Category Archives: Children

High Court denies parents of Charlie Gard the right to determine treatment for the last days of his life

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Statism alive and well in the UK.

From Daily Mail: A High Court judge has given Charlie Gard’s parents until midday tomorrow to reach an agreement with Great Ormond Street Hospital on arrangements for the end of his life.

Mr. Justice Francis said the 11-month-old will be transferred to a hospice where his ventilation tube will be removed if doctors and his parents fail to reach a compromise about how he should be cared for in his final moments.

Charlie’s parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard had said it was their final wish to take him home to ‘slip away’ in his cot before his first birthday.

Both his parents and doctors have now conceded that he should move to a hospice – but continue to disagree over the detail of care plans. Miss Yates and Mr. Gard wanted to spend a week at a hospice with Charlie before he died.

But Great Ormond Street bosses said they were not satisfied that a properly-qualified specialist would be in control under the parents’ plan, and said life-support treatment should end shortly after Charlie arrived at a hospice.

A family friend said the pair, ‘will be devastated they have not been granted their final wishes as parents.’  

Charlie is only expected to spend a few hours in a hospice because they are not licensed to be able to look after him for more than a few hours once the ventilator is taken off.

Miss Yates was in court today wearing a heart-shaped pendant engraved with ‘Charlie’ while Mr. Gard continued the vigil at their son’s bedside.   Before the judge returned to court, Miss Yates sobbed and said: ‘I don’t want to be in the same room as him.’ 

Apparently referring to the lawyers for the hospital, she added: ‘I hope you are happy with yourself. How can you do that? What if it was your child?’ before running out of court crying. 

On Monday, Miss Yates, 31, and Mr. Gard, 33, reduced the High Court to tears by making the agonising decision to let Charlie die after an eight-month legal battle. 

They accepted their 11-month-old, who has mitochondrial disease, was now beyond hope of any cure – which they blamed on ‘a lot of wasted time’ by medics – and would not live to see his first birthday on Friday next week.

But their plan to take Charlie home, give him baths and let him sleep in his cot before saying their final goodbyes on Monday next week were dashed by the hospital.

Great Ormond Street said he should go to a hospice – or stay with them – because his ventilator won’t fit through the front door and doctors fear he could suffer pain or a ‘distressing or disordered death’.

A family friend said: ‘The hospital have set the bar so high that in terms of clinical team for Charlie’s end of life nothing seemed good enough for gosh. The reality is Charlie is very stable, not in pain and rarely needs a doctor. It is therefore difficult to understand why Charlie could not die at home.

‘All he needs is a ventilator which pumps room air into his lungs. It is extraordinarily sad that there’s been so much fuss about him dying at home.  Connie and Chris have conceded a hospice but it was not their first choice. They will be devastated they have not been granted their final wishes as parents.’ 

Read the rest of this distressing story here.

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Illegal alien living in New York arrested for raping 12-year-old girl multiple times

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I wonder if Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s The Liberty Defense Project will offer pro-bono legal services to this scumbag?

From Daily Mail: An illegal immigrant living in New York allegedly raped a young girl multiple times when she was 12 and 13 years old, including once in front of a baby.

Fernando Alvarado-Perez, 37, was arrested and is facing several rape and child endangerment charges after he allegedly attacked the girl in Geneseo in upstate New York.

It is not clear when the alleged rapes took place.  Alvarado-Perez is accused of having sex with the girl at least once in front of a baby.  He is being held at the Livingston County Jail without bail.

Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian told the Livingston County News that Alvarado-Perez told officers after his arrest that he had come to the US illegally 10 years ago.

The police department initiated a new policy in May that dictates how officers are supposed to deal with illegal immigrants. They did not abide by the policy when arresting Alvarado-Perez, the chief said.

‘Our officers were concerned about investigating this incident and assisting the family the best we could with referral services to other agencies,’ he said. ‘His immigration status wasn’t a priority to us.’

Alvarado-Perez was charged with first-degree rape, rape in the second degree, criminal sex act in the second degree and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

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Feminists are insufferable: Pippi Longstocking books charged with racism

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Prof. Wollard not a fan of the red-headed girl

From The Guardian: Astrid Lindgren’s much-loved books about Pippi Longstocking, she of the red hair, incredible strength and impossible lies, have been described as racist by a German theologian.

Dr. Eske Wollrad, a feminist theologian from Germany’s Federal Association of Evangelical Women, has claimed that Lindgren’s classic children’s novels “have colonial racist stereotypes”. In Pippi in the South Seas, “the black children throw themselves into the sand in front of the white children in the book,” she told German paper the Local. “When reading the book to my nephew, who is black, I simply left that passage out.”

Wollrad neglected to mention that Pippi goes on to mock white children for their obsession with school. “If you come across a white child crying you can be pretty sure that the school has either gone up in flames, or that a half-term holiday has broken out, or that the teacher has forgotten to set homework for the children in pluttification,” she says.

The Pippi Longstocking books were written by Lindgren in the 1940s, covering the adventures of Pippi, an inveterate liar and eccentric whose parents are dead and who shares her house with a monkey and a horse who lives on the porch.

“It is not that the figure of Pippi Longstocking is racist, but that all three in the trilogy of books have colonial racist stereotypes,” said Wollrad. “I would certainly not condemn the book completely – on the contrary, there are many very positive aspects to the book, as well as being very funny, it is instructive for children as it not only has a strong female character, she is against adultism, grown-ups being in charge, and she is fiercely opposed to violence against animals – there is a very strong critique of authority in the book,” she told the Local.

But Wollrad believes footnotes should be added to the text to help put racist terms in context and to prompt discussions. “The question to ask yourself is whether you could read a certain passage out loud to a black child without stopping or stumbling,” she said. “Only then can you say whether it is OK or not.”

Astrid Lindgren’s daughter Karin Nyman emphatically rejected the charge. She told the Guardian: “She is not a racist. She is the opposite. She is not only ‘against adultism, grown-ups being in charge, and fiercely opposed to violence against animals’ she certainly is also against racism. The passage quoted by Eske Wollrad, where the ‘black children throw themselves into the sand’ in front of Pippi and Tommy and Annika, is explicitly preceded by the explanation that they did so thinking,’for some incomprehensible reason’, that white skin was to be revered. This passage is, of course, referring to ‘colonial racist stereotypes’, but since it is immediately questioned by Pippi, who refuses to be knelt in front of, who makes a very strong point of the children being all alike, black and white, and enjoying the same games in the two books dealing with the South Seas, it is difficult to see the books as representatives of a dubious racist conception and thus harming reading children of to-day. But, of course, the old harm of colonial racism itself remains!”

Pippi is not the first classic children’s character to be hit with similar accusations. Earlier this year, a French academic said the Smurfs were antisemitic, racist and communist. Antoine Buéno, a lecturer at Sciences Po university in Paris, pointed out that the little blue creatures live in a world where private initiative is rarely rewarded, where meals are eaten communally and where there is one leader. “Does that not remind you of anything? A political dictatorship, for example?” he asked.

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UK girl fined $195 for selling lemonade without a license

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Big government at work.

From Fox News: Officials in a London borough apologized Friday after a local council’s decision to fine a 5-year-old girl for selling lemonade without a license drew international backlash.

“We are very sorry that this has happened. We expect our enforcement officers to show common sense, and to use their powers sensibly. This clearly did not happen,” the Tower Hamlets Council said in a statement.

Andre Spicer said his 5-year-old daughter was left in tears after local council officers fined her 150 pounds ($195) for selling lemonade without a license near their home in London.

Lemonade stands fall under the Tower Hamlets Council’s guidelines for operating a market stall, which requires a street trading license. To gain a license, an entrepreneur must be at least 17 years old and pay a 75-pound ($97) application fee, the BBC reported. Stalls that sell food carry additional restrictions.

The girl was selling home-made lemonade to fans attending the Lovebox festival when she was fined.

Spicer wrote an article about the experience for the Daily Telegraph that gathered hundreds of comments and shares online.

“Holding the notice of the fine in my hand, I’m reminded just how restrictive we have become with our children,” Spicer wrote. “When I was growing up, my brother and I were able to wander miles from home without adult supervision. We were encouraged to sell things to raise money for clubs we were part of.

“By selling biscuits, we learned about maths, communication and basic business skills. But more importantly, we gained a degree of confidence. I can’t ever recall a council officer popping up and fining us,” he added.

Local officials said Friday the fine will be cancelled immediately.

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Teenage cheerleader accused of killing newborn baby and burying it in garden

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Brooke Skylar Richardson: Good girl who “helped” children

From her attorney: “She’s by all means a very good person.”

From Yahoo: An 18-year-old Ohio cheerleader was charged after the remains of her newborn baby were discovered buried in her backyard, according to reports.

Brooke Skylar Richardson was charged with reckless homicide on Friday after evidence showed the child “was not a stillborn baby,” according to Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said.

The baby’s remains were found earlier this month and they appeared to be buried more than two months before their discovery, according Lieutenant John Faine of the Warren’s County Sheriff’s Office.

The baby’s remains were reportedly discovered because of a tip from a doctor’s office.

“Law enforcement is continuing to treat this as an ongoing investigation,” Fornshell told Dayton Daily News.

The prosecutor’s office is still waiting on the coroner to determine the baby’s official cause of death, NYDailyNews reported.

Richardson pleaded not guilty to the charges on Friday. 

Her attorney, Charles Rittgers, told reporters on Friday that Richardson is a “good student” who graduated high school a few months ago.

“She didn’t drink. She wasn’t a partier or smoker,” Rittgers said. “By all measures, a very good girl who helped children… She’s by all means a very good person.”

Richardson was bonded out of the Warren County Jail. Her preliminary hearing date was set for Aug. 1.

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Hollyweird director Joss Whedon can’t face reality

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The left are reality-challenged when it comes to Hillary losing the election, over six months ago. Newsweek recently ran an article entitled, “Hillary is president in an alternate universe.”

This Trump Derangement Syndrome adversely affects director Joss Whedon, who is one angry dude. The “self-proclaimed feminist” called Ivanka Trump a dog. And he also demeaned a group of teenage cancer survivors to take a shot at republicans.

Poor Joss must have been feeling really blue on Saturday. He tweeted out the above with the hashtag #MadamPresident.

You better buckle up buttercup…ya’ got three and a half (or maybe more) years of Trump presidency. Better pick up some sticky buns!

h/t Twitchy

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Food Network’s latest show features a lesbian who thinks Trump voters are racist and supports baby butchers Planned Parenthood

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Hannah Hart (far right) with Obama

I watch the Food Network. I enjoy Guy Fieri and Trisha Yearwood’s shows and, of course, Ree Drummond (a fellow Okie!).

They sometimes push the gay agenda by featuring a lot of homosexuals in their shows. It’s not blatant except on a couple shows such as Worst Cooks in America. Whatever, I just change the channel if it bothers me too much.

Now, the Food Network is certainly bound to alienate more Trump voters with their recently announced new show, I Hart Food, which premieres August 14.

The show features Hannah Hart, who supports Planned Parenthood. From her Wikipedia page:

“Hannah Maud Hart (born November 2, 1986), is an American internet personality, comedian, author and actress. She is best known for starring in My Drunk Kitchen, a weekly series on YouTube in which she cooks something while intoxicated. Apart from her main channel, she also runs a second channel where she talks about life in general and gives her opinions on various topics.

She attended college at UC Berkeley and graduated in May 2009 with two degrees; one in English literature and one in Japanese language. Upon her graduation, Hart moved to Brooklyn, New York, to pursue a writing career. She ended up proofreading Japanese and English for a Manhattan based translating firm instead of her initial dream of writing screenplays. Within two months of launching her YouTube channel, she had become a YouTube partner and ended up quitting her 9–5 job in order to focus on My Drunk Kitchen. Hart is openly lesbian and dated fellow Youtuber Ingrid Nilsen from September 2015 to January 2016.”

About her new show, from the Food Network blog:

“Hannah’s young, fresh voice and unique sense of humor make her food adventures a perfect fit for our viewers,” said Kathleen Finch, Chief Programming, Content and Brand Officer, Scripps Network Interactive. “Her enthusiasm is sure to inspire others to hit the road for their own culinary journeys.”

Hannah Hart is best known as the creator and star of the award-winning, weekly web series My Drunk Kitchen, which has amassed millions of views since its first episode premiered in 2011.  In 2012, Hannah launched her first scripted format Hello, Harto, a project that helped distribute food to local communities across America. These efforts in turn created Hannah’s philanthropic community Have a Hart Day, an international, year-round initiative which encourages young leaders to volunteer their time in their own communities. Hannah was recognized by The White House for her ability to mobilize youth through this initiative and she was invited to lead a discussion about millennial engagement with President Obama. She was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30, an annual list which highlights talented individuals under 30 years old across a variety of fields in 2015.  Hannah is also a New York Times best-selling author of two books: “My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking and Going with Your Gut” and “Buffered: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded.”

Here’s what Hannah thinks of Trump and those of us who voted for him (from her Twitter timeline):

Let Food Network know what you think about their decision to hire this “unique sense of humor” who calls Trump voters racists. Go here.

Another Food Network show I won’t be watching.

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