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Parents blame, sue school for death of gay son

I have a great deal of sympathy for these parents, as I would for any parent who loses a child.  It’s a form of grief that I pray I will never experience.  But I think it’s clear that their anger is misdirected here.  From Californiastan:

The family of a gay teenager who was fatally shot in class blames the school district for allowing their son to wear makeup and feminine clothing to school — factors the family claims led to the death.

The parents and brother of 15-year-old Larry King of Oxnard filed a personal injury claim against the Hueneme school district seeking unspecified damages for not enforcing the dress code.
 
King, an eighth-grader at E.O. Green Junior High School, was shot in February. Classmate Brandon McInerney pleaded not guilty to the shooting last week. He was charged as an adult and also faces a charge of a committing a hate crime.
 
The family’s claim, filed last week in Ventura County Superior Court, said administrators and teachers failed to enforce the school’s dress code when King wore feminine clothing and makeup to school.
 
His parents, Dawn and Gregory King, said faculty members knew their son had “unique vulnerabilities” and was subject to abuse because of his sexual orientation. …

I hate to pile on the parents, but I have to call it like I see it: if you don’t want your kid wearing a dress and lipstick to school, then for the love of God, do not let your kid wear them to school!  Heck, that goes for any form of clothing or makeup!

Besides, let’s assume for a moment that the school would have implemented and enforced a dress code that said boys must (perish the thought) dress like boys!  The ACLU and various gay rights groups would have been all over that school like Barney Frank on a Chippendales table dance.  They would have screamed “discrimination”, and sued the school.  The school wouldn’t have been able to win, one way or the other.

To me, this is not a referendum on gayness.  This is a clear cut case of personal responsibility, and the family wants to sue because they abdicated their responsibility.  It’s not right.

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August 18, 2008 Posted by | California, gay, public education | 4 Comments

CA bill to force government schools to honor gay hero, have “Gay Day”

What consenting adults do behind closed doors is none of my (or anyone else’s) business.  But what gets taught to our school kids is most definitely my (and everyone else’s) business.  From (where else?) Californiastan, written by (where else?) San Fransicko’s own Democrat Assemblyman, Mark Leno:

A conservative group is warning parents about a bill under consideration in the California state Senate that requires public schools to have an official “Gay Day.”
 
AB 2567 requires Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to proclaim May 22 of each year as Harvey Milk Day, putting it on par with President’s Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The bill designates May 22 “as having special significance in public school and educational institutions and encourages those entities to conduct suitable commemorative exercises on that date.” …

No word on whether the kids will have “suitable” festivities such as The Vaseline Olympics, Village People Karaoke, or a group reading and re-enactment of Heather Has Two Mommies.

August 7, 2008 Posted by | California, gay, public education, San Francisco | 8 Comments

“Animal rights” nutbars attempt murder in Californiastan

If, by “animal rights”, you mean “the right of one species of animals, i.e. Homo sapiens, to be torched alive in their own homes and killing them and their evil spawn (aka children)”, then yeah…”animal rights”!  From Santa Cruz, Californiastan:

Firebombs were intentionally set on a porch and in a car belonging to two UC Santa Cruz researchers in separate incidents early Saturday in what police have classified as acts of domestic terrorism.

Police are calling one of the bombings an attempted homicide.

In one incident, a faculty member’s home on Village Circle off High Street was intentionally firebombed at about 5:40 a.m., according to police. The residence belongs to a well-known UCSC molecular biologist who works with mice. He was one of 13 researchers listed in threatening animal rights pamphlets found Tuesday in a downtown coffee shop.

In the second incident at about the same time, a Volvo station wagon parked in a faculty member’s driveway on Dickens Way on campus also was firebombed, police said.

The family was home at the time of the firebombing and the victims, including two young children, escaped on a fire ladder from a second-story window, according to police. One family member suffered injuries during the escape and had to be hospitalized briefly, police said. That bombing is being considered an attempted homicide because the family was home, police said.

Fliers identifying 13 UCSC scientists, some of whom use mice, fruit flies and other nonprimate creatures in their research, were discovered at a downtown coffee shop Tuesday. The fliers say, “Animal abusers everywhere beware; we know where you live; we know where you work; we will never back down until you end your abuse.” The names, home addresses, home phone numbers and photos of researchers were published on the fliers.

In February, masked demonstrators rattled the front door of another UCSC researcher, whose husband chased the intruders away while the researcher protected her children in the back of the Westside home. … 

Who needs cures for diseases?  We’ll just have the “animal rights” nutjobs kill off dying people.  I mean, “a rat is a cat is a dog is a boy”, right?

August 4, 2008 Posted by | animal rights wackos, California, moonbats | 11 Comments

CA prisoners will now have protected sodomy

Californiastan is at it again.  Observe:

A controversial new pilot program providing free condoms for California prison inmates is in its final planning stages.

The Solano State Prison is installing 10 condom distribution machines that will be stocked with 1,200 condoms a week, reported Sacramento, Calif., TV station KCRA.

The hope is that the condoms will limit the spread of sexually transmitted diseases among inmates.

“We know risk behavior is being reduced,” said Mary Sylla of the Center for Health Justice. “We will eventually be reducing HIV infections by this measure.”

A nonprofit group is supplying the prison with the machines and condoms, which comes out to costing a total of $60,000.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has twice vetoed legislation that would have set up a statewide condom distribution, but last fall the governor ordered the Department of Corrections to conduct a one-year trial.

A union representing prison guard supervisors is opposed to the distribution of condoms.

The union said that condoms can be used as places to hide drugs or weapons.

“They can put stuff in them and use them to throw at staff or other inmates,” said Chris Gold of the Prison Supervisor’s Union.

It is also technically against the law for inmates to have sex, and the state said that wouldn’t change.

“Sexual activity in prisons is still illegal,” said Terry Thornton of the California Corrections Department. “Inmates will be notified of that as well where the machines are located.”

Smaller test programs have already been in place at county jails in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and supporters said so far there has never been a report of a condom being used as a weapon.

After the one-year trial run is complete, state officials will produce a report about whether the program was a success or not.

“Yo, warden!  My b#tch in cell 5 gave me Hep B, and it’s yo’ damn fault!  If I had me some Trojans, den I wudn’t have had to worry about whether my raping dat dude woulda infected me!  I’m gettin’ da ACLU on dis one, man!”

Wow…just “wow”!

August 1, 2008 Posted by | bizarre, California | Leave a comment

California’s economic ignorance exacerbates its fiscal problem, leads to humiliation

Californiastan, the socialist mecca on the Left Coast, seems to come up with a brilliant plan every year when they face a budget shortfall: raise taxes on the rich.  As a result, the “rich” (i.e. those earning more than $100k) are fleeing CA by the droves.

This WSJ column points out how CA’s Marxist approach is exacerbating its problems in the real estate sector, government sector, etc.  But how about adding this insult to injury?

Then last week Toyota announced it is canceling plans to build its new Prius hybrid at its plant in the San Francisco Bay area because of the high tax and regulatory costs. Adding to the humiliation is that Toyota will now take this investment and about 1,000 jobs to a more progressive and pro-business state: Mississippi.

Ouch!  Let that sink in for a moment.  The granola-eating, treehugging, burlap-wearing, incense-burning, unemployable, Gaia-worshipping earth muffins from Californiastan just saw a cause near and dear to their hearts get outsourced to Mississippi…because in terms of business, Mississippi is more progressive!  😆

Alas, the citizens of CA won’t learn their lessons anytime soon.  They will continue to keep putting class envy economic illiterates in power, until their state finally collapses under the weight of horrid fiscal management policies.

July 18, 2008 Posted by | California, economic ignorance, socialism, taxes | 8 Comments

9th Circus Chief Justice a porndog?

Well, this would certainly explain a lot about the depravity exhibited by that sham of a court, wouldn’t it?  How’s this for irony?

One of the highest-ranking federal judges in the United States, who is currently presiding over an obscenity trial in Los Angeles, has maintained a publicly accessible website featuring sexually explicit photos and videos.

Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, acknowledged in an interview with The Times that he had posted the materials, which included a photo of naked women on all fours painted to look like cows and a video of a half-dressed man cavorting with a sexually aroused farm animal. Some of the material was inappropriate, he conceded, although he defended other sexually explicit content as “funny.”

Kozinski, 57, said that he thought the site was for his private storage and that he was not aware the images could be seen by the public, although he also said he had shared some material on the site with friends. After the interview Tuesday evening, he blocked public access to the site. …

In all fairness, dude is a Reagan appointee, but when someone needs a whackin’, a whackin’ they shall get.  At any rate, I wonder if his affinity for such “material” will result in him being recused from presiding over the L.A. obscene p0rn case.

June 13, 2008 Posted by | California, irony, judiciary | 2 Comments

MSM yawns over L.A. government school child sexual abuse

As Newsbusters points out, the national MSM was all over the pedophile Catholic priest stories like Obama on an argula quiche from Whole Foods.  But when a core leftie ally does the same thing?  “These things happen.”

A major child sex abuse scandal has erupted in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Where’s the national media?

  • Steve Thomas Rooney faces 13 felony sex-related counts, including charges that he had unlawful sex with two female students, ages 13 and 14, during the time he was an assistant principal at a middle school. And here’s the kicker: In August 2007 LAUSD assigned Rooney to his job even though it knew that police had investigated him about an alleged sexual relationship with a student at his previous job at a high school. The former high school girl has since testified that Rooney impregnated her. (LAT coverage)
  • KNX 1070 Newsradio has reported “21 teachers and administrators have been yanked from schools in the past year because of allegations of inappropriate sexual contact with kids.” Most of the cases happened since only January of this year.
  • Two LAUSD administrators face criminal charges for failing to report suspected child abuse by a substitute teacher. Yet LAUSD has sent the pair back to work at school! (LAT)
  • During interviews, LAUSD Superintendent David Brewer has often come across utterly uninformed on the scandal. (Listen to this must-hear KNX audio.)
  • When LAUSD Deputy Superintendent Ramon Cortines was questioned over the phone about the scandal by KNX reporter Charles Feldman, Cortines became agitated and hung up on Feldman. (Hear the audio.) In discussing the scandal with KNBC-TV in Los Angeles, Cortines defiantly responded, “This is not out of the ordinary for school districts all over the nation. These things happen.

“These things happen”?!? Hold on. LAUSD has been through this before. In 1986, an LAUSD teacher was sentenced to 44 years in prison on 30 counts that he molested 13 students at 68th Street Elementary in South Los Angeles. Even after years of complaints about the teacher, officials had failed to report the suspected molestations to Los Angeles police. In 1990, the District paid a multi-million dollar lawsuit as a result of the case. …

NB goes on to explain how just the Boston Globe alone ran almost 1,000 stories about the Catholic church scandal over the last six years. As NB also suggests, imagine the level of outrage if some higher-up in the Catholic church shrugged off the raping of kids with “these things happen”.  The MSM would get angrier than Michelle Obama at a singing of the national anthem.

Nope…no liberal media bias!

May 20, 2008 Posted by | California, media bias, public education | 3 Comments

Anti-war uses personal bias to deny recruit his dream

Where else would you expect this kind of naked judicial activism other than Californiastan?  From LA’s Daily News:

Shawn Sage long dreamed of joining the military, and watching “Full Metal Jacket” last year really sold him on becoming a Marine.

But last fall, a Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner dashed the foster teen’s hopes of early enlistment for Marine sniper duty, plus a potential $10,000 signing bonus.

In denying the Royal High School student delayed entry into the Marine Corps, Children’s Court Commissioner Marilyn Mackel reportedly told Sage and a recruiter that she didn’t approve of the Iraq war, didn’t trust recruiters and didn’t support the military.

“The judge said she didn’t support the Iraq war for any reason why we’re over there,” said Marine recruiter Sgt. Guillermo Medrano of the Simi Valley USMC recruiting office.

“She just said all recruiters were the same – that they `all tap dance and tell me what I want to hear.’ She said she didn’t want him to fight in it.”

Sage, 17, said he begged for Mackel’s permission.

“Foster children shouldn’t be denied (an) ability to enlist in the service just because they’re foster kids,” he said. “Foster kids shouldn’t have to go to court to gain approval to serve one’s country.”

Mackel, a juvenile dependency commissioner at the Children’s Court in Monterey Park, declined through a clerk to speak about any court case or comments she may have made in court.

Transcripts of juvenile court hearings require a special release from a judge. Court officials said a transcript of the Sage hearing, if released, would not be available for a week or more.

After Sage submitted a winning entry to the lawmaker’s Write a Bill Challenge, Assemblyman Cameron Smyth introduced legislation last month that would allow foster teens to enlist in the service without express permission from a judge.

Instead, AB2238 would allow foster children 17 or older to sign up with the consent of a foster parent or social worker.

“Here is one impressive young man who somehow made it through the challenge of the foster system, had a clear sense of a career path and was denied that opportunity by a judge basically because of her personal bias,” said Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, who will honor Sage today at a Royal High assembly.

“I find that to be a horrific abuse of her power.” …

Did the judge say that a law was unconstitutional?  Nope.  The wench just said “I hate the war and the military, and so does my bailiff, so that’s all that matters.  Up yours, kid!”  I don’t know if her position is an elected one or not, but I sure hope so.

March 7, 2008 Posted by | California, judiciary, moonbats, shameful | 3 Comments

Ramifications of taxing the rich

The rich don’t get that way by being stupid.  From QandO:

They may be rich, but they’re not dumb:

“When California faced a Mount Everest-sized $14 billion deficit in 2003, one of the major causes for the red ink was the stampede of millionaire households from the state,” says a report called “Rich States, Poor States” by economists Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore. “Out of the 25,000 or so seven-figure-income families, more than 5,000 left in the early 2000s, and the loss of their tax payments accounted for about half the budget hole.”

They’re not the only ones leaving either. The report, published by the American Legislative Exchange Council points out that not all jobs are leaving the US, but many, if not most lost jobs simply move to other states.

“States are in direct competition with each other for human capital and business investment. State governments that think they can attract jobs and people, and grow their economies, by taxing their citizens at a higher rate than their neighbors are sadly mistaken,” said Democratic Arkansas state Sen. Steve Faris, ALEC’s 2008 national chairman. “Legislators should take a close look at where their state ranks in this book and use it as a tool to help them improve.”

In the meantime, for every loser, there’s a winner:

According to the findings, a record 8 million Americans moved from one state to another in 2006, revealing which states have the most dynamic and desirable economies and which are “has-been” states, according to Laffer and Moore.

And they moved for pretty obvious reasons:

The report provides economic competitiveness rankings for all 50 states based on 16 policy variables with a proven effect on the migration of people and investment capital in and out of states. States with the lowest tax, spending, and regulatory burdens win the competitiveness contest. These are primarily in the South and Southwest regions of the nation.

Huh. Sounds very similar to the reasons given for the British brain drain I noted here

States like CA have yet to learn their lesson, though, and their low-tax neighbors like NV have reaped the benefits of their economic ignorance.

February 21, 2008 Posted by | California, economic ignorance, taxes | 3 Comments

“Peace” protestors, violent as usual

By now, most of you are aware that Berzerkeley’s city council referred to the Marines as “unwelcome intruders”, and when U.S. Senators (no Dems, of course) threatened to cut off federal aid to their moonbat magnet of a town for obstructing the Marines there, the city council did what punk #ss liberals do best: they surrendered.  How French of them!

Well, the abnormal denizens of the moonbatosphere were unrepentant.  While they were busy being “patriotic” and “peaceful” like this…

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 …they were also busy being the violent (i.e. anti-peaceful) rubes that we know them to be:

Protesters began gathering as early as Monday night outside City Hall in anticipation of the Tuesday night meeting. By Tuesday morning, some confrontations had become physical, and police in riot gear moved in to separate the groups. At its peak, 2,000 protesters had gathered outside City Hall, police said.

Three protesters were arrested for minor scuffles with other demonstrators – and a fourth for allegedly slapping a police officer – in what was one of the largest demonstrations in the city in years. 

Hey, I can’t take four morons and somehow make it look like it was typical behavior from the rest of the burlap-wearing, non-bathing, granola-eating hippie retread miscreants!  Nope, I can’t…so I’ll refer to the scores of others who got away with their violence.

In other words, violence against the Marines and cops is acceptable, but violence against bloodthirsty camelhumping jihadists who want their empty pinko gourds sawed off with a dull butter knife is not acceptable.  Got it.  Thanks for the clarification, moonbats.

February 13, 2008 Posted by | California, moonbats | 6 Comments

Juan McCain wins big, Romney fizzles, and the Dem horse race

Thoughts about yesterday’s primaries:

1.  Schmuckabee is angling to be Juanny Mac’s VP.  After his impressive performance yesterday, I say he gets his wish.

2.  All the polls showing Romney with a 7-8% lead in CA were crap.  McLame won by about 9%.

3.  As I mentioned yesterday, one poll showed Her Highness taking CA comfortably while the other showed Osamabama taking the Golden State with east.  The latter poll was crap, as Shrillary won CA by about 10%.

4.  Barry O won some, the Hildebeast won some, and the delegate total on the left side is nearly even.  While Juanny Mac has the GOP nomination locked up, the Dems are still fighting each other.  Pass the popcorn.

February 6, 2008 Posted by | California, Hillary, Huckabee, McCain, Obama, polls, Romney | 3 Comments

Hillary and Obama BOTH win CA!

Polls are about as useful as the UN.  Need proof?

Survey USA: Hilldawg by 10%.

al-Reuters:  Barry O by 13%.

That’s a pretty big discrepancy, wouldn’t you say?

February 5, 2008 Posted by | California, Hillary, Obama, polls | 4 Comments

Californiastan to control thermostats

Hat tip to Darleen Click (via the American Thinker) for this one:

I’m still fuming over the banning of the incandescent light bulb … done, no doubt, because we lowly peoples just can’t be trusted to act in our own interest … regardless of all the real problems with CFL’s, including inducing migraines and causing skin cancer. Now comes word of a proposed change to California Title 24, “236 pages of state-mandated standards for building energy efficiency”

What should be controversial in the proposed revisions to Title 24 is the requirement for what is called a “programmable communicating thermostat” or PCT. Every new home and every change to existing homes’ central heating and air conditioning systems will required to be fitted with a PCT beginning next year following the issuance of the revision. Each PCT will be fitted with a “non-removable ” FM receiver that will allow the power authorities to increase your air conditioning temperature setpoint or decrease your heater temperature setpoint to any value they chose. During “price events” those changes are limited to +/- four degrees F and you would be able to manually override the changes. During “emergency events” the new setpoints can be whatever the power authority desires and you would not be able to alter them.

In other words, the temperature of your home will no longer be yours to control. Your desires and needs can and will be overridden by the state of California through its public and private utility organizations.

Oh goody. 

Yeah, yeah, I know: “We’re from the government, and we’re here to help!”

Exit question: if the state is going to control your thermostat, is Big Brother going to pay for your electric bill?  After all, they are the ones who controlled it!

January 7, 2008 Posted by | big government, California, environuts | 3 Comments

Patriots outnumber hippies at demonstration…in Berkeley!

It’s official: Hell has frozen over.  From Contra Costa Times:

Flag-waving demonstrators far outnumbered a group of peace advocates who were protesting a U.S. Marine Corps recruiting center in downtown on Wednesday.

But groups on both sides of Shattuck Avenue slowed traffic and jammed sidewalks as they shouted back and forth at each other.

Police kept the two competing groups across the street from each other; there were no arrests.

One protester who was burning something was cited by police after he was warned by officers not to burn anything in public, said police spokeswoman Sgt. Mary Kusmiss.

This is 2007, and we support our troops. We are not going to let CodePINK disgrace our military heroes,” yelled Deborah Johns, a Granite Bay woman whose 23-year-old son is preparing to head to Iraq for his fourth tour of duty. “My son is a hero, and so are all the others who served this country.”

Berserkley has shown the world that even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every now and then.

October 19, 2007 Posted by | California, moonbats | 1 Comment

In CA, “Mom”, “dad”, “husband”, “wife” are sooooooo yesterday!

From Neal Boortz:

According to this story from WorldNetDaily, California government schools have banned the words “Mom,” “Dad,” husband,” and “wife.” Well .. at least that’s the argument from the Capitol Resource Institute, and since we’re talking about California here … they may not be too far off. All it will take now is a lawsuit or two to get things rolling. Governor Schwarzenegger signed the bill which also orders government schools to allow boys to use girls’ restrooms and locker rooms and vice versa.

One of the bills signed is SB777, which ban anything that could be interpreted as negative toward homosexuality, bisexuality and alternative lifestyles. Another is AB394 which targets parents and teachers with “anti-harassment” training.

Any text, reference or teaching aid that alludes to the idea of marriage as only between a man and a woman is banned. Any materials that say that people are born as either male or female – and does not offer an ‘in between’ option – is officially banned. Any sources that do not include transsexual, bisexual and homosexual historical figures can no longer be used. And sex education materials must offer the option of a sex change.

Moving on, homecoming kings can no longer be limited to just males. The same goes for homecoming queens. And students can choose which restrooms and locker rooms they want to use, the restrooms that correspond to what they believe their sexual orientation to be.

This same bill will promote these issues by using taxpayer money to create publications, postings, curricula and handouts for students, teachers and parents. It also says that parents who refer to marriage by only its “traditional” terms in the presence of a gay teacher could be convicted of harassment. And students who believe that you are born just male and female could be reported as a harasser.

Analysts are afraid that this legislation will affect schools across the county. This is because textbook publishers must cater to their largest purchaser … and that is often-times California. It would be too expense (sic) to have separate editions of textbooks for other states.

Californiastan…who knew?

October 15, 2007 Posted by | California, gay, moonbats, public education | 1 Comment