School Board candidate Dean Paterakis was charged with disrupting a school function and resisting an officer without violence Tuesday after he was ejected from a school board meeting dealing with LGBT issues. The incident was caught on video.
Paterakis was released on $750 bond before midnight on the two misdemeanor charges.
As often is the case, the headline and the opening paragraph from the Florida Today is not accurate. The headline can be more accurately described as sensationalism.
This was not a “LGBT meeting.” One of the more contentious items may have been what was called “Agenda Item G37″which was to be a vote on holding a workshop to examine including new language into the Board and school policies that would add gays, lesbians, bisexual, transgendered and “gender identity” to a “protected class” status for the purpose of so called discrimination within the County.
The public believed, and based on the wording of the agenda itself, that the vote would be on adding the proposed wording to the policy as opposed to voting to hold a workshop in June to discuss the proposed wording to the policies.
The meeting can be viewed on the Brevard County Public Schools website. Before Public Comments and agenda item G37, Board Chair Andy Ziegler stated Item G37 was on voting to hold a workshop and not on accepting the actual proposed language.
At the start of the Public Comments, Ziegler also made this statement:
“Please be reminded that profane, abusive, or slanderous speech is not permitted. To clarify, we consider this Board Room an extension of the school environment and therefore, if it is not an appropriate conversation in a school, we don’t consider it appropriate conversation here.”
That statement needs to be examined because it doesn’t matter how Ziegler and the Board views the meeting, what matters is the law. As far as the law is concerned, Ziegler is way out in left field. (more…)
In case you missed it, Katie Couric, head of Yahoo’s News Division, was the executive producer of an alleged “documentary” on guns in the US. The film was produced and directed by anti gun activist Stephanie Soechtig
At a point in the film, Couric asks a group of people from the Virginia Citizens Defense League:
“If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?”
There is an 8 second gap between the question and the answer. The film seems to show that the people are confused or don’t know how to respond.
Here’s the relevant portion of the video:
The problem is that the people did respond immediately. The Virginia Citizens Defense League made an audio recording of the interview:
The footage used in the documentary was actually footage shot before the interview took place and inserted into the film and changed the whole tenor and meaning of what happened. Instead of the portrayal of being confused and not knowing how to answer, the members of the discussion group were well prepared and ready with an multiple answers.
Caught in a lie and deception, one would think Soechtig would apologize.
A few days ago, we asked the question “what do you do when the facts don’t support your beliefs?”
In general, we think one of the things that has changed for the worse in society is the ability of people to say, “I got that one wrong,” or “I have given the matter more thought and have changed my opinion.”
It seems today that people get accosted for changing their minds, even when the change is due to facts. Maybe it is because of the long memory of the internet. Maybe it is because our desire to be seen as being right is more important than actually being right. Maybe it is because actually thinking seems to a lost art. As a friend puts it, “schools don’t teach you how to think, they only seek to indoctrinate you with their way of thinking.”
So when we saw the title of this Prager University video of “Who’s More Pro-Choice: Europe or America?” the answer in our mind was clearly “Europe; they are more ‘progressive’ in thought and morals.”
Boy, were we wrong.
In case you want to read it, the article in The Atlantic written by Emily Matcher and mentioned in the video can be found here.
One of the more interesting quotes is this: (more…)
The NYCHRL [New York City Human Rights Law] requires employers[, landlords, and all businesses and professionals] to use an [employee’s, tenant’s, customer’s, or client’s] preferred name, pronoun and title (e.g., Ms./Mrs.) regardless of the individual’s sex assigned at birth, anatomy, gender, medical history, appearance, or the sex indicated on the individual’s identification.
Most individuals and many transgender people use female or male pronouns and titles. Some transgender and gender non-conforming people prefer to use pronouns other than he/him/his or she/her/hers, such as they/them/theirs or ze/hir. [Footnote: Ze and hir are popular gender-free pronouns preferred by some transgender and/or gender non-conforming individuals.] …
So people can basically force us — on pain of massive legal liability — to say what they want us to say, whether or not we want to endorse the political message associated with that term, and whether or not we think it’s a lie.
Our last post was to detail the judge’s orders essentially saying the legal question of whether a language could be copyrighted was not being argued and therefore the judge need not rule on the amicus brief. The judge did allow the Language Creation Society to file a brief if the issue needed to be decided down the road.
Now it appears that the lawsuit against Axanar will be dropped by Paramount. The source of this announcement?
Star Trek Executive Produce JJ Abrams himself. (more…)
A five year old in Brighton, Colorado has been suspended from school for bringing a “gun” onto school grounds.
The “gun” in question is a bubble gun as seen to the left.
It “shoots” bubbles.
Gee, who would have ever thought a 5 year old would be excited and want to play with bubbles her classmates.
With a “zero tolerance” policy towards guns, the school suspended the child. They called her mother and told her she needed to pick up the weapon totin’ miscreant immediately.
Not at the end of the day, but immediately.
“I apologized right away and said that I am so sorry she did that,” said the girl’s mother. “I appreciate that they’re trying to keep our kids safe, I really do. But there needs to be some common sense. It blows bubbles.”
“If asked, ‘Is it really necessary for me to come get her?’ And they said, ‘Yes, this is our zero tolerance policy, and somebody needs to come get her immediately.”
Monday night, she said her daughter was so upset, she asked to stay home and help clean house instead of going to school.
“It’s a shame because it’s the end of the school year, and it’s kind of ending on a bad note now,” she said. “And she didn’t deserve that. She didn’t deserve a punishment like that.”
How dare the mother bring common sense into this! Doesn’t she know that someone could have been seriously injured when a bubble struck them? Doesn’t she know that kids might have gotten soapy water on their hands and clothes?
Think of the carnage those bubbles could have caused!
No wonder the kid broke the law. The mother actually had the gall to think a school would apply some sort of reason and thinking to this situation.
What happens when the things you know may not be true?
It is a matter of faith and proclamation that electric cars are better for the environment for one reason alone: they don’t produce as much pollution.
For years there have been studies and counter studies on whether the actual production and manufacturing of electric cars is more or less harmful to the environment. It appears that electric cars harm the environment more in being made, but the debate rages on.
What was always taken as true was that once on the road, electric cars are much better for the environment than gas cars.
That truth may not be true.
A study from the University of Edinburgh shows that electric and hybrid vehicles emit as many, if not more, atmospheric toxins than fossil fuel-burning vehicles.
heavier electric vehicles produce as many pollutants as their lighter weight conventional vehicles.
Electric vehicles tend to produce more pollutants from tire and brake wear, due in large part to their batteries, as well as the other parts needed to propel them, making them heavier.
These pollutants are emitted when electric vehicle tires and brakes deteriorate as they accelerate or slow down while driving. Timmers and Achten’s research suggests exhaust from traditional vehicles is only about one-third of the total emissions.
Further, the particulate matters are worse than fuel emissions, because they cause more health problems.
“We found that non-exhaust emissions, from brakes, tires and the road, are far larger than exhaust emissions in all modern cars,” Achten wrote in the study.
He continued: “These are more toxic than emissions from modern engines so they are likely to be key factors in the extra heart attacks, strokes and asthma attacks seen when air pollution levels surge.”