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My son has been suspended
five times. He’s 3.

Washington Post, by Tunette Powell

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Posted By:JoniTx, 7/24/2014 3:49:52 PM

I received a call from my sons’ school in March telling me that my oldest needed to be picked up early. He had been given a one-day suspension because he had thrown a chair. He did not hit anyone, but he could have, the school officials told me. JJ was 4 at the time. I agreed his behavior was inappropriate, but I was shocked that it resulted in a suspension. For weeks, it seemed as if JJ was on the chopping block. He was suspended two more times, once for throwing another chair and then for spitting on a student

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: richwill, 7/24/2014 3:53:26 PM     (No. 9938575)

Sounds as if the child needs some home discipline.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 7/24/2014 4:02:10 PM     (No. 9938591)

In reading the article what I heard from the parent remarking on their children´s was that it was inappropriate. Had any of mine thrown chairs stuck staff, etc. I would not have been worried about how many black, whites, yellows or greens suffered equal punishment. I would have completely focused on my kids´ behavior. I would not care what others were doing I would be worried about my children´s behavior.
Maybe the school saw the other parents doing something to correct their kids while they didn´t see this parent taking any steps to end inappropriate behavior - as she called it. Inappropriate - it´s criminal.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: stablemoney, 7/24/2014 4:03:55 PM     (No. 9938595)

Well, I guess even 4 year old don´t care to be spat on, or have chairs thrown at them. This does sound like the envelop over the line.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/24/2014 4:05:35 PM     (No. 9938596)

Some children are just aggressive and any parent tries to control and rechannel the trait, but it´s not always easy. I am sympathetic. They almost all grow out of it, but it´s a tense time for a caring parent.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 7/24/2014 4:05:38 PM     (No. 9938597)

when my son was little, this was called "being a boy". I´m sorry, but I sincerely believe educators are taking the easy way out with preschool suspensions. I´m white - I have no idea if this woman´s children are being singled out because of their color, and I cannot personally relate to a perceived racial issue. I only know that we treated all boys differently in years past...

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 7/24/2014 4:05:48 PM     (No. 9938598)

FTA ". I believe most educators want to help all children. But many aren’t aware of the biases and prejudices that they, like all of us, harbor, and our current system offers very little diversity training to preschool staff."

The author also bemoans the preschool to prison pipeline. Her children have no father, and because she works, her children have no mother to take care of them. Her son is angry, and I can´t blame him. It´s not the teacher´s fault mom didn´t give her children a dad.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Susannah, 7/24/2014 4:06:51 PM     (No. 9938599)

Tunette admits that her three-year-old was suspended the first time for hitting a staff member. She doesn´t say what caused the four subsequent suspensions. I wonder why? Did he escalate from hitting to biting to using an object as a weapon?

This kid needs a lot more help than he´s apparently getting from either of his parents.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Safari Man, 7/24/2014 4:07:04 PM     (No. 9938600)

Tunette? Is that a small song or a small tuna?


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Reply 9 - Posted by: Carmen, 7/24/2014 4:14:02 PM     (No. 9938606)

I think most children are not ready for pre-school at the age of three. Why not keep him at home and teach him some manners for another year and then let him go to a structured setting for a couple of hours in the morning or afternoon.

BTW, I don´t feel any preschool should be more than 2-3 hours. It is supposed to be an introduction to a school setting. (Unless, of course this is really daycare.)

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Reply 10 - Posted by: ruready?, 7/24/2014 4:15:02 PM     (No. 9938608)

It´s pretty similar to Turret´s

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 7/24/2014 4:15:57 PM     (No. 9938614)

Three is too young to be in school.

That said, this was handled by corporal punishment at school 30 years ago and before (with similar results at home). No need for silly "suspensions".

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Reply 12 - Posted by: novakid, 7/24/2014 4:17:45 PM     (No. 9938625)

I kept looking for a quote from the father, or fathers. Silly me.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Susannah, 7/24/2014 4:20:24 PM     (No. 9938629)

#12, They apparently have a father who´s resident in the home, and married to their mother. The author refers to her husband as a wonderful father to their sons.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: killerbee, 7/24/2014 4:20:42 PM     (No. 9938630)

My son was expelled from preschool after two days. Well ... asked nicely to leave.

He needed more than the school could give him and by a series of fumbles and stumbles I found him a wonderful place.

There are kids who aren´t ready for preschool socialization and could actually be damaged by it but their parents still need to work. All I can say for those parents is this: dig. Nobody is trying to find you, you´ve got to find them. But the people qualified to help your kid get to that next milestone are out there so don´t give up.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Pook60, 7/24/2014 4:22:12 PM     (No. 9938633)

Silly Tunette. She kept blaming herself for her kids unruly behavior until she figured out it is whitey´s fault. I´m glad she finally came to the conclusion that will be most beneficial to her boys and their future endeavors in prison.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 7/24/2014 4:34:08 PM     (No. 9938646)

@#8: I believe Tunette is the sister of Toonces - The Cat Who Could Drive a Car...

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Reply 17 - Posted by: msjena, 7/24/2014 4:39:57 PM     (No. 9938651)

Does it really do any good, though, to suspend a child? What does a 3 year old learn from that? The school has to make a choice--either tell the parents that they will have to remove the child from the school because the school cannot control his behavior or try to find a way to control it. The negative consequence has to fall on the child--maybe it´s sitting in the corner (time-out); maybe it´s no playground time; whatever. I wouldn´t necessarily blame the parents--kids sometimes act differently in the home than they do at school.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Safari Man, 7/24/2014 4:45:26 PM     (No. 9938657)

#13 Maybe if b´Iraq Hussein had a son...


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Reply 19 - Posted by: TXknitter, 7/24/2014 4:48:25 PM     (No. 9938661)



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Reply 20 - Posted by: just another nerd, 7/24/2014 4:48:47 PM     (No. 9938662)

Is Tunette a widow or is fatherlessness a lifestyle choice? If a choice why would you need an organization to deal with it? I thought single parent families didn´t have an effect on the children.



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Reply 21 - Posted by: Mickeymat, 7/24/2014 4:52:21 PM     (No. 9938665)

My children were not perfect in school but neither of them would EVER throw a chair or hit a teacher. This woman and her children need an intervention. The kids do not belong in school as they are interfering withe the education of the other children. And yes it looks like they are in the prison pipeline and their mother´s attitude is in large part responsible.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: KingBubo, 7/24/2014 4:54:38 PM     (No. 9938667)

This is not the child to illustrate any issue in suspension differences among different races. This kid is bad as whatever.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: zoidberg, 7/24/2014 5:01:32 PM     (No. 9938671)

The kid throws chairs? Maybe he´ll have a career as a college basketball coach.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: msjena, 7/24/2014 5:15:11 PM     (No. 9938690)

She´s not a single parent. She mentions her husband in the article. I think it´s unfortunate that she is trying to blame her son´s problems on racism. Racism may exist, but blaming it doesn´t solve the problem of her child´s behavior. She should meet with the school to work out a plan to control his behavior or take him out of the school. Maybe he just isn´t ready for pre-school.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: maryann4629, 7/24/2014 5:25:04 PM     (No. 9938706)

#6, there is a father in the home, and he is the husband of the mother. I went back and re-read the article to make sure I hadn´t missed something.

Another child, apparently a white child, intentionally threw something at another child who HAD TO BE RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL!!! That child was not suspended.

Sorry, I think Tonette has a point. If the only difference is the color of their skin, then it appears that the teacher is overreacting to misbehavior by black children.



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Reply 26 - Posted by: Pros7767, 7/24/2014 5:25:58 PM     (No. 9938708)

My son was at a pre-school where a black child flipped over a table, spilling everyone´s snacks. They took the child to another room. The other children were terrified.

When I picked up my son, I asked what they were going to do about the other child. I was informed they would watch him.

My son stayed home the next two days while I found a new pre-school. No child should be sent to a violent environment where he is scared to death of what the other child will do.

As a working mother, daycare was my only option. Unfortunately that means all day, not 2-3 hours.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: bridgepard, 7/24/2014 5:26:09 PM     (No. 9938709)

Pook60 reply 15 has got it, sad but true. 3 years old and already out of control. Wait till they hit mid-teens!

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Aubreyesque, 7/24/2014 5:28:42 PM     (No. 9938711)

On the one hand, I dont sympathize with this mother in her quest to find racism in pre-school punishment. Im Caucasian and my daughter had pre-school behaviors that caused the principle to call me up and chew me out...only to be told later by the teacher that there were other children in her class that were misbehaving and summarily disciplined. The principle, whom my mother had worked with before and had had issues of her own with him, was hellbent on punishing ME and my daughter, because he called up every single day of class with some new threat to throw my daughter out of class...only to be told later by the teacher that it had been managed and that my daughter was improving. I ultimately had to get off of work early in order to go withdraw my daughter because the principle terrorized me at my place of employment...and when I went in to do so, he locked me in his office and proceeded to upbraid me about how he was going to "blackball" my daughter from other schools and that I should be ashamed of myself for not being at home popping out more babies (my one pregnancy with my daughter ultimately ended in infertility because of severe damage to my uterus.) Its not that I didnt want more children, but I was deeply offended that I was immediately judged a bad mother because I was not producing more and that would teach me to be a better mother. Suffice it to say, this man was extremely hateful and prejudicial against me...and again, let me stress, I AM WHITE...so blacks do NOT have the monopoly of entangling horns with truly vicious and ugly people in the education system.

I should add that this all took place at a PRIVATE school...so those places are no more immune to stupidity.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: athina, 7/24/2014 5:29:07 PM     (No. 9938712)

I read the words of a conscientious mother. She is indeed married to the boys´ father.

We don´t know the reality of their household, only what she describes. Who are we to doubt her? Let´s assume they are as good parents as as all of you are. There are children who are naturally obedient away from their own families and there children who are not. I´ve seen it. Pre-schoolers hit people and throw things, even when they´ve been taught not to, because they are very little and it´s very hard to control the response to their emotions. That´s part of being 3 and 4. And 5 and 6 and 7, often. Getting control of their behavior is part of what pre-school is supposed to teach them. It was, for my kids, 15-20 years ago. And suspending them as a disciplinary tactic at this age? -- Suspension would be necessary if the child is simply a menace. If that were the case, the parent should have been talked to a long time before about the unacceptable behavior that wasn´t changing. This reads as if the child was suspended after the first incident, which is an overreaction and not particularly useful unless the child is able to connect his behavior with not going to school, and cares about it!

This mother is saying that white parents have told her that her son is being treated more strictly than theirs. So she is going to get involved in the school more. That sounds like a good idea. She might find that the teachers don´t know how to handle the children, or she might learn about how to better discipline her kids.


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Reply 30 - Posted by: Aubreyesque, 7/24/2014 5:29:09 PM     (No. 9938713)

my post continued:

Having said that, the suspensions are an extremely harsh thing to deal to a pre-schooler...theyre still practically BABIES then...of COURSE theres going to be incidences of throwing things and bad behavior...thats what TODDLERS DO!!!! Suspension as a solution?! GET REAL!!

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Hermoine, 7/24/2014 5:30:55 PM     (No. 9938715)

What a bummer...I got halfway through it and had to stop reading because she´s blaming it all on racism. What a cop out. After the 2nd suspension, she should´ve been on the phone with the school´s principal or director to ask for a meeting to discuss her children and why this is occurring and asking about how other children are treated when similar incidents happen.

My child goes to public school and I can tell you the administrators bend over backwards to NOT suspend black children (or other minority) students.


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Reply 32 - Posted by: dvc, 7/24/2014 5:39:56 PM     (No. 9938724)

He still has time, but if JJ doesn´t get a grip on behavior at some point, he could eventually wind up like his grandfather - in jail. She always uses the singular pronoun, so apparently there is no father in the home. Bad news for the boys. They have no positive male role model to emulate, with no father and the grandfather a criminal.

She writes "The problem is not that we have a bunch of racist teachers and administrators." but then procedes for several paragraphs to attempt to prove that they ARE ACTUALLY racists, but don´t mean to be. She argues that whites treat black kids unfairly due to unconscious racism, conveniently making denying it a futile exercise. BS excuse for violence-prone kids that learn early in their culture that violence IS the solution of choice.

As long as blacks spend this amount of effort rationalizing their children´s violent behavior as somehow caused by or unfairly judged by whitey, they will continue to fail, and many will get the ultimate suspension - prison, the adult solution to violent behavior. Somewhere above 80% of prison inmates are black, largely due to a culture that has few good role models and where violence is often the first ´tool´ used in interpersonal problems, and pervasive drugs and alcohol tend to strip away good judgment.

Her final comment is telling - "I refuse to let it be done to my children." - once again, the black VICTIMS, taking NO responsibility, she is blaming the system for her violent kids. Attacking the system as racist, rather than teaching him proper behavior is to help push JJ onto his grandfather´s path to prison.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 7/24/2014 5:40:29 PM     (No. 9938725)

Parents who fall for the lie that three year old children belong in school can expect strong reactions.
They are just growing out of toddler stages . Separation from home in structures that are difficult for older children leaves them feeling unloved and deserted.
Of course they lash out in anger and confusion.
Don´t seek status via having a baby in school. If affordable hire a nanny if not seek a homelike day care.
The mother in this case is so insecure she can only blame race instead wrong choices for her children.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 7/24/2014 5:40:49 PM     (No. 9938727)

I don´t care what color she is. If I had that kid I´d be worried enough about him to have him examined by a professional. And I´d ditch that namby-pamby buzzwordword "inappropriate".

Assault will be inappropriate when he is older if this keeps up. The kid has an anger problem. Someone should figure out why.

She has a million excuses, a ton of speculations. Time to get someone on the job who knows about such things, what these signs mean. If anything. No meds. Just "what´s up here?"

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Reply 35 - Posted by: GKC fan, 7/24/2014 5:43:13 PM     (No. 9938729)

I teach Pre K. I am not going to let your child abuse the other children. Other parents have the expectation that when they give me their children, we are all going to have a wonderful day. Violence, you have to be crazy!

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Reply 36 - Posted by: earlybird, 7/24/2014 5:44:01 PM     (No. 9938730)

I have two (now grown) boys and a grown grandson, plus a great grandson in grade school. All are "all boy" and none of them has ever thrown a chair or spit on anyone. Those are really hostile acts, angry acts. I am amazed that any thinking person can dismiss them with "they´ll grow out of that". Don´t count on it...

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Reply 37 - Posted by: dvc, 7/24/2014 5:47:28 PM     (No. 9938733)

Sorry for the double post, but I did miss the one sentence where she mentions her husband, so I was wrong about fatherlessness.

I stand by the rest of my comments.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Emerson, 7/24/2014 5:53:02 PM     (No. 9938741)

Let´s turn this on its head. Assuming there are a number of small pre-schoolers in a child´s class. One of them is prone to anger - hits a teacher. Pretty serious breach, in my estimation. Takes a lot of guts for a kid to hit an adult authority figure. And then another time they throw a chair. Pretty big object for a pre-schooler to throw. And then another time they spat on another child. Lots of problems with that one. Bodily fluid.

So what would YOU do if you were the teacher? What options are open to you?

Seems to me a suspension is pretty benign. I might consider recommending the kid be expelled, tuition returned, and let the parents find another place for their problem child - or a solution for his problems.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Epirb, 7/24/2014 6:05:24 PM     (No. 9938750)

When my 4-year-old grandson was suspended for biting another child, his parents didn´t blame the school, the teachers or staff. They decided he needed help so worked with a child psychologist to help him manage his anger. He was a darling white child and the fact that his teacher was black was never an issue. They worked with her, backed her up and it wasn´t long before my grandson hurried home to tell me, "Grandma, I got a star today. I went 5 whole days without biting anybody." :-) And he never again had to be suspended for bad behavior. When charges of "Racism" are carelessly tossed around instead of cooperating with the schools, the real losers are the children.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Udanja99, 7/24/2014 6:18:13 PM     (No. 9938762)

The best thing that ANY parents can do for their children these days is to home school them.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 7/24/2014 6:48:03 PM     (No. 9938801)

Suspenion only punishes the parents, the kid now knows he can get out of school any time he wants. A few swats will fix that.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Coy860, 7/24/2014 7:50:55 PM     (No. 9938869)

I´m curious as to whether this child was in a Day Care before he reached 3 and attended pre-school and learned bad habits and saw other bad behavior in Day Care. I honestly believe an infant should be home with his mother or grandmother until at least 4. A year of pre-school to learn how to socialize before getting into the learning experience is sufficient.
Yes, I understand that many mothers have to work, but for many, the mother works to supply "material wants" rather than material needs.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: folsomguy, 7/24/2014 7:58:09 PM     (No. 9938877)

Oh no this is ADHD. It couldn´t be the parents fault. I´m sure they are doing their best at home. S/O!

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Keekng, 7/24/2014 8:04:10 PM     (No. 9938882)

#1 nailed it. Time for the parent to step up.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 7/24/2014 8:26:02 PM     (No. 9938898)

Throwing chairs and spitting is not being a boy, it is being an undisciplined brat.

Chances are this kid will not grow out of this behavior, he will get worse and more violent.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: mitzi, 7/24/2014 8:47:32 PM     (No. 9938912)

I´d be too embarrassed to broadcast to the immediate world that I had two pre-school children who were trouble makers.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/24/2014 10:52:34 PM     (No. 9939038)

First, there are as many I´s in her article as Zippy´s speeches.

Second, it´s udder BS. Little Goldilocks in my neighborhood has been in more preschools than she is old and she makes him look like a sissy. She has been tested, medicated and seen therapist and she hasn´t made it to kindergarten yet.

Everyday these kids wake up in a circus and they are overstimulated. Too many toys, electronics, movies, parks, whatever, it is never ending. They don´t know what quiet time is and the parents want any label on them except "spoiled"

If you can´t control a three or four year old, what are you going to do when they are 16 and in your face ?

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Reply 48 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 7/25/2014 12:04:00 AM     (No. 9939096)

I am tempted to be seriously politically incorrect by this article. But after the reasonableness of the posters above, I will merely compliment #47 as being "best in show" and offer a hypothetical:

Years from now, when Tunette is being interviewed by the media at the crime scene, I can hear her saying, "Oh no, not my JJ. He was a good boy. He would never do anything like that!"

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Hammock, 7/25/2014 2:13:21 AM     (No. 9939152)

The white mothers of the kid´s classmates at the party said their kids had done worse, so I can see why she´s suspicious. Becoming more involved with the school is a decent response.

I don´t think writing an article about it before you know for sure what´s up is a good response. Sure it might intimidate any staff with an attitude, but it puts a target of one sort or another on the kids. If it were me I´d find someplace else for the kids and then get real involved.

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Arguably the world´s best chess player ever, Garry Kasparov is on a new mission. He hopes to convince the world that the biggest threat to global unrest is not the Islamic State, al-Qaida or North Korea. Instead it is Vladimir Putin, Russia´s president from 2000 to 2008 and then again from 2012 to today. In an interview with Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga, Kasparov outlined his reasons for believing that Putin should be what keeps the world up at night. He chided President Barack Obama for being too late in addressing Putin´s aggression in Ukraine — ultimately annexing

FAA Fire Suspect "Deeply Regrets"
Actions, Attorney Says
NBC 5 (Chicago IL), by Phil Rogers & Courtney Copenhagen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/30/2014 4:56:15 PM     Post Reply
(Video) As engineers and controllers work to repair Aurora´s fire ravaged air traffic control center, the man accused of setting that fire was ordered held in federal custody, his own lawyer arguing that´s the one place he may get the help he needs. "He made a tragic mistake in the course of trying to end his own life," said Ron Safer, the attorney representing suspect Brian Howard. "Only someone who is deeply troubled would do that." The fire triggering widespread cancellations and delays at Chicago´s O´Hare and Midway international airports, affecting travelers throughout the country. Howard said nothing officially in

Obama Administration Faces
Immigration Deadline
Associated Press, by Jacques Billeaud    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/30/2014 4:36:17 PM     Post Reply
Phoenix - Federal authorities who have pushed back against Arizona´s attempts to confront illegal immigration in recent years face a Tuesday deadline to comment on two state immigration policies being scrutinized by the courts. The Obama administration is scheduled to provide input in a challenge of Gov. Jan Brewer´s policy that denies driver´s licenses to certain young immigrants who have avoided deportation under a change ordered by the president. White House officials are also expected to urge a judge to throw out Arizona´s 2005 immigrant smuggling ban. Brewer and the Obama administration have clashed over illegal immigration before, most notably

USMC to Deploy 2,100
Marines to Kuwait
Breitbart Big Peace, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/30/2014 4:23:08 PM     Post Reply
The USMC is preparing to deploy 2,100 Marines to Kuwait under the auspices of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF). The deployment was planned before the current "conflict in Iraq and Syria with the Islamic State" began. According to Defense News, Colonel Kenneth DeTreux said the SPMAGTF will be deployed in "fiscal ´15." They will have "attack aircraft, the AV-8B Harrier, and support aircraft such as the MV-22 Osprey and KC-130 Super Hercules." The SPMAGTF "will be equipped to perform noncombat evacuation, humanitarian assistance, infrastructure support, tactical aircraft recovery, fixed-site security and theater sustainment missions." But DeTreux made clear that

Obama to defend economic
record in Chicago speech
The Hill (Washington, DC), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/30/2014 2:10:32 PM     Post Reply
President Obama will deliver a speech on "America´s economic greatness" Thursday at Northwestern University in Chicago as the White House looks to refocus attention on the economy ahead of the midterm elections. Obama will "take a step back from the rush of current events to explain what we´ve done to recover from the Great Recession and what we need to do to ensure that more middle-class Americans feel that progress in their own lives," senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said in an email to supporters. The president will also tie America´s economic prosperity to its ability to project leadership across the

Northeast loses 40% of House seats
as people flee high-tax states
Washington Examiner (DC), by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/30/2014 1:46:42 PM     Post Reply
The Northeast, once the nation’s political engine that produced presidents, House speakers and Senate giants including the late Edward M. Kennedy, is losing clout in Washington as citizens flee the high-tax region, according to experts worried about the trend. The Census Bureau reports that population growth has shifted to the South and the result is that the 11 states that make up the Northeast are being bled dry of representation in Washington. Critics blame rising taxes in states such as Massachusetts and Connecticut for limiting population growth in the Northeast to just 15 percent from 1983 to 2013, while the

Why Are Black Staffers
Fleeing Capitol Hill?
Daily Beast, by Tim Mak    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/30/2014 1:41:37 PM     Post Reply
Aides say a number of high-ranking African-American congressional staffers have left in recent years, leading to a dearth of diversity on the Hill. The Obama era hasn’t been a period of progress for black Capitol Hill staffers, and aides say a “diversity drain” of many senior African Americans to the private sector and the White House in recent years is partly to blame. “I started on the Hill 10 years ago, and I don´t see a significant difference in the number” of black congressional staffers, John Jones, the chief of staff to Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, told The Daily Beast. “[Progress]

Secret Service Chief Questioned
Over White House Security Failure
National Public Radio, by Scott Neuman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/30/2014 11:46:11 AM     Post Reply
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson faced a tough inquiry by lawmakers today as she appeared before a House committee to answer questions about the Sept. 19 White House security breach in which a man armed with a knife entered the executive mansion. "It´s clear that our security plan was not executed properly. I take full responsibility. What happened is unacceptable and it will never happen again," Pierson told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in her opening remarks. She said she was committed to a full review and implementing recommended changes. She sat opposite committee members just as new



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Breitbart National Security, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
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A new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report reveals that President Barack Obama has attended only 42.1% of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) in the 2,079 days of his presidency through September 29, 2014. The GAI report also included a breakdown of Obama’s PDB attendance record between terms; he attended 42.4% of his PDBs in his first term and 41.3% in his second. The GAI’s alarming findings come on the heels of Obama’s 60 Minutes comments on Sunday, wherein the president laid the blame for the Islamic State’s (ISIS) rapid rise squarely at

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previously known

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Washington Post, by Carol D. Leonnig    Original Article
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The man who jumped the White House fence this month and sprinted through the front door made it much farther into the building than previously known, overpowering one Secret Service officer and running through much of the main floor, according to three people familiar with the incident. An alarm box near the front entrance of the White House designed to alert guards to an intruder had been muted at what officers believed was a request of the usher’s office, said a Secret Service official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The officer posted inside the front door appeared to

LA Times: ´Worst is Yet to Come´
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Truth Revolt, by Bradford Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 9/29/2014 7:18:59 PM     Post Reply
The L.A. Times is warning that the “worst is yet to come” if a grand jury fails to indict white officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing black 18-year-old Michael Brown. If the grand jury fails to indict the officer who killed Michael Brown, almost everyone here thinks things will get worse. “They’re not going to be looting next time,” said Kevin Seltzer, 30, who lives at an apartment complex near where Brown, 18, was shot. “They’re going to burn the city down.” The article highlights recent indications that the city is “far from finding peace,” including continued clashes with officers, the shooting

Obama: ‘Most Americans’
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Washington Times, by Joseph Curl    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/29/2014 4:55:30 AM     Post Reply
For President Obama, the color of a man’s skin is far more important than the content of his character. On the night when a police officer was shot in a Missouri town torn by racial strife, the president donned a shiny tuxedo to attend a ritzy black awards dinner, where he said police nationwide are to blame for community mistrust, even claiming that “most Americans” think the country is racist. Remember, when Ferguson exploded in racial rage in August, Mr. Obama chose not to curtail his 15-day vacation, spending day after day on the golf course in the white-skinned, white-wined, millionaire playground

Cornyn to PJM: Time for ‘Arguments
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PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
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WASHINGTON — The Senate’s minority whip is confident about Republicans being the majority in the 114th Congress — if conservatives can set aside differences and work to combat the massive influx of donor cash that has Democratic campaigns ahead in the money race. Only in the majority, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) stresses, can conservatives make headway on tamping down overregulation, repealing and replacing Obamacare, securing the “chaotic” border, getting Keystone XL moving, and bringing civilized debate back to the upper chamber. And only by realizing the gravity of the battle for November, he argues, can Republicans relegate Harry Reid (D-Nev.)

Dallas´ Ebola case confirmed
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Dallas Morning News [TX], by Sherry Jacobson*    Original Article
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified the media at 3:32 p.m. Tuesday that Dallas has the first diagnosed Ebola case in the nation. The federal agency scheduled a media briefing at 5:30 p.m. from its headquarters in Atlanta. Dallas County officials are expected to participate. Dallas County went through a day-long anxiety attack Tuesday, waiting to hear if the first Ebola diagnosis in the nation would happen here. An unnamed patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas was placed in isolation while awaiting test results for the dreaded virus. Apparently, the patient had traveled recently to a

Obama: The Country Is Better
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Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
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President Obama firmly believes the United States is better off now than when he took office, even though the American people cannot “feel” it. During an interview with 60 Minutes’ Steve Kroft, Obama said, “the country is definitely better off than when I came into office.” “When I came into office, our economy was in crisis,” Obama said. The president then cited lower unemployment, private sector job growth, and deficit cuts as evidence of his administration’s success. “I can put my record against any leader around the world in terms of digging ourselves out of a terrible, almost unprecedented financial crisis,” Obama said. When

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Daily Mail (UK), by David Martosko,    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 9/29/2014 5:45:29 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama´s intelligence briefings have provided him with specific information since before he won re-election in 2012 about the growing threat of the terror group now known alternatively as ISIS and ISIL, an administration insider told MailOnline on Monday. ´Unless someone very senior has been shredding the president´s daily briefings and telling him that the dog ate them, highly accurate predictions about ISIL have been showing up in the Oval Office since before the 2012 election,´(snip) ´Any time you´re hired by a boss to advise him about what to do in a high-stakes area, and he ignores you for

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New York Daily News, by Don Kaplan    Original Article
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California becomes first
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Associated Press, by Fenit Nirappil    Original Article
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Sacramento, Calif. - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, driven to action by a buildup of litter and damage to aquatic ecosystems. A national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers immediately said it would seek a voter referendum to repeal the law, which is scheduled to take effect in July 2015. Under SB270, plastic bags will be phased out of large grocery stores starting next summer and convenience stores and pharmacies in 2016. The law allows grocers to charge a fee of at least 10 cents for using paper bags. State Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles,

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American Spectator, by David Catron    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 9/29/2014 4:59:22 AM     Post Reply
Democrats think conservatives in general, and Tea Partiers in particular, are stupid. Here’s how to reinforce that belief: Sit out the 2014 congressional elections because your favorite candidate lost his primary bid to an establishment Republican. If you live in Kansas, for example, you can suck your thumb while Democrat ringer Greg Orman beats Republican Senator Pat Roberts. If you’re a Kentucky conservative, you can stay home and b***h about Mitch while Alison “Rubberstamp” Grimes heads to Washington. If you’re in Mississippi, you can stay mad at Thad and allow Travis “no repeal” Childers to win. That’ll show those RINOs! It

The stars align for baby Charlotte
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Politico, by Kendall Breitman    Original Article
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Leading astrologers say that Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky is destined for a future working on social justice and will enjoy a strong relationship with her proud grandparents, Hillary and Bill. After Chelsea Clinton and Mark Mezvinsky’s daughter was born at 7:03 pm at Lenox Hill Hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side on Friday, POLITICO asked astrologers to weigh in on what is written in the stars for the former first daughter’s first daughter. “She may not follow her family’s politics, but she will follow the family’s activism and social justice and finding a way to serve the world, following in that


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