All bluster, no substance: After railing about Texas school shooting, New Jersey Democrats block school safety bill

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TRENTON, NJ- For all the caterwauling Democrats engage in over school shootings, the mask comes off when push comes to shove. Such is the case in New Jersey, where two days after 19 fourth-graders were massacred in a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, New Jersey Democrats blocked a school safety bill put forth by the state’s GOP.

According to the New Jersey Republican Party, Assembly speaker Craig Coughlin and Garden State Democrats blocked a motion by Republicans to pass school safety legislation.

The measure would have standardized school emergency response training for police and is based on recommendations from state task forces formed in the aftermath of another elementary school shooting, the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut where 20 first graders were killed, along with six adult school staffers.

Kim Eulner, a New Jersey Republican assemblywoman who was a prime sponsor of the bill, A303 implored her Democrat colleagues to save the lives of school children and teachers by making it a requirement that every police officer in the state attend in-service training on school emergencies, which would include active shooter training.

Early indications are that police in Uvalde waited until the arrival of tactical teams prior to entering the school, which flies in the face of years of police active shooter training. That delay is believed to have contributed to the death total.

“The only thing that stopped the Assembly from taking action after Uvalde today was the speaker moving a bill from first to second reading,” said Eulner. “All Republicans were asking for was to pass a bill that would have required training for police so they are prepared if, God forbid, a school shooting happens in New Jersey.”

According to the release from New Jersey Assembly Republicans, assemblyman John McKeon, acting as parliamentarian, blocked the floor vote, claiming it was out of order.

In the ultimate display of sheer partisanship, Speaker Craig Coughlin, who has done so in the past for Democrat-sponsored bills, refused to move the bill to a second reading, which would have authorized an emergency vote.

Majority Leader Louis Greenwald defended the inaction by the Democrats by outlining a number of bills the legislature has already passed, but invited Eulner and Republicans to work with him to possibly move bills forward in the future.

So New Jersey Democrats, who claim to want to “protect” kids refused to bring forth a bill that would have proactively protected children, do nothing to do so. But they showed their true colors Thursday when Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy attacked New Jersey Republicans over…you guessed it…gun laws.

Murphy attacked Republicans who sponsored bills intended to relax or roll back New Jersey gun laws. As NorthJersey.com noted, the bill had little if any chance of even getting a hearing, however Murphy decided to bloviate about gun legislation.

“Let’s put every gun bill up, so the people of New Jersey can see, in no uncertain terms, who supports commonsense gun safety and who wants New Jersey’s streets and communities flooded with guns,” Murphy said on Wednesday.

‘Let’s see who the gun lobby banks on with their blood money.”

Ok Murphy, we’ll play. “Let’s see how many New Jersey Democrats don’t give a rat’s ass about school safety and properly training police to respond to active shooters in schools. They’re more interested in gutting the Second Amendment.”

Murphy however, fresh off escaping with his ass in last November’s surprisingly razor-thin gubernatorial election, has been unable to get Democrats, who control the New Jersey legislature, to pass a number of gun control measures…his so-called 3.0 package.

NorthJersey.com notes that Senate President Nick Scutari has shown zero interest in putting Murphy’s gun control agenda through. Apparently Scutari is well aware, unlike Murphy, that Americans across the country, including in New Jersey, are tiring of the Democrats’ agenda. Scutari wants to be careful not to stoke Republican fervor after they made surprising gains in last year’s election. He is concentrating more on money issues.

“I will keep an open mind on any additional actions that will reduce gun violence,” he said in a non-committal tone.

So the next time you hear Democrats railing about school shootings, remember the only reason they care is because they can use it as an excuse to pass their draconian anti-Second Amendment gun grabbing measures.

They don’t give a rip about the kids. New Jersey Democrats just proved it.

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WESTFIELD, NJ- While Florida has taken steps to protect children (at least up to age nine), liberal hell holes such as New Jersey have gone in the opposite direction.

According to the New York Post, second graders in New Jersey will be required to take classes including discussions in “gender identity” because six and even-year-olds apparently don’t need to concentrate on learning to read and write, as well as other skills that will actually help them.

According to Fox News, children in the second grade will partake in a 30-minute lesson called “Pink, Blue and Purple,” which will teach the children to define “gender, gender identity, and gender role stereotypes. But fear not…they’re not trying to “trans” the kids or anything.

Moreover, the lesson includes instructions for teachers to advise their students that no matter whether they have a penis or a vagina, their sexual identity is up to them, based on materials handed out to parents at a Westfield Board of Education meeting in February. The materials were also posted online.

The lesson plan told children that they “might feel like” they’re a boy “even if you have body parts that some people might tell you are ‘girl’ parts.”

“You might feel like you’re a girl even if you have body parts that some people might tell you are ‘boy’ parts. And you might not feel like you’re a boy or a girl, but you’re a little bit of both. No matter how you feel, you’re perfectly normal.”

Sorry, but this is sick and it is evil. Want to know why parents are pissed off and have had enough? Right here should tell you. It is amazing that taxpayer money funds this BS for a group that accounts for less than 1% of the population.

How long is it, given the slippery slope we’ve been heading down especially over the past year, that schools start teaching children that it’s ok for “minor attracted persons” to touch their private parts?

Think it couldn’t happen? If you were told two years ago that kids would be instructed in public schools that a child’s sexual identity is not a matter of biology but feelings, would you have believed it? Not likely.

Time was, teaching children about the “birds and the bees” was up to parents, but that is clearly no longer the case. It started out with “sex education” in high school and over time, that started to trickle down to younger students. And now here we are.

Another lesson plan for children in second grade is called “Understanding Our Bodies.” That includes illustrated discussions of human genitals for kids as young as seven so they can use “medically accurate names” for their private parts. Not happy to leave well enough along, the lesson also says:

“Tell students: ‘There are some body parts that mostly just girls have and some parts that mostly just boys have,’” it says. [emphasis added]

The note to teachers further says: “Being a boy or a girl doesn’t have to mean you have those parts, but for most people that is how their bodies are.”

Contrast this nonsense to the Parental Protection Bill passed by the Florida legislature and signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis, which  forbids this satanic nonsense being taught to children up to age nine, which truth be told should still be older. But at least it’s a start.

The planned lessons in New Jersey are supposed to go into effect in September, however some parents and New Jersey lawmakers are appalled by the content.

“I am honestly appalled at this curriculum,” Maria DeMaio-Esposito told the Asbury Park Press. She is a mother of two.

“I am debating whether to place my child in a private school if I can afford it. Is this curriculum really necessary? Children need to stay children. Their innocence is beautiful and I do not want their little minds filled with this very adult topic.”

While parents have the ability to opt their children out of taking the lessons, some parents feel such a policy will leave kids stigmatized.

“My granddaughter is going to be entering eighth grade, if she opts out of a class, she’s going to be looked at by her peers in a different manner,” Paula McCarthy-Mammana said, noting the curriculum “makes me sick.”

“She may be bullied or harassed and I don’t agree with a child being targeted because of family moral issues.”

Meanwhile, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) blasted the curriculum, telling Fox News: “I think this is just a further indication of crazy liberal policies of my successor, Phil Murphy, who is in the progressive movement.”

“He’s on the left of the progressive movement, and this kind of stuff should not be going on.”

Also weighing in was New Jersey State Senator Tom Kean Jr. (R), who slammed the Garden State’s “outrageous” gender studies push.

“Parents rightfully were angry at these standards and stood up across New Jersey, Republicans and Democrats, alike to make sure that their kids have the education—core curriculum education—that they deserve,” Kean told Martha MacCallum on America’s Newsroom on Fox.

The backlash has New Jersey’s far-left governor rethinking whether the leaked curriculum is appropriate for second-graders.

That didn’t placate Kean, however, who called Murphy “out of touch,” noting that he was only “reassessing” the curriculum but had yet to mandate any changes. Murphy accused his opponents of “misrepresenting” the lessons, but what we addressed above came right out of the curriculum. It seems pretty clear they are attempting to indoctrinate young children in transgender ideology.

“We need to make sure that the parents’ voices are heard,” Kean Jr. said. “I’ve started a website yesterday called parentsvoicecoalition.com, so we can continue to advocate for the parents to make sure these educational standards never see the light of day in New Jersey for kids as young as kindergarten through second grade.”

Meanwhile State Sen. Holly Schepisi told Fox News, “as a mom and a legislator, I can appreciate the need for students to receive age-appropriate instruction, but this is beyond the pale.

“We knew that when Gov. Murphy used the cover of the pandemic to push these new standards through that something was terribly wrong, and now we can clearly see why they needed to do this in secret,” she said.

“The agenda has swung so far left in an attempt to sexualize our precious children that parents are fighting back.”

The superintendent of the Westfield schools, Raymond Gonzalez attempted to downplay the curriculum to Fox News, claiming that the lessons were “a sample list of resources aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards to be considered as school districts work on revisions to the health and [physical education] curriculum.”

“We made it clear at the meeting and subsequent meetings that these are resources only—they are not state-mandated—and that the district is in the process of developing its revised curriculum to meet state standards.”

Perhaps Attorney General Merrick Garland and his Department of Justice should re-focus their assets on the institutional child abuse that is being propagated by state legislatures and complicit school boards across the country instead of harassing parents who are concerned about that very thing.

All bluster, no substance: After railing about Texas school shooting, New Jersey Democrats block school safety bill

For more on how a real state takes care of its children, we invite you to read our previous report about Florida’s child protection legislation.

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TALLAHASSEE, FL- America’s governor strikes again! According to the New York Post, the Florida Department of Education has engaged in a housecleaning of math textbooks which concern themselves more with indoctrination of kids than teaching math concepts.

That indoctrination includes inclusion of critical race theory, along with a number of other prohibited subjects.

The Post noted that the FDE rejected some 41 percent of publisher submissions under a range of reasons, including “references to critical race theory” and adherence to Common Core standards.

“It seems that some publishers attempted to slap a coat of paint on an old house build on the foundation of Common Core, and indoctrinating concepts like race essentialism, especially, bizarrely, for elementary school students,” said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The Florida DOE had invited publishers to submit math materials for inclusion in the state’s public school math curriculum in 2021.

According to the DOE, 21 percent of the titles rejected were booted “because they incorporate prohibited topics or unsolicited strategies, including CRT.”

DeSantis famously banned CRT as a component in the curriculum of Florida schools, noting that it is corrosive, focusing on racial differences while minimizing “individual agency.”

“We won’t allow Florida tax dollars to be spent teaching kids to hate our country or to hat each other,” the governor said when he announced the legislation last year.

The Washington Examiner noted that the Sunshine State rejected 54 of 132 math books submitted to be included in the 2022-23 math curriculum.

The DOE announced last week that a majority of the rejected books were for elementary students in grades K-5.

“Despite rejecting 41 percent of materials submitted, every core mathematic course and grade is covered with at least one textbook,” the DOE said.

“I’m grateful that Commissioner Corcoran and his team at the Department have conducted such a  thorough vetting of these textbooks to ensure they comply with the law,” DeSantis said.

Common Core was eliminated in Florida by DeSantis in 2019 via an executive order. Common Core set a number of sometimes confusing and bizarre standards in math and English and has been widely criticized by parents as being extremely confusing.

Meanwhile last year, the DOE informed publishers that school textbooks would be required to align to state standards and avoid references to so-called “unsolicited strategies, such as social emotional learning and culturally responsible teaching.”

“It is unfortunate that several publishers, especially at the elementary school grade levels, have ignored this clear communication and have attempted to slip rebranded instructional materials based on Common Core Standards into Florida’s classrooms, while others have included prohibited and divisive concepts such as the tenants of CRT or other unsolicited strategies of indoctrination—despite FDOE’s prior notification,” the state’s Board of Education said.

Meanwhile as expected, Democrats railed against the DOE’s action, with Democratic state Rep. Anna Eskamani leading the way.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Florida Republican leaders are preparing to ban Algebra from high schools,” Eskamani tweeted. “They object to the subliminal use of [brackets] as an indoctrination to the concept of inclusion, they don’t like the equal sign, and they hate solving problems.”

Ah yes, saw what you did there. LOL.

Funny, the only ones we’ve seen wanting to ban algebra are leftists, led by a liberal professor from Queens College back in 2016.

The Examiner noted that publishers can appeal the rejections and may also revise their submitted textbook bids.

Want a few examples of how CRT and other leftist ideology is being injected into school curriculum, including math?

Here ya go!

For more on CRT and who is making money on it, we invite you to:

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Following the early October announcement from the Department of Justice to target parents opposed to aspects like critical race theory who’ve allegedly engaged in “harassment, intimidation and threats” against various school boards across the country, a concerning connection has come to light regarding AG Merrick Garland’s daughter.

The U.S. Attorney General’s daughter happens to be married to the co-founder of a company that peddles resources to schools to foster more “equitable” school environments – a term that often accompanies CRT proponents.

According to a 2018 article from the New York Times, Rebecca Garland married Xan Tanner, which Tanner happens to be one of the co-founders of Panorama Education.

According to the company website’s “About” page, their products are already being used to “support over 13 million students in 21,000 schools, 1,500 districts, and 50 states.”

Products that are offered to school districts include educational progress dashboards called “Student Success”, another dashboard called “Social Emotional Learning”, and “Feedback Surveys” that schools can utilize to address all matters ranging from student to staff concerns and desires.

What has the potential to raise some eyebrows would be the “Social Emotional Learning” product sold by the company run in part by the son-in-law of AG Garland, as it seems to have elements of CRT basked into the product sold by the company.

According to the topics listed within the “Social Emotional Learning” section of the product information, some of the “topics for students, teachers and staff” address the following:

  • Diversity and Inclusion – How diverse, integrated, and fair school is for students from different races, ethnicities, or cultures.
  • Cultural Awareness and Action – How often students learn about, discuss, and confront issues of race, ethnicity, and culture in school.
  • Social Awareness – How well students consider the perspectives of others and empathize with them.
  • Cultural Awareness and Action (Student Focus) – How well a school supports students in learning about, discussing, and confronting issues of race, ethnicity, and culture.
  • Cultural Awareness and Action (Adult Focus) – How well a school supports faculty and staff in learning about, discussing, and confronting issues of race, ethnicity, and culture.

These aforementioned areas all are part of CRT-based efforts, creating a hyper-focus on aspects like race and ethnicity that many parents across the country have voiced concerns over their propensity to foster identity politics in a school setting.

And as mentioned earlier, AG Garland released a statement on October 4th in light of parents attending and voicing concerns at school board meetings all over the United States that alluded to said acts as being instances of “harassment, intimidation and threats of violence.”

While the Department of Justice release proclaimed that they’re only responding to a “rise in criminal conduct directed toward school personnel”, this alleged criminal conduct the Justice Department aims to address stems from the hyperbolic claims made by the National School Boards Association in late September.

In a September 29th letter to President Biden from the NSBA, the association claimed that parents voicing opposition to CRT or mask mandates in school is “the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”

While a singular instance in their September 29th letter noted that one person “in Illinois for aggravated battery and disorderly conduct during a school board meeting,” every other complaint lodged in the letter pertained to things like angry letters, being called mean names like “Marxist”, and dealing with “anti-mask proponents” who cause “chaos during board meetings.”

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Revealed: Verizon promotes anti-police speakers and pushes Critical Race Theory in employee training

(Originally published August 30th, 2021)

The following article contains editorial content written by a current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.

According to a report from City Journal, Verizon has put together an internal program that is pushing the likes of critical race theory on employees, as well as championing ideas like defunding the police and the concept of “white fragility”.

Investigative journalist Christopher Rufo was able to obtain some of the internal documents from a whistleblower from the company, outside of the already heavily populated “Race & Social Justice Action Toolkit” Verizon hosts on their website pushing similar concepts.

There was a time where new hires and employees at a company would go to work and be trained on work-related tasks, company policies, and other areas relevant to ideal job performance.

Verizon is of course a wireless network operator – meaning the company’s bread and butter comes from various iterations of wireless phone services. Yet, City Journal contributor Rufo found that Verizon is dipping its toes into indoctrinating their employees for matters not related to the work Verizon does:

“According to documents that I have obtained from a whistleblower, Verizon launched the ‘Race & Social Justice’ initiative last year and has created an extensive race reeducation program based on the core tenets of critical race theory, including ‘systemic racism,’ ‘white fragility,’ and ‘intersectionality’.”

According to one of these crash courses being taught to Verizon employees, dubbed as “Conscious Inclusion & Anti-Racism”, employees are asked to “deconstruct their racial and sexual identities and, according to their position on the ‘privilege’ hierarchy, embark on a lifelong ‘anti-racism journey’”:

From there, employees are reportedly asked to list their race, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, education level, profession, and their sexual orientation on this official company worksheet.

Apparently, then employees are supposed to take that information on the worksheet and apply it to the theory of intersectionality, which is a huge part of critical race theory that determines whether someone fits in the category of the oppressed or that of an oppressor.

This is what some people jokingly coined as the Oppression Olympics, which simply reduces an individual to their immutable characteristics to see who could be thought of as more oppressed.

Basically, this train of thought would deduce that a straight black male is of higher victimhood status than perhaps a gay white female, but a black trans woman would trump them both on the victimhood status.

Needless to say, it’s not only shoddy social science – it’s dangerously divisive rhetoric that needlessly segments people into group identity, which leads to group-think.

In one of the videos related to the Verizon curriculum around this effort, former Global Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion officer Ramcess Jean-Louis is featured on a video titled “Let’s talk about privilege”, where he asserts the following:

“As a black man in [America], we are viewed as less than. We are viewed as inferior. We are viewed that our life is not as valuable as anyone else.”

The sort of rhetoric Jean-Louis is peddling in the video is an instance of speaking in absolutes, which is the habit of describing a feeling or a circumstance in concrete and absolute terms – such as when he’s saying all black Americans “are viewed as less than”, “viewed as inferior”, and “viewed that our life is not as valuable.”

This is absolutist nonsense, as it completely shows a cognitive bias that’s characterized by completely ignoring nuance – because it asserts that all non-black Americans see black Americans as lesser.

Rufo’s report noted that Verizon is also teaching employees about “microaggressions” and how they may be unconsciously doing harm to coworkers by engaging in actions or speech that no normal person would recognize as offensive:

“The diversity trainers explain that employees should not commit ‘microaggressions’ and ‘microinequities,’ defined as ‘indirect expressions of racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, or another form of prejudice’ that are ‘seemingly innocuous’ and often ‘unconscious or subtle,’ but make members of certain racial and sexual classes ‘feel different, violated, or unsafe.’ Members of the privileged classes must instead engage in the ‘lifelong process’ of demonstrating ‘accountability with marginalized individuals.’”

In a sense, Verizon is warning employees to stop doing/saying potentially offensive things that no reasonable person would raise an eyebrow at – as both the concepts of microaggressions and microinequities aim to address general non-issues or non-inflammatory language.

For instance, a prime example of what a “microaggression” would be is someone talking about a date they had not going well because their date seemed “kind of dumb” or “air-headed” – well, in the world of microaggressions, that would be an infraction showing one’s “ableism”.

And Verizon also hosted another contentious topic with this social justice indoctrination: police defunding. According to Rufo’s report, Verizon hosted a criminal justice reform speaker that championed defunding the police.

Adrian Burrell from Verizon’s speaking event stated the following about policing in America:

“I feel like over policing doesn’t work. And I feel like those same resources that are aimed towards hiring [police officers] with racist biases…need to be aimed at bringing more resources to the community at a at a root level, and then you just won’t need so many police.”

“If you want to call that ‘abolishing the police,’ or if you want to call that ‘defunding the police,’ so be it.”

So, not only are Verizon employees learning how to do their job, but they’re also learning that they’re either oppressors or oppressed, that America is systemically racist, and that police should be defunded.

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