Mom says middle school invited daughter to secret LGBTQ+ club, ‘did UNTHINKABLE things with the children’

A Colorado mother of three, Erin Lee, said her 12-year-old daughter was recruited by teachers to attend an “art club” after school, only to find it was a GSA or Gay Straight Awareness/Alliance Club. Not only was the family misled about the purpose of the club, but a guest speaker — who told the middle school students that “if they’re not fully comfortable in their bodies, that means they’re transgender” — also encouraged the kids to keep secrets from their parents.

Lee told Glenn Beck on the radio program Monday that her “shy, vulnerable, barely 12-year-old daughter” had just moved to Wellington Middle School in Fort Collins, Colorado, when she was invited by her art and home room teachers to attend an “art club” after school.

“She texted us [and] we gave her permission for art club,” Lee said of her daughter. “When she got there, it was actually GSA, or Gender and Sexuality Awareness or Alliance Club. The teacher had invited in a completely unqualified outside presenter who did unthinkable things with the children. I’ll give you the CliffsNotes version. She told them, ‘what you hear in here, keep in here.’ She used flags to use defining words, telling them if they’re not fully comfortable in their bodies, that means they’re transgender. Then she would hand out the fags and stickers and bracelets and other swag. She told them that ‘queer’ is a label for when they’re still figuring out their sexuality.

She did the ‘Genderbread person,’ which explicitly asked kids who they’re sexually attracted to, so 11, 12, 13-year-olds with peers and adults in the room, talking about their sexuality. She handed out her personal contact information and invited them to connect on teen chat platforms, like WhatsApp and Discord, where she knows that parents are not monitoring the conversation. She told them that families may not be safe, and it’s okay to lie about where they are. And in fact, the art teacher, as my daughter was leaving the room that day, pulled her aside and said, ‘remember, you don’t have to tell your mom.'”

The outside presenter, Kimberly Chambers, is the director of SPLASH Youth of Northern Colorado, an organization that targets children as young as 5 years old, as indicated on its own website. Chambers is a paid employee of the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment with access to children’s information, according to a Parents Defending Education incident report.

Lee went on to say that, after learning from her daughter what happened, she and her husband contacted the school principal, who confirmed that the meeting was, in fact, held in secret and they are always held in secret because as a public school they have to offer children a “safe space.” Lee then turned to the school board, but said she was ignored “for months.” Finally, she was able to meet with board member Kristen Draper, who turned out to be a close friend and “strong ally” to Chambers. Draper also volunteers for an arm of SPLASH called SKITTLES.

“FOIA emails showed that [the school] immediately colluded when I objected to what happened,” Lee told Glenn. “They immediately colluded with the school board to keep me quiet. They referenced parents who find out as ‘barriers’ that the school board has removed. They talked about sending social services into my home because I didn’t like what they did with my child,” she continued.

“My daughter had never expressed gender dysphoria before. She never expressed that she’d had any trouble at home. They never spoke to me. I never spoke to any of the people that did these things before they decided to talk about calling CPS … In the state of Colorado, if my child had said to the CPS that I wasn’t affirming her transgender identity, I firmly believe they would have removed her from the home. And the people knew this when they suggested that CPS come to our home to remove our child,” Lee warned. “Colorado is off the rails in particular, but this is happening everywhere.”

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Republican Rep. Liz Cheney claims that ‘The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism’

GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming on Monday accused House Republican leadership of enabling racism.

“The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism. History has taught us that what begins with words ends in far worse. @GOP leaders must renounce and reject these views and those who hold them,” Cheney tweeted.

In response to Cheney’s post, former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele tweeted, “Word.”

“She’s right, you know… ” leftist MSNBC host Joy Reid tweeted.

“My colleague has it right,” Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. of New Jersey tweeted. “You can draw a direct line from the dangerous rhetoric and incitement of trump and gop leaders and the violence of rampaging neo-nazis, militia maniacs, Capitol insurrectionists and other rightwing domestic terrorists.”

Cheney’s tweet came after a white 18-year-old man perpetrated a shooting on Saturday at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. The attack left 10 people dead, all of whom were black — three others people were wounded, including two white people and one black person, according to the Associated Press. The individual has been arraigned on a murder charge, but has pleaded not guilty.

“How do we know Liz Cheney is correct?” Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California tweeted. “Because @GOPLeader refuses to condemn white replacement theory, which radicalized Buffalo murderer. And MAGA Republican @EliseStefanik ran ads promoting the vile, racist and anti-Semitic replacement theory.”

In a statement, Stefanik senior adviser Alex deGrasse has rejected the idea that Stefanik ever promoted racism.

“Any implication or attempt to blame the heinous shooting in Buffalo on the Congresswoman is a new disgusting low for the Left, their Never Trump allies, and the sycophant stenographers in the media,” deGrasse said in the statement. “Despite sickening and false reporting, Congresswoman Stefanik has never advocated for any racist position or made a racist statement.”

Last year, Cheney was kicked out of a House leadership role. The congresswoman was one of the 10 House Republicans to vote in favor of impeaching then-President Donald Trump in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot. In May, 2021, the outspoken Trump critic was was ousted from her role as House Republican conference chair. Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York was later selected to fill the slot.

Cheney and GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois are the only two Republicans serving on the House select committee tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 episode. The congresswoman, who has served in the House since 2017, is seeking re-election, but Trump has endorsed challenger Harriet Hageman who is vying to defeat Cheney in the GOP primary.

Cheney is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, who served alongside President George W. Bush.

Poll finds that Democrat voters are becoming less moderate, 75% of Americans say the nation is on the wrong track

A new poll found that Democrat votes have become more progressive since 2020 despite predictions that the 2022 midterm elections will be devastating for the left side of the partisan aisle.

The NBC poll asked Democrat voters if they preferred a candidate to propose large-scale policies despite them being harder to pass and their higher costs, or if they preferred candidates with smaller scale policies that are easier to pass and cost less.

The new poll found 63% of voters preferred more extreme candidates to 33% who preferred more moderate candidates.

That is a big change from 53% who said they preferred extreme candidates in Feb. 2020, to 41% who preferred more moderate candidates.

The new poll showed a net preference for extreme candidates by 30%, while the older poll showed only a 12% net difference.

And the poll had more bad news for Democrats.

A whopping 74% said that the country is on the wrong track, while only 16% said the country is on the right track. President Joe Biden’s performance numbers have also hit a new low with only 39% saying they approve while 56% say they disapprove.

The poll also found that 55% of Republicans wanted former President Donald Trump to continue to lead the party, while 33% said it was time to move on from his leadership. Despite preferring his leadership, 58% of Republicans said they consider themselves supporters of the party while 34% said they consider themselves supporters of Trump.

The poll numbers will be another feather in the cap of those participating in a debate about whether the right has turned more to the far right than the left has turned to the far left.

One small consolation for Democrats in the poll was the finding that more Americans support abortion rights and oppose the overturn of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 pro-abortion decision.

Here’s more about the NBC News poll results:


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HS girl goes to pro-life rally with Christian boyfriend behind leftist mom’s back; so mom complains to advice columnist — who suggests extreme measures

A left-wing mother recently wrote to an advice columnist for Slate bemoaning the horror of her 17-year-old daughter attending a pro-life rally with her Christian boyfriend — behind the mom’s back.

Oh, who among us wouldn’t have relished being a fly on the wall when the truth came out?

Here’s what the mom told Jamilah Lemieux in regard to how she handled it:

We’ve grounded her and taken away her phone for going behind our backs, but she’s showing no remorse. I just can’t believe it. This is the girl who dressed up as Ruth Bader Ginsburg for Halloween when she was 10. She’s heading to law school in a couple years. I seriously thought she was pro-choice and a feminist. I’ve been taking her to rallies and protests since she was a baby. We’ve been educating her about safe sex and consent. We donate to Planned Parenthood every year for Christmas. I’m fine with her disagreeing with us on other topics, but I had an abortion years ago. We live in a conservative state. I don’t want her right to choose to be taken away.

How did the advice columnist respond?

Lemieux threw gasoline on the smoldering flames, telling the mom that “some politics are to be challenged at every turn, and there are even those that should result in one being cut off (in adulthood, of course).”

As far as tactics go, Lemieux told the mom to “inundate her with pro-choice content. Require her to read articles and books that explain why it is important for women to have control of their bodies.” In addition, she suggested more “frequent and pointed” discussions with the daughter and suggested not letting her go to “any conservative events or any other environment where she’s likely to face some attempts at indoctrination, especially without telling you.”

Lemieux also told the mom that she “may want to limit the amount of time” her daughter “spends around his family. Constantly challenge their politics without attacking them as people.”

What’s more, she said to “resist any urge to just suck it up and allow your daughter to do her own thing politically; you’re fighting for her character, her humanity, and her ability to extend empathy to others. You can’t let this boy win. Good luck to you!”

Bear mauls New Jersey woman while she checks her mail

A woman in New Jersey was taken to the hospital this week after she was attacked by a bear while venturing outside her home to check the mail.

The attack happened Wednesday near a Christmas tree farm in Lafayette Township as the 34-year-old woman walked along Gorney Road on her way to the mailbox, WPVI-TV reported.

She reportedly spotted three black bears nearby when one of them charged and attacked her, causing injuries to her right arm and along the right side of her body.

Thankfully, a neighbor who witnessed the attack was able to scare the bears off using a car horn, potentially saving the woman from more serious injury.

The woman, who has not been identified in local news reports, was taken to the hospital for treatment and later released.

According to CBS News, state officials said the bear involved was likely one or two years old and weighs 150 to 200 pounds.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection was notified about the incident and has dispatched officers to lay bear traps to catch the animal. If captured, the animal will be euthanized per state policies.

Sussex County residents told CBS News that the area’s bear population has skyrocketed following the state’s termination of the annual bear hunt.

According to New Jersey DEP statistics, state fish and wildlife biologists estimate that the number of bears that populate the area north of Interstate 78 and west of Interstate 287 shot up to 3,158 from 2,208 between 2019 and 2020 alone.

Lafayette Township is located in a more rural area of the state just over an hour northeast of New York City.

Bears are not generally considered aggressive toward humans, and bear attacks on humans are extremely rare. However, state officials warned that any encounter with such a massive and powerful animal could be life-threatening.

If such an encounter should occur, officials advise residents to avoid direct eye contact with the animal and slowly back away. To scare a bear away, one should make loud noises by shouting and clapping and make sure the animal has an escape route so that it doesn’t feel trapped or cornered.

The Wednesday incident marks the first bear attack on a human in New Jersey in over two years. In 2020, an 82-year-old man reportedly received more than 30 stitches after being attacked by a bear in West Milford.


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Dem legal scholar who supports abortion shreds leftists’ criticisms of Alito’s leaked draft: ‘Nothing radical’

Akhil Reed Amar, a constitutional scholar and professor at Yale Law School, thoroughly dismantled many of the left’s critiques about the leaked Supreme Court opinion draft on abortion.

Two weeks ago, Politico published a leaked opinion draft authored by Justice Samuel Alito. Controversy immediately erupted over the draft because it showed the Supreme Court had voted to overturn key abortion precedents. But Amar, writing in an essay for the Wall Street Journal, explained the “dire assessments” related to the potential overturn of Roe v. Wade “don’t stand up to scrutiny.”

On court precedents

The central critique of pro-abortion Americans is that the conservative-leaning court cannot possibly overturn Roe v. Wade because abortion is a settled legal issue.

But Amar pointed out the Supreme Court routinely overturns its own precedents. Plus, the legal doctrine of stare decisis does not apply to the Supreme Court in the same way it applies to lower courts.

“Supreme Court precedents strictly bind lower courts, but they do not bind the Supreme Court itself. Indeed, an essential function of the Court is to revise incorrect or outdated prior rulings. Over the last century, the Court has overruled itself about twice a year—roughly the same rate at which the Court has overturned acts of Congress,” Amar wrote.

He added, “Precedents fall for many reasons. Sometimes the world changes in ways that mock the logic and expectations of the old ruling. Sometimes opposing lines of cases evolve and clash, and something must give. Most fundamentally, sometimes the Court comes to believe that an old case egregiously misinterpreted the Constitution, so the old case must go.”

Regarding Roe v. Wade specifically, Amar described the case as “ripe for reversal.”

“In the eyes of many constitutional experts across the ideological spectrum, it too lacks solid grounding in the Constitution itself, as Justice Alito demonstrates at length in his leaked Dobbs draft,” Amar explained. “Even the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sharply critical of the decision.”

Amar is one of many legal scholars who support “abortion rights” but oppose the jurisprudence on which Roe stands.

On the slippery slope

Critics of Alito’s opinion draft have argued — without evidence — that overturning abortion rights will lead to other rights being overturned, too, such as civil rights, LGBT marriage rights, and even interracial marriage rights.

Even though Alito wrote in his draft that this will not happen, Amar explained why this is the case.

“In keeping with a long line of cases and the spirit of the written Constitution, Justice Alito notes that rights which are neither explicit nor implicit in the Constitution’s text and history generally need strong roots in the mores and practices of the American people,” Amar began. “One way to measure these mores and practices is to count state laws: How many states recognize a putative right and how many try to abridge it? How often and how strictly are laws on the books in fact enforced?”

Therefore, when the majority of U.S. states permit or accept an issue before the court, the court almost always defers to the majority in keeping with the Ninth and Tenth Amendments. But Amar noted that abortion has never been one of those issues.

The ruling in Roe v. Wade, by contrast, has been under fierce and relentless attack for decades in most states. It has been unremittingly condemned in the quadrennial party platforms of one of America’s two major parties, a party that has won half of the presidential elections since Roe. Roe is also decisively different from various contraception and marriage cases because, as Justice Alito’s draft opinion stresses, abortion uniquely involves destroying unborn human life, typically long after conception and implantation.

Amar’s conclusion?

The celebrated legal scholar admitted he is a “Democrat” who supports abortion but opposes Roe.

“The Court’s ruling in the case was simply not grounded either in what the Constitution says or in the long-standing, widely embraced mores and practices of the country. Perhaps I’m wrong in thinking that, and perhaps the Dobbs draft is wrong too,” Amar said.

“But,” he continued, “there is nothing radical, illegitimate or improperly political in what Justice Alito has written.”

Arby’s manager under investigation for child pornography after video shows him peeing in milkshake mix: Police

Police say that a Washington Arby’s night manager was caught on video urinating into a supply of the franchise store’s milkshake mix.

The manager, identified as Stephen Sharp, has also been charged with four counts related to child pornography.

What are the details?

Sharp reportedly admitted to urinating at least twice in the company’s milkshake mixture, Insider has reported.

He told authorities that he did it for “sexual gratification” and is “almost sure” that he discarded the contaminated mix — but that if he hadn’t, it would have been served up the next business day after the purported incident.

Police said that they initially obtained surveillance footage that showed the suspect urinating in the mix after an investigation alleged that Sharp possessed and sold “dozens” of photos and videos related to the “sexual exploitation of children.”

He reportedly confessed to downloading and distributing such content.

The New York Post reported that Sharp downloaded the content on at least one occasion while inside the restaurant. The outlet added that no other employees are believed to have known about the contaminated milkshake mix.

What else is there to know about this?

A spokesperson for the company told KTTV-TV that the manager’s behavior was “abhorrent and unacceptable.”

“We have taken immediate action with the franchise group who terminated the former employee and is fully cooperating with the authorities in their investigation,” the spokesperson said.

KTTV added that police are asking any customers who may have purchased a milkshake from the Arby’s at 221 NE 104 Avenue in Vancouver, Washington, on Oct. 30 or 31, 2021, to contact them.

Sharp was charged with four counts of possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, four counts of dealing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and assault.

An investigation into the incidents is under way.

Left-wing Rolling Stone writer who called Buffalo shooter a ‘mainstream Republican’ falsely implied — as a fact-checker — that a disabled vet is a Nazi

Rolling Stone on Sunday published a now-trending political commentary piece titled, “The Buffalo Shooter Isn’t a ‘Lone Wolf.’ He’s a Mainstream Republican.”

In the op-ed, unabashed left-wing writer Talia Lavin declares that aspects of accused shooter Payton Gendron’s supposed manifesto unite him “with the mainstream of the Republican party” in that both are pining for “the dream of a white nation.”

“The Republican Party caters chiefly now to those who claim that to be born the wrong color is an act of genocide, and act with appropriate fervor,” she writes in her concluding paragraph for the left-wing magazine.

Oops

Well, folks also may be interested in recalling that Lavin — while a fact-checker, of all things, for the New Yorker in 2018 — falsely implied that a disabled veteran is a Nazi. Lavin resigned from the New Yorker on the heels of that faux pas.

Not to worry, though. Less than a year after that, New York University hired Lavin as an adjunct journalism professor.

Megyn Kelly also picked up on Lavin’s curious past:

By the fall of 2020, Lavin penned “Culture Warlords: My Journey into the Dark Web of White Supremacy,” in which she “takes an immersive dive into white supremacy’s explosive online presence, exploring the undercurrents of propaganda, racism, misogyny, and history that led us to where we are now.”

So, a Rolling Stone piece about the how the Buffalo mass killing supposedly is a mirror image of what she previously has written about? Probably par for the course.

“Transphobia. Forced births. Gerrymandering. Anti-immigrant sentiment. And murder,” Lavin also tweeted in regard to her Rolling Stone piece. “They’re all part of the right’s overweening politic of violent white demographic panic.”

How are folks reacting to Lavin’s latest piece?

As you might expect, Levin experienced some pushback in the wake of her Rolling Stone commentary article:

Ben Shapiro on Monday tweeted his take on the growing noise over the shooter’s mention of the “Great Replacement Theory,” which Lavin goes over in her piece:

Another Twitter user wrote, “We all know who is hung up on race. The left. Everything is about race. Everything viewed through a race filter. Democrats have moved little from their KKK past, and project their BS on to everyone else.”