California Moms Sue School District Over Teaching On Abstinence

Two mothers in California are suing the Clovis United School District over an abstinence-only sex education program. They say the students need information on condoms and sexually transmitted diseases.

The California District of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network have joined the moms in the suit. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is representing those involved in the case.

In 2003, a law was passed in California requiring that public schools thoroughly discuss sexual behavior in a medically accurate way.

According to the lawsuit, the school district is teaching that students should wait until marriage before engaging in sexual activity. In light of the 2003 law, this is unacceptable in the eyes of the suing mothers, Aubree Smith and Mica Ghimenti.

“Our kids need complete, accurate information to help them protect themselves against STDs and unintended pregnancy,” said Smith.

“Our children need to know more about sex education than abstinence-only,” Ghimenti added.

The school district emailed this statement to NBC News:

It appears from an initial review that the concern raised in this lawsuit stems from a question of differing interpretations of the depth and breadth of a school district’s obligation to cover detailed sexual content in its family life-sex education materials. …We will continue our review of the suit in order to better understand the concerns raised by the plaintiffs, but Clovis Unified has fully complied with both the California Education Code and the State’s content standards.

Obama Probably Needed A Good Teacher

At a recent campaign stop in Nevada, a heckler interrupted President Barack Obama. The President responded: “That young man probably needed a good teacher.” But the response is quite ironic given Obama’s slipups.

The most recent slipup is his misspelling of “Ohio.” In a photo reminiscent of a drunken tailgate party, Obama and three supporters spelled the Buckeye State “O-I-H-O.”

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They later corrected the flub.

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It’s not the first time the Commander in Chief has lost command of the English language.

While appearing on ESPN to discuss his picks for the NCAA basketball tournament, Obama misspelled “Syracuse.”

 

 

Allegedly, the President sent a letter to a citizen and thanked him for his “advise,” instead of “advice.”

The White House sent out invitations to an event to be held at “Congregation Keneseth Isreal” (should be “Israel”) and in 2011 misspelled “Libya.”

The first lady had her own fumble on Wednesday, telling voters to get out and vote on Nov. 2. The election is Nov. 6.

Who Killed Tony Scott?

On Sunday afternoon, filmmaker Tony Scott parked his car, climbed a fence and jumped to his death because he had brain cancer. At least that’s the version of the story reported by ABC News — the same media outlet that allegedly covered up George Zimmerman’s head wounds and claimed Aurora, Colo., shooting suspect James Holmes was a member of the Tea Party.

ABC News claimed that the report of Scott’s brain cancer came from “a source close to him.” But the story took the family by surprise. It turns out those closest to Scott knew nothing about his having brain cancer. ABC News then put out another story with the headline “Tony Scott Brain Cancer Report Appears in Doubt.”

Apart from the fabricated detail of brain cancer, it’s questionable that a 68-year-old would be able to calmly climb an 18-foot fence, which is what reports claim Scott did before his 185-foot free fall.

The death of the movie man seems too much like something out of a movie: A successful and healthy filmmaker gets news of a fatal illness, leaves a suicide note and leaps to his death before his latest project is released. It sounds like an orchestrated tale. Perhaps it is.

Did Scott know something that led to his untimely peril? Maybe a self-inflicted exit was better than whatever the alternative may have been. That is, if he jumped at all. A corpse dumped in a body of water isn’t that uncommon.

Scott and his brother Ridley Scott have a miniseries on A&E, “Coma,” that will air on Labor Day. The show is about a conspiracy at a medical facility. It exposes a hospital that intentionally performs botched surgeries on patients. “Coma” is supposedly based on the novel of the same title by Robin Cook. But we all know that many “fictional” books and movies are based on real events. Interestingly, the miniseries contains allusions to Atlanta, the home of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Could it be that “Coma” is based on a true story that someone wants to keep hidden?

Besides “Coma,” a Tony Scott documentary is set to air next year on the National Geographic Channel, “Killing Lincoln.” Supposedly, the film lends credence to conspiracy theories surrounding the death of the former President.

Maybe the pressure on Scott wasn’t because of a project already set to air, but something in the files. At the time of Scott’s alleged suicide, he was working on a few other projects — the most notable of which being the sequel to “Top Gun,” the 1986 blockbuster. The sequel was going to be based on the use of drones in modern combat. Scott spent the last few days of his life at a naval air station in Fallon, Nev., doing research for the film. In 2009, there were reports of UFOs at the station. Did Scott discover something while at Fallon?

If “Coma,” “Killing Lincoln” or “Top Gun 2” isn’t to blame for Scott’s death, perhaps the answer can be found somewhere behind the making of “Obama’s America 2016,” a recently released film that seeks to explain Obama’s past and his plans for the future. Scott has a connection to the movie through Gerald R. Molen, the producer of the film. Molen, Scott and Tom Cruise have a cinematic triangle of sorts. Molen, Scott and Cruise worked together on the 1990 film “Days of Thunder.” Molen worked with Cruise on the set of “Rain Man” and “Minority Report.” Scott and Cruise worked alongside each other in “Top Gun” and were spending time together shortly before Scott’s death.

Even though I can’t say for sure what took place on Sunday, I’m fairly certain of what will happen in coming weeks. First, an autopsy will be released and the alleged suicide will be blamed on drug use or an unknown medical problem (the family already refuted the claim that he had “inoperable brain cancer,” so his behavior will be described in other terms). Second, all of the videos that were supposedly taken of Scott’s leap will never be viewed (because they don’t exist). Third, more witnesses will come forward to say they saw Scott jump off the bridge (in an attempt to make the story more credible).

Perhaps we will never know the truth, but ABC News’ mishandling of the story serves to teach a valuable lesson. Jumping to the conclusion that the media are telling you the truth is a deadly mistake.

Updated to reflect correction in first paragraph.

Palin For President

Sarah Palin won’t be on the ballot in November, but that isn’t stopping the Alaskan’s advocates from supporting her for President. A group called The Earthquake Movement wants Palin in the White House.

The pro-Palin group does not support Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and it is upset that Palin was not given a speaking slot at the upcoming Republican convention.

“We are finding a lot of unhappy Republican voters,” the group said in a statement. “They feel like the RNC is not listening to them, and based on voter turnout in the primaries and what we are hearing from conservative Americans, they want her to emerge from the convention as the nominee.”

The Earthquake Movement has placed billboards in Wisconsin and attempted to contact delegates from all over the country.

But some Republicans, especially those in Wisconsin, a State that largely supports Paul Ryan, think The Earthquake Movement is wasting its time.

“I think the signs they’ve put up in the Dells clearly show they don’t understand the process,” said Sauk County Republican Party Chairman Tim McCumber. “We had a primary here. Wisconsin voters, in an open primary, came in and selected our candidate. Our delegates will go down, under our rules, and vote for that candidate.”

Obama Says He Will ‘Just Keep On Following’ Jesus

Amid criticism from even his liberal friends, President Barack Obama says he takes comfort in knowing that he is loved. “First and foremost, my Christian faith gives me a perspective and security that I don’t think I would have otherwise: that I am loved,” the President said in a recent interview with Washington National Cathedral magazine.

Obama said his faith has influenced his ideas about healthcare, a similar statement to that which he made about his stance on same-sex marriage.

“Faith tells us that there is something about this world that ties our interest to the welfare of a child who can’t get the health care they need, or a parent who can’t find work after the plant shut down, or a family going hungry,” Obama said.

The President also said that those who doubt he is a Christian should just look at his life.

“I have a job to do as president, and that does not involve convincing folks that my faith in Jesus is legitimate and real. I do my best to live out my faith, and to stay in the Word, and to make my life look more like His,” he said.

“What I can do is just keep on following Him, and serve others—trying to make folks’ lives a little better using this humbling position that I hold.”

City Tells Woman She Cannot Hand Out Water On Hot Day

The City of Phoenix could face a lawsuit after a city worker told a woman she could not hand out free water. Lawyers say that, under the 1st and 14th amendments, Dana Crow-Smith should have been able to give water to thirsty citizens.

Crow-Smith was handing out free water last month in Phoenix when she was told she was violating city code and would need a permit in order to continue. She was threatened with a citation.

“It was really hot and yeah we wanted to show God’s love and a small act of kindness is a great way to do that without shoving it down someone’s throat,” Crow-Smith said.

The Rutherford Institute is representing Crow-Smith, believing that the city violated “Crow-Smith’s First Amendment right to freely exercise her religion, her Fourteenth Amendment due process rights, as well as Arizona’s Free Exercise of Religion Act.”

The Rutherford Institute wants the city apologize to Crow-Smith and state that she is allowed to distribute water in the future. If the city does not comply, The Rutherford Institute says that a lawsuit will ensue.

“But I don’t think it’s even about religious beliefs. I think anybody should be able to giveaway water on the sidewalk to anybody. It’s hot and it’s a nice thing to do,” Crow-Smith said.

John W. Whitehead, the president of The Rutherford Institute agreed: “It is a sad day when local government officials prohibit Americans from such charitable acts as giving water to the thirsty in their city.”

Muslim Brotherhood Crucifies Opponents

The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has begun crucifying those who oppose President Mohammed Morsi. Some of the victims have been Egyptian Christians.

Crucifixions were reported by Arab News, Al Khabar News, Dostor Watany and Egypt Now.

“It’s anyone who is resisting the new government,” said Raymond Ibrahim of the Middle East Forum and the Investigative Project on Terrorism. “In this particular case, the people attacked and crucified were secular protesters upset because of Morsi’s hostile campaign against the media, especially of Tawfik Okasha, who was constantly exposing him on his station, until Morsi shut him down.”

Center for Security Police Senior Fellow Clare Lopez points to the Quran as the driving force behind the crucifixions.

“Crucifixion is a hadd punishment, stipulated in the Quran, Sura 5:33, and therefore an obligatory part of Shariah,” Lopez said. “It’s been a traditional punishment within Islam since the beginning, even though it’s not exclusively Islamic. The Romans used it too.

“So, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood haven’t the option to not include crucifixion within their legal code. It’s obligatory to comply with Shariah. And yes, it’s for shock value also to be sure.”

Analysts say that the situation will only worsen with time.

“These are Islamic hardliners who do everything by the Quran,” pointed out Pamela Gellar, an analyst of the Mideast and Islam.

“The Quran says, ‘Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land,” Gellar said.

News reports confirm that opponents of Morsi have been crucified naked on trees.

High School Choirs Not Allowed To Perform Because Of Too Many White Students

Two high school choirs in Georgia will miss out on an opportunity to perform at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra because it was decided that they are not racially diverse enough. The choruses of Walton High School and Lassiter High School will have to sit on the sidelines.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra President Stanley Romanstein offered an explanation: “We want the stages of the Atlanta Symphony, whether here, Verizon (Wireless Amphitheatre), or Chastain Park to reflect the diversity of Atlanta.”

Romanstein called opposing viewpoints “an interesting misunderstanding.”

“There are at least 12 very talented high school choirs in Atlanta,” he said. “We gave Lassiter and Walton choirs an opportunity to perform for four consecutive years, and they were marvelous. We think it’s time to give other Atlanta high school choirs, who are very skilled and deserving, their chance to perform with the ASO as well.”

Give Up Your Gun, Get Free Shoes

A program that has its roots in Orlando, Fla., provides incentives for residents who are willing to turn in their firearms. Those who give up their guns receive a gift card, free gas or a pair of kicks (shoes), depending on their location.

This year marked the 14th year of Kicks 4 Guns. The initiative was started by Real Radio 104.1 in Orlando.

Twelve law enforcement agencies participated in this year’s event: Cocoa Police Department, Daytona Beach Police Department, Kissimmee Police Department, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Orlando Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Ocoee Police Department, Palm Bay Police Department, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and Winter Park Police Department.

Kicks 4 Guns is intended to “remove unwanted guns from homes,” reported ClickOrlando.com.

Law enforcement agencies hoped the event would bring in 2,500 guns; 1,333 were turned in, reported the Orlando Sentinel. During last year’s Kicks 4 Guns, central Florida law enforcement agencies took in more than 2,200 weapons.

MSNBC Co-Host Accuses Romney Of ‘Niggerization’

The racial rhetoric continues in the 2012 campaign. First, Vice President Joe Biden told a group of mostly black voters that Republicans are “going to put ya’ll back in chains.” Presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney responded by telling President Barack Obama to take his “campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago.” On Thursday, an MSNBC co-host got in on the action.

The co-host of “The Cycle,” known as Touré, accused Romney of “niggerization.” Romney’s message to Obama “really bothered” Touré.

“You notice he said ‘anger’ twice,” Touré pointed out. “He’s really trying to use racial coding and access some really deep stereotypes about the angry black man. This is part of the playbook against Obama, the ‘otherization’ — ‘he’s not like us.’”

Touré said Romney is trying to convince people that Obama is like the “scary black man who we’ve been trained to fear.”

The Romney campaign has contacted NBC about the comment.