February 29th, 2012
By Nancy Dillon / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
An infuriated southern California mom is claiming a fourth grade teacher unfairly persecuted her autistic son by sending the 10-year-old to sit inside a large cardboard box at the back of her mainstream class.
Mom Kim Rollins told the Daily News she recently learned about the TV-sized enclosure when her son Sage asked for a pair of scissors and some markers to “decorate his box.”
He said his teacher - who has been placed on administrative leave pending a review - at Ronald Reagan Elementary School in Riverside County sent him into the crude, dark space when she became upset with him, Rollins said.
An earlier police investigation did not find evidence of criminality.
“I’m very angry. The thought of your child being put in a box, it’s heartbreaking,’ Rollins, 44, told The News.
“By law we have to send our kids to school, and if they’re mistreating the kids, by law we’re sending them in for torture,” the Wildomar, Calif., mom said.
She said the same teacher sent the boy into a supply closet before she acquired the box.
“He told me the closet got too full and things starting to poke him in back. Once he said that, I contacted the principal and the sheriff,” Rollins said.
School officials have since removed the instructor from her classroom pending a review.
“There is an ongoing investigation internally, and the teacher is still on paid administrative leave,” Mark Dennis, a spokesman for the Lake Elsinore Unified School District, told the Daily News.
“It’s a serious complaint,” he said. “This is a (special needs) student in a mainstream classroom setting, and the facts will determine whether this accommodation was for a refuge in the classroom.”
An investigation by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department failed to turn up any evidence of criminal wrongdoing, the Los Angeles Times, which was first to report the story, said.
School principal Nori Chandler reportedly told a Sheriff’s investigator that a district counselor provided a “decorated large cardboard box” that the boy used as a special hideout when he wanted “quiet time,” The Times reported.
Sage also reportedly told the deputy he went on his own when he needed a quiet place, according to The Times.
Rollins’ lawyer, meanwhile, has filed a legal claim against the school district and the teacher, setting the stage for a possible lawsuit.
Rollins said she believes the isolation caused other students to ridicule her son.
“I feel in my heart it was a form of abuse,” Rollins said. “The teacher should have done something different, not put him in a box. It made the other children see him in a different light and make fun of him. That’s a huge factor.”
She said her son, diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, is highly intelligent and has no trouble with his school work. But he has trouble dealing with social situations, and the teacher should have sent him to the counselor’s office or asked his aide to take him for a walk when acted overwhelmed, she said.
“We’re all just shocked this is how they’re dealing with children with mental disabilities,” she said. “We want something to come of this.”
February 29th, 2012
The New York Times / By ELISABETH BUMILLER
WASHINGTON—The mortuary at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware disposed of some body parts of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by burning them and dumping the ashes in a landfill, an independent panel said in a report released on Tuesday.
The method of disposal of the Sept. 11 remains, which has not been previously disclosed, was limited to what the report said were “several portions of remains” that could not be identified from the Pentagon attack and the crash site in Shanksville, Pa. The report said the remains were cremated and placed in containers provided to a biomedical waste disposal contractor, who then incinerated them and put them in the landfill.
“We don’t think it should have happened,” John Abizaid, the retired general who led the panel, told reporters as he discussed the findings at the Pentagon.
The practice was also used for some unidentified remains of the nation’s war dead, a fact first disclosed late last year. The practice has since been stopped and the ashes are now put in urns and buried at sea.
The disclosure about the Sept. 11 victims came as the independent panel concluded that the mortuary, the entry point for the nation’s war dead, should have more oversight, training of employees and inspections. “These problems need to be corrected right away,” General Abizaid said.
The panel did not address a central issue in the scandal at the mortuary: whether the Air Force should have further disciplined three mortuary officials who had displayed what the Air Force termed “gross mismanagement” for losing body parts of two service members and then doing nothing to correct sloppy practices. The decision about what to do about the officials has been left to Michael Donley, the secretary of the Air Force, who has a news conference scheduled for later Tuesday.
The disclosure about the Sept. 11 victims’ remains came about only in passing, in a brief mention on Page 6 of the report and in a further brief mention in the report’s appendix. General Abizaid, who said his task had been to make recommendations and not investigate past practices, offered no detail about the disposal of the Sept. 11 victims’ remains beyond the sparse mentions in the report.
The panel, which was only asked to look into practices at the mortuary, found what it called a “lack of clear command authority and supervision, lack of command and technical oversight, unclear relationships among coordinating organizations” and other bureaucratic problems. Among other recommendations, it said that embalmers should have the most up-to-date training and suggested there be more of them.
In November, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta asked the panel to review practices at the mortuary after the Air Force made a public assessment of “gross mismanagement” at the mortuary and disclosed that the mortuary had lost body parts.
At that time the Air Force disciplined but did not fire three senior mortuary officials. Col. Robert H. Edmondson, the former commander of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center, who left his position as part of a regular rotation last year, received a letter of reprimand, effectively ending any further promotions. Trevor Dean, Colonel Edmondson’s former deputy, and Quinton R. Keel, the former mortuary director, both civilians, were demoted and moved to lesser jobs at Dover, although not in the mortuary.
At the same time, a watchdog agency, the Office of Special Counsel, released a scathing report on the mortuary and said the three should have been fired. In a letter to the White House in November, Carolyn N. Lerner, the head of the office, said that Mr. Keel and Mr. Dean had exhibited a pattern of “negligence, misconduct and dishonesty” and that there had been a “failure of leadership” by Colonel Edmondson.
Last month, the Office of Special Counsel released another report saying that officials at the mortuary — it did not name them — had retaliated against four employees after the employees raised concerns about the mishandling of service members’ remains. In a 39-page report, the agency detailed what it called reprisals against the four employees over a 17-month period in 2009 and 2010.
February 28th, 2012
By Barry Secrest
Much of America , especially those calling themselves Conservative, now stand befuddlingly bewildered at trying to meaningfully comprehend exactly what has happened, in a relatively short time-frame, to the America that we grew up in. The rules of old have seemingly been replaced or, more accurately, "transformed" into something else altogether.
Now, the central theme that appears to lie at the heart of most civic-minded discussions revolves around what our Central government has done, what it's currently doing, or what it will do in the future. So, what happened? In effect, the very thing that the great Benjamin Franklin warned us about, over two centuries ago, lies at the very heart of America's great sacrifice: "They who can give up essential Liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither Liberty nor safety." Interestingly, if not ironically, it all seemed to have begun in earnest back on 9/11/2001.
This led us to wonder, exactly who or what, of the powers that have come into play within America, are engineering this great shackling of our Civil Society that we Conservatives hold so dearly? The answers are many, but we do have a tool in our wonders of many wonders, now at anyone's disposal, that was unavailable to any other human being throughout our history. This tool is called a web search engine, and the largest and most complex of them all is known as "Google." Not only can we, with but some rudimentary bit of knowledge, find out and understand which of Society's players wields the most influential power on that society, we can also understand exactly how much one power has in relation to another by virtue of how many digital responses there are within our vast web of knowledge.
So, by using the powerful algorithmical tool known as Google, the following list will give us an idea as to the power of influence wielded, or at least perceived, as apportioned to each. Bear in mind that these numbers can often change between one click to another on any given day, but these response numbers, on average, will allow us to at least gauge the influence bound to each.
One thing to remember, while other power rankings are typically based upon various individual's subjective opinions, this particular method draws almost entirely from raw web data drawn upon the Google algorithm only.
The New York Times - 2.35 Billion Responses
At well over 2 billion Google responses, The "Old Gray Lady " is our King-Pin du jour of the Leftist movement, and the breeding ground of Leftist Elitism, the world over. Having been around for well over 150 years, it could be said that the, declining in readership Times, in many ways, determines the Socialist battle plan against America and the Conservative movement on a daily basis. Given a Liberal rating of 73% Left-Leaning by a UCLA study, the Times even acknowledges its own brand of elitism, but attributes its Leftist slant to the Cosmopolitanism of being in NY City, right.
In fact, this is the one major media organization which jumped fully to the defense of Obama and the Democratic Party during his campaign to transform America into a Cloward-Piven spending disaster, and they remain fully behind their Messiah to this day. Many newspapers, the globe over, actually take their marching orders from the Times, so that in a world smitten with the extreme depravity of Collectivism, the NY Times bears significant culpability in making the unbelievable Utopianism blooming all around us seem just peachy-keen. The Times remains a powerful, yet weakening, threat to American Conservatism as we know it, as readership continues its steady decline, which began in 1990.
Fascinating that everything that the Times stands fully in support of, that being Socialism and ant--Capitalism, is the very thing that is also killing her. Poetic justice indeed.
2. The New World Order- 2.14 Billion responses
Coming in at number two on our scale of threats to Conservatism, the elite agenda of the Globalists continue to operate at extreme odds to America's great experiment in individual Liberty. While a massive number of conspiracy theories abound regarding the Globalist agenda, there is no doubt that the no-borders, Globalist crowd, sees American power and wealth as a significant impediment to installing a centralized, One-World government scheme, one that the Statists naively hope will finally bring world peace and prosperity to us all. What they fail, however, to fully realize is that a centralized, one-size fits all, world government would actually be nothing less than an anvil by which individualism, prosperity and freedom would automatically be hammered into extreme submission.
This paradigm is, even now, being fully realized in the Eurozone, as countries are being forced to chip away at their own sovereignty in the interests of maintaining their financial security within the EU's zone of compliance. Just think of it as Statism in hyper-drive, and it's coming to your locale soon, in the form of UN Agenda 21.....
February 28th, 2012
LANSING, Mich. - Mitt Romney is neck-and-neck with-Rick Santorum in Michigan but has pulled far ahead in Arizona on the eve of key primary contests in both states, according to new polls.
The Public Policy Polling (PPP) final survey of likely Michigan primary voters, conducted Sunday and Monday, found Santorum edging Romney by a margin of 38 percent to 37 percent -- a difference within the poll's margin of error.
Click the video player to get analysis from FOX 2's political consultant Tim Skubick.
The poll, however, did find momentum swinging toward Santorum in the final hours before the Michigan contest, with the former Pennsylvania senator holding a 39 percent to 34 percent advantage among those polled on Monday, the second day of polling.
And among those polled Monday who had not yet voted in the primary, Santorum's lead over Romney was even bigger -- 41 percent to 31 percent.
But the pollsters said late Monday night that while momentum was swinging to Santorum, Romney held a massive 56 percent to 29 percent lead among the Michigan voters who have already cast their votes -- nearly one in five voters.
Texas Rep. Ron Paul was in third place overall in the two-day poll with 14 percent, while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich drew nine percent.
In Arizona, Romney has pulled well ahead of Santorum and the rest of the presidential field, according to a separate PPP poll conducted Sunday.
The former Massachusetts governor secured 43 percent in that poll, compared to Santorum's 26 percent, Gingrich's 18 percent and Paul's 11 percent.
Also, nearly half of those planning to vote had already cast their ballots, and Romney had a 48 percent to 25 percent advantage over Santorum among that group.
The pollsters said that lead makes it "nearly impossible" for Santorum to catch up.
In Michigan, PPP surveyed 922 likely Republican primary voters. The poll's margin of error is 3.2 percent. PPP polled 515 likely Republican primary voters for its Arizona survey. The margin of error for that poll is 4.3 percent.
No matter the top finisher in Michigan, Romney and Santorum stand to split the 30 delegates at stake because Michigan distributes delegates proportionally. By contrast, Romney is favored to capture all 29 delegates in Arizona, which features a winner-take-all system.
Click the second video to get an explanation from Skubick.
Romney has 123 delegates to 72 for Santorum, 32 for Gingrich and 19 for Paul in the Associated Press count, with 1,144 required to win the party nomination at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
- Both Newscore and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
February 28th, 2012
By CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN |
But three years into his presidency, Obama’s marquee council of faith advisers has gone dark — a little-noticed postscript for a panel that he rolled out with fanfare and high expectations during his first weeks in office but ended up playing only a limited role in West Wing deliberations.