Category Archives: Children

Maria Carmen, 9, heard angels sing at her foreseen death

The 2016 presidential election season is particularly vicious and vile.

Do you feel disgusted and soiled when a Hillary Clinton political ad pops up on TV? Do you feel you need, not only a bath, but a soul-cleansing?

I do.

Here’s a reminder of purity.


Maria del Carmen Gonzales-Valerio was born in Madrid, Spain, on March 14, 1930 into a noble, militantly Catholic and Spanish Nationalist family and lived during the turbulent Spanish Civil War.

Soon after her birth, baby Maria was baptized after she became very ill. She was confirmed at the age of two, and made her first communion when she was only six years old.

As a child, Maria was known for her deep piety and compassion for the poor. At the age of five, she would give the little money she had when a poor person came to the door.

In 1936, Maria’s father, Julio González-Valerio, became a martyr of the Spanish Civil War when he was taken away by Communist militiamen and executed. As he was led away, Julio told his wife, Carmen, to tell their children that “their father gave up his life for God and for Spain, so that our children may be raised in a Catholic Spain, where the crucifix reigns over in schools.”

Knowing that their lives were in danger for being Catholic, Carmen and her children sought refuge at the Belgian Embassy, where they were granted asylum when the Belgian ambassador learned that Spanish Communists planned to abduct the children and send them to Russia to be raised as Marxists. The family later sought safety in San Sebastian.

When Maria was nine, she contracted scarlet fever. She offered her sufferings and later her death for the conversion of those who had killed her father, and for the conversion of then-president of the socialist Republic of Spain, Manuel Azaña.

Maria predicted she would die on July 16, 1939, the feast day of her patron saint, Our Lady of Mount Carmel. When she learned that her aunt would be married on that day, Maria predicted she would die on the next day instead.

Maria told a nurse in the hospital: “My father died as a martyr. Poor mommy! And I am dying as a victim.” On July 17, 1939, at around 1 p.m., Maria began to pray. She said she heard Angels sing. Her last words were:

“I die as a martyr. Please, doctor, let me go now. Don’t you see that the Blessed Virgin has come with the Angels to get me? Jesus, Mary, Joseph, may I breathe forth my soul with you.”

Witnesses at her death bed said her body emitted a sweet fragrance — the distinctive scent of sanctity.

On November 3, 1940, 15½ months after Maria’s death, Manuel Azaña converted to Catholicism on his death bed.

On January 16, 1996, Pope John Paul II declared Maria del Carmen Gonzales-Valerio venerable, a step before canonization.

Sources: Wikipedia, Church Pop


Fisher-Price apologizes to mom disgusted by ‘girl’ toy

First-world problems.


From Sacramento Bee: Gina Zuk Gerber did not like what she saw recently when she was shopping in the toy aisle. She shared her displeasure on Facebook, and now toy giant Fisher-Price has apologized to the Baltimore mom, promising to fix the “girl” toy that caused her displeasure.

“My son’s favorite toys growing up were Little People. I always just grabbed the fire truck or barn and didn’t think much about it. Today when shopping for toys for Anna I was disgusted to see the ‘girl’ versions of Little People,” Gerber recently wrote on her Facebook page.

“The only ones with all girl figures were all smothered in pink and purple, they worked in interesting places like the ‘home,’ and they all lacked the multiple educational elements the ‘boys’ toys had.”

The offensive toy...

The offensive toy…

But this is what really set her off: a plastic SUV with a mom doll. “Please note tagline ‘time for yoga and a smoothie.’” Gerber wrote. “It’s 2016 people. Fisher Price needs to step … up and show women working in all types of fields and in leadership roles.”

Gerber’s post quickly went viral among other moms who felt the same way. “Because all women do is yoga and sip smoothies,” one woman wrote. “Oh Fisher Price you screwed up big time!”

Redbook magazine took a swipe at the toymaker, too, writing that girls can be “more than just SUV-driving stay-at-home-moms.”

“Sure, the dutiful stay-at-home mom breaking a sweat from cooking some fatty meat has ‘progressed,’ for lack of a better word, to a health-conscious mom who cavorts about town in a care-free manner, scheduling workout classes and sucking down smoothies to better herself rather than please someone else,” the magazine noted.

Judge Judy shakes head rolls eyes

“But it’s still representative of one kind of mom: a stay-at-home mom, which, while fine to be, shouldn’t be the only possibility illustrated to young girls. After all, they can be much, much more.”

The company told ABC News that “as a result of Ms. Gina Gerber’s advocacy, we are planning to make a running change to both the package and audio chip.”

Fisher-Price also sent Gerber a direct message on Twitter, The New York Daily News reports. “You’re absolutely right; we could have done a better job,” the company wrote to her. “You’ve inspired us to change the phrase the toy says, and also the words we call out on the package. . . We’re getting to work on that now!”

The company also reiterated its commitment to breaking down stereotypes in its toys. “You can find a female Little People firefighter, dentist, mail carrier, farmer, and in 2017 you’ll see our Little People friends branch out even more with both female and male characters in professional and community service roles such as servicemen and women, doctors and dentists, athletes, construction workers and others,” the company told Gerber.

A male writer at took Gerber to task for making much ado about nothing, “bullying” the company into making an unnecessary change and for taking her case “to the only place that would care if a dumb toy was offensive, Facebook of course.”

Gerber told ABC she doesn’t have anything against yoga, but was still offended by the insinuation that yoga and smoothies are a big part of motherhood. “Maybe it’s one relaxing moment in a day, but it’s definitely not representative of being a mom,” she told ABC.


Texas soccer coach, an undocumented immigrant, accused of abusing 8 players

The illegal alien/Fox 4 Photo

The illegal alien/Fox 4 Photo

From Fox News: A soccer coach in Texas was arrested after he was accused of sexually abused eight of his players — boys between 10 and 15. Police say more players are likely to come forward.

Marcos Ramos, an undocumented immigrant illegal alien living in Corsicana, Texas, is also is wanted in his native Guatemala for sexually assaulting children, police said. He faces three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and five counts of indecency with a child.

Investigators say he has been fooling people for years, finding work under assumed names. U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement has placed an immigration hold on Ramos, Fox4 Dallas reported.

Police said Ramos fled Central America and entered the U.S. illegally, first settling in Houston, where he coached a boys’ soccer team. Houston has issued a warrant for his arrest for aggravated sexual assault charges. But he’s facing more charges in Corsicana, where he’s coached recreational soccer for the past four years.

The soccer coach lived across the street from a middle school and close to the team’s practice field. Ramos only coached recreational teams, never for a school.

A woman who lived next door to Ramos who has a 15-year-old son and requested anonymity told Fox4 that she took Ramos to the store last Christmas to help him buy gifts for his team.  “It breaks my heart, because that could have been my kid,” she explained.

Corsicana police have not revealed what aliases Ramos has used.

The station reported that the group of players that has accused the coach is now about two years older than at the time of the abuse, police say. One of the older kids came forward and persuaded other boys to speak out about Ramos, police said.


New York City has scandalous bureaucrats overseeing its struggling schools

Shocker, not. If the kids in schools can get away with doing bad things (See the new discipline code launched by Mayor de Blasio and the Department of Education) then why shouldn’t the teachers?


Via NY Post: The city Department of Education has stocked the office that oversees the city’s lowest-performing schools with bureaucrats who were ineffective and tainted by scandal in previous school jobs.

Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña launched the Renewal program two years ago to boost 94 struggling schools. Independent Budget Office figures show they plan to spend $887 million through 2019. But some of the 114 educrats who oversee the 86 schools now in the program were reprimanded by courts, oversight boards and parents, a Post review found.

Parents charge that the program has become a place to reward cronies and dump the unfit. “The DOE has many former principals still working who should have been fired,” said a member of the Brooklyn Community Education Council. “The bad news is that they are now the ones in positions telling others how to teach, and that’s not right.”

Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center education professor David Bloomfield said the city must make better personnel decisions. “These schools are behind the eight ball,” Bloomfield said. “The de Blasio administration has to make the case that these are the best people for these jobs — and they haven’t.”


Among the questionable hires was Elif Gure, an executive director and second in command to Renewal Executive Superintendent Aimee Horowitz. Gure created a “hostile, race-based work environment” as principal of PS 316 in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, and called a parent coordinator the N-word, a federal judge ruled in March 2014. A jury awarded the coordinator $110,000.  Gure makes a $171,601 salary in the Renewal program.

Eileen Coppola, executive director of Renewal high schools, left her post as principal at the Secondary School for Journalism in Park Slope, Brooklyn, awash in problems. The school’s PTA president said students failed Regents exams despite getting A’s and B’s in class. A petition by 24 kids complained they didn’t get most of the earth-science labs required by the state. Coppola makes $144,824 in her new job.

Joelle Mcken, a Renewal director in District 17 making $141,765, was principal at PS 73 in Brownsville, Brooklyn, a school later phased out for abysmal performance. In 2003, the city Conflicts of Interest Board fined her $900 for having an employee chauffeur her kids.

Mary Nelson, who earns $134,994 as Renewal director in District 14, was principal at PS 236 in Mill Basin, Brooklyn, where parents said that she failed to report violent incidents. Then-Councilman Lew Fidler joined a drive to push her out.

Lisa Lauritzen was an assistant principal at Science Skills Center HS in Downtown Brooklyn before being appointed a Renewal “instructional coach.” A DOE investigation found she urged teachers to re-score failing Regents exams. She now makes $136,010.

DOE spokeswoman Devora Kaye defended the hires. “Turning around a struggling school does not happen overnight, and it requires dedicated, experienced administrators who know how to work with and support school staff,” she said.


Oklahoma HS teacher tells class: ‘To be white is to be racist’


From Fox News: A high school student in Norman, Oklahoma, said she used her cell phone to record a teacher saying, “To be white is to be racist,” during a lecture on “how to heal the racial divide.”

The unidentified student used her cell phone to record the lesson, reported. The student said she was offended by the teacher’s remarks and “felt like he was encouraging people to kind of pick on people for being white.”

The news station reached out to the teacher—who was teaching an elective philosophy course– but did not receive an immediate response.

The lecture reportedly started with a video on the “Mistreatment of Native Americans.” The teacher went on to say, “Am I racist? And I say, yeah. And I don’t want to be. It’s not like choose to be racist.”

The video shows a man using a bottle of white correction fluid to cover a country on a globe. “He was basically comparing what he had done to the globe to what we did to America,” the student said.

Superintendent of Norman Public Schools

Superintendent of Norman Public Schools

Dr. Joe Siano, the superintendent of Norman Public Schools, issued a statement identifying racism as “an important topic.”

The superintendent continued, “We regret that the discussion was poorly handled. When the district was notified of this concern it was immediately addressed. We are committed to ensuring inclusiveness in our schools.”

From NewsChannel 4: Norman Public Schools released the following statement regarding the issue:

“Racism is an important topic that we discuss in our schools. While discussing a variety of philosophical perspectives on culture, race and ethics, a teacher was attempting to convey to students in an elective philosophy course a perspective that had been shared at a university lecture he had attended. We regret that the discussion was poorly handled. When the district was notified of this concern it was immediately addressed. We are committed to ensuring inclusiveness in our schools.” – Dr. Joe Siano, superintendent of Norman Public Schools

“You start telling someone something over and over again that’s an opinion, and they start taking it as fact,” the student said. “So, I wanted him to apologize and make it obvious and apparent to everyone that was his opinion.”

NewsChannel 4 reached out to the teacher by email.


Illegal alien deported 10 times faces child rape charges


From Kansas City Star: A man from Mexico who had been deported from the U.S. 10 times in the last six years faces charges accusing him of raping a child in Kansas.

Tomas Martinez-Maldonado is jailed in Geary County on $100,000 bond on a charge of raping the child last month. Public defender Cole Hawver declined to comment Friday. The public defender’s office was appointed to represent Martinez-Maldonado during his first appearance Thursday.

The Geary County prosecutor’s office did not respond to a request Friday for a copy of the probable cause affidavit filed to support the charge.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, which was asked by Geary County to investigate the allegations, said the matter was reported to police in late September. The agency said the suspect was detained immediately and turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement until charges were filed.

The agency declined comment about where he was taken into custody and where the crime is alleged to have occurred, citing the ongoing investigation.

The criminal complaint filed Sept. 30 against Martinez-Maldonado said the rape is alleged to have occurred on or about Sept. 27. The complaint doesn’t list an age for the suspect but says he was born in 1978.

ICE said in an email that Martinez-Maldonado, a citizen of Mexico, has been deported back to Mexico from the U.S. 10 times since 2010. ICE also said he has a 2013 federal felony conviction for illegal re-entry into the U.S., making him an enforcement priority for ICE, which means the agency would take custody of him when his case in Kansas is completed.


Seattle teachers organize Black Lives Matter day

blacks protesting black-on-black crimes

From Seattle teachers are organizing a Black Lives Matter demonstration next week.

The demonstration will simply be teachers wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts on Oct. 19. The teachers are planning their demonstration during the kick-off event for Seattle Public Schools’ effort to close the achievement gap between black and white students. The plan is separate from the effort.

The scenario is familiar to last month when teachers planned to wear Black Lives Matter T-shirts during an unrelated event. The demonstration was received as controversial by some and was ultimately cancelled. The annual Black Men Uniting to Change the Narrative event at John Muir Elementary School was canceled as well — the same day teachers planned to wear Black Lives Matter T-shirts — after there were threats against the school.

KIRO 7 reports that about 1,000 teachers in the district have ordered Black Lives Matter T-shirts ahead of time. And that Hamilton Middle School teacher Sarah Arvey organized the demonstration in response to the threats directed at John Muir Elementary.


An email was sent from Seattle Public Schools to families on Oct. 7 explaining the school district’s plans, and the teachers’ demonstration. It explains that the district is starting an effort to close the achievement gap between its white students and students of color.

“While Seattle Public Schools outperforms like districts academically and is considered a high performing urban district, we still have unacceptable opportunity and achievement gaps. We have the 5th largest academic achievement gap in the nation between black and white students.”

As a result of that gap, the Seattle district is debuting a campaign called “Close the Gaps.” The district is starting the effort with events during Oct. 16-22.

The email also notes that during the kick-off week, the district is promoting Oct. 19 as a “day of solidarity to bring focus to racial equity and affirming the lives of out students — specifically students of color.” The district points out that the Seattle Education Association — the teachers union — is organizing the Black Lives Matter demonstration.

“In support of this focus, members are choosing to wear Black Lives matter t-shirts, stickers or other symbols of their commitment to students in a coordinated effort.”

The email ends by saying the teachers union is leading the t-shirt effort and “working to promote transformational conversations with staff, families, and students on this issue.”

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Additional information from Q13Fox:

Throughout the week, they’re encouraging teachers to have race-related lesson plans and they’re offered resources to guide the conversation.

From the TV screens to social media to the classrooms at Garfield High, students are talking about racial injustices and Black Lives Matter.

It’s important for us to know the history of racial justice and racial injustice in our country and in our world and really in order for us to address it.   When we’re silent, we close off dialogue and we close the opportunity to learn and grow from each other,” said Arvey.

I would say that it’s not a political agenda. I would say we’re here to support families. We’re here to support students. As Rita from the NAACP said, when black lives matter, all lives matter,” said Avery.