Firing straight from the hip we happen to agree with Ms. Sarah McKenney’s notion that there is no shortage of sexualized images of girls in American culture. However from the promotional photo used for Toddlers and Tiaras we are at a disadvantage of seeing this image and referring to it as undeniably sexualized. In other words we simply believe Ms. McKenney is pushing the envelope when she asserts that an image of three girls with hair done wearing church clothes would hardly qualify someone as being sexualized.
There is no doubt whatsoever that Sarah McKenney is writing a position piece as a guest writer for another blog. There can no doubt that somehow – either through some personal baggage or personal concerns that Ms. McKenney has some sort of vested interest in the matter. Therefore I did some back tracking data collection.
I need to completely disagree with Sarah McKenney who wrote the blog at The Society Pages in particular where the she espouses the notion: “There is an interesting class effect here; unlike the hypersexualized girls on shows like” Toddlers and Tiaras,” the photos of Blondeau are high fashion, therefore high class, and therefore acceptable.”
How one would ever arrive at that nonsensical notion of high fashion somehow equals social acceptability is simply beyond us. We believe McKenney in this piece definitely has a bias and unfortunately could not separate the bias from reality.
We do believe that the “art” from the likes of Ellen von Unwerth is not art at all; yet rather an exploitation of younger ladies and female children. And yes we do have a problem with this inasmuch as the next sexual predator or pedophile may be next door and in allowing your child to be exploited under the guise of “art” should be construed as child abuse itself.
We believe that for the most part people become aware of their own situations that is, culture, relational activity, and sociological factors – prior to making these long exertions about others. In other words, what may be very acceptable in France, yet not in America we do not believe that it gives one anymore right to say who is wrong and who is right. We are more of the posture that sex is not really a matter here as much as the guise of art.
Most of us are very much aware of “Fashion Week” being held in every significantly large city that will draw attention to designers and the fashion industry. Every designer who is showing their latest designs from Monique Lhuillier to Armani to Ralph Lauren has their stomach in knots wondering how the public will react to their latest efforts.
And in case you’re either not into fashion hundreds of millions of dollars to billions of dollars are at stake. It is interesting to note however that both innocents such as Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren both again have their “Kids” collections.
Our position on this venture we adapted from Dr. Emma Gray: “a child being exposed to a world she is not yet equipped to deal with, solely to serve the needs of the adults around her is unhealthy.” We do not see anything in these photographs that remotely remind us of art, fashion, or sex.
L.A. County Sheriff’s homicide investigator Kevin Lloyd was flipping through snapshots of tattooed gang members. Then one caught his attention, which was really quite something inasmuch as this had been placed in the “Cold Case” files; however not for Detective Lloyd. Everyone around the precinct referred to him “Ol’ Bloodhound” except for those who were brand new; those sheriff’s who thought he was a volunteer.
Hardly a soul knew why Lloyd worked cold cases although speculation ran rampid. Maybe he got busted; maybe he lost his mind, or even worse, maybe Lloyd killed a child; nobody knew; except Lloyd who looked impeccable unless one of the cases had really disturbed him. Then he easily could pass as some kind of mad professor on the brink of settling something of unknown origins.
Today was a little different though…the man behind him was Scotty, a spit and polished detective of 20 years or more…who’d been in almost every case the precinct handled. Scotty was a Marine (no one ever said an x-Marine) around Scotty, because once a Marine always a Marine and Lloyd although older, was also a Marine (of great) vintage.
“Well I’ll be damned,” Lloyd nearly came out of his clothes when he recognized Scotty. Being equally cordial Scotty says to Lloyd, “…looks like you’re on to something – something big!” “Think so Lloyd said, but it’s early. Still have some tests to run.”
Glancing over Lloyd’s shoulder – if only for an instant – Scotty noticed it too; it was a single Polaroid shot – sporting a date of 2004 on it; however, nothing would ever let either of these two forget the tattoo’s and the heinous unsolved homicide they’d worked on together back during that fateful evening. “Mind if I take a look,” Scotty asked. “Not at all, I was wondering how long you was going to sit there before you’d ask…” Lloyd replied.
Inked on the pudgy chest of a young Pico Rivera gangster who had been picked up and released on a minor offense was the scene of a 2004 liquor store slaying that had stumped Lloyd for years.
Each key detail was right there: the Christmas lights that lined the roof of the liquor store where 23-year-old John Juarez was gunned down, the direction his body fell and the bowed street lamp across the way and the street sign — all under the chilling banner of RIVERA KILLS, a reference to the gang Rivera-13.
As if to seal the deal, below the collarbone of the gang member known by the alias “Chopper” was a miniature helicopter raining down bullets on the scene. Scotty and Lloyd discussed the photograph; excitement began to fill that little dungeon known as “Cold Case Dept.”
What is difficult for me is the arrogance of many of the RIVERA Gang members…the seemed to have muttered at the same time. Can you believe it, Lloyd sparked Scotty; “what can you say of a gang member who tattoos the intricate details of a murder all over his body?”
Lloyd’s discovery of the tattoo in 2008 launched a bizarre investigation that soon led to Anthony Garcia’s arrest for the shooting. Then sheriff’s detectives, posing as gang members, began talking to Garcia, 25, in his holding cell. They got a confession that this week led to a first-degree murder conviction in a killing investigators had once all but given up hope of solving.
For Lloyd, the image on the chest of the delicate, doe-eyed gang member brought back a rush of memories. The snapshot was taken inside the sheriff’s Pico Rivera station after Garcia was arrested in a routine traffic stop and booked on suspicion of driving with a suspended license.
Garcia’s tattoo shows a man with the body of a peanut being hit by bullets and falling back toward the liquor store. In gang slang, the word “peanut” is used to derisively describe a rival gang member.
Lloyd had been at the scene of the Pico Rivera killing as a station sergeant. After he recognized it in the tattoo, the 30-year veteran called up the cold case file. He pored over the crime scene photographs alongside the photos of Garcia’s chest. He also drove to the site of the slaying.
“I worked Pico Rivera a lot of years, so I’m pretty familiar with that area,” he said. “It was incredible.” Investigators don’t believe Garcia’s elaborate tattoo was a rash decision. Photos from several bookings over the years show the mural on his chest evolving as he added details to the tattooed murder scene — until one day Lloyd saw them as a whole and something clicked.
Addressing a San Francisco-based organization (Muslim Advocates) that urges members NOT to cooperate in federal terrorism investigations, Attorney General Eric Holder said he is “grateful” to have it as a partner in promoting tolerance, ensuring public safety, and protecting civil rights. Strengthening the “crucial dialogue” between Muslim and Arab-American communities and law enforcement is personally important to Holder, the president and Justice Department, the Attorney General told the group.
The Justice Department also created a special Arab-American and Muslim Engagement Advisory Group to foster greater communication, collaboration, and a new level of respect between law enforcement and Muslim and Arab-American communities. This includes unprecedented meetings designed to unite Muslim, Arab, Sikh and South Asian leaders with various federal agencies.
Over the last 22 months, the Justice Department – and our U.S. Attorneys’ Offices – has reinvigorated our civil rights enforcement activities. In fact, religion-based charges have increased approximately 50% since 1997, and payouts have increased approximately 160%.
But, he added, “so long as our relationship is defined by our differences, we will empower those who sow hatred rather than peace, and who promote conflict rather than the cooperation that can help all of our people achieve justice and prosperity. This cycle of suspicion and discord must end.” (Where do they find these people?)
So we are wondering if catering to “Muslims and other Arab-Americans” in bending legislation so as to accommodate them is indeed bringing more attention to those “differences” that Holder alludes too? Moreover, by catering to every whim and demand from every group of immigrants that electively chose to immigrate to America is part of creating these differences. Moreover, the ineptitude of the federal government – through a broken Immigration and Naturalization Service – is actually fostering a “we v. them” requim for hatred. Think about it.
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) is touting this lawsuit as the first under a new pilot project where the department works closely with the EEOC to “ensure vigorous enforcement of Title VII against state and local governmental employers…”
The Civil Rights Enforcement Division of the Department of Justice has sued a west suburban school district for denying the request of a Muslim middle school teacher time off and away from her duties to make a pilgrimage to Mecca that is a part of her religion. In doing so, the school district violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by failing to reasonably accommodate her religious practices, the government said.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, based on Justice Department guidelines religious employees often confront conflicts between their employment obligations and their religious obligations; federal law (and many state and local laws) require employers to try to accommodate those obligations. Specifically, Title VII provides that an employer must reasonably accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs and practices unless doing so would cause “undue hardship on the conduct of the employer’s business.”
Accordingly “A reasonable accommodation” is one that eliminates the employee’s conflict between his religious practices and work requirements and that does not cause an undue hardship for the employer.
Based on that information alone we will ask pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act and see if these questions were addressed by the school district and whether or not these questions were ever considered by the teacher (see actual Complaint as filed by the USA).
|Did the teacher ever consider the effects her absence would have on her students?
Did the teacher ever consider the impact on the cognitive, physical, or behavioral characteristics of students?
Did the middle school teacher prepare 3 weeks of lesson plans ahead of time for any given substitute teacher?
Did the teacher try to arrange for another certified teacher to take her place whilst being gone?
Has the teacher discussed this with her students and/or their parents?
We offer this as educational professionals: Has anyone at all, or from any department thought about the consequences any of this may have on the students? If there is anything that can’t be denied in this abhorrent situation is that it is the students who will be harmed the most.
He’s the Cal State Fresno student body president — and an illegal immigrant
Let’s all go out and celebrate!
Campus officials say Pedro Ramirez, who came to the U.S. from Mexico at age 3, has not violated any school rules, and declined the $9,000 stipend because of his immigration status. Critics call for his resignation.
He was to study hard, get good grades and claim the prize, but it wasn’t until that night in their kitchen when the high school valedictorian was filling out university applications that they told him a missing detail — he wasn’t a United States citizen. He was born in Mexico. He came to this country when he was 3 years old.
Now, an anonymous tip to the college newspaper has forced Ramirez to publicly expose his secret and has put this son of a maid and a restaurant worker into the thick of a debate on immigration and education that has reached a boiling point in recent weeks. Some have called for his resignation while others have rallied to his defense.
Ramirez’s critics say he wasn’t honest with the student body about his immigration status when he ran for president and should resign. “He misled the students … he should step down,” Cole Rojewski, president of the campus’ College Republicans and one of Ramirez’s opponents in the race for president, said in a television interview.
However, School administrators said Ramirez broke no rules by running for president of Associated Students Inc. “This is yet an additional reason why there needs to be reform with today’s current immigration laws or lack thereof,” stated a university official who wished to remain anonymous.
Democratic leaders in Congress have pledged to vote on the Dream Act before January (they did and lost).
The case was brought on behalf of citizens who are paying the higher out-of-state tuition rates. The group contended that lower tuition could not be offered to illegal students and denied to some citizens.
Meanwhile, University of California campuses, pushed by the state’s budget crisis to boost revenues, are taking unprecedented steps to recruit out-of-state and international students for the extra revenue and geographic diversity they bring to the cash-strapped system. UC campuses collect an extra $23,000 in annual tuition from each non-resident student.
On the Cal State Fresno campus, reactions over the revelation of Ramirez’s immigration status had one thing in common — passion, said Tony Peterson, editor-in-chief of The Collegian.
“It’s all either really anti-Pedro or all really pro-Pedro. No in-between,” he said. “Pedro was pretty popular before, but where we’re located in California there’s a lot of farming, a lot of farm workers. Immigration issues are big here, because we’re at the heart of it.”
On Wednesday, Ramirez said he had no intention of stepping down from his position unless the students who elected him demanded it.
Understanding – right or wrong – the continued devotion to Islamic Outreach by the Department of Justice (DOJ), with Attorney General Eric Holder at the crow’s nest, or the directives to continue as issued by the Obama Administration at the helm; we encourage you to read our article of December 15th Islamic Outreach, or political-psycho-babble pursuant to the given behaviors of these two “babbler’s.”
Having said that we would like to address yesterdays (last night actually) article, to wit: Ms. Khan the middle school teacher who is now suing the Berkeley School District 87 for what she and the DOJ allege that Khan’s 1st Amendment rights have been violated and as such she has been discriminated against.
Quick sidebar: As we think of the continued coverage we’ve dedicated ourselves too vis-a-vie Elaine and Jon Huguenin with the exact opposite that happened to them, imagine our outrage as we see this case develop. Can we say in all earnest that, the government’s prosecution of Berkeley School District for not allowing for reasonable accommodations for religious activities?
We believe the answer is no. Furthermore, has Ms. Khan’s behavior, and demands she’s making show her abuse of the process. The Hajj she feels compelled to observe happens every year – has she ever demonstrated her efforts to attend? No again. Although the Teachers Union did not allow for reasonable accommodation has anyone ever considered what a “reasonable accommodation” is?
Is Berkeley School District telling Ms. Khan that she can’t attend the Hajj? We don’t believe that a school district would knowingly submit the idea, “it’s either your religion or your job.” The pilgrimage that Muslims observe or simply “The Hajj” is an elective religious event that lasts for three weeks to a month, with the majority of the celebration occurring during a five day period that normally is either in November or December.
Make no mistake about this issue folks: This issue is not about the abridgement of anyone’s 1st Amendment rights, nor is it remotely close to discrimination: this case is very much about “entitlements that are wanted.”
These are some independent comments – see what the reader’s are saying –
|(Elle, IL.) I’m a nurse, and I’m Catholic. I’m forced to work on weekends where I miss mass. Maybe I should sue my employer for not making reasonable accommodations. Where is the assimilation to this country? Go on your vacations over the summer…3 weeks of unpaid leave is NOT reasonable.
(Patrick, IL.) This is awful. How can anyone reasonably expect an employer to give them three weeks of (additional) vacation, after they’ve been on the job for one year? If this trip was SO important why didn’t she go in 2006, before she accepted employment? Please, Berkeley School District 87, fight this lawsuit!
(Kevin, IL) Most people in any line of work can’t take 1 week off without pay, unless they are suspended. That is what your vacation time is for. What planet is this guy from, and what universe is the government from? Does this mean that everyone of Jewish or Christian background can take every Saturday and Sunday off, plus all the saints and holy days from every Quickie-Mart, gas station, restaurant and liquor store too?
(Nancy Hansen, IL) Has all reason gone out the window? Why are we leaning over backwards for Muslims, whose practices are contrary to our culture, while we diss Christians, the religion on which our nation was founded? We came about from pilgrims seeking religious freedom. Do we have it? NO. Three weeks out of the school year is unreasonable and if it was so important to her, it should have been in her contract. Christians are told to work on Easter and Christmas or LOOSE YOUR JOB. One day against three weeks. Fairness is apparently in the eye of the beholder.
(Good Luck, Chicago) This is not discrimination. The Hajj is a religious duty for Muslims that can be fulfilled at any point in a Muslim’s life. It is not a yearly requirement. This woman could have fulfilled her duty before she became a teacher or she could do it after she leaves teaching.
This is the kind of rubbish we’ve been talking about for well over three years. The United States Department of Justice through its channels has taken up the cause to sue Berkeley School District 87 – about 15 miles west of Chicago in Berkeley, Illinois. Why or what on earth would an agency of the U.S. government being suing a school district?
The federal government has sued a west suburban school district for denying a Muslim middle school teacher unpaid leave to make a pilgrimage to Mecca that is a central part of her religion. In doing so, the school district violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by failing to reasonably accommodate her religious practices, the government said.
Now come-on! What are we to believe? Is there an issue here with the separation of church and state? Or is it the other way around; is there an issue where something or someone has denied a person their privileges of worship or a person’s right to attend church? Or dare we say it – discrimination.
In a civil rights case, the department said the school district in Berkeley denied the request of Safoorah Khan on grounds that her requested leave was unrelated to her professional duties and was not set forth in the contract between the school district and the teachers union.
Khan wanted to perform the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia which every adult Muslim is supposed to make at least once in a lifetime if they are physically and financially able to. Millions go each year.
What and how many times have we written that at the behest of special interest groups, or for just about anything these days when someone doesn’t like something that is specific to America – like freedom of religion, speech, and other liberties – they use the U.S. Constitution in a manner to benefit themselves (Please see here, here, and here).
This woman started as a middle school teacher in Berkeley School District in 2007. In 2008 she asked for almost three weeks of unpaid leave to perform the Hajj. After the district denied her request – twice – Ms. Khan then wrote the board that “based on her religious beliefs, she could not justify delaying performing hajj,” and resigned according to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Chicago.
According to the lawsuit filed by Ms. Khan, Berkeley School District compelled her to choose between her job and her religious beliefs.
The government asked the court to order the school district to adopt policies that reasonably accommodate its employees’ religious practices and beliefs, and to reinstate Khan with back pay and also pay her compensatory damages.
In November 2008, Khan filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which found reasonable cause that discrimination had occurred and forwarded the matter to the Justice Department. The case is the first brought by department in a project to ensure vigorous enforcement of the 1964 act against state and local governments by improving cooperation between the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the department’s civil rights division.
In our growing information age the need for whatever information albeit from i-tunes, maps, Fox News, BBC News, or simple Blackberry’s is being more sought after than any other information in history. Bearing that notion in mind one would think that as demand increases – then the supportive elements, known as infrastructure, would be the very first issue being resolved.
Up to this point Fox News is by far the worst out there – especially of any news gathering entity. Well therein may lay one of its biggest claims to failure. Fox News is an information entity, right? Well then, why on earth Fox News would be entering into the ‘social media groups’ such as Twitter and FaceBook remains a mystery.
Here is our gripe straight up and fair and balanced. At Fox’s invariably changing website if one wanted to participate in any way we suggest that one keep their wits to themselves, be ready for mega-frustration, and write (longhand) everything you’re provided with. It starts with Fox News.com then to Fox Business, and on to Fox News Radio, Fox Latino, and then Fox Nation.
Please try and bear with us here. Several of Fox’s programs are listed in to one of these categories; some are crossed-referenced (linked) but by far the most über-frustrating endeavor is logging into any one of them. We don’t know what they’re doing with the account names and passwords but our attempted logins three times per week to the five mentioned categories has gone by the by.
We found we’re taking up so much time using our usernames and passwords – we actually maintain a system that once a person is accepted to the site then their system particulars are “Hot Keyed” and put into an additional computing device that is dedicated only to that function – keeping usernames and passwords for all business functions. Of course we maintain privacy; one person’s password is theirs and known only to them; however, we do also keep a safe on premises for their hard copy particulars just in case they forget their passwords. (Suggestion US government?)
So here is a frustrating deal to share: We read a very ugly and biased article by Geraldo Rivera in Fox Latino. Since we are members and choose to comment on that particular piece of slithering, belly-sliding, “journalism” all we need do is login and type away. But what if the Fox system doesn’t recognize you and any of your usernames or passwords?
Right you use the FaceBook or Twitter option of allowing one source (Fox) to access any and all information kept by those two giant social networking sites. You finally make it, not because of Fox News but because of FaceBook or Twitter. Now after frustration, anger, and almost rage you’re ready to comment.
That is until after login a message comes up “Comments are closed for this topic.”
The official name of Rhode Island is: “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations” or that is what is inscribed – elaborately in the floor of the Statehouse. Many Rhode Islanders might not even know its formal name. It isn’t listed on modern-day maps, though it is on the state seal, is found in many official state documents and can be heard in the courtroom when the judge is announced.
The phrase “Providence Plantations” appeared in the royal charter granted in 1663 by King Charles II to the colony of Rhode Island. At the time, “Plantation” was a general term for settlement or colony. In this case, it referred to the merger of the Providence settlement, which was founded by minister Roger Williams following his banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and nearby towns into a single colony.
You go anywhere and you mention plantations and what automatically comes to a person’s mind? Well around here some spoke of huge white mansions with sprawling acreage of land; another mentioned wealth and the Gulf Coast area of the USA. Almost every female mentioned the clothes worn both underneath and over dresses; everyone stated something to the effect of Gone with the Wind.
|Actually that question was mentioned in this way: “You go anywhere and you mention plantations and what automatically comes to a person’s mind is slavery,” said Nick Figueroa, 41, a member of a legislative minority advisory coalition that backs changing the name. Well it certainly didn’t around here. Now let’s just focus on a concept of language changing and dismantling a society.
Political correctness does just that – we believe that it is used often times to change something that one doesn’t like either about their past or a collective – which is certainly the agenda of Nick Figueroa. However this next example is disgusting.
Keith Stokes, who is multiracial and can trace his family’s arrival to Newport back centuries, said the debate over the state name ignores Rhode Island’s legacy as a colony founded on religious tolerance, where Jews, Quakers and other minorities settled in large numbers after being rejected elsewhere. (Religion?)
“It has all these people who have been cast out because they worship differently and they all land in Rhode Island,” said Stokes, who is also executive director of the state’s economic development corporation. (Worship?)
Proponents of the name change say they recognize the word “plantations” was not initially associated with slavery, but argue the original meaning is irrelevant. They say “plantations” is inextricably linked to slavery, just as the swastika — traditionally a harmonious symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism — has since been adopted as an emblem of Nazi Germany and is today associated with ethnic hatred.
The ballot question in itself is a victory, regardless of what voters decide, said Harold Metts, a black state senator who helped lead the effort for the referendum.
“At least people understand why we feel the way we feel. For me, that’s part of healing,” Metts said. We ask politely: What healing? Up to now there have been 1,122 comments at the end of the article. For example: Suzy born and raised in Rhode Island said:
“We don’t even use it; I can’t tell you how many (most) people are unaware that it is in the State’s name.” Rene Moore stated: “Blacks just think the white man owes them everything. We owe you nothing, we got you out of Africa, and you should kiss our bleep!” Hat-tip to Associated Press’ Eric Tucker for the inspiration and the original piece can be found by clicking here.