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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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Posted By: JoniTx- 10/3/2014 10:46:33 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated 22 years of marriage Friday and the husband-in-chief offered marriage advice to a new bride while at a stop in Princeton, Indiana. "He´ll screw up a bunch," Mr. Obama said. "Eventually we learn, but it takes us a little longer, because we´re not as smart." For her part, the first lady, who Obama said "has been very patient with me," tweeted a photo from their wedding, which took place Oct. 3, 1992, wishing her spouse a happy anniversary. (Tweet)

Ohio Town Covered In Planned
Parenthood Banners
Daily Caller, by Tristyn Bloom    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/3/2014 9:58:19 PM     Post Reply
While small towns and cities throughout the country are gearing up for Halloween, one city in Ohio has a different kind of municipal decor — Planned Parenthood banners. One reader sent The Daily Caller these photos of Planned Parenthood banners attached to lampposts throughout the town of Wooster in northeastern Ohio. “As I drove through the small town,” he told us, “I noticed approximately one dozen Planned Parenthood banners posted prominently along the city streets.” (Photo) TheDC called Wooster’s mayor’s office, who told us that it isn’t responsible for the banners, and directed us to a group called

Chuck Todd’s Meet The Press Set
Looks Like It Came from IKEA
Mediaite, by Tina Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/3/2014 9:52:26 PM     Post Reply
This Sunday, Chuck Todd will debut his new set for Meet The Press, which NBC claims “incorporates Chuck’s personality” into the decor. Judging from the recent photos released of the set, like the round table used for one-on-one interviews, we’re thinking Todd’s personality can best be described as “POÄNG.” (Photo) This is Todd’s panel desk, which was made by attaching a LACK table to a GLASHOLM: (Photo) This is Todd’s America Shelf, probably inspired by Pinterest’s Ikea Hacks: (Photo) And there is reportedly an “informal interview” credenza, which could look like any of these:

Record 92,584,000 Not in Labor
Force; Participation Hits 36-Year Low
Cybercast News Service, by Ali Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/3/2014 9:47:11 PM     Post Reply
A record 92,584,000 Americans 16 and older did not participate in the labor force in September, as the labor force participation rate dropped to 62.7 percent, a level it has not seen in 36 years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday. Six times in the last twelve months, the participation rate has been as low as 62.8 percent; but September´s 62.7 percent is the lowest since February of 1978. The participation rate is the percentage of the civilian noninstitutional population who participated in the labor force by either having a job or actively seeking one. Those not in the

Obama team circles wagons as
Panetta hits White House on
Iraq, Syria and more
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/3/2014 9:34:11 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration found itself on defense Friday after former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta criticized the White House for its policies on Iraq, with the State Department and others publicly disputing his claims. Panetta chided the president´s team in his forthcoming memoir, excerpts of which have been published in the media. He alleges the White House didn´t try hard enough to strike a deal with Iraq in 2011 to leave a residual force of U.S. troops behind, in turn opening the door for the region to become a haven for the Islamic State. In newly published excerpts, he also criticized

Hurt vets play golf
San Angelo Standard Times (TX), by Jamie Stengle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/3/2014 9:25:57 PM     Post Reply
IRVING — Former President George W. Bush spoke before wounded veterans taking part in his Warrior Open on Thursday, saying the tournament could be characterized in different ways: “One, you can call it the ‘Courageous Open,’ or you can call it ‘There’s No Self-Pity Here Open.”’ “Any way you call it, we thank you for coming to support the men and women who have worn our uniform and the courage they’ve shown,” Bush said before the golfers headed out for the second day of the tournament, held at Las Colinas Country Club in the Dallas suburb of Irving. This is

Cover-up of Nepotism Report
Latest Black Eye for California Senate
Breitbart California, by Jon Fleischman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/3/2014 9:21:30 PM     Post Reply
The dictionary defines nepotism as, “the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs.” It perhaps should come to no surprise to anyone even remotely aware of the ethical scandals permeating Democrats in the State Senate that a new scandal should emerge surrounding untoward hiring practices in the State Senate, and a cover-up by Senate Leadership. (More on that cover-up in a moment.) First I think it is important to recap that the Senate, as an institution, is clearly at an ethical low point. Former Democratic State Senate Rod Wright finally resigned



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Lena Dunham: I Was Raped By
a ´Campus Republican´ In 2008

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Breitbart Big Hollywood, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 10/3/2014 8:29:26 PM     Post Reply
In her just-released memoir, 27 year-old "Girls" star Lena Dunham claims that as a 19 year-old Oberlin College student in Ohio, she was raped by a college Republican. In the first chapter that addresses the encounter, Dunham describes the "ill-fated evening of lovemaking" as awkward and hollow. The most sensational moment comes from the fact that "Barry" wasn´t wearing a condom. In the next chapter, Dunham backtracks with the claim that she´s an "unreliable narrator" and accuses "Barry" of rape: [I]n another essay in this book I describe a sexual encounter with a mustachioed campus Republican as the upsetting but

EXCLUSIVE: Ousted Secret Service chief
was ´sandbagged´ by ´p***ed off agents
who had had enough´ of her and thought*

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/2/2014 9:11:57 PM     Post Reply
A recently retired Secret Service agent told MailOnline on Thursday that former director Julia Pierson´s resignation will be welcomed by the agency´s rank-and-file because ´people in the service thought she was a joke from Day One.´ He attributed her swift fall from grace to a cadre of ´p***ed off agents who had had enough´ of feeling disrespected by the service´s first female director. ´Putting her in charge was part of the [Obama] administration´s push to feminize the service after the "hookergate" nightmare,´ the agent said, referring to agents who were fired after patronizing prostitutes during a security-check trip to Colombia

The Case for Panic
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Washington Free Beacon, by Matthew Continetti    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/3/2014 5:27:33 AM     Post Reply
Deadly, irrational, and determined, the intruder snuck across a weakened perimeter. Eluding capture, the intruder was detained only after missteps and close calls. The spin began soon after the threat was isolated. Information was selectively leaked. Half-truths and untruths were uttered. Responsibility was avoided; privileges and credentials asserted; authority reasserted. Trust us. Remain calm. Don’t panic. This is the template of recent events. A mental case jumps the White House fence. He makes it to the East Room before he’s tackled by an off-duty Secret Service agent. Initial statements turn out to be misleading or false. We discover that lapses in

Another weird Obama pronunciation
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American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 10/4/2014 11:22:06 AM     Post Reply
What on earth is an ohbee-guynee? Apparently it is a weird Obamaspeak pronunciation of OB/GYN (pronounced oh-bee-gee-why-en). For the president’s benefit, let me specify that means a doctor who delivers babies and takes care of the lady parts. When President Obama announced the departure of Eric Holder from his position as attorney general, he also mentioned his “good friend,” the AG’s wife, Dr. Sharon Malone, and he called her an “ohbee-guynee.” (snip) it almost seems as though someone raised in a fantasized USSR training camp for deep cover agents was inserted into the identity of Barack Obama and loosed upon

Courts Will Decide If Chimps Should
Have Same Rights As Humans

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New York Post, by Lia Eustachewich    Original Article
Posted By: mc squared- 10/4/2014 10:08:43 AM     Post Reply
It’s the “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” A New York appeals court next week will consider whether chimps should have the same rights as human beings. The extraordinary proceeding is the result of a lengthy battle by animal-rights activists who argue that animals with human qualities — including chimps — are entitled to human protections, including freedom from captivity. Steven Wise, part of the Nonhuman Rights Project, which is leading the effort, will have to convince a panel of Albany appellate judges that a chimp name Tommy is a “legal person” to get him moved from a cage

We’ve made the
Ebola crisis worse

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Telegraph [UK], by Geoffrey Lean    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 10/3/2014 11:45:50 PM     Post Reply
It is the stuff that nightmares are made of, and day by day it is getting worse. The Ebola epidemic, says Dr Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), is now “the greatest peacetime challenge” since the Second World War. Yet her own organisation’s tardiness, partly caused by cuts, together with reductions in--and misuse of--funds elsewhere, are largely responsible for Ebola spiralling out of control. [Snip] It’s just the beginning. At present the numbers of people infected are thought to be doubling in under 30 days--and the blue-chip US Center for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that, if Ebola

28 words that Democrats
really wish President Obama
didn’t say today

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Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 10/2/2014 10:48:52 PM     Post Reply
President Obama was at Northwestern University on Thursday to deliver an economic speech that, he and his team hoped, would lay out the case for why the public is better off today than they were six years ago -- even if they didn´t feel it in their everday lives. Instead, Obama just gave every Republican ad-maker in the country more fodder for negative ads linking Democratic candidates to him. Here are the four sentences that will draw all of the attention (they come more than two thirds of the way through the speech): "I am not on the ballot this

Ebola is a greater clear and present
threat to America than any terror group -
so why is Obama spending billions bombing
ISIS but only millions blitzing the virus?

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Daily Mail [UK], by Piers Morgan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 10/4/2014 7:00:30 AM     Post Reply
I’m always sceptical when I hear scare-mongering claims about diseases. From bird flu to SARS, we’re repeatedly told it’s going to be the new Plague that will wipe everyone out and then…it doesn’t. Probably because the scare-mongering itself makes people take it seriously enough to prevent it spreading. But there is something very sinister and frightening about this Ebola outbreak, which has so far infected 7,100 and killed 3,300. [Snip] It’s hard to think of a more cack-handed, dangerously inept response than what transpired in Dallas. Consider what we now know: Thomas Eric Duncan, a 42-year-old Liberian citizen, had been

Michelle Obama: U.S. Has Improved
´By Almost Every Economic Measure´

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Breitbart Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 10/4/2014 10:36:54 AM     Post Reply
In a speech in Boston, First Lady Michelle Obama left behind talk of exercise and school lunches, exchanging it all for bald politics by claiming that under her husband the US economy is now better off "by almost every economic measure." The First Lady appeared at the Strand Theater Friday to stump for Martha Coakley´s campaign for Governor of Massachusetts. Coakley needs help badly, as even in blue, blue Massachusetts, the race between Democrat Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker is essentially a toss up. In her remarks, Obama pushed the President´s newest campaign line that he has saved the economy based on

United Airlines Flight 998 From Brussels
To Newark Liberty Met By Hazmat CDC
Officials – Liberian Father and Daughter*

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Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: galloglass- 10/4/2014 3:00:31 PM     Post Reply
Ladies and Gentlemen: Please secure your trays tables and seats into their upright and locked positions, along with any vomit or other Potentially Infectious Materials for our flight staff to pick up as we prepare for arrival to our final destination”…. “And, as always, the staff of United Flight 998 would like to thank you for remaining calm as we transport the Ebola virus to a destination near you”. NEW YORK - A United Airilines flight from Brussels was met by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials today at Newark Liberty International Airport after a passenger on board believed to be from Liberia exhibited possible signs of

Meghan McCain on Secret
Service: ´I hated all of them´

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The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/3/2014 12:30:44 AM     Post Reply
Meghan McCain joined the dog pile on the Secret Service this week, saying she’s had “nothing but horrible experiences" with the agency and likening the agents to “glorified mall cops.” The 29-year-old author and television personality, who is also the daughter of former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), opened up on Pivot’s “TakePart Live” about some of her interactions with the Secret Service. "I have nothing but horrible experiences with the Secret Service,” McCain said. “One of my friends called them glorified mall cops and I don´t think that´s terribly far off. I found them cliquey. I hated

Some Blacks See Secret Service
as Flawed Shield for the President

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New York Times, by Peter Baker    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/3/2014 12:16:43 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland was at the grocery store the other day when he ran into an elderly black woman who expressed growing concern about President Obama’s safety. Why, she asked, wasn’t he being better protected by his Secret Service agents? The furor that led to this week’s resignation of the director of the Secret Service resonated deeply among blacks, outraged that those supposed to be guarding the first black president were somehow falling down on the job — and suspicious even without evidence that it may be deliberate. “It is something that is widespread in


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