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Court Confiscates Lawyer’s ‘Contraband’ Candy

Gene Gulinson might be a sucker for jawbreakers, but do you think he's a lawbreaker, too?

Gene Gulinson might be a sucker for jawbreakers, but do you think he's a lawbreaker, too?

An Arizona attorney says that after thirty years of trying cases in Phoenix courthouses, no one has ever raised an issue about his sweet tooth. That all changed when guards recently confiscated Gene Gulinson’s jawbreakers and prohibited his bag of pastries, reports UPI:

Gene Gulinson, who practices in Phoenix, said his treatment at the Highland Justice Court in Gilbert damaged his reputation, The Arizona Republic reported. He is seeking $75,000 from the town.

Gulinson, in his notice of claim, said he has brought candy into courthouses dozens of times over the past 30 years without any trouble.

The trouble began when Gulinson went to the courthouse for a pretrial conference with a client who had two traffic tickets. He said guards first told him he could not enter carrying a bag of pastries a client had given him.

After he got rid of the pastries, guards searched his briefcase and found the jawbreakers.

A town spokeswoman said food is not allowed in the court, although Gilbert makes an exception for babies.

Another frivolous lawsuit or do you think Gulinson’s case has teeth? Afterall, parents are allowed to bring food in to the courtroom and their kids probably make bigger messes than attorneys wearing expensive suits they’d prefer not to soil.

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2010’s Most Notorious Nanny State Ninnies

Michelle Malkin just released her “Big Nannies of the Year” list and Reason.tv recently held its annual red carpet ‘awards gala.’ Find out who made the cut and let us know if a notorious nanny state nincompoop has been overlooked.

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Overzealous Cop Busts Mom for Allowing Kid to Walk to School Alone

Just another shining example of nanny state bureaucrats telling parents how to raise their own children ... and, using the long arm of the law to force them to comply.

Just another shining example of nanny state bureaucrats telling parents how to raise their own children ... and, using the long arm of the law to force them to comply.

A police officer in Utah recently cited the mother of a kindergartner with “misdemeanor child neglect” because she allows him to walk to and from school without adult supervision. Nevermind the fact that bureaucrats’ recent spending cuts eliminated bus service for five-year-old Noah Talbot.

Rosella Talbot, a mother of six, said Noah is typically accompanied on his morning walk to school by one of his older brothers. Noah’s kindergarten class lets out early, but he has been provided by his mother with strict instructions that they practiced together for walking alone and wears a bright orange safety vest to ensure his visibility at intersections.

When a police officer recently witnessed one of the rare instances of Noah walking to school alone, he was put in the back of the squad car and driven back home to his mother.

Talbot said she informed the police officer about the safety routine she taught Noah and how she “rode a bike with her son the mile-long distance from school for more than two weeks, showing him the best route to take and the obstacles to avoid,” but was still issued a citation for “misdemeanor child neglect” because the officer did not agree with her parenting decision.

“I am not a neglectful parent, thank you very much,” she told the Deseret News. “I have just done everything I could possibly do.”

The South Jordan School District, by law, does not provide bus service for students who live less than a mile and a half from their school. A budget shortfall this year forced bureaucrats to eliminate so-called “hazardous routes,” leaving countless youngsters to navigate these dangerous streets on their own or with adult supervision, if available.

“These are some serious charges. … I can’t be a Girl Scout leader,” Talbot said. “I can’t work at a day care … I am just so frustrated.”

Talbot’s attorney is expected to enter a not guilty plea during a hearing on Jan. 5.

Agree or disagree with the police officer citing Rosella Talbot with misdemeanor child neglect because he doesn’t agree with her parenting decision? Contact Police Chief Lindsay Shepherd and let him know how you feel.

Email Chief Shepherd: lshepherd@sjc.utah.gov

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Permission Slip Required for Kids to Recite Pledge of Allegiance

The principal of a public school in Rep. Barney Frank’s (D-Mass.) ultra-liberal district is “bringing back the Pledge of Allegiance” next month, but only those students whose parents sign their permission slips are allowed to honor America.

On Monday, Devotion Principal Gerardo J. Martinez sent a letter to parents telling them that the school in Brookline he would begin leading weekly recitations next month of the ‘controversial’ Pledge of Allegiance, reports WickedLocal.com.

“I urge you to have a conversation as a family to help your children understand why I will be reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and to support them in feeling comfortable and confident in the decision on whether or not to participate,” Martinez said in the letter.

Parent Judi Puritz Cook said pledging allegiance to America and its flag is “uncomfortable” for herself and her two sons who have been taught to “think very carefully before making any promise.”

When Martinez begins to recite the Pledge of Allegiance next month, Cook said the school will no longer be “inclusive of everyone.”

“We’re celebrating diversity and including people… and then to be the one sitting there, waiting for the pledge to finish, [that] doesn’t feel inclusive,” she said. “Yeah, it’s weird. That’s the right word for it.”

Agree or disagree with providing children with the option of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in the classroom? Sound-off below.

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Pro-Christmas Activist Wages War Against School District Grinches

"The Grinch that Stole Christmas isn't just a book and movie," says Brannon. "In many public schools, Christmas as we know it has been eradicated; erased – gone – eliminated."

"The Grinch that Stole Christmas isn't just a book and movie," says Brannon. "In many public schools, Christmas as we know it has been eradicated; erased – gone – eliminated."

When a public school district in Maine informed parents last month that “West African chants” would replace traditional ‘holiday’ songs during its annual “Winter General Music Festival,” one concerned father felt compelled to steal Christmas back from the Grinch.

According to Matthew Brannon, Maine School Administrative District #75 (MSAD 75) recently revised its ‘Holiday Policy‘ with the intent to promote “diversity” and “inclusiveness.” As a result, he says, the school board has “marginalize[d] our values.”

In an urgent effort to inform fellow parents “about what the [G]rinchs in our school system are doing to steal Christmas from our children – and to do something about it,” Brannon launched StolenChristmas.org. “Their policy requires diversity. To them that means every culture except American,” he says.

Thanks to Brannon’s wrestling with district administrators, ‘Jingle Bells’ was sung by children during the recent ‘music festival,’ but he noted that it was “such a last minute addition it never made it into the printed program. The kids had spent weeks practicing their African chants.”

Despite the district’s attempt to appease and, perhaps, silence a vocal and outraged Brannon with a single non-controversial holiday song, he remains committed to ensuring that “teaching and celebrating our traditional holidays” is not erased from the blackboard, silenced in the choir or eliminated from discussion in the classroom. He’s even proposed a revision to the already revised ‘Holiday Policy’ and is hoping district administrators will consider it during a future meeting.

“If this effort to marginalize our values angers you as much as it angers me, help me reverse this trend,” Brannon says. “Contact the MSAD 75 Superintendent of Schools, contact the Principals, contact the school board members. Let them know how you feel about their lack-of-Christmas Holiday Policy and demand that it be changed.”

If you share Brannon’s sentiments — “I’M MAD AS HELL about it and I’m not going to take it anymore” — contact MSAD 75 officials and let them know there’s more than one parent who will not tolerate the systematic eradication of Christmas by big government bureaucrats.

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‘Tis the Season for Mandatory Kwanzaa in the Classroom

The Afro-centric 'holiday,' Kwanzaa, has become a sacred annual tradition that public schools are forcing kids of all races to celebrate and embrace, in the name of teaching 'tolerance' and 'diversity,' of course.

The Afro-centric 'holiday,' Kwanzaa, has become a sacred annual tradition that public schools are forcing kids of all races to celebrate and embrace, in the name of teaching 'tolerance' and 'diversity,' of course.

Yesterday, the Nanny State Liberation Front reported that Head Start classes in Minn. banned Santa Claus from visiting because he makes “immigrant” students feel ‘uncomfortable.’ Ironically, forcing school children of all races to “meditate on the awesome meaning of being African in the world” has become a sacred annual tradition in public schools across the nation.

Children at Falk Elementary School in Madison, Wisc., are currently being instructed to celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa, whether they or their parents like it or not. Although thirty-percent of the student population is white, teacher Kira Fobbs claims, “All the [Kwanzaa] principles we’re celebrating and teaching every day are universal.”

“Universal?” Tell that to Kwanzaa inventor Ron Karenga. He recently educated students at N.C. Central University on the principles of his ‘holiday,’ confirming that its message and target audience are anything but universal or diverse:

“We have the most ancient history in the world,” Karenga told students at the nation’s first public liberal arts college founded for African-Americans. “[Kwanzaa is a time] to meditate on the awesome meaning of being African in the world.”

Despite the Karenga’s own admission that his ‘holiday‘ is narrowly focused on celebrating African culture and heritage, Falk Elementary School teachers, ninety-four percent of which are white, say they incorporate the seven principles of Kwanzaa into lesson plans every day:

They form a circle as they dance, clap and chant in unison to a song about freedom. When the music ends, the children chatter with fresh energy for a moment, until teacher Kira Fobbs walks slowly to the center, demanding silence with her stare.

“I am somebody,” she calls out.

“I am somebody!” the students respond.

“I am capable and lovable,” she says and they repeat. “I am teachable.” “Therefore I can learn.” “I can do anything if I try.” “I’ll be the best that I can be …”

After the crescendo of affirmations, the students recite the Nguzo Saba, the seven principles of Kwanzaa: Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity) and Imani (faith).

Finally the students at the school on Madison’s Southwest Side break into four groups, each named after an African tribe, and head to classrooms where they pursue projects and activities focused on the principles.

In the Ujaama classroom, student hear a folk tale about sharing, then paint penny banks to collect money for a library in Ghana. In the Ujima classroom, they work on a blanket and cards for the American Family Children’s Hospital. In the Imani group, students listen to a rap song by LL Cool J about never giving up.

Yet, when a minority of immigrant students complain about Santa Claus making them feel ‘uncomfortable’ because he is not part of their cultures or faiths, the public school system bends over backwards to make the majority shun their own cultural and religious traditions — for the sake of ‘diversity’ and ‘tolerance,’ of course.

Nowadays, all that remains in public school classrooms across the nation are images of snowmen, fir trees and wreaths during the so-called “Holiday Season” formerly known as “Christmas.” Thanks to Kwanzaa, school children can recite African chants and songs while affirming the principles of a cultural and ethnic ‘tradition’ that, for many, has absolutely no relevance or meaning to themselves and their families’ own cultural and ethnic heritage.

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REST OF THE STORY: Anti-Happy Meal ‘Mom’ Is Also a Big Gov’t Bureaucrat

Money Parham is a proud foot soldier in the lunatic fringe's crusade to prohibit parents from determining what's best for their kids to eat. Send her an email: monet.parham-lee@cdph.ca.gov

Monet Parham is a proud foot soldier in big government's crusade to prohibit parents from determining what's best for their kids to eat. Send her an email: monet.parham-lee@cdph.ca.gov

While countless media outlets continue to herald a ‘mother of two children’ who jointly filed a class-action lawsuit against McDonald’s intended to force a nationwide ban on Happy Meal toys, one big fact is ominously missing from most, if not all, news stories: Monet Parham is also an overzealous food cop employed by the California Department of Public Health.

Overlawyered.com’s Walter Olsen writes in the NY Daily News that Parham is anything buy a “random (if oddly well-informed) California mom,” as reporters interviewing her insist. He and fellow blogger Ira Stoll reveal that Parham “works on a federally funded program that campaigns to exhort people to eat their vegetables and that sort of thing.”

Stoll notes that in wake of her participation in the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s lawsuit against McDonald’s, Parham’s name “has been scrubbed from the website of Champions for Change, the Network for a Healthy California.” Despite attempts to preserve her identity as just ‘some ordinary mom,’ Parham’s participation in so-called ‘health eating’ conferences is still in plain sight (be quick before that disappears, too).

“She presents herself as an ordinary mother. She is not,” Olsen says. “She is an advocate, and an employee of a California agency tasked with advocating the eating of vegetables. To the extent that Monet Parham-Lee has EVER taken her daughter to a McDonald’s, she should have known better.”

Here’s a look at how the major media outlets are describing Parham. Some reporters have clearly and cleverly been duped by Parham while other ‘journalists’ are complicit in portraying her as an innocent mom whose two young children have been victimized by a greedy corporate food giant and its mind-controlling two-cent trinkets:

  • California mom Monet Parham” — San Francisco Chronicle
  • A California mother” — Washington Post
  • [P]arent Monet Parham” — CNN
  • Monet Parham, a 41-year-old mother of two” — TIME
  • Co-plaintiff Monet Parham, a Sacramento, Calif., mother of two” — Chicago Tribune [via Salt Lake Tribune]
  • A California mother of two” — NPR
  • [A] Sacramento mother of two” — Los Angeles Times
  • A Sacramento mother” — Wall Street Journal
  • Monet Parham, a mother of two” — UPI
  • [S]ome poor patsy of a mother” — NY Post (Nice try, but you still got duped!)
  • Got some words of advice for Monet Parham? Send her an email: monet.parham-lee@cdph.ca.gov

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