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Incredible: Man Saves His Children From a Carjacker, But the Shocking Ending is Harrowing

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Wow. This is an incredible story.

According to cops (and WPVI), here’s what happened…

A 25-year-old man was working at a pizza delivery joint in Philadelphia Thursday when his same-aged girlfriend — and mother of his two kids — came in around 9 p.m.

She’d left her vehicle running with her three youngsters — a 7-month-old, an 18-month-old, and a 5-year-old (from a prior relationship) inside.

While the two spoke in the restaurant, a man carjacked the full-of-kids Hyundai.

The pair chased after the car, which got stuck in nearby traffic.

As per Scott Small, of the Philadelphia Police Department:

“They were able to pull this car thief out of the vehicle.”

The 54-year-old assailant subsequently took off on foot, but the boyfriend caught him and a fight ensued.

Back to Scott:

“Then other males from the neighbourhood intervened and began punching and kicking the male who took the vehicle.”

They beat the guy severely.

He was taken to a hospital with extreme damage to the head and face. At 10:05, he was pronounced dead.

The three children were unharmed and spent the night with relatives.

The tykes’ mom and dad were said to be cooperating with detectives.

It’s yet to be determined whether charges will be brought against the father.

What an intense and insane and terrible thing. It no doubt conjures strong convictions.

Thank God the children were unharmed and the crime was stopped. And kudos to a dad for doing whatever it took.

But as for the ending, what do you think? What feelings do you take away? Are you struck by thoughts of justice or of reckless, animalistic violence?

I look forward to hearing from you in the Comments section.

-ALEX

 

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Don’t miss this summer’s pop-up library at Ballston Quarter

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Finding a good book at the mall doesn’t just have to be from the bookstore. It can now be from your local library thanks to a new pop-up library at Ballston Quarter.

According to the Director of the Department of Libraries in Arlington, Diane Kresh, the creation (the third of its kind by the Arlington Public Library) is all about adapting to change and “meeting people where they are.”

“We assume that for all kinds of reasons, not everyone goes to a traditional brick-and-mortar library,” Kresh says. “There are people stopping at the pop-up that don’t even know that less than a mile away is a central library.”

The former retail space is now open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (except on Fridays) until Aug. 2, and has a handful of amenities for visitors to enjoy.

Visitors can sign up for a library card, browse a stock of popular-interest and children’s books or just kick back and use one of the space’s charging stations for digital devices.

According to Kresh, the pop-up library is showcasing how libraries on a larger scale are allowing public access to services that go beyond just lending out books.

“We are very conscious about how people are using the public space of the library,” Kresh says. Many come to the permanent locations in the area for a quiet place to study and a place to charge a laptop, while others stop by and conduct most of their interactions through the library app once they leave.

That’s why locations like this one, even if temporary, make people aware of the ways the library can become a frequent and reliable resource, no matter what they’re looking for.

“Some local libraries are always really busy because they’re right in the middle of the community [literally], but this way we have another location that can see the library and add it to their daily life tasks,” Kresh says. “You can stop by and get out of the heat, find a comfy chair and read a book.”

And the kids can enjoy it, too.

Kresh is hoping that local children find the library to be a fun, educational and safe space. That’s why local children can also sign up for the library’s 2019 Summer Reading Challenge, when they visit. Children are eligible to earn prizes after 25 days of reading, including tickets to a Washington Nationals game.

“We push reading because it’s something that you can enjoy lifelong,” Kresh says. “It’s fundamental. Even if you’re older, you can still enjoy it.”

And ever since the opening, Kresh has noticed its impact when spending just a few minutes in the space.

“When I was visiting just the other day, there were two young women with their babies there, and they were having a great moment,” Kresh says.

Aside from browsing the collection of books or charging up a cell phone, visitors can also experience Alterspace, a collaborative project with Harvard University’s metaLAB that offers an immersive nook where users can control light, color, sound and space to create their ideal environment for reading. It’s the project’s first location outside of Massachusetts.

As for the library continuing the pop-up beyond early August, Kresh is unsure if it’s term will be extended. But she does know one thing about the Arlington Public Library and its community initiatives: “We are always there and we’re here for everybody,” Kresh says. // Ballston Quarter: 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; free

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Woman Sues Hospital: If She’d Known Her 4-Year-Old Had Down Syndrome, She Would’ve Aborted Him

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A woman in the UK is suing a hospital for failing to screen her unborn son for Down Syndrome.

Had she known he had the condition, the lawsuit claims, she would’ve had an abortion.

As reported by the Mirror, Edyta Mordel is attempting to hold the National Health Service accountable for the live birth of her son to the tune of £200,000.

Per the suit, the “wrongful birth…increased financial costs of caring for her son and for the impact on her own ability to work.”

4-year-old Aleksander was born in January of 2015 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. Hospital records reveal Edyta was “very angry and upset” upon being made aware of the baby’s condition.

According to her claim, doctors failed to administer testing which would’ve detected DS, despite the fact that she insisted. Purportedly, she even noted the need for such examination during her first meeting with a midwife.

Edyta believed the evaluation was performed at her 12-week appointment, though medical documentation speaks to the contrary.

As relayed by the Daily Mail, she appealed to London’s High Court thusly:

“I knew from the start I would agree on the Down’s syndrome screening, and I would not make any other decision. I was always sure about the decision, and I always wanted it. I spoke with the midwife about Down Syndrome screening. I had informed myself. I watched a lot of videos and read about screening.”

Her attorney insists both she and her partner — Aleksander’s father — would’ve “terminated the pregnancy.”

However, legal representatives for NHS contend that she declined the test and later regretted it.

More, from lawyer Michael de Navarro QC:

“Not only did her copy of the handheld notes contain the scan report saying that Down’s screening had been declined, but she must have realized that she had never had the result of screening which she had been told to expect.”

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias had something to say about the situation — to The Daily Caller:

“If a mother does not want to care for her precious little one, we would encourage her to let a loving family adopt and raise him, helping him to reach his full potential. And, no, a hospital should not be sued for bringing this innocent little one into the world.”

In terms of the Western culture at large, Edyta’s disposition — though shocking — isn’t such an outlier: Earlier in the year, New York approved the murder of infants mere seconds before they’re born (here); and Virginia’s governor is cool with them being murdered after birth (here).

But undoubtedly the most apt response to this story is a video shared by Ashton Kutcher in January.

Don’t miss its incredible power:

This man gave powerful speech on Down Syndrome

Everyone's life is valuable.

Posted by Ashton Kutcher on Wednesday, January 16, 2019

-ALEX

 

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Ilhan Omar Teaches High Schoolers That America is Racist, Then Admits She May Have Made Up the Facts of Her Story

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In case you haven’t heard, race is the big thing.

What we thought the world learned after Hitler? It didn’t so much take.

Lessons on the other side of segregation? They’re fading.

We’re now back to the 40’s — there are whites and non-whites, like the water fountains knew.

But enter a hip, new, and so totally altogether different term: instead of colored, “people of color.” Presto Change-O, Woke-O.

But how about Lie-O?

Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar recently told a large group of youngsters at Richfield High School that about half a decade ago, she was serving as a city councilwoman in Minneapolis. And she learned a valuable lesson about the U.S. malady of systemic racism.

As reported by Fox News:

She recalled a “sweet, old… African-American lady” who was detained for a whole weekend for stealing a $2 loaf of bread to feed her “starving 5-year-old granddaughter,” according to The Washington Post, and screamed an expletive in court after the woman was fined $80 for the crime.

“I couldn’t control my emotions,” Omar told students, “because I couldn’t understand how a roomful of educated adults could do something so unjust.”

But the Post called BS:

Omar’s story echoed the plot of Les Miserables. If true, it is also probably embellished. City officials said that police aren’t allowed to arrest people for shoplifting unless there’s a likelihood of violence or further crime. Typically, shoplifters are sentenced to attend a three-hour class.

Now Ilhan’s admitting the tale may have been plagued with that substance not too dissimilar to her colleague AOC’s dreaded nemesis, cow farts (here, here, and here):

“She might have had a prior [arrest]. I’m not sure. … The details might not have all matched, but that’s what I remember.”

Nice.

Big difference.

So what was her point? What did she want to convey to teens yet to form their concrete thoughts about the greatest nation ever to exist?

Well, she also told the kids this:

“I grew up in an extremely unjust society, and the only thing that made my family excited about coming to the United States was that the United States was supposed to be the country that guaranteed justice to all. So, I feel it necessary for me to speak about that promise that’s not kept.”

Back to a more 1940’s East Germany perspective, perhaps the students are learning that whole race thing well:

After the speech, the students, who were mostly minorities, swarmed the congresswoman. “It’s great to have a representative who looks like the people she represents,” a white student said.

Aaaand, we’re toast.

-ALEX

 

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Trump on Epstein and his victims: I feel very badly — for Alex Acosta

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I mean, who else is there to feel bad for in a story about young girls being serially preyed upon by some super-rich Eyes-Wide-Shut-style degenerate?

As I recall, he spoke this way about Rob Porter too before Porter ultimately chose to parachute out of the White House under media pressure. If Acosta follows suit, it would inch us further towards the surreal yet increasingly attainable goal of an entire cabinet of “acting” secretaries.

If you’re tempted to feel bad for him, pause here and read Ken “Popehat” White’s piece about the sinister weirdness of the plea deal Acosta made with Jeffrey Epstein when he was a U.S. Attorney in Florida. It’d be one thing to sympathize with Acosta if he’d simply used bad judgment in giving a break to a criminal who then reoffended. Mistakes happen. This isn’t bad judgment, though, insists White, who’s spent his professional life on both sides of federal criminal trials. This is a sweetheart deal so sickeningly sweet, involving heinous sex offenses, that a non-corrupt explanation for it isn’t obvious.

Epstein’s team secured the deal of the millennium, one utterly unlike anything else I’ve seen in 25 years of practicing federal criminal law. Epstein agreed to plead guilty to state charges, register as a sex offender, and spend 13 months in county jail, during which time he was allowed to spend 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, out of the jail on “work release.” In exchange, the Southern District of Florida abandoned its criminal investigation of Epstein’s conduct, agreed not to prosecute him federally, and—incredibly—agreed not to prosecute anyone else who helped him procure underage girls for sex. This is not normal; it is astounding…

Every federal plea agreement I’ve ever seen includes a clause saying that it binds only the U.S. Attorney’s Office signing it, not any other office. Epstein’s non-prosecution agreement conspicuously, and very oddly, lacks that clause—which further demonstrates the suspicious nature of the deal.

It’s not like Epstein had committed a minor offense or that the evidence against him was thin, notes White. Acosta had firsthand witnesses. God only knows how many girls have been victimized by Epstein since he finished serving the wrist-slap sentence Acosta arranged for him. And that’s not all. Reporter Vicky Ward, who’s been chasing this story for nearly 20 years, notes today at the Daily Beast that “federal prosecutors agreed to keep the [plea] deal secret from Epstein’s victims, which meant they would not know to challenge it in court. As it turned out, this actually broke the law, because victims have a right to know of such developments, under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act.”

Why didn’t Team Trump hold all of this against Acosta and look elsewhere for a Secretary of Labor, you ask? If you believe WaPo, it’s because they didn’t bother to inquire: “There was no substantial vetting done on Acosta until after Trump decided to nominate him, according to current and former administration officials.”

Pelosi, Schumer, and various Democratic 2020 candidates have called on him to quit. Acosta’s trying to placate them, but good luck riding out the months to come of media attention to Epstein:

Inevitably Democrats will try to force him to testify about this, if only to humiliate Trump. Does Trump still want him on the federal payroll when that happens?

By the way, one of the many dark subplots to Epstein’s reign of terror is how exactly he became a man of such phenomenal wealth and power to begin with. That’s the whole key to his deal with Acosta, notes White; when you can afford to hire any lawyer in America, you can “go on offense” against the U.S. Attorney in court and in the media, raising the proverbial price of a prosecution. Epstein’s ability to operate with impunity boils down to his money. But … how was that money acquired? It’s a strange yet apparently true fact that no one really knows quite how this fabulously rich and well-connected scumbag earned his millions — or is it billions?

The bulk of Epstein’s wealth is believed to come from his money-management firm for ten-figure investors, although his only known client is Victoria’s Secret founder Les Wexner, who reportedly ditched Epstein over a decade ago.

After sex-trafficking charges were handed down on Monday, executive-suite financiers discussed how absent Epstein was from the field: “He’s supposed to run an enormous FX [foreign-exchange] trading firm,” said Enrique Diaz-Alvarez, chief risk officer at Ebury. “But I never once heard of him or his firm or anyone who worked or traded with him.” And as Forbes wrote in a 2010 blog with a very direct title — “Sex Offender Jeffrey Epstein Is Not a Billionaire” — his money-management firm based in the U.S. Virgin Islands “generates no public records, nor has his client list ever been released.”

Epstein made his name in finance initially at Bear Stearns, rising to become a partner in just four years. Then he set off to start his own firm, and the story got stranger:

Where’d he get his clients? Is his wealth a pure product of Wexner’s business? If so, if Epstein was such a crack investor for Wexner, how come his clientele didn’t expand to many more well-known figures? And how was it that a brash young Bear Stearns partner allegedly was able to convince billionaires to invest with him instead of Wall Street’s many alternatives?

Is it possible that maybe finance wasn’t Jeffrey Epstein’s chief business, that he made his money in procuring other … commodities? Reading about the question marks surrounding his income last night and knowing how well-known he seemed to be to so many rich and famous men gave me the same sort of shudder one gets at the end of “Se7en” when the mystery box is produced. You’ve got a strong sinking suspicion of what’s in that box, but you can’t bear to have it confirmed. Same with Epstein and his cash flow. Who was funding this wretch, and for what, exactly?

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New Video Allegedly Reveals Planned Parenthood Instructing Teachers on How to Help Kids Hide Abortions From Their Parents

 

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Video footage from June 26th allegedly reveals the ACLU guiding teachers in the ways of new-wave sex ed and gender theory in conjunction with California public schools and Planned Parenthood. Also depicted — according to source Our Watch — is ACLU attorney Ruth Dawson counseling the molders of skulls full of mush on how to help kids get abortions without parents finding out.

Surely this is just what the founders of public education had in mind.

The instructional is part of a larger video by Our Watch documenting the explicit and indoctrinating sex ed being tossed at California’s youth.

John Andrews, whose a parent in the Murrieta School District, described some of that material:

“They talk about mutual masturbation. They discuss gender roles, the gender spectrum, and in the support materials … they take it even further. They discuss everything, topics like roleplaying for different genders, blood play, dental dams … fisting is mentioned. I mean, they mention it all. If I were to show that material to a child, I would be brought up on charges. But somehow our public schools are allowed to teach this to junior high and high school kids.”

During the meeting with educators, the woman identified by Our Watch as Ruth goes into detail about hiding student’s abortions from parents, calling the evasion to questions from moms and dads “more of an art than a science.” She coaches the teachers in the ways of avoidance.

As for a person’s sex, she offers this:

“So we have gender identity, which is a spectrum. Somebody can feel like they are a male, a man, a boy, or also other genders. The important thing to know here is that gender is a social construct.”

Our Watch released the video as part of its battle against socially-left propaganda in public schools.

As reported by The Daily Caller:

[Our Watch President Tim Thompson] says in the video that Planned Parenthood and the ACLU collaborated on both AB329 in 2016 and the Health Education Framework in May. AB329 requires school districts to ensure students take sex-ed and encourages students to push back on sexual topics with their parents – topics explored in the kindergarten through twelfth grade sex education curricula implemented in California schools.

“We don’t want our children exposed to some of these things they are showing, these pornographic, sexually explicit material. It has no place in the classroom. It’s not right, and it won’t be tolerated,” Thompson says.

The video is half an hour long. I could go into explicit detail here regarding some of the more salacious sexual content, but I’d rather not.

But it’s certainly worth a watch.

Please find the video here. Comments by (purportedly) ACLU attorney Ruth Dawson can be found at the 21:00 mark.

Particularly if you watch the video, I much appreciate your thoughts in the Comments section.

I just can’t understand why any of this is finding its way into our schools. In my view, school should be strictly limited to the teaching of academics. There should be no social engineering involved, be it Left or Right.

It seems to me that the entire notion of “education” is taking on a powerfully disturbing “re-education camp” kind of meaning, as children are being stolen from parents in the way of influence that is rightfully reserved for individual families.

If you can, watch the video. I look forward to hearing from you.

-ALEX

 

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The Growing Patriot Podcast for Kids: The Trouble Begins

After the French and Indian War, Great Britain needed to raise money. They did that by taxing the American colonies- without giving colonists any say in it. Here comes trouble between Britain and the American Colonies, and the colonists’ favorite saying: “no taxation without representation.”
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Judy Terry: We need greater engagement and openness in Suffolk about Special Education Needs

Judy Terry is a marketing professional and a former local councillor in Suffolk.

What is SEND? It is an over-used acronym for children with ‘special educational needs and disabilities’ which fails to encapsulate the complexity and variety of issues having an impact on everyday lives, from childhood through to adulthood.

Last autumn, the Government announced an extra £250 million in funding for local authorities over the next two years; it also committed to a long-overdue review of SEND support. I can only hope it commissions research into the growth in the number of children affected, clarity on the various diagnoses, and how to ensure they lead fulfilling lives into maturity.

Having made this one of its top ten priorities, Suffolk County Council has established a new board to ‘hold officers to account’, following two damning reports on SEND services in the county by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2017 and January 2019. Although the board comprises councillors, members of the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), volunteers, and officers, it doesn’t appear to have anyone with first-hand knowledge of the day-to-day issues and how care is delivered.

I admit to having some sympathy with opposition councillors’ concerns that it is insufficiently independent, lacking ‘impartiality and transparency’; overseen by the Cabinet member and his deputy, whilst meeting only three times a year, will not be sufficient to make progress.

I recommended that they invite the Head of Suffolk’s largest primary, which also hosts specialist units, where I was the SEND governor, to join the task force because he has relevant experience managing one of the biggest cohorts, with ten per cent of the 660 pupils having special needs. Prior to his arrival, the only advice we could get, when governors were concerned about delivering relevant care, was from Essex County Council. So, his knowledge and positivity would be invaluable in addressing the essential improvements.

Immediately prior to its publication, Suffolk’s Cabinet responded to the latest report’s criticisms by announcing a £45 million package for new special schools in Ipswich, Lowestoft and Bury St. Edmunds, and 36 new specialist units at mainstream schools. Some external funding has been negotiated, but the implementation must be prioritised according to local need.

In continuing frustration at what they perceive to be a lack of progress, a group of cross-party councillors want a ‘fresh set of eyes’ on the problem, and have now just written to the county’s Chief Executive, calling for an independent ‘objective, transparent evaluation’ to improve services for children. Although that could inevitably delay implementing further improvements, greater engagement and openness would be a wise move, given that the council is the country’s first authority to fail inspection on two occasions, and loses 90 per cent of SEND cases taken to tribunal.

Concerns are clearly justified, when the latest report by officials who returned to assess progress in addressing ‘the areas of significant weakness detailed in the written statement of action issued in January 2017’ identified some improvements to just one of the four issues, tempered by insufficient progress.

  • Ineffective Governance and Leadership: has made some progress, developing strong partnerships with services and the Suffolk Parent Carer Network to design, plan and deliver services. But, communication and joint working have not yet improved enough.
  • Poor timeliness, integration, and quality of SEND statutory assessment and plans, and delivery of individual packages of support: improved but insufficiently, inconsistent, and poor integration of multiple provision. Must look ahead to plans catering for future needs, aspirations, and independence, and to develop confidence and expertise to address current dissatisfaction amongst parents and carers.
  • Lack of understanding of the support available leading to high levels of parental complaint and anxiety: pace of improvement too slow, although a programme of transformational work on speech, language, and communication is ready for implementation and a review of high needs funding complete. More focus on mental health needs in crisis and mapping care pathways required.
  • Lack of joint working to monitor, quality assure, and maximise effectiveness of work undertaken to improve outcomes: a comprehensive review of mental health services has started to rectify weaknesses, and the specialist outreach service is highly valued by schools.

SEND is undoubtedly a very complex sector, and most authorities with responsibility are probably only a whisker away from similar criticisms, but it is essential to focus on Suffolk’ achievements in the last couple of years. Whilst there is more to be done, I hope the council will find a way to share their experience with other authorities and organisations, enabling ‘lessons to be learnt’.

However, it is especially ironic that Suffolk County Council should face such criticism when only a few weeks later, in April 2019, Ofsted couldn’t praise the Council enough for its Children’s Social Care Services.

In three of the four categories, it received Outstanding:

  • The impact on social work practice with children and families;
  • The experience and progress of children who need help and protection;
  • Overall effectiveness.

And Good for:

  • The experiences and progress of children in care and care leavers.

The Council was praised for its ‘stable and aspirational leadership, and strong political and financial support for development of sustainable, high quality services which are of an exceptionally high standard’.

Services are child-focused, with workers building positive and purposeful working relationships with children and families, ensuring children are safeguarded.

Management is strong and staff feel highly valued.

I have no doubt that the next SEND report will reflect similar dynamism and commitment, but do urge the Council to adopt a more open approach to resolving the issues highlighted. There is nothing to be feared by sharing information and ideas, allowing a wider group to fully understand the complexities, and how taxpayers’ money is being spent.

Instead of an independent review, one solution would be to hold a special conference event, starting with presentations on the issues, perhaps inviting the report’s leading author to take questions. Delegates, including the media, could then form themselves into working groups to discuss specific aspects and present their own suggestions.

Such an initiative would defuse negative comments, provided all parties were subsequently kept up to date with progress, and those with the best ideas could even participate in developing fresh engagement. Further support (and even funding) could potentially be achieved if the council developed a partnership with a university research project to follow individual cases, analysing progress over a number of years. The information would be hugely beneficial in maximising resources now and into the future.

It is evident that a joined-up approach, with good communication between all relevant parties, is key to greater understanding and success. Suffolk should be commended for its commitment.

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Photos Show Children Laying On Top of a Drag Queen at a Portland Library’s Drag Queen Story Hour

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In this Saturday, May 13, 2017 photo, Lil Miss Hot Mess poses for a photo with a child after reading to a group of children during the Feminist Press’ presentation of Drag Queen Story Hour! at the Park Slope Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, in New York. “Drag queens and children don’t usually get together, which I think is a shame and one of the benefits of a program like this,” Lil Miss Hot Mess said. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

You were told you were a bigot when you raised objections to the increasingly popular “Drag Queen Story Hour” popping up in various libraries throughout the United States. You were told you didn’t have anything to worry about and you were just paranoid because drag queens were just different and you’re not used to different.

Recently released photos from one “Drag Queen Story Hour” at St. John’s Library in Portland Oregon has proven a lot of people’s fears correct as photos have now come out showing children laying on a drag queen named Carla Rossi.

According to LifeSite, the library hosted the event and posted the photos to their Flickr account, but promptly took the photos down once LifeSite reported on the story:

Photo evidence of children having inappropriate contact with drag queen Carla Rossi at Portland, Oregon’s St. John’s Library last October has been brought to the attention of LifeSiteNews. The photos are posted on the Multnomah County Library’s own Flickr account (Note: photos have been removed after LifeSiteNews published this report.

Regardless of their attempts to erase what they did, the internet is forever. I posted them to Twitter where they will now reside until Twitter decides to take action against me.

How this is okay, I’m not sure. If a man put on a dress and wig and asked children to lay on him, police would immediately be investigating him. However, this story doesn’t seem to be getting any traction anywhere except right-leaning sites.

This isn’t the first mention of a drag queen story hour becoming oddly sexual. Recently, a drag queen was seen doing a dance in front of children that involved a measure of stripping to a song that ended in profanity in front of children. At this location, a mother who had come to see the show was forcibly removed by police then threatened by members of Antifa for attempting to expose what was going on there.

This has gone beyond teaching tolerance, and has delved into full blown child sexualization.

 

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