening? It is a disgrace that such incidents are increasing. There is clearly a lack of learning across the NHS, or even within individual trusts. These patients have been very badly let down by poor processes and utter carelessness. We call for the Government and Royal Colleges to take steps to address this alarming rise.’

Andrew Goddard, registrar at the Royal College of Physicians, last week warned that a funding and staffing crisis is putting huge pressure on doctors. ‘Physicians are facing rota gaps, consultants acting down into trainee positions, inability to recruit to posts in key specialties due to a lack of trainees, and difficulties in covering day-to-day services,’ he said. ‘We’re heading into an extremely difficult autumn.’

The Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health has also warned of staffing shortages, raising concerns that children’s care is ‘increasingly compromised’.


The paediatric workforce is at ‘breaking point’ it said in a report, with more than half of units failing to meet staffing standards. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has repeatedly called for a new culture of transparency to increase safety in an era of fewer resources.

Last year he launched what he called a ‘reformation’ in the culture of the health service, claiming he wanted to make British people the ‘most powerful patients in the world’.

He encouraged every member of staff – from cleaners up to consultants – to blow the whistle when they see evidence of poor care, in a bid to halt the annual toll of 10,000 avoidable deaths in English hospitals.

Mr. Hunt has repeatedly urged doctors to take the same approach to safety as the aviation industry. He has pledged that those who own up to blunders will get legal protection – the same system as that used among airlines.

NHS staff will be protected from prosecution based on their own evidence although they could still face sanctions if guilty of malpractice or negligence.

The new system involves the creation of the independent Healthcare Accident Investigation Branch, which starts work this autumn.

Safety campaigners said the first thing the unit must do is launch a review of why problems are rising so fast.

Peter Walsh, of the charity Action Against Medical Accidents, said more complex procedures and better reporting of incidents may partly explain the rise, but would not account for the figures trebling. He said: ‘I suspect inadequate staffing and increased pressure at work are also factors.

I also know there is a lot of concern among surgeons that the training they get is not as thorough and adequate as used to be the case. There is not as much time spent on technical skills. Of course it is a known risk of surgery that these things happen, but that doesn’t make it OK and much of the time they are really bad errors that are perfectly avoidable.’

One of the most common mistakes we hear of during laparoscopic surgery is perforation of the bowel. This is very, very serious and can be fatal if not repaired very quickly. The increase in incidents is very worrying and there needs to be an investigation to get to the bottom of it.

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Crazy gibberish names Americans give their babies

An email from FOTM‘s maziel:

These are real baby names:

Atiba, Porsha, Quentarius, Ashayla, Lajquan, Deonsyn, Azelia, Dayquan, Christer, Jantezio, Kasman, Nyjerika, dezman, Arentheeus, Jermaeria, DeShawn, Kadarius, Dimitric, Teona, Tytieana, Jhiquarius, Piera, Jamaya, Keyona, Londell, Majical, Juwan, Taeauora, Tatiteus, Lenair, Cabria, Jakera, Jamia, Javylon, Tariq, Akira, Jakovia, Padra, D’Cavion, Keishauna, Taheza, Tasavion, Ye’Cenia, Somya, Shatrella, Sawson, Keyel, Ziykies, Teyah, Dashanna, Maliek, Tenijah, Railee, Royquez, Quetarius.

The craziest baby names were told to me by a nurse, whose patients were the parents.

One named her baby Vagina, pronounced Vajinna (like Virginia).

Another woman named her baby Syphilarius because she was in the public health office and saw a poster on sexually transmitted diseases. She thought “syphilis” sounded pretty and named her baby after the STD.

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Lest you think only Americans inflict ridiculous names on their children, they have them in other countries as well.

As reported by CNN, in 1982, Sweden enacted a Naming law that says: “First names shall not be approved if they can cause offense or can be supposed to cause discomfort for the one using it, or names which for some obvious reason are not suitable as a first name.”

Among the first names rejected by the Swedish government is Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb111163 (pronounced Albin), which had been submitted by a couple in protest of the Naming law. The parents then submitted “A” (also pronounced Albin) as the child’s name. It, too, was rejected.

In New Zealand, the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act of 1995 doesn’t allow people to name their children anything that “might cause offence to a reasonable person; or […] is unreasonably long; or without adequate justification, […] is, includes, or resembles, an official title or rank.”

Among the names rejected by New Zealand’s registrar of births are Stallion, Yeah Detroit, Fish and Chips, Twisty Poi, Keenan Got Lucy, Sex Fruit, Satan and Adolf Hitler.

Denmark has a very strict Law on Personal Names to protect children from having odd names that suit their parents’ fancy. Parents who want to name their child something that isn’t on the government-approved list of 7,000 names, have to get special permission from their local church, and the name is then reviewed by governmental officials. Rejected names include Anus, Pluto and Monkey.

According to BBC News, increasingly parents are giving unusual and even unique names to their children. In the US, in 1950, 5% of parents chose a name for their child that wasn’t in the top 1,000 names. By 2012, that figure had increased to 27%.

As baby names become more a matter of choice rather than tradition, they reveal more about the people doing the choosing, especially their race.

A 2003 study, “Are Emily And Greg More Employable Than Lakisha and Jamal?,” sent nearly 5,000 CVs in response to job advertisements in Chicago and Boston newspapers. The CVs were the same, but half were given fake names that sounded like they belonged to white people, like Emily Walsh or Greg Baker, and the other half were given names that sounded African American, like Lakisha Washington or Jamal Jones. The call-back rate from employers was 50% higher on the “white” names then the “black” names. The effects were noted even for federal contractors with “affirmative action” policies, and companies boasting they were “equal opportunities” employers.

Another study that analysed the scores of some 55,000 children in a school district of Florida found that children with black-sounding and low-income-sounding names tended to have worse school test scores and were less likely to be recommended for the schools’ programme for “gifted” students.


Gun Control, Chiraq Style: 4 dead, 35 wounded in weekend shootings

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From MyFoxChicago: Four men were killed and at least 35 more people have been wounded in shootings across the city since Friday evening, according to Chicago Police.

The most recent fatal shooting happened early Sunday in the Marquette Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side. The 25-year-old got in an argument with another male at 2:49 a.m. at a house party in the 7000 block of South Artesian, police said. Shots rang out, and he was found with a gunshot wound to the head on the front lawn of the residence. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Friends and family at the scene identified him as Darius Brownlee.

Shortly after midnight Sunday, another man was shot to the death in the Homan Square neighborhood on the West Side. Officers responding to a call of a person shot at 12:05 a.m. in the 3700 block of West Grenshaw found the 21-year-old on a porch with a gunshot wound to the chest, police said. He was shot at a different location before walking back home to tell his family what happened. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. His name has not yet been released.

On Saturday night, a man was shot to death in the Belmont Gardens neighborhood on the Northwest Side. About 8:15 p.m., officers responding to a call of a person down in the 2700 block of North Harding found a 20-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the back of the head. He was dead at the scene, police said. His name has not yet been released.

About 5:30 p.m. Friday, a man was shot to death in the West Chatham neighborhood on the South Side. Christopher Kent, 25, was shot multiple times in the 7700 block of South Lafayette Avenue and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died at 6:33 p.m., according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Kent lived a block north of where he was shot. Police have not released more details on the circumstances of the attack.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened Sunday morning in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. About 6:45 a.m., a male was shot in the head in the 3600 block of West Lexington, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. Additional details, including his age and condition, weren’t immediately available.

Earlier Sunday, a 14-year-old boy was critically wounded in a shooting in the West Side Austin neighborhood. He was standing at the corner of North and Luna avenues about 4 a.m. when he was shot in the head, police said. He was taken to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, where he was listed in critical condition.

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Take a bow mayor/NBC photo

At least 33 more people have been wounded in more shootings across the city since 10 p.m. Friday.


Study slams Michelle Obama’s meals for ‘fueling America’s obesity epidemic’

Odd that the Michelle-mandated meals have been deemed skimpy and terrible by students yet they are causing children to become fat. But that’s what happens when you get government involved.

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Via Daily Mail: Government-funded school meals are driving the obesity epidemic, a new study warns.

Millions of low-income families rely on subsidized breakfast and lunches at public school to feed their children. But a landmark paper has concluded these fat- and meat-heavy dishes are putting children at risk of being overweight.

It is a damning indictment of Michelle Obama’s years-long meal program.  

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Bet what Michelle is eating isn’t on the school lunch program…

‘While well-intentioned, these government funded school meal programs that are aimed at making kids healthy are in fact making participating students more at risk of being overweight,’ said Wen You, associate professor of agricultural and applied economics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

‘This study identifies the hardest battles in crafting policy to alleviate children in low-income populations being overweight.’

The study, published in the journal Health Economics, found that children are more likely to be overweight if they participate in both the school breakfast and lunch programs throughout their schooling years.

That means half their nutrition comes from college kitchens. The longer children participated in school meal programs, the more likely they were to be obese.

‘We found that the longer children were in the programs, the higher their risk of being overweight. We also saw the most negative effect of the government-funded school meal programs in the South, the Northeast, and rural areas of the country,’ You said.

‘The question now is what to do in order to not just fill bellies, but make sure those children consume healthy and nutritious food – or at least not contribute to the obesity epidemic.’

They found that long-term participation posed the largest risk of being overweight. 

The study utilized a nationally representative longitudinal data of 21, 260 students who were followed from kindergarten to eighth grade and controlled for the self-selection and income effects to examine school meal programs’ influence on student’s body mass index z-score changes.

The study utilized statistical methods to match students who were eligible and chose not to participate in the school meal programs with students who chose to participate to ensure comparability.  The team also examined a subgroup of students who changed their program participation status along the way and confirmed the short-term risk of being overweight imposed by the school lunch program.

The study reveals the need for improving the school meal programs’ effectiveness at promoting better nutrition among school-age children. 

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Although the research is limited at looking at the school meal programs as a whole, it uncovers the need to go beyond merely raising nutrition standards.

The authors say policymakers need to comprehensively design programs to enable schools to provide healthy food that meets standards and is appetizing to children. ‘Policymakers need to consider all the aspects of school meal programs – from availability and affordability to nutritional content and tastiness. It is important to have extra policy support that will allow funding for programs such as chef-to-school and farm-to-school, as well as culinary training for cafeteria staff so kids actually enjoy eating what is ultimately prepared for them,’ said You.

‘This study also helps to identify the regions that are most in need and calls for targeted policy design,’ she said.


Hillary Clinton vows to limit child care costs despite having her own taxpayer-funded nanny

More pandering for votes.


From NY Post: Hillary Clinton is proposing limiting the cost of child care to 10 percent of family income — but the family of the Democratic presidential candidate used government-paid staffers to help raise their daughter, Chelsea.

A 1981 government audit — assessing when Bill Clinton was governor of Arkansas — found that the Clintons had hired a nurse at taxpayer expense to care for Chelsea. The nurse was paid $9,785 — what was then nearly double minimum wage — according to a 1981 article in the Arkansas Gazette.

The nurse was listed on the payroll as a security guard, which Bill Clinton admitted was only because it was the sole empty slot available on the governor’s staff.

The Clintons repeated the trick when they moved into the White House, where nanny Helen Dickey drew a $20,000-a-year salary as a “staff assistant” to care for the first daughter.

Now, as a candidate for president, Hillary Clinton doesn’t mention the government-sponsored nanny.

I am aware of what’s going on in the lives of Americans. And I bring different experiences, because yes, I’ve been a daughter, a mother, a grandmother. And so child care for me is not some abstract policy issue, I remember when I was a young mother and getting the child care that I needed for my daughter and so I know what the struggles are like on a day-to-day basis,” Clinton said at a January town hall in Rochester, New Hampshire.

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