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BrightCare Center to host first-ever Sensory Carnival and Health Fair

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Carnivals can be loud. From the screams of thrill-seekers on the tilt-a-whirl to the flashing lights on every food stand in the area, there is a lot to process and it can be overwhelming for just about anyone (hello, crowds and long lines, too).

BrightCare Center is hoping to make the carnival-like atmosphere more approachable and accepting for families and individuals who have special needs and sensory processing issues at its first-ever Northern Virginia Sensory Carnival and Health Fair.

The event is set for Saturday, Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will bring together health providers, local political candidates and community members of all ages and abilities, according to Nyome Kamara, founder and CEO of BrightCare Center.

“Unfortunately, there are very few spaces for special needs kids where they can be completely free and where they are not judged for their behaviors,” says Kamara. “Spaces with large crowds or events that have a lot of people, they’re not accommodating for everyone as maybe they should be. Through this event, we want to be able to support all kids and make sure they have access to social events, especially going out to the fair or to the carnival.”

In order to make the event accessible for all individuals, Kamara has made an effort to ensure that all attending vendors will have interactive, hands-on activities for children to engage with throughout the day, as well as calming, quiet corners where children and families can go to decompress if needed.

“We’ll also have water slides and splash pads for those that might need to cool down, and games and activities in different areas,” says Kamara. “It will have all of the fun and flare of a carnival, just without all of the loud noises. Plus, for those that prefer more fast-paced games and activities, we will have those. But we will also have slower, intuitive games that everyone can enjoy.”

Everyone is welcome to attend, says Kamara, but she believes this event is even more important for children and families with individuals that are on the autism spectrum, have sensory processing sensitivities or other special needs, to really make local connections to the community, and to know that they are seen and heard.

“Some local political candidates and delegates will be in attendance,” says Kamara. “We don’t want to get too political, but this is also a great time for members of the special needs community to voice their needs and concerns, too. They can often get overlooked, so this will be a great time for them to share their perspectives.”

The event will also have live demonstrations, breakout yoga sessions and food trucks for attendees to enjoy.

More than just enjoying the carnival-esque atmosphere, Kamara hopes those that attend feel welcomed with open arms, and that the community can become more aware of the special needs community in Northern Virginia.

“We can’t create change if we’re not aware of it,” says Kamara. “Allowing everyone in the community to be in this space, address the stigmas and allow families and individuals to make connections, that’s what really makes this event even more important to us.” // 1 County Complex Court, Woodbridge; $10 per person

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Kidcreate Studio set to open in Old Town this fall

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From knitting classes to gymnasiums for toddlers, there is no shortage of entertainment for NoVA’s kids. And later this fall, the community of Old Town will have a home for artistic play, structured creativity and pure fun for children 18 months through 12 years of age, thanks to one local mom. 

Kidcreate Studio first opened in Minneapolis over 10 years ago by Lara Olsen, who noticed a lack of art education in her young children’s school curriculums. Today, the brand has grown into a franchise with studios in 10 states, with Virginia being the latest addition to the company. 

“Here in the area we are invested in making our kids great community members who are enthusiastic about their interests, and I think this studio will really help with that,” says Fairfax County resident Diane Greenbaum, who has plans to open Kidcreate late this fall in Old Town Alexandria. “When I thought about what I wanted to do next, this just made sense.”

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Greenbaum previously worked in the corporate world, yet recently found that her current interest didn’t match with the same dreams she had as a 20-year-old. With Kidcreate, she’ll be able to dive into the company’s full-fledged curriculum, featuring about 1,000 lesson plans, in an effort to give children in NoVA a creative outlet. 

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According to the eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care, the creative arts help support children’s growth in a variety of ways, including social, cognitive, emotional and physical development. 

Kidcreate consists of programming for children between 18 months and 3 years, where parents stay alongside their child; a preschool program for those between 3 and 6 years of age; a curriculum for children ages 4 through 9, which is the most popular program; and an elementary school program for kids ages 5 through 12. 

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“Each lesson follows anywhere from art techniques to material use to just free-for-all painting, and we really stay in tune with what kids are into right now,” says founder Lara Olsen. “Recently, we did a Harry Potter class where he flew through Van Gogh’s Starry Night. We like to incorporate a little more pizzazz than what the kids are used to at school.”

In addition to weekly structured lessons, Kidcreate has drop-in messy time, as well as an on-the-go division, which allows the team to bring art to you, whether that be at a birthday party, local organization or an after-school program. Parents can also submit requests to host birthday parties within the studio, which Greenbaum has already received, despite not yet having a set location for the site. 

According to Greenbaum, she is hoping to sign a lease at a desired location within the next few weeks and open the doors before November’s end. Until then, she will continue to spread the word and scout for local talent in the Alexandria region to join the local branch of the company. Talent does not have to come in the form of an artist, though, but rather someone who is genuinely great with kids and isn’t afraid to get a little messy. 

In Olsen’s words, “If you don’t like glitter, it’s not the job for you.”

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NBC News wonders: Why is ending child marriage so controversial?

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There has been some renewed interest lately, at least at the state level, in putting an end to child brides, as they’ve come to be known. The different states have a variety of minimum ages for marriage, though most have exceptions allowing younger children to marry with the approval of either a parent or a judge. NBC News did a bit of a dive into the subject this weekend, choosing to focus on how opposition to such reforms is drawing supporters from both sides of the aisle.

A bill that would have ended child marriage in Idaho – which has no minimum age for couples who want to wed – died in the Statehouse earlier this year.

Republican lawmakers, who control the Legislature, opposed it, including state Rep. Bryan Zollinger, who said it “went too far.”

“Obviously, I’m against child marriage,” the GOP lawmaker told NBC News. “But basically marriage is a contract between people that shouldn’t require government permission.”

Even as more states take action to end child marriage, concerns about government overreach, along with scant data about the extent of the problem, have driven skepticism to reform across the country, sometimes creating unlikely alliances between conservative politicians and groups often on the other side, including the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.

I’ll confess to being surprised at some of these alliances. When you’ve got Planned Parenthood and the ACLU filing briefs on the same side as Christian Conservatives, there’s definitely something odd afoot. Even the states where raising the minimum age for marriage is being opposed cover the spectrum, including both California and Louisiana. Believe it or not, California has no minimum age for marriage and a bill to set it at 18 failed in 2017. So what gives?

I’ve dug into this topic before, generally falling back on my belief that the government (at any level) should stay out of the marriage business and not be demanding that people obtain licenses and pay the government fees to be able to hold a private ceremony. But in all those debates, I’ve included a couple of exceptions. One is the need for laws requiring that the bride and groom be capable of providing informed consent to avoid the possibility of marriage being used as a fig leaf for abuse. This could apply to children under the age of consent and those with mental infirmities similarly unable to give informed consent.

But as some of the people opposing these laws point out, I’m also open to exceptions if there isn’t too great of an age gap between the prospective spouses or if the girl is pregnant and the families support the union.

The sticking point here is the significant differences from state to state when it comes to defining what that minimum age should be. I covered this topic when I wrote an essay asking how old you have to be in order to be considered an “adult.” It’s a tough problem to tackle. Depending on the state, you can be too young and foolish to make a decision about purchasing alcohol or tobacco products until you are well into your twenties. But you can help elect the President at 18, enlist in the military at 17 and drive a car at 16? It’s a hot mess.

Missouri was one of the states with no minimum marriage age until last year. At the time, I looked over their proposal and found it to be a reasonable compromise. While I don’t think marrying that early (let’s say 16 years old) is ideal or gives you the best chance to make it in the long run, it’s a decision that all adults wind up pondering eventually. And we wind up having to take responsibility for those decisions. So setting the age at 16 while allowing exceptions with parental or court approval for it to be younger (particularly if there’s a pregnancy involved) might be about the best we can do.

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Biden on gaffes: I may get some details wrong but not details like locking migrant children up in cages

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Via Becket Adams, I regret to inform poor Joe that he has this very important detail wrong too.

—“Speechless. This is not who we are as a nation.” — Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa, former Los Angeles mayor now running for governor, referring in a tweet Sunday to photos showing young-looking immigrants in steel cages

THE FACTS: The photos, taken by The Associated Press, were from 2014, during the Obama administration, but were presented by liberal activists as if they showed the effects of Trump’s immigration policy now. Villaraigosa, Favreau and some others deleted their tweets when the mistake was pointed out.

They had linked to a June 2014 online story by The Arizona Republic titled “First peek: Immigrant children flood detention center.” The story featured photos taken by AP’s Ross D. Franklin at a center run by the Customs and Border Protection Agency in Nogales, Arizona. One photo shows two unidentified female detainees sleeping in a holding cell. The caption refers to U.S. efforts to process 47,000 unaccompanied children at the Nogales center and another one in Brownsville, Texas.

Remember last year when lefties spent a few angry hours one afternoon posting photos of young immigrant kids lying face-down behind a chain-link fence, looking to all the world as if they’d been housed in a large kennel? That effort quickly petered out after outlets like the AP reminded them that the photos were taken in 2014. How Biden’s team could have missed that episode and sent him out onto Colbert’s show to insist that the Obama administration never put kids in cages, knowing that Republicans are already paying close attention to Democratic hypocrisy on this issue, is mind-boggling. It makes you wonder if he botched what he was supposed to say: He would have been on firm ground if he’d said “at least our administration didn’t separate immigrant families.” It was unaccompanied minors who ended up kenneled by the Obama team, not kids who arrived here with an adult.

He walked right into another gaffe, this one much more substantive than the usual “Biden forgets the name of the guy whom he ran with in 2008” stuff. Why?

Next thing you know, he’ll be telling people that he opposed the Iraq war from the beginning.

He absolutely did not oppose the war from the beginning and it’s freakishly stupid for him to insist that he did. Democrats proved three years ago that they’re willing to forgive a would-be nominee who voted for war in Iraq. The issue has less salience in this year’s race than it did in 2016 or, of course, 2008. All Biden had to do was follow Hillary’s lead — “I was misled by Bush about Saddam’s WMD, I’m deeply sorry, I’d do it differently if I could do it again.” The one sure way to put Iraq back on Democratic voters’ radar is to try to whitewash history on it. Which is exactly what he did a few days ago in an interview with NPR.

Again, why? Does he honestly not remember the positions that he and, later, the Obama administration took on certain major policies? That’s more alarming than the idea of Biden simply lying to try to cover his tracks.

In lieu of an exit question, enjoy Adams’s long list of media outlets that failed to fact-check Biden on locking up migrant children in their write-ups of his Colbert interview. I’m giving you the whole clip here because it’s fun watching Colbert grapple with the awkward role he’s in with Biden as a guest. He doesn’t want to hit him hard lest he damage the party’s most likely nominee (for now, at least) but he also has to come after him to placate the progressives in his audience who want Biden cleared aside for Bernie or Elizabeth Warren. Usually a big-name Democrat on Colbert’s show is a pure ally. Not quite here, and it shows.

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Planned Parenthood Is Now Aiming to Teach Your Child to be Transgender

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If it can’t succeed in killing the child, then Planned Parenthood will try its level best to ruin their lives.

According to Fox News, the abortion giant is now advising parents on how to teach preschoolers about their bodies via their website, by telling them that “boy” and “girl” are just words:

On a page of its website titled “How do I talk with my preschooler about their body?” the abortion provider says if a child inquires why boys and girls have different bodies, a parent should introduce the concept of transgender identity.

“While the most simple answer is that girls have vulvas and boys have penises/testicles, that answer isn’t true for every boy and girl,” the organization says. “Boy, girl, man and woman are words that describe gender identity, and some people with the gender identities ‘boy’ or ‘man’ have vulvas, and some with the gender identity ‘girl’ or ‘woman’ have penises/testicles. Your genitals don’t make you a boy or a girl.”

The biological reality is that we use these words to describe sexes that are very different from each other in many ways, from muscle and bone density to brain function, to the fact that one type of body can develop and give birth to children inside them, and one cannot.

But the obvious scientific facts are beside the point. The real question is why Planned Parenthood wants us to sit down and introduce transgender concepts to small children. What’s the point? Children that young may ask about girls and boys, but they don’t agonize over it as social justice identitarians do. They’re more concerned about who is going to play with them and when they can eat ice cream next.

The introduction to these concepts isn’t education at this point. It’s brainwashing in order to grease the wheels for an agenda. As tinfoil hat as that sounds, it’s not only true, the social justice left is proud of this idea. They hold drag queen story hour in order to inject this into children’s minds.

(READ: Photos Show Children Laying On Top Of A Drag Queen At A Portland Library’s Drag Queen Story Hour)

(READ: Two Moms Expose Drag Queen Story Hour Featuring Stripping Drag Queen, Are Forced Out By Police)

What’s horrible is that Planned Parenthood is trying to get you to get your child to believe things that end up being very damaging to the psyche. The suicide rate of transgender teens, in particular, is unbelievably high.

The public should be pushing back against this with all its might, but the media has made transgenderism out to be holy, sparking something of a fad that has only caused depression and suicide.

Planned Parenthood is a dealer in death. Period.

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What is nanny sharing and how does it work in NoVA?

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Here in Northern Virginia, finding proper child care that’s the right fit for your youngsters can be a challenging process. From staying in your price range to ensuring they’re put down for daily naps, there’s a lot to consider. 

And while there are many day care facilities and babysitters in the NoVA region to choose from, nanny sharing—the act of two or more families sharing the costs of one nanny—is a particularly common option for parents living in one of the most expensive areas for child care in the country.

The pseudo industry has no government regulations, so nanny sharing thrives entirely through word of mouth and online parenthood blogs. The way it typically works is this: Two or more families hire the same nanny and split costs. One family volunteers their home as the host setting, and a verbal or written contract is created amongst all parties to ensure stability throughout the process. 

In Alexandria, parents are constantly turning to this alternative child care system as a starting point for their children, according to two Del Ray-based moms.

Brooke Hobbie, a mother of two, turned to nanny sharing in 2014 after finding herself disappointed with the available care choices in the area, and continued with the same nanny, Michelle McDonald, until fall of last year when her child was old enough to start at preschool. 

“Once we knew we were moving to Del Ray, I started applying to day cares in the area but had such a hard time getting in contact with some of them or the waitlists were two to three years long. It was almost near impossible,” says Hobbie. “It drove me to follow through with the nanny share option, and it’s amazing what a vibrant nanny-share market there is in Northern Virginia.”

When looking for the right nanny and co-family to work with, Hobbie wanted to ensure her child’s caretaker was treated as any professional would be, through appropriate pay, benefits and overall respect. All of this was laid out in a contract that McDonald had written when she first started nannying in the area six years ago. According to McDonald, having a written contract enables her to “easily transition from family to family,” as she has built a strong clientele in the Del Ray neighborhood, where she lives with her two dogs.  

Meg Pickel, a mother of two who participated in nanny sharing with the same woman from August, 2017 to last month, never felt the need to set a written contract.

“The nanny continued to be trustworthy, she was so nurturing, our son was thriving with her,” says Pickel. “It got to the point that putting anything down on paper would feel silly.”

While Pickel is enrolling her youngest son in day care this month, she says parting ways with her nanny, Crystal, is bittersweet. Pickel’s nanny-sharing situation is different than most, as Crystal is a single mom whose daughter is one of the children being cared for. For the past two years, Crystal has cared for Pickel’s 3-year-old, a second family’s child who is similar in age, and her own daughter, who is about six months older than the other two. About one year ago, the second family had another child, bringing Crystal’s attention to four children in total.

With multiple children of varying ages under her watch, Crystal is able to schedule her time accordingly to give each kid the proper amount of attention, and also treat the nanny share as a mini day care of sorts.

“She used to be an early childhood education provider at one of the most well-known preschools in the area, so she came to us with that experience, and I think because of that, it’s made her totally confident with wrangling several kids,” Pickel explains. “She has that teacher mindset where she creates weekly themes, does field trips and circle time, so we really had the best of both worlds.”

While the individualized attention for children is an important aspect of nanny sharing, the economic saving is what attracts families living in expensive neighborhoods to the idea in the first place.

According to Pickel, in the first year her family participated in nanny sharing, they saved about $500 a month when compared to the average cost of a full-time day care center, and around $1,000 a month compared to a private nanny, if not more. 

There are also economic benefits for the nannies involved, too, according to McDonald, who cared for Hobbie’s son. When she was a private nanny in Kingstown, she made less money, and now with multiple families in the same town she lives in, she is able to work 40 to 45 hours per week, make overtime pay and take her dogs for daily walks with kids in tow. 

With the benefits—individualized care, time saving and lower costs—comes challenges, though, due to the lack of systematic regulations.

“You go from being a mom to being an employer and that can be really uncomfortable because you become friends with this person,” says Pickel. “They are raising your child. You want them to be happy, but unavoidably there are times when you have to act like a manager.”

Pickel also noted that being a host family can lead to unexpected damages and costs, stemming from wear and tear of the home, as well as increased utility bills when so many people spend time in the house on a daily basis.

For Hobbie, the $11-an-hour pay and time-and-a-half for 40-hour weeks added up, which is part of the reason she decided to enroll her child at a full-time preschool, in addition to placing him in a social and learning environment.

According to Pickel, the transient nature of Northern Virginia makes nanny sharing a challenging market, as families are consistently moving, often times reassigning the nanny. Yet for both the Pickel and Hobbie families, nanny sharing was worth the investment. 

“When I do talk to other families considering this, I say it is the best solution if you can make it work, but there are a lot of variables to having a successful nanny share,” says Pickel. “More than that personalized attention for our son, there was time and energy saving for us as the host family. And we also just absolutely love our nanny.”

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Former Sex Educator: Planned Parenthood is Grooming Girls for Abortion Via the Public Education System

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Monica Cline — who worked as a sexual health education instructor for Planned Parenthood for ten years — claims young girls are being groomed for abortion via public education.

So reports The Daily Caller.

Monica began her career in 1996 as an HIV prevention educator the Center for Health Training. In 1997, she became Planned Parenthood’s Title X Training Manager for New Mexico and Texas.

The former instructor says she was ordered to teach children about every kind of sexual activity — because, according to the Director of Prevention Education, the kids had probably already done it all:

“It was very explicit. Oral, vaginal, and anal sex, and the use of sex toys.”

To bolster the argument, her superior pointed to multiple PP studies revealing girls as young as 10 coming to clinics for sex-related injuries and the removal of foreign objects, in addition to abortions.

In light of the evidence, Monica asked the director how they could convince children not to have sex. This was the purported response:

“No dear, we aren’t teaching them not to have sex. We are teaching them how to do it safer.”

“Risk reduction is simply telling them how to make the high risk safer by using lubrication and condoms,” Monica clarified. “The next step is to make them understand they need to be tested for STD’s every couple months.”

From The Daily Caller:

She explained that children’s introduction to sex is “illicit sex,” referring to a video children were shown at a Waco, Texas, conference where Cline was present.

Cline taught twelve and thirteen-year-old students a module on healthy relationships while her co-worker taught the same students a module on STD training, which included a video depicting a couple who has just had sex.

The video, called Nicole’s Choice, and sold by sexual educators for $125, shows a girl wake up after a one night stand and realize she must handle the sexually transmitted disease she received from her hookup.

Monica insisted kids were encouraged to engage in sex and then guided into abortion as the solution to pregnancy:

“We were supposed to identify what they are going through. Say, ‘You’re just a teenager, the last thing you want is a baby.’ Identify with her fears. ‘Your parents are probably going to be so mad at you. We can take care of this for you, it’s not a problem.’”

Her characterization is in line with a video I featured in July, which allegedly shows Planned Parenthood counseling teachers on how to help their students hide abortion from parents. See the startling clip here.

As per Monica, PP told her directing the kids to abortion was a must:

“They always went to the extreme. If we don’t do this for this girl, she will live in poverty. Or her parents will commit acts of violence.”

By 2009, she could no longer take the organization’s approach to children.

More from TDC:

Cline attended a human trafficking conference in 2009 while she still worked with Planned Parenthood, thinking she could teach Planned Parenthood employees how to spot red flags and aid victims of human trafficking. At this point, she was Title X Training Manager for Texas and New Mexico.

But when she returned to a Corpus Christi, Texas, clinic to explain her findings to employees, she was met with dismissal.

She recalled them telling her, “Honey, if she’s not having sex with this man this month, she’ll be having sex with another man next month.”

Monica left her post, with a very negative view of the abortion giant:

“Teens are being given false ideas that condoms will cover all the bases. They do tell them to get tested and treated – which means coming back to the clinic – and if they are pregnant they are encouraged to get an abortion. … [Planed Parenthood’s] view of our children is very skewed. They believe that this is what our children want. They don’t see our children as victims, they see them as willing participants.”

What has happened to “education”? That is to say, education was once about…education. Our schools appear to have become indoctrination centers covering topics so far outside of reading, writing, and ‘rithmetc that they couldn’t see one another with a telescope. For more evidence, just see the stunning evidence here.

Personally, I miss the days when kids’ time in school was spent learning academic subjects. Beyond those, it seems to me, we’d be much better off if developing minds were taught how to think, not what to think.

-ALEX

 

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Dave Chappelle Takes the Abortion Argument to Its Logical End During Comedy Special

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Dave Chappelle’s new comedy special on Netflix is making massive waves, and while I’ve already covered it twice, this moment in his special is one of the ones that really had me paying attention to what he was saying behind what he was saying.

During his set, Chappelle began discussing abortion and began by saying something you typically hear from the left when it comes to making arguments in that if you’re a man, you should stay out of the abortion debate altogether.

Wait for it.

Chappelle doesn’t stop there as many “comedians” do. Instead, Chappelle takes the argument to its logical end and then says something afterward that caught my attention.

“Gentleman, that is fair,” said Chappelle after saying that women shouldn’t have to consult anyone except a physician.

“And ladies, to be fair to us, I also believe that if you decide to have the baby, a man should not have to pay,” said Chappelle. “That’s fair.”

“If you can kill this motherf***er, I can at least abandon them,” he continued. “It’s my money, my choice.”

Chappelle finished by leaving the crowd and the viewer something to ponder. It wasn’t even a joke, just an interesting thing to say after all of that.

“And if I’m wrong, then perhaps we’re wrong,” he said.

*Language warning*

Even when agreeing with the pro-abortion argument, Chappelle manages to find a way to make them angry by declaring that if women can be so independent, then so can the men. I should not that I’m personally not in favor of either of these, but it can’t be ignored that women can’t have it so that they can be both unconcerned with what a man thinks but lay claim to his wallet.

What got my attention, however, was the ending phrase. There is no doubt that many women would take exception to his argument about men not having to be responsible for babies they don’t want. If these women are saying that Chappelle is wrong for standing by that philosophy, then they fall into the category about being wrong about abortion altogether.

I should note that as a pro-life man myself, I think fathers should take absolute responsibility for the children they helped create. Fatherless homes create a myriad of problems all on their own, so I’m not in agreement with Chappelle on either point.

But I like the fact that Chappelle leaves the answer open for discovery, claiming that if it’s wrong for him to think that way about the rights of fathers then perhaps he’s also wrong about the arguments toward abortion.

In effect, Chappelle destroys the idea that men shouldn’t be a part of the conversation. He may, or may not have meant to do that, but he tends to do that a few times throughout his special, where he makes the crowd believe he’s going one way, then turns it on them.

If you want to hear further argument as to why you should be watching this Netflix special, click the link below.

(READ: Why You Should Definitely Watch Dave Chappelle’s New Stand-Up Special, And Ignore The Outrage Brigades)

 

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‘What If The Child Has A Bad Life?’ Is Not a Valid Pro-Abortion Argument

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My grandmother once told me about meeting my father for the first time, and how disconcerting it was in 1970s culture. My father is Black, and my mother’s family is White. My prim and proper Scottish grandmother was happy to welcome him into their home, although they were a bit apprehensive about my hippie mom dragging yet another hippie through their middle class home. That seemed more annoying to her and my grandfather than my father’s race.

While they learned to accept my mother’s choice in paramour (as my grandmother told it to me) they were especially concerned when the young couple announced their intention to marry. It was fine to marry interracially. They had nothing against Black people.

“But what about the children? What will their lives be like?”…that was my grandparents’ question and they were not alone. That was often the question asked in regards to interracial unions until only quite recently. What about the children?

My grandparents eventually had to live out the answer to that question as they played a huge part in raising me and everyone managed just fine and we all got out alive.

But I think about that question a lot when I’m debating and discussing the issue of abortion.

On my new podcast I’ve been asking people to take the talking points they regularly spout and draw them out to their logical conclusion. It’s an attempt to encourage people to be more thoughtful about the arguments they make. I’m in the middle of a series on abortion and one of the arguments I have addressed is this question people ask a lot…

“What about the baby? What kind of life will the child have?”.

People ask this question with compassionate intentions but it has always disturbed me because every time I hear it I think about my grandparents asking that same question. Frankly, I love being alive and I enjoy my life. It’s so odd to hear someone ask that question because what they’re really saying is, “Maybe it’s better for this person if they just never existed. We wouldn’t want them to have a hard life”.

What about the child? No, really…what about the child? How can anyone think that I would have preferred to be dead over being born a biracial child? How can anyone think that any living adult would prefer to be dead over being born into *insert awful circumstance here*? Surely there are people who have hard lives, even torturous lives and who have wished to die because of it. But most people from terrible circumstances don’t think that way, and in fact go on to live successful and helpful lives because of their difficult experiences, not in spite of. The notion that we should abort a baby on the mere prediction that they will probably not like their lives is not only arrogant but frightening. Who among us can predict what the future has in store for any one person? Who among us should?

The best people come from the worst circumstances. Those people go on to break world athletic records, cure disease, counsel addicts, feed the homeless, live amongst and serve the forgotten, and change our world in ways we really can’t ever properly grasp. We deny ourselves the blessing of those contributions when we make decisions about who’s life will be worth living before they’ve even had a chance to take their first breath of oxygen.

I discussed this issue at length in my latest episode. Please take a listen and let me know what you think.

Just don’t forget to stop and listen to yourself once in a while.

 

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No, the U.S. hasn’t declared that children of military servicemen born abroad aren’t citizens

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A hair-raising sentence that caused a minor freakout on political Twitter this afternoon from the new citizenship guidelines issued by the feds today: “USCIS is updating its policy regarding children of U.S. government employees and U.S. armed forces members employed or stationed outside the United States to explain that they are not considered to be ‘residing in the United States’ for purposes of acquiring citizenship under INA 320.”

So … children of U.S. military servicemen and women born abroad are no longer citizens? For a guy who likes to remind people how much he loves the military, Trump doesn’t seem to love the military so much here!

But no, that’s not what the policy says. You can read the actual guidelines here but the USCIS fact sheet is clear enough. Note well:

Who This Policy Update Does Not Affect

This policy does not affect children born outside the United States who were citizens at birth or who have already acquired citizenship, including children who:

Were born to two U.S. citizen parents, at least one of whom has had a residence in the United States or one of its outlying possessions before the child’s birth;

Were born to married parents, one of whom is a U.S. citizen and one a foreign national, if the U.S. citizen parent was physically present in the U.S. or one of its outlying possessions for at least five years, at least two of which were after they turned 14 years old;

How many children born abroad to servicemen and women are covered by those two categories? Ninety-five percent? More? None of them are touched by the new policy.

Today’s guidelines are a result of a bit of confusion between two different immigration statutes, says the USCIS in its explanation of the change. Section 320 of the Immigration and Nationality Act explains how a child who was born abroad can automatically become an American citizen. Basically, if one parent is a U.S. citizen, the child is under 18, and the child is now residing in the U.S. with the parent, he/she gets citizenship. All he/she has to do is take the oath. Section 322 is for children born abroad who don’t fit that criteria, i.e. if the family is now residing outside the U.S. In that case the child doesn’t get automatic citizenship but can be naturalized as an American citizen. In the case of a service member, as long as they’re a U.S. citizen and were present in the U.S. for at least five years after they turned 14 — and if you’re deployed abroad on military orders, that counts as “present in the U.S.” — then they can file some extra paperwork and have their child naturalized.

Until today, military members could file under either 320 or 322, claiming that they were residing in the U.S. even while deployed abroad *or* claiming that they weren’t residing in the U.S. but were “physically present.” The new policy clarifies that, from now on, it’s only the second route that’s available to them until they’re residing back home again.

First, permitting a child to be eligible simultaneously for a Certificate of Citizenship under INA 320 and for naturalization under INA 322 conflicts with the language of INA 322(a), which states that a parent “may apply for naturalization on behalf of a child born outside of the United States who has not acquired citizenship automatically under INA 320.”

Second, considering children who are living outside of the United States to be “residing in the United States” conflicts with the definition of “residence” at INA 101(a)(33), which defines “residence” as a person’s “principal, actual dwelling place in fact.”

Third, considering these children to be “residing in the United States” is at odds with INA 322(d), which was enacted in 2008,16 4 years after USCIS issued policy guidance on the topic. When Congress enacted INA 322(d), it provided for special procedures in cases involving the naturalization of “a child of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is authorized to accompany such member and reside abroad with the member pursuant to the member’s official orders, and is so accompanying and residing with the member.” Congress placed this provision under INA 322, which applies only to children “residing outside of the United States.” It did not provide similar language for such children to acquire citizenship under INA 320.

It boils down to this (if I’m understanding it correctly). Starting next month, a child born abroad to an American citizen in the military is no longer treated as though they’re residing in the U.S. If you want automatic citizenship for that child under 320, you need to wait until you come home and establish U.S. residency for the child here. Or, if you don’t want to wait until you’re back in the U.S., you can file paperwork under 322 that’ll make them a naturalized citizen even while they’re residing abroad. By forcing families who want to speed up the process to use 322 instead of 320, the feds are going to make servicemen to jump through more bureaucratic hoops and do more paperwork, which is a pain. But no one’s kid is being rendered ineligible for citizenship by the policy. They’re still fully entitled to it.

One question I have, though. If you go the 322 route, where does that leave your child with respect to his/her constitutional eligibility to be president as a “natural-born” citizen? Section 322 lays out the procedure for “naturalization on behalf of a child born outside of the United States who has not acquired citizenship automatically.” If the child is naturalized, by definition it’s not natural-born, right?

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